Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Outdoor Oasis


I've always wished for a place where I could string lights and lanterns from trees. I'm sure you, too, have seen pictures of huge trees with low lying branches filled with lights creating a dreamy outdoor "room" perfect for enjoying a beautiful evening.
Well, in all of our 7 plus acres we don't have any such trees to accommodate my desire for such a space. So, we took a trip to our home improvement store to improvise. 
We already had metal fence posts and my husband pounded them into the ground along the corner of the concrete around our pool. We used 5 in all. Then he attached 2 x 2's that we picked up at the home improvement store to the posts.


I wanted the posts to blend in with the backdrop of the trees, so I painted the wood & the metal with the color, Collard Greens, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company


We strung outdoor lights that I bought at Michael's around the perimeter of the posts and then alternated posts to form a canopy in the shape of a triangle.


It may not have big beautiful trees, but my oasis is perfect!



 And the view of my backyard is pretty dreamy during the day too!

Best of all, it was really inexpensive and only took a couple of hours to complete. The only problem is that every time I walk out to my new favorite spot, I start singing the song Midnight At The Oasis! And, yes, I know that is showing my age!


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pew Redo


I recently had the opportunity to buy church pews from a wedding venue. I bought two thinking I might use them both at the table on my screen porch. Pews can be a little low for a table so I decided I just wanted one for inside my house. The problem is that they were both 12 feet long! That's awesome, but I didn't have a spot for a 12 foot pew! So, my son, who gets suckered into helping me with lots of projects, cut one of the pews in half...
Then he reattached the end...
There were a couple of damaged places that I filled in with Swamp Mud. I let it dry, then sanded it smooth.

I painted the pew with the color Drop Cloth from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.

My daughter made a cushion for the pew. Notice how I manage to get my kids to do things for me? I must have done something right.
The pew was a little too clean for my taste, so I added a little Grunge Glaze. Now it's perfect!

Now let's talk about that ironing board. It was my mother's first ironing board when she and my father married in 1934. It has been perfect as a sofa table!


I have a large open floor plan, so I placed the pew on the other side of the ironing board/sofa table so it faces my table and kitchen. It's perfect for when people gather at the table and we need more seating.


Now I'm in the process of covering my chairs with the reverse side of the fabric.


And, don't worry, the part that was cut away from the pew won't go to waste. I already have a plan for it!




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Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings,  Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveMade In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru LifeBloom Designs,French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Charm Bracelet Diva, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style


Monday, June 26, 2017

Rockin' Coasters

For those who love a natural or rustic look, this DIY project is for you! These coasters are so quick and easy to make, that other than the drying time, you’ll be finished in just a few minutes.

Here's what you'll need...
Rockite Expansion Cement
Mason Jar Lids
Rocks
E6000 Glue
Container for mixing cement
Plastic spoon for mixing


Use E6000 to glue the lid to the mason jar ring. This may not be necessary, but better safe than sorry.

Mix the cement according to package directions & pour into the mason jar lids. Don't fill them to the top. The rocks will make the cement higher once they're added.

Press rocks or pebbles into the cement. Make sure the rocks are similar in size so your glasses don't wobble.

Perfect for inside or outside on a patio!

You may want to make plenty to give as gifts!


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Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings,  Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveMade In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru LifeBloom Designs,French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Charm Bracelet Diva, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"Hey Y'all" Wreath


Last summer, after the terrible flooding in Louisiana, Lolly Jane sold "Hey Y'all" wooden cutouts to raise money for the victims. It was a great cause, and there is an update on their Facebook page that says that they raised $3,000 from the sale of the wreaths. Of course, I wanted to do something to help, and getting something cute is a win win! And, who doesn't want to greet their guests with a friendly, "Hey y'all!"?
I was so excited when my wreath showed up! But with endless possibilities for dressing it up, it was awhile before I got around to it.
I finally settled on the color, Colonel Mustard, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company.
I painted the wreath, then used my favorite thing to decoupage with... napkins!


I added twine to hang it...
I don't think there's any better way to welcome friends!


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Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings,  Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveMade In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru LifeBloom Designs,French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Charm Bracelet Diva, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Furniture Makeover Roundup With Dixie Belle Paint


 By Far, my favorite paint for furniture comes from the Dixie Belle Paint Company! They have great colors and it's an all around great product. And, it's made in the USA! They have lots of products other than their chalk mineral paint, such as glazes, waxes, top coats, metallics, patina, and more. Visit their website to see everything they offer.
Here's a roundup of a few of the pieces I've painted over the last few months. Starting with this chair painted with Barn Red...
Barn red is one of my favorite Dixie Belle colors and I knew it would be perfect for this small hutch...



 A lot of the Dixie Belle colors have Southern type names. For instance, Kudzu. If you live in the South, then you know it is terrible to have in your yard. But, it's beautiful on furniture!
This cute little Bent Bros. chair had been spray painted a couple of times and was in pretty rough shape. But the Kudzu brought it back to life...


I left the leather top as is on this little table and painted the wood with Kudzu. I added Van Dyke glaze to the paint. The design in the leather took on a hint of green after the table was painted...


This chair needed some love! And, it got it with the paint color Drop Cloth, and Grunge glaze. The seat got a face lift with a grain sack fabric...




The detail in this pretty white chair didn't show up at all when I purchased it at a yard sale. Adding Dixie Belle's black glaze to the chair made all the detail stand out...


 A great combination...
Sea Glass & Grunge Glaze...


 This yard sale find was very dated. But the paint color, Buttercream, & Van Dyke glaze gave it new life...



This freebie from a friend was a mess. It started out yellow. Then someone started painting it with black spray paint but didn't get very far. It was screaming for Collard Greens!




 And, who doesn't love blueberries? This worn out hutch is so sweet painted with Fluff & Blueberry...


 Another one of my favorite Dixie Belle colors is Bunker Hill Blue. It went perfectly with the copper top on this piece...



 Dixie Belle has 55 colors to choose from. And, I hear that new ones are in the works.
If you'd like to try Dixie Belle paints and other products, you can find a retailer near you by visiting their website HERE.

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Coastal Charm,  Someday CraftsGinger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings,  Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveMade In A DayChic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby Nest Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished BlissMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework,  I Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty Home,Cedar Hill RanchFlutter BusterNap Time Creations, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamOur Home Away From Home,  RemodelaholicFlamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver PenniesA Stroll Thru LifeBloom Designs,French Country CottageThe Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou GirlsDIY-Crush, Charm Bracelet Diva, Our Hopeful Home, The Painted Hinge, Savvy Southern Style


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