Wednesday

Marquee Paint Review

This is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to share my experience with Behr Marquee since a few of you have asked about it and some of you may be wondering about it.  I was intrigued by it's claims of  no priming and one coat coverage.  That sounds like a dream come true to me!  So I picked up a quart and crossed my fingers.  The color I chose is called magnet.


As you can tell from the before picture it was not in the best shape and the finish was a little slick.  


I wiped everything down and got it really clean and then applied my first coat.  I could tell immediately that I was going to need more than one coat, but overall the coverage was pretty good especially considering that I didn't prime it.  The bottom left corner was still a little wet so it looks a little blotchy.  


and a little close up... 


After I applied the second coat it was perfect.  Here you can see the finished product.


I used the same paint on the bathroom cabinets as well.


All in all I was pretty pleased with it.  The coverage wasn't one coat, but still pretty good.  It is a little pricey for a quart (around $20), but I was able to paint the whole bed (headboard, footboard, and rails) and the bathroom cabinets and there's still paint leftover.  So when you think about it that way it was a pretty good investment.  And since we are on the subject of painting, we used Valspar Ultra Paint and Primer in One for the walls (color matched to Sherwin Williams Knitting Needles) and it worked really well.  I was pleasantly surprised at how well it covered.  We did one coat on the trim and pretty much one coat with the roller.  We did touch up a few areas, but it was pretty much just one coat coverage.  

Do you have a go to paint?     

Monday

Poppy and Gray budget room makeover

Last week my sister and her family went to the beach for spring break, so I seized the opportunity to surprise her with a little room makeover.  We've (her and I) been planning and talking about this room makeover for what seems like forever.  We settled on a paint color, she bought the paint, and then life got busy and it sat in the garage for a few months.  So when I found out they would be away for a little bit, I thought it would be great opportunity to get a jump start on things and surprise her.  

Here's a little background info on the room.  The walls have been the same color since they moved in almost ten years ago so it was definitely time for a change.  They originally had a queen size bed, but some sweet friends gave them a king sized mattress and box springs which meant they needed a new headboard and footboard.  My sister sold her bed and found another one for $50!  Of course it needed a little work, but I'll be sharing more about that later.  The budget for this makeover was pretty tight.  She sold a lot of things on Craigslist (including her bed) so that we could put that money back into the new room.  Eventually she would love to maybe get a different dresser and chest or paint her existing ones.   I also suggested switching on the mirror on her dresser but we just haven't come across the "right" one yet.  Also, my sister's style is different than my own which makes it a little challenging.  I wanted the room to feel like her and to be a space that she loves so I tried to keep that in mind.  She leans more toward rustic and cozy with a splash of color.

Enough about all that let's get to the good stuff.  First the "before" pictures because that always makes you appreciate the after so much more.





and after...


We are going to monogram this little red pillow eventually to add a nice personal touch.






I was so excited to come across this faux gazelle (?) head at T.J. Maxx.  It was already a great price but it happened to be missing an ear so they took off $11 which made it a steal.  The ear was actually made out of foam so it was an easy fix to just make another one and attach it.


For the styling, I used most of her existing accessories with a few fresh flowers thrown in to save money.





We ended up with a whole can of leftover paint after we finished the bedroom so I decided to carry the same color into the bathroom even though that wasn't part of the original plan.  I so wish I had taken before pictures.  The walls were a bright tealish blue color which totally clashed with the new room and the cabinets were painted cream.  It had been several years since she painted the cabinets and they were starting to show a lot of wear.  The shades on her light fixture were a swirly brown pattern.  They looked a little dated and dark so I just switched them out with some inexpensive clear ones.  I know you didn't see it before, but just that one thing made such a huge difference!   


We also switched out the shower curtain for something graphic and fun.
   

I was totally worn out after three days of working hard, but there's nothing else I would have rather been doing.  I love being able to help people by using my creativity.  I'm planning to do a few follow up on posts on some of the details of the room so stay tuned for that.  

Sources (in case anyone is interested):

Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Knitting Needles
Cabinets & Bed: Behr Marquee Magnet
Duvet: IKEA
Gray Euro Shams: IKEA
Red pillow: IKEA
Patterned Gray Pillows: Ross
Shower Curtain: Marshalls
Night Stands: Rast from IKEA
Hardware for Nightstands: ebay
Gold table: thrifted 
Gray Chair: IKEA
Taxidermy: T.J. Maxx
  

Friday

Simple Spring Mantle

Thanks so much for all the encouragement on my post Wednesday!  Today I'm sharing my super simple spring mantle.  It took me less than 5 minutes to pull together.  I don't usually do much decorating for Easter or spring, but I wanted to add some greenery and make things feel fresh.  A mantle is a great place to switch things up without spending a lot of time or money. 

I snipped a few branches from the yard, grabbed a few accessories, and then made this abstract art with an old canvas and some leftover paint.  I wanted something graphic and simple for the artwork and this is what I came up with.  I like how the black and white works with the fresh greenery too.





Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter!  

