Month: October 2016

Quick & Easy Glitter Ornament Fix

blog-pinterest-picsEdit: I searched high and low for my original tutorial photos. Between my phone dying without backing up my photos and getting a new computer in the last year, I lost all of them. So this is the closest I’m getting to my original representation.

I love glitter and sparkly things. Hey, I’m female! Isn’t it some unwritten rule that the majority of females love shiny objects?

Enter my dilemma. Like ALL glittered items, the glitter gets everywhere! Even after the initial clean up, you can still find glitter for weeks if not months later AND you also find it in places it really shouldn’t be. I digress.

A few years ago we scored an after Christmas deal of a boxed set of 50 ornaments in red and 50 in gold. Twenty ornaments in each set were saturated in glitter.  That’s 40 ornaments!  Every year I hated getting those ornaments out and not being able to use any of the glittered ones. I had done some searching, mainly pinterest, and saw nothing to solve my dilemma. What I usually saw was how to make this, instead of fixing already glittered ornaments. I can’t remember if it was that post specifically but in that search the light bulb flipped on.

Mod Podge!!

BAM!!!!

Problem solved!

So with out further ado, here is my quick and easy tutorial on fixing glitter ornaments.

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Materials:

Mod Podge:  I chose matte because I didn’t want the gloss to distract from the glitter. I wanted to let it look like it should’ve in the first place minus all the glitter everywhere. ($3)

    (I was able to purchase 3-2 fl oz bottles from the dollar section at Target. Thanks Target!)

Foam brushes:  pack of 1″ foam brushes from Home Depot. (~$2)

Paper towels/Newspaper: for easier clean up

And of course, Glittered Ornaments

Process:

I did 1-2 layers of mod podge and then hung the ornaments.  Wait a couple of hours for them to dry. If you don’t know, Mod Podge goes on white, which is nice, so you know you got it all, and it dries clear.

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Besides, paper towels, glittered ornaments, mod podge, and foam brushes. Make sure you have space to hang the ornaments to dry. You may need to be more creative than I was. I lucked out and while I still don’t love the knob hardware in my kitchen, it came in super handy for this project.

So for an extra $5 I was finally able to display my glittered ornaments with out the mess.

Enjoy!

Kitchen and Dining Paint Upgrade

before-dining

This is what our kitchen / dining room looked like before we moved in and well for the first year we lived in our first home. I promised myself it would be the first thing I did and some how that year went fast. My parents helped us move in and when they came to visit again the following year, I made sure I had a list of things my dad could help me with. Painting this loud kitchen was one of them.  I guess it wasn’t too bad but yellow is my very least favorite color, at least while I’m wearing it. I think it looks fine as an accent but this was just too much.

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There were two things preventing me from painting. The big one was that the wall had some heavy venetian plaster technique on it that made awesome spots for collecting dirt and dust.

img_6149You can see that here on the right and the result of using the rasp to smooth the ridges down. img_6150 My helper using the wet/dry vac to clean up the dust. He had a blast. img_6167The final results of all the hard work smoothing it down. My mother and I did wipe the walls down with a wet rag, so the paint would adhere without issues.

The second was debating on color. While I know the technique of buying samples, I didn’t bring myself to do that here. What I did do was take sample cards and placed them around the outlet that’s hanging out half way up the dining room wall. I also leaned some above the countertop against the wall.

After months of indecision and changing my mind of the route I wanted to go. I finally chose Benjamin Moore 2123-50 Ocean Air   and I am SO in love with this color. I am so glad I didn’t go with anything too bold again. I’m liking the subtle and muted for the majority of the house.

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img_6169Look at that difference. Oh and the other thing I forgot to mention, if you can’t tell here, is that the yellow was a flat sheen. Like what was going on, flat in the kitchen, dining, living AND hallways.

img_80701The color on the window wall is Benjamin Moore OC-24 Winds Breath. Its a great greige color but right in the corner where the two colors meet, it looks off, too gray. I like my warm tones and I’m experimenting with gray but its too much on the cool side for me. Maybe its too warm for the blue.  The point was to take that color into the living room but I’m not convinced so it’s staying as is until I can make up my mind again.

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img_6173 Pardon the mess. Reality.img_6172

This is just to show we painted the little entry into the pantry/laundry room.

Needless to say, I am SO excited that this is done. I have felt so much more calm and at peace, not as irritated and on edge as I felt before. I mean it happens but it’s amazing to see and feel the difference that a little paint can do for your home and your sanity.

What kind of differences and changes have you noticed in your life because of a little paint?

                 ~Lauren

Fresh Start

This has been on my mind for quite a while, starting a blog of more than just my family and personal life.  We bought our first home a little over a year ago.  Since we got married 7 plus years ago I had been looking forward to having our own place, that we weren’t renting, so we could actually make it our own. I always had visions of things and my pinterest boards are full of them.  But I’ve felt stunted in making any actual progress. When we first moved in a made a list of things that needed to be done and things I wanted to do to the new place. And it has been slow moving. Being a one income family is a big part of that but our main priority has been tackling our debts.  And we’ve been successful.

I think the most recent discovery I’ve personally made in regards to updating and personalizing our home is that it really can happen, a little bit at a time. I get so excited and motivated by other blogs and photos that I forget that they did the same thing. I don’t have to spend hundreds immediately to get the results I want now, even.  Besides when major projects get tackled it can get very overwhelming, very quickly.

img_8007The most recent dilemma I have in my home is this large vaulted wall. We put the large wedding photo up the week we moved in because we didn’t know where to put it AND there were still lots of nails and screws hanging out and that particular one was a sore sight, along with the thermostat. (I mean, really, in the middle of the wall??)  So my father put it up and it’s been the main focus since we’ve been here.  I love it but my wall needs help and I know it’s the perfect wall for a gallery.

So follow along as I share our journey in transforming our house into a home and improve our lifestyle as we strive to Enjoy Living Simply.

~ Lauren