Teal is everywhere these days. From fashion to furniture, it’s the must have color this season. So I decided to take the plunge and try CeCe Caldwell’s Thomasville Teal and see what the rage is all about. My test subject for this project is this “roadside rescue” my husband found. It’s a plain Jane dresser with good bones. For me, “good bones” means its solid construction, it’s functional and has lots of potential!
Say hello to “Plain Jane”
CeCe Caldwell has a great blue/green paint called Thomasville Teal.
Thomas meet Jane!
After a few coats of Thomasville Teal, “Jane” is still looking plain. It’s like she has on a pretty dress but no accessories to complement her dress.
So, I added some accessories. The numbers add character (like a scarf ) but the black is to subdued. She needs some bling!
You can always count on gold for some bling. And, it really pops against the teal.
After a little bit of distressing and some gold knobs (earrings), Jane goes from plain to Pretty In Teal!
I could see this in a nursery with sweet little baby clothes, or for a toddler just learning to count, or as a lingerie chest in the master bedroom. The possibilities are endless!
Once we finished our kitchen renovation (see it here ), the adjoining dining room “beach” decor clashed with the new urban French farmhouse kitchen. We had money in the budget to paint and a rug, but I only had $150 for a table, chairs, lighting, and artwork! Time to get creative!
I wanted the two spaces to flow together and the best way to unify the spaces was to paint the walls the same color..so goodbye yellow and blue,
Hello Front Porch (by Sherwin Williams). I love, love this color. Depending on the light, the color changes from gray to taupe, to gray/blue to gray/green. Four colors in one!
I rescued this table from my neighbors (Thanks JJ) trash several year ago and have been using it on our screened in porch.
I love the chunky legs but wanted an aged look for the top. To achieve that look, I left on some of the flaky vanish, then dry brushed the top with CeCe Caldwell’s Destin Gulf Green.
Nothing says “farmhouse” like mismatched seating.
Final touches include thrift shop artwork,
Yard sale lighting,
And a thrift shop faux fur throw.
Farmhouse Dining Room ! Cost: $123.oo
Thanks for checking out my post and Happy Decorating!
It’s that time again, time for front porch living: talking to neighbors, sipping lemonade, and relaxing.
After a long cold winter, our porch is looking tired and worn.
I approach decorating outside spaces the same way I approach interior spaces. I start at the end…how do I want the space to look, feel, and live. Keeping in mind the hot, humid Washington summers, I want the space to be airy, breezy and relaxing. And of course, no color represents that more than “blue”.
This blue stripped rug (from Wal-Mart) dictates the color palette and grounds the space in shades of blue.
The blue chairs from last year still look nice but the cushions are dull. A quick fix include a ten cent Sunbrella sample and a new pillow.
The old red cushion is covered in linen fabric. Decorative pillows and a blanket, create a cozy nook
A vintage window, paper place mat and stencil create unique house numbers!
An old shutter painted Carolina Yellow (with CeCe Caldwell Chalk/clay paint) is the perfect backdrop for a basket of faux flowers;
And our mailbox goes Euro with spray paint and a stencil!
Other cool accents include:
Airy, breezy drapes, elevates the space from porch to outdoor room!
Thanks for checking out my post. Enjoy your summer of 2015!
My friend Sarah and I found this chair in someone trash last year. Can you believe someone was throwing this out! And yes, I checked for critters and I left it on our porch for several months to be extra sure there were no uninvited guest.
I love the juxtaposition of the formal Queen Anne style with the casual corduroy fabric.
Rolled arms, nail head trim and cabriole legs–need I say more?
Since I have “no” sewing skills my original plan was to get new fabric and have the chair re-upholstered. Well, the cost for re-upholstery was not in the budget, so I decided the paint the wood and the fabric. Yup, paint the fabric!
Basically, I sprayed the chair (one section at a time) with water to get the fabric wet but not dripping wet, then applied the paint with a brush. Here’s the chair after one coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White.
Here’s the chair after the 2nd round of spraying and painting.
After the final round of spraying and 2 coats of CeCe Caldwell’s Simply White.
I only painted the front of the chair and here you can see the contrast between the front and side. I love the two-tone effect. The wood got a mix of CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White and Simply White. The cushion will be covered in this fun yellow and white bird print fabric.
And here’s the chair in our family room. I think it looks amazing. We love sitting in the chair because it feels like soft leather.
Here is a collage of this project from start to finish. So cool!
Thanks for checking out my post. Happy Decorating and Happy Spring!
Here is the another post in the Kitchen Renovation Series. This one titled “The Details” highlights the cabinets, granite, back splash, storage and decorations in our kitchen.
