Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fixin' To Do List: White Wednesday




Wednesday again! Here's what I painted white this week...





All four of these victims were painted with Fusion Paint in the color Limestone. It's a warm white color I fell in love with while stalking Linda's furniture makeovers at her blog, Q is for Quandie.



TIP: Notice the sandwich baggies turned upside down under the cap? I've found there's less of a chance that your cap will stick (due to paint on the rim) if you put a baggie over the jar and then screw the cap on top of it.

This metal bin originally started out yellow. I bought a few of them in several sizes about 8 years ago. I like the bin much better now that it's a chalky white.




Same goes for this little basket. The yellow tone is gone now and it will get some dark wax this week.



Walmart sells these little baskets for a few dollars, but the colors are like Easter egg colors. You can tone them down with a little chalk paint so they don't stick out like a sore thumb.



The vintage kitchen chair and the old child's rocker already had a few licks of white paint I'd given them recently, so I just added a few new layers of Limestone by Fusion Paints.


Fusion Paint doesn't require a top coat of wax or other finish since it has something built in to create a tougher finish than other chalk-type paints.


This rocker was Wild Bill's when he was a toddler. Yeah, it's that old! When his parents bought it for him it was red and it stayed red until I painted it. 


The little rocker traveled around the family as cousins were added, even going as far as Germany when an Army uncle and family were stationed there. 


You can see on the bottom of the runners that, along the way, it was painted different colors of red quite a few times. I left the bottoms the way they were to preserve a little of its history.



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Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Mind Wanders: Hygge And Ads




Ads on blogs are a double-edged sword. I realize that, honest I do. 

But I'm still going to point out that you can go too far when you allow ads to overwhelm your blog's content. 


A big movement of calm and beauty seems to be taking over the decorating world. Hygge. You can read about it here on the FTD website


Here's hoping the Hygge Movement will infiltrate into the ad world and replace those extremely annoying pop-up ads with something that's not so in-your-face!


Meanwhile, I'm looking around the house and focusing on things that add to the calmness and warmth of the season coming up. 

My thanks to Katie over at Preppy Empty Nester for the link to FTD's Hygge Tips. Katie's blog ads are noticeable, but it's her content that always takes first place, not the ads. 

I think of Katie's blog as ads done right. Here's a link to her post that lead me to the FTD Tips... Preppy's Friday Files



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Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Little Fall Decorating (Key Word Little)



Last fall, in the post Kopycat Fall Candle, I added fall leaves to my glass candles by copying a magazine picture. Yeah...I know. It was pretty simple and I should've thought of it myself.




I kind of like my rendition better than theirs. Here's the magazine's photo:



Country Sample Magazine Autumn 2016

Well, the other day I was trying to add some fall zing around the house and discovered there isn't much you can't "zing up" with a few fall leaves!




I stuck them in my chalkboards and found that sometimes too many is too many! After I stuck them under the bottom of the clock, I added some to the top too.



See what I mean? New decorating rule to write down: Sometimes Too Many Is Too Many!



And sometimes too many can be just right. The little pumpkins looked pretty bare before I overwhelmed them with leaves...


Adding a pile of leaves and a few more pumpkins makes the plain chalkboard look a little more cheerful! Sorry for the shadows, but I had to run over and take a picture for you even though it's night here.



So that's a little fall decorating here. Safety Tip: If you add leaves to your candle holders, be sure to use battery operated candles that won't set the leaves on fire! 




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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Painted Brick At O Deer Mercantile



Do you have a red brick fireplace that you've thought about painting to lighten it up? 

Our middle daughter has often thought about painting hers. I didn't think it looked bad until I happened to see Gwen's painted fireplace over at her blog, O Deer Mercantile. 

When I ran across Gwen's post, I began to see the beauty of painting your fireplace brick white.


O Deer Mercantile

Gwen explains HERE  how she completed the job quickly with just a brush, a cloth, and watered-down paint.

Here's one of her before photos so you can see what a big job it was.


O Deer Mercantile

I hope you enjoy Gwen's post as much as I did. It seems Gwen has quite a knack for home makeovers and DIY's. 



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Thursday, October 5, 2017

You Can't Always Get What You Want



Bless my heart...I was on Pinterest last week looking at one thing and ended up at another. You know that 'ole rabbit hole that's easy to get sucked into?

Anyway, I saw some beautiful table settings, which of course made me think to myself:  "Sugar, you need some of those plates!"


