I have to add some random posts in here somewhere, right? Sometimes my mind is just what I call "random".  Ask my BF Jessica....I think I confuse myself sometimes when we chat because I just jump from one conversation to the next! :) And if you go back to pregnancy days....oh my randomness was out of control. So, I feel like I can share my true self with you now!
So here goes my first random post....

Some people have asked, where do you find the time? I admit, I am not the perfect mom that has a clean house, clean kids, and just some extra time to do some crafts. Who is that? Not me! Right now, I have a huge mound of laundry downstairs and instead of doing that or scrubbing the nasty kitchen floor, I decided to paint a dresser. :) Ha! And that is just how it goes. Luckily, my husband Jimmy doesn't say a word! Sometimes, I expect him to. Like when he comes home and there is a sink full of dishes...But he never does! I am blessed with a husband that is just happy with some food to eat and his kids playing by his side. Oh, and to see me happy!
He is my number 1 supporter! VERY BLESSED!

I am now a GOODWILL stalker! I will plan my day out so I can make a 5 minute dash in to see if there is anything that catches my eye. I CANNOT believe I just admitted that! Many of you know that my dad passed away in January. Not to be somber, but his passing has been one of the hardest events of my life. Jimmy and I have seen our share of some really tough times, but this one stabs my heart daily. I wish he could be around to see my blog too. He would be so proud of my "finds" and what I am doing. So...I know that he is smiling if he can see me now. He would be so proud to see me running out of a Goodwill. You see, this is one of my fondest memories of my childhood with him. He was obsessed with Goodwill. He used to drag me in, literally kicking and gagging because of the smell. I hated going. And now, I can't believe I check it out to see what I can find. Sometimes, I go out of my way to hit a store that I haven't been to for awhile. Admittingly, sometimes I still gag at the smell. But I have found some treasures that nothing more than a little LYSOL can fix. Ok, I still cannot believe I admit that! :)

Wouldn't it be fun to start a DIY girls night or club (even though I hate that word)! I am so excited to be meeting (or even finding out that someone I have known for years is really into DIY) people that love to craft, DIY, and just get creative in life. If you are one of those people, I would love to know. It would be so much fun to get together sometimes and share ideas.

This blog thing is so exciting! Right now, I have over 1280 pageviews on the blog! WoW! That actually blows my mind. Whether I end up just rambling on to a few of you that check in on my updates, or if it gets bigger and I get to do this more and more, it is so much fun to share my projects. That sounds so cliche but it is SO true! I hate the word "like" on FB or "follow" on the blog....but they are how you spread the word in this little blog world. So, don't forget to do that! It takes a few moments to set up to follow the blog but then it is super easy to comment on my posts...and I am loving the comments. It tells me to keep going with it... just for fun! I AM TRYING TO WORK OUT SOME KINKS (ok probably me just being completely naive with computers) SO PLEASE HELP ME OUT!!! WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING INTO THE COMMENTS SECTION BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE HAVE SAID THAT IT IS CONFUSING TO POST COMMENTS. IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE FIXED THE PROBLEM BUT I WOULD LOVE FOR SOME OF YOU TO TRY TO COMMENT JUST TO SEE IF IT WORKS. AFTER YOU TYPE THE COMMENT, PULL DOWN THE TAB AND CHOOSE NAME (OR IF YOU ARE A FOLLOWER OF THE BLOG, YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TO DO THAT) AND JUST IGNORE THE URL PART...UNLESS OF COURSE YOU HAVE YOUR OWN WEBSITE OR BLOG! :)  I am adding a pinterest and FB button on the blog soon because I would love for you all to follow me there. Plus, I can get an idea of who is reading! :)

Ok, enough for today! :) More projects coming soon! :)

Seeing BLUE!

Well, I found another Craigslist FIND that I am absolutely in love with! It comes with a story though so bare with me! :) I always have a story.

