Tuesday’s DIY Tip-Choosing Paint Colors with Kelly

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 

 

 

Creative Glass Works At The Vintage Bazaar

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

 

 

Tuesday’s DIY Tip & A DIY Giveaway!!

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!

 

Lessons From My Father

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

Country Living Weekend-Day 2

As promised, I am sharing the remainder of the Country Living Fair with all of you. If you love living and shopping country, but didn’t have a chance to attend, at least I am giving you a tiny glimpse of what you missed this year! (and, there is still a chance to attend one in Georgia or Ohio in the coming months.) Of course, a country fair isn’t complete without a bright red tractor

Country Living Fair Ford Tractor

and a billy goat! This one was so funny-it kept standing up on its hind legs and peeking over the railings like a baby in a crib!

Country Living Fair GoatTo my delight, I discovered a couple of craftsmen from my neck of the woods, yay!

Sage Farm Antiques, in North Hampton, NH holds a “three day antiques and collectibles show with fresh stock monthly“. Unfortunately, the photo I took wasn’t useable, but rest assured the booth was stocked with totally vintage, reclaimed and repurposed goods. Going to be sure to check that one out soon!

Sage Farms Antiques LogoI had the pleasure of meeting Addie Peet  of APFloorclothDesign.com at last year’s Vintage Bazaar. Her expertly hand-crafted and vividly-colored floor cloths always catch my eye. How sweet are these waterproof doggie mats?

Addie Peet FloorClothsThis floorcloth design is brilliant! It is a runner that is painted to resemble a hopscotch game down to the very last details, including the cracking asphalt.

Hopscotch FloorCloth Addie Peet DesignsNo more chalk on the driveway to hose down! Unfortunately, she won’t be at the Vintage Bazaar next week, but she does sell on Etsy! you can check out her website here: apfloorclothdesign.com

I met the lovely and talented Jeanne van Etten of Nantucket Mermaid who has just opened a shop on the island of Nantucket.

Nantucket Mermaid Shop PhotoSuch sweet, intricately painted heart dishes

Hand Painted Hearts from Nanctuket Mermaidand adorable hand-crafted dolls. You can check out her blog here: Nantucket Mermaid.BlogSpot or visit her shop at 4 Fair St in Nantucket. And if you do, tell her Sue from Country Design Home sent you : )

Lavender Mermaid Doll from Nantucket MermaidI walked into the very large Earth Angel Studios booth and was instantly transported into a colorful, dreamlike fairyland. The owner, Jen O’Connor started this venture in 1996 and features the works of extremely talented female artists and crafters. A few samples:

Plush fanciful soft sculptures by Nicole Bowen

Plush Soft Sculptures by Nicole BowenFrom The Land of Enchantment by Debrina Pratt –The Starlight Ballet

Starlight Ballet from Debrina PrattFrench Paper Follies by Wendy Addison

Paper Follies by Wendy AddisonAnd from Valerie Weberpal of Harvest Moon-super cool cat box!

Cool Cat Fun Town Jody BattagliaYou just couldn’t stroll past the booth from Reclaimed State from Wappinger Falls, NY

Reclaimed Statewithout noticing the soft glowing copper and amazing workmanship used to build this completely hand-crafted trunk turned cooler!

Copper Trunk by Reclaimed State

Reclaimed State Copper Trunk Corner DetailLoved this school of unfinished wooden fish decoys from the St. Lawrence River Decoys so much that I bought a couple for my porch : ) Can’t wait to paint them!

School of Fish Decoys UnfinishedFolks were buzzing around the Homestead Collection like bees on a honeycomb! Filled with cleverly repurposed and recycled vintage items such as this chicken wire wall planter

Homestead Collectionand this potter’s bench complete with vintage porcelain sink.

HomeStead CollectionIf you love mason jar anything, then you would have loved the Sweet Tea Clothing Company. The entire booth was lit with strands of mason jar lighting, hanging from branches and overhead, creating an inviting ambiance.

Sweet Tea Clothing Co lightsCouldn’t resist this very sweet mounted mason jar wall flower vase filled with daisies. Who doesn’t love mason jars and daisies: )

Mason Jar Sconce by Sweet Tea Clothing CoFrom Vintage by Crystal we discovered these fanciful miniature dolls of all types, painstakingly hand-crafted of spun cotton.

Spun Cotton Dolls Vintage by Crystal With their tiny faces, they appeared almost lifelike with the detailed decorations!

Doll Vintage by CrystalSelina Vaughn Studios from LA will also be at the upcoming Vintage Bazaar, selling their vintage seed sack handbags.

