Monday, April 29, 2013

Pickled Bead Board Ceiling

We had to get a do-over on our kitchen ceiling "pickling".   We had a pickled ceiling before, and the process was to do a light white coat, followed by a clear coat to finish.  With this ceiling, the contractor chose to use a "pickle" stain.   The problem was that all the boards were stained before installation and didn't seem to all get the same treatment.  This ceiling is made of spruce boards that are 2 "bead board" sections wide.  The planks were nailed directly  the beams above.   
For the do-over, the contractor sent a different painter who agreed the best way to get a pickled finish is to do a white-wash.  He brushed on a watered down white paint over the entire ceiling, then finished with a clear coat. The pictures above are how it looks after the do-over.
 Below is the first treatment.
First treatment.

I am much happier with the white wash treatment.  I just wanted to share in case anyone is considering "pickling"  a wood ceiling.  Also, I have a confession to make about this chandelier.  I still have a bag full of crystals I haven't put on yet!  It was a bit of a tedious project.  I've got lots to do before Pam's wedding reception!
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

City Sister, Country Sister

Pam is the city sister.  She lives in the city in a subdivision.  I'm the country sister.  My family and I live on 12 acres out in the country, along with cows and chickens :)

We've been trying to spruce up the farm a bit.



If you look through the fence,  you can see my cows :)


This is the area in front of our new porch room.  The husband got a little carried away when I asked him to prune the Crepe Myrtle in front of the new windows.  But, he also created this great new area.  It was an overgrown mess, with some shrubs and ground cover.  He spent 4 days clearing it out and adding all the new landscaping and bench.

These are my neighbor's cows.  We let them use the run behind our chicken coop.  One morning when I went to feed the chickens, this one decided to have a staring contest with me.


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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sudden Inspiration

The main reason I started reading blogs and blogging was inspiration.  I love seeing what others do to make their homes special.  Sometimes there can be something in or about a blogger's pictures that reminds me of something I have, or sets in motion a plan in my head.  Pam and I share what we do in the event there is anything that may inspire or benefit someone in any way.  I was browsing blogs on Friday and saw something that reminded me of this chair we had in the barn and gave me the idea to use it in my guest room. It was originally part of a mismatched set we bought to sell at the Nashville Flea Market.  I think we sold all but this one. Pam took it home to use and put her spin on it (paint and burlap).  She tends to rotate through her home furnishings a little faster than I do :)  so, she brought it back out when we had a yard sale last fall.  I am so glad no one bought it!
When I stopped by my barn this morning to grab the chair, I was thrilled to see this vintage clothes hanger, and thought it went perfectly with the chair.  This afternoon I carried them upstairs to the guest room, and things just fell into place.  I already had the antique mirror hanging on the wall. I wanted to take advantage of the afternoon light coming through the windows so I started taking pictures, just using what was around me for props.  After I finished and went downstairs, I saw this hat that my mother-in-law gave me last year.  I love this hat!  It was in my bedroom waiting for me to find just the right spot for it.  Naturally I ran back upstairs and took more pictures :)

Just a note about my guest room.  I painted it white last year, but never got around to putting it back together.  Since I am hosting Pam's wedding reception in a few weeks, I need to get started!  This new little arrangement may be just the motivation to get me moving. 

I love the age spots on the mirror.  Even if you can see the AC vent in it :)

This is an old pickle jar I bought at a yard sale years ago.  I recently filled it with French lavender.

I took a glass drawer knob I had, replaced the screw with a nail, and used it on the wall.  The hanger has "Sears" on it.  
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Kitchen Island - Take Two

My island was originally a mustard yellow color.  When the kitchen was repainted in perfect greige, I painted the island the same color as the walls.  After I had time to settle in with the color, I felt the kitchen was a bit too dark.  Although there are several windows, the light just doesn't fill the room.   I repainted the island in a creamy white.

I went outside searching for something in bloom, with my magnolia trees in mind.  I couldn't find a single thing, so I clipped some shrubs for a little color. :)
The island is made from old doors that have been cut in half. 



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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Budget Bedroom Makeover

After our home improvement projects and makeovers in some other rooms, my remaining budget was pretty much non-existent by the time I was ready to put the master bedroom back together.
Some of my biggest challenges were curtains and bedding.  My windows are 101 inches from floor to rod.  We put bamboo blinds over the French doors, but couldn't find any that matched and fit the windows on each side.   After ordering curtains, returning curtains, and shopping around, I decided the best solution was to make some simple panels.   I found the fabric at Hobby Lobby and used a 40% off coupon.
We bought the rug and runner at Lowe's. By using this combination, we saved money over buying a larger rug.  I found this antique dresser and mirror at a consignment store.  I'm still debating on whether to give it an Annie Sloan treatment.  I'm leaving it as is for the time being since it matched my bed.

I painted a nightstand we have had over 15 years, filled the handle holes and added glass knobs. I ordered the pair of wall lamps from Lowe's, and were fairly inexpensive.

This is a $2 chair my son and mother-in-law found for me at a yard sale.  I gave it a quick coat of grey. I found the yo-yo pillow on clearance at TJ Maxx.

I've yet to find any new bedding that both fits my budget and my bed.  I also did the order/return/shop process for bedding, but finally settled on using the old bedding and made a pillow to tie in the colors from the curtains and rugs.  I love this toile and have seen it used by other bloggers.  I found the fabric at Hobby Lobby.
The tin square over the bed came from Kirkland's years ago.  I updated it with a coat of ASCP in Old White. 

Lately I've noticed people asking the question of ceiling fan or chandelier for the bedroom.  I personally like chandeliers better, but like others living in the South, it is hard to let go of a nice breeze over you while you sleep.  My solution was to get the prettiest ceiling fan I could find.  We ordered this one from Home Depot when building the house about 6 years ago.

Please pardon the dust :)  I realized if I kept waiting until each room was clean enough,  decorated enough etc... I would never have anything to share.  I did leave out a wall with the desk and TV from my pictures :) 
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Pam and her soon-to-be mister are consolidating houses and getting ready to put one on the market.  She is marrying one of her neighbors :)  The new place is looking great, but so far she has only shared phone pics.  Hopefully I can get some real pictures soon to share.
Wishing everyone a wonderful week!