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an empty wall…

Unfortunately, our house doesn’t offer a lot of opportunities for wall art. The entire rear wall is mostly windows and the rest tends to be small bits of angled wall interrupted by doors or stairs. Our one large wall is the one I stenciled (shown here) and has a simple mirror to break up the busy pattern.

Recently, we moved around some furniture in order to better showcase this beautiful Amish dry sink we got from my husband’s grandmother.

DRYSINK

 

We had used it upstairs as a changing table but felt like that kept it waaay too hidden for something this great. So, we moved it downstairs into our dining/kitchen area and now right above it is a huge empty wall.

emptywall

 

As soon as I saw it, my wheels started turning…what would I put there? Something wooden/antique? Framed artwork? A shelf for seasonal items? I love gallery walls, but already have one up the stairs – evidenced here.

Then…I remembered seeing an idea while back and wishing I had a spot for it – a plate wall!

I love the vintage look and feel like it could really mesh with our modern farmhouse style. So, I started browsing around the web for some inspiration and found these:

platewallfavs

image sources here, here, here & here

I can’t wait to get started – but this is definitely going to be a work in progress as I watch for plates at thrift stores and slowly build a (cheap) collection that will work. I checked Goodwill today and found nothing that was even remotely cute. This might take me even longer than I had expected! Once I have something to show – I’ll share some pics and prices.

My one dilemma is this: my uber-symetrical brain loves the more organized version, but I feel like the whimsical version that travels up the wall might be a better fit for the shape of my available space. Thoughts? Concerns? Suggestions?

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$50 Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway!

I have been a big fan of Cutting Edge Stencils for a while – I’ve perused their website so many times, but never got up the nerve to buy one. I couldn’t ever decide which one I liked best.

Amazingly, in June I won a stencil in a giveaway on Delicate Construction and was so excited!

I selected the Rabat Allover Stencil and went about stenciling a large (REALLY LARGE) wall in my living room. It was quite an undertaking. Well, that’s an understatement. It has been A LOT of work.

a little peak at my wall – I’ll be putting up the finished pictures soon!

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out and would do it all over again!

 

One of the best things about Cutting Edge Stencils is that they give you so many tips for how to use your stencil. Their website is full of Q & A, they send you an instruction sheet and they have YouTube videos to help walk you through the process:

 

THE GIVEAWAY!!

Today, I’m so excited to be giving away your choice of stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils (up to $50 value) and they will ship it to you for free!

I hope you are excited about this as I am!

Here’s the details:

Giveaway runs from today (9/17) to Friday (9/21) midnight (EST).

Use Rafflecopter to enter (it’s super easy, I promise!). I’ll announce the winner sometime over the weekend! Good luck.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Picking the Perfect Gray Paint…

Before we ever bought a house, I knew I wanted to have gray as the neutral color for our walls.

So, I pinned gray rooms like crazy.

Then we bought our first house in February…

and everything was tan…literally…everything.

Tan walls, tile, carpet…tan, tan, tan.

We live in Arizona – a world of brown and I did not want tan. The tile and carpet were brand new, so we knew we wouldn’t change those. We decided that painting the walls would break up the tan monotony.

I ran out and picked up tons of gray paint samples. I jumped online and googled “picking the perfect gray paint” and boy, was I surprised.

Gray is a hard color.

I read blog after blog of people saying their gray looked fine until they got it on their walls and then it turned periwinkle, or purple or green.

I researched my heart out trying to find a basic gray – no blue, green or purple. I asked the paint guys at Home Depot and they didn’t seem to be much help. But I picked what I thought was a neutral gray and bought the $4 sample to test a wall.

Thank God I did!

The color turned a bizarre color of stormy purple as soon as it dried.

It was not good.

So, I headed to Sherwin Williams and got some help. They definitely helped me and I came home with another $4 tester in “Pussywillow” and it was perfect!

 

I love the way it turned out and it definitely makes it so that you are not overwhelmed by the tan tile and carpet when you walk in!

