Think again Thursday #4 [how to layer wall art]

Today, I am here with another  post from none other than – the guestroom. These follow-up posts just don’t quit! Yes, I do realize I finished the Guestroom Revamp Project for the SPRING One Room Challenge, but clearly I haven’t been able to share all of the goodies from inside. I can hardly believe that the Fall ORC is already quickly approaching. It kicks off on October 8th and I still haven’t quite decided which room I’m going to jump in to work on…hopefully I have my decision made in the next couple of weeks 🙂

So, back to this project – I am calling it “layered wall art” because that’s basically what it is! I took 2 separate metal wall décor pieces and stacked one right on top of the other!
layered metal wall art - how to layer wall art - wide shot of bed - Guestroom revamp - pattern play - floral, dalmation, geo, gold - This is our Bliss When working on the layout/design for decorating a wall in our home, I’m usually trying to come up with an idea that is somewhat unique & different. I don’t like to just buy something & throw it up. When I am out hunting and I find something I really like, I try to come up with ways to make it one-of-a-kind. I know…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but I consider it simply tweaking or restyling – just like I did here!

So, here we go… well, there aren’t really that many steps to follow so its not like a traditional tutorial, but here is what I did to achieve this layered look.
layered metal wall decor - unique wall art - Guestroom revamp - This is our BlissIf you remember back to week #3 of the challenge, I was hoarding goods left & right to go in the room…most of which happened to be gold. Weird, I know.
layered wall art - gold urchin on top of metal circles piece - unique wall hanging - This is our BlissI scored this metal spike / urchin piece at Homegoods (I call her spikey) and brought it home to add to the pile. So, in typical me fashion, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with it, but knew it had to join my stash. I’d figure out the rest later.
layered wall art - gold urchin - gold urchin on top of metal circles piece - unique wall hanging - This is our BlissYou’ve probably seen these everywhere. It seems the most popular of them all is the set of 3 small urchins from Target. I love these, too & they work well sitting out or on the wall because they are relatively small – just a little gold accent. Mine is quite a bit bigger though –  25″ in diameter. I stumbled upon this 11″ one on Amazon, but haven’t seen many as big as the one I have.

Spikey almost ended up on the wall left of the window in an art grouping, but I thought she was too big for that wall especially since the gold framed canvas piece (currently on that wall) is plenty big alone. So, once I determined the grouping for the left window wall, I moved on to the right-side of the window and ended up with the open-framed minted pieces.

Next, I wanted to focus on something for above the bed.

A larger gallery wall of mixed art & photo frames was already in the works on the other side of the room by my reupholstered chair, so a collection of frames was out. Then I thought maybe I could make a BIG statement and wallpaper behind the bed, but since I had a lot going on with the DIY headboard & the pattern play with the pillows, so another strike.

A circle. It needed something round.

The room had a ton of square & rectangular shaped décor & accessories throughout, so I determined, round it was. One day while at Hobby Lobby, I stumbled upon this multi-circle metal wall hanging & figured it was worth a shot. I took it home & held it up over the bed. It just wasn’t quite enough. It needed something more.
layered wall art -1st layer - gold urchin on top of metal circles piece - unique wall hanging - This is our BlissEnter spikey again!

I decided to put it right on top of the multi-circle piece! It would be funky, unique, edgy & black & gold – perfect!
See the nail in the middle? I got so excited I forgot to take a picture before I threw spikey on the wall!
[side note: I did spray paint the multi-circle piece black before hanging. It was actually a mixed metal piece, but thought black would be an excellent contrast with the super light wall color. sorry I don’t have a before pic!]

That is it! I hung one piece up. Played around with where I wanted the 2nd one to rest and then hammered a nail in the wall. Finally, I placed the gold piece on the wall and it was complete!
bed view - layered metal wall decor - unique wall art - Guestroom revamp - This is our BlissI really love how unsymmetrical it is. Working in even numbers is something I have been experimenting with a lot lately. The rule of odd numbers is still a good one to follow, but rules are meant to be broken, right??
Guestroom revamp - pattern play - floral, dalmation, geo, gold - This is our Blisshow to layer wall art - wide shot of bed & window wall - Guestroom revamp - pattern play - floral, dalmation, geo, gold - This is our BlissWhat do you think? Something you would try? I’d love to hear (& see) if you’ve ever done something like this! If you give it a try, please let me know!
Layered wall art - how to layer wall art - wall decor - guestroom revamp - this is our blissPlease come back again! Crankin’ out basement projects over here, so updates are coming soon! Who knows? Maybe there will be more from this room, too 😉

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Think again Thursday #3 [How to Frame a Frame]

Have you ever pondered buying a large piece of art for a wall in your home, but didn’t want to spend the money?! Large art prints & canvases can be expensive! Today, I am sharing how to make a BIG statement using small art – you simply, frame a frame! or in my case, 2 frames. 😉

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It all started when I was working on my guestroom revamp project I completed for the One Room Challenge. I had 6 weeks to overhaul our guestroom – from painting, adding new window treatments, bedding, creating a DIY headboard, reupholstering a cane chair and the best part,  to hoarding buying accessories & wall décor.
Guestroom revamp - framing frames gallery wall - this is our blissI was at IKEA buying frames to use on the gallery wall when I decided to purchase a large, black RIBBA frame. ribba-frame-black__20730_PE105852_S4You just can’t beat their prices, especially for large frames. In typical me-fashion – I kept it around until the last week of the challenge because I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to put in it or where I wanted to hang it in the room.

Story of my life.

So after several creative design sesh’s with my friend, Haley, we came up with an idea!!!

 I had just ordered my two 8″ x 10″ Minted prints and set aside my pair of thrifted gold frames to put them in, but knew that those two prints alone wouldn’t fill the wall up. Since I was doing a larger gallery wall on the other side of the room and a grouping of 3 on the left of the window, I wanted to keep the wall to the right of the window somewhat simple & uncluttered, but still create a small display of art by using smaller pieces (plus, it costs more than pretty penny for a 20″ x 28″ piece of art).

My solution?

I opted to frame my frames!

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Here is what I did:

After carefully removing the glass & mat from the large black frame, I noticed it was light brown on the inside. Since it was going to be an open frame, I needed to paint it black.
guestroom revamp - framing a frame -DIY ikea frame -  thrifted frames - open frame -This is our BlissFirst I pushed down all the metal prongs flat. Then, I took a foam paint brush, a small bristle brush & black craft paint and started working my way around the frame & inside the corners.
Framing a frame - gallery wall - how to - diy open frame - painting a frame - This is our Bliss Framing a frame - gallery wall - how to - diy open frame - painting a frame 1 - This is our BlissAfter letting it dry for an hour, I checked back for touch-ups. After it was all filled in, I hung it on the wall.

Then I determined where I wanted to place the small gold frames and measured accordingly.
pair of gold goodwill frames - thrifted picture frames - how to thrift frames - This is our BlissI put the 2 nails in and hung the frames inside.
Guestroom revamp - Minted art - open frame - luggage rack - - dresser - fresh flowers - This is our BlissI so love how it turned out!

I saved money by only purchasing two smaller Minted prints, using Goodwill & IKEA frames and still have an interesting & unique look. Win Win!
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You can also find open empty frames at Michaels or Hobby Lobby – check their clearance sections! You can usually find odd sized / custom cut frames majorly discounted. Or if you are up for thrifting a frame – remove the hunter green & mauve mat along with the less than desirable art inside, clean it up or give it a couple coats of spray paint and you will have your own frame to use to frame a frame!
How to frame a frame - making a big statement with small art - This is our Bliss - Minted art - thrifted gold framesWhat do you think? Something you would try? I’d love to hear if you’ve done something similar! Leave me a comment below if you wouldn’t mind sharing 🙂

Thank you for reading & have a wonderful day!
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Custom State Watercolor Giveaway WINNER!

Hi, all! I hope you had a nice weekend! It was pretty cold and dreary in Chicagoland, so there was lots of lounging and very little productivity going on here. Really hoping this week shapes up with some better weather and lots of sunshine…it is June 1st, right?!

Just popping in to say hello and (finally) announce the custom state watercolor giveaway winner!
custom state watercolor giveaway - Place in progress etsy shop - This is our BlissA beautiful 8″x10″ state watercolor by Samantha customized with your very own color choices is going to…..

Stacy!

(I will be reaching out to you via email with all of the info you’ll need to get your piece – congratulations!!)

Thank you to all who entered this giveaway…it was such a fun little event! If you are still interested in owning a 4″x6″, 5″x7″ or 8″x10″ custom state watercolor – you only have a few days to use the coupon code “BLISS20” in the etsy shop for 20% off your purchase! Head on over now and start designing your state!
Are you working on a gallery wall in your home? This would be a perfect addition! Also, think Father’s Day, birthday, housewarming, going away or even an early holiday gift!
{Coupon code will expire on June 3rd}

Here are a few states Samantha has done in the past…
il_570xN_750432662_5ts9 place in progress watercolor art Watercolor California - place in progress  And here is the lovely state of Illinois she did for my recent guestroom revamp!
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She even did gold on special request 😉 What will yours look like?!

Have a great rest of your Monday!
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Think again Thursday #2 [How to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel]

Do you remember when I shared this insta pic earlier this month?

11205866_366267903584345_560520971_n Well, I was in the midst of the guestroom revamp and I decided it was time to bust out the steamer and get my new HomeGoods curtain panels ready to roll…because they were going up…but not on the windows…on the headboard.

I happened to be out shopping at HG one day, totally odd, I know, and I came across this great set of curtain panels. I thought the deep yellow might just be a lovely match to the golden yellow in my cane chair fabric. I picked up 2 sets and headed home to check it out. They were just that…a perfect color match and I decided I really liked the bold geometric pattern paired with the soft, but bold floral print. The curtains sat around for a little while amongst all of my other random finds for the room until one day, my friend, Haley and I were playing around with fabric swatches for pillow ensembles. We sort of laid the curtain panel over the front of the dark wood & leather headboard to get a feel for the contrast of prints and patterns and we realized it might just make the perfect headboard covering!

See before…
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It magically worked out that one curtain panel was just the right size to be stretched across the headboard to cover it in its entirety. I let it sit with scotch tape holding it to the headboard for a couple of weeks, until I got out my supplies one Saturday morning and knew it was time to just do it.
How to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel - Guestroom revamp - pattern play pillows - floral - dalmation - hexagon - This is our BlissSo today, I will do my best to walk you through the steps I took to create this look – a custom headboard reupholstered with a curtain panel!!

I knew the panel was going to fit, so I didn’t take the time to measure anything. First, though, I had Ted help me stick furniture gliders under the front corners of the bed so we could push the bed out from the wall in order to give me some work space. Next, I grabbed a large piece of batting from my stash to use underneath the curtain panel. I had a very large piece and after draping it over the headboard, I cut off some of the excess from the edges.

I pulled the top down first…how to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel - lay batting down & fold over - DIY headboard - This is our Blissthen the sides…
How to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel - fold batting over corner - this is our blissand finally added a staple to the corner…
how to reupholster headboard with a curtain panel - fold batting over corner and staple - this is our bliss…using this staple gun.
how to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel - staple gun - this is our blissI randomly placed staples across the top and sides just to secure the batting enough so it wouldn’t become loose. I tried not to place too many staples into the batting because I didn’t want to end up stapling over top of them when I stapled the actual curtain panel to the headboard.

Here is the view from the front…
finished batting - this is our blissNext, I spread the curtain panel out on the floor…
how to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel - this is our bliss how to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel - cutting grommets off - this is our bliss …and cut of the grommets to make it easier to attach to the headboard. I didn’t want the metal to get in the way while inserting the staples.
how to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel - line up the top edge to make sure it will be straight and even - this is our blissNext, I draped the curtain over the headboard and used push-pins to hold it in place, after lining up the pattern straight and evenly across the top & sides.

I started stapling away and soon realized my staples were coming out like this…
bad staple job - how to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel - this is our blissSo I removed several of the bad ones with needle-nose pliers…
hwo to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel - remove bad staples with needlenose pliers - this is our bliss…And got out my tack hammer (similar here) from upholstery class. I used it over and over again while reupholstering my chair. It was a pretty nice little investment.
how to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel - upholstery tack hammer - this is our blissThe awesome part about using tacks versus staples, is that you can tap them in just enough to hold your fabric (or curtain panel) in place, but you can easily pull out the tack with your fingers if you need to maneuver your fabric. Removing tight staples is a much more labor-intensive & time consuming process. Trust me.
how to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel - tack hammer and tacks - this is our blissThen I tapped in tacks alongside the right & left sides of the headboard as well as the top.
how to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel - tack up and down sides and top of headboard - this is our blissI ended up doing all tacks (no staples) across the top because I found I had to tweak the fabric here and there in to order to ensure the pattern was straight across the top edge of the headboard when looking at it from the front.
how to reupholster a headboard with a curtain panel - tacks every 4 - 5 inches - this is our blissI tapped the tacks in about every 4 – 6 inches across the top and then when I was sure the curtain pattern was evenly lined up on the front of the headboard, I used the tack hammer to drive the tacks further into the wood. I wanted the tacks to hold the batting & curtain panel in place, but I also wanted to ensure the tacks were in deep enough to not scratch the wall once I pushed the bed back in place.

That is pretty much it! It took me approximately 1 hour to complete and I loooove how it turned out. It is more permanent, than temporary, but it does not have to stay forever if I don’t want it to. Did I mention the pair of curtain panels was only $19.99. Totally beats upholstery fabric, even at 50% off at Joann’s.

