Saturday, December 24, 2011

Picture Frames....

if you are my family, quit reading this...your presents are on this post...i got this idea from megan at Miss Madison's Charmed Life ... thank you very much for helping me come up with these last minute gifts...we, meaning the husband and i, cut and made these frames...he has decided he wants to get in on the action...he did the actual cutting and i painted and mod podged...they turned out great...

tried to keep everything matching with black..

this one i made out of a scrap of wood for baleighs room...she likes houndstooth...

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seriously, look below to see what i've turned house needs to be cleaned...but, look at my table...what table??? i can't even see it cause i have so much project junk on it...its almost christmas and i'm still making stuff!!

so, when jeff sees this, he will go out of his mind! and my poor puppy...look at her...she needs to be saved!!

Family Date Art

just wanted to share a project i just made...wanted to make something new for my excited to do this since it was on my to do list....

Monday, December 19, 2011

Faux Mantel

i've had a lot going on...working on so many things...this project means so much to me...i have learned alot about measuring, cutting, and using power tools...for several months i have researched faux mantles and how to build them...for me the challenge was to use what i had on hand...i didn't want to spend a dime on this project...i did fail at that part...but for the money i spent i'm very happy with the outcome...

the "fantle"
i started documenting the process with pictures when i first started...since i had a little bit of a struggle with this project, i decided to not take pics for this inspiration came from Vintage Revivals and from Heart Break Kids. you can click on the link to see how they made theirs...i had 2 sets of bifold doors in my barn..i never started with a certain measurement...i knew i wanted my mantle to be a little taller than some of the ones i had seen online...i cut my doors so that the longest portion was the part i was using...i wanted solid ones but you know me, i had to use what i had...the hardest part of this whole project was to decide if i wanted it to be flush with the wall or to sit out a little bit...i chose for it to sit out...the reason for this is because i didn't attach it to the wall at all...i can move it around if i want to put in on another wall...i cut 2 pieces of wood the same length as the doors...i attached them together with "L" husband was shocked that i knew what that was...for real, i have internet...the piece of wood in the center is a scrap from an old shelf...i attached it between both doors...the closet doors were painted black...i put on a coat of white paint...i didn't feel it...i then distressed...more my style i think...for the top, i had to spend money...ugh..i had a piece of wood that was the right length, but, it wasn't wide enough for my liking...i wanted to be able to decorate...i had a few things that i knew might not fit with a narrow piece on there...i spent $9.72 for the top...i then stained it with a very dark mahogany mixed with some dark looks almost black...the look that i wanted since i have lots of black furniture...i am not totally finished yet...i have a few other things i want to do but i did manage to get it done in time to hang some stockings...that was my goal...after christmas i will be working on it some more...

i wanted to add this...this room is my living was once a car port...i had a wall put up to enclose it...the floor is raised up with a hard wood floor on top...we think that cold air gets trapped in that space in between...on very cold days its hard to heat the room...i bought the little heater just for this project...we really like the way it has 2 settings that are for heat and just for the light...its really cute...looks like a  burning fire!

thanks for taking the time to read about this project that i waited so long to get completed...i feel like i truly accomplished something this time...

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Anthro Knock Off

when i first saw these around on the internet, i HAD to have one...mine is a little different from the original...i wanted one made from a mason jar but i didn't have any...i looked at the ones at hobby lobby...nope, too much for me...i've been saving spaghetti jars for various projects...the small jar i had was from some grated cheese...i also was out of silver paint so i had to do the lids in white...i also added some twine around the neck of the jar...for the inside i used some table salt and some kosher salt mixed together...the trees are from hobby lobby...they were $1.99...for the large jars i used a small piece of wood hot glued to the lid for the tree to sit on...i wanted the tree to be raised up so there would not be so much empty space at the for a total of $1.99 for all of these, i'm pretty happy!! i had all of the supplies already...

one last thing...i went to to look up these snow globes...they no longer have them...the original price was $38 and they were marked down to $26...maybe thats why they are out...they were so CHEAP!!!!

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Crafts

i wanted to make some quickie things for teacher gifts...they turned out to be not so quickie but still turned out ok...the kids enjoyed painting...if they are happy then mama is happy....

made for mrs. bosworth...baleighs favorite teacher...used purple because the knights colors are purple and black...added hounds tooth ribbon for black and because we had it already...i dumpster dived the wood...LOL...already had vinyl and paint...cost to make $0...gotta love that

made for hannah maries teacher...didn't know what to do...i suck at cutting vinyl and the original plan bombed...i also dumpster dived this wood...i already had the other supplies too...hannah had a great time painting this...even though she is not a painter and glooped it on...she tries...another free project....
so now that i can successfully use a power tool, i am working on a few other things...i will post more pics when i get done with the snowman we are working on...

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dresser Before & After

i just wanted to share a little change i made in my dresser that i use in my dining room....i added some glass knobs to replace the wooden ones...they were on sale at hobby lobby for 1/2 off...originally 3.99...


still thinking about painting it...but for right now i like it alot better!

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Friday, December 9, 2011

"New" Entertainment Center

i'm now posting the longest project in took me days to paint this entertainment center...for almost 3 years i've been trying to decide what to do with was originally bought for a 54" projection screen tv. when jeff and i got married we moved the tv out and put in his flat screen...we used a sofa table to sit it on until i bought the dresser and turned it into a tv console...i'm obsessing over white right really brightens up the room...its kinda hard to get used to looking at it...its just straight gloss white right distressing or glazing...

this is the dresser turned tv console...the left is when i bought it...the right is after i painted the top black and added some glaze...i also painted the knobs

so flash was on too!

here it is finished...a few santas until after christmas...

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Kammy's Korner
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