Sunday, March 2, 2014

Dining Room Restyle

So far…

There have been some definite changes to our dining area recently, and I thought it was about time I shared with you all. This won't really be a before and after, but more of a before and during. Here goes...

We built this house 3 years ago. At that time, I was still working with the idea that I loved brown walls. They were warm and cozy and basically a neutral. Unfortunately, within six months of moving in, I started to have an infatuation with white. Blame the blogs and decor sights I was finding on Pinterest, or blame {which I adore}. Whatever the reason, a backdrop of clean, white walls currently has me hooked.

This Christmas "before" picture shows some of the basic things that have changed in the last few months.

~Brown walls to white. They went from Valspar's Cafe Ole to Valspar's Caribbean Walk.

~Switched out the round table to the rectangle shape. {The round worked ok, but we decided we were wasting a lot of space in the middle of the table.} The new one was a clearance find from World Market. The surface is very rough and was a challenge to clean when we first got it, so I'm guessing that's why it was discontinued. Now I just spray it down with some 409 and use a rough nylon bristle brush to make sure all the nooks and crannies are clean.

~Mr. Concrete bought me a new and bigger chandelier for Christmas from Nebraska Furniture Mart. It fits the space much better!

~The hand painted drop cloth curtains are going to find a new home in the basement. I replaced them with the Celeste Damask Drapes in gold from Pottery Barn.

~And lastly, we're slowly changing out the chairs. Both the Parson's chairs and the tufted bench came from World Market. 

Although this area has come a long way, I still have a wish list for it.

I've got my eye out for the perfect bench to replace those two ladder back chairs. They're the last of the chairs that go with the round table, and they need to join their friends down in the basement. I'm hoping a bench will enable us to fit 3 people down that side of the table. 

Also on the list is some kind of window treatment in the bay area. I knew this area needed something when I ordered the Pottery Barn curtains, but also knew I didn't want to have the exact same thing. I'm debating whether to do a solid color relaxed roman shade, or long drapes. I'm leaning towards the roman shade, but only time will tell. 

My last pie in the sky dream for the walls is to plank them. I haven't got Mr. Concrete totally convinced yet, but I think I'm wearing him down. I just keep looking at the pic below, drooling and giving him the sad puppy-dog eyes.

And I guess while I'm wearing him down, I want the beams, the lights over the cabinets and let's go for broke… I wanna paint my upper cabinets white too.
Not asking for much here I know.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

It's all in the Details

Popping in today to share a project my daughter completed for school recently, and one that I thought turned out pretty fantastic! 

Her assignment was to pick a photo of a person and copy it down to the smallest detail. The better the copy, the better the grade. They were given some leeway in the background of the photo, as not everyone lives by say, the ocean or the mountains, but other than that, it needed to be as accurate as possible. 

She chose a photo, shopped for clothing and asked me to be photographer.

The most challenging part of the shoot had to be the fact that Taylor Swift is 5' 10" and my Morgan is 5' 1". Try leaning at the same angle with your elbows straight, on tip toes and hips facing just so when there's a NINE inch difference in height! Challenging, yes. But I think she did amazing. Especially considering this was mid-January, the wind was gusting and it was barely 40 degrees. 

She's hoping to receive her grade next week. I'm pretty confident she'll be getting an "A".

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Paint Dipped Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles

When I first started saving our empty Starbucks Frappuccino bottles, I don't think Mr. Concrete even noticed. 
Fast forward six months and one entirely covered shelf in the kitchen, and it went a little beyond noticing
It's possible my inability to tell him what all those "dumb bottles" were being saved for, could have added to his irritation, but what's a girl to do?
I just knew there was a fantastic use waiting for them, if only I held out long enough. 
And lo and behold, I was right! 

Turns out, I had a craft room I was trying to organize, and these little babies were just the ticket.
Pretty them up with a little paint and throw a bunch of sewing notions, paper cut-outs and craft supplies in them? Yep. It was genius I tell you!

Ok, well maybe not genius, but Mr. Concrete at least decided I wasn't totally crazy {well, not about the bottles anyway}.

These were uber easy to do, so let's get to the fun part.

Paint dipped is exactly what happened. 
I dunked the bottoms of each bottle into my paint color of choice, let it drip for a bit, then used a table knife to scrape some of the excess paint from the very bottom. 
I got lucky with a few of the colors, and had them already in a gallon bucket which made dipping simple. All but one of the other colors were in small craft-paint bottles which were poured into wide mouth Gladware containers. 
Just don't overfill these, or the paint will come soaring over the top when you dip the bottles. 

The white bottles were the only ones that weren't actually dipped.

When I started this project, it was in the midst of painting the shelves in the craft room, so I already had the white paint in a tray for rolling. You can see in the photo below, the white bottles have kind of a scalloped look. I rolled the bottom of the bottle in the paint tray, and this was the effect I got. 

I took the photo above to post on Instagram right after the bottles had dried. About the time I hit publish, I noticed how annoying those little date stamps are. Somehow I hadn't paid any attention to them while I was painting, but now they were all I could see.

I brain stormed for a few minutes, and luckily came up with the perfect solution.

Nail Polish Remover

Worked like a dream.

Dip the end of a Q-tip in the nail polish remover and rub it across the numbers. No need to get aggressive, the numbers will disappear with no effort.

