Picking Paint for the Bathroom

As many of you know, I’ve been doing quite a bit of work renovating my bathroom.  If you’ve missed the process check it out here.  Things have been on hold for a while, pending a decision regarding paint color…but I think we have finally come to a consensus!

Since this is my parents house, and I will be moving out in a month, my mom wanted to decide on paint color, fair enough considering I won’t be here long enough to even enjoy it.  She wanted a beach cottage type of feel, so we were going to the sea foam/sea glass type of look.  After spending some time perusing all kinds of paint chips at the local Home Depot we settled on two, very similar but different tints.  The middle of each card were what we liked best:

We purchased a sample size of each color and brought ’em home:

 Thanks to the size of samples these days, we were able to put a nice size patch of each on two different walls.  Sorry for the terrible lighting…but you get the idea!

After some deliberation, it was a unanimous vote to go with the lighter of the two colors, found on the left of each picture.  I think it will look very pretty, and with the crisp white on all the wood work and floors, it will help keep the small room nice and open.

Next step will be one more coat of primer to cover up the samples…I don’t want some areas looking darker than the rest.  And then it will be back to Home Depot to purchase the actual paint.  Lots to work on this week!  I love how things are finally really coming together!!

Simply Living

Shelf Reveal!

Everyone ready for the big reveal?  I teased you all yesterday when I showed how to make a quatrefoil stencil, and now I’m ready to show you how I used it!

First up it was time to sand the shelves.  I used a power sander, cause there were too many shelves for me to tackle it by hand.  But if you don’t have a power hand sander, a good old block and piece of sand paper would be just fine:

 Once everything was sanded, I wiped them down with a wet towel, to get rid of all the saw dust, and let them thoroughly dry:

 Once everything was completely dry, I used 2 coats of primer, whatever I had lying around the house was good enough!

 After I let the primer completely dry overnight (follow the back of the can for drying times) I proceeded with two coats of paint.  Again, I was lucky enough to have white paint on hand at home, and didn’t need to purchase anything.  Love that!

 I again let this dry over night to make sure it was good and ready.  Now it’s time to stencil!  (Refer to my post from yesterday about how to create a stencil).  Because I wanted my darker paint to be the lines, I decided to trace with a pencil.  If you are using your contrasting paint to fill in the middle, go ahead and paint right over the stencil.

I laid down my stencil, and then used a couple pieces of painters tape to make sure it was securely in place:

 I then used a pencil and traced all of the lines.  I would then peel off the tape, and move my stencil up or to the side, and continue tracing, until the whole board was traced:

Once everything was traced, I used my free paint sample from Valspar, to paint inside the lines:

Once everything was dry, I went over it again with a second coat of paint.

The next thing I did is completely optional, but I thought it gave my shelves a nice pop.  While perusing my local craft store one day (Michael’s for anyone curious) I found some cute shelf liner for only $3.  Seemed like a good deal to me!

The liner has a convenient grid on the back, so it is easy to cut straight lines, and make the right size.  Make sure to measure your shelf before cutting!  This is super sticky, so watch out!  I cut the size I needed, peeled off the back, and stuck it onto my shelf.  I then used an exacto knife to trim the edges off:

 I then used a wet paper towel to smooth down the liner, and my rubber roller to help ease out any air bubbles:

 Make sure you trim your liner so that it is not covering the seam, this will be important when you are putting your shelf together:

The final step was to use the cute roller Valspar sent with the sample, to paint the top of my shelf, and cover the edges.  I liked this look better than just the plain white, but it’s totally up to you!

Once everything was good and dry, it was time to start assembly.  I have a lovely blister on the inside of my finger from the screw driver.  Ahhh the price of beauty!

 I again chose to use the circle stickers that came with the shelf to cover up the screws.  Once I painted over them you could barely even see them.

Here she is all put together.  The baskets are empty for now…but not for long!

 What do you think?  I’m loving how it all came together!  Time consuming, yes, but so worth it!  The best part is, I only used about 1/3 of the paint sample, so there is plenty left for the second shelf.  I do have a matching shelf…but I’ve only gotten as far as priming, so it will be a while before she is up and running.

Break down of the cost:
     Bookcase:  $20
     Sanding materials:  $0, already had
     Primer:  $0, already had
     Paint:  $0, already had
     Contrasting Paint:  Free!  Sample from Valspar
     Stencil:  $0, made myself
     Shelf Liner:  $3

So for $23 I went from this:

Not exact model

To this!

Improvement, no?  Thanks for stopping by!

