Winter wreath

The front door wreath is dressed up whimsically for winter. I figured this wreath could take us from Christmas to Spring. This year so far, we’ve had mild weather with temperatures in the 60s.  Nothing like previous years where we got snow and ice dumped on us.

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In 2010 we had a blizzard. With so much blowing snow, we couldn’t even see out of the windows.back

2011 gave us a damaging ice storm, and left hundreds of homes without power. The ice formations on trees and shrubs were so beautiful.

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I know Winter isn’t over yet, and we could still get snow, ice and frigid weather but I’m yearning of Spring, pretty purple pansies,

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pussy willows, tulips and Easter.

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Come on Spring!

 

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Feature Friday, A view along the way

This weeks Friday feature is, A View Along the Way, starts and stops on the journey to a DIY home. Kelly chronicles her attempts to turn a once tragic foreclosure into something less tragic. She’s pregnant with a baby girl who’s due in 8 weeks and has put out a call for guest posters for the weeks following the baby’s birth. She’ll be attending the Haven conference just 8 weeks post birth. I hope she’ll be bringing her little cutie along for us to gush over.

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               Let’s take a look at some of her gorgeous home.

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In her breakfast nook she calls this area, “Granny’s plate wall.” The story of how it was created is pretty funny. She has one of those husbands who’s not always on board with her decorating projects. Sound familiar? I happen to love this! The way the plates wrap around the wall is genius. Now I’m looking for a place in my house where I can wrap plates around walls!

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You’ll see several before and after shots on her blog. This is the after of her dining room. With crown molding, sophisticated chairs, rug and a gorgeous chandelier, combined with a bold wall color, it’s got the wow factor.

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According to Kelly, the dining room had about eight different paint colors until they finally settled on “Deep Caviar,” a dark, mysterious color that no one can define.

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To get the look of an expensive bed in their master bedroom, they built it, well, they built their bed 2 times. You’ll have to read the story for the details. They share a great tutorial too.

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They completely gutted the powder room and it stayed like that for a whole year. Their patience paid off because they ended up this dazzling vanity at a great price.

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This pretty blue on their first floor is Benjamin Moore Brittany Blue.

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Here’s Kelly’s tutorial for making those trendy striped panels for the living room.

I hope you enjoyed the View along the Way, now go visit Kelly’s blog to see more of her projects and tell her I said Hi! I think you’ll enjoy your time there!

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A little redo with homemade chalk paint

Chalk paint seems to be THE thing right now. I hope to try it soon, but until I do, I decided to try and make my own. Since I haven’t used the real thing, I have nothing to compare it to, but I can share my thoughts on using the homemade version.

Here’s the recipe I used. Basically you just add calcium carbonate or Plaster of Paris to paint.plaster of paris

 

I made mine with Plaster of Paris that I bought at Lowe’s for about 6 bucks.

 

 

 

 

Our huge clock needed a makeover for the room’s new color. Here’s the before, in the gold family room.

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Here’s the after, in the palladian blue family room. I still need to add the numbers.

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I mixed about 3 parts paint to 1 part Plaster of Paris and stirred it up like a crazy woman. It was smooth and dried fast, really fast. It took 2 coats, but I didn’t sand or use primer, basically I just slapped on the paint. When it was dry, it was very matte and chalky looking. Then I rubbed on a little Johnson’s paste wax for furniture. I let that dry and came back with craft paint for a little distressing. I tried to scratch some off to see if it flaked easily and it didn’t. It seemed hard.

So there you have it, my take on homemade chalk paint. If you google it, you’ll find some people have had success and others haven’t. Me, I’m not sure. I’m not turning cartwheels, but it’s ok.

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I’m feeling like I have too many projects going on at once. After painting the kitchen and family room, installing, painting and caulking the board and batten, I painted all the trim in both rooms. We primed the powder room to cover the bright green and black harlequin pattern, and painted the ceiling. I’ll be putting up beadboard wallpaper and painting in there soon.

