Weekend Wrap Up and Happy MLK Day!

So many goodies this week, thank you to all who participated! I am so fortunate to have such a loyal following being such a new blogger and all. I can’t wait to share some of the projects I’ve been working on, but I’ll save those for tomorrow. Let’s check out some of the projects YOU submitted! Click any of the images to see more details.

My good friend Amy with Good Day! whipped up this super cute subway art project using only stuff she had on hand.

Deana with Country By Marriage showed off her super cute recipe card holder.

Lori with Head Above Water stole my heart with her letter wreath.

Jonie with Just Between Friends repurposed a skirt into an awesome newsboy cap!

Thank you everyone for some major inspiration this week, as always! If I featured you, feel free to grab my button and show off :) Hope to see you all here again!

Lovely Crafty Weekend #3

Hello everyone and welcome to another weekend linky party! I can’t wait to see what you all have come up with this week. I’ve been working on some fun projects of my own which I will share next week.

Let’s see what you’ve got!

Lovely Crafty Weekend #3

Hello everyone and welcome to another weekend linky party! I can’t wait to see what you all have come up with this week. I’ve been working on some fun projects of my own which I will share next week.

Let’s see what you’ve got!

A Wintery Buffet

I’d kill to have a real mantle to decorate. But until then, I love my foyer buffet-it’s a pretty good substitute! You’ve seen it decked out for Christmas, but now that the tree and decorations have been taken down, I decided to “winterize” the space.

Most of what I had on there already was pretty neutral, but I definitely needed to put my beloved burlap mini tree and golden reindeer away for the season. Aside from that, I didn’t change a whole heckuvalot.

The twig balls are from Goodwill believe it or not. At $1/ea, they were a total steal and destined for me. The lady in front of me in line apparently decided she didn’t want them and had left them at the counter. Fate I tell you!

{love}

I also scored that awesome snowflake-y mercury glass hurricane from Pier 1 for $7.98! It was 75% off because it was “holiday decor.”

Mine mine mine mine mine (think pelicans in Finding Nemo…)

I know the frames and candles are old at this point, but they work with so many other elements. It’s easy to just swap a few pieces out and crate a new look. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! Happy Winter!

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A Wintery Buffet

I’d kill to have a real mantle to decorate. But until then, I love my foyer buffet-it’s a pretty good substitute! You’ve seen it decked out for Christmas, but now that the tree and decorations have been taken down, I decided to “winterize” the space.

Most of what I had on there already was pretty neutral, but I definitely needed to put my beloved burlap mini tree and golden reindeer away for the season. Aside from that, I didn’t change a whole heckuvalot.

The twig balls are from Goodwill believe it or not. At $1/ea, they were a total steal and destined for me. The lady in front of me in line apparently decided she didn’t want them and had left them at the counter. Fate I tell you!

{love}

I also scored that awesome snowflake-y mercury glass hurricane from Pier 1 for $7.98! It was 75% off because it was “holiday decor.”

Mine mine mine mine mine (think pelicans in Finding Nemo…)

I know the frames and candles are old at this point, but they work with so many other elements. It’s easy to just swap a few pieces out and crate a new look. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! Happy Winter!

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Bead Board Bathroom Makeover!

I’m FINALLY ready to reveal the bead board treatment we did last week in the upstairs bathroom. It took us awhile to compete all the finishing work (painting, new outlet covers, etc…). So before I show you the after, let’s take a look at the before.

We didn’t change anything except for adding the wall treatment. First the chair rail went up.

This is a miter box. It costs about $8 at a home improvement store. You don’t need a fancy miter saw to install chair rail, and this box makes it easy. Visualization of how the pieces fit together can be a little complicated, but you’ll get the hang of it. Fortunately the hubbs did most of the sawing, but I’m confident if left to my own devices I would have figured it out.

Once we cut the pieces, we installed them by using a liquid nails adhesive and small brads.

We don’t have a finish nailer (I’m quietly shedding a tear…), so I just hammered small brads in most of the way.

Then I used a nail punch to push it below the surface. Don’t try to do this with a hammer alone, you will dent your molding! Not that I know anything about that…errrr…

I spackled all the holes, and we proceeded to the paneling. Now I thought bead board would be an easy intro into wall treatments because I’ve used it before in the kitchen. It turned out to be a little more difficult than I expected because of all the obstacles. We had to cut around the window, wall unit, mirror, vanity, etc…

Huge props to my super handy hubby, who despite trying to hide from me…

Ended up doing a lot of the measuring and cutting. So here’s the paneling all installed (using the liquid nails and brads).

It looks pretty nice already, but you can’t see the nail holes and smudges in this picture. My goal was to paint the paneling AND trim to create a bright white cohesive look. But before painting, I caulked around every edge. I like to use the caulk in the squeezable tube because I find I have better control than if I use a caulk gun.

Now is a good time for the DIY pledge. Repeat after me: caulk is my friend, it will hide imperfections and make me look like a pro. If I do not use it in wet areas, I will end up with mold. And mold is bad.

