ORC – Jest Cafe – Wk3 – Painting Furniture

jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-1-This week, for the One Room Challenge, I had to make decisions about color for the bunk beds and storage units to organize the kids’ toys.

1) Storage units – As I mentioned in this post, I decided to buy Ikea furniture. If you buy furniture with pine finish, it is very easy to paint, unlike other IKEA finishes.  I bought two TROFAST storage units and tried deciding on a color later. I wanted a dark green, and I was deciding between Lawn Green or  Emerald Isle from Benjamin Moore. In the middle of this process, I saw this post from Justina Blakeney. Can you believe the coincidence? THE day I was trying to make this decision she posted that. Well, people, I believe in signs from life, and this was obviously one so I had to go with Emerald Isle. No regrets!jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-7 jestcafe.com--wk3-17 jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-6 Here is the Emerald Isle color.jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-5 You definitely need two coats when painting IKEA pine furniture, and remember not to paint inside holes because you will need to assemble this furniture later and will need those holes to be their original size!jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-4 jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-2jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-16This is how it looks now: after painting and assembling…I really like the green, even though this photo doesn’t make it justice… Also, the unit is great for storing toys because they give easy access to children.

2) Bunk Bed: I went back and forth about which color to use for the bunk bed. I thought about grey, yellow, but, ultimately, settled on white. I used decorator’s white – Benjamin Moore. Same color I used for the wall and ceiling. The furniture is glossy and the wall is flat.

I decided to use white to brighten up the room and give it some cohesiveness. Also, having a colorful bunk bed would have been too busy, as I already have an emerald storage unit and a yellow door. jestcafe.com--ORC-wk3jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-3 jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-13 The kids love the bunk bed. Well, maybe love is an understatement, because they have decided to play and eat up there every single second of the day, which means an adult has to be near at all times because Max is only two and not able to make wise decisions regarding child safety.jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-9 jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-14jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-11jestcafe.com-ORC-week3-12 I got this light fixture from IKEA. It has copper, just like the details of the wallpaper and I really like it. I think it looks good with the rest of the room, don’t you think? Copper is IN!

This coming week, I will be looking for art. I want to do a gallery wall on the blue wall. Other things I need to do are:
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Here is what went on in Week 1 and Week 2 of this challenge at my place.

Here is my Instagram account in case you want to follow other details of the #oneroomchallenge. Also, any advice on how to decorate this room is welcome!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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Lavender Wreath DIY

jestcafe.com-lavender-wreath1In preparation for our Easter brunch, I tried doing a lavender wreath to use as decoration.

Difficulty (1-5): 3  Time: 45 mins  Cost: $50 (EXPENSIVE!!)

Materials:

  • Dry lavender I used 5 bunches like the one you see below. Each one of them was $9 at the Flowers Market, DTLA! Fresh lavender is even more expensive ($6 a small bunch with 6-8 flowers), so I didn’t try that.
  • 12″ wire wreath
  • Floral wire – I used 22 gauge, but other thickness would work too.
  • Wire cutter
  • Pruning scissors

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1) Choose a place to start on the metal wreath and do a little knot with your floral wire.

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2) Cut the lavender as you go. Eventually, I realized that the shortest you cut the lavender the better. I did not want branches to show, so there was no need to have long branches just using up space. 3″ of the green branches worked best for me. Here is an example:

jestcafe.com-lavender-wreath9I started with longer branches, as you can see in the picture below. That was a big mistake. They were hard to cover and my wreath had a weird shape by the end. I had to re-do the beginning of it. There is a photo of it later on this post. jestcafe.com-lavender-wreath17jestcafe.com-lavender-wreath15 3) Wrap floral wire around the branches to attach the lavender to the wire wreath. 2-3 times is enough. jestcafe.com-lavender-wreath14 jestcafe.com-lavender-wreath134) Keep on adding branches on top as you go. TIP: You don’t want the wire wreath to show. The best technique to avoid this is to spread each bunch of lavender from the inside to the outside of the wreath so they cover all the space you need to cover, as you see in the pictures below. A dry lavender wreath is NOT forgiving, and it is difficult to fix this kind of mistakes once they are done. Unlike the Holiday wreath I did a couple of months ago, it is nearly impossible to go back and “add” branches of lavender to hide the wire because lavender breaks, so, make sure you are covering everything you need to as you go. Today’s lesson is to SPREAD THE LAVENDER.jestcafe.com-lavender-wreath11 jestcafe.com-lavender-wreath105) The end of the lavender wreath is the most difficult part. Cut your branches short and stick them in there somehow. It is possible!jestcafe.com-lavender-wreath8jestcafe.com-lavender-wreath5 jestcafe.com-lavender-wreath6 OK. First I will show you my FAILED version. I added Víctor to the mix so the photo doesn’t look totally horrible. Ready? Here it is:

jestcafe.com-lavenderwreath20You see how the first branches I did are much longer than the others and they look out of place. Something similar happened to me when I did the Holiday wreath, so I had to go back, took out the floral wire, and did that section over again.

