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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!

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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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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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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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My Kitchen Makeover

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 Give me a can of paint and I am Dangerous….

Dangerously Good!

My kitchen makeover is almost complete…is anything ever completely complete?

Here it the official before photo, taken on the day we moved in.

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I love this kitchen!

I love it because it is really big and functions really well for us.  I know lots of you are ripping out the kitchen desks (mine is located on the wall on the left), but I love a desk in the kitchen! The kitchen is the central place in a home, especially with kids.  We have our computer in the kitchen.  I think with kids that is a very good idea! One of the biggest reasons we bought this house was for the kitchen.  I could see right past that outdated oak cabinetry because I knew that I could paint it and love it.  Also, the counter tops and appliances were fairly new.  Knowing I did not need to replace them right away really helped.

The first thing we did was have the popcorn ceilings scraped and the walls painted.  That alone was a huge improvement!  I lived with it like that for several months trying to decide how I would paint the cabinets.  I LOVE white cabinets, but I did that in the last house.  White cabinets are fabulous, but a pain to keep clean!

On a whim one day, I broke out the Paris Grey Chalk Paint….because I had about 20 million more pressing things to do…but oh well….

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These cabinets are 21 years old, they did indeed need a super duper clean job.  ALL kitchen cabinets, regardless of age, need to be THOROUGHLY cleaned an prepped….no matter what kind of paint you are using.  I lightly sanded them with 150 grid sandpaper (to loosen the debris)…and used some child labor for this one.  I then SCRUBBED the heck out of them with TSP cleaner and a Scotch Brite Pad, and then wiped them down with Denatured Alcohol.

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I applied 2 coats of Paris Grey Chalk Paint, lightly distressed the edges, and then wiped on some clear wax.

Look, I even painted over ALL of the hinges!  I did not want to invest the money and time in purchasing and installing new hinges for cabinets that I hope to replace in a few years.

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I got all new brushed nickel hardware online from Cook Knobs and Pulls for $63 for the ENTIRE kitchen, and that included shipping!

kitchen2I painted the inside of the shelves above the desk in Pure White Chalk Paint.

kitchen4I removed the cabinet doors from this section, and painted the insides with Pure White Chalk Paint.

Kitchen1We also removed the wooden valance board that was over the sink.  It was hiding a super ugly florescent light.  We trimmed out the sides with the pieces we took off and had a pendant light ($89 from Home Depot) installed.  While we were having the bathroom done, I sporadically decided to do a white subway tile backsplash…that made a huge difference as well!!

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The cost of the materials for the backsplash was only $200, plus the labor to install.  Very pleased with this decision!

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I’m so, so, so in love with it!  It feels so light and bright!

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I also installed a $29 brushed nickel barn light from Home Depot to replace the oil rubbed bronze one.

I still need to do something about that ceiling fan.  I will either replace it with a flush light or paint it white so it just blends into the ceiling.

If you want to read more about my fabulous kitchen table here is a post I did on that. 

Basically in 6 weeks, and not a whole lot of money, I was able to completely give my kitchen a whole new look and feel!

And because many have asked, my counter tops are actually laminate, although they look like granite, and I really love them! I’m surprised at how much I love them.  Many of my friends with granite have complained about the clean up of their counters. These wipe up great!  And ironically….we have the same countertops in our RV….CRAZY!  It was meant to be!

Now I can just kick back and enjoy the fabulous view from the kitchen window!

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Here is a resource list for materials used and costs:

Paris Grey Chalk Paint® – Purchased 2 cans, used about 1 and 1/2 cans (I did not paint the inside of the cabinet doors so this saved a lot of paint and time)  $83.16

Pure White Chalk Paint® – Purchased 1 can, used about 1/3, for the inside of the cabinets – $41.58

Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax – I used about 1/2 a can, but still need to finish putting on a second coat – $28.78

The kitchen back splash was tiled by Andy Beach of Champion Tile, based here in the Triad area of NC.  Cost of tile $200 plus labor.

Walls are painted Snowbound by Sherwin Williams

Lighting was purchased at Home Depot

Master Bath Demo!

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YES!

Today was THE day….the demolition of the Master Bath did occur!

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Goodbye!

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This big space at the end is where our BIG double shower will go!!

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Here is a little peak at what I’ve been working on….Paris Grey on the Kitchen Cabinets

I’m LOVING it!!

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The story of “The Table”

tablecloseupThis is my kitchen table….

….and here is the story of how it came to be…..

Once Upon A Time, in April of 2013, I went for my first time to the Liberty Antiques Festival, in Liberty NC.  (And because she will want a mention…I was with my friend Angela Clodfelter!) Anyway, I had been excited for WEEKS about finally going to this festival, which so many people had raved about.  As the day approached for our planned trip I found myself in extreme pain in both feet due to a major onset of plantar fascists.  But, I’m a tough girl (can I get an “Amen”?) and of course I went anyway…and did every stinking row…twice!

When my eyes spied this table…it spoke to me…it moved me…I had to touch it immediately.  I wanted to know all about it.

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The gentleman who was selling it told me that it had been an old shop counter that had been rescued from South Boston, Virginia.  I knew I wanted it, but had no idea what I would do with it.  At 6 feel long it was not an easy size to pop into just any room.

