Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I am in the hospital with brain hemorrage

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ye Ole Cabinet Door (How To)

So my husband
and I share a little addiction: We like to pick up trash. No, not as in "trashy" people but as in other people's trash :)

The hubster is a handyman extraordinaire around these here parts, and whenever there is demolish involved, he often gets to keep the trash he demolishes (lucky us, huh?...no I mean it, we're lucky like that)

Oftentimes I go into our treasure trove of junk otherwise known as the garage (pfffftt who needs to store CARS in there not us!) and look for things to use in my crafting projects. I noticed he has been saving (hiding) some cabinet doors from me and I quickly swiped one of them.

I've always wanted to have one of them chalkboard message centers in our kitchen but for some reason the builder made this kitchen with very few walls but pleeeenty of windows!

So what to do? Make a little message center out of that door and hang it on another door! JEANIUS you say! Well me too!
These are the things you'll need:
cabinet door
chalkboard paint
wet rag
any embellishments
foam mounting tape
modge podge
E-6000 glue
scrapbook or other paper
foam brushes
embelished clothespins
picture hanging hooks or hardware

here are the very simple steps to transform an old cabinet door into a message center.
Take your cabinet door and wipe it clean with a damp rag. Remove all hardware.

You don't have to worry about filling in the holes with putty because we are going to be covering them. But if you paint the door instead, go ahead and fill in the holes with wood filler, sand down and wipe clean. 
 Remove hinges from the back.
Start painting your door with the chalkboard paint. Do you know that they make them in many colors now? So you don't have to stick with black, but since I had it on hand that is what I used. Use a clean, wide, foam brush to minimize streaks or a small roller.
Give it about 3-4 coats letting dry completely between coats.
After your last coat of paint, and when it is dry, take your chalk and rub it all over really good to prime it. After a few minutes wipe clean.

some paint and paint all the way around where your paper won't cover. Let it dry.

I took the paper I wanted to use and placed it on top of the cabinet door aligning it to the edges of where I wanted the paper to cover. I took the end of a pen cap and scored it so I knew where to cut my paper.

 After I cut my first piece of paper, I then used it as a template for the rest of the pieces I needed to cover the door edges all the way around. For this particular door, I only needed one 12X12 piece of scrapbook paper.
Take your template and flip your paper over so you can see the cuts. Take your straight edge and use a very sharp knife to cut the strips of paper. Press firmly and slowly cut. The new piece of paper should quickly come off. If it doesn't your blade is dull. Go over it again without lifting the pressure from the straight edge. 
to adhere your paper to the door by brushing a good amount of modge podge to the door and laying your piece of paper on it. (now don't over do it on the modge podge, if you start to see your paper curl or buckle, you're using too much)
Go around the entire door putting the pieces of paper end to end so as to minimize the seams. Let it dry.
Go over it again with more modge podge all over the paper making sure you get enough under and over the edges. Do this a couple of more times. 
You want to make sure all of your paper is covered.  
I then took my embellishments and used foam tape to adhere them to the board.
I used my scalloped punch to punch out some shapes from some pretty paper I had.
I also used the foam mounting tape on this.
Turn your door over and nail in a couple of the picture hangers on the back.

I took
a piece of twine and glued it under the two embellishments so I could hang some messages from it with my prettied up clothes pins. For that tutorial go here >>clothespins
Punch out some pretty scalloped paper and have it on hand to write yourself notes, etc.
The piece of chalk fits nicely in the ridge of the cabinet door.
I then
threaded some sturdy ribbon through each of the picture hangers I had nailed on the back and tied it to the pantry door via the wire pantry rack. This way I didn't put holes in my door and it can be easily accessible to everyone.

Total cost for this little doodad----$0
I had everything on hand. And isn't that the best price?

