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Friday, March 28, 2014

Next project please!

I have been itching for my next project and have some ideas on things I want to tackle. Lea is now four months and I'm so enjoying being home with her. Being home is a blessing, but it can also be a challenge for me. I LOVE to change things up!! Simple ways of doing that for me is painting, but that can depend on how big the room is. Other ways may be rearranging furniture, redecorating and changing up accessories, or adding a new piece here and there. After four months of hibernation and taking it easy, I'm ready for my next project!

I've been dying to spruce up our laundry room. When we come into our home through the garage, it's the first room you see. You want it to feel welcoming when you walk in, and this room definitely needs some perking up. I would take any of these beautiful laundry rooms. I love the idea of having the built in area for coats and then a nice, big surface to fold clothes on. A utility sink would be great too! I also love the idea of painting the door an accent color.

So this is what I'm working with. When we originally bought the house, our laundry room looked like this. It's a very dark (no windows) and narrow room, and I've been racking my brain as to how I can make it more functional for us without spending much.

After moving in, I had to slap on a new coat of paint. I had a white chest that I stuck in there and ended up hanging several pictures on the large wall. It's been like this and it hasn't been too functional for us. We throw our coats, bags, and all things random on the washer and dryer and the small chest you see. I've got this great wall and I'd love to make some use of it.

I originally was thinking board and batten look, but figured it's too much work I can take on right now. I like the functionality of the hooks and thought this would be pretty inexpensive to do. I would love to replace the lighting fixture. These new energy efficient light bulbs don't let off the best light. A brighter rug would be lovely and eventually would love to add some family photos in here.

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I think I will decide on paint and go from there. I'm thinking of painting it a green. Any thoughts or suggestions as to what I can do in there?? How would you make it more functional?

Have a great weekend!! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lea's Traditional Lilac Nursery

It's a new year and my how things have changed in our life! We added a new addition to the family, our little Lea, and she's been keeping us busy! Hope you all are enjoying the new year thus far. Hopefully staying warm and staying healthy. With so many cases of the flu out there, Lea and I have been staying close to home.

I wanted to finally share with you Lea's nursery pics. This room was once our guestroom that I recently transformed about a year ago. We ended up making our office duel purpose as the guest/office and it worked out well.

Working on her room was a labor of love and I'm so happy with the way everything turned out. Pretty excited as well that Project Nursery Readers' selected it as one of their favorites. They say the color lilac is on trend in girls' nurseries and they've been seeing a lot more of it. It's a great choice if you don't want to go pink, but still want to keep it feminine and sweet. If you do decide to go with a lilac or lavender, you might find it a little difficult to find much in that color out on the market, especially curtains. Be prepared to get creative.

For Lea's room, I envisioned a beautiful and sophisticated nursery fit for a princess. I went with a traditional feel throughout the nursery and played off the focus of the room, which is her canopy crib. I am in love with this piece. So dreamy. Another favorite piece is her bookcase unit. It's a piece I've had for years and my mom and I refurbished it with Anne Sloan's chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue. It's great for storage, displaying all her pretty things, and will be a piece she'll have for years to come. The piece that really brought the room together and tied it all in is her rug. I love how ultra feminine it is, and the fact that it can grow with her. I think that's key.

I had to get creative with a lot of the accessories and wall art. I had an art book and used the Monet pages for her artwork. I also reused and repainted some pieces I already had like the scroll iron piece above her changing table and the mirrors.  Etsy is a great resource to find pieces you can have custom made in your colors. The crochet blanket and also the flower pom poms I bought on Etsy. 

I had a really great time creating this space for Lea. It's important to have fun with the process, but definitely allow yourself plenty of time to get it finished. You don't want to rush through it. There were days I didn't feel like doing anything, months even, and time slips away quickly. Also, throw in a little unexpected. For me, I'm not at all into the "matchy matchy" stuff. I love to mix pieces and try new things that you wouldn't typically see. Step outside the box and you may be surprised at what you can create.

We love our little Lea ! Can't believe she's already 2 months.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Arrival of our little Lea

I'm thrilled to share that our beautiful Lea arrived on November 7th. She was a healthy 9lbs 13oz!
Chris and I have been busy settling into our new role as mommy and daddy and we've been loving every minute. It's definitely the toughest job I've ever had, but by far, the BEST and most REWARDING job I've ever had. She's a beauty and we're both so mesmerized by her.

We had these beautiful pictures taken of Lea when she was about 2 weeks new by the super talented Stephanie who runs Dahlias and Daisies here in Dallas. She is a pro at taking newborn photos and captured some timeless photos of our little Lea.

She sure is a blessing and we have so much to be grateful for this holiday season!
Thanks for stopping by and I'll soon be sharing some pictures of her nursery..when I have some time:)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Chalk Paint Transformation for Lea's Nursery

Working on Lea's nursery has been such a fun process. It's been a ton of work, but well worth every inch. Her room has been quite the transformation starting out as our guestroom. If you recall not that long ago, I made some changes to that room you can see here.

There were many projects I wanted to do in the room. We installed crown molding, painted the room,  stenciled a wall, and repainted a piece using chalk paint. So for this post, I wanted to show you the before and after of the entertainment unit and the transformation.

This piece was one of the greatest investments my parents ever made. They bought it for me back in high school, and it's followed me many places. It's a timeless piece that will now bring Lea years and years of enjoyment.

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So here she is before. We used the Anne Sloan's Chalk Paint and I used the Duck Egg Blue and mixed that with the Old White. I poured half DEB in one cup and half OW in another cup, and then mixed those together to lighten the color up a bit.

Here is the after before we applied the clear wax and the dark wax. I definitely would recommend using the wax. It gives your piece more depth and character. After just using the paint, the piece looked pretty flat and the color was brighter than I had wanted. The greatest thing about chalk paint is there's no prepping the piece. No sanding, whoo hoo!! Just paint!!

These are pictures I took after both waxes were applied. Made all the difference and aged the piece nicely, giving it more character. The color softened up a lot and the flatness we were seeing before was gone.

And there you have it. All and all, it took a few days to finish it. I would paint your piece one day and apply the clear wax and the dark stain the next day. You work the two waxes simultaneously. Someone told me also after my mom and I finished the piece to dilute the paint with a little water. This will allow the paint to go further and help thin it out a bit. It's great paint, but pretty pricey. If you can make it stretch, it's worth it.

I'm pretty happy with how the piece turned out. A big thanks to my mom for helping me with it. I was about 7 months pregnant when we took on the project and the dark stain fumes were pretty powerful. She did an amazing job and it looks beautiful in Lea's nursery.

If you haven't yet tried your hand using chalk paint, I wouldn't be scared if I were you. It's the easiest paint to work with and very forgivable.


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