May 25, 2016

My Outdoor Summer Favorites 2016

I've put some home projects on hold for now to actually have a little fun with some of my home decor and prep for SUMMER!  Who's with me?

At some point in my life, Summer was my season highlight.  That eventually changed and now I prefer cooler weather and so its no longer my favorite but it does have its perks.  I still love that it gives us a longer afternoon to look forward to and that we get to spend more time outdoors.  With Memorial weekend coming up and soon Fourth of July well we all tend to have an excuse to be outdoors and not only are some of these favorites a must have for PRETTY AND FUN entertaining BUT ALSO a necessity for EASIER ENTERTAINING.  Am I right?

I'm not an advocate for much but as most of you know and I've mentioned many times that I am an Avon Sales rep.  I have been selling and buying Avon for over 13 years if you can believe it.  I was 23 when I started, pregnant with my son in fact.

So with that being said most of what I'm about to share is from Avon Living Summer edition plus a few other favorites from my favorite home stores.  Lately I've also noticed that some of these Coastal Mediterranean colors are all the craze and when I noticed that Avon and other home stores such as World Market, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Crate and Barrel and so many others were all on the same bandwagon, for sure it seems to be this years trend.

Here is where and how you can find some of these favorites of mine!

Del Sol Panel 3-Section Flatware Caddy Set
Food Tent

Celebrate Americana Together ''Land that I Love'' Throw Pillow

Azul Collection Melamine Dinner Plates Set Of 4

Azul Collection Melamine Mixing Bowl

Woven Placemats Set Of 4

Glass And Rope Hanging Vase

If you haven't already seen some of these things in my home well you will.  Plus some of these pretty Avon dishes I've already used for our Mother's day brunch. 

There are still so many more favorites I could share but you guys can take a look inside the new Avon Living Summer catalog for more, see below.

Thanks for coming back to check out My Outdoor Summer Favorites, hopefully these inspire you for some fun Summer entertaining!

Come back soon, there's always more to come!

Apr 29, 2016

Armoire Make-Over Part 2 {The Almost Reveal}

I know some of you have been waiting patiently for this reveal which took me not one, but almost two years to reveal.  A lot of in betweens happened from when this Part 1 post was published.  But I finally got her finished, okay almost finished. I have yet to finish a missing shelf but she's looking good, isn't she?

Here she is, all her #chippy goodness and all.

After our last move into our town house, I was unable to find the hoop handles to the doors, so currently she's without handles.  But my favorite part is the hardware on this piece.  

Heavy, old looking, rustic, perfection!

I painted it with an eggshell bright white by Behr paint that I had handy in my garage.  Like most of my furniture I wasn't looking for this piece to be flawless but instead I wanted imperfect, shabby chic all around.  It was hard to decide how I wanted the finish to look, but once I started painting and saw some of the wood peeking through and somewhat #chippy, I knew it was exactly how I wanted the finished look of this Armoire to be.

Once I get the upper shelf finished and in place I will have an updated post for you to see the true beauty of it.

Hope you like it so far and come back for more!  Don't forget to share my posts with friends on Pinterest and Facebook!

Have a fab weekend!

Apr 27, 2016

A Vintage Desk Gets A Vintage Makeover

I'm actually pretty excited about this post and showing you all the before and after of how this desk transformed and what's even better is that it wasn't hard at all.  I don't know, maybe I go into these projects thinking that its going to be hard work and suddenly surprised they're not especially because patience is not my virtue.

Here is a before shot.

You can see that she was pretty scuffed up towards the bottom and worn around the edges.

Here she is after.

Miss Mustard Seed's similar desks makeovers (below) were my inspiration for my desk.  I quickly fell in love with the black matte look and vintage look.  I have to say it turned out pretty close right?  Well close enough :)

Although I did not use MMS milk paint, I in fact used Country Chic "Liquorice" chalk paint.  After applying the chalk paint a couple of times, I simply went over the edges with sand paper to give it that vintage look again and then went over it with my Antique dark wax all over, and lastly with a clear wax.  After letting it all set a few hours in between and then a day later I put all the hardware back.

I'm so darn happy with how the desk turned out and did I happen to mention that she wasn't even meant for me to begin with.  I already had a pretty nice white hand me down desk and I had originally scouted for this one on Craigslist for my son's room.  But once it was here and he thought hard about it, he realized he liked the white one that I already owned more.

I have to admit I was a bit disappointed at first because it would have looked great in my son's room.  Then once I looked and admired this vintage desk it a little more, I realized it was going to be great in my space no matter what and I think you'll agree. ;)

Not a lot went into prep, I simply started by removing hardware and giving it a good wipe down.

With chalk paint its not always necessary to prime.  A little sanding just to make way for the paint to adhere is all I did before painting.

The lady I bought it from on Craigslist was very sweet and she said it had belonged to her grandfather for many many years and was handed down to her.  She hated having to get rid of it but was moving to a much smaller space and simply could not bring it along with her.  She sold it to me for $20!

That's a pretty darn good steal if you ask me.

