Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pop of Color! DIY Entry Table

Ever since I saw this pin I knew I had to have a turquoise entry table.

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Cabinets and little drawers are always great for some extra storage and I also wanted a bottom shelf where I could put baskets for shoes, dog leash, etc. When I stumbled upon this beauty at an awesome thrift store (if you're in SoFla, check out Faith Farm Thrift in Ft. Lauderdale) and despite the fake-bake orange-y glow I knew it had awesome potential and was exactly what I had been looking for.

{Yikes! We clearly have some work to do here.}
Origninally I had planned on just replacing the knobs and pulls but some of the large bolts on the bottom were missing - so instead I took the opportunity to replace all the hardware. After disassembling the table I took my hardware baggie with me to Lowe's and a kind, patient gentleman (bless his heart!) helped me find replacement pieces.

This looks fun, doesn't it? no.
After reading Virginia's post on painting with chalk paint, I decided I'd give it a whirl. Also, if you haven't checked out her blog, head on over there check it out. You're welcome. She's definitely my DIY crush (if that's even a thing. we'll pretend it is. just go with it).

Anyway, I chose Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Treasure for my bold, punchy pop of color

 and even though there is a paint brush in the pics I ended up using this touch-up size foam roller because the paint coverage was more even.

I disassembled the entire table by removing both cabinet doors, both drawers, the legs and the bottom shelf.

Ok, let's get to work!
One of the benefits of using chalk paint is that you don't have to strip or sand the piece before application. Being that this piece was really old, I did a small amount of spot-sanding - just where I thought it would really make a difference. I didn't go crazy sanding every imperfection because I wanted some of the character to show through despite the 'facelift' the piece was getting.

As I mentioned, I started with a regular paint brush but I didn't like the coverage I was getting and it was hard to control with this thicker type of paint. Once I switched over to the foam roller it was much easier. For the lip underneath the top and at the lip above the legs I used an old craft paint brush I had laying around which worked really well and gave me excellent control on the smaller areas.

Letting each piece dry overnight in between, I used 3-4 light coats of paint. This being my first time using chalk paint it took some time figuring out the best method of application, and now that I'm currently working on another project with it, I'm realizing that 2 maybe 3 coats (max) is definitely enough.

After all pieces were completely dry I tried to reassemble the table myself. After struggling for half an hour to balance the legs while drilling the screws, I finally admitted it was a two person job and asked D to come help me. 
(I'm lucky that he's totally supportive of these projects even though it may or may not have been midnight when I decided I HAD TO REASSEMBLE IT RIGHT NOW. I'm spontaneous like that sometimes. It's really fun for everyone. Moving on...)

One of the cool things about this chalk paint is that you can 'customize' the finish of your project. The paint itself dries with a matte finish, but Americana Decor makes a variety of finishing creme waxes that you brush on, let dry and then buff off until you get the desired amount of shine. I used this one:

Again, this was another trial and error process for me. I used a lint-free cloth to 'wipe' it on and then a clean one to buff it off, but I think in the future I'm going to try a wide foam brush (3-4") like the kind you find at Michaels to 'paint' it on. We'll see...I'll keep you posted on that method.

From there I replaced the external hardware using knobs and pulls from Anthropologie. They're my go-to for decorative hardware. I've used them to spruce up the nursery dresser (new post to come now that we've moved!) and my dining room buffet as well. I chose these knobs and these pulls (now on sale!) and I love how they look together!

{By the way, replacing the knobs/pulls on old furniture and/or cabinets is a great, inexpensive way to give old items a facelift - it really makes such a difference, especially if you're not in a position to be buying new items.}

I am just in love with how it all came together! Clearly, I have some work still to do with the styling :) My vision is to put a lamp, a tray for the vase and some candles, maybe some DIY artwork or a few decorative other things to balance out some of the negative space. I'll be sure to update with the progress. 

Baskets from Homegoods
Indoor/Outdoor carpet from Overstock
Wall Color - Behr 'Mineral' (mixed in Valspar Signature)

I also upcycled this mirror - post to come soon!
See DIY vase post here.

