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Pretty! Purple!

The long awaited “AWESOME” post I was going to do on Friday. My child is now feeling much better and I have found time (at 10pm while watching the Rangers FINALLY WIN in a week). Last week we were childless. The kids went for a visit to the grandparents and I had a list a mile long of projects to get done. I had some furniture piling up in the garage (my $20 Craigslist find, my dumpster dive and a free dresser from a friend). I started off Monday morning with a list, some money and some paint colors in my mind.

Which piece did I want to start with first? Well, since I am planning on reselling the Craigslist find and the dumpster dive find, I started with the piece that was staying in my house – the dresser.
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I desperately wanted a purple. Not just any purple, a deep purple. In case you don’t know, none of our favorite paints that we mention continuously have a deep purple. I took to Pinterest and found a “recipe” to make something similar with non-sanded grout and latex paint. I can report back that it worked wonderfully.

DIY paint

Before putting the paint on, I did do a light sanding on the dresser because of the finish it had. I wanted that paint to stick. It most definitely stuck, 2 coats of it. 2 coats = 2 cups worth of paint. I only bought a quart to begin with because I don’t need a whole gallon of purple paint. Want a gallon? Yes. Need? Not so much.

After the 2 coats dried, I moved onto the wax. I stopped by a local retailer and picked up some Maison Blanche dark antique wax.

MB dark wax

I’m not a very good “waxer”. It definitely requires a skill set and I’m getting there.

dark wax

While I waited for the wax to set and “cure”, I decided what I wanted to do with the hardware. I was sure I wanted a dramatic look for this dresser. I went to my paint shelf to check out my spray paint collection. Aqua, bright chrome and purple just weren’t going to work, but the can of black spray paint that wasn’t even half-full. I was quite hopeful it would be enough. I was wrong. A text with a picture to the husband asking nicely for another can of black paint, and viola! I was the proud owner of a full can of spray paint.

After the black dried, I just topped it with a clear protective coat. I may or may not have missed a spot on one piece of hardware that I didn’t see until I was completely done.

pretty hardware

Now, with the furniture refinishes I’ve done, I always find that there’s something I did wrong or that I don’t like. This piece though. This piece I absolutely LOVE. LOVE!

purple after

How could you NOT love that? Its beautiful and definitely perfect for the dramatic “big girl” room that I have planned in my head for Savannah. I sent a picture of it to Heather and her reply “Pretty! Purple!” which was the inspiration of the title. :)

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Vintage babydoll crib

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WHAT IS THIS? Well, it is the vintage babydoll crib I used for my baby dolls when I was younger. What you don’t see, that I apparently forgot to take a picture of — an ugly bass fish sticker on the other side. This little piece of history is going to be used by my daughter but not before it’s had a little facelift makeover. It’s in need of one, don’t you think?

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Purple is my favorite color. As you can see, I’m trying the force my love for purple on my child. Its what every good mom should do. I had this purple paint left over from painting her nursery at our last home. I’m going to start planning her “big girl” room soon, so I just decided to use this paint on small stuff.

Real Cheap Housewives of TexasAfter covering up the little bear and ugly bass fish, I felt that the ends needed something. Luckily, Heather thinks ahead and brought her stencil set from Royal Design Studio that she used on her Barcelona Orange dresser for her craft room. I just took some acrylic paints that I brought with me to the Pinterest Party. (If you go to our April Pinterest Party, you’ll see this pretty little makeover in the front. At least half of the makeover)

Real Cheap Housewives of TexasI know. You don’t have to say anything. It’s ugly. And most definitely does NOT go with the pretty purple crib. Time to fix it.

As our Facebook “likers” heard yesterday, I did something with fabric. You know, the person that doesn’t want to sew or do anything with fabric. I totally tried it. I left the ugly fabric on because I needed the thickness. However, it wasn’t enough so I had to add something else so that the staples from the staple gun wouldn’t go through.

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Enter piece of cardboard. Yes, I totally used cardboard. Don’t judge. You work with what you got.

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Please notice this piece of “wood” looks like it was a piece of 1970s paneling. See the little crease to the right side.

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 Look at that perfect corner and use of staples with the staple gun. Its almost like a hospital corner. Yes, I do make the beds with hospital corners WHEN they get made, which I’ll admit isn’t often enough.

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I chose a duck cloth to use for it’s durability. It is going to be used by a child and hopefully she’ll be able to pass it on to her children. Maybe she’ll even want to make it over as well, but I’m sure paisley will still be in style, or back in style.

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I most definitely like the after. It looks so cute. I’m sure that the baby dolls will love it, along with my children, who will probably end up sitting in it. (They tried it out while it was sitting in my craft room before the makeover.)

This was an easy fabric challenge for me. Just fabric and a staple gun, simple. I might venture into making some of those fabric flowers that Heather is addicted to making. I did see a cute wreath made with them.

What do you think? Did I do a good job with the fabric? Isn’t it cute?


Adventures with vinyl

Last week I tried something new – adventures with vinyl on my Cricut. It truly is a trial and error type of adventure. If I hadn’t bought some vinyl on Pick Your Plum for inexpensive, it would most definitely be an expensive one.

