Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lampshade Makeover

A few months back, I picked up a fabulous vintage glass lamp from Italy at an estate sale for $10.00. The only catch was its black lamp shade. Nothing in my house is black, so I decided I was going to have to purchase a new lampshade or revamp the black shade. I decided to tackle the burlap garland and re-cover the shade in burlap.
     The before pictures:


At first I tried wrapping the burlap garland completely around the shade. However, I thought this looked like a fire hazard based on how close the burlap was to the light bulb. So, I took off the burlap (a slightly messy ordeal) and grabbed my favorite fabric glue and scissors.

      The entire process took close to an hour. As I've mentioned before, burlap and I have a love/hate relationship. So far, the fabric glue is holding onto the shade pretty well!

I'm pretty happy with the final results and it's a nice compliment to my paper mache and burlap lamp that sits on my desk!
  Hope you've had a wonderful and productive weekend!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Pinterest Inspired Fall Calendar

Pinterest + Fall Fever = One Fall Fanatic

A while back I wrote about my love of Pinterest. However, I've made a rule with myself: if I'm going to look at Pinterest, then I will be proactive. This means that each week I need to use at least 3 things that I have found through Pinterest.

One of my friends recently "re-pinned" a paint chip calendar from the website that I had pinned quite some time back. I had everything I needed to make the calendar: fall colored paint chips, a vintage frame, and burlap. The "re-pinning" was enough to light my fire; I was definitely up for the challenge of working with my least favorite/most loved product: BURLAP. Burlap and I have a love-hate relationship. I just finished up a project using burlap and realized I actually might have a lovely allergy to it. When I pull the burlap out, it's always a battle: how to attach it, how to not make a complete disaster while using it , how to cut it properly, and the list continues.

I found that working with burlap garland is the perfect solution for me. You can pick up a roll of it at Michaels- be warned though: with the holidays approaching, I'm finding that they are often sold out of it or down to one or two rolls.

To make the paint chip calendar, I rolled out two strips of the burlap garland and stapled them straight into the wooden frame. Next, I cut out different shades of fall-colored paint chips to the size needed and used a fabric glue to adhere them to the burlap. Please note: if you want to change out your calendar each month, simply remove the staples and burlap and apply new paint chips and burlap to the frame. When I had everything attached, I added the dates to the chips and found scrabble pieces to spell out "October". I decided not to attach the scrabble pieces to the frame since I would like to reuse the frame each month.

As you can see, I didn't need to use much of the burlap garland. However, it all depends on the size of the frame you choose to use. 

I used a vintage, cream-colored frame. 

Fall-colored assortment of paint chips

Make sure to pull the burlap tight when stapling into the frame.

Staple around the back of the frame

Paint chips laid out ahead of time- Make sure to lay them on top of your burlap in the frame to make sure you have the chips cut to the right size.

I simply placed the scrabble tiles standing up next to the frame, rather than gluing them to the frame.

The final product! 

Allow about 30-45 minutes to make this project. If you use a paper cutter and pre-measure out your chips, it would most likely be faster. Also, I spent time trying to decide how I wanted to attach the chips to the burlap. Fabric glue was the perfect solution. The whole project was under $5.00. 

   Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. My husband texted me yesterday to specifically let me know that fall had arrived. Fall has officially been "brought"!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Making Fall Happen: Part 2

So I admitted yesterday that I have a small obsession with fall. Imagine my excitement when I found Pumpkin Trees at Trader Joe's today. I ended up not buying them since they were on display outside and I feel like I need to do some research to see whether they would last in a vase inside- but, you had better believe I will be going back for one!
  Outside of planting Mums in my front flower bed, adding wreaths to the back porch and front door, purchasing my favorite fall-scented candles and decorating the tables with gourds, I've also been "bringing fall" to the bedrooms.
   Here's a glimpse at how I "brought fall" to my office:
If I read this enough times, I believe it's fall. This print tray is directly behind my computer, so it is a constant  reminder of my favorite season!!! 

I added small pumpkins to my larger print tray. 

       I changed out my print trays to make them more fall-ish and added my favorite pumpkins that I found at Michaels over the weekend. They sell a huge tub of the small pumpkins for $5.99.
   My husband is starting to understand that I will make fall happen. It doesn't matter that it was over 100 today, I still brought my fall game.
  I can hardly wait to show you the other fall projects I've been working on! Happy Desert Fall, everyone!   

