Last weekend I went out and bought some chalkboard paint for the first time. I had found this large floor mirror that the mirror had been busted out of. It was at the Hobby Lobby for 20$. So I thought I could make a chalkboard out of it. I had my hubby pick it up for me and bring it home. I painted the fiber board piece with the chalkboard paint, and it came out pretty good....I just don't have a finished pic yet.(Sorry about the messy garage in the background)....Anyway I wanted to use the paint on something else, so I got my Sugar and flour canisters and decided to try it on those. They had a picture on them that I never liked, so I always kept it facing the wall...I figured I would just paint over that, and that's what I did!
Here is the finished product....
I wrote the words in French, so it's Flour (farine), sugar(sucre) and brown sugar (cassonade). They look much better now...wish I had a before pic...forgot to take one.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I'm pretty sure I pop into my favorite Junk shop almost once a week. So this past week my hubby actually told me to go alone...free of any children...I couldn't pass up that opportunity! I have never had the chance to go to this store without my kids going in with me or waiting in the car with my husband...so I finally felt like I could look around at all the little things in there. So exciting! I found a lot of things I wanted to get, but I do have a budget, so I picked out 3 things. The rest will hopefully be there another time.
I got an old apple picking crate, an old drawer from a sewing machine table, and what looks like an old handmade set of cowbells. They make a neat sound, and I can picture them around a cows neck or maybe another animal of sorts. Anyway these were my weekly finds...love finding old neat things :)Here is what I did with the drawer for now....haven't gotten to the other items yet.
The horse was from the same shop as well. I found him last year....I love cool horse pieces.
I had finished painting my set of drawers and they sat there for a couple weeks with no hardware. Firstly because I hadn't bought new hardware, and then because my hubby was taking his time to put it on for me. Once he did put the new hardware on it was not straight...sooo he had to do it again...and again...and again...lol. Now it is finally done and we need to find an easier way of getting hardware on straight and centered for the next time it has to be done. But I am glad it is finished and I can now use my new drawers.....it is much needed extra storage space!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The other day I was checking out a favorite blog/store site of mine....it's for a local thrift/junk shop. http://ginasjunkandantiques.blogspot.com/ ..it's pretty neat and awesome deals! Anyway I was looking through it and in one of the pictures of a twin bed frame I noticed it was propped against something that had a neat architectural look. So I asked Miss Gina (the store owner) if it was what I was hoping it was....a king headboard! To my surprise it was a king headboard....and frame...for $65.00. Needless to say I rushed over there that morning to check it out. When I got there I didn't see it....but then she showed me where it was...outside. I really liked the detail of the headboard...it reminded me of old cathedral windows....but the frame seemed small to me. So I wasn't sure what I should do. I went home to think it over.....called the shop and asked for the measurements of the frame...and it matched the one I have....sooooo I bought it!! I am super excited about re-doing this piece. I have been wanting to change out my bed for some time now....and I love that I am able to for such a good price! I am hoping to get some Annie Sloan chalk paint and use it for the first time on this headboard. I want to give it a distressed white look...any suggestions??
Friday, August 12, 2011
I realized I have not posted anything about the newest addition to our family. Baby Cullen James was born on May 18th at 11:59 pm....daddy had said he would be born on the 18th and he made it by a minute...made me cry. ( cheesy but true lol ) He was a little guy at 6lbs 3 oz and 19 inches long. The smallest in weight out of all my children...I was surprised by that. He is now almost 3 months old and is such a good baby. He is smiling now and making little noises...so sweet. He is in his swing as I type this and he is doing his baby talk...always brings a smile to my face :) I noticed one of my last posts on here was when Cayla turned 3 months old...I can't believe she is now 2 and that I have another baby who is a couple days shy of 3 months....where does the time go!
Autumn just started the 4th grade, she really likes school and was so happy to go back. Jadon is going to be starting school this year as well, he will be in the Pre-kindergarten which is half days. I can't believe he will be in school...I don't think I am ready for him to leave me..but I know it will be good for him and hope that he enjoys it. He is excited about going and a little nervous. His teacher came to our house this week to get to know him better and he really enjoyed that..so fingers crossed that all will go well on the first day of school.
That will leave me with my Cayla boo and Cully bug at home. I am sure they will keep me busy! I am hoping to have some time to start some new sewing projects and finish some old ones. I have some quilts I want to finish and get started....we shall see if that happens.
So I decided after painting the wardrobe that maybe I could paint other pieces of furniture....but I didn't have any to paint. Well there is this great junk/thrift shop near me and I have seen some pieces there that I like. I have been wanting to change out my bedroom furniture for some time now, so I decided I would buy a set of drawers that I could re-do...plus I need extra drawer space. I found this french provincial 3 drawer chest for a good price and grabbed it up (stuff doesn't stay at this shop long at all!) Notice all my hubbies junk lying on the table...there is a dresser next to it that will be re-done as well...that will be another post.
So after looking at some other blogs I decided on how I would tackle painting this. I decided to use a spray paint primer and then I was going to spray paint it the color I wanted as well. However when I went to look at spray paint colors I had no luck finding the color I wanted. Sooo I opted for regular paint and found the exact color I wanted...I was so happy! I cleaned off the drawers and primed them with Kilz spray paint, once that dried I sanded it with 220 sandpaper. Then I wiped all the dust off and proceeded to paint my drawers. The color I chose was icy teal by Glidden (I got it at Walmart). I did 2 coats of paint and let it dry overnight. The next day I glazed it, I got Valspar tintable glaze and tinted it a dark brown color...from Lowes. Ultimately I really like the end result...I purchased new hardware but I have yet to put it on...I need the right size screws (they came with the wrong ones) I will post a pic of that when the hardware is on...but for now here is the piece painted and glazed.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I have not posted in almost 2 years...that is a long time! I have had another baby and moved again since my last post. I enjoy living here in Georgia....well more so then Texas lol...the heat is still a kicker though. The best part is that Jose is home with us all the time....he does not have to deploy while we live here....that makes anything worth it. He is such a great help to me and the kids, I don't know how I ever survived without him!
So I have been wanting to do more home projects and craft projects as of lately. I had a wardrobe that had been sitting in my garage for the last 3 years. It was my parents when I was a baby and then resided in my grandmothers house for years. I wanted to re paint it and use it in my daughters room....well I finally got around to doing so. I have never painted a piece of furniture and didn't want to do anything too tricky...so I decided to paint it and then do a crackle finish on it. It sounded easy when I read the glaze bottle...however when I got it home and started to apply the glaze to the painted piece of furniture it started to goop off if the paint brush touched it after it was applied! Urgh it looked like a mess....and I was mad! So I tried my best to never re-touch a spot that the glaze had been applied too....but that left me with an uneven coat of paint. Oh well....I was ok with the outcome and didn't want to have to do it all over again. It looks cute in my daughters room and maybe later down the road it will be re-painted again.
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