10.23.2014

Dining Chair Makeover {Before & After}


Good morning!  Today I wanted to show you my dining room chair makeover.  I was able to get four of the six chairs painted.  I decided to save the other two chairs for later, so we would have somewhere to sit, since what I thought was going to be a quick weekend project has dragged on into a two week ordeal.

Anyway,  here's a before and after shot.  Clearly, it's not the exact same chair, but I didn't get a good before shot, so I took a picture of one of the captain chairs that still needs to get a makeover.
I think I have officially turned into one of those people who paints everything white.  I do love white, but I also considered painting them the same Benjamin Moore Dragon Breath like I used on the consignment table and coffee table makeover that I did.  So, I painted one of them with the Dragon's Breath, and decided that I didn't like it.  I wound up using Rustoleum's Heirloom White spray paint instead.  The black chair just didn't like right in the space to me.
For the seat cushion covers, I found a gray curtain panel at Target on sale for $20.00.  I was able to cut it into six pieces so I'll be able to cover all the chairs with it.  I actually recovered all four, but I did it late one evening, and I was tired so I did a crappy job on three of them.  Now, I'm going to have to redo those which does not make me happy.
Now, I need to decide about how to redo the table.  It has a nice inlay around the border, the only thing is that it is just a veneer so I wouldn't be able to sand it and stain it a different color.
It does need to be sanded though, because there are a lot of scratches on it and it has a pretty slick finish.
My original plan was to just paint it Dragon's Breath and have the chairs white.  So, it would look something like this.
I don't know though, I'm considering painting the table white too.  I'm also curious to see how the table sands down to see if maybe I might be able to stain it, but I don't know if I want to add another wood tone to the room.

I'd love your feedback on the table.  Should I paint it white like the chairs or the charcoal gray Dragon's Breath? 

10.21.2014

My Next Project // Dining Room Table & Chairs


If you follow me on Instagram, then you may know that my dining room table and chairs are getting a makeover.

I've already started on the chairs because they are just plain gross, after years of heavy use and abuse.

To be honest, I would rather just buy new dining room furniture, but it's not in my budget to do that just now.
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I picked out a few of the things that I love, if I could get new dining furniture right now.  One ~ I love the juxtaposition of the rustic wood with the clean lines of this West Elm reclaimed wood farm table (I also just like to say, "juxtaposition".  Weird, I know).  Two ~ how can you ever go wrong with these lovely and timeless, linen covered slipper chairs from World Market? Three ~ I would love to have these wishbone chairs, also from World Market.  With the exception of the slipper chairs, I don't think I would ever pick out upholstered dining chairs again. They're just not practical, especially when you have kids.  Better to go with these wishbone chairs and put some cushions on them that can be changed out easily.

Now don't get all excited because my dining room furniture won't wind up looking anything like this.  There's nothing I could do, short of magic, to make my current dining chairs look like the wishbone chairs.  I might be able to slip cover two of them though, down the road.  I decided I'm not going with any wood tone finishes for the dining table and chairs. The dining area is open to the living room, and there are enough wood tones going on with the flooring, the coffee table and this dresser.  So, I'll be painting them instead.  Problem is, I haven't really solidified my plan which could be a recipe for disaster!  We'll see what happens.  Wish me luck!

Have a great day!














10.17.2014

Rib Cut Out T-Shirt {DIY}



Halloween is just a few weeks away and my kid's haven't decided what they want to be yet.  I have a feeling that we'll be scrambling to get costumes done at the last minute.  Last year, for Halloween, I made this rib cut out t-shirt for Olivia.  It's definitely my type of Halloween costume, cheap and easy to make.

Here's what you'll need for this project:  
Image sources: t-shirt, exacto knife, tape, rib stencil, cardboard
I used the front rib cut out stencil that I found at the Martha Stewart web site here is the link.
After I cut out the stencils, I taped it onto the front of the shirt.  I did go a little overboard on the tape didn't I?  I put the cardboard inside of the shirt so it wouldn't cut all the way through to the back.  Then I just used a utility knife instead of an exacto knife (whatever works right?) to cut out the ribs.

Layer a white t-shirt underneath it and that's it!  Very easy and great for a last minute Halloween costume.

Are you getting ready for Halloween yet or are you procrastinators like us?


10.14.2014

Chairish French Country Dining Room (Mood Boards)


You guys know that I love a good thrift store find, right?  The thing with thrift store shopping is that it's hit or miss.  Some days you're lucky and can find some fantastic and unique bargains to decorate your home with.  Other days, not so much.

The nice folks at Chairish wanted me to tell you about their fantastic selection of antique furniture.  What I discovered is that they also have an excellent selection of curated vintage, or previously loved, items that you can imagine for your home.

I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year and have dining rooms on my mind.  So, I had a little fun with Chairish's constantly evolving selection of vintage items and imagined this French country dining room.


Chairish French Country Dining Room

I found everything for my mood board, from the furniture to the flatwear, at Chairish.  If you've never visited their site, take a few moments to look around, you just mind find the perfect piece that you've been looking for.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!



10.09.2014

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {Recipes}


Good morning!  I'm feeling a little under the weather, as I write this, so it's going to be a brief post.  It's fall break this weekend so I'm hoping to relax a little and enjoy some down time with my kids.

