Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve

Today, I spent time cleaning. Yeah, cleaning....but it felt good. I changed out decor and put all the Christmas things away...well, except for the chandelier shades and the chair covers. Those probably will be in place until after Feb. 14th. I dusted, vacuumed and mainly just puttered. I got in a little sewing...yippee! I did laundry and I painted....double yippee!
I am presently working on a little table I picked up at a thrift store...cute old piece. It's a round maple table. Well, it will be. The top was broken, totally split. But it is "fixable". I had my hubby help me get the top pieces off and I painted the leg portion. I painted it primer red and then went over it with old ochre. Until we glue the top, you don't get to see it.....but you will.
So, now the house feels clean and ready for the New Year. Happy New Year Everyone!! Stay healthy, safe and I will see you next year!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

The headboard...

Our guest bedroom did not have a headboard, but since we are having guests, especially my wonderful father-in-law, the room was cold. Since the bed was on an outside wall, guest heads were cold next to the wall....so it needed a headboard. Yippee, treasure hunting! So, off my friend and I went and we came up empty handed, until I talked to a dear friend who just happened to have one in her garage! It was a typical old oak headboard for the 50's...kinda boring, and definitely short. I would have to work some kind of magic.
We took it home, wiped it down and looked carefully. It was hung just right, it would do...not too tall, but it would do what we wanted....insulate a guest head from the outside wall....



So, I went to a shop we have and bought an applique to dress it up and painted that brown to look like wood. Then, after that dried I glued it on with Gorilla glue and waited for that to dry...I hate waiting for things to dry!
Then, I painted it Coco (yay for Chalk paint!). It took two coats to cover the oak. Stunning. But it still needed something.....hummm. I had two old finials in the garden, just about the right size and they were looking too great either...but maybe....
So, I painted those and voila! Perfect sized finials to screw into the bed! They were just what that bed needed...


We put on two large "D" rings on either side and hung the now waxed and buffed headboard on 100lb picture hooks and well, voila, a headboard that any Paris apartment would love!

So, as you can see, it isn't tall....We had to be sure that the headboard didn't let cold air in from the wall, and it wasn't terribly big, but it actually works! And it only cost us the price of the applique and the D rings and hooks that I bought to hang it! Not a bad day's work. And pretty cute!
What do you think??

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Things to do...

Our bathroom is going to be redone...it has been needing work for ages and it just became time. So, with a French Country theme as a guide, we went about picking tiles, and faucets and shower parts...
One of the things that we decided was that instead of the big full mirror we have had, actually that the house has had, we wanted a different look. I found at a thrift store two matching frames. They were perfect, except for being brassy... The soon to be mirrors are now painted in chalk paint. Chalk paint can do wonders for anything and the mirrors are no exception. After painting them, I found a glass and mirror man who charges a reasonable price for installing and treating them for bathrooms. Check it out! Though my pictures really do not do them justice. I will show you in their proper place when the bathroom is done.
The mirrors are 23" x 27" roughly. You can see the full big mirror that will go away. We think the tall mirror will actually make the room feel taller and visually bigger in a different way...we shall see. It is very exciting. Work will be underway a little later this month.
The painting was done with Round the Coop.com formula for dark brown chalk paint which I used over the brass. Two to three coats were required. When that was dry, I dry brushed coco over that. Then I used the clear wax over that. I didn't use the dark wax like I thought, this just looked better. Here is a picture of the frame up close....
Isn't it wonderful?? In person, it is even better. Is it bad to love a mirror? The glass man did...but these aren't for sale....
Well, keep painting! For more wonderful ideas check out other inspirational blogs.....Miss Mustard Seed,  round the Coop and others.....
Nancy

Monday, December 26, 2011

Beginning a New Year

For us beginning a New Year starts the day after Christmas. It is a day of putting boxes, dishes, pots, pans and more away in their rightful spot and trying to find homes for new things that we have been given.
Besides diets, the biggest New Year's resolution people have is getting organized....And I would be no exception. As a year goes by, things change and so do needs, so getting organized is always a challenge...at least in our home.
This year our tree will be going out to the trash early...it is very dry. Before you say something about a tree going to the trash, let me say, that our city collects the trees that are put out and chips them into mulch that use in all the parks, so don't despair, they are being recycled!
However, I have for years tried to get my husband  to let me have a "fake" tree, for simplicity. That way I wouldn't have to vacuum up needles and the mess! As the years have gone by I try to vote for a fake tree, someday, I will be able to have a tree you just pull from a box, straighten up the branches and plug it in....how nice that would be!
In the New Year, WildOakDesigns will be creating more goodies for the shop and finding other goodies to recycle, remake or vintage items so keep an eye out.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

As we all are wrapping madly and getting those last minute gifts, I want to take the time to wish everyone a  Merry Christmas! and a very Happy and wonderful New Year!
And don't forget the simple things....
This morning I was looking at Craigslist, part of that addiction I have because I like to find treasures...and found a wonderful hutch that was being sold here in town...oh ohhhh...
I made contact and offered a lower price and was all set to get it...but I would need help....my wonderful husband who was busily printing some pictures for a friend, said he would help...but I could tell he wasn't thrilled...
After measuring doorways, and then the car (an SUV) I realized that the hutch was too big and the timing completely wrong...sad...but true.
Sometimes in life, even if the price is fair, the timing isn't and one has to look at the situation....oh well...another time maybe. Our dining room is sweet and simple, just the way it is.....
As the New Year moves into view, I will update you on our bathroom renovation and our garden....
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chalk Paint Love



I am addicted to chalk paint. Not just any paint, Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. No prep, no sanding, (ok so wiping a piece clean is a good idea), no fooling! Just paint, which let's face it is what we really want to do. So, our old brass chandelier over the dining table needed TLC as it was time to replace or something.....so now, it is a French Country Chic, and it cost a little time and about $4! Yep, and that's probably over calculating the cost....Here in the picture it is dressed with the red shades for Christmas, but you get the idea. It is also "flat" here, I antiqued it with a dark wax after the picture and now it is even more gorgeous!


What else you ask? Well, the WildOakDesigns "store" is a wardrobe that I received, that was once cherry and kinda "plain". Now it is French Country chic! I got to paint it in place (putting tape down first to protect carpet) and it took about 2 hours total and cost about $10 counting the vinyl appliques that I added. Those I purchased at Debra's Cottage a shop here in town (Debra'sCottage.com) and voila!
Now, I find I am looking for things to paint....I have created mirrors for our soon to be redone bathroom and a multitude of frames and things...many of which wait for new homes in our store. all have a hand rubbed finish and are simply chic!