Monday, April 29, 2013

Dresser Tiling Project & De-Girl-ifying Check-in

I'm starting the countdown to my birthday trip to Seattle...currently ELEVEN days away...

But I'm even more excited to show you my dresser project - it was a lot of hard work prying up the old tile (and cutting the new tile, thanks Dad!), this is what the dresser looked like before:

 
Here it is now:
 

 
I touched up the black paint from the first time I redid the dresser (this dresser was actually left in my parents first house by the previous owners way before I was born and was a sort of yellow color...) I also added some Valspar metallic glaze in silver/pewter.  I wasn't sure I liked it at first but it's growing on me :)
 
The antique crystal knobs were already on the piece before this project - I found those on Etsy. 
 
Here are a few styling shots - I tried to use things I already had (including my blue depression glass decanters...LOVE).  I did purchase the mirrored tray at HomeGoods this weekend to try to edit down the number of silver frames...it's growing on me...but I may switch it up from time to time...
 

 

 


Here is the vintage seascape I showed in the previous post, looking lovely in the new HomeGoods frame I painted with the same glaze I used on the dresser.  Now to find a second painting to complete the look!


 
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So, how am I doing on my De-Girl-Ifying checklist?? 


 
Not too bad...I've reduced the sparkle (but kept some of course), I painted the walls dark blue, updated the drapes, added the ocean canvas and found an old wood nightstand to redo for the space. 
 
The only thing missing is the crown molding...and I have a floor lamp project in the works that I hope to share with you this week - to replace my basket lamp on the left there.  I also decided to keep my settee at the foot of the bed for now...I just love it and it matches the headboard, so it stays!
 

 
I found this lovely basket at Target - the blues are so pretty with the wall color.  I'm using it to hold the throw from my bed for now. 

 
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I've done some swapping of lamps too...the purple just wasn't working in my bedroom anymore - I started searching for a new lamp at HomeGoods...but since I'm a lamp hoarder I figured out the perfect swap...(of lamps I already own...helps with that whole...'I'm supposed to be saving' thing anyway :)
 
All three lamps are from HomeGoods originally (they really have the best lamps in my humble opinion)...
 
This one used to be in my foyer... 
 
This one used to be in my bedroom...
 
and this one used to be in my office... 

Gotta love it when things work out :)
 
Happy Treasure Hunting!
-Alisa
 
 
 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

This Week's Treasures and a Little DIY

I have not stuck to my 'no spending in April' plan...raise your hand if you're surprised...

I've been trying to do better though...that should count for something...

My birthday is coming up - May 11th (the namesake of this lovely blog...well I think it's lovely anyway :) ) I'm going to be the big 3-0.  I don't know why but I'm not really feeling this whole getting old thing...

Anyway, enough rambling :)  Here are my finds from the past week:

*HomeGoods*
 
 
I just can't resist agate bookends...especially blue...or deep purple


I love the texture of these frames - I'm probably going to add some silver paint and use them in my bedroom with some vintage paintings - stay tuned...



I also found this amazing navy blue indoor/outdoor pillow - I bought it for my porch swing but I'm thinking about keeping it here...just not sure if there are too many patterns...



I've had this lamp for a while, it's also from HomeGoods.  I've been trying different lamps on my nightstand (to replace the purple one) but I haven't found just the right one yet.  Might have to keep my purple one and forget all the 'design matchy-matchy rules' :)

*Etsy*
 
 
 
 To say I'm excited about this vintage seascape (or the super amazing trophy below) is an understatement.  I collect both and I think these are going to be two of my favorites. 
 
I'm thinking about putting the painting in my bedroom to play off the navy walls (in the new HomeGoods frame) - now I just have to find a 2nd one - I'm thinking of looking while I'm in Seattle next month, super excited!

 
 
*Decor Steals*
 
 
How cool is this vintage repro hand?  No idea where i'm going to put it but I think I'm going to love it when it gets here. 
 
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On to a little DIY project...
 
I was inspired by Shaunna @ Perfectly Imperfect who did a tutorial on covering books with beautiful papers. 
 
Well, this definitely isn't my first book cover (I had plenty of experience in school AND I've tackled this project before...see below)
 

 But if you haven't...here's my quick tutorial on what to do:
 
You'll need:
*Ruler (metal works best for me)
*Scissors
*Tape
*Paper 12x12 - two sheets for each book
 (I found mine at HobbyLobby 50% off-they run about 60 cents each)
 
 

 
 
 
1.  Tape the two pieces of paper together to form one long sheet
 

2.  Fold the paper over each side of the cover - about 2 inches
 
 
3.  Fold the paper over to check the size then cut off the excess
 
 
4.  Use your fingers to crease the paper along the bottom and top edges
 
 
5.  Use the ruler to fold the creased paper over (this fold on the bottom will be on the inside of the flaps).  Then, insert the cover of the book into the flaps on each end (you can tape these along the edges if you want)
 
 
Finished product!  I love all the fun colors and designs!
 
 
Save the paper you have leftover - I used mine to wrap a Mothers Day gift for my Mom - along with some twine and a little vintage map gift tag from my Shop - I think it looks pretty cute!
 
 
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Before I forget - I also listed a few new items in the shop (including two small silver trophies!) -> FiveElevenDecor
 
Happy Treasure Hunting!
-Alisa

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Eleven Things - Bedroom Edition

1.  So I think I'm finally over the stomach flu I had a week ago...I literally thought I wasn't going to make it...all I wanted to do was paint!

2.  I managed to put myself together (enough) to make it out to an estate sale in VA last weekend.  It was the last day so everything was 50%.  I didn't score the amazing trophies I saw in the preview photos (it was day three after all) but I did buy this A-mazing bullseye/convex mirror.  I may have lost 10 lbs but I didn't lose my love for awesome vintage junk!  (I even heard a woman in the line say look at that mirror! score!)



3. If you know me at all you know it doesn't look like that anymore :)

4.  I spent my weekend painting my bedroom.  I love the color (Valspar Indigo Streamer).  LOVE.  But it IS pretty dark...this is the moment when I realized (again) that I dislike all the work that goes into painting...


5.  I used a new product I found on Amazon - called the Turboroll - Powered Paint Roller.  It worked pretty well - up until the point the roller flipped off and paint continued to come out of the handle...just make sure you put down plastic drop cloths no matter what!  It saved a lot of time and hassle but it does seem to use a lot of paint.

6.  On a random side note plastic drop cloths over carpet might as well be a sheet of ice...I almost wiped out a couple times...just thought I'd share :)

7.  Popsicle break time!


8.  I used the 'green' tape this time around...it worked pretty well but I still had some bleed through issues.  Going to have to do some touch-ups...sigh... 

9.  I'm working on a few more projects for my bedroom - I'm prying up all the old tile on my dresser that I mosaic-ed a million years ago...which is sooo much fun (sarcasm).  My grandmother gave me a vintage lamp that I'm going to work some magic on.  I also want to find or make some art for the left of the window...so right now it's looking pretty bare on this wall...



10.  I can't tell you how much I love the Threshold curtains...or the 'new' mirror over my bed.  Loving how everything is turning out :)

I get so wrapped up in these projects I forget to eat...going to go make something as soon I finish this post!

11.  Finally...the bedroom reveal!



 


 
Happy Treasure Hunting!
-Alisa