Acquisitions, Projects and Updates.

I’m on day 5 with a dinosaur of a temporary computer. 4 months ago we brought a brand new HP all-in-one touch screen computer from Best Buy and the drivers decided to fail last week.  They are telling me it will take 2-6 weeks to repair.  You want to see a mad woman you take away Pinterest for 2-6 weeks and see what kind of hell she raises.  In the meantime, I’ll be waiting 1.3 minutes for each email message to load.

On a more positive note, spring has sprung and my spirit couldn’t be happier. Utah had the mildest winter EVER and it was still too cold for me. I’ve come out of my winter cave and am tackling every project I can think of all the same time.

I’m currently working our dining area. I called 5 different places to get quotes on having the vintage tulip table base I acquired powder coated. It ranged from $45 – $150. I was going to go with the cheapest bid but I ended up going with the $65. bid simply because the guy I talked to was the most pleasant, most helpful and most persistent on the phone. Customer service will go a long way with me even I have to pay a little more.

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I wish you could see up close just how amazing the base turned out.  I’m so glad I didn’t go with my cheaper first thought to just spray paint it.  I can work wonders with a can of spray paint but the powder coating process is in a totally different class.

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  I told myself I would stop working on this until we sold our current dining table (here).  In the meantime, if you’re in Utah and need some powder coating call the guys at Full Blown Coating (not being paid to say that either).

You may also remember my post dedicated to my hunt for some vintage library / banker / jury wood chairs to go around the new tulip table.  Our neighborhood school had 4 sitting in the front foyer and I was love sick over them.  I decided to  surprise my boys the next day at school and have lunch with them but I strategically came about 15 minutes early to see if I could casually “pop-in” and say “what up Principal”.  After lunch I found her and I don’t know why but I was so nervous and bobbled all over my words as I un-eloquently spit out that I would love to have those chairs if the school wanted to ever get rid of them.   Well, it just so happened that she didn’t share my same love for them and had wanted to replace them for a long time.  I made a donation to the school, loaded up car and got the heck outta there before she could change her mind.

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 Then a sweet reader commented that she found one for sale on Craigslist but it was 4 hours away from where I live. Luckily my mom was coming up for a visit from Vegas and would be passing by there.  Bam.  Another chair to add to the collection.  (Thank you Kelly!) I paid the most for that one at $50.

Alas, I had one more stroke of miraculous luck.  A school was auctioning off 3 more chairs.  I took them all for $16.

IMG_6144They are the three at the end.  The arms and legs are turned and more ornate but they still have the overall vintage, rich wood feel I was going for.  They are SO comfortable too for being a wood chair.

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It’s hard to envision how they’ll look with the very modern tulip table but if it looks awful don’t be surprised when you see me selling them all…(ain’t ever gonna happen).  I went from seriously coveting these chairs to being the owner of 8 in just a couple weeks.  Ask, Believe, Receive.

The next little project I’ve been working on is coming to terms on how I acquired so many vintage school maps (13 to be exact).
I mean, what sane person does this?

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My mom keeps telling me I need to open up a store which is exactly what I plan on doing.

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In in the process of getting all these beauties photographed and listed in an Etsy store.  Stay tuned.

As far as my little men go…they too seem to have inherited my hoarding gene.
Their current obsession has taken over one of the shelves in the living room.

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This kid is Kendama crazy (repeat pic from previous post).  These things are HUGE in Utah…has the craze hit your city?  My kids verse each other in the morning, at recess, after school, right out of the tub in their birthday suits.  There’s no shame in their game.  Here’s a cool video my little men love…

DIY 2-Toned Planter Basket.

Last week I revealed my boys bunkroom re-fresh.
One of the projects I did was take some baskets, apply some paint and use them as toy storage.
It worked out so well I decided to get another basket, do the same technique but use it for something slightly different…

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This DIY 2-toned basket was a great, inexpensive alternative to planter.

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First, use tape to make a line where you want your paint line boundary to be.
Next, take a paint brush and paint.
It helps to use a swirling motion to really coat all the nooks and crannies of the basket weave.
I used some left over old paint I had however, ACE Hardware is having a sale on their sample pints. Have them mix up any color in a pint jar for only $0.99.
You could paint 5 baskets with that $0.99 can of paint!
Once dry, remove the tape and you’re done.

