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Furniture Refresh- {Chalkboard Paint}

Hello Everyone, just a quick project and welcome to another furniture refresh challenge!
This month it's just two of us. My awesome friend Michelle at Michelle James Designs is linking up with me. Our theme this month is chalkboard paint, and believe it or not...it was a real challenge for me!
For the life of me, I didn't know what I was going to do. I have had so many furniture updates lately and some recent changes in our home, that my head just wasn't in the creative chalkboard way of thinking. 
Then I saw this table by our front door that the kids have been using to have bake sales and sell lemonade on. 
That's when the light bulb in my brain finally came on. 
Perfect! 
So I drug it to the backyard and sprayed the top with Krylon's Chalkboard paint.

At first I painted the legs blue. I really didn't like it. 
I thought about painting it yellow...like a lemonade stand yellow. That would be cute, but I decided to make it more versatile instead.
So I painted it with some General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint I had leftover from another project. 
I made it somewhat rustic and crude by distressing and deciding not to bother taping off around the top to make a perfect frame around the board. 

I like the way it turned out! 
I used sidewalk chalk to write 4 Sale on it. This type of chalk works best with the spray chalkboard paint for some reason. Regular chalk doesn't want to write on it. 
If you want to make a chalkboard for domestic chalks, use the kind you brush on, it is far more user friendly in my experience. 


Now the children can play games as they wait for customers, or write any sort of messages for sale on their little table. 
It's perfectly compact for their purposes. 
This project was a lot of fun because it was so worry free!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hugs, 
 Now go check out Michelle's refresh, she always comes up with the most creative designs.
Here is her before picture, and trust me, this is one refresh you won't want to miss!!

Easter Tablescape

I love Easter. I love all that is celebrates and represents. 
The newness of life because of all that The Savior made possible through His atoning sacrifice. The spring flowers and buds on the apple tree in the backyard. The Sacrament service at church. I love it all. 


 I'm always excited to enjoy the festivities with my children. This brings me a great deal of joy as we gather around the table and talk as we enjoy turning each hard boiled egg another color and make it unique with design. We stick with a lot of the traditions my family adopted when I was a little girl.We die Easter eggs and buy new Easter clothes, take pictures and attend church services. 



I like to keep things simple. 
 This Easter my son helped set the table. 
It wasn't until after I took all the pictures that I realized that not all the glasses were on right side of the plates and the silverware hadn't been set, 
haha!
We got it all taken care of eventually. 
I hope your Easter is full of love, forgiveness, and joy!
Source List 
TJ Maxx HomeGoods- Tablecloth, napkins, place mats, ceramic bunny (years ago)
JoAnne's- Ceramic bird votive holder, egg topiary
Walmart- Stemware
Fred Meyer: Bunny napkin rings
Heirlooms: plates, pewter salt and pepper shakers, glass candlestick

Furniture Refresh- {Grain Sack Bar Stools}

Hello hello! How happy I am that you visited me today. I have a special post for you today. I'm joining my beautiful and talented Furniture Refresh friends, and the theme is acrylic, so don't go away before checking out their projects at the end of this post!

If you followed my March Madness Twelve Days, 12 Projects then you are aware that not everything on my list to clear out the garage got finished. That's probably good in the way that I have something to share with you today, right?! I'm actually excited about this one too, because I'm thrilled with how this flip turned out.

I started out with these two bar stools I bought from a really nice woman who sold them on Craigslist. They are solid wood, and let me tell you, they are heavy! The back on one of them was loose and wobbly. I'm guessing it fell over at one point because the screws had become loose in them. To remedy this, I used wood glue and then used my brad nailer to secure them from the front. This did add a couple of nail holes, but it is solid now and I think it will hold up well.
To start, I sanded them down really good. There were a lot of rough edges that were smoothed out. Next I primed them. Then I painted them with two coats of General Finishes Seagull Gray (not an affiliate). Something I really loved about these stools were all the straight lines that were so easy to paint. I have painted a lot of spindles lately, so this was refreshing!
 The back rests to these stools lent themselves to doing something really fun. I thought of a whole mirad of ideas, but finally settled on a pattern that just felt appropriate to this time of year. I think you know how much I love grain sack, right? Being that the theme was acrylic, this was perfect since I generally do my designs using acrylic paint.

