Succulents in Vintage Coffee Cups

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succulents-coffee-cups

Yesterday, I decided to plant some succulents in vintage coffee cups, that I purchased at The Salvation Army for just forty cents each.  There was something about the cups that I thought was cool, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them.  I remembered that Miss Mustard Seed had a blog post last Summer about  putting house plants in some of her vintage dishes, and thought that would be a good use for these coffee cups.

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Now, I’m not a “houseplant” person because it’s just one more thing to try and keep alive.  Succulents, however, are next to impossible to kill – seriously, you could not water them for like, a year, and they would still be kicking.  Maybe not a year, but you get the idea.  You can also break a piece off of one and re-plant it somewhere else and it’ll take root and flourish.  On top of all of that, succulents are adorable in my opinion, so I ran to the local florist to grab a few.

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In 10 minutes, I had the perfect, decorative greenery to place around my house.

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Placing succulents in vintage coffee cups and other dishes is a pretty, and easy way to add no-fuss greenery to your home!

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If you have pics of your stylish greenery, please send them my way! I’m always looking for inspiration.

Peace & Love,

Carrie

How To Use Glacage by Maison Blanche

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glacage-maison-blanche

It was another beautiful weekend here in Texas…blue skies and 70 something degrees.  I spent a perfect Saturday afternoon out in Pipe Creek with the Burlap Junkies at their new shop.

Under the trees, a small group of us learned how to use a product called Glacage.  French for icing (which is exactly what it looked like), this product creates a raised design that allows you to add a rich detail to anything you can think of.

From the Maison Blanche Paint line which Burlap Junkies carries exculsively, Glacage is a fun and easy way to make any stencil pop.

For this project, we started with salvaged long leaf pine cabinet doors (swoon).

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We each picked our own paint color and put on the first coat.  Mine is Confederate Grey.  Let it dry completely.

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Next comes the fun application of Glacage in Turquoise (check with Burlap Junkies for additional colors).  Place the stencil with spray adhesive and apply the Glacage somewhat generously at an angle with a gift card, hotel room key or credit card.  Remove the stencil.

Mine came out a little gloppy in one spot, but Mrs. Burlap Junkie assured me it wouldn’t matter in the end.  The product will lighten up when it’s dry, which is when it’s ready for the next step.

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Apply another coat of the paint, painting right over your stencil.

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If you want a shabby looking piece, then go ahead and lightly sand your edges, avoiding the stencil for now.  Once you have the rest of the piece where you want it, go ahead and begin to gently sand over the Glacage.  The amount of color that you want to come through is completely up to you, so just sand until your heart is content.  You’ll want to use a piece of hand-held sand paper, as an electric sander would be to much for this application.

I guess i forgot the after-sanding picture, so on to the next step – the wax.  I opted for a dark wax to really give this piece an aged look.  The longer it sits, the darker it gets, so wipe off the wax whenever you’re ready.  Keep wiping until your piece is smooth.  Then deem it finished!

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Some hooks were added to created an adorable piece of hanging decor!  You could also use bent spoons on either end to create a serving tray.

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I love the subtlety of the detail and can’t wait to use this product on an upcoming project in my home!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and see any projects that you’ve done using Glacage.  Don’t forget to visit my friends over at Burlap Junkies to order your Maison Blanche Paint products!

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Using Gel Stain On Already Stained Wood

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gel-stained-wood

 

I have been dying to try out the gel stain sold by General Finishes for quiet some time.  I needed something small to use it on, so that I could see how well it works.  So often people want to re-stain their cabinets, but that can be an extensive and tedious job.  My hope was that the gel stain would prove to be the perfect solution for bringing outdated cabinets to life, as well as other wood treasures.  I love the idea of using gel stain on already stained wood instead of sanding down to the naked wood.

My sweet (and very trusting) friend had a unique magazine rack that she wanted updated, and gave me carte blanche with it.  Said friend and her husband have a beautiful home and exquisite taste, so I spent some time thinking about how to refinish it.  Here is what it looked like when I picked it up:

before-gel-stain

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It’s such a unique piece, I was excited to revive it.  This was the perfect piece to try out the gel stain on, so I headed down to Woodcraft here in San Antonio, and picked up the supplies.

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I decided on the Candelite color.

 

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Part of the success to using stain over the previous stain is sanding.  After a thorough cleaning, I gave it a light sanding all over using 220 grit.  I wiped it down again, making sure to remove all of the dust from sanding.

I then began applying the gel stain with a lint-free cloth.

 

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The great thing about stain is that you don’t have to be an expert to apply it.  The only thing you need to know is use a clean, soft cloth and don’t stop moving.  If you leave it sitting for too long without rubbing it in, you will have weird marks that you won’t be able to get rid of without sanding.

The gel stain takes a little longer to dry, which worked to my advantage.  I started to apply the second coat while the first coat was still sticky, creating a more aged look.  If you prefer an even tone, then wait for the first coat to dry before applying a second one, if a deeper tone is desired.

Be sure and rub the stain into all of the blemishes so that it adds more character.

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To add a little interest to this piece, I decided to add a some color using General Finishes Milk Paint in Basil.

