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Swedish Paint Finish, part 3

Here is the last installment of video on how to achieve a Swedish Paint Finish. Here we will be adding the last ingredient, wax. I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint dark wax, you can probably use any dark wax you have.


There is an extra special treat in this video, my daughter, Emma Jayne. She wanted to be my assistant, heheheh

Swedish Paint Finish Part 2



So far I’ve given my coffee table a coat of milky white paint. Now that it’s dry I’m ready for stain. I used Minwax Grey stain. Here is the video on how to achieve a Swedish Paint Finish part 2, stain.


Swedish Paint Finish


Here is the coffee table I refinished using my own version of a Swedish Paint Finish Technique. I’ve been scouring the blogosphere looking for a Swedish Paint Finish How-to with not much luck. So I racked the brain of my friend who does custom wood work for a living and he gave me his advice on how to achieve such a look.

So here is my first video tutorial. Today I will give you part 1 and Friday Part 2.

Please leave a comment below if the tutorial was helpful.

What paint finish would you like to see a tutorial on?

Cheers! xo


Bookcase Reveal

Hey party people, I’ve finished my Kentwood bookcase. I first saw this beauty on the crafty blog  Shanty-2-chic. They got their plans from Ana-White. If you haven’t checked Ana’s site out you should. There are lots of super easy plans on how to build furniture and cool stuff.


It’s resting in my bedroom right now and I’m happy to say it’s looking good!


My bedroom and I have a love/hate relationship mainly with the hate component. It’s just one of those rooms that hasn’t “come together” for me yet. But it’s definitely getting there.


I used the stain Special Walnut by Minwax and finished it off with Annie Sloan Dark Wax.


I added a few hearts here for you! I love using Picmonkey to edit my photos. It’s free, you should try it!

So what do you think of my first MAJOR build?

Be Blessed. xoxo

Vintage Home OC

February 5, 2013

Mini Lampshade Tutorial



sewing machine

glue gun

new material

old lampshade

I have a few little lamps around the house and the shades are old and granny-like. I have been looking at them for years thinking about recovering them. For some reason i kept looking at the seams in the shade and thinking that it looked awfully hard. Well it’s really not. It’s very easy and I finally got around to it last night. I got some great fabric from my trip last week to the fabric store, Michael Levine, in Los Angeles. At only $11 a yard I got 2 yards of this awesome bird, vintage print and I’m planning on making some pillows or a footstool with the rest.

lamp2Take off the old shade, see what I mean when I say it was ugly. You want to take it off in one piece to get your pattern for the new material. Usually you can peel it off from the top and bottom.

lamp3Once you have the frame of the lamp you can set it aside. Now get out your sewing machine. Really not much sewing here. Only two seams. Place your old shade fabric on top of new pretty fabric and cut around the old piece. Easy peasy. Cut two pieces exact same size and face outer sides together and sew along the right and left side. Following how your old shade is sewn. My old piece was sewn from top to bottom at sort of at an angle. Remeber to secure your beginning and end of the seam by reversing. You’ll want to do this for later when the fabric is pulled and stretched over the frame. Here the closer the better. You want the new shade to fit over the “bones” of the lamp snugly so it looks nicer. So once you sew it turn it inside out and test over frame to see if it’s snug, if not sew a little closer to the edge.

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photo copy 7You can’t tell from this picture except for looking at the top fabric how taut it is. Pull it down onto the frame like your pulling on a favorite pair of tight jeans ;). Your seams should be stable enough to handle this.

Now for the fun part. Plug in your glue gun. Don’t burn your fingers!

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Starting at the top, put a bead of glue about 1 inch long along the top of the inner edge of frame and roll fabric over the top of the frame with your fingers almost like your pinching the fabric together from the inside and the outside and wiping your fingers on the fabric at the same time. Make sure your fabric will pull down over the bottom frame while gluing and that you have enough at the bottom to cover the frame.

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When done with the top flip it over and do the same to the bottom. Pulling tautly. lamp11Snip off loose strings, etc. At this point you can do the same thing to the inside but then you have to put trim around the top and bottom to hide your glued edges. It depends if you want the inside lined or not. I did not line mine.

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photo copy 13photo copy 9What do you think? Can you see the matching lamp in the background? He’s yelling “me next, me next!” Yes, I am a little delirious. I think it was pretty easy and definitely not worth all the procrastination.

Be Blessed, xoxo

Low-Fat Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Muffins

We’re dieting. I’m not a big fan of that word. Just because it implies something it shouldn’t. We are watching what we eat. Actually for once I’m not included in that “we”. It’s just my husband and that’s strange because it’s usually me pulling him over to the “watch we eat” side. He’s also started exercising????? Don’t get me wrong I’m extremely happy about this. It’s just a major role reversal for us!

I’m just not feeling it. Probably because I just had a baby and it’s almost Easter which for me means that Cadbury eggs are everywhere! Being from England it’s the only Cadbury chocolate readily accesible so I’ll take it. One a day please!

So hubby is watching what he’s eating so I’ve decided to bake something scrummy for us to munch on and maybe I’ll get the “let’s watch what we are eating” bug.

I stole this recipe from the craving chronicles and as I was baking it hubs added up the calorie content. I did modify it a bit.

I used nonfat milk and vinegar to make my buttermilk. I didn’t know you could do that but apparently you can. Use 5cc of white vinegar to 1 cup of milk and let it stand for 5 minutes.   I used nonfat milk

Vegetable oil instead of canola oil (it’s just what I had in the cupboard)

Half white flour and half wheat flour. I also used organic rolled oats instead of the steel cut oats.

