DIY: Ombré Drink Dispenser

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summer is the ideal time to sit back, kick your feet up and relax with friends and family -- making it the perfect opportunity for some outdoor entertaining.  From backyard barbecues to parties on the patio, make your summer gathering one to remember with this quick and easy drink dispenser DIY!  Plus, this project includes two of my favorite things: spray paint and cocktails.

- Krylon 'Stained Glass' Spray Paint in Soft Blue (available at your nearest Hobby Lobby!)
- Krylon 'Stained Glass' Spray Paint in Cobalt Blue
- Glass Drink Dispenser
- Painter's Tape

First, remove the spigot from the drink dispenser [it should easily unscrew from the inside], and set it aside.  With a small piece of painter's or masking tape, cover the spigot opening from the inside of the dispenser to prevent any paint from getting in.

Tip: It's important that you're working with a clean surface, so you might want to wipe down the dispenser with some glass cleaner before you start painting.  

Shake each can of spray paint for about a minute to ensure an even spray.  In a well ventilated area, start with your darkest color and spray along the bottom of the dispenser, stopping at about one-third of the way up.  With the stained glass paint, (which I was so excited to try, thanks to Krylon!) it's important to do multiple thin layers so you can achieve an even color.  You might start to feel like it's going to be too opaque after a number of coats, but I promise it will dry translucent to get that "stained glass" effect!

After a few thin layers of the cobalt blue, I then switched to the lighter, soft blue.  As I mentioned, I stopped at about one-third of the way up the dispenser so I could start creating the ombré effect. Starting at just above the cobalt blue, I repeated the process with the soft blue, stopping at about the two-third mark of the dispenser.

Once I was finished with the soft blue, I went back with a few light swipes with the cobalt blue to blend the two colors together.  This is the best way to get that perfect ombré!  You might need to go back with the soft blue as well, so that your colors are evenly blended.  Total paint time only takes about 15 minutes!  Once finished, I let the dispenser dry for about 24 hours before handling.  This is mainly due to the fact that it's been so humid and rainy in Texas, so if you're in a drier climate, it's likely safer to handle after five or six hours. When you're certain it's dry, remove the tape from the inside and replace the spigot.  Make sure it's screwed in tightly to prevent any leaks!

The final step? Fill with your favorite summer-time beverage (boozy or not!), invite your friends over, and wait for them to oooh and ahhh over your fancy new dispenser!  Cheers! 

Tip: Be sure to hand wash your dispenser after use, so that you can preserve all of your hard work! 

2016 Home Tour: Dining Room

Monday, June 13, 2016

It's been quite some time since my last home tour, and I've made a number of changes since then, so an updated tour is definitely in order.  Up first, the dining room!  I'm still not completely finished with this room, but it's coming along, and is much better & brighter (IMO) than it's previous state.  Be sure to stay tuned to see what I have planned for it!  Scroll down to shop the look and for a full source list.  Questions, comments, concerns?  I'd love to hear from you!  Enjoy! 




Full Source List: 
"Just Keep Going" Print: Ampersand Design Studio
Bar Cart: Round Top
Pineapple Wine Glasses: HomeGoods
Martini Shaker: Neiman Marcus for Target
Buffet: Round Top
Lamps: HomeGoods
Coral on Lucite: HomeGoods
Orchid: At Home (painted pot)
Books: Amazon
Mirror: HomeGoods
China Cabinet: Round Top
Blue & White China: Vintage + HomeGoods
Planter: West Elm
Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig: HomeGoods
Rug: West Elm 
Chairs: Walmart
Dining Table: Chairish
Faux Succulent: HomeGoods
Light Fixture: West Elm
Curtains: West Elm

My Paint Color

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The living room "situation" has changed since this photo was taken, so stay tuned for update posts! 
One of the questions I get the most is "What's that paint color?"

