dresser-to-buffet

We love living in Rodgers Forge, but space is, well, a commodity.  Some day I’d of course love a legitimate buffet or sideboard for our dining room, but this hand-me-down dresser has to get the job done for now.  And it does provide a great amount of storage!

Here is an old pic:

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If you can’t replace it, you can at least re-do it.  Maybe that should be my motto.  Or as part of my epitaph, along with “lover of chalk paint”.  Because of course I turned to Annie to give this dresser a new attitude.

We had first moved the piece to the adjacent wall.  Then with Versailles, we gave it a unique pale creamy-yellow-green look.

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Because of the dark blue walls and dark wood of our dining room table, I felt like the corner with our “buffet” needed to be lightened up. And I think this helped!

december to remember!

Well, it’s obviously been a long time since my last post, but now that Emmeline’s baptism/Christmas/first birthday parties are o-v-e-r {insert tiny sigh of relief here}, I can devote more time to posting!

Here are a few fave pics of ECB from her very first Christmas.  *Sidenote*:  My PIL’s gave me a beautiful new camera for Christmas!  What an unexpected, exciting surprise…the following pictures are taken with my Nikon D3000, which I l-o-v-e, but am still learning the ropes of…the thing comes with 2 “camera school” dvds, people!  So I have a long way to go with mastering photography, but in the meantime I’ve been snapping away with reckless abandon!  And I can already tell the huge difference from my point-and-shoot and new SLR.

Christmas morning at our house…

confused about what to expect now that Santa has arrived...?

confused about what to expect now that Santa has arrived…?

now we're excited!

now we’re excited!

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on the move...

on the move…

disney princess palace!

disney princess palace!

…then down to Richmond for Christmas afternoon at GG and Pops’…

4 Berkshire's lovely spread & festive cocktails

4 Berkshire’s lovely spread & festive cocktails

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going on a picnic!

going on a picnic!

getting tired but not ready to throw in the towel!

getting tired but not ready to throw in the towel!

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Very Merry Christmas!

painted vase

Anthropologie, how I love you.  If I were Scrooge McDuck, I would buy 100% of my clothing (and most of my house wares) from your lovely, lovely store.

Every time I cross your threshold, it puts me in a good mood.  I take in a deep breath, smell your Volcano candle-scented air, then set on a resolved path straight toward your sale room.

Speaking of sale room, you will never see these vases in there.

I am sure you recognize them, and if you’re Anthro-obsessed like me, you might’ve noticed how they’ve been around for years and have never been marked down!  Not to say they’re astronomically priced (they range from $18-$28)…but I feel it’s rare in retail for one item to continue reappearing season after season, year after year, and never be put on sale!  But maybe I don’t understand retail.

I was lamenting this to my sister Hannah on a recent trip there. Bless her for actually listening to one of my rants, because she bought me this look-alike gem from Homegoods the other day!

For a whopping $6.99, she thought I could try to turn it into an Anthro-inspired piece!  I mean it’s of course cute as is, but why not try to improve?!

I thought I’d use colors to coordinate with our newly re-done living room.

Here’s what I came up with:

I used a couple coats of white spray paint all over.  Once that dried, three shades of grey acrylic paint (created by various combos of white + black + grey) gave the flower some definition.  Then a good coating of clear acrylic gloss spray returned it to its original lacquered look!

At the moment, it’s found a home in our entertainment center, which is itching to be painted white in the upcoming weeks!

Thank you, Hannah & Homegoods!

phase 1: living room re-do

Long, long time, no post….I know.  I have been so bad!  A busy summer, a busy baby, and life in general hasn’t left me with much time (or energy!) to write in the past few months.

Jason and I decided the living room paint color (from the previous owners) had served us well for a year, and had to GO.  I had a meltdown expressed to him that we needed a change and an update, and we decided that early this fall, the room would undergo a bit of a transformation.

Here is a snapshot of our LR.  The walls (Benjamin Moore’s Montgomery White, for those who are interested…although I hope I don’t offend when I ask WHY…it’s so blah!) coordinated just fine with the chocolate brown/orange/green color scheme we went with up until now.

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But it was time for out with Montgomery White, in with something fresh.  We wanted grey walls, and I always have liked grey and aqua (with white and black accents) together.  So that meant the drop cloth curtains would have to go, along with anything in colors that didn’t coordinate.

