Thursday, June 19, 2014

{ Silly Boys, Tool Boxes are for Girls! }

Happy Friday loves! It's almost the weekend & we can't wait!! It's been a long week & very accomplishing one at that! I started and finished this Tool Box piece without pulling all my hair out ha-ha! This tool box was a hand me down from my husbands work family!It's over 30 years old & was definitely showing its age! It was covered in dirt,grime,rust,& gosh knows what else. I was in need of a tool box to keep {hide} all of  my DIY items since I was beginning to take over my husbands shop area in our garage. The tool box was just sitting in the corner so my lovely husband parted with it. I was ecstatic to say the least,because I knew it could be a cute & whimsical storage box for  all my goods!

I started with stripping the handles off the box & dry washing it with a clean cloth. I couldn't get all of the rust or spots of without sanding, but thought it added some vintage charm. I had a vision in my head & just went for it!! I stopped in at our local Home Depot & grabbed some much needed spray paint! I purchased 5 cans of 'Ivory Silk' in a satin finish {$4 per can} , 4 cans of Glitter Gold spray { $7}, 1 can of gloss sealer & 1 bottle of Gold/Brass ! I know that sounds like a whopping amount of spray paint ,but honestly it was just the right amount! Remember this tool box had not been painted or washed in YEARS! It literally ate the paint up!!  I sprayed the entire chest with a thin layer of the Satin Ivory base color, waited 20 minutes & then sprayed the second & third coat. I waited 45 minutes for the base color to dry before adding the gold sparkle to the interior drawers. I wanted a whimsical/chic/vintage appeal so the gold sparkles were perfect. I sprayed the drawers like the glitter had been 'splashed in'! While the interior of the drawers was drying I sprayed the handles a brass/gold metallic color! After the painting was finished & dry I added some gold whimsical lettering! The lettering isn't perfect,but more just for fun! 

{ Before }


{ After }

The cracks & chips give 'her' some charm right?!

Yes, I know the bottom handle is off centered! You ask why? Well, so do I?!  I do know the drawers have a cute feature where they won't open if the top is closed, not locked just closed! Thought that feature was kinda cool!!

I added a little chalkboard tag to the middle drawer ;)

Splashed glitter interior & gold bar handles. Yup, she got a 'glamorous' makeover !

Storage is a necessity for any blogger or DIY-er!

Cutest little drawers..

These are the colors & glitter I used! The metallic finish/color is missing-I accidentally pitched the can whoops!!

Side Note: The glitter was not the easiest to work with. The glitter itself is gorgeous & goes on beautiful,however the can & sprayer get clogged easily & allow air in the spray tip Grrr!!

Have a great weekend everyone & stay tuned for the full garage/shop reveal with the tool box & more  DIY storage ideas!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

{ Summer Kitchen Accents & Decor }

Yay for summer! I thought it was about time I jumped on the  Blogger wagon & spiced up the kitchen & dining area with some 'Summer Essentials' ! I finished the outside summer tour our summer patio ,but was slacking in the inside!!! I added some lemons around the table centerpiece & a cute little vintage white flower dish . These little splashes of summer coordinate with the nifty chalkboard print on the buffet cart.  Whats summer without some ice cold lemonade? I also DIY-ed a cute little sign my husband found & was just laying in our garage waiting for me to spruce up!! It's an old 'Chain restaurant'  wine sign that I made my {own}..perfect for summer ;)! Just a few little tweaks for a fresh, yet rustic summer look! 

Lemonade is a summer essential in our home!

The decorative paper  straws were purchased @ Michaels $4!

I thought the  white porcelain dish with flowers on the lid looked so cute next to the potted flowers!!

Our wine list ;)!!
--->>> Did someone say Homemade Sangria?!

I added the black tag & wrote "Summer Favorites '14". I also took a silver non acid pen &highlighted the border & a black one to hit the corners! I added a piece of burlap & hung it on the side of one  of our pantries !  This project was near free!

Happy summer decorating!


Monday, June 9, 2014

{ Nightstand to Shoe-rack }

Happy Monday folks! Hope you all had a fabulous sunny summer weekend! We had lots of fun enjoying our gazebo area off our back patio { about time } ! I 've had this little DIY in mind for quite sometime now, but didn't have the right little chest,stand, buffet etc..whatever you may to call it! Well, that all changed a few weeks ago when some thrifty little 3 drawer stand came to us! It was perfect for our back door shoe-rack redo!! I didn't mind the cheap espresso finish Target one we had ,but lets face it it's style-less & the shoes were in the open..kinda blah..! I was on a mission to finish it today even if that meant gagging from the stale barn smell coming from this little stand! I ended up sanding for 30 minutes & using three different spray paint colors/finishes to get the product the way I wanted { rustic chic }! By the end of the project I had a headache, was covered in dust & blowing spray paint out of my joke! After all that the finished project is PERFECTLY imperfect, just the way I like my decor pieces ;)!