 

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I put a couple of light coats on the bands of the magazine rack, and then sanded it once it dried. 

 

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I love the detail on the back…

 

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I’m thrilled with how this product works, and can’t wait to use it on some bigger projects!  And I’m really excited to deliver this refinished magazine rack to my friend.

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Antique Mirror Makeover

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antique-mirror

I had a major score today when I dropped by Habitat For Humanity.  Seriously, if you aren’t shopping there, you really should.  Not only can you find great treasures for yourself, you will also be helping out those in need of a home!  Sometimes it’s a bust, but today I spotted a hidden gem, just laying around amongst a pile of junk. Yes, there she was, an antique mirror that I quickly brought home and gave a makeover.  Take a look at the before: 

gold-antique-mirror

It does have a piece of molding missing, but I don’t really care.  The structure and detail of this mirror makes me so happy.  You might be wondering how I can tell it’s an antique?  Well, you see, it’s very scientific.  First, I could barely carry it, so I knew it was well made, unlike the cheaply made things of today.  Next, it had remanence of the paper backing often found on old photos and wall art. Lastly, it smelled.  Like really bad.  You know what I’m talking about?  That old, musty, I’ve been living in a haunted attic, smell?  Yeah, it smells like that.  Now, don’t try these tricky, antique-detecting measures on your own – please, leave it to us professionals.

I decided she needed some turquoise paint, so I busted out my Maison Blance chalk paint in Riviera, and dry-brushed it on.  Here are the results.

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antique-gold-mirror

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I’m really not trying to be artistic with my photos here, but photographing a mirror is hard!  It reflects all the crap you have laying around.  Not pretty.

Now, one last look at the before, and the “I could just die, I love it so much” after.

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gold-and-turquoise-antique-mirrorA light sanding revealed even more of the gold, and I could not be happier with the color combination!  This antique mirror makeover was the perfect project for this Fall day.  I  just love it – how about you?

Peace & Love,

Carrie

70’s Chair Makeover

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farmhouse-chair

Welcome back to Makeover Monday! While out antique shopping a couple of weekends ago, I ran across a chair that I loved immediately.  It wasn’t cute as it was, but I knew I could turn it into a piece that fits my style.  So, for less than $12 I came home and gave it a facelift!  And since I had everything else I needed on hand, this 70’s chair makeover didn’t cost me anymore that.

1970-chair-before

The before.

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The after.  I used one of the many coffee sacks I had at home to cover the seat, using some black fabric underneath the keep the white vinyl from showing through.  The seat was in good shape, so I opted to leave the vinyl in tact and just put the fabric and burlap over it.

I used Maison Blanche chalk paint to change the color of the wood, starting with a coat of Crème De Menthe.  Then, I followed that up with a coat of Sugar Cane from the same company, a light 220 grit sanding and a coat of clear wax.  I was very happy with the results, which aren’t quite magnified in the pictures.

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I haven’t decided where it’s going yet, but it’s definitely a keeper!

Peace & Love,

Carrie

Painting A Trunk

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trunk-painted

 

Welcome to the first Makeover Monday with Her Hippie Heart!  Starting today, I will be sharing tips on making over everything from, found “treasures” to entire rooms.  Make sure that you’re subscribed so you don’t miss out on all the things featured here!

Have you ever thought about painting a trunk, but weren’t too sure how it would turn out?  Or maybe you’ve never thought about painting a trunk, but you’re ears just perked up?  I’m kind of  paint junky, so it always occurs to me to paint stuff, but the painted trunks turned out to be a total win, in my book.

The trunk that I’m featuring today was beautiful all on it’s own.  Well-made, with gorgeous detail.  Some might find it painful and even wrong to paint such a stunner, and I do understand that.  Some people are purists…loyalists.  I heart you.  I really do.  But I just can’t help myself!  I NEED to find out what will happen if I dab a little paint on there.  It makes me happy.  But please, all of you purists, keep fighting the good fight!  Don’t let us painty types get our hands on everything!! 😉  Here she is before: (please, DON’T ask me why the pic is sideways, because I just.  Don’t. Know.)

 

trunk-before-paint

 

And here she is after: (FYI, I used Cobblestone by Maison Blanche Paint Company)

 

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Now, I didn’t get a bunch of action shots on this piece, but once you learn how easy it is, you’ll forgive me.  I hope.

First, pick a paint color and start brushing it on the trunk.  Don’t try to cover it completely, just get a first coat on.

 

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Then, when the first coat is dry, do another coat just like that, applying circular and long strokes with your brush.  If your satisfied with that shabby look (like I was on this piece), then stop there.  For a more finished look, keep adding coats until you’re happy.

 

trunk-with-paint

 

On this piece, I painted over everything – the metal, wood & hardware.  Then I took 220 grit sandpaper, and lightly sanded it by hand until I achieved the shabby look I wanted.  I absolutely LOVE how the detail on the metal edges popped out!

 

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This wasn’t the first trunk I painted, but it’s certainly my favorite so far! Here’s another example of how you can bring a trunk to life:

 

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I showed you mine, now show me yours!  Send me some pics. 🙂

Peace & Love,

Carrie