Thursday, October 10, 2013

Brass Lamp Makeover

The other day I was wandering around a thrift store, (one of my favorite things to do), and I spotted this amazing lamp! Yes it was brass, and it had an awful lamp shade, but I loved the lines! I knew I could make into a real gem. $7 later the lamp was mine! (So cheap!!) I told them to keep the lamp shade and sell it separately because there was no way of fixing that. It originally looked like this.

Not such a pretty finish but you can't beat the lines. After scoring the lamp I swung by Lowe's and picked up a lovely yellow for my bedroom. Can't beat $4 for spray paint with primer mixed in. After getting home I taped up the top of the lamp and the cord so they wouldn't get painted and I started to spray away! 

 If you don't spray paint, you really should start. I love how easy it is to give pretty much anything a fresh new look! Seriously, try it. So that's pretty much it. So easy and I just LOVE how amazing the lamp looks now. It will be a great addition to my bedroom.

Next time you see an ugly lamp, don't look at the finish, look at the lines. It could be a perfect addition to your home! 
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Fall Favorites

Happy Friday! I have been browsing a lot of wonderful fall decor ideas and I thought I would share my top 5 favorites. Maybe these will inspire you to tackle some of your own projects!

Beautiful Fall Mantel by The Frugal Homemaker

DIY Harvest sign by Making Home Base

Vintage Doorknob Pumpkins by Finding Home

DIY Chalkboard Table Runner by Liz Marie Blog

Eclectic Fall Tablescape by Design, Dining, + Diapers

There you have it! I hope you enjoy all the fall inspiration. Let me know what you think and I would love to see your own fall decor! 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Gallery Wall

Do you have that one spot in your house that is a little bit girly? Yes, I'm married, and I try not to go to over the top girly for his sake....until now. This is my very own wall in the house. I have had my jewelry frames on the wall for awhile but I have been wanting to make it look a little nicer. I finally decided to tackle it today. Isn't it pretty?

I recently made the grey necklace holder and you can find the how to on that here. I made my black small frame jewelry holder a few years ago and I have loved it from the moment I finished it. This one was a bit more complicated. 

I found the frame at Goodwill and new it would be perfect to redo. It had a not so pretty canvas inside and was gold. I took out the canvas and spray painted it black. From there I measured the opening and had a thin piece of wood cut at home depot (they will cut it to size for you). I picked up the knobs from Anthropologie on sale. I added the door pull and hook which you can get at any home improvement store and spray painted those black as well. I then painted the wood white and screwed everything in! Adorable right!?

My next project was the canvas. 

I worked on one for over my bed (tutorial here) and I had a left over canvas. I decided to try something fairly simple. I had already painted the canvas yellow when I was working on my other canvas. I wanted the canvas to stay mostly yellow so I decided to try birds on a wire. Easy enough right? All I did was print out some bird shapes from offline and made some templates out of scrapbook paper. Painted the shapes grey, added a straight line, and your done! 

I didn't fill in the birds with solid color because I wanted the canvas to look hand painted. If you look closely you can see a little of the yellow coming through. I like that it makes it look more rustic. If you don't like that yourself you will just have to give it more then one coat. 

After that I put everything up. I already had the other pictures so it was pretty easy to put everything together. What do you think?

Hopefully my husband won't mind my girly wall! Do you have a place in your house where you let your feminine side show more then normal? If you don't, maybe you should try it! =)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Make Your Own Quote Canvas

I debated posting about this since there are plenty of tutorials about this floating around online. After making my own however I figured I could share my mistakes and tips. I remade mine several times! Hopefully my tips well help you from having to redo yours as much as I did!

Alright, are you ready? First, gather your supplies. I bought a set of two canvases at Michaels (with a coupon it was only $6 for two). I grabbed a pack of cheap paint brushes.You can get a multipurpose package for only $5 and I got that 40% off. I then went to Lowes and picked up some yellow paint (I already had grey). You can buy a sample of whatever color you want for $3 each which isn't to bad. You can buy paint at Michaels (which is what I originally did for 69 cents) if you want but I didn't like any of their yellows. I also wanted a paint that I could purchase later for furniture or anything else I decide to do. You will also need either letter stencils or letter stickers. I used stickers because I THOUGHT it would be easier to line up and paint. More on that later!

Here is what I started with.

After trying out my original color choice I didn't like it. It was too neon! Let me tell you, yellow is a HARD color. You may want to go with something easier to live with. I decided to try actual paint colors from Lowes after trying the first color I picked out. I stood there and stared at the colors for a very long time and finally jumped in with both feet and picked a color. 
Now the real work began. I started by painting my canvas with the yellow. Once that was on and dry I added the sticker letters where I wanted them. I have always loved this quote and have wanted it in my bedroom for a long time. 

I already had these letters on hand otherwise I might have picked up something more cursively. I do like the end result though. I almost left it as is but decided to keep going. If you like the white letters you can always add the letters on first and only do the one layer. Anyways, after adding the letters on its time to add the next layer. On goes the grey!
I left brush strokes because I liked the look but you could make the top color solid if you like. I let the grey dry and then peeled off the letters! Here is where it got really fun (can you hear the sarcasm??) I'm not sure if I left the canvas to dry to much, or just used the wrong kind of paint but when I peeled off the letters it did not come off smoothly and perfectly. I was SUPER disappointed. Then I thought, "snap out of this, you can save this!" I am not one to let things go to waste. To fix this I went to work with a small brush and started fixing all the lines. It took time and patience but eventually it paid off. Here is what I ended up with.
I should be done right? So wrong! I sat and stared at it, and stared at it, and stared some more. I just wasn't satisfied. I decided the yellow was to......well yellow. It wasn't soft enough for me. Even the grey wasn't exactly right. I had to fix it. I took the yellow and mixed in a lot, and I mean a lot, of white. I had to get the yellow dulled down. I did the same with the grey to make the whole thing softer. Once I finally got the color I wanted I went over each letter with a small brush and the new color. it took me awhile to do. You see why you maybe might want to use a stencil instead?? After that I also went over the grey with a softer color and made the strokes nicer. Finally I was happy with it! (Thank goodness right!?) Here's what it looks like up on the wall. 

The lighter colors are sooooo much better!

Sorry about the lighting. Not the greatest in the bedroom.

 The question now is do I want to use the second canvas!? I painted it with the lighter yellow but am debating what do add.

Well there you have it! My own version of the quote canvas. I hope these tips helped you with yours! Feel free to leave some tips and tricks of your own, I always love hearing from you all!

As always, thanks for stopping by!