Nestled In {Colorful Nesting Tables}

Hey all,

After receiving some beautiful red chairs for my birthday (thanks Grant!), I realized that we needed a little table in between to finish off our patio space.

 

Where can I put down my drink? Oh...no where? Yeah that situation needed to be remedied.

Where can I put down my drink? Oh…no where? Yeah that situation needed to be remedied.

 

I’d been searching every time we go out bargain hunting and happened upon a cute set of three nesting tables. But man, they needed some serious help. The tables were left in the rain, to the point that the price was rinsed off the tag and there was a great deal of rust on the glass tops. The black paint was chipping or rusted in spots. I knew they would be a bit of work, but finding pretty intact, iron pieces with the glass isn’t always easy. So I picked up this trio for $30 and planned to clean them up at home.

 

Remember these lovelies? Well, I had all that spray paint left over, so why not match the tables to the rest of the deck!

Remember these lovelies? Well, I had all that spray paint left over, so why not match the tables to the rest of the deck!

So after scraping down the tables and cleaning off the dirt, I sprayed away! At first I thought about getting extra paint and doing different tables in different hues of the same color. But because I had all the left over paint from the potting project, I figured I could save some moolah and just use that. Plus, I knew that it would blend in well with the rest of the things on the deck!

The glass, however, was a different story. I soaked it overnight in soapy water, rust didn’t come off. I made a paste out of Comet cleaner and left it on there, using an old toothbrush to scrub off the rust, and it didn’t budge. Then I used good old fashioned baking soda and vinegar and that seemed to help some. It wasn’t a perfect job, but the rust stains are much better than when I purchased them. So, without further ado, I give you….nesting tables!

 

Super cute, happy, and just the right pop of color. I made the smallest table the brightest color so that it didn't overpower the other two. And because we really only have one piece on the deck that is the orange, I thought the tie in with the largest table would be best. And, do I really need to explain using blue on the middle table? I use blue for everything (everything that isn't already green...).

Super cute, happy, and just the right pop of color. I made the smallest table the brightest color so that it didn’t overpower the other two. And because we really only have one piece on the deck that is the orange, I thought the tie in with the largest table would be best. And, do I really need to explain using blue on the middle table? I use blue for everything (everything that isn’t already green…).

 

So? What do you think? With just a little elbow grease and some extra paint, these guys got a new life! I’m pretty satisfied with how they turned out. Anyone else updating their deck or outdoor spaces?

XOXO,

Ashley

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Bye Bye Builder’s Beige {Hello Dynamic Greys}

Hey all,

It’s happened. The living and dining rooms are no longer builder’s beige. And before you start laughing, I have to tell you: I am not kidding! Several posts ago, I wasn’t sure I could even complete this task. And let’s be real with each other for a second, I barely made it. With all the trim and special little nooks, it was so much more time consuming than I expected. Not only did it take way longer than expected, it also required way more paint than anticipated. Lowes became my second home, and embarassingly enough, it was the same paint department guy and cashier each of the (THREE) times I went. It would have been a lot easier if I went in for different paint each time, unfortunately that wasn’t the case. But anyway, let’s get to the nitty gritty of the project.

Samples, samples, samples. I pulled from one color chip but ended up avoiding the lightest of the pallet. It turned out a cool-blue white, not nearly as grey as I needed.

Samples, samples, samples. I pulled from one color chip but ended up avoiding the lightest of the pallet. It turned out a cool-blue white, not nearly as grey as I needed.

 

Supplies I used for the dining room:

One full roll of blue painter’s tape (not the delicate version, just traditional)

One “mini” or half sized roller

One 2 inch angled brush

One quart AND one Sample (half-pint) of Granite Dust by Valspar

One paint tray

Total Cost: about $30

 

Supplies I used for the living room: 

One full roll of blue painter’s tape (not the delicate version, just traditional)

One roller brush

One 2 inch angled brush

One gallon, one quart AND one sample (half-pint) of Notre Dame by Valspar

One paint tray liner

Total Cost: about $65

So at almost $100, this is a slightly more expensive project than I typically tackle. But let’s be honest, it was completely necessary. The builder’s beige was a neutral, but oh so boring. . Plus, once I got going, I realized how poorly the details of the job were done the first time! Lots of missed spots, dirty drywall, and plenty of inherited dings. So I decided to go two-toned, a darker shade in the dining room and lighter in the living room. The differences are definitely subtle, but at certain times during the day, the light really strikes the contrast and makes the colors quite dynamic. Ah, anyways, enough talking, more proof!

