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Gray Washed World Market Coffee Table- Cameron Coffee Table Makeover

7th February 2016


Gray Washed World Market Coffee Table Makeover

I have seen a lot of World Market furniture via Pinterest and other social media sites and was totally bummed out that there wasn’t a store in Massachusetts.  Then one day I saw a picture of the Property Brothers on Instagram at the grand-opening of a World Market store in Framingham, Massachusetts, and I was so excited!  Finally, I could check out what all the hype was about.  Road trip time!

So I loaded up the kiddos and headed down there.  Sure enough there was beautiful housewares as far as the eye could see…and the prices were affordable!  But I haven’t had any reason to purchase a piece of furniture from there…until now.  

We have lived without a coffee table in the family room for a while now, because of safety reasons with our two-year-old son.  But now he is older and we are not as worried about major head injuries, so we decided to purchase a new coffee table to finish the space.  When I found this Cameron coffee table from World Market, I new it could work in the space.  I really like that it had room for storage baskets underneath.  Also the price was right at $229.99.


When I brought the coffee table home and assembled it, I realized I wasn’t crazy about some of the reddish-tones in the wood.  So I decided to tone-it-down with a gray-wash.  I had some left-over Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen from this project and I decided to try it out on the table.  

The process of a paint wash couldn’t be any simpler, I just added some water to the chalk paint until it was pretty liquidy in consistency (not an exact science), brushed it on the table in sections with a paint brush, and the immediately wiped it off with paper towels.  I really tried to work the paint into the grain of the wood when I was wiping it off.  Then I repeated the process to any areas of the wood that were particularly red-toned. Finally, I finished the table off with a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax.



I think the gray tones work better in the room with the paint color and the colors in the rug.  Also, I like how the black hardware on the table works with the lantern light fixture.


I am really pleased with how the table turned out, and it just goes to show that with a little paint and some elbow grease, you can transform a piece to fit your space and the look you are going for.


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Dining Room Reveal-French Provincial Dining Set Makeover

3rd December 2015


Dining Room Reveal- French Provincial Dining Set Makeover

Finally the moment has arrived when I can finally reveal the french provincial dining table and six cane chairs that Mr. Wilson worked so hard to finish!   Since we are hosting Christmas dinner this year, I rushed to sew the skirts for the chairs and decided that for the sake of time, I would just reupholster the arm chairs in a gray linen fabric I found at Joannes.  I actually like the contrast of the gray fabric on the arm chairs, it makes the set a little unique and not so matchy-matchy. 


Here is a view of the back of the chair skirts I sewed from drop-cloths.  If you remember from this post, I used Miss Mustard seeds amazing tutorial on how to sew these little babies and I think it really dresses the chairs up!  


I used these drop cloths that I ordered from Amazon, which I bleached to give them a lighter look.  The chairs were sanded down and painted in Old White chalk paint by Annie Sloan.



I whitewashed the table top and painted the legs and base in Annie Sloan’s French Linen Chalk Paint, you can read about this transformation more in this post.


The following photos show how I set the table for Christmas, which is quickly approaching.  The little trees I found at the Target dollar bin section for $3 each.



The table runner and little gold candle holders are from Homegoods.


A simple and inexpensive Christmas centerpiece is a pretty bowl or tray filled with sparkly ornaments.  I received the glass bowl as a wedding gift and the large silver ball in the middle is from the Christmas Tree Shop.


This table is ready for a feast, now I just have to figure out what to cook!

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French Provincial Cane Back Dining Chairs-Before

23rd October 2015


French Provincial Cane Back Dining Chairs-Before

With the holidays quickly approaching I was in the market for a new dining room set that would accommodate my family of five, plus our extended family. I had been searching Craigslist for a while now but came up empty-handed until I stumbled upon this set.  It included 6 cane back french provincial chairs, a french provincial dining table with 3 leaves and a hutch.  For a price of $250, I couldn’t pass it up. 


Mr. Wilson was once again pretty skeptical about this purchase, given the condition of the chairs and fabric.  You can see the nasty stains on the chair fabric in the picture above.  But I could see beyond the stains and the dirt…… I had visions of Miss Mustard Seeds beautiful cane-back dining chairs dancing in my head.  She has such amazing taste and has transformed many dining chairs with some paint and drop-cloths.  Yes, you heard me right…DROP-CLOTHS!!!


Image Curtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

Although my sewing skills have progressed, making slipcovers for 6 chairs will prove a challenge for me.  Thank goodness Miss Mustard Seed has an excellent tutorial on how to make dining chair slipcovers and it looks pretty straight-forward…haha, famous last words.  I plan on using this chair as my guinea pig and so far I have removed the seat cushion and lightly sanded it.  Next, it will get a coat of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in “Old White,” a creamy off-white color.  Then I plan on getting started with the drop-cloth slipcovers.


