13 Fun Halloween Project Ideas You Can Make Today!

13 Fun Halloween Project Ideas You Can Make Today!

13 Fun Halloween Project Ideas You Can Make Today!

I’ll be honest, Halloween is not my favorite holiday, but every year I find myself in awe of the amazing craft projects and decor ideas that I find in my neighborhood and online! The internet has a treasure trove of ideas and crafty people are coming up with new ideas every day!

I thought it would be fun to show you some of my favorite finds that just might make this Halloween contrarian into a Halloween decor diva! So, with permission from the bloggers featured, here are my top 13 picks!

#1 STEAMPUNKINS

Let’s get started with my favorite one of all-These are the cutest pumpkins I’ve ever seen! You can find the post and tutorial from Mandy at Huckleberry Life “Steampunkins”-

Aren’t they totally adorable and unique?? So creative and fun!!

13 Fun and Inexpensive Halloween Projects from around the web you can do today! Click on the link for each project for DIY tips to help you make it today!

Photo used with permission from HuckleberryLife.com

 

#2 $3 Tissue Paper Halloween Wreath

Rocky Mountain Bliss has a tutorial for a Super Cute Halloween Wreath made out of tissue paper! And it only costs about $3 to make!! Amazing how little it can cost to make such a cute holiday wreath when you do it yourself. This tutorial will show you all the steps to be on your way to making your very own Tissue Paper Halloween Wreath!

13 Fun and Inexpensive Halloween Projects from around the web you can do today! Click on the link for each project for DIY tips to help you make it today!

Photo used with permission from Rocky Mountain Bliss

#3 Repurposed Wood Shutters Sign for Halloween

Susan from Organized 31 repurposed these adorable shutters especially for Halloween and Thanksgiving! I love how you can use the idea and customize it to any holiday and use them over and over again. Let Susan show you how you can make your own Repurposed Wood Shutters Sign for Halloween (And Thanksgiving) for your front porch today!

13 Fun and Inexpensive Halloween Projects from around the web you can do today! Click on the link for each project for DIY tips to help you make it today!

Photo used with permission from Organized 31

#4 Easy Mini Halloween Wreath

Amanda at Domestically Creative made a super cute wreath for her Halloween decor! It’s really budget friendly and she got most of the supplies at the Dollar store-Don’t you just love making something original and holiday specific but not spending a fortune?? I know I do! Take a look at Amanda’s tutorial for the Easy Mini Halloween Wreath.

13 Fun and Inexpensive Halloween Projects from around the web you can do today! Click on the link for each project for DIY tips to help you make it today!

Photo used with permission from Domestically Creative

#5 Halloween Ornament Wreath

What do you think about this adorable Halloween Ornament Wreath? Christine over at Where the Smiles Have Been made this using her own tutorial for making an Ornament Wreath-I love the pops of green and purple!

13 Fun and Inexpensive Halloween Projects from around the web you can do today! Click on the link for each project for DIY tips to help you make it today!

Photo used with permission from Where The Smiles Have Been

 

#6 DIY Boo Pallet Project

Ann over at Ann’s Entitled Life came up with a great way to re-purpose a pallet. This is perfect for the front porch to welcome all the little trick or treaters! Check out Ann’s DIY Boo Pallet Project here!

13 Fun and Inexpensive Halloween Projects from around the web you can do today! Click on the link for each project for DIY tips to help you make it today!

Photo used with permission from Ann’s Entitled Life

 

#7 Spooky Halloween Mason Jar Mummy Candles

Are you looking for a an easy, inexpensive project to do with the kids or grandkids? This one definitely fits the bill! With just 4 items plus a little glue you can make these up in no time! Check out the tutorial for Spooky Halloween Mason Jar Mummy Candles here!

13 Fun and Inexpensive Halloween Projects from around the web you can do today! Click on the link for each project for DIY tips to help you make it today!

Photo used with permission from HoneyandLime.com

 

#8 Painted Pumpkin Planter Project

Does your garden need a little Halloween update? Look no further than these Jack-O-Lantern Planters! Leslie at Play Dates and Parties created these with a few supplies and they turned out so cute. What a way to brighten up the garden for the season!

