Thursday, October 23, 2014

~thrifty thursday~{diy wood arrow}

This is the simplest arrow to make and you can make
 it very inexpensively using one piece of MDF.
It will run you around $20.00.

Here are the tools and pieces you will need.
I used a chop saw and a jigsaw, liquid nails, paint, dark wax, and of course the mdf.

A~ 6 pieces that measure 10" and both ends cut on a 45 degree angle.
B~ 2 triangle pieces 10" {on the longest side}
C~ 1 skinny piece with the end notched out, it measures 2" x 24" 
D~ 1 fat piece, it measures 6" x 36" notched out at one end

You should have 10 pieces total.

You can pre paint the pieces at this point, or paint it when it is all assembled.

Start with D and attach C to the middle.
(use liquid nails for these steps}
Add one B piece, then the other, slightly higher, on the end that is not notched out.
At the end that is notched out, add the A pieces.
Let it dry and distress using dark wax or whatever method you prefer.

That's all!

On mine, I used Annie Sloan Old White paint with a combo of light and dark wax.
Have a great day!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

~diy no smudge chalkboard~

Savannah's 16th birthday is coming up so I am busy making things for it.
One of the things we will be having is a sweets bar, so I wanted to create a chalkboard sign for it that won't smudge.

I started with a plain frame, no glass.
I cut a piece of mdf to fit in the inside and secured it with screws.
Then I painted 2 coats of chalkboard paint on it and let it dry.

Next, you want to season your chalkboard. Do this by rubbing chalk 
over the entire surface, no rhyme or reason.

Once you erase it, your chalkboard will be seasoned and ready for wording.

Print out the appropriate size words in a word document and tape them to your chalkboard.

First you will want to scribble pencil over the backside of the words.

When your words are taped on, use a ballpoint pen to trace around each letter.
The pencil will transfer off onto the chalkboard like below.
Then simply fill in your letters with chalk!

To make sure it doesn't smear, simply spray a coat of this on when you are done.
Make sure it's a matte finish so it's not shiny.

I added a few hand drawn flowers as well.

That's it.
Please keep in mind that this is a permanent chalkboard now and you won't be able to erase it.
If you ever want it to say something else you just simply need to add another coat of chalkboard paint over the top and start again!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

~pull out kitchen storage~{in our kitchen}

There is nothing worse than needing a pan to cook 
with and having it be at the bottom of a pile of 20 more. 
I can't stand cluttered cabinets and I used to have them.

For Christmas one year my dad built me custom pull out 
shelving for my kitchen island and it has been a dream.

Everything has it's own place and is nicely divided up between drawers inside the cabinets.
{and now you know my secret, I did not paint the inside of my cabinet doors!}

I believe places like Home Depot and Lowes sells kits similar to these.
Just thought I'd pass this along because it has helped out so much in our own kitchen!


Monday, October 20, 2014

~a teen room makeover for Savannah~

In 2010 we gave our daughter a makeover on her room while she was away at camp.
You can see that post here.
But over the last 4 years, her tastes have changed and it was time for a update.

My driving force for the makeover, was that Cottages and Bungalows Magazine was coming out for a photo shoot. So over the course of 2 weeks I transformed her room into something that we both love.
{warning~lots of photos coming,
sources will be listed at the bottom of this post}

Here is the entrance to her room.
The main change here is the paint color on the walls.

I stripped all the paint off her antique closet door and left it as is.

I also painted her bed black and added the top pieces using 1x2's
I am also in love with her new bedding and pillows!

I added new sconces and a new chandelier as well.
The DIY for the zebra rug can be found here.

And in case you are interested, here is a source list for you.

Paint color on walls: Ben Moore Classic Grey
Fireplace: Home Depot
Pull out sofa bed: Ikea
Curtains: Ikea
Bed skirt: Joss and Main
Blue euro pillows on bed: {24"} Spark Modern
White ruffle sheet set: Target {simply shabby chic, no longer carrying}
Ticking pillow on sofa: Dreamy Whites
White euro pillows on sofa: Crane and Canopy
Navy pillow on sofa: TJ Maxx
Navy blanket on bed: Restoration Hardware Outlet
Sconces: Lamps Plus
Chandelier: Lamps Plus
Closet door: Antique
Wooden pot for orchids: Haystack Home Kirkland
Orchids: Home Depot
Moss for orchids: Home Depot
Ornate cork board: Home Goods
Shades on French Doors: Home Depot
Curtain clips: Target
Curtain hardware: Target
She believed she could so she did sign: Between You & Me
Go jump in the lake sign: {custom, ask to have one made!} Between You & Me
Dresser: {similar, no longer available} World Market 
Bed: Garage sale
Desk chair: TJ Maxx
Lamp on desk: Home Goods


Friday, October 17, 2014

~Creatively Christmas book~

Creatively Christmas is in stores now!
You can also order it online here.

My friend Jennifer Rizzo wrote the book,
{way to go Jen!}

and here is a little blurb about it!

Make your Christmas merry and bright! Follow popular designer and lifestyle blogger Jennifer Rizzo on a journey through the yuletide season and learn how to make your own beautiful decorations, such as the Sparkly Doily Banner, Snowball Jingle Bells, Reindeer Tea Towel, and more. So grab a hot glue gun and pom-poms and enjoy page after page of glittery and festive projects. Learn how to make your own holiday home decor and beautiful decorations with over 35 hands-on projects, page after page of creative decorating ideas, and a tour of real life homes decorated for the holidays. Perfect for inspiring you with ideas for re-creating the rustic Christmas of your childhood, Rizzo's DIY projects and decorating hints will leave you dreaming of a white and burlap Christmas. If a fast and easy holiday craft project doesn't inspire you, a tour of several beautifully-decorated homes just might. Go on a virtual holiday home tour and take in the view at a restored country cottage, a vintage farmhouse, and more. Get tips for making your own space merry and bright! Find inspiration from other popular bloggers who use a combination of milk paint, greenery, vintage photos and steamer trunks to bring rustic charm into the room where your family will create warm and wonderful memories of their own special holiday season.

You will love this book, trust me!

It is not too early to be thinking about the holidays!


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