Chalk Painted French Pot

If you have a pot where you love the size, shape and design, but the color....not so much,
 you can paint it!
Sadly I can not find a before picture for this pot. 
It was tan and shiny and just kind of blah.

Because the pot was shiny I decided to spray the whole thing with primer.

After the first coat of French Linen chalk paint it was looking pretty awful, but don't give up hope!

After about three coats of paint I finally got some good coverage.
I then used some pure white chalk paint to highlight the raised areas on the pot.

I love it now!
I have a pot that goes with my decor and since I already had the paint the cost was zero!

If you'd like to know how I painted the books you can check out this post.

Linking Up To:
Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Share Your Style @ The Essence Of Home

Queen Anne Desk~Project Challenge: Furniture

It's time once again for Project Challenge and this month our challenge was Furniture!
I have been wanting a very small desk for our house for quite some time. 
I liked the idea of a small desk so I could just tuck it into a little corner of a room.
I searched Craigslist and Facebook yard sale sights for months and months with no luck.

Finally one day I popped into the thrift store and found this little beauty for only $30.00!
It's not actually a desk, but a Queen Anne style table that would normally be used in an entry way or behind a sofa, but it fits my purposes perfectly.

I knew right away that I wanted to paint the desk white and the drawer gray (French Linen), but when I painted it I found that I didn't like the way it looked at. all.
The gray was just too dark.
I should point out this piece has only one drawer, but it's been made to look like it is two drawers.

So this is what I came up with instead...
I painted the middle section white to further emphasis the faux two drawer look.
 I left the outside of the drawers dark gray and then mixed some gray and white and painted the main body of the drawer that color.
One knob was missing from the piece when I got it, so I replaced them both with library pulls...which I adore!!

I lightly distressed the piece since I dig that look and finished it off with some furniture wax.
I have started using Miss Mustard Seed's wax and I loooove it!!
It is so easy to use. It goes on like buttah!

I think it is just such a sweet little desk!
I have it in my bedroom right now, but I'm thinking of moving it to our living room.
Our living room sits empty most of the time so maybe if I put the desk in there the room will actually get used. :)

I am using this shallow vintage locker basket as a memo board.
I think it's pretty cool.

I also got some fresh flowers for the top.
I was planning to get hydrangea's,but the store didn't have any so I got these white tulips instead.
I have never bought tulips before and I ended up loving them!

So I'm going to finish off with a question for you.
The printer that our family uses is enormous and takes up almost half of my pretty desk.
So. not. cute.
Are there effective small printers out there or is there a wireless printer I can just stick in my closet
 or something?
What do you use?

I can't wait to see what the other ladies have cooked up they always impress me!
Down To Earth Style
Beyond The Picket Fence
Sew A Fine Seam
Prodigal Pieces

AND I can't wait to see what YOU have been up to, so please link up!

If you want to play along next months Project Challenge is fence boards.
 I've already started working on mine. :)

(sharing w/ Savvy Southern Style &French Country Cottage & Miss Mustard Seed & My Romantic Home)

Boys Painted Upholstery Headboard

This is yet another project where I am embarrassed at how long it took me to complete and
 it is such a relief to finally get it done!

I bought this upholstered headboard off of Craigslist a couple of years ago for $20.00.
Since I got it for my teenage son's room the pink stripes were not going to work.
I wanted to reupholster it using this really cool vintage burlap sack I found, but my son was very against the idea.
He thought the burlap would be itchy.
I decided he was probably right and burlap can be a bit stinky too.
Sadly I then just kept forgetting to get around to reupholstering the piece.

Finally this winter I was determined to do something about. that. headboard.
I went to the fabric store, but none of the fabrics really spoke to me.
Then I got the bright idea to paint the piece! A lot quicker and easier than reupholstering!
I used a fabric painting medium and two bottles of acrylic paint and just followed
 the instructions on the bottle.
After the paint dried I lightly sanded it and then used furniture wax, finally I buffed the piece and it is nice and smooth!

The last step was adding nail head trim. 
This is a real pain in the butt, but it looks great!

Now my sweet boy has the manly headboard he deserves!
He is quite a bit taller than me now which is really disconcerting!

Next is finishing up artwork for above his bed!

Linking up to:
Wow us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest

Project Challenge: Linen~Easter Sign

So the Project Challenge this month was to use linen or leather. 
I don't sew and was just pretty stumped on what to do.
Then I saw linen wrapped canvas at the craft store and decided to make an Easter sign.
Maybe not the most wildly creative idea out there, but I think it turned out cute. :)

Supplies:You could make your own linen wrapped canvas, but Michael's had these cute ones with nail head trim so I just decided to use that.
 I also got a paint pen, a wooden bunny and some metal embellishments.

The craft store didn't have any white fabric paint pens, so I got one that is supposed to be for use on metal or glass and I was nervous it wouldn't work, but luckily it did! 
I traced the bunny with my paint pen and had originally planned on painting it white, but decided I liked the look of the bunny outline.
 I think it would also be cute to glue a little puff ball on the bunnies tale, but I didn't think about it until I had already bought my supplies.
I know lettering is a weak point for me creatively so I had wanted to use white stickers, but they didn't have any in the right size.
 So then I got the idea to trace some letter stickers I already had.
Sadly I should have used a pen with a finer tip for this to work better.
 Learn a lesson from me and practice on a scrap piece of fabric first!!
Finally I spray painted my metal embellishments white and placed them in the corners of the canvas. I then used a ruler and drew lines to connect the four corners.

