Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall




A friend gave me this beautiful antique mirror for a Christmas gift.  It had very special carvings all around the frame, in the shapes of berries and leaves, which were painted in soft red and green.




I hung it in the kitchen and it has been the perfect accent on the wall there.


A few weekends ago, I put up beadboard wallpaper in the kitchen as a backsplash.  And of course that caused a domino effect for a few things.  Including the mirror.  The colors of the berries and leaves just didn’t blend quite as well as I hoped. 




Since I loved where it hung in the kitchen, and didn’t want to move it, I decided that changing the colors would be the most practical solution.


Thankfully, I knew this particular friend would have no problem with me changing that kind of detail.  In fact, if she reads this, she probably won’t even be surprised.




I started by painting with light brush strokes over the whole frame, using our white trim and cabinet paint.  It definitely needed more dimension, so after looking through my stash of acrylic paints, I found the one I had used on the bathroom vanity.  It’s kind of a light charcoal gray.




I used a small artist’s paint brush and just a little paint to go over the berries and leaves, and here and there along the edges.


But to help it keep the aged look it already had, I felt I should layer it with one more color.  So I found another can of almond colored paint in the basement, and used the artist’s brush to paint over the berries and leaves, and around the flat parts of the frame.  I tried to leave some of the original color showing through in spaces, as well as leaving the darker paint in the crevices alone. 




And that’s it!  I love the mirror – and for me, the new paint job makes it fit perfectly into our kitchen.




Before and After



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Have you ever changed a piece you loved, and ended up loving it even more? 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thrift Store Loveseat


I found this small loveseat during a trip through our local GW store a few months ago.




It had a great price and looked virtually unused.  The frame was sturdy, the fabric clean (even though it was the wrong color!), and there wasn’t a stain or scratch on it.


I hoped it would fit into Alix and Kate’s room.  Since they have loft beds, there isn’t a lot of seating space for them.  They are sociable girls and love to have friends over, and they often invite the 3 little girls into their room to watch a movie together.




It was the perfect size for their small room and they loved it.

But of course the color of the fabric just wasn’t our style.  But that’s easy to change….with drop cloth.  Smile




I knew this would be a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.  I could make a new slipcover, and at the same time teach Alix and Kate how to measure and sew a slipcover themselves.  Hopefully, one day, knowing how to do this will be a help to them.




Before we cut the fabric, we talked about what we wanted the slipcover to look like.  Details like whether to use piping on the seams, whether to make a ruffled vs. pleated skirt, how to do the panels on the cushions.  It didn’t take long to figure out.  And in the end we are all three very happy with how it turned out!


(the sofa isn’t crooked, the floor is!)




We even made a cute little pillowcase from remnants of an old tablecloth, for added comfort.


Now all they need is a sleepover and a few girlfriends and cousins to come try it out!



Tuesday, July 15, 2014





Our county fair starts later this week.  This is our first year to be 4-H participants and thankfully, the girls were easy on us.  Kate did one drawing – a close up pencil sketch of Lil T’s eye, and Alix will be riding just 2 days at the Fair.

Kate dropped off her art project on Saturday morning and will hear soon about how it was judged. I can’t find a picture of it, but we’ll get one later and show you. 


And Alix is happily preparing everything she can for the riding and showmanship classes she and Lil T will be participating in on Friday and Saturday.




She’s entered in several classes – including dressage and jumping.  We watched her last week, practicing at the fairgrounds with T, and really enjoyed seeing how far she’s come in less than a year, without having many actual riding lessons.




Hope you all are having a good start to your week!