Diy Wall Art Your Toddler Can Do! (and mine did)

Recently as I was putting our dining room together I realized I needed a large piece of artwork to take up a large amount of wall space and anchor our large sideboard. I didn’t want to spend a lot and since I love diy artwork projects, I was determined to make something to fit this space!

I thought it would be fun to include my toddler because he loves seeing his artwork displayed throughout the house!

I grabbed 8 gold frames from the dollar store

I used blush craft paint to paint all the included matts pink.

Next I grabbed about eight pages of white card stock and gave my son a few different shades of pink acrylic paint to paint with. At the time he loved to paint faces so I painted him a few circles so he could do the rest of the face.

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My son is young so his faces came out super abstract which I love !

This was such a fun project to do together and my son still loves seeing his creations all framed up and displayed!

In fact we had so much fun we’ve done it a few more times using the same concept of giving him paint colors that fit with our decor and framing it.

For this one I just gave him a pretty teal paint and a poster board and let him do his thing!

I also have some of his artwork displayed on our mantle too.

Of course I let him paint with whatever colors he wants normally and display his other pieces of art too, these are just ones that are used as regular decor in our home!

Tips for Making This Work :

Use Acrylic Craft Paint

The end result will be much more high quality than a regular kids paint. Of course just be careful because it’s not washable.

Use Cardstock Instead of Thin Paper

Again, the end result will be much more quality!

Pick Colors that Coordinate with Your Decor AND Mix Well Together

Let’s be honest, a lot of times when our kids start mixing colors it can end up being a lot of brown! I love when my son mixes colors and seeing what he comes up with but for the sake of this project I wanted certain colors so didn’t give him colors that would mix to a not so appealing color.

We absolutely love arts and crafts in our house and LOVED doing these projects together. My son loves seeing his creations displayed which is the best part.

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DIY marble painted countertops

I am so so excited to show you all my freshly painted faux marble countertops using the Giani inc marble countertop paint kit.

Let’s start with a before of the kitchen :

The space really wasn’t the WORST but man did it need some brightening up!

We recently painted the cabinets, added hardware, and installed peel and stick backsplash which made a huge difference! The countertops and faucet were such an eye sore though! I can live with the faucet until we’re ready for more major renovations but the countertops were just bad. They were chipped and stained and just not looking good!

I tried a few different contact papers but couldn’t seem to get past the seems! I hated the way the seems looked and they seemed impossible to hide in our kitchen.

I randomly searched “countertop paint” one day and found the Giani countertop paint and knew it was the perfect solution!

The kit arrived quickly and was packaged very well.

The kit included everything you need for this diy. The only additional things I needed were a scouting pad and a small paint tray.

The process was incredibly simple and I highly suggest following Giani’s instructions as best as you can! I will still go over the process here though so you can get an idea of how it all works!

Step 1 : Clean and scour your countertops scouring the countertops roughs them up enough for the primer to stick well.

Step 2 : Priming is the second step. You basically prime the outer edges of the countertop with a foam brush and then use the included roller to roll on the rest of the primer. Let dry for at least 4 hrs and apply a second coat. Giani recommends two coats and that was plenty for me! The paint covered beautifully!

Step 3 : Next it was time to paint on the “veins.” This is the part I was most nervous about but it was SO SO easy! You basically just very lightly draw a line with an open palm. After your line is painted you spray the line with water and use the included brush to dab and feather out the line giving it that marble veining look.

Giani suggests practicing before hand and using a picture of marble you like as a guide.

The best part is it you don’t like the way it looks it’s just paint and you can paint over it and start over! I did make a couple lines I didn’t like but caught it quickly and just wiped it away with a wet cloth.

Step 4 : The white highlight was my favorite part. The white highlight is essentially a shimmery white paint that adds more definition to your veining. I did a lot of highlight because I wanted a super blurred almost all white look. The kit comes with a sponge to dab the highlight on with.

Step 5 : The last step is to apply 2 coats of top coat the same exact way you do the primer.

