Jeweled Flats

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This post has nothing to do with our house but rather it’s the tale of how one of my favorite necklaces found a new meaning in life.

I bought this necklace at Ann Taylor on major clearance shortly after Everly was born.  I loved it and was actually excited to wear it when I returned to work after maternity leave…sounds silly I know…but, hey, it’s the small things.

I wore the necklace once and then a jewel fell out.  Let me do the math for you…it’s been nearly THREE YEARS.  I lived in a place of denial regarding the necklace.  For a while I decided I would just repair it…after all I had been the buyer for an online bridal store in college and dealt with jewelry  like this daily (random, right?? I did their buying and their accounting).  So, I figured it wouldn’t be that hard to find the extra stone and paint it to match.   Riiiggggghhhhtttttt. I got right around to that as you can tell.

Then I went through a phase of thinking I could conceal it’s loss.

Y’all.  I would wear the necklace and then wear a shirt with a collar or a blazer and tell myself as long as it stayed hidden no one would notice.  As I’m typing this I’m laughing at myself because I don’t even think I actually paid $10 for the necklace.  For some reason, I’m just attached to it.

I’d like to be able to say this is the only time I’ve attached myself to a jeweled item.  I once had a pair of jeweled flats that I wore until they were FALLING APART. Things went way past unprofessional.  So I decided I would buy a new pair of plain flats, pry the jewels off the old flats and then glue them on the new shoes.

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That works beautifully for a while and then one day one side of the jewels fell off.  I obviously had a breakdown somewhere in my process of attaching those.  Anyways…

Yesterday in the closet I looked at my necklace and I looked at my shoes and all of a sudden I realized I could make myself a new pair of shoes.  I split everything apart using tin snips.

Maybe I’ve been watching too much Doc McStuffins or maybe all the broken toys in Toy Story finally got to me….but I decided to give these couple things one last go round before I finally have to part with them.

My favorite part ended up being the little embellishment I put on the backs of the shoes.

I feel pretty great about it 🙂  Have you ever done anything like this? Or do you have some broken or messed up things you refuse to part with because you “might” fix it one day?   Tell me I’m not alone here!

Painting the Foundation

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Happy Friday everyone!  I have FINALLY finished painting the most visible side and front of the house from brown to charcoal!  And also three cheers for  almost totally pulling out that overgrown bush tree AGAIN (this is the last time, we swear).

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We are so excited to build up some landscaping and start letting our house look a little more lived in cared for!

This paint is a Howard custom as we started out with a Sherwin Williams color called Sea Otter but Blake thought it was still too brown so we mixed black until we found a shade we liked.  I then painted a thin piece of wood with our test pot and had it color matched.

We still have another side to do but it’s not as visible so I’m not in as huge of a rush….maybe next week (The back of the house is actually white and it’s going to stay white because it’s under the porch and already dark enough).

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Someone who lived here before us actually painted all the basement windows a dark red from the inside so I’m going to work next to correct that look.

We totally understand the need for privacy but the red needs to go….I think it makes the house look scary.  I’m going to try and remove the paint so I can repaint from the inside.  If I can’t get the paint off I actually may have to paint from the outside….the goal would be to repaint the trim white so things look nice and clean and give the illusion that the windows are operable but the lights are off! Still have a little scraping  to do on this one below from the other side of the house.

So that’s where we are now (notice from the last post we finally got those second floor shutters up! Still a ways to go but it’s felt so great to make some strides in fixing up the outside of the house!  I’m hoping to get some planters out on the new wing walls this weekend and finish brainstorming a game plan for what to do to the right of the door.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Spot the Difference

Friends,  we are far from being done out here but we’re having fun with some recent changes!  It reminds me of a spot the difference activity from Highlights magazine…

We’re finally tackling painting over the brown foundation (TOTALLY wish it was still brick!! I talked to a Mason about sandblasting the paint off but that honestly just seemed a little more intense than we are prepared for right now).

We’re putting on shutters….I say that in the present tense because we are putting them on the top window I just ordered the wrong size (can I blame lack of sleep?) so we are waiting until those come in.

My favorite update is actually the wing walls flanking the front steps! It’s hard to see in the first picture but because the stairs didn’t span the whole width of the porch area  (because that covering wasn’t original) I always felt the house looked disproportionate.  These walls to me make the area look much more substantial and I can’t wait to put some big planters on them! (Jesus take the wheel on my black thumb!)

For fun, here is a picture of our house the day we bought it!  Seeya later shingles, plain white door and funky little window!   Hello gutters!…so glad you stopped our basement from flooding every time it rained!

It’s another game of spot the difference between the day we bought it and an original rendering!

