What a difference a little spray paint makes…

My mother bought this nice little metal cactus candlestick a while ago. It got shuffled around the house on various counter-tops with other miscellaneous things until she decided she was tired of it and I found it in our Salvation Army pile. I grabbed it out of there, probably with a few other things, and stuck it in my room because I wasn’t sure I wanted to part with it just yet. I had bought some Rust-Oleum metallic paint in “Antique Brass” for a different project that I hadn’t yet finish. Perfect! This is what I started with…

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Then after two quick coats…

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We actually use a lot of candles in winter time because it just seems wrong to use a heater in Florida, so I’m sure it will get some use.

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Chalkboard Everything!

Has anyone seen the little cartoon on Pinterest where the person is at their computer looking at pinterest and saying, “oh this is pretty cool.” then by the last frame their going crazy and saying “PIN EVERYTHING!” I think people do that with chalkboard paint. I have seen entire walls or closet doors online covered in chalkboard paint. I actually think it’s a cool idea… But anyway, I haven’t gone quite that crazy yet. I started with my chalkboard frame, and then I did this:

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It started like this…

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It was cute before, but it had some weird splotch from when I Windexed (Can Windexed be a verb?) it a while ago. I guess it stripped away some of the shiny top coat. I taped off the edges and painted the center, easy as that!

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Follow the steps on the can and see the tips from my chalkboard frame and it should turn out just fine!

Endless (Disney) Love

I love Disney as much as the next person, but this is intense. I saw this story on Yahoo and I’m not sure if it is really really cool or really weird different… I think I’m siding with really really cool on this one. I mean, there’s no way I would have a wedding like this, but good for her!

This girl went about as all out as you can with a Disney themed wedding. Not only did she have the same bright red, Ariel hued hair…

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She combed it with a fork!

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Instead of having table numbers, each table had a different Disney Princess theme..

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Then there’s the wedding party…

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How much do you think those little girls LOVED dressing up that day? The guys even seem to be good sports about it all.

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I suppose I don’t even need to say where they spent their honeymoon…

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What do you think? Ultra tacky or so adorable?

You can find the original story here.

Cute Yellow Dresser re-do

I found this little dresser at an estate sale for only $15. The price was right because of how beat up it was, but it’s bones were good. I loved the no frills, simplicity of it. It was real, solid wood with sturdy dove-tail joins. I did have to wood glue one or two spots, but nothing major.

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It improved immensely after a quick sanding and only one coat of paint, but there were a few nicks in the top.  I smoothed those out before the last two coats.

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After the last coat of paint, two quick coats of polycrylic and drying over night, it was ready to go! I gave this one to a friend of mine and she sent me a few pictures once it was set up.

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She loves it, so I love it. This is also the color I used on the chalkboard. It’s just such a happy, cozy color. Let me know how you like it!

Vintage Phone Table Redo

So I found this little table by the side of the road. IDespite my mom’s objections, I picked it up. I thought with a little TLC it could be adorable. As you’ll see from the pictures, it was covered in about 25 different layers and colors of paint. It was wobbly and it was sad.

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The first picture shows it in all of its peely glory. In the second one, I had already painted the legs with a brown base boat and peeled off A LOT of the paint already. What’s left is what I couldn’t get off aka it was too much work.

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Ignore my feet please!

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I glued the joints to make it a bit more sturdy, and because I didn’t have clamps at the time,  I used bungees. Yay for improvising.

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So my laziness cost me in the long run. After the base coat, you could still clearly see the chunky old paint showing through. So I had to go back and peel it off and paint over it again. Don’t cut corners!

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It was my plan to distress it when I was done, so I thought it might be kinda cool to add some gold between the brown and blue to add a little sparkly effect. There wasn’t a science to it, just slapped some on there before the blue coat.

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Once I finished with the final blue layer and the distressing, I wasn’t really satisfied. It needed a little something else. I’ve been in love with this stencil table over at Domestic Imperfection and it gave me an idea…

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Tada! A few coats of polycrylic and it was finished.

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I think it’s perfect! I use it as a little hallway table with candles and a picture. The lighting is terrible though, so getting a good picture is near impossible. That’s what’s great about blogs, you see other people’s great ideas and make them your own!

