Posts Tagged ‘Crafting’

Amy’s Notebook 10.14.15

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Spiral Pumpkin Twists via A Cozy Kitchen

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Spiral pumpkin twists with maple cream- so beautiful!

Check out this Halloween trick-or-treat app that you can use to navigate your neighborhood this year.

A list of the Kirkus Prize finalists. Have you read any of these?

Maple molasses donuts – yes, please!

They will not remember. (I needed that)

13 mysterious & scary October reads.

A well-researched guide to consignment shopping.

You make me brave.

Trade shopping for self-care: a lovely reminder!

1940s Bungalow via Design Sponge

Source: Design Sponge

 

A wonderful 1940s bungalow centered around art.

14 surprising things about parenting in Sweden.

An easy hack for getting longer strands of spaghetti squash.

Looking forward to the next season of Serial.

Scary Netflix movies for weekend binge-watching.

Make rotisserie-style chicken at home with a Bundt pan – who knew?

Harry Potter’s new illustrator Jim Kay explains how he came up with his versions of the world famous magical characters.

Need a new audiobook recommendation? Try one of these 10 engaging titles, read by their authors.

The reality of owning a cat.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration!

 

How to Paint a Kitchen Table: Our Kitchen Table Makeover

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Originally posted in 2011, I thought this would be perfect for our Transforming Your Space M Challenge since it was a fairly simple project (after I learned a lesson!) that made a huge difference. I love paint and it’s power to transform!

How to Paint a Kitchen Table

I never dreamed that I would ever paint my kitchen table when we bought it. For ten years though we abused it daily, it survived a brutal move with a terrible moving company, and the polyurethane coating never did look right after it was damaged in route to our house on the day we bought it. The table was loved to pieces, literally, and that is why we had to paint it.

Passing through our kitchen, you might not have noticed the table’s beat-up appearance. From far away or cleverly covered with a tablecloth when it got really embarrassing, the table just didn’t look that bad.

Upon closer inspection though, your eyes are assaulted with the damage that has happened to it. The polyurethane coating was flaking away, the ends were terribly damaged on the table, and a huge gash went right through the center of it that I never thought the table would ever recover from.

We decided that we would stain the table and restore the tabletop with a nice deep and rich color. We bought lots of supplies to stain the table and I couldn’t wait to get started.

For two days I sanded the table to within an inch of its poor little life. The polyurethane coating remained. I bought polyurethane stripper and left it on the table for twenty-four hours. The polyurethane remained. I sanded the table more. The polyurethane remained.

I cried.

I rocked in the fetal position.

I kicked myself for starting a project that I didn’t feel as confident in.

I gave up.

We ate at a sad folding table and chairs for an entire week, only to discover this staining would not happen at my novice level of furniture staining.

At this point, I had nothing to lose.

We decided to paint the kitchen table.

The chairs were in good condition other than a quick reupholster to the tired fabric that had been on them. The table legs also happened to be in decent condition so we made the decision to leave the table legs and chairs in their natural wood color (partly out of laziness and partly because we needed our kitchen table back) which definitely cut down on the work.

I am no expert on painting furniture so I consulted with my best friend who has been painting her furniture recently and the ever amazing and wildly talented Kate, from Centsational Girl, who has this amazing tutorial on how to paint furniture. Between the two of them, I felt a tad more confident than I did before.

Once the table was sanded and wood filled in the spots that were really rough on the table, we applied two coats of the Zinsser Cover Stain Primer over the table. Between each coat, once the tabletop was fully dry, I gave it another good sanding and wiped it clean with a cloth. I had to admit, even with just the primer, the table was already looking better.

Once the primer was dry, I applied two coats of paint to the tabletop. We wanted our tabletop to match our kitchen cabinets so we chose Valspar Blanched Pine (7005-15) for the shade of white we were looking for. Two coats of paint were applied to it. The first coat was applied with a brush and then the second coat, I used a roller and then used a brush to smooth out any roller marks.

I did take Kate’s recommendation and added Floetrol to the paint (as directed on the packaging) which really did seem to help cut down on the mistakes that I usually make when painting. This paint conditioner will definitely be used again when I tackle another painting project.

