Monday, September 29, 2014

Autumn in the dining room

Good Monday morning everyone.
We have just returned from our whirlwind road trip in the States, lots to come about that I promise and what we brought home. Please forgive me this week if I don't answer your emails in a timely matter. All of this weeks posts were written Sunday as we are show prepping after work all week so it won't leave much time for anything but instagram, because there is always time for instagram.

Today I thought we could continue into the dining room for some fall splendour. I like to keep the themey decorations aside so we don't exactly add Halloween decorations but more items that can last until November 1 when I tear into Christmas.

i came across these chicken feeder bases and bought a whole bunch for the show. the possibilities are endless. this one is decorated for fall with gourds, pumpkins, pears, antique bottles and dried sunflowers. i had one planted with a whole bunch of tropicals. they can be flipped over for a pedestal/tray. i used one in the front hall on top of our urn to support a demijohn. if there are any left i will add them to the etsy shop.

speaking of etsy shop. the shop will be closed for the week just for sanity purposes.

i loved kim from savvy southern style's take on her fall front door with peach basket filled with apples so, i shamelessly borrowed the idea with smaller baskets for the dining room doors.

i found these small white shoe forms on our trip and added them to my collection. i love shoe forms for some reason, wood, metal, plastic it doesn't matter. maybe one day i will put them all in one area for some pizzazz.

i also found this great mustard bundt pan on the cupboard. i think it needs a third something so maybe i will come across a copper colander to odd it out.

Well have a great day all,


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Library like or popular kid cool

Another little show preview for your today. Or for all you furniture painting junkies out there another before and after dramatic style.

My love affair with the lamp black continues and this was actually Trevor's suggestion for these and he was bang on. Although Trevor suggests black for every piece as I have previously mentioned.
These tables now look sophisticated and elegant. Library like but cool enough to hang with the popular kids.

again i kept the simple original brass hardware and did a light distressing

there was a gold band running around the tops of these in the original finish so i sanded down to it for some interest and doesn't make these tables feel too precious to use.

they also had the original wheels intact. makes the table a little less sturdy sit on me friendly but definitely ups the style factor.

kinda plain and underloved

Have a good day,


miss mustard seed

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wood Garage Doors……for cheap

Well this was a Pinterest via blogger idea that nagged at me for awhile before I finally got the nerve to pull the trigger. Boy am I glad I did

Our garage doors did not really need a transformation but when has that ever stopped me before. I have been reading and rereading this post for awhile now

So today I shall share our transformation.

But first, I mentioned in our intro to Franklin that I had help painting the front door so I thought I would share that in the same post.
Our black doors were extremely chipped from the various paraphernalia I have had hanging on them during each season and our ridiculous country high winds. I had an inkling to change the black to something else and was leaning towards green. The brick on our home is quite neutral but can lend itself to the peachy tones quite well if not careful with pairings.
I have been reading a lot about Sherwin Williams paints from various bloggers so visited our local store and within 5 minutes picked this shade of green Olive Grove SW 7734.
Just in case you were wondering Artichoke was my second choice.

I am loving the freshness of it and at night the soffit lights my darling man installed really light this door up now instead of it fading into our house. This will most likely be the last coat of paint as these doors are just trashed from the previous owners but after a huge sanding and cleaning they look pretty good again.

I painted the medallion on the door black instead of the rust brown it was. I am actually still unsure about that decision but, it blends in well with the urns, lion and door knocker partially covered in wheat wreath. For those of you new here and I haven't mentioned it in awhile. This medallion although decorative is serving to cover a huge dent in our door. If you look really closely in the angle picture above you can just see it but, without the medallion it is all you see. 

I am also contemplating changing in the nearish not tomorrow future the traditional wall sconces for something more barnlighty. Something galvanized from barn light electric most likely.

I have just started the fall plantings and they are still new but once in bloom will share window boxes etc.

