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Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Hello everyone…I know it’s been awhile since I last posted but it’s been a tough month of very icy weather leaving Hello I Live Here to complete painted furniture pieces inside.  I love doing painted furniture pieces, but truly I want to get back to building and using my tools, so enough Mother Nature with the icy weather already – it’s time for you to go.

Today I will share with you some of my custom painted pieces all completed with Annie Sloan Paints I think you will like.  I have been upping my game to come up with new designs my clients will love.  Here are a few I think you will like.

Small Night Stand

Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Waxing Furniture

Painted Pieces

It’s looking like better weather for next week so I am hoping to return to the shop and crank out some rather great projects.  Until then enjoy the painted furniture pieces we have selected to show you.  If you have a favorite, make a comment.  And, if you have some of your own painted furniture pieces, post them on our Comments Section.  We love to share projects with our readers.

Waxing Furniture

Also, find us on Facebook, Pinterest and Hometalk where we also share loads of photos from our own collection of painted pieces and the great shops and bloggers we work with every day.  We would love for you to follow us and share us with your friends. Painted Pieces

Painted Pieces

Here’s to winter ending quickly – I envy everyone with great weather today 🙂

Linda

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

Would you make a DIY storage bench from old dresser if you could have both extra seating and the storage?  We are in the middle of a conversion folks! So happy to be back and build a project everyone! Arm is feeling better  I thank you all for your warm wishes to get well fast – see it worked – so even though it snowed today, I am taking advantage of feeling good and whipping out a project inside the house today –  DIY storage bench from old dresser.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

From the moment I found this dresser, I knew it was destine to be part of our villa.  Look at the fab lines this baby has – You can’t get furniture like this any more.  This is Sligh Furniture made for John A Colby and Sons out of Chicago (check out the history links to the piece and you will see why I could not part with it).

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

We are prepping for upgrades to our living/dining/kitchen combo inside our villa.  Hubby, and daughter helped me out by finishing the colors on the walls – so I could set up my design boards for colors of the next few projects on our list for the next few months.These little boards are the road map that helps you get a room to its finished state, allowing you to enjoy every feature inside it.  The fabrics are from Hancock Fabrics, tile back-splash is from Home Depot, wood flooring will be from Boardwalk Hardwood Floors, and counters are open for bid with the first bid coming in from Aphrodite Granite – Most are local small businesses here in St Louis.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

While prepping the color boards and choosing all my fabrics, I looked over at an old sleigh dresser I painted into Valspar Man Cave Grey from Lowe’s and AS Old White a couple months ago.  I feel in love with this piece because it’s awesome storage, but after looking closer, I will now turn this piece into something functional a DIY storage bench from old dresser for our living needs was the perfect project to tackle in this cold.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

This one piece of furniture will act as room divider between living and dining, providing seating for our living room and storage for all those extra place settings I use on a nightly bases and want in our dining room.  Yes readers, I am Linda and I have a dishware collection problem – but what a great problem to have 😉

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Over the next few days I will show you how we will take this one dresser and make it all we need to enhance our living and storage space, and make our life better living in a smaller space! So stay tuned as we go through the process over a couple days – with the arm issue, I will be taking this one slow so I hope the three day post on this piece will not drive anyone crazy – because I value all my readers and following bloggers, so thank you all for the patience.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Well, I am off to get to work on our new DIY storage bench from old dresser!  Keep warm everyone (we are at -3 with the wind in St Louis today – I know that its worse in other places, but for St Louis – this is COLD, which is why  I am working inside today).

Post you more progress soon!

Linda 🙂

Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

The Villa Goes Shades of Gray

Happy Sunday everyone! We are going gaga over at Hello I Live Here for Shades of Gray. We have started the process to change our rooms to this color and the furniture will not be far behind. (No worries I recruited hubby to do my shades of gray painting – so I am following doctors orders 😉 He’s awesome to help a girl out).

Shades of Gray

I know, we have only been here a year, however the gold colors for us are no longer working as we are working hard to change our small villa to that homey feel through a new color and furnishings we have found or build to fit the space we live, including a cooler paint tones of shades of gray.

Shades of Gray

Various shades of gray are neutral, balanced colors, and in cool tones you can go as conservative in decor, or turn around and evoke strong finishes with shades of gray that will totally support your decor loves.  Shades of gray are those moody type of sophisticated colors that just get along with others.

Paint colors

Our visions boards are going wild since completing the Master Bathroom Makeover Series with all the great shades of gray and a few pops of colors into each room.  If you missed the the posts, you can click here to read the posts and see what we have changed so far to date.

Grey

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

DIY Tile Project

Board and Batten Wainscoting

With all the shades of gray peaking at us from the master bathroom, we moved from the into the master bedroom taking out all the old gold colors, painting all the walls the lighter gray, and the accent walls into the darker gray from Pantone String by Valspar from Lowe’s, and Behr Collonade Gray for the dark walls from Home Depot. This is the result so far 🙂  and We are loving it!!!!