Selina Vaughn Seed Sack Handbag These are gorgeous and just the perfect stylish accessory for a country girl : )

Selina Vaughn Seed Sack Handbag

I was so busy looking and taking pics that I didn’t have a chance to buy much, but I did purchase this beautiful little painting on a distressed wood box by Mary Gregory Studio, LTD. I don’t know why this pair of sheep spoke to me, but I just couldn’t walk away… and apparently neither could the mom sheep with the little one standing on her back…Mary Gregory ArtThe originals are hand-painted art, and the ones on display were giclee prints on wooden boxes. Not sure where I am going to hang it yet in my country-inspired home, but I will let ewe know!  And finally, when we were just plain tuckered out and so hot and tired, we were happy to have a seat at the main tent stage and enjoy a demonstration on casual outdoor entertaining by Denise from The Painted Home and Kelly from Eclectically Vintage.

Entertaining with The Painted Home and Eclectically Vintage

The two of them are hilarious together, and their presentation was a hoot, but with loads of great, simple outdoor decorating ideas! Kelly even posted the cupcake liner tea lights DIY on her blog : ) So that’s it for now-hope your enjoyed this little tour. And remember, the Vintage Bazaar is just around the corner, so get your walking shoes (and your shopping totes) ready!!! Susan

 

 

 

 

A Country Living Weekend!

Country Living Fair BannersThis past weekend, I had the great pleasure of attending the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY. So, where do I begin to describe the sights and sounds of this fabulous fair?!? Let’s start with Hometalk.com and Country Living Magazine who extended the invitation and provided the VIP blogger tickets for the three day event. Here’s me with all of my fellow bloggers-I met so many nice people!!

Hometalk Bloggers The VIP passes meant we were allowed early entrance before the massive crowds arrived (and let me tell you, there were MASSIVE crowds!)

Crowd Scene from Country Living Fairto do some shopping, one-on-one chatting with so many fellow bloggers and fantastic vendors and snapping photos for Tweeting and Instagram-ming. There is no possible way for me to share information about every single vendor or event on this blog post, but I will highlight some of my favs here, with more to come in the days ahead. The fair was held in The Dutchess County Fairgrounds (if you are from around the Boston area, think Topsfield Fair, only quadruple in size), where there are many barns and outbuildings that would typically house livestock, (there were a few little guys in the 4H tent…)

Donkey at Country Living Fairbut for this weekend were home to the hundreds of sellers of the finest country wares I have seen in quite some time: antiques, vintage wares, original artwork, amazing crafts and DIY’s from the simplest of everyday items. Every time I see these custom doll statues from CA Mataruso of Tin Hearts, they make me smile : ) Late for Work on a vintage thermos-brilliant!

Custom Thermos Doll by Tin HeartsThe array was dizzying and required several go-arounds to ensure that we didn’t miss anything! Because I have so many photos to share, I am just providing a sampling today, and will focus on several of the vendors in greater detail in the coming weeks. As you all know, I am drawn to COLOR, the brighter the better, mixed all together. Now, I can appreciate the dreamy whites and creams that are so popular today, but could I live in an all-white space? Heck, no!!  While strolling through the fair grounds, these particular vendors caught my eye:

Modern June-Cool Stuff For The Hip Housewife: offering a brilliant array of colorful vintage-look oilcloths and chalk-cloths

Modern June Cool Stuff Sign CDH

Oilcloth Clutch purses from Modern JuneSome of the nicest vintage original artwork at the fair from Terri Palmer Signs

Jersey Shore by Terri Palmer

HiHo Home Market was one of our favorite booths, chock full of vintage items and so colorfully decorated! Loved these vintage checked saucepans (now why didn’t I buy those?!?)

HiHo Home Market

From Sentimentally Me was a colorful collection of beautifully preserved vintage quilts, banners, books and memorabilia. The vendor was sharing hilarious stories about her moment of fame on Flea Market Flip at the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market, where she normally sets up shop. So funny!

Sentimentally MeI was immediately drawn into the Olive Grace Studios booth because of the clever displays of vintage-inspired fabrics, pillows & quilts-so country pretty!

Olive Grace StudiosIn the showcase at Grandmother’s Buttons was this velvet case of brilliantly sparkling rings, each created from vintage buttons!

Grandmother's Buttons RingsOne of the very first booths we entered was that of Blue Bird Home Decor, where I was instantly taken by this beautifully painted country hutch (which was sold : (

Painted Cupboard by Blue Bird Home Decorand also of the lovingly rendered oil paintings of livestock by Shelly Broughton. Never thought I would think: “How sweet is this sheep?”

