Accent Bookcase

While on the journey of making a small living room both stylish and functional, there have been many struggles.  It has proven to be very hard picking out pieces of furniture that don’t over power the space. We have definitely made some mistakes, but we have also gotten a few things right!  One of the things I believe we got right was purchasing a small accent bookcase! We picked it up for a steal at Target (I believe only $30). 

I knew right away that I wanted to do something to the back of it to add a bit of focus.  It was so boring, and I thought creating a bit of an accent would really perk it up! (I spy puppy feet)

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I used my Martha Stewart Arabesque stencils,  Martha Stewart silver metallic paint and regular paint in cloud sky.

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I started by painting the entire back of the bookcase the metallic silver, and then stenciled the cloud sky paint over it. The silver was really starting to scare me.  It was all streaky and gross looking! I thought I made a BIG mistake! When I started to stencil over, I realized that it looked ok, and sort of had a “vintage” vibe to it. 

ImageImageNow that it is all in place, I absolutely love it! I cannot wait to get some cute little trinkets to fill her up! It fits this place perfectly, and is a nice piece to look at when you walk in!

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If I could redo one thing, I would have taken more time to evenly place the stencil ( its a bit wobbly in places) and have done another coat of silver paint. I just didn’t have the patience! ImageImageImage

Easy Stamp Art

I have been looking to buy some stencils to use for various projects around the house, and came across the Martha Stewart Stencil in Arabesque. It is a very nice quality stencil that is fairly large, but not quite large enough for walls. I also picked up some paint stamps that were in the same isle.  I decided to experiment with it and create a piece of art for above my bed.

ImageImageOur bedroom has become our least touched room.  It seems to be the place that all of our stuff accumulates, and not much advancement has happened.  We painted the walls, and that’s about it.  I decided that this rooms needed some artwork!

I purchased two 14x18in canvases and some Martha Stewart paint. I have come to the conclusion that I’m obsessed with blues and greens. I can’t even deny it anymore. So it is no surprise that I picked up blue and green paint. 

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I started this art piece by painting the canvas a very light blue.  I took the lightest blue shade I bought for the stencil, and combined it with some white paint to create a much lighter blue shade.  I used a foam brush to apply this all over. 

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Then I laid down the stencil and started stamping the paint on it, one color at a time, in an alternating pattern on the canvas. There was no rhyme or rhythm to my positioning, but I really like how it turned out! 

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I really enjoy these pieces and I am surprised with how big of a difference it made to our room! Our next project for in there is making a new bed frame!

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Window Treatments

We have spent the last 7 months in this house with paper blinds and thick ikea curtains.  They did the job, but they were a little rough on the eyes.  I couldn’t decide what I wanted for the room, or what style I was going for. 

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I eventually narrowed it down to either white faux wood blinds, or bamboo shades.  I loved the look of bamboo shades, but because of the amount of wood we already have going on, we decided that the white faux wood blinds would bring in the more modern and clean feel that we were wanting. 

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These blinds are from JC Penney, and they are the custom 2″ faux wood blinds.  We had to get them customized to fit the awkward sized windows in both the living room and dining room.

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I absolutely love how these blinds turned out! I think the room looks a lot more put together and we have the privacy that we needed!

Some Curb Appeal

When we bought our house back in November, we had no idea if there were any perennial flowers or anything that would bloom up come spring.  Now that it is spring, we haven’t had any flowers pop up, so we decided to spruce it all up!

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Our house has these yue bushes in the front that are a very typical bush for the neighborhood.  We were considering taking them all out, but decided against that for time and effort reasons.  We decided that for this year, we would go very simple and plant some flowers, add some mulch and lights!

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It is so funny how something as simple as mulch could improve the appearance of our house!  For the flowers, we went with a simple red geranium, and then some solar powered lights, all of which were from the Home Depot. 

ImageI really enjoy the way it looks! I think down the road we will pull out the bushes and add something a little bit more modern, and then add some more colored flowers for some interest. 

We are definitely making some progress, and it’s starting to feel a lot more like home!

Compost Bin

I’ve always thought that starting a compost bin would be a nice way to reduce the amount of garbage we throw away, and benefit the earth a little bit! Looking at our yard in it’s current condition was enough to make me decide composting was something I needed to do!  There is a lot of yard work to be done in the next few months, so it was the perfect time to start the healthy fertilization process!

The first step that I took was to buy a compost bin.  I chose to buy a Rubbermaid tote bin in a neutral color that would blend into our surroundings.  Image

I then drilled a few holes on the bottom and top of the bin to promote aeration.

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I did some research and found that its best to put leaves or newspapers in the bottom of the bin, and since I didn’t have any leaves, newspaper it is!

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I then filled the bin about halfway with dirt and then added some food scraps (orange peels, coffee grounds, melon, strawberry tops, etc.)

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I then mixed the dirt around a bit so the scraps were covered, and sprayed it with some water (moist, not soaked).

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I also read that it’s best to keep the compost bin in a shady area so that there is no smell.  All of the articles that I read stated that the compost bin should never smell if you properly aerate it, and keep the soil moist but not soaked, and most importantly-out of the sun! I placed the bin under our back stairs next to our recycling bin so that it is easy to throw stuff in and keep it going well!

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This was such an easy project to throw together, and it was so affordable! I was able to set the whole thing up for under $10! I hope that this compost bin works out and that I am able to use it when planting and fertilizing our yard!

Fruit Infusion

This isn’t going to be a home decor related post, but it is something that I am so excited to have in my house!  I have been trying to drink more water since I’m pretty bad at that, but water isn’t something that I truly enjoy.  I don’t like soda, but I love coffee and tea, and anything fruit related!  

I was at my local Target today, and I found this awesome pitcher! 

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I am so excited!!! I love water with lemon or lime, and this will it so much easier and less wasteful!  I have found a bunch of recipes for flavored water, some with watermelon, lime with mint, and so on!  

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For this one, I just used both lemon and lime, and it is great! Hopefully this will allow me to drink more water, as well as use for entertaining during summer barbeques!! 

Head to your Target and pick this up! It’s cheap and really useful!

 

 

 

It’s a New Desk!

So this little project may be one of my favorite ones yet! I’ve been on the lookout for a new desk that I could put in our office and use as my makeup desk, which for anyone who knows me, I’ll need a whole lot more than just this desk to hold everything! I was interested in refinishing a desk, or finding a nice one for cheap, and then Matt had a great idea! His dad had a desk that has been sitting in their front hallway for years, and hasn’t really been touched! I knew this would be the perfect desk for me!

Here is the before picture of the desk:

ImageI really like the clean lines of this desk, and just knew it would look great refinished!

I bought some sandpaper, primer and some tools:

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I first sanded the desk as well as I could by hand (I really need to pick up a power sander) and then primed the desk using the Killz primer.

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It was crazy to see how something as small as primer made such a huge difference!

I then began painting the desk with the Glidden “Trim and Door” paint in Bright White.  This paint is made with “gel technology” and for wood, so I thought it would be perfect for a wood desk! The gel paint definitely made it really easy to paint on! No drips at all! My only recommendation is to use an actual brush instead of a roller. The roller brush ended up getting fuzzies all over the desk, and the paint actually looked much better with the brush! No streaking at all!

ImageHere she is all painted! I love how she looks are pretty, white and modern! I knew that I wanted to get some fun, bright knobs, and I knew exactly where to look- Anthropology! I was able to pick up these bad boys on clearance, and think they are perfect!

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Just to recap- check out the difference between the before and after! I think it’s insane!

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This project was so fun and easy to do! I cannot wait to get to using her!