Christmas Countdown

Have you ever saw something that you loved, that spoke to you, that called your name? Something that you just had to have?

Me! Me! I have!

When I stumbled upon this lovely Christmas Countdown board I had to have it!

Emily at the Jones Design Company nailed this on the head! It’s perfect!

So, like anyone who is completely smitten and in love with something, I had to recreate her awesome-ness!

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Ah, I loooove it! And talk about a simple, but rewarding project. I love how customizable it it! Choose whatever catches your eye.

At first the idea of finding 25 small-ish items may seem a little overwhelming, but the craft store is an excellent place to find lots ofย  little items.

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Get creative! I searched high and low in the craft store and was surprised to see all the cool little items that I didn’t even know they had!

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I loved this little bird the second I saw it!

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Christmas greenery works perfect. Just snip the top of a branch and hot glue it to place.

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Don’t be afraid to use cookie cutters! They work like a charm.

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Jingle bells, jingle bells…

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And this mini grapevine wreath is way too cute!

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I love projects that are EASY, but look so classy! I found the cork board at our local thrift store. I simply covered it with some muslin fabric (love) and cut out tags (which can be found on Emily’s website). Punch a hole in the tags and pin in place with T pins (found in the sewing section). After that, gather your ornaments, trinkets and embellishments and either hang in place or hot glue them to the tag. EASY!

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To add a touch of Christmas to the breakfast nook, I put my new little countdown on our recently transformed dresser. What a pair they make. There’s a whole lot of happiness in one corner. ๐Ÿ™‚

What a perfect little vignette this makes!

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Such a rewarding project, and one that has me smiling from ear to ear! Thanks Emily!

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Office Desk Organizer… A Makeover Story!

Thrift stores are my favorite… I get such a rush walking through them because you never know what you will find! Today’s project is no different. When I stumbled upon this at the thrift store, they had it labeled as a jewelry box. I guess is was possible, but I saw it as a desk organizer.

Here’s what it looked like when I brought it home:

Look how awesome it is inside:

How could I pass that up? I knew that a coat of spray paint and a freshly painted inside would transform this piece from drab to fab.

Let me just tell you… I LOVE IT thiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssssssssssssssssssssss muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. How’s that for an explanation?

It’s the perfect addition to my desk and it makes finding my favorite pens easy peasy. I also like that I can hide stuff in there… that way sticky hands don’t run off with my favorites… I’m a little weird when it comes to pens, especially my favs. I know I can’t be the only one…

It’s the perfect addition to my desk. I love the versatility- it can do so many things!

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, thrift store finds can be the best!

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Kitchen Tray

I’m a big believer in trays. I like how they instantly “group” something, or how they make an item look special. Anytime I find a tray, or something that even resembles one, I snatch it up and find a home for it. There’s always a place, trust me.

My latest find at the thrift store was this little beauty:

When I brought it home it didn’t looks so good. It was a really hideous red… Not that I have anything against red, but this had an orange-y tint to it. Blah.

I was in such a rush to get rid of the color, that I painted it before I took a “before” picture. Doh! Call me smart.

It’s playing a pretty big role by holding the olive oil, salt and pepper, plus a few pretties.

Our kitchen is still a room that needs a little personality, but projects like these sure help!

Ah, the simple pleasures…

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Upholstered Thrift Store Chair

You’ve already seen the “After” version of my lovely thrift store chair, but I can’t even begin to tell you how much I have fallen in love with it. What started out as a sad little chair ended up being one of my favorite things. Ever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s it’s Cinderella story:

A while back I was browsing my local thrift store and I walked right into this:

It was really sad looking and practically begging for a makeover.

But the amount of potential was amazing. The shape. The legs. It had it going on!

Well, except for the color, bad paint job, horrible seat fabric and not to mention the fact that it was very wobbly. Nothingย  a little TLC couldn’t fix, right? Because of it’s rough condition I was able to make a deal on it big time! $4.00… boo-ya!

In the car it went and I made my way home. My husband took one look at it, looked at me, then back to the chair and shook his head. He thinks I’m crazy, but he went ahead and sat in it… and wobble it did. Obviously it was going to need a little work.

With this being my first upholstery job, I was a bit hesitant about how I was going to reupholster the seat. But I found the best way to gain confidence was to start taking apart the current upholstery job.

By seeing how the original upholstery was done, I knew that I could replicate it on my own. Very easy!

Once I was down to the bare seat, I got busy working on the frame of the chair.

Because the chair had been repainted, and not very well at that, I gave the entire thing a heavy sanding and followed it with a hot soapy bath.

After that came a coat of primer.

My husband dropped in at this point and tightened all the loose screws and brackets and added a piece of wood to the bottom of the chair, between the two legs, for added support. Wobble be gone!

I gave the entire chair a couple coats of light gray spray paint and let it dry overnight.

The next day I was ready to tackle the upholstery.

I started with the foam for the seat.

For the seat, I simply took a piece of foam and traced the seat with a sharpie. Then I cut it out and used hot glue to attach it on the edges and corners.

I was hesitant using hot glue to attach the foam to the seat, but I figured that since I was going to be wrapping it with batting and fabric it would stay in place since the fabric would be wrapped tightly. Hopefully I’m right. ๐Ÿ™‚

After the foam was glued to the seat, I started wrapping it with batting.

Using a staple gun, I pulled the batting tight and stapled it to the back of the seat.

After that was finished, I started with my fabric and used the same technique as the batting. I started wrapping the seat with fabric, pulling tight and stapling it to the back of the seat. It was much easier than I thought.

Before I knew itย  the entire seat was covered.

And I was admiring the corners.

To attach it to the frame we used a few screws and placed them in the existing screw holes.

Just like that we had a finished chair!

These DIY projects are certainly becoming a favorite in our home! But why wouldn’t they when they turn out like this?

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Chalk It Up!

On my last visit to our local thrift store I bought a frame and mirror combo. It wasn’t really my style… but I saw potential!

It had been at the thrift store for a couple of months and was 50% off! YES!

Here it was before:

Why yes, I had already removed the mirror, pictures and hooks before I realized I didn’t take a “before” picture. My bad.

Here’s the after:

It turned out awesome! I simply sprayed the mirror with 3 heavy coats of chalkboard spray paint, sprayed the frame white and covered the photo slots with some leftover fabric! Love!

I now have a place to hang my apron! Sometimes it can be out of sight, out of mind. But not for this lady anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚

Need to leave a memo or remember something? No problem! We have the perfect spot!

My hubby liked it too. Double bonus. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s truly amazing what a simple “homey” touch like this can do to a space. It kind of makes me want to bake, hence the towel. ๐Ÿ™‚

So in all, I spent $10. Pretty sweet price for a happy chalkboard owner.