September 26, 2016

Luxe For Less

First off BIG THANK YOU to all your sweet words and emails about the Teacher Lounge Makeover I shared with you guys last week. It was a labor of love and I'm so glad I was able to be a part of it!

Today I'm bringing you something a little different!

I want to share some exciting news! I'm thrilled to announce that I'm a guest blog contributor over at Lindsey Brooke Design! Lindsey is an interior decorator and avid mood board maker with a brand new website that's just stunning. 

I'll be contributing monthly with some great high/low finds. I love a good challenge on how to re-create a space for less! 

This months Luxe for Less is a Bohemian Glam with this inspiration image:


So head over to Lindsey Brooke Design to see how which items are Luxe and which are Less!


Spoiler Alert: You can achieve the "Less" Look for under $400! 

So, go check it out over at Lindsey Brooke Design!




September 23, 2016

Teacher Lounge Reveal

Happy Friday friends!!

And Happy Fall! We've been preparing our home for a fall house tour (virtual of course) and I can't wait to share that with you soon.

But first I have to bring you the much anticipated Teacher Lounge Reveal...which is long overdue!

teacher lounge makeover with sherwin williams olympus white and thick stripes and rugs usa radiante


Back in August I shared our plans for this new space which included painting the walls, updating the cabinets and countertops, adding a feature gallery wall, and bringing in new furniture and appliances.

The PTO had given the school a decent budget to work with (Thank you!!) and the rest was up to some fabulous ladies at the school, Margie and Barb and myself, to dream and scheme ways to stretch that budget to create a warm and welcoming lounge for the staff.


Let's start with a quick look at the before's:




Not real inviting huh? So we started with a clean slate. This room was going to be challenging! It was basically a large brick box with zero exterior windows and the only light coming into the room was from the hallway. Everything was removed from the room except the tables and chairs and we got busy demo-ing and painting along with the help of the custodial staff.  


Safety First! And yes I'm representing the Chicago Blackhawks (sorry not sorry Redwings fans).  

All the walls were painted Sherwin Williams Olympus White, a nice light 
neutral for a space with zero natural light.  

So let's start with our tour in the kitchen area!

Here's what we started with:



Goodbye pink formica and hello updated cabinets and counters! We removed and replaced the existing hardware with more modern silver pulls.  The cabinets were painted Sherwin Williams Alabaster on the uppers and Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray on the lowers.

teacher lounge makeover with sherwin williams olympus white and thick stripes and rugs usa radiante

I painted the countertops with a Rustoleum countertop kit since there wasn't room in the budget for new counters.  I had the rustoleum kit tinted a greige color (light ash). We bought a few new microwaves to replace the older, bigger versions. We also replaced the dishwasher and refrigerator with Whirlpool Stainless Steel appliances.

teacher lounge makeover with sherwin williams olympus white and thick stripes and rugs usa radiante



teacher lounge makeover with sherwin williams olympus white and thick stripes and rugs usa radiante

A small amount of paint and new hardware made such a huge difference in this part of the room!
I never could find a way to cover that vending machine...c'est la vie.

The other area of the room needing some attention was the wall opposite the kitchen area and the adjoining wall. The space wasn't being used to it's potential and just had several long tables placed along the wall. We had decided this was going to be the "seating area" of the space.




Unfortunately I don't have a before picture of the whole wall but you get the idea. 

And here's how we decided to make it all nice and cozy. 

teacher lounge makeover with sherwin williams olympus white and thick stripes and rugs usa radiante

teacher lounge makeover with sherwin williams olympus white and thick stripes and rugs usa radiante

teacher lounge makeover with sherwin williams olympus white and thick stripes and rugs usa radiante


I mean....gorgeous! The furniture was purchased from IKEA and the principle and assistant principle assembled it all.  This was a team effort! We filled the bookshelves with old and new items and some art projects students had created.  Since there is no natural light I really wanted to add in as much lighting as I could to make it warm and inviting.  The less fluorescent yellow light the better. My FAVORITE part of this whole area has to be the rug. I knew the moment I saw it it was perfect and it sure is! It's from none other than Rugs USA. It makes my heart happy!

teacher lounge makeover with sherwin williams olympus white and thick stripes and rugs usa radiante

I've saved the BEST part of the room for last! The final wall of this room needed the most work. 
The cork board and dry erase board had been attached for who knows how many years with glue.  SUPER STRONG glue.  And it was all over that wall. So on a very hot and humid day in the room I prepped and prepared the counters and cabinets while the ladies were hard at work getting alllllll that glue off.


Our vision for this space was to create a gallery wall to display pictures and student art.  I wanted something fun and unexpected to really make this part of the room special.  So, what better than stripes to do that job!

teacher lounge makeover with sherwin williams olympus white and thick stripes

We picked up 8 million about 30 frames from IKEA to create this gallery on a budget.  The letters represent the name of the school and add some depth.  I just LOVE how it turned out! 

teacher lounge makeover with sherwin williams olympus white and thick stripes

Now how about a little dramatic before/after:


What a difference! I can't thank my friend Ann enough for thinking of me on this project and introducing me to the lovely ladies (Margie and Barb) over at the middle school. You all have a special place in my heart! 

