Painted Wooden Candlesticks

I recently shared an easy mirror update inspired by a wood + turquoise bowl…

inspiration:

H&M turquoise and wood bowl

mirror update:

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Then I spied a set of three {Ty Pennington Style…love his style, don’t you?} candlesticks for $4.99 at the thrift store and couldn’t resist creating a wood + turquoise collection. 

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Materials:

  • Wooden candlesticks
  • FrogTape®
  • Paint (Maison Blanche Furniture Paint, color is “colette”.)

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What I did:

I simply wrapped the FrogTape® around my candlesticks to create an angled design.

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Using my thumbnail, I burnished the edges of the FrogTape. 

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Then simply applied two coats of paint with a foam brush. 

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While the paint was still wet, I carefully pulled away the FrogTape to reveal a crisp, straight, clean paint line. 

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 The design varies depending on which side faces out.

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Now they’re a one of a kind Ty Pennington/DIYShowOff style! Working with him and he isn’t even aware.  Maybe it’s for the best as he may not be flattered that I altered his design. ;)

Painted Wooden Candlesticks

Then let them dry. Add candles and display! So cute! West Elm log vase is from my secret Santa…love it! 

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Wood & Turquoise Thrift Store Mirror Makeover

Thrift store jackpot! Well, a great deal, at least! I snagged this mirror at the thrift store for $2.99. Original TJMaxx sticker is marked 19.99. Great price, sort of zzzzz. 

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Inspiration comes in many forms. For this mirror and the light wood finish, my inspiration came from this wood and turquoise bowl at H&M: 

H&M turquoise and wood bowl

Materials:

  • Mirror
  • FrogTape® 
  • Paint (I used Maison Blanche Furniture Paint. Color is colette.) 

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Tutorial:

Tape off the mirror. I also taped diagonal at the top right and bottom left mitered joints.

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Burnish the edges of the tape using thumbnail.

Paint. I used a foam brush to apply two coats.

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While paint is still wet, remove tape by pulling away from the paint.

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 Let dry. Ready to hang and display.

Inspiration:

H&M turquoise and wood bowl

Wood & Turquoise Mirror Makeover:

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Depending on the hanger on the back, it may only hang one direction (unless you add a DIY hanging mechanism for an alternate hanging direction). For display, there are 4 rotation possibilities. One mirror, four ways:

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DIY Cart Rescue/Furniture Makeover

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elmer’s ProBond Advanced for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you have old furniture just taking up space in the basement, garage or attic? Or maybe with the start of yard sale season right around the corner, you’ll spy a fun furniture piece to flip…keep your eyes open! The other day I spied an old metal cart collecting dust so I decided to give it a purpose. It once belonged to my husband’s grandfather. Time to dust the cart off, give it life and make it useful.

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Materials:

  • Old metal cart
  • Pine planks (I purchased three 1x3s and one 1×4)
  • Wood stain and sealer
  • ProBond Advanced

What I did:

First I cleaned up the cart a bit. I was going to spray paint it but it really wasn’t in bad shape (finish wasn’t original – it had been spray painted in the past) and I sort of like the few scratches and scuffs, making it look old and not brand new. Sometimes imperfections are perfect, right?

before…

cart before

cart before

Then I set about measuring and cutting the wood planks to fit the top and what looks like support for a bottom shelf. 

measuring

After deciding placement of the planks, I marked, sanded and cleaned each one. 

I stained each wood plank a rich beautful color. I brushed the stain onto all sides with a foam brush (in the same direction as the wood grain) and wiped away with a clean rag then let them dry for an hour or two.

Last step! Just glue and clamp the wood planks into place. Elmer’s ProBond Advanced is designed for gluing mixed materials like wood planks to the metal cart (porous to non-porous materials) without expanding, creating a foamy residue and making a mess. Awesome! Let the glue dry 24 hours. 

I applied a sealer to the wood to protect the finish and add a little shine.

Loved once again…

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Beautiful new wood top and shelf:

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Now what was once just junk now serves as a side table (or would that be center table?) in our family room.

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DIY {half} globe light fixture cover

DIY Globe Light Fixture Cover

After I completed the wall mounted-pallet shelf, I updated some of the light fixtures including the one in the sitting room…

allen-roth-edison-orb

Allen + Roth Edison Oil Rubbed Bronze

However, the glass on this specific light is very thin and it cracked during the final stages of assembly, just by screwing in the light bulb. The crack was located in such a way that it wasn’t safe. I feared the entire glass piece was going to come crashing down.

cracked-glass

So, one rainy day, I gathered some supplies from around the house and created a new cover? fixture? globe? well, northern hemisphere at least.

