Friday, November 17, 2017

From Headboard To Chalkboard

When we loaded this yard sale headboard into the truck, my husband saw junk. I, however, saw an awesome chalkboard in the making!
I enlisted the help of my son to cut off the legs. Then I filled in the holes where the bed rails would go with Swamp Mud.

I let the Swamp Mud dry overnight then sanded it smooth. Then I gave the headboard a fresh coat of Dixie Belle Paint using the color Drop Cloth.
We traced around the headboard onto a piece of plywood.
Then we used a jigsaw to cut between the lines. I went as far as I could reach then handed the saw over to my son to finish the job!


I painted the plywood with 3 coats of Midnight Sky.
I then conditioned the chalkboard by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the board, then wiped it clean. This makes it where you won't leave behind a shadow of what you've previously written on the board.
The chalkboard was attached to the headboard with nails.


It will be fun to change the chalkboard for each season.


The chalkboard is perfect on my mantel, but do I keep it or let it go? Decisions, decisions!


Linking To:
Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings The Shabby Creek Cottage,  Made In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru Life, French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style, Tattertots & Jello, Yesterday On Tuesday, Rachel Teodoro


Monday, November 6, 2017

Tri Color MCM Makeover

Sometimes you look at a piece and know exactly what color to paint it. Other times, it's a hard decision. It's especially hard when Dixie Belle, my "go to" paint for all furniture, has 60 beautiful colors to choose from!
But, when I bought this little mid century modern table, I immediately knew that I wanted to paint it not 1, but 3 colors. 


And, I instantly knew what 3 colors...

I painted the main body of the table with Caviar. I then painted the drawer with Cotton, & the door with Driftwood.
The colors used and the Gloss sealer help maintain that mid century modern feel.



What is your "go to" paint?
And, what is your favorite color to use?
If you haven't tried Dixie Belle, you should! It's so easy to use, no sanding or priming, they have beautiful colors, & it's inexpensive!



Linking To:
Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings The Shabby Creek Cottage,  Made In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru Life, French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style, Tattertots & Jello, Yesterday On Tuesday, Rachel Teodoro


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Leather & Lace

When we think of leather, we think of strength and durability. When we think of lace, we think of delicate beauty. When combined, the two are a perfect match. Recycling an old leather belt, in combination with lace ribbon, into a cuff bracelet will add a touch of BOHO Chic style to your wardrobe.

Supplies:
Leather Belt
Lace Ribbon
Leather Snips
Leather Punch
Metal Snaps
Scissors
E6000 Glue
Hammer


Genuine leather is needed for this project. If the belt is not real leather, it will be made of layers and will separate when cut.


Wrap the belt around your wrist to determine how long to cut the leather. Allow the leather to overlap one inch. Once the belt is cut to the proper length, trim the edges into a curve.




Use a leather punch to make holes in each end of the leather band.




Cut a piece of lace ribbon approximately one inch longer than the leather. Use E6000 to glue the lace to the leather.




Place the metal snaps through the holes in the leather. You may need to use the end of scissors to make a hole in the lace for the snap to pass through. Metal snaps for leather are found in the craft store in kits and are inexpensive and easy to use.








There are so many options for creating cuff bracelets with belts. You can leave them plain, leave the buckle on, or add a button...
You can typically make 3 cuffs from one belt.
For this colorful vintage belt, I added a metal flower to the cuff using E6000.
Start hitting the thrift stores & stock up on leather belts because this craft  can become an addiction!

Linking To:
Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings The Shabby Creek Cottage,  Made In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru Life, French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style, Tattertots & Jello, Yesterday On Tuesday, Rachel Teodoro


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

For The Love Of Green


We've just returned from our third trip to Ireland, the Emerald Isle. The lush green countryside is so beautiful that I thought it the perfect time to highlight the color green with some furniture makeovers.

The Dixie Belle Paint Company has some beautiful greens!
Let's start with Tree Frog...
I bought this table at an auction. I loved the carved detail on the top. It was covered in different colors of paint. I imagined that it had sat next to an easel holding paints while an artist was at work.
 As much as I loved the splatters and droppings of paint, I decided it would be better served with a fresh coat of Tree Frog...
 The carved detail on top was perfect for adding glaze...
I chose the glaze color Van Dyke to highlight the detail...
Tree Frog is a bright green that may not be for everyone, but I love it!

Dixie Belle's newest green is call Evergreen...

 When I bought this table I knew that Evergreen would be perfect!

For this piece I decided to use Dixie Belle's dark brown wax rather than glaze...


One of the handles was a little worn, so I added a little rub n buff...




Evergreen is going to be my new "go to" green!



And finally, Kudzu.
If you live in the South, then you know that kudzu is not something that you want. That is, unless it is in the form of this beautiful paint color.
This chair was ok, but a little boring and a little scratched. There was even a little orange peeking through.


Kudzu is great if it engulfs a chair and not your yard!

So, if you are looking for the perfect green for your next paint project, you can't go wrong with any of these 3 greens from the Dixie Belle Paint Company!


Linking To:
Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings The Shabby Creek Cottage,  Made In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru Life, French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style, Tattertots & Jello, Yesterday On Tuesday, Rachel Teodoro


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