Just a quick post today about fabric…I meant to post it this weekend but I decided to “unplug” and spend my time with my munchkins!
I hate when I have a vision in my head of what fabric I want but can’t find anything like it in the stores.
I was having this problem with this bench in our master bedroom…
I got this new throw pillow from Pottery Barn and wanted a wider striped fabric to coordinate with it. After searching thru the local fabric stores with my 2 very crabby darling angels, I ended up buying some cheap canvas and craft paint.
I taped off some stripes with painters tape, filled it in with paint, and had myself some cute fabric. I left a little of the white showing thru to give it more of a old worn vintage vibe.
And once AGAIN I painted the wood white.
This was the only BEFORE picture I could find of the bench (bad blogger!) and a little peak of our previous house (which we lived in for a whopping 6 months :) ).
This is such a cheap and easy project it would work great for throw pillows or drapes too!
Think polka dots, stencils, monograms, quotes…there are a zillion possibilities.
Hmmm what can I paint next?
Now my favorite little man and I are off to story time :)
Aren’t all those vintage suitcases you find in antique stores great? Sometimes they aren’t in the best condition but that is easily fixed! I came across these cute suitcases on Pottery Barn’s website…
they are on sale for $140 for the pair (what???)
I found this suitcase for $6.
After soaking this lovely bumper sticker in Goo Gone and scraping at it like a crazy woman I finally applied a layer of gray paint.
Better already but I really liked the fun stripey ones. So I got out some craft paint and painters tape. Although I ended up free handing some of the stripes because I’m too impatient to watch paint dry and the nap time clock was ticking!
Fun right? Easy too, not to mention $6 vs $140…
It fits in perfect on my bookshelves.
Thank you H.H. whoever you are for your cute little suitcase :)
I have seen a few other painted suitcases floating around Pinterest, there is an especially cute one by The Concrete Cottage here.
So don’t let some dirt, or bumper stickers stop you from picking up a cheapie suitcase and turning it into something unique!
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Earlier this week I talked about using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to update our master bedroom furniture (check it out step by step here). I finally finished up all my painting (thank goodness for nap time!). So ready for the tour?
First the before:
Remember the black furniture? It just didn’t gel with the rest of the room.
It’s a little more tone on tone than I planned (I thought the grey paint was going to be quite a bit darker) but I still love it. It feels so much more peaceful!
I got these old windows from a friend and thought they added some character to the top of the cabinet. I also stuck an old spray painted vase with some twigs from the backyard up there.
The hallway leads to the master bath, love those walls sconces!
More Annie Sloan Chalk Paint goodness!
I painted our end tables this brighter blue color to add a little pop of color to the room.
This is one of my favorite pictures of the Mr. and I. We were building our house at the time and enjoying our future view!
Now we can enjoy the view from the comfort of our own home :)
(yikes! I guess I should have gotten the iron out)
I’ll be posting later in the week about this cute little bench DIY.
And you can see how to make your own rope mirrors like the ones below here.
Peaceful right? I think I need a nap after all that hard work…
Linking up over at Thrifty Decor Chic here.
I must admit that I’m a lazy DIY-er. I’m always excited to start a project but I want to skip to the fun part, I don’t want to clean/sand/prime first (anyone else have this problem?). So when I started reading about how to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and the fact that it sticks to anything and there is no sanding or priming first I had to give it a shot!
In our master bedroom we have had hand me down furniture from my parents (thanks mom!) since we got married. You know that delightful solid oak (ie: almost killed several sets of movers trying to move this heavy stuff) from the 80’s? I’ve been trying to make it work for me since then.
I painted it black about 5 years ago…
…and it worked ok in our last few houses (we are on our 4th and FINAL house in 8 years). Now that we are on the lake and our style is a little more cottagey the black was starting to feel too heavy.
I thought grey would feel a bit softer so I drove 50 minutes, with my 4 year old (see my level of commitment?) to my nearest Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockist. I, being the smart and prepared DIY-er that I am, left my paint chip and bedding sample on the counter at home (sigh). So I had to wing it a little. Which left me with not exactly the color I had envisioned, I SO should have gone with French Linen, but at $35 a quart we are rolling with it a pretty soft grey color called Paris Grey.
I thought this would be a good project to tackle when the Mr. is gone on business, but who am I kidding I ripped it open the second I got home! This stuff is amazing, it goes on so easy with no prep work, covers in one coat and doesn’t show your brush marks. It is worth the extra money (just hide the receipt from your hubby :) ).
This is what it looked like after 1 coat…
(see the color kinda matches our walls, even though they are blueish, I was looking for a little more contrast, oh well!)
Another bonus, this stuff dries in like 20 minutes!
Next step, distressing. You can do this with sandpaper, but I read it gets pretty dusty. I opted for rubbing a damp cloth on the edges to remove some of the paint. This worked best when the paint wasn’t completely dry yet.
I went pretty heavy on the distressing since the paint ended up being so close to our wall color, I wanted it to stand out a bit.
Then I rubbed the clear wax on, this seals the paint. Be careful not to use too much or you will have to go back and wipe the excess off. Wax on, wax off… (I couldn’t resist!).