After the paint was dry, we then applied two heavy coats of polyurethane to the tabletop with an angled brush. We allowed the polyurethane to set on the tabletop for four days with no use. I think this was one of the hardest parts about the process, but we wanted to make sure that the tabletop would really be able to withstand our daily abuse once we brought it inside.

The table legs were reattached, the new-to-me chairs were slid under it. We were in business.

Here is our newly painted kitchen tabletop.  It is not perfect, but we truly did the best we could to improve upon something we already owned.

I am so happy to have a tabletop that I don’t have to cover with a tablecloth and my husband is thankful I am done with this project, I am thankful to have reclaimed the garage, and we are all thankful that we didn’t have to purchase a new set of furniture for this room.

Amy’s Notebook 10.07.15

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

customizing closet doors via A Beautiful Mess

Source: A Beautiful Mess

 

Customize your closet doors with trim-so pretty!

Web-weaving envy.

The case for small talk.

5 places to find capsule wardrobe inspiration.

How to pull off a bright lip.

This cotton candy halloween costume is wildly inventive.

How cute are these bat lights?

A Craigslist pro shares his buying and selling secrets.

Great review on Old Navy wardrobe staples.

8 books recommended by readers with great taste.

Barbacoa Beef via The Kitchn

Source: The Kitchn

 

A recipe to feed a crowd- Slow-Cooker Barbacoa Beef.

Why you should stop apologizing- noted.

I’m tassel obsessed.

How to wear ankle boots with skinny jeans & skirts.

A little cat logic for a good old-fashioned LOL.

A conversation with Nancy Meyers.

Have you seen this six-year-old girl give her mom a wake up call on caring for one another after divorce? Amazing!

Growing older with Madonna.

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Amy’s Notebook 09.23.15

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Homemade Soda via Oh Joys

Source: Oh Joy

 

Homemade sodas? Yum!

7 daily habits for a clutter-free home.

A great avocado tip!

How to make your lipstick long wearing.

Middle kids make great leaders.

Autumn activities- many of these are on my list!

Prettied up recipe box.

Podcasts to pass the time.

Smart words on savoring these moments.

Books into Movies via PopSugar

Source: PopSugar

 

Fall reading list: 50 books being adapted into movies.

10 gluten-free meals to pack in your lunchbox- bring on the ideas!

A thought-provoking piece on marriage.

Nothing nourishes intimacy and love like an investment of hours.

Maker Faire is coming to a Barnes & Noble near you!

How schools are handling an over-parenting crisis.

The #missadventures ad series is too fabulous for words (watch them all!)

Tips for encouraging a young reader.

Maybe you don’t need that phone upgrade after all.

Television bucket list.

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Amy’s Notebook 09.16.15

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

BLT via Joy the Baker

Source: Joy The Baker

 

BLT craving starts now.

31 crockpot freezer meals for busy weeknights.

7 eye-opening lessons learned from buying nothing new for 200 days.

Traditional Seafood Paella recipe- someone please make me this!

9 fall fashion trends – will you wear them?

The rules of Instagram- made me giggle!

How to reheat chicken and keep the skin crispy.

Decorative objects for styling for under $50.

I can’t stop laughing at these texts!

Ways to wear a cargo jacket.

Service Projects for Kids via Coffee Cups and Crayons

Source: Coffee Cups & Crayons

 

11 service projects kids can do – perfect for families to do together!

5 vegetarian grain bowls for a week of winning fall dinners.

Okay. I’m getting a Costco membership now.

Upgrade your PB&J.

I love a colorful wardrobe!

Now this is a family business I can get behind.

Yes please! Moscow Mule Jello Shots.

I love time travel.

A good reminder when upgrading your phone.

A super dark Friends theory- what do you think about that?

Great advice for talking to your daughter about puberty!

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Amy’s Notebook 09.09.15

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Breakfast Tart via Spoon Fork Bacon

Source: Spoon Fork Bacon

 

What a beautiful breakfast tart!

Life. Made.

Buttery smooth foundation tips.

The summer of yes- I am so inspired!

