Entertainment Center Update

My entertainment center is looking a little sad! It did not help matters at all that my dog as a puppy decided to chew on the bottom. This was a cheap piece to begin with but instead of spending tons of money buying a new one, I decided to update what I have. First step is to repair the bite marks with this amazing wood filler (seriously amazing product!).

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Now that the holes are gone, it’s time for paint. I used chalky paint from Lowe’s, the color is called kid gloves. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sure I would never buy my boys white gloves. This took a little more paint due to the faux wood parts and because I am painting white over black. Then I sealed the outside and shelf fronts with the wax sealant.

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I wanted this piece to have a little more personality so I made a quick trip to Lowe’s to buy 3, 1 x 6 x 8 pieces of lumber. I cut them down to fit the top and screwed them in from underneath the top of the piece. I chose to keep the wood as is, but they could be stained any color, sealed and then done! Now the fun part to add the decor! This was such a little change and so easy but makes a big difference. I just love it!!! Don’t worry the bottom shelf is now no longer empty.

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From Busted to Beautiful!

This is one of the coolest pieces I have found to date and I’m so excited I finally got around to it. It was in rough condition and needed a little repair and a whole lot of love. The drawers were broken, along with some of the shelving, hinges and doors. After fixing the drawers and shelves I lightly sanded the entire piece. I want the piece to keep its naturally distressed look so there is no need to completely strip it. Its old, beautiful and has had many miles on it and I want that to show. I also decided that for the inside,  I would keep the sides and back piece the original color. I just couldn’t cover up all that personality.

My first step is to paint the entire piece a light gray with my chalky paint. once it’s all dry I dry brushed a darker grey over the entire piece. This will allow all of the flaws and edges to come out (which I love)!

The doors needed a little extra love. The woven wire accents were barely hanging on and very dingy looking and there are two open spaces with nothing behind them. I took all the metal off and painted it with a dark metal spray paint. I re-attached the metal pieces with a staple gun and added glass to the open areas of the doors. All that’s left to do is add the clear sealing wax and done. Now to find this beautiful pie cabinet a new home.

I love this piece so much that it will be really hard to let this one go. I may just have to rearrange my house and find it a permanent spot. This is my final product, let me know what you think and if you have any painting tips you wold like me to share.

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Life is Beautiful Sign

I have a group of family pictures above the couch that I hung with the intention of making a sign to go under and I finally have it done. I planned on making a sign and painting words of some kind on it but then got busy with many other things. While strolling the Hobby Lobby clearance section I came across this pre made, blank wood sign just ready to be painted on. Yippee!!

I decided to make my own stencil by designing the text on my computer to the size of the sign. I then printed it to print in banner form across several sheets that I taped together to make my stencil. This time I decided to rub chalk over the back of the paper, placed it on the wood sign and went over the edges of the letters with a pencil. This will make the chalk adhere to the sign.

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The chalk idea worked but wasn’t really dark enough for me to start painting over so I went over everything with this nifty chalk marker. It’s just amazing what you can find now! Now I’m ready to paint. I just used some white paint I had around the house, painted in the letters, gently distressed the letters and entire sign with sand paper and sealed with wax. This was a fairly quick project that I did while cooking the boys dinner and doing squats around the kitchen. Because well thats what busy moms do (lots of multi tasking).

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I just love my new sign!

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Distressed Front Door

This was super quick project! It really only takes like 30 minutes to paint your front door so why not change it up every once in a while? I decided one afternoon I wanted to paint my front door, grabbed some paint I had laying around and got started. I had previously painted the door black with chalk paint and covered it in a wax coating but with the color being so dark you could see every little finger print.

I mixed some paint together to get the right color I wanted and painted the door in just a few minutes. I decided I wanted a distressed look and brushed over the edges and entire door with a black wiping stain with a paint brush to give it a distressed look.  I recommend not using your favorite brush for the wiping stain because it will be toast after. This took a bit longer to dry and you want it to be completely dry before you add the wax sealant.

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Once dry, I brushed on the wax, wiped it away (per can instructions) and done! In just a little bit of time you can change the look of your  front porch by changing up your door. Now to direct my attention to the dead mums still in planters outside the door. Eeek!

 

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Navy Blue Playroom

This all started with the plan to put up a shelf in the playroom. The day before we planned on heading to Lowes for supplies for a shelf, I decided that we couldn’t possibly put up a new shelf until I repainted the room. The boys playroom needed a little pop of color and the walls are bare. I came across a few rooms while on Pinterest and quickly decided on a navy blue that would really accent the white trim, shelving and the bright green accents already in the room. The playroom has needed some attention for some time now and painting the walls is the first step in the right direction.

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After two coats of paint a third trip back to Lowes for more paint, the walls are done and I love the color! Just a little tip… If you head back for more paint or send your significant other, don’t let them give you a different type of paint because they don’t have half gallons in the paint you originally purchased. It will never match (lesson learned). Always use the same exact paint, other wise your two coats may turn into three to fix the un matching paint. Just a few more accent pieces here and there and this room will be complete. We of course had to add some Star Wars pieces here and there (because you can never have too many). What bright or daring color would you love to paint but are afraid to? The beauty is that if you don’t like it, you can paint over it! Now, to touch up all the white trim, cabinets and add a few more decorations.

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DIY Kids Dream Catchers

When my littles get scared at night and have bad dreams we make dream catchers of course. This was an easy and fun craft for my boys. They helped with most of it but there were definitely times when they were interested in other things and had mom take over. I had not made these before but knew I could throw something together. I went to Hobby Lobby to get supplies and gathered any and everything I had at home. This is what I started with but did not end up using everything.

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We started with the wooden embroidery hoops and wrapped them with yarn in the boys choice of color. Then we wrapped the black sparkly pipe cleaners over the areas where we tied knots in the yarn. I decided to use the pipe cleaners decorated with colorful beads to start the inside of the dream catchers (again in each boys choice of colors). Pipe cleaners were great for this project since they can easily be wrapped around and don’t need to be tied.

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The next part was to add the yarn to the center. Just tie it where you want to start and string it across the pipe cleaners. The boys were about done at this time so I finished up with the string and they helped do the rest. I gave them each yarn with the ends knotted around feathers and let them add beads to each. The yarn started to fray on the ends so I wrapped tape around each end so they could easily add beads. Then I tied them on the hoops and added one pipe cleaner to the top for hanging. If I had a glue gun near by, I would have secured the string and feathers a bit more. More than likely I will be doing this soon, when one accidentally breaks apart.

Only one kid was interested in taking a picture, so here you go. Easy dream catchers you can make with your kids.

Soffet Eyesore No More!

While working on my bathroom I realized that something had to be done about the soffet above the sinks. It is such an eye sore. I had originally wanted to cover it with real wood but I did not have a saw at the time to do the job. One day it all came together when I saw these peel and stick tiles that looked like wood planks. They would go perfectly with the nautical theme in my bathroom and I could easily cover the unsightly soffet in just a few minutes. This was so easy and I did it all while my boys were napping!

 

To be sure they would not come down, I used a strong quick drying adhesive. I cut down each piece with a box knife as I went along and placed them staggered to look more like real wood. These peel and stick ties are great and could be used for so many things.

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Now I must decide if I am going to continue the peel and stick planks on the bottom of the soffet. If I do, there will be more work involved. The lights drive me crazy and I would have to move them so that they are centered over the sinks and mirrors and replace them as well. What to do? My head says yes it needs to be done. What do you think, should I add the planks to the bottom as well?