Soft Gray Side Table

I’ve been doing a little redecorating in my almost eighteen year old’s room. He’ll be going to college in the fall so you could say my timing is a little bad. The truth is, his room has always been a disaster, he’s definitely a pack rat. I’m hoping that by creating a more mature bedroom with matching furniture, an organized closet and calm colors it will help him transition into the young man I know he can be. Fingers crossed!

We bought these table at least ten years ago, I think it's from Target. It's nothing special but I think it'll make a great side table for our son's room.

We bought this table at least ten years ago, I think it’s from Target. It’s nothing special but I think it’ll make a great side table for our son’s room.

Here it is after a coat of soft gray. I didn't plan on painting the wicker drawer but the contrast is pretty harsh

Here it is after a coat of soft gray. I didn’t plan on painting the wicker drawer but the contrast is pretty harsh

After I painted the wood trim, I felt much better about the finished piece. That's why I love paint, if you're not happy with your first try, keep going

After I painted the wood trim, I felt much better about the finished piece. That’s why I love paint, if you’re not happy with your first try, keep going

I picked up this vintage crab ashtray at our local thrift store for $6. I've been using it to store paperclips but, it's a little grimy.

I picked up this vintage crab ashtray at our local thrift store for $6. I’ve been using it to store paperclips but, it’s a little grimy.

This before and after is pretty dramatic. I found a "natural" recipe for brass cleaner 1tsp salt, 1/2 cup vinegar and enough flour to form a paste. It worked so well!

This before and after is pretty dramatic. I found a “natural” recipe for brass cleaner 1tsp salt, 1/2 cup vinegar and enough flour to form a paste. It worked so well!

I love this midcentury ashtray, he's been repurposed as a desk accessory

I love this midcentury ashtray, he’s been repurposed as a desk accessory

Here's my other little thrift store find. It's a Trojan Horse ($10) and yes, it' opens!

Here’s my other little thrift store find. It’s a Trojan Horse ($10) and yes, it’ opens!

before & after

before & after

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A Simple Towel Holder For Under $3

Last night, we went to Home Depot to pick up some closet shelving. I stumbled on to these numbered hooks. They were on clearance for $2.50 a box

Last night, we went to Home Depot to pick up some closet shelving. I stumbled on to these numbered hooks. They were on clearance for $2.50 a box

I love the idea of numbered hooks but didn't love the finish. This is after one coat of Annie Sloan Old White

I love the idea of numbered hooks but didn’t love the finish. This is after one coat of Annie Sloan Old White

I don't want to put 10 holes in our wall so, I'm going to attach them to this discarded cabinet drawer face....after it gets a coat of Annie Sloan Graphite

I don’t want to put 10 holes in our wall so, I’m going to attach them to this discarded cabinet drawer face….after it gets a coat of Annie Sloan Graphite

Here it is, almost finished. I'm gonna have Terry add the hooks. The odds of me getting five hooks perfectly spaced are small. When it's all done, I'll hang it in our basement bathroom. It has black & white tile and a vintage feel so, this will be perfect.

Here it is, almost finished. I’m gonna have Terry add the hooks. The odds of me getting five hooks perfectly spaced are small. When it’s all done, I’ll hang it in our basement bathroom. It has black & white tile and a vintage feel so, this will be perfect.

I’ll post an updated photo of it when I get it hung. Happy almost Spring!!

Going Old School

I picked up this card catalog and stand at a local thrift store for $75. It fits perfectly on this little wall just outside of our kitchen

I picked up this card catalog and stand at a local thrift store for $75. It fits perfectly on this little wall, just outside our kitchen

The top is not painted very well, I suspect there was another card catalog stacked on top at some point so, I added a few garage sale globes and a carrot carrying pickup truck to hide the scratches

The top is not painted very well, when it was originally used, there was probably another card catalog on top of it. I added a few garage sale globes and a carrot carrying pickup truck to hide the scratches

I considered making new labels but, I don't think I could do better than space robots.

