Thursday, October 16, 2014

Am I the Only One

Am I the only one that only pays attention to the  weather forecast, this time of year, to see if it will be nice enough to paint or DIY outside?

Love Candy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hallway Progress

I've talked about my plans and inspiration for my hallway before, and I finally came up with an idea I loved enough to execute, and do the work.  I toss ideas around until one hits me that I love and am excited about.  When I find it, I know why all the other ideas never felt right.  Why I couldn't make a decision.

The idea hit me while I was trying to brainstorm a design for my daughter's bedroom door.  At first I was only considering traditional squares and rectangles, but they bored me.  If I am going to go through the headache of taping and painting, and painting, then it better be something I loved, and worth the work.  If you follow me on Instagram then you've already seen it, but this is right after I pulled the tape off:

Art Deco Black and White Faux Molding Wainscoting

I am totally in LOVE!  I am so glad I did this.  I want to love my whole house as much as I love this hallway.  I feel a surge of pride every time I walk by it.  Which is quite a bit.   I can't wait to pull it all together.  I really loved the graphic, clean, simpleness of the inspiration image, but let's face it, I'm not a simple kind of girl.  So, I started thinking of how I could incorporate an Art Deco style into the design.  Like always, when I'm looking for a jump off point, I search Google and Pinterest, and then tweak it to fit my needs.  I literally have 10 notebook pages filled with drawings of different options for wainscoting and door designs.  At times it was tough to keep the designs looking Art Deco.  If you go too far one way it can look Southwest.  If you go the other way it can look Craftsman.  Very frustrating.  There is a specific area where Art Deco Inspired design exists.  It didn't help that I didn't want any curves or circles in the design, to keep it easier to tape off.

So I started by painting everything white.  Walls and ceiling.  I measured and marked where I wanted the design, and taped.  And taped. And taped.  I started with generic masking tape(because nobody can afford to do a trial run in the expensive stuff) to map out different options until I found one I liked.  Then replaced it with the spendy stuff.

Taped Off Clark + Kensington Designer White in Art Deco Inspired Design

I used a combo of painters tapes, mostly because the blue stuff was cheaper, and I thought that if I burnished(rubbed really hard back and forth with the roll of tape and my fingernails) the edges and painted a coat of the base color, I would be ok as far as bleeding is concerned(I've also heard of people wiping the edges with a damp cloth to activate the Edgelock or using clear polyurethane if it is a wood project).  For the most part, I was successful, but there was some bleeding and peeling up of the base color when I removed the tape.  Nothing that is super noticeable or can't be fixed.  I used a box cutter and a straight edge to make the corners sharp.

I chose to paint the wood trim around the attic access.  It made a huge difference.  It doesn't draw your attention anymore.  This is what it looked like before.

Attic Access Originally

Originally I taped off the wood trim around it, but I wanted it to disappear.  It worked.  Look at it in this pic

Art Deco Design Taped off Down Whole Hallway

Can barely see it, can you?

I thought it would be fun to paint the metal part of the boring light a fun color.  So I painted it purple, but you can't even tell.  Womp womp.  I thought it would be a nice pop of color.  A little punch of fun.  Nope, twas not to be.  I'm considering just painting it Antique Brass, like I originally planned, until I score my dream Sputnik or Art Deco Skyscraper style light.  At least then it will reflect the light a little.  Painted purple it just looks like it's still the ORB it was originally. It's even glossy, but it doesn't matter.

Then I rolled on one coat and it looked like this:

After One Coat of Glidden Onyx Black

After 2 coats, plus touch ups and the tape peeled off:

Black and White Art Deco Wainscoting

I chose to paint the outlet covers.  Can you spot the outlet in this picture?

Painted Outlet to Blend in with Design

That one would have stuck out like a sore thumb, but the light switch plates were painted because the originals are like an ivory/almond color, and just look dirty compared to this white.  You know the color I'm talking about.

I used the wall color instead of spraypaint because I thought the eggshell finish would be easier to clean.  I did spray paint the door bell cover thingy.  No one touches that.  No one can reach.

