Monday, November 28, 2016

Coffee and Wine Bar

In "Another Chalk Paint Transformation" I showed you an old buffet that I transformed to use in the new house as my Coffee Bar.  I'm ready to show you the finished project!

#millsnewhouse, Coffee Bar, Wine Bar, painted furniture, pallet wood  wine rack

This is now one of my favorite places in the house.
#millsnewhouse, Coffee Bar, Wine Bar, painted furniture, pallet wood  wine rack
I have room for my coffee maker and espresso maker.  I have my coffee cups displayed and easily accessible.  The drawers have plenty of storage for filters, coffee, spoons, etc.

#millsnewhouse, Coffee Bar, Wine Bar, painted furniture, pallet wood  wine rack

#millsnewhouse, Coffee Bar, Wine Bar, painted furniture, pallet wood  wine rack

#millsnewhouse, Coffee Bar, Wine Bar, painted furniture, pallet wood  wine rack

My kids gave me this stencil for Christmas last year. I bought the chalkboard at Michael's and used Martha Stewart's Liquid Chalk to "paint" it.  The chalk won't rub off, but is removable with water.

#millsnewhouse, Coffee Bar, Wine Bar, painted furniture, pallet wood  wine rack

My son, @SmithBuilding, made this wine rack from pallet wood.  A great place to display my hand painted wine glasses!





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Monday, November 21, 2016

Mud Rooms are Muddy! A Tour of Our Laundry Room

I love my large mud room/laundry room.  It serves as a great barrier to keep dirt out of the main house.  I guess that's why it is called a mudroom.


#millsnewhouse, washboard, laundry room, laundry wall art
This old washboard was painted by my mother, and she had this to sell in her garage sale!  Not a chance!


#millsnewhouse, laundry room, drying racks

Drying space is an issue, since we flat dry a lot of things.  The drying rack above the sink was purchased on Amazon and it works well. We have additional drying racks in the basement, which we might need during sweater season!

#millsnewhouse, laundry room, drying racks

The floor is tile, and easy to keep clean, but I still feel like it's always dirty.  I love my new high efficiency/high capacity washer and dryer.  And having a sink in there is essential.

#millsnewhouse, laundry room, drying racks






#millsnewhouse, pantry, mud room

On the other side of the room is a large pantry closet and my old, hand-me-down freezer.  The only appliance I moved from the old house. We purchased it for $50 several years ago.  

#millsnewhouse, pantry, mud room
(still needs some organizing!)

#millsnewhouse, laundry room, mudroom, bench, @smithbuilding
The white bench was made by my son when he was in school.  It was unfinished, so I sanded it and painted it white.  Not fancy, but a great place to sit to take off your muddy boots (dear husband.) 


#millsnewhouse, laundry room, mudroom, step stool, @smithbuilding
He also made the little step stool when he was in high school.  I'm vertically challenged and used this at our old house a lot.  Since I have so many cabinets now, I don't store much on the top shelves, so I don't need this as often, but it still comes in handy.

#millsnewhouse, laundry room, mudroom, hooks
And my son also made a simple board with hook for jackets and bags.  Another essential, since we have no coat closet.



#millsnewhouse, dog door, mudroom, laundry room, rag rug
This door goes to the garage and has a dog door, so that's where she come in and boy does she track in a lot of dirt! I'm a big fan of rag rugs. I like the way they look, and they are so easy to shake and wash.  I got this one from overstock.com.

#millsnewhouse, laundry room, mudroom
Her food and water are in this room also, which creates other messes.

And finally, we put in a pocket door from the mud room to the kitchen.  It saves so much space, and is really handy when you need to keep the dog in the mudroom for some reason (usually when she's wet and/or muddy.)

#millsnewhouse, mud room, laundry room, pocket door


#millsnewhouse, mud room, laundry room, pocket door

I forgot to take a picture of the ceiling.  We also have a pull-down ladder in this room for attic access.

So there's my laundry/mud room tour.  If you have any great ideas for me, or products you think would help, please let me know! It's always a work in progress.




