Making an Oilcloth Table Cover

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After I finished Beckett’s table, we had our first little craft session and I instinctively grabbed a trash bag to cover the top. While incredibly functional, it’s not very attractive or practical to keep reusing. It made me think of an oil cloth shop that I pass on my way to work but have never had the chance to venture inside. Over the weekend, I did exactly that and came out with some orange striped oil cloth.

I love this project because it was cheap, quick and easy. The trip to the store took longer than anything else.

Here’s what I used:

• 48″x48″ piece of oil cloth
• Scissors
• 24″ String
• Marker
• Tape Measurer

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The fabric came in 48″ width so I got just over a yard to make it a nice even square.

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Flipped it over to the back side and measured to the center both sides so I knew where to draw my circle.

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To draw the circle, I tied the string around the pen and held it in the center. I had to readjust in a couple of spots because its hard to do in one motion. My string wasn’t an exact 24″ but closer to 23″ which makes the entire width of the circle 46″.

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I couldn’t be happier with the finished piece! It adds some color in here all while being totally functional.  Any other kid room projects I should know about? I love getting inventive in these spaces.

 

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Shopping for Marbled Swirl Lamps

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Over the weekend, I did a little antique shopping. I got a new chair for the office that needs a fair amount of work. Story of my life. While I was out, I saw this lamp base and it made an impression on me. I didn’t buy it that day because it wasn’t a huge need, but the mental note I made was strong. So strong in fact that two days later as I was driving past the store on my way home, I pull right in on instinct with the intention of taking it home. All mine for $20. Turns out I DID need it in my office. It fill the space so perfectly I’m constantly turning my head to look at it.

I had a few people tell me they had one in their homes growing up or parents who have one. I thought I’d do a little internet shopping and see if I could find any similar items. These kinds of things are usually best priced in antique stores. Let it be known that I’m well aware of how outrageously priced some of these are. I also thought it would be fun to include a few with a modern take on the marbled look.

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//1. ETSY, $45 // 2. ETSY $120 // 3. CHAIRISH $400 (pair) // 4. CHAIRISH $400 // 5. Lamps Plus $60 // 6. ETSY $50 // 7. CHAIRISH $225 // 8. CHAIRISH $63 // 9. ALL MODERN $193 (Pair)//

Number 4 as my heart while 2 and 8 most closely resemble the shape of the one I found.

Sometimes, things like this are hard to shop for unless you just happen across it. Typically, you would start by the name or style of the piece. Usually, that works great,  but often times the seller of the item has no clue what they have and come up with a name of it’s own. Here ‘s a few I came across on this search: Asian Ginger Jar , Glazed Ceramic , Marbled Porcelain, Mid Century Ceramic.

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I’d love a book that talks soley about lamps and covers every different era, style, origins. Does such a thing exist? A lamp encyclopedia? I could waste so many hours and cups of coffee on that.  Please tell me if there is such a thing.

If you have any info on this style of lamp I would love to hear it. If you have one like this send me a link or tag me on instagram @gloriajoy. I would love to see it and/or be educated on it!

Making an Easy, Custom Kid’s Table

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Let me start by saying that 90% of my decorating is really problem solving. Sure, I buy pretty things from time to time for no reason, but the bulk of things brought into my house are intended to serve a purpose or two or three all while still being something that I like to look at.

Beckett’s room is pretty small and that’s okay, he’s tiny and doesn’t have a clue. That simply means I’ve really got to be smart about the things that go in there and creative with storage. The rug in there is almost an 8×10′ and you can see it’s pretty much wall to wall. Like I said, tiiiny room.

I still wanted the room to be a place for him to play in. I knew I wanted a table, but every option I saw was wrong—wrong price, wrong size, wrong shape, wrong wrong wrong. In my head I knew what I was looking for, there was already too many rectangle furniture pieces and a circle would be a nice reprieve from all the angles in the tiny room. Have I said that already?

One day walking through Target (this happens often) I walked past this little white accent table and it immediately clicked. I did a thorough inspection of the piece and did a run through in my head of how I would assemble it. Then I went home and bought it online, I usually save money online stacking coupon codes. Plus I had a gift card that covered this, score! 

