September 30, 2015

Weathered Grey & White China Cabinet Redo

This week already feels so long!
I can't believe it's only Wednesday!

I thought I'd pop in and share my most recent furniture redo since it's basically my most favorite ever!!

It's definitely one of my biggest & I love taking on different pieces to see what kinds of challenges I can tackle :)

I found this beautiful china cabinet at our local Habitat Restore for around $100. I think it was a deal day so I'm thinking we actually only paid $75 for it. A steal either way. 
It was solid and didn't have a scratch on it. 

Although it was missing one side glass panel. But for what I wanted, they were going to go away anyways. 
But isn't she pretty? 

This piece was in great condition so it didn't need a ton of prep (my kind of project!). 
I lightly sanded away any rough spots and gave it a good cleaning.
Hardware came off. 

It did have one pane of glass still on the side so I ended up taking it out.
It was held in place by rubber lining and was easily taken out by removing the rubber pieces and sliding the glass out.
Love when things go willingly :) 

I had a fun project all planned for the extra piece of glass but it was broken while moving some things around so that was kinda sad. 

Next things next, I knew that I wanted to paint the inside of the cabinets & the back of the main area a different color than the rest of it. 
It took me forever to decide on color combinations but since it was going to be sold, I decided to go for a less bold, more neutral look but still absolutely gorgeous.

The back wall and inside cabinets got several coats of a pure white. 

The rest of the piece got several coats of Cece Caldwell's paint in 'Silverhill Fog'. 
It was a beautiful soft grey that gave it the perfect finish I was looking for.
However since this piece was so large and needed several coats, it took a LOT of the paint. 
Pretty darn near all of it.
So I was somewhat disappointed with how far the paint went. 

After painting it grey, I knew I wanted a more weathered, vintage look so I tried out some cheap white wax that I had on hand. 
I say cheap because, you guys, it was five bucks at Walmart. 
Mind blown. 

Check out that gorgeous vintage finish: 

I literally squealed out loud as it was going on because it looked so good. 
That's when you know it's going to be amazing :) 

After applying and buffing the white wax, we went ahead and decided to add chicken hex wire to the side panels. 

This awful awesome stuff. 

It was the absolute worst part of the whole project.
I'm just glad that my sweet husband is a whole lot more patient than I am or I would have tried to sell the empty side panels as the new 'in' thing. 

The hardest part was the fact that we were installing the wire in panels that were not removable. Cabinet doors would be a snap because you can take them off and staple it onto the back. 

But for these we basically had to become contortionists to fit ourselves sideways into the thing and try to staple/nail into tiny little grooves to attach the wire. 
The other thing going against us was that the wood we were attaching it to was mostly very thin trim molding pieces that would easily be cracked or damaged if nails or staples were too long and ended up in the wrong spot. 

Thank goodness that husby was able to figure out a good system of nailing tiny finish nails around the perimeter to secure it in. 

I dry-brushed some white paint onto the wire to help it blend in a little more naturally and downplay the industrial feel just a tad. 

After installing the chicken wire, it was time to get it all put back together. 
I re-installed the original hardware and dry-brushed some of the white wax onto them to soften them up. 

Then it was my favorite part- step back and admire you're finished piece!!

Didn't she turn out just gorgeous?!? 

I love how light & airy it feels now with it's lighter coat of paint. 
Those drawers & doors have curves for days and I feel like the lighter paint helps accentuate that more. 

I love the pop of fresh white against the grey finish- it's a bit more dramatic in person but you can get the idea from the pictures :) 

It was a bit more challenging than other pieces had been for me to style.
We couldn't really drag it in the house since we didn't have a great spot to photograph it so we set up shop outside and dragged things to it!

I love my blue pyrex in there against the greys & whites. 
Hubby was so enamored by it that he tried to convince me to find a place in our house for it. 
But I just can't replace the pieces we already have since they are family heirlooms. 

But I'm thinking it'll look gorgeous wherever it ends up! 

Check out the crazy before & after: 

It's so hard to believe it's even the same piece. 
I just love the weathered grey finish against the chicken wire doors!!

I'd love to hear your thoughts/comments on my newest makeover!!

It's up for sale, so if you're local, message me on Facebook or email me to chat about bringing it into your home!!

Happy Wednesday friends!

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September 23, 2015

Painted Pumpkin Basket with DIY Transparency Lettering

Sometimes when you're thrifting, you find something that catches your eye but you have no idea what you're going to do with it, right? 
But you get it anyways. 

Then, inspiration hits and you realize you have something amazing on your hands. 

I love when that happens :) 

I found this little basket on a random Saturday that we spent roaming garage sales. 
I walked by it several times before deciding that it needed to come home with us. 

