Distressed DIY Chalk Paint Media Center

Buffet Turned Media Center with Distressed Chalk Paint
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Oh aqua, how I love you!! By far, my favorite color, can you tell? Aqua Anchor Designs and now, aqua furniture in my house. Chalk paint is my kind of paint. Although it’s taken me several weeks to get this finished, it was pretty easy to do!

Just to remind you, this is what I started with when I picked this up at Goodwill:

Media Center Buffet Before
Luckily, I had vision. I told you a few weeks ago in my Living Room Inspiration post that I planned to paint this bad boy aqua.

Of course, I made my own Homemade DIY Chalk Paint. The store bought stuff is EXPENSIVE! To make mine, I mixed 3 tbsp water and 5 tbsp Plaster of Paris into a slurry. Then I mixed that with 2 cups of latex paint. This paint color is a combination of our Sunroom and Lucas’ room and I think some white too, so I can’t tell you exactly what it is, sorry!

First things first, you do not have to sand furniture you are going to paint with Chalk Paint. However, I was also told you didn’t have to prime a fridge for Chalkboard Paint and I’m still a little bitter about that. So, Clint sanded it for me the week we got it and it’s been sitting in the carport.

Media Center Buffet After Sanding

Most of my pictures are not in good light, because I work and weekends are hectic so I just use whatever chance I get to work/take pictures, sorry.

Shaye and I painted one coat on, thick, one night and this is what it looked like. Luckily for me, I was already going for a distressed look because we painted in the dark with only the carport light.

Buffet Media Center after One Coat of Chalk Paint

Then, we let that coat dry… For 2 weeks. Lol No that’s not necessary, but I just haven’t had time to finish it. By the way, this paint stores very well as long as it’s sealed air tight. I had mine in an old Cool Whip container with Press’n Seal on the top. You may have to add a little water, but I didn’t. Also, make plenty of paint! If you have to add to it, it gets clumpy and makes painting difficult– ask me how I know.

Finally, I put a second coat on (in the daylight) and I thought it looked amazing. I almost didn’t even want to distress it.

Buffet Media Center after Second Coat of Chalk Paint

I didn’t (by accident), but if I were you, I’d sand in between coats. Most imperfections and brush strokes come out pretty easily with a light sand.

After the second coat, I sanded it pretty heavily because I had a lot of brush strokes. I wonder if a foam brush would’ve been better? Any experiences to share?

Sanding Chalk Paint

Once I had it looking nice, I took some heavy grit sandpaper and distressed all of the corners and edges and in a few random spots on the flat pieces. It looked great while it was still outside. Now that it’s in the Living Room the distressing blends in and you can’t see it. So I may get the sandpaper out again.

After I was pleased with the distressing, I used Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in Natural to seal the paint and give it a smooth finish. I’ve never used wax before, but I’m in love!! The top of the media center is sooo smooth now. I was hoping to get a darker wax to give it an even more distressed look, but the only option was Natural.

And that’s it. Here is our gorgeous aqua chalk painted buffet turned media center.

Door of Buffet Media Center After Chalk Paint

Buffet Media Center Corner After Chalk Paint

Chalk Painted and Distressed Media Center

Clint and I both are in love with it, which doesn’t normally happen. We’re thinking about adding another shelf on the inside for better storage of the VCR, Nintendo, and PS3. Other than that, I am EXTREMELY pleased with chalk paint, aqua, buffets turned media centers and my very own DIY’ed Chalk Paint Aqua Buffet turned Media Center. 🙂

Have you ever used Chalk Paint? Was it homemade or store-bought? Have anything sitting around that would look good painted with it? I would love to see!

 

Speaking of aqua, I have a coupon code for $5 off $20 or more orders at Aqua Anchor Designs. I have Christmas earrings and wreaths and shotgun shell earrings in stock. 😉

Etsy Coupon

Living Room Design Inspiration

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I’ve been going non-stop lately! I’ve been dreaming a lot about my Living Room Design though and am definitely ready to get things moving along in there. I’m so tired of our black furniture that collects every speck of dust. I really like the Living Room Design Inspiration board I created, but wanted some opinions.

