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Well, it’s here…moving week. We’ve been busy getting the house ready and packing for the big move to North Carolina this coming Saturday. To say that we’re overwhelmed is an understatement, but that’s part of moving right? We have done this at time or two (or 11) before, so we know that we’ll get through this and everything will be ok sooner or later. All I know is that by next Monday we’ll be in NC and these 3 crazy weeks will be behind us.
So what do you do if you’re in the middle of packing up your house to move 700 miles away? Well, if you’re me, you get your craft on and make chalk paint mason jar planters. I was planning on doing this craft long before we knew that we were going to move, and painting is therapeutic for me when I’m stressed, so one afternoon I pulled out my paints and a few mason jars and did this fun and easy craft. I enjoyed myself but the hubs thought I was nuts, which is nothing new. 😉
The idea behind this simple DIY was to use pastel chalk paint and live greenery to add a bit of spring to my new kitchen. I had to tweak my original idea, but I love how they turned out.
You can’t get any easier than slapping a couple of coats of chalk paint on mason jars. There was no prep involved but I did use a bottle to make it easier to paint each jar, and I also toned down the green and pink chalk paint with a bit of white.
Once they were dry, I lightly rubbed a buffing pad over each jar to smooth out some of the brush marks. Then I took a piece of course sandpaper and sanded the high spots to bring out the words and designs.
Next, it was time to play in the dirt. I was going to plant a few seeds in my jars but ran out of time, so I went for wheatgrass instead, with its bright green color. Perfect for spring.
Each jar got a handful of potting soil and a clump of grass.
After a little haircut, they were ready for their spot on the windowsill.
I loved the spring color but something was missing, besides the fact that their haircut was a little too perfect. Oops.
One thing about wheatgrass is that it grows quickly so their uniform haircut only lasted a day before it started growing out.
Besides the new growth, I thought the addition of a spring tag to each jar would finish it off. I had the tags in my stash but when I found these cute bumblebees and butterflies, I could hardly wait for the glue to dry so I could tie them on with some jute twine.
Just what they needed, don’t you think?
I won’t get to enjoy them in my new kitchen for as long as I’d hoped, but I can always recreate them in my new home.
I’m taking part in a DIY Challenge with 29 other bloggers next week, so I’ll be back for that. If you want to see what we’re up to with the move this week, you can follow me on Instagram.
Hope you have a great week!
I know I haven’t been around much since the holidays but I’ve still been busy behind the scenes doing projects. To be honest, I’ve felt a bit off lately and, as a result, I’ve not been posting regularly but I’m hoping that the fog will lift soon so I’ll be able to get back to a regular routine. All is not lost though because when I’m feeling like this I usually paint up a storm, as you can tell from my last 3 projects.
A few weeks ago I painted the back door, for the third time, last weekend I gave the front door a refresh, for the second time, and my latest victim was the media cabinet in the living room, also for the second time.
When I bought the dresser 2 years ago, it was a putty color and I just wasn’t feeling it with the gray walls and the couch. After a lot of debate about color, I painted it with BM Hale Navy and added some awesome brass hardware that finished it off perfectly. I loved the color but my taste has been changing and paint is such an easy and inexpensive way to make a change to a room (plus that fog crept in), so I grabbed my paintbrush and leftover paint and got to work.
Wow, not only has the paint color changed but so has my photography and picture styling, hopefully for the better. Anyway, this former dresser turned media cabinet is a beast to move so the living room was a mess of drawers, dvds and cds for a few days while I worked on it. This isn’t a difficult job but it did take a few days to do the usual steps…sand, prime and paint.
I think that’s why I gravitate toward this kind of activity when I’m not feeling like myself. It’s easy, repetitive and not a lot of thinking is involved (well, you do have to decide on paint color and hardware, which can be a bit daunting, but the rest is easy).
I used leftover paint from the kitchen cabinets, BM White Dove, and added a few cup drawer pulls that I picked up at Lowes.
I love the color change but the pulls make it for me. They are awesome!
What do you do when you’re feeling off? Eat chocolate (I do), read books (I wish), chill out (do people even say that anymore?), go for a walk (in this weather? No way!)?
I will definitely be back on Friday for a small home tour that you don’t want to miss.
Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a great week!
Yes, yes we still have projects to do in the kitchen but a girl’s gotta have some fun once in a while…right? Well, I wouldn’t say that doing a front door refresh is a fun time but I do enjoy painting and the door was in need of a little love, so I grabbed my supplies and had a little painting party over the weekend.
I know that I just showed you the same paint on the back door but I’ve been on a painting frenzy lately (wait until you see what else I painted…again), and the front door has a different painting technique from the back, so you’re getting two for the price of one. Actually, you’re getting this for free so you’re welcome. 😉
Ok, on to the front door refresh.
I painted both the outside and the inside of the front door when we moved in 2 1/2 years ago, with BM Blue Lake. I still love the color but wanted a bit of a change for the inside of the door, and something that matched better with the back door, so I painted it the same color, BM Wrought Iron.
When I painted it the first time I used white paint and FrogTape to add “faux molding” to an otherwise plain, flat door. For this refresh I wanted to keep the “molding” and just paint over the blue, so I decided to tape over the white. I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out, actually I thought that I would totally mess it up, so I did a test and taped off the top box first to see what happened.
First I taped the white of the box using FrogTape. Then I ran the smooth handle of a screwdriver over all of the edges, making sure they were flat, so that no paint would slip under and onto the white. After I gave the door a good sanding and wipe down, I took my paint brush, starting on the tape, and painted out away from the tape, both inside and outside the box. You never want to paint in towards the tape.
Two quick coats and I removed the tape. The “molding” made it through, crisp lines and all, so I taped off the bottom box and finished painting. The boxes actually took longer to tape than the door took to paint, but they looked as good as they did when I painted them the first time.
I was a little nervous about using such a dark color in this corner of the room but I love it. Isn’t it amazing how a little paint can make such a huge change in a room?
We also made a few updates and changed the light above the door. It’s a tough spot for a light because, with the door clearance and that funky ledge, it has to be a certain size. I love this one I found this one at a thrift store for $20. It’s a really heavy light and I thought that it could be solid brass. After a little research, using the tag on the back of the light, I found out that it is solid brass and usually sells for $950. Woohoo, I got the deal of the century!
Thankfully we only have 2 doors in the house so this will be my last door refresh…until we hang the thrifted one on the back of the house. My paintbrush is on standby. 😉
Do you ever start painting things and find it difficult to stop or am I in a class all by myself?
See how I created the “faux molding” when I painted the door the first time.