Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Unintended Blog Break

I took an unintended blog break this past week.  I have tried to motivate myself to decorate for Spring and Easter. A bit difficult to get in the mood since it just Won’t. Stop. Snowing. here!  I’ve got to take some pictures of our master bedroom, so I can show off the new color to you (which I am really loving).

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I will also have a post sharing some of my Spring and Easter decorating.  I’m trying not to do the same old, same old.

I will be trying to catch up the best I can with all the blogs I have missed visiting!

 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bathroom Cabinet Makeover & Master Bathroom

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OMG!  Whose idea was it to paint this cabinet anyway?!?  I posted about the new cabinet that I ordered for our master bathroom makeover here.  Unfortunately, it was not the white white color it appeared on the website so it didn’t go very well with our existing bathroom cabinetry. 

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This was the worst. project. ever!  It is a fail and not one I am proud of.  If nothing else, maybe you can learn from my mistakes.  I thought I would use white paint that I already had on hand, but it was just not working out properly on this piece.  I don’t know if it is because it is a laminate surface, MDF, or just not real wood ~ whatever the issue, you could see the paint was not going on well.  This was even after I lightly sanded it.  So it was off to my local store to get some Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White.

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I have had good luck with the Annie Sloan paint adhering just fine to most surfaces I have painted in the past, so I had high hopes.  Unfortunately, this was not even going on properly!  I was getting frustrated ~ to say the least.

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I remembered I had just recently pinned something about a paint by Glidden called Gripper.  I figured this was my last resort and, with fingers crossed, got a can.  This actually adhered and allowed me to get some paint on. 

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I finished up with a urethane to protect it, which makes me laugh now, because when I was putting the shelves back in place, they were scraping along the inside sides and took paint right off.  In fact, I think the paint made the cabinet expand and contract (the wet paint?) and it was a bit tight getting the shelves back in place.

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I can not tell you how glad I am this gosh darn thing is done!

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I decided not to replace the existing knobs but to use some Rub N Buff in silver instead.

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My advice, if you are buying a piece that is laminate, buy it in the color you want it in.  If my husband hadn’t put this together when I wasn’t around, I would have returned it. Otherwise, find something that is real wood that can be painted.  If you have good luck with painting laminate, my hat’s off to you!  I will never do it again!

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So, making the best of the situation, I accessorized with most of what I’d had on the middle section of the vanity.  I’m trying not to let the cabinet ruin the rest of the bathroom makeover for me.  What a train wreck this was!  I’m glad to see the end of that project!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

First Batch of Needle Books

I’ve listed my first batch of needle books in my Etsy and just had to share them, because they are just so darn cute!

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These are the first few I finished.  I have more on my sewing table waiting to be put together.  Updated: This one below has SOLD! – Thank you!

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These are all one of a kind, as they all have different fabrics and elements added in. They all come as pictured (that means with the straight pins and safety pins you see in the books).  Three of these have elastic and button closures, while the fourth has a seam binding tie.

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There are some blank “pages” for you to add in some of your own favorites ~ buttons, fabric swatches, etc.  On the one I kept for myself I sewed in a Daisy Kingdom button that I had bought years and years ago for something I was going to make for my daughter and I never used it.  I found it in my sewing stash drawers and decided to sew it into my own little needle book as an embellishment and a sweet memory.  Just an idea of what you could add to your own needle book.

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I even made one with a pocket in the back and tucked in this cute little tag with some lace attached.

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I think this one is my favorite.

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It’s not too early to think about Mother’s Day!

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In other news, Wednesday I applied a urethane to the bathroom cabinet and I hope to have that back together and accessorized over the weekend.  So I’ll share that train wreck with you next week!

 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sewing Bunny

Things have been “hopping” in my sewing room with the bunnies I’ve been whipping up!  I just had to share my newest, whose idea came to me as I was trying to figure out what to do with some sewing kits my husband has brought home from his business trip hotel stays.

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A sewing bunny!  I had the perfect fabric, too.  This bunny is not for the kiddies.

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I added a little pocket out of the same fabric as the bunny to the front and tucked in the little kit scissors and thread card.   I thought this was really cute!

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The perfect gift for that someone who sews in your life!  It’s never too early to think ahead to Mother’s Day, or even something to display in your own sewing room.

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While I’m here, I thought I’d share a few of the other new ones that I’ve done and added to my Etsy. 

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Thanks for visiting! 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

DIY ~ Bathroom Mirror Frame

This is a good DIY project and not too expensive either.  The molding for this project cost about $60.00.  We have one long mirror that goes down the whole side of one wall over the vanity area in the master bath. 

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To break up that length, my husband made frames so that it would look like two hung mirrors.  We chose a decorative molding and he mitered the corners.  You could use those wood rosettes/blocks also.  Here they are pre-painting to check for fit.

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He glued and stapled them (from the back at the joints) together. 

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When the glue dried, I painted them with Old White chalk paint.

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And applied clear and dark wax.  I used the dark wax to bring out the detail in the molding.

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What a difference it has made!

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I love the way the frames turned out and we were able to complete this over a weekend.  This is just a sneak peek right now until I get the bathroom back in order.

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I hope to have the full reveal of the bathroom soon!  I just had to paint the cabinet (you can see what it looked like when I got it here) white, which set me back a few days.  And, of course, I have to accessorize!

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