Gallery Wall Updated

A while back I decided I was DONE with this gallery wall arrangement and wanted an update. I had changed the pictures out over the years more times than I can even remember. So down came the little curtain rod and brackets and the black ribbon and all the frames and I started over.

Here is the before:

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And here it is now:

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I had all of this already so it was just a matter of designing a plan. Pinterest helped some but honestly it just got me started because the items I was using were unique to my taste. I started by laying my frames and items out on the floor to get an arrangement I liked and that would fit in the space.

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Then I cut out paper patterns of the frames so I could tape them on the wall and decide spacing and where nail holes were going to be. I measured the hook on the back of the frame and marked the pattern with the placement of that hook so I knew where to put the nail. That saved the wall a few extra nail holes to patch.

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Excuse some of the photos aren’t the greatest, I used my phone and forgot to snap some with a better camera, but you get the idea.

Next I played around with what I wanted in the frames, for now they are pictures of our trip to Italy last summer. I chose ones that had a hint of blue to go with my summertime décor. Then it was a matter of deciding the art and what would work in the space. I used an empty frame and a chalkboard to add interest and whimsy.

I really like how it turned out and fits in the room.

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The family room has a casual summer beach feel at the moment and I kept it simple and relaxed. Think I may try adding a stairway gallery next to display more family photos and some pieces I’ve collected. Would love to hear your wall gallery ideas .

Have a great Wednesday!

Linda

 

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Guest Room Ready !

DSC_0026The sun is shining this morning and I am finally snapping pictures of the guest room where the door headboard ( https://homedeco50.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/vintage-door-headboard/ ) found it’s home.

I had ordered the bedding from Ballard Designs back in March and it was on backorder and it just arrived last week. Seems that  black stripe ticking was in hot demand when I placed my order.

I wanted a room that was calming and restful, since it is a bedroom after all. It makes me want to start painting everything in my house and get back to a white pallet and start decorating every room from scratch. That isn’t going to happen anytime soon so I’ll just enjoy this little square of the gray and white trend at the moment.

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Armoire was a pine entertainment center that we had for over 14 years. I painted it with Annie Sloan’s French Linen and we added a new board in the back to replace the cutout for an old tv. New knobs from World Market also added to the makeover. Love how it turned out.

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I am in love with this bedding !

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 I’ve been working on multiple projects and haven’t stopped to post them. I aim to get back to Blogland and post more often.

Hope you are having a wonderful day !

Linda

Vintage Door Headboard

I have had this old door for a while with the intent of making it into a headboard for the bed in our guest room. At first I wasn’t exactly sure how to make it work since it was about 17″ longer than a queen size bed so I stuck it in the garage for the winter until I could think of how to make it the right size.

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This month I decided it was time to move on with this project.

I had already painted the guest room, as well as an armoire that used to hold our TV for years and a little end table, bought a new bed and bedding. So it was time to drag out the door for its makeover.

My handy husband insisted on helping me, thank goodness, that door was heavy and I couldn’t manage it on my own. We decided, after measuring and drawing up a plan,  that if we cut off one of the panels the bed would be 60″ just the right width for a queen size bed after we added the side supports to make it 70″ when finished.

We sanded the brown paint off the door a bit just to see what it would look like. Fun but the room was being decorated in mostly a gray and cream color scheme so I planned to paint it when it was assembled.

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Then we needed to add side pieces that would finish the ends and be used to stand the headboard up and bolt to the bedframe. We used two 2×4’s and faced them with a 1×4, and a 1×3 on each side of the door. We determined the height of the door above the bed and cut the end post to that height. I went with 54″ from the floor to the top of the door allowing an additional 1 1/2″ for the header piece.

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I was going for a simpler look to finish the top of the headboard so we opted for 2 pieces of wood that would be the top, one 1×4 and 1×3 to give the look I wanted.

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All pieces were wood glue and nailed together. We also used some metal mending plates to attach the 2×4’s to the door.

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Today I started painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, French Linen color. Love that paint ! No priming and you have such freedom of creativity with it. I was going to use one of the homemade chalk paint recipes I saw on Pinterest to save a little money, but I loved this color and so for this project I stuck with the ‘good stuff’.

After I had given it a light coat I started liking the worn distressed finish I was seeing. I had planned on painting it with a couple of coats to hide the previous color and imperfections. I pooled the opinion of my daughters and a friend and they all liked the pictures I sent them of the finish I was getting with one coat. So I decided, for now at least to embrace the imperfections and uniqueness of the piece and live with it for awhile. What do you think? More paint coats or leave it as is?

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I am still planning on waxing it tomorrow and considering adding some dark wax to the creases as well. Not sure yet as the more I look at it the more I like it just the way it is.