DIY-globe-light-fixture-cover-tutorial

Here is what I did:

Materials: 

  • LOW WATTAGE light bulb
  • old globe (I have an addiction. I can’t pass up a globe at the thrift store, thus a collection on hand.)
  • craft paint (I had DecoArt’s Patio Paint/rich espresso on hand.) A high heat/temperature paint is a better, safer option.
  • double fold bias tape (Again…I had brown left over from a patio cushion project.)
  • hot glue
  • Sharpie
  • Edited to add: Flameproof coating

Tools:

  • Utility knife
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Craft paint brush

I started by disassembling the globe by gently pulling the frame from the north/south pole. My globe popped right out.

globe

I also chose a globe that wasn’t in the best shape, so the north and south hemispheres just pulled apart. (Cut seam along the equator with a utility knife if needed.)

split-globe

Next, using a Sharpie, I traced the fitting (or draw a circle the size of where the globe will be held into place on the light fixture).

globe-light-tutorial

I used a utility knife to remove some of the map/cardboard and discovered a metal circle underneath. I was able to remove it with pliers. Then cut away the rest of the cardboard/paper with a pair of scissors.

globe-light-cover

I painted the inside of my globe and let it dry (well, sort of. I may have been too eager to move on to the next step)…

paint-inside-globe

Then attached the bias tape around the perimeter with hot glue.

gluing-bias-tape

Since I was impatient with waiting for paint to dry and had a little “oopsy”…paint on the bias tape, I used a Sharpie to create a design to distract from the accidental smudge. Imperfection adds character.

globe-light-border

Ready to install.

globe-ceiling-light-cover

Heading to the basement: This is also the path to the basement and I can breathe a sigh of relief that the cracked glass isn’t going to hurt someone when it comes crashing down or that it’s no big deal if my 6’2″ husband carrying a ladder accidentally hits the globe. I kept worrying he’d ‘ding’ that thin glass on his way through…now, it’s okay.

sitting-room-ceiling

It fits with the style of our sitting room too…

sitting-room

Easy enough.  (Would also work as a lamp shade…decorative only.}

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 Mystikit: Purchase the materials and tools needed to make this half globe light fixture cover.

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 *This light shade is mainly decorative. In our home, it is rarely turned on for more than a few minutes at a time. Please do your homework and consider safety in your own home before using a globe as a light fixture. 

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Thrift Store Find: Just add paint.

 

Out of nowhere in January, we were blessed with a day of spring temperatures (60s after single digit temps) here in Pittsburgh but unfortunately, April showers came along with it. It’s the kind of day perfect for sifting through the thrift-store junk stash and finally working on a project.

Thrifty Treasure Makeover

I grabbed the dirty serving tray from the bottom of the pile…{luckily that dark area was only dirt…not mold or a stain}

thrift store serving tray

and gave it a good scrubbing with soap and water…

cleaning tray

then headed to the basement to give it a coat of spray paint (Rustoleum Heirloom White)…

spray painting tray

Then I browsed some favorite blogs and caught up on emails while the paint dried.

Next I used my FrogTape in the .94  in. width to tape off the inside border…

FrogTape on border

and to create a fun bold imperfect {herrinbone} pattern…

FrogTape design

making sure to use my thumbnail along the edges of the tape to ensure the Paintblock barrier had a good seal…

burnishing tape edges

I filled in the design using an acrylic craft (Folk Art Burnt Umber) paint and a sponge brush…

acrylic paint

painted herribone pattern

and immediately removed the FrogTape…

removing Frogtape

Once the acrylic craft paint was dry, I gave the entire tray a light even spray of clear coat and let it dry.

Now time to enjoy watching the rainstorm from inside. The sitting room is all ready for a spot of tea,

Frogtape serving tray

planning,

Painted serving tray

Frogtape serving tray

and daydreaming…

Frogtape serving tray

Do you have a thrift store/yardsale stash full of treasures just waiting for a little DIY attention?

See this herringbone pattern using  FrogTape on an accent wall.

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Adventure at Antique Emporium

This week Bri and I ventured to a {LARGE} antique shop in Beaver Falls, PA called Antique Emporium. I’m pretty sure I’ve been there before, but before a major re-organization. If I have the place right, before it was packed full from floor to ceiling and quite chaotic (I love that kind of place – where you have to get dirty and dig for treasures and decide you want to see the vintage lamp that’s on top of an armoire sitting on top of a dresser) but this day, in this place, everything was organized into awesome groups. It was still packed from floor to ceiling on all three levels

{3 floors!}

every one of over 100,000 antiques neatly in their place.

antique emporium

It’s the kind of place where you wish you were a contestant in a shopping game. Imagine running through the all those aisles upstairs, down stairs and in my lady’s chamber (remember that frightening nursery rhyme: Goosey Goosey Gander?) filling a shopping cart! Dreamy! But then, stairs (the nursery rhyme!) are not ideal shopping cart terrain, and I’d trip and get scraped knees and a broken arm and knock down the Hummel display {how sad!} and security would not so kindly escort me out and there was a heavy downpour going on with super scary lightening and exploding thunder, so I controlled myself and maintained a leisurely normal person’s stroll up and down the aisles instead, ’cause it’s a classy antique emporium and not a candy shop and I’m a grown up, not a kid. 

