Picking Colors for the Stereo Makeover

Summer Projects - Retro Stereo Cabinet - ColorNormally, we don’t struggle to decide on a color for our makeover projects, but the old stereo cabinet had us stumped. My instinct was navy blue and I think Andy was leaning towards white. {Could we be any further apart?} So we grabbed a ton of additional paint chips & stood around staring at them, slowly eliminating ones for being  too light or too dark or too green or too gray or too baby blue etc.

We narrowed it down to 4 charts, but we just weren’t sure, so I started browsing on Pinterest & found this dresser from Thrifty Decor Chick that I fell in love with as soon as she blogged about it.  The color is Aubusson Blue from Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Lucky for me, Andy liked to color too!

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Unfortunately Annie Sloan isn’t in the budget for this project.  Fortunately, I came across this awesome pin next, where Mandie color matched Annie Sloan colors to Behr and Sherwin Williams paints.  Apparently Aubusson Blue was a close match to Behr’s Cathedral.

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I looked over to the final four color charts we hadn’t eliminated & Behr’s Cathedral was on one of those cards!  (What are the odds?)  Not only that, but Behr’s Cathedral is also just one color below our other favorite – Behr’s Harbor (which is the color I painted our Craigslist bench).

Now I’m trying to decide what color to paint the inside of the cabinet (for the hidden storage under the lid).  I’m deciding between a bright green or a saturated aqua.  I’m also contemplating just mixing up my own color using some of the leftover paints we have lying around.  Here are my current favorites – Dill Pickle and Scotch Lassie with Cathedral in the middle for reference.  What’s your favorite?

Summer Projects - Stereo Cabinet - Color Options

As you can probably gather, this weekend’s plans include picking a color for the inside of the cabinet, finishing the paint job on the outside, and figuring out how to create the wine rack inserts.  What’s on your agenda?

Heart Sarah


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Easy Housewarming Gift

DIY Painted Tea Towels - Blue Stripes and Dots
I already shared the first version of my DIY Tea Towels (the idea for which I totally stole from Michelle at Decor and the Dog).  I am in need of two more housewarming gifts, so I grabbed another set of flour sack dish towels from Target. {I’m painting a green set as well.}  Oh and remember that you’ll need to add fabric medium to your paint when painting on fabric!

I decided to switch it up this time.  I was super inspired by Remodelaholic’s DIY Confetti Drapes and wanted to try my hand at painting some circles.  I followed her tutorial & making the circles were super easy.  In retrospect, I wish I had painted more dots (and used more shades of blue), so perhaps I’ll go back in and add more before I gift these.

DIY Painted Tea Towels - Blue Dots

I also switched up the stripes.  This time I did two dark blue stripes on the outside, a lighter blue striped in the middle and two even lighter blue stripes between those. I love how it turned out!  DIY Painted Tea Towels - Blue Stripes

The first two sets of tea towels were well received, so I’m hoping these go over equally well.  Oh and look, they even look cute when they’re messy!  What do you think – should I add more dots to the confetti dot one?

DIY Painted Tea Towels - Blue Stripes and Dots - #thissarahloves

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Summer Projects on our To Do List

Hi Bloggy Friends

I’ve been an awful blogger.  It’s not for lack of doing projects, but rather lack of taking pictures & writing up what we’ve been up to!  Andy’s officially on Summer break & although he won’t be home all day all Summer, he’s got a bunch more free time & we’re tackling some fun projects.  We already have three projects in the works, so I thought it was time for a proper update.

Summer Project #1 is another Craigslist Free find!  Andy spotted this retro stereo cabinet & we decided to take it on as a project.  Unfortunately, I neglected to snap a before picture – but it looks similar to this one, although with a bit more molding on the front.  Here it is before and after Andy ripped all the guts out.  On the list of things to go: nasty installation, six speakers, the record player, the enclosure for the radio, and lots of cobwebs!

Summer Projects - Retro Stereo Cabinet - all the guts

Summer Projects - Retro Stereo Cabinet - Stripped

Now that it’s been cleaned up and sanded we’re planning on painting it a fun color, adding wine racks where the speakers used to be & some hidden storage where the radio & record player used to be.  We’re so excited to share our progress with you.  For now, we’re waiting for wood filler to dry as we had some peeling / chipped veneer on the top to deal with.

Summer Project #2 is this cute little side table we found at Goodwill last weekend.  We stopped in on a whim & found that they were having a 50% off furniture sale.  Although they barely carry any furniture at this Goodwill location these days, Andy spotted this cute little table.  Not even the cashier could believe the price!

Summer Projects - Five Dollar Goodwill Table

The plan is to go for a two-toned look.  I’m making some progress, although the white paint is giving me a little bit of trouble on coverage.  Fingers crossed that a good in-between-coats sanding and one more coat does the trick!

Finally (for now) is Summer Project #3.  We found two patio chairs & a little table at the Universal Donation Center (aka placed next to our complex’s dumpsters).  We happened upon the set just as we gave up hope of ever finding a cute little patio table for a reasonable price.  I carted the table home right away & Andy decided to grab to chairs too, even though we don’t really have space for them at the moment {then again, that’s pretty much the story of this post}.  Andy’s been sanding and repainting these guys to update our little patio & I can’t wait to show them to you!

