Distressing with Water

It’s been a while since I’ve done a furniture painting how-to, so I thought I’d share my new favorite way to distress a painted piece. If you are using chalk paint, like CeCe Caldwell‘s or Annie Sloan‘s, before waxing, you … Continue reading

Pins of the Week

Here are a few lovelies from this week.

What gorgeousness…Love the numbers, typography and textures all over this.  Those chandeliers…be still my heart.

 

 

I’m so doing this to the next bed I find.  I’m on the lookout!

 

 

Living in this bedroom would definitely make me happy.  There are some really great tips in this post.  Do you make your bed every day?  I do about 75% of the time.  I need to do it more often.

 

 

Have a beautiful weekend!

Yard Sales…There’s an App for That

Yard sale season is here!

The weather has warmed up finally which means yard sales are popping up all over!  Are you celebrating like I am?  Well you should be.  🙂

And, “there’s an App for that!”    Garage Sale Rover.

Tired of scouring Craigslist, the newspaper, or just driving around aimlessly, looking for the sales?  Garage Sale Rover will do all that for you (well, not the driving), plus some other awesome stuff.

There is a free version of the App, that includes GPS mapped sale locations and driving directions.  Look at all the sales today!  The red are all yard sales and the blue are estate sales or auctions.

You can also purchase the upgrade version for $3.99, which I did, and be able to search for certain items.  For example, if you are looking for a dresser, just type “dresser” in the search box and all the sales that include dressers will come up as green on your map.  Then you can have the Rover map out the best driving route for you to all your saved sales.  How cool is that?

When you click on each little colored sign, this is what pops up. You can Save, pull up a street view map, or go to the original article on Craigslist or the newspaper with the “i” icon.

When you click on the “i” on each tag, it will take you to the full ad on Craigslist or newspaper site so you can read all they have listed.  As you can see from here, you can get directions and even email this to yourself or someone else.

Once you save all the sales you want to go to, the app will map out the best route for you to take.

Just click on the Saved Sales.

Then Optimize Route.

And the Rover puts them in order for you.  You can also change the order yourself by clicking on the up and down arrows.  Pretty nifty, huh?

I started using this App last year and just upgraded it.  LOVE it!  Next time you are going yard saling, give it a try.  The App is available for iPhone (and now tablets) and Android.

Now get out there and find some treasures!

***This is not a sponsored post.  Garage Sale Rover is just something I use and wanted to share with my readers.

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Bedroom DIY’s: Ten DIY Headboards

I think that bedrooms are my favorite room to make over.  There are so many quick and easy things you can do in a bedroom that can make a big difference.   So, I thought a little series about these budget friendly DIY’s for the bedroom would be fun.  Especially since I’m working on my bedroom.

First, let’s talk about headboards.

The bed is usually the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom and is what someone first sees when they walk in your room.  So, it should say something about you and your style, right?

Of course you can go out and buy a perfectly good, ready-made bed that you don’t have to do any thing to, but what’s the fun in that??  And, they can be quite pricey.  By changing up your headboard, you can make a big change in the look of the whole room without spending a lot of cash.

Here are 10 DIY headboards you may want to give a try.

PLEASE. If you want to pin these to Pinterest, go to the original post and pin from there.  None of these are my work and I want the credit to go to the ones who made them. 

House Tweaking

Dana, over at House Tweaking took a few old fence boards, put them together and handpainted “love” on it.  Easy peasy and so cute.  You could put any word you like on this and it would be practically free.

 

This one is really simple and would be perfect for a coastal cottage style room.  Layla over at The Lettered Cottage did this one for HGTV.com.  If you have a Habitat ReStore in your area, it’s the perfect place to pick up some shutters really cheap.

All Things Thrifty

Want a huge upholstered headboard?  Here’s an option.  Brooke and Dan over at All Things Thrifty made this for their bedroom.  Looks complicated, but it’s really not.  Go see how they did this for under $100.

 

MarthaStewart.com

Have a pretty quilt you want to display?  How easy is this?  Just hang a curtain rod above the bed and drape the quilt over it.  Done.

Instructables.com

Love books?  This is so creative and could be done in so many different ways.  Children’s books, old encyclopedias, monochrome colors, all different colors.  So many possibilities.

Dreamy Whites

How dreamy is this?  A couple old doors leaned against the wall and done.  So French, so rustic.  Perfect.  Love how they mixed the rustic with the fancy in the chandelier.

Apartment Therapy

I love old mantles and what perfect headboards they make.  See how they did it over at Apartment Therapy.

Triple Max Tons

I love a simple upholstered headboard.  You can cut any shape you want out of inexpensive wood of your choice and then cover it with some simple inexpensive fabric.  Simple and classic.  See how Kirsten over at Triple Max Tons made hers.

 

 

From simple like above to this luxurious velvet tufted headboard.  This one may be a little more complicated, but look at those results.  Check out the great tutorial over at Schue Love.

 

And, last, but not least.  Look at this barn door headboard made by Diana over at Our Vintage Home Love.  Even though she has a real metal headboard in front of this, you could just put your bed right up to it alone.  Love it.