{Don't mind D's shoes...he was excited to try out the baskets!} 

I love the cheerful color that greets me as soon as I walk in my house:)

If you do any projects inspired by this post I definitely want to see! I love hearing from y'all and the things y'all create inspired by my posts keep inspiring me - so keep 'em coming :) 
Post a link/pics in the comments or email me at modestlyfashioned(at)gmail(dot)com!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Navy + Gray Living Room Inspiration

Navy + Gray Living Room

Just working on a little mood board for inspiration as we start to decorate the living rooom.

We painted the large living/dining area Behr Mineral - a really pretty 'cool' light greige.

Super excited about these gorgeous dark blue velvet curtains I just ordered! I'm envisioning them with patterned grommet sheers underneath. Maybe something like this.

I'm hoping to thrift some winback chairs with really beautiful 'bone structure' and have them reupholstered - so we'll see how that goes :) I'm also really liking the idea of a rocker-type chair in the living room.

The room will definitely need some pops of color and right now I'm thinking coral and/or turquoise but the main focus will be grays and dark blues in different fabrics/textures.

Hopefully I'll have some progress (and pics!) to report back with soon :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

DIY - Designer 'Look for Less'

Now that we I have an entire house to decorate, I sometimes find myself getting sucked down the late-night rabbit hole looking at beautifully decorated homes on Pinterest. And then I imagine what would happen if Yishai was let loose in one of those gorgeously staged homes for 10 minutes - toddler 'bull in a china shop'!. Sure, I'd love to have one of those all white homes staged to decor perfection, but let's be real here - expensive, breakable things + super active toddler (and baby) = yeah.right.

Anyways, since I always joke that my motto is #champagnetastebeerbudget I put my (lack of) 'money where my mouth is' and here are my takes on two DIY Designer 'Look for Less' vases:

My designer inspiration:

I love the playful yet elegant design of Kate Spade's Cloverdale Rose Bowl, but sadly it's been discontinued (please bring it back, Kate Spade!). I really mean it when I say this project is so.easy. All it takes is some gold craft paint and a bit of time (I let my dots dry overnight in between coats and used 5 or 6 coats). All of the supplies were from Michaels. I LOVE how it came out!

And my second designer inspiration:

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler is queen of 'cool girl chic decor' but my #beerbudget doesn't allow for the 14k gold accents on her Handcrafted Ceramic Confetti Bowl (and it's also been discontinued!). What's a girl to do? Gonna make my own!

The vase was a Homegoods clearance find for $2.99 and I had a partial package of gold New Year's Eve decorations laying around so rather than buy confetti I cut them into pieces. I primed the vase with a coat of Valspar Primer and then two coats of Valspar white in gloss finish and let it dry overnight. Using E6000 Craft Adhesive, I tacked the pieces to the vase and sprayed the completed vase with a Rust-Oleum Triple Thick Glaze.

This one now lives on my DIY entry table (post to come, stay tuned!) and makes me smile everytime I walk in the door. 
If you make your own version I'd love to see! Leave a pic in the comments. And if you have other Designer 'Looks for Less' share them also...I'm always looking for new projects :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fav Beauty Buys No. 3

Fav Beauty Buys No. 3


Maybe it was my recent birthday lighting a fire under my tush, but recently something clicked that I need to get serious about an anti-aging skin care regimen, now! I've always had good skin (thanks mom and dad) and therefore never really bothered much with an extensive regimen, however I'm now realizing that's led me to take advantage of my clear skin. There seem to be a million anti-aging products out there and the choices were really overwhelming to me, so I sought advice from my local Sephora. After listing my critera (natural products and as few steps as possible) I was directed to Origins Plantscription™ line. I've been using them for a few weeks now and I am hooked! This moisturizer cream is lightweight, non-greasy and even after it's absorbed it leaves my skin looking dewy and glowing. It has SPF 25 which is fine for me for everyday, but if I'm planning to be outside for a long period of time I always apply a much higher SPF to my face as well.


I've been a fan of Makeup Forever's aqua eyes eyeliner for years, but had never tried any other product from the brand. This lipstick was part of Sephora's birthday gift and it now has a permanent home in my everyday bag. A color neutral enough for everyday, with just enough pigment to elicit the coveted "what lipstick are you wearing?!", it's like your natural lips enhanced in the very best, subtle way. Plus its' super moisturizing formula won't dry out your lips :)


A bit thicker than the faec cream, I can almost feel my thirsty eye area drinking in the intense moisture of the Plantscriptions™ Eye Cream! I use my ring finger and pat it on lightly from the outer edge of my brow to the edge of my nose.


