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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Color Blocking A Wall To Frame A Picture

I bought a new picture for the wall above my couch. It's the first wall you see when you walk in the front door so I bought a pretty large picture for a statement piece. 

Since the course I took was called the Cozy Minimalist the focus was to decorate your room with a semi minimalist style yet still have a cozy home... it's kind of like an oxy moron really... cozy minimalist... the two just don't really go together... or do they?!

Today I wanted to show you how I made my new large art piece feel even larger and make more of a statement by color blocking the wall.

First I hung up the picture where I wanted it on the wall and measured and marked 5" out from the picture all the way around it.

Then I used blue painter's tape to mark off my block.

You can see that my new picture is pretty light colored. I have a dark grey wall in my living room and my friend suggested that it would look better on the dark wall... but I didn't want it on that wall...

I wanted it on this wall...

See how light the picture is... you'll have to imagine it without the blue painter's tape! lol!

Then I remembered some color blocked walls I had seen on Pinterest and that's when I thought of adding a block of color to make the light colored picture stand out a bit more.

I chose a little bit lighter shade than the dark grey wall to paint my color block/faux frame.

Paint inside the tape, wait for it to dry and then remove the tape and hang up your new statement piece!

I just love this picture... I'm not really a horse person though... I mean I think they are a beautiful animal and I love to admire them... from afar... Clydesdale's are my favorite :o)

I had a boyfriend once who tried to make me into a cowgirl and that never went very well.

He even bought me my own horse... a horse that wasn't broke yet...

Yah... not the smartest move he ever made... he was full of not smart moves... but we won't go there! lol!

This picture just really spoke to me, I think it's beautiful...

Sorry about the laptop cord going across the couch there :o/

What do you think? Do you have any color blocked walls or would you ever create one?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How To Remove Water Marks From Furniture and My New Hall Tree

As  you know I'm still working on my living room after taking the Cozy Minimalist online decorating course. If you don't know then check out these posts to learn more!

Today I'm showing you a closer look at my new Craigslist Hall Tree and an all natural method I tried to remove some pretty big water stains on it.

Before I tell you about the water stain removal method let's have a closer look at this little beauty!

It has two double coat hooks on either side and my favorite part is the cute little wavy mirror and little shelf under the mirror.

There is a little storage area where you could put your purse and umbrella storage next to that!

This is the label inside the door. I looked up Lebus Furniture and found a pretty interesting site {here}. If you go to the gallery you can see some pretty cool old catalogs, lots of Mid-Century Modern!

I believe mine is an earlier art deco piece and probably not worth a whole lot. I found one on eBay up for auction for $77. It has 23 watchers though so I'm watching now too just to see.

It doesn't matter to me though, I love it and I only paid $45!!

The umbrella holder still even has the metal tray in the bottom to catch the water. (Side note: I'm now on the hunt for some cute old umbrellas!)

It all looks pretty good except the top of the cupboard portion.

See all those water stains? The previous owner had plants sitting on it :o(

So I found a simple method on Pinterest. It almost seemed too simple but I had the ingredients in the kitchen (I think everyone does) so I thought "why not?"

All it is is olive oil and regular table salt. Mix it up so it's a thick paste. wipe it in a thick coat over the damaged areas and leave it to sit for about 30 minutes.

Then wipe it off. I used a plastic paint scraper to slide the thick salty mess off onto a paper plate and then I used a paper towel to wipe the rest.

The salt draws the moisture from the water stains OUT of the wood and the olive oil conditions the wood!

Now by no means does this look like new but it looks tons better in my opinion. I think it would have looked even better if the actual finish wasn't already coming off in places. See the darker areas? That's where the olive oil soaked into the wood where the finish was coming off.

I had to use my flash on my camera to get the picture too which also makes it look worse than it does in real life.

Here's a side-by-side... what do you think?

So as long as we're here looking at my new hall tree... and yesterday you saw my new {boho yarn wall hanging} and the bench I brought in from the bedroom.

Here's something else on that same wall...

My house used to have baseboard heaters. It now has central heat and air but the lazy SOB's who owned the house before me didn't remove the thermostat controls from the walls.

I wanted to cover it up...

I tried several old empty frames I had lying around...

How does that cover it up you ask?

Good question!

I hung my metal deer head that I got from Decor Steals a few years ago over the thermostat and settled on an old black frame. It just adds a little more presence to it I think...

So it looks less like a random deer head hanging in a weird place on the wall...

And more like an actual deer mount... that I purposely hung up in that very spot!!

Now I just have to figure out what to do with that U.G.L.Y. doorbell!!! Any suggestions? Maybe just spray it white so it blends more with the wall?

Stay tuned for my next post about color blocking to frame a picture!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Boho Yarn Wall Hanging

Yesterday I shared how my living room is coming together after taking The Nester's online Cozy Minimalist course. Click {here} if you missed that post.

So far I've got the bones of my room pretty much in place I think so now I'm adding some cozifiers as they are called in the class.

I'm trying to eliminate some of the smaller pieces and have some larger pieces that make more of a statement and a less cluttered look.

I made this quick and easy large boho yarn wall hanging for one wall in my living room.

I'll show you how easy it was in case you want to try making one for yourself!

We've been having some pretty high winds here lately and I found this tree branch in my yard that was perfect for creating my wall hanging. The only other things you'll need are a pair of scissors and the yarn of your choice. I chose really fat yarn in charcoal grey. I actually used 2 whole skeins so it cost about $8.00 total to make my wall hanging.