Cow Painting by Shelly Broughton

This willow porch swing from Around the Bend looked so inviting with the brightly colored pillows and cushions! Can you just imagine relaxing and sipping lemonade here on a beautiful summer day?

Willow Porch Swing from Around the BendAnd finally (at least for today!) we met up with Cari Cucksey from HGTV’s Cash & Cari, who was introducing her new line of Repurpose Paints, Stains and Finishes. Yummy colors, water-based and so easy to use! These will be available shortly on her website: RePurpose Shop.

RePurpose ShopCari was so sweet and incredibly gracious, standing in her space for hours and repeatedly explaining and demonstrating the how-to’s of her products, then posing for pictures with anyone who asked! Of course, I had to get in the act as well!

Sue & Cari from RePurposeSo, there you have it, today’s colorful commentary on the Country Living Fair. I have added links to all of the vendors above so you can click on them to read more and discover what else they have available. Check back soon for another episode of A Country Living Weekend! I hope you have a color-filled Tuesday, everyone! Susan

 

 

 

Mason Jar 3-Berry Cobblers

So, you would think that after that whole Cupcake Tower of Terror disaster that I would be staying away from baking for weddings, right? Well, that is the case where cakes are concerned-no more falling frosting fiascos! But, for the same wedding, I created some yummy individual three berry cobblers in little personalized mason jars as favors for the guests to enjoy. Those did NOT fail, or fall for that matter!

Three Berry Cobblers in Mason Jars Wedding FavorsThe recipe was a tried-and-true favorite from a co-worker (thanks, Krista!) that was adapted for the mini jelly jars, and two batches was enough for 6 dozen jars. Here is the how-I-did-it:

1. Prepare the jars. These are 1/2 pint, wide-mouth Kerr glass jelly jars I purchased from a local Ace Hardware store, ordering them online and picking them up at the store. Despite the fact that they were factory sealed in plastic, I still ran them through the dishwasher to ensure cleanliness.

2. Prepare the crumb topping/crust. This recipe is enough for one 13 x 9 pan of cobbler, or 3 dozen mini jars. So double it for the 6 dozen:

 TOPPING/CRUST

2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

2 Cups Rolled Oats (I used instant and it didn’t seem to matter at all)

1  1/2 Cups Packed Brown Sugar

1 Tsp Gground Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg

1  1/2 Cups Cold Butter

Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl, then cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.

3. Prepare the berry filling, literally just mixing the berries and sugar in a large bowl and set aside.

FRESH FRUIT FILLING

1  1/2 Cups Fresh Blueberries

1  1/2 Cups Fresh Blackberries

1  1/2 Cups Raspberries

4 TBLSP Granulated Sugar

I used fresh blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, but you can use any berry combination you would enjoy. This recipe was enough for three dozen jars, so I doubled it to make the 6 dozen. One thing I noted: the large whole raw berries (like the raspberries) take up more space, but once cooked, they collapsed and left extra room in the jar so it didn’t appear as full. Next time (and for these there will be a next time : )  I will slightly chop the larger berries so more fits into each jar prior to baking.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place as many jars that will fit onto a cookie sheet and spray the insides with non-stick cooking spray.

Cobbler Mason Jars Non-Stick SprayTake 1 TBLSP of the crumble mixture and lightly press down into the bottom of each jar. I used this wooden thing that was in my pastry drawer. Don’t know where it came from, don’t know what it is, but it worked perfectly! Continue until all of the jars have the base crust.

Cobbler Mason Jars Tamping Down Crust5. Fill each just with the berry mixture, until it is about 1/4 inch from the top. Leave room for the crumble topping!

Cobbler Mason Jars Filled with Fruit6. Add 1 TBLSP crumble topping to each jar, pat lightly to secure. You can adjust the crumb topping/crust ratio as you like, but remember to adjust the recipe as well!

Cobbler Mason Jars with Crumb Topping7. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the filling is bubbly and the topping is lightly browned.

Mason Jar Cobblers Baked8. Remove from oven and cool. You can serve these warm from the oven with a bit of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, or save them for later. I kept them lightly wrapped, but did not seal the tops on until it was time to assemble them as favors. Which I did with the help of my dear friend-thanks Alice!

9. The personalized labels were purchased on Etsy from Snappy’s Boutique. The owner was great to work with and the labels were beautifully printed on vinyl round stickers, one for the top of each jar.