So…Upon entering, we were welcomed by the friendly clerk and given instructions detailing the 3 {THREE!} floors of antiques (I almost wanted to ask for a treasure map so I could mark “X’s” on where I wanted to go). We were invited to help ourselves to the wine bar…don’t mind if I do! Although I didn’t…it was still before noon after all and that fear of wine+stairs+crashing hummels shattering into 100,000 pieces…no wine for me.

wine bar

Here are some pictures I managed to sneak in with my i-phone. Doesn’t it make you all nervous to whip out your big ‘real’ camera, set up your umbrella lights and re-arrange the decor? Oh, another dream. haha! I always feel like I have to be sneaky because more than likely – I’m the one being filmed looking all suspicious with my camera-phone, glancing over my shoulder to make sure no one is watching me snap inconspicuous pictures for the sake of blogging.

antique settee {drool!}…

antique settee

However, I’m sure the friendly, knowledgeble owner – or as we like to refer to him now after our tour around the store, our good friend, Jim, wouldn’t have minded in the least.

Jim was super helpful in answering our questions as well as pointing out favorite antiques and entertaining us with “Jim humor” and interesting stories behind certain treasures. 100,000 antiques and 100,000 facts in that guy’s head. Amazing.

Bri really wanted one of these antique printer shop racks but they served a ‘small world’ display purpose and weren’t for sale (well, everything has a price…just not in her price range). They’re not the print shop drawers that we love to use as shadow boxes, they’re more like pieces of furniture, sort of like a leaning cubby shelves.

antique print shop rack

Something for everyone…

Medieval antiques…I had my eye on a crown. Shining armor without the knight.

Plenty of home-making gadgets from the 1800s including antique apple corers, hand mixers, old washboards and wringer washers, rug beaters, meat grinders…all for women. Makes me oh-so-thankful to be living in modern times!

antique trivets

antique trivets

Cast iron skillets and a few baffles. Baffling!

cast iron skillets

We contemplated taking home an antique toy truck…

antique toy trucks

for Cappy, who wants to do something like this…

antique toy truck

inspiration image courtesy: Farm Chicks

I wanted to dig out my dimes and play carnival games to win this pretty antique depression glass but fought the urge (remember carnival coin toss or am I showing my age?)…

antique depression glass

Lots of lanterns…

antique lanterns

Are you an antique geek {I mean that in a flattering and positive way}? We love antique and vintage for decorating and collecting but not for ‘museum’ style display. I mean, if I found out I owned something really rare and worth a gazillion dollars, I’d ‘freak’ like I won the lottery but there might be the chance that I cleaned it wrong or broke it or gave it a distressed paint technique or repurposed it so for the most part, we collect old cool things no one wants or things that have little value. We’re okay with that. :)

road signs and license plates…

antique license plates

antique crocks…

antique crocks

What a crock! I love this one! But the price was a little steep at $125 considering I just purchased an old milk can with spout for $15 at a yard sale a month or so ago, I wanted it but I didn’t “need” it…

{hummels unbroken!} and so many antique clocks.

antique clocks

I’m starting a clock collection. Isn’t this sweet:

clock wall

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What else did I see? Too much to mention!

  • Collector’s items like “Coca Cola” and Santa, even “dogs”
  • Shining armor without the knight
  • Antique doilies and lace
  • Antique radios and old records
  • Vintage ceramic animals – elephants are a sign of fertility so I quickly moved on.
  • Vintage keys
  • Pocket watches
  • Antique tins and baskets. I love these types of storage possibilities, but these were rare tins and baskets…pricey.
  • Antique prints, art and posters. Bri snagged a framed vintage ad. Forgot to get a picture though.
  • Vintage mason jars – love!
  • Old crates – more love!
  • Estate jewelry – I love vintage jewelry, especially watches.
  • Antique cameras and photographs.
  • Antique morgue accessories! Oh yes I did but didn’t nose around too long in that section!
  • Vases and urns
  • Vintage Barbie dolls and dolls
  • Vintage hats and mufflers, even boots and a few dresses
  • Plenty of electric fans – no a/c and it was hot hot hot in there!
  • What didn’t I see?! I don’t know! I think they had it all!
So what did I buy? It was antique overload and believe it or not, I only purchased one thing. The price wasn’t too bad (think of what it’d cost at Pottery Barn or even TJ Maxx). I spent $50 for this GINORMOUS beautiful Victorian terrarium…

antique Victorian terrarium

{Thank you, Jim, for braving the torrential downpour to haul this to my car for me!}

Ideas?

