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Kara Paslay Design http://karapaslaydesigns.com Do What You Love Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:31:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.9 Its Getting Hot in Here…. http://karapaslaydesigns.com/its-getting-hot-in-here/ http://karapaslaydesigns.com/its-getting-hot-in-here/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:31:58 +0000 http://karapaslaydesigns.com/?p=10441 Ah, you guys! So, much has happened since we last talked! Plenty has been happening on the bus…..but honestly not quite as much as I would like! Two weeks ago I signed on to be the set decorator for a movie being shot in the area. This has both it’s pros and its cons….

I LOVE working on films because of the team atmosphere that is created, because I get to use my talents to help tell stories that will hopefully effect lives, and because I get paid to do something I love!

The cons to working on a film are the lonnnnnnng hours.  Currently I’m working 10 hour days (with a commute an hour away from Tulsa), trying to keep my fitness up, and still carving out time for family.  Whew!!! Life is busy!  So, anyway, there’s my long explanation of why you’re just now getting updated on bus happenings!

So, let’s get to it!  In order to keep moving on this project, if I hit a snag of sorts, I just move to the next thing and come back to the “problem area” once I have figured out a solution and/or gathered some more motivation! So, what that means is that nothing is currently totally completed….but a lot of things are definitely inching towards being finished! Today, I’m reviewing one way I’m dealing with the temperature issues inside the bus.

As I mentioned, that bus gets HOT!!!!! So insulating things as much as possible is going to absolutely save me in the summer months (literally and financially)! The window areas (those dark green spaces) are just steel panels waiting to be removed and replaced with glass frames. Since I won’t be putting any more windows in (at least for the moment) I needed to deal with those areas.  That metal was conducting a LOT of heat.

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So, I went to home depot and bought a bunch of insulation board. Its 3/4 inch depth would fit perfectly in to the window frame voids.

Next I took my measurements and cut my pieces with a razor blade….

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Once I placed the cutouts, I used “Great Stuff” all around the edges making sure to get as much of a seal as possible!

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So, now instead of this……..

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My windows/walls look like this……

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Just adding this one layer of insulation helped the temperature issue out significantly, which I was very relieved about! It was a small project that will make a world of difference during those hot summer months!

Stay tuned for more updates including a new floor and the steel ceiling project!

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Black is Back! http://karapaslaydesigns.com/black-is-back/ http://karapaslaydesigns.com/black-is-back/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:34:24 +0000 http://karapaslaydesigns.com/?p=10418 Hey there friends!

So, the bus is definitely making some progress and I’m excited to fill you in! As you know we started in the back! You will also remember that I was super excited about revealing those slick black windows! The project wasn’t hard as far as skill, but it did take a little time and some elbow grease!

In order to remove most of the paint, I used a gel like paint stripper that would cling to the vertical windows. It bubbled up and worked like a charm.  It also worked to burn the living day lights out of my skin!  Ouch!!! I was wearing gloves, but still managed to figure out how to get it on my arms and legs……..

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If you’ve never used paint thinner, it works really well.  You just have to be patient…..which happens to be one of my downfalls. 😉 If you try to scrape the area to early, you will be severely disappointed with the result.  But if you can manage to keep yourself occupied until the paint bubbles up on it’s own, things scrape off easily! Hold off until it looks like this….

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Here’s what the window area looked like when I bought the bus…….

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And here’s when I uncovered the windows and realized that they all could be that beautiful chic black…..

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And here’s after almost all the paint has been removed!….

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Now, there is still some cleaning up to do around the trim of the windows, but I think you can already start to see how great this space will be!! Ahhhhh! 🙂

Oh, and if you look close, you can get a little glimpse of how the metal ceiling is turning out! 😉 Pretty exciting!

Stay tuned friends!!!

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Glamping With Homma http://karapaslaydesigns.com/glamping-with-homma/ http://karapaslaydesigns.com/glamping-with-homma/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:20:16 +0000 http://karapaslaydesigns.com/?p=10388 Hey friends!  Today, I’m taking a little blog break from the bus to show you a fun little project I did a few weeks ago.

Have you ever heard of “glamping?”  It’s a combination that brings together the rustic adventure of camping with some more glamorous amenities not usually associated with sleeping outdoors….like full fluffy beds, luxury linens, air conditioning and all sorts of other stuff depending on how glamorous you really want to be!

I recently partnered up with a company based here in Tulsa, called Homma, that offers the amazing service of setting up your very own glamping campground! So fun, right?!