I was going to make our regular oatmeal chocolate chip cookies this past weekend, but I was in the mood for something with pumpkin.  It is pumpkin season after all!  I found a great recipe over at Baking Bites and decided to give it a try.  It was soooo worth it!  These cookies are moist, delicious and exactly what I had been craving!




If you'd like the recipe, you can find it on this link at the Baking Bites blog.

Have a Great Weekend!

10.07.2014

Six Things You Need for a Dia de Los Muertos Halloween Party


I'm toying with the idea of having a Halloween Party this year.  When I was at Costco this past weekend, I ran across some wine from a vineyard here in New Mexico with a Dia de Los Muertos label (see below).  It got me to thinking how fun it would be to have a Dia de Los Muertos inspired Halloween party!  If I did, here are six things that I would definitely get for it.

~ONE~

I'd set the tone with the perfect invites from Tiny Prints.

~TWO~
I'd make some of these individual seven layer dip appetizers.  What a great idea and so adorable! 
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~THREE~

I'd DIY some spray painted black pumpkins.  
Sweet Paul Magazine via Remodelista

~FOUR~

And, some wine bottles to burn some candles in.
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~FIVE~
To offset all the black, I'd get these colorful fondant skull candies from Lulu Bell Cakes to top off some cupcakes.
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~SIX~
Here's the bottle of red wine from South West Wines that I mentioned at the top of this post.  Isn't that label great!  I doubt it will last until October 31st.  ;)  
What about you?  Are you planning on having a Halloween party this year?  Taking the kids trick-or-treating?  I'd love to hear your plans!

Thanks for stopping by today!

10.02.2014

New Living Room Pillows


Last week, I wrote about how I had neutralized my living room to point of it looking very bland and vanilla.

I decided that the room needed a source of inspiration for me to design around.  Then, I realized that I actually already had my inspiration pieces in the room, my kids' artwork.


So, I searched all around the internet for some fabric that would tie in with my kids' artwork.

I fell in love with this ming dragon, aquatint, fabric from Tonic Living and decided that it was "the one".  You know that perfect fabric to tie in with my kids' artwork and add some interest and color on the couches.  A fabric that I would love longer than five minutes and not want to change out.  Ever.  Death-Do-Us-Part type of fabric.

Here it is as a pillow so you can get a sense of the scale of the print.  That's one of the things I love about the Tonic Living site is that they also sell pillows so you can see what a pillow will look like, if you decide to sew one yourself.  Tonic Living  also takes custom orders for window valances and drapes.  And, this post is quickly turning into a commercial for Tonic Living, but I swear they are not paying me to write this, I just love them!  You know how some people dream of going to the Great Wall of China, or the South of France, or Disneyland?  Well, not me, I dream of going to the Tonic Living store in Ontario, Canada.  Although the South of France sounds pretty nice too.  ;)
So, I decided that I loved this fabric and that I was actually going to tackle my sewing demons and order this fabric to sew some pillows for our couch.

Then, I had to return something to HomeGoods, and the ming dragon fabric was was just a distant memory by now.  Just another pin among many thousands on my Pinterest board.  Just a vague recollection of one, among many, designer fabrics that I have fallen in love with on line.  (Click here if you'd like to see more of my pillow and fabric obsession).

Because before me, on the shelf at HomeGoods, was instant gratification in the form of a two pack pillow package for $25.00!  That's just $12.50 per pillow people!  (#mathwhiz)  Plus, they were already sewn for me.

So, there would be no dragging out of the sewing machine, no trying to remember how to thread it, no calling my mom begging for "help", or no attempting to cut the beautiful ming dragon fabric straight.  Because you see, it's confession time here, I have never ever sewn a pillow.  Well, this isn't completely true.  In middle school, I did sew my name, S-H-A-R-O-N, in pillows for my bed.  But, you see, I never finished that project, so it doesn't really count.  Any way, I'm getting wordy here, which might be due to the fact that I'm hopped up on caffeine and sugar right now from some tea and chocolate covered pretzels I just ate.

These are what I found at HomeGoods.  #HomeGoodsHappy!
These pillows are like sprinkles on vanilla ice cream.  I love the interesting pattern and the variety of colors in these pillows.  Ok, yes, I will admit that I would love them even more if they had a dragon on them!  But still.  Look how pretty they are and how the colors go with my kids' artwork without being all, matchy-matchy, in an obnoxious kind of way.
I also found the pretty blue throw so I'm feeling a little more comfortable in the room now that my house has some consistent flow again.  These are the types of things that keep me awake at night with worry.  Just kidding.

But wait!  Not only did I find these fabulous colorful pillows and throw.  I also found two of these.  The grassy green of the ribbons ties in with one of the greens in the sprinkle pillows.  Plus, I love to mix a geometric print with a floral.
I know that's a super close up, but what I was trying to show you was the sparkly metallic that runs throughout the green ribbon on the pillow.
Here's a better shot of the sparkly thread.  I love that!  Especially in contrast with the linen fabric of the pillows.  And, yes, I do know it's just not quite normal for me to be getting so excited about pillows.
So, it was HomeGoods to the rescue in the living room!  Now, I can start decorating for fall and bring a little bit of the beautiful outdoors in.  Does anyone else out there get this excited about pillows, or am I just strange?

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a great day!