|For the Love of Leftovers|

I love leftovers.

Let me be more clear; I love scrap material leftovers, not food leftovers. Yuck. Food leftovers are never as good as they were the first time whereas scrap leftovers get better with age; and I love them “ripe”.

Here’s one pile of my leftovers on hand.


Yesterday, I decided to turn them into a chalkboard for one of my barren dining room walls.

When we moved, our highend items were wood created by a specialty moving company. They came out and built custom crates in our garage to safely transport each item (tv’s, taxidermy, antique mirrors, etc.) I broke the crates down as we unpacked and saved the good pieces of wood for later use. (My coffee bar in our new house is also constructed using this scrap wood. That is the project I was working on when our house caught fire. Anyway – post on that project coming soon…)

I used a 1×8 board for the top, and 1×4 boards for the other three sides.

I cut an arch in the top board to resemble the archways throughout our home.

I didn’t have to cut down any of the boards. I used them all as is. That’s a perk of having so much on hand. There has to be the perfect piece somewhere (although, cutting a piece down probably would have been faster than “hunting”).

I sanded each board with my palm sander to get the best penetration for the stain at application.

I constructed the pieces with wood glue and stapled the seams together on the backside where the boards met. Plywood was then glued and stapled to the back side of the completed frame.



I then covered the middle chalkboard part with a plastic trash bag and painters tape so I could stain the frame without getting stain on the chalkboard area – I didn’t want the stain to hinder the chalk paint adhering to the plywood. I added a coat of my favorite stain (Minwax Honey) and after that dried a bit, I added some streaked black paint that I rubbed in to make it look as though the frame had been oiled or burned. I removed the bag and tape and added a couple coats of Valspar Chalkboard paint.


I let the project dry for 3 hours before adding script.

Here is the finished, hung project.


Construction/paint time: 1 hour

Dry time: 3 hours

Hang time: Forever (well, until the next relocation, anyway. It’ll have many homes in its lifetime.)

(I have the board hanging on the wall with Velcro Command Strips by 3M at all 4 corners. I love these things.)



She’s snug as a bug on that wall.

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The last week has been…

LOUD…


…but productive.

This sander ran in our home for three days straight in order to sand the wood down three layers before staining. But alas, the noise was worth it in the end.

We only replaced one board that suffered from the fire damage (only because they ripped it off the floor to find replacement boards). Instead of replacing the burned boards, I decided to keep them after seeing them sanded; they added character and they are part of the story of our home.

New stain color: Dark Walnut (Minwax)

Poly: Bona Floor Finisher (3 coats applied; buffed after coats 1 and 2)

Flooring: Heart pine (barn wood)

Here is the before:


Here are the durings:


Here are the afters:


Before/After


Burn marks:


All done!

All of our belongings are being return tomorrow and Friday (or Fri-yay)! 😄

NOTE:

Work performed by:

D&B Hardwoods

Owner: Dean Buie

3196 Ga Highway 99, Brunswick GA

(912) 265-9564

|HOUSE COLOR SCHEME|

All of the colors for our house have been chosen. I am going to share them with you here, along with example pics from Pinterest. (None of the photos are of my house – I’ll reveal those later.)

All paint is Sherwin Williams (SW).

KITCHEN – MASTER BEDROOM

ELLIE GRAY – SW7650


DINING ROOM/HALL/TRIM

EXTRA WHITE – SW7006


ENTRY/LIVING/STAIRWAY/BONUS ROOM

SILVERPLATE – SW


MASTER BATH

GLIMMER – SW6476


GIRLS BATHROOM

WATERFALL – SW6750


OFFICE

SEA SALT – SW6204


LAUNDRY ROOM/PANTRY

GREEK VILLA – SW7551


TEEN BEDROOMS


LITTLE GIRLS ROOM

SILVER PEONY (@half tint) SW6547


The painters have been hard at work in our home for 4 weeks. It’s moving right along nicely. It’s a big job.

Shout out to Barry Morgan Painting in Waycross, Georgia. They do fantastic work.

{REConstruction Chaos}

I have waited for this for weeks. 

Since Monday, workers have been in and out and fire repairs have begun. 

Monday and Tuesday the construction guy replaced all burned drywall, trims and moldings in the house and the paint crew has been working in our home since Tuesday morning. 



(There’s new drywall under the planks – I got plank happy and forgot to take a photo before I covered it up.)

Electrical in this room is going to be done on Monday.

Painting our entire home is going to be a 2.5 week (exciting) process. All ceilings, trims and walls will be repainted like a brand new home to rid the place of smoke damage. Better yet, I don’t have to do it. All I have to do is pick the colors. Although, that hasn’t really been easy…

Yes, there are paint samples EVERYWHERE.
SO.

MANY.

CHOICES.

Yesterday, I finalized my picks; making the hours spent painting all of those little patches in multiple areas of the house worth it. (I only bought 17 sample colors to pick from. Only half of the sample saturated areas are pictured. I had them in most every room.) 
My husband said that by the time I get done painting samples everywhere, all the painting would be done. Almost true. I tell ya what though, Sea Salt on the living room walls sure looked a lot different when applied in my bedroom. $4 samples are much cheaper than a whole room repaint. Buy the samples. Put them on multiple walls. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it.

