6 Essential Steps When Painting Furniture

Alright, friends. I’d like to have a little chat about painting furniture… I have seen tons of tutorials and projects on Pinterest and I’m deeply saddened to see the results! Don’t be fooled by those posts that say, “No sanding or priming required!” Sure, skip those steps if you want your furniture to look good for less than 10 minutes.

Here’s the gist: Whatever way you do it, it takes work to paint furniture. So if you’re going to put in the effort, make sure you do it the RIGHT way! No shortcuts!

The hubs and I have refinished lots of furniture over the past year and (after some trial & error) here are the steps we make sure to take each time so we get a good finish that lasts.

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Bathroom Makeover #3 – the Biggest One Yet!

Ciao from (probably) the other side of the world! We are in Italy right now and I’ve been trying to get this post up for about 5 days, but WiFi has been so intermittent and shoddy that I’ve had a little trouble. But alas, here it is! PS – it is BEAUTIFUL here!!!

Us in Venice

Alright, guys. As you might know, we’ve been on a roll with our bathroom renovations this year! They all needed a serious facelift and we’ve finally finished our THIRD and FINAL bathroom! We started over New Year’s weekend with our master bathroom, in February we finished our guest bathroom, and just this month we finished our upstairs bathroom makeover which is what I’m revealing today!

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Refinishing Wood Furniture with Stain and Chalk Paint

I think 2017 is the year for makeovers for us! First, our master bathroom, second, our guest bathroom, third, these coffee tables! We haven’t had much success refinishing wood furniture over the past year, but I’m happy to report that this time was a success! It took a bit of elbow grease, but as you can see these coffee tables were in desperate need of a little lightening up:

DIY Coffee Table Before

These were hand-me-downs from my parents that kinda needed a facelift. I was Pinterest-ing awhile back and found an AWESOME project from Nifty Thrifty Mama where she put a new wood top on an existing coffee table. It seemed like the perfect solution for our coffee tables since I wanted to do a natural wood on the top and a clean white chalk paint on the bottom.

EXCEPT, we went to Home Depot to buy some oak wood, and it cost over $150!! Um, no thank you. I could buy new coffee tables for that much. And these aren’t even the nicest tables to begin with!

I conferred with my DIY Sage, AKA my mom, and she said the tables actually had a wood veneer underneath the paint, so we could strip it off and stain the wood. Hmmm… 🤔

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DIY Reclaimed Wood Sign: Iowa Roots

Heelllloooooooooo, friends! It’s a rainy weekend here in Arizona, which means it’s perfect blog-writing weather! And, omg, I am ridiculously excited to share my latest DIY project with you! An adorable wood sign, made using our new Cricut Explore Air 2, a little paint, and our reclaimed wood from Porter Barn Wood. It’s probably my most favorite sign I’ve ever made.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Sign - Final

My mom and I have made plenty of signs in the past, but we’re always looking for the best method to getting our designs onto the wood or canvas. We’ve tried transfer paper, cutting out and tracing letters, free-hand painting, etc., but it’s either a huge hassle or not the prettiest. So, on Thursday, we decided to go half-sies on a new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine (they’re a little pricey, on sale at JoAnne for $250)! It’s this machine that cuts out text and shapes, as well as draws with a marker. It’s kind of mesmerizing to watch. I’ll show you a video in a bit.

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Guest Bathroom Makeover – Check!

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Well, hello, friends! You’ve caught me on a great day, because it’s time for ANOTHER bathroom makeover reveal!!! This time, it’s a guest bathroom makeover. If you haven’t seen our master bathroom makeover, you can check it out here. It’s pretty, and so is this one. Let me tell you, you’re in for a treat! ?

Like our master bath, our guest bathroom was a big blob of tan.

Guest Bathroom Makeover - Before

Thankfully, this tan blob was short-lived. With a lot of love, caulk, and elbow grease, this bathroom tRaNsFoRmEd!!!

