If you can’t “Contain Yourself” when you go into the Container Store we completely understand…..
The Container Store has been assisting home owners organize and create the feel of peace and calm in their homes with their amazing products for years. They have wonderful staff ready to help you with whatever your project may be.
The Container Store was always a big FAVORITE of OPRAH! Remember seeing them on her show. Boy, I miss The Oprah Show, don’t you?
Here is a great way to organized all your favorite DIY magazines….
Organizing any room in your home is a breeze with the systems they have developed that coordinate together. You can turn your laundry room, home office, closet or pantry into a much more usable space! And actually find things….BONUS…..
The Container Store is a sponsor for the Southern Bloggers Conference. We are very proud to have them participating and sharing organizing ideas with us in a class on Friday, October 12th @ 4:00 at their Raleigh Store. Their experts will be on hand to help us with any organizing challenges we have. You can learn how to organize you home office, set up a closet system, design a garage storage, free your playroom & children’s room of all the toy clutter.
We will also learn more about the Container Store’s history and how they can work with us as bloggers.
Please join us for this fun time to learn more about The Container Store and all their great products!!!
Did I mention there will be some prize giveaways, only for those in our group attending the Container Store session????
Southern Bloggers Conference Tickets can be purchased Here!
Cindy & Cassie
Living on the Bliss
Sheer Happiness for yourself and your home…
Chalk Paint is probably the best thing ever, since homemade bread. (Did you ever hear that statement, (“best thing ever, since homemade bread”) when you were a kid? Well, Chalk Paint is a new “must have” addition to all crafters arsenal of DIY supplies. What did we do before computers, iPhones & Chalk Paint, YIKES!!!
My daughter Cassie & I are opening a retail location of Living on the Bliss in beautiful Southern Pines, NC. We will be sharing on our blog some of the projects we are working on that will be for sale in our store. We found this old vintage mirror frame and decided to turn it into an amazing Chalk Board. Here we share with you how we did it and how you can also make one for your home. My children love to write on chalk boards, what’s up with that???
Painting with Chalk Paint is so easy. There’s not prep work, no sanding and no priming… I painted this in my kitchen.
There’s great detail in the vintage mirror frame, I love it.
Starting to really look smooth, and has an even surface.
The wax needs to dry completely, over night is best but can be sooner. I will be adding dark wax to make the details show up and stand out. I used clear & dark wax together. We will have classes and will teach this technique.
Again I got excited and forgot to take pictures of me using the dark wax. I just added it to an area and wiped off the excess with an old t-shirt. My granddaugter is wanting to paint so we let her paint an old cabinet door front we are turning into a wardrobe hanger. Meet Harlow Grace…
Notice behind us the Vintage Chalk Board Frame has been distressed and rubbed in dark wax for more detail. Harlow Grace is having a great time painting! (just keeping it real with the mess in my kitchen!) When a girl is painting she can’t be bothered with details like dishes. Right Harlow??
Now for the Chalk Board part of this project. My hubby cut a piece of wood we purchased at Lowe’s Home Improvement to fit the back of the Vintage Mirror Frame. First I primed it because it was raw wood.
Next step is a light sanding on the primer and then I applied Chalkboard paint I bought at Lowe’s.
I lightly sanded between each coat of ChalkBoard paint. I applied a total of 3 coats for a very smooth surface.
Viola! An amazing, fun, Vintage Chalk Board you can put anywhere in your home for notes to be shared with your family.
You can see this and more Vintage Goodies in our upcoming store.
Cindy & Cassie
Living on the Bliss
Sheer Happiness for yourself and your home…
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Living on the Bliss a retail store? What??
My daughter has moved to Pinehurst, NC with my 2 grandchildren to be closer to us. She has owned her own children’s boutique and recently worked in an upscale consignment store called Lavish in South Carolina before moving here. So…we decided to open a retail store! We are in the works of putting everything together.
Here we are celebrating out new location 126 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387
We have had so much fun “Junking” together, everyday we go out and search for pieces that need our love. Here are a few of our finds that we will be turning into fabulous pieces.
I just had to have this old typewriter and Foo Dog. I have a love for Foo Dogs, they protect the empire! They are considered to be sacred dogs that used to guard the Buddhist temples. Just a little trivia for you.
Can’t wait to show you what we make out of this!!
Our friends call us and we go pick up furniture that they need to sell. “Call Me, Maybe”
We rescue vintage dresser and, you’ll see…….
Can’t wait to fancy up this french table.
