house bound

What does one do when their car breaks down, it’s the coldest week of the year and is stuck in the house? Stencil the bedroom wall, of course. I grew very tired of cleaning and organizing last week when I was housebound so I decided the bedroom wall needed some pizzazz. I grabbed my trusty Moroccan stencil and started chalking the outline. I decided I didn’t really want a standout design, I wanted something more subtle, yet metallic, so I used my mercury glaze instead of paint. The pics were taken when the paint was still wet so I’m hoping it will tone down a bit once dry.

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the halls are decked…

Not much going on around here. Just finished up the Christmas decorating…

2013-12-011…and found a great little vintage stool that I painted yellow. I just needed something next to the chair to hold a beverage or magazine and didn’t want a large side/end table…so, a $9 stool and some yellow spray paint and ta-da!

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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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stair/hallway re-do

In typical Niftythriftygirl fashion, I like to change things up every few years so, while I really liked the look of my wallpapered stair risers, I was a bit sick of looking at the pattern every single day. This is what it looked like…

DSC02815Initially I was going to select a new, less busy pattern for the risers since the wallpaper route is really the simplest option. Once I started looking at papers I came across this one that I fell in love with…

Picture 1and decided to go an entirely different route. I was actually getting a bit sick of the pink hallway walls, as well…

DSC02832So, I decided to paper the wall at the top of the stairs with the new pattern and paint the remainder of the pink walls a Behr color called “Roman Plaster” (a light, gray/beige shade). I then decided I would paint the stair treads black and leave the risers white. Why, oh why, do I always create more work for myself?!

I removed all of the old wallpaper (easy as pie!), primed half of the stair treads and started painting.

IMG_6038I was worried I wouldn’t like the final look and that it might be too dark since there is only a small window in the upstairs hallway so before I went on I started hanging the paper.

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IMG_6037-001Oh, how I love the look of this paper! I decided that the black & white combo would be a perfect, classic look so I went on and finished the stairs.

IMG_6041-001I am thrilled with the final result!

IMG_6042-001So, stay tuned because in another 3-4 years I will surely be changing the stairs again!

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