Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kate Spade Inspired Nightstand

I LOVE Kate Spade.  In fact, one of my favorite colors is Kate Spade green - come on, you know the one, right!?! :)  I also love when she does anything with stripes or with polka dots, especially gold polka dots.  And since I just can't get enough gold lately, I got a little funky with this nightstand makeover.  It started out like this...
And now looks like this!
 
Don't you think it's the perfect little accent table for a reading corner?  I'm so tempted to keep it, haha. 

I knew I wanted to do a black and peacock blue combo, but after three coats of Maison Blanche Wrought Iron and three coats of Corinth Blue, I felt it was missing something. 
Enter in Kate Spade and her inspiration for gold polka dots.
NOW we were getting somewhere.  I also did some gold detailing on top too!  And of course found the perfect gold polka dot paper to add to the drawer.  I really do love how this turned out.  Here is another look!
Until next time! :)
-Ashley




Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Decoupage Wood Numbers

I can't wait to show you just how easy it is to turn this...
into this!

So cute, right!?  I always loved the idea of using the date of the holiday within your home decor.  And when I saw this paper at Hobby Lobby, I knew it'd be perfect for this project.

Now it's your turn!  First, start by tracing your numbers onto your paper.  Then take those numbers out to get a quick coat of paint.  Make sure you paint the back and the sides.
While your letters are drying, cut out the numbers you traced.
 Now it's time for some modge podge!
I put a layer on the wood and then place the paper on top, smoothing out all the wrinkles/bubbles that might appear.  Make sure your paper covers the wood, but don't be too worried if some of your paper hangs over - we'll be taking care of that very professionally.

Once your paper has dried, get out a nail file - see, very professional. :)  At a downward angle, file the edges of the wood.  It may take a few tries in one spot, but soon you'll see the excess paper start to tear away, leaving you with a nice smooth edge.

Once you have your numbers just the way you like it, give the whole thing another layer of modge podge.  That's it!!  I told you it was easy and really adds to any holiday decor.
 
I think the next holiday I'll do this for is Valentine's Day!!
-Ashley




Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween Home Tour

I typically decorate in a more general manner at this time of year where my decorations will carry me through Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving.  This year, however, the moment it was officially Fall, I dove head first into Halloween. :)  I started with items I already had and quickly discovered I needed more!  So I did what any girl would do, I went shopping!!  I scored a couple things from Goodwill and of course, Home Goods and Hobby Lobby.

Let's start with the kitchen.  Look familiar?  You can see how I made the wreath here and the sign here.
Here is my table's centerpiece. 

I found the black pedestal at Goodwill and it was in such perfect condition that after a quick clean, I was able to plop it right down onto my table and add apples.  It might just be me, but having just the apples provides a spooky element - like any one of them could be poisoned!  Like I said, might just be me. :)
Moving on to the living room...
 
 
I also found the BOO votive holders at Goodwill - so cute, right!? 
And here is my buffet and my bookshelf.
 
I scored this wreath at Home Goods for $2.00 on clearance.  It was a natural color, but I knew with a quick coat of black spray paint, it would make the perfect spooky addition to my bookshelf.
I also practiced my decoupage skills on these wood numbers - 31 for the date of Halloween.  Love that paper!!
Not done yet!  Here is our powder room.
And finally the ledge at the top of the stairs.  It's the line where decorations end in our home. :)
And there you have it!  I hope you enjoyed the tour!!
-Ashley