DIY Tips and Tricks: Spray painting like a pro!

Spray painting and “pro” probably don’t really belong in the same thought. I’m going to pretend they do, though.

Some people will let the color or finish of an object they want or need deter them from purchasing it. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to do that. No matter the finish- metal, wood, plastic, or even resin, if you don’t like the color, you can definitely spray paint it. I’ve spray painted wooden ¬†furniture, metal candlesticks, picture frames, and even dishes.

Even though spray painting is ridiculously easy, there are a few tips and tricks you should know about.

  1. Not just any spray paint will do.

No one ever spray painted anything with a cheap spray paint and made it look good. I would steer clear of the store brand, no name spray paints, and buy a good one. I always try to buy a spray paint with a primer built in, since it helps cover the object, but it also keeps the paint from chipping off. You’ll spend a bit more on your paint, but you’ll also have an object that looks much better finished. Also, know what you’re buying. Choose a spray paint that is made for the finish you’ll be painting. There are different spray paints available in a variety of finishes. Some dry with a glossy finish, some dry with a metallic finish, and others with a matte finish. There are also different spray paints for covering plastic, wood, and metal.

2. Prep the surface

You will need to make sure your object is free of dust and dirt prior to spray painting it. You’ll also need to apply primer, if you aren’t using a spray paint with the primer built in. As you can see, I was not as vigilant about pre-cleaning this table, and now the table top is “mottled.” See the raised “bumps” all over it? Yeah, that’s what happens if you don’t dust it first. Use a clean, dry, microfiber cloth as cleaners can interfere with your paint coverage.

3. Buy one more can of spray paint than what you think you’ll need

This is a project where it is easy to misjudge. Here you see a rocking chair that is still partially white, as I ran out of spray paint. And trust me, if you do run out, chances are you may have to visit different locations of the same big box store because your local one ran out of the spray paint you need. I speak from experience on this one, folks.

4. Use the “six-inch rule.”

Hold the spray paint can no closer than 6 inches from the object you are painting. If you don’t, the paint will run and drip. To get a more even surface, hold the can six inches or more away!! If it doesn’t completely cover, you can always touch it up later.

5. Allow at least 24 hours to dry between coats

You might be impatient like me and want to get your project done. Listen carefully: not allowing your object ample time to dry will cause the paint to chip and flake off. It can also cause it to dry unevenly. Make sure your paint has had at least 24 hours to dry, because even if it feels like it’s dry, it may not be.

6. Drips and runs aren’t the end of the world.

If you do notice mottling of your paint, paint drips and runs, or weird dry patterns, it doesn’t mean your project is ruined. Just sand it and start over. DO NOT try to spot paint. You must sand and paint the entire surface again, but your mistake will not show.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips and tricks. Now, get to paintin’! If you want to, that is ūüôā

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Farmhouse Friday: “Antique” tool caddy

Two years ago I went shopping at a local dollar store and I found this:


Granted, when I found it, it had this horrendously ugly label on the front:


Sorry if that’s your thing. I soaked it and scraped that bad guy off. I didn’t really do anything with it after that.

I do have some great ideas of how I’m gonna use it, though.


I added some mason jars to it (Classico sauce jars fit perfectly!) and used it as a silverware caddy in my dining room.


Then I had another idea and I grabbed some tin cans and used it to store my art supplies.

I can’t claim this one, but someone in a Facebook group I follow did this:


Now I want to buy a few more of these!!!

Have you dressed up a “Cheapy-find” and then find more than one use for it?

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Space planning: our dining room 

Currently, our dining room looks like this:


Not that there is anything wrong with that. Before I tell you what I want to do, let me tell you what I like about it.

The picture frame molding is beautiful and it adds a lot to the room. The room is also a nice size and it gets TONS of natural light.

Now for the bad:

There is no rug under the table now that we got a bigger table. We have no curtains up and I want to change up our decor a bit. Plus, we need a prettier chandelier!! I made this mood board for inspiration:


What do you think? Stay tuned!

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Decorating: How to make your home look amazing

I can’t afford an interior designer, but I also do not have any natural talents for decorating. So I have tried to educate myself a little.

I am by no means an expert, and believe me, sometimes I get stumped and have to consult Pinterest/decorating magazines/phone a friend.

Please allow me to share a few ideas that I have learned along the way.



1. Group things of varying heights to keep the eye moving

When you’re decorating a mantle or shelf, group things that are varying heights so the viewer’s eyes will keep moving across the shelf or mantle. This makes it more interesting and visually pleasing.



2. Use trays or baskets to ground your objects, and make them a little more orderly as well

Adding a wood tray or basket adds texture, but it can also make your vignette appear more grounded. For instance, check out this before and after:


See what I mean? Doesn’t it seem so much more finished and intentional?


3. Layers add a level of comfort and softness

Our bed has a duvet, a quilt and a throw, along with pillows galore. I just love how cozy and comfortable it makes our room feel.


