Friday, September 21, 2012

Bedroom Makeover

Now that summer is winding down and the weather is changing,  it is time to start up my indoor projects.  I spent a week wondering around my house trying to decide were to start.  I would love to have jumped right in and started a full home remodel, but that was just not in the budget. 

I decided to start small.  My son's room was the first one to be painted when we first moved into that house and it has not been touched since.  He has a love for fun and apparently, cleaning his room was not fun.  I warned him that I was going to be taking before and after pictures to show people how easy it is to update any room with a coat of paint.

Yes, this is his version of clean.  He would say..."What, you can see the wood floor!"

Along with messy, his room was just dated.  He wanted a room that made him feel proud and he needed a designated place for everything.

So after much cleaning (and trips to the dump), I emptied out his room.  I still was unsure of what color his room was going to be so I took him down to The Bella Bungalow to go look at our wall of color. 

I wanted him to pick out his favorite Chalk Paint™  colors for his bed, dresser, and shelves.  We sat at the paint bar for an afternoon (as we often do when trying to pick a color) until he decided on two colors.

He decided he wanted French Linen and Arles with just a clear wax top coat.

I started with the shelves.  I tossed the old broken canvas bins.  I am now going to use this shelf for his shoes and hats.

Both his shelf and dresser were made of laminated particle board.  They are not the best quality furniture, but I knew Chalk Paint™ would do the trick and transform these pieces.

We chose a wall color that was similar to the French Linen and started painting....
 and painting....
and painting...

Finally, we were done!

 It is amazing what a little Chalk Paint™ and a new duvet cover does to a bed!

All of his hats and shoes have a place.  Since they are so easy to find and put away, his room has stayed clean!

His room was getting a little too "grey and yellow" for him so we painted the dresser in Pure White with a French Linen top and Arles knobs.

So with a little paint and a whole lot of patience and love, Spencer's room is now done. 

He is loving his new room!

We would love to help you with a room makeover!  Whether you need a quick color consult or would like us to transform your room for you, come into The Bella Bungalow.  We would love to talk to you!

~Happy Painting from the girls at The Bella Bungalow~

Friday, September 14, 2012

Welcome Back!!!

After a year off from blogging, we decided it was time to get back to it!  A LOT has happened in a year. 

We were able to open our shop.  Our one month of renovations turned into three months of painting, but we eventually opened our doors. 

We worked on numerous projects with our beloved Chalk Paint™ brand decorative paint.  There were too many projects to show you, but here are a few before and after pictures.  What easy and beautiful transformations you can get with Chalk Paint™.

Armiore Before
Armiore After (look, you can even paint the hardware)

Old Radio Cabinet Before
Radio Cabinet turned into a wine storage cabinet

Old French inspired table with a laminate top (Before)

Here it is after!  Yes, we painted that laminate to look like a fine wood finish!

We even painted a pulpit!

We attended a few great events to spread the word about Chalk Paint™. 
The picture here is our booth from Ruffles & Rust.  We are getting ready to head back to this show October 12th and 13th.  Visit if you would like to pre-purchase your tickets.

The historic part of Arlington had many fun events this year.  We fought for the cure and painted the town purple to support Relay for Life.

Our Dad enjoyed his time at the Show and Shine Car Show with his 36' Ford.

We were able to travel back to New Orleans to learn from the master herself!  Annie Sloan kicked off her US tour with our annual Stockist meeting.  We were able to learn and laugh with Annie Sloan!  Looking forward to our next meeting next spring.

And whats to come at The Bella Bungalow you ask?  We will continue to paint using Chalk Paint™ and add other new products by Annie Sloan as well as add new lines to the store. 

Annie Sloan is getting ready to release a new workbook that we are now offering on our website if you would like to pre-order your copy now. 

Also coming soon will be Annie Sloan's new home fragrances.

Last but not least....

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint will be in stock any day. 

I know that one post does not even scratch the surface of what we have been up to this past year, but it is a start!

And we promise to keep you all a little more up to date with more frequent posts!

~Happy Painting from the girls at The Bella Bungalow~