Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Beach Cottage Twin Bedroom

Today I would like to share one of our bedrooms at the cottage.
The room itself is rather small, so we had our limitations for sure.
I found a pair of vintage metal beds at an estate sale for 70.00.
 They were in
great shape, I just painted them a pretty jade green.

I made the floral pillows from a vintage curtain panels my cousin had. I love love love the fabric on them.

I couldn't find the right prints for this room so I made the starfish prints using vintage images. I think they fit in perfect.

When you can't find the right curtains, why not make them?
I've used this trick for years, make your simple curtains out of flat sheets.
Each panel is a twin size. I added the stripe using my own fabric design , Beach Cabana Stripe 6 found here
Beach Cabana Stripe 6
I love how this room turned out.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dark Tung Oil Butcher Block Countertops

This is our second time using butcher block countertops in a kitchen remodel. There are several reasons why I love them, they're affordable, easy to install and look great. 

We tried using as many green products as we could, so in this kitchen remodel I wanted to use all  natural tung oil.
There are many tung oil products out there but only a few are pure tung oil.
Here are just a few of the advantages of using pure tung oil:
  • Doesn't form a glossy finish
  • Forms a flexible water proof finish
  • FDA approved for food contact
  • Doesn't darken over time like linseed oil
  • Resists abrasion and acids

I found a dark tung oil from the Real Milk Paint Company which adds a rich beautiful patina.
They also sell many other environmentally friendly products including paint.

Real pure tung oil is non-toxic so it's a great choice for a countertops, however most people recommend thinning pure tung oil with mineral spirits, turpentine or naphtha. If you add these solvents to thin the tung oil it is no longer non-toxic. 

The Real Milk Paint Company has a great solution for this, they recommend and sell a citrus solvent to mix with tung oil, which allows it to remain non-toxic. This was really important to me.

Let me tell you it was so easy to apply. I followed their applications instructions on the bottle, and also found tips and suggestions on their website.


I even used it on the kitchen island top, I love it and 
trust me I'll be using this stuff again on other projects.