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Patio Utility Cart Update

Thursday, July 2, 2015


I'm back with another installment of our patio overhaul! I thought it would be fun to have an outdoor utility cart to keep near the grill for a drink station, a place to set snacks and food or anything else.

I found this boring little utility cart at the thrift store for $7 and decided to see what I could do to spruce it up!


I got brave and spray painted it a bright coral. Then I decided to give the wheels a coat of gold spray paint.


I sanded and stained the top a darker color (walnut stain).


And I think it looks so cute and cheery! I could definitely bring it indoors to have a little drink station for a party or get together.


It feels much less scary to use bright colors for something that will be outdoors. My patio might turn out a little color crazy!

I'm already working on my next patio project, so stay tuned!!

Vintage Patio Table Makeover

Monday, June 29, 2015


I'm excited to share my newest vintage makeover today! This one was 10 years in the making...can you believe it? That really just means that I procrastinated for 10 years on this project. So, right before Reid and I got married, my parents neighbors at the time gave us this vintage wrought iron patio set from the 1950's. I just fell in love with the shape and lines of the set, but it was rusted and old with no top or seats.



It has been sitting in storage and been moved to 2 different homes over the past 10 years. I always had intentions of of doing something awesome with it, but never got around to it. Originally I was going to have some glass cut for the top and I think that is what hindered me from taking the plunge.


But my mom saw a wrought iron table somewhere with a wood planked top and gave me the idea of doing that instead! This seemed SO much more doable than going to the trouble of a glass top. We went for it and it looks awesome!


I love a little bit of a rusted look, but the set was way too rusted and I was worried about possible lead in the old paint that was flaking off. So, we took a wire brush and got to work getting of any large chunks of paint.

Then, we got a liquid de-ruster to treat the wrought iron. After it sets for a bit, you just rinse it off. It was amazing at how well it worked make that orange rust disappear.

We sprayed it with a anti rust primer and white outdoor rustoleam spray paint. The finish is definitely not perfectly smooth because there was so much rust and paint underneath. But, that's ok. I figure over time it will wear a little and have that aged look without being crazy rusty like it was before.

Next, Reid cut some wood planks to size and we stained them with a walnut stain. We also treated it with an outdoor sealer to make it weather proof.


Reid cut some plywood for the seats and I found some clearance Target cushions for $9 each! The top fits perfectly I think it looks even better than a glass top would.

This is part of a whole patio and backyard overhaul/makeover. I have lots more projects in the making that I can't wait t share. As you can see, the rest of the patio is in pretty sad shape. This vintage set is just the first installment.

But we love our little sitting area so far and can't wait to spruce up the rest!


Weeknight Dessert: Toasted Marshmallow S'Mores Milkshake

Friday, June 19, 2015

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It's been raining a whole lot here in Kansas City. We haven't had many sunny or dry days so far this summer. I've been trying to come up with fun indoor yet summery things to do as a family and last week we made an amazing weeknight dessert! The girls helped me whip up these toasted marshmallow s'mores milkshakes - all without having to go outside in the rain! These milkshakes are so rich and creamy and if you like s'mores, you absolutely have to try it for yourself!



First, I headed to Walmart to grab my s'mores ingredients. There is a giant display, so you can't miss it!






You only need the s'mores basics and a few other ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

First, you will want to toast your marshmallows. The key to perfect indoor toasted marshmallows is to load them up on a skewer and turn on the stove burner. They turned out perfectly.

Toasting the marshmallows before adding them to the shake is a must to acheive that authentic s'mores campfire flavor!

Next, grab your Hershey's chocolate. You can use as much or as little as you want. I ended up using about 1 1/2 bars.

Melt it in the microwave until it's smooth.

Scoop out about 3 cups of your favorite vanilla ice cream...

Add the marshmallows, ice cream, about 6 graham cracker squares and 1 1/2 cups of milk to a blender.

Blend until smooth. You can add more milk if it needs to be thinned out, but we like our shakes nice and thick. Drizzle the melted chocolate on top and serve!

These shakes are VERY rich, so this recipe makes about 4 small shakes, but it will definitely be just the right amount!

Here is the full recipe:

TOASTED MARSHMALLOW S'MORES SHAKE

9 toasted Jet Puffed marshmallows
4 Kraft graham cracker squares
1 Hershey chocolate bar
3 cups vanilla ice cream
1 1/2 cups milk

Toast the marshmallows over a stovetop burner until golden brown. Melt the chocolate. Blend the marshmallows, graham crackers, ice cream and milk until smooth. Drizzle melted chocolate on top and serve. Add more milk if needed.

Do you have any indoor S'mores ideas? I'd love to hear them!

