I Love Lamp [Shade]

Remember these?

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Well, I’ve done something fabulous with them and it was cheap, easy, and fast!

I stencilled a pattern onto the shades to dress ’em up:

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To stencil your own lamp shades, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • Plain lamp shades (mine were from Target)
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Stencil
  • Scotch tape (to hold stencil in place while you paint)
  • Sponge/paint brushes
  • Container (to hold the paint)
  • Bud Light  (optional, but I highly recommend one on a hot July day!)

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Once I finished the shades, I was inspired to dress up the nightstands in my guest room. Here’s how it all  came together:

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Tips:

  • Start your stencilling at the back of the shade while you are still getting used to the amount of paint and technique you need to use – if you mess up, it won’t be front and center (I had to learn that the hard way as I started right in the front).
  • Pick up a small amount of paint on your brush and dip it back in the paint frequently. Then, use a stippling motion to paint the shade rather than a brushing/stroking motion.

The stencil I bought came with a few other rad designs so I am on the hunt for my next stencilling project!

Thanks for reading!

Target, je t’aime!

Target finally decided to grace Canada with its presence and I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival since the company announced its expansion into the Canadian market in 2011.

The location nearest me opened its doors on July 16. I, along with 4 of my girlfriends, gave it a warm welcome by spending 2 and half hours perusing (i.e. pillaging) every department!

Was there some damage done? Hell, yeah!

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I was so pumped, as soon we started walking through the store, I kept exclaiming, “I’m so happy!” over and over.

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So would you like to look at the goodies I picked up? I thought so!

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Three summer dresses, a fedora (to protect my dye job from the sun) and a stripey beach bag

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Two bedside lamps for my guest bedroom (I am thinking of stencilling a pattern on the shades with black paint to spruce them up a bit)

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Drink dispenser for entertaining

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Decorative mirror – I think its home above the bar cart is perfect!

I now must force myself to stay away so I don’t do any further damage to my bank account!

Thanks for reading!

Natural Beauty Is Always In!

The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy. – Yves Saint-Laurent

I had the privilege of doing two of my good friends makeup this past week – just for fun! They both know how much I’m into makeup so we hung out on my deck, snacked on chocolate-covered strawberries, and played with different looks.  Both ladies have so much natural beauty – my job was really easy!

Challis and Meghan are sisters. Although they have similar features, they are each beautiful for their own unique reasons and I did different looks on each of them. This is probably the most stated makeup tip, but I believe in focusing on your best features and using makeup to enhance them.

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Meghan has perfect, radiant porcelain skin and naturally flushed cheeks. Because she has such beautiful skin, I wanted it to shine through. I applied a sheer wash of foundation to her face and enhanced her cheeks with a peony pink blush and a pearl coloured highlighter. I kept her eyes simple, but classic – neutral eyeshadows with black winged out eyeliner. I then did a peachy pink lip on her. I love this look because it’s polished but still natural enough to be worn everyday.

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Challis

Challis has beautiful, big blue eyes and I wanted them to POP!! For you blue-eyed babes, the best way to do that is to use peach, gold, and brown shadows. I used a combination of peach and gold shadows on Challis’ entire eyelid. I wanted it to be dramatic though so I smoked out the outer corner of her lid with a navy shadow, smudged black kohl across her upper lash line, and lined her bottom lash line with the navy shadow. I accented the look with baby pink cheeks and lips. This is a great evening look – date night or going out with your girlfriends!

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I did their makeup out on the deck because natural light is always the best light for applying makeup. I recommend always doing your makeup in front of a window.

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Now, who’s next?

As always, thanks for reading! I really do appreciate the likes, comments, and follows! Also, thank you Challis and Meghan for letting me feature your lovely faces on here!

The Day I Got Carpal Tunnel

I took on a rather ambitious project this past week: refinishing old furniture. Besides doing a shoddy job of painting an old nightstand about 10 years ago, I have fairly limited experience with this. Well, not to boast or anything, but I am pretty much the expert after tackling this project.

These were the chairs to begin with:
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As you can see, they are scratched and cracking all over the place, missing arm rests, and the seat cushions are pretty manky. I thought they would make a fairly dramatic before and after.

Prepping The Chairs

I began by removing the seat cushions. I then gave the chairs a thorough washing with warm water and T.S.P. and let them completely dry.

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Sanding, Sanding, and More Sanding

I began sanding by hand, using sanding sponges instead of paper because the sponges are better at getting in all the nooks and crannies; however, the cracks and damage on the handles meant that I needed to use a power sander, according to my father-in-law who is an expert in the area of refinishing. So I started the process over with an 80 grit sandpaper and then moved to a 120 grit. I then went back to the sponges and used a 180 grit, 220 grit, and finished off with a 320 grit sponge . Because I was painting them and not staining them, I did not have to strip all the previous stain off. The goal was just to get a smooth surface. A smooth surface is  important when you want a high gloss finish because the gloss will showcase all the flaws and unevenness (again, according to my father-in-law). This is what they looked like after several rounds of sanding:

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Primer Time

I then sprayed each chair with Rustoleum Primer. I did two coats of primer and let it dry for an hour.

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Painting the Roses Red

Errrr….I mean the chairs blue! I did 4 coats of paint – Rustoleum’s Satin Aqua . The trick was light, continuous sprays, never spraying one area too hard or too long otherwise the paint runs. I  finished off with 4 coats of high gloss lacquer. My poor index fingers were worked to the bone that day!

The Cushion Recover

Those damn seats were covered in staples! I think I removed about one million staples and that was only half of one cushion! I would have recovered right over the old fabric but it had a piping detail that would have left the seat bumpy and uneven. At that point, I decided to work smarter, not harder and ending up cutting off the old covers!

I used this fabric that I purchased from fabric.com about a year ago that was just waiting to be made into something fabulous. I attached the new fabric with my staple gun. I then screwed the seats back onto the frames.

And here are the chairs now:

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They are now living in my makeup room and I pull one up to my vanity every morning to do my makeup. I have caught the chairs looking at themselves in the mirror a few times and can you blame them? They’re so darn pretty!

So I would say my first refinishing project was a success! Am I itching to do more? We’ll see – it was a lot of work!

Thanks so much for reading!