Monday, May 28, 2012

V Side Favorites: House of Hepworths (HOH)

Today I'm showcasing literally one of the craftiest people I've ever "met" - Allison from House of Hepworths!  
Allison takes projects that some people (like me) would try, and they would end up looking tacky or janky or just plain cheap.  
Allison has the DIY Midas Touch and can make anything look like a million bucks!
She also knows her way around a nail gun and a miter saw and isn't afraid to take on things she's never tried before.  And THAT'S inspiring.
When you're done here, hop over to her blog and check out the Before & After pictures of her dining room makeover.  Your jaw will DROP.  And she's not even done! :)
Oh, and she's totally funny, too.  
Take it away Allison!

Hey guys! I'm Allison from House of Hepworths, a Home Blog that specializes in DIY projects and renovations, crafts, and decorating.


This is my family and me. :)

I'm super excited to be guest blogging today here at On The V Side for a few reasons.
- First off, Emily had her baby which is the best news ever!
- Also, I LOVE On The V Side and am thrilled that Emily wanted me to come say "Hey!"

Today I'm going to show you how to make your own chic custom soap pump and matching knife block, but before I begin the tutorial I start by sharing a few HoH projects that have been fan favorites. You may have even seen a few of these around pinterest.

Simply click on each picture to see the full tutorial.

My most popular post ever is for making Cupcake Cones:

My How to make a super cheap curtain rod post has the 2nd most pageviews on my blog, but the How to make curtains post has the most pins on pinterest.

And finally, another hugely popular post has been a tutorial on painting perfect lines on a wall:

Now that you've gotten to know me a little better, I want to share with you today how to turn a boring soap pump and knife block into your own chic custom accessories that all your friends will be drooling over.

For the soap pump, start with a basic Dawn pump.

After you drain all the soap out of it, wash it and remove all the stickers. Using black Spray Paint for PLASTIC give it a few good coats.

To give it a shimmery look you can spray a thin mist of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint over the black. {It's okay to paint plastic with basic spray paint after it has a base coat of spray paint for plastic}.

Once your paint is dry, add a vinyl initial to your bottle.

Fill it back up with soap and enjoy your new custom soap pump.

And now for the knife block tutorial:

Remove your knives then give your knife block a nice coat of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

Tip: I like to apply Oil Rubbed Bronze, "ORB" for short, by first painting my item with basic flat black spray paint, then lightly misting the ORB on top. It saves money and also gives it a more even coat.

Once the paint is dry apply your vinyl monogram.

It's that simple. Now go enjoy your new kitchen accessories!

Congrats Emily on your new bundle of joy! We are so excited for your new addition. Enjoy your "maternity leave"! :)

(The soap pump post was initially posted here. The knife block makeover was originally posted here.)

Thanks so much Allison!  
Be sure to check out House of Hepworths - you'll be happy you did!


Monday, May 21, 2012

V Side Favorites: Just a Girl

Happy Monday Gang!  
Today I am so, SO excited to share with you one of my favorite blogs/bloggers - Chris, from Just a Girl!  
I haven't the faintest idea how I first came across Chris' blog a few years ago, but what I do know is that I was blown away by her talent and taste!  
And, if you check out her furry friend Maximus (or "Nemesis," as she refers to him) you'll see another reason why I think we're kindred spirits. :)

Hello On the V Side readers! I’m Chris from Just a Girl, and I’m pretty darn excited to be guest posting today! I just hope it’s worthy of Emily’s readers!

I recently decorated 96 square feet of shelving/storage in my craft room. I received quite a few questions about how I filled it or if I spent a log of money doing it. I’m here to let you in on my little (read: cheap) secret. I shopped the house. A lot. Here it is finished--

Ikea bookcase

And here’s what people don’t realize went into this space--

billy bookcase

Over half of what you see on those shelves didn’t look like that originally! Cool, eh? I knew I wanted the same tones throughout the shelving (since I don’t do well with cluttered looks), and the only way I could do that and not spend money is to either cover it with fabric or spray paint it.
glass jars
A little too bronze. Rub N Buff to the rescue!
Rub n buff antique gold damask storage box
Not gonna lie—had a hard time covering this one. So pretty, no?
fabric covered box
It’s pretty amazing how much money you can save if you just use a little innovation! It’ll take a little more time, perhaps, but the transformation was definitely worth the financial savings. I was able to go from this…

built in bookcase

to this with a couple cans of paint and a yard of fabric. Not. bad.

