A Door, Some Crates, and a Little Inspiration

I need a craft corner. We’ve been thinking about what to do for a while now. I plan to take a sewing class soon and I enjoy crafting. A lot. So, I need a corner to call my own complete with desk, storage, and possibly an ironing top. Well, today while at the local Antique Emporium, I came across some apple crates. From there arose the idea that I should make them into a desk. Now, here I sit wondering how exactly to bring this to fruition. So far I have:

And, what I think is the design I have decided on:

Jonathan is out scraping the paint (it’s some sort of plastic-y outdoor paint) off the door as I type. But, where to go from there? Ah decisions, decisions. And the only part I don’t like- see that door peeking out beside the crates? It’s going to get covered up once this desk is done. How much is that going to irritate me? We may have to relocate it (which will be no easy task once this whole thing is screwed together as this will be one hefty piece of furniture). I’m still contemplating what to do with the door. Options include sanding it down and pretty much leaving as is (not likely), painting, or doing some sort of modge podge over top (considering using magazines or newspaper). The last option was more being considered when we were planning to use a piece of plywood as the desk top.

Oh, and I’m also considering leaving the door knob on…it’s kinda cool in an extremely rusted sort of way but wonder if that will get annoying- will have to try it out before committing…

What would you do?

Chalkpaint…what’s that?

If you’re thinking, “What the heck is chalk paint and why would you want to use it?”, you’re not alone. That’s exactly what I thought when someone posted the “recipe” for chalk paint on pinterest. My first thoughts were only confirmed when I clicked the link and found it was a blog complaining about how they didn’t actually like using it. But, Jonathan and I were in the process of figuring out what on earth to do with our night stands. I love them. They’re so cool with their very unique hardware and the design, including a hinged door that folds down and requires a key to open (not really easy to use but still very cool looking). But, I hated the color. It was just not my taste. I prefer either dark wood or light rough wood. This was somewhere in the middle. Also, they’d obviously used some sort of polyurethane to seal it but it didn’t really work so there were water stains etc on it (we found it on Craig’s list originally).

(oops I forgot to take a before picture so this’ll have to do…)

We thought about staining it and even tried it a bit but it was just not working right (I think we hadn’t sanded it enough but it was also just not a good color for the yellow almost orangish wood). So, I checked out chalk paint again and discovered that it *could* be perfect for what I was looking for. Plus, with chalk paint there is no prep work necessary. No sanding, no priming, nothing. Just clean and paint. There are a couple different recipes circulating the internet but the easiest is just plaster of paris and paint. I’m not even positive how Jonathan mixed it but it came out perfectly. I think he used 1 part PoP to 2 or 3 parts paint. I like this blog about chalk paint.

So, without further ado, here’s the finished product:

And here’s mine:

I love the way they came out aged without any distressing at all. We only did one coat because I wanted it to have a mildly distressed look and I feel like we got that with very little effort. We also finished it up with a coat of minwax to seal it. So far, I haven’t noticed any scraping off or anything. However, I do think chalk paint is probably a bit more likely to get dinged etc so it’s not for every project. But, it did exactly what I wanted in this case and I absolutely love the results.

Next up, our dresser with a chalk paint/lace technique I saw on pinterest (of course).

Egg-cellent Piggy, Hippo, and more

Last year I found an egg dying kit that had animals, not just any animals but a PIG animal. Basically, it was just a kit with dye and stickers that made the eggs look like a pig, frog, rabbit, and chick. To say they were a hit is a bit of an understatement. Anya wanted to sleep with them she loved them so much…considering they were hardboiled eggs this wasn’t quite feasible. I kept them for a month or two after easter and had to sneak them into the trash when I finally did throw them away (and I have a feeling Anya caught me and cried anyway).

This year, I searched everywhere and have yet to find a similar kit (they just don’t make them like they used to…or at least not how they did last year). I planned to put them on plastic eggs to make them more permanent. I did finally find an animal kit from Target, but, no piggies. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and here are the results.

