Saturday, August 29, 2015

Junk Chic Cottage Feature

Today I'm guest posting over at Junk Chic Cottage and sharing some interesting facts about me! You can see my post here.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Dining Area With Painted Chandelier

Hello friends! Do you like the changes I made to the blog? I have thought about changing my blog name for a while. This is also the name of my Etsy Shop and it's a better representation of me and what I love. I decided not to change the blog address for now. It's just easier to leave it as is.

Now let's talk spray paint. I have to say that I'm always amazed at what a little bit of paint can do. Take the chandelier above our dining table. It was looking a bit blah and I wanted to brighten it up. 


White spray paint to the rescue! After a few coats, the chandelier had a whole new look.


I'm not crazy about the look of the painted chain and wire. Would a burlap cord cover be too much? hmmm.....

 I was thinking about getting rid of the burlap shades. So glad I didn't because I really love how they look against the white paint. 

As you can see, I also painted the table and chairs again. The chairs and table base are now dark gray and the top is still creamy white.

Near the table is Benny's eating area.

He usually eats when we sit down for dinner. Silly pup!

So that is our dining area next to the kitchen. I love how bright it feels with the newly painted chandelier.

I would love to get your opinion on the burlap cord cover. Also, do you like the slipcovered parsons chairs in the first photo? Should I bring them back or keep the 4 gray chairs like in the second photo? Leave me a comment below and tell me what you think!


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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Library + Office = My Happy Place!

Hey everyone! Are you all ready for school to start? I can't believe it's that time already. Where did the summer go?

Lately I've been taking updated photos of each room in my house and sharing them with you! Did you see my last post about my daughters shared bathroom? If you missed it you can see it here. I'm also adding the new photos to the Tour My House tab on my main page.

Today we're talking about the Library/Office aka "My Happy Place". I love this room so much and it's a good thing because I spend a lot of time in here! 

Long ago this room was a formal dining room. We used it on maybe two occassions. The rest of the time it sat looking all pretty with its red walls. Our family really didn't have a use for such a formal room. I decided to repurpose it into something we use and enjoy every day. 

One day I was looking at the Maillardville Manor blog (which I really miss, by the way!) and saw this ....

I knew right then what I was going to do with the never-used-dining-room.

Yep, I painted over the red walls and turned the room into a library. Best.decision.ever.

This is what the library looked like back in 2012 for the big reveal.

Since then I've changed a few things around. The biggest change was moving the chevron chairs in from the family room. They really look so much better in here. 

In front of the chairs I wanted a coffee table but didn't want to buy one. I also wasn't sure what to do with the table that was previously there under the chandelier. It was given to me by my grandma so I wanted to keep it. Handyman Hubby came up with the idea to trim the legs down and turn it into a coffee table!

Benny loves to lay on the chair by the window and look outside! He waits for the mail truck to go by and barks like crazy!

This was the first gallery wall I designed and I love how it turned out. 

Here is my desk area on the other side of the room. I seem to spend a lot of time here! 

This room gets a lot of natural light and is the perfect place to relax and read a good book. We really use this room every day and it functions much better as a library/office. 

The only thing I would change in here is the flooring. I'd love to rip out the carpet and put in wood laminate flooring. It would look nice with the wood floors in the adjoining foyer and hallway. Maybe. Someday.

Do you have a formal room that doesn't get a lot of use? Have you repurposed a room to better serve your family? I'd love to hear from you - please leave a comment below.

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You can see the series of library posts here, here, herehere, here and here.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Kids Shared Bathroom Refresh

My daughters share a very itty, bitty, small bathroom. It may be small but I always tell them at least they have their own bathroom. I had to share a fairly small bathroom with 4 other people growing up! Anyway, I recently purchased a new shower curtain and of course that started a mini makeover.

Here is what the bathroom looked like previously. Not bad but I wanted to freshen it up a bit. 

I really didn't want to repaint the whole bathroom so when I found this shower curtain at Target I knew it was perfect!

I purchased some wood letters that spelled out "CLEAN" and painted them with leftover paint. I already had the subway art and just moved it to this wall. The "hot" and "cold" towel hooks were given to me and they are the perfect finishing touch. 

It's hard to get good photos of this bathroom because it's so small! I stood in the bathtub to get this one!

The changes we made to the vanity are still one of my favorite projects. You can see what we did here and here.

I didn't purchase anything new except the shower curtain, rug and wood letters. I just changed out some of the accessories from stuff I already had for a new look. Oh, and I did a thorough cleaning which really helped!


I'm happy with the changes and how they
 freshened up the bathroom. 

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Ball Brand Giveaway WINNER!!!

Thank you to everyone that entered the Ball Brand Giveaway sponsored by Jarden Home Brands.

The winner is ...

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home

Congratulations Betty! I will forward your email address to Kelsey at Jarden Home Brands and she will contact you directly. 

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

International Can-It-Forward Day

Today is International Can-It-Forward Day!

You can watch the broadcast live online from 
11am - 4pm EST here.

Remember that the webcast will have an integrated chat function where viewers can submit their home canning questions to be answered in real time. New this year, there will also be an exciting celebrity mason jar auction unveiled during the webcast! 

Don't forget to enter the giveaway sponsored by Jarden Home Brands! They are giving one lucky reader a coupon for a free case of Ball Brand JarsYou can enter here.

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