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Chair Style Guide OKL

Chair Style Guide

Chair Style Guide OKL

from One Kings Lane

We were honored when One King’s Lane came to Hello I Live Here and asked us to test their new Chair Style Guide OKL. We jumped at the chance to see if this neat little guide could nail our style, and we are surprised to say – YES it did!

Chair Style Guide OKL

Let’s chat about this chair style guide OKL and see if it can help you! Most people look at a chair as extra seating for guests. But we know that these specially placed chairs magically bring a room to life as well as adding extra seating. When I choose a chair, it’s not only for comfort, but for style.

Chair Style Guide OKL

This chair has to say something about us, and accent the decor pieces in our rooms.

Chair Style Guide OKL

Using a chair to anchor a large piece of furniture like the sofa is important to the scale of your room, or it can look unmatched, taking away the statement you are looking to make.

Chair Style Guide OKL

You may not know it yet, but choosing an accent chair is very important to your room and can make or break your decor, so why not use a tool that can help you make the right choice the first time – the Chair Style Guide from OKL.  This awesome tool will help you choose your fabric, style, and give your room the overall wow factor it deserves like the Lanceline chair or Lance Bergère shown below – Stunning right?

Chair Style Guide OKL

It’s truly simple, just follow the guide by choosing – “Classic” or “Modern” do you like leather or fabric. Are you drawn to wood, or sleek materials?  This guide will give you tips to help you succeed in choosing the right chair for you and your family, but he real bonus, your guest are totally comfy while visiting – a win win in Hello I Live Here’s book!

Chair Style Guide OKL

This fab guide will teach you what you need to know about choosing a chair you can love for a long time, all within you budget and accent your style all at the same time.  That alone made me want to use this great tool!

Chair Style Guide OKL

The Chair Style Guide showed our family the Thomas Chair in cognac.  This beautiful chair is a one of a kind, goes well with most decor, can be dressed up, or down, and is the perfect interpretation of the classic leather wing-back chair with sleek nail head detailing that we own.  So we can say, this guide is AMAZING – it was right about what we love and I am sure it can help you make a great choice too!

Chair Style Guide OKL

Stop by One King Lane and check out their style guide.  What’s the harm?  You may find the chair of your dreams – we did! Oh, and know, this is my own opinion of the guide Hello I Live Here was not paid to use this tool, only asked to give it a try and tell our wonderful readers about it – You’re welcome ;-).

Chair Style Guide OKL

Thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here!!! We always appreciate your company and your readership – Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Hometalk, and Pinterest.  See what other great things we find that you just may LOVE too.

Happy Friday –

Linda 🙂

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-over

Old Town Paints Part IV Final

Good morning everyone!  I am sitting here at 6:00 with a large frosty diet coke finishing up the final post of our DIY China Hutch Make-over.  For those of you who missed the last three parts of the hutch story, I will put the links here for Part I-III in the post so you can catch up.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Completing this DIY China Hutch Make-over was a challenge.  I started out picking up this cute little, worn out hutch that needed a good updating; it had broken pieces, was full of 1970’s faux plastic pieces they passed off as wood trim and just looked yucky!

Bottom of China Hutch
Bottom of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch

When we started the DIY China Hutch Make-over, I was initially just going to paint it and say ta-da!  But, for some reason, that was not sitting well with me.  I just could not get settle with the broken trim, and ugly faux wood, so I ripped it apart and gave it a good recycle that today’s generation could love.

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In part I, we showed you how we cut off the old trim and re-styled the top of the China Hutch using our Ryobi Tools to provide a fresh look that fits today’s style. (See part I Here).

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch
Cut Piece Returned to China Hutch
Front 1x3 installed
Front 1×3 installed

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Part II showed you the bottom of the DIY China hutch Make-Over, which actually detaches from the top (Read Part II Here)

China Cabinet Makeover - Bottom Base Before and After

This was no small undertaking because, as you know from my posts, I reserve the right to change my design mind at any given time… and well that’s just what happened on the bottom.  (Click here to read part II).  Initially I was thinking to build three cabinet doors, including one to replace the center faux wood section that did not open.  I worked hard on trimming the bottom to match the new top trims and thought – wow I am almost done.  This was a snap! – WRONG – After building the two side doors, the middle door just didn’t work.  It was like a sore thumb, and I HATED it…pushing me to reach down into my design bag and draw up yet another design, leading to Part III and another trip to the Home Depot.

