House Tour: Evelyn’s Room

So I took a little break here from sharing the house stuff with you. Wasn’t really intentional, but I had a couple crazy days {what’s new, right?} and then I posted this post, and I couldn’t really get over how sweet you guys were. And then I listed this hoodie and life got crazy. Did you read about the manufacturing? Well, if you did, in that post I said I was going to have a blog up Monday showing off Evy’s room….

Ummmm… well, I edited all the pictures and was getting ready to put them into the post when photoshop when bonkers on me and I lost every.single.one. Yup. So awesome, right?!? Ha!!! All you gotta do is laugh at that point. Anyway, it’s taken me a day or so to get over and it be willing to move on {hehe}…

So Evy’s room…I adore this room. It’s not perfect. To be honest…it really needs more sprucing up and decorating, but I just don’t really do that sort of thing. Remember me telling you about how I felt about knick knacks? Well, that’s probably why this room is so plain. I just feel like extra things scattered around makes her room seem more of a museum and not a place she can play, so I leave the things that are out as toys only.

Oh, and on that note…we don’t have a play room, and none of the kids toys are anywhere other than their rooms. I just like to keep things where they belong and having toys not scattered around the house has really helped me stay focused, especially since I work from home. But with that said, both the kids rooms get VERY VERY messy, VERY fast. Which means we have to clean up every night. The way the room looks in these photos is NOT how this looks on a daily basis, ha.

Ok..so onto the room. Here’s what you see when you first walk in the door:

I love these soft colors, blues, pinks, greens…she had the same colors in her nursery. I adore the light shining through and how bright it is in here. What I CAN’T stand is the rug, but we won’t discuss that one…haha

Her bed…

It’s an Ikea bed we found off of craigslist. It can be either a toddler bed or a twin, and we made it a twin. It was cream, but Brandon spray painted it white, of course! ha. The bookcase next to her bed is from Target and the hope chest at the foot of her bed was my grandmother’s…it came all the way from Wales! It’s so special to me, chippy paint and all!

If you move from the right you can see the door to the hallway, and then nasty 1980′s bathroom {hehe}….I know bare walls, oh boy!

Behind the door is this amazing built in book shelf that is kinda cluttered with books right now. My parents and my sister came over after we moved with giant boxes full of books. Some were mine, and others were my sisters and her kids, but I’ve got them all now. ha. Being the book lover I am, I absolutely CANNOT give or toss any of them away. Curse of being a book lover, I guess. :(

If you go further to the right there is the closet and Evy’s dresser…which was my dresser 36 years ago. It’s failing apart and not in the best shape, but I guess I’m too sentimental to take it out. The ribbon board I made here, and I just plopped it there when we moved. I probably should mount it on the wall…someday. ha. The kitchen was another craigslist find…Pottery Barn Kids at half the price! Yay!

The framed picture is from here. I really want Evy to know that she is beautiful and handcrafted by the Lord….something I struggled/struggle with quite often as a young girl and as an adult.

A few more special detail shots…these owls are on her rocking chair. OH…a note about the rocking chair, I really want to take this out and put in a small table and chairs for her to have tea parties on, BUT…she STILL has to rocked to sleep. Yes, you heard me. She is so spoiled. She gets rocked for 5 mins every night, even if she doesn’t fall asleep, that makes her happy and if I don’t do it, its a big deal. Part of me hates it, the other part of me loves it. So special. ;)

So the owls are from her nursery and a reminder of why we called our business Evy’s Tree. :)

And of course, we have to have her original pillow. It was the only thing she would sleep on as a baby.

And in closing, I have to show you how the room looks with the bed not made. Honestly? We hardly ever make our beds around here. Rachel Ashwell said once that a bed should look just as pretty unmade as it does made. I agree one hundred percent, and I think this room is good proof of it. hah.

And that’s it! Hope you enjoyed our little tour!

Oh and PSSSTT….. HUGE sale going on in the shop!

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Annie Sloan Saves Our Dining Room {Part II}

House goals, house goals, house goals…it’s what we’re talking about on the blog this week. You can see the last three posts I’ve done on the House Goals HERE. If you want to read my original House Goals post last April, you can visit HERE.

Yesterday I talked about painting all my dining room furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint {ASCP} and I thought I would do a little separate post on using ASCP in your house. I want to say upfront and loud and clear: I am not an expert!! But I will tell you that I am *slightly* obsessed with this stuff. I probably need to tell you why I am obsessed with it…well, the truth of the matter is: I’m lazy. Yup. See, I’ve known for years that I wanted to paint my Nannie’s side table and dining table white, but after reading through tutorials on how to do it, I pretty much froze around step 1 or 2 which would be : sand and prime. Uhhuh. Yup, lazy.

So I held off on it because seriously, who had time to do all that? And I kept thinking, “well, maybe I could save up enough money to have someone do it for me”. Ha. Save up money? Sure I’ll put that little project last in line with all the other things I need to spend money on after I finish with Evy’s Tree Manufactured goods. Which meant it would be getting zero money put into it. So I had to come up with some other alternative. I did a bunch of research and decided that if I ever wanted to get these things painted in my house, then I’d better use ASCP because God knows I’d never get it done with “real” paint.

