The Perfect Bathroom Vanity Make-Over

I’m so happy! We finally finished the vanity for my daughter’s bathroom. And it’s perfect!

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When she moved into her new home, the whole bathroom had been renovated,  except there was no vanity.  All Summer she looked for the perfect piece of furniture to use as her bathroom vanity. Finally, she found an old French Provincial dresser, the perfect size. The perfect price.  With a little TLC it really would be a perfect vanity.

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DIY Picture Frame Wreath

I’ve been on a wreath making binge lately. In the past few weeks I’ve made 9 wreaths with several more planned for next week.  It’s hard for me to choose my favorite wreath. I love all of them. But today I made my most favorite wreath of all….using a picture frame I picked up at Salvation Army!

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I love finding treasures in thrift shops.  Like the amber lamp I found and gave to a friend that matched her brown dining room…the one I mentioned earlier this week in the Trash to Treasure Lamp Makeover.

 

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This lamp was only $3.00!!! I couldn’t use it myself,  but I also couldn’t leave it behind. I called my friend, who was thrilled to have it. Here, I had just painted the metal parts an oil rubbed bronze color, for her.

While finding a treasure is fun…what I like even more is the challenge of making something out of something that has seen better days. Trash to Treasure gets my artistic juices flowing.  That’s just what happened when I visited The Salvation Army a few weeks ago. That’s where I found this old picture frame.

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Now, it didn’t look like this when I found it! It was a cream color, that had yellowed, badly. I forgot to take a before picture….

I painted it light turquoise (above) to match my daughter’s dining room, but ended up painting it a darker turquoise and adding highlights,  so the details of the frame could better be featured.

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These highlights were made with the same paint I used on her lamps.   The highlights are a dusty Aqua.

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Once I finished that,  I added white highlights to accent the detail even more.

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I love this frame!

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For this DIY Picture Frame Wreath project you will need:

Frame of choice

Paints of choice: craft, spray or latex paints or a combo

Sponge brush or paint brush or both

Flowers choice

Hot glue gun

Bow/Ribbon is optional

Find a frame as ornate as you like. If you prefer a plain frame, that works, too.  And then paint it. I spray painted this one, but you could easily paint with craft paint or leftover latex paint.

There are a couple things to decide. If you’d like the details to be featured as light,  then go with a darker paint overall. If you’d like the details to be darker then start with a lighter paint. I wanted my highlights to be light,  so I painted over the lighter turquoise with a darker turquoise.

After it dries,  you will want a lighter (or darker if frame is light) color paint to add highlights to show off the detail of your lamp. Or if your lamp is plain it will distress the frame to give it character. If you mess up…it’s just paint. Do it over.

I added white on top of that because there is so much to show off and accent on this frame.

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 Next gather flowers. I found these silk flowers at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. But I have found nice flowers at Walmart and even the Dollar Tree. You just have to be selective.

I use a hot glue gun and I start in the corner with a Hydrangea. That’s where to start arranging your flowers. Cut the stems close to begin…but longer as you go up the frame. And give them space to show off. In other words don;t cram them all so close together you can’t tell them apart.

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 Next add other colored flowers, spacing them along the frame.

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Keep adding flowers until you’re happy with the design.

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 I added some berries and tiny flowers for filler.

Don’t forget to add leaves in the background.

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…easy as pie.

 After you have everything glued into place,  you may consider adding a bow to the bottom…or a ribbon to the top,  to hang it by.

It turned out so pretty, we’re considering using it in a bedroom or living room.

Have fun!

Lamp Makeover: From Trash to Treasure

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I love Goodwill. I ALWAYS find a treasure…..Last week I found this pair of lamps for 8 dollars!. Lamps are one of my FAVORITE things to makeover, too. 🙂 I texted pics to my daughter and told her to look beyond the gold, at the shape and design. Would this be something she’d like in her house? Sometimes it’s hard for people to see what I see…but thankfully, she’s learned to look beyond.

