Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mid-Century Modern Desk Makeover

I often peruse my local online classifieds for furniture. Most of the time I'm not even looking for anything in particular, I'm just looking.  And it isn't often that I actually contact the seller of something with the intent of actually purchasing it. 

My husband thinks I'm crazy. 

I think he's right.

But my craziness almost always makes up for itself. A few months ago, I scored big time.

You may have seen the thrifting score I'm referring to on Instagram.

I showed up at this guys house to buy a cute little MCM coffee table. It turned out that he was moving in the next few days and was just trying to get rid of a bunch of stuff. So, he packed my car full of stuff. I happily complied.

This lovely little desk was one of those treasures. Completely free of charge.

He thought I was doing him a favor but really, he was doing me a favor. As soon as I saw her, I knew she could be beautiful! All she needed was a little makeover. All it took was a little work and a few coats of Americana Decor® Chalky Finish Paint to spruce her up.

Look at the legs on her! 

But, let's get to the good stuff. What did I do to get her lookin' so fine?

Step One:
First things first, I filled the holes with wood filer and let dry for 24 hours.

Step Two:
I sanded down any rough edges and filled scratches with wood filer as well. Once all of the wood filer was dry, I sanded it down to the same smoothness as the rest of the desk. If you allow the wood filer to properly cure, it will harden and can be painted to match the rest of your piece.

Step Three:
I painted the desk and the front of the drawers with Americana Decor® Chalky Finish paint in Relic. Thin coats people. Don't lay the paint on thick! Several thin layers is better than a few thick layers.

Step Four:
Because I wanted the desk's legs to really "pop" I painted the legs and the inside of the drawers with Americana Decor® Chalky Finish paint in Yesteryear.

Step Five:
I finished the desk by sealing it with Americana Decor® Soft Touch Varnish. I love this particular finish because it makes the paint job look so sleek and smooth. Sometimes I think people equate chalky finish paint to a shabby-chic look, but this paint can also produce the modern finish that I love.

I think she turned out lovely. The contrast between the Relic and Yesteryear colors really enhances the desk's architecture. Not bad for a free to fabulous transformation, don't you think?


This post was sponsored by DecoArt but I wouldn't use their paint if I didn't LOVE it! Thank you for supporting brands that help me create everyday!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

We Moved! Again.

Guess what. I've been missing from blogger land for so long I haven't mentioned a huge piece of news. We moved! Again.

We did so much work to our home that I had mixed emotions when thinking about listing it. In the end, however, it was what was best for our family.

Do you remember what our PG house looked like before? Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we? Head HERE to see the before pics.

And below are some shots that our realtor took for us (unless otherwise marked):

Goodbye House! On to new adventures.

Monday, November 24, 2014

DIY Thanksgiving Tablescape

Ever since I was a little girl, it was my job to set the table for special occasions. My mom cooked and I set the table. We're a good team. In the second grade, I even gave a demonstration speech to my fellow second graders on how to properly set a table. As expected, they were mystified.

Things haven't changed. Even now, when we have fancy family dinners, my mom cooks and I set the table. I'm not complaining...I would much rather stick to my strengths. So, this year, I came up with a few DIY extras to make the table even more special.

Sources: Centerpiece (DIY), green garland and place card spools (Micheals), silver garland and feather tags (Target), lacey paper placemats (Anna Griffin), table runner, napkins, plates and silverware (West Elm).

I made a centerpiece, place cards and a card that guests can write down things they're grateful for during dinner.

Don't worry, you know I'll show you how I made it.

For the Centerpiece:

Measure your table, mantle, shelf or whatever surface you want to decorate. My table was 70" long.

Go to Home Depot and buy a 4x4 and one 1/4" poplar dowel. Have the 4x4 cut to your desired length - I had mine cut to 60" so it would run the length of my table.

Measure your chipboard letters and the distance you need between letters. Mark these measurements on your 4x4.

Drill your holes with a 1/4" drill bit to match your 1/4" dowels.

Paint the 4x4.

