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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

An Affair with Paint!

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As I'm still dismantling Christmas, I see that lots of folks are sharing their fun project(s) they conquered this past year.  So, I thought I'd do the same!  Let's just call this the "Year of Paint!"

I'll keep my babbling to a minimum so that the *tons* (sorry) of pictures can speak for themselves:

It all started with painting/distressing/staining a simple bench BM White Dove and exPLODED from there! 

BEFORE:


AFTER:


That led to this ...

BEFORE:


AFTER (I painted every.single.piece of furniture in here BM White Dove, followed by distressing and glazing/staining) (sorry the pic quality isn't the best):


My paint brush then whisked me over to our sitting room, where I took it from this:


to THIS:  Oh sure, let's paint the bookcase BM White Dove and cover the furniture with white slipcovers!


Next up, the buffet in the great room ...

BEFORE:


AFTER (this got coated with AS Old White, followed by distressing and waxing).  Oops, almost forgot I painted the mirror, too):


Gee, Becca, while we've got the AS Old White paint can open, let's just go ahead and paint the fireplace on the porch!  (Sorry I don't have a before picture):


Oopsee, SOMEbody then discovered AS Chateaux Grey:


And, hey, let's just bring the Chateaux Grey into the kitchen, why don't we?

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AFTER:


Now wait, since I painted the island Chateaux Grey, apparently, that meant that I had to paint the stools Old White for contrast, and, for good measure, add a fun French image by the Graphics Fairy!

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AFTER:


Annnnd, because I love odd numbers when it comes to decorating, I thought it only right to paint a third piece in the AS Chateaux Grey.  And, why not just make it a big ol' piece like the dry bar!

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And, well, THEN, I thought that I might as well go ahead and paint the cabinets in the kitchen, too!  Except, I only painted the upper cabs BM White Dove (later followed by a coat of AS Old White, follwed by distressing).  I left our lower cabs in their original maple stain:

BEFORE:


AFTER:



Still with me?  Let's seeeeee, next was the kitchen table beside the dry bar.  I painted the base of it AS Old White, leaving the top and chairs in their original stain (sorry no before pic):


Okay ... so, I'm pretty sure *this* is when I realized I had a problem ... even my poor pumpkins got attacked with AS Old White! LOL


Annnnd, most recently, while still in the kitchen, I decided to ask my sweet hubby to take down a lonesome cabinet in the corner and replace it with three shelves that I made all by myself!  I then painted them AS Old White and distressed them.  They make me smile, and I'll have a great time decorating them with each new season!

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AFTER:


Needless to say, I've been one crazy painting mama this past year and think an intervention is definitely in order!  Thankfully, I'm not sure that there is anything left to paint in our home.  LOL  (Nah, I'm sure I'll find SOMEthing to splash with paint in 2012!)

Okay, you're next ... what are your fun projects you conquered this year?!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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64 comments:

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Wow--you've been productive! Great makeovers!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh Becca this was hysterical! I love everything but of course the dining room is still my favorite. Can't wait to see what you come up with in 2012.
Happy New Year!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Like a madwoman you are with the paint, Becca! : ) All your projects turned out fabulous and, you know, I love those shelves. I think that was a great way to go instead of the cabinet. Can't wait to see what you've got planned in the new year!

Robin said...

Everything looks wonderful! You've inspired me to pick up the brush again around my house.

Girlie Blogger said...

Great job. New paint really refreshes everything.

http://www.thegirlieblog.com

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

I really can't believe all the painting you did Becca. All amazing projects indeed! So fantastic to see your creativity flow.

Liesl said...

I am so intrigues by chalk paint and simply love the fresh look of all the afters...so lovely! I hope you have a magical 2012 ahead!

Liesl :)

Pam said...

I love them all!!

Sherry said...

All of them are equally beautiful. Wishing you the best this holiday season & a Happy New Year!

Gypsy Heart said...

You know I teased you about sleeping with a paint brush in your hand...I sorta think that was the truth! ;-) Seriously, it all looks fantastic and a review is very nice. I just LOVE all the changes ~ great job my friend!

xo
Pat

Gypsy Heart said...

You know I teased you about sleeping with a paint brush in your hand...I sorta think that was the truth! ;-) Seriously, it all looks fantastic and a review is very nice. I just LOVE all the changes ~ great job my friend!

xo
Pat

Pamela said...

You are truly addicted lady!:) See ya on Saturday for the party!

hong kong property said...

wow! it is looking great! awesome work!

Hong Kong property

Lori said...

