Sunday, October 26, 2014

Navy and Gold Desk Makeover

Can I just talk about my love of navy for a minute? Like serious love and it's taking over my life. In a good way. After wearing navy with various accents all summer long, I went on a navy bender around the house. It's when I found this mid-century modern desk last spring at a garage sale for $10 (I know!!!! $10!!!), I new immediately what I was going to do to her. This isn't the actual desk but it's similar....I was so excited, I forgot to snap before pics.

It's the darling little feet on these pieces that always make me smile.

One coat of primer and minimal sanding was all I was good for that day...I wasn't really worried about durability since I do most of my work on my laptop on the sofa. Just keeping it real. Here are the drawers after a little roughing up.

And the whole desk with one coat of primer.

I bought a tester from Sherwin Williams in my new favorite color (Naval) a few weeks earlier to use on the pantry door since I never really took to the previous color. At 40% off, you get this giant tub of paint for $6. I know it says not to use this as anything other than a tester on the label but this is my second major project with this paint, and it's held up beautifully.

I was hoping to do two coats but I actually wound up doing three just to make sure the paint was even because it's such a deep color. Here she is after just one coat.

And the adorable little legs? I went full throttle with the gold pray paint on those babies since I've been dying to gold dip something forever. Ummm....except I had some dripping and coverage issues with the paint since the legs kept rolling around.

 Serious dripping going on here and I was getting frustrated.

I looked around the garage and found this box of wine in the recycling box. Yes. I drink wine from a box. Don't judge me. You would too, if you lived here.

Sanded the legs and drove the screws into the cardboard to stand them up.....problem solved.

I felt pretty clever that day.

Here she is in all her navy gorgeousness.....LOVE. 

Indulge me while I whine about my sucky camera and picture taking skills. Or maybe the editing....I dunno....First World Problem and I'm working on it. Back to the desk....

So much navy and gold love. Stay tuned because I'm really on a navy bender and I have lots more navy finds and projects to share.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall Decorating

I don't know about the rest of y'all but we had a pretty short summer and I've been avoiding fall like crazy. Right down to wearing my flip-flops in 50 degree weather. When I had to turn the heat on this morning, I finally gave in and pulled the summer decor off the porch and got started on changing things up for fall. I know lots of you love this time of year but I'm not a huge fan. Summer is my favorite season, hands down.

In fact, I struggle with all the fall stuff, in part, because I don't even like fall colors.  Orange? Ick. Brown? Allergic. Red? Ummm, no thanks. As a result, I'm a little challenged with fall decorating. But since Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend, I figured I better get going.

I swapped out my favorite summer wreath for this little cutie that I picked up a few years ago. Can't remember where for the life of

I found this lovely banner printable at Tomkat Studios.  How gorgeous is this set up? I pretty much love every single thing this gal does.

Tomkat Studios

I printed it off and hung it with some brown ribbon from my overflowing ribbon bin(s).


As you can see...the letters are supposed to be brown but my printer turned them this interesting shade of salmon. If anyone knows why it's doing that and how to fix it, let me know. I'm stumped Still looks pretty cute in the dining area, though.

On the dining table, I've pulled out my burlap Halloween runner and added some neutral accents and pine cones that I've had forever. I picked up that velvet pumpkin from Michael's clearance bin this week for 60% off, along with a lot of other neutral fall items that fit my need to avoid orange and red. Gotta love waiting til the last minute to greet the new season and get some good deals. Seriously, that velvet makes the pumpkin almost sexy looking. If a pumpkin can be sexy and all.

More of the neutral colored pumpkins that I've had these for years and used year after year. I've just added them here and there throughout the house to update for the season.

I usually change out this frame to have a seasonal printable but I just can't yet....this was from our last visit to Panama City Beach in favorite place in the whole world.  Nope. Not yet.

(Also, if anyone has some ideas about what to do with those dang TV wires, I'd love to hear it. I don't want to drill into the wall but I would love to cover them somehow. And now back to our regular program.)

The bar area also got some seasonal updates as well. I swapped out the summer plates and straws for some more pumpkins and this owl that I spray painted a few years ago for Aiden's room. I found it in a box in his closet when I was cleaning out the summer clothes last week. (Talk about shopping the house!)

And then I swapped the water bottles for the Halloween books....

I found this adorable printable on Bonfires and Wine and printed it off. Again, my printer messed up the colors going from the original brown to a sort of purple color but I kind of like how it turned out.

