Right now I am loving anything teal- it’s my color of the month! Here are a few of my favorite teal items I’ve run across recently
I hope I, or should I say my Mom has inspired some people to get creative and throw a tea party for your little girls or grand children. They’re only young once!
Simplicity Interiors has some exciting news to share… Two of my projects have recently been picked up to be featured in two different national magazines! I can’t spill the beans on which projects or which magazines until they actually go to print, but I wanted to share my success with all of you!
My kitchen has been through many phases to say the least. In the past four years, the walls have been painted 3 times, the tile came up (due to my husbands hard work) and we laid hardwoods (with the help of Bob, our handyman neighbor!) I also painted the stained cabinets a warm white and we replaced the recessed lighting over the island with instant pendant lights. I love the drum style shade, but just a little boring for me…
With a little help from paint- I transformed them…
It was very easy to do and can be done on most shades that you feel are a little drab. Here’s what you need:
- Paint (I used acrylic from craft store)
- Painters tape (I’m a fan of Frog Tape)
- Paint Brush
- Ruler or measuring tape and pencil
I chose a medium brown paint and I took into consideration that when the lights are on, the binding that is currently on the shade looks darker, so I chose to start with painting the binding dark brown and measured 1″ from there.
After taping is complete, paint away. I applied it pretty heavy after I realized the fabric from the shade was soaking it up and once you hung it back up you could see little white places where the paint didn’t take (I still have a few touchups to do).
Now here’s where I’m supposed to tell you to let it completely dry before pulling off tape, but most of you know I am very impatient. I decided to pull off tape so I could admire them while they dried! and voila…
Even though my kitchen has come a long way, I still need to do a backsplash (if I could just decide!), butcher block countertop on island, a few glass front cabinets, new counter stools and It’ll be good to go!
and now we’re off to the pool!!!
I consider myself an outdoors person – I grew up in Vermont, so it’s inevitable! So tackling the deck for me was top priority this year. As you can see from the before picture, it had not been re-stained in numerous years. We used to have the traditional table,chair,umbrella set, that quite frankly, we never used. Overall, our deck wasn’t inviting and I wanted to create a space that was an extension of our home.
I knew I didn’t want to do all one color. I wanted it to be brighter so I chose a solid outdoor white stain for the rails and a darker semitransparent stain for the floor. Those of you that know me, know that I love love love to paint, but I can honestly say, this was the most dreadful job ever. I also chose 2 days to do it when it was in the 90′s- ugh. I still have a few things to finish up on the other side (you can’t see:). Anyway, the final result…
I’m pretty pleased with the result. We purchased some new furniture with comfy cushions and a new rug and now we have a deck we enjoy. I still need a few more flowers out here, but overall, I think a good start!
Everyone is always asking me “when do you find the time to do all these projects?” Well, the answer is… when my daughter takes a nap. Most people sit down and relax during this time, but for me, I kick it into high gear and tackle whatever project I feel I can accomplish in a short amount of time – sometimes it’s putting another coat of paint on something (walls, furniture, etc), but today it was giving a lampshade an update. Here are quick and easy steps to easily transform a lampshade from blah to oooohhh!
This is my old lampshade that I desperately wanted to transform to have a hint of navy
These are the tools needed- gotta love that it’s a very short list: lampshade, glue gun, grosgrain ribbon, and scissors
First I measured out the ribbon to the length around top edge of lampshade and bottom edge because I wanted to add ribbon in both places. Luckily my shade already had a binding around it so I could lay mine directly over the existing ribbon. Put hot glue around desired edge- make sure not to get glue too thick or you’ll have thick clumps you can see through ribbon.
Lay the ribbon on glue while still hot, but be careful not to burn fingers
After you’ve gone all around the outside edge you will need to fold over ribbon and glue to inside of shade
Repeat above steps for bottom rim of lampshade and voila you instantly gave it a new look without a lot of work. I love quick and easy DIY projects!
Now the lampshade ties in with the rest of my room!
(knock knock knock- guess who’s up from her nap? perfect timing!)
i Everyone and welcome to my new site! I am very excited to have a new place to call home for my portfolio and blog page. I want to personally thank Fernando with Cuis Interactive who worked very hard to give me the site I wanted- there were times I must have driven him crazy:) My hope is this new website will be a place you can come to get inspired by new trends in the marketplace, things I’m crushing on now, and of course DIY projects. So please check back frequently and leave comments if you have something to share. Thanks for stopping by!