Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Faux Brick Wall Living Room

I thought I would share with you another faux brick wall we did in the living room.  You can see the faux brick wall tutorial we did on the kitchen wall here.

This time we did it a little different than we did in the kitchen to get another look to the brick.

Here is the grandma's basement faux brick panels from Menards.  They come in 4X8 panels for around $22.  This  half wall took 3 panels.

First step was to put a cream base on this wall.  I used paint I already had.  It was Behr Ultra with a satin finish.
 Just rolled the paint onto the brick panels with a paint roller and let it dry.

The next step and the messy step is to put grout on the wall. I used the bright white grout I had left over from the kitchen wall project.  We put the grout on pretty heavy to cover all the grout lines and bricks for texture.  You can see the mess it leaves on the floor.  That is why I showed on the kitchen faux wall tutorial how we used these inexpensive plastic drop cloths and used painter's tape to attach them  to the wall and spread it out on the floor.  This way clean up is easy and it protects the wall and floor from the grout dropping all over when applying to the wall.  To see how we put the grout onto the faux brick check out the kitchen tutorial here.

 Next step on this faux brick in the living room we used some Rustoleum Cabinet Glaze we had in the garage.  Terry got a cloth wet and then added some of the glaze to the cloth and wiped it onto the bricks.  I went along behind him with another wet and dry cloth and rubbed out the glaze to get the look I wanted on the bricks.  I used the wet rag to rub off more of the glaze on some bricks and the dry cloth to not take off as much on other bricks.  This is where you chose how much color you want in the bricks.  I wanted a soft weathered look to the bricks so we did not do a heavy glazing to the bricks.  We decided to try the glaze instead of a paint technique like we did on the kitchen wall.  Since we had the glaze all ready we thought we would see what kind of look we could get using the glaze.  I liked the weathered exposed look the glaze gave to the brick.

This is the end result we got.  It gave me the weather faded brick look.

This is the up close picture of some of the bricks after the glazing so you could see how it makes the bricks look old and weathered with lots of texture to make them look real.

Ok while Terry was applying the glaze and I was rubbing away at the faux brick to get the brick looking just right,  I turned around to see my little decor assistant fast asleep on the couch.  Terry and I both shook our heads and said Oh Libby must be so tired from watching us work all day on the wall! I guess Libby is in the decor union that allows for naps on the job!So that is a peak at the wall in the living room.  I am working on getting Pottery Barn and Cottage to mix in this room.  This room has been a fun challenge for me.  I am getting a new look using everything I already had and spending zero dollars for this make over.  Hope to have the whole reveal soon.
Have a great rest of the week.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Start of Living Room Decor Change Up

I am starting a new decor project in the living room.   I took everything down off the walls.  Here is the wall before shot and hopefully soon will have the after picture of what we do to this wall and the new decor change ups for my living room.

We got a new leather sectional not too long ago after I sold my pretty white slipcovered sectional so that is starting a whole decor change up in this room!  Hopefully Pottery Barn meets Cottage will be achieved in this room soon.

I have to really watch the budget while Terry is trying to find another position in the fire service so I am going to do all these changes with supplies and decor pieces I have.  I love a challenge and have a "captive helper" that has tools so it is all good! 
 Have a great start to the new week.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger Series

 Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger is a feature done each Saturday that introduces you to a blogger you may already know or a new blogger for you to get to know. This feature gives you a peak into the personal life of the blogger.  Getting to know the special person behind the beautiful blog.

There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland so enjoy getting to know these talented bloggers each Saturday.

Nancy from A Joyful Cottage
February 28th

Happy Saturday and Happy End of the cold month of February.  So Happy March is almost here!!!!

This Saturday I have a very "joyful" blogger I would like to introduce you too.  Nancy has her blog called A Joyful Cottage.  Please sit back and read and get to know this most delightful blogger with a warm heart and a inviting and cheerful soul.  I guarantee you are going to love getting to know Nancy.  Enjoy!

Hi, I'm Nancy from A Joyful Cottage, and Kris is shining her spotlight on me today.

Can you believe it?  I feel like Miss America or something.

Here she is. . .Miss America. . .

But I digress.

Kris, thank you for inviting me today. It's an honor to be here at the charming and inspiring Junk Chic Cottage for Saturday Spotlight. And remember, you're the one who told me to "have fun" with this post, so if things get a little rowdy you have no one to blame but yourself.

Me hamming it up for my snowshoeing buddies in Colorado.

It's not too hard for me to have fun. I'm the youngest of three kids who believed her soul purpose in life growing up was to entertain family and friends.  And I still like to make people smile.

With my Ohio friends at Chipotle's Free Burrito Night.
(You're coveting my chic tin foil bow. Admit it.)

I also have a serious side, and through the years I've come to understand how important it is to be a person that puts people at ease and is willing to take the time to really listen to and encourage others. 

