Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ugly House Renovation: Entryway Reveal

Good Evening!

I had planned on sharing a blanket scarf tutorial, but my husband I did some serious painting today and finished up the first floor! That meant we could finally hang our entryway picture. Speaking of that fun DIY rustic frame (Click here for the tutorial), I got the news this week that Shutterfly will be featuring my blog post on their Google+ page, Twitter feed and Pinterest page. It's a really cool honor, and I'm pretty excited for it.

Back to Ugly House. Our entryway transformation.

Here's how our entry looked when we moved in:

The trim and banister was pretty dark and were plain builder's grade. The walls were plain white.

This is how the entry looks this morning before we started painting today. We had previously added extra trim around the door and floor trim and painted everything white. The trim and banister were looking pretty good with a fresh coat of paint. Today we decided to make them pop with some grey paint. (Grey Frost in Olympic One)

This was the area above our stairs to the basement. Plain white. Nothing exciting or eye catching.

This is the official "after" of our Ugly House entryway!

I made this coat rack from some barn wood I found through someone on Craiglist. Great find. You can also see the extra piece of trim we added.

This was another fun find at a garage sale. It's an old sewing machine table. I got it for a dollar and gave it a fun paint job. It's a great place to catch mail or bags as you come in the door.

The family picture looks great over the stairs!

I love the look of our entry! Eventually we're going to replace the entire front door with a beautiful craftsman style front door with new sidelights and add a transom on the top. We're also replacing all the flooring on the first floor with some rustic wide plank wood which will also be in the entry and on the stairs. That is a few months off, but it will really make our first floor pop!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Show & Tell: Darby Smart Box for Metal Stamping

Good Afternoon!

I spent my holiday weekend painting our upstairs. I am hoping that project will be completed sometime in the next year. It's taking forever!

I took a break from painting to try out my new metal stamping set from Darby Smart. If you haven't heard of Darby Smart (website here), then you're missing out. It's like a beauty box such as Birchbox, but for crafts. You can either pick a box to order a la carte or sign up for a monthly mystery box. One box contains everything you'll need for the craft. I decided to try it out by ordering the metal stamping bracelet set. I've been wanting to try out metal stamping, and with a coupon for $10.00 off my first order, the set was extremely affordable at $19.00 (and free shipping!).

First off, it's very easy to order. The best part was the shipping was very fast. I had my new box within a few days. The box had everything I needed right down to the Sharpie marker to fill in the stamps!

On top of all the great supplies you get, you also get a card that tells you where to watch a tutorial on how to complete the project. I decided to try out everything without the tutorial, and I'm pretty happy with my results. The only down side, (and this doesn't really have anything to do with the box itself) is the bracelets were too wide for my style. However, I now have all the supplies, so I can easily order narrow metal bands to make more. Also, the ends were pretty sharp, although, there probably was a fix for that if I had watched the tutorial. Over-all, neat new craft skill to keep working on and really cool way to get into new types of crafts.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Small Business Saturday: Prairie Porch in Arlington, South Dakota

Happy Three Day Weekend!

I'm lucky to work for a company that values community service. We not only have some non-profit customers, but we also get MLK off to participate in the national day of service. The kids and I are going to do something, but I'm not exactly sure what yet. (Taking suggestions for service ideas that a 2 and 4 year old can do!)

Today's Small Business Saturday features one of my favorite new shops in the area, The Prairie Porch in Arlington, South Dakota. (Click here for their Facebook page which features their hours and new items) It reminds me of the awesome Iowa junk shops I miss so much. It has a nice mix of vintage looking "new" items as well as fixed up old furniture.

The house that the shop is in is almost as fun as the stuff that is contained in it. There's a cute kitchen (check out the light fixture!) and a cool ceiling in the living and dining areas. Even the basement features some fun junk. Check out the cool stuff at the Prairie Porch including the two finds I now have in my kitchen!

I love this new metal sign I have in my kitchen. It fits right in with my authentic vintage kitchen items. 


Great use for old enamel dishes! 

I'm so frustrated that I built a cabinet when this one is EXACTLY what I was looking for! The colors are perfect for my first floor. 

I love this little table as well as the wooden letters. 

Not so sure what the heck I would use these little pins for, but I absolutely love them. They are dainty and just so darn cute. 

So, if they could just move all the stuff out and move the house to my property that would be great. On second thought...leave the stuff.  

How cool is the light figure in the kitchen? I am thinking I might try to use something with mason jars in my dining room as well.