  • Reptile cage (highly unlikely since I’m not really a reptile loving kind of girl).
  • Repurposed bird feeder. I’m sort of upset with the birds around here for their use of the bathroom in my pretty barn patio so no rewards for birds any time too soon.
  • Display case. Since I didn’t find an antique crown for my not-so-royal head…probably not. I could fill it with my clock collection though!
  • Bakery case. Bakery goodies! Yum! But, gasp! Chocolate fingerprints on glass! No thanks! Okay, for real…with my sweet tooth, it’d be displaying sugary crumbs more often than goodies.
  • Kitty time out chamber. Just kidding!
  • Vignette under glass – I probably will do this with it on occasion since I love to re-arrange and decorate. Something pretty for Christmas with faux-snow and pine!
  • aTerrarium! {ding.ding.ding.ding.ding! We have a winner!} A plant house (that’s what my receipt reads) Original, no? I’m thinking the cutest little fairy garden with pretty plants, a little path, a fairy, a butterfly, glitter dust, a bottle of Alice’s “drink me” to ‘shrink me’ so I can wander along the pretty paths and nap under a mushroom.

All of this dreaming today, huh? I promise you that none of the following were consumed while writing this post:  Wine. Mushrooms. Glitter. I claim a little exhaustion combined with paint fumes. ;)

What would you do with it?
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If you’re local and want to check it out, here’s the scoop:
Antique Emporium
818 Seventh Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
75 Dealer Booths on 3 Floors
Over 100,000 items ~ 28 years in business
No Crafts & Few Reproductions

See what I’m doing with it and where it’s going coming soon!

*This is not an advertisement. I’m not affiliated with Antique Emporium or being paid to write this post. I’m just sharing our antique adventure and my thrifty treasure. 

May you’re weekend be filled with thrifty treasures! 

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I Love Thrifting Day – fun, finds & friends

#ilovethrifting

Groups from all over participated in I Love Thrifting day this past weekend. As you know, I had the pleasure to organize and host the North Pittsburgh event.

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Our group was small, consisting largely of family sprinkled with a few friends

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and the opportunity to meet 3 local blog friends!

Kim {Reposhture} and me. Love her creativity. I’ve featured her before. We just didn’t know that we were practically neighbors. Now I can ‘borrow’ her ski pole lamp or have her professionally DIY a piece of furniture for me! ;)

reposhture

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I don’t know why I didn’t get my picture with Susan from Oh My! Creative {so many fun crafty features}, but you can see her in her green/white striped shirt in some of the photos. Love her and can’t wait to get to know her a little better. I have local blog friends!

And dear sweet, Jessica who I actually met last year. Jessica’s a local pet sitter at Sittin Paws, providing an awesome alternative to kenneling. Now I can consider getting a dog {I miss Niski} because vacations won’t be a problem with a friend like Jessica in the neighborhood! She’s also blog author at Craft Frau Times…but she’s lacking the ‘time’ to blog right now. 

Roeshel and Jessica

Our scheduled was as follows:

9 a.m. we arrived at the North Hills Goodwill.

North Hills Good Will

Lots of thrifty treasures!

#ilovethrifting

Next up was Wexford GoodWill. It’s a more intimate store (not a donation center) but packed full of treasures and the service was a little more personal.

Wexford Goodwill

At this point, our entire group of lucky #13 was gathered…

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North Pittsburgh #ilovethrifting 2012

Yep – there’s my aunt, my cousin, my GRAM! My sister, niece, daughters and friends! 

We also had a scavenger hunt at each store. Just a piece of paper with one word. The more hideous, the better.

#ilovethrifting scavenger hunt

A little prize was awarded for those finding their “thing”. Ali won $5…

#Ilovethrifting winner

Some really fun finds…

thrifty treasures

Next up, we headed to Cranberry Twp. to another GoodWill and more shopping! If I had room in the vehicle, this would have found it’s way to Ali’s tiny apartment where I would give “painting a loveseat” a little DIY trial. It was like new!

love seat

Time for lunch! Place: North Park Lounge ClubHouse where seating was limited for a small group, but booths were all in the same location. Food was good. Company was amazing.

#ilovethrifting pittsburgh lunch

Last stop: Gibsonia GoodWill.

#ilovethrifting shopping

It was a long HOT {104 degrees} day…we shopped til we dropped…

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Some of us headed to my house for a little thrifty show and tell

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What did I come home with? Surprisingly, very little, but LOVE

my thrifty treasures:

thrifty treasures #Ilovethrifting 2012

  1. A pouf! Price: $15.
  2. An old clip board for filleting fish – $2.99.
  3. Target shower curtain $11
  4. $2.99 ticking bed skirt for me to cut up for a project.
  5. Garden gnome. A little pricey at $9.99 but I couldn’t resist his cuteness.
  6. Picnic basket $4.99.
  7. Pitcher – I don’t remember. Maybe $1.99.

