Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Chevron Coffee Table

The coffee table in "Orange and Blue on Drake" makes the statement that I was hoping it would.  It's fun, a little mod, a little funky even (thanks to the orange!).  It was a local thrift store purchase, and I knew the minute that I saw it that I was going to paint a chevron design on it.  I had been hoping for a coffee table with a very plain surface so that I could paint a design on it.  This was perfect!!
 Here are two of my little helpers cleaning the table so that I can get to work!

AT first I couldn't figure out the dimensions of the zig zag.  Here's a hint:  DON'T ask your husband!  :)  HE made it so complicated, but I just told him "thank you" and smiled politely because he was working so hard to come up with a formula for my orange and white coffee table!  HE had to go into work, then even called on his way in and said, "Okay, I've got it.  Measure the blah, blah, blah"  He lost me at "measure".  Ha!

I ended up taking a piece of poster paper and cut it the same width as the coffee table.  Then i folded the poster paper in half and placed it on my coffee table.  This would be the very middle zig zag point.  Then I folded the poster board in half again, and these folds became the other two zig zag points (so one in the middle, one to the left of the middle, one to the right of the middle).  I used 2 inch wide blue painters tape and therefore made the zig -zags 2 inches wide.  Easy.  I didn't  even have to make a pattern!

And here she is in her new home!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wall Bling

It was hard for me to get a good picture of this project because the room is so tiny.  The room is simply a very small foyer that needed a little more personality.    I painted the walls in a creamy white, then used a Hobby Lobby stencil and orange paint to make the design on the wall.   It was cute enough.
But I still felt like it needed a little something else.  I bought a gold paint pen and made small gold circles at each "point" where the individual designs met.  It was a little too slow for me and didn't have quite the impact that I had hoped it would.  Somewhere along the way I had the idea to use gold thumbtacks instead!  The Dollar Tree sells 300 tacks for a dollar and I bought 4 packs.  That's a lot of thumb tacks!  And the numbness in my thumb will attest to that!  
It's such a fun and unexpected "bling"!  I love that I did this right when you walk into the house.  It sends a message, loud and clear, that this is going to be a FUN house!

I can't wait to show you where else I used the thumbtacks!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The House Tour

I've been asked quite a few times about "the story" behind "Orange and Blue on Drake", so today seems like a good day to tell the whole story (although really there's not that much to tell).  We live right around the corner from "orange and Blue", so when a For Sale sign went in the yard of the house, I was a little curious.  But the price tag made me very curious!  It was a very good deal.  Besides the fact that it still had no central air and one non-functioning bathroom, the rest of the work that would needed to be done to the house would mainly be cosmetic. 

It really wasn't until the seller accepted our offer and we were well into the buying process that I had the idea to rent the house out for game day weekends, graduations, etc.  I liked the idea of having a little "home away from home" that we could use for Bunko, bible studies, coffee, etc.  And the idea of renting to college students for a year at a time did not appeal to me!  So we decided to furnish it and rent it out fully furnished.  I opened a business account and then the real fun began!  Because I needed to furnish and decorate this house on a pretty tight budget, my motto was "yard, sale, thrift store, or free."  It's amazing how creative you can be when you're trying to stick to a budget.  Except for the sofa and beds (mattresses), everything was either purchased at a yard sale, purchased from a thrift store, pulled from my attic, or pulled off the side of the road!

So now it's time for the offcial house tour, with side-bits of information along the way!  Enjoy!

This is the foyer.  I love the arch doorway, and I love that it's right there as soon as you walk in the front door!
I stenciled the foyer with a cute stencil that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  As the decor of the house began to emerge, I decided to add a little bling to the stencil and used gold thumb tacks from the dollar tree at each crosspoint.
 I think I pushed about 1200 tacks into the wall.  I'm not sure I'll ever regain full feeling in my thumb!

The picture below is a picture of the living room,  just beyond the foyer.  The pillow on the sofa was one of my first purchases.  At $105, I'd definitely consider it a splurge for this house.  But because I had saved so much by shopping at yard sales and thrift stores, I justified the splurge. 

