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Spray Painted Vinyl Chair

21 Mar

Way back in September when I wrapped up my entryway tree, I plunged into a little DIY project that went along with that update – I spray painted a vinyl chair.  Yep.  You heard read that right. I would have never thought of giving a chair a facelift with spray paint (a dresser or end table, yes…) until I stumbled upon this blog post on Little Green Notebook that completely opened my eyes to a whole new world of spray painting options!

I’ve had these two blue, vinyl club chairs for a few years now.  I love them.  They are well made and comfortable to sit in, but I’ve always thought that I’d reupholster them – they are a shade of blue that’s neither modern nor funky enough to really look as good as they could otherwise, they’re just kind of dull and blah.  So I dove in without a second thought and gave one of them a cool new hue… green… sea-foam green… Krylon’s “Catalina Mist” to be exact:


I went on ahead and bought a can of clear spray enamel to use as a finishing coat as well since the Catalina Mist did not come in a spray that indicated it would bond to plastic (as per the DIY instructions I was going by on Little Green Notebook) which is key in making this project work – IF YOU WANT TO SPRAY PAINT VINYL AND HAVE IT STICK, YOU MUST USE SPRAY PAINT THAT BONDS TO PLASTIC.

The process was pretty simple. I just gave the chair a good cleaning with a degreaser, wrapped the legs in trash bags and taped them off, and then just went to town spray painting:





It feels completely smooth to the touch as if the vinyl itself was sea foam green all along 🙂

Thanks for looking!


Dresser Drawers Turned Wall Shelves Phase 1- Installation

3 Nov

As a continuation of my self-imposed Pinterest challenge (more on that here) I have gotten the installation phase of my drawer shelves complete:


This is one of those projects that I would file under “upcycling” or “restyling” as they are known in DIY blogland – where you take something that you found or have lying around the house that you don’t use or don’t LOVE in its current state, and upcycle it into something awesome that you do love. These projects also tend to be budget friendly – I snatched these drawers for free from an old retired dresser of my little cousin’s that was getting tossed.

The process was fairly simple.  After spotting a blank area on one of the walls in the den that could house a little project like this, I first put a quick couple coats of paint on the drawer fronts (paint color left over from the blue room – Behr’s “Caribe”) :




Then I cut out paper templates to the size of each drawer and arranged them on the wall several times until I came up with a configuration that I  liked:


After that, it was basically just predrilling and drilling holes into the drawers and into the wall (using wall anchors) and getting them up one at a time until they were all mounted:




And that was pretty much it!

Below are some inspiration photos for this project that I have pinned here:



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Pretty inventive and lovely, don’t you think?

In phase 2, I plan on decking out the shelf backings (technically the drawer bottoms) with some pretty fabric or decorative paper, and then decorating and styling the shelves with some lovely tchotchkes aka thrift store finds, so stay tuned for that 🙂

Thanks for looking!

Halloween Mantel

28 Oct

Decorating the mantel for the upcoming holidays was the biggest motivator to finally getting the fireplace painted white (more on that here).  Immediately after painting, Olive and I got right down to business with decking it all up with eerie Halloween decor… check it out:


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Fireplace Painted!

19 Oct

This was hands-down one of the most tedious and time-consuming paint projects I have taken on in this house to date, yet will most likely prove to be one of the most rewarding.  It wasn’t a quick little paint job like my bedroom closet or the laundry room like I first had in mind.  Well actually, I think I may have known deep down inside that it would be a bit of a feat, that’s probably why it has taken me this long to finally get the job done, even though it was one of the very first things I absolutely knew I wanted to do upon moving in almost two years ago.  All the deep grooves around every single brick had to be hand-painted with a 1-inch brush since the roller just couldn’t get deep enough in there to get them covered, even when using the “extra-rough texture” roller.  So yeah, wrist-cramp anyone?  But I’m not complaining, I am more than thrilled with the results!

