A Newel Post Headboard With A Touch Of Elegance

During one of our trips to the Habitat ReStore, I found this solid newel post caned back headboard tucked behind several others in a back room. Mr. Frugalista gave me that are you really sure you want this look because he could see we were going to have to work hard to pull it out.

Judging by the dust, most people either didn't see it or decided, like Mr. Frugalista, that it was too much work to get at. What I saw was how pretty it would look with a fresh coat of white paint and wouldn't leave until it had my name on it.

Newel Post Caned Back Headboard Before Makeover

Another reason Mr. Frugalista gave me that funny look is because the vehicle we were driving that day was our Ford Taurus...a sedan.

He and the gentleman behind the cash looked at the headboard then at me then at the car and shook their heads.

I gave them both the "oh yeah, watch me" look and hiked that headboard under my arm and marched straight outside towards the car. I'm 5'3" so imagine this thing practically being dragged across the parking lot.

Back seats pulled down and a little head scratching later, that headboard was in the trunk, albeit with half of it sticking out the back end. Nothing a little red flag and some bungee cords to hold the trunk down couldn't handle.

I didn't tell Mr. Frugalista but during the 15-minute drive home I was half expecting the headboard to land in the middle of the freeway - but we made it. 

Never say never to a short, stubborn, fiery, middle-aged Leo. 

Newel Post Cane Back Headboard Makeover

Newel Post Headboard Chalk Painted White

What an improvement after just one coat of white vanilla frosting chalk paint. I love how fresh the cane looks painted white.

Newel Post Cane Headboard Painted White

I then added just a touch of Elegance, literally by Country Chic Paint. 

Newel Post Headboard with Elegance chalk paint

Because the dark wood underneath had a glossy finish, I didn't distress the headboard to reveal the wood. Instead, I dirtied it up by applying dark wax to give it an aged appearance.

Newel Post Headboard Dark Waxed

I'm pleased with how it turned out. Hopefully, I can find another headboard similar during one of my treasure hunts because I think it would make a beautiful day bed with a ruffle skirt and loads of pretty pillows.

Newel Post Caned Back Headboard Makeover

...and should I find another large headboard like this one, thankfully that Ford Taurus was replaced with a vehicle that can easily haul furniture.

Ahem...I should mention that also in the trunk that day were two other headboards. They were transformed into an Outdoor Garden Bench For Two and Headboard Dining Bench.

The client who commissioned me to paint this headboard also swooped up an Arabesque Stenciled Night Table that I recently finished to pair with the headboard for her guest room. I think the headboard and night stand compliment one another quite nicely.

Newel Post Headboard and matching night stand

Newel Post Headboard Makeover Before and After

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New windows and an exterior renovation design for our humble abode

I'm so excited to share this post with you guys today.  For 15 years I've been patiently moaning and groaning about wanting new windows and replacing the glass in the front door sidelites.  This house had triple pane pain windows - we're talking six panes of glass per window people!  Always such a joy dreaded event to clean.  To top it off they were aluminum sliders and during our brutal Canadian winters, forget about getting any fresh air because those babies were frozen solid.

At long last my wish has come true and we got those New Windows and a Front Door - no more sliders! Instead we have vinyl crank outs with "real" triple pane glass. The basement windows are sliders but they actually open without Herculean effort. It's hard to tell in the picture but the wide reed sidelite glass has been replaced with Rain glass and the front door with a Cheyenne Chamber Top Plank style and factory painted in Slate - love it!

After Picture of New Windows

Wish I would have taken close-up photos of our old windows.  I only had 15 years for crying out loud!

Before the new windows were installed.

I'm told by Mr. Frugalista that I'm no longer allowed to hang wreaths on the door.  Excuse e moi?  Thats like wearing a little black dress without the pearls...I don't think so!

Before new windows were installed on the rear of the house
Wondering what those swirly marks are on the siding above the basement windows?  In his teenage years our son decided a great way to get rid of mosquitoes was to spray OFF onto the house!  
After new windows were installed on the rear of the house

We had both the kitchen and bedroom windows enlarged and I love how they add symmetry to the back of the house. The piece de resistance is that I can lay on the bed now with an unobstructed view of our back yard. As for the bay window - I don't know how I lived without it all these years!
We have big plans for the interior finishing around both of these windows but more about that in a future post.

Now lets talk about that ugly mint green siding shall we...

Side view of exterior before renovations

The new windows make it look even worse. If we had the budget the siding would have been replaced with the windows. Unfortunately the reality is that we don't so we'll have to patiently count the sleeps until the Summer of 2015.

