Something Out Of Nothing #30DayFlip

Wood scrapsI love doing monthly flips because it totally challenges and inspires me to be creative. This months flip was no different. I originally was headed straight for my stock pile of leftover wood, but that window was just calling at me and I couldn’t ignore it.

So I got out some cleaning supplies and cleared the cobwebs off of her. Once I scraped the stickers off the window panes, I used a little window cleaner and she was almost ready.

I had a Boxwood wreath that I had purchased from Target several months ago and I pulled a roll of 4″ Burlap Ribbon out of my crafting stash and got to work.

First I waxed the window frame to make for easier dusting.
Burlap Ribbon
I thought the burlap looked a little too plain so I taped it off and used AS Old White Chalk Paint to add a stripe down the center. Once it was dry, I simply put it around the wreath, and stapled it to the back of the window. And I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome.
Window

Outdoor Cushions Go From Drab to FAB!!!

Spring BudsFinally, winter is over (well almost) but Spring is definitely in the air.  Trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing and the sun feels so much warmer.  With Spring on its way, it’s time to get my outdoor space ready for the warmer months, which means  a LOT of work.  I’m  lucky enough to live on the water, but there are some draw backs….  Maintenance Maintenance Maintenance!!!!  The salt water is especially hard on patio furniture.  I’ve most definitely become an expert at spray painting, which triples the life of our furniture for a fraction of the price of buying new. Faded cushion However, what can you do with faded cushions?  Recover them?  I hate sewing and paying some one to do it for me could also cost a small fortune.  Replace them?  To replace them with cushions of equal thickness would cost somewhere around $300 WHAT!!!  It just didn’t seem fair.  I looked into cheaper cushions and actually bought some for around $140.00 with a coupon.

Catalog cushion

 

 

 

 

 

 

but they faded after just 1 month

faded cushions

(my Mother always says, “you get what you pay for”).  Feeling really frustrated, I started searching the internet for ideas.  I came across an ad on AMAZON for Outdoor Fabric Spray Paint, so I checked it out.

Fabric Spray PaintAfter reading reviews and researching the company (Simply Spray) I figured I might as well try it.  According to what I had read, for painting 6 cushions, I would need anywhere from 8 to 10 cans. I ordered 2 six packs for $114.00 and I used 10 cans. Prices will vary depending on the color.

Knowing that my paint was on its way, I started to prep my cushions.  First, I washed my cushions with a mixture of 1 cup of SIMPLE GREEN and 1 cup warm water.  For stained areas I simply used straight SIMPLE GREEN, scrubbed it with a tooth brush and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.  I rinsed all of the cushions really well making sure that all the soap was gone.  Next I propped them up on one end so that the water would drain down and out.  I let them dry until the paint arrived which was two days later.  After carefully reading all of the manufacturers directions, I was ready to get started.  I took a bucket, turned it upside down on the lawn and placed a cushion on top. After the first two cushions I decided it would be much easier and faster to spray them if they were upright. So I devised a production line. production line ofcushions After several light coats, I was finally finished.  I allowed the cushions to dry for a few hours and then put them in my shed for 7 days  while I was busy with other projects.

Sprayed cushions

I was thrilled when I finally put them out. Don’t they look brand new?? Not only do they look great, but they didn’t fade at all!!!!

Before and After
After/Before

Easy Peasy No-Sew Pillows

PlacematsI love decorating for different seasons and holidays, but usually shy away from pillows because they are so expensive.  UNTIL NOW!!!  During a recent trip to Home Goods,  I came across these perfect Easter placemats.  Did I mention that it was a set of 4 for $9.99 (yes I was giddy). The second I got home I started on making super easy NO-SEW pillows.

What you’ll need:Materials list

  • Lined placemats
  • Fabric glue (I had Aleene’s Fabric Fusion .63fl oz 1 tube was more than enough)
  • 1 1/2bags of Pillow fill (I used Poly-Fil 32oz bag which I already had)
  • Straight pins (or something to hold the seam together while the glue dries)
  • And something to open the seam ( I used the sewing tool in the photo and no, I have no idea what its called, but I do know it’s used for sewing. You could also just use small scissors)

(side note: I had never used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion before, so I took out my stock pile of Stitch Withery just in case, but the Aleene’s worked like a charm)

 

