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So, we have finally moved back into our bedroom downstairs…..and I am so excited about how the entire bedroom turned out. The 2 things that “make” the bedroom and create some drama are the navy accent wall, and the white bed frame. And since I painted the bed, I thought it would be awesome to show you the technique if you want to change your bed also. Here is my master bed frame makeover – painted white using the dry-brushed technique tutorial. If you want a glazed or antiqued tutorial (like my nightstands)…..click HERE. Want to see my master bath makeover, click Master Bathroom Remodel: Hardware Bling.
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Where did it all begin?
Put your primer on in long brush strokes, making sure not to cover your bed in a solid paint color. See below.
Do the same technique for footboard and side rails if you have them.
*** LET PRIMER DRY OVERNIGHT***
Put your first coat of white paint over primer in long brush strokes again, but this time covering more of the wood.
BELOW: left side painted….right sight primed
You should be able to notice that the paint covers better than the primer, and it should feel thicker as you brush it on. Just make sure NOT to cover the wood completely. You should still be able to see brush strokes.
BELOW: PICTURE OF 1ST COAT PAINTED
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
BELOW: Headboard 3 coats, Footboard 2 coats. Can you tell how the headboard has more coverage on it than the footboard?
***TIP*** This is the stage/step where I go back and add in some paint to cover certain areas that do no look as even. This is just personal preference for me.
***LET DRY OVERNIGHT***
Now you can put on your wax, let dry, and rag/buff off. Put on more coats of wax if you want a shinier finish- just fyi.
Use your 150-grit sandpaper or sponge and gently sand over random areas where you want some original wood to show. I like my sanded areas to be over the ornate “leaves” sections to accent the details, and then over the corners where the bed would naturally get “bumped”. I also added some sanded areas in the middle sections of the headboard and footboard to move the eye around.
***OPTIONAL STEP*** WAX OVER SANDED AREAS. I like to do this just to bring out the wood tone (the wax makes the wood tone darker for more contrast) against the white paint. But of course, this is your bed, so it is your decison!!
Hope you love how your bed turns out….as much as I love mine!! Let me know how your progress is going- or if you have any questions? I would love to see some pictures of your bed too!!
I really feel like I got new furniture…without the high pricetag!! Plus the white really lifts the room so much more than the stained brown color, and it gives me the contrast I need against the navy wall. Don’t cha think ??
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Today, I am finally getting to share our master bedroom home tour – woohoo! This room is still not completely finished, but it is getting closer day by day. Of course when that happens, I will probably be ready to change it again – lol, but for now it is working for us. If you love all things farmhouse, and your heart beats coastal cottage, then you are at the right place. Here it is! Home Tour: Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom.
So far, I have done a couple of posts on our master bed frame makeover: painted white and our diy nightstand makeover: painted white with dark top, to show you one side of our room. (see links below pictures below)
And now, I can finally show you the rest of our bedroom.
I know there are some things that need to be tweaked, but at least it’s starting to feel more like home again.
Accent wall Sherwin-Williams Naval – SW 6244 and the side walls are Silver Strand – SW 7057.
So, what is coastal farmhouse style anyway? Coastal farmhouse style is really a “feeling” rather than a “look.” Huh? What does that mean?
It is the feeling you get when you walk into a room versus what the room actually looks like.
So, your coastal farmhouse bedroom will be a little different than mine. It might look similar, but feel different.
What’s the secret then? Use the 10 elements below to find out!
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*** Scroll Down to the end of the post to see pictures of the items. Click on the picture or links to get more information. ***
BEFORE, DURING & AFTER PICTURES:
Before we begin the tour, I wanted to show you a couple of pictures of what our bedroom used to looked like before the flood (last day before we evacuated), during the cleanup process (2nd set of pics), and after (now).
GOOD NEWS: The furniture was solid wood and we were able to save it.
SAD NEWS: The water covered and damaged the feet, so we had to paint it.
END RESULT: It was a blessing in disguise – we should have painted that furniture a long time ago!!
MASTER BEDROOM TOUR:
So, who’s ready to begin the tour? Let’s first start off with the obvious – the painted furniture.
It always amazes me what a fresh coat of paint can do – right? The painted bed and painted nightstands completely transform the dark furniture, and give the room an updated, fresh look.
Plus, the white really pops off of the navy accent wall.
But I do understand that not everyone enjoys painting nor wants to take on the challenge of painting furniture.
If this is you, scroll down to the end of the post for more information on bedroom furniture ideas.
Picture Below. This is my first time sharing our painted dresser (making it’s official DEBUT – lol) in the master bedroom, and the white-wash tutorial is ready (see below).
Do you like it?
The white-washing technique gives it a beach-y, more casual feel and lightens up the darker furniture.
Plus, the original color of the dark furniture blended into the color of the hardwoods, giving it zero contrast -yikes!!
When we first moved into this house (14 years ago), we had carpet in here so the dark furniture looked great. Yep, that’s right – we’ve had that furniture for 14 years now.
So, needless to say the darker dresser was waaaaay overdo for a LITTLE update anyway- lol!!
*** DRESSER TUTORIAL is READY – Click Here White-Washed Dresser. ***
Do you think I maybe should have been using a drop cloth all of these years when painting furniture – hahaha!!! But I have an idea for painting the floor in the garage soon – wink wink!!
In the picture below, this is the other side of our bedroom. And I will admit, this is the stage it is in right now….. I have not finished decorating it yet.
The master bedroom is always the last one to get done – am I right?? It comes right after volleyball lessons, teenage girls’ beauty items (don’t even get me started with that – lol!!), and well…. life.
Just keeping it real ladies!!
Above: I did paint that floor length mirror blue (~ 8 years ago), but do not have pictures of the process – sorry!! It’s a water-color painting technique – that I love.
I will try to figure out a way to show you the technique because it really turned out so beautiful.
More pictures of the bed and bedding…..
All of my comforter selections tend to lean botanical, floral, or boho style. This way, I can stay within my coastal style (botanical or boho) and farmhouse style (floral) no matter which one I choose.
This blue botanical bedding is Ralph Lauren, and has reversible stripes on the back side (which I love). This allows me to change things around when I get a little tired of it without having to buy something new. Win-Win!!
And of course – I’m a color gal – so it’s gotta have some punch to it!! Scroll to the end of the post to shop bedding – I could not find this exact bedding, but found some similar choices that are equal in style.
Love all things blue – click 14 Ways to Decorate wit Blue: For Every Room & Budget.
Closeup picture of the nightstand and farmhouse lamp. It is no longer around either, but scroll down to the end of the post for similar options.
The little white basket on the floor was painted also….but again I do not have pictures. What?? Another one with no pictures. I know. I know. UGH!!
