Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent my Saturday deep cleaning my back porch. It has been on my to do list for awhile. Anyway, that is a project I’ll be sharing in the future! Yesterday, I worked on painting these adorable little step stools. Like I mentioned before, my husband has … Read More about Chippy Paint Step Stools
Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I spent my Saturday deep cleaning my back porch. It has been on my to do list for awhile. Anyway, that is a project I’ll be sharing in the future!
Yesterday, I worked on painting these adorable little step stools. Like I mentioned before, my husband has a step stool business. He is currently working on a new design. I am lucky to get all of his prototypes! In my opinion, these are winners! Now, let’s talk about chippy paint step stools!
My husband’s co-worker told him how to create a chippy paint look. I read some online tutorials and decided to give it a try! I’ll share with you the process and what I learned a long the way.
Here is a picture of the supplies I used. The only thing not shown is a heat gun that I borrowed from my husband.
Time to put on my favorite French music station and get to work!
First, I took my foam brush and applied a large amount of Elmer’s school glue on it. I covered the top of the stool with the glue. I’ve learned the more glue you use, the better the results.
The second step is to cover the the glue with a thick coat of chalk paint. It is important to make sure that the glue is still wet.
Finally, get a blow drier to get the paint cracking. Well, I don’t own a blow drier. Luckily, my husband has a heat gun which basically does the same thing. Just make sure to have it on a low setting and don’t place the gun too close to the paint. I learned the hard way that this just creates bubbles in the paint. It is important to give yourself at least 6 inches of space. You will soon see the cracks suddenly appear!
These step stools have a lot of small spaces which were difficult to paint. It took most of the day to paint all three. Especially since this was my first chippy paint project! I messed up my first one and had to sand it and start all over. By the time I got to the large stool, I was better at my technique.
After all of the stools have dried, it was time to figure out if I wanted to use all three or just two of the step stools.
I decided to go with the double step stool look because it gave me more room to place some of my favorite books on top.
I love the way the chippy paint came out! It really gives the wood a vintage look. If you have some unfinished wood around, I recommend giving this technique a try. Let me know if you have any questions. I’m always happy to help!
Hello! I hope everyone had a nice long weekend! I was able to take a little trip to the beach and it was a lot of fun! There was also time to start decorating for summer. I started with the shelf that is in what I call my extra living space. Like I mentioned before, I call this my extra living space because it might actually be the real living room. We just don’t utilize a traditional dining room. That might change in the future though. I have been playing around with some ideas.
This space has had different functions over the years. It was even used as an office area at one point! I just really enjoy how open it is.
We were even able to make a mini farmer’s market for our daughter.
My mom gave me some special gifts last Christmas. She had these beautiful canvases made for me. I wanted to incorporate them into my summer decorating.
Only one problem. I never really used blue to decorate before. Plus, I didn’t know how these prints would look on my espresso-colored shelf.
I must say, it actually came out nice! The corbels are from Hobby Lobby. I placed a couple of vintage-looking books between them.
To the left of the display is a message in a bottle and some seashells.
To the right of the display is a candle and some more seashells.
Since I was decorating the shelf for summer, I figured I might as well add a little summer vibe to the mini farmer’s market. I purchased these adorable blue bottles to replace the milk bottles. I also changed out some of the flowers. Other than that, the rest stayed the same.
My little lady has been requesting a shopping cart. I had trouble finding the right one. Most of the ones I found were plastic. Well, while having dinner at Cracker Barrel one night, she found this adorable little one! She was so happy!
Here is a full view of the new summer display:
I hope this post encourages you to experiment with colors you haven’t used before. I like the color blue, I just never thought it matched any of my things.
See you soon!
Happy Monday, friends! This past weekend was very cloudy and rainy. I didn’t go out, but I really enjoyed my time spent at home. During that time, I looked around the house for projects that needed to be done. While I was searching my home for supplies and making lists of what I needed, I discovered a few little things I’m loving lately. That is what I am sharing with you today.
I really enjoy a good candle! Especially when we are having this rainy weather. There is nothing like a lovely scented glowing candle when the house is dark. It just brings a little comfort and warmth. My favorite are the soy candles and I am so happy to have found two small businesses that I now call my favorites! This is not a sponsored post. I just enjoy spreading love!
This first one is from Antique Candle Works. I purchased one candle in sweet lemon and one in wildflowers. They smell lovely when burned at the same time! My favorite place to burn these are in the kitchen. They come in these adorable mason jars and have a nice farmhouse look to them.
The next candle is from an Etsy shop. This shop is called The Tipsy Bee Candle Co. What makes these candles so special is that they have a wooden wick so you can hear a soft crackle as it burns. The scent, cozy cottage, is absolutely yummy! It reminds me of a nice little country shop. These candles come in cute little jelly jars and also look great in farmhouse decor.
I have a post about the wine cork flower bouquet you see below. You can read about it here.
You all know I love anything vintage! I have a few favorites I’d like to share with you. They both came from my local antique mall.
The first one is this adorable little Royal Albert Chantilly creamer.
My next piece of happiness is also a creamer. I guess I have a thing for creamers! This one is silver-plated. I keep this little treasure in my kitchen.
During Mother’s Day weekend, we celebrated my daughter’s 19th birthday. I took her to Disney Springs in Orlando. While I was there, I noticed a kiosk that was offering silhouette portraits. I had to get one made for my 4-year-old! The artist did an excellent job at capturing her curls!
I hope this post encourages you to find joy in simple little things. I feel we are always out looking for the expensive pieces to add to our home and forget about the small treasures we already have.
I’d love to hear about the small treasures that bring you joy! Have a great week!
Another post you might enjoy is about my antique scale centerpiece. You can read about it here.