Simply Living

Quatrefoil Stencil

If you remember from my post a few days ago (check it out here) I told you all about how Valspar was giving out free paint samples.  Well, when my paint came in the mail, I couldn’t wait to get started!  It comes with 7.2 oz of your choice of paint, two mini rollers, 2 mini trays, the paint chip and corresponding color chips, as well as a coupon for $5 off a gallon of Valspar paint.  Talk about a deal!  If you haven’t requested your free sample yet…make sure you head over to Facebook and sign up!

Here’s what I got in the mail:

The computer changes the colors a little bit, but I chose Green Sea, it is the darkest color on the chip inside the box.  What to do with the pretty color?

Well, after finishing painting a 2 shelf bookcase a couple weeks ago (all with one 7 oz. paint sample) I decided to give it another try.  When I went back to the store, unfortunately they were out of the 2 shelf bookcases.  Shucks!  Oh well, I decided to upgrade to 4 shelves! I grabbed two matching bookcases, and was ready to go!

This time, since I had a bigger surface to work with, I decided to give a stencil a try.  After perusing around blog land for a while, I found a cute quatrefoil printout over at Tatertots and Jello.  How thoughtful of her to offer a free printout!  I’ll be revealing my completed bookcase tomorrow, but in the meantime, check out how I made my stencil!

All I used was the print out, a blank transparency sheet, some tape, and scissors.

First thing I did was cut the excess off of the edges of the printout:

I then flipped the printout over and taped it onto the transparency sheet:

Flipped over here is what it looks like:

Then I began cutting out the black areas, starting at the edge:

In order to get the middle black areas, I made a small cut through the edge:

This can easily be patched up with a small piece of scotch tape.  After everything was cut out, I removed the small pieces of paper that were left, taped up all the edges that I needed to cut, and voila!  Home made stencil!

Can’t wait to show you all the bookcase tomorrow, be sure to come back and check it out!

Free Paint!

I just got my free sample of Valspar Paint in the mail today!  Head over to facebook, “like” Valspar, and then click on the Power in Color Tab.  Every day starting at 9am, they give away 1,000 free samples.  Limit of one per household, only while supplies last.

I ordered mine last saturday, and it just came in the mail today!  You can choose from 3,000 different colors.  I received my 8oz. sample, two mini-rollers and a tray, coordinating color chips, and a $5 coupon for Valspar paint.

Excited for my next project….remember what I created here with a simple 8oz. paint sample?  Get yours today!!  I love free!

Finished Wall Art

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!  I hope you all had a chance to love up on your favorites.

Because of his practice schedule I didn’t get to see B today, but we made up for it yesterday!  He cooked a delicious meal, (steak, loaded mashed potatoes, and fresh green beans, yummmm!), gave me some pretty flowers, and promised a weekend away at an adorable little bed and breakfast in RI – to be cashed in on sometime late March, early April.  Can’t wait for his season to be done, and a break from coaching…for a few months anyways!  Love that man with all my heart, and I couldn’t be happier to spend another Valentine’s Day as a big puddle of mush.

He knows me well, I have a soft spot for every Daisy 🙂

Today was a pretty fantastic day!  Waffles and coffee at work with some lovely co-workers was the perfect way to start the day.  Not to mention the 60 degree weather!  Even though tomorrow is supposed to be back to freezing, a little hint of spring was a welcome surprise from mother nature.  And today not only marks a day of love, but also marks 5 months since my last seizure.  I recently was diagnosed with a seizure disorder, after having two grand mal seizures out of the blue.  Since the second one I have been on medication and have (knock on wood) not experienced anything since.  One more month and I can drive again…I’m excited, and feeling great!  No words can describe how scary and confusing the seizures have made my life, but I’m finally feeling back on track!

Since B was off being a good coach tonight I spent the night finishing up my Wall Art (click for the tutorial), listening to love songs on Pandora, and eating smoked cheese.  Worked for me!  I picked up a couple plain black frames at Ocean State and got to work!

After checking to make sure the canvas fit in my frame, I pulled out what grey paint I had left from my sample.  Remember I am trying to match the bookcase I painted with the Martha Stewart Anvil paint sample.  That sample made it through a bookcase, small areas on my canvas, and the frame!  Bargain!!

Here it is after 2 coats of paint:

I’m loving the way the painting looks inside!

Here’s how it looks hanging on the wall (please ignore the hideous wall paper…we’ve already discussed how badly that needs to go!):

 As you can tell from the last picture, it wound up in my bathroom.  Not the original plan, but I’m loving it right now!  Wait for the full reveal soon!

As you can also see in the last picture, I was also working on an adorable bathroom topiary today.  Here’s a sneak peek…but be sure to come back for the full tutorial in the next few days!

Thanks for stopping by everyone, hope cupid was good to you!

Simply Living