Ok, so I'm not gonna lie - this stuff is gross...but holy cow is it effective! It comes with 2 booties filled with fruit acids, that - after you soak your feet for a few minutes - you tape around your ankles (I then cover them with socks in case I need to walk) and then chill on the couch for an hour. Remove, rinse and wait. and wait... . By the end of the third day I was gonna chalk it up to my feet being duds but then I saw the beginning of the peeling on my toes. For the next week my feet looked like they were molting...seriously disgusting! I wore socks to bed and vacuumed with greater frequency and after about 5 days my feet were softer than I'd seen them in yeah, gross but AMAZING! Helloooooo sandals :)


The Plantscriptions™facial cleanser leaves your face feeling amazingly clean. I've been using it along with my Clarisonic for a deep pore cleanse.


Initially I was skeptical of the night cream component of this anti-aging routine worrying that it would be so thick and greasy that I would break out. It is thick, but in a super moisturizing, velvety non-greasy way. I love how smooth my face feels after I apply and how soft my skin is when I wake up.


I've professed my love of this mascara many times over but until they come out with a waterproof formula in Florida it is not a summer mascara. Looking for a mascara that would lengthen and thicken similarly but stay put in insane humidity (and sweat, eww), I discovered this gem. It takes a bit of patience to apply - slowly in several thin coats - but the end result is amazing!

I've had my Clarisonic for about a year now and can say that it has definitely been worth the investment. My skin stayed pretty clear throughout my first pregnancy (pre-Clarisonic) but I swear that this thing is a pregnant gal's best friend as I had maybe four or five blemishes with during my second pregnancy. But pregnant or not - this thing is amazing! I recently switched from the sensitive head to the deep pore cleansing head and I'm even happier than before.

See my other Fav Beauty Buys here and here.

Any products you're loving that I should know about? Share the wealth and leave your recs in the comments :)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lion Country Safari

This past Memorial Day, after multiple recommendations, we decided to check out Lion Country Safari and it was definitely one of the coolest things we have done as a family to date. In the comfort of your own car, you drive through a huge safari and watch the animals literally walk right in front of you! So. freakin'. cool.

You get a CD to play as your guide, but we decided to forgo listening and just talk about the animals with Yishai. Not like we would've been able to hear it above the shrieks of laughter anyways :)

Since Yishai is still rear-facing, I moved back to sit with him to make sure he could see the animals well and help point them out to him. His reactions were priceless and it made me excited to see him so excited :)

^^C'mon, how cute is that rhino tushie?! ^^
After we finished the safari we entered the park on a mission - to feed a giraffe "salad" (romaine lettuce). Yishai has always loved giraffes. You might remember 'Geoffrey' from Yishai's nursery tour. That giraffe gets a good night hug and kiss every night - and the cutest greeting in the morning:
"Hi Geoffrey! Good Morning! Mommy, he happy!"
You are too much sometimes, kiddo :)

Anyways...feeding giraffes.
wow, was that an fun!

I was in awe that we were able to be so close to these huuuuge animals. Holding our lettuce leaves over the side of the rail, we watched as these majestic giraffes lowered their heads to extract the leaves oh-so-gently with their tongues. We all got our fair share of giraffe 'kisses' from their black-purple-ish tongues.

Deciding that their bellies were sufficiently full of salad, we moved on to make some new friends. Yishai enjoyed hugging the goats - which basically meant he lays his head down on their backs...or tail :) It's pretty funny to watch and definitely entertained some of the other families more than just the goats themselves.

We ended our day by feeding the birds their dinner: birdseed on a stick.
Y'all know everything tastes better on a stick :)

We had an amazing day and Yishai fell asleep before we even left the parking lot! #parentingwin

If you're in SoFla (or here on vacay!) - this is a must-do:)
We didn't even get to do everything...there's an awesome looking splash-water-playground-thing which looked amazing and we are definitely bringing our swimsuits for that next time!

There are going to be many more trips to Lion Country Safari for us this summer!