As I mentioned in this post, the fireplace, located centrally within the house in the kitchen, was a very dark, “energy-sucking doo doo brown” I believe is exactly how I worded it.  Here’s how the fireplace looked before:

You can see how all the Christmas decorations just blend into the dark, brown backdrop, creating a muddled arrangement instead of a bright and poppy one.  I first toyed with the idea of painting the fireplace red since I intend to paint the kitchen walls robins-egg blue, and I really love a pale blue and red color combination, but decided against it since red is also quite energy-sucking and wouldn’t adapt as well with the changing seasons and correlating decorum the way a more neutral white would.  Also, my eyes and my heart just kept going back to all of the white brick fireplaces I’ve seen and imagined, and have absolutely swooned over.  So white (off-white, Behr’s “Creamy White” to be exact) it went, not without first getting a good cleaning with the assistance of my best little helper of course:

… and also getting a coat of primer to make sure the white paint didn’t just get absorbed right into the underlying brown paint:

Here’s a close-in detailed shot to show you just how deep the grooves around the bricks really are:

And here it is after two days of about ten man-hours later in all of its whitewashed glory:

Not the greatest after/final reveal photograph, but it was late when I finally got it done and was eager to get this posted.  Olive and I have already gotten it all dressed and gussied up for the upcoming Halloween festivities, and I am more than enamored with how much more light and airy the room feels from making this one simple change!

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DIY: Hula Hoop Canopy

7 Jun

This is a very quick and inexpensive “princess” canopy that even a 4-year-old can make!  This was actually a project that I did last year before I started blogging, but took pictures knowing that I would one day blog about it… anyway, kind of a side-note there, but here’s what it looked like when it was all said and done:

Cute, isn’t it!  This was something that I came up with in an attempt to get Olive to sleep in her bed after about a three-month long battle of resistance after our move into the new house. 

Materials I used for this project:

A hula hoop

Thrifted curtain panels (2) and valance

2 inch wide ribbon

Sewing needle and thread

And a ceiling hook

First, we popped open the hula hoop.  This was one of those hula hoops that easily snaps open so you can put water in it  (at first I thought I was going to have to cut the hula hoop in order to feed it through the curtain tab, but to my astonishment, they actually make hoola hoops that snap open so you can put water or beads (or whatever) in them!)

Next, Olive fed the hula hoop through the tabs on the curtain panels and the valance:

I had these thrifted curtains stashed away and thought there was four panels in the set, but realized there was only two when I pulled them out.  I really would have liked more panels so the canopy would be fuller and hang around all three sides of the bed, but it wasn’t something that bothered me enough to hold off on getting this quick, little project done, so we just used what we had (two panels).  But if I were to do this project again, I would definitely use at least four panels instead of just two.

While Olive was doing that, I got busy mounting the ceiling hook in place.

Next, I snapped the hula hoop closed and evenly distributed the weight of the curtains and valance so that the hula hoop wouldn’t tilt and/or look lop-sided.  Then, after measuring three strips of ribbon all the same length (about three feet each), I sewed one end of each piece of ribbon around the hula hoop (sorry no pic, but I’m sure you get the gist) evenly spaced apart on the hula hoop (think triangularly spaced apart), and brought the other ends of the ribbon together in order for it to easily hang on the ceiling hook:

Easy as pie!  Here’s what it looks like from the side:

And one more time from the front:

And a gratuitous photo of a hula hooping happy child:

HA!  Love it!

decor project: flea market frames (via the sweetest digs)

21 Jan

Here is my insperado for the shameful excuse of a wall of frames I currently have in the blue room of the house!!! I am so inspired by this blog post that I will go home from work today and start getting busy on this project by first emtying out those thrifted frames and and then giving them all a fresh coat of paint to bring them all together….

decor project: flea market frames If you browse around any flea markets, thrift stores, or your grandma’s attic, you’re bound to come across some old picture frames. Do something a little more un-traditional and don’t fill them with photos or pieces of art. Instead, just leave the picture frames empty. It’s really a simple and lovely look (and did I mention budget-friendly?). I think it looks most effective if you use a collection of frames that are all the same or similar colour … Read More

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