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One of the most daunting projects on my Sixteen Days of Getting my House in Order was painting the cabinetry in our kitchen.  I finished the week-long project early-mid October, so we’ve been living with white cabinetry for six weeks now. My overall six-week-in evaluation?  I cannot believe the difference white cabinetry has made in this space.I thought I would share more details about my process in this post, and also give an update on how the paint is holding up in our busy family kitchen.First of all, there were a lot of beautiful things about the original kitchen, specifically the warm tones of the wood stain and the textured travertine backsplash. However, as we’ve worked to make this home more our style, the dark colors in the kitchen began to clash more and more with the brighter, whiter spaces we were developing in the remainder of the house.  (Plus, although you…

Okay, I’ll admit it.  When I originally committed to getting my house in order in Sixteen Days, I truly believed I would be done by Labor Day.Please don’t laugh.Have you ever experienced one of those seasons in which it felt like each circumstance and event was strategically lined up for the sole purpose of challenging your personal resolve and commitment?  In spite of best-laid plans, sky-high inspirations, and truckloads of work ethic, so many things came flying your way that you finally had to throw up your hands in the air, take a gulpy deep breath, and do the one thing that is ultimately.so.very.difficult.Surrender?The thing is, in the midst of surgeries, septic issues, broken garage doors, red-eye flights, bladder infections, a very sick dad, and a deeply-loved family member working her way through her own life-altering decision, one Scripture verse keeps running through my head over and over again.We can…

I’ve been working on a few small things around the house the last several weeks.  Seems like little projects are all I have time for lately, so I try to jump on them when my fancy strikes.Remember I completed this gallery wall in our stairway in February? As you can see, our stairway turns 90 degrees halfway up (see that bare wall at the top?)I didn’t want to continue the gallery wall onto it as that seemed like too much, but the wall was beginning to really pout and whine because it didn’t feel as classy as its bigger brother.After brainstorming for several days, I did what I always do when all else fails:  paint.Painting a pattern on a wall is a creative and inexpensive solution in lieu of wall decor.  In this case, I chose to paint stripes.Here’s another view looking down from the top:When I first pulled out…

I finished a little dresser this morning. Light and unassuming, this piece didn’t have a lot of carvings, turned legs, or molding, so I embellished the drawers with painted ceramic knobs from Hobby Lobby……then stripped and stained the top to resemble old barnwood.I love how the dark wooden top gives this airy little piece substance.Like a little girl who’s growing up.Happy Tuesday,Jaimee

I’m so excited to have finished my first slipcovers!  Granted, they weren’t extremely difficult, but their creation is a new chapter for me. Would you like to see?My plan was to paint only the two armed dining chairs at the ends of our table.  Remember how they looked originally?And then how I painted them, much to the shock of friends and family members?  (Painting the other six chairs seems too daunting, but don’t underestimate my intent to tackle the table legs next…)My new slipcovers have ruffles….and pretty grosgrain bows….Just like the ones I’ve admired for years.  I’m very in love with them.  It was late as I worked on these, so I did not take process photos.  If you are interested in sewing similar slipcovers for your own chairs, Miss Mustard Seed has two amazing tutorials here.  I followed her basic concept of pinning the fabric inside out (I used…

I finished the Union Jack desk in my oldest son’s room, along with a chair to match.  You can see the Part 1 here.We are slowly “growing up” his room this summer and his desk received the first overhaul.  I’ve always wanted to do a Union Jack design and, because we planned to keep this desk in his room during the overhaul (he used each and every drawer!), it was a great place for Union Jack!His chair was a Value Village find with a torn vinyl seat.  I painted it Sherwin Williams Creamy , distressed a little on the edges, and waxed.  The seat is screwed on from underneath, so I simply removed four screws, lifted the padded seat off its base, and stapled a cut-to-fit swatch of painting dropcloth right over the old blue vinyl.  So cheap since I had extra dropcloth anyway!What makes the chair special, though, is…

I started this post a couple weeks ago to share a turquoise buffet I painted recently, but then we wrapped up homeschool, I headed to Minneapolis for a quick getaway with family, and never finished the post.  First, a little back story:  A couple months ago, I sold a mustard-yellow dresser to a woman who asked if I’d be willing to paint her buffet-turned-tv-stand as well.  After sending me a few inspirational pictures of chipped, heavily-distressed turquoise pieces with stained tops, I went to work.I snapped the following pictures in my garage right before she picked it up, so unfortunately I didn’t have time for a good photo shoot.  But hey, some days are like that.Even in Australia. I’m never certain what will happen when I strip and stain a piece of furniture.  I need not have worried on this one; the wood was absolutely gorgeous.  I wanted to keep…

I had a few minutes before lunch today to paint a little bamboo table I found at a garage sale.I brought it upstairs into our main living space and painted the whole thing in about twenty minutes.  My son Isaac snapped a few pictures when I remembered I didn’t have any Before shots.As we all know, everyone likes Before shots.  Isaac and I agreed we really liked the original deep green color of the table, but it was chipped and the top was damaged from some type of goo.  I decided to paint it a gray tone to tie in with my recently painted shutters (I used leftover Valspar’s Beige Shadow which is close to ASCP’s French Linen).  Since this is a table I plan to keep, there are no guarantees I won’t change my mind later on the color~The table is still in what Miss Mustard Seed calls the “ugly…

A little push from a Mother/Daughter Tea event last weekend, in which I helped provide the “princess throne” for photo sessions, prompted me to begin the painting of my dining room chairs.We purchased our dining room set from JCPenney back in 2005 and I still love it, although it’s definitely a lot of wood-tone in this room.  Right now it has one leaf inserted, but we often have both leaves in for more seating.  The set has six regular chairs and two arm chairs.I decided to tackle the two arm chairs first (I may only do these end two ~ we’ll see how it looks when I’m finished).I removed the seat first, which was screwed on from underneath ~….and painted one coat of Sherwin Williams Creamy right onto the finish.  I mixed up  my homemade chalkpaint so I didn’t bother to prime.Once dry, I used a sanding block to distress…

I found this pair of shutters for my living room at a second-hand store in town and knew they were perfect for the living room wall above our fireplace.The fact they started out red didn’t deter me in the least.  Paint: it’s what I do around here :)I decided to paint them a whitewashed gray, but didn’t have a definite plan.  Here’s how I went about it.First, I hosed the shutters off really well in our garage, let them dry (mostly ~ I may have gotten impatient), then painted a solid coat of Behr’s Ashwood which is a very close match to Annie Sloan’s French Linen.  (I mixed 1 1/2 cups Ashwood with 1/2 cup Calcium Carbonate and 1/4 cup water to make my own chalkpaint.)Next, I poured a little bit of Ashwood and a little bit of Sherwin Williams Creamy on two paper plates, and with a VERY dry…