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In my recent post “Busy, busy…LOTS of stuff coming!” I just realized that in my hurry to post it I forgot the most important part!! The video of me spray painting Harper’s changing table and side table! Oops!!
So here it is…me spray painting Harper’s furniture in less than 2 minutes! Because it’s in fast forward. I like how Glenn and Harper go run some errands while I’m working. 🙂
And here is what the finished pieces look like!!
Update: I’ve also added the video back to it’s original and intended home here.
Okay…I know I’ve been MIA lately, but it has been a crazy, crazy week!! My daughter is 1 today, I can’t believe it!! So I’ve been very busy planning her party, and I haven’t been online a lot (which is amazing for me!) so I’m sorry!! But don’t worry — please keep coming back because there will be a lot to publish very soon, and I’m very excited about all of it! Now to just find time to blog it all!
Here is a picture of my sweet little girl, 1 year ago today…practically to the minute! She was born at 11:11 PM PST. 🙂 If she was born 49 minutes later her birthday would have been 8-8-08.
Yes, that is a little scary looking, but even with the tubes she was still a cutie — just look at those lips!! 🙂 She was born 6 weeks prematurely and she had to be in the hospital for 2 and 1/2 weeks before we could come home! It was the longest 17 days of my life. But she did great — no one can tell us why she made an early appearance, she just had it in her mind to come into the world her way!! And she was perfectly healthy in the hospital (a lot better than most of the babies in the NICU!), she just had to get a little stronger to feed herself, etc. Textbook perfect pregnancy, I have no health problems, so it is a mystery, but she is in perfect health as well and always has been!
And here she is as she is today — as you can see from that smile, she is such a happy girl. I can’t imagine our life without her now. 🙂 She is crawling, almost walking, babbling, pointing, comprehending, and constantly smiling. She is so fun! More and more so every day!
Anyway — as her birthday party is in 13 hours, I’ve been very busy planning and crafting it all together. I think you all will be so excited to see what I’ve put together!! If I can pull it off, that is — KIDDING!! So be sure to check back here for lots of pictures, and a re-cap of my sources. If you follow my updates on Twitter, I’ve showed a few sneak peeks of what I’ve been up to!!
I’ve also been working very hard on her bedroom, and I am so close to having it finished, so after the party buzz is over, I’ll photograph her cute little room and post it here soon! For now, here is a little glimpse of what has kept me so busy:
See you next week!!
As my daughter’s first birthday is coming up, I’m in a hurry to try to finally finish her room! She was born 6 weeks early, so I feel like I didn’t get a chance to properly put it all together like most nesting moms-to-be would. It is a very cute room, but with a newborn I didn’t get to finish all of the projects that I had in mind! The paint on the upper half of the room was all that was done when I left for the hospital, so it has been a slow project, but I finally got a few projects done this week so here I am to share what I’ve been up to!!
First of all, I am no way being compensated to promote this product. I just found something that interested me and I wanted to share! I discovered the company “Way Basics” a couple months ago, and have been going back to their site all the time ever since, but I haven’t bought anything until now. They sell modular storage furniture, which is made of recycled paper in the form of “Z Boards” that you can put together how they intend, or you can be creative and have fun with them! They are having an awesome Summer Sale, and I saw their Rectangle Plus 3 in pink on sale for 50% off (for $33!! As of today…), so I decided that it was such a bargain I would try it for Harper’s room. I would love the white, or even the “Kraft” series for my office, but I wanted to try it before I make a bigger commitment. The cool thing about Way Basics furniture, is that it is held together with peel-and-stick industrial strength tape! No screws or nails, just peel the strip off and stick it together — sooo simple!! And it is super strong, plus the way it is put together keeps it strong; it rests on the horizontal boards, and there is a backing board to keep it all together. Anyway, I love Harper’s new shelf.
I taped a little video of me putting the shelf together so you can see how easy or difficult it would be, which took less than 10 minutes. The video, though, is only 43 seconds long because I used Gawker, which is in timelapse. 🙂 Enjoy!!
And here is the shelf, put together and filled with some of Harper’s stuff, except when she decides to play with the toys I carefully placed on it. That is why the books and breakables are on the top 2 shelves!!
And there she goes…
By the way, Way Basics is holding a “Messy Room Contest” on Facebook, and I submitted a photo of my office/craft room — a room that I haven’t gotten to organizing yet — and guess what?!?!?! They picked me as one of the contestants!!!!!! Come to think of it, I don’t know if that is good or bad, ha! But anyway, I need lots more votes to win so I need your help! You have to become a fan of Way Basics, but as you can see from the video, they make some pretty cool products, and they don’t post a lot so come on, help a girl out!! The prize is $250, which I could put to really good use for shelving in my office…and by shopping at Way Basics, I could buy a ton of organizing products!!
I hope you enjoyed my video — have a good week!!!
…but my birthday orchid (thanks, Drea!) from 2008 is thriving! I’ve posted a couple times (here and here) on how I was waiting for it to bloom, and now almost every single bud has opened up! And this has happened in just a month!!! I’ve been keeping him (her?) in the bathroom and I love walking in every day and seeing the gorgeous blooms in the window! I think the little guy loves his steamy home there.
The secret is patience. I didn’t mind having a pot with just leaves in it all winter. I waited and waited and waited for it to re-grow a stem, because I got a tip to cut the old stem at the base and I guess it worked!
