Thursday, June 28, 2012

A bird...and Some Spray Paint, a DIY project

I shared this SUPER SIMPLE DIY over at ReFresh ReStyle last week, and in case you missed it...
here it is again ;)

Today, I wanted to share a simple idea for a thrift store find. These days I am so busy chasing my three kids around {ages 7, 5, and 9 months} so SIMPLE is about all I am able to do!

It starts with this little bird
 {A thrift store find breaking the bank at 25 cents! }

He started his life as a salt and pepper shaker. Poor thing!
I used some of my kiddos air drying clay to patch up those little holes and then I got out my trusty can of spray pain in a shade of antique white

And....after a few good coats....

He has a new life!
I tend to move things around in my house like a crazy he will get to see lots of new places, but I think I like him best here...
In my art studio where I can keep a good eye on him ;) about that for a simple makeover??
I knew I loved that little bird from the moment I first met him!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Trash to Treasure.... chalkboard table

If you follow along on Facebook, then you already know that today was my lucky day!
My kiddos slept in until 8am {this is unheard of!} The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing and on my way home from the store I found this little gem sitting out on the curb

I asked all of you on Facebook, 
"what in the world do I turn this into??"
It only sits about 1 foot off the ground, so it was too short for a side table. 
The ideas starting pouring in...
An ottoman, a craft table for the kiddos, cut in half to make shelves...
turned upside down with a cushion for a pet bed.
You guys ROCK! 
{have I told you that lately?}

What I decided on in the end was to turn it in to a creative space for the kiddos. I gave it a makeover in my style. My love for chippy paint and a chalkboard surface for them...

a match made in heaven ;)

To start...
the table had some pretty deep holes drilled into the top in four areas

To fix this, I used a tried and true trick my dad uses all the time
Wood filler made from saw dust and Elmer's glue!
Pretty smart fella my dad is, huh?

I took a handful of sawdust and added just enough glue for it all to bind together

Once it was mixed, I filled in the holes and let it dry

After it was all dry, I gave it a light sanding and the table top was good as new and ready for paint

I knew I wanted this piece to have an aged and distressed look so I started by painting with a dark brown craft paint only in the areas that I wanted to show in the end

Next, I added a thin layer of Vaseline over the painted areas
make sure to only put the Vaseline where you want the dark paint to show through in your finished piece!

Now that the table was prepped and ready, I gave it a good coat of Rustoleum Spray Paint in Antique White

Ready for the fun {and EASY} distressing part??
Just grab a paper towel, that's right, NO sandpaper needed!!
Wipe away the paint where you added the Vaseline underneath and 

Aged to perfection in no time at all!

So stinkin' easy! I love the way it turned out!

For the top of the table, I mixed
2 Tablespoons white unsanded to 1/4 cup flat paint to make chalkboard paint

I put on two coats, making sure that each layer dried completely between coats
and the table was finished!

Now time for her photo shoot ;)

And...well, this table is for the kids so I thought I should see what Liam thought about it too

He likes it!!
And...he also thinks chalk is a tasty snack...


And then he gives me this look because he's knows I'll let him do anything he wants ;)

So...that was my day. Pretty good I'd say and as I was working away on our new to us table, I could hear the trash truck in the distance. Today was trash day in our neighborhood, and to think...this table was supposed to be trash!

So happy I could give it a new life ;)

linked to:

These Peas Taste Funny

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pin-Tested......Pass or Fail?

With so many ideas, recipes and DIY's going around on Pinterest I thought it would be fun to write a post about a couple of the recipes I have tried lately...
You know, to see if they stack up....if they really taste as good as they look in those mouthwatering pictures.....

I was in love from the picture alone so I knew I needed to pin it and give it a try.
The recipe is from Cookies & Cups. I was so happy to stumble upon this blog! The pictures are amazing and her sense of humor is just my style!

This recipe was so easy! Nothing fancy, and she even uses a package brownie mix!

So...following her recipe exactly
 {the only thing I left out was chopped peanuts because somebody named my husband ate them before I had a chance to use them}

I made them....and they were a HIT!  Seriously...I am not afraid to say they might just be the best brownies I have ever had.
Seriously that good.
Get the recipe
and run {not walk} to the store to get what you need to make them!

The next pin I tried was this, for oven baked corn on the cob.

I was seeing this pin all over the place! Corn is a favorite in our family...we have it growing in our garden as I type. I was all about a quick and easy way to prepare it and let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed a single bit!
It was so easy, once removed from the oven the husk and silk came off with no effort at all! Yeah....easy and mighty tasty too ;)
Really tasty....Bryce, our onsite corn expert said,
"This is the best corn I have ever eaten in my life......what?? Why are you looking at me like that? It's good!!!"

This recipe {or tip} comes from Cait Hates Cake, you can find her instructions
{just scroll down a bit, it's at the bottom of the post}

That's all I have for now, but I am looking forward to trying out some more of the recipes I have pinned and let you know how they turned out!

And maybe some of those DIY cleaning tips too
{if I ever feel like cleaning again ;) }

And...if you want, follow me on Pinterest too!
I'm a pinning machine...the recipes seemed to be pinned between the hours of 10pm-12am, not sure why that is, haha! But I always go to bed with sweet dreams ;)

Have you tried some pinned recipes? I would love to hear about how you liked them!

linked to:

These Peas Taste Funny

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Road Tripin' With my Favorites.....

Any day spent with them, is a 

A road trip to Kentucky with.....

My man

my thoughtful thinker

My silly, oh so silly, boy

My sweet baby...

and they all make me so very, very 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Beachy Summer Mantle.....

oh how i

My mantle loves you too, summertime...

Sand and shells....and a home for my spray painted vase

A quote that makes me smile....

Beach memories in a jar....

Perfect blue Mason Jar filled with shells...

Hand painted and Oh so True....

Starfish hung from my painted yard sale find....

Life is good....enjoy!

linked to:

52 Mantels
Too Much Time On My Hands

Crafty Confessions
Home Stories A2Z
These Peas Taste Funny