Happy Fall Y’all

by Rhondi Mullins on September 22, 2015

Happy fall y’all!  Fall officially starts Sept 23 4:21 am  The weather felt like fall today so it was a perfect day to do a little fall decorating. Fall flowersFirst thing I did was pick some flowers in the woods down the street.fall mantle 2015Then I added a few things to the mantle in our living room.fall mantle 2It looks pretty with the candlelight.fall mantle 3The glow of the candle reflects off the brass lamp which gives light to the pumpkins I paintedfall mantle 5A few more bits and pieces finish it off: brass deer, brass candlesticks, initial and flowers.Some fake bittersweet lining the mantle to finish it off.

fall in the kitchen I also decorated the hutch in the kitchenfall in the kitchen 2

A teapot with a broken handle from my grandmother and a little 60 cent plate I bought at Value Village today.  fall in the kitchen 3Some fake gourds and a pumpkin soup tureen.  Can’t wait for it to get cool enough for me to serve soup from it!

Solidago from our garden.  This always makes me think of fireworks.

That’s it for fall decor around here.  Happy fall y’all.

What do you do for fall around your house?

Rhondi xo


DIY Chairs

by Rhondi Mullins on September 21, 2015

Hi  What have you been up to lately?   I’ve been busy painting DIY chairs and finding fabric bargains to cover them.  The latest one is the two chairs at the ends of our dining room table.  Several years ago I covered them in  a check pattern I made with shirts from Goodwill.  They were beginning to get a little worn looking.  So when I found some red and blue toile regular $13 a yard for $4 a yard I couldn’t resist buying it.  I unscrewed the seats.

chair redo 1

And took off the fabric.  This is what I had before the blue.  I just used  scissors to cut the fabric bigger than the seat, then folded it over and used a staple gun to staple it.

chair redo 2

dining room chairs new cover

Here they are finished.  But they didn’t  look right in the dining room anymore, so  I wandered around the house looking for where I could put them and they ended up here in our front entry.  I really like them there, so what if you trip over them when you come in the front door? Just a minor inconvenience.blue chair redo DIY

I got this fabric on sale too, reg. $29 a yard for $12, and I only needed 3/4 yard.  I am always picking up odd chairs here and there.  This was an orphan chair that I picked up by the side of the road.  I always seem to be doing DIY chairs projects.  Maybe I should be “the chair whisperer”.  Anyhow, there were 2 like this and one with arms.  Chalk paint from Walmart , staple the fabric to the seat, and another project is done.  Color is “Nautical”.  (I should have taken a close up photo so you can see the distressing.  I’ll do that another day).red chair check seat

Remember I showed you these chairs that I painted with the Walmart chalk paint?  I decided they looked better at either end of the table than the blue ones I had before.  The blue orphans are in the middle.

dining room red chairs DIYHere is how the dining rom looks now.  Did I already tell you about the brass chandelier I got for only $15?  Out came the red spray paint and we have a new chandelier.  My new red color scheme is falling into place. To be continued…

Rhondi xo



Chalk Paint Chair DIY

by Rhondi Mullins on August 31, 2015

So I am continuing to add some red to our living and dining rooms. Here is the next addition to the new red color story going on in our house. I bought a pair of these chairs about 15 years ago when we lived in Philadelphia.  They have just been collecting dust in our basement for the last few years.  They used to be black.

chair chalk paint 1

I covered the black paint with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint pure white.

imageSecond coat was chalk paint from Walmart ($7.98).  The color is Imperial. If you’ve purchased chalk paint before you’ll know what a great deal that is!

chair red chalk paintI did it very quickly, not worrying about getting a smooth even coat.

chaire red chalk paint distressedThen I took some sandpaper and “distressed” it.  Distressing is just sanding off parts where it would have naturally worn off over time. I used 100 sandpaper which is a medium grit. If you don’t like this sloppy look , just make sure that your top coat of paint is even strokes.  

red chair chalk paint 3The arms are a place that would get a lot of wear over the years, so I sanded there too.  Annie Sloan suggests using a coat of paste wax before you distress, but I think it distresses easier if you sand before you wax it.

red chair chalk paint 3

I sanded the legs and also the rugs and any other place I thought would get natural wear over the years.  The idea is to make the areas that you distress not look deliberate, but look like it happened naturally over time.  When I was finished I gave it a coat of paste wax. 

red chair check seatThe final step was to recover the chair seat.  Sorry I didn’t think to take any photos of how to do it.  Just google it, if you need some instructions. All you need is a staple gun, screwdriver to remove the seat, and fabric to cover it.

 dining room yellow walls

Right now the walls in our dining room are a pale yellow. The red chairs are going in there and I have a red chandelier that will replace the white one. I’m thinking of painting the top half of the walls navy blue. If I don’t like it, it’s only paint…  

I didn’t mention this to my husband yet.  I wonder what he’ll think when he reads this post!

Valentine tablescapeThanks for stopping by. Got time for a cup of tea?  I’ve got my red and white tea set all ready!

Rhondi xo


Good Monday Morning

by Rhondi Mullins on August 24, 2015

Good morning dear friends

I like to start every morning with a cup of tea, my journal, my bible, and my “one thousand gifts notebook”, where I record things I am thankful for.

morning quiet time

What a beautiful sight greeted me this morning as I sat in our sunroom with a second cup of tea.

Sunlight in woods


There were rays of sunlight beaming through the trees.


And as I watched it got brighter.

sunlight in woods 3

And brighter…

sunlight in woods 4

Until it was one big spotlight flooding through the entire woods.

spiders web

Then I noticed the sun’s rays had caught the delicate outline of a spider’s web .

I am thankful for a beautiful start to the week.

How is your week starting out? 

Rhondi xo


I Missed You

August 19, 2015

Good morning sweet blogging friends I have missed you!  I miss hearing from you.  I miss visiting you in your homes/blogs.  I miss sharing with you when I have done something new.  So I am posting something today.  Don’t know if I will be posting a lot or not, just have to wait and see! […]

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Time To Call It A Day

January 22, 2015

Dear friends It’s time to call it a day.  For the last couple of years I have been very inconsistent in posting.  Seems that I just can’t find the time to do it anymore.  I am busy with other things: my quilting, art journaling,  a bit of painting and real estate and so I have […]

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Christmas Open House 2014 part 2

December 9, 2014

Welcome to my Christmas open house part 2. Today I’m inviting you into my kitchen.  No smells of christmas baking here and not a homemade cookie in sight! Everything in here is pretty simple.  A wood advent tree I got at a yard sale years ago. I just added some fake apples and real greens […]

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Christmas Open House 2014

December 8, 2014

Welcome to my Christmas open house.  The house is all dressed up for Christmas.  A wreath over the mantle. The star of the show is our tree all decked out in some of my blue and white china.  I’ll show you more photos of it another day. One of my blue and white quilts becomes […]

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First Post

November 25, 2014

Good morning friends It was seven years ago in November, that I wrote my first post and clicked “publish”.  I had been following  a few blogs and wanted to be able to leave comments and so Rose Colored Glasses was born.   I have always loved visiting other bloggers and having people come and comment […]

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November 12, 2014

Good morning.  I have been having fun “doodling”.   I’ve been doodling words, sayings and favorite scriptures.  Just thought I’d share a few of the ones I’ve done lately.     This one was in my lap when I took the photo.   I just noticed you can see part of my feet! I’ve even […]

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