Sunday, September 25, 2016

Painting My Christmas Tree

Painting My Christmas Tree

I have owned my pink Christmas tree for many years but I wasn't truly happy with it.  It was a very dark pink color and I really wanted it to be a softer pink.  So this year I decided that I was finally going to paint it.  

Dark Pink

In the above photo, you can see the difference
 in the before and after. 

I realized that the Rust-oleum paints can be used on plastic as well,  I figured since my tree is made out of plastic that this paint would work.   So I picked out a lovely soft pink and one can of white.  I had decided that I wanted white accents to simulate snow. 

It took a total of 4 cans of light pink to cover my tree.  I took my tree outside, shaped it a little and painted it.  When I finished painting it pink I took the white and hit the tips of each branch.  

I let it sit outside to dry. 

Then I moved it into my tea room. 

I had found some beautiful light pink lights at Big Lots over the summer.  Not only were the lights pink but the wires were pink as well.  So I added my lights and you can not even see the wires.  

I added my Rachel Ashwell shabby chic tree skirt and my paper churches.  I will be waiting to decorate because Christmas is a long way off but since I already had my tree out to paint it, I thought I would just leave in my tea room.  Besides a pink tree is perfect any time of the year for this girly girl.  

Loving my new lighter pink Christmas tree.


Tea Cottage Pretties

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Fall

Happy Fall

I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Fall!

I am a day late because I was out all afternoon with my sweetie yesterday.  

This week has been filled with lots of projects.  It started out with painting the furniture for my daughter over the weekend and then carried over into my week.  I guess I am just in a crafting sort of mood.  

I have been working on my Christmas tree which was a very dark and bright shade of pink.  I decided that I wanted to paint it a lighter shade of pink and then highlight it with white.  I is starting to look really good and I post more about my tree later.  

Then I started working on a little curio cabinet that was given to me by someone special.  It was in need of some love so I am working on that has well.  I am excited about how it is turning out and I will share this project as well in a future post. 

In between all the projects, I have been decorating for Fall and enjoying my family.  

Wishing you and yours a lovely fall season, 


Tea Cottage Pretties

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Chalkboard Furniture - What was old is new again!

Chalkboard Furniture

What was old is new again. 

My sister-in-law gave our daughter her furniture from when she was a little girl.  Manufactured in 1979, this is a very common style of furniture from that era.  It is very well made and has stood the test of time.  As usual with this type of furniture it had yellowed over time and was in need of a makeover.  

To update the furniture we decided on using a chalkboard paint in a deep grey color.  Not only does the paint update the furniture but our daughter will be able to write on her furniture with chalk.  How fun it that!!!

We started by cleaning the furniture and priming it.   Then we sanded it and painted it using a tiny roller.  This gave us a nice chalkboard surface with a bit of texture.  

Our daughter loves animals and she chose a few pieces to compliment her new furniture.  

We are very pleased with how the furniture turned out.   This project cost us about $30.00 to complete.  That is way better than paying a high price for new furniture.  

Now on to the next project...

Tea Cottage Pretties


Monday, August 8, 2016

More Decorating - My New Ikea Slipcovers!!!

More Decorating

My New Ikea 

I love Ikea furniture and I really love my Ikea Ektorp sofa and chair.  They are not only made well but they are reasonably priced and they fit well in a Shabby Chic styled home.  The best thing about them is that you can easily change the look of your furniture by purchasing new slipcovers from Ikea or even making your own slipcovers.  It is like having brand new furniture. 

One of my disappointments with the slipcovers was that because they were made of 100 percent cotton they tend to shrink and can become difficult to put back on your furniture.  Even if you follow the instructions for washing and replacing them, they still shrink.  

I decided to purchase new slipcovers as mine are showing their age and they are extremely difficult to get back on the furniture now.  I picked out a light blue color from the Ikea site and to my surprise, they are made of polyester.  I do not normally like polyester and I prefer cotton but for ease of washing and use, I think this is the right change for my new slipcovers.  

I ordered both the sofa and chair slipcovers and this week the chair slipcover arrived and I am delighted with it.  It is a beautiful shade of light blue!  

I can't wait to get my sofa slipcover!!!

Also, recently I visited my local Home Goods.  Who doesn't love that store?  To my delight, I found the cutest ottoman that goes so well with my new slipcovers.  It is a shade or two darker which is perfect (I would not want it to be the exact same color).  It was only $35.00 and I simply could not walk out of the store without it. 


Right after I drafted this post I went to look outside and found that my sofa slipcover had arrived.  I was so excited so I went to work putting it on my sofa and I snapped a few photos. 

I added some beautiful Shabby Chic pillows by Rachel Ashwell.  

The blue is perfect in my tea room (living room). 

I think they look lovely and it really is like having brand new furniture.  

Decorating is the best!


Tea Cottage Pretties

Other items in photos include:

Teddy Bear from Cracker Barrel -
 wind-up that plays "Jesus Loves Me" 

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic pillows -
Pink square pillow and white long round pillow

William and Katherine Wedding Tea Towel - 
one of my favorite things!

