Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Couple Of New Chairs

Say hello to some new members of our house.  I had been eying these chairs on Target's website for a while.   


I originally ordered these but once they were assembled and in the room, it was too much blue and not enough contrast.  I returned them and ordered the white ones instead.




I almost didn't get the new chairs because they were always out of stock.  For a couple weeks after Christmas, I was stalking checking everyday to see if they were in stock yet.  I love the mix of colors on them.  They blend perfectly with the rest of the house and will allow me to add more color into the living room.  I used the fretwork pillows from the family room to pull out the blue.
 





We're thinking of adding a small sofa or love seat to add more weight to this space.  I wanted to go with just the chairs, but they are too small by themselves.  What do you think about a red or blue sofa?  Did you notice the room is painted now?  And yes, we need another area rug. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Turquoise And Red

I have grown fond of blue and red.  These are the colors of the primary accents in my home.  I used to be all about the reds but since moving into a new home, the blues are making quite an appearance.  They are two colors that mesh so well together.

I fell for this room when I first saw it.  It has the perfect blend of blues and the small pops of red.


This is the room that really gave me inspiration for my family room.  Don't the tan walls, red pillows, and blue curtains look familiar?




This room is very soft with a white background but has subtle blue and red accents.




Ahhhh, and I thought I had to choose a favorite color.  Nope, not anymore.

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Are You A "No-reply" Blogger?

I've been going through my inbox and reading all the nice comments on my posts.  I love reading your comments and thanks to all who do leave comments.  I get all comments emailed to me so I don't miss any.  I try to respond to them but there's a problem, I click Reply and the return email address says "noreply-comment@blogger.com".  Is this you?  You don't know?  Let's find out.

Go to your Profile page and click Edit Profile.


The box that says Show My Email Address should be checked.  Also type in the email address you want use for your blog.  Click save and you're done. 



I usually check email on the go and it's easier for me if I can hit reply and send an immediate response to you.  If there is no reply email, I do one of two things: try to search for the person's blog and leave a response on one of her posts or don't reply at all.  It takes a lot of time trying to find the person's email address when I am sorting through other emails and trying to get back to life's other duties.

Please, please update your settings.  You were nice enough to leave me a comment and I want to be nice enough to respond. 

 

Monday, February 20, 2012

DIY Tile Coasters

 
I've seen this project in many places but decided to give it a try.

Supplies used:
4" x 4" tiles
scrapbook paper
mod podge
1 inch foam brush
Polycrylic
sheet of felt


My tiles are 4" x 4" so I started by cutting my paper into 3.75" x 3.75" squares.


Apply a later of Mod Podge on the face of the tile.
 

Center the paper in the middle and coat with one layer of Mod Podge.  Allow this layer to dry for 15 minutes and do a second coat.  My first layer went west to east and my second layer went north to south.  This creates a grid looking pattern when the Mod Podge dries.
 

I wanted to make sure my tiles were really sealed and waterproof.  I had some Polycrylic in my stash and gave the tiles one coat.  It also gives the tile a shine.
 

After the tiles dried, I applied a 3.75" x 3.75" piece of felt to the back of each tile with glue.  Don't want to scratch up my table.


Now I have some decorative coasters that match my color scheme.  I could easily do another set to match the room if it changes (not likely right?).  These would also be good gifts.

 
 
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Dining Room Curtains

I finally cut and hemmed the Ikea curtains I hung a few weeks ago.  If you saw my Facebook post, then you know I just hung them up right out of the packI was trying to make sure I really wanted to go with white curtains before I cut them up and couldn't take them back. 



I washed each panel so they would shrink before I cut them.  After washing, I cut each panel in half.  I hemmed the raw side edge of the panels using stitch witchery and hemmed the bottom using the hem tape that came with the panels.
 

The white panels make the room clean and simple.  I plan to add color in other ways.  Maybe a blue or red sideboard on the stenciled wall.  I've been looking for a nice round mirror to go above the sideboard.  I don't want too much action on that wall competing with the stencil.
 


Hopefully I can find a bright piece of artwork to go between the windows.


Look how far we've come so far.




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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tiling a Kitchen Back Splash




There are many tutorials out there for tiling a back splash. We actually learned a lot from this video and watching countless hours of HGTV and DIY Network.  Here's the rundown on how we tiled our kitchen.