I have this cute little wall when you first walk into my house. It's like a foyer area, I guess. It is next to the staircase that leads to upstairs. Since we have moved in, I have stared at that wall and thought about a way to make it stand out. It's a small area so I knew that I could do something bold there without going overboard. I had bought a glass table for the space, but you guessed it, I decided that I didn't like it there. Are you seeing my patterns of behavior? Jimmy is such a patient man! :)

Anyway, I wanted something with storage because between a small house with limited storage and kids with unlimited CRAP, I need places to get it out of sight. At my previous house, we put built in cabinets in the family room to hide STUFF but here I am just starting to touch the organization part. I decided some kind of dresser would be perfect for that wall. I could still use it as a entrance table, but the drawers would serve as storage areas. So, of course, I went right to craigslist. Do you have an iPhone? I recently got one and I love the craigslist app. It lets you set up alerts that will send you a message when something you are looking for is added. Let me tell you about the 2am alerts going off for dressers! :) LOL!

So, one morning I was getting the kids ready for school and I got an alert for a FREE DRESSER and it was PERFECT!!!! When I tell you that my heart was racing as I emailed the owner to tell him that I was sending Jimmy that moment to get it. Unfortunately, he had received a ton of emails about the dresser already and was planning on putting it outside of his home between 5 and 6 that evening on a first come, first serve basis. I was SO SAD! I called Jimmy discouraged but still begging him to go sit at the man's house at 5pm to get it. But of course, Jimmy to the rescue. He told me to offer the man some cash and see if he would sell it to us. Mmmm....I LOVE HIM! So I did, and the man got a little greedy and up'd it to $40. It was still perfect so we went for it. I am sad that it wasn't free but $40 was still a great deal!

So here it is....May not look like much after all the hype I gave you, but in the end and with a little paint, it is one of my FAVORITES.

I love the curvy lines and the antique feel!!! And it is very wide so it has lots of potential for decorating throughout the year.

The next day, I literally had loads of laundry to do and a house to clean, but instead I headed out and got paint to get to work.

I decided that I wanted to paint it a grey/blue color. I, of course, used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I had a hard time deciding which color to choose. I decided to go with Louis Blue.

And then here is where it got tricky. I painted the whole table....and then as I do often, I sat and looked at it for a few days....and decided it was all wrong! :) Do you think I am crazy yet? It just wasn't the color I was looking for. (It is hard to see the real color with these photos but it was baby blue) It was too light, and too pastel. So of course, I tested out some new paint, and then used some of my nursing chemistry skills to mix together 3 different paints until I found just the right blue/grey. (I mixed some Aubusson Blue, Granite, and Old White- if you would like the mixture "recipe" for the same shade, let me know!) It ended up more blue then grey but it was the perfect shade. And then with some new hardware and of course, some distressing, the dresser fit the space exactly how I imagined.

So here is some after shots of the REAL final color!

and here are some detailed pics of the distressing and hardware!

I envision lots of accent colors on the blue for spring and fall, and whites, fresh greens, and silvers for Christmas. I just love the table more then I imagined. I have always wanted a table that made me step away from natural woods, black, or white and here it is. And I am so glad the first shade of paint was wrong. I was definitely always afraid to experiment and mix shades of paint, in fear that it would go all wrong and I would waste them. But this was a lesson that ended great!

And what do you think of the stripes??? I would love to hear your honest opinion! It is kind of an experiment with that wall. I love stripes and thought it may be fun there.... Still trying to decide what to hang up though.

Do you have any furniture that needs a bold update?? If so, give it a try! And if you have any questions, ask away! I would love to help!

Heather :)

Just a quick craft!

Just a super easy craft...

I LOVE natural colors/materials. I really adore the natural color of my Paper Flowers on the wall. I think I mentioned before that they don't stand out completely, but they add just enough detail.

I also LOVE monograms or initials. Sometimes I have to say, OK enough A's in the room. Pick something else! So, I wanted to show you what my daughter, Aubrey, and I did to add a little character to one of my A's.

