My intention when I started this blog was to blog at least once a week. Little did I realize that life and work tends to get in the way and take up a lot of my time. Any time I did have to myself has now been hijacked by our new little furry family member, George. Not that I mind too much! I mean, just look at this sweet face! He is a silly, energetic, playful yellow lab that has stolen our hearts and the bliss we once knew as "sleeping in". Anyway, as he has gotten a little older and pretty much potty trained I have been able to sneak some time in today and share my little office makeover with you!
Our home office is a little room off of our living room and sunroom/entryway. The only window in the room looks out to the entryway so it tends to be a little dark without a light on. It's not ideal and if I had an unlimited budget I would bash down a few walls and relocate the window. But, with a small budget, I was determined to make the most of this space. With a little creativity, I now have a space I love!
First things first, the paint! Light and bright is my mantra and so I chose transparent by Valspar with the help and input of my hubby. He comes in handy with making decisions and I value his input. Sometimes I just have to roll my eyes but for the most part he has a good sense of style! Most of our home still has the original 100 year old hardwood floors, except for the kitchen and entryway. So, when we first moved in, we sanded down all the floors and painted them a bluish gray with porch and floor paint but never sealed them. I quickly grew tired of the color and the floors not holding up to dirt and cleaning. Frustrated, we just covered them all up with new laminate wood floors. I liked it for a while but I still missed the patina and character of the old floors. Fast forward to when we did the makeover on our laundry room last year. We pulled up the laminate and painted the floors again (better process this time) which caused a domino affect throughout the rest of the house.
This time around I primed the floor first with Kilz. I rolled on 2 coats and let it dry. I then rolled on 2 coats of porch and floor paint in the basic white from Home Depot. After letting it dry overnight I rolled on 2 coats of heavy duty varathane polyurethane in gloss. After letting it dry overnight it was time to put the room back together, my favorite part! Hubby put up some new trim and I gave them a couple coats of new white paint. It is amazing how painting the floors white really made the room so much brighter!
I just love this antique crib I found on Offerup. The chippy paint and wear and tear is just so charming and really adds to the character of this piece. I managed to score a free crib mattress on craigslist. (Don't worry, it was one that was covered in a waterproof lining so no pee stains or smells!) The top mattress that resembles an antique French mattress is from Pier 1. The cool office sign you can buy here. My love affair for vintage fabrics and grain sacks runs deep and I love displaying them all over my house.
That antique cupboard was a once in a lifetime find on Craigslist. When I spotted it, I knew I had to have it and by the next day I did! She was painted in a kind of yellow paint so I gave her a little makeover with Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Linen. It fits this corner perfectly and does a great job keeping our office supplies and my crafts organized and easy to reach. The cute basket light you can buy here. I made a ruffled cord cover out of left over linen I had. So much prettier than an ugly plastic cord don't you think? Most of the doors in the house are also original but were missing some of their knobs. I managed to score a few of these beautiful vintage glass knobs that fit all our doors beautifully.
The chalkboard was another DIY hubby and I did together. I wanted a large one to make a statement on this empty wall. We used a sheet of plywood which I spray painted with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint. We then made a trip to my hubby's favorite place, BMC Lumber and picked out this decorative 5 1/2" trim to use as our chalkboards frame. Once it was all put together I painted the frame with Miss Mustard seed milk paint in Luckett's Green. The vintage suitcases in the corner were a find at my local antique store. I just love their look and they make great extra storage. I use them to house my paper crafts.
I loved this little desk when I spotted it on Offerup last year. It is the perfect size for this space under the window and it wears the paint color Ironstone very well. To hide the printer I made these little curtains from linen fabric I bought at Joann Fabrics. The sweet little floral pillow is from an etsy shop and is made from Cabbages and Roses fabric. You can shop for similar items here.
All in all, I'm very happy with the turnout of this space. It's a fun little space that I feel is great for getting my creative juices flowing. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that you feel inspired to create your own creative space.
I planned on having this post up a few weeks ago but we hit some setbacks with the plumbing under the sink and the sudden loss of our precious yellow lab (Max) at the old age of 13.
After almost 4 weeks, I am happy to report that it's finally done and I hope you are inspired to try your hand at this DIY if it is a project you have been wanting to tackle. Not only is it pretty easy to accomplish for 2 people, but it's also very cost effective and the results are truly beautiful!
