Want A Decor Change Without Breaking The Bank?
When looking to spice up a room or take it to ‘another level’ you don’t have to spend a fortune. I’m going to tell you how I made small decor changes that made a big difference in my beauty room. I recently used a room in my house and changed it into a beauty room. I started with sanding and varnishing the wood floor then I started painting the wall. I purchased my paint from Home Depot and the paint department was very helpful. If you’re like me, and you go into the paint department, walk the aisle and all you see are paint cans, then do what I did, just tell the associate what you need & they’ll choose the right can for your purpose. So I chose to go with the colors gray, silver and turquoise. Check out my blog entitled Sparkling Painted Glitter Walls to see the finished product.
So with the walls and floor completed, I needed to add small touches to give the room decor a ‘POP’. I’ve been working on my beauty room for some time now. I feel like it’ll never get done, but I am making progress. First I customized a Billy Bookcase from IKEA by attaching molding to the top and it totally looks like a new bookshelf. I also painted the back wall to match my Silver Chevron wall paint pattern (without the glitter). That little upgrade was harder to do than the molding (the bending over was taxing on my back). In order to paint the back wall I had to lay the bookcase down on the floor. Your other option is taking the back off to do this step (but I didn’t want to destroy the holes where the nails are). I used the same stencil that I used for the wall and I painted the Chevron pattern with the same design color as the wall. My room is small in dimension and does not have a ceiling light so I placed the IKEA Jansjo LED work lamp on top and used two which is more than enough lighting for that space.
One thing I wanted to add but didn’t want to spend a lot of money on is, Wall Art. So, I went to a local thrift store and thumbed through what seemed like a thousand picture frames. As I looked through the selection, I knew I wanted a wood frame, but the color was not important at this point because I knew I could spray paint it to whatever color I wanted. So, fortunately, I found a white 8X10 wood picture frame. Parts of it had turned yellow, but no worries. Besides it only cost me .50 cent. I had already found an image to put in the frame, but the image was only 5X7 so I needed a photo mat to complete the look. I went to Michael’s and purchased a white photo mat for about $3, but didn’t really like it at that stage. So I thought, what if I glittered the Chevron pattern onto the photo mat? It came out nicely but my advice to you if you decide this, don’t use the painter’s tape for your guide, it’s still too strong and will peel off some of the paper and glitter. But I patched it up and it looks great.
For the image, all I did was search google for a turquoise beauty sign and I had a plethora of choices. You can achieve the smallest decor change without breaking the bank.
Heading Back to School/College
It’s that time of year when the playgrounds become empty and the classroom is consumed by the chatter of girls and boys gathered in one place to learn something new, and the school speed zones become active. Its that time of year when parents find waking a child up in the morning is a theatrical production. Whatever change the return to school brings, you’ll need to stock up on some things in preparation of the school year.
Every student from Kindergarten to College needs certain items, supplies, and accessories that will get them off to a great start. Speaking of Kindergarten, I remember being in Kindergarten with my lunch box. I had a pink Barbie lunchbox. It had a Thermos in it and I was happy to show it off everyday. So, no matter who your child likes as a TV character you should send them off happy knowing they have something they love. I’ve also listed a sports lunchbox for kids or adults who love sports, you can take this along with you. If you have a child that is crazy for the move FROZEN, I’ve got a great backpack and lunchbox set below. Maybe you want to help your child decompress after an intense day at school, I found a cute Frozen Stationary Set they could love.
If you have a college student that needs bed sheets, portable shower tote, pop-up mesh laundry hamper, smart phone charging station with USB outlet multiplier and dual surge protector, bed risers for extra storage under the bed, A 6 pocket bedside storage mattress Book Remote Caddy, Locking Storage Box, Clip-On Laptop Lamp, Soap Box, Shower and Water Sandals and Toothbrush Holder. Maybe you want to send your student a care package, there is a plethora of things you could send, checkout Pinterest for inspiration.
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How to get Sparkling Painted Glitter Walls
I am creating a ‘beauty space/room’ and although the painting process would’ve been easier and less time-consuming, I took the paint on the wall two steps further. I decided to go with a grey/silver wall cover but because its such a small space I knew I had to consider what shade of grey I was going to choose. For my base, I used BEHR’s White Metal (grey) and for my Chevron design I used BEHR’s Ultra Flat Flannel Grey.
Months prior to painting I went shopping at Tuesday Morning and saw a Chevron Wall Stencil so without knowing what I was going to do with it, I purchased it. As I was painting my space with a faint grey color I knew right away that I was going to use the wall stencil with a flat, darker grey color. One of the advantages of being a scrapbooker is, the knowledge and experience using stencils and making sure the paint doesn’t bleed through. So, the process was timely, but well worth it. Once I was done with the Chevron design, I was still second guessing my choice so I stepped back to take a good look at what I created and I was greatly disappointed. I knew something was missing, but what exactly, I did not know! I have watched so many YouTube videos to get inspired, then I came across a video where they painted an entire wall using glitter. I knew painting an entire wall was going to be too flashy and would not reflect who I am. So, I literally just stood there an stared at the wall. The way my mind works is, it visualizes possibilities and the idea that sticks is usually my choice. So the idea to fill in the space between the Chevron design with glitter stuck. Now my dilemma was choosing the glitter and the best glue or medium to help the glitter stick to the wall without fallout. There are at least two sizes of glitter flakes you can choose from. I chose extra fine glitter because I wanted a smooth transition from the glitter to the flat painted Chevron pattern. I did more research on google and You Tube and chose to use glazing medium to stick the glitter to the walls (see below). It was super easy and I think anyone can achieve this look. People talked about the pattern being straight and I how impressed they were on that fact alone. Once I added the glitter in-between the patterns, it gave the room just the right kind of sparkle I was going for. The process wasn’t difficult at all, as long as you take your time, things will be fine.
Last, but certainly not least, you’ll need a top coat to keep the glitter from falling out and getting everywhere. I looked at mediocre options like ModPodge, but my experience with ModPodge wasn’t a totally positive one. So I decided to use Rust-Oelum Crystal Clear Enamel.