Tag Archives: Paint

An Outdoor Adventure!

7 Jul

Whew! What a weekend! We have been doing house work almost all weekend and today I made a HUGE change up in our front yard. Since we don’t have the budget to do serious major changes in our front yard we decided to do what we could with it until then!

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As you can tell everything is a little bit overgrown and chaotic. Don’t you just love the crazy weeds growing taller than any of the other plants?!

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Brian mowed the lawn and did the trimming which made the front look much better but I still had a lot of work ahead of me. I trimmed up all the bushes, pulled out all the weeds I could, and cleaned up a bit.

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Emma played hide and seek behind the chair and colored with chalk on the sidewalk. I think she didn’t know what to do since we were both busy working!!

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Here’s the halfway point! I’ve gotten most of the weeds up and most of the bushes trimmed. I started pulling out the bricks because they aren’t my favorite – I’ll explain what I’m going to do with them later.

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And TADA! The for now finished front. All the bricks are gone and everything is cleaned up πŸ˜€ I’m so proud of all the hard work!!

078I brought all the bricks up on the patio in preparation for the next phase of their lives πŸ˜‰

I’m going to buy some outdoor brick paint and turn these red bricks gray:

We’ll have to figure out which gray we like the most. We’ll also be painting the gray brick behind the bushes to match. I’m so excited!! Now I know why everyone gets so excited to do house projects! It’s hard work but it’s TOTALLY worth it!

 

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What Are You Doing!?

14 Dec

Today I am doing finishing touches to make sure I’m all prepped for my show tomorrow!

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These are pieces of wood I spray painted with chalkboard paint to make price signs for the show. I love how bright they are and how they stand out. I also love that I don’t have to tag price EACH item I’ve made. I’ve tried many different ways to tag price my items and realized that all of them take WAY to long and I could have made more items for my show instead of wasting time tagging each and every single thing.

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These are the kinds of tags I was trying to use. I had to write out each tag and use string to tie to each item. It was exhausting and frustrating. Another kind i used were sticky price tags which I hated. They either leave sticky messes on your items or they fall off and are nowhere to be found which result in a, “how much is this!?”

After going through all that I realized I didn’t mind people asking me how much things were. It actually seemed to be the conversation starter and gave me a chance to explain the process of making my items and that I do custom orders as well. After that I tried to come up with a different way to price my items – which resulted in the chalkboard paint boards. Now my prices are easy to be seen but if someone really wanted to talk to me or ask me my prices I was ready and available πŸ™‚

What are you working on today? Leave a comment and let me know or share a link to show me what you are doing!

 

Love Always,

J

Personalized Wine Bottles

10 Oct

For those of you who follow my blog – you might remember me making personalized wine bottles for my sister for her wedding centerpieces. Now that the wedding is over and we have tons of wine bottles sitting around the house – I decided to have a little fun with it and see what else I could come up with! I have a few ideas so you’ll be seeing more posts as I finish them.

 

I took one of the wine bottles with the vinyl J on it, a box, and a can of spray paint and got to work!

I covered the wine bottle in white spray paint (and painted some grass too – oh well!) and let it dry for four hours.

Here’s an up close and personal so you can see the vinyl J better.

Once it was dry enough to touch I laid it in my lap and peeled the vinyl off. I wasn’t sure how well this would work. I was imagining the paint bleeding and the vinyl taking off chunks of paint but it came of really smooth and easy!

Then I put it up for display – of course right now the sun is beaming in and ruining the view!

I’m so happy with how easy, inexpensive, and fun this project was! I’m imagining all the different designs, styles, and colors I could do. Looks like I’ll be playing around with this project next weekend πŸ™‚

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

 

I did it again – Framing It Up!

16 Aug

Another one of Saturday’s projects: Frames!

I started out by picking out what paint and paper I wanted for each one:

I always pick out the paint and paper first so that I know if I have the right color to match. I have about six other sheets I wanted to try but I’ll be running to the store today to pick out the perfect paint colors!

Then it was prime time! To make the paint colors really pop the exact color they are shown always use a primer white paint or the tan of the wood will change the shade of the paint.

I decided to focus on these while the others dried. I picked two neutral and a bright blue!

This gray needs another top coat layer – some paint colors need more coats in than others.

I picked some gray paper that had pops of color. I think I want to use this same paper again and do one of the pop colors as the frame!

This white one is my favorite one so far! I loooove how vibrant the green is and how the white frame pops out the white pattern.

A close up of the awesome pattern!

And last but not least the blue set! I can just picture this in a little boys room πŸ™‚

This paper also has a couple options for color choices!

Which one was your favorite?

Next week I’ll have some more frames with some new colors to share! These frames will also be on etsy by tomorrow so if you are interested in one of them let me know – I can reserve it for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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How to Restore Old Furniture

6 May

Hello There!

