Showing posts with label Living Room. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Living Room. Show all posts

Thursday, December 12, 2013

My First Chalk Painting Experience

A while ago, I got my order of Annie Sloan chalk paint in ‘old white’.  I was impatiently waiting for my mail to arrive and I was a little taken back when it showed up on my doorstep in a dinted can, but thankfully no leaks.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White from
I’ve never worked with chalk paint before and I was excited to give it a try.

Old White Chalk Paint
My first test piece to experiment on was a small crate wooden crate I got from the dollar store.  I bought this little guy a couple years ago and never painted it.  I figured if it turns out that the paint is awful (although I knew it wouldn’t be), I would not have damaged something I was really in love with or expensive.  But I’m a pretty cautious person, so I took baby steps.

Napkin holder before
The next item I had plans to paint was the plant pot for my huge and creepy looking Yucca plant.  We have had that plant for years.  The poor thing has seen better days.  If you look at the plant from a different angle you can see that it leans extensively and it has hardly any leaves at the back.  So it stays in the corner of the room and is doing quite well in our new house in its spot.

The brown/terracotta colored plant pot fit in with the decor at the old house, but it seemed to stick out like a sore thumb in this house.  Time for a change.

Plant Pot Before
So I got to work and first tried my hand at the small dollar store wooden crate that usually lives on our kitchen table and holds our paper napkins.  I wasn’t sure what to expect with the chalk paint but it is very easy to work with and covers very well.  I wanted to see how the paint would hold up on different surfaces and decided to try a plastic plant pot that was passed down from my mom and was in rough shape.

I made a little work table out of a flattened diaper box placed on top of a Superstore green grocery tub.  Yep, you can laugh, I know I did.  But it actually worked pretty well.  Normally, I would paint in the garage but my husband was doing some work in there.  Plus, I had no idea how I was going to move that huge Yucca plant pot to the garage to paint.  So…

Painting with Chalk Paint
I stuck the huge and heavy pot on an old towel/rag and painted it right there in the living room.

Plant Pot painting with chalk paint
I gave all the items 2 coats of paint using my new Annie Sloan paint brush.

Annie Sloan Paint Brush
I have never spent this much money on a paint brush before.  But it is very well made and very comfortable to hold, well worth the money.

The final step is to seal and protect the painted surfaces with wax.  Never having worked with a wax before I didn’t know what to expect.

Even this poor little can got a dint.

Annie Sloan Soft Wax

Wax brush for Annie Sloan Soft Wax
Luckily, the clear wax was easy to apply and using the brush worked really well especially because my projects had little groves and corners to work in.  After applying a light layer with the brush I buffed the wax off with a soft painter's rag.

Plant Pot After
All the projects turned out really well for me and are holding up nicely.  It has been a few months since I have painted the items and even the plastic plant pot from my mom is in great shape.  I was a little skeptical, but so far so good.

Plant Pot Before

Plant Pot After Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

The white plant pot looks so much better compared to the terracotta color.

Painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Old White
My husband thinks I’m going to get sick of white, since I’m painting and adding white everywhere in our new house.  I can’t see it happening.  The good thing about white is I can easily add a pop of color and it will totally change the area and give it a new look.  When I’m bored or want a change, I can just change the pop of color.  Much easier than changing more expensive and staple items when I get tired of a color.

I can’t wait to try painting with this color again!  Have you used chalk paint before?

As Always,

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Splitting Up My Wall Art

In our house, I decided to split up our wall art.  The framed pieces originally hung over our dining room table in our old house.

Pictures above table in old house

Instead of grouping them all together, I decided to split them up a bit.  Three now hang over the new sectional in our living room…

Pictures above sectional in new house

And the smaller three pictures are now in the entrance area of our house…

Pictures above dresser in entrance in new house
Pictures above dresser in entrance in new house

As Always,

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pillow Covers for Living Room Cushions…

Living Room Pillows and Pillow Covers from
I ordered some new fabric a little while ago, and I finally made time to sew the pillow covers for the living room pillows.  I’m loving the modern prints.

The fabric is from Fabric Spot (  Great source for online fabric in modern and fresh prints.  A Canadian company too! –which means no duty or customs for me to worry about.  Plus FREE shipping to Canada on orders over $100, and to the USA on orders over $150!  I recommend Fabric Spot if you need a Canadian online fabric retailer-- I had GREAT service.

Here is a peek at the pillows…

Pillows on Sofa from
I picked up IKEA down pillows in 20”, 26” and a lumbar pillow (16” x 24”) size before we moved into this house.  I finally found the fabric I liked to complete the pillow covers, I was beginning to lose hope!

Pillows on Chaise from
Pillow on Loveseat from
I made all the pillow covers with envelope back closures, so I can take the covers off and machine wash easily—a must with kids in the house!

Pillows on Chair from
Living Room Pillow Covers for IKEA Pillow forms from
Living Room Pillows from
The living room is looking much more comfy now.  Plus, I now get to do the karate chop at the top of the pillows, which is so fun!

As Always,

Monday, August 12, 2013

Living Room Update

So we’ve been living a couple months in our new home.  Things are slowly coming together, and I thought I’d share a quick update.

I’ve set up the china cabinet, and I’m happy with how everything looks… for the time being.  I’ll probably change it again in a few months, I’m always rearranging things!

China Cabinet
Currently, I have placed a few cookbooks in the coffee table for some added color.

Coffee Table
I added some grey baskets to the bottom of the coffee table-- for color, texture and extra storage (even though they are empty now).

Coffee Table 2

Living room sectional
A few days ago, I completed my pillow covers for the living room sectional.  Soon, I will get some pictures up.

As Always,

Saturday, July 20, 2013

IKEA Chaos

We decided to get a new sectional from IKEA to furnish the living room on the main level of our house.  Our old sofa and love seat which were in the living room of our old house, found a new home in our bonus room above the garage.
IKEA Chaos 6
I wanted something modern for our new space.  Originally, I wanted this Karlstad set in Blekinge White.

IKEA Chaos 1
I somehow convinced my husband to join me for a shopping trip to IKEA.  Not his favorite place to be.  So, I was really excited when he also showed interest in the Karlstad sofa, love seat, and chaise set that I loved.

I wanted the white slipcover because I thought it would be easy to take off and wash or replace if necessary.  I’m so glad my husband convinced me to choose the Isunda Grey slipcovers.  Good and bad, they will hide the dirt better than the white covers.  I like things clean, and I’m happy with the grey.  The white probably would have drove me insane, trying to keep it clean.  The slipcovers were time consuming to put on, so I could not imagine trying to take the white slipcovers off to wash them weekly or even monthly, and then put them back on the furniture.

One drawback is the Isunda Grey slipcovers are dry clean only.  But if I decide they are getting too gross even after dry cleaning or I get tired of them, I can always get new slipcovers from IKEA.  One of the perks of IKEA furniture.

IKEA Chaos 2
I love our new Strandmon wingback chair and footstool in Svanby grey.  This chair is my most favorite new piece of furniture in the whole house.  Best part… the only thing to assemble was to put on the feet.

IKEA Chaos 4
We got a Liatorp sofa and coffee table.

Warning:  Glass Breaks.  So… putting it together, please be more careful than we were.  We had the sofa table nearly completed and just the top piece with the glass needed to be attached.  Don’t flip the glass insert piece over, especially not onto a tile floor.  Glass breaks if it hits a hard surface.  Definitely don’t break the glass near stairs.  You will have to clean up broken glass on the main level, the stairs and the lower level.  Glass flies a long way and takes hours to clean up.  Just thought I’d tell you so you can hopefully avoid our mistake.  IKEA’s instructions tell you to also be careful, you just need to READ the instructions and the warning attached to the glass ;)

IKEA Chaos 5

IKEA Chaos Completed
I’m really liking our new living room.  Even if my plants need to sit inside the sofa table until we get a new piece of glass for the top.

IKEA Chaos Completed
Overall, it was well worth the crowds at IKEA and all the furniture assembly.

I'm still working on accessorizing and decorating.  And I still need to make pillow covers for some throw pillows for our new sectional.  First, I need to find some fabric that has colors I'm looking for in modern and fresh prints.  Easier said, than done in Canada!  Especially hard to find good fabric when I want to avoid steep shipping fees and long wait times due to customs.

As Always,

Monday, July 8, 2013

Painting Progress… Before and After Pics

We decided to paint our whole main level before we moved in.  I’m so glad we did!  Click here for our paint choices.

Lets start with the entrance…

Entrance Before
Entrance Before

Entrance Before 2
Entrance Before

Entrance After
Entrance Mid Painting

Entrance After


Main Level Before
Living Room, Kitchen and Dining Room Before

Kitchen Before
Kitchen Before

Kitchen mid move
Kitchen in the Middle of Moving

Living Room and Dining Area After
Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen After

Kitchen After
Kitchen After

Living Room...

Living Room After without Furniture
Living Room in the Middle of Moving

Living Room After
Living Room After

Staircase to Basement…

Basement Stairs Before
Basement Staircase Before

Basement Staircase After
Basement Staircase After

Master Bath…

Master Bath Before
Master Bath Before

Master Bath Before 2
Master Bath Before

Master Bath After
Master Bath After

Now that we have painted the trim, I can’t imagine going back to the original oak.  I love the white!

As Always,

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