Off to Market

Spring is in the air, and this is my favorite time of the year to paint. Drawing up the garage door and taking in the fresh air while sipping on an iced coffee from my Keurig was the place where Pretty Distressed was born. It soothes my soul. It is also a great time of year for moving and garage sales, and I just scored two beautiful pieces from such a sale. Today, I will be sharing the first reveal from my haul. And the most exciting news is she is looking for a new home.



This Queen Anne Thomasville sideboard is a real beauty, and she was in such great shape that it was pretty hard to take my paint brush to it. But you know me, I just couldn't help myself. I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in French Linen with some medium distressing. Then, I finished it off with Annie Sloan Soft Wax in clear and some dark around the detailing to give it that aged patina. French Linen is considered a neutral, so it really can blend in with any color pallet.

I love how formal and fancy this piece is, but the paint job makes it casual and comfy at the same time. She is also really versatile. It would really work great as a focal point in a foyer like I staged it, but it could also be used behind a sofa, as a media center, or the classic approach of a server in a dining room.







Once I got it all staged up in my foyer, I felt really tempted to keep it. It is such a different look than my Goodwill Dresser that sits here. But in the end, I decided I am not quite ready to part ways with my signature piece yet. This little lady sure made me ponder it for a while. So, off to market she goes. Check out my Shop Furniture tab if you are interested in purchasing this piece or want to check out the rest of my work up for sale.

Are you a spring junkie like me? Is anyone else out there enjoying painting outside again? Here's to more reveals soon!

Paint Color Selection for Dummies

Please don't be offended by the title of this post, because I am including myself in the "dummies" category. I have no background or education in design. I am just an everyday gal trying to make my home a space I can enjoy.

I recently repainted every square inch of my first floor myself and found the most stressful part was selecting my colors. I didn't have enough money to hire painters, let alone enough money to hire a designer to select colors for me, so my first stop was the Sherwin-Williams Pottery Barn collection. Clearly, Pottery Barn has tons of people with professional design experience and expertise, so I trust that the colors in this collection are on trend or classics that will stand the test of time.

I find it is easier to pin point what you don't like versus what you do like. My last three homes were warm neutrals, beiges or golds. After trying to decorate those homes, I knew I wanted to steer clear of those color families. I also knew I didn't want anything too bold. So that guided me toward picking a cool toned neutral, SW 7634 - Pediment.

From there I used the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® app to find its coordinating colors. I picked up a Color To Go® sample of each color and painted them on various walls around the main floor. This step cost me an extra $50 or so but it is so worth it. Don't trust paint sample chips from one of those strips you pick up at the paint store. You really need to put some paint on the wall and see how it looks in different rooms, on different walls and with different lighting. I decided I wanted a little more contrast between two of the colors and selected one shade lighter than what the app had suggested.


I ended up going with a pretty neutral pallet, but selected Hazel for the dining room for a pop of color. While I ended up painting most of the house myself. I did have to hire a painter to finish up our foyer. Homegirl is terrified of heights. Here is a quick tour.

Family Room: Fashionable Gray with Special Gray accent wall

Kitchen: Fashionable Gray

Foyer: Pediment

Living Room: Pediment

Dining Room: Hazel

I am really pleased with how everything turned out. And contrary to what you might think, this is not a sponsored post for Sherwin-Williams. I just really like their products and all the tools they have to help you select the right paint for your home.

Do you stress as much as I do about picking paint colors? I hope my process will give you some inspiration to tackle it yourself. Any tips you can share with us?

Window Shopping Wednesday - Wall Hooks

Happy Wednesday and welcome to the first edition of what I hope will be a new weekly post- Window Shopping Wednesday. 

Let's face it. In our busy lives we don't always have time to scour the flea market or stop by that cute little antique shop that is an hour away or even hack or upcycle something from around the house. Sometimes it is just easier to take a seat at the computer and shop from the comfort of your own home (or cube, don't worry I won't tell your boss).

So today, I bring you Window Shopping Wednesday. Each week I hope to share a decorating idea with you and then give you some products you can buy to recreate the look.


This creative way to use a wall hook comes from Chris at Just A Girl. I just love this idea for the bathroom instead of using a plain old towel rack.



I also like the idea of using them in the kitchen for pots and pans or aprons and dish towels.


Of course, wall hooks work great for foyers. I love this example from Midwest Living.


All these wall hooks are from the Update That Hardware event on One King's Lane, a great flash sale site for home goods. This sale ends on 4/20.
Bargin
Wood Wall Hooks- $22
Elodie Wood Wall Hooks - $25
Kirsten Wall Shelf w/ Hooks - $32

Charles Wooden Wall Shelf - $35

Splurge
Oakdale Wall Shelf, Light Gray - $110
Camryn Coat Hanger - $275
Jameson Wood Wall Shelf - $69
Happy window shopping. Let me know which ones you like the most.

Foyer - Before & After

I look around my house sometimes, and all I can see are the mountains of projects I need to tackle. It is often hard for me to pause and reflect on just how far we have come on our journey of making this house a home. Today, I want to take the time to slow down and enjoy my foyer. 


foyer

Walls
Let's start with the walls. I wanted to brighten things up with a cool neutral, so I selected Sherwin Williams Pediment. This baby has been in the Pottery Barn Collection for a couple of seasons, and it is really beautiful and versatile. I used SW Emerald paint for this job since the foyer will take on a lot of heavy traffic. It is super durable and wipes up really well.

Flooring
The old flooring really chopped the house up- tile in the foyer, vinyl in the kitchen and carpet in the living, dining and family rooms. We selected Morning Star's Solid Antique Strand Handscraped Bamboo from Lumber Liquidators. This wood is really stunning, and the hand scraped aspect really gives it a rustic look. We also added new, taller baseboards.

Decor 
Thanks to my new found love of refinishing furniture, I was able to decorate this space without breaking the bank. The dresser is from Goodwill and the shutters were from my mom's garage. The metal orbs are from Hobby Lobby, and the rest of the items on the dresser are from HomeGoods. I didn't pay over $15 for any item. My bench and rug are also from Hobby Lobby, and I had those left over from our previous house. I also made the pillows myself.

foyer makeover

Never finished
I am hoping to eventually replace the chandelier in the foyer. I conveniently cropped it out of these photos. It is glass, brass, and ugly. I also plan on staining and painting the banister this fall once the weather warms up, and I can ventilate this puppy. But I refuse to dwell on any of that today. Today, I am enjoying my foyer and how far it has come!

Take some time today, and bask in one of your recent accomplishments. You deserve it!

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