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I have had several people email me and ask me about my painted cabinets.  So today I thought I would share with your how we painted ours so that YOU can paint your cabinets.  But, I must first start off with a disclaimer.  We are by NO means professionals.  We asked our local Lowe’s stores and their helpful employees several questions and did some research before deciding to paint them. 

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The cabinets in our home were 30+ years old and had a bit of wear and tear to them.  A lot of the finish had been worn off and some had some big knicks and dents in them.  So for us this was a good choice to give them new life and to update our home to our own personal style.  Not to mention a lot cheaper alternative than buying new cabinets.

Here are the steps we took:

1.  Tape off any areas that might get paint on them that you don’t want paint on.  For example a wall right next to the cabinets or the floor along the bottom and even inside the cabinet doors if you are not painting the insides.  We LOVE frog tape at our house.  It has worked a lot better at getting crisp lines as opposed to the blue painters tape.

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2.  Remove cupboard doors.  This is probably not necessary.  But since we wanted them to come out nice and smooth without any drips, we removed them. 

2. Lightly sand the doors to remove any rough spots.  If there are any nicks or dents you can fill them with wood filler or plastic wood.  Just something that is paintable. 

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Then wipe them down with a damp cloth and some denatured alcohol and be sure you have removed all of the excess dust.

3.  Paint all areas you want covered with paint first with a primer/sealer.  Painting with a primer will make it so that the paint will stick to the cupboards and will cover up any areas that you may have needed to add some putty or wood filler.  We like Glidden’s Gripper Grey.  But there are a lot of different options available.

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We paint in the creases and the smaller areas and around the edges with a paint brush.  My personal favorite paint brushes are the Purdy XL Glide.  I usually use a 2 inch brush for cabinets.  I really believe having a good brush is the key to having a smooth paint finish.

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For the flat, larger areas of the cabinets I like to use a small foam roller.  This leaves a nice and smooth finish as well.  This is KEY too!!  We like Quali-Tech Ultra Smooth High Density Foam.

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4.  Paint your cabinets with your favorite semi gloss enamel paint like Valspar’s.  Some people like to use a high gloss paint and that is fine too.  We just prefer the finished look of the semi gloss.  I feel it to be a bit richer.

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You will need at least two coats.  Be sure to allow proper drying time between each coat.  I wait at least 4 hours between coats.  Check on your paint can for specific drying times.  I always check and double check for any drips as I am painting.  Nothing worse than having to go back and sand a drip off.  Sometimes in the creases of your cabinet door you will have to go back and do a touch up third coat.

I like to paint on top of paint cans.  {Please disregard the lack of painting tarp…Ha.  Always a good idea to use one}.  I paint one side first and let it dry completely before turning it over to paint the other side.  After paint is still wet you will also want to check the other side of the cabinet door so there are not drips on the other side as well.

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Chalk Board mug gift

I am always looking for a fun and inexpensive gift idea for a teacher or friends.  Now, there is nothing new and exciting about a mug with candy in it…unless that mug has a fun chalkboard label on it.  I saw something similar while perusing the aisles of Target one day.  It had been three weeks since I had been there…THREE WEEKS!  So I was getting my Target fix and saw a Chalk Board Mug. So what is a crafty girl to do? Yep! I made my own.

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Target was even kind enough to have some different colored mugs on sale for $1.99.  So I snagged a couple.  Here is how I made mine.  I cut out a heart shape from my vinyl collection.  Contact paper will work well too.  Make a stencil in the shape or design of your choice.

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Then I used some Folk Art Bake-On Enamel Paint in Engine Red.  I mixed it with some Non-Sanded Grout to Make Chalk Board Paint.  You can find the recipe for that here:

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Then I simply painted a couple coats of it onto the mug and baked in on low heat in my oven for an hour to set the paint.  So easy.

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Prime the chalk board paint by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk onto it first and then wipe off the chalk.  This should prime your chalkboard label so that you can write new messages to your hearts content. (pun totally intended)  I also put the word “love” on the other side of the mug using the same process as above.

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A super easy and inexpensive gift idea.  Spruce it up by adding a gift card to Starbucks or attach a package of your favorite hot cocoa mix…or…my personal favorite…fill it with CHOCOLATE!

Oh…and where did I get that adorable framed picture?  That would be from the talented and lovely Lara from Less Cake, More Frosting!  You can purchase your own copy of it in her shop Announced Design.  There are a lot more where this came from.

