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.

Closet Bracket

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).

DIY Ballet Workout Barre

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

How to Paint a Geometric Triangle Wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

It all started with an infomercial.

For this.

Fluidity

BUT WAIT!  THERE’S MORE!

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I used to be addicted to infomercials.  Bad.  I may or may not have several useless items to make my life “simpler.”

One night I was up late feeding Evelyn.  And as the middle of the night would have it, I got sucked into the devil’s circle of infomercials.  Had my wallet been near me, I would have paid $414.44 on the spot.  I said to myself, “In the morning I shall.”

But then I woke up.  And I said, “I’m ridiculous.”  And I knew I could build a barre.  And the lovely Heidi found a great barre work out on Amazon, with great reviews.

Problem solved.

Not.

How could I possibly get in shape in such a wrecked room?

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

My goal was to get this room in shape (see what I did there?) before the workout video arrived.

This black-green was Karl’s doing if you remember.  And it was my task to undo it.

So. much. primer.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

I wasn’t initially going to paint the ceiling.  Until I realized how yellowed time had made it.  It’s like time peed all over the ceiling.  So I fixed that while I was at it.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint later, it was fun time.

I measured the wall to calculate a grid.  Us Utahns are good at the grid system!

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

Then, I used the grid to connect the intersections to create triangles.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

Using a pencil and a level, I lightly drew the grid and triangles on the wall.  (I had to really darken the contrast in the picture for it to even show up.)

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

I taped, using FrogTape.  (This is unsponsored, just my honest preference!)

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

I used Sherwin-Williams sample sizes.  The colors left to right are:

Jersey Cream, Taupe Tone, Aquatint, Ardent Coral, Papaya, Gaity

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

After I had 2 coats of paint on those triangles, I untaped them, and taped the remainder.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

And just like that, it was done!

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

It’s such a beautiful, bright, and happy place to be.  I’m definitely inspired to work out here!

This is Buster’s take on working out.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

Evelyn loves to be in her swing in the exercise room.  She stares at the pattern on the wall, and the sound of the treadmill is soothing to her.  Happy baby=happy mama.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

My old view while running was quite the drag.  The new view is one I could get used to.

How to paint a geometric triangle wall

More on the DIY barre soon.  I will save you, like I saved myself, from the inner ring of hell addiction to infomercials.

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

Gallery Wall With IKEA Ribba Ledges

Thanks for all the accolades on Evelyn’s newborn pictures.  She sure is a gem.  She makes our home an even better place now.  She also makes it a much more tired place :)

Since my computer pulled a Charlie Sheen a couple weeks before her delivery and completely crashed, I wasn’t able to share the last few nursery posts.

On the East wall of the nursery, we have the beautiful gold scalloped wall.  I talked so much about the scalloped wall, and took lots of pictures of the book cases and mobile on that side of the nursery, but had yet to show the other side of the room.  Some of you kept curiously asking what the plan was for the other half.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

The rest of the nursery is painted a bright white color.  I didn’t want the room to be too busy with colors and patterns, but the wall was so plain, especially with a white dresser and changing table.  I was in search for a simple way to fill the space.  It’s an easy answer, a gallery wall.

We used to have a gallery wall in our bedroom before we painted our faux molding, and when we were done with the gallery wall, it was a lot of holes to fill.  I didn’t want that again.

Gold Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge for gallery wall

I’ve always liked the look of gallery wall ledges, so I decided that was the route we would take.

I bought 2 of the 45″ IKEA RIBBA Picture Ledges  with the intent to spray paint them gold.

ribba-picture-ledge

It was so easy that I didn’t take a picture when I was outside doing it.  (Lazy pregnant blogger status.)  I did one coat of spray paint primer, then a couple of light coats with Rustoleum gold spray paint.

There’s no reason to give a tutorial on how to hang the shelves.  It’s extremely straight forward.  There are 3 holes, and you put the screws in the holes.  Easiest IKEA project I’ve ever done.  Thank you Sweden.  Or should I said “tack Sverige.”