I finally decided on fabric to reupholster the chairs and ottoman. The fabric I planned on using in the family room and kitchen isn’t making me happy anymore, so I feel like I’m decorating backwards. It’s easier if you pick out fabric first and base your choices on that. It’s working out though, because I’m sticking with neutrals and adding color in small doses.

Talk about working backwards, now my husband wants to paint the ceiling.

And I’ve got a stenciled wall project started. 

 

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Repurposing old doors

Pretty old doors can usually be found at Re-Build-It stores and thrift shops for reasonable prices. With their vintage charm they offer endless possibilities for repurposing.

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This bright white coffee table is so pretty you can hardly tell it was once a door.

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Here’s another example of a door turned coffee table. This one gives a completely different look with the original gashes, chipped paint and hardware, including the lock and doorknob.

 

This one is a different style and would look perfect for a casual room. I like the color and the old knob. It looks fairly easy to make.

 

What a cute idea for a toddler bed and the bright color is great too.

 

A lettered door on sawhorses makes a fun picnic table.

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As a potting bench, old doors lend themselves well to outdoor décor as well.

With the addition of a pair of iron corner pieces,  these door become an arbor with a Victorian feel.

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This large work space was created with two hollow doors and some inexpensive bookcases.  I’d love to have a space like this, it would eliminate the need to crawl around on the floor when making drapery panels. I’m getting too old for that.

If I had the room, I would definitely create this. It’s a fantastic idea.

Have you ever repurposed an old door?

 

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Shopping at the Re- Build-It Store

Shopping at the Re-Build-It store is always fun, at least for me.  I try to visit often because it’s one of those places where you never know what you’ll find.  There’s good stuff here and as I walk the aisles, ideas for re-purposing flood my brain. 

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These stenciled cornice boards look dated now, but with some padding and fabric you’d have a custom look for your room. If you’re looking for an old window you’ll find it here.

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Here’s an old cabinet for $100.

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Old boxes turned into a shelving unit were $75.

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I bought this old shutter for $25.

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Here’s where I got the spindles for the Princess and the Pea bed.

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If you don’t need a blue pot-tay there are plenty more to pick from.  Lots of sinks, tubs and vanities are in this corner of the store. These gorgeous sinks with vanity were around $200.

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Some of these lazy susans are plastic and some are wood. Paint them in fun colors and hang a trio on the wall for cheap but interesting art.  They remind me of Pac-Man.

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A funky color or some numbers or decoupage would give this $15 filing cabinet new life. Lots of possibilities with this piece. 

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The largest piece of granite was $100 and there’s a whole aisle of tile.

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Need a cabinet? I’ve seen a whole kitchen here for $500.

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There are two rooms and in the first one are smaller things like tools, nuts, bolts and electrical supplies. I bought that blue toolbox for 2 bucks because I liked the color I’m crazy. 2012_02_09_3702

Check out the rusty vintage hinges.

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I’ve been looking for a lantern, but I’d like it to be heavier looking than this one.

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That is one gorgeous old door! You could have it, complete with porcelain knob for $15. Tomorrow I’ll share some projects for repurposing vintage doors.

 

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Friday feature, The Rooster and the Hen

Welcome to this week’s Friday feature, The Rooster and the Hen. Whitney is the creative hen and Dustin is the rooster who has to figure out how to implement her requests. When they compromise, they turn out some “funky, fun and fantastic” projects. I’ll feature a few of them here.

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In this room alone their projects are; that amazing pallet headboard, thrifted tables, curtains, curtain rods, duvet, pillows, lamps, Ballard inspired art work and the lampshades. They made the lampshades from scratch!

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On the other side of the room, these once ugly, now beautiful, $5 chairs  flank the free faux fireplace (try saying that 10 times) with a pallet wood framed mirror above. Stacked wood adds an unexpected touch.

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Here’s something we all can relate to, because they could never seem to get the right paint color, they started mixing their own with oops paint.

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A hand painted peacock is what first caught my eye when I visited their site. It’s amazing and I love the colors! Check out the light fixture too, now that’s unique.

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Whitney also shares a tutorial on how to create this pretty ruffled shower curtain using a circular method.

