Updating the Ceiling Fans

After living in this house for over 2 1/2 years, two of the ugliest ceiling fans have finally been updated! Yay!! Like every other piece of hardware in this 90’s house, they were brass.

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I’ve read lately that brass and gold fixtures/hardware are making a comeback! That’s all good and well, but I don’t follow the trends or what’s hot right now. I decorate for me and what makes me happy! And what makes me happy is brushed nickel. And white blades! But we couldn’t find any fans that I liked in brushed nickel with white blades. They all had two shades of brown. A light shade on one side and a dark shade on the other. And I really wanted white blades for these two fans. One was going into the living room and the other in the master bedroom.

So what’s a girl to do when the color isn’t right? She paints it! I laid the blades out on saw horses and gave each side one coat of primer and two coats of white spray paint.

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I let them dry/cure for several days before Mr. installed the fans. You can’t tell at all that the blades were painted.

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They look so much brighter and cleaner than the previous fans.

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And with this project finished, this completes the projects for the living room on The To-Do List! Yay!

  • paint an accent wall or two (you can read about that here)
  • change out the ceiling fan

 

Y’all have a great day!

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Bistro Set

I am slowly making my way through a stack of furniture that we brought with us in the move from Oklahoma, plus some pieces that I have picked up here and there. I just can’t resist a piece of furniture that has been discarded or one that someone no longer wants! The pieces for this project came from my mom, but didn’t start out as a set. The chairs were from a garage sale that didn’t sell, and were going to be thrown into the dumpster. Of course, she thought of me!! The table came from her bedroom, where she had been using it as a bedside table. I had given her one of two nightstands that I had so she no longer needed this little table. You can see how I redid the matching nightstand that I kept in this post.

When I brought these pieces in from the garage, I had no intention to use them together. I was going to use the table beside the bed in the Gypsy Room and paint one of the chairs for the little desk also in that room. But once I had them sitting next to each other, I thought they would make a cute bistro set! Once I painted them, of course!

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And after a little paint and some fun material, here is what I ended up with!

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The hardest part of this entire project was picking out the fabric. I came home with three different patterns, as I just could NOT make up my mind at the store!

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At first, the owls were my favorite. But the more I looked at them, the more I gravitated to the circle designs. It reminded me of designs you could make with a Spirograph, which I loved doing when I was younger.

I kept the original padding & vinyl and just added another layer of padding. I was going to remove the old, but let me show you why I left it.

89 heavy duty staples!! Eighty. Nine. In one cushion!

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There was no way I was going to pull out almost 200 of those bad boys! Therefore, my cushions are super cushy and comfy. How many staples did I use in one cushion, you ask? 29 in one and 31 in the other.

I painted turquoise tips on the bottom of the table legs to tie the table and chairs together.

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And for the finishing touch of the table, I dyed some doilies that my mom and grandma had made.

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The one I picked to use for the table was the white one with purple trim. It was one my mom had made for my grandma. You can still see the purple edges showing through the turquoise, which I love. Purple was grandma’s favorite color and this makes me smile when I look at it.

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And the necessary one more look at the before and after pictures…

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Y’all have a great day!

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Entryway Makeover: Keeping Memories Alive

WARNING! …if you don’t like painted wood, don’t read any further! There, I warned you.

This piece started out as a 1935 era Singer sewing machine, which belonged to my paternal great-grandma. I remember making Christmas stockings on it when I was in grade school, in the early 1970’s.

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When my great-grandma passed away, my Mamaw inherited it, and around 20 years ago…I inherited it!

My great-grandma and Mamaw. circa 1941

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The cabinet looks in good shape and all in the above picture, but let’s take a closer look…

At some point, the flip lid had been wet and the wood warped and mildewed. Mamaw had covered it with contact paper and this is what it looked like when I took the paper off. Yuck!

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I’m not sure what this was, (and I don’t think I want to know) but it was not having any part of coming off!

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And this was just years of wear & tear, dirt, and who knows what all!

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After three hours of removing screws and hardware, I ended up with this.

