Friday, September 28, 2012

diy yarn wrapped bottle

On our fall mantel, I have two wine bottles.  One is just a beautiful green bottle that I did nothing to, but the other I wrapped with a rust-colored yarn to add some texture and color to a clear bottle.
Don't you love when you have an idea in your head and it comes out just the way you hoped it would.  This was one of those moments, and I luh-ove this!

All you need to do this project is an empty bottle, yarn of your choice, and glue.  I used adhesive spray (which is awesome!), but you could also use hot glue.  When we were on our honeymoon, we had family stay at the house and we came back to about half a bottle of wine. Not only was the wine delicious, but it left with me a large empty bottle to use for a future project.  
I found the yarn in my craft closet, and it is actually a gradient yarn that goes from the burnt orange/red color, to a  cobalt blue.  I wasn't crazy about having blue on the bottle, so every time I hit blue, I would cut it and start again where the orange did.
I started at the top, spraying Elmer's craft bond.  WARNING: This stuff is awesome, but it will spray on more things than you think it will.  I would recommend using this outside, or with lots of paper/cardboard down on your table to avoid a giant mess.
Then, I held the yarn in my left hand while spinning the bottle with my right hand.  This was really effective until I got to the main part of the bottle.  
It was more difficult at that point, so I actually took the cap from the Elmer's bottle and put it on the top of the bottle (to keep from getting sticky adhesive all over myself).  Then, I held the bottle up against me while I spun and continued adding the yarn. See the slight gradient in there? Orange > Tan > Red > Brown. 
Awkward picture, right? This was the only way I could really explain what I found to be the easiest process.

 This whole project took me about 15 minutes and I think it looks great.  Plus, I already had everything I needed to do this, so it cost me zero dollars!!

fall mantel

I mentioned yesterday that I've been working on getting this house all dressed up for fall, and I started with the mantel.  I didn't want to go over the top, and still keep it's general look, but here's where we are at.

The plant and picture frame have been up there for quite awhile, and I grabbed the candle holder from another spot in the house. The mini pumpkins came from Home Depot.

On the other side, I've got a little alarm clock and owl that I picked up from Kohl's over the weekend. I had another $10 promotion card from them, and paired with a 20% off family and friends coupon, I got both for a whopping $8 total! Along with a hat we bought for Matt that was on clearance for $4.80, our receipt said we saved $60.56! Holla!
The bottles I had sitting in the craft closet begging to be used, and I will show you how I made the red bottle very soon!

You also may have noticed that I took down the white frame.  I thought since it's fall that the rustic look of the barn door really adds to the decor.  Plus, Matthew never really understood why I put an empty frame up there in the first place. :)
I'm also thinking of adding a wreath...but we'll see.  Perhaps a simple moss wreath?

You also might be asking why I haven't shown you a full picture of the fireplace, and here is your reason.
Look what I did! Ugh...We have a tile project planned for the fireplace, and I decided one day last week that I would start removing the tile before Matthew came home.  But unfortunately, all it did was rip the drywall off so I tried to patch it, and now we're probably just going to have to replace the drywall.

Blah...oh well, we have been pretty lucky so far with our projects and this will be a relatively simple fix.  But more on that later!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

picking paint colors

I have been super busy this week with work and all kinds of other commitments that have kept me from having much to say around here! So sorry!  I'm working on decorating the front porch and living room for fall, and just need to get out to buy some materials to do that.  I'm going to be building a bench for super cheap, and making a few inexpensive fall decorations, so stay tuned!

But, in the meantime, I am constantly wondering how to paint the rest of this house.  Just to recap, so far downstairs, the living room and entry are painted Behr's Silver Sateen.
The original plan was to take this grey paint through all the main spaces downstairs: paired with a chair rail and white paint in the dining room, through the hallway, and then into the kitchen.  We plan on doing a little gigantic DIY project on the kitchen cabinets and stain them a dark espresso.

Now, don't get me wrong, I love this grey paint and I think it looks fantastic, but I'm not sure that I want it everywhere, and I am not sure how it would look with espresso cabinets in the kitchen.  So my new thought is this:

Add moulding around the door frames/windows in the dining room, as well as adding a chair rail with possible picture frame moulding.  This would all be crisp white down to the floor. Above the chair rail would be a color similar to Glidden's Frosted Mulberry.

Then, I would paint a light beige in the hallway and kitchen to add another neutral color that isn't more grey.  Probably something similar to Glidden's Navajo Sand.

But, my main concern was if it would look strange to have grey and beige downstairs.  After thinking on it for a few weeks, I really think it would work since there would be a purple in between. I put these colors into Glidden's Color Visualizer on their website to get a general idea, of what these colors would look like near each other, and I think it actually looks good (see the beige in the back room on the right?).
Ok, so now I need your help! Can you visualize it?  What do you think of this?  Do you think it will look funny, or do you think it will flow naturally with the addition of moulding?

Friday, September 21, 2012

dreaming of fall

Happy Friday Everyone! Boy am I ready for the weekend, Matthew and I have a couples massage tomorrow (thanks to my in-laws for a fabulous birthday present that I'm finally getting around to using)! Then on Sunday, we are super busy with church, a coaches lunch, and then a women's service project in the afternoon.  I am looking forward to it all, but I'm afraid the time will fly.

