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Connie’s Mantel Transformation

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

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Amazingly, Connie finished her mantel makeover within days! She read all of our suggestions and comments here and got right to work. This is the note she wrote:

Dear Kelly,

I finally did it! The fireplace is painted. Cannot image why I waited so long…although I suspect it falls into the “laziness-getting-my-own-projects-done” category.

It was an easy fun project. Took a little time, but it was worth it. Cleaned with a Magic Eraser (the magic is TSP, ya know), glued on a wooden applique from Hobby Lobby, then painted with a paint + primer. Allowed to dry, then very lightly hand-distressed. Voilà! A fireplace that fits the room.

Thanks for all your readers’ comments. Sometimes it takes a little nudge for us all, every now and then to ‘get to it’…even though I honestly knew I should have painted this two years ago when we acquired it.

Regards, Connie

Here again is Connie’s Before:

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And her beautiful After:

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Just gorgeous! And did you notice the detail she added:

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I love the little details that make a piece stand out individually, don’t you? I am glad she distressed the finish also, looks soft and unique. I was truly astonished that she finished it so quickly. I think she already knew she wanted to paint, she was just looking for a little confirmation that was the way to go. We all run into those situations when it is our own home, always second guessing ourselves.

Before:

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After:

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Thank you Connie, for sending in a real dilemma for us to solve and/or make suggestions for! You did a wonderful job. Another project down.

Do you all agree that the mantel looks gorgeous and works in the room better? You can see even more photos of Connie’s mantel transformation here.

Anyone else need a little ‘nudge’?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Jazzy Statement Chairs

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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Don’t you just love one-of-a-kind statement chairs? A chair that is full of personality and uniqueness?:

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I have to admit I was pretty excited when One Kings Lane contacted me last week to help introduce their new Decor Resource Center to my blog readers. They knew I loved accent statement chairs and asked if I would share one of my favorite chairs. Here is a chair I just finished painting and had reupholstered:

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I have always loved the shape of this chair. According to the resource guide, my chair is similar to Renaissance Revival Chair, 1870. Their resource guide is great that you can look up the history of your chair from Ancient civilizations to Modern American Design. There are illustrations of each chair that includes a detailed history:

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When designing a statement chair, the first step is finding a chair that you love, a piece that gets you excited(no matter what it looks like before):

 

Then I decide where the chair will be going, so I can work with the existing furnishings. I put together this fabric palette that will work well:

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I think statement chairs add life to a room by being a centerpiece that accents the rest of the decor. When people enter the room, their eyes are drawn to it. Here are a couple of my favorite chairs I have saved:

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Sometimes a room needs a chair as a finishing touch once everything is in place. Do you have any statement chairs in your home? Now is the time to search the internet or flea markets for a signature chair that can be reupholstered, repainted or restored to finish off the room!

PS I wanted to add a couple pictures of the whole fireplace that a reader requested. She wanted to see the whole thing. Here you go Terri!

If you need help accessorizing your home, contact me today.

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Provence Painted Mirror, Part Two

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

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How was your weekend? I wanted to share with you how my bedroom mirror project I started last week here:

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Ended up turning out. I purchased more of the Chalk Paint® (ASCP) Provence paint to finish the job:

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I loved the color of the Provence, but I decided that I wanted something a little lighter in color. I tried mixing different parts of the Chalk Paint® Provence with Chalk Paint® Old White until I found the perfect color mixture:

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The mixture I was happy with was with one part Provence to three parts Old White. Perfect! See how nice it works with my bedroom fabric?:

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Love it. My original plan was to rub some of the color Chalk Paint® Aubusson Blue over the finish to bring in some of the dark blue of the fabric, but I just wasn’t loving it:

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I like the clean look better, don’t you? It was easy to paint over the blue. You have to experiment and try different techniques, right? So after one coat of the mixed paint, I rubbed on the Clear Wax, waited 24 hours to dry and then buffed to a beautiful shine:

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I’m really happy with it! The lighter color works so much better in the room instead of the Chalk Paint® Antibes. The Magic of Paint! Still a few more projects, but I love how the bedroom is all coming together:

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I have this on my husband’s bedside table:

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A different way to display using books slid sideways as pedestals. Isn’t the house and mushroom so cute? There is a local store here in North Conway, NH where these little houses are made individually by special, disabled adults. They are all so sweet that I can never make up my mind which to buy!

I hope you enjoyed my mirror redesign project. So easy to do and it really is perfect!

If you need help decorating your space, contact me today.

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Antique Table Paint Transformation

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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My friend was nervous about painting her first piece of furniture with the Chalk Paint® (ASCP), so she asked me if I would assist her. We found this beautifully detailed old table at a yard sale for only $50.00:

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She chose the color Cream, which is a soft pale warm creamy yellow:

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You can see she did not wait for me to get started! :) She decided to paint the chest in Cream, without giving it the distressed look, by painting it smoothly with just the Cream color:

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The details of the piece are amazing! Here it is after two coats:

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We both loved the color:

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Pretty as it was, she did want the details to stand out a little more. My friend Nancy at Sea Rose Cottage, made a few suggestions and we decided to try a sample of the Artisan Enhancements Pearl Plaster by Aloha Coatings:

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Pearl Plaster by Artisan Enhancements® creates an opulent and luxurious finish. Once applied, the finish will resemble velvet with a shimmering pearlescent vibrancy. Pearl Plaster is a low VOC coating that will adhere to any properly primed and prepared surface.

So we painted on the two coats of Cream, waited until that dried and then applied the Pearl Plaster to select detail pieces and let dry for an hour. Then we rubbed on the Chalk Paint® Clear Wax. After 24 hours she buffed the chest to a beautiful shine. Here is the finished product:

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Do you see how the details stand out with the Pearl Plaster? So beautiful!

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This color Cream works really well with her wall color Benjamin Moore Storm AF 700. Storm is a pretty gray that depending on the light in the room, can look very blue at times.

Now that my friend has tried the Chalk Paint® (ASCP), she agrees that it is a very easy way to make old furniture look beautiful. Have you tried using the Chalk Paint® yet? I can’t wait to finish my bedroom mirror now that I have ordered more paint. Weekend project!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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