Update All Your Picture Frames for A Few Bucks

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

When we moved into the new house and were putting all of our art up on the walls, I was all of a sudden totally underwhelmed with what we had. I mean, I love all of the actual art but the frames were so sad and busted looking I was just bummed out. Those frames have been with us for cross-country moves, multiple apartments, and a zillion rearrangements. I really wanted to chuck them all and start fresh but that seemed 1) wasteful and 2) expensive. Frames are expensive, right?! I also didn’t want to get into the whole spray paint thing, because I’ve gone down that road with picture frames and it’s just a mess. So I thought and thought and eventually came up with this little fix: vinyl. Or even contact paper! Anything with a nice finish and a sticky back will do it. Here’s how to update your own frames for just a few bucks.

Materials

  • old picture frame
  • adhesive vinyl or contact paper — I used this one
  • scissors
  • X-Acto knife

Make Time: 20 Minutes Per Frame

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Start by cutting a piece of vinyl slightly longer than the long side of your frame. Make it wide enough to wrap from the inside front to the inside back of the frame. Smooth it down on the frame and be sure to get rid of any bubbles.

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Slice the edges with the X-Acto knife so that they wrap toward the inside of the frame and cover it completely. Then wrap the other side around the back. Cut away the excess from the ends. Repeat the process on the opposite side.

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Keep covering until all four sides are covered. Just carefully cut away excess with the X-Acto knife. When all four sides are covered, make a diagonal slice at each corner and peel away the excess of one layer of vinyl. This will just create a nice, neat corner and give the illusion that it’s an actual frame.

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Smooth it all down one more time and put your picture or art in it! BLAM — new picture frames for everyone! I did this to about 5 or 6 frames and it made all the difference in the world. Just find some great vinyl or contact paper and go to town. And isn’t that little Hooray print so cute? It’s actually the card that you get in the mail if you’re signed up for Anthropologie’s birthday list. I’m all about multipurposing! xoxo

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

Gold Photo Frame DIY

DIY Painted Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

I had an itch recently to put together a quick little project for the tiny dude’s nursery — I wanted something fun to hang on his crib that wouldn’t get in the way or be a danger. I came across this chambray denim paint and was totally curious! He has a chambray crib skirt so I was like, “Let’s party, denim paint.” And this little banner was born.

Materials

  • denim paint (keep reading for sources!)
  • plain canvas fabric
  • letter stickers
  • paintbrush
  • painters tape
  • wooden dowel
  • glue gun
  • baker’s twine
  • scissors

Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)

Head to Michaels and pick up all your supplies! Right now they have a new section called Make Market with tons of fun supplies — that’s where you can find the denim paint. Start by cutting a banner shape from your canvas.

Next, apply letter stickers to spell out something fun! I tried to find a phrase that was sweet enough for little guy’s room but still had a little bit of attitude… Because duh. Tape a square around your words with painter’s tape.

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

Next, fill in the square with the denim paint. Be careful that your letters are firmly adhered to the canvas so that no paint seeps underneath.

DIY Chambray Banner

Peel away the stickers and the tape. If you find that your fabric has puckered around the paint, give it a quick pass with a hot iron on the unpainted side.

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

Fold the top of the banner over on itself and secure with a line of hot glue. Be sure to leave a hole large enough to fit your wooden dowel.

DIY Chambray Banner

Insert the dowel and tie the baker’s twine to either end. Hang it and love it! I’m kind of newly obsessed with the idea of denim paint, especially in this chambray shade. I’m off to paint everything that’s not nailed down!

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

DIY Chambray Banner

Be sure to check out what all the other Michaels Makers are whipping up this month — links are below! Happy Monday, lovelies. xoxo


This Week

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Oh my dears! I’m officially back, after so many lovely and incredible guest posters have been holding down the fort for the last few weeks. Didn’t you seriously love having them and seeing everybody’s talents on display? I’m so grateful to each of them, and I’m also so happy to be back full time!

This was one of those weeks, guys. Last weekend we took a little road trip with the babe down to LA and it was wonderful. Then we came back to reality and loads and loads of work and I got a little overwhelmed, I won’t lie. That, coupled with a few little medical issues Henry is having (nothing major, but I’ll fill ya in soon!) has me feeling like I bit off more than I can chew these days. I just keep telling myself to do one thing at a time and that it’s all gonna be okay. But yikes I’m literally writing this as Henry is waking up early from yet another nap and I’m pretty sure my head is going to explode.