We picked up a letter A from Hobby Lobby, some jute rope (you can get that from the dollar store or home depot/lowes), some craft glue, and a few flowers I picked up at Michaels. I was planning on making the flowers out of fabric or paper, but the two flowers I used were in the $1 bin so I couldn't resist.
All together, it cost me $3.

The easiest craft ever. You will just start wrapping the letter with the jute rope. I didnt glue the entire thing. I just glued at the beginning of a section of rope and at the end. I used smaller sections so it was easier to handle as I went along.

Depending on the letter you are using, it gets a little tricky as you go around the corners. I just tried different directions to wrap as I went along and decided what I thought looked best to cover the whole thing. You can see in the final pictures that at the bottom and the cross section of the A, I switched directions. I thought it changed it up a bit.

After I was done wrapping, and Aubrey was done helping! Wow! Sometimes she is a HUGE help! I am sure all of you Mama's out there can understand.
I let Aubrey decide where the flowers should go. I would say now that I would have put them both together, but she was insistent on them being in these spots, and I thought they would be cute anywhere! :)

So here is the final product. Just a little touch to our bookcase and it's nice to know that we made it together. :)

Working on my next post! Can't wait to share it!

Free to ME!

Happy Sunday! :) How was your weekend? I love rainy Saturdays so we spent the whole day at home. My kids were totally depressed to be stuck inside, but I was thrilled. It gave me a chance to stay in my pajamas and get some projects done. And then Jimmy and I went out with some of our best friends for a couples game night. To say that it was hilarious is an understatment. Somehow we progressed to Just Dance. If I could share the video on here without someones husband killing me, I would. Just imagine them dancing to Satisfaction and It's Raining Men! :)

Anyway, back to the project....The one I wanted to share today was so much fun.

When we moved into the house, I looked all over the internet for a TV stand for the living room. I didn't really know how I was going to set up the room, so I am not sure what possessed me to buy anything at that point. Needless to say, after looking at the brand new TV stand for about 3 months, I decided it was totally wrong and I really wanted something else to hold the TV. Yes, Jimmy thinks I have lost my mind.

So, when he gave me an ultimatum about spending more money, I decided to start searching craiglist. I love to be able to hide the TV and Wii when we have company, so I REALLY wanted an armoire. OF course I did! I was determined to find something reasonable, and OH DID I EVER!

After searching for a few days, I came across an ad that said "Armoire and Side Table- Great Quality". Sounded good to me but when I opened it up, I was shocked to see "Free! Please come take it!" Um, Yes....I will be right over! :) After completely stalking the seller, and I mean by the time he wrote me back the first time, he had already gotten 2 panic emails from me. I was so excited to hear that he was an older gentlemen who just wanted someone strong to come take the huge piece of furniture out of his house.

So, I enlisted Jimmy (of course) and my brother, Dave. As a side note, Dave and Jimmy are always my movers. They have moved my monsterous treadmill over 10 times...back and forth between houses, college apartments, AND my mothers house. They hate me for this. :) But I know they really LOVE ME!  That following Saturday, they took a little ride to Bel Air to help the poor man move his armoire, AKA Score for me! I knew it would be big, but for FREE, you really have no idea what to expect. When they returned home, here is the monster armoire that they pulled out...

To say that it was a HUGE score is an understatement! I know it isn't perfect, but it was EXACTLY what I wanted! AND, it was in perfect condition and made by Bassett Furniture! This is a heavy sturdy piece of furniture that I can keep forever. BUT....of course, I couldn't leave it alone. It needed my love! :)

So, with paint in hand, I decided to paint it with Annie Sloan's Old White. I just love this color. It's a creamy white and looks great when it is distessed a bit.

After I painted it white, it sat for months just like that. I knew I wanted to add a little more character, but I wasn't sure what. Chevron? Stripes? Mirrors? I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do next but the white was too boring for me.

This Saturday, I decided to finish it and make a decision. I got out the painters tape and went to work. Diamonds it is!

Here is when I was prepping.

And here it is all finished!!!!! :) :)

I think the diamonds added an extra POP and some charm. And I love a hand painted, distressed piece of furniture.