The fun part is filling the shelves with visual goodies.

Gold Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge for gallery wall

This is the current arrangement.  However, I already have a few changes in mind.

Gold Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge for gallery wall

It balances the room and compliments the gold scalloped wall perfectly.

Gold Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge for gallery wall

Gold Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge for gallery wall

Gold Ikea Ribba Picture Ledge for gallery wall

And that’s my simplified version of a gallery wall.  The easier, the better.

What simplified project have you done lately?  I can’t be the only one trying to make everything lazier easier.

Painting A Chalkboard Door

I’m about to show you a project NEVER BEFORE SEEN in blogland.  I know because I’ve googled it, searched it on Pinterest, looked on my friends’ blogs… Okay.  That’s a lie.  A really big one.  Chalkboard projects are everywhere.  Walls, doors, wood slices, jars, wall art, inside of pantries, coffee tables and so on.

I’ll be honest.  I’ve resisted.  I said I would NEVER do it.  But it got to me.  Maybe in 10 years we’ll look back and roll our eyes at our crazy obsession with chalkboard paint.  However, today I’ll celebrate my official jumping on board the chalkboard bandwagon.

We have 2 back doors.  One goes to the back yard, and one goes to the garage.  The one that goes to the garage is pretty hideous, and that’s giving it a compliment.  It’s hidden from pictures most of the time, just because of its location.  This ugly old thing is about to get ambushed.

Painting Chalkboard on a back door

This project cost less than $20.  WHAT?!  Yeah.  I figured chalkboard paint would be a little pricey, but it is definitely not.  $9 for the can.  I also picked up a Hi-Density Foam roller kit made for doors to keep things smooth.  You guys, the door took less than half a can.  Imagine all the things I can chalkboard attack with all the left overs.  It’s dangerous.  It’s an illness now that I’ve given in.  The chalkboard plague has struck.

Chalkboard paint supplies

Like always, I only use FrogTape.  Bleeds are not something to be risked.

How to paint Chalkboard

After one coat, it looked like this.

Painting a Chalkboard Door

After 2 coats (we probably would have been fine, but I wanted a solid 3).

How to paint a chalkboard

Awww, and the beautiful 3rd coat.  I followed the instructions on the box to a tee, and waited 4 hours between each coat.  It was ridiculously hard to wait because after about 30 mins the paint is dry to the touch.

Painting a Chalkboard

When painting a chalkboard surface the most important thing to remember is to season it.

The reason seasoning a chalkboard is so important is because chalkboards are very porous.  If you don’t season it properly, the first thing you write may get “burned” into the chalkboard.

You season it by first rubbing the side of a piece of chalk vertical, and then horizontal.  This will fill in all the porous holes that may exist in the surface.

How To Season A Chalkboard

Seasoning a Chalkboard

After that you can erase it using a felt eraser, or a damp cloth.  I wouldn’t recommend paper towels.  They leave behind lots of shreds.

Then you’re game for writing whatever comes to your creative mind.

Of course my lopsided free-hand typography could use some work.

DIY Painted Chalkboard Back Door

Now at least our back garage door can hide in style and on trend.

How To Paint a Chalkboard Door

How To Paint Curtains

I’m breaking away from nursery posts today to bring you a living room update!  Our big projects are coming to a close (more on that soon!), which means I have been focusing on decorating details.

One thing we’ve been living without since demo (late July) is curtains.  It’s like living naked for the world to see.  So exposed.  I mean, cool, if that’s what you’re into.  But um, I dig privacy.

Since we have so much neutral happening in our grand room, I wanted some curtains with a punch.  As it would turn out, punchy curtains are really hard to find unless you want to pay $50+ per panel from a fancy store or custom order on Etsy.  Pretty much all other curtains are simple and neutral.

For a good long while, probably since Avatar was the cool thing… I’ve been wanting to try making fabric paint with textile medium.  Painting curtains was the perfect experiment.

