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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Craft Frenzy Friday #80


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Welcome to Craft Frenzy Friday!  We are so excited to party with y'all!
We love to see your crafts, recipes, diy projects, and much more!  We will also be pinning our features every week on our pin board! We hope that you will share your blogs with us!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Best DIY Chalk Paint (made fast, cheap, & easy!)


What makes this version of chalk paint the best? It provides beautiful, thick, one coat coverage and doesn't get hard if you put the lid back on the sample pot. Perfect for me because I noticed a spot that I some how completely missed the next morning. I just opened my paint up and used it, no new mess, no wasted materials. It seems thicker than the Annie Sloan Chalk paint I might try cutting the ingredients next time. I'll keep you posted on how that works.

I read and read and read about how to do most things before I just finally try it. My first foray into chalk paint has been no different. I wanted to DIY it, but there were so many recipes out there. I kept reading about different methods or the same method with different users. I thought, "Oh man! I am going to have to try these all!" And then I found a blog that had tested each method and wrote about the consistency and abilities of them all in enough detail that I felt comfortable trusting her. I read through several posts, with updates (which I loved), and was quite excited. She found that mixing Calcium Carbonate and Plaster of Paris was the best method for the above reasons. She had the pint recipe written down and I realized if you halved the recipe you could use a paint sample for smaller projects! I was excited and went off with my information memo about what to buy and how to use it on my phone. I used her recipe and found that it worked perfectly. Now for the idiotic part of my story: I FORGOT TO PIN HER BLOG! I can't find it! If anyone thinks they know who wrote it, please let me know so I can link this to her blog! She deserves credit for all of her posts and others might want to read them too.


Materials:
1 Tablespoon Calcium Carbonate
1 Tablespoon Plaster of Paris
1 Tablespoon Water
8 oz. Flat Paint Sample

Directions:
Roughly stir in the Calcium Carbonate & Plaster of Paris with a plastic spoon. Add the water. Put the lid on and shake it up.

Then paint. I prepped my surface by wiping it down with a clean wet rag the morning before and sand it by had for about 5 minutes.

Our powder room cabinet from 1987 had seen better days, but it now looks great again. I am still trying to decide if I want to use a gel stain on it to give it more depth. I didn't distress it because that would have really distressed my husband. Unfortunately, he can't seem to get past the word shabby in "shabby chic." 

I'll write about how I sealed it later. With three kids, the main floor powder room will take a beating. So I had to weigh my options seriously before I committed. Nap-time is over.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Craft Frenzy Friday #79


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Welcome to Craft Frenzy Friday!  We are so excited to party with y'all!
We love to see your crafts, recipes, diy projects, and much more!  We will also be pinning our features every week on our pin board! We hope that you will share your blogs with us!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

DIY Decor on a Dime: Art Prints & Framing with Burlap


This is called a floating mount art print. It's super easy, though you would pay a good bit to have it done professionally. All together this project cost me $4 for the art book I wanted, everything else I had on hand, but they are super cheap to purchase if you don't have them already.

The past two weeks have been pretty amazing on the DIY home front at the Okra abode. I have made and used chalk paint and stripped chairs for the first time. It's been an intense time when the kids nap because you know that's all the time I have. My projects: redoing the powder room on our main floor and revitalizing a 6 chair kitchen table set. I love the new color on the PR walls. It's Valspar's "Carolina Inn Club Aqua." What do you think?

I love being frugal. The cheaper I can make something that looks amazing, the happier I am with it. I blame my frugal ancestors, it must be genetic.

Materials:
Frame
art work
foam board
cutting materials
glue 
(I am crazy about "YES! Paste." It has amazing hold, is safe for kids to use and lasts forever. If it starts to dry out add water. I have been using the same tub for 14 years.)_


I used frames that I bought at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $1 years ago, foam poster board from the dollar store, burlap left over from another project, and this used Audubon art book from Amazon for $4, an Exacto, ruler & glue. The frame was a bit beat up. So, I sanded them down (I made 2) and stained them with my trim stain.

Instructions:
1.Cut your background material to the same size as the cardboard back to the frame. Here are easy instructions to cutting burlap perfectly the first time.
2. Cut your foam board to the size of your art.
3. Glue the background fabric onto your cardboard. Glue the art work to the foam board. Glue the foam board to the background fabric.
4. (Optional things I did.) Refinish your frame, add an information tag with on foam board underneath.

Done!

I love this particular method of framing because it is fast cheap and easy. I used it in Blythe's room with the free printables I made. It was the perfect way to coordinate it with her room by using left over fabric scraps from the quilt I made for her bed.

Here is a photo of what they looked like:
Have a wonderful week!

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Monday, February 16, 2015

The Easy Way to Cut Burlap Perfectly


Ugh! Cutting burlap. It used to be a hot mess on the crooked edges for me, even when I use my mat and rotary cutter. What a pain! Then at Hobby Lobby a lady at the cutting counter gave me this magical trick. So, I am passing it along to you! 

I cut these sheets of burlap to be 8x10 to make this:
 

Have a wonderful week!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Craft Frenzy Friday #78


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Welcome to Craft Frenzy Friday!  We are so excited to party with y'all!
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Friday, February 6, 2015

Craft Frenzy Friday #77


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Welcome to Craft Frenzy Friday!  We are so excited to party with y'all!
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