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Furniture Fun! Reinventing Old Pieces

Hey y'all! How's it going? I realllly miss this little space so I'm making it a point to come back at least a few couple times a month hopefully. I'm getting a photo session booked after the new year of the complete renovation so I can share all the fun before and afters of this space. We've been moved in completely now for a few weeks and I am literally loving it more and more every day. I'm waiting to reveal everything after Christmas just so the holiday decor isn't the main focus. However, I'll share ALL things holiday hopefully next week when some finishing touches ship out and arrive. 

Today I want to share some of the pieces we've transformed to fit the design style of this new home. Y'all all know I love a good furniture picking hunt and gather and I've scored some pretty awesome finds over the last year or so. Well, my vision has finally come to life thanks to the Hubs and all of the pieces are in their designated spots. I brought along most of the furniture we already owned but I knew the dining room was going to be a completely different design aesthetic. To better justify the decision to flip themes, I sold a lot of our pieces to put towards the new ones. I also cut down on lacquer/paint cost because we did all of the refinishing ourselves. 

First on the list was a dining room table and chairs. (I want 8 chairs so if y'all see 2 of these floating around tell me!) I knew I wanted white and this was going to be WAY out of my comfort zone. However, I'm literally swooning over every single piece. I'll take the longer way through the swinging door and go through the dining room now to get anywhere in the house just so I can stare. (haha)  Blue and white has never been more prevalent than in this room y'all. I also scored a china cabinet and buffet for the space as well. We sanded each piece, primed and used a lacquer finish on each because I wanted that high gloss look. The china cabinet is actually the same color as the dining room ceiling and butler's pantry cabinetry and I adore it! I still may change out the buffet hardware but for now his dipped feet steal the show! 

Come back next week to see our home prepped for our area's annual holiday house tour!

Chairs before..yes y'all...periwinkle! Early 90's Palm Beach apartment maybe? I got this at a great price and I knew I wanted the Thomasville Allegro look. Also it broke my heart less to paint wood white because it was already done. Whew!

Dining table and chairs after:

China Cabinet - it was advertised as having a fresh coat of red paint. Sigh. However, I knew it was the perfect piece to accent my table and chairs and to tie in the blue of the ceiling into the room. The guy had also wired it to have a light so that was a plus. I simply love this piece and how he turned out!

The buffet I scored from one of my favorite IG vendors and again, because it was already painted, it wasn't as painful to paint over the wood. This was a FANTASTIC price compared to the Ballard Designs one I was looking at. Like I said before, the white was totally out of my comfort zone but I knew that was the look that this space needed! Also height was a huge factor and unless you go custom, it is so hard to find a tall enough piece when you're working with very high ceilings. This checked off all the boxes!


Lastly, I scored a little Thomasville bamboo nightstand for next to nothing for Miss Andi's room and painted it white. This one I just used a lacquer spray paint and it turned out so cute for her space!

Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball, Antique Gold by Design Masters via Michaels, Bright White Lacquer Spray via Lowes 
Ginger Jars & Pineapple Sconces Local Antique Stores/online

Next on this list for this Friday: This bamboo desk and chair will become GREEN! Stay tuned!

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Reno #3 Complete! (basically)

Hey y'all! Long time no speak huh? I sure do miss the blogging community! I decided to get myself in gear and draft a post to showcase some of the things going on around here. Needless to say I'm so thrilled that this summer is behind us but I'm desperately wanting the temps to cooperate and act like they're supposed to this time of year! We're currently moving things over to the new (old) house and that just blows my mind. This has been such a labor of love project but also such a whirlwind year with everything that has gone down. With that said, how about a quick catch up sesh? First and foremost, Miss Andi finished her very last chemo therapy session on 9/18 and now she is about to have a follow-up CT scan, Echo cardiogram and ultrasound and also schedule the removal of her port. After that we'll move to an every 3 month follow-up and CT scan schedule for the next two years. God is good and we are so thankful for her current state of health and happiness. (Her hair is even steadily growing back already!) Thank y'all for sticking with us throughout this journey and for always sending us support and prayers. I'm not sure what we would have done without y'all. 

