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Updating Home Accents with Chalk Paint

We have built in shelves in our family room and they’re in the process of getting a makeover. I’ve changed out a few pieces but I want to keep a few and give them an update. Chalk Paint can be used on most surfaces including plastic, glass, veneer, metal and of course wood. I have a small decorative  chest that’s been on our shelf for several years. This was the first piece to get a makeover.

I’m going with lighter color decorations and accent pieces so the dark brown wasn’t working anymore.

I used a mix of Annie Sloan Old White and Pure White. After painting the first coat the stain from the wood and faux leather started bleeding though so I sprayed it with shellac before putting on the second coat. Shellac or a polyurethane will stop stain from penetrating/bleeding through the porous chalk paint.

This chest is made of wood, faux leather and metal. The chalk paint adheres to all of it. I used sand paper to distress the chest, then sealed the paint with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

Not a brand new piece but a brand new look for my shelf.

Several more pieces will be getting a makeover including the cupboards. Chalk paint is a great way to keep what you have but get a different look. The cost to paint a small piece is much less than buying a new one. And you can customize it to get the look you want.

Stay tuned to see the final results of my shelf makeover. Sign up for emails to see future blog posts.

Thanks for stopping by

Cindy

 

Easy Christmas Garland for your Staircase

When we moved into this house one of my favorite area’s of the home was our entryway. I love a grand staircase in the entryway of a home. My staircase isn’t grand but I love it. If you’ve read my blog before you may remember reading my post Painting and staining our stair railing  from about a year ago. It was a big job but made a huge difference in the look of our entryway. I’ve decorated our staircase at Christmas time for the past few years but this year I decided to change it.

Everyone loves a staircase decorated with beautiful lighted garland. What I don’t love is the price of the beautiful lighted garland. So instead of buying the ready made decorated and lighted garland I set out to make my own.

I discovered these cute little battery operated copper wire fairy lights on Amazon and bought a few. They immediately went up in a several places in my home, and then I purchased more. They come in a 6 pack on Amazon for $10 and the batteries are included. For small lights they are nice and  bright. Here’s a link to the ones I used if you are interested in buying them. (If you don’t see the link below, click on post header to open this post)

 

I found some inexpensive artificial Christmas garland at Hobby Lobby for $9.99, but they sell all holiday items for 50% off so each strand was only $5. I used 3 1/2 of those for my staircase. I also bought burlap and small gold and white Christmas bulbs at Hobby Lobby. I already had jute cord and that was all I needed.

I had to cut the garland for the short railing. The artificial garland has wire loops on each end so they string together for longer area’s. It’s wire throughout so you can shape it how you want it to hang on the stair railing.  Then I used the jute cord to tie the garland on.

I tied big bows because I wanted this to have a bit of a farmhouse look to it, and the big floppy bow and long curly strands add to that look. Once that was on I used the burlap to make simple large bows. I used the 5.5 inch wide size for the bows and tied them to the posts.

I wound the lights into the garland and hid the small white battery pack on the inside of the garland so it couldn’t be seen, but was easily accessible . Lastly I hung small ornaments all along the garland.

I did this on the stair railing going up stairs and along the railing across the upstairs hallway.

I used the burlap and gold and white ornaments so the decorations on the staircase would coordinate with the decorations on my Christmas tree.

In all I spend around $50 for the garland and decorations for my staircase. Not too bad!

It’s the first thing people see when they come to visit and I am really happy with it. It took a little time to get it up, but it was very easy and the price was right!

You could change up the burlap for ribbon and use a different color cord or ribbon to attach the artificial garland to the stair railing to get a different look.

If you found this helpful I would love to hear from you. I appreciate the feedback. Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog.

Happy Holiday’s!

Cindy

DIY Snow Globe

Today I’m going to show you how I used a yogurt jar to make handmade snow globes. A few months back I spotted the Oui by Yoplait Yogurt at the store and decided to try it out. (It’s yummy by the way.) But I kinda bought it for the jar. 😉 They are so tiny and cute!! I saved several jars and decided to use them to make waterless snow globes. I took the label off, washed them and used Goof Off to clean them up.

I bought a few small wood slices, a little bit wider than the jar to use for the base, and some snowflakes at Hobby Lobby. I also bought a small package of Christmas buttons for crafting. I positioned the buttons where I wanted them and used a hot glue gun to glue them to the wood slices. I added just a little bit of the snow flakes to the inside of the jar and then put a ring of hot glue around the open edge of the jar and carefully set the wood slice on the jar. I turned it over once the glue was set and had myself a little waterless snow globe.

