Weekend Update

This is the post that was originally intended for Monday, but my week was totally thrown off by a couple of different things. Sorry for the delay..well, actually I’m not because my niece is here and she is beyond amazing ūüôā

Any SNL fans out there? Weekend Update was always one of my favorite sketches, especially when Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon were together. Mostly because you could usually count on Jimmy to crack and start laughing.

But anywho..let’s talk about our weekends! I made a few changes around the house and wanted some input from you guys. I’ve been trying to come up with something to put on the wall next to our front door. A while back, my mom gave me this cool old accordion-ish coat rack that I thought would work well there.

I do like how it looks and obviously it’s functional, too..but it looked so sad on the wall all by itself. So, I thought maybe if I added some coats/scarves/hats..maybe that would help to fill up that space.

Meh. That’s the only feeling I have about this. No matter how I styled it, I was just never happy. {Sidenote: I think it’s also time to change out that summery scarf on Mr. Ram for something more fallish} What do you guys think? Maybe I need a different variety of colors/patterns? Or maybe I need to add some non-clothing decorative type items (the only thing that comes to mind is a horseshoe)? I really want to make the coat rack work there, but if I can’t come up with something better than this, then I may have to give it the boot.

I made one other quick change this past weekend..one that I’m actually pretty pleased with. Before hubby and I got married we purchased a matching bedroom suite for our house. And now that’s one of my biggest regrets. I much prefer the look of a ‘collected’ bedroom over one that’s all Matchy McMatcherville. But what’s done is done and we’ll live with it for now. So, in an attempt to de-matchify everything, I switched out the knobs on my nightstand. I started with this:

Nothing fancy. Just your run-of-the-mill chrome knob. BO-RING! Five minutes and one Philips head screwdriver later, I had these:

Aah, much lovelier! I picked these up at Hobby Lobby for $3.99/each. There’s only one issue: they only had these 3, and there are 16 knobs total (3 on each nightstand, and 10 on the dresser!) in our bedroom. So, let me pose another question to you guys. Do you think it’s OK to have a mix of hardware on your furniture if it’s in the same room? Should I use a more masculine knob on JP’s dresser? Maybe it will help everything look less matchy if I have a mix of knobs? I know you’ve got opinions, so let me have it!

August 31, 2011. DIY, Home/Design. 1 comment.

High Chair Makeover

For the past month or so, I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of something I could give to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law for their baby girl that will soon be making her debut in this world. Miss Lyla Mae is set to come August 30 and I couldn’t be more excited to meet my little niece! I wanted to give them something special, so when Jordan and I saw a great deal on a vintage wooden high chair, I knew it would be perfect. The high chair was definitely in rough condition and in need of a little lovin’.

I pictured it with a coat of fresh white paint, topped off with some antique glaze to make the details pop. So I started off by sanding it down with a medium grit sanding block, and then wiping it down with a damp paper towel to remove all the debris. Then I gave it a coat of white using Rust-Oleum’s Paint and Primer in One. I ended up doing three coats of spray paint, and sanded in between each coat.

I let the last coat dry for 24 hours, and then I went to work glazin’. And let me tell ya, it’s just about one of the easiest things you could ever do and it adds so much dimension! I used Valspar’s Antiquing Glaze.

I poured some out in a bowl and then used a paintbrush to brush on a thin, even coat.

I then used a damp washcloth to wipe it off in a circular motion.

I wiped mine off immediately as opposed to letting it sit because I didn’t want it to be too dark. Also, remember that when you’re applying glaze, you need to apply it to the whole piece of furniture so that you’ll have an even finish. I made sure to get the brush down into every nook and cranny so that they would soak up the glaze and really stand out.

See how simple? Once you get the technique down, it goes really fast! And depending on the size of your piece, you may want to have a few cloths on hand to wipe it down. Once one of them starts getting too dirty, you can switch to a clean one.

Doesn’t that look better? When it was finished, I sealed it with a couple coats of poly. It’s gotta hold up against some wear and tear!

I went back and forth with myself about whether I should find a way to add on a tray, but in the end I decided against it. I didn’t want to end up messing up the chair completely, and I figured they can just use this once Lyla gets a little older and can eat at the table.

