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zoe’s chalkboard table

24 Feb

So I’ve been really bad about blogging…
but heres a little project I did over the weekend.

I picked up the Latt table and chairs from Ikea, seriously it’s $20… you can’t beat that.

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Cute but pretty boring.

After seeing the idea on Pinterest I decided to turn it into a chalkboard table. Here’s what I used.

Rustoleum Chalkboard Spray Paint
Rustoleum Lacquer Spray paint in white
Martha Stewart Craft Paint in Gold
Triangle Stencil found at Michaels

I was originally going to use gold spray paint but I found the craft paint was easier to work with since I wouldn’t have to mask much. Love Martha Stewart gold! I could use this everywhere.

The possibilities are endless with this set, it’s so inexpensive that you can really make it completely custom for your little one.

BTW the table & chairs are majority bare wood so you’ll need to sand and prime.

Anyway, after about a week of working on it during nap times I ended up with this.

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If I could dip everything in gold I think I would.

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I’m pretty much obsessed with how it turned out.

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The busy (zo)bee working on her latest masterpiece : )

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seeing white

10 Jun

It’s timmmmme!!

We are finally painting the kitchen and I couldn’t be more excited.

Yesterday we got started on removing all the cabinets and hardware.

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Zoe has been teething big time so naps have been pretty non existent, luckily the husband took care of this task. Having done this a lot he was very thorough and organized. He labeled each cabinet and each hinge so we knew exactly where everything belongs.

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As the doors came down I started scrubbing them to remove any grease or dirt so we wouldn’t have any problems with the paint adhering.

(I recommend doing this outside as Simple Green is some strong stuff!)

Wow! That was a lot of doors and drawers! 36 to be exact and I have to admit I cleaned about 6 and the husband did the rest. Man is he a work horse.

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Here they are all loaded up and ready to be dropped off  to the shop to be sprayed.

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At the end of the day this is what the kitchen looked like.

I was so eager to organize everything, now that it was all out in the open for everyone to see. Yikes!

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Now if I could only decide on a paint color. Argh! Picking the perfect white is hard.

Originally I decided on Simply White by Benjamin Moore but now I’m second guessing it because I’m worried it might be too bright of white.

Don’t get me wrong I love a bright white but since we aren’t replacing our granite I wouldn’t want the bright white to accentuate the not so pretty granite.
So my other choice was White Dove, but in our kitchen under our lighting it seems a little yellow, almost a little dull. Eww not a fan.

Here is a sample of Simply White next to our granite and new wall color, which is actually just our living room color Revere Pewter 50% (I’m obsessed)

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What do you think? You likey?

Any of you have a fabulous go to white? I’d love to hear them!

PS sorry for all iPhones photos, its just easier when toting around the babe.

starting fresh

21 Feb

I’m finally sitting down to blog, boy have I been busy!
This little munch keeps me on my toes, especially with her 45 minute naps! During that time I try to cram in a shower and some food, so hopefully you understand why the blog has been so quiet.

For the last month I’ve been slowly changing up things in the living room. I got really sick of the yellow and sold the ottoman and bought the CB2 Peekaboo acrylic coffee table. Once it arrived I was very underwhelmed, I just wasn’t feeling it for the space and I couldn’t help but picture little Zoe bonking into it in the future.

Anyway get ready for picture overload.

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obsessed with my new pillows, the striped is from etsy and the coral fretwork and navy deco are from Caitlin Wilson Textiles

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You might also notice I painted the sunburst mirror gold. Doesn’t it look so much better!? Everything looks better in gold (words I live by).

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I need to have more fresh flowers in my life.

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I had been lusting over this brass tray for a very long time, I don’t know why I waited so long to get it because I think its absolutely stunning.

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I decided to go with a more neutral ottoman this time around, it gives me more room to play with colors.

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Ummm $10.00 ikea pillow. Yes please!

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While at ikea I picked up some Ritva drapes, I love these drapes! Not only are they a great price but I love how the light shines through so beautifully.

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I added grosgrain ribbon, such an easy DIY and so chic.

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can’t forget to give credit to my little stylist for being so patient while mama snapped away.

