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Orange is so “A-Peeling”!


I love orange.  If you have ever read my blog, you know I have said that before but I thought it was worth mentioning again since this post is about painting a piece of furniture orange.  Orange seems to be one of those colors that brings out a lot of emotion in people.  You either love it or you hate it.  Orange has to be done right or it can be blinding and give you a headache.  But when it is a soothing orange like a sunset or a fall pumpkin, there is nothing more beautiful.  It is a color that makes me happy.

This post is a long time in the making.  I started this project about two months ago.  I am an “instant gratification” kinda gal (much to the chagrin of my hubby), so I usually try to finish my projects pretty quickly.  But in this case the d**m pollen kept getting in the way.  Every time I tried to put another coat of primer or paint on, it would be covered in yellow in about 2 minutes and I would have to start over.  I got very tired of sanding and wiping pollen so I let the project sit for a while until the pollen lessened.  I finally finished this weekend and am pretty happy with the results.  It is not perfect – but then neither am I.

I have been wanting a little orange statement piece in my foyer for quite a while.  I could not find something I liked or that fit or that I could afford.  I decided to take matters into my own hands when I found this piece at Ballard Outlet for $69.99.  It was the perfect size and the right price, but it was an ugly, fake looking oak and I wanted orange.  (This is where I stomp my foot and pout with a little whine added). Smile.

Anyway … here is what I did.

I realize from this picture that the color looks much deeper than it really was – but trust me … ugly oak.

A before picture from another angle.

Yes, I know that my garage is a mess.  I tried to crop out as much as the crap as I could – but you will just have to look past it.  Thanks!

This picture shows the color much better.  The garage is …. yep – still a mess.

Step 1:  Take out all the drawers and shelves and remove all hardware.

Step 2:  Once again admire the great deal you got on your piece.

Yes, you are reading that right … the original price was $459.00 then marked down to $343.99 … I got it for $69.99.  Are you kidding?  Who in their right mind would have paid $459.00 for this?  No offense to any one who might have made this mistake … but yikes!

Step 3:  Grab your sanding and priming supplies.

Start stretching out your arms – sanding can be a bit of a work out.  At least that is what I tell myself when I don’t go to the gym.  “No problem – I can eat that ice cream.  I sanded today.”

Step 4:  Sand while humming “I’m sexy and I know it … I WORK OUT!”

Top is sanded … at this point I am a little tired.  Time to take a little lemonade break.  hee!

Step 5:  Wipe down the sanded piece with a clean cloth.

Step 6:  Prime the piece.

This does not have to be perfect.  You will sand it one more time in between priming and painting.  I did not prime the back because I planned on modpodging some funky paper on the back. I have not done this yet, but I do have the paper so any day now …

Step 7:  First coat of paint.

Don’t panic when you see the orange – it is not done.  This is the first coat.  I was lucky enough to find the perfect orange color in a spray paint.  It is from Valspar and it is called “Fonda Copper”.  I knew it would work – especially if I used a dark glaze with it.  Spray painting is very therapeutic for me – but not always great in the wind … FYI.

Again – does not need to be perfect if you are papering the back.

I don’t have pictures of the rest of the procedure – I really don’t know why.  I must have been having one of those “officially lost it” days.  But, to finish it up, here are the steps I took:

Step 8:  Light sanding and another coat of orange.

Step 9:  Distress the edges of the piece with a heavier sandpaper.

Step 10:  Put a dark walnut glaze over the piece, a small section at a time and them immediately wipe it off, while rubbing it in.  Does that make sense?

Step 11:  Glaze entire piece with a Minwax paste.  Makes it smooth, deepens the color and protects it.

Step 12:  Put drawers back in and hardware back on.  I was lucky enough that I liked the hardware.  This can be easily changed, however, if you don’t like your hardware.

Okay … before I show you the finished product, let me show you the empty corner it will call home:

If you see any “dust bunnies”  I don’t want to know.

I am excited to show you how the finished piece looks, but I have not finished the foyer enough to show you it all just yet.  That will have to wait for another post.  I still need to decorate the top of the table, pictures, lamps and rugs.  Coming soon.

I like the way it turned out.  I know you might be wondering about the drip marks on the doors.  I know my hubby was.  It was originally a mistake, but then I kinda liked it so I left it.  I may go back and cover it later if it bugs me – but it reminds me that things don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Another tiny issue … the magnet on the left drawer is missing so it won’t close all the way.  Easy fix.

Boy – do I need a new camera!  Every picture looks like a different color.  I hope you get the gist.  Isn’t Mother’s Day coming up???