There were a ton of things I loved about it: 
the oil rubbed bronze handle that was oversized and awesome, the fact that it was some kind of wooden veneer material that could be easily painted, it's weird oval shape & huge bonus that it had this awesome brass/gold edge on the bottom of it. 

I figured it would be perfect for some sort of project. 
And when coolish weather and pumpkins started hitting our area, I was struck with the fact that it needed to be fall related. 

I wanted something that had chippy paint & typography and I ended up with a gorgeous mix of the two!!

First things first, I taped off the brass bottom and the handles and gave it a couple coats of a whispy blue I had on hand. 
After painting, I chipped the paint off in areas around the edges of the basket to give it a nice worn look. 

It took me a while to figure out what type of wording to put on it. 
Then I stumbled on an image of a vintage pumpkin seed packet and I knew it was perfect. 

I typed the lettering into, saved the images and then decided to wing it as far as applying it to the basket. 

I had some transparencies that I had been saving that I picked up at a school closing sale.
After googling it, I decided to try my hand at making my own rub-ons of sorts.  

Here's the VeRy basic run-down on how I did it: 

1. Find the lettering/image you want to use and save to your computer.
Make sure any text you're wanting to use is saved in 'reverse'. 

2. I wanted my text to be larger than a normal sheet of paper so I used to enlarge my font to the size I wanted.
After creating the image, it gave me the option to print. 

3. Print your image/text on the glossy side of the transparency paper. 
Make sure to not touch the wet ink after it prints. 

4. Apply the transparency paper ink-side DOWN onto the surface you want it to adhere to. 
Use a wooden spoon or Popsicle stick to burnish your image onto your item. 
I found that lightly rubbing did the trick because if you pushed down to hard, the ink would smear. 

5. Carefully lift up your paper and check out your beautiful image!!
I love love loved the result!!

It gave me a perfectly worn look without any distressing necessary- the ink settled into cracks & imperfections and didn't go on incredibly dark so it looked aged all by itself! 

The ink did take a while to dry so let your item dry for a while- I let mine sit overnight before messing with it.
Then I sprayed a clear coat of spraypaint over it to help protect it even more. 

I'm kind of obsessed with my new pumpkin basket!! 

I filled it with some cut fabric pumpkins that I got on sale from JoAnn's.
Isn't that mustard fabric gorgeous? 
I have big plans for a scarf & some headbands out of it :) 

Here's the Before & After comparison of my little thrifty basket: 

Isn't is so much more fun in pale aqua and distressed lettering??

I definitely think so!!

I have so many fun fall ideas in my head but I'm also holding out on a BIG secret that I'm hoping to be able to reveal verrry soon that kinda has an effect on my fall decorating!!

Happy Wednesday friends!

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September 16, 2015

Pink & Gold First Birthday {FREE| Printables!

Last week I shared our beautiful first birthday party we threw for Baby M. 
I'd love for you to check it out here!! 

I had promised you guys that I'd be sharing the free printables on here soon and I'm here to deliver on that promise today :) 

Printables are my absolute favorite things to do for every party I throw- they're easy to customize, add crazy personality to your party & are so fun to change out!

This party was done in shades of mint blue, soft pink & gold with lots of confetti & bows thrown in since our theme was 'Bows & Bling'. 

Below you'll find each printable file that I used for the party and quick instructions on how to use them. 
Invites & personalized items are left blank for YOU to add your own names/wording to it. 
You can use photoshop or any free photo editing site (I use to add your own words.
On picmonkey, when you add a font to the print, there is a tiny little dropper symbol that pops up when you click on the word. 
To change your font to the same color as the rest of the printable, simply click that dropper, drag your cursor over the color in the print that you want to use and it'll match it perfectly!!

Let me know if you have any questions- I'd love to help you anyway I can.
For pictures & ideas on how to decorate with the printables, check out my party post here

Hope you enjoy your free Pink & Gold Birthday Printables!!

..........Quick tips for printing in case you’re a newbie….......
1. Click the download link below each picture for the print you’d like to get. Then follow the prompts to download and save to your computer. 
2. Print your printable as you would any regular picture. I like to print them on white cardstock or picture paper- they tend to print better and with more vibrant colors this way. 
That’s pretty much all there is to it. So get at it…just click. print. frame!!

Click the link above to download a blank version of the "Bling & Bows" party invite I created. 
I couldn't find party invites with this theme so I made my own up!

The left invite is an example of how to add your address, invite details and name of your child.
I used for all the fonts and wording so if you'd like an easy & free way to add wording to your invites, head over there, upload the file and add your details! 
The right side shows the version you are getting with no details added. 
These were designed to be printed as 5x7s and look best at this size!