Tissue Paper Tassel Planter

Wednesday, June 17, 2015




I have yet another planter/succulent craft for you today. I made a tissue paper tassel banner a few weeks ago for Pearl's room and I had the idea of making another tiny one out of the leftovers. Everything is cuter in miniature form, right? Then I realized I had nowhere to put this teeny tiny tassel banner. So, I found an extra terra cotta pot and a succulent...and I think it turned out pretty stinkin' cute.

Materials:
Tissue Paper
Scissors
Twine
Hot Glue




Step 1: Grab a piece of tissue paper and fold it in half lengthwise.

Step 2: Fold if in half again.

Step 3: Unfold and cut along the creases that you've just made. You will have 2 skinny pieces.


Step 4: Grab one skinny piece of tissue paper and fold it in half lenthwise.

Step 5: Fold in half the other way.

Step 6: Fold in half again.


Step 7: Fold in half one more time.

Step 8: Cut lines in the bottom of the rectangle, stopping about a half inch from the folded top.

Step 9: Unfold your fringed piece and cut along all the folded lines. You should have 8 pieces.

Step 10: Roll each piece of tissue paper with the fringe on either side.

Step 11: Twist the center portion of the tassel.


Step 12: Lay your piece of twine across the center of the tassel and add a dot of hot glue to the center.

Step 13: Fold the tassel over the twine and twist a few times.




These tiny tassels can be hung anywhere. They are also pretty addicting to make. I'm picturing a bunch of these tiny tassel garlands hanging on a wall above a bed...or maybe draped across a mantle...or wrapped around a mason jar with some flowers in it.

For another super easy planter idea, check out my pom pom planters! These are equally as easy and cute. And for more fun with tassels, make my tassel table runner!

Stenciled Wooden Laundry Room Sign

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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I've decided to revamp our unfinished basement laundry room. It is so depressing, dark and dingy. Hopefully with a little bit of paint and TLC, it will look fresh and clean! I've been slowly collecting things to add to the room and this weekend I crafted up a super cute and easy wooden sign. I used a very unconventional craft supply...Glad Press'n Seal! Everyone knows how cool this stuff is in the kitchen, but it has opened up a whole new door to me for crafting! It sticks to everything, which gave me the idea that I could use it to make a large scale stencil of anything! Here's what you will need:

Materials:
Glad Press'n Seal (can be found at Walmart)
Wood scraps
Wood stain
Craft knife
Acrylic paint



Step One: Find some wood and stain it. I used a walnut stain that I already had on hand and some scrap pieces of wood. You can make your sign as big or little as your heart desires.





Step Two: If you are using multiple pieces of wood, attach them in the back with smaller scrap pieces.




Step Three: Time to break out the Glad Press'n Seal! Tear off a piece and press it down on the wood. Make sure your stain is full dry before you do this or it will not stick. Press out any bubbles.


Step Four: Draw your image onto the Glad Press'n Seal. I decided to do a hanger, so I literally just grabbed a hanger and traced around it. You could freehand something, print something off the internet or even do a word or phrase.


Step Five: Cut out the design using a craft knife. Keep pressing the Glad Press'n Seal around the edges to make sure it's fully adhered.


Step Six: Using a foam brush, paint the exposed part of your design. To help prevent bleeding, paint from the edge, going in. If you paint from the inside of the stencil out to the edge, it will push paint underneath the Glad Press'n Seal..hopefully that makes sense.


Step Seven: Wait for the paint to fully dry, then tear away the Glad Press'n Seal. I used a hair dryer because I'm impatient. Do make sure it's totally dry because I did a test run and ripped the stencil off when the paint was still wet and it did not make very clean lines.


I am still amazed at how well this worked! I sanded the edges and a few spots on the front of mine to make it a little more rustic. I will definitely be making more of these!




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Update A Wicker Bench With Paint and Rope

Thursday, June 11, 2015


If you've been with me for a long time, you may remember a super old post with terrible photos from my earliest blogging days. I painted the top of an old wicker bench.

It looked like this before:


Then, I painted the top green:


But, I honestly didn't love it. It's been in our bedroom lately and I've been updating some things in there so I decided to give the bench yet another little makeover. So, I pulled out my BFF...white paint. And gave it a few glossy coats:


Ahhh....SO much better. But, I decided to kick it up a notch. I had some decorative rope trim and decided to incorporate it somehow.


I kept the Aqua, but spray painted the other rope gold. Since the top wasn't in the best shape, I was able to weave some of the rope through the spaces in the wicker.


I quickly learned that the rope will unravel as soon as you cut it, so I started putting tape on the spots I needed to cut before snipping. This kept it nice and neat.


I just kept adding rope until I ran out, so this is what I ended up with:


It's kinda cool...and kinda random. I think I may add more, but for now this is how it stands


Reid came home and was surprised at the update and said he really liked it.


I think it would be fun to do this with yarn or more colorful rope for a more eclectic feel.


There you have it! A super quick update using stuff I already had on hand...which is usually how my DIY projects go.

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