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Hi, we're Dawn and Christine. We love cooking, crafting, entertaining, and all things Do-It-Yourself. We especially like to give everything our own special twist! Learn more.

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Finally Updated: Antique Thomasville Dining Table and Chairs Chalk Paint Redo

Back in January of 2014, I posted some photos of this Thomasville Dining Table that we picked up at the Salvation Army.  You can see where I wrote about it here: Updating a 1962 Thomasville Dining Table and Chairs.  I apologize for not posting some after photos of it, but it took us a lot longer to finish it then we thought it would because the day after we purchased it, I found out that I was pregnant, and then shortly after that, Dawn found out that she was pregnant too!!!  If you’ve ever been pregnant, then you know what that does to you, especially in the early stages.  It took us some time to finish it, mainly due to fatigue.   However, I think it was worth the wait.  

As you might recall when we got her, she looked like this: 

  

And we were hoping to do something like this with it!

This was our first experience with chalk paint.  So, there was a bit of learning curve, and it seems that when we do something for the very first time, we always run into some road blocks!  I’m sure you can relate, especially if you’re a DIYer!  But after a little  of this, and a little of that, it finally came together.  

 

Here she is:

  

  

The goal when this set was purchased was to redo it and sell it.  However, it sat in my garage and then once the baby arrived, I knew I had to make a decision about what to do with it.  I decided to sell my husband’s grandparents teak table and keep this one.  This one was more of my style and I really loved it. Ironically, the hutch in the back is a match to the teak table, but I think it goes well with this table too.    

I’ve tried to find new ways to decorate the table top.  It certainly doesn’t look great in this photo.  I have different pieces that I’ve changed out, but I’m still looking for just the right piece/s to sit in the center.  I know they’re out there waiting for me to find them.

Sometimes I catch myself just standing at the top of the stairs admiring the table.  I really love it!  

Do you have any great thrift store finds that you’ve redone and are also loving?  Tell us about them!

 

Quick and Inexpensive Kitchen Canister Update

I love those kitchen canisters that have chalkboard paint on them and you can label them with “Coffee, Tea, Sugar and Flour”.   And I’ve even considered buying them but I just couldn’t find the right ones.  We received these canisters as a wedding gift many moons ago and because they were a gift, I’ve had a hard time parting with them, even though one of them is totally cracked, I still can’t say “good-bye”.  

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So, today, after dropping my kids off at school I walked into the kitchen and just happened to look at the canisters, and BAM, I had my “ah ha” moment!  Use the ones that I already have to make the look I’ve been wanting.  After all, my set is plain white with stainless lids and they’re the perfect slate for something like this.   I have chalkboard paint, and could have used that, but why bother?  I had some left over black contact paper that Dawn had given me a while back and it just so happened, I had just enough.  So, within minutes, I was able to achieve the look I’ve been wanting, without spending a dime!  Now, that’s my kind of twist! 

 I even decided to throw in the utensil holder too!

I don’t think I need to give you the play by play on how to make these, but just in case you need it, it’s simple.

1) Cut out the shape of contact paper you would like

2) Add them to your canister and rub until the contact paper is totally smooth

3) Write in chalk what you’d each canister to say

4) Stand back and admire them

Done!!!     

The absolute best part about the contact paper, is that when this goes out of style (and it will) I can just remove it!  

Do you have any items in your home that could use a quick and easy update???  Tell us about it!

When You Find Something You Love, Buy It, and Think About Where to Put it Later!

I’ve always been a sucker for antiques. I love garage sales, antique and thrift stores. My grandfather was always on the hunt for a good treasure so I’m pretty sure I inherited this from him.  I love finding a little gem that someone else overlooked and taking it home, cleaning up and bringing it back to life. There’s really a number of ways to do that. The easiest, is just using some good old furniture oil. You have no idea what this can do to a piece of furniture. It’s like when you see a plant wilting in the corner because you’ve neglected it for way too long and you finally bring yourself to water the poor thing and within minutes, you see the leaves start to pop back up. It’s just like that! Furniture needs oiling too. Wood gets dry, brittle, and faded. And oil can make the world of difference in bringing it back to life.

So, what do you do when you’re out perusing the thrift stores and you find something you don’t need, at a killer price, but you just can’t leave it there because you see it’s potential and you adore it so much? You tell yourself you’ll find a place for it, SOMEWHERE, and you buy it and worry about the details later!

I am in love with spindle legs on furniture. My daughter’s crib is a Jenny Lind spindle crib. It just shouts “antique” to me. So when I stumbled across this precious little thing at the thrift store, I was taking it, in need of a highchair or not!

I didn’t care for its original walnut finish so I pulled out some of those paint samples my mother in-law gave me. I used the same color on the Beach Cottage Inspired Painted side table I did a few weeks ago. I mixed up my own chalk paint and finished it with wax. And here she is!

So what will I do with her? At first I thought I would sell it, but my kids took a liking to it and I am trying to find a way to incorporate it into their room/s. Here are a few ideas of a ways to use something like this in a non-traditional way.

 Isn’t she precious?  My mother made her many many years ago!   