Here are a few more.... (again, I apologize about the quality of pictures....I have already made my birthday request for a new camera!) And, you can see a little more of the detail in the closer shots. After I painted the diamonds, I hand painted a silver line to outline them and give another layer of texture. Wow, I sound so serious! Really, I wasn't completely happy with it until I added that. :)

Not bad for a FREE Armoire, huh? Have you ever painted furniture? I just finished another piece that I will share this week.... Hope you like it!

Don't forget, I would love for you to share the blog with friends! :)
Have a great start to your week,

7 years later....

7 years ago, I started my love for finding deals....or maybe you would call it "hoarding junk that ONE DAY would look SO good in my house"! Shopping throught the years, I would find things that I had to have. And, here is my strange side, some of it I would stash in the basement in a box because I couldn't put it out in the wrong spot. Like, I couldn't let anyone see it in the wrong element of decorating. So wierd, right?

Baltimore used to have a store, C-Mart. It is now, sadly, closed and forgotten about. It was a warehouse type deal with random (and I mean random) merchandise. It was kind of like mixing home goods, Ross, goodwill, Gabriel Brothers, and a furniture store. I guess that is totally vague but it was a major "search and find" store. Anyway, on one of my trips to C-Mart, I found a tray that I still love to this day. It is wonderfully distressed and I just love the charm it gives to a room. Here it is....

I think I paid around $20 for it. Maybe a little more....
So I have never known exactly what to do with the tray. I have thought about hanging it up on a wall, I have used it for a center piece on a table, but it never really fit in.... (It is WAY bigger than it looks in this picture.)

So, one day I was looking at the tray and trying to think of something I could make with it to really show it off in my house.

...AND IT HIT ME! She needs to become a table! :)

So, I went to home depot to look around for legs to have Jimmy construct into a base for my beloved tray. And I didn't find a thing. I came home discouraged and thought that I would bribe my father-in-law into making it for me.

Until one day I was playing out on our screened porch with the kids and spotted the perfect solution.

It was this UGLY BEATEN UP wooden outdoor table that needed serious love.

I knew they could come together and be the tray table that I was envisioning.

So I painted my little beaten table with some new shiny black paint. Jimmy did some saw tricks to make the top the correct size....and then with our favorite wood glue, we joined the two together.I also added a coat of clear sealant over the tray because it was originally marked as "decorative use only".

 I have always crushed on tray tables to begin with...not the ones on the stands :), but just the look of a tray with the "X" legs....I was SO excited!

So here she is in my living room now!

It is one of my favorite pieces that I own now!
 I love the character it adds to this corner!

Just a post to encourage you to think outside the box! I never thought about making a table before and I was definitely stumped as to what to use the tray for. Who would have thought!?

Thanks again for checking in on the blog! I am really excited about it! I have made some changes too and am working on more coming up. I am hoping it is easier to comment on the posts. I would love to hear from you and what you think! My mom just asked me about blogs and whether you are just talking to the air. Understanding she doesn't really "get" blogs, I kind of laughed. I would love to know if you are reading it and getting some inspiration! :) :)

Working on the next post,
 Heather :)

Paper Flowers

Hey everyone! I haven't forgotten about the blog and I really have been meaning to do more often blog posts. I am hoping to work on it this weekend and get ahead a little. I am also working on some projects that I can't wait to share! I have been doing some crafts, some furniture redos, and some decorating so I am very excited....and very tired too!

But I have to share a little craft that I found when I was stalking  reading my favorite blogs.
 I knew exactly where I would put it so I got to work!

As you know already, I love to decorate, but I really love the thrill of doing things for little cost. I don't know why but it is way more satisfying for me to say that I made something "and it costs $5" rather than saying I ordered it from Pottery Barn. I know that not everyone can relate but that is why we all have our quirky ways :)

So...I will tell you that the total cost for this craft project/ decorating idea was $4. FOUR DOLLARS!!! and....I just happen to love them!!! Let's see what you think?