After the caulk set overnight, I carefully rolled slapped up a few coats of Glidden’s off-the-shelf eggshell white, and here’s the finished bathroom:

So, what do you think? I’m really pleased with the results. It’s not perfect of course, but it’s definitely an improvement on our boring builder grade bathroom. Next I think I’ll tackle some board and batten!


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Bead Board Bathroom Makeover!

I’m FINALLY ready to reveal the bead board treatment we did last week in the upstairs bathroom. It took us awhile to compete all the finishing work (painting, new outlet covers, etc…). So before I show you the after, let’s take a look at the before.

We didn’t change anything except for adding the wall treatment. First the chair rail went up.

This is a miter box. It costs about $8 at a home improvement store. You don’t need a fancy miter saw to install chair rail, and this box makes it easy. Visualization of how the pieces fit together can be a little complicated, but you’ll get the hang of it. Fortunately the hubbs did most of the sawing, but I’m confident if left to my own devices I would have figured it out.

Once we cut the pieces, we installed them by using a liquid nails adhesive and small brads.

We don’t have a finish nailer (I’m quietly shedding a tear…), so I just hammered small brads in most of the way.

Then I used a nail punch to push it below the surface. Don’t try to do this with a hammer alone, you will dent your molding! Not that I know anything about that…errrr…

I spackled all the holes, and we proceeded to the paneling. Now I thought bead board would be an easy intro into wall treatments because I’ve used it before in the kitchen. It turned out to be a little more difficult than I expected because of all the obstacles. We had to cut around the window, wall unit, mirror, vanity, etc…

Huge props to my super handy hubby, who despite trying to hide from me…

Ended up doing a lot of the measuring and cutting. So here’s the paneling all installed (using the liquid nails and brads).

It looks pretty nice already, but you can’t see the nail holes and smudges in this picture. My goal was to paint the paneling AND trim to create a bright white cohesive look. But before painting, I caulked around every edge. I like to use the caulk in the squeezable tube because I find I have better control than if I use a caulk gun.

Now is a good time for the DIY pledge. Repeat after me: caulk is my friend, it will hide imperfections and make me look like a pro. If I do not use it in wet areas, I will end up with mold. And mold is bad.

After the caulk set overnight, I carefully rolled slapped up a few coats of Glidden’s off-the-shelf eggshell white, and here’s the finished bathroom:

So, what do you think? I’m really pleased with the results. It’s not perfect of course, but it’s definitely an improvement on our boring builder grade bathroom. Next I think I’ll tackle some board and batten!


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This Post Brought To You By The Letter “E”

I have to admit to you that I have a problem. I’m addicted to monogram letters.

As if it wasn’t enough to hang them above our bed…

Or on the front door…

I must now beat you over the head with the letter “E” in our hallway as part of our gallery wall.

No, the empty frames aren’t some existentialist statement. They are just simply waiting to be filled (does the frame actually exist without the picture that gives it meaning?)

Anywhoooooo…moving on.

If it weren’t for the cutest baby puppy picture ever, you wouldn’t even know we lived here. Except for the previously mentioned monograms of course.

Maybe you’re a bit crazy about letters too, so here’s how to get a book page letter of your own.

Materials:

  • Letter of choice (or multiples)- mine was like $4 at A.C. Moore
  • Old book- I had one left over from this wreath project
  • Mod Podge- I used matte finish
  • Paint Brush

This is so easy, it would make a great kid craft. Just tear pieces of the book pages and apply a small amount of Mod Podge to the back of the paper with the paint brush. Put the pieces on the letter, overlapping to give it the decoupage look.

Once the whole letter is covered, let it dry completely then follow with a few coats of Mod Podge (letting it dry in between coats).

Hang in a prominent place so everyone knows it’s your house.

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Weekend Wrap Up!

I have to throw a huge shout out to everyone who participated in Lovely Crafty Weekend! This week’s was bigger than last week’s so it looks like you all are spreading the word. And you totally brought your A game this week, check out these awesome projects…

Birdhouse Family showed us how to make these ah-mazing terrariums.

Suzy from Suzy’s Arts and Crafts Sitcom made this stained glass look-alike. Dead ringer, eh?

Jenny from Evolution of Style totally transformed her hallway with a board and batten treatment.

And Heather from Our Life In A Click shared her yummy Chocolate Peppermint Trifle.

Thank you for another wonderful week of projects! If I’ve featured you, feel free to grab my button and show off!

Weekend Wrap Up!

I have to throw a huge shout out to everyone who participated in Lovely Crafty Weekend! This week’s was bigger than last week’s so it looks like you all are spreading the word. And you totally brought your A game this week, check out these awesome projects…

Birdhouse Family showed us how to make these ah-mazing terrariums.

Suzy from Suzy’s Arts and Crafts Sitcom made this stained glass look-alike. Dead ringer, eh?

Jenny from Evolution of Style totally transformed her hallway with a board and batten treatment.

And Heather from Our Life In A Click shared her yummy Chocolate Peppermint Trifle.

Thank you for another wonderful week of projects! If I’ve featured you, feel free to grab my button and show off!