Also, thank you to all the staff at the school for helping prep, paint, move and assemble furniture and for the funds to make this come together. It make my heart so happy to have done this for all the staff to enjoy a quit place of respite throughout the day!



Have a great weekend!
























September 19, 2016

DIY Gold Hoop Fall Inspired Wreath

Well, even though it's still 80 degrees, it's beginning to smell like pumpkin spice and the crisp air in the morning is a reminder the fall season is upon us.

With the fall season comes a little update in decor to create a cozier space and to celebrate the beautiful colors of the season. Now, if you've been following me long enough you know I'm anything but traditional and this DIY fall wreath I have in store for you won't be any surprise. I've teamed up with some other fantastic bloggers to bring you a wreath blog hop! Be sure to check out the other wreaths (links below).

DIY gold hoop fall wreath


Now, I know I know, fall is supposed to be purples, oranges, reds, and yellows.  But, those colors just don't resonate with me.  I selected colors and hues that were soft and warm with a touch of glam that to me felt like fall. Rusty pinks, tans, muted greens, and of course hints of gold is my fall color palette. This tutorial can easily be interchanged with whichever colors and florals of your choosing. The skies the limit!

So here are the items you'll need to create a wreath in this style.

DIY gold hoop fall wreath

Faux floral's / leather purchased from Joann Fabrics

  • 2 faux delphinium stems $6.50 each
  • 3 faux rose stems (pink) $5.99 each
  • 1 faux rose stem (brown) $5.99
  • 1 faux moss sprig $4.99
  • 1 faux gold leave sprig $1.99
  • 14in gold wreath found here $5.19
  • 1 yd 1/8in leather $2.49 
  • floral wire (already owned)
  • faux steam cutters (already owned)
  • hot glue gun (not pictured)

There are so many beautiful wreath forms out there but I just wasn't quite finding one to suite my style. I knew I didn't want foam, or grapvine, or wire so when I came across this gold metal ring I knew it was perfect! I started with an inspiration image I found in my Pinterest endeavors:

DIY gold hoop fall wreath

Now this wreath used real florals, and it's beautiful, but I knew I needed to go the faux route both for cost and longevity.  

So, let's get started!

I laid all my items out to get an idea of how I wanted to arrange the florals on the wreath. I started with the two longest pieces to form the base for the arrangment.

DIY gold hoop fall wreath

I attached the delphinium sprigs with the floral wire and cut off the excess stem with the floral cutters.

Then I added in 2 of the 3 roses to fill in the space between the delphinium sprigs.

DIY gold hoop fall wreath

I also attached these with the floral wire and cut the excess stem.  

Since my creative juices were pouring out I didn't stop to take as many pics after this point. Womp. Womp. I just started cutting and placing items along the wreath to fill in the space and add depth and texture.

DIY gold hoop fall wreath

I added the brown rose between the 2 pink roses and that completed the main bulkier floral pieces.  I cut the gold leaves from the stem and hot glued them to the base of the roses. Easy Peasy.
My final floral element was the moss sprig.  I cut pieces of it off and attached it with the floral wire throughout the wreath to create some more depth.  I also love the texture and pops of green from the moss.  

Now, we just need to add a way to hang this beauty! I purchased some leather from Joann's because it was something different and unexpected. I also think the leather adds a bit of masculinity to the otherwise very feminine wreath.  So I looped it around the top and that was it!

DIY gold hoop fall wreath

I just LOVE how it turned out! This was the easiest wreath I've ever made! Total time spent was maybe 20 minutes...it actually took me longer to shop for all the florals then it did to assemble.  

I popped it on our wreath hanger on the front door and now she's the shining star!

DIY gold hoop fall wreath

Now to put the rest of the front porch together with an updated look for Fall! 

Total Cost: Less than $40
Total Time: 20 minutes
An updated fancy new wreath: Priceless!

Be sure to check out all the other wreaths in our fall wreath blog hop!

DIY fall wreath ideas














September 12, 2016

Fancy & Formal Living Room| Mood Board Monday

You know what today is! It's Mood Board Monday!!


I'm taking a break decorating for fall to bring you this super fun mood board.  

I feel like I've been dreaming up plans for our formal living room since we first moved in a year ago.  We are getting closer and closer to install so I'm nearing the final stages of picking the big elements like rugs, curtains, and furniture and the equally terrifying and exciting paint color decision.  

I've put together my most recent vision for the space in this mood board and I'm excited to share it with you! Some elements are definitely out of my price range, but there's nothing a little DIY can't make happen.  

This room will serve as an office space but it adjoins to the dining room so it needs to have a great seating area.  Since our whole lower level is open the colors need to flow from room to room so it's no surprise to see some similar colors throughout this space.

So without further ado:

Mood board formal living pink and gold with built in bookcases

It's classic, yet fun, and oh so romantic. That velvet sofa from Anthropologie... Swoon. Not sure the husband is going to go for the $2000 price tag on that so I may have to get creative in my shopping endeavors. Or, if you're out there Anthropologie, I'd really really like to write a review in exchange for this beauty. One can dream right?

