China Hutch Upcycle

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I didn’t actually realize how long this project had been in the works until I sat down to write about it. For those who follow me on Instagram, you might remember the stories I posted about this hutch. I found it last year in May and HAD to have it. The problem, it is HUGE, weighs a ton and we don’t have a truck to haul it with.

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Small Buffet Upcycle

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Hi everyone!!! Wow, it feels like I’ve been gone for SO LONG! I mean, 2 months isn’t forever but still, I missed posting for you and I’m glad to be back at it. Thank you for hanging in there while I took a little break. I was able to accomplish quite a few things around the house, get myself organized and reprioritize what I want and need to do with this blog going forward. I’m so excited to get back to sharing things with you and have so many fun projects in store, so I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Changing Table Upcycle

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If you’ve learned anything from me over the last couple years, it’s probably that I like white distressed furniture and it is extremely hard to find already finished. There is plenty of white furniture with no distressing and plenty of off white or cream with distressing and I even found a few bright white distressed dresser but they were $900!!…which is why I end up building my own furniture or buying an old piece and refinishing it myself.

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Vintage Baby Cradle

vintage baby cradleIf nothing else, at least Baby Blackwood has a place to sleep when he comes home for the first time.

All of these projects have been so slow moving because 1) I procrastinate…my mom will attest to this and 2) I’m a perfectionist. However, I am absolutely IN LOVE with this little corner of our master bedroom for baby. Everything about it is very simple, just the way I like it!

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Breakfast Nook Table

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So it’s been a month since I’ve posted 😦 #1 I can’t believe it has been that long! #2 That also means that this pregnancy is moving along insanely fast! In just 1 week I will already be 24 weeks!! I’m starting to panic about all the things I haven’t even begun to tackle in the nursery yet, not to mention finishing my registry, researching daycare/nannies, take some baby classes…the list just keeps piling up!

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DIY Flower Basket Stand

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Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the amazing, hard-working mamas out there! I hope you all enjoyed a day of relaxation, pampering and spending quality time with your kiddos.

I started this project as something completely different…I was searching for DIY floor lamp ideas and came across a flower pot stand idea on Pinterest instead. My goal was to make it and post the instructions in time for you all to make it yourself, possibly for a Mother’s Day gift, however, my morning sickness got in the way 😦

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Room Makeover…Home Bar

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Last week when I was sick, I started re-watching the Gossip Girl series on DVD. It helped pass the 4 days I spent in bed. The problem…now I can’t stop watching episodes…back-to-back-to-back. It is making me completely unproductive. All I’ve gotten accomplish today is eaten 2 meals, watched 4 episodes and styled the new little bar area of our dining room.

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DIY Upcycled Frame

DIY upcycled frameAs I type this, I am watching Fixer Upper re-runs and the episode where Joanna created a wall sign with the saying “today is a good day for a good day” is on! It’s meant to be that I have this sign in my home and post it for you all.

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DIY Menu Chalkboard

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I finally bought a fiddle leaf fig tree!!!! I have been wanting one of these for SO long but have been nervous to pull the trigger because they are spendy and I have what you would call a black thumb as opposed to a green thumb. Now, I didn’t re-pot the plant because as I was driving it home with a giddy smile on my face, my mom texted me and said “is it poisonous for dogs?” Well, crap! It is!! The woman at the plant nursery said it is only toxic if the leaves are ingested and not in a fatal way but that I can return the plant if it makes me nervous. I am going to talk to my vet today but I really hope I don’t have to get rid of my new favorite décor item!

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Wooden Spool Clock

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Medical websites are my nemesis. About a month ago, I went to the doctor for a spot that appeared on my leg. At my appointment, 3 different doctors looked at my leg, none of them had ever seen anything like it and had no idea what it was. They did some blood work, sent me to dermatology and told me to Google it. I’m sorry…you are telling me to Google what is ailing me? I’m sorry, I know that Google is now a verb but when did this start happening? Of course, anytime I have a medical issue, I Google the symptoms both before and after I see the doctor, but I’ve never had a doctor TELL me to Google it!