First let me say … I LOVE GOOGLE! I googled before putting the vinyl on my cutting mat. No, I didn’t google “how to put vinyl on the cutting mat”. I just wanted to be sure I didn’t get ahead of myself. Wonderful Google took me to YouTube, another great invention (entertainment and learning!). Google and YouTube brought me to a tutorial for cutting vinyl with the Cricut. Suzy’s Scrappin Spot has a list of tutes to view. I watched the one for cutting and then watched her cheat sheet tute. While her settings worked for her, they didn’t work for me, so I set mine differently. It’s good to know though!

Y’all remember the stool I painted at last week? I have finished it.

As we know, I don’t own a Silhouette. I have a Cricut. It works, I like it, I live with it.

Kitchen Helper Cricut


I went back and forth with that I wanted to put on the stool. I asked Heather to help decide between “Mommy’s helper” or “Kitchen helper”.

Her reply – “Kitchen helper. Mommy’s helper = valium” 

Kitchen Helper it is.

Kitchen Helper cut


After messing up the first try because I used the “cheat sheet” settings. after changing them up a bit, it worked. I went with a simple font and a simple color – black.

Kitchen Helper layoutOnce I had the extra taken off and thrown away. I cut the block and placed them where I wanted them. I figured little feet were going to be standing on this, it just needs to be simple.

Painters tape


Being a first timer at this, I didn’t know I needed transfer paper. Maybe I should do a little research first before starting something like this. But really? Who wants to do that? I like to fly by the seat of my pants sometimes.

Google also provided me with a substitute material for the transfer paper that I didn’t have. Did YOU know you needed yet another material for this vinyl stuff? Yeah, neither did I, unless of course then you did know and I’m clearly in the dark about this stuff. The substitute is …. painter’s tape! Shocking, I know.



I know this is hard to believe, but I have had a semi-FAIL. What makes this a semi-fail? Well since the kids have been “using”* it, the L has flattened out.

*read – getting the stool and getting their own snack, mommy’s tape measure, a banana … I could go on.

Kitchen Helper doneand we’re done. Super easy, super cute and they love having their own stool. Too bad they’ve moved Savannah’s into the laundry room to help with the laundry.



Kitchen helper

Now that my kids are growing like weeds and getting up there in age, they want to help with stuff (whether I want them to or not!) Heather has given all 3 kids these cute personalized stools. She got them from Ikea and then painted them. Each have their names and designs on them. Jaxon uses his stool in his closet to get his school clothes and Trent uses his stool to crawl into his bed. We’ve been using Savannah’s in the kitchen for whoever decides they want to help with lunch/dinner. Its time for her to take her stool to her room. Now we will have a “kitchen helper” stool specifically for the kitchen helper that night!

Last month we went to J’s parents and made a trip to Ikea in Round Rock. I love Ikea. I had 2 things on my “need to get” list and a few on my “if I see it, I might get it” list. I quickly picked up the stool I was there for, then continued to peruse.

stool before

Jody was nice enough to put this bad boy together for me. It was amusing to hear him talk to the picture only instructions. This little guy was only $14.99, easy and comes in handy.

Of course I didn’t leave it natural. That’s totally not something I would do.

CeCe Caldwell paint


I’m the only one of the 5 of us that has branched out from Annie Sloan and tried a competitor. I’ve had this can of CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint for a while. I’ve used it on quite a few things (a potato bin and a queen size iron headboard). This paint truly goes a long way. Since the stool is going to be used in my kitchen, Spring Hill Green is perfect for it.

painted stool


BUT here’s the thing about this color – until you get the wax on it. It seems more pastel than bright. Also, I hate pastel. So.


Clearly, I’m the rebel of the group. Not only have a branched out from ASCP, I also went with some different wax. Everyone loves Home Depot and Lowes, and I do too, however, they are not conveniently located near me when I need to make a quick trip. And when I say “not convenient”, I mean it’s like 5 miles away and … let’s be honest, ain’t nobody got time for that when you only need 1 thing. We have a nice Ace Hardware located near us, and wouldn’t you know it, one of the employees loves to refinish furniture. He recommended Johnson’s Paste Wax. Its for floors, but works nicely on furniture.

dryingstoolI’m not patient. At all. Luckily, I was working on another project while waiting for the stool to dry. It dries quickly, so that’s always a good thing.

Aren’t quick little projects always great to get out of the way? There’s more to this little guy. You’ll see.


ANOTHER Faux Zinc Coffee Table

After testing out the process (using this tutorial) on my $20 Craigslist coffee table (that I later sold for $90), I knew that was what I wanted to do with my $65 Craigslist coffee table. I just knew that it was going to take A LOT longer due to the 8 drawers and extra details that the other did not have. I put it off and put it off until finally I got some motivation (in the form of my sister who was coming over to work on her coffee table).

This is my coffee table BEFORE:

before 008Quite the beauty, no? Well, maybe not in this form. She was scratched up and a little worse for wear, but SOLID (aka heavy beast) and had nice details on the corners. And lots of storage (which my son promptly took advantage of with his coloring books and games).

