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Last week, I posted my dreams for a great Mother’s Day celebration. I’m pleased with how it all turned out – especially the table! I love this orange and pink inspiration picture and really wanted to make it a reality in our house.

Orange and Pink Tablescape1The table runner was the starting point for me with this table. Its actually a full tablecloth (from the colorful summery tableware section at Target) that I folded and used as a runner. The white tablecloth is one my mom has let me borrowed for several years and is from Williams-Sonoma. The napkins are just a yard of fabric I cut into sixths. I love the Greek key pattern playing off of the lines of the table runner ..and of course I love the orange!

Orange and Pink Tablescape4The chargers are ones I’ve had for years (from Bed, Bath and Beyond) and the china, flatware and goblets with silver rim are all wedding china and glasses. The pink goblets are also from Target (in the same seasonal tableware section as the runner) as well as the multi-colored dipping bowls. I love that they had several colors grouped together so I bought a pink set and an orange/yellow set.

Orange and Pink Tablescape2The flowers are my favorite part. I purchased three sets of colorful roses from our local grocery store that has an awesome floral department (Uptown Grocery for those in the OKC area) and mixed them up to make these arrangements. I am in love with the combination of pink, coral and orange. The vases are from Dollar Tree (the best place for glassware like this!) and I let my mom and grandma each take one arrangement home with them as their Mother’s Day present so now we have one lonely vase – I may need to go get more for myself!

Orange and Pink Tablescape3 I’m so happy with how the tablescape turned out. This will be a fun and vibrant area to look at as the weather continues to get warmer and warmer – come on, summer!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard that the 2013 Pantone color of the year is emerald. Described on their website as a lively, radiant and lush green, Pantone shows many options for using this color in your home and wardrobe. I’ve seen it all across Pinterest as well so I wanted to try it out for myself.

Pinterest Image - Emerald TablescapeMy favorite emerald in your home example is this beautiful tablescape from Pinterest that incorporates black, white and gold. I love a decorated table and since it is the first thing you see in our house, I always try to have a set table with fun and fresh elements.

Emerald Tablescape1This is my version that mostly uses what I already had in the house! Since switching out my great-great-uncle’s chairs for gold ones weren’t an option, I brought in a pop of gold with chargers from Bed, Bath and Beyond. The table runner? It’s just two yards of fabric from Hobby Lobby! (I plan on recovering a bench with this fabric once I’m ready to switch over the table to something for summer – yay for double-duty!)

Emerald Tablescape2I always try to start with our wedding china and its holding up quite nicely for being used so much over the past five years. Some people only use their dishes once or twice a year but since its always out at our house, we use it quite often! The flatware is the matching pattern to our china and the green ‘napkins’ are actually a yard of emerald green fabric from Hobby Lobby, cut into six pieces and folded to look like napkins.

Emerald Tablescape3The beautiful green glasses are the only really new thing on this table. I found them on eBay and fell in love with the blown glass. The water glasses are gifts from our wedding and match the china. I would love to have some with a solid band of gold, too!

Emerald Tablescape4Last but not least, beautiful hydrangea. Tables are so much prettier with fresh flowers and I love these big, white blooms! Our local Whole Foods always has great sales on flowers and last week had a really good deal on these. They are one of my favorites!

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Another project is finished in the dining room and that means I’m one step closer to a finished dining room…finally!

Curio Cabinet makeoverWhen my grandma moved, she sold a bunch of furniture. This curio cabinet was one of the pieces she got rid of and I loved it for our dining room!

Curio Cabinet makeover2My grandpa gave this to my grandma for her birthday way back when so it has some meaning to the family. There was already enough dark wood in this room though so I used paint, new knobs and scrapbooking paper to update this piece of furniture to fit our house.

Curio Cabinet makeover3I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for the first time ever and even though I feel like a DIY failure, my review for this paint is this – “Eh.” I’m not in love, over the moon with it as everyone else. It worked well and didn’t have an odor like most paints so there was a plus but it was just like most other paints I’ve used. Not really worth the expense of the paint!

