Saturday, October 15, 2016

Ceiling Fan Update

My husband recently put a ceiling fan in the guest room. It's a used fan, but it's a Hunter and really good quality. The only problem with it is that it looked rather dated. It has the 90's brass color and the shades were not really attractive. Here's what it looked like:

I apologize for the quality of these pictures. It was extremely difficult to get anything with the way the lighting works in this room.

I didn't mind the brass so much, as the room as some industrial notes. So, I opted to try changing out the shades and see what happens.

Such a difference with almost no work. I added a $2 bulb cage from the hardware store and an Edison bulb and look at the change!

I love the look!  It just goes to show you not every change has to be drastic in order to make a difference. I finally finished this guest room, so I will be doing a reveal of the whole space as soon as I figure out how to work my new camera flash. Hopefully, it will help these pictures turn out better.

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pinspiration: Key and Sunglasses Drop Space

Hey y’all! I’m back!! I started a new full time job in December, and things have been crazy! I now have a daily commute, so time for projects has been limited. But, I do have a few new things to share and I’m hoping to post them all in a semi-timely manner!

I decided to start things off in this renewal of posting by starting with another Pinspiration for you. I saw this pin (a project by Gina over at Shabby Creek Cottage).

I thought it was a great idea since my hubby is forever looking for his keys. The instructions are pretty straight forward. I used a board from the Menards odds and ends bin ($1.79!) I bought the pipe straps and coat hooks there as well. I opted for 1 inch straps instead of the ½ inch Gina suggested, mostly because I like big sunglasses and I have many pairs. I liked the copper straps, but none of the coat hooks Menards had matched. Instead, I bought the cheapest nickel plated ones and spray painted them with metallic copper paint I had on hand. I think they match pretty well.

I ended up painting my board off white and then dry brushing it with gold chalk paint. I think it turned out pretty good. It's got just a hint of a metallic sheen. Here’s the final project all loaded up:

And here it is in the entryway next to another former Pinspiration project:

What do you think? I think it was a fast, easy and satisfying project. Don’t settle for dull, live a refinished life!

p.s. Sorry the pictures are a little dark and off-colored, I tried multiple ways to get these to turn out, but I've never been able to get decent pictures in my entryway! 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The First 2015 Holiday Projects!

I'm so excited for Christmas this year and all that it entails. I posted about my office decorations a few days ago. I've also gotten a few holiday projects done so far and I love them!!! Both projects involved cutting vinyl on my Cricut Explore.

First, is a jingle bell shadow box. This one is so fun.

I also did a reindeer name sign. I've been admiring similar ones on Pinterest and the like for some time now and I finally made one for myself.

Have you started any holiday projects yet? Now I just need to finish cleaning my house so I can put up the rest of the Christmas decorations. I have the tree up and decorated, but that's as far as I've gotten.

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life! 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Office Holiday Tour

I have started decorating for Christmas at home, but I only have the tree done so far. My office, however has quite a few up. So, I thought I would share those.

This year, I went with a theme for the tree.  I decided to go with the song "Sleigh Ride." 

Half view of the front of the office:

Here's the whole front view with a panoramic picture. It distorts the space somewhat, but gives a good idea of what is placed where. 

The waiting area chairs with some little trees.

I found this lovely iced garland for super cheap at the thrift store.

It's hard to get a good picture through the window due to the reflection, but I have a little bottle tree display along with a sleigh.

A little twig and light display:

More trees:

Coat hook snowflakes:

I love Christmas decorating so much! I can't wait to decorate the house and show it off! More holiday decorating to come!

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

And rain will make the flowers grow...

It's been a great year for my plants this year. Everything has grown huge it seems. It's just been raining at the right times and I haven't had to water much. I ended up planting a lot of pots this year, and thought I would share them with you.

On the lamp post at the end of my driveway are some pretty pink geraniums.

A trio of mixed pots:

I've made a few dish fairy gardens this year as well.

I love how these turned out!

Then there is my two barrels:

The dahlia's are especially big this year!

I love planing in unexpected containers, like this teapot:

This the best year yet for my clematis.

And last but not least, I took an arty pic of one of my hydrangea bushes and a rusty chair in the backyard.

I'm in love with all the blooms! How is your gardening going this year?

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pinspiration: Wax Paper Printing

I am now addicted to this new method of making signs! Let me start at the beginning. I saw this pin:

I decided to try the method for making signs.

The tutorial is quite detailed, so I won't rehash it all here. I will say it's a bit tricky to get the wax paper through the printer, or at least it was my particular printer. Ultimately, in order to get it to work I had to tape the wax paper to a piece of regular printer paper.

It took a lot of patience, but here's how they turned out:

I especially love how the anchor one turned out.

Even though the method requires some patience (and sometimes swearing) I love the results. I've made a total of four signs now and I can't see to stop! Have any of you tried this method?

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life! *Planning to share at: Metamorphosis Monday Made by You Monday; Wildly Original Linky PartyClever Chicks Blog HopSerenity Now Weekend Blog Hop

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Arrows to Point the Way

I'm in love with all the arrow stuff I see everywhere nowadays. I've also been wanting to try my hand at some of the pallet board art that's all over Pinterest. So, I decided to combine the two. Now, the boards I used are not true pallet boards. These are just short boards I picked up in the odds and ends bin at Menards. Now, if you haven't seen the odds and ends bin, you need to find it! There are all sorts of shorter board ends in various lengths and widths.  I've found everything from plain pine to white oak to cedar siding ends in there. These ends are perfect for sign making.

After I picked my boards, I cut out two different arrow shapes using my cricut on contact paper. I used this as a stencil on my boards. I used acrylic paint and a sponge pouncer to do the paint. Then I lightly sanded with a sanding sponge. I used a coat of Minwax Early American stain over the top and TaDa! Fabulous signs!

I used a piece of cedar siding for this simple black arrow.

I did an ombre effect on the coral arrow into orange and I could not be happier with the results. I am addicted to making these now and need to make lots more!

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!