How To Paint A Scalloped Wall Border

Hey pals.  Long time no blog, amirite?  I’ve just been busy selling houses and growing human parts in my belly.  I’ve got a nursery design ready to execute for this Tiny girl.  (I capitalize Tiny because that’s what we call her.  Lil sis doesn’t have a name yet.)  All the major supplies for her nursery have arrived, and I’m SO excited for it.  I’m stepping into a world of things I’ve never done before.  It’s scary and exciting!

But I felt bad.  I felt really bad for sweet Evelyn Faye.  I know she doesn’t understand/care, but I felt terrible that I put so much work and effort into her nursery, and now she doesn’t have it anymore.  We actually spend a lot of time reading and playing in her room.  I want it to be a place she is comfortable and wants to be.  I didn’t want to copy her old nursery, but I wanted it to be reminiscent of her old room.  I also didn’t want to do a major makeover until she’s a bigger kid and starts having tastes of her own.

I made a deal with myself that we would give her room a simple update before we started Tiny’s nursery.

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If you remember, I stenciled a beautiful gold scalloped wall in Evelyn’s room.  It was the most lovely thing.  I wanted a simplified version of that, so I thought a scalloped border was the way to go.

I picked up a $0.50 poster board from the grocery store, and used an IKEA plate to trace a scallop pattern for my stencil.

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I held it up to the wall and traced lightly with a pencil.

My ORIGINAL plan was to paint it gold, using the same gold paint I used for this.

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However, it did not work.  In fact, it epically did not work.  It was the same brand (Sherwin Williams Faux Finishes ‘Gold’ – which isn’t cheap!).  I was baffled.  But after talking to a store associate, they said it was the combination of the brush and roller.  When I stenciled, I was ONLY rolling.  No brush.  But there was no way to do this scallop border without using both a brush and a roller.  After THREE COATS it was still this splotchy and uneven.  The paint is really thin and runny, and it wasn’t going to work for how much cutting in I needed to do.  I was 100% bummed.

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I decided to prime over it and try another look.

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The new color I chose was Sherwin-Williams Wall Flower.  It is such a pretty color.  Imagine if lilac and mauve had a love child.  It’s so delicate; perfect for a sweet little girl.

I used a 2″ nylon brush to cut in along the ceiling and curves of the scallops, then I filled in the middle with a mini roller.

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When I’d told a few people about painting Evelyn’s room, they asked where she was while I was painting.  I’m happy to report that I am the mother to a very self-sufficient one year old who loves to independently play.  We close all the doors and gate off the top of the stairs, and she’ll play on the landing with her toys for hours like this.  She’s a happy girl!  I was listening to music while painting, and she would occasionally get up and dance.  She’d also come walk to the gate to check on me and make sure I was still in there, then go back to her toys.

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I’m planning on hanging all the art we had in her old room.  And we have a special bookcase delivery coming soon from her Grandpa Burton.  But here are the scallops in their beautiful glory.

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I wasn’t expecting any kind of reaction from Evelyn, but she noticed the new paint right away.  She points at the scallops and smiles all the time, especially after waking up when she’s still sitting in her bed.  I’m glad I have the 13-month-old stamp of approval on this.

 

Navy, Gold, and White Master Bedroom

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If you recall, we don’t have a headboard.  At our old house, we painted one on the wall.  Also, a little known fact, we were borrowing our bedroom furniture (night stands and dresser) from my seester.  So when we moved into our new house, this was the extent of our bedroom.  A bed.  We borrowed the lamp from Evelyn’s old room, and I was using a barstool as a night stand.  It was sterile.  It was empty.  It was a place to sleep.  It was boring.

I don’t know if this is normal or not (please weigh in on if you are/ aren’t), but I am a bedroom person.  I always have been.  From the time I was little, I enjoyed spending time in my bedroom.  I didn’t like playing or hanging out in the family room.  I’ve always retreated to my room.  Mom & Dad never had much luck punishing me by sending me to my room.  I wanted to be there.  And now, I spend a lot of time in my room.  When Evelyn wakes up, we snuggle and play in our master bedroom for awhile.  And after she goes to bed at night, I like to read, blog, catch up on real estate work, and watch TV in our room.  I know there is an opinion that rooms should be just for sleeping, and DEFINITELY no TV allowed.  But that’s not me.  It’s my comfortable place.  I love relaxing by sitting in my bed.

Now you know more about me (#themoreyouknow).  And now you understand why the above pictured wasn’t jiving me with.  If you follow me on Instagram, you already know this…  As part of my Christmas present, Aaron gave me painting supplies and promised me the uninterrupted time I so desperately wanted to work on a project.  And I chose our bedroom.

I found this headboard on the classifieds.  Isn’t it funny how 5 years ago everyone found gold and brass things and painted them oil rubbed bronze, and now we find oil rubbed bronze things to paint gold?