As for the reno progress, I left y'all last time with a partial kitchen and closer install and that was a little over a month ago. Since then, the kitchen is now complete with all cabinetry, counter tops, hardware, back splash and sink in place. The butler's pantry is also complete and one of my favorite spaces ever! The closet is complete minus the glass top for our jewelry display on the island and the master shower glass is also completely installed. We have some of our furniture in now including end tables, night stands, some of the beds and rugs. Paint is touched up, trim has been caulked and really other than the closet island top construction, we are TOTALLY ready to move in! (I even have our internet service switching over in a few days so its getting pretty serious haha) I'm not sharing upstairs pictures just yet because at the moment it isn't vacuumed and all the beds are empty - no bedding looks horrible am I right? After next week I'll start to compile pics for the complete home tour including before and afters! Here are a few (crooked and terrible iphone) pictures of the home thus far:

Exterior - bring on the Blues & Blacks!

Projects left to complete: List current house and finish touch up painting and back deck, front porch railing at the new house and under porch coverage (I cannot stand your basic lattice so suggestions are welcome!) landscaping (eventually...), dining table and chairs paint job, china cabinet paint job, buffet paint job (so basically dining room furniture and fireplace makeover), light fixture for wet bar because current one is too small and then just moving the rest of our things over! All of this needs to be done by the first week of December since we've been invited to participate in our town's Holiday House Tour 2019. Whew! Thanks for stopping by!

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Kitchen + Closet

Hey y'all! I decided to come to the ole' blog and share some exciting updates that have been taking place around the new reno. Last week we decided on counter tops and I seriously cannot wait to see these babies installed. We went with two different types in the space this time around with a black and white theme. The island is painted black and will have a white counter top and we decided to go with USA Quartz Calacatta. Y'all, I'm so happy that we are doing quartz. We've used marble the last two renovations and although it is gorgeous, the upkeep is a little intense. Around the perimeter of the kitchen, the cabinets are painted white and will have black counter tops. (opposite effect here) For those we went with a basic Absolute Black Granite. We looked at some gorgeous new stone and I always enjoy going to the showrooms to see the new products. I fall in love with each slab for some different made up renovation in my head like a beach house, or country estate and its so fun! (think Julie Andrews running around singing - that is me in the stone gallery)

the actual slab we purchased 

love the light veining

The cabinet doors will be finished soon (hopefully by the end of this week) and so now I really need to focus my attention on hardware. I want a gold type cabinet pull but have no clue which direction I'll take on shape and size yet and whether or not I'll do different ones on the top and bottom. I'm posting some inspiration pics below and a super helpful chart just in case you might be in the same position. Give me y'alls thoughts and opinions on the long versus round etc. etc. Both the wet bar sink and the kitchen sink faucets are gold as well if that gives you a better idea!

I need to do a little more research on placement, size and shape before making a decision but we're definitely at that step. I can share a 'how to' after install as well but for now see this article which has super simple and helpful tips on hardware DIY install: The Sweetest Digs Kitchen Hardware 

Now lets switch gears and move on to the master closet. We'll also need hardware in here for the closet island but the color scheme is completely opposite. I decided on an old school polished chrome for the master bath and closet because to me it feels very hotel chic/glamorous and girly. The island will have 6 drawers for Seth and 6 for me so we'll need at least 12 (not counting the drawers in the T shaped closet section) I'm so over the moon for this room aka closet) y'all. If you remember our first renovation, we converted a room to a closet and I'm so excited to be able to do that again in this new home. Bring... it... on! The hubs just finished building and painting my shoe organizer and I must say that it is my favorite piece! Now we are just waiting on island construction and I'll need some sort of huge mirror. Other than that, we can almost mark this space off of the to-do list!

Miss Andi update: We start our second to last treatment next and we are over the moon! She still has the two weeks between each with a bloodwork check between the two. Her last chemotherapy treatment will be 9/18. She is steadily loosing her hair now which is almost a little more devastating since it waited until the end to go. She is confident with removing it all together and assures me that "it will grow back quickly". She continues to be such an inspiration and I am so incredibly proud of my little girl. Thank you for your continued prayers and support throughout this process. They do not go unnoticed. 
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