Have you all been working on any projects lately? I’d love to see them!

August 17, 2011. DIY. 3 comments.

Pinterest Challenge: DIY Subway Sign

Happy Tuesday everyone! Well, it’s been exactly one week since I accepted The Pinterest Challenge, and I must say I am SO glad I did!¬†

I have always loved the look of the vintage subway signs, and I’ve googled umpteen tutorials on how to make them on the cheap. But most ofthem involved getting your design enlarged at somewhere like Kinko’s and then using contact paper to transfer it and create your own stencil, of sorts…and honestly, I was just too lazy to do that.¬†

So when I came across this picture on Pinterest the other day, the wheels started turning in my head and I just knew I had found an easier way to make my own subway sign.

via Pinterest

¬†I quickly decided this would make the perfect project to take on for this challenge. I headed out to Hobby Lobby and picked up my supplies: a 12″x24″ canvas, and some vinyl stick-on letters (in both 2″ and 3″ sizes). Gotta love a project that involves minimal supplies.

I wanted the canvas to have a bit of a worn, weathered look so I started off by glazing it. I had no clue if this would work or not, and initally I thought it gave me a pretty good result, but by the time it was all said and done you couldn’t even tell I had done it in the beginning. Oh well.¬†

After I glazed it, I drew out a little diagram to give me an idea of how far to space things apart, etc.


I know, I know. I’m an awesome diagram drawer. It’s a gift.

Then I drew out my lines with a ruler so I could be sure my letters were in a straight line.

Notice the glaze? Too bad it was basically nonexistent at the end.

And as if that wasn’t enough planning, I then cut out all my letters and laid them out on my canvas to make sure I liked the placement. A dry run, if you will.

Looks like one of those ransom notes made from cut out magazine letters, right?

Then came the scary part: sticking the letters on. Even though I knew I could easily peel them up if I placed them crooked or something, I was still borderline sweating while doing this. I need to go to DIY Worrywart Anonymous. After I had them all stuck on there, I whipped out my brown spray paint and got to work.

I originally thought that I would use latex or acrylic paint like they do in the tutorial I pinned, but the adhesive on the letters wasn’t exactly strong and I had visions of the letters moving all over the canvas when I brushed over them with a paintbrush. Oh Lord..I’m sweating again. So, I decided on spray paint and it was kind of a happy accident.

As I was spraying, I held the can back a little farther than I normally would (maybe 12 inches) and moved my hand around faster than I normally would. It created kind of a cool effect where the paint is uneven..lighter in some places, darker in others. It adds to the vintage vibe.


I waited about 30 minutes and then peeled up the letters and let it dry overnight. The next day, I roughed up the canvas just slightly with a sanding block, just so it didn’t have that ‘freshly painted’ look. Then I stuck a couple of Command strips on the back and hung it on the wall.

Ignore my barely-styled shelves. They need help.

I can’t even tell you how happy I am with how this turned out! And in case you’re wondering, the street names on the sign are all streets that hold meaning for Jordan and I (where we met, first kiss, etc.). I am beyond thrilled to add this personal piece of art to our collection ūüôā

August 2, 2011. Tags: , , . DIY. 6 comments.

The Pinterest Challenge

So as I was scrolling through my Google Reader today, I came across something very exciting. What was it, you may ask?


THE PINTEREST CHALLENGE!!!!!

*Imagine that said in a big, booming voice that seems to be coming from somewhere up in the clouds*

Let me explain..it’s basically a challenge (thought up by the hilarious¬†Katie Bower) to stop pinnin’ and start doin’. For those of you who don’t know what Pinterest is, I gushed about it a little in¬†this post.

So you’re supposed to do a DIY project based on an inspiration photo that you’ve pinned in the past. I’ve got quite the little stockpile (you can check out my boards¬†here..follow me!) of photos, so now I just have to decide which project I want to tackle first! The challenge is to complete the project in a week, aka Tuesday, August 2. I seriously can’t wait to get started, although I’m sure my hubby will cringe at the thought of me starting yet another project seeing as how I’ve got a couple unfinished ones lingering in our house as we speak. But I promise this one will be done by next Tuesday, babe!