It is amazing what a difference some paint can make! I love ASCP as well! Now, a question....where did you get your short curtain rods? I am thinking of doing some panels in my living room this next year, and I have been trying to find those shorter rods with no luck!!! I am thinking about having wooden dowels cut to the length I want...but if I can find some already done that are in the budget that would be great!

TuesdaySusan said...

I'm thinking you need your own TV show! FABULOUSNESS is your thing!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Becca, this was so funny to read!! Only YOU can make this much work seem like a walk in the park!! I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for 2012!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Girl you did have a busy year and I LOVED all your projects!! I know your wheels are turning for 2012 and can't to see what's next!! Martina

Hi I'm Shannon said...

Becca, I love this post! It's a perfect catch up for a late bloomer like me. I would have missed some of those befores otherwise. All the dark wood was beautiful before but it just shines now! Love your style ;) Look forward to seeing what you "splash" in 2012.
Happy, Happy New Year!

Sherry said...

Amazing!!! I love it all! Now where is my paint brush??? LOL!
Sherry's Bees Nest

Margaret Pereira said...

WOW!! You sure have a lot of energy and fabulous taste!! Love everything and I am heading off to buy myself some paint. I am inspired.

Katie said...

Oh my gosh!!! I love every single one of your projects ~ I need to get busy big time... Happy New Year! XoXo

Lori said...

What an affair to remember! Question... how have the kitchen cabinets held up and did you wax them to finish them off? Lori

HeartVintageDesign said...

I love your makeover. I might not have repainted the dresser with the decorative design but can't see the before well enough to decide if looked good enough to keep. I will be reading your blog in the following months to see what else you can come up with : )

Perfect Imperfections by Jeanne said...

Wow! I wish I had half your drive to accomplish my projects. Every single one is beautiful! I especially love the dining room. Can't wait to see what you do in 2012!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Wow! Your home was beautiful before, but I really do like the transformations paint made to each of your pieces! They look so calming and crisp! You have been one busy lady, and it payed off so well! :)

Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2012!
Happy New Year!

Andrea said...

your paint brush has been on fire! I have a few cans of good ole ASCP awaiting some victims in my home too =)

enJOY Life! said...
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enJOY Life! said...

I love the transform of your sitting room to white. My man and white just don't get along. Wish they did. All of your rooms look great. Now, what are you going to do with your time?

Terry said...

Outstanding. Wow, and I thought I was going to die with a paintbrush in my hand, but you will too. Do you ever put it down?

CAS said...

Wow, I knew you had done a lot of painting but didn't realize how much until you put them all together here! Do we need to do an "intervention" or perhaps a "10-step" program? LOL! Seriously, you did an amazing job on each of your projects!
xo, CAS

Happy New Year!

Sherika Lovett Alston said...

WOW!!! What a difference a paint can can make!! Your home is beautiful! Your were pretty busy, but it definitely paid off!! I would love for you to come link up today over at Passionatelyperfect.com

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Super great paint projects! Each one is fantastic!!!

I've been painting up a storm but have not tried the chalk paint yet.

Can you tell me the name of your granite in the kitchen? It looks like it might be the perfect one for my kitchen.

Thanks,
Dee

ReFresh ReStyle said...

Addicted and amazing! Everything looks so much better, the after pictures speak loud and clear...your painting was wonderful! Come see me and bring your paint brush!
Debbie

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Becca, you've had an amazing year of projects! They all turned out fabulously! I love your dining room transformation! The bench is also a favorite of mine and the shelves you installed are great! You've got me thinking about Chateau Gray on some pieces in my kitchen too! I love, love, love it all! Happy New Year!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Good grief! You must have carple tunnel (sp?)from all that painting. Actually, I have seen every one of your blog postings, but when you put them together, it's overwhelming how much work you've done. Absolutely beautiful! Love EVERYTHING. Happy New Year! Linda

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It all turned out fabulous, love your home. Tons of work, but oh so beautiful. Have a very Blessed New Year. HUgs, Marty

Cindy said...

All of your changes are absolutely GORGEOUS!

Kim said...

Becca ya nut! Where do you find the energy??? Seriously though it all looks great. It looked beautiful before, and I love it now too. Great to switch things up once in a while, or in your case change the whole house! LOL!!!

linda said...

Wow! So amazing how some AS paint can totally transform your home! I'm inspired ...

Katherines Corner said...

So much pretty I love every bit of it. You are very talented. Hugs! P.S. I hope you'll stop by Katherines Corner and add your lovely blog to my blog list page :-)

Suzy said...

