Paris Grey Etagere {China Cabinet}

I shared last week about the wonderful antique etagere that we found during our barn treasure hunt…..I thought I would share the finished project!

Here’s how we found her…inside the barn at this wonderful place…..

Found treasure - Vintage Etagere

You can check out some more before pictures here.

Painted with Paris Grey Chalk Paint…..

painted etagere

And filled with white dishes……

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I did not use any wax on this piece, but I did slightly rough it up a bit.

We are loving it! It looks perfect in the dining room, and has opened up so much cabinet space in the kitchen when we took all the white dishes out of the cabinets.

Now…you know what I’m thinking.

Yep.

You’ve got it.

I want to paint the walls.

I have some fun ideas……

This may or may not be a form of insanity.

I’ve always thought sanity was really overrated, anyway.

What are you up to?

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Vintage Etagere {China Cabinet}

A few weeks ago I shared how we were so very honored to be special Memory Keepers…you can read about it here.

If you follow me on Instagram you have been a part of seeing some of the wonderful treasures that we have been gifted with. {If you’d like to follow on instagram here’s my handle: cottageintheoaks}

We now have a huge storage room full of wonderful vintage and antique furniture and items that we have lots of fun ideas of what we’d like to do with……here’s  a look at the first one that we’ve tackled.

Here she is…when we found her.

Found treasure - Vintage Etagere

Forlorn. Standing on her head. Needing a bath and some TLC.

How do I know she was a she? It was the curvy legs.

She was missing her door…but that didn’t bother us a bit.

Found treasure - Vintage Etagere

Here she is in her new home….the dining room. Handsome has repaired her badly damaged, curvy leg…and built her two new shelves, and a new bottom, since her original ones were missing.

Vintage Etagere

We’ve scrubbed and cleaned her up….and was so happy to find out she has vintage, wavy glass! We’ve been letting her settle into her new surroundings for a few days now….and this week she will be getting a coat of Paris Grey. She’s excited.

Vintage Etagere

And then she will be the keeper of all of our white dishes and serve ware.

Vintage Etagere

Can’t wait to show you the finished product! {Actually, I can’t wait to see it myself.} 😉

What are you up to this week?

Blessings~

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French Linen Side Table Redo

We’ve had this little side table by our front door for a while now….but it was looking sad. It needed some TLC……so a few weeks ago, it got some!

Here it is before I began….

Here it is finished in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, French Linen with Old White accents and a dark wax finish. I’m loving it.

It sits by the front door still….and holds some fun little special things……little shoes that made it through Ellis Island in the 1800’s, the original, working movie script of Lord of the Rings, etc.

I don’t think it looks quite as forlorn now. It even brightens up that spot a bit more.

Have you redone any furniture in your home lately? It is the quickest, easiest, and least expensive way to completely change a room.

Be sure to come back tomorrow…….we are having a fabulous Moen giveaway! Shall I say…Oil Rubbed Bronze, anyone!!!??????

Blessings~

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Numbered Cubbies / Numbered Shelves

While cleaning out a wayward closet a few weeks ago I found this little dark wood/stained “cubbie box”. It was very forlorn-looking.

I’ve always loved numbered cubbies and numbered shelves….we are actually working on doing a wall of large numbered cubbies in our dining room. I thought this little piece would be fun as a miniature one to host a rotating collection of whatever finds its way to it.

numbered cubbies

numbered cubbies

I painted it white with chalk paint. Distressed it a bit with dark wax…and used a sharpie to number it. We’ve had fun rotating what’s inside.

numbered cubbie

numbered cubbies

It reminds me of a miniature version of vintage hotel mail slots.

numbered cubbies

A fun little project that cost $0….can’t beat that!

What have you been up to lately? Any fun projects going on?

Blessings~

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Louis Blue Shelves….

My youngest daughter is 12 and she is constantly designing. When our children turn 13 they get to totally re-do their rooms. She has a 3 ring binder full of product cutouts, colors, samples, ideas, price comparisons, etc. that she continually updates…getting ready for the big room re-do! She can’t wait.

