Monday, June 30, 2014

UN-DOING WHAT I DID {HOW TO STRIP PAINT FROM BRASS}


Hey there friends!  I feel like things are finally getting back to some level of normal around here, even in the midst of summer craziness.  Thanks for sticking with me through vacation, guest posts, & link parties...  I'm ready to get back to some project talk.  Does that sound o.k.?

So...several years ago before brass was back in style, I picked up this fantastic tray for a few dollars at a thrift store, and promptly spray painted it black.  Don't mind the dust, I pulled it out of storage.


Fast forward a few years to today when brass is all the rage again, and I've seen that tray on some popular home decor sites for a pretty penny.  So what's a girl to do who has realized the error of her ways? After confirming with my dad-who-knows-everything that it would be ok, I decided to strip the paint off. 

It couldn't have been easier!  I used this:



and within just a few minutes the paint was already bubbling up, ready to come off.  And just FYI, don't try spreading stripper around on your piece with a foam brush.  It will eat your brush in about two seconds, trust me.  Use a super cheap chip or regular bristle brush.



When the paint was all bubbly and loose, I used the hose to rinse it while I rubbed lightly with a piece of very fine steel wool, just to get all of the nooks and crannies clean.

Here it is all cleaned off!  Now I remember why I painted it...it wasn't in the best condition.



I didn't think that it would completely shine up, but I've said it before and I'll tell you again, BAR KEEPER'S FRIEND is awesome for brass!  With some water and a light scrub it even cleaned off the spots that I thought were permanently discolored. 



Here's the beauty all cleaned up: 




So shiny!



It's nice to know that sometimes mistakes can be reversed, and maybe the result can be even better than the original!




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Friday, June 27, 2014

BEST OF THE NEST LINK PARTY {5}


How are we possibly to the end of another month?  They are flying by way too fast!  Have you all been busy this month?  I've certainly been busy, but not so much with projects.  Summer tends to have that effect...yet at any rate it's time for another Best of the Nest Link Party!


In spite of my lack of projects to share this month, I did start a new guest series that ran while we were on vacation called My Favorite Five.  I was thrilled to have such amazing guests.  Check out the first post with my lovely co-host Pam here, and the links to all of the posts are included at the bottom in case you missed any!


Lisa had quite the busy week for milestones in her family, with one child graduating Middle School and her baby graduating Elementary School...I'm sure there was a run on tissues!  She also shared a tasty treat for the upcoming fourth of July Holiday.

Red, White, & Blue Sangria // Shine Your Light


Kris finished off the school year with her kids by making these adorable treats.  Aren't they just about too cute to eat?  Maybe so, but those wouldn't last two seconds around here!

Watermelon Slice Rice Krispies Treats // Driven by Decor


Pam wins the Aunt-of-the-Year award because she arranged for all of the stunning decor at her nephew's recent wedding.  As we've all come to expect from Pam, everything was super stylish, meaningful, and done on a budget!

Pretty Peach Wedding // Simple Details


OK, link up your best project from June, I'm excited to see some great stuff!  Remember just a few things -

*Link to your specific post, not your home page.
*Please make sure that your project is from THIS month (JUNE).
*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.

And finally, remember that if you're not a blogger you can link up through Instagram by using #bestofthenestparty and tagging one of the hosts: @jenniferdimplesandtangles, @lisa_shineyourlight, @pamsimpledetails, @drivenbydecor



I hope you all have a great weekend!  I hope to try out a new toy and get some things done around the house.  What are your plans?


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Monday, June 23, 2014

LITTLE BLACK DOOR {MY FAVORITE FIVE}


Did you enjoy your weekend?  I got to meet the sweetest reader who came to buy some furniture from me, and we celebrated Father's Day since we were out of town on the actual day.  He received a gift that I'm not sure if it was really for him or the kids...a longboard.  Emily's been having a blast riding hers, so he actually wanted one too to ride along with her.  Funny!

Yes, we've been back in town for several days, but I'm wrapping up this installment of My Favorite 5 Guest Posts today.  I had to bump this one last week when I realized I had scheduled it for the day of the Summer Style Soiree project link party, and Elizabeth of Little Black Door was ever so gracious to agree to switch to today.  I'm pretty sure if Elizabeth and I went thrifting together, we would fight over all of the same things.  :)  She too loves pattern, color, and unique things!  Enjoy her Favorite 5 projects!


Hello everybody! I'm Elizabeth from little black door and I'm excited not only to fill in for Jennifer while she is off on vacation, but also to take this little trip down memory lane with you. I'm not one to take a look back at old posts, so this was really fun. But before we get ahead of ourselves, how about a quick primer on me. I live in St. Louis, MO with my hubs and two little girls (and dog). To throw some numbers at you - I've been working on our house for 8 years, blogging for 3 years, helping other homeowners make over their homes for 4 years, and I have 5 old posts to share with you today. So in no particular order...

