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“Colour Your World” with Velvet Finishes

This is a sponsored post, but my thoughts and opinions are always my own!

I’m coming out of blog hibernation today to share my entry for the November edition of the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest.  With things feeling extra hectic lately (new job adjustments, kid’s activities, prep for the holidays, life in general…), it was nice to take an afternoon to do a little painting project.

The November contest was sponsored by none other than Velvet Finishes, a brand I’ve been wanting to try for quite a while.  Velvet Finishes is a  NO sand, NO prime, NO chalk, NO wax furniture paint formula!!!  Did you catch all that?  Basically it’s paint heaven in a little jar.  Not to mention, one look at the color chart and you will want them all.  These colors are gorgeous and definitely on-trend. Read More

How I Made Wood Bead Garland

I’ve been working on little touches to add to Miss Addison’s room recently.  We painted her IKEA malm dresser to start, and now have moved on to several other projects.  I saw an inspiration picture on Pinterest, and knew I could recreate the wooden bead look to make some really pretty garland for her room.

I started with round wood balls in two sizes- 1 inch and 3/4 inch.  It was much cheaper to buy the solid wood balls as opposed to actual wood beads.  I picked these up at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon.

How to Make Wood Bead Garland

I set the wood balls up in the vice and used my drill to create the holes.  Actually, I’m totally lying here.  It’s been a tad bit crazy, so Brandon did this step for me.  He used a drill bit that matched the size of the string I wanted to use to string the beads.  In just a couple of minutes, I had homemade wood beads!

How to Make Wood Bead Garland

Next, it was time to paint!  I’ve been so excited to try the new Americana Decor Maxx Gloss paints and have been waiting for the perfect project.  I’m in LOVE with these colors…I selected Aqua Waters and Juicy Melon.  There are so many great colors, and you can see all of the options here.

How to Make Wood Bead Garland

I just used a small paint brush and had them all painted up in about 10 minutes or so.  I did the larger beads in the Aqua Waters and the smaller in Juicy Melon.  I really love the super glossy finish the paint gave the beads.

How to Make Wood Bead Garland

In retrospect, it wasn’t my best idea ever to sit the beads down while still wet.  I’d probably try to think of another option next time, because when they did dry I had some stick to the paper plate and had to go back over them.  Maybe it would be better to string the beads and hang them somehow to paint?  I’ll get back to you if I have a better alternative in the future!

I let Addison help string the beads on some twine we had left from another project.  She loves to create patterns, so it was a great project for her to help with.

How to Make Wood Bead Garland

This was such a fun and simple project!  I love the pop of color it will bring to her bedroom.  We are still deciding if we want to keep it here on the bookshelf, or move it to the curtain rod once that’s complete (new curtains in the works as I write this post!).  Either way, I love the way this DIY Painted Garland turned out!

How to Make Wood Bead Garland

I’m already thinking maybe this could be a good Christmas project with green and red beads.  Or if I were more on the ball, how about orange and black for Halloween?!

How to Make Wood Bead Garland

How to Make Wood Bead Garland

Special thanks to DecoArt for providing the paint for this project as part of their Blogger Outreach Program.  All opinions of the products are entirely my own.  

Cincinnati’s Bargains and Buyouts

This is a sponsored post, but my opinions are always my own!

I’ve been wanting to visit Bargains and Buyouts in Cincinnati ever since I first read about it on my friend Sarah’s blog.  She raved about the deals she was able to score, and her pictures showed a great variety of styles and furniture items for sale.  I finally got my chance this past weekend, when I was invited for a blogger event at their Western Hills store.

Cincinnati's Bargains and Buyouts

What really struck me the most was the heart of the owners behind this company.  In our conversation with them, it was evident that they love serving their customers.  They want to make shoppers happy, and really go out of their way to make that happen.  For those that have spent any time at all reading this blog, you know that I truly value that others first mindset!  I love when I find organizations that are truly trying to do good, and Bargains and Buyouts is surely that.  I can’t wait to share the details of my day with you!   Read More

The Secret is Kindness- Pass it On!

This is one of those posts that I didn’t mean to write.  Instead, it sort of wrote itself.  If you usually visit looking for a quick recipe or fun DIY transformation, check back soon.  If you could use a little positive thinking or inspiration today, then read on.

I’ve been a little extra emotional lately.  You see, I’m about to embark on a new adventure.  With this adventure, I’m feeling all the emotions.  The excitement of something new.  The sadness over leaving something else behind.  The natural fear of “can I do it?”.  Read More

Four-Ingredient Strawberry Jam Puff Pastry (Plus a Simple Icing Recipe!)

I had the rare opportunity to hostess a Girls’ Night in my home for some of my closest friends recently, and this recipe turned out so wonderfully that I just had to share.  I think these Strawberry Jam Puff Pastries would be just perfect for a morning brunch, or as a sweet treat for any get together.  They out looking beautiful and like you picked them up at a local bakery.   Would you believe they only required only FOUR ingredients???!!!  That’s my kind of baking! Read More

How to Paint IKEA Laminate Furniture

This post is sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware for the August Fab Flippin’ Contest, but my opinions are always my own!

