Monday, January 2, 2017

Dingy to Pretty

Happy First Week of The New Year!!!!

I had my great grandmother's cedar chest up stairs in my bedroom and decided it might need a new home down in the living room.

I know a lot of you understand the switch-r-roo's of changing pieces up!!!
Love this cedar chest of my great grandmother's.  It is just so old that it has yellowed over the past few years.  No problem I have white paint lol!!!! Yep, I definitely have white paint on hand in Junk Chic Cottage!!!!




I kept the paint light on the brush and just lightly brushed the paint onto the chest.  I still wanted the chippy to show through.  Just wanted to whiten and brighten her a bit.





I am  happy with pure white with a touch of texture added in my decor.  Just wish I could capture the whites a little better with the ole camera!!!!  While the pictures come out a little washed the room is serene and pretty in white. 


Before I say Good Bye.  I wanted to share a sweet little basket I got from Santa  for my throws.  Love finding little gifts like this under the tree.  No precious jewels for me Santa.  Just give me a sweet little throw basket and I am a happy girl!

Have a great start to the new year.  Wishing all of you soooo much happiness and inspiration in the new year.
xxoo

62 comments:

  1. What a GORGEOUS piece of furniture! Wish someone would leave me one! Perfect there. Just perfect.
    Brenda

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  2. Love your decor. I could never have white. I have a black lab and 2 cats. But I can dream....

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  3. I love old chests...they are so full of mystery! Even when you know who they belonged to. ;)
    A girl always looks better with new makeup! LOL She's lovely downstairs.
    Have a great week, Kris.
    xoxo, T.

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  4. What a lovely treasure and I love the fresh coat of paint! Fabulous...and a great way to start the new year! Ps..I'm not a Christmas jewel girl either. This year Santa left me a throw!! Red. Of course. ;)

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  5. I love what you did with your Grandmother's Cedar Chest. My Mom and Dad gave me one just like it when I graduated from High School and called it a "Hope Chest." I remember filling it up with sheet sets, towels, china and all sorts of stuff that I hoped to use some day. Yours looks lovely in your living room.
    Yep, give me a pretty basket or something from the antique store and I'm happy. Diamond and perfume days are over! LOL!
    Happy New Year to you Kris.

    hugs,
    Sissie

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  6. The serenity shows through beautifully, Kris. The chest looks wonderful with her makeover!

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  7. What a pretty piece of furniture! Your house always looks so peaceful.

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  8. Kris, I love your basket with the throws! The throw with the pom poms is so cute! Lovely paint job on the chest, too!

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  9. Beautiful! The chest looks great with its new light paint job. Don't you love that Santa understands us so well?

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  10. Oh, I definitely know all about those switcheroos. Nice that you have that heirloom to treasure.

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  12. Whoops, left you a comment and then realized I had forgotten my son was using my computer and Google was under his profile. Anyway....I love the pure white! So fresh and pretty! How nice to have a beautiful piece of your grandmothers. The trunk looks beautiful as a coffee table!

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  13. That old chest looks great in the living room...plus it gives you storage. I like it better with the whiter paint, too. I wish people could see the 'layers' in your house. You really have to see it in person to appreciate the depth and warmth you have even with all white there. It is homey and warm feeling. Love your new basket- Santa did good!!! xo Diana

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    1. Thanks Diana. It is so hard to capture the warmth of the whites with a camera. Have a great start to the new week in the new year.
      xoxo
      Kris

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  14. Your newly painted cedar chest is the perfect coffee table with storage and display space on top. Wonderful to own a family heirloom that you can actually use! And I love your Santa gift. He gifted me with a big basket to hold my throws, too!

    Happy New Year, Kris!

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  15. That is such a nice cedar chest--or Hope Chest as it was known when I was young. Very pretty shape to it and it looks great in your living room. Love your new Christmas present, and the pom pom throw in it!

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  16. Hello dear Kris
    Beautiful repaint and making the perfect coffee table for your room!
    It's lovely to be surrounded by precious pieces that have belonged to family.
    Shane x

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  17. Love the transformation of the chest and love the new location of it in your living room....your Grandmother would be very pleased!....and yes a great basket is a fabulous jewel for the home! Happy New Year!

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  18. So wonderful you have your grandmother's chest...a treasure!

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  19. Kris I so love your Grandmothers cedar chest used as your coffee table. Perfect size and your light painting freshened it up beautifully. Baskets add the perfect texture to mix in with all your white pieces. I too love baskets and lately have fallen in love with pot belly baskets. Thankfully I found room for one, but living in a straight through row home floor space is always limited. Boy that Santa was sweet to you.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  20. So adorable pictures.


    Hugs from the cold north Denmark
    Charlotte

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    1. Thank you Charlotte. Wishing you a very Happy New Year in Denmark. Thank you sweet friend for taking time to visit my blog and leave your sweet comment.
      xoxo
      Kris

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  21. GOod morning dearest Kris! Everything looks marvelous, and I too can live in all white! I am crossing my fingers that this summer, I can paint the kitchen and maybe even our old living room white. I know what you mean about capturing all white in photography. There has to be a source of SHADOW as well as light to bring out those contrasts that make all white photography pop out, and it's fun but a bit tricky to find the solution. But your photos DO emanate the love and softness of your white crush (AND MINE!)

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  22. I love the calm and serene feel after Christmas, and yours certainly fills the bill, Kris. That new basket and what's in it are the picture of January happiness for me! Your refreshed chest makes a great coffee table. Hoping this is THE week for you.

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  23. I have an old blanket chest (not as beautiful as yours...very simple) that I use as a coffee table and I love it. I love how your new space is so serene!

