Our Updated Deck: The Source List

If you follow me on any social media platform, you definitely now know that our updated deck was finally revealed on The Home Depot Apron blog yesterday. Woohoo!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Newly updated and colorful deck and pergola for The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge

I’m so sorry for the onslaught of self-promotion! I had three posts launch yesterday, and oodles of work and love went into each one. Just had to get them out there!

To everyone who has been supportive and excited and so, so sweet over the past couple months: thank you! I know all the sneak peeks and vague mentions have probably been a little irritating. I hope the reveal was worth it!

So, the majority of the items on our fancy new deck are from The Home Depot, but we also incorporated some things we already had, plus a few new pieces. I figured I’d share the sources in case anyone’s interested.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Sources for blue turquoise and fuchsia deck

The furniture set is the Hampton Bay Raynham 4-Piece Patio Seating Set from The Home Depot. We also bought a set of two matching ottomans.

The black and white striped outdoor rug is from Overstock. It was a gift from my mom and stepdad – thanks, guys!

The hanging baskets are from The Home Depot. Inspired by this beautiful window box, we stuffed them with alyssum, petunias and creeping jenny. They smell like heaven.

The teal chandelier is from Goodwill, and was painted with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in Lagoon.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Various potted plants on stands

The bronze watering can is from Target. I can’t find it on the site, but last time I checked (yesterday), they still had it in the store.

The aqua stool is from Ikea, and the three plants in it are croton petra, sedum and peperomia. All three pots were thrifted, and were spray-painted with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Flat White, French Lilac and Aqua.

The black stepstool is from Ikea. It’s meant for indoor use, so I sanded it and coated it with spar varnish before putting it outside. The round cement planter, which holds a haworthia, is from Target (I can’t find it on the site, but it’s from this collection and should still be in most stores). The two white polka dot pots came from the planter cemetery in my garage, got spray-painted with Flat White, and hold another peperomia and a snapdragon (which refuses to bloom! Any tips?!). We found the brass urn in the garage, drilled a hole in the bottom, and added a ZZ plant. The oval gold planter was another garage find – we just spray-painted it with Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic in Gold and added three cacti.

The metal plant stand is from Target and also got spray-painted gold. The white glossy pot came from our garage and holds a sweet broom – which again, will not bloom anymore! What gives?!

The aqua and white pot, which I LOVE, is from HomeGoods, and holds a Persian Shield plant, which I also love. Look at those gorgeous purple leaves! I’m obsessed with it, and may or may not stroke it and whisper to it lovingly on a daily basis.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Hampton Bay Raynham chairs with blue and fuchsia throw pillows

The bronze “side table” between the chairs is actually made from a tall planter from Target (similar) and a 12″ pizza pan. It works pretty well, though the pizza pan fills with water when it rains. We’re debating drilling tiny holes in it (the planter has a drainage hole at the bottom), but we’re a little nervous about the cancer-causing particles that would fly out of the anti-stick coating.

I sewed all the throw pillow covers myself – quite the undertaking, but very rewarding! The geometric blue and white fabric (called “Baja Sapphire”) is from Forsyth Fabrics, as is the solid fuchsia (this might be it). PS: The solid fuchsia is the only one of the fabrics that isn’t meant for outdoor use, so I make sure to put it away when it’s not being used. The blue ikat fabric is called “Journey Sea Glass” by P Kaufmann and is from Fabric.com.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Black and white ikat and fuchsia suzani outdoor throw pillows

The black and white ikat fabric is called “Aztec Black” from Terrasol. It’s sold out on Fabric.com right now, which is where I bought it, but HouseFabric.com has it, too. The multicolored suzani fabric is called “Kaleidoscope Quartz” by Braemore, and I bought it on Ebay. A note about my pillows: I honestly just couldn’t afford to buy outdoor pillow inserts, so I used regular cheap inserts instead. I try not to leave our pillows out in the rain, anyway, but I may have to replace them if they ever end up getting mildewy.

The lantern you can see in the background is from this post.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Hanging gold frame planter and teal chandelier

You can find out how we made the hanging gold frame planter in this post.

The three plants on the coffee table are another snake plant, a burro’s tail, and a crassula mesembryanthemoides. The little paint drip pot was made by me with leftover orchid paint from the tray. I’d post a tutorial, but it was so easy – you just spray-paint a pot white, turn it upside-down, and pour paint on it. One tip: Pour the paint and let it dry over aluminum foil so it doesn’t get stuck!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Radiant Orchid and gold tray and spray-painted coasters

There are tutorials for the Radiant Orchid and gold leaf tray and spray-painted coasters in this post.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Bronze geometric garden stool and blue planters

The metallic garden stool is from Ross Dress for Less. (I know, right?!)