I was inspired when I watched the Nate Berkus show... by the way, do you watch it? He has so many ideas to liven up your life, house, relationships, etc. on a budget. I love that he puts focus on bloggers and the ideas floating around the internet. Ok...off on a tangent. Anyway, I was watching one day and was introduced to Destiny from her "A Place for Us" blog. She showed off her "rustic" paper flowers and I knew that I had to do it! I had also recently come accross a paper flower craft in an issue of Martha Stewarts magazine so I thought these would go perfect in my home.

 I LOVE flowers! I love that they don't have to be too feminine and romantic. They can just liven up a space and give it some cheer. I also love that these flowers are a natural color that blends in but still adds tons of texture to the wall.

So, here goes. I collected my supplies. Are you ready for this? They were scissors, a pack of brown paper bags, and some craft glue. Crazy, right? I had all three at home so technically I didn't even spend the $4...but I guess I did at some point. (Jimmy, loves this....as far as I am concerned...I didn't spend anything!)

First things first, I but off the bottom of the brown paper bag. You won't need this part.

Next I but a large leaf out of the bag. I ended up making a template with the first leaf that I cut so they could all be somewhat similar as I cut more. Here is the really cool part, when you cut the big leaf out, you will end up with two large leaves (from the front and back of the bag) plus two smaller leaves from the sides of the bag.

I am a one step kind of girl. I did all of my cutting first and then started glueing... you can do it however it fits you.
Next, I glued my flowers together. 5 large leaves glued together into a big flower...and 5 smaller leaves doing the same. I waited for them to dry.

and then I assembled the flowers. I glued two of the larger flowers together and then two of the smaller flowers on top of that. I added wait on them until they dried to make sure they stayed put.

And the last step....I took a small piece of scrap paper bag...and crumbled it up to be the center of the flower.
Here is the end result! :) What do you think?

 I love the quietness that the brown color gives but yet the visual interest of the flowers. And I can move them wherever....I am sure they will make an entrance to my mantel at some point, but for now they add some yummyness (Definitely a word I made up!) to my dining area. It needed a spark and this VERY inexpensive craft did the trick! I am thinking that my porch needs some too! But some bright colors involved. You could really do so much with this idea and some scrapbooking paper or fabric....

I hope you are inspired! I will definitely be back in the next few days with some more posts! I am working on a ton...and by the way, please excuse the blog construction. I am really trying to get over my hatred for technology. I am learning a ton and working on updating to make it a fun site to visit.
 I really appreciate the love so far! :)

Until next time,
Heather :)

The Sun is Shining!

The Sun is shining in Maryland! And pretty much most of the United States. This weather is so strange....and SOOO wonderful! We have been working outside all weekend...well, aside from playing basketball, drawing with chalk, walks to the pond, afternoon naps on the driveway...oh my, I love this house. So, I wanted to come inside and update the blog with my newest creation.

I love spring, summer, and fall. Winter...not my thing! Well I do love a snowy afternoon in my warm house but not being outside in the cold. YUCK! So...when we were looking for a new house, I was thinking about my favorite seasons.

When we walked out back and saw this room, I knew I was in LOVE! Meet our screened in porch! :) Sure, it is nothing special right now. She is BARE! We have some furniture spread out in there but no style. I would much rather say she is my blank canvas! :)


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the wood ceiling! :)

I really adore the idea of "Outdoor Rooms". I envision long afternoon naps and LOTS of steamed crabs in this little slice of heaven! But first, I need to style it! I want to make it comfy and inviting so I started by making something to hang on the right wall.

I looked all over the internet and pinterest for ideas to make a sunburst mirror. I LOVE sunshine and thought it was perfect for this space. I was just looking for some inspiration, UNTIL I came across The Bower Power Blog and a starburst mirror that she did. I LOVED IT!!!! I didn't need to reinvent it! I just needed to get to work and make one myself! It was exactly what I was looking for.

