I love our little office so much, especially after my recent makeover of the space and after adding the lovely French daybed. We have a little desk in the corner that holds our laptop and office supplies but I've never loved it and it didn't quite go with the feel of the rest of the room. I imagined a secretary desk with a hutch for displaying. So, I started searching Facebook marketplace and Offerup. I had been looking on and off for a few days when I came across one that caught my eye. The piece had a stunning French look to it with beautiful curved details. The fact that it was a secretary hutch and that it was the perfect size for this space, I simply couldn't pass it up. It was perfect! I showed my husband and he was not impressed. You see, its original finish was not what I would call attractive and as husband's go, they often don't see the potential. But I did! And I could see her all dressed up and pretty. All she needed was a little paint. I messaged the seller and made plans to pick it up the next day.
Here she is right after bringing her home. It's not bad just not my taste.
I pretty much knew I wanted a soft bluish gray color, so I mixed some Shutter Gray and Ironstone milk paint together and came up with the perfect shade. Since the finish was very shiny I added the bonding agent which helps the milk paint adhere. I still ended up with some chipping which I really liked! I painted the inside with Farmhouse White, the most perfect white! Once dry, I sanded the whole piece down. Sometimes, with milk paint, you can end up with tiny little lumps in your finish.
A quick light sanding with a sanding block leaves the surface buttery smooth! I distressed the edges and detailed parts. Finally, I sealed it with some hemp oil. All the products I used for this piece were from Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint line.
Didn't she turn out pretty? Now she looks like she belongs in the space and I have lots of storage for all our office supplies. I kept the original hardware except for the hardware on the little drawers. I changed them out for little vintage glass knobs, so much better!
I have wanted to start a vintage trophy collection for a while and now that I have my new secretary hutch desk, I am motivated to finally start one! I'm planning on getting a few more, but this is a great start! Aren't they just lovely? And that patina! *sigh*. The photo of the little boy in the frame is my Dad! He was such a cutie! Don't you think? :)
Well, I hope you enjoyed my little post and I encourage you to look past a not so pretty exterior and see the potential of what it could be!
I have always admired the beauty of fresh garland adorning doorways and store fronts. It's so simple yet so festive! I wanted to hang some this year and after pricing garland at a few places I knew I had to be creative and make my own because there was no way I was shelling out that much money for something that I would have up only for a few weeks.
After doing some research, I felt confident to get going so I'm going to share with you how I did it.
What you'll need:
After you've cut your greenery, I recommend soaking it in a bathtub full of water overnight. It definitely helps to keep it fresh a little bit longer! The following day, measure the area from top to bottom and side to side where you will be hanging your garland. I just take my floral wire and unwind it to measure the length I need. I go about 6 inches longer so I have extra wire on each end which I'll use to secure my garland to the doorway. I recommend doing 3 separate garlands so it's easier to handle. So, once I have my wire at the desired length I use 2 chairs and wrap my wire between the chairs to hold it taut. This will be your base wire, what I will be laying and fastening my garland to.
I then grab a bundle of greenery...lay it on top of my base wire...and start to wrap my wire around the greenery to secure it. Continue doing that until you have covered the entire length of your base wire.
Now that you're all done its time to hang it! I just use nails. I find they hold the garland in place better since they can be quite heavy. I hammer my nails in each end of my doorway and wrap the excess wire around the nail till its nice and secure. For an elegant touch you can add a pretty bow in each corner!
Honestly, It's such a fun, quick and easy project. And the best part is, it's free!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
I know I'm a little behind in sharing my home all decked out for Christmas but I figured better late than never! I did things a little different this year and I must say this year is probably my favorite so far! I used tons of natural elements with homemade garland and wreaths; and stuck to a color scheme of mainly whites and golds with subtle hints of pink. I think next year I'll add even more pink!
This is the first year we've had the Christmas tree in this corner and I must say I don't understand why we didn't do this sooner! We just moved the furniture that normally sits here to the garage and I brought in the full length mirror from the guest room for a little gold sparkle!