I wanted to take the distressing a bit further so I used their dark wax to age it a bit more.
The finished product! Even though I wish it was a bit darker, I still love the results. It has so much more character and the room feels airy and light. What do you think?
So that’s your sneak peak of the Master Bedroom redo. I will do a full post later in the week so you can see the big reveal. In the meantime do I dare paint the bed or don’t I? Hmmm….
…you know I do :)
UPDATE: I’ve since repainted this armoire again with a different color of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint you can see what it looks like now here.
Want to see a few more how to annie sloan chalk paint examples? Check out my favorite furniture Makeover post here.
I should possibly change the name of this post to Junk Room. As in walk in the door and drop your junk EVERYWHERE! And then some secret fairy comes in the middle of the night and tucks it all away :)
This room leads right to the lake so I have some fun nautical touches in here.
Like these oars, I LOVE old oars and I have a pretty good collection going…but none of them are actually old. I’m always on the hunt for them at vintage stores but rarely see them in my price range.
I ordered these plain unfinished oars from Etsy and distressed and painted them myself. I used that handy Pinterest trick of soaking steel wool in vinegar and then rubbing it on the wood. It gives the wood that old speckly look (not to mention clears your sinuses!)
You can see the speckliness a little better here. Some painters tape and regular old craft paint followed up by a good sanding, and I have myself two old vintagey oars.
I made these pillow shams from IKEA kitchen towels.
The numbered hooks are from Pottery Barn.
That’s actually one of my favorite decorating tips if you like a certain store but it isn’t necessarily in your price range try finding some smaller inexpensive items, like these hooks or throw pillows. The little touches can give you a taste of the expensive style you love.
If you open these cabinet doors you may or may not be buried under a pile of tutus, ballet slippers, life jackets, hats, mittens, soccer balls….let’s just keep them shut, it’s safer…
Originally I thought I needed a pop of color in this room and went with bright green baskets, which I quickly got tired of. Rather than getting new ones, I painted them white and stenciled on the numbers.
Does anyone else notice my tendency to paint everything white? Note to self : only buy white things from now on!
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If you have read my Gallery Wall post (read it here) you know we had an old rotting dock that was scary to walk on, but the wood was just perfect for all sorts of fun projects!
Like this wine rack I redid using some of that lovely wood.
I especially love the old nail holes.
I wish I had a “before” photo to show you but I did this last winter and didn’t realize I would have a blog to show all my fun projects (I really should have seen this one coming!)
It used to be black with a burgundy top. I painted the whole thing white, and put a coat of glaze on top of that. A little liquid nails and my beautiful rotten old boards were given a second chance as a wine rack.
I personally would be much happier hanging out with some wine than in the water as a dock anyways :)
It’s been a busy weekend around here, I finally tackled the outside Halloween/Fall decor. I say tackle because this is a BIG job. When we were building this house I thought it would be soooooo cute to have window boxes on ALL the windows. My architect asked me about 3 times if I was sure about the 2nd story ones..
Me: “Oh yeah no problem, they will look so charming!”
Cut to 6 months later and planting them for the first time and picture me 8 months pregnant hanging out our 2nd story windows with a bag of potting soil…you get the idea.
I still do love them though, sometimes you just have to go with good design over practicality!
But back to fall, I don’t like to just leave the window boxes empty during the cold months so this year I tried a combination of fake leaves and about $12 worth of dried corn stalks.
They are fun and wild looking and have a scarecrow kinda vibe.
Sorry for the bad photo the “nap time” sun was not working with me this afternoon!
I did the same thing in my planters, and popped some pumpkins on top.
After tackling the window boxes I was ready to head over to the front door. I picked up one of those inexpensive branch wreaths, some black feathers and ribbon, and this cute sign.
whooooooooo could resist this owl? groan :)
I thought this would make a cute, quick and easy wreath, and it did. Except for the fact that my front door is stained a walnut color and the branch wreath totally got lost.
Time to break out the spray paint! I always keep at least 10 cans of spray paint on hand (who doesn’t?) I sprayed it orange, then red, then black white, added the sign, feathers, and a few fake pumpkins. I also made this burlap and black bow (I’m horrible at making bows, any tips out there?).
TADA! Cheap and easy wreath, bonus – I can take the Halloween stuff off and use it again with Christmas decor.
To complete my Halloween look I got out the spray paint one more time. I sprayed some fake pumpkins black and white, and drew some fun Halloween decor on them.
Drawing on pumpkins with paint pens was a lot trickier than I thought but it came out OK.
I may spray them over next year and try again but at the rate I was going they weren’t going to be ready til New Years!
I got the ‘Trick or Treat” idea from the new Pottery Barn mag, they show this on a chalkboard and it looks sooo cute, but I couldn’t bring myself to erase my Fall Chalkboard (see here) just yet so I put it on a pumpkin instead.
Oh and I almost forgot I quick sewed this burlap pillow and took my black sharpie to it!
Hope you all are enjoying decorating for Halloween! Next up costumes :)
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