Friday, August 29, 2014

Vintage Waterfall Dresser in General Finishes Snow White

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Friday and for many, including us, the start to our last long weekend before back to school on Tuesday. I have been busy painting a few furniture pieces and our exterior trim. 

This lovely vintage waterfall dresser was primed with KILZ coverstain primer and then painted with several coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow white. It was protected with a satin poly. I have my every 5 weeks hair appointment today and there's no telling how much white paint is mixed in with the grey hair lol.

The General Finishes Milk Paint is a great product to work with. I really like the graceful waterfall front and the detail on the bottom including the original castors.

Solid wood, with nice deep drawers that are dovetailed on both the front and back. It was a $10 garage sale find in our neighbourhood. I decided to keep the original pulls. 

The before was a very clean solid wood piece but with a tired finish. The drawer interiors were spotless which is a really nice thing to discover. I have it listed for sale but I could always use it for extra storage in my hobby studio.

The Lamp Black buffet sold this week and with the profits I took a trip to IKEA and Home Depot for a few new things for our living room that I will be sharing soon. I head back to school/work on Tuesday {sigh} so I will be squeezing every last bit of summer out of this weekend. Hoping you have a great weekend too and thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

General Finishes Lamp Black Vintage Sideboard

Today I have a furniture transformation to share. After a few weeks of enjoying summer and smaller projects around our home it is nice to have a big painted piece finished. This vintage sideboard sat in the garage for a few months while I decided what colour to paint it. 

Since I am probably going to sell it I knew that black and white were my best choices (painted furniture, especially in other colours is a slower sell in our area.) I was inspired by the sexy black beast of a cabinet that Meg at Oliver and Rust transformed and decided to go with black.

It was so worth the hour drive to Lee Valley to pick up the same #generalfinishesmilkpaint in Lamp Black. The colour is such a true black and General Finishes Milk Paint is a great product to work with.

Clear wax was used to topcoat and I kept the original brass hardware. I decided not to distress it. I like that a sideboard is one of those pieces that can be used for different purposes in a variety of rooms. If our dining room was bigger I would keep this cabinet because it looks great with our black buffet and hutch.

This before photo doesn't quite show the tired finish. A bonus of finishing this big piece is that there is more room in the garage now. Hopefully I will stumble across another piece soon to work on.
Edited to add: SOLD

I know that many areas have already started back to school but we have until after Labour Day weekend before school starts (Sept. 2.) Since that is when I also head back to work I am trying to enjoy every last bit of 'at home' summer holiday moments that remain. Sometimes that means tackling a closet re-organize, a paint project or just enjoying a quiet afternoon with a favourite book. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you take time to enjoy a favourite activity too.

Sharing at the following parties...
The first official Vintage Inspiration Link Party at Beyond The Picket Fence, Knick of Time, and My Salvaged Treasures
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Sundays at Home at Thoughts From Alice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Family Room Progress -Removed Popcorn Ceiling and Simply White Walls

We made progress on our family room makeover this week including removing the popcorn textured ceiling from one section of the family room and painting the walls.

Our family room gets lots of light from two skylights in the cathedral ceiling (which we just replaced along with the new roof), a bank of windows and light from our kitchen patio doors. It was time to refresh our paint and I chose Benjamin Moore Simply White for the walls and Benjamin Moore Snowfall for the trim. At first I wasn't sure about white walls even though our living room and my studio are Cotton Balls white and I love them. I am used to the change now and really like the Simply White at all times of the day. It is a nice bright white without being stark.

We started the budget friendly family room makeover by switching the white slipcoverd couch that was in here with the custom leather couch in the living room. With teen boys, lots of visitors and a chocolate Lab it just made more sense to have the leather in the family room. It helps that leather is my all time favourite upholstery choice (just like my favourite outfit, brown leather boots, jeans and white blouse.)  

I shared the found end tables painted ASCP Old White and I finally got around to spray painting the original hardware black. The new lamps and pillow slips I made were shared here.

Our boys stripped the popcorn ceiling texture this week. They just did this area of the room that has 8 foot ceilings, stopping before the dining room and entry (that huge mess with be for another day.) Did I say what a huge dusty mess it is? We'll be putting up plastic 'doors' to keep the dust down when we tackle the dining room for sure.

A total mess but so worth it even before I sanded and painted with flat ceiling paint. The too small light is being replaced with a {gasp}ceiling fan/light fixure because popular design or not my guys love fans. 

The before colour was Benjamin Moore StoneHouse, a nice tan that tended to read a little gold in photos. We will be adding white millwork to the 'post' part of the far right wall.

One of the before photos. Even with lots of windows this end of the room could feel dark with the StoneHouse walls and without a light area rug (hoping to get eventually.)

The tall wall on the catherdral ceiling end of the room will probably be painted a grey (I'm considering Revere Pewter and Gray Owl.) And there is no way that we are scraping the popcorn texture off that ceiling! We'll add white beadboard or planks and frame out the replaced skylights. I also made replacement white curtains for the kitchen patio doors so don't pay attention to the temporary ones there in this older photo.

The grey colour will soon wrap around the upper portion of our board and batten wall (that needs some finishing) and down the hall to our front entry.

I am moving the photo gallery to the shorter end wall and will be adding one larger piece over the couch. Still tossing ideas around. 

I sewed a new star pillow for our $50 Natuzzi leather recliner that the guys will just toss on the floor, so I will add a basket beside the chair to hopefully catch it lol. 

The pillow slip is sewn with leftover fabric from the curtains and a heavy twill star. I have a thing for stars.

