Saturday, April 30, 2011

Chalkboard Kitchen Table


My poor kitchen table. We got it as a wedding present over 6 years ago. In 6 years this loyal piece of furniture has been scratched, hot glued, Sharpied, painted on and had a bottle of nail polish spilled on it. With the exception of the Sharpie marks,  these injuries were caused by Yours Truly.
Here is an example of the before. You can see the sharpie marks, but
the hot glue and scratches are covered by the plates

I have been on a serious chalkboard paint kick the last few weeks and decided it would be awesome to have a giant chalkboard as a kitchen table. My husband didn't like how dark it was, so I added a few light touches with antique white paint and now we have a very happy family.

Materials needed:
Latex chalkboard paint--I used Rustoleum because it didn't require a lot of prep work
Foam paint roller
A tarp to protect your work area
Antique white paint
A paint stamp--I used a fluer de lis
The common sense not to let your 3 year old bounce a ball anywhere near your work area. I make these mistakes so you don't have to!

Clean your table and let it dry. Paint your first coat and let it dry for at least 2 hours before applying the next coat. I did 3 coats.
Personalize your table with a stamp or stencil.

I made this centerpiece from a foam disk that I painted and drilled holes into. I think it really completes the look and it keeps the chalk off the floor.

I'm really happy with how this turned out, and my kids think it is the coolest thing since Legos. :)
Leaving my Hubby a love note :) 



The kids officially broke in the table

Picasso...eat your heart out!

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Sweet Has Sprung Treat Bouquet


This bouquet of goodies is easy to make and fun to display.

Materials needed:
Marshmallows
butter
crisp rice cereal
candy melts
lollipop sticks
blossom cookie pop mold (I got mine at Walmart)
candy mold (found at craft stores)


Make your rice crispy mix as you normally would, but instead of pressing it into a cake pan, scoop it into a mixing bowl sprayed with cooking spray.
Let it cool for a few minutes. This will make it easier to press in to the flower molds.
Once the rice crispies have cooled a bit scoop them into the flower molds and press down with a spatula covered with cooking spray. Press the lollipop stick (I used a wooden dowel) into the rice crispy and cover with more rice crispy treat. Press flat. Repeat this until all your molds are filled.

Make your lollipops according to the directions on the candy melt bag.
Use the left over melted candy to decorate your rice crispy flowers.

Set your treats in the fridge to firm.
Place a foam block into a flower pot and insert the flowers.

Display your sweet bouquet and make sure to keep it high up if you have sneaky little munchkins.



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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Upcycled Art Supply Station Redo


The artwork on my art supply station peeled off. That is what I get for making my own mod podge. 
I kept the containers and just recovered them with burlap and clearance fabric that I found at Walmart. I also repainted the frame with an antique white paint. I love it! 
Before
I loved it this way also
















After
Shabby chic and oh so cute!





















The rest of my craft cabinet from Zee Hubby. :)

Organized at last!

































Click HERE for instructions to make this art supply station.



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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Message ON a Bottle


Right now I am obsessed with two things: Burlap and chalkboard paint. Hmmm....I think I may have my next project...
These bottles were insanely easy and I love the way they look.

Materials needed:
Glass jugs--mine are half gallon beer jugs
Chalkboard paint
Colored chalk

Clean and dry the glass bottle(s).


















 Cover your work area and cover with a coat of chalkboard paint. Let it completely dry and rub chalk all over. Wipe it away and apply at least one more coat. My bottles had writing on them, so I needed 3 coats. 
Rub chalk over the last coat and wipe it away.
Your message bottle is ready to go. This can be used to leave notes, make festive holiday decor, and even write the night's dinner menu on.



















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