Painted Halloween Pumpkin Planters

Photo used with permission from Playdatesandparties.com

 

#9 DIY Oogie Boogie Inspired Trick or Treat Bags

This little project by Tessa at Mama’s Geeky is so creative and unique. I just love them and think they’d be so perfect for treat bags at the halloween party for the little ones (or even the big ones)! Tessa said they will use them for the Disney World Halloween Party and they are so perfect for that! What a great idea!! Check out her tutorial for the Oogie Boogie Inspired Trick or Treat Bags right here. 

13 Fun and Inexpensive Halloween Projects from around the web you can do today! Click on the link for each project for DIY tips to help you make it today!

Photo used with permission from MamasGeeky.com

#10 Halloween Candy Bowl

This candy bowl is something else! Carrie took it from plain ole metal bowl to this little cutie! A Glow in the Dark Halloween Candy Bowl is perfect for the big day and just think how cute it will look on your front porch! You can get the full tutorial for the Halloween Candy Bowl: A Glow-in-the-Dark Craft at Kennary: Ideas for the Home.

13 Fun and Inexpensive Halloween Projects from around the web you can do today! Click on the link for each project for DIY tips to help you make it today!

Photo used with permission from Kennary.com

#11 Spooky Halloween Mantel on a Budget

I just love decorating my mantel for the holidays but usually don’t do a Halloween specific version. I normally just do a one size fits all fall mantel that takes me through until it’s time the infamous Christmas Mantel. But this year, I’ve been inspired by Frug Elegance to try to do my own version of a Spooky Halloween Mantel.

Doesn’t this mantel inspire you to go outside the box a little this year as well? If so, check out their tutorial for a Spooky Halloween Mantel on a Budget! Oh, and send me your mantel pics, I’d love to see what you come up with!!

13 Fun and Inexpensive Halloween Projects from around the web you can do today! Click on the link for each project for DIY tips to help you make it today!

Photo used with permission from Frug Elegance

 

#12 Scarecrow Decorations

Do you need a quick fall craft project to complete that will take your decor all the way until its time to decorate for Christmas? This little cutie is just what you’re looking for! Raquel at Organized Island made this adorable Scarecrow Decoration in about 15 minutes! You can find the Scarecrow Decoration tutorial at Organized Island!

13 Fun and Inexpensive Halloween Projects from around the web you can do today! Click on the link for each project for DIY tips to help you make it today!

Photo used with permission from OrganizedIsland.com

 

#13 DIY HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS FROM WOOD SCRAPS

Last but definitely not least are these adorable wood scrap Halloween Decorations made by Natalie at A Turtle’s Life For Me. Can you believe she made these out of scrap wood and a little paint? This is so creative and what a great way to re-purpose something that would end up in the trash. You can find Natalie’s full tutorial to make your own Halloween Decorations right here!

13 Fun and Inexpensive Halloween Projects from around the web you can do today! Click on the link for each project for DIY tips to help you make it today!

Photo used with permission from Aturtleslifeforme.com

Well, what do you think? Have you been inspired to create any of these budget friendly, easy Halloween Projects? I sure hope so!

Thank you to all the bloggers who allowed me to feature their projects here in this post! It was so much fun putting this all together. I’m off to do some creating of my own now!!

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

Melissa

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial

How to make your own one of kind Spring/Summer Wreath!

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial

I love making wreaths for the different seasons and really don’t do it often enough. But let’s face it, wreaths are not cheap. It costs some cash to make a nice wreath and even more to buy one that’s custom made.

Making my own saves a bit of money and also feeds my creative side, giving me a sense of accomplishment.This DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial is the place for you to be if you want to learn how to make your own one of a kind wreath for the Spring and Summer season this year.

While this is a tutorial showing you how I made my spring wreath, it’s also more than that. It will show you how to make your own design, your very own one of a kind wreath.

