Monday, January 30, 2012

Please...Someone let me paint anything this color for them!!


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Or maybe this color...
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Or even this yellow...

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Aren't these fun and amazing colors!  Adding color to just one piece can add so much character to a childs bedroom or nursery.  

Thursday, January 26, 2012


LOVE

I love and envy how this lady can mix different colors, fabrics, textures together so effortlessly and make it look so good!

If you are like me and don't want your house to look like a page ripped out of a Pottery Barn Magazine, you need to check out her blog for inspiration!  She also has some great DIY tips and info.

http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Help for drawers that push in too far...


Every now and then I get a piece that has a drawer or drawers pushed in too far.  It is annoying and looks sloppy.  I am quite sure I did not "invent" this technique, but like to think I did:)



What I do is get a little chuck of wood, put a strip of wood glue on it and set it where you think is close the back of the drawer where it ends, but pushed a little forward so the drawer is sure to hit.



Slide drawer in and slowly push into place, carefully remove the drawer and add a clamp.  You may want to recheck after you clamp just to be sure of your placement.  

I always add a nail or two with my nail gun but I am pretty sure if you do not have that option, the wood glue will probably do just fine.





Nice and even:)











Monday, January 9, 2012

DIY Metal Letter Project



A while back I painted a large letter "J" for my son's room (his name is Jack:) metal look to it.  I loved how it turned out, but every time I walked in his room, I thought that letter just looked very lonely on that wall all by itself.  SO, I decided to make a "P" (last name).  I thought it might be fun to show you how it's done in case your feeling crafty.  I purchased these letters at Joann's.  They are 23" tall.






First of all, let me suggest painting your letters at the same time.  When you do a faux finish or any type of glazing, it is really hard to duplicate EXACTLY what you did the first time.  So I was prepared to  redo the "J" if necessary. 

I took the "J" down and kept it next to me for color reference.  No, we not have a ghost...my daughter snuck herself in this picture...kind of scary:)



I do remember I painted the base coat black, so I got started with that.  Paint 1-2 coats with the black acrylic and let dry.





Then I mixed a few of the silver metallic paints that I have together, making sure to add my favorite glazing (antiquing) medium.  I did about 1/2 dollar size amount of the shimmering silver, a nickle size of the gleams silver by Delta and a nickle size of the antiquing medium.  This medium basically makes the mixture spread easier and more workable.  I also really like this Delta gleams product because it adds a bit of shimmer to whatever your painting.  I did end up adding a tiny bit of water to the mixture as well, just to thin it out a bit.







Just start adding this mixture to the "P" with a nice fat brush.  Start with a thin layer, add more if you want.  You also have a minute to wipe off the paint with a wet rag if you don't like what's happening.  Just play around with the amount until you achieve the look you want.

I must have used the same formula as before because it matched the "J" perfectly.




I hot glued a hook to the back of the the "P" to hang it, just like I did before with the "J".  These letters are light enough for hot glue to work on the hooks just fine.



Minus the hole in the wall I now need to patch...I think this looks much better!






Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I wanted to share with you, a few of my favorite designers...

I find myself checking out these same designers all the time.  I love simple design with bits of vintage, modern and glamour all in one.  I really like the design elements some of them bring without being too trendy and over the top.  Great sites to draw some inspiration from.

Instead of picking and choosing some of my favorite photos, I will just provide a link to the sites.  If you find some extra time, check them out!  But I warn you, your "just 15 minutes" on the computer might turn into 2 hours::))

Have a wonderful day!

www.willeydesign.com

www.glenngisslerdesign.com

www.ashleygoforthdesign.com

www.meredithheron.com