Tag Archives: paint

Somebody stop me!

20 Nov

Ok.  So I am seriously contemplating painting my dining & living room – as in immediately.  Am I crazy? …..little bit.

It was my husband’s idea to paint now.  At first, I was like no way!  I was actually talking my husband out of painting…..what is wrong with this picture?  Then I started thinking about it….and well, now I’m kinda tempted.  November is almost over and I still have to clean & decorate my entire house.  Like I said, crazy.

The thing is that our house, although I love it, does not get much sunlight.  And for the past 5 years I’ve had to listen to my husband and my Mother telling my how dark my house was.  You see, I love color. LOVE!  So when we moved in, we painted our open concept living/kitchen/dining room a turquoise blue(which I still love) and a dark brown(now…not so much).  Not exactly bright colors.  After 5 yrs, I am finally starting to agree with my family, and am ready to make a change.

The plan would be to just remove the brown for now, and then later after the holidays are over, I could really get to work.  I have plans in my head for an accent wall behind the door and maybe something in the entry.  But for now it would simply be picking one color to replace the dark brown that is light and also goes with the still present turquoise.  I’m leaning towards a pale gray, which seems to be replacing beige as the new neutral.

I usually ponder paint colors for ever before purchasing, but if we are going to do this, we have to do it now!  Oh the pressure!  Part of me is excited while the other part of me is like “Are you crazy!”. I’ll keep you posted on what side wins.

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I’m Published!

16 Nov

Remember that old filing cabinet I was working on in the Summer?  Here is a reminder of what it looked like before…

And here is what it looks like now!

This project has been done for quite some time now, but I’ve been holding off posting pics because…….I’ve been invited to have a regular column in Bread n’  Molasses magazine!  I used the above cabinet as my first feature and didn’t feel right posting pics here until I knew the mag went to print.   For more details on its transformation, go to www.breadnmolasses.com and check out the online version of the magazine.  I’m on page 30, but be sure to browse the entire issue.

I’m a bit nervous, but mostly excited about this new venture!

DIY Wall Art

19 Sep

I’ve slowly been doing my bathroom over. I’m pretty much done except for a few touches – one of which is some art to hang on a bare wall.  Since I can’t afford to buy anything right now, I thought I’d try my hand at making my own.  I’ve seen many people do this successfully but wasn’t quite sure I could pull it off….I’m still not.

I purchased some tiny canvases at our local dollar store. 3 for $2. Can’t beat that!  Then I scoured the net for some ideas and found this.  I painted the base of the canvases during the day and then relaxed in front of the television that night with a tiny brush and a glass of wine. What better way to spend a Saturday night?

What do you think?  I’m still not sure about them.  I’m scared they come off as kid-ish.  I’ll know more once I hang them on the wall.  I promise I’ll post pics of my bathroom when it’s done.

Welcome To My Porch

27 Aug

I bought this old flour can at a yard sale a few years back.  It belonged to an elderly lady who had recently passed away. Inside the can there was still some flour residue & even an old-fashioned sifter!  For the life of me, I cannot remember where I put it.  As you can see the can was well used.  I bought it to use as decoration on my front porch.  Each year when I brought it out, it seemed to look worse and worse.  So I thought I would give it a makeover.  I had some left-over black spray paint so that helped me to avoid the ever lasting process of choosing a color.

Everyone who knows me, knows I’m all about the porch, so after browsing through some signs online, I opted for the image above.  I left the top off, so now it can serve as a plant stand.  I lucked out that my pot was the perfect size!  Now I love it!  It makes me smile  every time I walk up the porch steps. :)

Girls Bedroom

27 Aug

This past Winter I made a deal with my two daughters – if they showed me they could keep their bedroom relatively neat & tidy, I would do their room over.  We hadn’t really done much to their room when we moved in, aside from painting, & the girls had grown tired of the pink.  I was suffering from the Winter blahs & wanted a creative project.  I also wanted to take this opportunity to experiment with a few techniques I’d never done before, just to see if I could do it.  What better place than a child’s bedroom?

I had already started to prep the room before it occurred to me to take some before shots.

We really didn’t have any set ideas on what we wanted to do, just that we wanted to do something different.  I told them the first step was to find their bedding & then we’d take it from there.  Finding girls’ bedding that wasn’t completely pink, was inexpensive & something both girls could agree on was no easy task.  I also told them no licensed characters since I wanted it to last as long as possible.  In other words, we were not doing the room in Hannah Montana!  They finally chose a comforter set from Sears which costs around $40 each.

The other big change in their room was their beds.  To give the girls more space & in hopes it would help them to stay organized, we switched to bunk beds.  Instead of going the cheapest route possible, which is what we usually try to do, we splurged on black wooden bunk beds.  They’re very classic in their design and when the girls grow older they can turn into a lovely set of twin beds.

My daughters are both very musical & creative so we wanted the room to reflect their personality.  And as I mentioned earlier I wanted to try something new.  I had never done a diamond pattern before. I went online & found the instructions  here.  I won’t lie, it was very time-consuming.  I’m glad I only did the one wall.  However I really like the effect & think it would look great as an accent wall in a dining room or a bedroom….in more muted colors obviously.  Another thing I always thought would be fun to try is making a  CD curtain.  Talk about simple!  So many people have complimented me on this & how “crafty” I am.  If they only knew how little time it took!

After the diamonds, I did stripes with varying colors & widths. The next wall was dedicated to the girls love of music.  I traced two guitars onto the walls & purchased some old records & used double-sided tape to stick them to the wall.  I initially used velcro stick-ons but they could not hold the weight of the record and kept falling off.  Double sided tape seemed to work the best.

The girls had really wanted black walls, but I thought that one black wall was enough.   For this look I basically grabbed any circular items in the house I could find, and traced its shape onto the wall.  Then there was just the fun part of choosing colors & filling them in.

Someday I would like to paint their furniture in a nice glossy black and update their hardware.  It seems I am never quite finished with any project I take on.  There is always at least one more thing I’d like to add. But the important thing is the girls love their new room!