All I can say is I am so glad I bought that test can and painted part of a wall before I committed to a color. My living room would currently be purple if I hadn’t!

 

Tips for Picking the Perfect Gray:

  1. Go to an actual paint store – they know what they are talking about.
  2. Find a nice sales person – if the guy/gal you end up with is a jerk, go to a different store. Find a person who seems to actually care that you get the right color.
  3. Ask to see the paint formula – you can see how much of the other colors go into the mixture. If there is more blue than the other colors, it’s going to have a blue tint. Check the formula.
  4. Buy the sample tester and paint part of a wall. Do it. Trust me. I’m a cheapskate and I hate spending $4 on something that I might waste, but it is so helpful. You will be glad you did it.
  5. And I highly recommend gray – it’s neutral, but not boring…classy, chic and so beautiful. I love it more everyday.

 

This post is not affiliated with Sherwin Williams – they didn’t give me anything…I just love my paint.

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My New Aqua Bench!

So, I had this bench…

Nothing too spectacular – it was something my husband’s grandma gave us and I hoped we could find a place for it. Inadvertently, it became the place we put our shoes on and was actually really helpful in our living room. I wanted to add some more color to our living room (it’s a lot of gray, gray, gray), so I decided to paint it.

Luckily, during the month of March, Ace Hardware was giving away quarts of their new Clark + Kensington paint and I made sure to get down there bright and early for my quart. The color I chose was Saxton – an aqua blue-y color. I wasn’t sure what I would use it for, but I knew I would use it somewhere.

It turned out to be perfect for my bench!

I googled lots of furniture tutorials to make sure I wouldn’t mess it up too badly. In the end, I just decided to experiment and see what would happen.

Here’s what I did:

1. Sand it.

2. Wipe it clean.

3. Paint it. (this paint is primer and paint in one)

4. Scuff up edges and corners with sand paper

4. Mix another color with water and apply lightly. I used the gray we had left from our walls (Sherwin Williams’ Pussywillow) and wiped it on and wiped it off until I liked the look. I left it heavier on edges and corners. It’s not super obvious, but adds some depth to the bench.

5. I plan to put a coat of something over it to keep it from scratching, but haven’t gotten there yet.

Every person who walks in asks where I got it…and I love that it was free!

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Friday Favorites – My Home Wishlist

So, I’ve mentioned that we moved back to the U.S. just a few weeks ago…I’m pretty excited! One of the hardest things about an international move is that you don’t get to keep much of your stuff…it’s just too expensive to transport it all back to the States. So, we sold almost everything. Once we settle down, we’ll pretty much be starting over. I don’t know exactly where we are going to live, but that hasn’t stopped me from gathering inspiration for our new place! Here are the things I’ve been finding that I love so far:

 

 

Yellow and Gray color schemes:

Yellow and Gray Styleboard from ‘Tis So Sweet  // Yellow and Gray Living Room from Style at Home // Bay window Kitchen nook from houzz.com

 

Aqua and White kitchens:

Retro Turqoise Cabinets from Life In Grace // Kitchen from Hiya Papaya // Martha Stewart kitchen from Poppytalk

 

Amazing Kid’s rooms:

 Zoey’s Handmade Heaven from Ohdeedoh // Emerson’s Nursery from Project Nursery // Bright Kid’s Room from Hiya Papaya

 

Can’t wait to start putting some of these great ideas into practice…

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Friday Favorites…for the home

Things I’m loving and wish were currently in my home:

Recipe Card Wall Hanging from Splendor

recipe card wall hanging
my mom has some recipe card written by my Grandma...this would look great with those

 

Bookshelf made from apple crates from Sherryl Galt’s Pinterest

I bet I could find crates for dirt cheap here in Mexico


“I love you because” frame from Etsy

 

Scrabble Tile Magnets from Kinderpendent

note to self: watch for old Scrabble games at garage sales


Mason Jar Chandelier
 from Instructables//

Tree Carving Wall Hanging by The Little Giggler

      

Check out all of my past Friday Favorites!