A New Year and a New “Look” for our Home!

Phew!  What a whirlwind the last 3 months of 2014 were for us.  I feel like I should be wearing a neck brace from being whipped all around from all of the frenetic activities!

I thought I would start off the New Year with pictures of our home’s new floors and wall color.

I LOVE the Garrison Laminate Floors (in Avignon) that we choose. Why laminate floors over real hardwood?  We choose laminate because for our lifestyle/ house activity it was going to serve us better over the long haul.

Remember, we live in an 1,176 sg. ft. house, so that does not give us a lot of options when it comes to traffic patterns.  It would not take long for our “patterns” to wear on hardwood and the thought of the mess and expense of having to re-finish the floors was not appealing.  At all.  Plus with a black lab and kids coming and going, the floors would be distressed whether I wanted them to or not.

The other main reason was cost.  It always seems to come down to the old mighty dollar, doesn’t it?  Laminate is typically about a third of the cost of hardwood.  I don’t know about you, but that is a BIG deciding factor for us.  We could re-do our floors a couple of times and still be under what hardwood would have cost us.

I know.  I know.  “You choose laminate over real hardwood?”  Yup.  And I would do it again.  In fact, I did.  We had laminate in our kitchen/ dining area for nearly 13 years and I LOVED it!!!  We did not have ONE scratch, divot, or mark.  There was no fading (even though the we are flooded with late afternoon sunlight).  I could only imagine what our 80 pound dog would have done to hardwood floors coming in and out of our slider.

The Laminate vs. Hardwood debate can go on and on.  Laminate (a good quality product) does not scratch, fade, warp, and as stated earlier was way easier on our budget.  Plus, have you seen the selection of laminates available today?  Truly beautiful options are available.  Check out Garrison, SHAW, US Floors to name a few.  (I am now selling flooring as a consultant for Sterling Carpet & Flooring.)

We also repainted the entire house except for our master bedroom and Baby Girl’s room.  We used Dunne Edwards “Crisp Muslin”.  I loved our HD Behr “Butter Cookie” paint which was a warm, creamy yellow and going with a cooler gray took some time to get used to.  Which is partly why I did not post pics immediately.  I just needed to fall in love with the new look.  Good news is I fell in love, hard!  I hope you like the new look too!

So without further ado, here are our new look~

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{Dunn Edwards “Crisp Muslin”}

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{Garrison Laminate “Avignon”. STERLING CARPET & FLOORING}

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{This hutch was natural pine that I painted ASCP Pure White and distressed a bit.}

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{Next on our “Wish List” is a new sectional. Baby Girl loves arranging the pillows. Sometimes I just do not have the heart to re-arrange them after she is finished.}

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Until next time,
Butterscotch Lady

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EASY Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Tutorial

IMG_3378I have had several friends asking me about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint lately.   If you haven’t heard about ASCP, then perhaps you are reading my blog for the first time (or you have been under a rock? hee hee!) .  I LOVE ASCP!!!

Yes, it is a bit pricey.  I pay $42 with tax for 32 fl. oz.at Pienture in Costa Mesa, CA. But trust me, the cost is so worth it!!!  A can of paint will last much longer than you would expect.  You do not need much paint to cover a piece of furniture and always work with a wet paint brush.  It keeps the paint from soaking into the brush.  How many times have you finished a project, cleaned the paint brush to see lots and lots of paint going down the drain?  Such a waste!

So why chalk paint as opposed to regular latex paint (which at Home Depot is about $25 for a gallon)?

1. You do not use very much paint.

2. When you sand the piece, the paint comes of in a powder (latex often wants to peal, or come off in small “clumps”).

3.  A baby bottom smooth finish- seriously, it is sooooo soft when finished!

4.  NO PRIMING NEEDED!!!

Yes,  you read that correctly!  Priming is not necessary when using chalk paint. No matter what you are painting- wood, metal, plastic…chalk paint will adhere to the item. I painted a small piece this morning and took pictures (and video) of the supplies needed and the steps I used.

{SUPPLIES}

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{Supplies I used}

{STEPS}

1. Clean item to be painted 2. Paint (1 to 2 coats usually) 3. Sand item (if you want a distressed look) 4. Wax the finished piece (this protects the paint and gives the finish a rich look.  Imagine a dry cement patio and a wet cement patio).

{My free "found on the curb" table}

{My free “found on the curb” table}

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{Baby Girl had covered this table with duct tape. Once I stripped it off, it left these marks. No worries, after I paint and wax, they will not be noticeable.}

{Wipe the item clean}

{Wipe the item clean}

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{First coat}

{First coat}

{First coat. messy is ok!}

{First coat. messy is ok!}

{Not very pretty yet, right?}

{Not very pretty yet, right?}

{First coat.  I usually brush paint on with the grain.}

{First coat. I usually brush paint on with the grain.}

{Don't forget to keep your brush "wet, but not too wet"}

{Don’t forget to keep your brush “wet, but not too wet”}

{Start of the 2nd coat}

{Start of the 2nd coat}

{2nd coat}

{2nd coat}

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{Notice the drip on the right side? Not to worry! It will sand right off}

{Another drip...}

{Another drip…}

{2nd coat complete.  I did do a 3rd coat on the table because I did 2 very conservative coats for example purposes}

{2nd coat complete. I did do a 3rd coat on the table because I did 2 very conservative coats for example purposes}

{220 grit sanding block}

{220 grit sanding block}

{Lightly sand areas that you want to have a "worn" look}

{Lightly sand areas that you want to have a “worn” look}

{This is my favorite tool that Mr. Cabana bought for me, my cordless power sander}

{This is my favorite tool that Mr. Cabana bought for me, my cordless power sander. I can sand a piece no time at all!}

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{All sanded, now time to wax}

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{With a soft cloth or brush, wax entire piece}

{With a soft cloth or brush, wax entire piece}

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{Once item is waxed.  Let dry and then buff for a super, duper smooth finish!!!}

{Once item is waxed. Let dry and then buff for a super, duper smooth finish!!!}

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{In this picture you get a bit of a preview of our new wall color and floors. Still working on decorating. Stay tuned for the “big” reveal coming soon!}

I hope you have found this tutorial to be helpful!  It really is as easy as these pictures describe.  If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here, or go to my Facebook page.

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

(PS.  I took video, but alas, it did not turn out…)

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