Friday, August 22, 2014

A THRIFT STORE TRAY MAKEOVER...

Hello all and happy Friday!  Yes, TGIF!!

I spotted an old UGLY serving tray a few weeks ago at a thrift store for $1.00 and thought it would be perfect to use in the kitchen to corral my flour and sugar canisters.






























However, it was in much need of a makeover (and a GOOD CLEANING)! Lucky for me, I had everything in my stash to do a quick, FREE revamp of this little tray.

I had a small sample container of Ben Moore's Revere Pewter and some left over chalkboard paint from my DIY chalkboard project HERE...
































So I disassembled it and gave everything a good cleaning...































I then gave the frame a couple coats of Revere and the tray lining a few coats of chalkboard paint. Once everything was dry I inscribed a little message... Bon Appetit...(in white crayon so that it's more permanent) on the chalkboard and put it all back together...































Yes, that IS the same tray only BETTER!

It is now the perfect addition to my kitchen.  I have very limited counter space and this little tray allows me to easily move my canisters out of the way when needed.

































Have you been working on any cute little space saving projects lately?

Have a WONDERFUL weekend! Ciao.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

NOT SO BUMMED OR FRUSTRATED TODAY...

Okay, I am sorry for yesterday's rant about hating the new paint color. I know you must think that I am an avid complainer.  I'm not and...I actually DON'T hate it. I won't say I am in love with it but I don't hate it and it is starting to grow on me. Though its much lighter and not as rich as I had envisioned, it's going to be okay and...there are some things I can do to change how it looks on my walls.

First, painting the crown molding and trim a bright/creamy white will help (yes I know, more painting, ugh) and I discovered a little something that has helped already...




I changed the slant of my mini blinds. Yuck, did I just say mini blinds? Yes, I did because I still use them. Now I know most home bloggers out there prefer fancy wooden roman shades and wouldn't even contemplate using cheap vinyl mini blinds anymore but I like them and still use them in most of my rooms. They are cheap inexpensive and I don't have to make sure my wood grains or colors match as with wood blinds. Plain white is always perfect!

Anyway since I changed the slant of my blinds from down (like in the photo above) to up, it changed the way natural light flows into the room projecting the blue light onto the ceiling instead of the floor and walls making things look less blue and washed out. Yay!!  

And now that I am having a better day, a better outlook and better perspective about these four walls of mine, I thought I would show a little of what I have in mind for these four walls...Restoration Hardware style...



I love the sheer white linen curtains, natural linen chairs and botanical prints in this room but I would definitely change the lighting and the table...I like the table but my family don't want a round table so I would go with something like this gorgeous trestle table instead...





As for the lighting I would have to have a shimmering chandy like this...


19th C. Rococo Iron & Clear Crystal Round Chandelier 26" - Rustic Iron





or perhaps something more modern like this...



Foucault's Orb Crystal Chandelier 32" - Rustic Iron


Of course you know I am dreaming, right?  I could never afford anything from Restoration Hardware but I can work with some of the things I have and I can also do some Restoration Hardware copycat projects to get the look I want and that will go with my newly painted walls..

We shall see!  Of course you know I will keep you posted!

Have a fabulous day. Ciao!



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

THE PIG IS GONE...BUT I'M STILL SO FRUSTRATED...

Heck of a title for a blog post don't ya think?  Let me explain...

This is a story of a VERY frustrated little woman...

As you well know I have hated my pig pink walls since the day I originally painted them.  The color was beige buckhorn from Wal-mart and was the suggestion of a friend.  Of course it looked "great" in her house and that's why she suggested it.  Though others liked it in my house, they didn't live with it day and night and to me it at times looked garish, muddy and even dirty. Besides, the pinkish tinge was driving me crazy and NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING went with it.  So finally, after getting permission from the hubs to spend more money on paint, I spent the better part of last Saturday (approx. 12 hours) getting rid of the "pig" from my living room, dining room and two small hallways.  Yes, I painted ALL that (by myself) in just ONE day (and was sick the next day with a massive headache) because I hated those pig pink walls so much.

However, I HATE the new color too.

Waaaa, waaaa, sob, sob, WAAAAAAAA!!!!

You see, I had been dreaming of a nice light gray/greige for a VERY long time and was wanting to try Revere Pewter by Ben Moore. So awhile back (way over a year ago) I got a sample of Ben Moore's Revere Pewter mixed in Valspar from Lowes, painted it on a few poster boards, hung them on the walls and looked at it day and night for what seemed like forever. I thought it was perfect BUT the hubs didn't like it.  He said "it's too green". So I nixed the idea of having Revere Pewter walls, which I had my heart set on.

Then I spotted these gorgeous rooms painted in Ben Moore's Classic Gray OC-23...


Benjamin Moore Classic Gray Design Ideas, Pictures, Remodel and Decor
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Our Vintage House Love

and knew that it would be the perfect color for my house.  It's light, bright and airy with a hint of perfect, right?!! So I skipped the sample altogether (which is a BIG no no) because I just knew this was the one, the right one!

Well get this, the color don't look the same in my house as everyone elses...



























































It's all washed out at times with tinges of blue in my house! Tell me, WHY?  Is it the West facing light that's making it look that way? Is it because I had it mixed at Lowes in Valspar brand paint instead of paying ridiculously high amounts of money for the Benjamin Moore brand? Or, is it because God blessed me with this TEST of a house and is wanting to see just how FRUSTRATED I will get before I decide to burn the place down?  WHO KNOWS!

Oh how I have prayed, begged and pleaded for God to have mercy and let me get it right so I can move on....

I have NEVER had these problems before. I would paint, it would look GOOD and we would go from there. Oh, but not with this house!  My last house I had painted and decorated perfectly in less than two years and was content to just dwell but not so with this house. NOTHING looks good in this house.  I have painted these two rooms and hallways 3 times now...3 and I am FED UP with painting only to have everything look...well the best word to describe it is...NASTY.  Nonetheless, I am going to have to be happy with this and make due because the hubs has already said that we are not buying anymore paint! Period, end of story!

Not sure why he's so put out...he hasn't lifted a single paint brush to help on the painting any of these 3 times.

So what's a girl to do?  Well, I guess I am just going to have to change everything out with stuff that WILL look good with this color, if that's even possible

So, do you know anyone who wants to buy a new silvery gray sofa and loveseat (seriously I want rid of them), a red rug, two pineapple prints or any of my other stuff?  If so do tell!



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