Projects, Projects Everywhere!

I have this problem where I start multiple projects at once and it takes me forever to finish them.

Right now, I am making myself a wreath and fixing a friend's monogram door hanger, among other things. I did, however, finish my nightstand!

As you may remember from a previous post, it was hot pink. Like, neon hot pink.

If I were a single girl living on my own or with other girls, I would totally have kept it pink! It was super cute! However, my boyfriend's first sentence after bringing it through the door was, "No, that is not going next to our bed." Ha! Can't say I blame him.

I had some a ton of leftover paint from painting my desk (I'll post about that later!) and I thought it would look beautiful on the table!

I started by flipping the table upside down and painting the legs. It took about 4 thin coats of paint before the hot pink was fully covered! 

There were so many little nooks and crevices that I had to go in with a small paintbrush and do lots of touch ups. As you can see in this picture, there are little paint drips in places that make the surface look a little uneven. This table is pretty old and was picked up at the Salvation Army by my sister, who painted it. Then, my mom painted it hot pink. I sanded it down the best I could, but those little drops don't really bother me. Unless you're really up close, like in this picture, you can't even tell!

I also had to pay close attention to the curves of the table. I used the smaller paintbrush again and went in and gave it a few coats so the hot pink didn't peek out from underneath.

After the legs were painted and dry, I flipped it over and did the top! This picture was taken after 2 thin coats. The pink is almost gone, but still showing through a little bit so I added a few more coats!

After a few more coats of paint and a couple coats of polycrylic, my table was finally finished!

I am in love with the color! And I love that it matches my desk!

The design is so beautiful and looks amazing in that silvery gray!

I added a few pictures, a lamp, and a vase filled with one of my favorite flowers, hydrangeas!

I think it fits right in with my bedroom! I still need to add some throw pillows (although J would happily disagree - he has something against throw pillows)...

...and some art to my walls! I hung up 3 photos in identical frames above our bed that perfectly match the blue in our curtains, but now I need to fill up the wall next to it. I have a painting I bought from Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago that I might but there, but I haven't decided yet.

So, what do you guys think about the table? I absolutely love the color and am really impressed with how it turned out! Let me know what you think in the comments below! And if you have any ideas for art for my empty wall beside my bed, feel free to share! I could use the help!

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My First Silhouette Tutorial!

Hey guys! So I'm doing something today that I've never done on the blog - a Silhouette tutorial! 

Remember that trash can I painted? Here's a quick picture:

I loved how it turned out but I wanted something more! I have been itching to use my Silhouette so I decided to give it a try and add a cute label to my trash can!

I'm still new to Silhouette Studio and learn something new every time I use it. One of my favorite things about it is how easy it is to use!

Note: I made the pictures below as large as I could so they're easier to see, but if you still can't view them, click on the image and it will zoom in more!

Creating the label was super easy, and I did it using one of the shapes that came pre-loaded in my Silhouette Library. 

As you can see, I have all of my shapes organized into separate folders. I went to my Labels folder, and clicked on frame.

When you double click it, it brings it up on your page. Now, the space I had to work with on my trash can lid was roughly 9.5"x5" so I played around with the size of the label until I had it around the size I wanted (I knew I might have to change it, because I still had to add the text). It ended up being 8"x4".

I knew I wanted the first and last letters to be big, so I found a font on called Optimus Princeps that I really liked and downloaded it. is a great website that is so easy to use and has tons and tons of awesome fonts! It's always the first place I check when looking for a font!

I typed out the word, making sure to capitalize the first and last letter and played around with the size.

One thing that really helped me was to draw lines with the Line tool to act as markers. If you hold shift down when drawing them, they will stay straight. I think my vertical lines may have been a little off, but that's okay. :)

After drawing my gridlines, I made the text bigger so it filled up the space a little more. Then I centered it in the label. After everything was lined up and sized correctly, I deleted the gridlines.

All that was left to do is cut! Make sure your blade is on the correct setting, in this case 2, because I am using Silhouette vinyl.

After the Silhouette cuts it out (which took all of two seconds! It was so quick!) peel off the vinyl that's not part of the label and toss it in the trash. 

Silhouette sells this awesome stuff called Transfer Paper. It makes placing the vinyl on your surface easy and painless! All you do is cut a piece similar to the size of your vinyl, peel of the top layer leaving the sticky part with the gridlines to work with, and put it down on top of your vinyl. Make sure to smooth it down enough so it grabs onto the vinyl. Once you think it's on there good, slowly peel the layers apart so that the vinyl is transferred to your Transfer Paper.

Note: I tried to take a picture of this step but my vinyl and Transfer Paper kept curling so I couldn't get a good shot! There are tons of YouTube videos showing this process though so I encourage you to to check them out if you're unsure about this step.

