Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Duck Tape Office Tray

I started a new job about a month ago and with it will come a new office space… meaning a new office space that will need décor, right?  My office is still empty right now, a boring beige shell, so I thought I’d make a fun office tray out of a plain wooden tray and some fun duck tape.  The end result is a snazzy inbox for my future work digs!

Duck Tape Office Tray Customization

I started with a basic wooden tray and duck tape that I bought with a coupon at JoAnn’s.

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I chose metallic gold and green moroccan trellis duck tape for this project, although the selection of patterns was pretty incredible.  I obviously have been living under some sort of duck tape rock and had no idea that it came in so many colors and patterns.  And I call myself a crafter…

Anyhoo, this project was super simple.  I simply cut the duck tape and applied.

Okay, it was a little more involved than that, but not much.  I added the gold tape to the straight sides first, then cut strips of the trellis tape to line the interior of the tray, lining up the pattern to make it continuous.  I smoothed the edges of the tape with the back of my fingernail to help it adhere.

Moroccan Trellis Duck Tape Tray

The ends with the handles were a little trickier.  I traced the curved portion onto the tape and cut out, cutting into the tape in the curve of the handle so I could wrap the tiny pieces around the interior of the handle.

Metallic Duck Tape Tray

And that was it – easy peasy.  Now I have a fun little place to collect papers and inter-office mail all while adding some color and a little nod to Liberace in my boring beige office space.  Can’t wait to move in!

Duck Tape office tray

Metallic Gold Duck Tape Tray

Have you made over anything with Duck Tape?  Surely I’m not the only person who didn’t know all these colors existed!

Monday, April 14, 2014

{Design Inspiration} Peacock Blue

Happy happy Monday lovelies!  We had a great weekend complete with sleeping in on Saturday because there was no soccer this week (yay!) and a family hike on Sunday.  I put away my to-do list this weekend and just enjoyed my family… it was fabulous.  And now I’m ready to get back to that list (HA!), beginning with a sweet little retro desk that I scored last weekend from a swap page.  I’m envisioning a peacock blue makeover with gold accents… here is some of the inspiration for this project.

Guest Bedroom via Young House Love

Nursery via On to Baby

The Bronze/Hand-Rubbed Bronze finish combination on these Hicks Pendants really pops against the peacock blue ceiling in this stunning kitchen.

Via Visual Comfort


Via TJAnderson Homes

Via Country Living

So whaddya think?  Peacock Blue for the win?

This week will be filled again with work and soccer and softball, but I have hope that I’ll be able to get started on the desk.  There is a little bit of repair to be done, so maybe I’ll start there.  I’ll keep ya posted… have a great week!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Golden Mirror Makeover

Hey, hey, hey friends!  Happy Friday to you… I’m taking a break from Friday Faves today to share a fun golden mirror makeover that I recently completed for my baby girl’s bedroom.
White Dresser and Golden Mirror Makeover

This mirror has been sitting in my garage for longer than I care to admit, but just so my readers are well informed… it was a companion to my French Linen Dresser and Duck Egg Chevron Side Table.  It started out like this:


It was brown and drab and covered with dust and cobwebs – ick.  After a good cleaning, I rubbed on a golden finish with AMACO Rub 'n Buff Wax Metallic Finish, Antique Gold, 0.5-Fluid Ounce using my forefinger.  That’s it.  Seriously.  I buffed it in well as I applied to save the extra step of a separate buffing.
This mirror had a bracket to mount to a dresser, so I removed it and added some U-brackets and picture hanging wire (with Mr. home.made.’s help) so it could be freely hung on the wall.  This bad boy is heavy, so I hung it with a 50 pound capacity picture hanger.

Golden Mirror Makeover home.made.

It looks gorgeous in my daughter’s room, especially over her newly made over dresser (I’ll talk more about that next week!).  She has a lot of color going on in her room despite the white walls so the gold provided a perfect neutral accessory to all of it.

Golden Mirror Makeover

The end result is just what I was going for and I love that it didn’t cost me anything since the mirror was part of the dresser package deal (for $75) and I had the Rub n Buff on hand.  Best of all, there’s a little girl who’s quite happy with her new wall accessory.


That smile makes all my crazy ideas worthwhile.

Have you ever made over something with Rub n Buff?  I’d love to hear about it!

Linking with these fabulous parties:

Monday, April 7, 2014

Decorating for Easter

Easter’s coming up in just a few short weeks – and I’ve slowly been adding touches of Easter décor around the house.  I’ve been avoiding the Easter items at Hobby Lobby so I won’t be tempted to bring anything new home and I’ve limited myself to using what I already have on hand.  Make do and make it beautiful, right?

Bunny Vignette

I’ve discovered over time that I have a thing for bunnies… I just love the element of sweetness a bunny brings to a room.

Easter Tree Vignette

There’s another little bunny hiding on top of my Chicken Wire Curio.

Easter Egg Wreath

My Mod Podge Easter Egg and pompom wreath came back for another visit.

Easter Mantel Bunny

And more bunnies on my mantel… with a container of robin eggs that taunt my “I’m giving up sweets for Lent” self.  Never.  Again.

Easter Egg Decorating

It isn’t Easter without eggs either, so I have this fun little container of pastel eggs on my Aubusson Blue side table.

I’ve been thinking about making an Easter table runner this week, but I’ve got to get some sewing mojo going.  My sewing machine is tucked away right now and I’d really have to want to make this runner to pull it out of the closet.

Do you decorate for Easter?  Is your décor more traditional with the easter eggs and bunnies or do you decorate to celebrate the risen Christ?  I’d love to hear what you do!