Ikea bookcases

I hope I’ve “inspired” you to shop your house before shopping the stores! It can be more fun, and it’s certainly less expensive!
Thank you, Emily, for letting me be here today!

This styling is just one small sample of what she can do.  Be sure to stop by Just a Girl and show her some love!
Thank you so much for stopping by, Chris!


Monday, May 14, 2012

V Side Favorites: My Repurposed Life

While I'm taking some time off from house projects to get to know my new little sweetie,  I'm going to be introducing you to some of the ladies behind the blogs that inspire me.  

Today you get to know Gail, from My Repurposed Life.  I came across her blog doing an image search for reupholstered dining chairs something like 4 years ago - her blog was the *first* DIY blog I had come across, and her way with power tools and ability to literally turn trash into treasure knocked my socks off.  And, she's awful nice to boot! :)

Take a look at some of the incredible stuff she has transformed!

Hi there! I’m Gail and I blog over at My Repurposed Life

Emily is a little busy taking care of The Redhead and welcoming the new Little Miss, so I’m here to help her out.
I love to  empower folks to Do It Yourself, better known as DIY.
My Repurposed Life is your daily dose of inspiration, tutorials and giveaways.
I will help you DIY on a budget, and transform second hand finds.
My specialty is repurposing unused, unwanted items into new and useful pieces of furniture or useful items.
Grab a cup of coffee, and prepare to be inspired!
One of the most popular posts of late:
I love repurposing old shutters and/or bi-fold doors.  Shutters are not that easy to find around these parts, but bi-fold doors are a dime a dozen at the curb.  For this project, I cut the bi-fold in half, then removed every other slat in order to make room to hold the magazines.
One of my recent favorites:
lingerie chest1
That poor old desk sat unwanted and unused in the basement for almost 20 years.  (sad but true)  I took it apart and stacked the one set of drawers on top of the other, added some trim on the top, and some feet on the bottom. voila! 

An all-time favorite that is really easy:
candlestick birdbath
While thrifting, I found a gynormous candlestick.  I immediately thought “birdbath”.  I love watching birds, and I always have plenty of fresh water for them.  I originally used a deep lid to a pot. The next year I went with an enamel lid.  It still sits in my flower bed from Spring through Fall.
Need some inspiration around the home? Here are my two favorites:
After living in this house nearly 35 years, I decided to change up the fireplace that I never really liked.  I don’t use the fireplace, but I certainly wasn’t going to rip it out of the house. I used some Luan to give a new fa├žade to some of the brick, while painting the rest of the fireplace with a fresh coat of white paint. I painted the firebox black. I built out a new mantel and hearth, and trimmed it all out with some small trim. I told you I DIY on a budget-I did this makeover for less than $150.00

Giani Granite
My kitchen is naturally dark with only one small window.  I painted the cabinets and replaced the hardware. I couldn’t afford to replace the floor or the counter tops, so I painted them.  I also added some board and batten for a backsplash.  Another great makeover on a very small budget. Someday, I’ll update the appliances.

I  hope I have inspired you to take on a new challenge, think outside the box, or at least save something from the landfill.
Thanks a bunch Emily for allowing me to take over your place for a day!  I wish you all the best, and I can’t wait till you’re back at it showing off your projects! (and that new precious bundle of joy)

(See, I told you she was talented AND nice!)
Thanks so much Gail for stopping by!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Best Darn Reason Not to Be Blogging....

 Hey there!  Long time no see!

I've been absent for a while, but I think I've got a pretty good (and pretty cute) reason why...
See?  Cute!

Miss CB was born May 2, on her own time, nearly a week past her due date. 
Go figure. :)

We're getting to know one another and loving every bit of it. 

So far, The Redhead thinks the new addition is pretty great.
CB and Mr. V have bonded over sleeping.
 They both snore.

  I'll still be
blogging while I'm on leave, but I know you'll forgive me if I'm not as regimented as I have been with posting. 
I'll give you photos of sweet baby goodness if you go easy on me. :)

In the meantime, I have some pretty amazing guest bloggers dropping by to share a little bit about what they do.
You won't be disappointed!