Saturday, March 31, 2012

Stencils Over Stripes

I'm eliminating the thrill of the big reveal by showing you the "after" shot first... But, this is my dining room:
Just to remind you of before...
I've never really liked these stripes. I love the ones on the other side of the wall but the color contrast I had going on was just too much for me. 

I was inspired by this project I saw on Pinterest and decided to spice up my dining room.
First I wanted to make sure I had a solid idea. I got everything off the wall:
 Grabbed printer paper, tape, and a tape measure:
 Made squares that seemed like they'd be a good size for my wall:
 And stuck them up:

 Then I pulled out all of my old paint to see what I still might need to buy, and to come up with an idea of what would look good:
Then I went out to buy more of the Behr Chocolate Froth paint I'd used on the stripes to cover up the grey. Unfortunately I accidentally bought the other shade I'd used in my living room (Behr's Wheat Bread). I realized that I'd screwed up pretty quickly! 
I had no choice but to use the quart I'd paid for:
Some of the lines showed through, so I sanded over those and touched up the wall with more paint:
Then my mom came over...

She saw my squares and my idea and shot it down! She said it looked way too modern for my modern/traditional space and would completely make my tree pictures look strange. Unfortunately, I realized she was totally right. 

We moved the square project elsewhere (more on that another time) and I slept on my boring Wheat Bread wall filled with I-Covered-Up-My-Pretty-Stripes-Remorse. After sleeping on it, it came to me suddenly... 

Stencils!!! That was a great modern/traditional way to change up the wall and keep it interesting:
I'm still hell bent on getting my money's worth out of these stencils! I picked the middle one (mainly because it was the biggest and I'm lazy). I trimmed the edges off so they would be continual circles. I also picked up my dining room color Behr's Porpoise and covered up the Wheat Bread paint that was a complete wasted purchase. I also picked up a quart of  Behr's Gentle Rain which is the shade of grey in my kitchen, bathroom, and my brother's office. Finally, I grabbed some stencil brushes:
As soon as the Porpoise paint was dry (you can tell it's not totally in some areas but I'm impatient!) I taped up my newly trimmed stencil and got to it!

I started this project on a Sunday night. This is how I left it... I knew it was going to be kind of drawn out because of work...
This is night 2:
My view while painting:
Night 3:
Night 4=Finished product!
I got the frame for free from the college that I worked at. They were switching out their artwork. I took this guy and another one home. The wall mount was actually on the side and it was to be hung long. I found this E & J and liked how rustic they looked. I stuck them both in the frame and re-screwed the wall mount so that I could hang the picture horizontally. This was hanging in my basement. My mom suggested that I move it up here since it complimented my yellow rug and barn wood table... She was right!

Here's a closeup of the work. It was tedious, but super easy:
I love it! It's interesting but subtle. And, it's not perfect (but it's also hard to tell). The colors make me happier than the stripes colors, and it was another fun project to learn how to do!

Friday, March 30, 2012

ANOTHER Super Exciting Announcement!

You'll be shocked by this one.

Almost a year to the day after my grand exit from the retail world I'm returning to it! 

Yes. I'm going back to retail. Yes, I'm actually excited! My out of retail job ended up being horribly boring, sitting at a desk all day made me fat, there was all kinds of office drama, and I just wasn't great at my job. I was a great store manager! I can't tell you who the new top secret retailer is either. I can tell you that it's a really cool place to work though with a much different product. I will no longer be managing a specialty apparel store. I will in fact be working with products that compliment my love of design and organization. 

Mysterious huh? That's all I can say! I'm really excited to not be a heifer at a desk anymore, to not have time to sit around and gossip and drain my iPhone battery playing games, and to use my brain being great at my job! I'll miss some of the people at my last job. I won't miss others. But I have missed the chaos and constant change of retail. I've also really missed being great at something...

It was quite an interview process which is why I told you way back in February about some big changes involving Chicago. So, that's this week's super exciting announcement! I'll get to look at this:

from my new top secret retailer's front door!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Some of You are Creeps

I'm not trying to judge you... But who googles this?

I love all of my readers. I'm glad you found me and keep on reading... But get over yourselves and your hot bodies!

(PS. I have about 5 awesome posts coming your way- whether you're naked or clothed- in the next few days! Prepare yourselves!)

Monday, March 19, 2012

When I Get Bored I Paint My Bathroom

Seriously. I've painted both of my bathrooms in the last month. I also thought about calling this post:
-Do I love it or hate it?
-How to use an entire roll of painter's tape on a small project
-The problem with free stuff

Now that you get the idea about my thoughts on my bathroom let me give you the project details. First here is the before. I was never really thrilled with the green on the walls. It was too mature and mild compared to the curtain that inspired my color choices. 

My mom is cheap. She's super proud of this fact! She is always on the lookout for a deal or coupon. A few days ago she sent me a text about Ace giving away a free quart of paint on Saturday. She said she'd pick one up for me since I was working if I'd tell her what color. I saw this great color in my latest House Beautiful Magazine from Benjamin Moore. When she got there they wouldn't color match and only let her pick from Ace brand colors. She texted me the name of it, I googled it, and gave the thumbs up (what a long story about paint huh? Phew!)... Look at how perfectly it fits in:
It's called water flow 
 I busted out my iPad (best purchase ever!) and tuned it to Revenge (a friend recommended it and since I was trapped in a small room for awhile I figured I'd give it a shot. It's GOOD!)
 I then proceeded to use the ENTIRE roll of painter's tape! In my defense, there are a lot of dips and curves in this room! I also know I was not born with a steady hand! 

I got out my supplies and got to it: 
The stuff they gave away is paint plus primer: 
Here it was when I was finished (2 episodes of Revenge later)...  
 Now you know why I almost titled this "Do I Love it or Hate it?" I couldn't tell. Was it bold and that's why I hated it? Or did I love it because it was out of my comfort zone? I couldn't tell. 
 This is what my mom used her free quart for (the yellow) and had some extra. She suggested I use her extra somewhere in the room to tone down the blue (she'll also kill me if she reads this and sees that I let anyone see her house when it was a mess... Sorry mom!)
 I decided to cover up the blue I had in the closet (it sure doesn't look blue next to the screaming blue though does it?!) with the yellow:

The blue and the yellow covered amazing and got the job done with one coat:
 I also decided to put an ivory on a couple of the walls that was the same shade as the curtain and towel background. But this project was FREE and I wanted to keep it that way! I used the paint I'd used in the laundry area of my basement and some white ceiling paint and concocted my own shade:

Immediately I knew I'd done the right thing toning down the blue! 

 After the first coat I ran out of my custom shade. Covering up blue is a lot harder than it is to paint it there in the first place! I had to remake a second batch that somehow turned out perfect on my first shot!
This is now the view walking into the room (it was terrifyingly blue before! I left the drop down blue though)

 It's still questionably bold, but I think I like it!

The ivory also turned out just right! This is a more accurate shot of the blue too... It's not quite as blinding as it comes off in the pictures:
 Here is the closet in action:
Here is my favorite part.

Are you ready for it?

Total project cost = $0

But, what do you think?
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