Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Awesomeness - #2

If there is one season that inspires me the most year-round with my decorating and color choices, it would be Autumn.  It makes me think of curling up with a good book in the evening, rich and vibrant earthy colors, reading nooks, cozy living rooms, and soups and baked sweets.  So naturally all these things have been resurfacing in my pinterest this month.


via create find admire

via Crate & Barrel
via looks like white
via ksarahdesigns
via homeadore

GF Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake - get recipe here
get the GF recipe here (also can be used for chicken broth stock)

Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Back from Breakk

No, that's not a miss-spelling in the title.  In fact, it's the name of an upcoming App I've been filming a commercial for these last two weeks, hence the lack of updates on here.  Now that it's a wrap, it's time I shared a little!

The crew was small, consisting of only the Director and myself as Producer. Right from the get-go, this was a project that we had to hit the ground running.  We had/have one month to do everything.

One month to hire actors, secure locations, get props/costumes, become insured, film the stories, and edit.  To give ya'll an idea of the normal time frame, one month is usually just enough for pre-production on a project of this size, let alone more time for filming and post.

Therefore, in order to have at least 2 weeks for editing, we needed to get everything/everyone lined up almost simultaneously while shooting the film during the first 2 weeks.  This made for diving straight into the project in high gear.

I loved it.

As I started contacting people, the response was nothing short of wonderful - folks were stepping up to fill the characters roles and/or offering locations/props for this project, and thus pre-pro and filming days were made easier, if not a lot of fun because of it. To quote the little green alien dudes from Toy Story, "You have saved our lives, we are eternally grateful".

I am unable to disclose the stories we filmed yet, but here's some sneak peeks from behind the scenes!  (I will update y'all on where you can watch the finished commercial sometime next month!)

the site of fierce competition
the "vacay"gals with their "creepy" mowing neighbor
the gals acted like it was a muggy hot day when in reality it was a chilly autumn day, with ice cold pool water included - kudos to them!
the road we filmed the girls driving to the lake
the getaway vehicle for the gals - awesome, right?!
lake destination achieved
Horse-head boy and our retro Disco DJ
ze Director
the "modern day" DJ
pizza delivery!
our basement got flipped into a raging dance club scene
It was all pure movie magic going on in this project for things to have run with so few hiccups as it did, especially when done at breakneck speed.  Major thank you's to everyone who took part in making this commercial come alive!

Can't wait to see the finished piece!

P.S. - in case any of you think that everything in show-biz is glamorous, lol

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dining Room Design - Progress

Some good things have been happening in the dining room since [this post] was made nearly a year ago!  Do you all remember this mood board?


The mood board for the dining room was based off of the colors found in a peacock feather, along with raw woods and some 'bling' brought in using gold and brass tones.  

The first thing we did to start the room's makeover last Fall was to paint the dining room from the original lavender color to a gray.  You can learn more about that process and the paint color chosen here.


Next we tackled the exposed wood bookcase you can see in the mood board, but without paying the Restoration Hardware price for one.  Using a standard Vittsjo metal bookcase from Ikea, we made a RH knockoff bookcase for the room that came under $100. [find out more about that here


With a stroke of luck I scored a set of mirrors this past Spring at an estate sale for $15 and arranged them on the wall [here is a guide for how I used paper bags to help me arrange them on the wall].  I hope to add more in the future, but it's nice to have something on the walls for now.


Most recently we were able to give away the piano that came with the house to some good friends who will use it, and I was able to move the buffet table that I bought at another estate sale (gotta love them!) in the piano's place and gave it a makeover with MMS's milk paint. [learn milk paint's benefits and how to paint with it here]


Overall, from the paint supplies to the furniture, we've spent only $250 to get the room this far!  Not bad if I do say so myself.

Here's the present to-do list and what we still have waiting to be accomplished:

Dining Room To-Do List:

- replace dining room table (it came with the house and isn't our style)
- remove piano
"Restoration Hardware-ify" bookcase
- find chairs (the ones we're currently using are borrowed)
- reupholster or replace head-chairs 
- curtains
- get buffet table
- accessorize
- framed art

My next goal is the dining room table and chairs, so I'm on the lookout!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Vintage Entry Tables

Well folks, my wish for more milk paint projects has been granted.  After seeing how the Artissimo buffet turned out, my mom wanted to get in on the milk paint action and asked if I could paint two small tables for her.  Giving her a quick "yes!", we set to work on picking colors.


After the tough time I had with mixing MMS's paint, I discovered that General Finishes has a line of pre-mixed milk paints (cue angel choir).  I set my sights on trying them for my next project, so that's exactly what we did.

Mom chose the colors Driftwood and Linen, both of which should be winners (I also got a color picked for the $0.50 nightstand, but I have to wait until the paint arrives next week).


Gotta say, painting is usually pretty therapeutic.  Can't wait to get to work on these and find if I like General Finishes Milk Paint, as well as see the transformation of these tables!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Midas Touch - Update Your Old Fixtures for $3!


Thanks y'all for the comments and feedback I've received for the transformed buffet table!  It is indeed a different beast from what it was.  A detail I've wanted to mention and a keen few of you may have also noticed is that the buffet is now sporting golden fixtures compared to the darker fixtures it wore before:


Would it surprise you then if I told you that they are the same fixtures in both pictures?

I liked the original fixtures that came with the buffet, but they were a faded metal; you could see a little luster left to them, but only if you saw them up close.

It was a fact in my mind when I started that I wanted to have gold to compliment the dark blue of the buffet and give the piece that extra "pop".  I didn't have a budget for all new fixtures, so that wasn't an option. I know some people spray paint their fixtures metallic colors, but I wanted a bit more of a natural semi-worn coloring, and was also concerned that the spray paint wouldn't hold up to use.

Somewhere in my search for alternatives I came across Rub 'n Buff, a finish you can work into metals and other surfaces and comes in different shades of gold, silver, and bronze.  Armed with a coupon, I got the stuff at a craft store for approximately $3 (I used Gold Leaf).


For prep, the fixtures had some built-up grit, so I just washed and sanitized the fixtures and then set them aside to dry.  


Once dry, I took a toothbrush (you can get cheap packs of 6 at the dollar store) and squeezed out a tiny bead of the rub 'n buff onto the brush, then worked the brush in small circles on the fixture.
If you look at the pic below, you can see in the circled area the bit that I've just brushed the rub 'n buff and the contrast with the rest of the untouched fixture.


When I finished rubbing the gold into all the fixtures, I let them dry overnight and was able to affix them onto the buffet the next day.

It's already been a few months, and the color has held up very well so far with no signs of wearing.



Truly, Rub 'n Buff is wonderful!  The tube is still nearly as full as it was when I bought it, which I'm sure will lend itself to many more future projects.  I love the new life these fixtures now have, and it was such a simple and inexpensive project to do.  In fact, what I spent for the Rub 'n Buff and toothbrush altogether is about the same as it would have been to get one new fixture, let alone 7!  Not bad at all.

I hope this has helped inspire a project idea for y'all! As always, I encourage (and love!) comments.  Cheers!

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