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I am so in love with the final result! I get so happy when I walk into the kitchen and see the way the countertops just brighten the kitchen right up! My husband is still shocked at how real they look too!

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They have also held up beautifully and we have had zero issues with chipping, staining, peeling etc. which is huge! If something looks beautiful but doesn’t function correctly it’s really not worth the trade off!

I am so glad I tried this product! All of the products included in the kit were high quality and worked so well together. The final look is so real and brightens up our kitchen so much! Giani was also an absolute pleasure to deal with as well which is huge in my book! I am definitely looking forward to trying out some more of their products, including this furniture paint!

You can find the kit here on Giani inc’s website for 89.95 which I think is an amazing price for the amount of product in the kit and the amazing results!

This post was sponsored by Giani inc. all thoughts and opinions are my own!

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Spring Home Tour

I’m so so excited to be a part of this years spring home tour! I’m sure your already feeling inspired after Rachel’s home tour!

We may still have snow on the ground and cold weather but I can hear the birds chirping and see my seedlings growing which gives me hope spring is almost here!

This diy spring floral wreath will be on our door this spring when the weather warms up a bit! This was a super simple diy and you can find the full tutorial at Instagram.com/peoniesonpleasant

One of the best parts of the weather getting warm is it makes it so much easier to get house projects done! We’re still working on most parts of our home but I’m taking full advantage of the spaces that are done enough to decorate for spring, starting with our kitchen!

The kitchen is still a work in progress but we are slowly tackling it and have painted the cabinets, painted the countertops and updated the hardware so far! We are planning a larger renovation in the next couple of years but I’m loving the small diy updates we’ve done to get us through until then!

Our countertops are ready for spring with lots of pink touches.

These built ins are one of my favorite spots in our home and they are so fun to decorate for all the seasons! I like to keep it simple and subtle with colors and patterns that represent spring.

Pops of blush are pretty much always incorporated into our home but they definitely get upped during this time of year! I love these thrifted books covered in vintage floral fabric. The patterns are perfect for spring.

Blue and white pottery is also a staple in our home and nothing says spring to me like peonies in a blue and white vase!

Our little kitchen eating nook got updated with new paint for the chairs and new pillow covers!

And of course what is more spring than tulips?!

This little dollar store caddy painted cornflower blue is the perfect place to store all of our seeds and will make a great window herb garden this summer!

It may not be decor per say but one of my favorite things to see in the spring is all of my son and I’s seedlings growing. He loves checking on his plants every morning!

I recently painted this cabinet white and I am loving the change for spring! The artwork was done by my son and it brings me so much joy! I styled it with this $5 thrifted rattan elephant, some diy ombré books and a thrifted vase.

Our dining room is another room that’s pretty much “done” (with the exception of paint touch ups and a light fixture) and I’ve had lots of fun putting some spring touches in here!

I took down our heavy velvet curtains and am planning on putting up these opal house ones eventually. For now i am actually loving the openness of the bare windows.

I also framed some rifle paper co fabric from fat stack fabrics in these 50 cent thrifted frames for a nice spring floral pop! I brought home a fiddle leaf fig the other day that is definitely giving me the warm weather vibes!

Our sideboard got a little spring makeover with some spring florals and a styling update.

The mantle got some spring florals and a styling update as well.

I added some more of my sons artwork to the mantle as well because free labor 🤷🏻‍♀️ just kidding….kind of 😆

Our table recently got a fresh coat of paint and the captain chairs were reupholstered in this pretty pink coral fabric.

Having this room done motivates me to get going on the rest of the house! I can’t wait to see it all *hopefully* done this time next year!

Thank you so much for stopping by my spring home tour and be sure to check out Holly’s gorgeous spring decor tour!

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Peel and Stick Kitchen Backsplash & DIY Kitchen Reno Progress

This post was sponsored by Tic Tac Tiles, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

I’m so excited to share with you guys the progress in our budget diy kitchen “reno!”