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This post is dedicated to a week-long series with some other bloggers and shop owners: Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage, Kellie at Nest of Posies, Liz from Hoosier Homemade, and Charlotte from The Paper Cupcake!

On Monday, Liz her adorable Pink Lemonade Pies and a giveaway for The Paper Cupcake. On Tuesday, Gina shared her fun Valentine Mantel and a giveaway for Baybee-Dahl Boutique.  Wednesday, Kellie from Nest Of Posies made some darling Valentine Envelopes.

We have also set up a Pinterest Board for Valentine’s Week if you are as addicted as I am.

And…if that is not enough…come back tomorrow when we share an amazing Valentine Printable from The Paper Cupcake! Just wait till you see it! Love it!

Need some more Valentine’s Day Ideas? Check out these past Idea Room Valentine’s Ideas.

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DIY Mirror—Trumeau Style


I am so excited to finally be able to share this DIY mirror or Trumeau mirror that I recently made for our Master Bathroom.  I have wanted to make one since I first saw this Trumeau Mirror over at Susie Harris’ blog.  She shared how she made her DIY mirror, and I thought…I can do that…!  Susie shares how she made her beautiful mirror here.

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And since Susie already shared a great tutorial for making her DIY mirror, I will not take the time to do it here.  I will just give you a basic run down of the process that I did.  I had an old wall mirror laying around…you know the kind…the really cheap mirror that you can hang on your dorm room wall?  I broke the frame away from the mirror so that I was just left with the mirror.  Then took a trip to my local Home Depot store for some molding and a piece of wood large enough for the base of the mirror.

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I simply laid the mirror on the wood and eyeballed where to place the mirror and the various molding pieces.  I glued my mirror onto the board using Silicone.  Once I had that all figured out, I traced where I wanted things with a pencil.  Then made all the cuts for the molding on my saw and glued the pieces into place.  Use clamps to ensure that your wood stays in place and dries nicely.  I used Gorilla Glue to glue on the moldings and trim pieces.  Gorilla Glue is amazing!  It sets pretty quickly so you have to work fast.

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When the wood glue is completely dry, 12-24 hours, you can caulk and putty any areas to seal everything off nicely.  When that has dried you will need to sand off any rough edges and then paint the mirror with primer.  Then you will finally be able to paint you mirror when the primer has dried.

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I love the way it turned out.  There are a lot of fun and different possibilities for this mirror.  And I am so happy to have a full length mirror in my bathroom now.  No more need to stand up on the edge of the bathtub to get a full length view of myself in the mirror over the bathroom sink.  Not that I ever did that…you know…theoretically speaking of course.

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I love how crisp and clean it looks against the new paint too.  We just added the fun crown molding last weekend and the paint the weekend before.  The paint color is a beautiful grey paint from Benjamin Moore called Rockport Grey.  In the pictures it looks more taupe than grey…but I love it!!  It makes me so happy to walk in there now.  Still have some more work to do on this bathroom which I will share more with you later, when we get it finished.  But this mirror was a step in the right direction.

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Now…for a little help…I love the mirror crisp and white…but feel like I want to make it look antiqued since this Trumeau Mirrors is based lightly on the early 18th Century Trumeau Mirrors being made in France.  What do you think?  I have never antiqued or glazed anything and would love to try it.  Any tips or tricks you have for me?  Thanks in advance!

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Personalized Product Spiral Notebooks

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Need a quick and easy project?  Make some notebooks (big or little) a bit more fun.  We have all seen the notebooks that you can dress up with scrapbook paper and a little bit of Mod Podge…why not reuse some cardboard from the boxes of some of you and your families favorite products?  Anything will work…cereal boxes, soda can boxes, or twinkee and hostess cupcake boxes or even some of the movie sized candy boxes! 

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Take some spiral bound notebooks, which should be easy to find this time of year with the back to school sales going on.

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Unbend one end of the wire spiral so that it is smooth and flat on the end and gently untwist it from the top of the notebook.  This turned out to be pretty easy.  Just be sure to firmly hold the notebook papers with your other hand so they stay lined up nicely so you can add the wire again when finished.

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Remove wire completely and set aside.  Take the old notebook cover and place it over your cardboard box and determine exactly what you would like your new cover to be.  Trace around it with a pen or marker.  Cut out the cardboard piece.  Place the old cover on top of the new cutout cover and mark with your pen where to make the holes.  Then take a large sewing needle and gently punch a hold through each of the marked dots.

