Labor Day Weekend Savings

Labor Day is the official end of summer for most people.  Time to retire your white fashions and beachwear.  I don’t really share the same sentiment knowing that it will be 100 degrees until November.  In a way, my summer … Continue reading

Jewelry Rack, That Was Once A Chair

I love transforming things into something they weren’t originally intended to be.  Necessity is the mother of invention.   So when my need for a jewelry organizer could wait no longer, a great idea came to my mind.

I had this nice vintage chair I picked up a while ago.  My plans to  fix, paint, and reupholster it, never ended up happening.  My husband had recently been using the chair at his desk.   Once I decided I didn’t want to makeover the chair, I thought to re-purpose it instead.  I have a lot of “fashion” jewelry that I forget I have, because I don’t see it.  One day, I looked at the caning on the chair and thought it would be the perfect way to display my earrings.  I picked up the chair, turned it upside-down and held it against the wall.

And the plan for my new jewelry rack was born!

My plans included the following:

Detaching the back and arms of the chair, from the bottom.

Choosing a new fun Annie Sloan color, to add some femininity to the bedroom.

Go to Anthropologie and find some interesting hardware (i.e. hooks, knobs etc.)

And GO!

With the proper tools and precautions, I got to work separating the chair in two.

After I sanded down the rough area at the severing point, she was ready for painting.

I ended up selecting two shades of purple:  Henrietta and Antoinette.  I also used some Old White I already had, for some detailing.  Adding clear then dark wax on top of these beautiful shades, would create the look of a patina and tone down a little bit of the brightness.

These two ceramic hooks, add interest and a nice contrast because they are a  stark white color.  Both can be purchased at Anthropologie.  In addition to making the perfect loop to my earring hooks, the caning made it very easy to attach my animal hooks.

HERE’S THE FINISHED PRODUCT… MY NEW JEWELRY RACK

THE EASIEST WAY TO BEAUTIFULLY DISPLAY AND EFFICIENTLY ACCESSORIZE YOUR OUTFIT AT THE SAME TIME.

FAB.

THOSE ARMS ARE A GREAT SOLUTION FOR TANGLED NECKLACES.

I’M IN LOVE WITH MY NEW CREATION.

THESE GUYS MAKE ME SMILE.

HERE’S ONE MORE LOOK AT THE TRANSFORMATION

IF YOU CAN THINK IT, YOU CAN DO IT.  I HOPE I’VE INSPIRED YOU TO DO A FUN PROJECT THAT’S BEEN ON YOUR MIND.

HAPPY DIY-ING, TO ALL!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee

Five Dollars at a Thrift Store

A recent trip to Savers yielded some good things for me. If you’re not familiar with Savers, it’s a thrift store comparable to a Goodwill or Salvation Army. Among my finds was a $5 candlestick. I saw it and thought the shape was quite attractive. I didn’t like the color; because of the intricate detail I decided I would paint it white to look more clean and uniform. The Annie Sloan paint would create the perfect plaster or bisque look; matte and unglazed. I wasted no time.

I pulled out some of my white paint and delicious/greasy/salty/unhealthy/wonderful chips – for sustenance.

TWO COATS OF PAINT LATER…

HOW ROMANTIC? RIGHT?

A candlestick like this would easily go for $40 at mid-range retailer. Before you think about spending a fortune, stop into a thrift store and see what you can find and make your own for a bargain price.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee

Star-Spangled Banner & Union Jack Wall Hangings

The great thing about 4th of July decorations, is that they don’t necessarily have to be boxed up right after the holiday.  I’m not saying I’d leave out every star and stripe all year long, but something like a custom-made … Continue reading

Decorative Decals: Shanna Murray & DIY

It’s another gorgeous and unbearably hot day in Scottsdale! How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

I’m always looking for new ways to decorate, especially non-permanent ways.  I’m a renter!

Some of you may be familiar with Shanna Murray; I came across her decals at my local “treasure chest”, FOUND. in Mesa.  Once I laid eyes on the beautiful display in the front of the store, I was hooked.  And don’t be thrown by the word, decal.  Typical live, laugh, love; Shanna Murray is not.  These products take a beautiful, simple, and fresh approach to home embellishment.  Her decals can be used on walls, paper, chalkboards etc.  VERSATILITY!

