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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hall Tree Makeover

This is my third makeover of the year!  And we're barely two weeks into it.
I don't think I have ever done this many in a whole year, and I have more makeovers to do still.

This is the hall tree that I asked you, my dear readers, to give me ideas on how to paint.
In the end I decided to paint the whole piece with a homemade chalk paint mixture.  This is basically the recipe that I used: 1/2 cup plaster of Paris...1/2 cup hot water whisk those together and then add 1 1/2 cups of paints.  I enjoyed using the chalk paint for all of the reasons that I had read.  It really does go on nicely, I had to add water to it once, when it was getting too thick.  I got the recipe for Chalk Paint from Art is Beauty, click on her blog name and see a beautiful table and chairs that she has painted.





I needed something in the kitchen to hold my satellite radio and my telephone.  I also have all of my cookbooks there.  I had a vision of what it could be...




Here she is with her chalk paint and a little distressing, with a coat of espresso paint on the hardware.  I decoupaged vintage music sheets over the mirror.  I'm not happy with how I did that, I shouldn't have angled the ones in the center.  I'm going to do that over again.  





My photos turned out terrible, it was very difficult to get a good shot of it because the kitchen is so small.  But you can see that my satellite radio fits nicely and the telephone has it's place, too.
It is a great improvement, I think.

We got some snow on Wednesday and the temps have been down to -19 C (2 deg. below 0 F) for two days.  That really isn't cold.  I lived in Northern BC for many years and it was much colder there all winter long.  It's been pretty balmy here lately hovering right around 0 C (32 deg. F) most of the time.
 Have a good weekend, my friends.

Warm hugs,
Cindy


31 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi Cindy! Oh, your hutch looks beautiful! Love the color and how prettily you've dressed it! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Julie Harward said...

It sure turned our nice, love this look! I have never used chalk paint before, might have to look into it. :D

Comeca Jones said...

Lovely

Bluebells and Lavender said...

The lighter look is definitely more pleasing and you've done a great job! Have a good day! Sharon

Gail said...

OMGoodness Cindy that looks AWESOME! What a difference a little coat of paint will do. You're on a roll girlfriend. Hugs, Gail

Diane said...

Looks fantastic....it was pretty before and it is beautiful now! How did you make your own chalk paint? Diane

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I love it and the way your put the sheet music on the back is so pretty. So nice to get a project checked off your list.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I love it painted white!

Manuela

Anne said...

So much better!!! Great job.

xox

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

You are on a roll my friend! Send some of that energy and creativity down south! Love the hall tree painted white. So much more functional too.

Millie said...

What a great differnce! You did a super job.

nannykim said...

Beans, I just deleted my comment. Tell me why it is easy to use the method for painting that you used. I will check out the link you gave in a moment. I have a bedroom set that needs redooooinggggg--long story--went through a fire---was my inlaws--we kept it when we downsized. I keep hoping something will drop in my lap so I don't have to paint all of it!! It would look like this:http://cheapchichome.blogspot.com/2012/01/dresser-reveal.html when I finished if I did paint it because I can't do the tops......So tell me why yours is an easy way and will it stand up..?? Also on the link I gave you she talks about some way which I am also not familiar with.

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Cindy,
You did a fabulous job! I love the color and distressing. Perfect!
-Lynn

Pondside said...

I love it - that little hall tree was crying for you to do this! I agree with you regarding the music sheets - they'd be better not on an angle - but I love the whole thing.

Faye Henry said...

It looks wonderful, Cindy.. I like the music pages.. And the color is gorgeous, too..
A woman of many talents, I see.. smile..
God bless..

Shabby soul said...

My sweet friend you are an hurricane! In so few days you completely changed your kitchen look, and it all turned sooo beautiful!
I think music sheets fit perfectly in this way: a little turn of the paper like you did is less schematic and much more playful.
A big hug darling Cindy.
Silvia

art is beauty said...

It looks BEAUTIFUL!! I love how it turned out!! what a great job!
Karin
www.artisbeauty.net

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

This turned out so good! I love the feet and when it was brown I never even noticed them. It looks great with your window panels too. I have seen recipes for chalk paint...this one seemed extremely easy. Definitely more cost efficient than buying it. Thank you for sharing. Way to go on all the projects too!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

It turned out beautifully, Cindy. It always amazes me how paint can make a piece look completely different from before. I agree with several others that the sheet music looks good. I think it would look matchy matchy if the sheets were lined up perfectly. If you really are displeased and want to change it you might try tearing the paper so they look ragged on the ends. I like that look, too. Have a nce warm weekend! We got a dusting of snow last night and it is very cold. I want a real snow like you get. Heehee--------------Shannon

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Very pretty! I also like the sheet music and would love to find some.,I have been checking kijiji and Craigslist looking for something affordable to paint with no luck! I am definitely going to try the recipe. Thanks.

Carol said...

Cindy,
Wow! looks amazing. As does the stool, and of course the table. I'm going to check out the paint recipe....

Sheila said...

Cindy you have made a great change to the cabinet. It looks like it was just made for your kitchen! We lived in Prince George and Fort St John - where did you live?

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love the new color, Cindy! I am sure it fits really well into your decor, too! Wonderful job!

podso said...

Wow Cindy, it is beautiful! I love the sheet music...what a great addition! Along with the shelves. I'm sure it makes your kitchen seem larger being white now (I would never, from your photos, think your kitchen is small, by the way!). Thanks for posting the chalk paint recipe. I think you've done a great job and your energy for three projects already--only Jan. 14th-- is amazing! Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I love it Cindy!
I think it makes that piece with paper decoupaged in the back. I don't even mind that it's crooked! ha!
I like the color and everything. Perfect!
Pat

Pamela said...

This is beautiful Cindy! I love the sheet music effect too!
Your home is sooo lovely. A blogger friend just told me tonight about a store here who sells
that amazing chalk paint!!
Pamela xo

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

I love how your hall tree turned out!! I started reading your post last night and got sidetracked doing some research on the homemade chalk paint and never got back to you. LOL I can't tell in your photos, but did you seal the paint with a soft wax? If not, maybe the clear and then dark wax to allow the design to stand out more?
I also love the sheet music on the mirrors! And the way you angled each piece, I think gives it lovely character. If you're not happy with what you've done, maybe tear around the edges of each sheet of music and aging them a bit so they would stand out a bit more? (spraying them, or dab with a cloth, here and there with some strong tea and let it sit) Again...my two cents worth :) I hope you don't mind.
I think you did a great job and it looks lovely! You've inspired me. You go girl!!

Hugs~

RicKaren said...

That really looks great! BIG improvement!

anangloinquebec said...

What a wonderful change that makes. I really like the addition of the sheet music over the mirror. It gives the piece a lot more depth? Really big change.

Ana said...

Another project beautifully done. I LOVE IT! You are just on a roll my sweet friend. I've had a couple of rough days so I haven't been able to to much of anything...Arrrg I hate that...And there is just so much I want to do. Anyway, keep up the great work Ms. Cindy.

Much love,
♥Ana

Marissa "Marathon" Stower said...

Hi Mom! I can't believe how beautiful that hall tree is! You can't even tell it's the same piece of furniture. You are SO talented! It looks perfect in your kitchen. Love you!