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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 8.22

Happy Friday! Summer is officially winding down–kids are back in school, the heat is slowly taking all the color out of grass and gardens, and busy lives reconvene. The Pumpkin Spice Latté is almost back. To mark the end of a wonderful summer, I pulled some gorgeous room decor photos to help inspire us to keep our indoors bright while the days get shorter and chillier (hopefully)!

 

This beautiful fall centerpiece from Hello Natural is perfect for welcoming back autumn! Long-lasting and fragrant, this eye-catching ensemble will wow for months.

 

 

Some of you may have children heading off the college this year–send them with some dorm decor ideas that will let their style show. These 12 Affordable Ways to Add Personality to Dorm Rooms by The White Buffalo Styling Co. are easy, stylish, and budget friendly!

 

 

Always wanted a barn door, but never knew how to install one? Worry no more. East Coast Creative shows us how it’s done with their Upcycled Barn Door.

 

 

Shelving can sometimes be a daunting task if you don’t know what you’re end-goal is. I love the open and light look of these DIY Iron Display Shelves from A Storied Style.

 

 

And if you’re looking to add some spunk to a plain wall–look no further. This brick wall tutorial from AKA Design adds a playful touch to their small space!

 

 

Have a great week, Style Spotters! Until next time!

Erin

 


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 10 DIY ideas to spruce up your home!

 

Trend: 10 DIY ideas to spruce up your home!

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to revive your home, so today I want to want to share some inspiring DIY ideas to give new life to the items you already have. Just by adding a bit of paint and fabric here and there you can easily update most decor items in your home. Add paint to a worn down piece of furniture, or make new covers for your tired throw pillows. Wander the list below and enjoy!

 

1. Give your tired old fireplace a fresh coat of paint! (from Lowes)

2. Brighten your windows with some lovely no sew curtains. (from BHG)

3. Update your headboard: Create the look of a headboard with wallpaper, or stencil your existing headboard. (from BHG)

4. Spruce up old door hardware. (from Hi Sugarplum)

5. Cover up tired throw pillows with these no sew pillow covers. (from Homey Oh My)

6. Check out this great tutorial to reupholster a favorite chair! (from dimples and tangles)

7. Paint a solid color lampshade with bleach. (from The Paper Mama on BHG Style Spotters)

8. Wallpaper the back of a bookshelf with pretty wrapping paper! (from Daily Gnome)

9. Update old brass drawer pulls. (from In My Own Style)

10. Makeover your dated dining chairs with some paint and fabric. (from Funkytime)

Feeling inspired? I’d love to know what updates you have for your home this year. Share some ideas in the comments below!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. the projects in the first image are from Lowes, BHGFunkytime, and Homey Oh My.

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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 8.8

Hello, friends! Another week has come and gone, and here we are to talk about cool things from the internet yet again. I’m not complaining. This week I came across a ton of DIY projects, and I wanted to share a couple with you today, because some things just need to have that hand-crafted touch.

 

I’ve dabbled in printmaking a little bit, and I have to say that big prints are A LOT of work. Luckily, for all of us who don’t have weeks at a time to spend in the print studio, Yellow Brick Home has found a way to make it a little easier. Their DIY giant frames not only make dinosaurs look even more awesome than normal, they do it in a quarter of the time.

 

 

We all know lighting can make or break a room. We also all know that the design of the lighting fixture is a vital part to any room design, as well. These simple-but-chic copper wire DIY pendant lights from Kristi Murphy carry the perfect balance of light and unique design. Ideal for a home office, study or bedroom, these lights are sure to brighten any room’s aesthetics.

 

 

If you’re looking to add a little more texture and color to your walls, look at this wood frame gallery DIY from Christina’s Adventures. I especially love the paper flower centerpiece–and what a better way to put those old books collecting dust on your shelves to use!

 

 

If I could post pictures of my cat on here, I would (never thought I would say it, but I’m totally that person who obsesses over their cat on a regular basis…). Alas, she will have to wait for another day. In the meantime, look at Cuckoo 4 Design’s cats, and the wonderful outdoor enclosure she created for her furry friends! I’ve already told my boyfriend to start planning on how he’s going to build ours. Yes. We will be those people.

 

 

And because it’s almost September, that means one thing–football season is nearly upon us! As an honorary Midwesterner, I can appreciate the rivalry shown with this broken bracket sign DIY from Sawdust & Embryos. Specify your team hostility as much or as little as you want with this fun way to (equally) show your spirit with your spouse or friends!

 

 

Until next week, compadrés! Go Broncos!