You can recreate this one if you’d like and I’d be very flattered if you did, but the fact is, you might prefer different colors and a different style. Just because this particular wreath is not your style, doesn’t mean this post can’t help you to make your own in your personal style. You just need some supplies and an open mind.

My hope is that this will inspire you to create and express yourself in your design.

 

 

 

The Supplies I Used

My process starts the same every time. I decide I’m going to do something then head out to the store (Hobby Lobby usually) to see what I can come up with. This time I knew I wanted to make a wreath in a different way than I have in the past. No grapevine for me this time. I wanted to start from scratch. So this is what I bought.

  • A large wire wreath (you can use any size wreath in any material-grapevine, metal, straw, Styrofoam, whatever!!-it’s your wreath)
  • Moss in sheets that could be cut to fit (Options to cover your wreath include ribbon, mesh, Ivy vines, Large flowers, Burlap, Fabric-Whatever you want!)
  • Artificial flowers and greenery (I used flowers made from paper for this wreath but you can use whatever your heart desires. (Remember this will be YOUR wreath, YOUR own creation!)
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun-You’ve pretty much got to have this or at least a good craft glue. They are super inexpensive and you will use it again and again in your future crafting.
  • Floral Wire-Not totally required but makes adding bows and hangers a lot easier
  • Ribbon if you want a bow added

Can you see how using your own style and choice of materials will make your own unique one of a kind wreath. Just like you, there will not be another exactly like it anywhere! Don’t you just love that idea!!???

The Process

As you are making your own creation, this is the time when you will prepare the “wreath” base. It’s the time to cover it and get it ready for the add-ons that will make it uniquely yours. You can use ribbon, fabric or any other type of material that will provide a good background for your flowers and greenery.

I started with covering my wreath with moss. It was simple. But it took a little time, patience and a very hot glue gun. Be careful, the hot glue burns when it gets on your fingers!

The first thing I did was to measure the width of the wreath so I could cut the moss just a little bit wider. My plan was to wrap the moss around the edges so that the front of the wreath had a finished look. The back does not have to be totally covered just wrapped around enough on the sides so that when it’s hung all you see is the moss and not any wire.

 

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial - MelClaire.com

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial - MelClaire.com DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial - MelClaire.com

This is what the moss looks like as it’s glued on. I only used glue on the center since I knew I would be wrapping it around the edges later.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial - MelClaire.com

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial - MelClaire.com

 

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial - MelClaire.com

After the moss was glued all around the wreath, I turned it and got to work on the back.

I stretched, tucked and glued the moss around the wreath. This is what I ended up with.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial - MelClaire.com

Obviously, it needed some layers and dimension. I couldn’t hang a ring of grass on my front door, now could I? I started by cutting apart all the stems of flowers and greenery, so I had many separate flowers and small stems to play with. I also cut the fern apart to use as a filler once I got my flowers in place.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial - MelClaire.com

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial - MelClaire.com

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial - MelClaire.com

I arranged the biggest flowers around the wreath to see how I liked them before I started gluing. Then I glued them on where I wanted them, filling in with moss and random flowers. I was really careful about the placement of the flowers and the filler so that both sides looked the same when it was hung.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial - MelClaire.com

 

After all the flowers were glued on, it was time to make a bow using ribbon and the floral wire.  I also added a hanger to the back using the floral wire. I love it! It’s so different than any other wreath I’ve ever made and it was so much fun to do. And it was made in less than 2 hours!!

Now, are you ready to make yours?

Leave me a comment and let me know how you did! And don’t forget to have fun!!

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DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial - Learn to make your own one of a kind Spring/Summer wreath for the new season! It's so easy to create exactly what you want!

Happy Spring Y’all!

Melissa

 

Mardi Gras Mantle Decor 2017

Mardi Gras Mantle Decor 2017

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My Mardi Gras Mantle Décor 2017

My Mardi Gras Mantle Décor 2017 is a combination of old and new, but mostly old and just repurposed directly from my Christmas Mantle.

