A few years back my friend Brittany made up the cutest chalkboard pumpkins. She painted a chevron pattern all around the sides and then in the middle she painted a large chalkboard oval that you could write fun Halloween messages on. It was a big hit at her kiddos fall festival.
That was my inspiration for my fall porch this year. I grabbed a few pumpkins and some black and white paint and went to town! These polka dots are so easy the novice crafter can do it….I promise! You just need the right size brush….if you can spin a top….then you can paint perfect polka dots. Easy!
Not too long ago I told you about a project that I am working on with our builder/friend. I wanted to show how amazing her home looks now that it is painted. It will never cease to amaze me what the power of paint can accomplish. This home is now the show house on the street. The greenery pops against the creamy yellow and the gray door makes it look updated.
I know you love a good before and after as much as I do….so here are a few pics to see for yourself…
Sherman Williams was generous enough to supply all the paint for Dawn’s house. I had no trouble selecting the colors from their color chart.
Trim: Pure White SW 7005
Brick: Crème SW 7556
Door and window frames: Software SW 7074
The house just looks so happy now! We were lucky enough to also get Dawn some new gutters. We chose gray to match up with the new shutters and window color.
The awnings were already this charcoal color….so by picking a color like Software….we were making them kind of flow all together. The white trim really cleaned this house up!
I will bring you more news about the playhouse we are building in the back….it really is going to be incredible!
My dad gave my mom a dry sink for their first Christmas together. They were married in Nov. of 1969. The condition of this dry sink is incredible….and it has been moved 8 times. It looks brand new. I came upon in when we were staying at my parents house when the new house was being finished. It was in their storage room. I knew it would be perfect in our new foyer—and with minimal convincing…my dad offered to repaint it the color of my choice. Whoot!!
I believe the original color of this piece was a Williamsburg blue. Then I think my dad must have painted this teal color at one point. The style matches the Federal style of our new house…they were made for each other:) Of course…the original intent for a dry sink was to be used in a wash room before modern day plumbing. There would be a bowl that would sit next to a jug of water and people would rinse off….somethin like that.
I adore the hardware that I found to replace the brass. The color of the metal is called Champagne….not gold, not brushed. I love how it adds a little bit of modern to this traditional piece. I found these pulls and handles online at Myknobs.com.
The paint is made by Rustoleum and I bought it online because I wanted the Satin finish and I couldn’t find any in the store. Rustoleum Painters Touch Satin in Granite is the name of the paint.
The foyer is coming together nicely. It isn’t a big space…but just enough to decorate. This post will tell you all about the colors for the room. The tall ceilings are throwing me off a bit….things that looked great in our house before now look a little dwarfed. Little by little is is coming together though.
We found this copper lantern on overstock. Very similar to a potterybarn version….for lots less. Perfect scale for the room…
I hung an old iron gate piece that I have used several times in the past (dude is HEAVY…took me and hour to secure it….I was nervous to let go!) I’m thinking of some greenery in the tall white pitcher….
And just a look back at where we started…
I am trying to share with your bits and pieces as I get things photographed. It is all a process…making the things we love from our old house fit into this new space….but we are really loving how it is turning out so far:)
Have a great Monday:)
We finished this sofa table awhile ago….as in 2.5 years ago. We placed the table behind the sofa against the windows. I was so excited to get it in the room that I decided not to stain the back. I’m super lazy like that….(equally fitting title for this post would be “World’s most patient sofa table…”..if you go back and read the post about making it…that will make sense:)
Anywho, I was rearranging the room a bit after Christmas and I decided to see what the table looked like this way…so you can see it right when you walk in the room. We love it here! It is a nice separation from the kitchen and I can display a few things on it too—although I’m not done with that either:) So now that the table wasn’t against the wall anymore you could see the unstained wood on the back.
I debated putting it back against the window wall….like I said, I’m super lazy like that. Did you not hear me the first time? Are you new here? Anywho, it was like a little mail miracle when I received these staining cloths from Minwax to try out. They are a brand spankin new product…and I am LOVING these little baby-wipes-of-stain-loveliness. Seriously the bomb of stain products in my humble opinion.
I didn’t even have to move the table people. I left if right where it was in the family room….took off the handy dandy gloves from the back….took a wipe out and that was it. Done and done in like 2 minutes time. Dries in an hour. Tell me if this isn’t genius…totally genius right?!?!
While we are here in the family room…I need your opinion….Would you paint the large corner tv unit? Funny thing is…it used to be white….when we first moved in (10 years ago)….but I had it painted dark brown about 6 years ago. Now I am thinking it should be white again….thoughts?!?! It kind of sucks the light out of this room…..I also think it may be time to update the window curtains to something a bit airier…thoughts? I love how cozy this room is…but decorating it gives me hives for some reason. It has really never seemed finished to me….I digress….Any thoughts are helpful:)
And go buy yourself some stain cloths….you will love them!!!
(thanks Minwax for sending me some to try….you know I am a fan:)