Hello! Today for my Five Faves with Annie and Cindy I want to show you how we gave an update to an old dresser, my little white porcelain collection on display, a fun new online store, some apps that make life easier and a dress that can take you from running errands to out to dinner.
Our son, Tommy is here from L.A. to look at places to live in Orlando (his company is relocating his division) and to attend a local wedding. We just gave him our home tour and he gave us a thumbs up and said “It’s so relaxing here, like heaven.” We think so too!
1. Another Use For Wine Cubbies
In our new house, we have wine bottle shelves flanking the microwave/convection oven. I knew we wouldn’t actually store wine there since it should be at cellar temperature.
So I was trying to think of how to get rid of the cubbies until Howard was unpacking our dishes and said “What if we put all your little white pitchers in them?” Well, it’s fun to see my collection out!
I collect small white porcelain dishes from Limoges, Paris, and Portugal.
There are even two empty cubbies for my next purchases!
2. Shop Most Lovely Things: Cool and Collected
How to describe Annie’s style? Let’s just say it has “soul and simplicity.” And now you can shop her look with her new online store here.
Those scrub brushes are so cute! I see a little white pitcher that I think I have to buy before someone else does!
3. New Coastal Update To An Old Family Dresser
I almost didn’t take the dresser that was my Aunt Janet’s and then my mom’s. But I am sentimental. I already had a truck going north from San Diego to San Francisco with some furniture I had loaned to my sister before she started downsizing.
I thought I would just stick the dresser in a closet in the new house for storage. BUT then I starting thinking about needing a changing table for our first grandchild that we are expecting in September!
We found Laura and her boyfriend on the Handy app. They came to help us unpack. She mentioned that she likes giving furniture new life. And I thought since we are at the beach now…the dresser should have a coastal vibe!
Here is how Laura did it in her own words…
Update To An Old Dresser By Bleaching
- Sand or strip to bare wood
- Apply Zinsser 2part wood bleach. 100% wear gloves. Works best if you’re able to leave the furniture piece in the sun to dry but not necessary. Even better reason to do outside are the chemicals.
- You can also use household bleach, but it’s not as effective and doesn’t work for all wood species. Works the best if furniture piece is left in the sun.
- Once dry, lightly sand with a 220 grit to remove any dried residue left behind.
⁃ If you want a lighter shade, start the bleach process again.
⁃ Once the desired shade is reached, sand with a 220 grit to smooth out any grain popping from the bleach.
⁃ Can be left unsealed for a more natural aesthetic. If sealing is desired, use a clear wax or a water based polycrylic. If a polyurethane is used, it will yellow over time.
It was a billion degrees in our garage where Laura did the job. Poor thing. But I love the way it turned out and I think Aunt Janet and Mom would like the new beachy look! I will show you the rest of the guest room soon as it blends nicely.
Laura also takes furniture like from IKEA (example below) and gives it an upscale grasscloth makeover! You can reach Laura at [email protected] if you are interested. And checkout her instagram @ShopLuEls
4. Fun and Easy Apps I Love Knowing About
I felt like sending Laura a little gift (in addition to her payment) to buy a bunch of flowers.
Venmo Has Free Digital Gift Cards From Which To Choose
Laura loves dogs so I used this theme for an instant cash gift. Makes it easy if you want to send something fast.
Google Image Search App
My friend, Sam showed me how to look up where to find Mercedes’ favorite soy sauce. If you have a camera phone, you just take a photo of it (in my case the soy sauce bottle) in the Google app where I have placed the arrow. Then, a lot of info comes up based on the photo you took. Fun.
5. Shirtdress By Tuckernuck
This is an easy floral dress to throw on and it’s on sale now. I’m 5’1″ and this is an X-small.
They are running low on the above pattern but look at all the other great choices…
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