Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Gallery Wall

The art is finally going up today! I've been nailing all day. This gallery wall is in our breakfast room.  I guess it's the room I'm most excited about right now because of all my vintage finds. It's not quite done but here is the progress so far.  


Somehow I've taken this Southwest inspired, art deco feeling, modern, yet vintage approach to this house. Or at least this room. It's been fun so far incorporating old things and new finds. I scored the vintage brown credenza for $40 and these awesome black velvet and metal chairs for $7. Yes I just said $7. Pretty much the price of tax for a single chair.


All of the things on this wall have sentimental value.  Most everything is from or made by someone in my family. My brother Jeff of Jeff Hendrickson Design did all the vintage looking collages. My Grandmother painted the black round bird art. My other grandmother needlepointed the Home Sweet Home hankerchief.  I printed the gold art from online.  And the gold frame is a gift from my Mom from Italy.


My Christmas cactus is starting to bloom since this room gets so much light. And our fish tank is up and running. The kids picked out some tetra fish.


I really wanted to paint this credenza, but I'm honestly loving the mix of brown wood, blacks and grays in this room.



This black beauty was another score for $40.  It's our "liquor cabinet" that has a light inside and glass shelves.  Can't wait to throw our first party.



The southwest inspired rug is from Target. It ties the whole room together I think.  Only a few more things left to do in this room.  I still need to hang a curtain rod over the window and sliding glass door, and I'm on the search for a white tulip table.  I'll probably have to save up money to buy one since it will be pretty hard to find used.

Ok, back to unpacking!  I'm finding great treasures in my book boxes that lived in our attic for a while because we didn't have the space. Now I can't wait to find bookcases for everything.

xo
Cathleen

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Painting a garage entry

Well we're almost done unpacking! And projects are under way in the new house. We couldn't wait to get started and we've been painting, sanding, wood cutting fools for the past two weeks.  One of the first things I did because it was easy enough, was stain the staircase in the garage and paint the inside garage door.  Here is a before shot of the bare wood.


I added Minwax Wood Finish stain in Ebony.


I applied it with a brush and let it dry for a day and then added 2 coats of water based Minwax polycrylic polyurethane in a semi-gloss finish. I sanded between coats.  My puppy looks out into the garage to see what I'm doing. Don't worry, it's dry!


The door got two coats of Valspar's Sea Sparkle in a satin finish. It happened to be one of the paints we took with us that I never got around to using.


The bookcase fit perectly in this space. I found it at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $25. I was going to use it in the house, but decided we needed garage organization stat!  If you notice the garage walls are unfinished.  At some point down the road we'd like to paint the walls and add rafters, shelves, and some cabinets.


I'm happy to have finally found some time to write and hope to keep sharing these little (and bigger) projects with you.

xo
Cathleen

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