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Spring mantle with blooming letters

Spring Mantle

Spring is in the air and I definitely have caught spring fever!  This has always been my favorite season for lots of reasons, but mostly the flowers. I have been loving all of the blooming monograms out there and so I thought it would be fun to put my own spin on it and do an entire word. It’s an easy project and it was fairly cheap if you can find good deals.

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This is everything you will need.  I got the paper mache letters at JoAnn’s and the flowers from Michaels (50% off!)  Both of these stores always have coupons so if what you’re getting isn’t on sale you can still get a good deal.  Then you’re just going to need to use a box cutter, some spray paint, command strips and a hot glue gun (which I forgot to show…oops!)

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Cutting off the top layer was pretty simple and actually once you started cutting you could just tear the rest off and it would tear right along the edge.

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After all the tops were cut off I spray painted the letters with my favorite color of spray paint – Valspar Color Radiance in Mirage (which is like a light aqua)

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Then I just pulled all the tops off of my flowers and hot glued them inside the letters.  You could also fill the letters with floral styrofoam but my letters weren’t very deep so I didn’t use it.

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Hang them up using the command strips and you’re done.  Super easy and so, so cute!

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Happy Spring!!

MarKaySig

Master Bedroom Redo ~Hotel Style

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So I’ve been wanting to redo my master bedroom and I’m excited to share it with all of you!  I went with more neutral tones (although I did add a touch of aqua ;))

I used Rustolem Chalked paint in linen white to redo my dressers.  They were a dark brown before and I just wanted a lighter, fresher look.  I LOVED this product.  There was no sanding or priming required.  You do have to brush it on instead of using a paint roller but I like seeing some of the brush strokes that give it more of a vintage look.  I did have to apply 3 coats to get enough coverage but it turned out awesome!  After the coats had dried, I distressed the edges and also added some oil rubbed bronze hardware.  I finished up with the Rustoleum protective top coat in matte clear.

For Christmas I received a new upholstered bed from Wayfair in a charcoal color.  With my current grey bedspread it just wasn’t going to work.  So I looked everywhere for a new bedspread and finally ended up finding the perfect new comforter set from Bed, Bath and Beyond (Madison Park Pure Elena in aqua)

I decided I wanted to go with a more light and flowing look for my window treatments and finally found the perfect window sheers from Target (Threshold Clipped Sheer Curtain Panels in white) They have a really pretty pattern on them.  I got the 95″ length because I wanted them to pool on the floor.  I love how it adds so much softness to the room.

Target was my go-to place for a lot of my room.  I also found the settee and starburst mirror there.

The lamps and side mirror were from Home Goods.  I think adding more mirrors to the room also added more light and elegance.

My goal for this room was to feel like I was waking up in a hotel room every morning and I feel like I achieved that.  I love the more grown-up and timeless look that it has.

Enjoy!

MarKaySig

Valentine Mantle

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I’m baaaaaack…..
It’s been a while since I’ve done a post on here. It’s been a crazy few months and I will do a post soon to update you on everything.

So anyway…I HEART VALENTINE’S DAY :)
It’s one of my favorite holidays so I couldn’t pass up the chance to do a cute mantle.
My starting point for the whole thing was the large beadboard heart.  I had a vision of it in my head and it turned out exactly how I had pictured it!  I started out by buying a large sheet of unfinished beadboard at the home improvement store.  To make the shape of the heart I had a large sheet of butcher paper, folded it in half and then traced one half of the heart onto it.  That way both sides of the heart were the same.  I cut the heart out and then I taped it onto the front of my beadboard.

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After I had traced it on a good friend helped me to cut it out with his jigsaw.  He put some tape on the line as he cut to help keep the wood from chipping.

cuttingoutheartAfter a little bit of sanding around the edges it was ready to be stained.  I used the same gel stain that I’ve used on a lot of my projects.  I love this stuff!  Just wipe it on with a cloth and that’s all there is to it!

walnutgelstainstaining heartTo hang the heart I just used some Command velcro strips (LOVE those things!)

