I’m back…I think…I hope!

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a shitty blogger (sorry to my mom and mother-in-law for the foul language but it’s the most appropriate adjective here). My last post was over six over months ago. That’s really not acceptable, is it? Good thing I am not trying to make money at this blogging thing!

I’ll be honest with you folks and tell you that today is the first day that I felt like blogging in a long time. This is not because I’ve lost interest in decorating, renovating, organizing, or the blog itself. The truth is that the last several months have been a little rough because I am with child!

I am 21 weeks pregnant and, well, I felt really shitty (again, sorry mom and M-I-L) for about 14-15 weeks. It felt like eternity! When I finally got over the nausea/morning sickness, I still didn’t have the energy to tackle projects to blog about or just blog period. Apparently, growing a human being takes a lot of energy! I am beginning to feel like myself again and am back to tackling some projects around the house – hallelujah!

I still haven’t finished sharing pictures of our new house which I will continue to do over the next few months. We are also doing some work in our backyard this spring and, of course, there is the nursery which I will be decorating in the summer when I go on maternity leave. So, there will be a lot to share with you!

Anyway, that is the update from Chez Sharah and thanks to all who are continuing to read despite my absence!

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Here we are, showing off the baby bump (there is actually a decent sized bump there – just hard to tell in this photo!). As you can see, we take ourselves pretty seriously 😉

Stay Tuned!

DIY Autumn Banner

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While browsing fall wreath ideas on Pinterest, I saw a picture of a black and white fall banner with gold sparkly letters on this blog.
I thought the banner was so cute and decided that it wouldn’t be that difficult to recreate it. Here are the supplies/tools you will need to complete the project:
  • Card Stock (or scrapbook paper) in a variety of patterns
  • Construction paper in coordinating colour (unless you use card stock to begin with)
  • Block letters (I used wood ones from Michaels. Cardboard would work too.)
  • Spray Paint
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Glue (spray adhesive and regular glue)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Glue Gun
  • X-acto knife or hole punch
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The Letters
Choose the message for your banner. I went with “Thankful.” I also made one for my mom and she chose “Give Thanks.” Tip: I would go with a shorter message because it’s less work!
Spray paint your letters outside or in well ventilated area in your desired colour of choice. I placed an old sheet underneath the letters and painted in my garage with the door open. I sprayed two coats and waited about 15 minutes between the coats (*read the directions on your can of spray paint to see what it recommends about multiple coats). Wait 15 minutes after the last coat of spray paint.

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Spray the painted letters with an adhesive spray. I used Elmer’s Adhesive Spray. Pour a generous amount of glitter over each letter. I chose glitter the same colour of my spray paint. You do what you want though. I did this over looseleaf paper so that I could roll up the paper and pour the leftover glitter back into the container. I poured A LOT of glitter on each letter to make sure they were adequately covered.  Let the glitter dry for at least 15 minutes. I also did this step out in my garage so I didn’t have a glittery mess in my house.

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The Banner
While the glitter is drying, begin your banner. Draw your banner shape on the construction paper or cardstock using a ruler and cut out to the shape to create the banner template.
Using your template, trace the shape onto your patterned paper and cut it out. Draw and cut out enough “flags” for each letter of your message, taking care to alternate the patterned paper. I also had to cut out a flag for each letter onto the construction paper. My patterned paper was scrapbook and it was too flimsy to support the wooden letters. If you are using cardstock or a sturdier paper, you probably don’t need to do this. I then glued the construction paper to the patterned paper using a few dollops of Mod Podge.
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Cut two slits in the top corners of each flag. For my first banner, I used an X-acto knife and, I’m not gonna lie, it was painful. This was the most tedious part of the project. For my mom’s banner, I bought a rectangular hole punch which made the job marginally easier. The easiet thing would be to use a regular hole punch with a thinner ribbon or twine. BUT, I liked the asthetic of the slits with thicker ribbon better.
Putting It All Together
Bring your letters in on a paper plate until they are ready to be used because they will shed glitter….everywhere!
Using a glue gun, glue each letter to a flag.
Thread the ribbon through each slit of the flags. I used black grosgrain ribbon – 5/8″ for my banner and cream satin ribbon – 5/8″ for my mom’s.

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To hang, I kept the ends of the ribbon really long and stuck them under heavy items I had on my mantle. You could loop and tie the ends of the ribbon and hang them over 3M hooks as well.
That’s it. That’s all. The whole project will take you about 3 hours. I am also a perfectionist and was watching Californication the whole time so it might only take you 2!
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Thanks for reading and happy fall y’all!

Gettin’ Crafty

There is a fourth bedroom upstairs that’s a little awkward shaped as the ceiling is quite low in some places due to the shape of the roof. On the house plan, it’s called a “bonus room.”
Here is a few pictures of the “bonus room” before we started the reno:

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Because of the built-in shelves, you can’t really make it a media room – there is no wall space to put a TV! There is no closet so it wouldn’t make a great bedroom either. It would make a good playroom, but we don’t have any kids.
I decided to use the space as a craft room. I thought it would be a great place to store my craft shiz, do my DIY projects, and blog. I also work from home quite often so it will also double as my home office.
The renovations in the craft room were the same as the guest rooms:
  • Replacing the door, trim, and baseboards
  • Scraping and retexturing the ceiling
  • Replacing the carpet and the light fixtures
  • Painting the walls (including the built-in shelves). The walls, trim, and baseboards were painted Cloud White (Benjamin Moore) and the shelves were painted Coventry Gray (Benjamin Moore).
Here are some photos of the renos in progress:
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You can see in these photos some painted squares on the wall. I buy samples of colours and paint them on the wall because I like to see how the colour is going to look in the room at different times of day in different lighting. This lessens the chance of getting the whole room painted and then realizing you don’t like the colour!
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Right now the craft room is pretty empty with just few odds and sods from my old makeup room in it:

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My plan is to furnish it with two large tables, a desk, and a few low storage consoles. I am hoping to find everything I need at IKEA! I’ve included some links below for craft rooms that I am using for inspiration:
Sarah Richardson IKEA Craft Room
Soothing White and  Minty IKEA Craft Room
Turquoise Plantation Inspired Craft Room
I will do an updated post when I get the craft room completed (which could be awhile)!
My sister will be guest blogging again about her newly renovated laundry/mudroom soon and I think my next post will be about my favourite “second-hand finds”.
As always, thanks for reading!