Becca - would you pretty please send some of your energy my way???? You were a busy, busy lady this year! I love every single thing that you painted. How is the paint holding up in your kitchen? I'm considering painting my island but am concerned with it chipping or being easy to nick. Happy New Year to you and your family! Suzy

CosmoGirl Carla said...

You certainly have been a busy bee this past year. What fabulous transformations. I'm not sure I could pick a favorite project, Becca. You're an artist with a brush and paint can for sure. If I send you a plane ticket, would you be up for a trip to boring ole Delaware to revamp knock some projects for me ;o)

Happy New Year!

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

such a fabulous site! tons to look at and i am starting a chalkboard paint project -- so very helpful! i found you over at katherine's corner and i am now your newest follower -- if you ever get a minute -- i would love you to visit : ) wishing you and yours the best new year ever!!!

Kelly said...

Wow! You have been one busy painting mama! I love all of your changes. I think you should go ahead and paint the lower kitchen cabs white too. I think it would be a more consistent look. Just a suggestion (hope you don't mind). I like the new direction you're taking your house in!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Love it all Becca, but my favorite is the dining room set that you painted. It just totally transformed everything! Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year, and looking forward to blogging with you in 2012!

Jemsmom said...

You are one crazy painting talented woman! You have absolutely transformed the look of your whole house. It is absolutely gorgeous. You should be so proud of yourself! I am proud of you!!!

Daffodil Hill said...

Wow. Wow and wow and wow. I love everything. Your home was amazing in the BEFORE shots, but those AFTERs are stunning. It's obvious you worked really hard in 2011. The pumpkin comment cracked me up, btw.

Calypso In The Country said...

I am so impressed! I get so freaked out everytime I go to paint something. I am always afraid it will end up looking better before I painted it - but I love every single thing you painted, so now I am motivated again! I can't even pick a favorite from all of your projects! I love the lighter look of the pieces you painted. I have a lot of wood in my home so I could use some lightening up! Thanks for sharing and Happy New year to you!
-Shelley

Shannon said...

I absolutely adore your newly white and dove white spaces!!! Good job...looks like you accomplished a ton in 2011. All the best for 2012.
Shannon
www.akadesign.ca

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

My goodness...your paint brushes should be worn out!!! It all looks outstanding...I think your dining room makeover is my FAV.

Blessings,
Linda

Maria Elena said...

Becca, your home is just gorgeous!
I love all your projects and can't wait to see what you will be doing this year! Happy New Year!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Wow you have been one busy gal thats would have taken me a year or more to complete all that beauty!!!

Terri said...

WOW what a difference a little paint makes! Where do you get your ideas, crativity AND ENERGY??

One More Time said...

Amazing.... Love all what you have done! Hard work, but all worth it when it done!

Pat said...

I enjoyed this look back at your beautiful projects Becca.

I think you asked me about the color in our living room. It is antique white, Sherwin Williams. I love that color.

Christie said...

Becca, each first photo, I thought, 'now, how could she make that better?' and then whaammooo! The transformations are amazing! I am in awe...now, what can I paint?? Happy New Year!! Christie at Three Pixie Lane in upstate SC!

Sherry said...

Oh My! You've done some amazing projects...I think I love each and every one! So glad I came by and I'm absolutely going to follow so I can keep up with what's on your agenda. See you soon!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Wow! You are so brave and so busy Lady! I am amazed at how much you changed in only one year. You must have energy up the wahzoo! :) It's all so beautiful! I am still just so in love with your sitting room the most though! I could just sit in there reading all day. It's the perfect cozy spot!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Those are some absolutely gorgeous transformations. Lots and lots of eye candy there!! :)

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

I can not even believe that you painted all of that! Everything came out fantastic! You are very brave to tackle all those nice pieces of furniture, especially your kitchen cabinets! I have a TV stand and kitchen cabinets that I'd like to do... I guess it can be done! Thanks for all the beautiful inspiration!
Susan

Jamie @ Modern Vintage Coastal said...

Wow, Becca! I really enjoyed looking at all the before and after photos! What a HUGE difference paint makes, huh? I really love how it lightened up your home and gave it such a fresh new look. You always do such a great job girlfriend! Can't wait to see what you come up with in 2012!

Have a beautiful weekend, love! xoxo

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Becca, I love all the changes to your home in 2011! You have been one very busy lady. I am looking forward to seeing what you are up too this year. Thanks for joining my party.
Hugs,
Sherry

Cookie Princess said...

What is BM White Dove? I guess what is BM standing for?

Cookie Princess said...

What is BM White Dove? I guess what is BM standing for?