2013 House Tour: Part 2 The New Couch!

The house tour continues and today I have a story about how we got a new couch. . . again!The Front PoarchLet’s review, in the summer of 2012, our living room looked a little something like this.

2012 House Tour CouchTan, plaid and more tan.

 

We bought a new couch off of Craig’s List,  updated the legs and and painted. As I began to photograph the house for the house tour it looked like this. She was a beauty and I was perfectly content.
House Tour Living RoomUntil I saw this couch on Craig’s List the next day and was instantly in love.

House Tour New CouchIt’s a non-white sectional that is the opposite with the lounge arm on the right instead of the left which means that you can now see our beautiful curtains and look out the window!

This caused a good bit or rearranging to take place and here’s where we ended up!

Houe Tour New Cross Wall

House Tour Media ConsoleHouse Tour Candy Buffet

2012 House Tour Living RoomHouse Tour New EntryThe reading nook is still holding strong and most recently received a renovated foot stool!

2012 House Tour Reading NookHouse Tour Reading NookTour of the rest of the house is coming next week!

 

 

2013 House Tour: Part 1

Man oh man where has the summer gone? I’m in Sipapu, NM this week running with our last camp of the summer and afterward I’m looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation!

Meanwhile, it’s time again for the annual house tour and even I am in shock of how much has changed around these parts in just over a year! Because I’m always up for a trip down memory lane, I thought we’d do a little ‘before & after’ with the tour from 2012.

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2012 House Tour PorchWowza. See what I mean? Let’s see, in the past year we’ve created a seating area on the porch, hung some new bird feeders, created not 1 but 2 pieces of garden art and given that sad looking pineapple a pop of color! Th patio has gotten new planters, a water hose bin and new house numbers (1 of which has gone missing at the moment. . . .).

House Tour EntryHouse Tour Outdoor AccessoriesAnd the front door?

2012 House Tour Front DoorIt got replaced in December and a new wreath this Spring!

Hour Tour Front DoorThe entryway got a new coat of paint along with the rest of the living room.

2012 House Tour Entryway

And we made this wall into a chalk wall!House Tour EntrywayHouse Tour Open to the Living RoomThis little eat-in kitchen nook has gone through some drastic changes!

2012 House Tour Kitchen TableWe updated the bar, completed the kitchen gallery art and built some eat-in seating after we painted the entire kitchen.

House Tour Eat-in Kitchen

Across from the kitchen table, we added a screen door to our pantry and did a little bit of yarn art as well as adding this sweet command center.

House Tour Pantry

Remember that dreamy recipe nook?

2012 House Tour Recipe NookIt underwent a pretty drastic renovation and is now put to great use!

House Tour Recipe NookHouse Tour Recipe StationHere’s another reminder of the beautiful wall paper that used to grace our walls.

2012 House Tour KitchenI’m constantly amazed at what a few coats of paint can do!

House Tour KitchenHouse Tour Kitchen AccessoriesLast but not least, the dining room. I’ve even forgotten how tan everything was!

2012 House Tour Dining RoomWe colorblocked our walls and picked up this awesome vintage buffet from my grandparents house.

House Tour Dining Room

I also tried my hand at hanging un-framed art and it took not 1, not 2 but 3 attempts!

House Tour Dining Room 2Most recently, I created the Happy Day art installation and I love how it brightens up the room!

House Tour Buffet More to come soon because don’t worry, right in the middle of photographing the living room we decided to buy a new couch!

 

 

 

Remote Caddy Upgrade

After we painted a new media center and added a chevron print frame to cover the holes we made in the wall, I began to notice that our remote caddy was in desperate need of an update.Old Remote Caddy

Here it is, dark, hidden and full of everything. . . except TV remotes! A wireless mouse, my extra set of glasses remotes to 3 fans, 2 of which we don’t own any more and various pens, key chains and some spare change.Remote Caddy - before

Where are the key chains you ask? On the couch, next to floppy pillows and the left over candy container from last night. Cool, right? Needless to say, something had to give.

Old RemotesAs per usual, I’m not big into trends. I tend to stray more on the side of classics that have stood the test of time but when I stumbled across the geometric tray at Hobby Lobby I couldn’t leave without it.

Remote Caddy BeforeIt quickly got a few coats of gold paint, the bottom got some coral and then several coats of high gloss finish and there you have it!

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Isn’t she a beaut?

I also purged the occupants of the previous remote caddy and have committed to only keep these 2 remotes, the ones we actually use, in it. 
DIY Remote Caddy - thefrontpoarch.comKick the clutter, DIY Remote Caddy - thefrontpoarch.comWhat’s in your remote caddy?

Polka Dot Mushroom Tutorial

Summer is upon us and as you know I’ve been working on sprucing up my backyard which is still a HUGE work in progress. This week I took some time to work on the front for a little while and so I’m here today with another garden mushroom tutorial.

Garden Mushroom Tutorial - thefrontpoarch.omSince I made my last piece of garden art, I’ve been on the hunt for another perfect mushroom pairing. I’ve had the most luck finding awesome pieces at the ReStore but I also hunt Goodwill and flea markets. This particular pairing is a large, standard sized vase and the bowl from a light fixture.

Polk Dot Mushroom Before & AfterThere’s no magic to finding the right stem and cap combo, just go with whatever you like!

Start by painting white circle on the inside of you bowl. If you’re using craft paint like I did it will probably take 3 coats. Then paint the entire bowl with the color of your choosing. I opted for red and again it took several coats.

How to paint a polka dot mushroomOnce your paint is dry you’ll want to find a few good sized rocks to put in the bottom of your vase. Without them your mushroom will probably be top heavy and fall over.

Put rocks in the bottom for weightNext, super glue. Spread a thin layer around the top rim and place your mushroom cap on top. I let mine set while we were out of town for the weekend leaving it alone for 2 days would do the trick I think.

DIY Polka Dot MushroomPlace it in your garden and enjoy!

PS – You can also see how I made my original mushroom and how I upcycled that iron pineapple in the background.

Custom Mr. & Mrs. Pillows

Happy 4th of July! I know I’m a little late but the 4th is my absolute favorite holiday out of the entire year. We all spent a fun filled weekend with my family in Fredericksburg. Several of you have asked about the pillow I made for our bed so I thought I’d give a tutorial on how to make your own custom pillows.Mr. & Mrs. Pillow from the frontpoarch.comI knew I wanted navy pillows with a pop of color and I found the perfect gold ribbon at Hobby Lobby.

Gold RibbonNext, you want to cut strips of ribbon and stage them on your pillow so you’ll know exactly where to place them.

Also, don’t judge me by my pillows. I’m always on the hunt for ragged looking pillows at garage sales because a little fabric can go a long way!

Letters for custom pillowsBefore you attach the ribbon to the pillow go through and turn over the edge on all of your ribbon pieces. I did this with my hot glue gun, just be sure to turn enough ribbon so you don’t burn your fingers!

Custom letters for pillowMake a simple pillow cover and hot glue your ribbon onto each cover and you’re done!

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Master Reno: How to Paint a Stripe

As a part of my Master Reno series, today I’m sharing a tutorial on How to Paint a Stripe.How to Paint a StripeLast fall I color blocked my dining room and I used a similar procedure for the stripe. The first step is to decide on the width of your stripe and where you want it placed. My stripe is 18″ wide and starts 20″ from the ceiling.

Start with a pencil and your tape measure and go around the room making small marks at 20″. (Sorry for the blurry photo, it’s hard to hold a tape measure AND take a photo!)

Measuring to paint a stripeThen go back around and mark 18″ down from your original mark. Using painter’s tape, go around and mark off your stripe area being sure to place the top piece above your 20″ mark and the bottom piece below your 38″ mark.

Tape off section for a stripe - thefrontpoarch.comI had a couple of long stretches and quite a few short stretches and I have to say, the shorter parts are so much easier to tape! Even when you’ve made good marks, it still seems like the long parts aren’t even! (In my house anyways!)

Taped off section for wall stripe - thefrontpoarch.comWith your paint of choice, start by cutting in the tape edges, just as you would around molding. Once the edges have been cut in, go back and roll the middle section with a small roller. For a consistent texture, I would recommend doing the entire second coat with a roller, being careful not to roll over your tape.

While the paint is still wet, remove the tape and touch up the edges with your brush as needed. Wait for it to dry and there you have it!

Painted Stripe from thefrontpoarch.com

How to Paint a StripeSpeaking of room renovations, have you been keeping up the play-by-play renovation that Mandy is doing over Vintage Revivals? I love seeing her thought processes come to life!