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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.

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. 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! Next, it was time to paint!  I’ve been so excited to try the …

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 …

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.

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. (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!)

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 …

Home Decor Using Travel Keepsakes, Part 2

Last time, I talked about how we used keepsakes from recent travels to create simple decor around the house.  In case you missed it, you can get caught up here.  I can’t stand clutter, so finding ways to incorporate “souvenirs” into our home decor without making it feel like we have too much stuff can be challenging. Today I’m going to share my FAVORITE way to incorporate these memories, but not necessarily the stuff.  The memories are what really matter anyways, right?! Do I really need two buckets of seashells?  Nope.  A shot glass listing the places we’ve been.  Nope (well, in another lifetime…maybe 😉  ).  But a picture that captures the joy on my daughter’s face when she is buried in sand up to her neck.  Absolutely.  How about the pride when Brady reaches down and picks up his first sand crab during our traditional crab hunt?  You betcha.  And those landscapes…sunsets, mountains, images of the beautiful places we have been in this precious lifetime?  For sure.

Farmhouse Fun: Entryway Table in OFMP Pitch Black

This is a sponsored post, but my thoughts and opinions are always my own! One of my favorite parts about getting to participate in The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest each month is that it pushes me outside of my comfort zone.  Trying products I’ve never heard of or experienced, and giving different techniques a go stretches me in a really good way. This month is no exception, as the sponsor is The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. and the theme is “Farmhouse Fun”. The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. is known for their naturally SAFE milk paint.  It mixes easily, dries quickly, and the color palette available is perfect for restoration of historic pieces.  If you want to create an old, chippy look, this product is the way to go. I wanted a piece that was worthy of this paint, and found a drop-leaf entry table on the online auction site, Everything But the House.  (You can check out some of my other EBTH wins here and here.)  I loved the details on this piece, and …

Sea Glass and Seashells: Simple Home Decor using Travel Keepsakes

We returned home from an impromptu beach trip about a month ago, and ever since I’ve had everything coastal-inspired on my mind.  Today I wanted to share how I took our beach keepsakes and turned them into simple decor that doesn’t feel like clutter in our house. One of our favorite things to do on the beach is to go shell hunting.  We went out to the end of the island at low tide and collected lots and lots of shells.  I’m not exaggerating when I say we had two buckets full of shells.  I knew we could not bring that many shells home, so I let each of my children pick 10 “special” shells to bring home. They took this task very seriously, and I love the creative ways they saw the shells they selected.  For example, Brady brought home a shell that looks like a dinosaur bone, and another that resembles a fish.  Addy just had to bring home her clear-colored “sea glass”…aka a piece of a broken beer bottle that has been …

How We Turned a Closet into a Mudroom for under $200!!

Perhaps I should have named this post, “How We Turned a Closet into a Mudroom, AND SAVED MY SANITY”.  Because really, that is what this project was all about. Do you have an area of your home that makes you completely crazy at times?  Nah?  Me either…kidding, of course! One of the most out of control zones in our home was the “shoe hell” that had taken up roots in our laundry room.  I can’t even call this teeny, tiny square of the room a legit “mudroom” because it really wasn’t.  It was more of a “drop all your crap when you walk in the door” collect all.  We tried to keep it clean…Addy and I organized shoes on an almost daily basis, and yet we could not keep up. I can’t believe I am doing this, but I’m going to show you a picture.  It’s embarrassing…but here’s to sharing our real life with you… Wow.  Yeah.  I wish I could say that was an especially bad day (it sort of was), but we had …