Sunday, October 15, 2017

Armoire Re Love

Good Sunday to all of you.  Hope the weekend is going great.

Remember this great armoire I scored for $50.

After some heavy duty sanding by my great handy man Terry we got it down to the bare wood.

As you can see my assistant Peggy is checking out the progress!

The next process was to take white paint and water it down.  I did one part paint to one part water. I just used white paint I had.  Nothing fancy like chalk paint etc. just regular paint.   Then I took a wet brush and white washed the paint onto the cabinet.

The next step was to take steel wool and rub off the paint.  This was after the first round with the steel wool.  We did this about 3 more times to get the desired look.  I did not follow any rules just kept putting on another coat of white wash and then used steel wool to take off the paint.  To get it to the desired look I wanted it was about 3 times of doing this process.

Each time the cabinet took on more of the white wash.  If you like the french look of the wood really coming through you would only have to do this process one time.  I wanted more white on this piece so it would live happily with the other white chippy pieces I have in this room.

This is where I ended up after 3 rounds of white wash and using the steel wool.  It lets some of the wood show but I get the gray and white effect I wanted.

I was going to just paint the inside of this cabinet but after playing around with the steel wool on the inside I kind of liked that it looked much like the outside of the armoire.  

Now I have a small armoire to bring in a small TV for the upstairs and also gives me some storage.  I am thinking a cute basket with my throws in that open area next to the drawers.

This piece now fits nicely with all my other chippy pieces in the room.  It has been a rain filled weekend and no sun.  These pictures are a bit drab.  If I try to brighten them too much they get washed out.  Hoping soon to take pictures of the whole living room reveal.  Maybe soon I will have some sunny days to capture this room better.

Have a great new week.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy New Week

I have been asked to have my Christmas Decor from last year published in an upcoming Magazine.   I was going through my Christmas decor from a year ago and it brought back such wonderful memories of our last Christmas in Junk Chic Cottage II.

I will let you know when this gets published.

In the meantime I am working on the Living Room Space and I got a treasure today that I am going to re love for the living room.  I cannot wait to show you how this wonderful piece comes out.

This is the original piece I was going to pick up today.  The lady had this pretty cabinet for sale.  $40.  I need a small armoire cabinet for the Living Room in the new house.   I thought that Terry and his handy tools might be able to make this piece work.  Maybe some chunky legs to bring it up a little bit.  The size was perfect for the space.  It looks bigger in the picture but in reality it was only 28 inches wide and 18 inches deep.

We drove down with every intention of getting this piece.  When we got there this lady had a treasure trove of beautiful pieces of furniture in her garage.  

Of course I just meandered into her garage for a little lookie do!

I spied this piece and she told me if I like this piece better I could have it for $50.  It was perfect and solid oak.  I almost could not get it in my car fast enough.

I thought is this women crazy this piece is beautiful and for $10 bucks more I do not have to do anything to it.  Well maybe sand it and decide to leave it wood or do a paint texture to it! Still nothing had to be added.  SCORE!

This sweet TV cabinet was a beauty and still small enough for the space.  I will have pictures soon of the transformation of this sweet piece.  Gotta love when you find a bargain like this.

Have a great new week.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Master Bedroom

Hi Everyone.
Happy Friday and Happy Weekend.

Miss Peggy is recuperating nicely after her surgery yesterday.  No more puppies for this girl!  She is officially retired from being bred in a kennel. 

Poor girl will undergo another long surgery and  have 10 teeth removed in a few weeks.  This is why she is so thin.  Peggy has very bad teeth and has not really been eating too well.  I am so mad when I think of this "award winning" breeder with a stellar reputation let this sweet girls teeth get so bad. 
 We will take care of her and get her bad teeth pulled and hopefully  get her gaining some weight.    Makes me so sad to think that she has had this bad dental issue going on for a long time and the breeder did nothing to help her.  I am so glad we rescued this sweet girl and can give her the care she needs.

Now on to our Master Bedroom.  Now don't blink or you will miss the tour of the Master Bedroom!  Remember this cottage was built in 1949 so there was no such thing as a Master Bedroom.  Just bedrooms.  Enough space to put a bed, dresser and maybe a night stand.

My bedroom is very small but I was excited to see our King Sleep Number Bed would fit along with the two night stands on the main wall.  I love that sleep number bed and was so worried it would not fit in this space.

Lots of natural light comes in this room all day.  Love the soft romantic feel to the bedroom.  My headboard made from old cottage doors fit nicely too.

I have my candle chandelier over the bed for a romantic feel.  Which after looking at the picture I realize I need to put the candles in the holders LOL!

It is quite cozy in this bedroom.  Only about 3 feet left from the end of the bed to the wall!  It is all good with us.  The king sleep bed fit and that is what is important.  We can still move around the bed so it is all good.

I have this faded gray, blue and silver floral throw at the end of the bed for a touch of color in this serene setting.