That was kind of my tester and I did the rest of them a little different. I really like the cute bottle brush trees so I ordered some of those on line. Then while out shopping I came upon some really cute wood trees and bought those.

I needed the bottle brush trees to be shorter so I took the gold base off the bottom and used wire cutters to cut the tree down. I trimmed the “branches” from the bottom so there was enough wire sticking out to place it back on the base. I then used a small amount of hot glue to secure it back into the same hole.

I made a few of these using both the bottle brush trees as well as the wood trees and glued them to the wood slice. Make sure it will fit into the jar you are using before you glue them down to the base. I again only used a small amount of snow to just cover the bottom of the globe. You want to be able to see the tree’s and not cover them.

After I glued it to the base I used a little Buffalo Plaid Ribbon that I also found at Hobby Lobby and glued that around the base of the jar.

I wanted some variety so I decided to change it up a little and turn the jar right side up and add some fabric to the top of the snow globe to give it an old fashion jelly jar look. I glued the tree’s to the bottom of the jar this time, added the snow and then used a round piece of fabric on the top. I pre-measured and cut the fabric so it would fit the way I wanted it to.

I once again put a ring of glue along the top ridge of the jar and set the fabric in place. Then I added more glue to keep the edges of the fabric down. To finish it off I used the Buffalo Plaid Ribbon around the top of the jar and tied it in a bow on the back.

This is a fun and easy Christmas craft you can do with your kids. These would make great teacher gifts or neighbor gifts as well. You can be creative and use different items to create the scene you want in your snow globe. It was quick, easy and inexpensive. The Yoplait jars worked great but baby food jars or larger canning jars would work as well.

I hope you found this helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by to take a look. And if you are interested, please sign up for my emails to see more posts like this one.

Cindy

Removing Damaged Veneer

During one of my Estate Sale shopping trips I found an old Victrola record cabinet that needed some fixing up. About a quarter of the veneer on the top of the cabinet was missing. A chunk of wood was also missing on one of the doors on the front.

For the door I had to take out the old screw and add a longer one so it would connect from the bottom of the hinge into the wood that wasn’t damaged. My first attempt didn’t work but I eventually was able to get a long enough screw into place so whe door would open and close with the hinge.

I used wood putty and sanded it so I could paint over it.

Back to the veneer top. I’ve used wood putty to fix veneer before but this area was too big to fix so it needed to come off. I tried just scraping it but quickly realized that wasn’t going to work. So I did a quick search on Pinterest and found a solution.

I took an old towel and got it wet and laid it over the veneer I wanted to remove. Be careful not to get any veneer you don’t want to remove wet. You don’t want any warping on veneer you want to keep. I would scrape off the parts that would come off easily and then lay the towel back down and spray it with a water bottle to let it soak into the veneer. I had to do this a few times. The towel needs to be pretty wet, not dripping wet but almost. I would let it sit for about an hour to let it get into and under the veneer. The glue holding the veneer down will soften up making it easier to scrape off. You can see from the picture I just used a putty knife.

This method worked really well for me, and then I just needed to sand it down for a smooth finish and paint it!

I painted this one Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue. I finished it with clear wax and added Annie Sloan Bright Silver Gilding Wax to some of the edges. I replaced the old pulls with small glass door pulls to finish the look I wanted.

The record player had been removed from the inside so it makes a great storage cabinet.

I love taking taking an old piece of furniture and fixing it up so it’s beautiful and ready to be used again.

Hope you find this helpful. And thanks for stopping by. If you want to see more transformations and helpful hints take a minute to sign up for my emails.

Cindy

My Miracle Morning Transformation

About 2 years ago I started this blog. I was starting to paint furniture and work on some projects around my home. I often read other blogs to find ideas and how to’s and thought I would like to start my own blog and share what I’d learned. As I was brainstorming a name for my blog (this is harder than you might think) I was struggling to come up with just the right one. I knew I would blog about some of the projects I would be working on but I also thought I might want to blog about more than just pieces I painted or fixed up, or rooms I was transforming. I knew at that time I wanted to do some self improving as well. So the name The Cindy Project was born. Well to be honest I’m not the only one to come up with this clearly unique name. 😉 Apparently there are a few Cindy’s out there who project. But I own the .com sooo…..😊

Anyhoo I chose this name because I am the project. I am the one learning new things and working to improve who I am. At least that’s the goal! And a few months ago I found my way to a book called The Miracle Morning. You may have read my post back in August about Motivation. I was looking for somewhere to start and get motivated and I felt I’d found it. Since then a lot’s happened. I would like to share some of it with you.

 

If you haven’t heard of The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (I hadn’t until a few months ago) it’s a motivational book on transforming your life before 8am. Ya so not really a morning person.

