Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Decorating with Blue

Guys, I have a problem.  I cannot decorate a room without incorporating the color blue in it.  It just seems to come naturally and I can't get enough of the color.

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Whether its a splash of the color or a strong statement, I just love the color blue in my home.  Any shade will do for me.

I love punches of teal, dashes of navy, anything blue really.  Also, I stinkin' love the look of these wingback chairs + the pillow below...

Do you guys have a certain color your drawn to?  Have you noticed a predominant color in your home?  Mine is red.  Just kidding.  

Monday, January 28, 2013

DIY Gold Elephant

Happy Monday!  These metallic toy animals have been making their way around the blogosphere and I couldn't pass up making one for our bookcase when I saw this gray toy elephant (Roll Tide!) in the checkout aisle at Joann's...

It seemed like an easy project (and it is!), so I scooped up my supplies and went to town!

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 plastic toy animal
  • white primer spray paint
  • metallic gold spray paint
  • clear acrylic sealer


Begin by priming the toy on all sides.  I found it best to put the toy on its back and spray with primer.  Then once that has dried, turn the toy on one side, then the other and finally place it in the standing position making sure that it is dry in between movements.  Once you have done one coat of primer, repeat the previous steps with a second coat of primer.

Repeat the application process with the gold spray paint, doing two coats.

Repeat the application process with the clear acrylic sealer, doing just one coat.  Let it dry completely and you're done!

I'm sure this sweet little elephant will enjoy moving around the house every month when I compulsively redecorate.  He looks like the type that likes to travel.

Here's to hoping this week isn't as hectic as last week!

Friday, January 25, 2013

happy friday

Just some lovely words for some lovely readers.  Happy Friday, y'all!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Before + After: Gossip Bench

As a wedding gift, my grandmother gave us this antique gossip bench she got at an antique auction near their South Georgia home.  I love the color of the wood and how unique this piece is - and not to mention how I will always think of my grandmother when I look at it.  The only thing that needed a little updating was the fabric on the seat.  It was a weird faux leather with a floral pattern.

This was an easy fix and a quick update!  I picked up some fabric from Joann's (that I was originally going to use on our dining room chairs - more on that later...) and went to work.  This is how the little darling looks now...

It's the perfect addition to this little corner in our house.  I'm sure I'll change up the fabric again at some point, but for now I'm really liking this pop of red ikat!  Here is a closer look at the fabric...

Recovering the seat of a chair or ottoman is an easy way to bring new life to a piece of furniture and it's cheap!
The DIY bug must have bit me this weekend because I did a few more projects around the house and can't wait to share them with y'all!  Have you guys been up to any fun DIY's?