Thursday, April 17, 2014

Repurposed Drawer Into Chalkboard {DIY Recipe}


There were three of these shallow drawers in the buffet I got for free from Craigslist:


My mother guilted me into giving her the buffet for her dining room, but she didn't want the drawers.
Check out her marvelous makeover:


So I was left with the three drawers.  I finally did something with one of them!
I have used and shared this recipe so many times on my blog, but there are always new readers who haven't seen it before so here it is again:


You really can turn just about anything into a chalkboard! 

I found these little wooden things in a thrift store for cheap and got them.  I thought they were for match sticks, but I have no idea what the purpose of the peg sticking out the bottom is.  If anyone knows, please fill me in!


I unscrewed the "peg" and glued it on to the chalkboard.
  Perfect for holding chalk and an eraser!


Not sure yet I'll do with the other two drawers.  Probably more of them same, since I like how it turned out so well!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shaped Cakes Without Cake Molds

*Disclaimer:  I actually dislike decorating cakes and am not professional by any stretch of your wildest imagination.  I do these three times a year - for my kids' birthdays! They are not perfect and I'm sure there will be more to criticize than praise, but if you're like me and don't want to buy an expensive cake or the tools to make one,  than this is for you!


I finally listened to the voice of experience, my mother dear, and tried parchment paper.  Laying the parchment paper in the 9x13 pan and then baking as usual made it super easy to remove the cake!

 I did a Google search on Schnauzer cakes and found an image I liked.  I actually took a piece of paper and put it on my computer screen and traced it.  Then I cut it out and laid it on top of my cake.  Using a small paring knife, I cut the shape of the dog's head out.  My little girl was sitting on the counter next to me licking her chops and ready to snatch up the "scraps".

To "draw" the face on, I used a black gel you can buy from the cake decorating section of the grocery store.  It comes in a tube that you just squeeze and it's really easy to use.

Don't tell Ty, but I sneaked into his candy stash and stole a red heart sucker from his Valentine candy to use for the puppy tongue.

The birthday girls:

Tori with her "Taffy" and Lois with her "Lindsey".



 To view the Tuxedo Kitty Cat Party, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Linky Party

Tuesdays sure roll around fast, don't they?
  Time flies when you're having fun!

Last week on the blog I shared:

  


Let's see a few highlights from last week's great party:
(Be sure to follow the Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Highlight board on Pinterest!)

DIY Upholstered Bench, MyLove2Create
My Love 2 Create made a gorgeous bench

growthchart (1 of 1)
Love this rustic growth chart by The Logbook

Restoration Hardware Inspired Clock Knock Off Bliss-Ranch.com
Bliss Ranch amazes me with her "knock off" abilities!

Party up, Folks! 

 Just remember to follow the rules!! :)

1.  Your post must be a Trash 2 Treasure, but I'm not picky on the "trash" part!  
If you took something and made it look better and it's NEW to Kammy's Korner - link it up, Baby! :)

2. Place the Party button found on the right sidebar on the post or somewhere on your blog.

3. Visit the link before you and leave a comment!

 I do try to visit each and every one of them eventually!!!  It's hard with three little munchkins who need attention and hate mommy's computer time. :)


Link up, Buttercup!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tuxedo Kitty Cat Birthday Party


It's been a big deal around here.  Little Miss Sassy Pants turned four!


She's been asking for an alligator cake for months and finally decided a cat (a tuxedo cat just like our beloved Taffy) would be better.  Yes! (Hey, I was totally prepared to look up alligator cakes on Pinterest!)


So, not being one to go crazy with a party theme, I found just enough touches of "kitty-cat" that our guests would know this was a kitty party.  Tori, of course, insisted on doing "the work".
I've long ago decided that things like this are better for bonding time, than making sure things are "pinterest worthy".  She had a blast and amazingly - we actually worked okay together.


I had bought a HUGE turkey at thanksgiving time when they are super cheap and stored it in the freezer until now.  Yup, I really do that.  I baked the whole bird and used most of the meat for turkey salad sandwiches.  The skewers I actually bought (unopened) at a garage sale for 25 cents last fall.  I knew I'd need them for something someday! :)


The kitty-cat ear plates are an idea I found on Pinterest HERE.  Mine are not near as cute however, since again, my little girl wanted to do them!  :)


We also played a cat-themed game of Pictionary on a large chalkboard.  
Some of the words we had to draw and guess in the allotted time were:

hairball
catnap
litter box
Siamese
paws
whiskers
claws
hiss
tuxedo cat
calico
kitten
purr

Since we were also celebrating Tori's great aunt's birthday, I decided she needed her own cake, too.  Especially since she has a schnauzer named Lindsey.  
So it was a Taffy (our cat's name) for Tori, and a Lindsey for Lois. 


The "real life" Taffy and her adoring "big sister" Tori:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thrifty Custom Signs

There are many a day I'm painting a sign.

Here are a few that were custom requests from either friends, Etsy, or word-of-mouth references.

This was painted on a piece of outdoor manufactured wood siding for a cousin who attached it to the exterior of her home by the front door on the porch:
(No, I didn't forget the reference, I just don't have a picture of the completed project - sorry!)