Mirrored glass tray -
from Target

Antique hand painted Bavarian Teapot

Antique Cobblers baby shoe form -
 hand painted by me in pink with sweet roses

Vintage table -
hand painted by me in white and blue with beautiful roses

Pink bunny candle - 

Limoges Nappy (lemon server) -
hand painted with roses

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Fun Part of Moving

The Fun Part of Moving

Moving is such hard work from the sorting, packing, shipping, unpacking, more sorting, and eventually finding a home for all your things.  In time and with a lot of effort eventually things start to come back together and you can relax or in my case, start to have fun.  I love decorating and making things beautiful so the decorating is my favorite part of moving or should I say it is the ONLY thing about moving that I enjoy at all.  

I own a few of those vintage metal patios sets, three to be exact and I usually opt to paint them white.  I love when they are freshly painted and all the years of weather and wear are all covered up and they are made new again.  However, this time, I opted to paint one of my sets a beautiful teal color and I set out looking for the right paint.  I found in a Rustoleum paint called Seaside.  

This patio set was very weathered and was in desperate need of a good paint job.  I am over the moon excited with its new color and it adds a very needed pop of brilliant color to our backyard.  

I think it turned out lovely!

Share your projects below in the comments and I will come and take a look.  

Off to my next project,

Tea Cottage Pretties

Tuesday, July 19, 2016



After three long months and a lot of hard work, we are finally home.   

Welcome to Tea Cottage Pretties!

Our home has really started to look like our home.  I am almost finished with my Tea Room, so I wanted to share a few photos.  I decided to use the pink Ikea sofa cover on my sofa and the white on my chair.  I draped my Catherine and William tea towel over the white chair.  The only new purchases are the blue ottoman, crown, and the pink wings.  

View coming down the stairs. 

Our formal living area flows into the dining area.  

I have my beautiful china cabinet back and all of my Limoges.  I lost one tiny lid to a sugar dish and one plate.  They simply are missing and I am hopeful that they will show up in the last few boxes that I have left.

The best thing about our new home is I have a loft to use as my craft room.  I have my painting easels, sewing area, and my keyboard set up in the loft.  I am so excited to get back to work on my crafting space but that is for another day.  

Thank you for visiting us in our new home.


Tea Cottage Pretties

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Long Way Home

My beautiful cottage furniture.  We bought two of these to use as our new bedside tables.  Aren't they sweet and perfectly styled for our shabby chic bedroom.  

Hello my friends, it has been some time since I last posted on my blog and I wanted to give you an update on what has been going on in our life.  We have worked very hard over the last few months moving back to America from South Korea.  We loved Korea and we will miss it but Korea will always be in our hearts and it was time to come home.  

We began this journey by preparing everything for our long journey back home.  There was a lot of planning, cleaning, packing our belongings and then shipping everything home.  

We then traveled with just one bag and one carryon for each of us.  We arrived in Texas and stayed in guest housing for about 2 weeks.  We then found a home and we now have about half of our belongings and we are waiting on the rest of our stuff from Korea.  

I was upset when I found out that we had to return to America sooner than expected but somehow something changed for me once we arrived.  I had a severe case of culture shock at first and it was difficult for me.  I was once again surrounded by all things familiar but the problems was there was so much that was familiar and it was overwhelming.  Once that feeling subsided I then realized how pleasantly happy I was to be home again.  

We were excited to see family members again that we had missed during our stay in Korea.  We wanted to eat all the foods we had missed while in Korea.  We wanted to go to all the places we know and love.  My daughter and I wanted to go shopping at our favorite stores.  We wanted to do it all and we wanted to do it right now but that was to much to take in.  

Now that things have settled down we have slowed down and we are taking our time getting back out there and enjoying our surroundings again.  

We are slowly taking care of all the important stuff.  We have been buying new furniture to replace things that had seen better days or that we had donated to others when we moved to Korea.  We are putting our life back together and taking it one day at a time.  

The best part is I finally have a craft room, well a craft loft.  It is big and so perfect and I am excited to finally be able to leave my sewing machine out and ready to use at any time.  

Our journey has been long and hard but we are almost there.  Just one more shipment away from being complete and then maybe I can get back to crafting and having fun.  I will share some of my finds and some of my decorating touches over the next few weeks.  Until then I am happy to be back home and happy to be able to get back to blog.  

Home agian, 

Tea Cottage Pretties

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring Puts On A Show

Spring Puts On A Show

Two years ago we made a decision to move our family to South Korea.  Our main focus was keeping our family together and if that meant moving us half way around the world then that is what we were going to do.  Sometimes we make decisions in life that become our greatest decisions.  Little did we know that we come to love our new home and for this reason, it is going to be hard to say goodbye to South Korea.  

For just a few short weeks in early Spring the ornamental cherry trees put on a show.  There are lots of festivals celebrating this once a year occurrence.  This year Tiffany and I decided to attend a festival at Pyeongtaek Univeristy.  On our way out I captured the first picture which is a small tree right outside our villa.  The field behind it is a rice paddy. 

 The image below was captured alongside the road as we drove to the festival. 

Tiffany standing on the stone stairway that we climbed to get to the festival.

  Beautiful people

Beautiful Music

Beautiful Buildings

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms

We will soon be saying goodbye to South Korea but I will leave a small part of me behind and I will never forget my home for the last two years - South Korea.  

Look for us soon to be posting from our new home back in America.  I will be putting our home back together again which means lots of projects, crafts and some wonderful recipes to come.

Happy Spring, 

Tea Cottage Pretties


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