Southern Bathroom ASCP Style

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I have hit the home road at a running pace, not only with work but with grandkids catching up on Nana time from the month I was at Kelli’s in New York.  So an apology is due for no post last week. I had a SUPER SURPRISE while in NY in the form of a gift to me from my G-daughter. It was a framed picture showing three different poses of her sitting in a chair holding a picture frame. The first was her saying “hushhhhh”  holding a picture frame that said “I have a secret”. The second pose was of her looking down at the frame that said “I’m gonna be a Big Sister” and the third frame was her with a wide-eyed, mouth-open surprised look on her face with the frame saying “November 2013”. WOW, my Kelli is pregnant! Ya know what that means….

So this week is a continuation of the home from my last post with the built-in Emperor’s Silk bookcase. This is her new master bathroom. I love the ship-lap walls above the bead board. Not to mention the beautiful beveled oak hardwood floorsMy client found her inspiration for the bathroom counters from Pottery Barn and Old White was the color. Again, she is pulling in one of her favorite colors…red.

B's bathroom straight pic

As you can see there are His/Her vanities with granite counter tops and lovely mirrors. Notice her art work between the windows, you’ll love the crab picture in another photo. She brings in such wonderful country, southern and cajun designs and it all works so well in her home. Love those floors too.

I didn’t show the custom shower except in the reflection of this fabulous mirror. It has a rain shower along with the personal shower. They have a seat ledge the full length of the shower. Talk about indulgence!

B's b/r mirror w/shower reflection

B's cabinet doors

I love french, Natchitoches influence of the fleur de lis on her drawer pulls.


The claw-foot tub is waiting for someone to say “Calgon take me away!” Okay…does that phrase from an old commercial tell how old I am? That’s okay…cuz if you  remember it you’re right up there with me. 🙂 The shelf has crystal door knobs  for holding the towels and burlap flowers.

B's tub w/towel rack

See the window in this view? I featured last week the reclaimed doors that led into this bathroom and on the wall to the left is a small window that overlooks this tub. I love this window that overlooks the tub…in the master suite…just saying. 🙂


If you look at the ceiling you will see the tongue-and-groove wood with ship-lap walls above the bead boarding. Not to mention that  colorful, partyin’ cajun, happy crab.


Ya got to love these door plates with crystal knobs.


Now get ready for this door lovers. There is an old repurposed five-paneled door behind the toilet! She tells her G-Kids that ” it is the door that leads to nowhere”. Ha! Who woulda thunk to do this!                                                                                                                                                     

B's commode door                                                                                                                                 

I had so much FUN on this project…of course I say that about every one that I do. I love to see the personalities of each of my clients and how it comes to life in their homes. I hope ya’ll have enjoyed this as much as I did in working on it.

I want to give a shout-out to the great people I worked with. Please find their FB page and give ’em a “like”.

Modern Upgrades/Tim Molan – Shower tile work

Prothro Construction/Charles Prothro Contractor

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Emperor’s Silk Builtin Bookcase

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Most of you know I am at my daughter’s on Long Island. I just have to tell you this is what I left at home…Japanese Magnolias in full bloom.

Jap Magnolias …and this is what I came to…

Snow in K's back yard

WOW! Both are beautiful in their own right and I love that I can have both. 🙂 My time here is fast coming to an end though…WAY TOOOOOO FAST! Ah well…..

This week I will be featuring my next home reveal. YAY!!! I am very excited about this because my client has such wonderful balance of decor in her home, from country to modern, from old to new. It all seems to work so well together and complements each other instead of one overwhelming the other. Their home is on the beautiful Cane River that runs through Natchitoches, LA. This river is really a huge lake that was made after Red River changed its course and left this lake. This is “the” Red River that starts in the Texas Panhandle and flows over 1,000 miles down to our little town of Natchitoches.

We initially installed hardwood floors in their home approximately three to four years ago. The floors are oak with hand-beveled edges. I say hand beveled because we beveled each and every board, they were not factory done. The boards differed in widths from three, four and five inches. This along with the beveled edges really added to the custom look. They were stained with MINWAX English Walnut and finished with a satin oil-based polyurethane.  They recently added an addition to enlarge their master bedroom suite. This included adding another bath, HUGE-DREAMY-custom closet, laundry room, and wonderful home office. This addition also included a built-in bookcase on one side of their fireplace in the living area. This bookcase is what I will be featuring this week.

She wanted the bookcase to look like two pieces of furniture so she chose the top part to be Old White with dark wax. The TV was to go in the center with two glass-door-enclosed sides with adjustable shelving. The doors had fluted trim with corbels on top.

My client loves red and it is a color used in her decor all through her home so the bottom color was Emperor’s Silk distressed to Arles. I had been wanting to paint with Emperor’s Silk and Arles for soooooo long and now I have the chance. I was so excited that my clients had been choosing the very colors I wanted to use.

B's full bookcaseThe red and white pulls were installed with the colors of the pulls being opposite the painted color.  The red pulls on the Old White and the white pulls on the Emperor’s Silk.

