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Sea Salt Bedroom


Hey there!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I apologize for being so MIA lately. I am getting ready for my Christmas tour and have been putting some final touches on my bedroom. Although I am posting this today, I will probably make a few changes with some décor in here, but I will add to the page accordingly.

First of all, I would like to thank the people who always check out my blog posts. It really means a lot to me that some people care about what I do and are supporting my journey.

It’s not easy being a blogger. One month I will post 3 times a week and the next I will only do once a week. Sometimes I have all the ambition in the world and full of creativity….other days I am very sluggish and am full of self-doubt. I am the type of person to compare myself to others. When I see that I am not doing as well as other bloggers, I hit a wall.

I just want to give a shout out and say THANK YOU for those who have taken the time to read my blog.

Second, I would like to make sure that my readers know my social media profiles:

Lastly, here is my sea salt bedroom reveal! I have been dying to try this color since I’ve seen it on Pinterest. I am very happy with the way that it turned out. I can’t get enough of this color (I painted my office this color as well)! I have a love for the coastal style, because it gives such an elegant, yet relaxed feeling.

Sea Salt is a Sherwin-Williams paint color. It can take on different hues depending on the lighting you have. My bedroom takes on a blue-grey hue while my office is more minty blue-green.

Before I give you the reveal, let me show you the different looks I have given to this room. Starting from when we moved in to now. I have learned about my personal taste and well, just how to decorate since 2014. Thank God for better picture quality too 😉



NOW- SEA SALT REVEAL


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“Gatherings” Nightstand Fix


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This past week I decided to practice painting another piece of furniture that we had around the house. I actually painted this nightstand before with white paint and coated it with a dark stain. It really isn’t my personal taste. I like distressing and making furniture look like a piece of art. I feel like the way it turned out made it look dirty. Some people like the look I achieved (which is great!), but again, it’s not my personal choice. At the end of the day, it is in my home and I have to live with it.


BEFORE

 

 

I started this small project by wiping off the nightstand with a little dish soap and water.

Since the nightstand was previously painted, I felt that it did not need to be primed (because I was going to be using latex paint on this). I decided to use paint that I had around the house. I had left over latex paint from my dining room, which is called “Gatherings” from Magnolia Market. It is a light warm grey that is the perfect neutral for almost any space. I brushed on two coats of Gatherings and 3 coats of Bauhaus Buff (white neutral) chalk paint from Amy Howard.

I let this dry a full 24 hours before light distressing. You don’t need to wait this long. I’ve heard of many people distressing as soon as it’s dry to the touch. I used a sanding block this time and wasn’t a huge fan. For my last project I used sheets of sandpaper and I felt that let me get into the crevices much easier. After distressing, I added a white dry brush technique to the nightstand. I love adding a little bit of white for dimension and character.

I applied a thin coat of poly for some protection. I would recommend more thin coats if you are going to sell a piece.

I spray painted the handles black to get a classic farmhouse look.


AFTER

 

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First Furniture Flip


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This week I have been incredibly busy with a project I thought I would never get through. I’ve read a little bit about flipping furniture online and know a couple people that do it locally. I decided to give it a shot. I needed an accent piece for my office and I thought this dresser would be perfect. My office doubles as my closet so I can also use this for clothing storage as well.

I had this old dresser laying around at my father’s house, therefore I was able to get this piece for free!

My intention is not a DIY tutorial for this post, because this is my “guinea pig” piece. This process took about a week with MANY trial and errors. I am still learning, but this piece has taught me A LOT about painting furniture.

If you don’t feel like reading the entire story, the end result is at the bottom of the page*


BEFORE


PHASE 1

My office is painted Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and it has different shades of blue for accents. I wanted a color that would correlate with what I already have. I also wanted it to be a statement piece for the room. I chose a blue chalk paint (Serenity Blue by Rust-Oleum).

I really had no idea what I was going to do with it. I thought I could just wing it. So, when I got home I wiped down the dresser and eagerly started painting.

 

I painted the entire dresser with one coat of Serenity and let it dry.

At this point I was thinking to myself, “This isn’t so bad”. I decided that it needed some white to really make this piece stand out. I went to my local Ace Hardware and picked up a can of One Step Paint (chalk paint), Bauhaus Buff by Amy Howard.


