Pomp And Circumstance

Countdown To Christmas – DIY Gift Series – Part 2!

Posted in Before and After, Countdown to Christmas, D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Pomp on December 13, 2012


If you haven’t checked out the first installment of this series, check it out here. It was easy peasy, and the results were FABULOUS! (I don’t know if you know, but the word “fabulous” was supposed to be read how Jim Carrey says it in the Grinch – and if you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s FABULOUS! See what I did there?).

This weeks DIY is just as easy, so stay tuned my fine feathered friends!  Speaking of feathers, did you see this news story about a baby that had a feather inside of her neck? WEIRD.

I digress…

I picked up this set of wood coasters at Target for $6:

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Pretty great already in my opinion. Simple, but great. So to add a little bit of interest (and fun – which is always good to add), I decided to color block these suckers with some neon coral. BAM!

Step 1: Tape off the desired area.


Step 2: Sand the entire area you want to paint.

IMG_0015Step 3: Paint!  You want to do your strokes from the tape inward on each side for the first full layer, that way you minimize the chance of paint getting under the tape. Allow each layer to dry before adding another, and just keep adding layers until you are satisfied with the color!

IMG_0022Then remove your tape and voile! Check ’em out!


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Countdown To Christmas – A DIY Gift Series!

Posted in Before and After, Countdown to Christmas, D.I.Y., Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on December 6, 2012


Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas!

Christmas is my favorite holiday. And I mean FAVORITE. I Countdown every year until the day after Halloween, which is when I get to start listening to Christmas music, watching Christmas movies, and get serious about my gift shopping. As the hubs would tell you, my shopping list is probably overkill pretty extensive. It’s not that I feel pressure to get gifts for a ton of people, it’s more that I like to use the opportunity of Christmas to show people that they are thought of and cared for. That being said, it can get a little expensive, and a sisters gotta stick to her budget at Christmastime – otherwise a sister will be in deep doodoo when January’s credit card bill hits the mailbox.

So this year I decided to start a new series titled “Countdown to Christmas” where I can share with you some of the ways I’ve found to give thoughtful, stylish, not super expensive gifts. These DIY’s are super friendly and simple, and even the most amateurish DIY’er will have an easy peasy time with these guys. This first one is literally the easiest DIY you could ever do. Ever. I’m serious.

One thing I always keep in mind when shopping is that if I see something and think “wow, that would be so cool if just this little thing were different” – I buy it, and make that thing different. The most obvious and easy thing to change is the color. So when I saw these beauties on sale at Target for like $8, I jumped on it. I wish I would have jumped on it twice and bought two sets, because I was really happy with the final product, and wish I had a second set to keep for myself.

IMG_9906Well hello you handsome little devil, you look so playful and happy chic, and you know what? You’d be even more awesome if you were gold.

What you’ll need: An object, in this case doggie bookends (but lets face it, any awesome shaped thing will do), gold spray paint, drop cloth or paper to protect your work surface.


Then go to town! The secret with spray paint is to do a few thin layers, allowing for drying time in between. If you layer too thick the paint will start to drip – bummer town.


Once you’ve done a few coats on the top and have let it dry completely, flip it over and come at it from the other side, that way you know you didn’t miss any spots that may be hiding on the seedy underbelly of the object.

And voile!  Check out how cute these little guys turned out!




Look at that gilded tushy!



Bathroom Makeover

Posted in Before and After, D.I.Y., Decor Files, Inspiration, Uncategorized by Miss Pomp on June 27, 2012

Around the time that we moved into our new home, I bought grey and white paint to redo our second bathroom in stripes. That was a year and a half ago, but you know how it is – other projects are more important, you get busy, yadda yadda yadda, the bathroom stays the same. I had all the elements for the new bathroom (paint, shower curtain, art), but nothing had been done. So, when we left for Europe, our bathroom looked like this:

YOU GUYS. When we got back from Europe, our bathroom was DONE. It felt like Christmas morning. We had just gotten to go on a round-the-world adventure, and back home, my sis was doing super awesome and amazing and kind and wonderful things for us (and this was actually just one of a few). Here are the after shots that we got to come home to:

(Curtain – CB2, Art Print – Jessica’s Little Shop of Illustrations – Etsy, Frame – vintage)

I was going for a monochromatic look with a touch of fun in the art print, and I’m super stoked with how it turned out. And super stoked with Miss C doing all the manual labor 🙂

One of the things I’m reminded of when redoing spaces is that you can have a large impact without investing much money. This whole project was under $100, but the change is really drastic and fresh feeling.

This Ain’t Goin’ In My Portfolio

Posted in Before and After, D.I.Y., Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on March 12, 2012

Just in case you ever wonder if any of our projects go awry….

This is the after…not the before. It looks like a bongo. Not awesome. I thought the brown with the super pale blush pink would look the bomb, but clearly I was wrong. Not to mention the shotty job I did on the nail heads. Bleah.

This is the before, which I’m thinking looks mighty better than the after actually. This DIY ottoman makeover is destination known…back to the goodwill.