Curio Cabinet makeover4I used three coats of paint to freshen the cabinet up and I love how much lighter it is now. I didn’t prime it or sand it, like most furniture I paint, and the paint still went on smoothly.

Curio Cabinet makeover5The cabinet isn’t that deep so even though I really wanted to use this to keep extra plates, it now houses our china and crystal glasses from our wedding. It works out well!

Curio Cabinet makeover7The knobs are from Hobby Lobby and at the bottom of the two sections, I used navy and white scrapbooking paper to give some color and pattern to this piece. It feels so much more modern now.

Curio Cabinet makeover8Here is another look at the before and after. The added molding to the walls and the lighter color also help make this spot look much better. There are two lights inside the cabinet so at night it makes the dining room look so pretty and gives a nice glow to the room – love!

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I love a good craft and I love it even more when the craft is super easy and super cheap! Setting the table is one of my favorites things to do, especially at Christmas. The one thing missing this year was a place card for each person. Here is how I made my DIY Chalkboard Ornaments-turned place cards!

28991991320846776_Lv1mkU8e_cThis picture was my inspiration…once again from Pinterest. I’m very addicted to that site and I make no apologies for it – so many cute ideas! This was once sold on an Etsy site but is now sold out. The beaded short white candlestick is adorable!

DIY Chalkboard OrnamentsMy version started with a package of six clear, glass ornaments (half-off at Hobby Lobby) and six clear glass candlesticks ($1/each from the Dollar Tree). While the warm weather is a buzz-kill for the Christmas spirit, it is fantastic for more spray painting days!

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments2I wondered how I was going to spray paint the ornaments without having to hold them. This was my solution – thank you, to-go containers! The tops of the ornaments were easy to pop off. I cut six holes in the containers so they were big enough for the top of the ornament but not too big so they wouldn’t sit up on top of the boxes. To paint the ornaments, I used two coats of primer and two coats of chalkboard spray paint. (I had both cans on hand already)

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments3These candlesticks were simple and easy to paint – two coats of primer and two coats of glossy white! Easy and pretty.

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments5Once the paint was dry, it was time to pop back on the silver tops and tie some ribbon it. The ribbon strands are black, silver and white and came on a roll together from Michael’s.

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments8I am not the best at tieing bows so some (like this one) fell pretty flat…

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments7And some (like this one), were pretty perky and stood on up!

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments4I really like this year’s Christmas table. The height from the place card is the perfect punch. Next week, I’ll show you the whole table and hopefully do it in some good, natural light. Sorry the pictures are so dark – I took them after work. Not a fan of driving home in the dark!

I’m linking up with Centsational Girl today! http://www.centsationalgirl.com/

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One of the funniest things about Pinterest is that the longer you stay on, the more you see some of the same images come around and around. This picture is one of those but one that takes my breath away every time I see it.

The cascading flowers are unbelievable and unreal! If I walked into a room with a table like this, I’m not sure I could do much else besides gawk and gush. The white tablecloth, candles and ghost chairs are pretty fabulous as well but those flowers. Man, that is how you do a floral arrangement!

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I finally finished another project for our dining room! Each time I mark another item off of my to-do list for this room, I get so excited about being that much closer to a finished, complete room. Hopefully soon I will be able to show you the true before and after pictures of the whole room!

There are many tutorials on how to re-upholster a chair seat, but this is how I do it. I hope you find it informative and easy to follow!

Remember the fabric I showed you? I love it and am so happy with how much better it makes our chairs look. The best part of this project is that it is cheap and easy so when I’m tired of this fabric, I can easily change it out. I ordered 2.5 yards for this project, but only needed 1.25. I love having leftover fabric to use when I want!

Here are the supplies I used: a flathead screwdriver to take the seat off of the chair, a compressor with staple gun attached (thanks mom!), extra staples, batting and fabric (not pictured). If you don’t have an air compressor, a regular staple gun will work just fine! The ones attached to an air compressor just make it faster and easier to do this project.

