Living Room Revealed

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I have been meaning to share this for a while. We have finished our living room! It was a major accomplishment as far as things go.

Lots of paint, lots of patience went into creating this room.

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Remember the before? The living room is a very small room, at the front of the house. You can see it in the distance here. Even the dining room is bigger, which is where this photo was taken. The yellow color of the room was dingy and dirty and the ratty dark woodwork made it seem even smaller. There wasn’t really anything else worth taking pictures of in there.

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We painted the walls a pale grey, it’s the same color we used in our Bathroom Project a while ago.  Something about this neutral color makes every thing else stand out. Even the old floors look better against it. The woodwork also got a fresh coat of creamy white paint too. Both paints were from Clark and Kensington.

The new look really makes our teal couch stand out. We haven’t bought a new piece of furniture since 1993. I kid you not. This couch MADE ME BUY. Honestly, it did. Normally I am not such a sucker for newness. I was completely held captive by it’s teal color and new charm.

The couch came from Ashley Furniture. The manufacturer is England. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to sit on. It is so soft and comfortable, we just love it. I hope it lasts forever.

I also love that the L shape fits so nicely into the corner of our tiny living room. We tried having two sofa’s in this room. It didn’t work. They were jammed from wall to wall and were just too big for the overall size of the space. Now, we even have room for a couple of side tables.

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These little side tables were a garage sale find. I still haven’t decided if I should paint them or not. What do you think? I love painted furniture, but in this room, the wood tones add contrast and I am just not sure I want to give that up.

I love my little plastic bonsai tree. It came from TJ Maxx, and I paid $3.00 for it. It was missing it’s pot. I found a low, wide bowl at the thrift store and glued it in place. Then filled the rest of the basin with river rocks. Problem solved. I would still love a real bonsai some day, but for now this will have to do.

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The far corner of this room has my grandmother’s drop leaf dining table in it. Along with my Nailhead Pumpkins, and my Salad Bowl Mirrors. The gold frame came from the trash heap down the street, and the lamp was another thrift store find.

I honestly don’t know what I would do without the thrift store.

Or the trash heap.

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There are a few spots in this room that still need some work. I haven’t decided what to put in this corner above the couch. Shelves, perhaps?

I would also like to do something different with the drapery. However, I am slow to make drastic decisions.

The colorful wool pillow was one of my recent projects, if you missed it you can see the tutorial here.

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I have to post this picture for my friend. She has a corner in her living room that looks just like this one, where she knits and works on projects. It makes me laugh, we are such kindred spirits. I find that we can’t give up our favorite leather chair, it was a garage sale score, and we still love it. Someday I will get more organized, but for now this is my little work space, as unattractive and disorganized as it may seem.

The picture above the chair came all the way from London and was a gift from my mother.

All for now!

So You Think Your Crafty Week 3 and a Giveaway

 

 

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Here we are on Week 3 of the 8 Week So You Think Your Crafty Challenge! I am still part of the challenge, but this is bound to be the toughest week yet!

This week’s theme is “Paint”.

I love painting, but will I make the cut?

You decide! You can vote for your favorite project over at So You Think Your Crafty.

Voting will remain open until Wednesday evening at 6 pm MT.

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Last week’s winning project was Virginia with her tiny little Peg Doll Craft. Isn’t it cute? The complete tutorial is on the So You Think Your Crafty website today.

Congrats Virginia!

Here’s our giveaway link for this week! You can win a $25.00 Home Depot gift card!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f4c4f74567/

 

Ink Effects Heart Pillow

 

 

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Welcome friends! Today I am playing with paint!

I am loving how my crafty project turned out!

I painted these watery hearts on water color paper and then transferred them to this white pillow case.

It may sound complicated, but it’s not.

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This pillow is printed with a product I newly discovered over at Decor Art called Ink Effects. I ordered the purple and magenta colors for this project.

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The other supplies you will need are water color paper, tooth picks, a water color brush, jar of water, medicine dropper, pencil, scissors, an iron and a light colored cotton pillowcase.

Instructions:

1) Cut out a heart shape as desired (I used scrap paper for this). Trace on to the water color paper to use as a guide for painting.

2) Dip the brush in the water, wet the paper generously from top to bottom.

3) Using one tooth pick per color, dip the tooth pick in the Ink Effects paint, then drag it around on the wet paper. You can mix and blend the colors, letting the water on the paper carry the ink where it wants to go. This is not a time to worry about colors running together, they are supposed to do that.

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Your work should look something like this. The water color paper may curl a bit while wet, but don’t worry about it, it will flatten as it dries.

4) Let your work dry completely, at least 30 minutes.

5) Cut out your heart shapes from the painted paper.

6) Arrange painted side down on to your pillow case, using a hot iron (on the cotton setting), iron for 3-5 minutes slowly moving the iron over the entire shape over and over to complete the transfer.

Remove the paper and admire your work!

Tip: Try not to move the paper around or it will blur the artwork. Also, remove the paper slowly and peak under the corner to be sure all of your image transferred. I had to go over a couple of parts of it again to completely transfer the entire image.

