diy: artwork

i made some art the other day for our laundry room.

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it’s simple and really does not warrant a tutorial (think ball point pen and a piece of paper).

i was inspired by the artwork in my new friend’s house.

plus, i had a couple of old frames on hand that my grandma gave me in my late teens. these silly frames have traveled with me through countless moves. i’m so glad they finally have a home and a cute lil message in them.

(before)

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it’s not perfect. in fact, i think i forgot to dot an i. whoops. oh well. i like it and it works and the quote inspires me.

(after)

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so, there you have it.

see you all tomorrow for the upstairs tour of the big yellow/big green house!

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transformation thursday: diy cork board & recovered trunk

remember this beauty?

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it now looks like this…

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a good friend of mine just got married this last weekend and i got to transform this beauty into a cork board for their seating chart. the wedding was at a beautiful location in the hills of Brea, California. the decor was based around a classic vintage theme (think 1920’s glamour), so this frame fit perfect. i wish i had more pictures from the wedding and the after picture of the seating chart, but my camera died (bum!).

i now get the pleasure of using it as a jewelry cork board.

and incase, you are interested in making one of your own, here’s a supplies list that you’ll need:

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1. cork
2. scissors
3. frog tape (to secure the cork board to the existing chalkboard. you could also glue it down, but i like the option of being able to convert it back to a chalkboard, if i change my mind. which, will probably happen because, well, that’s what i do). 😉
4. staple gun
5. fabric

directions: since i don’t have step-by-step instructions (diy fail) I’ll do my best to walk ya through it. just take the existing chalkboard, cut the cork to the size of the chalkboard, tape the cork to the board around the edges, lay the board flat on top of the fabric and pull the fabric tight as you staple gun it around the back, then pop it into your frame. you’re done. i think if i were to do it again, i might add two layers of cork to have a deeper cushion to push pins into. instead, i just pushed the pins down into the cork, not straight back (hopefully, that makes sense?).

another little fun re-do i got to do for the wedding was my old trunk (actually, it’s my husband’s from his childhood, but what’s that old saying….what’s yours is mine, what’s mine is mine?). 😉

here’s the before (with a little frog tape because i am an impatient diyer):

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it was a little rough inside. i liked it, but it was way more rustic then what they were going for at the wedding. so, the beautiful bride and i got to go shopping for fabric and we found this gorgeous deep blue velvet (the couple’s colors for the wedding were colbalt blue with touches of gold…let me tell you, i was in Heaven because those are my favorite!). then i just used frog tape to put on top of the old paper inside and used a hot glue gun to attach the fabric into place.

and now the after:

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the mr&mrs. used it on the welcoming table to collect gifts and cards as guests arrived.

i looooove it! it was a little more time consuming than i had thought, but well worth it! i had originally thought i would take the velvet off after the wedding was done, but i like it so much i think i’ll keep it on! in fact, a funny story (or funny to us) about this trunk is that the bride’s brother (who i grew up across the street from) came up to me and said, “i like your chest.” um. thanks? he was quite embarrassed when his wife informed him that it was called a, “trunk.” HA! it became a good laugh for the rest of the evening and we might still be laughing about it. it’s okay, M, i like my chest, too! 😉

hope you all had a fabulous thursday!

diy: removable wallpaper

lets talk about my kitchen for a sec.

it.is.ugly.

okay, not that bad, but it definitely is not my favorite room in our house. it’s small (with not a lot of counter space), no dishwasher (except we recently purchased a portable one that we can roll over to the sink…a pain, but better than nothing), and it has the ugliest wood paneling you ever did see (sometimes visitors tell me they think it’s quaint. and then i mention that we should add it in their kitchen and then they agree: it’s ugly).

(before diy: removable wallpaper was added)

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also, i don’t think i mentioned this before, but we are renting our little old house, so the wood paneling has to stay. ugh. to remedy my eyes from the burning glow of orangey wood paneling, i came up with a plan to disguise it temporarily.

it now looks like this:

(after diy: removable wallpaper was added)

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the idea for this wallpaper came from this blogger (i’m probably going to mention her a lot….it’s one of my constant reads in blogland). she painted her design on her walls, but since i’m renting and painting was not an option, i came up with a plan for a removable wallpaper.

here’s how i did it.