The first step is to choose the type of butcher block you want. There are so many options. We wanted a budget friendly option and that's why we went with one from Ikea. They do have a variety of options, including ones that are not solid wood. We knew we wanted solid wood and so we decided on the Hammarp Birch Butcher Block from Ikea. I wanted to stain it but I wanted to use only natural, food safe products and my biggest roadblock was finding a food safe option. After days of endless searching with no results, I was pretty frustrated! Then, out of nowhere, it hit me, Miss Mustard Seed Milkpaint! Yes, I could stain and finish the butcher block counters using only her products! I had some Curio on hand (which is the only brown in her line) which I used as my stain and ordered some all natural hemp oil and beeswax to use as my sealers.
First we measured where the counters were going. Make sure you do this a few times to make sure your measurements are accurate! We made our cuts on a table saw and I proceded to sand the butcher block with my trusty palm sander (starting with 80 grit and working my way up to 220 grit) to get a nice smooth finish. Once the pieces were all sanded and wiped down I started staining with the milk paint.
I wanted the counters to be on the darker side so I mixed my paint a little thicker. I then painted it on, waited a few seconds and wiped off the excess paint with a clean rag. I ended up with a beautiful warm brown and it was perfect! Once I was done staining all the counters, I let them dry overnight. The photo below shows the paint on before being wiped off.
The next day, it was time to seal the counters. I started by adding a coat of hemp oil with a brush. You can also use your hands, it makes for a nice hand moisturizing treatment! I ended up doing 3 coats total on each counter. Just make sure you wipe up any excess oil that didn't soak in after a few hours. As you can see below, the oil is almost completely absorbed. This wood was thirsty!
Now comes the fun part, installation! But, before we could do that, we had to get rid of the old tile counters. Easier said than done! It took us 2 days! Here you can see hubby and his handy helper Rocky unhooking the water so we could remove the sink.
After we bashed out all the tile I vacuumed the mess off the plywood so we could unscrew and remove it.
Once the plywood was off we were ready to bring up and install the new counters. Make sure you follow manufacture instructions on installation. I added one coat of beeswax with a rag and buffed it to a shine. Here it is all completed…..
I can tell you that after about a week of using the counters that I am pleasantly surprised at how well they are holding up especially to accidental water spills! So, if you are in the market for butcher block counters and using non toxic, natural products, give Miss Mustard Seed Milkpaint a try!
For the first few years living in this house, I really didn't like the laundry area but I could'nt do much with it until we had the money in the budget to replace the washer and dryer. Being the focal point of the room, I did'nt want to makeover the space until I had a new set. After doing lots of research we decided to go with the Maytag front loader and we are loving it! Who knew laundry could be a joy? Trust me, after dealing with the old 80's top loader set long enough, it was a joy! This is the before shot. I tried to make the best with what I had but never loved it.
Before we could put the new set in place, we ripped up the laminate floor and painted the original hardwoods underneath. I went with the Ultra Pure White porch and floor paint from Home Depot in flat and sealed it with a heavy duty gloss varathane. We also planked the area behind the washer and dryer with 8" wide plywood boards that I painted white. Once the walls and floor were complete, it was time to put the washer and dryer into place. We had a wood table top laying around and hubby added it above the washer and dryer for me, which I loved as it gave me more room to decorate! The rest of the walls got a fresh coat of paint in Secluded Beach by Valspar. I made the WASH sign with letters I found at Ben Franklin (a local craft store) and painted them white. As much as I loved the galvanized bucket light that we made, it was too dark for this space.
Hubby hung the shelves and added a dowel so that I would have hanging space. Once they were up I was ready to decorate with some of the awesome vintage finds I had been collecting for this space.
I painted the wood tabletop white and added a cute wire basket light fixture. You can find it here. The baskets hold dog necessities and our first aid kit. To hide the washer and dryer, I added linen curtains with fabric I bought at Jo-Ann Fabrics.
The vintage ironing board leaning against the wall is a treasure I found on offerup and I actually use it! I wanted a ticking striped cover for it, which I found on an etsy shop here. She custom makes them to fit many different sized boards and has a huge fabric selection. If you are in the market for one, definitely give her shop a visit. Many of the fun decor accessories, like the large laundry basket and rug beater (I jokingly call it the husband beater ;)) I found while antique shopping with the hubby or on Etsy.
