Chip It by Sherwin-Williams

Happy Summer, people!

Are you loving the warm weather, kids at home and vacation time? I sure am! So far we’ve been loving the lazy days of summer, hitting the pool and enjoying cool summer treats! I plan on eating my weight in Snow Cones before school starts again!

We’ve also been tackling a few home projects and while looking for color inspiration I was so thrilled to try out a new tool called “Chip It” by Sherwin Williams!  This tool is amazing! It lets you create a color pallet from what inspires YOU!

Picture this… say you’re visiting your favorite online boutique and you fall in love with an amazing outfit! Right then it hits ya “I wish I had a room that looked like this dress!”

With the new Chip It tool, now you can! Once you’ve installed the super simple Chip It tool all you need to do now is click the “Chip It” button on your tool bar and the Chip It feature appears on your page!

Scroll your mouse over the photo you want to create a color palette based on and click your mouse! It will even give you a color preview!

And just like that you have a custom color Chip Card with Sherwin-Williams colors suggested and you are now ready to transform any project into something fantastic! And to think…it was all inspired by something you fell in love with online!
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AMAZING right! You can take any image that you find online and by clicking your “Chip It” tool, it magically turns your photo into a color pallete creation that pinpoints Sherwin-Williams colors!

I’ve been having so much fun creating ChipCards left and right! I am in love with this tool! So if you’ve been trying to create the perfect color pallete but are just not sure how, give Chip It a try! You can add the feature to your tool bar with one simple click!

I’ve been creating fun summer ChipCards from summer inspiration that I’ll be sharing next time! Till then, happy Chip-ing!


New Door Frame Wreath and a “Cut it Out” giveaway

So yeah! It’s no secret that I love me a good door frame wreath! Over the last few years you have seen me change up the decor on my frame wreath many a time but I have yet to change out my frame! That is until now! All of you who have adored my frame wreath look from afar but have yet to find the perfect chunky frame to do it yourself, are going to flip when you hear about this new fantastic company that will help solve your frame woes!

Last week I got the above delivery! Yes I did an internal cartwheel! My “Cut it Out” paintable frames arrived and I was ready to dive in!

“Cut it Out” frames come in so many darling shapes! They are all the rage at a fraction of the cost! I have always wanted these darling frames but I could never bring myself to pay the huge price other companies were asking. All these frames are incredibly affordable!

4×6″: $5.99

5x 7″: $8.99

8 x 8″: $10.99

8 x10″: $12.99

11 x 14: $17.99

16 x 20″: 24.99

20 x 30″: $35.99

AMAZING right! This makes creating a huge feature wall of beautiful photos afforadable and customizable! These are paintable frames that come unfinished so you can paint them to match any room! Took me just a few minutes to paint my 8 x 10 frame for my front door!

I used an 8 x 10 “Balboa” frame and painted it “Caribbean” blue by PLAID. I did three coats and did not distress the edges but I do plan on distressing  future projects! Once it was dry I used gingham ribbon to hang it and now have the perfect starting point for my front door look!

It looks great hanging by itself!

Or when adding a small wreath!

And of course with holiday sparkle added as well! I love the way this glitter snowflake looks popping off the blue frame and my red door!

These frames are the perfect door frame. With 7 designs to chose from you are sure to find the perfect frame to spice up your own front door, wall or other creative project you may have in mind!!

And I already ordered and picked up my 16 x20″ family photo from Sam’s Club that will be going in my huge frame! I can’t wait to show that off to you! I’m still trying to figure out what color I want to paint it! The print was less then $6 at Sam’s club! You could also add The Black and White paper prints for pennies and I bet that would look incredible too!

Now it’s time for a giveaway!

Want to win your very own 8 x 10? leave a comment  today by telling me what design you would pick if you won! You can find a full list here! Three lucky winners will be chosen!

For additional entries please leave a separate comment for each  of the following…

- Follow Cut it Out on facebook and leave a comment on their wall saying BLue Cricket Design sent you!

-Facebook about this giveaway with a link back to this post.

-Tweet about this giveaway with a link back to this post!

-Become a fan of Blue Cricket Design on facebook or tell me you already are!

The three winners will be announced  Monday Dec. 12th on the Blue Cricket Design facebook page!

