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October 01, 2015

The Bucket Handle Wreath

What a boring title, huh?

It's late, it's been one of those days and, well, I wasn't feeling very creative.

I'm also currently having my embroidery machine going beside me and it's deciding to have 'one of those days' as well. So every weird click & jiggle has me completely on edge. 
It's already tried to eat the last thing I put on the machine so I'm basically holding my breath that it doesn't decide to do anything crazy. 


Doesn't leave much room for great titles. 

But it doesn't mean the project itself isn't great :) 

Check out this gorgeous little wreath I whipped up a few weeks ago...

In all seriousness, I shouldn't insult it by calling it little.
It's actually pretty huge after it's all said and done. 
But I like a big wreath on my front door :) 

And check out my most favorite part of all...

Yes. A bucket handle.
Because it makes me happy, that's why. 

I have no idea when I got it so stuck in my head that I needed bucket handles but I did. 
And the search continued for several weeks because when you know you have to find something, you can't ever find it. 

But I happened to find a few random items that had bucket handles on it at a local thrift store and snatched them up. 
I hate being patient. 

But it paid off for this cutie. 
Want to know how to make one for yourself? 

Gather these few things: 

I won't actually make you guess 
(although that would be kinda fun)

So here's the rundown of what's in the terrible quality picture above: 
*Straw wreath form (or styrofoam, pick your fave)
*Rolls of burlap (mine were from Walmart) 
*Faux pumpkins (mine were picks from Hobby Lobby)
*Hardware (these are optional)
*paints for pumpkin (not picture) 
*pins or hot glue gun for assembly
*bucket handle (optional)

First things first, let's prettify those pumpkins a bit. 

I really don't have a perfect rundown on how to replicate my paint job. 
I kind of just made it up as I went. 

I wanted a worn-out but beautiful Anthropologie-esque look. 

I painted mine in varying shades of white/cream, let it dry and then haphazardly brushed gold paint & gold rub-n-buff on. 
I love the drippy effect I ended up with. 

In true Anthro fashion, they had to be a little funky so I popped the fake stems out and added some fun knobs I got at Hobby Lobby.

Love them. 

After fixing up my pumpkins, I attached my bucket handle. 

When I first took my handle off the bucket, it was a little too flat to work well on a round wreath: 

So just squeeze the ends i a bit until it's exactly the way you want and then attach to your wreath with some twine/string. 
I used yarn for mine, just wrapped a few times and then tied it off. 

Now we can start working on the wreath!

I searched a couple different looks for burlap wreaths because I wanted a fuller look rather than just squares or rolling it around the form. 

I found a few I liked and just kinda made it up as I went :) 
Seems to be the pattern with this one. 

 I took my rolls of burlap and cut them into roughly 4 inch squares. 
They don't have to be perfect so just make a bunch of squares from your fabric. 

Once they're all cut, 
I started rolling them. 

Take one corner and roll it diagonally towards the opposite corner. 
You'll end up with a little burlap burrito. 
Don't make them tight rolls, you want them to be open enough to look fluffy on the wreath. 

This is where I got excited and stopped taking pictures. 
Sorry :/ 

But basically you're just going to glue/pin your little rolls onto your wreath, starting with along the backside edge of the wreath. 

Then work your way in, adding more layers of the burlap rolls in a circular pattern all the way around and into the wreath. 

I went back in and added some rolls after it was finished to fill in certain areas. 
For some of the inner circles, I almost folded the rolls in half to get them to lay down right. 

After your burlap is all attached, add your pumpkins. 
I actually left a blank spot on the side where I wanted them to go and then attached them using my hot glue gun. 

Then filled in the areas around them with more rolls. 

I'm in love with how it all came together!!

The pumpkins are a fun addition to the classic burlap wreath and I'm loving the pop of color the orange, golds & tiny bit of blue brings to the neutral background. 

Plus I love the cute little knobs nestled into the wreath- it's a fun happy to have on the front door. 

