Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"What's Your Style?" Series - Kitchen Edition

Hey there! Welcome back for the second part of the "What's Your Style?" Series!!! Over the next two days we will be taking you on a tour of our kitchens! If you're visiting from Eclectically Vintage then welcome! I'm so glad you're here. Our kitchen is probably my favorite room in our house so I can't wait to share it with you today!

Before I get started I also want to mention we are having an amazing HomeRight Giveaway!!! And the best part? There will be TWO winners!!! One winner will receive a HomeRight SteamMachine and another winner will receive a HomeRight FinishMax!!! So exciting! Look for the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post to enter!

Now onto the kitchen!!!!!

We completed our kitchen makeover last summer and it was a project that was a long time coming. We worked on it slowly over the course of two and a half years and it came together exactly how I was hoping it would!!

I knew from the beginning I wanted lots of white!! To me, white and wood tones just compliment each other so well! My goal was to make it look like the perfect farmhouse kitchen. With a limited budget and a little creativity, I think we pulled it off quite well! 

We added bead board wallpaper and trim to the fronts of the flat faced cabinets for some dimension and character. We made the wood countertop ourselves by using 2 - 2 x 10 boards and 1 - 2 x 8 board.

If you missed the tour last month of our living rooms, I mentioned that I'm a sucker for collections.....I have a lot of them. Things appeal to me in multiples grouped together. Some of my collections are a little quirky like these whisk brooms, but that's what makes collecting so much fun - discovering what speaks to you. 

I wanted a rustic edge to the kitchen so we brought in lots of wood like these barn wood shelves and the cabinet my husband built out of pallets.

Since storage is limited to the small amount of kitchen cabinets, we tried to be creative with other storage solutions like the pallet cabinets and adding shelves to an old door. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I really hoped you enjoyed the tour of my little farmhouse kitchen! Please be sure to stop over and see Michelle from Iron and Twine!! And don't forget to enter the HomeRight Giveaway before you go!! 

Here is the schedule for the entire tour so you don't miss a single kitchen! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Marble Topped Table

Things have been a bit slow at my booth and I think this crazy winter is to blame. People have been hunkering down at home with all this snow we've been getting, and who can blame them! Things are slowly starting to pick up some and my furniture is selling again!! Yay! 

I sold a demilune table last week so I painted another small marble topped table I found at Goodwill several months ago to take its place. I'll be taking it to my booth on Friday!

It's a cute little table. Very solid and the marble is just gorgeous!

I really love the gray color in the marble so I decided to play off of that and paint the legs in Relic which is a gorgeous charcoal gray in DecoArt's new chalk paint line that you can order online at Home Depot. It's good stuff! 

I chose not to distress because I did not want to take away from the marble.

I love this metal detail too. 

I'm a little sad I have to let this one go. 

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to:


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Inspiring Bloggers Series Feature

Hey everyone!!! I'm being featured today by the super talented Angela!! Her blog is Number Fifty-Three and it's one of my favorites! If you've never visited her blog before, today is a fantastic day to do that because I'm sharing a few of my projects, room redos and furniture makeovers there for her Inspiring Bloggers Series! I would love for you to stop over to visit and say hello to Angela and her beautiful blog! You will love her!!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Show Off and Inspire Feature

Hey friends!!! I'm being featured today by the lovely Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. I'm sharing my home today as part of her Show Off and Inspire Series!! I would love for you to stop over to visit and say hello to Marty and her beautiful blog! Thank you so much Marty! :)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine's Day Tablescape with Tiny Prints

Hey everybody!!! I just wanted to quickly share that I collaborated with Tiny Prints and put together a fun tablescape for Valentine's day. I was inspired by their Shining Delight gift tags from Tiny Prints.   I would love for you to head on over to their blog to check out the post HERE!!!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Wintery Woodland Mantle

Hey there!!! You may have noticed from some of my posts lately that I'm really digging the woodland look. I've been drawn to the rustic and natural for a few years now so the woodland trend is right up my alley. 

I've been finding some really cute things at Target and thrift stores so I thought I would put together a cute woodland "mantle" to enjoy for awhile before I take most of it into my booth. 

I made this banner by tracing and cutting out the mushrooms, acorns, squirrels and deer from birch bark. 

 You know I HAD to include some ironstone into this arrangement! :)

 My husband spotted this cute little guy for me at a thrift store recently! Love it!

Also a thrift store find, I believe the metal squirrel is a chocolate or sucker mold? I'm not really sure, but I thought it was pretty cool. 

It's going to be hard to take some of these things to my booth. It all looks so perfect on top of the cabinet! :) 

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to:

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Creating with Cement

Last weekend I had a little fun with cement and made some hearts and stars. When used for decor purposes, it's got such a great industrial vibe to it that I love! Plus it has amazing texture and who can resist that perfect shade of gray!?! The best part is almost anything can be turned into a mold which means the possibilities are endless for working with cement! 

Anyways, I put together a little tutorial for anyone interested in making some hearts with Valentine's day coming up!  

You will need: 

Quick setting cement. Make sure you get cement and not concrete. I found mine at Lowe's for around $7.00.
You will also need some kind of mold. I found the star silicone baking mold at Joann's and the hearts are actually an ice cube tray I found at a thrift store. I wasn't sure how the ice cube tray hearts would turn out since it's not flexible like the silicone, but I had no problems at all getting the hearts out once they dried. 

Before you fill your molds with cement use some kind of cooking oil (I used canola) to grease each of the stars and hearts. 

 To mix the cement you can follow the directions on the bucket, which in my case was 5 1/2 parts cement to 1 part water. That was just way too confusing for me, so I just mixed it by eyeballing. 
Use any old container, like a coffee can, and a plastic spoon. 
Scoop out your cement powder into your container and start to slowly add water. Stir just until it's all mixed and there are no lumps. 

I kept adding water until I got the consistency of slightly watered down peanut butter, if that makes sense. I found that if the cement was a bit more on the watery side it filled the molds better and they came out much smoother when dried. 

When you get the consistency you like, start filling your molds. 

Once your trays are filled make sure to tap them down to get the air bubbles out and help it all settle. I just lifted one end slightly and let it drop. 

Since the cement was a bit watery, I let them dry for about 12 hours in front of a heat register. Then just take them out of the molds. They should come out with very little effort. 

 Wouldn't some of these look so cute painted as well? 

If you have any other questions just let me know. I will be happy to help. 

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to: