Finish Magazine summer issue 2016
Finish Magazine summer issue 2016

The summer issue of Finish Magazine is available now for download.  Finish Magazine is a collaboration between Wagner Spraytech and the uber talented Matthew Mead.  Inside the pages are some inspiring DIY  projects that can easily be tackled with the right tools and a little downtime. I have two of my projects featured in the summer issue. One is a project that will take only a day and the other is a project that needs you to set aside a few days.  Both are easy and incredibly satisfying.  Take a peek …

chippendale petite secretary before
chippendale petite secretary before

My brother-in-law gifted me this secretary that was original to the house that he has lived in for oh-so-many-years. It sat in his basement wrapped up in drop cloths for close to a decade.  It was a lovely old petite Chippendale that needed a lot of love.  The finish was worn and battered and some of the veneer was missing along with some other little pieces here and there.  I carefully removed the doors and pried away the mullions so I could paint and repair them.  I envisioned this pretty secretary residing at our beach house with a coat of a different color …

 

petite Chippendale Secretary after
petite chippendale secretary after

My friend Matthew Mead and I had a fun day turning this secretary from a “Glamour Don’t” into a “Glamour Do”. We used the Wagner Home Decor Sprayer loaded with Paris Grey and Antoinette chalk paint and made short work of this makeover. I did use my brush on the more delicate areas but found the sprayer was able to get into the nooks and crannies much more easily.  Within a day I had a beautifully painted cabinet ready to move to our beach house.

mini bathroom remodel
mini bathroom remodel

Having a few extra days on my hands – I got around to tackling our beach house bath.  I call this my budget beach house bath remodel.  Our bathroom was functional but vanilla and it didn’t scream “beach”.  All the elements where there; a nice tub, perfectly fine vanity, shower and windows – we just needed a little bit of oomph to make it special.

shiplap walls and upcycled fixtures
shiplap walls and upcycled fixtures

I asked my good friend and frequent collaborator Andres Espinosa to help me create the shiplap surround in the bath tub area.  He also worked with me to trade out some rather hideous vanity light fixtures for my vintage mechanic lights that I rewired and repainted.  My crusty framed mirror that I found at Brimfield also was hung in place of a rather standard piece of vanity mirror.  Things were taking shape – ship shape that is!

budget beach house bath remodel
budget beach house bath remodel

Andres installed the shiplap surrounding the tub and then painted it in a snap using the Flexio 890. Then I got to work doing what I love best – the styling!  I finally got to use my Serena and Lily round jute rug and then pulled in some other natural elements that I’ve had languishing in my prop closet. (yes – I have a prop closet much to my husband’s chagrin). Some fluffy white towels, woven baskets and chippy finishes and voila – my beachy bath is complete in two days.

budget beach house bath renovation
budget beach house bath renovation

The final touch in any room for me is a piece of art painted by me.  The botanical leaning up against my new shiplap wall is a piece I made for Happy Modern magazine shot by my friend and frequent collaborator Matthew Mead.  As a matter of fact, all of these lovely photos are taken by Matthew for Finish Magazine.

I hope you enjoyed these projects that were near and dear to my heart. Thanks to the talented Andres Espinosa for helping me to create a little refuge at the beach and to Matthew Mead for photographing my efforts and cheering me on and also to Wagner Spraytech for creating some pretty cool products for the DIYer.

more to come – happy summer!

Ellen

 

Ellen McHale

I hope that my website feels like a thoughtful gesture; like a handwritten note, a shared recipe accompanied by a jar of something homemade or like a perfectly wrapped gift

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