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Spray painting this was a process.  First of all, we were in the single digits of temperatures.  Do you know how long spray paint takes to dry when it is 9 degrees outside?  Squints says it best, FORRRRREVVVVVERRRRR.  And as you know, when spray painting, the most important thing is several light coats.  So, this took 5 days.  Yes.  5 days.

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Prime.  Gold.  Lacquer.  But I’m so glad I took my time.  (Yes, I wore a mask.  Yes, the area was well ventilated.)  There were no drips, and the finish is stunning.  It has a very professional factory finish because of the lacquer.

I wanted to paint the whole room Starless Night by Behr.  But, I got nervous.  Guys, it is a DARK color.  And I was worried it would suffocate the light.  Normally I don’t particularly care for just one solid color as an accent wall.  I feel like an accent wall should make a real statement, not break up the flow of a room.  But I wanted to test this color, and I figured the best way was on just one wall for now, and if we loved it, then go ahead and paint the rest of the room.

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For months I have been looking on the classifieds for the right night stands to makeover.  And there was just nothing.  So I finally found these nightstands from Overstock.com.  And this is what we ended up with, in just a few short days over Christmas break:

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The bedding is the same we had from our last bedroom makeover (West Elm).  I get a lot of questions about how the white duvet cover holds up.  I bought it on black Friday 2 years ago, and it is still clean and bright.  We have 2 dogs and a baby.  That should tell you.  I wash and bleach it about once a month, or as needed.

This room isn’t done.  In fact, we are just getting started.  I have some plans for improving the lamps.  I have some art projects in mind to dress up the walls.  But it feels good to have a start.  It feels like “us.”  It’s a place I want to be.  (And yes, I’ve decided to go for it and finish painting the whole room Starless Night.  I just need to get up the energy to do it.  Growing a baby is hard…)

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Easy Gift Idea – Pizza Lover Tote

I think it’s a safe assumption that everyone has a pizza lover in their life.

I know I do!  My bae Heidi loves pizza more than any person in this world.  I asked her for her favorite pizza quote, and she provided me with, “Pizza is the only love triangle I want.”

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You could make this gift for ANYONE.  I would suggest snooping on their Pinterest boards for a quote or phrase they have pinned.

I’m joining up with my blog friends who are putting on a blog series called Dare to DIY.  Today’s theme is give handmade.  You can find more ideas over at Maybe Matilda.

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After Heidi told me her favorite pizza quote, I designed it on picmonkey and printed it off.

pizza love triangleI very carefully cut out the letters with an xacto knife to make a stencil.  I realized this would be MUCH EASIER if I had a cutting machine.  Hopefully there’s one in my future, but right now, I’m going old school.

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I centered the “stencil” on the tote, then taped it down.  I tried painters tape, but it wouldn’t stick to the bag.  So I used duct tape.  I taped down the middles of the letter for the stencil.

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I mixed acrylic paint with textile medium to make fabric paint.

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I used a stipple sponge brush to paint the tote bag.

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Unfortunately, the middle of the letters on “Love Triangle” lifted up, so those got filled all the way in.

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I free-handed a slice of pizza at the top of the tote.  In general, I was a little disappointed how the paint bled a little.  I was hoping for crisper lines.  But I guess I’m not surprised after using a piece of paper as a stencil.

I still think the bag is still pretty rad.  I think it works since the font I used already had a ‘handwritten quality’ about it, so the bleeds just kind of added to that.  I’m pretty excited to send it off and check something off my Christmas gift list!

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DIY Ho Ho Ho Throw Pillows

The older I get, the more I realize what an overly-sentimental and nostalgic person I am.  There’s a quote from The Office that goes, “I wish there was a way to tell you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”  And sometimes that’s how I feel.

Lately, I’ve really been missing Christmas at our old house.  I LOVE our new house, but it just doesn’t feel the same.  Our old house was naturally Christmasy, with the fireplace, candles, banister and tree in the front window.  Christmas last year was an extra special time for me too as I really got to focus on getting Evelyn here safe and sound.  Everything was a lot more meaningful.  I wrote a personal blog post on our family blog about it here if you’re interested in reading my feelings.

Anyway, I decided it was up to me to make an effort to bring more holiday cheer into our home.  So I decided to stretch my creative muscles and do a SEWING project.  FYI, I DON’T SEW.

Since I didn’t want to dabble in zippers, I decided to sew envelope/pocket pillows.  The pillow forms were 20″.

JoAnn had their red linen on sale for $4 a yard, so that was my fabric of choice.  I cut 3 21″x21″ pieces, and 6 21″x15″ pieces.

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Then I took my 6 smaller pieces and hemmed one of the 21″ sides.  I hemmed the width of the presser foot.

