October 06, 2015

Delightful Moroccan Stenciled Coffee Table Makeover

Hello my sweet blog readers, I hope you had a great weekend.  I spent mine with a paint brush and in my spare time smothering my adorable six-month-old grandson with Grandma kisses.

One of the projects I was working on was this Delightful Moroccan Coffee Table makeover.

Aqua and White Moroccan Stenciled Coffee Table makeover

I called it a Delightful Moroccan Coffee Table because that's the name of the aqua chalk paint color I used along with Simplicity White by Country Chic Paint.  

I picked this table, along with another VERY similar, at a local online auction site.  This is what it looked like before the makeover...

Moroccan Stenciled Coffee Table Before
* This post contains affiliate links so you can source some of the products I used. 

I was so eager to start this project that I forgot to take a picture before I patched the dents and scratches with Dynamic Dyna Patch (the only spackle compound I use on furniture).

Once sanded to a smooth finish, I brushed the entire table with three coats of Simplicity white chalk paint. Normally you get perfect coverage with just two coats but I was getting wood tannin bleed. Why? Because it was the weekend and I was being lazy and didn't bother applying a coat of shellac first. After a quick brush of Shellac followed by that third coat of paint, no more wood bleed.

Moroccan Stenciled Coffee Table painted Simplicity White

My frustrations didn't end there.  

In the wee hours of the morning, clad in my pj's with a fresh cup of Italian roast, I tip-toed down to the workshop to quickly slap a Moroccan stencil onto the top of the table.

Ha!  If only life could be that easy.

Moroccan Stenciled Coffee Table top painted in Delightful aqua chalk paint

Using the Delightful chalk paint color, I started stenciling the Moroccan pattern.  The first row went on without a hitch but somewhere between row two...an empty mug of coffee...and row three, Mama's eyes went a little wonky.

Let's just say I had a hot aqua mess.

After deep breaths and a refill on that coffee I decided to repaint the top white and start again.  That's now five coats of paint on the top!

Moroccan stenciled coffee table top with white chalk painted base

First row - perfection.

Second row - same thing.

Third row...what the heck??????

For the life of me I couldn't figure out what went wrong when I was so diligently overlapping the stencil in the same way for each application.

...or so I thought.

Moroccan Stenciled Coffee Table Top

Long story short, I painted the entire top Aqua.  Yup, that's two more coats of paint for a grand total of SEVEN!

For some strange reason, I was able to follow the pattern much easier by stenciling it with Simplicity White and applying it vertically rather than horizontally.

Coffee table top painted aqua with white Moroccan stencil

I will admit that it was one of those oops that turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  I like the softness of the white over the aqua much better.

Aqua Moroccan Stenciled Coffee Table Makeover

Now this Delightful Moroccan Coffee Table with a seven coat painted top needs to find a new home.

Moroccan stenciled coffee table makeover with accessories

October 03, 2015

DIY Sunday Showcase Party and Features {October 3, 2015}

Oh my goodness did we have a lot of folks visit our party last week and we loved every second of it. Because you're all so darn talented, it was a challenge picking just one favorite.  I'm looking forward to seeing what you share with us this week.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Bloggers this is a great link up to showcase your work because not only will it appear on this blog but on the blogs of our five co-hosts. That's six opportunities to have your work featured!

Join us and share your favorite DIY Projects, Crafts, or Recipes.

The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00 pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday.



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Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks
Are these not fabulous or what!  They look a lot harder to make than they are and Bev provides an easy to follow tutorial.


Purple Monster Snacks for Kids
PURPLE MONSTERS SNACKS FOR KIDS by Spaceships and Laser Beams


A healthy, simple breakfast is just minutes away! Pumpkin spice green smoothies taste like your favorite pumpkin spice sweet treat instead of a nourishing green smoothie! Perfect for breakfasts on the go! Vegan, gluten free, paleo option. | www.pancakewarriors.com


This simple sign is a great addition to any space. It is very customizable which means you can make it the perfect color and size for your space.
SIMPLE SIGN by Hawthorne & Main




repurposed pot lid jack o'lantern

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October 01, 2015

Refreshing the Fall Pumpkin Topiaries With Copper

For a gal who doesn't like Autumn, I've sure been posting a lot of Fall decorating ideas! 

Last year (or the year before, whose counting) I made Pumpkin Topiaries for the urns flanking our front door. Considering I can no longer hang a wreath on the door (God forbid the new factory painted finish get scratched), I decided to add some punch to our entry by Refreshing the Fall Pumpkin Topiaries with Copper.

Fall Pumpkin Topiaries Before and After

Here is a closer look at what they used to look like. I share a tutorial at How To Make A Pumpkin Topiary.

Fall Pumpkin Topiaries Before

There was nothing wrong with them, I just felt like a change away from the traditional.

The plan was to use these materials for the refresh...

Refreshing Pumpkin Topiaries with these supplies

But you'll see further down in this post that planned changed.

Using Antiquing Wax to add dimension into the ribs of white pumpkins

First I painted the bottom pumpkins black.  To add some dimension to the white pumpkins, I rubbed dark wax into the ribs and wiped away the excess.

To get into tight spots that a regular wax brush can't get into, I cut the bristles down to 1/2" on a small inexpensive chip brush *(affiliate link).  I couldn't live without my little handy dandy dark wax brush!

White pumpkins before and after adding dark wax into the ribs

See the difference between the pumpkin in the foreground to the one behind?

Painting fabric leaves with copper paint

Using Copper Paint *(affiliate link) from the Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit, I painted fabric leaves in various shapes and sizes.

