Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday DIY & Finds

Every single person in blogland is busy with Fall, Halloween and even a few are way ahead to Christmas.  I am way behind, too much to do, but so much inspiration. 

This master bathroom reveal from Remodelando la Casa is amazing.  You definitely have to go see the before and all of the detail she put into this remodel.  This is truly magazine worthy.


I love a kitchen with a lot of windows and this one is GORGEOUS.  Just look at those views. 


This is just one of several gorgeous tables she shares. 

These floating apple candles are so fun and she shares a great tutorial too. 

You have to go see the rest of this porch decorated for Halloween.  It is unreal and so fun.

This wonderful table popped up in my inbox this last week from a post that was linked to my Inspire Me Tuesday from Nov. 14, 2014.  I love how this table has mixed feathers, flowers, antlers, lace and burlap for such a beautiful setting.

This fun Halloween Table really caught my eye. 




and the post showing how I made over my thrifty $79.50 headboard with paint. 


So pleased with how the "Mini Living Room Makeover" is coming together.


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One Thing Leads To Another - New Art For The Entrance

Every home needs an inviting entrance. 

After auditioning several different things for the "Mini Living Room Makeover", I have decided that the new mirror is a winner.  So now I have two of my main pieces nailed down, the new coffee table and the mirror for the big wall behind the sofa.

I was so reassured by all of you that said you love the mirror too.  I had 68 yes it is a keeper and 5 that said not so much.  We all have different opinions as to how a room should look.  The 5 that said not so much had really good reasons, so each persons opinion is truly valuable.

Now with all that said, since I am going to have a mirror behind the sofa, the entrance wall right across needs to have something other than a mirror.  I have been looking everywhere for Art.  I tried to find something I like for the sofa wall before I found the mirror and boy, art is hard.



Here is a view showing the whole room.  As you can see, there is not a designated entrance.  You open the door directly into the room.  I have created an entrance table of sorts with this console, a lamp and some accessories.  Whatever I hang above it has to coordinate with the rest of the room.  Since I change out accessories often and use all different colors in this room, the art has to be something that will go with anything. 



Here is a view from the stairs.


This is what I've had there for a while.  The mirror was originally in the powder room, so it will probably go back in there.

I saw this one and thought I would give it an audition.  The size isn't bad, not so sure if this is a keeper or not.


I do like the colors in the painting and the texture too.  I just think I need something more abstract and not so much color since I like to change up the colors I use in the room. (I returned this one, not what I want - it didn't grow on me. )

Like most things in this room, the entrance wall has changed quite a few times.  This is what I had when we first moved in.

Then I swapped art and added my little girl painting.


I currently have the borrowed art from my daughter to see about size.  I think the size is one that would work.  I also like the abstract design and the thin gold frame around the art is nice too.  I think I will be on the lookout for something similar.

I have looked everywhere and on line.  Art is really hard, so I guess I just have to keep looking.  The perfect thing will pop up when I least expect it. 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

DIY Ghost Concrete Planters - RemodelaCasa Guest Post

Step by Step directions to create fabulous and fun concrete planters and a planter stand too.

Today I am thrilled to have Cristina from RemodelaCasa to share one of her fabulous DIY projects.  When I asked her to do a guest post for me, she said of course and I was thrilled.  Her DIY skills are amazing whether she is doing a craft project or totally redoing an entire room.
  You have to go see her home, her carpentry skills rival the best.  So enjoy these fun and pretty DIY Concrete Planters she is sharing with us today and then be sure to check out her blog for even more amazing and fun projects.



