9.18.2014

Fiddle Leaf Fig


If you read DIY and decorating blogs, I'm sure that you've see fiddle leaf figs all over the place.  I've loved the fiddle leaf fig for awhile now, but if you get a full grown one, they can be pretty pricey.  Plus, where do you buy them?  Up until recently, I hadn't seen any being sold around here.  Then, I went to Home Depot to buy some weed wacker line and out of the corner of my eye, I spied this little guy.
There were only two fiddle leaf figs in the store and this one looked better than the other one.  It's sort of the Charlie Brown Christmas tree of fiddle leaf figs.  It's got some brown spots on some of the leaves and it's only about three feet tall, but it was just $16.00 and I saved my receipt so if it winds up dying on me, I can return it.  Home Depot is good that way.

This picture gives you a little better perspective on its height (or lack thereof).
I found the perfect basket for it at Michael's.  I got a great deal on it because one of the handles was broken so I just hot glued it back into place.  I may go back to Home Depot to see if they have any taller ones for this spot and move this into my bedroom.

I seem to do great with outdoor gardening and keeping things alive, but indoor plants, not so much.  Do you have a green thumb?  

Have a great day!

9.16.2014

Propped Nightstand Art Work


Hi there!  It's been awhile, I know.  We're getting back into the school routine, and while I do love summer, it's nice to have the structure that school provides.  I hope that you all are doing well and had a fantastic summer?

Today, I wanted to show you some art work that I recently added to the nightstands in my room.  One night, while I was brushing my teeth, getting ready for bed, I was looking at my nightstands and I remembering thinking that they needed some art work and wishing that I had some large scale graphic prints to go on them.
I really need to do something about that dark headboard.
Then I remembered that I already had some large scale graphic prints that were hanging in my bedroom on an obscure wall where I barely noticed them. So, I took them down and propped them up on the nightstands to see how I liked them.
I have since knocked the cute little clock off the nightstand and cracked the glass. :(

I didn't stage my night stand for this post.  This is sort of how it always looks, except I don't always have the pretty pink roses from my garden, obviously.


I know this needs a little something.  I'm thinking a green plant to liven it up and add some color.
I got the Picasso prints years ago, and if I remember right, they're from All Posters.  The frames are from Michael's.  They're same frames that I used for our living room gallery wall.  

I loved them propped on the night stands! Olivia asked me if I was going to hang them.  I considered it, but I love the informal look of them propped on the night stands, not to mention how easy it was just to set them down and lean them against the wall.  Plus, I think that if I hung them, I'd have to raise them up a bit and they would't be as visible.  

Here are a few more examples of propped art work on nightstands from around the web.

Image from Nueva Estilo via Because It's Awesome


Image from Nueva Estilo via Because It's Awesome 
via Georgica Pond source unknown

Via Georgica Pond source unknown
I have to say that I like both propped and hung art work.  Do you have a preference?

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today.


8.21.2014

That time I gave our thrift store lamp a makeover and blew the circuit breaker


In my last post, I told you how I was working on makeovers of these side tables and my thrift store lamp that I wrote about here.  I wanted to give the lamp a subtle makeover.  Just enough to make it a little more interesting and to add a some more texture to the room.
 before
after
 For the lampshade, I covered it in some white burlap that I already had, using some spray adhesive and a hot glue gun.
I decided to spray the inside parts of the lamp base with Rustoleum's gold spray paint.  This required taking the lamp apart (which meant I'd have to put it back together, obviously).  I was feeling confident about rewiring it though, because of my newly acquired wiring skills, that I thought I had developed, from when I managed to wire the chandelier in our laundry room without blowing up the house.
I did take a whole slew of pictures of each step when I took apart the insides, which was really helpful to refer back to when I put the lamp back together.  But I decided to leave all of the pictures out of the post, since it was a major fail!
When I was putting it back together, the wires that went through that rod in the middle that you see in the picture above, were extremely tight, and I had a really, really, really, hard time getting them back in.  Well, I finally got them back in using rather brutal tactics, that involved a bar-b-que skewer and some florists wire (sorry no pics of this).  It was not pretty.

After I finally got the lamp reassembled, when I went to plug it in, it didn't work!  I unplugged it and then plugged it in to another outlet.  I knew I was in trouble when a puff of smoke came out of the outlet and then the TV went off.  In fact, everything in the house went off!

I flipped the switches on the circuit breaker a million times, most of them reset the circuits that had been tripped, with the exception of the outlets along one wall and the light in my kids' bathroom.  We went for almost an entire week without a lamp in the living room and my kids with no light or electricity in their bathroom.  I was cursing myself because I was going to have to call a handyman to come and fix it, all because of my compulsive need to spray paint everything gold!

