November 26, 2014

yarn wreath

happy hump day! i have a cute project to share today :)  a while back i saw a picture of this adorable festive wreath made with yarn.  i loved it & wanted one of my own.  the only problem was i had no clue where to get one.  so i decided to make my own!



what you need:  foam ring (circle or squared edges, whichever you prefer). yarn. ribbon.

what you do: take the end of the yarn, and wrap it around the foam once.  you can either tie a knot to secure it, or wrap over the end a few times to secure the piece.  then you keep wrapping and wrapping and wrapping.



in order to get the best coverage, i went around the ring a few times, wrapping in chunks without forcing the yarn to shift direction.  as you can see from the picture below, there were gaps in the yarn.  because i used yarn that changed colours, i tried to stay consistent with the colouring each time i went around.



once i was happy with how the yarn looked, making sure i didn't miss any spots, i cut the yarn leaving a few inches, and wrapped/tucked the piece into the wrapped yarn at the back of the wreath.  for the final touch, i tied a piece of pink ribbon to the top.



this project was really fun to do - a perfect craft to make while sitting and watching a movie or listening to a record.

November 24, 2014

chalkboard wall

for months we have been talking about getting a chalkboard for the kitchen. somewhere to keep track of grocery items we need, recipes we've picked out for the week, or fun notes to leave each other.  today i came home to a beautifully finished patch of framed chalkboard paint!

this was a really quick project - b was able to quickly apply coats between errands.  all that you need is : chalkboard paint, a brush, painters tape (if you don't trust yourself to make a straight line), and if desired, a wooden frame to rest on top & frame the chalkboard/hide the edges.


in order to make sure the square would fit perfectly in the frame, b lightly traced both the inside and outside edges of the frame onto the wall using a pencil.  the tape was then run in the middle of these 2 lines, making the rectangle that will become the chalkboard.



after applying 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint and letting it dry between coats (following the directions on the tin), peel the tape off & hang your frame.  two coats of paint on our wall did the trick.  and, don't forget to condition the surface. to do this you rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface and then erase it. this leaves a coat of chalk dust that will help provide better erasability.



voila, the beautiful finished product!  i love that the chalkboard adds functionality and the frame adds character.

November 13, 2014

bathroom inspiration

this room is a bit of a challenge in our condo.  it's small and has no windows. as someone prone to dark colours, this room is going to be a difficult one to do.  its used for shaving (him) and makeup (her), so it needs to be bright.

between the two of us we have come up with 98 different ideas on how to do this room, and they change weekly.  i have a feeling this is going to be one of the last rooms we do so that we can make sure we agree on something and stick to the same idea(ish).

one thing that i am loving these days is wallpaper and wainscoting.  it's a simple way to add some fun to a room without overpowering it.


City Toile (White) Screen Printed

with simple decor it's all about the details.  these gold fixtures and mirrors make a simple bathroom look so much fancier.

 
(images from lonny.com, color me caitie)

the one thing you can never underestimate is the power of the extras - towels, bathmats, shower curtains, storage.  they are such a simple way to add to a room without doing all that much.  

green is my favourite colour, so i am absolutely in love with the first picture.  the emerald accent is beautiful.  it makes a simple black and white bathroom look like so much more.  i am also drooling over the shelves in the second photo (with the beautiful dramatic dark back) and baskets in the second photo.  such a great way to store extras.  using a dresser as a vanity is something i would love to do, but worry about space. i even have the perfect dresser for it.  such a nice way to add some character.

 
  

so many ideas for such a small room. it's going to be hard to decide, but no matter what i know we will pick well & love it.  cannot wait to share what we decide!

November 09, 2014

tray redo

this dark tray wasn't doing anything for the dark coffee table it was sitting (in addition to giving me a splinter every time i touched it). what easier way to spruce it up then a coat of paint.


as you can tell, this was a very low budget project.  the tray was actually free, given by a family member.  the only "tools" needed were sandpaper, white paint (i had grabbed a sample container of white for $5.00 at home depot for a previous project) & a fun paint colour for the top coat (i picked up this paint from michael's using a 50% off coupon). 


first i painted the white on the dark tray, so that the shade of yellow wouldn't be tinted darker.  after the white dried, i painted a few coats of the yellow paint (the original shade i painted was too dark, so i did a second layer in much lighter, sunnier yellow), letting it dry fully between coats.  finally, after the yellow paint dried (i waited until the next day), i aggressively sanded down the edges, corners, bumps and patches to bring out the shades under.  in some spots i sanded right through all the layers of paint to the wood.



this was my first attempt at distressing a painted item, & am quite pleased at how it turned out. the yellow adds a fresh pop of colour, bright with just a hint of worn. i thought it looked too new with just the paint - the scratches and scuffs give it character.  now i just need to find a home for it.  best of all, it was surprisingly easy.  have you ever tried distressed a freshly painted item? how did it turn out?



November 05, 2014

bedroom inspiration

i have been in serious bedroom design mode lately.  so many amazing and inspiring ideas floating out there.

the one thing i knew i wanted when we moved in was dark grey walls. our bedroom has a very large window that lets in a lot of light, so we can go a shade or two darker without making the room feel dark & dingy.


 
  

while i love my bed frame - the malm frame from ikea (complete with under the bed drawers for storage), the frame is very simple. i really like this idea of revamping the headboard to give it a bit more character.

(image from sugar & cloth)

and no bedroom is complete without a cozy blanket on the bed.

 
 

so much possibility!  this is one room i am really excited to work on.