Friday, May 8, 2015

Fun With Chalk Paint: Jewelry Box Makeover

I found my grandmother's jewelry box when I was cleaning out my garage the other day. I love the detail and structure of it, but I'm not crazy about the honey colored wood finish. Kind of boring, huh?

While unimpressed with the color, my sentimental side wanted to keep it since it belonged to my grandma. Since I've recently decided to put chalk paint on EVERYTHING, I used two coats of Annie Sloan Duck Egg blue to update the finish. Once the paint was dry I lightly sanded the edges and the hardware. Chalk paint is fabulous to use on projects like this since it coats well, sands easily, and dries very quickly. Plus, there is no prep work required. I was very pleased with the outcome. What a difference a little paint makes!

Hope you have enjoyed this makeover! Check out my post on updating a cross door hanger using chalk paint here

Friday, May 1, 2015

Fun With Chalk Paint: Cross Door Hanger

I've recently been on a chalk paint kick and have been looking for anything and everything I can update with a little paint. I found this painted wood cross at a yard sale for 50 cents. Don't you just love the cheetah/leopard print or whatever it's suppose to be? Someone worked really hard to paint this once upon a time, so I won't knock it. It's just not my style, so I had to give it a little makeover.

I decided to update this using Annie Sloan Duck Egg blue chalk paint. This 10 ounce sample was about $10. In the past I have usually made my own chalk paint using basic latex paint and plaster of Paris. However, it often becomes too thick or lumpy. Plus, even though it's expensive, with the Annie Sloan chalk paint, a little goes a long way.

Because of the crazy animal print, it took two coats to paint this cross. I used a brown paint marker to draw the G monogram and rubbed around the edges with a dark brown acrylic craft paint. I finished the project off with some burlap and chevron ribbon, layering the chevron ribbon on top of the burlap. This cross was very quick and easy to complete and looks fabulous on my front door.

I hope you've enjoyed this easy to do makeover. What kinds of paint projects have you undertaken lately?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Puppy Power: Yard Sale Makeover

I found this gem at a yard sale for 25 cents. I would have looked right over it until Mini-me said, "awww, look at the cute puppies, Mommy!"

I felt a little sentimental because my family had a sweet cocker spaniel when I was growing up. However, this tacky piece of art from the Cherokee Indian Reservation was not coming home with me...until a light bulb came on in my head and I had an idea for a makeover.

I simply painted chalkboard paint over the cute but tacky little cocker spaniels, and I had a rustic, tree slice chalkboard. This was a super easy makeover.

I also found this awesome beverage cart at Goodwill for $3.99. Unfortunately, I have no before pictures. I fixed it right up with some duck egg blue chalk paint and dark wax.

Both are now for sale in my booth at Prattville Pickers.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have enjoyed my yard sale makeover!

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Project Wedding: A House Divided Candy Bar

Carla and David had a fabulous rustic themed wedding. The decor fit the theme perfect, except for the amazing detail of the candy bar. 

Carla is a huge Alabama fan, and David roots for Auburn, so Carla wanted that reflected in some aspect of the wedding. A house divided candy bar was the perfect addition to their reception. 

Half of the table held orange and blue candy, while the other half had red and white candy. Carla came up with the concept, and I made it happen, making cute little labels with ribbon and an adorable wreath. Bags were provided for guests to fill and take home as wedding favors.  

The labels for the candy jars were easy enough to make. I just printed the candy names in pretty fonts, cut them out, then cut them out in a pretty shape, and cut a larger shape in the colored cardstock to go behind them. I used glue dots to secure the ribbon around the candy jars and to stick the labels on the ribbon. 

For the Candy Bar wreath, I used a vine wreath and painted a piece of unfinished wood. The Candy Bar plaque was my favorite part! I freehanded it, so it took awhile to finish but was worth it. For the ribbon, instead of buying a roll of burlap in each color that I needed, I spray painted one roll of offwhite burlap ribbon. I make a lot of Alabama and Auburn crafts, so I had spray paint on hand in the colors that I needed. The houndstooth print was drawn on with a sharpie. Again, very time consuming, but well worth it. 

The Roll Tide and War Eagle candy buffet was very popular. The kids especially loved the candy. It also sparked some fun football debates between the Alabama and Auburn fans. Alabama's the best, of course. Roll Tide!  

Thanks for joining me for my Project Wedding series. I only have a few more posts in the series, then on to other things! Click below to see other projects from Carla and David's wedding.

1. Carla + David, A Rustic, Country Wedding
2. Invitations and Programs
3. DIY Rustic Wedding Signs
4. The Decor
5. A Country Flower Girl
6. The Cakes
7. A House Divided Candy Bar

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