Fun Clown Makeup

Need a quick costume? A clown is an easy and quick way to go. This was for a fun day at work to promote our upcoming Halloween party. I like to go all out and try to get everyone involved. One of my tricks when applying dark eye shadow is to first brush loose powder under my eyes. This will make sure that none of the dark shadow you use will flake off and stay on your face. When you are done applying your eye shadow, just simply brush away the loose powder. First apply your eye shadow then add the black accents using a liquid eyeliner.

Add a fun wig, outfit and some lipstick and you are ready to terrorize your neighborhood, or coworkers in my case.

DIY Headboard

I have this beautiful large frame that was generously given to me by my MIL. It previously had a mirror in it that had cracked and had been removed and had a few cracks in the frame here and there. As soon as I saw it I had a plan of turning it into a headboard. This was a very quick, easy and inexpensive project. I paid a total of around 15$ for the entire project. The only thing I purchased was the fabric and crib size batting from Hobby Lobby.

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Since the frame is in rough shape I decided to give it a distressed look and white washed, then dry brushed paint on it. I First added paint to all the edges and crevices and then wiped away the excess so that all cracks would fill in with white.

Some of the corners were slightly split and cracked from the outside corner to the inside corners so I decided to patch them and create the same look in each corner to add to the distressed look. Then I dry brushed over the entire frame. Dry brushing is really simple after dipping the brush in paint you brush/ dab off all the excess paint so you are left with very little on the brush. This helps to create the light brush strokes, leaving the frame color visible while adding a textured look.

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After the patin was dry, I took out the backing to use as backing for the inside padded area I wanted to create. For the padding I tore apart an old crib mattress that was lying around in my basement (this was not easy but it did the trick). I pretty much ended up having to tear it apart with my hands because the mattress as is would be way too thick as is. I laid out the crib size batting, laid down my mattress stuffing and the backing on top if it and started stapling. I used the batting to keep the stuffing stiff and in place. This way I was able to keep the shape before adding the fabric.

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Before stapling down the fabric, I ironed out all the lines and creases then repeated the same process with the fabric. I folded the edges of the fabric over before stapling so the back would be a little neater (not that anyone will see it). Now I have the raised padded area that will fit back into the frame with little effort.

I pushed the padded area into the frame, secured the backing back to the frame and done. Now to hang it on the wall. Luckily this frame had all the hardware needed to hang a large heavy piece on the back. I love how this project tuned out and only took a couple of hours out of my weekend to complete. It also will be a great focal point for the guest room that I am slowly working on fixing up. Anything to get my parents in town more often. Now to add some new paint and work on the idea of adding a basement bathroom.

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Mystical Mermaid Makeup

What girl doesn’t dream of being a mermaid? I dressed up as one in grade school and again this past year for Halloween. I have seen many tutorials on mermaid makeup and wanted mine to be different. I wanted it to be beautiful yet a little eerie and mystical. I started with Mehron Syn Wax to create some dimension to my forehead and cheek bones and then added my make up.

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To get the fish scale look I put fish nets over my face and neck and brushed on my green, teal and purple makeup. Once I was happy with the color I added my gold liquid makeup for accents. When it comes to Halloween make up, Mehron is the best. It wears like normal makeup and is not oily or drying on your face.

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I then used the same colors on my eyes, eyebrows and lips. Just add a fun wig, mermaid tail and accessories and now you are a mystical mermaid. This is by far one of my favorite costumes yet!

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Master Bath Remodel Part 2

I cant believe this part has taken so long to post even though it has been done for quite some time. After redoing the bathroom floor, my sink and counter were next on the list. let the demolition begin! I think I can safely say that no one likes the look of these shell sinks, especially when painted over like mine was. Yuck right!?

 

We decided to try and keep the upper cabinets if possible and did our best not to destroy them while taking the sink out. I also worked on painting the cabinets inside and out during the whole process.img_1516

We first had to build a top with a layer of plywood and a layer of cement board which let me tell you was a paint to get in. The trim for our closet door is so close to the counter that we had to cut the boards in half in order to get them in. I decided to use a piece of trim for the counter edge  that I would paint to match the cabinets. Before laying the tile we first place the sink and faucet and mark the holes that we will drill out of the counter top. Then I laid down my tile and cut each piece to fit.

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A little mortar, tile, let dry and then grout.

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Now that the tile has been grouted, its finally time to install this beautiful sink that we have pretty much had since we moved into this house 5 years ago. I love, love, love this sink!!!

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My bathroom is finally complete! New flooring, counter, sink, lighting and paint. I now love my master bath!

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Life is Beautiful Sign

I have a group of family pictures above the couch that I hung with the intention of making a sign to go under and I finally have it done. I planned on making a sign and painting words of some kind on it but then got busy with many other things. While strolling the Hobby Lobby clearance section I came across this pre made, blank wood sign just ready to be painted on. Yippee!!

I decided to make my own stencil by designing the text on my computer to the size of the sign. I then printed it to print in banner form across several sheets that I taped together to make my stencil. This time I decided to rub chalk over the back of the paper, placed it on the wood sign and went over the edges of the letters with a pencil. This will make the chalk adhere to the sign.

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The chalk idea worked but wasn’t really dark enough for me to start painting over so I went over everything with this nifty chalk marker. It’s just amazing what you can find now! Now I’m ready to paint. I just used some white paint I had around the house, painted in the letters, gently distressed the letters and entire sign with sand paper and sealed with wax. This was a fairly quick project that I did while cooking the boys dinner and doing squats around the kitchen. Because well thats what busy moms do (lots of multi tasking).

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I just love my new sign!

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Distressed Front Door

This was super quick project! It really only takes like 30 minutes to paint your front door so why not change it up every once in a while? I decided one afternoon I wanted to paint my front door, grabbed some paint I had laying around and got started. I had previously painted the door black with chalk paint and covered it in a wax coating but with the color being so dark you could see every little finger print.

I mixed some paint together to get the right color I wanted and painted the door in just a few minutes. I decided I wanted a distressed look and brushed over the edges and entire door with a black wiping stain with a paint brush to give it a distressed look.  I recommend not using your favorite brush for the wiping stain because it will be toast after. This took a bit longer to dry and you want it to be completely dry before you add the wax sealant.

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Once dry, I brushed on the wax, wiped it away (per can instructions) and done! In just a little bit of time you can change the look of your  front porch by changing up your door. Now to direct my attention to the dead mums still in planters outside the door. Eeek!

 

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Navy Blue Playroom

This all started with the plan to put up a shelf in the playroom. The day before we planned on heading to Lowes for supplies for a shelf, I decided that we couldn’t possibly put up a new shelf until I repainted the room. The boys playroom needed a little pop of color and the walls are bare. I came across a few rooms while on Pinterest and quickly decided on a navy blue that would really accent the white trim, shelving and the bright green accents already in the room. The playroom has needed some attention for some time now and painting the walls is the first step in the right direction.

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After two coats of paint a third trip back to Lowes for more paint, the walls are done and I love the color! Just a little tip… If you head back for more paint or send your significant other, don’t let them give you a different type of paint because they don’t have half gallons in the paint you originally purchased. It will never match (lesson learned). Always use the same exact paint, other wise your two coats may turn into three to fix the un matching paint. Just a few more accent pieces here and there and this room will be complete. We of course had to add some Star Wars pieces here and there (because you can never have too many). What bright or daring color would you love to paint but are afraid to? The beauty is that if you don’t like it, you can paint over it! Now, to touch up all the white trim, cabinets and add a few more decorations.

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