Hi Everyone! The decision to paint the stained front door was a long one. I know… hashtag blogger problems. But, if the front door doesn’t look good it’s a thankless sweat equity project to return it to a stained finish. And, my family has a theory that every time I paint something it ends up in the Goodwill corner. But you know how it is with projects; the more you focus on what could be…
My family knows me well. Apparently, after I paint a piece of furniture; its only a matter of time before it ends up in the annual community garage sale. So when I painted the interior side of the living room hutch the bets were placed. I was in love the finished look of the previous all black hutch to a new white interior. It was all good in the hood. It was an easy paint transformation and I was content until …
My first memory of the magic of pink began with Strawberry Shortcake (the brand, not the dessert). It was the 1970’s and my sister and I informed our dad we wanted a pink bedroom. We were so excited for a pink bedroom to match our new Strawberry Shortcake (polyester, flame retardant) bedspreads. My best guess is the Strawberry Shortcake included many shades of pink like the graphic below.
Strawberry Shortcake Pink
My dad most likely purchased our pink paint at either a Kmart or Sears?
My son asked if I meant Walmart.
After a day of painting, my dad was ready to show off the big reveal…a pink bedroom for his girls.
Now imagine our reaction when we opened our bedroom door and discovering the freshly painted walls were not even close to Strawberry Shortcake shades of pink. In fact, the walls were more a shade of the previous paint color of off-white. But, the word “pink” likely was in the paint color’s name.
My dad’s fear of color turned our vision of pink painted walls to look much closer to this shade of pink by Benjamin Moore. It’s called Mellow Pink.\
Did you know Shades of Pink has it’s own Wikipedia page? There are hundreds of shades of pink.
And, the shades of pink can go sideways quickly. Like when I created this epic fail of ombre frosted sugar cookie bars. Despite the fact the frosting looked like shades of Pepto Bismol, the sugar cookie bars tasted amazing!
One of my favorite hacks to add shades of pink for the spring season is with a roll of ribbon. Yep, for under $4.00 I can pink out my house in a few minutes!
What’s your favorite shade of pink? I love the color of blush this season! Oh my! Am I turning into my dad? Thanks for stopping by today!
I love a good hack! My family would say I hack every time I cook or follow a recipe. It’s true; following a recipe is so conventional. I created this hack on the fly when I had to stain multiple wood embroidery hoops for this summer blogger challenge . I had a paintbrush, deadline and I needed to find a way how to stain small objects.
There was more stain on my hands (manicure) than on the embroidery hoops. It was more labor intensive than I anticipated; technically there are four sides to each hoop and the area around the hardware.
It was a messy process and each hoop required additional coats and touchups.
Staining each embroidery hoop one by one was slower than waiting for a load of towels to dry… while standing in front of the dryer. It was a brain drain technique.
This hack shows how to stain lots of objects in minutes.
I loved this hack when I painted dozens of cabinet pulls without incident, meaning they did not wobble and smudge the freshly spray painted cabinet pulls.
I grabbed an aluminum tray from the
upcycle bin the stack of take-out trays and I poured just enough of the stain into the shallow aluminum tray. And, then I dunked the embroidery hoops into the tray; like an Oreo cookie into a glass of milk.
I completed this stain hack with a sturdy piece of cardboard under the aluminum tray.
Instant stain…on all sides of the hoop ( interior, exterior, and the narrow sides). The stain reached the nooks and crannies around the hoop’s hardware where the paintbrush just missed those same nooks.
It was a great way to stain small objects.
How to Stain Small Objects
We dropped our son off at college in the fall. Actually, we stuffed his suitcases to capacity and headed to the airport. I preordered his Bed Bath & Beyond dorm essentials to be picked up in Minneapolis. Erich refused to check his tennis bag because he said his racquets cost more than anything he packed in the suitcases. Smart kid… I mean young man.
This mama remembers his first tennis tournament…
Returning home to his bedroom was about 90 seconds of twisted knots of emotions.His room once housed bunk beds for him and his younger brother. It housed a rock climbing bed inherited from a dear friend. This same room is where he outed the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, Easter bunny and the Leprechaun from his younger brother’s imagination and belief system. We can laugh about that outing now.
But on the evening of our return, as I surveyed the hangers on the floor and the button down shirts that didn’t make the final college wardrobe selection, my eyes began to dart around the room.
My husband knows this look- it terrifies him.
But on this day, knowing I was on an emotional cliff, he kept quiet. Smart man. Deep breaths. And I knew the best way for me to handle this milestone was to give his childhood room a college-age bedroom makeover.
