Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

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I had an old wooden table and 2 wooden chairs from my Grandma and I really wanted to paint them white. I decided to go with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint since I had heard such great things and everyone I had talked to had amazing results. Start by prepping your furniture. That means simply wipe off the dust and putty any imperfections. This is why i absolutely love this paint there is absolutely no prep work!

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A few things I learned along the way that may help you with your first project: this paint dries way more quickly than normal paint. Don’t keep going over and over the paint like I did or it will become clumpy. Brush it on and leave it! If you want to do more than one coat, let it dry first before applying your second coat.

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Next step, waxing. I used clear wax, but you can also get tinted wax this will go on the top of your piece once you are finished painting. If you want to sand your piece you need to do that before applying the wax.

Once you wax, you’ll loose that chalky feel to the paint, and you’ll get a nice, matte finish.

Take your brush and dip it into the wax. The wax goes along way so just start out with a little bit. Just dab and rub the wax over the entire thing.

Then using a cloth rub the excess wax off. That’s it! How easy is that?

ANNIE SLOAN TABLE

How to: Beer Cake

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Here is the birthday cake I made my boyfriend this year for his twenty ninth birthday! Very easy to do and a lot easier than making him a “real” cake. He’s not into sweets like I am so this was perfect for him.

I took 3 pieces of cardboard (something more sturdy would work better) cut them into different size circles, one 30-pack of beer and then started to stack!  Last, I took some 1″ ribbon and tape it around the beer can to complete the look. You can always add a birthday candle at the top but I just add some streamers/bow ribbon. The whole beer birthday cake took about 10 minutes and it was a huge hit! 🙂

Behind Bed Decor DIY

 

I don’t know about you all but I have completely fell in love with the monogram trend. I want to have initials and letters everywhere in our new condo! This is one of the easiest decorations I have made and it turned out super cute!

All you need:

  • Print a large initial on computer paper ( you can get creative and use a wood letter, scrapbook paper, fabric, etc)
  • Glue
  • Two large frames ($15.00 each from Hobby Lobby)
  • A Wooden “&” sign you could also do a heart or plus sign too
  • Scissors

DIY: Champagne Flutes

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In a couple weeks, I will be heading to Chicago for a bachelorette party. Dancing, wine and girl time. It doesn’t get any better!

Last week, I decided I wanted to contribute a little something special for all the girls attending. I decided personalized champagne flutes would be fitting.

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All you need is champagne flutes I found $1.00 glasses from Dollar General, monogramed scrapbooking letters and ribbon of your choice.

They aren’t super special, but I think they’ll be a nice touch for the night of the champagne and lingerie party. They will look adorable in pictures, and I’m good with that!

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More Bridal Shower Ideas

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Earlier this month, I made some DIY centerpieces and decorations for my cousin’s pink and gold bridal shower that turned out so super cute and are also budget-friendly (yay!). There will be more photos to come after the bridal shower but here are a couple of the ideas I have made so far. Above, painted pink and gold initials with a sparkly gold heart.

pink and gold bridal shower

DIY Ideas:
– Sparkly gold painted mason jars with pink ribbon filled with fresh flowers
– Chalkboard with welcome sign
– napkin wraps + a gold chevron paper table runner
DIY tissue tassel chair backs & garlands
– Plastic champagne flutes decked out with gold bases, pink rhinestones, & personalized party straws

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Valentine’s Day Inspired

Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. It’s never been just about being in a relationship, but rather a special day to spoil those that I love. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, sweet little gestures go a long way. You don’t have to go over the top, just do something meaningful and thoughtful.  Last year I did 14 Days of Valentine’s Day!  for Jake and thought I would share this easy and affordable gift idea with you all.

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14 days

Bridal Shower Garland

A few sparkling tassels add a festive touch to any type of party you’re throwing. I am so excited for my cousin Whitney’s bridal shower in April that I have already started crafting for it! See below how to make your own tissue paper tassel garland.

Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 sheet of 20” x 20” or 20” x 24” tissue paper (variety of colors)
  • scissors
  • ribbon or cord

Cut Fringe

First, fold one sheet of tissue paper in half width-wise, then fold it over twice length-wise. With your scissors, cut strips of fringe about 1/4″ wide along the unfolded short edge of your folded tissue, leaving about 2″ of uncut tissue at the folded edge. Cut strips towards the fold to create fringe.

Once all strips are cut, unfold the tissue and cut in half so you have 2 sheets with fringe (to make 2 tassels).

Twist Tassels

Unfold tissue paper. Begin rolling tightly down the middle crease. Continue rolling, fold in half and then twist to create a loop for hanging.

Create More Tassels and Finish Garland

Repeat to create additional tassels in various colors. Hang from thin cord or ribbon.

DIY: Stylish Photo Frame

Here is a simple yet stylish photo frame that can accommodate tons of photos at once. The idea is super simple. Fasten twines on an empty frame and hang photos using clothes pins or the clips below. You can use a frame you bought or a frame you made by yourself. Yes, this is as simple as it sounds.

Declutter: 20 Items from your Closet

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Over the course of being out on my own for four years I feel like I have slowly accumulated more and more STUFF.  More clothes, more shoes, more books, more kitchen items, etc.  Seriously it is getting to that point where my apartment is feeling smaller and smaller.  
Purging 20 items in my closet is modest enough where I know I can do it rather easily, but enough where I know I will have a hard time with some items.  Hopefully this also starts an even larger overall purge that will lead into my kitchen, living room and bathroom before I move in May. 

20 items is easy, try donating 20 items!