Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pink and Gold Glam Foot Stool Makeover

 
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A llloonnnggg time ago I found this little foot stool at a thrift store. It had great bones and just needed a little TLC...and a vision.
 

 
 
So first things first, I had to remove the ugly stained fabric....
 



 
 
And the dull brass tacks.









Once she was stripped down to her bare bones I could then build her back up with her new look.





The cream color was a bit dull and needed some zing
 (like that word? ...zing.)
 
So I chose a metallic gold paint to add some sparkle to this glamor girl, but not be overpowering.



 
This stuff is awesome!
It adds a subtle metallic look and is perfect for small projects like this.
Normally I don't paint with metallic paint 
(had bad experiences with the metallic spray paints) but this time I decided to give it a try and I love how it turned out.



 
I simply dry brushed it on for a light sheer coverage.

 

 


 
And the paint went perfectly with this fabric I stumbled across at Hoblob!



And I used upholstery tacks to secure it to the bench.










 




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was a bit difficult to line up the tacks and I had to redo some of them but once I got going it all went a lot smoother.
 
 
 
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So now she's glam and fabulous!
 
I love this pink fabric and how it looks with the metallic gold paint.

 
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Here is the before and after:
 
 
Much better!
 
 
 
 
Jennifer
 
 
 
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Down With the Popcorn Ceiling!

If you follow me on Facebook you caught a quick glimpse of what I have been working on since New Years Day. ...yes, I said that right....since New. Years. Day. (sigh)
 
It's been a looonnnngggg and MESSY project to say the least but I am happy to tell you that the popcorn ceiling in the mudroom is almost all gone! 
 
 Pretty soon the popcorn ceiling will be a distant memory and one that I would like to forget!!!
 
Whoever created this stuff needs a stern talking to!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 And when I say messy....I mean MESSY!
 
 
 
 
 
See this?
 
This mess is what happens when your tarps fall off but you forge forward like a crazy mad woman who is unwilling to stop and put it back up since she is on a roll so she just keeps on scraping her little heart away, until the madness wears off and then she is confronted by a big fast mess! 
 
 
 
 
 
And there she goes.......the tarp is falling down!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Luckily, most of it swept up fairly easily.  
 
 
  
 
 
But beyond the messy sheet rock dust lies a beautiful, smooth, untouched white ceiling that makes it all worth it.
 
 
This is the last spot that is left to scrape and I will finish it soon so we can put up the new light fixture and say bye-bye to the infamous boob light.



 
See the difference?


And how could I complete a DIY project without encountering a blip?
 
When you live in a 70 year old house, things are not perfect.
 
What I mean is, that after scraping, and scraping I finally came to the last corner over by the fireplace with a small spot that needs repair.

I am happy to report that this was the only spot that needed to be addressed though so its all good.
 


Now back to spackling and sanding this corner, finishing the area around the light fixture, and then priming and painting.
 
Once I am done I will post the tutorial and give you a nice before and after reveal, then we can all go have a drink together to celebrate. LOL :)
 
 
 
Jennifer



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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Valentines Day Favorites

Valentines Day will be here before you know it so I created a collection of some of my favorite Valentines Day crafts and décor.
 
 (Click on links to go to owning sites.)
 
 
For starters, here is an easy way to add some "Love" to your home without using pink and red.
 
These letters are sold at most craft stores, and look how great they are together spelling the word "LOVE"!
 
Even though this is simple and done in neutrals, its still adds a little whimsical touch to your décor.
 
http://honeywerehome.blogspot.com/2012/08/diy-love-art.html
(Honey We're Home) 
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And how about a heart shaped trivet for the kitchen?
 
 
 
http://www.simons.ca/simons/product/11336-7142108/Trivets+and+Coasters/Heart+cork+trivet++20%C2%A0cm,+round+shape?/en/&catId=c1155&colourId=99
(Simons.ca)
 
 
Check out this tutorial to make heart shaped soap.
 
Wouldn't these make a nice Valentine's Day gift for your coworkers or girlfriends?
 
 
 
 
 (Stephanielynn.com)
 
Or a blanket to keep you and your Valentine warm and cozy?
(wink wink)
 
Maybe snuggle on the couch and watch a movie together??? :)
 
 
http://www.simons.ca/simons/product/6766-2132200/Pure+White/Heart+dot+throw++130+x+180+cm?/en/&catId=c1155&colourId=99
 (Simons.ca)

 
 
Or how about welcoming your family home everyday with this heart rug?

I like to add simple touches like this around the house for Valentines Day.
 

http://www.simons.ca/simons/product/10157-1142500/Kitchen+&+Hall/Rustic+heart+floor+mat++60+x+90%C2%A0cm?/en/&catId=&colourId=99
 (Simons.ca)
 
If you're feeling a little wild, this lip pillow is for you.
 
I love how its a little edgy but also really fun!
 

http://www.pinterest.com/offsite/?token=238-690&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.allmodern.com%2Flava-Kiss-Me-Feather-Filled-Pillow-012193716767-LVY1003.html%3Frefid%3DSBP.rBAZEVKDwnKSckZzFdhmAuBxJoj-hEOKg_qIGG0FlAY
(allmodern.com)

 Maybe you have an old deck of cards lying around?
 
If so, here are two unique ways to use them!
 
Make a Valentines Day banner by simply using  a hole punch and some ribbon....

 

(naturallyestes.com)
 
...Or how about a mini book of things you love about your Valentine?!?!
 
 
http://modernmagazin.com/homemade-gifts-for-men/
 
 
(Modernmagazin.com) 
 
And what about those of you celebrating "anti-Valentines
(which will probably include me this year!) HA!
 
I found this card on Moo.com and it cracks me up!
 
They have more "anti-Valentines", business cards, and other printed materials too. You can find them at Moo.com
 
 
 
 
And finally, a pretty makeover of mason jars with some flowers to brighten up your day!
 
Or if you are GIVING flowers for Valentines Day, this would be a great vase to put them in.
 
Who wouldn't love these?!
 
http://modernmagazin.com/homemade-gifts-for-men/
(Masonjarcraftslove.com)
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*I was compensated for writing this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
 
 
 
Next week I share with you my favorite Valentines Day snacks and sweet treats!
 
 
 
Have a wonderful weekend!
 
Jennifer 
 
 
 
 
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