Just like it was never there. 

The final step was the lids. I hauled them and some white spray paint out to the lawn on a piece of cardboard. Little did I know it would start to rain a few minutes after I finished spraying, so some of them have little bubbles in the paint. This... does not bother me at all.

You can check out the Craft Room Reveal as well as all the details shared to date on this room using the links below.

Craft Room Reveal
Horribly disturbing and humiliating BEFORE Photo!
Getting the room organized, not pretty, just functional.
DIY Cabinet Pedestal to store the laundry baskets.
Chalkboard Wall Paint DISASTER
Stencilled Cork Board
Adding my personal touch to my lamp.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dear Coffee, I Love You. That is All.

We had a lovely little snow storm this week in the MidWest. I think 8-9 inches at last count.
The kids had 3 days off school and I guess people decided they didn't want to go into labor, 'cause I got to stay home from work for 2 days. We've had fun.

It also gave me the extra time to update the chalkboard. 

My girls and I are big coffee/cappuccino fans, so this one is extremely appropriate.
And it makes us smile.

My son photo-bombing my pics also makes me grin. 
Double BONUS!!

Just in case any of you are font crazy like me and were wondering...  The lovely font in the middle {the I Love You text} is Bombshell Pro. The Dear Coffee text is done in Moon Flower, which is a free font.

I typed this up and cut it out of card stock with my Silhouette. Then used the card stock like a stencil by taping it to the chalkboard and filling it in with chalk. I used the same technique to make the CREATE wall I showed you guys in my craft room reveal last week. I'll share the exact details on that soon.

Okey dokey, me and my coffee loving family wish you all a warm and happy weekend!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Baby Name Blocks ~ Carter {sports theme}

A little boy's room with a sports theme. Classic!

Baby Carter's room was done in the Babies "R" Us MVP Bedding set.

I patterned his blocks as much as possible to coordinate with this theme, and I was thrilled with how they turned out.

This basketball paper was hard to work with because it was so thick, but it ended up being my favorite. The texture actually feels like a real basketball!

Before you say it, my kids have already pointed out that this pic kinda makes you wanna say "crater" instead of "Carter" when you read it.
I figure maybe there's a kid out there named "Crater" who's never had anything with his name on it and I just made his day.
I'm going with that anyway…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Personalize a Store-Bought Lamp in Less than 5 Minutes

Earlier this week I got off my lazy butt and finally showed you my Craft Room Reveal. {in all actuality, I spent a long time on my lazy butt writing that post, but you get my meaning}
I knew from the onset of putting the room together, that once I had a desk to work at, I was absolutely gonna want some task lighting. To be specific, a lamp.

I swear to you people that before starting this blog, I never even thought about lamps.
Really, I didn't.
Now though, if you scroll down and look to the right, you'll see that my two most popular posts are about lamps. I think I've blogged about lamps at least 3 times and now here comes a fourth.

About the time I really started thinking about purchasing a lamp for my craft room, wouldn't you know it, I got lucky. contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in receiving one of their lamps in exchange for telling you all about it on my blog.
Uh, yeah. That took about 0.2 seconds to contemplate and come up with a "yes"!

I went hunting through their site, and found the perfect one!

The Oscar Table Lamp. I chose mine in the Soy color, topped off with the Kimono Lamp Shade.

I crossed my fingers it would look as good as I hoped. I was really torn about the color of the lamp base since they had a blue option I almost went with but decided against at the last minute. When it came, I knew I'd made the right choice. The blue would have added just enough of the same color to be too much. And, if I ever change my mind about blue as an accent color, I don't have to worry about repainting a lamp base.

Although I loved the lamp when it came, I'm a DIY'er and apparently can't leave well enough alone.

I had the cross necklace hanging on my cork board, and one day had a hint of inspiration to throw it on the lamp. 
Once that was done, well… 
I thought the shade could maybe use a little bling of it's own. See where I'm headed here?

In my newly organized cabinets, I found a roll of glitter tape I had no recollection of buying. But it was perfect. 
Perfect width, perfect color, perfect bling. It even had the exact amount on the roll to cover the top and bottom of the shade perfectly.
It was only later that day as I was crowing to my daughter about how fast and simple the little make-over was that she informed me the glitter tape was hers.


Guess I owe my blondie a trip to Michael's.

And it wouldn't be right to leave you today without showing you this little lamp at night.

Oh… and one more thing.
You can see in the pics that I have a plug in right there on the left. Unfortunately, I didn't want to plug the lamp in on that side, so I had to decide how to get the cord down the right side of the desk, across the floor and back behind the washer.

I found the quick and easy answer in my drawer. Command adhesive strips. I used these small ones cut in half lengthwise to keep the cord laying flat against the wall.

Worked like a charm so I thought you'd wanna know. :)

Check out my Craft Room Reveal as well as all the details I've shared to date on this room using the links below.

Craft Room Reveal
Horribly disturbing and humiliating BEFORE Photo!
Getting the room organized, not pretty, just functional.
DIY Cabinet Pedestal to store the laundry baskets.
Chalkboard Wall Paint DISASTER
Stencilled Cork Board
Paint Dipped Starbuck Frappuccino Bottles

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by in the form of a free lamp. All opinions,  and extra sparkly bling are my own. Like I said, I just can't help myself.

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