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Decorating Your Outdoor Space — and a $100 Pier 1 Gift Card giveaway!

29 Apr
UPDATE — # 125 — Winner is Paris Girl 24. Send me an email to claim your prize. 


This post brought to you by Pier 1. All opinions are 100% mine.

It snowed here this week, but that didn’t stop me from making over my front porch and dreaming about warmer weather! 
I headed over to one of my favorite stores —Pier 1 for some inspiration. 
I want to do something colorful with my backyard patio. 
Pier 1 is the place for bright, happy looking decor. 
I wish I could take that whole store home with me!! One of the first things I noticed when I walked in was this cool Jardin De Marie Trellis/Seat. How pretty would it look with some bright cushions in my back yard?

I also love this Outdoor Swingasan Chair.
I can picture myself sitting there with a glass of lemonade. 
I love all of Pier 1’s bright outdoor dishes!! I have my eye on this striped beverage dispenser. 
I ended up getting a few different sizes of pretty paper lanterns.
It’s my daughter’s birthday this week and I thought they would be fun as a decoration.
  And, to hang on my front porch and in my backyard this summer. I added lace and some other embellishments to them. And they have LED lights at the bottom of each lantern.  
(I’ll post a tutorial on these embellished lanterns next week!)
They are so pretty all lit up!! 
And guess what?? 
I have a fun surprise to help YOU brighten up your outdoor space!! 

A $100 Pier1 Gift Card!!! 

Here’s how YOU can win:

  • Head over to Pier 1 and take a look around. What would you buy with the gift card? one entry. 
  • “Like” Pier1’s facebook page. If you already do, let me know. one entry. 
  • Share this fun giveaway on Twitter with a message like “Enter to win an awesome @Pier_1_imports $100 gift giftcard at Tatertots and Jello @jenjentrixie”. one entry.
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook or on your blog. one entry each.
 Thank you to the fabulous Pier 1 folks for such a fun giveaway!!
Pier 1 is also planning some fun Pier 1 Tweetups — see if one is coming to an area near you!
This giveaway will run until Monday,  May 2nd.

Good Luck!! 
xoxo
PS — It’s Friday!!! Time for the Weekend Wrap Up party. I am excited to see YOUR ideas!! The party starts at 6 pm (MST). I hope you will come join in!!

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Decorating Your Outdoor Space — and a $100 Pier 1 Gift Card giveaway!

29 Apr
UPDATE — # 125 — Winner is Paris Girl 24. Send me an email to claim your prize. 


This post brought to you by Pier 1. All opinions are 100% mine.

It snowed here this week, but that didn’t stop me from making over my front porch and dreaming about warmer weather! 
I headed over to one of my favorite stores —Pier 1 for some inspiration. 
I want to do something colorful with my backyard patio. 
Pier 1 is the place for bright, happy looking decor. 
I wish I could take that whole store home with me!! One of the first things I noticed when I walked in was this cool Jardin De Marie Trellis/Seat. How pretty would it look with some bright cushions in my back yard?

I also love this Outdoor Swingasan Chair.
I can picture myself sitting there with a glass of lemonade. 
I love all of Pier 1’s bright outdoor dishes!! I have my eye on this striped beverage dispenser. 
I ended up getting a few different sizes of pretty paper lanterns.
It’s my daughter’s birthday this week and I thought they would be fun as a decoration.
  And, to hang on my front porch and in my backyard this summer. I added lace and some other embellishments to them. And they have LED lights at the bottom of each lantern.  
(I’ll post a tutorial on these embellished lanterns next week!)
They are so pretty all lit up!! 
And guess what?? 
I have a fun surprise to help YOU brighten up your outdoor space!! 

A $100 Pier1 Gift Card!!! 

Here’s how YOU can win:

  • Head over to Pier 1 and take a look around. What would you buy with the gift card? one entry. 
  • “Like” Pier1’s facebook page. If you already do, let me know. one entry. 
  • Share this fun giveaway on Twitter with a message like “Enter to win an awesome @Pier_1_imports $100 gift giftcard at Tatertots and Jello @jenjentrixie”. one entry.
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook or on your blog. one entry each.
 Thank you to the fabulous Pier 1 folks for such a fun giveaway!!
Pier 1 is also planning some fun Pier 1 Tweetups — see if one is coming to an area near you!
This giveaway will run until Monday,  May 2nd.

Good Luck!! 
xoxo
PS — It’s Friday!!! Time for the Weekend Wrap Up party. I am excited to see YOUR ideas!! The party starts at 6 pm (MST). I hope you will come join in!!