I went to the website to see how much a set would be. The price was $298, which was OK by me...I just wanted to check how many there were in the set. 

My hopes of setting my future fancied-up table were dashed when I realized they wanted $298 a plate! COME ON! With tax that would be almost $3000 for just a set of 8 plates. 



A few days later, I went to a Vintage Market Days event where I spotted a lovely soup tureen, with a ladle, and a price tag of $19. 




As I was gleefully paying for the soup tureen, the vendor asked if I noticed the matching bowls on the same shelf? 

I told her I didn't really need bowls, but when she said they were $2 apiece...well, back I went for them!





Sadly, when she showed me the last piece she had, a matching platter for $19, I was stupid silly enough to pass it up! I've been kicking myself ever since.



To tell you the truth, I like the blue band a lot better than the green band around that $298 one. I figure I can always throw some acorns around the table to bring in that woodsy feel!



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Rustic Decor



Are you smitten with rustic decor? I've been gathering up rustic home decor ever since I first laid eyes on Ralph Lauren's Home Fashions. 

I'll buy anything plaid or with animals when I see it. This Pottery Barn plaid throw and dog pillow were on sale this past weekend.



PotteryBarn Fall Decor 2017

I've realized lately that a lot of my rustic stuff is hidden away because I never found the right place for it. 

Here's a rusty sign when I saw it in a shop in 2011 and had to have it! I still haven't found the right spot for it, but I'm still looking.



With all the rustic decor I've collected up, I guess I'm hoping for a cabin in the mountains someday. I think North Carolina would suit me well.


I often pretend to visit a shop in Greenville NC called "We Took To The Woods" by staying on their blog and Facebook page way too long! 

I borrowed a couple of their photos to show you why I'm hooked.


We Took To The Woods on Facebook

I wouldn't even have to go into the shop (that's a lie, but pretend with me) if I could just sit outside on their lawn and stare at all their rustic curb appeal.
We Took To The Woods on Facebook

A blogging friend who lives in North Carolina has a log cabin in the woods not far from Greenville. I envy her. Last week she showed her followers her wonderful living room with a couple of deer heads up high on the wall. I was in love! 

Of course I had to give her an idea or two...remember, rustic is my thing! 

I said if that was my room, that large deer head would be on the brick fireplace, front and center! How was I to know it would cause them so much trouble? 

Seems her husband liked the idea as much as she and I did, so off to town he went (the first of many trips) for masonry screws and such. She emailed about the all day fiasco my little suggestion caused and, while I should've felt bad, my tears were from laughing, not crying.

Seems the wall got gouged, hubs might've cursed me a time or two, and at the end of the day, the deer head still didn't get hung! I've asked her to please share the story with her readers and, when she does, I'll provide you a link.

As I read the email to Wild Bill, with a look of astonishment all he could say was..."You're giving decorating advice???" 

Well now, see...I guess he doesn't like rustic decor.


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Monday, October 2, 2017

Thrift Shopped Rabbits



These two small rabbit pictures came home with me from a local thrift shop the other day. I paid a whopping $10 for each one!



I was awed by the form of their pretty frames, thinking I would add some dark wax to them to tone down the gold a little.



The lone rabbit in the left picture I thought was particularly cute. 





Of course for $10 I accepted the fact the value was in the frames and not what I thought were reproduction prints.



The two check-out ladies were admiring the pieces of art and expressed sadness they hadn't seen them first since they were so cheap!



I didn't bother to tell them the trick is to look high and low when you're out thrift shopping. If I have time, I even walk the shop left to right and then turn around and walk it right to left. Wait...What?Obsessive? Probably so!

When I got home, I noticed a slight chip on one of the frames. I'm sure it happened after I bought it due to carelessness on my part...



I was careless because I wasn't too concerned about how the pictures were wrapped since I was planning on making the frames my next paint/wax victims. 


Wild Bill hates thrift shopping so he sits in the pickup outside and reads a book. On this hot day, he was parked up the street, and when he saw me he drove down to pick me up in a kind of Bonnie and Clyde escape.

I barely had time to throw my purchase in the back seat and jump in the truck before he was on his way!

Imagine my surprise when I got the pictures home and turned to the backs and read the tags that said they were Hand Painted by Robert Grace: 



I went on the internet to look up the artist, Robert Grace. It dawned on me I already have a larger print copy of a different one of his rabbit paintings, but that's for another day.



One of the exact rabbit paintings, with same frame, is currently for sale with a bid of $70.  Man...I done good on these two!!!




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