Life Love Larson: March 2012


Thursday, March 29, 2012

DIY Silhouette Plates

I have had these plates done for several months and never blogged about them.  I recently hung them in Kate’s room and am finally getting around to sharing!
I had a large wall to fill in Kate’s old room (the pink walls) and wanted something that would make a statement but wouldn’t cost a lot of money.  And, I like for every room to have handmade touches.  These same plates worked perfectly in her new room (blue/grey walls).
White plates (any size you desire) (I purchased all of mine for less than $1 each at thrift stores)
Scrapbook paper (or wall paper or gift wrap, etc)
Black cardstock
Mod Podge
Plate Hangers
Simply cut your scrapbook paper to fit the inside of the plate.  Apply a thin layer of MP to the plate and adhere the paper.  Wait for this to dry before adding another coat of MP over the top of the paper.  It is important to let dry or you will have bumps!
Next, head to your computer and find whatever silhouette images you are looking for.  In our case, I chose a bird, a girl swinging, a bunny (our daughter’s nickname), a butterfly, and a ballerina.  Print the image out on plain white paper and cut out the image.  Here is a photo of the bunny cut from regular old printer paper.
You will then want to trace this image onto black cardstock using a white crayon or chalk or whatever you have on hand to trace.  I chose to trace my images onto the cardstock reversed so the front side would not have any marks.  Then cut out the image from the cardstock.  The silhouette process is a little tedious, but don’t be scared off!  This swinging girl and the ballerina had more details so they took a little more time.  The bunny was pretty straight forward.
Once your scrapbook paper has dried, you can adhere the silhouette with a layer a MP as well.  That’s it, you’re done!
Now, let’s hang these on the wall.  I purchased these plate hangers at Hobby Lobby, but have also seen them at Walmart and other retail stores.  They run about $1-$3 depending on what size you need.  I needed four of the 8”-11”, and one of the smaller version (the bird plate is smaller).
You simply hammer a nail in the spot you want to hang the plate, insert the plate into the holder, and set on the nail.  Super easy!  I wanted a bit of a random look and put them on a small wall next to her closet doors.
I think these are fun and whimsical for a little girl’s room.  They are personalized and add a bit of character to the space.  Who doesn’t love a silhouette?  The possibilities of different color/silhouette combinations are endless!
You can check out the original inspiration via this blog post from Danielle Oakey Interiors.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Painted Pink Headboard

Kate was transitioning to a twin bed several months ago, and I was on the lookout for an inexpensive headboard.  My friend knew I was on the hunt and found one at Goodwill.  Price tag: $10.  Please, and thank you!

In San Antonio, Kate’s room was painted pink, so I decided to leave the bed white.  It was already a little distressed and that didn’t bother me, so I kept it as it was.  This is a picture I took right after it was purchased.


In this current house, Kate’s room is a very light blue/grey.  The headboard was getting lost up against the light walls, and I wanted to incorporate more pink, so I decided on Zany Pink by Sherwin Williams.  It is a mix of coral and pink. 


Paint Tip:
Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore sell samples of their paint in quart size containers.  I recommend this if you are doing a small job, but think you will need more paint than the sample sizes that Lowe’s and Home Depot offer.  For a few more dollars, you get a lot more paint. 

I ended up going with a Sherwin Williams color because I wanted the larger sample and I wanted a satin finish.  Benjamin Moore samples only come in flat.  Make sure you look for these differences when choosing a paint sample.  Lowe’s sells satin samples and Home Depot sells flat samples.  If you get a sample from Home Depot in flat, you decide you like it and order a gallon in eggshell or satin, the color will look slightly different!  Be careful of your sheens!  

Go bold or go home, right?!


I washed it up really well, sanded down a few areas, and painted 3 coats.  I used a small sponge roller on the flat surface and a small brush to touch up the details.  It is such a small surface area that it took no time at all.  Kate said “Wow, my very own pink bed!” and I knew I made the right decision!



Cost of thrifted headboard + quart of paint = $17.00!

I still have a few more projects to share from her room.  You can see previous posts on her Pom Cluster here and Thrifted Chair Makeover here.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Pendants

We ended up choosing industrial looking pendant lights for above the kitchen island.  The minute my hubby installed them, I knew they were right for the space and for our taste. 