Let’s start with cabinets. We choose the Herrington style from the Kemper Cabinet line from Cindy Lawyer at CNC Kitchen Designs in Alexandria, VA. I have always wanted to use gray cabinets as a alternative to white, and the island cabinets add a nice “pop” of color.
We were lucky to get our granite “free” from our neighbors (Thx Keith & Sarah!). The granite sat outside in our yard for 3 years and it still looked awesome when we used it.
One of my “must” haves was a farmhouse sink! I found this one from Home Depot on-line. Another on-line retailer was selling it for $500 more than HD!
These hexagon tile in shades of gray, tan, and cream were another HD purchase.
As you may recall, one of my main concerns was storage. In addition to the island and wall cabinets, we added storage in creative ways.
This antique cabinet is beautiful and functional.
Open storage in a vintage bookcase.
And, finally to pull it all together we choose pendants, light walls and dark floors.
And now, a final look back.
If you are undergoing a major kitchen renovation or just added a few touches, I hope you have enjoyed this series and found it helpful.
A few weeks ago I went to my sweet friend Meghan’s house to see some furniture. One piece in particular caught my eye.
This beautiful vintage corner cabinet. OK, it’s not beautiful yet, but just like Cinderella, with the help of her fairy godmother (me) she will be!
Vintage corner cabinets are hard to find and although this one had a few “character” spots it was well made. Meghan found this piece on the curb and it was destine for the landfill. So sad!
My first step was to decide on a color. I felt blue would be the perfect color for the ball so I mixed CeCe Caldwell’s Paints and created a color I call “Royal Blue”.
So here is the cabinet after painting, distressing and waxing. The new color is fresh and happy! The inside is painted CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White.
Although the inside color looks nice, the white is sterile. Another custom mix (Grey Goose), and the interior finally compliments the exterior. Here’s Meghan, all dressed and ready for the ball! She is the “Belle of the Ball!
This piece would be perfect in a dining room filled with china, in a family room filled with books and accessories or in a nursery filled with sweet baby books, toys and clothes! Available at Maggie Jane’s Brownstone, located at 913 King Street in Old Town, Alexandria, VA.
Thanks for the update Phil (the groundhog)! Six more weeks of winter:(
I am so over winter I had to create a little “springtime” in my home.
Two weeks ago (January 21st) I cut forsythia branches and brought them inside.
I put the branches in a vase of luke warm water, sprayed them with warm water and put the vase in a sunny window.
Every 5 days I sprayed them with warm water, and today (February 5th) this is what I have: Springtime in Winter! This branch is filled with blooms and some places have green leaves. It’s not too late, you can do this now and have flowers in 2-3 weeks! Forsythia, peach, quince, and pear are all good flowers for forcing.
The peach branches are taking a little longer and should (I hope) be blooming in 2 weeks. I’ll keep you posted on their progress!
Some designs never go out of style. These cane barrel chairs from the 60’s are just as fashionable today as they were over 50 years ago. Yes, these chairs are over 50 years old! The quality and craftsmanship of the chairs are undeniable. The caning is still intact and the velvet seat cushions are in decent condition.
But, I believe they can look ever better.
So, here is one chair after a coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White paint and some distressing. I love the paisley ikat fabric but not with this chair. Maybe I should try a different fabric?
Maybe a jacobean pattern?
But, in the end………
I repainted the chairs and and chose a completely different fabric for the cushions. Two coats of CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White for a fresh look and a classic blue/green toile pattern fabric.
I am really happy with the final outcome. These chairs are ready for a new home!
In February of 2014 our kitchen renovation began. After months of planning, the start day was finally here! Our small galley kitchen of 15 year was about to get a make over.
But before our renovation began, we did our A, B, C’s and D.
A is for Ask: We asked our friends, family and neighbors about their kitchen reno experiences and we took notes. We asked…how would you rate your contractor, would you use him/her again, what’s your favorite thing about your new kitchen, least favorite about your kitchen, one thing you wished you had done differently, what was your budget.
B is for Budget: Know your true budget and what that budget can buy. For example: Don’t design your kitchen around carrara marble counter tops when you can only afford laminate!
Your friends/family won’t mind you asking for a general price point for their project. Once you determine your budget, you can begin researching your dream kitchen.
C is for Contractor: If you do A, you will have several great options for contractors. We interviewed three contractors and visited kitchens they renovated to see their workmanship.
D is for Decisions: Now you can start making decisions based on sound advice, accurate budget, and professional expertise. We did our ABC’s & D–so now let the renovation begin!
Stay tuned for my next post… Kitchen Reno- (Pt. 2) The Wall Came Tumbling Down!