Friday, June 10, 2016

Vintage Pink Baby Shower

I recently co-hosted a baby shower for my sister.  We decided to go with a vintage pink theme.  It was so fun to create!  Here are a few pics of our decorations.

We bought the burlap pennant banner at Hobby Lobby and painted her name on it with stencils and white craft paint.  When using these stencils, apply the paint with a sponge brush and make sure you blot the paint on rather than brushing it so that you get nice lines.

We bought several yards of pink cotton fabric and cut it into large squares.  We hemmed the edges but you could use Stitch Witchery to finish the edges if you don't sew.  These fabric squares were an easy and inexpensive way to add color to the tables.

We added ruffle trim to basic burlap table runners for a more feminine look.  Again, we sewed this but you could get the same look with Stitch Witchery.

To give the cutlery a special look, we rolled our pink paper napkins around the forks, added a paper doily and tied a burlap twine bow around it all.  This was also practical.  It's easier for the guests to grab their fork and napkin rolled up like this than getting both items separately.

We made these cute food labels with scrapbook paper, DIY label stickers and a paper cutter.  First, I made the labels using a free chalkboard label template I found online.  I printed the labels on regular printer paper and cut them out.  Then I used my Xyron Sticker Maker to turn them into stickers.  I cut out squares of scrapbook paper, folded them in half to make tent cards and cut the edges with a lace design paper cutter.  Then I put the label stickers on the tent cards.  This was so easy but it made the table look extra special.

For the flower arrangements, we painted several mason jars with pink chalk paint, tied burlap ribbon around the neck of the jars, and filled them with pink roses, white spider mums and baby's breath.  A small amount of flowers went a long way.  We were able to make seven arrangements with just a dozen roses, six spider mums and two bunches of baby's breath.

My mom had a few items personalized by West End Monogram.  We hung them on a piece of burlap twine like a clothesline and added a couple tissue paper pom-poms for more color.

I made the burlap print that we used to decorate the mantle.  It's now available in my shop if you'd like one of your own!  It's great for shower decor and also makes a great gift or nursery decor.

For favors, we used Bath & Body Works PocketBac in Sweet Pea scent.  I made labels using scrapbook paper, a circle cutter, hole punch and a "thank you" rubber stamp.  

For the favor table, I made this burlap print.  Check out my Etsy shop for more prints.  If you're interested in something like this, message me through Etsy.  I love custom orders!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Quick Door Transformation

I have been swooning over black doors for several months and I finally got around to painting the interior of my front door this week.  After much Pinterest research, I decided to go with Benjamin Moore's Mopboard Black in semi-gloss.  It did not disappoint! To my surprise, it only took two coats to transform my front door from blah and boring to bold and eye-catching.  I love the contrast of the black door against the white trim.  It really pops.

I bought one quart of paint for $25 for this project but I only used a fraction of the paint so this is a very inexpensive project.  I've seen many tutorials about the proper way to paint a door.  I kept it pretty simple.  I used a brush for the whole door.  I just made sure to paint with the grain of the wood.  It turned out great.  I don't see brush strokes and I didn't have to worry with the splatter of a roller.

This project was so easy and cheap that I may be tempted to paint all the doors in my house!  Before I get carried away, next on the to-do list is to accessorize and add color to my foyer.  I hope to provide an update on that soon!  In the meantime, here are a couple of decor items I've added to the foyer.

We switched out the very modern foyer light for this more traditional fixture we found at Home Depot.  The original fixture wasn't our style.  I love the slightly nautical look of the new light.  It works well with the large metal compass we found at a local antique/thrift shop, Class and Trash.

When we first looked at our house the foyer was one of the rooms that almost scared us away.  It was painted with a marble block faux finish.  Our painters had to mud and sand it twice prior to repainting it.  I'm normally a DIY-er through and through but all that mudding and the vaulted ceiling were out of my league.  Here's another before and after to show the complete transformation since we bought the house.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Latitude & Longitude Burlap Print

I'm working on a gallery wall for my family room and I'll share pics soon!  I shopped my home for most of the items in the new gallery wall but I made one of the items that I'm most excited about.  It's a modern burlap print with the latitude and longitude of our home.  I love how it adds a personal touch while remaining clean and modern.  I decided to add it to my Etsy shop.  In addition to a great gallery wall print, this would make a great housewarming, wedding or hostess gift!