As you recall, part one of this series was the cleaning and priming of the cabinets: doors, drawers and boxes. Since the wood was so dark. each required 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint. The paint we chose was a Benjamin Moore Eggshell in a custom color called Design Studio White-very soft and creamy white, but not ecru.

Benjamin Moore Eggshell Design Studio WhiteSince the appliances are bright white, the cabinet color needed to be just the right shade of white. Since we wanted the cabinets to appear somewhat aged and glazed, a pure white would have been too stark. However, choosing a beige or a white that was too creamy would have highlighted the difference between the cabinets and the appliances. Here are the painted doors all lined up and ready for glazing! I chose the eggshell finish because I knew I would be finishing the doors with some sore of glazing or waxing, and the matte finish is more porous which may have resulted in too much glaze being absorbed into the paint

Painted Cabinet DoorsThe same decision went into the glazing process. Initially my mom wanted to just keep the cabinets white, but I convinced her that glazing them would highlight the door detail that was completely hidden when they were dark oak with the white panel.

Kitchen Cabinet Doors BeforeGlazing them with a faintly tinted glaze highlights the edges and moldings and creates a nice antique look without darkening the cabinets too much.In this case, I used Martha Stewart Antique Effect Glaze.

Martha Stewart Glaze EffectsI found these in a mark-down bin at Michaels awhile ago and they were so cheap I grabbed a bunch of them!  I figured this was the perfect glaze for the cabinets, because it allows you to tint the color and then use as little or as much as you like to create the perfect glaze. I poured all of the little bottles, plus my colors into one large mason jar, ensuring I had enough for the entire kitchen.

Kithcen Makeover Glaze MixtureFor the tint color, we decided on a very light combination of the wall paint, which is a Benjamin Moore Whitestone and some Rustoelum Java Brown Cabinet Glaze I had left over from another project. 1 teaspoon of each went into the quart jar of glaze. You know that old adage, “measure twice, cut once’? Well, that applies to mixing colors as well! I had to know the exact formula, in the event that something catastrophic happened to my jar of mixed glaze so that I could replicate it if need be. (Sooo, remember the time when I was testing out my new paint in the hall and I got distracted and dropped the whole can? No? You can read about that here: The Hall of Shame-Color-Splash!)

Hall of Shame Color SplashSo the formula for this jar of glaze is: 1 quart of glaze + 1 teaspoon of Rustoleum Java Brown

Kitchen Cabinet Glaze Rustoleum Java Brown+ 1 teaspoon Benjamin Moore Whitestone

Mixing Glaze color 1 tsp paintSince all three are water-based, they mixed together easily with just a paint stirrer. Yum-looks like mocha swirl!!

Glaze in mason jarApplying the glaze is simple. You simply paint the glaze onto the entire piece, using a foam brush. If you are planning on doing both sides of the cabinet doors, you have to allow each side to dry and cure (approx. 24 hours, depending on the humidity) so they don’t stick to the work surface once you flip them over.

Kitchen Cabinet Brushing On Glazelet it sit for a moment, then begin wiping it away with a damp rag. Gloves, people!

Kitchen Makeover Wiping GlazeThe more you leave, the darker the piece. Conversely, the more you remove, the lighter the piece. Once I went over it with the rag, I allowed it to sit for a couple of minutes, allowing the glaze to settle into the corners. Then I wiped away any excess I didn’t want. The final look: a soft white with just a hint of darker glaze in the corners and moldings.

Cabinet Door Glaze and DryNext up: the finishing wax! We are getting there! Have a great (hopefully not too wet) Thursday, everyone!! Susan

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This week’s great DIY tip comes from Kelly Bernier of Kelly Bernier Designs. Kelly is a professional Interior Decorator and color consultant who shares “decorating advice, design inspiration, color selection help and hints.”

Kelly Bernier DesignsOn her blog, Restyling Home by Kelly, she provides invaluable information about choosing the proper colors for your home and shares all sorts of great decorating tips with her readers. On last week’s blog entitled “5 Tips I Taught Our Local Paint Store Today“, Kelly shared some of her extensive paint knowledge with a local store owner who had recently become a Benjamin Moore Paint retailer. And now, from her blog, (with her blessing, of course : ) I am sharing those tips with you!