I can’t remember when I first found out about ASCP. I kinda think it may have been from this blog, but don’t quote me. But I do remember looking for a local stockist and finding the paint right near me at this great store. Looking for a stockist? Annie Sloan has them listed on her website HERE. We have a stockist close to us, but I have heard that there are a bunch of great online retailers that sell it, so if you don’t have one near you, online may be your best choice.

After looking through the paint colors I decided that the Old White, although it is very white in normal lights, would look way too cream in my all white house. Thank God for the Pure White that Annie added, as it matches my house perfectly. The first piece I took on was the side board:

So I painted this side board two nights before our big open house. HA! Seriously, this paint is that awesome. I just laid down some drop cloths and started painting. I think it took me a couple hours max. The paint does not smell and it’s super easy to work with. I could only afford one can, but I was promised this would cover both top and bottom pieces…and guess what? It did!

As I said earlier, I am NOT an expert at all about this paint. I sat for many hours watching videos on you tube about how to properly apply the paint and the wax {we’ll talk more about the wax in a bit}. I really don’t have a favorite video for the paint…there are so many out there, simply google Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and tons of resources will pop up. And if you have a local stockist, they are usually pretty helpful too…mine gave me her cell and told me to call her anytime! I think think the most complicated part is the wax…so when we get to the wax part, I’ll give you my favorite video tutorial on that. But I wanted to tell you a couple things I learned through trial and error while working with this paint.

A couple of notes about painting this piece:

1. I did not sand or prime this piece. That’s kind of a miracle actually, and what makes ASCP so amazing. The top part of the side board had been left outside and there was a considerable amount of water damage in on the bottom corners. I started to sand it a little, but I finally got tired of doing it and just slopped on the paint. It went over it just fine, and today you can’t even tell it was damaged. I DID put three coats over the damaged area, however. Here is a picture of what it looks like today, a year later. There is *some* bleeding through but so very minimal.

2. I used the entire can on both top and bottom. I covered both pieces with two coats and a third coat in some areas, especially the water damaged areas.

3. I should have added water to the paint. I had no idea that you could thin the paint out a little with some water on your brush. I really could have used that tip as it was a bit thick for some of the more “weathered” areas.

4. I wish I had known that ASCP won’t go on perfectly at first, but it will dry nicely. I really spent a lot of time trying to smooth over areas. Don’t even bother…it will dry very nicely, I promise!! And the more sloppy you put the paint on, the better and more vintage it looks at the end. I promise!

5. I only put a little wax on the top of the piece. I was completely unfamiliar with how to apply wax. However, despite my lack of knowledge, it actually dried very hard! yay! With this piece, I used a soft shamwow rag to apply wax. I HIGHLY recommend getting the wax brush {more on that in a second}. But because I didn’t put much wax on it, the piece has gotten a bit beat up, but to be honest, it doesn’t bother me too much. I think also the lighter colors will show more wear than the darker colors.

My second project with ASCP was our bench. I love this bench. It was actually a bed a man here in town made into a bench and then listed on craigslist. He and his wife were so sweet and the bench was perfect for us! It started out like this, in a nice outdoor paint, as it was meant to go outside:

Ok, here’s where the trial and error comes in. I’m not going to bore you too much with the details, but I will be honest and say…this bench broke me in with ASCP! ha. First, as you can probably tell from my vintage desk post, I have a hard time figuring out what colors to paint things. I’m so programed in “white mode” that often thinking outside the box for me is hard. So sometimes it takes me a couple tries with colors before I get it straight. The Vintage desks took two tries…this bench…UMMMM…THREE. ha. I know, I’m crazy. :(

I’m going to quickly walk you through the process. I started with Duck Egg Blue. Oh boy this is a gorgeous color! I mixed it with pure white, as I didn’t want it to be too strong.

And then I distressed it.

It was gorgeous. But wrong color. I don’t know what I was thinking, but it sure didn’t match my pink, yellow and sapphire dishes in the dining room. Neither did it match the green and pink in the family room. UGH. So I sat and thought some more and came up with an even dumber idea… YELLOW!

huh?

I know, I really could have skipped this part, but oh well. Anyway, I had Arles for this desk project and thought I would give it a whirl. Again mixed it up with white.

haha…nope. It just ended up looking cream. Oh Lordy. After a couple good cries and nearly tossing the bench through the window. I finally confessed that I needed pink. I say confessed because I kinda knew it all along but my poor husband already has so much pink around here, I thought I would be somewhat creative and try another color. ANYWAY….Antoinette to the rescue!

There she is! This is actually after I was all done, I guess I didn’t get a picture of the before wax. And speaking of wax I DID wax this… wayyyy toooo much in fact. Before I tell you how you are supposed to wax a piece with ASCP, I’l tell you what I did wrong. haha. Why is this funny to me? Oh boy.

So I bought Annie’s book. I currently lent it out and don’t have it, but inside it says, “be liberal with the wax and wipe off really well”. Well, to be honest with you, that was a disaster for me. I think I went through nearly an entire can on this piece. NO NO NO. You will NOT go through an entire can on a piece this size. You probably will only use about a spoonful, but we’ll get to that in a second.

