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Great Ideas — Decorating Solutions {4}

22 May
 
{His and Hers Office @ House of Chic and Penoche}
{Reupholstered Chevron Chairs @ Saved by Suzy}
 {Colorful Gallery Wall @ House of Smiths}

{Painted Kitchen Table @ {Primp}
 {DIY Washer/Dryer Pedestals @ Shanty 2 Chic}
{Spray Painted Kitchen Cabinets @ Not Just a Housewife}
 {Distressed Blue Side table @ Impatiently Paying for Patience}
{Spray Painted Couch @ Fabric Bliss}
 {DIY Plate Rack @ Nest Nesting Nested}
{Roll Top Desk Makeover @ The 36th Avenue}
{Wainscoted Dining Room Makeover @ The Blooming Hydrangea}
{Striped Entryway @ Ask Anna}
{Striped Kitchen @ Landee See Landee Do}
 {Striped Nursery @ Kuzak’s Closet}
 {Striped Bedroom @ Junkin’ Junky}
{Dining Room Shelves @ Organize and Decorate Everything}
{Distressed, Antiqued Mirrors @ Dragonfly Designs}
{Calendar/Work Station @ It’s a Hodgepodge Life}
{Craft Room Makeover @ Home Remedies}
{DIY Nursery Blinds @ Kara’s Korner}
{DIY Desk Project @ Bits of Everything}

Every week I am amazed at YOUR ideas!! Every single one deserves to be spotlighted.

There are Spring Ideas, DIY, Decorating, Recipes, Amazing Birthday Parties, Refashions and more!!


Come see the creativity and link up YOUR ideas – we would love to see them!
And enter to win this cute Keep Calm Necklace


from


xoxo

Great Ideas — Decorating Solutions {4}

22 May
 
{His and Hers Office @ House of Chic and Penoche}
{Reupholstered Chevron Chairs @ Saved by Suzy}
 {Colorful Gallery Wall @ House of Smiths}

{Painted Kitchen Table @ {Primp}
 {DIY Washer/Dryer Pedestals @ Shanty 2 Chic}
{Spray Painted Kitchen Cabinets @ Not Just a Housewife}
 {Distressed Blue Side table @ Impatiently Paying for Patience}
{Spray Painted Couch @ Fabric Bliss}
 {DIY Plate Rack @ Nest Nesting Nested}
{Roll Top Desk Makeover @ The 36th Avenue}
{Wainscoted Dining Room Makeover @ The Blooming Hydrangea}
{Striped Entryway @ Ask Anna}
{Striped Kitchen @ Landee See Landee Do}
 {Striped Nursery @ Kuzak’s Closet}
 {Striped Bedroom @ Junkin’ Junky}
{Dining Room Shelves @ Organize and Decorate Everything}
{Distressed, Antiqued Mirrors @ Dragonfly Designs}
{Calendar/Work Station @ It’s a Hodgepodge Life}
{Craft Room Makeover @ Home Remedies}
{DIY Nursery Blinds @ Kara’s Korner}
{DIY Desk Project @ Bits of Everything}

Every week I am amazed at YOUR ideas!! Every single one deserves to be spotlighted.

There are Spring Ideas, DIY, Decorating, Recipes, Amazing Birthday Parties, Refashions and more!!


Come see the creativity and link up YOUR ideas – we would love to see them!
And enter to win this cute Keep Calm Necklace


from


xoxo

Guest Project — Brown Paper Flooring Technique!!

6 Mar
 Hi! I’m Rachael from Lovely Crafty Home!

And I would love to show you something that quickly climbing up the ladder as one of my favorite things — Brown Craft Paper Projects!!
Seriously, is there a club for people like me?
It all started with my desire to get rid of the carpet in our house. The main floor has hardwood, but the whole upstairs plus the staircase is all carpet. If it was nice carpet, maybe I wouldn’t be complaining. But it’s fairly cheap and having 4 animals has certainly taken its toll. I started seeing more and more staircase makeovers in blog land where dingy carpet was ripped up to reveal lovely hardwood treads just waiting for some TLC. No such luck here, as a quick peek under our carpet revealed mdf. UGH. It would be impossible to remove the carpet upstairs without addressing the stairs, so I was losing hope. 