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Spring Project: Make a Bench out of an old Crib

25 May
Have you seen those cute headboard benches? I have been wanting to make one for awhile now. The other day I went to lunch with a couple blogging friends — Tausha from Sassy Style and Shelley from House of Smiths.
{I stole this off of Shelley’s blog }
So much fun! Afterward we hit a cute thrift store and then the salvage yard!
Sitting right in front was this antique crib front. I thought it would make a great oversized chair to go on my porch!
This is what I did to make my new oversized chair/bench:
1. I started off with my peeling, dirty old crib front. I washed it down and sanded the whole thing.
2. Then I measured the width of the crib — 30 inches. I cut two long boards from Home Depot to that length. I decided to make the width of the bench 18 inches so it’s pretty deep. You can make a bench anywhere from 16 to 20 inches — depending on how you want it to look. Then I cut the two sideboards 17 inches in length (you’ll see why in a minute).
I added some Gorilla Glue Wood Glue to the edges that touched and then screwed them together.
3. Then I cut the boards for the top of the seat. I cut them 18 inches in length so that there would be a 1-inch hang over on the front of the seat. I also used wood glue on the underside of the boards before I hammered them onto the frame.
4. For the legs of the bench, I bought two sturdy chair legs from Home Depot. They have an end that has a screw on it. Then I bought some metal leg attachers — the leg screws right into the metal piece. I added an extra block of wood underneath to add more stability. Then I screwed that attachment into the bottom of the seat at the front two corners. The other legs of the bench are the back of the crib. I also used Gorilla Wood Glue between the boards.
5. I found some cute moulding to put on the back of the bench to add a little more interest. And I bought some rope moulding for the bottom of the seat apron. Then I attached the seat to the crib using L-brackets I also found at Home Depot.
6. Then I primed the bench using spray-on wood primer.
7. After the primer had dried overnight, I was ready to paint! DecoArt sent me some patio paint to try. It can be used on concrete, wood or metal and is great for things that are going to be exposed to the elements. I used the “Wrought Iron Black” color. To apply it I used a big bristle brush that could get in all the nooks and crannies. I put two coats on the bench and let it dry.
8. Then to accent the wood details on the moulding, I decided to use a glaze over the top. I took some “Dark Eucalyptus Green” DecoArt Patio Paint — which is really more of a pretty teal color. I put about 2 ounces in a plastic cup and mixed it with water-based glaze from Home Depot. Then I brush that combination on the bench and iped it back off with a rag.
My assistant helped me with this stage — she did a great job!
I think I’m going to look for another old crib and make a matching one for the other side of the porch!
It was my first big foray into the world of power tools.
 XOXO

Spring Project: Make a Bench out of an old Crib

25 May
Have you seen those cute headboard benches? I have been wanting to make one for awhile now. The other day I went to lunch with a couple blogging friends — Tausha from Sassy Style and Shelley from House of Smiths.
{I stole this off of Shelley’s blog }
So much fun! Afterward we hit a cute thrift store and then the salvage yard!
Sitting right in front was this antique crib front. I thought it would make a great oversized chair to go on my porch!
This is what I did to make my new oversized chair/bench:
1. I started off with my peeling, dirty old crib front. I washed it down and sanded the whole thing.
2. Then I measured the width of the crib — 30 inches. I cut two long boards from Home Depot to that length. I decided to make the width of the bench 18 inches so it’s pretty deep. You can make a bench anywhere from 16 to 20 inches — depending on how you want it to look. Then I cut the two sideboards 17 inches in length (you’ll see why in a minute).
I added some Gorilla Glue Wood Glue to the edges that touched and then screwed them together.
3. Then I cut the boards for the top of the seat. I cut them 18 inches in length so that there would be a 1-inch hang over on the front of the seat. I also used wood glue on the underside of the boards before I hammered them onto the frame.
4. For the legs of the bench, I bought two sturdy chair legs from Home Depot. They have an end that has a screw on it. Then I bought some metal leg attachers — the leg screws right into the metal piece. I added an extra block of wood underneath to add more stability. Then I screwed that attachment into the bottom of the seat at the front two corners. The other legs of the bench are the back of the crib. I also used Gorilla Wood Glue between the boards.
5. I found some cute moulding to put on the back of the bench to add a little more interest. And I bought some rope moulding for the bottom of the seat apron. Then I attached the seat to the crib using L-brackets I also found at Home Depot.
6. Then I primed the bench using spray-on wood primer.
7. After the primer had dried overnight, I was ready to paint! DecoArt sent me some patio paint to try. It can be used on concrete, wood or metal and is great for things that are going to be exposed to the elements. I used the “Wrought Iron Black” color. To apply it I used a big bristle brush that could get in all the nooks and crannies. I put two coats on the bench and let it dry.
8. Then to accent the wood details on the moulding, I decided to use a glaze over the top. I took some “Dark Eucalyptus Green” DecoArt Patio Paint — which is really more of a pretty teal color. I put about 2 ounces in a plastic cup and mixed it with water-based glaze from Home Depot. Then I brush that combination on the bench and iped it back off with a rag.
My assistant helped me with this stage — she did a great job!
I think I’m going to look for another old crib and make a matching one for the other side of the porch!
It was my first big foray into the world of power tools.
 XOXO