The hardware was very chippy and stark.  I wanted to bring the handles back to life and not have the hardware disappear with the new color of the desk.  Therefore I spray painted them with some gold spray paint, I then applied some antique dark wax and a few hours later applied some clear satin varnish to keep the gold paint from chipping any more than it had.  

After applying the gold spray paint a couple of times and applying the dark wax about an hour later (probably should have waited a bit longer) the gold paint started to chip a little, but I was fine with it since the whole point of the antique dark wax was to give it that antique old look all over again anyway.  I wanted the hardware to look worn and vintage to suit the new look of the desk.

I've already started accessorizing the desk and it involves more gold spray paint, so stay tuned for more on that soon.

Apr 22, 2016

Our Master Bedroom Currently

Woohoo!!! Happy Friday!

Do you guys remember this pic?

Well you might, I previously posted it on my IG feed a while back.  I instantly fell in love with this color.

This is the color I painted our Master bedroom walls, Flint Smoke by Behr in the Marquee brand.  Sadly I don't have pictures of our bedroom before, but let me tell you, it was very very beige just like the rest of our house when we bought it.  Everything, literally everything was painted the same color.  Walls, trimming, doors....uggghhh everything!

Here is how it looks now... 

Much prettier now don't you think?  Don't mind the chair currently holding up my lamp, its only temporary.  Future spot for #MommysDesk!

Not much else has gone into this room besides a few of our pictures, kids art and some furniture rearranging.  I wanted to finally give you guys an inside look of how beautiful this color looks.  The pictures probably still don't do it much justice.  

It's also the same leftover paint I used on my DIY Ikea Coffee Bar cart, you can see it here.

I've added quite a few pictures because I love being surrounded by wonderful memories at the end of the day.  

The Armoire I had previously talked about is now upstairs in our Master holding our TV, very useful for storage also, and I will soon be working on a separate post to finally give you guys a prettier view of its shabby chic look.

I have yet to paint all of our bedroom doors and trim in bright white but its so much work, I've literally have been putting it off purposely.  I am crushing on this wall color though and soon after painting realized that I hadn't made a plan on how or what other colors to incorporate or how to go about decorating.  I wanted a charming eclectic feel in here and my great love for rustic earth tones.  I already had most of our picture frames and other pieces in the gold, bronze, browns, blacks and wood tones.  It might seem like too many colors but they all work very well together in my opinion.  Some of these pieces are recently bought but most are thrift finds or I've literally have had FOREVER!  

They all just fell into place and so far I'm loving the whole look.

I am so glad to finally be giving you guys a partial view of our Master and I will update you some more once we add and update a few more things in here like curtains since we currently still have those apartment vertical blinds that came with the townhouse when we bought it and there's an awkward vanity/closet space that is separate from our upstairs bath that's in our bedroom.

You see we also have his and her closets (not walk ins unfortunately) which is nice but its just more space to organize and make pretty for our eyes sake.  More on that soon.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

Apr 13, 2016

DIY Ikea Coffee Cart

Sorry I've been a little busy lately.  Although I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to share this project with you guys!

It has been a lot of fun bringing this Ikea cart to life.  It's always a little tedious at first with the prepping and sanding but the painting and staining is the perk not to mention the end result. But my favorite part was not having to spend any money on this project, at all, not a penny.
Like I mentioned before when I first presented the project on Instagram, it was a hand me down. The paint was left over from our bedroom and antique wax I had handy also and with wax a little goes a long way.

Here's the before shots!

I have to tell you, I was excited when my mom brought this piece to me and originally I had planned to use it as an island in our kitchen and we even did a test run, but we kept bumping into it and although its not a big piece we are just already used to the open plan of our kitchen therefore I thought about it and realized I needed a Coffee Bar/Station for friends and family to just grab a cup of tea or coffee.

Below are the items I had on hand and used to prep for paint.

I used grit 120 sand paper, Smart Prime priming paint and painters tape.

I then brought it inside because this particular week was windy and I didn't want that to disrupt the sanding or painting process if I happened to work in the garage or back yard.

You want to start by prepping it for paint, giving a good sanding all around including the bottom just flip it upside down.

I then I vacuumed and wiped off any dust from sanding. I then added painters tape where I wasn't planing to paint.

Once the I gave it a coat of primer I let it dry overnight.  The next day I gave it a couple of coats of Flint Smoke by Behr in the Marquee.  I had this paint on hand left over from when used on our bedroom walls and even after this project, I still have some left over.  The coverage is great. 

I was debating on whether I should just leave the top and wheels in the natural wood color and just give it a clear wax coat or a wood stained look.  I have plenty of both on hand but I decided to play around with the dark wax (see picture below).  I literally gave it one coat on both the top of the cart and the wheels and I had the look I was going for.  Not too dark and not too light.  Just like the bottle says, ANTIQUE, is the look we have ladies and gents!

In case you're wondering, no, I don't mind that you can see all the old scratches and grain of the wood, I wanted this piece to look as though its been a part of the family, nothing new.

Both the color and smooth texture were exactly what I was hoping for. 

Here's the final look, I am not finished with all the details of the space but all in all this Ikea cart looks great and turned out better than I expected.  To say the least I'm very happy with how it turned out.

Hope you're all having a great day, enjoying a cup of coffee and see you back here soon!