Click above to download the 'one' birthday sign. I printed mine as a 5x7 but you should easily be able to print it as an 8x10 as well. 

Click above to download this fun sparkle sign to hang up, frame or create cute party labels for drinks, bags, etc. 
I printed this as an 8x10 but could easily be printed smaller. 
If you're making multiple prints to add to bags or anything, I simply add them into a Word document, shrink it to size and print several out per page. 

So these are the fun ones!
If you'd like to see how I used these cute month labels, check it out here

These could be used in several ways, I printed them small and used them to jazz up my monthly pictures I had on display. You could also very easily print them out larger onto sticker paper and use them as the monthly onesie stickers!!
How fun would that be?! 
I wish I had thought of it before using the ones we had :) order to let you choose what size to print them, I simply have a download link to each individual one below.
Click to download each, save them and then put them into a word document to size them accordingly. 
I used my circle punch to cut them out so I simply made them as big as my circle punch. 
I was able to print them all on one page at that size. 

Let me know if you have any questions!! 

That's all, friends!

Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you enjoy your party printables!
Enjoy :) 

Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked readers only.
As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page

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September 10, 2015

DIY Re-purposed Drawers Turned Monthly Picture Displays

Good morning friends!!

I'm going to be sharing several of the DIY projects I did for Baby M's first birthday party!
If you haven't had a chance to check out the whole party, I'd love for you to swing over here and see all the fun!!

Sometimes some of the best projects happen completely by accident. 
And that was definitely the case for these guys. 

It all started when the hubs snatched up this cute little dresser from a friend of his: 

It was in pretty good shape but when we got it home we realized it was the exact. perfect. size. for a project we've been wanting to do forevvvver.

And by perfect, I mean I might have jumped up and down a little when I measured it all. 
I can't tell you a lot more about it than that because that's a whole reveal in itself but because of the plans we had for it, those top drawers became cast-offs. 


So we had two orangey, wood-toned, lonely drawers that I literally went and sat by the trash cans to go out with friday trash. 
Then the next day, I was getting the itch to paint something...but not take on a huge project.
Am I the only one that sometimes just needs a quick-fix project? 

So as I was walking past the drawers, an idea hit and I just figured it didn't hurt to try. 
I was all set for them to not turn out so fabulous, thus the fact that I didn't even snap a true 'before' picture of them.

I'm pretty sure you can picture some boring old drawers though :) 

I sanded them down, took all the hardware off of them, tracks included, and grabbed a can of aqua spraypaint.
When in doubt, go aqua. 
At least it's the go-to in my house. 

And, well, the pay-off was pretty fabulous. 

After painting them with several light colors, 
I took my orbital sander and sanded the heck out of them.
I wanted a very distressed look- I'm a sucker for exposed wood & sometimes it's too much in a piece of furniture but with pieces like these that are small and probably only be out certain times, the look was perfect. 

At this point, I still had no idea what I wanted to do with them.
I thought they'd make cute shelves but we have no wall space at the moment to put them. 
Then inspiration hit me for Baby M's birthday party!
I had been trying to come up with a cute way to display all her monthly photos we took and these drawers were the perfect canvas to display them on. 

I was going for a vintage chic look for her party and immediately knew that the drawers needed some amazing hardware.
I dug through my stash and found these gorgeous knobs that I only had a few of. 
I love the look of mis-matched knobs :) 

To make it perfect for hanging pictures, I put a dab of hot glue on either side of the drawer and hung some gorgeous gold & white sparkly ribbon from end to end. 

I opted for hot-gluing so I could easily take it off afterwards since I keep thinking I might need to do something else with them.
For a more permanent solution, drill small holes on the side of the drawers, thread your ribbon through and then knot to keep them in place. 

I used gold painted clothespins and some cute printable month tags to display the photos with. 
I'll be sharing the month tag prints very soon, promise!
After printing the month tags, I used a circle cutter to cut them out and then layered them on top of gold circles that I cut out with a larger circle punch. 

Don't they make the perfect picture displays?? 

I'm absolutely in love with the amount of color & vintage vibes they brought to the whole set- up!!

Six 4x6 pictures hung perfectly on each one which made the month by month pictures perfect for these! 

I love how versatile these little drawers can be- they'll be perfect for all kinds of things at parties, whether for displaying pictures or prints or even laying on their sides to serve utensils, napkins & plates in!! 

I'm still thinking about possibly hanging them as cute shelves somewhere too. We shall see. 

What do you think of these cute, almost didn't happen, drawers? 
I always tell hubby that it pays to keep things around, even when you don't know what to do with them!!
I'm sure glad I thought of something before they hit the trash :) 

**Be sure to check out more of the party details here**

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