Ridding the house of carpet was becoming more and more of a pipe dream until I picked up an issue of Cottages and Bungalows and saw this:

 Jami from An Oregon Cottage had been featured in the magazine for her unique floor treatment using brown craft paper.
 {Before}
I was immediately intrigued and began doing more research. The more I thought about it, the more I was in love with this alternative look-the paper can even be stained for a custom finish! I saw many examples of people using this technique on their floors, but I couldn’t find a single picture of a staircase with brown paper treads.

I wanted to give the look a test drive, so I decided to give our (previously painted) basement stairs a makeover. They were looking pretty bad anyway- and I’d get to see the finished product before I well all Jack The Ripper upstairs.

It’s pretty bad, I know. It’s like a cranberry dungeon/laundry chute-not very inviting, especially with the crazy eyed cat hanging out at the bottom.

I painted the stairs when we first moved, and they’re definitely showing wear. Plus, I had a little…uhm…accident (Blackberry + paint = Sticky phone that doesn’t work) with some white paint which dripped all the way up the stairs. I have no excuse for the cranberry walls except that I thought it’d be a good idea to use leftover paint we had from the front door. Let’s just chalk it up to a bad pre-home-design-blog-obsession days, mmm k?

I think it’s safe to say that it couldn’t really get any worse.

I started by painting the risers white, then gathered my supplies for the paper bagging:


Materials:
  • Roll of brown paper (near the painters drop cloth)
  • Gallon Elmer’s glue (bought at AC Moore with a 40% off coupon and barely made a dent in it)
  • Gallon Water Based Floor Grade Polyurethane (about $40)
  • A few cheapo sponge brushes for the poly

 
 
 Instructions:


  1. Begin by tearing pieces of brown paper. Rip the straight edges off the roll and tear them into random pieces (I used about 4-6″ pieces for stairs…for a floor you’ll probably wan’t 8-10″ pieces). 
  2. Tear the middle portion of the roll into similar pieces. I used two grocery bags to keep my pieces separates, crumpling each piece into a ball before it went in. 
  3. Mix up a bowl of glue using a 3:1 ratio (3C water to 1C glue). 
  4. Working on the perimeter first (straight edges), drop the paper balls into the glue and squeeze them gently like a sponge.
  5. Keep dipping and squeezing until the paper is saturated, then flatten it out and squeegee it with your hands. Lay your pieces down as if you were decoupaging, overlapping in areas. 
  6. Be sure to smooth out wrinkles (although some will crop up during the drying process, they will likely disappear later) and air bubbles.
  7. I did every other stair so we could still use them.
  8. Once everything is done, allow 24-48 hours for it to dry completely. 
  9. Apply at least 6 coats of water based polyurethane, lightly sanding between each coat if you want (I only sanded between the 5th and the 6th). Follow the guidelines on your poly for re-coating/drying time. 

 After the stairs were done, I repainted the stairwell with my fav color: Burnished Clay by Behr. It would have been easier to paint before I did the stairs (note to self), but I was able to get it done without too many issues. If this result isn’t a testimony to Behr’s Ultra paint/primer in one, I don’t know what is.

 


 {After}

  
Another angle… 
Since these are basement stairs, I didn’t spend time adding stain. But, I’m 99.9% sure that I will end up doing the upstairs with this treatment plus a mocha/dark walnut stain (which will play off the knots in our lighter oak hardwood without being matchy-matchy).

 

So, what’s the verdict? 
Would you ever try this technique on your floors? Your walls? A piece of furniture? 
 What an inexpensive solution to a decorating dilemma, Rachael!! 
Thanks for sharing it with us. 
Some other great ideas Rachael has shared are: 
http://lovelycraftyhome.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/dsc03929.jpg?w=300
{Rachael also has super DIY tutorials like this Tile Tutorial}
Be sure to go over to Lovely Crafty Home and say hi!!! 

xxoxoox
PS — My DIY Entertainment Unit Redo is coming along. I have it all primed and the first coat on yesterday!!  I hope you are having a great weekend!!

Guest Project — Brown Paper Flooring Technique!!

