Last summer on my beach vacation I bought a coloring book. I started coloring that week…and I’ve been hooked ever since!
I needed an outlet to replace mindless time on my computer. I realized that when I was overwhelmed and stressed I was mindlessly trolling the never ending abyss called the “internet”. I remember when I first heard the word internet, the information super highway! Well, that it is! So instead of clogging the brain up with the information super highway I’m coloring!
I got a fabulous set of colored pencils from Barn’s and Noble! They are so much better than the Crayola ones I had found in my kids cast off school supplies.
Check out the coloring book my sister in law got me for Christmas! I am a HUGE Outlander fan!!! I can’t wait to color Jaime!
Of course I colored a house first! If you can’t decorate one color one!
I’m working with my favorite top coat today in the studio. I have time some in between coats so I thought I would take a few minutes to share with you what I use, and how I use it!
Hands down my favorite clear coats to are the General Finishes High Performance water based top coats. Today I am using Flat, but I really like their Satin finish as well. I started using General Finishes products this past year and have been super impressed by everything I’ve used thus far. Check out their website to find out more about their products and where you can purchase them. I purchase mine at Total Bliss in Greensboro, North Carolina.
My preferred method to apply this top coat is to use lint free rags. The ones I use resemble a “cheesecloth” type rag. I purchase them in bulk online at the U.S Wiping Company. I just put on a pair of latex disposable cloths, wad up a few, dip them in the top coat and wipe it on. Then I just throw away the used rags and there is zero clean up. I have found that I hated using brushes to put on top coats. There is always lint or debris in the cleanest brush, and it tends to come off onto my surface and drive me mad!
I love how using top coats and glazes changes paint!
Happy New Year from my home to yours! Check out my squeaky clean kitchen floors? I started the new year out by giving them a super good clean….I might not even clean them that good for the rest of the year!
2015 was SUPER awesome! I was overly blessed with tons of painting for clients….mostly kitchens! I’ll try to get some photos up soon of some of the wonderfully transformations that took place.
I’m super excited for 2016! I’ve got a few projects planned in my house and lots of work for upcoming clients, so don’t give up on checking the website!! I’m going to try to be better at keeping the website updated.
Several months ago I completed a shiplap feature wall in my Master Bedroom. I’ve been meaning to do a blog post about it…but…well…I got really busy….and quit frankly I really don’t have very good pictures. The perfect pictures are never going to happen… so, I grabbed the few I have off my phone. The wall was SUPER easy and really made a huge difference in the room!
Here is my room before. It is painted Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue. I love the color, but it is just so blue! I wanted to break up the blue with some white.
I splurged and bought the Ryobi Air Strike Brad Nailer from Home Depot. I had been wanting one for awhile and this seemed like a good time to go for it. Next, I purchased 4 sheets of 1/4″ plywood at Home Depot for $13.97 each and had them cut it into 6 inch wide planks. Some of the edges were a little splintery so I sanded them down slightly with my power sander.
I did not plan out some perfect pattern. I just randomly staggered the boards, making cuts as I went along. The boards were so lightweight and easy to hang! I even let my 11 year old get in on the nailing action. I did not paint the wall white first. I debated on that. I was wondering if you would see the blue through the cracks. I’m glad I did not waste my time doing that! I can’t see any blue peeking through.
I had LOTS going on in my life when I was trying to get this done…so, I will admit that it took about 2 weeks to get all the boards up. Some days I would just nail about 3 boards at a time. You could easily get this project done in a day or two if you had the time.
I then hand brushed 3 coats of white paint I already had, Sherwin Williams Snowbound in Satin. I’m sure rolling would have worked too. I didn’t have any rollers and I prefer hand brushing because I could push the paint down into the seams.
The mirror over the bed was free from a friend who was done with it. It was painted in gold craft paint when it arrived at my house.
I painted it with a few coats of Annie Sloan Graphite and then washed some Pearl Plaster from Artisan Enhancements over it.
I also added some white curtains from Wayfair (a terrible picture!) and they really made a huge difference. Now I”m shopping for a chair for the corner and getting stuff hung back on the walls! It seems everything takes me a long time to finish these days!
The shiplap was super easy and super cheap! I would definitely do it again….maybe I will some where else in the house!
I’ve been having a blast hosting Studio Nights in my Hueology Studio! Everyone who has attended seems to have enjoyed it too! One thing people have also enjoyed is taking a sneak peak into my home to see how I have incorporated my flea market finds and painted furniture into my decor.
So….that being said…I’m offering up quite a deal on the next Studio Nights….I will provide you with a wooden tray and all the paint and supplies needed to create a fun home decor piece….PLUS…a tour of the first floor of my home….which includes my master bedroom with my recent planked accent wall!
Our client had previously had her builder grade oak cabinets painted and glazed very dark quite a few years ago. The island was also painted black.
We used Old White Chalk Paint® on the perimeter cabinets and added some dark brown glaze. The island was done with Chateau Grey Chalk Paint® with Old White highlights and dark brown glaze. The silver brush nickel knobs were replaced with oil rubbed bronze handles and pulls! It is amazing how lighter and brighter the kitchen became!
She is Myquillyn Smith, mostly known as The Nester! I’m going to be honest here peeps…she has had a ginormous impact on how I decorate for quite a long time…and I’m sure many of you too! I’d like to tell you little bit of the how and why…because it is a pretty good story…
It was about 2008 ish, and I had a friend of mine make me some drapes for my dining room. She was over at my house and asked me if I knew about “The Nester”?. I was like, “Who? The What? What is a Nester?”. Well she told me to go read this girls blog from our town (Greensboro, NC) called Nesting Place. I was hooked on this chick immediately!!! She was so real and was doing such amazing home transformations on a zero budget! I was a stay at home mom too and loved decorating. I checked her blog everyday, and hung on every super cool word she typed! At that time I was making some extra money on the side making and selling cookie dough. At that time Myquillyn was creating and selling these amazing tassels, as well as her fabulous blog. Long story short we got to meet through cookie dough and tassels….and our paths have crossed a few time through the years.
Her tagline “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” has been so freeing!!! It have given me and so many others the courage to try so many things we may not have ever done because the fear of perfectionism. My mother kept a perfect house. I do not. I never will, or do I desire too. It is such a freeing revelation! Go with it! Own it! Rock it!
Nester bought her house that she lives in now just about the same time we bought this one…end of 2013…so I have been closely following her journey to turn her home into her dream home…but a cozy dream home. Just as I am doing to this one. So, when I heard she was doing an online coaching class called the Cozy Minimalist, which concludes at her very own home’s barn…I WAS IN!!
Who wants to join me in the venture? It starts March 26!
Check out the Cozy Minimalist website to find out more about Nester and this great opportunity to join me in that includes the following:
Four live weekly coaching webinars featuring photos selected from Cozy Minimalist class attendees
Access to a private Facebook group where we can encourage each other
Weekly challenges to post and share about the progress of your room
That happy feeling you get when a space in your home starts to look more like what you’ve always imagined
I’m still trying to decide which room I am going to focus on….but I hope you follow along with me and the others joining in this venture. You can mostly follow me on Instagram. I tend to post the most there.
Please comment and let me know if you decide to partake in this journey so we can stay super connected through it!!!