Here is the final result. I was planning to do more wreaths, but after learning how much they cost, I decided against it. At least the one I did will last for a very long time. Cute, isn’t?

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Do It Like A Blogger (And Martha) – Easter Eggs Decorations

jestcafe.com-egg-decorations3I tried three different ways of doing Easter eggs decorations this last weekend: confetti(ed), painted, and spattered. Here are my research findings.jestcafe.com-egg-decorations2jestcafe.com-easter-eggs-decoration17jestcafe.com-Easter-Eggs-decoration-tissue-paper1jestcafe.com-easter-eggs-decor2

Confetti Easter Eggs

I got the idea from this blog.

Materials:

  • Eggs (boiled, hollowed out or fake ‘decorating eggs’) – I boiled them.
  • Confetti (Combine a mixture of colors of cut-up tissue paper and cut-up gold foil paper) – I used leaf gold.
  • Mod Podge – any variety will work
  • Brush
  • Bowl

Difficulty (1-5): 1     Good for kids?  Yes    Recommend?  Yes

Instructions:

    1. Cut tissue paper into small pieces. I did little squares.
    2. Scrap the gold leaf with a knife into the bowl.
    3. Apply Mod Podge with a brush onto egg. You need to apply different quantities of Mod Podge, depending on how much confetti you want on your eggs. If you want the confetti scattered around the egg, apply on certain areas. If you want the whole egg covered, apply Mod Podge onto the entire egg.
    4. Let your child deep that egg into the bowl with confetti and move it around until covered. DONE.

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Painted and Sprayed Easter Eggs

Why nobody does the most simple way of decorating eggs? Maybe because you can’t eat paint, but you can sure admire it from a distance.

Materials:

  • Eggs (boiled, hollowed out or fake ‘decorating eggs’)- I boiled them.
  • Acrylic paint. Do NOT get metallic paint, it does not work. I tried it.
  • Gold or silver spray.
  • Glitter – if you want to do specific decorations.
  • Brush
  • Somewhere to dry the eggs. I used a metal crate.

Difficulty (1-5): 2  Good for kids? Older kids  Recommend? Yes  Cons: You can’t eat the eggs afterwards. Bummer!

Instructions:

  1. For the painted eggs, grab your brush and paint. Paint one side, then the other. KABOOM!
  2. For the sprayed eggs, grab your spray and spray. Use cardboard (or another hard material) to place your eggs when spraying. If you want to use paper, don’t put it on grass! It is too unstable.

jestcafe.com-egg-decorations5jestcafe.com-egg-decorations11jestcafe.com-egg-decorations13I bought these big plastic eggs at Target to help keep the kids entertained while I did the fancy decor. It worked for about 3 minutes. I am a genius!
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jestcafe.com-egg-decorations9 Max was not cooperating, but he was cute:jestcafe.com-easter-eggs-decor3 I sprayed a cracked egg to see if I could save it somehow. I DID!!! Don’t dismiss cracked eggs.jestcafe.com-egg-decorations15 I used gold spray and mirror effect spray. As you can see, the mirror effect spray gave the egg a marble effect:jestcafe.com-egg-decorations14 jestcafe.com-egg-decorations7 jestcafe.com-egg-decorations1 jestcafe.com-egg-decorations3 jestcafe.com-egg-decorations4jestcafe.com-egg-decorations8jestcafe.com-egg-decorations6jestcafe.com-dying-eggs-like-martha6

Spattered Eggs

I got this idea from Living.

Materials:

  • Large paper cups to fit an egg.
  • Dry grains, beans or nuts- I tried a lot of different grains/beans/nuts and liked chick peas, rice and lentils better. Don’t do quinoa or fine grains because the Easter eggs end up with almost no pattern on them.
  • Liquid food dye
  • White vinegar (optional) – I didn’t use it and it did not seem necessary to me
  • Hard-cooked eggs plain or dyed.

Difficulty (1-5): 2     Good for kids? Older kids  Recommend? Yes

Instructions:

  1. Fill each cup about one-quarter full with the dry ingredient of your choice.
  2. Add 10-15 drops of food dye. Swirl each cup until dye coats content; the mixture should be damp but not soaked.
  3. Place an egg in the cup. Gently shake and swirl cup to speckle egg.

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Hope this inspires you to do some crafts this Easter!

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Easter Brunch Inspiration

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Easter egg hunts are perfect because they include a lot of candy, children’s smiles, mimosas, and daylight partying.