6 Mar
 Hi! I’m Rachael from Lovely Crafty Home!

And I would love to show you something that quickly climbing up the ladder as one of my favorite things — Brown Craft Paper Projects!!
Seriously, is there a club for people like me?
It all started with my desire to get rid of the carpet in our house. The main floor has hardwood, but the whole upstairs plus the staircase is all carpet. If it was nice carpet, maybe I wouldn’t be complaining. But it’s fairly cheap and having 4 animals has certainly taken its toll. I started seeing more and more staircase makeovers in blog land where dingy carpet was ripped up to reveal lovely hardwood treads just waiting for some TLC. No such luck here, as a quick peek under our carpet revealed mdf. UGH. It would be impossible to remove the carpet upstairs without addressing the stairs, so I was losing hope. 

Ridding the house of carpet was becoming more and more of a pipe dream until I picked up an issue of Cottages and Bungalows and saw this:

 Jami from An Oregon Cottage had been featured in the magazine for her unique floor treatment using brown craft paper.
 {Before}
I was immediately intrigued and began doing more research. The more I thought about it, the more I was in love with this alternative look-the paper can even be stained for a custom finish! I saw many examples of people using this technique on their floors, but I couldn’t find a single picture of a staircase with brown paper treads.

I wanted to give the look a test drive, so I decided to give our (previously painted) basement stairs a makeover. They were looking pretty bad anyway- and I’d get to see the finished product before I well all Jack The Ripper upstairs.

It’s pretty bad, I know. It’s like a cranberry dungeon/laundry chute-not very inviting, especially with the crazy eyed cat hanging out at the bottom.

I painted the stairs when we first moved, and they’re definitely showing wear. Plus, I had a little…uhm…accident (Blackberry + paint = Sticky phone that doesn’t work) with some white paint which dripped all the way up the stairs. I have no excuse for the cranberry walls except that I thought it’d be a good idea to use leftover paint we had from the front door. Let’s just chalk it up to a bad pre-home-design-blog-obsession days, mmm k?

I think it’s safe to say that it couldn’t really get any worse.

I started by painting the risers white, then gathered my supplies for the paper bagging:


Materials:
  • Roll of brown paper (near the painters drop cloth)
  • Gallon Elmer’s glue (bought at AC Moore with a 40% off coupon and barely made a dent in it)
  • Gallon Water Based Floor Grade Polyurethane (about $40)
  • A few cheapo sponge brushes for the poly

 
 
 Instructions:


  1. Begin by tearing pieces of brown paper. Rip the straight edges off the roll and tear them into random pieces (I used about 4-6″ pieces for stairs…for a floor you’ll probably wan’t 8-10″ pieces). 
  2. Tear the middle portion of the roll into similar pieces. I used two grocery bags to keep my pieces separates, crumpling each piece into a ball before it went in. 
  3. Mix up a bowl of glue using a 3:1 ratio (3C water to 1C glue). 
  4. Working on the perimeter first (straight edges), drop the paper balls into the glue and squeeze them gently like a sponge.
  5. Keep dipping and squeezing until the paper is saturated, then flatten it out and squeegee it with your hands. Lay your pieces down as if you were decoupaging, overlapping in areas. 
  6. Be sure to smooth out wrinkles (although some will crop up during the drying process, they will likely disappear later) and air bubbles.
  7. I did every other stair so we could still use them.
  8. Once everything is done, allow 24-48 hours for it to dry completely. 
  9. Apply at least 6 coats of water based polyurethane, lightly sanding between each coat if you want (I only sanded between the 5th and the 6th). Follow the guidelines on your poly for re-coating/drying time. 

 After the stairs were done, I repainted the stairwell with my fav color: Burnished Clay by Behr. It would have been easier to paint before I did the stairs (note to self), but I was able to get it done without too many issues. If this result isn’t a testimony to Behr’s Ultra paint/primer in one, I don’t know what is.

 


 {After}

  
Another angle… 
Since these are basement stairs, I didn’t spend time adding stain. But, I’m 99.9% sure that I will end up doing the upstairs with this treatment plus a mocha/dark walnut stain (which will play off the knots in our lighter oak hardwood without being matchy-matchy).

