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DIY Friday~Distressed Pumpkins Made From Mason Jar Lids

Many people have asked me: Where do you get your inspiration from? I have three answers..

1. Pinterest

2. Craft Stores

 3. Magazines

But let’s face it…Pinterest being the absolute #1!

Even as a DIY blogger I “pin” items to boards and dream about all the creativity that is within this wonderful world of Pinterest. (I mean come on, people plan their weddings from it…so it has to be great!) I’ve come to the realization that I actually do have a “creative side” in me, but the reality is sometimes even creative people need some inspiration. I love trying fun (and easy) DIY projects that I come across. While the world of bloggers is very wide and vastly growing I always want to give credit to ones that have inspired me. I have linked below some blogs I came across that inspired me to create this beautiful mason jar lid pumpkin! The great thing about blogging is we all put our own twist to things, which I came up with a few added details myself to make the process a little easier.

Shout Out to These Blogs! 

thecountrycook.com

craftsbyamanda.com (great name too! 😉 )

Now, onto all things pumpkin! 🙂

Distressed Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin


First off, let’s talk about how easy it is to make anything related to pumpkins! The good news about these beauties is that not one of them looks the same! Every pumpkin has it’s own unique shape, lines, and distinct characteristics (hence why you probably see so many things made into pumpkins!) Mason jar lids are perfect because they have that round shape, along with allowing that “distressed”  feature to stand out. You all know how much I love the shabby chic/distressed look, so this was a perfect opportunity to go ahead and attempt just that! Plus, I found a new love of spray paint color! (Antique Gold is my new fav!)

{Supplies} 

  • 15-20 mason jar lids (the outer ring part)
  • 1 center part of the mason jar lid
  • hot glue gun
  • lace, ribbon, or string (your preference)
  • Antique Rose Gold spray paint
  • sand paper
  • two wine corks
  • optional (decorative leaves)

{Steps}

1. Start off by spray painting all the mason jar lids with the Antique Gold finish!

2. Wait about 15 minutes to let it dry and use sand paper to lightly sand off the edges to reveal the “two tone” look.

3. Grab your lace, string, or yarn and thred all the lids through

*****NOTE: Make sure all mason jar lids are aligned the same way.*****

4. Pull tight and tie a double knot.

5. Take 1 wine cork  and place it into the middle so that the lids are sitting upright.

6. Use the center part and hot glue it to the bottom so that it acts as a base.

7. Once the base is dried, flip it over and hot glue the 2nd wine cork in the middle, which will act as the “stem”.

8. Either cut the excess string/lace off OR use it as a decoration on top.

9. OPTIONAL: Add decorative leaves on top to give it a pop of color!

Here’s another video I did with a tutorial of all the steps! 

How cute are these?! You can use them all over your home AND they can easily transition into your Thankgiving decor, maybe even as a table centerpiece! I hope you all enjoyed this fun project and it inspires you to get your creative juices flowing!

Cheers to the weekend!

Wishing you well, 

~Amanda

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DIY Friday~SofaTable Makeover {Garage Sale Find)

I am so excited to share with you this beautiful sofa table makeover, which I have been working on for probably about 2 weeks now. This was way over the amount of time that it should have taken, but you know…m o t h e r h o o d…always comes first!

This gem is coming all the way from Cocoa Beach and it landed right into our apartment, which I’m currently using as an entertainment center. Here’s the story…we were heading to the beach with our friends.  As we got into town, I turned the corner and spotted this beauty at a garage sale. I wasn’t going to purchase it, but my friend and her boyfriend insisted, which they actually ended up buying it for me (can’t thank them enough!) 🙂

So many qualities about this piece captured my attention…the character of this wood has many unique features, which I knew I wanted to expose and have it become the main attraction. There were a few scratches, but overall in decent shape (perfect to attempt the distressed shabby chic look). My favorite part about this piece is the ‘knots” within the wood. I also fell in love with the shape of the beautiful legs along with the detailed lines this piece showcases. I’m simply just making it pretty again.

I challenged myself to only use the supplies I had on hand.  I always have a can of white paint stored, and I knew the contrast would look very chic when matched with the lighter wood. I explored with some different techniques found some of my own along the way (that’s the best way of learning right?!) 😉 I figured why not be bold and forget about the rules! 😉

This result ended up being something I would definitely purchase in a store. It opens up our living room and adds just enough detail that’s not overbearing. It makes a beautiful statement in our home.  I’m just so happy with this piece and I can’t stop staring at it!

