Home is where the Art is

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Adding art to your home.

I have always loved to decorate, whether it would be changing my room seasonally or decorating a new dorm room my first two years of college; I have always managed to find a way to give things my own personal style.

When John and I decided to move in together I had one pretty big request: That only one room would be covered in movie posters.

John lived in a very small studio when we started dating and it was covered from floor to ceiling in movie posters.  Here is a photo of the bed, but you can see the posters surrounding it:

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It’s great for renting, but it doesn’t exactly scream design or a girl lives here too.  Plus getting all those posters down unharmed was a huge undertaking. So when we moved into our 2 bedroom apartment I decided that only the study/craft/reading room would be the poster palace.

That leaves a lot of wall space for art and design. As firm as I was about having the posters in just one room, I knew our art was most likely going to be related to movies, TV, and theatre.

So one afternoon I was browsing pinterest (which turned into hours browsing pinterest) and I came across some art projects I thought I could handle. And then I got a really awesome idea. What if our art was quotes from our favorite movies, tv shows, books and comics?

Now this is an ongoing craft project.  We are nowhere near done, but I did have an idea to put very specific quotes in certain places. All the Jurassic Park quotes will be in the bathroom. (Those haven’t been created yet because the bathroom is the biggest project left in the apartment) The Scott Pilgrim quotes in the kitchen. And so on and so forth.

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So far it has been really fun to add personalized art to the place. It definitely makes it feel more like mine. Plus art is expensive y’all.

As we create more for the house we’ll post more pictures but for now I’ll add the photos of the ones we do have.

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The first is from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the second is from Batman Begins, and the third is from Clue.

Also I love lighting, but it is pricey! For our entertainment center I got 2 clamp desk lights on clearance from Target and voila! Cool gallery lighting on the cheap yo’.

I also love mirrors. They can get up there in price as well, but the door mirrors from Target and Walmart run about 5 dollars and they are really customizable. We added 3 over our bar area and it really looks awesome.

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Bonus in the above picture you can see the gross old color of my kitchen.

This weekend has a huge project in store for John and I! I can’t wait to post all the details!!!

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The Kitchen Chronicles

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My kitchen has been a labor of love for me. When we moved in it looked like this:

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How bleh bleh bleh! Yellow walls, a very outdated fridge, and not a lot of counter space, but a relatively big room!

And now I am happy to say it looks more like this:

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So I want to tell you a little about my favorite easy solutions to the space.

The most important thing to talk about is my landlord. You can see him in the before photo! I truly believe I live in a renters dream. My landlord encourages my projects and actually reimburses me and John for a lot of our materials like paint, tarps, brushes, etc. Yep, I know your jealous. He is the man.

So one would think that means carte blanche right? Wrong. He reimburses within reason. If I show up every two weeks with 200 dollars in receipts my crafting days and renting from Mr. Awesome would be over. So I try and find the thriftiest solutions always.

Originally I painted the kitchen brown.  I thought I would do this whole coffee  color with red accents. Well after a few months living in it I hated it. It did not match the other rooms, and it was sad. So sad that I don’t think I took any pictures of it when it was painted brown. Whoops. Shows how much I really did not like it.

So after my first trip to IKEA… (which was overwhelming by the way read more about that here: http://wp.me/p3CpzN-1l)
I had a great shelf for my kitchen but after a month had still not installed it. And before we did that I just wanted to re-do the whole darn thing.

First to go; the awful brown walls. We jumped over to Home Depot and got some white paint as well as 2 quarts of Chalkboard paint. Oh yeah.

Then we got the mother of all awesome:

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Some various cans of rust-oleum spray paint (my personal fave)

And 3 rolls of black vinyl contact paper.

Then I hopped over to Sherwin Williams for 2 quarts of an awesome red color. Fireworks if you’re interested

So the kitchen over haul had begun.

We started repainting the walls the wall with the window and the fridge wall were painted white. There is nothing a fresh coat of white paint can’t do.  I also painted the window sill black. I wanted to give it an awesome pop of color!

Then the wall with the back door was painted with the chalkboard paint.

Then the big project. I painted my cabinets.  You guessed it Red.

And slowly but surely my kitchen became a place I liked to be in again.

But the most offensive thing in my kitchen was my backsplash… or lack there of. I don’t know if you can see it from those before picture but it’s gross.

So contact paper to the rescue! That’s right. I have a contact paper backsplash. And it’s super easy to clean and totally renter friendly.  It is a measure and cut kinda job. Make sure you’ve got a credit card handy so you can smooth out any air bubbles. Pro-Tip: you can also use a pin to pop the bubbles and then you can use the credit card to smooth out the air.

Then it was on to decoration.  I wanted to have bright primary colors. A trip to the dollar store was in order. I got an awesome amount of towels, little containers, and frames all for the very low price of 1 dollar.

I then set out spraying a bunch of frames different primary colors and installing them on my wall. Pictures of that coming soon!

And finally after months ( and some pretty decent sized holes and anchors in the wall) I installed the IKEA shelf that I got for the room in the first place.

So that’s where my kitchen is today.  I really want to do something fabulous with the fridge. It is very old, and to be honest very ugly.

Any ideas?

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Road Trip: Atlanta (Fringe Festival)

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This past weekend I had the awesome chance to go to Atlanta GA with John! We made our 5 and half hour trek to see the show I wrote SEND/END come to life! Early this year my show was entered by the production company Leave Your Mark, and selected by the Fringe committee.

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So off we went. Besides my show I wanted to show Atlanta’s best sights to John because he had never been there before.

Many hours and playlists later we arrived at Newk’s to meet up with some of the cast of SEND/END and fill our bellies. The food was great and then we were off to the Sweetwater Brewery tour and Tasting.

