IKEA Items and Chalk Couture #2

In my last post – check that out here, I showed you the first item I used Chalk Couture on from the 10 items I sourced at IKEA.

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from other box stores.

I purchased these really cute fake succulent plants and decided to cheer them up a bit with some simple words – gather, welcome, hello. I was on a roll and decided to add the hello transfer to the real succulent I bought as well.

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IKEA Items and Chalk Couture

I hope you caught my post on Sunday regarding Coffee Share (if not click the link).

I made a trip to IKEA to look for items I could use my Chalk Couture products on. I purchased 10 items in total for just under $50.00 – $48.22 to be exact.

I love the surfaces that Chalk Couture sells and you can see all the products if you check out my chalk couture website https://www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from other box stores.

Here are the products I bought. A real succulent plant, a package of three fake succulents, a laundry basket, 2 blank pillow cases, a soap dispenser and a wooden crate – yet to be assembled, and a small mat for boots or shoes.

 

The first item I revamped from IKEA was the matte black soap dispenser.

It was really easy to transform this into a customized shampoo dispenser for my bathroom.

I used one of the smaller Chalk Couture transfers. They have a sticky side and a side that you put the chalk paste or ink. I used chalk paste in white for this project. I had my tools ready which included my fuzzing cloth, white chalk paste, stir stick and small squeegie to apply the paste.

Once I removed the transfer and the paste was dry I sealed the paste with a spray matte laquer, just to make sure it didn’t wash off it it gets wet in the shower.

I really like how it turned out.  It matches the other nautical decor in my bathroom.

I love the surfaces that Chalk Couture sells and you can see all the products if you check out my chalk couture website https://www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

I also wanted to show how versatile and easy it is to make customized items for your home, using products from other box stores.

Stayed tuned. I will be posting on all of the items I bought and how they turned out and how I plan to use them.

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Rustic Farmhouse Sign – Chalk Couture

I’ve been on vacation for the last two weeks with no access to my craft supply – cue the HORROR!!! LOL

I also received an order from Chalk Couture just before I left and had no time to play and make things, so as soon as I got back I felt the urge.

I made this awesome rustic farmhouse sign today using a Chalk Couture transfer. If you are wondering what Chalk Couture is – you can read this post here or visit www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

I had a piece of stained pine leftover from a previous project that just happened to be the perfect size for my farmhouse transfer.

The transfer was brand new right out of the package, so I had to defuzz it (you can learn more about this by checking out this youtube video about the July Club Couture Transfer https://youtu.be/VBlVBNiQT3c)

Here is the piece of pine stained and ready for the transfer.

Here it is with the transfer waiting for some bright white Chalkology paste.

This is another picture of the finished project but in different lighting.

All it needed was a picture hanger on the back, and here it is on the wall.

Rustic farmhouse sign using Chalk Couture paste and transfer – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

For all your Chalk Couture needs visit www.chalkcouture.com/awandafulthing

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Revamped Thrift Store Frame

I almost can’t even call this one an upcycle because I am still using it as it was meant to be used. I only added a little twist.

Here is a picture frame I picked up at a thrift store a while back. I paid a whopping 50 cents for it.  I liked the fact it wasn’t smooth and that it looked like wood tiles (the frame is not wood).

I bought the Martha Stewart Nautical layering stencils # 17635 from Michael’s and got the idea to stencil the glass part of the frame.

I used part of the tall ship stencil (it wouldn’t all fit on the glass).

The light blue paint color is called Pale Blue by Craft Smart, I bought it from Michael’s and the dark blue – Navy is from my stash by Dixie Belle – I used it on the upcycled thrift store tray – check that out here.

I didn’t bother to seal the imagine in case I decide to change or reuse the frame for something else.  It’s not perfect but I like it.

Did you notice the difference in the frame from the first picture? I found the dark brown too stark against the ship so I decided to whitewash the frame. I literally took a really small dab of white acrylic craft paint on a damp stencil brush and scrubbed it into the little blocks. On a few spots it was too much so I wet distressed it before the paint even dried. I used a wet paper towel and literally wiped the areas I thought had too much paint.