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Place your new cover over the top and hold all the papers so that they are lined up.  Insert the spiral wire back into the holes and gently twist the wire so that it encompasses all the papers and works over to the other end of the notebook.  Gently bend the two end pieces of wire back in.

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And that is it!  Such an easy 5 minute project.  I think these would be a fun gift for your kids friends or for your kids themselves.  It is so easy that most kids could help make them too.  And who doesn’t like to make something that is unique and fun and represents something that they enjoy?

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What kind of notebook would you make for yourself and/or kids?

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Antiqued Acid Mirror

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I am so excited to share one of my latest home décor projects with you.  I am really happy with how this one turned out.  I have seen these fun “antiqued” mirrors in quite a few places on the internet recently, but saw it them when my friend Mandi from Vintage Revivals shared some that she made for a Crafting with the Stars competition.  I have wanted to make one ever since.  My Dad was recently going through some of his old stuff and asked me if I wanted this old mirror.  Ummmm…yes please!  It was perfect for what I had in mind.

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I took the mirror apart by removing the backing and the frame.  I set the mirror aside and took the empty frame and cleaned it up with a damp cloth.  Then I spray painted the frame with some white Krylon Semi-Gloss Spray Paint.  The frame needed two coats.  Be sure to let the paint dry between each coat and then let dry for several hours before touching or moving your frame

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Then I took the mirror outside and placed it on a thick layer of newspaper.  You need to remove the layer of paint that is on the back of the mirror to get to the reflective coating on the back of the mirror (which gives the glass it’s mirror reflection).  I put the stripper into a spray bottle so that I could easily spray it onto the back of the mirror.

**Important—When working with paint thinner you should always wear some protective gloves for your hands and protective eyewear! You can also find some regulations for using Paint Strippers here.

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Spray the stripper so that every surface of the mirror is covered and let it sit for several minutes.  Let the paint stripper do the work for you.

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You will see when the paint is ready to be scraped off when the paint is all bubbled up.

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Then take a putty knife or a scraper and scrape the paint off of the entire mirror.  There may be a few spots on the back of the mirror that the paint does not come completely off.  I was not too concerned about these areas because I wanted an antique look.  I scraped the back of the mirror clean and carefully gathered up all the paint strippings and disposed of them according to the directions on the can.

I followed the directions found here from HGTV Making a Distressed Mirror if you are interested in the full process.

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I wanted to put a fun patterned material behind the glass mirror.  So that you could see the pattern in the areas that the mirror had been worn away by the acid.  So I took this fun Cutting Edge Damask Stencil in the Anna style and made my own patterned fabric.

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I bought some minky soft buttery yellow fabric and stenciled white paint directly onto it.  I used this great stencil paint in white from DecoArt.

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I was really happy with how it turned out.   And I love the texture it adds to the mirror.

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I cut the fabric so that it fit the mirror perfectly.  Then I took this lovely vinyl lettering that I was given from Ten 23.  I selected the saying “Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful”.  Don’t you just love that?  I ordered it in a white vinyl because I wanted a very classy, fresh and subtle look to the overall finished mirror.

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I carefully measured it and centered it and then with my husband’s help applied the vinyl lettering to the front of the mirror.

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Then I took some clear Silicone and applied a thin layer to the inside of the mirror frame.  Don’t do too much or you will have the Silicone oozing everywhere on the front of your mirror which will not be too pretty.

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Gently place the mirror into the frame.  Have someone help hold up the mirror so that it is still laying flat and get under the mirror and check for any silicone that may have seeped over the edges and onto the front of the mirror.  Gently wipe clean with a damp cloth.

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Then I attached the fabric to the back of the frame with a staple gun (I forgot to take a picture of this part).  Then I screwed the back of the mirror which I had originally removed onto the frame.

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Then I scuffed up the frame so that it looked a bit distressed to match the overall feel of the antiqued mirror.  I used this handy dandy sanding bug from Rockler.

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This has come in handy on several of my home décor and remodeling projects!

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Then I hung it in my daughter’s room.  This has been one of my absolute favorite projects.  I just love how it turned out.  It was super easy to make and fairly inexpensive.  And it looks like something that would cost some big bucks if you were to buy it in a boutique.  Ahhhh!  I love how it turned out!  What do you think?

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DIY Labeled Bathroom Jars

Today I would love to share with you how I made these labeled bath jars.

