Christmas Project {I’m Behind}

Hey all!
Trying to keep up with my promise of posting more often and I wanted to make sure that I got to this specific post before it was so long after Christmas.

Our tree has always, sadly, had a tree skirt that never quite fit. We got a larger stand that has several screws that go directly into the tree’s trunk, so it’s much bulkier than the traditional metal stands. I finally got fed up being able to see all the stand under the tree and wasn’t willing to spend lots of money on a skirt, so I found a Pinterest link that have a tutorial for an “Anthropologie like” tree skirt.

It was beautiful! Ruffles of linen? Bows to tie it in the back? Sold. So, I tried my best to follow the directions and got my supplies in order. I couldn’t find a drop cloth in the size they recommended, but I did have old IKEA curtains that were already damaged, so I used that as my base layer. I thought I had folded the curtain correctly and cut the right pieces, but of course I didn’t.

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So I put the semi circle pieces together, mended them, and continued on. I began by cutting my fabric into strips for the ruffles. I tried to make the width as uniform as I could, but there were some discrepancies. Be forewarned, this project takes A LOT of fabric and hot glue. Oh, and patience. Don’t be worried about burning your hands, either.

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I started on the outer ring of the skirt and worked my way into the center. I put the glue down onto the bottom layer first, then would fold the fabric into the glue. This way, I thought I would have more control of the fabric. It ended up being a challenge but the final product was definitely worth it.

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Once all the layers have been completed and dried, I added my bows. I used an entire roll of ribbon so I could have big bows. Because all the layers were finished, I was able to conceal the ends under the ruffles. I think that it turned out well! I wish I had better pictures. The color seems very buttery, but it was much more gold in person. Plus, I picked a fabric with a bit of sparkle (of course).

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Overall, this project cost me around $30 or $40 dollars. The fabric was the big expense, mostly because I needed more of it than the original tutorial suggested. The ribbon was only a few dollars and I already had the curtain for the base and the hot glue. Compared to the Anthropologie version, I got off easy!

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What do you think? Did you do any holiday crafts this year?

Xoxo,
Ashley

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Guest Bedroom Re-Do {Crisp Khaki Obsession}

So, shocker of the century, I painted another room.

The last few weeks it’s been brought to my attention that I adore only a few colors in my decorating. More specifically, everything is either blue or green. This is not TOTALLY true, but its not entirely false either. So, when I happened upon a GLORIOUS color of blue, the perfect dynamic blue to paint our master bedroom, I realized that we would then have four blue rooms in our house (not counting the blue green of my office). And that is a bit silly, if I do say so myself.  Which got me to thinking: if I really loved this dynamic blue color and it was really worth the sacrifice, maybe I could make some extra projects out of it!

Enter, the guest bedroom. This room wasn’t ever painted by us. We just left the cute powdery blue from the previous owners. It originally was a child’s bedroom, so it was a great soft color for a guest bedroom. Plus, as I mentioned, I coordinate pretty well with blue and green. But because we’d never painted it, I figured it would be the first room to change. And you know what, there were parts of the walls that were a bit dirty. Parts that even a magic eraser couldn’t remove from the wall.  SO YOU KNOW IT NEEDED SOME LOVE.

This little project was easily knocked out in a day. I ran over to my favorite place, LOWES, and picked out some samples that I thought might work.

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UGH. I was completely wrong in that regard. I thought the top would paint and dry more tan, less muddy. NOPE. The bottom color ended up way more yellow and buttery than I expected. And then I remembered…

 

Ahhh, crisp khaki. The color my parents used to make their previous home more neutral. It's just the right shade of tan.

I still had that lovely Benjamin Moore fan deck. Ahhh, crisp khaki. This is the color my parents used to make their previous home more neutral. It’s just the right shade of tan and a perfect shade for a guest bedroom.

So a gallon of paint and a roll of blue painters tape later (plus an afternoon), we now officially have a crisp khaki guest bedroom. Which, truthfully, played nicely with the bedding, green mirror, and even the black of the frames on the wall and the desk/side table. And, well…it did allow me to insert a vintage green lamp into the mix as well (which is not in the picture, unfortunately). Might as well spice it up with accessories, right?!

So...dare I say it? CRISP!

So…dare I say it? CRISP! I love that the colors really pop and don’t have to fight with the wall color. Plus, look at that glorious light coming in the window!

And yes, you can say I’m obsessed. Because once I painted this room, I realized I could also paint our master bath (which WAS blue) and it would look fantastic. But that’s another blog for another day…

Do you have a color you’re obsessed with and how did you manage said obsession?

XOXO,

Ashley