Future plans include finish painting the foundation,  overhaul that area to the right of the door, landscape to the left, hang shutters on the top window.  We actually bought and assembled a wall pergola to go over the window to the right but I’m having second thoughts about it (don’t tell Blake)….and we also have some railing we had planned to put back on the front stairs but it’s not original and also not sure if that’s needed now that we have wing walls?   And Lord have mercy we need to get something to wind that hose up on that’s all over the driveway LOL

I’m also trying to decide if window boxes really are in fact just a place for plants to go to die?  I’m pretty sure they are.

 

Big girl room reveal!

Here we are a week from the due date of our second baby and we’ve FINALLY moved our first into her new digs!  The following went down in this room: ceiling repair, lighting change, new paint.  Other than those things we were really just shuffling furniture around…it’s hard to believe the room all came together with only a handful of purchases!

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Here we were testing paint colors and clearing the room out…pre ceiling fix, pre ceiling fan swap, mid curtain trial run!

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Then we moved it all in!

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We just shared about the china cabinet turned armoire in this post.  Beside it we have a laundry basket that actually holds stuffed animals and blankets (it makes for a quick clean up!).  The chair is from TJ Maxx years ago and the booksellers table is Ballard Designs which was previously in her nursery (we got it second hand and I tried to find a similar link but it’s sold out..boo!).  Curtains are pillowfort for Target. Rug is by At Home. Peg board letters are from Hobby Lobby…those are no longer sold and we got ours when they were something like 90% off!! These could (fairly easily) be made with a pegboard panel from Lowe’s (no more than $5), some paint, and a jig saw.

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Toddler bed was second hand, nightstand is vintage Stanley furniture, mirror was a thrift store find, quilt rack was my grandmothers.  Chandelier was a thrift store find spray painted white.  Crib was actually mine from 1986.  It’s a drop rail crib which is not something that could even be sold these days but we feel fine about it! In fact, once Everly starts climbing out being able to lower the rail will make me feel safer.  Art is woodland doodles by me in some clearance Hobby Lobby frames (gotta love that 90% off aisle!).  Everything in the room is hung a little higher than usual just to keep it out of reach of tiny hands.  I’ve read once they move to a toddler bed you have to treat the whole room as if it’s the crib so they can’t get hurt if they decide to play in the middle of the night…

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A burp cloth made by The Plum Poppy I just couldn’t stand to pack away yet!

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Wreath was a thrift store find but it’s actually from Target. (Holy cow when I went to find that link I realized it was $20!! I paid $3) Bear artwork is also Pillowfort for Target.

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So there you have it! One more room of the house checked off the list!  (And one leaky roof FINALLY stopped!)

 

 

Painted china cabinet turned “closet”: before and after

Remember that time we scooped up a china cabinet in a thrift store and turned it into a timeless armoire for our little girl’s room? Dedication to this project was certainly not for the faint of heart but in the end it’s got us all heart throbs over here!

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We tried using a paint sprayer one night after we put Everly to bed.  Picture us under our car port around 10pm trying to get over the learning curve of a paint sprayer while a storm is blowing up outside.  Our work lamps attracting every moth within a 5 mile radius and the moths dive bombing the gooey globs of paint we had managed to squirt all over the cabinet.  YALL. …we went backwards on progress that night.  We ditched the sprayer all together and went for the good old fashioned roller and 2 inch brush method.  We used a liquid sander on everything, two coats of kilz primer, one GALLON of paint (I used latex….I know it’s frowned upon but here’s the deal–we happened to have this color, unopened in our basement….a gallon of chalk paint would have been way out of budget–, and finally a matte varnish to seal the whole thing.  I lost track of the time this took but let’s give it at least a month right? Of doing a little bit of what we could here and there.  I have no idea what it would take if you tried to work straight through…in fact that’s a little scary to think about…

Enough about the nitty gritty, let’s just look at pretty pictures right?

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The intention of this piece was to be a “closet” option for Everly’s big girl room as the closet that this room shares with the next room is TINY (another post on that update later!)  To accomplish this we removed one of the shelves and installed a rod to hang some of her clothes from.

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There is certainly no shortage of storage options!

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The bottom is filled with pajamas, baskets of socks, shirts, pants….

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…a silverware drawer turned little girl accessory storage!

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I wasn’t sure about adding back in the wire panels but I think they help maintain a vintage feel

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…because why wouldn’t you use a $3 cake stand you found on clearance as a shoe stand??

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I love having room for the clothes we need to but I also love having room for some of my childhood things that would otherwise be packed away in a box in an attic somewhere!

