Black & White Photo wall and my Kitchen reveal! FINALLY!

Earlier this Spring I had Big Fish Painting come and FINALLY refinish my kitchen cabinets! When I first walked threw my home the cabinets were something I liked! They were Camo Green and different but I knew over time I’d want a new look and 3 years later I got that new look with a fresh coat of Alabaster paint!

Before

And After…
Ahhhh! Much better right!What a difference some paint can make I tell ya! Fresh, bright, light and a big dose of new kitchen mojo! Now you might be wondering why it’s taken me soooooo long to share my kitchen reveal! If you recall I’ve had a pretty rough year that’s lead me to have anxiety and horrible decision making skills! Remember THIS post! I literally had endless paint samples on my wall for months! I just could NOT make a wall color choice!
Well finally HGTV paint from Sherwin Williams in Copen Blue won out after sleepless nights and near panic attacks! You’d think that after I made a paint color choice it would be smooth sailing from there but oh no! Next big hurtle… What to do with the giant blue wall.
A short while  back I discovered printing photos on Blue Print  print shops. It was affordable and so stinkin’ fun! Ever since then I knew I wanted to do more with this new trick so it was time to get to work on a feature wall of Poster Prints! Add waiting for our trip to California  for family pictures, editing time and me making my mind up on prints and you get my HUGE delay!
I had these photo printed at my local Blue Print printing store, SBR Technologies in Salt Lake City. These are not photo quality printing but printed in black and white on paper which gives them a cool grainy effect that I think adds charm! The higher quality photos the better!
My collection all measure between 1″-2″ wide. I started by creating a layout I liked on my kitchen table that I thought I’d like on my wall.
I used Scotch Blue Painters tape on the top corners of each poster. When you first hang the posters you will only want to tape the top two corners. This way you can adjust the posters easily without having to remove a fully taped poster. Start with the very most top  center picture and place that one first.
Next add each remaining photo adjusting the spacing and getting it just right!
When you get the placement perfect then you can add more tape to each poster to secure it on all corners and edges. Then step back and enjoy!
To print this way costs about 30 cents a square foot so this entire wall cost me only $9!!! YEP! You read that right! NINE bucks!
I think it was just what this new space needed! So My kitchen makeover is official done! May have taken me over 6 months but I love it all the same! And the best part about this feature wall is how affordable it cost to create! HUGE impact for a small price making it way affordable to swap out photos over the years to update the family pics! Can’t beat that!
So check your local area for a print shop by doing  a yellow pages search for “Blue Print printing” and see what comes up near you. Call ahead to get their pricing and go crazy creating a fantastic feature wall of your own!
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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!

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Silver end table

This is a treasure to me! It was my grandmothers and if you know me you know that she was a huge influence in my life! When we bought our first home I was lucky enough to get to take this piece with me! I loved its green color but for some tragic reason its other half got a stripe of white paint on it so I finally got around to giving a new fresh look!

These best part of this piece is that it has a twin sister and when they come together it makes this darling round table! I use them separated but I love the fact that I could latch them together and have this look!

I’ve been in love with Silver lately and thought it would be fun to transform this table with some Krylon Metallic Silver Spray Paint! Krylon sent me a can to sample and I was so excited to get started!

What do you think? Nothing like a little spray paint to make a project shine! Krylon sent me this product to sample but these opinions are 100% my own.

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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 KSL.com 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!

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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!

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What a difference some PAINT makes!

It’s no surprise that I am a lover of paint! I dream about it! I collect it! And I’d happily spend a weekend in Home Depot staring at paint sample colors and dreaming my home turning into a rainbow.

Paint is the easiest way to make a drastic change for a minimal amount of money and never forget my biggest price saving tip! Be sure to check out “Oops paint” or “Mistint” pint that has been drastically marked down in price! Thsi is paint that the stores mix and then the customer changes their mind on. I have found some of the prettiest shades for $5 a gallon or less!

If you’d like to learn my easy steps for furniture refinishing be sure to check out my step by step tutorial on Furniture Refinishing! It’s really not as scary as you’d think!

I was so impressed by my readers and their refinishing success! Check out these amazing transformations!

Rebecca from “This Present Life” has the funnest new Master Bedroom. She refinished her head board in a shade I can never get enough of and the green on her walls screams “Good mornin’ beautiful!”

Check out her before…

And now check out the amazing after…



I LOVE Terry’s makeover on her 15 year old Bedroom set! It was such a huge change and made the set look so updated and fresh!

Look at the set before shw got her talented little hands on it…

And the after! AMAZING! What a difference a little paint makes right! For more photos and to go to the original post be sure to visit Cherished Treasures.

Over at Southern Seven Holly has spiced up a cabinet! Red is always a fun shade to add drama and make a strong statement! I just love this transformation!

The before cabinet is beautiful but it must have a sassy second personality that Holly knew of because…

Holly released it’s inner Super star and now it shines! I love how bold it is now against the wall and really is a stand alone beauty!

So work up some nerve and get to the paint store! Think about the endless possibilities that await!

Find out how you can become a guest poster HERE!
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I’m seeing BLUE!

People ask me all the time what my favorite crafting tool is and hands down it’s
PAINT!!!

