Sunday, August 20, 2017

Cabinet Make Over with SPRAY Chalk Paint


I'm nearly finished with the bedroom makeover so now I can start posting projects! This little side table was a steal at a local thrift store for 20.00.  Now I LOVE Annie Sloan chalk paint but I have to say, painting the INSIDE of cabinets like this is a real pain (figuratively AND literally).  I had planned to just use regular spray paint on the inside but when I was at the hardware store I saw this . . .
 Chalk paint . . . in a can.  Maybe not new to some but it was to me so I thought I'd try it.  Black and green have been around for a long time but I'd not seen other colors. I think this was a cabinet to hold records because of the slots inside -- very cool!  Two light coats and the inside was finished. (The 'shadows' are just that -- shadows.  The inside was totally covered in a clean finish with just two coats)
 But once I saw how great this looked . . . I decided to use it on the entire piece!  Here's what I loved about it:  
It was quick and easy to apply
It dried super fast between coats
It gave a nice, smooth finish
It was easy to distress and easy to wax
The only 'negative' I could see was the paint smell but that was not enough to deter me from using it.
 Like regular chalk paint, I did no prep work or sanding at all and the paint adhered perfectly.  I did remove all of the hardware first since it was in such great shape and I wanted to keep it as is.
 I used Annie Sloan clear wax and followed up with touches of dark wax, then buffed it for a nice finish.
I will definitely be using the spray chalk paint again.  Right now it comes in about 6 different colors.  It's definitely a smoother, neater finish than the regular chalk paint but I liked that on this piece.  I have other pieces in the room where I used the AS Chalk Paint so there are a variety of 'finishes' in the room.
 I think the spray chalk paint is a GREAT option, especially for the insides of cabinets or pieces with hard-to-reach spots!  Have you ever used spray chalk paint? Did you like it?

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

EASY Reclaimed Wood Cornice

 
I'm almost finished with our bedroom update.  One of the many projects in this budget makeover is this reclaimed wood cornice.  There is only one window in the room so I wanted to make it a little special.
 Total cost was about 6.00 for the hardware and it was super easy!  After I measured and determined the size I needed, I cut the wood and added the braces to hold the pieces together and the brackets that would attach the cornice to the wall.  Once it was put together I just ran my sander over the edges and top to 'clean it up' a bit.
 Hanging it was definitely a two-person job but that was the only part that took a little time, making sure it was level and centered over the window.
 And that was it!  Simple, quick but with a big impact I think!


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Monday, August 7, 2017

"Walking Away" Documenting Your Kids Lives

Time REALLY does fly by! When my children were growing up, I started a tradition of taking what I call the 'walking away' pictures on the first day of school.  Through the years I managed to keep them all in one place (remember these were the days of having to SEND the film out and getting the photos/negatives back!).  I kept two copies of each photo in a special envelope tied with a red ribbon.  Since "paper" is the traditional first anniversary gift, I used the photos to create a photo album for my son and daughter-in-law.
 And this was my plan  . . . that one day, I would create a wedding gift from the photos (and if my girls don't get married, well . . . I'll come up with another creative idea for using their photos!)
 So every year, rain or shine, we would take the obligatory photos.  I love this one of first grade -- he was literally running down the block toward the bus stop he was so excited!
 When I created the album, I added little embellishments as well as the year in school and name of the school.
 To make it even more fun, I found all of these funny quotes by kids describing love/marriage/dating and added them to each page.
To keep it all uniform, I bought a book of coordinating scrap booking paper.
 Notice he's not running anymore haha! Although I have to say, this kid LOVED school.  So much so, he grew up to be a Physics teacher!
 By twelfth grade, he was walking to the garage for his car instead of walking to the bus stop.
 I wrote this poem to go with the album.
 This little poem I found by an anonymous writer and I adapted it a little for my album.  

From this . . .

to this . . .  in a few short years

and finally to this . . .


a new life with a beautiful, young lady.

Do you have any 'traditions' or 'rituals' to document your children through the years?


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I'VE BEEN FEATURED!