A special thanks to Rashon at Mr. GoodWill Hunting, the brains behind #ILoveThrifting day. Remember, we finally had the chance to meet a few weeks ago at the Haven Conference.

Rashon and Roeshel

And a special thanks to GoodWill of Southwestern PA for the discounts! If you’re local – the Butler GoodWill store is having a fun event this Saturday! I might even gather my friends and where our shirts and partake of some refreshments and sales!

Joining the party at Rhoda’s: SouthernHospThriftyTreasures copy_thumb Check out all of the fun thrifty treasures’ links. You’ll want to see her latest progress in her new home too!

A Chair Affair – thrift store dining chair makeovers

Just a quick “after” of the chairs my sister Patti got for around $2-3 each for her dining room (she just moved her family back and is on a tight budget for furnishing her new home). Shopping was done at thrift stores, 2nd hand furniture store, yardsales and auctions.

thrifty store chairs

A little clean up and all chair cushions were re-upholstered. Patti chose coordinating royal blue floral and paisley patterns.

  • Remove seats from wooden chair base.
  • Remove old fabric (usually stapled on)
  • Lay out new fabric with seat upside down in the middle of a piece of fabric (about 1/2 yard should be more than enough). Cut fabric to size (a couple of inches larger all the way around).
  • I fold my unfinished edges under while working my way around the seat, stapling as I go.
  • Start with the center of one side, fold fabric under then pull and staple to the under side of the seat. Do the center of each side, pulling tight as you go.
  • After each side center is stapled, I move the corners. Taking the corner of the fabric, pull tight and staple. I wrap the corners the same way I wrap a gift.
  • Staple the fabric all the way around (fabric folded under) the bottom of the chair seat.
  • Reattach the seat to the chair frame with screws.

reupolstering chairs

We love the dark stain on these and that they’re all different but all coordinate now…

dining room chair seat makeover

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Operation Family Room

Happy Friday!

You’ve seen a sneak peek of the French doors.

Benjamin Moore Peacock - French Doors

Chunky baseboards have been installed.

DAP Dyna Flex baseboard caulking tutorial

A slipcover gives an ugly sofa a clean neutral look.

beach cottage living room, slip cover, terrarium lantern

Pretty new pillows from Drop Cloth Designs.

drop cloth pillow

Thrift store treasures on stand by.

DIY chandelier coffee tablewooden candlesticks

Fabric for curtains ordered.

family room design

A thrifty chandelier replaces the extra gold brassy flush mount.

Still a work in progress. Thank goodness for weekends! What are you working on?

Ps. Here are some beautiful eclectic family rooms…

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Source: Pinterest

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Source: goodgirlgoneglad.com via Roeshel on Pinterest

Source: ethanallen.com via Roeshel on Pinterest

Source: bhg.com via Roeshel on Pinterest

I still LOVE this beach cottage family room:

Coastal Cottage by thediyshowoff.blogspot.com and remodelaholic.com

Source: decorpad.com via Melissa on Pinterest

Source: bhg.com via Amanda on Pinterest

 

Enjoy the weekend!

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Thrifty Treasures

I love spring and nicer weather because it means time for yard sales“! This past weekend, my daughter and I stopped by a few in addition to an estate auction. I didn’t get much but here are some of my treasures…

an old vintage clock face…

vintage clock face

I haven’t set the clocks yet…oops!

There are never any AA batteries when you need them and I felt it best not to ‘borrow’ from the remote control. ;)  The clock face on the wall is the one I purchased.

DIY vintage mantel

Ever since Aimee from It’s Overflowing shared this image from Martha Stewart Weddings in the DIY Project Parade, (thanks so much, Aimee – I can’t stop thinking about copying this for a centerpiece in my favorite colors…)

colorful candlesticks

{no, no wedding plans…I’m already married to a wonderful man! I just love the look.} I’ve been collecting wooden candlesticks (+ a wooden tray)…

wooden candlesticks

Wisteria used to sell these vintage elephant bells…

Wisteria vintage elephant bell

and I found my own cute little vintage brass elephant bell with a beautiful patina. I love the sound!

vintage brass elephant bell

and because I might want to ‘work out’ (ha! haha!) these fun vintage dumbbells…

vintage wooden dumbbells

I’ve also recently scored another outdated chandelier that will get a coat of spray paint and a little chicken wire accessorizing. And clothes. One of these days the girls and I will do a fashion show. Most of our favorite things are from thrift stores.

