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July 2013

Before & After DIY Uncategorized

I’m Tim Gunn-ing It

I’ve mentioned  a few times before that when JP and I first got married, we purchased a matchy-matchy bedroom suite that I almost instantly regretted and quickly grew tired of. But I’m not about to shell out a bunch more money to get new stuff. So I’m doing my best Tim Gunn on that bedroom suite and I’m going to “Make it work.”  And I started with my headboard.

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Just as a refresher, here’s what I started with:

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Yawn. Bored.

My inspiration was this dress I came across on Pinterest:

painterly dress

I love all things painterly and the bold black and white pattern is perfection!

And I decided rather than try to purchase fabric (expensive),  I decided to try my hand at making my own. So I picked up 2 yards of white duck fabric from Hobby Lobby, along with some black fabric paint. I love duck because it’s SO thick, kind of like canvas. I measured my headboard (which was approximately 25″x60″) and then cut a piece of fabric that left plenty of wiggle room (about 30″x65″).

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I have to admit, my first couple strokes were kind of scary..I was afraid I would mess it up.

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But I got into a groove pretty quickly.

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There really was no rhyme or reason to my method..a brushstroke here, a brushstroke there…here a stroke, there a stroke, everywhere a stroke stroke.

I let it dry for about an hour, and then I taped the fabric to my headboard to try and get an idea of what it was going to look like.

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And. I. Loved. It.

So I whipped out my staple gun and got to work.

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Oh hey, look at me pretend staple-gunning with my left hand for photographic purposes. Just as a side note, pretty much any time you see my using my left hand in a picture, it’s totally staged because I need my right hand to take the picture. Blogger problems.

Once it was stapled, I trimmed off the excess fabric as close to the staples as I could get. And then it was time to cover up those staples. I decided to use some black fabric trim.

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My trim was pretty thin (3/8″) so one row wasn’t going to cover it. So I just added a second row.

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And with that, I called this project D-U-N.

I'm Tim Gunn-ing It | Lemon Drop Life


I'm Tim Gunn-ing It | Lemon Drop Life


I'm Tim Gunn-ing It | Lemon Drop Life


And just because we know everyone likes a good before and after:

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I think Tim would be proud.

DIY Uncategorized

DIY Succulent Wreath

What’s one of the highest functioning rooms in your house? For us, it’s the kitchen. We spend a lot of time in there..preparing meals, doing dishes, sitting at the table. But when it comes to decorating, the kitchen sometimes gets neglected. And that makes your kitchen sad. I mean every hard working gal deserves a time to get all dressed up, right? Right.

So I decided to add a little wreath action to my refrigerator. I mean who says front doors are the only ones deserving of wreath swag? Our fridge is every bit as hard working as our front door, and she deserves some pampering. And  that pampering should come in the form of succulent wreath, of course!

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It’s no secret that succulents are the ‘it’ plant. They’re pretty, easy to care for, and come in a wide variety. My first thought was, ‘Maybe I can buy one.’ And I found one at Williams Sonoma. For $100. Gulp.

So like any good blogger, I figured I could DIY one on the cheap.

I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up some faux succulents..I got 10 for $10 because they were 50% off. I also picked up a small wire wreath form for $3. I already had some floral wire and ribbon at home.

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I cut about 2/3 of the stem off of each succulent, leaving me a little bit to secure to the wreath form with floral wire. I basically had no rhyme or reason for how I secured them. Seriously, my floral wire was a hot mess.

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But, it got the job done. And as long as no one ever looks at the back of my wreath, I’m good.

After all the succulents were attached, I tied a bow with my ribbon and attached it to the top. Then I used a  piece of twine for hanging. And voila…done!

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My fridge is glowing with pride.

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Oooh, aaah…

And my favorite part? I saved myself $87!

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Don’t you just love a good knock-off?! Happy Friday, everyone!

