Friday, September 28, 2012

Liquor, Mags, and Books on Wheels: A DIY.

Since I found my chair and ottoman, I’ve been frequenting the same thrift store to see what I can find. I recently found this table and gave it some TLC last weekend. This is what it looked like before:

As you can see it was not so good looking. With a price tag of $5.00, I figured it was worth the risk to see if I could restore to it to the potential image that I conjured up in my mind. To tackle the project, I first made a trip to Lowes and bought

two cans of premium Rust-o-leum high gloss white spray paint. I already had that spray attachment pictured. It makes it easier to spray paint and I have more control over the process. The Minwax Lacquer clear satin finish and sealer was purchased at Walmart. However, I am sure one can get that at Lowes or Home Depot too. I chose spray painting over painting (using a brush)because the piece is small and there is less mess and less cleaning up involved. I want to also add that I lightly sanded the piece and cleaned it thoroughly prior to painting. I didn’t prime it because I purchased a Premium Spray paint, but I would recommend priming prior too.

I also purchased new casters since the piece was missing one. Those were purchased from Lowes.

I am pleased with how it turned out and I love its versatility. I can use it to store my books/magazines and also, I can wheel my liquor from room to room. Gotta love that! If you have a Harris Teeter(those of you residing in the States)near you, they are having a sale on the Cavit Pinot Grigio!Smile. As you can see, I’m going to need another bottle soon…

I purposely chose those casters/wheels with a hint of copper because I love how they contrast with the white.  This thrift find was definitely worth the $5 splurge, don’t you think? I am loving the weather right now, so this weekend is sure to be a great one! I hope it will be the same for you too!! Enjoy! XX 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Open Shelves in the Kitchen.

I really love the look of having open shelves in ones kitchen showcasing ones beautiful wares. But, I struggle enough with having a clutter free countertop that I know whilst I really, really love this look, I would be crazy to embrace it in my own kitchen. I am not very efficient at consistently keeping things organized where I would  feel comfortable enough to dare 'place it all on display'. In fact, I am happy that I am able to hide all my “disorganization” behind my lovely cupboard doors. Nonetheless, each time I see

a kitchen space like this with open shelves with everything looking so pretty AND organized, I feel warm and fuzzy inside.

How do you all feel about open shelves in the kitchen? One day, when my boys are older, maybe then I'll have the time to be able to keep it all organized in the kitchen and show it all off with my open shelves... Happy Tuesday everyone and a warm welcome to my new readers:-)! XX

P.S. Apologies about the lack of posts and visits. I’ve  just been extremely busy being Mommy.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

An Adorable Space for Two Sisters.

This is one of those moments when you look at something and feel yourself relax and possibly even smile because you’re overcome by all the “adorable factor” and “cuteness” of that something. This space; a bedroom that doubles as a playroom for two sisters not only oozes adorable, but is filled with lots of inspiring ideas on organizing your own space.

Did I mention that Nora and Greta are twins? The adorable factor just went sky high:-)Whose feeling inspired? I will be shopping for a gorgeous mirror this weekend. Wish me luck and thanks for all your valuable input.  Have a lovely weekend everyone.XX


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

My Powder Room Sneak Peek and a Mirror Dilemna...

Ok, everyone, here is a little peek into the world’s smallest powder room! Mine, but I love it! I was trying to locate a before picture(prior to the wallpaper going up), but was unable to find one. Nonetheless, it was a boring beige space and was screaming out for something delightful… I purchased this Seabrook wallpaper from a local design store. Though I am not a floral person, the colours and the mod vibe that this wallpaper exude really appeal to me.  I pulled out my paint brushes and rollers over this Labor Day weekend and painted the ceiling and that little hallway that leads to the powder room. I matched the green in the wallpaper and I think it brightens up the hallway beautifully.  There is no natural light in that area of the house so a pop was needed. The paint colour is Benjamin Moore Jive Clive #7766.

a before pic of the hallway

The makeover is still in progress as I would love to accessorize the space starting by replacing this builder’s basic mirror. However, the space is so small that it has proven quite difficult to find a mirror small enough to fit this space. I wanted something with a little bit of a wow factor, but I am still uncertain about what finish the frame should be? All the pieces in the powder room have a nickel  finish, but the light fixture above does have some brown in it. So, would a mirror with a gold frame be too contrasting OR should I stay in the nickel family? What about a mirror with a white frame?

a close up of the light though the pic is leaning…

I never paid much attention to pocket doors until we built this house. I LOVE them! It’s the perfect solution for this teeny tiny spaceSmile

I am waiting on your feedback regarding the mirror before I make a purchase AND what do you all think of the wallpaper? Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome to September and the cool breeze that it should bring . XX

P.S. Thank you all again for your anniversary wishes and yes, I purchased the Nikon camera. Yippee! I am still learning how to use it, so I didn't use it to take these pictures. However, it will make its debut very soon...

Monday, September 3, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered! Congrats to Tanya White, author of comment 84! I will be in touch with you shortly. You're one lucky lady!:-). XX