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Design Mom’s Book and Book Tour (Hey, Chicago!)

Gabrielle Blair, of Design Mom, is coming to Chicago tomorrow, for the next stop on her book tour. I’ll be helping her host a DIY session at the Lincoln Park Pottery Barn, making the You Are Special Today plates from the book. You can sign up for one of the craft spots, or just come down to meet Gabrielle and pick up a copy of her book to be signed from 6-8 o’clock!

You Are Special Today Plate DIY

The book is amazing. Here’s a little peek inside at some of my favorite parts.

Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair

Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair

Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair

Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair

I’m so glad Gabrielle’s coming to town and I hope to see a bunch of you at the event tomorrow night. If you haven’t met her before, you’re in for a treat!

Mother’s Day Crafting at Anthropologie

I’ll be hosting another crafting event at Anthropologie soon! Last time, we made wooden Valentines, and this time we’ll be hosting a craft for Mother’s Day gifts the weekend before the big day. I’ll be gathering all of the supplies, and we’ll have snacks and drinks and everything we need to create a beaded statement necklace that you can give as a present (or keep for yourself — I won’t judge).

We have limited space for the event, so be sure to RSVP to grab your spot!

Making it Lovely + Anthropologie Event

We’ve reached capacity for the event. Thanks!

DIY Striped Armoire Surprise

I spotted an armoire on Jubilee Furniture’s blog not long after Calvin had been born. I’d been looking for something to replace the storage we lost when remodeling the second floor, and this one was the perfect size. I suspected the quality may be lacking because it was priced at just $35, but it was worth taking a look at.

Armoire (Before)

Well, the drawers are wonky, two shelves have been replaced with plywood, and the left door is badly warped. It may not be in the greatest shape, but it does have great lines and it was decent enough to work with — especially since the price was right. That streaky faux-finish had to go though.

DIY Striped Painted Armoire, After

Much better! The doors are not perfectly smooth but the armoire has been moved to the hall where the light doesn’t hit it directly, and its imperfections are much less noticeable. I wanted something dark (but not black), so the color I chose was Shaded Fern by Glidden® and Brandon did the painting. But for the inside, I thought, why not have a bit of fun?

DIY Striped Painted Armoire, After

Whoa, that’s a whole lot of “fun.” Now you know why I’m calling this a Striped Armoire Surprise! Here’s how it was done. After priming the inside of the armoire, each compartment inside got a different hue. The colors used were Peach Daiquiri (pink), Extra Virgin Olive Oil (yellow), Crisp Linen White, Sea Spray (blue), Shaded Fern, French Stripe Red, and Safari Green — all Glidden® colors.

Priming the Armoire

Paint Colors and ScotchBlue Painter's Tape

I used painter’s tape (ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2080EL) along with a paper template to mark the diagonal lines on the doors. (The extra pieces you see are the ones I used for the spacing — obviously they were removed before the stripes were painted.) The drawers were painted white and then taped off horizontally with a thinner tape for variation.

Taping Off the Stripes with ScotchBlue Painter's Tape

ScotchBlue Painter's Tape

I bought a pint of each color in a satin finish, and I have plenty of paint leftover.

Red, Yellow, and Pink Paint

After three coats of paint for each of the first half of the diagonal lines, I removed the tape and let the paint dry completely (at least 24 hours) before taping off for the new stripes the next day. It was easier to use the thinner tape this time, aligning one piece to the top of each stripe and another to the bottom, rather than trying to perfectly fit one piece of thick tape along the entire length.

Taped Diagonal Lines

Removing the ScotchBlue Painter's Tape

The colors are so bright and cheery! It would be a little much for my taste to do this treatment to the outside, but I love it as a surprise when you open up the doors.

DIY Striped Painted Armoire, After

DIY Striped Armoire Surprise

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