What I love about this project is how easily it could be converted, different base, different table top size. I’ve always felt like these Target accent tables are a tad limited. I mean, thanks for holding my drink and half of a magazine, so thoughtful. This could make a great end table or coffee table that actually holds real stuff for real people.

So let’s get to it. Here’s the list of everything I used to make this table.

• Pine Wood Table Top (I used the 30″ top)
• Target Side Table (The copper version is to die for!)
• Industrial Strength Velcro
• White Paint
• Paint brush
• Sander
• Johnson Paste Wax (I’m such a fan of this product!)

Custom Kid Table_08The very first thing I did was sand  the top. Pine is fairly rough and you’ll notice a huge difference after. DON’T skip this step.

After that I put a white wash on it. Originally, I was going to paint it solid white but realized the whites might not match up and I knew that would forever bother me so I went with something that was more obviously contrasting. For the wash, I did about 2/3 paint to 1/3 water, mixed it then brushed it on.

Once dried, I used the paste wax to give it a subtle polish and seal. It’s incredibly simple to use. Apply generously, allow to dry and then buff off. That’s all I did to the table top. Sand, Paint, Wax.

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I decided for me, the best route to attach the top to the table would be something that was removeable (hopefully.) That’s why I chose velcro instead of glue or drilling into both pieces. A little goo gone and I could repurpose down the road if needed.

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Close enough. It’s kind of a one shot thing and I’m not typically one who “measures”. Mostly because Beckett is always playing with the measuring tapes and not his actual toys.

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He has so many rustic earthy elements in his room I really wanted a lighter contrast to all of that and this table came out exactly how I hoped it would! After one bout of creativity on it, I quickly realized I wanted a dedicated tablecloth and not a trash bag. The solution for that will be up later this week!

Custom Kid Table_07  Watching a kid create something is just about the best. Any fun kid projects that I should bring into his life?

Beckett’s Room, the Original

The other day, I had an odd compulsion to redecorate Beckett’s room. Redecorate may be too strong of a word, I just wanted to give it an update. I quickly tidied up just to snap a few pics of the current state. I regret not having many photos of where Beckett lived the first year of his life, I thought there would be too many unpleasant memories brought back by looking at photos of a house that wasn’t ours, but it couldn’t be more opposite. There were so many fond memories created at my former in-laws home as we lived there for a year trying to figure out what was next.

We moved into this house almost two years ago. Back when Beckett still slept in a crib, and by himself for the whole night. So before the curtains and pictures came off the wall, I wanted to remember our first house together, his first room. So here is it the “original” room since I wouldn’t really call it a before.

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The Snow Day Effect

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Snow fell on and off in Tulsa the past couple weeks combined with freezing rain, sleet and ice leaving Beckett and I stuck inside for a few days. THIS IS GOOD FOR NO ONE. I’m only partially kidding, we made the most of it. Did some art, sledding and a little biting off more than I can chew. Sort of.  I started a project that I have absolutely no expertise on. The tile got torn up on my entry way. So I’ve been stuck scraping up thin set like it’s my job. In fact, the whole entry is getting a makeover, all TWENTY square feet of it.

It started several months ago with the paint getting stripped off the door, I never really did finish that project. So keep that on the to do list. The tiny “Entry” is one of two spaces in my house without texture on the walls which means, wallpaper. Add that to the to do list. Can’t forget the torn up tile, put it on the list! Statement ceiling and new light fixture? List, list. While none of those projects individually is unmanageable, it is a touch difficult to keep things on track with a two year old on the loose. Beckett has definitely hit that phase where you have to keep an eye on him at all times. He sees mommy using the big tools and he wants to too.

My mind has been abuzz with decorating lately. It’s my favorite, my safe spot. It’s where I feel completely free to explore my creativity without having to please anyone. Lately, I’ve had the itch to take on a project and that’s just what I did. I’m sure most DIYers at heart know, that itch combined with free time usually equals a can of worms. I thrive on it. Problem solving and making things pretty. That’s my jam. Hope it all comes together quickly.

