Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Diy Coastal Hall Tree

I have always loved this interpretation of a hall tree! 
Typically it would be some sort of seating area, which would be lovely, but I wanted to add the table instead!

I bought this perfect sized Bombay Company table on Craigslist. It was a dark brown, but I was going for a coastal look, so I used a soft cream called, Elegant Ivory Cream by Glidden. I sanded the edges lightly to give a worn, coastal look, then finished it off with Johnson's wax! 

Now the original hardware pops off the cream!

I thought it would fun to add a wreath and give the door more character! I added eucalyptus to make it smell good and a burlap ribbon for texture! The door was very weathered with chippy paint which was amazing looking, but I just wanted a more natural look, so I used a scraper and sander to take it all off! It took some time, but was worth it! I waxed the door to seal it! 

Just to give you an idea for different looks, I changed out the pillow underneath!

I love the pop of black and white!

I added a hook on either side to hang scarfs, hats and keys.

These old hinges are amazing! I took them off, gave them a scrub with a wire brush, then replaced them! I absolutely love how it turned out!

Today I added a new addition to my door! While shopping at +Hobby Lobby I found this cute stamp, "hello" I used the same paint as the table and stamped it onto the door!  It just adds a bit more character!

I hope I have inspired you! Have a great week!
Shirley x

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Ocean Blues!

I recently picked up these two pieces from a yard sale last week for a great deal! I couldn't wait to take them home and get started!

I wanted to try Miss Mustard Seed's Kitchen Scale color, but decided to buy a little tester pot  @Home Depot and had them mix up the same tone or close to it, then I took it home mixed up some of my own chalk paint using calcium carbonate! The tester pot was actually enough to paint this dresser! I couldn't believe it! The best part...under $3 for the paint!

Here is Miss Mustard Seed's Color chart!

I think they got it quite close!

 As you can see the drawers on top have wooden dividers inside! What a treat!

I don't have a before picture, but the liner was different! I added a new fresh liner that matches!

I love playing around with different accessories! It's fun! Add dimension with simple frames chalk painted in your favorite colors, then add objects inside the frames or against them! Simple, yet powerful! You really don't have to spend a fortune to get a look like this! A little bit of paint and imagination and you are good to go!

I'm so glad the hardware was just right! I debated using different hardware, but these work so well! I also decided not to paint the legs as I thought it looked amazing just left alone! My BEACH sign is awesome if I say so myself! It was an old worn out piece of art from the thrift store, so I re-stained the wood, painted and stenciled it! Now...I LOVE it!

 I distressed the edges slightly to give it more of a coastal feel!

We are in the process of doing a board and batten wall without the board!! I am deciding on a beige color for the top! I can't wait till it's done! I love that I can just sit things on top of the shelf that runs the length of the whole wall! 

As always, thanks for stopping by! I hope that I have inspired you! Happy decorating!
Shirley x

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Coastal Beach House Dresser

While shopping at a local thrift store, I found this amazing dresser!  It is definitely an antique and really well put together!  It just needed a little TLC! 

I thought I wanted to paint it an ocean blue color, but somehow it didn't look great! My thoughts were to strip the paint off the two top areas to give it more character and bring some warmth to this piece! That worked out as planned!


I love stripping off the paint and finding gorgeous wood underneath! Look at the movement and the tone, just stunning!


Luckily, the drawer liner was easy to come off! I didn't replace it, I just cleaned the drawers out with a nice fresh orange cleaner! Some of these old pieces can smell pretty bad!

I tried using many knobs, but somehow they never quite worked out!  In the end I painted the original knobs at the top to match the new ceramic ones on the bottom! Luckily, I had a light blue paint that matched pretty well! I used a coral stencil to add a little more detail to the knobs! Look at that grain! I stained the top with Early American by Miniwax!

 I distressed the corners of each drawer to give it an old worn coastal look! 

The drawers are awesome! They go from large to small all the way up! A really good solid piece! 

 I love my BEACH HOUSE sign! You can see how I made it HERE! 
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope that I have inspired you! Have a great week!

Shirley x
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