Monday, May 28, 2012

Time For A Change

I haven't posted in such a long time, so as I write this I wonder if anyone will even read it.

For awhile now I've been wanting to have our home less cluttered and with some softer colors.  I had been hearing about this Annie Sloan chalk paint and so decided to give it a go.  In case you don't know about Annie Sloan paint, one of the best things about it is you don't need to prime or sand.  Some of you will recognize this hutch which used to be red.  If you've ever painted over red you know how hard it is to cover. I used 2 coats and it covered very well.   

This is the hutch when it was red.  I loved the red but doesn't the china look so much better against the white?  And I was able to add in some of my cobalt blue glass.  Sorry for the awful photo, guess it was from my old camera!

Here is the hutch in its original wood.  I have things on top of it in both these older pictures, but in my attempt to simplify I am going to leave the top empty for now.  Maybe put one plant or one big bowl on top.

I found 2 of these nice tables at the Salvation Army for $20 each and used Annie Sloan  Greek Blue on them.  Only needed one coat of paint and then you wax the surface which makes a nice durable finish.
I found 2 ugly brown wood lamps for $5 each at Salvation Army a couple of weeks ago.  A couple of coats of gloss white spray paint  and new shades from Target and they look very modern.

So I threw an old white bedspread over the couch and pinned some blue fabric I had on the cushions.  My plan is to make white slipcovers, but until I get around to it this will do.  Not sure what to put on the wall.  Maybe some plates or a grouping of things. That one plate looks pretty silly doesn't it?

 This is what that wall looked like before.  I found a leather chair and ottoman on Craig's list which I'm going to check out to replace the chair and footstool in the picture.  My husband sits in that chair all the time and it is so worn out.  We've had that couch a long time, more than 30 years and it has stood up quite well.This will be only the 3rd time I've recovered it.
Now I must tell you that I often get ideas like this and start them and then it takes me months to finish it but maybe showing it to you will be some incentive to finish it soon. I'll show you when it's all done.