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just a little paint

it’s amazing what a little bit of paint can do, don’tcha think?

and really, isn’t that the easiest, cheapest, DIY update and renovation you can make on your home?

Here is the before from our original house tour:

front room

and now, FINALLY changing that BLA-beige to gorgeous grays, you will find i’m a much happier girl. i actually painted back in February but i’m finally getting the pictures taken.

after: {ignore our huge coat rack. lol i should have emptied it!}

Dining Room 4

Dining Room 2

just one room though… i have a lot of work to do if i’m going to paint the whole house!

{and yes, the hymnal wall is still there! who knows how much longer that will last though}

painted DR3 painted dining room painted DR2

it is hard to show on the camera what a difference the gray is from the beige. you can kinda see it in that picture below- the corner of the stairs because i didn’t paint up the stairs yet!

here are some overall room shots:

Dining Room 3 Dining Room  i’m loving it! i was a little afraid the dark wall would make the room feel too dark, but really it just makes all the white things pop and brighter.

what do you think? do you like changing the paint in your rooms? do you like experimenting with color?

xoxo-kimberly renee

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what?! she painted something?

the paint brushes have been out recently! i know right?! CRAZY. it’s been FOREVER. i think it’s stress or something that finally made me drag them out. but i’m glad i did because i finally got around to starting finishing the commission painting for some dear friends {that they asked for like two years ago… but let’s just ignore that} FAMILY phil 4-small

i love that their family verse at the moment is Philippians 4:8. please don’t mind that i dropped a few whatevers. it just wasn’t going to fit. tee hee. anyway, what do you guys think?

 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

and do you guys have a family verse? do you change it yearly? i think it’s an awesome idea!

now let’s see when i get around to actually packing it in a box…

xoxo-kimberly renee

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painting a perfectly fine piece of furniture

little cleaner  it was months… MONTHS ago that i posted this photo on instagram of the little miss cutie patotee helping me clean my birthday present from hubby.

let me back up.

one day while wandering around the Habitat for Humanity ReStore looking for something else, we found an old {giant} hutch  for a steal. it was only $199! what?! we abandoned all previous plans and tried to figure out if we could really get this. we’ve been wanting one. it was on a wish list- like years down the road. it was pretty beat up, with lots of scratches. -and weird ones, like on one side of the counter but not the other?  but all the doors and drawers still opened beautifully and it really was a nice piece… so he said it was my birthday present. no need to convince me!

then we had to figure out how to get it home.

whew!

besides that, it was a total dream! and i knew i wanted to paint it. i actually had planned to paint it the next week. or the week after at the latest…

well, babies get sick. mommas get sick. life happens and all of a sudden months pass.

and it still looked like this:

pre paint  {ha, besides the cleaning rag from the first day}

which was fine. i was totally used to it. i still thought it was pretty. it was the perfect piece for our rather empty dining room.

but i knew. i just knew that it wanted to be a brighter, happier color. and i knew, i just knew that the beadboard in the back wanted to be white, it wanted to pop. i finally just took the whole thing apart and began painting.

have you all used Annie Sloan chalk paint. let me tell you, i LOVE this stuff! it goes on like a dream. you can add water to make it run on smoother, you can mix your own colors SUPER easy. i mixed dutch blue with pure white. holla!

the picture below is after the first coat! process  but seriously, three words: SO MUCH DENTAL.

ha.

it wasn’t going to be perfect, lines where the blue meets the white are not perfect, there are still some dings and scratches that show through and with a little buddy constantly needing me the project took multiple days (over a week to get the thing back together!) but it’s done and it’s beautiful. #idhtbptbb “It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful!” {from The Nester}

speaking of… i have been putting off typing up this post because i keep meaning to get my nice camera out to take the pictures. let’s just be honest, it hasn’t happened for the last two weeks, it’s not going to happen any time soon so i might as well just post these iphone photos and get done with it! HA.

again…double hashtag idhtbptbb!!! blue hutch  i left the hardware exactly the same. i thought about cleaning the brass up but i was afraid it would be too shiny…brass color… instead of this patina of antique brass which i loved, so i just left it.

the only sad part is that as we were putting it back together one of the pieces of glass in the doors broke. sad day! but you can’t really tell, right?

top half  now i smile every time i see the dining room. it’s so much happier and brighter. one day we will paint the walls and change the light fixture. until then, i’m going to live with this beauty.  hutch  so, moral of the story?

1. go with your gut and just do it. just paint the darn thing that’s been sitting there begging to be painted for months.

and

2. ALWAYS remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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Arise, shine!

Isaiah Angel-small

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,

and thick darkness the peoples;

but the Lord will arise upon you,

and his glory will be seen upon you.”