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supplies: contact paper, scissors, pen or pencil, exact-o knife (forgot to add it for the pic, oops), and a design stencil. i got mine here.

step 1: trace design

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step 2: cut out design

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step 3: stick design to wall

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it’s that easy.

it’s not perfect, but i’m okay with that. once you step back, the design takes over and each little imperfection is masked (or at least i tell myself that).

you might want to start your design in the middle of the wall and then just work your way out.

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eventually, your design will start to appear on the wall.

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it doesn’t take very long. maybe an hour to trace, cut and stick a wall this size:

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and the best part, is that it’s removable. so, when you are ready for a change, or move out, just peel each piece off and you’re done! your landlord will never know!

i’m sure there are a zillion different patterns and colors of contact paper you could use.

hope it inspires you to get creative and have fun!

transformation thursday: free curbside armoire

i realize that this post is coming a little early. and that it’s not actually thursday, but because of the holiday i thought i would post it anyways and enjoy my family tomorrow.

it seems to be (in my life) i am either really early or really late. never on-time.

one day i shall master that. or not.

until then, i thought i would share a little transformation my hubbs and i did on one of our free curbside finds.

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my hubbs was on his way to the grocery store on Sunday and found this sitting on the side of the curb. he quickly called me to ask if i wanted it. (smart man!)

so, he brought it home and my wheels instantly got to work.

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at first my hubby thought that he could just fix the door and then we could sell it. but, like most of our free curbside finds, i tend to fall in love and want to keep them.

it had great bones and i could tell it was well built, but you see, one of the doors was completely busted off. and though it probably could have been fixed, i had thought of a way we might be able to better use it.

i knew our house was a little too small for such a large piece of furniture. i also remembered that my son really needed a dresser for his clothes, since i had completely taken over real estate in his closet.

so, my eyes got big and i shot my hubby an all to familiar look that said, “i have a plan!” and he as usual, listened patiently and then went along with it.

here’s what we came up with….

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a dresser for our son’s room.

it fits perfect!

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it’s the right size, warms up the space with the natural wood tone, it adds a bit of rustic cowboy to his little boy space, and it was free!

and though it has a few rough spots, and a corner molding piece that is missing (my hubbs re-used the pieces from the top part of the armoire)…

i love it!

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and so does our little boy.

win/win!

happy 4th friends!

transformation thursday: man’s catch-all

my hubby recently said that our house was a little fluffy. he likes it, but it’s just fluffy.

i wasn’t sure how to de-fluff our house, so i went right out and looked for new pillows for our couch that were not fluffy, but i came home with ruffled linen pillows.

oops. de-fluffy fail.

i tried. i really did. our house was built in 1913, which i guess classifies it as a victorian (?) and so, it kinda just decorates itself.

well, yesterday i noticed that some of his non-fluffy, man stuff was starting to accumulate in places that were not its home. (do you do that, too? give things a ‘home’ and if it’s out of its home, then you find it a home? please say yes.)

i remembered that i had that old desk sitting in our garage that i found on the side of the road (those that follow my Instagram, may remember?).

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the desk was in really bad shape. the top of the desk had come completely loose, the bottom was falling off. plus, it looked like it had sat outside and been beaten up by the elements.

the drawers, however, were in great shape!

so, i took one of the drawers, cleaned it up and then sprayed it with some spray paint.

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(Rusteoleum heirloom white is one of my favorites!)

we had some scraps of wood in our garage, so my hubby cut down a few pieces and then used his nail gun to attach them to the drawer.

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(i decided to spray the wood pieces in this light blueish green color.)

of course, i sprayed it after it was nailed into the drawer, which got all over the heirloom white that i had sprayed. i had to go back over all of the inside and outside with more paint. i decided to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in ochre. then i lightly distressed the shelves. (rookie mistake)

and this is what i came up with….

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a man’s catch-all!

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i added some plaid wallpaper that i found at the thrift store and wrapping paper from TJ Maxx.

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now everything has a home,

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and my man has a spot in our otherwise, very fluffy house.

(thanks, for putting up with my fluff babe! love you. xoxo)

diy chalkboard art

chalkboards are everywhere right now. it’s definitely a hot trend and one i was glad to jump on board with!

i love the utilitarian look of them and how they can fill a room with a message.

after seeing a post on how to make one, on one of my favorite blogs (check it out, this girl has style! mysweetsavannah.blogspot.com), i decided to give it a go and make one myself.

