Project Looming :: A Cart Makeover


Ever since my Kitchen Facelift completion (here) I’ve not been working on too many projects. And while I’m not quite ready to take on any big projects, I am ready to spiff up some small ones.

Meet my kitchen cart. He belonged to my grandparents, I’m pretty sure they used him in the laundry room for misc. shelving. He now resides in my kitchen, my nicely painted kitchen; needless to say his roughed up paint job sticks out like a sore thumb.

I’ve been eyeing this cart makeover from A Beautiful Mess. The brass and black is a great combo. I can’t decided if I quite like the 2tone or not for my kitchen. Maybe brass and white would be more fitting for my space.

FancyFreeMe Black and Brass Cart

I’m also a fan of the all-over color used on this blue cart from Man Made. I don’t think I’ll go blue since there isn’t an ounce of blue in the room. I kept everything really neutral so most likely I’d paint it black or white. I do like how it pops against the white wall.

FancyFreeMe blue cart

I found this all white guy on Little Victorian. I like the idea of all white, it’s simplistic and clean, but I’m not sure he’s quite what I had in mind either.

FancyFreeMe White Cart

So, I’m turning to you guys. I’d like you to weigh in on what you think. Do you like the 2tone? Should I incorporate some brass colored paint? I’m pretty sure I won’t be going with a bold color since I don’t really have any in my kitchen. What would you do? I’d love to hear!

Fun with Flower Pots

Fancy Free Me Flower PotsLast week a lovely friend of mine gave me some itty-bitty basil plants that she had started from seed. They were transported in mini dixi cups, the size that you usually see in a bathroom. I knew they wouldn’t stay in there for long and I just happened to have a few small terracotta pots lying around that they’d fit in perfectly. But I couldn’t just let the pots well enough alone, no I had to go and paint them.

Fancy Free Me white pots



Fancy Free Me Tape Off Pattern


Fancy-Free-Me Painted Pots-stripes and dotsl


FancyFreeMe Enjoy


++  To make the polka dots I used a fresh eraser on the end of a pencil-it worked like a charm!

++  For another mini flower pot craft, check out Kristen of Just a Girl and Her Little Dog. She did the cutest succulent gift post and added pea gravel to the top of the planter for that stone garden feel. A look that I will definitely be incorporating into some of my pots this season.

TRIM PAINT: Before and After

I’m so excited to share todays post! It’s what you’ve all been waiting for, sadly a month late, (sorry about that.) For those of you who don’t know or can’t remember, I started painting the trim in 2 rooms of my home. Honestly the results are so amazing that I’m hitting myself for waiting 5 years before doing this!!

BEFORE: The living room’s orange hued miss-matched trim is not original to the house. So there were no “attachment issues” with ruining beautiful wood with paint. Besides, it’s all a bit heavy and disjointed for my taste.


AFTER: It’s amazing what a little paint and a lot of man-hours can do to a space. It’s fresh, unified, chic and relaxing. The living room feels much more open and the windows just recede into the space. I not only painted the trim but the fireplace as well as the front door. These were cream and looked terribly dingy next to the new brilliant white trim. (Doesn’t my ivory elephant stand out so much more now?! I just love that little guy!)

FancyFreeMe LR Trim After 1

FancyFreeMe LR Trim After 2

FancyFreeMe LR Trim After3

THE NITTY-GRITTY DETAILS {I wiped the wood clean of dust and primed with Zinsser 123 Primer. Filled all the cracks and joints and holes. Then finished with 2 coats of Sherwin William’s Latex Enamel Trim Paint in Snowbound.}


BEFORE: The orange hued trim of the living room gives way to a darker and more brown stain in the dining room. None of the trim matched in these 2 rooms so painting it white brought the 2 spaces together. I never wanted to sit in my dining room. It’s a room we use every day constantly so I really wanted to like it more. It’s still a work in progress, but painting the trim will keep me satisfied for quite some time.


AFTER: It’s like a totally new room with the trim paint! Open and airy, and much more preppy right?

FancyFreeMe Dining Trim After

But that’s not all the painting I did to this space. I also had to paint below the chair rail, the gray paint wasn’t cutting it any longer. Lightening the gray to a khaki really aided in this room’s lofty feel.

FancyFreeMe wall paint


So much better right?! It was worth every bit of extra time it took to paint below the chair rail.

FancyFreeMe Dining Trim After3

FancyFreeMe Dining After 2a

Not that I wasn’t before, but I am so sold on the power of white trim. It just opens up the possibilities of your space and design. And in my case created a calm, clean and brilliant place to live.

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