I mentioned something about it to my sister Kathy and she said that her husband, Lee, could take a look at it for me.  Long story short, he came over, flipped the circuit breaker switches (like I had done a million times) and ta da, the circuit worked again! Just. Like. That.  I have no idea why it did not reset when I switched them, but it did it the first time for my brother-in-law?

Thanks to Lee's magic touch, I didn't have to fork over any dough to have someone fix the circuit breaker that I had blown, but we were still lampless in the living room.

I considered just giving up on the stupid lamp.  But at this point, it felt like a challenge.  I really wanted a glass lamp in that spot, and didn't want to have buy a new one.  I decided that I would get a lamp wiring kit and see if could figure it out without another electrical mishap.
Home Depot
It was easy enough to put together and the wires were a lot thinner, so they fit through the metal tube much easier.
I held my breath and cringed a little when I plugged it in, anticipating another puff of smoke and more blown circuits.  But, it worked!  Whew.  So, we are no longer lampless in the living room.  I do like the subtle makeover but next time, I'm just going to buy a lamp.

Thanks for stopping by and reading today.

8.07.2014

A Side Table Makeover & Liberace


Before I had my surgery, I started working on makeovers of these nesting side tables and my thrift store lamp.
Now, these tables are nothing to write home about.  They're not real wood and they're from Bombay & Co.  Remember them?  They went out of business several years ago.  I would love to be able to replace them with something like this from World Market but it's not in the budget.
Actually, what I'd really like to do is to get a sectional, which I might eventually do, so I figure, why bother buying something else?  (Although, If I do find something great at a thrift store, I would definitely go for that).

I decided to just spray paint them off white so that the eye isn't so distracted by the whole white, dark, white thing going on in this corner.
This was my first time using a spray paint/primer in one.  I can't remember what I used now, and I did have some issues with the smallest table.  This may have had something to do with the fact that it was like 5000 degrees in the garage where I was doing the spray painting.  For some reason, the color came out very mottled and then it wrinkled up?!  I swear I shook the can until my arm about fell off, which caused me to sweat out an additional gallon of water.  I also used a deglosser on them first, and I think I did use a spray primer on them too?  It's all a hazy, dehydrated, blur of a memory now.
I waited for it to dry, and then I sanded it down.  When I spray painted it again, the exact same thing happened!  At this point, I considered just getting rid of the smallest table because, quite frankly, it was becoming a nuisance and I was questioning its usefulness anyway.  Do we really need three tables?  I was hot, sweat and crabby so, I decided to just leave it and put it off for another day.
Back inside, after I cooled off and got rehydrated, I was thinking that the legs looked a little plain Jane to me.  I wondered what they would look like if I did a gold dip on them.  I was a little reluctant about it because there are so many legs, and  I didn't want it to look busy.  Plus, I worried that it might look too matchy, matchy, because the lamp makeover I had planned involved gold spray paint.  Plus, it meant more time in the hot garage.

Since I had already screwed up the little table anyway to redo the little table anyway, I decided to give it a try.
Bad idea!  This is what happened on one of the legs.  I took it as a sign from the design gods that this was not meant to be.
While I didn't think that the gold dipped legs looked horrible, they were just feeling a little too Liberace to me.  Know what I mean?
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So, I decided to leave them plain white.  I know, maybe a little boring, while I want things to be interesting in the room, I don't want any visual clutter and with all those legs, it would have looked cluttered.

I do need to get more spray paint so that I can redo the smallest table, but I'm unable to drive following my surgery.  It's cooled off some so, hopefully I won't have unbearable heat in the garage and any more spray paint issues!

My lamp makeover turned out great!  Although, it was no picnic either. ;)  I'll show you how it turned out and the epic adventure in getting it done next time!

Thanks for reading today.


7.30.2014

H&M + White Bedding


I'm at home recovering from my surgery and doing what everyone does when they recover from a surgery, taking narcotics and putting together mood boards. :)

If there are two things that I absolutely love it's H&M and white bedding.  So, I was very excited to find out that we'll be getting an H&M here in the fall.  Although, I don't think they're going to be selling any home decor, just clothes.  H&M has a terrific selection of home decor items for sale online, that are really inexpensive and very cute.

Here are a few looks I put together to show you how easy it is to change up the look in your bedroom once you've invested in some basic white bedding.  Then, it's easy to switch up the decorative pillows when you feel the need for a change.  You can also change out your nightstand accessories.  A candle, a dish to hold jewelry, and a vase for some pretty flowers.


