Sunday, March 8, 2015

~ Spring and Easter Decorating : The Decorated House

The Decorated House - Decorating for Easter Vintage & New

It's Sunday and it's sunny! Makes your heart sing for Spring, doesn't it?
Although if you still have snow or cold, I'm sure your 
heart is really, really singing loudly for Spring to come find you ... now.
And I hope you have some spring flowers soon.

The Decorated House - Easter Cloches & Abigail Bunny Art

Have a Wonderful, Happy Sunday.
See Y'All Soon~


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

~ Decorating Peat Pots for Spring and Easter

The Decorated House : Decorating Peat Pots : Altered and Decorated Peat Pots for Spring and Easter!
Looking for some fun ideas for Easter decorating? 
How about making some pretty peat pots?!

Peat pots can be found in the garden section of the big box stores, nurseries and even ol' Big Lots and Target.  They can be dressed up or left more rustic, whichever way appeals to you. My choice was to combine a bit of rustic with a touch of elegance. Since they are so inexpensive you can make several for yourself, and as gifts. You will find dozens of ways to use them from setting the table, to making little gift baskets or using them to display some of your other decorations like the painted and embellished eggs.

The Decorated House : Decorating Peat Pots : Altered and Decorated Peat Pots for Spring and Easter!

The first one is left rustic and lovely
just the way it came without any paint. 
I added some vintage laces and trim
and a vintage rhinestone pin.

Items Used Above:
  • Peat Pot - Unpainted
  • Vintage Lace and Trim
  • Vintage Rhinestone Pin
  • White Ribbon
  • White Coffee Filter Ruffle
  • Craft Sphagnum Moss
  • Burlap Twine
  • White Ribbon
  • Painted Egg, Paris Grey

The Decorated House : Decorating Peat Pots : Altered and Decorated Peat Pots for Spring and Easter!
 For the one above, I painted it with Annie Sloan Paris Grey Chalk Paint. 
You can use any paint that you like. 


Items Used Above:
  • Peat Pot - Painted Paris Grey (ASCP)
  • Vintage Lace and Trim
  • Paper Leaping Bunny - Grey/Gray
  • White Coffee Filter Ruffle
  • Craft Sphagnum Moss
  • Burlap Twine
  • Gray Ribbon
  • Painted Egg, Old White
I used this paint because the color was exactly what I wanted.
You can mix up any color you like with bottled or tube acrylics.

http://thedecoratedhouse.blogspot.com/2015/03/decorating-peat-pots-for-spring-and.html

You could paint and decorate a batch of these in an afternoon, 
and they would be so pretty for your Easter decorating. 
Perfect for a little cookie or  treat, or a gift certificate. 
Or a chocolate bunny of course!


There are so many great ideas for you to try with these little peat pots. These also can be made into the sweetest little baskets if you just punch a hole in each side and add some wire for a handle. I hope you think of many more uses, too!

See Y'All Soon~

Sunday, March 1, 2015

~ Antiqued White - Adding Embellishments - Painted Furniture


Donna ~ The Decorated House - Painted Antique White Furniture

The skies are gray today, and it seems a tougher sell to get me going with some streamlining of possessions and things around here. I go through spurts of being very determined, then a holiday, or some project and/or repair comes along, and things creep back into the unacceptable state of too much crap!

In the midst of more soul searching - decluttering, I see so many items that have been handpainted over the span of a lot of years, such as the 1920's-1930's armoire in the bedroom. If I touch it, it is still a happy possession; brings back the fun memory of Sweet Hubby going to a PBS auction and us picking it out. Too few people showed up for the auction, so we were able to just purchase the items we wanted. Money was tight so we left with only the one piece, at the time I wished I had stretched the budget for more. Now I have no idea where another large furniture piece would go anyway! But the one I have will stay for years to come since it is functional and feels quite happy as well.

The simple armoire was natural wood on the inside but painted off white on the outside. So it was easy to lightly repaint it. But it was very plain, which might be more to my liking today. Back then I figured it needed some embellishments and I actually still like them very much today.

The elements I added were made of resin, I painted them the same background color as the off-white armoire. Then I began to "antique" them so that they looked old and worn, but not too much, no chipping and flaking.  I wanted just a nice patina of age and dusty feeling of years gone by. I used raw umber and taupe glazes letting them settle into the crevices then wiping most of it off the higher, raised area. When those glazes dried very well, I dry brushed over the highest areas with white to accent it.
The pieces were then adhered to the armoire using liquid nails and tiny nails  hammered through small drilled holes.


See Y'All Soon~

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015

~ French Linen Basket Makeover : How to with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint : Basket Makeover :: by The Decorated House

Basket Makeover Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - French Linen

Another way to store things in the kitchen is by using baskets. 
This is a very old solution that still works in today's kitchens as well. 

When choosing storage options for the kitchen, baskets are always tops on the list for many people. And for good reason, they not only add a nice hidden storage solution, but they can also bring in a touch of warmth, color and/or texture.  Somewhere along the line, I had a "collection" of sorts of these very inexpensive baskets. There were mostly out of sight, but they were also exactly the right size for a shelf area where we needed quick access to things like keys and they are in easy sight so something needed to be done to them, just to pretty them up a bit. 

So out came the ASCP again!  I've had the French Linen Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for a while, but never found the right place to use it for any accessories or furniture. However, when I tried it with the new colors in the kitchen, it was a perfect complement.

The Decorated House : How to: French Linen Basket Makeover Tutorial
You can see from the before and after that a little bit of paint makes a big difference.

Monday, February 2, 2015

~ Downton Abbey Season Finale!

Downton Abbey Finale with George Clooney. Part 1

Part One click picture above. Part 2 Click HERE.
Downton Abbey actors made these wonderful little 
film gems for the charity Text Santa.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

~ A Little Pink for Valentine's Day

The Decorated House :: Pink Flowers Valentine's Day Decorating

The bougainvillea is blooming and the azaleas as well. Both of them are
just in time for a little dash of pink for Valentine's Day decorating. 
Neither one last for long inside, but they are still pretty for a short time.  
So simple and lovely in a vintage milk glass urn 
with a Mercury Glass Heart beside it. 

See Y'All Soon~

Friday, January 30, 2015

101 Valentine's Day Decorating Ideas. DIY. Decor

The Decorated House :: 101 Valentine's Day Ideas. Decorating. DIY. Decor
  
Click Picture Above To View Lots of Valentine's Day Ideas
These are some of my favorites. I try to link to
the correct and original source so you can find directions.

It's not too early to be thinking of something special and fun you would like to make
 for Valentine's Day! Here are some links to light a spark 
to your imagination.
You'll find about 201 ideas now!

Two more to explore:
This one has lots of DIY ideas for you to try.


The Decorated House :: 101 Valentine's Day Ideas

See Y'All Soon~

Monday, January 26, 2015

~ Heart Pillow for Valentine's Day or Anytime


The Decorated House :: DIY Valentine's Day Pillow
Valentine's Day (or any day) Pillow in Neutrals
with Felt Cut Out Heart and
Fabric, Lace and Felt Flowers
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It's just a few short weeks until Valentine's Day! A simple way to add a bit of heart to your decor is changing out your pillows and maybe trying out something like this pretty Heart Pillow.

You can find the complete directions by clicking HERE.

The Decorated House :: How to Make Fabric Flowers

Click HERE and HERE

See Y'All Soon~