Thursday, April 21, 2016

Painting & Re-Painting a Stone Fireplace

One of my first blog posts was about our dingy gray stone fireplace in our family room.  When we built the house, the installer told us to seal the stones with Thompson's Water Sealer. We did that & the color never came back to it's original light gray. Here is an old picture of it originally:

We didn't like it but lived with it for about 5 years. I then got the idea of painting it. That blog post is here.

Fast forward to 2016......I recently painted one of our bathrooms and used BM Balboa Mist paint which is a great griege.   I haven't blogged about this but here is a pic of the bathroom finished. I painted over the stripes that I did back in 2010:

So, since I had paint leftover from that project and I've been wanting to get rid of the yellow from the fireplace, I decided on a whim to gray wash it.  Actually was pretty easy to do and finished it on a Sunday afternoon.   I used about 1/2 paint to 1/2 water and painted it on with a brush. I then rubbed it with a rag to smooth it out.  Click here for a good tutorial from 'Life on Virginia Street' that helped me decide to try this project.  Here is a before/after to show you the difference:

All finished for now...
Happy Thursday!

Friday, March 18, 2016

A new model home

A new development is going on in our area and we decided to check out the new MI model home. I love the way it is decorated & figured who doesn't like to look at new model home pics!  There are even more pics on their website.

Family Room. Love the light hardwood & the darker hardwood on the steps!
Wall paint color is SW Tony Taupe, celing is SW Balanced Beige

Finished lower level

Love these closet doors.  Found them at Lowe's

Cute molding & coordinating paint.

Powder Bath with awesome black/gold grasscloth wallpaper

Love the glossy herringbone tiles!


Other side of the office

Hope you enjoyed the pics.
Wishing you a nice weekend!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New Server

I recently received this walnut server from my Mom who has moved to a smaller condo.  I have always loved the look of it and thought the slate top really made it stand out.

  So I was really happy to see that it was also out on the 1stDibs website!


I'm still working on what I want on top but am loving the look so far. My Mom always did have an eye for the classics.

Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Who doesn't love new pillows?

I love new pillows & especially the ones from Frontgate that use the indoor/outdoor Sunbrella fabric. The colors are so vibrant and their use of cording, etc is great.  How about buying them for $19 each? What? Seriously, you can get them for $19 each if you live in the local area.  These are listed as 'samples' and selling at our local Frontgate Outlet Center.  I saw these pillows there yesterday:

retails for $189

retails for $129

retails for $119

retails for $139

retails for $159

I bought 2 of the following woven pillows that normally retails for $149 each:

There were 4 large boxes of pillows. Check it out if you are in town!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Updated Sofa Table

Do you have a sofa table that fits your space but needs an update? That's what I had in my living room so I decided to make a change.   I don't have a picture of just the table but it's behind the sofa and you can see the top is boring glass:

And here is the after.  We used the old glass top as a template and traced it on to cardboard.  This was used by the local tile/marble shop to make the new top. I picked the statuary white marble slab and they turned it around in 3 days.  We are very happy with the result!

 I have this small marble table that I found a while ago at GW. Still one of my favorite finds.

Loving marble these days!