Love how all the Annie Sloan Chalk Paints™ mix together so beautifully! I mixed Arles and Cream for a soft yellow.
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I'm a trash-to-treasure visionary. Simply put, that means I'll gather and hold on to anything that has potential. It's a problem, and yet...sometimes it really pays off.This is a Cracker Barrel rocker that one of my tenants left behind when they moved. I asked her permission to take it and she was happy to oblige. You can see by the photos, it appeared to be in pretty bad shape, but it was very heavy, and not a bit wobbly. It sat in this condition on my front porch for the last four years. I finally got around to sprucing it up because I wanted to sell it. After finishing, it looks like I might just be keeping it.
I have these 3 drawer storage containers several places in our home. Sometimes I like that I can see what's in the drawer, and other times I do not. I came up with an easy and inexpensive way to upcycle the drawers - hiding what's inside and giving it a face lift at the same time. You can see more of my crazy creations here
Quick little video showing how to use lace with Wood Icing® Textura Paste I show how to spread the Textura Paste over the top of lace. And I also show how to press lace into the Textura Paste. We paint both with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. We used this technique on the Flag project we posted.
Guys, since forever I’ve wanted a potting bench! Some girls want diamonds… fancy clothing but not I (truthfully I won’t turn my nose up at that stuff – HA)! But, seriously I love to putter and create so much, give me some vintage misfits and a few tools and I’m very happy creating all the things! Like this potting bench, I simply LOVE the way it’s turned out – some (I won’t name names) thought I had lost my mind – and maybe I have a bit… haha! But – now it’s his favourite thing on the porch! Ain’t that the way?
Everyone knows that one of the easiest types of paint to refinish furniture with is chalk paint or chalky style paint. I love chalk paint. It’s so easy to work with, and it’s also so forgiving. The biggest question is does it withstand a lot of traffic, toddlers, dinners, kid snacks, and basically life? If I wax the table top will it withstand the abuse of the daily routine? There are so many questions that you need to consider when preparing a surface like a table top. Does a chalk painted table top hold up well? Let me show you how I used chalk paint to refinish my moms table top and how I sealed it. Spoiler alert; I didn’t use wax.LET ME SHOW YOU THE TABLE BEFORE I ADDED ANY CHALK PAINT TO IT.
I have wanted an antique sideboard buffet for years! Unfortunately, they can be hard to find for a decent price. I typically see them, unfinished, going for around $500. That was way out of my price range, since I knew I would be repainting it.I was fortunate to find this beauty on the fB Marketplace, for $250! I wasn't about to let that one slip through my fingers! It definitely took some work; but in the end, she turned out exactly how I imagined!
I love how chalk paint looks, but it’s not cheap. There are a few ways to create your own chalk paint, and in my tutorial today I’ll show you how I make mine! It only takes four ingredients and is fully customizable, so you can make the exact color you’ve been looking for. I’m using mine to paint an old medicine cabinet door and turn it into a cute memo board for my daughter, but you can use yours on any project you would usually use chalk paint on. Follow my step-by-step tutorial to get started making your own chalk paint today!
Have you ever painted upholstery fabric before? Me neither...but my sister-in-law has! She painted a whole chair that was covered in fabric and it looked incredible. If she can do it, so can I. So I gave it a shot and the result is amazing!
Our old barn became a relative's dumping ground for many years (decades ago) so I inherited some very strange leftovers. Especially old hunting gear and what-not. And, you know me, I'm trying to find projects and usability every where I can! These chairs my dad proclaimed to be old goose hunting chairs that once came with a blind over top of them. I nodded thinking, Well, that's cool but now they're mine! Mahahahahaha! I don't know about you but my idea of the perfect thing would be a place in the sun after work for a couple of hours, good company (or just myself would be fine too...) and a bottle of wine. I had been working on sun loungers in my head for months when I had stumbled upon these old goose hunting chairs and immediately, I got excited! I pulled them out of the barn Saturday morning and I got to work.
Our front porch had no privacy, it faces the neighbours' windows on one side and the street on another. Also, because it was so open, the patio furniture often got wet from rain and faded from the sun. I’d been mulling over the easiest way to address these issues and after eight years I finally tackled it.
In my quest to make my garden pretty this year, I have a bunch of fun projects I want to complete. I am taking you all with me on my garden decorating journey! I made the Garden Stepping Stones, and the Garden Flower Stake. They came out so cute! Today we are going to make a super cute clay pot garden gnome.Follow along and make one for your yard too!