It is on my to-do list for the blog though. It was so easy to paint, and gave it new life. What do you think – is it a winner?
This bench is definitely a life-saver. It hides the tv cable “junk” (my husband wants to mount the tv on that wall above the bench – ?? – maybe ?? – we’ll see), and those 2 baskets store my girls’ swimsuits and favorite beach towels.
They like to just come in and quickly grab what they need to head to the pool. But I am thinking it’s about time they could store their own stuff!!
It’s the little things – right??
Here is another picture of the blue mirror and white basket. For now the mirror is leaning against the wall because we don’t know if the tv wall mount is a sure thing yet – hahaha!!
The floor length mirror is a must for our bedroom though, so that we have somewhere to check ourselves out!! Plus, I really love that it bounces so much light around the room.
See Picture Below.
This picture shows the left side of the room, leading to our master bath.
If you want to see the complete transformation of the master bathroom makeover click Master Bath Remodel: Hardware Accessories or Shower Remodel Design Guide: 10 Things You Must Know.
It is by far one of the biggest changes made to our entire house – besides the kitchen. Everyone who has seen it in person has given us a ton of compliments – so I’m kind of proud!!
Check it out if you have time.
See pictures below.
And my must-have barn door…..that almost didn’t happen!! That’s another whole story – but at least we got it!! If you want to see more barn door inspiration click 55 Incredible Ideas: Not Just For Farmhouse Style.
Our other entry door to the bath was a double door system, and blocked off the left side of the wall where the dresser sits. We always had to push the dresser down so that it barely even fit on the wall.
Then if you wanted to get something out of the drawer, it bumped into our other furniture.
We had the barn door installed to slide right because it was a space we never used (in that corner).
***TIP*** Just a little head up…..remember that it’s more difficult (not impossible though) to hang something on the wall where the door slides. So, just make sure you hang your barn door to slide to an unused area of your room, or unused/less functional wall area.
And my favorite t-bar barn door handles….I kinda have a thang for these. They are my go-to hardware all over the house. But I especially liked this one because it is a heavier, sturdier handle.
Plus, I knew we needed an inside way to get out of the bath -ha!! See below.
Inside the master bath – handle……
Better view where you can see the limited amount of wall space on the left side of the doorway. It might also be that our dresser is bigger than it should be for the space…..but who wants to admit that?
This celadon glazed pitcher has been with us for AWHILE….to say the least. I bought it at Home Goods ~8 years ago (or longer) and it just gets moved from room to room as I need it.
There is just something about the soft color, and that rusted handle that calms my nerves and reminds me of home. And who doesn’t want their master bedroom to be a calming and serene retreat?
This “love pillow” is another favorite of mine that gets moved from room to room. I also have a “home pillow” that is slightly more blue-gray than this blue-aqua color.
The shabby, ruffled edges and roped letters add the perfect amount of texture to complete the coastal farmhouse style.
And who doesn’t love throw blankets?? Can a girl ever really have too many blankets or throw pillows? No….I don’t think so!!
In here, I like that one throw is more sophisticated in color (bed- spa blue) and the other one is more fun (basket -mint colored). These 2 colors together add a little dimension against the navy and cobalt blue bedding and pillows.
Which throw do you like more? The one on the bed, or the one in the basket? Let me know?
Hope you found a ton of inspiration to get your coastal farmhouse master bedroom makeover underway. I’d love to see some pictures of what you do!!
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We have had this World Market Console Table for awhile now, but I knew it was time for it to have a little makeover. I have always loved it for several reasons: 1) it’s an adorable style and very sturdy; 2) it’s versatile – can be used in several rooms in the house; and most importantly 3) it’s very reasonably priced!! But….. it needed a change (or maybe I did – who knows??) So, for a couple of years, I was simply going to whitewash it. Then I thought I was going to paint it black. And then we flooded, so a whole knew idea came to mind. The World Market Console Table Makeover: Painted Smoky Blue. I love how it turned out – do you?? Click here to see the console table in My Fall Home Tour. ***If you want the look, without having to do the work, skip to the end of the post to shop console tables ***
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*** Sorry my pictures are not so beautiful, but this is the REAL deal here – LOL!! I did A LOT of painting while we were flooded, and all of our furniture was stored in the garage. Just thought I should mention that to make myself feel better 😉 ***
*** After you put down your dropcloth or plastic covering down to protect your floors (or garage- even though I did not- ha!), you are ready to begin. I always use leftover wood pieces to lift my furniture, but you could use extra paint cans, etc….
Dry-brush your table using your angled paintbrush, making sure not to cover it completely. To dry-brush: dip your brush into your paint, and then gently dip your brush onto a rag to get the excess paint off. You will not want a lot of paint on your brush for this method.
Let dry overnight. Then apply 2 more coats covering a little more of the areas where you can see the natural wood peeking through. Let dry over night between each coat. You will still have some natural wood peeking through after 3rd coat.
1ST, 2ND 3RD COATS TOGETHER
Sand edges, legs, & drawer corners with 150-grit sandpaper. Just press firmly to sand in some spots, and then apply lighter pressure in other spots for a more natural distressed look.
*** NOTE *** I forgot to take pictures after I sanded, so these are after the liming stage. I just wanted to let you see the sanded areas.
*** READ this entire section before you begin this 3rd step, so that you do not make the mistake that I did. ***
You will work in small sections for this step. Add liming wax with your wax brush in straight lines (not x-motion) brush strokes, then buff with a rag after 15 minutes (not an hour). I buffed mine with a rag after about 15 mins (not an hour like the can says). The longer the liming wax stayed on, the harder it was to buff off. This was my personal preference for the look I wanted – fyi.
You will not need a lot of liming wax on your brush, but you will have to continue to add it after. EVERY. brush mark!! This is the most time consuming step, but adds the MOST critical part of the project.
***NOTE*** I followed instructions on wax can and did x-MOTION marks (the first time – picture 2 below), but I personally did not like it. So after it dried, I buffed it with heavy pressure to get x-shaped marks off. I wanted a cleaner (straight line – picture 3 below) type of look.
Let dry overnight. It is still a little tacky after the liming wax is applied, and needs to be completely dry before the next step.
Using a designated brush, apply dark wax to entire console table. I also worked in sections for this step, but in bigger sections than liming wax. Let dark wax sit for 15 mins, and wipe off with t-shirt (not rag). The t-shirt allows you to glide over the wax without wiping it off completely (like the rag). Allow some of the dark wax to remain in crevices and grooves for a more authentic antiqued look.
Let dry Completely Overnight. Then wipe off/buff again – but this time use rag. The rag will help get ALL excess dark wax off.
