Wednesday, April 23, 2014


LeDirt is a finishing product exclusively offered by Maison Blanche distributors.  
I had only read about it prior to going to Maison Blanche Headquarters in Texas last fall.

It has to be one of the most unique finishing products that I have seen and used.

It is easily applied over a painted and waxed surface and settles in the nooks and detail beautifully.

After buffing,  you are left with an incredible sheen and highlights in the details.

I just painted this darling coffee table and used it in an Advanced Maison Blanche Workshop to demo LeDirt.
After the class, I spiffed her up and she is now finished and available in the shoppe.

It brings out the detail beautifully.

I was unable to capture the sheen that LeDirt provides, so you'll have to pop in and see it for yourself!

LeDirt is $16.95 and will last you forever!

Open TODAY 11-4!



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Painting the Mantel

While watching the NCAA Final 4 games next to the fire, I decided the mantel needed a change.

 Of course you know what's coming.
I started painting.  Hubby kinda freaked and grabbed the tape, but it didn't slow me down.
Please ignore everything else that was propped up and pushed out of the way.

Maison Blanche in the new Ivory did the trick.  

I believe I did the mantel, under the mantel (until I was dying from the heat from the fire) and the 2 side pieces during half time.   

We lived with it since the game and have decided to paint the brick.  A reveal will be coming soon!

I wish I could just relax like a normal gal.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Restyled Side Table

Hello & Welcome!

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!  
The weather was just perfect and we enjoyed every moment of it.  

Now it's back to biz.  I changed up and finished a darling side table.

This classic style was restyled with our favorite, Pecan - Maison Blanche Paint.

I love this neutral color with both the Lime Wax - White and the Dark Wax.
Since I couldn't make up my mind on which to use, I used both.
Dark wax highlights the details on the legs and the base.
Lime Wax in White highlights the center on the top.

It's a perfect match.

It's now in the shoppe.
I am off to receive a big shipment of Maison Blanche today - love when the UPS man arrives!

Have a great day!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Pinterest Party

Happy Friday All!

This week has gotten away from me.  I wish I had a ton of projects to prove my productivity, but unfortunately that isn't the case.  I could show you lots of in-progress, but you would not return, so I will wait for the before and after stage.

I was fortunate to teach an Intro to Maison Blanche Paint on Wednesday evening.  We had a great time.  These ladies were so excited to see how simple it is to restyle a piece of furniture.  
Their enthusiasm was contagious and now I am reenergized.

We also rolled out our second project in the Pinterest Party Series.  A Pinterest Party is when we gather to make a project that we find on Pinterest.  Then Kathy makes the project to determine what supplies are needed, how long each step will take and what skills people may need.  We have selected projects with no skills required!  
We then source the supplies and provide everything, including instruction, at the party.

Pinterest Party - Chalkboard Tray

Last night was beautiful, so we moved the party outside.

Kathy rocked the power tools!
We had a blast!  Lots of laughter, conversation and accomplishments!

Finished Product:
Your choice of 3 foot or 4 foot chalkboard tray.

To join a party, email:

Friday April 25    SOLD OUT
Thursday, May 8   6-8
Friday, May 9       10-12

Cost is $40 and includes everything!

We also have finished products available for purchase in the shoppe!

We are open TODAY 11:00-4:00 and Saturday 10:00 - 3:00.   
Great items and last minute entertaining gifts!

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mantel Makeover – Fireplace Complete!

Yesterday I shared one of our larger projects that Hubby and I completed.  I figured I should share the finished post as well.

When we open the cottage this month, we will take on a pretty big project, however, the fireplace will always be our favorite!

As you know, we selected one big project to complete at the cottage – the fireplace!
We worked in several stages:
When I left off we had to finish the base in stone and figure out what to do with the mantel.
Hubby tackled the base.
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After this stage, we were done with the stones.  It really completed this focal point in our room.
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Next, I took on the mantel.  It is a solid piece of wood, so out came the paint.
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It has a nice detail on the front.
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Crazy blue!  It is a sample oops pot I got a while back.  I used it on my French Chair.
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I covered the blue with an oops gray.
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Once dry, I took 100 grit sandpaper and rubbed over the detail on the front.
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I am so thrilled with the end result!
So, here is a quick before and after.
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I am so glad that this project is complete!
Enjoy the day!