 

Here's a quick before. Poor thing, those walls just look so sad now.

Here’s a quick before. Poor thing, those walls just look so sad now.

 

And: the after. The contrast really brings out the bright white of the wainscoting.

And: the after. The contrast really brings out the bright white of the wainscoting.

 

Another dining room shot. I was worried about how the green/blue scheme would play with the gray. After a bit of nerves, I love the pop and differences between the neutral gray and the perky colors.

Another dining room shot. I was worried about how the green/blue scheme would play with the gray. After a bit of nerves, I love the pop and differences between the neutral gray and the perky colors.

 

The black and white frames really play well with the new wall color.

The black and white frames really play well with the new wall color.

 

So, what do you think? I’m so happy with it. I made Scott come in and ooh and ahhh just to make me feel better. I think my body has finally recovered from all the random twists and turns I’ve had to do to get all those hard-to-reach corners, though it may have needed a couple naps to feel better. Now, if only I could find a new tv stand with way more storage in a mid-century modern style…

XOXO,

Ashley

Bringing the Shore Back Home {Updating the Office}

Hey everyone,

Sorry for the delay but…

I did it, I finally did it! Now that we’ve gone on our summer trip for the year, which of course included a beach and water (and of course, shelling), I finally had the time to get to work on my home office.

My final color choice was the lighter of the two, Beach Glass by Pantone. It had a calming tone but was still very beachy. It definitely reminded me of a happy shore house. The color, because it was Pantone, had to be the highest end paint by Valspar, which included primer as well (this ran about $31 a gallon). This was great for getting the paint on smoothly and for covering the awful color and stains from the previous owners.  I didn’t need multiple coats because the color was so vibrant and it was so easy to apply. It also was low-VOC, which is great for painting a small room in the summer heat.

 

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See? What a lovely swatch. The perfect, shade of NOT seafoam. 

 

I taped, like you ALWAYS should, and ended up only needing one full day to get the paint on the walls and dried. I really didn’t need a full gallon, because I only needed one GREAT coat. I also only needed one roll of tape to get the window, doors, and ceiling/moldings. So this is was a minimal supplies needed project. Just for your information, you should always make sure when painting that you have the following (because it makes your life WAY easier):

Paint Roller

Angled Paint Brush (for corners and cutting-in)

Paint

Paint Tray with Removable Liner (makes clean up easy)

Tarp/Plastic Covering

Tape

The brush, roller, tray, and liner all came in a great kit that I picked up at Lowes. Saved me a ton of time and money, and now I have these supplies for future projects! So little stress, low cost, few supplies but a definite re-do! Whether or not I’m totally satisfied with the color is yet to be determined. It required a lot of trust on my part. When I got two of the walls painted, I quickly realized just how bright the color was. It’s shockingly aqua, a lot less beachy than I expected.

 

See the difference? Holy moly! It almost pales the original green because it's so bright.

See the difference? Holy moly! It almost pales the original green because it’s so bright.

 

Once I finally got through all the walls, it took all my patience to not start hanging my shadow boxes and framed prints right away. I was hoping that with things on the wall, furniture in the room, and drapes on the window, the color will be a bit less abrasive. This proved to be MOSTLY true and I’m just going to live with the color for awhile and decide my next steps. But here, for your enjoyment, my nicely staged home office with the new colors, hung pictures and shadowboxes, and furniture in place. Thoughts?

 

See how small this room is and how intense the color can be? This is an ALMOST 360 of the room. I've got space for my sewing cart (next to my desk), my high back chair, and all my shells on the floor...ignore those.

See how small this room is and how intense the color can be? This is an ALMOST 360 of the room. I’ve got space for my sewing cart (next to my desk), my high back chair, and all my shells on the floor…ignore those.

 

I made those matching canvas pin boards with just canvas and beige/metallic polka dotted fabric. We've had them since our first place and because they're a neutral, they can always find a home somewhere. I also took my old, white spray painted cork board and covered it in burlap for a more beachy cork board.

I made those matching canvas pin boards with just canvas and beige/metallic polka dotted fabric. We’ve had them since our first place and because they’re a neutral, they can always find a home somewhere. I also took my old, white spray painted cork board and covered it in burlap for a more beachy cork board. I’m using my flea market find to file my design magazines (see left of desk) and my colored mason jars for supplies that need to be right at arms length. 