Well … that’s it for today.  What do you think of my Orange foyer piece?  Do you find it “A-peeling”?  Stay tuned for how it fits in the foyer together with the rest of the decor.  Happy Hump Day!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!


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Breakfast Room – Before and After


Happy Thursday!  It is beautiful here in Georgia – sunny and 80 degrees today!  The perfect day to pull weeds play tennis!  I know what I should be doing … but what I want to do is something different.  Isn’t it a woman’s prerogative to change her mind?

Today I want to show you our new breakfast room.  This space is far from done, but you can at least see the bones of the room.  I really want this area to be cozy, comfortable and some place that family and friends want to hang out.  I really cherish my time with my family at the dinner table.  We have the best conversations and lots of laughs.  Some of my best memories from my childhood are from the dinner table!

We have a tradition that we do at the end of dinner.  It’s called “The Condiment Quiz”.  Anyone who eats with us is not excused from playing the game (ask my teens friends).  Anyway – the game goes like this … I pick a topic and ask a question on that topic.  Whoever yells the answer out first is out of the game and excused from putting away the condiments.  Last one standing (or in this case sitting) has to put away all the condiments in the fridge or pantry.  My kids moan and groan about it, but I know they secretly love this game.  We have had topics from geography to sports mascots to Disney movies.

So you can see this area has to be fun and comfortable so we want to hang for a while after dinner and just be with each other.  Here is the before:

Lots of windows – I love bringing the outdoors into a room.  You can see outside from any seat in this room.

We had a bench built in the corner of the room to make a banquette.  I have always wanted a banquette and this room was made for it.  We had a huge 6 foot round table when we moved in and no matter which way we set it up it just didn’t fit.  At first I was really bummed – but once I figured out this configuration I felt better.  I had the same place build this trestle table that had built the round table.  This place is wonderful – it’s called European Antique Pine and you can see their stuff online at europeanantiquepine.com.

This banquette will easily seat 10 people and could probably squeeze in 12 if we all liked each other!  As you can see this area needs a lot of love and color.  I have ordered a cushion for the bench.  It will be in a dark chocolate brown Sunbrella material.  I like the idea of using outdoor material inside – super durable and can wipe it up easily.

I can’t wait to show you what is going on that big, blank wall.  I bought the most amazing folk art at Etsy.com.  You will have to check back and see how it turns out.

I am also in the process of having window treatments done .  Here are the fabrics I am using – I am just not a neutral girl.  I know that calm, white, beige or gray rooms are the big thing right now – and they are beautiful – but that’s just not me.  My family is loud, colorful and a little funky so I like my house to reflect the real us.

This is the fabric for the bench cushion.

This is the window fabric.  It just screams me!  All my favorite colors – sage green, orange, turquoise, red and chocolate brown.  I am doing a simple flat valance on medallions since the fabric is so busy.  It will be trimmed in a fabric call Oval Tangerine.  See below :

The color is pretty hard to see in this pic – but it is a true tangerine (color of the year!) I will also have pillows made from this fabric.  Other pillows will be included on the bench also – I will show you an after shot when it all comes together.

What do you think?  I’m pretty excited about seeing it all come together.  I especially can’t wait to have our first dinner in “color”!

Hope your life is more havoc than heaven!


Orange You Glad You Follow This Blog!


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Hi All …

Having a great time in Florida.  It was such a beautiful day – we all went shopping at Pier Park, which is an outdoor shopping and restaurant area in Panama City Beach.  Before we left for shopping, my mom gives my son $20 to buy a giant gummy bear that he has been talking about for weeks.  When we get to Pier Park, my mom and I split up from my dad and my son.  About 10 minutes after we left each other, my dad calls my mom and asks her “do you know how much giant gummy bears cost?”

Mom:  “$10″  Dad:  “$40!”  Mom:  “DO NOT buy the gummy bear!”  Dad:  “Too late!”  Mom:  “A $40 gummy bear?  I am putting you in the home!”  Dad:  “Uh oh!”

So … now my son owns a $40 gummy bear that is 3000 calories, weighs 5 pounds and has 399 grams of sugar.  Did I mention that he has braces and isn’t allowed to eat gummy candy?

Okay … So on to some fun!  Since I am in Florida, I thought it might be appropriate to do a post on Orange.  Not oranges, but the color orange.  Color of the year and my new favorite!   Enjoy these pictures of cool things that center around ORANGE!

Source: houzz.com via Melissa on Pinterest

Source: google.co.uk via Melissa on Pinterest

As a special treat I thought I would include a picture of myself hanging out on my favorite orange motor bike.

Oh shoot … I dozed off for a second.  I was dreaming I was on a orange motor bike, with a smokin’ body, in a cute blue dress.  Hmmmm …. weird!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!