Anyway, in between each coat of paint I waxed. Yup. You are supposed to wax before you sand, or that’s recommended at least. While that is true, waxing in between coats is overkill. In my defense, I did think I was done with each layer {haha}. Anyway, the moral of the story is…I used TOO MUCH WAX! How do you know if you used too much? It will be sticky and gooey and won’t dry and the paint won’t harden. On the bench, I used a coat of clear wax, then a coat of dark wax, then a coat of clear wax again {OVERKILL}.

If you take anything away from this post take this video with you {HERE}. This is the BEST TUTORIAL EVER on wax. It saved me!! Watch this video over and over and make sure you do it like she says. Here’s my notes from her video:

1. A little bit goes a long way. When I did my dining room table, I used ONE SMALL SPOONFUL of wax on the top of the table.

2. Buy the brushes. I can’t emphasis this enough. The brush is worth every penny and if you take care of it, it will last you a long time. I tried putting the wax on with the shamwow, remember? So not worth the trouble. Buy the brush. I have two brushes, one for clear wax and one for dark wax.

3. Make sure you do a small space at a time and wipe off excess well with lots of elbow grease. Hopefully all know what elbow grease is…it’s what my dad always says to me when you have to push really hard, or work hard with your hands. ha. But really, you want to wipe that stuff off until your rag goes over the table smoothly

4. Let dry before you reapply. I would suggest letting the wax sit on a piece of furniture for a couple days, if not a couple weeks before you reapply more coats. A little really does go a long way.

5. Don’t be afraid of the dark wax. The dark wax is scary at first. It looks like pure car grease. Seriously. But it’s AWESOME. I adore the way it made the craigslist chairs look. the key with the dark wax is apply a little at first and in small areas, rubbing off right away. And make sure you get it in the crevices or else it won’t look legit…as it’s supposed to make a piece look old.

In closing, I want to tell you a couple things I’ve learned about using the ASCP, especially when it comes to the dining room table. I forgot to take pictures of that process, but I have to be honest here…you know my color issue? Well, silly me, I thought the dining room table would look awesome old white. HA. NO. After I painted it two coats of old white, I went back with a coat of pure. And then I waxed {more on that in a second}. And then Evy drew all over the table {remember I told you about that “art”, awesome right?}, so I repainted again. The dining room table has no less than 6 coats of paint on it!!! ha.

Here it is before paint. And yes, you just paint right over that lacquered top. NO SANDING OR PRIMING NECESSARY! Really!

And after, not bad right?

What I learned NOT to do with ASCP

1. Use the piece right away. My stockist told me that with a dining room table, the paint will need time to cure. Ugh. Cure?!? Good grief, who has time for that?!? Well, you need to make time. The dining room table is the only thing I let cure, the rest of the items were fine, but I really wanted a nice smooth finish. So I let it sit for two weeks, and then after that used table cloths. To be honest, it is JUST NOW starting to get super hard and it’s been three months. I’m sure the fact that I had six coats of paint didn’t help, but it did take a long time to cure. My advice if you are doing a table, is give it time. Lots of time. I feel as if my table STILL needs a little more time to cure.

2. Go ape on the wax. I can’t emphasis this enough. DON’T USE A LOT OF WAX!! It will never dry. If you use too much, take a soft rag and buff, buff, buff it off. It will come off, but you have to really work it off.

3. Use a towel for the wax instead of a brush. Use the brush! Amen. ha.

4. Leave the lid open for long periods of time. Something about the properties in the paint make it dry out quicker than most paints. So try to remember to keep the lid on the can. If you accidentally forget {as I have done} you can always help it thin out with a bit of water.

Lastly, I want to say one more thing regarding the wax….I have never used any kind of polyurethane over the ASCP. I’m kinda one of those people who doesn’t blend brands much {haha}. I know a lot of people have done it and it probably does make a thicker seal and more solid surface. Although, I will say this, my vintage craigslists desk and the white chairs in my dining room are HARD. So I really feel it’s how much paint and wax you use. Too much paint and too much wax= a soft surface. And the wax does leave a nice vintage-y finish.

I hope this helps some! Feel free to comment if you have questions! xoxo

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Annie Sloan Saves Our Dining Room {Part I}

Welcome back to our home tour/house goals regrouping! Are you enjoying it so far? If you missed the first two, you can see them HERE and HERE. If you remember, last April I mapped out some home goals. You can read them HERE.

So let’s talk the dining room now. This is by far my favorite room in the house, for many reasons, but I have to say it was this room that sold me on the house. The view is unbelievable and the slightly raised ceiling is so vintage and classy. Here’s what it looked like when we bought the house

And then after we moved in and painted, and I added our furniture {again, my Nannie and Gramp’s 1950 original Heywood Weightfield table and side table}, it became painfully obvious everything needed a paint job. And that is where we pick up and talk about how Annie Sloan Chalk Paint saved our dining room {hehe}. Here’s what it looked like when I did our house goals last year, after I painted the sideboard.

So much needed to be done to this room….the table and the bench needed to be painted, the parson’s chairs needed to be slipcovered, and some other decorative items needed to be added. Although I don’t feel we are 100% done {mainly feel I need a rug in here}, I think we’ve made good progress….

