Artwork in the Bath – To Bee or Not to Bee

Do you like the play on words?  I haven’t written a blog in a while so I am feeling a little sassy.  Last week before we left for Mt Snow I was struggling to find the right artwork for the bathroom.

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The last picture you saw of the powder room I bought this cute rustic Bee print at Pier 1. I think I loved the burlap and the price but not really the actual picture. When I got it home, it was definitely the right size, but in my bathroom it seemed more rustic than what I was looking for. I really wanted something clean and crisp to go on the wall…spa like.

What got my head spinning is when I saw the post at Young House Love and Sherry picked out two prints from West Elm – I have always loved photos of flowers.

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I liked the use of color and the simplicity of these photos. They look great in their kitchen and I was leaning towards getting the purple one but thought it would look better in a kitchen.

So I went to Art.com and started searching for a photo. I just typed in purple flowers….and then I got lost for about an hour of my life or so looking at way too many photos. I came across this series and really liked the clean fresh look of the photo as well as the punch of color that it had.

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My original plan was just to buy the print and then I would try to frame it but of course they have a button you can hit and this magical frame appears and naturally, loved how it looked. I went with a white mat and frame to blend into the wall so the print just kinda of floats. It was $129 dollars but I did get 25% off. Rarely do I buy a print that costs this much – I usually find something at Homegoods – but I already did two runs for prints and was having no luck. So my impatience got the best of me.

flower on the wall powder room web

The print arrived before our trip – so glad because we ended up staying longer and I did not want it to sit outside. I look’s great – the colors look wonderful in the space, it has just enough gray in the print as well to blend nicely with the Crushed Ice on the wall. The frame looks great too and I don’t think I would have been able to do it as nicely so I am glad I went that route as well (it probably would have cost me just as much).

So one more item to check off my list, the powder room (for now) is complete – still on the lookout for a great mirror…but hopefully I can be patient with that purchase.

Have you ever used Art.com – how did you like your experience? I love buying prints – but sadly my walls are mostly used up!

 

 

 

DIY Project – Great gift for a Friend….

If you are looking for a fun gift to make for someone special in your life here is an idea, how about a frame with a letter in it. In looking at Pinterest this summer I saw a lot of people have framed letters on their walls. I thought that this idea was pretty cool and have made a couple of them over the last couple of months.

I put one together for my sister in law’s baby shower were the number 4 was the theme – since he was going to the be the fourth and it proudly hangs in his nursery. So when my girlfriend’s birthday was approaching I decided to make one for her. Here is how it is done…

Picture frame before brown

1). Find a fun frame to use….I like to use one with a lot of character. I found this frame at Kirkland’s; I liked the thickness as well as all the carving details on the front of the frame.

Frame painted B still unpainted

2). You can either stay with the current color of the frame or paint it. Since this frame had great detail I decided to paint the frame with Annie Sloane paint and then distress it! Which I really think changed up the look and feel of the frame.

3). Buy the letter you need. They have great selections at stores like Joanne’s and Michael’s, make sure you bring your 40% coupon.

Frame distressed

4). I really liked the shape of this B  – my friends favorite color is Tiffany blue. So I decided to spray paint it Tiffany blue (I actually made this gift this summer – thus why I could spray paint).

Another closed up of the b

5).  Then you need to find some type of backing for the frame and something to ahear your letter too. I have done it different ways – just cutting fabric and cluing the letter to it or I found this pre-cut burlap squares at Wal-Mart for 8×10 frames at Wal-Mart that I really liked using.

The finished product b letter frame
6). Once you have selected your backing take a hot clue gun and glue the letter to the backing.

b on the wall front view

Then you have a cute gift with some sentimental meaning for someone special in your life!

B on the wall

What types of gifts have you been making lately, do you have anything special up your sleeves? Have a great Monday!

Winter Break

Hey Guys!! Hope you are having a good week. You may be wondering where I have been this last week. Well, mid last week my silly cold returned with a vengeance which put me out for a good day or two and then we left for Winter break.

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We spent a wonderful time in this cute town of Dover, VT with great friends. It was truly a Winter Wonderland and some of the best skiing we ever experienced.

the mt snow resort

Have you ever skied on fresh powder snow? There is no other feeling. We went to Mt Snow and boy was this Mountain big!  It makes our mountains in upstate, NY look like molehills. The runs were long and winding just the way I like them.

Peter and I at Mt Snow

I only could ski one day because my rental boots did not fit well and I ended up aggravating my right shin.  It could also be that my Hubby fastened them too tight.  Another great thing about being at a large resort like this is there are some real “experts” working there who fit me with a great pair of new boots.  They felt fantastic and the guys working there really did a good job.  So, I am all ready to go the next time we ski.  I even bought a helmet, which is shocking because it did not seem like a good fashion move at the time, but they are invaluable for safety and very warm too!

