I just like how the vase actually pops now, and hey, a little bit of a handmade look is always welcome in my house...
Have a fabulous weekend!
Happy Friday Everyone! It was a busy week, but I carved out a bit of time today to complete a small project. I've had this vase with faux orchid arrangement for ages. I put it together way back in our first house. I was sitting in the living room last night and thought, "That vase just disappears, I think I'll paint it!". Here is the before and after:
In the before, can you see how that vase is barely visible? Not anymore! The finish idea came from a little vase/arrangement I picked up at my local Tuesday Morning...
Here they are side by side:
While my attempt to mimic a glazed ceramic is a bit wanting, the color I mixed is pretty spot on! I painted the vase with white satin paint, let it dry, then glazed it with a mix of acrylics and glazing medium, wiping away the blue glaze where I wanted the white to show through.
I just like how the vase actually pops now, and hey, a little bit of a handmade look is always welcome in my house...
We are working on outside projects as soon as the weather breaks, so I'll check in with Ya'll soon!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Last week I updated you on our Laundry Area here. What I haven't shown you yet is the pantry and pet station in the Laundry Room. While the room is pretty small, it handles a lot of jobs for our little house! The Laundry Room is directly off of the Kitchen which makes it the perfect spot for a Pantry. Here is the view from the Kitchen into the Laundry Room:
The Pantry shelves are on the left as you enter the room:
I simply hemmed a piece of fabric to attach to the Kitchen side of the shelving unit to disguise the Pantry view from the Kitchen/Dining Room. This allows us to keep this doorway open for ease of use by both us and the cat. His food/water reside under our Pantry shelves and his litter box is in the hot water heater closet at the other end of this room.
As you can see, our 7 year old goldfish is still kickin'! His buddy passed away about 3 years ago and I don't think this one really cared too much. More space in the tank and all, you understand... ;-) Hi Oldie Goldie!
He lost half his tail after a particularly violent breach. I'm not sure, but I think the cat was messing with him... Good thing he can grow it back!
I have collected various bins to corral everything on the Pantry shelves and honestly, I cannot remember where I purchased them all! I do know that I snagged the 3 plastic lazy susans at our thrift store from the free bin! Score!
Above you can see the cat smorgasbord on the floor. All of the cat/fish paraphernalia and foods are in the small cabinet on the right. It is the perfect spot due to the close vicinity of the laundry sink. We can easily rinse out the cat bowls and clean the fish tank without much fuss.
Speaking of the laundry sink, it is the original sink. I did paint the outside and the top rim and surfaces and sealed them. The old yellowed sink was just not doing it for me! Have you ever shopped for a decent looking laundry sink?? I'm sorry, but a laundry sink for over 600 bucks?? Yikes! I decided that I would spruce up the old one, have Hubby raise it to a more adult height and center it on the window. Perfect solution and MUCH cheaper! This sink sees a lot of action with the pets and all of our painting projects. This little guy just makes me smile... :-)
Of course, I can't have a bare slice of wall anywhere... LOL... So I created a few faux succulent hanging vases and hung them on the wall above the fish tank. The electrical box is to the left, so I had to keep things pretty narrow. On a whim, I made some small artwork with a free printable, adding a quote by Beryl Markham, "Life is life and fun is fun, but it's all so quiet when the goldfish die." Maybe a little morbid for the goldfish, but I don't think he minds! LOL! Just a little reminder to live life while we can...
And here is another view of our little Pantry and Pet Station:
I hope Everyone has a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the web!
Hello there! I hope everyone has been having a great start to the year. Yes, it's already almost the end of March and this is my first post of 2018. Things have been a bit busy on our end without much work on the ole' abode, so this is actually the first project I have been able to tackle! Don't get your hopes up too much though, it's a pretty small project! ;-)
Way back in 2015 in our last house, I updated our tiny laundry/storage closet here. Then I upgraded my laundry labels here. In our new house, we actually have a laundry room. It is also the pantry, pet station and storage area, but at least it isn't a closet! Here is a before and after of the laundry area:
Our new Whirlpool Cabrio machines are great and can handle any load you can throw at them. The Ikea shelves above have been very useful, but I just updated the bins to these pretty ones from Target. I bought two of the 13 inch and three of the 11 inch. They fit perfectly and hide EVERYTHING! It looks so nice and clean now!
