DIY Chalk Paint Table

Before and After

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Before I get into the details of refinishing our table I have to give you guys a quick update.

[Acquiring the table and chairs]

Wow. So a lot has happened over the last couple of months. We are now proud new HOMEOWNERS. The hubs and I have learned SO MUCH through this whole house buying process, and we’re still learning. I guess you never stop. ;)After we moved into our new house I immediately started thinking about decorating ideas. We also started keeping our eyes out for cheap furniture at garage sales and on Craig’s List. We really wanted a new table to fill our house with, and thankfully one of my dear friends wanted to get rid of her old table. She gave us this really nice dining room table with 3 matching wood chairs. My parents also came to help us move and “donated” 4 wooden chairs to our cause. ha. Thank you parentals!! :)

[Design theme?]

Next, I had to decide what color(s)/theme(s) I wanted to go with in our breakfast area. It was actually harder than it sounds because I’m not very good at narrowing choices down. Our kitchen already has a lot of bright green accessories so I decided to tie the green into the breakfast area as well. The theme was a lot easier for me to pick because we already had a mix matched table set, and I really like the country/shabby chic look. So that’s what I picked!

[Learning the ways of chalk paint]

My wonderful sister-in-law agreed to come over to our house one day and teach me how to use chalk paint. We drove to Old Town Spring, TX. (which is adorable by the way). There we found a boutique called Michella Marie & Co. where I was able to make my first chalk paint purchase. I looked at it as an investment because it’s kind of pricey.

[Painting the table]

I ended up buying 1 can each of Annnie Sloan Antibes (green), Coco (tan), and some dark and clear wax.Painting the table was so much easier than I thought it would be! It took about 1.5 days. I just painted right over the old table (no sanding or prepping required). I used about 2 coats of the color everywhere. So 2 coats of green on the legs and 2 coats of coco on the top. Then we just “distressed” the table by applying dark wax everywhere. I learned quickly that it is more of an art than a specific way of doing it.

Anyway, we were really happy with the way it turned out! Let me know what you think! Also, stay tuned for pictures of the chairs and a HOME TOUR. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

C

 

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DIY Dog Bed

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It all started when our 50 pound puppy decided that the couch was his bed. He has a kennel that he sleeps in at night and whenever we leave, but he would prefer to be with us when we are home. So the couch is an obvious choice, right? My husband and I decided that we were gonna enforce our new rule of “Rogan is not allowed on the couch.” Our discipline went something like this. . .

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Which brings me to why I decided to get Rogan a bed of his own. At first we were just going to buy one, but after looking at different stores we realized that they weren’t made very nice. Most of them had this gross stuff that looked like hair (instead of real stuffing inside of them), and they weren’t the most washer/dryer friendly.

I looked for ideas on Pinterest, and I decided to pull out my sewing machine and make him one. I modeled my version after a tutorial found here. Originally, I was going to make one identical to the picture below because it’s so cute and pretty. But after looking at the fleece selection at Hobby Lobby, I decided that none of their prints would give the same effect, and I wanted a color that matched Rogan’s hair. (it’ll look less gross after he sheds his hair on it)

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I found the material at Hobby Lobby. I bought a yard of clearanced red fabric to go inside of the fleece cover and a yard and a 1/2 of the sock monkey fleece. Next, I made a pillow out of the red fabric by sewing it together with my machine.

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[I will be doing a pillow tutorial later on if you don’t know how to make one, but you can also find tons of tutorials online as well.] I stuffed the pillow with stuffing that I already had and sewed it up all of the way.

Most importantly, I scotch guarded the pillow. (the hubs idea :)) Now it doesn’t matter if the pillow gets wet. It should be water resistant.

Next up was measuring and cutting the fleece.

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I left about 6 inches of fleece all the way around the pillow. I cut 4 inch long by 1 and 1/2 inch wide slits all along the fleece. Then, I tied the fleece together by double knotting each tab of fabric around the pillow.

I also bought a zipper for the fleece, just in case I decide to sew it up (instead of the knots). I may get tired of unknotting/knotting it every time I want to wash it.