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What they once called the “ugliest chairs ever” were transformed into these beauties.

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Bold color and vinyl stickers dress up oak cabinets in the laundry room.

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Their biggest project was a new kitchen. You can read the story of how they got it, survived on “fried cookies and potty pasta” while Whitney was pregnant with their second child. The beautiful concrete countertops were done by a brother-in-law.

I hope you’ll go on over to visit The Rooster and the Hen to see what all the crowing and clucking is about. You’ll find a blog written by a fun couple with the ability to compromise and turn out some amazing, inspiring projects. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next!

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Redecorating the family room and Board and Batten

The board and batten project is finally finished. It wasn’t a difficult project but it does seem like an unending one once you start caulking. We continued the board and batten around the wall into the kitchen, because that seemed like a logical place to stop. The kitchen and family room are now Benjamin Moore palladian blue and it’s time to start decorating. Fun!

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You can see the old Laura Ashley gold in the kitchen.

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Now it looks like this. I’ve said before that I like green much better than blue, but this color grows on you. It looks a bit gray in this picture and in different light it can appear blue or green. I’ll put a drum shade or lantern above the table.

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It’s about time the reds and golds in the family room are gone. This room has been taupe, gold and now palladian blue. For us, that’s about a new color every 5 1/2 years. That’s not so bad, is it? How often do you redecorate?afmrm2

In the past year the faux greenery has gone, along with some of the accessories. Our comfortable old white couch is going. We’ll miss it, but it’s really starting to show it’s age and creaks when you sit on it.

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The couch we ordered is from Hickory Craft and should arrive in about 6-8 weeks. It’s a popular style with nail head and turned legs, but this one is a little different because it has a high back.

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It will look so different. I’m excited about the changes! I still have to figure out window treatments and tables but that’s part of the fun.

I’m still painting trim in the kitchen but that will be done soon, then I’ll start looking for fabrics and light fixtures.

 

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Attempting to create a fancy Valentine heart cake

Did you ever see a fancy schmancy Valentine’s cake with a red velvet heart inside? I’ve seen some Christmas cakes with an ornament shape inside and wondered how they were created. Now I know. Don’t be thinking I made this masterpiece, but I did attempt to make one just like this.

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This cake is from I am Baker. She’s a much better baker than me and her cakes are so pretty! 

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This leaning tower is my cake. The leaning tower of Valentine.

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For a first attempt, I think it’s not too bad. I should have made the icing a little fluffier.

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The inside of the cake will reveal if this was a pass or fail attempt.  Are you ready? drumroll please…..

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It’s looks like big red lips, not a pretty heart. I should call this a kiss cake. mwah

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Let’s pretend it looks like this. Winking smile

And after all that baking my husband said, “you spent 5 hours making that, I wish you would have just made me a red velvet cake.”

Next time I will.

You can read the full tutorial here at I am Baker. Her creations are amazing!

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Friday Feature, Inspired by charm

This weeks Friday feature is Michael’s blog, Inspired by Charm, live a colorful live. I don’t know how I came across his blog, but I’m so glad I did. Whenever I visit, I always leave with a smile on my face. He is one talented guy and he’s a PA blogger too. Let me tell you about him.

He runs a Bed and Breakfast named Old Charm, in St Marys PA, where he created this colorful sign and shared his progress along the way with us on Facebook. He’s one talented guy and he’s cute too.

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His inn and was featured in a magazine and now he writes for that magazine.

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He has a gift shop at his inn, where he created this chic chevron wall. It’s so pretty, I think I want to buy something.

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He quilts. Yes, that’s right, I said he quilts.

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From his blog, “guys quilt too.”

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He cooks up luscious breakfasts, like banana-Nutella french toast (seriously) and fancy pies.

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He can whip up a couple batches of pepper jelly.

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and has a great eye for photography..

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Oh, I almost forgot, he decorates, in his own charming way. Notice how the curtains are hung.

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He repurposes vintage items and cast offs,

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and decorates with twigs. I do love twigs.