Using my trusty Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite, I got started and had the first coat done relatively quickly. Heather was painting her coffee table at the same time with homemade chalk paint (post to come later about that) and her first coat took way longer than mine and her coffee table was nowhere near as detailed/large as mine. The ASCP just covers so well and goes so far–it is worth the money in my opinion (especially now that I have seen the comparison firsthand). I didn’t even sand or repair any of the scratches, I figured that would add character and a more “metal” look to it once it was done (plus I was lazy).

After 2 coats:

1st coat zinc coffee tableOnce dried, I sanded down the entire table using a 200 grit sanding block. I tried sandpaper, thinking it would be better for the crevices and details, but I liked the sanding block so much better–much quicker and more comfortable to work with. It has a totally different look after sanding.

coffee table sandedsanded drawersAfter sanding it was time for the wax. Heather and I decided we wanted to try Briwax, as we had heard it was a good substitute for the ASCP clear wax. I had been using Minwax Finishing Paste and it was easy enough but definitely took more elbow grease than the soft-as-butter ASCP wax. I have to say, the Briwax was a *bit* softer but had quite a strong odor. I had to open doors to allow for plenty of ventilation, which I usually never have to do. And I may have started waxing too soon, but the Briwax also seemed to take off some of the paint as I rubbed it on. Again, that could have been my fault for being in a hurry, but it was something I noticed. I still used the ASCP round brush for the wax (LOVE) and an old t-shirt to wipe off excess.

After the first coat of wax was dry, it was time to start on the faux-zinc part by adding silver metallic craft paint (any will do–Heather happened to have some in her stash so I just used what she had; I think it was 2 different silvers too) to the wax. It seemed to take more craft paint to achieve the look than it did with the last table, but it could have been because I couldn’t get it to blend with the wax very well. I may be splurging on ASCP Clear Wax for my next project–I have been spoiled by her Dark Wax already.

Drawers and top of table AFTER:

Top drawer has just been waxed, bottom drawer has been waxed with the silver craft paint added. You can see the depth the craft paint gives it in this picture.

drawers after silver paint2013-02-11 15.22.01After doing a final coat of wax (this is a much-used coffee table, after all) and letting that dry, I buffed the entire thing (using a good amount of muscle/force) to get a nice smooth finish and shine. I love the buffing pad I got from the ASCP stockist. It is just a microfiber pad (for only $1.50) but it is wonderful.

It took me a while to find knobs to replace the original worn-out wooden ones because I didn’t want to spend more on knobs than I did on the entire table. I saw some beautiful ones at Hobby Lobby, but even $3.00 a piece was more than I wanted to pay. I decided to go with some cheap, black $0.97 ones from Lowe’s. It ties it back into my black entertainment center and work just fine. They even had a little detail to them.

zinc table knobs closeAnd I was done! Since it is a table that we use (and couldn’t NOT have in our living room), I kept it covered with a sheet for a couple weeks to make sure it could properly seal without getting scratched up by my son with a race car or something.

Zinc coffee table1 Zinc coffee table2 Zinc coffee table4So, just for fun, let’s see a before and after. I always love those!


Zinc coffee table after

I love it! Now, if I can get rid of my couches and rug and get that charcoal grey sectional I so desire, then it would look even better, but that will have to wait.

This was definitely labor-intensive but still didn’t take very long in the overall scheme of things. I could have knocked it out in a couple days if I tried really hard. Definitely worth it when you see the results though–my cell phone pics don’t quite do it justice.

Next up, a Barcelona Orange dresser for the nursery! Yikes!

Have you tried this technique? What do you think of it? What has been your favorite piece you have painted (any technique)?

TDC Before and After

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Craigslist Media Console!

media console finished

So, we bought a new TV. We bought it a lot sooner than I planned on buying one. Why? It was a great deal and we didn’t want to miss out.

The problem? Our current TV (at the time) was a stand-alone beast and I had nothing to put the new (skinny, beautiful) TV on, furniture-wise. I didn’t want another IKEA/Target ready-to-assemble piece of fiberboard, I wanted real furniture, and I had the perfect piece in my head.

Big Sur 3 Piece Media Cabinet

Yep. My head has expensive taste ($2875!!!). I had to take it down a notch, since we just dropped big bucks on the TV. I took it to Craigslist. Five minutes later, I found something I liked. It was $169 on Craigslist, but it was at a local antique mall. Of course I forced Whitney to go look at it with me, armed with measuring tape and a plan! It had the coolest looking top two drawers – of course, the ones I was about to remove. I did save them because they have a lattice design, and I might want to use this as a real chest of drawers someday.

poppin tags


Turns out it was the perfect size! It was also $20 cheaper than it was on Craigslist (yay for sales). PS: This is who I bought it from – Vintage Shoppe Girl. They’ve got good stuff if you’re local! Since I don’t have a truck (I really should have a truck), I had them hold it and convinced my brother to “help” me pick it up the next morning. What a good brother I have.

They agreed to sell it to me for $130, which was awesome, so I made it mine. It sat in my living room for a week while I stared at it, panicked, and tried to figure out the easiest way to convert a chest of drawers to a media console. Finally, at about 7:00 pm one night, I figured it out and left my husband at home to make dinner while I went to Home Depot to pick up a few things. Ha!


