Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ikea Hack: Faux Apothecary Cabinet and Safety Video With 3M

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This post is in collaboration with All thoughts, opinions and projects ideas are my own.

I had a great opportunity to work with again and create a nice little reminder video about keeping safety the #1 priority when doing any DIY project. I am always caught thinking, "Well, it's only one cut. Nothing can happen this one time." But that's why it is called an accident, it only takes that one cut or that one time to seriously injure yourself. I remind myself daily of this and before I start any project. I feel like it's something my mother would say lol...but, hey, aren't mom's always right? (you can view the video at the end of this post)
Faux Apothecary Cabinet Ikea Hack

Friday, August 15, 2014

Side Table Makeover with Brass Details

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It's been forever since I have painted a piece of furniture without repurposing it too. It was kind of fun...and easy :) I should probably start doing it more often, but then again, I'm also running out of places to put things in my house lol.

So, awhile back I was shared on Facebook that Hobby Lobby was having a massive clearance on a ton of furniture...up to 90% off. This is where this beauty came from:
I was planning on going to the thrift store by our house to pick up some cute side tables for a room I was redoing, but decided to bag it since I knew the prices I would find. They seriously think they are the Ashley Furniture clearance area. I kid you not. The turnaround there is pretty slow because of it too. So, I decided to nix it and get some fabric at Hobby Lobby instead. Then of course, I saw Hobby Lobby's sale. And...yeah, ended up coming home with 5 tables, and 1 yard of fabric :) I picked up this table for just a little bit more than what I would have gotten it at the thrift store.

I kept telling myself "I'm not going to paint this white. I'm not going to paint this white." Even though every ounce of my being was wanting me to do so. I even bought some white spray paint 'just in case' lol. I was talking to the hubs telling him that I'm thinking I just might end up painting it white and he then told me to just get a white paint bomb and explode it in our house to save time :) Luckily I've been on somewhat of a color kick lately cuz that would have been messy.
Furniture painting idea -add corner brackets for cute details
Yep, I decided to go bold and paint it teal. Holy moly. It looks so out of place in my house lol. But! It's not white :)

This table was just cheap mdf and horribly finished (in my opinion), so I decided to sand the heck out of it and give it a good dose of primer.
I then went out of my comfort zone and changed the beautiful white primer into Krylons "Sea Glass". A little bolder than I anticipated :) I've been wanting to do some brass/gold details on some pieces of furniture for awhile now, and I figured this would be the perfect piece since just painting it would be so boring. So, I grabbed some corner brackets and a brass knob and added them on.
And since it was already pretty gawdy, why not go all out?
Furniture painting idea -add fun design to side of drawers
I stenciled a cute design on the drawer with some gold and white paint.
I love how this looks, opened and closed.
Furniture painting idea -add fun design to side of drawers
Furniture painting idea

I'm loving this piece, but it only looks good on my white wall, not my beige walls. So, now I have to go and paint another wall white lol ;) Or I may just end up using it in the bedroom I just redid at my mom's house. What do you think?...or maybe I will end up painting it white again so it fits back in my house lol.

before and after furniture transformation

Monday, August 11, 2014

Model Home Monday {UV Parade of Homes #21}

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Hi there! Since I missed last weeks Model Home Monday I figure I should show you a show stopper this time around :) I was in love with this house. It was a breath of fresh air since a lot of the items in the house were already part of the family and not just from a design firm. You can see in the vintage touches and antique items. This house is 9,390 square feet, 6 bedrooms, and 6.5 baths.

Hope you enjoy!

The front room: These are actually charcoal portraits. How amazing is that?
 The dining room:
The kitchen was huge, 1500 square feet huge...and truthfully a little odd since it looked like 3 kitchens spliced together. But there were some good ideas going on, like this tile.
 Here's the back end of the kitchen:
 And the outdoor kitchen. Love this bar right up to 'serving' window.
The living room:
 Prettiest little mud room I have ever seen :)
 Love the use of frames along the curved stair case.
 Random picture, but I am in love with this planked wall.
 The master bedroom:
 Guest room:
 Guest bath:
 Girls room:
 Girls bath:
 I don't know how I missed the actual picture of this bedroom...probably because I was so focused on this awesome climbing wall and little tunnel to the other rooms :)
 Guest bedroom:
 Guest bath. Love this mirrored tile! did he hubs, who would have thought? lol
 The craft room:
 The comfiest theatre I have seen :)
 The downstairs eating area:
 The downstairs kitchen which is bigger than my normal kitchen lol
 oh, and I loved this little nook at the top of the stairs :)
 And here's the beautiful house!
It had a few more rooms and bathrooms that I showed you, but as with most Parade of Homes, you are super lucky to get decent pictures in the first place let alone without someone in them ;)

