chalk paint

Chair makeover with homemade chalk paint

 

Hi everyone, today I am going to show you how I refurbished these two cute chairs I luckily found at a fleamarket for $4 each. That’s right! Each costed me $4! This is my first experiment with homemade chalk paint and I thought if anything went wrong, the chairs were so cheap that it wouldn’t even matter and I would still get some learning experience out of it. I must say I am pretty impressed with the results of this paint. I can’t comment on the difference between my paint and Annie Sloan’s one, but mine went on pretty smoothly and I only needed two coats.  I am very pleased with the results!

I really want to try Annie Sloan chalk paint, but I feel that I don’t need to invest in it just yet for my small furniture projects. I just purchased a round oak table for my dining room at a garage sale that will need some refurbishing. Since this is a bigger piece I think I will try using Annie Sloan chalk paint for the white pedestal. But that’s another tutorial that will be coming up in the next week or so. For now, let’s get started with the chairs.

Materials and Instructions for chalk paint

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Materials used for Chalk Paint

Plaster of paris ( It costs under $7 for 4lbs at Lowes)
Paint ( I purchased mine from Lowes from the sample display in colors green (Silver Leaf) and white (Horseradish) for under $3 each jar.

Mix 1/4 cup of plaster of paris with 1/4 cup of warm water. Mix it well until plaster is fully dissolved.

Add 1 cup of paint. Mix it very well so plaster doesnt sit at bottom.  Thats it!

Do this for every color you use on your project.

 

 

I wiped the chairs with a moist cloth to get any dirt off. Then I used 100 grit sandpaper lightly to remove any roughness. I wiped the chair again to remove any dust from sanding.

I painted the bottom of both chairs first then the tops. I used a brush to apply the paint and the first coat appeared very streaky, but flat and chalky to touch.

I went ahead and applied one more coat and got exactly the look I wanted for the chairs.

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Painted chairs

This paint dries pretty fast, but since I wanted a break after painting both of them, I left them to rest under the sun for a couple of hours.

Once the chairs were dry, I wipe them with a clean dry cloth and applied a clear wax to seal and harden the chairs. I used a lint free cloth, cheese cloths also works well, and massaged the wax all over the chairs, making sure the application was even and that I didn’t leave any blobs of wax in any crevices.  I used Minwax Wax in natural.

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Waxing process

Since  I wanted a shabby chic look for these chairs, I distressed them as one last step. I used 100 grit sandpaper and sanded everywhere I wanted to look distressed. It turned out pretty awesome.

Distressing process

The paint was super easy to make and apply. Also, one can make the paint in any color desired. I will definitely keep using my chalk paint for other furniture projects. I simply love the look of these two little chairs!

Finished Chair
Finished Chair

 

Lets talk! Comment below your ideas or questions. Let me know if you made your own paint and how it turned out. I know there are many other  homemade recipes for chalk paint. However, I like mine because it was very affordable and easy to make and work with.

Xoxo

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Thrift Stores Tips

Hi everyone, visiting thrift stores is so much fun. To me its a true experience of excitement. its like going treasure hunting. However, keep in mind that thrift stores in good neighborhoods have better things and that frequency is the key to find that something pretty for you home. I am luck enough to live in a good area where many of the thrift stores around me are awesomely packed with interesting things. Lets put this way,  I never leave my local store empty handed.  If you are wondering where your local thrift stores are located, here is a directory that will help you find one in your area.

So today my post is about a compilation of great articles with tips for shopping at thrift stores.

In this post she shows 10 thrift store shopping tips and how to decorate on a budget. Source: LiveLoveDIY

This blogger writes five things you should always buy from the Thrift Store.
Source: MakerMama

In this post she writes the lessons she learned shopping at Thrift Stores. Source: MoneySavingMom

 

In this posts she writes about how to decorate with Thrift Store finds and the best things to buy. Source: InMyOwnStyle

Is the post they talk about the 10 Common Thrift Store Finds (And Ways to Use Them for DIY Projects). Source: ApartmentTherapy

I hope you enjoyed the articles my lovelies. Thanks for stopping by.
xoxo

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Vanilla Body Butter

VanillaBodyButter

Hi everyone,

One of my new year’s resolution is to make my household as natural as possible. By the end of the year I want to be using mostly natural and homemade beauty and cleaning products. Not too mention the amount of money we will be saving. I have a DIY Natural Living Pinterest board here, if you want to follow me. I’ve pinned tons of natural and homemade products there. Every recipe I make, I will post here and let you know how good or bad they are.

