Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How I Paint French Doors

Yay!!!!
 I am done painting all of the woodwork and trim in our hallway, living room, and dining room.
It only took me two weeks to finish.
blah!
 It was a lot of work, but I am so Happy with the outcome. 
As you may remember from HERE, all of the woodwork in our home use to be a cream color,  and now it is a bright, fresh white.
It looks so much better now.
Today, I thought I'd share how I painted the french doors.
One of the reasons I was holding off on painting all of the woodwork and trim for so long, was because it seemed like it would be such a huge project. Not only does our living area have a lot of woodwork, but there is also a lot of details that needed to be painted as well, like the windows, the hutches and these french doors.
And then the day came where I just decided to go for it. I also decided to go about it in the easiest way possible.
 I didn't want to take the time to tape off  all of the window panels. 
I rarely ever use painters tape. I actually don't think it works very good.  I always end up with paint under the tape somehow anyway.
  Instead I use my method, "Wipe as you go".
 Here's how my "Wipe As You Go" method works.
You paint around the window, cutting in with your paint brush, while trying not to get too much paint on the glass...if possible.
 Then using a damp paper towel, place it over your fingers and wipe up all the wet paint off of the glass.   You will need to get a new damp paper towel every so often. 
And don't worry about any light smears,  they can all be buffed off with a dry paper towel in the end.
I have also heard of another method where you let the paint dry and then scrape it off with a razor blade.  However, that still seemed like too much work for me.
I believe that the "wipe as you go" method is really the best one. 
I also was careful to wipe off all of the old original hardware as well.
I used this same method when painting my corner hutches in the dining room.
By the way, I never realized just how great my collection of white dishes was until I emptied my hutches and grouped it all together. 
I guess I kinda have a thing for white dishes.
 I've picked a lot of it up at yard sales and thrift stores. But it's usually just a dish here, and a cup there and then I bring it home and place it in the hutches.  So it was kinda surprising to see it all together.
And this is not even all of it. 
Anyway, like I said, I'm so happy to be finished painting all of the woodwork and trim in the main area of our home.
However,  I now want to repaint the walls, and then head into the kitchen to repaint the trim in there as well as all of the cabinets. And then make my way into the office to paint the trim in there......

But for now, I'm giving myself a little break from painting to enjoy the work I have done....and to give my dirty, neglected house a good overhaul cleaning.
Yay!!

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Emily




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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Styling a Coffee Table with New Plants

Hello Friends!
I just thought I'd take a break from painting trim to share with you my coffee table.
Because it is winter, everything kinda starts to feel a little bit depressing.  
Do you agree?
 The trees are all bare, it's cold and gloomy, and some days the sun doesn't even make a peek.
This is always the time of year that I load up on Vitamin D and start dreaming of Spring time.
I have found that by bringing in a few extra house plants, it really helps to liven up our home.
 Now I'm not the best plant grower around :)
 So....I have discovered the discounted section in all of my favorite stores that sell plants.
 A lot of stores will reduced the price of plants that may need a little extra TLC.  Either the plants need to be re-potted, or maybe they need a little more sunshine.  Whatever the reason, I like to think I can save them.  And well, then if the plants don't make it.......it was on its way out anyway, Right?
I picked these two little plants up at Fred Meyers, and at Lowe's.  I have bought a few more plants as well, and so far they are all surviving.   
The cute little green enamel pots are from Hobby Lobby, also half price.
I have simply re-potted one of the plants, dividing it between the two new pots.
 Now it has more room to grow.
I then had fun styling my coffee table, giving it a fresh new look.  I layered my tray with books, candles, and some of my favorite little things, like a sweet little dish and some rocks.
 
 I know I've mentioned before, but I absolutely love burning incense.  
They give off such a natural and calming scent.
Now, I know the smoke is a little harsh for some people,  but I have found that by just placing a few un-lit sticks around the house, they still give off that great scent, without being over powering. 
You should give it a try.
I love sitting on the couch and admiring my little tray of happiness.  
It's a good way to shake off those winter blues.
Okay, now back to painting! Soooo much trim to paint!

