Nov 15, 2013

Christmas Mason Jar Vase

This is an easy Christmas craft that's easily completed in an hour.  The hardest part is picking an image for the front!  I used a vintage Crown jar, but you could use any jar you have kicking around. 

I painted my jar with Cece Caldwell's chalk and clay paint and distressed it here and there.  Then I printed off my image and glued it to the front.  I applied diamond dust over the picture and silver glitter around the edges.  I recommend glittering after you glue the picture on... it's just easier that way because you don't have to worry about knocking off the glitter. 

As a finishing touch I tied some jute and baker's twine around the top rim. 

I'm using it as a holder for some Christmas greenery, but it would look great with a votive candle lit inside, too!

Linking to:
Funky Junk Interiors
The Shabby Creek Cottage: Holiday Mason Jar Craft Extravaganza
Tatertots & Jello
The 36th Avenue
Coastal Charm
The Scoop
Domestically Speaking

Nov 13, 2013

From Country to Cottage - White Cupboard Makeover

Well, our little mister is just over two months now.  I haven't worked on any furniture since the summer, but I have a few projects that I haven't shared here that I will be posting about in the next week or so.  Besides looking after our baby we've been busy getting our house ready to go on the market.  So, there hasn't been much too much extra time for painting around here!  I started to haul out my Christmas decorations today, so hopefully I will be sharing a bit of that  here soon, too. 

I had bought this cupboard at a yard sale in July for $20.00  It was actually painted white already. 

However, some people just shouldn't be allowed to paint furniture.  The entire surface was coated with fuzzy lint dried into the paint.  So, I stripped it down to the pine.  Now, because I was 8 months pregnant, I used a product from Home Hardware called Natura Safe Strip. 
1L Safe Strip Wood Stripper
However, I mostly was able to just scrape the paint off because they hadn't sanded before painting and the paint was actually pretty peely. 

Here it is after I got all the paint off the outside.

So much better painted white!
It replaced the dresser that we had in the kitchen.  It definitely fits the space a lot better, and makes it feel more open while still offering me the same amount of storage.  Plus the white lightens up the space a bit and matches my kitchen cupboards better. 
Here's the dresser we had there before.  This picture was taken last Christmas.   

The paper on the doors is vintage wallpaper.  The wire was in there already.  I used Cece Caldwell chalk and clay paint in Simply White and I finished it with clear and dark wax. 
I've added just a little bit of winter/Christmas to the top of it. 
I actually painted the inside pink, but I didn't take any pictures of that because it needs organizing... again. 
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