In the picture I shared earlier in this post you will notice I bought 16 gauge aluminum wire *(affiliate link) with a copper finish.  I used it for the tendrils of the pumpkin.

I twisted the wire around my handy dandy tendril making tool a.k.a. potato masher.

Curling 16 gauge aluminum wire to form pumpkin tendrils

Using a craft knife, I cut small slits into the stem of the pumpkin and slipped the tendrils inside, loosening the curls as I worked.

I also painted the pumpkin stems copper as you can see in the picture below.

Inserting the wire tendrils into the stem of the pumpkin

With a hot glue gun I layered the copper painted leaves between each pumpkin as well as a few around the stems.

My original plan was to wrap the Fall plaid ribbon purchased for this project in the center of each topiary, but it was too wide and competing with the copper elements.  On to Plan B, using some narrow black & white grosgrain ribbon *(affiliate links) I had in my stash instead.

Also in my stash were some self-adhesive letters that were silver and I painted copper.  I added a little dab of hot glue before attaching them to the pumpkins for extra adhesion.

Fall Pumpkin Topiary with Copper Elements

I had to pull a MacGyver and use an upside down V for the A because I didn't have another in my stash. No way was I going to buy another package just for one missing letter!

Autumn Pumpkin Topiary with Copper Elements

I do need to buy more natural raffia ribbon *(affiliate link) to fill the base of the pots.

Autumn Pumpkin Topiary After

A non-traditional Fall look to the same pumpkin topiaries!

Fall Pumpkin Topiary After

From this...

Pumpkin Topiaries Before

...to this.

Fall Pumpkin Topiaries After Refreshed with Copper

I haven't started decorating outside for Fall yet.  I just yanked my summer flowers from these urns, which were still in bloom, to take this photo.

Now if only I could figure out how to hang a wreath on that door without it getting scratched.

September 29, 2015

From Headboard To Entry Bench

*A big thank you to HomeRight for sponsoring this post.  All opinions, project choice and products used are 100% that of my own.  Affiliate links are also included in this post so you can source the products I used.

Earlier this summer a client asked me to keep my eyes open for a twin headboard to transform into a bench for her entry.  It took a few months before finding the perfect headboard and footboard combination that would accommodate rails on the bottom for shoe storage.

Turning a headboard and footboard into an entry bench

This is a closer look at what they looked like...

Headboard and footboard BEFORE

The stamp on the back shows that it was made in 1950 and the finish is called Almond.

Process picture of headboard and footboard made into a bench

You can see how I turn headboards and footboards into benches HERE.

Now for the pretty!  Benches, like dining room chairs, are a beast to paint with a brush.  The job is so much quicker using a sprayer.  My workshop is in the basement of our home and so using spray paint, especially in the winter, is not an option unless I can do it outdoors.

Last year the good folks at HomeRight sent me a Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer to try out.  The first time I used it was on an  MCM Dresser Makeover and instantly fell in love.  The finish comes out smooth as buttah and cuts the painting time down to mere minutes.  Gotta love that!

HomeRight Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer

I filled the canister half way with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in the color Duck Egg Blue and diluted it a little with water.  Next I ran a flow test using the Viscosity Cup provided with the sprayer to ensure the paint wasn't too thick.
Viscosity Cup for the Finish Max Sprayer
Then I started spraying that pretty color all over that bench.  It took three thin coats for full coverage.

Applying chalk paint using a HomeRight paint sprayer

To add some contrast I brushed the arms and top of the back with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in French Linen.

Duck Egg Blue and French Linen chalk paint used on an entry bench

My client wanted their surname on the back of the bench and so I incorporated their name into a tree branch with three birds representing each member of their family.

I created the graphic in Microsoft Word and printed it out using the Poster setting on my computer so it would be enlarged.  Using graphite paper *(affiliate link) behind the graphic, I traced it onto the bench.  Afterward, I painted it using a script liner art brush *(affiliate link) and more of the French Linen chalk paint.

A hand painted graphic on a headboard bench

As I mentioned above, my client's wanted shoe storage on the bottom.  1" x 2" lumber was cut to size to create slats that fit on top of wooden brackets on either side (see picture below).

Wood brackets attached to bottom of headboard bench to accommodate shoe storage wooden slats

Before installation, I stained them with Minwax Wood Finish Stain in Dark Walnut*(affiliate link).

The plan was to use a brad nailer to attach them, but it decided it needed a day off. How dare it!  On to plan B - drilling small pilot holes so the slats wouldn't split and screwing them in place from the bottom.

1 x 2 lumber stained dark walnut and used for shoe storage on bottom of a headboard bench

Here is where the HomeRight Paint Sprayer *(affiliate link) came in handy again.  I sprayed two coats of Minwax Polycrylic in a clear satin finish *(affiliate link) to protect the bench.  Normally I wax or oil over chalk painted finishes but considering this bench would be a utilitarian piece, I wanted added water resistant protection.

Whenever I use a poly finish on my furniture pieces, I ALWAYS use my Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer to apply it.  Goes on like glass with no brush strokes!

Patience is a virtue that went missing in my DNA and so when I choose products for my shop they better be easy to use and operate.  I can honestly say that this paint sprayer is a breeze to operate and easy peasy to clean.  I cannot say enough about this little powerhouse machine in my workshop.

Head and footboard transformed into an entry bench

I'm quite pleased with how the entry bench turned out.  Thankfully, so were my clients and that makes me VERY happy.

Headboard to Entry Bench with shoe storage