Thursday, January 31, 2013

~a tufted bench~

A little while ago I had a friend add a new top to a bench I found on craigslist.
I wish I had the before, but of course, I forgot to snap a photo. It had dark wood  legs and a avocado green upholstered top.

I ended up painting the frame with Annie Sloan Old White paint.
Then the top was recovered in gray curtains from Ikea.

I LOVE the deep tufting!
It now sits behind our sectional and is a great place to sit and put shoes on, or read a book.

 Or, as you can see here, a good place for the puppy to take a nap!
Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter the Kathy Kaehler Sunday Set up giveaway hosted by Janette Mallory!
Click here to enter.
I will announce the winner tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

~our home tour~

I know I had this on my old blog, but not on my new one, so sorry if this is a repeat for some of you!


wall paint: Brown Teepee by Behr
Countertop~black granite, honed
cabinet painting tutorial here
cabinet hardware~Target {no longer available}
barstool cushions~custom made with Ballard Designs light leopard fabric
recipe in niche~Pottery Barn years ago
{any other questions, pls. leave them in the comments below}

 our winter niche:

laundry closet:

rack~Home Depot
Mrs. Meyers and Caldrea products~Target and TJ Maxx
chalkboard paint~Home Depot
lockers~garage sale find
stool~flea market
{any other questions, please leave in the comments section}

living room:

most of the pillows~Spark Modern
brown alpaca blanket {tattersalls}~Bodmer 
{Please leave any questions on this room in the comment section below}

master bath:

hutch paint~ Annie Sloan old white
inside of hutch paint~Seal by Martha Steward
wall color~custom mix
{any other questions, pls. leave a comment in the comment section below}

boys room:

Original post can be found here.
Here you will find all the paint colors, etc. 

boys bathroom:

mirror~Restoration Hardware
sink and cabinet~Home Depot
floor~slate, Home Depot
Claw foot tub~found on the side of the road for free, husband re finished it
barn door~local re-store
barn door tracks~local hardware store

dining room:

This room changes frequently.
wall color: Ralph Lauren Oatmeal
chandelier~TJ Maxx with battery powered candles on a timer
EAT letters made by me
cup holder~World Market
buffet~Craigslist find and painted with Annie Sloan old white chalk paint
table is from a local store no longer in business
chairs~Restoration Hardware
upholstered chairs~covered in French grain sacks by A and D Upholstery in Everett Wa.

my studio:

wall color~marine magic by Behr
white cabinet~French antique out of my daughters room
frames~made by me
For further information on this room, go here.

And more to come!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

~hanging picture frames~

I have one friend who every time she needs pictures hung on her walls, she calls me. 
To me, it's a piece of cake, but I have been making holes in my walls for several years.
I thought I'd bring this up because I get a lot of emails on hanging picture frames.

Take our living room for example:

I hung a series of Ikea Ribba frames in a grid pattern. 
It took some doing to get all the nails in the right place. 

In this case, I just laid the frames out on the floor and measured between each one to figure out spacing. One thing I didn't think of though,  was how over time, the frames would shift from people jumping on the couch, daily life, etc. 
I recently discovered zots and these are the perfect solution!
I found mine in the scrap booking section of my craft store and bought the large size. All it takes is 1 zot at the base of each frame to secure it to the wall. 
Kate over at Centsational girl just did a post on hanging pictures.
You can find it here. 
I found it to be very helpful.
It is based more on aesthetics then the actual hanging, but helpful nonetheless.

Redbook Magazine has a great article on how to hang art using paper templates.
This is a tried and true method.

And if you are in an office {or not and just want a more industrial look}
AS Hanging Systems has a cool cable system.

 This definitely takes the guesswork out of where to put those screws or nails, and if you choose nylon you barely see the cables, however, I think the steel cables would be really cool in a loft space or office building!

And speaking of picture frames, I have finally got around to refreshing my etsy shop with some new items! I have just listed a few picture frames, made by me.
{hint~some would make great Valentines day gifts!}

You can find these, and more, in my etsy shop right here!