Friday

Our new (free) bookshelf

You just never know what you'll come across on Craigslist.  It's totally one of those hit or miss things and it seems, with it's growing popularity, that most things end up being junk or overpriced.  But every once in a while you get lucky.  

When we went to pick up our bamboo hutch a few months ago, the people mentioned that they also had a bookshelf for sale.  I wasn't really looking for a bookcase at the time, but I figured I'd take a look and if the price was right then I might consider it.  Well, it turns out they were closing on the house the next day and the lady said if you want it it's yours.  

I wasn't sure what to expect, but it ended up being a really well made bookshelf and for free I figured I'd find a place for it or give it to someone who needed it.  We decided to put it in our bedroom just to see what it looked like in there and it ended up being a perfect fit. 


I was originally planning on painting it, but the faux finish has kind of grown on me.  From a distance it has a burl wood feel to it and up close you see more of the metallic mix it has going on.  



Have you had any luck with Craigslist lately?

Tuesday

DIY drum shade light

All of the lights in our new home are basic builder's grade fixtures.  They aren't anything special, so we've been slowly changing them out one by one.  Being on a budget, it's going to take a while to get them all switched out.  So in the meantime, I've been doing a little DIYing to make the ones we have a little better.


My office needed something more office-y and less dining room-ish.  According to the builder, my office should actually be the dining room so of course they put a dining room light fixture in there.  We sold it on Craigslist a while back and I needed something to fill the space until I can find what I really want.  

I didn't want to spend a lot of money and I wanted to try to use what I already had.  Thankfully I was able to do both.  I started with this light fixture that was hanging in the eat in kitchen area.  I took off the glass shade, adjusted the chain to the correct length and spray painted it gold.


I wanted to use this IKEA drum shade I found in the "as is" section (for $5) to make the fixture look more updated.  (This one is similar)  The blue band wasn't working with my color scheme so I taped it off and painted it black.  These shades are actually pretty cool, because you can easily pull off the shade portion and then snap it back together.  It would make it much easier to cover with fabric or something like that too.


As you can see we had a lot of other painting projects going on at the time. :)


Once the shade was dry, I attached it to the light fixture.  You just slip the shade right over the bulb socket and then screw the plastic ring on to hold everything in place.  A picture might explain it a little better, so here you go.


I didn't add anything to the bottom of the shade, so if you are standing directly under it and you look up you'll see the exposed bulb.  It really doesn't bother me, because this is only a temporary solution, but if it did you could always add some material or something to the bottom.

 

If you live in a newer home chances are you may have one of these hanging in your breakfast nook.  It's such an easy update and makes a huge difference in the appearance of the light.  If you left the metal portions brushed nickel it would be even easier.  Just switch the glass shade out with the drum shade and you have a new fixture! 

Wednesday

Yellow Bamboo Hutch

If you follow me on instagram (dwellingsbydevore) you saw a little peek at this bamboo hutch I picked up from Craigslist for a steal.  I've been really drawn to bamboo furniture lately and although it's a trendy thing right now, I feel like it's a classic that I'll love for a long time.  


(this is the listing photo)

It's going to go in the office where the black hutch currently is.  I know what you're thinking.  Didn't you just give that hutch a makeover?  Yes, but this bamboo piece is just what I was looking for and I think I'll be able to sell the other one on Craigslist for at least what I bought this one for.  It's served us well while we've had it, but it's time for a change.

Here's the dilemma.  What color do I paint the new hutch?  I feel like faux bamboo furniture looks awesome when it's painted a bright bold color.  Here's a picture of the other side of the office.  It will go on the opposite wall.


Somehow yellow has been creeping into my rooms lately as an accent color.  I've never really thought of yellow as my favorite color and I was actually kind of tired of it after having it in our Old Master Bedroom for so long.  But then I find myself being drawn to it in our new home.  So, I'm thinking of maybe painting it yellow.  I don't want it to look tacky or ridiculous so picking the right shade will be crucial.  I'm thinking I will probably keep the inside white to keep it from feeling too overwhelming.  My husband thinks I should go more neutral in case I change my mind, but I'm so torn.  It's been sitting in our garage way too long so it's time or me to make a decision!  

I'm thinking something along the lines of this.







I'm also thinking about painting the top half of the room black or maybe doing grasscloth.  There is crown molding around the ceiling and the lower half has molding as well and is painted white.  This space is really open to the rest of the downstairs (no doors or anything) so I have to keep in mind how it will flow with the rest of the downstairs.

So what do you think?  Am I totally crazy for wanting to paint it yellow or can you see the vision for it?        Do you have a suggestion for the *perfect* shade of yellow?  I guess if it doesn't work out I'm only out the cost of a quart of paint so I think I might just go for it.

Monday

Picture Ledge Gallery Wall

It's no secret that I love to change things up in our house.  I get tired of things and want to switch them up, so a picture ledge gallery wall in our living room seemed like a good idea.  I've always loved the way picture ledges looked, and this wall is pretty large so it needed some weight to keep the pictures from feeling small and out of balance.  


I picked up 4 picture ledge shelves at IKEA.  It would be fairly easy to make a few of these on your own as well.  I'm sure there are lots of tutorials out there.


I butted two shelves together to form the top shelf and did the same for the bottom shelf.  


I was able to use frames from my stash to fill up the shelves.  I also mixed in a little DIY artwork and a few Lindsay Letters pieces.  


