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Cutting Edge Stencils Giveaway! – CLOSED

I am so excited the day is finally here to share the completed stenciling project with you.  If you have been following along on either my Facebook page or Instagram page, you have watched me stencil a dresser that my sister had.

This dresser is old and has a lot of charm but sadly sat neglected for years and years in a garage, holding tools and some special type of creature I am going to pretend didn’t take up residence here.

BEFORE:

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I asked my sister to browse the Cutting Edge Stencils website to pick out a style she liked so I could transform this into something fresh.  You guys, there is a huge selection to choose from!

She decided for this piece, she wanted the boho look and chose the Indian Inlay Furniture Stencil.

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This is my fourth time using a stencil from Cutting Edge but my first time on furniture.  I have stenciled two walls at my old house and the stoop of my house now.  Before we go into much detail, stenciling is not hard or scary!  It is such an affordable option for wallpaper.  There are so many times I find a wallpaper that I love but cannot stomach the thought of spending $500 to paper a single wall.  I have found that I can find a very similar stencil that will give me the same feels.  The best part is that you can customize your color choices.

CES does offer a ton of videos on their website to help get you through some of the questions you may have and they are super helpful.

My two pieces of wisdom for you are: always use spray adhesive and if you make a mistake, it is just paint!  It can be fixed.

ANYWAYS, here is what that poor beat up dresser looks like today:

Home Down South Dresser Makeover with Cutting Edge Stencils

Home Down South Dresser Makeover with Cutting Edge Stencils

Home Down South Dresser Makeover with Cutting Edge Stencils

Home Down South Dresser Makeover with Cutting Edge Stencils

This stencil came with five small stencils that allowed you to create any pattern you wanted.  No two pieces have to look the same, which is pretty cool.  Since these are smaller stencils, it does take a little more time than a wall stencil, but I really enjoyed the flexibility I had.  I was able to leave some blank space on the top and sides so there was a visual break.

I used a pouncing stencil brush from the hardware store for this, but I think I would have rather used a stenciling roller.  This is the second time I tried the brush and it wasn’t my favorite.

I made a few mistakes by rushing the process or accidental movement but remember what I said before, it is just paint and I was easily able to fix the issue.

Here is the best part of this post and the one I am most excited about!  Cutting Edge Stencils has graciously offered one of you $50 towards any stencil of your choice!  That is so incredible because a lot of their stencils start at $10!

The Rules: 

Simply head over to Cutting Edge Stencils’ website and leave a comment here on which stencil you are eyeing.

Want to increase your chances? 

-Follow my Instagram page and comment on the giveaway photo with your favorite stencil.  One extra entry.
-Like my Facebook page and comment on this post with your favorite stencil.  One extra entry.
-Like Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook.  One extra entry.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST

Tuesday, August 14, 2018.  This is open to US and Canadian residents only.

DONE!  Easy!  I am so excited to see who wins and meet some new faces!

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Living Room Reveal

Who else thought this project took way too long to complete?  I would like to thank the budget and the weather for delaying my finishing and taking any pictures.  It has been one rainy winter in Georgia this year.

Let’s get right to it.  One thing I have to show you that I was so excited to find was a before before before picture of what our living room most likely looked like.  I was browsing Zillow yesterday, snooping around, and I saw a house in our neighborhood on there with pictures from a past listing.  Part of the reason for the snoop is because we all have the exact same floor plan and I like to see what people have done to modernize their houses, especially the kitchen.  Well, I was super excited (and not surprised) our 1986 living room was covered with very dark woods and trim.

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Everything is the exact same down to the wall vent placement only now our trim and woodwork are white and new windows and doors.  I just imagine our house had a lot of hunter green and cranberry plaid.  mmm #90shomestyle

Fast forward to us moving into the house and how we lived with the living room:

The first thing we had done in this room when we moved in was added the canned lights in the ceiling.  Game changer.  We hired that out because electrical is way over our heads, especially in this house.

