Thursday, June 21, 2012

No photoshop tutorials here!

So I'm selling this sweet little brass teapot over at the shop.  But I'm wondering if that honey-brown wooden handle is making it look a little dated?


I think it would look so fun if the handle and knob were painted in a current, rich, glossy hue! 


But I understand that not everyone can imagine that, 
some people just need to SEE it.


One of my brilliant know-it-all's offspring mentions this can easily be done in any number of programs I've never opened on my desktop. 

Say what?! Perfect!!

Enjoy...










Nailed It!!!!








  It's almost Friday kids!

sparkle & shine


Monday, June 18, 2012

I don't need no stinkin' dining room!


The shop has commandeered my home!  Or at least what used to be my formal dining room!

                 I have been accumulating vintage wares for my shop for some time now.  
The dining room is the only room not used on a daily basis, so it all landed there.  
It's getting a little out of hand at this point.
   I can't believe I'm posting these, here's some honesty for you!





It's sooooo bad right now!  I was in there polishing this morning, and it's just not even pleasant to be in there with it like this!

It helps to have this in there...


Although not ideal at 10am, right?

What to do?  Well for starters stop calling it my dining room.  And make some changes to make it my proper "office / workspace".

My desk is currently in a nook in the family room.  Fits perfectly at the base of the stairs.  (laundry in background count: 2)



In fairness, I wasn't even using it much until these recent adventures in online shenanigans.
But I love that West Elm metal wrapped desk!  When I finally decided to pull the trigger it was on backorder for months!  It's got the perfect amount of metallic for the room.

As an aside, the Hermes scarf, well it's so tiny I think "scarf" is a stretch, has been 
hung in a gorgeous frame my mil was no longer using.  
It's not properly hung, as I did it myself, but it works for now, and makes me happy.  
Two of my kids are drummers, so the drum pattern seemed perfect!

The bar is going to have to come out as well, just seems silly to have it in there once I change over.  But I love the collection we've begun surrounding the bar.  

This guy is totally my favorite!  THIS is what I'm designing the office around.  I've just decided!  He's bad ass, kinda funny, and glossy white! 




Okay, so back to the office.  The giant ikea cubbie thing is going - my son's actually moving out next month, and I can't wait for him to lug that beast up 3 flights of stairs.   
Muahahaha!
paybacks sucka!!!!

I'm thinking of putting the desk in between the 2 windows, leaving one long wall and 2 shorter walls for work surfaces and storage for all my goodies.

I'd like to find a matching set of chinoiserie faux bamboo etageres.  I stumbled upon an amazing store in south florida, but I think I can do better on the prices if I'm willing to keep hunting.  Well no matter, because these 4 beauties are SOLD.



They really have a lot of items that fit the flavor I want for the office.  I'd love to find a super swanky chandelier for the room too! Why not?  I'm thinking colorful, glam and definitely punches of Hollywood Regency.

Like this deliciousness...

or this orange dream...


So I'm looking at desktop area, shelving for store items, and an area for polishing and packing.

And given the amount of time involved in these ventures, the room just needs to make me feel good about being in there.  It really makes all the difference.

The fact it's open to the front foyer is also another reason.

So no after shots folks! Befores only!   I'm just in the beginning of this project.  I've never documented an "in process" before, so this will be interesting!  Ha, I hope it's at the very least interesting!!! 


So if you've been to my shop than you know I've got an assortment of vintage goods, no one particular style or era.   I just like what I like, of course shiny and sparkly are an instant draw for me. I think I've avoided some "granny" moments!  Once you get those vintage pieces in your home to mix and play nice with some of your newer things, they take on a whole new appearance!

I added 2 lamps last week.


Different styles, but could definitely play nice together in close proximity.  
There always seems to be a theme in how I come across my items. 
 Lamps are totally in my face right now, IN YOUR FACE, and I'm scheduled to view 2 more.  

Wonder what it will be this week?  Ok, well I don't wonder, because I already know! 
Maybe you wonder?

Oh, one last thing! The photos - those damn photos kick me every time!  I don't even think I'm getting better yet!  But I am trying!  I even used a sheet to try to just highlight the item.  Now, I didn't IRON the sheet, for reals?! Sigh, the downside to all my super reflective surfaces I guess?! The best, truly, is the photo where you can see me peeking over the sheet to get the shot!  
I can just imagine the snarks over that one!

