Thursday, March 29, 2012

Easter Display ~

Hello, dear friends!

Easter is almost here so I had to decorate my dresser to celebrate this wonderful holiday

It's just a simple look ~ nothing fancy

Bunny cloche display ~ 

Everyone is decorating with spring cloche displays but no one as beautifully as Kathy at Creative Home Expressions. You can visit Kathy's blog hereHer spring cloche and apothecary jar displays are exquisite! She inspired me to make my own version (I had everything on hand but the Spanish moss).

My Easter banner ~  

"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay." ~ Matthew 28:6


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Dear Lillie's Easter Link Party

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Burlap Framed Monogram Project

Hello Friends,

I have been working on quite a few craft projects from blogs that I originally found through Pinterest, blogs that I now follow religiously. So, they're not really Pinterest projects they're actually blog copycat projects!
I found this idea from a beautiful blog called Tonya has a gorgeous style and lots of great crafting projects on her sight. You should follow her blog! You can find the link to her original creation here.

I bought this little oval frame from a Salvation Army store for $3 dollars. Cleaned the wood and removed the glass.

 Rustoleum painter's touch spray paint in heirloom white is my new favorite paint of choice!
The letter was less than a dollar at Michael's and I already had the burlap left over from my burlap wreath project. You can view that project here.  

I spray painted the wood twice on the frame and the A monogram.
I cut out my burlap piece and sprayed it with Elmer's spray adhesive to the cardboard backing that came in the frame, and let it dry for a few minutes.

In the meantime I sanded the edges and stained it with cherry wood finish by Min-wax. I have to say that this is the best wood that I have ever worked with for sanding, I need to find more furniture and frames made out of this stuff! This was also the easiest sanding job with the spray paint that I've ever experienced.  The finish is so nice and smooth without the paint brush marks that you may find you won't even want to do the glazing part. The white is absolute perfection left alone! I can't say enough about it! I'm working on another framing project that I spray painted on the same day, and even bought at the same time as this frame that I'm not going to glaze. That was a huge thrifting find day. That project is a post for another time though...

The completed mini version of my own monogrammed "art"!

(I used a small amount of wood glue to attach the A to the burlap backing)

I put this on display with my Grandmother's pictures

A fun, inexpensive, and super cute project. I can say that 'cause I didn't invent it!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Not Too Shabby Chic End Tables

Hello lovely friends,
I am so glad that spring has come early to Michigan and I hope it decides to stay! I'm starting to think spring in my decorating too!

My end tables were the few pieces of furniture that I have left unpainted ~ These tables are the first purchase that I made for our future home right before we got married. I bought them at an antique/second hand shop for $15 each. 

They've gotten pretty scratched up over the years with our many moves. I've been in need of some decorative change so it was finally time

I painted the tables in my "go to" color of Heirloom White by Rustoleum ~ two coats

I bought the bird stencil from Hobby Lobby (with a 40% off coupon of course)

The blue paint for the bird stencil is Glidden Antique Silver in eggshell satin which was left over from my word sign project ~ two coats

The glazing is what I've been using lately on everything ~ just acrylic craft paint mixed with a small amount of water

Lots of sand paper and some scraping with a screw driver for the distressed looking areas

I've been wanting to paint with two colors for some time now and I finally got brave enough to try it!


I bought my new lamps at Dollar General for $3.50 each with 50% off coupons and the burlap lamp shades at Walmart for $10 each. That was the cheapest price I could find anywhere, and believe me I searched all over the internet pricing them out. The shades happened to be the best size for the bases and the cutest ones that I could find too!

A closer look at the two paint colors ~ I love the white knobs on the blue drawer! 


I also added this cute wrapping paper to line the drawers ~ It was a little more difficult to work with than the paper I used for my dresser/buffet re-do project. This paper was a lot thinner and obviously a much lighter color. I used the same matte modge podge as before, but it didn't hold up as well this time. I actually re-did the drawers with a second layer of paper, but I used double sided tape on the bottom and a very light coat of the modge podge over the top.

The final product ~ for now

I'm currently looking for a matching set of old windows to fill the space over the end tables ~ these long white apartment walls just look so bare! I can't find anything that I like so far. Oh well, the search continues!

Have a wonderful St Patrick's Day everybody!


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Furniture Feature Friday ~ Miss Mustard Seed