Oh, and did I mention that there are 3 other amazingly awesome bloggers (in addition to Katie) in on this challenge..sponsoring it, if you will. Sherry, Emily, and Lana are all participating as well. So you can go to any of their blogs next Tuesday to post your links to your projects. I know I will be!

July 26, 2011. Tags: , . DIY, Just for Fun. 2 comments.

Sorry Rudolph

A few months ago, Jordan’s step-grandpa gifted us a pair of antlers. Yes, antlers. The story goes something like this: we were touring their new house and I saw a pair of antlers sitting on one of their dressers. I jokingly made a comment to the hubs under my breath about how if I slapped a coat of white spray paint on them, I could sell them online for $30. Well, the comment was overheard and we soon found ourselves escorted out to the garage where we were met with an entire box full of antlers. Apparently, his step-grandpa is something of a hunter.

Since then, they’ve just been sitting on a shelf while I debated what to do with them. They’re nice and rustic looking as is, but I wanted to jazz them up a bit. I considered covering them in fabric ¬†or wallpaper ala this:

But I knew it would be really difficult to get them to look this seamless and I worried that it would end up looking messy.

Then I thought maybe I could use them to help tie in the color scheme I’ve been working on in our living room. I’m going for turquoise/blues and tangerine orange and I’ve been having a lot of trouble pulling it all together. So, I decided to grab some acrylic paint and fancy up Rudolph’s rack.

I used Anita’s brand acrylic paint (since it worked so well for my stencil) in Ocean’s Blue and Pumpkin.

First things first, though. The antlers came ¬†still attached to one another..by a lovely chunk of skull. So, I wanted to separate them to make them a little more ‘rustic chic’ and a little less ‘Swamp People.’

To do this, I used a FatMax handsaw.

I quickly discovered this was not the best way to do it. It didn’t really cross my mind that antlers are basically bone, and that they would pretty much laugh in the face of a little dinky hand saw. I’m now contemplating making some sort of a DIY work-out video. ‘Flabby arms, ladies?? Not to worry, just try and cut your way through some antlers with a butter knife!’¬†

Moving on, I persevered whined ’til hubby helped me and eventually got the job done.

Once they were detached (and I had done the always appropriate victory dance) I got my paint on. I wanted kind  of a color blocking effect so I painted the main body of one antler with the blue and the other with the orange. I left part of the main stem bare just to maintain some of the rustic-ness. Once that had dried, I painted a thin stripe of the opposite color (orange on blue, blue on orange) around the top and bottom and the painted the tips of the antlers with some leftover gold I had from the stencil project.

Sorry for the wonky color, I took this at night.

For now, they’re living in a tray on our trunk/coffee table. Pretty cute accessories for nearly nothing..the only thing I bought was the paint which was around $2!

June 30, 2011. Tags: , . DIY. 1 comment.

Scallops? Like Sea Shells?

Well, I am happy to tell you that my second attempt at stenciling was FAR more successful than my first.

After latex paint failed me, I headed out to Hobby Lobby Monday evening to pick up some acrylic paint. I went with Anita’s Metallic Craft Paint in Classic Gold. It was the color I was looking for and I could see the paint had some shimmer to it, which is just what I wanted. The instructions from Royal Design Studio (which I followed pretty explicitly this time) also recommended using extender with your acrylic paint. It basically waters it down a little so your paint will go farther and also extends the drying time. So I picked up a bottle of Anita’s Extender.I figured by going with the same brand, I would be guaranteed not to get any funky results.


The stencil I used (which is what sparked my inspiration for this whole project in the first place) was Royal Design Studio’s Scallops Allover. If you’re looking for a stencil, you should definitely check them out..they’ve got tons of fun designs! I had a 10% off promo code at the time I bought mine, so the stencil only ended up costing me $28.80 + $9.00 for shipping. When I told my hubby about this stencil his response was “What’s a scallop? You mean like a sea shell? You’re going to stencil sea shells on our wall??” Yes, because nothing screams glamour more than a conch shell. Once he saw what the stencil actually looked like, he breathed an audible sigh of relief.