Fast, affordable and the transformations are always impressive! Take for example this little before and after…

I’ve been holding onto this little spice cabinet for three years! I bought it at a Garage Sale for a whopping $1! If you can look past the scary crackle finish and dried minced onions in the window you too can see the potential I fell in love with!

Now look at her all pretty and ready for the Ball! This Cinderella Blue really makes all the difference now doesn’t it!!

I used Krylon H2O in Blue Danube River! And don’t hate but I picked it up at HONKS Dollar store! Horrible name for a store I know! I about fell over when I saw an entire end cap filled with Spray Paint! JACK POT!!! Worked like a charm!



One coat and a little sanding later to expose a little of the yellow and she was already lookin’ like a post op plastic surgery success story!





Now onto the window dressing! I cut small squares of scrapbook paper and dressed them up with numbers! A little hot glue later and we have a WINNER!!!!





I love how the crackle texture can still be scene! I love everything about her actually!

Hip hip hooray for Garage Sales!!!
Hip hip hooray for $1 Spray Paint!!!
Hip hip hooray for pretty Blue Makeovers!

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A place to call {HOME!} For fabric that is!

I love a good Before and After!!!

I have been on the hunt for a good Dresser and hutch to transform! I was desperate to find a home for all my fabric! I love the idea of having my fabric organized and beautiful and on display ready to inspire me every time I walk into my Craft Room! My new happiness is for sure
an inspiration!

I found these two mismatched pieces at my local Thrift Store!
The Hutch was $25 and the Dresser $35.


Both were constructed with care and would serve me well. We just had to get over the fact that they were dated and let’s be honest UGLY!

I gladly welcomed the challenge and set off to find the perfect color! I followed my Furniture Refinishing Steps I have listed HERE and got to work!

A few hours later I had a sparkling new piece of furniture ready to be put to work!


So I filled her up with pretty folds of fat quarters and yards of cotton! Her drawers house my collection of Felt and even more fabric! This baby makes finding what I need a breeze!


I save all my scraps and in the buckets they go…


I was in heaven sorting and folding and organizing all my fabric! I just sat back and gazed at it all when I was done! I love her!!! My little home of all things soft and bright! She lives in the corner of “My” corner of our home! My craft room is my domain! My refuge! My inspiration!!!

More about my Craft/Creative space to come!

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Dresser Draw Ribbon Organizers

This is one of my most favorite make over results of all time! It has all of my favorite elements all rolled into one amazing project!

Recycling
Repurposing
Organizing
Refinishing

After searching high and low for a cute ribbon organizer, I finally came up with my own solution!

I took this old dresser bought at a thrift store

Gutted the bottom section, refinished it (refinishing instructions found HERE!!!) and then turned it into this…


It became a lovely little storage unit!!

I turned the six removed drawers into fun ribbon organizers! It was super easy!!!

Each of these particular drawer openings were about 14″ x 14″.

  • I first measured off and then drilled holes for the dowels that would hold my ribbon.
  • Next I painted each box inside and out using my refinishing technique.
  • Once the paint was completely dried I added with Mod Pogde a sheet of scrapbook paper to the inside of the drawers. If you look close the 12″ x 12″ paper does not completely cover the inside. I simply centered it to make it look even on all sides. I had applied a Glaze that left aging in the corners and seams of the drawer so I think it looks cool. You could also use wall paper or wrapping paper and cut it exactly to size and then adhere it with Mod Podge as well if you wanted a completely covered drawer.
  • Next I adorned the outside with scrapbook “frosting!” my fancy word for pretty little extras!!
  • I spray painted the existing brass handles and reattached it once it was dry.
  • And lastly I added decorative ribbon to the handle and a fun gem and button to tie it all together!



They sit so perfectly atop a desk or work station and the handle makes them so tote-able ( is that a word!!!) The highlight has been seeing one of my ribbon boxes in
use at my favorite Fabric store!

I have made these using larger drawers! The sky’s the limit when it comes to size and shape!!!

I sold or gave then all away but not before keeping my favorite
one that sits happily in my craft room!!!

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WELCOME to my home…

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This is what would greet you if you popped in on me! A welcoming front door that has been freshly painted red, a substitute “wreath” and cheerful chalk board!

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This little beauty I picked up at DI. It’s a Plastic Resin frame so super light weight and ideal for hanging in lieu of a traditional wreath!!! It was only $1.50!!!!! A little spray paint and Raulph Lauren Tobacco Glaze later…Bada BING bada BANG!!!! The perfect door adornment!

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I absolutely love my Chalk Board!!!! The perfect way to spread a little cheer! I have already had neighbors call to tell me it stops them in their tracks as they drive by!!! They can’t wait to see what greetings I’ll post next!!!

I also picked this little guy up at DI, our local Thrift Store! It originally was a Calendar Display. I paid $3 for it and added the spray on Chalk Board paint. I hung it with small chain and hooks and called it good!!! I LOVE IT!!! I LOVE IT!! I LOVE IT!!! Perfect for Birthday wished, welcoming guests and happy sayings!

So riddle me this… what should I write on my board!?! Send me your favorite greetings, quotes or sayings and ideas!!! I’d love to write them and share them with my neighbors!!!

Today’s greeting welcomes home our newest neighbor!!!Baby WILL!!!CAn you feel the love!?!

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