Builder: Jon Young Design, Inc.
Interior: Four Chairs Furniture
Landscape: Platinum Landscape LLC

Friday, August 8, 2014

Studio 5 Video Segments and Some Big News!

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As some of you may have seen all over my Facebook page recently, I was on a local lifestyle TV show here in Utah called Studio 5 on Tuesdsay. It was so fun and such a great experience, and somehow I didn't get too nervous :) Once we got there, it just all happened so fast there was no time to get no time to calm myself from the fastness either lol. And...well, let's be honest, no time to air out my pit sweat, so luckily you can't see it in the video lol. (and don't try to look!) ;)

I was asked to demonstrate how to do my $20 upholstered headboard and my pintuck technique to turn any cheap pillow and duvet into a designer look. I wish I had more time on both of these to get into more details since a lot of things were missed, but I'm just glad I didn't mess up too much or  have too big of brain farts lol :) (ps. if you can't view the videos in the players below, look at the bottom of the post for smaller videos)

Here's the headboard! If you listen a bit, I give some good tips to cut even more corners and make this headboard that much cheaper. Don't laugh at me too hard:

And the pintuck technique. Super short...but it's super simple so not much more was needed :)

And yes! I'm pregnant! We are expecting our second little bean at the beginning of next year!

That's one of the big pieces of the big news....the other, well I'm not sure I should do this and put this out there. But, I know I want to do this and haven't yet since I have had no accountability. I'm going to start doing videos on most of my projects :) Ahh! I just said it. Now I have to do it lol. I've been mulling this over for the past couple of years and decided as my New Year's resolution I would do it this year. Well, since I didn't tell anybody about it, it didn't matter that I didn't do it :) Now I have no excuses (although I know I can come up with some and am sure I will try). The videos will only be for applicable pieces that make sense to even have a video. I'm not going to video tape how to paint something...I guess unless its a uber special never been seen before technique lol. Or room makeovers...things like that. I'm going to try to do small scale, sort of like I did in the above clips. We'll see how it goes and what it evolves into :) And don't shoot me if I don't do as many as you think I should...especially once this new babe comes around :)

Hope you enjoyed the videos and thanks for joining in on my embarrassment as you watch them ;) lol

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Repurpose A Bar Stool To A Nighstand

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Since redoing my bedroom awhile ago, I've been wanting a new nightstand. The nightstands that were originally there have found there place somewhere else. I opted to buy some small cheap nightstands from Ikea to take their place while back and have just hated them.
Repurpose an old bar stool into a cute nightstand!
So, when I came across this bar stool on sale at Hobby Lobby for $16, I jumped for the opportunity to stuff it in my car (along with 4 other tables...but we won't get into that :) ). I knew it would make a great repurposed project...and look wonderful in the guest room.
Repurpose an old bar stool into a cute nightstand!
This was a simple project; all I had to do was paint and string some rope around the foot rests.
Repurpose an old bar stool into a cute nightstand!
The rope is to make an additional shelf. I was going to do it at the upper rests also but decided that I liked the look of one better, and it gave more room to put taller objects.
Repurpose an old bar stool into a cute nightstand!

Now I'm really wishing I had bought one more for the other side of the bed! Maybe...just maybe there will still be one left :) ...a girl can always hope lol
Repurpose an old bar stool into a cute nightstand!
And since today is the first Wednesday of the month, that means it's Repurpose, Recycle, Reuse Day with these sweet girls! Go and check out their blogs and give them some love :)
Repurposed Baby Food Jars by Lovely, Etc.
Cannonball bed redo by Life as a Thrifter
Upcycled Floating Nightstand by Bigger Than the Three of Us
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