Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Annie Sloane whitewashed brick

Do not be afraid of painting brick.  I repeat... DO NOT be afraid of paint. I have thought about this project for about three years and finally took the plunge.

Behold my painted brick fireplace and white mantel.  

I searched the below hashtags on Instagram and found my below favorites.  They are both German Smear techniques.  I was way to afraid too try that process. 

I used a 50/50 solution of paint and water.
 The outside brick on our house is the same color. I think, I want the german smear technique on the outside of the house. A girl can dream, right?

I removed everything, taped and cleaned the brick. I just wiped down the brick with a wet rag.
Below you can see my "test" corner.  That first brush stroke was so scary.  
TIP:  Old socks worked great to remove any drips or excess paint. 
 I painted the grout lines too.  From a grey to the whitewash. 
 I sent the below picture to my decorators. (aka: daughters) and they all agreed to get rid of the all the solid white bricks.  Yikes, was I too late, the first bricks were painted over an hour and half ago.  Not to worry, a rub down with a wet sock worked wonders. 


 Before dark, old looking

 The finished fireplace project.  Swoon.
 Bright, light and updated. 
 The grands saw this picture and said, "Lala, you made a bed for the skeleton!"

Project details
Annie Sloane - Old White paint $39
Had my brush
Had old socks
Had paper and tape

Total renovation $39.00

Like I said do NOT be afraid of painting brick. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

A tea towel and an iron

 Remember my Craig's List find and buffet remodel?

Well the first time I used it, I was not prepared for hot casseroles and scorching!  I promise I used hot pads, but they are not enough to keep the heat away from the finish on the top of the buffet. I now place very nice cork pads underneath anything hot or warm and they work perfectly.

Alas, three scorch marks.  And the worst one below is dead center on the buffet. I have waited and waited and finally got up the courage to take a hot iron to the mess. 
So of course, I looked at youtube videos and gave it a try. 
Use only tea towels with very little or no fabric patten to them. I used my iron on the hot steam option.  I placed down the tea towel and then placed the iron on top of the towel and gently swirled the iron around.  I was only brave enough to swirl 4 or five times and take a peek at the results.  I would then repeat and repeat until magically the scorch was gone. 

Below, small marks on left hand side. 
A few swirls and gone!

The right corner had this large blotch. 

This was the best I could do on this side is below.  Still a faint scorch. 

And my giant front and center scorch....

No more!
I will say my kitchen oak table did not clean up at all.  So there must be something about the type of finish on the wood. 
But, give it a try.  I recommend checking out youtube videos first. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Where in the world has Lori been...???

I know my blog writing days are definitely slowing down.  I initially began a blog to record family memories.  Well... I now have Instagram and chat books.  You see, every 60 posts to Instagram, alerts Chat Books to print and send me a tiny book. 

Thus, my blogging activity has slowed to a crawl. 

So, what have I been up to? See below:
Our youngest got MARRIED!  On a beach, in Cancun, in February and it was a spectacular week.
 I scanned and downloaded 1200 family slides to share with family and friends.

Now I know where I get my sunglasses love from.. dear Mom.

 My nephew Alex, graduated high school and heads to my Alma Mater, Louisiana Tech, in the fall. 

Lynn planted and I enjoyed fifty daffodil blooms. 

 Lake time for the fourth of July.  Count em', yep that five littles swimming, splashing and sharing forever memories.  And we are so excited that number six arrives right before Christmas!  Can't wait to snuggle on MrCashJohsnon.

Napkins I used over the summer, the palm fronds, reminded me of the Cancun wedding. 

 Lots of cooking and baking, but, one of my favorites was this Cabana cake. pineapple, cherries, coconut, macadamia nuts, butter!! 
So, hang in there... I may still post occasionally or at least I hope to.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Easter Egg

In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth. For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 I love my bowls and bowls of Easter eggs.  This silver pedastaled bowl was a gift from young
 teen-aged girls when I worked at the YWCA.   

My dough bowl was a Round Top Texas find. 
However you display them, don't they just make you smile?

Everyone enjoy your Easter Week and I will be looking forward to Easter Sunday!
May you and your families be blessed and I hope you are able to spend time with family and friends.
Happy Easter

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Beatrix Potter figurines...and a family tradition

British author Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated more than 20 children's books starring Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Benjamin Bunny.

Born July 28, 1866, Beatrix Potter spent a solitary childhood with long holidays in the country. She loved to sketch animals and later invented stories about them. In 1902, Potter published The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which launched her career as a children's author. More than 20 other books for young audiences soon followed. Potter's tales of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Benjamin Bunny and others have become children's classics. She died in 1943.

 I began a tradition to add a single figurine to my three daughter's Easter baskets.  My youngest daughter just married and since she and Mr.Casey are living in an apartment, I get to store and at Easter display MsLynley's figurines. 
Do you see the "very bad bunny" and Jemima Puddle-duck?
They blend in well with some of my tea cup collection. 
 One of my favorite's below.
 I kind of miss the excitement of filling their baskets after they had gone to bed.  Our family traditions was for the Easter Bunny to hide their filled basket and they had to search for them the next morning before Easter Sunday Mass. Do you have an Easter family tradition?
Figurines by Royal Albert, England

In this collection
And this Pig had none
Hunch Munca
Jemima Puddle-Duck
Flopsy Mopsy and Cottontail
Fierce Bad Rabbit
Little Pig Robinson
Miss Moppet
Tom Kitten

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