Monday, August 27, 2012

Hello Monday

 Hello perfect weather for a concert
Hello cow girl boots
Hello to Brad Paisley 10 rows up

Hello to working on a mirror for hours
Hello to a Duck Egg blue headboard 
Hello dresser redo for a cute baby boy

Hello back to school for mini me
Hello to super bad traffic because of back to school

Goodbye weekend.
Hello Monday. 
So far you've been exhausting. 
Hello to the short coffee break I am taking right now. 
Linking up to: Lisa Leonard Blog


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hello Monday

Hello long tiring weekend
Hello to seeing a sweet friend
Hello yummy pastry selection on Saturday
Hello coffee with almond milk 

Hello to those who serve
Hello to my brother that deployed... again.
Hello to prayers for his safety and prayers to keep his girlfriend strong

Hello to my dogs that couldn't play as much because of the rain
Hello to late night walks and playing ball inside

Hello pretty filler flowers
Hello to simple is always beautiful

Hello Monday
Goodbye weekend. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Shabby Chic Mirror

 Anyone remember when I bought this mauve colored mirror at a thrift store??

I finally gave it a make over! 

I used Paris Grey as a base coat and then washed a glaze on top. The glaze was created by mixing grey acrylic paint, Martha Stewart Glaze Base and a bit of water. I like the matte look and decided not to apply any wax. Distressing was simple, just a wet rag to rub off a bit of paint.

Too bad I have to pack it up!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hello Monday

 Hello lunch date on Friday
Hello mid-day storm 
Hello wine and champagne shopping

Hello long walks around the lake
Hello to bathing my two crazy dogs
Hello late night pizza

Hello laughing until I cry
Hello mannequin hand 

Hello getting prepared for France
Hello brie 
Hello french bread

Hello French champagne 
Hello to the BEST EVER
Hello I love you Paul Goerg

Hello En Papillote
Hello yummy yummy

Hello packing. packing. and more packing.
Hello painting cabinets 
Goodbye weekend
Hello Monday {please treat me well}


Linking up to: Lisa Leonard 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

She loves me...She loves me not

She loves me...

Toast with peanut butter. 
Why didn't anyone ever tell me how good it is?!
Mod Cloth dresses.
Sweet Tea in my Cheer Bear glass from Pizza Hut in 1983.
Lace. Anything lace. Case closed. 
Mid day glass of wine {weekends only}
The book Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Pur Mineral make-up. A new found love but a deep one. 

She love me not...

This big Chik-fil-A debate. It's fast food people.
Neon colors.
Cherry tomatoes. Please don't ask me to try one. I'm not interested. 
The extra 5 pounds that I've put on and the fact that I need to do something about it. 

Linking up to: The Wiegand's

Friday, August 3, 2012

Toes in the water, again.

 The southern wind sings again an island lullaby....

Happy Friday my friends. I'm headed for some fun in the sun, a little rum and a few rounds of chair tiding.... 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

I {heart} Luzianne Tea


Luzianne Tea sent me two boxes of black tea and a hand written letter stating how much they love Shabby Sweet Tea. I was THRILLED!
What a lovely surprise.
Thank you!!!

If you are planning on making a big pitcher of sweet tea, try Luzianne's black tea bags.
I know what I'm packing for my beach trip this weekend!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

How To Paint A Room

 I may love to paint furniture but I despise painting walls! Here are a few tips I go by to make things easier: 

-Invest in good brushes. It's totally worth it. I personally use Purdy and Wooster. 
-A 2.5inch angled brush is great for cutting in
-Roller covers in 3/8 nap
-A mini sponge roller for narrow paths

If you need to take a break, wrap your brush and/or roller in plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out. 
                                My All Time Favorite Tip (from my dad):

To prevent spill over from occurring when you pour paint from a can, hammer 8-10 holes around half of the lid. 

Now when you pour the paint, you can use your brush to push the paint down the holes. This will prevent paint from flooding over the side of the can.

This step=A lot less mess
I know they sell plastic pour spouts but that's one more thing to clean!

Order of Operations:
1. Ceiling
2. Molding, trim and baseboards
3. Cut in, possibly twice        
4. Roll walls
5. Second coat on walls
6. If needed, touch up ceiling, trim, etc. 

I always get a little depressed when I discover I have to use primer first. However, I love Behr's Premium Primer and Paint In One.  

So when do you need to use primer??
-If you are painting a wall that is just drywall
-If you are painting a light color over a dark color

If you are not going to use a primer and paint in one, ask the paint consultant to tint your primer.

Painters Tape
I hate the stuff.
If you are doubting your cutting in skills at all, tape off the ceiling and molding!
I make myself have a steady hand and cut in without tape....only because I highly dislike taping off an entire room!
Just make sure you have a straight line and press the tape down firmly before you begin painting. This will help prevent bleed through. 

Often times, I use painters tape to cover hardware but never to cover outlet covers. Always remove them . This is a good time to vacuum out the electrical box so you don't transfer dust onto you walls. I also run the covers through the dishwasher. If you want your electrical covers to match your wall paint, simply prime them and paint them same color. 

Cleaning Brushes
I'm a freak about cleaning my brushes correctly, probably because I spend a lot of money on them. 

-Wash brushes in warm soapy water. 
-If needed soak
-Run water through the brush until the water runs clear

***Cleaning Tip***

Michigan Industrial Tools Stainless Steel Mini Wire Brush
Buy a mini stainless steel wire brush!!
They are less than a dollar at your local home improvement store. 
They make brush cleaning a breeze. Just make sure you only brush down....never up!!! 
This little guy will get out all of the built up paint. 

Have any tips of your own?? Feel free to share! 
Happy Painting!