Currently Homma offers a great set-up, but wanted me to come in and take the design to another level. We plan to work more together in the future, but for this first project, I was tasked with the job of setting up a tent at their wedding reception. It was to be a cozy place for lounging and laughing.

Here’s how I brought the KPD flair to the HOMMA brand….

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I had such a good time working on this unique project and can’t wait to do more! If you’d like to experience the glamping lifestyle for yourself, hit Homma up! They can do multiple tents and have all sorts of options! If you decide to book, mention you saw my post for 15% off your total! Also, let them know if you’d like the “Deluxe Design” option, styled by yours truly! 🙂

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Cocoon Bedroom http://karapaslaydesigns.com/cocoon-bedroom/ http://karapaslaydesigns.com/cocoon-bedroom/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:12:00 +0000 http://karapaslaydesigns.com/?p=10377 Hey you guys! Happy hump day! If you follow my instagram page, you know that i’ve recently been trying to do anything I can to move forward with the bus project that doesn’t actually involve being in the bus! It. is. so. hot. here.  So, some of that has included picking out and picking up paint….Thanks Spectrum!!!!

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It has also included getting pretty detailed with my bedroom design. So, today I’m going to talk through that with you!

Here is what the bedroom area looked like when I first picked up the bus…

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Since then, I removed the original bed platform because I plan to orient the bed differently.

I was immediately drawn to this picture of a polished metal ceiling and when I realized I could achieve a similar look in my bus, the decision was made!

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I feel pretty lucky that the only area where the original metal ceiling was left in tact was over the bed, because  I think that is the perfect place for it. To me, it will create a sort of cocoon feeling, which I LOVE! 🙂  Have I mentioned that I’ve really been into butterflies lately?  The whole idea of going into something unsure of what will happen, but just feeling like you have to do it, because you were made to, and emerging from it completely changed- strong, beautiful, and ready to fly. ……..There are so many parallels to life there, but that’s probably a different post. Ironically, I feel like the bus itself looks like a cocoon and this project could certainly be compared to the caterpillar turned butterfly transformation. Ha, maybe I’m over thinking it…….but maybe not. 😉

Annnywayyyy, I want to keep the metal ceiling and polish it up. I also want to remove the cream paint to reveal the slick black windows (as I mentioned in a previous post).

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I will keep the long wood piece in tact because:

1. It is essential (it covers the engine area)

2. It makes for a perfect headboard!

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I will cover the wood in a tufted fabric. Right now, I’m thinking a leather of some sort! I bought all of these the other day with the intention of choosing one for the headboard area….

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The bench area also has to stay, but will act as built in nightstands, so it works out very nicely!

Once all that is finished, I will build the bed platform. Because storage is important in all small spaces, I’ve ordered these bed lifts so I can easily access whatever I decide to put under there.

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Here’s a rough sketch of things….

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I’ll also be creating a little closet area in the corner of the room, but have yet to think through that completely. Thoughts/ideas are welcome!!

So, there’s the bedroom plan. I’m hoping to get some good stuff accomplished this weekend…..wish me luck and lower temps!! 😉

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The (Tentative) Tiny Living Layout http://karapaslaydesigns.com/the-tentative-tiny-living-layout/ http://karapaslaydesigns.com/the-tentative-tiny-living-layout/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2016 21:12:56 +0000 http://karapaslaydesigns.com/?p=10369 Today, I’m going over the tentative bus layout. I say tentative because I know things will probably change as I work my way through the project and have epiphanies about tiny living or how I want this bus to function for me. During non-traveling times, I plan to use this space as an office for KPD, so plenty of desk space and organizational elements will be needed.

So, here is the plan thus far…..

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As you can see, I’ve placed the bedroom in the back of the bus for privacy purposes. And the bathroom comes right after that. I’ve mapped out a rather large footprint for an RV bathroom, but this is my project and I’ve got personal priorities- a great shower being one of them. I also plan to put a sky light in the bath area and I am super excited about showering under the stars!! Imagine it with me……..

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Next comes the kitchen area. I felt that splitting it on to the two walls rather than just keeping it on one was an efficient use of space, and for some reason I just prefer it over a longer kitchen kept on one wall.

