Guest Room Progress (or, You’re Painting Again?!)

I may have finally made some changes in the guest room that I’m happy with. It’s taken me about 100 tries, but I realized that I was limiting myself by trying to avoid repainting. Why? Well before I repainted my bedroom, I hired a professional to do the upstairs rooms because I was scared to paint in a carpeted room. Yeah, I’m a wuss.

Having jumped that hurdle with the master bedroom redo, I am more confident now with my painting skills and was ready to try my hand again- carpet or not! I was inspired by February’s Better Homes and Gardens cover, which was so fresh and colorful!

Image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

I knew from past mistakes that I should resist the urge to paint the walls a crazy color (I change my mind too often), but to try neutral walls/furniture with pops of color in the accessories. Believe it or not, this is new to me.

I went right to work picking out shades of beige and off-white. As an afterthought, I put up a swatch of the color from the downstairs- Burnished Clay by Behr (as seen in our kitchen, living room, and hallway).  I was planning to paint the stairwell and upstairs hallway in this color anyways, but it just so happened that it looked best in the guest room. I like that it doesn’t read yellow AT ALL. Most of the other off white colors looked yellowy, especially at night with the lights on. I prefer Behr Ultra paint-and-primer-in-one in the flat enamel finish because it’s got great coverage and hides touch ups well.

After the walls were done, I began thinking about bedding. I already had a white duvet which would serve as the base for a colorful palette of pillows. A VERY successful trip to Ross yielded a gorgeous deep plum quilt/sham set, 2 turquoise patterned pillow cases, and a lime green pillow-all for less than $50. I made a new bedskirt from drop cloth, helping to keep the backdrop of the bed more neutral.

So then I was left with curtains, furniture, and accessories. I happened upon a full sized white wicker headboard at Goodwill for $10. Um, score. Nothing makes a room feel more finished than a headboard!

A few weeks ago when I bought that mirror turned chalkboard for my kitchen, I also picked up a couple of small tables from the same seller. One of them was painted a (chippy) emerald green, matching just enough to not make me want to repaint it immediately.

(Yes that’s fabric draped over the back pillows…)

(Also note that one of the pillows is different from the first picture. They are both from Pier 1 and I swapped them out after finding previously mentioned fabric)

I have a feeling that the table is solid wood, so I’ve got some plans for it this Spring/Summer. But for now, it’s fine. The beautiful coral-y fabric was a total steal. I had been eye-ing for awhile, but the price was never right (remember, drop cloth is my go to fabric which is $10 for a 6×9 cloth-making it around $1/yard). Resisting the urge to whip up another pair of drop cloth curtains, I went back again to check on the price. It had been marked down to $3/yd! I did a happy dance (which my mom totally did with me since she was there).

Four yards was enough to make the curtains and recover the large brown pillows that lived on our old couch. Except I haven’t sewn the covers yet. I plan to do one side coral, one side drop cloth or perhaps a stripe…not sure yet but they won’t be solid coral.

Next I turned my attention to the floor- it needed a rug. A colorful runner would be perfect right next to the bed. I couldn’t find anything I liked at all my usual haunts, so I trekked out to World Market and found 2 chindi rugs that I will sew together.

I know the room still looks pretty stark-lot’s of work to do still- but what do you think so far? Maybe a trip down memory lane will help.

Let’s take a look at how it looked in the very beginning, when we first moved in and this served as my office.

And then there was the makeshift guest room/office which still included a desk we never used (not pictured, but it’s on the right hand wall)…

That bed is actually an air mattress, and all the furniture in there makes it looked cramped. We never worked in there, so we decided to remove the “/office” and just make it a guest room. Again, how it looks today:

I’ll be posting as I continue to work on this space, but I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride so far!

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Lovely Crafty Weekend #9 and GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to another Lovely Crafty Weekend!!

After you’ve linked up, be sure to check out my first giveaway from Cutting Edge Stencils!

But first, here’s a few features from last week.

Suzy at Suzy’s Artsy Crafty Sitcom made this unbelievable frame, you’ll never guess what it’s made out of!

Image courtesy of Suzy's Artsy Crafty Sitcom

Kim from Too Much Time On My Hands whipped up this cute bird art (you know how I love birds!!)

Image courtesy of Too Much Time On My Hands

K at Vintage Skye was inspired by a Restoration Hardware piece and came up with her own version.

Image courtesy of Vintage Skye

Carolyn from Carolyn’s Homework got into the Spring spirit with the tissue paper trees.

 

Image courtesy of Carolyn's Homework

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Lovely Crafty Weekend #9 and GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to another Lovely Crafty Weekend!!

After you’ve linked up, be sure to check out my first giveaway from Cutting Edge Stencils!

But first, here’s a few features from last week.

Suzy at Suzy’s Artsy Crafty Sitcom made this unbelievable frame, you’ll never guess what it’s made out of!

Image courtesy of Suzy's Artsy Crafty Sitcom

Kim from Too Much Time On My Hands whipped up this cute bird art (you know how I love birds!!)

Image courtesy of Too Much Time On My Hands

K at Vintage Skye was inspired by a Restoration Hardware piece and came up with her own version.