I have my love birds.

My angel on an old chippy window.

So that concludes the tour of our bedroom in the new place.   I told you not to blink!  We are living large now in a tiny house! 

Have a great Friday and wonderful weekend.
Hope to have more pics to show you soon.  Just waiting on some slipcovers for chairs in the kitchen and I need to find a few things for the living room.  I am happy with how the living room and kitchen are coming together.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Bathroom Reveal

Hope you are all having a great weekend.  The sun is shining and it is low 70's for temps here in the burbs outside of Chicago.  A nice breeze is blowing in the windows.

Sweet Peggy is getting in a great nap under the window with a breeze blowing over her.

I am not going to say this is the final reveal of the bathroom because it is still a work in progress but it is finished for the most part.

This is the picture of the bathroom when we bought the house.

We gutted most of this bathroom and then used the Epoxy Paint on the cast iron tub and tiles.  It made a big difference.

These dark dated bathroom tiles were transformed with the Epoxy Paint.

Yep so much better!

Then this sweet cabinet we purchased when we went to Michigan got some legs and a paint treatment.

I did a white wash paint treatment to this piece.  All I did was painted the piece white and then added a layer of gray paint and then sanded it down.  After a light sanding I took a wet brush of white paint and went over the piece one more time.

I did not follow any special way just kind of went along with doing it my way.  I am sure on pinterest there are great instructions on how to get the white wash look but I made up my own!!! I liked that the gray and wood come through to give texture to the piece.

I know a lot of you loved the cleaned up brass to the sink and faucet but it really did not go with the look I wanted in this room.   I used white epoxy on the sink and then we got a new faucet in silver.  The brass faucet was not taking the paint.

I had my handyman Terry cut this old chippy post in half and then added some vintage hangers to make his and hers towel holders for this bathroom.

Shooting pics right into the light in this bathroom is always a challenge but you can see the nice new vinyl flooring.  This only took Terry about 2 hours to put in.  He only had to use a utility knife to make the cuts and then they clicked together in place.  I like that these floors look and feel like wood and give some texture and contrast to this basically white bathroom.

This bathroom went from this.

To this pretty bathroom.  This bathroom will still have things added.  I want to find either new sconce covers for this light fixture or a whole new light fixture to bring in a little more vintage vibe. 

Not sure the current mirror will stay.   I hope I can find a pretty old chippy framed mirror with some character.

So one room done to show you.  I will have more rooms to show with new decor etc. in the coming days.

Before I close and wish all of you a great weekend.  I want to give a shout out and share a new blog with you.

You all know Diana from Nana Diana Takes A Break Blog.  Diana has ventured out and started a new blog called  A Cottage On The Cove and this sweet blog will have Diana's Etsy shop .
So if you would like more of her humor, savvy style, sassy personality and oh so talented treasures,  please head on over and check it out.  Plus she is doing a giveaway.  We all love a great give away!

Have a wonderful Weekend.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Vinyl Floors Have Come A Long Way

Happy Friday Everyone.

We are moved in and starting to settle in.  Yeah!

Terry and I are still working on some projects around the new house with hopes of getting some things done to show soon.

When I was a kid we had vinyl floors in our basement.  I remember one time when the washer overflowed so my brothers and I  did what any kid would do and we made a slip and slide down there with the overflowing water from the washing machine!!!  The vinyl floors back then were slick and very shinning but held up well to water.  Especially when the washer over flowed!!!

When we went looking for flooring for the new basement and the Lowe's guy suggested vinyl planked floors I was brought right back to the 60's!! I thought no way am I putting something that dated in my newly renovated basement!

He must have seen the look of horror in my eyes and said just give me a chance to show you the new and improved vinyl flooring that is very popular.

So with a half opened mind Terry and I strolled on over to the flooring area with the Lowe's flooring guy.

To my surprise he was showing us vinyl floor planks that looked and had the feel of real wood floors.  He told us this is the best product on the market for basement dwellings.  It is guaranteed to with stand floods in a basement.  Nothing will penetrate the vinyl.  In the case of a flood down there we would have standing water that would not go down into the dwelling.

So we thought ok maybe this might be a good choice for the side of the basement where the bathroom, laundry area and storage rooms are.  I was insisting still on carpet for the family room side.  Just feels warmer and more like a family room and not a basement in my mind.

We agreed on this Washed Oak Dove by Stainmaster.  It was not expensive and they had free installation of all Stainmaster flooring.

I will have a post later on the floors down in the renovated basement.  I am really pleased at how nice they came out.  

We also got carpet by Stainmaster that has a barrier against water or any other liquids going down into the padding.  Lowe's had a soft pile berber that matched the colors in the planks so we chose that for the family room and office side.

I promise I will have that post soon.