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

In Part III of the post, the final design was born as we showed you how we how I changed my mind from using three doors to two doors, and a custom built  wine rack for the center where the third door would have lived.  The DIY China Hutch Make-Over design turned out excellent and I love the way you can now hold 12 awesome bottles of wine.  (Click here to read Part III).

China Cabinet Makeover Part III

Now, after much ado, we bring you the final post of our DIY China Hutch Make-over.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

We put out a call to our readers to choose the paint color.  After calculating the vote we came up with a pale green and old white combination (we wanted a little contrast for the piece – so we choose two of the most popular voted colors by our readers on Facebook and Hometalk – thank you all for your help). The colors are stunning – Drool!

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Looking to continue the theme for the DIY China Hutch Make-Over I set out to find a new paint color I stumbled on to Old Town Paints.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

I was impressed with their 54 color selection, and how close I could get to your color choices.  I contacted Old Town Paints to ship my colors because there were no retailers close by St Louis Missouri that carry this wonderful paint.  (Hear that shops – distributors needed for great paint and your shop could be the great home of Old Town Paint – You’re welcome!)

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Sasha, the owner of Old Town Paints was kind enough to ship us out Soft Moss, Cottage White, Antiquing Glaze, and a Clear Matted Finish.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Being a creature of habit, I was nervous to try something new, but did it anyway and was so glad I gave Old Town Paint a try.   This fab little company was started by Sasha Gareau (consignment store owner) and here fiancé Bobby Bouck (his family has been in the paint business for over 50 years!)  Starting her consignment store, Sasha used a competing paint for her painted furniture, but did not like the expense of the paint.  So what’s a girl to do?  Sasha created her own paint line – Old Town Paint.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Old Town Paint is a Chalk Paint Style Finish made here in the USA.  According to Sasha, she and Bobby sat down with a chemist, and after months of trial and error, the chemist helped them create a non-toxic paint, that had a chalk paint style finish, which launched Old Town paint in April of 2013, and the movement of their paint has been growing ever since – want to try it?  You can order by click here.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Being a research nut (from my old instructional design writing days), I took to the internet to find pieces painted with Old Town Paint.  I featured several of them on my Facebook to see your reaction – you loved them! Since all those I spoke to who used the paint also loved them, I took the plunge and used Old Town Paint on this project.  I have to say – it was easy to use.  The paint is very silky and adhered in one coat and accepted the matching finishes like it was butter on bread.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

All things that spoke to me for this project because like Sasha and Bobby creating their paint took time, so did the re-building of this china hutch – so what better product to debut the piece to our readers than Old Town Paint, right?  Two master pieces that have come together – I can hear the two singing in harmony from here, can you? ;-).

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

I enjoyed this paint that comes in 54 lovely colors because it can also be used as a color wash, regular smooth paint, or can be applied thick to create texture (which will be great when I show you another product I discovered this week in a later post).

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

But one of the best bonuses… no need to prime or prepare prior to painting!  It was a dream come true – which makes me scream out – why don’t more paint shops in St Louis carry this jewel of a paint? Want to read more on this paint stop by their site at http://www.oldtownpaints.com  I was glad I tried this paint.  Very impressed and I will order it for a future project I blog.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Just look at the silky photos of the rebirth of this DIY China Hutch Make-over. Isn’t she stunning 🙂

Bead board back ground DIY China Hutch Make-Over DIY China Hutch Make-Over DIY China Hutch Make-Over Moldings added

I could not be more proud of the piece you all helped me build. So What do you think of the finished china hutch make-over that has been the longest, on-going project for Hello I Live Here in our history of an existing blog?

Bead board back ground

Sorry again it took so long, the nasty cold winter (Mother Nature – you know who you are) stopped us in our tracks this year.  I can tell you I have lived in St Louis for over 14 years and this is by far the WORST winter I have ever had (I threatened to move West every single day – hubby started to take me serous – a girl can dream about beach living again can’t she? 😉

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Well, I just want to say thank you to all of you who follow our blog and to Old Town Paints and owner Sasha and Bobby for partnering with Hello I Live Here to get this project complete 🙂 .  I love writing and sharing my zany projects that are often shown on Bob Vila Nation, Ryobi Nation, and Hometalk  and other social media we use for Hello I Live Here.  Also, thank you for hanging in there with us as we fought the ugly weather to bring you our final post on our DIY China Hutch Make-over.