Image courtesy of Vintage Skye

Carolyn from Carolyn’s Homework got into the Spring spirit with the tissue paper trees.

 

Image courtesy of Carolyn's Homework

Be sure to check out their awesome projects and leave some comment love! Now onto the linky party.

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2) Share the love and comment on other people’s blogs! We all love comments!

3) Please join my Google Friend network.

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Cutting Edge Stencils Giveaway!

******THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED******

 

I’m so excited this week to tell you about this awesome giveaway!

The folks at Cutting Edge Stencils were nice enough to send me a stencil to try and review. I couldn’t be happier to share the results with you!

Using the stencil was easier than I thought it would be. I don’t have a steady hand per say, but I was pleasantly surprised at the crisp lines I was able to get without too much effort. CES provides detailed instructions which yield the best results. The recommended supplies are:

  • Foam roller with rounded edges (available through Cutting Edge or at your local hardware store)
  • Clean rag or paper towel for wiping off excess
  • Paper plate
  • Acrylic paint
  • Level (Cutting Edge has an awesome clip on one you can purchase)
  • Painter’s tape

Grab a cereal box or a piece of cardboard to practice your technique. I was in the process of painting the hallway upstairs so I just practiced up there. Using painters tape, secure the stencil to the surface. The directions specify to use a small amount of paint at a time, making sure to do a quick roll on a towel to remove any excess paint. Using medium pressure, roll over each area evenly. Cutting Edge sent me this smaller sample stencil which I used to test my skills.

Fairly confident in the technique, I hung my Casablanca stencil in the corner of the wall and used the clip on level to make sure it was plumb.

You may need two coats, but just take your time. Stenciling is not difficult but it is a bit time consuming! Moving along the wall, it’s easy to line the stencil up by using your just completed work as a guide.

Once you finish all the whole pieces, you can go back and fill in the gaps. Probably the best part about stenciling is the instant gratification. As soon as you pull off the stencil you can see your gorgeous handiwork!

{Super love}

(ignore the fact that I ran out of paint and didn’t do the top row by the ceiling yet)

I’ve received so many compliments since I stenciled this wall! Everyone thinks it’s designer wall paper. But the best part is that I can reuse my stencil if we ever move, or even for other projects (I’m thinking a large  stenciled floor cloth….). Here’s a little peek at a project my friend Amy is working on using my stencil.

Oh but now here’s the best part!

Now YOU have a chance to get a stencil of your very own! Cutting Edge Stencils is offering a $40 credit towards any stencil of your choice with FREE shipping!

Here’s how to enter (each one counts as a separate entry):

1. Visit Cutting Edge Stencils and pick out your fave! Leave a comment here and tell me about it.

2. Fan Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook, and let me know here.

3. Join my Google Friend Network (in the sidebar —–>)

4. Fan Lovely Crafty Home on Facebook, and leave a comment on my wall.

So there you have it! FOUR ways to enter! The winner will be chosen via random drawing (random.org) and announced next Friday, March 4. Good luck!!

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Pretty In Purple: A Birthday Party For Mom

My mom and step dad were here last week for a visit which happened to coincide with my mom’s birthday. I’d tell you which one, but she’d probably kill me.

I decided to host a dinner party to celebrate, but what started out as a simple cookout ended up being a full-on sit down dinner for 9. It all began with a plant, a pint size lavender beauty that captured my mom’s attention while we were food shopping. She loved the plant so much, but obviously didn’t want to take it all the way back to Reno with her. She was content to stare at it for awhile and put it back. The next day when I went to pick up the cake, I decided to get the plant for her as a surprise and put it on the dinner table.

But of course I didn’t stop there.

I’d have to make some arrangements to go along with the plant, so I checked out the cut floral. I spied some white stock (sooo fragrant and comes it a wide variety of colors) and some pretty purple flowers (which I didn’t recognize, but no matter!).

A mason jar made the perfect vase for the large centerpiece, but I also gathered a few other glass vases of different shapes and sizes to scatter along the table. Flower arranging can seem intimidating, but really it just takes practice. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  1. Warm water should be used in vases to help the flowers perk up.
  2. Stick to 1 or 2 colors to keep things simple.
  3. Think outside the box…fill in with herbs, foliage from your own trees, or branches.
  4. Arrangements look best when the height of the flowers is about the same as the height of the vase.

The inspiration plant, wrapped in drop cloth and ready to party!

For these two arrangements, I used a few stems of each flower and filled in with some rosemary and parsley I had on hand.

I made a small centerpiece for the counter from a bouquet of leftover parsley and some sprigs of rosemary.

Mike made a quick leaf for our new table, which meant I needed a table cloth. Enter a perfectly sized 6×9 drop cloth for the occasion.

Here was the dinner menu:

Caribbean Chicken Thighs

Coconut Rice

Tomato and Onion Salad

Everything turned out perfectly, and fun was had by all!

****Linked Up****

Pretty In Purple: A Birthday Party For Mom

My mom and step dad were here last week for a visit which happened to coincide with my mom’s birthday. I’d tell you which one, but she’d probably kill me.

