Month: July 2015

Little Diva Dresser Update

Going to be really crystal clear here today.  Sometimes, projects don’t work out as they are planned.  Anyone surprised by that?!  (If so, I want to learn your tricks!)  I would be lying if I only posted perfectly executed projects and transformations…so…today I’m going to share a recent project that didn’t go exactly as planned.  And then, I will walk you through the process of how I salvaged it, and ended up with a finished piece I’m happy with. A cousin of mine is preparing to move into a gorgeous new house, and asked me to paint her little girl’s dresser.  It seemed like a simple task, especially considering the amount of pieces I’ve completed at this point in the ballgame.  The dresser was a very dark wood, pictured below.  She sent over a can of white paint, and I was ready to rock and roll.  Here is the dresser before:  (nothing wrong with this one, just needed a new coat of paint…or four…to match the new room decor!) I often set up my drop …

Smiling With Sabrina- City Flea 2015

Newsflash–  I have a VERY talented little sister.  I say little, she’s in her mid-20s.  But dang, the girl has skill galore.  Even though she moved to Chicago for her dream job last month, she is coming back to participate as a vendor in the Cincinnati City Flea on Saturday.   Her shop is called Smiling with Sabrina, and will feature her new collection called Little Chefs and Little Grocers.   I painted her display for her this week…it was a boring gray, and I gave it new life with some white paint. However, the rest of the magic is all her.  These are all her creations…felt food that looks so real.  All kids, regardless of gender or age…LOVE playing kitchen.  These creations take that experience out of this world!  My children were gifted everything you see below from their fabulous Auntie Sabrina a few years ago, and it has resulted in HOURS (days, months, years…) of entertainment!  Now, all of these “foods” (and more!) will be available for sale in her new shop!

Coral and Gray Updated Table

Ever have one of those weeks where nothing seems to go right?  Yeah…me too!  It’s been one of those weeks…hence the lack of posts.  But, I wanted to be sure to share this little update today.  This one was simple, just a change of paint color and new hardware, but I’m really happy with the results. This little table was the first piece of furniture I ever painted (the yellow version).  It was shortly after we had moved into the “new house” and I had just tackled a huge project of painting all the first floor walls with my dad.  I was feeling pretty confident, and painted this table the bright yellow shade!  Well, I was clearly a newbie.  I dripped paint all over, and up close it looked pretty bad.  Plus, I never really loved the shade of yellow.  So, I decided it was time for a redo. I did sand this piece pretty well.  I wanted to get rid of those horrible drip marks on the legs of the table!  I sanded with …

End Table- Gray vs. Stripes

Old, scratched, nicked, beat up old end table.  It was looking pretty hopeless, but I knew that I would be able to salvage this table.  I used my favorite primer (Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water-Based Primer)- I think I only did one coat of primer, but it could have been two.  Sometimes these projects run together!  Then, I used gray paint (Sherwin Williams Fawn Brindle) to give this little guy a new look.  Here’s what that looked like: As much as I really loved the look of the gray, I wanted to give this table a little more style!  I’m a sucker for stripes…so I added a striped tabletop.  To achieve this look, I taped off using 1 inch painter’s tape. I added a lighter shade of gray for contrasting stripes (Sherwin Williams Light French Grey). So what do you think?  Which look do you like better- the gray or the stripes? (It’s “home” in the house is not next to this brown couch, by the way.)   I have another one of these tables …

Crafting with Kids- Minion Magnets

  Anyone out there remember Perler beads from our childhood?  I can remember spending HOURS creating these little plastic-fused crafts when I was a kid.  Needless to say, I was beyond excited when I saw they still make them.  I picked these up from Meijer, but I’ve also seen them at Michael’s, and imagine they are sold at most retail or craft stores.  Or, if you are like me, you could always snag them from Amazon! (I’ve linked some options at the bottom!  If you want to make lots of minions…they even have an entire yet that I imagine includes lots of yellow beads!) My kids LOVE them.  It’s really amazing how long they will sit still and work on these guys.  Brady (six year old), loves to look for patterns, while Addy (not quite four) makes her own designs. In case you haven’t ever jumped on the Perler bead train, basically you put little plastic beads on a pegboard, then use a special fusing paper and iron them together.  Our favorite is it turn …

