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Shiplap Wall….so easy!

shiplap6Several 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.

shiplap5I 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.

shiplap4I 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.

shiplap3I 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.

IMG_3291shiplapwall2The 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.

goldmirrorI painted it with a few coats of Annie Sloan Graphite and then washed some Pearl Plaster from Artisan Enhancements over it.

graphitecanmirrorshiplapwallI 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!

curtainsThe shiplap was super easy and super cheap!  I would definitely do it again….maybe I will some where else in the house!

What’s going on in my home?

IMG_2879Poor little Asher is always standing around wondering “what the heck is going on now?”.

If you recall I signed up for Nester’s Cozy Minimalist online decorating class! I’m focusing on my Master Bedroom!

I cannot reveal all the going’s on in the class out of total respect to Myquillyn, aka Nester…but I will say it has been FABULOUS….and I stripped down my Master Bedroom of ALL decor to start!

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My walls are Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue….so here we go….I will give you a sneak peak at something that is going to happen on the wall behind the bed….

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The Studio is OPEN!

studioafter4Come on in and take a look!  The studio is open and has already hosted 2 events!!!

studioafter2Welcome to the entry…and the “wash up” station!

I found this triple bar sink at an Antique Mall and paid $195 for it…I contemplated trying to do the plumbing myself.  I even watched a few You Tube videos, etc.  Something did not feel right about it and I ended up calling a plumber…pretty glad I did…it ended up actually being a complicated install, and the most expensive part of the studio.  If you look closely you can see that I had to raise the sink height to accommodate the new trap.  I bought some decorative wooden legs for $5.00 each at Home Depot and painted them to match the stainless steel!  I also purchased from Home Depot some faux tin panels to fashion the sink back splash. Just glued them right to the wall…super easy!  Now I have the perfect station for washing brushes, stencils and hands!!

studioafterI love my office nook!

studioafter3I spray painted an old brass chandelier with oil rubbed bronze spray paint, hung it, and then stapled draped burlap for the “ceiling”.  I painted the floor with Graphite Chalk Paint®, stenciled it using the Large Moorish Trellis Stencil from Royal Design Studio, and Old White Chalk Paint®.  I sealed the floor with Annie Sloan Lacquer.

I scored the rusty base of the desk from one of my favorite places, Shoppes on Patterson, in Greensboro, NC, and the perfect barn door from Simply Janelle Designs in Summerfield, NC.

This space is perfect for meeting with clients, and looking over sample boards!

studionightschalkboardI made a chalk board wall here….

wine + furniture+paint= Studio Nights

The next Studio Nights is February 27th from 6:30-8:30…or later….because who wants to go home that early after a night of FUN?!?!

studioafter6I’ve got a great food and beverage station and a fab refrigerator I painted with Provence Chalk Paint® and stenciled with the French Menu Lettering Stencil from Royal Design Studio using Old White Chalk Paint® and sealed with a Clear Finish from Artisan Enhancements.

studionightsHere are some photos from last months Studio Nights!

studionights2If you want in for the next one sign up ASAP!

It is designed for anyone who wants to have fun!  It is incredibly therapeutic!  Come learn, be inspired and find your inner creativity!

DIY Coat Rack

coatrackOne thing that we don’t have in this house is a coat closet and a very small entryway.  I was looking for a solution for hanging coats and dog leashes by the front door.  Of course the first place I looked was Pinterest!

I fell in love with this idea!

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It didn’t exactly happen overnight.  I did not just have a fabulous chippy column just laying around and an affordable one did not just land in my lap overnight.  I put the word out “on the street” that I was looking for one.  About 6 months or so went by.  I kinda forgot about my column quest.  Until….one of my picking friends {Trish from The Shooters Wife} was picking and came across one.  I scooped it up from her before anyone else could!

I then passed it off to another friend {Janelle from Simply Janelle Designs} who added the base stand made from an old barn floor.

What did I do?  I carried into my house and I attached the hooks! I’m thinking I need a fabulous mirror like the the Pinterest picture has too!

Do you think I should paint the base??  Maybe Duck Egg Blue?

 

 

 

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One Year In Our New House!

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I can’t believe its been exactly a year since we moved into this house!

It has been an amazing year!  We don’t regret moving for one second.  It is still a bit surreal that moving just 4 miles down the road can change your life so much.  It has brought us immeasurable peace and joy!

The first few weeks here  was a bit apprehensive.  The house was so unfamiliar and didn’t feel like it really belonged to us.  We were not yet “friends”.  There were squeaks and scratches and lots more other strangeness that I did not understand, or feel a connection to.  I’m kind of quirky…I want to know everything about the history of a house that I can.  Our last 2 houses were brand new, and we were the first to live in them…so we got to know each other together.  This particular house had 20 years with others before we arrived.

IMG_7900Thankfully, the people that we bought the house from, invited us over before we moved in to meet us.  I LOVED that!!!  They told us about their time in the house and what they knew about the other previous owner.  My children (ages 10 and 12 now!) are the first children to ever live in this house.  The first owners were 70 when they built the house, and the husband used the basement workshop to refurbish old canoes…fascinating…that would explain the excessive varnish on the floors in the workshop…which I have added several layers of paint too!  The second owners got married in the living room! And what a lovely couple they are!

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This was Day 1 in our new house last October!  We wasted no time putting our own fingerprint on the house.  The first thing that went was all that popcorn!!!

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I used boxes to try to figure out dimensions for new couches, etc.  Once I figured out what I wanted, it took FOREVER for them to come!

livingroomChristmas 2013 came….fast…and I was totally unprepared!  I feel like I just stuck this tree up in a corner and threw a few things up on the mantel.  That is about it.  An empty living room with a tree.  I’m going to have to say it was one of the worst Christmases ever.  Sad to say…but it was.  The house still did not feel like home.  To top it off my husband got the stomach flu Christmas Eve, and I started with it 9:00 am Christmas morning.  The morning was a blur and the next 2 days were spent on the only couch we had in the basement.

The New Year came and we began to really fall in love with our house and it became our home!  We had a few lovely snows too!

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The walls are filling up with comfortable memories…the surroundings feel warm and inviting…and now we have a true HOME!

We are embracing our first full Fall Season and excited to share our home over the holidays with lots of friends and family!

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I’ve also got some big plans for the basement studio in the new year too!!!

Consider White or Light Walls….

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The smartest thing I did when we moved into this house was to have all my Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen painted Snowbound {SW 7004} by Sherwin Williams.  Doing this has made decorating so easy and really made our home feel simple and clean!

fanafterI tell people all day long when I work at Total Bliss that “the hardest thing about Chalk Paint® is picking a color!”  I do my very best to assist every customer to ensure that they are picking the best color for what ever item in their home they are painting.  For most, this precious can is a significant investment of time and money.  Who doesn’t want to feel good about how their project looks in your home when they are done??

It seems the biggest factor involved in so many decisions is their current wall color….not to mention the fact that many have a different color in every room of their house!  I’ve been there….I know!!

I do believe that outdated wall colors are crippling us in updating our homes and accessorizing them when deciding to paint furniture for these rooms.

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Do you dream of painting your bed a fun bright color like this fabulous turquoise? It is so much more of a wow factor against these white walls! Not to mention all the other colors brought into the room are so much easier and appealing when they are not competing with a dark wall color.

If you really must have a color on a wall…consider painting just one wall like they did in this room.  Imagine if all the walls were painted red in this room….it would just be too much!

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Traditional Kids by Cambridge Interior Designers & Decorators Susan Reddick Design, Inc.
Transitional Living Room by Cambridge Architects & Building Designers LDa Architecture & Interiors

Another great thing White Walls do is bring the outside in!

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This is my favorite room in our house….our sunroom.  White walls, off white slipcovered furniture and a few pops of color.
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Here is my coffee cup view every morning from this room!
My point is …. if you are really struggling with bringing it all together in your home, painting your walls a very light color, and even white can really make a HUGE difference and make things much easier!

CONSIDER IT….Just sayin’!

I’d love to know if any readers have gone to white walls! If so, is it working for you??

I Painted a Ceiling Fan….

fancloseupOf course I did….right?!?!

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After I finished my Kitchen Makeover, the ceiling fan was not really blending into my clean, white and gray theme.  I have pretty much blown my decorating budget on the bathroom remodel…so I’m trying hard not to spend anything on the house for awhile.

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So, what is a girl to do when she suddenly has 12 hours at home with NO children needing anything from her?

SHE PAINTS!

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I got a ladder, a few brushes, Graphite Chalk Paint®, Paris Grey Chalk Paint® and Pure White Chalk Paint®.  I wiped off the dirt and dust and started painting. Didn’t even mess with taking the fan down. I decided to do the Washed Zinc technique that I teach in my Chalk Paint® 101 Class.  Its a Graphite Base with Paris Grey washed over it.  I finished it off with some Clear Wax.

I dry brushed the paddles with some Paris Grey and Pure White and I did end up putting wax on them, not because they needed waxing, but because the wax softened the look a bit.

and then this happened….

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The “browny” toned glass globe was soooo not working with my new look.  I really hated to spend any money on this project, so I thought perhaps I could work some more paint magic.  Nope, that was not happening….the picture does not do justice to the failure of this idea.  Yes, you can paint glass very successfully with Chalk Paint®, but, the look I was going for was not going to work on this.

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I was super excited that for $14 at Lowes I was able to get a new Alabaster White glass globe!

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Project Complete with minimal disruption to my life….and nobody destroying other parts of the house in the process!

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How about this $349 fan from Ballard Designs? It also comes with white blades.  Ooh La La! I love it…but not for even 20% off $349…can’t splurge for quite awhile!  My fan makeover sure is not “perfect”, but it is “perfect” enough for me!

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photo from Ballard Designs

Have I inspired you to paint something in your house that needs a makeover?

Painted Stairs and Doors

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When you walk in the front door of our house there is a staircase  immediately in front of you.  Lots of oak huh? Never bothered me for a second.  During our first showing all I saw was beautiful wood that could be painted.  Of course I did!  That is how I think….I imagine everything with paint on it.  The stair case is beautiful!  The design is perfect! I loved that the spindles were wood.  In my last house they were black iron and I was getting a little tired of it. Black Iron is nice, but not “changeable”.

 I like changeable elements.

Good classic bones go a long, long way!

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It turned out exactly how I imagined it would!

A black handrail and white everywhere else!

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We also painted the front door (previously white) and all the doors off the hallway black!

The walls are Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.

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I’m continuing the black doors into the kitchen.  Today I was able to get the first coat on these two doors.  I’m using oil based paint and I’m HATING using the oil paint!  The doors were previously painted in white oil, so I had no choice but to go over oil with oil.  But, I know for lasting durability it is the right choice.  The smell is killing me and I’m so impatient with the dry time! Not to mention I’m a messy girl when it comes to painting and I’m covered in it.  Pretty sure I’ll just throw the brush away when I’m done too!

kitchendoorHere are some great black door inspiration photos from Houzz….catch the black door fever!

Farmhouse Entry by Edina General Contractors REFINED LLC
 The next photo has me thinking I’d like to add some waincotting in my hallway!
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Taking time to Enjoy “It”!

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What is Your “It”?

and are you taking time to enjoy it?

This is my “it”….”it” happens at “409”….and yes of course I painted my mailbox!  I’m truly amazed that I’ve been able to slow down and enjoy being still a little more since we moved from a Court to a Road 6 months ago.  Of course I still  have my “so overwhelmed I’m gonna freak out moments”, but they are sandwiched in between some amazing “stop and smell the flowers” moments.  Honestly, I rarely did this until now.  I’m sure I really missed out on some great moments by being so out of balance for so long.

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This is by far our favorite room in the house!  It feels like a tree house on top of the world.  I’m sitting in the chair on the right at this exact moment watching birds darting about, goats grazing and listing to the bray of donkeys off in the distance.  It gives me a reason just to sit.

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This is my sweet boy #2….gazing at our sweet neighbor riding her horse at sunset.  We sat on the front porch together and talked about front porches.  He probably was thinking I’m just some super dorky mom, but he listened as I explained that a front porch was a very important cultural institution in American history. According to Wikipedia, porch sitting was once considered a status symbol.  Sadly electronics have brought us all inside.  I don’t think people sit on there porches the way they used to.  It definitely is not the social gathering place of long ago.