Ya’ll! I didn’t think some black spray paint could make a girl so happy, but man! I LOVE the way my windows look now!! All it took was some tape and a can of black spray paint! Taping is the worst part because I’m so impatient and just want to get going to the fun stuff - just me? All of the prep work is worth it in the end but I always want to rush through it so that I can move on to the real part of the project!
Raised garden beds seem to be the in thing in gardening these days and there are lots of options out there to purchase but they are pricey . A 4x4 bed averages around $50, and let's face it that's not alot of space for a garden. My mom wanted to expand her raised bed this year and after searching for decent size ones and not finding any reasonably priced I decided to make my own. I remembered seeing roofing panels a lifetime ago when you could actually go into a store... Still not open here in Ontario Canada. Anyhow at the time I thought that would make an awesome raised bed. So I did some online shopping/ curbside pickup and got me a some roofing panels.
I grabbed some extra wood that I had and everything I could think of that was red, white and blue. Let's see if we can make some cute things from all of this mess.
I’m so in love with my new seating area on my patio. In fact, I’m sitting out here now, enjoying the shade from my giant maple tree and listening to the birds singing all around me. My neighbors on the other side of my fence have a cedar privacy hedge and the birds just love to sit in the cedars and sing their little hearts out.I wanted to share a simple little craft that I just made for out here on my patio and what better place to write about it than on the patio, looking at the crafts I made!
My sister asked if I would be able to make her a pallet daybed for her entertainment area. She wanted the daybed to be big enough for 2 people to sit comfortably on and wanted it to be sturdy. Her entertainment area is sheltered but when we get heavy rain it does get wet. That is why she chose to have the daybed made from pallets.
My mom got this hammock at Kroger few years ago! It was only used for a short while when she intially got it, then it sat in her yard, in the weather for years, and as things do, it deteriorated over time. I always thought it was such a cool hammock because the stand folds up for easy storage, and the hammock is supported by two chains so it’s much easier to sit in than the traditional hammocks that have a single chain to support each end! Follow along on how I gave this old gal a new life!
I realized the other day when organizing my holiday decor, that I only had a sad little box of patriotic decorations. I decided that I needed to add some more red, white & blue decor. Here I will show you how I turned a pair of American Flag Swim Trunks into an easy DIY USA sign.
Today I’m sharing how to make a plate wreath. Before I begin getting into the details I’m going to share how this project began. As a rule, I make an effort to use pieces in our home that are sentimental. Because I have a collection of antique tea cups from my grandmothers. I am deciding how to display them in our home. I’m currently in the beginning phase of deciding the best way to display these. After thinking for a bit using the saucers came to mind and that’s how to make a plate wreath began.Of course I didn’t want to damage or harm these specials pieces. My grandmothers found these pieces out antiquing on weekends. Also a few of these are from my mom’s own collection. You can imagine these pieces are especially important to me mostly the pieces from my mom. My mom and I were extremely close. Anyway I can keep a piece of her around me I work to make it happen. So I came up with the idea of of sharing how to make a plate wreath. Because I do want to be careful with these special pieces this took some planning and thought.How To Make A Plate WreathFirst of all, a wreath form is needed. I did have to take a look around for the best one. Luckily, I did stumble upon a 16″ gold mesh hoop wreath at Michael’s. Because of the mesh I knew this would give me stability to make a plate wreath. After getting this home I did decide to spray paint both sides with Rust Oleum Chalked Paint in Linen White. Let dry.
Here we go again, I am making over another thrift store find! This candle holder is one of those items I bought because it was only $1.00 and I knew someday I would do something with it! Well, someday was like YEARS later HAHA! I had kind of forgotten about it and I also wasn’t set on what I wanted to do with it, so it got pushed to the side. The other day I was organizing some of my craft stash and had it all piled and one thing sitting next to another and it all fell into place….I am not sure if that happens to you, but it does to me! All. The. Time! This came out better than anything I had envisioned for this candle holder! Come join me while for this thrifted candle holder makeover!
Okay... I am back with one of my favorite DIY/crafting items of all time - Sugru! If you check my other Hometalk posts, you'll see how I created a really fun gardening caddy (using an old shovel and cake pan!) with Sugru, and how I also used it to make super fun junk pumpkins for Halloween! I've also used it to fix several household items, including my ironing board and crock pot. My dad even used it to fill in holes on his metal workbench. It is so versatile!Today, I am going to show you how to fix a garden statue. After a long, cold winter, I found that my sweet bunny had lost part of its ear to a fallen branch.