Friday, September 19, 2014

Hand Painted Sign…Cheers!


While it seems that most everyone else in blogland is decorating for fall these days, I am currently decorating for a party!


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Today is my birthday! And tomorrow we are having an open house/birthday party to celebrate my new decade and our new kitchen.

Yes, I know I have not shared final photos of our new kitchen, but I have been so busy cleaning and prepping for the party I have not had time. Not only does the inside of the house need to be cleaned and decorated…so does the backyard. I set up a bar area in our outside cabana the other night and shared a photo on my Instagram


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I love the way it is looking out there! I hung an empty frame that I had sitting in the garage to cozy up the space…
 
 
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I plan to add some colorful paper banners, but I also wanted to add the word Cheers to this bar area, so I came up with an idea today to add a hand painted wood sign.
 
 
 
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Perfect!
 
 
This simple sign took less than 2 hours to make. Follow these steps and tips to create your own hand painted wood sign!
 
First, I went on my computer and found a font I (sort of) liked…
 
 
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This is Papyrus which I like, but I wanted the letters to be a bit beefier so I penciled them in. I already had some old barn wood pieces so I selected one in just the right size.
 
 
 
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I used this clever trick to transfer the letters onto the board…
 
 
 
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Just rub a piece of white chalk all over the back of your paper, place it chalk side down on your board and trace the outline of each letter. Lift your paper and you now have the perfect outline of each letter to fill in with paint…
 
 
 
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You can retrace your chalk letters to make them easier to see if needed. Follow this tip,  that I shared in a past post to sharpen your chalk…
 
 
 
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Next, I filled in each letter with some white craft paint…
 
 
 
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Simple…and oh so cute!
 
 
 
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I added a couple of hooks and hung it inside of my empty frame with some twine…
 
 
 
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I am looking forward to celebrating with family and friends this weekend. You can find me here on Saturday night…
 
 
 
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Cheers!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Kitchen Jewelry…knobs and handles


Like the perfect pair of earrings…knobs and handles are like jewelry for your kitchen!


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It really all started way back in June when I found this knob…
 
 
 
Mother-Of-Pearl Knob #anthropologie....like jewelry for the kitchen
 
 
It was truly love at first sight! I wanted to add touches of brass and gold to my new white kitchen…and this knob with  mother of pearl set in brass was perfect!
 
 
 
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Don't be afraid to mix knobs and handles. I knew that I wanted the knobs as accents and that traditional style handles would be more functional...especially on all of the large drawers. Look closely and you will see that I even added a smaller square knob, that matches the handles, to the doors under my farmhouse sink.
 
This layering and use of different styles is what makes your space unique and interesting.
 
 
 
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I added the knobs to the glass cabinets on the sink wall…
 
 
 
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And to the glass doors on the built in hutch…
 
 
 
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Did I already say that I LOVE them?!
 
 
 
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It can be a bit daunting to start drilling into your new white cabinets…so it is a good idea to call in a skilled helper! We invited our friends over for dinner and drilling…



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Thanks Steve & LeeAnn!
 
 
More on the DIY reclaimed wood shelves and how I hung them coming soon…
 
 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In the meantime…lighting


Thank you all for the nice comments about my kitchen remodel. I am not completely finished yet…and am looking forward to getting it styled for some “glamour shots” soon.


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Here is a shot of the sink wall. As you can see, we still need to install handles on the cabinets and paint the wood trim around the window. In the meantime…lets talk about the lighting I found and used in the space.

 
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This photo was taken the day we installed the our chandeliers. I was so excited to move my tables in so we could best determine the height. Now a little info on these two beautiful lights.
 
I knew I wanted some type of lantern over my new round table in the breakfast nook. I even posted these 2 options on my Instagram
 
 
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I decided on using the lantern style light above left. I searched online and at my local lamp stores, but could not find just what I was looking for in size and price range. Then, one day I stopped into a local thrift store and look what I found…
 
 
 
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Perfect style…perfect size…unbelievable price…$4.99! Yes…under 5 dollars! Not perfect was the 1980’s shiny gold finish. But for under five bucks it was worth a little DIY updating.
 
This lantern is solid brass, beveled glass, and has 6 candelabra lights with an unexpected bonus of an under mount spot lamp…



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I wasn’t even sure if it still worked…but again, for $5 it was worth the risk! I knew I wanted a gold tone so I researched the best gold spray paints…see this post from Brittany Makes for an excellent comparison. I decided on Design Master in Antique Gold.
 
 
 
 
 
After taking the lantern apart…I laid it out and sprayed each piece. Using several light coats, I achieved the perfect coverage and gold finish I was hoping for.
 
 
 
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Now look at her shine!
 
 
 
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I love the shadows that are cast on the ceiling when the light is on. This pretty gold lantern looks perfect with the other chandelier I hung over my antique pine farm table…
 
 
 
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I really wanted something more dramatic, and shiny, and dripping with crystals as shared in this post from June. I found it with this beautiful light. Purchased from the kitchen design showroom that I used for my kitchen plans. They were changing out one of their showroom vignettes and selling this fixture…sold!
 
 
 
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Now on to some really fun and exciting lighting news! I was browsing thru my Instagram feed one day and entered a giveaway for a beautiful Coleen and Company Vivienne Lantern…
 
 
 
 
The Vivienne Lantern shown in standard "Ivory" w/ Gold Gilt Trim
 
Guess what? I won!!!
 
 
 
 
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How exciting! This beautiful Vivienne Lantern is being hand crafted just for me! All of the gorgeous lights and lanterns from Coleen & Company are amazing. Visit their site here.
 
I have plans to hang it in my stairway when it arrives…stay tuned!