The mass cane with a pothos at the base is from The Home Depot and is so cute, but got totally bleached from direct sunlight and had to come inside. Boo! Guess I should have done more research! The portulacaria afra and snake plant are both in planters from The Home Depot (here and here), and the sedum/sempervivum assortment is in a tall ceramic planter from HomeGoods.

I had so much fun picking out all the accessories. I love color, but I have a tendency to go overboard – and am not very good at editing, as you can probably tell – so I forced myself to stick to colors from the pillow fabrics.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Black white fuchsia and blue updated deck and pergola

I’m actually fairly impressed with my own discipline: The only time I went outside the pillow palette was when I used the French Lilac spray paint on one planter and a coaster.

Oh, and I can’t forget the globe lights!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Pergola with globe lights

We used these from Target. The Home Depot has a bunch to choose from, too, but we already had the Target ones strung on our railings, so we figured they might as well match.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Deck and pergola strung with globe lights

And I think that just about covers it. If I forgot anything, leave a comment and I’d be happy to let you know more about it!

DIY Hanging Gold Frame Planter

Exciting news: Now that you’ve all heard me talking about the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge for well over two months, the reveal post is finally coming! TODAY! (Update: IT’S HERE!) And that means I’ll finally shut up about it!

… OK, no, it doesn’t. I mean, I have to tell you guys more about it. One post just isn’t enough! Let’s start with one of my favorite DIYs: our hanging gold frame with ombre plant pots.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - DIY hanging gold frame with ombre plant pots

One of the biggest reasons I wanted a pergola over our deck was so I could hang plants from it, and this project did not disappoint. It was one of the first things I started working on, and one of the last projects I finished. Things got a little crazy, and I’ll admit, I was a bad blogger and didn’t take enough process pictures. But I promise, you’re going to be able to recreate this sucker so easily. It’s very self-explanatory, and I’m going to throw in some pictures of the finished product to show what I’m talking about.

Supplies

I started with a big picture frame that I found at Goodwill. It’s 43.5″ x 34.75″, and when I found it, the backing had already been removed and there were pieces of string stapled across the opening. Someone else was definitely using it for some kind of DIY display – it was a sign!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Large thrifted gold frame

I removed the hanging brackets with a screwdriver and pulled out all the staples with some pliers.

I didn’t love the frame’s color, so I hit it with primer and Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic gold spray paint. Specialty Metallic is meant for indoor use, so I coated it with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Clear Gloss, too. Make sure you spray both sides of the frame – even if you won’t see the back, you’ll want to seal the wood to protect it from the elements.

At first, Brad and I weren’t sure what to use to hang the pots from the frame. We knew that whatever it was should be able to support the weight of the pots on its own, since the frame isn’t meant to hold anything very heavy. When we saw a punched angle at Home Depot, inspiration struck.

Home Depot - Punched Zinc Angle

Brad cut it down to size with a Sawzall, and then screwed it into the back of the frame with the horizontal part on top. He used washers to make sure the screws didn’t go through the holes in the punched angle.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Punched angle attached to back of frame

To hang the frame from the pergola, Brad drilled pilot holes into the underside of the end beam and then screwed in brass ceiling hooks. We attached an S-hook to each end of the punch angle, then hung the frame from the ceiling hooks using deco chain.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Frame hung from pergola with chain and hooks

(Note that my S-hooks are gold. I couldn’t find brass ones, so I spray-painted ‘em!)

So, that concludes the frame-hanging portion of the tutorial. Next up: the pots.

If you want to paint your pots, you’ll need to waterproof them first. Otherwise, when you water your plants (or when it rains), the moisture will soak through the terra cotta and make your paint bubble and crack. Get yourself some Thompson’s WaterSeal spray and apply a couple light coats to the inside of your pots, then let them dry for 24 hours. I know that’s a really long time. Be patient! They must be completely dry both before and during the waterproofing process, so make sure to cover them if you’re spraying outside and it’s going to rain.

