Fall and Winterizing our Master Bedroom-easy and inexpensive ways to change the look of your room!

I have been on the hunt for a duvet cover for our down comforter. I love snuggling under the warmth of comforter in winter. And although the temps aren’t cool enough yet…..I know they’re coming. Here is a photo of our room dressed for summer.

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Cool whites, blues and greens. I wanted something new I could not only decorate for fall but also make some simple changes to for Christmas.

So I started with a very reasonably priced duvet cover I had been considering from IKEA. The flowered pillow covers you see above have a plain linen fabric on the other side. So I added some stenciling in a dark grey to tie in with the duvet.

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I actually purchased some black and white buffalo check patterned fabric I may make new pillow covers with eventually but this was a super quick and easy fix. Buy two fabrics and make your pillow covers reversible for the season, the occasion, a quick change in color…whatever!!

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I love to layer patterns and textures. This gray and white knobby throw is super soft and adds extra texture.

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Tucker thinks so too!!

Next I moved on to the DIY shutters I made to prop on a bare wall for some cottage/farmhouse charm. I added buffalo check ribbon to a grapevine wreath and a vintage mirror.

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The sconces were a thrifted find. They are a heavy iron and I scored them for $3 each!!! You never know what you will find in thrift stores or your local Goodwill. My recommendation is to shop them frequently!

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The little chair was an inherited piece that was yellow. I chalk painted the entire chair fabric and all. I love the way it turned out!

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Some mercury glass candle sticks to add a touch of glam!

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Scattered some pumpkins around the room for fall touches.

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A few fall touches to the dresser too!

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And nothing says fall like sunflowers! and yeah I just moved this little milkglass vase around the room for the photos! But they are pretty!

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I hope you are enjoying these crisp days of fall and all of the lovely colors!!!

Chris

Sources:

Marshalls: bird pillow, little ceramic pumpkin and knobby grey throw

Homegoods:

Target: plaid throw and grey and white pumpkin

Joanns: chevron pumpkin, fabrics and ribbons

IKEA: floral duvet cover

 

 

 

 

Easy update to my kitchen-Painting outdated cabinets!

When we started house hunting 15 years ago, the goal was to buy as much space as possible for our family of six. We had outgrown our old home. We only upgraded a few key areas, mainly to extend square footage. We saved by choosing builder grade cabinets and flooring. I remember looking at the cabinets thinking “these will do for now” but not really loving the color.

I decided about 5 or 6 months ago, I just could no longer live with the wall color in most of our rooms which were definitely outdated. And……so it began. We started by brightening up our dining room, which extended to the kitchen, which then moved to the family room. You get the picture. While I loved the light green we had chosen for the kitchen and the new travertine flooring we had put down, I just kept thinking that cabinet color had to go.

Exhibit A.

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Exhibit B- I was just done with the orangy tone of these cabinets!!! DONE!!

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A couple of weeks ago, I was getting ready to take my youngest son to school. I had done a little online research on painting cabinets and had also picked the brain of one of my friends who was in the process of doing just that. I took a look around the room (this was a Friday in the wee morning hours) and decided today is the day. So on the way home from work I stopped in to a local paint supplier with 20 minutes to spare, chose my primer, paint color and paint brushes and got to work.

As I mentioned, there are a lot of tutorials on the web. I knew I wanted to purchase a higher grade paint because the cabinets get a lot of use and I knew it would be money well spent.

The primer I purchased is called STIX and I was told it not only adheres to the cabinet surface but also helps the paint adhere to the surface better. I purchased Benjamin Moore Advance paint in “Snowfall” in a satin finish.  It is a pretty true white. Both the primer and the paint are water-based. But the BM advance acts like an oil based paint. It is good investment.

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I purchased a Wooster nylon and a Purdy all purpose brush. The better brushes last much longer and actually clean up much nicer. Again, I splurged a little on the brushes but I know I will use them for future projects.

