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Girly Dresser Makeover in Calypso

My crew headed back to school today and I think it was all a success…if you overlook the part where I wasn’t nearly as prepared as I thought I was, the kids were wound up trying to get ready, Sam didn’t want to take pictures, and we were late. BUT other than that it was awesome! Naaaahhh….there were some challenges in the morning but we’ll get the kinks worked out. The most important part they love school! That is enough to make this mama happy. 


I finished up this dresser a couple weeks ago now and I was thinking it was time to show it off here. 

This dresser belongs to a spunky little chick, Lyndi. I have enjoyed working with Janet, Lyndi’s mom, on a few projects now but I loved how excited Lyndi was about her dresser makeover. 

Before…a blank canvas…

In process…and yes, Minnie was keeping me company.

**EDITED to answer your questions on how I achieved this look… I prepped, primed, and painted as usual. Then I grabbed an oh so lovely roll of wood grain contact paper…of course any pattern will do it is ultimately going to the garbage anyway. I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the stencil. I LOVE the Cameo because I was able to create the whole pattern in one length per drawer. I CAREFULLY peeled the backing from the contact paper and placed it down on the drawer front. Next, I peeled up all the swirls and then filled in with white paint. Two coats of white and then the contact paper came back up and VOILA!



After…

This picture shows the most true color, SW Calypso. More blue, less green in the other pics. 

There you have it…a super fun makeover!

Primitive and Proper

September Workshop ~ Decorative Flower Mirrors

I have a super fun project in store for September! We will be making flower mirrors inspired by Kristi at Addicted 2 Decorating. I have wanted us to make a star burst mirror for quite some time now and have even tried a couple but in my opinion they were crafty fails. Aren’t you glad I weed out the flops for you? The flower mirror is a keeper! As soon as I made one I wanted to make another…and another…ok Kristi’s blog name may just have me pegged!

When: Tuesday, September 4th at 6:30

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

Cost: $25 

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

RSVP: All reservations and payment must be made by Thursday, August 30th. You can RSVP directly to our Facebook page HERE

What to bring: A can of spray paint in your color choice.  There are so many fun colors to choose from! Even metallics would work! **Just a note about spray paint…brand name matters. For best coverage go with Krylon, Rustoleum, Valspar at Lowe’s, etc. Krylon is 30% off this week for your bargain shoppin’ mamas or use the 40% off coupon!

Ready for another fun night out!!!

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 monkeydoodles@att.net 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. 


Before…

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!

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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!


Summer Reading Fun!

Summer time is in full swing and that means so is Summer reading at this house. While reading is fun a little incentive program for all their efforts makes the deal that much sweeter. I found some fun printables from How Does She right here to get us started. Super cute and made it super easy to get started! Me like easy.


Best part…my kids are excited about reading! I do love to see them curled up with a book…makes this mama happy.


For us I have each of them decide which task they would like to check off for the day. They spend 20 minutes of quiet reading time completing their task. Then they choose one book to read back to me. Perfect. 


Our local Greenville Macaroni Kid has put together a list of businesses that offer Summer Reading Programs as well. Go here for that list.

Post Dad’s Day Craftiness

I hope all of you had a wonderful day yesterday celebrating the special dad’s in your life. I know the kids and I were super excited to spoil their daddy a bit yesterday. He is such an incredible husband and father it was pretty easy to love on him!


Earlier in the week the kids and I whipped up a little goodness for him. I psyched them up for a photo session with yours truly in the name of lovin’ on daddy and they were so for it…right up until picture taking time. Oy. Suddenly flashes of Christmas card picture taking nightmares were flooding back to me. OK…maybe it wasn’t that bad. We headed to the park for a nice background and I snapped Sam’s then Maggie’s picture. Next was Cate and she was NOT having it. It’s all about the timing people. I took baby girl home filled her belly and took her outside by herself and voila she was happy to accommodate her picture takin’ mama. Here are our results…



I picked up these letters at Hobby Lobby for about $3 each with a 40% coupon. I also purchased a frame from HL at 50% for $10. It was not quite right for the occasion in all it’s zebraness but the only one I could find with the right amount of openings just as I needed them so I made it work!


The not-so-manly zebraness…

With the help of some scrapbook paper, mod podge, and a little black paint to antique the edges we changed the whole look.

Ahhh much better…



Our fella was happy and we had a pretty fantastic day! Hope you all have a great start to your week. I have several furniture rehabs to show you this week! Stay tuned…

June Workshop!



Yep, it’s that time again…workshop has arrived! This month we are taking on a fun home decor project that I have had several requests for. This Ballard inspired wall art is lovely and brings color and interest into any room. 



So you could definitely head on over to Ballard right here and pick up a set of these lovelies for a mere $169 or you could join us and make an equally as fun knock of version for a fraction of the cost. Sound good? Uh-huh! Check it out…



The skinny…


When: Tuesday, June 26th at 6:30


Where: Email me at clara@thecharmednest.com for location info


Cost: Two sizes available for this project:
9 12×12 plaques is $28
4 12×12 plaques is $22


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


What to Bring: Depending on what size you decide to do you will need to bring 4 or 9 12×12 pieces of coordinating scrapbook paper. Pick something that suits the room where you plan to hang your masterpiece. 


RSVP: All reservations and payment must be made by Friday, June 22nd. You can RSVP directly to our FB event page HERE


**Space is limited for this workshop. Once all available seats are paid for I will close the workshop. If there is enough interest for another class we may open a Saturday class**


Ready for some girl time!!