Tuesday, September 02, 2014

DIY Vintage Sign Inspired Trunk Makeover

Remember that trunk I found on the sidewalk a few weeks back? Tada! It got it's makeover.

Curbside Makeover Before and After |www.brooklynlimestone.com

My first thought was really going crazy with it by cutting it up and outfitting for a cooler etc. But as I took a closer look, I thought it would be functional just as it was - as a storage chest. The top was pretty badly damaged so it needed some repairing including glueing down the loose board and adding lots of wood putty where there were holes. I painted the whole thing with an exterior oil paint to give it the best protection from the elements as possible.

Curbside Makeover Before and After |www.brooklynlimestone.com

After painting, I was pretty happy with how it was looking but I wanted to add some personality. So I whipped up something reminiscent to a vintage sign, printed it out on letter paper and taped it all together. Then I used painters tape to adhere it to the top of the chest and traced the whole design by pressing as hard as I could onto the wood top. This tracing left a slight indentation on the top of the chest making it very easy to paint over. But since I didn't want to bother hand painting - I used a couple of permanent markers to first mark the outline and then fill in all of the lettering.  Notice - this technique requires no artistic talent whatsoever!  My favorite kind.

Transfer a Sign onto a Piece of Furniture | www.brooklynlimestone.com

A few mosquito bites and a sore hand later, the trunk was complete. This was such a fun piece to makeover - I'm so glad I made Mr. Limestone carry it home with me.

Brooklyn Outdoor Outfitters Trunk | www.brooklynlimestone.com

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Master Bedroom Update with Shutterfly

If you recall from a few months back, I had the pleasure of meeting Martha Stewart and being inspired by some of the more creative uses of Shutterfly products in d├ęcor at the home of Kevin Sharkey.  As part of the project, I received an assignment to update a bedroom with my favorite items. Inspired by our recent trip to Paris, I thought it would be a great opportunity to incorporate some new elements into our master bedroom.  I wanted these items to be uniquely personal so it was the perfect opportunity to make the most of the custom capabilities Shutterfly offers. They are currently running a promotion through 9/2 – 40% off the whole site with the code LABORDAY40! Maybe my bedroom update will inspire you to make something of your own.

Master Bedroom Makeover with Shutterfly | www.brooklynlimestone.com

I started where all bedrooms should start – the bed.  First, I hung stretched canvases– including one designed with our last name along with coordinating pieces inspired by old hotel signage.  Then I added a little collection of pillows in black and cream shades – a Swiss cross pattern, and a starburst ampersand and heart design. I finished off the pillows with two petite versions that read “goodnight sweetheart.”  Just the right amount of softness for me without being too over the top.

Master Bedroom Makeover with Shutterfly | www.brooklynlimestone.comMaster Bedroom Makeover with Shutterfly | www.brooklynlimestone.com
Master Bedroom Makeover with Shutterfly | www.brooklynlimestone.com

Then using the wood wall art and window hardware, I used the same artwork over the bed to create a small tray perfect for delivering a steaming cup of coffee.

Master Bedroom Makeover with Shutterfly | www.brooklynlimestone.com

Naturally I can’t complete any project without breaking out the power tools so I had to make something functional.  Using a larger wood wall print, wood boards, hardware and a piano hinge, I constructed a jewelry armoire that serves as art when closed and an organizer when open.

Master Bedroom Makeover with Shutterfly | www.brooklynlimestone.com

Not to be forgotten were a few finishing touches to complete the look.  A woven blanket featuring the same Swiss cross design used on the pillows is at the ready for cold nights.  Added to that, a luggage tag and length of ribbon became an easy-to-recreate do not disturb door hanger.  A photo cube designed upside down with the same patterns used in the pillows is repurposed into a vase. Finally my favorite photo from the trip in an acrylic block for the mantle.

Master Bedroom Makeover with Shutterfly | www.brooklynlimestone.comMaster Bedroom Makeover with Shutterfly | www.brooklynlimestone.com
Master Bedroom Makeover with Shutterfly | www.brooklynlimestone.comMaster Bedroom Makeover with Shutterfly | www.brooklynlimestone.com

And the perfect finishing touch: I compiled my favorite snapshots from our Paris trip in an 8x8 hard cover book. This was super simple to make because of the ready-made styles offered (more than 250 to choose from!) as well as the functionality to easily pull photos from just about anywhere into the book. I love keeping this photo book, full of happy memories of that amazing trip, next to my bed. Having this keepsake of special moments is so wonderful, and I can’t wait to reflect on our amazing trip with our little girl when she’s older.

When I unwind in the evening now, in my Parisian-inspired bedroom flipping through this photo book and admiring our new decor, I am instantly transported back to The City of Lights!

I had so much fun designing these custom pieces but now that I’m done, I can’t stop thinking of new ideas!  This could be very dangerous.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Shutterfly and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia but all of the opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, August 25, 2014

DIY Mounted Kraft Paper Roll

Chalk this project to something I would have done a long time ago if I had realized how easy it would have been.  It took no more than 10 minutes and cost less than $10.  What could be better?


  • 2 eye hooks
  • 1 wooden dowel that fits through the eye hooks
  • 12 inch roll of kraft paper (or is it craft?)
  • 2 metal washers - optional
  • 2 small screws - optional
  1. Hand screwed the the eye hooks into any wooden surface (I used the back of a door but you could easily modify this for wall mounting by using a wooden board)
  2. Measure the space between the eye hooks and cut the dowel to slightly larger length
  3. Optional: Add the washer and screw to one end of the dowel
  4. Thread the dowel into the eye hook and hang the paper roll from it
  5. Optional: Screw in the other washer + screw 

It's great for everything from lists to love notes.  Hung in a more prominent place it would make a great menu board or office to do list as well. You can easily make this smaller or larger depending upon the paper roll you are using by using larger eye hooks and a thicker dowel.

Easy right?

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