Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Better Homes and Garden's Photo Shoot!!

Remember last month when I told you Better Homes and Gardens were coming to my house?
 Well they did and it was great.
Let me tell you all about it!!
If you read Better Homes and Gardens,
 (OK right who doesn't!)
you will know the "I Did It" page they have every month.
That's going to be me and my office in their February issue!!!
A lot goes into this one page article!
Boxes started arriving at my house, in anticipation for the big day.  I think 5-8 boxes in total arrived.
The day before the photo shoot the photographer and stylists arrived from California to check out the office and open all the boxes. They were very nice.
First thing the next morning Desiree, the make up artist, showed up.  She did my hair and make-up. Talk about feeling like a queen.
Once I was all beautified, I just waited around until the room was ready.

Shortly after Desiree showed up, Edmund the photographer and Char the stylist knocked on the door.  They got to work getting things ready.  First they rearrange the office a little.  They took the big brown desk out of the room completely.  It will not be in the photo, just the built in's that I did.  
Pretty much everything in the entry way had to be moved so there was room for the camera and Edmund to back up.  Oh and then they added a giant light and diffuser.  
Then Edmund set up his computer and took a few  pictures. E-mails and phone conversations ensued with the big wigs at Better Homes and Gardens, until they were satisfied with the lighting and and angle at which to shoot from.
Edmund, said bloggers usually say embarrassing stuff about him, like how nice he was.  Well I told him I would have to embarrass the heck out of him too.  He just was really nice.  Easy to talk to.  

Char, the stylists, restyled my shelves using some of the items that were shipped and some of my own stuff.  I am proud to say mostly my stuff.
Char then went through the same communication with the home office until they liked all the accessories.  Char and I had been communicating before they arrived in Salt Lake City, via e-mail.  It was great to finally meet her in person.  We got along great, she too was super helpful and fun.

Finally the room was ready and we started the photo shoot.  Lots of pictures of a handful of poses.  People telling me how great I looked and how amazing the photo's were looking.  Every so often Desiree would fix my hair and Char would fix the wrinkles in my shirt.
  Details, Details!!!  
I love detail oriented people!!!
Edmund made especially sure my hands looked natural and not weird.  
How could my room and I not look amazing with all these guys helping me out?

Here is Desiree and I.  She actually lives here in Magna!!
Thanks for making look so good!!!

The whole shoot took about 5 hours!!
But the time went fast, almost too fast.
I was able to see some of the pictures on the computer, very exciting.
Char and Edmund really made this experience amazing.  I could not dream of anyone else who could have made this experience any better than they did!!
When you see the photo, you will see how talented they are!!
Thanks a million Char and Edmund!!

I really can't wait to get my magazine in the mail and see myself.
 I will have to pinch myself to make sure it's really true.
 If you would have told me a few years ago I would be in Better Homes and Gardens, I don't think I would have believed you.

Thanks for following me and all your kind words.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Glam Room - Pull up a Chair!

Long, long ago. 
In a Galaxy far, far away.

Like five years ago. 
I bought this killer chair!!
(Really here is the post.)
I bought this bad girl for $7, and have hung onto it for all these years!!  
But now it is finally time to transform this baby!!

You may notice the tape on the back leg, it's a little cracked, but I got it covered.
 I used a syringe to squeeze wood glue into the crack and shot a few strategically placed brad nails into it.
Good as new!!

Now let's start this makeover.
Here is a close up.
You can see a few of the stains and how the cushion is kinda flat.
First I had to take off that ugly mauve 80's coat.
 See all those decorative nail heads?
 Each one had to come off!!
  But I persevered!!  

OK, I persevered, because the girls helped me!!  
There were a lot of nails!!!
Thanks girls!!!

After the nails were all out, I took off the mauve material one piece at a time.  As always I took lots of pictures, to help me remember how to put it back together.  Once the material was removed I lightly sanded the wood parts, sprayed a coat of primer, followed by a few coats of white paint.
 Oh, I forget to mention I spray painted the tips of the legs silver; just to dress her up!!!
Then I lightly distressed the edges with sandpaper.
(Because I have kids, I know things will get banged and dinged.  So I just start them out that way so the new distressing will just blend in.)

