Category

Home Decorating Projects

Hanging a Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are all the rage right now. And it’s easy to see why! For a few months I have been envisioning a gallery wall in our family room. Here is the before picture of the same wall.

I always loved these pictures but it was time for a change. So I spent some time reading up on how to put together a gallery wall. There’s lots of examples on Pinterest, Instagram and the internet of gallery walls and ideas on how to plan one out.

This is what I did.

I started by finding a few pieces I really liked and wanted included on my wall. ย I bought a mirror and a shelf and for Mother’s Day my kids gave me a picture they had taken of themselves. Of course that was going on the wall. ๐Ÿ˜Šย I knew I wanted a clock on the wall and I found a large one I really liked at Hobby Lobby.

Once I had a few items ready to go I measured my wall and started laying out each piece on the floor to get an idea of what it would look like. I measured out the same area on the floor as the size of my wall so I could make sure everything fit.

It took about a week to find the last few pieces, so this layout was on my family room floor for that week. Once everything was laid out it was easy to see the holes in my gallery and I went searching for pieces that would fit those areas. The last piece I added was a sign I had made. I saw this “Nest” definition on another sign/picture at a store but it was too big for my area so I stole the idea and had this made to fit.

I love these cute signs. This one was custom made by JB Imprints. You can find them on Instagram and Facebook.

Next my husband helped me measure and start planning out where to hang things on our wall. As you can see from the pictures I have duct work that complicated things. So we measured the wall and planned around the duct work.

We got all our tape pieces up so we knew where to start and end, as well as where the studs were for heavier pieces. There were a few mistakes along the way but for the most part everything went up easily. (Well, after we measured and re-measured everything!) I did have to move a mirror because it ended up in the wrong place. Oops!

The other hiccup we ran into was hanging the vintage railing pieces. I don’t want the screws to go straight through and show so we put holes on the back side and screws in the wall and tried to set them on the screws. They stayed but they were wobbly. So we improvised.

My husband had some small rubber bumpers and we put them on the screws already in the wall and presses them into the holes on the back of the railings. That did the trick! ย Sometimes a little jimmy rigging is needed right! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚

Anyhoo my advice for hanging a Gallery Wall is to measure. ALOT! I was lucky enough to cover any holes we made by mistake with the pieces I hung so I didn’t have to patch anything. Lay out your pieces exactly as you plan to put them on your wall so you can see it before you hang it.

My other bit of advice is find things you love and add it to your gallery wall. Rearrange until it looks good to you. Gallery Walls all look different and they don’t have to be perfect. That’s what makes them fun. Check out Pinterest and Instagram for ideas, but make your Gallery Wall your own.

There are other ways of hanging a Gallery Wall including cutting out paper in the shape of each item you are going to hang so you can see how it will fit on your wall. That seemed like a lot of extra work to me, but if you are worried it is a good way to see it before putting holes in the wall.

Plan on spending some time hanging a Gallery Wall. Just the measuring and hanging took us nearly 2 hours. But if you put the time and effort in, your Gallery Wall will bring a smile to your face every time you see it! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I hope this post was helpful. If you have any other tips or comments please leave them below. I would love to hear from you ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thanks for taking a look

Cindy

Mixing ASCP to get a custom color

Mixing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to get just the right color is easy. ย Sometimes you may want a different shade or color than the original paint colors AS offers. I always get a few plastic spoons and a plate and start mixing to get the color I want. I wanted a soft grey/blue color to paint a set of candle sticks and a clock. So I stared mixing Paris Grey and a touch of Florence and then added some Pure White. Here’s the result.

 

I love this color. I will be writing it down so I can find another piece to paint this pretty blue. Do you mix ASCP colors? What’s your favorite color recipe? Would love to hear from you! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thanks for stopping by

Cindy

 

Christmas Tree ๐ŸŽ„Oh Christmas Tree

Do you like to decorate for the holidays? I do! ย Do you have waaayyyy too many decorations? Guilty! At least when it comes to Christmas. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And don’t tell my husband but my holiday decorating hoard is still growing!! Haha

I have a few Christmas trees up this year. 3 to be exact. This is the one Santa leaves his presents under. ๐ŸŽ It sits in the front room.

 

I think traditions are important and we have a tradition of giving our children an ornament every year, so we have a tree in the basement for the kids to decorate.

I love this tree because every year the kids go through their box of ornaments and remember past Christmas’s together.

And because you can never have too many Christmas trees I have one for the porch.

