From Black Lace to Turquoise Beachy

Hello! Sorry about missing last week Monday! Between being gone two weekends in a row, getting stuff done at school, working at the animal shelter, and just life, a post didn’t get written! Just the way it goes sometimes. This week we take Haley to college. Wah! How did it come to this!? I’m going to miss her greatly, but I am also excited to see where this takes her and to see everything I know she is capable of accomplishing!

Remember when Lauren painted these bar stools? After moving this summer, she decided she didn’t need them at her new apartment. So guess where they end up? That’s right…mom’s house! They don’t really fit in my decor with the black and white, so I went with a more beachy look.

I sanded down the top first, not completely down to the wood, but just to get most of the black off. I kept a bit of it because I knew I wanted to sand down whatever I painted and let some of the black show through. The next step was primer. I used my favorite Kilz Primer.

bar stool makeover

I used my Benjamin Moore Simply White over the whole stool. After the paint dried, I used painters tape to make stripes on the seat of the stool. I’m not very good at measuring things out, so I just eyeballed it, trying to keep my lines as straight as possible. I actually did pretty well!beachy barstools with painters tape

I pressed down the edges of the tape really well and then I used the same ‘unknown paint color’ that I used in my bedroom and the front door. You can see it here.

beachy bar stool with blue stripes

After the paint dried a bit, I peeled off the tape. The lines look pretty good!

beachy bar stools farmhouse stripes

I used an orbital sander over the seat and around the edges. I sanded down to the black in some places and to the wood in other places.

Here it is in the bathroom. You can still see some of the black showing through.

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I also used one in my entryway. It’s the perfect place to take off your shoes or leave a bag for a moment.

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So what do you think? I love how these turned out! I have two more and I am thinking about painting them the same. I’m so glad I got this project done! On to the next project!

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*Here are some of the products that are similar to what I used. This is a sponsored post.*

 

Here are a few other previous posts you might enjoy!

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How to Use an Old Atlas for New Decor

Hello everyone!  I hope you have all had a wonderful week so far and are ready for the weekend.  Anyone have any awesome plans?

Well this weeks project was originally seen when I was in Seattle on my trip.  I saw this and knew that I could make it myself.  So with a small bit of help from my mom for the main supply, I am bringing you a wonderful DIY.

Supplies You Will Need

Supplies you Need

An old atlas or maps (mom found hers at a thrift store)

Glue

Paperclips

A pencil

A frame

Chip letters

Step 1

Paperclipping

Decide how big you want your pieces.  There was actually a pre-cut piece in the atlas that I used as my sizer.  I would paperclip my sizer to the atlas and cut around it until I had the two pieces.  I tried to use pages with a lot of blue so I ended up using a log of pages with the ocean or lakes as my pieces.

Step 2

Roll you pieces.  I would put a small line of glue on the edge of the paper before I rolled it around the pencil.  And at the end I would put more glue to secure the edge.  I would then use two paperclips to hold it down to try to dry.  That way the roll didn’t lose its shape and the glue could dry.

Step 3

Template

Measure out your frame.  I bought a 5×7 frame from Dollar Tree and took the glass out of the front of it.  I turned the paper over so it was white and laid the atlas rolls out in a pattern.  I found a few spaces that needed to be filled in with smaller rolls.  After using some Elmer’s glue, I was able to move on to the final step.

Step 4

Attach your chip letters.  Since I used atlases, I decided to make the word travel.  And I felt like it was fitting since I saw this while I was traveling.  So after a lot of gluing and drying, here is the finished product!

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I love how it turned out.  And I definitely plan on hanging this on my map gallery wall in my living room when I finally get around to it.  I hope this you enjoyed this DIY and if you have any questions please let me know!

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What I Learned about Myself in a Month

Hello!  Today, I am proud to say that I have been living by myself for a whole month!  Hooray!  I haven’t died yet, or maybe I did and my ghost is writing this.

But during this month I came to realize some things about myself.  Things that I had assumed but didn’t fully come to know until now.

1. I actually don’t mind cooking.

I know!  I have always said that I don’t like to cook.  But, I think that I didn’t like to cook because I was afraid of people judging how I was cooking.  And so if I did something wrong or burned something, I would be humiliated.  But now that I live alone, no one can judge me!  So I actually don’t mind cooking for myself.

Parisian Tablescape

2. My bed is my favorite place to sit.

In all actuality, I am sitting on my bed typing out this blog.  Funny right?  I think I enjoy it so much because I am still not used to living by myself and don’t have to keep to my room.  I could go sit on the couch, but I have found myself happier sitting in my bedroom and watching YouTube on my laptop rather than on the TV.  I’m sure that I will move more toward the couch as I live here longer, but for now my bed is my favorite.

Parisian Decor

3. I can expand on my love of glitter because the apartment is all mine!

I have never been able to decorate the whole house since I have always moved in with people.  So now that I had the chance to decorate with my stuff, I have gone a little glitter crazy!  My blingy pictures are hung up and there is tons of pink sparkly items.  Huzzah!

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4. I blame all random noises on my cats.

Yep…I mean…I think everyone does this at least once.  But I hear something fall over or something that I can’t see be moved…it’s definitely Target or Amelia, not the ghost.  Am I the only one who does this?

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5. I have used all of my possible weapons as decoration.

Okay so maybe I like decorating a little too much, but I realized I have nothing to protect myself in an easy spot.  My frying pans are all hidden away in cupboards and my knitting needles are hid away in the corner.  My trusty heavy candlesticks…covered with mason jars and flowers.  Yep…maybe I need to redecorate.

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6.  I absolutely love being by myself.

I was very skeptical about living alone, but I have realized that it is perfect for me.  I don’t have to worry about being considerate to anyone else in the house and I could walk around naked if I wanted.

No…I don’t do that.  Never have, never will.

But in all seriousness, I love being by myself.  It is scary at night sometimes knowing that I will be alone and my cats probably won’t protect me.  But I still like it.

If you enjoyed this post and LOVE the pictures, click on them and they will take you to past blog posts.  And I am curious.  Did anyone have these same kinds of experiences when they first lived by themselves?  Let me know in the comments!

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