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. 
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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.

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!

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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!

Master Reno: Hutch

When I hit the Mid-Century Furniture Jackpot a couple of weeks ago I knew that the 2-piece hutch was going to be my favorite piece. As we were purchase the furniture I noticed a small tear in the veneer and optimistically thought, oh I can easily fix that!Hutch LaminateWhat I didn’t realize was that the crack wasn’t just surface level, it went all the way through!

Hole in VeneerSo in lieu of trying to repair a section of the veneer we opted instead to create a new backing for the entire piece. We started with 1/8″ plywood and used the old backing as template to cut the new one.

Cutting Hutch Backing

It then got primed and painted coral, the same color as my headboard. The handy husband then re-attached it for me.Nailing Hutch Backing

And here’s the finished product!

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Master Reno: Jewelry Display

As a part of our Master Bedroom Renovation, I sold my large vanity and created this jewelry display using the low dresser from the mid-century furniture jackpot.Master Bedroom Reno 3I started with 2 large frames from my stash. . .

Frames for jewelry station. . . that got a few coats of gold paint.

Frames for jewelry displayI picked up some cup hooks and Lowe’s and placed each frame in our vice grip using a washcloth as a bumper. This kept the frame steady enough to drill holes in, without damaging the new paint job.

Jewelry display - thefrontpoarch.comI drilled holes along the inner rim of the top of each frame, screwed in the hooks and hung my necklaces on them!

Hooks on Jewelry Display

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Hanging jewelry display

I also found this small vase at the dollar store and dipped it, similar to what I did with my Dipped Votives.

Dipped vase for braceletsIt now holds bracelets next to the dessert stand that I found at Goodwill.

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This small frame got a fresh coat of paint and now holds all my fabric flowers.

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How do you display your jewelry?

Master Reno: Reveal

For a while now I’ve been working on renovating our master bedroom and I have to say, it’s been quite a challenge. This was the last room in the house that I’ve done because for many, many months I didn’t have any inspiration. I wanted some that felt warm and inviting without being too girly and that is where my greatest challenge came. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon navy and coral and I knew I was in love.

Enough of me talking . . . here’s the big reveal!

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Our dresser got some custom artwork and a new charging station.

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Next to the closets I created a jewelry station.Master Bedroom Reno 3And in the other corner, a reading nook with a certain mid-century hutch.Master Reno 1Master Reno 2What’s behind all those pillows?

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Just as a refresher, here’s what it looked like before. . .

TFP Master 1Here’s the after!

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DIY Dipped Votives

Last week I showed you that I’ve finally made some progress on my big dreams for the guest bath. As promised, I’m back today with the tutorial for these Dipped Votives!DIY Dipped Votives - thefrontpoarchA few weeks ago I ran across these little black votives at Hobby Lobby and I knew they would be perfect for my Under the Sea bath. Don’t they kind of look like urchins??

Dipped Votive 1

To make your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 small votives
  • paint of your choice
  • string
  • scissors
  • drop cloth
  • place to hang drying votives
  • clothes pins, optional

Dipped Votive 2Using the string, hang each votive so that it can be dipped upside down.

Dipped Votive 3One at a time, dip each votive in the paint and slowly remove it.

Dipped Votive 4Hold the wet votive over the can for a few minutes until the majority of the paint has stopped dripping.

Dipped Votive 5Hang the wet votive over the drop cloth and allow it to dry for 8-10 hours or overnight.

Dipped Votive 6Once the votives are dry, add your candles and you’re done!

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Bathroom Update

As most projects go, I have a lot of inspiration in the beginning and am really excited about the ‘reveal’. That is until I get bitten by the next inspiration bug and move onto another project. This is exactly what happened with the guest bath. At the first of the year I had BIG dreams for this space, and even painted a shower curtain and made some art, but did I make that bubble chandelier? Nope. Haven’t even thought about it.

Today I’m here to tell you that I have made a few small updates, here’s what the guest bath is looking like these days.

Bathroom Update 4I finally made myself sit down and reupholster this original-to-the-house vanity stool.

Bathroom Update 1I won’t be posting a tutorial, but the process I used was pretty similar to my recently redone foot stool (or these dining room chairs).

Bathroom Update 2Here’s the finished product and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to do this! Check out this beauty!

Bathroom Update 3On our anniversary getaway a few weeks ago I picked up this shelving unit from Ikea. I’ve been hoping to find a small shelf for several months now and I just kept coming back to this one so we took the plunge and bought it!

When we moved in last year, I quickly figured out that this bathroom was going to need some more storage space. Although the counter is really long, it’s also really narrow which means that after you put a few decorations out guests barely have any room for their toiletries.

Bathroom Update 5And these beauties on top? I purchased them at Hobby Lobby and the ‘upgraded’ them. A tutorial is coming later this week!

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Have you made any small progress on a big project lately?

