Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Jewelry Organization Project (plus paint colors)

Here's a project I finished a few weeks ago, but haven't gotten around to posting about until now. I saw something similar to this in Better Homes and Gardens, and I just fell in love. They used a radiator grill like this woman, and even though I think it's really lovely, I didn't want to take the time to hunt one down AND spend a good chunk of change on it.

My friend, Carol, and I went the easy, budget route and bought a $6 roll of wire mesh from Home Depot. The employee recommended treating the metal with white vinegar before painting it, so I did. Once the vinegar was dry, I spray painted the mesh white (along with a frame that I already had).

I used a staple gun to secure the mesh to the frame, and viola! It's so functional! My dangly earrings just hook right on, and I used some tiny s-hooks to hang the necklaces.

It is SO much easier to find my jewelry now. AND my necklaces are no longer a tangled mess!

Many of you asked about the specific colors we used in our design. So I will tell you!
1. The red spray paint that we used on the mirror and frame is called "Paprika" by Rustoleam in the satin finish.
2. The living room color is called "Silver Sage" by Restoration Hardware (although the paint itself is not Restoration Hardware brand).
3. The kitchen and nook color is called "Meditation" by Benjamin Moore. It's in the the swatch packet from Pottery Barn.

I'm hoping to post more photos of the rest of the house sometime very soon. I still need to get stuff hung up the the walls, and then make sure it's all tidy enough to take a picture :).

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I really need to pack but...

... I wanted to post these photos really quickly! We got our coffee table (yay!). But I'm realizing now that a round rug would really tie it all together.

After seeing our new paint color, I made an executive decision and painted the chalkboard the same red as the mirror.

Aren't these paint colors SO pretty on the walls?

Monday, April 19, 2010


I found one more photo of an "after" shot of our house. We bought this chandelier at Home Depot to go over our little seating nook.

It's kind-of Crate and Barrel-esque without the Crate and Barrel price.

Friday, April 16, 2010

More Little Changes

We've been doing a lot of little things here and there to make our house feel more our style. The sconces in the hallway weren't awful, but they weren't awesome either. Replacing them was inexpensive and quick.

I was a little bit stumped about what to put above our bed, but then Carol and I saw a whole bunch of really cool crosses at Hobby Lobby. Most of them were on sale (yay), so we decided to buy a bunch and spray paint one red, and one white.


Some are ceramic, some are poly-resin (I think that's what it's called), one is metal, and there's one wood one. Aren't they pretty?

Our house is almost done being painted, and I CAN'T WAIT to post photos of our new colors! Having the ceilings painted white (instead of tan) makes SUCH a huge difference. I'm so excited to start putting things back up on the walls.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Hard At Work

More and more things are getting done! I'm beginning to really fall in love with our home :).

I was able to talk my mother-in-law into writing on my chalkboard using her beautiful penmanship. Didn't she do a good job?

I just love this quote by David Meeks. It struck me when I read it for the first time. P.S. That's a new chair the photo above :).

I also got a chance to hang a window that was given to us when we were living in Nashville.
Here's before:

And after:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Red Mirror

My friend Carol is visiting, and she is such a great influence on me. She encourages me to be bold in my decorating, and I'm SO glad.

Do you remember what the mirror looked like when I bought it? Here it is before:

And check it out now! I love it, I love it, I love it!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Lucy Pants

Lucy's Grandma (Dave's mom) made some ADORABLE pants with the leftover yarn from the robe she made awhile ago.
So here's the bathrobe...

And here are her new pants! Can you believe how cute they are? Lucy is so lucky :)