I'm not going to do a before and after of the whole thing, because it isn't finished, but I will give you a side by side:

Before and After of Art Deco Inspired Hallway Design

See how yucky that Antique White looks compared to that clean fresh white.  I realize this post is already pretty long, but let me explain something to you about whites and me.  I need my whites to be WHITE!  Borderline blindingly white.  I grew up in a household where everyone smoked, but me.  Everything smelled like cigarettes and was covered in a film of yellowish brown.  When we washed the walls you could see it run down in streams.  So, no Antique white, no Creamy white, no white with a warm/yellow undertone.  I like my whites with a cool undertone, and in my head, CLEAN.  Weird how things from your childhood can affect you.  So, ya, now you know that about me.  I'm not condemning anyone if they smoke.  I just never started, and don't care for how they smell.

My daughter's door is still plain.  Even though that's how this all started.  Um...I have to save some projects for when I'm stuck in the house all winter.  Even I don't believe that excuse.  Hopefully I'll think of a design that'll get me really excited and I'll WANT to get it done(like this one and the plans for the Kitchen..Can't Frickin Wait!).  Something needs to be done about the hollow core bi-fold doors on her closet, too.

I'm trying to decide if I should tape off a design on the hallway doors when I paint them black.  I can't decide if that will be too busy with the wainscoting.  Should they just be solid black?  If I added a pattern to those doors would I have to do it to all of the interior doors?  Would solid black on the hallway doors allow the wainscoting to be the star?  Would the two patterns compete or compliment if I did do a pattern on the doors?  I would need to go with a simpler design on the doors if I decide to go that route.  Decisions, Decisions....You'll be the first to know when I decide, and PLEASE feel free to weigh in.  Opinions of a neutral party would really bring perspective.  Boyfriend says he likes the doors just the way they are, but that's not happening.  He just doesn't want to have to walk/trip around paint cans, and all the clutter, and trying to keep a toddler out of the way, that goes with a project.  Can't blame him, really.  That's why I like to do projects while he is at work(and toddler is sleeping).  Then he can't give me weird looks while I'm working, because he is seeing the process and not just the finished product.  Some people have no vision. Sigh.

Whew, that was a long one.  Maybe making up for lost time? Thanks for reading til the end!

Love Candy

P.S. The colors I ended up using were Clark + Kensington Designer White and Glidden Onyx Black.  Both are ready mixed grab n go gallons.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I Just Have to Tell Someone

If you've read my About Me page, then you know I love anything to do with The Walking Dead(TV series, comic books, action figures, clothing...).

*:*:*:*:*If you could care less about this you may want to skip this post and come back tomorrow for a more Design/DIY themed post.  I won't hold it against you.  I'm sure you like things that I don't*:*:*:*:*

The Walking Dead has scratch off Lottery tickets!!!!

The Walking Dead Scratch Off Lottery Tickets

I lost :-( I've only won $2 on them.  That doesn't mean you won't be luckier.  Let me know if you play and win, k? k

Plus, if you buy $10 worth they give you a "free" T-shirt!!

The Walking Dead  T Shirt

SO COOL! Right?  I think it's of Herschel's barn burning down, from Season 2. Which never happens in the comic. BTW.  I mean, how cool is that?  I love free shirts.   I mean who doesn't love a FREE shirt?  Nobody, that's who.  On a side note: Did anyone go to the Minnesota State Fair and get the free shirt at the Ford station or at the Minnesota State Lottery booth?

If that doesn't get you excited, then maybe the fact that they started to air all past episodes on Fox, starting October 1st, weekly, every. Wednesday. night.

Plus, plus the new season starts on AMC on October 12th, AND AMC is starting the whole series, tonight at 6pm, playing every episode all the way up to the Season 5 Premiere this Sunday night.  Can't wait to see how they get outta this one.  Do you think they are cannibals, like in the comic books, or something weirder?

Love Candy

P.S.  Does anyone watch Ray Donovan?  Holy season finale, right?  He really took care of business.  So glad it's picked up for a 3rd season.  I was never really a Liev Schreiber fan, but holy moly, he is SEXY in that show.  YUMMY

Thursday, June 12, 2014

My Name is Candy and I am a Procrastinator

**::WARNING::** This is a wordy post devoid of pictures**

So, between the rain and the mosquitoes I haven't gotten a whole lot of anything done.  I've had plenty of time to see what the big bloggers are up to.  I was reading about Kristi, at Addicted2Decorating, and her amazing kitchen build(if you don't read her, you should start), and she mentioned Jackie from Teal and Lime, and a post she had done about why she quit DIY.    She talked about doing projects just to have blog content and that she didn't enjoy it anymore.  It made me think about why I started this blog.