Repurposed Bookshelf into Backpack Station

  When I moved the repurposed dresser piece (read more about that here) to the living room, I needed to find a new home for this bookshelf.  This little bookshelf has been with us for quite a while…it was actually one of the very first pieces of furniture we bought for our first house.  It’s from Target…nothing fancy.  Notice those lovely holes in the back?  We did that…on purpose.  We wanted something for under the wall-mounted tv to hold the cable box, dvd player, etc., so we took it upon ourselves to cut holes for the cords.  Pretty, huh?! I opted to paint this the same color as my kitchen cabinets (Behr Honied White); it took two coats of primer and two coats of paint. I ripped off the old backing (it was cheap cardboard stuff).  Then my handy husband measured and cut a piece of bead board for the back.  I also had him add hooks to the sides…and ta da!  We now have an organized place for backpacks for the upcoming school year. …

Ugly Lamp Fix

              I hated these lamps.  I actually forgot to take the before of the small lamps, but you get the picture of what they looked like.  (These uglies came in a set of 3…).  The gold, the lampshades…just all bad. Here’s the truth…spray painting has never been my thing.  I’m HORRIBLE at it.  Give me a paint brush and I can go to town, but spray paint is a struggle.  Last summer, I had big plans to repurpose with spray paint.  Let’s just say, it went VERY wrong.  I ended up wrapping up the entire blanket of items (including my flip flops) and throwing it away!  It was BAD! I’m so glad I decided to give it another go.  This time, I was very careful to use thin coats, do several coats, and spray far enough away to avoid drips.  I used Rustoleum Matte Robin Egg Blue on the lamp base (recognize a color theme here?!?).  Then, I found the lampshade on clearance at Target (aka my happy place). …

Drawers Repurposed- Clipboard Frames

Remember those old dresser drawers that had been opened and closed by toddlers one too many times, and bit the dust?  (If not, see my post on the repurposed baby dresser here!)  I couldn’t wait to get started and see what I could create with them.  I painted two of them, added some pretty scrapbook paper, used Mod Podge (which Addy informed me smelled like feet) for extra durability, and then this pretty hardware.  I haven’t decided yet whether to clip pictures, a verse or inspiration, or to use them as memo boards in the kitchen.  They could also be a beautiful way to display a sentimental recipe in the kitchen- for me that would be my Grandma Mason’s Spaghetti and Meatballs!

Repurposed Baby Dresser

I love finding new purposes for furniture that is no longer functional in it’s current state.  I’ve had big plans for this little dresser for a long time, and this is an instance where the vision I had turned out even better than I expected.  This dresser was the matching pair to the crib that both of our babies slept in.  When it was finally time for Addy to upgrade to her big girl bed last month, my husband was ready to send this beauty to the curb.  To his benefit, it was pretty useless as a dresser.  The drawers were all broken, and even heavy amounts of wood glue and extra screws couldn’t convince them to stay put.  I’m pretty sure he thought I was crazy when I told him my plans for repurposing it, but he likes to humor me and my wild ideas, so the process began. My initial plan was that this would go in the entryway to our house.  I’ve yet to finish this space, and I thought it would …

A Little Hello

Welcome to Finding Purpose!  I’m so glad you are here, and hope that your visits to my site will become a regular part of your life. I believe in doing things with purpose.  Knowing that we are only given so many hours in a day, and so many days in our precious lifetimes, why not make the most of every moment?  It is with this mentality that I live my life, and with this mentality that I encourage my children and husband.  In our family, we work…HARD.  And we play…HARD.  We laugh, we have fun together- often in the most simple moments, we enjoy favorite recipes, we create and make our home a reflection of the life we lead…and love. I’m excited to start this blogging journey- to share our projects, ideas, recipes, kid-friendly activities, and inspirations; to capture these moments of a lifetime that moves by so fast; to live out the purpose of my life and inspire others to do the same.  Thanks for reading, and please feel free to join me on …