 

So, what’s the verdict? 
Would you ever try this technique on your floors? Your walls? A piece of furniture? 
 What an inexpensive solution to a decorating dilemma, Rachael!! 
Thanks for sharing it with us. 
Some other great ideas Rachael has shared are: 
http://lovelycraftyhome.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/dsc03929.jpg?w=300
{Rachael also has super DIY tutorials like this Tile Tutorial}
Be sure to go over to Lovely Crafty Home and say hi!!! 

xxoxoox
PS — My DIY Entertainment Unit Redo is coming along. I have it all primed and the first coat on yesterday!!  I hope you are having a great weekend!!

A Decorating Solution {project} and some Silhouette information!

24 Feb
You might know that we turned our Dining Room into my Craft Room/Office, And I LOVE it.
It was one of the best decisions that we ever made.
In doing it, we filled in a big arch with drywall and installed big french doors. I love the french doors because they let in the light from both directions.
The drawback is having your craft room visible from the front door — eeeeek!
{Dining Room Before}
 {let me tell you — it is never this clean LOL}
And I don’t know about you, but my craft room is messy almost 100% of the time!
I have been trying to figure out what to do about this dilemma for awhile now. And then I found out about Silhouette’s Frosted Vinyl. 
So I thought I’d share my little project with you, in case you have your own little mess that needs a solution like me – lol. I downloaded a circle background from the Silhouette online store — .99. And then I measured my space and made the image fit in that space. Super easy. 
I was originally thinking that I would use contact paper for this solution, but the Frosted Vinyl is thicker than contact paper and that made it easier to install plus there weren’t as many air bubbles. I think it will hold up better than the contact paper would have. 
I only have one panel done so far, but I can already tell that this is going to be a great solution to my messy problem. 
Plus — they are polka dots. So cute!!!! 
And I have had a lot of readers email me wondering if Silhouette was going to have another awesome sale. 
So I thought I would pass along this information.
Today, through the 28th of February,  Silhouette is offering this great deal –

You get:
  • Silhouette SD Machine
  • 1 Roll of Black Premium Vinyl
  • 1 Roll of Premium Frosted Vinyl
  • 1 Roll of Premium Transfer Paper
  • Home Decor CD
Normally $400, but this week,
for only $225!

 
That’s almost half off!!
http://dollarstorecrafts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/vinylHeader.jpg
And also their premium vinyl is on sale — 25% off. 
{I have to say that I love the premium vinyl so much more than their regular vinyl}
Just use the code — TATER

  

Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool

There are more Silhouette giveaways happening around blogland this week too — check them out!

xoxo

PS — I’ll be on Studio 5 tomorrow morning sharing my gazillion sweater refashions if you want to tune in! And I will announce the winners of all of the sidebar giveaways on my TT&J facebook page tonight :) 

A Decorating Solution {project} and some Silhouette information!

24 Feb
You might know that we turned our Dining Room into my Craft Room/Office, And I LOVE it.
It was one of the best decisions that we ever made.
In doing it, we filled in a big arch with drywall and installed big french doors. I love the french doors because they let in the light from both directions.
The drawback is having your craft room visible from the front door — eeeeek!
{Dining Room Before}
 {let me tell you — it is never this clean LOL}
And I don’t know about you, but my craft room is messy almost 100% of the time!
I have been trying to figure out what to do about this dilemma for awhile now. And then I found out about Silhouette’s Frosted Vinyl. 
So I thought I’d share my little project with you, in case you have your own little mess that needs a solution like me – lol. I downloaded a circle background from the Silhouette online store — .99. And then I measured my space and made the image fit in that space. Super easy. 
I was originally thinking that I would use contact paper for this solution, but the Frosted Vinyl is thicker than contact paper and that made it easier to install plus there weren’t as many air bubbles. I think it will hold up better than the contact paper would have. 
I only have one panel done so far, but I can already tell that this is going to be a great solution to my messy problem. 
Plus — they are polka dots. So cute!!!! 
And I have had a lot of readers email me wondering if Silhouette was going to have another awesome sale. 
So I thought I would pass along this information.
Today, through the 28th of February,  Silhouette is offering this great deal –

You get:
  • Silhouette SD Machine
  • 1 Roll of Black Premium Vinyl
  • 1 Roll of Premium Frosted Vinyl
  • 1 Roll of Premium Transfer Paper
  • Home Decor CD
Normally $400, but this week,
for only $225!

