The Landing Strip

April 20, 2020 at 1:29 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

A landing strip, a command center, the drop spot. No matter what you call it, every house should have one. It’s a place for all the family “stuff”.

I call it a landing strip. In this house we actually have it split up a little, but it’s whatever works for you! When you come in our backdoor, we have hooks for each family member. Bag and coat go there. There’s a little hook station for car keys. And we have a small rack holding bug spray, sunscreen, sunglasses, wireless speaker, etc. But there’s still other “stuff” that accumulates. What do you do with it?! Enter our landing strip.

He we have a stash spot for everything else so that we stay organized and don’t lose important things! We use the chalk board for calendar notes and grocery lists. And each of the boys and mom and dad have a basket. We put bills in ours. The boys put homework and such in theirs. I keep a pen jar on the shelf. Here is stash stamps, a candle lighter, a marker, and pens. If you need more than that they you have to go upstairs to the office. 😆

The antique mirror got a metal insert painted with chalk paint. The little chalk marker tray below it is an antique door stop out of an old barn. The baskets are from Hobby Lobby. The shelf is a custom design I requested from Jason. He added and welded the flourish at the top of the brackets.

Here’s my tid bit of advice. Have a place for the “stuff”, whatever you may call it. I truly believe in “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Even if you don’t organize that far, at least set up a zone with a calendar and pens and notepad. Have a spot where you put mail and homework. Always put your keys in the same location. I promise you that these tricks will prevent you from losing important things or searching frantically for the lost items!

And just for fun, here’s a shot of what it looks like more often than not. 😉

Anything else you would add?

XX,

Jess

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Frame Hanger Project

April 15, 2020 at 12:09 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I love old picture frames. All kinds. I’ve got a hallway of empty ones upstairs. Sometimes I fill them. Sometimes I paint them. And sometimes I do something fun with them…

This frame I once painted black with a silver line. Years ago. I was over it. (Ignore the ugly paneling in the upstairs hall we hope to rip out soon)

I wanted something lighter and brighter for my office. And I needed a place to hang some of my beautiful Parabo Press photos. (If you haven’t ordered from them, you must. They are gorgeous)

So first I lightly sanded the frame. Then I painted it white. I used wall paint for this project because it’s what I had. And its quarantine. And this step wasn’t super important for this project. It took 2-3 coats, but doesn’t need to be perfect.

Then I sanded with a foam sanding block. I scraped the edges and roughed up the centers. Go slowly and start lightly. Keep going until you love it.

Then, because I wanted just a little something more for this one, I used a small brush and “dry brushed” on some charcoal gray paint. This means I dipped a tiny amount on the brush and then swiped most of it off onto a paper plate. When the brush is almost dry, wipe it on the frame. It will give you just a tiny bit of paint and give a smudge-y look. I used a paper towel to rub this in as I added it too. It came out nice and weathered.

Then to add some wire. You could use twine or ribbon, or whatever you have. I had some picture hanging wire from a hanging kit. I cut it slightly longer than the width of the frame, maybe a half inch extra on each side. Then I pulled it tight across the frame and used a staple fun to staple it in place. I twisted the extra ends into a little ball to help keep it in place.

You can get tiny clothes pins on Amazon.

And viola!

I’ve also done this before with chicken wire…

What do you think?

Doing any quarantine projects?!

XX,

Jess

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Quick and Easy Valentine’s DIY

February 6, 2020 at 8:53 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I made these fabric hearts last year and loved them so much I put them out again this year!

It’s so simple that it doesn’t require much instruction, but a fun project for anyone because there are so many possibilities! I used scrap fabric that I had on hand, making this super inexpensive too! I picked a couple fabrics that complimented one another and had a rustic vibe. You could use anything at all! The only other supplies you need are liquid stitch (always handy to have a tube on hand!) and some stuffing. You can get both of these at your local craft store or a Walmart. The stuffing sold here at our Walmart was in too large of a bag and I knew I didn’t want a ton. So, quick fix was to buy a small pillow insert at Walmart. This was about $4 and I have plenty left for more projects.

Start by drawing a heart on cardboard. Try a cereal or cracker box! Then trace this heart onto the backside of your fabric. Do sets of two hearts in matching fabric. Then run a bead of the fabric glue around the heart. Leave a few inches unglued. I left a quarter inch or so around the edge. I used a few binder clips to hold these while drying. You could also set a book on them. When they are dry, stuff fabric into them. Doing it in this order allows you to fill them full and puffy without ungluing. Now add glue to the last few inches and clip to dry. You could always add sequins, embellishments, ribbon, or any extras too.

The other little white heart was super simple too. I used a cardboard hear, made little cuts around the outside, and wrapped yard around the heart. The cuts helps hold the yarn in place for the first layer of wrapping. Wrap all different directions. Glue with the fabric glue. Simple!

Viola! Hope you enjoy this quick and easy project!

