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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Just finished this dining room beauty

Just finished this hutch yesterday.  I was so fortunate to find this at a moving sale and I offered the guy $35.00 for it and he took it. Yippee. It was quite dirty and it looked like some if the glass shelves were broken.  I cleaned it up before bringing it in to paint it. Here is the before picture  And please note that these photos are from my iphone, so they loaded a little bit blurry.  I wanted to post from my iphone to my blog.  First time!
           I decided to use chalk paint as I have come to know that when you have a piece from the 70's and there is veneer and non-wood mouldings, that the best thing you can do is to use chalk paint.  I made my own chalk paint in this case and then sanded it off for the distressed look and also added two appliqued elements.  And here are the results . . . .                  
 I loved loading it up with cottage whites. I am very happy with how it turned out.  Here are some more views.
 And so to make room for the new hutch I had to do some changes in the dining room.  First I had too move this piece by my front door and here is the new spot for it  
Next I had to move my teacup shelf to my craft studio
          And to make room for that, my old shelf for the rubber stamps had to be sold.  I am so happy with my new look in every room all because I wanted a hutch in the dining room and I did it for about $40.00 Whoo hoo.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Kitchen redo

We remodeled our kitchen in 2006 and at that time I loved red.  We put in an island and got granite countertops and then painted the walls a light walnut color.  Geraniums in the window and had black appliances put in.  The cabinets used to be dark but the wood was not pretty, so I painted them all and put on mouldings and appliques.  These photos aren't the best, because I could not find the originals

We took out a wall and put in some pillars that separated the dining room from the kitchen, and this really opened things up.

My mother passed away not even a year before this makeover, and I inherited her antique buffet that I painted black and left then stained the top.  I love the way it turned out.  I made the "Cuisine Francaise" framed collage, and framed some french works.  These were the before photos.  HERE ARE THE AFTER
Look what some paint can do and a few new craft projects.
 I took out the red and painted the island in a robin's egg blue chalk paint.  Have to keep some of the black accents because my appliances still need to work in this space.
 I might have posted some of these projects before, but all the new in the kitchen has been done this summer.
Found a new stencil at the Home Depot that was perfect for my new window treatment.

 Had lots of fun doing this transformation.  I had a one glass jar with the glass lid, and I found the other two at walmart and a local hardware store.put some tea cups in for scoopers.

 This used to be red berries.  They are actually styrofoam, but since it was painted with an enamel, then the spray paint did not dissentigrate the little balls.
 I love mercury glass so very much.
  I know I have shown the new makeover for this frame and have been having lots of fun with chalkboard art.  The other prints are the same ones that were up before, I just painted the frames, and took the red out!
Here is the buffet and I think I will keep it black too.  
 I dollarstore tin tray that got painted , decoupaged and hung up.  What a fun little magnet accent!
 the chalk paint redid my spice rack as well!
I had this spode plate for a few years

Okay I guess I kept one little red thing.  A gift from my daughter could not go anywhere else.
 My favorite spray paint is the Rustoleum, Hammered iron, and I use it on everything!  Love Love it!
I chalkpainted this wooden tray and then decoupaged the images on it.  
Again I found this drawer insert at a yard sale for 75 cents and turned it into this wonderful shabby french piece with french transfers from the Graphics fairy
I painted the walnut walls the same color as the dining room.  It opened up the room even more, and I asked myself why oh why did I not do this long ago.  I hope you have enjoyed the little tour.  I am always amazed what a new paint job will do for a room.  It is so exciting. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

I am a little bit late and somewhat overdue, but just finally had the drawing of my giveaway that was posted with the Where bloggers create party.  Here is what the prize is!!!!!
This sweet vintage dishtowel and lace pillow made by me.  Congratulations to. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Donna of myshabbychateau.blogspot.com  I love her style and her wonderful studio and blog.  I am happy to call her one of my new blogging friends.  Whoo Hoo Donna!
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