Paint Splattered Easter Eggs

Paint Splattered Easter Eggs

Decorate your Easter Eggs in a unique & colorful way this year! Splatter them with paint! I love this alternative to dying Easter eggs because you probably already have the paint on hand, leftover from other projects. Just simply water down the paint a bit for the perfect splatter consistency. If its is too think you’ll have a hard time getting it to fling off the brush.

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Furniture Flip with DIY Chalk Paint Recipe

DIY Furniture flip

The Before…

I searched for the perfect French Provincial set of dresser drawers for months. Through Craigslists, LetGo, Facebook groups, and second hand stores. There are lovely pieces at the various vintage stores I love in Frederick Maryland, but honestly most are out of my price point. Plus I wanted a piece I could flip and make my own.  Plus my mother wanted to help with a project. I finally found a piece I liked through Craigslist about an hours drive from where I live. It’s not exactly what I was looking for, but my mother and I both really just wanted to get started on this project.  I paid $130 cash for this second hand piece.

The Paint Color…

I researched pre-mixed chalk paints a lot before deciding I wanted to mix my own. I chose this route so I could pick my own color and not be limited to the premixed Annie Sloan or Amy Howard colors.

I have always been a purple girl. I had two different purples paint colors in my room as a young girl and in my post-college apartment 🙂  I just couldn’t pick one!

For my furniture piece I selected a shade soft purple gray called Cotton Flannel by Olympic Paints and Stains.

The DIY Chalk Paint Recipe…

Mixing in water and Plaster of Paris obviously dilutes the quality and changes the consistency of the paint, so its best to use a decent quality paint.

Materials:

  • Plaster of Paris
  • quality interior latex paint in a flat sheen
  • plastic mixing bowl
  • cold water
This DIY chalk-finish paint can’t be mixed and stored to reuse later. To mix enough chalk-finish paint for one coat for an average sized 6 drawer dresser, use a ratio of 1/3 cup of Plaster of Paris to 1/3 cup of cool water. Stir that combination until completely smooth. Then combine with 1 cup of latex paint and stir thoroughly. This makes only enough chalk-finish paint for one coat. Its best to dry completely and sand in before mixing another batch between coats.

 

The Furniture Flip After…

I wanted to take this piece to the next level with metallic detail. We used Rust-Oleum American Accents Champagne Gloss Metallic Latex Interior Paint to add stencil detail and border accent. We kept the hardware as is.  The drawer border stencil is Martha Stewart Crafts Laser-Cut Stencils, Flourish.

I love the end product. It’s truly me. Some might not like the purple or the flourish details, but I do! This is what I love about DIY projects, making the piece your own. We can all take inspiration from what we see in Pinterest or Instagram, but I hope when it comes to the things we bring into our home, we don’t just emulate the look – we take inspiration and create our own version. I personally love the feeling of transforming something to reflect myself. I look forward to finding another piece to make my own soon! 

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Pittsburgh Italian, DiAnoia’s Eatery

Pittsburgh Italian dianoia's eatery strip district

After months of salivating over the foodie community’s Instagrams I finally made it to Pittsburgh Italian restaurant DiAnoia’s Eatery. Located in the culinary hub of the Strip District, I was pleasantly surprised at how charming this spot is!

I walked and immediately gushed over the chandeliers that are made of  WINE BOTTLES and WINE GLASSES!? I immediately felt at home.

Pittsburgh Italian dianoia's eatery strip district

It’s a beautiful space feeling open, clean and fresh with white walls, highlighted with unique kitschy decor.

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I meet my two girlfriends on a Tuesday for a 6pm reservation. After a long day at the office we were ready for wine & carbs! DiAnoias does have a lovely light white moscato (from the dessert menu hahaha). I was thrilled.

We had a very sweet & charming waiter who was subjected to our gushing girl talk. He was great and added to our amazing experience.

For my meal I ordered Cacio E Pepe of spaghetti, grana padano, pecorino romano, black pepper. With handmade pasta and delicious cheese it was a very fulfilling, deliciously rish dish.