 Before

Guest Bathroom Before

After

Guest Bathroom Makeover - After, Vanity Shot

Did you hear that? I think that was the angels singing all the way from heaven.

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The Do’s and Do Not’s of Decoupaging + My Own Fail

Guys. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been feeling extra crafty and wanting to try something new! With this adventurous spirit, I decided to try decoupaging some decor. I’d done it once or twice before so I assumed I was a pro. I assumed so wrong. ? Now I’d like to share my “Pinterest Fail” and my “Pinterest Win” and maybe teach you a thing or two along the way! My first idea was to design two prints and decoupage them onto 16×20″ canvasses. That doesn’t sound too hard, right? RIGHT?? Well, my frustration began when I started using my worst enemy, scissors. ✂️ ? ?

The Scissor Folly

I am convinced that I was absent from Kindergarten the day Mrs. Hegeman taught us how to use scissors. I’m pretty much incapable of cutting a straight line, so I thought I’d be “innovative” and show you an easy way to help you cut a straight line with scissors. I’m yet to find this easy way. ?

First, I tried putting a piece of painter’s tape along the line to cut, but the tape was crooked and I ripped my paper. Second, I tried folding along the edge to cut, but my fold was crooked. I ended up with this:

DO NOT: Try an innovative way to cut a straight line on your only print.

DO: Invest in a commercial-grade straight-edge cutter or a YouTube video with better tips. ?

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DIY Bathroom Mirror Frame for Under $10

Okay guys. If there were only one DIY project I could share with you, I think it would be this one. It is so. easy. and transforms your bathroom. Affordably. It involves the #1 thing you look at in the bathroom: your mirror!

When we were thinking about re-doing our bathroom, we started looking at new mirrors… but they were expensive! I wanted to keep our bathroom makeover cheap, so I wasn’t interested in spending $50+ for a new mirror. That being said, I hated the “builder” mirror that was in there – you know, it’s like a giant slate of mirror. It gets the job done, but it’s so blah.

As I was searching around on Pinterest for bathroom makeover inspiration, I came across a DIY bathroom mirror frame on a fun home decor blog called Cherished Bliss. I pinned it knowing it would be something I’d actually come back to later. Would you guess that the mirror above turned into this one??

Okay, let me show you how we did it!

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DIY Master Bathroom Makeover – Bye-Bye, Arizona Tan!

Well, Happy New Year, everyone!! I hope 2017 has been treating you well! Ours involved giving our master bathroom a much-needed makeover. Seriously.  It was (what I like to call) “Arizona tan” city!

So, over New Years weekend we did some MASSIVE changes – painting the walls and cabinets, adding an accent wall, framing our mirror, and hanging some hardware!

Without further adieu…

Master Bathroom Makeover Before & Afters

Here’s our bathroom vanity before…

After!

Holy blue, holy fresh! Can you believe this is the same bathroom? I can’t. Let’s take another look.

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DIY Pest Control: Bye-Bye Scorpions, Hello Savings

The pests in Arizona are nasty – scorpions, Black Widows, Brown Recluse spiders, rattlesnakes, cockroaches, these things on our front porch:

When we moved into our home, we knew pest control would be a must. We didn’t really want to spend $30+/month on the service, so we started looking into DIY pest control! Here’s the story of how we cleared our house of critters and how we’re keeping them out now. Oh, and how we’re saving a few hundred dollars along the way! 🙂

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My 21 Favorite Fall Pins

Fall is such a beautiful time for Pinterest. It’s filled with DIY projects for my “someday” list and a few Fall Pins I can’t wait to try out this season! Like this one I whipped up yesterday…

Happ Fall Sign Foliage Pumpkin

Here’s a round-up of my favorites so far. You can easily repin any of these to your own Pinterest board by clicking the “Save” button on the pic! Also, take a second to follow my “All Things Fall” Pinterest board by clicking the button below. I’ll continue pinning new stuff throughout the season! ?

Now, let’s take a scroll through my favorite fall pins! I crack myself up…

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