Again, I did a dry run first on a piece of cardboard and that instantly confirmed that acrylic was the right way to go.


In both of the shots above, the paint was rolled on with the Purdy White Dove rollers I mentioned in my previous stenciling post.

After testing the paint, I found the exact center of my wall and taped my stencil up with painter’s tape so that the middle of the stencil lined up in the center of the wall. Since my stencil is a repeating pattern, it didn’t matter as much where I start but you want your design to be centered, so it’s always best to start at the top center and work your way out.

 

You could also use stencil adhesive instead of or along with tape. Some people claim that will help you not have as much seepage around the edges of your stencil. But all I had on hand was painter’s tape so that’s what I used and it worked out just fine. I just made sure it was taped down really well on all sides so it wouldn’t move or gap at all.

Once the stencil was secured, I rolled on my paint. I started off very mild with the amount of paint on my roller and could see that it wasn’t doing the job, so I loaded up the roller a little more. All in all, I had to do quite a bit of rolling to get the stencil to show up as much as I wanted it to and not look splotchy. It came out looking fine, but I knew I would have to go through a ton of paint in order to do my whole wall. My theory is that because the paint is acrylic and not latex that the fabric on the roller sucked up all my paint like a hungry hungry hippo. But who knows.

So I decided to try using a brush instead to see if it made a difference. Did it ever. I loaded my brush with a fair amount of paint and then instead of brushing it on, I used something akin to a horizontal jabbing motion. I kept the brush perpendicular to the wall and jabbed my little heart out. And when I say jab, I don’t mean it has to be violent..just forceful enough to show that stencil who’s the boss (and I’m not talkin’ about Tony Danza). And when I pulled the stencil away from the wall, I was much more pleased with the result. You may not be able to tell the difference from the photos, but it’s a more even application and it used a lot less paint. So that’s the method I stuck with throughout.


Also, you see these little marks? Those are registration marks and they make it wayyyy easy to line up your stencil so that everything stays nice and straight. I also used a level periodically just to double check that things were staying straight.

 

 

 

Overall, it probably took me about two hours to knock the whole wall out and I am IN LOVE with the way it turned out. It’s totally not perfect..there a few places where the paint seeped under the stencil a little or the application was uneven, but when you’re looking at the wall as a whole, you can’t really notice. Or at least not enough that I care to try and retouch it and risk making it worse.


Doesn’t it look like shimmery fish scales or something?! And the thing I love the very most is looking at the wall in the reflection of the mirror. Is that weird? I don’t know why, but it makes me as giddy as a kid in a candy store..at Disney World..with Mickey Mouse. That’s pretty giddy.

I know it looks blobby on the left side, but I promise it’s not..these are just bad pictures taken with my phone!

Now my next mission for the bathroom re-do is to get some new accessories. This is the fun part! And of course I’ll share it when it’s all done ūüôā If any of you have any suggestions for stores or online resources that sell stylish bathroom accessories, please let me know!

June 24, 2011. Tags: . DIY, Home/Design. 5 comments.

Failure Is Always An Option

I think that should be every DIYer’s slogan. Because we all know that sometimes things just plain ol’ don’t work out. And since I promised to keep it real with you guys, I figured I’d share my recent project flop.

As you might already know, my latest project has been updating our half bath. I came across a stencil online that totally inspired me, and so I got to work. So far I’ve painted the cabinets/trim and changed out the hardware. You can read more about that here. Then on Saturday, my stencil finally arrived! I was so excited that I immediately ran out to get supplies and get started.¬†

Now, you know me..I don’t lift so much as a hammer without doing extensive research to make sure I’m swinging it right..so of course I had read tons of tutorials online about the best methods for stenciling, what brush to use, etc. Some suggested using acrylic paints or stencil creme, others just used regular latex paint. The stencil also came with instructions from Royal Design Studio (the company that makes the stencil); they advised to use acrylic paint as well. So, obviously I ignored their instructions completely and attempted to do it a different way that I thought would be easier. Go me. “Surely they aren’t serious about using acrylic paint,” I thought. Uh-huh. ‘I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley’ (Airplane, anyone?).

