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Nightstand Makeover

12 Sep

This past weekend, my mom and I went thrift store shopping, and I found a fun old nightstand and decided it needed to come home with me. It was charming, but in rough shape.

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So the next day I dragged my darling husband to Home Depot, and bought a bunch of supplies. I wanted a white nightstand, but with something extra, so I thought I would paint the drawers gray. But I ran out of energy before finding a tester-size gray paint, so I gave up and decided to go all white.

First I sanded, then tried my best to fill in some of the larger holes/scratches with wood filler. (By the way, I didn’t really know what I was doing at any point during this project. I asked Google for help and it gave me this tutorial, which I mostly followed.)

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While waiting for each coat to dry (I did one coat of primer and two of paint on the base, and three coats of primer on the drawers), I cleaned and spray painted the hardware oil rubbed bronze.

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Aren’t the little lions so fun?

Anyway so after a whoooole day (I mean really, this project took me from noon to 7pm on Sunday, plus a little more time later spraying a protective poly coat)… it was finally finished. ūüôā

I have to admit, I’m kinda proud of myself.

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You can definitely still see a lot of the flaws, but I’m ok with that. It’s not brand new, so I don’t need it to look like it is. It has character!

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So, there you have it. I’m planning to look for another nightstand with similar character for the other side of the bed, and I plan to paint it the same way to tie them together.

One other bonus from this project? While I was having a great time working away on this baby, Jon was inside watching all the football he could possibly want. I wasn’t nagging him about it, and I didn’t have to watch any football. That’s what I call Win-Win-Win-Win!

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Painting Part Two

13 Apr

After my first (pretty successful) attempt at painting – described here – I figured since I’d bought all that paint, I might as well get some more use out of it. ¬†So I picked up a couple of small 11″ x 14″ canvases and decided to paint something for my future niece, Evelyn Rose (who is scheduled to arrive in 3 weeks!!). ¬†I’d seen some of the things my sister-in-law Amy had picked out for the nursery (she’s going for a colorful shabby chic look) so I tried to stick with the theme. ¬†I didn’t do anything too impressive, but I’m especially pleased with the first one, which I gave to Chris and Amy at their baby shower.

Pretty cute right? ¬†It was fun to paint, too. ¬†For the second canvas, I wanted to do something a little different. ¬†I decided to paint one of my favorite quotes (by one of my favorite people), which I thought would be great for a little girl’s room. ¬†It’s never to early to start building up positive feminine values, right?

This one was quite tedious to paint, but I still enjoyed it. ¬†There’s just one thing that bothers me about it, that almost makes me want to redo the whole thing: if I had rearranged a couple of the lines of text, I could have easily made the overall shape into a letter ‘E’ – for Evelyn! ¬†I’m so kicking myself that I didn’t think of that, but it never occurred to me until I actually took this picture and looked at it. So close!!

Oh well, hopefully Evelyn likes it anyway. ¬†And her parents, too – they actually haven’t seen this one yet.

Now, what should I paint next??

Tissue Poms – A Pinterest Challenge

14 Mar

As I mentioned last week in this post, I decided to finally participate in The Pinterest Challenge, “hosted” by my fave bloggers Sherry and Katie. So without further ado…

My plan was to create some cute pink and yellow tissue poms to use for my sister-in-law’s baby shower that I hosted this past Saturday. Here are a couple of my pins that inspired the project:

Source: ladylullabuy.wordpress.com via Samantha on Pinterest

Source: marthastewart.com via Samantha on Pinterest

Let me just say right off the bat… these did not exactly come out like the photos. I still don’t know what I did wrong, but my poms did not come out full and round. They came out more like.. well, half rounded. See?

But they still looked cute with all the other pink and yellow decorations we had going on. And I was pretty pleased with myself for making them work, despite having some wonky tissue paper, and none of the other required supplies according to Martha’s directions. That’s right, I actually disobeyed Martha Stewart and used staples instead of floral wire. But really, who has floral wire just lying around the house?? Not me.

Anyway, here’s the basic process:

Lay several sheets of tissue paper on top of each other – I used 6 to 10 depending on how many came in a pack.

Fold them back and forth, accordion style, with about 1.5 inch folds. Crease well.

Find the middle of the folded stack.

Here’s where I ignored Martha – she used floral wire to wrap the middle, I used staples. Hey, in the end it worked ok.

Cut the two edges in a rounded shape (important to make the finished product look flower-like).

Separate one layer at a time from the center. I think I figured out that it works better if you alternate sides as you separate.

Once all the layers are separated – ta-da! Finished product. Like I said, mine all turned out sort of flat on the bottom, but they looked great just sitting on a flat surface. Sort of like water lilies I guess.

 As you can see, Sebastian was helping me.