Vinyl Round Stickers for Mason Jars 10. The bamboo wooden spoons I stamped with cute little sayings like “berry happy” and “sweet love”. Of course, you could paint them or decorate them or simply leave them blank.

Mason Jar Cobbler Wood Spoon11. The spoons were attached to the jars with purple raffia ribbon-the wedding color- (and a little scotch tape to keep them from sliding off!)

Mason Jar Cobblers with Bowsand then we added a second bow for pretty : ) This was the best tool-a fork stuck in a ribbon reel taped to the counter-to tie the tiny bows with the chiffon-like material. Ah, necessity is indeed the mother of invention. Shark Tank, here we come!

Cobbler Bow Tie Fork12. I picked up the unfinished crate at Joanns (with a coupon, of course : ).

Unfinished wood crate from JoannsIn order to make it appear somewhat rustic, I “stained” it with paint thinned with water,

Cobbler Crate Stained with Bluethen added another coat of blueish-purplish-white paint that I dry-brushed to give it a more rustic look.

Dry brushed crate13. The little chalkboard was also from Joanns, that I backed with some fringed burlap, then added the chalk graphic.

unfinished crate from Joanns I used my easy chalkboard transfer method for the Three Berry Cobbler sign. Click the link for the DIY.

Three Berry Cobbler Graphic

14. To safely stack the jars in the crate,

3 Berry Mason Jar CobblersI added separators made from burlap-covered cardboard panels.

Cobbler Crate Layer SeparatorDone! Now who doesn’t love a rustic crate filled with pretty jars of yummy three-berry cobbler that is easily and safely transportable?!? Well, this girl does : )

Mason Jar Berry Cobblers in CrateAnd hopefully the guests did as well… Have a berry-licious Thursday everyone!! Susan

Creative Kitchen Makeover-DIY Series-The Prep

Recently, I was asked to sample and review a new paint primer called Kilz HIDE-ALL,

Kilz HIDE-ALL

which happens to be perfect timing for the kitchen makeover I have just begun! My mom, who lives in a townhome (that was once owned by my sister…long story) has been asking for a kitchen makeover for quite some time now. Although the budget does not allow for a full gut-job and remodel, we are using paints, glazes and some elbow grease to create that “French Country” look that she adores. The kitchen is circa 1980’s construction-grade with very dark oak cabinet doors and drawers and veneered plywood boxes. In the center of each door is a white vinyl panel that was glued into place, and the backsplash is alternating 4″ square ceramic tiles in black and white stripes that mirrors the white door panels.

Mom's Kitchen View 1The appliances are fairly new and white, so they are staying, and the floor is a sheet linoleum in a vintage black and white tile pattern, so that is most likely staying put as well. So, everyone knows that the key to a successful painting job is the prep work, which I personally despise, but it must be done! In this case, those white vinyl panels and the adhesive used to attach them had to be removed. I tried many, many de-glossing, de-gooing and de-sticking type products before I could get the edges ready for priming and painting.

Kitchen Cabinets with Vinyl Panels A messy job, but absolutely essential to ensure a good outcome!

Cabinet De-Greasing Fromula 409Once that was accomplished, it was time to try the new Kilz HIDE-ALL product.

Kilz HIDE-ALL PrimerThis is from their website:  “KILZ® HIDE-ALL™, a new primer sealer exclusively available at Lowe’s stores across the country. For home interior painting projects of all types—including covering dark colored walls, masking minor surface stains, smoothing out porous surfaces and more—the undercoat offers consumers excellent hide at an affordable price. KILZ HIDE-ALL helps prepare surfaces for painting by evening out porosity and creating a consistent canvas for adding the desired topcoat. With a multi-surface formula, KILZ HIDE-ALL can be used on drywall, cured plaster, woodwork, masonry, concrete block, brick and previously painted areas. The high-hiding, fast drying, latex primer sealer helps minimize issues caused by dark colors and minor surface stains to effectively transform bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms and more.”

Did the primer live up to the hype? You betcha!! For only $26 and some change for a 2-gallon bucket, what I got was little to no prep work and no sanding-yay! Just a quick cleaning to remove any accumulated surface grease, dirt and dust-and that pesky glue.

