Sep 16, 2014

Baker's Rack Reveal {Take 1}

The baker's rack is technically "done" as I mentioned yesterday, but ever since I painted it, and now that I have it in the kitchen, I have some hesitations. I'll explain my original intentions, my hangups, and my thoughts now, but first, here's what it looks like!

Before...


...and after...


First off, I love the color, which is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence. It's a color I'm drawn to when I'm out shopping or browsing photos on Pinterest. I have shades of turquoise/aqua all over my house. However, it's a lot more green once dark waxed, and most of my accessories are a lighter aqua blue and I feel like I'm going to be fighting that since the rooms are all open to each other. I avoided going the "safer" route with Annie Sloan Provence, like I used on my coffee table and on the stenciled end table, which was more of an exact match to most of my accessories (and my dishes). I didn't want everything to be "matchy matchy", and since the kitchen is now all white and brown, I thought a bright pop of color would be fun. 

Here's what Florence looks like dark waxed (left) and in its original state...


I think maybe if I'd clear waxed it, the more blue turquoise would have been easier to work in than the greener version. But like i said I love the color and the aged look the dark wax gives it, so I intend to try and work with it. I even found this cross at Hobby Lobby to help bring the color throughout the kitchen (because right now things feel pretty unbalanced)...

Cross - Hobby Lobby

The other big issue I'm having is with the panels. I had many suggestions and thoughts about what to do in the panels of the doors and side of the cabinet. One idea was tin tiles, which I loved, but a) they wouldn't have fit right and some would have had to been cut in half and b) I couldn't find just what I had in mind. 


I also really liked the idea of beadboard, but adding that over the top of the existing panels would have made the panels flush with the trim and I didn't think it would look right. Painting the panels and covering with chicken wire was another thought, but without being able to hide the edges with the trim (since the doors were already built and the panels were already in), that wouldn't have worked, either. (And since the dog hair could have flown inside the cabinet, having the panels removed and just chicken wire in their place wasn't an option.) 

When I went to buy the chalk paint, though, I discovered a sample board that the owner had painted with Metal Effects and fell instantly in love. It was the look I originally wanted for the coffee table but wasn't sure how to achieve. Basically you paint the surface with the metal paint, then spray with blue and/or green patina spray. The spray instantly ages the metal, giving it the look of bronze or iron that has been oxidized over time. 

Unfortunately, you can't tell what the metal patina is going to look like until it changes. The transformation started within 5 minutes, and within 10-20 (I'm totally guesstimating) you could get a pretty good idea what it was going to look like. The side that you can't see (because it's against the wall) turned out the best and had the turquoise patina come through that I was looking for. I'm not sure if it's because I accidentally spilled the bronze paint on that side so there was more metal to react with, or because I just happened to get that side "right", but I was disappointed with the lighter blue on the other three panels. I'll get more into the how-to of the Metal Effects paint in a separate post (as well as photos of what it "should" have looked like), but this is one of those things you should probably practice doing a few times!


So what are my plans now? Well, first I was going to immediately put mug hooks in and hang my mugs over a new station (the bottom shelf). The coffee maker fits but you can't lift the lid and pour water in without pulling it way forward (almost off). Not sure if a Keurig would solve the problem but might be time for that. ;) Then my serving dishes were going to go on the upper shelf. Now that I'm having color concerns, however, I think I'll fix the panels before I do all that. 

I almost did away with the piece entirely. I'm going to be selling some other pieces at a local store and thought that if worse came to worse, I could sell this there. But I like the piece, and it will be really valuable for storage, and I spent a lot of time on it. It fits perfectly in the corner, and since I bought it from a friend (who's husband made this for her!), I feel a bit of an obligation to make it work. 

Since the kitchen is mostly white, even sprinkling the turquoise around the kitchen won't make that corner feel balanced with the rest, I don't think, so after much debate I think I'll paint the panels white and just do away with the metal. I thought about trying the metal again, but not sure what happens if you paint with it over a previously painted area, and I haven't had luck finding an answer online. Having the panels white will hopefully make it feel more cohesive with the rest of the bright white space and less "heavy". 


I'm open to any other thoughts you might have, so feel free to comment!


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Sep 15, 2014

Scrapbooking Weekend, a Fixed Basement & Kitchen Updates


Our basement got worked on Friday morning so I had the day off and headed out of town with Faith for a girls' scrapbooking weekend at a friend's. It never quite works out when we try to do that at someone's home...especially with kids (or husbands) around. Just too many distractions and things to be done. But regardless we had a fun time, Faith was a huge help with the little kids, and I managed to get several pages done. I think Faith and I are going to hang at home over Christmas break and do a lot of scrapbooking (she'll work on her own version, cutting and pasting paper and stickers into a book ;)). Looking forward to that!

We are happy with the work Thrasher did on our basement wall (settling) issues, and in fact Brad said he could hear the house move as they worked and cracks in the upstairs living room look a lot better! We got everything brought back in from the garage and pulled out of the piles we'd created in the far end of the garage, and most everything has a new home. We've been in the midst of waiting for that to be completed as well as wrapping up the kitchen makeover, so it feels good to be almost done with at least those two areas!

Of course one project begets another, and because it was raining the day Thrasher came, the yard got tore up a little. Brad seeded where the tree had been removed and in some of the areas that were driven over on Friday, so I'm anxious for a grass-filled yard again!

Brad painted the cement bricks in the basement after Thrasher was done, and between the fresh white paint and the openness created by the wall that we tore down, the basement just feels brighter and more open. We don't anticipate finishing it before we move to another house, so we don't really "use" this space except for storage, but it's a huge improvement nonetheless.

Here's the only photo I could (quickly) find of what it looked like before...there was a room to the left (we tore down that wall), and you can see the large crack on the wall that went around the basement. (This was before The Big Purge of 2014 so it's reaaaaaallly messy!