I've owned my home for six and a half years, and over those six and half years, my walls have been somewhat of a technicolor dream coat.  From 'Peacock Feather' in the master bedroom to 'Pale Shrimp' in the guest bath (which is going away this weekend, mind you...), my beloved painter, Bruno, has spent countless hours painting and re-painting my walls, color after color.  My house has a very open floor plan, as the dining room, living room and kitchen are all technically one big space, so a few years ago I thought it would be best to paint the whole house the same color for a bit more 'cohesion.'  And as someone who loves a good pop of color, settling on just one was quite the daunting task.

I finally decided that I wanted a very subtle, neutral gray, and after what seemed like countless hours of going back and forth from Home Depot and Lowe's--and basically robbing them of every paint chip they had--I landed on Martha Stewart's 'Chinchilla.'  Bruno always suggests that I go to Sherwin Williams to have my paint mixed, so there I went with chip in hand.  While they don't carry Martha Stewart's line, they were able to match the formula for me.  I took it home to 'test' and it was literally baby blue...I tried it in every room, and looked at it in every type of light.  In a panic, I rushed back to Sherwin Williams and had them adjust the formula to make it less blue.  Round two.  I came back home and tested yet another swatch, and while it still wasn't as gray as I wanted, I went with it.  NEVER DO THAT.  It doesn't cost you anything to adjust the color, so if you're not 100% happy with it, try and try again until you get exactly what you want!  However, here we are years later, and I'm still living with my blue-gray walls.  I'm not saying I hate them, I'm just saying if I had the time, money, and patience, I'd do it differently. :) Just don't come over to my house and ask, "Hey, what color blue is this?"  Because...don't.

This post is likely coming way too late, as I just discovered that Home Depot no longer carries Martha Stewart's paint collection or this color, but lucky for you, I've got the formula!  This can be taken to any paint store and they should be able to match.  Keep in mind, that you can adjust it (less blue, more blue, darker, lighter, etc...) to your heart's content!

I'll be sure to document good ol' 'Pale Shrimp' in the guest bath, before it goes the way of the rest of the house this weekend!  It's the end of a colorful era...*sigh*

Pay no mind to the fact that 'Chinchilla' is spelled wrong. 

+ Paint a test swatch in every room, and look at it throughout the day to see how it looks in different light.  Paint in natural daylight will look completely different at night.

+ Any paint store can mix any color in any finish.  If you find a color you like at Home Depot, you can take it to Lowe's and they can match it, etc...

+ Personalize your paint! If you don't love the paint out of the can, adjust it so it's perfect.  Make it lighter, darker, adjust hues, etc...Don't settle!

+ After you're finished painting, keep some extra paint--or have a small pint mixed--to have on hand for touch ups.

+ If you're going to use an old can of paint to finish a project (i.e. I have 1/3 of a gallon left of "Chinchilla" but I'll need more than that to finish my guest bathroom this weekend) Take in your old paint and have them shake it really well when you're buying more. That way, they'll both be mixed evenly. Keep in mind that different cans can sometime not match exactly. 


The State of the Blog

Monday, May 2, 2016

Tap, tap. Is this thing on?

First, I feel like I should apologize for the severe lack of posts in 2015 and the straight-up, non-existent posts in 2016, thus far!  But, after an embarrassing six-month hiatus from my beloved SP&C, like Britney, I'm baaaaack! I've never been one to discuss my "day job" on the blog or on social media, and that will continue to be the case, but I feel like I at least owe you somewhat of an explanation for the record-screeching, mic dropping exodus from the blog as of late!

In January of 2015 I started a new position.  I knew full and well going into my new role that the blog and TV segments would have to temporarily be put on the back burner so I that I could give my full attention and dedication to the challenge set before me.  However, I didn't realize just how much I would be challenged--and how time-consuming it would be! From planning, coordinating and executing over 200 events ranging from 10-person meetings with foreign dignitaries to 400+ person parties on the lawn, time for the blog (or anything else, for that matter!) was few and far between. I kept telling myself, "I'll pick it up back up when things slow down."

While things still haven't slowed down, I've finally gotten to a place where I feel as though I can have a (very) full-time job and a blog...and even a personal life, who knew?!  A lot has happened since I've been gone, and lots is ABOUT to happen -- so that means there's lots to blog about!

