Monday, November 30, 2009

a silver and gold christmas

A few ideas to accent your home with silver and gold this holiday season...




























Saturday, November 28, 2009

next up: slipcovered armchair

I recently bought a wingback chair off of Craigslist with the hopes of slipcovering it. I know I want a white cover and a skirt at the bottom.. Should it go down to the floor or do I want to see the legs? I'd love to hear what you think.. here are some examples of both.











Friday, November 27, 2009

hanging plates...

I've been trying to figure out what to do with the large blank wall in my dining room. I think I've finally settled on a collection of plates on the wall. I've started collecting them everywhere I go and just need a few more to arrange them. Here are some of the pictures I have used for inspiration..


















Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

flag project

When I first saw this flag in the Pottery Barn catalog this summer I knew Mr O' would love it. So in trying to turn our basement into his space I decided to make one of my own...




I started out by buying three of these little paint testers from Glidden. They are the perfect amount for a project like this one!


I purchased a piece of plywood at Home Depot and had it cut down to 2' x 3'.


I began by measuring out the number of stripes needed and drew them on the wood.

I then started painting the stripes, alternating between the red and the white.

Then it was time for the stars. I cut out 50 paper stars and taped them to the plywood. I then traced around them and filled them in with the antique white paint.




After the stars were dry I filled in the open space with the blue paint. So it looked like this once all the painting was finished.

After everything had dried I roughed it up a bit with an electric sander. To finish it up I used some Minwax gel stain to age it a bit. Here's the result....




Monday, November 23, 2009