I just love the colors of Mardi Gras! It’s such a fun time in the Southern US and in many other parts of the world. While Mardi Gras is famous in New Orleans and is certainly associated with debauchery, heavy drinking, overeating, and generally overindulging in many areas, it can also be a really fun family friendly time. Mardi Gras is definitely not just what you see on Bourbon Street!

Children look forward to the parades and catching beads and Moon Pies in our neck of the woods. Yes they throw Moon Pies off the floats in Alabama! It’s a really fun way for families to get together. Everyone lines the streets, waiting for all the colorful floats with their fancy costumed occupants who throw handfuls of goodies out to the crowds. It’s so much fun to watch the children collect their loot in bags to take home and play with.

As it is for any holiday in the South, a new wreath on the front door is a must and quite a few folks leave their Christmas trees up and change out the decorations from Christmas to Mardi Gras.

This year, I repurposed my Christmas Mantle into a Mardi Gras Mantle with just a few changes here and there. I did make a quick trip to the Mardi Gras store down the street and Hobby Lobby to pick up a few new items, but all in I think I spent under $50.

My Mardi Gras Mantle décor 2017 is so much fun because it's so colorful and wild. The brighter and shinier the better! Laissez les bon temps rouler-Let the good times roll!!

Ideas to help you create your own mantle

You can create your own Mardi Gras Mantle with a few items I bet you already have around the house or can easily get online. Have any beads left over from last years parades or do you have family members that live in the south? If you live in a “No Mardi Gras” area, ask your southern friends and family to mail you a few dozen beads over the next few days. (Most southern households have stockpiles of beads from past years parades.)

Add some sparkly and fun, purple, gold and green stems to a tall vase. Have any candlesticks laying around? Add some taper candles in Mardi Gras colors, draping some beads around the candlesticks. Or if you have a lantern that holds a larger candle, you could add some beads or balls or colored confetti to the inside around the candle. Or just fill a vase with beads. Really the shinier and “sparklier” the better!! Glitter is great. Fleur Di Lis anything is awesome.

I found some window stickers at the local Mardi Gras store and put them on the old window below and added some Purple ribbon on the top of the green bow I had up for Christmas. And of course the left over beads from last year, fit right in!

 

Mardi Gras Mantle décor 2017 is so much fun because it's so colorful and wild. The brighter and shinier the better! Laissez les bon temps rouler-Let the good times roll!!

Mardi Gras Mantle décor 2017 is so much fun because it's so colorful and wild. The brighter and shinier the better! Laissez les bon temps rouler-Let the good times roll!!

This Mardi Gras Mantle Decor 2017 is so colorful and fun!

And I also updated my Wreath this year with some left over ribbon from the mantle. I think it turned out really pretty and bright!

Laissez les bon temps rouler – Let the good times roll!!

Melissa

 

Mardi Gras décor is so much fun because it's so colorful and wild. The brighter and shinier the better! Laissez les bon temps rouler-Let the good times roll!!

Mardi Gras décor is so much fun because it's so colorful and wild. The brighter and shinier the better! Laissez les bon temps rouler-Let the good times roll!!

 

Vintage Christmas Mantle Decor

Vintage Christmas Mantle Decor

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My Vintage Inspired Christmas Décor

Vintage Christmas and Mantle Décor using old windows and sewing spools are used to create a vintage inspired Christmas décor

 

For weeks, I’ve been dreaming of Vintage Christmas Mantle Décor. I wanted to do this using an old beat up window and the wooden spools I used at Thanksgiving as pumpkin stands.

Unfortunately, I seem to be in slow motion this holiday season. The last few weeks have been stressful around my house leaving no time for anything extra! Not even something fun like decorating for Christmas.

Luckily, I was able to fit it in this past week and I’m so please with the results. Being short on time and money, I decided that décor for the holidays this year was going to be very minimal. No live tree or even worse, multiple trees and décor on every flat surface in the house. That’s just more than I can handle this year.  My goal for this project was to spend as little as possible and get it done as quickly as possible. I met this small goal and now can breathe a sigh of relief.

 

Vintage Christmas and Mantle décor that uses one of the oh so popular old windows as the main focal point, along with colorful fun elements that make a really beautiful Christmas display.