Here is how I made it:

7 packs of Wood Shims (I bought mine from Lowes for $3.50 each)
Wood Glue and All purpose Liquid Nails
Scrap Piece of Plywood
Heavy Duty Picture Hanger (I bought mine from Walmart for around $2)
and a Circle Mirror (Sold at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or any craft store- Mine was $3)

You are going to glue the wood shims together and stagger them to make the different sunburst rays. See below picture. I loved that the wood shims came in different shades of wood. I don't plan on painting my mirror for now, so the different shades gave more depth to the "rays". You can either work around in a circle and just keep glueing them to each other....or you  can glue together each individual ray and then glue them together in a circle at the end. Does that make sense? Check out the picture below!

After I had all of the shims glued together (they get tight to put in at the end), I let it dry for 24 hours. I wanted to make sure it was completely secure before I placed the mirror on it or the hardware to hang it. After it was dry, we applied a scrap piece of plywood to the back. We wanted to give it some extra support and also hang the picture hanger from that instead of the wood shims. Then we screwed in the picture hanger to the plywood.

After all of that was dry, we used the liquid nails to apply the mirror. We placed some weight on that and again let it dry overnight.

Here she is-  all complete! My little ray of sunshine! She fits perfectly out there on the porch and makes me so excited to shop and style the porch! :)

Happy Spring!

ps- We had family photos taken on Saturday! Nicole from Front Porch Photography did an awesome job even with three hungry kids! (there were lots of bribes for them to suffer through just a "few more shots") So much fun to see my most precious ones in print! Check out one of our previews! I'm sure this one will be hanging on my walls ASAP!!! <3 <3 <3

I can't wait to see the rest!!!! Hurry Nicole! :) :)

Word to Live By

I am a total SAP when it comes to quotes. I LOVE them! Don't you love when you read a quote and it touches your day and brings clarity to life. Or it inspires you to live life in better ways. My next project came from that love....
And....let me admit...I have a problem when it comes to picking out artwork for my house. I don't want just a random picture on the wall. So I have gone through store after store looking for artwork over the past 10 years and always become disappointed. I want it to mean something to us as a family....asking too much? Probably! But luckily, I like to make things.... I also have limited wall space! Like really limited!
So in order for the piece to make the cut, it has to be special.

There is a lot of inpiration on other blogs and pinterest about "family rules" plaques and artwork. I just fell in love with the idea and had to make something for a lonely wall in my kitchen. Here are some of the links that inspired me from pinterest....

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Love these so much but I was looking to do something a little different incorporating quotes and sayings that I thought were important to live by. It fits our family closer that way! Here is what I came up with! What do you think???? :)

A little closer image! (let me apologize now about the photos! My camera is acting up and I had to use my IPhone!

I love how it turned out! Here is how I made it!

What you need:
*Two blank canvases- I used one 16x20 canvas and one 20x24 canvas (you can play with this though if you want it smaller or bigger)
*mod podge- one of my new best friends
*scrapbooking paper

I found my quotes first. Let me be honest! This project took me a long time but it was mostly because I wanted just the right quotes....I wanted things to reflect different parts of life. So Jimmy and I searched for "short and sweet" quotes that we wanted to include.

Here are the ones we used because it is a little hard to see in the photos:

Words to Live By
People who want things find a way. Others find excuses.
Surround yourself with positive people that believe in, encourage, and inspire you.
Live Simply. Listen Carefully. Love Completely. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. and Leave the Rest to God.
Give more than you take.
Family come first....always.
Never take advantage of the moments you have to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are smalll matters to what lies within us.
Forgiveness will set your OWN heart free.
...For all things are possible with God.

We were going for a theme of words to teach our children about living this thing called "life". Some were inspired by things we struggle with, some were even inspired by loss that we were experiencing....none the less, we just wanted them to be meaningful to us....You could use anything...maybe even funny quotes, song lyrics... hmm....more projects on my mind!

After I found my quotes, I went to Michaels (you can get at any craft store or even walmart) and got the supplies. I thought I would pick out scrapbooking paper to match but I ended up finding a book of paper that I fell in love with. One book and it did the entire project....and of course was 40% off with my coupon! :) Here is the book I used.