The pillow is actually animal hide and it is SO COOL! LOVE this pillow!  Purchased it at Moxii in Auburn.  You must check them out!  The art above the sofa was another DIY project.  You can read more about it HERE
The coffee table was a quick and easy DIY project. I knew I wanted a chevron pattern somewhere in the house, so when I found a coffee table with a very plain and flat surface, I snatched it up! Not only did I love the flat surface, but I also loved the brass caps on the legs.
The chair below was a $40 purchase at the thrift store.  It's kind of funny because I really did not want to pay for $40 for this chair.  My original plan was to paint it a high-gloss aqua, but when I brought it home, my husband REALLY liked it and thought it would be a mistake to paint it.  It eventually grew me and I decided not to paint it.   The fabric on the chair really helps add a certain flair to the whole room.  You can't tell from the pictures, but the brown on the fabric is velvet.  So glad that I decided to splurge on the $40 chair!

The bar cart was a side-of-the -road save!  It was just the metal part, but I had Home Depot cut some plywood for me and I had the glass shop cut a $10 glass piece for me that I put on the top shelf only.    I cut some hounds tooth fabric and placed it on the plywood pieces.  The lamp was from the Goodwill, and the lamp shade was also a DIY.  I used a paper napkin from Hobby Lobby and mod-podged it all the way around the shade.  I think I used three napkins, and I had to cut and piece them together so that the design would match up, but it was a really quick, easy, and inexpensive project with huge impact.  This is the second time that I've used a napkin and Mod-Podge to cover a lamp shade.  If you'd like a tutorial, click HERE.
  The little table below was a $3.00 thrift store purchase that I quickly spray painted aqua.  It was the perfect size and the perfect price!  The print right above it was a freebie from Danielle Oakey.  The mirrored frame was a $2.00 purchase from a yard sale.
The book shelf was one that I already had.  It was actually painted cow print from my son's barn-themed room 10 years ago.  I found some great looking aqua crocodile wrapping paper at TJMaxx.  I purchased a large piece of foam board from Hobby Lobby, cut it the size of the back of my book shelf, sprayed it with adhesive and adhered the wrapping paper to the foam board.  I stapled the foam board to the back of the bookshelf and BAM! Prest-O Change-O!  The art above the bookshelf was also a free DIY project that you can read about HERE.
The TV console was a $15 purchase that I snatched up REALLY QUICKLY from the Salvation Army.  It was exactly what I had in mind, and for $15, it was even better than what I had in mind.  You won't believe the BEFORE pics.  Click HERE to see its transformation. The mirrors were from TJMaxx.  The dog was $7.00 from Ross.  The vases were Target clearance (MAJOR clearance), and the white lacquered croc box was from Ross.  The chairs were from the thrift store.  I spray painted them gold and reupholstered the seats.

 The orange dining room is right next to the living room.  It connects to the kitchen and to the screened-in porch (which is actually on the front of the house).  I purchased the window treatments from the thrift store for $25.oo.  To bring in the aqua, I added the aqua grosgrain ribbon to the window treatments and spray painted the lamp finials aqua.  I also purchased a few bottles of water from TJMaxx to put on the buffet.  The mirror above the buffet was U-G-L-Y.  It was so ugly that I almost didn't buy it, but it was so cheap that I couldn't pass it up.  I've got to get a before picture posted on here!  But basically I painted it high-gloss white and mod-podged a piece of wrapping paper (TJMaxx) to the top (where it used to say "WELCOME" in gold sticky letters).
The bubble gum machine was an afterthought.  I didn't bring it over til the day before Open House.  It was collecting dust in the corner of my house, so I decided to bring out the spray paint and give it a little transformation.  The goldfish added the right splash of color that I needed!

This is a view of the kitchen from the dining room.  The rug was an $8.00 (!!!) score from Fred's.  Yes, Fred's.  I was getting tired of all the bright color, so a white kitchen seemed like a good idea, plus the splash of color really pops against the white.
The little curtains were actually tea towels from Target.  $2.99 for both!  Yippee!

