My thrift shop lamp has been revamped into an outdoor solar lamp and I love it!
Several months ago my sister in law saw a family birthday calendar on Pinterest that she liked and she asked me if I could make one for her. I told her I would and I FINALLY started and completed it! It wasn’t that hard to do it just seemed like every time I would think about getting started something would get in the way….Mainly CHARLIE
He is so cute but he is A LOT of work!!!
Anyway, back to the Calendar…this is the finished product.
My supply list included:
Scrap of wood
paint and brush
The first thing I did was sand my piece of wood. Then I did a base coat of white paint. Once that was dry I added the vinyl lettering and spelled out Family Birthdays. I then painted over the entire board with my second paint choice which was blue. After that was dry I removed the vinyl lettering. I used the sanding block over the entire board again. I like the effect it had on the lettering. I then added the stickers for the months of the year. I was going to stencil those but I knew I would never be able to get that done. I added some decorative tape just to give it some dimension and add a little something extra to it. I added eye hooks to the bottom and attached tags for the names and dates of the birthdays. I will eventually switch the tags out for metal disks once I master the art of metal stamping. Right now I am still in the learning process!
I think it turned out great. I might have to make one for myself…
(All photos are courtesy of Kolson Close Up)
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I finished this wine rack several months ago and am just now getting around to sharing with you today. I found this piece for $19.00 at an antique shop on our way to the Island Home. I am not sure what kind of rack it is but I am going to use it as a wine rack. This is what it looked like when I found it.
I really like the red but it just was a bit too much for the kitchen. I decided to spray it using the stainless steel paint that I had on hand. It matches the appliance in the kitchen. It is simple, neat and keeps the kitchen looking organized!
I think this piece is really unique and I am glad I found it!
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We have been working in the basement on and off for a few months and I decided to carve out a space for our blog work. We also set up a little photography studio for my tech guy!
We built a simple desk that suits us and gives us plenty of space for our individual needs. We still need to add some finishing touches but we are getting there.
We made the desk from metal/aluminum sawhorses and four 2 feet by 6 feet planks of wood.
We used joiners to pull the seams together on the four separate planks of wood. Then we attached the sawhorses to the planks with metal screws. I used leftover wood to trim out the front and sides of the desk to give it a more finished look. I did not countersink the screws on the trim pieces which adds a more industrial look to the piece. Once that was complete I finished it off with barn wood grey stain.
We recovered an old bulletin board with burlap, added a few whiteboards and hung our wire rack organizer which was a gift from two of our biggest supporters (Thanks Kim and Sandy!)
Check out our personalized mugs from Santa! He also gave us the Cricut Expression 2. We are still trying to figure our how to use it. I will leave that up to my tech guy to figure it out and explain it to me!
- Office Space (illustratednutrition.com)
Welcome to our Christmas Home Tour. Sit back with a warm drink and enjoy some of our favorite Holiday decorations. I love pulling these decorations out year after year. It brings back such lovely memories of Christmas past. We also try to add a few new touches along with some favorite vintage finds. I hope you all enjoy!
This is our family room tree. We go each year to a farm and choose the largest tree we can find. This is where Santa leaves all the gifts.
The view from upstairs… I like watching the boys look over the banister on Christmas morning!
We leave cookies and milk for Santa on this fireplace Hearth.
This is a vintage sled that my husband and I bought before we were married. I just spruced it up with some pine branches and ribbon and sprayed everything with a light dusting of snow.
I like to use some of my favorite vintage finds on the Family room Christmas tree like these Shiny Brite ornaments! I love finding vintage Holiday decorations. I also have the milk glass light bulbs that I will show you in a later post. They are one of my favorite Christmas items.
Next up is my foyer.
I put garland around the front stairs. I also add snowmen on each step. I got this idea from a dear friend that uses Nutcrackers. Thanks Debbie for the great idea!
This is the mirror by my front door. I add the large pinecone every year. I like the simplicity of it.
My tech guy Gman made the snowman in art class and my Best Friend gave me the lovely Santa for Christmas last year!
When my oldest two boys were younger, I would let them pick pick out a special Christmas decoration. My youngest still carries on this tradition. This Santa is something my middle son picked out. I added the vintage plate above in the alcove and the garland with winterberry.
Next up is my Kitchen Christmas Tree. I love this tree, it is an oldie but a goodie. I decorate this pencil tree with all the boys’ handmade ornaments and gifts from school.
This is my tech guy when he was in preschool! I miss those days!
Also in my Kitchen is my handmade Christmas Countdown sign that I showed you here.
I love these vintage reindeers that I found at a consignment shop.
My dad made me these reindeers when I moved into my first apartment…many years ago! I love, love, love them!
Finally, a sneak peak at my outdoor decor.
I hope you enjoyed our Christmas Home Tour.
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Today I am sharing with you, my homemade totally free Christmas Countdown sign. Everything I used, I found around the house and the garage!