We had a wonderful time catching up with old friends, eating great food and of course, drinking awesome wine. It truly was a great time.

Now I am looking forward to being home and getting back to daily life and looking forward to Spring!  If you see it anywhere, please send it my way!

What have you all been up to? Did you get away for the long holiday weekend?

The Powder Room got a little Ugly

When I started this blog one of my goals was to push myself to move out of my comfort zone and learn about working with power tools, new decorating concepts and to become a better DIYer….and share with you the good, bad and the ugly.

I think there is pressure as a new blogger to show the finished “perfect” result and maybe not share all the obstacles that happened a long the way. You are always striving for the perfect picture, or the right table scape etc… and even though I wish my table looked like that on a daily basis, more often than not it is covered with kids homework and a computer or two…But that is our life and I want our house to feel lived in…

Our kitchen table unstaged

So I promise you I will share with you all the good, bad and the ugly, and let me tell you this powder room redo did show some ugly parts along the way. I learned so much and now have a fresh outlook.  If I ever try hanging a chair rail again (and you know I will) it will be an easier experience.

So here is what happened.

So first off I was so proud of my self for being so organized with the project, I did a lot of research on line on what wallpaper I should purchase, reserved my Mom and Sister’s time to help with the areas that were out of my reach (hanging wallpaper, putting up the molding) but since the Hubby and I never put up molding up before  – I was a little naïve.

I purchased a nice piece of molding; it was the dimension I was looking for: about 2 inches in width with some nice decorative lines. I came home, primed and painted it and it was all ready to go. Right before my sister came over, Steve and I realized that I was a piece short, not a big deal – he ran over to our Mr. Seconds and picked up a new one. When my sister arrived on a Friday evening I came down with a horrible cold that afternoon – so to set the stage my head was in a cold fog. When my sister looked at the molding she noticed that the ridges or beveled edges on the piece were at different heights and would not sit flush on the wall. My sister knows me very well and said “Hey Cher – this is going to drive you nuts if it’s not going to lay flush on the wall ….” I am like “No, it will be fine, I will like it…” Famous last words….

We started making our measurements, Kleenex in hand, and then we put up our first piece – Steve was very excited about putting up the molding because he got to use the nail gun. He put about 15 nails in our first piece of wood that sucker was never going to move, and then Jamie started to talk to be about the light switches. I think the Electrician that did the work in our house was, how should I say this?…. creative   A lot of our light switches don’t make sense in the order that they turn lights on and sometimes seem a little random in location. Anyway I thought (and in my head it looked awesome) that the molding would fit right around the light switch panel beautifully, I did not want to go below them because I thought that would be too low. So we put up a piece of molding and with all the curves it looked HORRIBLE.

Now as I get older I think and I hope I am getting smarter, because in my 20’s I would of been stubborn and tried to make it work. Now in my 40’s (which means I am old) I called the project to a halt – even with the looming deadline of the Super bowl being in 2 days and folks might not be walking into a finished bathroom (that would have driven me nuts)

So Jamie, Steve and I – tissues in hand, went to the kitchen table and huddled up. I really appreciate their patience with me, and I let them know I need to find different molding. So luckily Jamie and her hubby where free the next morning.  Unfortunately, I was not, so Steve took the reigns and was the helper. That week had been mid-term week for the kids and I had promised them we would go to my parents pond to skate – we had an awesome time – it was great “slippery” ice that day.

Flat Modeling

I got up early and was at Lowe’s by 7:30 am and luckily they had the molding that I was looking for.  It was about 2 inches wide and completely flat on the back, it was exactly what I was looking for – the bummer was it was not primed and I did not have time to prime it before they would start hanging it.Paint line to fix 2

Once we got the molding fiasco fixed that caused a couple more problems, I hung the wallpaper too high, the night before as we were talking about the issue with the molding Jamie and I scored a small piece of the wallpaper off to see how easily it might peel off, luckily since it was so freshly put on it came right off. My sister being the nice person that she is, as the boys worked on the molding she went around with a sharp edge and lowered the wallpaper by about a ½ inch.  It was pretty easy to do – so that problem was solved!!

The last lesson I learned was that I should NOT have painted the upper wall – here I thought I was being so organized and efficient with my time, I did not realize (never hanging molding before) that it would require so many precise measurements. Which meant the Hubby really marked up my walls when trying to find the studs.  Even though some of the lines erased (he did use a pencil) Steve never does something small – it is either big or go home – so the marks were really hard to get rid of, which meant I would have to try to repaint the lines as well as the difference in the wallpaper line.

new angle of the powder room

I took a light sanding block and went over my paint edge to made sure there were no ridges before I tried touching up the line, bit once the paint when up it was easy to see where I still had glue on the wall that needed to come off.  So what I am going to have to do, someday when I have some time is really sand the portion of the wall close to the molding and then repaint that whole section. No one really notices it but me – but I really want the room to shine.

view from the hall powderroom

So even though this is a tiny powder room, I learned some very BIG DIY lessons. The room looks fantastic. The more and more I go into that room the more I love the color, the bead board wallpaper and how the room feels so calm and clean. Now only if I can find the right artwork for the space, more on that later – the Buzz print buzzed away.

