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Stencil Wall Complete!

28 Sep

Yep! We did it!

We conquerd the kitchen with an amazing stencil by Royal Design Studios called Casablanca Trellis.

The whole process took us about 4 hours, thank god I had the husband there to help me, because I don’t think I could have done this alone. I envy all those who can!

Here’s how our little Saturday of painting went down

Many hours later we went from this…

to this!!!

And remember the sunburst mirror I DIY’ed, well I found the perfect place for it.

Don’t you think it compliments the wall perfectly?!

We chose a white satin paint, it’s actually the same color we painted all our interior trim. I love the sheen against the eggshell wall.

Hope you like it! I’m pretty much obsessed.

I’d love to see any walls you’ve stenciled. Were you pulling out your hair or were you loving every minute like us?

DIY Sunburst Mirror

26 Sep

One of the many reasons I love Pinterest is finding new DIY projects to tackle. Like this one from Centsational Girl.

Yes, I’m one of the many bloggers DIYing sunburst mirrors. I’m sorry but these are just too much fun to make and not to mention uber cheap.

My husband being a painter I thought it would be most fitting to use paint sticks. Plus I had the added bonus of getting the paint sticks for free. Oh the perks!

What I used:

16 – 5 gallon paint sticks
16 – 1 gallon paint sticks
7″ craft mirror
7″ wood embroidery hoop
11″ square piece of wood
Hot glue gun
Metallic Craft paint
 

I pretty much followed Centsational Girl’s directions, except doing it a little out of order cause that’s how I roll!

First I did a mock up, just laid it all out!

This is before I trimmed them all, but at least it gave me an idea on how many to paint.

Then I painted all my sticks and embroidery hoop (2 coats), I chose two gold metallic colors.

I spent a couple hours painting on Sunday and I have to say it was pretty relaxing.

The next day, the husband cut the sticks using a chop saw, unfortunately this part was a little out of my league.

I chose to vary the lengths at 9″ and 12″. We also ended up trimming the sides of the square too, because it seemed to show through when I did  my mock up.

Now that everything was painted and cut it was time to start the fun part.

I haven’t used a glue gun since I was probably 10 and wow am I hooked again. Glue guns are bad ass.

So with my trusty glue gun I glued the 7″ mirror to the square wood piece and then glued my embroidery hoop over the mirror.

Once that was set I just started gluing the paint sticks around the mirror. I have to admit there was a little cursing and grunts trying to get the sticks evenly spaced but after some help from the husband I was able to get into the groove of things.

So for less than $20.00 I got this gorgeous sunburst mirror. Can’t beat that!

For my first sunburst mirror I thought it came out pretty good. I’m loving the metallic paint against the wood grain.

So what do you think?

Have you made a sunburst mirror before or do you plan to?

Update on Stencil Wall

23 Sep

Happy Friday!

Well unfortunately after much discussion the stenciling of the hallway is not going to happen and I did try!

But with the gorgeous plaster my husband slaved over and not to mention the uneven walls and 4 doorways it sadly was not in it’s future.

The good news is the kitchen nook has been chosen instead!

This space as always seemed plain to me, so I’m really looking forward to vamping it up.

Oh and here’s a picture of the stencil I chose

It’s called Casablanca Trellis by Royal Design Studios

Wish me (us) luck!

DIY Vintage Frame Jewelry Organizer

19 Sep

This is quite a late post so forgive me.

I got this vintage frame at an estate sale for $1.00, don’t you just love that.

Anyway,  it was pretty ugly

So I was thinking of ways to use it and I had always wanted to create a jewelry organizer, so I did!

So I did what I do best, spray painting.

Stapled some modern trellis fabric to the front, pounded in some nails and screwed in some hooks and TA-DA!

For my earrings I strung jute twine across the frame, for an easy on and off.

Sorry for the lack of photos I forgot to take all the in between shots. Oops!

So today you get a super fast project.

Hope you liked it!

Stencil Wall Approved!

16 Sep

Happy Friday!!

I’m very excited about this post and even more excited to get started on this project.

Last night I slowly asked Ryan if I could stencil the hallway, concerned he would firmly say NO, considering the plaster he did on the walls took some time and labor. To my surprise he said Sure, I was of course screaming with joy inside.

I’ve always wanted to stencil a wall and planned to get started in the nursery once the babe was on his/her way.

Well since that hasn’t happened yet, I thought the hallway would be the perfect space to start up some practice.

Here’s what the hallway looks like now, in case you forgot.

It’s actually really small so I’m hoping this will be a good gradient for me. The only hard part might be the four doorways and wall heater, yeah didn’t think about those.