Whatevs! I left it up on purpose!

sparkle & shine,
Amy








Monday, June 11, 2012

Painted Nesting tables...


How about a colorful diy for the Monday blahs?

I found these vintage nesting tables and they were fairly solid, but definitely dirty, buried in 10 layers of various paints and in need of a little lovin. 

After I scrubbed them, and sanded them down smooth as I could, I noticed a lot of chips in the top laminate layer.  I originally figured I'd just paint them all white, or maybe a fun color to complement Lila's room.  But after seeing all those chips I thought a patterned top would disguise the blemishes better.

I began by painting a good solid base coat of Krylon in glossy white.
i love me a can of spraypaint!




Then I jumped on google to look for inspiration.  I came across this:


I thought it was an amazing pattern, and loved the opportunity for color!  
(by the way, she has done some awesome custom stencils, you should check them out!)

She offered a tutorial of how she did hers, I gave it a once over and figured I'd just wing it.  I'm not a trained artist by any means, but i love drawing and painting, and i usually don't hesitate with projects like these.  It was easy enough to do, just time really.  So if it looks good to you, don't think twice, give it a go! 

I started by making vertical guides with a pencil, to give myself some beginning and stopping points. They are where the colors break.


I used those little jars of acrylic craft paint.  You may be able to tell in the photos, but some of the colors/brands went on more opaque than others.  So the more translucent colors needed several coats.  
I just used what paints I had on hand.

I tried to move around the rows as I was trying not to have any patterns in the colors.  



On the larger one, I noticed the pattern was much neater than the smaller ones.  I wanted a more relaxed, "sloppy" look.  You can certainly choose to have it either way.  When I found it was too "neat" I just added another layer of color.

I used a styrofoam flat or tray from the grocery store as my palette, so I could have all the colors out at the same time, which helped even out the specific color usage.  Keeping a jar of water handy to rinse the brush for color changes, made it go faster.

I didn't use black or white for the initial stripes.  So what I did with the black, was when the table was filled in, I used a smaller, more narrow brush, and just kind of randomly added some thinner lines.  It worked well for hiding if one color stripe blobbed into another.



Then I took a really narrow brush, and white paint, and went vertically at every other meeting point.  I held the brush at the very top so it wouldn't be very steady.  I also went back over the initial line at least twice to get a true white.


Almost finished!  The edges, because I didn't tape off the surrounding lip, were overlapped and sloppy.
(bad sloppy not good sloppy)


there's a groove surrounding the top, so that was helpful for clean up.  I simply added white from the groove on down the side.  Made it look much cleaner.


you may need more than one coat to cover some of the darker colors.  but worth the extra step for sure!



Each size table has a different size pattern on the surface, and I'm really happy with the way that turned out.  But you can opt to make them all the same size if that's your preference.  
stick with me, this is going to be hard to explain...
if you look at the largest one, from the left of the table edge to the first vertical white stripe?  That is the width I used for the next size down, but for TWO rows of color, instead of just the one on the largest.
And reduced similarly from the 2nd table to the smallest.
Got that?



Once they were totally dry, I gave them several coats of this 


I wanted to be sure they could be wiped down, and that they wouldn't yellow.  (i've found with some polys, they tend to turn yellowish over time. this particular type of poly does NOT yellow)

She LOVES them.  i LOVE them, couldn't be happier with the finished result!

Only drawback, is the pain in your upper back from hunching over the tables for a couple days. 
worth it?  yay i say!







the sweet love framed image is actually a Junkfood tshirt that she outgrew, but we both loved the images so much we saved them and framed them in LP Album frames!  There's another tshirt framed on the other side of her bed, but no photos yet... sigh, I know.  Look - she's up there cleaning (stalling, staring at the ceiling, texting, anything but cleaning I'm sure) right now! 
soon...soon...soon!

I have 5 new LP Album frames I won't be using - $8 each plus shipping, email me if you can use them!

Need something for your nightstand?  something to hold your hair ties and rings?

How about...



Any of these pretty vintage items would work great on a nightstand, or your desk.  Anywhere you need a little corral for your small items.  Add some interest by using unique vintage decor!  These items and more available in the shop now!!

Thanks for stopping back-
have a great week!



sparkle & shine,
Amy











Thursday, June 7, 2012

jute, jute, riot!