 Just a quick tip. I have been painting with acrylics for 24 years. There are some really good quality paints out there, and there are some really poor quality. Over the years, some of them have changed to. I'm here to tell you that you get what you pay for. So if you want to pay the regular price of 1.00, you get 1.00 quality. If you pay the 1.50-2.00, you will get that quality. Let's just say, it's worth the extra 50 cents to a dollar. Ceramcoat and Delta are my favorites. Apple Barrel is wonderful if you want to just wash something. It is thin and runny.
 
For this project I used the Delta in Light Ivory for the stripes and added a little of the Ceramcoat in Black to my Seagull Gray for the bees. I wanted the same color just darkened up.

  The design turned out just how I'd hoped!
  As you can see, there is a rung missing on the stool to the left that I think I will be adding later. I wasn't going to, but after finishing them, I'm thinking it would be a better idea and wouldn't be that hard to do. I'll post an update when I add it.
 
 What do you think?!
See you next Tuesday with another project, but for now,
 go check out the beautiful refreshes from my friends. They always do the most inspiring projects!

March Madness #11- {Project Challenge- Pipes}

Hello everyone, and welcome to my March Madness #11! What better way to start wrapping up the twelve days than sharing another Project Challenge?
This month for Project Challenge, the theme is pipes. 
I actually had really been wanting to make one of these for awhile after seeing them on Pinterest. Christy over at Confessions of a Serial DIYer has a wonderful tutorial on this, so I will let you go with hers. 😉
Originally when I told my mom about how I wanted to make a garden teapot, she sent me a brown transferware teapot, knowing I love transferware so much. Moms are the best, aren't they?!
I couldn't bare to use it with the risk of it getting thrashed outside since it's an heirloom, so it still sits on our hutch. 
However, I found a beautiful one that I loved at TJ Maxx for pretty inexpensive. 
I love how it turned out.
 
This is perfect for my March Madness theme, because I had a couple of teapots laying around the garage. You know how the goal has been to get the garage cleaned up.
I love teapots. 
They are so beautiful. 
I also love to drink herbal tea and caffeine free Chai Tea in all my beautiful teacups. Wonderful treats while watching a good English movie like Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice
Right?
 Anyhow, it probably took me 2-3 trips to the hardware store for the supplies, so I have a few tips to make it easier for you, hopefully:
  1. Make sure your fittings all fit together before you make your purchase and pay, then you won't be running back later. 
  2. Make sure your glue is compatible to glass and Pipes. (The glue Christy shares is perfect.)
  3. Our Home Depot didn't carry the crystals, so save yourself some time running around looking for them and buy them at Hobby Lobby with your 40% off coupon if they aren't already on sale. 

    Once you have all the supplies, it is pretty quick to make, and super simple. 

     I'm glad I finally had the opportunity to make it, I really love seeing it out there in my garden.

     So sweet.
 I will be re-positioning them though, so that the pipes are hidden in the bushes.
I love that the teacup can act as a rain gauge too.
So what do you think, will you be making one this spring?
Come back tomorrow for the last project in my March Madness!



March Madness #10- {Round Table}

Welcome back to March Madness!
For those of you who are just joining in on the series, I have been really busy these last few days trying to get my garage cleared out.
Being that I have a shop space where I sell refinished and refurbished items, I have quite the collection in my garage. With  my older two boys coming home for a few months, we have a real need for the garage to function the way it was intended. That does not mean hording and storing all my junk. ;)
Shall we get on to the project for today then? 
Great!
I've had this round table in our garage for For-Ever!! Meaning, waaaaay too long. 
The reason is, I have struggled with what I have wanted to do with it.
 Originally I wanted it to be white. Naturally, right? So one day a friend of mine and I painted the pedestal just that...white. 
(You can see the results in the collage above. Due to computer issues, I don't have the original picture, darn it!)
Later I sanded the top down to stain it, for that beautiful two-tone look. As it turns out though, it is just overlay and I sanded to much. 
Grrr!
I ended up needing to paint it. 

Still wanting the two tone look, and with the white not covering the table too well, I didn't love how it was turning out, so I finally I purchased some General finishes Chocolate brown for the top and Sage Green for the pedestal.
 I tried doing a white washed glaze over the top, but it was looking sickly. So I decided to keep it the pure chocolate color.
 I love the detailing in the table. To be quite honest, I am still not satisfied with how this poor thing turned out, but for the sake of right now, I went ahead and styled it on my front drive.
 Here are a few of my favorite dining pieces to cheer up the look.
Blah! 
Sometimes things don't turn out exactly the way you intend. Isn't that just life?
I will be revisiting this table again. 
I think I have the perfect solution!
See you tomorrow for a fun garden feature with March Madness #11.
Tootles,