Mar 27, 2015

Project Challenge Link Up {leather or linen)

At the first of this year I joined a group of bloggers for a monthly event called Project Challenge.

Each month we have chosen a type of material to use in a project to share in a link party. It's fun to see what each blogger does differently. We are opening the link party up to all of you this month to see how you use the chosen item too. .

This month our material is Linen or Leather. Your post can be new or old so share with us!

If you read my blog often you'll know that I am not great with fabric, or at least it's not my favorite thing to work with. So when I saw linen or leather on our Project Challenge schedule I panicked a little.

But, low and behold, I was super lucky when I found a linen lampshade at Kirkland's. (rescue!)
I used it in our dining room. Let me show you how I hung it to the already existing light fixture.
See these "S" hooks? I use them all the time and they work perfect to hold my lamp shade level around the silver fixture. Usually the fixture has frosted glass over the bulbs but I change it around all the time now and then.
Each hook lined up pretty much exactly where the support rods are on the shade as it hangs upside down. Yes!
I know that was super lucky to find a perfect match. I have been keeping an eye out for a cylinder shaped shade for months because our light fixture gives off a harsh light without a little cover.
From below you can see the way it was hung but I am thinking of adding a twiggy wreath around the bottom to hide that. What do you think?
.Lamp light is my favorite kind of lighting. It's so soft and calm compared to over head lights.
So there it Project Challenge with Linen. Now you can link up and share yours!

Mar 24, 2015

Cottage Style Dining Set in White and Grey

I just finished this cute little dining set. I fell in love with it at first sight, although it was an orange tone stained wood, I knew a little paint would make it just darling! Look at the table base. It matches the shape of the three chairs.
Isn't that a sweet style?
The chairs and bench are painted white with one grey (Rope by Valspar) stripe down the middle wood slat.
Usually I like a stained table top but I didn't love the wood grain in this particular piece.  It was a perfect opportunity to paint a checker board pattern on. (you can see how to do a checker pattern HERE)
Table tops need a tough surface to withstand cleaning over time. I used Bin primer after a complete sanding of the surfaces and used a semi-gloss paint (spray and brush). I actually used polyurethane wipe on in gloss to seal the finish. I worried that it would yellow but after I tested a spot I knew it was safe. However, a little yellowing would be OK since the white is so bright.
The edges were distressed by using a mouse hand sander with 120 grit then a 220 grit paper. The top was sanded with a 120, 220, and then a 600 grit paper by hand for better control. The wood that shows through the paint is stained in dark walnut by Minwax then rubbed & blended around with the wipe on poly while the stain was still wet.
I love a checker table top. Can you picture this in a charming beach cottage?

I have enjoyed refinishing dining sets lately. I wish I had taken a before picture so you could see the transformation. It's a lot of work but certainly worth it.

(For more dining room inspiration click HERE.)

Oh, and....

 Do you guys remember that I have been participating in Project Challenge ?
 Each month a few bloggers and I are given a material to use and we get to chose our own project to share using the chosen material. This month we are to create something using either linen or leather.
Here's the exciting get to join in too!
 We will have a linky party so you can share your linen or leather project as well.  It can be a new project or an older post.
Hope to see you here Friday morning (2 days) so you can link up with us!

Mar 21, 2015

Modern - Rustic - Country Style

I snapped some pictures of our family room yesterday after I straightened it up. There are some different pieces in here now that make my style more country - as in cowboy country. :)
Above the mantel is a new photo of an amazing horse, isn't he beautiful?
An ox yoke hangs from the wood around the mantel. 
This is a table that I made in a rush around Christmas time but I recently painted it white and added dark wax to it. 
Check out that bottom trunk. I found it a thrift store and can't wait to put wheels on it or use it as a coffee table.
Our old basement door sits against the wall. Can you see the chicken wire that was stapled to the back? There is no glass in it.
The other side of the mantel has a new/old table that looks hand made. The old grinder is attached to it to hold flowers or a candle.
The black and white stripe rug and the simple number pillows are a modern touch.
I love to bring in new elements to a room that go with the mood I am in. Can you tell that I am craving the country? 
Happy weekend! We are off to camp. Maybe I'll get my country fix.