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PS
my house is never this neat and tidy with ZERO baby toys. I had just gotten the rug and sofa cleaned so it was the perfect opportunity to take some lovely photos for you all. Just thought I’d let you know ; )

The Baby Shower

11 Jul

Hi All!

July 1st was my baby shower, and I wanted to share with you the pretty photos that were taken by the lovely Michele Beckwith

I absolutely loved how everything turned out and I definitely couldn’t have done it without my sister in law and besties!

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My gorgeous besties!

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My beautiful sister in law with her custom onesie for baby girl.

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Seriously obsessed with the cake topper.

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Just some of the amazing ladies that attended the shower.

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My mommy and mommy in law

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Presents for baby girl!

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Oh and not shower related but I love this shot she got of the living room, makes me seriously want the entire house professionally photographed!

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demolition has begun

13 Apr

Yay!!

We (meaning the husband) finally took a hammer and crowbar to the old bathroom!

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I took some quick shots before he got started in case you forgot how horrible this bathroom looked.

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While the husband got started, I documented.

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Bye bye ugly ass toilet! Ewww I forgot about the old linoleum we used to have in there.

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Both layers of linoleum came up fairly easy and surprisingly our sub floor was in pretty good condition.

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Now for the fun part! Breaking tile! I so wish I could have been in on this.

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And this is where we ended off, a pretty good start for our first day, which was actually just 2 hours.

The plan is to have it completely gutted by the end of this weekend.

Pinterest DIY inspiration

12 Oct

Pinterest gives me more and more inspiration everyday. If only I had enough time in the day to tackle each of these projects.

Like this DIY chandelier, this would be perfect for under our pergola.

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Along with this pallet day bed

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I would also love to silver leaf a piece of furniture. Like this bedside table

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Stenciling some curtains looks like so much fun. I definitely plan to do this soon.

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I love succulents and the idea of making them into wall art just gets me giddy.

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Next up on my project list is stenciling a rug for our bedroom. I’m a bit nervous about this as it’s not like stenciling a wall where you can paint over it. So we’ll see how this goes.

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Oh! and look out for another goodie this week. I made another sunburst mirror because I’m obsessed. ya just a little.

DIY Sunburst Mirror

26 Sep

One of the many reasons I love Pinterest is finding new DIY projects to tackle. Like this one from Centsational Girl.

Yes, I’m one of the many bloggers DIYing sunburst mirrors. I’m sorry but these are just too much fun to make and not to mention uber cheap.

My husband being a painter I thought it would be most fitting to use paint sticks. Plus I had the added bonus of getting the paint sticks for free. Oh the perks!

What I used:

16 – 5 gallon paint sticks
16 – 1 gallon paint sticks
7″ craft mirror
7″ wood embroidery hoop
11″ square piece of wood
Hot glue gun
Metallic Craft paint
 

I pretty much followed Centsational Girl’s directions, except doing it a little out of order cause that’s how I roll!

First I did a mock up, just laid it all out!

This is before I trimmed them all, but at least it gave me an idea on how many to paint.

Then I painted all my sticks and embroidery hoop (2 coats), I chose two gold metallic colors.

I spent a couple hours painting on Sunday and I have to say it was pretty relaxing.

The next day, the husband cut the sticks using a chop saw, unfortunately this part was a little out of my league.

I chose to vary the lengths at 9″ and 12″. We also ended up trimming the sides of the square too, because it seemed to show through when I did  my mock up.

Now that everything was painted and cut it was time to start the fun part.

I haven’t used a glue gun since I was probably 10 and wow am I hooked again. Glue guns are bad ass.

So with my trusty glue gun I glued the 7″ mirror to the square wood piece and then glued my embroidery hoop over the mirror.

Once that was set I just started gluing the paint sticks around the mirror. I have to admit there was a little cursing and grunts trying to get the sticks evenly spaced but after some help from the husband I was able to get into the groove of things.

So for less than $20.00 I got this gorgeous sunburst mirror. Can’t beat that!

For my first sunburst mirror I thought it came out pretty good. I’m loving the metallic paint against the wood grain.

So what do you think?

Have you made a sunburst mirror before or do you plan to?

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