Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sunburst Mirror!

See how lonely it is up there??

Viola! Problem solved. ;)

So...my dear, sweet, wonderful step-sister, Jenafer thought that I might enjoy this little tutorial on a sunburst mirror {from Flamingo Toes, a guest blogger at:http://www.bluecricketdesign.net/2011/03/guest-post-sunburst-mirror-by-flamingo-toes.html#comment-47616since I was stumped as to what to put on the wall in between my two clusters on top of my kitchen cabinets. DID I EVER?!!! It was the PERFECT solution!!! She has great taste and I totally value her opinion. I went out the NEXT DAY and bought all the supplies from the D.I. (and a mirror from Hobby Lobby) and assembled it in a matter of about 30 min. SO easy. SO stylin'. SO PERFECT. It added some great shine and glitz up there. (Once again...these are W.I.P photos of the kitchen...I just couldn't wait to share this tutorial with you.) ;) And yes, those darn speakers will be gone the next time I take a picture. ;)
The only thing that I did differently was that I used another piece of cardboard on top of the silverware and then used silicone glue to adhere the plate on top of the second cardboard piece. Happy crafting everyone!!

The best part: $6.00, people!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Before and After Desk and Chair

The DESK: Before

And AFTER:I LOVE this DESK! This was a seriously fantastic find from the DI. (Always from the DI. ;) I walked by it and did one of those comical double takes complete with jaw dropping. I immediately fell in loVE! ;) It was so pretty and petite and ornate. (...swoon...) Since I had just moved the vanity desk that used to be in Ali's room down into Lizzy's room (a post of her room will follow) there was an empty space in Ali's room that needed to be filled. I seriously didn't think I would be able to find something to replace it. But I DID! And it is WAY better. ;) AND!!!!...it was ONLY $30!!!
I actually did like the ivory and gold colors that it came in because there is so much gold in the room. It also created depth and dimension to the desk. Unfortunately, there were some color variations on the desk and it was yellowed in some areas. It also had a few nicks and scratches. So I made the decision to paint it all a crisp white to match the armior (that was also re-vamped...a post will arrive shortly. ;) and to match the white guest bed in the room.
To do this, I had to use an oil-based primer first because I wasn't sure what type of finish was on the piece. Oil-based is wonderful because it adheres to ANYTHING. There is no sanding required (although I did it for good measure anyway) and you may use any top coat that you want. My sis, Ashley was visiting before leaving on her mission and we had fun doing this project together. Many thanks to her. ;) We added a top coat of crisp white and painted the hardware as well. One of the drawers was missing it's hardware so we moved the hardware that was on the top right drawer over to the top left drawer that was missing the hardware and replaced it with a crystal knob from Hobby Lobby.
I accented it with (...and this is my favorite part of the desk...)some books that had the shapes and widths that I wanted and just covered them with beautiful, coordinating scrapbook paper. I smile every time I see them. My favorite book is in the middle. It looks very "Jane-Austin-reminiscent" to me (and I'm a huge Jane Austin fan). I topped those books with a lovely little crystal vase (or candle holder???...not sure...) and added a silk peony flower ('cause I love them. :) Of course, the awesome phone that I got from DI (forever ago) is there to complete it.Oh! And I snagged that cute little flower frame from DI as well. It was kinda perfect and I put one of my favorite pictures of all time in it. It is a picture of Ali's cousin, Nate taking a taste of Ali just to see how sweet she really is. ;) My theory is that these are the personal touches that really make you fall in love with a room. My favorite things in a room are the things with history, sentimental value or if it's a super fabulous piece that also has a function to it.

Desk: $30 stinkin' bucks. It was a steal!
Primer: $0.00 It was left-over from the Armior
Paint: $0.00 Again...it was left-over from the Armior
Books: $0.00 Found 'em in my own library
Crystal Vase: $0.75?- DI
Peony Flower: $3.00 - Hobby Lobby
Crystal Knob: $ 1.50 - On sale at Hobby Lobby
Flower Frame: $0.50? DI
Print of the cutest little cousins, ever: $0.13
Phone: $0.00 Because I already had it but I think I got it at DI forever ago for only $5.00

Total Cost: $35.88 for the cutest little desk in town. ;)


