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Mirror Makeover

Posted by on Jul 22, 2011 in Paint Projects, Uncategorized, Upcycles and Updates | 10 comments

Mirror Makeover

It’s funny to me the things that people leave behind in their homes when they move.  There were numerous things left behind in the pool house of our new home.  Shells, lights, pictures, hand towels, water guns, chemicals, a chair, and many other miscellaneous things.  One of which included a mirror.  I didn’t like it.  I didn’t really put much thought into it. Through all the renovations that we have implemented on this house, the pool house has remained somewhat untouched.  Finances, time, and energy have all been...

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Sentimental Seashells

Posted by on Jul 21, 2011 in Tutorials, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Sentimental Seashells

Oh my, the things we do for our kids!  Eight day vacation to Florida.  Four at Disney world, four in Sanibel.  Having just turned 5, one would assume Disney World the highlight of his trip.  Nope, not our child.  Though mind blowing on many occasions, his unpredictable choices are strangely pleasant.  (Did I mention he wanted to be Phantom of the Opera at Halloween?  Never seen it, heard it, spoke of it in our home.  His request.)  Yep, Sanibel.  Nearly a year later, this is the only place he continually asks to return to.  Not...

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From Brass to Class, Updating an Old Chandelier

Posted by on Jul 16, 2011 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

From Brass to Class, Updating an Old Chandelier

It’s a fact, light fixtures aren’t cheap!  When we moved into our home, that was one of the things I was most excited to shop for.  That was until I discovered the price.  My mind quickly shifted gears from new to redo.  Nothin’ spray paint can’t fix (and it’s cheap)! One can of Krylon Fusion spray paint, plus 12 small black lamp shades equals one chandelier update:   To get this look for under $65: Materials 1. Krylon Fusion Paint (I used Satin Almond 2437) available at Walmart or online for less than...

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Floorspiration

Posted by on Jul 16, 2011 in Painting a Concrete Floor, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Floorspiration

Mission: find pretty painted floors. This was actually much easier than I expected.  There was however, an unexpected new challenge: deciding which inspiration to follow.  Below are just a few of the painted floor inspirations I found: Apartment Therapy Floor Stencil Library Floor Sunny Goode Floor Stencil Library Kitchen Floor Previous But, these were what captured my heart: Sunny Good Floor 2 Sunny Goode Floor...

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My (LITERAL) Three Ring Circus!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

My (LITERAL) Three Ring Circus!

 I don’t know about you, but in our house, it’s never a birth”day“.  Birth”week”, Birth”fortnight”.  In all honesty, it’s really more like birth”month”.  With us, it works.  Especially when it’s your birthday month. If you child is anything like mine, once you have made the decision to attend the circus, every morning until the event will be greeted with “how much longer?”  Apparently I must not be alone in this matter, as Ringling Brothers has a...

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Concrete Paint Catastrophe: How it All Began…

Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 in Painting a Concrete Floor, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Concrete Paint Catastrophe: How it All Began…

To even think about how this all began makes my head spin.  Our pool house had smurf blue carpet adhered atop terracotta colored tile.  Smurfs may be able to pull off this atrocious color, but floors cannot.  Without much thought, we (meaning me) ripped off the carpet and demolished the tile.  Though it went much faster than expected, we were left with a bare floor topped with residual from its previous covering.  Stumped and nearly twiddling our thumbs, blank stares occupied our faces as we stared at Pandora’s Box. Why such a...

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From Boring to Border (an in depth how to on painting your floor).

Posted by on Jun 27, 2011 in Painting a Concrete Floor, Uncategorized | 2 comments

From Boring to Border (an in depth how to on painting your floor).

 Super affordable, with enviable results, here’s a straight forward ‘how to’ on painting a decorative stripe border on your floor: 1. Clean floor thoroughly. *You may want to keep both a vacuum and damp cloth handy throughout this project.  The floor will need to be vacuumed each time before you work on it to prevent little nasty things from getting stuck in your paint, or getting painted over creating little bumps.  The damp cloth will help you clean as you go.  Just wipe before applying paint – it should be wrung...

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How To Paint Like a Professional (tips and tricks disclosed)

Posted by on Jun 25, 2011 in Paint Projects, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How To Paint Like a Professional (tips and tricks disclosed)

I used to think that painting projects were among some of the easiest to do.  However, one painting project gone severely awry later, and my belief became that it is rocket science.  It is actually neither easy, nor rocket science.  It’s something that you need to become educated on before beginning.  It is not an exact science.  There may be some occasions when you are well read on the project, and it still fails.  But, those should be very rare – especially if you take time to learn about the products you are working with...

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Concrete Paint Catastrophe: A painter, a baker, an aerobics instructor…

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Painting a Concrete Floor, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Concrete Paint Catastrophe: A painter, a baker, an aerobics instructor…

There is a very good reason why people aren’t hired to come and paint your house in the middle of the night.  Other than the fact that your sleep would be disturbed.  And, most painters aren’t insomniacs.  It’s because they’re smart.  They have done this enough times to know the consequences of beginning a paint project after 10 P.M.: supply stores are closed. In my efforts to be a good mother (yes, that’s what I’m telling myself), I often start projects after our son has gone to bed (8 P.M.ish).  It at...

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Concrete Paint Catastrophe: Ignorance is bliss…

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Painting a Concrete Floor, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Concrete Paint Catastrophe: Ignorance is bliss…

I have continued my relentless research on products for the concrete floor.  Wait – I know what you’re thinking: why don’t you use epoxy?  Three reasons: 1) I’m holding onto it as a card up my sleeve, 2) my intentions are to paint some decorative stencils on top & 3) It’s expensive.  Well, at least it seemed so at the beginning of this process compared to other possible options.  Items purchased to date include 2 gallons of Benjamin Moore’s Latex Porch and Floor Paint, (One that has been applied. ...

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