Then I went to work. You will quickly find out that computers are NOT MY THING! I would rather do anything else then try to figure them out. So I simply used Microsoft Word to type and print my quotes. I picked different fonts and sizes for each one and printed them on the scrapbooking paper. I also was not thinking "blog" at this point so I wasn't taking pictures along the way...but you just have to play with spacing depending on how many quotes you would like to include.

The rest was just a matter of cutting the quote papers into thin strips and measuring to make them all fit on the canvas. Once I had them all cut and laid out how I wanted, I started to mod podge the papers to the canvas. If you look at these photos, you will see that I have a black and white border to the right and left of the quotes and also on the canvas in the back. That is just made from scrapbooking paper as well. I originally thought I would cover the canvas with fabric first, but when I saw those two prints in my little scrapbooking paper book, I didnt want to spend any more money on fabric. I think these worked perfectly.

I did the borders first...and then mod podged the quotes on. Have you ever used mod podge?? It is an amazing little crafting creation!!!! The only problem is bubbling. You simply paint the mod podge onto the canvas and place the paper down to glue it on. But....little piece of advice, play with the mod podge to figure it out before you start using it on these canvases....or check out a tutorial from you tube here....

My quotes overlapped so I let the mod podge dry in between each quote to avoid bubbles.

After everything is dry, you will simply paint mod podge again right over top of the entire project. It gives it a nice glazed look and seals the whole project.

I then attached the two canvases together using craft or wood glue. Let them dry completely.

I originally hung it up without a frame but my father-in-law came to the rescue and handmade me a frame for my newest creation. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it in the frame! but you can definitely hang it up without....


So..do you like it??? I would love you to leave a comment for me below! :)
or if you have questions, I can help!

Until next time,

Restoring a Yard Sale Steal

Our first project in the new house was tackling a coffee table. We purchased it from a yard sale last summer (for $5 !!!!! ) and I knew one day we would love it. Until then, my husband looked at it and as he often does, shook his head at yet another "piece I just had to have".

Here is what we started with.... (ooops, we forget to take a photo before we started sanding the top. But you get the point, right? It was a Honey Oak color but I loved the curvy legs and wear that it had seen with its previous owner)

So we started by sanding down the top of the table.
I knew I wanted to stain the top and paint the bottom.

My biggest beef with painting furniture is the prep work. See, I am a "dive right in kind of girl". My husband and I differ so much on this topic. I probably drive him crazy because I have 20 projects going on at once and he is still making a list to prep for his first project to start. :) Love ya babe! :)
 I am not afraid to fail....so I just go for it! Enter into my life, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Have you heard of it?  AMAZING! So amazing that I ended up painting my entire kitchen of cabinets with the paint (that blog post will come later! :). So this coffee table was my very first project with the ASCP's. The only part that needed to be sanded was the top, because we wanted to stain that a darker color. I just wiped down the legs to get them nice and clean.

I painted the bottom of the table with ASCP's "Old White" paint. It goes on without any primer and it only took 2 coats to cover the old honey oak color completely. It also dries within 30-45 mins (or maybe even faster) so projects with this paint are very fast.

After the paint was dry, I used a fine sanding block (or you can use fine sand paper) and rubbed on the edges or wherever I wanted to distress it.

This is how it looked after painting and distressing...

Next, we stained the top with Minwax's Dark Walnut Stain. This step took the most time. We let it dry a day between coats and did 2 or 3 coats to get it to the color we were looking for. My favorite part was the way the stain made all of the bumps/bruises and neglect that the table had seen stick out. I love the imperfections and distress!!!

I was thrilled with the result. What do you think??? Not bad for a 5 dollar table, right?? :) :)

And here are some others that I found that are similar....

This one is from Pottery Barn! Only $699!!!! WOW!

Newberry Rectangular Coffee Table
this image is from http://www.potterybarn.com/

Or here are a few examples of the color scheme from Pinterest! I love the contrast!

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I just love before and after shots of furniture redo's! Don't you???


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