Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kris at Junk Cottage Chic

I wanted to give a shout out to Kris at Junk Cottage Chic for featuring me on her Saturday Spotlight recently. If you haven't been to Kris's blog you are missing out on one of the sweetest and most creative bloggers in all of blogland.  I also want to welcome all the new followers that visited me from her blog and for all your kind comments.

And just for fun here's a random idea for a chair back.....take some newspaper and form it into a cone, add some posies, staple some twine to the cone and tie it to a chair.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Presto Change O, Well Kinda

A long long time ago, (a year to be exact) I started revamping the fireplace pictured below in my sewing room.....

 I painted it with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint and added some appliques.

Then I procrastinated for almost a year. I just didn't want to face scraping all that wallpaper off, ugh.
Then this week I had a spurt of energy and added bead board to the top and bottom since it's no longer a working fireplace. Yay, no scraping! If you have an older home with lots of wallpaper just add bead board and don't even bother with scraping it off. The time and frustration you will save is worth the price of the bead board which is only around $19 for a 4'x8' sheet. On top of that it really adds to the farmhouse or cottage feel if that's what you're going for.

Also if your ceilings are wallpapered, that is the absolute worse!!! Just buy a few sheets of  $14 plywood and have Home Depot cut it lengthwise in 6" pieces. Get a nail gun and nail those suckers up to the ceiling and no one will be the wiser that there are layers of ugly wallpaper underneath. It gives the look of planked ceilings and you'll love them, I promise! Oh one more thing, use a spacer in between planks, like a nickel.
The hole is for a light fixture.
Here's my kitchen ceiling.

Here's my hallway....

So back to the mantel.....
I painted the mantel part with Annie Sloan in Coco to break up all the white.

I added a few simple accessories and called it done!

I made the wreath out of coffee filters, you may have seen it in previous pics. The rusted wire basket and sweet lamb pic are from a local antique store. I saw one here on Amazon that I would love to add to the mix.

Still working on my master bedroom but I just needed a break with the sewing, hopefully it will be finished soon!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Chalk Paint Table

This is another piece we inherited from my husbands parents. It was in fantastic shape for being 50+ years old, way better shape than me!

But it's too dark for my liking so I lightened it up with coco chalk paint and a wash of old white.

This is what it looks like now.

See that gold sofa in the background (how could you miss it right? lol) I'm going to paint it with chalk paint until I can get it recovered. Have any of you painted fabric with chalk paint? If so how did it turn out and any tips you want to share?

I added this little applique to give some interest to the table, I'm an applique freak, I add 'em to everything!

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Little Room Off My Kitchen and Attic Treasures

I have a little room off of the kitchen which has been neglected since I moved in to this 1920's farmhouse. It needs new flooring but I love the wood walls and decided it was time to do something in there.
Here's one corner of the room.

I bought that little chair at an estate sale for $15 five years ago, it came without a seat and I never got around to fixing it. I stuck an old pottery piece filled with old and new yard sticks.

The dish rack was a flea market find. The little blue dishes were found in my father in laws attic. Here's a close up of them. The wood herb boxes are from Antique Farmhouse, there are four to the set and the other two are in the kitchen.
Here's a close up of the pretty blue plates.

I love the little bird, so pretty.

Here's a shot of the ceiling, I so love the wood bead board.

In the other corner I put this little blue table that I painted a few years ago. 

It's great storage for cookbooks.

Do you recognize this adorable cow sign? It's from the wonderfully talented
 Kris at Junk Chic Cottage
She was redoing her kitchen and I told her how much I admired it and she GAVE it to me!! Such a sweetie, thanks again Kris. It's now hanging the the little room off the kitchen.

In another corner is my antique Pot Belly Cabinet. The drawers hold  kitchen towels in one side and doggie treats in the other.

While I was in the attic finding the pretty blue bird plates look what else I found.......

A gorgeous old chandelier, but wait......

There wasn't just one beautiful old chandelier, there was TWO!!!
They are so heavy, I just can't believe they were up there the whole time. I don't think they were ever hung up. My father in law traveled all over the world in the Air Force so I have no idea where he got them, but I really love them.

All the crystals are wrapped up and secured, I'll leave them that way til I figure out where I'm going to hang the chandeliers.

Who knows what other treasures lurk up there?

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Saturday, June 7, 2014


I used a highly scientific method of choosing the winner, I put all your names in a hat and pulled one out lol.
 So the winner of a beautiful pillow cover by 6 WILSON


Diana, I have sent you the contact information for Carol Beck from 6 WILSON
Please contact her as soon as possible to let her know which pillow cover you love!
Thanks to every one who participated in the giveaway and a BIG THANK YOU to Carol from 6 WILSON.  Remember you can still use the discount code

Magazine 20 

at checkout to receive a 20% discount from Carol's shop through tomorrow, Sunday June 8. 


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

GIVEAWAY!!! and My Blue Pillow

I've been working on a redo of my master bedroom and added some pretty euro shams but needed a throw pillow to to break up all the white. Well see that beautiful soft blue pillow on my bed? I'm really loving it, I got it at 6 Wilson

It has an invisible zipper and believe me it IS invisible, I had to turn it around 4 times to find the zipper lol. 

Here's some of my favorites from her shop.

Really love this one!

I love the variety of colors and design offered and the pillow covers are super well made.

Carol Beck from 6 Wilson is offering a Magazine Your Home reader a pillow cover of their choice.

Its really easy to enter just
 VISIT HER SHOP and then leave me a comment on this post letting me know which one you would pick if you won. If you just can't wait , please use code

Magazine 20

at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase at 6 Wilson

I will be announcing the winner this Saturday and the discount will run through Sunday June 8th.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

What I picked from Kim's Savvy Southern Style Giveaway and Target Find

A few weeks ago Kim from Savvy Southern Style
had a giveaway from Antique Farmhouse and I WON! I wanted to show you what I picked. It's something that I've had my eye on for a while.....

This gorgeous horse statue.

I love the variations in the color of the cast iron , it makes it look old and antiquey. Love it!

 Every self respecting farmhouse either needs a horse statue or the real thing, fortunately I have both!

So I just want to give a shout out to Kim and Antique Farmhouse to say Thank You one more time!

I also wanted to share what I found at Target recently.

It's the little white urns with greenery. They're so fresh looking and reasonably priced at $12 for the large ones, like the one next to my horse and $9 for the small one pictured above. I always add some greenery to each room, it just completes the look in my opinion. See that little glass cloche? I found it in my father in law's attic, it's like a pitcher but it's open on the bottom, so cute. Does anyone know what it is?

BUT WAIT! Before you go I have a surprise!!! Make sure you stop by this coming Wednesday for a SUPER GIVEAWAY, you won't want to miss this one!

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