Friday, May 30, 2014

BEST OF THE NEST LINK PARTY {4}


I'm keeping things short and sweet today...we're swamped running the garage sale today and tomorrow!  Y'all, I cleaned out, no fooling around!

Here are our favorite projects from May:

Dimples and Tangles // DIY Lacquered Boxes



Simple Details // DIY Metal Range Hood






Shine Your Light // TV Armoire Turned Bar Cabinet



So, even though I'm sure May has been crazy busy for everyone, we can't wait to see what you've been up to! 

Just a few rules to remember when linking up:
*Link to your specific post, not your home page.
*Please make sure that your project is from THIS month (April).
*Only ONE link per person!
*Please link back to one of the hosts in your post.  Only those with a link will be considered for a feature!  You may include a text link or use the button below.
*Spread some comment love - please visit and comment on at least two other links in the                    party.


Have a terrific weekend!




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Thursday, May 29, 2014

HOW TO PAINT ODD SHAPES WITH FROGTAPE® SHAPE TAPE


I have been so excited to try out FrogTape's® new Shape Tape!  I have long been a fan of FrogTape® and the crisp lines that are a result of it's PaintBlock® Technology.  You may think painter's tape is painter's tape, but this one is super scientific!  PaintBlock® is a super-absorbent polymer that reacts with latex paint and instantly gels to form a barrier, sealing the edges of the tape.  Sounds tricky, but it truly prevents paint bleeding and gives a perfectly clean edge!  I have used the traditional FrogTape® for several projects, and have been so pleased and amazed at the fantastic results.


Recently, FrogTape® has come out with a new line of Shape Tapes.  They are available in Chevron, Wave, or Scalloped patterns and open up a whole world of creative possibilities!  I recently tried the Wave pattern on a project I've been wanting to do for a long time.


Immediately upon opening the container, there were a few things that I noticed that I really liked.  First, the tape has a backing that is split down the middle for easy removal.  It allows you to peel off half of the backing, get the tape positioned, and then peel off the rest and secure the tape.  And second, there are register marks printed right on the tape, making lining it up if needed so much easier!


I've been wanting to do something fun with this ginger jar that I picked up a few months ago, and when I got the wave Shape Tape I knew this would be the perfect project for it!  The tape would be great to use on walls or even for a cute detail on curtains or pillows, but I really liked how manageable it was on a curvy shape like this container.  I'll show you how I transformed it in a few easy steps!


Step 1: You will probably want to prime your piece.  I chose to prime to cover the design and so the paint would adhere well to the ceramic material.  Lightly spray several coats to cover.


Step 2:  Primer often leaves a gritty finish.  When completely dry, use a fine sandpaper to lightly sand to a smooth finish, then spray with your base color.  I chose glossy white.


Step 3:  Begin applying the FrogTape® Shape Tape to achieve desired pattern. Since I was working with a curved shape and the tape didn't lay flat, I started with the top center of the wave and pressed to adhere that section first.



Step 4:  Then, I slowly pressed from the center of the tape out toward the edge.  Since it's on a curve, it will naturally crease together and I made sure that the edges of the folds were still lined up to create a continuous edge line.


Step 5:  Go around all of the tape edges and press down very firmly with your finger.  Make sure that all edges are adhered to your container well to ensure crisp lines.


Step 6:  I added a design to the lid also by cutting some dots out of regular FrogTape®.


Step 7:  Lightly spray with your desired color.  Several light coats work best to prevent paint drips.


Step 8:  Within about 10 minutes of spraying the final coat, begin peeling the tape off.  Delight in the perfectly clean lines and crisp edges!


Step 9:  Enjoy your beautiful finished product and tell everyone that you made it yourself!



FrogTape® would love to tweet with you and see the amazing projects you dream up with their fun new product.  Follow them on Twitter for even more creative inspiration. 

What wonderful things do you think YOU could make with the chevron, wave, or scallop tape?  I think the possibilities are endless!  I'd love to know what you come up with!



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CLEANING OUT


I've finally reached a turning point.  The point where I'm ready to GET RID of things.  Sure, I've had garage sales and let things go in the past, but this time I'm serious.  I'm past thinking "Maybe I'll need this at our next house," or "Maybe I'll need this for a new vignette," or "Maybe I'll need this for     fill in the blank    ".  I'm actually ready to get rid of every little thing I'm tired of or I don't LOVE completely.  I'm ready to be brutal.