 Thanks for stopping by,

Emily




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Monday, January 12, 2015

Painting trim


Today's post is not too exciting, but it's what I have been working on lately, and so I thought I'd give you all an update.
I'm currently painting all of the woodwork in our home.
 As you can see from the above picture, all of the woodwork use to be a cream color, 
(Kelly Moore - Almond Sugar).  
And now I am painting it in a bright, fresh, white. The white paint I am using now is an Olympic brand off-the-shelf white.  Now a little about the paint, it's what I used in our bathroom makeover and really liked it.  Although I just ran out, so when I went to Lowe's to buy more, the gentlemen working there told me that I couldn't use that paint for trim since it was only a "base" and that I needed to add white to it ?? hu? So I had him add a white tint. Well when I got home and tried the new paint it looked grayish-white.  So now I've got to go return the paint and buy what I had originally planned on getting in the first place, an off-the-shelf-white-base paint.  
Anyway! 
Do any of you know, does it matter that I'm NOT tinting my base paint?  I really don't care, I love the bright white, so therefore I'm going for it.
 So far I only have the hallway completed. 
But I'm loving it so much that I'm kicking myself for not painting it in the first place.
 When we bought the home, the cream woodwork was all  next to a darker tan color, so it actually did already look pretty white.  It hasn't been since recently that I've notice it being a bit too bland.
I can't believe how much the white is changing the whole look.
 And now with the woodwork all a bright white, the color on the walls are looking a bit bland. So I have tacked up a sample of Benjamin Moore - Gray Lake.  It's the color I had originally planned to paint the walls.  I like it, but I am going to also try out some other colors as well.  
And I'm sure you are all thinking, "It All Looks The Same!"...Ha Ha.  In person though, there is a difference, I promise!
 Now that the hallway is almost complete, I'm headed into the living-dining area.
I can't wait to freshen these rooms up with some bright white.
So Before:                and                         Before:
 However,  when we moved in I decided to match up the cream trim color to the paint for the kitchen cabinets.  So after I finish painting the living-dining area, I'm thinking I'll want to re-paint the cabinets in a fresh white as well.

Fun! Fun!
Why do I always start the New Year off with such Huge Projects?
Here's to a bright-er future!

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Emily





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Monday, January 5, 2015

Modern Refinement

Hello!
Did you all have a wonderful New Years?
We sure did!
The kids went back to school today,  which feels a little weird after having such a nice long break.
But it will be good to get back into a normal routine. . . .I suppose.

 Today I wanted to share a company that my little brother and his wife own.
It's called, Modern Refinement.
They refinish old furniture and make it beautiful.
I am such a huge fan of theirs. I absolutely Love every single piece that they have created. And I think they use the prettiest colors and finishes. 
My most favorite at the moment is this grandfather clock.  Hand built and painted in a pale blue.

Isn't it dreamy!
They actually have quite a few different clocks for sale in their etsy store.
This Love sign is so sweet with the blue buttons in the heart. 
 I want it for my mantel for Valentines day.
Another favorite piece of mine is this midnight blue dresser. I think it has a nautical look to it. And you all know how much I love nautical.
These are just a few that I have picked out to share with you, but they have so many other beautiful pieces, which would all make such a stunning statement in any home.

 To shop Modern Refinement visit their Etsy Store.
You can also follow Modern Refinement on Facebook and Instagram

 Thank you for stopping by today,

Emily




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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Year in Review

Just for fun, and maybe for a little sense of accomplishment as well, I thought I'd share a favorite post of mine from each month of the last year.
Lets have a look back at 2014 shall we?
January: 
 Last year we celebrated the New Year, and my husbands 40th Birthday in Disney World. 
 It's a trip that we have been reminiscing about ever since. 
 I can't wait to go back in another couple of years.
Post Here
February:
In February, I painted the walls in our living room.  I also painted the fireplace in an accent color.
The room reveal can be found HERE.
March:
In March, I was thrilled to have our office featured over at Amplified Apartments.
That article can be found HERE.
April:
I have a beautiful tree in my backyard that blooms lots of white blossoms every Spring.
Last year I placed my white wicker furniture under it and shot a few pictures.
It's something to look forward to every year.
Post Here.
 May:
In May, I added some old barn wood planks to my mantel, which instantly changed the whole look of the room.
Post HERE.
June:
The best thing that happened in June is that I got a New Camera.
I have been taking pictures with it non-stop ever since.  
More about my camera HERE.
July:
I made over our master bedroom with a beachy theme.
Post HERE,
Also in July, I was over the moon to have my driftwood starfish published in Flow Magazine.
Post HERE.
August:
In August we took our annual trip to the Oregon Coast.  
Post HERE.
Also in August, I made over our master bathroom.
Post HERE.
September:
Come September, I was feeling a bohemian vibe.  I started decorating with a lot of feathers, dreamcatchers, and other nature inspired elements.
Post HERE.
 October:
In October I made over yet another bathroom.  This one being the main bath of our home.
Post HERE.
November:
In November my boy's  room got a makeover, which included a new wall color, 
and a Minecraft theme.
Post HERE.
Using the same blue paint as the shelf in my boy's Minecraft room, I painted the back door.
Possibly my favorite project of the year.
Hopefully next year I'll get around to painting the front door.
Post HERE.
December:
We end the year with a Holiday House Tour.
Post HERE.

Wow!!
That was a big, fun, project filled year!
I can not wait to see what comes along in 2015!

I also just wanted to say a Big Thank You to all of you.
Your sweet comments and encouragements is what keeps me going.

I wish you all a Happy New Year full of Happiness,

Thank you always for stopping by,

Emily


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