Having everything white is exactly what I had been hoping for. I have always wanted an all white dining room….probably since the first time I opened my Shabby Chic books. It just seems to refreshing and calming. And hosting dinners in this room is really fun. I have to say, aren’t the white slipcovers on the parson’s chairs amazing? My mom in law made them for me. She also did the wonderful one on my desk chair. I know, she’s awesome, right?? Boy I love that lady.

 Unimportant side confession here: I’m not very good at knick knacks/centerpieces/decorative items. It’m just too cluttered mentally to worry about changing things out for seasons, etc. I like to complete a project and then have it done forever. Not to mention that knick knacks don’t last long in this house…they get broken, tossed, shoved, I think you get the picture. :) With that said, I usually have SOMETHING on the center during special holidays or meals. You can see my Christmas yarn trees HERE and my Thanksgiving centerpiece HERE. I especially love it during the Summers when my roses are in full bloom…garden roses are my very favorite thing to put in the center of the dining room table.

I know I need to find something for this area:

And yes, I know this is crooked. I have a tripod, just need to bust it out and give a try. Can we all say LAZY? hehe…

Anyway, I pulled this darling wicker tea cart out of my parent’s garage when I needed somewhere to put the Hot Chocolate station for Jake’s birthday party. It’s pretty beat up so I covered it with a table cloth. When the party was all said and done, I realized that I really loved the cart and started considering keeping it in here. There are a couple problems with it, mainly, it’s super, super, super wobbly and the glass needs a very good cleaning  {really an easy fix} as it’s been duct taped together for the last 10 years. Anyway, if I can figure out how to stabilize it a little bit, I’m going to keep it….but it will need something on display there. So I need to rack my brain about that one.

A couple things that was on the House Goals check list for this room was paint the bench and get some new chairs. Well, we’ve done both. First, the bench:

This is really one of the only things that is waiting to be finished in this room. I bought some fabric to slipcover a cushion for this bench, as it’s a bit hard to sit on. But we’re still saving money for the cushion…so that project will come soon. The pillows are all Simply Shabby Chic from Target except for the one with pink and blue flowers. That one is vintage Ralph Lauren…like 25 years old! My mom has had it forever!

As far as the paint job on the bench, Part II about our dining room will be up tomorrow and I”ll share my thoughts on painting the table, the sideboard, the bench and the chairs all with Annie Sloan chalk paint…so come back.

Oh and yes, we painted these chairs too. Remember them from this post? Craigslist $40 find, thank you very much…with a little love from my father in law and a little pure white paint, and wah- lah!

So I think if I had to say anything about this room it would be this: Annie Sloan definitely saved it! As I said earlier, come back tomorrow…I’ll tell you my thoughts on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

So what do you think about the dining room? Anyone else love an all white room? xoxo

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The Evolution of The Living Room

Welcome back to my little house tour/house goals regrouping. Our first segment was HERE. Later this week I’m going to tell you how I did this past year on all my home goals. If you haven’t read them yet, you can see them HERE. Anyway, today I want to talk about one of the items on that list which was “Revamp Living Room”.

Oh boy.

Well, I guess before I start I need to probably tell you a little bit about this room. First, this was not supposed to be the Living Room, it was supposed to be the Family Room, as it’s connected to the kitchen and smaller, more intimate. BUT, when we first moved in the room had carpet in it, along with a very interesting section of hardwood that obviously was an afterthought as it didn’t match the rest of the hardwood in the house. Kinda weird that someone didn’t take the time to match the hardwood…as it wasn’t that hard for us to do it. But ANYWAY, that’s neither here nor there, the point of the hardwood section, we finally figured out thanks to the overhead lighting, seemed to be for a piano. But since this house was a foreclosure, we really don’t know for sure. Here’s some before pictures:

Not quite sure why this photo is so twisted sorry! We took these really quickly after we made an offer. :)

And yes…we painted everything. It makes such a difference, doesn’t it?

Leading to the kitchen here;

And the opposite direction going towards the entry way:

Shot of the fireplace and my son who was having a meltdown at the time, ha

So here’s the thing…the door way to the back deck is the only access to the backyard except for the laundry room or our bedroom and all I could think about was how nasty that carpet would look after my kids had run in and out about twenty times a day. Plus we were planning on ripping up the tile in the kitchen {you can read about that HERE} and we felt the continuity would be best if we carried the hardwood through this room and connecting it to the entryway. AND…since I firmly feel the family room must have carpet, as in my mind it needs to be the place where we gather to watch movies, lay on the floor before the fire, play, read, etc, we thought well…. I guess this room, which was supposed to be the family room, will now be the Living Room, as the original Living Room would be the only room left with carpet.

Whew…did you get all that?!?! ha.

There are a few problems with our plan…but as we’re squabbling over first world problems here {amen} they don’t really matter now. The only one that does matter is this:

This room is VERY ODD SHAPED. Seriously.

I have played with my furniture in this room over and over and just can’t seem to get it flowing right. Here is how it started last year when I made our house goals:

Not bad. I actually really like the couches there as when you enter in through the entry way, it looks really nice. However, we never even bothered to use this room AT ALL when it was set up like this. And the beautiful fireplace was being 100% ignored. So a lovely blog reader {I’m sorry I can’t remember your name!} sent me an email suggesting I move things around. So I did. The above couches got moved around the fireplace and my Nannie’s piano got moved where the couches are. And then, my mom got new couches….