I’m also going to go ahead and blame the decision to use latex paint instead of acrylic on the fact that stinkin’ Hobby Lobby and Michael’s don’t stay open past 9 pm on a Saturday. We were in Indianapolis all day on Saturday and didn’t get home until almost 9, and I just couldn’t wait a day to get supplies. So can I also say that along with the ability to accept failure, DIYer’s need to have patience? Yeah, well I don’t. I made a snap decision to run to Home Depot and pick up a quart of latex paint.

I know there are many cases where latex paint works just fine, but that’s not the story here. You see, I wanted to paint my stencil using a metallic gold/champagne color so that it would look kind of shimmery. So I picked up a quart of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Metallic in Gold. I also picked up a pack of Purdy White Dove fabric rollers, per a recommendation from Mandi over at Vintage Revivals, and I went home to get started.


When I opened up the paint, I immediately got the feeling that this wasn’t going to work out so well. It had the consistency of water, very thin and runny. Thank goodness I at least had sense enough to test out the paint on a piece of cardboard before just rolling it straight onto the walls. I tried to get as little paint as possible on my roller, but the result was still this:


A big blobby mess. Ugh. Lesson learned. Always follow instructions, especially when they’re from the very company that makes the product you’re using. They probably know better than you do. C’est la vie. I’ll be buying some acrylic paint tonight, and hopefully be back tomorrow with a success story to share!

Have any of you guys ever used metallic paint? Any suggestions for what to do with the quart of gold I now own?

June 20, 2011. DIY, Life. 2 comments.

Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture

 

 

 

 

As promised, I’m back with the details on my recent priming/painting adventures. I intended to post this yesterday, but real life got in the way. Rude.

Here’s what you’ll need: fine grit sandpaper, a screwdriver, primer, paint, ¬†painter’s tape, and two paintbrushes.¬†

To start with, I unscrewed the hinges on the cabinet doors and removed them. And here’s a helpful tip: if said cabinet happens to be over your toilet, close the lid. I was thisclose ¬†to doing some unpleasant fishing for a screw. It’s also a good idea to put all your screws and hinges in a plastic bag so that you don’t lose anything.


Now is also the time to fill in or make new holes depending on whether or not you’re going to replace the hardware. I bought some new cabinet pulls that luckily fit in the holes that were already there so I didn’t have to worry about it. Otherwise, you could fill any pre-existing holes with wood filler and make new ones.

Next, you’ll want to sand down all the surfaces you plan to paint. This will rough up the surface and make it a lot easier to cover with paint. There are some cases where sanding isn’t necessary, but I think it’s easier to do it in the beginning rather than take the risk of getting less than stellar paint coverage. A quick once over with a fine grit sanding block should do the trick.


Un-sanded vs. Sanded. See the difference?

After you’ve sanded, make sure to wipe off all excess dirt and dust with a clean cloth. Now you’re ready to prime! My primer of choice is Kilz Odorless. I love it. It dries in 30-60 min and, as the name may imply, there’s no headache-inducing smell. It’s fantastic! Make sure and shake your primer up really well, it should have the consistency of paint. This is where hubby came in. He’s the official paint shaker..and yes, I danced around the room and encouraged him to “shake it like a polaroid picture!” I don’t know that there’s any real technique to priming..just paint on a thin, even coat and wait for it to dry. And primer is pretty much impossible to get out of paintbrushes so don’t plan on using that same brush for the actual painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you’ve waited the appropriate amount of time (look on your can of primer, it will tell you how long to wait), you can start painting. Some tutorials suggest using a roller brush, but I prefer to use an angled paintbrush. It helps get into all those nooks and crannies. I used Olympic Premium in the white semi-gloss right off the shelf. Olympic Premium has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which basically means there’s no harmful chemicals for you or the environment. Score. Again, just paint on a thin, even coat. It will take 2-3 coats in order to get a good amount of coverage. Your paint can will tell you the recommended wait time between coats.

