May 21, 2015

Dose of Delight | 05.21.2015

Happy Friday! Happy Memorial Day. Happy three day weekend.
Are you cooking out? Snoozing out (oh, how I wish!)? Traveling?
We have a very uneventful weekend planned and trust me, I'm not complaining.

On that note, I'll just stop shootin the breeze and get straight to are all the favorite
 links from this week.

21 Surprising Stats About How Much Crap We Actually Own
#6 does not surprise me... my one year old is on a mission to top that.
#19 DOES surprise me a bit (says the person who still can't find the new blouse she bought the other day).

What’s better than custom portraits of your kids? Free custom portraits of your kids. Yes, FREE.

Create your own cute print here:

In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, AND look ma there's fruit!

As the school year comes to a close, some of you may find this handy.
Let's just all agree that lingerie as a gift to your kiddo's teacher is never a good idea. Unless you're looking to have a restraining order filed against you, then more power to ya.

 pin from the original source, please

Speaking of summer , doesn't Mother Nature realize I'm still shedding my winter sweater body?
For those of you ready to hit the beach, here's 14 delightful places you may want to check out SOON.

Enjoy your weekend!

May 19, 2015

Kid's Chalkboard Table Makeover and Why Hudson Bay Makes Me Cry

Happy Tuesday! Today I wanted to share with you how I breathed some life back into the old kid's table that we ended up using in the camp-themed playroom.

Kid's Chalkboard Table Makeover. A simple way to breathe life back into thrift store finds!

You may recall that I dubbed this the "Laura Ashley"  table and that I scored it at Goodwill for just two bucks when Little B was still in the womb. Here's what the table looked like for the past two years....except picture it sitting in a dark basement, alone, with cobwebs all over it.

Kid's Chalkboard Table Makeover "Before" Pics... Click to See the After!

Kid's Chalkboard Table Makeover "Before" Pics....Click to See the After!

My first job was to tackle the removal of the Disney stickers that some little munchkin so gleefully stuck all over the sides of the table. Normally, I would resort to using my trusty Goo Gone but I misplaced it somewhere in the house and didn't have time to conduct a Dateline search for it. 
So I got resourceful and used good ol' baby oil instead. It worked like a charm!

Use a natural degreaser, such as baby oil to remove sticky labels and stickers from non-porous surfaces.

TIP OF THE DAY: Use a natural degreaser, such as baby oil to remove sticky labels and stickers from non-porous surfaces. You're welcome.

After removing the stickers, I gave the table a good wipe down with a rag and water and carried it out to the garage. It was time for a good, fun makeover!

For week and weeks I threw around so many ideas on how to transform this table and in the end I decided Little B would probably get the most use out of a chalkboard top. He's just now starting to get into writing with chalk on the sidewalks. Plus, there was the mommy part of me that thought this may be a good way to distract him from coloring on the walls. One could only hope, right?

Before I could do anything with this table I needed to prime it.
It took two coats to cover up that sugary-sweet-girlish motif on top. Once the second coat of primer had dried I went to town on taping off the legs with painters tape.
(Divert your eyes from the dingy garage floor!)

Kid's Chalkboard Table Makeover "Before" Pics....Click to See the After!

As luck would have it, I stumbled upon a brand new can of Krylon Chalkboard Spraypaint in my paint stash.
See....this all coming back full circle. This chalkboard table was meant to be! 
I followed the directions on the back of the can and went all spray-happy on the top of the table.
After it dried, I seasoned the chalkboard. This is a crucial step for homemade chalkboards!

I know this is saying is overused BUT seriously,
 isn't it wonderful how just a little paint can make such a difference?

Kid's Chalkboard Table Makeover. A simple way to breathe life back into thrift store finds!

Last but not least, let's talk about the legs on the table.
 I  thought it would look neat to paint some of the leg rings different colors to coordinate with the room.
Ya know, add some pizzaz. 
Pizzaz! Pizzaz! 
What a fun word....seriously, the world needs more pizzazling, don't ya think?
Okay, I digress.....back to those leg rings.
To keep with the camp-theme, I was inspired by  these old vintage Hudson Bay camp blankets and my plan was to paint each of the rings the trademark HB colors; navy, red, yellow, and green.

