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Thursday, February 27, 2014

DIY Farmhouse Style Easter Sign

The large picture I have on the wall in our dining room is magic.  Or so the kids thought when it kept changing.  :)

When I originally made this picture from a sheet of MDF, I framed it with some strips of pine which I then stained a nice contrasting shade a brown.

So it usually looks like this ...

Then at Christmas it magically looked like this!  I had the brilliant idea as there was already a frame, I could cut a piece of MDF to fit inside the frame and tah-da, I had a "removable" Christmas sign.  You can see that I cut the corners off so I can easily take the insert out.  I added a bit of blue tac to the back of the insert to keep it from falling out.

So for Easter, I flipped the MDF insert over and created my Easter sign.

I decided I wanted to create a wood panel effect so I dry brushed some panels in with white paint.

Then I decided on my wording and some pictures and transferred them on and painted them in with black paint.

Finally I gave it all a rough sand to create an aged effect.

I'm really happy with how it turned out. :)

The basket on the table is also a new addition.  I got it at yard sale a while back.  I've fit my vintage milk bottles inside and then placed a rose in each bottle.  I plan to switch the roses out for tulips closer to Easter. :)

Hope you like my "magical" new sign. :)

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday Spotlight at Junk Chic Cottage

A big thank you to the very lovely and very thoughtful Kris at Junk Chic Cottage for featuring me on her Saturday Spotlight this week.  

You can see the post here.  

Don't forget to have a look around Kris' beautiful blog while you are there.  I love everything about Kris' decorating. She totally inspires me and I am always in awe of her amazing ideas and perfectly decorated home.

Thank you again for the feature Kris and for being such a huge inspiration in my life. 

x Julie
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Antique Dining Table and Chairs Restyle

Here is my latest furniture restyle. I found this table and chairs on ebay and knew they needed my TLC. And I was drawn to those lovely claw feet and the curvature of the chairs.  Like most my furniture makeovers, I decided to go with a distressed white.

Here is what they use to look like ...

Bleak to farmhouse chic ...

I recovered all the seats with this cute black and white french designed fabric. And put new webbing on the underneath of all the seats.  Given their age the chairs needed it. 

I used three coats of DIY chalk paint on all the chairs and table. Then sealed them all with clear poly. The top I gave 3 coats so it is well protected.

I did consider keeping this one for myself, but have decided to give it a new home. Feel free to drop me an email if you are interested. 

Best wishes,

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