October 5, 2015

An Inexpensive Way To Mirror a Table

I've been working on my Hollywood Regency Living room remodel and want to share a quick and inexpensive project....Mirroring my side table.

After searching for a new mirrored side table, I decided to use the one that I already had....

OK...Now, how to make it fit in with my new decor?  I already had a can of silver spray paint and picked up a couple packs of mirror tiles from Joannes for $1.99 each

I sprayed the table silver.....

....Then using tile adhesive, I applied the mirror squares.  After they dried, I grouted them.

Then added a mirrored knob from Hobby Lobby

And TaDa....My glamorous...May I add inexpensive..... Mirrored side table!

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together!

OK, next up, I've got to tell you the story of the perfect rug I got for the living room......

.......Then I promise... I will be ready to show you the whole room!

Happy Creating 

Joining Betsy's party at
My Salvaged Treasures

September 23, 2015

Progress On My Hollywood Regency Living Room Redo

I've been working hard on restyling my living room and dining room to reflect a hollywood regency style.

I've painted the living room, kitchen, dining room, and hallway with Sherwin Williams Mountain Air, it's a beautiful blue grey color

I also had crown molding installed.  The hollywood regency look screamed for the elegance of crown molding.  Since my ceilings are 8ft tall the molding is only 3 1/2 inches width.  I worried crown molding would make the ceiling look lower, but it actually made it look higher.  The cost for the living room, kitchen, dining room, and hallway was  $750 all inclusive, supplies and labor.  I thought it was a great price for the incredible impact it made.

I have removed every speck of pink from the room.

The cover on the dining room bench has been replaced 

The chairs have been reupholstered

Along with the valance in the kitchen

I could not find any fabric that I liked in my budget and then....Yea, I found a king sheet set at Tuesday Morning for $45 which saved me a ton of money and provided a ton of fabric

I recovered the ottoman in white denim

 Oh yea...I found the perfect rug...I will tell you that story in another post

I moved the TV to the entrance wall so it would not be immediately visible when you enter the house.  After a long hunt for a TV stand, in the end I repurposed the hall table by painting it white and trimming it with silver.  I pulled out the drawer and inserted the DVR

To cover the flowered wallpaper on the back of the china cabinet I used the same fabric and method I used on the headboard in my bedroom.  Fabric, foam board, and double stick tape.....You can read the tutorial HERE

I'll be back with more projects and the final reveal...Right now I'm removing 3 layers of fabric from my bar stools...yuk.

Oh yes, this had been a much bigger project than I had originally anticipated, I'm excited to show you the final results....Oh I'm loving it!

Happy Creating!

September 2, 2015

How To Make A Lighted Sign

If you want to make a 10 foot lighted sign...Then you've tuned into the right blog!

I have a friend that will be a vendor at the next Polka Dot Flea June 2016.   I thought it would be fun to make a lighted sign for her booth and I love to try something new

She's calling her booth "The Pantry" since she will be selling Pyrex and all things kitchen.  I started by picking a font then projecting the letters onto a piece of plywood with my "EZ Tracer", the full tutorial is HERE

Each letter was  cut out with my Ryobi jigsaw

Indulge me while a gush here a moment...I've always used electric jigsaws, NEVER a battery operated one....It was amazing!  I was cutting around the letter curves like I was pushing a pencil...It cut like butter and I didn't have to stop and move a pesky cord every 2 seconds....Amazing!!!

Next I drilled a ton of holes to push a string of Christmas lights through the back of the letters

I screwed a 1 X 2  board on to 1 X 6 board.....

........Then drilled screws through the front of each letter to attach them to the anchor board, yikkes what a crummy picture!    

I painted the letters and used a little dark wax and sanding to give them a distressed look 

This portion of the sign was made using the same transfer method explained HERE on a previous post

When the sign was finished it measured almost 10 feet long

I photographed under my awning where it was a little darker so you could see the lights

Using Ryobi power tools with their interchangeable batteries made this project soooo easy.  I had no idea you could get so much power from a battery operated tool and not having to mess with cords and extension cords meant I could use them anywhere.

For your convenience I have included this link to Ryobi Nation where you can find products, coupons, and projects 

So there you have it....I know it's rather primitive and rustic but, it was so fun to try something new and my friend loved it .  You will have to wait until the next Polka Dot Flea to see it in action.

