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Small Decor Changes Make a BIG Difference

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 img_4749paint pattern (img_4747without 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.

Wall Art

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.  

  • Beauty Statement

Bathroom Update and Remodeling Series – Wall & Floor Tile

Bathroom updates and remodeling has come a long way.  One of the most famous bathrooms from the 60’s-70’s is the Brady Bunch shared bath.  If the decor in that bath represents the features and styles of that time, then those rooms weren’t equipped with bells and whistles.  There were no ceramic tiles on the walls, just paint.  If homes contained wall tile, the most popular colors for years was either blue or green, eeewww!  Not a bright blue, mostly a powder blue.   The green color was dull and looked more like pea green.  Mosaic ceramic tiles and vinyl  floors were common in the middle-class homes.  The decades always bring about change and there has been significant changes over the last 4 decades with bathroom floor and wall tile designs.  Today, the choice of tiles are endless in size and colors.  Today’s homeowners now see the bathroom as a place for luxury or relaxation.

Of the many types of tile available, off the top of my head here are a few: Ceramic or Porcelain, Glass, Marble, Granite, Limestone, Metal, Terra-cotta, Travertine, Slate, Quarry and the list goes on.  Check out the definitions and description on the Better Home and Gardens website.Before you pick your tile, you must consider where it’s going to be installed.  Since, the bath is a moisture prone room, the tile for the floor must be suitable for traffic when wet.  A few of the tile types I mentioned above wouldn’t necessarily be suitable as floor tile, but could be considered for the wall.

Before you choose a type of tile, consider the style decor of your bath.  Is it contemporary, eclectic, modern, traditional and the list could go on and on.  Once your style decor is chosen, the types of tile to pick from will narrow down a bit.  For those of you that plan to remodel with a budget under $10K I will focus on tile that is mostly available at a local home improvement store.

When I began planning the tile for my 1st floor bath, I flipped through pages of books to see what was popular & within my budget.  My first plan of action was to decide the size of the tile so that I could design its layout.  I also thought about how each size tile would make my small bath appear.  I did some research and found that larger tiles can make a space look bigger than it really is.  I had to also understand that the placement of the tile can make a world of difference too.  So, with today’s wide variety of tile, I chose a porcelain tile that looks more expensive than it was.   The other decision you’ll have to make once you’ve chosen your tile is the grout color.  That decision isn’t as hard as it may sound, it’s mainly about choosing a color that matches your tile.  Any questions about this, ask the associate at the store where you purchased it.

1st Floor Bath Pics

When I was ready to remodel the 2nd floor bath, I used the lessons I learned from mistakes in my 1st floor and I tried to make better decisions and I also wanted it to look a little more flashy.  I purchased my glass and stone tile from homedepot.  The same brand, different color is found below.  Hope you like it as much as I do.

2nd  Floor Bath Pics

  • 24X24 Wall Tile

Back To School/College Must Haves

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.

 Below is a list of items you should consider purchasing from Amazon with their Prime Membership.


Sparkling Painted Glitter Walls

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.

  • Glitter Medium Consistency
    Glitter and Glaze Medium Consistency

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.

Upholstered Headboard with Added Bling

I don’t remember when it happened or how, but I’ve been without a headboard on my bed for at least 10 years.  It never use to bother me, but now its a problem.  When my pillows fall between the wall and the mattress I just get OCD and can’t cope without it any longer.  So, I’ve been (window) shopping for a headboard. Initially I just shopped for all types of head boards.  About a year ago I fell in love with the upholstered look so I specifically shopped for upholstered head boards.  Talk about sticker-shock, I was overwhelmed by the prices of these things. In this article I will show you an Upholstered  Headboard with Added Bling

I had a major fail when I built a headboard that didn’t meet my standards.  Even when I D.I.Y., there are times when my skills don’t meet my standards.  Let me tell you how I built it, then we’ll move on to the Phabulous headboard I just purchased.

I went to a thrift store and saw this headboard and thought it would allow me to build on it, but still remain light in weight.  WRONG!!! Well, sorta!  I purchased two pieces of plywood without considering their thickness when put together, and I attached them to the headboard.  After adding the foam, material and bling I was totally unhappy with what I saw.  This headboard is super tall and totally heavy.  It is absolutely the most hideous thing I’ve ever made.  I’ll insert pictures of me making it, but at the time of creating this post I’m not sure if I’ll show the finished product, yet.