After living with this setup for a year, my husband decided he wanted a change.  His main reason for wanting the change was because of the position of the tv.  There was way too much of a glare coming in from the windows.  Making any sort of change that made sense, of course, became a challenge with our current furniture.  Figures.

I took on the VERY tedious task of listing and selling everything in this room (except the dog, he stays).  While we were selling away, we were also buying and planning.  To refresh, here is the post where I explained our plan for the room.

Here we are today:

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The big tv debate: to mount or not to mount over the tv.  I wasn’t as excited about it when it was first suggested to me, but it really only made sense in this room.  The wall on the opposite side of the room from the fireplace has doors or doorways and hardly enough wall to mount.  It is a little high up than what I am used to, but it works (especially when you are laying down, which we usually are).

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I am pleased with how it turned out and the coziness factor is way up!  After we got all the furniture set up, it was almost as if the room told us this was the way it was supposed to be.

What do you think?

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Wall Color – Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray @ 100% (I originally asked for 50% but they messed up and I didn’t want to go back to fix it).
Bookcases: Tara 72″ Bookcases from Joss and Main
Rug: Local Rug Outlet
Coffee Table: hand built by our brother-in-law
Sofa Table: Moi
Couch: Haverty’s Corey Sectional in Mineral
Artwork over couch: handpainted by me
Typewriter Art: handpainted by me

I know there are a lot of little things I am not tagging, but if you want to know the source, just email me!  Or even better, I am ALWAYS on Instagram sharing pictures and answering questions!  I may even consider doing an Instagram Live one night to tour the room with you!  Let me know what you think!

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How to Build a Herringbone Table

I am going to start this post by saying I have very little experience building furniture.  I have only built something one other time before (my kitchen banquette) so don’t roll your eyes too hard when you read through this because I did something odd. 

The reason I started this project was mainly that I could not find what I liked out there in the right size, color, or price.  I was browsing Craigslist for a sofa table to place in my back corner and people were pretty high and mighty with their pricing.  So I said “forget that” and started looking for plans to build my own table.

I saw a few plans online that seemed pretty easy to follow, but the plan I followed more closely was the DIY Outdoor Table from Cherished Bliss.  Her table was an actual dining table while my table is much smaller and I did not build the legs, so there were some tweaks I made along the way.

How it went down:

First, I took measurements of the space I wanted to place the table.  For me, a 56″ long x 24″ wide table was going to look best against the wall I have in mind.  Once I had these measurements, I just drew out the plans to figure out how much wood I needed.

My cut list:

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For the frame I used 2x4s and actually after I built the frame and started cutting the top pieces, I decided I did not want to use 2x4s for the apron and switched it up to 1x4s.  I liked the thinner look of the 1×4.  So my cut list above is not entirely accurate because of that change.

Other supplies:

3″ wood screws for the frame
Wood Glue
Angle Square – your best friend
Clamps – the longer the better, I say
Kreg Jig
Table Saw
Drill
Tape measure
Chalk Reel
Wood Conditioner – if you stain
Stain or Paint of your choice
Poly – if you stain

Once I collected all of my wood, I started measuring and cutting my 2x4s to build the frame.

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Once everything was cut, I needed to start drilling into each piece.  I have used a Kreg jig only once before and I did not have the best luck with it.  I was a little nervous trying this again.  I started with the outer sides first and when I tried to follow the directions KJ came with, it did not work out for me HA!  So, I sort of made up my own rules.  I placed the KJ where I thought would make sense and drilled.  Here I used 3″ wood screws.

When it came time to attach the middle frame, I found the center of my two end pieces, the center of the middle board, and drilled on either side of that line.  I repeated the same process to attach the frame to the other side.

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Now that the frame was built and my centers were marked, I used my chalk line tool to make a line down the center so I would have a reference point for my top.