First off, here is our current wall color:

And this is very similar in color and and shape to our living room set:

We don’t want to repaint our walls because we have cathedral ceilings and the couches were a really good Craigslist find, so we’re working with what we have. I plan to make (or buy) some pillows for the couches. Hopefully like these, maybe a little more muted in color though:

 

The very first thing I plan to do is turn this into that:

I also already have a little yellow bird like this and a lamp, which I plan to paint white like Lisa from Lewisville Love did.

The very first time I saw these curtains over at The Nester’s, I fell in love. Christina at The Frugal Homemaker has a great tutorial on painting stripes onto curtains, which I plan to use very soon. 😉

The pallet coffee table is also a dream of mine. I love the dark stained look. I may or may not paint the sides white though, I haven’t decided yet and will probably have a little while longer to think about it. Ha!

And last but not least, I dream of a gallery wall. They’re so pretty! I love the way Chelsea from two twenty one color coordinated hers. I’m pretty sure I’ve decided to do color, as opposed to black and white. But I can’t decide if I want mattes or not. It does seem to make the photos pop out of the white. Maybe my white frames will do that though?And Maybe one day, I’ll devote a few of the frames to Lucas’ artwork and change them out for a new piece every now and then. I’ve been picking up lots of frames here and there, garage saling and thrifting. I’ve also picked up a few more things to be worked into it to. I think it’s going to look amazing when I get around to it.

I don’t really know what my “decorating style” is per se. I just love the modern and geometric shapes, bright colors and white, but I also love the distressed aqua buffet that is sort of shabby shic and the rustic look of the coffee table. Modern Rustic Shabby Chic, anyone?

Living Room Design Ideas

So what do y’all think? Do I have any decorating sense? I’d love to hear your suggestions for my living room design!

 

I hope you’ll be back Wednesday to find out about the 2 new loans we got in June, a big No-No for Dave Ramsey followers and I hope to have a huge announcement for you Friday!
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Fall Centerpiece + Free Banner Printable

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I love decorating my house, especially for the holidays. I haven’t done very much of it until recently though because decorations are so expensive and I’m cheap. I’ve found my crafty side recently though and I love it. A year ago I would have never considered using a vase for anything other flowers. Today, I have a vase filled with popcorn kernels as part of my Fall Centerpiece. Hopefully, some of you will relate to that so that you aren’t all laughing at me.

Fall is by far my favorite season of the year, with October being my favorite month and Thanksgiving being my favorite holiday and all.  I love the colors of Fall! Do you think it would be bad to decorate my house for Fall and leave it that way all year long?

I love this centerpiece. It’s fun and original and worked really well for Halloween with my felt bats and my chalkboard BOO! sign. And then I just so easily switched out the bats for an Autumn banner and the BOO! for a cornucopia.

Fall Halloween Centerpiece

The cornucopia was a Garage Sale $0.50 find. The vase is just filled with plain popcorn kernels and I made the printable Autumn banner myself and hot glued it around a piece of twine.

Here’s the link for the banner if you would like it for your personal use. The print size can be adjusted so it can be printed larger than my banner. Instructions are included in the file.

The pumpkin took some work though.

For my book pumpkin, I used a thin book (about ½ inch thick) we had that had a thin paperback spine. I opened it up, traced what I thought would be a good half pumpkin shape and used my Xacto knife to cut through as many pages as possible. Then, I would pull out the paper I wasn’t using, use the cut out I had just made to trace the pattern on the top of the next page and cut again. Sorry, I don’t have pictures of this part. Here’s the basic shape I used below. I did have to go back and cut the bottom at more of an angle. I angled it in toward the center, which helped the pages rest on the table.

Once I was done I pulled the cover, including the spine, off of my pumpkin. Then I used a hot glue gun to glue the spine in half on itself. Here’s a picture:

Pumpkin Shape Cut Out Fall Centerpiece

My book really wasn’t thick enough, so it was hard to get it to fold over on itself. Once the glue was dry, I set the pumpkin up and started to fan out the pages. If you didn’t cut the bottom of the pumpkin at the right angle, you’ll be able to notice it now because the pages won’t stay opened right.

I had to glue some pages together where natural gaps would form. In the process of fanning the pages out, I ripped off my stem. So I took a piece of string I had laying around and wrapped it around it to make it look like I had done it on purpose and hot glued it back in place. 😉

Stem of Pumpkin

Once I was happy with what I had, I added some paint. I didn’t want the paint to be too bright since I was going for more of a rustic look, so I diluted it with water hoping it would look more subtle:

Orange Acrylic Paint with Water

Then, I used a dry paintbrush and just pressed it along the edges of the book in sections. Once you have them all painted, fan the sections out again or they will dry stuck together and you may rip the pages pulling them apart.