Home Decor/ Interior Design Life Uncategorized

Magnetic Attraction

My refrigerator is adorable:

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For Mother’s Day, I got my Mom a set of Instagram magnets (all of Roarke, of course) and I decided to join in on the fun myself. I ordered mine from OnlineSocialPrint and, though they took a while to get here, I’m pleased with the size and quality.

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I think I may cover my whole fridge. That’s not creepy at all, right? And if you want to be bombarded with photos of my offspring, don’t forget you can follow me on Instagram (@lemondroplife).

Happy Friday!

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DIY Uncategorized

I’m Blue Da Ba Dee…

And now it’s stuck in your head, too. You’re welcome.

I’ve always loved the painted front door trend, and I’ve had it on my to-do list for quite a while. Well, guess what? It is officially to-done!

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As you can see, our front porch was pretty blah. The first step was picking a color. I went through several options (yellow, tangerine, red) but finally landed on a l0vely cornflower blue. I found it in Glidden’s Soft Sapphire.

Our front door is metal, not wood. So the first step was to wipe it down and get it as dirt and dust free as possible.

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Next I taped off the handle and the trim around the door. And then it was time for the first coat of primer. I used the water-based Zinsser BIN primer and did two coats. As far as brushes go, I used a small foam brush for the insets and a foam roller for the rest. I let that dry overnight.

The next day, I put on my first coat of paint. I used a foam roller for most of the door surface, but instead of a foam brush on the insets, I used a regular angled brush. It took 4 coats to get really good, even coverage. And, in case you didn’t know, there IS a proper way to paint a door.

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Painting it this way will help eliminate brush strokes.

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And you might be thinking that it must have been a pain in the neck to tape off all those windows on our door. Well, it would’ve been…if I did. Lucky for me, latex paint scrapes right off glass windows. So, I just painted away and scraped it off afterwards!

Another helpful tip: if you have to take a break during a painting project for some reason, you can simply wrap your paint brushes in a plastic bag and stick them in the fridge. It will keep them fresh until you can get back to painting!

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But back to my beautiful door…

I knew that just painting the door wouldn’t add quite enough oomph to the porch on its’ own, so I also picked up some pretty flowers and a cute doormat.

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Aren’t they the perfect addition?

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I finally feel like the outside of our house is getting some personality! I would love to paint the trim around the door white, hit those brassy knobs with some ORB spray paint, and add some cute house numbers. The lists are never-ending around here…

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Life Uncategorized

Better Late Than Never

Well, it’s officially July and I just received our 2012 family photo album in the mail on Saturday. Clearly I’m on top of things around here. I’m vowing to be more organized this year and to put in photos every so often so I’m not spending the whole month of January sorting through photos and remember what happened when. Especially since I have a feeling know for a fact there will be a LOT more photos to sort through with the addition of our little mister.

If you’re feeling lost, let me explain. I started making yearly photo albums for our family as an effort to put our pictures somewhere other than my hard drive. It’s just nice to be able to physically hold them sometimes, ya know? You can see a little about the first one I made here. If you recall, that one started off with our wedding day and ran up ‘til our first anniversary (which is in August). I decided it would make the most sense to run a book from January-December, so I actually started off our 2012 book by recapping those last few months of 2011.

I use Shutterfly for my books. I love all their fun book design options and the process is super easy. You can upload all your pictures and they will automatically place them for you, or you can do it yourself. Designing the book is my favorite part, so I of course choose to customize it myself. They have TONS of backgrounds and fun page add-ons. They also offer discounts pretty much all the time, which is great because photo books can get pretty pricey if you have a lot of photos. {I’m not perked by Shutterfly to say any of that stuff, I just promote what I love! But hey, Shutterfly, if you’re listening and would like to pay me, I wouldn’t hate it.}

Enough jibber-jabber. Here’s a few excerpts from this year’s book.

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Lemon Drop Life | Better Late Than Never


Lemon Drop Life | Better Late Than NeverYes, that’s me with John and Sherry up in the corner. I’m kind of famous, so they were totally excited to meet me.

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