If you don't have a mantel like me, hanging stockings from an old cupboard or hutch can be just as cute! I found the little cotswold village at Annie Selke and I love it so much especially surrounded by fairy lights!
The felt reindeer and felt tree found their home in our entryway/sunroom on top of my French antique cabinet. I found them at Annie Selke as well.
Here are a few photo's I took at night. I just love evenings with the twinkle lights on, candles lit and either Christmas music playing or a Christmas movie playing on the TV.
Fresh garland, a wreath and vintage bottle brush trees on the shelving was all the kitchen needed to make it look Christmas ready.
The view from the kitchen.
I didn't decorate our bedroom this year but I did decorate our office with some Christmas cheer! A simple wreath in an old frame, some gift boxes and a mini tree was all this space needed to look cozy and ready for the season!
I'm already planning for next year's decorating! I hope you have been inspired and that you realize that you don't have to use the traditional colors or decorations!
I still pinch myself with this find. It's something I have always admired in other people's homes but never thought in a million years I would have one! And then, one day while browsing facebook marketplace, there she was! It had been sitting unsold for many months and the price had recently been reduced! It was a 4 hour drive round trip so we packed George in with us and drove over early on a Saturday morning. We had to borrow our friends bigger SUV. It ended up taking up the entire back of the car so we had to put the mattress on top so George had somewhere comfy to lay. Let's just say he had the best seat in the house!
This is what it looked like all set up once we got it home. Not quite my style, but look at those curves! It sat like this for a few months while I decided on which of Peony and Sage's fabric prints to use and what paint colors and technique I would use.
I wanted something soft and feminine but not overly girly. I had recently found Peony and Sage fabric on Instagram and they have been my go to for fabric ever since! Remember the French bed makeover in the guest room? That was Peony and Sage fabric in their Georgian trellis, so pretty! Anyway, I had a few swatches in mind but none felt right. Then, while browsing Pinterest one day I came across their Millie print and I was like, YES! Thats the fabric! It is the prettiest fabric and goes beautifully with Annie Sloan's Paris grey. Since its a French antique and Paris Grey is modeled after French antiques I thought it would compliment the piece perfectly.
I decided to do an antiqued, layered, washed look. I had never done this technique before so it was a bit of trial and error. I am kind of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl so I just went for it and hoped it worked out! I first painted the entire piece with Annie Sloan Old white chalk paint and let it dry. I then painted over it with Paris grey. I let it dry for a few minutes before wiping the excess off with a rag. Once all of the painting was done, I distressed the whole piece with sandpaper and then waxed it with Miss Mustard Seed clear and antique wax. To make the details pop and add some gold accents, I added Annie Sloan gold guilding wax to all the detailed areas.
Once I finished painting this gorgeous piece, I went and grabbed my husband. He absolutely loved the finished look and was amazed at the transformation! Now, it was time to upholster! I decided not to upholster the mattress but just use a linen sheet that I could wash as needed since George loves to lay on it. I just wrapped the box spring sides and stapled into place. The curved ends were the hardest part to upholster. I had a few redo's but overall I'm so pleased with the outcome!
I added a down alternative mattress topper for added comfiness and 2 beautiful linen bolster pillows on each end. I did have enough left over Millie fabric to make a pillow cover.
To create a nice little sitting area, I used my Antique French bread safe as a little coffee table to display decor books, flowers and candles. My antique dress form adds a romantic nostalgic touch with her toile skirt and my Grandmothers tape measure around her neck. I made a chalkboard out of an antique gold frame and added 2 vintage sconces on either side that hubby rewired for me so we could plug them in. I will be adding a lovely antique crystal chandelier here soon, so keep a lookout for it on instagram!
I hope you enjoyed reading about the makeover!