Well I'm off to scour the neighborhood :) See ya soon!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stress Release and a New Tute {Magnetic Board}

past few weeks have brought a lot of turmoil and challenges for my family. Suffice it to say that being a parent of a teen and young adult is NOT an easy task. Many people told me when my kids were younger to enjoy them because it would all change in a few years. Boy were they right!! But of course, at the time, all I could think of was "not MY kid" he/she is perfect!!
There's a quote from one of the leaders of my church that says "If you think your child can do no wrong, just you wait."
Truer words haven't been spoken.
on to the crafting because nothing cures the blues best than a good ole fashion craftin' night.. (well that and a bottle of Jack Daniels, but since I don't drink..glue, paint and fabric work well too. )

Several years ago
at my church's ladies Super Saturday ( a smorgasborg of crafting) we made these cute little doodads called magnetic boards (cue ahhhhs). It's simply a thin piece of sheet metal glued with special adhesive to a simple wooden frame. I had tossed this little gem around from room to room and it even lived in my "real" office at work for a short spell. Well I brought him back home and decided he needed a little face lift :)
Here he is before:

A little sad and blah.
I decided to cover the metal with some fabric I had left over from my jewelry organizer.
I then used a variety of ribbons and embelishments I had lying around the house.
So this little facelift cost me nothing. Zilch. Nada.
To make your own, you can easily get some pieces of molding cut to size at your local hardware store then buy the piece of sheet metal and adhere. Ask at the hardware store, those folks are SO eager to help you!!

What I used:
Magnetic Board I already had
Modge Podge adhesive
Spray adhesive
wooden clothes pins
scrapbook paper various colors
decorative magnets
foam mounting tape
E-6000 adhesive
picture frame hanger
So here are the steps:
Step 1. Set up your little painting station (since we had wind gusts of like 140 mph last night, I decided to set up in a corner of my dining room.)
I set up my folding table covered with newspaper, brushes, paint, glue and fabric. Take your picture framing hook and nail or screw to the back as you wish.
Step 2. Measure the area you want to cover with fabric. Cut the fabric and leave abut 1/2 inch all the way around for screwups (and with me there's ALWAYS screwups).
Set the fabric aside.
Step 3. Paint your frame. Let it dry.
Step 4. In the mean time, gather up your clothes pins and small brush to paint.
The way I painted them is to just paint the part where the actual spring is showing. Front and back. We don't care about the side because we'll modge podge it with paper later. Paint on the inside of the pins and then place them on a piece of foil or wax paper to dry. I put mine under my very heavy mixer to keep the clothespin open so the inside wouldn't stick shut.
Step 5. Once the clothes pins are dry, make a template for the sides.
Lay your clothes pin on pretty decorative paper and draw around it. Cut several pieces to make just enough to cover all your pins.

Step 6. Brush modge podge on the one side of your pin and place your paper on it. Don't do both sides because you'll ruin the paper. Do one side at a time. TIP: modge podge can get pretty messy and your fingers will bead up with dry glue. Keep a wet rag to clean your fingers often lest you ruin your paper by transferring gunk onto it.
After the one side is dry to the other. On mine, I alternated between matching sides and non-matching. I'm crazy like that.
Step 7. Once your board frame is dry carefully spray the adhesive from about 5-6 inches away (careful nothing is close by lest it get sticky too) and immediately lay your fabric down. Working quickly, smooth out any wrinkles and firm it into place on the sheet metal.
Step. 8 Using an exacto knife trim off any excess around the edges. Make sure your knife has an extremely sharp edge.
Step 9. Using ribbon and any adhesive, glue decorative ribbon around the frame and inside the frame around the fabric.

Step 10. Make the magnets. Now these I already had but they are super easy to make. First get some magnets. Then some pretty scrapbook paper.
Get some of those clear, flattened, glass rocks they sell at the craft store. Cut your picture to fit under the rock. Place a dot of the E-6000 on it and press to the glass. Let it dry. Then take the magnets and do the same glueing it to the paper. 

 Step. 11 Now the fun part. Take a piece of twine and measure it so that in hangs slightly between the two edges of your board. Leave a little longer so that you can glue to the magnets. Add a bead of the E-6000 around the edge of the magnet. Take the twine and loop around the magnet. Hold for a few minutes until it is dry. (see why you need the wet rag?) Do the same for the other one. Now it will hang across your board like a clothes line. You will hang your notes, pics, etc from this piece of twine with your clothes pins.
Step. 12 At embellishments as you want. I had this cute little flower candle ring that I just shaped and took a couple of pieces of foam mounting tape to adhere to the corner of the board to give it some personality.
I think it looks sweet. Especially with a baby pic of my sweet girl. Ohhhh if only I could turn back time!!