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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Couch Table by @smithbuilding

My son made me a table for behind my couch for Christmas, 2015. He kept it (and used it) at his house until we moved into our new house in July.

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, couch table, custom wood table

You can see the dining room table that he created to match in the background.

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, couch table, custom wood table

This is the first thing visitors see when they walk in our front door.

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, couch table, custom wood table


#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, couch table, custom wood table

The cubes under the table are great for storage or extra seating.  Purchased at Wayfair.

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, couch table, custom wood table

My father-in-law brought this lamp base back from Thailand many years ago when he was in the military. My husband put together the lamp for a 4-H project!

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, couch table, custom wood table

Another fine piece of custom furniture by Smith Building that adds warmth and beauty to our new home.





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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Thrill of the New House

I can't tell you how excited I get each time I walk in my door and see this:

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, http://smithbuild.weebly.com/

I'm still pinching myself on a daily basis. And I'm still dreaming about decorating ideas...

And to know that my son almost single-handedly made this happen, makes it all the more special.  Please check out Smith Building's website. He's so talented!

Stay tuned for more about the house and the decorations.



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Monday, November 7, 2016

Fall Welcome Sign

Yesterday I worked on a new project for my front porch.  A Welcome sign.  Here's the finished product.
#millsnewhouse, welcome sign, fall decor, outdoor fall

The board is an old shelf that my husband dragged home from the farm.  All it took was a quick hosing off and some light sanding.  
#millsnewhouse, welcome sign, fall decor, outdoor fall

I purchased the letters (already painted!) at Michaels Craft Store. The only purchase made for this project!

#millsnewhouse, welcome sign, fall decor, outdoor fall

I already had the bow and silk flowers and leaves.  A little hot glue, and this project was complete!

#millsnewhouse, welcome sign, fall decor, outdoor fall


I think it looks good with the wreath.  I plan to change out the decorations on both of these for the different seasons, so come back and see!





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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Retaining Wall

I'm so excited to have another project completed.  By my favorite contractor, Smith Building, of course!

In order to fully appreciate the change, you have to see some "before" pictures:
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@smithbuilding, #millsnewhouse

And now for the "after!"

@smithbuilding, #millsnewhouse, retaining wall

@smithbuilding, #millsnewhouse, retaining wall

@smithbuilding, #millsnewhouse, retaining wall

@smithbuilding, #millsnewhouse, retaining wall

@smithbuilding, #millsnewhouse, retaining wall

Grass is next! Can't wait!






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Monday, October 17, 2016

Wall Art - Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

I think this is one of the most simple ways to add some interest to a blank wall.  I purchased some inexpensive 12-inch canvases, bought a half yard of two fabrics, got out my staple gun and voila!  I really like how it turned out.

#mills new house, kitchen wall art, fabric wall art

#mills new house, kitchen wall art, fabric wall art

#mills new house, kitchen wall art, fabric wall art

I have another project planned using the same technique, but a little more complicated.  I'll share it soon, I hope!




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Thursday, October 13, 2016

The New Hook Shelf

I don't have a coat closet in my house, so I wanted hooks for guests to use, and a place to set purses and bags.  I already had an old pew from the church I attended while growing up.  I put my builder, Smith Building, to work and he created a beautiful piece for me.

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, coat hooks, shelf, entry way, pew

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, coat hooks, shelf, entry way, pew

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, coat hooks, shelf, entry way, pew

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, coat hooks, shelf, entry way, pew

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, coat hooks, shelf, entry way, pew

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, coat hooks, shelf, entry way, pew, embroidered pillows, chunky afghan

I made the pillows using patterns from Embroidery Library. I also knitted the chunky afghan a couple of years ago when this house was only a dream.  It's been in my attic patiently waiting...

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The little statue next to the "M" was the top on our wedding cake. The blocks are old ones from my childhood.

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, coat hooks, shelf, entry way, pew

The photo is of my father-in-law when he was in the military.

#millsnewhouse, Smith Building, coat hooks, shelf, entry way, pew

This little spot is one of my favorite vingnettes in the house. 





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