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to my surprise, it was pretty easy. it took about an hour.

here’s what you’ll need…

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1. chalkboard (you can purchase pre-made chalkboard in the lumber section at Home Depot, and have it cut to any size. or just use a piece of mdf or any piece of wood and chalkboard spray paint by rustoleum)
2. chalk
3. chalk eraser or cloth
4. tape
5. ball point pen
6. chalk pen (optional)

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no. this does not mean put salad dressing all over your chalkboard. it’s to fill all of the microscopic holes with dust powder, so that when you go to erase it for the next time, it doesn’t leave the message behind. i have no idea where or when i learned that or if that is even correct. that’s just what i’ve been telling myself. In some cases (or most), your message might still be visible. oh well, i season my mine anyways, because i like the white, cloudy, used look it gives the chalkboard. (feel free to skip this step. it’s a personal preference)

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to season your chalkboard, use a piece of chalk on its side and rub back and forth, covering the whole surface. then wipe the chalk away with an eraser or cloth.

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(clearly, i forgot to take a picture of my original piece of paper. oops.)

there are many printable quotes on the internet. Pinterest is a great source. i found mine on the blog: mysweetsavannah.blogspot.com. or you can create your own with a program like Microsoft word, or any word processor.

once you’ve decided on the best quote, print it out on regular 8×10 computer paper.

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i took my quote to Kinko’s and asked for a ‘drafting copy.’ you could also take it to Staples, Office Depot, any place that has a big copy machine. pretty much just ask them to enlarge it to the size you would like. it might be the easiest to measure the size of the chalkboard and give the salesperson those measurements and they can enlarge it to that size.

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using the chalk on it’s side (just like when we were seasoning the chalkboard) rub chalk all over the back of the paper. you won’t be able to see the chalk, but just keep rubbing and make sure to cover all of the letters.

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after you’ve rubbed chalk all over the back side of the paper, flip your quote over and tape it to the chalkboard, quote side up.

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(side note: do you notice the cute lil’ footprint in the middle? my son managed to photobomb this pic!)

take a ball point pen and trace the letters of the quote. making sure to press down firmly. this step will transfer the quote to the chalkboard.

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peel back the paper a little, to make sure the quote transferred. it will be faint, but still visible.

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after all of the quote has been transferred, use a piece of chalk or a chalk pen and trace the quote on the chalkboard (jonesdesigncompany.com has a great post on different types of chalk!).

and viola’! you’re done and you have a great piece of chalkboard art to display in your home, or give as a gift, or for a party.

clearly, the uses are endless.

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have fun!

come have some coffee with me tomorrow morning as i tour another cute little old house in old towne orange for house tour tuesday!

transformation thursday: the train table and bubble butt

tonight i really wanted to tell you about a train table my hubby and i transformed, but you see i have a problem.

what’s the problem?

well, as i was starting this post and thinking about what to tell you on how we transformed it, a song kept popping into my head.

you might be wondering what the song is. i’m not even sure i’ve heard the song before. in fact, i’m pretty sure i haven’t. i heard it plenty on our walk tonight with my lil family though. you see, my hubby likes to randomly break out into song.

tonights song?

bubble butt.

have you heard it? (apparently it’s pretty popular and considering my hubbs is a high school teacher, he typically is informed of the trends before me.)

see, i wanted to tell you about this train table that we got from a friend of mine. And how we transformed it into this awesome farmhouse looking coffee table.

after transformation

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how when we got it, it was red and huge and didn’t really fit in our tiny little old house. So, we decided to work as a team and make it into something that would fit in our living room and with our decor.

before transformation

red train table before

(photo borrowed from: thrifty decor chick because i was too impatient to take a before pic)

but then it happens. my mind gets overtaken with…..

bubble butt, bubble bubble bubble butt, bubble butt. bubble bubble bubble butt.

uh. why?!

why, that song! is it even a song?!

see, i wanted to tell you about how we made it. how we painted the bottom a creamy white by Annie Sloan and made a new top with dark walnut stain.

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bubble butt, bubble bubble bubble butt.

there it is again.

let me try to get through this….

i wanted to also tell you about how we still use this table for trains, puzzles, or play doh. how my son loves to sit at it with his little stool and eat lunch.

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but no. this random song pops into my head like a bad case of turrets. (no offense, of course, to people who actually have turrets. i totally feel ya. it’s not fun).

so, i’m sorry. sorry, for not informing you better on our little train table transformation.

okay. i’m going to bed and praying this song goes away.

remind me to tell you sometime about how he changed all of the words to ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.’

i’m still recovering.

(love you hubbs *muah* but, please maybe a different song next time, huh?!)