Monthly Archives: July 2012

DIY Wall Art: Ballard Style

I have had a few requests for a little tutorial for our project from last month’s workshop. I am happy to oblige. We tackled a Ballard knock off version of this fabulous wall art. 

Gather your Supplies:

– 1/2″ MDF board cut into 9 12×12 squares. The Lowe’s peeps are able to cut these for you and around here the first 4 cuts are free. 

– Permanent Spray Adhesive

– 9 12×12 sheets of scrapbook paper

– 80 grit sandpaper

– Paint and brushes OR Spray paint

– Rub-n-Buff antiquing rub

– Picture hangers OR drill

The process:

Once you have your wood squares cut paint the edges with the color of your choice. Mine are painted grey in the pictures below.

THOROUGHLY coat your board with spray adhesive and line your paper up and smooooooooth

Any little areas with any paper overhanging the sides grab the sandpaper and work against the edge of the wood. Gently keep working it until you sand the overhang off. 

Use a paper towel, sponge, cotton ball, finger….whatever you like to carefully work the Rub-n-Buff on the edges. Make the outside edges the heaviest and feather inward. **In this picture I used Precious Metals which is water based. It works but I prefer the Rub-n-Buff because it is oil based and less likely to bubble the edges.**

A little bit goes a long way. Trust me. Where you put it it stays. Start on the edge and work your way in.

I used my Silhouette machine to cut graphics for this set to hang in my kitchen.
And here is the original I created for my living room…

Happy creating! I would loooove to see your pictures if you make one too!

August Workshop~ Monogrammed Rugs

It’s that time again! We will be transforming ugly…in my humble opinion of course…foam mats into custom lovelies! These will work perfect for kitchen, bath, and entry spaces.

The scoop:

When: Tuesday, August 7th at 6:30

Where: Outreach Church
           2414 Wade Hampton Blvd
           Greenville, SC 29615

Outreach Church has been so awesome to commit to letting us use their space over the next several months! Yay for space to spread out!

Cost: $25 

Payment: Class fee can be paid via Paypal to or I will directly invoice if you prefer. Checks accepted as well with mailing address given upon request.

What to bring: 3/4 yard fabric of your choice to coordinate with your decor. When choosing your fabric keep in mind your monogram will be in black or brown. Lighter colors will be best. Hobby Lobby always has a 40% off coupon you can use on anything in the store. Pull it up on your phone at checkout or print coupon here. This will make your purchase just a couple of dollars…yay!!

RSVP: All reservations and payment must be made by Friday, August 3rd. You can RSVP directly to our Facebook page HERE. When you RSVP let me know your monogram letter…pretty please. 🙂

See you girls there!!

Entertainment Console: New Style, New Purpose

I love painting furniture…truly I do…but I seriously love transforming a piece for a new purpose. It is just fun! I was super excited when my client, Christina, brought me this very cool buffet and wanted it switched up a bit to work for an entertainment console. 


Sorry for the blue hue but I am so bad about snapping before pics with my phone and you never know how those are going to turn out. As she brought it to me it was black with red sanded through on the edges. 

For the new look Christina picked out SW Quietude (pale aqua) and Black Bean (deep brown). I so love the aqua and brown combo!

I choose a liquid sander for this as the wood was thin I didn’t want my electric sander to get sander happy on me…it has a mind of it’s own you know. Primed her with my favorite Kilz Original and after some light sanding she was a blank slate.

I brushed on 2 coats of quietude followed by 2 coats of black bean to the body. For the top I experimented with dry brushing the black bean on and it worked beautifully! Then comes the fun part…sanding to perfection. 

With the help of my awesomely handy hub we took out the center portion of the middle door and replaced it with chicken wire. Christina needed another shelf to accommodate her media components so Jon added the shelving and I covered them in coordinating papers. The result…loverly…

Coordinating papers line the component shelves…

New glass knobs…

Dry brush detailing…

I love how these details are highlighted now to be appreciated and not lost in the paint.