I'm sure you're wondering; Why the title with a 2? Well, If you're new to my blog, go back a few articles and you'll see I already did a guest bedroom reveal last year. Being a creative person, I'm constantly changing things around the house. I have come to accept this about myself, still working on the hubby though :). Truth be told, I never really loved the room after Bedroom Reveal #1. So, when I came across this antique French bed on Offerup, I knew this magnificent piece was meant to be in my guest bedroom. This is what the room looked like after bringing the bed in.
After posting this photo on instagram and hinting at the possibility of painting it, Wow! I got
A LOT of comments from followers to not paint the bed. It deflated me a little bit and I decided to step back and wait before I did anything. Turned out, waiting was the best decision I made. I wanted a soft, cozy and French romantic feel in the guest room. My inspiration came from watching Les Miserables. It was Cozette's bedroom that sealed the deal. Its funny where you get your inspiration from sometimes. Finally struck by inspiration I could see it all done in my head. This is where I lose the hubby! As I was trying to describe my design to him, it just went right over his head! hahahaha. My plans were big and involved doing things for the first time. I love a great challenge and I was excited to get this project going!
Now that I had a vision in my head, it was time to source all the products I would be using in this design. I carefully scoured online for the perfect additions. Etsy is always a favourite of mine. It was there that I found the linen bedding and vintage guilded shelf that I would use as my bed crown. I had also recently found Peony and Sage on Instagram and absolutely fell in love with their fabrics. Since I was upholstering the bed, I knew their linen fabrics would be perfect. Looking through their swatches I instantly fell in love with Georgian Trellis. I decided to paint the bed frame but I wanted more of a solid, aged look rather than my go to chippy finish. I have worked with Annie Sloan chalk paint before and it was perfect for this bed. I chose Old White. As you all know I absolutely love Miss Mustard Seed milk paint. Her waxes are so easy to work with so I used her clear and antiquing wax for the bed finish. I bought my linen for the bed crown from Joann's Fabrics. I always get a good deal there with all their sales and coupons!
Then came the scary but fun part! Pulling up my sleeves and making my vision come to life! And I am so excited to share the finished room with all of you! I hope you enjoy this little tour.
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You know when you see something on craigslist and your heart skips a beat and you want it so bad that you can't type fast enough because you think that everyone else in the world wants it too and someone is going to beat you to it? Well, that's how I felt when I saw this Victorian sofa! Yes, I know she's grungy looking but all I saw was potential! Those curves and the wood details had me mesmerized. It took a few days for the seller to get back to me, which was torture, but it all melted away when she finally pinged me back. Here is her mugshot from the seller....
Once I had her home, it took me a few days to gain the courage to start taking her apart. Partly because she was really stinky and dirty and I didn't know what I would find, but mostly because I knew the hard work and pain that was ahead of me. I had already purchased a French antique hemp sheet specifically for this sofa and, since she had arrived, I had no more excuses. Time to get down and dirty!
With my flat-head screwdriver and plyers in hand, I started to rip away the fabric. As I peeled away the layers of fabric, cotton batting and horse hair I was overwhelmed by plumes of dust and stink. I knew right away that everything would have to go! Astonishingly, I filled our big trash can to the top and an additional 2 huge garbage bags plum full.
It took a few days of chipping away at the body to get it completely stripped and free of tacks. I was pleasantly surprised when I found square-head nails holding the frame in place! I am guessing it to be from the 1890's. Here she is! At this stage, she is bare, cleaned and ready for paint! I love me some chippy painted goodness, so I went with my favorite go-to paint, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint. I used 1 part Linen and 1 part Ironstone.
;If you're wondering about the seat, here it is! After taking off all the fabric, stuffing and burlap; I laid her outside in the sun for a few days to air out. Storage and age had not been kind to this sweet old lady and she suffered from a bit of an old musty smell. Lucky for me, her springs were all intact and tight so I didn't have to do any repairs there.
After her paint job I replaced the back with new burlap. Then it was time to bring her inside and do the fun part, or so I thought. Putting her back together was probably the most painstaking and painful part of her makeover. Lets just say that after way too many jabs, stabs, burns (hot glue gun), a stiff back and sore knees, this gal was exhausted and in a lot of pain! I am so glad that she is finally done! But I digress! Lets get back to the process, shall we?
