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DIY Entertainment Unit Remodel — Reveal!!

15 Mar
 A month and a couple ruined shirts later, my DIY entertainment center is done!! Yay!  More details can be found in my update post here, but basically we moved into this house about 9 years ago. The original owners built it with custom maple cabinets. They are really nice, but I really love a more clean look. So finally I got up enough courage to paint them. 
The entertainment center was nice, but the space inside for a television was very small, and the room is so big that we really needed a bigger tv. So we decided to rip out the center section of the unit to accommodate a larger television. Our friend and DIY neighbor Brent helped us figure out a way to make hollow back on the back of the unit
{here it is half way done}

We installed a fake back, with room for all of the cables and to help hold up the upper portion of the cabinets. The right panel opens up.
 
Then we installed beadboard over the back with a panel that opens so we can have access to those cables. 
We made a new shelf that goes all the way across the unit — so we can put the AV components on it. And my father-in-law came up with a way to hold up the shelf with a bolt that goes through a hollow wood dowel. It works great!! 
When it came to painting, I used a great ebook — Altar’d by Mandi and Colby Morris. It has tons of great painting tips and tricks. Including what kind of paintbrushes to buy and techniques. I went with an oil-based paint and primer which will hold up better than water-based paint. 
All in all, I love my new entertainment unit. It’s cleaner looking and I think the beadboard really adds a lot of character to the piece. 

Plus, I think the Pottery Barn White really brightens up the room. I was considering adding a glaze over the top, but I think I prefer the clean white look of the paint against the tan walls. 
I also found some beautiful knobs at Anthropologie — for half off!! 
{Do you see the Girl Scout cookies on the coffee table?? LOL!}
And next up — my Family Frame Wall and cabinets!! I decided that I needed a more neutral background to take pictures of my projects. So I am planning on painting this little nook — Martha Stewart Arrowroot. With maybe a slight glaze over the top. 
And then — on to the kitchen!!!! 
 I plan to paint the cabinets Pottery Barn Marscopone and the island Martha Stewart Arrowroot with a slight glaze.
I hope I can get through the project. The cabinet doors on the entertainment unit almost put me over the edge!!!

And because I had an extra 30 minutes last night, I made a little  
“Lucky” St. Patty’s Day pillow. 
I’ll be sharing that with you tonight since there’s only 2 days until St. Patrick’s Day – LOL!
 Have a wonderful day! 
xoxo

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DIY Entertainment Unit Remodel — Reveal!!

15 Mar
 A month and a couple ruined shirts later, my DIY entertainment center is done!! Yay!  More details can be found in my update post here, but basically we moved into this house about 9 years ago. The original owners built it with custom maple cabinets. They are really nice, but I really love a more clean look. So finally I got up enough courage to paint them. 
The entertainment center was nice, but the space inside for a television was very small, and the room is so big that we really needed a bigger tv. So we decided to rip out the center section of the unit to accommodate a larger television. Our friend and DIY neighbor Brent helped us figure out a way to make hollow back on the back of the unit
{here it is half way done}

We installed a fake back, with room for all of the cables and to help hold up the upper portion of the cabinets. The right panel opens up.
 
Then we installed beadboard over the back with a panel that opens so we can have access to those cables. 
We made a new shelf that goes all the way across the unit — so we can put the AV components on it. And my father-in-law came up with a way to hold up the shelf with a bolt that goes through a hollow wood dowel. It works great!! 
When it came to painting, I used a great ebook — Altar’d by Mandi and Colby Morris. It has tons of great painting tips and tricks. Including what kind of paintbrushes to buy and techniques. I went with an oil-based paint and primer which will hold up better than water-based paint. 
All in all, I love my new entertainment unit. It’s cleaner looking and I think the beadboard really adds a lot of character to the piece. 

Plus, I think the Pottery Barn White really brightens up the room. I was considering adding a glaze over the top, but I think I prefer the clean white look of the paint against the tan walls. 
I also found some beautiful knobs at Anthropologie — for half off!! 
{Do you see the Girl Scout cookies on the coffee table?? LOL!}
And next up — my Family Frame Wall and cabinets!! I decided that I needed a more neutral background to take pictures of my projects. So I am planning on painting this little nook — Martha Stewart Arrowroot. With maybe a slight glaze over the top. 
And then — on to the kitchen!!!! 
 I plan to paint the cabinets Pottery Barn Marscopone and the island Martha Stewart Arrowroot with a slight glaze.
I hope I can get through the project. The cabinet doors on the entertainment unit almost put me over the edge!!!