 

Be Our Guest

I will start off the tour of my new and renovated home upstairs and today, I will share with you our guest bedrooms. There are 4 bedrooms upstairs – one is the master, one is my craft room, and the other two are guest rooms (until or unless our family grows, if you get my drift)…
This is what the rooms looked like before:

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Renovations to these rooms included:
  • Replacing the baseboards, trim, and doors. We stained the baseboards, trim and doors with “Cloud White” by Benjamin Moore. We chose 5 inch baseboards- in hindsight, we wish we would have went for 8 inch for more drama.
  • Scraping the “popcorn” ceilings and painting/retexturing. Again, we used “Cloud White”.
  • Painting the walls. Both rooms are “Stonington Gray” by Benjamin Moore.
  • Replacing the carpet
  • Replacing the light fixtures
Here’s how they turned out:
Guest Bedroom 1

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Most of the furniture from our old guest room fit nicely in here so I don’t have to spend more money on getting this room furnished. I have plans to strip the white desk in the corner, make  a window treatment, and make a cover for the window seat.
Guest Bedroom 2

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I moved some of the furniture and all of the decor from the old master into this room because our new master has room for a king sized bed. This room is basically complete except getting a nightstand for the other side of the bed.
These rooms were not the most dramatic before and after of our renovation, but I am pleased that the decor turned out so well without having to buy anything new! So, who wants to come and stay for a visit now?!
As always, thanks for stopping by!

 

Hello! Is it me you’re looking for?

It has been so long since I’ve blogged that I forgot my password and just had to reset it. Some of you have been asking if and when I’m going to blog again. You know what they say – absence makes the heart grow fonder so I expect your love for chez sharah has increased tenfold during my six month “sabbatical.”
So what’s been happening and why haven’t I blogged for so long? I learned the hard way that buying a house, ripping apart and reno-ing said house, selling current house, packing up all of one’s prized possessions in current house, moving and unpacking all of one’s prized possessions to said renovated house is a little bit time consuming. Oh and on top of this, working 50+ hours a week, training for a half marathon, and taking a few trips. Are you getting the sense that I don’t like to sit still?!
The last six months have gone by in a blur and it’s time for life to normalize. July is my month to breathe, relax, DIY, settle into the new home, and, of course, get back to blogging again! I spent the evening organizing all of my pictures of the renovation and I have decided to share them with you one room at a time, from demo to the finished product. I am too exhausted to get started on that tonight so I’ll leave you with with a few pictures of my outdoor pots this year. I stuck to my usual grasses and foliage but there are a few newcomers, namely the canna lilies and vinca vine (I love that name – sounds like a rockstar name – or, is that just me?!)
I look forward to getting back into blogging and I am grateful to all who still continue to be interested in my ramblings! IMG_2387 IMG_2388 IMG_2389 IMG_2390 IMG_2391

Christmas Outdoors

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I do Christmas planters each year to make my front entrance a little more festive. They are easy to put together and everything in them is artificial so they can be used year after year. Here’s a breakdown of what’s in them and where I got it from:
  • The long silver sticks, glittery branches, and glittery silver balls (lol – I don’t know what else to call them!) are from Homesense.
  • The silk amaryllis flowers are from Pier 1.
  • The green branches/pinecones are from Michaels (I use three per pot).
I just stick everything in the soil that’s leftover from my summer pots from tallest to shortest – easy peasy! I might “branch” out and do something new next year. We’ll see if inspiration hits!

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The last couple years I’ve also ordered a fresh balsam fir wreath (all the way from Nova Scotia!) which is the closest thing to a real Christmas tree in my house. It smells amazing! I added some silver ribbon and attached some leftover Christmas ornaments with wire to match the planters.
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Thanks for reading!

DIY Christmas Card Holder

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For this project, you will need:
  • Small wooden letters that spell out the holiday greeting of your choice (I got mine from Michaels and they spell out “JOYEUX NOEL”).
  • Acrylic glue (optional)
  • Mini clothespins
  • Mod Podge glue (matte)
  • Sponge Brush
  • Jute Cord (I used 3 ply)
  • 3M Utensil Hooks
Directions:
  • If you plan on painting your letters, paint each letter with the desired number of coats and colour(s).
  • Once the paint is dry, brush the back of each clothespin with the Mod Podge and place a pin (or two) on the back of each letter.

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  • While the glue is drying, cut your jute cord to the desired length.
  • Once the glue is dry, clip the letters to the cord.
  • Hang the holder. My suggestions for hanging are: Across a window by tying the ends of the cord to the curtain rod, across the fireplace by attaching the 3M hooks to the mantel (tie a loop at each end of the cord and hang the loop on the hook) , or across a bannister by again attaching the hooks to the bannister/wall.
  • Pin your cards to the letters as you receive them.

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The first set of pictures showed the holder I made for my sister. This is the one I made for my house last year (her letters are not painted and mine are painted blue, white, and silver).  Here is mine: 
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This is a quick and easy project and should only take you about 30 to 45 minutes once you have the supplies.
Thanks for reading!