Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To Paint or Not to Paint....

....That is always the question. It's always my idea, always Hubby's question. In this case, Hubby asked for some advice and decided to go ahead and paint. YAY!! And I really saved him a lot of money, y'all. I'm good like that (wink). 

When we first got our kitchen (ahem) mostly finished (and that's still the current state), we bought some plain jane counter stools from Pier 1 for our peninsula. They weren't what I wanted, but like a lot of things, I settled until we could find what I really wanted. It took me awhile, but I decided on this: 

The Tolix brand. You've seen these and the knock-offs everywhere now. 

But, in sticking with my reputation, what I wanted was way too expensive. And of course, I have to be different, so I wanted a colored chair. But nearly $1000.00 is not a price we were willing to pay per chair! 

I searched and searched and found one place where I could get what I wanted in a knock-off, but it would still be about $700.00 for both. So, I decided to go with this similar style. Hubby was already painting them before I could snap a picture, but ours were like these, only a bronze finish. They were actually very pretty like they were and we contemplated leaving them. But in the end, I really wanted something different; something that would "pop" in the kitchen. 

I chose Valspar's "Golden Flame" and I'm SO happy with how they turned out! 
(And I think this is the first time I've shown this much of our kitchen on the blog!)

Now, the question to paint came into play because Hubby was worried about painting galvanized metal. He did find out about a new primer with a "bonding agent" and was assured the paint would not chip off. So, we are waiting to see how they wear for a little bit, and then we've got 2 metal toddler beds to paint if we have good results. 

Oh - and the best part - we got these chairs for $170.00 for the set, and spent about $30 on paint. Not bad. :) 
til the next time,

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Kink in the Link

Oops! I had an error in the link for yesterdays free printable. I have corrected and it should work now! :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Free Printable No. 4

I'm back today with July's free printable! 
If you use it, I'd love to see how. :)

Please click here to download. This is free for personal use only. 

til the next time,

Monday, June 29, 2015

I'll Have a (red, white and) Blue Monday

Today's Blue Monday post is all about feeling festive for the 4th of July! Whether you've got a big family get-together, or just relaxing for the day, there's nothing like celebrating our freedom! 

I love this little set-up on this aqua table. 

I love a good front porch! Love this one with it's painted ceiling and floor. 

I don't think there's anything more American than a quaint cottage with a white picket fence and flag waving at the door. 

Check out this wedding decor! LOVE! 

And who wouldn't want some festive cookies to add to the enormous amounts of food that is consumed on the 4th?

I love this festive display! 

Cute little banner made out of paint chips! I'd like to have a few of these old chairs too, for my backyard. 

And last, what a perfect place this would be on the 4th! Wouldn't fireworks over that water be gorgeous? 
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I hope your Monday has been anything but blue. I'll be back tomorrow with a free printable for your 4th of July decor! 

til then, 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Minted Design Contest

On a whim, I decided this year to enter Minted's contest for designing a Christmas/Holiday card. I just started learning Adobe Illustrator a couple of weeks ago, so these are not fancy, but I figured it didn't hurt to try. :) If you like these, you can click on the link below each card and vote for my design. There are some AMAZING prizes for several winners, along with a percentage of sales this holiday season for every card purchased in winning designs. 

holiday photo cards - Merrier This Year

Happy Monday!
til the next time,

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Prints in My Etsy Shop!

It's been forever, but I'm dropping in to say hey, friends...and to tell you I've added a couple new prints to my Etsy shop. Every print is only $5.00 and instantly downloadable for you to print at home, or at a printing shop. 

This one would be perfect for a graduate....

I think this would be cute in a kids' room or a nursery. 

til the next time,

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Laundry Room Progress & A Sink

We are slowly but surely getting our laundry room the way we want it. We started working on it almost a year ago…yikes! I shared all about it in this post here. We ran into a problem when Hubby realized he couldn't get over to that part of the house underneath the house in order to move plumbing around. We were planning to have another crawl space cut into this side of the house, but he finally just decided to cut a hole in the floor. And oh the joys of renovating….we've had a few minor setbacks. :) 

But now, the old water heater is gone, the new one is in a different spot in the room, plumbing is in place and it's all good. This last couple of weeks, Hubby spent more than a few hours cutting an additional hole in the floor for access later, putting in new electric plugs, hanging sheetrock and texturing some of the walls. 

 This room is still a nightmare, but I promise this is progress!! The old water heater was in a closet where the vacuum and laundry basket is in this picture. 

There's the new water heater…there will be a closet around it and the washer and dryer will be next to it where those two outlets are. 

It looks like a dump, but I do actually do laundry in here! 

And because this post needs some inspiration, here's what we are working on to use as a utility sink in the new space. It's sitting in my dining room right now….from the looks of things, it may be there a while. 

And there you have the first-in-a-long-time house update! 

til the next time,