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Since the top was pretty much a goner, Mr. cut a new top, I sanded it, and put a dark stain on it. (pretend you don’t see a baggie on my hand! We ran out of gloves!)

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We set up a painting area in the garage for me to spray paint the metal frame. I’m not sure how well everyone else can spray paint, but it’s like a fog storm when I spray paint!! I then put a coat of primer and two coats of Behr Youthful Coral on the drawer boxes and drawers. You might remember that we used this same color in “The Closet Under the Staircase”. You can read about that makeover here, here, and here.

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I painted the side of the drawers white so they would look pretty when pulled out. And the ornate work on the sides of the frame really popped once we painted them white!

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My entryway has been bare and boring since we moved in 2 1/2 years ago. But no more!

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And of course, we always have to have that before and after shot!

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I’m super thrilled with the finished product and with my entryway all together! Instead of just being pushed into a corner and gathering dust, I’m able to use my desk everyday and enjoy the memories of where it came from!

Y’all have a great day!

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My First DIY Interview!

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by April of DIY Nuru. When she first asked if I would be interested in being interviewed and doing a podcast about the ceiling in my Gypsy Room, I was pretty excited! I texted Mr. and my daughter immediately! Then…I got nervous. What if I ramble on and on (which I tend to do at times)? What if I sound like a goober (which I’m sure I did)? But she assured me that it would be simple, and it was! April is super sweet and has a way of making you feel comfortable as soon as you answer the phone. So comfortable that I rambled on and on! 🙂

Be sure and check out the post “Ceiling Paint, Opinions on Color and Sheen” she wrote regarding the Gypsy Room ceiling. The podcast should be out this week. I’ll be sure and let y’all know when it’s up. (if I don’t sound too much like a goober!)

And if you didn’t see the pictures I posted last week on Facebook , here’s what we’ve added to the Gypsy Room.  Mr. hung a chandelier, medallion, and blinds, and I cut out the quote “Not all who wander are lost” on my Cricut machine. What a difference it made! I’m loving how the room is coming along and am hoping to have it completed within a couple of weeks.

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Y’all have a great day! Later gators!

My Little Gypsy Room!

That is what I have officially named our little upstairs bedroom! This room will be filled with lots of colors and have a little bohemian/gypsy style. I absolutely love the coastal/beach/tropical spin I am putting on the rest of the house, but deep down in my soul, I really think I’m a gypsy at heart. Maybe it comes from moving 25+ times in my almost 51 years! (…and maybe not) But I just adore the bright, vibrant colors and free spirit that are associated with the bohemian and gypsy styles. Therefore, to kick start this little bedroom, Mr. and I painted the ceiling…tangerine! It came out a little darker than I first planned, but I love it! And once we painted the walls white, it just came alive! 🙂

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Now comes the fun part. Decorating! I’m putting together an inspirational mood board (via Pinterest) for this room. So far, below is what I’ve come across. In all honesty, that is what Pinterest is…just one BIG mood board! And I’m totally addicted to it!

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Then a couple of weeks ago I was wandering through Ikea and saw this mirror hanging on display. I fell in love with it, right then and there! The only thing was it was black. But no worries! I primed it, painted it, and viola…a new mirror that totally works!! 🙂

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So there you go. The beginnings of my Little Gypsy Room! I’ll be making updates in the coming weeks, so be sure and check back in!

And remember, “Not All Who Wander Are Lost”, we just haven’t yet figured out where we belong!

Y’all have a great week! Later gators!

Bedside Table Redo

Happy September, everyone!! I hope y’all had a good Labor Day weekend. Mr. and I worked on cleaning out the little upstairs bedroom. It had pretty much become a walk-in/storage closet! In fact, it’s not much bigger than our master bedroom walk-in closet! The bedroom is 96.5 square feet and our closet is 85.5 square feet! I wanted to clean it out so I could start painting in the very near future. I have big COLORFUL plans for this bedroom! I can’t wait to get started. 🙂

At this moment, it’s so blah. It had some awful blockout shades in the window that were filthy and kinda smelled musty. So out with the trash they went! I hung some curtains from our previous house just until I decide what I want to put back in the window and to keep that west sun from blazing in!

