Tuesday, January 31, 2012

First Blog Project Old Window Family Rules

So funny story; a little over a year ago I didn't even know what a blog was really!  Kind of strange to me now, but I didn't have friends that blogged or even spoke about them!  Most of you probably don't know but I work full-time, so I didn't spend much of my "home time" on the computer.  I am on the computer all day at work, so at home I usually just work on my little crafty goodies, rearrange my furniture (I am a constant furniture mover, any of those out there?...hubs hates it), and paint my house (another problem, I get sick of colors pretty quickly).  Well almost a year ago I had my third munchkin..I can't believe this year has gone so fast!  I got bored pretty quickly at home on maternity leave.  Luckily for me my awesome brother in law knew my love for old goodies and brought me a stack of old windows from a job he was doing, Whoop!  I had them stacked on the side of the house and since I was bored, I thought I would Google "Old Window Ideas".  Guess what I found?  My first decorating/DIY home blog obsession!  Home Stories from A to Z!  I think I was up up until about 2am scouring this website!  I was in love!  From there I was lead to so many more inspirations my brain was exploding!  I wanted to share with you all my first project that I found on Beths website.

Family Rules Old Window-here is my project done from A to Z tutorial.  I changed a few things (you know I had to add my own touch, lol)

You can find the tutorial on how to make this cute project here!  Beth really inspired me, I am so glad I found her blog and got "sucked" into home decor blogs, I absolutely love them!

I am a lucky girl to have these windows huh?  I have a matching set of this particular style, I just scraped it down a bit and left it!  I love!  Don't you love finding projects from all these creative people all over the world?  So awesome!
Have an inspired day!

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Painted Red Dresser For Boys Room

Yay!  I just finished painting a dresser for my oldest sons room!  What a fun piece, I showed it awhile back, do you remember what it looked like before?  Here it is!
I just love little pops of red in my sons room, so I knew I wanted to include this on the dresser somewhere.  I chose this paint for the project.
First I primed the whole dresser in Kilz.  See all primed up!
Then I started spraying the drawers.  I kind of hit a snag, for some reason my primer was a little rough this time and I didn't like how it looked when the drawers were covered.  So then I zipped over the whole thing with the sander.  I really liked the look of the red sanded a bit, and the couple of drawers that weren't done yet!  I didn't want to paint them, they looked so cute!
So of course I left them!  Then I painted the dresser.  You know my obsession love with numbers right now, I had to add some to this beauty!  I lined up my stencils numbers and had my son pick out four of his favorite numbers.  Then I lined them up and painted them on the dresser.
Once I was done I knew it still was missing something..
The top was just too white, don'tcha think?  Out came the stain to fix that up a bit.  Here is how it turned out!

Here are some other snid-bits of the little mans room.  He really loves camo, so I had to add this little feature wall!  These were just hand drawn and then painted in.

 Here is his name wall art.  These are made from the inexpensive wood frames and letters from Joanns, and some scrap book paper.  I had to add twine to hang them, and then my little pop of red with the pins.

 I think the men in my family would not be happy if I didn't support the favorite team, ya know?  Go Ducks!

 Hope you like it!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Design Style from Better Homes and Garden

I was browsing Better Homes and Garden today and stumbled upon "Find You Decorating Style".  It took me through random pictures and asked me to pick, and here is what came up.

Polished Casual

You love to mix and match your favorites from several styles, so Polished Casual is the best way to describe your look. Crisp, fresh, and always comfortable, this approach anchors itself in neutral, subtle hues and furniture that isn't fussy but isn't slouchy either. Pair your clean-lined sofa with a dark leather wing chair or a weathered metal table—anything goes, but simplicity is key.

Kind of fun!  Then it shows you homes that fit your design style, some were pin worthy!  

Cute trim on this pillow, huh?
I love these covered chairs, but wouldn't the kids destroy them?
This is just plain cozy to me, snuggle worthy!
What would we do without bread?
Anyhow, kind of fun stuff!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dresser Projects To Come!

Do you ever feel like you overload yourself with projects?  Hmmm I may have done this!  My garage is an absolute mess!   Everything is at different stages, I think I may go a little crazy..Well I wanted to show you all the before pictures of some goodies I am working on.

I was pretty excited when I scored this little beauty for my master bedroom for $25.00!
I have been busily sanding this piece (notice my late picture with the drawers out).

Then I also got a sweet deal on another dresser for my oldest sons room.
Yep $20.00 for this one!

