Dining Room Makeover

It’s the moment you all have been waiting for!!!! (LOL! Not really…)  I am finally done with my dining room makeover!

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This had been a long overdue project and the last piece of the puzzle was painting and recovering the dining room chairs.  Thanks to HomeRight and their Finish Max Sprayer I crossed that beast of a project off of my list and I am finally able to enjoy this space!

Let’s just take a quick walk down memory lane so I can feel an even greater sense of accomplishment.  It’s more for my benefit than yours, m’kay?  This is what our dining room looked like 4 years ago.  Dark, red, and powered by lots of Target gift cards as a newlywed.  After a glass of wine I decided to start tearing down the wallpaper one evening – hence the naughty word remark in the photo.

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After removing the wallpaper we hired someone to come in and retexture the walls.  We painted the dining room and kitchen the same color as the remainder of the living space, Mocha Putty by Sherwin Williams (which I think has been discontinued).  I painted the dining room table in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and rehabbed the existing chandelier shades in jute twine (which only cost me $2.00 compared to the $100.00 set I had been eyeing for months from Ballard Designs.) I spray painted a thrift store lamp in a fun mint color and then repainted only 2 of the chairs in CeCe Caldwell’s Destin Gulf Green but then put the brakes on mid-project and changed my mind.  Sadly it has sat this way for almost 2 years.  Unfinished, half painted, and leaving me in a state of constant contemplation.

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A few weeks ago I finally sucked up all of my fears about using a spray gun and took the Finish Max for a test drive to paint all 5 of the dining room chairs in CeCe Caldwell’s Pittsburgh Gray.  You can read more about how I went from nervous to full-on-in-love with using a paint sprayer here.

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The chairs have the most smooth and professional finish I have ever seen.  Dude, what the heck took me so long to tackle this project?  It’s like the whole room has breathed a sigh of relief.

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I moved the mirror and the angel wings from the breakfast nook into the dining room so it would open up the space even more and show the reflection of the chandelier in the mirror.  I wish I could take credit for this idea but it was all my sidekick, Hayden’s, genius plan.

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I also made a faux driftwood finish table runner to tie in the gray from the chairs.  I have a full tutorial on this project next week.

Dining Room      I recovered the chairs in a fun chartreuse color that brings in my living room color scheme.

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It doesn’t matter how many pieces of furniture I paint the transformation never stops amazing me!  Maybe that is why paint is my passion! What do you think about the makeover?  I  hope the moral to this story is – Don’t let fear hold you back from creating a beautiful home!  It held me back for 2 years and I am so glad I can finally enjoy this space.

Pretty in Pink Colors {A Dresser Goes Girlie}

Did you see the post Allison did recently about the new pink and coral that Cece is carrying?  Well, back before these colors were out in November, I had a friend who wanted a dresser painted pink for her daughter’s room.    There were a million different colors, or shades, of pink to choose from…but we settled on a mix of two Cece Caldwell colorsTraverse City Cherry and Simply White.


 Another friend was getting rid of this piece, so we decided to transform it from all boy to all girl.


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I’d like to tell you there was an exact mix that I used when mixing the two.  However, it was more a trial and error by starting with a small amount of red and adding till I achieved the color I wanted.

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One tip that I will give you, from my artist background, is when mixing colors you always add in the darker color to the lighter color.  It’s always a lot easier to change the lighter color than it is the darker.

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So, I began pouring Traverse City Cherry in till I achieved a raspberry color that I thought would pop against her light blue walls.  And to finish it off, we added some beautiful mercury glass knobs that we picked up at Pier One.

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The Perfect Gold Color

 Oh Gold Color – how I love thee!  One of the things I I try to do as a paint retailer is test the limits of the products we sell.  So I can have the project fails and you don’t have to. So when I had these metal deer head hooks I knew I wanted to test the new metallic waxes on them.

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I am having a slight obsession with gold and black right now.  And the new CeCe Caldwell’s El Dorado metallic gold wax is only feeding my addiction to an unhealthy level.

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This is an Intervention – the gold addition.  Just picture me overdosing on gold wax, falling asleep at the dinner table, after smearing it all over my body.  Then I will show up to a random hotel room where all of my family members will write me letters saying they love me like crazy but I need to give up wax.

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I just dabbed a tiny amount of wax on the metal and immediately buffed after waxing.

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It took the metal hook from masculine to mahvelous.

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I screwed the hooks on a piece of wood I bought at my favorite flea market off the $1.00 table.  And to cover up the unsightly silver metal screw I just dabbed a little paint on it with a Q-tip.


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I am happy to report you get the green light on applying the metallic waxes on metal!  What did you paint this weekend?

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Have you seen the new CeCe Caldwell’s Paint colors?  I have been playing with them and I wanted to share how you can be a paint mixologist and make your own rainbow of paint colors in the perfect hue for your home.


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The first new color is Kailua Coral.  It is a beautiful coral that veers more towards a pink than orange.  I made a custom coral color for my Master Bedroom makeover so it’s no surprise I love this color!

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The second new color is Minnesota Pink Lady’s Slipper.  I must admit I had to Google to find out what the heck a Pink Lady’s Slipper is.  Just in case you can’t tell, CeCe names all of her paint colors after places, states, or regions in the USA.  And after a quick Google I found out Pink Lady’s Slipper is the Minnesota State Flower.

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Since I have a little boy I don’t use a lot of pink in my personal decorating but I know a bright pink has been a customer request for some time.   I decided to mix a few custom colors to see what this little Pink Lady’s Slipper could do.

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I always snatch up ice cube trays at garage sales for custom color mixing.  It’s a good idea to mix a small amount of paint up, playing and testing to find perfect color ratios, before using a whole quart for a large project.  And when you find your perfect hue, use the same ratios on a larger scale, with a quart of paint.

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I grabbed a piece of stray wood from my garage and proceeded to paint all of my custom mixed colors.  I loved seeing the variation of the colors all down the board.

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So from Minnesota Pink Lady’s Slipper I formulated 4 additional custom colors.  Including a hack of the new Pantone Color for 2014.

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Here are the recipes for you to DIY at home.  Feel free to change the ratios to make the colors your own!

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I have a new love for Minnesota and her flower.  I am thinking pinks and purples will be HOT for spring.  So now I gotta paint something in it.

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What are you going to paint this weekend?