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Pinning the pieces together is pretty simple.  Remember to lay the pieces inside out, in the following fashion:

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Sew around all four edges.  Again, I did the width of the presser foot.

I wanted each pillow to say “ho,” so I made this template, and printed it off in an 8×10 size.

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I cut it out, and traced it onto my glittery gold iron on paper.

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Then it was just a matter of centering each ho and ironing it on (according to the iron instructions for whatever iron on paper you use).

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Then stuff those pillow covers and you got yourself some ho pillows!  They will no longer be known as “throw pillows.”  Just ho pillows!

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Are they perfect?  No.  Can I spot several mistakes?  Yes.  BUT, I love them.  They really do bring an element of happiness to our Christmas decor.  And, as a not-sewing-lady, I’m really proud of myself haha!

Also, a walking baby means the bottom third of the tree does not get decorated!

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And as much as I loved this Christmas…

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I’m really grateful that this is where we’re at now.

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I’m linking this project up with my friends doing dare to DIY over at Newly Woodwards.

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Living Room

Aaron and I have both fallen down the mid-century modern hole, and it doesn’t look like we’re getting out any time soon.  Something about the simplicity, clean lines, skinny legs, warm wood that makes a heart flutter.  If we stay on this road, I’ll be cutting my hair into a bob, burning all my jeans, and changing my name to June before you know it.

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Keep in mind, like the kitchen and breakfast nook, everything is still REALLY minimal.   We are still trying to figure out what we’d like to hang on the walls, coffee table vs ottoman, what curtains we want, and different lamp options.

We put our old couch from the basement at our old house in the living room and it was all wrong.  The shape of the sectional was wrong for the shape of the room, and it was too bulky looking.  And thus began the new couch hunt.

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I set out for the post office one morning, and took a detour to IKEA.  And the heavens smiled down on me.  The floor model of Karlstad U-shaped sectional had just been moved off the show floor and down to AS-IS, and was marked down 40% from its original price.  I’ll take it!  I lived in a couch-maze for a week while I tried to quickly sell old beige.

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I knew I wanted a Kilim rug for the living room.  I was able to find this one on Etsy for a screaming deal.

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This couch fits the space SO much better than our old one.

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For the living room, we plan on wall-mounting the TV.  I need to start looking for some good art as well.  I want to get curtains, but I’m not really sure if I want to go for something strong and bold, or something soft and subtle.  I also want to change out the lamp.

I bought this TV stand from Overstock.com and painted the shell bright high gloss white.  It wasn’t worth writing its own blog post.

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I really like the view over the Karlstad into the kitchen, and visa versa.  It’s really nice to be able to work in the kitchen and watch Evelyn play.

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Speaking of Evelyn playing… while I was shooting this space she decided it would be a good time to have a parade and walk around while clapping.  So of course, I needed to take a video of it.  It’s a pretty great way to spend 34 seconds.  She disappears for a second but then she comes back.

She and the dogs are both enjoying the new couch.

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We are all extremely happy to have a place to relax at the end of the day.  It’s a place we enjoy being.  It’s good to be home.

 

Kitchen and Breakfast Nook (and Tom Dixon Copper Chandelier)

Moving is so hard.  (Can I get an amen?!)  When you are finally in your new place, you wonder if the boxes of your stuff literally multiplied and replenished your house.  Boxes. For. Days.  And then, your stuff comes out of the boxes, and what once fit in your old house, doesn’t quite fit right in your new house.  Aw, the moving game.

It took some time for the boxes to clear out, but I’m FINALLY starting to feel like our house is more of a home, and a livable home at that!

This post is more of a “state of affairs” of the house.  Obviously nothing is on the walls or really decorated.  But it’s semi-put-together, so I felt confident enough to share.

I love this view of the breakfast nook when you first walk into the house.  The copper chandelier is the first thing everyone notices and comments on when they walk in.

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We kept our Restoration Hardware table, but the chairs were all wrong all of a sudden.  I knew the breakfast nook was screaming for a set of Eames chairs.

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We had a builder-grade chandelier over the table, and I hated it.

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I knew a long time ago that I wanted a Tom Dixon copper chandelier.  Fun fact, I couldn’t find one for less than around $700.  And that was discouraging, because that was NOT in the budget.  It would be a very empty dinner table (with a very pretty light) if I would have paid full price.

HOWEVER.  I found a very (seemingly) sketchy Chinese wholesale website, that sold this light fixture for a fraction of the cost!  (Here’s the link.) Right after I ordered it, I got a call from my bank verifying I indeed made the purchase.  To be transparent, I was terrified I had made a huge mistake.  But then, 2 weeks later, to my delight, the chandelier showed up!  It was as brilliant as I expected.

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Forgive me, because I TOTALLY forgot to take the baby-lock off the cabinet before shooting this… and by the time I realized it, the kitchen was already messy, and the sun was down.  So, you get a lovely baby-lock in this photo.

