Thursday, November 15, 2012

My Latest DIY Projects!~

I was heading to Target last week after I dropped the kids off at school and I ran into an estate sale! SCORE! I bought these three pieces and I am excited to start working on them. The pink "cabinet" piece has a drawer and the bottom door opens from the latch - down forward (if that makes sense)!!! It was such an interesting piece! The guys having the sale, told me that they were all in their grandmothers home so I know they are old! I love finding interesting pieces that are unique and not like other pieces around! LOVE THAT! Stay tuned and I will post pictures after I am done with them!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Kids Turkey Trivet Craft for Thanksgiving Table

We had white tiles left over and I knew I could come up with some creative way to use them. Since it is "turkey time", I thought it would be cute to have the kids make trivets for their Thanksgiving table this year! I painted the kid's hands and fingers different colors (dark brown for body and neck and then different colors on the fingers for the feathers). We put the hand print on the tile and I added feet, eyes, beak and the "gobble, gobble" (I never know what that thing is called). I used craft paint for this project so it would stick on the tile. I used some puffy paint for the eyes, beak, gobble and feet. When they were all dry, I took Elmers glue and painted the entire tile. This added a "protective" coat so hopefully the tiles will hold up over the years. On the back, I hot glued a piece of felt.


Easy "Wacky Mac" Turkey Project

I made a pasta salad last night with Wacky Mac and thought the colors of the pasta were perfect fall colors! So today, I thought we could incorporate them into a project! Wacky Mac Turkeys! I found a template online and cut out the shapes from thin cardboard. We added glue all over our turkeys and then put the "pretty pasta"on our turkeys! Fun, easy and perfect for Thanksgiving - food and turkeys!!

You need:
Wacky Mac or any colorful pasta
Tacky Glue (This is the best glue for little ones. It makes things stick instantly for the kids)
Turkey Template
Thin Cardboard or Paper/Cardstock (whatever you have)


Monday, November 5, 2012

Great Tool to Teach Kids the States

My dad found these quarter collecting boards at a yard sale. He got them in a box of stuff. I was going through it and came up with a great idea! Each of the states has a circle punch out that you take out and replace with that state's quarter. On this particular board, the name of the state in written on the punch out. I immediately saw a game/learning activity for my kids! Pop out all the state's names and then have the kids learn where the states are and put them all back in the right place! What a great learning tool!!! We will be starting this one very soon!

DIY Dining Table and Benches on the Cheap!!

I have wanted a new table and benches in our dining area for awhile now. I have looked around and found that it was going to cost me way more then I wanted to spend and I wasn't getting everything I wanted and/or needed. So, why not revamp the table we have?? It is the perfect size for our space and it is a real sturdy table. The only thing was that I wanted to get rid of four of the chairs and get benches instead. All the chairs just seemed like too much in the room and I thought benches would be the perfect solution. So, my husband sanded the hell out of our table and got it down to the bare wood!!! I have a picture of my old table in a previous post.

This is our original chair (the table was the same color as these chairs). We had six of these around the table and it was just too much in our small dining room. So, my goal is to have the benches on either side of the table and then two different chairs on the end. I don't want the chairs to match.

Another picture of the chairs we had.
Benches are EXPENSIVE! And, I was having a hard time finding the size we needed. So, instead, my husband made them! We got two benches for around $30 total! Wooo Hooo! Here are some pictures:

He made the benches and I painted the bottom the same color at the table legs. I stained the top of them the same color as the top of the table.

I added the brown paint on top of the gray paint and then wiped it down with a cloth to give it an aged look.

Once I get the other chairs out of there, it will look so much better! I brought the armed chair from our bedroom out and it looks good at the end of the table. I might luck out and only have to find one chair! A brand new table outfit for the dining room on the cheap!~  My kind of redecorating!

I stained the top of the table a dark color and I painted the legs a light gray color and then went over it with some brown to make it look aged.