I purchased two…

Take a look at her full collection of designs and colors.

HOW TO:  DON’T BE AFRAID, JUST TAKE YOUR TIME

Such beautiful sentiments inside these little cylinders.  Application is fairly simple, but it does take some patience.  I just took the backing off first, then applied gradually from left to right.  I made sure to use the supplied tool to evenly rub on, the decal.  Once applied, I slowly and carefully removed the top paper.

TADA!

They make the place THAT much more cozy.

CLOSE-UP

You know, If I could, I would buy a ton of Shanna Murray decals for every room.   That would break the bank.  After all was said and done, I was so inspired to play around with making some DIY decals!  I had some full sheets of self adhering shipping slips, scissors, an x-acto knife, a role of brown paper, Paint(computer program), and a printer.  This was all I needed to continue my decal decorating.

I’m sure there are nicer and more fancy ways to make your own stickers, but this way gets the job done.

DIY Decals

1.  I created a couple of simple wreath motifs on Paint.

2.  Since my printer doesn’t print in white(or, at least, I don’t know how to make it do so) I made the background a light grey and then changed the black wreath to white.

3.  I printed my work out and started cutting… 10 hours later I finished, JUST KIDDING! But it did take awhile.

4.  I rolled out the brown paper, then carefully removed the backing of the paper to expose the sticky side.  Then I stuck them on!

They don’t hold a candle to Shanna Murray products, but it was a fun project and they came out nicely… at least my husband says so.  This way, there are also no limitations on what you can do.

 

So, Whadayathink?

Are you going to try making some of your own decals, and integrate in some Shanna Murray decals, too?

GET TO CREATING AND/OR BUYING, AND HAVE A BLAST!

BY THE WAY

MY LITTLE LAUNDRY HELPER SAY HI!

 I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

This week brings some creative Fourth of July fun!

Until really soon,

Renee

A Couple of TWO-TONE, Annie Sloan Makeovers

By now, it’s probable you’re aware that I love to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I DO! I DO!  In this case, that’s particularly true, because I wasn’t about to lug my dresser outside for sanding.  No sir! The two … Continue reading

6 Reasons Why… I Love IKEA

So.

Ikea.

No matter where I may be living, it always seems to be somewhat of a hike to get to, but  always worth the trip.  The great thing about it is – you always know what to expect.  I’ve come to depend on they’re tried and true domestic staples, and the prices can’t be beat.  Sometimes they throw in a couple new products and that’s always a plus, but when I make a trip – I have a specific purpose.

I am particular with the Ikea products I buy.   I certainly “spread the love” among many different retailers when it comes to dressing up my home –  But here are SIX reasons why I love this place…

1.  CLOCKS

Dekad Alarm Clock $5.99 and Pugg Wall Clock $19.99

Basic and classic time pieces at a steal!

I found a similar alarm clock on Amazon.com for $24.99

SAVINGS – $19

2.  CURTAINS

Pair of Lenda Curtains – $19.99    Pair of Ritva Curtains – $24.99

There’s no window behind these curtains, just some unsightly wall cut-outs.  Easily remedied for under $30 with the Lenda curtains and an $8 antique ladder.

Compare at $65 per panel at Pottery Barn

SAVINGS – $105

3.  CHALKBOARD

Luns Magnetic Chalkboard – $14.99

and by the way, this stuff is magic!

Similar find at Pottery Barn for $69

SAVINGS – $54

4.  STORAGE

Lidan Set of two Baskets – $9.99

Overstock.com's version for $29.99/each

SAVINGS – $50

5.  PLACE MATS

Soare Place Mat – $3.99 a piece and Silje Place Mat – $2.99 each

This set of 6 goes for $84 @ Pottery Barn

SAVINGS – $60

6.  THROW PILLOWS

Gosa Tulpan Pillow Insert – $16.99, Ursula Pillow Cover – $12 and Sanela Pillow Cover – $13

Pottery Barn Pillows - $24 for down insert, and 29.50 for cover

SAVINGS – $24

So there you have it!

I feel compelled to mention, I shop at all the retailers I mentioned in this post;  each having something special to offer.   Sometimes, I do splurge on the “finer” things in life.   Just remember, there are savings to be had without compromising quality and the “look” you want to achieve for your home.

And those are some of the reasons why I love Ikea.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee