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Painting a bench with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan

I’m very excited to share my bench transformation with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan with Annie Sloan Unfolded. In my opinion, it went from drab to fab!      {Disclosure: I was sent Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, wax, and a brush to review. All opinions are 100% my own.}Annie Sloan Chalk Painted Bench

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Master Bedroom Makeover

My Master Bedroom Makeover has been dragging along, and I’m so happy that the day has arrived to share and I can consider it DONE! My husband built  our homemade bed almost 2 years ago, drapes hung a year ago, walls/ceiling painted 8 months ago, it was simply the finishing touches that I just couldn’t seem to hammer down. I dedicated the month of April to finish, and I did!If you didn’t realize, my goal is to tackle a room a month around here. In January it was my boys room reveal, in February/March it was my girls Fancy room (it needed two months), and now the Master in April.  I heard once that a Master bedroom should be a retreat with no pictures of your kids. I took that to heart and included images from trips my hubby and I took together (Alaska, Vermont, France), and only placed pictures of the two of us throughout the years around the room.

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dresser painted yellow

Who doesn’t love some BEFORE & AFTER’s?  I used some of the same elements from before, just re-purposed them! Notice the giraffe’s in the corner…… Continue Reading

Furniture Transformation using a Projector

I’ve got a little guest post to share today, enjoy a little furniture transformation!

Hey Capturing Joy readers!! I’m so overjoyed to be guest-posting here today! Kristen is one of my faves!

My name is Beth from Sawdust and Embryos, where the hubs and I talk about all things DIY (with an emphasis on furniture transformations)! We’ve also been known to mention our struggle with infertility and the joys of raising twin toddlers! It’s pretty much always a party… and we hope you’ll stop in and snoop around!

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Today, we wanted to share with you one of our all-time favorite projects.

We started out with a seriously clunky dresser that our friend wanted us to beautify so she could use it as a changing table in the nursery. Here’s the dresser and the bedding she wanted us to coordinate with:

Before Dresser and fabric inspiration

Those hefty/chunky dressers are a dime-a-dozen, and we had our work cut out for us to make this thing shine!

We started by filling those outdated carved-out designs with wood-putty, and sanding till it was perfectly smooth and flush.

Using Wood Putty {Sawdust & Embryos}

Using Wood Putty {Sawdust and Embryos}

Next, we primed with Kilz, and painted using Krylon Peek-a-boo. At this point, it was a VAST improvement… but still nothing special. And that just won’t do!

Krylon Peek-a-boo Blue {Sawdust and Embryos}

I took the Joel Dewberry fabric from the bedding above, and scanned and cropped around one of the flowers.

Joel Dewberry Fabric {Painting Tutorial by Sawdust and Embryos}

Using this image, I traced the flower onto a transparency. (You can get these at any office supply store)

Trace the design on a transparency, and project image onto furniture {Sawdust and Embryos}

Next, I used my projector to blast the image onto the dresser asymmetrically, and traced it on with a pencil.

NOTE: Almost all public libraries have these projectors that they loan out for FREE! No excuses!

Using a Projector to paint beautiful Designs on Furniture {Sawdust and Embryos}

Using a Projector to paint beautiful designs on Furniture {Sawdust & Embryos}

I picked up some little acrylic craft paints that coordinated with the fabric.

Painting Furniture {Sawdust and Embryos}

Finally… I started painting! I’m not going to lie, this took a full afternoon… and at least 3 coats. Don’t attempt a project this intricate if you’re feeling anxious or hostile. It’s not a good therapeutic project, if you know what I mean. It’s not hard, just time consuming.
Using a Projector to paint designs on furniture { Sawdust and Embryos}
We just love how it turned out… totally worth the hours spent! And it’s so unique, yet perfectly coordinates with the nursery bedding fabric. BOOyah!
Using a projector to paint AMAZING designs on furniture {Sawdust and Embryos}
We used the original hardware, and just primed and painted it white.

Using a projector to paint AMAZING designs on furniture... {Sawdust and Embryos}

Not a bad before/after shot, eh?

Another AWESOME before and after furniture project from SAWDUST AND EMBRYOS!

We hope that you’re inspired enough to give this technique a try for yourself!

Thanks so much for having us, and feel free to stop over to our blog Sawdust and Embryos and say hello!blank-001


Wow, what a transformation, indeed! I love anything painted colorful and bright! Thanks, Beth, for guest posting today.

When you head to Beth’s blog, check out her awesome projects on her sidebar. You can also find Beth on facebook and pinterest.

Custom Office desk~under $50

My husband pretty much rocks. He built me a custom desk for my office exactly how I wanted it, for under $50. I’m a desktop kinda girl. I like having a place to go when I need to get things done, and it helps me set a time limit as well. I had been working out of a cave for quite some time. A black cave that was a desk armorie that could close, but who am I kidding, the doors never closed, and I had ZERO desk space, so all my papers were spread all over the floor. I wanted an “L” shaped corner type desk, but I wanted it in the middle of the room, not against the wall.  Most desks like that had an ugly backing because it was meant to be against the wall, so it just woudn’t do. I wanted to be able to just avert my eyeballs if I was on the computer when my kids walked into the room…instead of them seeing my back.  I also wanted a funky shape, I told my hubby, an “inkblot” to which he said, “o….k….” And I knew I wanted a bright YELLOW! Here is the final product, then a step by step.

We used 4 boards to start with. They measured 5ft x2ft and about 3/4 inch thick. Then we trimmed down to about the size we wanted for the surface of the desk. My hubby then re-inforced the bottom of the desk in varying ways.We wanted to shape the legs exactly as we wanted them, but don’t have the tool to do so (lathe) and Home building stores don’t even rent them. I was happy to find these legs at Home Depot. They were $10 each, which was more than I wanted to pay. I even went to Habitat for Humanity Restore to look for banister legs, but they were too thin. I went back to HD, and was delighted upon checking out that I was about to save 50% of my purchase for opening up an account, so I did it. I then cancelled shortly thereafter. So I got each leg for $5 each. (It would make the desk just over $50 if you didn’t get that smokin’ deal that I got).Hubby even installed a drawer to put stuff in. I didn’t need much space in the desk because I have a wall of cabinets right next to me, I wanted to keep it simple. My littlest one took a few of me on my phone applying some glaze after it was painted.
The yellow in the picture looks more mustard, but it’s a bright cheery yellow. It looks fantastic in my new office–a reveal that will have to wait until I finish a few little details. I am lovin’ it though. You can see a very slight peek scanning the phone pictures above.

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