We picked up a norfolk pine at Home Depot during the Holidays for the playroom and I hated to just throw it away when the Christmas season was over.  So I stuck it the planter I used for our Christmas tree and put it in the corner.  I actually really love how it looks over there.  It sort of reminds me of a fern.  I've only watered it once since we brought it home and it's doing really well so that's always a plus.  


This room is pretty much done, for now.  We are still searching for the perfect coffee table and I'm debating changing the wall color.  Everything in the house is painted builders beige and it's just not my favorite.  It has some peachy/yellow undertones.  I would prefer a pure white, but if I paint the walls white I'm pretty sure that means I have to paint the ceilings white and I'm not sure I'm up for all that.  So maybe we will go with a griege that reads more gray than taupe?  Our last living room was taupe so I'm pretty over that.  I'm open to suggestions if you have any!  

Wednesday

2014 Favorites

Just popping in with a quick wrap up of my favorite posts of 2014.  I've been meaning to post more, but  lately with the holidays, family time, sporadic toddler napping and lots going on blogging has kid of taken a backseat.  I'm hoping to post more consistently in the new year though.  I have so many projects that I've finished or I'm working on, but I just haven't had a chance to photograph them.  Hopefully you'll stick with me! :)  

Here's a little roundup of some of my favorite projects from this year.


I love green and I loved using it on this IKEA rast hack as a part of my mom's bedroom makeover.  In fact, the room is almost finished and I'll *hopefully* be sharing it soon.


My daughter's Minnie Mouse Party was so fun to create.  I've already started planning her party for early next year.  I can hardly believe it!


I still kind of wish this DIY play kitchen was my grown up kitchen.


I loved surprising my sister with this budget room makeover.


I was always intimidated by the thought of painting laminate furniture.  But I realized with the right products it was pretty simple.


Faux Fur and Gold is always a favorite around here.


I love repurposing things (as you can tell) and this planter (made from an old lamp) is still going strong. We are actually using it for a utensil holder in the kitchen now.  


I kind of miss our brown dining room.  So glad we decided to take the light with us though!


This IKEA hack has helped keep me somewhat organized. 


We are still loving our bamboo shades and can't believe how much bigger they make the room feel.  I'm thinking about adding a blackout lining sometime soon for a little more privacy.


Our new master bedroom got a bold dose of black and we couldn't be happier with the outcome.


If you haven't tried this caramel corn recipe yet, you might want to whip up a batch before any new year's resolutions kick in.  It's a family favorite for sure.


I still feel so honored that I got to participate in the Home Depot Style Challenge.  That has always been a dream of mine!

Thanks so much for sticking with me and taking the time to read this blog, it truly means so much to me.  I hope you all have a happy new year!  We will be welcoming it on the couch with some Redbox movies, a few special desserts from Fresh Market, and our PJ's.  If we are lucky we'll make it past 10. :) 

Thursday

Christmas Tree & Mantel Tweaks

On a whim, I decided to make a few tweaks to our Christmas tree and mantel.  I put it up early this year for the Home Depot Style Challenge.  I didn't really want to take it all down only to have to put it right back up a month or so later.  So, I was ready to change a few things after looking at it the same way for a while.  The basic setup and decor is the same, but I switched out a few of the accessories, added some black ribbon to the tree and wrapped a few more presents.  You can also see our new rug, details coming soon!




I added another Lindsay Letters piece to my small collection.  I just love her stuff.





My sister's mother in law found this neat storage ottoman and gave it to me a few weeks ago.  Isn't it great?



I have a fun holiday table setting I'm working on and a few other little areas to share over the next few days.  Can you believe Christmas is only a few weeks away?  It has totally snuck up on me this year!  

Tuesday

DIY heart garland

Sorry for the long silence over here.  We've had a crazy few weeks and are slowly getting back to normal.  I shared the room plan for my daughter's bedroom several weeks ago and I'm happy to report that it's almost finished!  I'm still tweaking and putting a few finishing touches on everything before I share it, but I wanted to give you a little peek at the Christmas decor going on in there. 


 I love decorating my daughter's tree each year because there's no limit on the amount of sparkle and girly-ness  I can include.  This years' tree is a combination of her first tree and last year's tree.  I couldn't resist using the pink vintage ornaments with her newly painted pink walls (Sherwin Williams Angelic), and the salt dough ornaments are some of favorites so I had to throw those in there too.  I wanted to add a new element in there too, so I made this simple felt heart garland, inspired by this one.  

This garland was super easy to make and can be used long after Christmas is gone.  I started with a few basic supplies: felt (the stiff kind, not floppy.  I found mine at Hobby Lobby), scissors, a heart template, string, and hot glue


I cut out the heart on card stock and used it as a template for my felt pieces.  After I cut all my hearts out, I hot glued them to some string.  I cut out several small squares of felt to place over the string and hold everything in place.


And you're done!  I used it on my daughter's tree, but when Christmas is over I think I'll hang it on her mirror or around her teepee.  It cost me less than $5 to make and I still have lots of felt leftover.  



Sadly several of the salt dough ornaments from last year didn't survive the move.  So I foresee another crafting day in our future!  


And I added some festiveness to the rest of the room as well.  Her antlers needed some holiday attire.


and this Oh Joy party banner from Target (affiliate link) was just too cute to pass up.




I didn't go crazy with holiday decor this year, but I'll be sharing a few more decorations over the next week.  My tree and mantle got a few minor tweaks after the Home Depot Style Challenge, so I'll be sharing those too!