It’s a good thing he’s so cute.

Anyway, enough of my sob story! I’m truly so happy to be juggling this work thing with this baby thing and I know that I’ll find a groove. I won’t find it this week. But it’s out there, waiting for me to figure it out. I just know it. Right?!? Somebody agree with me. Oh, and have a beautiful weekend! xoxo

Post-Baby Dates

Post Baby Date Style

Post Baby Date Style

Now that we’re getting a handle on having baby Henry around, Mr. Lovely and I are doing our best to get out on our own for little dates here and there. We snuck out recently just to grab a cup of tea downtown. I’m not gonna lie, I miss the little guy when we are gone but it also feels so good to have some grownup time and put on makeup and real clothes and shoes with an actual heel. And speaking of heels, my previously swollen preggo feet are so happy to be back in their normal size. To celebrate, I snagged a pair of wedges from the Christian Siriano for Payless from Payless Shoe Source and wore them out to tea time with the husb.

Post Baby Date Style

Post Baby Date Style

Post Baby Date Style

Did you guys watch Project Runway the season that Christian was on? I was obsessed with him. He was constantly my fave, and now I’m pretty pumped (get it?) that he has a line of shoes and bags that you can get for a song! I’m loving all of the pieces — they feel so current and cool but still like something you could wear every day with a whole slew of different looks. The whole line is totally affordable but looks expensive and pretty chic, which you know I love.

Post Baby Date Style

Post Baby Date Style

So we grabbed some tea (Mr. Lovely got boba! I was sorely tempted but I wanted to cozy up to something hot.) and wandered around downtown for a while. There’s this great big ivy wall so we snapped some photos, obviously. Is it weird that that’s what we like to do on dates? Wander around and take photos? I don’t care, I love it anyway. And you’ll be happy to know that even with all the wandering, the wedges kept my feet plenty comfy.

Post Baby Date Style

If your shoe game needs a little boost, be sure to check out Christian’s line at Payless. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube for more stylish inspo. Now. Where should we go on our next post-baby date?! xoxo

Post Baby Date Style

Post Baby Date Style

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PAYLESS CHRISTIAN SIRIANO. The opinions and text are all mine.

Munchkin Milestone // We Like Bathtime

Baby Bath Time Tips

I’m not gonna lie — our first couple of cracks at giving Henry a bath were laughable. He was screaming, we were frantically trying to clean him, and it was like trying to wrangle a squirmy, slippery little animal. An animal who was none too happy to be naked and wet. Looking back, we were totally clueless about what we needed and what would make bathtime easier for us and enjoyable (or at least not terrifying) for the little dude. I’m happy to report, though, that we got smart and figured a few things out. And we have reached the milestone where Henry actually likes taking a bath. It took a few tries, but we got there and now I actually love it too. I mean, what’s cuter than a baby in a tub?!

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We realized that the actual baby tub makes all the difference in the world. We started using this little tub from Munchkin, and he fits perfectly in there. It also has a little reservoir on the bottom where water can collect to keep him warm but it won’t overflow. Brilliant. (Side note: How about that mint green tile, huh? That’s what you get for living in a house from the 1950’s.)

The first few times we were also scrambling around with washcloths and soap and there was nowhere to set anything. Now we have a little bath caddy where we keep soap, extra cloths, his little hair shampoo-er thingy, and a few little odds and ends. It’s so much easier to have everything there at the ready.

Baby Bath Time Tips

Another necessity? A cushy kneeler. Oh my gosh. The first few baths were spent awkwardly bent over or kneeling on wadded up towels. The kneeler makes it easier to stay down there for a while so you don’t have to rush through bathtime because your knees are gonna break.

Baby Bath Time Tips

We also eventually realized that Henry didn’t like bathtime because it was kinda cold. You can’t really submerge a little one in water, so now we put a warm washcloth over his tummy and pour warm water over it with a rinser to keep him toasty. (No, that washcloth was not placed there for modesty purposes. Although that was a bonus.) That little discovery was I think the key to get him to calm down enough to enjoy a little tub time. Side note — a rinser is also perfect for washing baby hair without having to hang the kid upside down. This one is nice and soft, too, just in case you bonk baby in the head… Not saying I’ve done that or anything.

