FAQ's



Here are some of the questions that I get asked most commonly, and their answers.  If there is something you'd like to know, ask away!



1)  Where did you get your pillows?


Green: Robert Allen Malachite with greek key trim from Hobby Lobby
Multi-floral:  Chiang Mai Dragon in Alabaster by Schumacher
Black Dot: Premier Prints Togo with DIY Pom Poms added (post here)
Black Multi-Toile:  Thrifted fabric panel- sorry, no known info. on it
Leopard:  Upholstery fabric from Hobby Lobby

2)  Where did you get your curtains?

I made them!   I bought the majority of the fabric at the Ballard Outlet, clearanced out for $5/yard.  


Not sure what they called it, but the maker is Waverly and you have two choices...  the indoor/outdoor fabric blend is called "Tucker Resist" and the cotton blend is called "Willamsburg."  They are both the same pattern, just different fabric content.  Mine is the Tucker Resist.  It's a bit stiffer than the other would be, but I like the body that adds, and it's also less expensive than the other.  I also have these hanging in our breakfast nook, so I don't worry if any food happens to get slung on it, I can scrub it off  :)  It comes in several different colors.  




Here is where I bought a bit extra that I needed, but if you just do a search with the pattern name it's pretty easy to find.  This site was the best deal I could find at the time, but that was over a year ago so I don't know if that's still the case. (notice that their prices are by the HALF yard, double it for a yard)  


My fabric is the Ebony colorway, and Miss Mustard Seed has the same pattern in the indigo color.  Beautiful!



3) What kind of glaze did you use on your kitchen cabinets and how did you apply it?

Unfortunately, that project was pre-blogging so I don't have photos of the process, but I can tell you a little bit about what I did.  


I purchased the glaze from a local paint store and the color was ?.  I just dug the can out of the garage and wouldn't you know it...I think the color name got cut off.  I really think it was "Deep Umber" though.  I don't know if that's a readily available glaze color or just available from the store where I bought it.  Van Dyke Brown is also a very popular and good glaze color.




Just a little background, the paint I used was Behr's Cottage White and I used the Paint+Primer, without any sanding, just a good wiping down of the wood before I painted.  Take into consideration that the finish on my stained wood was aging and wasn't super slick.  I would recommend painting several scraps of wood and then glazing your samples.   I didn't do this before hand and I was surprised at how much the glaze changed the paint color.  My paint color changed from white to a really warm creamy color (I hate to say almost hinting at a yellowish cream, but it really is).  

In hind-sight, I probably would have just used a tiny brush and applied some glaze to the nooks and crannies rather than glazing the entire piece, but it's up to you and the look you're going for.  The glaze also accented all of the grain of the oak, which wasn't as apparent with the paint only. I like that, but if that's not the look you want then you should probably skip the glaze.


For the glazing process, I used a foam brush to paint a coat of glaze over the entire piece, and then quickly wiped it down with a cloth.  That didn't remove as much of the glaze as I wanted to, so I also had a rag nearby soaked with mineral spirits that I used for a second wipe-down.  That really helped remove the majority of the glaze, just leaving a hint behind.  Even with all of the wiping, your paint color will still be different than what you started with.  I didn't wipe off as much in the crevices and around the trim where I wanted more detail to show.  There's not a right or wrong way to do it, but play around until you get the amount of glaze and look you want, and then do all of your other pieces exactly the same way.  If you're lucky enough to have a partner, it really works best if the same person does all of the wiping so the look will be uniform.

After glazing, I let it sit for a while (I can't remember if it was just a few hours or a day).  It takes days and days for a glaze to fully dry, but it can still be a little tacky when you put your poly top coat on.  The poly will help seal everything and help it to dry more quickly.


I used the polyurethane in a spray can as a top coat.  From what I've read it may have a tendency to yellow over time on light colors.  I haven't noticed it changing from the original warm creamy color yet, but don't have an original sample to compare it to.   "Polycrylic", which is water-based, is what you really should use for a top coat on light colors.  I took a short cut and used the polyurethane because it was in a spray can, but I knew I was taking a risk of the color changing over time.  

I'm very happy with how everything has held up.  The only spot I've had to touch up is the corner of the cabinet frame where we keep the trash can...with my finger and nails scaping that a hundred times a day, it gets a bit chipped.



4)  What is your paint color?




The reason I don't really have this readily posted is that I made it up!  I mixed colors until I got what I liked.  I've looked on some of my paint chips and Sherwin Williams #6107 Nomadic Desert and #6108 Latte are very close.  It's sort of right in between those two, so either one would probably be a pretty close match.

Or, here's a photo of the formula if you're interested. *Note*:  This formula is for a 5 GALLON bucket.  It will need to be adjusted if you want 1 gallon.


It can take on a dozen different looks depending on the lighting, but the sample in that photo is pretty spot-on.



** NEW PAINT COLOR (as of Fall '14)


Benjamin Moore- Manchester Tan mixed at 25%
(eggshell- had it matched and mixed at Sherwin Williams)











31 comments:

  1. Tell me about the polkadots in your kitchen pick of the Christmas tour!

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    1. Hey Chavala, sorry for the late reply. Those were just black card stock cut with a 2" circle punch and affixed with double sided tape. I intended for them to just be up temporarily for Christmas, but kept them up a little longer until I repainted. Lots of fun!

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  2. what is the color of the granite on your island? where did you get it?

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    1. Hi there! The style is New Venetian Gold, and I got it at a local stone supplier here in OKC. I'm pretty sure it's a fairly common style.

