At the beginning of the month I shared my new piece of art with you, and I’m sure you recall how I was contemplating the placement of said art.  I know you were very worried about it, and have been waiting on pins and needles (!) but I have figured out where the painting will reside!

Are you ready?

And the winner is…..


Above the fireplace!

Blue & White Living Room / Pursuing Vintage

Once my husband was able to help me hang the art up on the wall (as opposed to just sitting on the mantel) I knew that I loved it there.

Blue Art / Pursuing Vintage

Please forgive the horrible lighting in these photos – I tried to photograph the room on the dreariest day of the year!

Blue and white mantel / Pursuing Vintage

I’m very pleased with the painting, and how it looks with my growing blue & white collection!  (Now to figure out what to do about those sconces… replace, keep, move them further in, or do away with completely?).

Be sure to check in with me next week as I share a project using Velvet Finishes paint… here’s a sneak peek!

Makeover Madness Blog Hop / Velvet Finishes Paint

Have a wonderful weekend!

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We have two bathrooms upstairs… the master bath, and “the kids’ bath”.  The kids’ bath is also used as the “guest bath” when we have overnight guests.  Many moons before I developed my current interior design style, I picked out the fixtures for this bathroom.  I would do it all different now, but neither time nor money will allow that.  So, I figure it will benefit from a minor facelift.  I was thrilled with how my powder room makeover turned out, and that was on a budget.  I’m hoping that I can turn this bathroom into another room that I love, on a shoestring.  Because right now… it ain’t doin’ nothin’ for me.

Kids Bath Before / Pursuing Vintage

As you can see, there is a mixture of I-don’t-know-what here.  The vanity has a very traditional look, and I’ve looked at replacing the hardware, but it seemed like I wouldn’t be able to do that with the cabinet door pieces (which are the pieces that bother me).  I’ll have to re-investigate that.  The flower photo is … not for two boys!  The shower curtain was my half-a$$ed way to quickly add color to the room.  We need the little chair because the boys still are supervised during bath time (and who doesn’t love a little chair?!).

Kids Bath Before / Pursuing Vintage

I want to paint the walls, add some art that appeals to the boys (but is also not “kid art”), get coordinating towels, paint the little chair, possibly do something about the hardware on the vanity, replace the shower curtain.  What else?  I’m sure I’ll add to the list as I work on the project.

I was thinking I’d do something like this:


Kids Bath Makeover / Pursuing Vintage


I found a great Benjamin Moore color, Silver Fox.  It has a nice balance between brown and grey.  And I can’t resist the name – I told my husband that Benjamin Moore must have named it after him!  Ha ha!

Silver Fox by Benjamin Moore

I love the pop of color that the shower curtain provides, and I was thinking wildlife photography would be fun for the kids, yet not totally scream “kid art”.  I’d need to figure out what to frame them in (add it to the list!).

I’m still in the planning stages, and would love any feedback.  Don’t be shy!

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Before summer began, we participated in Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge linking event.  We tackled our outdoor living spaces – transforming and updating our porches.  Part of our plan was to paint and install shutters to the exterior of our home.  Time got the better of us, and we had the shutters painted but just couldn’t get them hung on the house in time for the big reveal.

Well guess what?! The shutters are up!

I really can’t take credit for this project.  My husband thrifted all of the shutters for our home.  He actually salvaged them from the numerous tear-downs that are occurring in our neighborhood.  He’d drive by a house that was doomed for the dust, and he’d stop and check out the shutters.  Right material?  Right size?  Most shutters now are plastic.  We really wanted wood shutters, and love the satisfaction that comes from thrill of the hunt and then salvaging a perfectly good piece of architectural detail.

As part of the porches makeover, I repainted our doors using Modern Masters Front Door Paint.  We just loved the color options, and were so pleased with how easy the paint went on, that we wanted to see how the paint would work on the shutters.  We chose Elegant from the Front Door Paint Collection.


Pursuing Vintage : Modern Masters Front Door Paint in ELEGANT

The painting part was seriously the easy part.  Hanging shutters is the not-so-easy part!  But they are up, and they look FAB-u-lous!

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door & Shutter Paint by Modern Masters

Modern Masters Front Door Paint on Shutters ELEGANT

The shutters really add that last bit of charm to our home that we were searching for.

My husband even found long shutters for our back porch door – something we’ve coveted on other homes for awhile!

Back Door : Modern Masters Front Door Paint : Pursuing Vintage

The shutter paint color looks wonderful with both of the door paint colors we used (Peaceful and Sophisticated from the Front Door Paint Collection).

We are so happy with how it all looks – and we’re looking forward to some cooler weather around the corner so we can actually enjoy sitting on our porches again!  (Humidity in DC in August is horrrrrible!).

Pursuing Vintage : Front Door Paint by Modern Masters


This is a sponsored post.  Pursuing Vintage was compensated with product by Modern Masters.  The company did not tell me what to write – all opinions are mine.