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No Stress Distressed

2 Feb

Have you heard about the vaseline method for distressing wood? I know it already sounds messy and unnecessary, but I promise it’s worth it. I had been wanting a distressed painted box for my study to store odds and ends. Of course when you want something and go looking for it rarely is it found. I decided to make one of my own. In four easy steps you can take a plain wood box and give it a ton of character.


What you will need:

  • Wood box (mine are from AC Moore)
  • Paint color
  • Dark brown paint
  • Brush
  • Sanding block
  • Vaseline
  • Wood stain


First I painted the edges of the boxes dark brown where I planned on distressing later.


After the brown paint dries I rubbed vaseline along the corners of the box where I had just painted. Doing this step will block the top coat of paint from completely adhering to the wood making it easy to distress later. I then painted my top coat a light blue.

DSC_1194Next comes the fun part! After the paint dries I took a paper towel and rubbed away the paint along the edges and corners. It’s that easy and it comes right off! Then I just ran a sanding block over each box quickly.

DSC_1195You can be done at this step if you are happy with the look you have achieved. Or move on to the last step  which was apply a stain over the painted wood. I felt that the blue was just a little too new looking and too perfect. So I took dark chestnut Minwax stained one side of the box and then quickly rub off the stain. The trick is to not let the stain stay on for very long. What you are left with is a vintage tint, making the wood look older. The top of the larger box has been stained where the smaller box has not. See the difference?


Here they are dry and ready for my study.


Wedding Wednesday

16 Jan

So you have just gotten engaged and you don’t know where to start? Trust me everyone feels this way at some point or another. Most brides first event they ever plan is their wedding and lets face it even when you are an expert we could all use a little more advice. I was lucky enough to have great vendors especially my photographers Robert and Kathleen. They have a blog of their own that features great wedding advice for news brides. They truly love what they do and it shows in every picture they take. I had the privilege of them asking me wedding advice to pass on to new brides. You can find my advice plus a few other brides here on their blog, plus some pretty wedding pictures. I hope you find it useful!

A Christmas Gift Makeover

31 Dec

I hope everyone had a Happy Holidays and are gearing up to ring in the New Year! I just wanted to quickly share a Christmas gift make over. This is not really a DIY or tutorial just an example of how taking old personal objects and giving them mini makeovers can make a huge impact.

Last year my parents moved over 800 miles away, and in the midst of the stress of moving my dad went and threw out an old Western Electric crank phone that was his grandfathers. After moving this year myself I can understand towards the end just wanting to get rid of everything! I felt like he would regret this rash decision so I exonerated the phone from its fate of the local dump and brought it home.

DSC_1072 DSC_1073It sure had seen better days, and was in some dire need of a little TLC. So that is exactly what it got, a little sanding, polishing, painting and staining. Finally it was all ready for Christmas day to be shown off and given back to my dad. Here is the refurbished after shot.

DSC_1136 DSC_1139Much better, don’t you think? I love sentimental gifts! I would love to hear about your favorite gift this year!

Halloween Wreath

23 Oct

As these decorations came attached to bendable wire it made it quite easy to stick them into the body of the wreath then bend and adjust them as needed. I added a giant black sparkle bow and, Voila, an easy Halloween wreath! I think after Halloween this year I will visit the clearance section in several stores and get a few more of these sparkle skulls and bats for next year’s wreath.

If I could do it all over again

2 Oct

When I got married it was before the days of Pinterest, shocking a life without Pinterest who could imagine. I have to admit I get a little wedding envy everytime I take a look at the wedding pins. Don’t get me wrong I loved my wedding, the day could not have been more perfect. Here are a few pictures from my day. I think every bride post wedding wants to do it all over again with new ideas. So if I could do it again this is what I would do!

Photo Booth: You can never have to many photos, and your guests will love taking goofy pictures.

Love the sign, it has great meaning behind it!

I love the one shoulder dress!

Pretty writing


Happy Harvest Party

17 Sep

I am excited to share with you pictures from our harvest house-warming.  I didn’t get as many pictures as I wanted due to the fact I was hosting, but here are a few of what I do have.

I used a piece of burlap to cover part of the table to give it a festive feel.

What better way to hold the silverware in a festive way then everyone’s new favorite item, mason jars.

The main course as you all know was make your own baked potato bar with all the fixings. I am sure my guests would have figured this out, but I am a chalkboard paint nut so I thought why not. 

What is a harvest party without a burlap banner, this was a must have. 🙂

There was of course a drinks and desserts table.

I could just have regular seating, but I wanted to do something harvest and fun.

We even had a few tree logs for seats.

What is a harvest party without gourds!

DIY Geometric Paper Lanterns

16 Aug

Leave it to Oh Happy Day to come up with a fresh take on paper lanterns! I am totally going to have to try these out for my house warming. Check out the pictures below, and if you want the step by step instructions click here.

Go Team USA

6 Aug

If you are like me then every two years you become totally obssesed and drawn into the Olympics. I am virtually glued to the TV and can’t get enough.  I try to watch all the events when I can. If they aired all the badminton I would probably watch that too! The Olympics are so inspiring I might actually start running on a regular basis. In the meantime here is some Red, White, and Blue inspiration for your Monday!

A Harvest House Warming

2 Aug

We are throwing a house warming party in September, so of course I have to start planning now! I mean, come on, there is only a month and a half to plan this thing. I have been dying to do a wine tasting party and since that won’t really be feasible with the number of guest we have attending I decided to elaborate on that theme and do a harvest house warming. I want to do lots of DIY craft ideas to keep decor cost on the lower side. I have put togther a couple of inspiration boards for a few ideas. What do you think?

1. Party Blog / 2. Epicurious / 3. Pottery Barn / 4. Good Deals / 5. That’s So Yummy / 6. Theme Party Queen

I love Pottery Barn, I just wish someone from their desgin team could come to my house and decorate the whole thing! Of course they would fund the decorating as well. Below, all images are from Pottery Barn, the inspiration for my party.

Casual Dinner Party

25 Jul

On Saturday we invited all of our awesome friends who helped us move into our new house for a thank-you dinner. There were ten of us and I wanted to serve a summer menu while stepping it up from the normal hotdog/hamburger affair. Here was the menu:

Three bean salad with a lime olive oil glaze; Coleslaw; Cornbread; Grilled vegetables, marinated in a garlic balsamic; Grilled corn on the cob; Grilled Shrimp with a basil lemon marinade; Grilled BBQ-Chicken legs.

I wanted to try to get as much done ahead of time so that when the guests arrived I could actually socialize. What I found helpful was prepping the food prior to the event. I precut everything the night before and stored it in ziploc bags.  I marinated the meat overnight. It saved so much time and stress that evening.

You all know how I feel about setting the perfect table from my post The Perfect Table. I wanted to do some sort of centerpiece but nothing too fancy so I did a few small arrangments just to dress the table up a little.

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