Wednesday, September 28, 2011

31 Days of Creating A Home


Coming up in OCTOBER is The Nester's "31 Days" series!
Other bloggers are encouraged to pick out a topic of their choice and run with it for 31 days straight. Sounds like fun, huh?!

I will be joining in on the festivities!

You know I love creating for my home. It's my haven and most favorite place to be! So I thought it would be fitting to do 31 Days of Creating A HOME.




I got a schedule all planned out for each and every day of October. I'll explain more on Day 1 what is all planned. But it's going to be a fun filled month of all things related to HOME. So don't be surprised to be see some makeovers and creations on a budget, organizing, cleaning, thrifting, recipes and lots of inspiration!

I hope you can join me all month long for this series!

Please grab my button below so other bloggers and readers can stop on by for some HOME inspiration!


At Home With K
 
Go HERE to continue to the series!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #31

WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

WHERE WE SHOW OFF OUR CREATIVE AND THRIFTY SIDE FOR $10 OR LESS!

Here are a few projects featured from last week's party:

DIY Chenille Burp Rags from The Small Town Mom


Chalkboard Paint Ideas from The DIY Home Sweet Home Project


Little Monster Mirror from One Artsy Mama


Easy Football Pops from Pam's Party and Practical Tips



If you were featured today, please grab an "I'm Featured" Button on my sidebar! Thanks!


Now it's time to link up to this week's Terrific Under Ten!

 
At Home With K
 
Here are the rules:
1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...
2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.
3. You can link up multiple projects.
4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.
5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list.
6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!
Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.
*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ScotchBlue Painting Party and Giveaway



Welcome to the ScotchBlue™ Painting Party! A group of DIY bloggers, including myself, all completed projects with the help of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector. Now we’re giving you the chance to see all of our fun projects and get some inspiration!! Check out my project tutorial below, and then jump to the next blog in the party to see even more inspirational DIY tutorials!

I'm excited to share my project with you today!

This is my husband's outdated dresser. He's had it for several years and has traveled with him from his childhood home, through the bachelor years and still 9 years into our marriage. It's a nice sturdy dresser, just ugly. :)

It's been one of those projects to tackle on my long to-do list...So when I was asked to be a part of this fun painting party I knew exactly what I was going to do. Mark this project off my list once and for all!

The one thing I wanted it add to this boring dresser is DETAIL! I could spend money and add trim to the drawers but I didn't want to invest much into this old dresser. So I thought why not add the look of trim with the use of the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape?!!


I gave the wood a light sanding, then I painted the drawers and dresser with the base color. I wanted a 2 tone affect. So I painted the drawers an off white and the dresser, a creamy/yellow color (I mixed up white and mustard paint to get my desired color). The paint I used was from my leftover paint stash. I wanted this project to be as thrifty as possible.


After the paint was dry, it was time to figure out how I wanted my "trim" to look like. The goal was to create a rectangle on each drawer with the painters tape. I decided to work with the width of the tape because I don't like to measure. :) The tape I had was 1.5 inches wide and this would work perfect to start my "trim". I placed a piece of tape along all 4 sides of the drawer, right up the against the edge-so I didn't have to measure.

I wanted my "trim" to be 1/2 inch thick. So I did actually get my ruler out for this one and measured 1/2 inch from the edge on the painter's tape. I just used random light pencil marks, so I didn't have to worry about erasing pencil marks later. Just one less step to worry about.

I layed a piece of painter's tape on the top and the bottom of the drawer. You can see in the picture below, the 1/2 inch gap I created.


I painted the "trim" the creamy/yellow color so it could pop against the white.


I painted the "trim" 2 coats and then I pealed the 2 pieces of tape off. 


I had nice clean lines!


I allowed that paint to dry before moving on to the next step. I placed 2 pieces of tape on side ends of the drawer. This is also 1/2 inch wide.


Here you can see what I did with the tape. I painted in between the lines, 2 coats of the creamy yellow color. Then it was time to peel away all of the tape from the drawer. Here I created "trim" painting a simple rectangle on each drawer.


I also decided to create the trim look on the sides of the dresser doing the same thing I did on the drawers.



I made 2 rectangle patterns with my tape.


I painted this "trim" the off white color so it would pop against the creamy yellow base color.



After the paint was dry, I sanded down the edges and added a dark walnut stain on top to give it the aged look I love.

I also added handles. I found these fun handles at my local home improvement store for 99 cents each. But I didn't care for the silver.


So I used a metal primer and metallic durable spray paint to give them that oil rubbed bronze look I love!


Okay, are you ready for the after? If you are confused on my directions on what kind of "trim" look I was going for with the painter's tape, then hopefully the after will give you a better idea. :)

So here is our outdated dresser TODAY!


Here you can see the rectangle trim I created using the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. So simple to create. The hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry. :)


Here are the sides, where I created the 2 rectangles. It's amazing what paint can do to add such detail to a boring piece of furniture.


Here's a close up of those clean lines the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector created.


I love the subtle contrast between the off white and creamy yellow. 


And the freshly painted oil rubbed bronze handles really pop against the soft colors.


Let me remind you what this dresser looked like before! Wow what a difference paint makes! I wanted to pitch this dresser out to the curb a long time ago but now I think it's going to be staying with us a few more years. :)


Thanks for visiting today! I hope I inspired you to create something from nothing on a budget!

Here's a list of all the blogs participating in today's party...you'll want to visit all of them to get some great inspiration!

Kindra @ At Home With K *You are here!*
Courtney @ A Thoughtful Place *Continue to this blog next!*

If you'd like a chance to win some ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector to use on your next project here's what you can do...


1. Simply leave a comment on this post telling me how you would use ScotchBlue Painter's Tape.

2. For an additional chance to win you can Tweet “@scotchbluebrand I want #supersharppaintlines for my next project!” then come back and leave a second comment.

Finally, if you'd like to find out about more of these great Painting Parties in the future you can "like" ScotchBlue on Facebook.
*****Disclosure******

ScotchBlue Brand reached out to me to participate in the ScotchBlue Painting Party to celebrate the launch of their new ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape with Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector. My post represents my honest experience with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape. I am not being paid for my answers, but I did receive ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape to assist in completion.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #30

WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!
Where we show off our thrifty selves for $10 or less!

Here are a few projects from last week that I would love to feature:

Disquising Speakers by Wise Designs Inspirations


Kale Chip Recipe from Whole New Mom


Touches of Fall from Shabby Love


Birth Announcement Onesie by Fancy Frugal Life


If you were featured today, please grab an "I'm Featured" Button on my sidebar! Thanks!

Now it's time to link up to this week's Terrific Under Ten!

 

At Home With K
 


Here are the rules:

1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...

2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.

3. You can link up multiple projects.

4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.

5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list.

6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!

Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.

*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #29

WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

Where we show off our creative side for $10 or less!

Here are some favorite links from the last couple parties!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Brownies from Laugh, Love And Craft





Crochet Thread Pumpkin from Mami Jane's


Secret Fort from Chica Ramblings


If you were featured today, please grab an "I'm Featured" Button on my sidebar! Thanks!

Now it's time to link up to this week's Terrific Under Ten!






At Home With K
 


Here are the rules:

1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...

2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.

3. You can link up multiple projects.

4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.

5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list.

6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!

Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.

*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Free Update on Porch Post

One of my summer projects was to take care of this ugly porch post on our house. From far away it didn't look bad. But when you got a little closer, you could see the wear on the wood.


When you got a lot closer then your could really see it! The polyurethane was peeling off big time! I'm pretty sure the past home owners used an indoor poly since it's under an awning...either way, it needed help!


I first gave it a big sanding! Then I took some leftover black stain that I used on our deck and painted coat after coat after coat...I don't know how many coats I ended up painting this thing. But this baby is protected! And now so pretty! 

It took a lot of time but this makeover was definitely worth it! I love it now! 


Have a great Labor Day weekend! Any fun plans?!