And, because his younger brother has almost an identical room, separated by a Jack & Jill bathroom (or a Jack & Jack bath), I completed two bedroom makeovers.
College Age Bedroom Before
This was a photo I took before listing his bed on Craig’s List. I sold his captain’s bed in less than an hour. It made it so much easier to paint with the bed out of his room.
While I cleaned out his room I took a few photos to capture a few mom memories. His closet played a major role in the bedroom makeover. Before boxing up his trophies and awards I snapped this picture.
With a new mattress, boxspring and bed framed scheduled for delivery, I cleared, donated and stored the contents of his room I got to work on a neutral paint color.
I chose Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter. It matched the paint colors we chose when we had our house painted last year.
The lighter paint color brightened the room immediately. Nadal stayed. In the photo below you can see the inspiration for the previous paint color. Yep,r I chose the shade of blue based on a Babolat tennis bag and banner.
Keep your eyes on those bifold closet doors on the right.
Next up was finding a queen size bed. I found this one at Wayfair and it did not disappoint. Once I got the first bed frame I reordered a second for my other son’s bedroom. I was nervous to order something so large from Wayfair, but the reviews for this particular bed got high marks.
With wood and metal elements it was exactly what I wanted for an updated, industrial look for the college-age bedroom makeover.
Here’s a peek at the barn doors to replace the bifold closet doors. No love lost on the bifold doors. They were constantly jumping the track.
My husband found the solid pine doors at Home Depot on sale because of scratches on one side of the doors.
Perfect for a closet.
I found this lamp on Etsy a few years ago and it never found a permanent home, until now.
A reminder of where he came from…
More details to share on the updated bedrooms for my teenage sons, but I am so excited for the direction the rooms (and them) are headed! Proud mama!
I always feel a little guilty when posting a Pottery Barn knock-off because I love Pottery Barn. But the guilt is short-lived because my Pottery Barn knockoffs do not pose a threat to this home decor powerhouse! An, sometimes my knockoffs are just not worth the effort… which leads me back to my favorite Barn.
This Pottery Barn kitchen table knockoff was put into play when I purchased these royal blue kitchen chairs.
The blue chairs added some much-needed color, but the blue chairs clashed with our black kitchen table we found on clearance at World Market. Here’s the table before the new chairs arrived. In hindsight, the original chairs looked good. Hmm…
Now some of you (my daughter & my sister and sister-in-law, and more than a few friends) are thinking this is why one buys a full price Pottery Barn table and matching chairs in the first place.
I turned to the Pottery Barn website to see if they had any tables on clearance to match my chairs. When I saw this white kitchen table online my kitchen table problem and solution were right in front of me.
I was staring at a kitchen table knockoff. And, the blue chairs, almost identical in mine was like destiny staring me in the face.
Pottery Barn Inspired Kitchen Table Knockoff
I love this photo. Is this the prettiest kitchen ever!
And in an hour or so on a Friday night, I created a Pottery Barn knockoff kitchen table.
I shared the paint details here.
Kitchen Table Paint Color
I used Benjamin Moore Marscapone. I tried painting it without a primer, but the dark color was not happy about the makeover. I did a quick base of primer; it was totally worth the extra paint roller and tray! #practicalpainter
I love the soft, cloudy white for the table. Now about those chair legs….should I paint them? My family has a running bet that as soon as I paint a piece of furniture it will end up in the neighborhood garage sale. Game on!
PS Let me know what you think about the chair legs… please!
Linking to: Savvy Southern Style
Hi, everyone! If there was a paint project that changed my life for the better it was when I found out I could paint glass. Did anyone start to sing the lyrics from Wicked just now?
but, because I knew you I have been changed for good….
Well, I feel like I was changed for the better with my relationship with paint and glass. My house and I were changed for the better. I had a similar reaction when I painted my vinyl windows after an expensive purchase mistake.
Painting glass meant a lot of dated glass accessories got a second, upcycled life. And, if you have been a reader for awhile you know I love a good upcycle project.
PAINTED GLASS PUMPKINS BEFORE
After that huge success, I was confident paint would update the dozen + glass pumpkins I bought a few years ago when a candle store went out of business. Here’s another place to find glass accessories for cheap.
Paint added new life to my hoarded glass pumpkins. And, it turns out painting glass generated the type of enthusiasm one would unleash if grownups finger painted before naptime. wink
Like fingerpainting, painting glass is fun and virtually foolproof! Every stroke of the brush or spray paint creates a fresh coat of paint across a shiny glass surface. And, painting glass is calming- like fingerpainting. It really is the grown-up version of fingerpainting.
