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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Contributor Post- All Things Thrifty!

Friends.  Something wonderful has happened.  I have been picked up as a regular DIY contributor on All Things Thrifty!

Today is my first post, and I’d love it if you stopped over to check it out.

This is what I made:

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And if you are a new reader visiting from ATT, howdy!  I’m glad you came over.  Let’s make a beautiful friendship.

Navy Blue Painted Basket

I have a quick little post for you this afternoon.  An afternoon delight, if you will.

We’re a little bit temporarily homeless right now (more on that later).  One of our big problems with that is proximity to a changing table.  I needed a spot to keep changing supplies close by.

A basket seemed like an easy enough solution.  Except, have you priced out baskets lately?!  If you do to those nice home stores, baskets can be $10+

I guess I wouldn’t mind paying that much for a super rad basket, but I’m feeling pretty cheap right now.  So I bought this sucker for $0.99 at the thrift store.

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It wasn’t too bad looking on its own, and to be honest, I could have left it as is.  But I’m feeling really creatively frustrated.  I didn’t realize how not having a house or big projects to work on would make me feel.  I NEEDED to smell some spray paint.  As soon as possible.  So little basket, you’re time has come.

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And what makes a cute basket even cuter?  Fill it with Honest Co diapers!

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We’re keeping it right by our Luna chairs, and it doesn’t look half bad.

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And there you have it, your crafternoon delight.

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Anonymous Gray Painted Bathroom Vanity

Sometimes you live with something really ugly.

And it’s so ugly, that you ignore it.

You almost forget what it is, because you see the ugly every day.

But it doesn’t change what IT is.

This is my “it.”

Painted Bathroom Vanity

Meet the vanity of our bathroom.  Someone once did one coat (NO PRIMER) of paint over wood cabinets, and left it.  And we moved in with intentions to change it, and accidentally left it.  Sometimes renovating a kitchen gets in the way.  Maybe having a baby does too.

Then one day, you break.  So long, Uggo.

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I took off all the doors with haste.

When I see this picture, I CRINGE knowing that I left it like this for 2.5 years.  This should have been the first thing I fixed.  I’m counting on my internet friends to slap me next time I make a poor judgement call.

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Meet your death, cream puff.

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I don’t have hostility.  Just determination.

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I used Sherwin-Williams Anonymous Gray.  It was a nice dark warm gray to cover up the rotten milk color.

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And suddenly, it wasn’t ugly anymore.

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And if you give a blogger a paint brush… she’ll redo the whole room.

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More on this can of worms next time.

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How To Paint A Vintage Trailer

It’s the post you’ve been waiting for.

I’m not going to clog it up with words.  Just the facts.

 

To tape off the windows and lights, I used painters tape meant for stucco.

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How to paint a vintage trailer

I bought this automotive paint sprayer for $60 from Harbor Freight.  Normally I don’t do HF tools.  But I didn’t want to over-spend on this tool in case I never used it again.  Turns out I LOVE it and have since painted several more things not auto related.

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Use oil based exterior paint with enamel.  Thin with acetone according to the directions on the back of the paint can.

I used RustOleum’s Aluminum for the silver.  Unfortunately RustOleum doesn’t make tintable oil based exterior paint, so I hit up Sherwin-Williams to mix up some Nifty Turquoise for me.

I tested them on a spare piece of corrugate metal to make sure I liked the way they looked.

How to paint a vintage trailer

I sprayed starting at the top.  The technique is similar to spray painting.  Lots of light coats or else drips will happen.

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

I taped off where I wanted the stripe to be.  I did NOT use the stucco tape.  I used auto-paint masking tape.  I noticed there was some slight over-spray from the aluminum.  I knew that when I painted the teal that I’d have to be extra careful.  I waited for the aluminum to dry and taped some plastic to the stripe to protect it from overspray.  It worked great.  Unfortunately, I did not take a picture.

Make sure to cover up.  I was the tin man.  And oil based paint does NOT come off easily.  I literally had to bathe in acetone and pumice to clean up.  It was the most painful bath of my life.

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

Then we had the joy of removing the tape.  Be prepared.  The stucco tape is STICKY.  Like, really really really sticky.  But nothing bled through at all.

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We took the trailer camping over Easter weekend.  Last minute we needed to put the Xterra in the shop, but luckily we were able to use Aaron’s brother’s car to pull it.  She was STUNNING in the trailer park.

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There are still more updates we plan on doing to the exterior.  Hub caps, new light covers, paint the trim around the windows.  But the paint scheme is settled!  Originally I wanted something a little more feminine, like scallops.  But Aaron and I decided something classic to the era would be best.  And he was right.

This wasn’t an ideal “after” picture because of the way the sun is shining, but I’m so in love with how shiny the RustOleum Aluminum is.  It looks so classic.

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

How to paint a vintage trailer

This has been the funnest project.  It has been hard work.  I did most of the painting by myself in the hot sun (as my sunburned neck testifies of).  The reward is great!  We had so much family-fun this weekend.

Waking up with my two loves in the canned ham on Easter was pure joy.

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How to paint a vintage trailer

I even made Rice Crispy treats :)

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And most importantly, she has a name.  Welcome to the family, Myrtle.

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DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I’m almost done painting the trailer!  April showers have made it a little challenging, but I’m sure you guys will love the finished product.  Stay tuned for the juciness of our canned ham!

Remember the time I told you I have an addiction to infomercials, and designed a whole workout room because of it?

What I wanted to buy on the infomercial was $400. *insert eye roll* pfff.  Yeah right.

I found a way to build it for around $20.

Maybe **I** should be making infomercials!  BUT WAAAAAIT!!!!!!!  THERE’S MORE!!!!

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I bought 2 closet brackets from Lowes for $6.40 each.  And a dowel 2″ in diameter.

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I had a spare board laying around in my garage.  I painted the dowel and board the same color of gray that I used in the triangle wall (Taupe Tone by Sherwin-Williams).

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I wanted to use a board so that I could mount the closet brackets to the board, and secure the boards to studs.  With all the stress that would be on the barre during workouts, I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t be ripped off the wall.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Using drywall screws, I secured it to the studs.  I painted over the screws so it would blend in a little nicer.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Be very careful when you attach your dowel to your wall brackets.  Put your power drill on the slowest setting, and I would highly advise drilling a pilot hole.  This wood can split very easily.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

I’ve done a few different barre workouts, and this one is by far my favorite. I sweat like a Carl’s Jr model spending an afternoon with Richard Simmons.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

It’s definitely a welcome change.  I do love running, but this is a fun workout to mix things up.

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Evelyn loves exercising with me too.  She’s the queen of wiggle-ninety-x.  (Infomercial coming soon)

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Art

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Evelyn wanted to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day.  However, that would have been impossible if her mum hadn’t have made her this sweet action chalkboard.

This project was free to me because I had everything hanging around.  I had a spare piece of MDF board in the garage, left over chalkboard paint from the chalkboard back door, and some gold craft paint left over from a project you haven’t seen yet!

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

I freehanded some scallops.  Because, scallops.

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Of course Buster assumed the photoshoot was for him… based on past experience.  He’s having a hard time adjusting to not being the center of attention.

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art