Project Challenge #7: Reclaimed Wood

I am so excited for this months Project Challenge material...reclaimed wood!
Mmmm, yummy!

I just love reclaimed wood!

 Now I would love it if I had some wonderful old barn wood lying around, but I don't, so I used old decaying fence posts.
p.s. they were free :) 

I decided to stencil my old wood and make a sign using a stencil I already had.
This is how it looked at first.
Yikes! Pretty bad!

The wood it so bumpy it was very difficult to stencil, so I then grabbed a tiny paint brush and carefully filled in white parts and then I used some gray paint that matched the wood perfectly to cover areas where the white was all smudged.

 This was very tedious so I worked at it little by little over several days until I was finally happy with the way it looks.

Oh, and how did I make the wood into a sign?
Well, this is kind of embarrassing....

I am like, the worst, at wood working and building things (which is totally not fair because my dad is an expert and he should have passed his wood working genes onto me!).

Anyhoo...I glued the wood planks together with wood glue!
Yeah, it worked, although it's not the strongest piece around.

So you should probably jump onto to Pinterest if you want to learn the "proper" way to build a sign.
Whatevs, I gotter done!

The paint colors in my new house are not to my taste and I haven't had time to paint yet.
Basically the only paint color I like is the gray in my master bathroom, so it was a no brainer to hang the sign in there to show it to you.
But it just so happens that I am loving it here, so it just might stay!

My husband...hasn't even noticed (or has noticed and chosen not to remark on it).
Is your husband the same way?

Last year I bought new nightstands and months and months and months went by with no comment.
I finally asked if he had noticed and it turns out he DID, but he just doesn't care.

Well I'd rather have a husband that doesn't notice/care than one who is going to butt in and actually have an opinion on things in the house.
 I pretty much have free reign so I shouldn't complain.
I have my blogger buddies to say "well done"!
So thanks friends!

Before's are always fun, so here is a picture of the master bathroom from the real estate listing.
The  dark balloon valence and brown towels were just not my taste.

New towels to lighten the space up and a vintage style sign reflect my style and I love the space now.
When I'm lying in bed I can see this spot and it make me really happy!

I'm so excited to check out what the other ladies in the Project Challenge group have come up with this month!

AND...pretty please with sugar on top link up YOUR favorite reclaimed wood project!
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Summer Decorating

I was so pleased when Michele from Shelstring asked me to participate in her Summer Decorating Home Tour series!
If you'd like to see more click here!

We moved....again!

So remember this house in the Houston suburbs (Humble TX) that we just moved into last June?
Well we have sold it and moved to the suburbs of Austin!
I LOVED this house and neighborhood and it is was so difficult to leave! 
I hope to do a one year later tour of the house soon.

We have bought a cute little stone cottage and moved in the first week of July.
I have lots of plans for this house and I promise I'm going to be better about showing them to you.
But, first I want to give my boys the best summer!
The whole month of June was taken up with boring moving stuff.
So we are jumping in and having all kinds of fun in Austin!

Project Challenge: Metal

It's time for Project Challenge again and this month we were to come up with a creation using metal.
Five years ago I gave a Craiglist coffee table a make over by covering the top of the table with galvanized roofing tiles (you can check it out here).
 I knew immediately that this was the metal I wanted to work with again.

I love the look of galvanized metal and at 50 cents for an 8" x 8" square you can't beat the price!
So cheap that I decided to make two different creations using the roofing tiles.

Some of the other supplies I used for my projects are a burlap canvas, a key from the $1 section at Michael's, a fancy frame, paint and my handy dandy glue gun.

Ok, this is kind of embarrassingly simple to make.
 I simply hot glued the metal tile onto the burlap canvas and viola..instant memo board!
As you can see the galvanized metal is metallic. :)

For my second project I spray painted my frame and key bright white.
 Then I, once again, used my hot glue gun to attach the tile to the back of the frame and glued the key onto the metal tile.
 I just love the look of the silver up against the white.
 It really pops!

I then decided to create a bit of a shabby chic gallery wall using my two projects.
I added some chunky white frames that I already had and filled them with pink cottage flowers from some cards that I've held onto for yeas.
I also hung up a metal "S" I found at the craft store.
I kind of ~heart~ the way it all looks together!

I also found a metal sphere from Hobby Lobby which I thought tied in nicely 
with the other metal pieces.
A vintage fan my dad gave me brings even more of that yummy gray metal to the space.

Since one of the projects was a memo board I though the perfect spot for my gallery wall was above my Queen Anne desk. (Another Project Challenge creation you can check out here)
I think the metal adds just a touch of industrial chic to an otherwise very feminine space.
If you decide to work with the galvanized tiles do be careful because the edges are sharp.
It is a good idea to wear some work gloves when creating with it.
If you decide to try your hand at creating with roof tiles I'd love to hear about it!

Be sure to check out all kinds of metal awesomeness done by the other ladies in the group!
Sew A Fine Seam


Beyond The Picket Fence


And link up YOUR awesome metal projects.....
I can't wait to see them!

Vintage Picket Sign~Project Challenge 5

It's one of my favorite times of the month...Project Challenge time!
This month our challenge was to create something with fencing of some sort.
At first I was going to build an herb box out of fence posts and I was pretty excited about it too.
But can I confess something to you? I really suck at building things!

So instead I made the worlds easiest sign!
But just because it was easy doesn't mean that I don't love it madly!
I bought this wonderful old picket at an antique store for under $10 because I just 
couldn't NOT get it.
I didn't know what in the world I was going to do with it.

Then I decided to use my French Market stencil on it and it fit so perfectly! Yay!
I was very careful to use a light touch with the paint so the wording would look old.
I just love the rustic goodness at the end of the picket!

And how sweet is the picket! 
Oh, don't you just love the character of old things!?!
The chippiness of the white paint is perfection too!

My dining room was starting to look a little formal and it needed to be infused with some of the cottage style that I love so much.
I think bringing in a vintage, chippy piece helps to do that.

My dining room is a work in progress.
The chandelier came with the house.
 I have a lovely gray chandelier waiting to be hung, but I am scared to do it!

We are also using a (too small) kitchen table in the room right now because I haven't found the perfect table yet.
 I'm pretty picky.

 I realize I haven't shared much of my home on the blog this year and it's because I want all the rooms to be "perfect" before I show them.
 I'm not one of those bloggers that can put together the perfect room in two minutes flat. ;)
But, I've decided to change my ways and share more "in progress" rooms on my blog.
 You probably take your time putting together a room too and can totally relate.

The mirror that is under my new (old) sign I am in the process of painting, but it isn't quite finished yet either.
 I'm looking forward to showing you a before and after of that piece in the future.

So that's my little fence project, now you have GOT to check out what the other mega talented ladies in our group have been up too!
 A special welcome to Susan from Homeroad who is new to our Project Challenge group!

Down to Earth Style



Sew a Fine Seam

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/Thrifty Decor ChicSavvy Southern Style &French Country Cottage & Miss Mustard Seed & My Romantic Home)