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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Canvas Art

What happens when you combine this charming saying...

Drumroll please...

You get my latest project idea that I stole borrowed from Pinterest.  You're killing me Pinterest!  And my pocket book for that matter.

Check it out, gang!

While my canvas art here is SO not perfect, I still absolutely love the way it turned out, and it's the perfect addition to my home!  It's a pretty quick and easy project for that matter, too.  If you're interested in tackling this one yourself, feel free to check out the tutorial linked in above or you can simply follow these basic steps. What will yours say?


1. Glue wood letters to canvas.

2. Spray paint white. You may choose to paint the letters before gluing them. Either way works.

3. Done.

See, I told you it was easy. :)

Happy Monday, gang!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mirror Turned Vintage Chalkboard

Uff!  It's been far too long, gang. That being said, I figured it was about time for me to share my latest project with you all.  Yahoo!

So, here's the thing...my husband and I have been wanting a big chalkboard for our new and improved kitchen.  We were looking for something vintage and classic or maybe even rustic like a chalkboard framed in reclaimed barn wood.

INSTEAD, in my effort to find some cool picture frames to re-purpose from Goodwill, I stumbled upon a large, detailed mirror with loads of potential for a whopping $9.63.  Who-da-thought? For the less adventurous, I found this Distressed Finish Vintage Wall Mirror on Amazon for less than 20 bucks. Killer deal!

This mirror was so big that two (dare, I say..."old" ladies, bless their hearts) tried their darn-dest to help me load it into my car.  We drew a crowd just trying to get it to fit.  Seriously, it is about 4 feet tall and is deceptively heavy.  It was so big and heavy, in fact, that I just ended up driving home (right past the police station) with it hanging out of the trunk of my car with the trunk door wide open, blocking my rear view.  Awesome.

Now, my sweet baby girl in the back seat was witness to this fiasco and must have thought her mommy was a wee nutso in my sweaty determination to get this mirror home.  Did I mention that it was only $9.63??

Never-the-less, I tackled this project with the same fervor I tackle every other obsessive project with.  Once I get my mind set on a certain project, I MUST execute it, regardless of the fact that it's 100 degrees in my garage, and I'm spray-painting and sanding and sweating and just an emotional mess about the whole process.  Hehe. :)

Moving on...

Above are the tools I used.  Not shown here is my must-have sanding sponge that I've come to love after sanding my staircase railings until I could no longer lift my arms.  No fun, folks, but great results.

So, here are 6 (I like lists) easy steps to recreating your own mirror into a vintage chalkboard:

1. Wash any particles of dirt and dust from the mirror. 

2. Spray paint with white primer* and let dry.  Once dry, spray with a second coat.
 *I like Rust-oleum paints.  They've served me well in my many projects.

3. Once the second coat of primer is completely dry, spray with Rust-oleum Heirloom White spray paint.This is my go-to spray paint color (I used it on my chandelier makeover here).  Let dry and repeat as many coats as needed. 

4. Once paint is completely dry, sand paint down on any edges or wherever desired to give an antique/distressed look.

5. Once you've finished sanding, wipe down all of the edges with sticky 3M Tack Cloth to remove any fine dust particles leftover from sanding. Note: The wood underneath the paint on this particular mirror was dark enough for my preference even when sanded; however, if you sand down the paint, and it reveals the wood to be too light in color, just brush on (then wipe off) a dark colored stain until you reach the desired color of wood.

6. Paint the mirror glass with Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint.Let dry, and repeat with as many coats as needed.


P.s. The Bean sends hugs... :)

Happy, happy Tuesday!

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