3.09.2013

Another Pajamas Project

What is a pajamas project? It is when I get a crazy thought in my head first thing in the morning and start a new project in my pajamas because I am too lazy to throw on my paint clothes. I recently shared a project that I did while in my pajamas and I am at it again. This one was a bit bigger.

My Saturday morning started off as usual with my cup of coffee and getting comfy in my chair to do some blog reading Well, while blog reading I stumbled across this gorgeous mantel in a home on Cote De Texas blog and the thought of me trying to add the finish to my mantel popped in my head. I really wish that would quit happening.

I just love how this looks. Of course it is three times larger and bulkier than mine, but I knew I could try to recreate this finish.

I mixed up some watered down Old White Annie Sloan chalk paint and started brushing it on. Then I remembered to take a picture before it was all covered. You can see how the right side is lighter than the left.

Here is one of the sides. Well after it was all done in less than 15 minutes I didn't like it. Yep, that's right it was too white with too much of an ashy tint for my wall color and the color of the marble. If my walls were the right tint and the marble was white with grey veins it would have worked. So back to the drawing board.

So what to do to tone down the white? I pulled out CoCo chalk paint and mixed a little in a jar with water and did another wash over the white with the brown. Now it is still lighter that it was before I started add the white, but not too white.




Adding the brown wash only took a few minutes again and now the toned down look goes much better in  the room.

The finished look.

Here is an old photo showing the mantel before I started all this. 
Hmmmm, the new look is almost the same as this, but a bit lighter.

Oh, well, at least I did all this in less than an hour in my pajamas.

So what did you do this fine Saturday?

48 comments:

  1. Crazy girl! I get my ideas when I am supposed to be falling asleep, or in the shower. So half the time I am naked. At least you have clothes on! lol. Always tweaking, it's the fun of being able to paint and change things. Enjoy your day - Shannon

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  2. We had a GREAT day cause it got sunny, no wind and warmed up to almost 60!!!!!!!! I went to the decorator place where I worked and got stuff to make my neighbor a wreath then w went out to lunch then to Lowes then to pick up some stuff at Joe's cousins, then home to put it all away. I LOOOOVED being outside and cleaning up the garage a little etc. YAY SPRING!!!!!!!!!!!! I know it will get cold again but I am going to ENJOY this while I can!!!!! XO, Pinky

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  3. PS, sorry, I forgot to say that I REALLY like the new color on the fireplace!!!!!!!!! I wonder if Mr. Savvy will notice??? Well, I guess he was there while you were doing it since it's saturday:):)

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  4. I love that you actually get up from the chair and do the project, I on the other hand just sit there and dream about it!! I like the new look, it goes better with your wall paint, good choices!! Good pajama project, success!!
    kathysue

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  5. I sure as heck did nothing to compare to this you super woman you!!!! Wow, you are my hero, my husband would quite literally kill me if I did this, well not kill kill but you know what I mean, I just admire you so much!Oh and the mantle, I love it!

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  6. I know what you mean about jumping into a project, but cannot say that I remember painting in my PJ's. That's what I call driven! Cote de Texas is one of my favorite blogs. I have spent countless hours looking at older posts on her blog. That and the Old Painted Cottage's "House of the Month." Your mantel looks great, but I honestly thought it looked really good before, too.

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  7. What did I do this Saturday? Thus far, I slept in until 7:40 a.m., hiked to the supermarket and back in 40 minutes lugging groceries 3/4th of the way back home, vacuumed, dusted, unpackaged and laid down a new area rug in the family room, did three posts at one of my blogs, pulled out new curtains in preparation for cold-water washing them (to get rid of wrinkles and package smell), in between times am reading my favorite blogs, one of which is yours :) Later I'll make myself a steak supper, do a load of laundry, do more blogging, and watch a video movie. Oh, and iron those curtains, maybe even put up the new set I bought for above the kitchen sink...

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  8. You are my hero!!! Who would ever get up in the morning... see a picture... and dive right in and do it... TWICE!!!! YOU! I love the aged look it give your mantle! It is certainly lighter, Kim.
    As always you amaze me!!!

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  9. So Funny Kim I think that is the most painted piece in your home!But with every change it always looks amazing!I had to work at my space today.And now that I am home I am kicking back and relaxing.Hope to work in my studio tomorrow!

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  10. I got the "rearrange a few things" bug and had to follow suit.
    Brenda

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  11. 2:40pm and I'm still in my pajamas doing projects like cleaning and blog reading :)

    It's so cool that you just take on a painting project on a whim and make stuff happen. Love that. I like the lighter new look of your mantle...it's a beautiful one of a kind treatment that looks great!

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  12. that mantel at Cote de Texas really IS fabulous, but I love the color of yours. I'm just like you in the pajama department. Once I get an idea I'm impatient to get started! Enjoy your weekend, Kim.

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  13. I'll get inspired while looking at a magazine and get up to make changes around my home...but get up to do a paint project??? Only you, Kim!!
    Always looks good when you're done.
    Mary Alice

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  14. Hahahaha.. At least my crazy ideas come when I am getting comfy in bed at night :-) or in the shower ( my think spot) . In the mornings I am hard pressed to come alive with my coffee, much less plan....
    Luv the end result of the pajama project though. Beautiful.. the cocoa really did it.
    Hugs, Gee

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  15. I like it better! If you keep painting it, before long the carved detail will be all filled in with paint!!!

