July 30, 2015

Hallway Gallery Wall {July Challenge}

Since moving into this house, I've been struggling with a small wall at the end of our hallway. I've tried adding interest by hanging a large mirror, of which I disliked because who wants to watch themselves walking down the hallway en route to the powder room.  Then I tried a trio of watercolor prints hung vertically, which looked alright but had little personality.  My last attempt was painting the wall red to echo the one in our front entry, both of which can be seen from the living room.

So when I heard that the July Challenge for the Decorating Enthusiasts DIY Forum was Gallery Walls, B-I-N-G-O!

Gallery Wall

I love a challenge and so this was the perfect inspiration to finally deal with that annoying wall.

My rule for this challenge was that all the elements in the collage had to be DIYed from things around the house.

Here is what the wall looked like before I began...

Gallery Wall Before

Here is a closer look at each of the elements within the collage.

Starting with the frame of a wall clock that broke a few years ago.  I removed the broken mechanisms and attached a sheet of striped scrapbook paper onto the clock face with double sided tape.  I had a French Postal Graphic decal in my stash and applied it to the paper.  Voilà, instant art!

Gallery Wall Clock Transformed Into Artwork

I wanted the initial of our last names included in the collage. I say name(s) because despite being married for 28 years, I still go by my maiden name. Thankfully our sir names both begin with the letter B.

Gallery Wall Wooden Moss Letter with rustic whitewashed back

I simply covered a wooden letter B with self-adhesive dried sheet moss.  To add some contrast against the red I whitewashed some pieces of cedar tongue and groove boards leftover from another project and attached the B with a hot glue gun.  Then I remembered two plate shelves I recently whitewashed and planned on selling.  I love the added interest it gave to the gallery wall!

The large decorative wooden knob I saw at Michaels and couldn't resist buying it for the collage.  It's the only item I purchased.

Gallery Wall Large Wooden Knob hung on the wall

Several weeks ago I won the bid on this Fleur De Lis metal art piece at a local online auction site. The frame was dark wood and the black metal was brushed with gold. To better suit our color scheme I gave the wood a whitewash and rubbed silver gilding wax over the gold.

Gallery Wall Metal Fleur De Lis artwork

I had the small white wooden frame in my stash and I simply added pretty scrapbook paper with a textured felt chandelier inside and voilà, more instant artwork!

Gallery Wall Framed Scrapbook Paper with Felt Chandelier Image

The two small fabric decoupaged frames were hanging in our bedroom. The edges of the frames were black and so I added some contrast by whitewashing them.

Gallery Wall Fabric Decoupaged plaques

Last but not least, a small beveled mirror was added to the mix. I know I said earlier that I disliked having a mirror hanging at the end of the hall but hung off center it isn't reflecting our every move as we walk down the hall.

Gallery Wall Upper Portion

Gallery Wall Lower Portion

I'm quite pleased with how FINALLY I successfully turned a rather blah wall into one with lots of personality and eye candy!

If you've been following my blog you may remember how I gave my Mom's stool that she used on a daily basis, a special makeover. Finally, I found the perfect spot to showcase this sentimental piece.

Gallery Wall with sentimental stool

Before I close I thought I'd share some easy peasy TIPS for creating a Gallery Wall...

Creating a Collage Wall in four easy steps

Tape craft paper together the same size as the area of your collage.  In our case, it was the entire hallway wall.

On the floor lay out the elements for your collage onto the craft paper.  One rule of thumb is to create a symmetrical configuration by lining up the edges of the art on each side to form a square or rectangular shape.

Once you are happy with the placement draw an outline around each piece with a pencil.  Hang the craft paper onto the wall with painters tape and check it using a level to ensure it's hanging nice and straight.

Measure where the hooks are on the back of each piece and mark it on your drawn outlines.  Add nails or wall anchors where necessary and take down the sheet of craft paper.  Hang up your art and that's it!

Gallery Wall After

Be sure to visit the fabulous hosts and see what they did for the Gallery Wall Challenge!

July 25, 2015

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {July 25, 2015}

While the party begins this gal has her behind parked in a beach chair with her feet dangling in the water, a bag of good books and a cooler full of cold drinks. While a much-needed blogging break is on the agenda, setting aside some junk'n time is at the top of the list.  No, winery tours are at the very top followed by good eats and then some junk'n.  Gotta keep my priorities straight! 

Bloggers this is a great link up to showcase your work because not only will it appear on this blog but on the blogs of our five co-hosts.  That's six opportunities to have your work featured!

Come join us and share your favorite DIY Projects, Crafts, or Recipes.

The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday.



Jennifer at Pink When

Erin at My Crafty Spot

Wendi at H20 Bungalow

Alli at An Alli Event
Marie (moi) at The Interior Frugalista

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This thrifty dresser got a whole new look with some paint and fabric!
FABRIC INLAID DRESSER by Confessions Of A Serial DIYer
Christy rocks the white furniture makeovers but she's also known for her signature fabric inlays.  Isn't this dresser gorgeous - it's definitely one of my favorites!  


Master Bedroom Reveal, Delineateyourdwelling.com


Kate Spade Inspired Key Fobs - these are so cute and look so easy to make!