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Making Fall Happen": Part 1

My husband tells me I'm trying to "make fall happen." As of late we've had conversations that go something like this:
  Me: Don't you just love fall?
   C: Babe, it's not fall. It's still 104 degrees out.
  Me: It's September- nearly October- therefore, it's fall!
  C: You can't make fall happen.
  Me: Yes, I can and it is happening in our home.

 I spent most of my life living in the midwest. This is by far the hardest time of year for me every year to live in a city that does not experience or understand fall. Sure, I can go to Michaels, Pottery Barn, Target, you name it- they are trying to "bring fall". It's not the same. It never will be. I miss the trees changing. I miss the smells of fireplaces burning in the evening. I miss watching my brother play soccer while sipping on hot cider or cocoa (never thought I'd say that). I miss going to pick out pumpkins at local pumpkin patches. I miss FALL.
  Last year, we moved into our home the day before Halloween. So, this is my first "fall" to live in our home. The weather has been cooling off in the mornings and at night (we're talking 70s) and so I feel it's time to embrace what I have been given.
  I can't control the weather or all of the little things that make it truly feel like fall, but I can make fall happen in my house.
I started by picking up two grapevine wreaths at Michaels this weekend (they were 2 for $5)
Front door
Back patio
  I will never claim to be a wreath-guru. Ever. To be quite honest, I hate everything about making wreaths. I'm terrible at it, and I have a very low level of patience. Add in a hot glue gun and it's a recipe for disaster. However, I'm not one to throw in the towel, so I brought what little "wreath-game" I have and knocked out two fall wreaths. That's just the beginning...
                 Next, I picked up fresh gourds from my local Trader Joe's for 70 cents/each. I brought out my fall-ish color plates and candles and SHABAM- I brought fall to the kitchen table. 
   This weekend Bath and Body Works had a Home Fragrance event. My most favorite scent ever, Leaves, was on sale for 2/$20 (the largest size). Now our home smells like fall.

   I know...some of you might be thinking that this is all sad and pathetic of me. I've decided that instead of continuously telling my husband as the weather hits 114 degrees that, "I can't live here another day," to make the most out of what has been given to me. Although I might not be able to "make fall happen" outside, I can sure try to "make fall happen" inside.
   Just wait until you see how I have kept the fall frenzy going around our home. My husband just might ship me somewhere "fall-ish" by the time this is all over! 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Part 2: The Kitchen is Done...for the most part...

I'm finally posting pictures of the almost grand finale in our kitchen. My husband is going to hunt down our "before" photos of the kitchen from when we moved in so y'all can really understand what we've been up to the last 10 months.
  Before I show you the final photos, here's a re-cap of what we have completed, just in the kitchen since last Halloween:
   1. New refrigerator, microwave, and stove
   2. Mint green walls said goodbye and welcomed a caramel color.
   3. Hunter green display cabinet painted a burnt red
   4. White countertops replaced with butcher block
   5. Linoleum floors ripped out-- kept the exposed concrete (it was a great shade of brown)
   6. Cabinets refinished
   7. New knobs for all cabinets
   8. New lighting
  9. Ceiling ripped out and raised
  10. Backsplash changed out
   11. Window re-painted and fixed
   12. Farmhouse sink to replace the old stainless steel sink
   13. New faucet

  So, we've been kinda busy. And...this is only one room of our house that we are working in! For those those of you that have been following along through this kitchen reno process, yes, we made our deadline in having the kitchen done for the family wedding last weekend!
  It feels amazing to spend a weekend without our kitchen completely ripped out, but I can't say we haven't made plans for our next big project.  I can honestly hardly even wait to completely demo my hall bath. This past February I went on a rampage and ripped all my floors out an hour before company arrived (yes, I tend to get in the renovating mood right before guests arrive). So stay tuned as we begin our next big adventure.
  Here's some photos from our kitchen (please don't judge the terrible quality of picture's been kinda busy)

  It's finally finished and I couldn't be happier. Outside of still needing to change out our dishwasher and the hood over our oven, it's complete! We've decided to stick with the exposed concrete floors for a while. With all the dogs coming and going in our house, it's the perfect match for this house.
  Happy weekend everyone!