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!!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

DIY Ornament Party

Remember last year when I hosted the first DIY Ornament Party? Well, my friends (the coyotes) had so much fun they insisted on round two ;)

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I kept it simple like last year. I made an appetizer and I asked each girl to bring one too. I also made a dessert and had wine. We meet once a month and we usually have a meal but for this, it’s easier to just have snacks since there is crafting to be done!

For the ornaments I got a pack of clear glass bulbs. Then I set out a bunch of different paint colors and some paint brushes and sponges. At each spot I placed a few paper towels, some water and I used a plastic Tupperware lid for our paint palettes.

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Some of us painted on the outside and some on the inside. I did the “squeeze paint into the ornament” method.

diy ornament party

diy ornament party

They all turned out so pretty and obviously we had fun too!

diy ornament party

diy ornament party

After they dried overnight I wrote the year on the outside with sharpie. This is what I ended up with…

paint dripped ornaments

paint dripped ornaments

So, has anyone hosted a make your own ornament party? I am going to need some more ideas as I see this is becoming an annual thing :)

a day of painting

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Last week I went on a painting kick. I go in waves with my craft of choice. Does anyone else do that? I will be all about sewing for a few weeks then get sick of it and do nothing but paper crafts. Last week it was paint.

I had a blank canvas sitting on my shelf that had been there for weeks. I decided to slap some color on it. I literally just picked out 8-10 colors and just squirted them right on the canvas then using sideways strokes only, brushed until there was no more white space. I talked on the phone with my mom for 10 minutes during nap time and it was done!

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But then just like in the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” books, something happened. I set my new painting up on my shelf just inches away from THIS PAINTING and it was terrible. The colors clashed and there was only one thing to do, paint some more.

Using the lines that were already there, I painted over each color with a new color.

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To be honest, I’m still not sure if I love it but the colors are a definite improvement for the room.

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Here they are with another sneak peak of the craft room. I will get around to taking pictures of everything eventually!

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So what do you think of the new colors… I’m not sure about that orange/peach, can it handle a 3rd makeover?

a DIY Chalkboard (take 2) and mommy issues

DIY Chalkboard

Look, I blogged :)

I wont lie, this summer has been a little hard on me. The boys are at an age where we all need a break from each other but that hasn’t happened. We have been together 24 hours a day since school got out in mid May. The energy level is at an all time high, it’s HOT and I’m not an outside girl. We have 11 days until school starts, not that I’m counting or anything. It’s just Mother’s Day out for two half days a week but it’s very needed in our house. I try to remember that I will miss these precious days. I am so thankful to be a stay at home mom and sometimes I can’t believe I get to raise these kids, but my alone time, and my DIY days have gotten harder to come by. They have a hard time going down at night so they stay up late, they wake up early, the naps are slim… there is a lot of refereeing to be done. I know everything changes quickly with kids so I am looking forward to a new routine and a fresh start. Any tips on how to survive another summer with strong-willed toddler boys in 100 degree weather is much appreciated! Come on Fall!

On a lighter note, last weekend we didn’t have any plans so I jumped on a few simple DIYs that were on my list. I made another chalkboard, I just cant get enough. You can check out my 1st one HERE.

This time I used a frame from Goodwill that my mom had lying around.

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My husband cut a piece of plywood to fit right in the lip of the frame.

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Then I painted the chalkboard paint right on. I used the liquid quart paint and roller method this time as opposed to the spray paint. I actually liked this way better. It only took 2 coats and went on way smoother and easier.

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Then, last week I saw Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional post this on Instagram. It’s a really cool and easy chalkboard lettering technique that she got from Hello Beautiful Blog. Its my new go to way to write on chalkboards! Once the paint dried, I used this technique for writing a little heading on my chalkboard.

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I used wood glue to hold the plywood into the frame and let it dry over night. Don’t forget to season it by rubbing chalk on its side all over and erasing. Voila… a new chalkboard using only scraps!

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Here it is in its new home. And a little sneak peek of my craft room :) My husband and I have been working hard to make this place the “worlds best craft room”. And it is.

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