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He created a colorful wall with embroidery hoops

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and a very unique peacock themed Christmas tree. That tree makes me smile.

The first time I visited his blog was about 2 months ago and I think he had about 800 to 9oo followers and the numbers have gone up quickly.  Today he has 1228. AND you won’t believe how many people follow him on Pinterest! 465,835! That’s 465 thousand and he has no idea how that happened. You can read about it in the FAQ section of his blog. IMG_8206e  

The inn looks so cozy and welcoming, I bet he makes his guests feel comfortable and pampered!

Currently, he is hosting a great giveaway, so head on over, enter the giveaway and spend a little time there.   I’m sure you’ll leave feeling Inspired by Charm.

 

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Crock pot chicken with seasoning mix

Your crockpot is your best friend on those days when you just don’t feel like cooking. I had chicken breasts thawed out and was searching in the pantry for inspiration, when I spotted this packet of seasoning mix from McCormick.

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I threw the chicken in the crockpot and added the seasoning mix along with a can of diced tomatoes and boy was it good! The recipe on the packet suggested adding mushrooms. I didn’t have any to add, instead I threw in a big bunch of fresh spinach a minute or two before we were ready to eat.

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My husband cooked some whole grain pasta, added some jarred sauce to the pot and we had our little feast. He added sauce because he like lots of sauce on pasta, I didn’t need extra sauce.

The flavor of the chicken and tomatoes was really good. I’ll definitely make this again.

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It has to be fairly low cal too. It’s just skinless chicken breasts and a can of tomatoes.

Those seasoning packets are a good thing to keep in your pantry. I use any flavor on chicken or beef and they all are yummy.

Have you ever tried seasoning packets?

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Little green guest room reveal.

I’ve only wanted to paint this room for a couple of years but it’s done at last. Finally. It’s only a small room, about 8 x 10, and I don’t really know why it took so long.

First I posted about picking the color, because that’s always a hard job for me. The color I chose is Aloe Vera by Olympic paints from Lowe’s.  After I was finished painting, I had some painter’s remorse, but as soon as I started finishing other projects for the space, I started to really like the color.  It’s a limey green, kind of lively. 

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Painting fabric on a chair was the next project. I do like how the chair turned out, but I’m not sure I’d ever do it again.q2012_01_18_3439

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I posted the question, would you paint this?  No, was the answer I got from the comments. So I didn’t!

 

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Using the leftover chair paint I created this cute ombre chest.

Fabric scraps became drawer pulls and covered a lampshade.

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Here’s the room now. I apologize for the poor picture quality. I’m slowly learning how to use the manual mode of my camera, but as you can see I haven’t mastered it yet.

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The tree is actually 3 branches and part of a root. I lightly sprayed them white, outside, on one of those gorgeous warm days. The zebra curtains and pillow are from my daughter. The other bedding I already had. The chest belonged to my Mom and the black chandelier pillow is from a giveaway I won from Kathy at Creative Home Expressions.   The iron bed is from a yardsale.

 

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Here’s the corner with the painted chair, it was given to me by my grandmother, another pillow I won and some recycled art.

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I painted and distressed the frames, painted the mats and printed out birds on the computer.  A little dab of hot glue holds the twig to the wall.

 

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The top of the chest holds a collection of ladies’ compacts and boot hooks. The walls aren’t different colors,  it was the camera’s fault!

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This mirror and the lamp are also from a yardsale and were sprayed white.

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A collection of aqua and green glass sits on the buffet and I ordered some peacock feathers for the big vase.

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There’s pretty much empty wall space in this room but I’m not in a hurry to fill it up. I tried 2 times to create some typography art and 2 times failed. Someday I’ll give it another go but til then the walls will be bare.

This room might be a bit too sweet or teenage-ish for some, but it’s a bright spot for me. I’ve always wanted a lime green room.

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Creating ombre dresser and shabby lampshade

Inspired by this sweet ombre dresser, I decided to makeover a little dresser that I already had.  Ombre is a French term meaning shaded. It’s usually a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark.

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If you think this picture looks familiar, it’s because I posted it before in this post about painting fabric on a chair, in the green guest room makeover.