Here is my supply list:

vintage door( or you could use new one)

2   2×4’s ( as straight as you can find)

3  1×3’s(clear pine finish boards)

3  1×4’s( also pine boards)

*wood glue, nails and metal mending brackets( I think you could use additional wood strips to join the 2×4’s but we opted for this)

*Chalk Paint and Wax

It was fun to make and I’ll post a picture of it again when it is attached to the bedframe. The finished guest room will be posted when it all comes together. It’s almost there!

Thanks for stopping by,

Linda

Only Took Me 33 Years to Finish !

This past week I finished a project that I started a looooooong time ago. I think at least 33 years is more like it.
I had this little wooden step stool that was my Gramma’s when I was a little girl. I used to stand on it to bake with her in her warm kitchen and even sit on it at the table when I was really small. Ok I’m still pretty small, but this was in a little toddler type of small. Anyhow…. I ended up with it when I had my first child,I wanted to use it with my children the way my Gramma did with me. So I started to strip the many layers of paint off the well worn wood. Using some paint striper that you applied and let eat away at the paint was a pain and the toxic smell made me decide it wasn’t worth the effort. So my little step stool moved from house to house usually stuffed in the garage or attic waiting to be finished….Someday. I couldn’t bare to part with it since I had such fond warm memories associated with it.

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It started when I was looking for some paint to use on some vintage doors I want to convert to a headboard and another one to a chalkboard when I came across Annie Sloan Chalk Paint(http://www.anniesloan.com/). The stuff is magic ! I watched all the YouTube videos I could to learn the application process and various techniques.

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The best selling point to me was’ You don’t need to prep the surface, just clean it if it needs it with soap and water lightly, no primer, no sanding , just start painting’.

I KNOW ! Crazy hunh? Sure you can lightly sand if you want to remove some imperfections but for me it was motivation enough to give it a try.

So I decide to test the claims of the paint on my little step stool before I tackled a larger project. It did not disappoint ! I am a FAN !

Before :

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Here it is after one coat:

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Yes you can paint in your house ! No fumes or odor ! It does suggest you leave a window open for ventilation. Additional information is given on the can of paint or at Annie Sloan’s web site.(http://www.anniesloan.com/)

And finally 2 coats and a coat of the clear wax:

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The paint covers great and dries fast. Colors can be mixed and the choices are fantastic. I used 50% Old White with 50% French Linen for a light gray look.

No longer stashed in the garage or collecting dust in the attic now the little step stool sits in my kitchen waiting for my granddaughter to stand on it to bake cookies with me.

You can distress a piece or leave it finished in a more contemporary look.  The possibilities are plentiful and only limited by your imagination. I encourage you to watch a few videos of the process and decide if it would work for your next painting project. http://www.youtube.com/anniesloanofficial

I can hardly wait to start my next one!

Linda

Folding Chair Makeover

I was kicking around these old folding chairs in our garage for years and didn’t have the heart to throw them out but only used them when I was desperate for additional seating. I have World Market wooden folding chairs as well and they were the ones I grabbed first if needed while these metal ones sat collecting cobwebs and dust in the garage.

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Until I saw someone had posted a repainting project with metal folding chairs. Viola’ ! ‘Light Bulb’ moment! I can do that!

How come when you get inspired to do something on the fly and get all excited about it, purchase all the needed supplies, it never goes quite as smoothly as you had envisioned? That was the case here.

First I had to remove the cushions so the metal frame could be painted. Well mine were riveted into the frame so they needed to be drilled out. Not thinking that through , but I will explain later.

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Then I ran out and got the paint I wanted to use. 1 can of paint per chair (I had 4).

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Then fabric to cover the cushions. My chairs had a little back cushion and a seat cushion to cover. I used home décor fabric but you could use anything that you think would hold up and not wear our too quickly.

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First I spray painted the chairs, well my sweet husband helped me as he is more experienced at using spray paint than I am and I was having trouble with some drips.

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Then I went about recovering the cushions. So far so good.

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Then here is where things started to get a little frustrating. Time to attach the cushions to the chair. I thought at first I could just use little screws and reattach them… well NO!

Then I realized I needed to purchase a rivet tool and new rivets. I won’t tell you how many times we had to return to the store to get the right size. I will save you the trouble by letting you know you need to get 1/8″ diameter,1/4″ grip( see photo). I have just saved you hours of frustration and wasted time….You’re welcome!

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The clips on each cushion that the rivets go into also needed to be drilled out and free of old rivet pieces. ARG! Hadn’t anticipated that.

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Once clips were replaced back in the cushions we used the rivet tool to reattach them to the chair frame.

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Haven’t decided if I will try and touch them up with paint or not.

Here is the finished project:

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I also covered one with a different fabric:  ( it is taped on in this picture getting ready to attach with rivet tool )

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They are pretty cute and I think I will use them more now that they have been ‘whimsified’. I went for colorful and whimsical but you could easily finish them in the color scheme of your choice. How about painted gray with a little yellow chevron stripe? Or you could finish each one in a different color? Or match your home décor ? I think you get the idea.