Those “few things” were 1/2″ MDF cut to size, a hole saw bit set, oh, and a Ryobi Super Combo Kit. Yeah. I only needed a drill (my hand-me-down drill bit the dust), but for only $50 more I could get a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, and a big old flashlight thing. It all came with a huge bag to store it in, 2 batteries, and a charger. So awesome. The lady that checked me out was asking about it, so I told her about Haven Conference/Ryobi/DIY stuff – people are always so shocked that a *girl* can use power tools, it amazes me every time!

I guess you could say that once I get motivated to do something, I don’t mess around. I got home, plugged the charger in, and let the battery charge while we ate dinner. Once that was finished, I realized that one of the shelves I had cut would not fit because a notch needed to be taken out of it. I KNEW I bought the combo kit for a reason!

what a mess

Yes, folks, I used a reciprocating saw in my living room. Sure did. I wasn’t even scared (it was my first time). It was awesome.


Then it was time to use the saw hole bit – 2 1/2″, to pull all of the cords through the back. That was a little bit scary, at least the first one. I wasn’t too sure of myself so it was a little choppy, but the second one was like buttah.

no more top drawers

almost finished

spray painting shelves

We nailed the back of the chest back on, painted the shelves black (spray paint because I’m cheap and impatient like that), and plugged stuff in. It is perfect! I ordered a table runner to go on the top (uh, in a color much like Gilded Pesto, of course) to finish it off. It’s not here yet, but I will update when it is!

Now, what else can I go saw and/or drill?

media console finished


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Dr. Seuss Nursery Reveal

My sister, Diane, was gracious enough to let me pretty much have full reign on decorating baby Cash’s nursery. They’re a military family so nothing too permanent (like paint) could be done. Also, it doubles as a second bedroom for visitors me when I come to visit.


I did a few little projects before putting the room together…

muffula tree inspired lamp shade


This dresser was a Canton, TX find. If you’ve ever been there, you know the greatness that I’m talking about. If not, you’re missing out! Drop everything, look up Canton First Monday Trade Days and get there ASAP! It’s worth the trip. Anyways, it served as my son, Jackson’s changing table. I wasn’t really feeling the mustard color for the new room. It needed something more.

How about this ‘more’?? It was done in semi-gloss.


Here’s the room all put together….

I just love how happy and colorful the room turned out to be. Plus it works for either gender.

Now I’m just pressuring her hoping for a niece!


Entry Hall Table Makeover

I’ve had this table for a few years now.

I found it at a local used furniture store while actually looking for something else for around $60.

Isn’t that how it always happens?

Well, I was excited and motivated to give it a makeover right away!

Then I got it home.

And there it sat. And sat. And sat.

I just didn’t know exactly know what I wanted to do with it.

That is until the Haven Conference & Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Boy, oh, boy was it worth the wait…

note to self: do not put a pumpkin on wood. It will strip the finish right off!

I do like the shape and detail of the piece.

The peeling veneer trim at the bottom was removed right before painting.

No prep work, just some wood filler in some spots.

Then abracadabra!


A coat of Annie Sloan’s “Provence” with a clear wax top coat. Then a little distressing.

That’s it!


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Coming Soon

I promise I am still around. I work at a preschool 4 days/week and it has started back up and that has just taken over a lot of the free time I had over the summer. Believe me, I am antsy to get back to painting some furniture and doing some crafts (like this one). And I am sure my husband would appreciate me getting to painting since I have recently acquired 3 new (to me) pieces that are slowly taking over parts of my house. Yep, 3. I have a problem, remember?

So here’s what will be coming soon:

Last Sunday I told a friend I work with at church that I would be hitting up some Goodwills later that day. She told me to keep an eye out for a nightstand/side table for her son. The first Goodwill we walked into, I spotted this one. It is a taller table and it has a shelf in that open part, it just needs new brackets to hold it up. And it’s HEAVY. Price? $9.99! I snatched it up before I even heard back from her (I had texted her a picture) knowing that even if she didn’t want it, I would do something with it. The plan is to use Napoleonic Blue (i still have plenty left from my dresser) and maybe mix a bit of Graphite in to darken it a little (which means I definitely get to buy some this weekend!!).


This little beauty came about on Craigslist and I immediately coveted it. It is an antique washstand (supposedly. I never know with those things and didn’t see a stamp anywhere, but I don’t really care. It’s still pretty.) and very solid. For $50! I originally pictured it for my front hallway (pictured above) but it sticks out a little further than I like and is a little short for the wall. It will probably end up being a side table in my living room. And while it is definitely pretty like it is, I know I will end up doing something to it. I just can’t decide what. Paint or stain? Or stain the top (I want darker/less red) and paint the bottom? I need your thoughts.


And then there’s this coffee table. I just picked it up today (off a Facebook buy/sell/trade group in my area–seriously check your Facebook/area and see if there is one set up. I belong to 4 different groups in the area–here’s a group name for example: Trophy Club For Sale/Free/Needed). She was only asking $30 to begin with and I picked it up for $20. It is a solid, large coffee table in great condition and I plan to redo it in a Zinc-type finish. I can’t wait to get started on it! ***Update–see finished project here!***


So there’s my plans for the coming weeks. You will, of course, be kept up to date on the progress with plenty of pictures, I am sure.