Next, use a masonry bit to drill two holes in each pot. Make sure the bit will create a hole slightly larger than your S-hooks. The surface of the pot and the drill bit get really hot while you’re drilling, so try to keep the area wet to cool them down. I draped our hose over a nearby chair and set it up to drip on my pot while I was drilling.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Drilling holes in terra cotta pots

Once your holes are drilled, paint your pots with whatever design your little heart desires. If you’ve chosen a lighter color, I’d recommend using a spray primer first. I was planning to create a two-tone look like this, but while I was spraying the color on the top portion without tape (I was going to tape for the white coat), I noticed that I was accidentally creating an ombre effect.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Spray-painting ombre pots

I liked it (and didn’t feel like taping), so I flipped them over to add the white coat on the bottom, and then flipped them over again to finish off the color on top. The tapered angle of the pot helped to create a natural ombre, since the top is wider and therefore closer to the spray can.

After the spray paint was dry, I attached my small S-hooks (which I’d spray-painted gold) to the pots, using needle-nose pliers to squeeze them shut. Then, I added my plants – two ivys and three ferns.

I used a single piece of jack chain to hang each pot from the punched angle, running it up through one hole and down through another. I’d recommend experimenting with string to choose your lengths before you cut the chain – I screwed up and had to go buy more!
Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ombre gold and white pot hanging with brass jack chain

And that’s it!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Gold frame with ombre pots hanging from pergola

Feel free to customize your picture frame planter with bigger pots, smaller pots, more pots, less pots, black chain, nickel chain, potted herbs, flowers … the world is your oyster. Comment if you have any questions! I have an “always respond to comments” rule, so you know I’ll get you an answer.

Our Downstairs Floors: My Great Tragedy

I have a confession to make.

Despite all the time, effort and dolla bills we’ve poured into our home since we bought it about a year and a half ago, I’m still a little bit embarrassed when people see it for the first time.

I know this is stupid. Our home is lovely and we’re lucky to have it. I know this. But here’s the thing: our floors are frigging disgusting.

Tile hallway

EW.

Carpeted dining room with ghost chairs and Ikea Rast hacks

GROSS.

UGH.

I should see all the things I love about those rooms. But all I see is nasty tile with dirty grout, and stained, smelly carpets. And they disgust me. Call me ungrateful and negative if you must, but I can’t help it.

I realize that there are things I could do to improve our floors. I could paint the grout. I could steam the carpets. I know. But the thing is, I hate them so much that I don’t want to spend any time or money on them. I just want them GONE.

Some day, somehow, we’re going to rip up all that tile and all that carpet, and our whole downstairs will be beautiful, beautiful hardwoods. I dream about it every day. Oh, how they’ll shine! They will always smell like lemons! I will have such colorful, beautiful area rugs and all my furniture will POP!

I have it all figured out in my head. Of course, I love dark, dark hardwoods – I mean, I’m only human.

But you’ve gotta know yourself. And I know I’m not going to clean my floors often enough to keep up with the dust and hair and dirt particles that are apparently attracted to dark floors like magnets. No, I need something a little lower maintenance.

Theoretically, it’d be nice if they sort of matched our upstairs floors. You’ve seen them. They look like this:

Office with lavender walls and hardwoods

They’re engineered, and Brad isn’t a fan. Apparently, they have beveled edges? I never would have noticed. What I do notice is that they’re a warmer and a bit more on the orange side. And I could get down with that. I love all of these:

But then I look at cooler, lighter floors, and I love those, too. These are some of my favorites:

White oak hardwoods via Little Green Notebook

Via Little Green Notebook (her flooring is from Lumber Liquidators)

Aren’t they airy and bright and wonderful? And I bet the dust just blends right in! But since I tend to decorate with cooler colors, I’d probably be better off with something just a tad warmer. I think these are perfect:

Hollywood Regency hallway via Lonny

Via Lonny

Of course, I have no idea what that is. Red oak, maybe? American cherry? With my luck, I probably want the most expensive thing out there.

So, ya know, I just need to dig up a few thousand dollars (or something? We haven’t gotten a quote yet), and then this thang is gonna happen. Any day now.

What’s the great tragedy of your home? (You know, that’s the thing that makes you say, “I would love my house, if it wasn’t for the [blank].”)

Beaded Chandeliers in the Bedroom

Our new light bulbs are helping to brighten up our bedroom, but I still really want to swap out our outdated ceiling fan for some kind of large light fixture.

Master bedroom with high ceilings via Glitter and Goat Cheese

I know ceiling fans can be really useful, especially in the south, but I actually feel like ours is too high up to do much good. Plus, it shakes when it’s on, and that makes me reeeaaal nervous.

I’m so antsy to get rid of the ceiling fan that I haven’t even bothered to replace the creepy teddy bear hanging from the cord. Can you see it?

