My desire for all new things in my kitchen started when I saw the awesome egg tray on a blog I frequent. I went on a mad search to find it and in the process found a lot of things I would love to add to my kitchen as well.
To my surprise the egg tray was at Anthropologie. I didn't even know they carried kitchen supplies, I just thought they were clothes and bedding. Well, it turns out, though I've never purchased anything from them in the past, I would like to purchase their entire kitchen line. Hot pads included.
The first few photos are Martha Stewart. I hope I don't ever have to buy another KitchenAid but if mine does die on it's own...I hope they still have blue.
I was birthday shopping with my mom at the Gateway when I saw it. She wanted me to find something she could give me for my birthday gift, but she wouldn't buy me the chair. Can you believe her? What's $1200 for your child's birthday happieness? Luckily, we found a couple extra super cute things a bit under the $1000 mark.
So, I am pretty sure I am going to go with Blue for the bench. I purchased the paint. Here is to hoping I don't regret it! Once I get it painted and add a couple of pillows to the bench, my entryway will be done.
I have added a few frames to my living room wall as well as a basket for blankets/quilts. I had the frames already, I just added the mats and the scrapbook paper images. I think they turned out really nice and since I had the frames it cost me less than $10.
The basket is from Pier1.
The two doors on the entertainment center were glass, so you could see the Rock Band stuff in there...not attractive. So I covered them with fabric. This picture is at a strange angle...my walls also look grey. They are not grey. I'll take a better photo of this room and post it later. It's hard to get a decent picture of a room...at least it is for me.
This is my entryway as of today:
I really want to change the color of my bench. I am debating between chocolate brown or a dark peacock blue.
I, of course, would like the blue but I already have so much blue in the house that I'm not sure if I'm over doing it. So I need help deciding. Leave a comment and tell me what color you think I should paint the bench.
Now that all the Christmas decorations are down, my house looks dull, dull, dull. This dullness started me on a quest to find chairs for my family room. However, I was not aware just how expensive chairs can be! Often times a chair I like cost as much as my entire couch.
I can not tell you how badly I want this chair from ZGallerie:
Sticker Shock: $1,199.00 per chair. I would need two of them: $2,398.00 pre tax and shipping. Maybe just one for my bedroom? Maybe in some other life.
I also love this chair from Crate & Barrell:
Any chair in my price range is doll furniture...so I'm moving on.
Here is my plan B:
After my mom and I finished our regular Day-After-Thanksgiving-Shopping (we started at 3:30am this year!), we went to a few fabric stores. I found these two fabrics that I thought would go perfectly in my bedroom. As a bonus they were 20% off.
I bought these wooden frames a long time ago to use in the family room of my last house, but I never got around to doing anything with them.
After I sewed the edges of the fabric, to prevent fraying, I stretched the fabric around the frames and used a staple gun to secure them to the frames.
When I look through the scrapbook section of the craft store I find myself thinking "I wish this was fabric!" I always see such cute/beautiful patterns that I would love to use in my house. When I saw these pre-cut boards I realized I could use some of those patterns in the house.
To start I numbered the board sections. I wanted the paper to line up as if there were no break in the pattern.
I measured the squares (they were not all the same size, the lines are not cut straight) and then cut the paper.
I then numbered the square pieces so I knew where they would go on the board
I wanted the images to match up exactly when I put them on the board like this
Next I painted the wood, making sure I could still see the numbers.
After that I painted the Modge Podge onto the squares and attached the paper like glue.
Once all my paper squares were on the board I sanded down the edges until they were smooth. This really helped to make the paper fit exactly to the shape of the squares.
Usually people put a top coat of the modge podge over the entire piece. I didn't want any kind of shine so I skipped this step. (I'll regret that if they ever get wet)
I bought some small felt circles to put on the backs, so they don't scratch my walls.
Now I just need to hang them!
I went to a few craft stores this week looking for supplies to make the Clip Board for Jefferson's room. Here is what I found:
Giant Clips for $1.99 each
Wooden Board on sale for $4.80!
The Board is a bit wider than I wanted, but not only was it under five dollars, it also has the hanging holes cut out of the back already:
I also found these painted wood Superhero Accessories:
I just need to paint everything and attach the clips and accessories. Total cost: $13.77! I'll post some pictures when it's finished.
While I was buying supplies for the clip board, I also found these on sale:
I've got an idea for something to hang above my dresser. I have all the supplies ready to assemble for only $22. I'll post more on that later too.
Remember how I was going to put vinyl letters under these pictures?
Well, the best thing I could come up with was "Jefferson's Room". So, I've moved on.
Now I want this:
You can order one from Pottery Barn Kids, but it's $50 (okay, it's only $49.00). I'm not going to spend that much money. I'm sure I can make one myself.
The ruler part will be easy. A piece of wood, stain and a black marker (all of which are probably sitting in my garage)...It's those giant clips. I need those giant clips! I did a quick search online and they actually sell six inch unfinished clothespins at Oriental Trading (dot) com.
I bet I can make it for under $15.
Thank you Pottery Barn for constantly giving excessively cute, equally over priced ideas! I'll let you know how it goes.