First we removed all the cabinet fronts-I decided the first weekend I would do only the upper cabinets. We removed all of the hardware. I taped off the inside of the cabinet near the edge like below:

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I started by sanding with a 200 grain sand paper:

Preparation is key!!

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The curved surfaces I had to sand by hand:

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Then with a shop vac I sucked up all of the saw/sand dust:

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I gave the cabinets a good wipe down with a cotton cloth and soapy (dish soap) water. The guy at the paint store recommended de-natured alchohol but I had recently given the cabinets a pretty thorough scrub down and they were pretty grease free.

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Next was the primer step:

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I started with a brush for the insets and then moved to a roller for the flat surfaces.

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Just follow the instructions on the paint cans for dry time. Patience!!!!!

With a coat of primer and some dry time,  you are ready to paint. I covered kitchen surfaces with plastic drop cloths and then primed the cabinet bases:

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Cabinet doors everywhere!!!

Once the primer dried, I applied the paint using the same process of brushing the inset and rollering the flat surfaces. You need to allow for plenty of dry time between coats: 6-8 hours. Overnight is really good. Then a second application with plenty of dry time. Don’t worry too much if you can see brush or roller marks. This paints levels out and dries super smooth. But DO check for drips and pooling at the edges and in the crevices. Be sure to smooth those out. At about this juncture you start thinking what have I gotten myself in to? You are tired and covered in paint. Not to worry, as soon as you start hanging your cabinets back up and see what a huge difference it makes you’ll be motivated enough to finish the job!! I promise!!!

So with the upper cabinets done and me loving the way they brightened the kitchen, the following weekend I began phase II.

We did actually take the time to remove the drawer fronts as well. I think that extra step really saves you time and probably a mess in the long run. Same process as above except I had decided as I always do when painting that I despise the taping process. So I dug up a brush about the exact width of the outer edge of the cabinets and started using that to avoid the taping step.

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Allow plenty of dry time before you start putting your hardware back on. You don’t want to ding up all of your beautiful work.

Two full weekends with awesome results!! I absolutely love the way they turned out!!

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Before and After!!

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Let me know what you think by dropping me a line!

Happy DIYing!!!!

Chris

 

Fall Tour Part II

I wanted to post the second part to my fall home tour last weekend but a little (actually rather large) project I started became the priority. More on that another time. I am doing a little travel for work and decided to bring my lap top which I rarely do. But I knew I would have some down time so best to take advantage of this opportunity. We have been experiencing some beautiful fall weather recently. I’m not exactly sure why but when the temperatures drop and the trees start shedding their leaves the skies somehow just seem more vividly blue. Don’t you think so? Well at least when it isn’t raining, which it sometimes does here a lot.

So as you may know I recently purchased a Canon T5 camera to start taking pictures with something other than my cell phone!! It is just not as easy to pick up as I thought it would be so as I was traveling to the airport this morning I thought “ya know Chris, you could always take a class.” So add that to my list of to-dos, along with the aforementioned project and a handful of others……..

So here we go with Fall Home Tour Part II

Starting with the kitchen!