Supplies


  • white paint for the legs (it took me about 6 coats to get a full coverage…at some point i need to invest in a paint sprayer)
  • accent color
  • sidewalk chalk
  • pine stain
  • dark walnut stain
  • polyurethane
  • coconut oil
  • vinegar
  • canola oil
  • vaseline
  • paint brushes
  • old towels

The first thing I did was clean the table with soap and water. Then I restored the wood, which I wanted to try a more natural way to clean up the scratches. I found that mixing vinegar and canola oil along with rubbing coconut oil on top after did the trick. I followed instructions from lifehacker.com and it seemed to smooth out most of the light scratches.

I had a pine stain that matched perfectly to the original stained color of the wood. I re-stained the table and then when back over the knots and details in the wood with a darker stain as an accent. I wasn’t going to paint the middle top portion of the table, but after looking over it for days I finally decided it needed a pop of color, which really attracts your attention to the lines of the wood now.

I didn’t want to just paint it a solid color, so I decided to go ahead and apply a distressed look to the top. I applied vaseline to the areas that I wanted it to look weathered and then applied a light greyish paint. Now, I would have totally used a chalky paint because that works best when creating a distressed look, but remember I wanted to “challenge” myself without buying anymore supplies so that left me with problem solving and coming up with a different idea as I didn’t have any chalky paint on hand. As I was painting I saw Little Johnny’s sidewalk chalk in the corner of my eye and I decided why not give that a try….

Yes, I used sidewalk chalk to attempt a “chalky paint” look. And it worked!

After I let the paint dry I then used the sidewalk chalk to rub against the wood, making sure to display the weathered areas. After that I used a dry brush to remove the chalk dust. I went back over it with white paint using a “dry brush” technique (where the paint brush is relatively dry, but still holds a little paint.)

I almost wasn’t going to apply a top layer of white, but I’m glad I did (thanks to my husband for the suggestion!) By the way, quick side note… Big John literally said he wants to do a flea market challenge with me and see whose is liked best by my followers like best! So, it may be happening soon, stay tuned! 🙂 I’m always up for a fun challenge!

I finally sealed the top with polyurethane and it looks amazing! This step is a must because without it, the paint will start to wear off after a while.

The legs of the table were very easy, it just took many coats in order for it to display a crisp and clean white color. For the knobs I sanded them down a bit and applied a darker stain, which created a two tone look that I really like!

I realize the wires look tacky, still working on a better way to display it, but for now this is it! 🙂 If you have any suggestions for hiding wires, please share! This was such a fun project and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you!

Wishing you well,

~Amanda

 

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DIY Friday- How to Create a Distressed Look on Wood Using Vaseline

Lately I have been all about the “distressed” look over here. It brings so much character to the furniture, especially when it’s paired with a solid modern piece or accent. I have been playing around with all the different techniques to create this “distressed” look and I have found my favorite way! Vaseline is the magic trick! It’s so easy and it creates the look every time.

Here’s the deal with vaseline, anywhere there is vaseline and you paint over it, the paint won’t stick. It acts as a temporary protective layer, but can easily be rubbed off.

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Quick story about this side table I refinished. I have two side tables that were actually built by my great grandpa Harry. The woodwork is beautiful, but they just needed to be repainted and stained after years of wear and tear. I love that they are displayed within my home.

{Supplies}

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  • stain (I used a dark walnut color)
  • chalky paint (I used the color lace)
  • old rag
  • vaseline
  • spray bottle with water
  • paint brush
  • polyurethane (you can use a spray paint or in a can)

{Steps}

1. First I washed the side tables with soap and water and made sure to let it fully dry. img_5603

2. I used 2 coats of stain and waited for it to dry before moving onto distressing the top.

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3. Then I took the vaseline and used my finger to mark the areas that I want the distressed look to appear (the paint to wear off). There isn’t a right or wrong way in the placement of vaseline, just wherever you would like the distressed look to be. I made sure to place it along the edges and used a streaking stroke on top. Then I used the chalky paint on top.

4. When the paint was still a bit tacky I used an old rag to rub off the vaseline.  Anywhere vaseline is placed is where the paint will rub off. I then used the spray bottle and lightly sprayed on top to get rid of any leftover paint residue.

5. Once the top was fully dried I used the gloss polyurethane spray paint to put a protective layer on top. I used two coats. It takes at least 24 hours to set in and not be tacky.

That’s it! I’ve used this distressing technique on quite a few pieces and it’s never disappointed me. Make sure to visit my “Treasures” page located on my main menu to view another furniture piece I did this same technique to.

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Happy DIYing!

Wishing you well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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