February 26, 2013

Tuesday Ten: Colorful Dining

My cousin recently got married and is in the process of decorating her first home she and her husband share. She's been given a lot of furniture to make their own, and I think it's such a fun challenge. Currently she is working on her dining room, and I've been doing a lot of research on dining chairs lately, so I decided to dedicate today's Tuesday Ten to bold dining sets. This is such a fun place to add color and below are my favorite ways to do so without going overboard.

February 18, 2013

Reveal: Chalk it Up

A few months back, a friend of mine passed a couple of side tables to me, and I took them not yet having a plan for what purpose they'd serve. But I knew I'd give them some form of paint treatment and I'm happy to report they are now functioning in my home.
I've used chalkboard paint in the past and love the idea of having it on surfaces other than just the wall. The color (which can be tinted to any color you'd like, but I chose to stay with black) feels rich and sophisticated, so even when you're not using it as a chalkboard, it looks nice outside of a child's bedroom.

While I was at it, I also painted an old canvas I've had for years that just wasn't my taste anymore and the backing of a frame -- also gifted from a friend.
What you'll need:
An old table, canvas or picture frame.
Chalkboard paint. (I used spray-on and brush-on)
Painters tape
I started by wiping down the tops of the tables to remove any dirt or dust. I decided to leave a boarder of the natural wood on the outside of the chalkboard to give the tables a little more of a grown-up appeal. After taping off the edges, sand the area to be painted. It's important you do this step after painting so you don't remove the finish on the exposed wood, only the surface to be covered in chalkboard paint. Then just brush the paint on. Each of my tables took two coats, but I gave them three just to make sure there was ample coverage.
For the canvas and backing of the picture frame, I used the spray paint version of chalkboard paint. I could have easily just used the brush-on, but I prefer spray paint to brush-on any day. I couldn't use the spray paint for the tables since I was only painting a small portion. Also, there is no sanding necessary on the canvas and the frame backing.
If you're thinking of painting an entire piece, I would suggest painting the legs and body with black paint, and only the surface with chalkboard paint as it is quite a bit more expensive than regular paint. Unless, of course, you want the entire piece to function as a chalkboard.
There you have it. A fun little unexpected chalkboard, I love my new pieces!

February 14, 2013

Simple Sprucing: DIY Gold Dipped Vase

I love a quick and easy way to make things more glamorous, and this little project is exactly that. It took about 15 minutes and made such a difference.

You'll Need:
An old vase 
Gold metallic paint (I prefer Martha Stewart brand)
The paint cap or a small dish

I have this old vase I picked up a while back at the thrift store for a quarter because I love its lines, but the clear glass was leaving much to be desired. Sure, flowers are the pretty accent a clear vase needs, but why not spruce it up a little more by adding a pretty gold rim to the top?
First, clean your vase very well, especially around the area to be painted. Second, pour a bit of your gold paint into either the top of the paint container or a small dish just a little larger than the mouth of your vase. Then just turn the vase upside down, dip the mouth into the paint and hold it upside down for a few minutes to allow the paint to set. If you turn it right-side-up too quickly, the paint will drip, but a few minutes should do the trick. Then just sit the vase right-side-up to finish drying for an hour or so.
I have a beautiful azalea bush in my front yard, so I just snipped a few of the vibrant pink buds to place in my vase. I love the look of glamour the gold gives this simple vase, and it's now become my go-to vase for the fresh flowers I love to keep in our living room.

I hope this post inspires you to gold dip something of your own. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

February 13, 2013

Progress On Our Master Bedroom

Ok, well technically neither of the bedrooms in our house are a true "Master" because they're roughly the same size and share a hall bathroom, but the bedroom we sleep in is finally starting to shape up. It's a far cry from amazing, but it's about a thousand times better than it was before!

I'm so sorry I don't have any progress pictures of me hanging curtains and decorating the space, but I'll recount every detail. I started by moving the bed to the wall opposite the awkward-corner-windows because I felt it opened up the space a little. After trying a few arrangements, I finally settled on something that felt right. I moved one of the chairs in from the living room (this chair is half-way through a reupholster, so you may not recognize it, but it's one of two I scored at Goodwill years ago for about $5 each), made a runner out of two faux sheep skin rugs from IKEA, and hung bold patterned curtains. I figured the curtains could hang (pun intended) with all of the other neutrals in the room balancing them out. On a side note, I absolutely loathe this wall color, but am holding off painting until I find just the right color.
To hang the curtains, I used these little screw hooks (I'm sure there's a much more technical name for these) I picked up at the flea market six for a dollar. They're so much easier to hang than curtain hardware and do much less damage to your walls.
I love, love tall ceilings, but ours are definitely not. To draw the eye up, I hung these frames floor-to-ceiling to maximize the height of the room.
For the runner, I just taped two rugs together with painter's tape in a lattice pattern so it would hold better. I would have hand stitched the edges together with white thread, but this is a bit less of a commitment and I can easily change it back if I get tired of it.
Here are a few of the different textures and patterns going on in the room.
As I mentioned before, this room is FAR from finished. We still need to:

Figure out a headboard solution. (I'm dying to try my hand at making a custom tufted headboard)
Get a new comforter and make/buy a duvet.
Recover the pillows to incorporate other colors into the room besides black, gray and white.
Fill the frames with art.
Finish the chair reupholster.
Finish the dresser. (It's had the number "1" on it for months without an accompanying "2", "3", "4".
Get a nightstand for John's side.
Shade the lamps.

Of course, I will keep you guys updated as the projects in this room come along.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

February 12, 2013

Tuesday Ten: Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day later this week, today's Tuesday Ten is focused on pink and red. I love these bold colors and applaud anyone who has the courage to use them outside of a little girls room.

These are a few of my favorite ways to incorporate the colors of love into your home.
I hope you guys have a wonderful Valentine's Day and maybe think about incorporating some pink and red into your spaces.