I am hoping that by starting this blog it will hold me accountable, conquer my tendency to procrastinate , and encourage me to take action and do all these projects I have in my head and planned for my home.  Not only will I feel obligated because I'm actually "saying" it out loud for other people to witness, but the blog creates a necessity for these projects to be completed so I have post material.  I am going to try to not get caught up in creating projects just to have something to write about.  I have enough that needs to get done without creating more work.

I also want to connect with people who are as passionate and interested in decorating, design and DIY as I am.  I am sometimes indecisive or get blocked and would like someone to bounce ideas off of, a second opinion or voice of reasoning.  People to inspire me and keep me going.  Maybe we can encourage each other or talk about our individual experiences.  

Up until I closed on my house in 2009 the extent of my decorating and DIY was limited to arranging furniture and hanging art work and accessories, because I always rented.  I haven't done much with the new house, yet.  I've collected a lot of great pieces and inspiration.  Now I want to make it happen.

 I have ideas that I don't see anywhere else or if I do see them it's years after I had the idea and just weren't able to share it or haven't done the project, yet.  I have learned a lot of skills from my step-dad, grandpa , and mom that I'd like to share and show people how easy it is.  Anyone can do it with a little common sense.

I want to inspire people to GO FOR IT!  Decorating, to me,  isn't about "keeping up with the Jones'".  It's a creative expression using my home and pieces of furniture and accessories.  I want to love my home.  I want to walk in and just let out a great big sigh, because I think it's so perfect.  You should, too.  Only you know what you like.  Your house should reflect you.  It doesn't matter what's "on trend" or what's everywhere or if it's been done to death or is so 2013.  If you love it -  DO IT!  It's up to you.  Don't do something just because it's what everyone else is doing.  You'll end up hating it and re-doing it.  On the other side, don't hesitate to do something just because no one is doing it or has done it or you haven't seen it before.  

I'm no expert, but I'd like to help people with their design dilemmas and give them advice and help them find their design style.  I'd like to encourage others.  Possibly have people send me pics of their challenges and offer solutions and suggestions.

I'll write about the H4H process and my experience, the budget friendly updates, upgrades and changes I make to my house.  I may veer off into mental illness, Premature babies, homelessness, and recipes.  We'll see what kind of mood I'm in.

Eventually, I would like to complete each room in my house, maybe a couple of times.

Teal and Lime has started a free decorating style crash course to help you find your style.  This post isn't an advertisement for Teal and Lime!  I found it and would like to share with others if they need help.  If anything, it's interesting reading and watching.  We share the same point of view about how you should decorate your home so it's gotten me a little excited.  I really like the new direction of her blog.

I really hope you'll stick around and join in.

Friday, May 30, 2014

3 Birds 1 Stone

This project covers 3 bases.  It fulfills 2 of the latest trends.  The succulents we see everywhere and the color dip/block effect everyone is doing these days, plus I can enter it in the Vintage Revivals Rock What Ya Got link party, because I did, in fact, rock what I had.

I went to Wal-Mart the other day and grabbed some cactus' and succulents, but a certain little girl was acting up so I couldn't stay and grab cactus and succulent soil and look at the planters so I had to come up with other substitutions when I got home.

Cactus and Succulents in Upcycled Color Dipped Planters

I had the two pedestal dishes from a garage sale.  I got a whole box of milk-glass-looking dishes for like $3.  The longer planter was bought at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop.  I used rocks from my gravel driveway to provide drainage under the soil.  I used Miracle Grow potting soil that the BF bought a few weeks ago mixed with sand from the gravel alley behind my house.

The blue(Rustoleum Lagoon) color dipped pedestal planter ended up with a cool water color effect because I didn't rub the painters tape edge down and held it upside down to paint it.  The top ball on that cactus is actually a really bright orange.  I hate that PicMonkey auto adjust changes the color that much.  You can see the sand from my alley on top of the soil.

