Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DIY Monogrammed Lamp Shade

For some reason, my motivation level for starting big projects is sitting near empty ever since school got out.  Not having to be on a schedule is just so delightful!  And since I've caught a whiff or two of freshly-sharpened pencils across the breeze recently,  it's all the more reason to squeeze every last drop out of summer.  

I am proud, however, that I did get my girls' bathroom mini makeover accomplished recently.  If you didn't catch that, you can see it here.  And one of the perfectly summer-sized easy peasy projects in the room were the monogrammed lamp shades!

The old shades looked like this...

Those started out using this same process almost 6 years ago, but instead of the monogram, I painted the stripes and added the pom poms.  They have served well for all this time, but with fading and outdating, we opted for a little change!

I used these great self-adhesive shades for the look, which can be found at craft stores or here on Amazon.  

I also bought 12x12 textured card stock in white to cover them, and the iron-on monogram initials (also at craft stores). 

The wax paper covering the adhesive on the shade doubles as a pattern, so it's easy as pie to trace the shape onto the paper and cut it out.

Then. carefully stick the card stock onto the shade and use hot glue to hold the seam securely.  

Then, with a light strip of the hot glue, stick on the large initial and each of the small ones.

Finish it up with a little trim on the top and bottom if you like it, and remember, thin ribbons and trim work best on lamp shades and are less likely to crinkle.  

The girls and I love how theirs turned out and I hope you do, too!  Now hurry up and finish this so you can get back to relaxing by the pool.  Have you done any big projects this summer?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pretty Preppy Party Features: July!

We had another lovely time at the Pretty Preppy Party this month, and thanks so much to all who were able to join us!  It's always so fun to take the time to go through the links and see all the great inspiration!  

Here are just a few of my favorites from this month:

This kitchen!  Because white kitchens always catch my eye and I love this French style.  Patti over at Old Things New has pulled together a beautiful space that you'll want to see more of!  Click here to check it out.

And, frankly, this set of chairs blew me away!  They look brand new, but they're actually vintage, and Susan at Uniquely Yours or Mine made them over by dyeing the cushions!  I totally need to try this now.  Click over here to read more.

And Darrielle at DD's Cottage always has a great piece to share.  And there's no prettier or preppier color than this fabulous green.  I love the combination with the stained wood!  Click here to see the details.

Don't forget to share your own projects next month here on the third Thursday!  And visit my fellow hostesses to see who they are featuring from the party as well...

Monday, July 20, 2015

Girls' Bathroom Mini Makeover (in One Afternoon!)

Amidst all the traveling, relaxing, and the fun and games going on this summer, let it be noted that I did get at least one project marked off my To-Do list!  My little girls' bathroom, which is shared by our two youngest, was in need of a little refreshing, so one day last week, we got to work on it.  It started out that morning looking like this...

And in just a few hours, we had transformed it to this...

The inspiration I needed to get me started was this Floribunda shower curtain I found at World Market.  This was just what we needed to add some color to the space.  

Since the paint was in good shape and I still love this color (Sherwin Williams' Diminutive Pink), that was one job we didn't need to do.

But, when I spotted these gold foil dots at Hobby Lobby, I thought they might be a great way to add a little interest overhead, so I dotted the ceiling!  They're $20 for the package of 22, but use a coupon to get the 40% off and they're a great deal.  If you don't have a Hobby Lobby, or you need more than 22, I found this set of 48 4-inch dots for a great deal on Amazon!

I love how it turned out!  And the dots were easy to apply.  I will note, however, that the package states that they're easy to remove, won't leave residue, etc. BUT--they did pull a little paint off as I was repositioning a few.  So, these are staying up for a while.  

My favorite part of the room is the wall art above the commode.  My mom found these watercolor paintings recently that my dad had painted when they were first married.  These and a few other pieces of art he did are priceless to us, and even more so now that he's gone.  Dave scanned and worked on them and converted them to digital files which we could print in different sizes.

And when I put them in some frames I found at Hobby Lobby, they turned out to be the perfect pieces for the room!

I couldn't love them more.  They look like they were made for this space.

I also found a great glittery "Sparkle" canvas and some bright coral towels...

And I had seen this awesome large faux boxwood in a white urn on our Marshall's clearance aisle for a couple weeks before I realized it was the perfect piece for the center of the counter top.

 And this "Hello Gorgeous" clothes hamper (also from Marshall's) will--hopefully-- keep everything neat and tidy while staying stylish too.

 I also switched out the old mini lamp shades on the sconces to these new monogrammed ones I made, which I'll post the tutorial on soon!  (So easy!)

Hope you like it!  It was all done for under $200 in one afternoon!  Now to my next project on the list!  What have you been up to this summer!?