Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

Hello World and Happy Monday.
I am really excited because tomorrow February 26th, I will be celebrating six months of blogging. So I guess  it's safe to say, It's ADTales Anniversary.


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 Here's a quick recap. I introduced myself to the blogging world on 08/26/2012. You can see it here, Once Upon A Time. And I haven't looked back since.

My fall decorating posts kept viewers coming back for more, but the all time favorites were



 Easy Fall Table setting and

The last six months have been a blur but one thing is for sure, I LOVE blogging! But the technical side, not so much. (ugh!!!!!) I am becoming an expert on What Not To Do. Ebook coming soon. Lol!
As I was saying before I LOVE blogging, mainly because I get to help people. I come in contact with so many people who think they have to spend a fortune to create a beautiful home. That is so far from the truth. That's why I am here. With a little creativity, know how and a lot of thinking outside the box, I can help you create the home of your dreams.
In closing, I want to thank all of you for taking time out of your busy Mondays to drop by ADTale.
I do what I do because I love doing it. And the best part of all is, I get to share and help people all over the world. The future looks really bright for ADTale. How bright? It looks so bright sunglasses needed, but not required. Thanks for stopping by!
2 Your Home,
Lory
I would love to hear from you.  adtale@yahoo.com

Monday, February 18, 2013

Red Hot Powder Room

Hello all, it's that time again. Today, I  have a red hot powder room to share with you this week.  So lets get started......




This is how the powder room looked before the makeover. I wanted new wallpaper but there was no room in the budget. So I made my own.(wallpaper) I took brown packaging paper and tore it into large pieces. Then I  applied wallpaper paste to one side of the paper,and began applying it to the walls and the ceiling. This process took about two hours. Then I primed and painted the room.
 
Hello somebody! I painted this room a bold shade of red. Opera House Red by Behr to be exact. If you're thinking about using a saturated color, the powder room would be a great place to experiment.

 


Here are two of my favorite quotes. I get to read them every time I enter the powder room. Look closely and you'll see how overlapping the paper gives it a leather look.



The counter top was painted to coordinate with the mirror. First, a gold base coat was applied. Next, antique bronze was used to paint the squiggly lines. Then, several coats of polycrylic was applied to protect the surface. Not to shabby huh?




During the holidays the wire basket is filled with Christmas ornaments. But in a few short weeks it will be overflowing with orchids and greenery. I can't wait! The ceramic container is one of my favorite accessories. I think every room needs a little animal print.



The wicker basket is used to store extra toiletries and supplies.

 

This corner needed a little something, so I added the blue and white vase. Pretty pretty pretty. Enjoy the rest of the pics!






 
 

 This powder room went from drab to red hot and dramatic and I love it! 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
2 Your Home,
 
Lory


Monday, February 11, 2013

Kitchen Reveal

Hello again, It's Sunday around noontime and I'm preparing this post for publication on Monday 2/11/13. I am having a much needed lazy weekend, you know those weekends where you do absolutely nothing. I am there! I was so excited about this post until..... I lost some of my pics to cyber space. oops! Oh well, the show must go on without them. When the client contacted me about redoing this kitchen, the only thing she was sure about was the paint color for the walls. I was responsible for everything else. Here are a few pics of the kitchen before the transformation.

 
 
 
 

The budget for this kitchen was very skinny, so I needed to come up with some creative solutions to give this kitchen the bright sunny feel the client wanted. There was no room in the budget to replace anything . It would be a few years before the client could do a complete renovation. So I had to work with what was already there.  On day one of the makeover I arrived and the walls were already painted, so me and my crew went to work, removing all the contents. Next, we removed the doors and numbered them. Since the budget was so tight paint would have to do the heavy lifting for this transformation. So we got down to business and cleaned all the surfaces. Then we primed and we primed and we primed, you get the picture. At last, it was time to paint. The cabinets received two coats of white paint. Are you ready for this?.....

 

As I mentioned before everything received two coats of white paint, but the plain cabinet fronts needed something extra, so here's what I did. I bought an ivy stencil and positioned it in the center of each door. Painters tape was used to keep the stencil in place. and joint  compound (spackle) was applied over the cut out portions of the stencil.The stencil was removed and the compound was allowed to dry over night. The next day the ivy was painted, and the green and yellow border was added. The border was hand painted and painters tape was used to keep the paint off the unwanted areas. Several coats of polycrylic was applied to protect the surfaces.

 
What do you think?  I think these doors look AWESOME! (will do a tutorial in the future)

 
  

These canisters started out brown, but thanks to my daughter they received new life with a coat of white paint and hand painted flowers. The pics of the finished kitchen are below....
 
 
The homeowner loved here knew kitchen, so much so that she was in tears. Her daughter had orchestrated this makeover while she was in the hospital.
I was honored to do this kitchen makeover and glad that I was able to spread a little sunshine, while the homeowner was recovering. In the end all the priming, painting and sealing was worth it. And if I had to do it all over again, I'd do it in a heart beat!
  
 
 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
2 your Home,
Lory
 
I love hearing from you. Contact me @ adtale@yahoo.com
 
 

Monday, February 4, 2013

White Kitchens

Hello, it's Monday again.  I had a super duper weekend! A Girl's Day Out weekend to be precise. I spent all day Saturday with my friend Mandy Lou ( Hi Mandy). We started the day out at Smoke on the Water, it's an annual barbecue competition where all the proceeds are donated to our local boys and girls club. Next, we headed to Ruby Tuesday and enjoyed every bite of our lunch (yummy).
 We did a little window shopping, then we headed to the movies to see Django. (the D is silent! lol) After the movie we scheduled our next outing, said our goodbyes, and went our separate ways. What a day! sorry no pics of my outing, maybe next time.
 
Okay where were we? Last week I said, I would return to my "decluttering and organizing," but I changed my mind. This weeks post is all about "White Kitchens" So let's get started.......


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I chose this kitchen for two reasons. First, I love, love, love, the antique stove. And secondly, I have the exact floors in my house. This gives me an idea of  how my kitchen would look with white cabinets. Enjoy the pics!



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Fresh flowers and fruits are a great way to add  a splash of color without a commitment.



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I like the homey feel of this kitchen. Soups on!




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 The pop of green used inside the cabinets really wakes up this space.


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I'm diggin the contrast of the baskets and butcher block with the white. awesome! 



I know, I know, this kitchen is a far cry from the kitchens pictured above.



 
Come back next week to see how I transformed this kitchen from "woe is me" to Wow!
 
2 Your Home,

Lory



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