Family Home Evening, Painting, Tutorials

Family Home Evening Chalk Board

FHE Chalk Board
I have wanted to create this for my family for awhile and finally got around to it.
I found an old piece of wood in our garage from other projects.
Instructions for chalk board paint:
1/2 cup acrylic paint (any color)
1 tablespoon un-sanded grout
I mixed them together with disposable plastic cup and spoon.  I used a sponge brush to paint with.  Easy clean up.  The paint can dry quickly.  I doubled the batch and painted this piece front and back with two coats and still had some left over for my daughter to paint a smaller board.
While the paint dried I used my Silhouette machine to cut out the white vinyl for the lettering.
After the paint was dry, I placed my vinyl on the painted surface. 
Next take a piece of chalk and rub it all around the painted surface and rub off the excess chalk with a paper towel.  Done!
This was so much fun and really took less time then I expected!

Furniture Restoration, Tutorials

Rocking Chair Redo

Wow…it has been awhile since I last posted.  Vacation, sickness and just summer fun has slowed down my posting. 

 I have a fun new project that I recently finished.  I bought this old rocking chair at a yard sale for $15.00.  What a deal.  It did need some work and now it is all done!  Material and padding cost a total of $ 25.00.  So grand total for the new chair (to me) $40.00.

What you need:
1. Material of your choice.  I used upholstery fabric
2. Heavy duty stapler and staples
3. Foam square, I used 3 inch thick
4. Board that fits to your chair
5. Quilt batting
This board was on the rocking chair.  Not in the best of shape, very thin and broken.
Luckily my Husband is pretty handy for me.  He cut out my new shape with some extra wood we had around the house.
I forgot to take pictures before I started.  This was the size of foam I used.  I traced the shape of the wood then used a serrated knife to cut my shape.
Finished shape.
Place foam and wood together.
Lay foam own onto quilt batting.
Pull batting taut on ones side and start stapling (I start on one side in the middle and staple that side.  I then move to the opposite side and staple that side).
Corners are tricky.  I fold one side across and then pull the other side up and over.
This creates a clean edge.
Hammer every staple that you have to make sure it is tight against the wood.
Cut off any excess batting.
Almost finished seat.  I didn’t want to leave the wood exposed so I found some extra material to staple on the bottom.  With little kids crawling under things I wanted to avoid slivers.
I stapled this material and cut off excess then hammered nails once again.
For the finish material I folded the ends under to have a cleaner look.  Same steps as the batting.  Start on one side in the middle and then move to the right and left stapling. Then go to the opposite side.   I also had to cut off excess fabric along the corners.  It also helps to have an extra pair of hands.  My husband would pull taut and I would staple has he held.
Underside of finished seat.
My finished rocking chair!
Furniture Restoration, Tutorials

Furniture Restoration Part 2

Remember the Before….it’s starting to look better.  If you want to refer back to part 1 click here.
I need to remember to take pictures.  I had already put two coats of Primer on and waited a couple of days before I started to paint.  I started with my painting and remembered I needed to take pictures of the primed paint job.  (I will give all the information of products I used below).  
I had started painting and it was already turned over and I couldn’t turn it over again because of the wet paint.  But above is the primed portion.
Primed drawer
I wanted to add some color, so I spray painted the inside of the drawer after I primed and before I painted. 
Above: This has been primed twice and painted once.  I got a little paint on the stained top portion and I will go over what I did if you keep reading!
The painted drawer.
Close up of the paint on the stained top.  I need to be better about touching already done surfaces with my hands for support while I paint.
Not the best picture, but this is after I sanded the painted areas on the top and the sides where the tape didn’t do so great of a job.
After I sanded the top, I re-stained.  I didn’t worry about getting on the white paint because I had a baby wipe handy.  I simple wiped it off.
The wiped clean edge.
What I used
Min Wax Dark Walnut Stain
Zinsser Oil Primer
Zinsser Gallon Interior Oil Primer
Rust-Oleum Oil Gloss White
Spray Paint for Drawer:
Krylon Island Splash
Krylon Island Splash Indoor/Outdoor Satin Spray
Of course you will need Paint brushes and for the oil a paint thinner to clean the brushes if you want to keep them.
Part 3 The finished product will be coming soon!!!

Kids Activity, Washi Tape

DIY Kid Noise Makers (that are quiet)!

I needed some noise makers for my kids favorite song.  This was the perfect solution because they make noise but it is oh so quiet!
First: take some rice
Second: Get tape. I used electrical and washi tape.
Third: Fill the eggs half way with rice and use the electrical tape to go around once or twice.
Fourth:  Use your washi tape for the finishing touch. 

The washi tape didn’t go around as easily as the electrical tape.  Next time I might try to find some white electrical tape and just use that instead.  I had all of these things at home so I don’t know what it would cost?  My husband might not be so happy with me that I use the electrical tape 🙂

Being Frugal, Tutorials

DIY Wall Art

I need something to cover a blank wall.  I need to make it inexpensive and quick.
What to do??
I built this canvas about 10 years ago.  I was bored with what I had painted on it back then.  So I spray painted over it with gray spray paint. 
Found some old material that I had tied into a long strand.
Wrapped it around the canvas in no particular order and started to spray paint.  I used turquoise (official name: Island paradise) spray paint.  For some reason I have recently really loved this color.
I sprayed turning the canvas after each coat, so I could get each side. 
And the finished piece of art!  
Now my wall is not so open and blank.  The thing I love most it didn’t cost me a cent.  I already had all the supplies. 
Even if I had to buy the supplies, the spray paint would have been $6, canvas $10 (or less with coupons) and material or tape maybe $2.   A project less then $20 if you have to buy everything.

Being Frugal, Furniture Restoration, Tutorials

Furniture Restoration Part 1

I’m not one to take things off the street during neighborhood clean up week, but I made and exception just this once.  Honestly, I was running to the grocery store after all the kids were in bed.  It was raining but almost cold enough to snow.  I saw this lovely side table on the side of the road and on my way back from the store, after contemplating should I take it or not, I told myself if it was still there I would pull over and get it.
Well, it was still there!  So in the dark of the night and the freezing rain I get out and put it in my car.  Now my trunk was full of groceries and it barley fit into the back seat of our little sedan.  I was just about to leave it behind because it was that difficult to squeeze in.
And several months later as it sat in my garage I finally got the energy to start on this project.
Of course I started this project and thought, “oh pictures”.  So the top of this table looked normal other then some black like stains you see on the drawer.   I also had to use some wood glue and nails to help repair the drawer. When I got it home the drawer wouldn’t open at all.
I was about to hand sand it when luckily my father-in-law came over to help with our basement and said he had an electric sander.   That made my day!  It took all of maybe 15 minutes to sand the top and get all the varnish off.
I didn’t worry about the base and legs because I am going to do a little sanding on them and then prime and paint those.  Stay tuned to see the color.  (should I go white or some fun color?)
After I sanded, I cleaned the top and put one coat of dark walnut stain on.  Sorry for the poor picture.  I was outside and the shade of our trees ruined the picture. 
Part 2 coming soon!

Washi Tape

Washi Tape

I taught my sons art class this year.  It is called the Great Artist Program.  We had some great works of art to draw.  It was a lot of fun to see how talented and creative these little kids are.  Even my son who doesn’t really like arts and crafts!
I created a little carry case for all the kids to take home their year worth of drawings.  I wanted the parents to have an idea of what the kids had done so I glued on the list.  It looked kind of boring at this point.
To finish it off, I took my washi tape and taped around the orange.  So simple and yet I think it makes a huge difference.