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Building the top was a lot of trial and error.  Like I said, I really have no idea what I am doing most of the time.  The easiest way to start this (and I wish I had) is first take your 1×4 and mark it with the angle square to chop that first 45-degree cut.  Then when you have that cut, you can line the angle up with the blue line and measure/mark where you need to cut the end.

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So here you can see what I mean.  If this was a fresh piece, I would have cut that first angle off the front, laid it on the frame, and marked where I needed to cut the end off.  To avoid miscuts/measurements (which I experienced), my suggestion is to mark the end of the board on the side and not from the top.  That way you are lining up with the actual edge and not eyeballing it.

Once you get the hang of it, you start to fly through your cuts and it turns out not to be as hard as you thought.

After you have cut all your pieces, it is time to glue them down.  I know some people use a finishing nail but we do not have a nailgun.  Glue and clamps seem to work just as well.

Glue, clamp, and repeat!  I laid all the pieces out where they were going to be placed and picked each one up, threw down some glue, and clamped it down for a few minutes.  I only have two clamps so I would switch the clamps after the next was glued and clamped.

Once the top was secured into place and dried overnight, I started working on the apron.  This is where I decided I really like the look of a 1×4 vs a 2×4.  I started with the shorter ends and cut them to size.  Again, having a nail gun for this would work and probably be helpful, but I only had the help of wood glue.  Since I only have two clamps, this part took a hot minute to complete.  I would (sloppily) glue and attach the short apron to the frame and clamp it.  It is best to do this part with the table upside down.  I would let it basically dry and do the next side.

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The longer apron pieces were measured to include the length of the table plus the width of the smaller apron pieces.  That way you won’t see the edges from the front.  I attached those the same way as the other aprons.

After the apron was attached it was time to fill in the gaps.  I had gaps because I did not follow my own advice until later through the process.  And I suck at cutting wood.

I used a wood filler and it filled in perfectly.  My plan was to stain this piece, so once the filler dried and she got a good sanding, I put a layer of wood conditioner on it.

Then it dried (which is pretty fast).  I then put a layer of Minwax Special Walnut and Weathered Oak (my faves) on one at a time, wiped them off, and let it dry overnight.  I ended up doing it one more time with both colors.

I went back through to see what gaps still needed to be filled and schlepped some wood filler in there.  I only had to touch those parts up with a little Special Walnut.

I ended up using two coats of poly and letting it dry for a full 24 hours inside the house before touching it again.

For the legs, I decided to pass on building my own and ordered these Hairpin legs from Amazon.

They were incredibly easy to install and all you have to do is follow the simple instructions.

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The legs feel pretty heavy duty and sturdy!

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Home Down South Builds a Table

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Home Down South Builds a Table

Now I am working on trying to style this space and maybe add some ottomans under the table for more seating options.  (The items you see below are NOT the final product).

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Living Room Inspiration

I don’t know what it was about last week, but we had some bad luck at home!

As we began prepping for our living room project, my husband was up in the attic looking for something, when he tripped and his leg went through the floor/ceiling.  He is ok, thankfully, but he did scratch his leg up pretty bad.  I am just thankful he did not go all the way through.  Since that happened, he was able to patch up the hole, but it created SO MUCH dust in the house from sanding the spackle.  SO MUCH DUST!  He still has a little more sanding left and then I can really get down to clean these floors.

While all of this was going on, our just over a year old microwave decided to die.  There was no coming back and of course, there was no warranty.  And if I have to be honest, it sucked.  We had to drop another unexpected $$$ to buy a new one.

Then throw in our living room.  Guys, last week was exhausting!  And our house looks like we are doing work.  Oh, and then add a toddler into the mix.  Mama is tired.

Last week, I mentioned our first project of the year being the living room and how we were going to totally transform it.  We actually started working on it this past weekend and just the few things we did has made a difference.

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Details

We took advantage of the new year’s sales going on and bought this couch from Haverty’s.  The color is called Mineral and is mainly gray with slight hints of green.  Very slight.

