Sunday, December 22, 2013

I Heart this Bedroom

I heart this guest bedroom.  

Hard to imagine that up until a month ago,
it looked like this...

Boring. Beige. No life whatsoever. 

It desperately needed a pop of color.

So, to start...
I wanted to give the room a CLEAN SLATE.
What better way to go... than with "Snow Fall" from Behr.
I know, I know... white? What? 
Normally I steer clear of white... but this room needed it.
It's in the basement, and usually is very dark. 

There wasn't money in the budget for new furniture...
So I had to re-use the furniture my parents bought in 1982.
It was their first set for their first bedroom.

I decided to paint the dresser and side table...

... and re-upholster the existing headboard.
(Just an FYI, I will be giving a tutorial on how to do this in my next blog post.)



The dressers took FOREVER to do.
I used two shades of gray.
I had to sand them, prime them, sand again, paint one coat, sand again, paint another coat, etc.
Make sure you allow yourself PLENTY of time.
(If you want to learn how to do it, I'll be blogging about it in a future post.)

Aside from painting the furniture and re-upholstering the headboard...
I also made ALMOST EVERYTHING you see hanging on the walls.
Including this picture.
I bought a giant canvas at Hobby Lobby, and painted on a chevron pattern with gray paint.
Super easy and quick.

The arrow on the wall used to be at my parents' old farm house.
I hung it on the wall with a cute knob from Hobby Lobby.
(My dad is sentimental, so anything to remind him of "home" is great.)

I wanted to make a necklace hanger (that also looked like artwork)...
So I had my dad build a "frame" out of old fence posts.
I did a "white wash" technique - but with gray paint - on the boards. 
I found these white mirrors at Target, nailed them in place.
Then, added some cute knobs from Hobby Lobby at the bottom.

Functional and adorable.

But, the star of this show... is THE HEART.

My dad and I used the same fence posts (that we used for the necklace holder)...
and secured them in a row.

I made an outline of a "heart" out of roofing nails...
 Found some pretty orange string, and started twisting it around the nails. 

The inspiration for the room came from the duvet cover.
It has gray, brown, cream and orange in it.
(I bought it at Target for about $65.)

When it came to accessories...
I found some cool finds.

The metal "&" artwork was from Hobby Lobby... on clearance!

I filled these clear, candle holders with NAILS.
(It ties in with the nails on the "heart" art piece.)

This bright, orange dish was on sale at Godman's for $5!!!
Deal of the day.

Scatter some orange picture frames... and an owl :)

All in all, I think the room turned out pretty great!

More blog posts (on how I did things) will be coming in the next week.
Hopefully you check back soon!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Decorating for FALL

Now that a chill is in the air... 
it's time to break out the FALL decorations!

Let's start with the outside of the house.
Pumpkins are always a must.
I bought them from the grocery store - (they had a 2 for $7 sale.)

To match the blue planters... 

... I decided to make this cute wreath.
It cost about $15 and only took me ONE hour to make!

What you'll need:
(I got all these supplies at Hobby Lobby)
 - 1 styrofoam circle 
- 1 roll of burlap ribbon
- 1 small roll of brown ribbon
- 1 large roll of orange ribbon
- 1 wooden letter
- Yarn
- Hot glue gun
- 1 decorative ornament 

Wrap the burlap ribbon around the styrofoam circle.
Use some hot glue to secure the ribbon in place.

Wrap your smaller ribbon around the burlap.
(Once again, secure it in place with some hot glue.)

Wrap yarn around the letter.
You can secure it by tying the loose ends in the back.

Wrap the larger, orange ribbon around the top of the wreath.
(Leave a loop so that you can hang it from the door.)

Attach the ribbon to the back of the wreath with more hot glue.

And... attach the letter to the front of the wreath with hot glue.

Use a piece of yarn to hang the decorative ornament.
(I found this brown leaf at Hobby Lobby and loved it.)

All done!
Super easy.

Now... let's step INSIDE the kitchen.

First up...
I used the same ribbon (that I used for the wreath) to spruce up the table runner.

I took these orange vases (that I got on clearance for $3.00 from Target)...
Wrote the word "Boo!" on them with chalk... 
and set a white pumpkin on top.

These are great, because once Halloween is over, I can erase the "Boo!" 
and write "Give" & "Thanks" for Thanksgiving.

I set a white, ceramic pumpkin in the middle of this basket... 
and filled it with pine cones.


I also placed a small decoration on top of the kitchen island.

I cut the bottom off a large tree branch...

... and placed a few decorations on top.

In the LIVING ROOM... 

... I used a lot of ceramic pumpkins.
(These were all purchased at Hobby Lobby.)

The coffee table centerpiece is a large, round dish...
with a candle in the middle...
and lots of "fall filler" around it.

The fireplace was sprinkled with pumpkins too.

Well, there you have it!
Decorations are up.
If you'd like to see previous Fall decorations at the house - click here!