Do you think I can pull it off?  I guess we will see!

You probably noticed I do not have a picture of the table and the hutch.  That is because the table was disassembled for transport to my house.  I will write a later post on the table. 

French Dresser Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

2nd October 2015


I decided to give this little french dresser a makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  The dresser color is Annie Sloan “Duck Egg Blue” which is a beautiful fresh blue color and the hardware is Annie Sloan “Arles” which is a mustard yellow color.  The inspiration for the color palette was the fabric I used to reupholster these cane chairs, since this sweet dresser will be used as a sideboard in my living room re-design.  I thought the color combination was modern and a little bit funky.


Here is the before photo of the dresser:


I also had to replace one of the drawer glides that was completely chewed up and broken.  


I did lots of research online on drawer track replacements and I figured out that you can not find an exact replica of track seen above.  Instead, you have to purchase a complete replacement drawer track for that particular drawer.  I purchased this one from Swisco.com.  If you are not sure which replacement system to purchase you can email them a photograph of your current track system and they will recommend a replacement for it.  


It is not the best drawer system, but it is better than a drawer that just falls out.  Here is a close-up of the hardware.


I used some Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White to add some dimension to the detailed areas of the dresser to make them pop.


I am happy with how it turned out, I really love the duck egg blue!


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Living Room Mood Board and Design Inspiration

24th September 2015


Mr. Wilson and I are so thrilled with how lovely our DIY reupholstered cane chairs turned out that we decided to use them as inspiration to re-decorate our entire living room!  Whoohoo… that means more projects!  This time I decided to go legit and create a design board using Picasa which is free to download, and allows you to upload images and create photo collages.


I have never been the type of person who can afford to go shopping and purchase entirely new furniture all at once, so with the budget in mind, I will be slowly decorating this room completing DIY projects along the way to save some $$.

Pillows are a great way to add color, texture and pattern to a room without breaking the bank. Since the room will be designed entirely around the cane chairs we reupholstered (which cost us about $160 for the chairs and material), I have selected some complementary fabric for throw pillows that I plan on making myself.

Fabric Choices for Pillows:

  1. Dwell Studio Teal Modern Tellis Fabric


2.  Premier Prints Zig Zag Slub Yellow/White This one I selected because I already have a yard of it sitting in my house…yes, I am a fabric and a yarn hoarder.Yellow Chevron Fabric

3. Robert Allen Boteh Jade Fabric– I love this print because it ties in both the aqua and the gold from the chair fabric.


Another great way to tie in a color scheme is through use of accessories, I am using a mix of accessories I already own (which saves $) and a few I purchased at HomeGoods.


1. Gold Leaf Ball- $10 at HomeGoods, the gold leaf works well with the gold color in the fabrics and some of the other gold/brass accents I have in the room.gold-leaf-ball

2. Aqua Glass Vase- $10 at HomeGoods, The aqua tone works nicely with the fabric on the chairs and I added some branches for a little texture.  I just noticed that the branches in the vase pick up the branches in the chair fabric…that was completely intentional (sarcasm).


3.  Isaac Mizrahi Gold Throw Blanket- at $24.99 this was a major STEAL! It is so soft and the gold tones pick up the gold flowers in the chair fabric.  I particularly love the tassels.


4. Lamps- I have a pair of sea-green lamps I purchased a while ago from Renningers Antique market in Pennsylvania.  They were in my master bedroom, but I think the color and the lines will work well in my newly designed living room.


Design Tip:   When you purchase items for your home whether it’s furniture or accessories, make sure that the piece is WELL MADE, TIMELESS and something that you ABSOLUTELY LOVE.  I guess it’s sort of like shopping for clothing in that sense. If the item fits all of those criteria, then you will always be able to find a place for it in your home. 

DIY Projects:

  1. I found this petite french dresser, through a Facebook yard sale and when Mr. Wilson brought it home, I was tempted to have him bring it right back.  The wood tracks on the bottom drawers were completely annihilated and the drawers were falling out.  I have ordered some new drawer tracks online, so I will let you know how that turns out in another post.


I plan on painting the piece in duck egg blue chalk paint by Annie Sloan. Which is the color of the tray pictured on top of the dresser.  I think it will work nicely with the fabrics and color palette of the room.


2. DIY Botanical Art Print Project- I plan on spray painting frames that I already own a metallic gold and then selecting botanical flower prints from this book to create some beautiful (and NOT homemade looking) inexpensive artwork.