On the side, I have been busy hanging shiplap and building beams for our dining room. 

Wall painting should begin Tuesday; the crew plans to work on 4th of July to get us finished faster, so that’s happy news to my ears. 

I’m excited this is all in full swing, but I’ll sure be glad when it’s over.

|House Colors|

I have had a few questions regarding the paint colors that I currently have in my home. 

Believe it or not, we have lived in this house for almost three years, and I have repainted the entire pallet three times. Yes, that is more times than most people paint their homes interior in a lifetime. I was never quite satisfied with the outcome. I really love the current colors and am finally more than satisfied with the new palette. 

Main color: Arid Plains (Valspar)



Accent color: New Avocado (Valspar)


Green and gray are my favorite colors, especially the chartreuse (green) and charcoal or silver (gray) shades. 

The Arid Plains color is classified as a greige (gray+beige) that works well with my love of chartreuse. My furniture is charcoal in color and my accents are gray shades, both light and dark, cream and of course, chartreuse.  These colors look fantastic together. I will definitely be using the same combination in our next home.

(P.S. A little trick of the trade: I buy contractor paint. It’s less than $20 a gallon and works just as good as all that fancy $40+ a gallon paint – a waste of money.) 

Here’s what I use, specifically:

I always use Eggshell finish. This paint is nice and thick so the coverage is great. I use two coats. In very high traffic areas, I roll three coats for durability. At such a cheap price per gallon, it’s more coverage for the money.

And, don’t forget to use the best brush on the market for those cut in jobs; Wooster shortcut (my opinion, no compensation):


I get mine at Home Depot. 

My paint comes from Lowes, where they have a similar brush by Blue Hawk, but I won’t buy them anymore as they lose bristles constantly during paint jobs. I’d rather make an extra stop and have the job done right.

What colors did you fall in love with for your home?

Can I “Cut In”?

Why, yes. Yes I can.

I have never met a single person that actually “likes” to paint. Just because I do it, does not mean that I enjoy it. I don’t. I hate painting. Not really the painting itself, but all the work that revolves around all the painting. First you have to tear apart the entire room and move stuff all over the house – besides children, it is the fastest way to mess up the entire house to improve one room.

Then, you have the mess of the painting process and the clean up and redecorating, etc. I’m tired/stressed just thinking about it. But, the hard work of a couple days of work and chaos, really does make it all worth it to enjoy the beauty for months afterward.

I have been painting interiors of homes for over 10 years. I didn’t start off doing a professional job, obviously, my technique has improved over the years just by practice. However, I remember the day when my technique improved DRASTICALLY because of one element; the MOST important detail that turns a paint job into a GREAT paint job…

THE BRUSH.

Yes, the brush you use makes all the difference!

I use to buy the cheapest brushes possible so I could just throw them away and not have to bother cleaning them…

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…I do not know what provoked me to buy the $5 brush rather than the $.99 brush but I am guessing it was because I was brush shopping at Home Depot and not Walmart. And, because I had never seen a brush with a rubber nub handle, so I had to try it out! Well worth the $5 price tag – this thrifter says so.

(insert GREAT brush reveal)!!

**NOTE** I receive no compensation from any companies or retailers mentioned. I am just passing along my opinions/findings/research to save you time and money.

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Now, I used to laugh at other bloggers who said the brush really matters, but like the other million, I agree. THE BRUSH MATTERS. I will never paint with any other brush and the cut in is AMAZING! (What is a “cut in”? To cut in is to paint in the edges where a roller will not fit, i.e, by the ceiling, two adjoining walls, along trim and baseboards, etc.) In fact, I have gotten such great results with this brush, I do not tape. Anything. At all. All of my painting is done by hand, tape free. Why? Because the BRUSH made all the difference. The short handle makes the brush easy to maneuver without a large handle sticking up in the way. I often times find that my hand is cupped over the nub when painting as that is a more comfortable hold for me. The rubber makes the brush easy to grip and allows the handle to flex with the movement of your hand while painting strokes. The bristles are high quality and tightly bound. The entire brush and design, is very well made.

NOTE: Lowe’s sells a similar brush made by Blue Hawk (shown below) that I buy if I am not near Home Depot, but the quality is not as good as the Wooster brand brush. The brush strands are not as tight and they come out with the paint while cutting in so I have to keep picking brush strands out of my paint. It is a pain in the a$$, but it is still better than using the cheapy brushes that lose their strands and still provide a cheap looking paint job.

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So yes, yes I can “cut in.” Almost perfectly (since January 19, 2012 – the first job I used the Wooster brush on – see pic below). Thanks to a little help from my friends, Wooster and Blue Hawk.

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What painting tips have you found helpful? Or, any painting issues you need help with?

(TIP: Put a rubber band across the top of your paint can to wipe excess paint off of your brush before application. On small cans, the band wraps all the way around. On gallons, I wrap my band over the top and around the side to be held in place by the handle rivets.)

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