I bought my foam, batting and burlap from JoAnn's. They have everything you need for a project like this and always have great coupons! For the back, I used 1/2" foam which I stapled into place.
And then put batting over the top.
My French sheet had a gorgeous monogram that I wanted centered on the front back of the sofa. Because of where the monogram was located on the sheet, I didn't have enough fabric to cover the length of the back. To remedy this problem, I had to hand sew enough fabric on each side to cover the entire couch, ouch! My poor fingers were so numb afterwards! let's just say hemp sheet is some tough fabric to wrestle a needle through!
After I had the new fabric in place on the front backside, I called it a night and my pup George did the cutest pose! Don't you think he matches it perfectly?
After a good nights rest, I was eager to get back to it and get this baby done! I was planning on covering the back of the sofa as well but I didn't have enough fabric, so I left it deconstructed and I must say I'm loving it. Yay for happy accidents!
Here's the seat covered in new burlap. Most antique sofas have an edge roll. I had never done one before so I winged it and here is my first attempt. Not too pretty but it serves its purpose, I guess?
I traced out my foam and then cut it with a knife. Perfect fit!
After the foam and batting was in place, I stapled my fabric on as tight as I could get it. With all the hard work behind me just one last step, gimp!
Are you anxious to see her yet? Ok, you've waited long enough......
So, what do ya think? She is my biggest upholstery project to date and probably my favorite! I hope you enjoyed the post and that you will look twice before passing by a neglected piece of furniture!
It's been almost a year since I've painted a piece to sell. It was partly due to my dwindling stash but mostly due to the flooding rush of painted furniture popping up all over craigslist and facebook selling sites. Because of this I've seen prices for antique furniture go up and prices for painted pieces go down. So, I decided to step back for a while and focus more on projects around the house. I'm still not completely back into it but I've had this desk sitting in my studio/garage gathering dust for over 2 years. She was in a state of disrepair when I first laid eyes on her on the sidewalk in front of my local antique store. But all I could see was how much potential she had!
I wish I had a before picture to show you but I always forget! Just trust me when I say she was in a bad state! She was wobbly with lots of chipping, warped veneer. When I first brought her home I went to work taking off all the peeling veneer. A hot iron on a damp towel works great at loosening the glue so you can scrape it up. After that I lost interest and she has sat half done for 2 years until now! Hubby made her sturdy for me and then it was time for paint!
Sometimes it's a struggle for me to decide on a paint color but with this piece it was easy! I knew she would wear Miss Mustard Seed's Milk paint color Farmhouse White beautifully. I left some of the imperfections which I think just adds to the patina and character of a piece. My goal is never to make it look brand new but to enhance it and give it a new life!
I distressed the edges and even got some chipping, which I love! To finish her off and add durability to the paint I gave her 2 coats of water based polycrylic. My favorite brand to use is minwax.
So, what do you guys think? I would love to hear!
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Before I tackled this room I spent a lot of time on Pinterest pinning pictures of pretty rooms that I liked. There is so much inspiration on Pinterest and whenever I feel stuck or I'm in a decorating slump its my go to, to recharge my decorating battery ;) Once I had a vision in mind I cleared the room and couldn't wait to get started!
First thing I did was take up the laminate floors to expose the original 100 year old wood floors. They got a fresh coat of white paint as well as the doors and woodwork. Since I wanted to paint the walls white as well I decided to go with a warmer shade to avoid it looking too cold and stark. I believe in mixing different shades of white throughout a room to make it feel warm and welcome. I chose Antique White by Clark and Kensington.
Once the room and floors were all painted I still didn't have any furniture for the room. Just a queen bed frame. I belong to a local antique and vintage buy and sell Facebook page and as I was scrolling one day I came across this French provincial bedside table and matching headboard up for sale for $80! I couldn't type SOLD! fast enough. A quick little paint job and it is now the perfect addition to this room and adds that French touch that I love so much!
