My semi done DIY computer table turned bar cart

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Over the weekend my client canceled so I was able to start a project around the house. That project is my old computer desk that has rollers. I figured some adhesive marble paper and gold paint could give it new life. Before I moved last month, I put the marble on the top and keyboard tray area. I really like how the metallic gold looks now with everything

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I still have to finish the bottom obviously but once I do, I will do a post about it. I also have to style it better. This is a “mean time” sorta display. I am having company over Saturday and plan to have it all finished!

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Of course, bottles of vodka and wine will be present soon. Right now they are cooling in the ‘fridge. 🍷 I will keep you posted when it’s finished.


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My DIY collabo with MagnaMagic magnetic paints

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I recently collaborated with USA manufactured MagnaMagic to jazz up a piece of furniture my client had. Some may know but since January I’ve been working with an old client on her new home. It will be a 6 month project and multiple rooms. So far I’ve completed the little girls room which I will share soon and the teen boy’s room. We’ve made progress in living room purchases and finally got the rec room in order but I’m not quite finished with the rec room. There are some odd areas that expose some unsightly things like water heaters, etc that I want to hide. The rec room will be used  by the kids primarily and I wanted to inject color without painting the walls. This is where fabric choices and décor comes in play. When my client showed me this picture frame divider, she asked me was there anything I could use it for. I knew I was going to paint it so when MagnaMagic reached out to me, I was thrilled.
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I used regular acrylic paints for the different colors of the frame but I used MagnaMagic’s magnetic primer paint for the frame inserts. I figured the kids could post things and write stuff on it as opposed of having actual pictures. Plus the divider will act as a way of closing off one of those eyesores.

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My honest opinion of the paint is it’s definitely great quality. I could tell because I used cheap acrylics to paint the frame and had a difficult time having a decent coat when using some colors. However the magnetic chalkboard paint was rich and creamy. It almost has a clay like texture when going on if that makes sense. It coated the areas very easily and thick. I could tell when I used less of the primer paint, because some of the magnets didn’t stick to those but majority of them stuck. I guess I would suggest ensuring you use the exact same coats on all surfaces. Also the paint did not have much of a stench at all. I didn’t even need to open the door to keep the room ventilated (though I did just to be on the safe side). The paints are low odor and non-toxic and completely safe for kids.

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I still have a lot of paint leftover and plan to show u another project with it later on. It’s for my own home and I feel my idea is so clever so I can’t wait to share that one soon. In the mean time, check out their DIY project gallery of cool ideas. I really like the faux headboard and bulletin board ideas.
of cool ideas. I really like the faux headboard and bulletin board ideas.
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I recieved a complimentary can of MagnaMagic magnetic chalkboard paint but all opinions are honest. I will continue to support this brand especially because it was made here in he U.S. Thank you for supporting brands that help me run this blog.


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Decisions Decisions: what color do I paint my vintage trunk and hardware?

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It all started when I saw the pic below on instagram. I was instantly reminded how I need to paint the cubed trunk I have. Mine was bought at Marshalls years ago but it was covered in animal print craft paper. The hardware was left bronze and rustic. I love it and use it as a side table but I want a fresh new look….

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This above is so vibrant and full of life…
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Over on diy showoff, they painted their freebie find with stripes.
I am really liking the way the blue looks. Maybe I could paint mine cobalt blue with black and white stripes with gold hardware or maybe cobalt blue hardware, white trunk with black stripes. Is that too many colors?

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Painted ornate mirrors…

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So I have always had a thing for old ornate mirrors. I love the details of the wood and really like oompth given to them by paint. I have been looking and looking and hoping to stumble on one while thrifting and I finally did. Keep reading for my very own transformation…

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Using a mirror at a wedding or event and having the seating chart or menu on it, is such a beautiful idea…

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So several weeks ago I found this $14 mirror from the Goodwill. I was so excited because it’s rather large. I used to think I would have a gold mirror but then decided I wanted something bold. So I painted it with Martha Stewart high gloss acrylic craft paint in Indigo and it came out like this….

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First I replaced the art with striped wrapping paper that was suppose to be temporary. Then I decided to keep it and add chalkboard paint on the glass.
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I am in the process of moving so disregard the vase branches behind the frame. I kind of like the messy look of it but I may end up painting all of the glass. Seeing the wrapping paper under the chalkboard is cool to me. I think I will put this over my bar cart for drink recipes or a festive message for company.

