Semi DIY Nautical Pendant Lights

As soon as I saw these pendant lights at Home Depot I knew I had to have them! They were the perfect industrial/nautical look I was craving. The best part is that they are super on sale! They are regularly $40 but, I got them for $13! (I also had a coupon code)

Home Depot Nautical Pendant Light

Even though I do love the antique brass finish they came in, it just didn't work well in the space.
BTW brass is back y'all!

Semi DIY Nautical Pendant Lights

So I decided to paint them with Rust-Oleum spray paint in oil rubbed bronze.  It took almost one can of paint for all three pendant lights.

Semi DIY Nautical Pendant Lights

These look way better than the pendant lights that they replaced!

Semi DIY Nautical Pendant Lights


Semi DIY Nautical Pendant Lights

Please ignore the flourescent light eye sore! Oh the joys of a rental...

Semi DIY Nautical Pendant Lights

Decoupage Map Wall Art

I'm making some progress with wall decor in our new place! 

Decoupage Map Wall Art

I have had this 30x40 canvas for months trying to decide what to paint on it. So I was excited when I came upon the idea of making a large decoupaged map similar to those found at Restoration Hardware. I got the idea from Becca at From Gardners Two Bergers.  She has great tutorials!

This wall decor cost me virtually nothing because I used supplies I already had. That's my favorite kind of project!

Decoupage Map Wall Art

I used THIS old map of Paris, and printed it out on card stock.  To do this I used Photoshop to make a grid over the map and printed it out in sections.  Then I cut off the extra card stock and arranged the map squares on the canvas to layout the placement.  Once I finalized the layout I made pencil markings to reference.  Because the canvas was a little larger than the map, I painted a dark brown border on the canvas. After the paint dried I began decoupaging the map (two coats).  I let the modge podge dry over night and then I sprayed on a clear matte sealer.

Decoupage Map Wall Art

I love how it turned out and the colors coordinate well with my color scheme!

Decoupage Map Wall Art

Café Shutters

 One of my favorite things is cafe shutters! So when my grandparents gave me some old shutters I immediately had the idea to take down the mini blinds and put up the adorable shutters on my kitchen window. 

Cafe Shutters
My window was a little too wide to use two sets, so I added a third shutter to one side.  I was a little worried it would look weird, but I think it turned out great and it fits perfectly!
Cafe Shutters
Love my cafe shutters!
Cafe Shutters
This is the before pic of the shutters.  They weren't in bad shape, just a little dirty and in need of a fresh coat of paint.
Cafe Shutters

Orb Chandelier DIY

I have really been loving orb chandeliers! I knew I wanted one in our new place, but I didn't have the budget to buy a $1000 chandelier!  So I decided to make my own!

These are a few of my inspirations:
Restoration Hardware
Restoration Hardware

Our Boat House
Our Boat House

Layla Grayce
Layla Grayce

And this is my version! Total cost was around $25!
Orb Chandelier DIY

Orb Chandelier tutorial

I bought this brass light fixture from the thrift store for $1 and it has been in my closet for a couple of years waiting to be transformed. I considered using metal plant hangers to create the caged look, but the cost for the size I needed was around $35 each and that was a little more than I wanted to spend. So I had an epiphany...embroidery hoops!

What you need:
  • Thrifted light fixture
  • 2 large embroidery hoops (this will be 4 hoops total)
  • Rust-Oleum spray paint (Oil Rubbed Bronze)
  • E6000 glue
  • Drill and screw
  • Hand saw
What to do: 
  • The best way to assemble this is to hang the chandelier from a pole positioned between two chairs.  (I did the first coat of spray paint before I put it together but I recommend waiting until it is completely assembled)
  • First use a hand saw to saw off the blocks that hold the screws on the embroidery hoops, and also make a cut in one of the solid hoops. 
  • Vertically assemble the 3 cut hoops until you like the spacing, attach with E6000 to the top of the chandelier.  It might not look that pretty on the top but don't worry you won't be able to see.
Orb Chandelier tutorial 
  • Drill a hole through all three hoops at the bottom and connect them with a screw.
Orb Chandelier tutorial
  • Now horizontally add the fourth hoop around the other 3 hoops and secure with a little glue.Orb Chandelier tutorial
  • The final step is to spray paint.  It took two cans of Rust-Oleum to completely cover everything.
Orb Chandelier tutorial

I love how it turned out!
Orb Chandelier DIY

Orb Chandelier DIY
Orb Chandelier DIY

We've Moved!

Welcome to our new home!

When my husband and I got married I moved into his college apartment while he was finishing school. It was small, dark and ugly! However it was super cheap and a great location for Jake to walk to class.  Two degrees and almost three years later we have finally gotten out of there! Woo!

We still live in Auburn, but now we are renting a cute townhouse!  I have been having so much fun decorating our new place on a budget!  

I still have a lot more I want to do but I thought I would share my progress...