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Aaron picked this granite because he liked the way it tied with the copper light.  (We had the light picked before we even started building!)  We still have many things we want to do to the kitchen.  We have plans for a backsplash, and for making the cabinets less builder-grade and more custom.

The bar stools are the same from our old kitchen.  I’m not really sold on them being cohesive with the design plan we have going on.  But for now, they are staying (until I find new stools that I absolutely cannot live without haha).

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I’m really pleased with the way the kitchen and breakfast nook are coming together.  I was REALLY skeptical of the dark espresso stain on the cabinets.  That was Aaron’s decision.  It’s very far out of my white kitchen comfort zone.  But it’s really growing on me.  I guess it’s a good thing to trust your husband every now and then!

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A New Bundle of Bones

I realize that it’s not Halloween time anymore.  However, in my defense, we did announce this to our friends and family before Halloween.  But I wasn’t blogging, so you missed out.  UNLESS YOU FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM WHICH, WHY AREN’T YOU?!!!

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This announcement was created by my talented friend Valery Bunnell, who did Evelyn’s newborn pictures.  If you are a Salt Lake City local, look her up!

We are more than delighted with this news.  Surprised, but over the moon.  As you guys know it took us years to get pregnant with Evelyn.  We knew that was a possibility for future children as well.  We decided not to prevent with a *just in case* mentality.  All the stars magically aligned, and our wish came true.  Evelyn and the new baby will be 16 months apart.  I know it will be a challenge, but it’s a challenge I’m happy to accept!

I know a few of you are probably wondering if I have been as sick as I was with Evelyn.  It is a question I get asked often.  I had quite a bit of morning sickness the first trimester, which contributed to my lack of blogging.  However it pretty much subsided as soon as I hit 12 weeks.  Every now and then I’ll wake up feeling pretty queasy and have a little go, but I’ve been very fortunate this time around.  Something I am incredibly grateful for!

And for funsies, I thought I’d pull up Evelyn’s announcement.

Pregnancy AnnouncementAnd speaking of Evelyn, I promise I haven’t forgotten about her monthly growth pictures.  I keep taking them, but haven’t posted them.  Maybe I’ll surprise you one of these days with an amazing post about how she is no longer an infant but a real live small human.  :)

 

Our New House is Finished!

Hi loves. So, it’s been awhile, huh. I don’t really think I need to get into why I’ve had a hard time blogging (right now at least). I just want to share with you how our house came together.  Last I left off, we had just finished framing.  Naturally the next stop on the house checklist would be drywall.   Since drywall is SO exciting, I obviously took about 300 pictures.  I’ll spare you the deets and just give you one.

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They painted all our interior doors, and all I could think of was Monsters Inc.  I wished they had them on a revolving track.  I mean, that would be an effective way to paint, right?  I’m going to mention that to the builder.  And of course I’ll expect royalties.

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And then there was a HUGE mess with the flooring.  We had had a few bumps along the way, but the flooring was a massive debacle.  We wanted our planks to be entire main level.  We didn’t want carpet, especially in the great room.  I knew if we did get carpet, down the road I’d change my mind about wanting carpet, and trying to match the floor would be costly and time consuming.  It was better to do it now.  However, that message was apparently not communicated to the builder.  They eventually fixed it and redid the floor, however it took awhile and really set them behind schedule.

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Meanwhile, the exterior was slowly getting worked on.  Our friends enjoyed the adult jungle gym scaffolding.  I enjoyed staying on the ground.

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They poured our concrete at an unusually wet time, and built this incredible rain gutter system.  I mean, I really think they’re onto something.

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The siding got installed which was fun to watch.  It really began to take shape and really look like the house we had been dreaming of.  I don’t think anyone was surprised when they saw that the siding was green!

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The carpet came, and then Evelyn really loved visiting the house because she could get down and explore.

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And then, it was finished!  (Well, almost.  The builder had to bond with the city for our landscaping.  They were responsible for the sprinkler system and sod in the front yard.  We just got it installed over the weekend, however I do not have an updated exterior picture yet.  Maybe sometime next year I’ll show you.)

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I made a video tour for you guys.  It’s a little boring since there is nothing in the house.  But it will give you a good idea of the layout.  The chandeliers are all builder grade, and are getting swapped out.  We have some projects lined up for the kitchen to give it more of a custom feel.  It wasn’t our first choice of finishes, but the builder didn’t offer what we had in mind.  Lucky for us, kitchens aren’t a project that scare easily.  This kitchen is kind of a downgrade from our last kitchen, however the rest of the house is a major upgrade.  So we will happily take the trade off for now.  The plan with our new house was to get into a place with good bones where we wouldn’t need to rip down walls, but have a place where we could still do projects and leave our mark.

If the embedded video isn’t working for you, you can watch it directly on youtube here.