That gives us time to come up with an exterior renovation plan for our humble abode.  Mr. Frugalista and I would love to be living on the Canadian West Coast.  We both enjoy being near the water and living in landlocked Alberta is challenging killing our spirits - okay so I'm being over dramatic.  Moving isn't going to happen anytime soon so we decided if we can't live on the coast then we'll bring the coast to us!  

Inspired by homes we saw during a recent visit to Vancouver Island, we've come up with some ideas to incorporate coastal elements into the plan.

Exterior Renovation Design Board

Being a visual person I needed to see our ideas in living color so I came up with a few design plans.

Design Plan Side View
To break up the large span of siding on each side of the house we are thinking about adding cedar shakes to the upper portion of the gables. The perspective in this picture is a little wonky but you can get a good idea of what we're thinking about doing.  The color of the shakes in the picture are Slate to match the front door.

Exterior Renovation Design Plan for the gable ends of the house using cedar shakes and 6" beveled wood siding

Design Plan #1 in Beechwood siding and Mountain Shadow dry stack stone.

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #1 in Beechwood

Design Plan #2 in Autumn Gray

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #2 in Autumn Gray

Design Plan #3 in Driftwood Gray

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #3 in Driftwood Gray

Design Plan #4 in Rocky Gray

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #4 in Rocky Gray

Design Plan #5 in Corundum

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #5 in Corundum

Design Plan #6 in Cape Cod Taupe

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #6 in Cape Cod Taupe

Design Plan #7 in Chocolate with Carolina Coco Dry Stack Stone

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #7 in Chocolate

Design Plan #8 in Chocolate with dry stack stone above the door as well and white shutters.

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #8

Design Plan #9 in Beechwood with dry stack stone above the door.

Exterior Renovation Design Plan #9

Design Plan #10 in Beechwood with Mountain Shadow stone, Slate hardy board around the windows, and a diamond shaped window above the door.

Design Plan #11 in Cypress Earth with Carolina Coco ledge stone, Slate hardy board around the windows, and a diamond shaped window above the door.

There are too many options available and I'm feeling overwhelmed with the possibilities. If this were a client's house I'd come up with a design board lickity split but because it's my own home I'm loosing all objectivity.

If it were your house which design plan would you choose?

What do you think about the addition of a round port hole window above the door?

What do you think of adding stone above the door?

Do you have any other suggestions?

I would love to get your feedback so don't be shy!  Any suggestions you can throw into the mix would be much appreciated.

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Ateco Stainless Steel Decorating Set and The Perfect Cupcake Class Giveaway

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Faux Oxidized Copper Topped Table {A REmakeover and REpurpose}

How I transformed a simple white table into a faux oxidized copper topped table and re-purposed it for our deck.

A faux oxidized copper topped table makeover

Several months ago I gave this simple white table a makeover to match a Twin Headboard that I intended to sell as a set.

Faux oxidizex copper topped table below the makeover

In need of a small table for our deck, rather than buying one, this table was the perfect scale.  Having not sold I decided to keep it and re-purpose it for outdoor use.

First the apron and legs were spray painted chocolate brown.  Using ripped fence boards leftover from another project the bottom shelf was lined with wood.

Faux oxidized copper topped table after being spray painted brown

The boards were cut with a 1" over hang then glued and nailed with a brad nail gun.

Faux oxidized copper topped table with a new ripped fence board lined shelf

Rather than stain I wanted the boards to look old so I prepared some "Aging Juice".  It's simply steel wool soaked over night in apple cider vinegar.

Wearing rubber gloves (important unless you want to walk around smelling like vinegar for a few days) I rubbed the steel wool onto the wood and wiped off the excess.  I repeated this step until I achieved the look I wanted.

Faux oxidized copper topped table after giving the new wood lined shelf an aged wood treatment

Much better don't you think?  I wanted the top to look like Copper that was oxidized over time from the elements outdoors.  Thanks to Modern Masters we were able to achieve that look with their Metal Effects Kit that they so kindly provided for another project.  This stuff is amazing!  You can see the step-by-step process in my How To Turn Tin and Wood Into Faux Oxidized Copper post. 

Faux Oxidized Copper Topped Table using Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit

This is after three coats of Metal Effects Primer.  Already it's starting to look like copper!

Faux Oxidized Copper Topped Table after a copper primer

Here it is after two coats of Copper Reactive Metal Paint and a spritz of Green Patina Aging Solution.  I absolutely love the look of the Faux Oxidized Copper on the top of this table. You have to touch it to believe it is not metal!

Faux Oxidized Copper Topped Table After

Here is Before and After... 

Faux oxidized copper topped table Before and After

I hope I've inspired you to transform a table you already have around the house into a unique show piece for your outdoor space!

Faux Oxidized Copper Topped Table After

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