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The Sweetwater Brewery was so laid back and so much fun. My personal favorite was the Winter Festive Ale. It had that coffee, chocolate-y thickness that I really love in a beer. We had a great time!photo_10

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Then we zipped over to the Horizons School to see the early performance of SEND/END.

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It was really great! I laughed and got a little teary as well. It was crazy to see something I wrote come to life. It was really special.

Then we went to Little Five Points for dinner. We waited a long time for a well-known ATL spot The Vortex.

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John had the craziest burger  listed under the menu heading “OMFG BURGERS” and called Zombie Apocalypse. Here’s a somewhat blurry picture of it.

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Then we headed back to watch the second performance of SEND/END and I was reunited with the co-author Henry!

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We got a chance to thank the cast and I think I enjoyed watching it the second time more than the first. I got to see all of the ensembles funny bits and really catch all the hard work they put into it.

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There was much celebration afterwards!

The next day john and I got up and headed to the Georgia Aquarium. I had never been and was really excited to see it!

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It is breath-taking. We really enjoyed the whole thing, but if we had to select a favorite moment it would definitely be the touch-pool with the sting-rays. John and I love interacting with Sting-Rays. We probably spent a half hour doing just that.

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Afterward we knew our short trip was coming to a close, but we had one last stop at the Varsity before we left! It was John’s first time and my first time since in a looong time.

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It was delicious.

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I just love Atlanta! It has so much theatre and so much life! I can’t wait until my next adventure takes me there!!!

Bonus- I found a billboard advertising some cobras at the botanical gardens! How fun!

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We had an amazing time and I hope you enjoyed reading about it!!!
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Inspired by the Best Bloggers: Vertical Blinds Headboard!

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This is my headboard. I’m in love!!!

I wish I could take credit for this stellar idea, but alas I was inspired by this post over at MAD IN CRAFTS:

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I definitely suggest using her post as the tutorial as we took some serious liberties.

Here is the link to the post: http://www.madincrafts.com/2013/03/diy-woven-headboard-from-upcycled.html

We replicated the project before the actual instructions went up so ours was a little different. Plus we didn’t use cloth vertical blinds. We used those heavy plastic ones because we like to torture ourselves. We also added some more color to fit our aesthetics. But I really do love the headboard.

So enjoy!

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If you have any questions I’d be happy to answer them in the comments section below.

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What I wish I knew about IKEA


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So a few months ago I went to IKEA for the first time and Boy was it… OVERWHELMING.

 

I mean really there should be a guidebook about going to IKEA.

 

I live about 2 hours away from the nearest IKEA so our trips are few and far between.

So I decided to compile a list of things to keep in mind if you don’t frequent IKEA all the time.

 

1)    Be ready to dedicate your day or at least the majority of your day to the trip.

Honestly! I thought we could do it in 2 hours. Little did I know that it would take 2 hours to get to the warehouse where you could actually buy things!!

 

2)    Have a list of what you need!

I feel like this may feel like common sense, but I cannot tell you how many people were walking around not remembering what they actually went there for.  There is so much stuff that it can be very distracting and expensive!

 

3)    Have a plan and a back-up plan

IKEA has some awesome items for some awesome prices but, everyone else also knows that. Often that turquoise metal coffee table may be out of stock. Or in our case the entertainment center may not look as good in person. It’s always a good idea to comparison shop.

 

4)    Take pictures of the area of your home the items are going to go, and bring paint swatches!

SO SO SO important! If you don’t frequent IKEA often, it is heartbreaking to get home and find out that your shelves clash with your walls. Also IKEA’s return policy is nuts!

 

5)    Bring measuring tape and dimensions

See above. The worst is getting a rug that is dwarfed by your furniture.

 

6)    Wear comfortable shoes.

I’m not sure I stressed the fact that this is going to be a long trip. There is a lot of walking.

 

7)    Make sure you have enough space in your car.

IKEA charges about the same amount as the furniture to ship to you. Especially if you live far from the store!

 

 

8)    Have a plan but don’t get discouraged

Seeing things in person can really change your mind. Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to try something new.

 

9)    Have Fun

This store is huge, but it’s also so fun! Don’t forget it! And get a snack while you’re at it!!!

 

I hope this was helpful!
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My First Real Project Post: VHS coffee table.

 

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Hello blog friends,

I’m going to give you a tutorial on one of my favorite projects to date.

I wanted to refinish the top of our coffee table.  It was disgust-o grossout.  We eat most of our dinners there along with nail painting, and  project finishing . So needless to say the table top had scratches, water rings, paint, acetone rings etc.

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Myths about Mugging

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It’s no secret that I love coffee. I have my own milk frother/steamer and shakers

So it’s no surprise that I also love coffee mugs.

Now I know that many of you have seen the many blog posts about making Sharpie Mugs.

The one that goes a little like this:

Supplies:

Sharpie

Dollar Store Mugs

Oven.

Process:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Wash and Dry Mugs

Draw or write desired image/phrases on mug.

Bake mugs at 350 for 30 minutes.

 

So simple, so fun. So easy even the most novice crafter could tackle this project.

Welp, that’s not the way the world works . Baking the mugs is supposed to set the design and make the mugs dishwasher safe. Well, I’m here to tell you that baking a mug covered in sharpie just gives you a hot mug covered in sharpie. A mug, that upon first washing will leave you with a messed up master piece.

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There is hope.  There is a sharpie product that will stand up to a scrub or two.

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And here are my mugs that my dear friend Kelby drew and I traced with the proper sharpie tools.

Just follow the same rules as above except replace Sharpie with Oil Based- Sharpie Paint Pen. (For Glass and Wood)

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Feel free to comment and link me to your masterpieces.

 

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