She found these poor little chipboard shelves in our attic….and hauled them down. She had an idea that she wanted to give them an overhaul.

unfinished shelves

They were ugly. She’s really good at seeing past that. She found my Louis Blue ASCP and went to work. She painted them with one coat and then distressed them.

louis blue shelves

I think they turned out great…..and she likes these shelves much better than the ones she had. She calls them her ‘interim shelves’ while she’s waiting to give her whole room an overhaul. 🙂 ha!

louis blue shelves

Have you found anything in the attic or by the side of the road and given it an overhaul with paint before? {You don’t even need to answer that, Bliss, I’d pick you to be my dumpster-diving buddy! ;)}

Happy Monday Tuesday~

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Country Grey Table and Chair {& College Visits}

OK…so we visited and spent the day yesterday at another college.  The oldest public university in the U.S.

So. much. history.  Oh, how I love history!

By the time they got to showing and telling us about the two residence halls that were built in the 1700’s, and still have their original hardwoods, crown molding, high ceilings, and wainscoting…..I was deciding what I would like to  major in. I had it narrowed down to 2-3 choices when my son elbowed me and reminded me that we were there for him…not me!

Killjoy.

So, I snapped out of it…..but had a little trouble the rest of the day.

Can you imagine? A DORM ROOM with hardwoods from 1793, crown molding, wainscoting, and high ceilings!!!???? And the original doors!???? Completely restored and refinished. Be still my heart…..I was ready to go back to school. Then I heard the word thesis, deadlines, research…….it was the only thing that caused me to change my mind.

Now that I’ve semi got my wits about me I thought I’d show you a few little projects.

{I’m sorry it’s not 1793 hardwoods, wainscoting, high ceilings, and crown molding. In. a. dorm. room.}

Here are two little pieces of furniture that I wanted to redo for our new master bath……a small vanity chair and 1/2 table….here they are before:

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Here they are painted with ASCP in Country Grey….without any finish applied.  Just the paint:

annie sloan chalk paint

annie sloan chalk paint

Here they are in the bathroom after finishing them with ASCP dark wax:

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annie sloan chalk paint

annie sloan chalk paint

One of the lovely ladies from my small group Bible study sent me these pics of her project last week….and she had used Country Grey, too.  I think she did a fabulous job and her desk turned out great!  {Tara also finished her vintage desk with dark wax.}

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Well, I’m still all discombobulated ……. I might need a cold rag for my forehead.  Do you think they would let me move in and just be, maybe, like the resident artist/creative or something…without all the thesis and grades and exams, etc.?

Maybe if I got enough letters of recommendation…..

Blessings~

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Paris Grey Mirror

Still finishing up the details of our master bath redo….can’t wait to be able to have the completed finished project! Woohoo!

I thought I would share this great antique mirror that actually came with our cottage when we bought it….it was in the master bath. It was wood….a dark, mahogany colored finish.  It was not in good shape, so we painted it gold to go with the direction we were taking in the master bath at that time.  We loved the mirror, though….it is over 100 years old and has so much chippy character.

For our new master bath I painted it with chalk paint in Paris Grey, and then used the dark wax as finish.  I love it!

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Here is the best way to prepare mirrors for painting in my opinion….

I use whatever computer paper I have on hand and tear it into strips…and then slide it underneath the frame all the way around.  {Be sure to tape it….or it will slide and make a mess! Not that that it has ever happened to me, ya know, I was just kinda suggesting it just in case…….}

ASCP

ASCP

ASCP

I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!  This entire project took me 20 minutes.  I painted the mirror with Paris Grey, it dried in 10 minutes, I put the dark wax finish on it, and was done!

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Here’s a few more pics….not great ones, the bath is not quite finished and the lighting was low…..but it will give you the idea.

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What fun projects are you guys up to this week? My friend just did a vintage desk re-do with ASCP and I’m going to share it with a couple of the small pieces of furniture that I did in the same color soon….she did a great job!

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Hope you all are having a great week~

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French Blue {In the Garden}

I love the color French Blue….it is just such a great color, especially in the garden.  No matter where you put it, it just pops!

Here are some French blue in our garden…..

The fence in the The Nook….

French blue

French blueThe birdbath outside our bedroom window…..

French blue

French blue

The vintage metal chippy chairs…with a fun green poking through….

French blue

French blue

A tuteur in the front garden with New Dawn roses growing on them…….

