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Dry Brush Painting for Furniture: Boyd Street Bungalow

One of my favorite antique/thrift furniture stores to go to uses the dry brush method of painting furniture on almost all of their pieces. You can make your own distressed-looking furniture with dry brush painting, an easy project you can do at home. Dry brushing is simply applying paint with a brush that has no water or other moisture on it.

Barb from Design Sponge shows how to dry brush furniture using just a paint brush, paint, sanding sponge, rags, and water-based poly. Be sure to follow her project pointers for dry brushing success such as selecting dark woods or finishes to dry brush over.

photo via designsponge.com

I am going to attempt to dry brush this old chair.  As you can see, it is tucked back with some other future furniture projects.  We will see how it goes and I will update here on the progress.

What colors do you think work best for dry brushing furniture? Let us know by leaving a comment below..

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Happy Birthday Lucy: I Still Love You!

I grew up watching I Love Lucy. 

Of course, every home did not have a television set but it helped that my Dad sold TV’s at his butane business in my small Mississippi hometown of Hazlehurst.  He always boasted that we had the first color TV in Hazlehurst.  I don’t know this for a fact but I do know my little face was glued to that TV set for as many hours as my parents would let me watch.

"Happy Birthday I Love Lucy"

And my favorite show was I Love Lucy.  I still watch every re-run I can catch.  It takes me back to a time when life was less complicated, wholesome and somehow, a slower pace.  It calms me down.  Lucy made you laugh when you were sad and happier when you were happy.

Today would have been Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday.  The Early Show had a video of Lucy this morning which is worth watching…

We Still Love Lucy on her 100th

"I Love Lucy"

As a tribute to Lucy, Boyd Street would like to jot down here just a few of her amazing quotes showing what a strong, independent, hard working woman she was…

I’m happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.

If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.

Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’ t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. 

Lucille Ball

Happy Birthday, Lucy!!  I still love you!

Speaking of Dogs: Pets & Designer Rooms (BHG)

No sooner had I posted this morning about decorating for my dogs

I read about Pets and Designer Rooms over at Better Homes and Gardens.  I am a pet lover and truly believe you cannot have a real home without a pet.  Take a look at all the rooms at the link above.

Here’s a pooch sitting on a chintz chair..

"Designing a Room with Pets in Mind"

Better Homes and Gardens

and, of course, we can’t forget those cute felines.  Here’s China the Cat with Ming fabric.

Better Homes and Gardens

Cheers!

Kitchen Catch-All: Solution to a Messy Counter

I don’t know if your home is like Boyd Street’s…

but somehow keys, mail, magazines, grocery lists and heaven knows what else always seem to land on the small kitchen island.  No matter how hard I try to organize and clean each day, it still looks like a mess.

But… the other day while shopping in the office section at Walmart, I came upon what I think is a great solution!

"Kitchen Catch-All"

It’s made of canvas, has metal grommets and hooks and is made to be hung on the wall or as I did here, on the side of an island or desk.  Not too bad for $14!  There are pockets for magazines, bills, grocery lists, and hooks for keys, etc.

I really think someone “handy” could make their own.  If I had my rathers, the bottom pockets would be deeper to hold a business size envelope vertically and the large compartment could have ties on the side to expand or hold items tightly.  Could have been a brighter color, too 🙂

But for now . . .

the messy counter has been eliminated.  Will let you know how long this lasts!  Do you have special ways to keep your counter tops clean?  Would love to hear about them!

Cheers…

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,

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,

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..

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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Creating a Breakfast Nook (Southern Living)

Love this breakfast nook created by Lindsay Bierman in his kitchen space. Since we love lighting, we really enjoyed the large pendant light that swings over the table.  The simple white laminate table with the Louis XVI style chairs adds just the right touch to this all white kitchen.

Watch the video at the link above and enjoy…

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