Navy and Turquoise With Just a Touch of Red

Happy 4th of July week! It’s so great to see all the red, white and blue all over town and the blogosphere! It really puts you in the mood for fireworks, bbq and fun times! I did a very simple tablescape for the holiday. I don’t really use red in my decorating, so I kept it very light. But I DO use lots of blue and turquoise!! So that’s what I went with!

Blue, turquoise with just a touch of red

Blue, turquoise with just a touch of red

I still kept it coastal and beachy too with the driftwood bowl and glass floats and seashells. july tablescape centerpiece 3 A few candles add to the atmosphere. july tablescape centerpiece 2 I picked up these white and red metal plates several years ago at a thrift store and the small turquoise ones are from the 99 Cent Store. The woven place mats I just picked up at Goodwill last week. I was so excited to find them! They are so perfect for the beach theme! july tablescape placesetting The napkins are just pieces of material I ‘borrowed’ from Lauren’s fabric stash. july tablescape placesetting 3 I love adding the red and white straws to the glasses! july tablescape simplicity The red watermelon was the perfect accent! Do you find, that once you cut up some fruit, it gets eaten much quicker? My watermelon was completely eaten by that evening! july tablescape watermelon I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July! Please stay safe and enjoy time with family and friends!July tablescape july tablescape centerpiece Sunshine and Blessings

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My Skechers Makeover

Lauren’s work schedule has been crazy, so I am here again today. I have just 2 more days of work and then I have some time to relax and get some projects done, before heading back to school. I have quite a list, so let’s see what I get done!

Today’s makeover is an easy one. I did a quick makeover on a pair of Skechers that I have. I bought these awhile ago from Ross, because they were so comfortable! I have had other styles of this same shoe. The problem was, I just never wore this color! I thought about getting rid of them, but they are so perfect for school and so comfortable for being on my feet all day. I finally came up with the brilliant idea of painting them! I figured, what do I have to lose? I don’t wear them anyways!

Skechers Go Walk

Skechers Go Walk

So comfortable, just not the color for me!

So comfortable, just not the color for me!

I found some Tulip Soft Matte Fabric Paint in Marine Blue. I actually thought this would be more of a navy color and I would paint the stripes, white. Well, the color was a little more royal than I expected.

Hope this works!

Hope this works!

I painted 3 coats of paint on each shoe. They actually turned out pretty well! And the color looks kind of like denim.

Like this color much better!

Like this color much better!

I certainly didn’t do a very professional job, but the other teachers at work thought I had bought a new pair of shoes! Several of us have these Skechers, so we notice when someone is wearing a pair!

Cute!

Cute!

They are perfect for work and for running around town. I can wear this color so much more! Fabric painting will definitely become an option for me if I have other items I don’t wear because of the color or if they are just faded.

I will definitely wear these!

I will definitely wear these!

So, this experiment turned out well! I’m so glad I took the chance and gave this a try! Have you tried painting anything with fabric paint? How did it turn out? Hope you all have a great weekend!

Sunshine and Blessings

Bedframe Plus Desk Equals Bench

Hello! We have a guest post today! My daughter, Haley! She made this awesome bench from some random furniture pieces, so I am going to ask her a few questions (this was the only way I could get her to participate!).

What gave you the idea to make this?

Haley-I saw the bedframe on the side of the road and thought the shape of it was pretty. I picked it up, but It sat for awhile, while I thought about what to do with it. I saw on Pinterest where someone used a tailgate from a truck for a bench, and then I remembered the bedframe and thought maybe I could do something with it.

Bed footboard

Bed footboard

What pieces did you use to make it?

H-I used the footboard, which I placed upside down, for the back.  The outside edges of the headboard were used for the arms. A desk was used for the seat. I used other pieces of wood for the supports.

Sides of the headboard

Sides of the headboard

How did you start?

H-I started with cutting the headboard apart and screwed each side onto the footboard for arms. I took the legs off of the desk. I used boards across to give it support. Then added the desk on top. It wasn’t quite long enough, so we used the supports to help it stay.

Coming together!

Coming together!

Desk before

Desk before

Desk after

Desk after

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screwing it together

wood slats underneath

wood slats underneath

What tools did you use?

H-I (with the help of my dad) used a drill, a counter-sink drill bit, 2″ screws to mount the supports to the legs, a radial arm saw and a skill saw.

Did you have any issues or problems when making it?

H-We used too short of screws the first time, and the wood split when I sat on it! We then added longer screws and now it works well. The legs ended up being kind of long and the bench is pretty high. I’m tall so it works for me, but some of my friends may have problems sitting on it!

It's finished!

It’s finished!

How did you decide what color to use? And what did you use?

bed turnd bench

Grey and turquoise

H-I am redoing my room grey and turquoise, so this was my inspiration! I used 4 cans of Granite Rustoleum spray paint and the drawers are Lagoon Rustoleum. I also added new knobs.

bed turned bench 2

Great for storage too!

bed turned bench 4

A cozy spot

Thanks Haley! The bench turned out great! It looks nice right underneath the window in the bedroom. I love it when my girls get creative too! Have you used old furniture and made it new again? I would love to see your projects! I hope you all have a great week!

Sunshine and Blessings

The Messy Side of Life

I have quite a few projects going on right now and during the summer I try to get my scrapbooking done from the past year. I am kind of behind since I haven’t even done vacations from last summer! But my goal is to get caught up! This is the desk where I plan on scrapbooking.

Nice and neat.

Nice and neat.

My friend L commented how my rooms always look so nice and neat and how she wished her house looked that way. Well, I set her straight right away! Friend, I only move stuff out of the way or into drawers when I take the picture so it looks that way! Isn’t that the life of a blogger? So, to show her the real thing, here is the desk today! No, I didn’t add stuff to make it look worse, it really is this bad!

What a mess!

What a mess!

There is so much stuff here, it’s going to take awhile just to clean it up before I can even get started on the scrapbooking! There is stuff from Haley’s graduation (almost a month ago!),

Graduation stuff

Graduation stuff

A pile from redecorating my bedroom. I am not sure what I am doing with this yet.

More!

More!

Here are some papers Lauren used for a school project (a month ago), some clear page protectors and my paper cutter I used to cut out tags this past weekend.

and more!

and more!

And this is just a pile of random papers I need to go through! organizing the desk 6 Yeah, I think I have some work cut out for me! I will let you know my progress. Hopefully it will only be a few days! 🙂

A few days later…..

It’s done and ready to go! It really didn’t take as long as I thought it would. I just needed to put things in their proper places :). The graduation things are ready to be scrapbooked, the piles are no more, even the pile on the floor is gone. Now it’s ready for some serious scrapbooking!

Much better!

Much better!

Scrapbooking time!

Scrapbooking time!

I have more projects coming soon! Stay tuned!

Sunshine and Blessings

Decoupaged Candlestick

I am deeply sorry that I have not posted my dresser. Unfortunately, it has taken much longer to finish than I had intended.  So, I continue posting blogs about other things that I am working on.

Mom was cleaning her room and found this candlestick.  Now, I have the same candlestick in my bedroom.  I covered it in newspaper by means of decoupage and love how it looks.  So, I decided to do the same thing for this candlestick.  And here is what I used.

candlestick

I had a newspaper that my roommates and I got for free, mod poge from Michaels, sponge brushes, a small bowl to put the mod poge in, paper towels, and tv shows to watch as I was decoupaging.

supplies

I tore the newspaper into small pieces to make it easier to decoupage onto the candlestick.  I then got the sponge brush damp with the mod poge and lightly coated it over the piece of newspaper.  Because newspaper is thin, it doesn’t require that much mod poge to make it stick to the candlestick.  I used only pieces with words on them because I was afraid of the color from pictures bleeding through.

candlestick 1

Almost Done!

Almost Done!

So after two nights of mod poging, approximately 4 hours of work, the candlestick was complete!

candlestick 3

candlestick 4

candlestick 5

Currently it is sitting on my Salvation Table, which you can see here, along with some of mom’s decorations.  I might be taking this to my apartment to decorate in the living room area.  I like the look of the newspaper, something that could be modern or vintage looking.  This project was fun and something that I know I will be doing more of this summer!

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