Sounds like a fun plan, right? WRONG! Taping off the rings so that the paint could reach each crease and crevice perfectly on the legs was a nightmare and it took me FOREVER just to tape off the 4 top rings.
Seriously, will someone please come out with curved painter's tape?!
I even attempted to freehand paint the rings with a teeny-tiny paint brush and although not overly sloppy it wasn't very clean either. 

Did I mention this was all going down 
hours before the end of the One Room Challenge?! 
I decided after the navy painted rings to just suck it up and call it quits.

Kid's Chalkboard Table Makeover. A simple way to breathe life back into thrift store finds!

Kid's Chalkboard Table Makeover. A simple way to breathe life back into thrift store finds!

Kid's Chalkboard Table Makeover. A simple way to breathe life back into thrift store finds!

Kid's Chalkboard Table Makeover. A simple way to breathe life back into thrift store finds!

Don't get me wrong, I love how the table turned out. It's a far cry from it's unicorn and cotton candy days
but I'd be lying if I told you there wasn't a little piece of me that cries inside every time I think of my foiled Hudson Bay table dreams.
Sniff, sniff.

Maybe some day I'll find the energy and time to complete it (ALL LIES!)

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May 18, 2015

Bar Cart Styling: Mix & Match Design Style Challenge

Quick! How would you describe your decorating style?
Coastal, edgy, rustic?Are you drawing a blank? 
Then perhaps I'm not alone in my inability to articulate my decor persona!
Like seriously, Martha Stewart could be holding me up with a high-power glue gun right about now  (it could happen....)and I STILL wouldn't be able to define my style for her.
The most I can say is that my style has multiple personalities. I blame Pinterest.

That's why I was super intrigued when I was asked to participate in the Mix & Match Style Challenge hosted by Chairish, an online site for design lovers to sell and buy fun vintage goodies, including furniture and decor. The challenge was to simply create a styleboard displaying a room of my choice, with a mix of different styles of Charish curated furniture and accessories to complete the look. A challenge to mix and match? 
My split decor identities couldn't be happier!

So here's what I came up with........

Throwing Decor Rules Out The Window! Mid-Century Modern Meets Schoolhouse Style: Bar Cart Mood Board

I know this isn't a room per se (should be!), but have I ever mentioned that one of my superpowers is drinking wine? 
Hence, why I decided to share a space with bar cart styling ideas. I imagined this space styled along side one of the blank walls in our kitchen next to our sliding glass doors.
This is a mish mosh of mid-century modern mixed with elements of vintage schoolhouse style.
Sort of like if Mad Men's, Don Draper married "Leave it To Beaver's" schoolteacher.

I fell in love with this mid-century bar cart first because of course, it's got a touch of blue.
I'm also a big fan of the wood finish on it. It's a little bit rustic and considering I'm obsessed with all things "farmhouse" right about now, it suits me.

One of my favorite pieces of design advice is to look for inspiration in unexpected places.
Most people would resort to hanging a vintage map in their office but I like the element of surprise by adding it to a wall in your kitchen. Plus, most pull-down maps are vinyl making them easy to clean when your one year old decides to throw an old-school cafeteria food fight with himself.

Vintage Map

Many of us have come to embrace the schoolhouse light trend over the past year or two.
I think they're fun and especially love when people use them over their kitchen islands.

To me, there's nothing that scream "mid-century" more then a good ol' brass, sunburst clock.
I personally need a clock above my bar cart so I don't mistakenly think it's appropriate to start drinking at 7:00 in the morning. Kids can do that to ya!
Vintage Brass Sunburst Clock: Bar Cart Styling Ideas

This large industrial "refreshment" sign is perfect for this space!
What's a bar with out liquor? 
These vintage liquor bottles are a nice, stylish way to store your spirits.
I liked how their dark lettering complimented the "Refreshments" sign and the solid, dark brass on the pendant lights. It helps tie it all together!

And of course, your drinks can't just serve themselves and that is where this 1950's cocktail set comes into the picture. If you're going to have a bar cart then why not incorporate vintage barware? 

I had a lot of fun curating this mood board and I suggest if you've never heard of Chairish before that you go check it out! I love sifting through vintage goodies and could easily get lost on this site for hours. 

Now if you don't mind, I've got a cocktail to go pour.

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