The printables were freebies.  I typed in "FREE KITCHEN PRINTABLES" on Pinterest, and all sorts of goodies popped up on the screen!  The large frames were from the Dollar Spot at Target.  The smaller frames were also from Target, but they weren't a dollar.
The bulletin boards were another quick and easy DIY project that had a huge impact on the white kitchen.  The bulletin boards were 50 cent yard sale purchases that were personalized with someone else's name.  Perfect!  I covered them with fabric from JoAnns and added a little aqua ribbon left over from my curtain project in the dining room.  My eight year old added the felt aqua flower!

I painted stripes in the hallway.  A total time killer, but so very worth it! I also framed my AC thermostat (thanks , Pinterest, for the cute idea!)
I painted the hall bath a pale blue, which is a nice soft contrast against the more harsh stripes in the hall.  An orange bath mat and two orange towels help tie it all together.  I opted for just a plain ole white shower curtain because the stripes in the hall were busy enough!

Once again, Pinterest to the rescue.  This time I typed "FREE BATHROOM PRINTABLES".  I framed them in white Target frames.  That little rubber ducky was one of my favorite purchases.  I didn't know there was a blue and orange rubber duck in existence!  It was ONE DOLLAR from the Dollar Tree.

The Kid's Room is one of my faves!  It makes me happy! For one thing, it was a REALLY inexpensive bedroom.  I already had the bed frames and coverlets.  I scored the beds about 12 years ago from a yard sale.  $25 for both!  They've been painted every color under the sun, but I think I like them best in the plain gloss white.  The orange furry pillows were from Homegoods.  They look like they were made from a bath mat!  The cool orange lamp was a Homegoods clearance purchase.  The orange cross was a 50 cent thrift store purchase.  The bedside table was from a yard sale (of course I sprayed it orange and used Hobby Lobby half-price knobs).  I made the flags from leftover fabric and a couple of bandannas.  The vintage Auburn felt hat on the bed was a $2.00 purchase from the thrift sore.  About a dozen people offered to buy it during the Open House.  It reminded everyone of the 70"s childhood!  Again, I took advantage of the "Free Printables" via Pinterest.

I so wish I had a BEFORE pic of this dresser!  It was really bad!  I sanded it, filled holes, and sanded some more.  Then primed it, painted it, and added those lovely knobs.  I originally painted the top white, as well.  But painting it orange (from the coffee table chevron project) was the right choice!  And can you believe I found an aqua and orange tassel?! 

This picture is out of order and for some reason I'm having a hard time moving it.  But it's a little niche in the hallway.  I adore it! :) Trophy from thrift shop with Dollar Tree pencils.  The bird is from the Target Dollar Spot.  The little painting I sacrificed from my own house. :(
This bedroom just kind of evolved, but I'm pleased with the end result.  I painted the bedroom white before I even knew what I was going to do with it.   I had a hard time finding something that I liked.  I finally found that blue velvet chair at the thrift store for $40.  It was in EXCELLENT condition, and it became my starting point.  I found a set of six blue curtains at the thrift store ($3 per panel).  I used one of them to cover a DIY headboard.  I added white grosgrain ribbon to the headboard and to the curtain panels. Amd just an FYI - the sunburst mirror was only $34 from Home Depot (martha Stewart).  It only comes in gold, but I sprayed this one silver.  Loved the price tag on this mirror!
I like this little corner.  The LOVE art was super easy and inexpensive.  I used a can of silver spray paint to spray paint chipboard letters from Hobby Lobby, then I just used a glue gun to adhere them to a plain white canvas.  EZ!  The mirror was from my attic (sprayed the frame silver) and the shelf was from the playhouse outside!  The silver tray on the wall was from the thrift, and the orange balls were clearance (50 cents) Halloween Target items.  I'm not sure I'm going to keep them there.  They look kind of puny.  The lamp was in my attic but I had to purchase the shade (Lowe's).  The white pillow was from Target.  The silver box and over sized jacks were both from Ross.
These curtains were fun!  After I added the white ribbon, I decided to try something that I thought about while I was pushing in the 1200 tacks in the foyer!  I had seen some studded trim at my sister's house, and I so wanted some studded trim!!  So i used regular thumb tacks (silver) from the Dollar Tree (300 for $1!) and pushed them through the ribbon.  Each tack is one iPhone width apart.  :)  After I pushed the tack through, I used a hammer to gently bend the pointy part of the tack.  It bent and kind of clamped down so it is securely attached.  I wish I had a picture of the underside for you.  This would have looked great with gold thumb tacks, but I already had the silver thing going on in the room.  But really, the possibilities are endless.  I'll be using this idea again!