The beautiful bookcases are from Sita Montgomery Interiors and we are going to do something similar but with Ikea bookcases. You know I love a good ikea hack! I definitely plan on painting or wallpapering the back of the bookcases but until I decide on a wall color that decision will be down the road a bit. The thought of filling the bookcases with books/art/decor makes me giddy excited! 

What do you guys think? I'd love to hear how you all style your formal living rooms!

I'll be back later this week with the much anticipated Teacher Lounge Reveal! 
Don't forget there is still time to enter the $100 Rug Giveaway! Enter here.

mood board formal living room with pink and gold and built in bookcases







September 09, 2016

A Quick and Easy DIY| Gold & Chic Mirror

Hi Friends!

Before we get started on today's post I just want to give a big huge virtual hug to you all for following along and supporting me here at Restyle it Wright. I'm having so much fun sharing DIY and home decor tips with you all and it wouldn't be nearly as much fun without my readers and your sweet comments and emails.  So thank you thank you!

Now, back to a little DIY fun.

So, you could probably say I'm a hoarder of home decor finds.  But not like those shows where people are buried beneath piles of garbage, clothes, and everything else (which is so sad). I do have myself an eclectic little collection of items that I've picked up at yard sales, thrift stores, and antique markets that are just waiting for their debut.  And this little DIY gem happens to be pulled from that collection which is a huge win in my book...once less item in the stash and one more piece that brings me joy in our home.

Without further ado I bring you my gold & chic mirror makeover! (Seriously the EASIEST DIY ever).

quick and easy diy mirror makeover with sample paint white dogwood and gold sharpie

So this all starts with a $4 mirror from a thrift store.  It's not very big at about 10x10 but I just loved the shape and sturdiness of this mirror and the fact that it was solid wood was a huge plus. I knew it would either make a great addition to a gallery wall or would be fun as a tray. Either way my $4 investment would be put to good use.  

Here she is in her original condition:


There are some black marks on the glass because it's old, but hey it adds character right? 

Here's what you'll need to complete this DIY. 

quick and easy diy mirror makeover with sample paint white dogwood and gold sharpie
(If you don't have an old mirror to update this target one is an option) 

A 3 item supply list?! What What?! Raise the roof.

Here are the steps: 

Step 1: Wipe off the mirror and wood to make sure there is a nice clean surface to work on.

Step 2:  Time to do something about that wood! Some people may prefer to sand the wood as their is a bit of a shiny finish. I've had such great success with my primer that I find their is no need to sand. But you certainly can if that's your preference! So for this step I taped the glass and applied two coats of primer to the wood.

quick and easy diy mirror makeover with sample paint white dogwood and gold sharpie

Here's how it looks after the first coat of primer:

quick and easy diy mirror makeover with sample paint white dogwood and gold sharpie

I don't have a picture after the second coat of primer but you get the idea.

Step 3: Apply paint! I have 8 millions sample paints in our basement from various projects. The Sherwin William sample paint containers are HUGE and can easily work for small projects like this.  I've used them several times in this way and I've never had an issue with the quality of the paint.  I happened to have a pot of SW "White Dogwood" when we were testing door colors so that's what I used. I knew I wanted to do a pink of some sort (shocker) and this was the perfect shade. So after two coats of the sample paint she was looking mighty fine.

quick and easy diy mirror makeover with sample paint white dogwood and gold sharpie

Isn't it the prettiest pale pink? If you're in the market for a nice light pink I highly recommend this one! The mirror actually would have been just fine to leave alone right here. It's clean and simple and oh so pretty. But, when have I ever just left something alone? She needed a little glam! I knew I wanted to do something fun and then it hit me to grab a gold sharpie! I figured, hey if I don't like it, I'll just paint over it! 
So....

Step 4: Grab your gold sharpie and go crazy! Of course make sure your paint is dry first! I just wanted a touch of gold so I stuck to the inside rim of the mirror. I also kept the tape on the glass to avoid getting marker on the mirror. 

quick and easy diy mirror makeover with sample paint white dogwood and gold sharpie

Step 5: Remove tape and clean up the glass. I took an exacto knife to remove the tape and to scrap off any residual paint that slipped under the frame onto the glass. Another option would be to put a coat of poly on the mirror but since this will hang on a wall I didn't think it was needed. If you plan to use this as a tray I would definitely protect it with a coat of polyurethane.  

Once I got all around and removed the tape she looked like this:

quick and easy diy mirror makeover with sample paint white dogwood and gold sharpie

So cute! 

Total cost for this quick little update $4 (of course more if you had to buy paint and a sharpie)
Total time spent one day while the kids were at school. Most of the time was spent waiting for paint to dry!

This fun little mirror will be making an appearance in an entry way gallery I'm putting together but for now I temporarily placed it here.

quick and easy diy mirror makeover with sample paint white dogwood and gold sharpie

I just love this quick little update! It seriously couldn't have been easier...or cheaper! But what an impact! 

quick and easy diy mirror makeover with sample paint white dogwood and gold sharpie


Has anyone else whipped out a gold sharpie for a furniture/decor makeover? It's life-changing I promise. Have a great weekend!




















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