I also have a second night stand to finish for our master.
Seems like a lot but friends this isn't it!  I still have a chair I am re-upholstering, pallets that I brought home for a project, a shabby stool for my shop space, and a cooler/end table (I know sounds strange but I don't know what else to call it, I will have to post about it so you can understand) to repaint.

So I guess I better get off the computer and get busy ehh?

Have a great day!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Number Wall Art Canvas

While pregnant with my, now 9 month old munchkin, I scoured the internet for fun ways to make his nursery special.  Luckily for me my sis and her bestie were making my bedding; as I was looking through numerous designs I saw some artwork in the background.. . I was smitten and had to have it!  I wasn't digging the $70 each price tag though!  What did we do...we made them ourselves!  (Sorry, I have looked all over and cannot find where I originally saw these!)

Off to JoAnns we went.  We purchased 4 canvases (on sale, of course) and some of these paints in the colors I was shooting for.
Geesh, these got used well didn't they?  For our #1 canvas we just took a ruler and a pencil and measured and drew out the 1.  We then just took foam brushes and painted the bright red all around the drawn 1.
On the number 2, we found a font we liked from the computer and printed it.  We then took two different sizes of bowls from my sis's kitchen and made our circles with the pencil.  We took our cut out 2, and used it as our stencil.  Then painted again but this time with a chocolate brown.
My favorite was the 3!  We just used a glass for our circles and measured to line them up.  Then we painted with the mustard yellow.  I did go back when I got home and used a (shh don't tell) black eyeliner pencil to make the circle edges more apparent.
Again on the 4, we just printed out the letters and used the cutouts as our stencil.  This was our odd ball because then we painted in the letters with the chocolate brown, and around the edges of the canvas.
When we were all done we took a brown glaze and went to town all over the canvases.  These turned out as one of my favorite pieces of art in my house!  Here are some more pictures; Oh and the wall color is actually really pretty!  I couldn't get it to look correct no matter how hard I tried, lol!

The dresser was one of the first I have ever made over.  It was it horrible shape when I got it.  I modge podged on the front of this with some premium cloth like wrapping paper!  First I tried scrap book paper with no luck, lol!

I am so thankful for these two creative ladies, I will have to show you my crib bedding sometime; so stinking cute!  They are both incredibly talented, and neither one of them do any blogging!  Robyn does have an Etsy account where she sells the cutest baby goodies EVER!  Look at these little shoes!
Oh and look at these cute reversible trouser and onesie sets!  My little guy sports these little pants...
All The Time!
If you get some time, go and swing by and check out the rest of her sweet items.

Have a fabulous day!
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I Was Featured...

Special thanks to Vanessa and Heather from Beyond the Picket Fence for featuring my Shabby Side Table!  This blog is written by two sisters whom share some really fun projects.  Go check out their fun blog!

DIY Chalk Paint Attempt Console

So I have really wanted to try chalk paint on something!  If it just weren't so dang expensive.  I was pretty excited when I found this diy chalk paint..I knew I had to try it.
Luckily for me I had everything I needed on hand so the paint cost me $0 (that is super sweet in my book).  Now to find what to paint.  I didn't want to put it on anything that I loved, cuz what if I hated it?  Which leads me to this little console.
My sis and I were out strolling some garage sales last summer.  We went to a neighborhood sale and one of the houses just had a bunch of furniture in the driveway.  I went and knocked and questioned how much some of the pieces were.  The lady peaking behind the door (isn't is strange when people do that) said everything is free!  I was shocked!  So we started loading up!  The husband came out and helped us, saying they have had this extra stuff in their basement for awhile and just wanted to get rid of it.  Yeah for us!  I took home this console and had the hubs put it on the back porch (this isn't the lightest piece).  Then there it sat.  I hate to say it but I haven't been very kind to this piece.  It got wet sitting back there and the top started to swell, lets just say it wasn't very cute.  You know where this is going...this is what I decided to test my diy chalk paint.  Into the garage it went and I just slapped the stuff on.  I had to do two coats to get it covered really well.  Hmm, then I was thinking it was going to the Goodwill.  I hated it.
Well it then sat in the garage waiting to go to the Goodwill.  I was in the garage working on the side table for my master bedroom, and decided I was going to hit this console with the sander..just for fun ya know!  Sanding this chalk paint was so fun!  I had done a bunch of research and heard that chalk paint distresses beautifully..and boy does it!  I loved how it turned out!  I sealed the whole thing with paste wax, and here she is!
So whatcha think?  More importantly, what should I do with this? lol!  Is it too shabby?

Have a great day

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