Well we have lots more to show you and will be sharing their transformation soon!!!
Cindy and Cassie
Living on the Bliss
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I decided to paint this little pathetic guy. I keep walking past him and feeling like he’s a little sad and in need of a makeover. I’m loving the chalk paints that are out there on the market, lots to choose from. The process is so easy anyone can do this in an afternoon. There is no sanding, no priming, no shellacking and best of all no paint smell.
I painted this in my kitchen on my breakfast table whilst everyone was coming in and out of the room, opening the refrigerator door standing there looking, looking, more looking, close the door, open the freezer door looking, looking, (why, everything in there is stone cold frozen), no fruit roll ups in there. Open the pantry doors, leaving the doors open, eating the last snack in the box and so sweetly leaving the empty box behind. Didn’t bother me I’m in my painting zen…
I picked up some chalk paint, wax, and brushes and covered my table with an old sheet. Here we go…
I decided on Paris Grey for a nice soft color. I started with the underneath of the table.
I used dollar store sponge brushes on the larger areas and small craft brushes on the small areas.
The chalk paint dries very quickly so this project is quick and easy.
I started the distressing process. You can use a wet rag or a sanding block. I tried both, but because I put 2 coats of paint I had to use a sanding block to get the distressed look I was going for.
Next I used my vacuum system to get the small amount of sanding dust off and wiped this guy down with a old t shirt.
Looks good, now I’m ready for the waxing step and then the hardware goes back on.
The can of soft wax is so easy to apply, all that is needed is an old t shirt, (don’t talk about this step with your hubby he’ll be checking to see if you used the one he mows the lawn in that you hide when he does incase the neighbors see him).
Just use a small amount at a time and rub it over the painted surface.
When the wax dries, (minutes later) buff it with your old t shirt and whala…
I set him up in my formal dining window and I’m shopping my house to find just the right things to put on him.
Here’s one more look, before and after…
Comment and tell me if you’ve painted something or have a piece you would like to paint.
Living on the Blissful Side of Life.
Have you traveled to the mountains of North Carolina? It is truly a trip to be enjoyed. My husband and I went on a small trip this last weekend with some great friends and had a wonderful time. We traveled to Banner Elk where we spent the night and then Saturday went to Blowing Rock. We met at Banner Elk and went on a visit to the Banner Elk Winery.
Here are some of the pictures I took.
This is the Banner Elk Winery Villa. You can stay in this beautiful villa which is made up of many different rooms. There are lots of weddings at the Villa and the bride and groom can stay here while the wedding is taking place.
As I said, it started raining so we came back inside and enjoyed our bottle of wine in the wine tasting room. The painting over the fireplace is one painted by well renowned artist David Banegas, more to see from him later in the post.
I took this photo of the wine barrels and Instagramed it. Turned out pretty cool looking. I asked if I could get a few wine barrels and they said YES! Soon to come, DIY wine barrel benches. Can’t wait!!
After freshening up and settling in our rooms we headed to the Banner Elk downtown area and met Angelo, (owns the winery) which is good friends with Kathee & Jess. He also owns Serento’s and the Sushi Bar, here he is assisting the famous David Banegas paint this piece of art. How fun is that…
I love this painting by David Banegas of a single horse, his art is amazing. More of him in a minute…
Here David Banegas is in the courtyard painting Batman for Angelo. It was amazing to see his process. Here’s his Facebook Page
We had a great time on Friday with the winery and eating Italian and Sushi, so now we’re off to Blowing Rock for some SHOPPING!! This is a very cool store filled with all kinds of ceramic pots, iron work, furniture, scarves, benches, figurines and much much more. If you get to the mountains you must stop here.
We are trying to decide about this cabinet for our master bedroom. We are planning on putting a wine & coffee bar in our bedroom. It opens and has a wine rack on one side and storage on the other. The top opens and you can store things inside. I would paint it of course..
We decided to buy this tree face for our kids. We always like to bring them home a little gift when we travel. We’re going to put it on one of our pine trees. Do you have one of these??? Not a goofy husband a tree face??
The Blowing Rock park is really beautiful. People were just sitting around on benches enjoying themselves, talking, eating ice cream from Kilwins, playing basketball, kids on the playground, and relaxing.
We had a fabulous weekend and hate that we had to head back to our crazy lives, but we had a few days together and loved every minute of it. Thank you Kathee & Jess for sharing such a great weekend. Can’t wait until our next adventure…
What’s you next adventure? Where are you headed? Comment below and share…
Living on the Blissful Side of Life,