10.21.2014

Touches of Fall

Hey all!! It's the most wonderful time of year again!! No, not Christmas (which is soon if you haven't noticed displays at some stores), but FALL!!! Beautiful and vibrant colored leaves, cooler temps, hoodies, and the obvious pumpkin-flavored/scented everything. It really is the best season...too bad it can't be year round. I'm sure most of us would love it!

Now that I have a bit more free time I've been in a nesting mode, and have gotten around to adding some fall decor in our living room. Nothing too extravagant since we are planning to move in a month! I'd hate to decorate all around, pack it then unpack, and re-decorate again. It's really not the decorating part that bothers me (duh), but packing/unpacking can be a major pain. Can I get an amen?!?!

On a recent trip to Michael's I picked up a crafting pumpkin, and a glittery-felt pumpkin for some extra bling. I'm a sucker for glittery fall goodness. The craft pumpkin turned into a polka-dotted success! 


The glittery one along with a rustic pumpkin, and a recent bday gift I made up this little vignette for the entertainment center. 


The bottle is an old wine bottle wrapped in twine. I had to attach the flower with some hot glue, and it's so cute! 


I picked up this awesome plate for very little at HomeGoods a few weeks ago. I am the walking definition of a girl who loves everything pumpkin. But I prefer Pumpkin Spice Fraps vs. The latte any day from Starbucks. 



As a parting gift a co-worker brought in this funky little votive candle holder. She now keeps a very watchful eye from the bookshelf...googly eyes and all!


Another shelf houses a very simple (and probably boring) vignette with a wreath, and a vase filled with autumn-tone glass beads. 


Last, but not least my lovely arrangement I made last year. With an ivory bow, and a spray painted vase (can you tell it used to be green?!) it pops more. Two more bday gifts snuck in and wanted to be a part of it this year ...the salt and pepper pumpkin shakers, and the fall motif plate. I'm really happy with how it looks. It's all tied in together color-wise which makese smile.


There you have it! Like I said nothing too dramatic just keeping it basic and simple. I may do some more fall-themed projects like a wreath which is high on my to-do list, and display some printables. For now I'll enjoy what I have, and soak up all of this glorious Fall-ness! Have a fantastic rest of the week!

10.07.2014

DIY Project: Polka Dot Pumpkin

Good evening my friends! I apologize for my hiatus over the past weeks. We've had a few life changes come up, but it's all for the better! Including me being able to devote more time to my blog, and you all! I'm stopping in tonight to share my latest decor project. Totally easy, cheap, and cute!!


Seriously this took me all of 20 minutes to complete. All you need is a pumpkin (real or fake, your choice. I picked this reusable up at Michael's), a paint pen, and leaves (optional). With a steady hand draw on some circles, big and/or small,  and fill them in. Don't worry if they're not perfect or spaced out evenly. This is a free will, go as you want kind of project.  After you have the desired amount of dots you're done! I added in the leaves just for a little touch of extra color. I told you this was easy. :)

Hope everyone is enjoying the weather, and all of the glorious Fall elements. I know I am especially with my newest addition to my Fall decor! I mean seriously how cute is that pumpkin?! Now go and enjoy some cider or pumpkin goodies, and I'll see you soon!

7.16.2014

DIY Table Makeover #2

Hello my friends, and Happy Hump Day!  I know it's July here in Kentucky, but I swear it feels like September outside!!  It's been amazing, and I wish I could just pause the weather, and it be like this every day.  So pretty, a little cool, and just overall pleasant...makes me anxious for the fall months to arrive!

So I'm gonna warn you all about the my latest project.  It's a rough draft if you will.  I skipped quite a few steps, and still have a bit left to do. I didn't take any before pictures because yet again I jumped right into this.  More so I need your help on how to "finish" it. In all honesty though I just really want to show you all what I've done.  It looks pretty spiffy if I do say so myself.

If you remember I gave a sneak peak of this project in this post.  Here's a little reminder...


That's the best "before" shot I have.  I'm talking about that lovely table in the middle...I'm pretty sure you know that already.  As you can see I had already started on it, and obviously didn't do any sanding or priming.  It's made of pressed wood/laminate/MDF, and wasn't sure if doing any of that would harm the actual structure or ruin it.  Plus I was kinda lazy, and short on funds.

During the painting process I didn't had any Floetrol which lead to horrific brush strokes.  But...instead of using a bristle brush I tried a foam brush, and a roller.  Much better coverage, and the paint evened out.  Probably should've used some Floetrol still, but again I wasn't concerned of how "perfect" I wanted it to come out.


Luckily I had some leftover paint from my last table makeover, and only needed to pick up the darker shade of grey I used for the top (which is Stone Mason Grey.  The lighter shade is Bay Waves).  They're both from the Valspar line, and again I'm pleased with how well this paint goes on! (Not being sponsored to say this, it just freakin' rocks!)  I'm not painting the inside since no one but me will see it. You can see where I painted some past where the doors stand just so it blends together.

My original design plan was to do a Greek-key design on the top, and a "window" (if that's what you call it) design on the doors.  Basically a darker rectangle outline in the middle of the door....like so...


So far so good, right??  Yeah not so much afterwards...


I had quite a bit of touching up to do thanks to the tape ripping up some of the darker grey.  Note to self: don't try to touch up with a foam brush no matter what size.  You get really crappy looking lines, and wishing you had a touch-up brush.  It's on my shopping list now.  Again this is a rough draft, and the doors will eventually be touched up, and have those sharp lines I'm aiming towards.

All in all this took me about 2 weeks to finish in between working and family time.  I'm loving the look of it, and it's so bright!!  No more 90's style here!



My storage table is complete for now. A few more touch ups, and then to seal it. This is where I need your help.  I have never used any type of sealant before, and have no clue on which one would work best with this.  I want something that is easy to use, quick to apply, and guaranteed to last.  I've heard of using spray gloss, and polyurethane, and some sort of wax??  Again I am clueless so please what should I use??

I really have a new found love to transform pieces with just a few coats of paint.  It really can make a difference, and improve the overall look of a piece.  Who knew this drab looking swivel top table could turn into something so modern and pretty?! I'm already planning my next painting project, and again it'll be a first for me since I can't skip steps.  If you're wondering what it is check one of the photos in this post... ;)

So please, please, please if you have any suggestions and advice on how/what I should seal this with let me know!  Again I want to thank you all for your support.  I may not be a big time blogger, and have lots of followers, but I enjoy each and every one of you who stops by!

Have a great rest of the week!!