Applying Acrylic Paint to Pumpkin

When I brought my pumpkin inside I noticed a piece of green wire on the counter and wrapped it around a pencil and made vines for my pumpkin. I still have no idea where that wire came from.

Fall Centerpiece with Autumn Banner

I’ve never seen anything like it, so I’m pretty thrilled with this pumpkin. If I make another one and when you make yours, use a thicker book. Probably something close to an inch think would fill in much better.

Do you decorate for the Seasons? Do you buy readymade decorations or are you cheap like me do you enjoy to make them yourself?

Lucas’ 1st Birthday Party: Mickey Mouse Themed

Lucas' Birthday Cutie
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Lucas’ Mickey Mouse themed 1st Birthday Party was a big hit! I made the majority of decorations and desserts and had lots of fun. But most important, my little boy seemed to really enjoy himself. I’m glad, because I really thought at only 1 year old, that he wouldn’t be as into it as he was.

I have never hosted a birthday party, and quite frankly, am pretty uncomfortable being the host of anything. Nineteen of our family and friends came to celebrate Lucas’ Big Day with us. I was so pleased that so many of them came.

Right before the party, I was still running around trying to put decorations up and get dressed and screaming out instructions to various family members who were there helping. It was absolute chaos. I started putting things together for this party 2 months ago, and still was not completely prepared. I made the “Happy Birthday Lucas” banner, the Newborn-11 month picture banner, the “I AM 1” banner, the Mickey Balloon Wreath, the Birthday Subway Art, and the Mickey Ears for the kids. Lucas' Birthday Decor

We planned to set things up on our covered Back Patio and the Kitchen and Living Room but it rained that morning and the patio was wet so we moved chairs and the grill to the carport. I think it worked out great.

I set the start time for the party at 5 o’clock, since it’s still so hot here, especially during midday. As people were arriving, everyone visited for a little while and then we ate. I made a Coke Roast and shredded it so it could be put on dinner rolls. We also had Ribs, Hot Dogs, Pasta Salad, and Potato Salad. Everyone loved my Dad’s Ribs!

On the dessert table I had Puppy Chow, Mickey Oreo Pops, and a cupcake stand with Mickey Cupcakes and Lucas’ Smash Cake, which were all made by me with the assistance of various helpers. All of the cake was Strawberry, tinted with red food coloring, and topped with homemade Buttercream Icing. Lucas' Birthday Dessert

Once everyone finished eating, we opened gifts. Our pastor’s son helped Lucas and I open gifts, and did a great job! With Lucas in my lap, it was really helpful for him to unwrap gifts and hand them to Lucas to look at. Lucas paid attention really well to the gifts as we were opening them. I was completely surprised. There was only a time or two that he seemed more interested in the box or the wrapping paper. 🙂Lucas' Birthday Gifts

After we opened gifts, everyone headed outside to the Carport for Cake time. We lit Lucas’ candles and sang him Happy Birthday. I was worried that he may get upset or nervous with everyone staring at him and singing, but he didn’t seem to mind. Clint and I blew out his candles and I let him tear into his cake. At first, he was a little unsure and would only stick a finger or two in the icing and have a taste. Then, he started getting a handful of icing for each bite. Finally, I grabbed a fork and cut into the cake for him and he went to town. A couple of tim    es, he tried to lean over and just get a bite of the cake with his mouth. Silly boy! Once he started to burn out, he would just put his hand in the cake and squish the cake in his hands and fling it. I really think he loved all that sugar! Lucas' Birthday Eating Cake

After he lost interest, he headed for a post-cake bath and our friends Zack and Sarah served cupcakes and ice cream to everyone. Slowly, everyone left and we were left with a hyped-up-on-sugar baby. Surprisingly, he did sleep pretty well that night though. Lucas' Birthday Sillyness

I think all 3 of us really enjoyed Lucas’ birthday party and I’m already looking forward to planning next years. Although, I do wish he would stop growing up. Kids can really make you emotional!

Do you enjoy planning/hosting parties? Are you interested to know how I made any of the decorations/food?