Over the past few months, I've quickly jotted down post ideas in my phone but if you have any suggestions or posts that you'd like to see, please, please share them in the comments below or shoot me an email!

Whew! All this blogging has made thirsty.  I think I'm going to go pour myself a tall glass of Sauvignon Blanc and toast to the "rejuvenation" of SP&C!

OH! One more thing...and you might want to sit down for this one.  Now that I'm back, I feel like I should be honest with you. I've been lying for almost six years.  I hate Chardonnay.  Like...hate it. When I started the blog in November of 2009, I was just a wee-wine drinker, and my palate was far from developed. But as the years have gone by, my taste in wine has changed--for the better--now, it's Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio all the way.  However, I think that we can all agree that "Spray Paint & Sauvignon Blanc" just doesn't have the same ring to it.


Gap x Darby Smart Gift Wrapping Set

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The tree is trimmed, the stockings are hung, and you've been humming Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" since you put away the Thanksgiving leftovers.  And while it is the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be one of the most stressful.  Let's face it, there's not enough eggnog in the world that can help get you through that To-Do list, and the last thing you need to worry about is how you're going to wrap that tower of gifts that's been piling up in the spare bedroom.  Enter: Gap + Darby Smart Gift Wrapping Set!

To me, Gap represents style, accessibility, and ease and we all know that Darby Smart is my go-to spot for easy and chic DIYs!  The pairing of the two brands is the perfect marriage, and their collaborative kit is sure to impress anyone on your list--and make you feel like you've just won Christmas.

The set includes: bakers twine, silver glitter washi tape, a silver metallic pen, three wooden gift tags, black and white Darby Smart designer gift tags, and a roll of kraft wrapping paper (12in. x 7ft.)

To wrap the 'Just Labs' desk calendar that I get my dad every. single. year [don't worry, I've gotten him so many, that we're way past the element of surprise], I used the silver pen and drew little snowflakes on the kraft paper.  I don't claim to be an artist, so don't judge! But hey, no two snowflakes are alike, right?  To tape up my gift, I used the silver glitter washi tape and then tied it off with the red and white bakers twine.  I adore the little wooden tags and couldn't resist an opportunity to use my trusty ol' wood burner. You can snag a wood burner here, if you don't already have one in your crafting arsenal.  Bottle brush trees are one of my favorites around Christmas time, so I hot-glued a teeny tiny one to the twine as a final touch.  To give it a little extra shine, I used the silver metallic pen on the bristles so it looks like snow.  Ta-da!!!    

To snag a gift wrapping set for your own little workshop, head to your nearest Gap store, as they're launching today! If you're not close to a Gap, you can still pick up a set here.  And if you're feeling a little uninspired after all of the holiday hu-bub, head on over to Darby Smart for some quick and easy ideas on how to utilize your set.  And once you've wrapped the cutest little gift this side of the North Pole, be sure to share your idea here!

And if you don't have any gifts to wrap yet, I've designed some Darby Smart kits of my own that make awesome gifts...if I do say so ma'self ;)  Check out my stamped spoons, and ring dishes here.

Top Ten No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Earlier this week I was back at FOX 7's Good Day Austin to share this year's no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas. This annual segment has easily become my favorite because pumpkins prove themselves year after year to be the perfect canvas for any project--especially faux pumpkins! Whether it's paint, sequins, gild or glitter, the options are endless when it comes to no-carve decorating.  Click the video to find out my favorite ways to dress them up, and read below for full tutorials on each project featured!

Paint Pens
As I mentioned in the segment, "paint pens are your best friends!"  The options are really endless when it comes to paint pens, as they're great for embellishing literally anything.  This tribal design was inspired by the very talented Kara of A Kailo Chic Life. She has a ton of great Halloween entertaining ideas!

Chalky Paint Pumpkin
Last year I shared my Chalkboard Paint Pumpkin DIY, but this year's pumpkin is a little more muted using Krylon's Chalky Finish Paint in Misty Gray.  For the tribal design, I just used a trusty white paint pen, and voila!