Apply clear wax to entire console table, let dry, and buff to shine. If you want a shinier finish/look, add 2 – 3 layers of clear wax. For a matte/flat finish, just apply one layer of clear wax.
Since I am such a visual person, I thought you would benefit from these pictures. Here it is from beginning to end – showing the different stages. Now you can definitely see how the liming wax softens the blue color, and adds dimension/texture to the table. Then the dark wax changes the color again, and blends everything together. I love how the pictures tell the story – right??
Let me know how your console table makeover turns out!! I’d love to see it – you got this!!
Now that we have settled into our home (a little more) after flooding, I can honestly say that it’s slowly beginning to feel like normal!!! Hallejuhah!!! Cue the angels & the choir, because HOPE is in the air!! It might also be due to the fact that I am taking a fabulous bible study class called “Anchored in Hope,” (taught by an incredibly blessed woman), but regardless, something beautiful inside the soul is taking place!! And that hope has inspired me to finally get around to do a post on our Master Bathroom Remodel: Hardware Accessories.
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***Skip to the end of post to shop hardware accessories.***
I knew there was a ton to cover in this room, and that is probably why I have been procrastinating on getting this post done – LOL!!
Now, that I am looking through pictures, etc…., I know that I will have to split the master bath remodel into several posts. So, just sit tight…. it’s coming!!
Sink, shower, tub, and Barn door Hardware will come in next post – so stay tuned!!
Shower Post is Done! Shower Remodel Design Guide: 10 Things You Must Know.
I’ll be covering all things crystal, glass, and mirrors:
So, this is what it used to look like after the flood…… (sorry for the bad lighting)
This is during the sheet rock phase…..
*** Some of the pictures don’t have all 3 phases…..just what I could find!! ***
Want more information on barn doors, click 55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas: Not Just For Farmhouse Style.
1. Chandelier – click here
(passage= closet), (privacy=bath LOCK)
mine are (30″ x 40″)
If you have any questions, let me know! Did you like the changes we made….and if so, which one was your favorite?
Shoot me a comment – I’d love to know what y’all think!!
All I can say is…..wow! Our flooded house makeover after Hurricane Harvey has been LONG, extremely draining, emotional and painful. I am not going to sugar coat this horrible situation at all – just gonna keep it real!! Some days I didn’t know if I could even get out of bed and go through our “normal” routine; it was really that bad. Even now as I go back through the pictures, my tears flow uncontrollably. It will be an experience that we will never forget, and will change the way we view our lives forever.
It has been over 11 months, and we are still unpacking boxes and getting settled in. BUT…. through the grace of God, and His Spirit moving in and taking over – our family has survived!! We are beginning to see a glimpse of hope and wonder of what God has in store for our family. And this house – well, it is now turning back into our HOME again!! AMEN!! If you want to view part 1 click HURRICANE HARVEY FLOODED – THE DESTRUCTION (Part 1).
So, today I am posting before and after pictures of our house. Some are before the flood, after the flood, the rebuilding, and the areas that I am working on. I will show more “staged” or decorated pictures as I get rooms completely done, but wanted to show pictures of the progress while unpacking. NOTE: things are not clean, nor are these the best quality of pictures. Hopefully soon I can do some updates. As for now – here they are!! woohoo!!
Leave me some feedback- I’d love to hear what you think. And please continue to pray for those who are still without their homes. It means the world to them 🙂
I am loving my custom x-shaped double barn doors for the office/piano room. I know they were a lot of work for the guys to install since they they were so heavy….but they do dress up the entrance to this room don’t ya think?? My husband has been able to work from this room now, and can close the doors easily for a little quiet time.
Opening up the walls from the kitchen to the living room has made a huge difference in the flow of these 3 areas. I always felt like we had a living room section, a breakfast table section, and then the kitchen. Even though they were only separated with the double arches and bar top, they still felt closed off. Now we have a ton of natural light and can access both sides of the island.
Yep….my Boomer always likes to pose for the pictures!! He is such a glory hound – no pun intended!! l can’t wait to set up the bookshelves with some family photos and personalize this shiplap wall. It is still one of my favorite things that we decided to add to the remodel.
I am soooo happy I decided to paint the bed, nightstands, and dresser (not pictured -yet). You can actually see the bed now, and it looks so dreamy!! Here is the tutorial for the nightstands here, and I’ll get the bed and dresser tutorials up soon. I painted them with a different technique (dry brushed ) than the nightstands (glazed/antiqued), so the tutorials are not the same. Just a FYI 😉
I will post more pictures soon, and provide some closeups pictures also. This is just a little sneak peek at all of the changes we made.
SO….. Whatcha think?? I am loving how it is all coming together, and can’t wait to get everything unpacked. I know I am feeling more like myself already because I am already thinking of decorating for fall – LOL!!
Love & Hugs 🙂
If you want to see my fall decorations from last year – right before we flooded – click Blue and White Fall Dining Room, Blue and Orange Fall Living Room, Halloween-Fall Foyer, and Halloween Fa-BOO-lous Breakfast Party.
Have you been wanting new nightstands in your master or guest bedroom, but can’t seem to pull the trigger because your “old ones”….well… they’re still good??!! I mean…..they aren’t terrible or anything (well maybe), but they are definitely not the style or look you are going for?? Yep….get in line. It’s really difficult to drop several hundred dollars for something you already own…but just have grown tired of. So, what’s a girl to do??? I found myself in the same dilemma. I really couldn’t alter the style on these bad boys (and I soooo would have), but at least I could do something about the look. If you find yourself in a similar situation (enter in a little paint, glaze, & some extra time out of your schedule), and you can change your nightstands too. DIY Nightstand Makeover: Painted White with Dark Top. So, let’s refresh those “oldies, but goodies” nightstands of your’s and give them the makeover they deserve!! *** I used latex paint on these, but you could use chalk paint, and just skip some of my first steps ***
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1. 3 Paintbrushes- (1 for primer/white paint, 1 for black paint, 1 for glaze/wax)
2. Primer – Zinnser
3. Paint- Behr Swiss Coffee 1 quart (Home Depot Brand)
5. Clear Wax – Trewax
7. Spray Paint – Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint
8. Rags and T-shirt rags – Rags….. T-shirts– (for wiping dust, glaze/wax off)
10. Wooden blocks (or something to put nightstand feet on & hardware on)
11. Painter’s Tape – Scotch Blue
12. Black Paint for Top- sample size or 1 quart Behr (Home Depot)
Here is the Behr Whites Collection (brochure) from Home Depot I just wanted to show you what Behr Swiss Coffee looks like with other “whites.”
Since whites have a hint of another color added – you can see the subtle shades of yellows, browns, grays, greens, etc in the picture…. that is what the undertone looks like.