I started with a plain white set of IKEA LENDA curtains, drew out a design on a scrap paper, got some votes, then started taping.  Nothing is trustier than FrogTape for crisp lines.

How To Paint Curtains

I mixed regular latex paint with the textile medium in an old mixing bowl that I was planning on tossing.

How To Paint Curtains

The ratio is 2:1.  2 parts paint to 1 part textile medium.  The handle broke off my measuring cup, so I used this old one to measure out 2 cups of paint.

How To Paint Curtains

I was so worried that the textile medium would change the color of the paint, but it didn’t.

How To Paint Curtains

My preferred color of mustard was Sherwin Williams Kingdom Gold (6698).

How To Paint Curtains

I rolled on the paint to cover the curtains nice and saturated-ly.

How To Paint Curtains

I let it dry over night for good measure.  The next day, Buster watched while I joyfully peeled the tape off.

How To Paint Curtains

However, I made a HUGE mistake.  Michael, I’ve made a huge mistake…  Normally when I paint, I use these old sheets as a drop cloth, and it’s fine.  But I REALLY should have been wise enough to use a heavier drop cloth, or a tarp.  The curtains were completely fused to these sheets.  Peeling them apart was akin to what I imagine an exorcism would be like.  Very gripping.

How To Paint Curtains

But the trouble didn’t stop there.  Because it majorly bled through onto my floors.  It was like a school bus died all over my front room.  For anyone wanting to know how to get paint off floors, warm water with a little Dawn and some elbow grease does the job.

How To Paint Curtains

Luckily the only mishaps were with my supplies.  The painted curtains were more than perfect.  It’s the love affair of the century.  Move aside William and Kate, we have new things to gawk over.

How To Paint Curtains

The final step is to heat set the fabric paint.  You can iron, or tumble dry.  I tumbled of course.

I used this tip to hang the curtain rod.  Please disregard my swollen pregnant hand and robe sleeve.  Take some cardboard and make a template to mark the holes.  Flip the template, and use it on the other side of the window for a perfect match.

How To Paint Curtains

The curtains need to be hemmed, but I’m not sweating that chore until after Thanksgiving.  We have people to entertain!

How To Paint Curtains

They are extra beautiful at night.

How To Paint Curtains

And extraordinarily magical from the outside.  I’m sure all my neighbors think I’m the coolest :)

How To Paint Curtains

And for pinning convenience, here you are!

How To Paint Curtains

Now that you’ve read my adventures in painting curtains, are you going to paint some fabric of your own?

Painted IKEA Billy Bookcases

We all know that painting the backs of bookcases are all the rage.  It’s a great way to add a pop of color without going too crazy.  I searched all over the classifieds, but couldn’t find anything that would suit the vision I was having for the nursery.

Two skinny IKEA Billys would do the job just fine though!  AND painting the back would be easier this way, since I could paint it all in one sweep, instead of taping off, and cutting in.  Ick.

Using the boxes the bookcases came in was a great way to not get paint everywhere, if you ever plan on doing this project.

Paint Back Of Bookcase

A rich deep purple was my color of choice for this project.

Paint Back Of Bookcase

The plan was one on either side of the crib.

Paint Back Of Bookcase

However, with the flood of light in this room, everything is either extremely over-exposed, or wildly under-exposed.  I’m still working on my photog skillz, so don’t judge me for sucking at room pictures!  The color balance isn’t quite right, but this is the correct shade of purple, pulled straight from Sherwin-Williams’ site.  “Fully Purple” is her name… even though it almost looks a bit navy in my pictures.  I promise, IRL it’s a gorgeous purple.

Sherwin Williams Fully Purple

Aw, symmetry.

Paint Back Of Bookcase

These two are wondering when they get to use the fancy new dog bed/crate…  They are going to be so disappointed.