What have you found lately? Feel free to leave a link to your thrift store/flea market/yard sale finds in the comments…we want to see. Then join me in linking up at Rhoda’s fun party:

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Let’s Talk about Chandeliers!

I’ve been really lucky with finding thrifty {used} light fixtures. Want to see? Ever wonder how a creative idea strikes? Read on, my DIY friend…

This week, I may have squeeled with excitement when I saw this at St. Vincent de Paul for $9.99 {except that I’m the quiet type and even if I did squeel, you wouldn’t have heard me…but I was THAT excited. I still am!}

thrift store chandelier

and I’m thinking it’ll go in the family room {which, as you know is a work in progress…so what it looks like now isn’t a reveal and those pretty doors aren’t finished either!}…

turquoise doors

Then Lindsay had the idea of making it into an accent table – isn’t that brilliant?! ::light bulb over my head:: Re-wire it to plug in, add a glass top and ta-da!  It’d be gorgeous all rigged up – no need for a table lamp if the table is a chandelier!  Hmmm…now that she’s planted that seed…I just don’t know! {You know I’m indecisive!} But when it’s sitting on the floor, it DOES look like a table!

But I do love to play around. Here’s just an old window on top and an idea of how it’d look. Pretty awesome, I’d say!

DIY upcycled side table

repurposed coffee table

This one was purchased for $20 from Habitat ReStore…

  thrift store chandelier

and I’m pretty sure it’s replacing the light fixture in the dining room…

  thrift store chandelier

Now the dilemma. I love that they’re both huge and will make a beautiful statement in each room. But did I choose the right rooms for each chandelier? I think either light would work in either room so I’m certain I’m going in the right direction. I think. lol! What do you think?

And I love each of them and their aged gold color but I’m so tempted to give them a “WOW” with a coat of spray paint. Check out this inspiration…

yellow chandelier

{Pretty Handy Girl}

green chandelier

{Addicted to Decorating}

purple chandelier

{houzz}

magenta chandelier

{Vickie Howell}

blue chandelier

{design sponge}

I’m no stranger to spray painting chandeliers:

My dressing room chandelier used to be brassy gold…

The room that Cassity (Remodelaholic) and I designed for Shaw/HGTV Home last summer and the painted chandelier:

Guest Room Chandelier

  1. Keep my current placement plan?
  2. Spray paint one or both or none?
  3. Chandy side table?

Ps. Mr. DIY pictures a big palm leaf ceiling fan in the family room so the light fixture there will be temporary until we decide to choose and invest in the perfect one. And he’s sort of liking our current dining room light fixture, but maybe he won’t notice the swap? Or he’ll fall in love them when they magically appear in place? Didn’t happen with this one in the powder room:

powder room before and after

{powder room}

He’s not a fan of the ‘snot monster’. But he tolerates it for me. Love him {and the tear drop light}. They’re both keepers! ;) 

After writing up this post and playing with the idea more, I’m thinking if I keep the current dining room light fixture {we’d love a pulley light there anyway}, use the lantern-chandelier in the family room and the caged chandelier as a coffee table/accent table … problem solved, right? What do you think? I am LOVING the chandelier coffee table idea! So, I’m going to work a little do-it-yourself magic, make it sturdy, add a top (I like the window) and change the electrical from hard-wire to plug-in. It’s just too perfectly my style not to go with that idea. Here are some more pictures of the repurposed chandelier table idea (I see a tutorial in my near future). DIY chandelier coffee table

repurposed chandelier coffee table

I’m so glad we had this chat. It’s been a huge help in curing my indecisiveness. ;)

old window, books and globes

But I might still change my mind.  {After all, I do have these for making a coffee table too.}

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Thrifty Treasures – TRUNKS

Check out what I bought yesterday…

steamer trunks

A lot of 9 steamer trunks. I couldn’t resist. Mr. DIY may consider an intervention. But you guys! The price was just too good to pass by and it was an all or nothing type deal. And you know I’ll find somewhere for a few of them. So will Bri. Ali will probably want one too. How about you? ;)

I love imperfectly perfect!

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DIY Chair Makeover – before and after x 2

Think a thrift store find with a little DIY love can’t be every bit as gorgeous as a high end find? I beg to differ.  Meet:  Kristen from 

Farmstyle Studio

Kristen often says that design wouldn’t be a challenge without a budget. What fun would it be to walk into a high end store and say “I’ll take it!” without even so much as glancing at the price tag? 

But it’s not nearly as interesting or satisfying when there isn’t a bit of a challenge involved. At least that’s what we tell ourselves when the budget is tight. 