"Gobble Til You Wobble" is pretty fitting since that's definitely my motto on Thanksgiving. And at Christmas. And at lunch...well, you get the idea. I just like food. A lot. Don't judge. I was going to frame it but I kind of liked the way it looked on my clipboard so I left it there.

I dumped the lemons from the vase on the kitchen island and added some shredded paper and another of those gorgeous velvet neutral colored pumpkins. Seriously...where have these been all my life?

Another swapping of seasonal decor on the little shelf in the corner of the living room....

And there we have it. If I have to acknowledge fall, I'm going to do it in the most neutral and minimalist way possible. Now bring back summer.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Gray Paint Update

A few of months ago I went on a weird paint sampling bender in my living room and I wrote all about it here.  In the end (at least at that time) I settled on Revere Pewter because it's a nice greige and it goes with everything.  And then I discovered that we have a Sherwin Williams store in the city. Two actually. And that's where it happened.  I found a soft gray that I fell in love with.  No beige, no greige.  Just a pure, cool gray.  The color is Light French Gray and it's described as a light, cool neutral.

In the interest of keeping it real, by this time I had also tried out two other grays.  Which brought my testers up to a total of nine. 9!! This was getting crazy.

But the minute I put the color on the wall, it was love. I managed to get the main floor painted while the boys played around me. True story. And I'm still swooning over this color.

Here's the kitchen transformation....

The living and dining area....

You can see the old gold color on the stairway and landing just begging to be painted.

I loved it so much, I took it all the way upstairs to the second floor landing. I sigh with happiness every time I come through the door.  Huge difference.

And just to mix it up a bit, I painted the entry way in Dior Gray by Benjamin Moore.  A nice dark gray with a purple/blue undertone. Looks perfect in there and keeps it fresh and interesting.

The finished hallway....

Love, love, love both of these colors.  And nothing beats the feeling of coming home to a house you love.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

10 Adorable Boys Bedrooms

I've been insanely busy this past summer, working on a major new project (stay tuned!) and I haven't been posting as much as I used to. I also lost my phone cord and finally got around to ordering a new one. And the boys turned 2 and 3 in July. Can't believe I'm even saying that!! Where does the time go?

One of the things on the drawing board these days is updating Liam's room.  When he was born, I did up his nursery in blue and brown with a monkey theme. The color on the walls is Caribbean Blue by Benjamin Moore. The decal was from Etsy and I hand painted the letters on his wall.

This decal was from Toys R' Us.

The pics on the wall are just canvases with fabric wrapped and stapled to them. Easy and cheap.

When we moved to this house, I just hung up the pics and left the room as it was, knowing he'd be moving to a big boy bed soon enough. Seems like that day is finally here. We still haven't landed on what we're doing (I'm hoping for Pirates!) but I've been so inspired by the beautiful rooms I've been pinning on Pinterest.  Here are a few of my favourites....

Love the red and blues in this room from Beneath My Heart along with those industrial shelves.

Similar colors were used in this air plane room that I found on Etsy. I'm not a red lover but it really works with the light blue and navy.

This bright, shared room caught my eye right away at Project Nursery.  The hounds-tooth wall, the pallet bed with crib mattress and the colors are just fantastic!

More aqua and orange from Dream Big, Small Fry featured at Honey We're Home.

A Pop of Pretty transformed her nursery into a bright and colorful toddler room for her twins. I like the way the beds are pushed together...good for twins but my two would maul each other.  So cute, though!

I've been considering having the boys share a room since they're pretty good sleepers and all. Love this idea from Pottery Barn Kids... the placement of the beds is a great space saving idea. The names and colors are pretty awesome, too.

This bunk bed set-up, also from Pottery Barn Kids is pretty swanky, too.  Love me some navy stripes.

More navy stripes, this time on the wall from I Love That Blog!

Have I ever mentioned how much I love navy?  And navy and yellow together, just make me feel happy. Another gorgeous space and shared bedroom from  Home Stories A to Z.

This shared room, featured on Better Homes and Gardens, is my absolute favorite. It appeals to my love of color and my fondness for pirates and boats. A boat bed?? To heck with the boys, I want one for myself!!

For more inspiration, you can check out my Boys Bedrooms Pinterest Board.  Sometimes, the hardest part is just making a decision, isn't it?

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