B's Side case with lights

B's O/W bookcase corbel

B's bookcase door pull

B's b/c fluted trim in ES

B's b/c in ES door pull

You can see the dark wax in the bead board. It is so pretty.

I have several other things I love in her home that I want to share with you. The antique doors that led into her new master bath were purchased in Lafayette, LA. Because the floors were stained she wanted to leave the doors in their natural state.

B's b/r doors

B's entrance to m b/r suite

The next great thing I want to share is the light fixture in the laundry room. Can you see what it is?

B's l/r light fixture

Door knob plates! I’m not sure about ya’ll but I haven’t ever seen this before! I love this mixture of old and new. Here are the shutter doors she bought to go into this room and also her custom closet.                                                                                                                                            

B's shutter doors

Ahhhh…those beautiful oak floors.

So what do you think? If you have enjoyed this just wait until next week when you see her master bath.

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OMG ASCP Bathroom Reveal

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I want to make sure Chelsey Frederick gets credit for all her hard work in taking the pictures for this post and the next two weeks. Chelsey is a junior at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA and photographs the animals for Hope for Paws. Thanks Chelsey!

This week I have the second half of my clients home to reveal. Last week was her amazing kitchen now it’s two of her bathrooms. My brother was working on her home installing the wood floors when he saw her trying to strip the top of an old cabinet that she wanted to use in her bathroom as a vanity. She found out real fast, as we all do, that she did not want to tackle that job. So he loaded it and brought it home to me. This was the first thing I would do for her. I did not do a post on this cabinet so I can’t link you to anything for more detail. But I will show you a before picture. I had to repair a crack in the door on the bottom.

L's before vanity d/s

This is it when I delivered it.

L's vanity on delivery

I painted it Paris Grey with dark wax.  The center part of the drawer was removed to allow room for the plumbing of the vessel sink which created two narrow drawers on each side. I also painted the inside of the cabinet and drawer a pretty red. I stained the stripped oak wood with MINWAX dark walnut which is what we stained the floors with.

L's cab

L's vanity d/s w/red drawer

This sink was so pretty. It was brown with carvings/grooves cut that revealed a grey color with the inside of the bowl also being grey. It was the perfect sink for this grey-with-dark-wax vanity.

L's d/s vessel on vanity

L's rose on d/s vanity

L's chandelier d/s b/r

The shower was grey marble and had a natural linen curtain that hung from the ceiling and pooled on the floor. She has some amazing light fixtures in her home.  The mirror was the width of the vanity and was between five to six feet tall with a beautiful dark wood frame.

The upstairs bathroom has a completely different feel to it. I will show you with the pictures and describe it as we go.

L's landing

This picture really shows how pretty the floors are.

L's u/s vanity

To get the detail on the dresser turned vanity you can click here.

L's u/s vanity w/vessel sink

L's u/s tub

To the left of this great claw-foot tub there is a toilet and bedet.

L's u/s b/r chandelier

L's u/s mirror

Well there you have it. My first home reveal. What do ya think? 🙂 As always thanks so much for stopping in and don’t forget to say Hi!

Please stay in touch because I will have another home reveal over the next two weeks.

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Vintage Lane Chest

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I guess I just can’t help it. Call me ridiculous, soppy, or just plain silly, but I got so excited this week when Ellen, one of my fellow bloggers, wrote a post about their visit to Violet Hill B&B in historic Natchitoches, LA.  I’m sad that we didn’t get to meet and talk but maybe next time. Please visit her blog and say hi maybe you will vicariously enjoy her vacation. 🙂

This week my two nieces will be visiting while they are on vacation from school. Lots of cards and games will be played at the kitchen table. Good times.

While visiting Tres Bien Antiques I was asked to see what I could do to make this Lane Chest look a little better. I loved the lines of it and it is a very solid, nice chest. It had only had about six paint makeovers, one thick layer over another thick layer six times.

Lane Chest before painting

No, the putty knife is not defying gravity, I have the chest lying on its back. 🙂 Unfortunately, the last coat was flaking and on the legs all the layers of paint was pealing off down to the bare wood. I thought it was going to be relatively easy to take care of. I tested for lead then got to work. I thought that after I sanded down the flaking paint I could start painting. WRONG.

Lane Chest sanded top

The plan was to only take off the flaking paint and then add Annie Sloan. However, the white paint then decided it didn’t want to be under the wonderful Annie Sloan Chalk Paint either. It literally started pealing off in sheets.

Lane Chest pealing paint on side

We all know that ASCP will adhere to anything, but I did not want to make it pretty just to have the already-pealing paint underneath to take my finish off. So I removed any and all paint that was intimidated by ASCP and wanted to leave. I got my inspiration from Shauna West.

chalk paint | painted furniture | how to paint furniture | perfectly imperfect

Annie Sloan Coco was the color for this chest, however, I had forgotten how much I had already used so I added one part Pure White. I then painted the drawers Pure White and added dark wax all over. Please don’t judge my pooooooor, poooooor, poooooor picture compared to Shauna West’s Perfectly Perfect picture. 🙂

Finished Lane Chest

I changed out the old pulls with chunky wooden ones that I painted. So what do ya think? I think it looks pretty darn good.