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They were 20 inches tall,  not counting the shade,  which meant they were tall enough to give off good light for the room. I mean, what’s the point of having lamps if they don’t light the room enough?

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She said yes…and I was so happy, because I could see them in her family room.  But, of course, I was going to have to do some work first.  As it turned out, not much, tho.

If you are wanting to makeover a lamp…you may need to prime it first.  (after cleaning any dust and grime off)  I spray lamps with a white primer especially if I’m wanting the color to be true.

But this time, I just went for it.  Always remember, it’s just paint…so, if you make a mistake, just paint over it… You can use spray paint or bottles of craft paints or in this case, I’m used a can of paint I had mixed for another project.

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Isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do? I used a dusty aqua latex paint leaving some of the gold peeking through my strokes.  Then I went over the swirls with a brighter turquoise. But not too bright.

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One thing you’ll want to do if you paint a lamp, or anything else for that matter, is to follow the shape or design of whatever you’re painting. In this case, my brush followed the path of the swirls. It makes the brush ‘work with you’ and makes life easier, and less messy looking. I like seeing the gold thru the aqua paint. It adds a little character.

After I finished painting the lamp, I painted the base. The base was dark, but dull looking and I wanted to keep them dark. So, I added a dark metallic brown mixed with dark brown to brighten the dull brown. It worked!

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See the before…just a dull dark brown.  Below,  I added some dark brown to a bronze metallic                              paint to make a nice dark, but not dull, brown.

 

BTW: Dark Bronze Metallic Paint is Perfect for Dining Room

A friend of mine wanted a brown dining room,  but she was not happy with any of the brown samples she had tried. She finally gave up and just painted the whole room a brown… but it was lifeless.  She came over frustrated, and asked me to help her pick out the ‘right’ brown… I found a metallic brown for her and the room came to life.  It made all the difference in the world.  It is beautiful and so elegant!  So keep that in mind.  Metallic bronze-brown is beautiful on walls. fyi. …..You’re welcome.

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The last step is to seal the paint with several light coats of polyurethane. Used spray. (You can brush it on if  you prefer)  Allow to dry.  Now they’re ready for shades.

Tip: I like to try on several shades from around my house to see what style looks best on whatever lamp I’m working on.  I decided I liked drum shades best.  Once I decided on the style shade, I checked Pottery Barn to find the shade I wanted.  I wanted a bargain to go with my bargain lamp…. 😉  So after checking around, I found very similar shades on eBay for half the price….Needless to say, I ordered the shades from eBay. 🙂

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The lamps look so classy in her living room. They add just enough of her turquoise color to the room without being overwhelming. And the shades are perfect!

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My daughter teaches kindergarten and so having a cheerful, colorful home is very fitting. Red and turquoise are so happy. And don’t the lamps look perfect in the room?

 

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Bright and cheerful is what we’re going for…;)

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I  love how they turned out….It’s a far cry from how they began!

Next time you’re in the market for new lamps remember to check out your local GoodWill, Salvation Army and thrift stores. You’ll be surprised at the deals you can find. And with a little TLC (and paint), create a one of a kind decorating statement. Love…

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How to Cover a Lampshade With Burlap

How to cover a lampshade with burlap

My daughter in love wanted a ‘lantern lamp’ for her son’s Vintage Americana bedroom decor.  She found one that was a little pricier than she wanted to pay, so she decided to put that on hold [Read more…]

Beauty from Ashes Birdbath

Beauty from ashes birdbath

Our friend’s home burned down. It was a spectacular home and we were all saddened by the news that this beautiful home had burned to the ground. I had painted a chinoiserie design on a buffet for her a couple of years before and as I left,  I mentioned I was working on a mosaic birdbath. She was intrigued and said she wanted to talk to me about making one for her garden. [Read more…]

French Hatbox Inspired Planters

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A couple of years ago we added a porch, where once stood an old deck. That deck had served us well.  Even though it was small and in the sun,  I never let it keep me from hosting outdoor dinner parties.  But, I always dreamed of having a real porch. We love to sit outside, rain or shine but having no roof presented a problem. The umbrella worked sometimes…but not always.  So, I dreamed of building a porch one day.