Phase 2

This was where things got tricky. I had let the first coat dry for 24 hours (the recommended was only 2 hours). I went to apply the coat of white paint and it was extremely tacky. I only coated the top drawers and top of the dresser. I “dry brushed” the rest with the white paint.

(Tip: I read online that you should mix at least one of your coats of paint with a little bit of water to make it less thick.)

Chalk paint dries extremely fast. You need to work quickly, use the accurate amount of paint in a stroke, and make sure to brush in the same direction (with the grain of the wood). I didn’t follow these rules very well and ended up with a piece that did not make me happy.


Phase 3

Back to the drawing board. I decided the white would need another coat (I probably should’ve done three, but it still looks fine!) I didn’t mind the look of the dresser, but something was off. The blue was clashing with my wall colors and my eye wanted to stay focused on the center of the dresser. I don’t think everything should be “matchy-matchy“, but it felt like an eye sore when looking around the room.

I decided that I would try painting the bottom drawers white to tone down the blue and even out the white paint.

After the drawers were all painted, I felt like I was heading in the right direction.

 I spray painted the pulls a silver color.

I was debating on putting a dark wax so the blue would “go with” the room’s existing colors better..but I just wasn’t happy with it. I really didn’t want to half-ass this project.

I finally said “screw it”.


Phase 4, The Final Phase.

I dug out my Sea Salt acrylic latex paint and painted over the blue. I was hesitant to do this, because I don’t often hear of people using “wall paint” on furniture. Turns out, YES, you can do it. I had so many layers of chalk paint on this that served as a primer. The paint glided on like silk. There was absolutely no tacky texture.

I painted the sides and top with two coats of Sea Salt as well. I didn’t want the dresser to come off too “cookie-cutter” since it was the same color as the office walls, so I added strokes of white “dry brush” and distressing. I did a very thin clear coat of Poly from Rust-Oleum. (If I were to sell this piece, I would’ve done two thin coats for more protection.. or even used a clear wax.) 

I should also mention that in person, the dresser is a bit more minty of a color, but changes throughout the day as Sea Salt does.

Final Result



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Halloween Tablescape 2017


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So the past week or so the voice in my head would not stop bothering me about creating a Halloween table setting. Seriously, it was driving me INSANE. Many of you know that I lost my job a little while back so I’m on a small budget. My goal was to spend less than $80 on this setting. Mission accomplished!

I think the timing is perfect because a lot of Halloween items are already on sale. I already had the jar, lantern, and sticks so that was a good start for this project. I got my items from Hobby Lobby, Target, and Dollar General.


 

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Fall Home Tour 2017

Hey there! I can’t believe it’s fall already, I’m not quite ready to let go of summer! This year I decided to decorate my dining room, living room, and north porch for fall. I went with a red, yellow, and orange color palette this year. I incorporated more color than I did last year and I am so happy I did! A little pop of color goes a long way 🙂 Feel free to leave any comments or questions!


A Simple Update: Board and Batten

Hello friends! This week my new headboard was delivered and I am in LOVE! As I’ve said before, I have struggled with the look of my bedroom and what direction I want to take with it. It took me awhile to find my style. My original plan was to go for a French country feel…but after it was all said and done, it felt very cold. I guess you can say I can cross that off the list.

I’d like to describe my personal style as coastal farmhouse more than anything. I don’t live near a lake, but I’ve been drawn to this style of homes. I am also drawn to different characteristics of a home. We all know my love for shiplap, but I also love classic wainscoting.

I had been doing some pinning lately and noticed that I really love the look of board and batten. I thought that this would make a good accent for my bedroom wall. I would really love to do this all around my room, but we have paneling on one wall… and I’m not ready to discover what’s underneath it.

I didn’t do a step tutorial on this, because I was just trying to get a feel of how to do this (I’m not going to teach you guys unless I know what the hell I’m doing).

A few things I did right: Paint the wall first. Second, have two people do this project. One person should hold the wood and the other should make sure it’s level. Third, the top piece should be larger than the vertical pieces.

A few things I learned the hard way: Pick straight boards. I just picked up some 1x4s from the hardware store and didn’t pay attention to how straight they were. Second, I learned that you should probably caulk the space in between the board and wall to give a more professional finish. Last but not least, I would probably sand the wood lightly so its nice and smooth before painting it.

This was just a tester wall to see if I could do it and the imperfections are hardly noticeable. I love the way it turned out! Board and batten just adds the perfect amount of class and character to a room. (Plus it’s super cheap to do!)