I started first by spraying the stand down with some water & vinegar ,because it's seriously the smelliest piece of furniture I've ever worked on!! I  let the stand sit in the sun before spraying a cream spray paint all over it for a base. I then sanded, and essentially blended that color, then applied a flat white spray paint coat & repeated the first step. After these two colors were sanded & blended I used the palm sander to rough up the natural wood underneath in certain spots. The end color was a creamy grey with natural distressed undertones. The custom color process was so worth the work. Now for the inside of the stand..I took the two remaining drawers out & sprayed the whole inside with a silver metallic spray paint! I let that sit for about 15 minutes & took the palm sander to that color & roughed up that color { the paint was still a bit tacky} . Be sure to use an old pad on your sander ,because having the paint tacky will ruin your new sandpaper pad. I used an old one just enough to rough up certain areas. After this step I applied a brown 'hammered' color spray paint & it took amazing to the roughed up spots. This process was not an easy hour spray session. I used four total different colors, palm sander & elbow grease! I love how the paint treatment turned out!! It's custom & one of a kind! I will mention, I did like the before color which was plain cream that had chipped & exposed the natural wood color & in some spots the grain..but the smell & paint needed to be freshened up to say the least!! 
**Our old shoe-rack is still being used{ salvaged} he-he,but is now outside our patio door for summer shoes & my husbands dirty boots !

Smelliest piece of furniture I've had the pleasure of transforming ;)!

The inside treatment! I love how the metallic silver pops up from the brown hammered color for that distressed/aged appeal!

Three mixed & sanded colors !
Note: The finish is smooth not rough even with the chips!

Look at how much charm this little guys has!!

The Basket was a thrifty find & the silver watering can was a free garbage find! 

Water,sunglasses & key tray..grab & go ;)!

Hope you have enjoyed this charming little DIY  $5 dollar nightstand, that turned shoe-rack charmer ! This whole project cost under $20!!!


*** I am in no way sponsored or endorsed by San Pellegrino water!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

{ Summer Flowers '14 }

Hey! Hope you all are having a fantastic week thus far! It's been so beautiful here in the north it finally feels like summer is arriving ! This past Sunday the hubs & I visited some local little markets & flower stands/nurseries in search of some cute flowers for our front patio & yard. The first  little local plant stand had some gorgeous flowers,but were to generic for me { of course } so we stopped in at Home Depot & they were pretty much out ..& generic as well. We decided to visit our local Trader Joe's & I was so happy we did! As soon as we walked in the cute little rustic stand was filled with bunches of different flowers including my FAVORITE Hydrangeas!! You bet we snagged four bundles { all of their  stock } ! On the way home we stopped at another local Market  {Cantoro's} & another plant stand! We ended up picking up some gorgeous mature hanging pots! They were just what I was looking for in hangers ,color & all. 
Happy summer potting & planting to all!!

These were purchased at one of our local family owned  nurseries { Steinkopf Nursery} ! They were $30 each or BOGO half off!

One of my favorite shots!

I have Hydrangea madness ..can you tell?
How beautiful are these 'Early Blue' hydrangeas from Trader Joe's ?!

Side Note: The grass in the middle is not dead, it's sprouting fresh green..I love my grass plants, but this one was looking a tad on the dead side!

Each of these bundles was only $6.99 @ Trader Joe's! 

Thanks for stopping by our  little flower garden,until next time :)!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

{ Salvaged DIY Fire- pit Bench }

Well,bummer to the weekend being over almost,but what an awesome weekend it sure was! I did manage to get a little work/picture time in to finish the  quick little fire- pit bench I was working on. This bench was a free garbage find. We went to Home Depot ,and purchased four cans of spray paint ,and a clearance stencil. I went with a brown hammered spray paint & bought one can of cream to use on the stencil area. I didn't end up using all four cans of spray paint ,but will be useful for further touch ups. The bench was in rough condition..chipping paint,dry rot..bugs etc..& who knows what else, but it was wayyy to cute to throw out. It was free so I decided to spruce it up a bit, although I did think about repairing the wood & sanding it a bit. It's for the fire-pit area so it's not perfect & that's the charm. Just a quick little post for the opening of all the summer festivities/ DIY ahead ;)! 
Have a great week everyone!

{ Before

Poor guy needed some TLC! 

{ After }
$15 in spray paint & $3 stencils..for a free bench! Eventually it may need some little repairs if it's still around after this summer...

Side Note:  The gravel area needs some edging ..note taken!!

Sometimes the simple & rustic charm is better then a new item ;)!

The crate & milk pitcher  were thrift finds on the cheap!