Like at all.

I just watched a Seinfeld episode where he jokes about night time guy sabotaging morning guy (gal in my case). But that “joke” is something I completely relate to. My nighttime gal really likes to hang out way past her welcome. Morning gal doesn’t like nighttime gal. So my mornings have never been a huge success and I didn’t really like that about myself. It was time for a change.

So I started reading. And this is some of what I learned.

Mornings don’t have to be the dreaded time of the day. They really have been for me in the past. I would hit snooze more than once and drag myself out of bed while I told myself I was going to do everything I could to get myself back in bed as soon as possible. Morning naps were happening more often than I would like to admit. (don’t judge – I’m a Taurus and we like our naps – even in the morning) Now, with a little direction and determination, I’m learning that mornings are the time of the day to plan, get motivated, learn and go. It’s a weird thing to wake up in the morning excited to start my routine but most mornings that’s how I wake up. Ok so I realize this isn’t exactly ground breaking or even a new concept, but for me it’s brought about some real changes as well as some accomplishments. And morning naps are a thing of the past (unless I’m on vacation and then all bets are off).

I’m also finding that the planner I’ve always had a hard time using, is becoming very useful. Am I the only one who keeps buying a cute planner and cute planner accessories but doesn’t really use that cute planner? Weeks would go by and I would pick up my dusty planner to plan out my week and a couple of weeks later it was collecting dust again. Now my mornings start with planner in hand and I actually use it to plan my days and weeks. No more dust!

Along with my planner, my day also starts with my Miracle Morning Journal. I opted not to buy the official Miracle Morning Journal because I wanted to make my own. You know, so it would be kinda cute! 😍 But whether you use the official journal or your own, it helps to have a place to keep yourself accountable. I like to check things off. It makes me feel accomplished and helps me see my progress! So everyday I check off my Miracle Morning Life S.A.V.E.R.S.

What are Life SAVERS you ask? It’s the steps you take in the morning to get your day off in the right direction.

 

S. – Silence

A. – Affirmations

V. – Visualization

E. – Excercise

R. – Reading

S. – Scribing

Here’s a picture of my Miracle Morning Journal. You can see how I set mine up.

When you read the book it gives a detailed description of how to use each of these steps to get you ready for the day. I tweaked a few of them to work a little better for me. For example I’ve chosen to make my morning Reading my scripture study time. I’ve always wanted to make daily scripture study a habit but too often I’ve fallen short. Now I start every day with scriptures as well as reading other books or something on line I’m wanting to learn more about. It’s amazing how much easier it is to reach my goal of daily scripture study when I’ve set time aside for it each day, and made it part of a routine.

Something else I added to Visualization is a Vision Board. A Vision Board is a place you add pictures or words of goals you are working towards. Having pictures and words to look at have helped me keep my priorities in order as well as motivating me to work towards those goals. I’ll do another post on Vision Boards soon, so watch for that. It’s been a really good motivator and I think everyone can benefit from creating one.

Why am I doing all of this and why am I telling you about it? I believe life is a journey of learning and growth. I believe we are here to experience life to the fullest and it is our responsibility to find ways to improve ourselves and our talents. I’m sure you’ve felt that desire to do something more, something new or something meaningful. I’d felt that way for quite some time and I think that’s what put me on the path to finding not just this book, but other people in my life who can teach me to reach my goals and learn new skills.

There’s a quote in the book that’s always been one of my favorites. It’s by Marianne Williamson

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 

I love this! We often have a tendency to belittle our talents or our own worth. But if we are honest with ourselves then we know that is not why we are here or what life is about. We’re meant to find our full potential and live that life. I use my daily Affirmations to remind myself that I can reach the goals I set for myself. I remind myself I can do hard things. For the last several months I’ve said them to myself every single day, and I see in myself a positive change. I still have a lot to work on, but I am now on a path that will get me where I want to be.

If you are looking to make some changes in your life I can honestly say The Miracle Morning is a good start. But whatever you do, making a few changes, starting some new positive habits or learning some new skills will bring positive change to your life.  If you don’t like where you are, change up what you are doing. Nothing will change if you don’t make a change. Another quote from the book that rang true to me is a quote by Neale Donald Walsh

Life Begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Boy this was a hard one for me to learn. But for the past few years this has been how I’m trying to live my life. I don’t have to tell you how easy it is to stay in your comfort zone. But you’ve probably learned most of what there is to learn in your comfort zone. There is so much more outside of that. So much more you can accomplish if you allow yourself to feel uncomfortable. I can tell you I would not be writing a blog if I hadn’t taken that step to the outside. I may not be the best writer but I do have a few things I can share and in sharing I continue to learn as well.