The first thing you'll want to do is decide how long you want your yarn to hang down the wall. Just hold your branch or dowel or whatever you are using up and hold the end of your yarn up to it. Once you've figured out how long you want it then double that so it will go completely over the branch and hang down the same amount on both sides evenly... hope that makes sense!

Cut a bunch of lengths using the first one as a guide or you can use a ruler... or here's something I just thought of... tape a tape measure to the edge of your counter or table and just measure each one out! Tip: don't pull on your yarn when you are measuring it out because it will shrink then when you let go and not be as long as you wanted.

Now take one piece of the yarn you've cut and even up the two ends like so.

Take the looped end and thread it under the branch.

Reach through that loop with your fingers...

And pull those ends through.

Pull it all the way through and tighten it as close to the other lengths of yarn as possible.

They will look like this.

Keep going until you've completed it as wide as you desire. Don't worry too much if the bottom edge doesn't match up completely because you can use your scissors and give it a haircut to even it up.

I trimmed mine at an angle because for some reason my yarn on the right side was shorter than the left side! DOH!

You could trim yours straight across, in a 'v' shape pointing up or down, or at an angle like I did.

I also made two tassels out of the leftover yarn and tied them on each end up near the branch. I know you can't see it but I also have a little ceramic feather tied on one side. I'll get a better picture of that later.

I traded the large cedar hope chest that was in here for this little grey bench that was in my bedroom and put it under my new wall hanging. I think the smaller size of this bench is better for this space and I like that I can slide a suitcase underneath!

Right now I just have a piece of faux fur and a throw on it but I need pillows! More pillows for my hoard!!! :o)

What do you think? Would you make one for yourself or as a Christmas gift for someone? When I was standing in the yarn aisle at the store the possibilities were just endless for the fun colors of wall hangings you could make!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Living Room Progress

Remember {this post} when I told you about an online decorating course I was taking called Cozy Minimalist? If you didn't see that post be sure and go take a look. It was all about quieting your space... which basically means taking everything out except the TV and the large pieces of furniture. You can see my attempt at quieting my living room space in that post.

I've finished the course but I'm still working on my living room. I've been taking my time... partly because I'm a tad on the lazy side at times and partly because I'm taking my time trying to get it exactly how I want it to feel. That means I might hang something up, live with it for a day or two to see how I like it and then either leave it or try something different.

I thought I'd show you what I've done so far.

I bought a new rug. I wanted something warm and cozy and I love shag. I found this one at Fred Meyer.

I really love this one from RugsUSA but the white doesn't really work since I have two dogs who like to lie on the soft shaggy rugs! The grey option wouldn't go well with my tan wall-to-wall carpet and then there's the price. It was a little too much for me even at 70% off :o(

I think mine has a similar feel and the off white color works better with dogs. I may try adding some tassels of my own. I could just safety pin them to the back side of the rug... what do you think?

I got a couple of new pillows (yes mom... more pillows!). The two fuzzy white ones in the corner. I brought the tan one in from another room and I already had the grey one with the arrows. I thought the brown one was ok since my wall-to-wall carpet is kind of that same color and I also have a brown leather-look chair.

Here is the brown chair (sorry for the picture quality). I found the throw at the thrift store for $4.99 and I already had the fuzzy pillow.

I found this little Mid-Century Modern coffee table at Goodwill for $9.99. I like it but I may paint it at some point. One of the things I learned in the course was about shapes. Many homes have lots of straight lines and angles and not enough round shapes and organic shapes. So I thought a round coffee table was a good option. Throws count as organic shapes... shapes with no real structure... they aren't straight, they aren't round... they're organic.

Here is my television wall. That aqua colored table that the TV is on was being used as a sofa table behind the sofa when it was on this wall. She talked about the sizes of furniture pieces as compared to the size of your TV and the little credenza I had it on before was just too small. Actually I think this might be considered a little small too but it will have to do.

The baskets on the bottom shelf are serving 2 purposes. They hide the gaggle of wires from the TV, DVD player, and my internet router and modem. I put most of them right inside the square basket on the right, The basket on the left is holding... more pillows! :o) I got a thang for pillows!!! I'm a pillow hoarder!

I put the shutters on either side to create more of a presence... I think it gives the feel of a large entertainment center... and the one on the left hides the blue duct taped hole in the wall!!

Here I was trying out different pieces for a little table for a lamp next to the TV. I tried a plant stand, I tried a small square table, and I tried a stack of suitcases.

I settled on the suitcases. I like them and we also learned about visual mass. Sometimes something larger that takes up more space for your eye to rest is better than smaller things. Even though the square table is probably about the same size as the suitcases, it didn't feel like it because it was see through... so not enough visual mass. Does that make sense?

Remember that metal book case? Look two pictures up and you'll see it. I got all ingenious on myself and laid it sideways behind the couch. The shelves came out and I laid them along what is now the top!

This was what inspired me. It's from {My Clever Nest}.

First I shopped my own house and garage looking for something I could use as a sofa table... nothing... then I went shopping for a bookcase like this one. I wanted white because I thought I could use it someplace else at a later time... nothing... they didn't have any white ones. Then it dawned on me that I had something that would work right in my living room... in fact I had been walking around it for days! lol!

This is the wall next to the front door, the credenza is on the right when you walk in.

And I found this super cool hall tree on Craigslist for only $45!! I love it!

This is the bones of my living room but stay tuned because I have more to show. I have upcoming posts on creating a color blocked wall statement piece, a new boho wall hanging I made, and more about this awesome hall tree!