I also bought two of these bookcases from Joss & Main to sit on either side of the fireplace.  I went back and forth on the height of our bookcases because I did not want to take away from the fireplace.  After looking at so many options, we both liked that amount of storage (and hidden storage) this bookcase offered.

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We decided to get rid of our current rug and buy something new, something a little more toddler proof.  I am so in love with all the neutral looking rugs and how they ground a room, but we needed more.  And I was apparently feeling spicy.  I am 100% going out of my comfort zone with the rug I chose.  I am going to buy this rug from Joss & Main (or whoever gets it in stock first).  This rug is so out of my comfort zone, I waffled TOO long and it was out of stock when I went to order.  I AM SO DISAPPOINTED!  I have been stalking it and I hope it is restocked when they say it will be.

The paint color that you see in the picture of the fireplace above is Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray at 50%.  We love the color so much, we decided to paint the living room the same color.  The main reason we have to repaint this room (and eventually the whole house) is that the flipper painted the whole house in flat.  If you want my advice, do not paint your walls in flat.  It sucks and it looks like we use the walls as hand towels.  We did paint this weekend and if you follow along on Instagram, you know the slight drama we dealt with getting this on the wall.  I will share in another post.

As far as accessories and other pieces in the room, I am going to keep everything budget friendly.  Our brother-in-law built a coffee table for us and I am so excited to see it in person.  I hope we can see it soon.

The main color scheme I am feeling for this space is Black, White, Green, and Gray as my base colors.  That rug is going to help add pops of color throughout, but I really am really feeling green these days.  And mainly I am feeling green in plants.  Maybe it is the post-Christmas life that makes me crave greenery, but I want to add more plant life to this space.  I have always run from it because I don’t have the best green thumb and I have yet to find any faux plants that don’t look terribly fake.

Update on my to-do list:
  1. Sell the couch and loveseat.  Both listed.  Both had bites but people can be so flakey.
  2. Repaint the ceilings. 
  3. Repaint the walls.  
  4. Freshen up all of the trim with paint
  5. Clean and polish the floors.  We may have had some accidents this weekend with paint.  More on that next post.
  6. Probably should add touch up paint to this list.
  7. Mount the tv over the fireplace.  <- This is happening this weekend!
  8. Build new bookcases.  These are being delivered today and with an upcoming work day trip, the goal is to have them built by Sunday.
  9. Furnish and decorate!

 

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Living Room Project

Happy new year!  2018 is off to an incredible start with my Georgia Bulldogs winning the Rose Bowl and heading to the National Championship!!!  The game was high stress and at one point, I stopped breathing.  Under the previous coach, we would have NEVER made it this far, so I am so proud of this team and coaching staff!!

I am so excited for another reason…we are going to start the year off with a project, the living room!  This room has been so frustrating to figure out that I had to reach out to one of my favorite blogs for help, DIY PlaybookBoy, did they inspire!  As I slowly started to execute the plan, my husband came back to me and said he really REALLY hates where the tv is hung.  His reasoning is because there is a really bad glare coming from the windows behind it.  Totally get it and I offered to hang curtains.  Let’s just say that is still a battle because he truly hates curtains.

His suggestion to solve the problem is to move the tv.  Of course, there is not a good spot in this room.  The only location that would make sense is above the fireplace.

You guys, our fireplace is tall.

So, I played around with different ways to layout the room and it seems like the best thing to do is start from scratch.  Here is what the room looks like right now (and my half-hearted attempt to clean it):

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This is the view when walking in from the front door.  To the right is the hallway leading to the bathroom and kitchen.

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This room is somewhat long and narrow.  Another obstacle that makes this room so difficult is the french doors.  This room originally had a large window instead of doors, but the guy who flipped the house stuck some doors there instead and it makes laying this room out so much harder.

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Eventually, we are going to remove our pantry in the kitchen and flip two of the three downstairs closets into a pantry.  This means the door with the red bag hanging from it would become a solid wall.