Happy Tuesday Ya’ll! Make it a good one!

Linking up to:

Primitive and Proper

Operation Fort…well underway!

Jon and I have been planning to build the kids a fort/playhouse this year but we just hadn’t come across THE plan until now. Last year we got rid of the play equipment a piece at a time. I don’t know if you have noticed but things just aren’t made the way they used to be. Ugh! 

Several Christmas’s ago the babes received a fort swing set combo from Toys R Us. I do not recommend. If you are just looking for a couple years use then by all means go for it but I was disappointed that after two years it was in pretty sad shape. Then came the trampoline. Ahhh that was a favorite right up until the net was ripped to shreds and I saw Maggie go flying out of it one day. By the grace of God she was completely unharmed but needless to say I banned anymore use of it. I did, however, make some Craigslist shoppers very happy when they took these off our hands. 

So here we are…a bare backyard and my favorite tidbit of Mom wisdom…”Go…use your imagination”…was only going so far.

So back to operation fort. We found THE plan and Jon…my eager to build something…anything…husband was immediately ready to get to work. Ummm…I am sure it had nothing to do with getting to it before I changed my mind…surely not. :/

We are not there yet but well on our way…

Day 2 and 3: All framed and siding begins
Day 4: Partially roofed and sided. Windows taking shape.
That is where we are for now. The kids are so stinkin’ excited! I love it!

P.S. I am also super excited we picked the hottest month of the year to do this one…go us! Gah!

Playing catch up…June’s furniture goodness

I have been a total blogging slacker lately…sorry! I have been so busy with projects and the kiddos being home from school and all that entails I just don’t have it in me to put words together worthy of being read by all of you at the end of the day. 

So now that we are halfway through July let’s recap all the project June held for me…ahhh…I’ll try to be better…I promise. 

Let the before and afters roll…

First up a dining table and 4 chairs got a sleek new look.

::Black Fox Dining Set::

Painted SW Black Fox and left smooth and sleek with no distressing. It was hard…sooo hard not to break out my lil’ friend the sanding sponge…but I resisted.

The best pic of the true fabric colors…

What no after shots of the finished table? Umm…yea…no…can you say lazy. I just couldn’t bring my self to reassemble the table just to take it apart again for my customer to take home. Yep…lazy.

Next up…a sweet little side table that had seen better days.

::Orange Pop::
Love this pop of orange! I went with SW Copper Harbor with heavy distressing and antiqued with a dark walnut stain. 

So it doesn’t matter how many times I see it I still swoon every time I see a piece painted in aqua. This beaut is no exception. I tried a new for me technique with Vaseline for a more chippy look. At first she looked like a turquoise cow with large brown spots after I removed the Vaseline…not so cute. But after feathering in more paint and working the sanding sponge I could not have more pleased with the result!

::Aged Beauty::

Valspar Deep Aqua with heavy distressing and heavy glaze.

This antique pine dresser now has a new home in a sweet baby’s nursery. My client was looking for a dresser that would double as a changing table and this lovely fit the bill. 

::Just for Baby::
We went with SW White Raisin for the perfect pale yellow.

This estate sale find was a large blank canvas…

::Vintage Ruby::

These pictures are terrible of the finished product and absolutely don’t do it justice buuuut it’s all I got. This dresser is finished in SW Crabby Apple and has golden oak accents.

Vintage inspired papers line the drawers…

My customer requested a clean white finish for the vintage Jenny Lind bed.

::Crisp and Clean::
SW Snowball, no distressing, and a semi gloss sealer made for a nice white finish.

This fun side table has some unique lines and details.
::Golden Dreams::

ASCP Arles and dark wax…

::Sweet Dreams::

A little creamy SW Navajo White brightened this bed right up! Didn’t it turn out great?!

Whew! I have been a busy chick! Now there I will play catch up with creations form July this week. Happy weekend ya’ll!