DIY China Hutch Make-Over

Happy Thursday and here’s to many warmer days for us all (just not to warm Missouri or I will have to look into that move west) 😉

–Linda

DIY Chalkboard

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

DIY Chalkboard

Hello everyone – our post today – DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames.  That’s right we all know we have loads upon loads of old frames large and small laying in our basements just begging to be loved again.  How can you use it you ask?  DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames is a great way to reuse those old forgotten pieces.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

This frame was an old print that hung in our over-sized wine room in our other home.  Knowing we would never use it here in the new Villa, we decided to store it for a day I needed an upcycle project on a bad weather day.  Well, you all know we have had 6 long, long months of winter and some days to harsh to work even in the shop with heat.  Guess what – we had two 80 degree days in a row, and last night after completing the china hutch part III with the Old Town Paint (oops new post alert of a great new product 🙂 )  – the threat of snow…yep snow…yet again hit St Louis and we dropped to 29 degrees in hours but the snow never came – just the blazing cold!!!!  This cold weather is totally cutting into my shop time and make me a very surly person.  Not to mention I want to complete my projects for Ryobi Nation and Bob Vila Nation 🙂  – warning for Mother Nature 🙂 .

Painted Pieces

What’s a girl to do today?  An inside project of course – Awhile back I had painted the inside of this frame with Chalkboard paint and stuck it on the wall.  The DIY Chalkboard is it’s used daily and we love the board.  The frame matched great with the old decor, but now that we have gone cottage and grey, the frame would never do.  Being locked up yet another day with cold weather I was trotting past the wall talking to my sister on the phone when I ripped this DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames down from the wall and up-cycled that old frame to match my new decor.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

I whipped out some left over Annie Sloan Old Ochre paint left in the bottom of the old can and whipped it on to this DIY Chalkboard from Old Frames hanging on the wall.  I then took what I had mixed for a cute pair of side tables (Annie Sloan Paris Grey and Louis Blue) and added that to the inside of the frame giving that little bit of pop I wanted for this piece.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

Once done drying, I added clear wax, let set for a bit, then followed that by dark wax, let dry and added clear over.

sloan wax kit
Sloan wax kit

After both dried, I added another coat of clear wax, buffed and returned to the wall.  How cute is it now?  And it now drives me less nuts locked in here from the cold when I walk past and see how it matches my new decor – you can’t beat that for a quick DIY Chalkboard project.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live HereStarting tomorrow we are to have nice weather here in St Louis.  Our next few weeks of our blog are going to be dedicated to new products we are trying.  I think you will love them all – I hope you love the new products we are about to show you – they are all wonderful and give a girl options when she’s tired of using the same old same old.

DIY chalkboard Hello I Live Here

I will introduce each product to you, give you background on it, how to order it, and my experience with the product.  I will be keeping them all a secret until I start using their product as I want each product to have its own platform as I introduce them.

First up will start tomorrow as we complete Part III final of our China Hutch Redo – That’s right – it’s finally done, and no one is more happy then the Hello I Live Here crew!  Until tomorrow’s post, have a wonderful evening and stay WARM. 🙂

Linda

Waxing Furniture

Waxing Furniture

Waxing furniture, we all, who work with painted pieces have to do it!  I have loads of people asking me how to get the wax to shine after using Annie Sloan Wax applications.  I hear things like, the wax is too stiff, there is wax left on my furniture, and the furniture does not shine up like it should. I also hear, I give up – I used poly over my Annie Sloan Chalk paint – Noooooo – don’t – why – because every brush stroke shows through from the chalk paint and chalk paint is made to go with the wax for a reason.  Just get the right tools – I do not know about you, but when waxing furniture, Hello I Live Here uses the exclusive help of RYOBI TOOLS.

 Waxing Furniture

That’s right – Ryobi makes the best tool around when it comes to waxing furniture for Hello I Live Here.  We use the Ryobi Orbital Buffer.  This awesome tool offers smooth, random orbital action at 4,000 RPM speed which attain a professional, swirl-free finish. This UL-listed buffer is double insulated to help protect metal parts from internal metal motor components and has fully-contained bearings for maintenance-free applications. The tool features a 100% terry cloth application bonnet and a synthetic-tufted polishing bonnet that are reusable and has a textured, soft spray on the housing for a comfortable grip.  Check it out over at Ryobi Nation.