I really like the way it turned out and so does Rogan! It’s always way cooler knowing you’ve made something. :)

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Easy Peasy Craft

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Nope. The towel isn’t the craft. My mom made that for me. Sorry. :) But isn’t it lovely?

The craft is the bottle turned into a flower vase. It’s nothing spectacular, but it was super easy to do. It didn’t cost anything to make because I already had all of the supplies. And who doesn’t like free decorations? I’ve been needing something to go next to my hand towels in our bathroom, and this works perfectly.

I used an old Crush soda bottle and cleaned the sticky labels off with Goo Gone. That stuff is amazing, by the way. 

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Then, I just used some satin brushed metallic gold spray paint and voila! What a lovely FREE vase. 

I’ve been dealing with a sick puppy for the past couple of days. :/ Apparently Rogan has some sort of allergy that’s making him swell up with hives. Thank God for Benadryl. Seriously. I took him to the vet yesterday and hopefully he gets better soon!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Brown Cowl or Scarf

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I’m so excited about my newest creation! It’s a cowl/scarf which means it’s basically a TRANSFORMER. ;)

I used the same pattern that I used for my infinity scarf, found here;  so, it only took me a few hours to make. But I changed it up by adding two buttons loops on one end of the scarf and attaching two buttons to the other end. Now I can wear it as a cowl with the pretty buttons on display or as a normal scarf. Too bad the weather is only getting warmer over here.

Keith’s (the husband’s) birthday was this week. Come back for my next post about that! :)

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From the Tree Giveaway

Today I ran across a really neat blog called ‘From the Tree.’ She’s a fellow crafter who just so happens to be offering a chance to win one of her specialty e-reader cases. All you have to do is comment and say which case you like best and like her page on facebook. You can find the giveaway here. Hurry and check it out! The contest ends on Sunday. :)

Here are some pictures of Rogan that I took this past weekend. The hubs and I were able to drive out to camp, rock climb, and ride horses. Rogan loved running around in the open fields.

The Bluebonnets have started to bloom (Texas’ state flower), and it’s SO pretty when they cover the fields! I still want to take some pictures with the flowers and Keith one of these days. (when we just so happen to be wearing matchy-matchy clothes) On our way out to camp they had tons of people randomly taking family portraits on the side of the highway in the Bluebonnet fields.

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Doesn’t this next picture just scream, “CHAMPIONSHIP DOG POSE?” haha. He’s such a pretty puppy.Image

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Pants to Shorts Transformation

Spring has finally sprung! (at least in Texas it has) I found some cute flowery shorts on Pinterest a while ago, and I decided that I was gonna try to make them myself out of a pair of old jeans. My inspiration can be found here.

I started with this old pair of American Eagle jeans.

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My favorite part about making my own shorts is cutting them to the length that I desire. I hate it when stores only offer two options: super short/unflattering shorts or bermudas. I like shorts that have about a 2-3 inch in seam. Once I figured out the length that I wanted, I hemmed them with a sewing machine.

I found some cute floral fabric at Hobby Lobby, and I attached it by hand to the pockets. Here’s how they turned out.

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I’m really happy with the outcome, and I’m excited about having a new springy piece of clothing in my closet.

I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter weekend. My husband and I were able to attend church and spend the afternoon with family. It was a great time of remembering Jesus Christ’s resurrection and victory over death. I LOVE EASTER. :) 

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Fonts are cool.

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I ran across this super cool blog the other day, and I thought that I’d share it with you. The blog is called Kevin and Amanda (click here), and they have LOADS of fonts that you can instantly download…for FREE. :)

There’s a button in the right hand column towards the bottom that allows you to download all of the fonts at once. That’s what I did, and now I’m going to get back to creating cool things with them.

Thanks for stopping by!

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DIY Wreath

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Oh my word. I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS POST.