A Homegoods Run

Good morning – I hope everyone survived the snowstorm on Wednesday that we were hit with in the NE. We ended up with about 10 plus inches of snow. Very grateful for the person who plowed my driveway for me while the Hubby is away.

On Tuesday, I decided to take a couple of hours and hit Homegoods and a couple of other stores before the snow hit. I new I would be going crazy by Thursday if I did not get out and about with the snow coming.

chair and new table fireplace

I hit it just right – Homegoods just received a huge shipment in and there were so many fun things to look at. The first thing that caught my eye was the cute little metal table with a glass top.

Full view of metal side table

I was on the look out for a little table to put next to my favorite reading chair by the fireplace.

Close up on items on top of table

It was the perfect size, perfect price $59.99 and complemented another table that I had in the room. So in the cart it went!

emma's old lamps

I have been looking for new lamps for Emma’s room. I was never in love with the hot pink zebra lamp we purchased this summer. It was too small for the table and I was really wanted something loud and colorful for her nightstands.

Emmas new lamps

In the back of the lamp section were these great finds.

orange lamp by itself

They had a tall base, which was white and these awesome bright orange print lampshades. Perfect price at $29 a piece and I was sold instantly. Just hoping that I got the Emma approval when I got home. Sure enough – Emma loved them so they were in.

little white vase

Finally, I found this cute little vase of flowers. I loved the little white vase and the combination of flowers in the arrangement. I was going to put it in our new powder room, but when I brought it home it was a little too big for the space. Luckily, I bought some lotion as well while at Homegoods and it fit fine in that area. Instead I decided to put this little cute thing in our guest room on the night table. It is a pretty little accent for our guests to wake up too.

It was such a pretty day out on Tuesday, the calm before the storm and I am so glad I was able to get out and about, because the weatherman was sure right about this storm. I just hope this snow sticks around for when we go away skiing in a couple of weeks – it would be a shame for it to go to waste.

Have you had a great shopping run lately – what have you picked up for around the home?

A Little Bit of Crushed Ice in the Powder Room

What an adventure this powder room make over was last week. Sometimes, I think I underestimate what a project will entail. I get so excited and in typical Chernee fashion just plunge into an adventure. The hubby always reminds me of this – and I hate to admit it but this time he is right. But I do have to say – this room was done in time for our annual Super Bowl party with hours to spare.J

I really do love how the room turned out. It feels tranquil and calming and really compliments and balances the surrounding spaces in that section of the house – in particular the mudroom hall.

So here is the roundup of the room – still a couple of additions and changes to be made but I can’t wait any longer to share the space with you all.

view from the hall powderroom

So I painted the walls Crushed Ice by Sherwin Williams – this is the first time I have gray walls in my house – and I really do like it! It is a great neutral color that will go with anything so I can change up the décor in the space in the future.

poweder room

My original plan was to paint the bead board wallpaper Aloof Gray also by Sherwin Williams but after my Mom and I finished the wallpaper we really liked how the white looked up against the Crushed Ice. So instead I painted the bead board Journal White by Ralph Lauren – which is what all my baseboards and doors are painted in the house.

the black mirror web

I also updated our bathroom mirror. To add a little bit of punch to the space I wanted a black mirror, I like the shape and size of this mirror so I painted it high gloss black paint. This mirror is metal, I would have much preferred to spray paint the mirror but last week with the artic weather it was not the best time for spray painting. I do like the black accent against the wall – just not sure if I like the mirror anymore – so I am on the lookout for a new black mirror- maybe vintage would be cool.

rug powder room

I found the patterned rug at Homegoods, it was the perfect pill height so I did not have to worry that the door would not shut – that would have been awkward for the party! It has just enough of a pattern and with the muted gray and cream colors really centers the room and adds some warmth.

floors towel powder room

 In regards to the other accessories in the room, I kept the silk Gerber daisies that I have had forever. It is nice I think to add hints of color to such a neutral room. I also decided to switch out the small print that I have had forever on the larger wall for this more rustic print. It fits better on the wall and builds on the color element in the room.  Plus I am thinking of adding a little bit more yellow to the room as well and I have always loved bees. Not sure if it is a keeper but I like the size of the print. So I am going to live with the print on the wall with the tags for a couple of days to see how I feel. I love leaving tags on things; it is the Minnie Pearl in me.

soap and lotion powder room

What I have left to purchase I think is a small print for the wall above the light switch. Maybe another bee print of some kind, I am not sure, I have been browsing on Etsy and found a couple watercolors that I like.