This wreath would be fun on a small scale too but would also look gorgeous as the centerpiece for a mantle :) 

It makes me happy to have a little bit of fall sneaking into the house- it's finally starting to feel like fall around here, as of today's weather. 
And I'm hoping it sticks around. 

In other news, me and the husband are leaving for NYC in TWO weeks to see Aladdin on Broadway. I bought tickets for hubby for his 30th birthday and we are crazy excited about having the whole weekend away together and spending some time in the big city during the fall.

Any New York natives/lovers that could give us fun places to eat/go while we are there?? 

Hope you guys are having an amazing week!! 
Friday is only a few hours away, hang in there!! 

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September 30, 2015

Weathered Grey & White China Cabinet Redo

This week already feels so long!
I can't believe it's only Wednesday!

I thought I'd pop in and share my most recent furniture redo since it's basically my most favorite ever!!

It's definitely one of my biggest & I love taking on different pieces to see what kinds of challenges I can tackle :)

I found this beautiful china cabinet at our local Habitat Restore for around $100. I think it was a deal day so I'm thinking we actually only paid $75 for it. A steal either way. 
It was solid and didn't have a scratch on it. 

Although it was missing one side glass panel. But for what I wanted, they were going to go away anyways. 
But isn't she pretty? 

This piece was in great condition so it didn't need a ton of prep (my kind of project!). 
I lightly sanded away any rough spots and gave it a good cleaning.
Hardware came off. 

It did have one pane of glass still on the side so I ended up taking it out.
It was held in place by rubber lining and was easily taken out by removing the rubber pieces and sliding the glass out.
Love when things go willingly :) 

I had a fun project all planned for the extra piece of glass but it was broken while moving some things around so that was kinda sad. 

Next things next, I knew that I wanted to paint the inside of the cabinets & the back of the main area a different color than the rest of it. 
It took me forever to decide on color combinations but since it was going to be sold, I decided to go for a less bold, more neutral look but still absolutely gorgeous.

The back wall and inside cabinets got several coats of a pure white. 

The rest of the piece got several coats of Cece Caldwell's paint in 'Silverhill Fog'. 
It was a beautiful soft grey that gave it the perfect finish I was looking for.
However since this piece was so large and needed several coats, it took a LOT of the paint. 
Pretty darn near all of it.
So I was somewhat disappointed with how far the paint went. 

After painting it grey, I knew I wanted a more weathered, vintage look so I tried out some cheap white wax that I had on hand. 
I say cheap because, you guys, it was five bucks at Walmart. 
Mind blown. 

Check out that gorgeous vintage finish: 

I literally squealed out loud as it was going on because it looked so good. 
That's when you know it's going to be amazing :) 

After applying and buffing the white wax, we went ahead and decided to add chicken hex wire to the side panels. 

This awful awesome stuff. 

It was the absolute worst part of the whole project.
I'm just glad that my sweet husband is a whole lot more patient than I am or I would have tried to sell the empty side panels as the new 'in' thing. 

The hardest part was the fact that we were installing the wire in panels that were not removable. Cabinet doors would be a snap because you can take them off and staple it onto the back. 

But for these we basically had to become contortionists to fit ourselves sideways into the thing and try to staple/nail into tiny little grooves to attach the wire. 
The other thing going against us was that the wood we were attaching it to was mostly very thin trim molding pieces that would easily be cracked or damaged if nails or staples were too long and ended up in the wrong spot. 

Thank goodness that husby was able to figure out a good system of nailing tiny finish nails around the perimeter to secure it in. 

I dry-brushed some white paint onto the wire to help it blend in a little more naturally and downplay the industrial feel just a tad. 

After installing the chicken wire, it was time to get it all put back together. 
I re-installed the original hardware and dry-brushed some of the white wax onto them to soften them up. 

Then it was my favorite part- step back and admire you're finished piece!!

Didn't she turn out just gorgeous?!? 

I love how light & airy it feels now with it's lighter coat of paint. 
Those drawers & doors have curves for days and I feel like the lighter paint helps accentuate that more. 

