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October 2012

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My Berkus Booty

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  • October 30, 2012

This post has nothing to do with Nate Berkus’ backside. I know, I know…disappointing.

It does, however, have everything to do with the couple of things I picked up from the new Nate Berkus collection at Target! I’m in the same boat with every other blogger that drooled over and anticipated the arrival of his lovely collection.

And what item was I most excited to get my paws on?

The tortoise shell, of course!

As soon as I saw it in the Target ads, I knew that I just needed to make it mine. Luckily, it was still there by the time I was able to get to Target (in all three colors, actually). So, I snapped it up and trotted happily on home.

Wanna see where it ended up?

I hung it next to my DIY magnetic chalkboard art, and I really love how it balances it out.

Any of you guys pick anything up from the Nate Berkus collection?

 

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Best In Show

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  • October 28, 2012

Every week, I like to round up some of my favorite posts and projects from around the blogosphere. Enjoy the inspiration!

Did you know Home Depot has a home improvement blog called The Apron? Caroline recently posted this awesome DIY metallic zebra hide rug that I’m totally loving!

Beth from Home Stories A to Z shows you how to make your own chalkboard. I love how she decked hers out for Halloween, adorable!

I’ve got babies on the brain lately,  so I naturally swooned when I saw this cloth baby book Nancy made for her friend that recently gave birth. I think this would make such a sweet baby shower gift!!

Totally precious, right? That’s all for this week, hope you feel inspired!

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Beadboard Wallpaper Installation Tutorial

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  • October 26, 2012

I’m ecstatic to say that the guest bathroom makeover is almost complete! I finally got around to installing the beadboard (about a month ago….), which means I’m very close to the end of this makeover!! I was a little nervous about doing it (I thought it would be complicated), but it was literally one of the easiest DIY projects I’ve ever done! I was only doing one wall, so it took me less than an hour from start to finish..my kind of project!

beadboard tutorial
Here’s what you’ll need to get ‘er done:

  • pre-pasted beadboard wallpaper (you can pick it up at Menards or Lowe’s)
  • a wallpapering sponge
  • measuring tape
  • level
  • brad nails
  • a hammer (or a pneumatic brad nailer if you’ve got one)
  • chair rail trim
  • paint

Like I said, I just did one wall that was about 7′ long, so 1 roll of the wallpaper was plenty for me and I still have leftovers. Also, I’ve read that if your wall already had semi-gloss or glossy paint, you might want to prime over it to ensure that the paste sticks.

First things first, you need to decide how high you want your beadboard to go. I wanted mine to go approximately 2/3 of the way up the wall, which ended up being about 4 1/2′. I rolled out my first strip and measured it the length I needed and attempted to cut as straight of a line as possible. The roll is a little over 21″ wide, so I calculated that I would need 4 strips. I used my first one as a guide and cut 3 more. Don’t worry if your cuts aren’t perfect..you can cover it up in the end.

Once you have all your cuts made, take the very first strip you cut (I’ll explain why later) and dunk it in water (I filled the bathtub with a few inches of water), making sure to get the back side wet since the water is what activates the adhesive. You don’t need to leave it sitting in the water, just dunk it long enough to ensure the whole strip is wet. Then let it sit for 5 minutes, paste side up.


Now, you’re ready to apply it to the wall. I just kind of slapped it up there at first, just to get it to stick to the wall. The paper is very forgiving, and you can move it around pretty easily. And it’s easy to peel it off and start again if it’s just not working right. Once I had it on the wall, I skooshed (technical term) it down to where it lined up with the baseboard. This is why it’s important that you use the first sheet you cut (with the one guaranteed straight edge) so that you can butt the straight edge up against the baseboard and make sure the paper is hanging level. If your paper is hanging crooked at this point, all your other sheets will too because you’ll just line up the seams from here on out.


Once you’ve got it even against the baseboard, you can smooth it out from the bottom up. This is where you’ll want to use the wallpapering sponge to help you smooth out all the air bubbles. Don’t be afraid to apply a little bit of pressure as you smooth the bubbles out; this will help the paper adhere to the wall evenly. You might notice that as you’re smoothing out the paper, some of the adhesive squishes out the top or sides..just use your sponge to wipe it up.


