Tuesday, July 31, 2012

DIY: Painted Mason Jars

These adorable painted mason jars are a unique addition to any home decor. They are great for displaying fresh cut flowers from the garden, organizing pens, paint brushes & storing loose change, or for adding a pop of color to your decor!

Super easy to make, or you can purchase them off of my shop for only $8 each

Use regular craft paint. Either outdoor craft paint for a matte finish, or use Martha Stewart craft paint for a glossy/ eggshell finish. I used foam brushes to paint and applied 3 coats, waiting 30 min in between painting each layer.

After your paint is dried, take sand paper and lightly sand the raised areas as well as areas on the glass jar that would most likely rub off over time to give it a weathered/ vintage look. You can also choose to seal it with a sealant for outdoor use & you are done! 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Madisyn's Shabby Chic Nursery

My Baby Girl's - Sweet Shabby Chic Nursery

After finding out that I was pregnant with a Girl, it didn't take long before jumping right in and starting to decorate her very girly nursery! I wanted to create a space that could grow with her, as well as would be calming, feminine and simplistic.

BOW ORGANIZER: Little Pink Dragonfly

As I have stated before, living in military housing, surrounded by white walls can be a huge decorating dilemma. So my challenge was to bring in color into my baby girl's nursery without painting the walls. I did this by painting the furniture instead! I chose colors which matched her bedding but also would be classic enough to grow with her. 

DIY Moss & Rope Letters

Don't bother searching through catalogs and online for the perfect home decor letters, do it yourself and save $$$. For under $15 you can create all 3 of these

Super simple and took me only about 45 min
The "D+J" are actually ones that I did previously for our Wedding, and decided to add a "C" and hang all 3 in our living room.

I bought all 3 plain letters and supplies from Michael's then covered them. A great way to personalize any room in your home! Cover with moss (pre-bagged at Michael's) & rope (also from Michael's) using hot glue. And there you go, in less than an hour you have created personalized wall art

How to add character to your home (on a budget)

I have often found myself searching through home decor magazines and always wonder... "How can I get my living room to look like THAT?!" Every page is filled with rooms which look perfectly put together yet comfy and lived in all at the same time. Being that the living room is the first room that you see when you enter our home & where we spend the most of our time as a family, watching TV, playing, reading, etc... it becomes the room which I analyze the most. I feel as if it is never done, and quite possibly never will be. Over the past few weeks I have gathered magazines and inspiration to "spruce up" our living room and add some character & on a BUDGET!

Living in Military Housing, there are many things that can be hard to overlook, like the plain stark white walls for example. In most military housing areas they allow you to paint, just as long as you re-paint back to the original color before moving out. For many military families, this seems like a huge daunting task since we never know how long we will really be in one home! In our home, we have painted a few accent walls, but in our living room, we have vaulted ceilings, so painting would require a large ladder and scaffolding, so paint is out of the question! Searching through my inspiration magazines/ and online inspirations, all of the rooms had been painted. So, my challenge: create a living room with character & warmth without the use of paint. Just because you may live in military housing does not mean that you have to live in a world of "plain". Bring in color with your accessories!

Here are my shopping savvy tips for saving money on a room re-do:
First, start by shopping your own home. This is the best way to SAVE MONEY!! Go around your home, see if there are accessories in which can be better used and put together in another part of your home. Maybe you have picture frames sitting in boxes? a mirror under the bed? Candles hidden away in a closet? You may be surprised what you find!

Second, shop at consignment stores, thrift stores or re-sale shops. You would be amazed at the treasures you can find & all that fit within budget!

Third, head off to TJMaxx, Home Goods, Marshalls, Target, Wal-Mart or any other store where you can get a good bargain on home decor items to finish off the room.

Here is what the room started out as before

a little plan, a little boring, but overall. . . not so bad
& here is is AFTER

COUCH: Living Spaces ($799) OTTOMAN/TABLE CUBE: Craigslist ($20)

add in some new pillows, rug, mirror, ottoman/ table cube, and accessories and you have a whole new look! And all on a budget

MIRROR: Craigslist ($30)
YES only $30! We bought this awhile back and have been storing
under our bed, but we finally found a good use for it!

CHAIR: Living Spaces ($199)

TOPIARY: Consignment ($10)

MIRRORS: Home Goods
LETTERS: I made myself

on clearance because 2 glass panel was missing

PILLOWS: Home Goods & TJMaxx ($14.99-$19.99 each)

BASKET & GREENERY: Consignment Store ($8.99 for both)
WHITE CANDLESTICK: Home Goods ($8.00) <-- another clearance section find

 MERCURY VASE: Home Goods   
GOLD CORAL: Home Goods ($2.00) <--- YES only $2! 
This is what I mean by a good deal! There were some pieces broken off when I found this in the clearance section. All I did to fix it was paint the white parts that were showing with some gold metallic paint and it looks brand new

DECORATIVE BASKET: Consignment Store ($6.00)
TABLE: Target  CURTAINS: TJMaxx ($14.99 for both)

PICTURE FRAME: re-used from another room 
NAUTICAL ROPE DECOR: Home Goods ($9.99)

WOOL RUG: from TJMaxx - (Orig: $399 On Sale: $99.00)

Whatever room you may be wanting to re-do, money doesn't have to stand in the way. Simply re-arrange what you have, and change things up a bit! Make your home your sanctuary.

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