 

 

My Favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds


Sale Ends August 6th, 2017

#1 Tia Genuine Calf Hair Pump

Price: $89.90

#2 Siena Indoor/Outdoor Rug

(recommended to use indoors only)

Price: (5 x 7) $283.90

#3 1-Inch Gold Styler

Price: $133.00

 

#4 Oaxaca Prussian Duvet Cover

Price: (Queen/Full): $133.90

#5 ‘Mia – Electric Pink’ Sonic Skin Cleansing System

Price: $86.00

 

#6 Leather Jacket

Price: $199.90

#7 Madolee Over the Knee Boot

Price: $159.90

#8 Woven Jute & Cotton Rug

Price: $283.90

#9 Wonder Forest Pillow

Price: $32.90

#10 ‘Draper Stripe’ 300 Thread Count Sheet Set

Price: $133.90

#11 Pineapple Canvas Accent Pillow

Price: $25.90

#12 ‘Social Proper Ascot’ Pillow

Price: $32.90

 

#13 Wool Blend Reefer Coat

Price: $139.90

 

#14 ‘Translucent Tulip’ Giclée Print Framed Canvas Art

Price: $80.90

#15 Constantine Genuine Shearling Boot

Price: $109.90

 

Favorite Chandeliers Under $250


#1 Dark Bronze Globe Chandelier

Price: $149.99

#2 Dimitri 3-Light Candle-Style Chandelier

Price: $139.99

#3 Camille 5-Light Candle-Style Chandelier

Price: $249.99

#4 Eliza 3-Light Empire Chandelier

Price: $245.99

#5 Harper 6-Light Washed Wood Chandelier

Price: $209.00

#6 Crown Wooden Chandelier

Price: $249.99

#7 Twirlie 16.5-inch Hemp Rope Antique Bronze Metal Chandelier

Price: $143.99

#8 La Pedriza Antique Black 3-light Glass and Metal Chandelier

Price: $138.99

#9 Kenroy Home Pannier Oil Rubbed Bronze Six-Light Chandelier

Price: $216.00

#10 Kenna 5-Light Mini Chandelier

Price: $228.60

 

 

Favorite Amazon Farmhouse Finds Under $100

 

 


#1 Magnolia Wreath

Price: $59.95

#2 Grocery Sign

Price: $84.99

#3 Decorative Jugs

Price: $34.99

#4 Gallery Wall Sign

Price: $29.95

#5 Industrial Wall Sconce

Price: $45.00

#6 Farmhouse Pillow Cover

Price: $18.99

https://www.amazon.com/Rustic-Pillow-Farmhouse-Multiple-Available/dp/B01MXNOJL3/ref=sr_1_16?s=handmade&ie=UTF8&qid=1500054418&sr=1-16&keywords=farmhouse+pillow

#7 Distressed Metal Chair

Price: $55.30

#8 Area Rug

Price: $75.46

Size: 4 x 6

#9 Orbital Pendant Chandelier

Price: $97.99

#10 Tobacco Baskets

Price: $79.95

 

 

11 Mistakes I Made When I First Started Decorating


# 1 Sticking to One Source of Inspiration

I get my ideas from a popular source.. you’ve probably swooned over it for hours too.. Pinterest. Pinterest is a great source for ideas for about anything you can think of. When I first started decorating, this was my go to site. I didn’t look anywhere else for ideas because I thought everything was there. Eventually, I learned to watch TV shows, subscribing to magazines, and visiting other websites. You want to know my biggest source of inspiration?… INSTAGRAM! I follow many decorating addicts like myself and it’s REAL. Facebook is also becoming a pretty popular source for me. People have started creating groups and pages that show their love for interior design. What i love about Instagram so much? There are hardly any smack talk, it’s all support. So EXPAND your horizons people!

#2 Avoiding Color

I’m not going to tell you paint your house like a pouch of skittles, but please throw in a punch of color here and there. I am a big fan of white, as many of you know. It’s timeless and classy. Although this may be true, too much white can overwhelming or even boring. Throwing in an accent color or different tones of wood can really define your space. The accent color gives your room a different mood. I like to use a little bit of blush pink and greenery for accents, but I’m really digging blue lately so I might give that a try.