I walked away…but it “haunted” me the rest of the day.  As the sun was setting, and the vendors were packing up, and I was in extreme foot agony…I decided to take one last stroll by.  Just as I did, I noticed that she was being loaded back onto the truck she came in. No one had bought her!  It was a sign!  I ran up into the truck and negotiated a deal just in time!  I wish I still had the pictures from that day from my phone…oh well.

When I got home, I put it in my garage, thinking that I would sell it to Nancy, the shop owner at Total Bliss (where I work).  I had already texted her pictures and told her I had this fabulous table that would work great in her store somewhere.  It was pretty apparent when I got the table home (to my old house) that it was not going to work anywhere in my house.  It was just too big!  But, I walked past her each day in the garage and could not part with it.  She stayed in the garage until August.  In August, we moved Total Bliss to new location, and I decided that I would just use it at work for my “desk”.  That way I could still be near her every day!

Then of course in October we sporadically sold our house and moved!

tablewithpaperAnd guess what fits perfectly into our kitchen like she was made for it??

“The Table”

We love it!!! I left it completely natural, as is.  We have a giant roll of craft paper.  We just rip a big piece off, eat dinner on it, and then throw it away when we are done!  I might seal the wood on top, but I have not decided.  Nothing else has been done to it, this is the natural patina from over the years!

stoolsThe table is counter height.  So, I got these adjustable bar stools to use at the table.  The source is Foreside Home and Garden .  I was able to get them from here because Nancy has an account with them.

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Here is another goodie I got at the festival.  I’m super drawn to anything metal, and rusty and old these days!

End of Story?

No, it is only the beginning…

A peak at my “studio”…

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The moment I saw the basement workshop in our new home I knew that this house was for us.  I immediately had visions of what I wanted it to become.  A comfortable work space for myself…MYSELF….did you catch that?  That would be Me, Myself and I!  We have 3 acres, a 2 car garage, a basement rec room, and the boys have HUGE bedrooms.  So there is really no reason for anyone to be in MY space!

Almost 3 months later here is the reality of the situation…..

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This is the nook that I have planned for my office or an area to photograph pieces of furniture in.  I’ve tried throwing those plants away several times and somehow they end up back inside….

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Apparently this chair is a great place for BB guns and Airsoft pistols.

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Here is my fabulous super long work bench!  Yep….its a complete unorganized mess!!  I can’t find anything when I need it…but that is how I operate….in complete chaos.  I had visions of all that pegboard….that it would be all perfectly organized with all my “stuff” and I would just get what I need and put it back when I was done!

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Kinda like this!

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And check all this stuff out…Its the entire contents of our RV that has landed in MY SPACE!!

So, if I need to BBQ up some lunch, or sit in a reclining outdoor chair I’m all set!

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I mostly don’t eat though when I work….I just get so busy…I live on Cliff Bars and trail mix….and wrappers are always scattered about!

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A girl can still dream!  I do have visions and plans for this space!

Master Bathroom

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Welcome to my Master Bathroom!

 I pointed out in a previous post about our new home, that this bathroom was almost a deal breaker on buying this house.  It is a bowling alley nightmare!  I also knew right away that any type of solution was beyond just a little paint.

mastershowerCheck out the space capsule shower straight out of 1991….I feel like for 1991 this was still a serious crime the day it was done!

I’m kinda a shrimp of a girl and I’m totally claustrophobic in this shower! So thankful for my 20/400 vision so I don’t have to really “see” the nasty stained fiberglass.  Hello curves that won’t let any bottles rest upright on them!

bathtubThis bath tub is another crime!  57″! Dang…that is a hard space to replace with anything stylish or worthy of “sitting” in.

It is currently serving as the place in which I bathe the dogs!

We’ve tossed around many different scenarios in making this bathroom more functional and enjoyable, yet still not spending every last penny we have to remodel the house with.  We considered moving plumbing, primarily the toilet, either into the linen closet space, which then required us to move the entire entrance into the bathroom.  We also considered moving it to where the bathtub currently is.  We even considered doing something like this….

dreambath…where we kept the bath tub in a large shower area at the end of the bathroom.  But, then the quest for a bath tub small enough to fit in 57″ began.  By the time we added up the expense of the bath tub and fixtures our budget was BLOWN!

My fabulous friend, and Interior Designer (who knows me really well since she did spend 11 years right across the street from me!) Julie Jersey, of Julie Jersey Designs, pointed out that I DON’T TAKE BATHS!  Yep, this total ADD girl, (me!) cannot sit still long enough to even enjoy a bath!

Problem solved….back on budget…we are nixing a bath tub, and going for a HUGE double shower (using the entire space where the bathtub and shower currently are!) with 2 shower heads!

That also means we are leaving the toilet where it is…but we are OK with that.

Traditional Bathroom by Jenkintown Interior Designers & Decorators Robinson Interiors
Here my inspiration board I made on Polyvore for my bathroom style:
xThis is the tile I have picked out so far….large beveled subway tile in the shower and this Winterwood Weathered Farmhouse tile for the floors.
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I’m also working with another FABULOUS friend and business, Dustin Marsh of Omega Creations Kitchens and Bath Design.  He has patiently listen to me jabber (aka. whine!) on about this bathroom, spent hours measuring and spearheading design and solutions within my budget.  He is currently working on our double vanity! Which I think I have decided to have gray cabinetry.
We hope to start demo in the next month!! 

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