After it’s photo shoot I put it on my bookcase where it is eagerly awaiting me to finish upcycling a floating shelf. I have a few more thrifted nautical things I will add along with this frame – stay tuned.

Enhancing what you already have on hand – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

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DIY Easter Bunny Silhouette Wall Art

I tend to get a lot of inspiration from the internet and of course Pinterest but then I like to put my own spin on things. One such item was this adorable bunny silhouette sign, just in time for Spring and Easter.

It would make a wonderful gift and a great display and addition to your spring and Easter decor. This sign is made from pine board that measures 9 x 12 x .75 , painted white then painted purple after the bunny silhouette stencil was applied.

A burlap bow and pom-pom complete the look.  This bunny silhouette wall art is now ready to display – to hang on the wall I added a sawtooth picture hanger to the back.

You can buy a kit to make your own for $10.00 plus shipping. Contact me @ awandafulthing@gmail.com to place your order.

Included in kit:

1 – 9x 12x .75 pine blank board

1 – Bunny Stencil

1 – Pom Pom (colors vary)

1 – Strip of ½ “ burlap for bow

1 – sawtooth picture hanger

Full written instructions

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Simple Things #2

I have to give credit where credit is due for the idea of posting about “simple” things.  Amelia from YouCanAlwaysStartNow and I collaborate regularly on ideas for posts like travel, life, monthly challenges, as well as many other things.

Today’s simple things ideas is all about household sponges and some of their many uses.

All you need for endless loads of super-soft laundry is a sponge (or a few), water, fabric softener and a sealed container. These never-ending DIY laundry sheets are built to last, they’re easy on your wallet, and it’s an easy way to be environmentally friendly.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of liquid fabric softener
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 sponges
  • Resealable container
Instructions
  1. Mix the fabric softener and water in the resealable container.
  2. Cut the sponges in half and place them in the container. Let them soak up the liquid completely.
  3. The next time you do a load of laundry, take one sponge out. Squeeze the sponge over the container to remove any excess fabric softener. Place the sponge in the dryer with your laundry just like you would a normal dryer sheet.
  4. Once your laundry is done, place the sponge back into the container for another time. You can reuse them endlessly. Just be sure to replace the water and fabric softener every 2 to 3 months.

Use sponges as ice packs. All you need to do is take a standard kitchen sponge, soak it in water, put it inside a Ziploc bag, and freeze it. When you’re done, you have an ice pack. The handy thing is that when the ice starts to melt, the sponge soaks up the water so it doesn’t leak everywhere.

Add sponges to the bottom of plant pots. It will prevent water from dripping out the bottom of the planter and destroying surfaces. It has happened to me too many times until I discovered this great idea.

My personal favorite use for household sponges is to put them in the bottom of the crisper of my refrigerator. This will keep your vegetables fresher for longer by preventing moisture from accumulating in the bottom of the refrigerator crisper. Line the bottom of the drawer with dry sponges and replace any time they seem wet. Removing this excess moisture will help keep veggies at their peak. This also helps keep your crisper clean.

Simple things like household sponges can have many uses and are indeed                         .    A Wandaful Thing!

What do you use household sponges for?

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Upcycled Thrift Store Napkin Holder

I found this cute wooden heart-shaped napkin holder at my local thrift store last week. A dated wooden piece like this is usually finished in dark stained pine with no sealer. I should have brushed on a coat of Zinsser primer but I didn’t.

I decided to use Rustoleum Chalk Paint in linen white and thankfully one good coat was enough to cover it completely.

Next I decided to use my Cricut to cut out a design in permanent glossy red vinyl for each side.  Both of the files are from  Makers Gonna Learn  and if you haven’t heard of them, I strongly advise you go check out their website and YouTube Videos. I’ve learned so much from this group of wonderful people. I just recently took out a membership and this is my first project using their files (LOVE THEM).

 

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