This is getting more and more exciting right? Totally daytime TV Drama. oh boy.

…and I got my mom’s old couches.

Ok, let me say this about these couches. They are very high end. From Pierre Deux in the city, and I will never forget when my mom bought them. I believe I was about 13. She loved them so much she bought them right off the showroom floor…and for good reason, they are down filled, super squishy and comfy couches. I’m SUPER honored to have them. BUT…that would make them, get this, 23 years old. Normally that’s really not a big deal, however, these are not slipcovers, so the fabric is SHOT. Like fading and splitting shot. They need to be washed desperately but I can’t get them off because the fabric is that fragile. And to be honest, the pattern is a bit loud for my taste, although if the fabric was in good condition I would keep it because it brings back good memories. And I agree with all of the thoughts that are going through your heads, it IS super vintage and cool.

So these sweet little puppies need the slip, very badly. As well as my parent’s vintage bright orange wingback chair.

Here’s the problem…I can’t find a fabric I really like to cover these with. Don’t worry, it definitely won’t be white! ;) I’m looking at a light tan/burlap colored with browns, greens, blues as accent pillows. It will have to be something that compliments both the entryway and the kitchen, and I just can’t find a nice heavyweight linen that I feel would wash well and look good. And the honest truth is, I can’t really afford it right now either. So it’s staying this way for now.

And Nannie’s piano…well I had every good intention to paint it, but when we got it here we realized it was a *gulp* Steinway. I couldn’t do it. Just could not. It’s too nice the way it is, so even though its much too dark for my taste, I will be slipcovering the seat and leaving the rest dark. It makes me smile….as it makes me think of my Nannie.

My plan is to cover all these walls with framed family canvases. I have been trying to get one made every year or so, and now I just have to figure out how to get them framed inexpensively {Have you priced out frames? Seriously, it’s like a sin to spend that much on a frame}. But my goal is to cover the walls, floor to ceiling if necessary, with all our family photos and portraits. 

So what do you think? Do you like the layout? I have to be honest and say I’m not super happy with it, but this room is really an awkward shape. I want to knock the wall out between the kitchen and the living room to make it one giant room, but that’s a HUGE thing and takes lots of moo-lah…which, oh yeah, we don’t have. ha.

Anyway, would love your thoughts..1-2-3 go for it! :) xoxo

The Story Of The Vintage Craigslist Desks

Am I the only one who gets super wigged out when I see things from my childhood listed on Craigslist and ebay as “vintage”? ha. Seriously!!

I probably need to start from the beginning here…telling you why I needed “vintage” desks to begin with. It really all started with lovely “art” found all over my furniture and walls. You know, the kind that pops up while you’re in the shower or cooking dinner? Right, that kind.  I started to lose patience for said art when I found drawings all over my newly painted dining room table {that’s another story for another time}. It was at that point I realized I needed some sort of desk for the kids where they could practice this budding skill in a more…*ahem*…confined place.

The only problem was, I don’t have a ton of space in this house for a little school desk area. And I wanted something that was moveable…something that wasn’t cumbersome or planted in one place. It was then I remembered the desks I had in high school. You know what I mean…the wooden ones with the arm that is the desk? Surely those couldn’t be too hard find, right?

At first I had no idea what to type in the craigslist search bar and I finally decided on “school desk”. As usually is the case with craigslist, all kinds of things popped up. I’m pretty sure I saw every desk I ever sat in as student…from kinder to high school! ha. It was fun! But despite the fact I saw many desks, the high school ones I was looking for were no where! Finally, after a couple weeks of searching, I found this one:

It was listed in San Francisco, somewhat close to my friend Joy, who lives there. Thankfully, she loves me enough to go and get it, right Joy? :) It was $40….Joy and I met up later in the week and I brought it home. It was in excellent condition, and to be honest, the stain was really pretty. But I had a vision of painted desks for the kids…so painted it must be. However, I still needed to find a second one.

After some searching, and about a month later, I found a second desk. Unfortunately I accidentally erased it from my phone, but it wasn’t in super great condition, although pretty close to the same idea as the first one. It was a bit shorter and was older, so the hardware was a bit worn, and the desk had a very, very small hairline fracture in it. But overall, it was ok. At $50 the pricetag wasn’t exactly what I wanted to pay, and it was listed in San Jose {East Bay}, which was about two hours from me. Thankfully, my friend Monica lives there and ended up getting the desk for me and then my friend Heidi, who’s parents live close to there, brought it back home for me. Overall, I had been looking so long that I felt comfortable paying $10 more than I felt I should.

Once home, they sat in our family room for a while, and then in the dining room. They came in super handy over thanksgiving when we had a full table…the kids ate at the desks, and it was so easy for them! In the end, decided the desks needed to stay in the family room area, where we have our video monitor. It would be perfect for them color and draw while watching a video…or even serve as a form of TV trays, so they could eat while viewing a movie. Finally, after Christmas, and during my kids school break, we started organizing and I had my nieces start painting….

