Friday, February 13, 2015

Drab to Fab Vanity

 I knew I wanted a vanity for one of my girls rooms. I searched high and low for the just the right piece.  I finally found this piece on craiglist for $30.00.

 I knew with a little hard work and a fresh coat of paint, it would work perfectly.

I first cleaned the piece really well and disassembled all the bolts. I then gave it two coats of spray paint!

I LOVE this spray!! It goes on thick and wonderfully!

I also reupholstered the seat fabric.
I simply stapled the fabric to the bottom base of the seat.

I love the transformation of drab pieces to gorgeous pieces!

 I love seeing the before picture right by the after!
Spray paint and craigslist are such wonderful things!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Gold Fever

I can't get enough of the gold trend! I find myself searching for any little trinkets that would look lovely with a new layer of gold spray. 

I found this little glass owl at the DI for  .25. 
Score, right!?
{Don't mind my cell picture for the before. My cell phone should be at the DI. It is ancient.}

THIS.... my new favorite spray paint!!
I did a rough coat! I wanted it to look a bit cracked and weathered.

 Oh lala!!
Now I am off to find something else to splash with gold!

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

EAT Sign

Seriously my house is so empty. I have so much work to do to feel some of these voids. 
I was so excited about having kitchen cabinets I could decorate above. But I do admit, they are a bit overwhelming to me now.

I knew I wanted a large EAT sign, but couldn't find one simplistic enough for my taste. I found a perfect frame with great structure for $2.00. 

I made a simple 11x14 chalkboard EAT sign.
{Simply right click and "save image as" to use this free printable too. My gift to you!}

I then spray painted the gold frame with this spray paint.

I do love how it turned out. 
Perfect for the empty space above my microwave cabinet!

Happy Crafting,

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Tad Obsessed..

I am a tad  obsessed.
OKAY, maybe A LOT obsessed, with two things.
Picture frames and printables.
Can a girl really have too many? 
I can't pass up a picture frame with great structure to save my life. 

{I apologize about the before picture taken with my "dumb" phone. My camera has been on hiatus and I am starting to really want it back! Sigh.}
I scored this chunky beauty for $2.00

A little spray paint and some light sanding can turn any wretched old frame into a fun new piece.
I wish I could give credit to the maker of this printable. I found it on Pinterest but it isn't attached to a link. Isn't it the most adorable print ever?

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quick and Easy Bathroom Accessories

Now that school is back in session I feel motivated to paint this white house of mine. I have picked out paint colors, purchased everything I need, and am about ready to finally start some projects.

Between the painting, I can't help but do little things here and there. I have a whole bin of projects I can't wait to get to.
We all know that I love spray paint.
 I have been getting so anxious to spray paint something. It has been far too long. 

Here is a quick, inexpensive, and easy way to accesorize any room.
Have you been saving all your old cans and glass bottles? You really should start. 
The possibilities are endless! I have been working on lots of little projects that involve tin cans and glass bottles. 

First up a worcestershire bottle.
I peeled off all the labels. And then soaked the bottle in dawn dish soap and water to help all the sticky parts come off easily. I simply spray painted the outside of the jar! And finished it up with some light sanding and a clear coat of spray too.

 Here is the finished bottle.

 Then, I just added a dollar store stem flower.
Easy, right?

My next project to help accessorize my bathroom was this frame.

Have you tried this gold metallic spray paint? It is AMAZING!
I can't get enough of gold right now!
The coverage is even and thick. So it only ever takes one coat. It covered up the words "25th anniversary" ,on the frame, with no problem.
After I spary painted the frame. I printed out this printable I designed.
{Simply click on the image, right click on "Save image as" and save to your computer}

It is a amazing how a couple small accesories can brighten up a little corner. 
Perfect for my girl's bathroom.
Don't ya think?


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Plastic Deer Turned Fab

 I found this plastic piggie bank deer at a thrift store for .50 cents. 
 I think the few people around me thought I was crazy when I grasped it off the shelf in a death grip smiling.  I knew exactly what I wanted it for , regardless of their dismay.