I’ve started my bedroom makeover that I’ve always dreamed of having. Since we are on a tight budget things are going to happen slowly but surely! Yesterday I took our side tables out and gave them a little touch up to get started. Restoring old furniture has become one of my favorite things to do to really make a difference in a room on a tight budget. Instead of spending a fortune buying new furniture to replace what you have, why not give it a little makeover instead and save some money?

I took these two side tables given to us from my mother-in-law and decided to make them pop a little more!

My goal for this room is to slowly transition everything into a black, gray, and white color scheme and have pops of yellow throughout. These two side tables completely blend in except for the fact that my two lamps are making a statement! They each also have a little wear and tear on them.

You can see here that the handles are a little scratched up as well as a few other places. So I cleaned out the side tables and took them outside for a little sanding. Please note – you probably shouldn’t go through your husbands side table to clean it out without asking him. Luckily, all I found was video game things and change πŸ˜› Gotta love my hubby!

There are two ways you can sand furniture. You can hand sand it with a sand block or use a palm sander. I chose a palm sander because it’s faster but for the intricate parts of table like the drawer you are going to need a sand block. Since this side table had only been painted once there wasn’t layers upon layers to sand so a quick light sand is all you need. When something is painted previously with a gloss or there are obvious layers of paint then you are going to want to use a heavier sheet of sand paper or heavier sand block in order to make the process of sanding easier on you.

As you can see I didn’t take off the entire layer of paint. That’s not necessary – it’s just important to get off the top gloss and give the paint somewhere to hold onto when you paint it. If you decide not to sand and just paint as it is then the first time you scratch the paint or nick it a little it’s going to peel a good chunk off of your furniture. Paint needs something to hold on to in order to really stick.

Here comes the fun part – the first layer of paint! Your first layer is never going to look good. Especially when you are painting over a dark surface but it’s okay! Give it a nice little layer and let it dry for a couple of hours. If you are impatient like I am, find something to do to keep busy until it dries – in my case I painted the second shelf and the drawers!

You don’t always have to paint the entire drawer. I wanted to paint the inside because I plan on putting shelf liner in it to make it pop when you open the drawer, so I wanted to make sure the rest of the inside of the drawer looked pretty too!

Once you have let everything dry you can go back and do the second coat of painting. A hard lesson that I have figured out is to let the second coat dry over night. If you are like me – you will want to put it all together and put it back where it was to see the finished project and be proud of yourself for accomplishing it! Don’t.. The paint will feel dry but it’s still wet underneath. If you put the drawers back in and let it sit the paint will try to dry and end up sticking to whatever it’s touching. Which means you won’t be able to open the drawer and if you do – you might be damaging the paint job you just worked so hard at finishing.

Once its dried over night it’s ready to be used! I’m really excited about the white transformation! My next step to finishing these babies up is to by shelf/drawer liner to put in the drawers and the back panel of the cubby. I’m looking for a yellow pattern that will go along with the lamps but I’m having trouble finding exactly what I’m looking for so I’ll keep searching and wait until I find what I’m looking for!

It definitely gives it the POP of white that I was looking for πŸ™‚

When you are a person like I am, that changes their mind about what they want, what they like, and their favorite color – you really should be thinking about the most budget friendly options. I change my mind so much that it’s probably best to keep all the furniture I have and just keep repainting it until I’m happy with the outcome!

The next thing I am going to attempt for this room is a handmade headboard! I’ll be searching Pinterest for brilliant ideas and budget friendly tips πŸ˜›

Thanks everyone for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

What are some tips and tricks that you use while restoring old furniture?

The Perfect Finds!

28 Mar

After a day long trip of thrift store hunting I found some AWESOME finds! I also found some awesome places to go back for some more shopping as well as other’s I’ll probably skip unless I’m looking for something specific..

Check out my awesome finds:

My mother-in-law found this perfect bench for Emma at the Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift shop! It doesn’t need anything done to it and we’ve already put it to use a few times πŸ˜‰

I found this desk at Unique in Falls Church! I’m going to sand it down, paint it or stain it, and paint the top of the desk with chalkboard paint! I’m so excited to see how this turns out!

Here is Emma’s new desk chair! It needs a few touch ups so we’ll be sanding and painting this one as well. It’s a little big for her but she can get in and out of it on her own so I think this will be something she grows with perfectly!

This was an impulse buy! It was only two bucks so I’m going to touch up the paint, lay a thin sheet of wood down in it and wrap that with fabric to make a cute tray to place things in!

Heck yes for cheap patterns! Especially home decor patterns! I hate spending a bunch of money on patterns not knowing whether I’m going to like them or change them πŸ˜‰ This is a great way to try new patterns without feeling that guilt of paying too much! I also bought some awesome fabric by the bunch that you’ll see when I show off my work with these new patterns πŸ˜€

Hooray for two dollar batting! I spend a fortune on batting and usually buy it in bulk like this but you can’t beat less than 50 cents a yard!