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To paint the dresser, I used the same paint that I used for the chair project. In the plastic milk container is the chair paint that already had textile medium in it. I mixed up lots for the last coat, because I didn’t want to run out of paint for the chair. I used that paint, with some white latex to achieve the different shades for the dresser.

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It’s not the best paint job but it still looks pretty cute.

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The lampshade got a makeover too. The original shade on the lamp was a tan color and I knotted strips of plain white fabric around it. That same fabric was used to create drawer pulls. The top drawer had 4 knobs but I like this look better.

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lampshade cotton stripsThis is the inside of the shade, but I could move the knots to the outside for a different look.  You can see a full tutorial here with more pictures at Emerald cove.

Tomorrow I’ll reveal the whole room redo.

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Friday feature, Favorite paint colors blog

Welcome to this weeks Friday feature, Favorite Paint Colors, a blog created by Kristin, a stay at home mom, to make picking out that perfect color a little less stressful. Her site is a compilation of favorite paint colors from around blog land, categorized by color and room. You’ll find painting tips and trends for interior and exterior colors. 

I think this is a great idea! Even with the variance in colors on computer monitors, you can still get a feeling for how a color will look in a room.

Here are some inspiring examples.

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Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams Life in Grace helps create a dreamy bedroom!

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Surfer by Behr Everyday Moments  is a fun color in the bathroom.

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Black Fox by Sherwin Williams   Hello Metro If you’ve ever wondered what black walls would look like, here you go. Paired with white, it’s a stunning sophisticated look.

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Hawthorne Yellow by Benjamin Moore  Chattafabulous  Yellow and black have always been a favorite combo of mine.

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Dunsmore Cream by Benjamin Moore The Polo House  is a lovely neutral and look at that door. There’s lots of decorating inspiration at Favorite Paint Colors too.

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Flagstone by Martha Stewart (Home Depot) Numbered Street Designs  Grays are popular now and this gray looks so calming in the nursery. I love the pink accents.

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Shutter Brown by Valspar (Lowe’s) Beneath My Heart looks lovely above the board and batten.

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Glass Slipper by Benjamin Moore The Thrifty Abode is a pretty color in the bedroom, serene and quiet.

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Benjamin Moore’s color of the year 2012, wythe blue. This is probably my favorite blue.

  If you need tips for finding the right color, painting stripes or painting cabinets, you’ll find Favorite Paint Colors blog a useful tool and site for inspiration. New colors are added all the time and you can even submit a color you’ve used. I’ve pinned this site because I know I’ll refer to it often. SmileBe sure to go on over and check it out, you might want to pin it too!

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Debbie (((xx)))

Project board and batten/Paint colors

Last year I was all set to start a board and batten project in the family room. Originally, I wanted board and batten in the small guest room but changed my mind.  I posted about it Here and Here, wondering how long the trend would last.

Last winter my husband fell on ice in our driveway, had a concussion and the project was stalled. Then Summer came and he is busybusybusy, so no board and batten, until now. The cold months of winter are perfect for us to do projects, if we can manage to work together and be nice!

Good bye Laura Ashley gold, hello Benjamin Moore palladian blue.

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We put up a chalk line and I started painting palladian blue on top. I always prefer greens over blues, but this color has enough green in it to keep me content.

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Ultra white, in semi-gloss from Valspar, is going on the bottom.

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The board, of the board and batten, will go on top of the wavy line. With the new color scheme, the gray stone fireplace is looking great.

Benjamin Moore has chosen wythe blue as their color of the year 2012. On the color strip, palladian blue is under it, and is pretty close in color to SW rainwashed and SW sea salt. Sea salt looks a little more gray in this picture.

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My Mom used wythe blue and hollingsworth green in her living room. She actually marked the x and the o on the color strip. I think she would approve of my color choice.

 

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Which color of the year do you prefer?

Tangerine tango from Pantone,

 

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           Sherwin William’s argyle?

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I’ll be posting more about our progress on this project, wish me luck!

 

Debbie (((xx)))