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Friday, December 27, 2013

Pink Flowers

Hope you had a fabulous Christmas!  I am always excited when the craziness is over, but then I realize there were tons of little projects I wanted to do.  Oh well...just not enough time!

Since we were having family here I did do a few things to spruce up the house.  Drew and I headed to Hobby Lobby to look for some flowers to put in our entertainment center.  He still loves to help me even though he turned 11 this month  (well...at least he is good at pretending...lol!).  Cade (who is 8 and refuses to humor mommy) went to a neighbors to play since he wanted nothing to do with Hobby Lobby!

Here is what we came up with...I love the color! 


The best part 50% off.  I already had the white flower, but we needed some color to brighten up this crazy cut out...in came pink!



I love how real they look!  What do you think about pink for a Christmas accent? 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Emma's Bedroom Inspiration Boards

Yes!!  Both sets of inspiration boards are complete.  Just in time for Christmas!  This set of boards is for Erin's older sister Emma.  I really hope they like them!




Each board has a few little changes to see what catches her eye.  Which board catches your eye?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Erin's Bedroom Inspiration Boards

Wow...time has flown by!  We went to Tucson for Thanksgiving and I have no idea why I haven't posted since Nov. 12th...yikes!

I know I have been extremely busy and have been doing lots of decorating so I really need to get these things posted...lol:-)

Recently I've been hard at work on creating inspiration boards for two adorable girls who will be getting new bedrooms when they return from overseas.  They will not return until June, but their mom wanted to surprise them with some Christmas bedroom inspiration boards.

I finished Erin's boards...so fun!





Aren't they so cute?!  She wanted her accent color to be orange so I played around a little bit to see what her favorite combos would end up being.  Which one is your favorite?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What's Under the Kitchen Sink?

Under the kitchen sink can be a scary place.  I know I get busy with other stuff and just ignore it...what a gross mess! 


First I took everything out and then scrubbed it clean...Yuck! 


Once it was nice and clean I decided to line the bottom so it would look "pretty" when I opened the cabinet.  I followed my usual process for lining cabinets.  You can see how to do it here and here or here.

Love how it turned out!


There is no hiding all of the lovely hoses etc. but it still looks a ton better.  The little container on the left holds the two sink plugs and the pink container holds vinegar, dishwasher soap, and regular dish soap.  You'll notice that I like to recycle my Target bags by using them in the garbage under the sink (I have plenty of them...lol!).


This is my view from the sink looking down...so much nicer don't you think?   

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Spray Painted Side Table

Halloween is over!  I spent an entire week looking for zombie costume parts for Eric and I...yikes!  We had a Zombie Prom to attend last weekend and I feel like it took up WAY too much of my time!


And I couldn't even look at my husband the entire time he had his homemade mask on...lol!  The boys had fun trick or treating, but I think they are having more fun eating their candy!




OK...now on to the fun table!

I've had this table for some time now, but keep moving it all over the house. 


I can't decide if I just don't like it, if it's too big, or if it's the color that's throwing me off.  So before trying to sell it on Craigslist I decided to give some spray paint a try.  Krylon Smoke Gray Dual Paint and Primer was my choice.


It only took 2 full coats and a 3rd coat that was a touch up coat (basically any spots I could find that I didn't like or I thought needed a bit more paint).  After the first coat you can still see the original color underneath which is what you want.


Wait about 20-25 minutes between coats and after the final touch up coat let the table sit for 24 hours before placing anything on it.  This will ensure that it is dry...there is nothing worse than rushing paint!

I like it a million times better!!

 
 The gray matches nicely in the living room.




Now maybe I'll be able to live with this table!  Only time will tell, but for now the spray paint has given it new life. 



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Decorating Above Cabinets

Consider yourself lucky if you do not have any space above your kitchen cabinets!  That space drives me crazy and makes me regret not getting the cabinets all the way to the ceiling.  It looks too bare without anything, but can look awful with the wrong decorations.

I still love my new paint color...thank goodness.  And as I look back at old pictures (you can see some here) I love it even more...lol!  Prior to the new paint color the decorations above the cabinets drove me crazy so I was determined to do a better job...or just leave it blank!

Ta Da...I love it!


I decided to try my cabinet door turned wall art in the space above the cabinets.  It works great up there...simple, but bright and fun.



I would still love to have white cabinets, but until we either have the money to replace them or I get brave and paint them, adding fun colors will have to do!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mod Podge Book Art

Wow it's already October 8th!!  This time of year always gets away from me...between our family vacation and the boys being home from school (we are on a year round schedule) there is very little time for fun projects.