When I got home with this wretchid piece, my kids fought over whose piggy bank it would be. 
Much to their disappointment, I had to tell them "No one's."

I couldn't wait to spray paint this piece with my new favorite spray paint. 
Have you tried this?
 It is the perfect gold shade and the coverage is amazing. It also dries incredibly fast! 
I haven't had to apply a double coat on anything I have used it on yet. 

After a coat of spray paint this lil' fella was ready for his new spot in the girls room.

A perfect trinket, bracelet, and ring holder for my little girls bedroom.
Do you love it as much as I do?


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Awesome Art from Children's Books

I have always loved Arnold Lobel, but especially since I have had kids of my own and read them the Frog and Toad books.  It's a great first introduction to humor for your kindergarten-aged-kids.  Grasshopper on the Road never fails to make me laugh, as well.  When grasshopper meets a bunch of beetles who believe that morning is the best, and he dares to venture that he likes evenings, too, one beetle replies in a deadpan, "Stupid."  It cracks me up every time.

So, quite a while back, I found an Arnold Lobel book at the D.I. that I had never seen before, called Whiskers and Rhymes.  It was pretty beat up.
It's nursery rhymes populated entirely by cats, and many of the poems are quite funny.  I flipped through it, and found the coolest Arnold Lobel illustration ever: a cat with a beard reading a huge stack of books--so big that his house is coming apart.  And the rhyme that accompanied the illustration spoke to my SOUL:
          Books to the ceiling, books to the sky! 
          My piles of books are a mile high!
          How I love them!
          How I need them!
          I'll have a long beard by the time I read them!

This is one of the only illustrations in the
book that takes up an entire layout.
I knew I must have this illustration and poem hanging in my "book nook"--a little landing at the top of the stairs in my 1915 house, where all the children's and young adult books are kept.  It's a little ironic, because I've been meaning to frame a few different pages from Lobel's Owl at Home, since my book nook is heavily populated with owls . . . but it took cat nursery rhymes to transform this idea in to reality.  It was just serendipity that they happened to be from the same author/illustrator.

Okay, first I had to find long, skinny frame for the illustration.  It actually took a few months of looking at the D.I. till I found the right one:
The art inside this frame had nowhere to go but up . . .
Next, I removed the staples from Whiskers and Rhymes and took out my picture.  It wasn't the middle page, so it was two separate pages that I had to carefully tape together (on the back, of course).

I cleaned up the frame, trimmed my picture a bit to make it centered, then covered the WRETCHED dishes picture with the delightful book picture.  The dishes picture wasn't matted--it had a faux-matte of navy blue around it.  I considered cutting out a matte, but didn't have the tools to make it perfect, so I just carefully glued my picture in the center.

 Now the best part!  Putting the picture inside the frame and hanging it up!

This entire project cost me $2.25: twenty-five cents for the book, and two bucks for the frame.  I didn't even have to paint the frame or change the color of the matte!

I love it so much that now I'm finally on the prowl for some cool, smaller frames to put some illustrations from Owl at Home into (I have long had two copies of Owl at Home--one to read and one for art).

I also love it so much that it inspired my choice of books for my May display--I love to change the children's books on display like a library does, and usually have a holiday or seasonal selection of books for each month.  In March I had all green books; in April I had chickens/ducks/geese books on display for Easter.  I was thinking of doing books with flowers for May, but discovered that I only have three books with large flowers on the cover.  But as I was going through all the children's books, I discovered that there are quite a lot which have a similar thing on the cover: CATS.

Tod likes to sleep right at the top of the stairs, so I moved
him over and created the perfect themed photo-op . . .
{Also, my kids are all obsessed with Cats, Cat Breeds, and Cat Care--who knew?}
My next post will be about my book displays--it is so cheap and easy to collect some great children's books, it's a fun and adorable way to decorate, and it's an awesome way to motivate your kids to READ.