This project took WAY longer than it should have...I was suffering from a serious case of design paralysis. I couldn’t decide what color the frame should be, I couldn’t decide on a quote, I couldn’t decide on the color of the paper, I didn’t know if the frame was big enough, etc. etc. Finally I (mentally) slapped myself across the face and made some decisions!
The first decision was a black frame. I forgot to take a before picture, but the frame was originally gold. I used gray spray primer and FolkArt Shiny Black to paint the frame and inner frame piece.
The second decision was the quote. I found this print on Pinterest and fell in love. I would have bought this print, but it wasn’t quite what I had in mind.
You don’t even want to know how much time I spent in Picasa making this…
The third decision was all about the details. I printed my new artwork on a piece of gray paper from my scrapbook stash. Then I used a piece of aqua paper to make a little heart. I used my handy dandy sewing machine to stitch it up and then bent up the sides.
Finally after a week of being a wishy-washy baby, my wall went from blank:
I love how it turned out!
Frame – Savers $3.99
White Mat – WalMart $1something
Krylon Spray Primer in Gray – on hand
FolkArt Paint – WalMart $1something
Gray Paper – on hand
Aqua Paper – Michael’s less than $1
If you want a copy of my print, send me an e-mail (or leave a comment). It’s nothing too special, but I’m willing to share.
When I bought my house I knew the RV gate would need to be replaced soon. No sugar coatin’ – the thing was a piece of crap. I’d been planning to replace it for the last few months, but never got around to calling someone for an estimate. Then we got Ringo. And we knew that broken down fence wouldn’t keep our wild animal in.
I forgot to take a proper before picture, but these should give y’all an idea.
One night I’m looking at pictures of new RV gates,
My boyfriend: “My dad can probably build that. I’ll call him tomorrow and ask.”
Me: “Say whaaaa?! Just like this? The iron and wood and everything?”
BF: “Yeah, he has a welder.”
And that was that.
On Saturday the boys (my boyfriend, his dad, and his brothers) worked their buns off tearing down the old gate and hanging the new one. And on Sunday my boyfriend and I painted the gate and added the wood slats. Yep, I can only take credit for being an extra pair of hands and helping spray paint the gate and posts. Welding is not one of my skills.
Ready for amazingness?
The Front (and a peeking puppy)
Who knew you could fall in love with a gate?!
Material – around $300
(My boyfriend doesn’t track what every little thing costs like I do)
And I definitely owe my boyfriend’s dad dinner!
I can’t forget the most important thing: It keeps my little bear safely in the yard!
If you’ve stopped by lately I’m sure you’ve noticed some changes. I’ve been working (slowly) to fancy-up my blog. The Junk House has a new background, a new header, and some added features. Now it’s about time for some new buttons! OK, so I only have 1 new button (so far), but I love it!
Please take one if you’ve been featured, name-dropped, listed on my blogroll, have been a sponsor, or are a regular commenter…because I we think you’re pretty cool.
So, what do you think of the new look and the new button?
I made the bunting using my scrapbook paper stash. I sewed the pieces together with my sewing machine. I think it looks cuter and will probably hold better than glue. I punched 2 holes in each and strung them together on some ribbon.
The twigs are from my neighbor’s tree. Branches hanging over my yard = Mine! I used the leftover fabric from my pillow for the bow. The big pumpkin was 99 cents at the grocery store. All of the little pumpkins were 50 cents each at the farmers market. The striped pumpkins are from Wal-Mart - $2.97 for a bag.
For about $10.00 (pumpkins, candy corn, 2 glass jars) I have a mantle that I’m not ashamed of! Its projects like these that make me wonder what takes me so long!
Last Monday I announced that I was only going to cook Pinterest recipes for dinner for the week. Everything turned out pretty good, but I only ended up with a few “keepers”. Before I crap on any recipes I want to say that these are just our opinions. You might like something we didn’t and vice versa. That’s what makes food (and life) fun; everyone is different.
Biting into the bacon wrapped chicken bites was like a little taste of heaven! Seriously, these were good. My boyfriend said they were good, but unhealthy…duh! It’s wrapped in bacon! I definitely wasn’t going for healthy with this recipe…that’s what the pear in the picture is for.
Cooking Note: I used orange juice instead of lemon juice. And when I went to flip them half way through the cook time they were swimming in fat and juices, so I took them out and replaced the foil.
The potatoes were good, but nothing special. I prefer onion soup mix.
I made some substitutions on this one. I used pinto beans instead of black beans (my bf doesn’t like black beans) and I replaced the corn with extra lean ground beef (I’m allergic to corn*). I thought this turned out pretty good, but I don’t know if I’d make it again. I have a binder full of amazing recipes and I just don’t know if this makes the cut.
*I still eat products made with corn (I refuse to give up tortilla chips), but I try not to eat whole corn.
I dropped the ball with the roasted red pepper-garlic sauce…maybe that’s why it was just OK. I didn’t buy whole garlic because I figured I could just use my jarred minced garlic…wrong! And maybe it was just me, but my sauce took FOR-EV-ER to reduce. I was hungry and getting annoyed…maybe that’s also why I thought it was just OK.
I love, love, lurve these mashed potatoes! They are so creamy I want to bathe in them…OK maybe not, but they are gooood! Oh, and unless you are feeding an army, you don’t need to make the full recipe!
The shrimp is definitely a keeper! Yum Yum! I only marinated the shrimp for an hour…I don’t plan far enough ahead to marinate 24-48 hours…maybe next time. Anyway, the shrimp had great flavor and was really quick to make (not including marinating time).
However, we did not like the rice at all. I prefer my rice sticky and this made the rice too mushy for my taste. My boyfriend didn’t like the flavor.
And yes, it was the easiest one on the list. So easy that after I finished I was embarrassed I put it off for so long…
The bathroom paint has needed to be touched up for about 6 months. *hangs head in shame* The walls have serious texture, so a few spots were missed when we originally painted. And then we replaced the toilet. The tank ended up being smaller than the original, so you could see where we hadn’t quite got behind the toilet with a second coat. Fast forward 6 months and I finally got the roller out!
Note: The “after” pictures more accurately reflect the real wall color. I took most of these pictures at night, so some are a little sketchy. Such is life for a “by night DIYer” And I'm sure you'll notice that some of the "before" and "after" pictures aren't the exact same area - after I painted I couldn't find the original spot.
While I was at it I decided to touch up the hallway paint too. The walls got dinged when we moved the treadmill out of the master bedroom and then when we moved in some of my boyfriend’s furniture. So these spots have only been there for a couple months…not nearly as bad as the bathroom.
Note: The “before” pictures more accurately reflect the real wall color.
Yes, this post is only about touching up paint. Small victories!
I’m planning on having a couple projects done next week…we’ll see…
As you know, every Sunday I plan out dinner for the upcoming week.
Yesterday I decided this would be Pinterest Recipe Week! I planned out 5 dinners (we usually eat out Friday and Saturday) and 1 dessert from the recipes I’ve been pinning on Pinterest. I think it’s about time I finally start making all this stuff I’ve been pinning…maybe someday I’ll have Pinterest Craft Week…
Y’all know that I like making lists…and reading other people’s lists.
A few weeks ago Allison at House of Hepworths shared her list of projects she should have finished by now. Apparently it’s been a major motivation because she’s already finished 6 of the 24 projects! I need that kind of motivation!
Hi, I’m Sam. I live in Mesa, Arizona with my boyfriend, our 2 dogs Ringo and Abby, and an occasional foster dog. Away She Went is my story of home (decorating, DIY projects, cooking) and away (travel adventures).