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

China Cabinet: Before & After

Before we moved to Arizona we didn’t have a need, or space, for much furniture. Everything we had was second-hand and random besides our awful couch- which we don’t have anymore, buh-bye! Anyway, we we’re shopping at a local antique … Continue reading

FOURTH OF JULY: FASHIONS

I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited for the month of July.  Tomorrow is our independence day – Saturday, Wayne and I will be sitting front row at the Beach Boys Concert – next week brings a trip to Chicago – AND we have a Northern California wedding to round out the month!

SWEET!

As we all know, celebrating the Fourth of July has a lot to do with expressing one’s patriotic spirit through attire.   I’ve put together some outfits that will suit our Country’s birthday very well.  I had a blast having my husband take pictures of me, and by blast  I mean he’s lucky I didn’t strangle him… just kidding, kind of!

For the first look, let me just say, I’m not a “red person.”  I never like the way the color red looks on me, but I found this dress and that changed my mind.

Nordstrom Rack is my absolute favorite place to shop.

For the next look:  I bought this dress for my engagement photos a little over a year ago at Forever21.  I haven’t worn it since and this would be the perfect occasion for a rerun!

I GAVE IT MY BEST “BLUE STEEL”

HERE’S A RECAP OF SOME OF THE DETAILS FROM THE FIRST TWO LOOKS:

HERE IS THE FINAL LOOK AND THE MOST COMFORTABLE…

DETAILS:

So those are the looks.  The great thing about them, is that they all have pockets!   What do you think?  Maybe I’ll just have to celebrate all week long and wear all three looks!

What are you gonna wear?

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

EVERYONE, BE SAFE AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAY!

Until really soon,

Renee

PS WAYNE SAYS HI!

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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

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Let’s Talk PAPER

I have a special appreciation for stationery, letterpress, and vintage postcards.  These simple paper items can:  make a desk complete, send happiness in the form of a greeting card, decorate a room, serve as a hub for the next best idea, or announce the most important day in a person’s life.  The variety of uses is endless, I tell ya!

With our lives run by smart phones and online-everything, the days of snail mail and hardcover books may soon be – OVER.  I do hope things like:  the invitation, birthday card, notebook, and letterpress prints will never be forced into retirement by modern technology.

I’m all for reducing the use of paper in most cases and I recycle everything I can, but I love the idea of always having stationery and such tangible novelties – as the standard.

Haha, now that I’ve poured out my heart and soul, allow me to share with you, those who do paper so well…

MINTED.COM

I used minted.com for my first and second wedding invitations.  [If this confuses you, please refer to the “About” section for clarification.]  They do a beautiful job, and you receive a gorgeous online proof before your order is processed.  As far as price, I’d give it 3 out of 5 dollar signs.  I’ve certainly heard of couples spending a significant amount more on invitations, with no avail.

First, was the bird motif - traditional invitation
 with response card(not pictured)

 After the wedding snafu, we sent out wine label save the dates

IMPECCABLE.

HELLO LUCKY

SAVE THE DATES

EVERYTHING  I SAID ABOUT MINTED, GOES FOR HELLO LUCKY.  BEAUTIFUL THICK CARD STOCK. WONDERFUL.

ANTHROPOLOGIE

Anthro is good for so many things; this includes paper goods.  I found these charming recipe cards on clearance.  Now I just have to fill them with the secrets to some delicious dishes.

 SUGARBOO DESIGN, INC.

Based out of Roswell, GA, Sugarboo Designs has made it’s mark in the paper world, with unique spins on basic paper goods.  Black and White. Comfort. Classic.  The  “100 Gathered Thoughts” notepad and tiny quirky greeting cards, are just two examples of the company’s innovation.  I LOVE their products!

 VINTAGE


It’s difficult to replicate the charm of S.A.V.V.Y. post/greeting cards.  I love to read the messages and to see when they were sent.  There’s something so warm and heartfelt about a handwritten hello.  It’s so interesting to see the basic subject matter of these notes.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget, there were no iPhones 100 years ago 🙂

I KNOW I’VE SHOWN THIS BEFORE, BUT I JUST WANTED TO INCLUDE THIS GREAT LOCAL(Phoenix, AZ) LETTERPRESS COMPANY

HAZEL & VIOLET

THIS WAS PRINTED ON A VINTAGE PRESS

ALL THE TITLES ARE LINKED TO THE COMPANY WEBSITES

KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE AND OPT FOR PAPERLESS STATEMENTS

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS POST!

Until really soon,

Renee

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