A Chartreuse Door

Mini-makeover…

When we first installed the sliding door, I embraced it’s original old paint.

interior sliding door

But over the past year, it did feel more “dirty” even after a good scrubbing than “charming”. It just reminded me of the cold weather and dirty snow…blah. You can’t tell from the pictures. But it did have that dirty old worn finish.

Remember how my brain sometimes works with DIY? It’s usually a spur of the moment decision that wasn’t in my plan for the day or ever. That happened with painting the sliding door in our dining room.

And remember when I painted the door in the apartment renovation

apartment door

I fell in looooove with that color. A beautiful happy shade of green.

The beginning of the new year consisted of cleaning and organizing the basement somewhat. I stumbled across packed boxes of supplies and tools from the apartment renovation…still not unpacked since November. While putting things away, looky what I found:

Valspar Gilded Pesto

chartreuse green

And just like that, in that five minute time span, I decided to paint the sliding door in the dining room, to add some “spring” color to the dingy, dirty, neutral white. No wonder it takes me FOREVER to clean. Distractions get me every time.

FrogTape

I started by taping off the glass around the mullions with my favorite stash of FrogTape, making sure the edge of the tape was flush against the corner where wood met glass. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue when removed…and I’m all for making a last minute DIY easier.

{you can see the dirty original paint job better in this picture}

FrogTape on glass

{curtain is for privacy in the guest room or maybe hiding junk in what’s become a storage room…ummm, I’m not telling}

I used my thumb to burnish the edges of the Frogtape to prevent paint from seeping underneath.

burnishing the tape

Then applied two coats of my sample container of paint.

painting door

 

{oops…One coat looked great while wet so I removed tape. I did a second coat on the flat parts after coat 1 was dry}

I removed the tape immediately after the second coat, pulling away from the wood.

removing tape

Ta-da…the after:

painted door after

 

again…here’s the before:

shabby chic dining room

What do you think? Do the seasons aid in changing your decor? How finding inspiration and materials that you forgot you had when cleaning and organizing? Either way…I’m loving the new pop of color!

chartreuse paint

  • paint the built ins and add hardware to the bottom doors
  • swap out the light fixture (wait ’til you see the new one!!!)

*This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. Results may vary. 

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Christmas ~ Dining Room

Gifts are wrapped. Shopping is done.  The last of my Christmas decorating is complete.

The dining room lighting and arrangement has made pictures a challenge, but here it is. As you can see, some pictures are a little different. I’ve been snapping pictures almost every day for a weeks to try to get it right and during that time, a little rearranging happened. Does that happen to you too?

View from the kitchen…

Christmas dining room

I love this view.

Christmas dining room

What do you think of the new area rug? I love adding in a modern element. But hey, hounds-tooth is classic.  Someone loves it…

houndstooth area rug

A little shabby. A little rustic. A little country. A little natural. A touch of vintage…our cozy farmhouse.

DIYShowOff Christmas dining room

Clean dishes within easy reach for entertaining…

Christmas dish display

Christmas chalkboard…

Christmas dining room vignette

farmhouse Christmas dining room

A big coincidence with other blog friends, but I added vinyl lettering to my big mirror too, along with a thrift store sunburst mirror.

Christmas mirror

The tree is decorated with burlap ribbon, thrift store finds including a sweet bird cage, eating utensils with wooden handles, pine cones, gold and brown ornaments and topped with a grapevine star…

vintage natural Christmas

nestled in an old crate, atop an old steamer trunk to give it some height.

rustic Christmas tree

Christmas centerpiece this year is a winter wonderland terrarium. A little Christmas-y greenhouse…

Christmas winter wonderland terrarium

{photographing glass is not easy!}

Christmas terrarium centerpiece

Right off of the dining room is the sitting room

Christmas dining room

I love the flow from the dining room into the sitting room…all neutral, warm, full of charm. More seating for entertaining too. 🙂

Merry Christmas

Thanksgiving decorating {thrift store art print becomes Thanksgiving reminder}…

We don’t host Thanksgiving dinner. We’re lucky to be guests. So, Thanksgiving decor is minimal at the DIY Show Off home but I did want to share how I turned a $4 print called “Nostalgic Autumn” by Eric Sloane into something I love hanging in our home this time of the year. Our thrift stores have huge framed outdated prints in “fair” condition on occasion. It’s not something I’d normally choose, but the the colors and autumn farm theme is perfect for our dining room. I decided that adding the words “Give Thanks” ensures that once a year, I will hang this print. And every time I look at the words “give thanks”, I take a moment to thank God for our many blessings.

Give Thanks vignette

What I did:

easy DIY Thanksgiving wall art

  1. Old framed print {thrift store}. Mine wasn’t in the best of shape. There were scratches on the print, etc. but we embrace imperfection around here, therefore it’s “perfect”. {You may want to check to see if your print has value before altering it.}
  2. Decide where lettering will be placed using a level or ruler.
  3. Apply a piece of FrogTape Delicate Surface. It works on freshly painted surfaces (24 hours) so it’s a good option for sticking lightly to an old art print. I did not rub the tape to adhere since I’m not painting. I’m using it as a guide/straight line.
  4. Write quote or words with chalk or use a stencil.
  5. Go over chalk words with a Sharpie/permanent marker. Be care of smudging with your hand, work from left to right {or I guess if you’re left handed, it might make sense to work from right to left…which ever way your hand won’t smudge the area you’re working on}.
  6. Carefully peel away FrogTape. Continue drawing letters that fall below the level line, wipe away chalk.

farmhouse Thanksgiving dining room

I love the every day reminder to “give Thanks”, especially this time of year. What do you think? Have you seen large art prints at the thrift store or yard sales that with a little DIY touch or accent would work for your seasonal decor?

DIY Thanksgiving wall art This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. 

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4 years of fall tablescapes

Let’s take a trip back in time – the last 4 years of fall tablescapes in the DIY Show Off home….

Fall 2009

fall table 2009

Fall 2010 (the year of bad photography)

fall tablescape

2011

{oops…no placesettings last year.}

fall table

2012 – we’ve been too busy this year to host dinner parties,so again, no place settings. But fall isn’t over yet!!!

fall dining room

I will be working on a centerpiece, real tablescape maybe someday next week.

farmhouse fall dining room

Joining the October’fest of Fun – Fall Tablescapes with Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.

octoberfest of fun link party

One room, multi-functional – a makeover story {dining room/home office}

Meet: Sweet Monica from Monica Wants It. I’ve e-known Monica and her amazing DIY talents for quite a while. I’m super excited to ‘show off’ her most recent project. This girl (and her hubby) put in some long hours and hard work and it’s well did an amazing job!

Combined Home Office/Dining Room Makeover

They started with a room which is a combined home office and dining room with dark paneling, wall paper and nothing Monica’s style…

before

dark cabinets and paneling before

They took down the cabinets, removed the dark paneling and stripped old wallpaper…

old paneling old wallpaper

put the cabinets back, gave them a fresh new look with paint, new countertops and hardware.

in progress…

painting cabinets

after

painted cabinets

Huge difference from the old dark before…

painted cabinets

They painted the walls and installed crown molding. The installed new flooring and swapped out the ceiling fan. Makes you crave a break just reading about it, doesn’t it?

DIY room makeover

Then Monica worked her decorating magic…

Wow!

home office

My favorite of her DIY decorative accents is this chair

chair makeover

and framing Restoration Hardware catalog pages…brilliant and so pretty!

DIY framed Restoration Hardware catalog page

The entire room is a beautiful place to entertain, dine, work, relax…I might even sleep in there!

DIY dining room makeover

dining room makeover

dining room makeover

What do you think? It’s so hard to believe it’s the same space. Glam and comfy and so functional! Love it! There is so much more to see! Pop over to see the full original post with more pictures and details at

Monica Wants It

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Living & Dining Room before and after

Hi Blog Friends! I’d like to introduce you to Maggie from

The Reformed Ranch

A couple of years ago Maggie and her husband purchased a 1951 ranch in Texas that needed a lot of work. They knew it would require a lot of commitment, but they both love do-it-yourself projects {who doesn’t?!} and knew that they could tackle it on their own.

living room before

The room that needed the most help was their living room, which looked more like an Italian restaurant than a cozy country cottage. The amazing after…

living room after

Their goal was for the space to feel organic, like it had been collected over time. Maggie found that by purchasing only the things that they love, the space, in turn, feels more cozy than if they were to go to one store and buy a lot of coordinating items.

DIY living room

window seat

built in book case

Here are some more tidbits about the makeover:

  • The wall color is Olympic “Toasted Almond” in flat and the color on the trim, built-ins, and fireplace is Olympic “Ultra White” in semi-gloss
  • The decorations are from a variety of discounted home stores including TJ Max, HomeGoods, Tuesday Morning, Target, and even Walmart. They also found a lot of great things at resale and antique shops. {Sounds just like my own decorating plan of action!}
  • The curtains are actually painter’s drop-clothes from Lowe’s. Maggie wanted something light and airy, but also didn’t want to spend a ton of money since they needed 8 curtain panels. They fit perfect in the room, and the $9.99 price tag wasn’t too shabby either.
I love the rustic/vintage details.
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The dining room was also in desperate need of some help. The walls were also faux finished and the room was just dark and dingy.
Maggie and her husband installed beadboard for some cottage charm. They installed wallpaper on the top portion of the wall which gave the room the elegance it deserved as a dining room.
Because they’re fans of an industrial farmhouse look, they installed two industrial outdoor light fixtures on the wall.
The chandelier is a DIY West Elm inspired knock off.  $10 price tag by using an old lampshade and a lamp kit.
They purchased the buffet from an antique store and painted it a coral shade of red to coordinate with the couch that is in the adjoining living room.
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Beautiful transformations! See more DIY from Maggie at

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