Kristen scored these thrift store potential beauties…

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and now prepare to be amazed…

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Dressing Room Reveal

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I had been wanting to give the upstairs guest bedroom some dressing room touches for a while now. We have another guest room on the main floor with it’s own guest bathroom AND we rarely have overnight guests (4 nights in nearly 5 years). I still want it to function as a guest room – it has the most comfy bed and when the girls come over and raid my closet (we share clothes and shoes)…it’s a fun place to hang out and talk style and fashion. Ready to decorate your home but short on cash? Apartment Guide can help you find inexpensive decorating ideas for how to update an area of your home without spending a lot of money.

My dressing room sits catty-corner across the hall from the master bedroom, but it’s not a big inconvenience and I love having a ‘girly’ space!  Let’s head in…

 

I hope you don’t mind around 40 pictures…there’s so much to see! :) 

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Decorating Obsessed Nursery Reveal

Hey there, DIY friends! Wow! You all had some amazing ideas and suggestions yesterday  about my DIY dilemma! Thank you!  I’ll keep you posted!

Today I’d like to introduce you to Ashley from…

Ashley is awaiting the pending arrival of her sweet baby girl soon and she’s just finished up  the nursery.  It’s an awesome combination of old, new and LOTS of DIY. The result is amazing! I love the bold non-traditional colors, don’t you? (Even her blog header looks good mixed in with the reveal photos!) 

First thing you can’t help but notice is the gorgeous argyle wall. Something that’s definitely going to catch baby girl’s eye.  

The also painted the base of the crib – isn’t that a clever idea to give it some special detail?

Want to see the before pictures? Like most nurseries, this room started out as a guest bedroom:

   

Now, it’s a beautiful space to grow, snuggle and play…

The attic access bothered Ashley…

So, they turned it into (non-permanent/easily removable) recessed shelving…

Check out this girl’s closet! 

I love the details and accents.  Isn’t this little guy sweet?

How fun is the DIY art (there’s more to see at Decorating Obsessed)…

You can get all of the details, more information and see more cute pictures at 

Guest Room

Attic Access turned Recessed Shelving

Nursery Reveal

Don’t stop there, Ashley’s blog name says it all. She’s “Decorating Obsessed” and her entire home is worth checking out!

Wishing you a happy, healthy and easy labor and delivery, Ashley!  I can’t wait to “e-meet” baby Audrey!

How To Get This Beach/Eclectic Cottage Look

Good morning!  There have been some questions regarding the details of the room Cassity and I designed. Then we’ll move on to the regularly scheduled DIY posts.
These are the final professional shots of the beach themed room:

With the exception of the handscraped Rockbridge Dusk hardwood floor and the beautiful Ikat panel area rug, the room, the furniture and accessories are photo props at Tribuzio Hilliard in High Point, NC.  So, nothing from this room was purchased via shopping from a store when we decorated.  Everything was selected from a warehouse.  It was the candy shop for DIYers!  Packed full of decorating goodies.
Here is a breakdown of the room details with links to similar furniture and accents as well as some DIY tips.
Hardwood & Area Rug

Handscraped Maple Hardwood (Style: Rockbridge/Color:  Dusk)and Ikat panel (Multi) by Shaw Floors HGTV Home collection. The rug is listed as contemporary and even has a traditional feel to the design.  We loved the pattern for our cottage room.  As Lisa LaPorta agreed, an area rug is a great starting point for inspiration in your home.

Ikat Panel (Multi)
Selected sample (large)
Wall Color

COPEN BLUE by Sherwin Williams for HGTV Home.

SW0068 Copen Blue
Interior/Exterior

Color Collections
Rustic Refined, The Streamlined Years
Color Family
Blues
RGB Value
R-192 | G-204 | B-198
Hexadecimal Value
#C0CCC6
Chandelier

We loved the detail of this chandelier when we found it and felt it added a touch of whimsy to the other red coral accents in the room. This chandelier was originally white.  Painting it antique red was a fun way to add color to the room.

SW7587 Antique Red

  • DIY:  Our chandelier was originally white. Paint a thrift store find/old brass chandelier.  Color shown is ANTIQUE RED by Sherwin Williams for HGTV Home.
  • Shop:  (better off with the DIY option with something like this because affordable red chandeliers are hard to find) Home Depot has a glass version.
Sofa

We were limited by what was in the warehouse but chose a neutral color and clean lines.  We both agree that furniture is a big purchase and should be neutral enough for when redesigning or changing accents in the future. Keeping big pieces neutral ensures many years of use and your money’s worth!

  • DIY:  Add a neutral colored slip cover to your existing sofa or re-upholster in a neutral fabric. DIY drop cloth slip covers are a little challenging but affordable!
  • Shop:  Crate and Barrel, custom sofa covers http://www.comfort-works.com/
VeranoSofaCanvasF11
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Place art on the floor to create the layout you’d like to show off on the wall.  Find tips on how to hang art for a photo gallery HERE. Look for art with a theme.  Add a plate, wooden letters or mirrors for interest.