So, what did I do, I got online and started searching “clusters of broken blood vessels” and “rash that looks like broken blood vessels”. And what comes up, no matter what symptoms you type in…some form of cancer. Again, medical websites are my nemesis. I waited 2 1/2 weeks for my dermatology appointment, stressing out about what was wrong with me, trying all sorts of home and natural remedies, with nothing seeming to make a difference.

Finally, my second appointment arrives. I was literally in the dermatologist’s office for 15 minutes, he took one look, knew exactly what it was, a simple and boring skin rash from an allergic reaction, gave me something to heal it, and I was on my way. Did I mention that I hate medical websites?

Anyway, this clock! I’ve been wanting to make this for so long! No, it’s not a full clock yet. I have to special order timepieces that are big enough to fit the size of the clock but I’m kind of liking the way it looks as just a piece of décor. I saw a clock like this in a magazine photo and started contemplating how I could copy it. These industrial cable spools are not easy to get your hands on but they are out there if you search. You can usually find someone giving them away or selling them on craigslist.

Supplies
Industrial cable spool, in any size (mine is 2 3/4′ diameter)
Sandpaper and electric sander
paint or stain of your choice to stain wood (I used Minwax Stain in Weathered Oak and Heirloom Traditions A La Mode Chalk Paint to get the weathered look)
paint of your choice to paint numbers (I Deco Art Americana Acrylic paint in Lamp Black)

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This is what I started with. I told my mom I wanted some industrial cable spools and she called me a few days later saying my little sister found a bunch of them for me 🙂 Dad unscrewed the top from the base, family teamwork!!

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I took the electric sander to the top side of the boards to get the wording off. Next, I used the Minwax Weathered Gray stain to get a bit of a weathered wood look. I dry brushed the stain on (dip the tip of your brush in the stain, blot it on a rag, and lightly streak it on, then wipe it down with another rag). After the weathered gray, I did the same thing with the white chalk paint.

Once the paint was dry, I penciled on the outline of the numbers with a stencil to make sure I had the spacing right, then painted the numbers on with the black craft paint.

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I love how it looks as is, but I will probably still order the clock hands that I want and make it a functioning clock. I’ll update you all with the proper steps when that happens!!

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Upcycled Queen Bed

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So it’s been almost a month and a half since my last blog post and I have felt like a part of my heart was missing! It has been an absolutely crazy past 6 weeks with work. And when I say work, I’m not talking about fun blog stuff in the works. I mean, my real-life, money making job. As much as I wish the blog could pay my bills, that is just not the case. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my job, but blogging and DIY has really become a huge passion and I have felt a little lost without it.

The hiatus is over and I am so thrilled to be back at it. I also realized today that my blogiversary is coming up very soon, it’s already been 1 year since I started this crazy journey! (Did I just use the word journey? What am I, a Bachelorette contestant?!?!). On one hand it feels like I just started yesterday, and on the other, I feel like I’ve been doing this forever. Either way, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

On to the post…

We have a queen bed in our guest bedroom, that, for the longest time, has just been sitting on a boring metal frame. I forgot to take before photos of this room when we bought the house so I snapped a quick photo before I started painting.

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I bought this queen bed over a year ago. I was furniture shopping at thrift stores and came across it. I certainly didn’t need a queen size headboard/footboard/frame but I loved the look of it, it was super sturdy and very well built and was only $150, so I brought it home. And there it sat, in my garage, for all this time. My husband is a big fan of that, by the way, all the stuff I buy because I think I will use it someday that just sits in our garage or extra bedroom. Oops.

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I did a quick and easy update on this piece, just 1 coat of white chalk paint and then sanded it down to let some of the dark wood show through and get a worn look. When you paint a light color over dark wood, people think it takes a lot of coats. If you are going for a worn, antique look, 1 coat should be enough.  After just one coat, here is what the wood looked like…

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Don’t worry if the paint looks streaky or doesn’t completely cover the wood. When I sanded, I used a fine grit (220) sand paper and ran it all over the wood. As you come to a spot where the brush strokes really stand out, this is where a put a little more pressure on the sand paper and make that a “worn” spot. Ultimately, the key is to not worry too much as you sand. You can always go back and sand more or add another layer of paint in some spots if you need to but you don’t want it to look perfect.

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The bedding used in this room is from Pottery Barn, part of our wedding registry, so it isn’t available any longer but their Jessie Organic Duvet & Sham are a similar color palette and pattern.