After the kitchen is the living/work area. I’ve got some different ideas for this space and how I can squeeze in 1 or 2 more sleeping spaces in case we ever have guests travel or stay with us. The desk will be freestanding so it can come into the middle of the space and serve as a dining table if desired. On the wall where the desk lives, there will be a flip up (or down) bench that would be able to serve seating for the other side of the dining table when in play……..or one of those sleeping spaces I was talking about.  This is the general idea of what I’m thinking……

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I’m doing things a little differently this time around.  Normally, I would take the typical approach of doing all the electric, all the plumbing, all the lighting, all the framing, ect before I started to work on any of the decor. But since I’m tackling this project on my own, I’m
going to do it my way…with a method I think will work better to keep motivated and moving. I’m starting in the back and working my way forward. So, I’ll start with the bedroom and work my way forward.  I think seeing parts be completed will keep my spirits high and allow me to finish much faster.

So, there you have it! The only plans that super solid right now is the bedroom, so if you guys have any brilliant ideas about the rest of the space, I love to entertain them! Thanks to Tonya for suggesting to search the hashtags- #skoolie #busnik #skoolielife #busconversion….There are so many cool ideas out there!

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And So It Begins…. http://karapaslaydesigns.com/and-so-it-begins/ http://karapaslaydesigns.com/and-so-it-begins/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 20:51:23 +0000 http://karapaslaydesigns.com/?p=10352 Almost immediately after I bought the bus, I wanted to get started and ride the wave of motivation I felt, knowing that the newness of a project will certainly fade.  Even though I knew the bus would only get more messy once construction started, I wanted to give the space a good cleaning. Everything feels better when it’s clean. I also needed to remove the shower and bed platform.

So, here’s are some photos to show you how things have improved/changed since I’ve started working!
Getting the shower out was a bit of a task, but nothing that a little crossfit muscle and a hammer couldn’t handle.

 
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I now have a hole in the floor that I have to deal with, but I actually think the new shower may land in the same place, so we will see how much of a headache that hole ends up being.

 

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I also removed the bed platform because I have plans to face to change the orientation and some of the wood was in bad shape anyway.

 

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When I removed the insulation from the area behind the bed platform, I was surprised to see that there was glass there.  I’m not sure when those were covered or how much it would cost to uncover them…….I may look into that. However, I may not because when I uncovered the left furthest left window, I discovered it was perfectly clean and painted black on the back, creating a very chic, stylish look that I instantly loved. So, I immediately planned to remove the cream paint from the front other two windows and run with that slick, sexy black look! More on that soon!

 

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This week I plan to reveal a semi-set layout and my specific design plans for the bedroom area!  Whoop, whoop!!

 

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Up At Night http://karapaslaydesigns.com/up-at-night/ http://karapaslaydesigns.com/up-at-night/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:12:47 +0000 http://karapaslaydesigns.com/?p=10343 Oh my goodness, it’s finally cooling off a little this week, which means I am determined to get in the bus to get some work done! Yay, hooray!

This is the kind of project that wears me out during the day (from all the manual labor) and keeps me up at night (dreaming of possibilities)! I have a general layout decided in my head and even some specifics nailed down. BUT I’m definitely still thinking through all the elements I want to see in my bus as well as all the functional details!

If you’d like to get a peek inside my head and a few ideas/looks that I’m envisioning, check out my pinterest page dedicated to “The BUS“…….

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Any experienced RV-ers out there? I’d love to hear some of your tips, do’s and don’ts, thoughts, ect!!!

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The Before Tour http://karapaslaydesigns.com/the-before-tour/ http://karapaslaydesigns.com/the-before-tour/#comments Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:09:01 +0000 http://karapaslaydesigns.com/?p=10326 Hey Friends! So, I’m quite sure that if I would have posted pictures of the inside of my bus when I first announced my big adventure, most of you would have been very nervous for me, rather than excited. Ha! Honestly, I’ve had moments of being pretty nervous too! The inside of the bus is, uh……..pretty rough.  I’ve had to tell myself multiple times, “This is just like a house. You remember how rough your first home was……look for the potential here.  You can do this!”

The great thing is that the person before me bought this bus with the same intentions that I have, to strip the bus down to its bare bones and build it back as an RV. Unfortunately for them, they never finished the process. But lucky for me, I get to start with a blank slate of a bus that is basically down to the “studs.”  They saved me all sorts of demo work, so I figure I’m ahead on this deal already! 😉

I’m not going to get super detailed in this before tour, but definitely will once I start breaking down the individual areas.

So, let’s start with the entrance and driver’s station…

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Replacing the driver’s seat, repairing the stair treads, and and deep cleaning are the major points of concern for this front area.

Here we are looking towards the back of the bus from the entrance….