What have been your thrifty finds this week? Do you have a thrifting addiction? If so, what do you gravitate toward? Furniture like me or something else?

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Pin there. Done that. {wk 2}

Hey y’all! It’s Thursday and you know what that is, right? RIGHT?!? It’s Pin there. Done that. Thursday!

{insert any emailed projects} — sadly, there weren’t any to post this week. Sad frowny face.

This week’s pin was actually done by my husband. He begged suggested I could use his project. I had found the project, pinned it and sent it to him. He saw everyone’s great furniture projects and couldn’t wait to try it himself. He says he has it out of his system now, so he’ll leave future projects like that to me.

I can’t remember the exact pin I sent him, but I have two pinned.


Jody found 2 dressers on Craigslist within a few days of each other – one for him, one for me. He’s a Craigslist addict, but truly comes by it right. My father-in-law could probably use a Craigslist intervention!

During the sanding

The 5 drawers – sanded and read to paint

The detail of the hardware that he loved!

He chose not to use our beloved Annie Sloan, taking it old school-man way and used regular Valspar. However, I helped him pick it out so that he got the right kind AND so that he didn’t buy a whole gallon. Seriously y’all, he was going to buy a whole gallon. Uh, no. He ended up with a quart of “Pearly Violet” and for the top he used Minwax Dark Walnut stain.

In all it’s white glory

The dark walnut stain top

His closeup again of the hardware.

I think it turned out beautiful. BONUS he put it on Craigslist and sold it in 20 minutes for full asking price!

Anyone have any furniture they are going to attempt to paint or refinish? Or have some pieces that you have painted or refinished? We obviously love painting furniture (one of us is truly addicted).

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Pinterest Party : Crafts

What I’m really doing here is procrastinating organizing my craft room. It is just overwhelming – so why not do a blog post about our Pinterest Party crafts, right?

Ah, the project that we had such high hopes for. This is a very modified version of the original that we attempted to replicate. Moral of the story? Don’t use ink stain on photo paper. It just doesn’t work. It is a really, really cute picture even though we finally gave up (after wasting 2 prints) and used spray adhesive to stick it to a 16×20 piece of plywood (not the bendy kind). It’s cute just the way it is, but it would be cuter if I had the patience to do it the original way. Oh well. 16×20 prints are $5.99 at Costco, so it’s not like we’re breaking the bank here.

Sorry for the blurry picture! Sars saw a Target ad in a magazine while she was lounging on the couch, and showed it to us. Apparently, there will be a chalkboard that looks eerily similar to this one coming out soon at your local Target! My aunt fell in love and wanted one for her daughter. We took one of the many pieces of plywood (best $10 spent the whole weekend – one sheet made a TON of different size plaques/boards, AND the dude at Lowe’s didn’t even charge us for the cuts – and there were a lot of them) and sprayed chalkboard paint on it. While that was drying (takes about 1 minute!), I cut out letters on the Silhouette in different fonts. I also found a cool design in their online shop that I cut for the corner (the Target one does not have that!). It took forever to cut, but it was perfect for it. We mod-podged the letters onto the board and that was it. It’s too cute.

I buy these frames from Michaels in bulk. As in, 10-15 at a time. They make quick, easy gifts and they are only $1. Yes, $1. They are in the unfinished wood section, and occasionally they will put them on sale 3/$2. Katy bar the door when that happens. Whitney put this together in about 10 minutes (including cutting time on the Silhouette). Quit looking at the Mod Podge, it’s not dry yet. It dried clear and it looks perfect.

You’ve seen this bad boy before. Whitney brought it out to Pinterest Party so we could put the finishing touches on it. It took us a couple of tries to get the font right, but once that was done, it was easy. Mod Podge to the rescue. It looks great!

You’ve also seen this before. All we had to do to it this time was add a dinosaur (or a “longnecky” as Logan calls this particular type) – five minutes + Mod Podge. Done.

Sars, the self-proclaimed NOT CRAFTY one of the bunch, showed up to Pinterest Party ready to sleep and do some stuff for work. Seriously, she planned on working. That’s cool, sometimes you just need to get away and do your own thang – but she didn’t. She crafted. And she crafted WELL. She made this sign for her group at work, obviously named “Utopia”. She did a great job! Plywood + Silhouette cutouts + Mod Podge. It turned out perfect.

This is what happens when you craft and drink. Obviously, I’m not going to put “FART” on my craft room wall – it really spells CRAFT, but fart is a much funnier word. These were just chipboard letters from Hobby Lobby painted with 3 coats of craft paint. That’s it. The letters were $1 each, so why not, right?

