DIY: Chevron Lamp Shade

In my 2nd attempt at a Pinterest project, I’m painting again…just on a much smaller scale this time!

Missoni made chevron prints tremendously popular in the fashion world, but lately they’ve become just as trendy in home decor.

So when I first saw this lamp shade DIY project, I knew it was the perfect way to incorporate the print into my home without spending tons of money.

What you’ll need:  A plain white drum shade
Measuring tape, a utility knife, sharp scissors, a sponge brush and painters tape.
And paint.  I had a variety of options that I to choose from so I did a few swatches to see which one I liked the best.
I decided to go with Martha Stewart’s craft paint in grey wolf. {The last swatch shown}
Step 1:  Decide how big you want your pattern and place a strip of tape around the entire shade at that level – – measuring from the bottom up.  I chose 3 1/4 inches.
Step 2:  Place strips of tape in a chevron pattern around the shade using the bottom of the tape line you created in Step 1 as your guide.  You may have to go back and rearrange your pattern to make sure there’s an even amount of triangles around the shade.
Step 3: Once the first row of pattern looks pleasing to the eye, remove the guide tape from Step 1.  Repeat that pattern covering the entire lamp.  Remember to leave the same amount of space between each row.  Use your scissors to trim the tape and make clean points. Don’t forget to add in little triangles at the bottom of the shade so the pattern looks complete.
Step 4: Paint the shade using your sponge brush being careful not to let your paint leak under the tape.
Step 5: Remove the tape once the paint has dried.
Ta dah!
It’s no where near perfect but that’s why the chevron print is so awesome because it’s very forgiving.
I really wish I could do this to multiple lamp shades in my house because I love it that much…
but that would probably be overkill 🙂

Stick To Your Ribs Good


We make a lot of soups in our household.
As a family of two, soups tend to be the perfect meals for us because we can reheat and eat whenever we are hungry…which is usually at two different times!
I found this recipe for a healthy stuffed pepper soup on Pinterest last week.
I didn’t plan on posting it, but it was so good, I knew I had to share!
3 cups cooked brown rice
1 lb 95% lean ground beef (I used ground venison as a substitute)
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup diced onion
3 cloves chopped garlic
2 cans (14.5 oz each) cans petite diced tomatoes
1 3/4 cups tomato sauce
2 cups reduced sodium, fat-free chicken broth
1/2 tsp chili powder
 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper
I tried to figure out the calorie count and I think it runs about 275 calories for a heaping bowl (about 1 1/2 cups).  Makes about 8 cups total.
Cook 3 cups brown rice and set aside.
Using a large soup pot, brown the meat and drain any remaining fat.  Reduce the heat and add in the peppers, onion and garlic.  Cook until the veggies are slightly tender (about 5 minutes).
Add in canned tomatoes, chicken broth, tomato sauce, chili powder and salt and pepper.
Cover and simmer for another 5 minutes.  Lastly, add in the cooked rice and simmer on low for 25 minutes.
Sorry for the lack in pics, as I said, I really didn’t plan on posting this recipe!
I took this sole pic with the intention of sending it to my mom 🙂

DIY: Laundry Room Revamp

I can’t lie…I don’t really do the laundry in our household… It’s not because I don’t want to, it’s because, (believe it or not) my husband always beats me to it!!! However, when we moved into our house together, I didn’t know this would be the case so we decided to fix up the laundry room so neither of us would mind spending time downstairs.

The space always felt like a dingy closet instead of a laundry room.  First things first, we changed the wall colors from boring beige to a bright blue.  We also resurfaced the floor with peel and stick floor tiles so the floor felt nice, new and clean.  The challenge then became storage. We had a ton of hanging space but nowhere to fold clothes or store laundry soap, towels, etc.  So we cleared out one corner to make room for some furniture.  However I couldn’t find any prefab furniture to fit the space.

I’m not quite sure how I came up with this, but I’m sure my weekly trips to Ikea at this time had a lot to do with it.  I decided to construct my own laundry storage/folding station…and here’s how I did it!

If you’ve ever been to Ikea, you’ve probably seen the Expedit storage system.  It comes in 3 colors and at just $39 it’s a pretty good bargain! This will act as the base for the unit.

Ikea also sells stand alone table tops in a variety of sizes and colors at about $20 each.  I opted for white, but they also have a black-brown that emulates a cherry stain and a stainless steel option if you want a more of a modern look. The table top functions as the folding space.
In order to complete the piece, legs are needed to hold up 3 out of the 4 corners.  The 4th corner is held up by the Expedit.  The legs can be as cheap as $3.50 each if you don’t need an adjustable size.  Otherwise, the legs ended up costing me about $45…which is kind of crazy because neither the table top or Expedit cost that much!
Here’s the final product! We added a couple of baskets, shelves and a pendant light shade (all from Ikea!) to finish off the space.
It now functions as the perfect space for my husband to fold our laundry. How nice 🙂
What do you think?!?

DIY: Quotes on Canvas


I have a love/hate relationship with it.  Most days, I love searching the site, finding cute outfits or kitchen designs for my “dream home.”  It’s the other days when I come across peoples DIY projects when I’m like how in world did they do that?  Or have TIME to do that???  Some of those braided hairstyles…come on!

Confession: Crafting is my favorite sport.
Yes, I now consider it a sport now that I’m old and married. You can almost say I’m craft-etitive because I like to see if I can match people on their craftsmanship.
OK, I’m a huge dork.

For the next few weeks, I’m going to be posting my attempts at some popular Pinterest projects (or PPP’s?).  If you have one that you’ve been wanting to try or want me to try – – send it my way!  Email me here or post a comment below.

First up:  DIY Quotes on Canvas

I “pinned” this project thinking that is such a cute idea and looks totally doable!  Hahaha….Well, I had the cute part right…  But hopefully with these tips, you’ll be able to whip through this much faster than I.

This canvas was one of those “I had to have it” in the store and then when I got it home, I hated it.  So I was happy to re-purpose it.   You can also buy a variety of blank canvas’ at your local craft store for
not that much money.
Supplies Needed:
Paint (I chose white but you can chose any color you like!)
Painters tape (in case you need to tape your letters down)
Spray adhesive
Magazines and/or newspaper
Sponge brush
Vinyl Letters
Old or new canvas or even an old painting
Glue your “best pieces” where you are going to place your letters.  What you put everywhere else really doesn’t matter because you’ll be painting over it.
{looks pretty crazy at this point}
Align the last letters each word first so you can figure out the spacing before you stick them to the canvas.  My quote is “You make me happy when skies are gray.”
Needless to say, make sure to double check your work because apparently when I took this picture I planned on saying “…when skies are are gray.”  Yikes!
When all your letters are straight and adhered to the canvas, paint over them using your sponge brush.
Tip: ONLY, ONLY, ONLY buy the full adhesive letters.  They were sold out when I went to buy them so I bought half-stick letters instead.  It made painting over them a lot more tricky.
And now for the final product….
I’m so happy with the results and will definitely be doing this again (on a smaller scale) now that I have the hang of it.  I hung it in our guest room and I think it works well as a make-shift headboard.  Now I just need to replace the old comforter and add some cute throw pillows to top it off.
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