Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Nursery Fit for a Princess

So if you haven't guessed it yet by the title of this post (or if you don't follow my Instagram or facebook) then I'll just come  right out and say it: We're expecting our second little one! And it's a...

So what comes with the arrival of a new baby besides joy, new clothes and sleepless nights? Why a new bedroom of course!

Ever since I dreamed of having children I knew that if I had a girl I would go all out (well as much as I could ;) with decorating her room. With this little lady I have lots of big plans including, but not limited to, a chandelier. When Homdox contacted me with a review opportunity for one of their products I went through their site and lo and behold they had some beautiful crystal chandeliers. I couldn't believe my luck!

I chose a smaller 3 light chandelier over the bigger 5 light chandeliers they have since it's for a bedroom in lieu of the typical large dining room a chandelier goes in. When I received my happy mail we immediately set to work taking down the old, ugly construction grade brass light fixture.

I'm so glad to get rid of another piece of brass construction grade ugliness from our house.

When we opened the box for the chandelier it was very neatly packed in individual sections. Cory said he'd be able to put it up in no time so we got out the directions, which were about as helpful as Ikea directions with only numbered parts of where to put the crystals on the chandelier. We got all the pieces out and unfortunately the metal crossbar for hanging the light fixture was far too small to fit our standard electrical junction box in the ceiling. So scratch the, in no time part, of putting up the chandelier.

After we bought a crossbar that would work at our local hardware store Cory got to work. Now Cory is no stranger to putting up light fixtures since he is a landlord and owns multiple properties but he said this fixture was a first for him in regard to the wires.

The wires were all clear, in electrical speak this means there was no indication of polarity (+/-), which at the very least may shorten the bulb life. This is yet to be seen. Cory says he's never seen anything electrical period that showed no indication of polarity.

After Cory did his part I had to put all the crystals on the chandelier, which I didn't really mind although it did take a good 15 minutes. I believe for the affordable cost of $56.88, compared to hundreds that you could spend on similar looking chandeliers, that it is well worth the time and effort to assemble.

I absolutely love how beautiful this chandelier is. It really adds a touch of elegance to the room and our daughter will be able to use it for many, many years (or until we move, whichever comes first).

Now, of course I need to complete the rest of the room, which is currently my son's room. Yes, I'm sure you're thinking I'm nuts moving my son out of his room but I figured it would be the easiest to put our new baby in his room since it's already set up like a nursery complete with the crib/toddler bed and the walls are a pale green color that I chose to use for a boy or a girl when I was pregnant with my son.

I now have two bedrooms to DIY my way through by this fall...I guess I better get started! I really am a glutton for punishment of the DIY kind.

Here's a glimpse into the design palette for the baby girls room. I have quite a few projects that I will be blogging about for her room as well as Jackson's new big boy room so stay tuned ;). I'm also hoping to complete the kid's bathroom in the very near future so I can finally cross that room off the list.
Until the next time!


Disclaimer: I received the crystal chandelier complimentary from Homdox. However all opinions expressed are my own and 100% true. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Wall Art for a Grand Entrance with Modern Masters Metallic Reactive Paint

When we first bought our home I was in total awe over our two story entryway complete with a gorgeous open staircase. I never thought I would be lucky enough to have such a beautiful space in my home.

As much as I love my entryway I have found it to be a very difficult space to decorate. Huge, high walls that require large pieces, which unfortunately equals large dollar amounts to acquire, have been left blank over the years because I'm a cheapskate. I have looked at some beautiful old windows and arched wood and metal wall art but I've never been willing to throw down hundreds of dollars for them.

A couple months ago me and my bestie Mel were shopping at one of my fave stores, Kirklands, and lo and behold one of the arched wood and metal wall art pieces I'd been pining over for years was sitting outside, battered, broken and majorly clearanced from $170 down to $49. This piece is ironically called the Grand Entrance plaque. The store had had it on display for years (that's when I first saw it) and it must have somehow fell, damaging it for some lucky DIYer like me to scoop up and fix ;).

Mel and I happened to see the plaque at the same time and both gravitated towards it. We both (of course) wanted it since we have very similar decor taste. I thought we were going to have to Indian leg wrestle for it but thankfully (and somewhat reluctantly) she told me I could have it ;) ;) ;).

I knew I would have to do some repair work to make my new wall art look like her gorgeous self again. I was totally ok with that and I figured I would also do a little facelift with some paint to make this piece completely unique to my home.

Enter modern masters metallic reactive paint. This paint creates a patina on virtually any surface, from canvas, to metal, to wood, making it look like naturally aged copper. I knew it would be perfect for transforming this piece into one of a kind artwork. I decided I would change the somewhat plain looking black decorative metal pieces to aged copper with a green patina.

But first things first I had to repair the broken sections. The bottom pieces were pulled apart but thankfully had nails that I could see. I pounded the bottom in with a hammer until it was as close to back to normal as I could get it.

The top was cracked on one side so I simply squirt some liquid nails in between the cracks and taped it together for 24 hours. I also hammered the top down so the seams came together and reattached the metal decorative piece that was missing a screw with a tiny screw I dug up.

After fixing up the broken spots I removed the tape from the top part and I re-stained the parts of the wood that were scuffed or missing stain so the wood looked good as new. I then started the paint process for creating the aged copper with patina look I wanted on the decorative metal pieces.

The first step is painting at least 2 coats of primer with 12 hours dry time before applying the oxidizing copper paint. Here's how the metal looked after painting the brownish primer.

Next I applied one coat of oxidizing copper paint. Here's how the plaque looked with copper colored metal.

For the next step (the fun part) I laid the plaque down in my kitchen work space and got out the oxidizing copper paint and the green patina aging solution to do the final step. I used artist paint brushes but you can use any kind of brush, a roller or even a spray gun. To make the patina look you first paint copper paint onto your surface and then while the paint is still wet you apply the patina aging solution.

Here's a pic of me applying the patina aging solution on the wet copper paint. I applied the solution quite liberally since the surface I was patina-ing was not flat and I wanted the most green to show up as possible.

I did the metal pieces in sections so the paint would not dry. Here's a pic of the first section I did already changing to green patina right after I finished putting the patina solution on the second section. I'm sure you'll notice that I did get drips on the floor, but never fear since all the different paints for this project are soap and water clean up they washed right off ;).

Here's another view of the copper metal changing to a copper with patina.

It really was a fun process watching the copper change over such a short period of time. When I was finished I wasn't completely satisfied with the amount of patina on the copper so I "spot" patina-d after I was done so I could get more of the green patina look I wanted. I took a few pictures to show how the patina showed up in the course of minutes after the aging solution was applied.

Here's a few after pictures of the plaque. I really wanted more green but after I was finished I have to say I do like how some of the copper still shows. Possibly if I had used a spray gun or if the metal surface was level I would have ended up with a completely green patina.

It was quite a feat to get Cory to put the plaque up in the entryway but he did it (while I watched ;). Here's a couple pics of how the plaque looks it her rightful place.

I couldn't be more pleased with how my Grand Entrance plaque turned out! It really has made our entryway look more grand ;). I can't wait to try my Modern Masters copper reactive paint on other pieces throughout the house including our mailbox! Pics will be sure to surface on my instagram ;).

I'm off to try to finally finish Jackson's bathroom and a couple other must do projects!


Disclaimer: I received the metallic reactive paints complimentary from Modern Masters. However all opinions expressed are my own and 100% true. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.
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