We first painted them pure white from Annie Sloan. I ADORE this paint in general and the pure white is probably the best color for my house ever…it really is a pure white. My plan was to have the first layer white and the second layer Paris Grey. Have you ever used paris Grey? It’s so lovely!! But unfortunately, when I put them in the family room, they looked REALLY washed out. I didn’t take any pictures of them, sorry! I decided they had to be green to match the rest of the room….

And because I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint so much and because it requires NO PREP…I jumped on her site and chose the only green that really would match, Antibes Green. When I got the paint home from our local stockiest, I was SHOCKED at how green it was. YIKES!

Oh and FYI, this picture was actually taken AFTER I painted…that is ALL the paint I used. Annie Sloan is AMAZING.

So after a little research I found that if I mixed it half and half with ASCP Old White, the color would possibly be really close to all the Pottery Barn Kids green colors I have in the house. So I mixed and painted over the pure white and the paris grey.

Are you getting bored with this story yet? ha

After my niece painted the green I realized it was STILL not right. Oh boy. And Yes, I have no picture, but just trust me when I say, the green was very vibrant and just did not have the vintage-y look I was on the hunt for. So I did what I normally do when worried about something, set it aside and think, think, think, and research a bunch too, and then think some more {Brandon hates this process of mine. I’m pretty sure his words are “obsessive compulsive” ha}. Finally, I realized what it needed. A coat of Dark Wax. So I applied a light coat….and let me say, THEY WERE PERFECT!!!

The dark wax just gave it the depth they needed. I cannot tell you how much I love these! The first chair I bought is Jake’s…

The second one I got I gave to Evy, as it was a bit easier for her to get into. 

If you look closely, you see where we distressed the edges and the white and paris grey is peeking thorough. So great.

On Jake’s chair, the girls accidentally dripped some paint on the chair, but I adore how it gives the chair a older look!

I added these letters from {HERE}…I love these letters. I had already bought Evelyn from them for Evy’s room, so I knew I would like them on the chairs.

I forgot to purchase the ribbon to hang the letters, so I had this fun velvet ribbon I got on sale at Joann’s over a year ago. It was a bit wide so I cut it in half and tied the letters on. I love the way it’s fraying.

The light in this picture is really making it stand out, but Jake’s chair is a bit more light than Evy’s. I kinda got carried away with the dark wax. ha. But the difference doesn’t bother me, kinda like the way it’s off a bit.

PS…thinking about getting some new pillows for the entry way there. Just now noticing that the pink and blue may be off a bit. :( 

One final look, from the entry way. 

And that, my dear friends, is the tale of the craigslist desks! :)

This week I am hoping to show you some other things about my house, and go over our house goals from last year…telling you all what I have completed and what I haven’t. Ha. Not sure why saying that makes me laugh… probably has something to do with the fact that NOT MUCH HAS BEEN DONE. haha.

love you all. Happy Saturday! xoxo

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Our Guest Bathroom Remodel

The year is coming to a close and it’s time for me to sit down and check what has been completed off my house goals list {HERE}. I have started most of the items on the list, but have only completed one of them, my desk area {HERE}. I am so excited to take one more “to do” off my list….our guest bathroom.

You may remember, but in case you’ve forgotten, here’s our bathroom before we tore it up.

It was the strangest bathroom, to be honest. It’s located right next to a bedroom, all the way across the house from the rest of the rooms and bathrooms. It had this huge vanity, but what in the world to you use a vanity for if you don’t have a shower? It was very interesting.

Anyway, we knew when we bought the house that we would need to remodel this bathroom and include a shower, which, as I mentioned before, is located right off our kitchen and just before our guest bathroom {the second door on the right}…

And just because I have never shown you, here is our guest bedroom. We think it may have been used as an office, which may explain the odd bathroom with no shower connected to it. This bedroom will be on 2013′s house goals list as needing to decorate. For now we just added a craigslist ikea sofa with world market pillows, a Target rug and the rest of the odds and ends that we had leftover from our move. And ignore how washed out these pictures are…I took them really quickly and my exposure was off. :)

ANYWAY…our bathroom. Ok, so you saw the before, here’s a couple during..

We really gutted it all the way down to the floor. And it was truly a family job…Brandon and his Dad, along with our brother in law David did the bulk of the work. We had to hire someone to pour the “pan” of the shower with hot tar and then a good friend helped us tile the entire job, which was so sweet of him.

Anyway, without further adieu, the new bathroom:

This was obviously a very small space before, but now it’s pretty tight…but we were able to build in a shower with a marble curb, a pedestal sink, and reuse our previous toilet.

We knew we would have zero storage in this new bathroom, especially since we were installing a pedestal sink, so you can imagine how excited I was to find this little vintage bookshelf at my favorite antique store in Petaluma for..get this…$50!! We also added hooks along the wall to give our guests hanging space.

Another view of the bookcase. When I found it, the wallpaper was peeling off and the glorious paint was peeling as well. WHAT A FIND! I knew I would have to seal it if I wanted to preserve it in the bathroom, so I added several coats of a water based polyurethane. I keep towels, bath mats and toilet paper.

Another glimpse of the wallpaper. Seriously, I could have cried I was so excited about this thing. And not to mention it fits perfectly in the space.

