Thursday, October 20, 2011

Do You Houzz?

Along with Pinterest, I've joined this fabulous Houzz site.  Many of my humble~home inspirations come from this source also.

    Above photo: I love how the designer used the large vase on the table.  I stay with neutral colors on walls and furniture; easy to change out pillows/throws/curtains/rugs~~would be easy to add a rug under those chairs and change out the pillows for blues or browns~~

~~Love the paint color on this wall~~grays and browns and whites.  Lovely.

~~Great photos of shelves, bookcases, mantels~~a way to decorate with picture frames; mirrors~~

~~This slipcover idea for an old chair in the living room; and I love those roman shades~~

~~Found some awesome Christmas decor ideas~~

~~another lovely slipcover idea; I'm really liking the sisal~look rug too~~

~~Another look for summer time~~sisal with whites and blues:  slipcovers again with bold design using fabric such as on the club chairs~~

~~I think I am more traditional decorating with a bit of "eclectic" thrown in~~love this sweet dining room; look how cozy with mismatch~~

And below:  sweet ideas to think about for next year~~

~~and this sweet kitchen; love. that. island!

~~I'll be drinking cups of hot tea this winter while browsing for ideas for spring/summer; lovely inspiration for small spaces too~~

So~~do you Houzz too?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Old Table and Dried Roses~~

Finally finished painting my bargain side table.  Pay no attention to this rug!  I'm changing it out for a brown and aqua rug soon in this room~~reason for painting this table and another one to match.  I hope to get better pictures next week of my "before and after"~~   

After sanding the table top portion, I used a darker stain; next week I'll put a sealer on. 

I love little dried roses~~these were left over from a bouquet last week; could not bear to throw them out just yet.  I have this little vignette on the shelf near the computer~~

Do you dry flowers?  I like tucking them into little apothecary jars~~sweet reminders of summer and garden.  The Sweet Annie is more than ready to cut and dry~~will be bundling bouquets of it for my booth this next week. 

Are you still gathering from the garden?  Leftover flowers, seeds, leaves?

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Metallic Paint vs Mirror Paint

This is a $3.00 old porch lantern I took apart; spray painted the metal with a bronze~brown:  I wanted to experiment with metallic paint (on the inside of the glass) before using the very EXPENSIVE Krylon "looking glass" mirror paint~~it didn't turn out too bad~~

Here's the "before" lantern~~

The "stars" are etched into the glass and could not be removed~~but, will be appropriate for winter candles and Christmas!

I cleaned the glass first; then spritzed with water and immediately used the metallic spray paint; the idea is create the "mercury glass look" but, the metallic spray paint gives a frosted effect; still very pretty and "antique~y" looking~~

MIRROR PAINT: small can cost me $11.99

Thus~~why I was trying a "cheaper version" before using the mirror paint on a bigger project.

Below:  look at these two, huge beauties (complete with dirt, dust and bird poop I noticed while sitting on my rug!)~~ they'll get a good scrubbing.

I'm going to tape off the beveled glass areas; paint the bronze~brown over the metal portions~~then use the EXPENSIVE mirror paint on the inside of the glass.
I'll do these next week and picture my progress!

Locally, it's hard to get the mirror paint~~our Walmart did not have it, neither did Home Depot, Ace Hardware, but I'm going to request the local stores to try and order it.  Anyway~~
sending my lantern project over to these fun parties:


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

$64.00 Question~~

I love the color of the above chandelier~~maybe just plain white shades or no shades~~~

This is what happens when you stay up too late and browse/shop the internet.  However~~  I think I got a decent bargain for $64.17 from Lighting Universe:

The above picture is NOT the chandelier I purchased~~but, it is a better photo than the one taken from the website of the one I bought (below)~~I know it's going to be that ugly gold color~~I have a plan to spray paint with bronze~browns for a "Tuscany" look; and may or may not use white fabric shades. 

Maxim Lighting 2905GG/SHD01 6 Light Chandelier, Grecian Gold

So~~here's my version (above purchased last night)~~and here are some pics of INSPIRATION ($64.00 is a very good price)~~

9-Arm Talia ChandelierBALLARD DESIGNS: $289.00


My bargain chandelier should be here by Oct. 10th~~can you see potential people?~~ six arm candle/lights with leafy design complete with scrolly details~~

I'll let you know if I got a deal or not!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Apple Cider Jug

Can you tolerate one more cheap, crafty idea for autumn?  I bought some apple cider jugs and spray painted the white lids with brown spray paint to make them look antique~vintage~~

Added some fall looking faux berries and used some of jute binding around the base portion (hot glued the back side to adhere to the bottle)~~

Used a simple bird and twig stencil~~~

Love these faux acorns I stupidly purchased at a store last week when I could get the real thing for FREE at the local park!   Makes sweet bowl~fillers on the side table.

Ready for Monday?  What project (s) are you working on?  See you tomorrow!


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