I considered making new labels but, I don’t think I could do better than space robots and yes, I checked the money drawer, it was empty :(

It's also the perfect hiding place from the new dog. In case you're wondering, I'm not the grammar police, in fact I'm the one who is frequently ticketed.  I bought the sign for my son as a joke, he didn't think it was funny :)

It’s also the perfect hiding place from the new dog. In case you’re wondering, I’m not the grammar police, in fact I’m the one who is frequently ticketed. I bought the sign for my son, it was a joke, he didn’t think it was funny – teenagers :)

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It’s Easy Being Antibes Green

We purchased this vintage Nichols & Stone Rocker from our local recycle center....it was falling apart but, Terry carefully clamped & glued it back together

We purchased this vintage Nichols & Stone Rocker from our local recycle center….it was falling apart but, Terry carefully clamped & glued it back together

I painted it will Antibes Green by Annie Sloan.

I painted it with Antibes Green by Annie Sloan.

It's such a fantastic pop of green.

It’s such a fantastic pop of green.I finished it with slight distressing and clear wax. I’ve seen this color done with dark wax and it’s gorgeous but, I wanted to keep the brightness of this green

This is actually an adult size chair, they were built lower to the ground back then

This is actually an adult size chair, they were built lower to the ground back then

Wouldn't this look so cute in an all white nursery! Best part, works for a boy or a girl

Wouldn’t this look so cute in an all white nursery! Best part, works for a boy or a girl

Think Spring!

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Driftwood Gray Buffet

This is a small post but, the change is pretty dramatic. I used Driftwood by General Finishes and I really love this color. It’s not to dark, not to light…..you know the rest :)

This is a really quality built piece I'm paint for a customer. I think she's making the right decision, the color is a little dated

This is a really quality built piece I’m painting for a customer. I think she’s making the right decision, the original color is a little dated

We started out with a few quick samples and she chose the darker one.

We started out with a few quick samples and she chose the darker one.

Here it is mostly, done. I still need to apply a protective matte finish but, I'm gonna wait 48 hours.

Here it is mostly, done. I still need to apply a protective matte finish but, I’m gonna wait 48 hours.

I still couldn't resist carefully styling it...it is gonna sit in my living room for the next few days

I still couldn’t resist carefully styling it…it is gonna sit in my living room for the next few days. Note: I didn’t alter the color in either photo, this one is taken facing our windows, it’s been very dark and gray in Michigan lately

I kind of wish I could keep it longer, I do love a stray!

I kind of wish I could keep it longer, I do love a stray!

Case in point, we went to the pet store for dog food and came home with another member of the family. I must admit, his color is more typical of Michigan driftwood with shades of beige

Case in point, we went to the pet store for dog food and came home with another member of the family. I must admit, his color is more typical of Michigan driftwood with shades of beige but, I love the General Finishes gray too! If you haven’t used this paint, you should! It’s wonderful to work with, great coverage and a super smooth finish

PicMonkey Collage

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Getting The Color Right

When we updated our kitchen, I was in the middle of painting a piece of furniture for a friend, she chose Duck Egg Blue and I fell hard and fast for this color. I decided to incorporate it in our kitchen by painting the stools, blackboard frame and a few other accessories to match.

The truth is, I never really felt at home with this color. Let me say, it’s a gorgeous color and one of my favorites to use……..for other people. I’m just not a light blue kind of person, and for the record, I’ve never been able to “love” yellow either.

But, black, that's one of my favorite colors. I wonder what that says about my personality. I painted my kitchen chairs in Graphite by Annie Sloan

But black, now that’s one of my favorite colors (I wonder what that says about my personality) I painted my kitchen chairs in Graphite by Annie Sloan

I wanted to soften the black and white table set with plants so, I went looking for a low rise circular planter at the local thrift store and guess what, I found one.

I wanted to soften the black and white table set with plants so, I went looking for a low rise circular planter at the local thrift store and guess what, I found one.

I purchased about $12 worth of mini plants, added rocks and soil.......

I purchased about $12 worth of mini plants, added rocks and soil…….

Here's the finished planter, in the midwest we have had a ridiculous amount of snow and a little green helps a lot!

Here’s the finished planter! Here in the Midwest, we have had a ridiculous amount of snow and a little green goes a long way

I replaced the blue stools with these industrial looking ones from Overstock. When we originally updated our island, Terry built it to hide the stools. The old ones had backs so it was defeating the purpose, these tuck right in.