I see a hint of pink…what do you see?
Take hardware off, and put to the side for now. I had to tape off my marble top, but you will not need this step if you have a wooden top until STEP 4.
Tear off a small square from the 150 sandpaper sheet (or sponge), and sand the nightstands and drawers. You don’t have to sand a lot, just enough to get some of the topcoat off. You can see in the pictures below the light yellow color…..that’s the what the topcoat looks like when sanded. Wipe off the dust with a clean rag. If it has a lot of grooves like mine, blow the dust off or use a vaccuum to get the hard-to-reach dust particles. *** If using chalk paint, skip to step 4. ***
Put your canvas drop cloth down, and set up your wooden blocks first. (As you can tell from my garage….I no longer put a drop cloth down. But you should -LOL ). I primed these using the Zinnser primer – one coat only. I did not completely paint these solid with the primer, so it will have some brush marks in it. This is my personal preference. (It makes more grooves like real wood would have, instead of a flat, smooth finish). Also prime the portion between the drawers and sides of where the drawers slide in…..see pictures below.. Let Dry Overnight.
***TOP PORTION TIP*** If you have a wooden top, prime it also.
***If using chalk paint, skip to step 4***
Make sure you fill in ALL crevices if you want to do the glazing/waxing part.
And prime the drawers….paint in horizontal (longways) brush strokes .
Prime your TOP section last.
For this part I used latex paint Behr Swiss Coffee – one coat. You can use chalk paint. (If you use chalk paint, do 2 coats of paint. )
The one coat of latex paint should cover more than just the primer. You can see below LEFT that the corner section is painted, but the side is primed. In the picture on the RIGHT it is completely painted. Let Dry Overnight before glazing.
***TIP*** Let Dry 4 hours before adding black paint to TOP *** (I did not have this step, but wanted to make sure you let the white paint dry before adding black paint to top).
Below right painted, below left primed only.
Both painted with drawers below.
Paint top with black paint (your choice) to get the dark top, white bottom two-toned look like mine. It will go over primer. How many coats? One coat – if you want a charcoal- grayish look. Two coats – if you want a darker black look.
***TIP*** Be careful not to drip black paint on your white sections 😉
Let All Dry Overnight.
Use that same 150 grit sandpaper sheet/sponge and sand around edges of nightstand feet, corners of drawers, and a couple of random areas that would get more wear and tear. I also sanded my drawers in a horizontal direction to create lines on my drawers. I like a messier look to my furniture, so it is your choice.
***TIP*** If you have a wooden top, sand around the edges in corner spots, and then on the top piece if you want a more distressed look.
***TIP*** Do not sand (leave solid) if you want a clean, smooth top.
I used the Rust Oleum Java Brown Glaze, and put it on with a 3rd paint brush or glaze/wax brush. (You could use the Howard Dark Oak wax or another dark wax here if you prefer another color.) This java brown has a golden tone in it, and it was the “look” that I needed for this painting method. Work in small sections….I chose a portion of the side panel first. Brush it on quickly – cover it all– then quickly rub off in small circular strokes with your t-shirt rag (or old t-shirt if you have one). These t-shirts are nice and soft and take off the perfect amount of glaze without leaving “scratch” marks. Let Dry Overnight.
FYI *** I did not wax first before I put my glaze on….like I normally would *** This is so the glaze actually changes the color of the paint – see picture 2 below.
***TIP*** Glaze the TOP section (on top of black) LAST. The glaze will soften the black and give it a bronze look (black-brown-golden)***
The pictures below – right one is glazed, left one has not been done yet. You can see the “golden” tint here on right.
Using your yellow sponge, get a little clear wax and begin to wipe wax on with circular motions.
***TIP*** After I put the wax on, I very lightly go over it with the sponge in straight lines, so that it does not dry in the circular patterns. The wax dries in about 15 mins, so try to put the wax on in small sections. You will notice that some of the glaze is coming off a little, and that is normal.
Once you do finish the first nightstand, go ahead and wax the other nightstand, drawers, and tops.
*** Immediately after you finish everything, take a new, clean rag and wipe everything down.
***TIP*** You will begin to see a shine appear as you continue wiping. At first, it will be more difficult to wipe (feels thick), but then will get easier as you are taking more wax residue off. You are basically buffing your nightstands.
.Go ahead to the next step- You do not have to wait overnight for this step.
*** Put painter’s tape between top and sides before beginning next step. ***
Go back and put another LIGHT paint coat on with your swiss coffee paint. When you dip your brush into the can, don’t get a lot of paint on the brush. Start with a smaller amount and paint over your waxed nightstand. It will go on very smoothly because you just buffed it with your rag.
***TIP*** You can control how much paint you want to use to cover some of your glaze. How much white do you want to show? If you want your nightstands whiter, add more paint. If you want a more glazed look, use less paint on this part.
FYI- I wanted mine to be whiter so it would look “aged” more naturally in the crevices. Let Dry Overnight.
***TIP*** DO NOT GET WHITE PAINT ON YOUR BLACK TOP. USE PAINTER’S TAPE TO HELP
Can you tell how the bottom picture has a more “golden” tone than the top picture? Keep adding paint until you get the shade you like.
Lightly sand over those spots you have already sanded…..just enough to uncover some of those areas that might have been painted with the second coat. Should just be a touch-up. The top section does not need more sanding.
Do the clear wax one more time, and buff again. Same as step 7. Go ahead and take the painter’s tape off and wax the TOP section again. It will need additional protection.
Put down your plastic, and lie your hardware front side up on something to lift it up from the ground. I always use some extra pieces of boards that I have left over from other projects. Spray with the Oil Rubbed Bronze paint…..let dry at least 30 mins. Turn upside down and spray back side….let dry 30 mins. Turn back over to right side up again. Let Dry Overnight or wait at least 2- 4 hours. FYI – there is so much hardware because I was painting my dresser at the same time. And it has a ton of hardware. See below for a sneak peek of it.
Picture below is front side up – sprayed.
Picture below -has one side front side up painted (right), the other side flipped to the back side not painted (left). You can see the original goldish color on the back side.
Now….go back and spray lightly one more time with the right side showing. This is just a touch-up, but important to do. Let dry for an hour and put back on your nightstands.
***TIP*** When you spray hardware….spray FOUR different directions. Spray upward direction, downwards, right, and left. The worst feeling it to THINK you are all done and patting yourself on the back….only to realize that half of the hardware didn’t get sprayed. You then have to take the hardware off again, set up your prep area again, spray again, let dry again, and then put back on AGAIN!! Trust me….it’s just worth the trouble to do it right the first time. That is why I turn mine upside down….because you spray other angles that would not have gotten sprayed right side up!! YOU ARE DONE MY FRIEND!!