H&M Feminine Floral


Untitled #11


Untitled #12

You can find all of the bedding, pillows and accessories shown here at H&M.com.

As always, thanks for dropping by and reading today.



7.16.2014

Laundry Room Makeover {Before & After}


Okay, hold on now, I hope you don't fall out of your chair because I am finally showing you the finished laundry room!  I can't believe that it's been close to a year since I started my laundry room makeover.  Thanks to some fantastic ReStore bargains, I was able to do it for just under $300.00!

In all honesty, it has been done for awhile, but this room is only 36 square feet with no windows or natural light.  (Which is why I chose to paint it a dark saturated color).  It's a challenge to photograph and I really wanted to capture how beautiful the paint color is.  It's the first thing people comment on when they see the room.  I don't think I exactly captured it, but I did my best and had to let go of my perfectionism, otherwise, you would never see this room.  Anyway, why don't I just show it to you?
Here's a little reminder of how our laundry room looked before the makeover.  It was in such a sad state, that I had dubbed it, "The Arm Pit."  And if you are dying to see more of the before, you can read this post.  Essentially, the room had nothing in it except for the ironing board and the washer and dryer.  All of the laundry detergent and cleaning supplies sat on top of them in disorganized chaos.  
It all started with some laundry room inspiration that I wrote about here.  Then, I showed you the laundry room mood board that I put together in this post.
The cabinets were a ReStore bargain at just $11.25!  They were a golden oak and I painted them with Behr's Polar Bear in semi-gloss that I already had.  It's the same color that I use on all of the trim in our house.  I kept our old washer and dryer, but the Sherwin Williams Smokey Blue paint color really made them pop, and you'd never know that they're 13 years old now.  (Except for the fact that the handle is broken on the washing machine and we have to turn it on with needle nose pliers). 


I replaced the hardware on the cabinets with these polished nickel ones from Home Depot.
The ironing board holder was a DIY project that I wrote about here.  It's an old cabinet door that I got at ReStore for $1, painted white and added some hooks onto it.  
The ironing board cover is from Pottery Barn, I fell in love with the pattern and the colors in it.  The ironing board is the focal point of the room.  I made certain to  hang it so that it's the first thing you see when you walk in.  It was also the inspiration for the color choices in the room.  It functions as artwork more than anything else, since it will only be used a couple times of year.  ;)
The rug was a HomeGoods find.  The muted yellow tones match perfectly with the ironing board cover and I love the contrasting chevron pattern with the floral of the ironing board cover.
To add some warmth and texture to the room, I upgraded our plastic white laundry baskets with these woven natural ones that I found at HomeGoods. 
One sits on top of the washing machine, to hide all of this ugliness.
The other one fits perfectly on top of the laundry sorter.  The photograph hanging above it had been sitting in my closet for a very long, long, time.  I got it years ago at an auction to benefit the non-profit that I worked for at the time and never really found a place for it until now.  
Despite the fact that I painted this room a dark color and there are no windows, it's not dark at all because of the bright white cabinets and the chandelier.  The chandelier was also a ReStore find, and I wrote about its transformation here.
I did replace the flooring and also patched some drywall tape that was hanging down from the ceiling.  I still need to do some organizing in the cabinets, but I am thrilled with how this room turned out!  It is so bright and cheerful now, and I no longer dread walking into it like I used to before the makeover.  It was definitely worth all of the time and effort I put into it.  
Here's a breakdown of the budget for you.

$11.25 - Cabinets - ReStore                                            
$15.00 - Cabinet Hardware - Home Depot
$20.00 - Glass Canisters -Target.com                      
$27.00 - Ironing Board Cover - Pottery Barn                   
$  8.00 - Ironing Board Holder - DIY - $1 door, $6 hooks, $1 paint)                            
$50.00 - Laundry Sorter - Target.com                             
$15.00 - Rug - HomeGoods 
$40.00 - Baskets - HomeGoods                                           
$60.00 - Flooring - Lowes                                               
$10.50 - Chandelier - ReStore- ($7.50 chandelier, $3.00 spray paint)
$40.00 - Wall Paint - Sherwin Williams Smokey Blue     
$296.75 - Total

Thanks so much for following along and for your infinite patience with how painstakingly slow it takes me to finish projects.  If I had my way, I would spend all of my time doing projects around my house, getting rooms finished quickly and blogging about it.  It's just that these silly little things like my day job and other responsibilities tend to slow all that down.  I do want you to know though how grateful I am for you hanging in there with me.  You're the best!

Thanks for dropping by and reading today!