Project Birthday Girl!

My little girl is turning 5 this week and for some reason I am sort of nostalgic about it.  4 years old is just a bit closer to toddlerhood than 5, and her graduation to being 5 and starting Kindergarten this fall make her seem so much like a little girl.  In honor of her birthday, I made some updates to her room. I repurposed an old computer armoire into a dress up armoire and added some new curtains with a fun pom pom trim.  I will post tutorials on these projects next week and will include a review of Home Depot’s  Americana brand chalk paint which I used to paint the armoire!

Here is a sneak peek at the projects . . .

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Birthday Girl 3

 

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I had to think of something to house my daughter’s ever-growing collection of dress up clothes.  I am sure if you have little girls you know what I am talking about!  This armoire is the perfect height for her to get the dresses out all by herself.  Before, I had them all stuffed into a basket which was a nightmare.

How do you store your children’s toys?  This wantabe organized mom wants to know!

A Cinderella Story

When we first moved into our home I found this mirror in our garage that had been left by the prior owner.  It was dirty, dusty, a hideous tone of wood, and frankly quite ugly.  Like Cinderella it had been banished to the garage to waste away, its beauty never to be seen again.

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Uggo I know!

However, it had good bones.  It had a nice shape and had some detailed carve work on it.  Being the Fairy Godmother I am, I thought maybe some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint could give it some charm and restore it to its former beauty.

Bibbidi BobbidiBoo with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and some gold rub and buff, I transformed the mirror into this.

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AS Mirror

AS Mirror 3

AS Mirror 4

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What do you think?  Quite a transformation and not bad for free!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo

DIY Gold Leafed Agate Coasters

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It has been a rough week here in our household and I found this little quote on Pinterest and it made me smile.

Life Gives You Lemons

So, I tried to think of what I could transform with gold to help turn life’s lemons into lemonade. After Christmas, I bought these agate Christmas tree ornaments at Target for about $1 each. I took the hanging hooks off and decided to use them as coasters.  They were beautiful, but needed something more.

I was inspired by these beautiful gold-rimmed coasters from an online store called 1956 Heritage.  Aren’t they to die for??

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So, I took the Krylon Gold Leafing Pen I used for this project and rimmed the edges with gold leaf.  You can find a gold leafing pen at most craft stores or online at Amazon.

Here is my version.

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They are not nearly as sparkly or gold as the inspiration piece, but I think they are still really pretty.  They only cost me a little over a $1 each to replicate.  The inspiration coasters were $110 for a set!  I love getting the look for less!!

What about you?  Has life given you lemons lately?  Did you paint something gold??

I am linking these beauties up to the Best of the Nest Party over at Simple Details.  Head on over here to see all of the amazing projects!

Tried and Tested: Using Chalk Paint to Revive Old Patio Decor

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know of my obsession with Annie Sloan chalk paint.  Annie Sloan claims the paint can stick to almost any surface and that it can be used outdoors.  Apparently, the outside of Annie Sloan’s shop is painted with Chalk Paint!

I was a bit skeptical of how this paint would hold up under the elements.  I painted several things last spring with chalk paint and am glad to report that they have held up extremely well through wind and rain and very cold conditions.

I had several really ugly old plastic pots that many years ago, were supposed to look like fake terra-cotta.  I painted these in Annie Sloan’s old white and it gave them new life.  I would have been happy if they lasted even one season, but they held up so well, I am going to keep them.

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I also painted these chairs we inherited.  They were originally black wrought iron.  I felt they looked pretty boring with the black iron, so I painted just the arms with chalk paint and I feel it gave them a modern lightness.  The paint has held up well after a year of being outside.

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So, there is my review.  I would definitely endorse this product being used outdoors.

You can see my other reviews on chalk paint here, here and here.  What about you?  Have you ever used chalk paint on outdoor pieces?

DIY Aged Terra Cotta Pots

 

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Simplicity in the South

Daylight savings time is upon us and I have an instantaneous urge to run out to the nursery and buy more plants and flowers than I can plant in one sitting!  I am a huge fan of terra cotta planters, but the high-end ones that look centuries old tend to be super expensive.  You can buy very inexpensive ones at box stores like the Home Depot, but they tend to look too new.  Over time, these pots whiten with age as a result of minerals leaching from the water.

I did a little research and what do you know . . . it is very easy to create the “weathered” look on your own.

Martha Stewart Aged Terra Cotta Pot

Martha Stewart

Here is what you do to create the look on your own:

MATERIALS:

  • Terra Cotta Pot(s)
  • Lime powder
  • Bristle brush
  • Medium-grit sand paper (about 150 grit)

STEP 1:  Mix 1 cup of lime powder into 2 cups of water until it takes on a thick consistency.  Paint a coat of the solution onto the pot.  For a natural look, apply it sparingly in some areas and generously in others.

STEP 2:  When the pot is coated and still wet, take a spray bottle of water on the “stream” setting and let some of the lime powder solution run off.

STEP 3:  Allow the pot to dry.  Use the sandpaper in a light pattern to create a gently mottled surface.

BOOM.  There you are in 3 easy steps.  Plant some lavender because you have just been transported to a patio in Provence!

If you have some Annie Sloan chalk paint on hand you can head over here for a tutorial on how to age terra cotta pots using chalk paint.

Stay tuned.  I plan to do a post on getting moss to grow on these beauties!

terra cotta moss

xo

DIY Lacquered Boxes

I have been eyeing beautiful lacquered boxes like these for a while now.  However, the high-end designer versions can cost you upwards of $80 per box.  I was inspired to create an inexpensive version of my own.

lacqured box 2 Here is what I did.

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Materials:

  • Plain wood boxes from a craft store.  I bought mine at Michael’s and it was about $8 for both.
  • Paint color of choice.  I used spray paint because I had it on hand, but anything would work.
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper or sanding wedge
  • High gloss coating
  • Small Phillips head screwdriver
  • Jewels or stones to decorate the box (optional)

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First, take the box clasps off with the screwdriver, but keep the open and close hinges in place. Then fill the holes with wood filler or wood putty. After it dries, sand the holes down so the surface is smooth.

Next, paint the boxes with your paint of choice.  Be sure to use painters tape over the opening or else you will seal the box shut.  I have learned this the hard way before!

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Once your base coat is fully dry, give it a light sanding, if necessary to remove any brush strokes. If you want to create stripes around the edges, use painter’s tape to form the stripes.

Finally, use two coats of a high gloss finish to give the boxes that ultra shiny lacquered look.  I used Martha Stewart High Gloss and it did a nice job.

I had an old bracelet that I never wear anymore, so I cut it apart and used the pieces to make a decorative shape on the top of one of the boxes.

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Once they are finally dry, you have a look a like version for a fraction of the cost.  Are they as smooth as the real deal?  No.  Can you see a bit of the wood grain.  Yes.  But they are still just as pretty and because I used mostly materials on hand, they only cost me about $11 total for both!

I am considering adding some striped detail to the outside of the box like the one in the sample picture.  However, I think it might be too much with the decorative pieces on top.  What do you think?