Thursday, May 30, 2013

Flea Market Flip - Lamp Makeover

While I am taking a break from painting the exterior of our house again, I thought I would show you what I did with those brass lamps that I bought at the flea market a few weeks ago.

Here are the lamps before.

Here they are now.

I knew when I bought them that I was going to spray paint them but wasn't sure what color.  A few weeks ago, I decided on orange.  Our house is very colorful so, I thought I'd incorporate a color that I rarely ever use.

I found this orange geometric fabric on  It is called P Kaufman indoor/outdoor fabric in Soho Sorbet.  It also comes in a blue color.

I bought 2 drum shades from Target and covered them with the fabric.  I don't have a tutorial because there is literally dozens of tutorials in blogland. has a really good tutorial.

The spray paint I used is Rust-oleum American Accents Ultra Cover in Gloss Real Orange.

This is a little glimpse into the room that I am now working on which is our living room.  I painted the black and white stripe feature wall last year.  The carpet is hideous and will be removed here in a few weeks.  I am so excited about that.  I have been wanting to remove this carpet for 4 years.    

I am also working on a project in the hallway.  The wall next to the office door (the door with the chalkboard faux molding) is getting some much needed attention.

I better get back to painting outside.  I have lots of projects going on right now.  I just need more hours in the day to get them all done.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday Link Party #21

I am so glad you are here at If It's Not Baroque Tuesday Link Party.  I hope you have fun linking up your projects and gathering inspiration.

In case you missed it, this is what I have been up to since the last party.

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Every week, I will pick a few of the links that I like the most and will feature them before the next party.

Link Party #20 Features

I hope you had a great memorial day weekend.  I spent the holiday with my family relaxing.  Today, I am back to work.

Before we get to this week's link party, let's see my favorites from last week's party.

DIY Board and Batten by My World Made By Hand

DIY Stripe Curtains by I Dig Pinterest

DIY Painted Piano by The Pink Lab

Blue Writing Desk by The Weathered Door

Kitchen Makeover {} #kitchen #makeover #re-model #DIY #renovation
Kitchen Makeover by Rain on a Tin Roof

If you have been featured, please grab my button. (You can now find the button code in the tab above).

Since I finally signed up for Pinterest, I will be pinning all my features on my Pinterest page.

Thank you to everyone who linked up.  I hope you will come back later today for another link party.  Have a great day.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Office/Craft Room Organization

I should start out by saying that our house is pretty small compared to a lot of bloggers out there.  Between 800 and 900 square feet, I think.  When you have a small space, you have to utilize all the square footage you have.  I think it was Nate Berkus who always said make use of your vertical space.  That is why I decided to do a wall of Expedits.  This photo breaks down all the shelves.

The project materials are in the four shelves that are under the desk.  As you can see, some of my shoes are stored in here as well.  That frees up some space in our bedroom closet for other things.

On my husband's side of the office, there are 2 Billy book cases flanking the desk.  The left Billy is the fabric storage closet.  You can find more info about that here.

The right Billy book case is basically my husband's area to store things.  I think he has 3 shelves in the whole room.  The rest is all my stuff.

His side has the mail sorter shelf.  You can find more info about that here.

Now onto my side of the office.

This cabinet is where I store my sewing stuff and the overflow of fabric from the fabric closet.

The last Billy book case stores my photo equipment, various types of paints and hardware (nails, screws, etc.)

Under the middle desk is where I store my step stool, the dog pillows and my cutting mat (not visible in the photo).  My husband made a custom shelf for the cutting mat to lay flat and out of the way.

The bulletin board is a perfect place to pin paint samples, coupons and receipts.  I made this with left over materials in a very generic fashion thus no tutorial about it.

The rod under the bulletin board can hang pictures or fabric swatches.

There you have it.  If you couldn't tell, I love organizing things.  I get such joy knowing where everything is.  

Oh and by the way, if you were wondering why i didn't include the closet in this post, it is because I converted this closet into our hall/linen closet.  It doesn't really have office/craft room related items in it.  I guess it has a few, but mainly it stores our toilet paper, hair products and that kind of stuff.  I will do a more thorough post about that here soon.

I'd love to hear your comments on my office/craft room organization and if you missed the room reveal you can check it out here.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Music and Fashion Inspired Office/Craft Room Reveal

Today is room reveal day.  3 rooms down, 3 to go.  (Really 2 rooms to go, but I decided to make some changes to our bedroom so I am including that)  First, let's take a look at the way this room looked before.

When I first moved into my husband's house this room was being used as a storage room.  He bought the house from his sister and this room was his niece's bedroom.  Hence the pink and blue color scheme.

