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I’ve been working on decorating our master bedroom since well, when we moved in almost three years ago… I did a few things and let it sit because I couldn’t make any decisions. Been there? I finally took the leap in November last year and found my design style. I think I had such a hard time because I like many different styles but I realized I didn’t have to choose just one as long as everything in the room makes me happy. I would say the look mostly falls into the Hollywood Regency and Romantic Bohemian categories. I’m going to share the final room once I’m finished with the last few projects.  As we speak, I’m giving our dresser and nightstands a little face lift. I’ve never liked them but can’t spend the money right now to buy the new set I really want. So in the meantime I’m workin’ with what I got. The idea to do this came to me when I couldn’t fall asleep one night but I always like a little inspiration from finished projects to bring my imagination into focus. Here are some beautiful dressers that helped me wrangle in my thoughts.

via Emily A. Clark
via Pottery Barn
via Angie Hranowsky
via Room Service

Check back this week to see my before & after dresser update! OK, I guess that means I better finish… =)

♥♥

Arica

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Now that I’m consistently baking and trying not to poison my family with dinners, I found  it to be a pain to drag our iPad or laptop over to the kitchen for recipe ingredients and instructions. We all know I have a slight obsession with boxes… I made another just for my recipes.

Supplies:

– Craft box (I found this one at Michael’s)
– Painter’s tape (3M ScotchBlue™ painter’s tape works great and they were lovely enough to send complimentary samples)
– Spray paint
– Acrylic paint
– Medium and small paint brushes
– Acrylic spray
– Patterned paper
– Printed recipes sized for your box
– Glue, scissors, tape measure, pencil and screwdriver

How to:

Step 1

Remove all hardware. Apply painter’s tape to create straight lines and to avoid getting spray paint on places you don’t want to.

Step 2

Spray paint your color of choice. I used Krylon Primer in white. Once dry, remove painter’s tape.

Step 3

Paint remaining sections of the box. I chose a pretty Robin’s Egg blue and a metallic gold color.

Step 4

Choose patterned paper that will be used as the backing for your cut out recipes. Measure the inside of the box and cut the size appropriately. For this specific box, I cut 5″x2.75″ sized rectangles. Type, print and cut out your favorite recipes then glue to the patterned paper.

Step 5

I wrote out “Recipe Box” in pencil before painting then went over it in this deep pink called “Razzle Berry”. Once dried, I used an acrylic finishing spray by Mod Podge to give it that extra shine. Replace hardware.

Done!

How do you like to store your recipes?

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Arica

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Today I’m going to show you how to turn an old frame from home or a thrift store into a fun magnetic board.

As I work to decorate the new office space I thought this would be a fun way to post my to-do lists, photos and pretty magnets all in one place. I found a great little guy for $3 at Salvation Army. This one stood out because of the beautiful ornate details on the inside corners. I do love a rich dark wood but this just seemed drab and dull so I gave it new life in white.

Supplies:

– Frame

– Spray paint

– Frame backing that came with the frame or thin cardboard/poster board

– Acrylic paint

– Paint brush and/or sponge brush

– Gorilla Glue or similar

– Thin metal sheeting about 1″ – 2″ smaller than the inside of your frame

How to:

Step 1

Remove glass front and backing from the frame and spray paint your color of choice. I used a paint in white semi-gloss by Rust-Oleum. Using a spray can handle really helps create an even finish… Allow all necessary coats of paint to fully dry before handling.

Step 2

Place your metal sheeting over the middle of your frame backing which is usually a thick paper material (or you could use poster board and cut to fit the frame). Measure around the metal sheeting and go in about 1/2″ – 1″. The outside section is where you will paint a border.  Paint the border. I used an acrylic metallic paint in peridot.

Step 3

Apply Gorilla Glue or similar strong glue to the back of the metal sheeting and apply to paper board. I weighted down the metal sheeting with a heavy object for a couple hours while it dried. It also helped to flatten the metal out as much as possible. Try to use a thin sheet metal to avoid bending.

Step 4

Place back in the frame. I put the glass that came with the frame in the back section behind the board just to keep it stable.

Enjoy!

I’m so happy to have a place to use my sparkly magnets. For a tutorial on making your own brooch magnets, go here.

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Arica

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I hope you enjoyed the fun handmade note card ideas this week. My initial reason to make the handmade cards was because I was going to gift the set to one of my best friends as a birthday present. I wanted a fun way to give them to her so I decorated a wooden box that she could use for either storing jewelry, photos or maybe even craft supplies of her own.

Here is a tutorial on how I decorated the box.

Supplies:

– Box – I bought mine from Michael’s

– Phillips screw driver

– Spray paint

– Fabric

– Fabric iron

– Mod Podge

– Sponge brush

– Scissors

– Painter’s tape

– Stencils

– Acrylic paint

– Small or medium paint brush

– Rhinestone

– Strong glue

Step 1

Use your screw driver to remove all hardware pieces and set aside.

Step 2

Use sandpaper to smooth the outside surface and wipe clean with a dry cloth.

Step 3

Iron out any wrinkles in your fabric.

Step 4

Apply a light coat of Mod Podge to your fabric and allow to dry at least 20 min.

Step 5

To create a fabric lining for the lid and inside bottom of the box, flip the fabric over and trace the box shape with a pencil. Cut your traced pieces. You will need to trim a bit more depending on the thickness of the box edges. Set aside.

Step 6

Spray paint. I really like using spray paint when I want a solid, smooth and even color. For tips on spray painting, check out this video from one of my favorite blogs, Censtational Girl. The biggest tip I can give is to spray very lightly and let each coat dry before adding the next to avoid drips. I used a white paint and primer in one. Don’t forget your protective face mask!

Step 7

Once boxes are dry, use Mod Podge to adhere the cut fabric pieces to the inside lid and bottom of the box.

Step 8

I then placed painter’s tape on the top and around the box to create lines. Paint and then remove tape.

Step 9

Place your stencil on the box. I highly recommend adhesive stencils to avoid bleeding under the stencil. Paint and remove stencil.

Step 10

I couldn’t resist adding a tiny sparkle on the top of the box. I grabbed my Liquid Fusion glue and placed a tiny Swarovski crystal on the top.

Step 11

Replace hardware.

Done!

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Arica

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My mom loves the beach and loves things that sparkle. I thought a fun part of her holiday gift could be these pretty little shell and starfish brooch magnets. Such a simple but great gift to add a touch of style to a mostly mundane appliance.

I had been holding on to a bunch of shells we collected a few years back when we went to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Now they are finally coming in handy. I had bought this pretty starfish brooch but I just liked the design and I know my mom isn’t the brooch-wearing type so a magnet it shall become.

For the shells, just glue the magnet to the back. I used Liquid Fusion Clear Urethane Glue. It is non-toxic and dries relatively fast. Just glue and let them sit overnight to be sure.

For the brooch, there is one additional step of removing the pin. Grab some cutters and snip away. Glue and let dry.

Dress it up in a box with ribbon and you are all set!

Here is where the inspiration for this project came from. I liked these so much that I plan on buying some rocks and crystals and making a few magnets for myself. Here is a website with some inexpensive options. I promise to post when done.

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Arica

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