Bring out the champagne and celebrate….CHEERS!!
Here is a sneak preview of my dresser that I finished. It is painted differently than the nightstands, so I’ll post that tutorial soon.
When we get back into our house, and our rebuild is complete……I will post pictures of the nightstands in my Master Bedroom. Can’t wait!!! *** Shoot me some pictures of your “new” nightstands (or other pieces). I would LOVE to see your oldies, but goodies!!
In every industry, you have go-to items – staples that people cannot live without. In the consumer industry, you have food and drinks. In the fashion industry you have clothes and shoes. And in the Modern Farmhouse Industry (yep, i called it an industry 😉 ) …..you have barn doors, shiplap walls, brick fireplaces, and YES….the Modern Farmhouse Staple: The Antique Black Bed.
To Shop Black Beds, click Modern Farmhouse Staple: The Antique Black Bed (Part 2).
The antique (or reproduction) black bed is the epitome of farmhouse style: bold frame, simple lines, and a very understated cry for attention. But make no mistake…..it makes the biggest impression in the bedroom!! It. IS. Farmhouse…. and is a must-have to complete your modern farmhouse look!!
It can go with any farmhouse transitional style as well: farmhouse chic, farmhouse coastal, farmhouse boho, farmhouse traditional, farmhouse rustic, and more. So, if you are not completely committed to the modern farmhouse style, simply change out the accessories in the room, and you have a new style!!
***UPDATE: Part 2 is now finished. ***
Click the link To Shop Black Beds Modern Farmhouse Staple: The Antique Black Bed (Part 2).
So, what is the skinny on this modern farmhouse antique black bed? There are two styles that show up in most modern farmhouse bedrooms.
1) The wooden spool bed– is named after a famous Swedish Opera Singer, Johanna “Jenny” Maria Lind, born in Stockholm in 1820 (antiqueshoppefl.com).
She was a very popular singer in Europe, but didn’t come to tour in America until 1850 (antiqueshoppefl.com). It was during this time in America that she began to favor the spool bed, and that is how it got it’s name (antiqueshoppefl.com).
But the story has a little twist. Of the two pictures to the left, the bottom picture is actually the spool bed of that time, but the top picture is what has been “coined” (incorrectly) as the Jenny Lind bed (antiqueshoppefl.com).
So if you want to learn the true history of the Jenny Lind bed, click antiqueshoppefl.com. This is a great article for all you antique lovers out there!!
2) Iron beds (metal bed frames) were made in the USA and Europe, and were popular from the early 1800’s until about 1914 (cathousebeds.com).
Production of iron beds came to a stop because of iron needed for World War I (cathousebeds.com) and the war efforts at that time. Once the war ended in 1918, styles changed, and iron bed frames were no longer cost effective (cathousebeds.com).
It would take days for small furniture makers to make ONE hand-made iron bed. Cry- cry, sniff- sniff!! Thank goodness furniture companies have been able to build reproductions similar to the antique versions.
If you want to learn more about the 8 iron bed frame styles, tubing, and castings ….. click cathousebeds.com. This company is incredible, and rich in knowledge and product!
Do you have a favorite? Wooden or Iron? Simple lines, Curves, or Scrolls? Four Poster, Canopy or Plain frame? Shoot me a comment.
Need more modern farmhouse inspiration?
I am so happy to be sharing our master walk-in shower remodel with you – finally!! If you have visited the blog before, you have probably already found the Master Bathroom Remodel: Hardware Accessories post, but are now looking for a little more detail on the actual remodel itself. So, today I will begin a new bathroom series where I break it down into smaller sections and provide answers to your most frequently asked questions. Who’s ready? Shower Remodel Design Guide: 10 Things You Must Know.
Let’s see where it all began. Here is a before picture of our shower in our master bathroom.
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When I started writing this post, I thought I would gear it more to the before and after pictures reveal, or even just a shower makeover tips post.
But then as I started diving into it, I realized that I learned a lot of things that I wouldn’t have known when beginning the remodeling process.
I figured that y’all are probably like me, and really have a ton of questions on how or what goes into a shower remodel. Or even where to begin.
So I did a ton of digging in order to help answer as many of those frequently asked questions – that I had also.
Whether you’re looking to do a small bathroom shower remodel on a budget or a large shower renovation diy-style, here are 10 important things to mark off that unknown checklist.
10 MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Let’s get to it!! Shower Remodel Design Guide: 10 Things You Must Know.
How much does a shower remodel cost?
According to Home Advisor, a shower remodel (installation) will cost anywhere between $1,426 – $6,528: on average ~$3,972.
A walk-in shower remodel (according to Home Advisor) will cost on average ~$6,000.
Of course this amount will depend on many different factors:
Just to give you an example of pricing, our custom glass shower door (handle and installation included) was around $1500 for a ~ 8×4 door.
What is Return on Invest (ROI) of bathroom remodel?
According to remodeling.com Cost versus Value Report 2020, the average ROI is 64% for an entire bathroom remodel (this doesn’t list each bathroom component separately, but as a whole).
This ROI is based on a mid-range remodel. So be smart when choosing higher-end fixtures, tile, lighting, etc. Otherwise, it is possible you will not get that money back when selling.
On the other side, if it makes you happy – go for it!!
For our shower, I wanted a marble tile inset with marble trim. It was the one of the most expensive parts of the shower, but worth it – for me!
How long will a shower remodel take?
According to thespruce.com, it takes approximately 23 days to do a small bathroom remodel (entire room).
If no weekends are worked, that breaks down to ~4 1/2 weeks. I personally believe the time frame to be more accurately around 6-8 weeks, maybe even up to 12 weeks for the entire room.
Even though this statistic is based on an entire bathroom remodel, I would agree that a shower (alone) remodel is probably about the same amount of time (4 1/2 weeks).
I know it probably seems like a quick process, but a ton of planning (and building codes have to be met) for the entire process to run smoothly.
Here is picture of what our shower looked like when partially demo’ed, so you can see how much work goes into it.
How to choose and arrange shower wall tiles?
To make this process easier, go ahead and search through pinterest or Houzz to get ideas for your new shower. Then save those inspiration pictures to a board or file folder you can reference quickly.
This will help you narrow down your choices before you actually begin looking at tile in person.
TIP #1: I recommend choosing 3 top inspiration pictures and study the color of the tile, the direction of the tile placement, the size of the tile, and how many different tiles are used.
For example: I wanted white, large marble (looking) tile – horizontally set for the wall, a dark charcoal gray and white tile accent feature wall with marble trim, and coordinating gray penny tile for shower floor.
