~ Hydrangea Wreath ~

I hope you are having a terrific Monday.
Teachers and students started back to school today in Texas.
I'm enjoying my retirement from teaching...this is my first year!!!

I have been drying hydrangea flowers from my garden..
finally had enough dried to make two wreaths.

~Hydrangea Wreath~

One hung from the china hutch key...

~Hydrangea Wreath~

...and the other displayed on the dough board with my vintage oil jar collection.

~Hydrangea Wreath~

~ Stenciled Lampshade ~

Happy Friday!
I wanted to show you a lampshade I made... ruffled
with tissue linen purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.   .

Stenciled Lampshade

I stenciled the lampshade using a portion of our wedding stencil 
that Maison de Stencils designed and made for us.
I stenciled with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™...Graphite.

Stenciled Lampshade In Chalk Paint™

I love the contrast of the shabby lampshade and the lucite lamp.

Stenciled Lampshade

Oh... I sell stencils and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
at My Favorite Room in Historic Downtown McKinney.

~ Floors Limed Washed with Chalk Paint® ~

Being a stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® decorative paint...I get 
several questions about how to lime wash hardwood floors. 
So I decided to lime wash my back hallway floor. 
Here is a before picture of the hallway with dark stenciled walls and the stained oak floor.

Before Floor

To prepare the floor for paint I vacuumed and mopped.
To lime wash the oak floor I mixed 1 cup Old White with 1 cup water to make the wash.  
I applied the wash with a small sponge roller and wiped off the excess with a cotton rag.

Limed Wash Floor with Chalk Paint®

I let this dry...this doesn't take long with Annie's Chalk Paint®
and applied a second coat using the same technique as the first coat.

Limed Washed Floor with Chalk Paint™

I want an imperfect worn look to the floor...
...like it had been walked on for years and the paint was worn off in places.

Limed Washed Floor with Chalk Paint®

I allowed the floor to dry about half an hour.
Next I sealed the floor with Annie Sloan's Lacquer for floors.

Limed Washed Floor

This is the completed floor and the frechly painted walls.

Limed Washed Floor

Limed Washed Floor with Chalk Paint®

                                    I hope you like the finished look of the hallway and floor.
The floor project took about two hours to complete
and I used about 1/3 of a quart of paint.

The hallway is 4' wide by 11' long.

~ Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on Doors ~

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ came to the rescue again...
...I painted "eight" bedroom and closet doors in Chalk Paint™. 

All the doors were painted in oil base paint ... 
...Chalk Paint™ is the answer to painting
over the oil paint with no priming or sanding.
I gave both sides of eight doors two coats each
and only used 1 1/2 quarts of Old White.

The doors are very plain so we're adding glass knobs
as we can find them at a decent price.


~ Quilt Slipcover Chair ~

I wanted to change the look of this wing chair
by making a slipcover with a vintage quilt.

Before Chair

This is the vintage quilt I had draped over the chair for a long time.
I bought this quilt top several years ago...added the backing and machine quilted.

Checking for enough fabric

I painted the legs with Chalk Paint™...Old White.



Here is the finished slipcover.
The chair didn't have a cushion so I made one out of cotton linen...down filled.

Finished Chair

Side view of slipcover

I used the binding edge of the quilt for the edge of the slipcover...so easy.

Finished back

What do you think?

Now the couch is the next slipcover project.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to slipcover a couch?
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