Hiring a Professional Painter + Winners

March 13th, 2012

Hello everyone, today I’m over at My Colortopia sharing some insight on a topic many homeowners face. If you’ve got a big interior or exterior paint job on your hands that you don’t have the energy or capability to tackle all by yourself, then don’t miss these important steps for hiring a professional painter to do the job for you.

how to hire professional painter

The winners of the Antique Farmhouse Giveaway were announced here, and the winners of the Hand Printed Linens Giveaway were announced here

Enjoy your day!

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I Painted My Built-Ins

March 11th, 2012

My sister came to visit this past weekend and she only comes to visit a few times a year but when she does, great things happen.  Mostly she makes me do what I need to do more of these days and that is take a break from the computer to watch movies and eat cookies on the couch – she’s a good influence.  My sister and I love to watch television or movies together and to the program we always add our commentary based on our strange sense of humor. We are known to bust out in random monologues about things that are completely nonsensical to others but make perfect sense in our little world.

This information is irrelevant to today’s post but I thought I’d share anyway because what’s true is if I hadn’t finished painting the family room built-in cabinets I wrote about a few weeks ago then I’d have absolutely nothing to say to you today other than the marathon session of Downton Abbey Season Two spent with my sister this past weekend was as the kids say “epic” and as the Crawleys might say “splendid” and I’m counting the minutes until Season Three. 

Back to those cabinets. You may recall I desperately wanted to paint the built-ins white because there are no windows in this room and it felt like a cave but a certain person I’m married to was hesitant to do so. Then you faithful readers came rallying to my defense and I was emboldened and so I went ahead, trusting my instincts, and painted them white.  And here’s the best part – my mate who didn’t want to paint them at all at first, actually likes them much better now. I think you will too.

Here’s a glance at the behemoths before I pulled off the doors and painted them.

family room cabinets before

And today.

cg family room white built ins

Much improved I must say.  The cabinets were primed with Zinsser oil based Cover Stain last week.

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Hand Printed Linens Giveaway

March 9th, 2012

Hello everyone, happy weekend to you!  I’m finishing up painting those family room cabinets and they look so fantastic! I hope to have something to show you next week.  Meanwhile, let’s giveaway some pretty textiles, shall we?  Saffron Marigold is sponsoring this weekend’s giveaway, and they offer luxury linens and one-of-a-kind hand printed textiles in beautiful motifs, hand crafted with a traditional block printing technique – each is a work of art.

Saffron Marigold is committed to fair trade practices, so you know the artisans are paid a fair wage for their work.  They offer the most exquisite shower curtains and sheer window panels . . .

saffron marigold shower curtain sheer

 

. . . beautiful duvets, pillow covers, and tablecloths too.

saffron marigold pillows tablecloths

 

Saffron Marigold has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV, and the New York Times, to name a few. Read the buzz right here.

There will be THREE winners, each will have their choice of the following:

1 shower curtain,

or 1 tablecloth (round or rectangle),

or 2 decorative throw pillow covers,

or 2 sheer curtain panels.

Eligibility to be one of the THREE winners of this giveaway:

1) Visit Saffron Marigold and select which linen you’d choose if you won, then leave a comment naming your selection.

2) For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter, then leave a comment telling where you linked (FB or Twitter).

Giveaway ends Monday March at 12, 2012 at 8 p.m. PST.  Three winners chosen at random. US and Canada only.  By entering this giveaway you understand and agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.  For more details on giveaways and sponsored posts, please review this blog’s policies.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Winners:  # 246 Carey; #407 Chelsea; # 699 Aimee

All winners received a personal email from me, congrats!

 

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