Hoping everyone is enjoying the holiday season!

Sofa table refinished with Annie Sloan Old White

I love any piece of furniture that has claw feet. I found a beautiful claw foot sofa table and put it behind my couch. I wasn’t sure I would keep it but it sat there for a while before I painted it. I was hoping to refinish the top but was afraid if I starts sanding it down I would go right through the wood inlay and get to particle board. I could see the particle board under the table. But I figured it was worth a try and started hand sanding a small area. The stain came off and I wasn’t going through the inlay.

img_5294

But the wood was really hard and hand sanding wasn’t going to do the trick so I got out the electric hand sander. I was still worried so I started with a fine sandpaper and wasn’t getting through. I went with a course sandpaper and was able to get the stain and clear coat off and expose the amazing wood inlay. This actually took a while because the wood was so hard. ย I used a wood conditioner before staining it to get a more even coverage and then used Minwax Early American stain. I sealed it with several coats of Minwax oil based clear coat.

img_5307

I was so excited that it turned out so beautifuly. The wood inlay is truely amazing and I’m so glad I didn’t have to paint over this. I did paint the legs of this table. I wasn’t going to try to sand all small detailed areas. I painted itย Annie Sloan Old White with minimal distressing and a coat of clear wax.

img_5305

She’s a beauty. Love the curves and the detail on the legs! And the contrast of the stained wood and white paint.

I love this table but I didn’t feel like it fit with the look I was going for in my family room/kitchen. So this lovely table is for sale in my booth. And here’s the table I replaced it with.

img_0764

I wanted something with a little more of a farmhouse look that matched the kitchen table I recently finished. I will do a post about that later. (I’m in love with my refinished kitchen table) This cute rustic table was made and stained by someone else. I found it on a Facebook yard sale site. A cute talented couple makes them and I love it.

Simple but pretty and with 2 levels I had fun decorating it!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of both Sofa Tables. I would love to hear from you.

As always thanks for taking a look!

Cindy

Adventures in decorating!

I’ve lived in my home for 12 1/2 years and for 12 1/2 years this wall has been empty.

img_5477

When it was time to paint I hired painters to paint this area because I didn’t want to even think about how to get up that high to tape and paint this wall. It’s 2 stories high and above the stairs. Not easily accessible. But once the walls and staircase were painted I started brainstorming what I would like to see hanging here. I found 2 cute old double storage doors that look like barn doors and my vision for that wall started coming together. I needed something else to go between the doors to finish the look I wanted. I do a lot of “window shopping” on the Facebook Yardsale sites and I spotted a post by a local seller who makes signs and I knew one of them would be perfect between the 2 doors. I bought it and had it shipped to my home and loved it. It still took me a few weeks to get the nerve to tackle this project, and talk my handy hubby into helping me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We dragged my oldest son into this venture as well. I won’t go into all the hairy details of what it took to get these mounted on the wall but after it was over I was grateful we didn’t end up in the ER! Haha ๐Ÿ˜‚ย 2 ladders, 3 people, power tools and heavy barn doors = danger!

 

My husband loves it when I say “I have a project for you and it involves a ladder”! (Yes that was sarcasm ๐Ÿ˜‹) But I would not have dared tackle this project without him. It took some engineering (good thing he’s an engineer), and a lot of planning to get this project done. Also some courage and muscle!

img_0752

It was scary but TOTALLY WORTH IT! It may never ever come down but I’m ok with that. I love the handmade sign. It’s the first thing we see when we all come out of our bedrooms.

img_0754

Alese sells these cute signs on her website www.handmadeutah.com and you can also see her work on her instagram page @2crafty4myskirt. You will love all the darling signs she makes.

Let me know what you think and tell me about your decorating adventures. I’m always looking for new ideas for my home and would love to hear from you.

Thanks for taking a look ๐Ÿ˜Š

Cindy

White wash it

Today it’s all about White!! Last week I painted 4 items, all of them Annie Sloan Pure White. On Monday I helped a friend paint her fireplace mantle. They recently changed out the tile around the fireplace and felt the dark wood needed to be changed as well. She chose Pure White and it looks great with her pretty glass tile.

So Pure White became the color of the week and I painted an entry table, a milk can and picture window mirrors white as well.

Color is a lot of fun but sometimes it just needs a white wash. I love how Pure White brightens up a room, and coat of clear wax leaves a lovely satin finish.

Thanks for checking out my post! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Cindy

Quick and easy Candlestick project

IMG_4545

Looking to update some of the decorations in your home! This was an easy quick project. These candlesticks were black and olive green.

