Monday, December 12, 2011

Trying to Paint Furniture

I have read all of the DIY painting tutorials on furniture.  After the toybox debacle, I was pretty apprehensive, but the other option was to have an ugly dresser with no character, so I tried again.  I still am not a pro.  It is an art that I am convinced I will learn though.  The dresser was originally all oak wood.  I painted it in SW Gris, distressed it with sandpaper, and then put a varnish gloss over.  I think that I will paint the handles black and stain the distressed parts darker.

The next dresser is take 2 on dresser painting.  It is next to dresser 1,so I want them to look similar.  I have had dresser 2 for as long as I have been living on my own, it was my grandma's.  My Grandma was a pretty crafty lady in her own way and I am sure she would like to have the dresser loved and used as much as it has been.  I just hope the paint job I give it doesn't eff it up!

Dahlia's Room

Working on the little one's room has proven to be difficult.  On one hand, I need to keep all of her toys and colorful playmats around.  On the other hand,  I want to make it cute and eclectic in it's own right.  The grouping of the paper lanterns was one thing that I saw on a blog a long time ago.  I have saved it in my mental home decor bank, and today I did it.  I think they look cute.  Work in progress!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

I Love Our New Home!

Here are some updated pictures of my new house....we have only been in for 4 days, and just got furniture yesterday, so it is a work in progress...

Friday, December 2, 2011


We are IN!  We are still minus most of our furniture, it will arrive Saturday.  We have spent 2 nights in our new home so far and it is so peaceful and cozy.  I am in love.  I will never take having a home for granted again.  Here are some sneak peeks:

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Time has Almost Arrived!

My house is currently being painted and we are moving during the next couple of weeks.  I cannot express the joy that I have in my heart to have my own place again.  I am glad that I had to go without a home.  It gave me the perspective and gratitude to not take the little things for granted.  I have had the chance to find what really makes me happy (Interior Design - Creating - Painting) and I started Rosey to document my process.  I have so much to do and cannot wait to put the house together the way I have envisioned it!  I still want to make a white duvet cover and a slipcover for the ottoman in my bedroom.  I think there will always be little projects that I will want to work on.  I hope that I don't run out of steam and take it for granted again.  Our new home is not large or in the nicest neighborhood, but it is going to look amazing when I am done with it!  It helps that I have such a nice and talented landlady ( who also happens to be a personal friend ) who is painting for me and helping me to make it a gorgeous place to live.  I set the utilities up today.  It is REALLY happening! I will forever have been "Inspired by Living in my In-Laws Basement".  It is where I found myself again.  I am a creative person, who had just lost my sense of purpose for too long.

Antique Mirror Redo

I got this old mirror from the back room of my store.  It had old gold trim around it and I really fell in love with it.  Of course, I can never leave anything alone, so I painted it a teal-blue color.  I left some gold on so that it had an antique, distressed look.  What do you think?  I love it!

DIY Mercury Glass

It is can make your own mercury glass.  Being one of the most popular home decor accessories, and a must for my new home, I decided to try this myself.  The process is one of the simplest things that I have done.  Simply take your glass object and spritz water into the inside.  (FYI, it must be an object with an inside and outside, as the spray paint used must be used on the opposite surface that you want show).  Use "Looking Glass" spray paint from Krylon.  It is the most amazing stuff that I have used from Krylon.  It gives the glass a mirror look.  Spray until you get the look you are going for.  With the water sprayed inside, you can take a plastic bag and blot out spots to give it an aged look. Just play with it.

Christmas Decor

I do many jobs at my jewelry store.  I do the marketing, the sales, the social media, the graphic design, and also I make decorations.  These are some "rose" balls made from tissue paper streamers.  They are really easy to make.  I used a 12 inch section of streamer, folded the width in 1/3. I then rolled the streamers inward to make my flower.  I pinched and twisted at the base and hot glued them to the styrofoam balls.  I used candlestick bases for them.  I also used this technique to cover styrofoam christmas trees.  The result is gorgeous!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Scrapbook Christmas Trees

So after doing my storage unit, I had extra scrapbook paper to make these cutie Christmas trees that I have seen all over the blogs.  I assembled mine using a hot glue gun and my glossy Modge Podge.  You can add ribbon, glitter, or whatever you want.  I balled up  a piece of newspaper at the base and hot glued it to the top of a Dollar Store candle stick holder.  I really think these turned out fun!