I was also forced to upgrade my laundry bottles since my laundry detergent brand decided to change their entire system. Sigh. Oh well, at least my new containers are even prettier! I cleaned the labels off of 2 wine bottles destined for the recycling bin, grabbed 2 wine pourer/stoppers we had and cut some new vinyl labels with my Silhouette machine. I used to have my dryer sheets in a cheap plastic container, but they have also been upgraded to a square vase, with label of course!
You know when you update some software and the same fonts aren't available after the update? Yeah, that happened. I opened my old Silhouette file and my previous font was just gone! I just chose a different font and moved forward, leaving the stain remover pump with the old font. You can't win 'em all!
While I have reused many items from our last laundry area, this one feels completely different. It is a pleasure to do laundry every week in this neat, soothing space where everything is at arm's reach...
I hope this gets me going to do more projects! I've been slacking around here! LOL!
I have a few small things in mind, but we are going to have our driveway and walkways completely redone soon. AND we are contemplating putting down flooring in the ENTIRE house ourselves. Crazy, no?? Oh, yeah, it is definitely crazy! We'll just see if that really happens...
Anywho, more to come!
So, I was sitting in the living room with my feet up on the ottoman and my eyes were drawn to yet another nick in the paint of one of our nesting coffee tables that I renovated here. Honestly, I was kinda happy about that little nick because it meant I was finally ready to replace those tables. I'm sure you've noticed I haven't been my usual blogging self as of late. I've been having a tough time lately with many things. I just need to get back to that place where I am my best self, and working on projects and blogging are my happy place! Anywho, we've had these two side tables for ages just sitting in the attic:
They are OK as is, but the rattan tops are WAY too yellow for our living room decor. The bases are nice, if not a bit too high. The plan was to purchase two pine table tops and chop the legs down a few inches. Hubby used a grinding wheel to shorten the legs that I marked with tape for him. He then sanded the rough edges off the pine tops and handed them over to me for finishing... Of course, pine is quite yellow isn't it? ;-) To take that yellow away, I watered down some of the living room wall paint half & half and did a quick wash over the wood tops:
You can see how the paint wash took the yellow away instantly. I just brushed it on, following the grain, and wiped it down immediately with paper towels. After the wash dried for an hour, I sanded the tops with 220 grit sandpaper to take down any wood grain that rose up with the moisture. I then brushed on 3 coats of satin Polycrylic, allowing 2 hours of drying time and a quick sanding with 320 grit sandpaper between each coat. And, Voila! New tables for the living room!
Hubby did a great job chopping down the legs to the perfect coffee table height. I am also more confident in the finish on these tables. The old tables were veneer with a few coats of spray paint. I prepped the surfaces correctly, but that paint just did not stick! Since I have refinished an entire staircase and other tables with this same Polycrylic technique, I know it will take abuse much better!
AAHHH! Much better! Now that spring is officially here, I need to change out the pillows and curtains for the season. I always look forward to that spring change!
Hubby is also working on the screened porch and getting it ready for its transformation into a three season porch! We are so excited that the new windows and doors will be delivered next week. I will update you all on that progress next!
I hope you all had a great weekend!
If you have been around my blog for a bit, you'll already know how much I love a bargain! My Friend and I were checking out the new spring items at our local Pier 1 when I came across the clearance section... New blue and white square plates for 5 bucks a piece? Yes please! I knew these would coordinate with the dishes we already had so I snapped them up...
I had napkins and other dishes to coordinate, but I had nothing to bring a little "pop" to the table setting. Being as frugal (aka - cheap) as I am, I decided to make my own napkin rings out of an old dress from my project bin. I knew this dress would come in handy some day!
