Sunday, March 9, 2014

Creating a new look for my home

For many years my home décor has leaned towards country and although I was very tired of it, it just seemed overwhelming to start changing it. Last year I repainted the main living area in my home in a neutral gray, Revere Pewter. 

I loved the color but didn't like the oak trim with it so with my husbands permission I ended up painting the trim, doors and fireplace white. LOVE the results but most of the country décor has to go.

 After reading countless blogs and pinterest, I found myself going back to the ones that featured the French country cottage look the most. I'm really loving that shabby, chippy, distressed furniture look.
I know I can't change everything overnight, but now that I know what I like, I'm finding things around the house or in thrift stores I can transform without investing a lot of money.             

Here are a few I've been working on this winter......

I found this old frame at a thrift store for a $1.50

I gave it a coat of a light aqua paint I had on hand. This was one of my homemade chalk paints that I wasn't thrilled with but is useable.

Then I gave it a coat of the white Annie Sloan paint that I love.

I did some distressing, especially the edges and the raised ridges on the frame.

 And finished it off with a coat of Annie Sloan wax.

When I started this project I was intending to do a chalkboard with it, but I saw something similar to this on pinterest and made this instead. I printed out a B in a font I liked and traced it on burlap using white chalk and painted it. I also gave the little flower pot a coat of paint.

Just dry brushing a wood box with some Annie Sloan paint gave it a fresh new look.

Repainted a sign I found at a thrift store. Cost of the sign....$1.50 plus paint.

I'll do a future post on this flowerpot.

 Linking to: Chicken Chick


  1. Sometimes I feel like you do. My home is country also. I don't know if I get tired of country as much as I needed change. Since I've been doing a project in the kitchen, it is time to make overall changes to deco also. I find that's all I needed and I've come to a time that a little less is needed. Your projects look great and it will be fun to watch what all you do.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. Love your ideas! Will be looking forward to seeing more:)

  3. Hi Pearl, I read this post sometime last week when I was on vacation--but didn't have time to comment. BUT--it looks like you are going to have (and are already having) a good time redecorating....

    I enjoy seeing what others do in their homes to make things look different. I truly don't have the talents in this area ---so would need someone more creative than I am helping me with any redecorations.

    Good Luck and ENJOY. Lookin' Good!