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That should give you an idea of what we are working with.

How we plan to tackle this project:

First, we are going to empty the room.  My hope is to sell what I can (and use that money for this project) and we are going to start fresh. Once this room is completely empty, we have a laundry list of things to do BEFORE getting furniture in here.

  1. CLEAN
  2. Repaint the ceilings.  After we had our can lights installed, we never got around to repainting the blemishes out
  3. Repaint the walls.  I am MADLY in love with the color of our house, so we are going to repaint it the same color.  This time, we are going to use a sheen.  For some reason, the flipper decided to paint the whole house with a flat paint and IT SUCKS!  The color of the walls is Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray at 50%.  
  4. While we are at it, we are going to freshen up all of the trim with paint
  5. Once all the painting is done, we need to clean and refresh the floors.  They were not really finished other than stained, so we need to add a top coat.  We have tried Bona on the rest of the house, but the shine does not last long in traffic areas.
  6. Mount the tv over the fireplace.  I am going to let my husband and stepdad take care of that!
  7. Furnish and decorate!

Basically, this is going to start as an EPIC spring cleaning!

Once all of that is done, here is how I envision our room to look with the new stuff:

We want to add a sectional for more seating and based on how this looks, I think the room could handle it.

I am still working on WHAT we are going to put in this room, but we have our couch narrowed down to three choices.  All will be in the dark gray family (hello pets and toddler messes).  As for everything else, I am still on the hunt.

One thing I am sort of scratching my head over is the rug.  What we have right now is tired and needs to go.  I want to find something with a little more pattern (for reasons stated above) and I am sort of itching for something bolder.  What that looks like, I am not sure yet.

Hopefully, in the next week, I will have a design plan ready for you!  But now, I have to go narrow down our three couches to one!

 

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Daydreaming

This week is going to be crazy busy.  We are hosting Thanksgiving for the first time and I was out of town all last week, so I have a lot of catching up to do around here.  The house is due for a massive deep clean!  Instead, I would rather catch up on all of your blogs and write a post myself.  #priorities

Matt and I always have some sort of house project on our minds and sometimes we randomly walk into a room and exclaim how we want to tear a wall down or plant an entire garden.

The week before I left for my work trip, I finished up the dining room and there was something that started to bother me about our house flow.  Our house was built in the 80s and walls are abundant around here.  We talked about this once before we moved in that we would LOVE to tear the wall and kitchen pantry down that separate the dining room and kitchen.

Before you scream in horror for wanting to take down the kitchen pantry, our house has so many closets next to the kitchen, we good.

If we DO take down the wall that separates the kitchen and dining, it creates an odd shaped room.  I needed to start visualizing this space now if this is something we actually want to do.  Spoiler alert: we actually want to do this.  We just need to find the right guy and see how much this would cost.

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Here is our current downstairs.  This is not at all drawn to scale but it at least gives a great visualization of the space.  What we would like to do in the near future is tear down the pantry (yellow below) and transform the two closets behind the stairs (purple below) into one long pantry.

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It would open things up so much more and let all the light that we get in the dining room into the kitchen.  The big question that we are wondering is if it would be weird to have two eating areas right next to each other like that?  The dining room table would be pretty close to the breakfast area.  Until I know what we are going to do with these spaces, this is where we are at.

Just for fun, I was curious what things would look like if we took down ALL the walls that we knew we could take down and move some things around.

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Total game changer here!  We would totally get rid of the breakfast area and move the half bath to its location and take down the wall in between the office and living room.  We would then reconfigure the kitchen to extend into the dining room.  If we did this, we would have the best house in the neighborhood and we would have to decide if we were here long term (I want to be but we will see).

For now, we are just going to focus on the dining room/pantry wall and start getting ideas and quotes.

Have an amazing Thanksgiving week!  For those not celebrating Thanksgiving, have an awesome week!