I hope you found this helpful. I will continue to write posts and share some of the things I’m learning as well as some of the positive changes that are happening for me. I would really love to hear from you. Please share your experiences, thoughts or questions in the comments. I’m on the search for more great books or resources to help me on my journey and I would love some suggestions on what works for you. As I said in my previous post on motivation, if you are reading this you are one of my accountability people. And if you like this post and would like to hear more, please sign up for my emails.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post

Cindy

Chalk Painted Gourds

You know those little plastic cheap gourds you buy in a bag for the fall holidays. I decided to paint mine. I saw a few posts on Pinterest and decided to try it. One of the things I learned is you need to shellac the pumpkins and gourds before you paint them.

You can see that I started painting a few of them, but I was getting a lot of bleed through. So a few coats of shellac was required to stop that.

I picked 3 colors to paint these gourds. Old White, Old Violet and some left over custom color I still had from a previous project.

Another fun idea to change up those plastic pumpkins is to use Fabric Tape.

I painted these ones white so the orange wouldn’t show through. But you don’t have to paint them if you like the orange showing through a little bit. The posibilities are endless with fabric tape.

I gave the painted gourds a coat of clear wax that gives them a silky, matte finish.

If you want to give those cheap plastic gourds a make over to match your home decor this is an easy project. There is a little time commitment but well worth the effort.

Happy fall holidays to everyone!

Cindy

Vintage Farmhouse Table, Chairs & Bench

This was a big project! I spend over a week working on this table. But it was more than just the time it took that made this a big project. Here’s what the table looked like when I started.

It only came with 4 chairs, 1was a captains chair. It also came with a leaf so it was big enough to seat 6.  I started searching for a bench to add more seating and also to add to the farmhouse look I wanted for this table. I couldn’t find one to refinish so I decided to have one made. Remember the Entryway Bench  I had someone make for me? I went back to my friend Colton and asked him to make me a bench. I sent him a picture and measurements and a few days later he delivered it! I have to say, I’m so impressed with anyone who can build something from scratch!

Time for stain! I sanded the table and leaf and noticed a few flaws in the wood top. The top of the table has a wood veneer and so it’s thin. Over time some of it chipped a bit on a few edges and in one area the wood deteriorated. So when I went over it with a sander it came right off. I really wanted to stain the top and not paint it so I went forward with that plan.

I picked Minwax Golden for the stain color. It’s a light stain but the table top came out darker than I expected. On the bench it was much lighter. So I had to pick a darker stain for the bench so it would match.

 

You can see the difference in the wood on the table and the bench with the Minwax Golden. With different wood you get a difference in color. I ended up using Minwax Dark Walnut on the bench. Much better match!

Next it was time to take the ugly, dirty seat covers off and recover them.

 

Recovering seats is usually pretty easy and this was no exception.  I’ve done this a few times now. You can see some of my other post where I reupholstered chairs: Chair makeover with ASCP Emperors silk and Rose back chair restyled and Antique or Vintage Chair Reupholstering  and Huge Reupholster Project Part 1 of 2  and Huge Reupholster Project Part 2 of 2

I took the staples out and found the original seat underneath. Someone added padding to the chairs previously so I kept it.  I added a layer of quilt batting because I think it makes a smoother look to the finished seat.

I stapled the batting on with a few staples to keep it in place and then stapled the material on. I picked an upholstery material that had a Grain Sack look and added the pattern to each chair. I measured and taped to make the pattern, then used Annie Sloan Graphite to paint the stripes.

Because I added the quilt batting I had to use longer nails to put the seats back on the chairs. Loving the grain sack look!! It’s simple but adds a lot to the overall look of the table.

Now for the painting! I stared by painting the chairs and legs Annie Sloan Louis Blue.

In my last post, Layering Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I layered 2 colors of paint. For this table and chairs I used 3 colors. After 1 coat of the Louis Blue I added bits of Graphite.

Then I used a chip brush to add a coat of Old White. I lightly sanded everything so the Graphite and Louis Blue would show through.

Layering paint gives the piece an aged look. I finished it off with General Finishes Top coat.

And this table was finally done!!

Perfect Farmhouse Table! You can see the blemish in the top of the table but I think it adds to the farmhouse aged look. And the wood on this table is so beautiful I’m glad I didn’t paint over it.

Lots of time went into this project. Sometimes big projects can feel tedious and a bit frustrating but when it’s done and it turns out how you imagined it, it’s all worth it!