The dresser was given to me by a sweet friend.  It had been in her garage collecting dust, so I took it off her hands.  I cleaned it up a bit, primed it, painted it, added new knobs.   LOVE how it turned out so crisp and clean. 

Last but not least...the MASTER BEDROOM.  I tried to make it a little more sophisticated than the rest of the house.  The same friend who gave me the dresser from the previous room also GAVE(as in FREE) me this armoire.  The books, picnic basket, globe, and metal stool were all thrift store purchases.  The little oil painting was a $4.00 clearance purchase from Kirklands.  The AU are cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby.
Believe it or not, those cool geometric orange and brown window treatments were also a thrift store score.  In fact, I think I bought those early-on and decided to do the room around these curtains.  The lamps were from Homegoods, the quilt from TJMaxx (clearance).  The painting above the bed was a major Kirkland's clearance item.  It was only $40!

The Master Bedroom has it's own bathroom.  It's small, but it works!  I had originally pinned the picture below and asked my husband to "help me make it like the picture". I was pretty impressed with his skills!!
So that just about covers it!  Let me know if you have any questions.  And if you're interested in renting it, click HERE.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

DIY EZ Mod Art

In the "Orange and Blue House on Drake", I needed something really fun and unique to hang above the sofa. After scouring Pinterest, I was pinspired to make the piece below. I had only seen others done in one color (mainly gold), but I thought I'd see what it would look like with three or four colors. I love it!

To make this simple statement piece, I purchased a large canvas (30 x 40) from Hobby Lobby and several different types (glittered, glossy, etc) and several colors of card stock paper. I used my 2 inch circle cutter to cut the card stock, then my eight year old and I started playing around with the placement of the circles. We used a glue gun to glue them in place. Big impact for little $!

Monday, February 6, 2012

DIY Mod Art

The piece of art above the sofa in this picture was easy, fun, and inexpensive. It adds just the right amount of color and "pop" that I needed for this room!

I purchased a large piece of canvas (30 x 40) from Hobby Lobby, along with several sheets of cardstock scrapbook paper in various colors and textures (glitter, foil, etc). I used my 2 inch circle cutter to cut the cardstock into circles. I used a glue gun to attach the circles to the canvas. There was no method to my madness. In fact, my eight year old daughter helped with the placement of the circles. I've seen similar art like this on pinterest, but this is the first time I've seen it done with more than one color. I was a little nervous, but I couldn't be any happier with the results!!!

Hope this inspires you to be creative and come up with your own version!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My $15 Score!

I found this dresser at the Salvation Army for only $15. While it's not a true campaign style dresser, for $15 it will work!! The top two drawers were missing (hence the price tag), but I wanted to put the television above it and put the DVD player in the area where the drawers would be.

My sweet husband cut a sheet of plywood and secured it to the inside of the piece, making the "shelves" for the DVD player and docking station. The piece of furniture is actually laminate, so I had to prime it with oil based Kilz, and use a few coats of oil based paint. I still want to add the right angle brass thingies to each corner, but for now, I really like how it turned out! (By the way, I'm going to put a chair under each mirror - kinda bugging me in this picture!).

Happy Weekend!!

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