So those were my awesome finds this weekend! The Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop in Purcellville is going to be my first trip each weekend from now on. That thrift store was AMAZING!

Stay tuned to see what I do with these perfect finds!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Tutorial Tuesday: Love Lights

7 Feb

Welcome to Tuesday Tutorials – where I find awesome easyΒ tutorialsΒ for you – now go get crafty πŸ˜‰

This crafty tutorial comes from: Indie Spotting

Illuminated LOVE Canvas

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Tuesday Tutorial: Paint Swatch Chandelier

17 Jan

Welcome to Tuesday Tutorials – where I find awesome easyΒ tutorialsΒ for you – now go get crafty πŸ˜‰

This crafty tutorial comes from:Β HeyGorgeous

Thanks for coming by!

Love Always,

J

I Love Lamp: Someone’s Trash becomes My Treasure!

15 Jan

Thanks to an amazing neighbor I got these amazing lamps! So far I’ve only done two but there’s six total. But if it wasn’t for my dad I would be at a complete loss because taking these things apart and putting them back together are a puzzle! The first thing to know about disassembling a lamp is take the lamp shade off, bulb out, and then start from the bottom and work your way up. Also take it apart in order so you remember how to put it back together πŸ˜‰ After it’s all apart make sure you take over all the threading (the holes with the ridges that you put a screw into) and also tape over anything you do not want painted.

The beginning lamp!

All the pieces taken apart (both lamps).

The tools you’ll need. The little driver you will use to undo the wiring to the top pieces of the lamp. There should be a little square or rectangular opening in the bottom of the square pieces you put the light bulb in. If you press down lightly with the driver it will pop the wires loose so you can pull it out. If they don’t release (some old lamps are finicky) you’ll need to use the wire cutters at the bottom left to cut them off and buy a new piece (about 50 cents) for the light bulb.

Spray Paint!!!!! The best part about this project πŸ˜€ If you notice that I boughtΒ the nice brand in all the colors and the EL CHEAPO one in white. Since white is only going to be used as primer there is no need to buy an expensive brand.

After you’ve taped all the pieces necessary get on with painting!! I did two priming coats in white.

Then two coats in yellow! I’m redoing my room in black, gray, white, and spot colors of yellow! Once I see if I like it or not I’m either going to leave it or spray paint them gray. We’ll see πŸ˜‰

The base of the new lamp!

The top piece.

and TADA! The picture is a little dark but I did add a new lamp.

So this whole project cost me:

$7.88 cents for a lamp shade

$3.89 white spray paint

$5.69 for Silver & Yellow Spray Paint (so x2)

Lamp Free

Total cost: approx $21.00

So if you can find a lamp that has an awesome shade that’ll save you $8 bucks and another $6 if you only buy one can of spray paint for the color which would total to approx $9.00. Still not crazy cheap but then again lamps are pretty expensive and it’s so much fun!!

Other lamp ideas:

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Thanks for stopping by! Next change I get I’ll be working on the little rocking chair from the post before this πŸ˜€

Love Always,

J

A Little Paint & A Little Love

14 Jan

What can you do with old paper towel rolls, paint, and missing puzzle pieces? Probably more than you think πŸ˜‰

I started out with a paper towel roll, marked it with a highlighter every once inch and cut with scissors (it probably would have been more precise and neater cuts if I had used an exacto knife – I’ll try that and let you know later if it’s better) then I painted them black, let them dry, bent them a little to make a flower-like shape and glued them together. I have MUCH more to cut out to make it look how I want – but it’s a good start!

 

 

What I’m hoping mine will turn out to look similar to:

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Other things you can do with paper towel holders:

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Next up! Puzzle pieces! My mom is a huge puzzler so we always have puzzle pieces around this house up for stealing πŸ˜‰ I laid out all the puzzle pieces I wanted to use and painted and painted and painted white. It took five layers to get them solid white and I still would do a layer or more because I’m that picky πŸ˜› After they dry I picked seven pieces, one for the back to keep it all aligned and glued six more pieces in a circle. Add a ribbon and it’s complete!

 

This is what I hope the final pieces looks like:

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Other things you can do with puzzle pieces:

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(This is a guest “book” everyone signed the puzzle pieces and then they put it together and framed it! SOO COOL)

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Hope you enjoyed today’s crafts! I have a few new ones coming soon so you’ll have to stay tuned if you’d like to see what I do with these two next things!

This is a rocking chair that has been passed down from generations on my mom’s side. I’m going to clean it up, add a piece of wood for the seat, some batting, and fabric to make it cute for Emma πŸ˜€

 

This is an old lamp that was given to me to do whatever I please with πŸ˜€ I LOVE IT! I’m going to prime it, spray paint it, add a new lamp shade and make it modern and new!
Thanks for stopping by! Now go get crafty πŸ˜‰

Love Always,

J

 

 

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