You can really do this with anything in any part of your home. For instance, I use an inherited dresser from my husband’s grandparents as an entry way table. Ironically, I was searching high and low for one when we inherited this and I thought this would be the perfect place for it.

So when you’re out and about and you find something you absolutely love and you cant live without, buy it. Get it home and start thinking of alternative ways you can use it.  It’s just bound to be a win win!

Have you found any great pieces that you didn’t initially have a home for but then found just the right spot?  Tell us about it!

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Beach Cottage Inspired Painted Furniture

As a child or an adult, I have either lived in New York or California, and I’ve always lived somewhat close to the ocean. I love the beach and I adore the beach cottage shabby chic look of whites, blues, shells, and driftwood.  I love the task of collecting shells on the beach and bringing them home, especially from distant places.  I learned that from my mother at a very early age!  She has an enormous collection of shells that I hope to inherit one day!

One of the first pieces of furniture I bought when I was single and living on my own was an unfinished pine Armoire and side table.  When we moved into our home, I decided that I needed one room that allowed me to have that beach cottage feeling.  It’s not nearly what I’d like it to be, but with subtle touches here and there, it at least lets me think I have a beach cottage for a moment in time!  This room serves as the kids playroom, so it’s really cluttered with a lot of toys, but I have tried to make the decor somewhat beach cottage and have extended that into the neighboring bathroom as well.  

I’ve wanted to paint theses pieces for some time, but just didn’t have the courage.  But when I learned about chalk paint, and just how easy it is to use, I decided to try painting the small table as a test run.  I had some Benjamin Moore paint samples that my mother in-law had given me a while back.  So, I decided to use one of the samples in my experiment of making my own chalk paint.  

Here’s the piece of furniture before I painted it!

 And here it is after!

 It’s a lightish blue and I dry brushed a creamy white color over it to give it more dimension. 

 

 

Here are some of the other things I added to the room for a beach theme.

These photos I printed on copy paper with my printer and made my own canvas wraps!  

When we were making the move into our home, my husband actually suggested we get rid of the armoire.  What? It was the perfect piece to fill in the open closet space we had in our playroom loft. It houses a TV, DVD player, DVD’s and more. I don’t know if he thought that one through very well before suggesting that, but there was no way I was getting rid of that piece.  I had a plan for it!  

Here’s the Armoire.   Since it’s so heavy, I can probably paint this right where it is!  That’s one of the many beauties of chalk paint.  

Stay tuned for the final result.  That might be coming a little later down the road, but you will see it painted in the near future!

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P.S. For those of us who love a beautiful home, we know how easy it is to be inspired by ideas online, and the positive feelings a great ambiance brings, and also know too well that implementation of these ideas can be intimidating, confusing, and time-consuming. Though we hope to encourage you to try things on your own, we understand that sometimes you need a push in the right direction and we would love to help. As Home Decor Coaches, we specialize in designing beautiful living spaces and helping you see new opportunity in the pieces you already own, including furniture painting services. We will discuss your needs, assess your situation and put together unique ideas to make your living spaces exceed your expectations. We would love to bring a Simply Tangerine twist to your home. Please contact us anytime!

A DIY Tip Everyone Needs To Know – How To Find A Stud

Have you ever wanted to hang something heavy on your wall and knew you were in the vicinity of a stud, but could not find the darn thing – even though you know they are all supposed to be 16 inches apart.

HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

Says the stud God, laughing at your plans.

Well, guess no more my friends! I learned of a great solution that costs much, much, much less than those expensive stud finders thanks to one of my favorite sites – Houzz – and I had to share.

(Did you know Christine’s patio was featured on Houzz? If you haven’t seen it, you need to check it out!)

Anyway, I was in the predicament of trying to find a stud this weekend, when I attempted to hang this sign I made for my kid’s toy closet using plywood leftover from the All Star Scoreboard I made for my son. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I measured out sixteen inches and drilled my hole, but felt that empty feeling you get when your drill bit reaches air once through the drywall. I don’t own a stud finder and instead of rolling the dice and drilling more holes with hopes of hitting the jackpot, I Googled “DIY stud finder”, and voila I found this great tip from Houzz – use a magnet!

You wrap a magnet in some tape and then drag it along the wall until it sticks. Once it does you know you have found a stud. Genius!

 

Happy DIYing! Anyone have any other great tips? Please share them in the comments below!

Linking to Design, Dining + Diapers, Savvy Southern Style, and Serenity Now

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P.S. For those of us who love a beautiful home, we know how easy it is to be inspired by ideas online, and the positive feelings a great ambiance brings, and also know too well that implementation of these ideas can be intimidating, confusing, and time-consuming. Though we hope to encourage you to try things on your own, we understand that sometimes you need a push in the right direction and we would love to help. As Home Decor Coaches, we specialize in designing beautiful living spaces and helping you see new opportunity in the pieces you already own, including furniture painting services. We will discuss your needs, assess your situation and put together unique ideas to make your living spaces exceed your expectations. We would love to bring a Simply Tangerine twist to your home. Please contact us anytime!

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