Before and After Ikea Hack: Kullen Dresser

Posted in Before and After, D.I.Y. by Miss Circumstance on February 27, 2012

‘member how I bought that one dresser for my oldest’s room, then sold it, then waffled a bit on what to get? I ended up doing this. It actually goes in my son’s closet, but when I went to photograph it, it so-not-eves did it justice. So what did I do? What any rational blogger (aka obsessed person) does with a made-over dresser: completely moves it and styles it for not at all what it’s purpose is, takes it’s picture, then puts it all back. But it looks pretty doesn’t it?

Now this dresser is not necessarily what I would have picked from the Ikea dresser selection should I have been willing to spend any amount of money. But I wasn’t, so this 30-something dollar Kullen Dresser was the winner.

Mr. Kullen does not actually hold very many clothes (the drawers are not very deep in either direction), but it fit the space and I only needed it to hold part of his stuff.

I sanded and painted the drawer fronts, and added legs (also from Ikea). I saw a makeover on the Nate Berkus show that inspired the hardware-

That white media console on the left is an Ikea piece, that I think has been really transformed by the hardware. I tried to find something similar but couldn’t (for a reasonable dollar amount anyways), so enter trunk hardware from Home Depot, to the friendly tune of about 3 bones each.

The end.

Chevron Lamp Shade DIY

Posted in Before and After, D.I.Y., Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on February 14, 2012

Hello friends! A few weeks ago, I saw this lamp shade and immediately started exhibiting signs of my “I can make that” disease, which I of course caught from Miss C long ago.

I happened to have a white drum shade sitting around, waiting for something awesome to be done to it, so here she is folks: my chevron lamp shade DIY!

The great thing about a chevron pattern, especially on a rounded surface, is that the pattern is very forgiving, and doesn’t have to be lined up perfectly to LOOK like it’s lined up perfectly.

Step 1: Decide how large you want your chevron pattern to be, I chose a little over 3″. Measure from the base of the shade, up to whatever height you’ve chosen for your pattern, and place a strip of blue tape at that height, rotating and placing the tape while measuring every few inches to make sure the height is consistent.

Step 2: Place blue tape in chevron pattern, with the bottom points just touching the bottom of the lamp shade, and the top points just touching the bottom of the blue line you placed above in step 1. You may have to adjust your lines a bit once you get around the shade to make sure there is enough room for all of them. Again, don’t be too worried about each repeat being the exact same width. If it looks even to the eye, it will look even when you’re done. Once you have finished placing the first row, remove the line of tape we placed in step 1.

Step 3: After you’ve removed the line, start repeating the pattern, being sure to leave approximately the same amount of space between each line. Use scissors to trim the edges and make clean points. Repeat row after row until the entire lampshade is covered. Don’t forget to place little corner pieces of tape along the bottom of the shade to fully complete the pattern.

Step 4: Using a stencil paintbrush, paint in a dabbing motion to avoid paint leaking under the tape.

Step 5: Remove the tape, and voila! You’re done!

And here she is nestled in the corner of my living room. Welcome home little lamp! I’m sure you will be very happy here!

Anthropologie DIY Animal Head Candle

Posted in Before and After, D.I.Y. by Miss Circumstance on January 31, 2012

Here’s a little before and after for you, with some weird little animal bust things. Remember these sort of strange but beautiful creations Anthropologie had a few years ago…..

Well, so did I. And they are what I thought of when I saw these at the Dollar Tree-

Not terrible as a “before”, but not great. You saw a peek of the after of these here, at the company Christmas Party I had been working on. I sprayed them with brown spray paint, and set one of the Christmas Tree trunk cast offs between the newly sprayed head and a white glass candle holder. Super simple, but looks pretty good I think.

I think the floating heads fit right in with their woodsy friends. They are not candles, like their original counterparts, but I think they do the trick.

Before and After: Chandelier

Posted in Before and After, Circumstance's Home, Decor Files by Miss Circumstance on May 16, 2011

I finally finished this chandelier that I blogged about, oh, like 6 months ago. I pretty much love it. I think I’ll get sick of the color after a while, but for now it’s a fun addition to the kitchen. And no harm no foul since it was given to me by a friend who was about to send it to the Goodwill. Might be a minor foul to the husband who spent about four hours on Mother’s Day trying to change out the wiring and the chain so it would hang at the right height.

The Power Of A Pillow

Posted in Before and After, Decor Files, Inspiration by Miss Pomp on May 10, 2011

When we first moved into our new house, I was focused on acquiring a number of big pieces – chairs, rugs, a coffee table, curtains for our room so we weren’t blinded by the morning sun at exactly 6:53 every morning. Now that we have most large items in place I have shifted my focus to adding accessories for a bit of color, and to make our home feel more comfortable and, well, home-y.

My most recent addition is these pillows. Miss Circumstance and I picked up the fabric at a local fabric store, and grabbed some $7 Ikea pillow inserts, and voila!  It really is shocking to me what a big difference a pillow can make.

Before & After – Lampshade

Posted in Before and After, D.I.Y., Decor Files, Uncategorized by Miss Pomp on May 5, 2011



This lamp is one of the items in my house that has been in desperate need of updating. The original shade was a bit country for my taste, and I was looking for a tall drum shade to lengthen the look of the lamp.

I picked this drum shade up for $0, yes, $0 with a bit of good trading, and picked out a neutral geometric print fabric with Miss Circumstance’s help. Miss C then applied her shade covering expertise (see the how-to here) and BAM! I am one happy lady!