Kitchen Chair Makeover

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When I decided I was going to move into an apartment for this school year, I knew I was going to need to source out some furniture. My mom and I went “garage-saleing” (technical term 😉 ) several times over the summer, and I was able to find some great pieces. At one sale I found two cute kitchen chairs. I loved the shape, but wasn’t crazy about the finish and thought they might lend themselves well to a fun coat of paint. I bought them for $5 each, and tried to come up with the perfect color to paint them.

A minty aqua blue came to mind, and I headed to the hardware store in search of the perfect paint. My mom and I came across an interesting paint and primer spray paint combination in the perfect color, so I decided to give it a try. I love how easy the paint was to use, and I also love the finished look of the chairs!

They bring a little bit of color and fun into our dining space which always brightens up my day. There’s still tons to do around here to make it more homey, but I think these chairs were a good start. 🙂

Do you have any furniture in fun colors? Have you ever redone or painted an old piece of furniture? I’d love to hear about it!

Sewing Project: My About Time Dress

Mary About Time DressAbout Time DressHey everyone! I’m sorry I’ve been missing around the blog this week! I’ve been planning to post everyday, but things keep getting in the way! In any case, today I have a sewing project to share! Mary About Time Grey Dress Mary About Time Lace DressDress with lace sleevesVintage Inspired Midi Dress

Dress: Made by me.

Shoes: DSW.

Lipstick: Clinique’s Melon Pop.

Last year around this time, I saw the movie About Time for the first time, and it quickly became one of my favorite films. One thing that I love about it is Mary’s (Rachel McAdams’) wardrobe throughout the movie. It’s vintage inspired, and oh so cute. Her grey dress with lace sleeves was one of my favorites, so I decided to sew my own version of it!

I chose a charcoal grey linen for the main part of the dress, and a cream stretch lace for the sleeves. Vogue’s V9100 had the right shape for the dress, and even included the all important pockets. I cut the sleeves in a standard pattern, and they worked perfectly. Sewing for this project was quick and easy, and I love the finished result!

Here I’ve paired it with my blush vintage inspired heels from Crown Vintage. I actually bought a pair of black t-strap heels inspired by the shoes Mary wears with this dress, but decided it was a little early in the year to wear them in these photos. 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing my latest sewing project! Have you made anything lately? I’d love to hear about it!

Polka Dot Nail Tutorial (fast & easy!)

polka dot nail tutorialbutter london champers nail polishHappy Monday friends! Today I have a nail tutorial for you! One of my favorite ways to do my nails is in a polka dotted pattern. It’s a little bit quirky, a little bit fun, and just makes me smile when I look at my nails. Whenever I wear this design, I always get a lot of questions and comments from friends, so I thought it was high time I made a tutorial showing you all how I do this. It really is super easy!

What you need:

-Two nail polish colors of your choice. I used Deborah Lippmann’s Flowers in her Hair and Butter London’s Champers.

-A top coat to keep everything in place.

-One sewing pin. This is the tool you will use to make the dotted design

Begin by painting your nails with a base of one solid color. I normally use two coats of whatever nail polish I’m working with.

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Dip your pin in the contrast color, and gently dot it across your nail. I do a pattern of six dots: one on the tip of my nail, two directly beneath that, one beneath those, and two at the base of the nail. You may find that you need to clean the pin with a bit of nail polish remover while you are working. Don’t worry if you get polish on your skin. That can be cleaned up later!

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Once all of you nails are covered in pretty polka dots, allow the polish to dry. You don’t want to apply a top coat until the polka dots have set. If they aren’t set, the brush from the top coat can smudge them.

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Apply your top coat (I love Essie’s good to go,) and use an angled brush dipped in polish remover to clean up the edges.

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And that’s it! Now you have a fun polka dotted manicure!

 Let me know if you try this out for yourself! I’d love to see how it worked for you!

 

Bike Style: Polka Dotted T-shirt (from a free pattern!)

Contrary to what my blog may lead you to believe, I don’t live my life in cute vintage styled dresses everyday. More often than not, I’m in a basic uniform of jeans, a knit top or chambray shirt, flat shoes, and a cross-body bag. It’s a super easy, comfortable, and casual look that still looks a little bit put together.

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Tee Shirt: Made by me

Chambray Shirt: INC at Macy’s (super old)

Bag: Lauren Ralph Lauren via DSW

Jeans + Sandals: American Eagle Outfitters

Lipstick: Clinique’s Melon Pop

When I saw Deer & Doe’s free t-shirt pattern, I immediately knew I wanted to make it. It’s the kind of style I could always use more of in my wardrobe. I made my first version in cute green and navy polka dotted knit, and I love the result. Here I’ve paired it with a chambray top, my most comfy skinny jeans, and my favorite summer sandals. It makes the perfect biking outfit!

My bike is from Papillionaire, and it is my baby. Papillionaire makes the most beautiful vintage inspired bicycles, and I love mine. It is the Mixte style which is the perfect combination of style and function in my book.

I finally managed to get my hair trimmed this week, and I’m so happy to have it back at this length!

I hope you enjoyed seeing a sewing project and a casual outfit in one post! What are you all up to this weekend? Thanks so much for stopping by today! 😀

Summer Knitting

summer-knitting-3 summer-knittingI love knitting, but come summertime, it doesn’t always feel like the most seasonally appropriate activity. This year, however, I’ve started a project that I feel is still doable in spite of the hot weather. I’m working on a fun bright colored pair of socks! I had this pretty aqua yarn in my stash, and came across the perfect pattern for it in an issue of Mollie Makes. The bright color and the compact size of the project make it perfect for this time of year. It’s perfect for curling up with in the evenings, and I’m excited to finish the socks. I think the small size keeps it from feeling to warm and stuffy for toasty summer nights.

This pattern is really fun to stitch up! The entire back of the socks continues in a ribbed pattern which keeps things interesting, and I love the french knot polka dots that are added in the end. I’ll be sure to report back when I finish these!

You can find the pattern on Ravelry here.

Are you guys working on any fun projects right now? Do you knit? If so, do you keep it up in the summer? Thanks so much for visiting today, and have a great Monday!