Don’t pay attention to the number of day until Christmas. That is what the actual countdown was when I made the sign and I am not ready to know how many days are REALLY left until Christmas until I get through Thanksgiving first! Then I can begin to panic a bit because I already feel like I am behind.
The sign was really easy to make. I found the wood in the garage left over from a previous project. I sprayed the entire piece of wood with a silver spray paint which I used on a bottle cap project that you can find here. I also used the silver paint on my wine rack which I will share with you in a later post. Once the silver paint was dry, I used my vinyl letters to spell out Christmas Countdown and Days! I then used Pure White Chalk Paint from Annie Sloan to cover the entire piece. Once that was good and dry, I used Emperors Silk Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to paint over the entire piece again. While that was drying, I used a smaller piece of wood and sprayed it with chalkboard paint for the number part of the sign. I then found one of our Christmas cards from last year and cut out the Santa. When everything was dry, I peeled off the vinyl letters to reveal the silver paint beneath the letters. I used wood glue to attach the chalkboard piece of wood to the sign. I then decoupaged the Santa to the sign and then gave the piece a light sanding so some of the white would show through the red. I think the sign is adorable and once I get my fall decorations down I can’t wait to decorate with it!
ALSO I WANTED TO WISH MY OLDEST A HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY! I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU OVER THANKSGIVING BREAK!
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I love this time of year. The weather is finally turning cold and I love getting ready for the Holidays. I enjoy everything about it. Although, I think my favorite part is decorating the house and I have had this project on my mind since last year…
While I was out shopping with some friends, I saw a Driftwood Christmas Tree but it was $65.00. I knew I could make my own version of it for a lot less. Since then I have seen them in the Restoration Hardware Catalog ($79.00-$179.00) and The Home Decorators Collection Catalog ($63.00). So here is my version of the Driftwood Christmas Tree.
My Supply List Includes:
Cardboard Cone Shape (I got mine from Michaels)
Hot glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Artificial Spray Snow
It was pretty much the same process as the Driftwood Wreath which you can find here. Some of the trees I saw, the driftwood was placed horizontally around the tree. For my first tree, I thought placing the driftwood vertically would be easier. So I found similair size pieces and glued them around the base like this…
I continued adding pieces all the way around the base overlapping them as I moved up the tree. I had to break some of the driftwood into smaller pieces just to get the right size. It’s very easy to do and I like how each tree has it’s own character. This is what the tree looked like before I added the spray snow.
This is a picture of it with the spray snow. I am not sure which one I like the best… with or with out the snow?
This was such an easy and inexpensive project that anyone can do.
I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy Driftwood Project.
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Just a quick update on a few of my projects. Remember my flea market find? I finally made a quick trip to the house and was able to install this vintage match holder that I have revamped into a bottle cap holder.
While we were there, I also hung my GROCERY sign (click here to see how I made it). I really like the sign and it adds a little something to the kitchen.
Now here is a sneak peek at something I am going to be working on soon. I found this piece at one of my favorite spots near the Island. I have been there several times and never remember to take a picture. I am going to use this piece in my Island Kitchen as a wine rack. Here is my before picture. Remember my driftwood wreath which you can also see here. I will post more photos once I get it painted. Still trying to decide on a color. I am thinking of using the same Stainless Steel paint that I used on the vintage match holder but still not sure.
It has been a crazy couple of weeks around here but I am back and trying to finish up some projects that have been stashed in my garage and utility room for too long!
This past summer I picked up a few free pieces and one of them was a table top. It came from a shop that we used to go into all the time near the Island. One day we drove up and it was out of business but they left some things outside with a cardboard sign that said FREE! We picked up a pallet and the tabletop. The tabletop had paint smeared across it and the laminate was pulling away from the sides. I didn’t care it was free and I knew we could turn it into something. My son no longer ask me WHY? or ARE YOU SURE? He just says I will load it up for you…Thanks B.K.
The pallet is still sitting in the utility room but I finally painted painted the tabletop. Then it sat for a few more weeks until I could find a base. Two weeks ago we took a trip to the Island to finish up a few last minute things there and made a quick stop at one of my favorite spots and YES I found a table base. I had found one there before and I was back and forth trying to decide if I really liked it…and I am so glad I waited because I found this…..
and I knew it would be perfect for the tabletop!
It is kind of hard to tell in the photo but it kind of has a yellow tint to it but I knew that I could paint it so it was no big deal. The other thing you can’t tell from the photo is that the base it metal which I love. Here is the end result….
I just set it up in my living room so I could show you how it turned out. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Graphite for the tabletop and rubbed a bit of the Pure White paint over it so it wasn’t so flat. Once that was dry I stenciled the longitude and latitude of the Island. On the base I also used the Pure White. Super easy and I think it turned out great!
Come back later and I will show you some of my other finds and the odds and ends that we did at the Island Home before prepping the house for Winter!
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