French blue

Oh, and we can’t forget my favorite…French blue hydrangeas!

French blue

Is there a color that you love to use in your garden?

Blessings~

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Faux Reclaimed Barn Wood Door……

We are gearing up for the bathroom redo…and finishes a few small things in the living room redo.  As I was mulling over some of my ideas for these two projects I remembered how we completely changed the look of our kitchen door in a matter of minutes.

I shared this project over a year ago when many of you weren’t with me…and it is so fun and easy I thought I would share it again.

We loved all the character of our cottage when we bought it—the heart pine floors and Silas Lucas brick reclaimed from antebellum homes of the south, the authentic Acadian Cottage design, the old barn wood {reclaimed barn boards] used for the bathroom walls, the open floor plan {great for entertaining..which we LOVE}, etc.  But, of course, we like to nest and make it our own.  We are in the process of overhauling and re-doing many large and small aspects of Oak Cottage.  One small re-do that was accomplished recently was the door in the kitchen.  It was just your everyday, regular, white exterior door with a window.  {SO glad for the window!}  It didn’t fit in with the personality of our kitchen or home.  We like the vintage, shabby, Paris flea market, English cottage, artsy, eclectic style.  Never heard of that style?  Well, we make it up as we go—-I think we could call it the Vinabbarisharkart Style.  What do ya think? {Some people call it French Farmhouse…but it’s fun to be different….I never have liked to fit into a pigeon hole. 😉 }

We wanted our kitchen door to look as if it was reclaimed barn boards…or at least an old wooden farmhouse door.

Here’s what our door looked like BEFORE the makeover:

And here is our door AFTER a quick 20 minute {no kidding} overhaul:

barn boards

All the difference in the world!  Have a door you’d like to overhaul?  You can do this with wood or metal doors.

Here’s what you need:

1.  paint {we used a chocolate brown color for an old farmhouse/barn look.}  You could have lots of fun with bright colors, as well!

2.  dry brush

3.  painter’s tape for the window

Here’s how ya do it:

1.  tape the window right next to the door..you don’t need to tape up the entire window, just the edges that touch the door.

2.  dip your brush into the paint JUST A BIT—and then brush the paint off onto a paper plate or rag.  {This is called a Dry Brush technique}

3.  paint your door in horizontal strokes—leaving plenty of the white showing

4.  continue painting the entire door until you have your desired look—more of less paint—with the dry brush technique.

This project should take you 20-30 minutes–no kidding!  {Unless you are be-laborer–then it will surely take longer.  I just can’t help you there. :)}

We had fun and added a simple linen curtain and vintage sign.  It added SO much personality and character to the kitchen!

What projects are you working on around your home?

Blessings~

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Painted Piano {Gasp!}…..

It’s OK. Don’t panic. You CAN paint a piano….we’ve pained several. We are a musical family that is very plugged in to many music professionals, have a large music school here at the university…and have checked with all the right professionals. Relax. 🙂

I would not suggest painting a Steinway, or any other highly prized/collected piano. They usually have a beautiful finish to start with….and you would have to come to grips that if you painted it the value would immediately go down if you ever wanted to resale it.  {However, it’s not that you COULDN’T paint it….I just wouldn’t suggest it, for investment purposes.}

We love our piano…but the wood was not a very pretty color/stain.  So, we painted it.

Here is how we painted it at first….very whimsical to go with our very whimsical living room.  We loved it.

 But last year when we started the living room redo we just wanted something a little different.  So in the fall I repainted the piano….and here is what it looks like now:

 Knobs before {typical little piano brass knobs}:

 Knobs now {vintage cut glass}:

 For a cushion I used one of our hand painted faux grain sack pillows.

 If you are going to paint a piano…. chalk paint is a wonderful option.  I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray, and then distressed it with the dark wax. I think I need to distress it a bit more. It only took one coat. {One of the many reasons that I love chalk paint!} This whole project took me just a couple of hours.

There is nothing that I’ve found that can’t be painted. I’ve painted refrigerators, countertops, TV’s, floors, tub, tile, etc. Really…..you can change your whole world with paint!

Have you ever painted anything out of the ordinary?

Happy Wednesday~

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