Sunday, June 14, 2009

Creative Writing

I had so much fun with the Window Chalkboard a few weeks ago, that I decided to do another chalkboard paint project.


So forgive me. This is not an original idea, I saw a picture of this somewhere on the internet when I was blog-hopping and I do not know where. But I filed it away in my brain and when I was shopping this weekend at TaiPan Trading Company, I saw a plate I loved and new it would be perfect.

Step 1: Find a plate you can't live without. :)

Step 2: Tape it off. Leave a square in the center


Step 3: Go grab that Chalk Board Spray Paint again. I did 2 coats. Waited about 20 minutes in between coats. Let it cure again. 24 Hours.

Step 4: Remove tape. Wrap the chalk in a damp paper towel for a second before you write on it so the chalk is soft.

Step 5: Remind your family how awesome you are. Display it for all to see.

Voila!!

That's it. So easy and super cute. I really wish I could find the picture I had seen somewhere. I have no idea. But thanks, random picture, I love it.

It is a great gift idea, I already gave 2 away for birthdays.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Well, it only took 2 years.

I tend to procrastinate. Just a little.
2 years ago, I bought an armoire from my sister.
She was going to sell it on Craigslist, I needed an armoire.
So I bought it with intentions of painting it and doing all kinds of cute stuff with it.
Then we moved. Like, 3 times or something.
Then I tackled the kitchen cabinet redo. It was a big job.
So I swore off painting anything.
...that only lasted about 2 weeks.
But I swore off painting anything big with a brush.
So I bought a paint sprayer. Which I am totally in love with.

This is the armoire before. It is big. And as a side note, aren't my nieces and nephews the cutest?


I loved the shape, but it was not really my style. I ditched the side pieces (well, I put them in the garage, where they are waiting to be ditched. still.) because I had NO room anywhere for such a big piece.

So I painted it. With the sprayer I purchased for the project, I painted the whole thing in about 40 minutes.
Done.

Then it sat.
For TWO YEARS.
Which actually turned out to be a good thing. I had all kinds of plans for it. And then they kept changing. Color schemes changed a few times, too. Then we bought our new house. It was supposed to be a home for the television in the family room in the basement. But the beast would NOT fit down the stairs and around the corner.
Pooh!
I wasn't willing to get rid of it so it made it's way to the kitchen.
Where it sat. Still unfinished. Until today.
There was a giant hole cut out in the back so that a big TV could fit in there.
Here it is midway. Painted black, sanded a little and needing beadboard. Waiting for curtains and drawers.


I made curtains for the bottom. I put new drawer pulls. And added the bead board. And here is the finished project......


Voila!

Now, all I need is some cut stuff to put in there. I think I am also going to put a shelf in there. I am going garage selling this Saturday, so it should be full of old, new to me, stuff!!!

Feels good to finally have it done.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Windows!

I know, you have been on the edge of your seat, right?!


I stumbled across what quickly became one of my favorite Blogs... The Shabby Chic Cottage. Gina can seriously transform anything you think is junk into something you wish you could buy. For real.

I have a stack of old windows. I am addicted to them, really. If I see one I cannot pass it up, but I have been needing something fabulous to do with them.

I would give you the play by play tutorial, but it is easier to link you to Gina's tutorial. Go see how to do it HERE. It was really easy. The hardest part was just as she said... the 24 hour waiting period.

Please ignore how smashing I am looking tonight... Why am I in the picture?!

Anyway, I love it!!


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Longest 24 hours. Ever.

OMG.
I just made something really cute.
I can't wait to show you.
But I have to.
My Paint will take 24 hours to cure.
The longest 24 hours.
I have not been this excited since I finished my Vanity, like, a week and a half ago.
Gina, You are FABULOUS.
Pictures and Links tomorrow.

In the meantime, leave me a link to one of your favorite projects.
Anything.
Inspire me.