Country style, country love, country life. Sharing my inspired, vintage, rustic DIY designs and decor on my blog.
Inspired by the red, white and blue decor from last week’s blog, this past weekend I decided to create an American Flag Coffee Table.
1. I painted the base legs with a couple of coats of Heritage Blue Stain by General Finishes.
2. Sanded the scratched and worn top…I am not sure what the finish was, but it certainly made a powdery white mess! Thank goodness it is finally warm enough to use my mouse sander outdoors!
3. Once it was sanded and wiped clean, I taped it off. The American Flag is probably one of the simplest designs you can use-stars and stripes. Easy to do with painter’s tape and a stencil. The table was just the right size to have 13 2″ stripes, so I doubled up my rows of 1″ painter’s tape from top to bottom.
3. Painted the red stripes first, then allowed to dry completely…actually overnight. Because I knew I would be taping right on them and didn’t want to risk pulling the red paint off if it wasn’t completely dry. I used some homemade red chalk paint…need the recipe? Click here…
5. Using the same white from the stripes, I stenciled the stars onto the blue field. You could also use a star-shaped stamp as well. I just happened to have a whole bunch of different style star stencils…
7. Finished with 2 coats of General Finishes Natural Stain.
8. Voila! A Red, white and blue table-perfect for a nautical or Americana theme for your red, white and blue porch or family room!
So where is the table now? At the Barn at Todd Farm! Since I already have an American Flag Whale Table,
With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, I did a little online searching for some inspired red, white & blue home decorating ideas. These interiors are not all dotted with American flags, but they are just beautifully furnished spaces with a nod to our nation’s favorite color scheme…all photos via Houzz.com
Oh, this kitchen…if I ever have the chance to design another kitchen, this is the one…
and for my adjacent family room…
This room is simple and sweet with the American flag taking center stage.
This bedroom sitting area is the perfect spot for kicking back and picking up a good book over the long weekend…
What child wouldn’t delight in calling this home?
Nothing more American than patchwork and denim!
Sometimes you just need a few throw pillows…
In this kitchen the red, white and blue is a bit more subtle, using a softer gray-blue for the accent piece.
Keeping it simple and sweet with a painted fireplace mantel as headboard and some red throw pillows.
A fresh, modern take on an iconic color palette-switch up your royal blues with some aquas for a softer nautical feel.
Loving this red, white and blue bunk room for a cottage or cabin. Sweet dreams!
And finally, this simple rustic loft space…one oversized piece serves as the artwork and color palette inspiration.
For more inspired red, white and blue design, click on the Houzz.com link. But, wait! I couldn’t feature all of these inspired design photos without our very own porch featuring my red, white & blue whale table!
If you are contemplating making a design change in your home, consider the American flag colors for your decor. It has served as our country’s inspiration for generations, and will for years to come. Have a safe and memorable Memorial Day weekend everyone! Susan
One Ocean Arts, the brainchild of our super-talented and artistic niece Jamie, is a retail shop in the heart of Bearskin Neck in Rockport. For those of you who do not know about Rockport, it is an iconic little seaside town about 50 minutes north of Boston, most famous for its “Motif #1” fishing shack.
The entire downtown, including the enclave know as Bearskin Neck is dotted with art galleries, retail shops, ice cream parlors and candy shops with a spectacular ocean view-perfect for a Sunday summer stroll. A year ago, Jamie started her One Ocean Arts Etsy shop featuring sea-inspired block-printed clothing and accessories, then expanded to her website, One Ocean Arts, then offering her wares at local craft fairs and events. With the incredibly positive response (and repeat customers!) opening the shop with her business partner Erin
it looked like everyone was wearing a bit of One Ocean Arts…
it’s the third one down on the left as you enter Bearskin Neck…#6…and tell Jamie and Erin that Auntie Sue sent you!! And if you can’t get to Rockport, be sure to check out the website @ OneOceanArts.com Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone! Susan
Have you been spotting all of those amazing DIY pieces of furniture and focal walls being featured in magazines and home decorating shows created with old tossed-out wood palettes? Palettes are essentially rough-hewn 4-foot pine planks that are nailed together and used primarily for shipping goods, perfect for creative DIY’ing.
Once the goods are delivered, the palettes are no longer useful for the big (or small) box stores, but to an avid DIY’er, these piles of free planking are a gold mine! Here are a few palette projects being featured on Houzz.com, but you can also check out my Pinterest board…Pull Apart A Palette...for more inspiring ideas!!
This beautiful rustic headboard is the perfect style for a restful country retreat.
I love this entire wall of frames created from old palettes:
Comfy indoor seating, perfect for a basement rec room
DIY Adirondack Chairs for your rustic porch
This wall treatment isn’t made from palettes by this designer, but I am loving the green stain-easy to do with some old palettes!
A perfect example of rustic planking on this bar that could be easily accomplished using old palette planking.
Just add some stain and some wheels and you’ve got yourself a rustic rolling coffee table!
Loving this plank cube coffee table with the colors of the ocean.
And finally, this amazing patchwork quilt of a reclaimed lumber wall. Gorgeous!
How about a complete outdoor seating area?
So, if you are inspired by what you see here, head to your nearest store and ask if they have any available palettes for the taking. The more weathered, the better! Hope you have a palatable Thursday, everyone! Susan
As I have been going through the bathroom remodeling project, one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make was the wall color. Since there is white board and batten 3/4 of the way up, you wouldn’t think that a little bit of wall would have me stumped! Since I love color, all color, it was impossible to narrow it down to one choice…until I found the shower curtain and accessories from Target. That quickly focused my search to greens and blues until I found the perfect color for this room: Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore...ooooh..ahhh.
A beautiful blend of of greens and blues with gray undertones that is dark enough to contrast nicely with the white trim, but not too dark to overpower the small room. But before I finally committed to it and put brush to wall, I went searching online for other rooms that were painted Gossamer Blue to seal the deal. All photos courtesy of Houzz.com
A vintage bath similar in feel to our new bath…
This beautiful laundry room would make me happy to fluff and fold…
A restful retreat…
Spectacular bath with glass and dark wood contrasting with the Gossamer Blue and white walls and trim
A soothing retreat…
A vintage vignette- this blue has a vintage hue to it and makes the wood tone really pop
A small reading nook is restful and cozy painted in Gossamer Blue
And finally, this laundry room painted with Gossamer Blue with a hand-painted trellis design-brilliant!
After seeing all of the photos, I am certain that Gossamer Blue is the right color choice for our new little bathroom! It’s Thursday everyone…make some good choices today for you! xoxo Susan