All you need for this project is some thin cardboard cut into strips, like a cereal box destined for the recycling bin for instance. My strips are 2 inches by 6 inches. Break out your scissors and cut up that old dress to cover the cardboard strips with your trusty low temp glue gun...
The frayed edges on the backside are easily covered by some grosgrain ribbon that was just hanging out in my craft stash. Just cut the ribbon to size, use a lighter to sear the ends to prevent fraying and glue it down...
Next, use a shot glass or, in my case, a sake cup to bend the strip around. You should have enough of an overlap to glue the ends together...
And you have a nifty new napkin ring that coordinates with your new table setting for practically nothing! Now, just do that 5 more times... ;-) Here is my new table setting all ready for a party of six!
I also stole a few items from other areas of the house to coordinate the centerpiece, lit some candles, and switched out the throw and pillow on the bench seat...
The cool part about this project is that I already had everything I needed. Next up, I need to gussy up a few old kitchen towels to match - I have plenty of that old dress left to hack up! Just goes to show that if you love the pattern of a piece of clothing that doesn't fit properly, you can always use it for something else. All you need to do is look at things in a different way.
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything,
they just make the best of everything."
It's almost Friday! Have a great weekend Everyone, make it the best!
Happy Friday! I hope everyone is surviving the week here in the USA. It has, admittedly, been extremely difficult to be positive with such a dearth of negativity constantly pounding at us from all angles. Whatever your views, let's be honest with ourselves here: The current atmosphere being promoted is NOT helpful for anyone in a supposed "free society". Luckily, nothing can be done by this current mood to diminish the love for those we hold dear in our lives. Let us always remember that.
To that end, I decided, against my usual modus operandi, to create a Valentine's Day door hanging this year. I usually stick with my winter door decor as you can see here. Sooo, I pulled out some leftover stuff I had around the house to create something lovely...
I always save bits of ribbon and odd cuts of scrapbook papers. I also had this faux ivy just sittin' around waiting for me to either throw it out or do something creative with it. Seriously Folks, this took me like 10 minutes to throw together and I smile every time I see it...
As you can see, we left the original pineapple door knocker from the previous owners. It is old and heavy and just a lovely reminder of hospitality...
I heart this so much! ;-) And I heart you Guys! Just remember...
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here's hoping for a better February!
Today I thought I would show you just how deep my OCD can go! Fun times, no? :-) I had planned during our kitchen makeover to dedicate one entire upper cabinet to my spices. I love to cook and making up new dishes using different spices is always fun. The problem is always not seeing what you have. Because if you can't see what you have at a glance, you promptly forget WHAT YOU HAVE! Am I right? I know I am 'cause my other cooking Friends say the same thing and are always ending up with extra paprika that they didn't need... LOL!
My solution was to build some spice steps for my cabinet. Here is the subject cabinet between the fridge and the microwave:
And here it is open, with such glorious space for my hand painted spice jars...
The spices on the upper shelf are extra for refilling or rarely used.
I picked up some 2.5 X 1/4 inch poplar craft boards, some 1 X 3 inch pieces, some shoe molding and E6000 glue. After careful measurements, Hubby cut the pieces for me and I got to work gluing it all together. I used E6000 because it is workable for a few minutes and dries very strong. To give you a better idea of how I pieced this together, here are a few pics:
As you can see, I had to use the shoe molding to strengthen the joints between the boards and to give more surface area for which the glue to adhere. The 1 X 3 pieces are the back support and provide the stability for the steps.
Here are my Spice Steps sitting inside the cabinet (my measurements were so tight, they just fit through the opening!):
Here are the Spice Steps all loaded up with my spice jars:
Yes, I hand painted those jars with glass paint years ago and they are still going strong! I told you I was OCD... ;-)
Now my spices have a new home and I can actually see what I have! I use this cabinet everytime I cook, so putting in a little extra time to streamline my spices was totally worth it!
I hope you are all enjoying the season!