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I like to have pretty matching sets rather than big, bulky bottles cluttering my spaces…don’t you?  But all the sets I have seen were really expensive.  Then I saw this picture from Country Living.  I had my next project!

I looked around online for various bottles and in my local thrift store but couldn’t find anything that was pretty or in my budget.  Then one day while I was shopping I had the idea to look at the various glass food jars.  I was surprised at just how many styles there were but none of them were just right.  I had almost given up until I turned down the last aisle and lo and behold I spied these beauties!!!

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It was the perfect size and shape and there were exactly 4 bottles.  The labels looked easy to remove and there were no upraised markings in the bottle…PERFECT!  Now only if I drank coffee ;).  No worries…I gave the coffee to my friend and saved the bottles for myself!

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I removed the labels and took off the residual glue with this Goo Gone.  I already had this on hand and originally bought it from Home Depot.  It works like a charm.  Then I thoroughly washed the bottles and then let them dry.

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Then I created some labels on my Silhouette machine and cut them out in black vinyl.  I also cut them out in white vinyl as well.

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I took the inside of the white label and put it on the jars first.  Then I took the black label and put it on top of the white label, kind of like a little puzzle.  The reason I did this is that I wanted the labels to stand out really well on the bottle.  I thought about just cutting out a white square of vinyl but the borders of each frame were really different and this just seemed easier.  Of course you can just place the black vinyl on and not use the white vinyl.

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I wanted to cover up the writing on each of the lids so I simply spray painted them white and let them dry thoroughly.  Then I simply filled each jar with my favorite bath products.

I love how fresh and clean it looks.  Isn’t that so much better than a bunch of big and bulky bottles?

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I have made my label file available for you to download for those of you who would like to make your own labels.

*Click to download bath jar labels {in GSD format}

**If you don’t have a Silhouette Machine, you can still make these.  Simply download the PSD labels and print them out.  Then simply cover the tops of the label with a few layers of Mod Podge (let dry between each coat) and then cut the labels out.  To apply to the bottles add a small amount of glue like E 6000 or other water proof glues.

***Click to download bath jar labels {in PSD format}


 

Blog Swap with Traci from Beneath My Heart

I am excited to share one of my favorite bloggers with you today…Traci from Beneath My Heart.  I love her project she is sharing with you today.  After you read hers here…come on over to her place and check out my tutorial!  Now…here’s Traci…

Hello! My name is Traci, and I blog at Beneath My Heart. I am married to this sweet man…

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  and together we are raising these 4 sweet boys of ours…

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and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to think and create everyday here:

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Today, Amy and I are doing a little blog swap! I am so very happy and honored to be posting here at The Idea Room! I am going to share with you today a little table makeover I just completed.  

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I have had this little cherry table for 6 or 7 years. My mom gave it to me because she wasn’t using it anymore.

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I have used it in several places around the home, but I have never been really happy with it. It didn’t quite fit in with the rest of my decor.

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So I finally decided to make it look a little more like “me”. Here are the supplies I used:

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Valspar Antiquing Glaze Minwax Wipe-On Poly Sample Valspar paint in Eucalyptus Tree (blue). Sample Valspar paint in Light French Gray (Behr’s) Minwax Provencial Stain I already had all of these except for the sample size of blue paint. I bought two decorative embellishments from Lowe’s for about 5 bucks… (I had already taken one out of the package.)

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First, I sanded a spot on the table where I wanted to attach the wood embellishments…

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Then, I put a little Gorilla Glue on the back of each embellishment…

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My hubby helped me nail the decorative piece to the table. We had to nail it on because of the curve of the table.

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I let those pieces dry, and then I was ready to paint!

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Since the embellishments were plain wood, I used some “Provencial” Mixwax stain that I already had to darken them a bit. I just used a paper towel to apply the stain. If I was doing a whole piece of furniture, I would have used a cloth.

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Then I sanded the whole table with a sanding sponge to help the paint adhere to the surface.

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I was so stressed about finding the right color blue for this table. I was in Lowe’s for a long time looking at all of the paint swatches. I wanted a grayish/greenish blue. And guess what…I found it! It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. It is called Eucalyptus Tree. I got a sample size of it because it was more than enough for this table. Cost=$3.00

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I just applied the paint with a brush.

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I wanted to be able to see the brush strokes in the paint, and I love leaving a little bit of wood showing too.

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Then I painted the embellishment with the Light French Gray. 