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As you can see, I’ve got some work to do! Insultating the walls, covering the walls and the ceiling, electrical work, plumbing, air…….it all has to be done! Oh, and then there’s the pretty stuff of course! That fiberglass thing towards the center of the space is a shower. It’s brand new…..but it probably won’t stay.

Just past the shower, in the back of the bus, is where the previous owner built a bed platform. Although I do imagine this will remain the sleeping quarters, things will obviously look a whole lot different once I get finished with it. I’ve already got some ideas for this space that I’m pretty excited about! 🙂

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Here’s the reverse view, looking towards the front of the bus from the bed platform……and yes, there was a random toilet rolling around when I first gained ownership of this space.  It has since been removed……….gross.

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I have to admit, amongst the rest of this mess, the gleaming white, brand new shower stall looks pretty good! BUT I know that once I give the rest of this space the KPD treatment, it just won’t be what I want.  So, anyone need a new shower!?

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The unfinished ceiling really makes things look scary/UGLY. But at least its already mostly insulated! That’s a positive……:/

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So, that’s the end of the before tour! Are you nervous for me? I’ll be posting a video before tour with a little more info soon, so be sure to check it out! I can’t wait to share this journey with you guys!

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My Why http://karapaslaydesigns.com/my-why/ http://karapaslaydesigns.com/my-why/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:42:49 +0000 http://karapaslaydesigns.com/?p=10317 Upon hearing of my head first dive into the RV renovation world, you may be wondering what prompted such an adventure in the first place. I’m a firm believer that in order to ever really get anywhere with a particular idea or goal, you have to have a pretty good “why” behind your motivation. The “why” is what keeps you going when the newness wears off and the road gets hard. When it’s as hot as Hades in your bus and you have no real clue if you’re looking at a generator or an engine…….(probably just lost all my guy readers there :/ ).  It’s the why that will push you to learn new things, figure out solutions, and deal with the struggles that most certainly will come.
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SO, what’s my why? Some of you may think “Oh, she got bored or just wanted to try something new…..this really isn’t that different than her normal interior design jobs.”  You’d be partially correct, but the real reason runs deeper than that. You will notice throughout the course of the this project, that Tim won’t be helping out.  This is a pretty major change when I consider how much I’ve relied on Tim in our past personal projects. It’s not that Tim isn’t willing (although he is quite busy with his own stuff), because he certainly would be.  He even joked on the ride over to pick up the bus that he might outbid me or buy another bus so we could have a design duel and see who’s ended up the best! Ha! But here’s the deal…. This project is about reclaiming my power.
There’s a lot of explaining behind this proclamation that I’m not sure I’m ready to fully discuss, but here’s the brief overview. Over the last couple of years, things have happened in life that kinda took the wind out of my sails and left my passion severely lacking. There’s a verse that describes my feelings quite well and it says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” With someone who dreams as big as I have, you can imagine the crippling power the death of a dream would have on me. Some of you won’t understand that last statement because you’ve never found your passion or dared to dream big enough that failure could really hurt you. But I certainly have. When I dream, I put my whole heart into it.
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Any long time followers out there will remember that Tim and I pursued creating our own design television show intensely for years. I’m quite sure there is nothing as up and down as the production world. One day it’s this, the next day it’s completely different. One day you get a call about shooting a pilot and a month goes by before you hear back. At the beginning of the process, everything made me giddy. Every e-mail, phone call, and connection felt like a step closer to what I had been envisioning for so long. As time went on though and I realized how often things don’t work out, I felt like I had to numb myself to keep from being so disappointed all the time.  The roller coaster of emotions that I was taking myself on was too much for my hopeful self to handle………and I think something happens when you start living like that…..when you start living not to get hurt rather than putting your heart all in- life becomes a lot less meaningful.  Your passion fades and you start to wonder what your purpose is. Life without purpose…..that’s almost unbearable.
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I hated how little control I felt when it came to making my dream of the design show come true. In previous circumstances, I knew all I had to do was work as hard as I could and things would work themselves out. The same rule didn’t seem to apply for my design show dream. The right timing, the right combination, the right show topic, the right network, the right look,……there were so many things I just didn’t have any power over. That feeling of helplessness was very present, and then Tim started Two Guys Bow Ties- taking him away from our day to day work on the dream.  That was when things really started to change.  Not only did I feel like I was losing the fight for our dream, but now I felt like I had to do it alone. I consider myself a very independent woman, but at that point, my heart just said “this is too much” and I slowly found myself focusing my energies elsewhere.
All that to say I’ve been living a couple of years now in a way that really has paralyzed my passion. And I’m tired of it!  I’ve realized that my power is in my passion, my passion is there to show me my purpose, and I have to live out that purpose regardless of the disappointments and heart aches that may come with it.  A purpose filled life…..that is where joy and peace are found, even amongst the heartache.
Now, just because I’ve had this realization doesn’t mean I’ve figured out exactly how to apply it…….but I did feel like taking on this bus was a great way to spark my senses again, to realize I can take on challenges/dreams alone and conquer them! ………So……wish me luck! It’s time to get my bus and my heart back on track!
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“You Did WHHHAAAAATTTTT?!” http://karapaslaydesigns.com/you-did-whhhaaaaattttt/ http://karapaslaydesigns.com/you-did-whhhaaaaattttt/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:41:47 +0000 http://karapaslaydesigns.com/?p=10309 665d70dd-1ae7-4d7c-a41c-4f97e46b7ec4

