Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Evening in Sedona

Posted by Devin

I love the opportunity to head out for a date night with my guy. Especially when that date night is in lovely Sedona. The weather and the atmosphere could not have been any prettier, I wish we could go back every Friday night! I picked up these loose chambray pants on clearance at Target recently and they are the best. Any time you can look dressed up but feel like you're wearing pajamas is a win-win situation for sure! I love it when comfort and style mesh. I paired my pants with a bow-tie top from DownEast Basics and some simple platform shoes. Casual and classic with a dressy feel. Perfect. 

What I Wore:
Chambray Pants - Target
White Bow-Tie Blouse - DownEast Basics
Platform Shoes - Gift
Necklace - Ross

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Friday Finds Linky Party #49

LinkyMain2-04 A new month and a new Friday Finds Linky Party! We had so much fun looking through all your projects last week and can’t wait to see what awesomeness you’ve been up to. Thanks for joining along! Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds
Roll A Topping Printables from Liz on Call

Cinnamon Apple Topping from A Pumpkin and a Princess
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Vanessa from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
No Bake Pecan Pumpkin PieFrom Shaken Together
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Candy Corn Petite Fours from Liz On Call
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
DIY Halloween Felt Treat Bag from Bugaboo City
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Homemade Oreo’s from The Food Nanny
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Halloween Gallery Wall from Ribbons and Glue
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Beaded Crystal Spiders from Cute as A Fox

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Monday, October 5, 2015

IKEA Nightstand Makeover

Posted by Tara

I recently went to my good friend Elaine's home and got to talking to her about furniture. She expressed how she loves her Ikea night stands but hates how they look like cheap laminate wood. I told her all about BBFrösch and how easily we could transform her Ikea nightstands using their chalk powder. 

She told me she wanted them to look like white washed furniture. She has other pieces in that room that I could get color and detail inspiration from to try and match. The picture below shows the wood below her copper top table that she wanted the furniture to match to. 

We first went to Home Depot and picked out the colors. We chose brown teepee and toasty grey.  
Elaine wiped down the dressers. I mixed the paint with the chalk powder, and we were ready to go! I first used the brown teepee color to apply the first coat. You want to remember the thinner the coat the better. If you see the dark wood through the paint, that's ok, it will add the best look at the end of the process. So don't panic! 

After the first coat dried, we got our second color and applied a thin streaky coat. We wanted the first color to pop through, as well as the dresser color  that wasn't covered completely.

And that was it. Once it dried 24 hours we gave it a good waxing with the BBFrösch wax. It took us a total of 2 hours to apply the paint. Then 1 hour to wax. It went quicker than I expected and I loved the finished look! With her wall color the furniture adds the perfect pop of brightness to the room!

Rocker 7 Farm Patch Giveaway

Posted by Tara & Devin

Have you heard of Rocker 7 Farm Patch? It is located here in the West Valley and offers lots of fun things to do with the family this time of year! There's a tractor tire playground, a fun jumping/bouncy area, an awesome corn maze... and October just isn't October without a trip to the pumpkin patch, am I right? Last year my kids attended with their grandparents and loved every bit of it! We are super excited to partner up with Rocker 7 Farm Patch to giveaway a Family 4-Pack of tickets to one of our lucky followers! The giveaway runs until this Friday, October 9th, just in time for their Grand Opening on Saturday! Clear your schedule this weekend and plan on heading out to the Rocker 7 Farm Patch. :)

To enter- Please head to their Facebook Page and give them a like! Comment below and let us know that you did it and you're set. That's all!! Good Luck!

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Home Office Makeover

Posted by Devin

Yay, it's here! I finally get to show you all my home office makeover! I am just in love with how it turned out and super excited that I get to work in this bright and pretty space now. But before we go any further, let's take a look at what my office looked like before:

Oh boy, it was drab. You can check out my full before post, but really, what's the point? It's all about the after, am I right?!! So moving on... As many of you know I am participating in a "Bid on a Budget" contest with EJ's Auction & Consignment. Here's how the contest works: Two other fantastic local bloggers and I were each given a $500 budget to purchase items at EJ's Auction over a four week period which we then used to redecorate and recreate a space in our homes. Anything that is sold at the auction was up for grabs, from furniture and artwork to dishes and small appliances, there were so many fun pieces to choose from! Once we purchased our items, we then had four additional weeks to decorate our spaces and now you all get to vote on your favorite make-over! (Mine! Mine! Mine!) The winner receives a $500 cash prize and a $100 store credit at EJ's to use for a giveaway on their blog. To vote for your favorite makeover, head over to the EJ's Website! What are you waiting for?! Go vote! (For me!) ;)

Alright, now let's take a look at what I got from EJ's with my $500 budget! You can see each of the items and how much I paid for them in the photo below. Besides one small couch, I was looking to pick up all new furniture for my space at the auction. I knew I wanted some decorative items as well, but decided to start with my large furniture pieces and then move on to accessories.