I did end up hanging some of them, as you saw above, but sadly I don’t have any photos to show how I did that. I didn’t plan ahead, so the only way I could figure out how to insert a hanging apparatus was to use a sewing needle and thread. I just threaded the middle of the pom on the bottom and made a loop of thread. If I’d planned better, I would have tied some sort of thread or wire onto the pom from the beginning (when I stapled it).

And here are some gratuitous baby shower photos. I LOVED how everything turned out. Pretty much exactly like the Pinterest board I used for inspiration!

That’s all for me! Don’t forget to check out the other Pinterest Challenge reveals at Young House Love, Bower Power,¬†¬†The Great Indoors, and¬†Hi Sugarplum¬†– and all the other projects that are linked up to those posts! I’m off to do that now!

Just a reminder, this is not actually sponsored by Pinterest or anything. It’s just for fun!

Finally, Some “Pinspiration”!

7 Mar

I am pretty excited about this post for a few reasons. One, because I am actually posting¬†something, which is pretty great (I’m such a slacker lately). And two, because it involves some of my favorite things: DIY, Pinterest, and my two very favorite bloggers, Sherry from Young House Love and Katie from Bower Power.

To make a long story short, Sherry and Katie came up with the Pinterest Challenge a while back to encourage them (and their readers) to actually do some of the things they pin, instead of just pinning and admiring.

Since I read both of their blogs religiously, I have always wanted to participate in this challenge, but I never managed to – until now. This challenge couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. They announced it today, and are giving themselves (and everyone else) a week to complete the challenge. Next Wednesday everyone will share their creations on their respective blogs, and link up their posts. Why is this perfect timing? Because I am hosting a baby shower for my lovely sister-in-law this weekend, and I have been pinning ideas for months, and I am definitely going to have to complete everything before Saturday, which will give me plenty of time to snap some photos, write about it, and post it all next Wednesday. Hooray! I even have a specific item for the shower that I’m planning to post about, based on these “pinspirations” (sorry, sorry):

The theme of the baby shower is “Vintage pink and yellow roses” – yeah it’s kind of a mixed theme. But basically the main focus is pink and yellow (naturally the baby in question is a girl) – and I thought some pink and yellow poms dangling from the ceiling would be just perfect. ¬†So that is my plan for the Pinterest Challenge. I also pinned a whole bunch of other baby shower stuff on this Pinterest board, and I’m planning to take some photos of everything at the shower to share next week also.

And just to round everything out, I should also mention that a couple of other bloggers are guest hosting the Pinterest Challenge –¬†Erin from¬†The Great Indoors¬†and¬†Cassie from¬†Hi Sugarplum. They, along with Sherry and Katie B., will be posting their Challenge results on Wednesday and hosting link parties for everyone else to link up their projects (which I will be doing!)

And finally, even though this project is called The Pinterest Challenge, Pinterest itself actually has nothing whatsoever to do with it, doesn’t know about it, might not really care, is not sponsoring the challenge in any way, etc. This is just something fun these blogger ladies dreamed up.

Well, that’s it for now! I’m off to start planning my poms! See ya back here next week for the big reveal!

Exercising My Right Brain

5 Dec

 

I may be a lot of things, but artistic is not really one of them. I wish I was more artsy, but I’m just more left-brained – more logical than creative. But I really needed something to hang on the wall above my bed, and I finally decided that it would be fun to paint something myself. I had something pretty basic in mind, just some branches and leaves to keep it simple. Luckily one of my mom’s good friends is an artist and she gave me a mini painting lesson. Otherwise this little project probably would have ended in disaster.

Anyway, I had bought two large canvases at Hobby Lobby, so I made a few attempts at sketching on paper what I wanted to paint. I ended up with this:

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I wanted the two canvases to work together and separately, and I think I accomplished that with my design. So the first step was to paint the background. I wanted a blended background, not all one color. So I used white, gold, and beige to mix various colors and blended them all on the canvas to get this:

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The color didn’t come out exactly as I’d envisioned, but I was really pleased with the blend of shades. ¬†And this part was really fun – no lines to stay within. ūüôā

Here’s a shot of all my supplies, post background-painting:

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I definitely meant to take a photo of each step, but I got really into it and forgot. Oops. So after I painted the background, I drew on my design using charcoal. That was probably the hardest part, to get it to look like my sketch. After that, I painted the branches, which is where I ran into a bit of a color problem. The branches were supposed to be a dark gray color. But when I mixed my colors like my “art teacher” showed me, they did not make gray. They made a brownish-purple color. No matter what other colors I added, I couldn’t get gray, so I gave up. I decided to go with the brownish-purple, and it actually worked out ok. After the branches I painted the leaves, a lighter purple. Here’s when I remembered to take another photo:

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And here’s the final product, hanging above the bed:

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By the way, all of these photos were taken with my iPhone, so sorry for the poor quality.

I’m pretty pleased with the end result, even though it’s not really what I originally envisioned. It definitely makes our bedroom look a little less sad! And it was actually really fun – I may even do some more painting soon.