Monday, March 19, 2018

Our Master Bedroom Part One

Finally...some pictures of our master bedroom for you guys! Thanks so much for waiting so patiently!! Our room is not completely done yet, still lots to do like paint baseboards, build cupboards,  rehang doors and such but I did want to share with you guys what is done! After 9 nine years of thinking about how we wanted this room to look it feels so good to see it coming to fruition! And it feels even better to wake up and see this gorgeous ceiling that Neal worked so hard on!

As usual with my design I wasn't trying to reinvent the wheel with this room. My goal was to create a timeless, simple, calming and peaceful place for us. I have to be honest with you guys, I find myself gravitating back to this room throughout the day whenever I can so I think I achieved my goal. We put up my very favorite thing, beadboard, for added texture in the room and then I painted it Glidden's Swan White. I get lots of emails about what beadboard we use, I only recommend the real wood tongue and groove kind if you can afford it. We used the pressed wood pre-painted sheets for a couple of projects when we first moved in and I really don't recommend it.

I found our bed frame on I looked at hundreds of beds over about a six month long period. I was having trouble finding one that was the old iron bed design that I wanted but that was dark brown/bronze (it looks black in the pictures but it is brown) and then I finally found this one. We love it so far and it was pretty inexpensive and easy to put together. No I am not collaborating with Wayfair lol....I had to pay for the bed just like everyone else.

The trunk at the end of the bed is also from the Springfield Show, one of Neal's best finds yet.

Our quilt I found at the Springfield, Ohio Antique Show. Actually I bought the quilt from the same vendor that we bought the trunk from, she has gorgeous stuff. You guys know how I love all white quilts so I couldn't grab this beauty fast enough. It is actually made by Ralph Lauren along with the shams. I usually put a blanket across the bottom of our beds but I just couldn't bear to cover this beauty.

The little rug next to my side of the bed is actually a bath mat from Marshalls. I use bath mats a lot for rugs around the house because they are usually white and are easy to throw in the wash.

Our lamps are from Hobby Lobby, I removed the cage type shades that they came with and put Edison bulbs in them. I spent way more on these lamps than I have ever spent on lamps before ($40 a piece!! Crazy right!?) but they were exactly what I was looking for so I thought they were worth the expense. And the fact that so many other things in this room were either free or super cheap made me feel a little less guilty about spending so much money just on lamps. For example my nightstand (an old washstand) was only $10 dollars at a yard sale (that color and all). It is perfect for holding some of my decorating books and magazines. Our dust ruffle is a hand me down from a friend of my Moms. It is made by Pottery Barn and is exactly what I would have bought if I were to go pick one out. LOVE a good hand me down.

I use an antique flat sheet (Springfield also)  in combination with a store bought fitted sheet. I think it is a common misconception that antique linens can't be used. I am determined to show people that they can!

I made the smaller pillow seen here (and also the other ticking one in other pictures) in front and the larger antique Transylvanian linen pillow case is from Linen and Wood on Etsy. I seriously looked at this pillow case a hundred times on Etsy but the price was just way out of my budget and then suddenly I looked one time and it was 50% off. I had an Etsy gift card from my wonderful in-laws that I had been saving for something special and this was definitely that something special.

I mean just look at this gorgeous detailing...and cream and white together on the same pillow case...ahhh perfection.

The dresser in the corner is a thrift store find that I painted Behr's Cottage White. I don't care that the drawers are wonky...I save the best dressers I find for my customers and keep the ones that I think people might not love the way I would. The mirror is hand me down from my Mom. The enamel pitcher and bowl are from a local antique shop.

I am currently working on curtains for the front windows but on this little side window I just put a cafe rod and some pretty 50 cent curtains (made by Martha Stewart) I bought at the flea market.

Neal's nightstand is another family hand me down. A basket underneath holds his numerous pairs of mesh shorts.

This room gets such amazing light, as you can see from the pictures.

Well like I said there is still a lot to do in here...on my to do list today is get those curtains finished and get the antique mirror hung above the bed.

I hope you enjoyed this first look at our bedroom, we sure are loving it! Thank you guys so much for being such wonderful followers and I will continue to share new parts of the room with you as we get them finished!

AND DO NOT FORGET....The Springfield Antique Show May Extravaganza  is just around the corner! I have been busy getting things priced and painted and will be out looking for goodies right up until the show! I am hoping to have time to show you guys some of the things I am taking this year.  I am in spot #550! If you love flea markets/antique shows I strongly encourage you to come to this show! Not only do you get to meet me but there are sooo many goodies that are really affordable!

