Monday, August 18, 2014

Gold Accents, Easier than you think!

I am LOVING the gold accent thing being so in right now. So as I just made my coffee, way before the kids are up, and I'm constantly refreshing my browser for the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale, let's have a chat about how awesome gold spray paint is, shall we?

I am over the mustard yellow accents in my room. I initially bought them to match the giant wall decor I had inherited in my marriage, but we recently changed the print to be more... Err.... Less single bachelor-y. 

Anyway, I had a handful of mishmash room decor accents/a lamp/etc that I wanted to convert to gold, and then after spraying a few things I went a little wild and started grabbing things from all around the house, (seriously that spray paint is a DREAM, it goes on so smooth!)

I started with some candle holder bottoms (this used to be a set of 5, after a few moves these are all that is left.)

And then I went for the gusto: 

And now here are the accents in action. I'm going to be working on new pillows, and a mustard print lampshade, but aside from those, it was a super easy switch from yellow to gold as an accent color in my room.

(Can't take credit for this thread storage idea, but isn't it cute?)

I highly recommend Valspar for their gold spray paint, I still have half a can left! If I see any cool shaped junk pieces at the thrift store, I'm totally giving it a gold new life!

This was all done while I've been waiting for coats to dry on the dresser, so I'll be sharing that soon. I went with the cherry blossom inspiration, so far it's coming out GREAT!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Let's try something new.

I'm trying to NOT do the typical Sierra thing... I'm trying super hard to have an actual game plan.

You see what you don't read here on the blog... Is that 99% of the time my plans are really me making a series of impulse decisions. For example, the last dresser I redid HERE I was literally standing in the Lowe's paint aisle grabbing paint and tape, not totally sure how I was going to do it. I didn't know what color I was going to paint it, until I saw some racing stripes on a car on my drive to the store.

Most of the time, these flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants decisions work out well. However, on occasion there are major flops (which I don't ever speak of again.)

So, for this dresser (since it's going to be somewhere in my great room, where everyone will see it) I want to have a real game plan.

Here is the dresser:

I love that the drawers pull by the sides, so no hardware is needed (and I don't have to worry about taking it off to paint.)
I sanded it down right after I took this picture, and it sanded so easily, it's some great wood.

I LOVE what this blogger did by removing the drawers to this piece:
(click here to read full post)

But the drawers I have are in perfect condition, so I don't think I can justify ditching them. Although I love the color/style.

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE this look. I am not totally confident in my free hand painting skills, but it would be totally worth it to see if I could pull a win on this one:

(I couldn't find the address to link to the original image)

And finally, I think nothing says comfy/homey like this butter dresser as seen on this blog:

So now that I feel sufficiently inspired, I am going to see if I can get started on this project. I may do a combination of a few of the looks above. Looking forward to sharing the end result! Leave a comment of your favorite look idea!


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

I just couldn't resist...

There I was, minding my Saturday morning business, headed to Target for
nothing specific, when I drove by a yard sale held by the sweetest artsy woman. I saw this awesome solid wood dresser for $20, I just couldn't walk away from it. 

I have no idea where I'm going to put it, or what I'm going to paint it. Gold drawer faces? Cream top? Some sort of ombrĂ© effect? 

We've got a football scrimmage and a baseball game tonight so I won't be starting anytime soon. Stay tuned.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

New Etsy Shop: Rubies and Luxe

So, I've decided to open listings on Etsy to make alterations/create new items as I can. (After altering a few I've decided this will be the most organized and efficient way to complete orders.)

Right now, I have two listings for jersey alterations, if you're interested, check it out @

Looking forward to hearing from you!


Racing Stripe Chalk Painted Dresser

I had been waiting to work on a new dresser for my son until after we got back from vacation. I ended up finding the perfect mid-century dresser to give new life at my favorite antique shop. (And they always hook me up with stellar prices.)

$30 for this piece. It was missing hardware, but the drawers were totally functional.

I decided to paint it gray with a "hulk green" racing stripes, since he has a huge Hulk fathead on his wall. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fabric scrap wreath tutorial

I had set out in the beginning of summer to bust some of my ridiculous fabric stash... which didn't really happen. The summer FLEW by, and before I knew it I was back to school shopping (and doing a happy dance.)

So anyway, I forgot to share one of the fabric buster projects I actually did complete. Super simple, and can be made with any shade of fabric for different looks/seasons.

I just cut a ton of random spring/summer colored fabric into 1"x 3" strips. Then I just randomly tied them onto a wire wreath frame. I know I'm not the first person to do this, but I had to share. It cleared out a ton of my fabric scraps, some of which I was holding onto from high school! 

Step 1: Cut fabric into strips.
Step 1.5- Let baby play with them to her little hearts desire.

Step 2: Systematically tie strips in no particular fabric order onto frame.

(Like so:)

Step 3: Add embellishments (bows, letters, etc)

Step 4: Hang. Piece of cake.

I hope you're all LOVING back to school... after you have one sulking day acknowledging how fast your littles are growing up. 


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Sewing: Men's Jersey to Women's

As seen in previous post, I refashioned these 2 Men's jerseys to surprise a client's fiancé.

If you're interested in ordering a jersey to be altered by me, or having a jersey you currently own altered by me, please go through my etsy store!