This sweet bedding is from the Shabby Chic line at Target. I am in love with the linen blend and sweet crocheted details.
I found the crystal chandelier on Amazon and that sweet vintage sconce on Etsy. I already had this floor length mirror that I just propped up against the wall facing the bed.
This piece had been in my studio holding my paints since I didn't have a space for it in the house. Well, when I needed a piece to grace this wall I immediately knew this piece would be perfect! I love the unique shape, the pretty details and of course the magic of milk paint to give you that chippy paint look! I filled the shelves with an array of vintage finds I have collected over the years and a sweet photo of my Grandmother as a girl.
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I thought I'd quickly share my updated living room with you guys! I've been loving the blues but I've been craving a change.
I absolutely love to collect French antique hemp sheets. The patina, feel and texture of them is just so addicting and I love the character they add to a room. Another plus is that they are very durable and hold up to regular washing very well. That's why I use one to throw over my couch and I have 2 chairs upholstered with them as well.
I especially love ones with the monograms! Just look at that beauty and the old rust stains! (insert heart eyes.)
We have the Ikea ektorp couch and the back cushions were starting to get lumpy and losing their shape. Not only that, they were hard and always felt they took over most of the couch leaving you this tiny space to sit on. Till we can afford a new down filled couch I decided to remove the back cushions completely and replace them with throw pillows. I raided my pile of antique sheets to make pillow covers. I made a total of 7 pillows varying in size from 20"x20" to 18"x18." What a difference! Why didn't I think of doing this sooner? Much more comfortable and now there's room for both me and the hubby and George, our 4 legged baby :)
My go to for purchasing antique French sheets is Etsy. There are tons to choose from! Only downside is they ship from France so its usually a 2 week wait but it's a small price to pay for these beauties!
I'm absolutely loving the new look and I'm always amazed at what a huge difference something simple as changing out pillows can make. And as you can see someone else approves of the new look as well!
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I'm so excited to finally share this room with you! It has been one of the rooms in my house that has given me the most grief. It serves as our front entry but is also long and narrow with tons of big windows and little wall space. I never quite knew how to fill all the empty space and how to marry the front entry with the rest of the space. I felt stuck and I was never truly happy with it. Well, one night as I was perusing Pinterest I was instantly inspired when I stumbled across beautiful photos of sunrooms. I realized I had never really thought of this space as a sunroom and now I finally had a vision for this space and it was all I needed to get going.
After getting the hubby onboard I started removing the old bead board and trim while he went to Home Depot. He picked out the 1/4" pine bead board with the wider spaces between which I really loved! While he hung the bead board I went paint shopping. I wanted a light gray with some blue. (or so I thought!) I pretty much knew as soon as I painted it on that I didn't like it. But, I convinced myself that it would work out and I would end up loving it. So, I continued to paint and it actually started growing on me.
After the walls were done it was time for new floors, yay! I could not wait to say bye, bye to those laminate floors. I knew I wanted white painted floors so we decided to use 4" pine planks as our floors. Once we got our pattern down and the floor in place we started nailing each plank down. Once that was all done I gave the floors a thorough vacuuming and put down 2 coats of primer. The next day I vacuumed again and did 2 coats of porch and floor paint, vacuuming between each coat. To protect the newly painted floors I sealed them with 2 coats of heavy traffic polyurethane specifically for floors.
After everything was done I was so excited to decorate! But, as I started putting things back I just wasn't loving the color. It seemed to clash with everything in the room. I really didn't want to repaint but I realized that I wasn't going to ever be happy with this space until I repainted. I decided to go with the same color I used in my living room, white opal by Clark and Kensington. It took me about a week to finish painting and I am so happy I did!
I am really enjoying this space and loving the new look! And I can finally call it a sunroom!
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I have a passion for photography and being creative; whether through painting furniture, doing DIY projects around the house or decorating.