Friday, March 15, 2013

“Mom….where are the chairs?!”

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Yep. This is my latest project. My kitchen chairs and table. Today is “peek day” at Gwen Moss.

If you’ve been around awhile, you know there’s always something I’m working on around here. Right now I’m still in the process of lightening up my great room.


My kitchen

First I gave the family room bricks a makeover and now comes my kitchen. See the black table and black chairs? Well, they’re in the process of being transformed by white chalk paint as I write this post.

But I rarely announce my plans to my family and sometimes it’s funny how the men in my life handle it. Mostly they’re just oblivious.


Seriously. Patrick actually came home from college and didn’t even notice that I’d repainted the brick fireplace.

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I mean… how do you not see this?

Which gives you an idea of the type of men I live with. Let’s just say when it comes to decorating, they’re not the most astute observers of the changes that go on around here…

Except when it comes to chairs.


The other day Michael came home from Crew practice and even though I was in the garage busy sanding the thick black veneer off my chairs, I could hear him calling  me….

“MOOOOOOMMMMMM…where are the chairs?”


I had to laugh.

Apparently he was all ready to eat when he happened to notice there wasn’t a chair in sight. At least at the kitchen island which is the prime real estate location in our home because, well… it’s near the TV.


Here’s a peek at the chairs so far. For this paint job I made my own chalk paint (to save money)using Plaster of Paris and it’s going on well. Although I’ve read some negative reviews about Plaster of Paris, I decided to use this blogger’s review as a guide.

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No seats yet, sorry Mike.


I still need to add another coat of wax on the table but I’m loving the change.

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After the first coat of white paint I pulled the chair up to the island to get an idea of the new look.


And here’s a peek at my other kitchen project. Yep, it’s a chalkboard, can you guess where it’s going?

Don’t forget to check back for my big reveal. Hopefully by then I’ll have my camera problems worked out. These are all photos from my cell phone. Somehow I’ve messed up my settings on my Nikon D90 while I was trying to practice taking pictures from the manual setting.

Now my “auto” setting isn’t focusing like before.


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Sigh. Just another day in the life of a blogger, right?

Patrick’s coming home for a visit this weekend which means the family’s together again…

which means I’m so happy!



What are you doing this weekend? Anything fun?




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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

You've been a busy little bee! I LOVE the white and I really love the chalkboard island?
Can't wait to see a full reveal!
I didn't know you had a dog Leslie, he's a beauty!!

Linda said...

Wow!! Aren't you adventurous!!
Black to white...I would love to try some chalk paint as well.
Like the idea of plaster in Paris with paint. Off to check this one out!!

Gypsy Heart said...

You certainly have a challenge with this I think... So far, looks great! I'm sure all the sanding is not fun. At least it wouldn't be for me. :)

Your kitchen is so beautiful!! I can only imagine having space like that. The chalkboard is going to be fun!


Pam Kessler said...

The white is looking good! That's hilarious that your son didn't notice the fireplace. Now, if you had moved the TV or something, he probably would have noticed THAT! Have a great weekend. We're going to try to get some yard work done this weekend, if the weather cooperates.

Unknown said...

I love that you always have a project, it's fabulous! And yes, how can you NOT notice a newly painted fireplace - that made me giggle :)

Thank you so much for your wise & supportive comment today, I appreciate it very much.

Have a great week-end X

Lori said...

Wow ~ you have more ambition that I do right now!! I love how the chairs turned out ~ you are brilliant I tell you ~ brilliant!! I can't believe that he did not notice the new white wall ~ boys will be boys. I am liking your new chalkboard ~ am I guessing right that it is on the end of the island??!! Happy weekend.

Kim said...

Holy Cow I love that kitchen! Is there room for one more in your gorgeous home? LOL!
Thanks for stopping by today.

Sarah said...

You are a very busy lady. I think the chairs look great. Can't wait to see it all put together. '-)

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

such a big difference with the chairs. LOVE it!!! hopefully your men will be able to sit, eat and watch tv soon

Cathi said...

Wow, you are definitely a busy bee....I am loving the white, you are doing a fabulous job! I can totally believe about your son not noticing, as I live with a man that is oblivious to decorating projects too...haha....I love that chalkboard and look forward to your reveal! Happy weekend to you! I will be spending time with a good friend that is having a challenging time with her illness...xxoo

Art and Sand said...

I love that you put the chairs back without the seats - definitely something I would do. All of your "lightening" is going great.

This weekend is going to be a whirlwind - my team's first volleyball tournament of the spring season - the top 6th grade girls' team all day tomorrow. But, the best is the LA Marathon. Both of my kids are in town to run. I will drive them in to LA at 5:00 a.m. and drive back home for breakfast with the hubs. Then we will both go in at noon to pick them up and head to Manhattan Beach for a fav Mexican restaurant before dropping our daughter off at LAX. Last time they did a marathon together she beat him by 1 full hour so he is out to get her.

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Nice! Your kitchen is so beautiful already and the white makes it even more so! Love how it lightens the room up! Hugs, Leena

Anonymous said...

Your white chairs are lovely!! I'm partial to white it's just so clean! My weekend? I'm planning on corned beef and cabbage for dinner on Sunday, and hope both our daughters and their families will all be here! You have a nice weekend with your family too! said...

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Sew a Fine Seam said...

Looking good! I just finished slipcovering 2 chairs and I am tired! Ready to relax and watch a movie!

michele said...

it's looking awesome around there, and like you, i'm happy as a clam when i've got a paintbrush in hand. painting a dressing room and canvases today.

happy saturday, lovely.


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Leslie, Love the new lighter look of the bar stools! I have black ones too and I have been wanting to paint them. Your kitchen is beautiful!!

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

We're on the same wave-length, sort of. I've been re-doing my kitchen chairs/table, as well, but I'm going dark. Not sure I'm going to like it, but I've had this old set at least 20 years, so if I don't like the results, I'm headed to the furniture store.

I love the white!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I could hardly scroll past the first photo of your kitchen, I love your cabinets!!! Your whole kitchen is just lovely and it will be even better with your chair makeover. Can't wait to see the results! And the men in your family are just too funny. Not noticing the painted brick ... oh my goodness! ... Hope you are enjoying a wonderful family weekend!

Calypso In The Country said...

Wow! Very impressive - the chairs are pretty and I just love your kitchen!
Have a great week!

The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy said...

Love the change and I have three sons so I know where you're coming from. I'm almost ready to paint the kitchen a light mint green - it's taken me four years to decide on the colour. This weekend I skied and drank beer and woke up with three young hard rockers sleeping in the kitchen.. Ah life!

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