Friday, April 4, 2014

{Friday Faves} Random

It’s Friday… can I get an amen?!  I am ready to enjoy the weekend and we’re kicking it off tomorrow morning with soccer pictures at 7 a.m.  Now that just ain’t right.

Anyhoo… how about some Friday Faves?  These are sorta all over the place, but hey, that’s pretty much how I feel lately so enjoy the mix!

First up, this eyeliner is rocking my world.  I saw it recommended on MaskCara and since I’m always on the lookout for makeup that doesn’t  melt off my face by noon, I gave it a try.  It’s the bomb.  It goes on smoothly and stays on all day without smudging or fading.  Try it, you’ll be impressed.

L'Oreal Paris Silkissime by Infallible Eyeliner, 200 Black, 0.03 Ounce


Next, is my fave blog crush: Cassie of hi Sugarplum!  Love this girl.  She is such an inspiration: stylish, funny, great eye for design… all while being a full-time working mom.  Follow her, you won’t be sorry you did.

Hi Sugarplum | Top Ten March


Another fave?  These delish No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars from Saving with Shellie.  I gave up desserts for lent so the fact that I could pass this off as a healthy snack was a huge plus… and kept my PMS from turning me into a she-devil.  No lie.


Finally, my favorite craft supply as of late: metallic gold Duck Tape.  I’ve been working on a fun little project that I can’t wait to share with you next week.  Who knew Duck Tape came in all those colors?  It’s shiny and fabulous.

Duck Brand 280748 Metallic Colored Duct Tape, Gold, 1.88-Inch by 10 Yards, Single Roll


Here’s to the weekend, lovelies!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Easter Inspiration–Bunnies!

Happy April Fool’s Day!  I must admit I’m not the slightest bit of a prankster, so April Fool’s Day is not my thing… but have you been up to anything naughty today?  I’m kicking off the first day of April with some Easter inspiration for you and it’s all about the bunnies.  You must see these adorable ideas!

Sleepy Bunny Goody Bags from probably actually

DIY Hungry Bunny Tutorial and Pattern Download via #easter #diy #bunny #pattern

DIY Hungry Bunnies from lilblueboo

Soft Woolen Bunny from the purl bee

These doughnut bunny pops are so perfect for Easter! Cute!

Doughnut Bunny Pops from Positively Splendid

diy stuffed bunnies

DIY Stuffed Bunnies from livelaughrowe

Peeps Banner from MADE

Aren’t these all so fun?  It’s funny how almost all of my picks involve fabric.  Maybe this will be the year that I finally make those sweet bunny sacks for my girls – I better hurry because they are growing up way too fast and soon enough will think they’re “too old” for this stuff.  If I do make some, I’ll be sure to show ya.

I’ve  been working on a few little projects around the house in between soccer and softball and a new job and throwing a birthday party this past weekend… I hope to share it all with you soon!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Living Room Update Progress

I gave you a sneak peek last week of some of the updates in my living room, and today I’m sharing a little bit more with you.  I’ve been slowly transforming this room for what feels like forever, and it’s finally starting to feel more like home around here.  Here’s the view you saw last week:

Computer Armoire Makeover copy

Here’s what it looked like before…


This picture is actually after I painted over the mustard yellow walls – and I have yet to repaint that green trim.  One of my home goals this year is to finally tackle the trim-painting beast.  It’s not something I’m looking forward to,  but it’s long overdue.

All that paint talk aside, here’s how things are looking now:

Living Room Progress Ektorp

We sold our leather sofa set on Craigslist and replaced it with the Ektorp chaise sectional from IKEA.  I really like this sofa.  It’s taken some getting use to for my hubby (not quite as cushy as the leather set), but he knows I like it so he doesn’t complain much.  Besides, part of the compromise was his very own man chair… yep, a recliner.

Living Room Progress Recliner

When he asked for a recliner I groaned… literally.  All I could picture was a gargantuan ugly La-Z-Boy from the eighties, so imagine my surprise when I found a recliner that was a normal size and was, *gasp*, pretty too!  This is the Franklin recliner from Plow and Hearth.  It’s gorgeous and it’s comfortable and Mr. home.made. is constantly fighting his three chicks for this chair!

The gallery wall of U’s behind the chair is a constant work in progress.  Do you know how difficult it is to find the letter U?  Seriously.  I find so many cute letters and there seems to rarely be a U.  Crazy.  Trust, us, a couple things I can’t spell without U.  Obviously these retailers don’t listen to the Biebs or they’d know what’s up.

I digress.

I shared my new reading corner with you last month.

Reading Corner Chair

And here’s one last view, looking into the kitchen area.

Living Room Progress Update

The wicker chair is IKEA, as is the little turquoise cart.  And I know you’re wondering about that fabulous rug, right?  It’s the moroccan trellis rug from Rugs USA and I got it during their 80% off sale during the summer.  It sheds like a friggin alpaca, but other than that, it’s great.  It’s thick and soft and gorgeous and I love the visual texture the pattern provides.

So there it is – our main living space and it’s little makeover.  I still have some things I want to do in here:

  • Paint Trim White!!
  • Find a smaller round coffee table (maybe glass with brass?)
  • Sell coffee and side table
  • ??Paint Computer Armoire
  • Move in piano from my grandmother
  • Plate wall above said piano :)

That’s about it… enough, right?

Hope you’re having a great start to your week.  I’m busy adjusting to my new job and working on last minute details for my 9 year old’s birthday party (in between soccer and softball)… can I get a nap please?!


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