* Suggest Benjamin Moore White Dove when asked for the best/favorite trim and cabinet color. A good white without obvious undertones.

* Suggest to the customer that they bring in a piece of fabric or inspiration to help choose a color, NOT a cell phone picture. (this is a great tip! Cell phones do not always properly capture the proper hues and tones of a color-SM)

* When they have no idea where to even start, ask if they are looking for a warm and cozy room (beige,red, orange or yellow) or a bright and cool room (white,blue, green or violet).

* A great place to start looking for colors is in Historical Colors. 95% of all paint colors chosen are from the Historical Collection. Tried and true! Or show them the Candace Olsen Fan Deck and tell the customer how popular she and the colors are.

* Push those paint samples! I strongly suggest buying just a small sample and testing on poster board before you paint on walls. The color will change from that small paper sample to up on the wall. Even I always do:

Kelly Bernier Designs Paint SampleTo read Kelly’s blog post and get so many more amazing tips about choosing the proper colors and styles for your home, click here:

Kelly Bernier Designs Paint Store PhotoThanks, Kelly for allowing me to share this great Tuesday DIY Tip information with my readers! I hope you all have a sunny summer day everyone! Susan 

 

 

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For all of you vintage lovers out there (and by that I don’t mean old folks, I mean folks who love vintage stuff. But then, again, old folks-like me-can love vintage stuff too…) it’s the weekend we’ve been waiting for- The Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm!

Vintage Bazaar LogoThis weekend, June 21st & 22rd, make the journey to Salisbury Mass to discover some of the finest country hand crafts, vintage furnishings and accessories, jewelry, clothing and a few DIY television personalities (Yup, that’s me and Cari Cucksey from HGTV’s Cash & Cari at the Country Living Fair a few weekends ago. Gosh, I hope she doesn’t think I am following her like a vintage fair groupie when she sees me again…)

Sue & Cari from RePurposeall in a bucolic setting on a real working farm complete with live country music, vintage trucks

Vintage Bazaar Truckand this chick. Love this chick.

Chicken @ Vintage BazaarEach time I have visited the Vintage Bazaar, I’ve discovered new and innovative merchandise, all from re-purposed, re-cycled and re-loved everyday household items. One of my favorites has always been this spectacular planter filled with gorgeous glass flowers created with vintage glassware and plates from Creative Glass Works Boston. 

Creative Glass Works Bouquet PMRecently, I had the pleasure of chatting with the owners Ann Marie and Robert and visiting their home-based workshop.

Creative Glass Works Anne Marie and Robert PMThis husband and wife team began creating these gorgeous pieces for a local Artisans Workshop Market over four years ago. Anne Marie, whose background was in IT before becoming a master glass flower-crafter, reports that she was searching for a way to use the extensive collection of glassware she had accumulated over the years. Her husband, Robert owns and operates a renovation and restoration construction company-so beauty met brawn and the rest is history!

The workshop is bursting with shelves and tables laden with sparkling glass in every color, style and shape.

Creative Glass Works Flowers Laid Out PMThere are vases and dishes and tall blown glass sculptures.

Creative Glass Works Blue Glass Stand PMand jars filled with colorful glass beads and baubles.

Creative Glass WorksFrom light-catching dangling pendants

Creative Glass Works Pendantsto larger than life blossoms.

Creative Glass Works Red FlowerEach is individually hand-crafted, with carefully choosen pieces that complement one another and that together, resemble the anatomy of a life-like flower. Along with the clear and colored glass, Anne Marie and Robert work with ceramics and pottery,

Creative Glass Works Teapots PMcreating whimsical, one-of-a-kind teapot lamps

Creative Glass Works Teapot Lamp PMwith fashionably vintage shades.