So, are you inspired to change up your headboard?  Which one inspires you most?  And which one do you think is inspiring my new headboard?

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Creating a Spring Mantle

It is officially Spring! Trees are blooming, the grass is greening, flowers are popping up, and the sun is shining…well, when its not raining.

I’ve been trying to get this post done for days, but the past several days, the cloudy weather hasn’t cooperated.  But, finally today…sunshine, which means light and a photo shoot!  Yay!

Yes, it was time to change my “mantle” up from what it was for Winter (see that one here).  And, today, I thought I’d talk a little about creating a mantle vignette.

The first thing I usually do is gather all the things that I think I may want to add so I have plenty of stuff to choose from.  Then, I usually start with my largest element which this time is the white frame.

The frame with the wreath was the start of the layers I wanted to create. 

The next largest item was the scale, in all her rusty glory.   I added a bird and nest then a little flower pot with flowers on top.  Again, more layers.  To even the height on this side with the frame a little, I added the slate sign.

The pretty tulips in one of my many blue Ball jars balanced the height of the scale on this side. Don’t you just love tulips?

Then, down in front, I added some rolled moss, a little bird cage with colored eggs inside and a few more scattered to fill the space in front.  Layers. 

And, there you have it.  A pretty, Spring color filled “mantle”.  Here are a few more detail shots.

Happy Spring!

Linking to Layla’s Spring Fling Link Party over at The Lettered Cottage.  Come see me other there and all the other beautiful mantles!

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Curtains from a Tablecloth

Simple panel curtains are pretty simple to make from just about any kind of fabric.

I’ve been looking for the perfect fabric for my living room curtains for a while but haven’t been able to find anything that was just the right color and wasn’t going to break the budget.

I was perusing through Target a few weeks ago and spotted these tablecloths on clearance.  They were the perfect color and length and an awesome price at $7.98 each!  I snatched two of them right up but had no plans to put them on a table.  They would make beautiful curtains. 

So, how do you turn a tablecloth into curtains?

Well, I have two windows to cover.  Actually, I’m not really going to close them very often, so I didn’t need them to be really wide.  The table cloth was 60″ x 104″ so I cut it in half and a little off the bottom to make two panels that were 30″ x 90″.  Then I was left with a raw edge on one side and the bottom.

I was too lazy to get out the sewing machine and then find a matching thread, so I decided to use some Heat n’ Bond.  Whoever invented this stuff should get a medal. It’s perfect for someone like me who is too lazy to sew and it works great for a project like this.

First place the tape paper side up onto your fabric far enough in so that when you fold the seam over it will lay on top of the Heat n’ Bond.

Then, with a warm iron, no steam, iron on the tape all the way down your raw edge for about 2-3 seconds.

Let the tape cool completely and then peel the paper off of the glue part.  See the clear glue part left behind?

Then fold your fabric onto the glue strip and iron down.  Because my edges were fraying, I folded it in just a little and then over the glue strip so that the edges would be inside the fold.  (Did that make sense?)  I turned my iron up just a little because this was pretty thick fabric.

Iron each section for a good 5 seconds or so to make sure it sticks.  And there you have a nice seam.  I did this on the side and the bottom.

Then, I just clipped the fabric panels on the rings and I had curtains from a tablecloth in about 30 minutes!  I got the rods and clips at Big Lots today.  They were only $8 and the clips were $5.50 and score, today was 20% off your entire purchase!  By the way, Big Lots is a great place to get curtain rods if you are in the market.

Here’s what the room looked like before curtains back in the Fall.

And now…new curtains for two windows for just under $16! They make the room feel a little more cozy and bring in some color on the walls.  Love them!

I have the other window panels done too, but needed a longer rod.  I’ll update the post with more pics after I get that one up. 

And, guess what…I found another tablecloth today to do my bedroom windows!  I’ll be sharing that with you soon.

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How to Add Color Without Painting Walls

It’s winter time and there isn’t much color going on outside, which leaves me wanting some color inside.  For the most part, my house is very neutral with just a few pops of color here and there and I find myself wanting to add more.  I’m about to give my bedroom a full makeover and paint the walls, but in the other rooms, I like the wall color neutral as it is, but the rooms need some color!

In the living room, I just recently painted a dresser a nice blue/green (see that post here) which brought in a little bit of color, but I’m wanting more.

If you don’t know already, I’m a renter.  In this house, I’m allowed to paint, but I know a lot of my fellow renters are not given that option.  So, here are some ways to add some color if you don’t want to change the walls or just want to keep that neutral background.  And of course, ways to do it on a small budget, cause that’s how we do it around here.

drapery

Probably the easiest way to gain a lot of color in a room is with drapery.  Let’s face it, some drapery can be very expensive though.  Here are a few ways to get the look without breaking the bank.

Make curtains out of a flat sheet like Meredith at Welcome to Heardmont did in her dining room.  What great color this brings to the room and for very little $$.  She has a great tutorial on how to transform a sheet into curtains, also.  She sewed hers, but I have made them before with just the iron-on tape like Stitch Witchery.

Courtesy BHG

In this picture, notice how everything but the drapes and lamp are very neutral.  Just with those two things, especially the drapes, no one would say that room is boring.