Here’s a look at what they looked like when we found them.  Would you have carted them home?  Or are you more likely to have dropped them off at the universal donation center yourself?

Summer Projects - Universe Donated Patio Chairs - Before

Well that’s what’s going on around here!  You can follow our progress (and see lots of pictures of Penelope) on Instagram (thissarahloves).  What are your Summer plans?

Heart Sarah

Whimsical Navy and Coral Home Office Mood Board

Apparently I have an infatuation with pretty gift wrap recently.  A couple of weeks ago, I daydreamed up a vintage modern bathroom mood board around  Rifle Paper Company’s Wildflower wrapping paper.  This time around I’m loving Paper Source’s Fox Wrapping Paper and to increase my infatuation, Paper Source just came out with some adorable Fox Tea Towels too.

I’m daydreaming of a day when I have a whole room I can dedicate to my office again.  Although, I love these foxes so much that I might just switch up the decorations in the guest room.  We do already have navy blue in there…

Whimsical Navy and Coral Home Office Mood Board #thissarahloves

Find sources for all the pins on my Whimsical Navy and Coral Home Office Mood Board Pinterest Board.

Rather than going bold on the walls, I thought a soft sage (like Behr’s Mountain Sage) would be a calming backdrop for getting some work done.  I would keep my standing desk but give it a little ORB make-over and switch out the top for high-gloss white or wood.  I would recover the bar stools‘ seats in a bright coral.  I’d also keep my dresser & steal a lamp or two from our master bedroom.

I’d add plain navy curtains, hung high and wide.  Assuming I find some extra money in the pocket of a winter coat, I’d add a comfy wingback chair and a storage ottoman.  For some more texture I’d bring in a sisal rug.  I’d add pretty sage green hooks for organization & perhaps a pendant in the same color family for some more light.

The foxes will come to live in the room inside large white frames.  And those foxy glasses will serve to organize writing supplies on the desk.

What do you think, would you like to work in this office?  I think Penelope “needs” a foxy friend too. Wouldn’t you agree?

And now you understand why Andy wouldn’t let me go into Paper Source on Friday.

Heart Sarah

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Quick Craft: Bleach Pen Fail

The other week I decided to attempt another quick craft.  I’ve been trying to figure out what cushion covers I want to make for the love seat in the guest room.  I decided to try my hand at using a bleach pen to get some interest patterns on fabric – I was inspired by Megan’s gorgeous bleach pen curtains.  Here you can see the squares I drew on the fabric with my bleach pen.Bleach Pen Craft Fail
I followed Megan’s instructions, but unfortunately the bleach pen did NOTHING to my fabric. I’m not sure if it was user error or bleach pen error, but something clearly went wrong. In retrospect, I never smelled any bleach, so I’m wondering if somehow the bleach pen went bad?  I’d love to try this again.  Perhaps using a different piece of fabric & a brand-new bleach pen.

Have you had any success making bleach pen designs?

Heart Sarah

Quick Craft: Faux Milk Glass & Paint Chip Art

Milk Glass Bottle and Paint Chip Art
If you follow me on Instagram* you probably saw my Sunday at 10pm project – the faux milk glass bottle.  It was a fun and easy project.  I had peeled the labels off & sent the empty salad dressing bottle through the dishwasher.  Then I used some nail polish remover to get rid of the use by date stamp on the glass.

I didn’t take any progress pictures because it’s pretty much exactly as it seems.  Squirt paint into bottle.  Rotate bottle allowing paint to cover all surfaces.  Turn bottle over on a piece of cardboard and allow extra paint to drip out.  Turn bottle right side up, wipe excess paint off the bottle mouth & let it dry.  {I probably wouldn’t put water in this vase & the paint is definitely not dishwasher safe!}
Milk Glass Bottle with Craft Paint
Since I don’t have any other empty salad dressing bottles (why oh why did I throw all of those other bottles out?) the bottle looked a little lonely.  My eye fell on the stack of paint chips that I’ve gathered between looking for the right color for the recently repainted nightstands & the Craigslist bench.  I had grabbed a few Glidden swatches, but since I’m now officially a Behr paint convert, I knew I wouldn’t be using those swatches in the future.

Here’s what I grabbed to create my circle art.
Paint Chip Circle Art - Supplies Needed

A circle punch.  Leftover paint chips.  Double sided tape squares.

As you can (sort-of) see I got 2.5 circles out of every card.  This was exactly the right amount to cover the 5″x7″ frame I had available.  I spent some time arranging and rearranging the circles until I was happy with their placement.  Then I just slid the circles off the paper & taped them back in the same arrangement.  I carefully cut the overhanging pieces off & popped the paper into the frame.
Paint Chip Circle Art - Framed
I’m loving the lighter blue colors I used here.  Oh and did I mention that I spent $0 on these projects since I already had all of the supplies lying around? Quick AND Budget Savvy Project!

What projects have you started at 10pm?
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