Tuesday

Cozy Coupe Makeover

 Just popping in for a quick post today.  I love it when readers are inspired by my projects, after all that is the purpose of this blog!  I was so excited when I got an email last week with a picture of this adorable car and playhouse inspired by my daughter's cupcake cozy coupe makeover.

Here's how hers turned out.



Isn't it the cutest?  I love how she painted the house to match and the monogram on the car is such a sweet little detail!

Thursday

Upholstered Faux Fur Bench

Slowly but surely we are making progress on my mom's bedroom makeover.  We have one gallery wall to finish up and then it will be ready!  I just finished up this small project for her the other day and thought I'd share it with you.  I'm always smitten with projects that involve white fur.  It feels so glamorous to me.  This was simple and easy and I'm loving the new look!

Here's the before.  It had some different fabric on it originally.  This is after my mom gave it a go with some leftover fabric she had.  It didn't quite cover the whole thing so she tried piecing it together, but the seam was a little too obvious. :)


Since the top portion is so deep I chose to cover it the same way I did my faux leather ottoman.  I took off the legs and laid the fabric wrong side out over the top.  Then I pinched the corners together and used my sewing machine to sew a seam straight down where each corner would be.

Once that part was finished, I just flipped it right side out and slipped it over like a slipcover.  Then I stapled everything underneath.



The legs felt a little boring and slightly dated so I gave them a fresh coat of gold spray paint to liven things up.  I used my go to gold spray paint (Rustoleum Gold Metallic) and it made such a big difference.  The legs felt so dark and dated before.


We were originally going to use a faux sheepskin rug from IKEA to cover it, but it ended up not being large enough.  So I ordered the fabric from Fabric.com.  It feels much softer than the IKEA rug and was pretty easy to work with, besides the fact that it shed.  A lot.


Overall, I think it looks so much better!  She originally paid $10 for the bench and then we spent a little over $20 for the fabric. (I had the paint already)  So the total cost was only around $30.  Not bad for a fancy little spot to prop your feet up! 

Monday

Botanical Print Gallery Wall

I just got back from Haven and had such a great time.  I wasn't really sure what to expect since this was my first year going, but I was really happy with how everything went.  I learned so many things that I can apply to make this blog better.  It was overall a great experience!  

Now that I'm back, I'm doing a few things to change up our house to make it more appealing to buyers.  (our house is still on the market)  We received a comment in the feedback from an agent stating that we needed to depersonalize things.  I figured that comment would pop up eventually since we have a decent amount of family pictures on our walls.  I started with the gallery wall in our living room since it was an easy switch.


I've always loved botanical prints and I had a great botanical book in my stash so this update was free and easy!  I actually came across the book at a thrift store for a few dollars, but if you don't happen to have one on hand you can easily find prints online.  A lot of sites, like Vintage Printable, have a huge selection for free.  I talked about some great, free, black botanical prints here too.


I was pleasantly surprised at how much brighter it made the room feel, which is always a nice bonus when you are trying to sell your house.



I have another wall I'm working on to share soon!

Thursday

Striped Bathroom Makeover

I have had this room semi finished for a while now, but just haven't had a chance to snap some pictures of it.  Not to mention bathrooms are my least favorite room to photograph.  The lighting and angles are just so tricky.  I felt a bit like spiderman trying to cling on to the sides of the shower to get the best angle possible.  So with that said, pardon the less than optimal pictures. :)  

This is my mom's guest bathroom.  It's the bathroom that most people, use so of course she wanted it to be decorated nicely.  She had seen the stripes in my house and wanted to do something similar.  She already had some gray "oops" paint and we thought that would work well since it's pretty neutral. 

I taped off all the stripes which usually is the worst part about painting stripes.  After that it's pretty simple.


I like to paint over the tape with the same color as the base color on the wall.  In this case white.  It helps to seal the edges of the tape and prevent bleeding.

We still have a few things we want to do in this bathroom, but I thought I'd share our progress.  I'd love to do something different with the vanity.  It's a basic builder's grade vanity and although there's nothing wrong with it, the color isn't blending super well with the current design.  I'd also like to add some sort of molding to the edges of the mirror.  




I love these shadowbox frames from IKEA.  I just added a few shells to create simple artwork.






Hopefully I'll have some more updates to share soon!

Monday

DIY pinwheel

During my last visit to IKEA I spotted these black and white placemats for only $1.50.  I wasn't sure what I could do with it, but I grabbed one in case an idea came to me.  Luckily I thought of something as we were strolling the aisles of the craft store later in the week.  My daughter is always drawn to those outdoor pinwheels they have and I immediately thought the placemat I picked up would be perfect for something like that.  

  These are really easy to make and especially fun for kids.  I remember making them when I was in elementary school and always loved it.  

Here's what you'll need:

A square plastic placemat (I used this one)
A wooden dowel (I got mine for $0.99 at the craft store)
A ruler
A nail
A hammer


I started by drawing two lines to create four equal squares which helps find the middle of the placemat. You can really skip that step and just do the two diagonal lines if you want to.  It doesn't have to be perfect.  


After you've drawn your lines, cut the diagonal ones toward the center, but not all the way.  Leave about an inch or so in the middle.  


Then you'll need to make a hole in the corner of each triangle for the nail to go through.


Then make a hole in the very center of the placemat and fold the corners of the triangles with the hole in them to the center.  Stick your nail through the holes and hammer it into the wooden dowel.  I ended up super gluing a button to the head of my nail because my holes were a little too big.




Since the placemats are plastic (and waterproof) I think these would be really cute for a fun patio space or even to use at wedding.  Wouldn't they be fun lining the aisle at an outdoor wedding?

Friday

Friday Faves

I'm back at it this week with a few of my Friday Faves.  Hope you enjoy!

1. I would love to make this bag be for the farmer's market or grocery store!  Could be a fun gift too!


2.  I came across this pouf the other day and was instantly drawn to it.  I'm loving palm prints for summer and the contrasting trim is the perfect finishing touch.


3.  I think this balloon needs to make an appearance at our next party.

4.  Have you seen the new Oh Joy line for summer?  It makes me want to have a party just so I can use it!

5.  A few of these tassel placemats sewn together would make a pretty cute pillow.


6.  If you follow me on instagram you already saw this, but I came across the cutest black and gold stuff at Hobby Lobby the other day.  A lot more glamorous and a little less chevron/burlap than the stuff they normally have. :)  I loved those lamps and think that black/gold canvas could be a fun DIY.  


While I was there, I also came across some Lindsay Letters canvases and prints.  I was lucky enough to  win one of her canvases a while back and have been hooked ever since.  They were running low on them and out of a lot of them, but they said they'd be getting more in.  I'll definitely be going back!


Seen anything great lately?  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

My Favorite 5

Today I'm over at Jennifer's blog Dimples and Tangles sharing my top 5 favorite projects.  I'd love for you to head on over and check them out!


If you're new to Jennifer's blog, be sure to poke around while you are over there.  You are in for a treat!  She is so talented and has such a beautiful home!  Not to mention she's one of the sweetest bloggers out there.  

Her dining room and green hutch makeover are some of my favorites!