Shoppe is open today until 4:00
Thursday 12-6
Friday 11-4
Saturday 10-3

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Details on the Fireplace

Hubby and I just made plans to open up the cottage for 2014.  We have a small cottage on a lake in Northern Indiana.  We have owned the place for 6 years and have tackled many projects.

Since I am excited to get up there, I thought I would share one of our bigger projects that we did.  It was kind of a pain in the booty but well worth the effort!

This was completed in 2011.

Wait til I share the project for 2014!  Until then, have a look:

Thanks for all the comments, calls and texts!  I am still in shock by this transformation.  I am even more amazed that we stepped outside our comfort zone and attempted this.  If you missed the transformation, click here.
Now for the nitty-gritty and a how-to.
We started with painted cement block.  The directions specifically say, do not apply to painted surfaces.  And so the challenges began.
We had two options (perhaps more but we only considered these).

Remove the paint -or- Build a new surface
We opted for the second.

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Painted cement block.
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When Hubby was up here last month, he tackled this baby.  
So glad I was not a part of this, I would have walked off the job!
  1. Attach metal lathe using tapcon screws.  He pre-drilled the holes with a drill hammer.
  2. He attached a screw every 6” horizontally and 12” vertically.
  3. Then he applied a skim coat of mortar over the lathe.
Now, if you do not have a painted surface, the job just got sooo much easier.  
You skip all of the above and start here.
  1. I purchased boxes of cultured flat stone at Menards.  There are also corner pieces that match the stone selection.  Four boxes of flat stones and 3 boxes of corners.  Menards stocks two color selections.  Others are available by special order.  I did not find these at any other home center.
  2. Starting with the corner, we laid out the stones. 
  3. We mixed a bag of mortar with water in a large mortar tub.  Mixing it with a hoe. 
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As you can see, we covered everything nearby with plastic.  It gets messy.
Hubby put the mortar on the fireplace, while I “buttered” the stone with the mortar.
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Then you place the stone in the desired place, hold it for a 5-10 count.  
Step away and hope it stays in place.
It is best to work in small sections, so the mortar doesn’t dry.
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  • It’s like putting a puzzle together.
  • Each box comes with a variety of sizes and colors.  Choose the number of boxes based on your square footage.
  • We used 3 bags of mortar.
  • This part took 5 hours.  We rocked it out and truly got in a groove.
Learn from us:
  • Wetter is better for the mortar.
  • Open and lay out all the stones, so you see all your options and have a good selection.
  • Wear gloves.  These are chemicals and did some major damage to Hubby’s hands.
  • It is a pretty easy process and very rewarding.
  • You will be sore the next day.
Next up:
As I mentioned, this baby isn’t finished.  We have some stones to place on the sides of the fireplace.  We just got a wet saw, so this should be fun!
And the final step is to grout using the biggest pastry bag I ever did see.  Hubby bought two, so he will start at the ceiling and I will work from the bottom.  This may be quite entertaining.
Some of you expressed interest in doing this project.  
Please email me if I can provide additional info.
Hope to have it done this week!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Workshops this Week

What an amazing weekend!  The weather was perfect and I am so thankful both girls had soccer games - it forced me to put down the paint brush and sit and enjoy the beautiful sunshine, catch up with my soccer moms and watch my girls do what they love.

And now it's Monday and they are calling for snow tomorrow!  
Mother Nature must have ADD like me.

On to the week ahead.

PAINT Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 - 9:00
This Wednesday evening I am teaching an Intro to Maison Blanche Paint & Waxes.  You will learn how to use this no-prep paint and the different waxes to restyle your home furniture projects.  
Come see what Maison Blanche can do for you!  
April 16, 6:00 - 9:00.  Cost $75  2 spots available. Call (614) 402-4103.

PINTEREST PARTY Thursday, April 17, 6:00-8:00 
This Thursday, we kick off our latest Pinterest Party!  We are loving the chalkboard trays and cannot wait for you to make one!  Remaining dates: 4/25 6:00 - 8:00 (SOLD OUT), 
5/8 6:00 - 8:00 and 5/9 10:00 - 12:00. Call (614) 402-4103.

Cheers to the start of a great week!


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