Marbleized Pumpkin
Next to the Hobnail Milk Glass Pumpkin, this is another favorite way to decorate pumpkins!  First, I spray painted this pumpkin white, let it completely dry, and then went back over it with Krylon's Marbelizing Spray in Black Lava.  As I also mentioned in the segment, this paint takes a bit of getting used to, but it's super fun to play with and creates an awesome effect on your pumpkin.  I can't wait to try it out on other projects!

Hobnail Milk Glass Pumpkin
This one definitely is favorite for this year!!! I shared the full tutorial earlier this week, so be sure to check it out here.

Place Settings
Spray painted pumpkins or gourds are the perfect addition to any fall tablescape, and can also serve as favors for your guests to take home.  Check out my full tutorial from last Thanksgiving here.

Pumpkin Drink Dispenser
Just like my favored Watermelon Drink Dispenser from last summer, a pumpkin can serve the same purpose!  If you don't have a spigot for your pumpkin, fear not!  Simply take the bag out of a box of wine, and place it in your pumpkin! Plus, the bag keeps your wine or cocktail pumpkin-free.  Because let's face it, actual pumpkins don't taste like that PSL that you know and love...You can read the tutorial here.

Bat Pumpkins
I'm obsessed with this little guy!  Even though he looks pretty ticked off, he's just so cute!  While I used scrap book paper and a hot glue gun, here's a tutorial that's a little more 'kid-friendly' for your little ones! Oh! And while you can't very well tell in this photo, his little eyes glow in the dark, thanks to Krylon's Glowz spray paint! Spooooooky! 

And in case you missed some of my favorite no-carve ideas from last year, be sure to check them out at the links below!

Studded Pumpkin
See the full tutorial here.

Sequined Pumpkin
See the full tutorial here.

Duct Tape Pumpkin
See the full tutorial here.

Happy pumpkin decorating!!!

DIY: Hobnail Milk Glass Pumpkin

Monday, October 26, 2015

For years I've collected milk glass, particularly hobnail milk glass, so this year I decided to try my hand at creating a hobnail pumpkin!  Admittedly, once I started on the one million tiny dots, I thought to myself, "I've made a huge mistake!," thinking that I would never finish.  However, once I got in a rhythm, I finished this little DIY in less than 30 minutes, and I couldn't be happier with the outcome.  Read below to find out how you can recreate this vintage inspired pumpkin to add to your fall decor.
- Faux Pumpkin 
- Krylon Short Cuts Spray Paint [Gloss White]
- Tulip PUFFY Dimensional Fabric Paint [White]

In a well ventilated area, using Krylon's extremely easy to handle Short Cuts spray paint, paint your pumpkin a high gloss white.  I'm obsessed with these smaller cans, as they're perfect for small projects like this, and for some reason I almost feel like they have better coverage.  Dependent upon the color of your faux pumpkin, you might need two to three coats.  Make sure to let your pumpkin dry between coats to avoid drips.

After your pumpkin has completely dried, pick it up by the stem to move it to a work area.  I made sure to have some actual hobnail glass nearby so that I could properly mimic the pattern of the dots.  Using fabric paint, which has the perfect teeny-tiny tip for this project, I just started down the middle of the first 'panel.'  Once I had one vertical row of dots, I started filling them in on either side, until I completed one full panel.  While this definitely looks daunting, I promise this goes much quicker once you get the hang of it!

Once you've completed one panel, move on to the next.  It's important to hold your pumpkin by the stem, and be mindful that fabric paint takes an extra long time to dry.  But fear not, if you smudge anything, you can easily wipe off any mess-ups with a Q-tip and do it again.

I let my pumpkin dry for a full 24 hours before picking it up to ensure that all of the little dots had completely dried.  If you notice that the stem has paint rubbed off from handling, simply just go back with a small paint brush and white acrylic paint to touch it up.

Check out my live tutorial on KXAN's Studio512 by clicking the video below!