 Furniture to Purchase:

  1. I really love this bench from Overstock.
  2. The Nipprig rattan bench is new to the IKEA catalog and is only $129.  I could spruce it up with a really nice cushion and some pillows and it would make some nice additional seating in the room.  It also could be cool as a dining bench for my dining room table.
  3. Currently I have a small white loveseat in the room but would really like to purchase IKEA Stocksund Sofa or something similar.  It reminds me of this Miramar Sofa from Serena and Lily.
  4. I would love to replace my current wicker coffee table for this beautiful glass Vitya Coffe Table from Wayfair.  I like the shape of it and the gold finish.

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DIY Boxwood Topiary

17th August 2015


I have always loved the structure and elegance of a topiary, they are almost regal in a way.  And since I love boxwoods so much, like I mentioned in this post, I decided it would be fun to make my own boxwood topiary.  If you were to purchase a boxwood topiary from a major retailer like this one, you would be spending between $50-$75!  I was a able to create my own for under $15!!!

***If you want to preserve your boxwood branches prior to making this topiary check out this post by Paper Daisy Designs.  Preserving your branches first, keeps your topiary looking natural and fresh for a very long time!***



-A sturdy container of your choice 

(I already had this yellow urn that I purchased from the Christmas Tree Shops for  wicked cheap)

-5 inch styrofoam block ($4.50 at Michaels)

-6 inch Wet Foam Ball ($5.99 at Michaels) 

**Moisten the wet foam ball in water prior to starting project**

-Boxwood cuttings (4-6 inches long)

(free from your garden if you have boxwoods, otherwise you can purchase a boxwood shrub at your local garden center)

-Moss ($4.99 at Michaels)

-3/8 inch thick Dowel Rod ($.59 at Michaels)

-Small saw

-Knife for cutting styrofoam

-Paint (what ever you have on hand)

-Scissors for trimming the ball

-Measuring tape 

Total cost for project: $13.66 with my 40% off coupon at Michaels


1. Using a sharp knife, cut/saw the styrofoam cube to fit your container.  Be careful not to cut yourself.  Once trimmed to size, insert the styrofoam into your container.boxwood-topiary-tutorial

 2.  Using a small saw, cut your dowel rod to the desired height.  This measurement is going to depend on the height of your container.  You do not want the ball of the topiary to be too tall otherwise it will be top heavy.  I cut my dowel rod down to 16 inches long, which fit my container perfectly.  


 3.  Insert the dowel rod into the styrofoam base, making sure the dowel rod is centered in the container and straight. Then paint the dowel rod using whatever paint you have on hand,  I used Annie Sloan’s “French Linen” chalk paint. 




4.  Strip the leaves off the bottom two inches of your boxwood branches.


5. Once the paint has dried, insert the wet foam ball into the top of the dowel rod about 3/4 of the way through the ball.  Insert the boxwood branches, one at a time into the ball working in rows until the ball is filled with branches.


6. Once the ball is completely filled with branches, give it a trim using scissors.  Make sure to cut any long branches protruding from the ball.diy-boxwood-topiary-trimming-ball

7.  Add moss to the top of your container around the base of the dowel rod.  This will cover up the styrofoam in the container.


 8.  Add a fabulous bow…..and you have your own boxwood topiary!




 ***If you decided not to the preserve the boxwood, water the wet foam ball frequently using a spray bottle to keep it moist.  This will extend the life of your boxwood.***

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chalk-paint-buffet-makeoverWith our expanding family we continue to accumulate “stuff” ie. games, puzzles, toys, junk etc.  The main problem is that our home is lacking some serious storage for all this stuff.  So over the winter, I was on a mission to find a vintage dresser or buffet that I could repurpose into a console for puzzles and game storage.  We ended up finding an antique wood buffet on craigslist and knew it would work perfectly. Unfortunately, I have no before photo of what it used to look like.

But here is what it looks like now. image

I removed the hardware, sanded down the piece and then painted it in chalk paint from the Botanicals line in the color Salvia which is a nice grayish-blue tone.image

I liked the color, but it was too matte and needed some dimension. So I decided to use a dry brunch technique using Annie Sloans Old White. This was the first time I ever used this technique but it was pretty forgiving, even for a novice like myself.

Using a paint brush, you simply dip the tip into the paint (Old White in this case) and wipe off the excess paint on a rag or paper towel. Then lightly brush the paint onto the piece in the direction of the grain. Use long strokes back and forth, but make sure to do it in small sections at a time. Then you take a damp rag and immediately wipe the area you just painted. Repeat until the piece is evenly covered and you get the look you want.

>>>If you add too much white paint to one section just rub it all off with a damp rag and start again. Easy peasy!image

 Here is a close up of the finish. I spruced up the old tarnished brass with Bar Keepers Friend like I did with this piece seen Here.

Check out all the storage…ooooh lala!image


Now everything is stored away out of view and I have a lovely console to accessorize!image


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