You can also use a tablecloth for great fabric.  I just picked up two 60×102 tablecloths from Target that I’m making into curtains for my living room for $7.98 each!  Stay tuned for that post.

Some great places I like to purchase ready-made drapery for just a little cash are Big Lots, TJMaxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods, Target, Ikea (if you have one near you).

art

Another great way to add some color is with art.  No, you don’t have to spend a fortune on it.  You can even DIY it.

Courtsey BHG

Now, this room is popping with color!  But look at the bones of the room…all neutral.  The art on wall is just fabric wrapped around a board and a canvas.  How simple is that?  And what a big impact it makes. Do you see some other simple ways to add color in this picture?

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Who doesn’t love frames?  You can pick them up in all sizes at a thrift store for almost nothing.  Get out some spray paint in your fav color and go to town!  Then hang them in a collage and you are done.  Easy peasy.

furniture

One of my favorite ways to add some color is with painted furniture.  Just like my newly painted tv console, just one piece of painted furniture in a room can give it a new life. You can go more subtle, like I think my console is, or more bold, like Miss Mustard Seed’s Swiss Miss dresser.

via Miss Mustard Seed

What a statement this would make in your room. Love it!

lighting

Your lamps and light fixtures not only bring in a lot a light to a room, but can also bring in some great pops of color.

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I’ve got a chandelier in my basement right now that I may tackle with an awesome color for my bedroom makeover.

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You can also hit an old brass lamp from the GW with a can of spray paint and make it brand new and colorful.

Or add some great fabric like on the yellow lamp or even some yarn to the shade like Mandi at Vintage Revivals did with this one.  Love it!

So, are you inspired to add some color to your rooms?  I know I am.

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A Little Fall Wreath and Olde Salem Days

Have I piqued your Pinterest?

If you haven’t heard of the amazingly wonderful Pinterest yet, well, you haven’t been reading my posts first of all, and second…oh, you are in for a treat!

Whatever your interests, if you search things online and want to be able to remember where you saw something and organize what you have found, easily and with pictures, not just a bookmark, then Pinterest is definitely for you.

Basically, it is a place to store pictures of ideas, interests, how-to’s, places you want to go, things you want to do, books to read, you name it, you can store it neatly on Pinerest.  Think of it as an online inspiration board. (Read more about Pinterest here.)

How does it work?

First, you need an invite to join.  If you need one just comment below and I will send you one. (I need your email address to send you an invite.  A lot of you have your Blogger settings set so that your comments come to my inbox with a no-reply email address.  You can easily fix this, so I can reply to your comments in an email, by going to your settings.)

When you join, you will install a “Pin It” button into your bookmark bar in your browser.  You just drag that blue button up there and drop it.  Easy peasy.  They even have a little video to watch if you need more instructions.

You will have some basic pin “boards” or categories to pin stuff to and you can create your own to organize your pins. 

Then, as you are surfing the internet and see something wonderful you want to remember, click on your “Pin It” and choose your board you want to it to and put in a short description.

You can also follow other people’s boards and they can follow yours for some shared interest.
You can follow mine, just click on the red  next to my Twitter and Facebook icons.  (By the way, are you following me on Twitter and Facebook?  You should be.)

Warning:  This can be a huge time suck.  Hours can be lost, perhaps even days looking at other people’s pins and searching for all kinds of cool stuff.  Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.  I will not be held responsible for any lost time.  😉

I use Pinterest all the time, it’s become my “google”.  If I want some ideas for yellow furniture, I just go to Pinterest and type “yellow furniture” in the search bar and up pops all these wonderful pictures.  If I want more info on it from the source, just click on the picture and the link will be on that page to the original source.  Well, it should be the original source…

PLEASE, when you are pinning pictures, make sure you pin the picture from its original source.  For example, if you are here on Potentially Beautiful and see a beautiful dresser you want to pin, make sure you click on the post title with that picture in it before pinning.  If you don’t, when you go back later and want to read more info on that pin, if you pinned it with the link to the whole blog you are going to have to search for the post with that dresser.  This will help you and if someone “repins” your pin.

What’s a repin?  If you see a picture on someone else’s board, you can click “repin” and you will be able to place it on one of your boards.

So, that’s basically how it works.  Go check it out.  It’s wonderful!!!

I just love Pinterest and wanted to share it with all of my readers.  This is not a sponsored post.

 

Thrift Shopping Tips #5

Ok, we are back to our Thrift Shopping Tip Series this week.  I’ve got one more for you today.

Tip #5 – Shop with Cash

We are all trying to save money these days and by shopping thrift stores we are able to get what we need by spending less.

When I go thrift shopping I only bring cash in with me so that I will stay on budget.  I know exactly how much I can spend that day and I am less tempted to just fill my cart with stuff just because each item was 50 cents rather than only picking items that I know I will use either for myself or for my business.  When the cash is gone, it’s time to go home.

Yep, that’s it.  A short and sweet one.

Tip #1 – Have a Plan
Tip #2 – Keep an Open Mind
Tip #3 – Think Ahead
Tip #4 – Go Often

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