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Friday, April 29, 2011

Fab Find Friday

We're excited to share this week's Fab Find with you.  Some of our very favorite bloggers have created an e-zine that will be published quarterly.  It's full of amazing home photos, awesome ideas and lots of inspiration.  This is the very first edition and we were thrilled to see that there were some great free downloads and direct links to the products and designers that were featured.  I wasn't sure about an e-zine, but after my first issue, I'm hooked!
You can read this month's House of Fifty {here}. 
I have to mention that the cover of this issue is a photo of Janell's house and it inspired me with my own foyer.  I love her style and am a faithful reader of her blog. 

So, let us know what you think of the e-zine and bookmark the page to check it out in the Fall as well!
Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Honey-Do # 1- DIY Wall Hooks & Letters

I mentioned Eric's Honey-Do list in my last post, so I thought I'd give a little project update.  We made these bathroom hooks in our old house and I wanted to be sure that we added them to the new house as well. Here's how we did it...
 You can buy these little wooden plaques at Michael's for about .99 each. 
I used leftover dark brown paint (I'd recommend a different finish if you have one.)  Once they were painted and dry, I used a clear spray paint sealant with a satin finish. 
I picked up four hooks at Lowes for about $4.00 each.  The installation was Eric's job, but he tells me that all he did was level the wood on the wall and use one screw in the middle.  Then, he used the holes on the hook to add two more screws.  Easy Peasy!
 Four little hooks all ready for my kiddos wet towels and whatever else they stick there!
The towels looked good, but they were missing something...
 I ordered the kids' names from Uppercase Living 
 They came horizontally, but I wanted to put them vertically, so the first thing I did was to cut the letters apart
 These are my very professional tools... laser level (a must have for any DIYer), a wooden spoon from my kitchen, and scissors.
 When working with vinyl decals, you first need to flip them over and rub the back so the letter temporarily adheres to the thin paper backing.
 Now comes the high tech tools...
 I found the centerpoint and then used chalk from Kaden's chalkboard to create a guide... I clearly was a little wobbly with my line, but I had the general idea.
 The thin paper backing is sticky and you can position the letters and reposition them until you have it "almost perfect"
 Then, I brought out the professional tools again and just rubbed the letters on the wall
 The thin backing pulls off leaving the vinyl.  Sometimes you have to do a little more rubbing on the corners. 
 Kenzie's... as I said, "almost perfect"... I didn't gett all crazy with measurements, I just eyeballed it. 
 And Kaden's...
 UGH! My son's name is not K-A-D-N-E... I am a moron! Here I am taking pictures and thinking of blogging my project and I can't even spell his name.  So, the moral of the story is... if I can DIY... ANYONE can!
I was able to peel off the N and E and fix his name.  I'm happy with the finished product!
Now, I just need to find a shower curtain. If you recall, Kira spilled an entire gallon of the yellow wall paint, and I had to throw out the curtain that I loved...
Here's one option I found- what do you think?
While it makes me laugh, I think I'm gonna pass on this curtain.  I did find one curtain I loved, but it had a hefty pricetag!

 So much to Eric's dismay, I've added another DIY project to my list and I'm going to recruit Grandmom Bunney to help me make a patchwork curtain of fabrics I love.  I can't wait!
So what's on your Honey-Do list? 
What DIYs do you have up your sleve?

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Making the Master our Own

I've decided that it's about time I dedicated some of my decorating/reorganizing energies to our master bedroom. I am in love with our Nautica paisley bedding (a Christmas gift from my parents), and I even like the paint colors in the room, but the artwork, flooring and disorganized closets are just not working for me. Let's start with the artwork, shall we? Nothing in our room says "Kevin and Jess". It doesn't capture our personalities, or even our design style. Most of what I have hanging on the walls were gifted to us for our wedding, and while they are lovely, almost seven years have gone by and I'm ready for something new.

Artwork above bed: BEFORE
Baby on the left is my daughter at about 1 month old, and baby on the right is my son at about the same age. (The colors are sort of wierd- must have been a different time of day. The colors on the right are more true to life.) The babies are adorable, but take a look at the artwork. Too country-ish. And the picture really is a nice picture of lilies, but I was over it. (Also, if you are wondering, my husband made our headboard from an old door that he cut down, painted and mounted to the wall. I love its simplicity and the fact that it was FREE, since we had removed the door from another area of the house to open it up a bit. It's a really easy DIY project for those of you looking for a headboard.)
Right before Christmas, Monica and I went to Hobby Lobby, which, sadly, is all the way in Easton. If you are in to crafting/decorating, you will want to plan a day trip to this store. We planned a special trip where we had dinner and then meandered throughout the store for hours. I was so giddy at the checkout counter that I rambled on and on about my love for Hobby Lobby and how far we travelled to get there. I'm sure the lady thought I was crazy and wanted me to move on, but I didn't even notice so high was I on all the possibilities of this amazing store.  Anyway, one my purchases was two chipboard letters, a K and a J. They cost $1.77 each, and I knew I could use them for artwork above the headboard.

