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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

While the Husband's Away...

My very lucky husband, Kenny
got to head for Austin, Texas last week
to attend the Inaugural Circuit of The Americas 

He was gone for a week, which left me time to tackle some projects
in our own home...much like the cobbler's children with no shoes
our house always comes last

With no one to talk me out of it, 
I jumped right in..

First, I painted the walls a pale grey
the color is called "Abalone"
from Ben Moore

See that giant mirror? The perspective is odd in this photo,
but it's over 5ft long, solid wood, and weighs a TON!

I avoided painting it because there are about 200 tiny staples
holding the three mirrors in place

I didn't love the gold finish against the new wall color,
so I just dove in...
Mack and I spent two hours with Exacto blades, razor blades, and our finger nails 
scratching off all the paint from the glass
(see all those beautiful carved wood details that flow out onto the glass?
Yeah, totally NOT fun trying to get all around those!)

I typically don't paint things white...
but in this  case, it works really well

It's soft and elegant 
I love that it makes a statement, but doesn't hog all the attention
The couch slipcovers stayed the same, as did all the pillows...

 Around the corner, at the front door
we have a closet whose door mysteriously vanished
(ok, *maybe* I tossed it because it was hideous!)

This curtain is actually a shower curtain
It was too short, so I added a gorgeous bit of antique lace
(salvaged from a nightgown!)
I used a tension rod, which meant I needed a pocket
instead of the hook holes you normally find on a shower curtain
I quickly stitched a length of canvas along the top, creating a pocked for the rod
works perfect and looks adorable!

We had a very plain cedar chest under our bay window...
I dragged this gorgeous French cedar chest home from the studio
and painted it Paris Grey with lots of dark wax
the raised details are painted in Pure White
This might be my favorite new piece...
it's definitely Kenny's favorite!

I purchased this fabulous chair at the Salvation Army
it's new (I've seen them at HomeGoods)
but I didn't have to do a thing to it!
I grabbed that table from the studio, too...
you can see it here

Once I finished all of this, I noticed our buffet-turned-entertainment center
looked so DARK...especially with the giant flat screen on top!
The TV is actually going to be wall-mounted, but that is beyond my skill!
(Kenny mounted a flat screen in our bedroom and it's awesome!)

So I stuck some cardboard under the feet, and started painting before I changed my mind!
In the "before" pic, you'll notice some drawer faces are missing...
we removed the body of the drawers, and mounted the drawer faces
with hinges that allow them to fold down so we can store electronics inside

 I wanted a chippy, milk paint type finish
but only brought chalk paint home from the studio...
plus, I did not want the mess of milk paint in my living room...

so I tinkered around and ended up with THIS!

Can you believe that's chalk paint??
Totally looks like chippy, distressed milk paint to me!

The room was looking a little too feminine, so I wanted a rustic,
very old looking piece here...
I couldn't be happier with the end result!
(disregard lack of staging and cardboard STILL under the feet!)

I accomplished all these projects primarily on my own,
in about three days time...
so stop procrastinating, and tackle the things you want to change in your home! 

What have YOU been dying to change but just keep putting off??


  1. It is like we are sisters from another mother. I adore every single thing you did!! I would totally do all of that to my house if it wasnt already so recently done!!
    LOVE IT!

    1. you have great taste, lady...hahahahaha Seriously, is there anything better than grey and cream? I think not.

  2. I can't believe the tv stand is the same piece!

  3. I'm so jealous of your alone time to complete projects!! I love the cedar chest and the piece that your tv is on too - awesome!