Life has thrown me a few curveballs.

My late husband Jim and me
with our first grandchild, Emma, 2001. 

At the tender age of 19 I married a wonderful guy in Illinois, where we were both born and raised.  A year later we moved to Southern California, and eight years after that our only child -- a son -- was born. We lived in California for 18 years, except for 10 months spent in Phoenix, Arizona.  Then we returned to Illinois to care for aging parents. Jim was diagnosed with a terminal heart disease in 1995 and left this world in 2007. He's with the good Lord now. (We were living in Ohio at the time of his death.) I lost my best friend, lover and cheerleader all wrapped up in one amazing man, and I never expected to meet another like him. Nor did I ever intend to remarry.

God had other plans. 

Dennis and me the night he proposed - Christmas Eve 2009.

In October 2009 I met Dennis Reinke, a Colorado artist, through an online Christian dating service. (I know. . .I can't believe I dated online either! I'm as surprised as you are, believe me.)

All of our wonderful kids and grandkids joined us
for our wedding.  They came from four different states.

We were married Valentine's Day 2010 at the lovely Fawnbrook Inn in Allenspark, Colorado.  

The Fawnbrook Inn February 14, 2010

(Yup, we just celebrated our 5th anniversary.)  

The theme of our wedding and marriage is JOY.

After selling my house in Ohio we moved to Estes Park, Colorado, rented the apartment where Dennis had previously lived and began to look at real estate for purchase.

I loved the apartment's french doors that opened to green space and the frequent wildlife that visited.

During that time I discovered photography.  Oh, my!  I hadn't realized how much I would love capturing the world around me through the camera's lens.  We lived ten minutes from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and spent a lot of time there. Dennis painted. . .

while I explored the park with my camera.

In 2011 we bought and renovated a 1926 cab-age (Dennis called it a cabin, I called it a cottage) just outside of town, and converted the property's 1880 log barn into an artist's studio for Dennis.

This gave me a whole new area of Estes to photograph.

Except for the bear, all these animals
were photographed on or adjacent to our property

Although we loved our home and the environment, retiring in Estes Park was not an option. The cost of living was just too high for us. We both love the west and felt drawn to Oregon, where Dennis had lived for awhile. So, we sold our property in July 2013 and began the hunt for a home in Oregon. We traveled all over the state for four weeks -- from the eastern border to the coast and back.

We decided to settle in the mountainous area of Northeast Oregon.

A local ranch in the foothills.

Natural Lake Nearby

We bought a lot in a very, very small town.

The lot came with an existing workshop.
Can you tell Dennis is excited?

Now our 667 square foot cottage is being built, and I'm excited about sharing the whole process on my blog.

Artist rendering of our new cottage, by Dennis Reinke

I've been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil.  Back in the early days of the internet, before blogs were even thought of, I was part of an AOL online writing forum.  I started my first blog Coffee On The Deck in 2007, a few weeks before my late husband passed. I stopped blogging when he died and did all my writing in journals and letters to God, which really helped me through my grief. When I remarried and moved to Colorado, I wanted to journal my new life in the Rockies and hone my writing skills, so I started a new blog Joyful Altitude.  For awhile I had a second blog Mountain Manna Devotionals where I combined my photographs with inspirational writing.

It's taken me a fair amount of time to find my blogging voice, and I think it's finally happened with A Joyful Cottage.  It's my only blog now.  I take pleasure in combining my life long cottage love affair with my passion for writing. I have a weekly series called "Living Large In Small Spaces" where I feature cottages and small homes. Together we explore small home living through guest posts and home tours, and learn tips for small space and simple living. I often get the chance to feature the homes and lifestyles of other bloggers, which is something I really enjoy.

One of my dreams came true when I was contracted to write Christian devotionals for Wesleyan Publishings' devotional booklet Light From the Word, and another single devotional was published in Gary Chapman's Love Is A Verb - 365 Daily Inspirations to Bring Love Alive.

When I'm not writing/blogging and photographing, I like to quilt, craft, work on DIY projects, garden, cook. . .anything creative. A lot of times I share my projects on my blog.

A few things I shared at A Joyful Cottage in 2014.

On occasion I share the living-with-an-artist side of my life, too.

Right now we live in an apartment that is mostly
the resident artist's studio.

Okay, forgive me.  I just have to put a plug in here for my husband's art.  He is very talented, and beautifully expresses his God-given gift.

He's good, huh?  He has a website,
if you'd like to see more of his work:

As I often like to say, Dennis and I may be retired from jobs but we're not retired from life. We're both adventurous and love to try new things. Most importantly, we never take for granted the blessings God has given us.

"This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad
 in it!"

I hope you'll come by and visit me  at A Joyful Cottage.
I LOVE seeing my old friends and making new ones, too!

Thank you, Kris, for shining your Saturday Spotlight on moi.


