Archive | May, 2010

Simple and Fast Make-Over

This project wasn’t a huge untertaking, but since I love to repurpose just about anything I figured I would take a few minutes to make a little change.  I have had this little shelf for years and years.  I have looked at it so much that I became tired of it’s look and decided it needed a little fresh paint and design. 

I used black Rustoleum spray paint and sprayed the entire surface.  Twice.  Then I used  Modge Podge (from Hobby Lobby) to adhere a thick piece of decorative paper.  I was careful not to spread the MP too thick so that the paper would not get soft, and I only applied it to the back of the paper, not the front.

Wha La!  Simple and fast makeover.  Originally the shelf was in my bathroom, but since it loks brand new I decided to use it as a key holder right by the garage/back entry door.

Beautiful Colorado Homes

This past week my husband and I spent a few days in Buena Vista, Colorado.  The weather was perfect so we spent some time exploring the town.  We found some breath-taking homes!  Here are a few pictures of two of the homes I fell in love with.

Relaxing Master Bedroom

Recently I have spent some time rearranging our master bedroom.   I have also added a few little touches to make it feel more complete and lovely.

Here is a pic of the before.  Notice the paint is very BEIGE!  It was everywhere.  The walls, the ceiling, the carpet, the bedspread.  Also, there is not one piece of decoration or wall art.

A few things I did to make it beautiful-

  1. Painted the room with Behr Paint and Primer in One
  2. Bought the quilt from Home Goods on clearance!
  3. I made the large framed prints.  For tutorial click here.
  4. I made the small framed prints above the bed. 
  5. The desk is a re-purposed small dining table.  For before and after pics click here
  6. My husband even made the curtain rods.  He bought the wood and paint from Home Depot and saved us a ton on custom looking rods!

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Classy Desk Creation

I have wanted my own personal desk for years.  I would love my own home office, but I decided I could settle for a desk.  And since I love to paint…well I decided to re-purpose a small dining table  into my reading and writing space.  The table was actually in great condition, it just didn’t match the master bedroom.

Before

After

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Budget Friendly Curtains

I wanted some really cute window panels, but everywhere I looked the cute ones were way out of my price range.  So, I decided to get a little crafty and make some of my own!  I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

I am not great with the sewing machine, so I wanted to sew as little as possible.  I knew that sheets have no rough edges, so off to Wal-mart for super cheap sheets.  I bought 3 white flat twin sheets, each for only $4!!!  Score!

The sheets were a little long, so I cut off a few inches from the bottom and hemmed them.  Then I took a pink sheet that came with the bedding set and cut it to fit the area of the white sheet I wanted it to overlap.  Once it fit I pinned it in place.

I sewed it into place.

I cut a little slit in the top of the sheet and put the rod through it.  Wha-La!  Beautiful window panels, and you would never know that they are made from sheets!

Slate Blue Accent Piece

This This is currently one of my favorite pieces in our house.  It was originally purchased from craigslist for a couple of bucks, and since has been sanded and repainted a few times:).  It is now a slate blue to match our curtains and other accessories.

Painting Stripes on Texured Walls

I have painted a lot.  I have even painted stripes before.  But, I have always painted on smooth walls.  So, when we moved into our home that had textured walls I wasn’t sure how to keep the paint from seeping under the tape while painted stripes.  After a little research online and a lot of help from the paint guy at Home Depot we learned how the pros do it!

First we painted the entire room green.  We used Behr Paint and Primer in One from Home Depot. I didn’t tape the ceilings or trim, I just bought a really nice angled brushed and did it free-hand.

Once the green paint dried we were ready to prepare for the white stripes.   I used a soft sewing tape measure to mark the distance between the stripes.  I found it easier to use a soft one rather than a metal one, that way it was easy for me to go around the corners and I could handle it easily on my own.  Once I marked the where the lines should go I taped the lines with blue painters tape. 

I used yellow sticky notes to mark the areas that were going to be painted white.

Here is the big secret!!  We bought caulk from Home Depot and sealed the tape to the wall.  This way no paint can seep under the tape.  It was amazing!

While the caulk was still wet I painted the stripes white.

While the white paint was still wet I pulled the tape off.  This way the paint won’t dry and pull the existing green paint off when the tape is removed.

And there you have it!  Straight painted lines on textured walls!

For a tutorial on how I made the curtains click here

My Little Girl’s Room

My little girl is 2 years old now.   She is not a baby anymore, so I wanted to stay  away from the super pastel pinks we used in her nursery.  But she is not yet a big girl who is into purple and black (or any other crazy colors), so I am still holding onto the little girlie colors.

Here is the sweet little space we created. 

I made the curtains.  My hubby and I painted the stripes together.   The toy box came from my brother-in-law and his beautiful wife (they make the ENTIRE thing from scratch!).  The bedding from TJMaxx.  And the flower chandelier is from Pottery Barn Kids.   The room makes me smile, and I love that my little girl loves her new space.

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