This old window that I picked up at the Flea Market a while back was my focal point for the mantle project.  The wooden spools were the other piece I wanted added into my holiday décor project. They didn’t really fit into the Mantle I had in mind so I used them on the dresser in the entrance hall next to some beautiful pink glittery poinsettia’s.

I also used the spools in my Thanksgiving décor, which you can see here.

These old beautiful wooden spools are so versatile and can be used for your home décor throughout the seasons

The Supplies Used

The purchases I made were minimal and equaled less than $40. Everything else I already had and have used in one way or another for Christmas décor for years.

At Pier One, I bought the little pearl berry wreath for $14.99 and the green ribbon was $7.99. I picked up the Christmas balls that are shown on the wooden spools at Hobby Lobby 1/2 price for about $7.50. I also got the fluffy, sparkly white garland on half price at Hobby Lobby for about $5.

The battery operated lights (as seen in the window) along with all the other items were already part of my collection. As a matter of fact, most of this I have collected over the years after Christmas at various places for 50-75% off the regular prices.

These old beautiful wooden spools are so versatile and can be used for your home décor throughout the seasons

Vintage Christmas and Mantle décor that uses one of the oh so popular old windows as the main focal point, along with colorful fun elements that make a really beautiful Christmas display.Vintage Christmas and Mantle décor that uses one of the oh so popular old windows as the main focal point, along with colorful fun elements that make a really beautiful Christmas display.

Vintage Christmas and Mantle décor that uses one of the oh so popular old windows as the main focal point, along with colorful fun elements that make a really beautiful Christmas display.

I was going to repaint the window and make it “prettier”, but after cleaning it up, I decided I like it just like it is! It’s old and shows it’s wear and tear just like any good vintage piece!

Vintage Christmas and Mantle décor that uses one of the oh so popular old windows as the main focal point, along with colorful fun elements that make a really beautiful Christmas display.

 

Vintage Christmas and Mantle décor that uses one of the oh so popular old windows as the main focal point, along with colorful fun elements that make a really beautiful Christmas display.Vintage Christmas and Mantle décor that uses one of the oh so popular old windows as the main focal point, along with colorful fun elements that make a really beautiful Christmas display.

And this is it!

I love how my Vintage Christmas Mantle Décor turned out! The little trees on the fireplace normally flank the front door on the porch, but hey, I wanted to use them inside this time!

The front of the house is decorated with a cool new item that I found called the Star Shower Motion Laser Light. (See the link below to order yours today!)

It’s so worth the money. Love, love, love this! Now we have lights all over the front of the house via the “laser shower” and it was as easy as putting a stake in the ground and plugging it in. No ladders involved! It’s so great!!

My hope is that this will inspire you to reuse items you already have by repurposing them to suit your current décor needs. I do this all the time and find that it’s way easier on the pocketbook.  And it’s always fun to see what you can create new out of something old.

That’s my Christmas décor for this year. It’s not much but it’s beautiful and just my style. It’s plenty for the low key holiday we will be having this year.

Happy Holidays!

 

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Farmhouse Country Wall Art

Farmhouse Country Wall Art

 Farmhouse Country Wall Art

 

Farmhouse Country Wall Art made from faucet handles, rustic boards and stencils

I’ve been thinking about doing some type of Farmhouse Country Wall Art for my daughters new house but I had no idea what I was going to do to make this happen.

So when I went to the flea market I didn’t have anything in mind at all. But lucky for me I found these faucet handles and tiller blades for next to nothing. At the time, did I know what I would use them for? Absolutely not!

Country Farmhouse Wall Art Project Supplies

But a quick trip to Wal-Mart scored me a 16 x 20 rustic panel that looked like an old fence and some farming stencils-chickens, cows, pigs, eggs, sunflowers and a tractor! Perfect–

I picked up some little bottles of paint and off I went to create my project. I still didn’t know exactly what I was getting into but I had an idea.