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I also made a fun LOVE sign from a canvas that I had stashed in my craft room closet.  I am SOOOO happy with how it turned out!  If you have a Cricut or any other die cut machine you can make this pretty easy.  I just cut the letters and heart shape out of some vinyl, stuck them onto the canvas and painted over the top of it.  When you pull the vinyl off you are left with the white lettering underneath

valentine sign love vinyl(the letters are different colors because that was all the vinyl I had)

love sign vinyl removalAfter I had removed the vinyl then I used the flowers from a silk hydrangea and hot glued them inside the shape of the heart.  It turned out super cute and was really easy!

valentine hydrangea love sign 1love signThe letters didn’t come out perfectly but I actually like that.  Makes it look a little more crafty 😉  Isn’t this so cute!????

And of course, I had to make a garland.  This was so easy.  I found some really cute little pink clothespins, some paper doilies, burlap hearts (already cut into a heart shape.. nice) and just attached them to some cute baker’s twine.

clothespinsandtwinevalentinegarlandSimple as can be.  My kind of project 😉

And last but not least was this slice of wood that I painted with some chalkboard paint.  I love the initials.  Reminds me of when couples carve their initials into a tree.

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I hope you’ve all enjoyed my lovely Valentine mantle and I hope that it’s given you some inspiration for your own!  xoxo

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{Recliner Makeover}

By featured DIYer, Shauna Jones

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I have an amazing DIYer friend named Shauna Jones.  She does some of the most incredible projects and so I wanted to share them with all of you!  She’s one of those girls that’s not afraid to get her hands dirty or to take on a project by herself- and she does a great job!  Her blog is Jones Inc.  Go check it out!

One of Shauna’s recent projects was recovering her recliner.  Now that’s quite the project to tackle!  She had this old recliner that she had used forever and had so much sentimental value that she just couldn’t get rid of it.  She had never taken on a project like this so she used online tutorials as her guide and then as she took her recliner apart she used the old pieces as her templates for her new ones.  Now that’s genius!

I love how it turned out and now she gets to keep this piece of furniture that has meant so much to her over the years – just by breathing some new life into it!

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{Hydrangea Wreath}

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 This is the wreath I made for my mom for Mother’s Day.  She loves the color purple and hydrangeas so I thought this would be perfect.  I was in such a hurry to put this together (we went out of town this weekend) that I forgot to take pictures while I was putting it together!  But here’s how I did it…

I bought a 12 inch chipboard wreath form from Hobby Lobby 1/2 off for only $2.  I love the BIG hydrangeas and got these at Michaels (also 1/2 off – about $4 a piece).  I cut the flowers off of the stems and there was still bit of stem left…so I decided instead of hot gluing them I would drill holes through the form to stick them in and then also hot glued inside the hole to hold them in place.  Then I hot glued some of the leaves between the hydrangeas.  To top it off I just bought some matching purple ribbon to hang it with.  Simple and beautiful :)

MarKaySig

{DIY Message Board}

DIYMessageBoardThis is one of my favorite DIY projects ever!  I made this with my 13 year old daughter Kamry for her bedroom.  It was so fun to do together and was super easy!

We started off by getting a plain old cork board (24×36), some upholstery nails and some fabric.  You will also need a staple gun, duct tape and a picture hanger.
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First, cut your fabric to be about 2 inches larger all around (26×38).  If you have fabric wider than 38″ (and most of the time it is) then you can get away with less than a yard of fabric to make this.  I let Kamry pick out her fabric and she chose this coral colored scallop print (good choice)
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I started off by tacking down the corners to make sure that the fabric was taut.  Then you just start pushing in your nail head trim (the fun part!)  It didn’t take long to figure out the best way to make it work.  You just want to push them in so they lay right next to the edge of the frame and try to get them in as straight of a line as possible.  Kamry had a lot of fun helping me with this part.
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This size of cork board took about 9 packages of upholstery nails (30 in a package).  That’s where I miscalculated.  I bought 8 packages and you can see that I was barely short….  So I had to go back and buy one more package (learn from my mistake!)
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(Here’s the part I forgot to get a picture of…) I folded the extra fabric around to the back and used my staple gun to hold it in place.  You will find that after you’ve done all of this that your upholstery nails will be sticking through the back so I just applied some duct tape over them.  Then you just hammer your picture hanger onto the back and it’s ready to hang!
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Ta-Da!  Now Kamry has an adorable new message board she can hang all of her pictures on (I must admit- these are not her pictures…I didn’t think One Direction pictures would do this justice)

So much better than a boring old cork board
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MarKaySig