The Before :

To be completely honest when we first moved into the house I swore up and down I wasn’t going to touch the kitchen. I really wanted to wait until we could do a full renovation. Waiting is not my strong suit though 😂 and the paint job on the cabinets was so bad it was literally peeling off everytime I cleaned them. So I decided to paint them and of course I couldn’t stop there! I needed new hardware and really wanted to try a peel and stick backsplash!

I’m so happy I went with Tic Tac Tiles Peel and Stick 3D Wall tiles for a few different reasons but I’ll get more into that later in this post!

After :

Here’s what we’ve been able to finish and what still needs to be done :

Painting the cabinets!

This was the biggest project but a pretty easy one. I used regular flat latex paint and just painted with a brush. I personally chose not to sand because we will most likely be getting new cabinets in the next few years anyways and wanted to keep this quick and easy. Flat paint hides imperfections really well so I had faith it would still look nice and wasn’t dissappinted! I chose a two tone look because I figured now was the time to have a little fun with it!

Hardware

The hardware has made a huge difference in this space. I got some great budget friendly pieces on Amazon here.

Backsplash

My absolute favorite change to this space was the backsplash ! I absolutely love diy projects that don’t cost alot of time or money but still make a huge impact and this is exactly what Tic Tac Tiles provided.

I chose them because of the great reviews and availability on Amazon. I mean who doesn’t love the convienence of ordering on Amazon? I also loved that they had just a plain white subway tile with a nice gloss which is exactly what I was looking for.

Install was very simple and took less than an afternoon! It really is just cutting, peeling and sticking. I used an exacto knife and had my husband help stick it up.

The key to a good stick is to make sure the wall is completely clean and free of any type of residue!

The subway tile looks amazing, espescially for the price and is also holding up phenomenonally! It wipes clean super easy and I have had 0 issue with any peeling off or water getting underneath. Tic Tac Tiles are also anti-mold.

Tic Tac Tiles offers a variety of different backsplash options which can all be found here.

What we have left to do :

Faucet and sink – I may hold off on these until we can do a bigger renovation but would really love to at least switch out the faucet!

Light Fixtures –

I want to add a chandelier above the island or some brass globe pendants.

Counter tops – I’m planning on doing a diy paint job on the cabinets!

Even though we still have work to do, I am loving our new brighter, cleaner space!

This post was sponsored by Tic Tac Tiles, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

One Week Challenge Week 4

I can’t believe week 4 of the one room challenge is here! I feel like I’m making progress but also kind of feel like this is going to end up being a one-week challenge for me LOL! At this point I’m still waiting on a rug and curtains but have nailed down a sideboard, chairs and most of my accessories.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I was debating between keeping this sideboard below or getting something a little bit more modern.

About a month ago I picked up a dresser set to refinish for someone. One of the dressers, the shorter one, ended up having a broken drawer that was beyond repair so I ended up using that as a sideboard because I absolutely love the shape of it and the hardware and I really didn’t want to see it to go to waste. It still looks great, it’s just not completely functional which is fine because I don’t need a ton of storage in my dining room. I’m not finished painting it yet but below is a picture of the tall dresser that matches it.

The artwork above it is actually framed fabric from a cute Etsy Shop named Donna’s lavender Nest. She has so many awesome fabric choices and is definitely a shop to check out. I really wanted something that was a kind of soft powdery blue to add some pattern to the wall because I really really wanted wallpaper initially but it just didn’t end up working out with our walls. I’ll be doing a whole blog post on the tutorial for these shortly.

One thing I did complete fully this week is getting my mantle styled. Yay! Everything on it is a collection of things that I love. From my crystal collection, petals from the flowers when me and my husband got married, some artwork from my son and of course I had to throw in some blue and white.

That light fixture will hopefully be getting switched before the challenge is up!

The mirror hung is also my vanity mirror from whenever I was a little girl

This week coming up I’m hoping to receive and hang my curtains, figure out a rug and finish up my dining room chairs.