Thank you Nancy for sharing your sweet life with all of us.  Please head over to Nancy's blog and say hello.
Have a great week end.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Feeling a little ignored! Not Getting Your Questions Answered!

Are you feeling a little ignored or maybe feel like after you make a comment on someone's blog they do not respond back to you when you ask a question :(.  Well it could be because you are a no reply comment blogger.

For Example: Your comment email address might look like this:
Kris< noreply-comment@blogger.com>

This is how you fix this problem:
It is easy peasy!
 Go to your edit profile page and click the checkbox that says “show my email address:
To change the email address that the comment replies go to, use the box in that same “Edit Profile” screen that you’re in.
If you don’t have a blog, you can simply go to your profile and see if the “show my email address” box is checked. If it’s not, make sure your correct email address is entered and check it.
That’s it!  See easy peasy and no one broke a sweat!!!!
I will also mention that you might want to double check your settings, because if you synced your Blogger profile to Google+, it may have changed your settings back to no reply status.

Tutorial from :http://morefromyourblog.com/no-reply-blogger-how-to-fix-this/

I hope this helps.  Some of you have asked me questions with your comments left and I have no way to get back to you if you are a no reply comment blogger.  So if you change this it will allow the bloggers you leave comments for to respond to you.

Have a great week end.  Come back Saturday for Spotlight.  You will love getting to know the wonderful blogger I will be featuring this week.

Stay Warm!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New "Old" Cabinet Transformation And New Faux Brick Wall

Happy New Week!

I have the Cabinet and Faux Brick Wall to reveal with new decor.

Before:  Long wall in kitchen.

After:  Long kitchen wall with new "old" transformed china cabinet.


This is my China Cabinet that I got back from my daughter.  In the new home they are buying she was not going to have a space for it.  This is a solid oak cabinet and one of the  first nice pieces of furniture Terry and I could afford to buy after we were married.  When we moved to our downsized home 7 years ago knowing I did not have a place for this set I gave it to my daughter.  She painted the oak black to match her decor.  So when she said she could not use it in her new home I told her I would take it back.  That started a whole thing on where and what was I going to do with this piece.
 Beginning Transformation:

For Valentine's day I got Terry a new tool.  It was a inside paint sprayer.  So we gave it a whirl and I have to say loved this new sprayer.  The paint went on quickly and smoothly and cut the paint time down considerably.
I taped off the windows of the doors and mirrors inside to be able to use the paint sprayer.  Little did I know I would find replacements for these cabinet doors just a few short hours later!

Remember the two side chippy windows on my mantel and that chippy arched window behind my mannequin.  Well got the ole' tape measure out and was excited to see they would fit to make new doors for the cabinet.  I love when I can repurpose stuff I already have.
Not to worry I have something new for the spaces where these three windows came down.  Stay tuned for another post on what happened to these spaces.

Yep!!!! Loving that these three windows would work for new doors for this cabinet transformation.

They fit so perfectly.  So after Terry fit the doors we slightly distressed the rest of the white painted cabinet to look like the chippy new doors.

Here it is without shelves put in and lights on.  I left off the doors to the bottom cabinet to add my baskets.  Got the new hardware handles from Tattered Tiques  for $2 each.
They added to the chippy look.

The inside of the cabinet has lights which are nice at night.

We painted the mirrors white.  Much easier than trying to remove them and replace them.  Also had this old chippy shelf and had Terry add that to the inside of cabinet.

I kept the original glass shelves on the sides but liked the wood chippy shelf and this old chippy stool for the middle of the cabinet.

Playing around with the top of the cabinet to see if I like a french basket of flowers or my basket with the old wooden rolling pins.  It is fun to play around to get different looks until one just says Yep keep me!

Cabinet with side doors open.

Middle door open.  Hard to get good angle pictures with no light filtering in behind me.  Trust me this cabinet on this wall looks so bright and pretty.  Just my back lighting was horrible to take these shots.

Love the exposed brick look to this wall with all my french farmhouse decor.

Still tweaking and moving things around to find the look I want for decor on this wall.  As you can see I need to find some more things to fill my baskets.  The hunt is on!

So there you have it.  A new transformed China Cabinet.  New faux brick wall and some decor change ups on this kitchen wall.  I love that I had everything you see here already.  Just tweaking and using stuff I already had and I got a whole new look and a place to take back my china cabinet.  It was fun to get a whole new look to this china cabinet with just using old windows for new doors.

Thanks for hanging in there with this long post and also these pics are not the greatest.  The only time good pictures came out of my kitchen is when I had them professionally photographed.  They have fancier camera's and good lighting kits.  Even with photo shopping I still get shadows etc.  At least you get the look and trust me it is very pretty in real life even if I could not get the best pictures.

Thanks for coming by.  Have a wonderful rest of the week.
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