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Friday
Mar042011

helpful painting tutorial

At least I'll attempt to be helpful.

So to get here (above), we gotta start here (below).

Taping all edges is first up. Then prep space for painting by using newspaper/etc to cover all area. TIP: I think propping the mirror up off the surface/floor would have been beneficial to prevent pooling paint at the bottom edge. Cutting off the dried paint was far less appealing than a nice backside edge.

Meet my new best friend. Primer spray paint—oh, how I love you. This stuff was so easy to apply and I think made the finished product look really good. I plan to use this on every paint project from now on.

Taking this project seriously, I bought a NICE edging brush and good paint. The three supplies (primer/brush/paint) ran just over $20, but made for a great end product finish.

After one primer and two coats of paint, I removed the tape before the second coat was dry. Needless to say I had a few leaks and paint on the mirror (above). To clean up the mirror surface, I used fingernail polish remover (with acetone) and razor blade. This worked really well and I don't think the mirror sustained any damage during its makeover.

All purdy and ready to hang!

While not the most inspiring post I've ever written, I hope it's helpful when you come across a paint project in the future. Have a most excellent weekend! I plan to do some crafty projects and should have fun things to show next week. How about your weekend plans???

Wednesday
Feb232011

my bathroom makeover

IT'S DONNNEEEEEEE!!!!

So head over heels in love with the whole bathroom now. Details explained below.

So happy with everything. Here is the list of updates we made:
New vanity & sink // professionally installed
Paint // wall color is Behr Semi-gloss Dark Granite and ceiling is Behr Silver Drop
Added an exhaust fan/ceiling light combo
New light fixture above mirror  // attached underneath shelving
Took off cabinet doors and painted shelving
Changed all outlets to black outlets
New *vintage* mirror // found at flea market in Denver
New towel hooks and bathroom accessories
Shopping list // Metal letters // Print // Tissue box cover // Baskets // Rug

It seems so simple in list form, but adding the exhaust fan and new lighting above the sink were nightmare projects (because the house is almost 100 years old). Most else was pretty straight forward. Originally I bought this beautiful bathmat, but sadly it wouldn't fit. The vases with greenery idea I found here while googling wall decor ideas. In the spring I can switch them out with pretty yellow flowers. The new vanity is my favorite part, and makes the tiny bathroom feel much more roomy. I can't get over how much more fun it is to wash my hands. A close second is the incredible mirror (originally brown), I love how it covers the entire wall space.

Glad to share with you on this happy Wednesday! Any ideas to add more form or function?

Monday
Feb212011

bathroom reno inspiration

A little disclaimer for your Monday morn. When my husband comes home, many things go on hold (work, relationships, craft projects, etc). It's a strange and temporary way of life for us right now, and not always the most convenient. Needless to say a lot of house gets neglected with me in charge, so he and I have been working nearly full time to make some bathroom (and other) updates and I am ALMOST ready to reveal. *so excited!* Here are the images that caused the bathroom to beg for some TLC:


{left CB2 catalog, image right}

The before is not TERRIBLE, but certainly not lovely! I liked the tiling and silver curtain but HATED the vanity/mirror/lighting. And you know when small things just nag at you every time you are in the room (like poor painting/tiling/nasty towel hooks/etc)?
This was the room that nagged:

With the above inspiration in mind, along with the palette below, my husband graciously agreed to some updates that *as I should know* were a lot more work and more money than predicted. He has worked SO hard I just love him to pieces.

1 // 2 // 3 // 4

The ONLY thing left to do is a little shopping, which has turned out to be a hassle (isn't this supposed to be the fun part?!). Finding the right floor rug, baskets, and wall art was no easy feat!!! There is the largest return pile sitting in the house, but we are so close. The above list are the keepers that we've decided will stay.

Whew—I am a little long winded. So that is the preview, and I am testifying now that it will be done this week. Can't wait to share the final product!

Friday
Feb042011

stamp it up

Check this. So, I got really tired of those goofy mailing labels that come in the mail (the free ones with cartoons and no stickiness) and wanted a little more spunk and chunk for my snail mail. Hence, I've had a stamp made.

It may not be revolutionary, but it is fun. Although I did get a little carried away with the chunk. Even when the numbers aren't blackened, in the font is hard to read.