For my chairs I will be keeping these cane back chairs that I’ve had for a while now. I had initially painted them white but I’m going to Gel Stain the caning a nice blonde wood color. I really need some contrast in this room so I think it will work out nicely.

Hope everyone else’s progress is going well!

One Room Challenge Week Two – Paint and Curtains

This week has been a somewhat slow one for my room but I am just about done with the paint and I chose curtains!

Curtains are my absolute favorite things to put up in a room. They add instant style and make a room feel put together. When hung correctly they can also make a room feel larger.

Last week I was still unsure of if I wanted to go with white or blush curtains and blush has won! I found some great ones on Amazon and cannot wait to get them! I’ll be telling you guys all about them on here next week.

I also found an amazing sideboard that isn’t campaign style but will definitely give the same effect! I’ll be sharing the makeover on it on here in the next few weeks. I know this picture is not the best but I promise there will be more (and better ones) soon!

I’ll be out thrifting this weekend for all things accesories and also a table because ours has sold.

Check back here next week for lots more progress and updates!

One Room Challenge – Dining Room Week One

I am so excited to be participating as a guest in this year’s fall 2018 one room challenge! If you’re not familiar with the one room challenge it’s basically when a ton of design bloggers come together to try and complete one room in their home in 6 weeks. There are 20 featured designers and many other bloggers who participate as guests. It is a great way to find inspiration!

I chose my dining room for the challenge because I’m going to be hosting Christmas this year and really want a beautiful space to have dinner in.

This room started out as a wallpapered mess. I actually didn’t hate the wallpaper that was in this room but it was not in the best shape and really just not my style. I decided to go all white with the paint and I’m so glad I did!

The photo below is from the Zillow listing.

The black fireplace got a white paint job as well!

I’m basically done painting the room and will post afters of the paint next week!

I really want this room to be a mix of mid century modern and traditional with lots of femininity! (Is that a word?!) Blush and light blue will be my main accent colors.

Image via Meredith Rodday Designs

This is actually an office space but the desk and chairs are exactly what I’m going for!

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This blush and light almost periwinkle blue with the white walls is perfection. And that light fixture 😍

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Yes this one is a bathroom but the blush curtains with all the white and gold accents plus the mid century lighting is exactly what I’m going for!

Vintage table diy –

I want to find a thrifted table and do a white lacquer paint job. I’m looking for something with super clean lines and not to much detail work on it.

Chairs –

Definitely going to do some kind of rattan chairs. I absolutely love rattan next to a high gloss white. It’s such a beautiful contrast.

Curtains –

As of right now I’m planning on blush velvet curtains. There’s a somewhat good chance I might change my mind to white velvet curtains but we shall see!

Sideboard –

I want to find a campaign dresser that will fit and work as a side board. I’ll be thrifting this as well so I’m open to a few different options.

Artwork –

I’ll be framing 3 panels of blue and white floral fabric to go above the sideboard.

I am so thrilled to be doing this challenge. I can’t wait to see everyones rooms and FINALLY get this room of my own done!

Where to Buy Beautiful and Unique Hardware

Putting new hardware on a piece of furniture, door, cabinets etc. in your home is one of the oldest tricks in the book to get an updated look! I absolutely love the feeling of screwing a beautiful piece of hardware into a freshly painted piece of furniture. It’s the little things right?

I always say the things you touch daily in your home should be high quality. Things like blankets, furniture, cooking utensils and yup! hardware too.

As most of you know, I refinish furniture, not just myself but also for resale as well. The pieces that sell the fastest are always the ones with beautiful hardware.

My absolute favorite place to buy hardware is actually from a shop named Shabby Restore. This shop has THE most beautiful and unique hardware and I am obsessed with it all!

Everything in the shop is so beautiful but I picked some favorites below!

The Myosotis White Knob

This is one I ALWAYS get compliments and quick sales with. It is so feminine and pretty and high quality. The knobs in the bowl here are meant to go on a dresser but I am seriously considering leaving them in this bowl as decor in my home 😂 they are just so lovely! Also they are incredibly easy to install which is a huge plus.