Haha!  That’s the comment my sweet mother left on my Facebook post announcing my latest adventure. Two minutes later she was calling my phone, probably upset she had not been informed of my purchase before the rest of the world! I told my momma, this decision was just like when I wanted to dye my hair purple. One day, the idea popped into my mind and I just HAD to do it. No fear, no hesitation… only excitement, a strong vision, and an overwhelming desire to see my brand new baby dream fulfilled!  So, three days after the idea dawned on me, I was the proud owner of my very own 40ft beast of a bus!  Momma still doesn’t prefer the purple hair, but she was on board with this bus turned to tiny living idea immediately! …….And it seems like a lot of you are drawn to this little adventure of mine too!  So, I thought what I better time to start the blog back up and bring everyone along with me on the ride! 😉 There promise to be bumps along the renovation road, deflated spirits and tires, BUT I’m confident that any time I spend on the the “struggle bus” will be well worth the reward at the end of the road!!

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Next blog, I’ll discuss a little bit about why this project was so appealing to me and give you a tour of the bus in it’s current state!

 

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Wood Fedoras On Fleek http://karapaslaydesigns.com/wood-fedoras-on-fleek/ http://karapaslaydesigns.com/wood-fedoras-on-fleek/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:21:42 +0000 http://karapaslaydesigns.com/?p=10300 Hey Friends! We just got back from a lovely little trip away.  While we were gone, Tim’s company launched his wood brimmed fedoras! I am constantly impressed with Tim’s craftsmanship- whether it’s installing a wood wall, perfecting a piece of furniture, or finishing out his men’s accessories line with incredible attention to detail- he always produces a product that is immaculate.  These hats are no exception.  Take a look……

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If you could feel that brim, you would realize that it is the smoothest piece of wood you’ve ever felt.  Tim likes to use Bruno’s words and say it’s “smoother than a fresh jar of skippy.” 😉 Haha.

Not only are these impecably crafted pieces, they are so stylish! Tim made these hats for the dapper guys of the world, but they look just as stunning on ladies!  I’ve worn mine multiple times!  In fact, I wore it this weekend!

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If you’d like to order one that special guy in your life (or yourself!!) you can find the hats on the Two Guys Bow Ties site!

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DIY Cutlery Quick Fix http://karapaslaydesigns.com/diy-cutlery-quick-fix/ http://karapaslaydesigns.com/diy-cutlery-quick-fix/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:43:01 +0000 http://karapaslaydesigns.com/?p=10288 Happy Friday Friends!  Are you ready for an incredibly easy DIY project with some really lovely results?!  If you’re anything like me, you’ve been coveting all the gorgeous cutlery making its way into the market this year!  Whether it’s copper, gold, or a bright, fun color- I’ve found myself wanting to shell out some cash to enjoy the gorgeous looks that seem to be everywhere!!……..The only problem with that is the price tag.  I mean, sure, I can afford to buy a fork or two, but buying at least 8 table settings?!  That gets costly quick!!

Well, I’ve got a solution for all of us cutlery envying, but budget conscious consumers!  I took my old set of silverware (including a bunch of mismatched pieces I’ve picked up throughout the years) which looked like this…..

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Aren’t those pretty?!! And it was so simple!  It was as easy as dipping each piece into my Benjamin Moore Molten Metallics Paint and then clipping it up to drip dry!

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Of course, this would not work with normal paint, but the Molten Metallics line has an epoxy finish, which means it will stick to that metal come hell or high water! Yay!  So, what do you think?  Do you need some “new” silverware?!

Find Ben Moore’s paints (including the MM line) at your local Spectrum Paint!!!

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