Friday, February 26, 2010
My husband and I bought our home about a year and a half ago and have enjoyed adding splashes of color to the walls and our own personal decorating style. We refinished the empty attic space and made it into a sunny guest room.
Olive colored walls, a new couch, chair, and rug bring the whole room together. The oil painting over the fireplace is one that I did in college of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
The olive colored walls also warmed up the kitchen.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I finally finished getting my son's nursery ready. He's going to be here in just a few days!
There were a lot of little projects I did in the room. I made him a baby quilt with sweet little elephants on it. I collected some fabulous art on Etsy and from family treasures. I distressed my husbands' childhood dresser (he carved a rocket on one of the drawers as a child.) This was the first time I ever distressed a piece of furniture before and I learned a lot, so I'm going to share my tips with you:
Step 1: Remove the handles. Sand off as much of the old paint or varnish as you can with sandpaper. (Mine still had a stained look which is fine. Just get all the shiny paint off.) An electric sander is not recommended because everything will look too perfect.
Step 2: Take a thick white or clear wax candle and rub it on all the edges of the dresser and drawers.
Step 3: Paint everything with acrylic latex house paint.
Step 4: Sand the edges and surfaces, especially where you put the candle wax.
Step 5: Apply a VERY THIN coat of Polyurethane. It is very important to only do one side of the dresser at a time while it is laying flat. I learned the hard way that if the furniture is standing up while you do this, you'll end up with a ton of runny drips running down the sides of the dresser.
Links to the Artwork I bought on Etsy: