Jul 30, 2013

In The Spotlight: July

I thought it would  be fun (and useful) to post a roundup of my monthly projects, that way if anyone misses anything they will be kept up to speed of what's going on here at Restoration Beauty!

Aren't I thoughtful?


This month was a fun one! And it's not over yet! I'm working on my laundry room and guest bath and I can't wait to show you what's been rolled up my sleeves!

Bur for now, check out the projects (and one makeup post) that took the spotlight in July:


I got a couple things crossed off my Pinterest to-do list!






I gave my face a break and proved that less is more:




I whipped up some pretty amazing homemade furniture polish:




As always, I got crafty and upcycled:






And finally, thanks to our Summer Spruce-Up Series, my front door/entry area got a much needed makeover!



How was your July?

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Jul 26, 2013

DIY Labels {Made From Cereal Box}

Disclosure: I am affiliated with Amazon and this post contains Amazon affiliated links.

This little project was totally done on a whim (which seems to happen a lot!)

I decided to make storage containers for my laundry room (which I've slowly begun to makeover and will be a post all of it's own) and knew I had to have little labels for every box! 

I'm not showing you my labeled laundry containers today (I will soon) but I am showing you the other victims that got label-attacked! My daughter's toy baskets!


Here is where my mind took me to create these pretty little labels:

I used an old cereal box that I had obviously used to shield something from spray paint!
I traced my perfect sized circles with the bottom of a cup and ended up with 12 circles to cut!


My cutting skills suck because I didn't end up with perfectly shaped circles, but I actually ended up loving their imperfection and originality from one another (or it could be that's just what I'm telling myself to make myself feel better.)

I then painted every circle (front & back) with 2 coats of craft paint. I painted strokes in every direction to end up with a textured look. I let dry 1 hour between coats.

This is the brand of craft paint I used:



Once my paint was dried I added dots around my circles to give them a little pizzaz!
I used yellow for my laundry room storage containers and pink for Lily's baskets.



I had to play the waiting game again... I think next time I'll just take my blow dryer to them!


After my dots dried all the way I used a Sharpie marker to write on my labels!
I used twine (man, I love this stuff) to tie them unto the baskets!

Similar twine to the one I used:





These labels cost me absolutely nothing to make (only patience) since I had all materials on hand!

Here are more pictures of these cute little guys!





Cute, easy and best of all...free! Not too bad, right?

You can also check out these posts on easy upcycled items: Repurposing Cans with Rope, Mason Jar Soap Dispenser, and Pipe Strap Pulls.

What easy (or free) project have you done lately?

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Jul 25, 2013

Bye Bye Bugs {How to Repel Mosquitoes With Potted Plants}

Disclosure: I am affiliated with One Kings Lane and will be compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.



Ahh...Summer. Time to spend time outdoors. Swimming, barbecuing, soaking up some vitamin D and just hanging out with family and friends is what these hot summer months are all about.

Picture perfect, right? Yeah. That's until buzzing sounds start warning everyone that blood sucking mosquitoes are honing in ready to suck the fun out of the party! Literally.

Instead of using mosquito-repelling sprays and pesticides why not try a cluster of mosquito-repelling potted plants?

For one thing, they're prettier and are a nice addition to your outdoor landscape! And when grouped together near a seating area, on your deck or patio, they protect you and your guests!

Check out One Kings Lane's article Easy Update: Mosquito-Repelling Potagerie for more information about how a beautiful trio of lush potted plants will have you saying good-bye to your traditional bug spray and hello to your bug-free nice summer evenings!

Jul 24, 2013

Front Door/Entry Party Link Up {Summer Spruce-Up Series}



It's finally here! Another Summer Spruce-Up party! This time our front door/entry areas will take the spotlight!

It all started in May with our backyard/patio areas getting spiffed up. And in June we discovered some pretty awesome planters!

Check out some of our favorite planters:
Jenna's favorites
Julies favorites

Now here we are in July, ready to show off our Front Door/Entry areas!

Check out my front door/entry area's dreary before and colorful after:




You can read more about this fun makeover here.

Be sure to check out my fabulous co-host's recent projects and posts and follow them so you never miss out on their creativity!

Jenna from Rain On A Tin Roof
Julie from The Vintage Barn
Jamie from Better With Age

And don't forget...there's one more party left on August 21st for this Summer Spruce-Up Series and it's a WILDCARD!!! Anything outdoors will go!

Okay, on to the party! We're at the edge of our seats waiting to see what fabulous things you all made happen!
 Ready, set, link!





Jul 22, 2013

Front Door/Entry Summer Makeover {Summer Spruce-Up Series}

This month's theme for our Summer Spruce-Up Series is Front Door/Entry!

What did that mean for me? It meant completely starting from scratch and actually transform our neglected front entry into an area that would welcome everyone with open arms (well not everyone, but you get the picture.)


Seriously, anything would have been an improvement. A smiley face drawn on the door, a piece of colorful fabric tacked on the door...ANYTHING!

Just look at the once dreary area that just said, "Don't you even dare ring my doorbell. Go away. Like right now."


The only thing I had out there was a black mat. That's it. 
You've gotta give it to me though. I did keep the area clean. But what's the point of clean if there's no pretty factor?

So little ol' me got to work and bounced ideas off my husband. I really had to think about the space because it's really tiny and big outdoor furniture was immediately out of the question.

I decided I wanted to accomplish 3 things:
1. Slap something pretty on the door that was not a wreath (love them dearly but I really wanted something a little different.)
2. Have a small sitting area where Lily and I could enjoy some popsicles as we chit chat. 
3. Have COLOR! I LOVE color! (But I'm sure you already knew that!)

And this is what I came up with (with the help of my awesomely talented hubby!)

Simple but pretty, and most importantly...welcoming! (Hey neighbors, you can come by now! Really, it's okay!)

Take a peek at all of the elements I incorporated:


               
 I bought an 8x10 frame from the Dollar Tree, spray painted it blue and spray painted the glass with chalkboard paint. I wrote the classic, "Home Sweet Home", and wrapped some fresh rosemary (and one bloom from one of our plants) with twine and glued it to the frame! Tada!




I reworked our old black mat by spray painting blue and grey stripes!



My hubby built me the perfect sized bench with wood we already had and I sanded it and stained it (my first time staining!) I am in love with this bench!




I made two pillow covers out of drop cloth material and painted some red stripes on them! I stuffed them with pillows I already owned.




And in addition to adding a couple of planters, I bought this plastic bin at the Dollar Tree, spray painted it a glossy black, free handed a number 3 (for the number of people who live here) with white acrylic paint and added some driftwood from one of our lake trips! 

Mission accomplished! It's exactly what I wanted: a colorful welcoming entry that we could enjoy!

Sprucing up this area was really so much fun! And I can't believe I hadn't done it earlier! Seriously, this Summer Spruce-Up was a God-sent! It definitely got this booty to work!

Remember to come back on Wednesday to show off your front door/entry areas!

I am so excited to see your ideas and creativity!

Products/similar products I used (I am affiliated with Amazon.com. The following are all affiliated links):




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Jul 18, 2013

$10 Tiered Jewelry Trays {Using mostly Supplies From Dollar Tree!}

Man, have I been checking off some small projects from my Pinterest to-do list lately! And let me tell ya... it feels good!

Check out my latest feel-good project:



This particular project felt good to make because 1.) It was EASY and 2.) It was CHEAP! Like dirt cheap! It only cost me around $5 because I already had some of the materials.

But even if you were to go out and buy everything you need, you would only be leaving the store with $10 less in your pocket (that's if you're nothing like me and actually only buy what you went in the store to buy!)

*Price doesn't reflect Primer since it's optional
*If you opted out of paint all together, your cost would only be around $6!

DIY Tiered Jewelry Tray

What you need to create this little beauty:
- 3 trays from Dollar Tree (2 round and 1 rectangular)
- 2 glass candle holders from Dollar Tree
- Superglue (got mine at...you guessed it, Dollar Tree)
- Primer (optional)
- Spray paint in the color you fancy

*You can customize the material list to create your very own one of a kind piece. Use 2 trays instead of 3 or ditch the metal trays and use pretty plates (maybe a small bowl on top for rings?) You can really get creative with this one!

I forgot to include my rectangular tray in the photo-shoot! And in case you're wondering, I used the color Aqua for my trays! It's a lovely light blue and one of my favorite colors- it just makes me happy!

How to make it:

The first thing you want to do is prime and spray paint your trays (and candle holders, if you choose. I left mine alone)

After the spray paint has dried (wait at least 24 hours) begin by finding the center of your bottom tray and glue your candle holder to it. I glued my first candle holder right side up. Let that dry (I waited 1 hour).


Next, glue your second tray to the candle holder, making sure it's centered. Let that dry (I waited another hour).


Now, glue your second candle holder to the center of your middle tray. I decided to glue this candle holder up side down. Wait another hour for that to dry (Do I sound like a broken record yet?)

SORRY NO PICTURE FOR THIS STEP!!! YOU CAN FIRE ME IF YOU WANT!

Finally, glue your last tray to the top of your candle holder and you are done! After it dries, of course!
Organize your jewelry in each tray and watch it come to life!

Isn't it pretty? I think so!









Do you have any other ideas on jewelry organization? I'm brainstorming on how to organize my stud earrings and would love to hear your ideas!

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Jul 17, 2013

Summer Spruce-Up {Front Door/Entry Inspiration}




Can you believe we're already on our third theme for the Summer Spruce Up Series?

In May, we tackled our backyard spaces & patios, and in June we translated our creativity through planters.

Thanks to everyone who linked up to our planters party! You guys sure had some cool planters ideas!

Check out some of my co- hosts favorite planters:

Jenna from Rain On A Tin Roof: 10+ Creative Planter Ideas
Julie from The Vintage Barn: Fabulous Planters
And mine: Fabulous Planter Ideas


And now here we are in July, getting our inspiration for our Front Door/Entry projects! How exciting!


Just look at these bright colors! And is that a painted doormat? Hmm...


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How about adding a sign to your front entry?

porch decorating ideas for spring/summer



Adding color to the front door always does the trick!
 And adding your house number to your door is definitely appealing!




You could never go wrong with a nice summer wreath like this one:


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Bright colors, a starfish wreath and big planters sure makes a statement!

Entryway with aqua front door

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How will you be sprucing up your front door area? Come back on Wednesday the 24th so you can show off your creative skills!

And remember, there is one more theme and party left for August 21st and it's a WILDCARD! Anything outdoors will go! 

I'm looking forward to see what everyone links up on Wednesday!

Jul 13, 2013

DIY Apothecary Candy Jar

Hello everyone! 

Today, I am back with another upcycled jar project! And I really hope you're not tired of them!

I never knew jars could be re-purposed into so many different and useful things, but they really can! I've repurpsoed  candle jars into bathroom storage jars and spaghetti sauce jars into pantry storage jars!

And this time, I upcycled (or repurposed-whatever you want to call it) another plain spaghetti sauce jar into an awesome apothecary style candy jar!


Best of all, it's so easy and inexpensive to make your very own apothecary candy jar!

This is what I used:

-1 empty and clean spaghetti sauce jar with lid
- wooden knob from Home Depot (under $1)
- candle holder from the dollar store ($1 and you get two!)
- spray paint primer and black spray paint (around $8 for both)
- super glue ($1 at dollar store)

This is the glue I used and I love it!
The first thing you want to do is glue your knob to your lid making sure it's centered.


Once it's fully dry, spray paint your lid and candle holder

I obviously, got ahead of myself and didn't start taking pictures until after the first 2 steps were completed!

The final step is to glue your candle holder to the bottom of your jar!

And when that is fully dry....

Fill your jar with some yummy candy and you will have a fabulous apothecary candy jar (that will soon be empty and you will find yourself having to re-fill more than you should! Or maybe that's just my predicament?)



 

Not a big fan of candy? No problem (other than the fact you may be from another planet!!) You can fill your apothecary jar with rocks, seashells or use it to store craft supplies, tea bags...you get the picture.

What I've been thinking while blogging this:
- My nails look awful! But I don't see the point in polishing them if they just get messed up with the next project I make! Anyone else feel me?
- Getting giddy about putting Lily down for a nap since there is a container of ice cream in the freezer calling out to me! (I won't eat the whole thing...or will I?)
- Contemplating making an outdoor wooden sign tonight when it's hopefully a little cooler...to make or to relax? Hmmm...

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