Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Candlebox

I had seen a few of these around blogland all done up for fall so I thought since we had some extra wood scraps from the guest room window project I would make one up for winter.

It took my husband about 10 minutes to cut and glue the box together.  Then I primed it, painted it green, painted it black and then did a final coat of ivory.  I wanted it to have an antique rustic vibe with layers of paint showing through and sloppy paint drips.

After it was all dry I added the candles.  I bought 2 packages from ikea.  I think they were $5 apiece and they had 4 candles all different sizes.  I used the 6 tallest for this project.

Once the candles were placed I added in some fresh trimmings from our tree and a few pinecones that have been floating around for years.  It seemed to need a shot of color so I grabbed some cutie oranges from the kitchen and added them to the mix.  Finally I had a little faux floral bundle that I cut up and added strategically for a little bit of sparkle.

Right now it is located on the buffet in our dining room but I can easily move it to the center of the dining table or even out to our kitchen island.  I thought about using it on the mantle but you wouldn't be able to see down into it so you would lose some of the elements.

I had to take some photos of it all lit up.  Of course, my husband thinks it is one big 'ole firetrap so I'll be using the candles infrequently and with lots of supervision.

Also, I will have to keep an eye on the oranges as they will probably need to be switched out before too long but with cuties in abundance this time of year it shouldn't be a problem.

This was a great easy project.  If I had to price it out I would say it was less than $20 for all the materials.  The wood was scrap and the tree trimmings were free.  I bought the candles, oranges, faux floral and we had the paint on hand.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Guest Room Before & After

Now this reveal is not going to make it on the cover of a magazine.  This is a quick and easy on the budget makeover.  Eventually we'll add some more style to the room but for now we are happy with the results and more importantly I think our guests will be comfortable.

This is the 3rd incarnation for this particular room since we moved in just a little over a year ago now.  The previous owners used it as an extra bedroom.

After we bought the house we used it as my husband's exercise room.  He somehow jammed in all his weights and an elliptical machine, the treadmill, a bike, this sit up machine thing, a tv and some other exercisey type stuff. It was a little crowded. 

Well, after a few months we realized that if we cleaned out the storage room his equipment would fit in there and then we could use this room as a guest room/toy room.

So we moved the equipment and bought a sofa sleeper and jammed in some toys (they are all hidden behind those big closet doors) and a table.  It was fine.  But then I decided we could make it better. 

So we bought some paint and some wood and got to work.

The first project was to frame out this window with some plywood and molding.  It took my husband a couple hours to measure, cut and install.  Then I caulked the seams and primed and painted.

Now it's starting to look a little more homey and cozy.  You can also see that I made a couple of curtain panels for the window.  In order to keep costs down we decided to use some art we had from our old house.  It is a set of 4 old sea ships.  So I kept with that theme and made the curtains from a nautical print called Sail Away from Northcott Fabrics.

This theme works nicely in this room because the guest room is located in our basement which is man territory.  The boys and my husband have their exercise room, video games, super huge ridiculous tv and bar all down here so I didn't want to make this room too frilly or it would seem out of place.  When not a guest room they can use it as a playroom or my husband can use the table when he works from home.

We moved the sleeper sofa over to this wall which makes the room feel much bigger.  We bought the sofa earlier this year at a discount furniture store.  It has a brown ticking pattern fabric but it is done in a sturdy kid friendly finish.

We painted the walls in a Glidden color called shell white but matched in Behr paint.  This new color makes the room so much brighter and friendlier.  Much needed when there is not really much natural light.  We also painted the trim.  I am a big huge fan of white trim and eventually the whole house will have nice white trim.  The trim is done in SW Pure White just like upstairs to make everything consistent.

Another quick and inexpensive project was this mirror.  I picked it up on clearance at the local Meijer.  It was originally $18 and I got it for $4.  I liked it because it had a nice thick wood frame and so I painted it with navy blue craft paint to match the room.  I think it is nice for our guests to be able to take a peek at themselves if they want.

We already had this little table and the lamp.  I bought the alarm clock from amazon.com for less than $20 and the candle was gifted to me last year.  There's also a box of tissues for our guests.

Keeping with the navy theme I whipped up this cute ruffle pillow from fabric I already had on hand.  It makes me smile to see that pretty little touch.  My husband asked me why I had a bow wrapped around the pillow.  I tried to explain that it's not a bow it's a ruffle and it's not wrapped around and then I just let it go.