I decided to host a dinner party to celebrate, but what started out as a simple cookout ended up being a full-on sit down dinner for 9. It all began with a plant, a pint size lavender beauty that captured my mom’s attention while we were food shopping. She loved the plant so much, but obviously didn’t want to take it all the way back to Reno with her. She was content to stare at it for awhile and put it back. The next day when I went to pick up the cake, I decided to get the plant for her as a surprise and put it on the dinner table.

But of course I didn’t stop there.

I’d have to make some arrangements to go along with the plant, so I checked out the cut floral. I spied some white stock (sooo fragrant and comes it a wide variety of colors) and some pretty purple flowers (which I didn’t recognize, but no matter!).

A mason jar made the perfect vase for the large centerpiece, but I also gathered a few other glass vases of different shapes and sizes to scatter along the table. Flower arranging can seem intimidating, but really it just takes practice. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  1. Warm water should be used in vases to help the flowers perk up.
  2. Stick to 1 or 2 colors to keep things simple.
  3. Think outside the box…fill in with herbs, foliage from your own trees, or branches.
  4. Arrangements look best when the height of the flowers is about the same as the height of the vase.

The inspiration plant, wrapped in drop cloth and ready to party!

For these two arrangements, I used a few stems of each flower and filled in with some rosemary and parsley I had on hand.

I made a small centerpiece for the counter from a bouquet of leftover parsley and some sprigs of rosemary.

Mike made a quick leaf for our new table, which meant I needed a table cloth. Enter a perfectly sized 6×9 drop cloth for the occasion.

Here was the dinner menu:

Caribbean Chicken Thighs

Coconut Rice

Tomato and Onion Salad

Everything turned out perfectly, and fun was had by all!

****Linked Up****

A Spring In My Step

We’ve had a glimpse of Spring here in Asheville, which prompted me to finally change up my foyer and bookcase decor to something more bright and fresh. While I was sad to see my wintery decor go, I am happy with what I came up with to replace it. I was able to use a bunch of things I already owned, making the makeover almost FREE (which you know I love).

The only new items are the lamp from IKEA,  faux floral (a few Forsythia and Pussywillow branches), the lidded glass jar, and the paper filling the frames. The wellies under the plant belong to my brother, who left them by the door one day after shoveling snow. When it became clear that they were never making their way back to his room, I used them to my advantage.

I covered the original images in the frames with this gray damask paper, which pairs well with the yellow branches. The glass jar is filled with some moss and a small votive, and I had the “Happy Spring” sign  from last year. Everything else you’ve probably seen before.

I refreshed the top of the bookcase too with some branches and peonies. The little green dish and “Live” sign came from my stash of decor items. My dad gave me the plant in the pot…wish I could remember the name…or to water it. Tee hee.

Now that the inside has been sprung so to speak, I guess I should get rid of that wooden snowman on my front porch, eh?

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Toilet Paper Wall Art, Revisited

You may remember a long long time ago when I first learned the art of the toilet paper roll. Since then, I’ve added to my original piece several times. But I still couldn’t decide if I wanted to paint it. We had a beautiful weekend, so I decided to whip out my trusty Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze and give it a quick coat.

Here it is before, pretty blah.

And now it pops off the wall!

I may move it to a different room, but I definitely like the piece much better now that it’s been painted. Would you have painted it another color? I think it’d be neat in more global style room painted a fun color like turquoise.  What do you think?

A Lovely Crafty Kitchen Update

Ever since I painted the cabinets and tiled the backsplash in the kitchen, I’ve been searching for something to put on the wall next to the pantry. It previously only held a wine rack, which was removed at the time of painting. The problem is that it’s not an easy space to fill.  Firstly- it’s not very big, but also because there are two cabinet doors (an upper and lower) that open onto it.  A wall of shelving was out of the question, so I had begun to resign myself to a simple painting or chalkboard. But a maiden voyage to  IKEA inspired me to try some alternative storage.

I fell in love with their storage bars/S hook type systems, the Kroken in particular. The thought of hanging little tubs of herbs on the wall literally made me squeal with delight. Unfortunately a lot of other plans had to come together before I could actually hang up the bar-namely, the chalkboard and the spice storage extravaganza. After toying with several arrangements, I finally found one that was both pleasing to the eye and functional. Because of the cabinets, I had to arrange things asymmetrically but I totally dig it.

I can’t wait to get some herbs in those pots. I love that I have a place to keep my giant pizza peel for bread making. It’s something I use a lot, but I never had anywhere to keep it before. So far, I’m really impressed with the hanging system I picked out! Do any of you use these type of systems from IKEA?

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Lovely Crafty Weekend #8

Wow I can’t believe it’s been 8 weeks since I started hosting these linky parties! I’m so happy about the turn out I get every week- you all are awesome. Seriously I love looking at your projects and do my best to comment on each and every one. I really appreciate the community minded-ness of the home/decor blog sector. I’ve received so much encouragement and inspiration from you guys! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

I guess I am still hungover from Valentine’s Day- that’s the only explanation I have for the gushing!

Let’s get started :)

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