Monday, December 10, 2018

DIY Wood Fireplace Screen

Hi there!  Are you getting ready for Christmas?? I have been non stop it seems and just need to slow down time to take in my favorite time of the year.  I think I say this every December.

 I'm sharing a quick and so simple fireplace screen I made in less than 5 minutes with 2 items!  Our fireplace is big, and in when it's not being used, it can look like a big black hole in the family room. I love a nice wood stack fireplace.  I admire a wood slice screen,  I just don't feel like making it! 
  I stumbled on the best solution:  Contact paper.

Monday, November 26, 2018

How To Make an Oversized Wall Sign: A DIY Christmas Trees Sign

It is officially the Christmas Season!

I love the prep of the season and it just goes too fast every year.  I am not loving the decorating madness I am knee deep in though.  I have taken a different approach and just selected what I want to put out now, and I am packing up the rest.  (Kind-of a "shopping at home" type of decorating!)

I have a huge problem with making new decorations every year and not donating old stuff, anyone else do this?  

Saturday, November 17, 2018

How to Make a Framed Chalkboard Wall

Got a big blank wall?  Love chalkboards like I do? 
Okay, I may be slightly obsessed with them and I blame it on the fact that I'm a teacher's daughter.  I went to the same grade school my mom taught at and would hang in her classroom after school until she could leave.  Of course I spent the whole time drawing on her chalkboards and playing school!  So fast forward to the present, I have a lot of chalkboards, okay?

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Faux Brick Tutorial

Welcome Guys!
I miss Summer!  I love, love, love it!  I am not one of those parents who gripe with all that "can't wait for school to start"  business.  You can keep the homework, lunches, and sports.  I can't get enough of the freedom.  However, my DIY addiction takes a back seat to the kiddos and the one good part of Fall is I can finally get back to business over here.  First "step"  (no pun intended) was to finish our front landing.  Check out my faux brick makeover!!
I painted it guys!

Okay, the background.
Our home has 6 brick steps to the front door.  At the top is a plain old cement landing.  Because our house is north facing, (which is great for a sunny backyard) it makes for an extremely dank front yard sometimes.  (Think shade and lots of mold).  The landing out front turned brown and moldy, and I have struggled with trying to make it less dingy for years.  I immediately thought a brick pattern would tie in the steps and be perfect here!
  After a good power-washing, I decided that I had to have chevron brick somehow.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

DIY Patio Cushion Covers

Hi loves!  

Does anyone else start a project with the idea that since you need to replace something anyway, why not try a little experiment, and if it fails, just go get the replacement? This is the initial thought for every one of my DIY projects.  I only share the experiments that work.  😀 

To stencil the edge, I just used one of the bricks from the stencil repeatedly.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Bamboo Bar Cart Makeover

Welcome!  I am dusting off the blog today!  I am beyond guilty of neglecting this little corner of the web, but sometimes I get in a rut!  Is anybody still reading blogs?  I will admit that I neglect my favorite bloggers thanks to Instagram... it's just too easy to scroll through and see what's what.  Anyway, thanks for stopping over!  

Isn't this serving cart adorable?  
It ended up being the inspo I needed to get the back porch Summer-ready.  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Full Hands, Fuller Heart

So this may be less of a decorating / DIY post than usual, but the reality is that my real job is "mom."

  Once upon a time in my life, I had five kids ages 9 and under.  If I had a dollar for every time someone told me I had my "hands full," or " you're busy," or my favorite: "God Bless Ya, I don't know how you do it!"  -I'd have college for all 5 kids paid for by now.  Honestly, I found this extremely offensive back then, and would have to bite my tongue from spurting out a nasty reply to these folks.


But something happened over the years, and I started to feel empowered by these comments.  I embraced the fact that I could handle something that these "average" ladies just could not.   Confession:  I still feel that way.  I do.  I don't get offended by the remarks.  I am so proud that I have these five gorgeous children (and still fit in my skinny jeans) and have grown to accept and embrace people's insecurities that they project toward others.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Budget-Friendly Boho Inspired Finds to Update Any Room

I'd be a liar if I said I don't crave Spring right now.  Once I packed up all of the cold weather / Valentine decorations,  I was more than ready for a simple, clean, fresh start.
I just finished up some wallpaper in the Family Room.  It's very Scandinavian of me ;)  I'm in love with the way this transformed the family room.  It went from just, "meh" to "WOW!"   I used Beacon House's Scandinavian Block Print Tulip in blue.  Now, this wallpaper is not pre-pasted, so I knew it would be a witch to hang, just like my foyer ceiling was.  But the quality is fabulous.  I've had cheap paper tear and stretch when hanging it up, but this is sturdy and thick.  I covered only the wall around the fireplace and it's just what we needed to carry the blue from the kitchen cabinets through, since both are visible at the same time.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Chalkboard Sign Giveaway

Happy Sunday Loves!

Today, this is short and sweet.  I just want to share the Chalkboard Sign I made for my 5 year Blogiversary.  For one follower, it's yours!

I love this saying and feel like it serves as a great reminder to everyone in the home!

This was so easy to make.  Now,  I'm not talking anybody into using Chalk Couture, nor am I compensated in any way for sharing this, I just use it and love it.  I made this distressed-look sign using Chalk Couture products and a perfectly vintage store-bought frame.