So this chair actually belongs in Lizzy's room but I had it in Ali's room for the Studio 5 filming (because I have not found "the perfect chair" for Ali's desk yet). When I got this chair home from the DI, I immediately removed somebody's attempt at basket-weaving and made a little ruffle back for it. (I'm obsessed with ruffles...I mean...SERIOUSLY obsessed.) Since my dear sister was here (who is way better at sewing than I am) I let her have the project of the seat cushion. (Aren't I so kind? hehe) I explained to her that I wanted it round and that I wanted the ruffles from the back of the chair to be replicated in a circular pattern on the cushion to imitate a flower. I showed her how to do the ruffles out of chiffon (chiffon is hard to work with and you have to flame-finish ALL the edges...ugh. It's very tedious but it is worth it because it's so beautiful) I flamed, she sewed and she created a beautiful masterpiece. I really heart her. ;)
I decided not paint the chair because I loved the rustic wood and metal finishes on it. It makes it look like it has a history and a story behind it. My sister, Crystal was right...painting the chair would have "cheesed" it up. ;)
The best part: It was $5!! Man, I love the DI!
Chair: $5.00 (Seriously?!)
Fabric: $0.00...Already had it in my stash but it would have only cost a couple bucks anyway.
Total Cost: $5.00 for the cutest little chair in town to match the cutest little desk in town. ;)

Friday, March 4, 2011

I'm gonna be on TV!!!

Studio 5 is a local Utah lifestyle show that is on channel 5 (KSL) Mon.-Fri. at 11:00 am MST. They feature the latest in crafting, fashion, food, interior design and general lifestyle advice. Basically, it's my favorite show ever. ;)

Well, they feature a 'Happy Homes' segment once a month about what in your home makes you happy. GUESS WHO will be featured??!!! I'm SOOOO excited!! (eeeek!)

On their show, they asked viewers to submit pictures of a cool, unique feature in their home that makes them happy. So I submitted a picture of the tree mural in Alice's nursery because I thought it was possibly unique enough to get on the show.

A month or so later, I got a call from the one and only Jill Grover or "Jilly Willy". She is a wonderful interior designer and makes these (http://www.jilliewillie.com/) insanely adorable I-can't-stand-'em aprons that many of the stars have. ;) She informed me that Studio 5 loved the tree and that they would be coming to MY house the next week to film the Nursery!

It was a serious MAD rush to get ready just in case they filmed in any other area of the house.

They came and filmed on the 16th of February and it was tons of fun. It went a lot faster then I thought it would and she said it went really well so HOPEFULLY I didn't make a complete fool of myself. I have a lot of my great-grandmothers wonderful things displayed in Ali's room including her milliner's wooden head complete with pin marks still in it from the 1920's and also a French cracker jar from her wedding in 1928. I talked a lot about those things on camera because that really is the thing that makes me happy about the design of that room. The fact that Alice has so much heritage in her room makes me smile, literally, every time that I go in that room...along with the fact that there is the cutest baby in the world jumping and smiling at me from the crib.

It should be airing within the next couple of weeks so I will keep all of you posted. ;)
Meanwhile...I will be posting all of my fun 'Before and After' projects that I've been doing to beat the winter blues and get ready for the Studio 5 show. ;)

Before and After Demask Chair

This first 'Before and After' is a fantasic treasure because it was FREEEEE! It is a chair that my wonderful friend just GAVE to me!! After pulling out HUNDREDS of staples, removing the ugly early 90's fabric and taking out quite a few studs... Here you go. I originally wanted to do a zebra print because I thought it would photograph so wonderfully but then I spotted this Demask pattern in the fabric store and gasped. It was quite the splurge at $14.99/yard (and that's on sale from $19.99!) but I think it was so worth it since the chair was free. I basically used the fabric that I pulled off the chair as a template for cutting out the Demask fabric. Also, you need to pay attention to your pattern when you are cutting so that you can center it on the chair.

Here is the before in all of it's early 90's glory. ;)After a coat of high-gloss black spray paint and the super-lovely Demask pattern, here she is:
Oh yeah, and I made an ubber-cute round pillow to add depth, texture and bling. The center is actually a belt buckle from a second hand store. hehe.
Chair: Free!
Fabric: $17.00
Trim: $4.00
Staples: $3.00
Total cost: $24.00 buck-a-roos, baby. ;)