  • DIY:  Frame prints from books, calendars or printed from a site such as Vintage Printables. Do something unexpected. Mix in a canvas with framed prints. We used double sided tape to display a starfish on the square plate. Non-matchy letters were all painted a pretty oil rubbed bronze and sanded for a distressed look.  Round mirrors simulate port hole windows keeping within the nautical theme. {Tips for Hanging a Wall Gallery}.  Placing a mirror (from Michael’s) or convex mirror into a painted pie pan or plate could give you a similar look to the port hole mirrors.
  • Shop:
    • Small Sepia Nautical Art:  Amazon
2 Nautical Sailing Art Prints Bow Hull Ship Posters Sail Decor Sepia

DIY version using convex mirrors and pie tins:

    • Letters: Craft Cuts, Michaels, Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, etc.
nted wood letters come in many heights and thicknesses.

Accent Table
  • DIY:  Stack crates and top with glass for a vintage look. Often a yard sale or flea market find or build your own crates using reclaimed wood or pallets. Stamp or stencil wording and sand/distress for a vintage finish.

I have this accent table in my barn patio area:
Crate with an old vintage window top…


or use an old barrel as a side table like we did in our sitting room:

 Lanterns
  • DIY:  Accessorize varying sizes of lanterns with small plants for terrariums or add candles with sea shells, star fish or palm leaves.  Wrap candles with jute to add texture.  (Paint lanterns if desired.)
  • Shop:  Target, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, etc.
Knox LanternMini Lantern Tealight Holder
Horse
Horse Figurines

Mantel
  • DIY:  Use large wrought iron salvaged pieces or a small piece of iron fencing to make a statement and a large clock for balance. Accessorize with old books tied with twine and pottery. Shop thrift stores or yard sales. Find a shape of ceramic pottery and spray paint a pretty turquoise if needed.
  • Shop:
Timepiece - Large Distressed Wall Clock with Pendulum
    • Vintage Books – Etsy
Morph Vase
    • Red coral – 15.97 at Amazon
Worldwide Imports Painted Coral Red 5-7"
    • Cloche. Everything looks special under glass. Try Pottery Barn or search for glass sconces and globes (turn upside down)/etc. at thrift stores.
Lamps 
Southwest Turquoise Décor - 20" Azure Glazed Ceramic Jar Desk / Table Lamp - JCO-X4014
Accessorize
  • DIY:  Use a small old drawer as a tray for books.  Add vintage hardware to the sides for handles. Fill a bowl with glass orbs or DIY your own orbs using twine or seashells to add texture. Spray paint accent bowl if you can’t find the right color in thrift stores. Spray paint small urns and fill with grass.  Small thrifted ceramic fish or other themed accent can be painted to coordinate. Give an accent the spotlight by displaying it under a glass cloche.
Telescope
10x Magnification Tabletop Telescope
Side Chairs
  • DIY:  Search Craig’s List or estate sales for wicker chairs. Great texture!  Spray paint brown to freshen up or a fun color if you love the unexpected.  Add neutral cushions.
  • Shop:  Pottery Barn
Seagrass Wingback Armchair
Typography Ottoman
  • DIY:  Built it yourself (info on this coming soon) or give an old ottoman a new look using fabric similar to this:
Throw Pillows
  • DIY:  Sew or No-Sew using typography printed fabric or grain sacks.
  • Shop:  Pottery Barn and Etsy
PB Found Vintage Grainsack, Blue
Speaking of typography, love these trays from Pottery Barn:
Decoupage Typography Trays
Ceramic Garden Stool
  • So many wooden step stools can be found at thrift stores and yard sales.  Paint and distress if needed!
  • Shop:  TJ Maxx and HomeGoods seem to have the best prices for ceramic garden stools (under $50)
Console Table
Sailboat Art 

We hung two large vertical prints on the left side of the window to balance the art on the right.

Sailboat Sea Nautical Sepia Framed Print Picture
Coffee Table Book
  • Shop: Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, Amazon
Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (The Colored Plates 1734-1765)
Albertus Seba: Cabinet of Natural Curiosities (25)
Large Round Mirror
(shown far left)
  • Shop: Great price on sale at JCPenney!
Drapery

Hang drapery as high as possible to add height to a room. Expand rods past the window and “frame” window with drapery to allow the maximum amount of light into the room.

  • DIY:  Sew your own simple curtains using drop cloths or white linen fabric.  Rod pocket or using curtain rings with clips to hang.  Using white/off white twin sheets is also an inexpensive option.
  • Shop:  Overstock
Coffee Table

Rustic.

Holbrook Coffee Table
Subway Art and Easel
Reserved listing for dstiles84
Hopefully this helps with the details.  What’s your favorite part of the room?
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