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My House Lately

My house means so much to me. Not in a materialistic kind of way, it’s certainly not the most extravagant, but a symbol of possibility. There was a time in my life where everything was so uncertain and I didn’t have a place that belonged to me, so I really appreciate it now that I do have it.

Almost every night once Beckett has gone to bed I’m walking around the house, picking up something inevitably, and have the same thought strike me without fail. Its like, this is my house, a thought that carries weight, excitement and responsibility all in one heave. Sometimes it feels terrifying and other times it’s like a sigh of relief knowing I can build a life I’m proud of. It’s something that I pour myself into absolutely. I’m always tweaking, organizing and finding new way to get maximum functionality. So here’s a few snapshots of things I’ve been updating lately and projects in progress.

 

I’m a bit obsessed with painted closets and organization. My house isn’t always clean, but it’s my deepest desire to give everything a place. This is my painted and reorganized linen/tool closet.
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My almost finished wall painting. I started this a few months after I moved in and finished the bulk of it a month ago. Only one small corner to finish! It’s like a messy version of Plinko. I swear I’ve seen this design or similar before, but couldn’t quite pinpoint where so I’m not taking any credit for it.
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I had a pretty late night on saturday and stayed up painting. This is my most finished piece of the bunch and I love how it ended up. It was one of those bursts where I felt like I had to get some color on the canvas or my head would explode. All it needs is a frame and I already know exactly what that will be, just need to gather those supplies. I’ve already put it on the “Someday List”.
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I like things to be beautiful and functional, but let me tell ya, bottles of sunscreen and bug juice aka insect repellant are neither beautiful or function when drifting around the kitchen counter tops, getting knocked over and ending up in the crusty corner of the kitchen that the broom doesn’t seem to touch, ever. These simple wood boxes were the packaging for some candles. I used to have them in my bathroom for cotton balls and q tips, but had one of those “Aha!” moments and nailed them to the wall. I had been on the lookout for something to put on the wall, but low and behold I already owned the solution, it was just a matter of rethinking the purpose of certain items.
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Here’s a pulled back shot of the boxes and my new $3.78 rug from Target. I had been needing a rug in that spot for all of the dirt that gets tracked in. It’s a thin weave and has a tendency to move around, so I put that sticky velcro under the corners to keep it secured to the floor and it works great.
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This is one I’m on the fence about. The curtains. I originally bought that fabric to make a slipcover for my sofa. I was all like, Yeah! Bold Patterns! Statement EVERYWHERE! I’ll take 20 yards! And then I realized it was a very specific pattern that did not flow with anything at the time and would have really been forcing it. I haven’t even committed to the curtains to actually sew them yet. That’s right, they’re just panels of cut fabric hanging from the window. Right now, I’m leaning towards keeping them and finishing them off by sewing. With some of the changes to my living room below, I feel like the pattern isn’t so much of an oddball anymore. If I had plenty of money, I would absolutely go out and buy new curtains that I specifically chose, but the thing is, curtains are ‘spensiiiive! Along with everything else that goes in a house….
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Target was having a pretty nice sale on furniture a couple weeks ago and I snagged these barstools. I like em cause they don’t take up too much space, visual or physical. Somehow, I don’t know, they were $68 for the two online but I guess the price has gone up.
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Currently, I think I’d classify this project as my pride and joy. I’ve been hating the look and feel of my entry for a while now, but didn’t quite know what to do with it. It had a solid white door and everything felt so clinical and lacking character. Then I randomly noticed/realized that the door was in fact wood and it would be entirely possible to strip the paint down to the bare wood. So I did! I’ve still got plenty of work to do on it, but the paint is gone and I love it. The door carries so much more warmth into my living room than its cold, white predecessor. The tile, paint and ceilings are another story.
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For my birthday, I had an Overstock gift card and picked up this coffee table. Can I say, for the first time, it really feels like a living room to me! An intentional living room! That has a lot to do with the rug I gifted to myself from Rugs USA. Larger rugs tend to be crazy expensive or just not very pretty. I agonized over the selection at Rugs USA not sure if I even loved any of them, but decided I liked it enough to buy it and if I didn’t like it in my living room, I could put it in the bedroom or studio. For just over $100, I felt like I didn’t have much to lose. When it came and I laid it out, I absolutely fell in love with it. I don’t know if it’s just having a rug that did it for me or if this rug just gets me. Who cares, I’m in love.