Our San Diego trip was fantastic!  We spent 7 wonderful days on Mission Beach and had so much fun boogie boarding and playing soccer on the beach.



We returned Sunday evening and you can imagine the mess we made bringing all of our "stuff" back into the house.  So much for the clean house!

I still have suit cases full of clothes, laundry is piling up, and we need groceries, but I completed a project anyway!  I needed a fun project to distract me from all the house chaos...I'll get to it eventually.  O.K....I'll get to it today (now that my project is done!).

The project starts with a giant metal framed art piece that I picked up from Ross about 6 years ago.

 

A gorgeous piece, but way too rustic for the new house colors.  Time for some spray paint, mod podge, and a Dr. Seuss Book.



First I painted the frame.  I didn't have to worry about any taping since I would be covering up the picture anyway.


Love. The. Purple.

Next I took the pages out of the book (I chose this book mainly because it had some torn pages anyway) and then I laid the pages out in the frame to see how it would look.


Fun right?! 

The hardest part of the project came last.  Getting all of those awesome pages down with Mod Podge...not the easiest task, but well worth it in the end.

I applied the Mod Podge directly to the original piece and then placed the pictures where I wanted them.  After completing the entire piece there were places that just had too much of a "bubbly" look.  On the far right side it was just not working for me...I think I used too much glue...oops!  Luckily I had one extra whole page and a few scraps to "fix" what I didn't like.   I just tore off the parts that I didn't like and put new pieces in their place.

 
After a few tweaks it turned out fabulous!  For now it sits in the play room on the bookshelves.  Before I drill holes to hold this huge and heavy art I want to live with it in this spot for a little while...I kinda tend to change my mind...lol!!


I wasn't so sure about the purple, but now that it's done I love it!  Best thing about this project is that it didn't cost me a dime!  The spray paint was in my stash at home (I had thought about painting this chandelier purple and had already bought it) and the book was already ours too.  That's the kind of project I like! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Spray Paint and Burlap Mat

I have some metal frames I just love, but of course they were brown and more brown!  Time for some more spray paint...yippee.  I am having tons of fun changing our decor, but there are just some things that I love enough to re-purpose to fit into the new space.


I have two of these frames...the other is just a lighter brown (so exciting...lol!).  There was no need to prime these frames since they are metal and can easily just be sprayed.  And it only took 2.5 coats.  I started by taking out the glass. I didn't even need to tape...so easy!  To paint the frame I leaned it on a blanket against a tree outside.  I used Winter Gray/Gloss by Rustoleum.


Love the color!


You'll notice I decided to add some texture to the inside of the frame.  It's just burlap with a black and white photo on top.

Just lay your burlap over the cardboard insert and lay picture and glass on top.


Then place back in frame.


The best part of this project...I already have a home for the frames!!!  I thought they would look awesome in the newly painted wall unit.


Oh man...that t.v. is a monster...lol!  I do love how it turned out (despite the t.v.).  I still have to style the rest of the crazy boxes, but the entire thing is painted now and this is a great start!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cade's Bedroom Plan

We have lived in our home for almost 9 years and I feel like there has never been a point when I could say..."Wow, Cade's room is completely done."  That's probably true of everyone room though...lol!!

But for now I am focusing on Cade's room.  His room is currently very dark and has been changed many, many times.


The goal is to create a room that can grow with him (he is already 8!).  I want the base to be neutral (not going to do a big "theme") with picture accents of what he currently likes.  This way if he changes his mind about what he likes (which is bound to happen) we can just switch out pictures to change it up.

Here is what we came up with...and it was approved by Cade himself!


I love the color scheme and think it will brighten up the room.  Can't wait to get started!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

White Giraffe

Everything is changing around here...even my favorite giraffe(s).


To work with the new color scheme they are going to have to be painted white.  I started with one coat of Kilz primer and then began spray painting with white.

I noticed after 4 coats (yes...4!!) that it just wasn't going to cover.  The paint was just getting sucked into the wood.  I probably should have guessed this would happen...right?!



You can see it in the second picture...still after 4 coats it wasn't looking right.  I love these giraffes so I had to take some serious action...ha!

Out came the Zinsser primer and I got started on one coat using a brush.  I could tell right away it was going to work much better!  After completing one coat of Zinsser primer I let the giraffes dry overnight (waiting is so difficult!).  Once they were dry I did one more spray paint coat and it worked like a charm!



They look so nice in the newly painted family room!!  So relieved I was able to make them work with the new colors...there are just some things I don't want to replace.



So different, but I really like the white!