 
That’s almost half off!!
http://dollarstorecrafts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/vinylHeader.jpg
And also their premium vinyl is on sale — 25% off. 
{I have to say that I love the premium vinyl so much more than their regular vinyl}
Just use the code — TATER

  

Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool

There are more Silhouette giveaways happening around blogland this week too — check them out!

xoxo

PS — I’ll be on Studio 5 tomorrow morning sharing my gazillion sweater refashions if you want to tune in! And I will announce the winners of all of the sidebar giveaways on my TT&J facebook page tonight :) 

Great Ideas — Decorating Solutions {2}

8 Feb
{Every single thing about this bedroom makeover makes me smile @ Kiki Creates}
{Turn inexpensive cork boards into functional, stylish decor @ The Stories of A to Z}

{It’s amazing what simple molding can do to a room @ Corner House}
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kkPM3fm5dMw/TU4jBPYv_eI/AAAAAAAAAdY/1J1LYlAm9EU/s1600/etsy+2-4+010.jpg
{Turn an old table leaf into a cool coat hanger @ Vintage Skye}
{Great tutorial on how to do button tufting @ 4 The Love of Wood}
http://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/img_0327.jpg?w=355&h=533
Turn a discarded pallet into a cool shelf @ Novemberly Ever After}
http://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/img_2932.jpg?w=355&h=533
 {Transform a chippy shutter into an awesome memento board @ Coastal Charm}
PB Teen Style Lantern Lamp
 {Make  a DIY PB Teen light fixture for less $$ @ Sand & Sisal}
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 {Make a statement with an empty frame wall grouping from Erin @ Lemon Tree Creations}
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 {Separate a long wall by making a decorative wall treatment @ In My Own Style}
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_5aFG3E_Rxb8/TU1_NYkD77I/AAAAAAAAAIU/ns5P4GhPsqQ/s1600/cab+complete.jpg
Transform a $10 find from fine to fabulous @ Curly Haired and Crafty

 {This silver leaf pig project makes me smile @ Room Remix}
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{Turn some clearance frames and fabric into a headboard @ The Elephant’s Trunk}
http://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/clock6.jpg?w=300
{Update an old clock with paint chips @ Crafts By Amanda}
 {All you need is spraypaint for a quick and easy chair transformation @ Taradara}
http://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/take2bout2bcontainers2b040.jpg?w=399&h=533
 {Great organization tips. Use solo cups with lids to store small items @ Sew Many Ways}
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_At0qKPisKBg/TUnqAi42ORI/AAAAAAAAEd0/VbRIfaCFuEo/s1600/P1010527.JPG
{Personalize a thrift store cabinet with mod podge and paper @ My Third True Love}
http://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/blogprojects007.jpg?w=406&h=533
{I love this — paint your laundry room doors an accent color to show them off @ Love of Family &Home}
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xlscGHxWnj4/TTnet5Uk2XI/AAAAAAAAB4k/6dP1WPZBkWs/s1600/DSC_0002.JPG
This craft room makes me drool a little. Love the white cabinets and blue paint @ Seeking After These Things
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_WsuokxRMQG8/TUYXFPu0dMI/AAAAAAAAA2M/Lm8cn_mOxAM/s1600/DSCF3192.JPG
 Very creative headboard solution with the shelves, drapes and lamps @ Bread & Butter 143
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 {Check out these DIY drum lights – fabulous @ Dittle Dattle}
 {And speaking of lighting, add some dramatic crown molding bedroom lighting @ Our Humble A[Bowe}d}
 {Use a projector and paint to create a cool bedroom mural @ Girl in Air}
{Great tips on how to use chalkboard paint on glass @ madigan made}
{I love this thrifted living room @ Focal Point}

Wow you guys — almost 750 projects have been linked up so far this week. 
It’s so fun to go through everyone’s projects. You are so inspiring!!! 
Be sure to check out this week’s giveaway from:
 

 

Your choice of any 2 awesome TWIG Art Prints

One more feature post is going up on Wednesday, so there is still time to enter the party if you want to share your ideas!
xoxo

 

 

 

PS — The winner of the $50 giveaway to Wacky Kracker is: 

#143 — Lindsay
PPS I have a really exciting bonus giveaway coming up tomorrow!!!!
 
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