 

 

Now the process for trim is basically the same. Light sand, wipe down, prime, paint. The main difference comes with the taping. Not only did I have to tape off the floor, but because my walls are already painted, I had to tape off the wall as well. Double taping. Ugh. I try my best to work my tape in between the trim and the wall if I can. Luckily there’s enough of a gap between my trim and the wall that it really wasn’t that difficult. Yayy for shoddy construction! Also, if you’re painting trim around a door, make sure to wrap tape around any hinges and inside the casing on the strikeplate. I was painting my trim, but not my doors so I also taped off the top of my door to avoid any drippage.

And then the waiting begins… Most sources advise waiting 3-5 days before rehanging your doors. That was the most tortuous part for sure. I could see my beautiful, fresh white doors and my beautiful, fresh white cabinet but I just couldn’t put the two together! But I didn’t want to risk smudging my new paint job, so I waited. And after I was sure that they were dry, I rehung them and screwed in the new knobs. They’re from the allen + roth line at Lowe’s and they are pretty fantastic.¬†

You love them, don’t you? Me too! Just the touch of old Hollywood-esque glam I was looking for ūüėĬ†

And here’s the finished cabinet

Gratuitous knob shot.

And here’s a wider shot of the bathroom so you can see the trim as well

Shoot that light switch cover is straight awful.

I’ve got some touch ups to do, and it’s definitely still a work in progress but so far I’m digging the change. The white really brightens up the space!¬†

Have you guys been doing any makeovers in your own home?

June 15, 2011. DIY, Home/Design. 4 comments.

The Snowball Effect

Have you ever had a moment when you’re so inspired to do a project that you need to have it done, like, yesterday? Well, I had one such moment Friday afternoon. I was perusing the blogosphere and stumbled upon a stencil that I instantly loved. So, then my brain went into overdrive trying to think of a wall I could use this stencil on. I decided it would look great in our half bath. But then I thought to myself that if I was going to stencil one of the walls, it just wouldn’t look right if I didn’t paint the trim. And if I was going to paint the trim, then I would need to paint the cabinets, too. And if I was going to paint the cabinets, maybe I needed to replace the awful lighting in there.

This, my friends, is what I like to call ‘The Snowball Effect.’ It’s when you start out with a small snowflake of an idea, but that idea leads to another and another and another…until you’re left with a giant snowman.

Now, in this case, my snowman is made up of totally doable tasks. So Saturday evening, I made a quick trip to Lowe’s to pick up some supplies and I got started.

This is normally where I would insert a before picture of our tiny little bathroom. But I was in such a flurry that I forgot to take one. Bad blogger. Virtual slap on the wrist to me. Let me describe it to you. Small. No windows. Dark wood cabinetry. Gross linoleum. And it has not just one, but two ugly doors. Thats TWO! TWO UGLY DOORS..MWA-HA-HA! A little Count von Count anyone?

You may be saying, “Dacia, why in the world have you waited this long to tackle this monstrosity?!” Well, you see, we aren’t homeowners..we’re renters. Before we got married, we toyed with the idea of buying a home, but decided it would just be better to save up some money and buy a couple years down the road. Jordan is the assistant pastor at our our church, so luckily we had the option of renting one of the houses they own for a great price. It’s a ranch that was built in the early 90’s, and while it’s a very nice house (especially for a young, just-married couple), there are some things about it that drive me absolutely up the wall.

For example, there are 3 bedrooms and every stinkin’ closet in them has mirrored slider doors. And the master bedroom has two closets, so I basically feel like we’re sleeping in a weird fun house. When we toured the house (the church bought it just before we moved in), the previous owners went on and on about how much they ‘enjoyed’¬†winkwink nudgenudge¬†having the mirrors in their master bedroom. Gross with a capital yuck.

This house also has quite the wide array of linoleum. It’s in the kitchen, laundry, half bath, and there’s a lovely rose-patterned linoleum in the full bath. Not exactly my style. Also, all of the kitchen cabinets are dark and outdated and the countertops leave much to be desired. And I couldn’t go without mentioning my second biggest nemesis next to the mirrored closets: vertical blinds. Who ever thought vertical blinds were a good idea?! We only have one set (thank the Lord!) in our family room on the sliders that lead out to the patio, but I truly despise them. There are no words.