Walls ~ Glidden's Swan White
Windows ~ Anderson
Ceiling Joists (Original) ~ Stained Minwax Dark Walnut
Floors (Original)  ~ Stained Minwax Dark Walnut

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Farmhouse Inspiration ~ Spring

Although it may not look or feel spring here (we are actually getting hit with a lot of snow as we speak), warmer weather is just around the corner so I thought I would give you guys a little spring inspiration!!! This time of year the house always feels like it is in need of some flowers, amazing what a little bit of green can do for a room.

And speaking of next antique show The Springfield, Ohio Antique Extravaganza will be here before I know it and I've begun brainstorming booth ideas and deciding what I am taking. Our garage and attic are just filled to the brim with furniture so I've got to decide what needs to get packed up! I am thinking I will be taking my dry sink (seen below) to sell among many other pieces of my personal furniture. With all of the rearranging and moving of rooms some pieces just don't have a place anymore. Speaking of moving rooms, I've been working on our master bedroom blog post...its not a reveal or anything because the room isn't completely done yet but we are sooo close! 

Thanks for stopping by and until next time all my best!! 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Master Bedroom Update and How I Refinished The Floors

Just wanted to give you guys a little update on our bedroom! We are so close to being done! I just finished the last section of the floors and as soon as the polyurethane is dry we can do all of the last finishing touches and move in!

The above picture is of the floors before I stained them. These floors were in really good condition and had definitely been stained at one point in their history but there wasn't any sort of sealer remaining on them. I chose not to sand these floors because I didn't want to loose all of their gorgeous patina and because I knew that they were so porous they would take the stain without sanding first. Really all I was looking to do was richen them. After scrubbing them many times to remove all of the dust and debris from the reno work I applied one coat of Minwax's Dark Walnut (same that I used for the overhead beams) with a rag as seen below. When staining I work in rows of 3 or 4 to insure that I have complete control over the amount of stain and so that it's not drying faster than I can work. I really wanted it to saturate the floors so I applied it pretty heavily and did not do any dry back wiping.

Once the stain was completely dry I applied 2 coats of water based polyurethane with a brush. This was my first time using water based polyurethane and I wanted to give it a try for comparison to oil based polyurethane which is what I usually use. A lot of people have warned me that it doesn't hold up well but I wanted to see for myself. Our bedroom is the only room upstairs so it won't be a high traffic area so I thought it was a good room to try it in. It definitely goes on very easily and your brush strokes go away immediately unlike with oil based polys where your brush stroke shows forever if you mess up. Over time I will let you guys know how the water based poly holds up to washings. It definitely seems like it going to look less shiny than an oil based semi-gloss poly does when dry and that is what I wanted for this room opposed to the dining room where I wanted the floors really shiny.

Another really exciting thing that we got done over the weekend was hanging this big old cupboard in the bedroom. I bought it years ago at the Springfield, Ohio Antique Show for this exact purpose. It waited patiently in our garage all these years until finally the other night we were able to hang it!

The inside was really gross (if you watched my Instagram stories you saw the before) so I gave it a good scrub and then painted it Behr's Cottage White  (one of my favorite go to whites) to match the original paint on the outside of the cupboard.

I am going to use this beauty to hold all of my smaller fabric remnants and sewing notions. This corner of our bedroom is going to be my sewing area and I am so excited!

We just have to finish up things like putting the base boards back down and some trim pieces here and there and then we can move our furniture in! I am so excited that I am going to have a pretty bedroom after 9 years of waiting and planning!

Can't wait to share all of the little finishing details with you guys!!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Weekly Inspiration #1

So I am back to doing the Weekly Inspiration posts!!! The whole reason I started these posts in the first place was because I always have so many pictures that I never end up sharing because they don't necessarily fit into any of the blog posts I am working on at the time, or I took them for a blog post and I can't use them all,  or I just took them because the beauty of something caught my eye. There may not be any cohesion to the post, which will definitely drive me crazy, but I figure you guys would rather see a post of random pictures then none at all, right?

One of my wonderful followers pointed out to me that if you subscribe by email to my blog the email that you get is literally just the current post without any links. I always assumed that the email was a link that took you to my actual web page which it is not. I encourage you to go to my webpage to read the post just because my sidebar links are constantly changing and there may be other posts you may be interested in. Plus, you will be able to see what is new in my Etsy shop...many of things above are currently for sale! 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks inspiration! Master bedroom updates coming soon!