IMG_4503

Love the shape of these but with a coat of Annie Sloan Pure White Chalk Paint these take on a whole new look. And because they already had some crackle affect, that added some character to the finish. A little distressing with a wet rag and finished with clear wax and they were done. Easy peasy 30 minute project!

IMG_4545

What do you have in your home that you would like to update with a little Annie Sloan Chalk Paint?

Thanks as always for taking a look!

Cindy

Kaitlyn’s Bedroom

I’ve been working on my daughter Kaitlyn’s bedroom for several months now. Painting furniture and walls and changing her bedding and window treatments. Here is a before picture of her room:

We were already starting to take things off the walls before I remembered to take the before picture. I do that a lot! ๐Ÿ˜›

As we were preparing to change up her room Kaitlyn helped by picking colors she liked for her furniture and her walls as well as her bedspread. We did a lot of searching and pinning on Pinterest and it’s finally come together.

IMG_4211

Oh yes! I taped all those stripes! Definitely extra work but look how cute!! Completely worth the extra time and effort!

Kaitlyn really liked the blue, white, grey and yellow and I love how they all comeย together to make a fun room for a teenage girl! Fortunately after all the work I put in she loves it!!

IMG_4209

I will post about her bedroom furniture and painting that striped wall soon and show before and after pictures. This was a boys bedroom set but with a little Louis Blue and Old White and a few changes to the hardware it’s now perfect for a girl!

This project took some time but I love how this turned out! Tell me what you think in the comments section. I would love to hear from you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Decoration Projects

I recently painted and stained a few home decoration items to put in my booth at Drab 2 Fab. I found someone not far from me that cuts wood projects from reclaimed wood. He was selling these arrows so I bought a few sets and stained some. The others I used ASCP and then gave them a clear wax finish. Easy project and ready to hang on the wall.

IMG_3947

I bought this wood basket and wanted to give it a little color.

IMG_3801

I started painting it ASCP Arles before I remembered to take a before picture. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That happens a lot! So after a coat of the Arles I added a dry brushed coat of French Linen. Then distress and waxed it with a clear wax. I added Old White to the wax to give it a tint. You can add any color of chalk paint to wax to change up the finish.

Love this cute wood basket! Annie Sloan Arles will always be one of my favorite colors!ย ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_3803

And last, I bought this fun old window that someone had added sheet music to.

The pink was a bubble gum pink and not something that will fit into everyone’s decor so I painted it with Old white and French Linen leaving just a little pink poking through. Then I added a vine wreath and a flower accent.

IMG_3983

Annie Sloan Chalk paint goes on everything and is so easy to use! Be creative and find fun things to make your own!

 

Thanks for taking a look

Cindy

 

Old barn ladder

I’m not an interior decorator but I do want my home to be beautiful. I love finding new and interesting things to add to my home to make it mine. I’ve always loved old things. Vintage, antique, shabby chic! But I wouldn’t say that describes my decor. I usually go with whatever I like and make it work. But if my hubby would let me I would live in a 100 year old house with tons of character and a wrap around porch. I would have a pink and blue, shabby chic to the hilt bedroom and a vintage farm kitchen. Of course I would also need a big red barn in the back yard…….ya non of this is happening! ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha I’ve tried to talk him into it but he just rolls his eyes and reminds me how much work would go into an old home. And because he is the handy one around the house and would be doing all the repairs, I can understand where he’s coming from.

I am not complaining because I actually love my home. But it never hurts to dream a little right!?!

Lately I have been stalking the Facebook Yard Sale sights looking for fun things to paint. This week I came across something amazing and I was lucky enough to be the first one to see it. So I bought it! Wanna see it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oldbarnladder6

So maybe I can’t have the big red barn in the back yard but I can have the barn ladder in my dining room!! I fell in love with this the second I saw it. And it is perfect the way it is. I don’t know how old it is but the lady I bought it from said it came from an old barn in Idaho. It was built with whatever wood was laying around, the nails are old and rusty and some are sticking out of the wood and it’s aged to perfection! I cannot tell you how much I love this!

Oldbarnladder8

I have only had this for a few days but every time I see it I smile! I think home should be filled with your favorite people and things that make you happy. You don’t have to be an expert to make your home beautiful to you.

 

 

Oldbarnladder4

Tell me what you think of the ladder and I would love to hear what some of your favorite finds are in your home.

Thanks for taking a look!

Cindy