It was seriously 3 steps and it was finished!  Chalk Couture is removable but I clear coated this one to make it permanent.  

(Some screen shots of the steps)

How to enter?  

1.  Subscribe to Cure4Decor
(At the top right of this page, enter your email in the mint colored square "Get Cure4Decor in your inbox")  Be sure to check your email to confirm the subscription.  If you already subcribe here...Thanks! You are automatically entered!   Go to step 2.

2.  Follow me on Instagram
(Link to my IG is at the right under "Let's Connect"
click the camera icon to be directed to IG)  That's it!

Enter through Sunday, March 4th.  The random drawing winner will be announced March 5th via Instagram and here on the blog.  The winner will also be notified via email and all shipping and handling costs are covered, so it really is free, enter today!!

If you want to learn more about Chalk Couture and how to get it, hit the black button on my sidebar.

Thanks for stopping over!

Friday, February 16, 2018

How to Make New Galvanized Metal Look Old: DIY "Rusty" Olive Baskets

This post contains affiliate links.
 Call me late in the game, but I just picked up a pair of these olive buckets to flank the front door.  I know, I know...but I'm a discount shopper and refused to pay big money for something like this.

Ballard Designs  $129.00 ??? Nope, sorry.

Amazon to the rescue...
I found these baskets, not one, but two for way less than the price of the ones found at the elite stores.  These babies measure 14.5" X 15" X 11"  which is plenty big for my taste.   And at less than $50 bucks for the pair, I am a happy girl.

They arrived in two days and I loved the size and value, but they were far from rusty and "real" looking.  I decided to try to create some vintage vibe on these two.

Using brown matte acrylic paint and a fine paintbrush, I went over the handles and anywhere it would tend to rust on an old metal basket.

I ran the brush down the seam and across both the top and bottom rims.
It dried super quick and in 10 minutes, they looked like they have been outside for decades.

See the difference?  Left:  Rusty, Right: Not!

No Tetanus shot required!  Now where am I going to put these until I go buy the plants?!!

Thanks for stopping over...

Monday, February 12, 2018

5 Year Bloggiversary!

Happy Anniversary to me!
Cure 4 Decor  Planted and Blooming Girl is 5 years old today!  

Ok, so maybe I haven't been the most dedicated blogger in the world.  I know, I'm a slacker, but keeping it real means keeping it simple.  I try to share useful info for you guys out there, and loyal folks know I am not big on bragging.  If it's helpful, I blog it.  If I didn't do it, I won't usually share it because, really, anyone who has the funds can get a contractor to come and revamp your kitchen, swap out your corner jacuzzi tub for a claw foot, knock down walls, and change your dated granite and kitchen floor (sorry that may be my wish list).  It's pretty obvious that new construction has all the "up-to-date" finishes and, no offense, that's boring to read about, not to mention unrealistic.  I'm not interested in making myself feel bad here.  I just like to surround myself with pretty things (and experiment with tools sometimes ;) while sharing my remedies for the Cookie-Cutter-Colonial. 

So aside from getting 5 years older... what's been happening for the last five years?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Turn a Pedestal Table into a Coffee Table: A 15 Minute Hack

Hi There!

If you follow my Instagram, you saw yesterday's sneak peek of the table hack I was working on.  Honestly, this project is not a new concept, by far.  Turning a pedestal dining table into a coffee table has cropped up for ages.  There are a ton of pictures of finished products out there of tables that were constructed much different than mine.  But I could not find any tutorial on how to actually execute this plan.  The only one that came super close is no longer published.  It was my exact table, I'm talking down to the screws!  So like everything else, I did it my way and I'll share it with you guys so that some crazy woman with the same pedestal table can hack hers into a coffee table too.  

Friday, January 5, 2018

Capsule Wardrobe?

Happy New Year!

Anyone else feel a tiny bit nostalgic and droopy about taking down the Christmas decor??  I haven't even started, partially because my kids give me the stink-eye when I mention it, and mostly because the stomach bug hit our house and I have a ridiculous cold.  However, I'm not letting it get me down.  It's a perfect excuse to lay around and eat bad.  It snowed here, and if you know anything about South Jersey, it's rare to have snow this week, so I'm still in holiday mode.  We always get snow just when we really want it in February.

J Crew

Something about this time of year makes me want all new sweaters... and area rugs.  But that's a different post.  I shopped online a bit this week and decided to try to build my own modified capsule wardrobe.  Let's face it, I wear casual clothes in public and ugly O.R. scrubs to work, so this should be fairly simple, right?  I searched Pinterest for the "stay-at-home-mom capsule wardrobe"  (SAHM- sounds way cooler) for the current year of course, because I don't want to be all decked for  2015.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Faux Bamboo Furniture Love Affair

 I have a bit of crush on faux bamboo furniture, with a pop of color, who doesn't???  Just look at these beauties I found on Pinterest:

Just as I was wiping the drool off of my chin, I stumbled upon a set by Thomasville- complete with the dresser, mirror, desk, and end table, being sold together. 
Whaat?!!! I know, almost unheard of. This crush just became a love affair people.