That's a big deal for me.  I have LOTS of pretty things that I enjoy rotating and switching in and out of use, but it's stuff that crowding every nook and cranny of our closets and cabinets and garage and attic, and I'm D.O.N.E.  Actually, I'm feeling a bit suffocated by it all, so it's time.  I think I had to get to the point of feeling that way to be ready to let go of so much.  I'm ready to value the space rather than the stuff.

I mean really, who has a drawer FULL of scented candles?  Me.


And that's not even my decorative candles.  Those have a cabinet all their own.  I have 3 boxes full from a few drawers in my entry dresser and the living room cabinets. That's a very small start, and we have miles to go.


I even have a few furniture items I'm ready to part with, including this sofa (after living with it for a few months it's not quite right for us-so the sale proceeds are earmarked for a brand new one!), these chairs, my daughter's bed, and maybe this chair and ottoman, although the chairs might go on Craig's List because I'm asking a little more than garage sale prices.

Just letting you know, we're getting ready for an epic garage sale soon, and I'll probably be scarce on the internet this week.  I want to spend every ounce of energy and spare second purging and preparing. However, it's already time for the Best of the Nest Link Party again on Friday, so I'll be back then to see what lovely projects from May you have to show off!

Wish me luck...I'm going in...

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

5TH GRADE GRADUATION SCHOOL GYM DECORATIONS AND TEACHER GIFTS


Hi friends!  I'm in for a Saturday post today.  Things got a little crazy this week as we prepared to wrap up school yesterday, so I wanted to catch you up today.

Fifth grade is the last year of Elementary school for us, and our school celebrates with a graduation ceremony.  I was responsible for decorating the gym and thought I'd share a few ideas with you.  Gyms are hard to decorate!  ;)

There is an 8x24 ft. folding partition for the backdrop.  I covered it with black butcher paper (ever tried to hang a 24' long strip of paper by yourself...straight?  It's tough!). I made some register marks with a black sharpie (didn't show afterwards) to keep things semi- lined up over such a large area.  Then, I went to town with the chalk.  I kept it on the simple side, and I like that it ended up resembling a chalkboard, even though that wasn't necessarily the plan.  That's usually how I operate.  I never can tell anyone what they can do to help, because I just add and change things and do it as I go!



One tip, if you're chalking an area that might have a chance of someone rubbing against the design, spray your design lightly with aerosol hairspray.  It will dry clear and greatly reduce the chance of smudges.  Even if it's on a real chalkboard, it will all come clean with a damp rag.

I used a variety of pre-made paper fan circles, balloons, and scrunched up colored paper to resemble flowers.  I had some glittery caps left over so I mixed some of those in too.





I have to show you this, which I stole from my friend's IG feed and it was my inspiration for the backdrop.  Mine didn't even come close, but isn't this amazing?



He's the pastor of the church with this display (if you're near Keller, TX, try out Keystone Church!).  Wouldn't that be fun to have such a fabulous photo spot for special occasion days at church? 

We also decided to designate several "photo booth" areas for family photos after graduation was over.  There were two identical with ballons, pennant and tassel banners, 



and then one with a giant likeness of our school mascot "Rascal."




Lots of fun was had by all!








Lastly, I wanted to quickly show you our teacher gifts.  One, for a creative teacher, was a pack of canvases packaged with a few brushes and a Hobby Lobby gift card.



I got another idea from a different friend's IG feed that she received as a thank-you gift... a cute acrylic pitcher filled with a kitchen towel, wooden spoon, and fresh lemons...all ready for some summer refreshment!



I know lots of you are still in school, and may even have events to prepare for yet, so I hope you've been inspired with a few ideas today.


Have a very Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  


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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, BUT COME MEET A NEW FRIEND!


Well, I was all set with a post that I wanted to share with you today, and as I was working on it last night, of course, I couldn't find 1 or 2 little pictures that I needed.  They're somewhere buried in a few thousand pics on my memory card.  I'll need a little more time to look through and find them.  I've got to find a better system!  I'm bad about not downloading them very often, or naming them, so there are just thousands of numbered photos on my card to flip through.  I'm all ears for good suggestions for dealing with photos!

So, instead, I have an introduction for you today.  Meet my friend (in real life!) Emily from Eleven Gables.  Don't you just love her blog name?  We grew up going to church together.  We bought my first (used) car when I was 16 from her brother (a cherry red 1982 Camaro with a moon roof...sometimes I wish I still had that car!).  We went on youth group ski trips filled with laughter and pillow fights together.  Her family always seemed to personify class, elegance, and grace. You would never know by looking at her gorgeous home, but she loves a good thrift find, as well as anything with a Southern feel, and Staffordshire dogs!  :)

Here's just a sample of the gorgeousness you'll see on Emily's blog.  Very recently, she completed a huge down-to-the-studs kitchen remodel.