#3 Avoiding Personality

For some reason, I used to really hate signs that had words. I avoided the “live laugh love”, but in reality they create a more personal feel to the space. The sayings you have on the wall have an impact to your overall message of the space. I also avoided (and still haven’t done it…but I intend to!) adding any personal photos around the house. Personal pet peeve here: I cant stand photos in cheap-looking frames & when the colors in the photograph don’t coordinate with each other. If I were to add some, I would probably do black and white pictures so they are cohesive with each other. I also didn’t attach myself to any pieces. Now when I am shopping for items, I need to feel a connection with the piece and fall in love with it.. rather than just having a random object in my home. If someone asks why I chose that, I can say what I love about it and give them an answer…rather than “it was on sale”. Your home is a reflection of your personality and who you are.

#4 Character Pieces

When I first started decorating I wanted to buy all new, all the time. While it can be cost efficient to buy the 40% off Hobby Lobby product (no shame on Hobby Lobby, I love it), you should also look for antique pieces. Great finds are pieces that have been or could be repurposed. You should have a few items in your home that you can tell a story about, a conversation piece.

#5 Picking Paint Colors In the Store

This one has really cost me time and money. Do not, and I repeat DO NOT pick your paint color in the store. GET THE DAMN SAMPLE! Sure, it may cost you a little bit of money, but it is well worth it (especially if you are picking a grey paint color). The paint color will depend on the texture of walls and the lighting the room has.

#6 Check the Dimensions When Ordering Online

This one should be pretty obvious, but I have made the mistake in the past for overlooking the measurements and just pressing the “check out”. Story time: This past spring I ordered these cute blush pink eggs to fill up my centerpiece jar, thinking they’d be the size of an actual chicken egg….Bought two packages just to be safe and when I got them they were literally the size of my thumbnail. So, check the measurement, please. Spare yourself some embarrassment.

#7 Curtains

We have the good ol’ standard 8′ foot ceilings in our home. When I moved in, I bought white sheer curtains from wally world and hung them right above the trim of my windows. At the time, I didn’t think anything of it. When I redecorated I bought longer curtains and hung them up to the crown molding. It really does make everything seem taller. Another note about curtains… There is a tip out of there that your curtains should be 1″ above the ground (anything taller will seem like high waters) and that they should not drag on the ground. Mine rest on the ground and I love the look. It gives it a little more elegance I feel, but that could just be me. What I don’t like about it? I have three indoor cats and its seems collect their hair on bottom, therefor it adds extra cleaning.

# 8 Area Rugs

I didn’t use area rugs when we first moved in because we had shaggy carpet. Just because you have carpet, doesn’t mean that you should avoid area rugs. They have a huge impact. They show off personality and define a space. I chose a neutral color, but they can be a part of your accent.  The size of them is also important so make sure they are big enough for your space. I am guilty of my dining room rug being too small, but that’s because we got a new table this year and I’m too cheap to buy a new one just yet.

 

#9 Keeping Everything at the Same Height and Shape

I didn’t even know this was a thing before decorating and hadn’t realize I was doing it. I love symmetry (and I still use it), but everything doesn’t need to be perfectly lined up. Here’s an example, In my dining room I had my farmhouse style table, buffet, and accent table. They were all tables, granted they were a little bit of different heights, I still seemed off balance. I decided to replace my accent table with my old door and bingo. That’s what it was missing, I needed something vertical. When first starting out, I didn’t take into consideration the shape of objects. Mix up circular and square objects so the eye moves within the space.

#10 Perfection

I tend to be a perfectionist.. I used to love everything to go with each other. If I could buy it in a set, then I would. An important lesson learned: Mix it up. Don’t buy all of the same throw pillows, buy many that go well together and create your own look. Don’t keep everything the same wood tone either, create some contrast. Even numbers are also a no-no when styling, I mean if your heart calls for it go ahead. General rule, style in odd numbers.

#11 Doing it Because It’s The Norm

At one time, I wanted dark wood floors and tan walls. Why? Because that’s what everyone wanted at the time. I redid parts of my home & decided to go against what most people were telling me to do. They told me go dark floors, so I went with light instead. I loved the warmth of light colored wood…so I clear coated over them. Everyone told me if I painted my walls white that it would be “too white” and sterile…I did it anyway because screw what everyone else thinks. It’s my home and I love it, you don’t have to. This is the attitude you need when planning for your home. You need to focus on what YOU love. You want to wallpaper your powder room in flamingos? Okay lets do it. As long as you love it, I’m on board.

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