Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Birthday Celebration

When I started my blog I begged my friends and family to follow along. 
So I interrupt all shop posts and DIY projects to celebrate my baby.

My sweet, kind hearted, stubborn and head strong baby is celebrating her birthday today.

age 10



age 6

Second & First Birthday


Freshman Homecoming 2016


Freshman Winter Formal 2017


We are proud of this beauty and excited for what lies ahead.

XO-

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Painting Trim

Sharing a home DIY project we completed last weekend.

We have been in our farmhouse for 4+ years. It had an original part built in 1901 
and then an addition  in 2004.

There is a clear distinction between the two parts.  
The trim was beautifully crafted, but helped separate the areas.

Paint solved this issue.

Starting in the addition area, we tackled the most prominent area first.

We were blessed with 60 degree temps in January, so we tackled the 3 doors and 5 windows along with the baseboard trim.

It sucked.

But, it was so worth the back breaking work!


You can see how thick the base moulding is.


I have done everything to brighten this room.  I painted the fireplace, changed flooring, furniture, rugs and lighting.  The biggest impact is painting the trim.  Hands down!

All the sucky steps:

Washing the woodwork, vacuuming and continually keeping dogs out of the area.

Taping off

Oil based primer- stinks and adheres to everything, even your skin.  And the couch.

Then 2 coats of water based paint, with 4 hours of dry time in between.

Due to the size of our trim, we used both rollers and brushes.

We finished in 2 days and both could not stand up straight. 
It is a demanding job that challenges every muscle.



It's taken us 4 years to decide to do this. And we accomplished a lot in 2 days.


BIG ANSWER
I love chalk paint.  I use it on furniture, cabinets, plastic, metal and brick.  Really everything.  And yes, I carry it in my shop and instruct people on how to restyle with chalk paint.
With two dogs, two kids - and usually more in the house, we focused on durability and finish.  
Sanding was not an option, as I was not confident I knew what was originally used on the trim and assumed it had harsh chemicals.

I am thrilled with our choices.

Oil Based Primer from Home Depot
Sherwin Williams Pure White for trim

Next up…the old part of the house.


XO-

Friday, January 27, 2017

February Pinterest Parties

We have a terrific line-up of Pinterest Parties in February.

Let's start with the kiddos.

KIDS PINTEREST PARTY
Saturday, February 4, 12:00-1:30
Cost: $25

Make your class Valentines with us!  Complete 30 Valentines + extra goodies to bring to school.


PINTEREST PARTY
Thursday, February 2
6:00-8:00
Home Sign
$35



Join us for one of these next week. 




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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Shop Updates

Our goal is to bring weekly updates to the shop.  

This week, we have fresh farmhouse finds and we are showing the love in the shop.









We hope you'll pop in and check out the goodies!

XO-



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Shop Updates, Week 2

Wow, you guys loved the new shop!  Thank you for shopping with us last week!

The thing is, you shop~~~we restock!  So this week we have some fresh finds and gathered goods.

This wall was a big hit!  Hubby was here on Saturday explaining just how he did it.

These battery operated lights are a game changer!  No wiring needed.  I have 2 left.

I am loving the galvanized accessories and you'll find them throughout the shop.


We hope you'll join us this week.

XO-



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Now OPEN

It's Time!





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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Shop Renovation

Happy 2017!

Hope your New Year is off to a fabulous start!
We enjoyed family time on the beach.  I can say I was relaxed for 8 days, 
but how quickly that changes!

As you know, our shop has been closed for some much needed love.  
Rather than relax after the holiday season, we dove in. 


We called this wall - Swiss cheese, due to the 500 nail holes.


Rather than patch and paint, Hubby installed a faux brick wall.

It is so cozy and solves a lot of issues! 

Why stop at one wall?


Before-this is the first wall you see when entering.


How cool is that?


And dressed up, the wall is fabulous!

Hubby went above and beyond and completed a third wall!


Clearly, the shop needs love and the wall needs to be dressed, but WOW!

Want to know the best part?

I was out of town for the weekend with my girls.  Hubby installed it all.


I'm sure the new tools and the #Demoday t-shirt he got for Christmas helped expedite this project!

We reOPEN this Thursday 11:00-4:00.

I hope you'll pop in to check out the renovation and all the new goodies we have!

XO-