Xx,

Jess

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DIY Wreath

January 7, 2016 at 11:41 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Winter makes me a little stir crazy. Luckily Pinterest has many many cures for that! Enter my new wreath project. Bonus: I love a project that has quick and easy payoff! 😉

I picked up a wire wreath form at Joann craft store for a few dollars. I also grabbed a remnant of burgundy fabric and a pack of colored leaf print fabric squares. I cut tons and tons and tons of fabric strips about 5 inches long. Then I tied the oodles of strips in knots around the wire wreath form.  I also added some strips of burlap to give a rustic look. Simple.

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Here is a close up of my strips of fabric.

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I also painted a wood letter T to hang in the center if I choose.

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And for the winter season I hung a seasons greetings basket in the center that I already had. Cute, no? 🙂

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Coffee Table Fix Up

December 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It’s taken me over a year. But it’s finally done. I have a coffee table that I love, finally.

Before:

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Perfect shape to hold lots of treasures,  but outdated color and in rough shape.

After:

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I sanded the table and then painted I’m gray (shock!) And then roughed it up. The top got a coat of a darker gray, and the whole table was finished with paste wax to protect it.  I had to fix the drawer, but ended up keeping the old knobs. What do you think?

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New Old Dresser

December 13, 2014 at 8:35 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This old house has plenty of character, but really lacks storage.  I get by because no one is using the spare bedroom currently, so outgrown baby items, my vacuum, and luggage all live in there. The bathroom, however,  is still in desperate need of storage. I still use my old quilt rack to hang towels. I love this, but not so much when towels have to be stacked 7 high because there is no cupboard for the extras. So, I set out to buy a large old dresser to refinish, in hopes that it could serve as storage in the bathroom.

I started with this guy for $40 on a garage sale:

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Great vintage bones, ugly paint job. So I  sanded, patched one spot, and painted him gray.

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He was already looking gorgeous. Then I added some charcoal tinted furniture paste wax.

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I was loving it. The hardest part was picking hardware. I didn’t want the hardware to pull too much attention, so I ended up choosing twisted iron pulls that reminded me of the Threshers, and little black knobs for the top. Now he’s finished and gorgeous. Oh, and one more dilemma. Do I really put it in the barhroom, or do I give it to Brantley as he transitions to his big boy furniture? OR, do I sell it? 😉

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What do you think?! ♡

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Piano Bench Project

November 14, 2014 at 10:05 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m in love.  I really don’t want to sell this project.  My house is going to overflow.

I found this old piano bench, beat up and sad, left behind in the basement of the rental property we own.

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After filling, sanding, painting, stenciling, and waxing, this is what she looks like now:

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I love how the waxing turns out.  The finish is protected and it is more wipable now.  I used regular paste furniture wax and then tinted it with a charcoal paint.  I am so excited to keep perfecting this technique.  What do you think?

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A Vintage Nursery Project

September 16, 2014 at 8:04 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I know I just now finally shared the nursery with you, but I also just finished a fun little project in there.

I was given this beat up little vintage dresser the other day , with plans to turn it into a book shelf for toys.

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Suddenly it struck me. Those two drawers could also be another project,  perfect for some storage! I cleaned, sanded, painted, roughed, waxed, added wheels and knobs, and viola!

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I absolutely love how they turned out! B can now store toys or clothes in them,  and they should fit under any bed, so he can use them for a long time! My helper approves.

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This was my first time using paste wax. I tinted my wax myself with paint. I really like how it gives the drawers a barn board feel. I think with a little practice this could be a new favorite technique! What do you think?

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Chair Project

July 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi there!  Recently I found an old, scuffy, beat up antique oak chair at a garage sale.  $5 later and I had another project to start in on.  Before:

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The oak finished was pretty spotted and scratched and the leather seat was so old that it was rotting.  I started by gently scraping any paint splatters off of the oak.  I also pried the old leather seat and padding off.  I used a stain refresher to touch up the oak stain.  I didn’t think that painting this one would do, and it wasn’t bad enough that it needed to be stripped and completely restained. Fortunately, this method seems to have refreshed the old chair fairly nicely.  It still has a bit of antique charm in the uneven coloring, but I think I like it.   I then cut new batting to make a cushion and then stapled down the cute flower-y print.  I then used black upholstery tacks to add black trimming around the cushion.  Here we go:

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I think it turned out very well!  🙂

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Nightstand Redo

July 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I found this ugly little nightstand/size table at a yard sale. You can’t beat $2, plus although it was rough and ugly, I thought it had cute potential. Here is the before:

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And here is the updated and no longer ugly after:

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I sanded it down and taped off the top from the bottom. I painted the bottom of the table in a satin cream color. I then painted the top in a black chalkboard paint. To finish it off I roughed up the edges to give it a worn look. I put the same handle back on rather than replacing this one because I thought it matched the style well. Overall I think it turned out adorably. What do you think? 🙂

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