And because I had an extra 30 minutes last night, I made a little  
“Lucky” St. Patty’s Day pillow. 
I’ll be sharing that with you tonight since there’s only 2 days until St. Patrick’s Day – LOL!
 Have a wonderful day! 
xoxo

I am linking to these lovely parties:

”beneath

  

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Guest Project — $7 Yard Sale Nightstand Makeover!!

25 Jan

Hey Y’all! 
I’m Myra from The Casabella Project and My Blessed Life
I’m thrilled to be here at Tatertots and Jello! 
{Thank you, Jen!!}

I’m a yard sale, thrift shop, spray paint, craft and decor junkie and I’m excited to share my yard sale nightstand makeover with you!


I spotted this nightstand/end table at a yard sale for $7. I hesitated slightly when I saw that it was laminate, but it’s actually good quality with a dovetailed drawer and solid wood instead of particle board under the laminate. The shape is just adorable and the price was right, so I bought it. I couldn’t wait to give it a new look!
1. I lightly sanded it down with a coarse sanding pad. Old stringy tape was stuck to the sides {eewww}, so sanding took care that.
2. Then I primed the nightstand with white Rustoleum American Accents oil-based spray primer and let it dry for a few days.
3. I used Rustoleum American Accents Blossom White spray paint in a few light coats to finish off the paint process.
{lookin’ better!}

After a few days of forcing myself to allow the paint to dry and harden, I lightly distressed the nightstand’s edges. I also distressed the drawer a bit. I love how it added texture, color and depth. The knobs are from Hobby Lobby where I scored them for 50% off – only $2.50 each! Woo to the hoo!

Now for the really fun part… stenciling!!

{supplies I used}
1. I divided the top into quadrants so I would have the center vertically and horizontally. I couldn’t find my hard measuring tape, but a sewing measuring tape and a ruler worked just fine.
2. Then I taped down my stencil with blue painter’s tape.
3. I squeezed Americana’s Bleached Sand acrylic paint onto a foam plate {fancy, I know!}.
4. Then I lightly brushed the paint onto the stencil with a foam brush. The key here is to not saturate the brush, but to lightly and repeatedly add more paint to the stencil. You could also use a small foam roller for this step.

I continued stenciling the design all over the top of the nightstand. {Don’t you just love those sweet little fingers peeking over the edge?} Once the stencil was dry, I sprayed two light coats of clear matte spray paint on it to give it a little bit of extra protection.

{swoon}
I’m thrilled with how my nightstand turned out!

It was easy and inexpensive to makeover. I only spent about $12 for supplies that I didn’t have on hand.

{more eye candy}
We all love a good before and after, right?
I hope you’re inspired to makeover a piece of furniture or even to stencil something in your home. I would love for you to visit my blogs – The Casabella Project and My Blessed Life.
Again, thank you SO much for having me, Jen!

Such a great project, Myra. I adore that stenciled top!
I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer so I can get out to the yard sales again! 
If you haven’t been over to My Blessed Life or The Casabella Project, this is what you have been missing: 

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And now with her new blog, the Casabella Project, Myra and her husband are redoing a 1950’s home and showing us all of the DIY projects. I am so excited to see what they do! 

Don’t miss out on all the DIY goodness going on at 
xoxox

PS — There’s a super sweet deal at GroopDealz today from my friend Brittany at {Love Stitched}. She is selling these amazing Cabochon Rings for 1/2 off — $5 each!! 
These would make awesome Valentine’s or Birthday gift for your mom, sister, best friend, neighbor, babysitter, teachers — anyone who loves cute things!! 
Check them out here.

Christmas Cookie Exchange, a Party Craft Idea and some winners!

16 Dec
It was so fun meeting new friends Tuesday at my Holiday Cookie Exchange. Thank you to everyone who came. And for those of you who couldn’t come, I am hoping to make this an annual party, so maybe you will be able to join us next year!