Really, there’s not much to them except time but I’ll give it a go explaining what I did. First, here are the main things I needed to buy:

Wooden Eggs (though you could use plastic and skip the painting step all together)

Acrylic Paint in various colors (I bought white but didn’t really need it for the sheep, may use it when I make our bunny though)

Felt or foam in various colors

Pipe cleaners

Things I had laying around the house (as a craft-o-phile I have a lot of random craft items stowed away) but you may not:

Various sized googly eyes

White pom pom balls

Hot glue gun or tacky glue

The only thing you may have an issue finding (especially if it’s not Easter season) are the eggs, I picked mine up from hobby lobby’s Easter section for 40% off:

First, we painted each egg with the acrylic paint. It took several coats to cover each egg (and I had a baby who needed a nap or at least lots of attention so we took lots of breaks anyway). Then, the gluing began. Since I let Anya help we used tacky glue for a lot of it but after she lost interest I finished it with the glue gun which was much quicker. I kinda copied this pig and this sheep design but the hippo and frog are all mine (can’t ya tell?). Ironically, we somehow managed not to make either of the most popular Easter animals. I guess I could go into more detail about how I actually glued each individual googly eye or cotton puff but, is that really necessary? The most difficult thing may have been the legs but I simple folded the tip of each leg and glued it with hot glue to the body- they are not very sturdy so I see a lot of re-gluing in my future.

Anya is over the moon thrilled with her new “princesses” and “prince.”

So, I won’t lie, this was a little time consuming but it was a fun craft for a lazy afternoon. Anya loved gluing all the little cotton puffs onto the sheep and had fun painting all her eggs. I can’t believe we only have a week and a half until Easter, I’d better get moving, we’ve got lots more crafting to come!

A Door for a Princess

Poor Jonathan. He’s in a house full of girls. There’s me (duh), two little princesses, two girl pups, a girl bunny rabbit, two girl guinea pigs (who have been traded in since I first started writing this post), and our newest addition a baby girl ferret. So, he’s constantly surrounded by everything girly. Well, now he gets to add our front door to that list. Honestly, I *wanted* to paint our door blue. A pale, beautiful, maybe not so very manly but still not too girly, blue. But, we have dark red (hideous sigh) shutters. So, we were going to paint it a white of sorts. Well, we get to the store and J thinks that white will clash with our beige siding and he lobbies for, of all things, a purple hue. After much deliberation (and some paint samples), we finally settled on a deep rose color (new bud to be exact).

With our shutters. Driving up from a distance it looks even better than how it looks here. I think our door could use a new light and new kick plate but that shall be improvements for another day (the house could also use a good power washing- anyone have a washer they want to lend me??? =).

So much better for displaying my wreaths. I will perhaps have to rethink my plan of making an all pink one though =)

Poor Jonathan. But, at least Anya is thrilled. How thrilled she’ll be when we finally paint her bathroom a sea blue instead of pink I’m not sure (every time we go past the paint chip aisle she cries “but I want to paint my bathroom pink!”) but for today, we have a happy little princess.

Speaking of home projects, I have a handful of other things that really do need to be blogged about all in varying stages of completion so expect some crafting and home improvement blogs coming up, hopefully in the near future! And, this just in- my dream bedroom complete with redecorated closet are nearing completion! My princess bed (it really is fantastic) just arrived today. I’m in love.

 

ETA: Since this post, I have realized I don’t actually need the hideous kick plate (I don’t know what I was thinking) and so it is gone- waiting for me to fill the holes but gone none the less…ah it looks so much better!

A Kiss for You and (two or three or four =) For Me

I decided to try out a pinterest recipe tonight: Kiss Pies. Well, they didn’t turn out pretty but mmm.. were they yummy and simple to make (though I think making a lot of them would be kinda time consuming but at least there’s practically no clean up!!) 

I modified the recipe slightly. I couldn’t find a flavor kiss I wanted so instead I added nutella and peanut butter to them (since the package comes with two crusts I made one of each flavor).

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I added a small dallop of nutella or PB to the inside of the pie crust circles and then stuck my kiss in the center. I now see that the pictures on the recipe show the pie much more pinched together and therein lay my problem since my pies came undone. I think another way I could have remedied this was to make the pie crust slightly thinner and a little wider to accomodate the extra ingredients.

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See, I did not pinch them together anywhere near enough. You live, you learn.

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Oh well, they may not be pretty but they taste fantastic so I’d say that’s a win and I’ll be trying a prettier version at a later date.

Here Comes the Sun

We had an amazing beautiful day at the park yesterday and headed over to the Chik-fil-A play area when things started to turn gray (and to “return” the guinea pigs- Anya didn’t even care to say goodbye!!). 

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“No pictures mama!!”

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I love that they’re looking at each other here- they love each other so much.

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Princess pose (on accident because you know she wasn’t smiling for the camera =)

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My beautiful, precious girls.