Wednesday, October 14, 2009

~resurfacing the inside of our box~





First of all, I want to thank all of you for your kind and wonderful comments!  I feel very flattered that so many of you like what I've done inside our box!  It is crazy (and I wasn't expecting this) how much motivation your comments gave me! Motivation to keep going and run with the dream I have of creating the home I long for!



Of course, the home I most desire....does exist.....but it's in the french countryside somewhere... like this charming villa would work just fine.  But, since that is an impossibility right now....my job is to do what I can where I'm at... "Bloom where you're planted" right?



The "blooming" for us started with a farmhouse sink.....



I always knew I wanted a farmhouse apron-style sink.....and when we were in the middle of our kitchen remodel, I was thrilled to find one at IKEA for only $199!! And solid porcelain!!! Total score!


  I love all the rustic surfaces you see in the frenchy /swedish country style....from the wood, or stone floors to the cracking plaster on the walls.....the picture above shows it so beautifully.  (Same villa in France)



Here's the $10 version of similar textured, old world, walls....these 2 pictures show the plaster / paint technique I used in my hallway, kitchen and family room. 


I love the warmth it gives the rooms!



I used a brown bag wallpaper technique in the powder room...can you see the texture with the photo?



I'm sure they don't have walls like this in France or Sweden...but I found the idea in a book and tried it in the smallest room in our house!  It's kind of darkish, but works great in a small powder room...especially with the glow of the chandelier.  It's literally brown grocery bags and wallpaper glue!



Next time, I will have my first tutorial that starts with this:



and I'll share my ideas on how I'm going to use this:





Till next time...





33 comments:

Tracey said...

Your home is beautiful Shellagh!! I want that sink...oh how I love farmhouse sinks - hopefully someday in the not too distant future I'll get one :) Keep the pics coming, it all looks so great!

:) T

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Shellagh... wow... everything is beautiful! I love what you are doing, especially your skirted sink! I too would love a villa in France (especially since I am of French heritage) but none of my ancestors left me one... rats! Happy decorating! Bisous... Julie Marie

Emom said...

We all need encouragement...you are very talented, I love your walls...thank you for sharing it all with us...smiles.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I have longed for that sink at Ikea. I couln't believe how great the price was. Maybe someday.

Irene ~ RE~VINTAGED said...

! What no tutorial on the brown paper bags????? but...but..
Ive got to know.... pleeeeeeeeease...(grovel grovel).... Sweet smile :)

Irene x :) :) :)

The DIY Show Off said...

I'm really enjoying your posts. We bought a fixer upper because I saw so much potential in this 1927 farmhouse. The fact that 'potential' doesn't happen over night was a thought pushed aside. Patience isn't one of my strengths, but you're so right. It's just a box and although it's taking time, it will be my dream home. :)

I love the peeks in the post below. Beautiful! Sometimes thinking outside the box speaks for itself. Gorgeous.

Roeshel

Karen said...

WELL! I am so glad you found me - cause that allowed me to find you!
But! I have to get to work, so I will come back when I have lots of time to go back in time and begin my drooling tour of your blog!
thanks! Karen @ Some Days Are Diamonds

One Shabby Old House said...

What a great blog you have. I really enjoyed my visit with you today. You are doing some amazing things to your box!
Love it
Becky

Liz said...

I really enjoyed this post and your 'bloom where you're planted' attitude about decorating. I think most of us find ourselves in your shoes, I myself spend entirely to much time dreaming of a farmhouse! Thanks again for the inspiring blog!

Sharon said...

Thank you so much for visiting me today! You have such a cute blog! I love your home. I really, really love that apron sink you found! I am exciting that you can find them at an affordable price. Someday I'd like to get one, but I thought they would be so spendy. Your home is beautiful!

Have a great day!
Sharon

Rita said...

What a cute blog have i just discovered. I was blog hopping when from some other blog I've come across yours.
You hav a great sense for decor an your pics (i guess that on the photos is your home) really capture the true nature of things and ambiences.
I'll happy if you'll give my blog a visit at http://www.ritashabbychicrose.blogspot.com/
guss we have many things in common, especially the love for beauty and cozyness.
I love vintage and shabby chic home decor, chhipped and tattered objects, antiques, linens and laces, fruity scent, and roses.
Am I forgetting something? yeah, guess some 100 other things...
Hope to meet you soon at Rita's Shabby Chic Rose place to share some shabby rosey comments.
Take care
rita

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Hey Shellagh...well, another great post...you're doing great gal! Love the kitchen with the farmhouse sink. I also needed the encouragement to 'bloom where I am planted', as we moved from our home of 25 years to a rental home last year. The house here has good bones and all, but the kitchen is another story (notice, no pics of it on my blog!). Now, I have a favor to ask of you...I just posted a decorating dilema on my blog and am asking for honest opinions what I should do with a cupboard. If you get a minute or two I would appreciate your stopping by and offering your advise....be brutally honest, okay? I feel like we have similar tastes, but I am a little more primitive and country. What do ya think?
Thanks,
Susie

REbekah said...