Low-Fat Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Muffins
Originally Adapted from Joy the Baker
Makes 12 muffins

Any oats will work, but use old fashioned or steel cut oats for a heartier texture. Made with whole grains and very little fat, these muffins are a guilt free breakfast treat! Go ahead, eat a second one – they’re good for you 🙂

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup low-fat or non-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp canola oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray. If you plan on eating them straight out of the oven, give the liners a spritz of cooking spray so the muffins won’t stick.

In a large bowl whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Combine applesauce, buttermilk, sugar, oil and egg in a medium bowl. Make a well in dry ingredients and add applesauce mixture, stirring until just moist. (Don’t over mix them! The batter will be thicker than your average muffin batter.) Carefully fold in blueberries.

Spoon the batter into muffin cups. Bake at 375°F for 16-18 minutes.

I also used fresh blueberries and I used the whole little plastic container thingy. I think it was the 6 oz size.


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Here’s the cutest taste tester of all, she ate all of it. They were pretty good. I think I could eat a few at one sitting. Which sort of defeats the purpose but it’s better than a few Cadbury Eggs in one sitting, which I’ve been known to do.

Calorie Breakdown, 159 per muffin

Not bad but it’s still not as good as a Cadbury Egg at only 150 calories per egg.


Vintage Home OC

February 3, 2013

So I need a new hobby like a hole in the head. But, unfortunately or fortunately I’ve found a new one. Sigh…

I’m loving making my own furniture. Here are a few places I’ve found inspiration. and

Here are a few pics of pieces I would like to attempt some day.

onekingslane$49This is from One King’s Lane

chalkboardblueChalkboard blue


Pottery Barn Teen



Chimney Cabinet by High Falls Mercantile



Inside of chimney cabinet with fixed shelves.



Shanty 2 Chic, build in progress, actually almost complete!



This came off of Pinterest. Unfortunately I don’t have the source. Building a ottoman should be easy..

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These are simple kid benches again from Ana White. I will not be attempting the doll house, at least I don’t think I will!



This dining table centerpiece is also in process from Shanty 2 Chic.



I don’t remember where this is from but it’s in my inspiration file.



This sweet little table is via the Lucketts website. It’s so cute.



Another little side table. From the blog Design Dining + Diapers.


Where should I start?




Shabby Chic DIY Pallet Wood Tray

IMG_5241It’s done. I’m in love. I’m sure those oranges won’t stay there for long though. Not when you have 3 kids in the house. Oh well a girl can dream. Here is my shabby chic DIY pallet wood tray.

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Its a lot of shabby chic DIY pallet wood.IMG_5254 IMG_5253 Putting on the felt pads, as per request from Hubs.IMG_5252 IMG_5251 I wonder how long they’ll stay on there?IMG_5250 IMG_5249 IMG_5248 IMG_5247 The oranges in the pic match the bouncer, total co-inkydink! IMG_5245 I love the grain. The stain I used was Minwax, special walnut. And it’s oh so special.IMG_5244 White paint from a previous painting project adds just a little bit of, well, me.IMG_5243Since I have painting accidents all over our yard, hubby loves it. IMG_5242 IMG_5241 IMG_5240 IMG_5239 IMG_5238 IMG_5237 IMG_5236 IMG_5235 IMG_5234BTW these photos are unedited. I’ve decided to simplify my life and not use photoshop for a while. It’s totally frustrating! It takes forever. I’m over it. Can you sense that I don’t really know how to do it?

So, do you like?

How To Build a Chevron Table/Tray out of Pallet Wood

IMG_5217Alright so basically what I did was figure out the final measurement of my piece which was 24″ square. Then I divided it into 4 for the 4 sets of wood that went in strips.

198791771023542624See the 4 strips above?

So each strip is 6″ and I marked that out on my work table with tape.


Cutting the first piece was the hardest. I put my chop saw at a 45 degree angle and did some test pieces to figure it all out. All I can say is that you should have some extra pallet wood for this. It just takes some doing. I am not good at math and I’m sure there is a scientific way to go about figuring how long your piece should be but that’s not what I did.

IMG_5216So here are my first pieces, they are set up this way because I was messing around with them. I had one piece go from the outer edge of the tape to the inner edge of the middle tape. Then I cut both matching pieces “together” on the chop saw. To get an even cut.

IMG_5218I love this “arrow” look. It reminds me of traffic signs in England. Anyway, your next few pieces are all going to be the same cut. I used my laser A Lot and brought down the blade on the saw to the wood before cutting to see where it was going to “hit” the wood.

IMG_5220So this is the next piece that is a different measurement because I’m going to fill in the last in this row. I did something totally technical here and eyeballed it and marked my lines with a pen! And guess what? It worked! I have no idea how my camera got switched to B&W here…


Cut Piece, do the same for the other side.

IMG_5224 Bottom triangle, same method, eyeballing it and marking it with a pen. This was a lot of fun because it was like a puzzle and actually once I got going it went faster than I thought. IMG_5226Finished side. I did make one mistake. my lines don’t connect down the middle. I guess that’s a pretty major mistake but I don’t really care. I’m not going for perfection and I will tackle that next time.

IMG_5228 They almost go together but not really. I’m totally OK with this. If you’re not then I’m sure if you get this far you can figure out how to make them match. IMG_5230Completed cuts. Then I used wood glue to glue down my pieces and let it dry for a few hours. I did not stain or paint my pieces beforehand. I think next time that is something I will try for a different look. Once the glue was good and dry I took my electric sander and sanded over the whole piece to make it smooth. I used 120 grit.

I will show you my finished piece tomorrow. I did put some sides on it to hide the plywood underneath. My brother showed me how to do an angled miter cut to form a “frame” around the whole piece. I will be using this as a coffee table tray for our ottoman. I will also add a piece of felt to the whole bottom and maybe some handles.

I’m really excited and proud of myself for doing this. It looked harder than it was. Don’t let the intricate cuts fool you. Go for it!