Thursday, June 27, 2013

Born In The U.S.A.

I must admit that I really don't do a lot of decorating for holidays. But I did manage to make a simple scrap wood sign and updated a few thrifty finds for the 4th of July.

It was really simple to make. I used a piece of  scrap wood, a few left over metal stars, and rope.

The board was painted white and then I painted the USA in red and blue. I always trace my letters from stencils then paint in. The stars were just re- spray painted in red, white and blue and then screwed onto the board. The board does have splits on each side but they are superficial and give the board a rustic feel.

A little sanding when dry and drilling a hole for the rope hanger and it was complete.


This great white rocking chair is one of two that Mike found by someone's curb! The other one is missing the  rocking parts and they both need to be repainted but they will work for now.

The flag tray and wagon were thrift store finds. I just roughed them up a little to give them some character. To the flag tray I also attached wooden legs to give it some height when placed on a table.

I added some red and white flowers to my rusty plant stand and now the back yard is ready to celebrate.

Or maybe just Murphy is ready to celebrate!

All American Pug! 

I did move the pieces inside to my piano mantel to spruce it up a little.
Excuse the mirrored background. Unfortunately that is something that we can't change. 

A few simple projects to add a little color and American Pride.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Two For Tuesday On Pinterest

Wow this week seemed to just fly by. I hope everyone's summer is off to a great start. I can't believe its almost July already, where does the time go??

Let's see what's happening on Pinterest this week in the way of Table Tops and Front Doors.

I love this simple table top created by The 36th Avenue. In fact her whole dining room is beautiful. She used the perfect color palette of blues and white. It looks so clean and fresh.

This cute bottles collection is from Mamie Jane's. She combined thrift store finds with pretty spring flowers. The flowers can be changed for each season so this display can always be updated.

If you need something to make your front door happy check out these ideas.

This nautical wreath found on Completely Coastal is the perfect summer addition for a beachy door. I love the rope for hanging.

A salvaged wood star created by Beyond The Picket Fence is the perfect addition to celebrate the 4th of July.

Speaking of the 4th it's almost here!!

The year is halfway over already but I'm really looking forward to the second half.

If you would like to follow all or just a few of my boards on Pinterest look Here.

I'm always looking for new and exciting people to follow to, so leave a link and I'll be sure to share the love.

Thanks for stopping by, 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Thrift Store Crates And Flowers

Hello first day of summer!!

Although we have been in summertime heat for awhile now, today it officially arrives.

To start of the summer season I combined a few recent thrift store finds with bright and sunny flowers. 
These were quick, easy and cheap makeovers.

This little crate was adorable at 99 cents. I simply sanded it down slightly then did a very light paint in white and sanded lightly again. I wrapped the handle with thin twine that was from Dollar Tree.

The bottles are Starbucks Iced Coffee bottles. They actually come in 2 different sizes and make the perfect little vase. I wrapped the top of these with the same twine as the handle.

My next find was also only 99 cents and is in the form of metal.

It really didn't require a makeover although I'll probably make it a little rusty soon just to give it a little more junky look. HINT- spraying metal with white vinegar will help it rust!!

I filled the tin with beach shells that we have collected and used the taller Starbucks bottles wrapped with the same twine, only in green. Yes this was a Christmas leftover.

I also sprayed the bottles with frost glass spray-paint just to give them a different look.

My last little crate was a bit more at... $1.99!! 
Yes, I splurged on this one.

It did have fake plastic tulips in it with floral foam. I removed all of that and then simply hot glued on some moss to the inside of the crate. 

The BLOOM was already on the crate and it was already painted a pretty green.Why change that?? Just a little distressing and it was perfect.

A few more Starbucks frosted bottles and pretty flowers and this crate is ready to go.

Since I updated with supplies I already had on hand the grand total for my 3 crate makeover
was around $16. The fresh flowers were $12 for 3 bunches. And my crates came to $4.

What a simple, pretty way to WELCOME SUMMER!!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your first day of summer.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Two For Tuesday On Pinterest

Welcome back! I hope everyone's week is off to a great start. We are still having rain everyday in Orlando, but SUMMER officially starts on Friday and I can't wait.

On to this weeks Two For Tuesday. The first board in this weeks highlight is Country Rustic. I simply love this look. Old woods, white linens that are combined with chippy paints and metals. What could be better.

 Like this fabulous cabinet from Coastal Style.

I love the beachy feel to it and all that chippy paint. 

How about the simplicity of pretty pink roses in a white pitcher, placed on a white chair.

Simply Beautiful.

In keeping with a rustic theme this week I'm highlighting Metals.

I love this idea of turning an old mailbox into a towel holder by Bliss Ranch.

Tulips planted and forced in a metal toolbox- Manly and Feminine at the same time.

I love going back through my boards and finding fabulous things to share each week. Some of them need a little tweaking here and there so I will be working on that when I find the time.

I would love for you to follow all of some of my boards- It's easy just click HERE.

I would also love to follow you back, so leave a link in the comments.

Enjoy your week.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Chalkboard Crazy

It's been a busy week around here. It seems like I have about 10 projects started and only a few completely finished but I have managed to complete a few chalkboards in the past few weeks.

I simply love making them and they are great sellers wherever we go. We acquired a few cabinet doors from a friend remodeling their kitchen, they of course are perfect for chalkboards.

I painted this one to be horizontal and Melissa did one vertical.

They had the perfect cut-out for the chalkboard and even a ledge for the chalk.

They did have a space that was a hole that needed to be covered, I used painted lids from Starbucks Iced Coffees. The bottles will be in a future post.

Melissa covered hers with a metal palm tree and a VW van to give it a beachy feel. 

Another easy chalkboard was made using a gold frame, you know the ones...

First a coat of flat black paint and primer.

Then I used Valspar Color Radiance. It worked great!

For the chalkboard part I just painted the glass that was in the frame. A little distressing and you have a very stylish chalkboard. 

I also found a prior chalkboard that I did some time ago. It was one that got packed away and forgot about. I'm glad I did some cleaning and found it.

By combining 3 frames and wine corks another chalkboard was done.

I only did a little distressing on the frames and love this cork with words to live by.

One of my favorite chalkboard is a wall that I painted awhile back. It is between my family room and kitchen. The perfect place for notes and memos. 

Some other past chalkboard projects include a child's table, a burnt wood cabinet door, and one that was large and in charge

Follow the links to find out more.

Just a few of my ideas on CHALKBOARDS.

To see some other fabulous ideas check out my  PINTEREST board.

And if you have a chalkboard to share I would love to pin it. 
Leave a link in comments. 

Thanks for stopping by,


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