Master bedroom with white beams via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Don’t you think a big rustic-y light fixture would just give the room some extra oomph? I want something elegant, but not too fancy. My dream is a beaded chandelier, like these:

The most affordable and attractive one I’ve found is the Large Beaded Chandelier from World Market.

World Market Large Beaded Chandelier

But at $269.99, it’s still not exactly cheap. I keep wondering if I could DIY it. I found a few versions that other bloggers have made:

All of the posts have great tutorials, but I’m a little intimidated. It looks like a really time-consuming project, and it could turn out looking really cheap. Bethany from Dwellings by Devore wrestled with the same issue, and she ended up just buying the World Market one. And look how amazing it looks in her dining room!

Definitely something to think about. And in the meantime, there’s a question floating around in my mind: Will hanging a chandelier make it more obvious that the beams aren’t centered in the room?

Ceiling fan and white beams via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Uggghhh. Our bed isn’t centered between the windows because the windows aren’t centered on the wall, and the beams aren’t centered with anything.

Ceiling fan and vaulted ceilings via Glitter and Goat Cheese

So, would you hang a chandelier in our bedroom? Should I save up for the World Market one, or give DIY a try? I’d love to hear what you all think!

By the way, there’s only one more day to enter my giveaway for a $25 Target gift card and a set of GE reveal® bulbs! Visit this post to find out how. The giveaway ends at 6 p.m. (eastern) tonight!

Our Bedroom Lighting Makeover + a Giveaway

Brad and I absolutely love our bedroom. In fact, the big space and high ceilings were some of the key selling points when we bought our house. But one of the things that has always bugged us is the lack of overhead lighting. I know, I know – overhead lighting is unflattering, and cold, and not intimate, etc etc etc. But it takes a lot of bright lamps to light up all that space and high ceilings.

So, when the nice folks at GE Lighting asked us if we’d like to try out their new reveal® bulbs, we jumped at the chance.

GE reveal bulbs - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Reveal® bulbs are supposed to filter out dingy yellow tones and make colors pop – a big plus, since the peacock blue of our headboard can look a bit muddy in incandescent light. We tested out the bulbs at night, since that’s when we need the most help with lighting.

Here’s what our room looks like with regular incandescent bulbs.

Bedroom with incandescent lighting - Glitter and Goat Cheese

Blegh.

Bed area light with incandescent bulbs - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

I resisted the urge to Photoshop or color-correct these photos, so you can really see how yellow our old bulbs were. Here’s how it looks with the new reveal® bulbs:

Bedroom with GE Reveal bulbs - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Bed area lit by GE Reveal bulbs - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Big difference! The light is just so much cleaner. Here’s another area of our room, before we changed out the bulbs:

Dresser lit by incandescent bulb - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

And after:

Dresser lit by GE Reveal bulb - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

What’s nice about the reveal® halogen bulbs is that they’re energy-efficient, but they work just like an incandescent – you don’t have to wait for them to warm up. They’re bright as soon as you turn them on.

I’ll admit – I was skeptical about whether these bulbs would be much of an improvement. But I stand corrected! It was pretty cool to see how much they made a difference in some close-up shots.

Before and after lamp with GE Reveal bulb - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Before and after photo with GE-Reveal bulb - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Want to try out your own lighting makeover with reveal® bulbs? I can help! GE and Target are providing a $25 Target Giftcard and a package of GE reveal® light bulbs for me to give away on the blog*. Maybe you can use the gift card toward a fancy new lamp to go with your new bulbs? Perhaps this amazing gold Nate Berkus one? If you do, you should know that I will be crazy-jealous.

Here’s what you have to do:

  • Share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter. Leave a comment below with your account info so that I can see your post.
  • In your post and comment, tell me which room you’d like to makeover.
  • In your post, use the hashtags #GEreveal and #Targetgiftcard.

For example, your post might say: “If I win #GEreveal bulbs+ #Targetgiftcard, I’ll makeover my _____! http://bit.ly/1feACQV

You must be a U.S. citizen to enter the giveaway. Keep in mind that I won’t be able to see your post if your account is private!

The giveaway ends next Thursday (Feb. 27) at 6 p.m. The winner will be randomly chosen. While you’re waiting, get inspired with this video featuring four tastemakers talking about the importance of good lighting.

If you just can’t wait to find out if you won, you can also get a 25% discount on reveal® bulbs with Target’s Cartwheel app until Feb. 28. Just search for “GE reveal” in the app.

OK, ready to enter? And … go!

*GE and Target are only providing the product and not running the giveaway.