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After the entire table was completely dry, I used my sanding sponge to sand around the edges of the table to make it look “worn”.

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Then I applied the Valspar Antiquing Glaze with a paper towel. It looks black when going on the table. Just wipe it on until you get the look you are after. If it is too dark, just wipe a little off with a damp paper towel. If it is not dark enough, apply some more. It’s really up to you!

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The glaze darkened the color of blue to perfection! I LOVE the look of the antiquing glaze!!! Here is the final product…  

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See how the glaze gives it an “aged” look?

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I really do love this color of blue. I am now looking for another piece of furniture in my home to do the same treatment on.

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Now this piece of furniture looks like “me”, and it adds a touch of color to my home.      One more look at the before and after…

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Thank you, Amy, for letting me share this project on your fabulous blog! It has been so nice to be here. Please know that you and your readers are always welcome at my blog…

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Have a blessed day! Traci

DIY Stuffed Animal Easter Baskets

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Easter is quickly approaching and will be here before we know it. At our house we set out our Easter Baskets with a plate of carrots for the Easter Bunny to snack on during his visit. He then hides the baskets full of small goodies for each child to find the following morning.

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Each child has their own basket. This year I thought it would be fun to repurpose some old stuffed animals and make them into Easter Baskets. We had this duck laying around just adding to our playroom clutter. I gave him a little makeover. You can too by following these simple directions.

You will need:
Medium to Large stuffed animal with a large belly
1/4 yard fabric (more or less depending on the size of the animal)
1/4 yard Fusible Interfacing (I used heavier weight)
needle and thread
bias tape (optional–I used a strip of fabric)
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Take some scissors and cut a line up the middle of the animal’s belly. Remove the stuffing from the middle, but leave the stuffing in the head, arms and legs. Then cut a nice, round opening for the basket.
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Then take your pattern, which can be downloaded here, and cut out 6-8 pieces (depending on the size of your animal) along with 1 circle from your fabric. You will also need to cut the same amount of pieces of the fusible interfacing using the same pattern pieces.
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Iron the fusible interfacing onto the wrong side of each piece of cut fabric. Then sew all the pieces together on your sewing machine using a 5/8 inch seam allowance with the right sides of the fabric together.
**Be sure to sew the pieces so that the smaller ends of the sides are facing the same direction.
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When all the sides are sewn together (but before you sew it into a circle), place the material inside the hole in the belly and see if you need to add any more side pieces. I needed 8 sides to make a basket that fit into the hole. If you need less than 8, you may need to re-size the bottom circle pattern to fit correctly.
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Once you have the correct size, sew the two ends together to form a circle. Now take you circle and pin it to the bottom of the sides to make the bottom of your basket. Sew (5/8 inch) seam around the bottom. Turn right side out and place into the hole. If it is too tall, you can cut it down to size but make sure to sew along the top again to reinforce your seams. If it is not deep enough, add some of the stuffing you removed into the bottom of the hole until it fits well.
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Take a needle and thread and sew around the top of the basket attaching it to the stuffed animal. You can use your machine if you can fit it in there. My stuffed animal was too bulky for that.
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Now, take some bias tape or a strip of material to sew around the top edge of the basket.
**I took a strip of the same fabric measuring 26 inches by 1.75 inches. Iron the strip and then iron the right and left edges so that they are folded inward on each side 1/4 inch. Then fold together lengthwise so that the edges are inside and the right side of the material is on the outside with no frayed ends showing. Iron flat.

Take your strip (or bias tape) and sew it onto the top edge of the basket placing the fold directly on the top. I did this by hand as well.
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Next, is the handle. You can make the handle as long as you would like. I cut a strip of material measuring 4 inches by 16.5 inches. I also cut a strip of fusible interfacing that measured the same 16.5 inches in length but only 1 inch wide. Iron this strip the same way you would for making the “bias tape” above. Wrap your fabric around the interfacing so that the seams overlap on the bottom side of the handle. Iron together. Sew a seam down the entire length of the handle to secure the fabric.
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All that is left now is to attach the handle to the inside of the basket with a needle and thread!
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The whole process took me just over an hour during nap time one day! I love how it turned out and my girls did too! Unfortunately I only have one…Guess I need to head on over to the thrift store and find me two more suitable stuffed animals!