This past weekend I made this Vanilla Body Butter recipe I got from this blog. However, I changed my recipe a bit using ingredients I already had at home. Instead of using cocoa butter and sweet almond oil, I used shea butter and jojoba oil instead and it turned out VERY nice. This is a very thick butter so I will not use it on my face. The shea butter immediately melts on my hands and its smooth to apply leaving my skin super hydrated and soft. According to the recipe source, it keeps for 6 months.

The one thing I would do differently next time I make this is to add way more Vanilla oil, as the shea butter covered the smell a bit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cocoa or shea butter ( I used shea butter)
  • 2 1/2 to 3 tsbp sweet almond oil ( I used jojoba oil)
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essential oil
  • glass bowl , spatula and pot holders
  • hand mixer
  • container for storage

Method:

Vanilla Body Butter

  1. Carefully melt and then carefully remove coco/shea butter from stove.
  2. Allow it  to cool for around 15 minutes.
  3. Add oils and use hand mixer to mix to together.
  4. Put bowl in freezer for about 20 minutes so it can solidify.
  5. Use the hand mixer again and mix until butter consistency.
  6. Store in a resealable container.

 

Five Awesome Pallet Ideas

Hi everyone, Since wood pallet seems to be  is the hype these days, and I am a total pallet addict, seriously, anywhere I see pallets I want to bring them home, I am going to list in this post  5 awesome pallet projects. There are so many things we can do with wood pallets, furniture, signs, shelves, coffee tables, flower boxes, and the list goes on and on. You can find tons of pallet project on pinterest, but here is a list of five awesome pallet ideas that I find simple to make, yet  cool and functional. 5 Awesome Pallet Ideas

Pallet Shelves

This is a very simple and easy to follow step-by-step shelf project. They built two sizes shelves using only 6 pallet’s slats. I like how they used 4 slats onto the bigger one to make it longer.  It probably took one whole pallet to make the entire project. Very functional.

Spoon Hook Rack

Adorable and easy to make kitchen hook tutorial. She shows step-by-step how she uses a pallet board and spoons as hooks for hanging kitchen towels, apron, etc. She shows in details how she achieved the curved spoons for the hooks. She also attempts to  stamp words on the spoons but she fails and find a clever solution of simply using a sharpie to write the spices names on them. Very cute and clever.

Plate Wall Art

In this project, she shows how she uses pallet’s board and plates to  make a cute wall art.  She explains in details and pretty nice photos how she treats the wood and attach the plates to it. Se uses white plates that go really well with her decoration. However the choices of plates are endless, it all depends in your decoration and style. Another awesome project that looks simple to accomplish and the end result is very cute.

Pallet Shelf

Here is another pallet shelf. This one is a bit more involved than the first one, but still very easy project and the end result is just beautiful. She shows step-by-step with pictures how she makes the shelf. She also provides a cute bathroom printable. Very nice project that seems simple enough to build with a very cute end result.

Letters 

In this DIY she shows how she makes her beautiful letters for her kitchen wall. According to her, it took a half hour to cut the letters. She doesn’t paint the wood which makes this project very even more rustic. Very fun and quick project to make.

Thats it, I hope you enjoyed these projects and let me know if you tried any of them and how they turned up.

xoxo

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National Thrift Store Directory

National Thrift Store Directory

I love visiting thrift stores because you can find great things for an amazing price tag. I might  find things that don’t have much of an appeal at first sight, but  sometimes I can turn certain pieces that I thought it wouldn’t work with my decoration into beautiful pieces for my home that immediately beautifies it and  adds character. For example, if you find a sad and beat up dresser you can totally give it a makeover by giving it a fresh coat of paint, adding pretty hardware, or even transforming it into something else. Same thing applies to small things like vases, decorative pieces, lamps, and silverware. The possibilities are endless and that’s exactly why I love thrifting, its like going treasure hunt.

The key to find good things at thrift stores is frequency. Keep visiting every week or so, they always receive new items and you will find something interesting.