Now that I have taken the guess work out for you have at it and remake those old folding chairs something you have fun using.

Have a great weekend!

Linda

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Little Girlie Necklace Tutorial

Oh Pinterest ! What have you done to me! I can’t even begin to tell you how many things I want to try and do because of the door you have opened !

I know I am not alone in this explosion of creativity sharing craziness. Come on admit it you have your ‘boards’ and list of ‘to do’s’ also.

My daughter Brianna showed me this one on her list and I thought it would be fun to do together. However the Pinterest picture just lead to a sweet Esty site not a tutorial. As great as that was I wanted to make my own. So I headed to the craft store for the supplies and was ready and waiting when Brianna arrived to try our hand at making these darling Little Girlie Necklaces.

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Here are the supplies I purchased:

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Beads , any size I used 5/8″

eye pins1 1/2″

small rings

metal ribbon clasps

5/8′ ribbon

Instructions:

First make a chain of 5 beads linked together.

Thread eye pin through the bead , snip off some of the extra length of the pin and then make a loop on the straight end the same size as the existing loop. Do this to all 5 beads.

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Using a jump ring or any size ring you chose, connect the beads together make the little chain of bobbles.

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Cut 2 lengths of ribbon ( I cut 24″ each) fold in have.You can adjust the length later before adding the ribbon clasps.

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Attach the ribbon to the end ring and knot. Add a bow if you’d like. I tied mine and hot glued it on.

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Now attach the ribbon end to the metal  clasps with a crimp of the plyers. You can add the little hook as well it comes in the package with the clasps.

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So cute!

Caution: I wouldn’t let children under 3 wear it as it could become a choking hazard so keep that in mind.

I will be making these for Easter gifts for my little girlies this week.

Hope you will have fun making one for the little girlie in your life too.

Linda

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New Year A New Start

I have to admit I have been away from this for a while trying to decide if I had anything creative enough to write about or projects to share.

Well I am going to try and start again. Twice in the last 2 days someone I ran into said ” I miss your blog”. That meant at least 2 people were reading my little patch of blogland.

So here goes!

Off to a new year and a new start.

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Since my last post I have taken down Christmas and redecorated for the rest of winter, not quite Spring, but not all snowflakes and flannel either.

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Out came the yellow pillows to brighten things up a bit and the cozy throws still over the sofa to snuggle up in when land for the evening and read.

I trimmed forsythia branches 2 weeks ago and put them in vases with luke warm water, they are busting out with cheery yellow blooms,that remind me of the promise of Spring. I can’t ever have enough flowers, the amaryillis from my parents for Christmas is still blooming bright red on the window sill.

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I even have the touch of green and yellow in a bowl of pears, and yes they are real. I am not a fan of silk flowers or artificial fruit. Not when the real thing is affordable and brings life to a room. Not to mention little children tend to take bites out of things so why not give them the real fruit rather than a waxing imitation? Teagen( my little 1 1/2 year old grand-daughter) munched on 4 granny smith apples when she was here last week, tiny teeth marks in them all and I loved it. Granted she did eat half of one, but she thought it was fun that yummy fruit was sitting right out where she could get her little hands on it.

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I have projects started that are waiting for the final touches before they are shared. Sea glass bottle updates and some other fun DIY pojects.

It would help motivate me if you would take a second and leave a comment . I really appreciate feedback and knowing you are taking some of my ideas and using them in your home.

So let’s wake up our homes after all the holidays and winter chill with a fresh start by adding some fresh fruit and flowers to our rooms. That’s a change you can easily make today when you stop by the market on your way home.

Have a great day!

Linda

Rolled Paper Flowers

This weekend I am co-hostessing a baby shower at my home and I have been fussing with the decorations. I have chalkboards and mason jars,along with fresh flowers and such. I am still gathering the details together and hope to share photos when it is all set up and ready for Saturday.

In the meantime I played around with an idea of using some of my birch branches and paper flowers. It may lay on the food table or lean up against the wall behind it. That is still to be determined. Around here you can’t finalize your plans until the morning of, because the weather is so unpredictable.

I know rolled paper flowers aren’t a new concept, but I thought I would share my take on the idea for those of you who haven’t done it before.

You will need :

Scrap book paper ( 2 sided works the best, but I used what I had on had for this project)

scissors

hot glue

That’s it! You probably have all that on hand.

Instructions: Cut out a circle any size you like, I cut it about 8″ in diameter. I did it free hand but you could trace around a bowl if you’d prefer.

I then drew a spiral wavey line to cut along. I also freehand that but wanted to show it what I meant.

Then just cut along your line or freehand it in a wavey spiral.

Then begin rolling from the outside end.