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There is something romantic about water colors and hearts.

Makes me want to curl up and read love letters…….more on that later!

I had so much fun with this project. I painted an entire pad of water color paper. The only reason I stopped was because I ran out of paper.

Guess I’ll be making a trip to the craft store tomorrow.

Ink Effects is simple and easy to use. I have been researching transfer methods, and so many of them are complicated. I love being able to just iron this one!

This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, I can tell!

I will have more fun crafts to show you with this product in the future!

Do you have a craft to share? Come on, let’s link up over at the Spring Craft Blog Hop!

Rustic Wooden Wreath

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It’s official, the first of our Christmas decorations is up! I normally wait until after Thanksgiving, but it was snowing today. I was IN THE MOOD!

I was also in the mood to make this simple wreath while sitting by the fire watching the snowflakes fall.

I am into rustic decor this year, determined to do things a bit differently than I have in the past.

No particular reason, really.

Just to make people ask questions.

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I spotted this drift wood wreath in the craft store recently. It reminded me of deer antlers. I still am kicking myself for not buying the bucket of antlers I saw at a garage sale a couple years go.

I decided this wreath would look great with a layer of “snow” and glitter.

Glitter fixes everything you know, it’s a proven fact.

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I gave the wreath a light coat of white spray paint, deliberately not covering the entire thing. I wanted it to look more like a layer of snow than paint.

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After it was dry, I decided on the embellishments. Pine cones were a must. I soaked these little pine cones in bleach for a day and let them dry before hot gluing them to the wreath.

I also decided to use a monogram with the wreath. I painted the letter like the wreath and screwed a little hook into the top of it for a ribbon.

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I laid it all out before I decided where I wanted everything to go. Hot gluing it all down was a breeze. Then I brushed the entire thing with a mix of 50 percent Tacky Craft Glue and 50 percent water. I call it “glue wash”. It dries completely clear and bonds to just about anything.

The last step was to sprinkle all of it with white glitter and let it dry.

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I love glitter, don’t you? It really does look like snow.

I hung the wreath on the door and added the monogram with a silver and grey ribbon. I figured when it gets closer to Christmas I can swamp the monogram out for an ornament or a seasonal declaration.

Can’t wait to decorate more tomorrow!

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Our Secondhand House

Office Desk Rehab

 

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I have been up to my elbows in paint lately.

I have painted hallways, bedrooms, basements and furniture.

I have paint under my nails and permanently stuck in my hair, so it seems.

But, I am not done painting yet. I am finally getting around to working on my office.

It’s been a long time since I had an office.

Usually, I use a corner of the living room. And the kitchen, porch and dining rooms. I sort of take over any extra space I can get.

But somehow, as luck would have it, I have inherited an entire room, all to myself.

This is indeed a luxury.

It calls for a bit of celebration, something special.

Like painting my desk and decorating the office.

More on the decorating later.

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The old desk is inherited. It’s been around a VERY long time.

Being solid oak, it will last forever.

But, I was tired of the dull brown color and worn out handles.

It was time for a major change.

(Castle is on the computer screen, I enjoyed watching re-runs on Amazon while I was painting this project, call me crazy but I didn’t even notice it was in the picture until posting this photo today. Yes, this is my most recent obsession. Wanna make something of it?)

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My chosen paint materials were a bit of leftover primer that I had from another project, and several bottles of Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint and satin varnish. Thanks so much to Americana Decor for allowing me to try their product!

The paint really doesn’t require a primer, but since the desk was so dry and the finish was so completely worn, I decided priming would be a good idea.

I was also sure I would run out of paint on this project, since these are only 2 oz. bottles, but I actually had plenty of paint to finish the entire desk. Not sure if it’s because of the primer or not.

This Americana Decor color is called Relic.

It’s a delightful neutral, I just love it.

This is my first time using this product, you can bet it won’t be my last.

I am now completely addicted.

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This big old oak desk weighs a gazillion pounds, so I decided not to move it for painting. I put a piece of plastic drop cloth underneath and decided to hope for the best.

I removed all the handles before painting and filled the holes a bit with a silicone based epoxy. It didn’t work. Should have made the trip to the store for actual wood putty.

This would have not been necessary at all if I had just measured the holes for the hardware before I ordered them.

My beautiful new handles from Lawless Hardware, were too small for the existing holes.

Sometimes you just have to learn the hard way.

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The Chalky Paint has a neat texture. I only gave this piece one coat, I rather like the aged look it has with a bit of the lighter grey showing up underneath. No additional aging was necessary.

I also used the Americana Decor Satin Varnish for the finish coat. It is completely transparent, doesn’t show any brush strokes and dried quickly.

LOVED IT!

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The desk takes on a bit of a purple hue in the late afternoon, although in reality it’s a bit lighter than this photo.

This color metamorphesis makes me love this paint even more.

The shinny new handles do wonders to bring this piece into the 20th century, even with the mistakes I made with the holes.

There are still lots of other projects in this room.

Like storage solutions, other furnishings and more decorating.

I will be tackling them one by one.

More to come, so stay tuned!