Hello There! I finally got around to a few projects over the last week and updated the living room for the fall. In the late summer, I picked up a clearance desk at Target, a few table runners, placemats and a couple gold metal bins to update the little entry area of the living room. My intention was to turn the bins into stools by adding plywood tops. Well, over two months later and my intentions are now reality...
When I bought the desk, I knew I wanted a pair of stools to sit underneath, but I could not for the life of me find two stools that I liked and would fit. Walking by the storage section at Target, I saw these sturdy metal bins and I knew they were exactly what I needed! Hubby cut two tops out of plywood and added cleats underneath to keep them on the bins. Then I covered them with the clearance table runners I snagged a while back...
I was going to staple the runner fabric to the plywood, but I decided to go a less permanent route and just hot glue it. Now I can just rip these covers off if I get tired of them!
I also created a small entry rug out of the leftover table runners by whip-stitching them together and tying knots for a fringe on the ends...
I also made a few pillow covers to coordinate the living room with the entry area. I used a few clearance placemats and leftover runner material to whip those out... They coordinate with the pillows and curtains we already had...
While I love to look at pictures of the chic, monochromatic rooms on many blogs, I just cannot live in that type of room. I need my color! Luckily, I am able to change things around with very little money with just a bit of work and ingenuity. And it does help to have a very handy Hubby!
Now that the living room is feeling so cozy, I think it will be time to have our first fire of the season and curl up on the couch with some hot cocoa! Here's to sweater weather!
Believe it my Peeps! FINALLY DONE! YAY! Hubs got the cabinet doors painted over the past few weeks and we finished up installing them last night:
As you can probably see, Hubby also got the under cabinet lighting and the lighting in the glass door cabinet installed as well!
The satin paint worked out well as the doors are still durable and wipeable! Yup, already been there... ;-) The paint colors are Valspar Bistro White and Kettle Black. I also got to do a bit of accessorizing since the visual clutter of the open cabinets is finally gone. I still find it funny how many people told me that they never missed those doors at all!
Please allow me a small aside here... Hubs and I have been DIY'ing and helping with house projects since we were both kids. My Dad was a carpenter in his early days and his Dad was in maintenance. His Mom was always painting something in the house and my Mom did everything from tarring the roof to making wreaths. In other words, we come by it naturally. We enjoy it. That being said, we do NOT boast about it, we talk about it. 'Cause, hey, we ENJOY it! We are NOT telling others they should do what we do. We may ENCOURAGE others a bit, but there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with hiring a professional contractor. Heck, we have! I am only saying all of this because I want those that have perhaps a bit of insecurity about tackling a project to know: People are different and they have different priorities. We simply enjoy what we do. Period. Ok, I'm done! ;-)
Here's a last pic of the finished kitchen! AAAHHHHH, so happy! :-)
Thanks for hanging in to the end of this post! Just remember, you can do anything you put your mind to if you just TRY. Fear of failure is a cop-out and messing up is required. DIY, as in life, is a learning process. If we never try anything new in life or ever stop learning, what's the point?
Have a great weekend Everyone!
In my over-active, decorating brain, I look at spaces, no matter where they be, and find a space that could use some light. Light can be anything, not just the visually perceived radiant energy from the sun. Light can be a smile that brightens your day or a pleasant feeling that warms your soul. In decorating, light is anything in a space that pops and catches your attention, creating depth and dimension. In our back yard, behind the fire pit area, was an area that needed some light. Just a bit of attention. I created a little banner with my own sentiment to brighten up our back fence...
Being in the woods has always been very calming for me. I grew up camping, hiking, and hunting, sitting under the trees and enjoying the peace. Having this little oasis in our own back yard now, is pretty special for me...
This was very simple to make, just a cheap jute table runner folded in half, a few dowels poked through some holes and then my sentiment hand-embroidered with some yarn and ribbon. Took me a few hours to backstitch, but embroidery has always been relaxing to me, just like being under the trees...
Have a great day Everyone!
Hi There! I'm MJ, a 40-something professional woman with a love for art, crafting and decorating. Here I hope to share my experiments and inspire others as they have inspired me...