 1. Wrap it up. I love projects that come from off the cuff problem solving.


 2. High gloss dresser tutorial. Still one of my very favorite pieces in the house.


 3. Good enough to eat. No, it's not a recipe, but one of my first attempts at sharing a craft. It is just...funny, in a rookie blogger way.


 4.  Very first birthday. This was a good party. I can't believe she's 3 and 1/2.


 5.  I wear my sunglasses at night - deck reveal. In honor of summer. This is certainly one I'm proud of as I HATE outdoor projects.


Thanks Jennifer for having me over. This was great fun!

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That glossy dresser makes me want to paint something today, and seeing Elizabeth's pretty deck reminds me that I have some outdoor work to do!  Be sure to spend some time over at Little Black Door.  Her basement is still one of my favorite makeovers ever, and if I ever found a light like this one in her adorable dining room I could just die happy.  :) 

I hope you all enjoyed this little guest series and made some new friends.  OK, I'm off to VBS...I have hungry teachers to feed!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

DWELLINGS BY DEVORE {MY FAVORITE 5}


We have returned home after two full days of traveling, and we're all happy about that!  This was one of those trips where we need a vacation after our vacation.  :)

While we're still catching up and returning to normal life, I have two more friends to share with you.  Today, I'm so excited for you to meet Bethany from Dwellings by Devore.  Bethany's blog was one of the first home blogs I started reading, and I always look forward to new posts from her.  She has the cutest little girl that I just want to hug and remember when mine were that little, and I'm pretty sure we're kindred spirits and enjoy many of the same things.  I can't wait to get to know her even better when we get to be roomies at Haven next month, too!  So, here are Bethany's favorite projects.  Enjoy!



Hi Dimples and Tangles Readers!  I'm Bethany and I blog over at Dwellings by DeVore.  I'm so excited to be here on Jennifer's blog today.  She is one of the nicest bloggers out there and has such a great eye!

Here are my top 5 favorite projects.  I hope you enjoy them!

Like Jennifer, I have a fondness for green.  I get it from my mom who has loved green for as long as I can remember.  So when it came time to decorate her room we went with the obvious choice, green! You can find the full post here.


My daughter's play kitchen makeover is probably one of my favorite projects ever.  I had so much fun working on it and customizing it just for her.  Renovating our kitchen isn't in the budget right now, so I had fun living vicariously through this little play kitchen and creating my dream kitchen on a smaller scale. :)


In another life I would love to be a party planner.  I get so excited when it's time to plan my daughter's birthday party and I had so much fun planning this little Minnie Mouse Party for her this year.    I think I was more excited about it than she was!


Last year we started a tradition of making salt dough ornaments.  We had a great time making them and I hope we can continue it for years to come.  I can't resist adding gold glitter and black and white stripes whenever I get the chance!


This light fixture was so much fun to make.  For some reason I've always had a thing for making light fixtures and lamps.  I don't know what it is that draws me to them, but I love creating them! 


Hope you enjoyed these projects!  Thanks again for having me Jennifer!

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I'm so glad you were here today, Bethany!  Can you believe that darling Minnie party?  You must click over and see all of the photos...what a fun party! You'll will have some great weekend reading with Bethany's blog.  A few of my favorites are her Ikea curtains with greek key trim (I'm planning to copy these soon!), and this chair makeover that's shown in the same post as her curtains.  After you've spent just a few minutes reading, I know you'll love Bethany's work as much as I do!

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!  We're catching up from our trip and celebrating Father's Day tonight, and preparing for a busy week of VBS next week.  See you on Monday for my last guest post in this round!

**You can check out all of the posts in this series with each of these links.  Happy Reading!




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Thursday, June 19, 2014

FASHION INSPIRED BY JACQUELINE KENNEDY {SUMMER STYLE SOIREE}


We made it home from our mega-road trip, and just in time for this month's feature for the Summer Style Soiree!


I confess, this one was a little hard for me to think of a "project" to come up with, but whenever I think of Jacqueline Kennedy, fashion is the first thing that comes to mind, anyway.  So, I took one of her classic, easy looks and adapted it into an outfit that was already in my closet and still works today.  That's the thing I love the most about her style...most of her pieces are so timeless that they are in style no matter the decade! 
For the record, I don't claim to be a fashion blogger, definitely don't know the "right" way to stand or pose, and really feel like a big dork having my picture taken for this type of thing!  But, I do enjoy clothes and accessories as much as the next girl.  So here's my take on Jackie's outfit...


I kept my accessoies to the bare minimum, with simple gold hoops and watch, but added a modern twist to the outfit with my leopard belt.  The oversized Jackie-esque shades were also a must!