We recently added these open shelve to a little corner in our kitchen. It was a quick DIY and I just love the way they turned out. I am constantly restyling and finding new things to display. I love white pitchers. They are so versatile. The look really sweet displayed with nothing or with flowers, twigs, whatever!
We recently added these open shelves to a little corner in our kitchen. It was a quick DIY and I just love the way they turned out. I am constantly restyling and finding new things to display. They are never without some of my white pitchers. I might have a bit of an obsession with them. They are so versatile and look really sweet displayed with nothing or with flowers, twigs, whatever!
I just love these little spools I found at the target one spot!! Placed them in a Ball canning jar for a simple shelf addition!
I just love these little spools I found at the Target one spot!! Placed them in a Ball canning jar for a simple shelf addition!
I found this on one of my far too many stops at Homegoods. I just knew it would be another item I could change with the seasons or when the mood strikes me. I have it dressed for fall with some fresh picked apples, pumpkins and fall kitched towels.
I found this on one of my far too many stops at Homegoods. I just knew it would be another item I could change with the seasons or when the mood strikes.  I have it dressed for fall with some fresh picked apples, pumpkins and fall kitchen towels.
Similar to my dining room table, I opted for a neutral tablescape. White pumpkins-real mixed with not so real, birchbark logs and clippings from my boxwood bushes. Believe it or not the clippings last a good long time. I think for this photo they have been on my table for nearly a week. This is a very inexpensive way to dress up your table!
Similar to my dining room table, I opted for a neutral tablescape. White pumpkins—real mixed with not so real, birchbark logs, acorns and clippings from my boxwood bushes. Believe it or not the clippings last a good long time. I think for this photo they have been on my table for nearly a week. This is a very inexpensive way to dress up your table!

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Sticking with the nature and neutral theme I made "napkin rings" from lavender clippings and secured them to the napkin with twine. Economical!
Sticking with the nature and neutral theme I made “napkin rings” from lavender clippings and secured them to the napkin with twine. Economical!

 

Throwing in a plaid fall throw because it's pretty!
Throwing in a plaid fall throw because it’s pretty!
Fall Flowers to add a little color!
Fall Flowers to add a little color!
Coffee and tea station with fall touches!
Coffee and tea station with fall touches!

Next up-Fall touches to our family room!

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We found these super slim shutters at an architectural salvage store and I knew immediately where I wanted to put them. Again with the neutrals. I may add some Halloween touches soon....
We found these super slim shutters at an architectural salvage store and I knew immediately where I wanted to put them. Again with the neutrals. I may add some Halloween touches soon….

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I made the wreath from pages from an old book and twine. I'll share a quick tutorial soon! By adding some spiders and bats, I could change this quickly for my Halloween mantle.
I made the wreath from pages from an old book and twine. I’ll share a quick tutorial soon! By adding some spiders and bats, I’ll have a quick change for Halloween!!

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Plaids are scattered around my house . This runner is actually a scarf I'm sure I'll pull off my coffee table and put to good use for winter.
Plaids are scattered around my house . This runner is actually a scarf I’m sure I’ll pull off my coffee table and put to good use for winter.
I've started changing out pillow covers to go with the season. Another simple project that packs a punch.
I’ve started changing out pillow covers to go with the season. Another simple project that packs a punch.
More throws-they're kind of everywhere in my house. They not only keep you warm but they look pretty!
More throws-they’re kind of everywhere in my house. They not only keep you warm but they look pretty!

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Hoot owl and ink wells.
Hoot owl and ink wells.

And I’ll leave you with one final image…….

#spooky Simple change the tea and coffee station for Halloween.
#spooky
Simple change for the tea and coffee station for Halloween.

Sources:

Marshalls-white pitchers and cream and sugar containers

Target-candlesticks, pumpkins, skeleton

Homegoods-letter holder, mugs, pumpkin dishware, throws

Forever XXI-plaid scarf

Potterybarn-dinnerware/the pattern is Emma

 

Take Care!!

 

 

 

Fall tour part II coming soon!!

Hey there! I can hardly believe September is over and we’ve turned the page to October. I’m sitting here for the first time this fall wrapped up in a cozy woolen blanket. I love fall! I love the crisp mornings, the crunchy leaves and a burning fire! And COLOR! While it is so nice to see the trees and grass change from browns to green after a long winter, you just can’t beat the oranges, golds and reds of fall. Glorious!!!!!

I’ve been working on the photos for part 2 of my fall home tour and hope to have them up over the weekend. Here is a little sneak peak:

Pumpkins and mums-outdoor vignette. Spreading fall outdoors!
Pumpkins and mums-outdoor vignette. Spreading fall outdoors!