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Easy Light Fixture Update

I am all about quick and easy around here….for the most part!  Last time I shared with you the plans I am mapped out for our dining room.  I have started playing around in there little by little and one thing I recently tackled was the hanging light.

Over the years, I have been pretty much obsessed with the open-sided, clean lines, rectangular chandelier (which would be perfect over my long table).

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The reason I have not sprung on this option is that Project Manager was never really sold on the idea or spending the money.  But IT’S PREEETTYY!  <–Not a good enough argument.

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Another style I was starting to like was something like what we have, only larger in scale.

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This option is very close to what we already have, so I figured until I am really ready to commit to the expense of a beautiful light or find something I can use to create a masterpiece (HA), I needed to work with what I have.

This is what I started with:

Home Down South Dining Room light beforeNothing particularly wrong with this (other than it is a little on the small side) but it almost seemed like an after thought in this room.  Life in a flip!

I figured, if I couldn’t spend the money, work with what I’ve got.  I started out by doing a search for more modern looking shades.  Those are either expensive or a pain in the butt to find five.  Deep down, we all know I love the exposed bulb look, so I played around.

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It wasn’t a bad start but those cream-colored sleeves were a big punch to the eyes.  Who thought that was a good idea?

I couldn’t find any sort of replacement at the store while I was there and my search was short lived.  One day, I went into the garage and grabbed whatever can of spray paint that I had that closely matched the finish on the fixture (because I was not about to take it off the ceiling to paint the whole thing..nope).

I happened to have an almost empty can of Rust-oleum Universal Metallic Spray Paint/Primer in Oil Rubbed Bronze.  The light is not a black, so this was a pretty close match.

When I was ready to paint and not planning to take the fixture down, I created a high-tech paint box to catch the mess spray paint can make.

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Mind blowing, right?  It actually worked pretty well and the only thing that got messy outside of the box was my hand.

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Not a bad little update for the cost of nothing!!

I am still trying to find a good lightbulb replacement for this fixture.  I love the Edison bulb look but they are too yellow (we have one over our sink).  The ones we have in here are at the left side of the light spectrum and are SUPER SUPER warm.  It is almost too dark in there with the lights on a full brightness.

Update on the punch list:

  1. Update the light fixture  -DONE!
  2. Paint the walls – I am shooting for Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
  3. Organize the buffet
  4. Buy a rug
  5. Decorate with as much on hand items
  6. Add my own floral paintings to the room.  Or buy them, we will see how my creations turn out
  7. Switch out all the outlets and outlet covers from beige to white
  8. POSSIBLY add shelves….possibly!
  9. NEW – Sand down the table top and re-seal
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Farmhouse Candle Sticks

I meant to get this post up at some point last week, but I have been sick and traveling and I was just too tired at night to open my computer and think.

Last weekend, I was cleaning up the house a little bit and was focusing on cleaning up our family room because with a toddler, toys.are.everywhere!  While I was cleaning up, I started thinking about how my fireplace mantle could finally use a small update.  It had sort of became the place where I just threw things up as I was unpacking and left it alone.

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So, deciding to spend almost no money on this, I started looking around the house and playing with what I had.

A few years ago, I purchased two gold candle sticks from Everything but the House, with no actual plans for them.  I wanted to use them on the mantle but not in the current state.  I still like gold accessories, but these were just so dated and not the style of the room.

What I really wanted was something that looked more rustic and would fit the style of our room.  Something like this:

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I did a lot of looking around and it looks like most versions of this candle stick are made from wood.  I didn’t want to totally ditch what I had because I already had them.  So I figured I would play around with paint and see what I could do.  If it was a total fail, I would just paint them a solid color.

I bought the Martha Stewart Vintage Decor paint in Linen and Clay.  These had a matte, chalky finish, so I figured I could apply and sand where I wanted to distress.  Also, I was lucky timing-wise that they were buy one get one half off at Michaels because they are a little pricey.