Erin


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Painting with Bleach

Painting with Bleach Lampshade and Napkins DIY // thepapermama.com
Last week I decided to try painting with bleach. Instead of adding color with paint, I’m taking it away. I have to say this was a fun experiment. You don’t really know how it’s going to turn out until everything is all washed and dry. It’s inexpensive and you can try it on most cotton fabrics! I painted on napkins and lampshades for my first attempt. Want to try it out for yourself? Check out the directions below.
Supplies:
  • Clorox Bleach Pen
  • old paintbrush
  • solid color cotton fabric napkins and/or a lampshade
  • gloves
  • goggles
Directions:
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 1:
In a well ventilated area: put on your gloves, goggles, and apron (I did all this outside). Open the Clorox Bleach Pen and squirt some of the bleach into a jar.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 2:
Dip your paintbrush into the bleach and brush a small horizontal line onto the fabric and/or lampshade. You can do little short lines, or long lines. Create a little pattern with the lines. Don’t worry if the design isn’t perfect, freehand painting this project will give it charm. Though, if you’d prefer, you can always use a washable fabric pencil and ruler to mark where you want the lines to go.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 3:
Let the bleach sit on the fabric until you start to see the fabric turning white. Mine sat for about 3 hours.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 4:
Napkins: Wash and dry the napkins (separate from any clothes) before using.
Lampshade: Rinse off the bleach in the sink and let dry completely before using.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
You are done. Feel free to get creative with your designs! You don’t have to brush the bleach on with a paintbrush, instead you can use the tip of the Clorox Bleach brush to make a neat design. Polka dots, lines, and swirls. Maybe some flowers? Words? You can paint with bleach on most cotton items. Blankets, placemats, pillowcases, clothes… etc. Have fun!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
P.S. if you try any of my projects, I’d love to know! You can share a photo in the comments below, or tag me in a photo on Instagram. My username is: @thepapermama

Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 7.25

Happy Friday, Stylespotters! I’ve shared posts with you in the past that are centered around simplicity and nature–this week we’ll do completely the opposite. Get ready for the glamorous, the elegant, the charming, and the sophisticated.

 

This birdcage succulent planter on Craftberry Bush creates a gorgeous and unique way to display some green in your garden or home. I love the cottage-charm feel, and its versatility would lend well to any room or style in the house.

 

 

Among various other trends, I really can’t get enough of glittered anything. I’m happy to admit I was the little girl who wore her Dorothy-style red slippers everywhere, had sparkly notebooks, pencils, and pens during school, and generously sprinkled glitter straight from the jar all over my mom’s living room (side note–glitter is much harder to get out of carpet than just about anything). So when I spotted these DIY glitter shoes on A Beautiful Mess, obviously I had to share.

 

 

Sparkles aside, who doesn’t enjoy a good pampering every so often? These three DIY tropical body scrubs from Henry Happened are the perfect way to wind down after a long day at the office. Sink into a bubble bath, grab a glass of wine, and let the smell of tropical fruit whisk you away to your own exotic paradise.

 

 

Next time you’re looking to revamp your home, try adding some bright color to the walls, furniture, and floors to create a room that’s full of life and excitement. I’m crazy about the style of these happy homes from The Inspired Room.

 

 

And lastly, if you’re like me, you need all the help you can get to make your hair look good. Not only is mine thick and untamed most of the time, I’m awful at styling it in anything more than a messy bun. So for those of us out there who need some help, try these mermaid pearl hairpins from This is Glamorous to add some elegance to your up-do.

 

 

Now go get your glam on! Until next week!


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 10 Fantastic DIY Shelves

Trend: 10 Fantastic DIY Shelves

We’ve been busy over at The Paper Mama home. For one of our projects we’re building shelves and it’s been quite the adventure. There’s so much inspiration out there in the blog world, so I’ve decided to share my favorites. Check them out below!

 

DIY Ladder Shelves, from A Beautiful Mess.

Painted Shelves, from Design Love Fest.

Recycled Leather & Wood Shelves, from Design Sponge.

DIY Honeycomb Shelves, from Subtle Takeover.

Mountain Shelf DIY, from Carnets Parisiens.

DIY Rustic Pallet Shelves, from I Love You More Than Carrots.

Corner Shelves made from Doors, from Craftaholics Anonymous.

DIY Shelves (made from old drawers), from Saving The Family Money.

DIY Planter Shelves, from on Man Made DIY.

DIY Triangle Shelves, from Beholden.

Happy shelf building!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama