Sunday Reading, Etc.

September 23rd, 2012

Hello and happy Sunday!  What a gorgeous weekend it is outside, can’t wait to soak it all up today!  Just popping in to share a few things, first there’s a new series of articles over at my Better Homes & Gardens blog for catching up if you’ve missed any of them, just click on the button to take you there.

fall centerpieces article

small space home offices

maximizing kitchen storage

autumn table settings

stpotlight tufted sofas

best of glass lamps

 

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Don’t forget, the Fall Link Parties continue this week!  I’m hosting Fall Mantels on Tuesday but you can decorate a bookshelf, hutch, or create a fall vignette – those work too! 

2012 fall link parties

Here’s a handy button to add to your post!

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Finally, as many of you know, I’m a team member on the My Colortopia blog.  In partnership with Glidden, I’m excited to announce there’s a new feature over on the My Colortopia blog!  They are now showcasing Before & After photos of paint projects submitted by My Colortopia readers.  It’s your turn to share your Before and After photos and the difference color made in your home.   Time to show your colors!

 

*With regards to the My Colortopia promotion, I have been sponsored by Glidden® brand paint, however the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

The Fall Mantel party is scheduled to post at 8 a.m. PST on Tuesday September 25th, can’t wait to see what you’ve created this year! 

xo,

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The Old White Piano

September 21st, 2012

Confession time.  I’ve always wanted to paint an upright piano!   It’s hard to find a good candidate because most upright pianos* I’ve seen are really nice and ones that I would hesitate to paint because of it. 

But fortune smiled upon me a few months ago when my friend and I were discussing sprucing up her new home.  She wanted to keep her old upright so her children could take lessons and learn to play, but she was not fond at all of the cherry finish, it just didn’t match her style at all. 

So when she mentioned she was torn about keeping or selling her piano because she didn’t like its dark and scratched surface, I casually mentioned to her that I could paint it for her – that seemed the perfect solution. 

After I got the thumbs up, I made a few visits to her house over the course of a week to paint it while she was at work, and she now has a freshly painted white piano at the base of her entry staircase.  And she loves it.

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*technically a “spinet” and not an “upright” thanks to a few readers letting me know!

I know there are a lot of people who consider painting a piano somewhat controversial but rest assured, this one wasn’t an heirloom.  I subscribe to the belief that you should make the things you own work for you, for your tastes, and for your lifestyle.  Life’s too short not too!   Since she wasn’t crazy about the cherry finish in her house, especially up against the oak wood stairs, I suggested a fresh coat of white paint.  Here is the piano before it was painted.

piano before paint

 

A fresh coat of white paint and a striped upholstered seat were the keys to achieving the coastal style she loves and the freshened piano now suits her tastes.   

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