Before and After–Mint/Pink Buffet

This week was a whirl wind of change for my family….and we survived! As my husband went back to work, I shifted gears back into focusing solely on my kiddos until late into the evening. I was so used to this routine for so long, that painting at midnight was a total norm for me and I loved it, but secretly I enjoyed having him home so much! ┬áIt was nice having the help. I stumbled across a blog or something on Facebook the other day that I feel like I was meant to see, do you ever feel like that happens to you? It was a woman explaining that a close friend of hers passed away from a sudden illness at 38. She went on to explain that it was a reminder to her that in all the chaos and craziness, the meltdowns and tantrums… how you process and deal with those hard situations is what really matters. I am nothing short of blessed to be able to stay home with my kids while they are young and do my dream job at the same time. With that being said, its hard….so hard. In every new situation I’ve learned to allow myself time to find my place, my comfort and keeping growing. You gotta roll with it, nothing is forever. So anyway….much to my surprise I finished a piece this week! I was more than excited and motivated to see this piece come to life. I’ve been wanting to try this sweet color combo for such a long time. When I was looking through Country Chic Paint colors, Refreshed (mint green) and Sweet Dreams (sort of a pinky orange) were exactly what I had in mind!…I just had to wait for the right piece, which happened to be easier than I thought. image image

This paint really does paint beautifully. The consistency is my favorite, it is so easy to work with. I have a few more projects lined up and have my eye on so many other colors…I’m so inspired by the choices. So with this piece I decided to do the Antique Wax over the body (Refreshed). The inside and sides of the top drawers are painted in Sweet Dreams and sealed with the clear top coat. I like an aged, rustic look on pieces like this, the dark wax looks really pretty with this color. image

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Xo

-A

Before and After–light grey cabinet

So, first I would like to thank Country Chic Paint for sending me some fun goodies to try! I am seriously over the moon excited about the colors they offer, and I was a gitty little kid when I received the package. No joke. I have to admit I don’t paint with “chalk” based paints very often. It’s not that I don’t love all the perks that go along with little prep and smooth finishes. It’s just not my cup of tea. Its totally a personal preference. So many of my talented painter friends swear by it and they have some really beautiful finishes. I just like thinner paint, that is easily workable and distresses nicely. With all this being said, I always love trying new paint, because every single one is different! Let me just say…without a doubt. I. AM. IN. LOVE. from the moment I shook the can..,I just knew I would love it. The consistency is not only smooth and easy to work with but it drys fast and sands beautifully. Its thin without being “watery”, almost like a great latex paint. Here are the beautiful colors I ordered: Midnight Sky, Lazy Linen, Sweet Dreams, Refreshed, and Bliss.

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I was so eager to get started I painted an old cabinet I’ve had for probably 4 or 5 years and never painted. I always had a soft grey in mind…and I tried mixing the perfect shade of milk paint (which is usually my go-to), but I couldn’t get the color I wanted. I thought I would give Lazy Linen a try which is one of Country Chic’s Limited Edition Colors. I only used one coat…seriously. The coverage was perfect. I wanted a very primitive, aged look. I had no clumping, or brush strokes! I lightly sanded with 220 after, to age it but did no prep work at all. I did have a little bleed through, so I lightly sprayed Zinsser lacquer spray (which blocks bleed through very well!) and dry brushed over. I can not say enough about how much I enjoyed this paint, I am so excited that I will have many many before and afters to share as I prepare for my friend Alisons new store mid next month (The Modern Cottage Company)!Here he is before…

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Xo

A

 

Sundays in spring

We took a walk with our kiddos this morning down to a really pretty lake near our house. Sometimes I forget how pretty our neighborhood is. I’m a city girl at heart and we moved last year to a very green, quiet town. Eventually Mike and I would love to move back to the Seattle area for a few reasons…but for right now, its such a lovely place to play with our kids, slow down and enjoy. For those of you who have not met Clemy (short of Miss Clementine) she’s the sweetest. Hyper, crazy, ball full of energy, with way to much love to give…but I love her, she’s a gift to our little family. Now everyone is sleepy, I love Sundays in spring time.

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