Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall Decorating

Fall decorating ideas, Using Junk to decorate the mantel

This weekend has been rainy and windy so I decided it would be a good time to add a little fall color around the house. 

Fall decorating ideas, Using Junk to decorate the mantel

This is what I came up with for my new shelf over my dining room built ins.  I've been wanting to change out the black shelf that has been hanging there for quite awhile and finally found something to replace it.  It's actually a fireplace mantel.  You can find unfinished pine ones at Home Depot for about $100.  Or you could build one yourself for much cheaper.  I lucked out and found it at a Restore for $5.  Serious.  I couldn't believe it.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it when I bought it but I couldn't pass it up.  I painted it with milk paint and had some fun chipping. 


Fall decorating ideas, Using Junk to decorate the mantel

I used some faux pumpkins, leaves, pine cones, moss and a sunflower to bring in some much needed color.

Fall decorating ideas, Using Junk to decorate the mantel

This vignette on my hutch has been this way for awhile now.   I just added the little pumpkin.  Now that I look at this picture I think a little burlap or grainsack runner would look so cute on here.  I need to strip and refinish this family heirloom someday soon.  It's seen a lot of love in it's day. 

Fall decorating ideas, Using Junk to decorate the mantel


Fall decorating ideas, Using Junk to decorate the mantel

I shared my Junk mantel decor a few weeks ago but I made a few changes so I will show it again.  First I changed out the glass ball jar for a rusty iron urn. 

Fall decorating ideas, Using Junk to decorate the mantel

Here's the before.  You can see it is a little unbalanced with that jar.  I knew it wasn't quite right when I did it but I was in a hurry and so I went with it.

Fall decorating ideas, Using Junk to decorate the mantel

Last thing I added was a little bright green moss I picked up at Joann Fabrics.  I love the pop of green.  It takes a very neutral display and gives it a little life.  

I had everything staged and photographed in a couple hours which is not usual for me. I must have been in the right mood.  I'm one of those people who needs a little time to create a display. I have a couple friends who are very good at it and it always amazes me how fast they can put a beautiful display together.  I need time to tweak things.  I don't like a lot of stuff everywhere so staged displays often look too busy to me at first, but I get there eventually.    

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Remodelaholic Feature

One of my favorite projects I've done to the house is being featured on Remodelaholic Today! Head on over and check it out here!





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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

White Wax

White Wax

I picked up this hutch a few weeks ago and just knew I wanted to paint it blue.  Aubusson Blue Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to be exact.  I love the lines of this piece and with the fretwork & fancy legs I thought I would just paint it clean, no chipping and just hint of distressing on the edges.

White Wax

When I finished painting and distressing it was pretty but it just didn't seem done.  I should know myself by now I rarely paint anything clean.  I left it for a week to think about it.  

The next week I taught a paint class featuring Milk Paint and so I picked up some Miss Mustard Seed White Wax for the class to play with.  Loved it.  I just happened to be using blue as a sample color and when I tried the white wax over it I just knew I had to try it on my hutch. 

White Wax

 To apply the white wax I used a chip brush to get it into all the details.  

Miss Mustard Seed White Wax tutorial

Then I used a rag to wipe away the excess.  Just like you would with a glaze.

Miss Mustard Seed White Wax tutorial

If I took too much off I just added more.  If too much remained after wiping away I used some of MMS furniture wax to help remove it.  Miss Mustard Seeds White Wax is so creamy that it is really very easy to use and very forgiving.  I have mixed my own white wax before using different brands of wax and didn't really like the results.  I found them to be thick and hard to work with. 

After the coat of white wax dried I went over everything again with furniture wax.  The White Wax comes in a small container and I used about a quarter of a container on this piece.   

Miss Mustard Seed White Wax tutorial
Before

Miss Mustard Seed White Wax tutorial
After

I love the way the White Wax brings out all the details and it was so much easier then painting all that with a tiny artists brush. I'm hooked.  

Have you tried it yet?