Oh WOW, Shellagh! These are such beautiful finishes and textures! LOVE your sink, too! cant wait to see what you do with the wood!

Betty said...

Shellagh,
Creativity is a Blessing....our home is one of a kind because we've done our 'thing'...I wouldn't trade it for a new one. We've had it 49 yeas and taken it in all kinds of directions.

Your home is beautiful and I like all your ideas...

Betty

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Thanks for the comment on my ornate chalkboard. I would love to be featured. Let me know, so I can link to it from my blog. Thanks!

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Thanks for stopping by. Glad I stopped by I love your style!!!! I've wanted to do a rough wall once but my husband wouldn't hear of it. Your's looks so good!
xxx....Carole

Fields of Linen & White said...

I love your home pics, your banner, and your plastered walls. I can't wait to browse this blog of yours. Thanks for stopping by and visiting me, I love visitors. How did U get your walls to look like that. I have two rooms I am redoing that were built in 1901 with horsehair plaster, I am peeling off 5 layers of wallpaper, and I want to keep the horsehair plaster. Any ideas. I guess that will be another post for me
Cheryl

Six in One Hand said...

What an awesome redo.
That sink is to die for...I have to admit that I'm going to wait until my children are a little older to get porcelain sinks though.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. I just became a followe and will DEFINITELY be back!

Brenda@ **Dragonflys and Stars** said...

Oh my gosh!! How can I have not found your blog before!! This first little bit I see is so my taste and lovely!! I can't wait until I have some time this weekend to ramble through your postings!! Thanks so much for viewing mine and commenting. :)

Hannah said...

Beautiful blog!

BellaRosa said...

I love your beautiful blog and sense of style, so glad I had a chance to visit some of my favorite blogs today because visiting some of thier favorites, I found yours..I hope you don't mind I added you to my list of Beautiful Places to Visit and Dream...Looking forward to many more visits, Rose

Sandra said...

Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice compliment on the "Door of Welcome" showing. I love your blog and I love the way you painted your walls. Very pretty.
Have a lovely day.
Sandra

Jill said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I just added you to my favorites and will be back to visit! I too would love to have an apron front sink and have admired the one at Ikea - you lucky girl!

Janean said...

Shellagh, we must be sisters separated at birth! I heart your ideas and techniques. Never knew IKEA had farm sinks. Wished we had IKEA here. Thanks so much for stopping by my site too.

Blue Muse said...

Hi Shellagh! We share the same dreams for our homes - i can't believe I haven't run across your blog sooner!
I love what you are doing and your blog is beautiful.
xo Isa

Ginger said...

You have such a beautiful blog! I love your header. I have heard about the brown bag wallpaper i'm sure it's beautiful.There is this store that I love to go to and they got white wrapping tissue and scrunched it up and then clued it to the wall and then painted over it. It was kinda gold but it had a beautiful aged looked to it. Thank-you for stopping by today, I have been blogging for3 years and it's always makes my day to meet someone new.
Blessings,
Ginger
Ginger

Jayme aka The Coop Keeper said...

Oh goodness, love your house, love your style. LOVE the brown paper bags on the wall!!!!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I'm so glad you left a comment so that I can follow YOUR blog! Fabulous ;).

Chrissy said...

Boy do you and I ever share the same taste,we did a plaster on our bedroom walls and I just love it!! Hope you are well,Chrissy

Cindy said...

Shellagh, I love what you are doing in your house, it is so pretty. Your brown paper bag wall is gorgeous, it looks like something from an old house in France, I think.:) I also love your IKEA sink, I was considering putting the double bowl in my house, but it is so wide that I changed my mind, then I considered the single bowl, but I don't have a dishwasher and I hate my dishes stacked in a dishdrainer on my counter. Now I am really in a dilemna, I love what yours looks like, I am really afraid to get the single sink. Would you consider it if you didn't have a dishwasher? Also, I made myself a little toile pillow for the white chair in my bedroom (you suggested it, remember?) Anyway, I love it and it is a keeper! I LoVe your blog! Hugs, Cindy S.

Chrissy said...

Hey got your note,and yes we did it,not original,but if you want to check it out,the bedroom is posted,a few pages back....so nice to meet you!!Talk soon,Chrissy

Janean said...

girl, your ideas are wonderful and match my ideals too! that sink was a great bargain. i adore the curtain under it.

i have seen the paper sack walls my friend did and it looks amazing - even up close!

hugs!

The Other Me Is Sane said...

Your home is beautiful and you make me feel inspired to get busy. Thanks for your blog.

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