The first thing you may notice is that I'm extremely impulsive. I didn't really think this project through, and so I took many, many steps to get to the finished product. But I'm a trial and error kind of girl, and I've accepted that. My first thought was to decoupage a really cool french script paper to the letters. They looked awesome and I was thrilled. Until....

...I held them up against the wall. I hated the color of the paper against the color of the wall, and it wasn't working hung next to the awesome brassy-gold ampersand that I also bought at Hobby Lobby.

So, I decided to rip the paper off, and try spray-painting the letters in a metallic finish. Turns out that ripping off paper that has been decoupaged is no easy task, so I decided to stop that, and sand the paper (really? Sand paper? Yes, I told you I'm impulsive and not always sure of what I'm doing.)

The metallic finish was equally awesome, but again I didn't like the finish of it against the wall, in the dark brown frames, or next to the brassy ampersand. So, what did I do? I painted the darn things the same color as the headboard.

Artwork above Bed: AFTER
I love it! It's just a touch modern, which is fun against the more traditional lamps and bedding. And you can't tell from the picture, but the "&" really brings out the goldish color in the bedding. I'm super happy with the finished product.

Just to keep it real, here's an up-close picture of my bedside table.
Eeeeww! Dust much?

I have a few other projects up my sleeve for our master bedroom that I hope to start in the next few weeks. (I guess I should add dusting to that list.) It may take some smooth talking and the perfect timing to get the hubby onboard, so we'll see!

Next up: the floors
We have disgusting carpet that was disgusting before we moved in, and is even more disgusting now since we've lived here for 3 years. We are planning on ripping it out and then painting the subfloors,
ala Ashley. Not exactly traditional, but it's cheap and pretty!

We won't be doing an elaborate stencil, though. We're thinking big, broad horizontal stripes in muted colors. I can't wait and I'll keep you posted on the progress. I also have a few other ideas for art for the other walls that includes some of my favorite photos of the hubs and me. Time to get crackin'!

So, we're one step closer to making the master our own.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pallet Possibilities

I didn't know Jess was going to mention one of our favorite blogs yesterday, but it was the perfect lead-in for my post today.  Layla and Kevin from The Lettered Cottage have a wall that I love and want to create something similar to. 
Now, their wooden walls were hiding out under the drywall, because they have an old home, but I'm going to have to bring in wood to create this look.  Eric and I were talking about where to get inexpensive old, wood flooring, but then we thought about pallets.  They're free, they're easy to aquire, and I think they just might work.  Thus began my search for pallet inspiration. 
 This wall is not my style and I think the TV is completely out of place, but I was able to get some good tips from this DIY project.  I'm pretty sure I want to whitewash or colorwash my wood. 
During my pallet search I found tons of other ideas and creative uses for pallets...
I'm learning that they're all the rage right now!
Children's Headboard
I really love this headboard.  I'm not sure if I love the headboard or just the fact that it's in my favorite colors and my style bedding. 
This reading nook is adorable! I need to find a spot in my house to create one for my kiddos! I might need to wait until we finish the basement, but I'm saving this project idea for sure!
I'm not a big coffee table fan (perhaps because we have four kids and have had a toddler around for the last 9 years) but this is a cool idea and I think you could give it a rustic or very polished look. 
 A Sweedish company makes interrlocking furniture that doubles as art.  This is just a sample of their colors, but check out the link below to see how it's used functionally. So cool!
How fun are these bright outdoor chairs?  This company sells them, but there are tons of DIY directions online.  They would be fabulous in an urban backyard or patio. 
Lastly, an adorable idea that my kids would love! Seriously, what little kid wouldn't love to play inside this... of course I'd add some fun accessories and a pop of color, but the idea is awesome. 

What do you think of these Green building ideas? I think I'm all about it and I just need to decide which room I'm going to attempt it in... I'm between Callen's bedroom and the Master Bathroom.  We're leaning towards Cal's room because the master bathroom has really high ceilings and is a much bigger project for the hubs.  Currently "Pallet Wall" is about # 4 or 5 on the Honey-do-list...
Eric's Honey-do-list...
1. Hang DIY hardware in kids bathroom (I'm pretty sure he's doing that now. I hear banging!)
2. Build Dining Room Table (we're in the planning and researching stage still, but making progress)
3. Assemble the kids' new swingset (a Christmas present, but we've been waiting for grass to grow)
4.  LANDSCAPE this crazy yard (the builder is re-seeding this week and then we can start!)
5. Create Pallet Wall
I'll keep you posted on our projects, and until we get to #5 on the list, I'll just keep being inspired by other people's DIY ideas.  What cool Pallet Possibilies can you think of?