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  24. Oh to have a piece of furniture from your grandmother must be just the best!! It certainly looks so much fresher now and blends beautifully in your living room! You are so cute Kris, a basket instead of jewelry, Santa does really love you :)

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  25. Good Morning Kris
    Your Grandmothers chest is so beautiful. Love the white you brushed on it. Looks amazing in your living room. That basket is such a great gift. I am like you, I prefer things like that*** Have a great week Kris
    deezie

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  26. Very pretty, Kris. I know what you mean about using texture in your white and neutral rooms. I've noticed this over and over again in the homes I feature in my LLISS series, and see that textures and layers is what really makes it work. Love the basket, and, like you, anything like that would be much preferred to jewels. Hugs, Nancy

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  27. The chest looks ever so lovely in her fresh coat of white paint. It has nice detailing on it. Just because it was your grandma's make it all the more special. Ooh, the basket is perfect for cozy throws. Santa Baby was good to you! xoxo

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  28. Everything looks so fresh and clean in white and I love the basket of throws and pillows.

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  29. Dear Kris, your beautiful home looks so soft and serine, I'm sure that you love to go in your sitting room and just smile. It is so you, sweet, lovely, and bright! Have a great week.
    xx Jo

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  30. It is fun to switch things around sometimes. I love that angel!

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  31. Just beautiful! I love pieces handed down and treasured, they make for the best decorations and conversation. I have an old bench from one of my grandmothers that I sat on many a times as a little girl to put my shoes on. Your pictures always show how beautiful your home is. Can I ask where your found the angel wings, is that an old piece or something new from a store I could purchase? I have a thing for angel wings since my mother passed away. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  32. Your home is peaceful in all white! Love all of the accessories! Have a blessed 2017!

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  33. How special that you have your grandmothers chest. It is perfect for your serene white room as a coffee table...bonus additional storage for magazine, pillow and maybe pup toys is always desirable. Hope your New Year has gotten off to a glorious start.

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  34. So nice that you have your great grandma's cedar chest. Even better that it is white! Looks perfect as a coffee table. You can think of her often as you enjoy that piece. Did you ever get to meet her?
    *Smiles*

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  35. Hi Kris,
    I love that you have such a special treasure. Your home always makes me smile. Right now I am still loving your kitchen, it is my favorite room. :-)
    Cute what Santa left you. No jewels for me as well...I received a new bird feeder. ;-) That may sound silly, but I love to feed the birds, so it was perfect for me.
    Love you,
    Carla

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  36. HAPPY NEW YEAR~! A little paint sure can change things up. I need to change things up around here and I'm starting with letting things go!
    Looking forward to your new year of decorating ideas.
    warmly,
    deb

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  37. What a gorgeous chest! It's wonderful that you can freshen it up and still keep the character of it. Nice basket too! I hear ya...I'd rather have tools over jewels any old day lol!
    Hugs
    Cecilia

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  38. This looks great. I need to do our pie safe. It has yellowed terribly. I love all your whites.

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  39. The chest makes a great coffee table, Kris. It's perfect for your living room. You're probably the best white paint customer at your local Home Depot. :)
    Have a very happy and healthy 2017!
    xo Julia

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  40. Love this furniture!
    Hugs Alessandra

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  41. That is literally a treasure chest! It is beautiful!

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  42. Kris, grandma's trunk looks right at home now. What a pleasure it is to be able to put to use all the things that mean so much. Everything looks really pretty and love the basket..Happy New Year..xxoJudy

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  43. It's a beautiful piece and can definitely go anywhere in your lovely home dear Kris! Happy new year to you my dear!

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  44. Your grandmother's trunk is now being showcased for others to enjoy. It looks so good in front of your sofa, just the right scale. I think your camera takes beautiful pictures of your whites, Kris. They always look so cozy and serene. Hope 2017 has been kind to you so far.

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  45. Love how you used that chest as a coffee table! The coat of white paint really brought it back to life.

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  46. I love your great grandmother's chest.. it is so beautiful an elegant.

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  47. Hi Kris, and Happy New Year. I love the way your chest looks newly painted white! :)

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  48. Happy New Year Kris! Love your look!

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  49. i love switching things around which helps to make rooms look updated. It also keep things interesting. Your Grandmother's chest is so pretty...and the room gorgeous. Happy New Year to you and Terry and Cooper.

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  50. I'm always switching up my decor. Your trunk. Fits in perfectly. Did some rearranging this past year http://thriftytonifty.com/5-favorite-thrifty-decorating-posts-of-2016/
    Have a happy new year!

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  51. What a special piece your grandmother's chest is! Pretty in white!

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  52. Of course you have white paint on hand! :) But guess what, this color loving girl does as well. I think you are rubbing off on me a bit. Today I painted my stack of wicker picnic hampers all white. What's come over me? lol! Still trying to decide if I love them. Your chest turned out fabulous!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  53. What?. You have white plaint? Who knew?!

    The chest has such lovely detail Kris! I can't believe how perfect it looks in its new home now. Just beautiful, and you know I'm loving that Pom Pom throw :).

    ccx

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  54. Great move -- fresh new look for a fresh new year.. and eye catching as well! Hugs

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  55. What a special piece. It looks lovely! I adore your new basket too. Happy New Year!

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  56. Beautiful, Kris! I keep thinking of little children with chocolate fingers among all the white!

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    1. Its all washable so no worries if chocolate fingers happen. Cooper is usually the culprit with liking my white chair. That is his place to sleep so it is great that the covers wash easily. Have a great weekend.
      xoxo
      Kris

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  57. Hi Kris, I love all your wall decor, so much personality. I think I have the same pom pom blanket ! Happy New Year!!! MUAHHH

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  58. So lovely to have you at Vintage Charm, Kris. I always love seeing your signature decorating style. You certainly breathed new life into your chest--what a beauty :)

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