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I’ve never had a front porch before in any home or rental I have ever lived in.  I have always wanted one!  I have not decorated or even placed any flowers on this one yet.  All we have is two comfortable chairs and a table in between.  Really, that is all I need.  A comfortable chair and a table to set my glass on!  I can even enjoy it with out wiping off the pollen!  Because my ‘It” is to just sit still and enjoy and not worry about the fact the table is dirty, and the area is not perfectly decorated.

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Here is the little guy who sits with me most!

So, what about you?  Are you taking time to enjoy your “It”?

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Master Bath Reveal….Finally!

bathroom1Yes, I am finally posting the picture of our Master Bath remodel!!!  It has been done for over a month and we are LOVING it!!

It was incredibly hard to photograph….these are about the best pictures I could get and I really don’t feel like they do the space justice at all!

Let me remind you of what the “Before” looked like…and you can read about more of it here.

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This was the hardest part about moving into this home.  The master bathroom.  We moved from a much newer home and had enjoyed a very large bathroom for 11 years.  Although, we never used our Jacuzzi tub, we loved that bathroom.

Here is a link to that bathroom, remember I had painted the cabinets Paris Grey?

But, I knew that despite this room, this was the house for us and that surely it could be remodeled to fit our needs.  OK, so let me explain “our needs”.  I’m totally admitting that my husband and I are THE WORST SHARERS ever.  I’m not saying whose fault that is…but let’s just say I’m a little messy and maybe he is a little OCD.  So, the fact that the master bedroom had 2 SEPARATE closets put this house at the top of our list.  Our last house had one big master closet and he did not share this with me.  If this house would have only had one closet….we may have passed.  Taking our non sharing into consideration, we opted for a large double shower instead of a tub.  Besides, the old bathroom had a standard size tub, so there was really no room to make a large bath tub work.

bathshowerWe have 2 rain shower head and his and her niches….our products don’t even have to co-mingle!

We tiled all the way up to the ceiling with white beveled subway tile.  That way if I ever decide to paint the bathroom a different color I never need to worry about painting anything around the shower!

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I LOVE the shower!!!  I also LOVE not having any glass anywhere to clean!!  The shower is so big that it really does not even get that dirty!

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The countertops are a honed granite!  I’m so in love with these!  A huge score at Amanzi Tile and Granite that they had a scrap large enough for the master and the 1/2 bath!!

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The recessed medicine cabinets are from Pottery Barn.  I was bound and determined to have them!  I love having a medicine chest.  It really keeps the clutter off the counters.  But, let me tell you what I went through for those babies.  First of all I totally splurged on them and spend way more than I should have.  Secondly, when they arrived they were OFF white, not white white like my vanity.  So, of course I painted them.  Now time for install….hmmmm seems we were installing on a load bearing wall with 2 outlets that needed to moved! Dang!!  In the long run…worth it! Loving them!

My motto….get what you want and then there will be no “I should have’s!”  I’ve learned that lesson a few times!

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The paint color on the walls is Sherwin Williams First Star {SW 7646}  It is the perfect pale gray!  And yes, I did indeed paint the bathroom myself….

I gotta give a huge shout out to everyone that made this bathroom come together….she here it is…my kudos to….

Julie Jersey of Julie Jersey Design…..her patience with me and my selections, and the go between to make it all happen!

Andy Beachy and his crew at Champion Tile and Stone.  They did all the demo, tile work, electricity and plumbing!!  Awesome!

Dustin Marsh at Omega Creations….for my awesome vanity and hardware!!

Omar at Amanzi Marble and Granite

Lighting over the sinks are from Illuminations of the Triad.

Also, a huge shout out to Build.Com.  I was very impressed with this website!  I was able to read reviews and pick out products from the comfort of my own home and enjoy FREE SHIPPING!  I got my toilet, faucets, all shower accessories and new door knobs online for the master bathroom and 1/2 bath!  The online help was great too!  I highly recommend this way to shop!

And last, but not least, the bath room gets the seal of approval by Asher!

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