These little stepstools from IKEA are the coolest gift ever for kids. I’ve given several of them away, and up until these two, all of the letters were cut BY HAND. You know how much that sucks? It sucks a lot. Thankfully, I have a Silhouette now (am I pimping them out enough in this post? Between the Silhouette and Mod Podge, I should be making a commission) and it is much, much easier to whip these out quickly. Sars and I put the two stepstools together by hand, with the infamous IKEA Allen wrench (ugh) and I spray painted them with 2 coats. Fun fact: It started sprinkling pretty heavily between the first coat and the second coat. I was spray painting against the clock! Once the paint was dry, we picked out fonts (no small feat, since I have approx. 3500 fonts – it’s a problem) and cute designs. Trent’s brother Jaxon received one a couple of years ago, and they share a bathroom, so their stepstools had to coordinate. Savannah (who has a really, really long name) has her own bathroom so I had free reign over that one. Her letters are actually lime green and the little birdies are a cute pink/lime green floral pattern – the flash made everything too light! Again, Mod Podge is your friend when putting letters and designs onto anything. I should also mention that Sars (you know, the non-crafty one) took control of Savannah’s stepstool and did it all herself. I think it looks great. Now I just need to get the dang stepstools to their owners…

Aunt Toni found this magazine rack at a thrift/resale shop and painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and Primer Red. It needed a little something else, though, so we used one of the Royal Design Studio Stencils and a little Duck Egg Blue paint and made it even cuter.

Well, I haven’t really been able to stop thinking about how cute, cheap, and easy this craft was. Aunt Toni came up with it all on her own! She used two dishtowels from IKEA for each chair (.79/each), red ribbon to tie it with, and pom pom fringe to line the bottom with to make it even cuter. She sewed the two dishtowels together, cut small holes to put ribbon through, sewed the pom pom fringe on, and that was it. About $2 + 7 minutes. Seriously. I look at dishtowels in a whole new light now.

I think this frame cost about $6 at Family Dollar. It had a beautiful fug picture of something in it, I don’t even remember what. We covered that up faster than you can say “Mod Podge”. All it took was (wait for it) Mod Podge, (wait for it) Silhouette letters, and (wait for it) that’s it. So easy. So cute. I heart your heart.

Again with the $1 frame. I painted the whole thing with silver craft paint and let it dry. Then I taped off stripes with Frog Tape (thanks to Haven, I have about 8 rolls of that stuff), and painted it with gold craft paint. 10 minutes to do it and it looked pretty cute. I need to add something to it, though – maybe a big sparkly flower or something.

Since the letters at Hob Lob were only $1, we went buck wild buying different ones. Whitney mixed up some craft paint colors and ended up with a goldish terracotta color – slap some paint on those things and they’re finished!

Canvas + chalkboard paint + Silhouette letters + Mod Podge. That’s it. This turned out really cute and it showed up just great in Logan’s first day of school pictures!

We had an overabundance of blank canvases, so everyone that attended Pinterest Party made a bird canvas (I know you are loving this, Dianthe). Well, everyone except for me. I made Aunt Toni make mine. I wanted to be surprised! She wrote “Birds of a feather craft together 2012″ on the bottom edge of my canvas, so everyone else copied her. Mine is the hot pink one, by the way. Gotta be different.

This is a picture of everything we made (minus the furniture, which had its own post). It makes me tired (and happy) just looking at it. Paige (the new girl, that we all love now!) made several headbands for her not-born-yet niece, due to arrive in October. She whips those things out like nobody’s business! I should also note that Hometalk (like Pinterest for home stuff) sent us aprons to use for our Pinterest weekend – you can see that I tied one up on the banister! Wouldn’t you know I completely forgot to give them out until, oh, the very end? I wish we had a picture of everyone in their apron – we all loved them! Go check out Hometalk – it’s addicting. We are on it – there is a button on the sidebar! Every time we have a Pinterest Party, we try to get a picture of everything we’ve done – it gets harder and harder each time because we make so much stuff! Here are a couple of pictures from past Pinterest Parties.

Fall 2011

Christmas 2011

I hope you enjoyed seeing everything that we made – we really do have a lot of fun at these parties, but we also work hard!

Have we inspired you to have a Pinterest Party/Weekend? Tell us about it!

Linked up at Whipperberry – for some reason, the button code won’t work! I’ve tried 20 times :)

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Pinterest Party 8-2012: Furniture

Since we all have a *slight* obsession with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, of course, no Pinterest Party would be complete without a little painting. We were able to complete 6 pieces of furniture–3 nightstands, a dresser (which was already painted, just needed wax), a kitchen table, and a coffee table.

Now, onto the pictures. I know that’s what you’re all waiting for.

Check out this find! Heather and I found it at a Goodwill in Arlington for only $20. We knew Aunt Toni was looking for a side table for her daughter but couldn’t get a hold of her. I bought it anyway, knowing someone would find a place for it if she didn’t want it (that someone being me). But, of course, she wanted it. So it went from a very distressed (not intentionally) black piece to beautiful in Duck Egg with a drawer in Pure White with clear wax.

Aunt Toni was also working on a coffee table she found on Craigslist for $40. It was a little beaten up, but with it being laminate on top, there wasn’t much we could do as far as sanding. It was going in a college apartment, so we figured it would be getting beat up anyway. The paint at least gave it a fresher look, even though you could still see some rough spots. It adds character, right? We did Duck Egg all over and Pure White on the shelves with clear wax over all of it.