AND for a few more chances to win hop on over to Somewhat Simple (ends Dec. 5th) Crap I’ve Made , Lolly Jane and Crafty, Scrappy, Happy to enter over there for their “Cut it Out” giveaways and see what they did with their frames! Such great ideas!




Cutting Edge Stencil project and giveaway

Have you guys heard of Cutting Edge Stencils? They are AWESOME!!! Yes, three exclamation mark worthy awesome! I was able to sample one and put it to work and i adore this fun creative tool!

I chose to sample the Nagoya All over stencil and  because this was my first attempt at stenciling I wanted to tackle a smaller project so I went with a creating a piece of leaning wall art.

I need something big to use as a canvas and while at IKEA I about did a cartwheel when I saw the “Vika Amon” table top for $5.99! Talk about perfect!

Along with my stencil I also used Acrylic paint and PLAID Extreme Glitter paint!

I used a foam roller and some tape to secure the stencil in place.  It was a breeze lining up your design and finishing the edges! I just had to wait a few minutes to let the paint dry before I painted the next section of designs.

And lastly when it had dried 100% I painted the glitter paint on a few random sections just to add a little more fun!

The Cutting Edge Stencil is such a blast! The hardest part about this project was picking the stencil I wanted! ENDLESS options in classic designs and craft sizes too!

Want to try one out yourself? Well nows your chance! One lucky reader will win their choice of one FREE stencil (up to $50 value!). Simply leave a comment in today’s comments section tell me what stencil you want to get your hands on! For a full list of options check out the web site HERE!

For additional entries you can follow Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook! Please leave another comment telling me you did so!

I’ll announce the winner on the Blue Cricket Design Facebook page next Monday! And check out this fun how to video!


Kitchen Stool makeover

Last weeks thrift store haul proved to be a huge success! I knew this old dated kitchen stool was a diamond in the rough! Just look at her now…

1. Start off by removing the two fabric covered sections of the chair leaving behind only the metal frame. Now you’re ready to spray paint!

2. Time to recover the seat cushions! I found this beautiful oil cloth at Material Girls Quilt Shop. I only needed 1/2 a yard.  I used spray adhesive to help keep the fabric in place.

3.  Cut slits every 2″ to help pull the fabric over the curved edges easily.Hot glue the fabric on. I kept the existing old fabric and padding on becasue this thing was OLD and the fabric was stuck to the padding.

4. When you are done recovering it’s time to put them back onto the metal frame!

I love her!The End!


Girl’s room make over part 1: Fresh coat of paint & Board and Batten

My solution to the dreaded ” Mom! Mom!!!! We reeeeeeeeally want a pink room! PLEEEEESE!!”


Um yeah! Not  a fan of pink rooms! Not a fan of soft, frilly, princess like loveliness! I know! I may in fact never win the “mother of the year award” for not giving into “Pink” but I can still give them a great room that fits the rest of the homes feel! Colors that don’t scream kids room but are still youthful and fun!

So my solution is: PINK Board and Batten accent wall!



Now don’t hate me or send me nasty emails for painting over this darling mural! I know! I know! It’s a crime! But honestly…it served it’s purpose in the playroom but with us moving the big girls into this space I knew I had to kiss it goodby!

First’s things first…when you paint over any sort of mural you need to sand the paintings. They might feel flush to the wall but trust me! They will leave a raised impression so put in the time and sand.

This project is pretty affordable especially when you go for the more economical wood. These wood pieces were more “rustic” meaning they needed sanding and I took my time looking for pieces that were straight and not super knotty. This entire wall treatment cost me less then $20.

Board and Batten is pretty simple! Measure the lengths of each board, 45 degree angle cut the ends that will line up with your base boards, layout your boards being aware of outlets that might get in the way and nail then in place starting with the top horizontal wood pieces and then add the boards. Cover the nails with wood fill and paint!

It really is that simple!

Board and Batten Color: “Wazzup” by Kwal

Now we are both happy! The girls get a dose of pink and I’m happy to not have a “Blush and Bashful” room in the house! So much more to reveal as this room comes together!

 Here’s a little preview on the new bedding…

Bedding found at TJ MAXX and Home Goods! It’s youthful and not juvenile and that’s exactly the direction I wanted to go!

Stay tunes for more girls room makeover posts to come!



