Lessons Learned: My Favorite Projects {July 8th}

Here again are a couple of my favorite projects I found this week while flipping through the DIY blog websites. These people have totally inspired me and want me to get out my paint brush (or sewing machine, oven mitt, and anything else crafty)!

First up is from Just Sew Easy. Can you believe that she turned a desk into a lemonade stand for the kids? LOVE the use of chalkboard paint, awnings and the adorable bunting banner!

Next is this outside dining set from Embracing Change made from an old interior door. This is UH-mazing! I love the subway-style stenciling and the pop of red on the chairs. Now THAT is inspiration!

OK, this one sounds yummy: Smores on a Stick from Catie’s Corner. Don’t these look delicious? Super easy to create and no fire needed… Gotta love that!

I also love this moss covered letter from Coastal Charm, perfect for hanging on your front door or to use as a centerpiece. Also check out her link party that happens every Tuesday while you’re there!

Last but not least is this sofa table from Love Leigh Again. You have to see the before and after on this one! Green is one of my favorite colors in accent pieces, and this buffet really pops with the distressing and glazed top.

OK, that’s it for this week! I’m now officially leaving for vacation. Kinda sad that I’ll be away from my paint brushes, hot glue gun and screwdriver, but I’ll still have some cool posts next week so please keep checking my blog for updates!

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Goodwill Find: Baby Doll Cradle

While walking through the aisles of Goodwill with my three year old, she spotted a baby doll cradle that she just had to have. It was very bland (just untreated wood) but since it was only $3 I figured I could get it into tip-top shape with a little bit of paint and fabric.

So here’s the before and after…

Here’s how the transformation took place: I first painted the entire cradle in Krylon’s watermelon spray paint (only $4) . I knew I would be putting another coat of paint on top of this and distress so just a little of the hot pink showed through. Trust me, this pink was HOT PINK. I don’t think I could have lived with it being this bright.

I wanted the cradle to match the colors in her bedroom: light blues, green, rosy pink and silver. So smack dab on top of the hot pink I painted the cradle with Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey chalk paint. Trust me, I’m going somewhere with this…

Once that dried, I coated the sides with Annie Sloan’s Versailles chalk paint. I just dry brushed, purposefully not getting into all of the knicks and crannies.

Here’s a side view of the madness…


Once the paint was dry, I used my dark and clear Annie Sloan wax until I reached the look and feel I was going for. Then I distressed the edges of the cradle. This is what I was waiting for… The hot pink popped through the distressed edges.

OK, now for the baby blanket. I don’t really know how to sew very well, so I decided to go with a knotted blanket. I know you’ve seen these everywhere! So easy to make and cool effect. I found some leftover material from her heart shelf and desk chair. I measured the inside of the cradle and added three inches to each side. Then I cut three inch strips about one inch wide all the way around.

I inserted a little piece of fluffing between the two pieces of material to give the blanket a little padding. Then I tied both pieces of fabric together with the cut strips to create knots all the way around the blanket.

OK, it’s ready for a baby doll!

I love how the pink pops through at the distressed edges. And the Paris Grey chalk paint has this silvery blue hue to it depending on the lighting. As you can see, my little lady can hardly wait to use this. She was standing right next to me every step of the process saying “Can Helen use it yet?” Yeah, Helen. I’m not sure where my kid comes up with the names for her dolls.

Final costs: $3 for the cradle, $4 for the Krylon spray paint… that’s about it! I had chalk paint, sandpaper, and fabric leftover from recent projects. Nice!

I think I have one very happy “mommy”.

Show Some Spirit: Mizzou Football Wreath

While at a local grocery store last week, I noticed a curly ribbon wreath out of the corner of my eye. It was extremely cute: a birthday themed decoration with shades of pink, purple, yellow and green. I would have picked it up, but the price tag said $30. Not too shabby, but I thought […]

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4th of July Recipe: Yummy Pineapple Coleslaw

Yesterday my husband’s family had a 4th of July celebration with tons of food and family fun. During the planning phase, I decided to volunteer to bring the cole slaw. Now, I’ve never made cole slaw before in my life… so why did I speak up? I still have no idea! And of course my husband’s family […]

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Lessons Learned: My Favorite Projects {July 1st}

Here again are a couple of my favorite projects I found this week while flipping through the DIY blog websites. These people have totally inspired me and want me to get out my paint brush (or sewing machine, oven mitt, and anything else crafty)! First up are these retro pillows from A Little Knick Knack! […]

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Embellished Mirror for Daughter’s Room

Last week while cruising through the clearance aisle at HomeGoods, I found a gold ornate mirror for only $8. I really needed something for above my daughter’s dresser in her newly stenciled bedroom, and I thought this could be perfect with some minor embellishments! I got an idea from Elements Interiors blog last week during […]

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Driftwood Table: 1st Project with Chalk Paint

My hubby and I are celebrating our six year wedding anniversary this week. While most ladies ask for jewelry, candy or flowers, I asked for Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. Yeah, I know… my painting obsession is kinda getting out of hand. It arrived in the mail this week from Di Lucca Design and I couldn’t […]

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Lessons Learned: My Favorite Projects {June 24th}

