Saturday, July 19, 2014

Keeping it FRESH!

No matter how good something looks in your house, 

it. gets. old. 

am I right?? Therefore, it is important to keep rearranging things or spray painting things! to keep things fresh and new feeling! 

Something to keep in mind are areas in your home that lend themselves to more constant change, almost like a seasonal place where you can change the decor both seasonally AND casually whenever you feel like it. 
A couple places in the house lend themselves nicely to this including a fireplace mantle, buffet tops, coffee and end tables. In my house, these all get changed as well but my true chameleon is the bar cart. Since we are a dry house, there isn't a "constant" and is an ever changing placement of whatever I am in the mood for. 
Since January I got it for Christmas it has gone through many different stages ...
Winter
Spring Greens
Summer
 

 Still not sure if I love my old bottles ... thinking of spray painting them gold? Too much? Right now they don't really match but I love the depth and hight they give to different areas. 

Remember to keep things FRESH throughout the year! Good Luck Rearranging! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

DIY// All that glitters is GOLD!

I decided to join the pinterest GOLD FEVER bandwagon! 

Let me tell you, IT IS ADDICTING!! Everything looks better with gold spray paint! I really have been having to calm myself down so it doesn't look like a little golden fairy threw up all around our house! However, I am SUPER excited about the things that I have done! 

I have been hanging onto these jars since a fellow teacher dropped them in the "trash" much to the chagrin of my husband - you gotta have vision man! 

Using the gold spray paint I turned these into real beauties! 
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 Materials: 

  • glass objects (jars, glasses, dishes, etc.) 
  • Painters tape 
  • Metallic gold spray paint 
  • Exacto knife could be useful when tearing the tape off I may use this next time  

 Tape the jars in whatever design you would like
Cover the exposed glass with paper 
Spray in a well ventilated area - I did about three coats
Gently remove the tape and TADA!! Handy and stylish containers to fill to your hearts desire! 
Great color for the holidays as well! 

In the family room, I spray painted the outlet plates gold... 
 I painted Roberto, The Ram
I also spray painted the bottom of this plain chip and dip set to make it POP a little more: 
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Again, a fabulous color for holiday use as well. 

My salvaged desk. This poor thing had seen better days and while it did have a sleek, somewhat modern look, I just couldn't get it to fit anywhere. Add a little gold spray paint ...
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Please disregard the unfinished wall in the background, that project is still under way! 
After seeing an adorable post on Sugar & Cloth of whom I just adore! I knew I HAD to make this canvas. So since I was in the mood for gold, I also painted this which will eventually hand above the desk once the wall is completed. 
The paint spatters began as an accident, not sure If I should paint over them or leave them ...
So, if you are like me and are in LOVE with GOLD - try out some of these very simple DIY creations. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Grand Deck REVEAL!

I cannot express how incredibly proud of my husband I am!

We knew that we were going to have to replace our deck when we bought the house but thanks to a "miraculous" wind storm that damaged his parent's porch (see the story behind this HERE) we were able to begin the remodel much sooner and cheaper than we thought.
came to KC with an intricate handmade colonial style railing that I thought would help add a lot of character to our house. And, because he is so amazingly talented, he liked it and agreed to make it!
So, here we are, a month later with the most AMAZING deck in the world! Please bear with me, I took a LOT of pictures!
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*Proud Grin* 
We continue working on tweaks here and there and are contemplating the layout of the lower deck which we will be rebuilding sometime in the future. Until then, we are very happy to have our beautiful deck back! 
EVERYBODY COME OVER FOR A COOKOUT!