Friday, July 25, 2014

Year of Change Designer Challenge JULY {Plate Wall}

First off, I'd like to thank my co-hosts in The Year of Change Challenge. While I was off on the East Coast and then dealing with a glitch in my health, they've been maintaining the schedule and have been incredibly patient with my absence. This lady is grateful and pretty humbled to have such amazing (not to mention incredibly talented) friends. 

This month’s Year of Change Challenge was to makeover an area we have neglected. We wanted to show that just addressing one task (say, that you may have put off for a bit) can have a big impact.  My 'to do' list that I've been neglecting, pretty much is like 100 tasks long. I just jumped in with one easy wall hanging project, that was fun and quick! 

In addition to the usual crew {Suburban BitchesLife on Virginia Street and Rosa Beltran Design}, we are also joined by our guest designer, Paige, from The Pink Clutch!

Our basement is a bland, kid area...chock-full of kid stuff...keyboard, tv hang out area, toys, get the picture.  A few years ago, while still living in Tulsa, I found a few vintage (1950's and '60's) souvenir plates and started a little collection. I thought this was the PERFECT spot to hang them. I love using plates as wall art.
Using just your standard $1.99 plate hangars, I hung them in an a-symmetrical formation. I love free-form hangings, but the main reason why I hung them in this fashion was so that if my collection grows, I can easily just fill in and add easily. 

Now, stop over to each of the other Year of Change Designers (Suburban BitchesLife On Virginia StreetRosa Beltran Design & The Pink Clutch) to see the projects that they've accomplished around their homes this month!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Commona My Kitchen {Cilantro Ranch Dressing}

This is hands down THE BEST green ranch dressing. I've tried several versions (some were too mayonnaise-y, some were too cilantro-y, some just weren't all that good. I've tweaked them to come up with my own version. Quickly throw all ingredients into your blender, blending until combined. Let sit in a mason jar, covered with the lid or plastic wrap,  in your fridge for a couple of hours (to thicken up). Use within 3 days.

1/2 cup buttermilk
juice of 1 lime
3/4 cup sour cream
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Original (dressing mix)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
small can chopped green chilies
a few shakes (give or take) of Cholula or preferred hot sauce

My favorite use for this dressing is as a sauce for fish tacos.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday {Sherwin Williams "Retiring Blue"}

Retiring Blue, Sherwin Williams

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Well, hello there! {how can it be the end of July?}

Yes, I'm back from being silent for quite some time. Since the start of Commona My House, I haven't missed more than a few days here and there, so this was a big step for me to skip my posts with you...but over the past month I've had a few issues with my health and well, that had to come first. 
A few posts ago, I discussed the growing epidemic of Lyme Disease, primarily linking the danger of invasive Japanese Barberry to the infestation of ticks, {ticks that are more often than not, infected with Lyme Disease}.
Well, isn't it ironic... I came back from my time in CT with a little souvenir: Lyme Disease. {Yes, I want to insert crazy emoticons here, but I'll refrain from doing so}.
A surge of antibiotics and I'll be fine, but I've needed a little time to get back in the game.
Thanks for hanging in there with me! I'm happy to be back!
If you follow me on Instagram, you've kept up with some behind the scenes snaps of mine {like the ones below: No Makeup Monday, Here is the Lock, and Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp} that I'll be sharing details of soon here on the blog.


Monday, June 23, 2014

Windsor Chair {from Wrecked to Wonderful with Glidden Paint}

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Glidden® paint through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Glidden paint, all opinions are my own.

This tired, old Windsor Chair was pretty in need of a sprucing up, don't you think?
A fantasic example of an authentic Windsor Back Chair, the only thing holding it back from being fabulous was it’s awful, beat-up, beige paint job. Originally, I thought I would stain this chair, but I fell hard for a certain color of blue from Glidden® paint.  I loved the idea of a blue patina on this old chair and knew I could come close to the antique inspiration piece that I found in an old book that my Dad had kicking around.
Because you never want painted furniture to look gloppy, or thick, and because I didn’t want to have to sand all of the Windsor rungs on this baby, I decided to use Glidden paint DUO, which is a paint + primer in one.  DUO went on incredibly smooth.  I was able to let it sit overnight and then move on to the patina part of the finish the next day.

Glidden paint has a simplified palette. This means that they have the best of the best colors. At first when I thought about replicating a blue antique patina on this chair, I hesitated because I anticipated being overwhelmed by paint choices. (You know, you’ve been there, right? You end up narrowing your paint color choices down to your favorite top 6 choices and it becomes an excruciating process to see which slightly different color is THE ONE that you have to have). Well, Glidden paint has already narrowed and simplified their palette to only include the best color options. It was the most painless paint selection process I’ve ever had. No joke.
The two colors that I selected, that work incredibly well together are:

I started by using just a simple hand sanding block and sanded all of the chair’s surfaces.

After sanding, I took an old brush and dusted off all of the sanding dust. (I used an old brush so that I could get in between all of the rungs…if I had used a cloth I may not have been able to get down in between everything as well).

After sanding and dusting, then it was time for my favorite step…getting the paint on the brush (a clean brush, not the one I used to clean off the sanding dust).

Once I made sure that I had painted every nook and cranny with "Glidden paint "Deepest Aqua", I let the chair dry.
The next day I was ready for my distressed/patina coat of "Glidden paint "Totally Teal"".
Using a dry brush (with only a little bit of paint) I brushed each area and then quickly wiped off any excess paint with cheesecloth.

I seriously fell for this Glidden paint "Totally Teal" color.

And here is how it turned out!
From Wrecked to Wonderful!

The faux painted patina turned out to be exactly what I was going for.
Here is my Glidden paint DUO chair with the original inspiration antique book.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Reflect Your Style: Dream Vanity {One Kings Lane}

You know I love a good find, and a good source for stylish products. I've been shopping for new and vintage furniture and decor at One Kings Lane for a few years now. 
So when they asked me to design my dream vanity around my favorite One Kings Lane mirror...
AND style it, how could I resist!!?? The only problem I had was narrowing down my own style choice..because they have so many gorgeous mirrors that I fell for several.

If you're a regular here at Commona My House, you know I love to mix new with vintage. So, to Reflect MY Style, I went feminine eclectic.
Frederick Oversized Mirror, Gold

Waterfall Vanity Table, White/Clear
French-Style  Side Chair

14" Wood and Horn Tray, Brown9" Peony in Vase, Faux

How would you

Wordless Wednesday Inspiration {Totally Teal} Glidden