Tuesday, May 5, 2015

~modern monochromatic~

 
 


 

Loving this space via ReStyle Source.
Did you know that I am a contributor to Restyle Source?
You can view my page, photos, and projects here.
Have a great day!
xoxo


Monday, May 4, 2015

~a couple new things in our bedroom~


Keeping things light and comfy and cozy in our room.
I had seen this bench from time to time at TJ Maxx, and then again at Marshalls.
I have always been drooling over it, but never took the plunge.
Well, I finally did and I couldn't be happier.
I love how it goes with our linen bedding and the unbleached wood is perfect.



I also added a 8x10 jute rug for texture.
I really don't like the color of our carpet so this helped neutralize it a bit.
You can find the rug here
{super cheap as they are always having giant sales!}
In fact it's only $189.75 for a 8x10 with free shipping, normally $759.00.
Use coupon code: MOMS75 
for 75% off the entire site.


Here are a few more items from TJ Maxx in their 
"sunbleached collection" that caught my eye.





I really want that chair!
One thing I did get that was similar to one of the above items:


Happy Monday!
xoxo


Friday, May 1, 2015

~a painted fabric chair diy~

Check out this chair.
It is one of two that I picked up at a yard sale.


But this is how they looked before.
Yellow, cute, but not really my style.
Without having money in the budget to reupholster right now, I decided to try my hand at painting the fabric. I did a little research online and came up with this product.
 The reason I chose this product over others is that all the tutorials by people who had used it, gave it a good rating. Also, I liked that I could mix it with my paint of choice, meaning
 I had control over the color.
So I bought 4 bottles because it took 2 per chair.
You basically just follow the instructions on the bottle, mixing 2 parts paint to one part textile medium.
After taping off the wood legs and arms, I used a good brush and started painting.


This is after 1 coat. It's hard to see, but you can see how it still looks uneven and a little blotchy.
I let this coat dry for 5 long hours and then added a second final coat and let that dry overnight.
When I peeled off the blue tape in the morning it took a little finish off the wood, so I touched it up with Annie Sloan dark wax. I actually like the look with the wax better.






You can see by the photos the fabric still has it's nubby texture to it so it looks beautiful.
However, the fabric felt really stiff to me.
I got back online and did a little more reading and found out if you take a sander to it with fine sandpaper, it will help soften it.
And guess what, it did!

My opinion on fabric paint, if you are going to try it.
Go for it, it's an inexpensive solution to an expensive re-upholstering project.
Am I happy with the results?
Yes and no.
I do love the look, I think they are gorgeous.
I do think they are still a bit stiff. To best describe it, I'd say it feels like a canvas material.
Not horrible, but not super cozy soft.

Don't do it on a family heirloom, but it's definitely worth trying!

xoxo



Thursday, April 30, 2015

~Maxx motherhood~


My life wouldn't be the same without these two.
I love these kiddos and how much they make me smile.
I love spending time with them and watching them grow and learn.
One of my favorite things to do with them is to hang out in the kitchen and bake.
We all love cooking and creating meals for family and friends.


I was challenged by TJ Maxx to see how I "Maxx Motherhood"
Seeing as how we spend so much time in the kitchen, I headed down there to pick up a few new things for the kitchen.
TJ Maxx is the best place to pick up huge glass jars with lids.
They are by far the most inexpensive place to buy them.
I picked up a few really big ones to corral snacks on the counter, and of course, I needed a new candle to go there as well.
Keeping healthy snacks handy 
{don't look at the cookies above}
makes me feel good and the kids can just grab them as they pass through the kitchen.


I also picked up this tall glass jar with no lid and placed a battery operated candle in it.
It's on a timer and comes on when it gets dark for 4 hours.
TJ Maxx is also the cheapest place to get these candles.


If love picking up various white dishes there too.
I got this one and placed a faux orchid in it.
Then I just added spanish moss all around the top.
I also picked up this clock.
I don't think anything I have showed you so far was over $14.99.



 Oh Murchison Hume, how I love you.
Although I got all this online, if you are lucky you can sometimes find them at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
Scoop them up fast if you see them, they go fast! 




More white dishes from, you guessed it, TJ Maxx!
You seriously cannot beat their prices!


And because I am sharing my new kitchen goodies with you, I wanted to show you my "new" rug that I got for, wait for it, $1.00 at a church rummage sale!
Originally I was going to make pillows with it, but I think I love it here.


Well, now that the kitchen is clean and clutter free, I think I am off to enjoy some of those chocolate chip cookies sitting on the counter!

xoxo


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

~tie dye napkins~

Here's a fun project to do with the kids even.
Cody and I {our 12 year old son}
made these napkins on a whim and I love how they turned out.


We used navy blue to go with the new chair slips.


There is very simple instructions on the back of the container.


We used some cream colored cloth napkins we had on hand for this.
We tied them up with rubber bands and string for a random look.
They washed and dried beautifully.




Is tie dye coming back or am I just reliving my childhood here?
Whichever it is, it was a fun project to do with Cody.
xoxo
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