And the wallpapering part is as simple as that! You just wet your next strip and line up the seam with the first one. Don’t worry about it being flush with the baseboard at this point, it’s more important that the seams line up. And, I will say this, there is definitely one seam that will match the previously laid paper, and one that doesn’t. At first, I hung my second strip upside down and I could tell it didn’t look right. So, I flipped it around and it matched up perfectly.


If there is excess hanging down around your baseboard, you can cut it off with a straight razor after the paper dries. And if there is a gap between the baseboard and the paper, you can fill it in with a piece of quarter round.

After you’ve hung all your paper, you can do one of two things: go ahead and paint it whatever color you choose or go straight to putting up the chair rail. I went ahead and painted mine, the same color I used on the walls. Then, I moved on to the chair rail!

I bought a pre-primed piece of chair rail from Home Depot and had them cut it down to size for me. I also picked up some Liquid Nails and brad nails. Now, for whatever reason the Liquid Nails that I purchased specifically for this project (the one in the red bottle that’s supposed to be for ‘Projects’)  did not hold at all…I have no idea why, but it just would not adhere. Luckily, I had another kind on hand, a clear silicone adhesive in a blue bottle.

I could tell it was going to hold the instant I stuck it on the wall. Go figure. Once you adhere it to the wall, you’ve got a few minutes where you can readjust and make sure it’s level.

Once I had it on the wall, I used a very high-tech system to keep it in place until the adhesive could dry.

Yep, Frog Tape. We keep it classy. According to the directions on the bottle, it takes a full 48 hours for the adhesive to clear. So I waited (impatiently) and removed the tape. I was pleased to find that the trim was very snugly adhered to the wall, so I decided to forgo the nails. Of course, if it starts to come loose, I will reinforce it with the brad nails.

Check out my wall now!

Gotta do something about those brassy doorknobs, yikes!

I looooove the way it looks..big impact for not a lot of work!

Have any of you guys been scared to do a project that turns out to be SO simple? If you’re still holding out…conquer your fear, show that project who’s boss!

{Sidenote: Facebook has changed some things, so if you follow Lemon Drop Life’s page you might not be getting all the posts. Go read Chelsea’s post for more info. And if you’ve yet to become a fan on Facebook, go do it now!}

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Obsessed: Flokati Diamond Rug

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  • October 25, 2012

Our poor naked living room needs a rug. And my latest obsession? The Flokati Diamond Rug from Anthropologie. And it’s fitting that this rug should have the word ‘diamond’ in the title because it costs a pretty penny. A pretty penny that I’m not willing to part with. Not when we have umpteen million baby items to buy in the next few months.


But just look how pretty! Blast you, Anthropologie!! West Elm has a pretty good look-alike, but again..an 8×10 is pretty pricey.


And I can’t help but wonder, is it even smart to bring a high-pile, mostly whitish rug into a house with a dog (that sheds) and a soon to be newborn? Sounds like it could spell danger to me. Some of you mommies/dog owners need to set me straight. Tell me if this is an obsession worth hanging on to, or if I should move along!

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Best In Show

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  • October 20, 2012

Every week, I like to round up some of my favorite posts and projects from around the blogosphere. Enjoy the inspiration!

Carrie from Lovely etc. created these West Elm knock-off industrial curtain rods for a fraction of the West Elm price! Love it!!

Ginny at Chasing Sunshine gives us a tutorial on how to make some awesome wood burned signs. It’s a great way to add a rustic feel to any room!

Kristin from The Hunted Interior showed us her she created her stacked log faux fireplace. I absolutely ADORE the look of this, what a great way to add character to any room!

That’s it for this week…enjoy your weekend lemon-droppers!

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A Touch of Fall

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  • October 18, 2012

Last night I finally drug out all of my fall things. I haven’t touched my mantel since spring, and it was crying out for a change. It seems like home projects have definitely fallen way down my priority list lately, so it felt good to dust off the ol’ decor chops and change things up.

I didn’t want to go too over the top, so I just worked with things I already had and played around until I was happy.