Oh, how I'm loving the traditional brick floor and white cabinetry mixed with the updated pendant lanterns and modern lucite barstools!  Here's the before...can you believe it's the same kitchen?


And now she's in the process of working on her formal half bath.  She just made over the vanity with the help of some Annie Sloan chalk paint, and is now on the hunt for the perfect wallpaper!


She is just dipping her toe into the blogging waters, so I'm sure she'd love to meet some new friends.  Please go over and say hi!  You can follow her on Instagram here too, where she shares lots of fun progress shots of the remodeling progress for her beautiful home!

I hope your week is off to a great start!  This is our last week of school, so there is no lack of activities going on.  I'm decorating the school gym for 5th grade graduation (no small task!), but we're keeping it simple and fun.  But for now, I'm off to find those elusive photos!


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Monday, May 19, 2014

BALLARD BOTANICAL PRINTS {HIGH/LOW}


A few days ago I was quickly flipping through a Ballard Designs catalog when this page caught my eye:


I love the botanical prints (and the wood wall, and the black cabinet, and the rattan charis...)!  And then I saw the price:


Whoa!  I'm sure the prints are very nice quality and I realize they come framed, but that little display on the magazine page would set one back a pretty penny.  $1200 to be exact!

I think I started to appreciate my botanical grouping even more.  The entire DIY collection (20 frames rather than 12 in the Ballard ad) totaled just under $100.


Granted, my pictures are pages taken from a book, matted on posterboard, and mounted in inexpensive plastic frames, but for over an $1100 savings, I'll take it.  And, Good Housekeeping even loved it enough to print it in their magazine!


You can read how I made my botanical gallery wall here, and here are a few more super stylish and affordable DIY botanical wall ideas.  If you'd like to pin, please click the link below the photo and pin from the original source.  Thanks!

Simple Details

Ella Claire
Better Homes & Gardens

How about it?  Do you love botanicals as much as I do?  

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

AUDREY HEPBURN INSPIRED WALL ART {SUMMER STYLE SOIREE}



Welcome to our first project of the Summer Style Soiree!  If you're new here, I'm so glad you're visiting.  Many thanks to Heather from Southern State of Mind who is the mastermind behind this little series and challenged us to create some projects through the summer inspired by four famous fashion icons.  We're starting off today with the beautiful Audrey Hepburn!

Well, my choice is no big surprise, but this image of Audrey inspired my project:

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She was a lover of black and white stripes too.  She also had a number of fun quotes, and I chose a line out of this one to highlight.

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I started with a thick 18" canvas that I picked up at the thrift store for a few dollars.  Cute, but I had other plans for it.  I think cashier was a little dismayed when I told her I'd be painting over it.


I knew I wanted to have some variation in the lettering, and for the emphasized words to have a colorful, abstract feel.  I started by making off the section of canvas where those words would be, and covering it with a variety of colors.  No rhyme or reason, just spots of paint.

After allowing that to fully dry, I adhered some large scrapbook stickers for the words "Happy" and "Prettiest."  Then, sprayed the entire canvas white.


After allowing for drying time again, I used Frog Tape to mark off stripes and then sprayed black.  Two striped projects in one week!

Shortly following the final coat of black, I peeled the tape and large stickers off.  The tip of an exacto knife is helpful in lifting the corners of the letters if your letters are stuck down really well.

Full disclosure if you want to try a project like this:  these stickers didn't stick very well to the canvas, so there were some messy edges.  A few touch-ups with a small brush fixed it right up.


Finally, I used these to complete the phrase.  I had planned to paint the gold lettering as well, but when I saw these stickers I decided to take the easy route for this part.  Unlike the larger letters, these DID stick well.


Just about finished, I thought it needed something more.  With Kayla's cute project fresh on my mind, I added a few thumbtacks to the edges.



When I planned this project, I had in mind to hang it in my daughter's room or bathroom as a reminder that there's no better accessory than a smile.  However, I'm not sure it will make it back there as I'm really enjoying it in the hall next to our powder bath!



Be sure to stop by these blogs too and see some other fun Audrey inspired projects!
Kristin from Bliss at Home
Amy from Blissful Bee
Amanda from Dixie Delights
Angela from Life in Velvet
Carmel from Our Fifth House
Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
Heather from Southern State of Mind


Now, we want to see what you created inspired by Audrey Hepburn.  Link up your project!






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