All these things are right up my alley, that is why, three years ago, I decided to start hosting Easter egg hunts/brunchs in our backyard. Our house might be small (900 sq ft) but our garden is GIANT! so it is the perfect scenario for children to have fun.

This year, 50 people are coming. 25 of them are younger than 10! This affair will be loud, fun and sweet. Before you feel overwhelmed by MY to-do list (and general craziness), you need to know that I am not cooking. All guests bring food to share. I just take care of the decorations, eggs (galore!), and drinks. I know this is still a lot of work. Just hiding 1,000 eggs (yes, I wrote one thousand) can take more than one hour, but I enjoy it so much.

I have been pinning decoration ideas like crazy, and just enjoying planning the party so much. I really like to host… sometimes.

The colors of the party will be lavender and mint (not aqua, not teal, not light green… it is MINT! Why is it so hard for vendors to understand that there are words to describe colors and they should be R-E-S-P-E-C-T-E-D, or the world will turn into total chaos. Is that too difficult to get? Mint is NOT aqua, are we in the clear yet?).

After that little color rant, here are some of the photos I am using for inspiration. They are divided in 3 subjects: party décor, eggs decoration and food.

Let me know what do you think!

Easter Party Decoration

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Easter Eggs Decorations

Metal is the word!

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Gold leaf = LOVE

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These are definitely my favorites, but I don’t think I have the time to go hardcore like this with 1,000 eggs, do I?

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Food Inspiration

Flowers WILL be included on or in food items, that is for sure. Don’t really care if they are edible or not. People, just don’t eat the flowers, ok?

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Do It Like A Florist – Ariella Chezar

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When we were preparing for our flower arrangement workshop a couple of months ago, I went to Amazon and found “The Flower Workshop” book by Ariella Chezar, and I went nuts. It looked divine. (I know divine is a cheesy word, but there is only so many times you can you use words like amazing, awesome, great, and wonderful in a blog before you start to sound brainless).

I pressed the BUY IMMEDIATELY button, and then proceeded to wait next to my door for the flower bible to arrive… but days went by and nothing happened. I started to freak out and signed in to Amazon again only to find that the book was available for PRE ORDERS ONLY!! Can you believe it? Has this ever happened to you???? I felt deceived and angry, so I closed the computer, ate some candy and went on with my life.

The flower arrangement workshop we did for our friends came and went, and days later, without trumpets nor drums, a box from Amazon arrived. I opened it (…be still my heart… ) and found the best book about flower arrangements that I have ever seen in my whole entire existence. Here are a couple of pictures because this is so cute!

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Every page of this book is amazing, awesome, great, wonderful and divine!!! The only problem is that now I HAVE to replicate every single one of these arrangements, and talent is not on my side.

With this in mind, and a lot of wishful thinking, I went to the flower market in DTLA last Saturday. I took Víctor with me. Big mistake. Children and flower shopping don’t go together without a high dose of stress, so I had to hurry and buy whatever flowers looked good with the hope that I could make them work later.

Once at my place, I got some vases, a pair of clippers, and sat in our outdoor room to do arrangements all afternoon while listening to music. Dream. (This also happens to be my father’s favorite activity, so I thought a lot about him while doing this.)

The results looked nothing like what Ariella did in her book. I did not try to replicate any of her arrangements, but went with the flow and did what looked good to me. Also, I wasn’t thinking about doing a post about this, so I didn’t take photos of the whole process. If you are a blogger, you know it is nice not have to capture photos of everything you do sometimes.

At the end of the day I had three flower arrangements. The first arrangement was the one that took me the longest. Here it is:

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It turned out kind of cute. Organic, with flow, and nice colors.

Flower ingredients:

  • 4 yellow and pink dahlias.
  • 5 white and pink alstroemeria
  • 8 short yellow acacia tree
  • 1 pink snapdragon flower
  • 30 purple Astrantia flower
  • 2 White wax flower branches

Here is the second arrangement:

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For this arrangement I used:

  • 10 Cherry blossoms branches
  • 40 pink carnations

And here is the third arrangement, or, what I like to call the “leftover” arrangement, where you use any flowers you have left, and don’t worry about the consequences:

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For this arrangement I used:

  • 7 pink Snapdragons
  • 4 white wax flowers branches

Lessons learned:

-To do a full arrangement you need a LOT of flowers. Don’t underestimate the number of flowers you will need if you want to go big.

-It is very important to look at the shape of the flowers when you are buying them. Make sure you don’t only get flowers that go straight up. You need flowers or branches that fall too.

– Start with the bigger flowers that are the center of your piece.

I can’t recommend this book enough. It gives great tips, it has beautiful pictures and it is a pleasure to look at. Also, it inspired me to do all these arrangements. In little words, it made me very, very happy. The only thing I wish it had is more step by step instructions for the arrangements.

(This post is not sponsored, though I wish it were. :))

 

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