Thursday, September 27, 2012

Level Headed

Just spent my lunch hour using a level, tape measure and Frog Tape keeping a new projects going.  At work now on my most recent BIG project, an overhaul of my daughter's room.  This is the goal (yes, OOOOOOOOOOOOH  AHHHHHHHHHHHH) is completely in order:

Sorry, this is the best picture I can get.  I saw this in House and Home Magazine in the June issue and couldn't get it out of my head.  I thought my 10 year old would poo all over this, but she LOVED it - she's turned into a true vintage modern junkie like her mother (PRIDE!).  How cute is this room?  I just love the mix of modern horizontal stripes with vintage pieces.  By the way, H&H is my FAVORITE design magazine hands down.  I can usually find it at bookstores or even Walgreens.

I'm about half finished, here are some before pix (note the furniture was already removed!).

Right now the house is chaos as I have all of her furniture and STUFF (so much stuff) out in the hall and living room.  I need to wrap it up soon so we can get our house back.   I recently finished painting the entire room white, which took MANY Coats over this dark turquoise color.  So, I have a big white box!

Since I work full time, and the kids seem to have full time sports schedules, I grab time for projects whenever I can.  I went home at lunch today and started measuring and taping the lines.  Here is my progress:

This is actually very easy, and I showed you my handiwork from my boys' room overhaul in THIS POST.  To accomplish great stripes, just measure out your stripes (one tick mark for each measurement in the middle of the wall) and then use a long level across the wall to continue the line.  It can be a bit daunting if you're over-critical, but once the paint is on the wall, you won't notice small imperfections, promise!

More to come!

Monday, September 24, 2012


Thanks to Lindsey at Better After for featuring Mash-Up Chic today on her blog!  Better After is hands down one of my favorite blogs of all time!  I've been linked via her blog to so many other blogs that I've come to love as well.  She featured this post about how to hide scratches from cats or children or husbands off leather furniture.

Check the entire post out HERE.


Plagerism, I mean Imitation is the highest form of flattery!

It's pumpkin pickin time!  Or, it's grab a pumpkin while getting paint at Home Depot time!

I saw these pumpkins on one of my favorite blogs a couple weeks ago and have been dying to try.

These are done by the great gal over at My Sweet Savannah  , here's the LINK to that post.

So last night, I plunked down in front of the TV for about 30 minutes (I know, unheard of right?) and of course couldn't just sit and watch TV so I taped up my newly purchased pumpkin.  Cause, why be "normal" as my husband always mockingly asks me.  It was an easy process.  My daughter cut strips of tape for me to keep it rolling.

I simply did a light coat of gloss black Krylon spay paint and let dry (not long enough) for about 30 minutes. I forgot to take a picture after I painted it, but before I removed the tape - but picture a glossy black pumpkin and you get the picture.  Here's how she turned out!

I also had a can of yellow and white spray paint (and every other color in the rainbow) and decided to do a candy corn pumpkin.  Ideally these are done with a taller, oblong pumpkin, but I still think it turned out cute. Just prop the sucker up on something so you can paint the bottom, do light coats from the bottom of yellow, then from the top of the white paint.  Key to keep the finger light so you don't go down too far on the pumpkin.  Also, if you use too much paint, it drips down through the grooves of the pumpkin. (you can actually see previously described glossy black pumpkin in the background)

Here's a crappy phone picture of how they looked on the porch, of course I moved them well before they were dry and ended up soaking in the tub to get the paint off my hands. But you get the picture.  I really want to paint my plastic mum pots black.  Hope to get that finished this week!

TAGS: fall decorating, pumpkins, halloween