Ok, now, back to work on redecorating my living room, it's coming together great.  Of course it has been more work than I originally anticipated...That's usually how it goes...Right?  I will be back soon with pictures

Happy Creating

This was a sponsored post for Ryobi but gushing my love for the products and the opinions given here are truly all mine

Joining The Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures

August 10, 2015

Getting it all done!

I love getting things checked off my list!  Now that the Polka Dot Flea and the Haven Conference are behind me, I have turned my attention to some home projects.

First up....Cleaning the garage.  After getting the whole garage clean I spent a day going through every bag and box of screws I own and organizing them all in this holder.   I've had the holder about 5 years and never taken it out of the box, I think it was from Costco. It will make finding the hardware I need for a project soooo much easier......This was OCD at it's finest!

I also uncovered and set aside the projects I want to work on 

It looks like a pretty motley crew now, but I have some big plans for all of these treasures

Then I turned my attention to my fabric closet....This is what it looked like 4 years ago when I had it all in order.....

.....This is what it had become!

I also cleaned my linen closet....How many sheets and towels does one person need?   Between the garage, fabric, and linen closet, I've made 3 trips to the Goodwill!

Next on my list.....This is a big one!  I want to repaint the living room and my newly remodeled kitchen

I think I am going to use a blue grey paint color.... 

......And change the living room to a style similar to my Hollywood Regency bedroom I recently completed

This means getting rid of some of the fru fru, pink, and flowers.....Yikkes...I never thought I would do that, but I have had the same style for 11 years and it's time for a little change.  I would never get rid of my white slip covers (They are so easy to clean) or the vintage look....I'm just changing it up a bit. 

So...Just incase you thought I was kicking back for the summer.....Nope....I'm multitasking a ton of fun projects...I'll keep you posted!!!

What are you working on?

Happy Creating

July 21, 2015

Shopping Atlanta And The Haven Conference

I'm back and I had so much fun shopping Atlanta and attending the Haven Conference!

I flew up from Orlando on Tuesday with Sherry from No Minimalist Here (The perfect travel companion).   Since the Haven Conference did not start until Thursday afternoon we got our shopping on. 

First stop was the Ballard outlet

Then on to the downtown historic district of a little town called Roswell...Not the alien town, that's Roswell New Mexico!  Loaded with gift and antique stores.

....Time for lunch at a wonderful French restaurant called Roswell Provisions

The best quiche I've ever had 

Then Thursday morning we shopped a cool vintage decorator store called Kudzu & Company

Then on To the Haven Conference on Thursday afternoon

We checked in at the Grand Hyatt and then met all of the bloggers at a meet and greet in the gardens

Complete with drinks and appetizers...The conference included just about all of our meals...Breakfasts, snacks, lunches and evening get togethers with heavy appetizers.  Ryobi even sponsored a full coffee bar for the entirety of the conference.....YUM

The days were jam packed with sessions of your choosing 

Modern Masters painting class

Here's a list of the sessions I attended

How to make Facebook work for you
Learn from Modern Masters
Ad revenue
Power and Profit of branding your blog
An inbox of opportunity-Newsletters
Making money with affiliates
Google analytics

There was also sessions on photography, videos, woodworking, treasure hunting, instagraming, and Many more.

Before and after the sessions I visited all of the amazing vendors booths showing the latest in everything ranging from floor coverings, to new paints, counter tops, tools and furniture.

Along the way I picked up all of the samples and gifts that each sponsor and vendor generously gave away at their booths or in the swag bags.  This is just a sampling and more gifts and samples are coming in the mail! 

I came home with one HUGE suitcase filled with gifts and all sorts of goodies I can't wait to try

Saturday there was an inspirational closing session where even more gifts were given away in a drawing.....I didn't win

The conference ended Saturday night with bloggers kicking up their heals at the dance party.

This was a fun and informative conference.  It was run like a well oiled machine and the attention to detail was phenomenal!  I learned so much and enjoyed meeting and mingling with like mined people and connecting with companies that support and understand the value of bloggers.   

I know you would enjoy attending.   This is an annual conference for seasoned and newbie bloggers alike.

Since there are no secrets at The Polka Dot Closet here is the price breakdown (just the Haven portion, not the pre-trip) in case you want to save your pennies for next years Haven Conference.

$300 Conference fee
$250 Airfare...Save if you drive
$498 Hotel room....Save by sharing a room
$25 food not included in conference........
......The whole experience...PRICELESS!

Happy Creating