 

Supply List

  • 5 old faucet handles
  • 2 tiller blades or similar
  • 1 16×20 wooden base
  • Stencils
  • Paint and brushes (I used acrylic paint that comes in small bottles for about $1.25 each)
  • 11-12 wood screws long enough to hold the items securely but not go through the back of the wood

The Process

When I got home, I jumped in with both feet and started stenciling and painting.

At this point, I still didn’t know what I would do with the faucet handles, but I was getting closer.

I painted the scene I was going for using the stencils and then started playing around with the placement of the handles and blades.

Tractor stencil project as seen on MelClaire.com

Three faucet handles were painted white and placed on top of the painted “clouds”. I liked it. The 3 dimensional clouds looked nice.

Then, I decided to use the brown blade as the sun and after painting a little yellow in the center for some dimension, it was perfect.

For the back tire on the tractor, the green blade was perfect! The last two faucet handles fit just right inside the big tire and as the front tire of the tractor. (Because these parts were so heavy instead of using hot glue, I used wood screws to secure them all to the board)

Country farm wall decor made from faucet handles and blades found at a flea market!

And that was it-So easy after I got started. The hard part was figuring out what to do with the handles in the first place.

I’m so pleased – I hope my daughter likes it!

What do you think?

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Fall Decor On A Budget

I went to the flea market a couple of weeks ago. This is my story.

Now first you need to know that normally whenever I go to the flea market I can’t find what I’m looking for. I get there with all these ideas in my mind, projects I want to complete and furniture I want to paint. But nothing. I can’t find what I’m looking for and all my ideas fly out the window in my frustration and disappointment. It’s so sad.

This time was different. I arrived with an open mind. Husband in tow, it was raining off and on and they were just opening. It was quite muddy, but I’d come prepared with a raincoat so nothing was stopping me.

We started at one end and went up and down every aisle because I didn’t want to miss anything. Besides, I had no idea what I was looking for. Remember, I’d decided to let my next project find me instead of the other way around.

And it did! I found a stick for a dollar. Not just any stick but a special stick that’s long and dry, and has a scoop at one end! Weird right? But, it’s some type of organic natural element and it was screaming my name. My husband thought I was crazy, but it was giving me ideas, so I bought it.

I also found this set of four antique spools that are in perfect condition for $10! (pictured below) Don’t they just scream “FALL DECOR”?

These beautiful antique spools were found at a flea market for $10!

These beautiful antique spools were found at a flea market for $10!

I couldn’t wait to get home and get my project on, but first I had to stop at the store. I had to get some pumpkins and gourds-they were $3 a bag at the local big box store. I spent a total of $20 but also used some additional items that I already had. I typically reuse flower and filler stems from old arrangements and this really saves some dough. Just move stuff around from one place to the other then it looks brand spanking new!

After some “shopping” in my house for elements to add, I scored some cotton stalks, fall leaves and brown feathers to finish it off.

Fall decor doesn't have to be expensive to be pretty and unique. With a couple of flea market finds and inexpensive accessories you can have a beautiful fall table scape!

Next, I used the spools as stands for the small pumpkins. So cute! Don’t you think?

These beautiful antique spools were found at a flea market for $10!

 

The next project was the mantle. Using some of the same elements to “fall” it up while still keeping my coastal theme this is what I ended up with. Again, very little money was spent, the only thing I didn’t already have at home were the pumpkins and gourds.
Coastal Fall Mantle using pumpkins and gourds on a very tight budget!!

So, this is it! I spent just a little bit of moolah and did all this. It really pays off to shop your own home for things you can use to freshen up your decor. That old flower arrangement that you hate might just have a couple of great stems you can use in another arrangement to freshen it up or make a new one without spending any money.

I’m working on some very interesting projects with some other items I found at the same time and I can’t wait to show them to  you when they are done. Stay tuned. It shouldn’t take too much longer!

Melissa

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Learn How I Created A Coffee Table With Chalk Paint & An Old Trunk!

Learn How I Created A Coffee Table With Chalk Paint & An Old Trunk!

From old beat up trunk to pretty new coffee table with the help of Maison Blanche Chalk Paint! Click through to read the post or pin for later!

