Union Jack End Table

union jack end tableThis project has been in my head for about two years now. I’m so happy to see it come to life! This piece of furniture because it was a little blah but my main problem (and why I didn’t try it for two years) is that I hate sanding and worried about being able to cover the black. Then, the one and only Martha came out with a new line of paint products… Vintage Decor Paint :)  A Matte Chalk Finish, requires no prep, is self priming, and comes in 22 colors! OK!!

union jack end table

I used 3 colors for my end table: Red Wagon, Wedding Cake and Sailor Blue. I also used the Antique Wax and the Vintage Decor Paintbrush.

union jack end table

union jack end table

I started out by painting the sides, back and top of the table blue. The paint is super thick, almost like a thick gluey consistency.

union jack end table

I was super impressed at how well it covered the table! This is a very thin coat on one side. I could have gotten away with one coat but I waited about 30 minutes and did a second coat just for extra coverage.

union jack table

Next, I taped off the Union Jack. All of the tape lines are where the white parts will be.

union jack table

I also did two coats for the front of the table too. On the left is one coat and on the right is two coats.

union jack table

When I pulled off the tape I had some major bleeding but it was because of my tape job (oops). This shows how I taped off the rest of the table to paint the white parts. I waited about 1-2 hours between each step to make sure I didn’t tape over any wet paint. I used three small paint brushes at the very end for all of the touch ups from the  bleeding and that worked great!

union jack table

I waited for it to dry overnight and the next day I sanded it to look more “antique”. I sanded the corners and edges as well as some flat surfaces.

union jack table

union jack table

The last step was to apply the wax. The instructions said to apply a thin layer and then wipe off the excess with a wet lint free rag. I was nervous about it because it was super thick and very brown but after you wipe, it all makes sense. You can see how it gives it a richer, darker more aged look.

union jack table

On the left I had used the antique wax and I hadn’t on the right yet… it’s more obvious on the white parts.

union jack table

After drying for a few hours you can buff it with another clean rag.

union jack end table

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union jack table

I am pretty much in love with the way it turned out! It looks so at home in our living room! Speaking of at home… I couldn’t get a certain five year old to move from the couch before these pictures were taken :)

union jack table

union jack table

union jack table

union jack table

Here is a video introducing the line and a coupon code for you to get 25% OFF all Vintage Decor Paint that is valid at Micheals Stores through 9-12-14. Be sure to visit Plaid Online and check out their blog for more project ideas. For even more inspiration you can find them on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+.

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

Southwest Chicken Salad & Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

southwest chicken salad

Y’all, something happened… I found the world’s best salad dressing. I don’t even need to call it a dressing, it can be a dip or you could put it on meat or I might just drink it with a straw. I present: Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette, it’s not my recipe I found it HERE. If you love cilantro half as much as I do then you will love this dressing (seriously cilantro is my favorite food!)

Anyway I found it a few weeks ago and I have made it every week since. To go along with it we made a Southwest Chicken Salad the other night. You know, cause eating dressing with a spoon might be weird so it needed a vehicle.

southwest chicken salad

For the Southwest Chicken Salad:

-marinated grilled chicken

-green leaf lettuce (my personal favorite lettuce)

-celery

-carrots

-green onion

-black beans

-english cucumber

-bell pepper

-avocado

-corn

-cojita cheese

southwest chicken salad

Toss all the ingredients in a bowl and top with the best dressing ever :) Speaking of a bowl, how cute is this one? The nice people at Red Envelope sent it to us because we make a ton of salads at our house! I love the feel of it, its really thick and feels “hearty”… perfect for a chicken salad. I also just love looking at it. Now I need open cabinets because it’s too cute to be behind closed doors. I’m like the mouse from “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”!

southwest chicken salad

southwest chicken salad

You can find the bowl HERE.

southwest chicken salad

Let me know if you make this dressing and if you like it as much as I do. I wont judge you on how much you consume, after all it’s healthy :)

southwest chicken salad

Peach Punch Popsicles

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

after school snacks

It’s the end of August so you know what that means… Back to School time! I’m having some serious mixed emotions about it this year. My boys are still in a pre-school program that I love and they do to. Last year they went 2 and 3 days but this year they will both be in school 4 days a week. Don’t get me wrong, they need it and I do too, they are starting to get a little stir crazy and we are ready for the routine. But, I have loved this summer and I will never forget the summer baby sister was born and we spent time learning all about our new baby… we are going to miss our crazy boys around the house, it might get too quiet.

I know that one thing will stay the same… the need for an after school snack. My boys always come home so starving! They wear them out at school :) It will be warm here in Texas for a few more months so we love to make homemade popsicles as an after school snack. My secret ingredient? DelMonte fruit squeezers! My kids LOVE them and ask for “squeezers” daily (and because they can’t read yet they don’t know they have hidden vegetables hehe).

del monthe fruit squeezers

del monte fruit squeezers

These popsicles are so easy that my 3 and 5 year old boys can pretty much make them! Peach happens to be our favorite flavor around here so I picked up the peach mango DelMonte Squeezers from WalMart and a box of the strawberry too. For these Peach Punch Popsicles I used:

a whole peach mango squeezer

about 3/4c 100% real fruit punch

a little fresh squeezed orange juice

peach punch popsicles

And we froze them to perfection :) My oldest son has declared these his new favorite flavor…. they are so, so good!

peach popsicle

peach popsicles

Fruit squeezers are also an easy and healthy favorite inside their lunches so we stocked up this past weekend! Right now select Walmart Superstores are running a back-to-school photo special. You can bring in or upload any photo and receive a free 5×7 photo. When you pick up your photo you will receive a coupon for $1 off the purchase of (2) Del Monte 4-pack Fruit Cups or (2)Fruit Burst Squeezers. The offer is available from 8/1 to 9/13 while supplies last.

del monte squeezers

Is anyone else feeling bittersweet about this school year? I know that in no time we will have the hang of it and it will be the new normal but sometimes this growing up thing is hard… especially for moms ;)

Living Room Tour

Hi Guys! I don’t really have a lot to say about these photos other than here is our living room, where we spend all of our time :) I picked up (a little) last week so I thought I would take so pictures to have it documented.

living room

It’s pretty small compared to the rest of our house but it’s so cozy!

living room

Here are the answers to the most common questions we get on Instagram and in real life…

1. Our paint color is Colonnade Grey by Sherwin Williams

2. Our couch is from Ashley Furniture – It’s called the Loric Smoke Sectional

living room

I love our Built-Ins… there were here when we moved in. We have a basket of shoes on the fireplace because the boy’s room is far from the garage and the wicker basket on the mantel is full wipes and diapers. I want to do something about the red brick fireplace but I haven’t figured out what yet. Any ideas?

living room

The built-ins house our project life book, old baby books, yearbook and photo albums. Those colored books are my grandmothers LIFE books from the 60′s-70′s.

living room

living room

There you have it. Short and sweet, and well loved. I have a million ideas in my head but this room works for now. It’s hard when you have really little kids to put anything super nice in your house haha. Let me know if you have any questions about anything in here!

living room

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