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Sunday Project: Buh-bye Blue Lamp

I forgot how much I love chalk paint!  

This blue lamp looked more and more country each day.  I finally figured out how to achieve the look I wanted. 

Instead of just grey I wanted a weathered wood-ish color.  

I used Annie Sloan Coco and a light layer of her dark wax. 

Voila!  I love it!! 

Kitchen update!!

Yay!!   I have painted the kitchen!

Well, almost painted 100%.  I still have the trim to work on.

Stupid trim.  Who invented trim anyways? 

My husband and I recently stayed in this beautiful cozy flat on HWY 30A and I noticed the trim was painted the same color as the wall.  Hmm, wonder why they did that?  It looked really good and I shrugged it off as a way to make the room seem bigger.

Now I realize the irritation of painting trim was probably a big player in that decision.

I’ll cut in an edge all day long but I really dislike painting trim. Hate.  There I said it .  HATE IT.

Alas, as promised, the pictures:

 

Yes, the walls are bare.  Yes, there’s a cat.  She’s a bit of a photo bomber lately.  Yes, there is a person hiding behind the fridge.  I told him not to walk in front of me while I was taking pics or I’d post it. 🙂   Yes, there are stains on the rug.  No, I do not like the grout on these massive tiles.  To remove the grout would be a project more painful than painting trim so that’s not happenin’ .  Yes, the inside of the funky plate/cook book nook thingy is the color the cabinets used to be.  To remove the plate rack would require taking apart the cabinet.  To attempt to take apart the cabinet, ridiculous.  To paint in between all those things, absurd.  Let’s focus on the positive here!

I’m in love with the color.  Revere Pewter by SW.  The cabinets are Graphite by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  This project has taken me quite some time.  We replaced the light as well.

I’m considering a round seagrass rug and changing out the chairs to something upholstered.  Hush, yes, I have kids and it’s crazy to have upholstered stuff but I have a vision……

Grandmother’s China Cabinet

What’s a Duncan Phyfe?  I really had no idea but I was a LOT younger when it was given to me.  It was a love/hat relationship.  But it did what it needed to do:  Hold things I deemed special or things my toddlers couldn’t reach or grab or break!  wpid-img_20140716_180352_118.jpg

I always dreamed of painting it.  I never thought I could acheive the finished project i dreamed in my head.  I knew nothing of chalk paint.  Let’s just say I was very pleased with the results.  This was my first chalk paint project!  Here it is after the first coat.

wpid-img_20140716_190402_517.jpgI decided to remove the strips that gave the illusion of panes and painted the hardware.  Better pictures to come!!

 

Pretty little table

Yep, I did it again.  I painted a piece of furniture.  Could I be addicted to this?? Well maybe but I love the details on this piece.  Our floors are dark hardwood and she was disappearing.  What better way than to let her shine but to slap on a pretty coat of paint.  wpid-wp-1414939976665.jpegYep, ASCP in Country Gray.  DSC_4409It’s she lovely?!DSC_4408DSC_4410Now she shines!

Must. Paint. Kitchen. Cabinets.

If there’s one project I’m not excited about its’ this one.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am very excited about the results but dreading the process.

This will come as a shock but I decided to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Ta, Da!  I really didn’t want to mess with a primer and then two to three coats of whatever kind of paint.  Of course this means I have to wax.  BUT, I’m really looking forward to the end result.  And I can’t emphasize END result enough. haha.

I played around with Country Gray and a couple other color combos but had my heart set on the Graphite.  My counter top is a marbled color combo.  See it?  DSC_4415

I knew the cabinets were going to be a charcoal-gray.  I’m so happy I found Graphite! It’s a really nice slate color.  The wax deepens the color to a rich dark charcoal.  And I love it!!DSC_4432

It took me about a week.  But it was worth it.  I worked on it at night and during the weekend.  Still need to touch up minor details and finish painting the walls.  I’m not a professional but I think they turned out really pretty!! I love how the wax gives it a sheen, too.  Check it out!DSC_4416DSC_4434

Let there be Light….. furniture!!

My husband and I have been in the process of a household decor re-do since our wedding in April of this past year.  Blending families, furniture, traditions, junk drawers…etc., has been a wonderful experience.  In the process we have weeded out a lot of furniture neither of us really liked for whatever reason.  Holding on to pieces we did really like or flat out needed to keep.  My bedroom furniture was one of these “need to keep” items.  Not crazy about it but it is what it is.  This has given us the opportunity to sit back and think about what we really want.  We decided I wanted light colored furniture.  Not WHITE, LIGHT!   Let that be cream, ivory, light grey….. get it? Light!  So I began my search… I fell in love with several pieces at several different local stores in the area.  Did NOT fall in love with the price!  Through all my internet searches I came across a blog on painting furniture.  Voila!!  The color I really wanted!  There it was! It was the perfect, creamy, ivory, driftwood-y light grey with all the distressing and details you cannot get at the big furniture chain stores.  I decided I’ll do it.  I’ll paint my furniture! See my inspiration?!

inspiration

I had never heard of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. (ASCP) Thanks to my Sister in Law for the intro! I had never heard of waxing furniture after painting.  I have to say I’m a fan! HUGE FAN!!  I had to test my skills first, of course, and transformed my grandmothers Duncan Phyfe china cabinet.  (See that project here)  I tackled my first piece of furniture on a Saturday.  I used ASCP Country Gray.  I also used the flat brush.  It took about 4 hours to finish the piece.  Now mind you – this was in between two paint coats, football games, sanding, waxing on, waxing off, (ahh Daniel-son), spending time outside with my family, preparing lunch and dinner and changing out the hardware.  I could have easily completed it in half the time, but it was Saturday!  A beautiful Saturday!  A beautiful Saturday in October on the Gulf Coast…. it doesn’t get much better 🙂 So here’s my finished piece….. and a kinda crappy picture of my before.   I LOVE the detail sanding the corners gives!  Oh and I swapped out the hardware… stole it from my kitchen!  HA!  Happened to be the same exact number of pulls… crazy how things work out sometimes, huh?

Here’s the before…. 

The After……Excuse the chair, I got ahead of myself….


What is not to LOVE about this?!

LOVE!!!

How did your last painting project turn out?