My first order of business: find a great desk! I was super lucky to have two desks in the style I was looking for come up for auction the second week of bidding. I won my first choice for the bargain price of $50! Woot! Woot! The desk needed a bit of work and I'll be showing the full re-vamp on a post soon, but here's a before and after shot:

Queen Anne Style Desk, $50

The desk looks better, right? I love it in white. In the first two weeks of bidding I also picked up a large dresser for my office storage, a metal 3-tiered baker's rack for my electronics, and a globe on a stand because an office NEEDS a globe. The dresser was originally a very dark wood and I knew from the moment I saw it that it would be a great piece if it was painted a brighter and lighter color and given some fun hardware. Again, I'll be posting a full tutorial on this project, but here's the dresser before and after:

Wood Dresser, $55

The desk and dresser projects were fun, but I will admit I was super excited to find a metal baker's rack ALREADY (no painting required) in the color I wanted for my office: bright yellow. I knew I wanted a baker's rack for my office even before I knew I would be participating in this contest, so this was definitely a real score for me! I love the functionality of this piece in my space and the fun vintage look and feel. The acrylic wheels are the cherry on top! Super cool. It houses my laptop when I'm not using it, my Silhouette Cameo machine, and my printer.

3-Tier Metal Baker's Rack, $40

The globe also required a little makeover to cutesify it, so to speak. I love the way it turned out! You can check out the full post on this project on our blog and here's a quick before and after shot:

Globe with Stand, $25

After the purchase of these first four items (i.e. the desk, dresser, baker's rack, and globe), I was ready to move on to some accessories. I knew I wanted lamps for the dresser and a few decorative pieces and was excited to see what would be coming up for auction! On the third week of bidding, I used up the last of my budget when I won a model ship, a set of modern lamps, and a cuckoo clock. Surprisingly, these smaller items were more costly than the larger pieces! Here's a closer look at what I won:

Model Ship, $65

I really like model ships. I don't know why, but I do. Especially for office decor. And I was lucky enough to have a number of them come up for auction within my bidding month and even luckier to win the one I wanted! I did have to go to the top of my budget for this piece as there were others who wanted it as well, but I'm glad I had enough funds to pick it up. It was a bit dusty and had a small stain in the sail, but a little elbow grease quickly took care of that and now it looks great!

Set of Modern Lamps, $30

There seemed to be quite a few lamps up for auction each week and after some internal debate over which ones I wanted to bid on, I settled on these classic, black lamps. I liked the height and size for my space and with a simple switch of the shades, they were perfect for my room.

German Cuckoo Clock, $160

The cuckoo clock ended up being the toughest win of the auction for me. There was one other lady who, like me, had her eye on this clock. Although there were a few other clocks up for grabs, this one was the best in my opinion. She and I got into a bit of a bidding war and the price went much higher than I had anticipated. Because this was the last item of the day that I had my eye on and I had plenty of funds still in my budget, I fought for it. I really wanted this cuckoo clock! Although it meant my budget was exhausted, I'm super happy that I won the clock. Sorry little lady from the auction! The clock was originally your run-of-the-mill wood tone, but I jazzed it up with some spray paint to make it this fun yellow color. I love love love it! You can see my cuckoo clock makeover post on the blog.

So how do you guys think I did with my bidding? For $500, I think I did pretty well! Here's some more shots of the final office:

And that's that! I absolutely love my new office and feel quite certain the creative juices will be flowing in here. Don't forget to go vote for my office over at the EJ's website! Voting runs from October 3rd through October 18th and the winner will be announced on the 24th. Thanks, guys!
Xoxo, Devin

Monday, September 28, 2015

Painted Yellow Cuckoo Clock

Posted by Devin

When I was a little girl I can remember my paternal grandmother frequently pulling the chains and re-setting their cuckoo clock in the living room. I always loved to hear it tick-tocking with the occasional "cuckoo-cuckoo" sounding throughout the house. When I was searching for decorative items to put into my office, I came across this adorable cuckoo clock and nostalgia set in. I knew I had to have it. I purchased it from EJ's Auction & Consignment as part of a "Bid on a Budget" contest to decorate my office that I am participating in (the final office reveal is coming this Saturday, eek!), and it was not an easy win. There was another woman who had her eye on this piece and the bidding got pretty fierce between her and I. I maxed out my budget but I won the clock! Woohoo! Here's a look at what the clock looked like when I purchased it:

I loved the design of the clock, especially the deer head on top and the rabbit and bird details on the side. This is called a traditional hunting motif for cuckoo clocks. The wood color is of course the traditional way you see most cuckoo clocks as well, but I wanted to add a fun twist to my clock and paint it a bright and interesting color. To match the rest of my office I decided on Sun Yellow spray paint by Krylon for the clock. Here's the process I used to paint my clock!

Step 1: Tape up the clock face with painter's tape. Also, remove the pinecone weights, open the clock from the back, and pull the chains inside the housing. Then tape up the chain ends to prevent them from being painted.

Step 2: Detach any extra pieces such as the leaf ticker, the decorative top, and the horn from the clock to prepare it all to be painted. I sprayed everything first with a coat of white spray paint as a base coat. This allowed the yellow color to be brighter and truer once I applied it.

Step 3: Once the white coat has dried, apply your first coat of your final spray paint color. I ended up applying about 3 coats of the yellow to get a solid, even look to the clock. Make sure you spray at every angle to prevent missing areas.

Once the clock is dry, you are ready to re-attach all of your pieces and hang your clock on the wall! I LOVE the look of the painted cuckoo clock. So much more fun than the traditional wood tone, in my opinion. I kind of wish I could buy a whole bunch of cuckoos and have a whole wall of different colored clocks! Wouldn't that be awesome?!! In the meantime, I will enjoy my lone yellow clock in my office. ;)

Stay tuned to see the final office makeover in all it's glory! Thanks for stopping by!

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