Isaiah 60:1-2

this is verse is beautiful. i keep reading it over and over. i can’t stop thinking about our Light coming and chasing away all of the darkness. Our Light, our Lord of lords and Prince of Peace, HAS COME.

then this morning, i was reminded of this verse:

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” 

Hebrews 1:3

this Christmas, may the Light of the world bring you hope. Hope that where there is light, there can not be darkness. He has WON and sits on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

last night i just couldn’t resist painting another angel. this Isaiah verse has been stuck in my head all month long and i finally gave in and got my paintbrushes out! it’s been over a year since i painted something just because. over a year. 

i painted it just for me. it’s not perfect. it was rushed. i just had to get it out. does that even make sense? it just needed to be put on paper{or in this case a piece of wood}

but i felt like creating it was a way to process the power that the light has over darkness. where there is even just a glimmer of light, there can not be complete darkness. if the little light of a tiny candle can remind us that darkness can not rule, think of the power of THE one true LIGHT has over the darkness in my heart! over the darkness of this world!!

i also felt like i had to DO something to obey the command: Arise, Shine! it is a command. it is a command to do what the Lord has called each of us to do! i can SHINE because the Light lives in me. i am called to live every day shining with light of the One who made me and loves me. Jesus our Lord, came to bring peace and light to the dark world. and to our hearts.

and i wanted to share it with you. to remind you, that Your Light HAS COME! Arise and Shine, my friends, for your Light has come!

Merry Christmas eve!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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a commissioned painting

close up art

well, i was BEYOND HONORED when a friend asked if i would paint something for their kid’s bedroom. it was so fun and since i’ve only just recently gotten out the paint brush again, i was happy to have something new to work on! she also didn’t have any requirements. usually it helps if there’s some direction- such as a verse you want, or if you want certain people in the painting… but i enjoyed having the freedom just to go for it.

close up art and brush

recently, i’ve been loving to create patchwork collages to start my paintings. i love that it reminds me of pieces of a quilt. they have meaning or history and then i paint over them. maybe the meaning and the history is lost to the general observer but it’s there when i create it and so it’s still there to me. i picked blue pieces of paper for the sky, green for the grass, and i used old books and old advertisements for the space between.

artwork beginning

then i started to paint.

artwork step2 artwork step3

then it was time to add texture. doileys, an old wine cork, some bubble wrap helped to add some fun designs to the background.

artwork step4

then i added my girl flying a kite. i debated adding a couple more kids but i wanted to keep it simple, remember?

i was in love. i almost didn’t want to give it away!

words lower left corner

then i added the verse. “let everything that has breath, praise the Lord” psalm 150:6

i pray that this verse inspires those kids to remember to praise the Lord in everything. even while on a windy hill flying a kite.

detail

the pieces of paper give it a 3d feel too. which i love.

completed painting

the finished piece. it’s 14×16 so it’s nice and big to fill a sweet little wall. i hope they enjoy it!

and i hope that i keep painting! i’ve really enjoyed it recently as an outlet when i feel overwhelmed.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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i got out the paintbrush…

new painting   for the first time in ages. i actually sat down and painted a canvas. i’ve been dying to do it for months. i kept putting it off because i didn’t have time, or my studio was a mess, or i didn’t know what i would paint.

can you even believe it?

new painting detail new painting words

ya me neither.

and let me tell you, it felt SO good!

new painting overview

and here is my new piece! it is for a sweet little boy who had his 1st birthday party over the weekend. they are moving into a new house at the end of the summer, so i hope that it helps to decorate his room. ha. it always makes me nervous to give away my art though, because what if his momma doesn’t like it? and puts in the back of a closet? what if it ends up just being trash for her when i’ve put my heart into it? always, always, there’s that fear. but sometimes it’s just best to face our fears and give what we have.

that’s all God asks of us, right? to be me. so i give and hope that Jesus’ words inspire this little boy’s life. Happy 1st birthday Parker!

“and he said to them, “follow me and i will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19

new painting size

i kind of feel the same way about selling my art. it’s scary to put it out there and then be rejected! but, if you happen to want a copy of this painting for your own little boy’s room, or for a little boy you know, or may sometime know in the future, i’m selling the printable in my etsy shop.

you can buy it, i email you the pdf, and then you print it as many times as you want! yup, you read that right. {that’s how it works with all of my printables!} to me, that’s a great deal! i mean, heck, when a little boy’s birthday comes along this year, all you have to do is buy a frame and print off a copy of this and bam-a-lam. you got yourself an awesome, meaningful little gift! hee hee. anyway. if you’re interested in purchasing the printable, go here.

i’m inspired to keep painting. hopefully i’ll finish another one soon! {you can see the beginnings of one on the right in the picture above! that is a commission for a couple of foster parents…woot! so excited to get back to it!} i have a bunch of ideas but not so much time… here’s to hoping i get to it before the end of the summer lol.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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