Monday, June 13, 2011

My BFF Spray Paint

I've made no secret of my love for spray paint. Today I thought I would share some of the things in my home I've made over using the heaven in a can :)

First up is these book ends. I loved the large shape of them, but the wood didn't really match the room I wanted to use them for.

 *Do you spy that can of silver metallic in the background?

With a little paint they turned into these lovely silver book ends for my office:

Some of the other things I don't have "before" pictures of because I did them before starting blogging. This mirror was light gold and very chipped before I started. 

Next up is this teal lamp. It was a brown faux wood before. I found the pair at a consignment shop for $10.

And of course, let's not forget the furniture I've made over for my house:

I have a couple more furniture projects up my sleeve to show you later this week using the transformative powers of spray paint. What are your favorite projects using spray paint? I'd love to see em!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fabric Covered Cork Board

I recently completed a quick easy project for my bonus room crafting area. I wanted something to hold various invites, fabric samples, and mementos. A place for anything that inspires me! What better way than re-purposing something you already have? I took this beat up mirror...

And turned it into this lovely fabric cork board!

I followed the basic tutorial from 6th Street Design School.* It was as simple as busting out the mirror and taking out the wood backing, spray painting the frame, attaching cork tiles the wood backing (I did it using scotch tape!) and covering the whole thing in fabric. The fabric used in this project is Waverly Ellis Flamingo. Then you just pop it back into the frame and you have a great new place for tacking anything and everything. 

*Without the fabulous starburst mirror! Need!

Here it is above my craft desk!*

*See those fabulous teal lamps? I'll share those with you next week :)  

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have a project-filled weekend! 

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Stylish Substitute: Anthropologie vs. Target bedding

I'm back today with another Stylish Substitute, and again, this one is from Target! (disclaimer: I have an unreasonable addiction to the retailer!)

Obviously, the Target version does not have the knotted gathers, but I think it still packs the same charm for much less moolah. The Anthropologie version goes for $268 vs $79.99 for Target's copy. Both come in a array of colors. What do you think? Would you go for the Target lookalike or splurge on the real thing?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bandana Framing and Gallery Wall Progress

I recently ordered this print from Poster Revolution to start the gallery wall process in my office.

It is an odd size, 13x9, so I had trouble finding a frame that fit. I stumbled upon the idea for an easy solution while out at Hobby Lobby last weekend. I simply bought a bigger frame (16x20 size) and a bandana, and came up with this! 

I could have used the fabric I already bought to go in the room, but I wanted to save it for pillows and my chair redo and this bandana was only $.99. Goes great with the fabric I already have, and I love the finished product. 

I've also made some progress on my gallery wall for my office. Wanna see?

I obviously have a lot more to go. I am searching for the perfect prints for the smaller frames, and want to make over a cardboard J for the empty spot on the right hand side of the arrangement. 

What do you think? 

Linking to today's Terrific Under Ten Tuesday over at Kindra's blog! 

Also, thanks to Kindra for featuring my Desk Chair Makeover from last week!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wasabi Crusted Salmon Recipe

I don't know about you, but I'm a huge salmon fan. Add wasabi to the mix and I'm hooked! Here is a quick and easy (under 20 minutes and 5 ingredients!) recipe for my favorite Wasabi Crusted Salmon. 

2 salmon fillets
4 tablespoons light mayo
2 teaspoons wasabi powder
Sprinkle of garlic powder
1/2 cup panko or regular breadcrumbs

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and thaw salmon. 

2. Mix mayo, wasabi powder and garlic in a small bowl.

 It'll look a little something like this!

3. Place salmon fillets on a foil-lined baking sheet and spread with mayo mixture.

4. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs. 

Looks tasty!

5. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until salmon is cooked through!

Wahlah! A delicious, low calorie fish dish. 

 The breadcrumbs get crunchy. Yum! (Dishes are from here.)

What's your favorite way to cook fish?

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011


I'd love for you to come follow me on Pinterest! I'm also working to add a button to my sidebar. I'll be tagging many wonderful DIY projects that catch my eye as well as some gorgeous rooms from my favorite bloggers!

Also, I did a little redesign of my blog to make it a little more "me". What do ya think?