Showing posts with label decorating. Show all posts
Showing posts with label decorating. Show all posts

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

New Entrance Art

One of the spaces that first won my heart when buying my first house was the entrance. I loved (and still love) the brightness of the space, along with the practicality of the storage. Recently I decided it needed a little refreshing.

I first made an exciting trip to ikea (it's two hours each way so it's a big deal) and picked up, among other things, a couple white Ribba frames for the space. Next I made my own home sweet home printable, which I had printed at Costco. There's a tutorial here in case you want to make your own.

Please ignore the "yolo" on the whiteboard.
The step kids wrote it and I can't bring myself to erase it.

Then I waited for my custom city map from JennaSueDesigns to arrive. As a side note, I really dislike ordering things from the U.S.; the duty gets me every time. Anyway, Isn't it beautiful? I love it! Just so you know, this isn't a sponsored post and I didn't receive any compensation for this. I just really love my map and want to share. Given that J and I met and began our life together in this town but plan on moving (hopefully in another 3 years), I think this is a great piece to have to remember where we started.

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that these pieces sat in D's room for several weeks until I finally hung them up. Just a quick trick, in case you haven't seen it before - if you're struggling with placement, play around with paper the size of the frame. It'll help you find the placement you want without making holes in the wall.

I love how bold these pieces are. They add a nice pop to the entrance and make me happy to be home sweet home.

Shared at: Ginger Snap Crafts, Someday Crafts, The Happy Housie, A Creative Princess, Glitter, Glue & Paint, Artsy Fartsy Mama, The Happy Scraps, Natasha in Oz, Serenity You, Life on Lakeshore Drive, My Pinterventures, Echoes of Laughter, A Stroll Thru Life, Kathe With An E, Sugar Bee Crafts

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Master Bedroom Overhaul Phase 2: Painted Wooden Headboard

Our headboard is nothing fancy but it’s one of my favourite things in our house. I love that J made it and that it's full of imperfections which I think add to it's charm.

J actually built this headboard several years ago. When looking online I found this beautiful headboard at Deep Thoughts by Cynthia and followed the links to these plans by Ana White. J followed the instructions pretty closely, adding an extra board down the middle of the back for more support. We also used cheap wood and didn't fill anything in. He built it in the days before I was a blogger so I don’t have any pictures.


Originally I painted it purple. I had no plan or design scheme; I just really love purple. It stayed that way for a few years, until we started redoing our bedroom and I decided the purple had to go.


We brought it into the basement and busted out the white spray paint. As much as I can’t wait to eventually finish our basement, I’m going to miss having somewhere to paint indoors. It took one coat of primer and seven coats of white spray paint (a lot even for a spray paint lover like me) but now it’s a nice, crisp white. After the paint was dry I took a flat screwdriver and went over the lines between the boards. 


J and I brought it back upstairs and put it in place. I love the look of the white with the blue walls and brown bedding (which you can see here), and can’t wait to get the matching brown curtains sewn and in place.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Halloween Tree and Other Decor

I wasn’t actually planning on decorating for Halloween this year. I don’t really like the holiday (actually that’s a huge understatement) and, given how overwhelmed I’ve been feeling I figured I’d skip it (the decorating, not the day). As you can see, I changed my mind.

First I brought out my jars I painted last year. These are one of my favourite seasonal crafts I’ve ever made!

Next I decided to set up my Halloween tree. Last year I found the stones, which include the cutest little silver skulls, and the ornaments at Michaels after Halloween marked down (I think 70% off) so I picked up a few packages of each. I poured the stones in the vase, placed some branches in among the stones, and then hung the ornaments on the branches.

I took the extra stones and sprinkled them around the dresser I decorate in place of a mantle and called it done.  Even though Halloween isn’t my thing, I love the decorations.

Shared at: Meegan Makes, A Conquered Mess, Serenity You, Life on Lakeshore Drive, C.R.A.F.T., Maison de Pax, A Stroll Thru Life, Kathe With An E, Sugar Bee Crafts, Fluster Buster, Clean and Scentsible, Ashley's Dandelion Wishes, Ginger Snap Crafts, A Creative Princess, Sew Much Crafting, 4 You With Love, The Crafty Blog Stalker

Thursday, 26 September 2013

September's Space: Hall Bath

Remember my resolution for 2013? I got a little off track during the summer but I’m back at it with an easy space for September: the hall bath. This was the bathroom the kids used when they lived with us and it's also the one for company. 

Part 1: Purge and Organize

This part was pretty easy. There were a few toiletries that D left when he moved to his mom’s that I got rid of. I also went through the space underneath the sink, which is where we keep our cleaning supplies.

Part 2: Insurance Documentation

This part was even easier than purging and organizing. There were no serial numbers to write down in this room so I took a few pictures, put them in my insurance binder, and called it done. This room has no natural light so it was hard to get good pictures but I did the best I could.

The artwork in this room is one of my favourite sets I've ever made, and was embarrassingly easy. If you want to make your own, here are the instructions.

Part 3: Taking Stock of What’s Still Needed

This room is pretty close to finished. I had the baseboard replaced and they still need to be sealed, and there’s a little patching and touching up that needs to be done on the wall by the toilet. I’d like to find something to go in place of the brown basket and perhaps a plant to finish the space.

What’s next?

I plan to update our master bathroom in the next month so that’s going to be my space for October. The plan is to paint, change out some accessories, and make it our own.  Check back at the end of October to see how I did.

Shared at: Serenity Saturday, Life on Lakeshore Drive, C.R.A.F.T., Kathe With An E, Maison de Pax, Sugar Bee Crafts

Monday, 23 September 2013

Tile Coasters

A few years ago, before starting this blog, I jumped on the tile coaster bandwagon. Those coasters had been well loved and were starting to look a little (or a lot) worse for wear so I decided to make some new ones that matched the living room.

I didn’t take step-by-step photos but the instructions are pretty simple.

Ceramic tiles
Modge Podge and brush
Scrapbook paper and scissors/paper slicer
Acrylic sealant
Felt pads (like those meant to go on chair legs)

Step 1: Cut the paper to size. I made mine ½ inch smaller than the tile so that when I centered it, there was a quarter inch boarder all the way around.

Step 2: Coat the tile in Modge Podge and place the paper on top, rubbing out all air bubbles. Let dry.

Step 3: Once the first coat of Modge Podge is completely dry, coat the tile and paper in Modge Podge. This time you’ll be coating the top of the paper. Let dry.

Step 4: Be sure the Modge Podge is completely dry, then stray with an acrylic sealant. Mine is a no name brand from Walmart. Let dry, and then do a second coat.

Step 5: Place felt pads on the four corners so the coasters don’t scratch your table.

I seriously love these coasters. They protect the furniture, look cute, and match my d├ęcor (except the purple which I love anyway). Also, J and I tend to use really big mugs and cups which don’t fit on regular coasters but these are the perfect size.

Shared at: Maison de Pax, Kathe With An E, Fluster Buster, Clean & Scentsible, Sew Much Crafting, Sugar Bee Crafting, Ginger Snap Crafts, Ashley's Dandelion Wishes, A Creative Princess, Someday Crafts, 4 You With Love, Serenity You, Life on Lakeshore Drive, C.R.A.F.T.