Dining Area:
Finally able to display my Lenox Butler's Pantry!  The boxes in the corner contain the rest of the china, and I hope to soon have a china cabinet to display them in.
Things to do/get:
  • Wall decor
  • 4 more chairs or 2 chairs and a bench
  • China cabinet
  • Drapery panels/drapery hardware DIY
  • Chandelier DIY (coming soom!)
  • Area rug (I have a jute rug that I plan on painting)
Aren't these Zinnias gorgeous!  They are from my parent's garden!  Zinnias are my favorite!

Living Area:
The wall behind the TV used to be dark glossy green! Blah city! So one of the first things I did was paint it to match the other neutral walls. Antique White by Sherwin Williams 

Things I need to do/get:
  • Lots of wall decor
  • Coffee table DIY 
  • End tables
  • Lamps
  • Drapery panels
  • Pillows
  • Sofa table DIY
  • DIY topiary to hide the speakers on either side of the TV
  • Stain ladder shelf
  • Figure out a way to hide the sub speaker on the floor 

And now my pride and joy...
 Is it possible to be in love with a rug?
I bought this rug from Hautelook.  It's a Jaipur rug that I have had my eye on for a long time so I was so excited when I was able to get it for a super discounted price!

I also love my linen sofa!  It's the Lindely Sofa from World Market, it was on sale and I had a coupon!

Our TV stand was a desk that I got from the thrift store right after we got married. We added shelves, painted it, and got some pretty pulls and knobs from Target.

Jake knows I'm not crazy about all the tech stuff clutter, but marriage is about compromise.  I remind him that he married an interior designer and then he reminds me that I married a guy. A guy who likes video games and speakers.  He says he likes to challenge me with design dilemmas!

Now that I'm looking at this pic I am thinking that the wii board will soon find a new home, in the closet...
I got this crate at Southeastern Salvage in Irondale, its an antique soda bottle crate! 
And that is brown rice in the candle holder (kind of looks like sand in this pic)

 Don't you just love my ladder shelf!?!
It was completely free thanks to my mom for rescuing the ladder and pallet, and my dad for working so hard putting it together!
I will have a separate post dedicated to it soon!

The kitchen was also painted the blah dark glossy green.  So I painted it Silver Sage by Restoration hardware!
Sadly we don't have a Restoration Hardware around here so I went to Sherwin Williams and asked them to color match.  Luckily they already had the Silver Sage color formula in their system!

 I describe the color as a warm light blueish greenish gray.  We love it!

Things to do:
  • Take down the mini blinds and add cafe shutters (coming soon)
  • Change out the pendant lights (semi DIY)
 My grandmother gave me the Vintage Typewriter Key wall decor!  They are from Tracery in Rosemary Beach, FL.  Thanks Monnie!

Master Bedroom:
 The quilt is from Target and the comforter is from Pottery Barn (They are both so comfortable!)
Please excuse the pillow situation, I just laid out some fabric. (work in progress)
The clear glass lamps are from Target (on sale for $20!) 

Things to do/get:
  • Plush tufted headboard panels DIY
  • Wall decor
  • Area rug
  • Pillows
  • Nightstands (the nightstands I currently have in here will go in the guest bedroom)

 Instead of a dresser in our bedroom, I decided to use my great great grandmother's sideboard!
It's beautiful and special!

 I made these drapery panels myself! I will post more on them later.

Guest Bedroom:
 The duvet cover and linen pillow covers are from Ikea, and the lumbar pillow is from a boutique in downtown Homewood, AL. (It was a gift from my mom so I'm not sure which one)
The shutter headboard was in the log cabin at our family tree farm. They recently got a new bed for one of the rooms and asked if I wanted this one. Of course I said YES!  It is currently painted black, but I plan on painting it gray...I think.

 I jokingly call this room my dressing quarters because this is where I get ready and I use the closet in this room.  The vanity is an antique that was in my room at my parents house growing up.

I recovered the vanity chair with some fresh colorful fabric!

Things to do/get:
  • Paint the shutter headboard and securely attach to the wall
  • Wall decor
  • Throw for the foot of the bed (I'm thinking peach)
  • DIY ombre drapery panels
  • Area rug

I haven't included pictures of the office or the two bathrooms because I'm not quite ready to share pics of them yet. The bathrooms are still painted dark green and Jake hasn't had much time to organize his side of the office yet.

We are renting our home so there are some things about this place that I will just have to live with.

Things I don't love but can't change:
  • Cabinet finish (not crazy about the orangey oak)
  • Tile flooring throughout (area rugs to the rescue)
  • Laminate countertops
  • Fluorescent light in the kitchen
Those are just minor things I can live with for a year, and the positives def outweigh the negatives!

Things I love:
  • Black doors and trim
  • A lot of natural light!
  • My own washer and dryer!
  • Separate bathrooms and closets! (love ya hubs)
  • Way more space than our last place
  • Our little yard
  • And I love that our townhouse is on the end! More privacy and we never hear our neighbors!
 Well this post took me forev! Stay tuned for updates big and small as I get around to working on my long list of buys and DIYS! It's gonna be fun!