 
**Download pattern here.

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How to Frame in a Mirror–DIY

We just recently remodeled our girls bathroom a few weeks ago and I wanted to share with you some of the things we did so that you can do them in your own homes. By adding a few inexpensive updates, you can totally change the look of the room. And, most of the changes we made are so easy you can do it too.  One of the biggest and easiest changes can be updating your builder grade mirror into a framed mirror.  A simple and easy DIY mirror project that anyone can do!

One of the projects we finished was the remodel of our girls bathroom. This bathroom is sure to become one of the busiest rooms in the house in the near future and it was in need of a makeover.

Here is the before picture.

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Pretty boring and blah color huh?!…what was I thinking? LOL!

There are a few different things we did that I will share a “how to” for, but today I want to share with you how to frame around your basic “builder’s grade” mirror.

This mirror in particular is a large beast. It is ten feet long…yes, you read that right. So there was no way we would replace this one by buying another one like we did here. We were going to have to frame in this mirror ourselves.

So we bought some baseboard at our local Home Improvement store in 12 foot lengths. Then after measuring the mirror we cut two lengths to measure 10 feet. We made sure that the outer edge of the top of the frame also measured 10 feet. Then we cut the ends of the baseboard at a 45 degree angle on our compound saw.

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The height of our mirror was about 38 inches and so we cut the other two lengths to that same measurement and also cut these at a 45 degree angle.

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Then when all the cuts were made, we laid out the baseboard on cardboard boxes in the garage and painted them with our white paint. We ended up doing two coats of paint. We also made sure to paint halfway down the back of the baseboard. **This is really important! The mirror will reflect the other side of the baseboard and you don’t want the unpainted surface showing.

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Then we glued the bottom piece of the frame directly onto the mirror with white silicone and held it into place firmly for a few minutes.

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Then we taped the frame to the mirror to give it some added reinforcement to prevent it from moving. Then we let the bottom frame dry overnight to ensure it was firmly in place. (I don’t know if this was necessary, but since our mirror was so large and the wood frame fairly heavy, we didn’t want to take any chances).

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Then the next day we glued the other three frame peices into place (the 2 side pieces and the top). We used tape to hold these into place as well.

Then when the frame had dried, we filled the corner cracks with putty and then sanded it down. Then we primed and repainted just the corners of the frame and it was finished!

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I LOVE how great the mirror looks. It changes the look of the whole bathroom. The mirror looks like a custom made piece and is a HUGE improvement from the builders grade mirror we had before.

This is such an easy, fairly inexpensive change that anyone who is looking for a more updated look can do! (Our mirror did have small clips holding the mirror to the wall and we just put the frame right on top of them with no problem).

There are a few other projects within this bathroom that I will share with you…look for them…coming soon!

**Go here to learn how to Make the Shelf!

Chalk Board Notebook and Party Cups

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I realize that the chalk board paint has been overdone a bit, but since I had some leftover chalk board paint from this project, I had to use it up and test out a couple of ideas I had in my head.

For those of you wondering how well this homemade chalk board paint works on a flat surface, I tested it out on an old notebook we had lying around collecting dust (literally) that had a logo on it from my husband’s old employers. We weren’t using it and it needed a new purpose.

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So I just painted right over the old work logo and painted the whole front surface with 3 layers of chalkboard paint. It painted on so nice and smoothly. Then I ran a peice of chalk over the entire surface to activate it so that the chalk would erase nicely (this is an important tip for prepping your newly painted surface with chalk board paint).

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It actually works great! The kids have already *taken turns sharing* the portable chalkboard. I can already see how fun this would be to take in the car on long trips, while waiting in a restaurant or to a doctor’s visit to help entertain your little one.

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Then while my mind was pondering all things chalk board paint I thought back to an idea I had seen a long while back about being able to label your guests cups at a party. I thought…let’s give it a try. So I painted, with my finger, a small square patch of chalk board paint onto a paper cup. It took 2 layers of paint.

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Then after rubbing a piece of chalk over the paint and wiping off, I simply wrote my name on the cup with the chalk. It worked great! Now your guests can keep their cups labeled to quickly keep track of them.

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On a side note…the ladies over at HowDoesShe are at it again! They have created 3 amazing sister sites to help share all of the great ideas out there in the blogosphere. “I Share…U Share!”

They have created sites for 3 different areas:

iSharePrintables
iShareCrafts
iShareFunFood

Today is the big day for the launch of these 3 amazing sites. I had been asked to help them do a test run of their new sites along with many other bloggers. I have to tell that I think their new sites are brilliant.

So be sure to head on over and check them out!

★Amy  

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