Cut your dowel into 6 inch tall sections (or however tall your letters are). Arrange the dowels in your drilled holes and hot glue the chipboard letters to them.

Remove the letters and dowels from the 4x4 and spray paint them.

For the I'm Thankful For cards:

I made the I'm Thankful For cards with my Cricut Explore. You can open and view the file HERE.

I used kraft paper for the brown envelope and plain, white cardstock for the tag. The writing is done with a Bic pen in the Explore's writing tool clamp.

For the Place Cards:

Gather covered floral wire, tiny spools (I found mine at Michaels), a marker and wire cutters.

Leave about a two inch tail of floral wire hanging off the marker and wrap it around twice.

Cut off the excess wire and stuff it down inside the spool. As easy as that!

I used tags for the place cards so that we could easily tie the tags onto leftover boxes for guests to take home.

And a few more beauty shots for the road:

I hope you all have an enjoyable Thanksgiving, full of gratitude, family and delicious food.


***A special thanks to West Elm at City Creek for letting me borrow the gorgeous table setting.***

Monday, November 10, 2014

Botanical Watercolor Prints and an Empty Wall

I love it when I stop at my favorite school surplus place and find buried treasure. Literally. I found two straight-from-the-80s botanical watercolor prints on foam core buried in a pile of posters under some forgotten shelves.

 And I fell in love.

They're a little banged up around the edges, but for being from the 80s, they have far less bumps and bruises than I do. They must have lived a better life than me.

I knew that I wanted to hang them, but I kept going back and forth about whether or not to put the prints in a frame. The problem is that they are not standard sizes and I would have to get a custom frame for each. And seeing as I spent a $1 for both of these prints, I didn't really want to drop more than $25 each for a frame.

Thank goodness for VELCRO® Brand removable hanging strips. You get 12 in a package - plenty to hang multiple items. And because they are removable picture hangers, you don't need to worry about  damaging your walls or ruining the pictures themselves.

Within a few minutes, the hook and loop fasteners were on the back of my botanical prints and my prints were hanging on the wall.

The pieces are easy enough to use - simply peel and stick.

I hung the prints in a little alcove in our master bedroom. Can you believe that even after almost two years of living in this house, I'm still working on decorating the master bedroom?

The alcove was a sad little area that housed my bracelets, rings and other baubles. It also acted as a charging station for our multiple electronic devices.

Isn't it amazing what art can do for a space? I love our little media center/jewelry holder/catch all now! 

VELCRO® Brand has several different products that are perfect for life transitions, whether that be a move to a new home, a gallery wall installation or an attempt to organize your home.

P.S. I may have some BIG news coming up soon, so keep your virtual ears open!


***Disclosure: Velcro Brand Companies provided me with VELCRO® Brand products. However,  I do not review products unless I truly enjoyed using them and would recommend them to others. All opinions are 100% mine.***

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Woodland Fairy Costume

If you haven't heard, Halloween is a pretty big deal at Cricut HQ. Don't believe me, check it out on Cricut's Facebook page. In fact, when I interviewed for my job, one of the questions was about my willingness to dress up for Halloween.

I think I passed.

But because things are so serious, we're sworn to secrecy concerning our costumes, theme, etc. So, I hope you won't hate me if I post Halloween costume pictures the first week of November!!

This year my team chose to do a Medieval/Fantasy theme, each creating our own character. I decided to be a woodland fairy...because...well, I look great in green.

In fact it started with the color green, a green dress. And then slowly, over a month or so, I glued leaves up the dress is a spiral-like pattern. I cut most of the leaves from felt, leather and paper with my Cricut Explore (of course) and filled in the missing places with fake leaves. I also added the leaves to a pair of boots I found at Savers.

Then, I found an XXL green lace dress at Savers (of course), cut it up and sewed it together into a long cape.

Finally, for added effect, I cut wings from old Cricut mats of the 12" x 24" variety.

And the Woodland Fairy costume was born.

I am happy to report that my team won the costume contest and that we're already in talks about next year's theme. Suggestions are welcome!

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