The next piece is a dresser I found on Craigslist ($50) but Aunt Toni bought it from me (again, for her daughter’s apartment–how lucky is that girl?).

She is still on the lookout for cute knobs or pulls, so it’s not quite done yet.

She also decided to revamp some chairs to go in her daughter’s apartment. Plain metal and wood chairs turned into red, cute chairs with Ikea tea towels ($0.79 each, y’all!) used as slipcovers…I would have never thought of that. No ASCP this time, just red spray paint–we take the easy way when necessary.









It was an easy, cheap project with very little sewing (and could be done with no sewing if you so desired) and totally changed the look of the chairs. She even added some pom-pom fringe on the back just to top it off.

Paige (Heather & Whitney’s cousin’s girlfriend) brought 2 nightstands that she scored for $10 each at a flea market in South Texas (how come I never get that lucky?!) and bought Graphite to use on them. Heather and I were so excited to see the Graphite on a piece of furniture. We have been wanting to go buy some for a few of our pieces but hadn’t managed to do so yet. This was Paige’s first experience with ASCP, so I hope she was as impressed as we have been. I think originally she was hoping for an almost black look, but with only 2 coats and then clear and dark wax, we got a dark charcoal color, which I love. I am sure if we kept going and added more coats and then more dark wax, it would have gotten darker, but she was happy with it. She added some CUTE houndstooth wrapping paper as drawer liner, which absolutely made the piece. Again, no before pictures (sorry, we just weren’t thinking), but just imagine one plain wood nightstand (sanded down) and one white one.

It was a very busy weekend, with all the crafting and furniture painting, but it all turned out really good.

Aunt Toni and Paige with all their furniture. And cute Lucy had to get in on the picture, too. **sidenote~Do you see the view we get when we have Pinterest Parties at my aunt’s house?? It’s a wonder we get any work done.**

I love ASCP simply because you can work so fast and get so many pieces done, but I do want to try to make my own chalk paint and also try gel stain and CeCe Caldwell. You know, just to get a feel for everything…and pass on what we discover to you guys, of course.

TDC Before and After

What furniture have you painted? With Annie Sloan or something else?

Now What?

So…I sold my coffee table and kitchen table set. Quick. Which means now I can proceed with my kitchen update. I haven’t even had time to process everything because it all happened so fast. And now my husband is asking me all kinds of questions about how I want the banquette to look, how tall, how deep, etc. and my head is starting to spin. Maybe y’all can help me.

My seating area went from this:

To this:

And now this:

Yes, I found chairs to go with the table (can you guess where??). And eventually, the banquette will wrap around the back and side in an L-shape. And yes, I think I may have 1 too many chairs. I don’t think I will be able to put 2 on the long side due to the legs. But until we get the banquette built, we need 3 chairs anyway. I’ll figure out the rest later.

So, here’s my question. What color should the chairs and banquette be? The table is dark brown wood. The walls are going to be painted terracotta-ish, I think. I originally thought I’d paint the banquette, chairs, and possibly my island black and get fun printed fabric for seat cushions to bring in more color. Now I am worried that might be too dark for the room since the walls will be dark, too. But white would get dirty really fast, I am afraid.

I need to figure it all out relatively soon because the husband just informed me that he has some guys coming over this Saturday to finish taking down the wallpaper and re-texture the walls, which means it will be ready for him to paint while I am out of town next weekend (yay!)

With that all said, here are my questions for you:

What is a good kitchen wall color? Do you like the terracotta idea or is that too much?

What’s a good coordinating chair & banquette color (and possibly island)?

Any experience with building banquettes? Got any tips/advice for us?

Give me your ideas, people. I am not good with this decision-making stuff!

’80s movie helps the process

When my husband and I moved into our first home our parents unloaded furniture on us. Gosh, that was so nice of them . We gained our grandmothers’ furniture – a china cabinet from mine, and a table and buffet from his. The table has since found its way back to them, but the buffet remains. My mother-in-law kindly told me that I could do what I wanted with the buffet if I didn’t like the color.

That was 9 years ago, y’all. NINE YEARS.

Isn’t it a beauty?

I took the “already coming off” faux moulding off.

There was stain on the top, the veneer on the bottom edges was coming off and the faux decorative moulding was coming off as well. I did note that it was coming off right where the plastic the movers had put on it to “protect” it. I took the drawer pulls off, cleaned it and my husband helped me move it into the garage. Yes, you read that right, the garage … in Texas … at the end of July.

“Wasn’t it hot out there?” you’re asking yourself as you read this.

I’m sure you know the answer to your own question, but in case you don’t, it was ONE BILLION degrees out there. However, I’m not afraid of a little sweat, or as some of us like to say, “glistening”. My husband was kind enough to bring me a box fan to blow the hot air around cool me off. Thanks honey!

After the first coat. It’s amazing how simple it is.

Close up of my awesome painting skills


I managed 2 coats of Annie Sloan’s Provence Chalk Paint. I’ll be honest, after the 1st coat, I was a little apprehensive. This is my first time to paint furniture and use chalk paint. I just learned about the paint (and WON the quart of Provence) at Haven Conference. By the way, the conference was great. It was small, just perfect for my (our) first DIY/blogging conference.