Step. 13 Hang in your favorite spot and enjoy.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spray Painting {Junk}

If you know me, you know I love JUNK
I love the transformation of crap I've found by somebody's curb into something useful :)
This weekend I did a LOT of spray painting.
You see I've had these really crappy, green and brown, metal plant stands that were just in my garage. Well today I decided they were going to get a makeover OPRAH STYLE!

under the dratted willow tree. I threw down some tarps on the grass and covered up my folding table with another and gathered up all my victims.
I had me a stash of some pretty good spray paints to work with.
First up was this planter stand that I've had forever! I quickly wiped it clean with a damp rag and got to work. I used Krylon's Black glossy paint for plastics and vinyl. I prefer the Krylon brand of paint because of its nozzle. It is easier for me to work with and doesn't stain my finger as much {when I forget to wear my disposable gloves AGGGHHH}


I also spray painted the little guy's chair. These are a some cute school chairs my hubby found in the trash somewhere. They are actual school chairs and I guess they were remodeling and decided to throw them out. These will be in my little guy's room reading corner :) in front of his chalkboard (I'll show you later) I used Krylon for plastics in Navy Blue. I taped up the legs but I'm thinking of maybe painting them chrome just to snazz them up but don't know yet.

{chair before}
I haven't taken an "after" pic. Stay tuned for the reveal in his room.
While those were drying

I decided to paint some Easter eggs :) I spray painted one with chalkboard paint and another with lime green Rustoleum paint. They turned out cute. I will dedicate a post just to them in the next few days. (I know I'm such a tease!)
Since I was on a roll
I decided to touch up my sweet Big Guy's birdhouse he made in Cub Scouts back when he was just a tyke.
I spray painted it and then added some vinyl cutouts I made with my Cricut and SCAL.

{cheap pot and birdhouse before}
I took a cheapo plastic pot {you know the ones that you get when you buy your flowers) and just spray painted that  Krylon for plastics-red. I wanted to showcase my Cilantro plant in it and put it up all pretty on the "new" black plant stand. Then I added some vinyl lettering that I got from Expressions Vinyl. You can see the button on the side. I have found them to be the best in price vs. Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael's and other online vinyl retailers.
Cute, no?
Here they are on the freshly painted plant stands :)
See??? You can turn crappy stuff into nice stuff.
So how was YOUR Saturday?

spray paint party

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Whirlwind Weekends

it seems like every Saturday is a whirlwind at our house. All the week's chores get done on Saturday. Laundry, cleaning the house, working on the backyard, gardening, running errands, playdates, swimming lessons, ay ya yay!!! I tell you, I can't wait till the summertime! {We are planning on taking a week long trip to Florida and I can't wait!! I can't wait to lie on a beach somewhere and just be.Sigh.}

For instance,
this past weekend my daughter, whom I call "My Girl" had an art thing downtown for our annual Art Walk. She was to draw on the sidewalk with chalk. Then they were to be judged and select a winner from all the entries (we have yet to hear from them to see who won?!)

{Ellison Martinez Art}
So me and the boys moseyed on downtown (which if you haven't been to downtown McKinney, Texas, I urge you to come down, it is SO COOL). Not only did we check out the competition {some very talented artists}

but we stopped by my favorite antique mall. I love antiques!! I'm slowly passing on my love of antiques onto my boys (so far so good, hee hee) and we got to explore the many booths. I love to tell them all about typewriters and old timey things (gosh I'm not THAT old am I?! :-0 )

{heart these pillows}

 {I fell in love with this dresser and mercury glass jars}
 {I have a Raggedy Ann blanket from that same fabric my GMa made me when I was 7!!}

We love eating gelato at Paciugo's!

We like to stroll up and down the brick sidewalks and window shop.

There are some really neat shops downtown as well as some funky restaurants and artsy places.
There's even a magic shop and a meat market called Local Yokel where the owners are  actual cattle ranchers who sell their beef in this shop! How cool is that?

I also got really busy with spray painting a whole bunch of junk I had lying around all winter long.
I love it that I can take something that's considered junk, giving it a fresh coat of paint and voila! Pretty. Functional. Garden stuff :)

My next post is on
spray painting junk and Easter eggs.
Stay tuned.


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