Cactus in White Glass Pedestal Color Dipped Planter

I used Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint on these two:

White Glass Pedestal and Mercury Glass Skull Planters

You may remember the skull from this post

I really like how these turned out and it was all free except for the plants.  Well, I suppose, I originally paid for the dishes and Skull Planter($ Store), and paint, but it didn't cost me anything today to put them together.  In the future, I think I will add colorful aquarium rocks over the top of the soil.

Succulent Planters
White Glass Planters

Color Dipped and White Glass Planters

Mercury Glass Skull Succulent Planter

Mercury Glass Skull and Color Dipped Succulent Planters

Long White Glass Dish Made Into a Planter

Blue Color Dipped White Glass Pedestal Planter

Long White Glass Succulent Planter

By the way, I got my first whiff of Lilac today!  Which was magical, but OMG the mosquitoes are terrible once it starts to get dark.  Seriously, so bad it makes me want to move.  Kinda pisses me off, because the BF is off work and can watch little girl, but the mosquitoes drive me back indoors.  They are ruining my paint/strip time:-( Bastards!

Have you put anything together out of stuff around the house?  Hate mosquitoes?  Love Lilacs and Lily of the Valley?

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Why I Love Craigslist

You may all remember these beauties from this post :

Scandinavian Teak Chairs

I picked them up on Wednesday(May21st,which is another story...the lady actually held them for me and was really nice and renewed my faith in humanity a little) for $100(firm), with the table(free).  When I told my friend(Thanks, Mandy) about it, she found this:

Danish Teak Dining Set Sold on for $650

That's right!  It says the same set sold for $650!! That's $550 more than I paid for mine!  Can you believe it?  That's more than my mortgage!

I love Craigslist!

Have you had any wondrous, almost-too-good-to-be-true Craigslist finds?  Any freaky Craigslist experiences?  That's right.  I used "wondrous" to describe furniture.  I'm not ashamed to say that furniture brings me joy, well, GOOD furniture anyway.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Quick Office Update

This is an easy way to add color to your office or just get rid of that honey oak that was oh so popular a decade or two ago

So, like most of my projects this one starts with something I was given for free and has been sitting around for awhile waiting for inspiration to strike.

I would like you to meet my boring office chair:

Office Chair Before

I actually like the black and white chevron/herringbone fabric but that base is so terrible.  I hate that it matches my kitchen cabinets!  The chair is a much easier fix than my cabinets, however, and it needed an update NOW!

Enter my inspiration. Spray Paint! Of course!

Krylon Fluorescent Pink Spray Paint

I started by sanding the glossy finish off.  I began with 60 grit and finished with 150.  Learn from my mistake and sand before you tape off and wrap the wheels with newspaper.  The sandpaper will shred the newspaper and you will end up needing to tape over all of the places the newspaper isn't covering anymore.  Or not, and then you can use nail polish remover to wipe the over spray off of the wheels, like I did.  Your choice really.  Make sure and wipe all of the sanding dust off before you paint.  

After the entire can of  paint I had this:

Upcycled Office Chair with Pink Painted Base

Say it with me:  FAIL!  I was shooting for 60's mod and I think I hit 80's Neon!  Hard!  Granted, I could have been safe and painted it black and it would have just blended in.  I wanted the feel of a pop of bright pink against charcoal gray:-(  Not even close.  Boo.

Let's look at it side by side:

Office Chair Before and After

It's an Improvement.  For sure.

Ok maybe the Auto Adjust in PicMonkey is making it look so neon?  Ya, maybe that's it.  Here it is with and without Auto Adjust:

Auto Adjust vs No Auto Adjust

Nope.  It's a FAIL.

In hindsight, I should have used primer(another "learn from my mistake" tip.  Use primer.  I like Zinsser Odorless Primer-Sealer Stain Blocker in the spray can.  Of course).   Maybe the color would have looked richer and it wouldn't have taken the whole can, or maybe I should have used this color:

Rustoleum Lagoon Satin Spray Paint

Like my gut told me to.  I'm dying to use this on something.  Owell.  Not every at bat can be a home run, right?

Looks like I'll be repainting soon, or maybe it will grow on me.  I'm trying to talk myself into liking it, but I think I just don't want to re-tape it all off and take it back apart.  The pink does make me happy....Hmmm...  It was a good idea, and it will be great...another color.  What did I expect from Fluorescent Pink?  Did you know it will actually glow in the black light?  Not that I've says it on the can.

Whatever color I choose, it will get a few coats of water based poly to protect it.  I like to rest my feet on the spokes(?).  Water based because oil based is a pain to clean up and tends to yellow over time.  I'm not a fan of yellowing.

Oooh or I could give it a color dipped effect by not taping off the wheels and painting a little ways up the stem.  That could be really cool and would definitely bring it into this century.  Or....maybe I'm just trying to get out of taping it off.  Hmmm...I'll keep ya posted

Have you had any great ideas that didn't quite work out how you pictured?  Any you just weren't sure about, but grew on you?  Any absolute FAILS?  Any brilliant, simple chair updates?  Do you like the pink?  I think I might. 

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

How to Hang a Ceiling Medallion

OR..How to beef up a too small light fixture

First I started with this:
Affordable Bedroom Update.  Replace Basic Light

Then I bought this tin-punch 4 arm chandelier off of Ebay for ~$25 that I painted with 
Rustoleum Metallic in Antique Brass.  I also had to rewire the light sockets, but that's a post for another day.

So then it looked like this:
Replaced Builder Grade Light with Antique Brass Chandelier

DIY Affordable Update to Bedroom Lighting
It's just too small for the room. WAY.too.small.  It doesn't make the statement I NEED it to.
Enter Ceiling Medallion!

I got my ceiling medallion at Fleet Farm in the lighting section(of course). It's the Westinghouse 18" Square Parisian Scroll.  It was on sale for $7. Couldn't pass it up. Here it is at Home Depot. I painted it the same color as my ceiling so it would just be a different texture and not steal the show.  You'll want to paint it first.  Trust me.  You do not want to be painting all those little scrolls and swirls above your head.  I did 3 coats, plus touch ups, because it is such a deep color(Benjamin Moore Dark Teal). 

You'll need to take the existing light fixture down. Obvs.  Make sure you turn off the breaker first.

You'll need these:
Necessary Tools to Hang Ceiling Medallion
Construction Adhesive, Caulk gun, Painters Tape

Then you'll want to add the adhesive in a 1/4 inch bead in a zig-zag pattern, on the back, where ever there is space.  There weren't a whole lotta thick parts on mine, to add adhesive to, so I had to put it in the middle, and wherever there was room, so it wouldn't ooze out between the details and around the edge, but if you can, definitely put it around the edge.  Keep a wet paper towel handy to wipe off the adhesive that seeps out while it is still wet. Please.  (I didn't, and now I pray that it is paintable. Big mess).

A second set of hands and eyes will help when you install it.  Hold it in place for a little bit. The adhesive gives you some time to work with it, so you can kinda slide it around to get it just where you want it.  Then apply some painters tape to hold it in place while you re-install the light fixture(I'm not going to go over how to hard wire a light; When I need a refresher I go here).  The canopy of the light fixture should hold it in place now, but I still left my tape in place because my medallion bowed and is warped(maybe that's why it was so cheap?), so it doesn't lay flat against the ceiling.  I know. Fantabulous.
Easy DIY Update to Light Fixture

Ceiling Medallion Taped Up After Adhesion

Now, I have to add screws to join it to the ceiling where it is warped and bowed.  If yours lies flat against the ceiling or you don't think it needs extra support  you can skip to #4(caulking).
Secure Ceiling Medallion with Screws and Caulk

  1. Gather your tools.  You'll need a drill, screws and screwdriver.  I just used six screws I had that were long enough and all the same .
  2. Pre-Drill holes where you will be inserting screws.
  3. Insert screws
  4. Use paintable caulk in a caulk gun.  Cut the tip at a 45 degree angle
  5. Use the caulk to fill screw holes until level with surface of medallion and to fill the gap between the medallion and ceiling so it looks like part of the ceiling and not like something just glued on.
  6. Paint over the caulk and do any touch ups necessary(PS..the adhesive was paintable).  Viola! Done.

Now lets look at some pics of the light fixture without and with the medallion:
With and Without Ceiling Medallion Collage BM Dark Teal

Very Nice!!

Have you installed any ceiling medallions lately?  Hate it? Love it?  Going to try it on your own light fixture?  Can you believe how different the paint color looks when I use Auto Adjust in PicMonkey versus when I didn't use it? Crazy

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