Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Little Touch of Fall

It doesn't feel like fall in the least since we are still hitting in the 90's every day. This is very unusual for East Tennessee. However the temperature outdoors I am beginning to add a touch to the indoors.

I picked up some new drapes at World Market that have beautiful autumn colors. I (don't hate me since I am a Vols fan) really have orange as my least favorite color. I dislike it. I don't incorporate it into my home or my wardrobe. I am amazed that these drapes made it into my dining room. The orange is contrasted with aqua which is one of my favorite colors so maybe that is the reason!

The drapes will stay until time for Christmas decor. But for now, fall is arriving!

I added a beautiful table runner I found at TJMaxx. It is perfect for bringing the colors across the room. By adding some silk flowers to the dining table inside the aqua colored vase it is a welcome change to the spring and summer decor.

Our dining room is open concept with the living room and kitchen. I am happy that it serves our family daily and isn't a seldom used space. Excuse the table setting--we are empty nesters so only two place settings are needed.

I was able to dry a few of the hydrangeas this summer. It is interesting the different tones that arrive after they dry. The darkest orange ones are my limelight blossoms. It was only planted about a month ago so I don't know if that is the reason or if the 90 degree days have taken a hit on them. I may purchase some cut hydrangeas at the grocery to dry a few more.



I pulled the RaeDunn mugs that have a somewhat fall or Thanksgiving theme. But, ya'll, this temperature is ruining my craving of Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

I have the ingredients in the pantry just waiting on a temperature drop! Can't wait!


This fall I am enjoying the new white painted cabinets and hardwood installed floors!

Yes, it is fall ya'll!



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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

DIY Chalk Paint Project

When the need arises, making my own chalk paint became a priority. Recently the kitchen update began with hiring out painting the oak cabinets to white. The contractor used SW paint in West Highland--a creamy white. I blogged about that project here.

I decided to change the color of the side board from Annie Sloan graphite to the same creamy white.


The dark cabinet did make the white pottery and dishes pop. However, I am on a white and light kick!

The first purchase I made was Annie Sloan pure white--I was sure that it would do much better than Old World White that I had used. 




It was quickly apparent that Pure White is pure white. No cream involved! 

I already had a quart of Behr paint mixed in SW West Highland. Several months ago I had purchased Calcium Carbonate (powder form) from Amazon. I was too scared to try it out! Sure, I had read it was much cheaper to make chalk paint. With the realization that I had the materials to possibly attempt the correct match I googled and watched several YouTube videos. It looked easy. And it was. I quickly made enough to put on a first coat of West Highland chalk paint.




I did need to purchase another quart of Behr flat paint because I had used most of the quart before this latest project. It was $14. Yes, $14 for a quart. And I mixed two cups of paint with a couple of tablespoons of the calcium carbonate with WARM water. I think I was apprehensive because I envisioned lumps. There were none. I mixed the water and calcium carbonates and stirred with a paint stick. I poured it in the two cups of paint and stirred again. Probably a minute of work!

The only difference I did use is that I topcoated with General Finishes satin top coat rather than waxing. I figured if this was a project gone bad or worse--it would be easier to try something else if I didn't apply wax.









I can't say enough about mixing chalk paint with the desired color you wish and hope for!


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Monday, April 18, 2016

Signs of Spring!

After the cold and dreary skies of winter, spring is always so exciting in Tennessee. March and April have been a bit different this year. The rains of spring seem to be taking a break. This gives time for outdoor work!





That first project was  putting out 50 bags of mulch. Thank goodness that Lowes and Home Depot both had sales of $2 bags. My little Honda Accord was making several trips to pick up a trunk load at a time.


When I purchase the Boston ferns I truly feel as if warm weather is here! Again, I was thrifty and snagged several of these beauties when Home Depot ran a one day $5 sale. I don't think I've ever found them that cheap!

The hostas are beginning to spread their lovely shades of green. Grrr-what would spring be without dandelions? I see one that wanted to add a little color to my bed.


And I talked Mr. Spouse into a geranium basket instead of a lily at Easter. I would much rather enjoy this beauty all summer long!


Dogwoods are in full bloom! We have a few of these beauties that grew from seeds apparently as we didn't plant them! They are so, so pretty!


Even the front door is showcasing Spring's new life!

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Before and After Living Room

It is time to begin a Home Tour 2016. I thought I would give a little glimpse of how the living room has evolved over the past few years.




The walls were painted with SW Mindful Gray, the drapes were from JCPenney several years ago. I had made the pillows myself. Everything was shades of brown/gray/black--especially the area rug.

 The TV has been hung over the fireplace for a while and does offer great napping on the couch while watching.


The sofa table, end tables, and coffee tables were transformed from honey pine with General Finishes Java gel stain. Originally I purchased them from Ashley furniture.

It is interesting how the Mindful Gray changes in the different light from a definite gray to a more griedge.

And now to the after:

I wanted to lighten and brighten the room so the addition of several mirrors with ivory trims was a step in that direction.

Symmetry is always good but the dark bookcases flanking the fireplace became a black hole. Replacing them with two Target bookcases added a light addition for a little money.


Painting a lighter color is definitely an easy and inexpensive change. I had SW Agreeable Gray mixed at Home Depot in the Behr line. I love this paint and the color.



The paint on the left is Agreeable Gray and the right side is Mindful Gray. You can definitely see the undertones of red in Mindful.



New tables in the area administered the last update. The set came from Furniture Row and is the Plato line. I am not used to the additional storage in all the pieces. I think I will purchase some baskets from TJMaxx to house items that will look messy if just placed inside.

I am ready for Spring now. I have my eye on a white slipcovered sofa the next time I replace the sofa. But for now, I am satisfied!







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