Kilz HIDE-ALL PrimerThe odorless primer is a creamy white color with a slightly grayish hue. It has the consistency of a watered-down school glue. Very smooth, very little dripping, brushes on easily and cleanly without leaving brush stroke marks and creates a light, bright prepped surface. And a little goes a very long way! Since these cabinet doors have had a lot of wear, the surface finish in some areas was worn away, while other areas were still shiny. The primer covered all of that evenly so that you cannot see the difference. The directions indicate that the primed surface can be re-painted after one hour with oil or latex paint, but I didn’t attempt that, as I am doing this makeover in stages, which I will be sharing as I complete each one. Brushes easily cleaned up with soap and water.  Here is a before cabinet door

Kilz HIDE-ALL Cabinet Door Before

(note the taped #? Prior to removing the doors and drawers to paint them, remember to number them and make a map so you know where they go once you are finished):

Kitchen Cabinet MapHere is the primed cabinet door:

Kilz HIDE-ALL Primed DoorA perfectly smooth, matte surface awaiting the paint and glaze. But that will be in the next installment! I hope you are having a prime Tuesday, everyone!  Susan

Disclaimer: Although the product in this blog post was provided by the makers of Kilz HIDE-ALL, the opinions expressed are strictly my own and have not been edited or altered in any way. Susan

Country Living Fair Ticket Giveaway!

Next up on the blogging agenda is a trip to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY on June 6-8.

Country Living Fair

I have been a huge fan of Country Living Magazine for as long as I can remember (after all, they are the bible of country design),

Country Living Fair Pictureand I am so excited to be finally attending their fabulous fair! For those of you who aren’t familiar, it truly is a celebration of all things country, “Bringing the pages of Country Living Magazine to Life”.

Country Living FairsThis 3-day event features vintage vendors with great wares to sell, DIY demonstrations, antiques appraisals, food and cooking demonstrations and meet & greets with HGTV and Cooking Channel Celebrities.

Country Living Fair LineupLuckily for you, I am hosting a ticket giveaway-2 three day VIP passes with early bird access- from the show’s organizers: StellaShows.com, Country Living Magazine and Hometalk! 

HomeTalk Country Design Home Logo

Since this is a quick turnaround-the fair is next weekend– the giveaway starts on May 31 (NOW!!) and ends at 11:59 pm on Sunday, June 1.  To enter, just click the Rafflecopter link below and complete the form. Not a whole bunch of stuff to click, and if you already follow me on Facebook or Pinterest or Twitter, you are way ahead of the game!

Rafflecoptor Fair Ticket Contest

Winners will be notified on Monday, June 2 and the tickets will be available at the “will call” window at the fair. Good luck, and I’ll see you at the fair!! (If you are not the lucky winner, there is still time to purchase the tickets from Stella Shows here. ) And for all of my local followers, it’s only 3+hours from Boston! Have a lucky weekend, everyone! Susan

 

Blogger In The Houzz(.com)!

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With all of the traveling and cupcake fiascos that have been happening recently, I’ve been super busy, but I am happy to be back blogging and DIY’ing (for at least a few days until my next adventure!) But, I am so happy to reveal that I am now a contributing writer for Houzz.com, an online and mobile app for interior designers, homeowners and professional experts.

Houzz.com Mobile App

From their website info page: “Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality.”

On Houzz.com, which is free to use, you are able to create “Ideabooks”, which are essentially a grouping of similar decorating and design ideas of your choosing with the accompanying design information. These can be uploaded photographs of your own work, as many interior designers and decorators do to create their online portfolios, or you can pull photos from other Ideabooks to create your own.  As you build your books, all of the original information remains with photograph, so there is no chance of your work being cut and pasted into someone else’s Ideabook without proper sourcing.

As for my Country Design Home Ideabooks? I will be writing and sharing photographs specifically about my personal design point of view which is, of course, country style, beginning with Give a Modern Bath Vintage Style

(creating a country bath vanity using antique or vintage furniture vs. stock cabinetry)  and Flooring Types for a Country Kitchen.

But that is just the beginning-in the months ahead, I will be writing about various design and decorating ideas that define country style, and how to create the look in your own home.

When you visit Houzz.com for the first time, you will be blown away by the sheer volume of fabulous design images (over 3 million and counting!) and the accompanying product and building information. Each “Ideabook” provides the reader with a wealth of valuable information which will take you from conception to completion of any imaginable building project.

Lake Arrowhead Kitchen Sue Murphy Designs

Plus, there is a Q & A sideline where readers can post questions to the design experts and receive materials information such as cabinetry used, chosen paint colors and flooring finishes.  Houzz.com is simple in concept: helping homeowners and builders to create the home of their dreams and sourcing out local experts and materials required to make it a reality. So, what are you waiting for? It’s simple (and free!) to create an account, and I guarantee you’ll wonder where the time went as you browse through the millions of photos searching for inspiration and information for your perfect dream space. I hope you have an inspired Thursday, everyone!  Susan

 

 

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