*Now when you go out, ONLY look for the things that you highlighted in those 3 pictures. This will help you NOT to get sidetracked or overwhelmed – trust me!!
You can also follow a couple of these helpful tips:
Do I need a half wall (also called pony wall or knee wall)?
When I was first choosing shower inspiration pictures from pinterest, I was really drawn to the full frameless glass shower door style. They were all so classy and looked very upscale.
But the more I saw pictures of showers with the half wall design, I began to change my mind. I decided to go with function over looks only.
Plus, I wanted to “hide” some of the clutter and toiletries that get stuck in our shower over time (see #6 below). And the half wall helps keep the shower feel more like a spa, than an outhouse – ha!
Our half wall dimensions: 23″ W x 36.5″ H x 6″ D
Do I need a shower bench?
We decided to put a shower bench (seat) in our shower because I wanted a leg rest for shaving! But it wasn’t the only reason.
Having a shower bench is great if we do need to sit down, and it really comes in handy to hide all of our “extras” behind the half wall.
I didn’t want to have this beautiful custom shower built, and then see razors, shaving cream, glass squeegee, etc…. as soon as I walked into the bathroom.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association recommends: shower seat height of 17” to 19”, and a seat depth of 15” for standard size.
Our Bench Seat Dimensions: 20.5″ H x 30.5 W x 17″ D.
How to choose shower hardware?
Choosing hardware doesn’t seem too difficult, but just like choosing tile, it can get overwhelming.
Like mentioned above, choose some inspiration photos – but on hardware only. These might be different photos than your “tile loves” photos.
What hardware finish is your favorite: nickel, bronze, chrome, oil-rubbed bronze?
Do you like traditional or modern style? Do you want a hand held shower head with hose, fixed shower head, or even a rain shower head?
TIP #5: Do some research. After you know what you like, research the cost, check out reviews and availability. Does it work with your current valve system or do you need to change out everything?
We went with a fixed shower head (again – wanted it to have a clean look), traditional style, with dual handles. All in polished nickel.
And we added the rain shower head also with 12″ long shower arm (ceiling mount extension) both in brushed nickel.
What height should a shower tile accent border be?
According to the diytileguy.com, you should follow the golden rule as a guidleline to add accent tile. Basically the golden rule is 1.618 to 1 = 1.618/100 = ( .618).
For more information check out this post. It contains a ton of helpful information.
This guide can be used for a vertical or horizontal shower tile accent border (strip), and also for a tile accent feature wall.
So, here’s how it works:
our wall height: 9 ft x .618 = 5.5
our wall width: ~6 x .618 = 3.5
3.5/5.5 = .64 is to 5.5/9 = .61 = .6 (or basically 2/3 rule).
Not only does this golden rule work for wall placement, it applies to the actual size of the feature tile accent itself.
To the left of our accent wall is ~1.5′, to the right ~ 1 ‘ = (1/1.5 = .66)
Our tile accent feature wall dimensions: ~ 3′ W x 5′ H = (3/5 = .6)
Love this rule!! It seems to work every time!!
What height and dimensions should shower niche be?
Our shower niche dimensions are: 26.5″ W x 10″ H x 4″ Deep, and a shower height of 39.5 “H.
You can tell that we went with a horizontally shaped shower niche (versus vertically shaped), at a lower height than suggested above.
The reason: as mentioned previously, I did not want the niche (and clutter) to be seen when entering into the bathroom. So we came up with this lower placement, for function only.
What is the difference between frameless and semi-frameless glass shower doors?
According to insightglass.com, a frameless glass shower door needs to be at least 3/8″ or 1/2″ thick so that it doesn’t need support of a metal frame.
A semi-frameless glass shower door has metal support everywhere except on the side of the actual door itself (like the one we used to have – before picture).
A framed shower door is entirely framed out in metal.
*This post (insight glass above) contains a lot of helpful information – so check it out.*
TIP #6: Make sure you choose a glass shower door that can pivot or swing – open outwards and inwards. This allows you get into the shower (door out) while water is running, and allows water to drip inside the shower (door in) after you’re done.
Our new glass shower door is frameless 3/8″ thick, just a FYI.
To see picicture of the door swinging out – go up to question #1.
And here is a picture of the door swinging in.
Don’t forget about the shower pull also.
TIP #7: Make sure you buy one that is dual, back to back, so that you can open your shower door from both sides.
You don’t want to get stuck inside your new beautiful shower without a way out. 😉
*Wall Tile – 12×24 Polished – similar here
I hope that many of your questions were answered, and that you can now remodel your shower with confidence!
Let me know if you have any other questions!
It is definitely no secret that our home is FILLED with all things blue. From indigo and cobalt blue area rugs and upholstered furniture to aqua and seafoam blue lamps and pillows, every room is packed with blue home decor! So, here are my personal blue decorating ideas and tips: 14 Ways to Decorate with Blue: For Every Room & Budget.
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One of the most difficult decisions when decorating is how to use color. So today we’re going to cover how to do that using blue, and will answer the main questions:
How can I add color to my house?
How do you add pops of color to a room?
Where can I add blue to my house? Every room.
You can add blue to living rooms, kitchens, powder baths, dining rooms, offices, laundry rooms, hallways, master bathroom and bedrooms, and even outdoors!!
What color goes with (indigo) blue? Every color.
As you scroll through the pictures, you’ll see a variety of blue color schemes: blue mixed with yellows, oranges, blush pinks, emerald greens, turquoise, & even metallic colors (like gold, silver, or copper).
How many accent colors should be in a room? Typically 3 colors.
There’s the 60-30-10 rule that’s been around forever, but what does this actually mean?
*** In our house basically the dominant color is blue (navy) 60%, with secondary color (white) 30%, and then each accent color (yellow, orange, blush, green, turquoise) 10%. ***
Just don’t get to caught up into these ratios. It’s your house, so add color that makes YOU smile.
Ok – let’s get to the good stuff!
***If you would like more information on a particular picture, just click on the picture or link (source) under each picture to take you to the post.***
Using table linens is one of the easiest and budget-friendly ways to add blue to your home.
Try adding some fun blue and white patterned napkins and placemats to your dining room or kitchen table for every day use. Or use them for holiday and seasonal entertaining – with an accent color.
And add a fun table runner to dining tables, a buffet, or even an entry console table.
Use a patterned blue and white ikat runner for a bohemian chic look, or a navy and white buffalo check table runner for a modern farmhouse look.
Want to to change things up? Just turn your table runner from horizontal to vertical.
Completely changes the focus.
Using blue and white curtains, roman shades, or valances is a great way to add color to bare windows in neutral color living spaces.
Afraid to commit to living room or bedroom curtains? Start out small with adding blue to a bathroom.