Here are a few more shots in case you didn’t see enough during the guestroom revamp reveal?
Guestroom revamp - pattern play - floral, dalmation, geo, gold - This is our Bliss Guestroom revamp - pattern play pillows - floral - dalmation - hexago - This is our Bliss Guestroom revamp - full bed & wall view - This is our BlissLike this look?! You can check out the guestroom source list here.

What do you think? Will you give a set of curtain panels a second look even if you aren’t in the market for new window treatments?
New pillows…a lampshade…the possibilities are endless!

Thanks for joining me here today and I hope you’ll visit again soon 🙂

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Love the Look? | Guestroom Revamp Source List

Hello and welcome! I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day weekend! Mine was lovely! I spent the weekend away with my husband at an out-of-town wedding of a friend of his. On our way home on Sunday, we stopped by his parents’ house to surprise his mom. After a short visit, we headed to our house where my parents and the little guys were there waiting for us! The afternoon was spent playing outside and after a nice dinner and a couple of drinks, we were all off to bed early. My kind of night 🙂

 As promised, I am back today with a full source list from the newly finished guestroom I completed for the One Room Challenge with Calling it Home! I am smitten with how it turned out and have been so unbelievable overwhelmed and humbled by the response – wonderfully sweet comments on the blog and plenty more on social media! You guys are awesome – thank you! I even got the stamp of approval from our first guests. When my mom first walked in she said, “I don’t even want to set my bags down in here!” I took that as a compliment. The challenge conveniently ended just before my parents were due for a visit – perfect timing!

So if you like the look, scroll down and see where I scored all of my finds!

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gold urchin [HomeGoods]
black metal circle wall art [Hobby Lobby + black spray paint]
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geometric headboard [DIY tutorial coming soon]
pillows: floral Euro pillow [ insert + DIY cover using this fabric] | Animal print standard sham | gold shimmer ruffle pillow [HomeGoods]
Guestroom revamp - full bed & wall view - This is our Blissbedding: white comforter | gray quilt | teal throw [Threshold from Goodwill]
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bedside items: black frame [HomeGoods] | Decanter & glasses | round gray tray [lid from box set] | black & white mirror [Target – no longer available]
lamp [previously owned + fave gold spray paint | lux candle | white & gold trinket dish [HomeGoods]

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succulent pot & gold clock [HomeGoods]
round boxes
Books: Elements of Style | The Things That Matter – Nate Berkus

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gold magazine rack [thrifted + fave gold spray paint]
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curtains
art: top | bottom [both 8″x10″]
frames: Gold wall frames [thrifted] | black frame | small standing gold frame [HomeGoods]
luggage rack [thrifted + DIY makeover tutorial]
dresser items: teal vases [HomeGoods] | faux peonies [Michaels] + real hydrangeas | exotic branches [Dollar Tree]
gold drop ring drawer pulls 
small round gold mirror [thrifted]

Guestroom Revamp - dresser details - leaning art - This is our Blisshexagon tray [Target – no longer available]
gold wing trinket dish
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black & white framed art [Hobby Lobby]
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teal lamp & gold geometric vase [HomeGoods]
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chair [thrifted + reupholstered with this fabric + buttons & seat back in this fabric – see previous chair posts 1 | 2 | 3 ]

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gold metal side table [HomeGoods]
picture ledge
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personalized heart snapshot art square frame + custom mat
black & gold foil art [DIY tutorial here]

Guestroom revamp - gallery wall - Illinois watercolor - This is our Blisscustom state watercolor [details here]
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canvas [TJ Maxx]
open gold frame [thrifted]
Guestroom Revamp - guest towel hooks - gold pineapple hooks - This is our BlissGold pineapple hooks [Ross Stores]
Guestroom revamp - pineapple art - mini gallery wall - This is our Blisspineapple print | white frame | metallic gold framed canvas [HomeGoods]
all other frames not listed [thrifted]

I did not keep a running tally of the amount I spent on the room, but since I was able to use all of the furniture we previously had with the exception of my reupholstered cane chair and the small gold side table sitting next to it, I really only had to buy decor / accessories. Working with what you already have when it comes to large pieces of furniture is definitely a great way to save some $. Leave it “as is” or update it with a couple coats of paint or new hardware and it will give it a whole new look while still being able to stash some cash.
There were a few DIY pieces included in the room and I plan to get the follow-up tutorial posts out in the next week. Since I was also able to shop my house for several items, too, which is always an added bonus, those items might not be listed. If you have questions about anything you see or don’t see, just leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

See how the Guestroom Revamp project transformed throughout the 6 week One Room Challenge here:

Week 1: Inspiration | Week 2: Design Board | Week 3: Progress | Week 4: Cane chair Makeover | Week 5: Progress  | Week 6: The Reveal

Have a great day and I hope to see you back here soon!
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