    I love your crazy ideas and wish that I would just get up and do them as they come to mind. Instead I stew about them for months and don't get anything done!

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  16. i knew exactly what you meant when i read the title of this post. i end up getting ideas as soon as i sit down to read in the morning. coffee gets cold and i'm running around doing things in a fluffy pink, paint stained bathrobe. today's saturday idea was finding a church pew on kijiji and cutting it down for a dining room table.
    your fireplace turned out great.

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  17. Kim, I'd still be sitting here thinking about it (at 5:47). At least I'm not still in my PJs. ;-) I like the new look.

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  18. You're a girl after my own heart! I do half of my projects in PJ's. It's fabulous! xo

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  19. Yeah, I can't really tell much of a difference. I liked it the way it was, but the subtle change is just as nice. I saw that post from Cote de Texas this morning too and thought what a beautiful home that was! Seems Houston has a lot of them. Glad the sun was shining this morning. Jimmy spent the day pressure washing the front walkway and driveway. Still not finished. I went grocery shopping.

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  20. I had a date with a can of ASCP Old White last night and I was in my pajamas. I painted a chippy old cabinet and am loving it. I plan to share it at your party. Love that I can wear jammies to your parties.

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  21. I'm glad I'm not the only one with pain on my pajama pants!!!

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  22. I think it looks great, and since everyone else is confessing to painting in their pajamas, I do too, for hours.
    Have a great weekend.
    Jeannie

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  23. You silly girl! You just amaze me and you did it all in your jammies.
    I like the way your fireplace looks. Just a beautiful spot and that picture is so pretty.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  24. Looks super, I really like the lighter color. Hugs, Marty

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  25. That looks awesome! I love it! We went to a homeshow today. fun!

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  26. I liked both ways so it was a win win for me.Looks fantastic. Beautiful Home

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  27. Looks good Kim, you can tell it's a bit lighter. I love the pretty hydrangea's in the basket are they real?

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  28. Looks great Kim! I love your inspiration pic. I am having issues too with if only my tile were a different color. Think I have hubby almost talked into letting me replace out tile though if I can fund it!;)

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  29. It looks great! I love how you're not afraid to paint and re-paint anything! :) Way to to!

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  30. I know about working in pj's as I garden in mine. Your mantle is beautiful always:}

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  31. You crazy gal, you make me smile!!! I am also a jammies gal, in the morning when I get an idea...go right to it!! In the evening, if I bothered to get dressed at all, get into a new set and on to the next project!! They are my work clothes....

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  32. Woman on a mission! That looks fabulous!!!! Goooood job!!!

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  33. Kim
    It is beautiful. I do my best work in my Jammie's too!
    Kris

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  34. I understand completely. Most of pj's have paint on them somewhere. The mantle looks great wearing it's new look!

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  35. Wonderful! I thought I was the only one who makes her"DIY" in pijamas.....

    Marina

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  36. Did your husband notice anything yet?

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  37. Kim--looks FABulous, and luv your interpretation of their finish--AND YOUR MARBLE!
    (I luv Cote de Texas too!)

    Until a couple of years ago~I never knew what a BLOG was. Now I find the coolest, most creative, FEARLESS women and their projects (even in pj's) waiting to "talk to me" on my computer every day!
    What a FABulous world!
    Catherine

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  38. I had a lazy Saturday, but I opened some windows and let in some fresh air. It was great. Love the look of your mantle.
    hugs,
    Laura

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  39. Hi Kim,
    I think you have started a new meme called "Pajama Projects!" I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one that walks around with paint stains all over her pj's! LOL!

    Love your mantle. It's gorgeous and I can see why you were inspired by the photo.

    I am still laughing over how much we are all alike!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  40. Were you able to complete it before Mr. Savvy woke up?

    Bliss

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  41. The best pajama projects are those that take less than an hour to complete!

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  42. LOL...I am so happy Kim that I am not the only one who starts projects in her PJs!! I consider myself in very good company! Your mantel looks fabulous but I wouldn't expect anything less.
    Enjoy!!
    XO Barbara

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  43. Isn't it nice to be able to take a few minutes and do something that makes a happy change? It's very subtle but a change none the less and I really like the difference! Hugs, Leena

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  44. I honestly prefer getting up and working in my pajamas whenever I get the chance. When I have things to do around the house or a project in my head like your gorgeous mantle I HATE taking the time to shower and get dressed! This can lead to embarrassing moments if I wait too long to finally get dressed but I still do it! Love the look of your mantle and that house from Cote de Texas is absolutely beautiful!

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  45. Hi Kim,
    I may be imagining it, but it looks like the new paint job has less green in it? You certainly have the technique down! Looks great!

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  46. I think Einstein came up with the "Theory of Relativity" in his pajamas...!!! Wow Kim...looks fantastic!!!....I think I shall paint my pieces in my PJ's next time and hope that it comes out as nice as yours always do!!...

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