Try a bold, large print cobalt blue shower curtain to a guest or kids bathroom to add a little fun.
And don’t forget about bath or hand towels. Add solid, patterned, or striped blue towels to bring in some color also.
***TIP*** You can use curtains and shower curtains as table runners or table covers also – click here or picture below to find out how.
You just can’t go wrong with blue and white bedding. It’s a classic color combination that you’ll be able to use forever – really!!
Find a reversible comforter if you like to change things up often. Mine reverses to blue and white pin stripes, and I love having the extra decorating option.
Adding chair cushions is another easy and economical way to add blue to your indoor and outdoor living spaces.
Use them on indoor dining chairs to add a punch of color and soften hard edges in your kitchen breakfast nook.
Or add them to outdoor dining chairs, chaise lounge chairs, and counter stools to provide extra comfort for outdoor entertaining.
Using throw blankets and throw pillows is probably the most fun way to add blue decor to your home, but is no longer limited to just your living room.
Toss a couple of throw blankets onto your couch, tuck them a storage basket in an entry console, or drape them across your bed to add some blue to your home.
Use solid blue or navy blankets for a bigger “pop” of color, or use blankets with patterns for a smaller punch of color.
Use navy blue or cobalt blue throw pillows on an entry bench, dining room chairs, kitchen banquette area, bed, storage bin, and of course your couch and club chairs.
Using ladders is a fun coastal farmhouse way to add a punch of blue to your walls, without doing any permanent damage. Plus, you can move it to any room in your house.
This little gem kind of ties in with #3 – throw blankets, but can also be used to store magazines, family photos, and extra bath towels as well.
Find a pair of framed navy and white geometric prints or hang a wreath with blue and white ribbon.
Just a small “pop” of color goes a long way.
Wallpaper is another way to add a punch of blue to your walls. Use it on an accent wall, half-wall with wainscoting, or even add it to the back of a bookshelf.
This is definitely on my to do list!! Here’s a little preview of my wallpaper inspiration – dream room. What do ya think?
Holiday navy and white wall accents are another option when adding blue to your wall decor.
Using blue lamps is one of my personal favorite ways to add color to my house, even though mine are more aqua and turquoise blue.
They still blend in perfectly with my monochromatic blue color palette, and add a touch of coastal style as well.
And don’t forget about navy or blue lampshades for a little pop of color.
Use patterned lamp shades for added drama, or solid lamp shades to keep your look classic.
Here is our dining room before we flooded. Still love (and have) that indigo blue lamp shade – adds a touch of shabby chic to the room.
If I had to choose just one blue light pendant that made my heart pitter-patter, this little beauty would be it! I love how playful it is, but yet so simplistic – all at the same time!
It’s like coastal boho meets vintage chic.
Who can resist adding some upholstered items to your home, showcasing your unique personality?
Whether it be blue and white boho ottomans, a coastal blue and white entry bench, a solid denim blue sofa slipcover, or a navy and white buffalo check accent chair…… their is something fun for everyone!!
And like the coastal farmhouse ladder, the ottomans and benches can be moved from room to room when needed.
Sometimes, all you need is blue and white with just a mixture of patterns and textures!!
And don’t forget about using a blue sofa, a pair of club or accent chairs, and even blue slipcovers.
This denim slipcover has been in our girls’ playroom for 8+ years – and it still looks good.
If I could find a spot for this little cutie – I would get it asap. There is just something about a navy blue buffalo check chair that makes me so happy!
Click here for more farmhouse inspiration – with this accent chair.
Using blue, or blue and white dinnerware is another way to bring in your favorite hue. Just like the table linens, you can use these dishes every day also.
Choose more casual, playful patterns for a mix-n-match style or choose gold rimmed china for a more traditional elegant style.
Set the blue dishes up with your blue and white table linens for a cohesive look, when planning a family gathering.
And don’t forget about a little coffee bar or coffee station for your friends! Using blue and white polka dot coffee mugs just scream good times and tons of laughter for your girlfriends!
Besides throw pillows, adding home decor accessories is the easiest (and cheapest) way to add blue to your home. My personal favorite way to accent with any color, is by using vases.
You can choose a large coastal style blue and white striped vase, or a traditional chinoiserie style vase for big impact.
You have probably noticed these other two throughout this post – love them!! The rope just adds the perfect coastal touch.
This last one, that I’ll call miscellaneous, is really the easiest way to splash blue everywhere!! It is a little time consuming, but oh-so-worth-it!
What is this little secret gem – it’s shelf paper! I found this cute shelf liner at Target, and have it in all of my cabinets.
Even my honey likes it, so I knew it was a winner!
Don’t forget about floor accents. Use pops of blue on the floor through different styles of rugs, wood tile, dog beds or poufs.
Basically, this applies to any blue accent that draws the eye down (toward the ground level).
Rugs are the best way to decorate with blue, but can get expensive. Check out this post for budget-friendly navy blue and white area rugs.
Personally I have a little crush with blue and white rugs, and love that each rug has it’s own “style.”
Go with a navy blue and white boho shag rug in the living for added texture and warmth, and use an indigo-dyed blue patterned rug for the dining room to add interest.
*Try here to add blue signs to the hanging white wreaths you see.
A little on the pricier side, but just have to mention it, is distressed blue wood tile (flooring).
This fun wood tile is perfect for the laundry room where you need a little “color” sunshine to brighten your day. Anything helps – right?? LOL 🙂
My husband actually chose this flooring – what do you think?
And don’t forget about navy blue dog beds or striped blue poufs.
Both of these probably don’t come to mind when you think of decorating, but they add just the right pop of color.
If I had to choose a blue pouf, this would be my first pick! It’s a little coastal boho chic style, and would go perfect in my living room.
The most popular way to add blue to your home is of course with painted walls. You can try a navy accent wall in the dining room, master bedroom, or even your living room.
Or paint an entire room blue. This would work great where you have a lot of white cabinets to contrast against the blue – like an office or laundry room.
Afraid to commit? Try painting the back wall of a bookshelf for a little pop of color.
If you are a little more daring, try painting your kitchen cabinets, kitchen island, or bathroom vanities blue.
Here is my master bath vanity painted SW Naval. I have to admit that I still love the color, and it adds such depth to all of the white tile and quartz.
For those of you who are not quite as fearless – LOL – try painting a piece of furniture blue. Start with a small piece first, like an end table, and then move on to a coffee table, or even a console table.
And for those of you who are completely timid – try painting some accessories blue. I recommend beginning with candle sticks or picture frames, and moving on to flower pots and mirrors.
Here are my painted flower pots – click here for the tutorial.
And then there’s my crazy turquoise blue chinoiserie mirror. This one is still with me from my painted furniture boutique days…..and I still love it!!
