7.27.2012

DIY Fireplace Screens

I HAD to get rid of that black hole that is my fireplace! My hubs wont let me paint up inside it because we will use it if we need to. 
BEFORE THE REMODEL
I went looking at fireplace screens and WHOA!!! When you are saving for an adoption EVERY penny counts, and I could NOT bring myself to spend that much! 
As I was falling asleep one night (when all my best ideas come to me) 
I remembered that there were 2 old closet doors out leaning against our garage.
The next morning I told my hubs to go out and cut those doors in half (he doesn't ask questions anymore) 
They were dirty and DARK shiny black, so I cleaned 'em, sanded 'em, primed 'em, painted 'em, taped 'em off, and painted 'em again!
I decided to go with pink stripes, that way I can use these from Valentines to Halloween... I have plans for the black hole in the fall :)

 


 I love using unconventional items for different things, and y'all know I LOVE DIY!!

To see more pics of the fireplace before and after go HERE or HERE.
If you love the photoshop brushes I used in my photos I bought them from 
Rhonna Designs.. her stuff is SO fabulous!!
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7.22.2012

How to *Antique* using Spray Paint

I am the DIY extraordinaire in case you forgot! lol
Things are REALLY crazy in the Queen B house right now, so I am offering you a super easy quick tutorial today, hope that's ok!

I am always short on patience time, and I was in the mood to give this shelf a good makeover... but QUICKLY!
 My sis-in-law made me this shelf about 8 yrs ago and I painted it barn red... because that's what I was into back then... I still kinda love it, but for outside... on a barn! lol!
I lost the knobs long ago!!
 Anyway.. I Sanded her up, and spray painted WHITE....
 Then Spray Painted BLACK
Click HERE to see me CORRECTLY spray paint the shelf black... and YES, there IS a correct way to use spray paint! who new?!


After those quick coats of paint, I mixed up a beautiful shade of blue with paints I already had, and brushed it on, not being super careful... 
I waited 30 min, then I started sanding to get all those different shades of paint to come thru. 
Use as many colors as you want!! I wish I would have done a pretty pink in there somewhere!

  To add some final touches I added stenciling and HOME-MADE knobs! Click HERE for tutorial on how to make your own knobs.
Isn't she GORG?! Looks like a totally different shelf!
If you know me AT ALL, you know I LOVE a good makeover
(on Things OR People!)
Feel free to say HI! I just LOVE new friends!!


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7.21.2012

Living Room {Makeover}

Step up on soapbox.. Tap Tap, "Is this thing on?"
I recently read a post on a (popular) blog that talked about how you SHOULD decorate your house, and a few decorating "rules"  BLECK!... I was infuriated after I read it, Cause guess what!? WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS!!! And we should express our INDIVIDUAL style as such!!! (unless you are a hoarder, then there is therapy for that lol)
Me?: I don't care if it doesn't match, if it's not symmetrical, or in some cases if it's broken!

Here is another tidbit about me I bet you didn't know... I studied Interior Design in High School and College.. I even won some awards! Crazy thing is.. it cramped my style for a while!
Trying to follow all the "rules" I lost MY creative expression.
So I quit! I quit trying to follow all the rules.. And I just let me be me.
(However.. if you are staging your house to sell it, following basic design guidelines is a good idea, because those 'rules' are pleasing to almost everybody)
Anyway.. no offense intended.. I just hope you are true to what YOU like... and if you like me, and you like my style, and you aren't going to judge me cuz I don't follow the rules.. then stick around my friend, because I am sure you will like what's in store!
 Just thought I would share some pics of my Living Room..

 Quite a difference in Looks... and smells!
 I will be sharing more pictures of the rest of this room soon, but I am in the process of re-decorating it :)
My favorite lil corner.. 

7.12.2012

How to Make *Decorative Knobs*

So I kinda love being put in a bind sometimes, because it forces me to get creative!
I was trying to finish up a contributor post for Lil' Luna and I had NO time to run over to Hobby Lobby for knobs!
AAAHHH!! What to do? What to do?

I was in WalMart and walked by the crafty section... My creative juices started flowing and I picked up some really pretty necklace pendants for 3.00 a piece.
 These were my first choice....
 Then I saw THESE!!!! I used pliers to carefully break off the ring on the top that holds the necklace chain.
I ran home and rummaged thru my own craft supplies for something I could use to attach them to my shelf!

I decided to use upholstery tacks I had left over from another project. I hot glued mine (for times sake). 
But for permanent hold use hammerhead or E6000 glue.
See how the shelf needs a little added pizazz!! 

 **PIZAZZ!!!**
{to see how I antiqued this shelf using spray paint go HERE}

The upholstery tack worked great because I was able to push it straight into the wood without having to drill any holes.

Now for USABLE knobs, use a permanent glue to attach a bead or short wood dowel to the back of jewel so it pokes out a bit from your drawer. Then glue a longer screw or bolt to that to go thru your drawer, put a nut on the back and you are DONE!
(if you want me to do a video tutorial or picture tutorial on exactly how to do this, let me know!)

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