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Wrought Iron…or is it?

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This week has been a little hectic. I will get to the purpose of this post in a second.  But first my parents had to repair a faucet under their carport which required the removing of  one row of brick down to the concrete floor. Never in our wildest dreams would we have thought a one-month-old kitten would go exploring inside the wall. There was only about two inches of space between the brick and the black boarding. She was about 18″ to the right of where the faucet was and there was NO getting her out. I had to get a mirror and flash light to even see her. Mom heard her at one time but thought nothing about it. Seven hours later we realized that this kitten was in the wall. So my 81-year-old dad told me to start cutting under the sink. I sawed through the back wood, sheet rock, insulation, and then the black board only to realize that I was too far to the left. Another hole was cut but a 2×4 blocked me. Another hole was cut and thankfully it was just to her right and I was able to pull her out. Believe me that was not they way I wanted to spend two hours of my evening. She has now adopted me as her mom. She follows me everywhere. So cute.

“Boots” is her name now because those boots took her walking…in all the wrong places.

So back to business.  I love wrought iron. For those of you that have been to New Orleans and have seen the beauty of the wrought iron railing and fences you understand why we love it. Front street and both bridges are all decked out with wrought iron in Natchitoches too.

Front street in Natchitoches, Louisiana

So you can understand that when I was visiting Sharon, an ASCP™ stockist at La Petite Maison in Monroe, Louisiana, and saw what she had done to a shiny brass chandelier I had to try my hand at this.

Sharon’s chandelier at La Petite Maison, ASCP stockist

Amazing isn’t it?! So I had a mirror that I wanted to try this on. As a side note when you look at this picture you will see that I did get the blue painter’s tape to turn the curve of the mirror!!! But more on that later.

I used two coats of  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite and then dark wax only just as instructed and….drum roll….

So what do you think? Does Graphite and dark wax give the look of wrought iron? I think it looks pretty darn good myself, but that’s my opinion, please let me know what you think. Should I repeat this on another pretty piece or not?

Thanks for stopping in and visiting and don’t forget to say “Hey ya’ll”. Before you leave you might want to check out what Kelli is doing, she is on fire with her painting and can’t keep anything more than a few hours before she has sold it. You go girl!!!

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COCO anyone?

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I want to thank everyone that checked out our home town of Natchitoches, Louisiana. So many of you have visited us and some have even been to the Fall Pilgrimage from years past. I loved that all of you let me know how much you enjoyed the post and our little town. And…the Humming birds are gone for this year.

This week I am featuring a beautiful bed that I got from a friend of mine. She and her husband are retiring, down sizing their home and no longer have room for it. So…one phone call later and I snatched this baby up. I also have the matching high-low vanity with tri-fold mirror and armoire that I will show later. I vacillated from painting the bed for a little girls room to something more stately. Stately won. Actually, I had just gotten ASCP™ Coco and really, really, really, wanted to use it so some cute little girl is going to miss out on this bed.

As with a lot of these vintage pieces some of the trim is either missing or broken. I tried to repair this 2″ strip that was missing by matching the size with small dowels but even the smallest was too big. So as I was preparing dinner one night I happened across my kabob skewers and low and behold, symbols started crashing, fireworks started going off and look what I did. Yep, I sanded one side to make it flat…done, stained it…done, glued it,  painted it…done and DONE!!!

As you can see the curve of the foot board is definitely something I wanted to showcase so I experimented painting it a couple of ways.

I thought I wanted the top part of the bed to be white but in doing that the legs also had to be painted white which, to me, was not a good look. So I went with my second plan of painting the small trim inside each panel. Do you know what it takes to tape off all of that? I have read where people will just hop in their cars to go purchase the coveted Frog™ tape, but I live an hour away from any Home Depot or Lowe’s. I had regular blue painter’s tape which, to me, works just as well as long as the edges are sealed. Okay to tell the truth, I have never even used Frog™ tape so I don’t know which works better, YET. What I really want in a tape is one that will bend with the curves cuz tearing 1″ strips to make  the curve is exasperating not to mention time consuming!!!! Give me a tape that will curve when needed and I will hop in my car and drive the hour to get it in a heart beat!!!

I also experimented with distressing, but again, I loved the crispness of the look without distressing. I can see this bed with white-on-white bedding. I love the Coco color with the Old White accent. I found the bedroom below on Little Inspirations to inspire imaginations for this beautiful bed.

So here it is, minus, of course, the beautiful bedding shown above.

Here are a few more views.

So what about it…blue painter’s tape or Frog™ tape? I am curious to see if driving an hour is worth it or not. Please let me know whether you feel all the hoopla about Frog™ tape is all that or not.

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