Something else I wanted to point out in the above picture. We could not figure out what to tile the curb there. At first we were going to try to use the small mosaic tiles, but it was a nightmare to cut and we realized really quickly that wouldn’t work. Then we thought about the white subway tile, but we thought it would make the curb stand out a bit much. So our tile friend suggested getting a Carrera marble piece cut for the top {$125}, then purchasing a box of 12″x12″ Carrera tile squares from Home Depot {$20??}. Wahlah…perfect!!The lovely mirror is from the same antique store in Petaluma. I found it the same day I found the bookcase. It is gloriously old and chippy. Exactly what I wanted for this bathroom. I about died when the price tag said $75. It was cheaper than the plain etched glass mirror I bought at Home Depot and had originally planned for this spot, so I promptly bought the green mirror and returned the Home Depot one. Smart, right? :) 

The chandelier is from Lowes. It was $100. I so wanted an old chandelier, but they were all at least $250, and we were already over budget on this bathroom, so I settled for this one. It’s very pretty and in the end, probably perfect for this bathroom. I added a cord cover and we were all set.

And again, another shot of the full bathroom, without the chandelier…

I cannot tell you how much I love this bathroom. It turned out perfect, and exactly how I had planned. I had been pinning bathrooms for months to help me get the vision for this room, and I think I caught it! ha. {You can see my pin board HERE}.

Also, this was our first bathroom redmodel EVER, so we learned a lot, two of which was give yourself time and make sure you budget for all the “hidden costs”{pouring the pan and floating the floor, never heard of those things, which cost us $500 extra}. We set aside three weeks to finish this bathroom, but in reality it took us much longer, since we had several delays. Oh boy. I also wish I had known there are cheap faucets and nice faucets. If I had known I would have bought one from here like I did for my kitchen. They have quality things.

In case you were wondering the details on the bathroom:

Mosaic tile: Lowe’s online

Subway tile: Home Depot

Baseboard and threshold: Lowes

Pedestal Sink: Kohler from Home Depot

Faucet and shower head and shower rod: Home Depot

Shower curtain: Urban Outfitters {I had to buy two to make it long enough} and Bed Bath and Beyond for the shower liner

Paint: Simply White by Benjamin More for walls, Cotton Balls for trim

Mirror, bookshelf: Summer Cottage Antiques, in Petaluma CA {HERE}

Prints on the walls: Mine from before I was married :)

Chandelier: Lowes {HERE}

Big hugs friends!! xoxo

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31 Days: My New Desk Area

I am so excited to FINALLY have something completely crossed off my list of home projects I set for myself a while back. I will also be able to cross off the guest bathroom, I just have one small thing to finish in there, and then I will have TWO things done. Whew. I love lists. ha. The whole crossing off thing is so awesome. ANWAY…. without further adieu, today I am thankful for my new desk area.

As a recap, here it was when we first bought the house:

And here’s what it looked like after we painted:

And now once more:

Ok, I love it!! Here’s what did to change it. First, we hung the vintage file holder I found at the antique store, lined the table top with burlap, and got a glass top cut for it. That really helped the cleanup in this area and gave it some color.

I also added a lovely desk calendar from Much Ado About You. I love this calendar!!

I found a gorgeous vintage kleenex holder at a little store here in town, slipcovered my wires {I know I’m addicted to slipcovering, sorry can’t help it. The cords were just so ugly to look at and we didn’t want to have to go to the trouble of moving the plugs and drilling holes in the counter}, and I quickly brushed a light coat of this paint on my boring Target phone stand/electrical outlet holder.

I also added these job charts and color coordinated our marble jars. We LOVE these job charts. They do make the corner look a bit busy, but they really help keep us on track. The kids can tell exactly what their jobs are every morning and afternoon and after they complete them, they get marbles in their jar towards their choice prize. The It Is Well With My Soul print is from here.

I have got to say the star of the whole show is the chair skirt from that my mom in law designed and sewed for me. She is AMAZING. Seriously. I ordered the fabric from here. I have ordered a lot of fabric from this shop and have loved everything.

This skirt easily detaches from the back for washing.

This chair was an old chair I had laying around the house. I bought a set of four from a little antique shop in Petaluma years ago and one by one they either fell apart or the seats broke their way through. I wish I had saved them all…this one was the last one I had and the seat was completely busted through…

but it was a simple fix for my father in law. He cut out a wood seat…

I covered it with batting and muslin fabric…

and he screwed the new seat onto the chair.

I added a little extra cushion on top after that…and wahlah. It is SO comfortable and the perfect height for typing.

Oh, and I can’t forget the little backpack and school filing station I have going on by the garage door.

It helps SO MUCH. The kids know to hang their backpacks up after school, and I go through them there, taking out what I need and putting it in the filing system if I need to work on something or return it back to school. It keeps us so organized. I found the filing system at Marshalls and the knobs at OSH.

Well…that’s it! I am so very thankful for this area….tickled pink with it! Every morning I sit down to work on my computer and I thank God I have a nice area to work at that is in the house and close to the kids. So great.