This table was originally in the opposite corner and we moved it over here under the tv.  I bought this table set off craigslist a few years ago for $100.  It also has 2 more chairs and a leaf.  I know it looks a little dated but it is perfect for playing games or when you have a lot of dinner guests.  Eventually I'd like to paint it but that's way down the to-do list.

I picked up the glass vase for the candle at goodwill for $1 and the seashell fill was on clearance for $1.49.

The tv was also something we already had in another part of the house getting very little use so I asked my husband to hang it up in here.  This way our guests have a nice tv plus it gives the kids another place to watch when no one can agree on the same show.

My mother-in-law arrives this afternoon so we'll see how she likes the new room.  I'd love to hear your favorite guest room hints.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Quilt Story Feature

Welcome Quilt Story Readers!!!

I'm so excited to be featured over at Quilt Story today.  If you haven't seen my Fly a Kite Quilt and pillow check it out over at Quilt Story today.

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If you're new to my blog welcome.  Stay awhile and check out all my projects - there's sure to be quilty things, crafty things and diy things going on.

Tomorrow I'll be back with another room reveal.  Our new guest room...we did some minor carpentry, painting, art hanging, rearranging and pillow making...

Thanks again to Quilt Story for the awesome feature!

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

Friday, November 16, 2012

Kitchen Revealed!!!

Can you believe it?  The long awaited final kitchen reveal post is here.  

Let's start with the before picture.  I know it's blurry but this is from the day of the home inspection and it gives the best overall before vibe.  So here we have standard plain oak cabinets with bright brass hardware, a huge brass chandelier over the green laminate counters and the dingy white appliances all against the boring beige walls.

And here's the after...

I couldn't be happier with the results.   This kitchen fits our tastes perfectly and seems so much brighter and happier to me.

If you remember we started this makeover last October when replaced the appliances and had the counters installed along with the backsplash.  

Since then we've been working on all the diy projects.  We painted the walls Sherwin Williams Meander Blue and painted the cabinets in SW Pure White.  My husband added the beadboard paneling to the island and the sides of the cabinets.  I made the curtains myself from Richloom Lucy Eden fabric and we replaced the lighting and the hardware.  We removed the glass shelves from the window, took the wood blinds off the patio doors, and added a chalkboard wall.

I found the hardware online and it was a bit of a splurge but well worth it.  I love how the black looks against the white.

We decided to add the chalkboard wall last year and it continues to get lots of compliments from visitors.

The hutch looks so nice now that it's all painted out to compliment the rest of the room.

It took me a long time to find the perfect fabric for the curtains but they were worth the wait.  A black and white kitchen can be a little boring or expected but the color and pattern of the curtains give our kitchen a kick of personality.

Here's a list of some of our sources:
appliances       GE
lighting            rejuvenation.com
stools                World Market
hardware         myknobs.com
paint                  Sherwin Williams
tile                     Home Depot
faucet                amazon.com
curtain fabric   fabric.com

Here are the links to the posts where some of the projects are outlined:

It took us over a year to get it all done (although it was mostly because I got distracted with other projects) so we are super glad to finally have all the paint cans and tools off the kitchen table.  Let me know what you think.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Painting, Projects, and More Painting

This is a quick post just to update you all as I feel like I have been gone forever.  I have been painting my little heart out for the last few weeks and cannot wait for it to end.

I am down to the last 3 kitchen cabinet doors!!!  They should be done today or tomorrow.  Hopefully I can get the full reveal post done by Thursday or Friday.  

So in the midst of all the kitchen stuff I decided that we needed to spruce up our guest room since we will be having a few visitors over the holidays.  I'll just give you a few peeks now and hopefully we will finish up everything by the weekend.  Well, we have to finish by the end of the weekend because our first visitor will be here next Tuesday.  Boy Thanksgiving sure seemed to sneak up fast this year.

Anyways, here's some paint on the walls...

Here's a little framing/molding project...

And this is a little mirror project...

And here's what I like to call the "as long as you've got some extra wood and all the tools are out you might as well build me a little plywood box project".

And in between all this I've been trying to finish up my very first granny square quilt.  I'm almost done with the top.  I can't wait to finish it.

So here's hoping I have some really fun cool pictures to show you by Thursday:).

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~
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