Well, this post was supposed to be written last night, but we had no power in our neighborhood! The power shut off just after we had drilled the first hole for a curtain rod we were putting up… so thank goodness for cordless power tools, flashlights and candles! It’s our most romantic DIY yet! I’m excited to show you the new addition to our eating area very soon! More excited than Jason was to have his picture taken that’s for sure, haha!
In the meantime, I’d love it if you would come and join me over at Cottage & Vine today, where I’m sharing my Favorite Room! If you haven’t met Rene before, make sure you say hi! And for those of you visiting from Cottage & Vine, hello there! I’m glad to meet you!
There are some benefits to having never seen a Cameroon headdress, or Juju Hat, up close and personal. If I had, then I may have been a bit more daunted to try and DIY this! For those of you obsessed with perfection, please squint when looking at the above pictures. ; ) Actually, I suggest everyone try that, since they do look pretty darn sweet in a somewhat blurry state.
When I was looking through my pictures of JuJu hats, they all seemed so textural, almost wooly. So, when I went on a field trip to Michael’s to see what kind of feathers they had to work with, I quickly changed course and headed over to the yarn section. (Partly because the price of feathers adds up very quickly, and partly because the lady warned me about just how long it takes to glue on feather upon feather upon… you get the idea. I’m all about the cheap and easy when it comes to projects that may or may not actually work out!) I do not knit, so I had zero idea what I’d find, if anything. I was surprised to find such beautiful colors woven together, and all the thickness and texture I was looking for! And, a new found desire to make myself a scarf for next winter… if I start now I may just have it done in time!
I’m working on a tutorial in case anyone else wants to make one of these wooly wall hangings. So check back tomorrow for that!
PS – Book club ladies, as you can see, I’m ready to go for the next two months! Jane Eyre is from my mom’s college days, so I’m hoping to make use of her notes! ; )
Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson Design
Last weekend I came home with an assortment of old plastic pots that my in laws had stored behind their shed for the last couple of years, in various shades of faded terracotta. We needed to buy some more pots this year anyway, so I thought I’d give these a second chance at life!
Like my new spray painting mask? The idea of toxic fumes kind of freaks me out! All of my spray painting projects up until now have been pretty small, so I’ve always just sprayed and ran… (tell me I’m not the only one!) but that would’ve taken WAY too long for this project. Do you guys use masks? Or is there a trick that I’m missing so I don’t get engulfed by the spray!!?
If you try this at home, make sure that you buy spray paint that works on plastics, such as Rustoleum’s Universal. And, I found that if the pot’s finish is really beat up, like the one above, the spray paint just gets absorbed into the plastic instead of covering the surface nicely. Sad, because I think the style of this pot would have looked fabulous in a glossy black!
I envisioned a renewal of sorts with a heavy dose of glossy black spray paint, and I’m pretty happy with the results! I got almost five pots done before I ran out of one can of spray paint. (TIP: Ikea boxes came in handy for overspray!)
PS – It seems great minds think alike, so if you’re looking for more spray paint inspiration, go visit Carol at The Design Pages. Her urns are SUPER shiny, so I’ll have to find out what her secret spray paint is! Maybe mine will be getting another coat… ; )
Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson Design
Type Tuesday is a little closer to home today! These chairs were made by my granddad for us grandkids when we were little (the table is used elsewhere in our house), so I was happy to scoop them up from my parents when the boys were born. After a coat of paint, and adding some numbers (with a Sharpie marker!), they currently line the back of the couch that separates our kitchen eating area and family room. As the chairs have been used over the years, the Sharpie’d numbers have aged nicely so that they look like they’ve always been there. And, if I wanted to make them look crisp and new, I’d just have to color them in again!
Photo Credit: Rosa Pearson Design