My friend ordered the mussels with bucatini, fennel, red pepper flake, parmigiano reggiano, white wine, garlic and butter.

My camera-shy girlfriend ordered potato gnocchi, with meatballs, red sauce, and pecorino romano.

For dessert I treated myself to more indulgence with a Nutella brownie and hazelnut gelato from local Shadyside Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream. My brownie was certainly a treat, with warm gooey nutella and fudgey bits.

I’m really glad we got to experience this charming Pittsburgh Italian restaurant. I can’t wait for an opportunity to return to  DiAnoia’s Eatery for dinner again,  and hopefully for Sunday brunch as well!

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Projects & Progress

I’m in the middle of three (yes 3) DIY projects right now. Three that I’ve started at various times but haven’t been able to complete. I am still really excited to complete these three projects, it’s just finding the moment and energy to do so. I’m so excited about these projects, I need to share.

Kitchen Open Shelving

Through browsing on Instagram I’ve come to swoon over pictures of open display shelving. With the only open wall space in our teeny tiny kitchen, we’re going to build the most beautiful open shelving.

SIlent Storm paint color

I AM SOOO EXCITED. Seriously. I ordered the most charming and unique shelf brackets, as girly and swirly as my BF would let me go.

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I picked out beautiful pine wood board at The Home Depot. I chose to stain it a warm brown color we had leftover from earlier in our flip project. It’s a custom mixed color in a Zar interior stain, mixed to match the hue of our laminate flooring.

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I can’t wait to hang the shelves and brackets! I just need an extra pair of hands to help me level the boards. My BF has been hard at work on his flip projects, but hopefully we’ll find a moment this weekend to get the shelves hung!

French Provincial Dresser

I searched for the perfect French Provincial set of dresser drawers for months. Through Craigslists, LetGo, Facebook groups, and second hand stores. There are lovely pieces at the various vintage stores I love in Frederick Maryland, but honestly most are out of my price point. Plus I wanted a piece I could flip and make my own.  I finally found a piece I liked through Craigslist about an hours drive from where I live. It’s not exactly what I was looking for, but I really just wanted to get started on this project.  I paid $130 cash.

French provincial dresser

I researched chalk paints a lot before deciding I wanted to mix my own. I chose this route so I could pick my own color and not be limited to the premixed Annie Sloan or Amy Howard colors. More to come on the color and recipe I used.

 

Small Mirrored Shelf

I found a charming mirrored shelf piece at the last Hannas town flea market in October. I think I paid $10 for it. I’ve started to antique the glass and will paint the wood, maybe charcoal grey? I think I might hang it in the bathroom, but am unsure it will fit the space.

mirrored shelf supplies to antique a mirror

Stay tuned for project updates…

If you can’t already tell, I really love to get hands on and make things my own. Plus I love decor pieces with soft curves and swirl aspects 🙂 I’m really hoping to wrap these projects up this weekend! Stay tuned for the details final reveals.

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Spring Refresh Home Decor

Spring Home Decor

Spring has sprung! Time for a home decor refresh! I gathered my favorite glass pieces and flowers from Jo-Ann Craft Store  to create my own spring blossom-inspired display.

I LOVE these new soft paper flowers from Jo-Anns. I couldn’t resist purchasing these purple lovelies. I set them in my antique teal large blue mason jar. I paired that with a few up-cycled pasta jars panted in a soft teal chalk paint. The paint I used is FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk Paint

This rose gold set is upcycled Four Roses Bourbon bottles. I love the shape, glass color and roses detail on these glass bottles! I decided to spray Rustoleum’s copper metallic spray paint just over the raised roses emblem.

The larger bottles are upcylced Moscato bottles with the same metallic spray paint.

I love combining different types of gold in my decor and recycling pieces throughout the season. All it takes to transition is mixing in pops of seasonal color.

I updated my silver mercury glass tub for Spring with more of the lovely paper flowers from Jo-Anns.

This charming slate board is a gift from Pampered Chef!

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Spring Home Decor

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