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Beautiful “New” Coffee Table from an old beat up Trunk! See how I did it!!

This old trunk has been living in my house for a while and it’s taken quite a beating over the years. We’ve used it for everything including a coffee table and a side table. But it was time to either do something with it or put it on the curb! According to me anyway. My husband said he liked it just fine the way it was. Hmm.

From old beat up trunk to pretty new coffee table with the help of Maison Blanche Chalk Paint! Click through to read the post or pin for later!

From old beat up trunk to pretty new coffee table with the help of Maison Blanche Chalk Paint!

 

My Furniture Philosophy

There is no reason to buy “new” furniture. It costs way too much and there are too many beautiful old dressers and chests and trunks out there that need some love!  Share the love, save a trunk!!

Sometimes I find old furniture on the side of the road and on rare occasions I might find a super cheap piece at a thrift or resale store. I love to paint furniture and Chalk Paint gives an outdated dresser or cabinet a facelift and makes it look new again. I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I create something pretty out of something not so pretty. Especially when it didn’t cost much money!

It just makes more sense to me to improve what I already have. Then I can put that “new” furniture money away for something way better. Like being on a beach in Belize with a Pina Colada sitting next to me!

What Color Should I Paint This Old Trunk?

The color choice was simple for me because el cheapo here didn’t want to buy more Chalk Paint. I pulled out what I had and my decision was made!

The three colors I used were Maison Blanche French Blue, Saint Anne and Vanilla. The waxes I used were Masion Blanche Light Brown, Dark Brown and White Lime. (Please note I am not an affiliate of Maison Blanche Chalk Paint and receive no compensation if you check out their site. I just really like their chalk paint so it’s what I use!)

One of the main things I like about Chalk Paint, especially this Maison Blanche brand is that it lasts forever! When you get low you can add a little water to it, mix it up real good and go about painting something else!

Also, you can mix the colors together to get really cool new colors! Look at the below picture. All of these pieces were painted with the same three colors! I just mixed them and layered them differently to get the different looks!

4 projects using the same three Maison Blanche Chalk paint colors with 4 different results. These were all painted using some variation of the same paint and wax. The coffee table and the bar are close to the same in these pictures, but the bar is a true blue where the coffee table is heavily sanded and distressed with green and white peaking through here and there.

4 projects using the same three Maison Blanche Chalk paint colors with 4 different results. These were all painted using some variation of the same paint and wax. The coffee table and the bar are close to the same in these pictures, but the bar is a true blue where the coffee table is heavily sanded and distressed with green and white peaking through here and there.

 

My Crazy Random Process (For this trunk coffee table)

I’m a “wing it” kinda girl and find myself not following directions sometimes. Say what?

Yeah, that’s why chalk painting is right up my alley. You can’t mess this stuff up! You just add paint and sand and wax and keep on keeping on until you have it looking the way you want it. If you don’t like it by next week, do it again!

To start with I gave it a good cleaning and removed all the hardware. The hardware was cleaned in a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda (It was just like a volcano erupting! Too bad the grand-kids weren’t here to see it)

Then I started sanding. This baby needed a lot of sanding. It had gouges in the top and it was just a total mess. After all the scratches and imperfections were sanded down smooth, I started painting. The first coat I put on was French Blue. To be honest, I am so tired of French Blue, but I will never be out of my supply it seems so I just need to use it. (Remember, I’m not willing to buy any more paint at this time) 🙂

So blue it was for the first coat. When you paint the first coat in chalk paint, it looks horrible! No matter what color you use you’ll think you’ve made a disastrous mistake. Don’t worry, you haven’t, just keep going. A good rule of thumb is to let the paint dry between coats. Chalk paint dries really quickly, so it won’t keep you waiting long at all!

The next thing I did was put on a light coat of watered down Saint Anne (think bright green crayon)-I dry brushed this on, adding paint to my brush then dabbing it on a paper towel before applying it. I did it pretty streaky and did not completely cover the blue paint. Again, I let this dry before the next step.

I then added a light coat of watered down Vanilla (a creamy white) over the green and the blue. Yes, I then let it dry.