Waxing Furniture

Though intended for auto use, if waxing furniture the right way, you will come out with an awesome shine.  People have said, it removes the paint on my product.  If it is removing the paint you are not letting the tool do the job, the paint is not fully dry, or you did not use enough paint.

sloan wax kit
sloan wax kit
Annie Sloan paint
Annie Sloan paint

After painting, I let my Annie Sloan paint color set up overnight (harden so to speak) I never rush a project just to get done.  Once set, I apply the wax with my AS wax brush – let set for a bit.  Once done, I go over the piece with the Ryobi Terry towel first, add additional wax if necessary, then buff it to a shine with the buffing pad. The secret, I never push down when using this tool – I let the buffer do the work – which is why I purchased the tool in the first place 😉 – See our waxed pieces below – What do you think?

Waxing Furniture

Waxing Furniture

Waxing Furniture

With the Ryobi buffing tool, I have no wax left behind, all paint is intact and my furniture has that shinny just bought it in the store waxed finished I desire.  I paint loads of furniture to make sure my pieces are right for my clients, I want to use the best tools for the job, and I don’t know about you, but my arm would give out waxing furniture all day before the Ryobi Orbital Buffer would!   Look at it shine!

Waxing Furniture

Make it easy on yourself, and use the tools designed to help.  Stop past Ryobi Nation and see what tools they have that can help you out with your project.  Waxing Furniture is a tough job, why not purchase a tough employee to help you!  You can find Ryobi Tools exclusively at The Home Depot or at Amazon.  I am glad I invested the $26.00 on this tool.  You will be too 🙂

Happy waxing furniture everyone!

Linda

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

Garage Storage Organization - Before and After

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

Regardless of what the groundhog said, spring is well on its way and being prepared is our only chance at staying on top of things. One of the best places to start your spring preparation is the garage. You’ve got your gardening tools, bikes, and other equipment that are vital for spring weather. Here are 10 spring garage organization tips for tackling and organizing that often ignored space.

  10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

1. Get Some Help: Recruit your kids, family members, or friends to help you work on the space. Depending on the workload, garage organizing can be a bit intimidating all alone. Make lunch for your helpers or give them refreshments for their hard work.

2. Designate: You need to determine what goes where and keep it that way. Garden tools go in the back left corner, while snowboard equipment goes in the front left, etc. This way you won’t lose things because you know where they’re supposed to be.

3. Label: Don’t be afraid to print out some labels and stick them on drawers, shelves, and boxes. It’s better to be over organized than the opposite!

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

4. Different Size Boxes: Find the right size boxes or containers that’s appropriate for the item. If you have a bunch of screws, find a small size container to put them in. Find a big box or bin to fill with sports equipment.

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

5. Invest in Shelving: You’ll be surprised at how much space is revealed when you find some good, sturdy shelving to install. Not only will you be able to store your things off the ground, but you can hang things too!

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

6. Take Breaks: I know the key may be to get it done as fast as possible, but if you need a break, take it! When you start getting tired, things start getting harder and the work will seem aggravating. Take a step back and take the time to regroup.

7. By Season: If your equipment is out of season, you can store it high above using overhead racks to get it out of the way until next year. This will allow more access to your frequently used items that season.

10 Spring Garage Organization Tips

8. Do You Need It: Determine if it’s something you’ll really be using. If those roller blades have been sitting in your garage for the past 10 years without being touched, it’s probably time to get rid of them.

9. Be Charitable: Instead of throwing things in the garbage, make a pile to give to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or other thrift store. Someone else will find use out of what you think is junk.

10. Reward Yourself: Once that garage is looking spiffy, treat yourself to a nice meal or a new manicure, or something that you love!

Garage Storage Organization - Monkey bar SolutionGetting your garage spring ready isn’t too hard. With these 10 spring garage organization tips, a little help and a bit of motivation, your garage will be looking spotless in no time! For more information and tips, visit http://www.garagesolutionsstlouis.com/.

Guest Post Written By Madison Aki in support of Garage Solutions of St Louis, a Monkey Bars Authorized Dealer.

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