I'm not sure if it's because of the crazy record setting heat we have had this year, or just the general fact that I am in love with the holiday season, but I. Am. Ready. For. Fall. 

I have been so inspired by all the fall decor  online lately.
Mmm...how wonderful is that?  I love the leaves, the cool weather, the fact that I can wear my most favorite sweaters in my wardrobe, but I must be honest...I tried a pumpkin spice latte the other day and was just not that impressed.  It was fine, but in my opinion, I find the caramel apple spice to be much more fall-y and delicious...please don't send any pumpkin-spice-latte-loving hate mail my way.

Have a great weekend!! xoxo

Thursday, September 20, 2012

wild and crazy pancakes

On Sunday, our church had a big grand opening celebration at our new facility.  I don't know if I have actually shared this, but I am a youth coach (leader) for high school and sometimes middle school and we decided to have some fun and make crazy pancakes.

We had all kinds of good stuff: gummy bears, sour gummy worms, marshmallows, chocolate chips, swedish fish, sprinkles, m&ms and gumdrops.  I must admit, I was skeptical at first, but these pancakes were awesome (minus my sugar rush, and very quick crash)! Check out what happens with gummy bears and worms when they are heated up!
Just Dance was also on-hand, and it was awesome to see the high school guys get so into it!

We had such an amazing time with the students on Sunday, and got some great group shots as well.  
These students are such a blessing in my life and the life of our church. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

tips to spray paint hardware

Last week when we finished updating the upstairs hallway, we also removed and painted all the doorknobs and other hardware that goes along with the doors.

To start this process, remove the little white doodles (yes, I said doodles) from the door stoppers, and give all of these pieces a quick sanding to buff up the glossy layer.

Then, either go outside, with your pieces in a box so they don't get a bunch of dust and other particles stuck to them while they're drying, or in the basement or garage.  I typically spray paint in the garage on a piece of cardboard.

All of these pieces are pretty easy to spray except the side of the doorknob with the long bar on it (not sure what that's called).  You can't lay them down to spray, because then they will dry all funny, and turn out terribly. To fix this situation, I used the top of a paper box.
Just stick the bar part of the knobs into this box and you can spray the tops while they are upright.

Perfect, right?  I'm just wondering why I didn't think of this sooner! 

Quick tip about spray painting hardware: do 2-3 light coats instead of 1-2 heavy coats.  Make sure to paint them with the mist instead of straight on.  Following these two tips will help you to avoid running paint, and dried globs.

I always leave hardware like this to dry for at least 24 hours before bringing them back inside.

You may be curious about the fact that there are no door hinges in these pictures, and I have a very simple explanation for that: I'm lazy.  I really didn't feel like taking all the doors off (8 doors, and 24 hinges total, including the hardware I FINALLY finished in our room.)

I actually painted those by hand with spray paint and a small paint brush .  You may recall that I did this in my office, and it's very simple.
You simply hold your can upside down, and slowly spray paint into a glass container.  This will result in a pool of paint in the container that you can paint with.  I just painted two coats onto each set of hinges and it looks great! 

I also have another tip for spray painting the screws. 

To avoid getting the threads full of paint, just take a standard sheet of paper, fold it into quarters, tape and then insert the screws into it.  This will allow you to spray just the heads without making a mess.

I hope these tips help! Let me know if you have any questions!

Monday, September 17, 2012

the hall with six doors

It's no secret that I really can't stand the honey oak trim that our builder grade home came with, so room-by-room, we've been painting the trim white, and it's made the house so much more modern and I absolutely love it!  And since we took the plunge and painted our living room, we carried the paint up the stairs and into the upstairs hallway to create fluidity and cohesion throughout the main spaces.

This hallway was a sea of honey oak, with all the trim and a total of 6 doors in this tiny space. Yikes!
I started by painting the door frames with white paint and then we painted the walls with the same paint downstairs, Behr's Silver Sateen.  I highly recommend using one of these edgers for door frames as well as the ceiling line. It takes two coats, but it is so easy, and definitely worth it!
Home Depot
After that paint, it was looking like this:
You'll also notice that the doorknobs are missing as well.  We decided that all the hardware needed to be updated as well with some bronze spray paint.  we had my grandparents staying with us last weekend, so I didn't get to these doors until last week.  

To tackle the doors, I purchased a mini roller.  The roller itself is about 6" long and about 1" thick.  It is meant for smooth surfaces, and made painting these doors a breeze.  After some light sanding and 4 coats of white paint, and then adding our hardware back in, our hallway has a much more updated look.
I am L-O-V-I-N-G this! From the wall color, to the trim and doors, to the hardware, it is just so calm and actually makes the hall feel larger.  

 You will also notice that the bathroom (and music room, actually, but not pictured) are still honey oak inside, so the inside half of the door frame has not been painted. It's in a state of transition, but doesn't look too bad for what it is.  Still deciding what to do in that room, so it may be awhile.
We are getting there in this house! I think we're actually at less than 50% honey oak now, so there is an end in sight.  Anyone else painting their old, ugly trim? Or anyone else have crazy transition spaces like our half oak/half white door frames?  
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