Linking up to: 
Miss Mustard Seed -Furniture Feature Friday
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Peek at Poppy & Co

I mentioned a couple months ago that along with having my original space here I am now consigning some pieces at a Shoppe in Tacoma Washington called Poppy & Co.  It's a Co-op made up of four very talented ladies.  They are Alison of The Modern Cottage Company, Merri of NestDevon of Bride on a Bike and Julie of Vintage Hart Designs.  If you follow me on facebook you've heard me talk about them but I haven't said much more here on the blog. I thought I'd give you a little peak of what they are all about.  We all love a litte eye candy and the store is full of inspiration. These girls choose gorgeous pieces and really know how to bring out the details.  

I'm just gonna let the photos speak for themselves now because seriously I love every piece in the place.  Including the sign.   



Okay this first photo is not mine.  Photo credit goes to Alison from The Modern Cottage Company.  It's a great shot so I borrowed it from her facebook page.  Okay that's it I'm done.  No more talking. 


The Modern Cottage Company and Nest


The Modern Cottage Company 


The Modern Cottage Company dresser, Blue Roof Cabin Chair


The Modern Cottage Company


Nest


Nest


Nest


Bride on a Bike


Photo credit to Bride on a Bike


Vintage Hart Designs


Vintage Hart Designs



I know, right? 




and lastly the piece I brought in last week, Ben's desk that I left unpainted, just in case you missed my entire post about him the other day.

To see more from the girls at Poppy & Co check out their facebook pages.

Alison of The Modern Cottage Company
Merri of Nest
Devon of Bride on a Bike
Julie of Vintage Hart Design




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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Antique Writing Desk (that I'm in love with)



His name is Ben's desk.  I told my friend Alison that I swear it could have belonged to Benjamin Franklin and so she named him Ben's desk.   




(here he is with his top open enjoying the outdoors)

I bought him to resell.  It was never my intention to paint him just leave him as he is.  I could have taken him to the shop over a week ago.  I just wasn't ready to let him go yet.  I wanted to look at him for awhile.  

I'll admit I don't know a lot about antiques.  Age, style, that stuff doesn't stick in my brain.  I just know what I like.  All the little details that make furniture unique and beautiful.


Those legs.  Looks like someone hand chiseled them or at least used a primitive lathe.  



That joinery detail.  



The patina.  You can't replicate that time worn finish.  (If you can send me a tutorial please) Somewhere along the line someone painted him navy blue then someone else decided to strip him back to his former glory.  


  
And he came with this little chair. 

I love Ben's desk.  

If only I had a place for him.  This piece is gonna haunt me.  

Do you have any pieces you've sold then totally regretted?  I'd love to know.    





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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Winter is Coming and a Home Tour

So my husband and I have just discovered Game of Thrones this summer and have been watching it together.  (dont judge unless you love it too then we can be best friends)  He is not usually into the same TV shows as I am so it's nice when we find something we both like that he doesn't fall asleep halfway through.  Although I admit it's sometimes nice when he falls asleep because then I can watch my chick flicks in peace.   Anyways one of our favorite lines from Season One is "Winter is Coming" and lately we have been interupting each other with it quite a bit. When I say things like man it's getting cold outside he says all serious "Winter is Coming" or when he say's it's dark out already I say "Winter is Coming".  It's our new thing.  As I sit here typing up this post it is pooring down rain and hail and there is thunder and lightning like crazy outside.  It's almost dark so of course you know that line popped into my head. 

The change in seasons makes me want to get organized.  I don't have any projects to share this week because I decided to tear apart the last part of the garage that I haven't taken over to make it a studio space.  I want it to be a calm, pretty place I can paint and do upholstery in.  Only.  No saw dust or wood scraps. Just pieces being finished.  So far I have insulated it, created an artsy plank wall and painted half of it.  For the last million years it has been the storage area for all things random. Lots of half empty boxes full of spiders.  As soon as I can get hubby to get the broken 1990's jet ski and old boat motor out of there I will be able to finish up the insulating then do some drywall.  Not just a cleaning and organizing project it's the full deal. 


Since I don't have any before and afters to share I decided to work on a Home Tour page for the blog.  I share so many of the pieces I sell on the blog it will be nice to have a place for readers to see just my home.  

To see the HOME TOUR click here or use the tab at the top of the page. 

So what are you watching on TV these days?


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