Besides my wonky letters I do think the sign turned out pretty cute! 
The others ladies in the group have blown me away with their creativity, you have GOT to check them out!!

AND, I'm super excited to have YOU join us and link up one of your projects made with
 linen or leather!

Linen. Leather. Linky.

We'll get to this in a minute, but first I want to talk about the title of my blog post...
Linen. Leather. Linky.

It totally reminds me of this scene from the office where Jim dresses up like and mimics Dwight!
Do you remember this episode? lol!

Anywhoo, back to the subject. :)
 Do you guys remember that I have been participating in Project Challenge?
 Each month we are given a different material to work with and it has been so fun!
This month we are to create something using either linen or leather or both I suppose.
Here's the exciting get to join in too!!!
We will have a linky party so you can share your linen or leather project as well.
 It can be a new project that you whip up this week or an old post.

 Speaking of old posts I thought I would share an old project with you where I made a linen covered memo board.
 It all started with this lovely framed painting from the thrift store.

I removed the painting from the frame and covered the painting with roofing tiles.
 I then covered it with linen. I painted the frame and then put the whole thing back together. 
The roofing tiles make the memo board magnetic!

This entry makeover was one of my most favorite projects ever!
 It was back when we lived in Las Vegas. Three houses ago.
 If you want to see more of this makeover you can click here.

So are you exciting to link up your linen or leather project? We will go live with our blog posts this Friday morning!

Project Challenge #2 Thrift Store Make-Over-French Market Cow

So it is that time of month again where I have the pleasure of joining with a group of very talented  Bloggers for Project Challenge. 

This months challenge is near and dear to my heart.
We were to make over an item from the thrift store that cost $5.00 or less. 
There isn't much that I like to do more than turn trash into treasure!
 So I was very excited to take this one on!

I already had this wooden cow I found at the thrift store for only $3.00.
 She was cute, but very country looking and a little dated, so I decided I would given her more 
of a French Country look.

First I gave her several coats of black acrylic paint.

Even though I did not use chalkboard paint I've found you usually can still use chalk on items that have been painted with black acrylic.
 I tried drawing some butcher cuts on my cow with chalk and I had planned to paint over the chalk lines when I was finished, but I wasn't liking how it looked so I decided to go in a different direction.

I sanded off some of the black paint so it didn't have such a matte look.
 I think this gives this piece the look of more texture and interest.
 I then used a French Market stencil that I got from Etsy several years ago.
 The stencil didn't fit perfectly, but I like the way it turned out.
I finished off the cow with some furniture wax and then buffed the piece so it is nice and smooth and easy to keep clean.

I set up a vignette in my kitchen with some breadboards, a French style pot, a new candle and a cute dish towel with black stripes to tie in with my black cow.

Not bad for $3.00, right?!

Now please go check out the rest of these talented ladies projects!

Beyond The Picket Fence

Sew A Fine Seam


Linking up to:
Before & After @ Thrifty Decor Chic

An Egg-cellent Valentine tree!

This is a blog post from way back in 2011, but I thought it was a really fun project so I hope you don't mind if I share it with you again!

Some of you have probably seen the idea of a tree full of hearts before.
But this tree tree has something unexpected!
I look forward to showing you....

I started with a package of wood hearts.
I then painted them pink.

Next I covered them with.........
I got the idea for trying an egg shell mosaic from the blog Can't Stop Making Things.
I used four eggs which I hard boiled. I then put them in the fridge overnight.
The next day I took the shells off and then removed the membrane from the shells.
It's a bit tedious, but I was sick when I made these so I didn't mind sitting and doing this
 mundane task.

Next I covered a section of the heart with Mod Podge and put on pieces of egg shell.
Press down on the shell to flatten and crack it more.
Then do another section until the heart is covered.
I got impatient and ended up covering the heart with Mod Podge and then sprinkling the heart with egg shell then gently shaking off the excess. Like you would do with a glitter project.
Once the heart was covered and the bottom layer of Mod Podge was dry I placed a top coat of Mod Podge on the whole thing.

I still felt like the hearts were missing something.
So I covered them with some very pale pink nail polish to give them a little bit of glimmer.
The heart on the left has polish on it and the heart on the right does not.

 I hot glued pink gingham ribbon on the hearts and hung them on a tree branch.
The branch is in a piece of floral foam inside the urn.

It's times like this when I wish I had a fancy camera and the skills to use such camera.
That way you could really see how pretty this looks in person.

The Valentine tree is sitting on a tray with some little books and a mercury glass bird.

A close up of a heart.
Can you see the bit of glimmer?

It was so fun to make a pretty Valentine's craft with such an unexpected element!

So put on a favorite TV show and get crackin'
Get it?
Crackin', like cracked eggs?
I crack myself up!
Get it?
 Okay, sorry I'll stop.

Happy Valentine's day my loves!!