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Vintage Bar Redo for Mother

So my mother got this vintage bar from a thrift shop for $20 a WHILE ago. It was so cheap was because the lock on the bottom section was broken, and no one in the shop could get it open. Well mom figured it out, because she has those wonderful “fix it” qualities that mothers develop over time, and thus we got a sturdy little bar with lots of potential! Then it sat… and sat… for the longest time while we decided what was next. I finally had some extra time to tackle the project over the Christmas break. Here are the before pictures:

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If you have cats, you know that in their mind, any open drawer, cabinet, box, ANYTHING is fair game. You get used to it after a while. I pretend they are my person Vanna Whites.

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I scraped the newspaper clippings off the side, sanded the whole thing and then filled in any ugly dents or scratches. Then I taped up all my lines with masking tape and got to painting! You can see some of the taping below. That picture was after all the paingting was done, but before the top coat of polyurethane.

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I let it dry until the next morning and then I put about 3 coats of polyurethane for a shiny and durable finish.

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And that is the finished product! Well semi finished. The lock still has to be repaired, and we have to get a second glass panel made for the middle section… plus I still need to refinish the inside, but whatever, finished for now! The interior light automatically turns on when the door is opened and that little shelf thing slides up and out automatically too. Pretty fancy right? I absolutely love it!

Chevron Door

So I used to have my own apartment and was independent and all that non-sense. Independence was fun, but being broke all the time was not! So… I moved back in with my parents and went back to school. I must say I have no regrets about that decision! I only have a 3 semesters left (so close yet so far away!) and I’ve gotten loads of bonding time with my family. I first moved back home about 3 years ago into my brothers old room and after living in an all white apartment for quite some time, I guess I was starved for color. I painted the room red… like bright Miami party type red…

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It was fun for a little bit, but far from calming! After about two years, I came to my senses and painted it a nice seafoamy-teal type color. For some reason, the AC closet in our home is built right into my bedroom. It has this tiny little door that I used to imagine led to a secret hiding room when I was little. Oh childhood… When you open it, all you see is a big, noisy, somewhat dusty tank. Not very exciting, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t make the outside cute! At first I thought about making the outside a different color from the other walls, but that was too boring. I decided to try a chevron thing. I removed all of the hardware from the door first: knob, hinges, etc.. then I took it out to the garage and taped out the chevrons.

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For this I used a ruler and a pencil. I decided I want the chevrons to be about 6in and the gaps to be a foot, so I made tick marks all down the sides. Then for the middle I did the same, but I started about 6in down so the depth of the chevrons would be about 6in. I probably should have taken pictures of this, I know… I’m learning. I didn’t want anything too bright, because the chevrons are busy enough. When I went to Home Depot I already had grey in mind and apparently it was meant to be! I ALWAYS check the oops paint section in Home Depot (sometimes I will go there JUST to check it, if I’m honest) and what do you know… there was a sample size grey there! So the paint for this only cost me 50 cents! Small blessings!

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Anyway, I painted it and this was how it turned out…

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I used a small foam roller so the paint went on smoothly with no brush streaks.

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I absolutely love it! I have a confession though. I had to update this post, because somehow all the pictures got erased, and after almost 8 months, I still have not replaced the door knob and hinges… I guess I should do that at some point…

First Chalkboard Frame

Making your own chalk board is all the rage these days in DIY blog land, so I decided to try it out myself. I started with all of the necessary items:

Unique vintage frame found cheaply at a garage sale

Leftover paint from a previous project

A small piece of plywood cut to size with a jigsaw

Chalkboard paint, chalk

And some polyurethane

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This is what I started with

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The frame is a pretty good wood fake, but it’s actually some kind of compressed wood something, not solid.

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The sweet yellow paint was left over from a dresser I had painted for a friend. I LOVE the color.

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Once I did two coats of the yellow I added a couple coats of polyurethane to seal it. I had read from another blog that polyurethane will become darker yellow over time and should only be used on wood or darker colors that won’t show the yellowing. I thought the frame was a little two pastel, so I thought the yellowing might actually be good for it.

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There is the finished product! You can read about the owl cabinet here. The whole project was pretty simple. One thing that is really important with making chalkboards is that once the paint is dried, you should go over the whole surface with chalk. Otherwise, the first few things that you write on it will show up forever. My dad taught me that!