Sunday, March 28, 2010

DIY
I love DIY projects. Although if DVR-ing every show on HGTV and stalking decorating blogs means I have an obsession, then I may be guilty. I get so giddy when I can do a project for super cheap and have it turn out super cute, like this old end table I got at Goodwill for $14 that looks totally chic in the guest bedroom after a few coats of white spray paint (I wish I took a before picture, it was dark brown and dingy). (which reminds me of this picture that my decorating guru, Chels snapped on our way home from slummin' it at Goodwill. After depleting my snack stash at Home Goods, I resorted to popping M&M's in his mouth to keep him quiet. And there may or may not be watered down milk in his bottle. Desperate times call for desperate measures. It does not get any more white trash than this my friends.)

Or my $1.97/yard Walmart fabric that I used to make drapes in the family room that totally makes the room feel so fresh and airy (this is the best "before" picture I could find). Or the drapes I got at Ikea on sale for $20 and dressed up with some black ribbon. I am so over the red and gold (I couldn't find a good "before" picture for this either, but you get the idea). Or when my picture display was in desperate need of color, so I covered the old mats in scrapbook paper and for $5 it totally added the pop of color I was looking for.



My latest favorite project is this builder's grade light fixture that I dressed up with some leftover fabric from the window cornice I made, added some beaded trim and a can of spray paint and wah-lah! Love it! I usually pick a project to work on while Jason is out of town to "surprise" him with. Not that I think he'll get excited about it, but because he's not around to say no. I figure it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission, although I have now been banned from drilling or nailing holes in the walls. I have an endless list of projects stored away in my little head, so it's a good thing Jason travels alot :)

13 comments:

Chelsea said...

not hardly a guru, I can't even sew a button. I totally envy your talents! I so wish I could whip up drapes in 20 minutes like you can. I love all of your projects!! Good work!

Rohm Family said...

so cute jamie- love your chandelier- so adorable. I want to make one like that for the girls room.

Tyler and Margaret said...

love it!

Diana said...

are you nesting :) no, i really love your updates in decor.

Dawn Lea said...

So cute! You make my little projects look so amature. That's it, come to Utah so you can help me with our DI situation in my living room!
I love the matting idea with the scrapbook paper, so clever! You're so great!

Janessa said...

This, my dear, is why you are my official virtual interior decorator. Everything looks AMAZING!!! I am in love with the light fixture. WOW! All the curtains turned out wonderful too. Much better then mine:) The whole kitchen family room area looks so light and refreshing yet classy at the same time. The mats look fabulous! I think I'm going to have to copy that one. You are the queen of chic for cheap. Our husbands would probably hate it if we ever lived close to each other (because we'd spend all their money) but oh the fun we would have! I LOVE the white trash picture of Maddox. I'm glad I'm not the only mother that drags her kiddos on marathon shopping trips. Way to make the snacks and bottle stretch to the end. You've got some serious skills!

Michelle Y. said...

I love what you have done with your house. My favorite is what your did over your kitchen sink window because I want to do the same thing to mine...I just don't feel crafty enough.

Janessa said...

Me again:) I'm just making my game plan for my mad shopping trip today and had to take another look at all the details. I just wanted to mention that I love the throw. It does add a nice splash of color. Your white mixing spoon holder is adorable too. I'll have to keep my eye out for something like that. Thanks again for all the inspiration. I loved talking to you yesterday - as always!

Jodee said...

You are one crafty little momma! Those projects look great! Well done my friend!

Scott and Nicole said...

you are amazing Jaime, I wish I could get some projects done, you are motivating me.

nicole said...

Ok, I am seriously in shock right now because you're house looks like it could be in a magazine. Can I pay for your flight our here and you can do my house please?

Heidi said...

Could that light fixture get any sassier? Love it!

Amber! said...

Fantastic! Seriously could use you here....

I did make the silhouettes and they turned out beautifully. I need to add some ribbon and get a decorative tie back to hang them on and it'll be great. Keep bringing me ideas, sister!