Welcoming Underway

I received a visit from my creative & crafty aunt. One of her first questions to me was, “When are you going to put something on your door, so people can feel welcomed.” I know this sounds like a question coming from my aunt, however, it was more of a statement. I must admit, at first, I was a little hesitant to hang anything on my door except a wreath at Christmas-time since my door leads to an inside hallway. That thought obviously didn’t last long. So we visited our local craft store and picked up a few things to create a door hanger.

Although, my entryway is still in progress, I couldn’t wait to share the lovely door hanger we did. And notice the butterfly? Much like the butterfly in my logo. Did you know that a butterfly symbolizes transformation, changes of the soul. I do think we as humans can relate to life stages of a butterfly, as we are constantly evolving. But that’s a story for another time. So back to the door hanger we made.

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The lighting in my building’s hallway is a tad bit dim.

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Here’s a closeup with the true colors of the door hanger.

Materials used:
– wood initial lettering
– weldbond glue
– twine
– plastic floral petals
– glittered butterfly clip on
– ribbon
– black door hanger
– velcro to secure the letter to the door

Now, I’m glad we put out heads together and made a door hanger. I ended up needing to hang the door hanger to the side of the peephole so I could successfully see out. (I do use my peephole when I hear a knock at the door, wink.)

What have you done to your door to give you and your guest a welcoming impression when they arrive at your door?

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Dresser Do-Over

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When I first moved, I just knew I was going to have to invest in a dresser. The hard part of that I have envisioned was going to be finding a not-so-modern dresser that I would be able to put my style to. Well thank you to my parents, for handing down my brother’s childhood dresser to me. I now had a project ahead of me!

My original intention was to just change the color of the dresser. I was going to keep the handles and just spray paint them. I felt they were the “perfect enough, old-school” that I wanted. However, as I started removing the handles to prepare for the makeover…some of them broke (so sad). The handles were old enough indeed, I guess. After creating my DIY Union Jack Trunk, it was important to stick to my room’s color scheme with the dresser (so no black paint). Thank goodness I had some of the Bedford Blue left over, and it turned out to be more than enough to complete the job.

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It took about two weeks of hunting online and visiting numerous hardware stores before I was able to find the knobs of my dreams (Ha!). I even carried the drawer with me from store to store. Thanks to the friendly staff at Restoration Hardware, I was able to a little “try before I buy”. I opted for the Hanson Knob in a satin nickel finish. Two for each drawer.

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I searched high and low, literally, in numerous stores before taking my search to the web. Thanks to SEO Chic Shelf Paper for making my search a little easier. I was able to order the drawer liner pre-cut. I just provided the measurements in my order, so when they arrived I could line my drawers to give me this “spotedt surprise” on the inside.

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Now I can dress up my dresser with some great finds. How did I do? Are you inspired to transform an older furniture piece you own?

*No Playlist for this one. I got to watch (listen mostly) to previous seasons of Scandal (smile).

DIY Union Jack Trunk

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Who knew unpacking could be complicated?!?! Well at least for me it has been. I’m one of those people that likes to put things in their “rightful” place the first time, rather than continuously shuffling things from one place to another until it’s finally right.

I’d been trying to figure out what to do with my trunk from college because you can’t just throw good storage items away. I came across this fabulous DIY Union Jack Trunk which inspired me to paint the Brit flag on mine. And seeing that I love most things British, THIS WAS THE PERFECT IDEA!

Materials Used:
1. A trunk (I’d had mine since college).
2. A quart of paint & primer (I used Behr’s Latex , rather than a separate primer and paint  as Meredith did).
3. A tester sized of a colored paint (I used
4. A quart of another colored paint (I used
5. measuring tape
6. Painter’s tape size 1.88″
7. Painters tape size .94″
8. Scissors
9. A fine artist’s paint brush
10. A wider paint brush

Here’s some of my photos from the painting process. For step-by-step instructions visit Meredith and Gwyneth, the New Yorkie. She did a great job providing detailed instructions.

My trunk before I got started. I did clean the surfaces with warm soapy water and let it dried…
Before

Supplies used…
Supplies

I primed all sides…
Primed face

even the bottom…
Primed bottom

Now the taping for the design began…
First taped

Then I pulled the inner cross-shaped taping up, along with the center square…
Border taped

I wanted to be sure to carry the Union Jack stripe down the sides, so I taped that off as well…
Sides taped

This was the more challenging part. Creating the diagonal strips in the corners. (Definitely be sure to follow Meredith’s instructions here…
Final taped

As you can see, there were some touch-ups I needed to do…
Touch-ups

When it was dried the next morning, I was eager to put it in it’s “rightful place” at the foot of my bed before heading to work. It’s serving as a seating bench…
Dried and finish
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Stay tune for what’s to come on the inside of my DIY Union Jack Trunk!

Does this inspire you to start a project of your own? If so, what are you planning?

Painting Playlist:
Corrine Bailey Rae’s The Sea (album)
Lina’s Inner Beauty Movement (album)
Esperanza Spalding’s Chamber Music (album)