I found the idea for a fun chalkboard tree picture in the Seattle Magazine. I just loved the idea, and decided to make a Chalkboard Tree for the Cookie Exchange.
I had a frame, and I covered the frame with some canvas that I had in my fabric stash. My canvas wasn’t long enough, so I sewed two pieces together. I covered the underlying board with the fabric and secured it with Gorilla Tape.
Then I freehanded a tree on the canvas. I painted chalkboard paint on the tree. To get the edges smooth, just load up the paintbrush with paint and gently brush the paint along the pencil edges. On the bottom of the tree, I drew a box and then cut out some fabric and hot glued it onto the canvas.
It was fun to have the guests sign the tree with season wishes or just adutograph it when they came into the party!
It would also be a fun thing to do for a birthday. You could paint a package and use ribbon to “wrap” the present. Or, for a New Year’s Eve Party — you could paint a clock, or the year.
Everyone brought such amazing cookies!!
And thank you to Amy from Living Locurto for the great FREE Cookie Party Printables  — download them for FREE on her blog!!
And here are some winners! 
The Little Black Dress $30 Shop Credit —
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THREE Winners of  Pretty Things For You Party Packages:
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1. Selissa @ All Palmer
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3. Mimi @ Living in France
$25 shop credit to Parties by Hardie:
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$40 shop credit to Photo Making Jewelry:
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XOXO
PS — It’s another great day on the Holly Bloggy Christmas Party
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with a Recipe Party and fantastic Giveaways (hint – Lisa Leonard). 
So link up your recipes and see all the delicious creations!! 
YUM!

My Family Picture Wall Makeover

1 Dec
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I have a built-in nook in my family room. I’ve never done much with it since we have lived here.

Then I got my new canvas from the Canvas People and knew that I wanted to do something fun with that space.

all together

 Cutting Edge Stencils sent me a wonderful new wallpaper stencil to try out as part of The DIY Club and I thought it would be a perfect place to add a little personality to the room. It is the Parsley Blooms Wall Pattern Kit.

This is what the nook looked like before.

before
The first thing I did was paint the alcove. I used Mythic Paint’s flat indoor paint and the color is Aquarium.
aquarium water
I love the soothing blue-green tones. I also love Mythic Paint because it is no odor and toxic free so it’s safe to use indoors and around my kids.
mythic paint
Once I got the wall painted and it had dried I added a little white paint to the Aquarium color and created a couple different, lighter shades to use the Cutting Edge Stencil with.
 paint the wall
I taped the stencil to the wall using blue painters tape. Then I rolled the paint onto the stencil. And Cutting Edge Stencils are so easy to work with. They are virtually goof proof. I started at the edge of the wall and did each color about 4-5 times with the stencil, spacing the flowers out pretty evenly. I didn’t want it to seem too uniform, so I had the stencil overlap in a few places. If you haven’t tried Cutting Edge Stencils, you really should. I say this because I have used their stencils for a few projects and every single time the stencil has turned out great.

They are so easy to use.

applying the stencil
after stencil
Then I hung up my pictures and plates! I used DISCHangers to hang up the plates. They are wonderful! You just put a little water on the back and then wait a few minutes and you are ready to go!
hang plates

So now I have a real focal point in my room.

after 2

from the side

I hope you are having a great week so far!

PS —

I have so much to share soon!

I got my mantels done and a new Advent Calendar to share.

Plus I made a Ruffly Christmas Tree and a Wreath for my front door! And some Felt Trees for my Mantel

I just need some time to write up the posts – lol!

XOXO

Guest Project — Create a Festive Candy Cane Holiday Sign!

19 Nov
Hi Tatertots and Jello Readers!! I’m so excited to be here today.

My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes.

Flamingo Toes is my place to share sewing, crafting, and jewelry tutorials – as well as pretty much anything that pops into my head.

Some of my favorite things to do are knockoffs – and that is what we are doing today!

I have a fun Christmas Sign tutorial for you – 
my Candy Cane Kitchen Sign!

Isn’t it fun and vintage-y?

I got the inspiration for this sign from this super cute plate I found at Pier 1.

https://i1.wp.com/media.pier1.com/img/pier1com/productimages/2470880.jpg

I just fell in love with the design but I decided I needed it on a bigger, grander scale.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

• 1 – 1×6 piece of wood, cut into three 16″ pieces

• Glue

• Craft Paints & a variety of brushes

• Base Color Spray Paint

• Freezer Paper

• Exacta Knife and Cutting Board

• Sandpaper

• Iron

• Design Patterns – Click Here to Download

I started off by recreating the design on my computer. Then I took each segment and made a separate paper pattern for each. You can skip that and use the Design Patterns I created if you want.

Glue the three sections of wood together, along the long sides, so you make one large square. Clamp the wood together while it dries.

You can skip this next step if you want, it’s your call.

Go out to the garage and check your wood – and realize you’ve glued it to the concrete.

Say some fake swear words and pry it up with the hugest screwdriver you can find. Nice.

Consider setting your boards on something else, or upright, while they glue.

Once your boards are glued together, spray paint the front with your base color.

I used a Burgundy but it wasn’t quite dark enough, so I did three coats, one Burgundy, one Black, and the last Burgundy. That gave me the nice dark red color I was looking for, with the added benefit of another layer of color that will show when it is distressed.