I replaced the blue stools with these industrial looking ones from Overstock. When we originally updated our kitchen, Terry built the island to hide the stools. The old ones had backs so it was defeating the purpose, these tuck right in.

I also purchased the round rug from Overstock, the prices were great and I'm really happy with the "less" colorful look. Our countertops are granite on one side and butcherblock on the other side and I think the blue was just to busy.

I also purchased the round rug from Overstock, the prices were great and I’m really happy with the “less” colorful look. Our countertops are granite on one side and butcher block on the other side, I think the blue was just way too busy. I think the black kind of grounds the whole space


I distressed the Old White to reveal the dark stain which coordinates well with the black even though it's really dark brown

I distressed the Old White to reveal the dark stain which coordinates well with the black even though it’s really dark brown

The review of the rug indicated it didn't lay flat and I'm seeing that but, I think it will over time.

The review of the rug indicated it didn’t lay flat and I’m seeing that but, I think it will over time.

Here's a better picture of the stools from Overstock. We originally had three stools but, after I read the reviews regarding the size of these, I ordered two and I'm glad I did.

Here’s a better picture of the stools from Overstock. We originally had three stools but, after I read the reviews regarding the size of these, I only ordered two and I’m glad I read the reviews.


That’s all for now stay warm!

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Heart Cut Out Pillow

Over the weekend, I went shopping, looking for a small accent pillow. We’re in the process of redecorating our bedroom, mostly in soft shades of browns, beige and white.

The pillows I found in these colors were either boring, expensive or super uncomfortable – made from rope and twine – great looking but, really

I had fabric scraps that match our duvet cover so, I decided to make a small accent pillow, it was really easy.

I made a heart shaped group of hearts using the Silhouette Cameo. I ironed fusible webbing on the back of the white fabric, then when I cut it out, I peeled the paper backing off and ironed it on to the pillow cover

I made a heart shaped group of hearts using the Silhouette Cameo. I ironed fusible webbing on the back of the white fabric, then when I cut it out, I peeled the paper backing off and ironed it on to the pillow cover

Here it is after I ironed them on, fusible webbing side down

Here it is after I ironed them on, fusible webbing side down

I thought it looked a little plain, in hind sight, I'd probably do different color hearts.

I thought it looked a little plain, in hind sight, I’d probably do multiple color hearts.

I went through my box of scraps and found the "crystal" beads and be-dazzled it a little bit.

I went through my box of scraps and found the “crystal” beads and be-dazzled it a little bit.

Added a little pic monkey glow and now it’s dreamy!

Here's a look at bedroom as it relates to the updated master bath. We're going to purchase bamboo blinds, paint the walls the lighter shade that's in the bathroom and I think I'm going to paint the blanket chest with some miss mustard seed milkpaint, hoping it'll chip in all the right places :)

Here’s a look at bedroom as it relates to the updated master bath. We’re going to purchase bamboo blinds, paint the walls the lighter shade that’s in the bathroom and I think I’m going to paint the blanket chest with some miss mustard seed milkpaint, hoping it’ll chip in all the right places :)

Master Bath Updates

Our master bath vanity - yikes it looked even worse in person

Our master bath vanity – yikes it looked even worse in person

We've been trying to do "affordable" updates with the hope of selling our house in the future

We’ve been trying to do “affordable” updates with the hope of selling our house in the future. We picked up these cabinets at cabinet express. They are very well constructed and affordable, down side – limited finish choices….this(toffee) or chocolate which was way to contemporary for our house. We actually discussed painting them but, I think the wood warms up the otherwise cold beige tile

We actually picked a granite remnant, t was laying in the snow in the back of the shop. Needless to say, we got a good deal on it and actually picked the cabinets to match

When we picked this granite remnant, it was laying in the snow in the back of the granite shop. Needless to say, we got a good deal on it

Because we got such a good deal on the vanity, we splurged on these vintage looking lightbulbs. I think they totally changed the look of these light fixtures

Because we were able to raise and reuse these light fixtures, we splurged on vintage looking lightbulbs. (right side) I think they totally changed the look of the fixtures

