Christmas glitter houses

I had planned on spending the day cleaning but I’ve been dying to get crafty so I put the vacuum cleaner away and got out the cardboard houses I had purchased from Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago.

I’ve been eyeing Christmas glitter houses for quite some time. I had originally planned on constructing mine from scratch but because I was afraid I’d never get them made before Christmas I decided to purchase the pre-made type. I’ve been collecting glitter, small trees and embellishments for these houses so I was all ready to get started.

I got out my paint and started to prime…

2013-11-24The small trees and wreaths were dark green so I put them in a bath of bleach and in no time they were white!

I then painted the houses in pastel colors and added some glitter…

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I added snow flakes to the bases (my kitchen is now completely covered in the stuff!).

2013-11-242I added some embellishments to the roofs, glued parchment paper to the insides of the windows, added fences (which I made out of foam core and hot glue) and placed the wreaths, trees and deer…then added some lights and voila!

IMG_6233I love the way these little beauties look with warm glowing windows!

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rainy day project

It’s been raining for days and I’m getting cabin fever so I had to come up with a fun project to lift my spirits.

We just cleaned the deck and arranged the new wicker furniture so I decided to make some coasters for the coffee table. I wanted something durable since they will be used outside…not sure if these will hold up, but I’ll let you know how they weather!

I purchased some stone tile…

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Cleaned them well with soap and water and headed out to the garage with a can of chalkboard spray paint…

IMG_2731I let the spray paint dry for 24 hrs, then prepped the surface by rubbing it with chalk.

I added some bumpers to the bottom…

IMG_2736And presto!….some super cute chalkboard coasters…

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pre-spring cleaning & arranging

I typically wait until spring to clean and rearrange my house but when I found this fantastic rug I decided I would bump up the cleaning/rearranging a few months!

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I was a bit hesitant to put this much pattern on my floor but really loved the look so I went for it and boy, am I glad I did!

IMG_1978I also found this chair…so I, of course, had to have it too.

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Added some new artwork to the walls….

IMG_1976And the room is complete (except I still need to hang the curtains).

IMG_1983I get alot of questions about where I get my furniture/decor so I will list a few of the sources for you:

White slipcovered chairs: IKEA

White slipcovered couch: Arhaus

Rug: o.co

Yellow lamp shades: Target

Yellow chair: Target

Accent pillows: TJ Maxx

B&W ceiling fixture: o.co

Pink side table: estate sale

TV stand: thrift store (painted gloss white & removed upper drawers)

White sunburst mirror: Family Dollar (was originally gold, I spray painted it white)

Pink ottoman: Hayneedle

Plant stands: auction

Coffee table: my Dad’s highschool shop project circa 1950!

Artwork:  my original photos & paintings

new (old) kitchen cabinet

I’ve been searching for the perfect sized cabinet to go in my kitchen…and I finally found it! It’s a vintage Hoosier-type go along cabinet. My friend has a great antique barn business and I just happened to pop in one day and there was the cabinet, sitting right in front of me.

My kitchen walls are a dark brown color so I knew the yellowy-beige & white color combo on the cabinet would work well. It did, however, need a little tweaking so I decided to hand stencil the front panels.

I found a template online and reduced it to the size I needed. I then simply traced the pattern on the cabinet with a pencil…

Then used a small flat paintbrush and followed along the interior of the design.

It was time consuming but oh, so worth it. I love the final result!

mirror makeover

I love when I find an inexpensive, decorative mirror at a yard sale or thrift store and this mirror was no exception. It was a mere $2 and I knew it would look great spray painted.

So, for my last spray painting project of the year I chose a nice, bright yellow…

It looks great on my gray walls. So, the next time you see one of these ugly gold mirrors…don’t be afraid…take it home and make it lovely!!

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