A customized order from Etsy:


A Modge podged sign on a laminate floor sample:


Found some unfinished plaques at Goodwill for seventy five cents. Disclaimer guys, the quote is what she asked for! :)  This was all done using stencils with brown, gray and cream colors:


A great way to hang a small sign/plaque - with a pop can tab:



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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Yellow Retro Bistro Chair


I was sure I had scoured every thrift shop in Jackson County, but I missed one.  A pretty decent one too - how did that happen?  This yellow chair was almost the first thing that caught my eye when I opened the door.  Loved the price tag, so I snagged it!


Even though the paint was rusty and chippy, I couldn't bring myself to change the awesome bright retro yellow.

 The seat, however, could not be saved.  Not only did it need some recovering action, but a little Febreeze action as well!


 A wet rag simply would not do the trick.  However, way more grime came off than I anticipated once I broke out the "barkeeper's friend" aka Comet.


I used a piece of this massive sofa sectional slip cover for the fabric....


Then hit up The Graphics Fairy for a dragonfly image to transfer onto it.


I used the same transfer method I wrote about HERE.



I have never, EVER used anything but my staple gun to recover a seat cushion.  But... as I was getting ready to put this on, my glue gun was plugged in and hot next to me so I picked it up and tried it out.  I figured maybe since this was rather porous material and the bottom of the seat was pressed wood, it might actually adhere pretty good.  I waited until it was cooled off and did the "yank test".  It didn't budge.  Fine by me - hot glue it is!




And that's a wrap.  :)


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday Linky Party

Spring break 2014 is now behind us!
And what a wonderful, fun filled time it was.
Us crazy folks decided to drive from Michigan to Texas, hop on a cruise ship for five days, and then drive back home.  We made it a three day driving trip and had an interesting and neat stop in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  I might share some photo highlights in a future post.

Thanks for linking up to the party last week even though I wasn't around!!  No internet access and the party still went off without a hitch.  You guys are awesome!

Features from last week's Trash 2 Treasure Party:


After seeing this from Upcycled Stuff, you're going to wonder if you should throw ANYTHING away! 

The Junk In Our Trunks puts me to shame with her details!
 Make sure to check out them all out on this dresser.
Love the gingham tops Sunflower Hugs painted on these freebie barstools!

Party up, Folks! 

 Just remember to follow the rules!! :)

1.  Your post must be a Trash 2 Treasure, but I'm not picky on the "trash" part!  
If you took something and made it look better and it's NEW to Kammy's Korner - link it up, Baby! :)

2. Place the Party button found on the right sidebar on the post or somewhere on your blog.

3. Visit the link before you and leave a comment!

 I do try to visit each and every one of them eventually!!!  It's hard with three little munchkins who need attention and hate mommy's computer time. :)


Link up, Buttercup!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday {Linky Party}

I'm a little "missing in action" this week because it is SPRING BREAK and although spring is also "missing in action", we are still having our break! :)

A few highlights from last week's party:

Paint Shoes For Spring by Over The Apple Tree
Over The Apple Tree made these shoes perfect for spring - if it ever comes! :)
Love My Simple Home took someone else's trash and made it her treasure.  Awesome for $5!
How awesome would it be to use this tutorial from That's Zelda to turn boy's hand-me-down jeans into something cute for my girl?


Party up, Folks! 

 Just remember to follow the rules!! :)

1.  Your post must be a Trash 2 Treasure, but I'm not picky on the "trash" part!  
If you took something and made it look better and it's NEW to Kammy's Korner - link it up, Baby! :)

2. Place the Party button found on the right sidebar on the post or somewhere on your blog.

3. Visit the link before you and leave a comment!

 I do try to visit each and every one of them eventually!!!  It's hard with three little munchkins who need attention and hate mommy's computer time. :)


Link up, Buttercup!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Aqua Paper Towel Holder

If it's made out of wood and I can pay for it by returning a few pop cans for a refund, I buy it.
This ugly old stand-alone paper towel holder was desperate.
Unfortunately, the "before" pictures are on the camera that I lost.
Where would I be without Google?
  It helped me out with at least an image of what was under the little chalkboard before I painted it.
That apple from..... 1987?


I used the good ole' homemade chalkboard paint recipe of:

 2 Tablespoons of Plater of Paris dissolved in a few Tablespoons of hot water, stirred into 1 cup of black latex paint.


That aqua paint is from a quart that seems to be the bottomless pit.  (Click on the dresser below for more details on the how I mixed the color).  It just never seems to run out.  I think I'm getting to the end however....  I used it on a few of my thrifty wooden finds and I'm starting to scrape the bottom at last.  I'll be sad and may shed a tear when I finally use the last drop. 
 After painting the paper towel holder, I sanded all the edges down for the shabby chic distressed look I was going for.


Here are just a couple of projects that this aqua blue paint is leftover from:


Not only the pretty chair in my room, but if you can see that huge wall decor peeking  out from around the corner, I believe this paint was also used on that.

And then there's my antique dresser, which was the first thing to wear the never-ending quart of aqua blue paint:

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