Thursday, March 6, 2014

Jewelry Organization and a few finds

Final post for the night...I'm on a roll :)

I'm crazy about jewelry...and all accessories really.  I love jewelry boxes but I prefer to have everything displayed so that I can see what I have and actually wear it. 

I've stored my necklaces and bracelets on the back of my closet door from the beginning but I had most of my necklaces on hooks.  I decided to add another curtain rod (you can pick this one up at Target for about $13) so that I could line all of the beads up by color and see everything.

I decided to leave a few of the hooks for some of my necklaces that wouldn't hang well from the rod....please pardon the holes that need to be patched still :/

Now...this isn't a perfect system...these gemstone beads are heavy.  Hence the pillow under the necklaces for the first week while I make sure the brackets aren't going to fall all of the necklaces don't have clasps so some of them I'll have to remove in order to wear them.  (same goes with my bangles though and so far it works well enough).

How do you store your jewelry? Do you like everything out too so you can see it?


Finally, I wanted to share a few of my other finds from the last two weeks...I found this awesome rug at HomeGoods...I absolutely love the color.  Do I need a rug in my bedroom on top of the wall-to-wall?  Of course not...but I couldn't pass it up...It was only $19.99

I dragged my parents to an antique mall a few weekends ago and found this amazing little blue glass covered dish...I'm pretty sure I would have knocked over anyone that got in my it.  

I also picked up another silver spreader (because you can clearly never have too many) and I found the blue glass decanter on eBay. 

So, that's it my friends...hopefully it won't be weeks before I blog I'm off to watch Scandal...thank goodness I didn't give that up for lent ;)

Have a great weekend!

Velvet Finishes and Ikea Hack Bekvam

So, I'm sure you've seen the infamous Bekvam stool from Ikea...they're pretty hot all over the blog-o-sphere.

Here's the link if you want one of your very own:

Ikea Bekvam

I decided I needed a snow day project so I picked one up before our last snow storm.  I stained it with two coats of Minwax's walnut stain.  My favorite at the moment.  I let that sit for a few days and then decided to add some color.

I mentioned Velvet Finishes paint in a previous post where I used it on my office dresser revamp - Office Dresser Reveal.  I used all gray for that project but for this one I wanted to try out a few blue shades.

I used modern, boheme, and handsome.  Using frog tape I marked off a few stripes and added a few coats in each of the blues.  After they dried I used a sanding block to give the paint a more worn look.  I think it turned out pretty good.  I liked the just stained stool too but the paint does add something to it.  I might add more paint, it seems too stripey for me like it belongs in a little boy's room vs my kitchen...

Happy painting!

Boxes and Drawers

Happy Thursday!

I'm so far behind in blogging...I've been working on a lot of projects but haven't posted any...first of all - are you participating in Lent this year?

I'm not catholic but I do like the idea of challenging myself to give up something that I really love or am addicted for me - I'm giving up shopping (gasp) and soda.  It's the end of day 1 (I started today)...and I'm pretty miserable...hopefully it gets better...I had someone tell me they have all of the faith in the world in me...except for the idea that I could give up shopping for a little over 40 days.  That got to now I'm determined to prove them wrong.  

In other news...I booked my birthday vacation trip to....HAWAII...I'm beyond thrilled...I can't wait. First things first, I need to find a camera repair shop because my beloved Canon 60D is having some may notice some blurry shots...I don't know what her deal is... I haven't been to an estate sale in a million years...and I saw one that looked was pretty much a bust but I did find this cool old wooden drawer and box (that I made into a drawer).  I bought the old paint brush too - it's for sale on Miss Mustard Seed Pages.  

I added a coat of walnut stain and some knobs from Anthropologie and voila...great additions to my (growing) collection of old drawers to house some of my art supplies.  The small box I drilled a hole in the center for the knob and for the larger drawer the existing hole was so low and the face was in bad shape so I drilled a hole in the opposite end and added the new knob.  

I found this great old apothecary drawer on Etsy - the knob is really cool it has threads and actually screws into the wood.  I'm not sure what cretcall is...hopefully nothing sketchy...

I bought this metal tray from the same seller - I love how it looks on the coffee table with the mirror and blue glass.


As if I don't have enough boxes...I found this cute little silver box at Marshalls and it was the perfect size to add my geodes I found at Urban Outfitters.  I've seen similar boxes sell for ridiculous money - this is an easy way to get the look for less - the geodes were about $6 each and I glued them down using E6000 (you can find it at most craft stores).  

The other two boxes are from HomeGoods.  There was a grand opening for a HomeGoods in my state so I decided to get up early last Sunday and head over there....out.of.control.  People are nuts.  That is all...

Finally...I decided that my utensils in the kitchen were getting out of control and I was on a mission to find an eclectic mix of canisters to sort all of my utensils.  I decided I wanted faux mercury glass...which in hindsight is probably not smart because it's not the most durable material....but we'll see how it goes...

Sources:  First two (Pottery Barn), second two (Crate and Barrel), Mosaic vase (Safeway floral dept), Silvered faux bois vase (Target from back in the day), Swirled mercury glass on the end (HomeGoods).

Stay tuned...I have a few more projects to share :)