Of course, no space is complete without flowers! They add the perfect pop of color! I am pretty thrilled with how it turned out and it is now a light, bright and pretty space to do all the piles and piles of laundry. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I hope I have inspired you to pretty up your laundry room. I always love hearing from you so please feel free to email or leave a comment.
As I was throwing around ideas in my head about what to blog about this week, a reader approached me and asked if I would please blog about my bedroom as she was looking for inspiration for her own. So, today I will be sharing my tips and resources on how I styled my bedroom.
It has taken me a few years of trial and error to finally get my bedroom to this point (imagine blue walls and mismatched furniture). It wasn't that bad, but I was still figuring out my style and that particular look was just not for me. Fast forward a few years when I finally saw my vision for this space and then it was all about putting it together with the help of my hubby! He's great to bounce ideas off of and comes in handy with the things I can't do, like the planked wall he installed behind the bed.
The crown jewel, of course, is the bed and bedding. The bed was a find on Offerup for $20. I did'nt want to deal with a box spring or bedskirt so my husband added 2 wooden 2x6 boards as the new side rails and then attached 12 1x4 boards (spaced evenly) on metal brackets to hold the mattress. I painted the bed with Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in the color Ironstone. It chipped abit in places, which was perfect, and then I sealed it with 2 coats of polycrylic. I knew I wanted pure linen bedding, not only for the beauty of it, but for the health benefits as well. After searching a while and comparing prices, I found the Mooshop on Etsy. Her sewing is imaculate and she only uses the highest quality European linen. I fell in love with the ruffled duvet cover! I also purchased 2 ruffled pillowcases and 2 pillowcases with ties. The large euro shams with ruffles I purchased from another Etsy shop, Lowprofileluxury. The little vintage grain sack pillow is from vintagefarmhouseinteriors I found the chippy wooden shutters on the Etsy shop ARusticGarden. I absolutely love them and they add that pop against all the whites and creams. I layered all my windows with 2 sets of drapes. The first is a crinkle voile sheer in ivory from Target and then I added some white, slightly sheer drapes from Ikea. I don't remember the name but I do remember they were around $5 for a pack of 2. The curtain rods were also from Ikea.
The little vintage crystal lamp bases were an antique store find at one of my favorite little places to visit, M&M Antiques in Monroe, WA. The white lampshades are from Home Depot. My nightstands were another craigslist find. I think, if I remember correctly, I paid $60 for the pair. I painted those with Annie Sloan chalk paint in the color French Linen, distressed the edges and sealed them with clear wax. I also added the cutest glass knobs I picked up at Hobby Lobby.
No room is complete without some pretty fresh flowers. I often get lucky at the grocery store but I do love to support my local floral shop, Down to Earth in Snoqualmie, WA. They always have the most beautiful flowers and the owner and staff are always so friendly and very helpful. As you can tell, I love decorating with antique and vintage finds and this vintage dress form is one of my favorites! Isn't she just beautiful? You can tell she was once repaired but I think it just adds to her charm.
I love this dresser! She was another craigslist find. The shape of it and that top drawer to hold jewelry just made my heart sing! I painted her with Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in the color Mora and hand stenciled the florals in Ironstone, which was inspired by Marian herself! As you can see, all of my furniture was purchased from craigslist and Offerup. You can find some amazing pieces for really cheap prices and transform them to suit your style and taste. As for decor and linens, my happy place is definitely Etsy! It's fun to browse and if I find something I like (but don't want to purchase right away) I put it in my cart. The item can still be purchased by someone else until you buy it. If it's just something I love and have to have but can't pay for it right away, many shop owners will hold items for you or even do layaway!
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and found it helpful! I would love to hear from you so please feel free to email me or leave a comment.
Let me just start by saying welcome! I am so happy to be starting this blogging adventure. It has been something I have wanted to do for a while now and I am so happy that I finally decided to take the plunge.
I will not only use this platform to share my painted furniture pieces but also the passion I have for decorating and diy projects. Living in an old house built in 1920 has it's challenges but it is so rewarding and I can't imagine living in a newer home. There's just something about those old warped wood floors and original wood doors that make my heart go pitter patter. My husband and I make a good team and I love working side by side with my him as we turn it into a home we love! As we have concentrated mostly on the interior the past few years, I am beyond excited to finally start tackling the yard, adding flower gardens and, in the next few months, chickens and a vegetable garden. I look forward to sharing those adventures with you!
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