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If you’re going to use a basket as a planter, it’s very important to use a liner so when your plant drains it doesn’t seep water in to the bottom of the basket.  Also, make sure to pour out any water that may have drained in to the liner after watering your plant.  If you don’t, the water may get rotten after a while.  Believe me, you’ll definitely notice.

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Boys bunk room makeover with ACE.

This is a Sponsored Post by ACE Hardware.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Every year the decorating Gods come out with a color of the year.
This year it’s Marsala…which, by the way, I thought was some sort of fancy cocktail drink…little did I know it was actually a color.
It’s lovely and all but it’s trendy. Next year Marsala is going to be “so 2015″ and totally out. That’s just what trends do.
Which is why I say skip the trends and go with colors you love, not just the colors that have been deemed to be the color to use if you want to be hip.

As you may know I am a part of the Ace Hardware blogger panel. This month we get to feature the Clark+Kensington paint line, as a part of Ace’s 31 Days of Color event. Our assignment was to use a shade of their paint to give an accessory, wall or entire room a re-fresh. I decided to challenge myself to give my boy’s bunk room a little more personality and life.

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(Photo by Allison Bills).

Last year, we went vertical in there in order to make more room for them and their stuff.  The room has been pretty monochromatic with its use of white, black and gray.  I love me a simple color scheme but the two men who bunk here are larger than life and needed their room to reflect that.  What better color to introduce life and energy than yellow?!  And hey, let’s just say I know my way around the yellow block.  It was pretty much the primary accent color in our Arizona home.

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For this project Clark+Kensington Etruscan Gold was my chosen color. Etruscan Gold is today’s 31 Days of Color “Color of the Day.”

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A little yellow goes a long way.  Fortunately, Ace sells color sample pints for only $4.99.  You’d be amazed how far you can stretch a 14.5 ounce can.  Now I have to be honest, I had actually never heard of Clark+Kensington until I familiarized myself with Ace’s paint selection. To my surprise the paint was very thick, I mean uber thick, and it applied very smoothly. All of this means good coverage and fewer coats of paint.

The first project I tackled was adding some Etruscan Gold to some baskets I found at Home Goods.  Every kids room could do with ample toy storage and these baskets fit the bill.  But, the plain-Jane baskets needed more personality than their original state.

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I simply taped a line where I want to section off the color and used a paint brush to add the paint.  Because the paint is quite thick, one coat did the trick.  Here’s a tip for assuring good coverage in all the nooks and crannies of the basket weave…use a circular swirling motion when applying the paint.

Next project, adding color to some framed objects.  I spotted these wooden feather darts on Dot & Bo and knew they would look great framed.  I found the frame at Home Goods, took it apart and painted the mdf backer board with my Etruscan Gold to really make the darts pop.

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As you can tell from the first picture, my paint brush left some heavy brush marks. I didn’t want to invest in a little roller just to paint a few frames but I became worried after I saw the brush marks that I may have ruined it right out of the gate. Fortunately, the paint self-leveled and I was left with a smooth surface. After the paint dried I used a hot glue gun to adhere the darts to the painted backer board.

I did a similar process with these vintage arrows I found on Etsy. I shared the tutorial in a previous post.

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  I didn’t want to paint the back yellow again so instead I used some yellow Frog tape, which I picked up at Ace, to incorporate a touch of my yellow theme.

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The last project I did was simply painting some old frames with my Etruscan Gold…

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Voila! A gallery wall of desert themed items we’ve collected over time.  You can take us out of the desert but you can’t take the desert out of our hearts.

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 Now this room is no longer mundane monochromatic…

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To learn more about Clark + Kensington’s paint line at ACE click here. You can also learn more about Ace’s 31 Days of Color – running throughout the entire month of March – by clicking here. Ace will reveal a new Color of the Day there every day (you can even enter for a free sample of that day’s color!), and if you visit you can enter for a chance to win a $10,000 paint makeover or daily $50 gift cards.

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