DIY Glitter Globe Mobile, Delineateyourdwelling.com
DIY GLITTER GLOBE MOBILE by Delineate Your Dwelling


Repurpose a favorite scarf by putting it under the glass in a picture frame turned tray!
DIY SCARF TRAY by Confessions Of A Serial DIYer


recycled cardboard pendants kids crafts

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July 23, 2015

Garden Bench For Two {All About Second Chances Chalky Finish Contest}

Oh my you guys, I had one of those should've read the instructions first moments.

Sitting under a tarp in my back yard was a sweet headboard and footboard that we picked up for a song last year at a thrift store.

From Headboard to Garden Bench Before and After

When DecoArt contacted me about the All About Second Chances Chalky Finish Contest I knew exactly what project I was going to complete for my submission.

I had intended on transforming them into a garden bench and this contest gave me the motivation to finally get er done!  Here is what it looked like before...

Headboard Footboard and Banisters for a Garden Bench for Two

The two banisters we picked up for $15.00 at a local online auction.

When I pulled the tarp off the headboard I gasped. Some little critter decided it would keep them well fed over the winter.

Thankfully it only gnawed on the bottom so it could easily be covered by the frame of the seat.

Building a frame for the bench seat and attaching it to the headboard

Instead of a long drawn out step-by-step tutorial on how we made the bench I've included a pictorial that I hope will help.

Eight Steps to building a headboard Bench for Two

If you would like me to write a detailed tutorial post let me know in the comment section and I'd be happy to provide one.

For the pretty, I used these DecoArt products...

DecorArt Chalky Finish Paint for Garden Bench

I used the sealer because our bench was made from all sorts of different types of wood and I wanted a unified finish.  I was also worried about tannin bleed from the dark wood on the headboard and footboard. I'm glad I did because the finish turned out beautifully!

Garden Bench Right Side After

You may have noticed in the tutorial photos there were no finials on the front legs.  As an afterthought we purchased fence post finials from Home Depot and they echoe the posts on the headboard perfectly!

Garden Bench Left Side After

Isn't the DecoArt Chalky Finish paint color gorgeous?  It's called Serene!

It went on like buttah and I only used 1 1/4 jars to paint three coats, underside included.  I got excellent coverage and could have gotten away with only two coats, but there were some spots I missed so I added a third.

Garden Bench Left

Garden Bench Right

To add a touch of whimsy I created a graphic in PicMonkey using the Silhouette Image Birds On Branch graphic from the Graphics Fairy.

Garden Bench with Growing Old Together hand painted graphic

I rubbed a pencil on the back of the graphic and traced it onto the wood. Using art brushes I hand painted the details.

Headboard Garden Bench For Two with graphic

So have you been wondering why at the beginning of this post I said I should've read the instructions first?

Headboard Garden Bench painted with Serene Chalky Finish Paint

The contest is open to residents of the United States only *insert sad face here*

I'm Canadian!

Headboard and Footboard transformed into a Garden Bench For Two

...but why waste a good post!

DecoArt Chalky Finish Garden Bench For Two

This sweet bench is For Sale.  If anyone locally is interested in growing old together on a garden bench for two, please contact me!

July 21, 2015

Message Board Makeover For My Daughter

Today I'm sharing a quick and easy Message Board Makeover.  I picked this dated message board up at a local online auction site.  I knew it would be something my daughter could use so I surprised her with it when I went to her place to babysit my adorable three month old grandson.

Message Board Before and After

This is what it looked like before.  Well sort of, I had taped off the blackboard and cork board before realizing I hadn't taken a before picture yet.

Message Board Before

I had also removed an assortment of mismatched hooks on the bottom before taking this picture.

Close up of Message Board before

Here are the products I used for this makeover...

Supplies used for the Message Board makeover

Moon Dew is the perfect chalk paint color to compliment the blue accents in their living room and kitchen.  I applied two coats to get complete coverage.

Moon Dew Chalk Paint base coat on the dated Message Board

Using Frog Tape's Shape Tape (I love this stuff) I added some fun Chevron stripes to the cork board.

Chevron Stripes added to the cork board on the Message Board

Next I did a reverse transfer by using self-adhesive letters that I pick up at the dollar store onto the front of each pocket.  The lighter blue color of the letters actually looked good and I could have kept them as is but I planned on giving this message board a rustic look.

Self adhesive letters used to reverse transfer text onto the Message Board pockets

I dry brushed Simplicity White chalk paint over the entire message board to soften the blue and give it that rustic look. Over the fronts of the two pockets I applied full coverage so the letters would transfer. Once dry I removed each self-adhesive letter and sanded the front of the pockets to reveal some of the blue.

I also gave the chalkboard a quick refresh with a coat of black chalkboard paint. After it was dry I seasoned the board by rubbing chalk all over it and wiping it with a damp paper towel.

Message Board Makeover After

Such an easy peasy update and what a difference!

Message Board Makeover After with a special message

That's my adorable grandson on the laptop screen. That smile melts my heart every time I see it. When I arrived he was screaming like a wild man. Made it hard for my daughter to leave but I managed to get him settled and fast asleep within five minutes cuz that's just what us Grandma's do!

When he opened his eyes from his nap he looked up at me and smiled from ear-to-ear and told me a big story about everything he dreamed about. Then showed me how he can make mouth bubbles. I love that little man to the moon and back!

Message Board Update