Now back to this post.  We had a box and half left of this vinyl flooring.  I have old white ceramic floors in the upstairs bathroom.  Hmmmm I thought!  Can't let this left over pretty vinyl flooring sit in the box! Right!

 I am going to put it right out here.  I hate grout and tile flooring.  I can never seem to get it cleaned even with all the fancy cleaning products out there now.  Plus it is cold on your feet in the winter months.

This is the current floor in the upstairs bathroom.  Nope not a fan!  With having the extra vinyl,  I thought it might look good in this bathroom if we had enough. 

I am doing a white wash look to this room as you can see in the sneak peak of the pretty vintage sink cabinet we got on our trip to Michigan.  The original sink is below in the next picture.  I transformed this lovely into a new white washed pretty for the bathroom.

I laid a few of the planks down to see how it might look.  I was liking it very much.  Gives some texture to this all white and light gray bathroom.  Plus since these are vinyl they are perfect for the bathroom with water resistance.

So on this Friday night Terry and I are working on putting down this click together floor in the bathroom.  Don't any of you be jealous that we are having such fun and excitement together on a Friday night!!!!  

I hope I can have a reveal of the bathroom post for you in the next few days.  Just a few more things to finish up in this room and it should be ready to show you.  

Have a great weekend.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Move In Day

Hellooooo and Happy Friday.

Yeah I am not homeless anymore!!!! We got everything moved out of the POD and into the house yesterday.  While I am overwhelmed with having boxes and stuff everywhere I am excited to finally be HOME!

I found this painted plank saying awhile ago and just loved the message.  So I cannot wait to hang it in the new house.

Priority #1 was getting my sleep number bed up and ready for us to sleep in last night.  Oh how I have missed my bed!  I had a little  Hug Fest with my sweet bed!  It was nice to land in this bed last night!
While I see boxes and stuff everywhere I will be so happy when I can start to decorate.

We have some major unpacking and the kitchen to finish before I can start my decor.  Just trying to breath and not get too overwhelmed with all the things that need to be done.

Seriously moving is not for sissies!

Remember my armoire that Terry made into an office space for my computer in our last house.  It is now going to be re loved into a nice big pantry for the kitchen area.

 Our kitchen is so tiny that I needed more storage.

I had intended this to be in the living room but it was too big for the space.  It is challenging living in a tiny house.  Sometimes where you think something will fit it really does not. 

I found one of my sweet angels while unpacking so I put her in the window of the kitchen to watch over us as we try to get this kitchen together today.

This sweet love while confused is adjusting to her new life.  I love that she loves that white chair like Cooper did.

Peggy is wondering why she is not back at my daughters with the three dogs.  She was just getting to like them and poof now she is an only child again!  I told her No worries she will drive down with me on babysitting days to see the boys.

I am so glad we adopted this wonderful fur ball of love.  Peggy is really happy to be living indoors and have comfy places to nap.

House training is coming along nicely too.  Since she was kenneled outdoors all the time they potty when and wherever so she is doing pretty good with getting to know to go outside to potty.

       I am wishing all of you a great Friday and wonderful weekend.  It is sooooo hot here in the burbs of Chicago.  95 yesterday and today.  Perfect weather for moving in right?!!!! Ughhh!!!  

I cannot wait to get to the decorating part to show you.  This sweet little cottage house is going to be so cozy and fun to decorate.

While living large in a tiny house has it's challenges, and all the renovation nightmares,  I am so happy we got this home.  

With the basement almost finished for extra living space I think we can make this work for us.

Kris :)      

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Fur Baby

Hi Everyone.
Here is my little surprise! We were able to pick up our new sweet fur baby.
  It has been 7 months since we lost Cooper and we have missed him so.  When this sweet love came up for a rescue adoption we decided to take the plunge once again.

This was Cooper when we picked him up from the rescue and brought him to our forever home.  We soon then discovered that this sweet lug of love had a aggressive cancer.  We were able to give this guy a full year with lots of love before the cancer took his life.  He was such a sweet boy and we have missed him so.

So fast forward 7 months and this is our sweet new rescue girl that we picked up today.

This is our new fur girl.  We named her Peggy.  Sorry to all of you that wanted Lucy but Peggy won out with the grand girls vote!!!
So Peggy is now in her forever home and we will love her and spoil her.

So it's Peggy Sue the Basset Poo!

Peggy is on the tiny side for a basset hound and has the sweetest laid back personality.  I think she is going to share so much joy with us.

Peggy is all smiles.  So happy to be going to a real home.  Kennel life is over for her.

My granddaughter Charlotte is thinking of napping with Peggy.
Both have worn each other out today!

Peggy is zonked and needed a nap after the car ride home and playing with her new family.

So happy to give this sweet girl a new forever home.  She will fill our hearts with love and joy.  Happy we will be moving into the new house next week and she will have a real home.  Saying goodbye to kennel life.

Life is good.

Happy Weekend.