Monday, May 30, 2016

Staining the deck (or the most boring post you'll ever read)

It was time for the deck to be stained, according to how long the wood sat to dry out after construction. They say to wait at least two months before staining and sealing new wood. Here you can see the railing vs. the floor where I put stain.  For the HOA guidelines we had to choose a natural or clear stain.  

I chose Olympic's Elite Wood Stain and Sealer in a natural finish.  To coat the railing, I used a staining sponge, made sure to wear gloves and an apron. I stirred my stain constantly per the instructions while coating and made sure the temperature was between 50-90 degrees.  You can see here that I've already coated all the railing.

Here's the floor BEFORE I got to it. To apply this coat, I used a large polyester brush and simply dipped my brushed and painted it on.

Here's the 24 hours AFTER photo. 

It has a definite "honey" hue to it, a nice deep golden yellow.  

Here are some pics of the porch with our current furniture set-up..still looking for a sofa and a patio table so we can use the picnic table down below. For now the set-up works for meals on the porch and some lounging.

The white chairs are from Target, the Navy Blue and White patio chair cushions are Tommy Bahama and the round split table was a Habitat for Humanity Restore find. The rug is from Overstock.

Our little turquoise metal "arrow" holds the kids summer toys and our sleeping kitty rock.

I found the cute table cloth at Home Goods and is an indoor/outdoor fabric. The red citronella candle is from Lowes.  Joe made a plethora of the bird houses for each one of our son's Cub Scout den's members. The boys assembled the pieces and our son painted his with acrylic paint and I sealed it for him with clear lacquer spray paint.

Ready for some meals on the porch!  I'm looking forward to summer picnics outside and sipping cold drinks while the kids play.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Chalk paint

Bear with me as I try Blogger on my phone. Wanted to share a cute furniture update with you. I found an old lighted cabinet at the restore and it sat in the garage until I could figure out what to do it. What girl doesn't want more shoe storage?? So I tried Chalk paint for the first time. It's so very cool!

Even though the can says you don't need to prime or sand, I decided to sand and clean really well before I started. I used 2 layers of Valspar Chalk paint in dark gray and then a layer of the finishing wax. On the inside I used Flirty Fuscia by Olympic in a flat finish.

I think it looks pretty awesome! And so easy.
Hope you have a great weekend!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Guest Room progress

The guest room came together just in time for my in-laws arrival a few days ago. The mattress and box spring came just in the nick of time.  The whole room, inspired by a french buffet, turned dresser, came together quite nicely.  It's not totally done, but ready for guests.  It's a little rustic, a little french, and a lot romantic. 

The source list is below.

Our first "real" art! A sculpture study of the nude male.

Champagne Blush sateen fabric made great curtains for this room. I gave them a little french pleat and used gold clip rings to attach them. Rods are from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

On the nightstand is a journal for giving guests the run down of where things are and a place for them to leave us a message. The little "Be Our Guest" sign was found on Pinterest, framed in a gold frame with a light pink scrap book paper background.

Joe and I worked together to build this simple Rustic headboard. I picked the boards, had them cut to size, the kid's helped beat them up and I stained them in a light gray wood stain.

I'm pretty sure every french inspired interior needs a pretty chandelier. We even found and painted a medallion to match the ceiling paint.

I found the LED twinkle lights at a local store here in Durham called Morgan Imports. They have a great selection of lights.

This cute Lavender bush will go in our yard soon. Apparently it can grow really well in the South.

Guest room towels, wash cloths, and hand towels are a must! In the apothecary jar next to them are plenty of extra hotel size toiletries.

Here are some "before" shots of the room.

I'm pretty sure I may sleep in this room at some point.  It just looks too relaxing! Now I should probably go and attend to my guests! ;)


DIY Rustic Headboard -Wood from Lowes, Gray Stain by Minwax.
Twinkle Lights by Kikkerland
Gray Wall Color - Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams
Ceiling Color - Floral Linen by Olympic
Chandelier -Royal 5 light Chandelier from Wayfair
Polka Dots Sheets -Ralph Lauren
White Quilt- Ralph Lauren
White Euro pillows -Hotel Collection
Gray Duvet - Nicole Miller Home
White Towels -Nicole Miller Home
Ceiling Medallion-
End Table -Vintage
White Mirror -Vintage
White Dresser- Vintage, painted Passive by Sherwin Williams
Curtain Rods and Clips -Umbra at Bed Bath and Beyond
Pink Sateen Fabric for curtains -Joann's Fabric
Bed Skirt -Overstock
Koa Wood Rocking Chair -Vintage #4 Martin and MacArthur

Monday, May 9, 2016

Daughter's Room Reveal

Finally, one room almost totally complete in our new home. We wanted the kids to be settled first, so their rooms were our priority. Both of the children's rooms were completed about a month ago, with finishing touches that lingered.  Our daughter's room is pretty much complete, however I'm waiting on some gold polka dots to arrive in the mail. Here are some BEFORE and AFTERS for you!

This is looking at the corner with her closet. I love that she has a cute little window in her closet.

We kept the walls the same color, Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. The ceiling was painted Limoge Pink by Olympic in a Satin Finish. Joe added white crown molding. The carpet was replaced with Dream Home Flint Creek Oak Laminate that Joe installed.  The balloon shade and rod are from Target. Shelves are from Ikea but we painted the brackets gold. Rug is from Overstock. Lamp is from Urban Outfitters. Further Source list at the bottom. Hope you enjoy her room tour!









As you can see from our last house, a few things changed but a lot has stayed the same. I miss her old leopard print walls. She does too, but it was a lot of stenciling. Maybe some day! Hopefully she'll like the glitter polka dots that are coming her way soon.
Stay tuned for more room reveals!


Source list:
Flooring - Dream Home - St. James 12mm+pad Flint Creek Oak
Walls - Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams
Ceiling - Limoge Pink by Olympic
Ceiling Light - Lighting Direct
Bed -Pottery Barn Kids
Rug - Overstock
Curtains - Target
Play Kitchen- Ikea
Doll House - Amazon
Desk - Vintage stained light gray and painted white
Shelves and bookcase - Ikea
White Bookcase - Vintage - painted white

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