The Hutch came off with out a Hitch

So we were given a hutch by some friends that had stored it in their garage with every intention of repurposing it. A year and a half later they just wanted it out. So we got it home to our garage and there it sat for about 2 months until I worked up the motivation for this project and I desperately wanted it done before Christmas.

So this hutch had a broken glass which I wasn’t going to replace. Doors that were dated older than me and handles that were screaming for some shag carpet. The wood is hard to see in the photo but it has the black speckled paint in it to make it look aged, and it did,  it made it look like it was from 1982.

So we removed the pane of glass, removed the doors and I had so much stress relief removing the back piece. Unfortunately I took no photos other than a before an after because I get so caught up each and every time I forget. I really need to make a sign in the garage that reminds me to take picture.

If I ever decide to repaint this piece I would sand this down almost all the way.

I did something I normally wouldn’t do.

A) I used a different brand of chalk paint which was my first mistake. It didn’t go on as smooth as I would have liked.

B) I got tired of dealing with the crap chalk paint and tried rolling it. NEVER ROLL CHALK PAINT!

Needless to say though it is done and looks good for now. I like it. Paint can change an item so much it’s amazing. I would never guess it was the same piece.

Have FUN DIY’ers  Show me what you got going on.

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Christmas Signs

Lots of signs and lots of decorations happened this season. We started decorating for Christmas as soon as we finished eating the Thanksgiving turkey. I LOVE HOLIDAYS AND DECORATIONS! Remember I have a thing for twinkle lights and that does not help one little iota. So the house was decorated inside and out. This is just a few of the DIY’s we tackled for the for holidays. I also inherited a new decoration. It was this vintage candle holder that I added white paint to…of course. The word trees I dreamed up  and absolutely love them. I had to make one for me and one for a friend. These were fairly simply if you have the right tools. I love that they were a 1 day project. Quick and easy.

 

I figured I would share some of my other DIY’s and favorite areas of my house as well for the holidays.  Inside and out. I hope you all had a very happy holiday season fellow diy’ers. Happy Painting.

 

Blanket Ladder DIY

It’s been a busy month and I haven’t updated forever so with that being said be prepared to be bombarded by post in the next few days as I play catch. With projects, family, holidays, vacations and life there just didn’t seem to be enough time in the day.

Today’s DIY was a quick blanket ladder. It took maybe an hour to make including staining it. I love quick projects. Instant gratification is nice on occasion. Especially after some of the projects I did this last month.

The ladder I had some extra planks laying around so I showed my husband what I wanted and he put it together. I had most of it cut already. I love it. I think next time we will angle the ladder sides so it “v”‘s in more at the top and give it more the vintage look.

So the Holidays are Upon Us

I just finished selling all my Thanksgiving signs and am moving onto the next season. Christmas. At least thats the season for me.

Anyway there is this sign that keeps popping up on my IG feed. It’s everywhere. I have been dying to make one for month but just haven’t been able to bring myself to just because we were still in the 100’s. Now the last 2 weeks we have been in the 80-90 degree range it seemed more doable.

So I bought gold paint and hopped on it. While that one was drying I got a wild hair to do another that I have thought about for some time. I love them both. I am going to have to make some for others because I can’t give these up.

Of course I made frames and did them a bit differently. I actually cut groves into them for the sign to sit in. I am not sure if I like that or not yet. We will see how it goes over.

SO it happened

I went to my little craft fair that was at an elementary school. My booth cost a whooping $10. Needless to say I was completely prepared. Signs ready, photos ready, car packed and leaving when it happened. (I was sharing a booth with a friend. Emphasis on “was”) Anywho, she let me know 45 minutes before we were to be there that she wasn’t going to make it. She had taught art classes that day and by the time she was done she had a migraine and she was done with school. LOL! I can’t blame her.

At that point I was a bit nervous. My daughter volunteered to come with me to help me and thank goodness she did, I wouldn’t of made it through the 2 hour show without her.

So this wasn’t just a little craft fair, it was also a school function for Halloween. So we were giving out candy, there was pizza, snow cones and all sorts of yummy sticky sweets. Kids and adults were everywhere all dressed up for the fun. Meandering around going booth to booth looking at everyones goods and collecting candy.

As i was watching kids run around (literally run around my booth and others), I started pushing everything back on my table. My daughter and I were catching items as children and adults tried to squeeze between tables instead of going around. Children covered in yummy sweets touching and picking up every single thing. Parents yelling don’t touch as the child puts it down to only pick up another. For 2 solid hours. (Now I love children, I do, I have 4 of my own. I know they they get sticky and smelly, and slimy. However most of these children had no MANNERS. A lot of them were old enough to know better). There were a few very sweet children that used manners and talked to the adults running the booth that made up for it though.

However it happened. One young teen ran between the booths and dragged her hand along my items, and whoosh, just like that one of my arrows went flying. Needless to say it didn’t stay airborne long not being an made as a proper arrow should. It did land tip down like an arrow should though. The sound echoed through the cafe, the arrow broke into 4 different pieces. The child continued running and the lady in the booth next to me seemed to need to confirm to me it was broken. LMBO!

As I was saying earlier, the booth cost me $ 10, and one broken arrow and that was all that I got. NOT ONE SALE. Not that I expected any really. I am grateful my daughter went with my not only to juggle my items but to keep here mom company, we laughed and despite the broken item we had a really good time together.  On a side note, no one there sold anything. I did get a lot moms onto my Facebook and IG page so hopefully I get some business from that. It was the experience though.

So DIY’ers, don’t be afraid to fail. It will happen. Just roll with it and then move on. Thats what I intend to do. Here is our set up photo with my lovely sidekick.

Making myself Sick

No it’s not some weird DIY on how to get sick. We have been super busy here and had an illness run though as well. The husband was traveling and I was juggling being a taxi for the kids for school, music lessons and sports, then this last weekend we had a soccer tournament. Talk about heat exhaustion. So if that wasn’t fun enough through in a few sick kids. So I have literally got nothing done in the last week.

To be honest I am super nervous now too. I have my very first craft fair this week. Nothing huge it’s just a school thing but still. It’s MY FIRST CRAFTING BOOTH! Did I mention I got nothing for it. Scotts been in the garage all day cutting wood for me to do my thing. I was laying on the couch all day with a migraine and upset stomach. I am hoping this bug is a quick thing like it was for the kids.

I have been working on a list of crafts to make. So I can hopefully get some orders as well. I feel like Santa with my list some days. I am a list person. I carry a notebook with me. I love writing and I love list…almost as much as pumpkins. I get the list making from my dad too. He was always having me write up list for him when he was working and I was spending the day with him. Grocery list, work list, to do list at home, to do list at the shop, ect… Now I have my  own list. Lots of them My grocery list, my- I want to make list, I need to make, home improvement ideas, gift ideas, and on and on.  Seriously pages of list but I love checking things off. I may be a bit OCD.

So laying on the couch is getting my no where today. This week is crammed with things that need to be done before Friday (according to all my list) not including the craft fair items.  So I am stressed a little, sick a little, a little nervous and exhausted just from last week.

I hate wishing a day away. Even if it is a bad day. Seriously though I am looking forward to Saturday being here and having a little down time. Hopefully everyone is feeling good by then, self included.

So if I am missing for a little while I apologize. I will get back to the DIY here. I promise. Hopefully with a lot of good news from the craft fair. I’m off. Wish my luck and happy DIY’ing.