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I wanted to throw this last shot in just to have a view of my living room and where I keep the TV. I’ve really been focusing on the living room and getting it put together as best I can. I felt like I got my bedroom to a place where I love everything in it and feel like it’s mostly “done.” And that simply means I don’t have anything in there I can’t stand. So the living room is getting the eagle eye and I’m tweaking here and there. Still a few more things I’d like to do, and then will probably start fixating on the dining room a bit more and the kitchen, oh the kitchen….
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My Master Bedroom

I’ve been wanting to post pictures of my bedroom for awhile, each morning I would wake up and tell myself, “today is the day I photograph my bedroom.” And then things like catching up on my Hulu shows that are admitted horrible and a total timesuck (Revolution??? but not my Mindy Project. DON’T you talk about my Mindy..) seemed to always get in the way. Fact, I am a total TV slut there isn’t much I won’t watch. Seriously, Siberia anyone?

Today though, oh glorious today, the stars and sunlight aligned allowing me to tidy and photograph my room. Still have a few projects to complete, but I’m pretty happy with the progress I’ve made on my little purple house in only three months. My bedroom is definitely one of my more finished rooms. I love waking up in here, with the sun brightly filling every nook and cranny, my crisp down comforter and oh my gosh, my mattress. It’s exactly what I want a mattress to be like. Plush and heavenly. My bed and mattress are my first big purchase since being a single person and let me just say that I freaking deserve this. It’s been over a year since my husband and I split and I’m still not used to sleeping alone but having a bed I’m totally in love with helps ease the ache. Also, so does bebe. He spent the night in my bed last night and I woke up laying completely parallel with the headboard and Beckett smushed in the middle. My head and feet hanging off of the bed and all. Oh, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Now, let me introduce you to a good ol’ fashioned photobomb.

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These are the adorable but pesky little tables from Target. You know how they always have those oh so cute and oh so tiny tables at the stores in their rotation. Like what is this? A table for ants? When I lived with the in-laws I needed a small media console, so bought two and shoved them together. Now they just hang out at the end of my bed and are pretty dang useful to throw junk on. But it frustrates me, what else do people use the tiny tables for? It keeps me up at night.

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My curtains are another favorite part of my room. They feel a bit more grand in person.

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Here’s my little reading nook. After I refinished the footstool and chair, I was given this sofa table came to be a perfect little nightstand and tops off the corner nicely. I’m debating putting some rub n buff on it but feel like it might get too washed out. I kind of feel like it helps ground the corner and metallic might be a little overkill… Decisions

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I created this yellow painting during one episode of the X-Files. The canvas used to be some cheap $30 art and I didn’t care for it so I painted over it. Free art and I’m so happy with the way it came out. I especially love the break from the blue and green. And I LOVE the blue and green.
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Ah, my two dollar mirror. And I can’t say “two dollars” without thinking about Better Off Dead. I love that movie. The mirror though, is from the ReStore and thats how much I paid for it. The only thing I’ve done to it is stick a glass knob in it’s knobless hole.UntitledUntitled

My bedroom kind of reads like a Target catalog. It accounts for about half of the stuff in here. My accessories have all been thrifted from around the house and I keep it like this all the time, meaning I didn’t just stage things for the pictures. Beckett has a passion for putting things inside the coral on the bottom of the nightstand (socks, hole punches, lipgloss and books are all found inside there from time to time), and ripping out the books on the tiny table, other than that he leaves mommy’s things alone.

Can I just gush a little more about how I love my room? Sometimes it’s not just the decor, but what that space signifies. After a year of living at my in laws and bringing my newborn home to somebody else’s house it feels pretty fantastic to have a house that belongs to me. To have a room that is exactly how I want it to be. To paint exactly how I want to paint. To move furniture around on a whim because I can. I’ve got my roots put down here and ready for what comes next.