So I thought I would put together a couple of my favorite projects I found this week while flipping through the DIY blog websites. These people have totally inspired me and want me to get out my paint brush! From Dan and Haley Hill at The Hills Est. 2008, this stenciled bedroom wall with shades […]

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Easy Paint Job: Candlesticks for my Hearth

I found these huge candlesticks at Goodwill last week for $9 total. I quickly fell in love because the small one is one foot tall and the larger one is about two feet tall. It’s hard to find large accent candlesticks for such a good price! While I loved the size, I didn’t think the […]

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From Drab to Fab: New Side Table

I found a new end table this past week at St. Vincent De Paul. I really didn’t have a specific place in mind for it, but for only $10 it was a steal! Luckily the end table is made of real wood and from Stanley Furniture so I know it will last! No knicks or […]

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Making It Work with a Bit of Paint

I’ve been needing something new to put above my accent table in the kitchen that I purchased at Pier 1 a couple of months ago. I recently had a canvas painting of some fruit, but I’m really trying to phase out that theme in my kitchen (it’s a little outdated!). During a recent trip to […]

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Cool Craft: Scrabble Name Tiles

While wandering around the DIY blog world last week, I found these awesome Scrabble tile boards from Shanks – Est. 2009. I thought I would give this project a whirl! So above is Shanks’ version, and here’s mine! First step was to track down my supplies. I headed to the nearby Michael’s and picked up […]

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Back to Black: Reupholstered Chair for Great Room

Yes, I know. I’ve been on a bit of a revamped chair kick recently! While at St. Vincent De Paul last week, I spotted this lovely chair. It caught my eye with the cool bevels in the wood…and the ugly fabric of course! I decided to purchase the chair to refurbish for my Great Room. […]

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Reupholstered Desk Chair for the Kiddo

As seen in last week’s blog here, I finished transforming an old wooden desk into an art station for my three year old daughter. While I love the way the finished desk looks, I really needed a new chair to make it functional. Note: yeah, I just couldn’t help myself to move it into my kiddo’s […]

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Refurbished Heart Shelf for My Little Lady

I spotted this country style heart shelf from Goodwill the other day for $6. While it’s not really my style, I thought a little paint could really transform this into a nice little accent piece for my daughter’s bedroom. The shelf was in great condition for only $6. I really didn’t have to do any […]

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Transforming an Every Day Lamp Shade

When I was researching stencils to complete my daughter’s bedroom wall (seen here), I came across a couple of articles online about using small stencils for ordinary lamp shades from the DIY blog Two Girls Being Crafty. I thought this was a perfect idea for my great room’s lamp, since the shade is white and […]

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Revamped Desk for Kids Play Room

My daughter is a budding artist so I really thought she’d love a space to create and color of her own. While I was at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago, I found a great desk for $30 that was in pretty good shape. When I called my hubby to see if he could pick […]

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Painted Storage Chest for Entryway

One of my favorite recent finds at Goodwill was this walnut chest for $30. I’ve always been wanting something for the underneath our wall cutout between the great room and kitchen and thought this piece would be perfect, but wanted to switch it to black. So here is the before… and after! Here’s how I […]

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Bachelorette Party at the Wineries

The best part of living in St. Louis is that you’re only a couple of minutes away from wine country, and this is definitely the time of year to enjoy it! So my sister had a bachelorette party this past weekend for one of her college friends at a winery and asked me to help […]

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Damask Stencil Wall for Daughters Bedroom

Just recently I redecorated my daughter’s bedroom from its prior hot pink princess look and feel to a more serene setting with shades of blue, green and rose. As blogged here, I’ve finished most of the redesign, I now just have a couple of finishing touches. First task on my list, the accent wall that […]

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Updated Chair for my Kitchen Desk

The other evening the chair for our kitchen desk completely collapsed and broke while my little lady was playing at the computer. I had always been meaning to replace that old thing, but I guess now is a time as good as any. I found this little wooden chair at Goodwill for $3. It’s in […]

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A New Bedroom Fit for a Princess

I’m currently in the process of trying to redecorate my daughter’s bedroom. It’s been a long overhaul to say the least! Before the remodel my three year old had a hot pink accent wall which really overpowered the entire room. I thought it was a good idea to paint the wall this color when I […]

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Accent Table for my Red Kitchen Wall

One thing that has always bugged me about our house is that the kitchen is somewhat small. Yeah, I know… it’s our first home, but the kitchen always seems to be the gathering place when you have company over. We used to have a larger oak buffet that rested along our red accent wall. I’ve […]

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Laundry Room Makeover

One of my favorite DIY websites is http://www.centsationalgirl.com. Recently she featured a bare wall transformation creating an instant mud room. I loved this idea and decided to use it for my laundry room since it’s right off the garage. I started with painting my white walls to a desaturated olive green that matches my kitchen […]

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Faux Finish Wallpaper in the Master Suite

Master Suite

About three years ago I wanted to wallpaper my hall bathroom, but I was very nervous since I had never wallpapered anything in my life. I was very lucky to bring wandering through the aisles at Lowe’s and happened to find Paper Illusion, a wallpaper that you tear and overlap. The sales man swore there […]

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