Monday, May 25, 2015

Preserving Boxwood Branches

I love the look of dried boxwood.  I bought this one awhile ago and have always wanted another one or 2 and of course a wreath.  But if you have ever bought real dried boxwood you know they are not cheap.  My mom has a large hedge of boxwoods that line her property so I decided to figure out how to dry them correctly and put them to good use!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Master Bathroom Mirror.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may remember me asking for advice about my black mirror.  I have always wanted to change the color of it, but at the time there was so much going on with the remodel of our home I just needed to get it hung.  I didn't hate it black, but I felt it stood out more than I wanted it 3 years later it was time for a change......

And the most popular vote was....GOLD!!
  If you would have told me 3 years ago I would be painting something gold I would have called you crazy and reassured you that would never ever happen.  But gold has grown on me and I love my mirror gold.  

It makes the space brighter and you can see the beautiful details of the frame much better.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Why I use Latex Paint.....

I often get asked why I paint with latex, I want to answer this by saying because I just like it better.  I have never really had a good answer until now......after many months of thinking it over.

First, I love the look of sprayed furniture, it is so smooth and if done right it can produce a perfect finish.

Second, I am a perfectionist.  I always look at those beautiful chippy pieces and think to myself "I love that look....I can do that."  but I can't because it has to be balanced and symmetrical.  All areas have to be distressed evenly, I can't have a side that is more chippy than the other or it bothers me, like keeps me up at night bothers me.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Ombre French Lingerie Chest

Ever since we put the girls in the same room, about a year ago, I have been looking for a lingerie chest.  They can be hard to come by, so when I found this at a garage sale for $10....YES $10 I didn't even think twice!  

It had been previously painted.....after about 4 hours of sanding....which I might add was worth it...

We finally found the wood!  I don't always stripe all the paint off, but the previous paint was scratching and flaking off, which would cause the new coat of paint to do the same.    
Once the paint was off I was stumped as to what to do with this piece.  
My girls room has fun bright colors (you can see that here) I wanted this chest to fit in with out being too wild.....

Ombre it is!  
I have been ewing and awing over umber furniture for sometime, but never found the right piece, until now!  The 6 drawers make this piece the perfect candidate!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Refinished French Hutch!

I really didn't want to give this hutch up.  I finished it up back in December and it has been sitting down in my craft room as I have tired every possible way to rearrange my house to accommodate this piece... I have failed.  It just won't fit without looking out of I guess I am going to have to part with it :(  I have sprayed this hutch with a HIGH quality latex custom mixed cream color and then I used Benjamin Moore's White Dove to accent the beauty of this piece.  I have also antiqued, glazed and top coated this piece, so it is ready for a new home.  It measures 49 inches long x 17 inches wide x 70 inches high.  This is not your average oversized hutch, it is cute, petit and oh so beautiful.  Asking $650

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DIY Chicken Wire Projects

My mom came and took my kids this morning for a walk, a 2 hour walk to the park.  It is only 11:30am and I have my house cleaned, my yard work done and I even have a few minutes to blog!  Things are flying off my TO DO list today!!  

Anyway, I found an old roll of chicken wire in our backyard when we moved in so I stashed it away.   I am glad I did I have made some fun projects with it.  Here are a few of my favorites!

A chicken wire cloche.  
I did get a few scratches in the process of putting it together.  But it was worth it!

A chicken wire backed frame.  It is great to display all my reminders and kids pictures.

How about chicken wire instead of glass?

These doors used to be solid panels.  
I used a router to remove the inside panel and added chicken wire and my upholstery gun, you could use a regular staple gun as well!

Who would have thought an old oak tv stand could be so cute!!



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

DIY Pallet Art

Pallet art is so much fun to make, and the best part is you can put just about anything on it!  Want to make your own?  There is a tutorial below!

I used pine for this piece.  I cut it done to size the size I wanted 12 inches x 9 inches. 
 I then broke a paint stick in half, applied glue and stapled the paint stick in place

Next  I pulled out my graphite transfer paper, I bought mine and Micheal's, and wrapped it around the board.  I usually wrap the transfer paper around the board so I have a better idea of where the edges are.  It makes centering your image much easier.

Now you are ready to center your image on your board.  I used photoshop to design my lettering and then I printed it.

Once you have it centered it is time to trace

After everything is traced pull your image and graphite paper off and this is what it should look like

Now it is time to paint.  I used a soft cream color latex paint.  I try to stay inside the lines.  I don't worry about covering the lines.  I either sand them off, or they blend into the stain

Once everything is painted and dry I sand over the top to make everything smooth and to get rid of some of the graphite lines.   I also like how the stain stays in the sand marks made in the paint.

I then used a paint brushed to apply the Dark Walnut stain by Miniwax.  I wiped off any excess stain and let it dry.

Once it is try you have a beautiful piece of pallet art.  
These are great for Wedding gifts, I made this one for my step brother and his fiancé.


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