Making sure to line the vinyl up right within the space, press the Transfer Paper down onto the surface and smooth out any bubbles, wrinkles, and press down the vinyl! When everything's smooth and pressed, slowly take the Transfer Paper off to reveal your vinyl!

Please ignore the trash bag in the corner! I forgot to move it and I'm too lazy to take a new picture! :)
I love how it turned out and it was so easy! Silhouette Studio is so easy to use and any there are so many tutorials out there to show me all of the endless possibilities to using it!

What did you guys think about my first Silhouette tutorial? I would love some feedback so I know what to keep or start doing in future tutorials! Leave me some comments below on your thoughts!

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Trash Can Makeover

I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I had inherited some things from my mom that she no longer wanted. I'm also "borrowing" some things from my sister while she's in DC. However, the three of us don't exactly have the same style.

I love whites, creams, light blues and greens. Anything serene. I do love the occasional jewel tones or rich burgundy but overall, I like lighter colors.

That is why when I was offered took my mom's trash can, I knew I had to paint it. When she first bought it, I believe it was a light colored wood. Maybe maple or oak stained? It's been so many years that I can't remember the color exactly. But, a few years ago she moved to a home that had dark appliances so she decided to paint the trash can black.

And of top of that, after many years of use, it was a little banged up.

But I love the shape of it and how the lid flips open! Plus, it was free! That alone is the best part! I would've taken it if it was neon green just because it was free! :)

Valspar's Du Jour
I still have a ton of paint leftover from when I painted my dresser so I decided to use some of it!

I gave it a quick sanding, focusing more on rough spots or parts that had dripped and dried. I don't know what I was thinking, because I completely skipped the priming step. I really ought to have primed it, but I forgot all about it! Whoops!

If you are going to use a primer (and you really should), I recommend Zinsser. It is seriously the best!

Here is a picture of one coat of paint without primer. I am a little impatient and instead of applying it in thinner coats, I did mine more on the thick side. I always use super fine grit sanding paper and do a once over between coats to ensure there's no uneven spots or drips showing.

This is after 3 coats. As you can see on the left side of the picture, I had taken the lid apart and taken off the hardware before I painted it so I could make sure to get every little corner and crease.

This is the lid after 3 coats of paint. The paint dried relatively fast and didn't really stink up the apartment too bad. I opened the windows and turned the fans on for circulation and didn't really even notice the smell!

After the paint dried, I assembled the lid back together and put it on top of the base! And now I have a beautiful white trash can that fits perfectly along the wall of my kitchen!

I love how it fits perfectly right underneath my clock!

I was thinking about painting the hardware, and still might, but I'm not sure. I was thinking silver maybe? What do you guys think? I'd love to know if you prefer the dark hardware to offset the white or if a cool silver would look better!

I've also been considering using my Silhouette to cut a vinyl saying or picture to put on top of the lid! I'm a terrible decision maker so I'm just not sure! I was thinking just putting "TRASH" on top, but in a pretty font. Do you guys have any other ideas for a vinyl cutout? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear your thoughts!

And, because it's been a few days since my last post, I'll give you a sneak peek on what I have coming up!

I'm transforming this beautiful table from hot pink to a grayish silver! I already have my supplies assembled and am ready to get started as soon as I finish this post! I might even use my Silhouette on it too! :)

My First Silhouette Tutorial!
UPDATE: I added a vinyl label to my trash can using my Silhouette! Come check out the tutorial here!

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BOO! With A Little Sparkle

Remember that BOO door hanger I made this week? I'm so happy with how it turned out, but I thought it needed a little something extra! The black of the letters were a little too plain for me. So, I added a little lot of glitter!

It was so simple to do! I had won some Martha Stewart Hexagonal Craft Glitter from The Paper Boutique a long time ago and was saving it for the perfect project. Well, the time had come!

Martha Stewart Hexagonal Craft Glitter
In the top left corner up there, you can see half of the bottle of black glitter. When it sparkles, you can see silver and blue -- it looks beautiful when the light hits it just right! I knew it was what I wanted to use on my letters!

All I did was paint Elmer's glue onto the letters with a paintbrush in a really fine coat and slowly shake the glitter out on top. After it dried for about an hour, I sprayed two coats of clear coat spray paint to make sure the glitter would stay on. I have noticed a little fallout, so I think I will do one more spray but overall, it's stayed on pretty well!

Here's some more pictures!

It really brings out the little sparkle in the ribbon! I love how it turned out!

Have you guys made any Fall or Halloween decorations this year? If so, I'd love to see! Leave me links to your projects in the comments below!

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