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+.

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How to do a Patterned Dot Wall

patterned dot wall

When I found out I was pregnant last year I was of course thrilled for a new little bundle to join our family. Soon after it sunk in,  I got super excited to do another nursery! We didn’t find out the gender with either of our boys and they were so close in age that I just used the same nursery for both of them. It was gender neutral and of the “pre-pinterest era” so I have had years to collect ideas and get inspired :) I already knew what I wanted long before I even knew the gender so when I found out this girl was a girl… I knew a dot wall was happening.

I know I’m a little late to the gold-vinyl-dot-wall-party but I still love it, so I thought it would be perfect for the wall behind the crib. I have seen the gold dots randomly placed on walls and while I do love random I wanted a pattern this time. I searched and searched for a tutorial on how to get THIS LOOK  in my inspiration photo but I wasn’t able to find much. I called for backup, my mom and sister. I’m sure there are many ways to achieve this look but this is what we did.

I bought gold sticky vinyl online and used my cameo to cut 1.5″ dots. I have the silhouette file saved, if anyone wants it let me know.gold vinyl gold vinyl dotsgold vinyl dots

Other than my dots, I used these supplies: a ruler, tape measure, piece of cardstock, scissors, some very sticky double sided foam tape and a pencil. The other must have tool is a laser level. I found this one at Home Depot for around $8.patterned dot wall

lazer level

After measuring my wall, my mom (the math star of the team) figured out how far apart my dots could be based on how many dots we had. I bought 8 feet of vinyl (8′x12″) and the dots were 1.5″ in diameter so she figured each dot needed to be 6.5″ apart. The very first two rows are the hardest because you have to get everything set from those, so we started at the top of the wall. Thank goodness for my mom and sister! My sister climbed the ladder for all of the tall dots, I didn’t take over until we were about halfway done. (grainy iphone pic)

patterned dot wall

 The whole trick to getting the pattern to look like a pattern is getting straight lines on your wall, enter the laser level. I’m sure you could also use other methods like an overhead projector, use a regular level with a tape measure and pencil, pop a chalk line, etc. But I really liked this little tool. We used the double sided foam tape on the back which needed to be changed every few rows. Once you get it taped it up it rotates 360 degrees so you can get it lined up correctly after mounting it to the wall.

laser level

There is a level on the back but it wasn’t super accurate because of you move it just a hair the line at the end of the wall moves inches up or down! For the first row we started measuring from the ceiling and made a pencil line 6.5″ down on both sides of the wall. For the other rows we measured from the previous dot line. Then we just played with the laser until the line was touching both pencil marks on both sides of the wall.

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

This is a very hard picture to see but the laser line on the left is below the pencil marks so you have to play with the laser until the the line is perfectly on the marks like the picture on the right. patterned dot wall

As far as the spacing on each row we also spaced the dots 6.5″ apart. Instead of holding a ruler or tape measure between every dot we measured a piece of cardstock and used that as the ruler. We measured 6.5″ from outer edge of each dot and made sure the top of the dots lined up with the red laser line.

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

After you get your first two rows up, its pretty easy. A few other tips… every other dot on our left side had to be cut in half. And I did have one dot that I had to put under the power outlet plate.

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

I really love how it turned out and I can’t thank my mom and sister enough! We worked one night from about 2-3 hours then I finished it up the next afternoon so it was a pretty quick project. The most time consuming part is getting the level lined up but I love the patterned look so it was worth it!

patterned dot wall

Here is a little peek at the crib. I will have the details on the bedding and quilt next week.

patterned dot wall

patterned dot wall

So does anyone else have a dot wall at their house? Let me know if I left any info out… I am suffering from pregnancy brain lately :)

Soap Making and a Giveaway

soapmaing kit

I like to think I’m a jack of all trades when it comes to crafting. I might not be good at it but I have almost tried it all. However, I have never taken up knitting, crocheting or soap making… until now! I made soap this week and I loved it. Add it to the list of crafts I love to do! The people at Wholesale Supplies Plus asked if I would want to try out a soap making kit and I couldn’t say no. WSP is a company that sells a complete line of soap/bath and body making products with the packaging materials included. They usually sell to soap hobbyists or small craft-based businesses however they assured me it was pretty much fool proof and even a beginner could do it.

I chose to try the “My Teens Favorite Bar Soap Making Kit“. I was a little intimidated when I opened the box but it smelled so good that I soon forgot all about that. I love that they send everything down to the packaging and the FDA approved protective gear if you do want to sell this! There is a whole list of ingredients that were in my box HERE.

soapmaking kit

soap making kit

I dove right in following the recipe and directions and started making soap! (Excuse the bad kitchen lighting)  First, I had to cut the soap base which was easier than I thought. It cuts like butter.

soap making kit

soap making kit

Once I had all of my soap cut, I heated it up in the microwave. It didn’t say a time but somewhere between 2-2.5 minutes was good for me.

soap making kit

While it was cooking the next step was to chop the oatmeal scrub, I used my food processor. The boys thought I was making smoothies :)

soap making kit

soap making kit

After that, take your soap base out and make sure there are no more lumps. I thought it already smelled good at this point.

soap making kit

Next, it was time to add in the fragrance. I love this smell… Honey Almond, it’s actually why I picked this kit. I am very sensitive to smells and this one said “Sweetened summer honey touched with lemon, lavender, bitter almond, and ginger” I mean come on, YUM.

soap making kit

Then I added the Kaolin Clay (which I had to Google). Being the soap newbie I am I didn’t know why I needed this but apparently it makes the soap silky smooth and is great for sensitive skin. Sounds like a great ingredient to me.