Here's a closer look at the "edison bulbs" I think they're fantastic. Check out our super fat crown molding (not really) the middle part is paint. See how we did it here

Here’s a closer look at the “edison bulbs” I think they’re fantastic. Check out our super fat crown molding (not really) the middle part is paint. See how we did it here

I picked up this vintage cabinet for $30; it was a little scratched so I decided to paint it

I picked up this vintage cabinet for $30; it was a little scratched so I decided to paint it

First I painted it coco, I think it looked gorgeous but it matched the bathroom so well that it just kind of disappeared

First I painted it coco, I think it looked gorgeous but it matched the bathroom so well that it just kind of disappeared

After I waxed the coco, I painted over it in graphite then distressed it to reveal a little of the coco

After I waxed the coco, I painted over it in graphite then distressed it to reveal a little of the coco

I think bathroom stuff looks so much more organized on a tray, I picked this up at our local thrift store for $2

I think bathroom stuff looks so much more organized on a tray, I picked this one up at our local thrift store for $2

A quick coat of graphite & wax, now it's ready to use

A quick coat of graphite & wax, now it’s ready to use

I picked up this gallery wrapped print at Lowes for $39. I think the colors do a good job tying the beige tile with the darker granite.

I picked up this gallery wrapped print at Lowes for $39. I think the colors do a good job tying the beige tile with the darker granite.

We didn't want to use silver pulls and we didn't want to introduce a new metal so, we opted for black hardware

We didn’t want to use silver pulls and we didn’t want to introduce a new metal so, we opted for black hardware

We also opted to create our own template for the granite (saved $100) As you can see, it was a little to precise and they had to damage the wall to get it in.

We also opted to create our own template for the granite (saved $100) As you can see, it was a little too precise and they had to damage the wall to get it in. Might let them measure next time :)

I tried to repeat the black in a few other spots in the room so it would look purposeful. All we have left to do is fix the wall, add the toe kick and purchase a frameless shower door

I tried to repeat the black in a few other spots in the room so it would look purposeful. All we have left to do is fix the wall, add the toe kick and purchase a frameless shower door

As you can see, we reused as much as we could to keep the cost down. We spent about $1200.00 total and did all the labor ourselves. Best part: I now have my own sink :)

The Truth About Wine….

The truth about wine is that……

                                                     “In wine there is truth”

I picked up this wood wine crate at our local Salvation Army. This photo is after I added bin pulls to the sides

I picked up this wood wine crate at our local Salvation Army. This photo is after I added bin pulls to the sides

I put the pulls higher than normal to preserve the Napa Valley stamp.

I put the pulls higher than normal to preserve the Napa Valley stamp.

I used chalk to mark the center

I used chalk to mark the center

Can you tell what I'm going to paint on the now "mobile" wine storage

Can you tell what I’m going to paint on the now “portable” wine storage. Now its’ contents can be easily transported

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In wine there is truth!

In wine there is truth!

Like most people, I don’t speak Latin but, after seeing this phrase in the wine department of our local grocery store, I looked it up. Here’s what I found

The Roman historian Tacitus described how the Germanic peoples always drank while holding councils, as they believed nobody could lie effectively when drunk

I guess somethings never change!

Stay warm

Paris Grey Chair

I picked up this chair at The Salvation Army over the summer

I picked this chair up at The Salvation Army this past summer

After a few coats of Paris Grey, it was looking pretty cute

After a few coats of Paris Grey, it was looking pretty cute

Next I recovered the seat with this gray chevron fabric from HGTV. It's a really beautiful material although my pictures don't really capture it

Next I recovered the seat with this gray chevron fabric from HGTV. It’s a really beautiful material although my pictures don’t really capture it

This fabric was $40 a yard! I used a coupon and bought only what I needed 24"

This fabric was $40 a yard! I used a coupon and bought only what I needed 24″

Decorator fabric is 54" wide so, I had a big scrap for this pillow. Look who's creeping on it....

Decorator fabric is 54″ wide so, I had a big scrap for this pillow. Look who’s creeping on it….

Like I said, the fabric is really nice!

Like I said, the fabric is really nice!

And just like that, Charlie took over my $40 a yard pillow

And just like that, Charlie took over my $40 a yard pillow