Yesterday, I got to hang out with one of my best friends. We decided before hand that we were going to make something crafty, but we didn’t know what. I got to her house, and she had the idea of making our own spring wreaths. Before I say anymore, I feel like you should know that neither one of us are florists. haha. I was a little hesitant at first. However, once we got to Hobby Lobby and I saw the price of already made wreaths ($100 easily), I was super excited about our endeavor.

We had a little trouble figuring out what kind of supplies to buy and for the best price. We ended up getting:

  • plain heart shaped wreaths for $10 (plus the 40% off coupon)
  • cardboard letters for $1
  • different kinds of flowers all for around $4
  • one package of 3 white birds for $3.99 (we shared this)

So with our super savvy shopping skills we made our custom wreaths for about $15. I’m so excited about how they turned out, and I can’t wait to make more for gifts. My mom and two of my sister-in-laws birthdays are in April.

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Work in progress. Have I said that I LOVE the way it turned out? I used hot glue to fasten pretty much everything to the wreath. I also weaved some of the flowers into the wreath to make it look more natural.

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My friend’s wreath. She wanted something more simple. I love hers, because she can use it in the winter time as well.

Thanks for stopping by! I really do appreciate everyone who finds my blog interesting enough to read.

I should totally start an etsy store. ;)

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What an Honor

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Wow. I’m so humbled by the fact that someone thinks that this blog is deserving of an award. I’ve been nominated by Hannah at Pocketful of Motherhood for the Liebster Award. Thank you, Hannah! You’ve been an encouragement to me today! She is such a strong woman of God, and you should definitely check out her blog.

This award has a few guidelines that must be followed when accepted. So here we go! I’m SO EXCITED! :)

The Rules

1. The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who have less than 200 followers.

2. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.

3. Each blogger should answer the 11 questions given to you.

4. Choose 11 new bloggers to pass the award on to and link them in your post.

5. Create 11 new questions for the chosen bloggers.

6. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.

7. No tag backs.

My 11 Random Facts

  1. I’m souled out to Christ. I love studying the Bible and engaging in conversations about it.
  2. I married my best friend in the whole wide world, and April will be our 5 month anniversary!
  3. I love chocolate and strawberries (especially together).
  4. I’m a Cajun Cowgirl.
  5. My favorite place in the world Sandy Creek Bible Camp. It’s where I met my husband and many lifetime friends of mine.
  6. I paint my toes, because I chew my nails.
  7. I strongly dislike scary movies.
  8. I enjoy taking Rogan on runs by myself or with Keith.
  9. I want a plethora of pets eventually. Animals have my heart.
  10. I bake things way too much and end up having to always give it away.
  11. I’m surprised if you’ve read this much about me, so thanks!

Answers to Hannah’s Questions

1. What is your favorite movie of all time? Pride and Prejudice

2. Who inspires you? Other than Jesus Christ? My husband, Keith

3. Do you prefer chocolate desserts or fruity desserts? Definitely chocolate

4. What is your favorite saying or quote? “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” -1 Corinthians 1:18

5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? London or Australia

6. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate

7. What is the last book you read? The Case for Christ

8. Are you a dog person or a cat person? Dog. I’m allergic to cats.

9. What is one of your hobbies? Crocheting

10. Mountain hideaway or beach house? Beach House

11. What is your favorite cereal? Honey Nut Cheerios

My Nominations

Redrunninghood

Proverbs 31 Mom

The Art of Femininity

Rondo Takes Brooklyn

The Fruitful Wife

Ms. Jolly Blogger

Jar of Stuff

Ordinary Fashionista

A Nut and a Bean

Miss Galore

Keeps Me out of Mischief

My Questions to the Nominees

  1. What is your favorite food?
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
  3. List some hobbies of yours.
  4. Do you like waking up early or going to bed late?
  5. What are some of your favorite t.v. shows?
  6. Do you have any pets?
  7. What’s your favorite holiday and why?
  8. Do you have a favorite craft that you’ve made?
  9. Any siblings or children?
  10. What’s your favorite type of music?
  11. Would you rather drive a boat or an airplane?

If you choose to participate, I hope you enjoy it and have fun with it! :)

Thanks again, Hannah for nominating me! It was very sweet of you!

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