Monday, October 15, 2012

Office Makeover Part 1

I had given myself a goal to paint my office in September and believe it or not, I did!  We had the stickiest weather so I didn't want to put my furniture too close to the wall without being certain it was dry.  My office is now worthy of showing you my progress!

So what was I working with? The room wasn't too bad but it wasn't anything to fawn over either.

I know, it looks a mess right! When you don't love the room, you don't really feel the need to clean it up before you put pictures of the mess online.  It became somewhat of a storage room where we put the things we weren't sure about.

We painted it "Smoky Charcoal" by Glidden and I absolutely love it.  I have yet to purchase a tester and see how I like it before going for the gallon so I got lucky again.  Its a very smart idea but once you get me to home depot I really don't want to go home, try it, and come back...I guess I'm just lazy.  So, we got to taping, then got to painting.  Then I sat in the middle of the room and waited for it to dry because I was just so antsy!

I bought 2 Billy shelves from Ikea in black-brown and got to setting them up.  They are much nicer than some of the other furniture I have purchased from them in the past.  They even have a cut out in the back for where the moulding is/would be.

I had piled all of my frames and books in the guest room and now I am trying to sort through the mess.  Here is my office as of now.  It isn't done yet but it looks a heck of a lot better than it did before.

What do you think? I think I followed my inspiration for this space.

This office chair has got to go! So big and bulky!

Reese loves looking out this window with my little bench

I still have a lot that I want to do but I wanted to share my progress so far!

My next project? I'm thinking the basement bathroom, I'll give you a better idea when I nail down my idea.  I'm not sure if I can get it done in October but heres hoping!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pomander Topiaries

At our wedding, I made tissue paper pomanders for every aisle.  Now that the wedding has come and gone, I'm trying to think of other uses for them.  I could very easily say that they had their hay-day but they were so much work that I'd like to see them have another use.  I'm decorating our bedroom in light blue and grey and coincidentally, my pomanders are light blue.

Wedding Day Photography by Jay Moore Photography

We were very fortunate to have several pieces of furniture passed down to us when we moved into our house.  We have Batmans grandma's bedroom set in our room right not and had our cable box and DVD box on either side.  I found it to be such an eyesore and was trying to think of a way to stack them and have more space on the dresser.  I told Batman we should take out the middle drawer and put them there and he looked at me like I had 3 heads.  So I took that as a no...for now.

I am an active Pinterest fan and found this.  REALLY?! Isn't it crazy when you see exactly what you were thinking/wanted and love it!  I showed Batman and it did just the trick.  What else is great about it? I can make topiaries for either side.  Double Whammy.

I didn't stop there.  I found these gorgeous pots and fell even more in love with the idea.  I got to work looking for fabric.  I didn't want something too busy because the blue is pretty bright.  I found this fabric and thought it would do the trick.

It was pretty easy to modge podge the pots, the hardest part is that Reese wanted to eat the scissors, then sit on the fabric, then jump on my was a never ending battle.  It didn't require much fabric at all and I love how you can make it match any room.

If she could talk, she'd be saying, "Can I help? Can I eat this? Can I stand on it? What are you doing?"

I started with a straight line on the pot and rolled and modge podged as I went until it was completely covered.  I wasn't sure how to finish with the fabric so for one, I made a slight lip and folded it under.  The other I just modge podged until I was out.  This was quick and easy.

When I was all podged out, I put them on top of a jelly jar to doesn't have to be a jelly jar of course.

I bought my dowel rod, styrofoam ball, and some moss and was ready for completion.  Now, I have some matching bedroom decor and another use for my pomanders!

All I have to do is refinish my dresser.  Thats for another day!