Saturday, February 8, 2014
Saturday, October 26, 2013
I’ve been painting again. Anyone who knows me in real life is probably laughing at my use of “again”… I know it seems I never stop painting around here.
This past few months I’ve painted Mark’s room, an entry and front door, the house exterior (hired out), Mark’s bathroom, Susie’s room and our master. Phew! That makes it sound like I have a problem or something. Anyone else suffer a painting addiction? Oh, and don’t even get me started on painting furniture!
When I paint I make a huge mess. Of course the room gets torn apart, but I also take off all the baseboards, door casings and window trim because I hate getting paint on them. Nobody around here seems to mind my mess…
And when I get started they usually ask why I am doing this? And then when I’m done, they say “Yay!” In the case of the hubby, maybe in not so many words. ;)
Anyway… Here is the happy outcome of Susie’s recent room re-do that had me and her saying “YAY!!!”…
So what do you think? I’m pretty in love. Most importantly, Susie said, and I quote, “How did you know I wanted my room like this??” Score.
Wall color: Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue #HC144; idea from this pin. It shows in some of my pictures as baby blue and some pictures as a green-blue; in real life it is more green-blue. It’s gorgeous. Painted it in my bedroom too after doing Susie’s room.
Bed: Craigslist score ($40) I painted. Will share that process sometime soon.
Quilt: Farm Chicks 2012 find ($30 but I had to finish backing and binding)
Framed horse poster: Thrifted ($14)
Horse sketch: My friend, Sarah, drew it for Susie while she was babysitting a couple years ago.
Elephant art: old IKEA.
Ribbons: from my horse-showing days; idea came from this pin.
Ceiling masterpiece: Another dear friend and babysitter made me the tissue paper flowers, the lanterns came from Hobby Lobby and the honeycomb-ish one came from Target. Tissue paper flower tutorials here.
Drawers on the wall: idea came from this pin.
Crates as book case: idea came from this pin; I still might paint them eventually.
Little blue chair: antiquing find on way home from Farm Chicks 2012, ($10).
Armoire: old IKEA.
Yellow locker baskets: Farm Chicks 2013 find ($10/each).
Play kitchen: Target ($99); should’ve gotten the IKEA one. The doors always fall off this one and the red paint chips easily.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Okay, so not too long ago, I featured this sweet little brick farm house, found in my travels, on my farmhouse friday feature:
Well today you get to take a tour of this house, via the lovely world wide web, courtesy of Redfin and John L. Scott Real Estate. Have you guys ever played around on Redfin? It’s a great website that scoops up all the houses for sale via real estate companies (and people can post FSBO as well), and brings them to you all on one fully searchable website with loads of helpful neighborhood/school info, stats and statistics, and photos too.
Plus, you get to snoop inside sweet digs. Did I just use the word “digs” correctly?
So anyway, here is the link to this home on Redfin, so go and take a tour of this amazing little gem. I’m calling it little even though it’s more than twice the size of my place. It’s just because it’s so dang cute! The bones in this house are pretty amazing. Of course there are things that I would change, paint, and ironically, make a little more “farm housey” due to some of the circa 1990 updates in the bathrooms mainly. The kitchen is pretty swoony. And that last picture KILLS me. Leave a comment and tell me what you think of one of my favorite homes.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another room reveal post! For reals this time. The post is 90% finished!
PS. Of course, I the lowly little blogger, am not affiliated with RedFin or John L. Scott in any way.
Friday, October 18, 2013
While picking up the kids from my mom about an hour away (Mom lives out of town so we meet in the middle) (now I’m gonna have that country song stuck in my head), I was rescued from failing you on this farmhouse Friday!
I pulled a u-turn after I drove past this…
This little gem hides just off the highway, behind a bramble bush (I don’t know what that is but it sounds like a Southern way of saying sticker bushes). People are living in another place behind it so I’m not sure what the status is.
But the status should be a little love and a little elbow grease!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Over the past couple weeks I have painted and refreshed our upstairs bathroom. We have a pretty small house (1060 s.f.), and the upstairs is just a bedroom and a powder room, and a short ceilinged powder room at that. The definition of tiny. The bedroom is Mark’s, so he’s usually the only one using this bathroom.
The walls were previously painted Tapestry by Ralph Lauren which is a medium tone of rust with a touch of rose. It’s a pretty color, which I used in a wide hallway at the MIL’s place and we still love it there, but it was doo dark and intense for this tiny bathroom. So I added a couple coats of a light gray, and brought in some boy-friendly, simple accessories to finish off the room with some interesting pops of color.
I apologize for the lighting – you’ll see how tiny it is- it’s very difficult to get good shots in here. I even brought in my flash to brighten it up, but it’s a little harsh. Regardless, I’m fighting perfectionism, so… Have a look anyway!
I am super happy with it. I might be guilty of turning on the light and peeking in just for a glimpse while on my way to the little guy’s room. And most importantly, he likes it.
Although I did have to request the smile. So apparently he’s not excited about interior design as I am. =)
As far as sources go, here are a few links:
Paint: BEHR mixed to Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray HC-105, at 80% (I wish I would have gone 50%).
Medicine cabinet: IKEA Hemnes – discontinued. They have a more modern version now.
Chalkboard: chalkboard vinyl. Review: The IKEA chalk that I have is very scratchy on the chalkboard vinyl. Maybe I need better quality chalk. I would be mad if it were for a surface that I wanted to change often, but am happy with it for this project. I like the option to peel it off and revert back to the wood later if I wanted to; which I probably won’t – this is my favorite thing in the space!!
Lantern: IKEA, Morkt Lantern
Larger globe: thrifted. This is my favorite globe in the entire world. The colors are perfect. Someone painted on it “CHRIST FOR THE WORLD, MISSION FUND” which is very fitting for my little man that wants to be a missionary. <3
Smaller globe: Target pencil sharpener.
Trash can: Target basic. It was black, I spray painted it Rust-Oleum Marigold Yellow
Red lantern: garage sale.
Brush and bowl: thrifted. Don’t worry, the brush was a new item, not used. =)
Mirror: I don’t know! There’s a similar one at Target.
Light fixture: Lowes Portfolio Dark Sky Outdoor Wall Light ($30!!). I spray painted the shade Appliance Gloss White
And last but not least, the towel holder. Which is a very functional and handsome (dare I say so myself) DIY. Because homeboy does NOT know how to use a towel without dropping it and leaving it wadded up on the counter. This one actually holds onto the towel really well – no more wadded up towel!! This was the inspiration. My version is a bit more rugged. Like my boy.
It just required some simple tools…
Wood hunk of your choice
Sisal rope from the hardware store
Eye hooks with holes slightly larger than the rope diameter
Drill with a bit slightly smaller than the threaded portion of the eye hooks
I used the index card as a template for the placement of the eye hooks
Means of hanging the whole thing (I screwed mine straight to the wall; more later)
I simply used my index card stencil to drill two evenly-spaced holes to help the large eye screws go into the wood.
Then I screwed them in. They can’t be sticking out the back it won’t hang straight to the wall.
I put the ends of the rope through the eye screws, tying knots to hold it in place and cutting the excess off.
Then, being the magiver DIYer that I am, I screwed it directly into the wall using 2.5 inch long screws, placed behind where the towel hangs, so they’re hidden. I screwed one into a stud and used a sheetrock anchor for the other one.
That’s all I got today! Time to do some painting with a friend. Paint by number. Pray for me.
More posts coming this week – I am determined. God Bless!