Wednesday

For Sale

Sorry for the lack of posting lately.  I've been holding out on you guys.  We put our house on the market around the beginning of the year and it's been sort of a roller coaster ride.  At first we had lots of interest, a few offers and then a contract.  And then the contract fell through due to some issues that popped up with the buyer.  We've still had a good amount of showings, but no contract yet.  I was hesitant to share before because I didn't know if anything would happen with it.  We aren't in a position where we absolutely have to sell (which is good), we would just really like to and now seems like a good time.  


I haven't really been doing many house projects lately because I don't want to change too much or get in the middle of a big project only to have to leave it behind.  My style has changed quite a bit since we first moved into this house so I'm itching to change a few things.  If we do end up staying put, I'd love to change up the colors in some of the rooms in our home, change out my kitchen backsplash, and do some rearranging.  For now though, I'm trying to be content and at peace with whatever happens knowing that God has a plan for us that's bigger than we can see.  On another note, I've got a small reupholstery project I'm working on at the moment to get me out of this rut. :)  I'll be sharing it soon!  Thanks for sticking with me!  

Radiant Orchid

I'm so excited to be sharing a fun project today with some of my favorite bloggers!  We all worked on a project centered around radiant orchid, the color of the year.  
From top left moving clockwise: 
1. Flower Pots from Dimples and Tangles  2. Secretary Desk from Cuckoo4Design  3. Abstract Art from Retro Ranch Renovation  4. Basket from The Chronicles of Home  5. Painted Tray from Dwellings by Devore  6. Cross Stitched Jewelry Organizer from Primitive and Proper
I know radiant orchid hasn't been the most popular color of the year, but I really like it.  I probably wouldn't paint a whole room that color, but I think it's a great accent color in small doses.  My office is lavender with accents of pink and orange so I thought that would be the perfect place to throw in a little radiant orchid.    

I started with this tray that I found at Goodwill.  I see them there all the time.  Then I just picked up a sample pot of radiant orchid from Lowe's.  A little goes a long way so I have a bunch leftover for other projects.   


I really like the way this color pops against my white desk and the tray is great for keeping things a little more organized.






What do you think about radiant orchid?  Would you use it in your home?  Be sure to check out the other projects through the links at the top of the post!

Monday

Spring Updates

My house always feels a little dull after the holidays are over and winter sets in.  All the sparkly decorations are gone and things start looking a little boring.  Once the weather warms up and spring approaches I'm always ready for something new.  That's why I was so glad when Coupons.com reached out to me and several other bloggers to hear about our favorite spring trends.  


When I think of spring I automatically think of bright colors.  So I decided to add some color to my otherwise neutral living room.  I think most of us try to refresh and brighten things up this time of year.  I'm loving yellow right now, particularly a bright lemony shade of it.  So I took that thought and ran with it.  First I went to Coupons.com and searched for Amazon coupon codes.  Actually, I always check for coupon codes before I purchase anything online and I'm usually able to save some money.  Then, I browsed Amazon for pillow covers.  I didn't see any ready made ones that I liked so I decided to make my own.  I chose this fabric with this trim for two of them and then this fabric for the other one.  I added zippers to them so it's easy to slip them on and off when the seasons change or I'm ready for something different.   



Fresh flowers are another great addition for spring!














I love the citrusy yellow paired with a more natural trim.  



Now for the fun part.  You have a chance to win a gift card to West Elm or Target!  Two of my favorite places.  Just use the form below to enter.  This giveaway will end on April 7th.


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Be sure to check out the other spring updates from these other lovely ladies too!


Friday

How to remove color from glass

I was so excited to come across this pair of lamps at Goodwill.  It's rare to find a pair of lamps that happen to be in good condition and have a great shape.  The color wasn't my favorite, but I figured I could paint them or something.  My mom had actually been looking for a pair of lamps for her guest room and I thought the clean lines of these would work well in there. 

When I looked a little closer I realized the glass wasn't actually colored, but that there was just a yellow film over the glass.  I could tell because part of it was scratched off in certain places.  I was excited to discover this because that meant I could attempt to get it off and end up with clear glass lamps.  I liked the idea of that better than painting the glass.  


So, I did a little experimenting to see what the best way would be to get it off.  I used Brasso on one because it contains ammonia and I thought it might do the trick.  I brushed it on in sections and let it sit for a few minutes.  Then I used an old toothbrush to scrape it off.  Actually the side of the head of the toothbrush ended up working really well to scrape it without scratching it.  It worked, but it still involved quite a bit of scraping and scrubbing so I used a different approach with the second lamp. 

 I had some Citri-Strip in the garage from another project so I thought I'd give it a try.  This method seemed to work much better and go faster.  I did let it sit for about 20-30 minutes and ended up having to go over it twice, but there was much less scrubbing and scraping involved.  So if you want to try it, I would recommend the second method.  



I ended up with perfectly clear glass lamps.  They look so much better than how they started out.  The lampshades were a clearance find from Target a while back.  They have a pinkish patterned inside that will work well with the other pink elements going on in the room.  The container for the succulent is just an old candle jar taped off with frog tape and spray painted gold.    


I'm excited to get this room finished up so I can share it with you guys!