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For worried mothers (like mine) it is anchored to the wall.  I guess I will use this space to type a little PSA to large furniture lovers, please anchor your pieces to the walls!! Five minutes of research on furniture and tv child fatalities will have you ordering anchors on amazon prime in no time. These accidents are much more common than you think and they are SO preventable!  This is what we have used personally and have been happy with.  You install them and then slide the furniture back and it’s truly not even visible from the side.

I’ll be back with some full room reveal pictures in the next post!

Big girl room for a little girl

As we’ve discussed here before, we are moving Everly to a new room to make room for the new baby to be in the nursery we already have set up that is a few steps from our bedroom.  When I first started scheming for Everly’s “big girl” room I fell in love with some of the girly woodland decor and it just so happened Target put out a few designs in their Pillowfort collection we couldn’t say no to!  I created a mood board below of what we’re going to have going on in this room.  I linked a chandelier that sort of looks like ours but for that price tag…I could have bought 27 of mine (preloved brass chandelier left to die at habitat for humanity of course!)

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Here is what we started with:

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This happened to be our master bedroom for the first year+ that we lived here before we relocated ourselves.  Then it became our guest room…then a ceiling leak started that ran wild for too long because we a) couldn’t find the source and b) closed the door and decided to give it to God for a while.   Well, we’re back in action! Over the past month we’ve managed to whip this room back into shape and of course I decided I needed to change the paint color in the final hour.  I used to think painting was fun….I used to paint ALL THE THINGS and last weekend I painted this room (and ceiling) and it was AWFUL. what was I ever thinking before? I decided it’s because I used to pair my painting with a nice glass of red wine and maybe because now I’ve been reduced to painting with water it’s no longer fun or inspiring? …the unfortunate thing is once you’ve started, you’ve got to be all in you know? I made it though and the reward is a much cleaner and brighter feeling room!  Another executive final hour decision I made was to take the ceiling fan out and trade it with the chandelier in our living room.  It felt like a practical decision that happened to jive with my design (it should be noted practicality and the things I request around here rarely collide).  I painted the chandelier a glossy white.  I really thought about going for a fun color and then realized when we go to sell our house I don’t want to be pulling the fixture back down to put yet another coat of paint on that appeals to the masses. #safe #vanilla

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I’ll leave pictures off here until we’re done even though our “big girl” is settling in quite nicely and the room is already filled with her crib and a toddler bed her babies are tucked into and nap on multiple times a day…big sister is really getting the hang of things!   We still have lots of artwork to put on the walls and we still have to tackle THE BEAST that is this china cabinet being turned armoire!  YALL. Can we talk about painting this? Hold me.

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How to restore a cosmetically damaged wood finish

before and after wood scratches

Today I wanted to run through a list of tips and tricks we’ve found to work well when restoring cosmetic damage to furniture.  This content does contain affiliate links.–please see our privacy and disclosure page for more details.  I picked up this secretary desk which was actually in incredible condition except for the desk inside.

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When we went to pick it up Blake took a look at the inside and said “did they lock a cat in there?” ….sometimes you do wonder how some scratches happen….

Inside scratches on secretary desk

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Anyways, along with fine scratches there was also nail polish smears all over and something that looked like a gold sharpie mark. I can just see a girl painting her nails here. It’s kind of fabulous really!

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So the first thing I do is clean the furniture (and I mean put some muscle into) with Murphy’s oil. This is going to remove oils and grime that just build up over time. Especially if you’re cleaning up a table or something used in the kitchen!

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Next I go after scratches with steel wool. The FINEST steel wool you can buy…anything coarse will do way too much damage. I go lightly over the scratches just to get things smooth. Now for the nail polish (or paint splatters too)… If it’s a big glob sometimes you can pick it off with your nail carefully. If it’s a smear that’s been there for who knows how long I use a citrus based cleaner (per lots of googling) and I let it sit for a few minutes. I come back and wipe it off and then immediately go behind with my steel wool. This takes some dedication and patience and some grit but it will slowly start to come loose. It shouldn’t take any of the color away but it will leave the spot looking a little dull & cloudy compared to the rest of the finish. Don’t fret! Polish will take care of that.

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I wipe down the piece again to get the dust the steel wool leaves behind. Then I use Old English for the shade of wood I’m working with (dark here). I first put it directly on my problem spots and let it sit for a few seconds. I use a clean rag and rub it in in a circular motion going out from the spots blending over the whole surface. I’ll apply this again to the whole piece until I’m satisfied with the color and cover up of the scratches.

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after wood scratch repair

After it dries for several hours I go over with a white rag just to see if I’ve left any residue. I complete things with a coat of furniture wax applied with a clean rag. This will help seal in my work and also protect the surface going forward.

I would of course recommend using a professional if you’re needing to rehab a several thousand dollar antique but for a quick makeover at home where you’re thinking paint may be your only option–it’s not!