Giani Granite Counter tops round 2

Hey everyone, I hope you had a great week!  We are preparing for a busy weekend.  A visit with family, whom I haven't seen in years and a trip to the fair with new friends.  But I wanted to get these pictures up and talk to you about my counter tops. Many of you have been asking about them :)


A while back I was offered the chance to try out Giani Granite counter top paint.  My counter tops were less than ideal, you know that old fake butcher block look that was oh so popular in the early 80's.  So I decided to give it a try, nothing could be worse than what I already had, I had nothing to lose.  
 


The first time around went smoothly, you can see the before pictures and read about it here.  But after about a year or so, a few areas started to chip and peel.  Looking a little like this.

Sad.


Mostly in the heavily used areas only, and around the edges.  So I called the company and told them about my problem.  They were more than happy to send along a new kit including a more industrial top coat.  They were having problems with their old one, so they reformulated it and made it more durable.
 
And then, round two of painting my counter tops!  Good times....






Currently we do not have new counter tops in the budget, so this has been a satisfactory substitute for the real thing.

I accessed my creative spirit and tried my best to make this look something like marble.  And I believe I did pretty darn good job.  This is a cheap alternative for those of you out there with imperfect counters.  

 You can find the answers to any questions you have about this paint on their website.  And their facebook page has some great before/after photos.

Happy Weekend!!

Kitchen tour


About 2 years ago we finished our kitchen remodel.  I finally got around to styling it and taking some photos this weekend. 

Let's start with what you see when you walk in the back door.  This area is where we drop our bags, shoes and such.  The bench is a curbside find in my neighborhood.  I fixed it up and now it is a functional piece of furniture.

  

We had this shelf custom made and the hooks are from Hobby Lobby.



The cabinets are painted battenburg, walls are storm cloud grey,
 by Benjamin Moore.







 We worked very hard and on a ridiculously tight budget to create a kitchen we love.  Every thing together cost a little over $2,000.

Here is the before.
 Let's see a side by side comparison, shall we?









We had the bamboo flooring installed, but everything else was DIY.  You can find The glass cabinet tutorial here.

I painted our counter top (twice!) with Giani Granite Paint.  I will share more about that in another post this week.

I hope you all are having a great weekend!

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3rd Birthday

My middle child turns 3 on Thursday, but we decided to celebrate her birthday with a few friends over the weekend.  I think small birthdays for little ones is more ideal than a big blow out where they may feel overwhelmed. 


 I've never called myself a baker.  I usually get distracted while baking and leave something out, like butter in my last cake.
But this one turned out well.  I used Hershey’s perfectly chocolate cake and icing recipe.

I kept it very simple, a cake, some balloons and pizza. They danced, ran around the house and everyone was happy. 

A boy and a balloon, is there anything better?
Here's a tip that some of you may know about, but Dollar Tree has $1 balloons.  Those nice shiny types, that lasts for days.
The reason I tell you this is because last time I spent $15 for 12 regular latex balloons that wilted after one day. 
 
Hope you all are having a great week!

Large Linen closet

Now that my oldest daughter has started kindergarten(!)  I'm able to have a little more free time during naps to complete some projects. My sweet new baby is 8 months and I also have to keep up with my energetic three year old.  But gosh darn it if I can try and sell some furniture while I do it all.

I'm calling this a closet, because it originally had doors on it.  I like the look of an open closet, especially when you have lovely blankets and sheets to show off.


I think this would look excellent in a guest room or at the end of a hallway.  It also has a rod tucked into the top so you can hang clothes on it as well.  I would love to keep this. I realized as I was gathering blankets from around the house there wasn't a central location for all of my extra blankets.  They all reside in separate closets or are strewn around the house.




This piece is for sale.  Contact me if you are interested.

oh yeah, and let's not forget the before picture.


Also,I wanted to share my inspiration picture with you.


Style Board

 I was contacted by an awesome vintage furniture website, Chairish, to create a style board using some of their colorful accent chairs.  I had never done something like this before, so I figured I'd give it a try.
Turns out, I loved it and I wouldn't mind doing it again.


 The challenge was to use one of their accent chairs to create a colorful room design.  I chose this gorgeous little orange number and I loved the idea of using two of them in the room.

The butterfly print is one I have always loved and I feel it really brings together all the colors in the room.
I chose this rug from Chairish as well.  I think vintage looking rugs really stand out among more modern furniture.

The lamp I chose because of  it's elegant shape and soft, blue hue.  I love blue with orange.

The console table I chose is simple and classic.  It stands out just enough but doesn't steal the show.

The curtains add a little texture to the room, I love the fringe on them.  The blue goes nicely with the other colors in the room.

And the sofa is just cool.  Grey and turquoise is one of my favorite color combos.

1920's Orange accent chair- Chairish
Glass lamp- Lamps Plus
Aqua Floral Turkish rug- Chairish
Ebony Thar Console- Chairish
Butterfly print- unknown
Tufted sofa- Chairish
Curtains- Anthropologie

Grey and white big girl bed

What happened to the summer days where I used to lounge around the pool, flirt with boys and only worry about getting a sunburn?  They're long gone I tell you, looooong gone.
 Gone are the days of sleeping in until 11, 80's movies on repeat and having no where to be.

This Summer has been a bit challenging, but also so much fun.  Having three small children to entertain all day every day, has been such a drastic change from my earlier years as a free agent.


Anywho, enough about me missing my summer days as a teen, I have a new furniture reveal for you!

I've been sitting on this one for awhile, but there's nothing like a visit with some blog buddies to inspire me to get back in touch with my creativity.



This is the big girl bed I painted for my middle daughter.  I can't seem to find the before picture, but it was a dark brown wood stain.


I used my favorite grey paint called stormy weather by Valspar.  And the trim is white dove by Benjamin Moore.




Thanks for stopping by!

2014 Decorators' Showhouse

I'm dropping in today to share some photos with you of the Atlanta Decorators Show house and Gardens show I was invited to again this year.  It's being held at the Palazzo Rosa House in Buckhead and it will be open until May 18th.

I've never been busier in my life, this is a season in time where I sometimes don't even know what day it is.  But I wouldn't change it for anything in the world.

I plan to start picking up the furniture painting thing again really soon.  I need a little something in my life that's just for me right now, also we could use the extra moolah.


All right, now for some beautiful eye candy.







This was my favorite room in the house.


 





This dining room was by Melanie Turner, one of my faves.


Jimmy Stanton, another designer I love.




So many beautiful settees! 




I thought the idea for these curtains here was a unique idea.


This would be my spot.








Mirrored wall, can you spot Rhoda?


Cool, eclectic hallway.

For some reason I didn't get a good shot of the kitchen, but these were in the window.
I hope you enjoyed that, and if you live in the Atlanta area, I highly recommend you take a a day to go through the house.  It's really fun!