Paint Back Of Bookcase

Gold Scallops Accent Wall

Two weeks ago I showed you the plan for baby Evelyn’s nursery.  Very Imperial, with rich purple and shimmering gold.  When I showed you the mood board, I didn’t tell you where the scallops would be.  Although it was pretty obvious that it was for an accent wall :)  But instead of doing gold scallops on white, I wanted white scallops on a gold wall.
Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mood Board

When it was discovered that I was stenciling, many of my friends, were like “KENZ!  YOU BE CRAY!  STOP HAVING PREGNANCY BRAIN AND REMEMBER HOW MUCH YOU HATED STENCILING LAST TIME!”  Back in the day when only crickets read my blog (mostly because my posts and pictures sucked pretty good!) I stenciled our dining room.  It was awful.  It took me over a month to complete.  The stencil itself was a piece of junk.  I wanted to die.

Painting over a stencil. Dining Room

But when I went to Haven, I met with Royal Design Studio to talk about if stenciling again was worth it.  I told them my ideas for the nursery, and they gave me some great tips and convinced me to go for it!

This time around, I bought a much better quality of stencil (from Royal Design Studio… however, this post is NOT sponsored) and not some cheap-o stencil from Amazon.  When it comes to stencils, you get what you pay for.

Instead of using repositional tack-spray on the back of the stencil like I did the first time, I used painters tape.  It worked MUCH better, and I didn’t have to wash the stencil between each application.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

Finding gold paint in a quantity for an entire wall was sort of challenging.  Obviously I couldn’t spray paint a wall, and you don’t usually find shimmery paint bigger than small couple-ounce sizes (not meant for walls, usually meant for smaller crafts).  Sherwin-Williams had a faux finish that was perfect for the project.  It was a little pricey.  On sale at 30% off, it was just over $20 a quart.  I thought I would only need a quart since I was doing just one small wall.  However, I ended up needing two.  If I knew that, I would have just bought a gallon.

Royal Design Studio recommended using a stencil brush for paint application.  They say to move the brush in a swirling pattern, not a stippling motion.  I practiced on their stencil at Haven, and it worked PERFECTLY there.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

However, the consistency of the faux finish paint is not like regular paint.  It’s a lot thinner.  The swirling of the brush made it look like that icky Tuscan plaster paint that used to be really popular.  So I just went at it with a roller.  It ended up working great.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

I wish my camera could capture the beauty of the gold!  It’s not just gold colored… it looks like gold leaf on the walls.  The nature of the paint makes it look very handcrafted, not manufactured.  So each part of the wall is a little different.  It’s so stunning in real life.  It’s our own little slice of fancy.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

The thing you need to realize about stenciling, is that it is NOT an afternoon activity.  It’s a slow-going process.  You have to wait for each coat to dry, before you apply more paint.  Then wait for that to dry before you can apply the next register of stenciling.  For me, this was great!  There was absolutely no way I could “over do it” on this project, so it’s so much waiting.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

Indy and Buster were happy to help too.  They really love this room.  It’s so bright and sunny.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

The total time it took was about a week and a half.  Really, not bad.  It’s just one of those things that you work on here and there.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

The edges prove to be a little tricky.  You have to bend the stencil.  Be prepared for it to bleed.  But touch up isn’t bad.  Again, it’s just something you need to be aware of when stenciling.  There’s no such thing as perfect stencil application.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

I decided to leave the edged on the top and bottom as they were.  I really liked the way it looks.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

Some people think scallops look like a mermaid tail, but I hold strong to the vision of an army of Russian nesting dolls!

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

The pictures really don’t capture the beauty of the gold shimmers.  But this picture kind of shows how the light shines differently and catches different parts of the wall.

Gold Scallop Accent Wall

Tell me all about your weekend endeavors!

Woodland Pumpkins

Pumpkin Parade

Well, I guess I’m next up in line for the pumpkin parade.  I’ll be sure to throw some taffy at your face as I pass by.

The first pumpkin decision: real or fake.  What it comes down to is cost vs durability.  Do I want these to last more than one season or not?

JoAnn’s had their fake pumpkins 50% off, plus the coups I had for them.  So the cost wasn’t too bad.  I got all 3 for the price of 1.

