Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Getting a handle on things....

Spring Break from school was last week and I spent some time in Arkansas with my friend Amy Bennett. She works for Habitat for Humanity and is awesome at it, so she is always being creative, and well, just has great style! She also knows where all of the Habitat Restores are in and around Little Rock, so we took a couple of days to explore.

Let me say, I love digging through junk, and yes, I know I look like a crazy weird hoarder, but sometimes it pays off.

At one Restore, I found some cabinet doors....

And at another I found some random crusty brass hardware.....

and I knew that I would find a way to put them together!

Here is the process:

First I laid out the handles on the cabinet front and decided where I wanted to place them.

 I drilled the holes after marking where they went.

Then I used the vaseline distressing technique I found on Pinterest from here.
I didn't know what to expect after I spray painted the door red with Krylon Banner Red. Then I rubbed off the vaseline and I was in love with the chippy red paint finish! So easy!
 Finally, I attached the hardware that I dug for in that dirty bin.
 This sign now hangs happily on our front door to greet any guests who might drop by!

 I'm proud of my cabinet door art! What do you think?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Design in my head

Hi! I have a friend who has asked me to help her come up with some decorating ideas for her home. She has a beautiful older home with lots of character and architectural detail. She also has great taste. But like so many of us, needs help getting started and options to help her make decisions. I have no before photos yet, sorry.

I've been playing around with Olioboard for a while, and I think I've gotten decent at making moodboards. It's also really fun to see what things might look like somewhere outside my brain, so, blah blah blah, here you go.