And now it’s ready for someone to take it home, just in time for the holiday! 😃

Ok I want to hear your thoughts on this! Have you painted a tables and chairs before? What was your experience? Please leave a comment cuz I love hearing from everyone!! 😊

Thanks for stopping in to take a look at my latest post.

Cindy

Layering Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Annie Sloan Duck Egg is a very popular color and you can see why. It’s a beautiful soft blue that is even more lovely with a coat of clear wax added. This is a unique and fun little dresser. Here it is before I painted it.

I used a layered paint technique for this piece. I started with 1 coat of Annie Sloan Coco.

Then I added 1 coat of Duck Egg Blue. I used a medium grit sandpaper to lightly distress the dresser and then I wet distressed over the sanded areas to show a little more of the Coco.

Now the original wood and hints of the Coco are showing. Then it was time for the clear wax. Annie Sloan Duck Egg takes on a slightly different shade when you apply clear wax. You can see it here.

Lovely!

A pretty addition addition to any room!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look

Cindy

Motivation

Im only going to do a quick post today and it’s probably more for my benefit than anyone else.

This year, as most years go, I made some New Years resolutions and decided 2017 was going to be my year! And in keeping with that I’ve been inspired to do some reading.  My cute sister in law, Karina brought to my attention a book called “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod. She mentioned she was going to read it to get more motivated to get up early and get stuff done.

Ok so if you know me you know I’m not a morning person. Ask my work out partner (I’m usually the one to cancel) or my kids, my hubby, my parents, my friends…. There are lots of people who can account for my not so smooth, I’d rather be asleep mornings.

But here’s the thing. I really want to be a morning person. You know those annoying, jump out of bed ready to conquer the day people. I hate those people! 🙄 But only because I’m not one of them. 😩 I actually admire them and want to be invited into their elusive club 😉🙏 (And really if you are one of these amazing people I don’t hate you. I’m actually married to one and he’s awesome! 💪)

So why am I writing this today? I’m almost done reading “My Miracle Morning” and I just had a convo with that same cute sister in law. I’m feeling motivated and ready to try this out. She promised to be my accountability person 😃 cuz I know I’ll need one! And I’ve been adding to my pile of motivational books. I thought that if I memorialize this in my blog it will add to my motivation and accountability 😉 If you are reading this you can count yourself as one of my accountability people! 👊

In fact I’m hoping for some ideas, inspiration and encouragement! I’m adding a picture of my pile of inspiration but I would love to hear what motivates you and where you find your inspiration to improve yourself.

 

 

It’s Wednesday, August 30th (my youngest sons birthday is today! Happy 15th Trey! 😘) and I’m making tomorrow my first miracle morning. Wish me luck! 😉 And please don’t be shy. Share your thoughts and suggestions below. I’ll be watching for them! 😊

Thanks for taking a minute to read my post!

Cindy

Sweetwater Milk Paint makeover

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Ok so if it isn’t already obvious that I love this piece let me just say….I LOVE THIS PIECE!! I mean what’s not to love.

I bought this cabinet several months ago and it’s been sitting in my garage waiting for me to decide what color to paint it. The plan was to use Chalk Paint but the inspiration wasn’t happening. And then one day I had an epiphany….Milk Paint! Duh!

Sweet Pickins Sweetwater and Flour Sack is was!

When I bought this cabinet it was painted white and someone had added textured wall paper to the front of the drawers.

You can see the wall paper pealing off. But I wanted to keep it so I used Mod Podge to adhere it back down and secure it to the fronts of the drawers. I removed the handles and cleaned it to prepare it for the Milk Paint.

 

I wanted to make sure that whatever was used to antique the fronts of the drawers wouldn’t bleed through the Milk Paint so I used spray shellac to seal it. Then I painted 2 coats of Sweetwater on the body and 1 coat of Flour Sack on the drawer fronts and let the Milk Paint do its thing.

This piece didn’t chip a lot so I sanded a little extra to get the distressed look I wanted. One of the things I like about Milk Paint is how easy it is to work with. I feel like it goes on quicker than Chalk Paint. It dries quickly and the finish is smooth and easy to distress. I used the cream wax finish and it gives it a lovely velvety look.

Sweet Pickins Milk Paint is also priced well and easy to mix and use. So many colors to chose from as well. Definitely try it out if you have been thinking about using Milk Paint.

I’m so happy with the way this turned out. And these colors together are just lovely. Sweet Pickins Milk Paint was the right choice for this. Wishing I has somewhere in my home to put it. 🤔 But for now it’s in my booth ready for a new home.

Let me know if you have any questions about Milk Paint or any of the products I use to upcycle and refinish my projects.

And thanks for stopping by to read my blog. I appreciate it! 😃

Cindy