Updating a Old Hutch

New post here today folks.  I feel I've been in hiding but really I've been working on many projects and I found myself with too many things going on at once. I hate when I do that to myself. I work best with a list. Checking off as I go. Too much here and there and I get flustered big time.

My wreath making is going great and little by little I'm getting my craft room the way I want it. That's what I'm talking about today. I finally finished another piece to the plan.

I bought this Hutch about a year ago off Craigslist.  It's a old Hutch that was in pretty good condition. But I like to paint. Crazy I know....but I LOVE the difference a coat or two of paint can make on just about anything.

Normally I would take this out to the garage but decided to just do it in house. I put down some paper and a drop cloth and got to work removing the hardware. I didn't realize how bad the hinges on this thing was until I tried removing them and several screws broke in the process.

I only sanded a little bit on this piece. Mainly the grimy dirty areas under the drawer pulls. Then I used a good coat of primer. Ahhh...already better.

 
After priming I started painting using a small roller on the big surfaces and a good quality brush on the smaller areas. This took a couple coats of paint. I let the paint cure for a couple of days then scuffed up some edges for a shabby chic sorta look. Then I put a coat of Poly over that and let her sit for a good 4 to 5 days. If you don't do this your piece will be sticky and when you sit things on the wood it will leave indents and that'll make you sick. Don't ask how I know this.
 
I painted the inside white then covered the back of the cabinets with a pretty contact paper.
 
 
 
I had planned to replace the hinges but had no luck in finding them after searching several stores. Mike was able to do a amazing job cleaning them and making them look new again. It was incredible! Thanks honey! I couldn't believe they were the same ones and again I'm sorry I should have taken a picture. I promise I will get better. The only problem was they were brass and I hate brass. Sorry brass lovers but I just don't like it so I gave them a quick coat of paint. New knobs from Hobby Lobby and pulls from Lowes and she was done.
 
 
I'm really happy with how it turned out. I love trying to make things look prettier and I think she does. This room isn't complete yet but its getting there. I love to having a pretty place to keep my supplies and a pretty place to CREATE.



Football Ready? What's your favorite team?

I've been extremely busy the last few days working on some new wreaths. It's almost football time around here and we love college football. Everyone in these parts are talking about South Carolina Gamecocks (me and hubby) and Clemson Tigers (sons). Our home is split but it definitely makes for some good fun and at times "nameless" people might get mad and even cry.

No, not really.

Everyone knows I love making wreaths and I got a request the other day about a LSU spiral wreath. I haven't made one before but knew I wanted to get started right away. Here's the one I made.

Which do you prefer? With or without the football?

You know I had to make another Gamecock wreath. This one is huge and I love it! This wreath measures a whopping 33 inches wide.  It definitely would make a statement at those football parties.

Every fall I make a new wreath for my door and this year is no exception. I love Sunflowers and Burlap and think this is a simple yet pretty wreath to hang on any door plus its so easy to change it up for other seasons.


For a even simpler look, I can take the bow off and I still think its very cute.
So that's what I've been working on along with a very neat addition to my craft room that I plan on sharing in the next few days. I can't wait for it to be finished. I'm also wanting to do a giveaway for one of the 12 inch Team Wreaths. You would have a chance for several entries. I'll be posting more about the giveaway a little later.

Let me know what you think? Do you have a favorite team or teams? Would you take the time to enter a giveaway to receive one? I can't wait to hear from you.

Halloween is Brewing.......Already?

I started on a Halloween craft yesterday. This might not be your thing right now cause let's face it, its still summer and Halloween is still 92 days away. Tomorrow is August 1st. I know its early but I thought I'd share it with you. Halloween will be here before we know it. Yikes!!

Let me just say that I don't do much decorating at Halloween.  My boys always did the Trick or Treating and we'd carve a pumpkin but that was about it. I just hate spending money on Halloween. This is a simple craft and it isn't expensive at all which is good for this cheap frugal crafter. I've seen several variations of it online but I'll give the shout out to Andrea at Andys Accents because this is where I think I saw it first.

I started with a 2 x 4 and believe it or not I actually used a Radial Arm Saw to cut the wood myself. I don't use power tools that much because Mike, my husband, is so good to help me do what ever I'm wanting to do but this time I did it myself and I still have all my fingers.

So I cut 5 pieces of wood. One 18", one 10", one 9" and two 8".

 
Yesterday I painted the 18" base black and the ghost white with spray paint because I knew it was suppose to rain today and I'd finish it inside. Here are the other materials I used. 
 


The paint is regular acrylic craft paint. I had a mixture of brands and just used what I had. This is after the first coat of paint.

                                   
After I put another coat of paint on and let it dry, I just hand painted the faces onto each piece of wood. These are the faces that I decided on. You could make them look scarier if you wanted  but I don't like scary. I had a hard time painting these faces because my brushes were old and I couldn't get it to look just right.  But after awhile I decided these were good enough and moved on. While the faces were drying, I worked on the mummy. My original plan was to use the burlap I had laid out in the above photo and wrap it around the wood but it didn't look right to me so I used some gauze we had in the medicine cabinet. I think it looks so much better with the gauze. 

The last thing I did was paint the letters on the base. I painted on Happy Halloween and you can definitely tell I need the new brushes. I will be going over the letters as soon as I get those new ones just to make it look a little brighter.

You can sit these little guys on the base or you can screw them in so they won't get knocked over.

 




I also cut some strips of the burlap and bunched them together with a burlap string and hot glued them to the top of my pumpkin for the stem.

Maybe this year I'll get some more things made besides just the wreath on my door and a pumpkin on my porch. What about you: Do you go all out for Halloween?

My husband makes me things

When I began thinking about really trying to create a workspace to make my wreaths and other DIY projects I was mainly using a old dining room table. Nothing fancy but I knew I didn't need fancy. I needed functional and it did the job. My husband, the wonderful man he is, had seen my Pinterest board and all the pretty tables I loved. He saw, he made, I loveeeee.


 

Isn't this the greatest? I just love what he did! He used 2 of the cube bookcases on each end and for the actual table part he used a door he found at a builder supply place. The door had a little damage on one end but it was very slight and I think it  is perfect and I've already started creating my wreaths. I've opened my Etsy Store so I hope you'll go take a look but let me show you what else he did. He knows how much I love a good glue gun. I mean who doesn't? So he surprised me this sweet baby.
 
 

I just love my new craft table and glue gun holder. I'm so thankful my husband likes making me things.
 
Do you have a special place you like to craft?



Whats all the fuss........

I love reading blogs. About 5 years ago, I stumbled across a few that sparked my interest and somewhere along the way, I started wanting to have my own blog.  It didn't happen right away, for one reason or another, but I'm here now.

This is my little place in the world to do what I love and to share it with you. So if you also have a love for Home D├ęcor, DIY projects and own a glue gun (or even if you don't) then I think you'll want to stick around.

So sit back, get comfortable and enjoy the ride!

















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