DIY Foot Stool

Make a foot stool from a side table - thefrontpoarch.comA few years ago my mom came across and old side table that at one time had a penny finish on the top. It had since be removed, and the surface was in rough shape. The table had a home in my brother’s college apartment but when he graduated and moved on, the table made it back to my mom. I’m not one to let free furniture go so I brought it to my house where it sat for a few weeks.

Foot Stool 2Instead of trying to refinish the top, I opted to transform the table into a foot stool for the red smoking chair in my reading nook. Here’s the before and after!Foot Stool Before & After from thefrontpoarch.com

To transform a side table of your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • old side table (mine was about 24″ tall)
  • 4″ foam, large enough to cover your table
  • fabric of your choice
  • paint of your choice
  • spray adhesive
  • serrated knife or electric knife
  • scissors
  • staple gun

The first step is to remove the legs, this makes it easier to paint and since my table was already the height I wanted, I trimmed the legs down about 3″. The legs on my table were a bit stubborn but nothing a little WD-40 and elbow (or finger) grease wouldn’t take care of.Foot Stool 3

You’ll then want to paint your legs and any part of your table that might be visible. Now it’s time to attach your foam to the top of your table. I just happened to have this photo adhesive on hand and it did the trick. Generally, you spray a layer on each surface and wait a few minutes for the glue to get tacky, then adhere them together.

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Foot Stool 6Next, using your serrated knife, begin to trim the foam to the size of your table. For me, this meant trimming the corners off to make the square foam into a circle.

*Disclaimer* Be VERY careful when cutting the foam! It can be a bit tricky to get the cut started but do NOT try to use your fingers to help the blade along.

Foot Stool 7Use your scissors to soften the corners of the foam all the way and trim off any excess foam in order to complete your shape.

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Similar to Reupholstering Dining Room Chairs make a sandwich, starting with your fabric, print side down, then the foam and the table top (the latter 2 should be attached). Start by stapling 2 points, here, 1 on the left and right side.Foot Stool 9Staple the 2 opposite points, top and bottom and then turn it over to make sure that your fabric tension is correct. Lookin’ good!

Foot Stool 11Continue stapling all the way around, being sure to pull the extra fabric down into pleats.

Foot Stool 10Enlist your handy husband to reattach the legs. . . .

Foot Stool 13

. . . . and trim the excess fabric from the bottom.Foot Stool 12Turn that sucker over and prop you feet up, you just made an awesome foot stool!

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Foot Stool 1

Have you ever repurposed a side table for another fabulous use?DIY Foot Stool from thefrontpoarch.com

 

DIY Geometric Wall

AKA The Rock Wall

Last week I shared with you my freshly painted hallway and as promised I’m back with the tutorial!

Hallway Reveal 14As I mentioned in the reveal, the old hallway was Boring with a capitol B! I wouldn’t describe myself is wacky and I lean heavily toward a  traditional, mid-century style with a few modern twists. However one day I was going down the hall and I thought to myself, ‘I wonder what would happen if I got a paint pen and just drew all over the walls.’

And then I scrapped the idea. Too out of my comfort zone.

Then I dreamed of large white and gray stripes. . . .

. . . .no, I really want to draw on the wall.

No, it won’t look very good and I’ll end up hating it and starting over.

Polka dots! What about polka dots?? No, I’ll hate that more.

So I took the plunge, ordered this paint pen and set to work. If you want to make a ‘rock wall’ of you own you don’t necessarily need a paint pen, I used a small paint brush for touch up and that worked as well if not better than the pen. I also chose this pen because it’s refillable which meant that I could use paint I already had on had.

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First things first, you need a  blank canvas.

Hallway Tutorial 1

Ahh. . . much better.

Start by drawing a single shape of your choosing, my first shaped was probably 3″ x 2″. From there, draw lines off of the first shape to create other shapes. This part can be as big as your imagination so dream big! I chose to keep mine shapes pretty simple but it’s totally up to you.

Hallway Tutorial 4You’ll be surprised at how quickly a few lines can fill a space.

Hallway Tutorial 8

To create uniform look I would suggest connecting the points of each shape. I chose instead to try and NOT connect to the points which gave me a more abstract look. Make sense?

Remember this a wacky process so the messier and more irregular the better!Hallway Tutorial 3

*Warning* if you try to paint an entire wall in one day you will loose your mind!

I found that I worked better when I painted shapes across rather than up or down so I worked in strips, starting at eye level. . . .
Hallway Tutorial 6. . . . .and then worked my way down.

Hallway Tutorial 2The edges can be a bit tricky, my advice is just to get as close as possible and then switch to your paint brush to finish the rest.
Hallway Tutorial 5

After a few weeks, I had finally painted everything up to eye level and the I stepped back and thought, I really like this! (You could easily complete this project in a few days but my work schedule was super crazy so that’s why it took me several weeks.)I was originally going to go all the way to the ceiling but then I remembered some extra paint I had in the garage and the rest is history!

Hallway Reveal 15

Hallway Reveal 3Have you ever chosen something wacky for your home and ended up love it?