Here’s a bit of inspiration I’d gathered for the new color scheme:

Grey walls

Grey Walls

gray and aqua

And after sampling five different paint colors, we decided on Valspar’s Drizzling Mist. It’s a medium gray, on the ‘blue-side’ of the color…

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The walls have been painted!  Please ignore the current disaster zone that is our first floor.  And frustratingly, my iPhone pics don’t do it justice….it’s much lighter in person.

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Ok, so there is clearly a lot more work to do.  Next up is putting the furniture back in place, which includes switching our sofa slipcover to match the off-white chair in the room.

By the way, I was scraping trim touch-up paint out of my hair as these pictures uploaded.

I’ll post as we move along!

I’ll leave you with a few pics of the reason I have very little spare time these days.  She currently answers to “wiggle worm”, “barracuda” (when she gets dressed), and “wild baby boar”.

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ImageImageImage…except when she’s sleeping.  Then she’s “the most precious sweet little angel.” 🙂

By the way, that picture of her wearing my glasses was the wake-up call I needed to invest in a new pair.

Ikea Chair Facelift

Remember me? I can’t fault anyone for forgetting, seeing as how it’s been over 3 months since my last post!  Between taking care of the baby and my limited free time, I just haven’t found the motivation for any blog-worthy DIY projects.  But with the coming of spring and knowing that my sister’s bridal shower will take place at our house in just a few short months, I am getting back into gear!

My husband has a set of 4 chairs he purchased from Ikea years ago (I believe they are part of the “Stefan” collection).  Sorry Stefan, but you are tres boring!  And in desperate need of a makeover!

Jason wanted to put one of the chairs in between our closets in the master bedroom, so that he has a place to put his shoes on  before work each morning.  The chairs are actually very slim and fit perfectly between the two closets.  But, because I am conducting the crazy train that refuses to match black and brown, the style has no place in our very green, white, and brown room.

So, it needed a change.  I decided on the same green paint we used to paint Emmeline’s crib (Olympic high gloss in Antique Moss)…it’s so nice to find ways to use more of the paint you already have on hand–I feel like you always have so much left over, no matter the size of the project!

I started used the following materials shown below: paint, a small roller brush, and don’t forget a drop cloth!  If you’re like me, you’ll still manage to splash paint onto the sweatshirt you’re wearing, but at least you’ll spare the floor.

I got to painting and quickly realized this job was going to need some primer first!  Using those great blue paper towels you can get at Lowe’s in the painting tools section, I quickly wiped the green paint off and started over, using this primer:

Once that dried, I used the roller brush to paint two coats of the Antique Moss, and went over any missed small places with a bristled paint brush.

I bought this chair cushion at World Market for $12.99…I think it fits nicely with the Anthropologie-esque look I am going for in that room….lots of mixed green prints working together in harmony (at least I think so!).  I read somewhere that green is a great color to mix all different shades together and still look coherent.  In case you don’t believe me! 😉

Doesn’t it look much cuter?

Some other odds and ends…..

Isn’t this packaging so pretty? And it smells nice too! Look for it in your Target One Spot!

While on a recent trip to Richmond, I found this mirrored tray at an antique store, for under $17!  I thought it was a lovely find, and I like to picture it in different rooms throughout our lifetime…maybe Emmeline will want it on her dresser someday 🙂  For now, it resides on our buffet in the dining room, underneath my horse head (from Target) that Jason likes to tease me about.

The lack of backing on our entertainment center has bugged me for quite awhile, and a few weeks ago we decided to fix that!  We purchased four large sheets of art paper in a pretty blue shade.  I have to give Jason most all of the credit; he measured all the sheets and cut them to size to fit the back of the entertainment center.  Then with tape and an Exact-o knife, we affixed the paper to the back and cut small holes for all the cords and wires  (for the cable box, speakers, and DVD player) to fit through.  And there you have it–a very cheap, easy fix to any back-less bookcase that goes against a wall.  Even though we used a light bluish-grey paper, the blue background appears very dark in real life…I used the flash on the second pic so you could get a better look. But I still think it’s a vast improvement!

Well, I’m off to go tend to the little lady!  More to come soon…