Friday, March 10, 2017

DIning Nook updates

When I got so behind in my blog... many changes were made in the dining area...Its so casual..but now it is even more bright and cheery... We removed the built in bench seating, I don't even miss the storage under it.and we bought a bench instead... I really love the canvas above it.. a beach birdseye view of the beach..and the LAKEHOUSE words..they were mustard yellow..so it was painted PINK.  Added some PINK paint with a pearl glaze to the table legs and edge to make them shimmer..I think the table pops.. The new flamingo plates I picked up in florida this winter.. The BIG ceramic flamingo I found last spring at Kmart of all places.. I love the vintage look of it. I got it for the deck..but couldn't put it out there.. I enjoy seeing it inside. There are several new items on the wall with the   teal clock and mirror, and sayings.. The came from the condo we had bought and redecorated in south Florida and then sold due to my allergies..so some things I brought back home..The two tan  suede chairs are a favorite spot of ours. we sit there and check out the lake.. look for the white pelicans out on the lake in the winter, and dream of days when the grass will be green again. We also bought two metal palm trees for the  deck.. You can see them from the bay windows...  I still love my pink chair, and the large  spoon and fork on the wall I painted to bring more pink in..I like decorating with the  metal brackets, sitting them in the window sill, or mixed in with the pigs on the white cabinet.. I did add a pearl glaze to that  little cabinet and painted the inside HOT PINK.
The  little tray that says LOVE is made of tons of bugle beads, encased in glass. The fence behind the pink chair is for a really BIG SURPRISE  I am doing outside soon.. the fencing behind the pink trike stays there all the time.. OH the pink trike.. I have a pedal car collection, and when I saw the reproduction I had to have it. I wanted a Tiffany Blue color.. this is Bermuda Bay, the color was a tad darker than tiffany....so I put a glaze of white metalic pearl paint all over the walls...and it came out the perfect color. I love how the pink goes with it..
My love for flamingos has just taken on a life of it's own....well they are PINK of course..and I only had the pillows..then my sweet cousin bought me the flamingo made out of car tags painted pink that is on the wall over the table.Sweet Norma up the street got me the cute metal sign in the window.. And Brooke, she brought the little car dash  hula flamingo from Hawaii , and one day it will go in my car..They show me the love in so many ways !. So come on in, sit and check out the lake.. Leave your sunglasses on..It is BRIGHT in here !












Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tile backsplash









It has taken 3 years of thinking about doing a tile back splash to go with the granite.. I just  had not seen anything that really called to me.. I didn't want natural stone, I thought spatters would stick to it..and I normally do not like subway style stone.. But  Lowes had this tile installed at a kitchen display in our local store.. and I bought one tile and looked at it for several weeks.then we left for the winter for Florida...came home and saw the tile next to the gold painted anaglypta paper I had put up in Dec... to see if I wanted a tile look..and was 100% sold on the tile.. We bought a thinner tile and used it for a border, and then use the larger to fill in. We also used a product that is a super sticky paper.. almost like thin foam with sticky on both sides..Its by Muscle Bound, and sadly Lowe's is not carrying it for much longer..but we did  find some in Fort Smith.. you can order it on Amazon. We used this sticky mat in our condo in Florida to do counters and back splash..NO MASTIC MESS.. we loved it.. and then we had left over tiles from the condo, and I hated the way my marble tile counter in the upstairs bath had worn, so we added the  aqua green tile in there..with the Muscle Bound... For this project we used Kera Color usanded grout in Bisquit. For some odd reason I didn't take photos of all the steps.. I normally do.  We have nothing but good things to say about the Muscle Bound mat.You can take your time setting tile.. no worrying about the mastic setting up.. so you can stop and rest for a bit.. or pick up the next day..and not having it squish thru the grout lines, and have to be scraped out when dry before grouting.. Also, the tile is thicker than the wall now, you will need to add some spacers to your outlets so they will be the same depth..and we also had to use a dremel with a diamond  bit to notch a couple places where the screws go into the outlet to screw it back into the wall.. it worked great... We bought the smaller  diamond bit, and it took a little longer than it would have if we would have got the larger one.. Our grout will set for  several more days then I will seal it with a spray on sealer. You will be working under the cabinets, so you will have to take breaks, due to the twisting and bending to do the work..again, the Muscle Bound came in handy, NO wet mastic, so we could take a break when ever our old backs needed. DOn said the hardest part is cutting tile for around outlets.. you just have to measure and cut and think before you cut...

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Super Sea Horse 1958

This metal Super Seahorse logo is off of a 1958  Johnson Outboard motor.. I just was drawn to them in an old thrift store. I didn't buy them... and weeks later I kept thinking of them... went back to the store..and there they were.. MINE now.. They did have some turquise paint on them, but I added more. This one looks great in the master bath where you can see the seahorse stained glass too. The other one is on a wreath I made.


It was time for a fresh mailbox. The big fish had to go to the fish pond in the sky..but I am happy with this one. I painted it sky blue, and then pt some palm trees, pink flamingos...and THE Happy Shack on it too..




Friday, February 3, 2017

Happy Shack Eye Candy

There is always upkeep, and changes to the lake house.. I painted the door pink, and you can see all the pink,blue, yellow, green in the trim work and shutters.. We added a larger  deck on the lower level, The  front porch, we have a  little spot to sit and have a meal, and you can see the round lounger with the  mosquito netting, so I can lay out and read.. I like the netting just for the feel, and in case some random bug thinks it needs to find me.. The lower deck we have added another  lounger, and a chiminea to make s'mores, and take away the fall chill... If your new to the blog, you will see a 10ft. long board surfboard that a freind brought back from Hawaii so many years ago, and I got it for $20, and did a mosaic on both sides, duck behind that and have a nice shower once you get out of the lake.  Come sit on the porch with me, have a big glass of sweet tea, it is the "house wine" of the south, and lets watch a sunset !












Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pink Christmas

Since I have a pink flamingo theme in my dining area, I decided a white tree with flamingo ornaments would be perfect, I found several flamingo ornaments, and even used some to make napkin rings. I had bought a Christmas Story leg lamp a few years ago, but i put my own spin on it, love it at Christmas time. I love the big flamingo, I placed some wings on it for Christmas, it is so vintage looking, and is meant to be outside, but I just love seeing it indoors.I recently had re- painted the table legs bright pink,with  a pink metallic pearl glaze, and it really set off the mosaic table top I did several years ago. The table legs were given to me by a friend, and were used on a different table (you will see it in the dining area banquet from and old post, if you scroll way way back., we moved the dining area to a different area in the house, so we have a great view of the lake when we eat. We spend a lot of hours sitting in the comfy chairs watching the lake action, if we are not on the water or the porch !