 

This is one of my favorite spots in the room. That piece of furniture is NOT a chest of drawers. It IS however, a mini-murphy bed. My office will always have to do double-duty and include some form of guest accommodations.

This is one of my favorite spots in the room. That piece of furniture is NOT a chest of drawers. It IS however, a mini-murphy bed. My office will always have to do double-duty and include some form of guest accommodations. The mirror was a clearance find at Homegoods, and with its capiz shell pattern is perfect for the space. It even matches our little frame and lamp. Oh, and of course, my apothecary jars filled to the brim with shells.

 

My reading corner...sans books. I finally did my last purge of college textbooks and now have plenty of space for my design books!

My reading corner…sans books. I finally did my last purge of college textbooks and now have plenty of space for my design books! The bear has made it ten years, and hopefully if I can keep it away from Truman, it will make it ten more! It’s sitting on the chair that I received from my grandmother earlier this year. The wall is now full with a collage of my shadow boxes and personal photography. Plus, I hung my shell covered “F” in the perfect place. It’s one of the first things you see when you walk into the room. That little box next to the chair is an unfinished project, but I promise to update you on its new life very soon!

 

XOXO,

Ashley

Family Furniture Upgrade {Coat Rack for the Kitchen}

Hey everyone,

 I guess you’re wondering, coat rack? Kitchen? What? Didn’t you hang up a little one just a while ago? And you would be correct. I have a super cute little wall rack that we hung next to our back door in the kitchen. It worked for a while and matched the room perfectly. And then, one day while I was frantically (and unrealistically) cleaning before people came over, it all came crashing down…literally.

Just as I was about to shower, and our guests were about to arrive, there was a great crash from the kitchen. Imagine my surprise when our freshly cleaned kitchen soon became a heap of coats, jackets, and scarves, all minutes before our guests were to arrive. I was not pleased. I may or may not have re-drilled and hung that sucker in place, all while wearing a towel in my hair. 

Well, this became a regular experience. Every few weeks the rack would fall, I would curse it and just put it back up. And of course, every time I stuck the sucker in, I was terrified it would fall while people would be over. This is not a way to live, people! Enter: new coat rack.

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This coat rack was purchased by my mother over twenty years ago. It stayed in my parents old home for years, collecting coats at the holidays and even serving as the first place she took orders for her old business. When my parents moved to their new home, it just didn’t have a place. They tried to put him all around the house and it just didn’t quite work. So, he was relegated to the garage. I asked if I could take him home and now, he’s ours.

He’s great as is, but we really don’t have those wood tones in the house (nor are they my favorite) so I figured a good spray down would pep him up and make a great addition to the kitchen. But boy, oh, boy, did I underestimate just how much paint he would take! I had a can and a half of white satin Vaspar spray paint at the ready, after giving a good coat or two of white primer. However, I barely got through half of the piece before my primer can ran out! It was like he was drinking up all the paint! I had to quickly run to Lowes and grab another can of primer, where just to be safe I also picked up an extra can of white satin paint. Because of this trip, I ended up painting into the evening.

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I’m sure my neighbors who were out grilling dinner appreciated the ambient noises of the spray paint cans. But hey, I was determined to finish this guy.

So I finished all my coats (so I thought) and left him out for the evening to dry and remove the nasty smell of spray paint before bringing him inside. The next day, I enlisted Scott in helping me carry him back into the house, upon which we discovered that I missed a few spots! Shocker, painting in the almost dark doesn’t pay off? I should have known.

So we had to drag him back outside and prop him up so I could get the last few bits. This was actually a blessing in disguise, because it gave me extra time to put a few more coats on the hardware. I used the Valspar hammered finish color in a black metallic, which smells AWFUL but leaves a great sheen on metal. And though brass and gold is coming back in, and I do love a good gold piece, it will not be coming into the kitchen in high quantities. So after wrestling with the hardware (it was so easy to take OFF the hardware and nearly impossible to put back on), I decided to carry that sucker in on my own. Needless to say, I was super excited to be done with the project and finally have a proper home for all our jackets and scarves.

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Hopefully, you can bear with me and my unstaged photo. I was just so excited to have the project done, I didn’t close the drawer or hide our junk. Can you see why we needed this piece? I love it’s scale and how the darker hardware looks on the white.

So two full cans of primer and two cans of paint later, we’ve got ourselves a new coat rack for the kitchen. He’s already fulfilling his job requirements and fits in nicely with our shoe organizer. Happy to have him, and a bit of family love, in our house!

 

XOXO,

Ashley