They are casual, stylish, and bring some depth to the space.  I know that they are classic enough that I will not get sick of them and they work well with the stools we chose.  They don’t put off a lot of light, so I use them at night with our under cabinet lighting and they give off a nice, soft glow.




The bottom of the fixtures are open and the light bulbs can be seen if you look up inside, so we chose a vintage style light bulb.  If you have a glass fixture or any light fixture in which the bulb is exposed, you might look into these vintage style bulbs.  They can be purchased at Lowe’s or Home Depot and make a big difference for a small upgrade in cost.


What do you think of the pendants? 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Interior Painted Front Door

I always say that my sister and I are “do-ers” when it comes to changing things up in our homes.  Once we get an idea, we run it by each other, and go for it, usually in that day!  The decision for my sister to paint her interior front door a high gloss black happened that same way. 

Sarah:  “I am kind of over my front entryway.  It is underwhelming me.  What do you think about painting the inside of the door black?”

Me:  “Oooooh, I love that idea!  I love the look of an interior painted door.  It provides so much drama and it is unexpected.”

Sarah:  “Yes, I don’t think it will look too dark either since I get so much natural light on either side of the door.”

Me:  “Make sure you choose a high gloss black paint so the sheen stands up to the other high gloss trim in your house.”

And, the next day, the door was painted!  I got to see it in person over the weekend, and I absolutely love it!  What a difference a little paint makes!


Here is a before shot of the door:


Note: high gloss paint is very thick and sticky and it takes several hours to dry in between coats.  The result is worth it though! 



I now have visions of an interior painted door off my garage that leads into the mudroom. 

Have you painted an interior door or will you now?

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Twice Baked Potato Side Dish

I made a great side dish the other night that I wanted to share.  A little twist on mashed potatoes, this was creamy and delicious!!!  You can find the original recipe at

I halved the recipe and changed it up a bit.  Here is the version I made:

3 lbs. potatoes
4 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1.5 cups cheddar cheese
salt/pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel potatoes, cut into small chunks, and boil until tender, about 20 minutes.  Return to pan and mash.  Add remaining ingredients and stir, leaving 1/2 cup cheese aside.  Spray dish with cooking oil and add potatoes.  Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake for about 30 minutes, or until dish is heated through.

I served with pork chops!


I think the cream cheese is the secret ingredient (of course)!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pom Cluster

Kate’s room is coming together and I wanted to start sharing a few things I have been doing with it.  I keep seeing images of large pom clusters on Pinterest and knew I wanted to put one in one corner of Kate’s room.  Last week, I finally got all of the pieces of the cluster hung.


The pink/white balls came from my sister (she found them on clearance a few years ago).

The white tissue poms are Martha Stewart, purchased from Michael’s about a year ago.

The pink paper lanterns are a recent purchase from Hobby Lobby.


I needed a few more tissue poms, so I decided to make the pink ones myself.  You can get a full and complete tutorial at

I purchased multi-color tissue paper packs from Dollar Tree and took out the hot pink paper. 


Place 6-8 pieces of paper on top of one another and fold the paper back and forth, like a fan.


I used a pair of decorative edged scissors to give the edges some interest.


Secure the paper with floral wire, or any sort of twist tie.


Pull each piece of individual paper back towards the center until the pom becomes full.


Once I had all the pieces assembled, I gathered fishing wire and eye hooks.


I will say that hanging the cluster was not a quick process.  I decided to do this by myself, so it was a lot of up and down on the step ladder!  I was able to secure 3 hooks into the ceiling and hang each piece individually at difference lengths.  I wanted them to hang tight to the ceiling.


I am finishing up a few more projects and then I will show pictures of her whole room! 

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Adult Grilled Cheese

I have recently made three adult versions of a grilled cheese sandwich that were both easy and delicious.  The kids prefer a regular old grilled cheese and everyone is happy.  Works for me!

#1:  Ciabatta Bun + Brie + Turkey + Granny Smith Apple Slices


#2:  Texas Toast + Muenster Cheese + Rotisserie Chicken (the lunch meat kind) + Strawberry Preserves (or whatever jam or jelly you have on hand)


#3:  French baguette + Muenster Cheese + Egg + Prosciutto


The possibilities are endless!