Now that I have the bed done and in place, I can’t wait to finish painting and decorate the rest of the room. Stay tuned!

Antique Coffee Table

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My mom refinishes old furniture, which is where I got this DIY bug from. She had an upcoming show and was low on pieces and asked me to shop around some Portland thrift stores to see what I could find. I called her from the Habitat for Humanity Restore to let her know I found this amazing cedar chest that she had to have and it was only $40!!! She got just as excited about it after I sent her some photos. Unfortunately, this was the only piece of furniture I found for her that day, and even more unfortunate, I decided I loved it so much that I wanted to keep it for myself. Oops. Luckily I have a very understanding mom! And since then she has found plenty of furniture to refinish.

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This chest is so well built and sturdy, when I got it home I started researching it. I found an almost identical chest that originated in Mexico for $800! Did I mention I got it for $40?!?! Now for the refinishing…really simple this time. The wood was very scratched and banged but I wanted these characteristics to show through an almost white washed look. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White and just painted on one thin coat and let it dry. Then I took a very fine grit sand paper (220 grit) and sanded the surface so that the white still remained but so you could see each seam and scratch in the wood. Then I finished with a coat of Annie Sloan Soft Wax to seal the wood and paint.

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Quick change! Now time to coffee table style…

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Antiqued Mirrors

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So I have this large blank space above my front door and for the life of me, I could not decide what to hang above it. I was thinking just one large mirror but then I had this obnoxious fear of that big mirror falling to the ground when the front door slams shut someday. I hate hanging super large objects, to avoid this, I decided to hang a bunch of small objects instead. Must less scary but a bit more work for me.

First I thought I’d buy plain 12×12 mirrors and go through the whole antiquing process. Let me tell you, I don’t recommend this. It was tedious and it was a workout. You have to use paint stripper to get the backing off the mirror, then remove some of the actual mirror film with chemicals. All the while, you are scraping away with a paint scraper, getting quite the arm workout. By the time I was done I needed a drink, and I’m not talking about water. Anyway, I finished scraping the mirrors, antiqued them and then started to hang them but quickly realized I didn’t like the look of a bunch of square mirrors all in a row. I wanted different shapes and sizes all with decorative frames on them but I discovered I was going to be paying at least $30 per mirror for this. Now, I do have some mirrors with great frames that I may antique in the future so that post may come at a later date. This post, however, will teach you how to turn plain glass into an antiqued mirror, and it’s SO easy!

Off I went to the thrift store where I found a huge assortment of picture frames of all shapes and sizes. I picked out 11 of them (sadly, I broke one in the process of turning it into a mirror). Then I went to Home Depot and picked up a few cans of Rust-Oleum Laquer Gloss Black Spray Paint for the frames and a few cans of Rust-Oleum Mirror Finish Spray Paint for the glass. I came back home and got to work.

The steps themselves are pretty simple…
1. Remove the glass and backing from the picture frames
2. Spray the picture frames with the chosen color of spray paint, allow to dry completely. This may take 2 coats depending on the color you choose and material of the frame.
3. Using the mirror finish spray paint, paint the back side of the glass and allow to dry completely. If necessary, apply a second coat once the first coat is dry.
4.  To get the antique finish on the mirror: Using a spray bottle, make a 50/50 water and bleach mixture. Spray a bit of the mixture on an old cloth (that you don’t mind ruining) and rub the cloth lightly in a circular motion around the outer 2 inches of the glass and anywhere that you want the mirror to look distressed. Reference the photo above to see the distressing on my mirrors, the more or the harder you rub the cloth on the mirror, the more the paint will come off.
5. Whatever piece of cardboard or backing is going directly behind the mirror, spray paint that piece black to get the full distressed look.
6. Reassemble your frames (remember the non-painted side of the glass faces forward) and voilà, you have a custom distressed mirror.

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Foyer Table Re-do

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  I’m SO excited about this table you guys!! This was my first project with Annie Sloan chalk paint and I’m hooked. My mom has been using Annie Sloan paint on her furniture (she re-finishes old furniture and does an amazing job, check out her Facebook page…Simply Country Quilts & Antiques) and she swears by it.

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