Little Updates Around the House

Well sometimes I make a few small updates around the house that don’t really require a full post. Well, at least in my eyes. First up? My updated kitchen landing table.

kitchen landing centerI didn’t really change the table, but I took a suggestion from a reader and added a little basket underneath for my kiddo’s backpack. This way she knows exactly where to find her bookbag, a designated space so we’re not searching every morning.

kitchen landing center basketI also had some artwork hung above the old landing table, but it was white and kind of got lost on the wall. So I took a little Paris Gray Annie Sloan chalk paint and quickly covered the artwork. Nothing neat or perfect, just a quick and messy coat. Then I distressed and finished it off with some dark wax.

annie sloan chalk paint wall artI think it now looks much better on the wall, plus goes with the grayish blue tones I have on the rest of the main floor, especially my sun room and family room.

kitchen landing centerI’ve also been reconfiguring our entry foyer. Since I moved our old console table to the family room I’ve been looking for something new to fit this space. For now I found an old bench that needs some love.

entry foyer cedar benchIt’s in pretty rough shape on the top so I’m toying around with the idea to paint it. But I’m finding it harder and harder to cover up beautiful wood pieces these days. Anyone else?

cedar bench in entrywayI hung my Goodwill leaf art across the hall in the foyer now that I have new kitchen metal shelving that’s in its old home. Yeah, still have a lot of work to do in the entryway but at least I’m making some progress.

entry foyerI’m thinking new area rug, picture frame moldings and chair rail, a shelf/hook system above the bench if I keep it here… Not 100% sold on the bench staying here but maybe once I get started on the space it will feel more welcoming. Otherwise this puppy is moving upstairs to the loft. And getting a coat of paint?

What’s your input on the foyer?
Practical boot bench, or a wow statement piece instead?
And paint the bench or not?

15 Favorite Paint Projects

It always amazes me how a simple coat of paint can transform anything. Old ratty furniture. Boring bland walls. Old home decor items that just need a bit of a facelift. I guess I was just reminded of the power of paint this past week with my guest bedroom makeover… the walls, my nightstand, the headboard.

15 favorite paint projectsSo today I thought I would share with you my 15 Favorite Paint Projects from my past 3 years of blogging. Something to remind YOU of the power of paint.

before and after kitchen makeoverThe Kitchen in my Old Home


stenciled-washer-dryer1Stenciled Washer & Dryer


chalk paint table before and afterDuck Egg Blue End Table


driftwood style end tableDriftwood Style Magazine End Table


Ellie-bedroom-makeoverEllie’s Stenciled Bedroom Wall


wood icing table frontWood Icing Three Drawer Chest


before and after dresserPainted Old Bedroom Furniture


painted kids tennis shoesPainted Tennis Shoes


annie-sloan-chalk-paint-old-whiteYellow and White Chalk Paint Sewing Desk


hearth room new makeoverPainted Hearth Room


barcelona orange corner tableOrange Chalk Paint Corner Table


spray painted metallic figurinesSilver Spray Painted $1 Figurines


finished-wall-motifPainted Leaf Wall Art


chalk paint distressed kids deskDistressed Child’s Desk


guest-bedroom-makeover-navy-and-orangeGuest Bedroom Makeover


So there you go. My 15 favorite paint projects.
Do YOU have a favorite paint project from your home?

15 favorite paint projects