4. Pillows and throws add a layer of softness to a room, and can be easily switched out for seasonal decorating

We have six pillows on our couch most of the time and a throw draped over our chair. We have eight pillows on our bed. I can’t tell you how much softer our room feels with these pillows and blankets. Just swap out those fall/ winter colored pillows for pillows with pops of color and heavier fabrics for lighter, breezier textiles for spring. Plus, textiles really soften a room.


5. Group objects in odd numbers

Always group objects in odd numbers. I can’t really explain why, but I think it really adds a lot to your room.


Use natural elements in your decor. It can be a plant, pine cones, birds’ nests, or a grapevine wreath, but there is just something so beautiful about incorporating nature into your home.

Thanks so much for reading today! I’m always shopping for new ideas, so please feel free to share your favorites!

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DIY: no-sew spring pillows from  cloth napkins

I really love Ree Drummond a.k.a. Pioneer Woman. I love her blog and TV show, but most of all, I really love her kitchen product line at Wal-Mart. Recently, I spotted this super cute set of spring napkins at Wally World and decided they’d make some cute pillows.


They come four to a pack, so I bought two sets. The buffalo checked ones are what I was most interested in.

I decided to use the fuse tape method, which is super easy. Just turn your napkins face down and attach your tape around the edges:


Peel the tape off. Now, put your other napkin backside down onto the taped side. Using the cotton setting, iron them to fuse the tape.


Stuff them with your favorite pillow insert (I used an 18×18).


Aren’t they cute?

Now I wanna go buy another pack so I can use the napkins for my super cute spring tablescape.

What napkin projects have you created lately?

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DIY: The Cedar Chest Chronicle, Part Two


Well, we are continuing to work on my great grandmother’s cedar chest.

Last week, I had cleaned it up and begun working to remove the veneer with a hair dryer. 


We talked with a few local folks and they advised us to get a heat gun. We’ve been slowly but surely chipping away at the veneer with a heat gun and a putty knife. 


We aren’t all that much closer but we’re getting there. We are going to try removing the second layer with a chisel. 

Hopefully, next week we can update you with a naked cedar chest ūüėÄ

Until then, I’ll continue scraping away at the remaining veneer. 

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Spring home tour 2017


Spring has sprung at the Boone house. All of the red berries, evergreens and heavy textiles have been replaced by lighter colors, flowers and flowering branches and breezy textiles.

When I decorate for spring, I like to use a “less is more” approach. Lots of natural elements and not a lot of decorating.

I’m not 100% satisfied, but here’s where we are so far.


I later added a basket.

Our front entry boasts a simple vignette of nests, milk glass, rabbits and branches in a jar.


I’ve used these bird pillows for the past few years, but this year they seemed too plain.


I’ve decided to use these beauties instead:


That’s better, don’t you think?

I’ve owned this lovely china tray since college but have never used it. It looks lovely corralling my kitchen utensils.

The window looking into our dining room got a little greenery in the form of boxwood.


I changed just a few elements in our tiered tray and left it in the center of our table. Gone are the pine cones and plaid napkins: now nests, rabbits and springy napkins have taken their place.


On our sideboard hutch, our apothecary jars are filled with some springy goodness.


How sweet is that little glass bird?

Our “mantle” is looking lovely, with the bird theme continued.


Since I know it’s hard to see with the playroom behind it, here’s a closer look.


Again, that sweet bird! I just love them!!

My home tour isn’t completely finished yet so I will share the changes I’m going to make. 

Thanks for visiting! 

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Make it Mondays: Faux vintage sign


Get ready for the quickest and easiest craft ever. 

All you need are the following (and a glue stick):


Pictured here are old foam core poster board (that I’ve been painting on, can you tell?), scissors and a printable “sign.” I downloaded this and printed it from The Graphics Fairy.com. 

If you have never checked out The Graphics Fairy, you should. Lots of great vintage graphics and botanical prints… and they’re free!!

I printed it on cardstock, trimmed it down and glued it onto the foam board.


Then, all you have to do is trim down your foam board.


I love how this sign looks on our shelf: 


I will definitely make more of these. 

Have a wonderful week.

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Farmhouse Friday: Chalk painted Mason jars


Last week I showed you some chalk painted Mason jars.


These things turned out so cute. I love how the chalk paint really makes the details on the jars pop.


I popped some faux hydrangeas into the Ball jar and put it in my baby’s room.


But don’t they look darling with these art supplies in them?

I can also envision using these jars in a bathroom to store cotton balls and such.

But for now, I’m loving them as vases.


Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend.

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Home projects: Antique Cedar Chest


Meet my great grandmother’s cedar chest. This has been with me since before I was married, but it mostly sat in the closet until we moved here.


Since then, this cedar chest has sat in our garage. We parked it there almost four years ago when we moved in. We fully intended to move it later, but never did. Unfortunately, the chest has sustained some damage out here in the garage.


At this point, I have noticed the veneer is chipping off in several places.


So I took a hair dryer and tried to loosen the glue so the veneer could  be peeled off.


This is a super sllllloooooowwwww process. My plans are to remove all the veneer, sand the wood underneath it, and stain and varnish it.


I can’t wait to show you what I do to it. Have a great Thursday!!

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