Baby Bath Time Tips

Baby Bath Time Tips

All in all, we’re feeling pretty pumped that bathtime doesn’t involve a screaming baby any more. And now that we’re trying to get some bedtime routines happening, the bath is a crucial part of it. If you have little ones and have any other brilliant bathtime tips, I’m all ears! xoxo

Baby Bath Time Tips

This post is sponsored by Munchkin. All opinions and ideas are my very own! Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking. Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun. You can find Munchkin products at Munchkin.comTargetBabies’R’UsWalmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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Bottoms Up // Spicy Lover Margarita

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Leah of Freutcake. Here she is!

Spicy Lover Margarita

Spicy Lover Margarita

Hi friends! Leah here from Freutcake and I’m honored to be here sharing one of my favorite cocktails with you while Chelsea while she spends some time with her littlest Valentine. Whether you’re planning a galentine’s day celebration or a cozy night in for two, I’ve got the perfect cocktail to spice up your night and get you in the mood for love.

Meet the Spicy Lover. The perfect fresh muddled blueberry margarita infused with spicy jalapeno
tequila and rimmed with pop rocks. This spicy baby packs a punch and is certainly fun to drink! The secret to getting those pop rocks to stick? It’s honey, baby! Dip your cocktail glass rims in just a bit o’ honey then into your favorite flavor of Pop Rocks. Personally, I like strawberry or watermelon for this recipe but you can get creative. Or, offer friends all sorts of flavors to chose from! You’ll feel like a kid again in no time…minus the tequila of course. Cheers to a spicy Valentine’s Day!

Spicy Lover (Makes One Cocktail)

1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1 ounce fresh lime juice
4 ounces reposado or añejo tequila
1 1/2 ounces pomegranate grenadine
ice
honey or agave nectar for rimming the glass
Pop Rocks candy for rimming the glass
additional blueberries for garnish, optional

Spicy Lover Margarita

Spicy Lover Margarita

Directions:
1. In a jar combine tequila and one jalapeno sliced in half lengthwise. Allow to sit tightly sealed overnight.
2. Strain out jalapeno before using.
3. Dip the rim of your cocktail glass in honey then in Pop Rocks.
4. In a cocktail shaker muddle the blueberries and lime juice until the blueberries are broken up.
5. Add the tequila and grenadine and a handful of ice to the shaker.
6. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds, and then strain into the prepared glasses. Top with more
ice and a skewer of fresh blueberries if desired. Enjoy!

Spicy Lover Margarita

Spicy Lover Margarita

Thanks Leah! For more gorgeous cocktails, delish recipes, and entertaining inspiration, head over to Freutcake.

DIY Emoji Coasters

While we’re getting used to being parents, I’ve invited a few of my darling blog pals to stop by and share a post or two with you! I’m so grateful for the awesome folks who have been helping out, and today we get to hear from Aileen of At Home In Love. Here she is!

DIY Emoji Coasters

Hi guys! Aileen here from At Home in Love. I’m kind of obsessed with emoji, so it was only a matter of time until I brought some off my phone and into my house. I put this project together with Valentine’s Day in mind, but let’s be honest, these guys would make a fun gift any time of the year!

Materials

  • blank cork coasters (these are from IKEA)
  • acrylic paint
  • varnish
  • paintbrushes
  • paper
  • scissors

Start by making a template for your favorite emoji faces. I don’t have a printer, so I traced the coasters and sketched the faces by hand…but you could make this part way easier on yourself by simply printing the emoji faces. Make sure to size them to the size of your coasters.

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Next, paint the coasters yellow, including the edges. While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, cut out your emoji templates. This is the part that takes the longest, but it’s worth taking the time to do it right. Plus, once you have the template made you could crank out a whole bunch of these coasters to give away!

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Once your templates are done and the yellow paint is dry, place each template over a coaster and paint in the details.

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DIY Emoji Coasters

Wait for all the paint to dry, then give your coasters a coat of varnish. This will give them a shiny, finished look, and protect the acrylic paint from coming up with water.

DIY Emoji Coasters

Once the varnish has dried, your coasters are ready to use! For Valentine’s Day, I think it would be fun to tie a set of these together with a card that reads, “I’ve got heart eyes for you.” Or maybe you could deliver breakfast in bed, and under the mug of coffee would be a coaster with the kissy face emoji! Cute, right? I might just do it…

DIY Emoji Coasters

Thanks Aileen! For more cute DIYs, fun adventures, and inspiration, head over to At Home In Love.