Several of the items were things I’ve DIY’ed in the past (the antlers, the wreath, the circle garland, which was made for our 2011 fall mantel), and everything else are just things I’ve collected over the past few years.

I’m loving all the brown and golds mixed with the orange and turquoise…not necessarily a traditional fall color palette, but enough to strike my fancy!

{Sidenote: do any of you photographers out there have any tips for better photographing my mantel nook? It never gets direct light at any point of the day so I always get weird shadows. Blah.)

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Easy and Delicious Veggie Pizza

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  • October 15, 2012

Since I’ve been pregnant, I’ve been making an effort to try and cook a little more. I don’t want to be the mom that relies on fast food. Yes, I realize it will be a while before I’ll actually be feeding my child home-cooked meals, but I figure it doesn’t hurt to get in the habit now!

And, of course, I want my child to eat healthy meals that include lots of veggies. I rarely ever at vegetables as a kid (and still struggle with it now, to be honest), but this is one quick and easy veggie recipe that I love!

Ingredients:

  • 2 (8 oz.) pkgs. crescent rolls
  • 2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (1 oz.) pkg. dry Ranch-style dressing mix
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shredded Cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Roll out the crescent dough onto a 9×13 baking sheet, and pinch together the edges to form the crust.
  3. Bake crust for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Once finished cooking, remove crust from oven and let cool 15 minutes without removing it from the baking sheet.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and dry Ranch dressing. Spread the mixture over the cooled crust. Sprinkle broccoli, bell pepper, cauliflower, shredded carrots, and cheddar cheese over the cream cheese layer. Chill for one hour, slice and serve.

And that’s all there is to it! I cut mine into square 20 pieces and calculated that it’s approximately 135 calories a slice. And if you want to cut calories even more, you could leave off the cheese or just use one package of crescent rolls…I just like a nice thick crust!

Have you got any simple and healthy recipes? Let me hear ‘em!

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September-stagram

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  • October 9, 2012

Are we really already 9 days into October? This year has flown by! Here’s a little peek into my September through Instagram.

And my favorite of the month?

Probably this one from my niece’s first birthday party. Doesn’t she look adorable?!

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Best In Show

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  • October 6, 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Best In Show post. Have you missed them? I know I have! I adore looking at other peoples’ projects and getting inspiration.

The Nester over at The Nesting Place recently showed off her newly gold leafed plates and I think they look fantastic, don’t you?!

Amy at The Casablanca Transformation posted a tutorial for her sheet music artwork. Such a great idea for a unique and meaningful piece of art!

I love Mandi’s cheap and stylish headboard over at Vintage Revivals. It looks a lot more expensive than it is!

That’s it for now! JP and I are currently soaking up the last day of our relaxation vacation. Back to real life tomorrow!!

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Quick and Free Art: My Favorite Kind

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  • October 3, 2012

Greetings from beautiful Colorado! JP and I are on a little getaway this week, but I couldn’t resist dropping in with this post about some quick and easy art I made before we left.

I’m working on a gallery wall for our staircase, but of course I don’t want to go out and spend a lot of money on frames and art. So I dug out a couple of old frames I picked up at the thrift store a while back (for $1/each I think, so technically this project cost $2.) Then I looked around the house for some things I could use as art. Here’s what I ended up with:

{Sorry for the poorly-lit photos..I was taking these at night!}

I grabbed a couple pieces of white cardstock to use as mats and cut them fit inside the frames. For the larger frame, I decided to fill it with some money that I’ve collected from our travels over the last couple of years. It serves as a reminder of some awesome trips, and the money is colorful which is an added bonus. I simply used double sided tape to stick each bill to the piece of cardstock.

Under each bill, I wrote the country it’s from along with the date we visited.

In the smaller frame, I framed a piece of stationary that I actually won in a blog giveaway a year or so ago. The stationary is absolutely adorable, and we all know my love for all things lemon-related! Again, I used double sided tape to attach it to the cardstock.

And that’s all there is to it! Now I have two pieces of unique art that I love just as much as anything I could’ve purchased anywhere else!!

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