I believe you could do several of these next steps with a Silhouette or other cutting machine. I do not have a magical machine so we’ll be doing this old school.

Cut out all your pattern pieces. You will need to tape several of the large pieces together since they are too big to print out on one sheet of paper. On the “Cane” Pages, I’ve left the outline of the word “Candy” so you will know how close together to place the words.

Layout everything on the boards to check your placement.

Trace the designs onto Freezer Paper. Leave enough room around the designs so that when you paint, there is plenty of Freezer paper around the stencil.

Paint your base colors on the sign with your craft paint. I used a light turquoise, a dark red, and a dark blue.

Cut out your stencils. I used an exacto knife on a self-healing cutting mat.

You don’t need to worry about the little snow marks or the windows. You can add those details back in by hand later.

Lay the tree stencil at the top of the board so that the bottoms of the trees just barely overlap into the red section.

Lightly iron on the stencil.

Here are some tips for ironing onto wood.

• You don’t want the iron super hot. It will cause the paint to bubble excessively. We want a little of this, because it will help with distressing, but not too much.

• Be careful to keep the iron on the freezer paper. Use the tip and sides if you need to. Paint WILL come off the wood and onto your iron. If this happens use a balled up damp paper towel and wipe it off while the iron is hot.

Once the stencil is in place, paint the trees and house red.

While that is drying you can do the same thing with the Kitchen and Bakery stencil. I did the little stars by hand, and I used the same light turquoise paint that was at the top.

For the letters that had pieces inside (B, E, and A) I cut those little pieces out separately and then placed them in position before I ironed it on.

After you paint in the designs, lift the stencil. You could have some base paint come off, because of the ironing. This is fine. Saves work later.

There is a chance that the paint will leak under the stencil just a bit. Once the paint dries, just go over the edges a bit and paint over those little sections with a tiny brush. This will clean everything up.

In this picture you can see the stars, the snow on the trees, and the windows of the house. You can also see where some paint came up with my stencil. Cool huh?

Next steps are the large green circle, the candy cane, and the snowflake on the top right.

For the candy cane, I stenciled in a lighter red than the base red, and then painted the white stripes by hand. You could make two stencils if you don’t want to free hand it, and then stencil the white once the red has dried.

Once the green circle has dried, stencil on the other snowflake.

Last stencil – the Candy Cane lettering!

That looks pretty awesome, but it’s way too “new” looking. Time to distress! Or in other words – scrape off some of your previous hard work. 😉

For the distressing, I sanded all four edges. I used smallish pieces of freezer paper at different parts on the sides and ironed them on, then pulled the paint off.

Then I sanded some of the lettering and shadows. I finished with a light sanding in both directions over the whole sign.

Here are some close ups of the distressing.

And we’re all done!! So much more fun than a little plate right?

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!!


I’d love for you to come say “hi” at Flamingo Toes
Here are some of my other favorite knockoff projects . .

Anthro Paisley Rebirth Necklace

Thanks so much Jen for having me over – it was pretty much the highlight of my month. 😉
Beverly – that sign is so awesome. 
What a great tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!  
Be sure to check out Flamingo Toes!! 
 And here are a few other fabulous tutorials from Beverly that I love: 
https://i0.wp.com/www.flamingotoes.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/P1019884.jpg
Thanks again Beverly! 
And, check out My Chihuahua Bites today — Andrea is starting a new series, Ask a Mom, with a different mom each week answering questions. It’s going to be a fun series – hopefully we can all learn from each other. And guess what?? I’m the mom this week! I am spilling all about my crazy life!

PS — It’s Friday! The Weekend Wrap Up Party starts at 6 pm {MST}. I can’t wait to see what YOU have been working on!!

xoxo

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Guest Project — Create a Festive Candy Cane Holiday Sign!

19 Nov
Hi Tatertots and Jello Readers!! I’m so excited to be here today.

My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes.

Flamingo Toes is my place to share sewing, crafting, and jewelry tutorials – as well as pretty much anything that pops into my head.

Some of my favorite things to do are knockoffs – and that is what we are doing today!

I have a fun Christmas Sign tutorial for you – 
my Candy Cane Kitchen Sign!

Isn’t it fun and vintage-y?

I got the inspiration for this sign from this super cute plate I found at Pier 1.

https://i1.wp.com/media.pier1.com/img/pier1com/productimages/2470880.jpg

I just fell in love with the design but I decided I needed it on a bigger, grander scale.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

• 1 – 1×6 piece of wood, cut into three 16″ pieces

• Glue

• Craft Paints & a variety of brushes

• Base Color Spray Paint

• Freezer Paper

• Exacta Knife and Cutting Board

• Sandpaper

• Iron

• Design Patterns – Click Here to Download

I started off by recreating the design on my computer. Then I took each segment and made a separate paper pattern for each. You can skip that and use the Design Patterns I created if you want.