I hope you found some inspiration, and will be encouraged to add some blue to your home. If you have a favorite, let me know what it is. I’d love to hear from you!
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Some of the Posts Used in this Article:
So, if you’re ever read any of my posts, you’ll notice that I love color. Let me try that again…..I actually NEED color. I have tried to mimic the adorable black and white “farmhouse look”, and have attempted to live with the sophisticated “neutrals” look – but I just can’t do it! So, here are 10 Ways to Add Color To Your Entry (Foyer).
Color does personally affect my mood, and changes the way I feel – every. single. day!! If you are one of those same kind of people, or just really want to try “color” out, then keep reading!
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Here is the list of 10 items that I recommend for adding some color to your entryway this year. Don’t be afraid – lol!! Try out a couple of items first, and see how adding color makes you feel.
You can always add more if want to go bold, or you can use lighter colors if you want a softer look. Just remember, it’s your home so have some fun with it!
Just because we have all been living with neutral gray rooms and neutral beige rooms, doesn’t meant we can’t inject color into these existing color palettes.
***TIP*** You can use these tips to add color to any neutral room or monochromatic room in your house. They are affordable, will help incorporate “pops of color,” and are easy ways to add color without painting!! Even Better!
Adding throw pillows is the easiest way to incorporate color into your entry. Toss the pillows onto a bench, tuck them in a basket, display them under a console table, or even use them as a welcome message.
Stick with 2 to 3 colors for a clean look, or use an assortment of colors (with same depth) for a boho look.
Using throw blankets is another easy way to add a splash of color to your foyer. Drape them onto an entry bench, tuck them into a basket under a console, or display them on a farmhouse ladder.
Throw blankets are easy to change out from season to season, are budget-friendly, and add a little “warmth” (texture) to your vignette.
The last picture (below) is from our living room. To see more of that post click Opening Up Kitchen Walls to Living Room.
Click here for: Yellow Stripe Throw Blanket.
Use an upholstered bench or painted wooden bench to add color to your entryway. Who doesn’t love a cute bench these days – right? They are basically now a staple in home decorating because of their versatility and functionality.
Add toss pillows or throw blankets (like already mentioned), put baskets underneath it for storage, or buy a storage bench – that has hidden storage built-in.
I’m showing 4 ways to use the entry bench – layering on the color one step at a time.
Paint an existing console table ( my tutorial click here ) a neutral shade to blend with other hues in the same color scheme, or go bold if you want the entry table to be a feature piece.
I painted my entry table a deep smoky blue color with gray undertones to keep it more neutral, and to add depth/dimension to my color palette.
This helps me to decorate with a monochromatic blue color scheme, while using yellow as my accent color.
***TIP*** Use a white or black console table as “your color” in the entry as well. These 2 colors will also help with adding contrast to other colors (even though they read as neutrals).
I absolutely LOVE flowers, especially at spring and summer time!! So, I tend to go a LITTLE overboard – lol!!
I know in the past the big thing was to go with “fresh flowers”- but they tend to get expensive- quickly. Silk flowers have come a long way in the last 5 years or so. It’s very difficult now to tell the difference between fresh and artificial flowers.
Add large or long stems for big impact, and use smaller blooms or bushels for soft accents. Put flowers in vases, hang them in mason jars on the wall, or use wreaths.
You can also tuck them in baskets or let the petals casually fall on a tray…..let your creativity go wild. If it makes you happy – then it’s ok!!
Adding baskets is a great way to incorporate color, pattern, texture and function!! Win- win!! Use neutral shades to ground your color palette, or punch up your color a notch by using colored baskets.
***TIP*** Even a straw-colored “neutral” basket actually reads like a color. It will pick up tans, yellows, wheat-color, or even gold tones. And the farmhouse baskets….they have gray undertones. So they can read as blues, grays, charcoal, or greige.
***TIP*** If you have some older baskets at home that you no longer care for, or they have gotten a little worn out – paint them!! I painted the basket under the blue console table (below) white to hide some of the areas that had faded.
Use wall art to add pops of color to your entry, and to add interest. It’s kind of like the chicken before the egg thing – do you pick your wall decor first, and then find coordinating accents colors. Or do you find your accent colors first, and then hope to find similar colors in your art piece.
Normally, you would pick your artwork first, and then pull colors out of the piece to work with. But if you like to use two main colors (like blue and white) with one accent pop of color (yellow), then you can find artwork in either of these colors.
***TIP*** Use a mirror to showcase something on the opposite wall, as your accent color (see 3rd picture below). The bottom black mirror is at a perfect angle to see my throw pillows on our bench.
The last picture is from our master bedroom. Click Home Tour: Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom to see that post.
I know that lamps and lamp shades are not the first items that come to mind when thinking of adding color to your entry vignette. But they are one of the easiest ways to add contrast to an existing color palette, or to actually add the “pop” of color to a more neutral color palette.
I personally have a love affair with lamps, so I do go a little cra-zee with them. I don’t really follow any rules (or trends) too much with lamps/ shades either. If I like it – I use it 🙂
My favorite lamp bases tend to have antique shapes, and my lamp shades tend to be bold. Just gotta roll with who you are, and use things that make you smile!!
Adding rugs (with color) is definitely one of my absolute favorite ways to add personality to an entryway. Rugs actually set the tone of your home, and give your guests an idea of how your home life runs. Are you more formal, casual, or playful?
I tend to choose rugs that are a color + white: 1) blue and white, 2) gray and white, 3) seafoam and white are some of mine. This style of colorful rug choice, helps me to “pop” other accent colors out without too much effort.
This style also allows me to play with the accent hues: 1) bright yellow vs. mustard yellow, 2) dark teal blue vs. sea glass blue, 3) deep coral pink vs. rose pink.
Using decorative accents is of course the most obvious way to add color to your entry. You can try colorful vases, books, trays, candles/candle sticks, fill lanterns with colorful items, picture frames, or your favorite accessories (like my pineapple – lol)!! And yes, I know that it is white – but it “pops” off my blue console table…..so it reads as a color.
***TIP*** Try to use home decor accents that are in one or 2 colors only . This helps create a more unified or cohesive”look,” and keeps your console table from looking busy.
***TIP*** Don’t forget to incorporate items that represent you and your family. Remember that your home tells YOUR story, shares YOUR memories, welcomes YOUR guests. 🙂
The last picture is from another post. Click Fall To Christmas Decorating: 3 Easy Tips to read more.
Hope you found some new inspiration, and will try out a couple of the ways to add some color to your home. If you had to pick a favorite from the list, which one would it be?
Shoot me some pictures of your new colorful entry – I’d love to see how it turns out!
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