You can adjust the size of your flower by letting the tension from rolling a bit. Looser the twist the bigger the blossom.Then hot glue to the last bit of the paper in the center.

Add a leaf if you’d like, and optional button or jewel in the center.

 

I then attached them to the birch branch. I have glued floral wire on them before and wrapped with floral tape to make a bouquet, equally cute.

Hopefully it will all come together for the shower on Saturday, and we are praying for sunshine so we can celebrate outside.

I’ll let you know how it all turns out .

Linda

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Sea Glass Bottles

I have always loved the beach and things that are associated with the ocean and seashore. I love to bring out shells, sand, sea glass and photos of past beach vacations to decorate with over the summer. I usually start bringing the items out around Father’s day to accessorize the deck area and then it spills over to the kitchen and family room, entry and where ever else I think it needs a kiss of summer.

Love the frosted colors in Beach Glass:

I decided to start a little project before I bring all things beachy out to decorate with. I had seen something similar on Pinterest and started to experiment with my version of the Sea Glass or Beach Glass Bottle tinting.

Well here is my take on a tutorial of the process:

You will need :

* Mod Podge (or watered down white glue :3 parts glue to 1 part water)

*food coloring ( I used the neon colors, that’s what I have on hand. )

*dish washing liquid

* sponge paint brush

* clean and dry clear bottles ( I like the shapes of small vinegar, syrup, tabasco sauce, or jars, even canning jars)

That’s it! You probably have that on hand right now.

Cover your work surface with newspaper or a paper sack or whatever you’d like to keep from staining the area.

Now for the mixing:

I poured a little of the Mod Podge in a bowl. Then added 3 drops of the blue food coloring and 1 drop of green to get the aqua color I was going for. You can mix whatever color you want, there are no rules . I then added a few drops of dish soap. I think it may help it become frosted and not clear, and it also helps make clean up easier.  I was going for beach glass I didn’t want just a tinted glass like some of the blue mason glass tutorials. I found adding the dish soap helped that for some reason as well as using Mod Podge Matt Finish.

Then I mixed it all together:

Started applying it:

I like to be able to add fresh flowers to the container so I opted for coloring the outside of the bottle, so water could be added inside if desired. I gave it an even coat , then let it dry. It you want more intense color add 2-3 coats allowing it to dry in between each coat.

Drying:

 There are a few subtle streaks sometimes, I didn’t mind them. It may depend on how thick the mod podge/ glue mixture is and also the surface of the glass. I had some with slight streaks and others with none at all using the same mixture. If you don’t like the results, wash it off and try again

Since this is a temporary color project, it washes off easily if you aren’t satisfied with it or just want to use it a while and then change the color for a different look.

I am giving my bottles a coat of matt varnish to seal it and hope that will allow me to use it a while without the color chipping off . If you don’t put a sealer over it , it will wash right off.

I had suggested a liquid matt varnish, however some readers had trouble with it removing the mod podge mixture. So I have used this product with great success, Krylon Matt Finish.

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This is how mine turned out:

Let me know if  you give it a try and how it works for you. Always apprecitate good feedback and helpful advice.

Let’s get BEACHY!

Linda

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It’s a TWO-fer

I am posting twice today since it’s been so long and I actually have time today to share.

Speaking of TWO , my little grandson Asher turns 2 this weekend and we are celebrating with the family at our house. My daughter is super clever and makes the sweetest cards and invitations and sent us one announcing it will be a pirate theme. She will be bring all the decorations and most of the food for our crowd. Thanks to pinterest, ideas are numerous and there is inspiration for just about any theme you’re looking for. I hope to share pictures from the party but for know I will show my little contribution to the festivities.

In my quest to help set the mood, I thought I would try a rope craft/ knot to the mix of nautical items. I bring out beach theme decor around Father’s day so I was thinking of this project for next month, but decided to practice for the’ pirate party’.

It’s called a Monkey Fist Knot and I noticed it used in a Ballard Design catalog for a door stopper. It is listed in their catalog for $45, I think this girl can do it for less.

I went on YouTube , where they have a video for just about anything and low and behold there were multiple to chose from.

I purchased some 3/8″ rope ,50′ was around $8.00, I could probably make 2 or 3 from that at least. Found a tennis ball lying around and cut a small slit in it and filled it with pebbles. If you want to make it heavier , and I may next time, I will use buck shot or BB’s for weight.

Here are the written instructions:

 

You insert the ball before you start tighting down all the loops. BE PATIENT, it takes a little while and a few tries. I am still perfecting my own technique.

Here is the YouTube video as well,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXdHcH3FRcM that worked better for me, but my husband liked the picture instructions best.

I will be trying this again and making it heavier, but not bad for a first attempt. I have to thank my husband for all his help , my little hands were struggling to pull it tight enough. I will give it another shot on my own soon.

What else can I make with $8 of rope? Hmmmm, I feel another project coming on.

Linda

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