Glue the three sections of wood together, along the long sides, so you make one large square. Clamp the wood together while it dries.

You can skip this next step if you want, it’s your call.

Go out to the garage and check your wood – and realize you’ve glued it to the concrete.

Say some fake swear words and pry it up with the hugest screwdriver you can find. Nice.

Consider setting your boards on something else, or upright, while they glue.

Once your boards are glued together, spray paint the front with your base color.

I used a Burgundy but it wasn’t quite dark enough, so I did three coats, one Burgundy, one Black, and the last Burgundy. That gave me the nice dark red color I was looking for, with the added benefit of another layer of color that will show when it is distressed.

I believe you could do several of these next steps with a Silhouette or other cutting machine. I do not have a magical machine so we’ll be doing this old school.

Cut out all your pattern pieces. You will need to tape several of the large pieces together since they are too big to print out on one sheet of paper. On the “Cane” Pages, I’ve left the outline of the word “Candy” so you will know how close together to place the words.

Layout everything on the boards to check your placement.

Trace the designs onto Freezer Paper. Leave enough room around the designs so that when you paint, there is plenty of Freezer paper around the stencil.

Paint your base colors on the sign with your craft paint. I used a light turquoise, a dark red, and a dark blue.

Cut out your stencils. I used an exacto knife on a self-healing cutting mat.

You don’t need to worry about the little snow marks or the windows. You can add those details back in by hand later.

Lay the tree stencil at the top of the board so that the bottoms of the trees just barely overlap into the red section.

Lightly iron on the stencil.

Here are some tips for ironing onto wood.

• You don’t want the iron super hot. It will cause the paint to bubble excessively. We want a little of this, because it will help with distressing, but not too much.

• Be careful to keep the iron on the freezer paper. Use the tip and sides if you need to. Paint WILL come off the wood and onto your iron. If this happens use a balled up damp paper towel and wipe it off while the iron is hot.

Once the stencil is in place, paint the trees and house red.

While that is drying you can do the same thing with the Kitchen and Bakery stencil. I did the little stars by hand, and I used the same light turquoise paint that was at the top.

For the letters that had pieces inside (B, E, and A) I cut those little pieces out separately and then placed them in position before I ironed it on.

After you paint in the designs, lift the stencil. You could have some base paint come off, because of the ironing. This is fine. Saves work later.

There is a chance that the paint will leak under the stencil just a bit. Once the paint dries, just go over the edges a bit and paint over those little sections with a tiny brush. This will clean everything up.

In this picture you can see the stars, the snow on the trees, and the windows of the house. You can also see where some paint came up with my stencil. Cool huh?

Next steps are the large green circle, the candy cane, and the snowflake on the top right.

For the candy cane, I stenciled in a lighter red than the base red, and then painted the white stripes by hand. You could make two stencils if you don’t want to free hand it, and then stencil the white once the red has dried.

Once the green circle has dried, stencil on the other snowflake.

Last stencil – the Candy Cane lettering!

That looks pretty awesome, but it’s way too “new” looking. Time to distress! Or in other words – scrape off some of your previous hard work. 😉

For the distressing, I sanded all four edges. I used smallish pieces of freezer paper at different parts on the sides and ironed them on, then pulled the paint off.

Then I sanded some of the lettering and shadows. I finished with a light sanding in both directions over the whole sign.

Here are some close ups of the distressing.

And we’re all done!! So much more fun than a little plate right?

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!!


I’d love for you to come say “hi” at Flamingo Toes
Here are some of my other favorite knockoff projects . .

Anthro Paisley Rebirth Necklace

Thanks so much Jen for having me over – it was pretty much the highlight of my month. 😉
Beverly – that sign is so awesome. 
What a great tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!  
Be sure to check out Flamingo Toes!! 
 And here are a few other fabulous tutorials from Beverly that I love: 
https://i0.wp.com/www.flamingotoes.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/P1019884.jpg
Thanks again Beverly! 
And, check out My Chihuahua Bites today — Andrea is starting a new series, Ask a Mom, with a different mom each week answering questions. It’s going to be a fun series – hopefully we can all learn from each other. And guess what?? I’m the mom this week! I am spilling all about my crazy life!

PS — It’s Friday! The Weekend Wrap Up Party starts at 6 pm {MST}. I can’t wait to see what YOU have been working on!!

xoxo

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