I love the pop of fresh white against the grey finish- it's a bit more dramatic in person but you can get the idea from the pictures :) 

It was a bit more challenging than other pieces had been for me to style.
We couldn't really drag it in the house since we didn't have a great spot to photograph it so we set up shop outside and dragged things to it!

I love my blue pyrex in there against the greys & whites. 
Hubby was so enamored by it that he tried to convince me to find a place in our house for it. 
But I just can't replace the pieces we already have since they are family heirlooms. 

But I'm thinking it'll look gorgeous wherever it ends up! 

Check out the crazy before & after: 

It's so hard to believe it's even the same piece. 
I just love the weathered grey finish against the chicken wire doors!!

I'd love to hear your thoughts/comments on my newest makeover!!

It's up for sale, so if you're local, message me on Facebook or email me to chat about bringing it into your home!!

Happy Wednesday friends!

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September 23, 2015

Painted Pumpkin Basket with DIY Transparency Lettering

Sometimes when you're thrifting, you find something that catches your eye but you have no idea what you're going to do with it, right? 
But you get it anyways. 

Then, inspiration hits and you realize you have something amazing on your hands. 

I love when that happens :) 

I found this little basket on a random Saturday that we spent roaming garage sales. 
I walked by it several times before deciding that it needed to come home with us. 

There were a ton of things I loved about it: 
the oil rubbed bronze handle that was oversized and awesome, the fact that it was some kind of wooden veneer material that could be easily painted, it's weird oval shape & huge bonus that it had this awesome brass/gold edge on the bottom of it. 

I figured it would be perfect for some sort of project. 
And when coolish weather and pumpkins started hitting our area, I was struck with the fact that it needed to be fall related. 

I wanted something that had chippy paint & typography and I ended up with a gorgeous mix of the two!!

First things first, I taped off the brass bottom and the handles and gave it a couple coats of a whispy blue I had on hand. 
After painting, I chipped the paint off in areas around the edges of the basket to give it a nice worn look. 

It took me a while to figure out what type of wording to put on it. 
Then I stumbled on an image of a vintage pumpkin seed packet and I knew it was perfect. 

I typed the lettering into Picmonkey.com, saved the images and then decided to wing it as far as applying it to the basket. 

I had some transparencies that I had been saving that I picked up at a school closing sale.
After googling it, I decided to try my hand at making my own rub-ons of sorts.  

Here's the VeRy basic run-down on how I did it: 

1. Find the lettering/image you want to use and save to your computer.
Make sure any text you're wanting to use is saved in 'reverse'. 

2. I wanted my text to be larger than a normal sheet of paper so I used blockposters.com to enlarge my font to the size I wanted.
After creating the image, it gave me the option to print. 

3. Print your image/text on the glossy side of the transparency paper. 
Make sure to not touch the wet ink after it prints. 

4. Apply the transparency paper ink-side DOWN onto the surface you want it to adhere to. 
Use a wooden spoon or Popsicle stick to burnish your image onto your item. 
I found that lightly rubbing did the trick because if you pushed down to hard, the ink would smear. 

5. Carefully lift up your paper and check out your beautiful image!!
I love love loved the result!!

It gave me a perfectly worn look without any distressing necessary- the ink settled into cracks & imperfections and didn't go on incredibly dark so it looked aged all by itself! 

The ink did take a while to dry so let your item dry for a while- I let mine sit overnight before messing with it.
Then I sprayed a clear coat of spraypaint over it to help protect it even more. 

I'm kind of obsessed with my new pumpkin basket!! 

I filled it with some cut fabric pumpkins that I got on sale from JoAnn's.
Isn't that mustard fabric gorgeous? 
I have big plans for a scarf & some headbands out of it :) 

Here's the Before & After comparison of my little thrifty basket: 

Isn't is so much more fun in pale aqua and distressed lettering??

I definitely think so!!

I have so many fun fall ideas in my head but I'm also holding out on a BIG secret that I'm hoping to be able to reveal verrry soon that kinda has an effect on my fall decorating!!

Happy Wednesday friends!

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