Garage Sale Table Makeover { How To Paint Furniture }

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I am finally back to painting furniture post-baby bump!  Woo Hoo!  Sleep deprivation has definitely taken a toll on my creative juices so I decided to start small with this 1960’s Mediterranean style end table I scored at a garage sale for $5.00.

endtable  I love this type of furniture because the detail can be really fun to play up with a fresh coat of paint.  The down-side is they are usually made of shiny laminate wood which can be a challenge to paint.  Problem solved with Heirloom Traditions Paints – no sanding or priming or prep work!  I just gave it a quick wipe down with Simple Green and started painting.

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I chose Buttermilk, inspired by fresh milk, dairy cream, and lambs ears. The perfect creamy white, inspired by Petit Trianon.

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Although I was pleased with the results and simplicity that two coats of Buttermilk gave the table I decided to accent some of the table’s detail.

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Using a small angled brush I painted on Repose, a soft gray, not worrying too much about perfection.

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I also gave the metal handles a few quick coats.

 

 

 

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After stepping back and admiring my work I still felt like something was missing.

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I brushed on White Lime Soft Wax on the entire drawer fronts.

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White Lime Wax gave the Repose a dry brushed look with out the dry brush work.  It also blended many of the imperfections I was obsessing about my free-handed paint job had done.

 How To Paint Furniture I also added a layer of White Lime Wax on the drawer pulls, softening and highlighting the detail.

 How To Paint Furniture White Lime Wax pulled out the gorgeous detail and wood grain in the piece.

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Can you tell I missed painting furniture?  I even styled the table and contemplated where I might put this in my home.

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Can you even imagine this as a 1960’s piece now?  I always feel like a coat of paint gives each piece of furniture their own Cinderella moment taking it from ugly step-sister to ready for the ball.

 

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Maybe it’s the little girl inside me that doesn’t ever get tired of painted furniture transformations.  Sort of like a fairy tale.

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It felt so good to be creative and tackle this project in one afternoon.  As much as I love being a mom and taking care of our new little one, a quick creative afternoon was just what I needed to feel like myself again!

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DIY UGLY Christmas Sweater { For Baby }

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with I Love to Create and Blueprint Social.  All opinions are my own.

Every year we attend a Christmas party where guests are encouraged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweater.  The ugliest sweater receives a major prize in addition to bragging rights all year long.  The Griffiths have yet to win such a prize – but this year we are bringing our A-Game with a DIY version of an ugly sweater – for our brand new baby Shepherd.  Babies + Ugly Christmas sweaters = We have this competition in the bag.  Getcha some holiday inspiration with a fun and easy way to create your own ugly sweater this year!

 

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I started searching for a sweater to uglify and after 3 trips to 3 different stores I realized most places don’t carry infant sweaters and sweatshirts.  What’s up with that?  Babies need to stay warm too!  I then stumbled on this elf on the shelf inspired onesie at a Thrift Store and grabbed it for .99.  Yeah baby!  (I spotted some similar onesies at Target if you are in the market for one.)  The design provided me an instant template to get my ugly on.

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Supplies needed for this project:

Tulip Glitter Dimensional Fabric Paint

Tulip Iron-On Transfer Sheets

Tulip Fashion Glitter Bond

Rhinestones

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Using tracing paper I made my template for the Iron-On transfer.

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I then traced my shapes onto the glitter Iron-On transfer sheets and cut them out.

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I placed the Iron-On Transfer pieces on the onesie.

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And then adhered them using a dry iron and a thin piece of fabric as a protective layer.

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I embellished the design with Tulip Glitter Dimensional Fabric Paint and adhered the rhinestones with the Fashion Glitter Bond.  I desperately wanted to add bells or pom-poms but I opted to keep it simple for fear of my little one sticking these in his mouth.  If he was older I definitely would have went to town on the sleeves as well.

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After my shirt had dried I immediately put it on Shep for an impromptu ugly onesie fashion show.  Seriously.  Look at that face.  How can he NOT win this year’s grand prize?

 

 

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

Want more holiday crafting inspiration?  Follow I Love to Create, the makers of Tulip products, on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

 

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Furniture Painting Tips on Tuesday

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It’s Furniture Painting Tips on Tuesday!  In case you are new here I share tips from my eBook: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Furniture Painting every Tuesday.   I am so passionate about teaching you how to paint furniture the easy way – I want to share with you my trade secret tips here on my blog too!

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Since there are over 119 furniture painting tricks from the pros in the book it is gonna take me over 2 years to get through the entire collection of time & money saving tips!  If you don’t want to miss a tip you can subscribe to have my posts sent to your Inbox daily and you can follow my Furniture Painting Tips Board on Pinterest!  I will pin each of these tips on the board as they are published so you can follow along!

 

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When painting a piece of furniture typically you remove the knobs from your drawers and then take the drawers out for painting.  Did you know that you can skip taking everything apart by using chopsticks or skewers in place of your handles?  Now you can maneuver the drawer in and out without having to take the dresser apart.  Plus, when working with an antique piece of furniture, even of all of the drawers are the same size, it can be difficult to put a piece back together if you can’t remember which dresser drawer went in which slot.  Since wood moves and warps over time using a chopstick or skewer allows you to skip playing the guessing game when putting your piece back together!

You can access to all of the time and money saving furniture painting tips from professional faux finishers, furniture painting contractors, and furniture painting business owners in my eBook by downloading it here or purchasing it on Amazon Kindle here! Share your own tips and successes with the Lazy Girl method online using #lazygirltips !

See you next Tuesday!

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The Birthday Blessing

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Our household has not had a shortage in the blessing department lately.  With the birth of Shepherd and watching the joy on our 4-year old’s face as he fawns over his new little brother – sometimes I just want time to stand still so I can remember this time forever.  Falling into the trap of wishing for the next season in life is something I am guilty of.  A new tradition we have started in the Griffith house is honoring our children during their birthday week with The Birthday Blessing. 

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This year for Axton’s 4th birthday was the first time we have implemented The Birthday Blessing and it was a week full of cherishing his milestones and teaching him that he was made in God’s image – a special gift to us on his birthday each year.  The Birthday Blessing gives us seven days of celebrating the gift of our child by affirming him  as a masterpiece, created in the image of God to do great things in this world. Ephesians 2:10

 

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The week before his birthday we placed this birthday cake – that was included in the kit – out on the dinner table.  Each night at dinner we were reminded to talk about Axton’s upcoming birthday and make notes about the past year in his devotional journal.

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The family time we spent talking over the Bible verses and remembering all that Axton has accomplished over the past year made him feel so cherished by us.  It also reinforced what we as a family want to accomplish in the years to come – to become more like Christ in all that we do.   

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It’s so awesome to document each year and on Axton’s 18th birthday we can give him his Birthday Blessing journal as a gift – to remember how much he is loved by us and in Christ.

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The Birthday Blessing is one way for me to allow time to stand still on paper and to not forget the blessings of TODAY.

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