Big Red Daisy Flower Decorative Knob

If your knew to my blog you might not know this, but I am obsessed with florals! This beautiful knob is right up my ally!

Cylinder Glass Knob Tube

These are so beautiful and unique! I can’t wait to find the perfect project to use them on.

Love these back plates as well!

Crater Ceramic Knob

Love these for a boho look!

Blue Zinnia Knob

I absolutely love blue and white and it is perfect on this knob!

Above are just some of my favorites but if you are looking for something unique and gorgeous rather it be for yourself, or for furniture you are selling you need to check out the shop here! She’s also offering a 15% off coupon code! Just use “katiescoupon” at checkout!

Flamingo Beach Bach

Is the anything more fun than a bachelorette party? And who doesn’t love a good theme? Recently my sister-in-law got married and her maid of honor (aka my mother in law) agreed to let me plan the bachelorette. I get so into this kind of stuff so I was very excited! The bride loves the beach and Maine and my other sister in law suggested a drag show so we all ended up in Ogunquit/York Maine for an amazing show and flamingo themed beach bach! Below you will find everything you need for the perfect flamingo themed beach bach!

I didn’t go *crazy* on decorations because I knew we would only be at the airbnb for a short period of time between everything, but I still wanted her to walk into a super girly and fun decorated room.

CONFESSION : the lighting on the actual day of the party was awful! I ended up bringing most of the decor back home and taking more pictures for this post so that’s why some of the pictures look a little different!

If I remember correctly I’m pretty sure one of the first things the bride decided was her wedding hashtag. I knew I wanted to display their hashtag #slaybisquared somewhere.

When I saw these banners from Lantz and Lady I was in LOVE! She offers so many different font options which are fully customizable or she has some ready to go with really funny/cute sayings. The banner she sent was such high quality! You could actually see the glitter from far away and the letters flowed perfectly.

She also sent the MOST adorable straws and confetti that were perfect for our theme.

We used the confetti to hide the tape holding the banners and sprinkled the rest EVERYWHERE! We even put some on the floor leading to the bride’s room.

If you are planning an event you need to check out her shop! She was also kind enough to offer all my readers a discount code!

15% off any order over $15 from now until 10/31, just use ‘peoniesonpleasant’ as the code

I also grabbed the tassel banner and flamingo balloon on Amazon as well as the pink and gold balloons.

We put together some bachelorette survival kits for all the girls filled with goodies for the night!

When I decided to do the kits I knew I needed these labels from Label with Love. They were so perfect for the theme.

Not only were the labels perfect but the boxes she sent were great quality and the perfect size for the Inflatable Floating Flamingo Drink Holder 12 Pack Swimming Pool Float Coasters Coke Cup Holder for Beverage Cans Cups & Bottles – Fun Kid & Adult Pool Party“>flamingo drink floats. She has so many different labels in her shop. Definitely a must if you are planning any type of event.

There’s so many things you can put inside these! We went with a mini champagne bottle, hair ties, Inflatable Floating Flamingo Drink Holder 12 Pack Swimming Pool Float Coasters Coke Cup Holder for Beverage Cans Cups & Bottles – Fun Kid & Adult Pool Party“>flamingo float, scavenger hunt and pen and gold tattoos. I do wish I would have included Advil but thankfully my mother in law had some!

The tattoos are from Tats4now and were not only perfect for our theme and beautiful but also professionally printed and water proof. She has so many options in her shop I seriously don’t think there’s a theme she hasn’t thought about! Her designs are beautiful and are so vibrant on the skin. They do wash off if you need them too but if you want them to last they will! My sister in law still had hers on at the wedding a week later! She also sent a cute little heart shaped sponge to apply them with which was so cute and such a thoughtful touch!

The scavenger hunts were one of my favorite things to make. We all had fun trying to complete the tasks and lots of jokes and memories were made. Our group is naturally competitive so we didn’t need a big prize to get everyone to do it, but if your group needs a little push you could definitely offer a prize of some sort for whoever wins. Head to the bottom of this post for the free printable!