I’ve done what I wasn’t sure was possible…I painted IKEA laminate…with SUCCESS!!!  I think I’m still pinching myself over this one.  I’ve wondered for a while if I could in fact paint some of my favorite IKEA purchases to give them a more custom look.  I was skeptical because of the infamous slick surfaces, but after reading several articles online (here’s looking at you, Bob Vila!), I decided to go for it.  It’s definitely do-able, but be sure to read my complete guide below!

This transformed IKEA dresser is my entry into the August edition of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest.  This month, the theme was “Class it Up” and the contest was sponsored by D. Lawless Hardware.  When I found out the sponsor, I got so incredibly excited.  D. Lawless Hardware is a family-owned company that I’ve had the pleasure of working with quite a few times in the past.  They offer a huge selection of knobs, pulls, and other project essentials.  I feel like their prices are unbeatable and their customer-service is top-notch!

As soon as I saw the theme, I knew exactly which piece I was going to use.  The Ikea Malm dresser is the most affordable, functional piece of furniture you can buy.  But…she’s a plain Jane.  Despite her infamous “Ikea finish”, I was determined to give her a new, unique look.  I know from previous projects that simply using paint and hardware can completely achieve this! Read More

Cutest Little Push Pins Around!

Last week, we transformed our ugly, brown cork boards into art personalized with fabric.  In case you missed it, you can catch up here.  Addy and I decided that her board needed just a little something extra, so we set out to make the cutest little push pins around!

I broke out my stash of “pretties”…I had a selection that included decorative scrapbooking brads, old buttons, and pieces that were meant for jewelry-making that I’ve picked up in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby.  You can see some of the items in the picture below.

Addy was so excited to get to help with this project.  She’s a helper, that’s for sure.  She spends most of her days by her momma’s side.  I’m going to miss our conversations during the day now that she is starting kindergarten and I’m back to teaching full-time. Read More

An Evening at IKEA West Chester

I was recently invited to attend a Blogger Event at IKEA West Chester.  Ironically, the brand new IKEA catalog had arrived in my mailbox that very same day.  Needless to say, I could not make that commute up I-75 fast enough to get to the event!

I’ve loved IKEA for as long as I can remember, but after this event I found even more reasons to love them.  The focus of the new IKEA catalog is on real people and giving them the freedom (with design, with cooking) to do what makes them happy.  I love that, and I found myself noticing so many similarities in these core values of IKEA, and what I strive to accomplish on this site.

During the event, I got to experience many new (and definitely new to me) aspects of the IKEA West Chester store.  I wish I could share every single detail of the night, but I picked out some favorites to focus on today.   Read More

How to Transform an Ugly, Brown Cork Board with Fabric

Both of my kids had those boring, brown cork boards that they wanted to display in their rooms. I loved that they wanted to cover them with pictures (both that they had drawn and also of photos of themselves and family members).  I did not love that the brown-ness clashed with everything in their rooms.

I set out to find fabric that would work, and selected a pin dot pattern in aqua and white for Addy, and a really neat map print for Brady.  I knew these prints would work perfectly with the decor we’ve been working on for their rooms.

How to Transform an Ugly, Brown Cork Board with Fabric

(Side note- I picked each of these fabrics up at Hobby Lobby.  Is it just me, or do they have the best fabric selection?!!?  I feel like they have a fraction of what the other stores carry in store, but their prints are all awesome!  I had the hardest time deciding on these designs! As always, make sure to use a 40% off coupon when shopping there!) Read More

What I Did With Recycled Puzzle Pieces

Lately, I’ve felt some conflicting feelings from the two separate sides of my personality.  You see, I’m an organized-neat freak/ repurposing-hoarder.   Say that ten times fast.

The majority of my personality likes simplicity, order, organization, and the “less is more” mentality.  But, there is this sneaky dark side that I sometimes hear murmuring…”But what if you need this scrap wood?”…”foam padding is expensive…you should save the scraps”…”these random items could come in really handy for an xyz project…”.  The next thing I know, my basement looks like a fire hazard and our guest bedroom is fit for no guest at all.

To this end, I’ve tried to become very mindful of what I save for repurposing projects.  That extra foam padding…heck yes I saved it (and it saved me probably $50 in supplies on this mudroom bench cushion!).  Some other project leftovers I’ve been letting go.  And, I haven’t been saving every single piece of everything that could come in handy some day.

For example, this ABC puzzle set.  This little wood puzzle has traveled from one house to another with us, and somewhere along the way a couple of letters were lost.  Since we have multiple puzzles and have been trying to clean out our playroom and pass some things on, it was time to let this puzzle go.  I knew that it didn’t even have a future as a donation, because who wants half an alphabet puzzle?!   Read More