Happy Friday to you! Hopefully you have some fun weekend plans, mine includes visiting family in Wyoming. Let the long road trip begin!

Wednesday
Feb022011

more embroidery hoop art

Happy February! Starting off the month of love with a LOVE-ly wall display.

I noticed this on the Facebook page of my design hero and friend—Maria, and BEGGED her to let me share with you. Part of her nursery decor to welcome Oliver and oh-SO-sweet! Hard to choose a favorite with the button flowers, house on a hill, basically every adorable hoop. Which is YOUR favorite???

Wednesday
Jan262011

converted shower curtain

Thrifty. Frugal. Tightwad. Cheapskate. I go by many names. But I'm ok with that. Below is my latest venture to get the look I want at a fraction of the cost.

Yep. It's a shower curtain. On clearance.

Ever since I saw the curtain from this place (via Twig & Thistle), I've been desperately wanting the look. Then during a routine shopping trip, I noticed this curtain in the EXACT material/color I wanted. So this morning I cut and sewed a few ruching strips and now I have TWO curtains for a total of $20.

I will admit the second curtain didn't turn out too well...but what can ya do.

Wednesday
Dec012010

chic wreath diy

Perfect for any occasion and easliy updated.

I'm sure this has been done a million times. It's super simple and inexpensive, with only three ingredients. Follow instructions below:

Cut up many many strips of fabric, any color or blend. I cut roughly 1"x7" strips, and used muslin and white burlap.

Next, simply tie one knot around wreath (no need to double). Any size/type of wreath works for this, I used a cheap one from the $1 store and a fatter grapevine wreath is pictured. Even an emproidery hoop or cardboard circle would work. Different widths and sizes allow a wide range of creativity to gain any style or desired look. While the fabric knots are a bit time consuming, it's super easy to do while watching movies or tv.

Tie knots all around until the wreath is covered. Optional: Attach a wire circle hanger using any bendable thin wire.

Last, attach a fun accent. Any bow or flower of any color will work. Easy peasy!

Monday
Nov292010

white green christmas diy

Back to blogging > and should have posted this weeks ago. Now I have so much to share I'll be posting like mad!

First time decorating for Christmas since high school—and loving the results! Many of my ornaments are DIY, using pinecones, paper, and fabric-wrapped balls. I still spent more than I'd hoped {mission fail}. And still undecided about the tree topper....but I prefer it over store ones I've seen. It'll do this year.

Also, I must add that pre-lit trees are from the devil. Worst idea ever—considering they lasted a whole of 3 hours, followed by my attempted fix taking another 4.

One more thing! My outdoor wreath below, LOVE LOVE. It's the DIY from Creature Comforts. Best 5 min - $3 DIY ever attempted. Ez's Christmas DIY posts have been AMAZING.

Okay ONE MORE note. I'll post the super simple wreath and tree skirt later this week (trying to pack in all these Christmas posts now!), so don't change that channel!

Friday
Nov122010

a goodbye for your weekend

Make sure to check out my wall decor tutorial on oh, hello friend.

Sidenote: the gift below is THE SWEETEST thing I've ever seen.

Making sweet notes that correspond with the gifts, SO precious. Made my heart melt back when Danni was planning her wedding (and I randomly remembered it recently). See the full post here.

And wishing you a weekend full of thoughtfulness.

Wednesday
Nov102010

dresser made feminine luxe

So this would have been a GREAT tutorial, except that the "before" images were taken so long ago that I accidentally deleted them from my hard drive. *insert mad face* Has this happend to anyone else?! Luckily I am so happy with how it turned out, I have no reason to pout about it. Below are a few images and brief instructions.

First, I sanded for over an hour because there were 3D bows across the top, along with flower decals on the drawers. Then I touched up the areas with some white paint. I wanted the drawers to have a subtle difference (dileberated for months) until last weekend I had an epiphany with the cream lace. Perfecto! Add some modge podge and a good trimming.

The cream and white needed the compliment of colored knobs. Using acrylics, I painted the teal gray and then sanded them down to keep their antique look. Finish with cotton stalks and a lovey dovey print. Wham > from little girl to glam in two afternoons. Thoughts? To feminine for the husband? Or worth it?