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First thing I did was open the seam on the bottom just wide enough so that I could slide my hand in. Next I filled the entire cavity with the Poly-Fil.  Now I cannot tell you how much I used for each pillow, but what I can tell you is that I overstuffed them.  The reason being, in this house, dogs lay on top of them, kids sit on them (you get my point right, we LIVE here)!! I’ve discovered from making previous pillows that they flatten out somewhat, so overstuffing works best for me.  Once you’re satisfied with the look of your pillow, you’re ready to close it up. I ran a bead of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion across the entire opening, lined up both sides, and then pressed them together.  Once I had the seam together, I than used straight pins to hold it in place while it dried, which took a couple of hours.
And VOILA!!!! For $10.00 I have 4 new Easter pillows
Placemat pillow

 

My Old Love

Winters skyFor as long as I can remember, I have always admired a good photograph.  It didn’t matter what the content was, I was more taken in by what the photographer was trying to capture. 

I had purchased a high quality camera after giving birth to my son, because of course you want to capture every second of their life.  I took the camera everywhere we went in the beginning, but after a while I lost interest. I think it was because well, life gets busy with a child.  I found myself using my cell phone more and more and only breaking out the real thing for special occasions.  I even found myself picking out new cell phones more for the quality of their camera. I’ve captured some amazing images with my cell phones over the years, but there’s nothing like my Canon Rebel XTi.  Yes, I know its digital (isn’t everything)!

I recently took my old trusty friend out of the closet. Dusted her off, charged her batteries (yes they took a charge, I was surprised too) and have been snapping away.  Whether I’m capturing a gorgeous sky or a seagull perched atop a piling, I’m enjoying my old love.  She calms me down. There’s something very peaceful about photography.

I know that there are newer beauties out there, but I like my old girl just fine for now.

Check out my new Photography tab and enjoy 🙂

Kitchen Makeover on a Budget

 

kitchen beforeWe have lived in our house for 14 years and this kitchen was dated even back then. My husband and I tossed around many different ideas on how we would redo the kitchen, but we could never agree on anything.  My husband wanted direct replacement cabinets, but I on the other hand wanted to do a little more, if you know what I mean.  So the years came and went and the kitchen stayed the same except of course for the appliances. When each of the appliances crapped out we replaced it with stainless steel.  It wasn’t long before there wasn’t a white appliance anywhere in site.

Than one day while I was on FaceBook I came across a post from Becca over at Adventures in Decorating, and I was floored by how she transformed her kitchen with just paint.  Which you can see here … Adventures in Decorating  Now my cabinets needed a little bit more than just paint and can you even paint formica?? I began googling and youtubing and didn’t stop until I had found what I was looking for. You can find anything on YouTube. I came across a video where the person transformed ugly old cabinets into shaker style just by simply adding wood trim.  Now I was getting excited. I did all of the necessary research and then I was ready.

First, I decided that I would use the cabinet doors above my refrigerator to test out my idea. I mean what the heck right? No one really looks up there anyway! So I went for it.

door protrusionfridge cabinet doorsFirst I sanded the doors which had a protrusion on the bottom where the wood was.  I used a belt sander, after of course watching a YouTube video on “how to use a belt sander”. Did I mention that I had never used a power tool before?  And that I was terrified of them?  Next I  lightly sanded the door to roughen up the Formica.  I added lattice trim by first gluing then nailing it to the front of the door. I filled all of the holes with wood filler and sanded everything until it was smooth.  Finally, I was ready for paint. painted cabinet doorsAnd VOILA!!!!! I’m in LOVE!!! And now I had shaker style doors. Well two doors anyway. When hubby came home from work and saw them, he had no idea that these were our original doors. In fact he asked how much each door cost hehe!!!  I immediately got to work on the remaining 21 doors and 8 draws.cabinet doorsOnce all of the doors were ready for paint, I opted to use a sprayer for a smoother finish.paint sprayerAnd yes, once again, I was on YouTube. I wanted to get this right the first time.  kitchen cabinetscabinets finishedkitchen cabinetsAfter spraying the doors and painting the frames with a roller, I let everything dry for 48 hours.  Before putting the doors and draws back on I decided to add some crown molding.  I had budgeted $2000 for this make-over and I was originally going to paint my countertops and backsplash, but with the left over money I opted to go for white subway tile and prefabbed countertops from Home Depot.  I think it all came together perfectly. kitchen before and after