This was also being used as the dog's room.  One day it dawned on us that the dog's room/storage room was bigger than the room we were using as an office.  So we decided to swap those 2 rooms.  

The storage room turned into my photography studio office.  We took out the pink carpet and put in white laminate flooring and painted the walls an electric blue.

Then, I moved my photography studio into a commercial building and took most of the furniture with me.  That turned into this chaotic mess.  Me and chaos don't go so well together.

Now the office is super organized and a fun room to be in.

This is my side of the office.

I made both heart canvases.  I used 8x8 canvas that I painted black and white stripes on.  I painted a red heart on the one and glued assorted red buttons inside the heart.  My husband cut the hearts out of assorted red paint chips that I had laying around and I glued them in the shape of a heart.  2 very easy pieces of art.

This is the wall of Expedits from Ikea.  It is made of 1 4x4 (with Expedit Desk attached), 3 2x4 and 2 2x2 Expedits.  It adds so much storage space to our house.  Everything is neatly organized.

If you have been following along with my blog, you know that I have made several doors for my Expedits using canvas.  These are the last ones.  I cut up antique yard sticks, painted them and glued them in a chevron pattern.

You can find the other Expedit doors here:

I tried to combine all of our interests into this room.  Music, fashion, traveling and sports were all incorporated into this room some way or another.

This is my husband's side of the office.

My husband requested a Nato Alphabet to be incorporated into his side of the room.  I came up with this.  I made it in Photoshop and had it printed at a local photo printer.

I covered our plain black mouse pad with chevron fabric from  I followed a tutorial by Going Home To Roost

The cabinets beside the desks are Billy's from Ikea with Billy Morebo doors that I lined with various Gwen Stefani and No Doubt magazine clippings.  (Yes, I am a little obsessed)

Our mini gallery wall consists of a mix of travel art and craft art.  The car pictures are of my husband in one of his past cars.  Driving is a major hobby for him.

I DIYed all the art in the gallery except for the car pictures and cork board map.  The keyboard art was made with 2 old keyboards I had in our garage.  I popped off the keys and glued them to a piece of scrapbook paper.  The zipper art is just 7" zippers in every color glued to a 8x10 canvas.

The California Dreamin art was inspired by The Love Nerds Mod Podge Canvases.  I decided to try out Maggie's tip on using an acrylic sealer on ink jet prints and it did work for the most part.  I must have missed a spot with the sealer so the ink smeared in one little spot but it isn't that noticeable.  The other problem I had is that my printer tends to be streaky.  You can't tell in this picture but there was a couple streaky lines on the edge of the picture.  I love California so I decided to make this to remind me that maybe some day I can move there.

The melted crayon art is everywhere on the Internet.  I generally don't like to do what everyone else is doing, but because I was going with a rainbow color scheme I thought it fit perfectly in this room.  I had a heck of a time with it though.  After failing twice with the hair dryer method, I went with a different approach.  I literally melted the crayons with a lighter and dripped the melted crayon down the canvas.  I really like the way it turned out.  It just took like 4 hours to do.

Way back, when I started the office, this chalkboard wall with sticky note to do lists was the first thing I did.  This is where I keep track of everything that needs done decor wise in our house.  (Am I the only one with a list this big?)

This is the music section of the office.  Eventually, I am going to add to my instrument collection.  Since I have lost my clarinet in one of my many moves, I plan on getting another one.  I would like to play again.  I also would like to learn how to play the violin.  If you spotted my Christmas list posted in my office, you will see the clarinet and violin are both on the list.

I framed some of my old sheet music from my old high school band days.

Another DIY in this room, are these dog pillows.  I purchased 4 Granat Pillows from Ikea and made covers with minky cuddle fabric from  There are tons of tutorials out there for making an easy envelope pillow case.  Delia Creates has a really good tutorial that you can follow.

Here are all my little puppy dogs enjoying their pillows.

The rug is by Flor.  Parallel Reality - Rainbow is the name of the tiles.

On the way out of the room, you will notice that the other side of the door is also chalkboard and my husband (the skilled man that he is) drew the faux molding onto the door.  I plan on doing all our doors with chalkboard paint and changing the design of the door every once in a while.  I get bored easily.  So this will help.

I absolutely love this room.  I know I say this after every reveal, but this is my favorite room so far.  I love all the bold colors against the black walls.  It is super organized too.  I am definitely a person that likes for things to be in the right place.  Come back on Friday to see all the organizational aspects of the room.

If you missed all the other posts related to the office/craft room, check them out here.

Dry Erase Board Desks for Less
Fabric Storage Closet
DIY Mail Sorter Shelf
Painting Ikea Drona Boxes
Home Office Inspiration
DIY Guitar Display Shelf
Chalkboard Sticky Note To Do List

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