The sequence of painting the trunk using three different colors of Maison Blanche Chalk Paint

The sequence of painting the trunk using three different colors of Maison Blanche Chalk Paint

At this point, I stood back and looked. It still looked horrible! So I decided to sand it some more. I was trying to get a multi color dimensional look. The plan was to just keep adding and sanding until I got it where I wanted it. So that’s what I did, I sanded, I added color. Finally I covered it with a light coating of French Blue again and then sanded it again to get some of the green and white to show through.

I consulted my local expert and she advised me to stop adding color and to just start waxing. So I waxed. I used light brown and dark brown alternating them and mixing them together. Then I added a coat of white lime wax. Let that dry overnight. Still hated it! It was so blue!!! Just like everything else in the house. I had to work some more to get it where I wanted it.

So, I sanded it again. Then added more dark wax and let it sit for a while before buffing it off. Voila! That did the trick! I think it turned out pretty good.

For now. Until I break down and buy a new color of paint that is! I know some of you will say, stop with the blue, you’ve got too much blue going on in there! You’re probably right, but for now, it’s what I got goin on. 🙂

You can see another place where I used the French Blue paint in my Coastal Cottage Coffee Bar post here.

The Coffee Bar will be updated in short order when I redo the kitchen cabinets later this fall. Stay tuned for that reveal. It will be awesome!

Leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

From old beat up trunk to pretty new coffee table with the help of Maison Blanche Chalk Paint! Click through to read the post or pin for later!

Coffee Table from an old beat up Trunk! See how I did it!!

 

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Coastal Cottage Coffee Bar Project

Coastal Cottage Coffee Bar Project

 

Hello! I’m finally ready to share my coffee bar pics. It’s sad to say that it took me so long to get this post up and running, but getting a blog started is not as easy as I thought it would be. Anyway, our kitchen started out very dated from the 90’s with marbled green laminate including the coveted wood edging-It had to go!

I knew that I wanted white counter tops and that I did not want granite! After pinning about a million designs on Pinterest trying to figure out what type of counter tops to use, Quartz came out the winner. The starting budget for the project was under $5000 if possible. (I think in all we probably ended up spending about $6000 with the new appliances)

After I picked out my white quartz counter tops I decided to do a little bit of a design change that did not include much of a an investment and since I was in love with all the “coffee bars” out there, I decided we needed one too. But where to put it?

The kitchen doesn’t have an island but does have a large peninsula that started off with an overhang as a bar.  (See below) Do you see the pretty wood trim on the original counter top? That was not my favorite design element to say the least!

Coffee bar addition

Coffee bar addition

I decided that we would have the new counter top cut without the overhang, then we could install a new cabinet to the backside of the peninsula and have the quartz cut to cover the length of that as well. Since there weren’t any cabinets above it, it was a great time to try out some of those open shelves that you see everywhere. I originally painted it  an iridescent blue, as I wanted it to look like the ocean to fit into my coastal theme.

Here it is!

Coastal Cottage Coffee Bar

Coastal Cottage Coffee Bar

The finished coffee bar and new counter tops. I changed the paint on the cabinet to French Blue using Maison Blanc Chalk Paint and waxed with light brown MB wax. We couldn’t be happier with this coffee bar and it’s great to have everything in one place or stored underneath. This thing is used on a continuous basis in our home. It’s also versatile and could be used for any purpose later down the line. I can see this being used as a buffet and a place to store plates and utensils or as a real bar. You could even add a mini fridge underneath to store cold drinks.

What do you think?

A special note: I was lucky enough to have my father help me with the cabinet and shelf installation and to teach me how to do these things by myself for the next time. He’s gone now, and I am so thankful to him for so many things, but teaching me how to do things for myself is one of the best things he could have done for me. The Christmas right before he passed away, he gave us a DIY book showing us how to do all the things he wouldn’t be able to help us with later.  Thanks to his contribution, I now have this wonderful coffee bar that remains in our home and is a permanent reminder of all he did for me and my brothers!

Melissa

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