Back to the paint and furniture.

So with chalk paint to finish off you have to wax or polyurethane it. I went the wax option. All the memories of The Karate Kid, the ORIGINAL one, not that remake with Will Smith’s kid. I shudder to think of the remake. I’m sure it was fabulous, but really, who can be better than Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi. So waxing the furniture …. “Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off”.

Wax ON!

wax on … some more.

Waxing is a skill. A definite skill. I need more practice. I can’t even begin to explain the stuff that happened on my second project … that is still sitting in the garage.

Almost done


LOVE these drawer pulls!

I have a picture of the whole thing, but I still need two longer drawer pulls for the top drawer. I’m not having much luck locating ones that I like. I love the ones I picked up at Benbrook Antique Mall. I spent about 20-25 minutes with my bored-out-of-his-mind 4 year old, Jaxon, looking for the right ones. The booth I got them in has a whole shelf dedicated to knobs and drawer pulls. I absolutely love it. I paid $6 for 6 of them. When I looked at the orange store (shout out Brittaney!), I was looking to pay $12 or more for ones that I was just going to have to “live” with. I didn’t want to just “live” with them.

Since I don’t have those two top drawer pulls, I’m holding off on the final picture. I also want the final picture to be of its complete living spot all nicely decorated in my entryway with my awesome Craigslist mirror that was only $10 and I searched 6 months for!

And if anyone is wondering about the Craft Room of Shame….

Getting there!


Royal Design Studio Stencil Review

I met up with Regina from Royal Design Studio at Haven Conference – she had a booth and her booth was a popular one! They were doing a make and take craft, which is always popular with us nerdy blogger types. Everyone got to stencil a file folder to take with them, and that file folder came in handy for all of the handouts we were given at the conference!

Upon learning that they have a program especially for bloggers, I was pumped. After I got home from Haven and wound down a little bit, I emailed Regina and we worked it out. Their website showcased SO many designs to choose from, it took me days to decide which one I wanted. Royal Design Studio sent me a fun, youthful stencil to try out! I decided to use it on my chest of drawers in my craft room.

I knew I wanted a bright color for the chest, and was leaning towards green/lime green – in fact, that’s what I set out to buy when we headed to Dallas to buy our Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Once we got to the store, my sister and friends talked me into the Barcelona Orange. I like orange, but I don’t LIKE orange – the color orange is still growing on me, but after seeing the chest of drawers finished, I think I’m a changed woman.

The chest of drawers that was transformed actually used to be in my nephew’s room, until my sister bought a different dresser and painted it. I couldn’t let a cute chest of drawers go homeless, so of course I took it. It was boring white and was begging for color – not to mention, it was going in my craft room and I want my craft room to be a fun, happy, bright room!

Once we got this beast painted (no sanding, no priming! Thanks Annie Sloan!), it was time to bite the bullet and stencil. We had spent so much time painting this chest and I had an irrational fear of stenciling and messing it up.

Armed with Frog Tape, Martha Stewart Arrowhead craft paint, daubers, and stencils, we set to work.

Since I twitch when things aren’t symmetrical (my sister’s OCD is rubbing off on me), I decided to stick with one stencil for the whole project. The stencils I chose actually came with 5 different flowers! The one I used was the smallest one since the drawers were more narrow than I thought.

(We had to do a trial stencil on posterboard to make sure we were doing it correctly!)

Action shot of the first stencil!

One down, seven to go.

I decided to center the flower stencil underneath the knob. That way, they would be evenly placed and centered. Once I got started, it went relatively quickly – I would say I finished all 8 flowers in less than 30 minutes. They’re not perfect, I got a little crazy on a few spots, but nothing major!

(Keeping it real)

My five year old nephew wanted to help, so we had him do a “trial” stencil on the posterboard. Well, in typical five year old fashion, he did great for about 10 seconds and then started dragging the paint across to finish. No! I am a sucker for my nephew, as you can see.

*So easy, even a five year old can do it!*

(That one actually turned out to be the best one on the whole chest)

After letting it dry overnight (even though the Martha Stewart paint dried pretty quickly – just wanted to be safe), my sister and I put a coat of polyurethane over the whole chest of drawers. That took about 20 minutes total.

Why polyurethane and not wax? 1) I’m lazy, hence the name of the blog, and 2) I wanted a really glossy finish. I love the way Annie Sloan wax goes on and looks on certain pieces, but it’s not what I had in mind for this project.

I purchased cheapy knobs at Lowe’s ($1.02 each) and put them on – and it was ready to go! This fun chest of drawers will have a new life as a scrapbook paper/embellishment/mod podge organizer and I can’t WAIT to put it to use. Fun fact: I also have a second chest of drawers that I am going to paint the same way this week to hold my fabric, but I needed to get one done to see how it went. It’s a win!

And now I present to you my very first sponsored blog review item -

Barcelona Orange chest of drawers with Japanese Flower Stencils from Royal Design Studio!

* This stencil was provided to me by Royal Design Studio to review and give my honest thoughts on. My honest thoughts? I can’t wait to order some more stencils from them! Thank you so much for the opportunity, Regina! You are awesome.

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