So, there are all these things I’d love to change, but the fact that we rent really holds me back. Not that we wouldn’t have permission to do basically anything we wanted, but I just have a hard time motivating myself to make huge changes to a house that we’ll probably only live in for 1 or 2 more years. Other, than new paint on the walls, we really haven’t made any changes to the overall bones of the house. {Sidenote: I think I’m going to have to post a house tour soon so you guys can visualize what I’m talking about}

But I went against my instincts for this project. I figured this bathroom was a small enough space that I could handle the total room makeover. So here’s how it stands in its’ current state.

I have no idea what that weird rectangle thing is in the middle of the picture. You can see our laundry area beyond the bathroom.

And this is the view from the other door. That’s the master bedroom in the background. The walls are a dark grey.

I’ve primed all the trim, and started to put on the first coat of white paint. I’ve also primed and painted the cabinet above the toilet. I’m waiting for the doors to dry and then I’ll rehang them.

Still on the checklist to do: Finish the trim/mirror, prime and paint the vanity white, stencil the wall, find cute bathroom accessories, maybe switch out the lighting. I haven’t decided on that last one.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a more detailed post about how I primed and painted the cabinetry/trim for any of you that are wondering!

So what about you guys..have you ever started a project on a whim only to find it snowballing into a much larger project? Do you have things about your house that totally bug you?

June 13, 2011. DIY, Home/Design. 1 comment.

Quick, Easy, and Cheap

What is: my favorite kind of project, Mr. Trebek? Ding, ding ding!

That was me playing Jeopardy with myself, in case you didn’t catch it. But, really, is there anything better than updating something you already own and making it feel like new again?? I think not. Recently, I’ve discovered the beauty of trays. “What’s so great about a tray,” you say? Well, let me tell you. They make pretty much any tabletop look a ton more organized than it actually is. Somehow by containing all of your miscellaneous odds and ends inside a decorative tray, it instantly makes the mess disappear. And as far as I’m concerned, anything that makes my coffee table/kitchen table/etc. look¬†neat and tidy without actually having to truly clean up, is alright by me. I mean, I guess if you just piled straight up trash in the tray, it wouldn’t look so clean..but let’s just not do that, mmkay?

A few years ago, I bought a really nice white tray from Target. It has a really pretty design on the sides, and in my opinion, you just can’t go wrong with a white accessory! However, over the years this tray has seen several moves and after our last move spent a few months packed away in a box. (Does anyone else seem to have trouble with actually getting ALL of your boxes unpacked? No matter what, it always seems like there are a few boxes I don’t get to.) When I finally got the tray unpacked, it had developed some weird splotches..I’m thinking maybe from water that got inside the box? Anyway, it looked like this:

Meh. Luckily, spray paint covers a multitude of sins. Like ketchup. Ketchup can make pretty much any food edible. Spray paint can make pretty much anything decent looking. So, I picked up a can of Krylon in Pistachio, which is a really lovely shade of green, and got to work!

I used some painter’s tape to tape off all of the sides, and then I got my spray on.

This is what it looked like after 4 coats..those spots were pretty hard to cover. But I didn’t want to just leave it plain, so while I was out getting my spray paint, I also picked up a stencil to use. I just eyeballed it and taped it to the bottom of the tray when I thought it was centered. You could always use a ruler if you want to be exact, though.

I decided to fill my stencil in with white paint, but the only form of white paint I had on hand was spray paint. So I had to tape off all of the tray that was showing, so as not to get any white paint on my fresh coat of Pistachio. If you had regular paint on hand, you could just use a brush and not worry about this step. Then, I blasted it with a couple coats of white and let it dry. After I pulled up all the tape (all the while praying none of the spray paint came up with it), I was left with this:

It’s not totally perfect, but definitely an upgrade! And the whole thing cost me less than $4.00..$2 for the stencil and $1.50 for the spray paint, thanks to a coupon. A big WOOP WOOP for quick, easy, and cheap!

May 31, 2011. DIY. 1 comment.

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