Woodland Pumpkins

I decided to go with a “woodland” theme.  Maybe because we watch a little too much “What does the fox say” at our house.  (Is there even such a thing as TOO MUCH?!)

I just spray painted the front of the pumpkins only, because once I got the design taped on, I was going to spray them a difference color.  For those of us not cool enough to have a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine, we do the hoodrat thing and cut some FrogTape into a pattern.  Yeah?

Woodland Pumpkins

Then you spray paint it a different color of course.  There is no other way to be creative. ;)

Woodland Pumpkins

And then you peel the FrogTape off.  Except, it really screwed up the fox.  Which I was sad about.  I’m not sure why the tape peeled paint off the fox, but not the other 2.  I was really excited about that fox.  I thought the feather would look the worst and the fox would be the king.  But turns out I was way off with my hypothesis.  Like that time I thought 1/3 cup siracha would be yummy to cook chicken in.

Woodland Pumpkins

And the last step is to put them somewhere you can see them.  I, predictably, put them on the hearth.  Because that’s what fireplaces are for.  Seasonal decorating.  The thing I suck the most at… as you can see by my staging a crooked tower of woodland creature pumpkins.

Woodland Pumpkins

Remember, the Pumpkin Parade Link Party is tomorrow!  And I WANT to see all your pumpkin crafts.  So please please come back.  And be sure to check out all these rad-action blogs for their wicked pumpkin designs.

Shift Ctrl Art
Primitive & Proper
Decor and the Dog
A Little Bite of Everything
A Swell Place to Dwell
Newly Woodwards
Boxy Colonial
Wills Casa
Cuckoo4Design
Bliss at Home
Go Haus Go

 

Evelyn’s Matryoshka Nursery Design

Welcome to this edition of Procrastinators of the World Unite.  

This one time, I got pregnant back in April, and thought “Oh, I have plenty of time to do anything.”

Then we found out we were having a girl in July, and I thought, “We still have plenty of time.  She’s not due til Christmas, and it’s 107 degrees.”

And just like Voldemort sneaked in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, we realized Christmas was sneaking up on us in less than 12 weeks.  There have been a few things happen lately which make us think she’ll come a little early.  We hope she doesn’t, but we need to be prepared.  Lessons learned from Titanic and icebergs.

The original plan was to completely finish our open concept renovation before we started the nursery.  But we just felt like we couldn’t put it off any longer.  So my fantastic mother came over to help me get things in motion by helping me clean out the room and rip up carpet.  If Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp had a magical Julie Andrews love child, it would by my mom.  She is practically perfect in every way, with a touch of cheeky-ness.

The chosen nursery… formerly known as the office.  This was the already existing paint color when we moved in, dirty rotten beige.

office room

office room

First step, rip up carpet.

Nursery Paint

Next step, prime & paint walls.  Heidi and my mom knocked it out like a professional wrestling duo on a Saturday night in front of a stadium of 80 thousand.  (Is that even a thing?  I know nothing.  Seriously.  I’ve never seen a fight in my life.)

Nursery Paint

Nursery Paint

Nursery Paint

The plan is NOT to have an all white nursery.  The plan is to be cute, and do this.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mood Board

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This mood board is some inspiration, and some actual items that we are using.  I thought Russian Nesting dolls were a perfect route to go.

I’m getting all DIY up on a bunch of nursery items.  There are going to be quite a few surprises with the nursery.  IE:  I’m not telling you what I’m using the nesting doll fabric for, or what the mobile is, what the dresser looks like yet, or where the scallops will be.  But I LOVE the scallop pattern, because when you use your imagination, it looks like an army of nesting dolls all stacked in front of each other.

 The flooring is the same we’ve been using upstairs, and will be continued into her room.  And the crowning jewel will be my DIY Wingback Rocking Chair that was made when I was only 7 weeks along.  Still sturdy, still comfortable for the curious minds out there.

And just to remind you fine people, the pumpkin parade started today!  Check out the links below for some kickin pumpkin projects.

Pumpkin Parade

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Primitive & Proper
Decor & the Dog