Military Monday

I’ve fallen head over heels for the military trends that I can’t turn a corner without seeing. And of course, mixing it up with my favorite fall neutrals….Check out Altar’d State for this look! 

http://www.altardstate.com 

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Comfy Cardi’s

Layering up in cozy comfy cottons is one of the many reasons why fall is my absolute favorite! That’s why this chunky stripe chevron cardigan mixed with a pair of classic Corral boots is a must this year. Find it all at Altar’d State! 

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Fall Stripess

A recent trip to Vermont with my mom pushed my normal love for fall into high gear…as well as my need for sweaters, boots, and scarves! Coming back home to the beach has dampened my scenic fall foliage, but not my desire for cozy wear! Find all these amazing at http://www.altardstate.com

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Top: Black and White Stripes- Altar’d State 

Scarf: Tribal print- Altar’d State

Boots: Frye Lindsay- Altar’d State 

DIY: Antique Door Jewelry Display

Jewelry is an addiction no one can shake…when that’s the case its a good thing to have an antique door and some peg board laying around to hold it all! 😉 Or you can just come into your local Altar’d State to see the many beautiful ways and jewelry pieces we have to offer! Visit http://www.altardstate.com for any pieces you see in this post you must have! 

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Supplies Needed: 

-Wood Door 

-Peg Board (available at Home Depot) 

-Martha Stewart Metallic Glaze: Muscovado 

-Sponge or paint brush 

-Drill & Screws 

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-To begin, find an old wood door…luckily I had one just laying around 🙂 … Use goo-gone or some other sort of cleaner to clean your frame of dirt and debris…Mine had some spray adhesive that was a bit stubborn (thanks Norm!) but with a little elbow grease, soap and water I prevailed. 

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-Next step is to gather your peg board! Make sure to measure your parameters ahead of time so you know exactly what size you will need. My door measured 36″ W x 80″ L from edge to edge. You can purchase a 4×8′ of peg board from Home Depot for $17.90, they will also cut it down to size for you in store prior to purchase. Just to be safe I had mine cut down 35″ W x 79″ L. (I also had to cut that measurment in 1/2 so it would fit in my car, but this can be avoided if you have a truck or long bed!) 

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-Next take your peg board and lay it onto a solid, flat surface. Take your metallic glaze and sponge brush, using even strokes paint the thin glaze from side to side. (You can use a normal bristled brush, but I prefer the sponge brush so it doesn’t leave the various lines that normal brush strokes present.) Continue from the top to the bottom until your entire surface is covered. Depending on the look you are going for, apply the desired number of glaze layers ( I used only one so the white base would show through, giving my peg board variation in its color tones.) –Tip–Once dry I recommend spraying or painting a Polyurethane over your board to seal in the glaze, if not it may scratch off over time and wear.–

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-While your peg board dries, and after your door is clean cut any undesired materials from your frame. Using an exacto knife, I cut the screen from the back of the wood to give me an empty frame for my peg board. 

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-Once your peg board is dry (I recommend letting it dry overnight) keeping your door frame face down, lay your peg board onto the back of your door. Use the pre-made holes as guidelines to screw your board into your door frame. (Make sure to secure a large number of screws along the corners and edges). 

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-One your board is screwed into your door frame, prop up and display away!! –If the pegboard is too much you can always use the screen as a sunglass display!–

DIY: Make Your Own Stencil Bathroom Decor

I can never find the stencil designs I truly want…so I decided to make my own! Below is the tutorial for my Moroccan inspired bathroom decor! 

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Supplies Needed: 

-Wood boards

-Acrylic Paint

-Laminate or Clear Tape 

-Printed Patterns

-Exacto Knife 

-Sandpaper

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-To begin, start with your wood boards… I primed mine with a coat of white paint to make the colors pop! 

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-Next paint your boards your desired colors. I used a hard bristled brush to showcase the striations. 

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-While your boards are drying, find and print your desired patterns and shapes! (I used google images to find the “Endless Circle” and “Moroccan Shape” above). After your image is printed, cover the entire surface with your laminate. (You can also use clear packing tape, it can sometimes be more difficult to ensure there are not lines or bumps along your images surface.) 

 

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-After your image is fully covered, use an exacto knife to cut out your desired shapes. 

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-Use your cut shapes to trace onto your desired colored wood planks…make sure to hold onto your stencils to use again on future projects! 

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-Once your stencils are traced, use your desired color paints to fill in your newly defined lines! I used an ivory shade of acrylic paint. 

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-Although the boards are beautiful as they are, I went one step further! Using some Free online printable I found on Pinterest (Follow my boards to get the link!) I used the same steps as above to print and trace my images onto my newly painted boards. 

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-Use a light grade sandpaper to round the edges of your wood, and distress the top. Use different variations of pressure to give it a worn look…there you go! A perfect rainy day project 🙂