Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sneak Peek at the Wildberry Estate Project Completed

Happy Tuesday!  Its exciting at LYR today because the photos came back from the Wildberry Estate photo shoot and I cannot wait to share the BEFORE and AFTER shots!  This was a year long project and I grew really close to my client.  She is unique and sentimental in her taste.  She loves color, and refuses anything boring.  I'm hoping to post the photos by August 31 but here is a sneak peek.   I can't wait to include the details of what we added, the hurdles, and the triumphs.  

Have a decadent day!  

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Refinished Furniture Using Chalk Paint

Meet my new lovely furniture piece (well its not new but received a makeover) ....


I have had this buffet with hutch for a very long time.  It was my Grandmothers and reminds me of her so I love it......just not the look of it.  It was made in the 1940s and has taken me years to be OK with refinishing it.  

I have refinished furniture before and it was a lot of work (sanding, priming, blah blah).  A friend told me about chalk paint and said it was so much easier to use.  No sanding to prime the piece!  I headed to the paint store and picked up Rust-oleum Chalked Paint and Sealer.  The Sealer protects the paint from wear and tear.  I have read that wax (used as a top coat for chalk paint) needs to be re-applied every few months and I didn't want to deal with that. :)

You get a vintage look with a matte finish when complete.  


I used their LINEN color (I applied three coats).

I took the pieces apart and used a slightly damp rag over it to make sure it was clean before painting.

Then I applied the first coat.  Then two more coats.  As I said earlier, its a chalked distressed look I was after and I could see my brush strokes.  The  more coats you do the less brush strokes you see.  The instructions on the can are well done.  Read them before starting the project.

I used a smaller brush for the grills and tiny pieces.

"Meow" (gotta have fun!)


Once the LINEN color was dry I started to paint the back of the upper cabinet COASTAL BLUE using the same brand Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint.

Heres what the color looks like.

I taped off each back wall with green painters tape to keep the paint only in the areas I wanted blue. (TIP: stronger painters tape options will stick to your paint and pull it off when you remove it-chalk paint is not protected until you have the sealer on). 

I only needed to apply two coats of the blue paint.


Lastly I lightly sanded the edges around the doors and sides of the base and top so the wood showed through a bit.


I then brushed on the Sealer.  It was easy to apply.   Looked milky but dried clear.  IT DID GIVE A YELLOWISH TINT IN SOME AREAS.  I read online this is typical.  I added dry brush strokes of the LINEN to lighten those areas up.  (there are a lot of good tips online about using chalked paint and sealers!)


I bought new gold pulls for the drawer and cabinets but restored the original door hinges.

I let that dry and moved on the hardware.  

There are a lot of helpful tips online to get rusty hardware clean.  I used a Brillo pad and baking soda paste (just a little water added to baking soda) on the pieces, then after cleaning them off, I let them sit over night in vinegar.  Then used brill pad again with the baking soda paste.  It worked really well!




I picked up the pulls at Hobby Lobby.  
*I can't find the crystal knob on their website but you can try to find it at the local store!

This chalked paint comes in an assortment of pretty tones to choose from!  If you have a local store that carries this paint, pick up the brochure that shows the color options.  Here are just a few:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

See Todays TV Video Segment About Refreshing Your Front Entry

Today I visited the WFMZ 69 News At Sunrise Studio and shared ideas for Refreshing Your Outdoor Front Entry with the beautiful and talented Eve Tannery.  Time flew by and we did not get through all of what I wanted to show viewers but had a lot of fun as usual.  See the short VIDEO HERE.

The WFMZ 69 News at Sunrise News Team.  Do I fit in? :)

Then check out my blog post HERE to find out where to find the items I discussed.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Refresh Your Front Entryway

I recently refreshed my front entryway and I finally feel that happy curb appeal everyone talks about.  

Now it has my personality, its clean, and has enough room for all my seasonal decor and flowers I will add (what color do I use?)!

Are YOU ready to refresh YOUR outdoor front entryway?  It might be the perfect time!  Your front door is seen from the street every single day, and its the first thing that friends and family walk up to when they visit.  Keep it stylish and clean to be most welcoming!  

So where do you begin and what do you concentrate on?  Outdoor plants come and go, but the manufactured items you invest in for your front entry way are here to stay so get them in good shape!  These items include:
  • Front door
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Door mat
  • Planters
  • House numbers  

When you have the items listed above in good shape you can have fun adding seasonal and holiday accents!  And plenty of plants and flowers!

Lets Break Down What I Changed and Why:

Don't forget to paint the trim around the door!  It made a huge difference for mine.

More Ideas To Refresh Your Front Door Entry 




Red painted doors should NOT be pigeon holed into one style category.  As seen by this photo, it can be used in more modern and rustic looks; not just traditional!  Love it!


Choose from bright teals to beautiful shades of indigo!


Grays are popular, not just inside the house, but on the exterior!

Home Talk has a list of grays that are popular for exterior paints from Benjamin Moore (see below).  I have used the Kendall Charcoal and love it although it is a little lighter than you would expect.  ALWAYS SAMPLE YOUR PAINT IN AN AREA WHERE YOU WANT IT BEFORE PUTTING ALL THE WORK INTO IT IN CASE THE COLOR IS NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT.


Invest in new door hardware.  Make sure the finish coordinates with your outdoor lighting and house numbers/letters.   Add a door knocker with character for a unique twist that says 'I have humor' to guests that arrive.

I love Anthropologie door knockers!  They are just the cutest assortment of animals.  


Outdoor front door mats do not need to be boring.  This little detail can add great curb appeal!  I love mats that coordinate with the front door.  It shows the home owner put thought into it.  

Check out how adorable this DIY door mat looks!  Get the step by step directions to make it HERE!

This colorful rug is perfect for a covered porch, and so in tune with the coral trend!  I just stopped by my local Lehigh Valley Pottery Barn store and saw this in person....its so fresh!


Bring in a charming lantern style outdoor lighting with seeded glass.  Keep the size large in scale to illuminate the front entry. 

This light from Lowes is a great value.  It has a lot of character.


Use of planters are key to any front entry.  Regardless of your style, pots can add warmth, color, texture and bring nature right up to your front door!  

Consider mixing pots with lanterns to adorn your front entryway. Use outdoor battery operated candles and set them to turn on at sunset!  Pottery Barn has some great options even though it is late in the season (yeah PB!)

If your entry is not proportional, add a cute substantial light and multiple pots in varying heights on one side.  This will balance the empty space next to the door.  Coordinate the pot colors with the door color!

Doesn't this entry make you want to step inside!  The planters are nice and tall and the stairway is clear of clutter!


You should be able to see your house numbers/letters from the street.  They should be large and in a spot that is easy to spot.  How many times did you roll your eyes when you could not find someones house because the font of the house numbers were too small to read from your car.  

I visited Lowes today and snapped a photo of their various styles of house numbers.  As you can see, I found quite a few!

Please share any ideas and photos of your own front entryway!