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!

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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 KRRB.com 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 tried...it 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.
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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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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

If you...

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
                ~Katharine Hepburn


I think this applies to many areas of life, but especially design.  Who says you can't mix metals?  Can't or shouldn't paint the ceiling anything but white?  Do what makes you happy.  Make your home someplace you love.  Those are the design rules I'll be following.  I invite you to do the same.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How to Hang Anything

How to Hang Anything

I am sure we have all had to hang awkwardly shaped objects, with the holes on the back to hang it by, in weird places.
Here is how I hang these things without making my walls look like Swiss cheese.   I'm sure some of you have seen a similar method used to hang gallery walls, like here on A Beautiful Mess.


First, I trace the shape of the object onto paper(I used packing paper that came with something I ordered online), you could use notebook paper, computer paper, newspaper or even a cereal box.

Black Gold Zebra Wall Plaque on Paper

Zebra Shape Traced on Paper

Then you'll cut the shape out and line it up with the back of the object and mark where the holes are.

Matching Up Pattern with holes on back of plaque and Frogtape

I used frog tape on the back, (because I just painted my wall)but you could use masking tape or any kind of painters tape or even scotch tape.  You can try it in any position.  Move it around until it's perfectly where you like.  You could even leave them up and live with them for a night to make sure you like it. 

collage on wall of zebra patterns

Then get your hanging hardware and install it into the wall where you have marked on the pattern(I should have used cardboard...those legs flopped all over and were a pain...ugh).  After that you can rip down your paper patterns and hang the artwork.  Easy Peazey.

Black Gold Zebra Wall Plaque hung on wall Benjamin Moore Dark Teal

If you are hanging a HEAVY picture, mirror or shelf use Linda's tutorial at Calling It Home.

What do ya think? Do you have any tips on hanging difficult objects?  Special, secret tricks?  Share them in the comments!