I'm a total fan of jute. Jute wrapped anything!  When in your decor in moderation, I think it's different and interesting.

via alice lane

That console table is FANTASTICAL!  It would look so good in my foyer! hell, it would look good in just about anyone's foyer! Love it.

I had already wrapped a few bottles in jute with a glue gun a couple years ago. Simple enough to do while watching the tube.  yeah, i do that quite a bit.  I know you can purchase them online, but I think it's easy enough to do yourself, if you like it, try it!  
I used an old champagne bottle, champagne split bottle and a glass water bottle. 
 I just like the shapes together.  Best is FREE FREE FREE people! 
Basically, you just need a roll of jute, I got mine at Joann ( 50% off coupon-BAM ) for under $4.  Get out your $1.99 glue gun and just begin at the top.

You want to put that first edge just below where you want the top row to be, so you can overlap that beginning piece so it's uniform.  I wrapped tightly so I only added a dollop of glue periodically, keep an eye on how tight each row is to determine if you need more glue.

Like I mentioned, I did these 2 years ago, and they look as solid and nice as when I first wrapped them.  You can choose to spray some sort of clear coat or lacquer over them.  You can readily find those types at Joann, Micheal's etc. 


I move them around throughout the house, often when I need to balance out the aqua and shine that I seem to gravitate to like a sickness...


Which brings me to these...






Found the pair for a song at a garage sale.  Loved them for Lila's room that I was currently in process of redoing for her.  But those shades were nasty-mcnasterson! Ugly, stained and just screamed 70s smoker!  But I'm a cheap girl and lampshades are not cheap.  I had a real issue paying more for the shades than the lamps!  I suppose any normal person would have averaged out the cost of both and been happy with the deal.  

I can not think like a normal person.

So I thought the jute just might work!  Great idea, but be forewarned: this takes FOREVER!!! 
(or over several days, depending on your ability to stay on task)




Same process as for the bottles for the most part.  Except I think I used 5 rolls of jute.  If you are all mathy and smarty, you may be able to figure out how much you'll need in advance.  I'm more of the keep driving back to the store for ONE MORE ROLL camp.  
You will have to glue damn near every inch of this jute!  The shade just wasn't rigid enough to skip along with the glue.  And it's going to make a glue-stringy mess!    One last tip, once you get about 2/3 of the way down, flip the lampshade over and begin again from the bottom until you meet up with what you've already done!
Otherwise you could have inadvertently made a slope which will leave you short on one side! 



Because this was a personal project, I just did it while watching tv, until my short attention span was maxed, and I just picked it up later.

It's best to have your glue sticks ready, and I put the roll of jute in a bowl to keep it from rolling all over the place, as it inevitably will.  bugger.





sorry xtina- you kind of took the brunt of the glue! What?! have you tried to pick that stuff off your table?  It's really a never ending battle.  In fact it's so tedious, you can't even bribe your kids to do it!

Note: I did spray the lampshades when I was done wrapping with a clear coat.  I used what I had on hand which was Krylon Crystal Clear.

So with some patience, and slightly burned fingertips it totally becomes worth it!


no matter what that tv screen says to you, it ain't Kenny Rogers! bizarro image...
The lamps are used daily and I've not had any negative issues with them at all.  In fact, Lila hangs her collection of 3-D glasses over the top and it hasn't affected the jute at all.

Of course, because Lila is a tween - her room is not really camera ready!  So here's a limited shot of the lamp in her room! 



She's got so much color going on in there!  I think the naturalness of the jute is perfect. 
She loves them too and it's nice she has something unique, that no one else has!

Her room is actually 90% done, so I'm hoping to be able to show off the whole room in the very near future!  Linens and rug still elude me.  There's so many directions to go with them, I am having a hard time deciding.  Definitely something with color, maybe a graphic pattern for the floor?  For sure I'd like her linens monogramed, I just think it's such an easy thing to do that gives big impact.   I always notice monogramed linens and think it's such a thoughtful touch.  Between her artwork, her hoarding collecting, and my plan for the room - a few more meeting of the mind's need to happen.  Although it's great she has such an interest in it, it's awesome to hear and see her perspective!

Those nesting tables are pret-ty damn awesome right?! I'm super happy with how they turned out!

Nesting tables tomorrow!


Been by the shop?  I added a handful of new items yesterday!  Also you can find the items styled with the jute bottles from above as well!


sparkle & shine,
amy