Thursday, August 29, 2013

Craft room bar stool makeover

 
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I hinted a few weeks ago that my hubby built a new craft table for me and I'm redoing my craft room/office. I'm not yet ready to reveal the table because we assembled it in place in the room and I've got to finish the rest of the room before taking photos.
 
I can share my new stool that I redid to go with the table. The table is counter height so I needed a bar stool for the times I want to sit and work.
 
 
I picked up one in good shape at a local thrift shop. Here's the before:

 
It was still in good shape as is, but I wanted something fun and bright to go with my table.  So I cleaned it, painted it with some left over paint from the table project, and then put a new seat on it.


The paint was a flat interior. The Home Depot associate recommended that I go with flat paint since I was putting a polycrylic coat on top of the table. The hubby hated that stuff when he did the table, so I started with polyurethane as a top coat for the stool. It turned yellow. So, I had to sand it off and repaint. I won't go any further into the nightmares we've had with topcoats on the projects for this room redo, but I'll say it's been a learning curve. To give my stool some protection and shine, I went with a top coat of Johnson's paste wax.
 
I went to Joann's to look at outdoor or upholstery fabric. Ouch- that stuff is expensive. I searched throught the remnant bin (50% off) and found a 1/2-yard piece that is a perfect fit for the colors I'm using in my room.
 
I also got a sheet of 2 inch foam. I removed the leather cover from the seat by pulling out the staples on the back. I used the old foam as a template for the new foam and for the fabric. I cut the fabric circle about six inches larger.
 
I adhered the new foam with spray adhesive. Then I stapled a layer of quilt batting over that, and then stapled on my fabric. I made little pleats and tucks at each leg to fit the circle. The seat part was really easy. I didn't do any sewing. I treated the edges with fray check since I left them raw on the underside.

 
Here's a look at that fun fabric.  I'm in love with my new stool.


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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WIWW- Red stripes

 
shirt- Forever 21; skirt- Old Navy;
shoes- Belk;
clutch, earrings -Target
 
I didn't do an exact recreation of the inspiration outfit but I used what I had. I wore this to church a couple of weeks ago. A floral scarf with this top would be nice for later, but it's too hot here for that now.



 
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WIWW- White dress, two ways

I recently purchased a coral blazer and had tossed it across my cedar chest with other items that needed to be put away. It was lying across a mint shirt and white jacket and I loved the color combination. It inspired an outfit with the blazer, a white dress and mint necklace. However, there was one problem- I didn't own a white dress or mint necklace.

A couple of weeks later, I was in Belk's and scored a cute white dress on clearance for $15.39! Of course it went home with me and Sunday I wore it with the blazer to church. I still don't have the mint accessories so I went with turquoise.


 
Dress- Belk; Blazer- Forever 21;
shoes- TJMaxx

 
For evening services, I made the dress a little more casual and wore it with sandals and a vest belted over it. You can see the inspiration for this version here.

 
Dress- Belk; vest- Old Navy;
belt/shoes- Target


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Monday, August 19, 2013

12 Chalkboard projects

It's back to school time so what's more fitting than a round up of chalkboard projects. Now that I've finally given in and made my own (seen here), I'm hooked and definitely plan on doing more things with chalkboard paint and labels.
I've got some leftover materials from a dresser redo that will be perfect for this:

 
 
Love these bright colorful chalkboards, and of course, everything is more sophisticated on a pedestal


 
A table for the kiddies to play and draw, or use it for outdoor decor
 
 
 
I'm currently using my small chalkboard outside, but I'd love a larger one for the narrow wall on the end of our porch
 
 
 
How cute are these chalkboard pendants
 
 
 
 
 
 
Give a gift and message in one with these candles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I need these for church potluck
 
 
 
Must do this for Christmas
 
 
 
Send notes to school right on the box!
 
 
 
 
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Mug rack to jewelry holder



 
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I have my jewelry stored in a plastic hanging divided organizer made for jewelry in he closet but some of it doesn't fit well in the pockets, particularly bracelets, so I wanted to come up with a new storage solution. I'm not a fan of some of DIY jewelry holders because I think it's just plain tacky to have a jewelry holder out as decor and I don't really have a place for some of the ideas I've seen. I finally decided I could give in a little and that having a few bracelets out on the dresser would be okay. Having made this decision, I was thrilled when I found this beauty, uh ugly duckling, at our Salvation Army thrift store for $1.

 
It took me a bit to decide on a color. I'd have loved a bright yellow or turqouise, but that would really clash with our bedroom decor. I was strolling through Lowe's one day and saw this lovely green- satin Everlade glen. It has a little pop against the green already in our room, but doesn't clash.
 
As you can see above, this thing was NASTY. I cleaned it with some Murphy's and then sanded it before painting. I skipped the primer because I used Valspar paint and primer in one. Now it really is a beauty.

 
Even more lovely with some jewelry hanging on it.

 
Just so you can really appreciate the difference a little spray paint can make...

 

 
Just because I like pictures


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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

WIWW- Floral skirt

 
Sweater- Gap; tank- Old Navy; skirt- Old Navy
wedges- Ross
Worn Aug. 4, 2013
 
Confession time- I bought this skirt last year and it has been hanging there with the tags on it since then. Until a couple of weeks ago when I wore it to church. Do you have anything new hanging in your closet unworn? Just to make me feel better, I'll say its only this piece and a jacket purchased from the thrift store that I intended to add some embellishment too.
 
I always had visions of creating a look like Kendi's with this skirt and sweater. I'm calling this a fail because I really don't like the fit of this sweater, especially now that I've lost weight. It's huge around the middle and makes me look bigger. Maybe I should put the sweater in the Goodwill bag and start over. I've really learned that proper fit makes a huge difference in how you look. Not just too little, but too big as well.
 
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Monday, August 12, 2013

9 Painted furniture transformations




The hubby and I are currently working on updating a couple of pieces of furniture with paint. You can probably guess from my round up here that one is an old dresser. I've learned that painting is a practice in patience. I'm ready to be done, and we're down to some touch ups and top coats but there are things that you can't control sometimes. So... until I complete my own, here are 9 ideas for transforming furniture with paint.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Peach pie smoothie

 
I'm still working on large projects for my new and improved craft room and I haven't put the new craft table to use yet, so here's a recipe from my archives that I haven't shared. It's very similar to the peach pie popsicles, but you can skip the freezing step. I actually stumbled on this at the beginning of the year when I was reading a recipe for another smoothie. That recipe called for coconut water and I didn't have it, so I decided to just add the spices to my usual recipe. Mmm... so glad I did.
 
To make yourself a peach pie smoothie, you'll need:
 
1/2 to 3/4 cup almond milk
1 cup frozen peaches
1/8 tsp or more to taste of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg
 
Blend together and enjoy!
 
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

WIWW- Bright shorts

 
top, shorts- Gap; belt- thrifted
sandals- Target (last year)
 
Not much for you today. This is usually how I dress for weekend outings. After dressing up all week for work, there's not much energy left for putting together weekend outfits. Colors take the place of creativity.
 
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