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Also, I am thinking I might switch out the valance. I am in love with this fabric. I found it on Centsational girl blog. This is where I got the idea for the bead board wallpaper in the first place. I really like her decorating style and it is very similar to mine. I was originally thinking that this fabric would look awesome in our kitchen but I did not really want to add more yellow to the area and it looks a little too feminine for the hubby in a room he uses all the time. I think this fabric will look awesome in the powder room, it is a little pricey but I only really need a yard so I am going to order it and see how it looks.

Powder room before

So that is a wrap of how the bathroom looks is right now. What a transformation in a short period of time.

view from the hall powderroom

Have you ever used bead board wallpaper in your house – which room did you try it in? Did you end up painting it? How is it holding up?

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How to Wallpaper the Franny Way…..

I have to say I am just giddy! Like a kid at Christmas – I am totally in love – here is why….. the wallpaper arrived!  The wallpaper arrived! It looks awesome and really looks like beadboard, but it is wallpaper. When I was researching what product to purchase, I wanted pre pasted wallpaper, and to be able to paint it as well. So when I saw Allen+Roth’s product at Lowe’s which had a 5 star rating, I decided to give it a try. They did not have any in our local store so I ordered on-line and it arrived 2 days early. Just in time to try to get the room done before the Superbowl party.

Since I have never hung wallpaper before and know it requires skill and patience, my Mom came over to show me the ropes. I have said this before that my Mom is the original DIY person. She just instinctively knows how to do things. For example, when she arrived she asked me “Cher, do you have a plum for hanging the paper?”, this is a line with a weight that you hang on wall to create a straight line. I said “No”, so she created one with a measuring cup and dental floss since I could not find string. Isn’t that crazy? I would be on the way to Wal-Mart trying to buy one and she just creates it.

Anyway here are the materials you need if you want to get your wallpaper on:

A weight, a sponge, scissors, pencil, tape measure, water and a bucket

bathroom prep w primer and blue line

The first step is to get your walls ready for wallpapering. Since the bathroom was already painted and it was a semi-gloss finish, it is recommended to first prime the walls. They suggest waiting 24 hours between priming and wallpapering to make sure the paint is fully dry and there is no moisture for the wallpaper that would cause it not to stick. I have to admit primer is a little smelly, the day I was painting it was a negative 6 degrees out and I had the door to the garage and the window in the bathroom open to create airflow.  Oh, what I will do for a project!

Since I am only wallpapering half the room, I took some measurements. I decided to go about 53 1/2 inches from the ceiling to make the line for where the molding was going to sit.  I just taped the line off with blue painters tape. I put my first coat of paint on before my Mom arrived.  I ended up having to do 2 coats of paint, which to be honest I am not very happy about but the gray came out a little spotty at first. After the second coat the color looked awesome. I went with Crushed Ice by Sherwin Williams, and so love this color.

Then Mom came in and looked at the measurements – of course I was a little higher on one wall than I was on the other (I did not measure twice) but I factored that in when I purchased the molding for the space. So all is good.

plum for the wallpaper web

We cut our wallpaper to size, then we rolled the paper where the paste was facing outward. Put in our weights to the circle in the wallpaper (which we just used knives) and then put the wall paper in the water and pulled up slowly to make sure the glue was getting wet.

Geetting the wallpaper wet web

When pulling out the paper – she was constantly telling me to “Go slow Cher” something I do not do well….

hanging the first piece of wallpaper web

You want to start in a corner and make sure that you paper in plum with the base board and start working around the room.

lining up the seems web

My mom is so clever how she cut the holes out for the vent and the toilet paper holder, and then she worked magic over around the pedestal sink– way over my head there.

Cutting out the vent web

If I was putting the paper on around the sink it would have looked like a 3-year-old was having fun pasting paper to the wall.

Wallpapering around the room web

I wish I captured it on video but my Mom just made these cuts and then pulled here and there and the wallpaper was on the wall and looked great!

getting out the air bubbles web

Once the paper is hung you take a sponge and push out all the air bubbles that build up behind the paper. Make sure the sponge is moist and push in an upward motion. It takes a few minutes but it is kinda of fun working them all out.

Finally you go around the edges and score any left over paper, just use a pair of scissors or a sharp edge of some sort.

wall paper done

I have always been a little leery of hanging wallpaper – for one it is permanent, and since my style is always changing I was a little nervous about that. But this is paintable wallpaper – so that is pretty cool. You just have to take your time, make sure you butt up your seams and make sure the air bubbles are pushed out and you are good to go.

This bathroom is really coming together. I am totally in love!