I once again used the old cover as pattern pieces.  
(You can look at this post, this post, this post, this post, or this post to see more of this process). 
I bought this awesome Zebra print on clearance for $27. It's a white vinyl with black flocked zebra stripes.  This chair had unfinished edges.  I chose to cover the stapled edges with decorative braid.  I just used a glue gun to attache it to the chair. 

I also had to replace the foam in the super flat cushion. I only used a few silver nail heads to keep the fabric in place.  Too many nail heads would compete with that Zebra print. 

Here she is in her new skins!!

Here is a breakdown of what she cost:
Chair $7 (DI)
Zebra Fabric $27 (clearance Jo Ann's)
Foam $20 (Coupon Jo Ann's)
Braid $12 (Coupon Jo Ann's)
Tacks $2 (Lowe's)
Total $68
I think this chair would have cost me at least $200, so that's a savings for $132!!!
Em really wanted Zebra print in her room.  This was the perfect way to bring it in with out over doing it.  It's really fun and classy looking at the same time.
Here's a before and after shot, just to see the transformation.

What do you think?
I think I am getting pretty good at reupholstering.  I hope I inspire someone out there to try it.
 If we push ourselves to try new things, I think we will be surprised at what we can do!!

Anyway, I am moving on to the next project!
Can't wait to show you!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Glam room - Looking Up!!

Last time, I left you looking at a freshly painted room in need of some trim!!

I trimmed out the cubbies I built, the window, and Les helped me add crown molding around the ceiling.  
Before I show you all of that, let's look up; up at the ceiling.  
We actually look at the ceiling a lot in a bedroom,
 I mean how many times do we lay on the bed and stare at the ceiling?  

Every time I do a room I say,
 "This time I'm going to do something with the ceiling."  
But it seems I get tired, it's just not a good idea, or I just chicken out!!!
Not this time. 
This time I was determined I was going to dress up the ceiling!!
I started with a plain white ceiling and a common flush mount light fixture.   I wanted to add some drama and depth.  A dark rectangle was my solution.   I figured out how big I wanted my rectangle then I marked it out on the ceiling with a yardstick and pencil.  Then I taped it off.
I painted the inside of my ceiling rectangle a darker gray. 
 (This is actually the color I had on hand and used to create the wall color in my last post here.  Using the same paint ensured that the two colors would look good together.)

Once I pulled down the tape I had a huge grey rectangle in the sky!!
I wasn't sure if I liked it, but I told myself to just follow through with my plan.  
So, next I used some simple door trim painted white and framed out the rectangle.  
You can see how it turned out in just a minute.
Let me just say, trim transforms everything!!!

Before I show you that, 
I want to talk about changing out that boring light fixture.
Long ago I had picked up this old dirty chandelier at the Restore for $10. 
Can I say Emilee was not thrilled about this light fixture. 
 She thought it was ugly and not sure why I wanted to put it in her room. 
 But I could see past the dirt and grime to it's true beauty.  
Here's the before.

One day I told Em to come help me clean her light. 
 We took the whole thing apart and gave it a super great cleaning. 
 I covered the candle covers with stainless steal vinyl and put that baby all back together.

 I will let you in on a little secret,
 this is not plastic, 
it is glass!!  
Can you say sparkle?
This chandelier looks like a million bucks now!! 

 I love how it catches the light.
We installed it with a 10" ceiling medallion I bought at Salvation Army for $2.
Million dollar look for $12!!!
Notice the auradescent light bulbs.
 The bumpy texture throws the light into a beautiful pattern on the ceiling at night.
This chandelier came with these light bulbs, but you can get them at Walmart.

Let's compare before and after I glammed up the bones of this room.
-Painted the yellow fire alarm a crisp white
-Painted and trimmed out the gray rectangle
-Added new sparkly chandelier
-Crown molding
-Trimmed out window

Here is a close up of the window trim detail.

Here is another view so you can see the trimmed out cubbies.

Don't you think it's looking glamorous?

 Now I can work on filling up this room with glam details.
I am so glad I didn't chicken out on my ceiling plans this time!
I love this ceiling detail.
 It really makes the over all look and feel of the room.
  I like how the darker area sets off the chandelier.
 I must say, working with a ceiling can be challenging, especially to your neck!!
 Looking up and working against gravity is not easy.
  But I think it's worth it.

Thanks for stopping by!!