Oh, this takes salads to a whole new level.

Influence. You already have it.

Style resources for transitioning from summer to fall.

Thinking outside the square- finally!

Finger Knitting Wall Art via Camille Styles

Source: Camille Styles

 

This knitting without needles project is incredible!

Cheesy chicken enchilada dip anyone?

Why Facebook makes your images look like crap, and how to fix it.

Slow cooker chicken stock- hello, homemade pho!

Will you read it?

Portobello tacos with creamy vegan jalapeño sauce – yes, please!

Lice tips- may we never need these. Amen.

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Amy’s Notebook 08.26.15

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Lunch Box Labels via Lia Griffith

Source: Lia Griffith

 

Adorable lunch labels.

A complete checklist for KonMari method.

So much home inspiration here!

10 little upgrades for your whipped cream.

How to talk to little girls.

I can’t wait to see this book turned into a film!

15 inspiring career books.

How beautiful is this? It sure made my bookworm heart happy!

8 misguided ideas to give up to be happier at home.

DIY Yard Yahtzee via Whipper Berry

Source: Whipperberry

 

Yard Yahtzee? I love it!

How to craft a wildly successful newsletter.

A showstopping backsplash.

World’s most adorable playhouse!!

Imagine how many we could feed.

Unicorn Pinata- yes!

There is always room for you.

Career advice from the $9 billion woman.

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Amy’s Notebook 08.19.15

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

DIY Macrame Chair via Mollie Makes

Source: Mollie Makes

 

DIY macrame garden chair- I’m dying to try this.

What will happen if I don’t take my phone out right now – can’t stop laughing!

Lemon tart perfection.

8 decluttering lessons learned from the Marie Kondo book.

How to properly lace your dress shoes- noted!

Adorable hairstyle tutorial that I’d want to wear anywhere.

This moved me deeply.

Grilled hot dogs with avocado relish via Dine & Dish

Source: Dine & Dish

 

How good do these hot dogs look?

Reading this and loving the transformative power of just one.

Yarn-wrapped sconce cords- an adorable detail and stash-buster.

Does your neighborhood have a tool-lending library? What a great idea!

All the feels.

Make an easy hook rack to go with your decor.

Can’t stop laughing at this, too.

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Amy’s Notebook 08.12.15

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Avocado-Lemon Zest Pasta via Design Sponge

Source: Design Sponge

 

Avocado Lemon Zest Spaghetti- my two faves in one dish!

The day technology left the building.

25 key lessons when you’re ready for a simpler life.

My jaw dropped- this diy faux marble tabletop is incredible!

100 swoon-worthy romances.

How to email someone you’ve never met (so they’ll actually reply).

Entertaining and educational YouTube channels for kids.

How to manage Instagram in 20 minutes a day.

What’s your spending personality?

Design Mistakes via Style by Emily Henderson

Source: Style By Emily Henderson

 

I need to take a peek at our curtains.

Adding a spiralizer to my wish list. Do you have one?

10 memoirs for armchair travel.

Fight for rest.

I struggle with sleepovers.

So powerful (and brave).

How to write a condolence note.

Nobody ever admits to loving money. Everybody just wants more of it.

#doitfortheprocess

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Amy’s Notebook 08.05.15

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

DIY Yarn Ice Cream Garland via The Happy Family

Source: The Happy Flammily

 

DIY yarn ice cream cone garland- perfect for summer.

14 smart apps to improve your work/life balance.

5 minute coasters- my kind of craft!

A list of positive podcasts- DARLING.

Summer edition of 10 pieces, 15 outfits- capsule packing inspiration.

How to make a puppet theatre from a shoebox – in 5 minutes!

Pantry envy.

DIY retro summer brunch – too cute!

Road Trip Snack Boxes via I Should Be Mopping The Floor

Source: I Should Be Mopping The Floor

 

An easy and yummy solution to keep kids fueled on road trips!

I want to try my hand at flower arranging.

I need to get back to podcast listening- what are you enjoying right now?

Dotted garland- so cute!

What an incredible entry upgrade.

Excited to read this one!

The example we set.

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