And here's what it looks like now with the wall gone. We put most everything away in a "nice way" but Brad has some boxes to go through and I have a little rearranging yet to do as well. Around the corner I have another sell/donate pile already! I would have loved to have it gone before the work was done, but there just wasn't time.

The silver brackets/braces are what Thrasher put in to stabilize the wall. We have white covers coming for them to hide them a bit.

While I was gone Brad also finished painting the open shelves for the kitchen, and the baker's rack is in place! Once the shelves are up and I figure out where everything is going to go, I'll share pics and my excitement and hesitation with the final result. ;)

For now off to do some fall crafting. It's a perfect cool day for it and I need something to do something relaxing!


Sep 9, 2014

Fall Wardrobe Organization Hiccup & Un-Shrinking Clothes

After learning about creating a capsule wardrobe, I was so excited to get my closet cleaned out and a simplified wardrobe in action. I am almost there...but I think I need to purge a little more, and there was another delay...


The Bestie, our girls and I went to some garage sales several weeks ago, and I found several clothing items for myself. #neverhappens #alwaysforthekids I picked up a couple comfy but more fitted sweatshirts, several nice three-quarter length sleeve tees, and a couple "nicer" tunic-length tops perfect for leggings, like this one in the photo. It's nothing super fancy or special, but it fit well, is really soft, was comfy, and did I mention it is awesome with leggings?! I literally wore it three times in the first week. It was $2. #superscore

Until I washed and dried it. 

And it shrunk.

I was so disappointed and mad at myself! I'm going to try this method for stretching it back out...otherwise Faith may have a new dress. She loved it so I'm sure she'd be thrilled!

If that doesn't work, I need to reevaluate the wardrobe for other leggings combos. I plan to be in leggings A LOT. 

I'll keep you posted how it turns out!

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I'm back for my 2nd week co-hosting the Twitter Tuesday party! You can come back here every Tuesday in September and October to get more followers on Twitter! Our goal is to grow this party so that there will be new people linking up every week so that you can continue to get new followers. There are two linkies in this party: You can do just one or both linkies if you wish. On the first link, you will link up your Twitter URL for your Twitter account so that you can be followed. On the second link, link up the URL of a tweet you would like to be retweeted.

Please follow me and Tammy from The Ultimate Linky on Twitter, add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to follow/retweet! If you are the last three to link up, your links will be manually added to the beginning of next week's link-up so that you get your follows. You can always follow more if you decide to! We also would love any shares that you could give to help spread the word about this party!

We would also love if you took a second to tweet about this party!!

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Sep 8, 2014

Find My Blissful Space on Google+!

I just realized last week that I can have a page for a business, not just my personal profile on Google+. I'm trying to be better about maintaining all my social media accounts, not just Facebook and Instagram, and this page is probably where I'll post the most. So if you were already following me as...well...ME...be sure to add the My Blissful Space page to your circles as well! And if you're not yet in my circle, I'd love if you'd add My Blissful Space!

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A Freebie For My Fall Shelf

Another crazy weekend is behind us but despite all the things we had going on and to do, I finally feel pretty accomplished. Saturday I met with two new organizing clients, and I'm excited to continue working with both of them and transforming their spaces! In between and after those jobs, I worked at home on getting the basement organized and cleared out for the work that will be done this week (settling issues and crack in the wall). I also continued painting the baker's rack. Yesterday Brad's family came up and helped us carry stuff out to the garage to make room for basement work, and we tore out a wall to open things up down there. If we stay long enough to finish the basement we were going to do this anyway, and since we had the help we decided to go for it. I requested to be the wall-smasher and It. Was. Amazing. I highly recommend that you buy a sledgehammer and find somewhere to use it. Seriously. Maybe once-a-week. Our small basement was so chopped up with the layout before, and though we have a few closets to go with the demo, it's so much more open now. If we sell before we finish it, hopefully potential buyers will more easily be able to see the potential that I see.

 I had to leave after the work was done downstairs to teach Jazzercise (sledgehammer swinging to an aerobic and strength workout...surely got my exercise in!), then returned home to start waxing the baker's rack! I'm excited to report that I just have the lower half to wax and then it will be done! Yahoo! With my limited time it's taken forever but it's almost there and I can't wait to get it in the kitchen. Brad's been painting the open shelves with the sprayer because my brush job was awful, so those are also about ready to bring in. I hope that by next week I can finally show full "after" pics of the kitchen remodel!

One of the perks of helping someone else organize, besides creating a peaceful, happy environment and making someone's life easier and less cluttered, is that occasionally they have goodies that they want to get rid of...and they give them to you. It's also a job hazard, because very easily other people's clutter could become mine! ;) My first client on Saturday had me help her with her basement storage area, and I could have almost filled my car if I was greedy and if my husband wouldn't have killed me. She said, "If you see anything that I'm planning to donate that you want, feel free to take it!". At first I had a decent pile of fall decorations, a wreath and a couple other accessories (and was tempted by a couple other things). But before I left I thought wiser about taking more stuff than I actually needed and left with the wreath, some crystal strands (maybe for Faith's room redo), and LED pinecone branches (still not sure where those will go but I loved them and there were new in the box!).

I wasn't really sure where the wreath would go, either, but as I was cleaning up before family came because that's about the only time I clean I tossed it up on the shelf where there was an empty space...and what do you know, it worked!




The height and colors were right, and I think I like it here! I still need to fill the red lantern but then I think I can check the shelf off the list until winter. ;) 

As for the organizing jobs, I took before pics and hope that both clients will be ok with me sharing the progress as we complete the organization! In the meantime, I just have to resist the urge to bring every treasure home. :)