Creative Glass Works Lampshades PM

So, make sure you visit The Creative Glass Works Boston booth while you are at the Vintage Bazaar this weekend. And if you see Anne Marie or Robert, say hello and tell them that Sue from Country Design Home sent you : ) Have a (hopefully not too bizarre) Thursday, everyone-see you at the fair! Susan

 

 

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Good morning! As the kitchen transformation continues…and continues…

Kitchen Before

I thought I would share some DIY tips along that I have learned along the way. Some are from DIY mistakes I have made (see Cupcake Tower of Terror),

fallen cupcakes in grasssome are great tips learned from many, many years of DIY experience (I have been doing this way before DIY was a thing!) This kitchen project is taking much longer than I originally anticipated, essentially because I am working on it between my work hours and weekends away and family celebrations : )

Summer Porch Photo Country Design HomeBut I have to keep reminding myself, and my mom, that good things come to those who wait, (and also to those who follow my blog : )

First, the DIY tip. You know when you are painting something like a cabinet door, where there are two sides that need to be painted? And you can’t really see the underside of the piece you are painting until it dries and you flip it over? And then you discover those unseen runovers that leave a ridge of paint along the edge, which, if it’s already dry, you will then need to scrape or sand away?

Kitchen Cabinet Painted Drip RidgeYeah, I hate that too. Simple solution. I always keep a damp rag handy when I paint to mop up spills and drips before they dry.

cleaning edge of cabinet doorIn this case, I am using it to keep the edges clean and remove the drips. I paint the surface, making sure I get all the edges, then wait a minute for the paint to settle. Then I take the damp rag and run it along the underside of the edge, capturing all of the runover paint. I thought I did a perfect paint job until I saw the amount of paint on the rag!

Damp Rag with Painted Edge

Now, the giveaway. Since we all like free stuff, especially when it comes to DIY, I am giving away a $25 gift card to Home Depot! Enough to buy quite a few drip rags!

Home Depot Gift Card There are three simple things you need to do to enter:

1. Leave a blog post comment, telling me if this DIY idea is new to you, or if you have been doing this all along. You know, the whole damp rag thing…

2. Then go to my Pinterest page and follow my Country Design Home boards.

3. Finally, “LIKE” my Country Design Home page on Facebook here. (And, yes, you need to do all three to be eligible!) I will pick a random winner from the entries on Friday, June 20th and notify you via the emails from your blog post comments.

Have a lucky Tuesday everyone!! Susan

PS: This offer is my own and not endorsed or sponsored by Home Depot Corp. This offer is available to US residents only. Upon verification of entries, the gift card winner will be randomly chosen and the card will be mailed via the US Postal Service.  Good luck!

 

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Years ago, when I was a kid, my father offered $1.00 (yes, that’s one dollar) to myself and my siblings as a prize for the first of us to memorize and recite this poem:

Don't Quit TItle

Happy to say, I won the challenge and pocketed my $1.00! Which, by the way, went quite a long way back then, when penny candy really was a penny and an ice cold Coca Cola was a nickel!

Coca Cola Bottle VintageFor all these years, through many moves and changes, the tattered copy of the poem remains in my top desk drawer,

Don't Quitserving as a constant reminder of my father, now long since past, and the legacy he left behind. One of giving back, of perseverance and fighting against all odds, and it remains my go-to thought when I am feeling especially defeated. It begins:

Don't Quit

The author of the poem is unknown, which is a shame, because I would like to have had the opportunity to thank him (or her) for many times motivating me to keep moving forward and upwards, especially when I am feeling the most down. The next stanza reads:

“Life is queer with its twists and turns, as everyone of us sometimes learns.

And many a failure turns about, When he might have won, had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow, You may succeed with another blow.

Success is failure turned inside out. The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.

And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far.

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,

It’s when things seem worse, that you must not quit.”

So, I will leave you on this Father’s Day, knowing that my own dad would have been so proud of his kids and grandkids, who every day strive to be better people, to give back to those in need and to greet each day with a renewed sense of purpose and determination, no matter the obstacles. And to all of the extraordinary men in my life, including my dad (and no cracks about the bridal hat, please. It was a thing back in the 70’s!!)

Dad and Me Wedding Day PMalong with my friends and fathers and sons, brothers and uncles and grandfathers, I wish you a very happy and relaxing day filled with the love of your families and friends. Happy Father’s Day, everyone!! Susan

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