Supplies we used:
1x2 mosaic tiles
1x1 mosaic tiles for filling in gaps along edges and corners
tile adhesive (we used pre-mixed)
notched trowel
spacers
rubber float
glass tile nippers
grout
sponge and bucket
grout sealer
grout caulk to match your grout

Steo by step:
We started by making sure the wall was clean and dry.
Using the notched trowel, apply the adhesive to the wall and remove excess using the notches on the edges.
Press on one sheet of tiles at a time.  You want to use spacers between the tiles and top of countertop.  Two hard surfaces should never meet because of expansion and contraction.
Press firmly against the face of the tiles with the rubber float to make sure the tiles are adhered to the wall.
Continue to lay the tile sheets until your walls are covered.
We used 1x2 tiles so they look like bricks when put together.  There were one inch spaces along the edges and in the corners where there was no tile.  We bought an additional sheet of 1x1 tiles to fill in these spaces.  Lowes carried our tile pattern in both sizes so that saved us some cuts.  The color palette we used is Glacier.



Around the outlets, we did have to make some cuts.  For this we bought a glass tile nipper.  It easily chipped of small pieces of the tile to get the size we needed.



If you want to get the outlet covers back on, make sure to tile around the opening.  Place the ears of the socket on the tile if you can.  You may need to loosen the screws in order to do this.


After the tiles set for 24 hours, you can grout.  We bought the powdered stuff and mixed it ourselves.  According to the video, it should be the consistency of peanut butter.
Use the rubber float to apply between tiles and scrape excess grout from the tile fronts with the edge.
After it sets for 10 minutes, take a wet sponge and remove the leftover grout.  This cleans the tile and prevents the grout from hardening on your tiles.  You want to the sponge to be wet but not dripping so try to squeeze as much water out as possible.  You will have to keep cleaning your sponge so keep a bucket of water.
Allow the grout to set for 24 hours.  The tiles will have a haze on them so wipe with a wet sponge.  I used a dry cleaning cloth after cleaning with water to dry the tiles and make them shine.
After the grout is set, spray with a grout sealer.  This prevents your tiles from staining during use.  This is a kitchen you know.
Use the caulk to seal the space between the countertop and tiles.  I also used a bead of caulk around the outside edge of the tiles to give them a finished look.





This project definitely was not something we could do quickly.  You cannot move on to the next step until the previous one is done.  All the work was definitely worth it.  Our kitchen looks better with a back splash.  See here for more pics.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Linky Followers And A Blog Hop

Many of you may have heard that Google Friend Connect is going away at the end of the month for those that are not on Blogger.  I saw this new way to follow last week, Linky Followers.  I wasn't going to join but then I thought of you.  Some of my followers may not be on Blogger or follow through Google Friend Connect and GFC may not be around for long for even the users on Blogger.

So, I have added Linky Followers to my sidebar so please follow me there as well.  This new tool is free.



Remember, you can still follow me through GFC (for now), Facebook, Pinterest, and Feedburner.

I've joined the Blog Hop at So Very Cheri.


Want to join in?
RULES:

1. You MUST have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate.

{You can have both the LINKY FOLLOWERS & GFC on your site but you must have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool to participate in this party hop.}

2. You MUST follow the person who has the party on their site as a thank you.

3. Just add your blog button to the LINKY PARTY below.

4.Then grab the BLOG HOP code

You will find the code right under the Linky Party where it says CLICK HERE TO ENTER
just under that it says: WHAT IS A BLOG HOP? GET THE CODE HERE
Click on GET THE CODE HERE and enter it into a post on your site.
You can grab the party button code in the FOOTER at Its So Very Cheri
You can grab info from my post if it helps you with your post.

5. Then you follow other bloggers–(as many as you want)
–leave each one of the blogs that you follow a comment letting them know you are following them and ask them to follow you back.

If you want to add the BLOG HOP to your own site you will get lots of new followers(see rule #2)



Sunday, February 12, 2012

Kitchen Back Splash Done


I've been wanting to show you guys all week but since I don't get home until after dark, it was hard to get some decent pictures.  Here goes.


The tiles are grey, brown, tan, and white.  Hubby chose this one.  I was leaning more towards a neutral tan and white set but glad we chose this one instead.  It pops more and has a good mix of colors that will go good with the future dark cabinets.  The back splash will pop out instead of blending in. 




I picked up a few faux plants and pots from Ikea.
 

I was finally able to find some stainless containers to match the rest of the kitchen appliances at Target.
 



Now for the hard part, painting the cabinets.

See the rundown on how we tiled the back splash here.



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