{First image via etsy & wedding image via bridal guide}

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Tuesday’s Tips: Don’t throw it out…just add gold!

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There are so many craigslist postings filled with crap or things collecting dust in your garage that can easily be revamped with gold. Whether you spray paint or gold leaf, adding the metallic hue can give new life to lots of things. Here are some of my favs from my Pinterest DIY board. Above is a gold leaf Ikea hack via The Hunted Interior.

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I see these stools all of the time online and after seeing this, I may just scoop some up…

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Dream a Little Bigger really changed the look of this dated chair…

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Iron on letters and quotes can change any plain pillow as seen on The Shabby Creek Cottage

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I love lamp shades with color inside and this diy project via Cohesive Randomness turned out fab.

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This is by far my favorite. I love this diy gold leaf painted globe. If they painted the stand gold too it really would have set this off. See the deets on Love and Renovations.

Painting walls navy like I did for my client…

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I never thought I’d like the color navy let alone navy walls. If you follow me on instagram you may have already seen my pic of the wall I painted for a teen boy’s room. He wanted a Milwaukee Brewers color scheme for the walls for his sports/video game themed room. I knew orange would be apart of that palette and navy looks gorgeous next to the hue. It’s a dark color but manages to be fresh. This high gloss ceiling is stunning especially with the gold sputnik chandelier…

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I love this wood plank idea for the navy wall. It gives the room texture and a focal point for the bed….

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Whenever a dark wall has the contrast of white molding, it’s always a nice look….

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The navy in this bathroom serves as a muted way to keep the ceiling the focal…
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Some nice navy colors to use are Benjamin Moore’s Gravel Gray, Club Nay by Ralph Lauren, Chanson Bleu by Dutch Boy & Naval by Sherwin Williams….

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Love it when I come across something different in design…

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Too much white white white in rooms for my taste. I love a bold color scheme or at least a bold lively area of a home. This above I love! This vignette is so inspiring. It makes me want to take a wall with the shortest width and paint something like this or at least paint it on a very large scale canvas. The table, the extreme modern neon lamp, the accessories, and the mirror are all so funky and fun…

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Love the floor, the art and the colors of the walls in here. Would I want it for a daily basis? No. However this would be fun to do in a guest room…

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So many takeaways that I like in this space. The materials in the room from the flooring to the brass gold stools is all very complimentary…

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You can see the rest of the home here.

A glamorous home full of gorgeous light fixtures…

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I saw this home office and immediately added it to my computer’s background. There isn’t much in terms of a lot of decor but the decor present makes a lot of impact. First, my love of black continues with a wall treatment done soley by using painters tape and a combination of flat and semi gloss paint in the same color. See more examples here. It’s so precise that it looks like wallpaper. The gold really contrasts nicely and that console table is stunning.  The use of a glass desk allows the beauty of the rug to show through as well as keep the room light and airy and prevents a heavy feeling which is important when using dark colors in smaller areas. Lastly the lamps and fixture are very nice pieces as well….

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Then we have this entryway with a beautiful rug similar to this one which can easily hide dirt and a skirted console table which probably hides eyesores. You can see how a skirted table does that here

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Unsure if this is navy or teal but the color is pretty and the white molding looks nice against it. I just love dark rooms. Some people find them depressing but it’s the selection of everything else that matters. When you use light drapery or bedding and have adequate lighting, it can create a nice moody feel that isn’t somber at all…

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Design Takeaways 1.8.15

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I want to stumble across some really cool bar stools while thrifting. I want some that can easily be reupholstered and spray painted….

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The gold stands out in this bathroom. Has anyone ever painted their hardware? I heard you shouldn’t but I think it may work for handles and pulls… 
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The paneling in this bedroom I can actually get behind!

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I am still in love with geometric shaped desks and tables. This one reminds me of the mint room here that is one of my favorite designs ever. That desk is so futuristic and edgy…
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James Dixon Architect designed the loft above. I think I have seen this rug in a white background with black designs so seeing this in gray is a fresh update…

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Design Takeaways…

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I think this planter design would be very cute in a kitchen especially if herbs like basil etc were potted. Someone who cooks with fresh ingredients could have them right at their disposal…

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I also like the painted pegboards. This is a way to inject color in a rental apartment and can function as a space saver. Check out pegboards posts for jewelry storage solutions and kitchen ideas. If you need more ideas on adding color in a kitchen, read here.

{Images by Douglas Lyle Thompson for Gardenista as seen on Remodelista}

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