Little succulent plants on wooden stand
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Hi everyone! This is Cristina from RemodelaCasa and I'm very excited to be here with you sharing a cute little project for Halloween. I've been a big fan of Marty From A Stroll Thru Life and you probably have heard my blog's name during Marty's seasonal home tours that I'm always proud to be part of. I also like to visit during Inspire me Tuesday where besides sharing my projects I like visit to get inspired.
 I think of myself as a little ant that can't keep her hands still! :)  From little crafts to home decor or big room renovations, I'm always up to something and I like to chronicle all the details of those projects on my blog.  And it's kind of funny how there is no end to it. Most of the time, the final part of one project turns out to be the beginning of the next. Well, yes, that's exactly what happened with the cute concrete planters you saw on that first pic. :)
 A good part of my summer was spent in our master bathroom, giving it new life. Lights, vanity, shower and floor were changed. And it was there, when we were finishing setting the new floor slab, that I noticed we ended up with a good amount of mud-set leftover. Ha, a new project was about to start! I didn't want that concrete hardening without even trying something! I went running to the garage to check for plastic containers inside the recycling bin. A soda bottle and a milk jug were cut in half and filled mid way with concrete. I went looking for more containers to fill up and that's when I spotted the paper and plastic cups. Well, those two made the perfect combo! The two of them fit perfectly with each other to create the little concrete planters this post is about. Let me show you how.

 
setting concrete in paper cup to create a planter


The materials you'll need
:
  • 16-ounce paper cup (those are the disposable hot cups with lid I buy at Costco)
  •   8-Ounce plastic cup (also from Costco)
  • Concrete mix (I used the left over mud-set, but a concrete mix is even better)
  • Spray cooking oil.
  • Plastic gloves.
Directions: 1.  Prepare the surfaces Oil the inside of paper cups and the outside of the plastic cups using a spray oil. This will prevent the concrete from sticking.

 


2. Mix the concrete and start filling up the paper cups
Follow the instructions on the concrete bag to mix the concrete with water. Once mixed, grab a handful of the concrete mix and add it to the paper cup. Use your hand to shape it all around the cup. Don't forget to wear gloves, your hands will thank you!

 


3. Insert the plastic cup.
As soon as I brought the concrete mix all the way to the top of the paper cup (picture above), I inserted the plastic cup and push it hard all the way down and to the sides. The top edge was also pressed and smooth down.

 
setting the concrete


4. Give it an edge- Optional
You can add detail to those edges. I used a wooden dowel and the end handle of a screwdriver to give those edges some detail. 5. Let it dry Allow the concrete to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. I waited  a full day before removing the cups.

 
And I had no trouble peeling off those cups. The oil did help.

 
peeling off paper cup


6. Drill draining holes and paint - Optional
I like planters with draining holes. It's so much easier watering those little plants and letting the extra water run away. I drilled a hole at the bottom of each pot using my favorite multi-purpose carbide drill bits. I decided to paint them white, but you can let the grey concrete color show for a more industrial look.

 
Drilling the draining holes and spray painting the concrete planters
While the paint was drying I got busy building a wooden stand to give the planters more height and make them look like they are a set. You can check all the details about building the wooden stand on my blog right HERE.

 
how to make a stand for three little ghost concrete planters


7.  Draw the ghosts facial features - Optional
You can decorate the planters for Halloween or any other holiday, but you don't have to. They look cute with paint or not paint. I free handed the eyes and mouth with a pencil, then I traced and filled up the designs with a black Sharpie.

 
how to make ghosts facial features
And I think they are so cute!!
How to make little concrete planters with ghost faces
I transplanted some succulents that were living in tiny containers. Ahhh, I can tell they're feeling much better in their new home! And it looks like the little ghosts grew hair! 😃

 
A cute Halloween project! -
I simply use a plate underneath the planters on watering days, though I've never had any water passing thru, that's the beauty of succulents, nobody can kill them!

 
Succulent ghost planters on wooden stand


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Cute Halloween projects
Have you used concrete for any projects around your house?? I like that it's a very economical and durable material and hey, it's not too difficult to work with, especially on little projects like these planters!
 Well, thanks again, Marty, for the having me, you've been a big inspiration for me and my work! 💗 I want to invite you to RemodelaCasa where I'm always working on something big or small for the home! Don't forget to check the plant stand right HERE, you can modified it to fit any size planter you have!

Isn't she amazing.  Be sure to pop over to her blog- RemodelaCasa and check out this fabulous planter tutorial and while you are there check out some of her other inspiring projects too.  She just finished a bathroom remodel that will blow you away.  It is stunning. 


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