Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Before and After - Guest Room #2

Good Morning!

Well I am finally finished my guest bedroom in which I promised to post about awhile ago! I guess I have to say other projects got in the front of this one!!

 I am going to share some before and after photos with you.


This was actually a baby nursery when we bought our home one and a half years ago.

The previous owner had added a stencil to the wall.  Isn't it so cute?

My next step was to change the paint color in the room.  Well I have to be truthful it took me a long time.  I kept going to get paint samples and taking them up to the room and trying to see which one I would really love on the wall in the room.  Have you ever been undecided over a paint color for your home?

So -- this is what I came up with a light version of a coral color.  I actually wanted coral since I have seen some very pretty rooms painted in this color and I just drooled over it!  However, I thought it was wise to go with a lighter color due to the size of the room.

The Reveal:
So come on in.......

The side table was also a recent ASCP job that I painted in Old White.  The quilt was a recent purchase, just love the hydrangeas!

The bed was a trash to treasure find along side the road.  I just recently finished it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint....It was my very first project....I have to say it went on okay for me, however, I had to use shellac on it before it was painted so paint would not bleed through.  After applying the shellac, the paint went on very easily.  I added a clear Annie Sloan Wax for the finish. 

The three drawer chest was a inexpensive purchase back in West Chester, PA.  It was originally a dark stain and I used leftover chalk paint and some green accent paint that I used on my staircase. 

The above was just a recent DIY project.  I love how it turned out and love the green knobs that were painted! 

Well I am so relieved that I am now finished with the guest bedroom.  This room took quite a long time since I kept procrastinating on many things for the room.  Overall I am so happy on how the room turned out and love the cottage, cozy feel with the white painted furniture.

Now the room is just waiting for a guest to arrive.  I will make sure you will enjoy your stay!

Thanks for your visit.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

My DIY Dresser - Before and After

Hello There,

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I have been busy working on a recent purchase of a dresser for one of my guest bedrooms. This bedroom is the smallest one of our bedrooms so I wanted to find just the right size dresser for the room.

Here is the before photo of the dresser that I found......

It needed some TLC so I first washed it down, then I sanded lightly.  Then I applied two coats of primer.

Then two coats of paint were applied and here is the AFTER photo.

I painted the knobs with some leftover paint that I used for my coastal painted stairs.

The dresser cost me $40 and I had everything else on hand except for the quart of paint which cost me under $15 so I think this was a reasonable project for $55, don't you?

Again here is a BEFORE photo:


And here is another AFTER photo:

Be sure to check back for my final reveal of my guest bedroom.

Thanks for your visit!

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Garden Pathways

Lately I have been visiting Pinterest and seeing some wonderful ideas for a garden pathway for my backyard.

I have to say I have found some lovely images that have inspired me! So here we go! Well now I need to narrow it down to one!  Not sure if this will be done in the fall or early spring though but that is okay with me........

So which one is your favorite?  Thanks for your visit! 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

At the Beach.....

It was a picture perfect day so I headed for the beach.

Nothing is better than the beach when there are no crowds, sun shining, a little breeze blowing.....and sand between your toes......

We wanted to fish so we also brought our fishing pole.

Even though no fish were caught to fry, we did have a little surprise......

Do you want to guess what it was?  See below.....

We are trying to figure out what kind of shark this is....Any ideas?  We know that it is not a Black Tip Reef Shark but S.C. does have Bull Sharks and Tiger Sharks in the area.

Also saw a Loggerhead Turtle nesting area.......

Ah the lazy days of summer at the beach.  I promise I will be back to visit you soon!!

Thanks for your visit!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Photography and One Of My Favorite Quotes


Lately I have been wanting to improve on my photography skills and learn the different options on my Canon Rebel T2i camera.   A professional photographer in Beaufort heard of my plight and has offered to mentor me.  I usually meet with him once per week to get advice on  lighting, shutter speed, etc.

Here are some photos that I have shot around my home that I wanted to share with you.

Awhile ago, I was the lucky winner of a sign made by Between You and Me.  I was so happy that I won and knew I was going to have a perfect spot for it in my new home. I had shared this before wanted to share it again since it  is one of my favorites. If you have a chance, please visit Tara' shop.

Here is a cheat sheet on some photography that you might find interesting.

Thanks for your visit. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Meet My Neighbor Fidella and Sneak Peek of a DIY Project

Hello There, I wanted you to have a chance to meet my new neighbor! Her name is Fidella.

Fidella was one of the “Big Swim” mermaids that graced Beaufort’s Water Festival in 2007. She was designed by Emily Post with help from the Boys & Girls Club Teen Center. Artist Emily Post shared some of her thoughts about her artwork. “My mermaid is named Fidella, meaning Faithful, taken from the Marine Corps motto: Semper Fidellis (Semper Fi,) said Emily Post. Collecting all the photos has been a great opportunity to talk with different Marines. Not only am I representing myself as the artist, but I’m also representing those Marines and their families.” After Fidella was on display at Celadon on Sam’s Point Road, she was relocated to Parris Island where she was a regular at the Officers’ Club. She was donated to ARTworks in 2013 and became available for purchase. Interested Broad Street residents decided Fidella was a perfect fit for our neighborhood and the board agreed.

A neighbor installed her on the neighborhood green. It seems that Fidella now watches over our neighborhood as we have always welcomed those who are servicemen/women and their families.

So what do you think?  Isn't she beautiful?

Now for the sneak peek project --

Just recently found this dresser at a recent sale and it caught my eye!  It is the perfect piece for one of the guest rooms that I am almost ready to reveal!  (I know it has been a long project).  I had something else in place of the dresser and did not like it so I started all over again!  Did you ever experience the same thing?

Well I need to get busy on choosing a paint for the dresser and some new knobs to make her just beautiful!

Will share the guest bedroom reveal very soon! 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan - Home Transformation

Good Morning!

This has been a long, on-going post that I have been working on for awhile now.  It all started with my daily walk in the historical area of Beaufort and noticing this home that was about to be demolished.

So sit down, grab a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy the tour!

Above is a photo in the very beginning of demolition.  See how the second level is elevated?  You are probably wondering why the second level was kept?  Well here in Beaufort, there is a zoning code in the historical area that states part of the original dwelling must stay intact.

I love the brick chimney and large front porch

Three French Doors in front of home! 
Can you see the garage to the right? Wood clapboard was added to the outside exterior

This is the back of property and where the ships were built in the 1700s.  How would you like this view from your back patio/porch?

Love the detail in the brick work

Metal roofing added to garage

Brick wall was built around the whole perimeter of home, what great curb appeal!  Don't you think?

Beautiful address tile added to front brick column

More bricks....

Love the herringbone sidewalk!!

I Looovvvee the metal roofing! 

Side of house

This is a actually a park area where there are fountains and benches for anyone to use.  It is maintained by the City of Beaufort.  It is located to the left of home. 

So here we go again, a BEFORE photo:

And a AFTER photo:

I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did watching the transformation!  Now only wish I could of had more close ups!  My dream would be to get inside and take photos of this lovely home!

Thanks for your visit.




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