To begin, remove the seats from the chairs using a screwdriver.

A little background on our dining room table and chairs: the leather on these seats is original to this set and while beautiful in its own right, blends into the wood and I needed a little more pizzazz for our dining room. When my parents gave me this dining room set, the only conditions were that I couldn’t paint the wood and I couldn’t remove the leather. It was my great-great uncle’s and was given to my parents as a wedding gift. When we moved to this house, my mom used it as the perfect opportunity to give it to us so she could get a larger table and more chairs for their house. We were happy to help her!

Next, cut out a square of fabric and batting making sure there is enough on each side to wrap around and staple to the back of the seat.

Starting on one side, staple the batting and fabric to the back of the seat. It is easiest to do one staple per side so if the fabric isn’t sitting right for you, you only have to take one staple out as opposed to five or six. As you move around the seat, make sure the batting and fabric are pulled tight but not stretching the fabric too thin. You don’t want the fabric to gape and move but don’t want it to look like it might rip apart from being too tight.

The corners are a little tricky at first, but if you play around with the fabric enough, you can get them to lay the way you want. There isn’t a right or wrong way to do this, it just depends on how you want it to look. I used two small folds to get the fabric to lay as flat as possible and put a staple in the corner where all of the folds met.

Here is a look at the original chair and the updated chair. It only took several minutes to do each chair and seeing these two next to each other made me very happy with the decision to give them a little update.

I love how these turned out! The extra color and pattern helps pep up the first room you see in our house. All it took was about 30 minutes to complete this project. No paint, no sanding, no nothing – easy peasy and a perfect weeknight project to keep me motivated on my quest to get this room finished!

Isn’t it crazy to see how this room and the chairs used to look? Very blah and beige. Obviously knocking down the wall and putting wood floors down helped but a lighter color paint and adding color to the chair seats helps so much!

This room is really coming together – finally! I love how light and bright and fun it feels.

Still left on the to-do list? Re-upholster Conner’s grandmother’s chairs, find something to hang on the wall above the buffet, move the chandelier (the light box is not centered on the ceiling so we need to get an electrician out to fix this – why you would install something off-center I’ll never know) and paint/accessorize my grandmother’s curio cabinet that she gave us. Do you have the problem of a never-ending to-do list? Every time I finish one project, three more are added!

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Now that the dining room is painted, I am working on filling it with art and making it more me/us. The only wall that doesn’t have an opening or window is a pretty big one. Finding something to fill it that wasn’t expensive was proving difficult so I started thinking outside of the box and kept seeing rooms that used simple frames filled with fun patterns and colors. That was my starting point for the simple and cheap art project!

I first thought about using wallpaper samples like I’ve seen on various pictures across Pinterest but when I saw these cocktail napkins at Anthropologie, I knew they would be perfect! Conner has been asking for more color than just blue, green, grey and white so I figured he would like these as well. They are each a 10″ square and only $24 for a set of four – much cheaper than four art prints!

I saw these white wall frames from Target and knew they would be the ones. White frames look so sharp to me and the light color would help each picture stand out. The frames are 11×14″ with an 8×10″ opening in the mats. The perfect opening for each napkin!

Before attaching the napkins to the mats, I ironed them and removed the care labels so they wouldn’t create a dark spot on the pictures. I pulled each napkin tight and used six small pieces of tape on the back to secure them to the mats. It was fairly simple and quick – my favorite kind of art!

Here is a look at how they turned out – Love! It is a great punch of saturated color that definitely brightens up the space. It helps fill up this large wall and makes it feel more cozy in this room.

Now I’m on the hunt to find something fun to put above the buffet. I wanted to do a grouping of the John Derian plates but I think that would be too much with the frames above the chairs so now I’ve got to find the perfect somethin’-somethin’ to fill this part of the wall…and get our chairs recovered!

Have you tried any fun and cheap art lately? Let me know if you have done something similar or try this project, I would love to see it!

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