Alright to the main event. The redone garage doors.
First things first. Wash with dawn dish soap and vinegar and a good hosing. Let dry completely. Go to Lowes or Home Depot and purchase Minwax Gel Stain. Debate with husband on the right colour especially since he is not completely convinced this will work. We have had a few botched blog/pinterest recipes, so the trust factor gets lowered.

Anywho, we used walnut.
The Gel Stain was 18.99 and we bought 2 fat bristle brushes for staining and 1 thin 1.5" brush to do the edges. Total cost including brushes was about 26.00, so I took liberties with cost in the first photo but if you have the brushes, total is 20 bucks.

I have wanted wood garage doors on this house since we moved in but there have been bigger fish to fry and the roof on this photo shows a big fish swimming into our pond in the future. A tuna sized fish.
We started out at the top of the doors and worked down brushing in the direction of the grain. Our door has a wood grain finish which helps to complete the wood look.

Here's Trevor starting the application.

The closeups give you an idea of what the finish looks like sans glare. We did one coat waited 5 hours before lowering the doors and did 1 more light coat a day later because it looked a little light for my taste and some brush strokes were evident.
Note: your doors should be a brown/beige/wood tone prior to starting this project. If they are white to start with it may take you 4 coats to achieve this look. Save time and give them a coat of darker paint first.

I think it totally changes the appearance of our home and up close and from the street the doors look custom and new. A good diy not diy looking in my book.

Hope you are inspired to try something from your pinterest boards soon

Have a great day,

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A bit of fall house wander

I guess you need to keep up with the Jones's and join in on all the fall house tours that are popping up all over the place.  I thought we would start with the some of the main floor. 

I didn't put out a lot of fall themed items out yet (pumpkins, crows etc) but did change out a lot of the textiles, plants and moved some of my decor items around for some new vignettes. Away with the whites and in with the earthy colour. Our home really blends well in the fall time with the wood floors, black accents and brickwork.


i am totally digging the mustard tones this season and have added it into my pillow selections. the mustard and ticking pillows are also available in my shop

the fall mantel isn't too much of a change, i swapped out the lavender for some dried tansy. i am still really happy with the layout so left most of the items as is. i know super exciting.

i got the cute pinecone towel at west elm last christmas on clearance but i think it adds a nice touch of fall

the bathroom benefited from some dried yarrow i was on the ball with cutting in the summer and some white ceramic and stick pumpkins for a festive neutral air.

the yellow hand towel was anthropologie 2 years ago.

i did the same thing last year but swapping out the white and green books for some red ones is a super simple thing to totally change the appearance of your vignettes and add some different colour.

i took the big green frame down and replaced it with an old oak one for the time being to tone down the happenings in the front hall.
sammy got in on the action as he was trying to chase the sun spot around to stay warm so i let him oh so casually pose in the photo.

I have more fall to share but we'll save some for another day.

Have a good one everyone

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Linen Dresser, some listing and any suggestion?

Happy Tuesday.
I finished up this lovely dresser last week and added it to the mound for the show. Are you coming? Have you joined our event page? 
I'll be truthful for a moment, there has been a lot of real crap going on in my work life and I had a run in last night with one of "those" customers so, what I really want to do today is go back to bed and hide under the covers but keep on truckin' I will. Reading all the wonderful sunshine comments about Franklin and our office yesterday are doing some major spirit lifting so thanks to all of you wonderful faceless people out there.

This dresser is actually part of a set we picked up a few weeks ago but I am only getting around to this one for the show. I left the original brass hardware and gave it a simple finish with #generalfinishes #linen #milkpaint.
The wood detailing on the bottom half really stands out with the paint.

"the vignette"


I also did some more etsy listing last night so go check it out.

We are planning our next pre-show road trip. We leave Thursday for Ohio, Nashville and Asheville. Any food/shopping or scenic suggestions?

Have a great day all,


miss mustard seed 
savvy southern style