Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday {Sherwin Williams "Retiring Blue"}

Retiring Blue, Sherwin Williams

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Well, hello there! {how can it be the end of July?}

Yes, I'm back from being silent for quite some time. Since the start of Commona My House, I haven't missed more than a few days here and there, so this was a big step for me to skip my posts with you...but over the past month I've had a few issues with my health and well, that had to come first. 
A few posts ago, I discussed the growing epidemic of Lyme Disease, primarily linking the danger of invasive Japanese Barberry to the infestation of ticks, {ticks that are more often than not, infected with Lyme Disease}.
Well, isn't it ironic... I came back from my time in CT with a little souvenir: Lyme Disease. {Yes, I want to insert crazy emoticons here, but I'll refrain from doing so}.
A surge of antibiotics and I'll be fine, but I've needed a little time to get back in the game.
Thanks for hanging in there with me! I'm happy to be back!
If you follow me on Instagram, you've kept up with some behind the scenes snaps of mine {like the ones below: No Makeup Monday, Here is the Lock, and Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp} that I'll be sharing details of soon here on the blog.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Windsor Chair {from Wrecked to Wonderful with Glidden Paint}

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Glidden® paint through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Glidden paint, all opinions are my own.

This tired, old Windsor Chair was pretty in need of a sprucing up, don't you think?
A fantasic example of an authentic Windsor Back Chair, the only thing holding it back from being fabulous was it’s awful, beat-up, beige paint job. Originally, I thought I would stain this chair, but I fell hard for a certain color of blue from Glidden® paint.  I loved the idea of a blue patina on this old chair and knew I could come close to the antique inspiration piece that I found in an old book that my Dad had kicking around.
Because you never want painted furniture to look gloppy, or thick, and because I didn’t want to have to sand all of the Windsor rungs on this baby, I decided to use Glidden paint DUO, which is a paint + primer in one.  DUO went on incredibly smooth.  I was able to let it sit overnight and then move on to the patina part of the finish the next day.

Glidden paint has a simplified palette. This means that they have the best of the best colors. At first when I thought about replicating a blue antique patina on this chair, I hesitated because I anticipated being overwhelmed by paint choices. (You know, you’ve been there, right? You end up narrowing your paint color choices down to your favorite top 6 choices and it becomes an excruciating process to see which slightly different color is THE ONE that you have to have). Well, Glidden paint has already narrowed and simplified their palette to only include the best color options. It was the most painless paint selection process I’ve ever had. No joke.
The two colors that I selected, that work incredibly well together are:

I started by using just a simple hand sanding block and sanded all of the chair’s surfaces.

After sanding, I took an old brush and dusted off all of the sanding dust. (I used an old brush so that I could get in between all of the rungs…if I had used a cloth I may not have been able to get down in between everything as well).

After sanding and dusting, then it was time for my favorite step…getting the paint on the brush (a clean brush, not the one I used to clean off the sanding dust).

Once I made sure that I had painted every nook and cranny with "Glidden paint "Deepest Aqua", I let the chair dry.
The next day I was ready for my distressed/patina coat of "Glidden paint "Totally Teal"".
Using a dry brush (with only a little bit of paint) I brushed each area and then quickly wiped off any excess paint with cheesecloth.

I seriously fell for this Glidden paint "Totally Teal" color.

And here is how it turned out!
From Wrecked to Wonderful!

The faux painted patina turned out to be exactly what I was going for.
Here is my Glidden paint DUO chair with the original inspiration antique book.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Reflect Your Style: Dream Vanity {One Kings Lane}

You know I love a good find, and a good source for stylish products. I've been shopping for new and vintage furniture and decor at One Kings Lane for a few years now. 
So when they asked me to design my dream vanity around my favorite One Kings Lane mirror...
AND style it, how could I resist!!?? The only problem I had was narrowing down my own style choice..because they have so many gorgeous mirrors that I fell for several.

If you're a regular here at Commona My House, you know I love to mix new with vintage. So, to Reflect MY Style, I went feminine eclectic.
Frederick Oversized Mirror, Gold

Waterfall Vanity Table, White/Clear
French-Style  Side Chair

14" Wood and Horn Tray, Brown9" Peony in Vase, Faux

How would you

Wordless Wednesday Inspiration {Totally Teal} Glidden

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Japanese Barberry Menace & Lyme Disease

{I'm on my Soap Box today, because I want to rant about something that I think you should be aware of...because gardening isn't just about pretty flowers, it can be about your health, as in this case.}

A few weeks ago, while out looking for mulch and a few geraniums, I was completely shocked when I stumbled upon rows and rows of Japanese Barberry bushes. I was at Home Depot. 
Why was I shocked? After all, Japanese Barberry is a pretty common sight. Just drive down your landscaped city streets in Draper, UT and you'll see them. They're pretty popular in new housing developments, too.  And after a bit of research I found that it is readily available at Home Depot, Lowe's, and Walmart. Chances are you may have one in your own yard.
But most independent, local nurseries don't carry it. And most gardening experts feel that it is not only irresponsible to plant it, but consider it a hazard.
Because Japanese Barberry is a highly invasive, non-native species.
And that's not all...
While parents research poisonous plants and Google whether they should have a Poinsettia in their home at Christmas, very few people are aware of the proven, dangerous link between Japanese Barberry and Lyme Disease. 
Japanese Barberry plants are the perfect haven for ticks.  Ticks which are most likely infested with Lyme Disease, among other diseases. This information has been available for years. And yet major landscaping retailers, and even landscapers themselves continue to sell, promote and plant this threat.

Last fall I read this excellent article, "Stop with the Lyme Tick Nurseries", that explains why Japanese Barberry is creating hazards in our own backyards. After more research, I stumbled upon this informative article by Debbie Roberts, explaining the studies and frankly, the public health risk that is continuing with the planting of Japanese Barberry.

Still not convinced that you should dig up the Japanese Barberry in your yard, call your local town hall and tell them that they should dig up the Japanese Barberry in the town park, or call Home Depot and ask them to take it off their shelves?
Read this article from Scientific American.  I'm not an expert on this subject, but Scott Williams, Research Scientist Department of Forestry and Horticulture at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) is and he says, 
 "But we’ve documented factually that, indirectly, this invasive plant can have a negative effect on human health. When you start telling people that this plant can negatively affect them, their pets, their children, then they start paying attention."

Dig them up and discuss with your local nursery what native alternatives you can plant instead of Japanese Barberry.  
I think there are prettier alternatives, too. Just saying.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wordless Wednesday {Rich Navy, Glidden}

Paint Color Portfolio: Dark Blue Bathrooms | Apartment Therapy  glidden rich navy