This website is the National Thrift Store Directory where you can find stores around your area.

I hope you enjoyed thrifting as much as I do and don’t hesitate to leave your comments down below. I would love to hear your experiences.

Happy thrifting 🙂

Xo

DIY Bath Tray

DIY Reclaimed Bath Tray

Hello everyone,

Winter here on the East Coast seems to never come to an end! I know, we are just in the middle of it, but I truly can’t wait for Springtime. We just moved into our first new home and we now have a nice backyard so I am super pumped up to go outside and start working on my new projects. However, this past weekend mother nature blessed us with some nice weather, so I went outside and worked on the reclaimed wood bathtub tray that I have been wanting to start for a quite a while.

I am very much into reclaiming wood from old pallets these days. Its so great how these pieces of bitup wood can turn into amazing things for the home. For example, I found a great pallet laying outside of my office and took it home with me. I had no idea what to do with it, but after further pinterest investigation I found endless ideas. That’s when I came across this gal’s blog here.  She shows how she makes a bathtub tray from an old wood pallet. Her tray is a little simpler than mine because she had the exact board’s length for her tub.  My tray is a bit more involved so I didn’t follow her steps precisely. The boards on my pallet were too short for my bathtub, so I had to do a little hack to accomplish what I needed. Needless to say, her great post definitely  inspired me to work on this project  🙂

Here is how I built my tray:

Materials Needed:

  • 1 wood pallet
  • Pry bar and hammer to take the pallet apart.
  • 3 or 4 wood boards (depending how wide you want it to be. I used only 3 for my project)
  • 2 smaller boards for the sides (if your boards are big enough, you don’t need these)
  • 1 or 3 small piece of wood or metal hinge for holding the boards together (cleats) (if your board is long enough, you will need 3 small pieces of wood or metal hinges to connect the boards together).
  • Sandpaper or an electric sander if you have one
  • Hammer
  • Brush
  • Saw
  • Clean rag
  • Wood Stain and finish
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Wood Screws
  • Screw Driver

Step 1:   Assuming that you’ve already have taken the boards off your pallet,  lay them out and inspect them for any nails, holes, etc.  Measure and cut the extra two boards for the sides. The boards I had weren’t long enough for my bathtub. They were 24′ long and I needed 29′ long. So I cut two boards for each side to add length to my tray.  I also cut a smaller piece for the middle to hold the boards together, the cleat.  If you have a metal hinge laying around,  that will work also.  Mark your side boards with a pencil so you know how much to leave out on each side. I only needed 2.5 extra inches on each side, so I marked about 1.5′ that was going to be attached to the boards leaving the 2.5 out.

NOTE: If your boards are long enough skip step #2. Also, if you skip step 2, you will need 2 extra small pieces, just like the piece in the middle on the photo below for each side of the board to keep them together. So you will end up with three small sized pieces of wood under your tray for securing them together. Since I am adding the side boards, I only needed one in the middle because my side boards will also hold the boards together.

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Step 2:  Add wood filler to any nail holes or defects the boards might have that you want to cover up. Once they have dried out, start sanding the boards. I rounded the corners of mine a bit so they don’t show any sharp corners or anything like that. I used an electric sander which made the job much easier, but if you don’t have one, sandpaper will do the job just fine as well, it just might take a little longer. Sand it really well making sure you don’t have any splinters.

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Step 3:  Once your boards are nice and smooth, use a clean rag to clean off any dust or debris. Stain your boards. I stained mine all around except for the back, which nobody sees it anyway. I figured I would save some wood stain. Once the stain has dried out, apply a coat of finish spray and wait about 30 minutes in between coats if you would like to re-apply. The finish I used is water proof for obvious reasons.

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Step 4:  Once all your pieces have been dried out completely, glue the parts together just like the photo below. I used heavy books to add extra weight after I applied the glue, I don’t have a photo for that, sorry. Wait to dry for about a half hour so that way when you add the screws the boards will stay somewhat put. Add your screws in and you are done!

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 And here is my finished bathtub tray. Now I can read my favorite books while taking a relaxing bath 🙂

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Have you ever built anything from a pallet before? Let me know, lets talk in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed it.

Xoxo

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