Monday, April 20, 2015

Updating Outdoor Furniture With Paint

Valspar's outdoor spray paint for plastic items may be my new best friend. It makes something drab turn into something fabulous with only a few minor steps.  We have had a few plastic chairs for our side yard for a few years. I purchased them at a local pharmacy for $10 a piece on a random sale day.  They are perfect because we can take them anywhere in the yard the kiddos want to play. The colors I found at Lowe's were a navy and light blue. They are only a few dollars a can, and so it is a lot cheaper to do this than purchase new chairs.
The first step was to power wash the chairs in order to get them nice and clean for the spray paint. I will admit that it makes the chair feel a bit gritty once it has been power washed, but the spray paint gave it a smooth feeling again.  As you can see the chairs began as plain tan and were not exactly inviting.

Each chair took approximately two cans of spray paint with two coats on them each. We have two other chairs to go, but we wanted to see how the color works out. The lighter blue worked better because it was closer to the original shade, and the darker navy needed more of a second coat due to the tan showing through.

I purchased some outdoor throw pillows last summer from Overstock, and the colors blend perfectly with the chairs now. I am so happy to give these chairs a new life because we will be getting a lot of use out of them this season that is for sure.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Effortless and No Sew Table Runner

Oh how I wish that I could sew something. Maybe one of these days I will have a chance to learn, but until then I will have to rely on my best friend Heat N Bond to give me the feeling as if I have done a sewing project.

I purchased a roll of denim material in a roll with a trellis pattern on it from Michaels for around $6. I used about half the roll for this project. 

Last year, I had picked up this table runner at Hobby Lobby for less than $10. I had saved it until I had a way I could make a simple update to it. I did not want to paint it or stencil it. I figured it would be cute to add this denim fabric to it.

Heat N Bond is so simple to use. All you need is an iron to help you adhere it to a fabric, and attach the fabric to your surface.  I purchased the Ultra Hold version because I knew the denim was thick. You use an iron to attach the Head N Bond to the demin fabric, and then you peel off the paper backing. Then you place the denim face up on the burlap runner to and use the iron to fuse the two pieces of fabric together.  I just placed it straight down the middle and it took about ten to fifteen minutes to get it completely attached.
I added it with my owl vase that I found at Michaels last year on clearance for $3 and some flowers I picked up while I was grocery shopping on afternoon.

Gives my usually neglected table a little something between the holiday related items I may throw on there every once in a while. Also, it seems none of the kids are interested in pulling it off which I consider to be a win in my book. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lions, Tigers, and Bears Oh Baby! Baby Gift and Exciting News

Recently I went to a baby shower for a dear friend. I thought I would come up with a cute idea for her gift. Using my Silhouette Cameo I cut out three animal shapes, and made a homemade card. I used cardstock to make a Lion, Tiger and a Bear. Then I made the card below.  The inside of the card said "Oh Boy!" or you could even put "Oh, Baby!"

Then I put together a gift to go along with the theme of the gift.  All of these items were purchased from Amazon, and of course it made it easier to search for items that went along with the theme instead of walking around Target. 

A cute little gift idea for a new baby on the way. Everyone can use an extra sleeper and teether that is for sure.  The Little Tiger book is a larger board book that will be great for little kiddos to hold and possibly chew on. Speaking of babies we wanted to let all of our readers know that we are expecting a little boy in August in our family. We are super excited and are looking forward to the fun times in our future with four kiddos.