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This bedroom is going to be quite a challenge! One: it’s so little, Two: it has this little built-in desk, Three: one corner of the room is cut off, and Four: it has this dinky closet! And yes, these pictures are of the same room. I took one picture with the light off and one with the light on to show you how a color can change with different light on it. This was the color of the entire house when we moved in. (minus the wallpapered rooms! Yikes!) So be sure and stay tuned for this upcoming bedroom redo!

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But what I really want to talk about is the bedside table I redid this weekend!

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We bought two of these side tables a few years ago to use in the apartment we were living in between selling our house in Tuttle and buying our new one in Tulsa. It started out completely white, down to the knob! Pretty boring, right?

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But with a little paint, some fun paper, and a new knob and back plate, I have this funky little side table for our other upstairs guest room! I’m luvin’ it!

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Y’all have a great week! Later gators!

For The Love of Color!

If you’ve read my past posts, you know that I love color in my house. If this is your first visit, you can read up on a couple of house posts here, or here, or here!

And if you know my mom, you know this apple did not fall far from the tree! Therefore, we did some painting at her house in Oklahoma while I was visiting last week. We painted the built-in hutch in her dining area. It was your standard, Plain-Jane stained wood from the 80’s. I know…I know…many of you think it’s horrible, and just downright unthinkable, to paint stained wood. But moma and I don’t! Color can do wonders for a room AND your entire being!

And color…it is!

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Here is what it looked like before (minus the doors).

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It’s not quite this bright, but we were having a difficult time with the sunlight and my phone. But you can see what a difference it made! She loves it. Before, the hutch blended into the floors and her dining room table. Now, it’s quite a statement!

Then, when I got back home this weekend, I was thumbing through my new HGTV magazine and on page 38 was this picture:

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Validation, Moma!!

Never be afraid of color, especially if it makes you happy! As Mr. always says, “it’s just paint”.

Later gators!

 

 

Big Bird or Deviled Eggs?

Happy 2014, everyone! Did y’all have a great holiday? We did. Mr. was off for 2 1/2 weeks and I enjoyed him being home sooo much! He went back to work this morning and it’s really quiet around here!

We didn’t do a lot of projects around the house, other than finish painting one of the spare rooms. I wanted it to be a relaxing vacation for Mr. and not spend it doing a bunch of DIY projects with me! If you missed the picture of the bedroom in this post, here’s a quick reminder. (but how could you forget such an exciting room?!) 🙂

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Usually we can paint a room from start to finish in one day. This room? Two weeks! First we had to paint the ceiling, although this part of the job went very quickly and made a HUGE difference. Most of the ceilings in the house are an off-white shade of something and really drab. We went with a white ceiling paint which will go so much better with the baseboards and trim work. Then Mr. installed a new ceiling fan. I would much rather have had a pretty light fixture, but living in the south and with this room being upstairs, it stays pretty warm. So….a ceiling fan it is!

Next came the fun part….painting with color! I know I said in my earlier post about this room, I was going to paint it white and bring in color with the furniture; but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Therefore, I picked out a pretty yellow (or so I thought) to go with. But it looked like either Big Bird threw up or we had splattered deviled eggs with lots of mustard all over the room! And all four walls, at that! And to top that off, the paint was just not covering well. After three coats on one wall, it was still streaking terribly.

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So for two weeks, I stared at these walls and rolled my eyes. Mr. asked me several times if I wanted to go pick out paint, but I had no desire to work on it. AND I couldn’t decide if I wanted to stay with yellow or go with something entirely different.  But then pressure kicked in, as my mom was coming for Christmas and there was no way I was having her stay in this room!! So off to Sherwin Williams we went and decided on a much softer yellow. We did leave one wall “Big Bird” for now, as the other color really toned it down.

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This picture doesn’t show the true colors that we ended up with, but they’re close. I’ll keep taking pictures at different times of the day and hopefully I’ll capture a good one. But for now, it looks 100% better and brighter than before! Next on my list for this room….pictures, pillows, accessories, and maybe a quote on a wall.

So what do you think? Big Bird or Deviled Eggs?