DIY Tips and Tricks: spray painting furniture

DIY Tips and Tricks: spray painting furniture

I recently noticed our white porch rockers and thought they could use a little update.

There were areas on them where the paint was chipping, but also, we have plans to paint our porch in the near future and I wanted the chairs to pop. Paining is far from my favorite thing to do, but did you know you can spray paint your porch furniture?

Not only can you spray paint it, you can do it and make it look good.

1. Sand any chippy or rough spots so they’ll be smooth prior to painting. If you don’t do this, the paint will just chip anyway.

2. Use a primer or a spray paint with a built in primer.

This will help your spray paint bond to the furniture but will also ensure the finish dries smoothly.

3. Quality is important

This one doesn’t really need explanation. You get what you pay for. The cheaper your spray paint, the less likely you are to have a smooth finish that’s durable and attractive.

4. If your paint runs or drips, sand it off and repaint.

Don’t panic if you make a mistake. Just sand it off and try again.

5. How to spray paint. For best results, shake the can prior to painting, and hold the can six inches from the furniture while painting. Allow each coat to dry 24 hours before applying additional coats.

I haven’t painted our railing yet, but I can’t help but imagine how pretty these black chairs will be against a white railing.

Have a wonderful week.

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Free spring printables

Free spring printables

Spring is getting prettier and prettier here in our neck of the woods.

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I love typographical art: I love displaying it and I love making it. Today I am sharing three spring printables with you that I have made.

To download, right click on the print of your choosing and save it to your device. For best results when printing, do not print larger than 10×13.

I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I have been away celebrating my anniversary, so I apologize for the light posting schedule.

Sunday Musings: Raising Godly Children

Sunday Musings: Raising Godly Children

It’s important to us to raise our children in the Christian faith. The easiest way to do that is to take them to church, but there is so much more to raising Godly children than attending church. We are far from being perfect Christian parents, and this is truly an area where we are working hard to improve. I thought I’d share some of the things we are trying to do, in the hope that some of you would share some of your great ideas with us 😉

We are a family of four, with a six year old daughter and a two year old daughter. We attend church regularly and also participate in Vacation Bible School and a summer camp program at our church during the summers.

1. Sunday school

We have recently begun to attend Sunday School after not attending for several months. Sunday School lessons for children are the Gospel tailored for their age and comprehension. This is why it’s important for them to be there. My kids have learned so much from the children’s programs at our church.

2. Read a devotional each day with your kids

We, as adults, get a lot out of our kids’ devotions. Not only are we reading and learning about the Bible along with the girls, we are modeling for them the importance of reading and studying the Bible. And don’t think because it isn’t written for adults that you can’t be blessed by it as well. I have learned from my kids’ devotion book as much as I have from my own.

3. Buy your kids a Bible they can read

There are so many wonderful Bibles on the market today you can choose from. There are Bibles available for little children, tweens, teens and primary aged children. My daughter has this “Big Picture Bible” which works in conjunction with a phone app. She loves it and it does a great job teaching and explaining the Bible stories to her.

5. Pray together

My children and I read the Bible and keep a running prayer list. We spend time thanking God for the things for which we are grateful and praying for the things we need or the people we know with needs. I’ve also started praying aloud in the mornings as we are driving to school- not only to pray, but to model prayer for my children.

What ways do you model living the Gospel for your children? How do you ensure your children are Godly? I’d love to hear ideas or suggestions!

Have a wonderful week.

Saturday sayings: who is THAT girl?

We had a significant celebration in our family this week. We celebrated our ninth anniversary.

I look at that picture and I think about how skinny I was and how I thought I was fat THEN. Ugh.

But on a serious note, I think of everything we have experienced in the nine years since. That girl in the picture was a brand new bride. She’d never given birth, held her newborn daughters, sat in a hospital room holding her sick daughter, and her father was still alive.

But… she didn’t know what a blessing it was to be a mother. To snuggle up to a sleeping little girl and hold a tiny, sticky hand in hers.

I’m grateful for all the joys and even the struggles we’ve experienced in nine years. Even though things were difficult at times, they made us stronger and brought us closer.

Here’s to nine years. I can’t wait to see what the next sixty hold for us.

Farmhouse Friday: farmhouse flower gardens

Farmhouse Friday: farmhouse flower gardens

I love the look of a farmhouse flower garden. You know the kind- the ones that feature old junk in a creative display?

For today’s Pinterest roundup, I’d like to share some of my favorite farmhouse flower beds. I think you’ll enjoy these as much as I have.

Greenest Way

How pretty is this sweet little wheelbarrow with all these beautiful flowers growing in them? Now I need to find a pretty old wheelbarrow so I can make this.

Onechitecture

There’s something so simple about this old rusty pulley and bucket that I just love. Those white blossoms look great with it, too.

Pinterest

Who wants to give me an old, rusty wash tub? I just love this floral arrangement.

Funky Junk

I thought this old tool box just looked really cool as a flower box.

So there you have it- don’t throw away that rusty junk in your basement. Put it in your yard and incorporate it into your landscape.

Have a wonderful weekend.

21-day organizing challenge: kitchen cabinet woes

My kitchen cabinets weren’t too shabby, since I’d just organized them last year. They were in need of a little attention, though.

Our kitchen sink cabinet was looking a bit cluttered and crammed full. I took everything out of it and wiped it out. I then moved the stool, candle tarts and dish towels back to their proper places.

Isn’t that way better?

Then, I tackled some other cabinets. I got rid of all the broken or stained plastic ware, and all the extra lids. I straightened our serveware cabinets

And I threw away and/or donated any outgrown baby items and straightened the girls’ cabinets.

Before:

After:

I straightened our medicine cabinet, and even added bin labels.

I also straightened our spices and seasonings cabinet.

Before:

After:

Other cabinets of ours just needed a little TLC but nothing major.

Our bakeware cabinet

Our drinkware cabinet

Entertaining cabinet

I hope you’ve enjoyed our kitchen cleaning extravaganza. And remember, there’s still time to get in on the #21dayorganizingchallenge! Just share your before and after pics on Instagram with the hashtag above!

Have a great week.

DIY Kate Spade Inspired Desk Boxes

DIY Kate Spade Inspired Desk Boxes

I have loved the Kate Spade office line since it came out, and I especially loved these cute storage boxes.

But I couldn’t see myself paying $54 for three cardboard boxes.

I had three shoeboxes at home from recent purchases.

I also picked up these items:

I quickly broke out that gold spray paint and I painted those shoe box lids.

I gave those bookplates a good spray, too.

Then, I painted the box bottoms black.

And when they dried, I taped them with painter’s tape where I wanted the gold stripes.

Then I sprayed away with that gold spray paint.

I then allowed the paint time to dry and peeled off the tape. I attached the bookplates.

How’s this for a designer dupe, folks?

Have a great week! Next week I’ll show you where I’m using these boxes.