Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Don't trust everything you read on blogs and Pinterest.

Mistakes happen. some big, some little and some... in decor!  I always hate those ones.  I hate them even more when I have found several ideas on Pinterest and I get all excited and run out and start my own DIY only to later discover they weren't all that they were cracked up to be- or all I thought they would be when I researched all about it! Such a bummer. However... sometimes a DIY gone wrong can lead to something even better.  (Also true in life.  Sometimes a bad situation can lead to something better.  You just never know.) (grin)
I got so excited after seeing a bunch of DIY advice on using foam core insulation boards for making an inspiration board like I did (and shared) a few posts back. (I even deleted the post because I don't want to steer anyone else wrong.)  I went right out and got my slab of foam core board and cheered because it was so inexpensive.  (I suppose that's the one good part about this post- it wasn't a costly mistake.)  Once assembled it looked so pretty and I just knew I would use it a ton. 

Then, two nights after it was finished, I heard a crash and discovered that the tacks weren't holding and things were falling off and slipping out of holes.  Apparently foam core isn't quite as much like cork board as I'd been assured.  Huh.  Well, I'll be darned. After trying to make it work for a month, I realized that it was time to cut my losses on this one because I didn't need to add any more frustration to my life.  Inspiration boards that create frustration don't er... inspire.  So, after thinking about it long and hard, I ditched it, and after a few tears (I'm just kidding) I strung up my calendar (sourced locally) with twine and thumb tacks and some little curtain clips I had in my junk drawer, & changed a few things back around until all was well again.

(This is the other chair in our office area- I am considering using this Ikea rug to cover the seat but for now it's just sitting on it so I can decide if I like the look.  It normally sits at our computer desk.)
After a few days of admiring all the little gold foil in the calendar, it inspired me to think about painting an old string of cafe lights with gold spray paint.  You know how one thing leads to another. I miss the inspiration board but once I jumped in with both feet on these lights I just KNEW that was the icing on the cake... it changed everything and suddenly I was so happy again.  Just a little tweak.  Who knew.  (Sign is from here.)

To spray paint the lights, I simply unscrewed cafe light bulbs from the sockets (found at Target last year) and set them aside.  I stuffed each socket with a small part of a cotton ball.  Then I laid them out on a drop cloth and sprayed them with gold metallic spray paint on one side, then once dry carefully flipped and arranged it to get the other side.  It was simple and fairly quick and one can did the trick. I'm missing a few bulbs but hey, aren't we all?  Heh heh.

Then I bought a new lamp because I needed one on this desk. (Target)  I feel plenty inspired to create in here, with the strung up calendar pages, my kiddo silhouettes, and those cozy lights. (One instagram friend suggested crisscrossing ribbons if anyone else has one out of foam core.)

Change ups in late January... not always a bad thing. 
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Jensamom23 said...

Super cozy feeling I there. Love the silhouettes!

Rhonda said...

I just read your post today and would you believe I just bought a huge piece of foam insulation board with the foil looking stuff on one side. Is that what you are talking about? I tried going back to your post about it that you referred to but couldn't seem to find it. What happened......did the tacks just fall out? I was planning on covering it with burlap today but now I don't know what to do! HELP!

Gigi said...

Oh my goodness! Spray painting the lights??!!!! BRILLIANT!!!! I have GOT to do this!! LOVE

Lorraine Richie said...

Such a beautiful space!! I'd say it all worked out rather nicely :) Painting the light stand gold.......BRILLIANT! They look so rich and expensive!

Kelly Wasilauskas said...

I'm in love with this space and I might just copy it!!!!!!!

Kerri said...

The calendar strung like that is super cute! I have always wanted silhouettes of my girls, every time I see them on other blogs I love them! I was just talking about you to someone yesterday how you can up your décor so often! I definitely need the inspiration! XO

C Stone said...

I love the idea of painting the cord gold. It's looks sooo good! Thanks for the idea.

Peggy Zortman said...

You my Dear are awesome! What a great idea! I would have never thought of this. And the little white cord, though not very aesthetic, would be on the wall over the dresser making mr unhappy because it just doesn't look right.

SANDRA said...

I want to know more about that wood frame above the bed? Its perfect! I want one for my daughter's room :) And I'm definitely doing this with her lights too!

Clara said...


I've been meaning to comment, but hadnt gotten around to it until today. I think you can buy bulbs in the lightbulb aisle of a hardware store! You've maybe already looked into that, but I thought I'd throw it out there anyway. I have a string of lights and I know I have seen mine at the store. Maybe check it out? 😘 The whole room is just beautiful. You've got serious decorating skillz, girl!

Iseult said...

I have found a trick and it lies with the pins. Thumbtacks/push pins don't work, as you said they just fall out. I use dress pins (thin and about 3cm long) and here's the important part: push the pin in when it is almost lying flat against the board, the pin is almost parallel to the board, not at 90 degrees. I hope that works for you! If not you can re-purpose the foam core as it is great for mounting images on. :-)

Lindley-Stuart said...
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Lindley-Stuart said...

I love this wall color! Do you know the paint color??

Jess Pellegrini said...

Hi there - this room is so cute! What did you use to keep the lights up? I want to string some up above my bed but I don't want it to look tacky. Yours is perfect!

Jess Pellegrini said...

Hi there - this room is so cute! What did you use to keep the lights up? I want to string some up above my bed but I don't want it to look tacky. Yours is perfect!

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I absolutely love the desk and chair!!! where are they from?

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Unknown said...


Where did you find the calendar at that is hanging above the desk?

Elizabeth Weller said...

love this!! where is the bedspread from???