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“I could do that!”

This is one of those situations that I like to call an “I could make that!” moment.  I was walking around Target with my hubby and we saw this canvas and he looked at me and said “you can make that” so I took a picture for inspiration and I went home and made it!

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I want to inspire you to go out and make something, even if you think you can’t, just try it. Find something that draws you in and take a good look at it, decide what you need in order to make it and go home and make it!

For this project you will need:

– stencils

– stencil brush

– paint brush

– yellow, white, blue and black craft paint

– paper

– scissors

– a square, blank canvas (I used a 12×12)

– patience 🙂

1) Paint your canvas black with your paint brush and then let it dry

2) You can either make stencils or use stencils. I made my own because I didn’t want that “stencil look.” To make stencils, make a template on word using the “ABC’s” (make sure you leave a space between the “Q” and the “R” for your heart 🙂 Print off your letters and then cut the letters out so it looks like the picture below.

3) Place your letters down on the canvas. You may want to tape your letters down so that they don’t move around when you stencil. I did the first line and the last line first so I could make sure the spacing was correct.

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4) Now you can start stenciling. Use a round, stenciling brush (you can find these in the stencil aisle at the craft store). If you made your own stencils, make sure to keep the “insides” of your letters and place them on the canvas in the appropriate spots before you start stenciling.

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5) When you stencil the “I” and the “U” you should use a separate brush or make sure to wash out your brush thoroughly so you don’t mix your colors.

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6) I did the 3rd line last so I could make sure the heart was in the right spot. I cut out a paper heart and taped it down.

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7) the last step is stenciling your heart. Again you can use a different brush or you can use the same one, just make sure you wash it out.

And here it is, my finished project! What do you think? It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t need to be! Remember that when you make yours or something else that inspired you! The fact that you made it is perfect in and of itself! Never say “I can’t do that!” You can do anything you put your mind to, have a lot of fun and a little bit of patience 🙂 Send me your pics, I would love to see what you’re up to!

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Trash to Treasure

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We bought this nightstand at a Thrift Store and I knew instantly that there was a treasure waiting to be uncovered! All I had to do was sand the top a bit by hand, prime, paint and poly!

Tools for the job:

– Sand paper (if needed)

– Primer

– Paint

– Polyurethane

– Sponge roller

– Paint Brush

– Screw Driver

First thing before you start painting:

Take out the drawers and take off the drawer handles. Then assess if your furniture needs to be sanded.

Now you can start painting!

I used two coats of Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer. There was no sanding needed for this primer and it covers well! Image

Next I used “hail a cab” yellow by Valspar. I didn’t need much so I got a “sample size” from Lowes. I did two coats of this color.

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The last thing I did was two coats of polyurethane. Poly helps to seal everything in and makes your furniture scratch and stain resistant. My suggestion (and what I did) is use water based poly because its easier to clean and oil based can “yellow” your furniture. Remember to NEVER shake Polyurethane or you will get tiny air bubbles that will not go away.

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This can be a long process, but just be patient with it and before you know it you will be done and have a gorgeous piece of furniture so stick with it, I believe in you 🙂

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Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Thanks to the inspiration from my good friend Jeana Mckenzie, my mom and Pinterest, I finally made these Mason Jar soap dispensers! This is an easy decorating idea that takes just minutes to make. It’s easy to turn a mason jar into a lovely soap dispenser for your kitchen or bathroom. I made two for my kitchen (one for hand soap and one for dish soap).

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For this project you will need:

a jar with lid

an old soap dispenser

and a drill.

Drill a hole in the center of the lid about a half inch wide. You want the hole to fit the width of your dispenser, but you want it to be snug so it’s not loosely spinning around. Make sure your pump is long enough to reach the bottom of the jar. If it’s too long, just cut it to size. Fill your mason jar with soap, insert the pump, and tada! 

That’s all there is to it. If you already have these items, then this project is basically free! No more throwing away used plastic soap dispensers, for now on you will have a permanent dispenser and you will save money by buying the big refill bottles! 

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