Shades of Gray

See, from gold to gray – it’s a great change for us! But know this is the start – we are not done yet as we now plan the build in book/closets, new bench seating and upgrade the bed platform.

Shades of Gray

It’s true – the DIY Decorating Ripple Effect has taken hold, so we know this train will not be stopping anytime soon!

Shades of Gray

Stop by tomorrow – hubby will be done painting the combo room walls of the kitchen, dining, and living room – and I will be busy making my next inspiration boards for these three rooms and what we will be adding to them.  Until next post have an awesome Sunday everyone!!!

🙂 Linda

Grey

Grey paint colors

To go grey or not to go grey – that is the question?

Hello readers todays post is all about the color grey!  Today we are working on some of our inside projects – you know two at once like many of us bloggers do on a daily basis.  While waiting for my new piece of furniture to dry with the first coat of Annie Sloan color, I decided to move to the walls as we are painting our villa a new grey color to contrast with our new more comfy living style instead of our heavy old world style left over from the previous home decor that we sold.

Grey paint colors

Many decorators and DIYers are loving the color grey right now, including Hello I Live Here.  Not too long ago we finished our master bathroom series which was a five part upgrade.  Then we went to the Master bedroom where we embellished the walls with a wonderful grey color.  Once it went up, hubby for the first time, could understand the why the DIY decorating ripple effect happens (remember that post?)  Then here came the planning boards.

Grey

Since paint the master we are now moving through the first floor of the Villa.  We have made some progress by using the same color combinations we did in the master bedroom (which I will blog real soon for you) – We are working on the lighter walls this week and will choose the walls to receive the darker accent color as we did in the bedroom.

Grey paint colorsWe are using Valspar  from Lowe’s and Behr Ultra with primer from Home Depot – Collonade Gray which will provide that tradition twist of cool neutral color we are looking for.  I used Behr because it seems to cover these walls in one coat, where other brands were taking two with the sample swatches, and because we are a west facing home and the cool tones help keep our rooms looking welcoming, cheerful and homey, which is why we chose a gray with cool hues.  With this color we will be using Valspar’s String on our focal walls, which will accent nicely and bring that little bit of drama the room craves.  This will be accomplished using the 80/20 rule, 80% neutral, and 20% strong helping to balance the our rooms.

Grey painted rooms

As we progress with our paint project, we will post you some snap shots of what we have left to complete.  Once the paint goes up, we will be letting the excitement begin with the next project on our list, but we don’t want to give it all away in one post!

Thanks for stopping by today!!! Until next post, may the forces of grey be with you!

Linda

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

 

Hi Everyone!  Today I have been working hard on a new project (a thrift store furniture makeover actually!), but it’s not quite ready to showcase yet.  So today’s post is going to highlight some of our past thrift store furniture makeover finds.

I love thrift store furniture makeover finds because they become something new with a little time and creativity. You just never know where you find the next treasure.  To me there is nothing better than old furniture no one else wants to deal with.  The best challenge of my day to either paint it, or turn it into something new, like our other post on our Part 1 of our china hutch re-do – (ps – the bottom is almost ready!)

To breath life into a thrift store furniture makeover piece, you simply have to have the love for DIY, a creative technique, and a few pieces that want to be loved again.  Here are a few before and after shots of some of the pieces Hello I Live Here has completed.  Each of these pieces have found new homes in and around our Ballwin area.

Here’s a desk I have been trying to date.  Since it looked old, I did some research before I said paint! Does anyone know anything about this piece that restores furniture and may be a reader?  Please let me know with a comment below.

Thrift Store Furniture MakeoverI know, I know somethings should not be painted, (remember the debates on our last post!) but if you are going to love it and unless it’s worth big bucks, then I take pride in just adding new life to these old thrift store furniture makeover pieces.  So come on, sometimes it just feels good to paint it!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

This dresser you see below was found at a thrift store.  It was in great shape, but no one loved the old brown style. Painting it grey and cream – gave the piece a more masculine feel – We fell in love with it and are redesigning our living area upstairs around this one piece.  I know what you are thinking – that dresser was a find – It actually was at $39.95 – I did some research on this great old piece – It’s a John A Colby furniture piece!  It turned out Sleigh Furniture made this gem – and its worth $1,400 if I return it to it’s original gleam – So someday after we are done loving the paint – we will get it restored back to it’s old days!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Painting is a great way to relax, add new color to your world or just make another person happy when you send that piece into the wild.  There is nothing better than an inexpensive thrift store furniture makeover find that sports a fresh updated look.  But the best thing is it can happen with just a little color, time and creativity!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

The next time you’re out looking at yard sales or thrift stores, really look hard at the pieces you see.  Sometimes that little roughed up piece with a tiny bit of muscle and creativity can become a gleaming new piece for your home.

Happy thrift store furniture makeover everyone!  See you tomorrow!

Linda

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