Monthly Archives: July 2011

Old Desk New Again ({show&tell})

Sweet Pickins via {show&tell}

Love this desk redo by {show&tell} and will definitely make a note of the colors used..

“Color = Summit Gray by Sherwin Williams

Stain = Kona by Rustoleum (my new favorite brand of stain)”

Follow the link to see the before and more after pictures of the results.

Enjoy,

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Solution for Old Paneling: Whitewashing (BHG)

We have all heard of painting old paneling . . .

I have certainly done my share and it turns out great as long as you prime and paint correctly. However, I stumbled upon another idea today over at Better Homes and Gardens website and I thought I would share…

"Whitewash Old Paneling"

BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS

Unlike painting, whitewashing will still let the pattern of the wood show through allowing an element of texture which would highlight a beachy or cottage style room.  Other accents like a woven mat or tray also add interest.

So, before you grab the paint can, think twice about the look you want to achieve.  Whitewashing is ages old.. even Tom Sawyer did his fair share.  Here’s a short tutorial on how to whitewash.. How to Whitewash Paneling.

Remember.. use your imagination, repurpose and have fun!

Enjoy,

House Crashing: Style For Miles (Young House Love)

Read about at one of my favorite DIY blogs, Young House Love

"Young House Love House Crash"

Young House Love

Take a look at what Sherry and John are up to now… another house crash… this time in the Richmond area and a house so beautifully decorated that they use it for commercials and photoshoots.  Love the painted ladder on the front porch.  Click the photo above to read more…

Enjoy,

A Cottage Home: White and Blue Make An Impact (BHG)

White has always been a favorite of mine in decorating but when paired with blue, it really pops (told you I was coming around to liking blue.)  A recent post by BHG shows unique ideas in this decor and thinking outside the box.  Five stars for this BHG post and I’m putting this living room and kitchen in my “inspiration” box!

"White and Blue Cottage Living Room"

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

This kitchen makes me want to start baking something.  What a neat idea for an old window!

"White and Blue Cottage Kitchen"

Better Homes and Gardens

 

Be sure to follow the link above to see all the pictures of this inspiring cottage re-do.

Enjoy,

Farmhouse Sink & Table Island: Two Kitchen Ideas (Traditional Home)

I’m tucking away kitchen ideas for my daughter, Amanda, who will soon be doing a major kitchen redo.  Two nice kitchen ideas found from Traditional Home are pictured.  One has an awesome farmhouse sink and a mixture of colors in the cabinetry I find quite interesting.   Also the beadboard is just beautiful.  You can’t go wrong with white!

"Farmhouse Sink"

Another great idea is to use a tall square kitchen table as an island, another feature that lends to the farmhouse theme.  Love the candelebra chandelier, too (ya know my obsession for lighting fixtures!)

"Large Table Used as Kitchen Island"

Enjoy,

Just Move the House: Country Cottage Relocation (Southern Living)

I am really not a fan of blue.. aqua, yes..  but my tastes are changing.  Now after 3 years and all the interior painting at Boyd Street Bungalow being completed, don’t tell me it is time to start over!  Wonder what paint color was used on this paneled wall in the Country Cottage Relocation featured in Southern Living?

"White and Blue Country Kitchen"

Looks like they used the same color in the bathroom.  The white and blue really pop!

"White and Blue Country Bathroom"

Think these pictures will definitely go in my inspiration book.

Enjoy,

Dining Room Turned Library (Three Boys)

I missed posting about this in June (where did the month go?).  I am in love with what Sarah of Three Boys has done with her dining room.  Turning it into a library was ingenious and her budget minded furnishings are amazing.  The bookcases from IKEA with added crown molding gives a truly built-in look.  Makes me want to sit down and read a good book on a rainy day…  Read more here.

Enjoy!

Self-Stick Metal Backsplash Tiles: Where Have I Been?

While watching a DIY kitchen make over show this morning, I saw a commercial for Self-Stick Metal Backsplash Tiles.  Whoa.. my ears picked up!  I have heard of cutting sheet metal to make backsplashes and adhering them with construction glue, but these would actually make a pattern!  Pictured below are tiles from AspectIdeas.com.

"Self-Stick Backsplash Tiles"

All you have to do is make sure your surface is level and even and prime with a fresh coat of high-quality oil-based primer (not latex, vinyl or PVA-based primer).  Work from the center out.  You can also add more adhesion by using a 100% polyurethane (tube) adhesive, such as Liquid Nails, PL400, DAP, Locktite or Titebond.  This brand is also resistant to heat up to 200 degrees for use behind the stove (check your appliance book for specific information).  Tiles are 3″ x 6″ and are sold in eight-tile packs (enough for one square foot).

"Aspect Self-Stick Wall Tiles"

Cutting tiles is relatively easy with a chop or jig saw.  If this is not available in your tool inventory, try a four-inch brick set chisel and utility knife with a sharp blade.

To caulk or not to caulk?  It is not necessary but you can use a non-sanded grout or  colored or white silicone caulking which is much easier to apply and will give the surface a water-tight seal.

Looks like Home Depot carries this product, along with a similar one pictured below that comes in 4 x 4 tiles.

I’m feeling a project coming on!!  Have you used this product?  Let us know.  Want to do a home renovation project this summer?  This may just be the one for you!

Enjoy and happy renovating..

Vintage Inspired Bedroom (A Well Dressed Home)

Being the vintage lover of all things that we are, we are truly inspired by this master bedroom make over of Jennifer’s of Momento Designs.   She worked with her friend, Emily of A Well Dressed Home   to achieve this fabulous retreat.


Look at the unusual wall treatment.  Just wait until you see what they did with the vintage inspired bird cage.  Click the link above to read the whole story.

1941 Kitchen Makeover

The kitchen in our old 1940’s saltbox house is a galley or corridor kitchen, typical of the era when formal dining rooms were used.  The last two pictures of the slideshow are the “before” ones showing the old green painted cabinets and outdated wall paper.  The custom made cabinets and trim were painted a bright white, the walls were painted an apple green, a new microwave cabinet from IKEA was installed above the stove and a new Hunter ceiling fan was hung.  The old stove was detailed out to show its vintage charm and antique collections are displayed on the countertops and shelves.  Paint and supplies, fan, light fixture, and cabinet came to about $650.00.

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