Now, I don't have a cute Gucci bag like Jackie's to add to the ensemble, but I needed to add my own spin on the outfit anyway.  I found this darling tote at TJ Maxx, and I think it adds the perfect graphic punch for summer.  I'm not sure if Jackie would have approved of that piece, but I like it.  :)



I also had a little fun choosing a few other of Jackie's outfits, and trying to find similar pieces today:

dress // pearls // gloves // shoes 

trench // glasses // pants

Many of you know that we've spent almost the past two weeks on vacation, and on Sunday I just happened to be in the American History Smithsonian Museum and toured the First Ladies exhibit full of their gorgeous dresses.  I was interested in finding one in particular...


Forgive the crummy phone photo, I was trying to squeeze around people to get it.  However, here you can see her trademark pearls and her "yellow silk evening gown with an overlay of crepe chiffon designed by Oleg Cassini" (according to the exhibit plaque), which she wore to their first state dinner in 1961.  Exquisite and classic perfection.

What do you think?  Do you have anything in your closet that would pass for Jackie's style?  Be sure to hop over and see all of the other posts inspired by Jackie Kennedy with my fellow hosts:

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

If you missed it, you can see my Audrey Hepburn project here.  Next up in July, let's get ready for some projects inspired by Princess Diana.  Get those royal thinking caps on and get busy on a fun project!


Now it's your turn to link up your project with us!  How has your style been influenced by Jacqueline Kennedy?





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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TWENTY YEARS


Twenty years ago today I married the love of my life.  The Lord could not have blessed me with a more caring, patient, compassionate partner for our journey through life together.




 Today, we're celebrating by spending 9 hours in the car together to get H-O-M-E and can't wait!


We'll have a proper celebration soon!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

GOODWILL GLAM {MY FAVORITE FIVE}


Today I can't wait for you to meet Krista from Goodwill Glam.  I think I came across her blog when one of her fun table settings with her Blue Willow dishes caught my eye, and I've been hooked ever since!  Krista is all about achieving a high $$ look with a low $$ budget, and the things she finds thrifting are amazing!  


Hello everyone!  I'm Krista from Goodwill Glam, where I blog about living a glamorous life on a Goodwill budget!  I share everything from decor and design ideas, diy projects and outfit ideas and hopefully inspire people and help them feel like they can do it too!

I'm so excited that Jennifer asked me to be here today!  I've been a long time fan of her blog and her style!  Although I secured my blog about two years ago, I've only really been blogging for about a year.  I'm probably the newbie here, so I'm really excited to be among such amazing bloggers!  

I love the idea Jennifer came up with, asking us to share our "Favorite Five" because it inspired me to sit down and really think through all my projects of the last year.

My most recent favorite post is our Dining Room Reveal.


I joined the One Room Challenge and redid our dining room in six weeks, using mostly thrifted finds.  It was a crazy ride and stressful at times, but I love the final product and the room looks so much more "finished" now!  If you get a chance, check out the before and after, the difference is HUGE!

Another project I loved doing is our Closet Makeover.


It was such an awkward, little space and I neglected it for far too long.  Sometimes the littlest projects can make a big difference in your life!

Sometimes, a little DIY goes a long way!  I recreated Nate Berkus' Gold Ikat Bowl and fell in love with it!


I also shared a step by step guide along with this post in case anyone else might like to make one for themselves!

I have a thing for Kate Spade.  I'm drawn to her style and love just about everything she does!
A few months ago, I decided to see if I could make something that was inspired by her using only thrift store finds and came up with a Kate Spade Inspired Three Tier Tray.



Again, what I love about it is that it is a little, inexpensive project with a big impact!  I also share a tutorial for this one as well.

I share a LOT of furniture makeovers on the blog.  A LOT.  I can't seem to say no to old furniture begging for new life.  There should really be some sort of support group for this...I haven't found one yet.
One of my all time favorite furniture makeovers is my Roadkill Desk.


Aptly named because we found it on the side of the road intended for the garbage.  It was a HOT MESS.


It has become one of the most used items in our home and in a few weeks, I'll be sharing a follow up story.  I hope you'll check back in for that!

Jennifer, thank you so much for inviting me today!  I'm so excited to meet some new friends, I hope you'll all come visit me soon!

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Those are some of my favorite projects from Krista too!  Can you even get over that DIY ikat bowl???  Love it!  Check out Goodwill Glam, here's the table setting that hooked me on Krista's style and some of the incredible pieces that she brings back to life.

I'll have another guest on Friday, but the next two days I'll have some regular (hint hint-are you ready for the Jackie Kennedy inspired link-up for the Summer Style Soiree?) posts for you.  We've started the trek home, so if you live in Virginia or Tennessee, I'll wave to you as we drive by!

**You can check out all of the posts in this series with each of these links.  Happy Reading!

   

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