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  3. What color & finish did you use on the doors & kitchen island?

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  4. Tell me about the light fixture in your laundry room. I am re-doing an old brass chandelier that I've painted turquoise for our grandchildren's bedroom. How did you do the sleeves with the zebra print? Any suggestions for the one I'm doing? I am thinking about "funky" shades ...there are 6 lights, but not quite sure how I will finish it. Thank you!

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    1. The zebra print sleeves are just scrapbook paper that I cut to fit and wrapped around the plastic ones. I think I used double-sided tape. That sounds really cute...fun shades would be great in a kids' room!

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  5. Love your home! I'd like to know the source of the coffee table in your living room... I'm looking for something just like it! Thanks.

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    1. Hi Joan! Thank you so much. Sorry to tell you it came from a thrift store! You can read more about it here: http://dimplesandtangles.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-redo-that-didnt-happen-new-coffee.html

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  6. Hello,
    I was wondering where the great light fixtures above your kitchen island came from?

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Colleen. I bought them at the Habitat ReStore. They were shiny brass and I painted them! Here's the link if you want to see more. http://dimplesandtangles.blogspot.com/2013/07/lanterns-in-kitchen.html

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  7. I love your cabinets! How did you paint your cabinet hinges the same as your cabinet color? I have already painted my cabinets but haven't put the doors back on because I don't know how to paint the hinges so they don't flake off. Help!

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  8. Hi there I am so in love with ( your entire home ) :) and also the bright fabric on the back of your dining chairs and also on the pillows in your living room if you could please let me know where i can find it I would highly appreciate it! Thanks so much!

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    1. HI Kayla, sorry for the delayed response! I just updated the post with the information you're looking for. That fabric is usually only available to the trade through a designer, but sometimes you can find a piece on Ebay or ready made pillows on Etsy. Thanks so much!

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  9. Love your home, love your blog, love your ideas! Just "found" you before Christmas '14 and was immediately drawn in. Then I read you are a pastor's wife from OKC who went to OBU... I am a pastor's kid from Tulsa with friends who went to OBU...close enough! I felt a kindred spirit! :) My husband's job relocated us to the Houston area 4 years ago, but anytime I find a connection to my Oklahoma peeps it is so welcomed! I admire your DIY ideas and skills and get-it-done-ness! Thank you so much for sharing your home!
    My question that I can't seem to find the answer to is: What is that fabulous Kelly Green color that you use? I'd love to find it in a spray paint if possible.
    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Debi, what a small world! We were in Broken Arrow for almost 2 years at First Baptist, and my husband graduated from Owasso. We love that part of the state! Sorry that we lost you to Texas. ;( My spray paint green is Meadow Green by Rustoleum. It should be easy to find at Home Depot. Thanks for your sweet comments, nice to "meet" you!

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  10. (and btw the "world" just got smaller. Found out one of my dearest friends knows of you and your husband from OBU...Lisa McMillan Roth.) Ok...that's all my "stalking" for now :)
    Thank you for the paint color. I'm excited to use it on some old metal marquee letters in our game room!

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  11. I would love more info on your brick kitchen floor. Is it floor tiles?

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    1. Hi! The flooring was done by the previous owner, but they are the thin brick pavers.

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  12. HI. I just discovered your blog as I was doing a search on "whitewashing oak". I would like to subscribe! I don't know if you have answered this elsewhere, but did you do anything to the bricks on your fireplace, or was it already like that when you moved in? It is rare to find such a pretty brick fireplace! I also have a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace. Although I actually really like the color of my bricks (sort of between red and orange, like yours)I love the slight, scattered "white-washed" effect of yours. It looks especially gorgeous with the dark mantel. I've seen some other brick fireplaces make-overs where they white-washed the entire face of the brick, and it comes out looking a bit too "pinkish" and dull for me.Thanks!

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  13. Hi Phyllis. Thank you! The brick was already finished with the slight distressing. I actually researched that, though, because on our recent patio addition we used some new brick that I need to try to match with our existing brick. I think this tutorial looks promising! http://zestitup.com/find-fix-it-friday-how-to-age-your-fireplace/

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  14. Jennifer, Your home is spectacular. I LOVE the oversized lanterns by your front door. Can you tell me where they were purchased?

    Leigh

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    1. Hi Leigh, they are from Home Decorators Collection, but they're 2 years old. Not sure if they still have them online or not.

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    2. Yes they still do they are called Robin lanterns I just ordered them.

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  15. Where did you get the gold mirror that you have in your foyer with the two white ceramic lamps?

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    1. Hello, that was a Craigslist find. Sorry I don't have a source!

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  16. Where did you get the gorgeous gold trunk in your living room?

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    1. Hi there, thank you! It was purchased from a local vintage/antique mall.

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  17. Not sure if you will find this question, but I'll try it anyway. I am planning to paint my dining room hutch just like yours, because it's amazing. I found your post with the green paint color and searched for Behr online and found it at Home Depot. There are several different types of Behr paint. Do you happen to remember which one you used? I love your home and have been so inspired since finding your blog. Grace and Peace.

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    1. Hi Amy, For furniture I like the one with the primer in it (Premium Plus I think) and I either did a satin or semi-gloss finish. Hope that helps and have fun with your project, I'd love to see it when you're finished!

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  18. Jennifer, I am obsessed with your master bedroom! I am wondering where you purchased the blue throw at the end of the bed in one photo and the green throw on the chair in another. Also, how did you get the green boarder on the duvet cover and dust ruffle? Your creativity is inspiring and I am loving going through all your posts!

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