My first thought on the design was this gorgeous number at Beach Bungalow 8

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Love me some imperial trellis. But sadly after much research online, it looked as though I’d be pulling my hair out as opposed to jumping for joy while doing this pattern. BTW the above is actually wallpaper, and it’s $200 a roll! so I only wish.

Here are some other patterns I like

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This one came out so good! by Vintage Revivals, love the paint colors she chose as well.

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This one came out super pretty too over at IHeart Organizing

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Anyway…looks like I have some decision making to do. I definitely know I want the colors to be white and dark gray, so at least that steps done.

Do you have any favorites?

Have you thought about stenciling a wall in your home?

Painting Weekend

10 Aug

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

I had a fun little weekend spray painting anything I could find.

Like this vintage pedestal tin…

a pretty turquoise

I loved this color so much, I sprayed this old tray too.

I also painted some other things for my little closet update, but I’ll have to share that with you another day once it’s complete.

How much do you all love spray paint? It really is like magic in a can.

Be My Guest

25 Jul

Hi All! It’s Monday, wow I wish it was Friday already. Hope you’re with me on that one.

I realized I forgot to share with you the little revamp I did on the guest bathroom.

I pulled this together the week before the Bridal Shower, because I knew I would be mortified if the guests used this bathroom in it’s existing condition.

Remember this…

Well after a couple of trips to the fabric store and Home Goods, I came up with a quick and easy solution to make this tiny bathroom have a little charm.

First thing I did was add this cute basket and displayed some lovely toilet paper. I know some people might not be into displaying their TP, but I think it works perfectly in such a small space with zero storage.

I was trying to think of ways to hide the ugly pipes under the sink and after a couple of hours of googling, I decided a sink skirt would work the best in such a short amount of time. Here is my take on it, not perfect but it did the trick!

Soooo… what do you think? Came out pretty cute huh? I really can’t wait to gut this bathroom and start fresh.

All it takes is one positive test for the husband to get busy on it…if you know what I mean.

Letter Art

6 Jun

Hi All! Hope your Monday is going well.

We all know the zinc letters at Anthropologie, right?

Well they’re totally cute but at $18 a pop, that just won’t do.

I decided to DIY them by using paper mache letters I got at Joann Fabrics.

I sprayed it pretty heavy so I could get that blotchy uneven look.

And here they are hung up in the kitchen! I used doubled sided tape to attach them to the wall.

Ok next up!  I had Ryan do these, because we wanted to mix two colors together and he’s the best man for that job.

We used these two colors, first he sprayed the top coat in the lighter gold and then lightly sprayed some of the darker gold over it.

Here they are on top of our mantel, I’m obsessed.

I love how using two colors made them look a bit more aged and not so perfect.

This project was so easy and fun, I seriously want to keep going but can’t think of anything else cute to write.

I’m definitely going to do this in the babies room. When the time comes..

 

 

 

Our Pretty Blue Door

27 Apr

Well we he did it!

Our front door is now a pretty gray blue! Isn’t it gorgeous! I’m in love.

In case you forgot this is what our door used to look like, kind of orangey and scratched to all hell, courtesy of Sarge our pug.

And here’s how it all went down…

First step! Sanding!

We had the primer tinted to our color, which is key.

Then we puttied any imperfections.

This stuff is bad ass and drys super fast!

Next up! Sanding again! Woah we did a lot of sanding.

PAINT TIME!

We chose Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray at150%

After another good sanding, Ryan finally sprayed the finish coat. Look at my man in action.

We even did the interior side blue, I think it totally brightens up the room.

Don’t you?

Next up I want to get a retractable screen door (Thanks Jessica for the recommendation!!), update the door hardware and add a cute door knocker.

Hopefully my bank account will recover soon so I can make some purchases!

Exterior Evolution

22 Apr

When we first laid eyes on our little house in 2006, we knew it had huge potential and the best part was it was affordable. I know there are people that like a new remodeled house, but we were not one of them. We love a good challenge and really loved the idea of putting our love, sweat and tears into this house and so we did!!

Sorry for the poor photo, this is the only picture I could find of our house when we moved in. It’s a picture of the CD that we got from our Realtor, unfortunately there were no pictures on the CD, just documents.

Here is the peak above our garage being built, we also upgraded our garage doors and got a new roof.

Oh the joys of having a porta potty in your driveway.

After about a year of living in our little yellow house, we finally painted it! I love the colors we chose, classic gray with a hint of green, bright white trim and a light blue porch.

In 2008 we decided to add 200 square feet to the back of the house, for a master bathroom and larger kitchen.

The addition took over a year to complete! That’s what happens when you do it all yourself at night!

Anyway, here is what our little house looks like now in 2011, we’ve come a long way baby!

TGIF!

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