New Breakfast Room Lighting

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Hi,  1999 called,  and it’s wondering why in the heck you still have lighting in your breakfast nook from the original owners of your home.   Back in 2013 I vowed to replace this light fixture in our breakfast room but my commitment issues never allowed me to make a decision on replacing it. The day has come for the 90’s  version of lighting to trade in it’s Doc Marten’s and No Fear t-shirt for something a little more modern.

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This little project was on my to-do list back in 2013, as evidence of the flash back photo taken here.  My neighbor told me our home’s  previous owner had a pool table in this area of the house, hence the builder grade, double billiard style lighting.

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I have never purchased lighting online before but I had perused the selection at several big box home improvement stores and nothing ever got me excited enough to pull the trigger and make the purchase.  After browsing online I hit the lighting jackpot at Build.com.  Their selection was awesome with free shipping and great sales.  I narrowed my search down to 4 of my favorites.  The contenders were the Quoizel Wyndmoor Chandelier, the Artcraft Castello Chandelier,  JVI Designs Globe Chandelier, or the Jeremiah Berkshire Beaded Chandelier.

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As much as I wanted the beaded chandy by Jeremiah in the space I already have a chandelier in my dining room - our great room is four rooms in one space, 2 dining rooms, a living room, and kitchen.  Having 2 chandeliers made me feel like they would be competing for my affection in the space.  I decided against a traditional chandelier and when with a globe-shaped fixture for contrast.

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The fixture has a great combo of rustic (weathered wood and bronze iron) and modern (globe-shape) which is perfect for my eclectic decorating style.  Eclectic is code for “I buy what I like and I don’t care if my husband likes it or not”.

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 I added a tablecloth to cover the glass table.  I would lurve to get a new kitchen table but I have two boys and glass is about the only thing that will hold up to their dinner time table fork poking.  I was worried the table cloth would get stained but I just break out a placemat for extra messy meals, like spaghetti.  Otherwise, I only have needed to wash it a few times.d  If I take it straight from the dryer to the table I don’t even have to iron it.  I used the tablecloth as a background in this YouTube video and received several emails asking me about it.  I bought it off of Ebay – I couldn’t find a round one but I did find the same pattern in a 60″ X 104″ rectangle here.

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Can you believe what a difference a light fixture and tablecloth can make to a room?  I seem to always put projects like this on the back burner and then I’m scratching my head wondering what the heck took me so long!

Disclosure:   I received a credit to Build.com in exchange for writing this review on my blog.  As always all opinions are my own and I only blog about stuff I love so much I would tattoo them on my bottom.

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DIY Coffee Bar

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I have been busy making my new workshop space really special for the ladies (and gents!) that attend my classes.  I know a few hours to be creative is a real treat for tired moms and busy women.  One of the things I knew I wanted in my studio was a coffee bar so I could serve Starbucks Coffees and grown-up snacks as well as serve catered food  for the fancier classes we host.

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 I bought this kitchen island off of a Facebook garage sale group for $50.00 with my coffee bar in mind. Remember the last piece I bought off of Facebook?   The island had a lot of storage but as soon as I picked it up from it’s owner I knew I had my work cut out for me.  I wish I would have taken more up close photos of it because it was N to the ASTY.  This baby had been used for years as evidence of the caked on grease and grime from preparing food on it for years.

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I painted the body in Heirloom Traditions Naval and sealed it with Dark Umber Soft Wax.  The previous finish was similar to the shiny laminate finishes many french provincial pieces have.  I know Heirloom can stick to almost anything but between the grease and grime (which I cleaned with TSP like on this project) in addition to the uber slick finish made me skeptical it would stick to the surface.  Errmehgahhhh, ya’ll, the paint went on like buttah.  So smooth and zero adhesion problems.  Two quick coats and a quick finish of Dark Umber I called this baby done.

 

 

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Confession:  The top did have a built in tile trivet.  I had every intention of retiling it.

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 I bought all of the supplies and picked out some gorgeous tile to replace it.  But after realizing I needed a tile cutter and spending over $100 in supplies at Lowe’s I was completely annoyed and covered it up with this blue tray.  I have the supplies sitting in a pile in the corner of my studio trying to muster up the motivation to finish it!

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I used my super secret staining method to stain the butcher block top and sealed it with Best Chalk Top Coat.

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I opened up the drawers by removing the faux plastic glass cover.  It’s the perfect place to stash snacks so everyone in the class can help themselves to whatever goodies they like.

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My mom made me some Anthro inspired tea towels for Christmas and the side towel bars have been the perfect place to hang them.  Thanks Mom!

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I bought the vintage Westmoreland Milk Glass plates from my neighbor at the shop and propped them up on old spools I bought in Canton and glass candlesticks from the thrift store.

Sidenote:  My neighbor hosts a garage sale every Friday and Saturday.  You can find the info on his sales here.

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This $50 bargain turned out to be the perfect piece to treat my students to some yummy goodies during our classes.  Don’t you love the Naval and Dark Umber combo?  Navy is one color I just can’t get enough of.

I’ve added several new classes to our workshop line up – stop by our Workshop page to get all the details!

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Update on My Custom Colors with Heirloom Traditions Paint

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Over two months ago I announced I was partnering with Heirloom Traditions Paints to develop a custom Refunk My Junk color palette of paints.   After all of my fancy bragging I thought I would give you an update on those colors.

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 Here you go.  The status of my custom colors.

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 After looking at the paint colors for several weeks I decided I hated them.  Okay, not hate.  Although I loved the colors there were a few things about them that bothered me.  Let me list them.

1.  I couldn’t picture them in my own house.  If I can’t use them in my home then how can someone else?

2.  They reminded me too much of another paint line I used to carry.

3.  The colors are too sweet.  Too junior.  Too “I just got this piece of furniture at Justice”.  Thank you Jesus for not giving me girls so I never have to step foot in that store!  (PS:  I was an avid Limited TOO lover so I have a right to dawg on Justice, m’kay.)

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 I found out picking paint colors is hard.  Colors that you put your name on, your seal of approval.  I don’t know how my friend Debi, who developed DIY Paint, does it with 27 colors she chose for her line!  I think that job might be the death of me.

 

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I redeveloped colors I now LOVE and forced myself to look at them for 6 weeks.  And I STILL love them!  I  finally handed them over to Heirloom Traditions to start mixing!  I won’t reveal my final palette until they are ready.  Just in case I change my mind right before the tint hits the can.  #kiddingnotkidding

 

 

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And just in case you think I am fancy pants for having my own custom colors I wanted to let you know Heirloom Traditions lets ANY of their retailer’s develop colors for their business.  Pretty cool?  My friend Ann, from The White Lace Cottage, just completed her pastel color palette and it has been a dream come true for her!  How awesome is that!  If you are thinking about carrying a paint line I can’t say enough good things about Heirloom Traditions Paint.  They are amazing people to work with and having the freedom to develop your own colors is just icing on the cake.  Get more info on carrying the paint in your store by emailing them at hello@htpaint.com.

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Stitch Fix Review + Video

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 A few weeks ago I posted on my FB page about signing up for Stitch Fix and you guys had lots of mixed reviews and questions!  After getting my first box in the mail I decided to make an unboxing video and give you my honest reviews and thoughts on the process.

What has been your experience with Stitch Fix?  If you have been thinking about it I hope this video answered some of your questions!  If you do want get your own Stitch Fix you can sign up here:  http://bit.ly/stitchfixonline

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