Monday, June 13, 2016

stenciled kitchen

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently took the plunge and changed the dark grey walls on the first floor of my house to a gorgeous creamy white.  Then I followed up by painting the window trim black.  So totally pleased with the results, which look fresh and crisp and just right for summer.  As a reminder, here's the state of the living room currently:

 Couldn't be happier with the transformation.  

But there was an issue.  My entire main floor is one big open space, which means there aren't any natural borders that delineate the living, dining, and kitchen areas from each other.  Not a great picture here, but you can see, looking from the living area, how all three spaces are integrated:

So I felt like I always had to commit to a color for all three areas when I changed the paint color, since I don't really like accent walls.  While I loved the white in the living and dining "rooms," it looked really *blah* in the kitchen.  Case in point:

These are messy because I took them mid-stenciling project, but you get the idea.  The white was doing nothing for all that wood, and just looked washed out and lifeless.  

Ideally, I would have done a fresh white tile on the backsplash, but as is usually the case with these posts of mine, I didn't have the $$$ to hire someone to do the job, and don't have enough experience to tackle a tiling job on my own (I'm usually up for a good DIY, but this is one thing that I wasn't really in the mood to try by myself).  So I thought I'd turn to paint again, since I've already used a stencil in an upstairs hallway and also painted thick vertical stripes in my main floor powder room (both of these spaces look a little different now, but the paint still remains!).  

So I looked for a stencil that didn't have a really crisp, defined border - I just wanted to kind of naturally "transition" from the white wall to the stencil.  I ended up landing on the myriad  from Cutting Edge Stencils - they have tons of really awesome patterns and designs:

I liked the messiness of the pattern, and that there really wasn't a clear order or linearity to it.  Perfect for me, who always screws up when it comes to measuring things and never really gets anything perfectly straight.  

OK.  Enough talking.  Here are some shots of how it all turned out!

Yay!  I think the stencil adds just enough variation to the white to give it a little dimension, but it's still subtle and doesn't overpower anything.  I ended up using "chocolate froth" by Behr (one shade lighter than the ever-popular "wheat bread"), and am really pleased with the results!

In the end, I probably spent about $70 for this little makeover - about $40 for the stencil, and then some extra $$ for the paint and foam roller.  And it really makes a huge difference - every time I look over into the kitchen, I feel so happy seeing all those sweet little dots.

Last but not least - and totally unrelated - how gorgeous are these flowers?!  I recently had a dinner party at my house and couldn't resist buying this gorgeous little arrangement at Whole Foods when I was picking up groceries.  I think I'm going to have to plant some coral peonies in my garden next year.  :)

Happy day to you!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

living room sneak peek

I (misleadingly) always label these posts "sneak peek," and then rarely return to them to actually elaborate on the changes that I've made.  So here are two shots of some recent improvements to the house - and since they're labeled here as a sneak peek, I'll hopefully be back soon to write more!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

um. more fun with silk flowers.

Okay, I knew this was going to happen.  As soon as I decorated that deer head garland thing with silk flowers, it was clear: a monster had been created.  Which is why I decided to bring this ceramic owl out of storage and give it the old silk flower treatment.  It went from this:

To this!

Arrggghhhh, it's so damn sweet with those lil spring flowers.  

And here it is, in its natural habitat:

Stay warm out there. :)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

fun with silk flowers

I never realized silk flowers could be so pretty.  I have two projects that I just completed using them––a somewhat small little thing shown here, and another larger and more awesome project that I'll post soon.

Remember my old faux deer head?   First, I painted it white and gold, and then wrapped a pretty garland around its neck (not a great picture, I know):

But today I bought a bunch of silk flowers for another project and had some left over, so I decided to see what they would look like on the old deer head (largely inspired by this Target Hacks DIY on Domino):

So pretty, right?  Now I kind of want to put silk flowers on everything––though I feel like this is one of those instances where moderation is key.

More to come!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

project ikea chair hack

Oh yes, friends.  Oh, yes.  Project IKEA chair hack is in full effect.

From this:

To this!

Stay tuned.  :)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

new basement carpet sneak peek

Hi there!

My resolution for 2016 is to stop apologizing unnecessarily for things that don't warrant an apology, so I will *not* apologize for my total lack of posts in the past year or so, even though, yes, I do feel kinda bad about it.  I can't promise that things will necessarily be better from here on out, but I did want to post a little sneak peek of my basement, which got new carpeting recently.  The old carpet was a really cheap berber that was totally stained, had thin padding underneath, kind of had a funky smell to it, etc.  It was getting to the point that I didn't want to walk on it with bare feet. 

Man, what a difference a little carpeting makes!  I took this picture the other night of the basement so far, but there are still a few additional changes I want to make; this is indeed just a sneak peek.  I bought some replacement legs for my sofa (IKEA Kivik) but have to drill mounting plates into the frame, so that will take a while to do, and I also have a few other projects for the opposite side of the room.  So when it's done, I'll put up an additional post, but for now, behold the power of new, clean carpeting!!!  It's a pleasure to spend time in this room now.

Before (depressing chamber of dread):

After (totally inviting and cozy, albeit shite picture quality):

 Happy 2016!