soap making kit

Next I dumped in my chopped oat scrub and mixed it all together nicely, it was still warm at this point. This picture is from my first batch. I later learned that I didn’t actually chop the oats enough in this round causing them to stay at the bottom of my bowl and I didn’t get an even oat scrub outcome. Soap newbie.

soap making kit

After a good stir it was time to pour the soap into the mold.

soap making kit

I filled them a little too high in the first batch… oops, trust me when I say my other batches were far more pretty!

soap making kit

I waited a few hours then just like magic, I popped one out and IT WAS SOAP! That I made!

soap making kit

It was silky and pretty and smelled amazing!

soap making kit

The kit came with cello bags and raffia which are very classic and clean looking but I had to doll it up a little :)

soap making kit

soap making kit

soap making kit

I added things like cardstock, bakers twine, colored staples, doilies, sequins, fabric and washi tape. Very simple and all things I had on hand!

soap making kit

 I love this kit because not only is it fun to make but when you are finished you have a ton of great little gifts that are perfect for teachers, b-days, party and shower favors etc. Now for the best part… Wholesale Supplies Plus is giving away a kit to a lucky reader! Woo Hoo! Enter the Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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DIY Headboard

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I am so excited to share this project! I thought about doing my very own DIY Headboard in our Master Bedroom years ago but I wanted to wait until we moved. So, this summer I was ready to get after it. A few weeks ago I hung some craft paper up over my naked bed and let it sit for a week or so. I traced a shape I thought I would like and wanted to live with it  for a while. I never even took a picture of this stage but here is the sad, sad room before. Note the “filing cabinet nightstand”, 10 year old mismatched lamps and the “foot board shin deathtrap”…

before pic

I made a few changes to the craft paper template, cut it out then handed it to my husband. The next step included talking my husband into building the frame and cutting the wood for me. He is a night owl so these things magically happened late at night after I was asleep. I actually woke up one morning to a finished headboard. Yes I’m very lucky, I know :) He used plywood for the main shape and used 2×4′s for the frame and the legs.

DIY Headboard

For the upholstery part I used 1″ Foam, 5 yards of quilt batting, an old sheet and 5 yards of upholstery fabric. First I had to adhere the foam to the headboard. I only put foam on the plywood part of the headboard, not the legs. I had to use two foam panels and spray adhesive directly on the plywood. IMG_6921

DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard

I waited about 30 minutes or so to make sure the spray adhesive was dry. Then I trimmed around the headboard.

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DIY Headboard

I did a little research before I started and I learned that many people suggested this next step. I was originally going to layer the foam then the batting then the upholstery fabric. But the tip I found over and over was to add muslin or another layer of fabric between to achieve “total smoothness”. I took it as a sign so I went with it. I’m really glad I did, I totally see what everyone was talking about. Fabric on fabric is easier to smooth out than fabric on batting. I used an old king sized sheet and put that on the floor first then I laid my batting down.

DIY Headboard

I used 5 yards of batting and cut it in half.

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Make sure the sheet is pretty flat (I didn’t iron it but I should have). Then I started the fun part… stapling! My main tip is on the first side just make sure to smooth it as you go but you don’t have to pull, then on the opposite sides you have to pull really tight. I started on one side then did the top, other side and bottom last. I didn’t trim the excess fabric until I was done because in a few spots I had to remove staples and redo them.

DIY Headboard

After I went all the way around, the corners had some puckering. This is when I took out a few staples and redid them. This is also why it’s important to add the extra fabric layer because the batting catches the fabric a little.

DIY Headboard

Tada. Layer one done. I didn’t add batting to the end of the legs because we screwed the legs into the bed frame.

DIY Headboard

Here it is from the back.

DIY Headboard

THIS. FABRIC. I could die! It’s my most favorite fabric in the universe. It’s so me, made up of my very favorite colors and it makes me so happy. I saw it long ago on a chair. Then months later I started seeing it on DIY projects.  I knew this was the fabric I wanted to stare at every night and every morning. It’s called Santa Maria Desert Flower by Waverly. They now sell it online and at Hobby Lobby. Ironically you can even get a headboard (in a very similar shape) in the same fabric from Land of Nod. Unfortunately my dream fabric is only 54″ wide so I was going to have to sew a couple of seams.

DIY Headboard

I thought about doing one seam right down the middle but I am not the best at matching patterns so I decided on two side seams. Honestly this was the hardest part of the project for me. I ironed my fabric then placed it right sides together. I kept checking for accuracy making sure the pattern lined up just right.  I had to redo one side  3 or 4 times but on the other side the heavens parted and it looked perfect!

DIY Headboard

Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower Fabric

Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower Fabric

I made this fabric long enough to fully cover the legs.

Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower Fabric

I used the same technique for stapling. For the corners I stapled one side to the edge, then the other side to the edge then just pulled the fabric up to form a point and pulled it down right in the middle of the two sides and stapled. Once again, we screwed the legs to the bed frame really late at night so I didn’t take any pictures.

DIY Headboard

I have to say this is by far one of my favorite DIY Projects! I love the way it turned out. Isn’t it great when you picture something in your head and it turns out even better than you imagined? How cool that I get to sleep here :)

DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard

I ordered this bedspread almost a year ago and have been patiently waiting to put it on my new pretty bed. I made a triangle quilt pillow too because it can’t go totally pillowless. I found these amazing lamps from JC Penny. I told my husband I feel so grown up having matching nightstands and lamps, it’s the little things right?

DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard

Here is the other side. I love this dresser, we just got it from Overstock. My mom made the tree and that’s my Barrel Chair Makeover. Down the road I would love to have this one wall covered floor to ceiling with pictures and art.

DIY Headboard

I didn’t take a before picture of the previous fan but imagine it white, gold and very very squeaky… much improved! We also want to tear the carpet out one day. DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard

There is it, my favorite piece. Do you have something you have made that you just adore like me?

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