Big hugs friends! xoxo

Oh, and the challenges I was adding at the end of the posts? Well, I’ve kinda run out of challenges. haha. You’re big girls {and boys} I’m sure you can find something to challenge yourself with over the next couple of weeks. :) xoxo

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

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What To Do When Your Child Draws All Over Your Couch…

You don’t panic….at least if you have white slipcovers, that is! :)

Sorry for the horrible pictures, I snapped them late at night before I tossed them in the wash…

Um…yeah, this was done with a ballpoint pen. And Evy might as well enter it into some sort of art contest as it’s pretty amazing don’t you think? I mean, look at the details!

Wow, these are right up Degas and Piccaso, don’t you think? ha. Oh boy.

So I’m not going to lie. I totally panicked. Especially since I had just wrote this huge post about how wonderful my couches were and that you could get anything out. To be honest, I was a little stressed I wouldn’t be able to get it out. It just overtook my cushions!!

BUT, I did what I normally do and sprayed it down with oxyclean, then added the max amount of bleach and then put it washer on the presoak option and let it soak for 30 mins. The first try got it almost out, but it was still faintly there, so I repeated it again. The second try did the trick….

As good as new! I promise you, you can’t even see one bit of it!!

So if I wasn’t sold already on white slipcovers {which you all know I was}…I am REALLY sold on it now. REALLY, REALLY!

So what in the world are you guys waiting for? Get on the white slipcover band wagon!! :) For more on my slipcovers click HERE.

xoxo

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House Goals: A Little Sneak Peek Into My Home

 Ever feel like you look at your home and think, “I need to change that” and then “Hmm…I wonder when I’ll get to that?” immediately follows? Yeah, well, I do that. ALL.THE.TIME. I am a horrible procrastinator and I hate it. I always end up cramming all my wonderful ideas into one day right before a big party or something {remember our open house?} and it’s KILLER and makes my family HATE me in the end {well, not really….I hope}.

So the other day, as I was picking up the house, I decided I would take some notes on the things I wanted to change/fix/replace/update blah blah. And I made a decision I would try to finish these things by Christmas. To keep myself accountable, I am going to blog about them. Hopefully this will hold me to it.

Before I start though, I want to say one thing….it really does bother me at times that I even feel disatisfied with certain areas in my home. I live in a home I really don’t deserve to live in and I feel so beyond blessed to have what we have. Have you seen our kitchen?!?! AMAZING. I am so happy with it. And everything else for that matter. But, as my mom reminds me often, a woman likes to make her home a “home” and the only way to do that is to create a space you love. So, I have to understand that wanting to make my home a home does not mean I am ungrateful. :)

Ok, so now let’s get to this list:

1. Remodel Guest Bathroom

This is a horrible picture, sorry about that…anyway none of us can understand why in the world this bathroom has such a large vanity and never included a shower. So strange to all of us, especially my builder dad and my contractor father in law. The house is 5 bedrooms, and one is right next to this bathroom, which we use as the guest bedroom since it is all the  way across the house from the rest of us. Technically, I believe this guest room was meant to be an office, which I guess would make sense why this bathroom doesn’t have a shower.

ANYWAY…our very first thing to accomplish is this bathroom. We are going to gut it and start over, putting a pedestal sink and shower in here.

2. Paint Dining Room Table and Bench

Not really much said here. The poor table was supposed to painted months ago. I’m going back and forth about color, so I’ll keep you posted on what I do there. As far as that bench, isn’t it beautiful? I found it on craigslist, a sweet man here in town makes them. I’m going to paint it too. Yay!

3. Replace Carpet in Hallway

This is our entry way. The hallway to the left there leads down to our bedrooms.

As I mentioned before, this home was a foreclosure and the bank was so kind to come in and “fix” it up a bit. They painted the walls the lovely color of pale yellow bile and laid down this fabulous grade CRUD-O-LA carpet. See how well it’s wearing and we’ve literally only lived here 6 months. Since it was new and livable we left the carpet in when we moved, but I can’t stand it for much longer.

So our #2 thing to do is rip up the carpet and carry the hardwood through this hall. And since my husband is such a pro at installing hardwood thanks to the kitchen, it should be a cinch, right? ha.

4. Decorate Master Bedroom

What needs to be done:

1. Build in window seat

2. Slipcover Nannie’s 1970′s chair

3. Paint side tables

4. Sew new drapes

5. Fix lighting {chandelier and lamps}

5. Kitchen Desk

I love this desk, hate how it collects all the cluter. People walk in from the garage there and dump everything on this desk {ok when we say people I mean me. ha}. Anyway, I also want to make this a working a desk…a place where I can work on home things outside of my studio, sort of a family command center. I have an idea of what I want to do and I”ll give you a little hint…that darling vintage wooden file holder has something to do with it.

6. Revamp Living Room

I love this room. It sits right off the kitchen and the entry way. Here is the entrance to the living room from the entry way. The doors are amazing.

See that empty corner there? It’s waiting for my Nannie’s Piano which is at my brother’s house still needing to be picked up, once I get it I am going to paint it, I think. These poor little couches are the same couches my room mate and I had in our apartment before I was married. They are in DIRE need of new slipcovers and pillows. I also need a rug in here. It just needs a little updating and coming together.

Well, that’s it everyone! Hold me to it! I’ll keep you updated!

Big hugs xoxo