friday faves: paint it gold

 

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What a difference a little paint makes!

When we were building our addition and picking out hardware, our contractor said “brass is deader than disco.” BUT… I think brass and tones of gold can be wildly versitile as long as they’re done well. Picking the right shapes, tones and pieces is key to not having it come off dated. Gold and brass are having a moment.

It’s hard to find the right tone of gold and it’s all about preference. For me, I like it to have some warmth to it and to be a bit deeper and even skewing into the copper/rose gold family. The shape and style of different pieces makes a huge difference – again, this all comes down to preference. My preference is for pieces that have clean lines and geometric elements. I also love mid-century modern touches and I’ve been looking for the right kind of baroque mirror for one of our bathrooms. Reading all of those likes makes my home style sound a bit all over the place, but I think that’s the best kind of style. Style that includes elements from various areas and blends them all together, so the end result is something that feels true to you and makes you happy! I’m not a buy-a-matching-set kind of gal.

Sometimes you might find something that’s the right structure but the color is off. That’s where my new favorite thing comes into play. Gold spray paint! When I have that can of paint in my hands, look out. I mean really, in the last two months, this is what I’ve painted gold:

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Bookshelf

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Fireplace Screen

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Previously silver brackets for reclaimed wood shelving in mudroom.

Of course, also on this list of items I’ve painted gold of late are the brackets for the new open shelving in the kitchen.

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Brackets used for the open shelving in the kitchen.

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Completed kitchen shelving and brackets.

Like most of my projects, I didn’t want to make this spray paint thing too complicated, so I just popped over to the paint aisle at Lowe’s during a trip for something else and checked out their options. I grabbed two options, because they were the only shiny gold options on the shelf and did a test to see which I preferred.

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The Contenders

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Left: Rustoleum; Right: Valspar

Between these two options, I definitely prefer the depth and richness of the Valspar gold on the right. The outdoor light in the photo featuring the options in the grass, above, doesn’t accurately reflect the true look of the Valspar can. Thus…

I should mention, when you’re picking up the spray paint, you’ll want to grab some rubber gloves because it is a total pain in the ass to get this spray paint off your hands and when you’re spraying, it tends to blow back onto your hands. I was starting to get a bit of carpal tunnel from holding down the trigger on the spray paint, so I grabbed this little device, which helped a lot with that. It also helped with the amount of paint that got on my hands. It dries really quickly, so I would wait about an hour between coats and then after I installed the pieces, there was just a bit of touch up from scuffing. For most of the touch ups, I sprayed some paint into the cap of the can, then took one of Henry’s paint brushes from his art set. The paint brush was toast afterwards, so don’t do this with something you hope to wash and reuse.

All of that said, I still love the glint of silver tones of nickle and pewter, so you’ll find a lot of mixed metals throughout our home. Every room in our house has some tone of gray in paint or furniture, so it acts as the perfect backdrop to the warmth of the gold, blended with cooler silver metallic tones with the mixed metal vibe.

But… I think I might need to paint the starburst on this mirror next, even though the hubs doesn’t want me to. {I’d keep the center as-is and just paint the starbursts and the little rope frame around the mirror. Should I do it??} After all, the hubs also didn’t want me to paint the bookshelf or the fireplace screen and I think we can all agree that I was right!

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Next up?

xoxo

 

 

friday faves! kate somerville

Today I’m launching a new series that will celebrate Fridays with a focus on some of my favorite finds. Kicking it off, we need to talk about how I’ve been unfaithful. I have full on cheated and replaced some of my favorite skincare staples. I felt a little guilty about it, but ultimately, I found something that was a better fit and fulfilled my needs in ways that I didn’t know I was missing.

I think Kate Somerville is my new BFF. {Okay, and also the blogger/interior designer whose coffee table book has a prime spot on my shelf and with whom I’ve had a few Insta exchanges lately. I’m convinced we are now friends. Don’t judge.} A couple months ago, I stopped into the wallet vortex that is Sephora intending to grab a new bottle of the cleanser that I’d been using religiously, but instead I scooped up two items from the ExfoliKate line on a whim. The result: my skin hasn’t been this soft in years. Glory, Hallelujah!

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ExfoliKate, Kate Somerville

I am pretty loyal to products that I love, evidenced by my praise singing of the GLAMGLOW masks here and here. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a soft spot in my heart for them, especially the SUPERMUD, but this little gem has changed my exfoliation game. My results from this exfoliation treatment have been very similar to the results I get from the FLASHMUD by GLAMGLOW – my skin is super soft, brighter with a bit of a glow {which is also highly dependant upon how much water I drink and how much sleep I get}, my fine lines are less intense and my pores are clear. But you see, Kate Somerville figured out how to deliver all of this magic in keeping the treatment on for only 2 MINUTES compared to 20 minutes. I don’t know any mama or busy working gal who can’t appreciate that! I actually haven’t used any other masks in at least 6 weeks and I love a good mask. Sorry FLASHMUD, but we have to break up.

Another thing that I love about this product is that it’s available in a small size from Sephora, so you can get your hands on it without dropping a ton of money. This is the size I have been using for the last 2 months and I still have plenty. Once I do run out, I will for sure be getting the full size though!

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ExfoliKate Cleanser, Kate Somerville

The ExfoliKate Cleanser is not the kind of exfoliating cleanser that has little granules as you wash your face – you get the granules in the exfoliating treatment mentioned above. It has a great, creamy texture so my face feels really hydrated but fresh at the same time. It uses other ingredients, like lactic and glycolic acids along with fruit enzimes, to exfoliate gently. It also removes my makeup without requiring a separate step before I cleanse, which is key for me. I think that this has been a step up from the cleanser I had been using, which I still love and choose to be the partner with my Clarisonic a few times a week. But the ExfoliKate Cleanser has taken things up a notch – my pores feel and look better and my skin has been in excellent shape without breakouts or any reactive irritation.

I’ve found that the treatment and the cleanser pair really well together and have noticed a difference in my skin, which is saying a lot from a girl who has super sensitive, dry and reactive skin. One thing that I have learned over the years with regard to exfoliation, is that is great to pair the two types of exfoliation both through physical/mechanical and chemical in your beauty routine. This combo of products does just that and it packs a punch. A gentle punch.

Note: This post has not been sponsored and this is my 100% unfiltered take. This whole blogging project is certainly not a money maker whatsoever, but even if it ever does evolve into something bigger, I promise I will only write about something that I have tried for a considerable amount of time and feel strongly about. Especially when it comes to beauty products. I feel like you need a minimum of 2 weeks to see how it’s working with your skin, so I wouldn’t feel good about singing praises of a product if I haven’t tried it for at least a month.

Happy Friday!

xoxo