I'm really liking how this room is coming along. The next steps will be the gallery wall and then to continue on with finishing the board and batten and painting the other walls. I'll be looking for a rug eventually and I plan to buy an Ektorp white slipcoverd chair from Ikea soon to add to the seating.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Spotlight at Must Love Junk

I am happy to announce that I am being featured at Saturday Spotlight Life Behind the Blogger at Must Love Junk today. I hope you get a chance to stop by.

While you are there be sure to check out Susan's gorgeous home. Her collections, and the way she uses and styles pieces, are amazing. Thanks so much, Susan!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Painted White Pedestal Coffee Table with Hydrangeas

I switched out the coffee table in our living room this week with this lovely round pedestal piece. 

I am happy to finish this table that I painted in May (pre-surgery and recovery) but was only able to wax this week. I used a mix of ASCP Old White and Benjamin Moore's Cotton Balls. I chose the mix because I found the Old White a little too yellow for this room and adding a high quality Ben Moore paint helps stretch the ASCP. It was sealed with two coats of Annie Sloan soft wax on the base and three coats on the top.

Our hydrangeas in the backyard (white with a hint of green) took a beating from wild rabbits and ice this winter, but a smaller bush out front has had lots of blooms this year. The huge blooms are white with a pinkish tint. I placed some in an aqua CROWN canning jar.

The rectangular coffee table in this room before (that I also painted) has moved to our basement TV room. A few months ago we also switched the leather couch in the living room with the white slipcovered couch in the family room. 

The slipcovers need a wash and straightening but they are so much easier to keep clean in the living room. Please excuse the dusty floors. Our boys are removing popcorn ceiling texture in the nearby family room and I can't keep up with the dust. 

This is the table before in good condition but the wood tone was too red for our home. The best part is that it was free!

This is such a solid piece and I love the pedestal leg detail. I am still deciding whether or not to add some Miss Mustard Seed dark wax to bring out the details. 

 I adore aqua canning jars and hydrangeas!

A simple summer vignette on our new coffee table. I think I'll pour myself a nice cold pop, prop up my feet with a book and ignore the dust 'till it settles.

I'm joining the following link parties...
Furniture Feature Friday
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed

The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse, Confessions of a Plate Addict, StoneGable and Worthing Court. 
Inspiration Gallery Link Party at Design Dining and Diapers

Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now

The Shabby Nest
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My Studio / Hobby Room ~Where Bloggers Create 2014

Today I am sharing a tour of my studio / hobby room at Where Bloggers Create 2014. It is the 6th annual blog party to share our creative spaces hosted by Karen Valentine of My Desert Cottage.

Where Bloggers Create

We are fortunate to have a large guest bedroom in our basement suite so I am able to use our smallest 4th bedroom on our second level as my studio. It is not a huge room so I am often making changes to get the best use of the space. The last time I shared a full studio tour was at the 2011 Where Bloggers Create in this post.


The above collage shows some of the before photos. Last year I moved the large black metal shelving unit to basement storage and finished painting the walls Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls. This week I got my husband to take out the large farmhouse table because it was just too deep and tended to collect piles of stuff. I also sold the vintage printer's drawer that held my threads because they kept getting knocked off.


We moved the painted buffet and hutch from the kitchen for a combination of open and closed storage. The photo boxes store new greeting cards and my large collection of paint chips. The wicker laundry basket holds quilts in progress as the little sign announces.

I use both new and vintage pieces for storage and display. The antique wooden bobbins hold my favourite laces on a tarnished silver pedestal.

My mason jar addiction carries over to the hobby studio for storage of pretty buttons, laces, trims and more.

My current favourite creative activities include sign painting, card making, knitting, crochet and home decor sewing and crafts. I also like to quilt and scrapbook but have less time for these hobbies at this time. I used vintage pudding bowls for stamp supplies, glues and a few punches. A gravy boat holds glitter, and galvanized tins sort and store Fiskars scissors, pens, paintbrushes and more. 

Vintage jello molds sort little bits.

This simple shelving unit is temporary while I search for a tall shallow cupboard with doors. The baskets on top hold yarn and the drawers on the bottom contain scrapbooking stickers.

Gift bags and wrap are stored in the closet but for now ribbons, bows and tissue paper are on an open shelf.

On the short wall beside the door, opposite the window, I replaced the large farmhouse table with a temporary smaller table for my sewing machine. I am searching for a smaller scale farmhouse table so I can spread out a bit without it being too large. No fancy Serger or quilting machine here yet, just my sister-in-law's old super sturdy sewing machine.

 I plan on adding to the gallery wall above the table.

I made an inspiration board with a white spray painted garage sale frame and chicken wire. White ruffled fabric covers an old lampshade on a mason jar lamp.

I downsized from two cubbies to just one for my craft paints. 

My smallish stash of quilting fabric is stored in clear plastic shoe boxes in the closet to prevent fading. The closet also holds a three drawer wire storage unit for decor fabric, our central vac hose/accessories, iron/ironing board and my guys suits and dress shirts. 

Some gifted and collected pieces on a little cupboard that sits on a small chopping block table.

Wicker baskets store my collected denim fabric and vintage white linens. The tiered fruit basket is a catchall for scissors, pens, and sewing supplies.

Ending the tour back at the door. I really like a neutral space with a little colour but with craft supplies it is hard not to have lots of colour. Hopefully I will find the perfect cupboard to store the wrapping supplies etc. behind closed doors. And if I don't soon find a small farmhouse table I may just have to make something. 

I would like to thank you for visiting and I hope you have a moment to comment and let me know that you were here. 
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