Finally, my husband gave me the go ahead to build a porch! Yes, a real covered porch. I love it. We love it. Our whole family loves it.  Most days, we live on our porch more than in the house. This picture shows one of the columns…along with  the small table and chairs…I call the Perfect Find!

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When they built the porch,  they had to cut about a foot from the bottom of the columns they used. There were 8 of them and I asked the builders to save me the bottoms. I already had an idea what to use them for.

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Herbs are so invasive and my herb garden on the side of the house had really been more than I could handle. The oregano and pineapple sage had taken over. I needed containers to keep this from happening.

I knew these column bottoms would be perfect to make planters for my herbs.

I love the colorful planters in various catalogs that come in the mail…..

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Have you seen the colorful planters in GrandinRoad?  They’re so pretty. I ended up taking my inspiration from them.

Of course, mine are not nearly as perfect as the catalog ones……but they’re perfect enough for me.

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The furniture on my porch is blue, so I painted the ‘planters’ various shades of blue and white. I used stencils in different designs to vary each one.  When I stepped back and looked at them, I realized they looked like hatboxes. And the blue colors made me think of France…. so that’s the story behind my French Hat-box Inspired Planters.

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I found my stencils at Walmart and the base color is a spray paint.

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It’s so nice to step out the backdoor and have herbs for cooking, at my fingertips. And know they won’t be taking over the flower bed…least not anytime soon.

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Do you cook with fresh herbs? They can be expensive in the store, but they are very easy to grow. And they don’t need much tending to, if you plant them in a container.  And most of them live from one season to the next, at least at my house they do.  My favorites have to be a tie between basil and dill.

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You may not have access to the bottoms of columns…( if you know a builder, I’d certainly ask them to save you some)  You can achieve the same look using clay pots. I’d prime them first so your paint is the true color you want.

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The above picture was taken a couple of weeks ago….now see the same plants:

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The bottoms are open because herbs need well drained soil. They don’t like to be wet and prefer hot sun. So do keep that in mind. I plan on a heavy mulch in the winter so they will hopefully survive until Spring. The clay pots in the same location did survive, … I have high hopes for these….

So, what are you waiting for? Be inspired….you can do this….:)

My Favorite Project: Hand-Painted Easter Eggs

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It’s time for one of my favorite projects!  Hand-painted Easter Eggs.  Not up to blowing out eggs? Last year I shared my secret. You’ll want to check it out…seeing as how I have no wind to blow eggs, either.  If you’re the same way, you’ll want this little secret for yourself! But, shhhhhhhh…don’t tell and no one will ever know! [Read more…]

How to Make a Resurrection Garden

Resurrection Garden

Last year I made my first Resurrection Garden and I loved it! I had so many compliments on it. The only problem was that it takes time for grass seed to germinate and it was cold last year and the seed did not cooperate.  So, I’m telling you in plenty of time…..Make this today! [Read more…]

Easy-Peasy Patriotic Wreath

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Happy Memorial Day!!!   I realize this little project may be too late for your Memorial Day this year, but you’ve got plenty of time to whip one up for  Flag Day (June 14th) and Independence Day, July 4th!  And then you’ll have it for Veteran’s Day, too!  And come next Memorial Day, you’ll be all set!   I’m in love with this wreath. It’s so easy to make. [Read more…]

Hand Painted Easter Eggs

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Hand painted Easter Eggs have always been on my to-do list.  I paint everything else…why not the children’s eggs? Well, for one thing, it’s a lot of work just to have them cracked open and thrown away. I did it a couple of times,  when my children were growing up.  It’s  rather discouraging to see your hard work in the trash, at the end of the day….

Still,  Hand Painted Easter Eggs were something I’ve always wanted to do.  I knew blowing eggs was out of the question, for me.  Then one day I had an epiphany.  Why didn’t I think of this sooner? [Read more…]