Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Deal of the Day

I have been searching high and low for an iron bed for my daughter's room.  I spotted a couple different styles while in IKEA, but they weren't quite right for my my daughter's taste.  So imagine my surprise when I spotted this beauty while browsing Craigslist last night. 

The ad read as follows:  Antique Iron Bed Frame - $35
Antique Iron Bed Frame, Headboard, Footboard, and Rails, Twin sized.
Fits 41" wide x 69 1/2" long box mattress, Frame is 75 1/2" long clear.

Um hello, yes please,  I'll take it!!

The seller was a good hour away from me, but that didn't make me want it any less.  My husband and I drove out this morning and met the seller at his house.  He was such a nice guy and we enjoyed the road trip!

I can't wait for my daughter to get home from school, so she can see it!  She's just like me and seriously enjoys thrift shopping and makeovers!  But I doubt we'll agree on painting it the same color! ;)  Stay tuned for the after pics!!

You can view the iron bed makeover here

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spruce Up Your Doormat

  My doormat had seen better days.  At one point it was a nice welcome mat to our home.  Now, it looks far less inviting.  Sure I could have tossed it and purchased something nicer, but I was convinced I could upgrade it with a can of spray paint.

  Before spraying, I taped around the sides with painter's tape and placed an "A" in the center for our last name.

I covered the entire mat with spray paint and hoped for the best!

Not the greatest, but definitely better!  It was a nice start to a little outside Fall decorating.

  My girl Bella, who normally doesn't like to be outside longer than to use the bathroom, came outside to join me.

While Princess slept comfortably!  Ah, the life!  Oh well...

I hope you guys are having a beautiful day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Burlap Garland

 A few weeks ago while browsing through Pinterest, I came across the most stunning linen garland made by Jenni at, Beautiful Nest.  I was inspired to make my own!

Although Jenni used linen, I was able to achieve a similar look using burlap.  Burlap is one of my favorite materials to work with.  In the past I've used it cover a headboard, create an earring display, recover a lampshade and make a pillow.  Its large weave pattern made it perfect for this project.

For the complete tutorial visit Jenni's blog!  She has many awe-inspiring projects.  You'll be glad you stopped by!

*Thanks so much to Laurie @ Tip Junkie and Amy @ WhisperWood Cottage for featuring my garland on their fabulous sites!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Corn Husk Wreath

I was inspired by this Martha Stewart wreath and decided to create my own.

After purchasing my supplies I was ready to go!
-a straw wreath (no need to unwrap)
-dried corn husks (purchased at an international food market)
-approximately 3 packs of U pins (purchased at a craft store)

I followed Martha's tutorial and started layering the husks after soaking them in water for about 10 minutes.

  It wasn't hard to do, a little time consuming, but not hard at all!  The steps go a little quicker if you're listening to music or catching up on DVR'd shows, while you build your wreath.

The closer you stack the husks,  the fuller your wreath will be.

While I was at it, I decided to add a touch of Fall to my tabletop.

Can you tell the fake pears from the real ones?

These guys are the fake ones!

 And these, are totally edible!

Happy Fall!

*Thank-you so much to Michelle @ Someday Crafts , Stephanie Lynn @ Under The Table and Dreaming and The CSI Project for featuring my wreath on their blogs!

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Stick Vase

  Who says decorating has to be expensive?  Brighten up your home for Fall with items you may have in your yard.

Gather some sticks, cut them to size, then glue them around a spaghetti jar, for an inexpensive vase!

If you're interested you can view my previous spaghetti jar vases here and here.

*Thank-you so much to Donna@ Funky Junk Interiors for featuring my vase on her Facebook page!

I am linking this post to:
Funky Junk Interiors

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bench Makeover

  I purchased this bench from a seller on Craigslist a few months ago.  It's a good size and I thought it would look nice on my porch.  Although the color wasn't bad as is, I decided to paint over it using leftover paint I had on hand.

  After giving the bench a fresh coat of paint, I felt like it looked a little plain.  I added a stencil pattern to the top of bench using template from Emily at Jones Design Company.

My pattern didn't turn out as well as I hoped blamed in part to my crappy paint brush and unsteady hands...

but, overall I am pleased with the new look!

Thank-you so much Emily for sharing your template!

  *A huge thanks to Kim at Today's Creative Blog for featuring my bench on her Facebook page and Kristi at Addicted 2 Decorating for featuring my bench on her blog!  You guys are awesome!!!!

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