Another DIY: How to Ombré A Dresser

Those sleepless/uncomfortable nights during this pregnancy meant lots of time on Pinterest. Instead of just pinning away and collecting photos of projects I’ll never do, I actually did a few things that I never imagined possible.

I debated for a long time whether or not to paint these dressers from Ikea once we decided to use them in the nursery. Both nurseries have white cribs and dressers because I didn’t like any of the wood options and black seemed too harsh for a girl’s room. This meant two similar looking rooms and the oppertunity to go a little more creative to try and make each unique.  I love the ombré painted furniture that’s so popular right now, and that look just seemed perfect in this room since I went big on color whereas my first daughter’s room has splashes here and there. Why not I figured?! The very worst thing that could happen is I’d just paint it white again.

It’s so easy and fast. Here’s what I did.

These are the dressers we used from Ikea which were originally intended to be nightstands for our room but turned out to be way too big. Because one was already put together when we discovered how massive they looked, I decided to re-purpose them in the new nursery instead of taking them back to Ikea to fight for a store credit. Harper’s dresser is never enough storage it seems and we already have these mostly filled so I’m glad this is what we went with instead of one smaller dresser.

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Here they are before the paint, just plain ol dressers. I went to Guiry’s and paid a few bucks for 3 of each color in sample sizes (pictured on the dresser) which was just enough to cover the drawers with 2 coats. Not shown is the priming step where I used this primer that we also used to stain our nightstands.

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Here are the colors I used. For the ombré look you just take any 3 colors in a row from a color swatch which will give you that progressive look. It’s that easy.

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I thought at first it was going to look too dark, but I love it. The darkest color is what’s used in the room for the curtains and accessories, so that’s what I matched to. More photos of the nursery to come (I’m thisclose to being done!!)

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I got the crystal pulls from Hobby Lobby which were $4 each and 50% off (I needed 12.) I didn’t want to add any more color so I think it worked out perfect.

How to Make Glitter Pumpkins

Seeing all of the pretty fall decorations on Pinterest inspired me to make glitter pumpkins for my fall mantle I put together every year at this time. It turned out to be so easy and I love the touch of sparkle they add to an otherwise dull palette. Here’s how I did it.

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All you need is craft glue, a brush, ultra fine glitter, and ‘funkins’ which is what the plastic kind is actually called. I found it all at Hobby Lobby.

Use the brush to spread the glue on the pumpkin then sprinkle on a good amount of glitter to really coat it. Do it over a paper towel so when you’re done with each one you can fold the paper towel and dump the excess glitter back into the jar. The final step I didn’t show was painting the tip of the pumpkin stem black. Not a must but I had the paint sitting around and thought it would add some pop.

It took no time at all and wasn’t the mess I thought it would be.

There are so many ways to display them, but I wanted them on or in something to contain any glitter fall-out. I put two of them on pine cones in large vases and the others on top of a baking dish I turned upside down. I like the varying heights in the display so it’s perfect.

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Be brave and try a little DIY for holiday decor. It’s not as hard as you’d think.

Makeup Before and After: Liner and Lips

How adorable is this ‘girl next door’ bridesmaid whose makeup I got to do recently for a wedding? On girls like this who are so naturally beautiful to begin with, I really like to do a more casual, unstructured look that flatters without looking heavy. Could you imagine if I drew a big swoopy cat eye on her? Or did something really smokey? It just wouldn’t work. Filling in her brows, evening out her skin out, and adding some bronzer made a big difference, but her sparkly blue eyes and full lips were definitely the focal point.. Here’s what I used to make them front and center.

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My pencil liners have been getting a lot more use than the gel ones I’ve always carried in my kit because of the unstructured look they give. Laura Mercier’s long wearing pencils glide on so smoothly and wear as long as any gel. Typically a pencil this soft is the first to smudge, but this formula is as close to perfect as it gets. For this look, I used Noir (black) on her top lash line and Slate (charcoal) to line below. Using grey to line under her eyes looks less harsh than using just black all the way around.  Try it using a violet, blue, or ivy liner- just use a black liner on your top lid, then any color along the bottom. It’s a modern and easy way to wear colored eye liners and a fun departure from ho-hum black.

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Laura Mercier longwear crème eye pencils

Since she didn’t like the heavy look of lipstick, I lined her lips in a neutral pink and used Jouer Lip Sheer SPF 15 in Santorini over top. It’s a perfect, universally flattering pink that’s lightweight and moisturizing. You can use them solo (as I typically do since I use mine all the time in place of lip balm) or with a liner to deepen the color if you’d like. Either way, you’ll love how soothing they are, and their casual color that works for any occasion or no occasion at all.

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Jouer Lip Sheer SPF 15

My Feature in Denver’s Reign Magazine

On stands now is the fall issue of Reign, Denver’s it-mag for all things fashionable and fun around town. They were lovely enough to feature me in ‘Bag Ladies’ showing what exactly I keep in my purse. You’ll see that the makeup I carry with me is pretty well edited down to the basics these days. Click HERE to read the mag online or check it out in print- here in Denver you’ll find it at King Soopers, Barnes & Noble, Tattered Cover, and Target stores.

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Tweezerman Tweezers: Free Sharpening For Life

I was reminded recently how much I love my Tweezerman tweezers. 2 of mine were dull so I filled out their online form and shipped them to the company for a free sharpening- a service they provide for the life of your tool. You pay for shipping to them (it was under $5) and then they provide the shipping cost to return your like-new tweezers back a few weeks later. It’s a great deal when you think about how you’ll only buy tweezers once, not to mention they’re the best quality around.

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At-Home Hair Using Radiance Colorgloss Semi-Permanent Hair Color

With the careful help of a stylist friend Carrie, I did my first DIY hair coloring. Well, it wasn’t really a coloring as much as a glossy brass-out since my blonde goes way gold sometimes within weeks of highlights. Initially I got something at Sally’s that was a no-go. Helped by some very young and very confident girl last week, I came home with a toner and a 20 volume which Carrie warned against using since it was way too strong and would’ve probably done something crazy that I didn’t understand because I don’t speak hair color. Second time was the charm.

I bought this Radiance Colorgloss Semi-Permanent Hair Color ($6) in 10 N, a neutral blonde that wouldn’t be too ashy or gold along with the developer that goes with it. It doesn’t lift, it just adds a glossy sort of ‘topcoat’ to the hair along with a hint of subtle color. I mixed equal parts of each and left it on for 20 minutes as indicated. At first I didn’t think it did anything, but then when I dried my hair I could see that my dark roots were less noticeable and looked more blended. It did cut the brass, but it deepened my base a little which Carrie said would lighten in a few washes (especially with the help of my purple shampoo.)

Since I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to this sort of thing, Colorgloss is a perfect treatment in between hair visits just to keep roots at a minimum and the brass at bay. I would try for a lighter shade next time, but the color wasn’t a deal breaker for me and I’d use it again if it’s the lightest option.

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