So, I started saving up my money for the one headboard I wanted but couldn’t afford.  Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait long.  I was walking through TJ Maxx on my break at work and there it was.  MY HEADBOARD!! Ok, so it didn’t have the bling I wanted but I saw potential for bling, especially at a discounted price.  If I only could get the thing home without having to rent a truck.  I tried loading it on my SUV but that didn’t work.  Thankfully, I have a nephew that’s like a son to me. He always makes time for his auntie & this was no exception.  I called him and he came directly up to the store and took my headboard home for me.

  • Upholstered Headboard
    Before Adding Bling

So I get the headboard up the stairs, but I knew I had to bling it out before I could attach it to my bed.  So I purchased some Bling Gems and attached them with E-6000 glue and by using a hot glue gun.  I absolutely love it.

Window Blind Styles, Which Would You Choose

Aluminum or Wood Blinds?

How do I prepare to plan a small home project? Sometimes just getting started is a problem. I often don’t know how to get started, so my thoughts can be unorganized and be a huge time and money waster while I run around from store to store getting samples and ideas. When I’m indecisive, I have to give myself space and a little quiet time to eventually put pen to paper.

Window blinds can either make your windows pop or just be a space on the wall. The original metal (aluminum) window blinds have come a long way, however they’re not ordinarily seen as formal blinds. Since the introduction of metal (aluminum) blinds, they have added a wide range of new colors. So, if you’re looking for something temporary, cheap, light-weight, and cost efficient, metal blinds might be the choice for you. If you have an odd space, you can always place a special order at home improvement store. Aluminum blinds also look great in an industrial or office setting.

If you’re on a tight budget but want your windows to POP, try Faux Wood Blinds. If your budget allows, you can choose real wood blinds and get the same look. However, Faux Wood Blinds come in a nice variety of wood grains, painted & stain colors and slat widths. Faux Wood Blinds also offer a formal look by offering a valance.

blind slats

Wood Blinds

I start my project by deciding and listing which style (Modern, Contemporary, Traditional, Eclectic, etc) I want the finish product to coordinate my existing décor with. The next step should always be the one in which you determine how much you want to spend (let’s call it a budget). One of my first moves is to get more inspiration by actually seeing my options. I pull hard copy magazines (even old ones) and I peruse through online catalogs. Usually what I see on the pages doesn’t exactly match what I’m looking for. So I begin to ‘window shop’ from catalog-to-catalog. I take bits and pieces of each picture and I visualize all of the ideas in one project. I’ve even taken the pages, cut out the object I think I want and glue them all to a blank piece of paper. I know it’s ‘elementary’ but the way my mind is ‘setup’ I have to actually see what I envision. This gives me a better idea about whether my vision will work or not. There will always be revisions, so don’t get discouraged if during the project, some of your choices have to be changed. It’s always better to switch in the midst of completing the project, it’ll cost you less time and headache and probably less money. Happy Decorating!

Let Your Inner Artist OUT!

Painting a wall doesn’t have to mean a plain boring paint job anymore. If you’re as indecisive as I am, you can understand my dilemma when choosing paint colors for a wall. This type of project is no different in the starting process of all of my project planning. I pullout my magazines (even the fashion ones) and go to the online catalogs and I day dream about how I want my wall to look.

painted wall

Once I settle on a color family, I travel to the hardware store (Home Depot, Menards or Lowe’s) and head straight to the painting department. The paint swatches become like a buffet for my taking.  As I look down in my hand and see how many swatches I’ve snatched, that makes the journey to the finish line even that much further away.  By this time, I’m thinking why have picked all of these variances of color?  All they’ve done is just confuse me even more.  So I go back to my home office, divide the swatches into piles of yes, no or maybe.  I get rid of the NO’s and the battle in my head begins between the piles of YES or MAYBE.  This last elimination last longer than I’d like it to, but in the end, I will have at least three coordinating colors.  Now we can officially start to put your project together.  If your budget limits you to start small, start with a few gallons of paint & primer all in one.  When I painted the walls in the living room and dining room, I was bored after seeing the same color on three consecutive walls.  So I thought about what artistic element could I add that I hadn’t seen on anyone’s walls in my world, so I decided to add a slightly darker color.  My first learning lesson was to make sure the first coat of paint for the background was totally dry.  Trust me, if you continue with the next step without the wall being completely dry, you’ll just be angry at an ugly wall & probably yourself.  I then added the 2nd color to the wall using a hand drawn design with the help of painters tape. I measured about 5 feet off of the ground to make my starting marks. I also used a leveler to ensure that my lines were leveled and straight.  I thought of designs anywhere from the Chevron pattern to an Ocean Wave.  In the end I chose the Ocean Wave.  I drew the lines then used painters tape to ensure I painted inside the lines. You might find it more efficient to draw all of your lines first then tape the lines all at once, because once you pull out the paint & brush, it’ll be quicker to continue through the end.

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