Mar 17, 2015

Dining in Black and White

I had to share what I have been working on for all of last weekend through today. This is my shop space and that gorgeous table has kept me busy for days.
Check out the legs on this girl!
Black and white are my most favorite colors (or non-colors) to use together. A timeless combination that looks amazing through any trend.
For display I made the wood table runner that says GATHER on it with drawer pulls on each end to make moving the center piece easy when needed and no room is complete without something living in it so even this shop space gets a splash of fresh lavender. Greens make a space feel so clean and comfortable.
The customers that frequent this shop seem to like a heavily distressed paint finish (shabby chic) and although I love a chippy white dining set, the black combined makes it seem collected over time and as I hear designers say "black grounds a room". It's shabby but rich looking and solid, too.

Well, one more dining set in the garage to go....(I need a body massage).
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Mar 14, 2015

Using Websters Chalk Paint Powder

Using new paint products has been on my list of things to do but I was stuck using my same paint methods that have always worked.
What intrigues me about this paint is that there is no sanding required prior to painting. Well, that cuts my labor time down significantly so I finally tried Websters Paint Powder mixed with a Behr paint and primer sample.
Here is my test piece...BEFORE.
Instructions for use:
Add 1 T of water to 2 T of Websters Powder. Mix well, then add to 1 cup of latex paint.
(The vendor at The Lazy Daisy shop suggests Behr paint samples. I agree that Behr is a great paint to work with).
Apply 1-2 coats of paint and let dry. Use sandpaper to distress if desired.
Apply a coat of clear wax (and dark wax for an antiqued look). Buff to a shine.
The wax I used is Fiddes & Sons in Jacobean and a clear wax from Home Depot. I love it more every time I use it. It is necessary to use clear with it to distribute the dark all over.

Buff to a shine means using a 600 grit paper to give the piece a polished look once the wax is all rubbed in.
What do you think?
My thoughts? I loved it! The all natural powder & water mixture blended easily but I may have had to add a tiny bit more water than suggested (my 2 tablespoons were "heaping"). That mixed with the matte Behr paint made the creamiest solution. My paint was thicker and covered so well the first coat.The second coat went on so smooth and super fast. I even painted the inside. The brush lines dissolved on their own and when I took my sander to it for distressing the paint stayed in place really well except where I applied extra pressure to get the wood to come through.

Best part about using this paint? It was EASY!

Worthwhile ReStyle

The powder is sold in The Lazy Daisy where I also have retail space. Teresa at Worthwhile Restyle is the vendor and she also carries waxes, brushes and teaches paint classes.
If you are new to painting furniture, taking a class will help you get a professional looking paint finish without having to make a million mistakes on your own by trial and error.

For questions on taking a class locally (Richmond, Virginia) or ordering supplies that can also be shipped contact Teresa at:

Finished in one afternoon.... :)

Although I believe that some old finishes still call for a little sanding, this was a great product that has dried smooth and hard. I love it!

Hope your weekend is going great. Thanks for reading!

Mar 9, 2015

Plaster and Semi Gloss Chipped Paint

This solid wood book shelf was painted in a white semi gloss paint mixed with plaster of paris. (recipe here)

Mar 6, 2015

Merchandising a Shop Space....

Do you have a retail shop? In our town I rent a little space in The Lazy Daisy. Our town is full of antique shops & consignment stores, which makes the trip here worth it. But The Daisy is the most shop-able and affordable and mostly right on with the trends (really!).

Mar 3, 2015

Recovering Dining Chairs

Hello there! I don't know about you but I am done with this winter weather. Our internet and cable went out last week while the kids were out of school b/c of the snow. It forced us to find other things to do. We survived and I got something done that has been hanging over my head.

Feb 22, 2015

What do you do with old relics?

I found a few things at a moving sale last weekend. One old little relic I picked up that I just love is...
...a copper belt buckle that is still attached to a portion of it's original leather belt.
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