Flip Those End Tables!

My neighbor was having a garage sale recently. Let me tell you – I loves me some garage sales! They give you an opportunity to get to know the neighborhood and make some awesome purchases. We got our little guy an adorable monster hat for only $0.25! The most exciting purchase from this sale had to be the solid wood end tables, though.

 

 

I got them for only $4 a piece! You really cannot beat that price. Plus, they have a unique look to them that initially had me puzzled as to how I wanted to refinish them.

After some Pinteresting, I had a plan. I love the two-tone table look that involves a dark wood stain on top and a light paint accent on the legs. It just seems timeless to me.

I have redone the stain on furniture before, like in this post. I know there are multiple ways to remove stain from wood, but I prefer to just sand it off. I did the tops of the tables when my dad suggested just taking the tables apart so I wouldn’t have to sand around the spindles. I am so grateful for this idea since that would have been a pain!

 

 

With the stain all removed, I decided to tape off the bottom of the tables so we could easily spray paint the legs. Initially, I was going to paint the spindles and legs by hand, but my dad convinced me that spray paint was the way to go. Can you tell I get most of my DIY skills from my parents?

For the spindles, we punched holes in cardboard so we could easily spray paint all the spindles at once by standing them up. Here is a pic of the set up:

 

 

Spray painting was much faster and easier. The picture above shows the spindles with one hand painted coat. I am so glad we spray painted them instead.

Next, we got to do the staining. I chose a dark walnut stain. When my dad applied the first coat, I couldn’t get over how gorgeous it looked!

 

 

The tables were put back together with some finagling and wood glue.

 

 

Initially, I tried selling these bad boys at a craft market. Honestly, I am just going to keep these tables for myself!

 

 

Tell me what you think! This is one of my favorite DIYs to date!

 

 

XOXO…PB

Making a Father’s Day Card with Your Baby!

This Father’s Day I wanted to make some fun DIY cards with my little baby. He is still pretty young, so we had to opt for finger paints. For Mother’s Day, we sent everyone cards with his hand print on them. It was a little difficult coming up with a different idea for Father’s Day, but I’m going to show you what we did!

First, I cut out cardstock to fit in some smaller envelopes we had around the house. If you want straight edges, I highly recommend getting a paper cutter. I use mine for so many projects, and it is bound to come in handy!

Next, I squirted a couple of globs of finger paint onto our baby’s high chair tray. While closely monitoring him (I did not want him to eat it!) I let him play around with it and then helped him smear and decorate the cards.

 

 

Once we had all the cards done, I set them out to dry. A word of caution: do not let them dry on paper towels like I did! The paper towels WILL stick to the paint, making it difficult and messy to peel the dried cards off. I recommend something like wax paper instead.

 

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I thought I would add a little personal touch to the cards by cutting out hearts from leftover scrapbook paper I had. If you don’t have scrapbook paper, you could do something else to add some flair!

 

 

I glued the little hearts onto the painted and folded cardstock. Once they were dry, they were ready to be written in and sent out.

 

 

What Father’s Day projects are you doing?

XOXO…PB

 

 

Adding Art to Our Living Room

My husband and I like to get one or two projects done on the weekend since our weekdays are spent working and wrangling the baby. I thought I would start posting some of these little DIY projects that we are tackling around the home.

This past weekend the goal was to hang some art in the living room. I wanted to make a trio of art above the couch. At first, I was going to just paint a giant canvas and have some DIY art, but blank canvases can get expensive! While we were out on a shopping trip, we found some beautiful, giant canvases at Burlington Coat Factory(!). The large canvas was only $40, and the two small canvases were $15 each.

 

 

Comparing these to my trip to Hobby Lobby, they were the same price as buying one giant blank canvas, not including all the art supplies.

Now for the hanging…

Instead of centering the paintings with each other, we decided to have them all be at the same level along the bottom. We hoped this would create a little visual interest.

Here is the before:

 

 

And after!

 

 

This is a bigger view to give you an idea of the space:

 

 

Here it is a little warmified:

 

 

And here is my husband modeling our work…haha!

 

 

What projects did you do this weekend?

XOXO…PB