This is not a joke…

For the last 6 weeks this has been what I’ve been staring at…

It’s been over 2 months since Big Fish Painting came and refinished our kitchen cabinets and you know what’s been keeping me from being able to do my big reveal post??? THE PAINT color for the walls!

That’s 17 different paint samples littering my wall! I think I hit the point of no return when I had more then 4 colors up there! Now It’s just a mess and so confusing! BUT I’m happy to report that weeks and weeks later and lots and LOTS of money spent on paint samples I have finally decided on a color. And the luck y winner is…

Copen Blue” an HGTV Home color by Sherwin Williams!

Which in real life looks nothing like that paint image! Now all I have to do it actually put it on the walls…that is after I sand down all the paint samples already on the wall!

And don’t even get me started on a Back splash! I think I reached my decision making limit for the year! That might need to wait a few years at this rate!!

Why is some cases are design decision so hard and other times a breeze? Ugg!


Krylon to the rescue!

This beautiful Silver vase didn’t always look this stunning! It was a diamond in the rough!

I loved this tiny little creamer I found at my local Thrift Store. Not a huge fan of the flowers but it had such a darling shape I knew it would work great! I paid $2 for this piece.

Krylon is my go to brand for any spray paint need! I was sent this Nickle Metallic paint by Krylon to try and I love it!

Two coats later and a handful of freshly cut Lilacs from my front yard and I think my $2 investment was a good one!

I am always impressed with spray paint results! Nothing makes  a bigger change then a fresh coat of paint! Thanks Krylon for the sample! The opinions shared in this post are my own.


Spray it before you toss it! Wicker makeover.

Last weekend I was ready to toss this worn patio set! It was unraveling on the legs, had water stains and was just plain tired looking!


Luckily Mr. BCD convinced me to try to make it over before we lost all hope! So that’s exactly what we did last weekend. We used E6000 glue to repair the unraveling wicker.


We used a hard brush to scrub off the chippimg paint.


this is my Spray gun! I love her! She makes me smile when I use it for projects like this! Get yourself a good spray gun if you do a lot of refinishing projects. This HVLP 1000 gun cost me $100.


Nooks and Crannies were no match for me spray gun!

Te DA!!!! Brilliant right! Thanks to my hubbies foresight we made $150 when we sold it on just 4 hours after we finished painting it! Way to go babe!

So before you toss out that weathered and worn patio set, try to pump a little life back into it with some paint!


Planter Sign


I love how easy it is to “darling” up a simple house plant or potted plant by simply adding a sweet planter sign! I made this planter sign with two simple steps!

IKEA sells a two pack of these planter signs in a few brightly painted colors. A pack of two is less then $1. I wasn’t thrilled about the blue so I knew exactly what to do to fix that! Chalk Board Paint anyone!

A little Chalk Board Paint and a Bistro Chalk pen later and you get this super simple little addition! I love the classic color black ! When in doubt, paint it black! And becasue I used Krylons Chalk Board paint I can change out the greeting!

Next time you give a potted plant for a gift add this simple greeting for a final sweet touch!


Frankenstein Trick or Treak Buckets

 Thank you Dollar Store! when I saw these green buckets while I was checking out at the Dollar Store they screamed “Turn me into a Frankenstein already would ya!” I knew I had to give it a try and I love how simple and easy these were to create!
 I started off by practicing my faces! I doodled a few and came up with a face I liked best!
 I measured by bucket and cut a piece of Fun Foam and created the hair section. That way I knew how low to draw my eyes.
 I used a pen to sketch out my face.
 First I painted the whites of the eyes.
 Once the white was dry I painted on a blue eye ball.
 And lastly to add the detail I used a black paint pen to color out the lips, eyes and nose.
 Add stitched and the hard part is done….but lets be honest. It was pretty darn easy!
 I used E6000 glue to attach the bolts and hair and secured them in place with tape while they set. NOTE: Glue one bolt on at a time while the bucket rests on it’s side. Wait until it is dried completely before you glue the other one on!
Super cute and fun and totally easy! Happy Halloween my little kiddies!
I will be selling these and a handful of my other wears at the

FotoFlyFall Boutique  tonight from 7-9 pm @ 121 E. 123000 S. Draper, UT
 See ya there!

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