Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kitchen Desk Area Makeover

Wow!! It's 2017! December was a crazy month for our family. We closed on our first home, had a baby girl join our family (#4), Christmas, and New Years! It's been three weeks since our little Ava was welcomed into the world and I've been trying to balance mommy hood and projects around the new home. First project checked off of the longggggg list was our desk area in the kitchen.

I still want to rip out the counter top and do the wood planks as the counter top but I'll wait to do that part. I painted the cabinet with a custom mix of Annie Sloan's chalk paint, Old White & Provence. Topped it off with a dark wax and sealed with General Finishes top coat. I wanted to spend as little money as possible so, I used what paints I had on hand.

This is what the before looked like. Sorry for the phone picture and I started painting when I remembered to take the "before" picture!

I looked at several different shelving options and wasn't finding the right thing. I wanted a chunky farmhouse style shelf that didn't cost a fortune!! It had to be deep as well to hold a 10" box. I found the perfect thing...a 2"x6"x12' Home Depot will cut wood for free so, if you have your measurements you won't have to pull out the saw. I planked two cuts together to create a deep shelf.

I sanded & stained the boards. I found the "L" shaped brackets in the hardware isle for $1.98 each! The decorative ones in the closet isle are $8 each and they don't even look good! I intended to have two large shelves above the corkboard but the second one didn't fit and my husband thought the wall would look too cluttered with one more large shelf, which he's right. 

My shelves cost a total of $21! I still have one larger shelf too that didn't fit.

You can see in the above image the dark wax didn't go on as intended. It had a lot of large streaks. After washing out my paint brush it was still wet, I painted over it with the same color paint that I used for the cabinet. 

I am more than happy with this transformation!!
The corkboard is from HomeGoods, the wire file folder holder is from Old Time Pottery, the shelving material is from Home Depot, and the hardware is from Lowes.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

DIY Dollar Store Spell Book

Every year for Halloween I set a small table out on our front porch with candy for Trick-or-Treaters since we are out trick-or-treating ourselves. My kids were so disappointed last year with the lack of Halloween decorations in the neighborhood, so I decided to step up the decorating a little this year!

This whole table set up will go outside on our front porch the night of Halloween and in the last few pictures you will see different candles...flameless ones from the Dollar Tree for safety!  I'll be blogging the rest of our outdoor Halloween decorations later this week. 

I started with a black hardback book from the Dollar Tree and removed the paper cover. Open the book to a half way point and paint both sides with white paint. I used chalky finish paint in white. It helps cover the writing in the book but it also gave the pages a nice curl on the edges when the pages dried.

You can see the pages curling here! You could even paint more pages to make the book appear thicker with more curled pages.

I found two spell images online that I liked and printed them out.
Cut them to size and take a tea bag that has soaked in hot water and rub it all over your paper. I left a few darker "puddles" in spots on the paper to give more of an old feel.

While the paper was still wet I ripped the edges of the paper off & then let them dry. I didn't wait for them to completely dry but at least 10 min. While they were drying I burned the edges of the two pages with a lighter. Once the papers had dried some I used a mix of glue & water to attach the paper spells to the book pages! Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of these three steps. 

The book pages around the tea died spells were still white, so I rubbed the tea bag in areas on the book as well.

The Dollar Tree has these flameless candle sticks that are just perfect! 

I love the way it turned out....For $1! I'll make a cute little sign for the candy bowl Halloween night with a saying to take just one candy or you'll be cursed with "Never wanting candy again!" 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Neutral Fall Table Setting

I fell in love with these neutral colored flowers at Michaels and decided to use them for a Fall center piece on our dining room table. I filled a wood planter box I built out of pallets a couple years ago with the flowers, cotton, and some foliage leaves. The soft colors are so inviting and cozy. I feel like these colors could almost be used year round!

The glass blue jars, small white pumpkins on the plate, and farmhouse cloth napkins are from Target One Spot.

I had to paint and spray paint a bag of small pumpkins & squash from Michaels since I wasn't able to find any in the soft colors I wanted. These are about 2" in size.

 The bag was $9.99 but was on sale for 50% off at Michaels. I had to paint the blue since I didn't have spray paint in that color, but I had spay paint in a old white. I left the stems on the white ones when I spray painted them and just scrapped off some of the paint with my finger nail! I love the way they came out!

There were these little holes right nest to the stem of the pumpkins from the price tag, so I added a little sprig of  dried berries in the hole. I think it added a little touch of real nature to the fake pumpkin.

The little banner name tags are from Target One Spot...4 for a $1!

Hope this helps inspire you to play with your Fall décor this season.

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