Isn’t she (he?) GORGEOUS! I think I need at least 9 more of these all over my house…
I love our striped dining room wall. I think my favorite part about it is that it was super easy to do and it was our first attempt at painting stripes. Plus it turned out great! My husband had the genius idea of using the green from the kitchen (I thought we’d use the gray from the living room to tie it in) because they are two different finishes of paint and because our dining room chairs have green in them. The ivory is a satin, and the green is a semi-gloss = instant wow factor…like wallpaper. But without the glue.
So what is the secret to painting stripes? The answer is math…and gravity. I knew I wanted an odd number of stripes so that the ivory was at each end. I measured the length of the wall and did a little figuring. I took the length of the wall in inches, and divided it by 7. This gave me about 16.75″ per stripe so I decided to up the width of the green stripes to an even 17″ so that they are wider than the ivory. 17″ x 4 = 68″. I then took the width of the wall, subtracted 68″ and this gave me the total width of the ivory stripes, which I then divided by 5 and now I knew how wide each ivory stripe would be (10″ in the center, and the corner ones are a little narrower but you can’t even tell!).
I’m not sure how others lay out their stripes with tape, but this is how we did it!
First step: Paint the entire wall the lighter color (in our case – an ivory called Acadia White by Benjamin Moore in the satin finish).
Before I show you the next step, here is the little journey from where we started to where it is today. Here is my husband, Glenn, on the walk-through with the real estate agent. Notice the wagon wheel light fixture and nasty carpet in the dining area!
Here it is (below) with the carpet ripped out, deciding which flooring to use. We chose the darker laminate.
Okay, now fast forward a little more and here we are.
Step Two: find the center of the wall and make a small mark. We did all the marks at the ceiling because we used a weighted string to make sure our tape was straight.
Step Three: measure half the width of your center stripe to the left and right of your center mark. Our center stripe is green, which is 17 inches, so we measured 8.5″ either way. Make your mark at the ceiling. We then made more marks alternating 10″ and 17″.
Step four: Tap a small nail or brad into your mark, attaching a string that is as tall as the wall, weighting it (we used a heavy screw). This will give you a perfectly vertical line to tape against. If you’re working as a team, one person can hold the string while the other tapes, or you can tap another brad into the other end to hold your string tight while you tape.
Step five: Tape along your string. Make sure your tape is taped down in the base color (ivory) so that you’re painting in the correct stripes. It can get a little confusing!
Step six: Fill in any nail holes that you made with putty and then paint your colored stripes! We used “Misted Fern” in a semi-gloss by Benjamin Moore. Touch up the base color where the holes were if needed. I used a tiny paintbrush for touch-ups near the stripes. We also always make sure to remove the tape as soon as possible for the crispest line, and you don’t want it to dry too much so it doesn’t peel off with the tape. We were pleasantly surprised with how crisp the lines were (taping trim can be messy sometimes – ugh!), even with a textured wall.
Step seven: Stand back and admire your faux-wallpaper wall! We were surprised at how easy it was, and how nice it turned out. Sorry for the lack of “during” pictures, but we did it before I even started this blog!! If I would have only known…
This is what it used to look like, before the new pendant and sideboard (below):
And here is what it looks like today! Some of you are probably sick of me talking about my dining room, but it seems like such a huge impact using leftover paint, a $50 antique store sideboard, a discounted pendant lamp, and a free table and chair set!
Do any of you have a striped wall project (or any fancy painting project) you’d like to link us to?? I’d love to see it! Thanks again for stopping by!
Here is the new “reading nook” in my living room. The walls are Ashley Gray by Benjamin Moore.
Someday I’d like to paint the kitchen a color called “Sulfur Yellow” by Benjamin Moore, but that has to wait until we get new countertops. We have the fake blonde wood laminate right now and it won’t go together, but I really, really love Sulfur Yellow (#1).
The dining room stripes are using the Misted Fern from the kitchen and the Acadia White from the living room in two different finishes. The green is a semi-gloss and the ivory is a satin, which gives it a wallpaper feel.
The bathroom is painted “Pumpernickel” by Ace Hardware paints. If you’ve been reading lately you’ll know we’ve been very busy on that project!! Click the link for more pictures of the surrounded-by-earthy-brown bathroom.
The bedroom’s upper 1/3rd is painted “Pilgrimage Foliage” by Benjamin Moore, and the lower 2/3rds are in the Acadia White (like the living room and dining room. We have a TON of it!)
My daughter’s bedroom is painted in “Everlasting” by Benjamin Moore and the bottom is..you guessed it! Acadia White!
My very unfinished office is painted in one of my very favorite colors: Old Salem Gray by Benjamin Moore. It depends on the light, but it can look beige, gray or green. As you can see this picture looks very green, but if you choose this color you won’t be sorry! It’s so pretty! I wish I would have gotten the office painted before the kitchen because I would have picked this for the kitchen instead of the brighter green.
And Melissa at 320 Sycamore showed a wall that she painted “Danville Tan” by Benjamin Moore…I had a client choose that color so here’s another shot of it paired with “Branchport Brown” by Benjamin Moore as well.
And there you have it – all the colors of Casa Christensen! The next room I’d like to paint is our laundry room, which I want a very light, barely there robin’s egg blue or light sage-y green like this photo. Mmmm…you know how I love pretty laundry rooms! And paint!
Have a good weekend, everyone and thanks for stopping by for some color inspiration!!!
If you’d like your very own paint color consultation, then feel free to contact me (lindsay @ lindsaychristensendesign.com) or click here for more information!