Of course the whole party is for the bride BUT we really wanted to shower the bride with some fun and cute stuff. My sister-in-law (the bride) is a very giving person. She is always doing for others and sometimes does not think about herself in the process. We really wanted to make her feel extra-special with some goodies and have a night all about her!

I got this bag off of Amazon and filled it with things she could use to do something she doesn’t do often enough – RELAX. All brides are so busy so I think this is a really good and inexpensive idea. We filled it with bath bombs, eye masks, facials, and a cute ring dish.

Her bed got “bride” and “it’s my flocking bachelorette” pillow cases from an AMAZING shop, Brand New Mrs. They have lots of different towels and pillowcases for all kinds of themes and parties!

The pillowcases were one of my absolute favorite parts for 2 reasons :

1. They were so soft and comfortable! Definitely high quality!

2. They were such an easy way to dress up her room. I originally thought about hanging a big bride balloon garland but who really wants to deal with that when your doing all this other setup? These were so easy and so cute! Plus she can actually get some use out of them!

Not only did they have the pillow cases but also a matching towel which was perfect for our theme! It was also very high quality and super cute! I LOVE the idea of getting the bride a towel because most brides will be honeymooning soon after their wedding!

Even if you aren’t having a bachelorette near the beach, I still think the towel is a must! The bride can use it on her honeymoon and laugh back at the night out!

Another goody I loved for the bride was this hat from an adorable shop filled with beautiful bridal essentials, Mod Party. It’s so beautiful and perfect for the bachelorette party and of course the honeymoon. It also served as cute decor.

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The highlight of the night was definitely the drag show. If you live anywhere near Oqunquit Maine, you NEED to check out The Dueling Drag Divas show. These ladies are absolutely hilarious and seriously talented! I don’t think any of us stopped laughing through the entire show. We also havn’t stopped talking about Chi Chi and Joanna (the stars of the show) since the party! I absolutely cannot wait to go back to another show and have been pestering friends about what they want to do for their birthdays (ya know, just in case they want to attend a drag show with me?!) It is a MUST see, and of course Oguinquit is just an amazing place with ridiculously good food too! The proximity to the beach makes it a perfect beach bach spot!

I also ordered this Pin the Junk on the Hunk game which was a HIT! The bride loves Drake and it was the first thing the bride noticed! There are other celebrity options in her shop here.

All in all it was an amazing weekend! So many memories made and jokes that will live on!

Oh and don’t forget your free printable below!

flamingo themed bachelorette essentials! #bachellorette #lastflamingle

Faux Flower Arranging Tips & Tricks

I’ve been lucky enough this summer to have fresh flowers from the garden readily available, but with fall around the corner I’m starting to think about faux florals.

I recently received some flowers from silkplantsdirect.com that I have been loving! They are very real looking with really pretty thin petals. They have tons of movement to them with LOTS of pretty layers making them appear even more realistic. The color on these is gorgeous as well!

Some tips for working with faux florals:

1. Purchase decent flowers!

A good thing to look for is thin petals. Real flowers have thin petals. Thin petals give faux flowers movement and make them appear more realistic.

2. Use an opaque vase.

Using a clear glass vase that shows the faux flower’s stems is a dead give away in my opinion. Especially when you add in the jelly water. What is that even called!? It always starts out looking good but over time it starts looking weird especially if dust hits it. I like to stick with opaque vases so I don’t even have to worry about it!

4. Show as little stem as possible.

Speaking of stems, I like to cut the stems down to where the flower is just popping out of the vase and little to no stem is showing.

5. Keep it full!

Fill out your vase as much as possible. I used all peonies in this example or you can also use a mix of different flowers for a full look. Adding in greenery is a great way to get a full look without spending to much.

Faux flowers might seem more costly in the beginning but if you buy good flowers and take good care of them they will last you!

Silk Flowers were provided by CSI Soundcore. All opinions are my own.

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