The rest was pretty easy.  I applied two coats of the clay and followed the instructions on the back of the bottle.  Apply and let cure.  I was purposely sloppy with how the paint went on because it was going to be sanded down.

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After the clay covered completely, I applied two coats of linen and let dry overnight.  Again, not really caring how smooth the paint went on.

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My plan was to sand most of the linen off the top and expose most of the clay.  Sanding was not going the way I thought it would.  It took a lot of effort to sand and when I made it through the top layers, it went straight back down to the gold.  Hmm

Plan B: Dry brush* the clay over the top and hope it looks good.  And that is what I did for both.

*Dry brushing is when you dip your brush into a little paint, wipe it on a paper towel or paper plate and then paint your piece.  It cuts down the coverage and gives it the look that I spent all day sanding.

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I was so happy I was not particular about how the bottom layers of paint went on because it created this really nice groove effect on the top to give it way more dimension.

I totally eyeballed how much to put on and when to stop.

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I mounted the long window I actually found in the trash back when I was looking for wedding decor.  I think it is such a cool piece and lucky me to find it.

Such an easy and cheap project to take off the to-do list!  I am brainstorming ideas for a new screen.  I will tackle that once we have the fireplace serviced.  When we bought the house, the seller was in the process of switching it from gas to electric and just stopped halfway through.  So we are going to hire someone to come take a look and make sure it works in time for winter.

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Design Plan for Our Home Office

When we moved into this house, we decided to take what is commonly used as the “Formal Living Room” and turn it into our home office. First, what is the actual purpose of the “formal living room”? This house was built 30 years ago, so it was a thing then but now, notsomuch. We do not need a room that will sit untouched (that is what the formal dining room is for). Second, I work from home and Matt is in grad school, so we need a dedicated space to work.

The room is plenty big and perfectly proportional (luck that I have not had before).

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I have noticed for this space our tastes both mesh in the “Industrial” look. It is a lot masculine, but so many yummy wood tones. I think our biggest inspiration for this space was the filing cabinet we scored from someone’s trash pile a few years back. It could use some cleanup, but boy does it serve it’s purpose well.

I decided it was probably wise to start putting some ideas down on paper to avoid going eight directions with this space. My biggest request from looking good is the organization. We have been in this house for seven months and we still suffer from a lack of organization.

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So, here is the baseline design I am going after. I promise to post a source list at the end of the reveal post because some of the items above are just placeholder pieces.The back wall of the office is 12’ long and it is perfect to install wall to wall shelves. Not only will it serve an organizational purpose, but it will also allow us to display nice pieces up there. We have actually already purchased two kitchen base cabinets to go on either side of the room under the shelves. They are totally unfinished and I am still thinking of how I want to finish those off.

I have been researching a way to make shelf brackets to hold up our beastly shelves mainly because they can get super pricey. So far, everything I love that I know I could DIY just makes me too nervous with how much weight they can actually hold.

GREEN! I am making it my goal to have at least 3 – 4 plants in each room. I am trying to steer away from faux mainly because I have not seen any that don’t look FAKE. I can be swayed!!

Paint: I am considering putting a board and batten around three of the walls, but I keep flip flopping. Too much wood vs. my love for BnB. I think this room can easily handle a dark color on the walls because we get a lot of light throughout the day. I have always always wanted to paint a room deep blue but never had the right lighting. If I were to do a board and batten, I would paint the upper portion of three walls in the deep blue. The wall holding the shelves would probably have to be painted all navy.  The choices of the blue I am leaning towards are Sherwin Williams Distance or Sherwin Williams Moscow Midnight.  If BnB is in our future, I am thinking a lighter color that is not pure white.  Possibly SW Pearly White.  I haven’t actually put samples of these on the walls yet so this could change completely!

We also want to add a French door to the front of the room, but right now our focus is getting the inside completed.  I feel like I have been planning this room forever!!

Stay tuned for more updates!!