Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Jewelry Box Makeover

I love thrift store finds that are not only inexpensive but have good structure.

I found this jewelry box for $1.00.
It was a simple and easy redo.

 I washed the box well and applied two coats of white spray paint.
When the paint had dried I sanded it down to give it a shabby feel and then gave it a clear coat of spray.

And of course- the before and after! 

 Happy Thrifting,

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Printables for the Entry Way

See this space?

I knew a wanted a simple 3 picture collage.
One big picture of the kids or our family, and a simplistic quote or saying to each side.  I found the frames and hastily filled the space, but I never really LOVED the printables.
I wanted something with deeper meaning. That's when these lyrics hit me.

Have you heard the song "Families can be Together Forever?" 
It is from the LDS children's hymn book.
It is my families favorite song to sing on our family night. I often find the lyrics running through my head throughout the day. 

The first verse says
"I have a family here on earth,
they are so good to me.
I want to share my life with them,
through all eternity."

I don't know why I hadn't thought of incorporating the lyrics before. But when the idea came to me, I knew it was what I wanted for each said of the main picture.
I took the last 2 lines and created (2) 5x7 chalkboard printables.

You can enjoy them too!
Simply right click and "save image as" and then upload to your favorite print shop to print!

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Organized Computer Space and REDO

I could shoot myself in the eyeballs with a bee bee gun for not taking a "before" picture of the hutch I just redid. I found this piece for $15 at a yard sale.

 It was originally black, the owner had spray painted it a robin egg blue but the paint must have dripped and dried that way 'cause it had a rough texture.
 I didn't care. I knew I needed it. The price was right, my computer space has been giving me anxiety attacks, and it was all wood. (BONUS)
Plus, it was in decent shape and really just needed cleaned, sanded, and repainted. 

Here is a small look at what I was dealing with before.
(I obviously didn't document this space well either.  I am sure because it always felt cluttered and messy. No matter how clean it was. A bee bee gun shot to the eye may have been better than taking a real picture of this space-haha)

Look behind these two. (Don't mind them- they were pretty excited about the football game they were watching)

Can you see all the files, etc. back there?
That is where my computer desk sat. 

Here is one more to show you how cluttered it always looked.

I knew I wanted a hutch/armoire.
Armoires are great items of furniture to organize a space. They provide the option to close off the clutter and add additional space to decorate!
I am a sucker for a good armoire. I like the elegant feel and the ability to close off all the paper clutter.

You can see more armoire redo's here and here .
( I actually have before and after pictures for these)

So buying this piece was a no brainer.


My hubby and I simply cleaned it, sanded it down, and painted it white. 

I am loving it! 
More updates on the inside refinish soon! 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Laundry Room Shelf

When I stumbled across this picture on pinterest I knew I needed a shelf above my washer and dryer as well.

 (No photo credit, the link just goes to the picture, not a site. So if you know where this pin came from please share!)

I have had this problem in my washroom.

It is not horrible from this view, but it definitely bothers me from the above picture.
Plus, let's be real for a second- look closely back there.
Can you see the places that aren't painted?
 I know, total lazballs of me,  but who really looks behind a washer and dryer?!

 I decided that an added shelf was a brilliant idea.
Not only to fill the gap but to hide my laziness. 

What you will need

(1) 1x8
(1) 1x2
Jigsaw or chop saw
(2) shelf brackets.

First measure your space,- width and length.
 My space was wide so I purchased a 1x8. You may need a smaller or wider board.
My friend, Brenda, had a brilliant idea to add a lip to the front of the shelf so nothing falls off or behind the washer and dryer. 
So I also purchased a 1x2, cut my boards to the length I needed, and assembled them like so.
( I say "I" , but really my sweet honey did most of the work. I  mostly bossed- that is important work too! wink wink )

His exact words today " I like helping you build things."
YEP- he is a keeper!!

After the shelf was sanded and painted it was ready to have the wall brackets attached.

And now ready to screw to the wall.
See that lil' guy behind there? He was more than willing to clean the dust that was back there.

EASY PEASY right!?
Now to just stand back and admire 

 I love that it filled that weird gap between the wall and the machines. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Free LDS Printables

I {heart} the LDS General Women's Conference. I always leave feeling so uplifted and renewed, ready to tackle life's worries and woes, and more willing to serve others around me. 

All the talks were wonderfully delightful. 

I also {heart} printables.
So I made a few from my favorite quotes from the evening.

Feel free to right click on the image/s of your choice and "save image as" . Then upload them to your favorite site to print .

This first one was from Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk, you can find his beautiful message here 

4x6 File Size

5X7 File Size

8x10 File Size

This quote was taken from Carol F. McConkie's talk - you can listen to it here.

4x6 or 5x7 print

And one more from Rosemary M. Wixom - you can listen to her remarks here.

4x6 file size

Hope your day is fabulous.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Golden Pumpkin

I have this beautiful fall wreath on my door.
It drew me in the moment I saw it. The flecks of gold and bronzes mixed with fall colors appealed to me. 
 Exactly my style.

But I realized ,after I did my pumpkin candy holders, I needed a little contrast.

So I bought a lovely pumpkin.

The only problem was the orange pumpkin was all wrong against my bronze mum holders and the gold flecks in the wreath. 

I loved the look of the "gold leafing" on the pumpkins on the wreath and decided to try to mimic that.

So I spray painted the pumpkin. 
The problem , now, was it was too gold. 

 I grabbed some sand paper and, while the spray paint was still tacky, lightly sanded the pumpkin down. 
Sanding while the paint was tacky made the paint fleck off and look more like a rub, instead of a  paint. Exactly what it needed.

 It added the perfect contrast to my porch.

Is fall underway in your home too?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pumpkin Candy Holder Revamp

You can find  these candy holders cheap at almost any thrift store.
I paid 50 cents for each of these . (I know what you are thinking -big spender- rigghhtttt!? ) 

I have been wanting to make pots  out of them for my porch. So I spray painted them both white.

They weren't bad, but they weren't right either.
 I was SURE I wanted them to be white, but they just looked chintzy to me. So I decided to spray them again using a Hammered Rust-oleum spray paint.
WOW -- that made all the difference. 

Once they were painted and dry, I drilled a few small holes in the bottom and planted some mums in them! 

 OH, I am loving them!

 Seriously, this $1.00 transformation was well worth it!