And, painted glass pumpkins are way more fun to photograph!
Linking to: Domestically Speaking
Hi, everyone! There is talk about snow in the Colorado mountains. And, with the cooler morning temps, this time of year signals the end of the garage sale season. Let’s take a minute…
For me, this is when I revisit my stash of garage sale finds for winter long projects. And, these pumpkins were first on my list.
I purchased these ceramic pumpkins from a girlfriend’s garage sale and share my plans to update the garage sale pumpkins. I love this friend, but I don’t think she has ever purchased a can of spray paint.This is one of five different shaped, orangish, gold and brown pumpkins.
garage sale pumpkins
I created an assembly line of the pumpkins in the garage (with the garage door open) and grabbed a can of flat white spray paint. One of the details of the pumpkins I wanted to keep, was the leaves. Because the leaves were attached with wire it was easy to pull them away from the base out of the line of the spray paint.
Within minutes I had crisp, white pumpkins and welcomed them to their forever home. Now, we know bloggers know the power of spray paint….
But, I have friends who think I am a genius because I use spray paint to change the look of just about anything. If it ain’t moving, I paint it!
I made the decision to paint the kitchen table white because the contrast between my new blue chairs and the black table drove me crazy. #firstworldprobs
This photo was taken before my photography class this summer. It’s a long post so only click if want to read about how I took no-flash, DSLR photos over the course of eight months. #goals
kitchen table | before
After I painted the kitchen island, I purchased new blue chairs from Wayfair. The new chairs matched the new window treatments from Target but then I could not get past the navy chairs and the black table. #firstworldprobs
I chose this paint color because I had a can in the hall closet. Because of the black, shiny finish I lightly sanded and primed the table before I started to paint. I hoped to skip the primer step, but the table needed a base coat. Kind of like my face in the morning. #itsallaboutthatbase
It’s all about that base.
Speaking about that base… I put the legs on oversized soup bowls. I was too lazy to go scrounging for 2×4 scraps. This girl wanted to paint the table asap! For a girl who likes to cut corners with paint projects, taking a few minutes to prop up the legs made painting so much easier. #propstome
Two things about propping up the table:
1. no paint pooled onto the floor (shocking)
2. zero time spent scraping off dried on paint off the floor (time saver in the end)
I made sure to grab the table leaf from the hall closet and paint it too. I was so close to blowing off the table leaf and I was proud of myself for just gettin’ it done right the first time.
And, you know what? It was love at first paint roll. Seriously, I loved the color and I think it instantly brightened my kitchen.
I purchased and installed 14 cabinet pulls in the wrong finish. I ordered the cheapest pulls in an oil rubbed bronze finish to replace the builder grade nickel hardware in our laundry room.
In this case, the low-cost cabinet hardware came at a steep price; the cabinet pulls were non-returnable.#gasp #eyerollfromkids
cabinet pulls before
I thought the ORB would look great against the white cabinets, but I did love the finish. However, I was pretty sure I would love an all black cabinet pull.
Painting over a dozen cabinet pulls without incident (meaning no coverage issues or drips) had me looking at a long, drawn out paint project. And, then I got an idea on how to paint cabinet pulls.
An idea that would take seconds and mean little to no down time in a room that is used every single day.
How to paint cabinet pulls
With a UPS box, 1/2 can of black spray paint and a handful of toothpicks I set up my painting area. I lined the toothpicks up, poking them just a bit, into the box. I placed each cabinet pull on top of the toothpicks. The cabinet pulls are hollow so the toothpick had no problem with the weight.
A can of black spray paint changed the look of the cabinet pull in seconds.The toothpicks meant I could get around each cabinet pull without coverage gaps. The paint dried almost immediately.
The painted cabinet pulls gave me the look I wanted for a space that is all about lost socks, stains and loads of laundry. It’s also the most popular room in the house.
One reader over on HomeTalk suggested I use matchsticks because they are heavier than toothpicks. But, the toothpicks sharper point made it easy to press into the cardboard box. The cabinet pulls may have wobbled on the toothpick, but they didn’t fall down.
And, never underestimate the power of a toothpick.
It has been a few years and the spray painted cabinet pulls have not faded or chipped. They look brand new!
painted cabinet pulls
Love it! And, no one in the family ever knew of my initial disappointment in the finish. I started and finished and reinstalled the pulls in a matter of a couple hours. In fact, NO ONE in the family noticed I had changed the cabinet pulls from the original pulls! #momprobs