Let me tell you about what's been going on
in my neck of the woods these days.
While everyone on Pinterest
has gotten the spring cleaning bug,
I've been busy doing a little cleaning
but have gotten the
"Let's do a project" bug!
A few months ago I decided to change out
the colors in my house.
I went from reds and yellows
to blues and yellows.
While it was very pretty,
it never felt like my house.
I kept walking into the living room
wondering who lived there.
It was so NOT my style.
Fortunately, I didn't spend a lot of money
to make these changes.
The only semi expensive piece I bought was the
blue ottoman in the picture above.
After trying to love it for a couple of months,
I sorta went crazy the other morning and
moved my reds back into the living room and kitchen.
I'm home again.
I think it's impossible for me to be happy
in a house without red and yellow.
This picture looks like I have yellow walls.
I do not.
That's just the sunlight coming through the open door to the right.
They are off white but I'm digging the yellow in the picture.
The blues all got moved into the bedroom
since it's still a work in progress.
As for the projects,
I just sorta went nuts.
I've been seeing a lot of DIY chalk paint
on Pinterest lately and thought I'd give it a try.
I'm a goner now.
I am head over heels in love with chalk paint!
You can do no wrong with it.
It doesn't show brush strokes
and it's very forgiving.
There's no preparation,
you don't have to sand before painting.
It drys very quickly.
I'm a horrible painter
which is something my daughter pointed out to me
just a couple of weeks ago.
I hate the preparation.
The waiting for the project to dry.
For the chalk paint I used
at I Heart Naptime.
It was so simple to make and I was hooked.
Please excuse the photo quality
on all of these.
They were all taken with my iPhone.
Here is an old before picture from my previous house
of an end table that I bought
at Goodwill several years ago.
Not bad but the honey pine
just wasn't doing it for me.
I forgot to take a before picture
prior to this project.
I used Behr Pale Honey on the bottom
and Minwax stain in walnut for the top.
I love the soft yellow.
The picture below shows the color more accurately.
Then I sorta lost my mind and
decided to pull out an old dresser
that I've had forever.
I had bought it for $2.00 at a garage sale
a few years ago.
I had gotten around to sanding it
and there it sat, just like that for over two years.
Because in just over an hour it went from this:
I used Behr Awning Red.
I was shocked that I found my perfect red on my first try.
If you're thinking about painting a piece of furniture,
DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE CHALK PAINT.
Also, I've been playing around with color
in the house.
I have some fabric that I bought a few years
ago and love it.
I actually loved it so much that I never wanted to
cut it and use it.
Am I crazy?
I finally decided to attempt to use it.
I bought six of these chairs on Craigslist
after we moved into this house.
While sturdy, they are a little boring.
I CUT MY FABRIC!
I attached it to the seat pads with
upholstery twist pins
and I'm liking this happy fabric
on my chairs.
If you can look at this fabric
and not smile,
then I just don't want to know you.
The chairs themselves need some work.
They are dried out and in need of
a good wood conditioning.
I bought them off Craigslist from a guy
who raised St. Bernard puppies.
Teeth marks add character in my book.
It's just a small one.
I had an old outdoor tablecloth
that I never used anymore.
I made some pillows out of it
for my side patio.
And now I had better get to the spring cleaning.
And then I may just run to Goodwill to see what needs painted.
Also, if you could say a prayer for
my dear friend, Kris at Simplify.
Her Momma had surgery today.
Kris has the most amazing family.
Keep them in your thoughts and prayers today.
I'm linking up to The Golden Sycamore
I'm linking up to The Golden Sycamore