Wednesday, September 24, 2014

halloween wood sign

   Hey everybody!....Sorry I've been MIA for a while. My youngest son and I went on a beach trip last week with some girlfriends and we had so much fun. He got to play with his good little friends and they had a blast playing in the sand and swimming in the pool.
   But now on to Halloween. I love to decorate for Halloween! Every year I try and decorate a little different and add something new. I love doing wood signs using my Cameo and that's exactly what I used for this project. I've done a couple other wood and paint projects with my Cameo but nothing to this extent. It's always been a "one word" project and this one is an entire phrase.
   I went on the Silhouette store and found a cute little Halloween phrase by Lori Whitlock. It was only $.99 for personal use only. I bought it and downloaded it into the software.
   Now there are a couple of ways to go about doing this so do what you feel best. Because I knew I wanted every other "rhyme" to be a different color I decided to go ahead and start off by painting the entire board black. I am using scrap wood so this one was already cut at 13.5" and this board was a 10" wide board (really 9.25" wide).

The next thing I did was cut out my phrase. Now I screwed this up somehow so I had to recut "tales of" and "spooky sight" so that's why it looks like this. Then I peeled off all my letters making sure to leave the centers of the O's and A's ect....
 Then I covered it in contact paper. That's what I use as my transfer paper and it works good for me for a fraction of the cost.

Then I pealed the white backing off the vinyl and applied it to my board. Sorry no before picture of that part. Then I painted two coats of each color and let it dry completely.

After that was done I peeled off the vinyl and gave the whole thing a sanding for that worn look and put it on my foyer table along with more of my Halloween d├ęcor.

It had a little bleeding but that doesn't bother me :)

 I loved making this one that I hope to do one for Thanksgiving and for Christmas.
I have started working on one for Christmas that I plan on putting in my Etsy shop Rusticology that I will share latter with y'all :) But for tonight this is all and now I am going to finish catching up on CSI:NY on Netflix
(sorry it's a little crooked) 
Goodnight all!

Monday, September 8, 2014

old & new

   So I've been really busy with stuff around the house lately on top of football practice, football games and just life in general. I wanted to share with you today before and after pictures of the outsides of both our old and new house. This is just one of those posts to just show you some older projects while I work on my master bath.

  The house we lived in before was a house that was given to us by my parents as our wedding gift. It used to be my grandparents home until they passed away and my parents kept it in the family renting it out over the years. They gave it to us about 5 years ago knowing we were going to sell to get our kids in a better school district on top of the fact we needed a bigger home. It was a cute little 1400 lv sf home with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bath, den, kitchen and a sunroom. I was really sad to sell because this was also the home my dad grew up in and the house my kids started growing up in. The entire time I lived there, which was even before they gave it to us, I always wanted to paint the was PINK!! Yes of course we put it on the market and our second relator suggested that we paint the we did. Here is a blurry pic of the before....this is actually the picture our first realtor took....

      And here is the after...don't mind the plywood backboard on the basketball goal....

   I was so happy with the outcome that I almost didn't want to move...also I just notice that the front door wasn't painted all the way when I took this picture. We painted the shutters and doors a light sage green and the brick is actually kind of like an antique white, it has a hint of light cream in it.
  Now on to our new's 2500 lv sf with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, kitchen w/ breakfast area, dinning room (that we use as a study/office) den and a big bonus room for the boys. Here is a before when we first moved in..... 
  I knew I would want to eventually paint the shutters, front door and garage door. It finally happened about a year ago and I could not be happier. We also ripped out all those bushes and got a new roof. I am now so much happier with the outside! And now the updated exterior....

It doesn't feel so dark anymore. Eventually we plan on planting some more stuff in the flower bed but right now it's fine the way it is. Now on to do some more painting in the bathroom...come back to see the end result.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Master Bath Sneak peak

     So I've been a little busy lately finishing up our master bedroom and bathroom for the second time. Nothing structural is changing, just new paint. When we bought our house I knew I was not going to be keeping our bathroom cabinets with the stain look. This is part of our bathroom after we painted it a light blue/grey but before we painted the cabinets black (except the side, I had to test it out). Very plain Jane to me.

  I had been seeing framed mirrors all over Pinterest and knew that I wanted to do it. We bought 5" baseboard and put it up and instantly fell in love. Sorry for the horrible picture. By this time I had started painting it and had taken all the doors and drawer fronts off to paint.

  Framing the mirror made it go from builder grade to a custom look. This really was an easy project and we ended up doing it in all of our bathrooms. This is what the frame looked like after it was painted.


  And here it was all done

  I was so proud of myself with how it turned fast forward to today and it looks nothing like this anymore. I got tired of all the blue/grey downstairs so I started repainting it all a light cream. I knew once I started painting everything I was not going to keep the black on the cabinets or frame so I have always liked the sage color and wanted to try it out. So here is a sneak peak of what it will look like. This new sage color is also what I'm painting my kitchen cabinets in.

 Again, not the greatest picture but it will work. I can't wait until it's all done and can share the end result!