oh so crafty

BRS and I have purchased zero pieces of furniture since moving into our first cozy home.  Filling our humble dwellings are hand-me-downs from our parents and grandparents.  There are even some pieces we’ve carried along since our childhood—like my office chair! A simple white desk chair with a denim seat pad (I got too excited to start the project that I forgot to get a true “before” photo!) was turned into some golden seating that makes a statement in my office.DIY_CHAIR_MAKEOVERTo start this project I had to sand off all of the white paint and finish from the chair.  By “I” I mean BRS, of course. I spent a great deal of time sanding it by hand only to have my sweet husband come home and show me the electric sander.  All of the sudden my past two hours of sanding were a total waste when he showed me I could complete the entire thing in 10 minutes.

IMG_0237 SAND_WOODEN_CHAIROnce the chair was totally sanded it was PRIME TIME.  Literally…it was time to cover the surface of the chair in a good primer.  I wanted to take a shortcut and didn’t think that I needed primer at first, but then when I started to spray the metallic gold onto the chair, it soaked into the wood and had zero metallic shine as you can see below. BRS saved the day (per usual) and covered the chair in primer…and THEN paint!

IMG_0484IMG_0486 IMG_0485After the chair was completely painted, I covered the chair pad in a fun fabric.  I love that as soon as I tire of this fabric, I can switch things up to something fresh without spending a fortune.

To update my entire office set up I also decided to take a little spray paint to the knobs on my desk drawers.

IMG_0119 IMG_0136Do you have any quick easy home-decor updates you think I should try?  Share in the comments below!

-M.R.S.

This weekend I was able to pull out the ole calligraphy pen, nib and ink to put together some fun samples for my paper loving friend Megan of Little Yellow Leaf. She has been so sweet to send clients my way this year. A few weeks back she provided me with some pretty envelopes to create a little sampler set of calligraphy goodness!

Gold_onCharcoal Gold_Flow WhiteonKraftBe sure to pop over to my Handlettering and Calligraphy page to see more examples and don’t miss my series with Julie Blanner, How to Learn Calligraphy in 5 Days.

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-M.R.S.

Some of you might remember a blog post I wrote while back on the entryway and how it needed a big facelift. I’ve almost completed this little area by adding a painting and a chalkboard (I’ll show you that soon!). Today I want to share with you another project that added some color and life to this bland space….a bench built by BRS!
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If I haven’t mentioned already, my husband is all sorts of crazy with his creative talent and craftsmanship.  I shared with him the other day that sometimes when he explains an idea to me I think to myself “That is going to be a big flop.” or “This is going to turn out ugly.” …because I’m a really nice and encouraging wife like that. 😉  And without fail, EVERY SINGLE TIME he is able to blow me away with his finished product and they turn out better than I could have planned myself.

To start on this project, I shared some inspiration images with BRS like this and this.  He took some drawings out to the shop and worked his magic!  I went to our local craft store and picked out some fabric and foam to top the bench.
IMG_4378IMG_4379The thing I love about how it was built?  I have the ability to completely change the look of it by switching out the fabric.  This gives the piece a lot of longevity as we think about moving homes or moving the bench to different rooms.  I decided to start of with a bright, bold print as this space was all neutrals and needed a little pep in it’s color palette.

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We added these baskets for shoes, gloves, hats etc. If I could have shown you the before picture of this space, you would have seen an absolute mess of shoes and junk!  Now we’ve got organization!benchIMG_4593

I’m so thankful to have BRS’ creative talents right under my roof. He has done several awesome projects around our home and in the homes of our friends and family.  Have something in mind and live in our area?  You can check out more of his work here or shoot me a message through my contact form and I can put you in touch! (Shameless plug from a proud wife.  Can’t help it!)

-M.R.S.