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There are so many chalkboard signs out there… and mine isn’t much different but I thought I’d share it anyways.

My husband turned 30 right before our wedding and all of our extra money went towards the wedding, so I had to get creative.  I threw him a surprise BBQ party and invited all his friends and made him a little sign to hang up outside.

This sign was incredibly easy to make and did not cost me a thing.

Supplies Needed:

  • Piece of wood
  • 4 wooden dowels
  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray paint
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • piece of chalk
  • Two small screws
  • Two soda pop tops
  • Twine
  • Plant hook

Here’s what I did:

First:  Once I found the piece of wood I wanted to use, I used 4 wooden dowels (had on hand) and the hot glue gun to create a frame on the piece of wood.

Second: Once the glue was dry, I took it outside and covered in a couple coats of orange spray paint.  We are OSU Beavers in this house 🙂 And let this sit overnight to totally dry.

Third: I painted the chalkboard paint inside the frame and let that dry overnight.

Fourth: Screwed the screws into part of the soda pop top and ran a piece of twine through both tops and tied a big bow.

Fifth:  Found the spot outside I wanted to hang it, screwed in the plant hook and hung it up.

I finished it off with a Happy Birthday note and it was done.  Voilà !


This is one of the many projects that has been transforming our family room.  This was a great find and FREE.  Driving home one day I saw a “free furniture” sign in my neighborhood.  I ran home, got my husband and a bigger car and went straight over.  Found this guy on the side of the road.  It certainly did not look this good when we loaded it up and brought it home but with a little elbow grease and some paint, its perfect for us.

Here is what it looked like when we brought it home:

Pretty outdated huh?  The little flower doiley things on the cupboard doors were the worst.

Supplies Needed:

Here’s the step by step tutorial of what we did:

First: Removed the doors, both the glass front door and the two bottom cupboard doors.  Then the glass sides (so it would be easier to paint).

Second: We knew that we were not going to replace the glass front door or put the lower cupboard handles on our finished product.  So we used Wood filler and filled in the holes.

Third: After the wood filler was dry we sanded that down.

Fourth: We started painting.  Side note on the paint… we opted not to prime this piece.  Reason being that we did not want this piece and the Alabaster to look to matchy matchy, we were hoping that without the primer the end color would be similar but not exactly the same.  We did 3 coats of paint.

Fifth: We painted the cupboard doors blue.  Side note… again we did not want matchy matchy but we wanted them to be coordinated.  So we used the same blue that we used on the stenciled back panel in the Alabaster for the cupboard doors.

Sixth: Once all the paint was dry (over night) we started sealing it.

Seventh: Put it all back together! and voilà

The Cabot transformation was free because we already had the paint and sealer.

Here is another very easy and very inexpensive tutorial.  This one was actually a gift that I made for our entire wedding party.  So I made 19 of these and used a lot of wine corks!

Supplies Needed:

  • 64 wine corks (per frame)
  • Picture frame
  • Hot glue gun & glue

Here’s what I did:

First: I glued corks together in sets of two.

Second: Once I had my corks glued in sets of two, I started gluing them together to frame the picture frame.

Third: Glued the corks to the frame and that’s it.

This project was incredibly easy but making 19 of them was incredibly time consuming and I did manage to burn myself a few times 🙂

A big part of our wedding decor was an underlying ‘happily ever after’ root.  We incorporated this wherever we could.  Our wedding was at a vineyard and was 100% outdoors.  Its very common these days to have a “gifts” area and we wanted a ‘welcome’ type sign for our guests to know this is where to start their day.  Our gifts area was a place to leave cards, presents and sign our “guest book.”  Although the guest book will be described more in another post (click here to be check that out).

So we wanted a big Welcome sign and ended up making this:

Creating this sign was very easy but gave the welcoming feel I was hoping for.

Supplies Needed:

  • Picture frame
  • Paint (we used gray and ivory)
  • Paint brush (large for the frame and small for the writing)
  • Burlap
  • Staple gun

Here’s what I did:

First: I painted the frame gray, which was a color in our wedding decor.

Second: Cut a piece of burlap to fit the frame.

Third: Took my sweet time to hand write the phrase I choose on the burlap.

Fourth: Used the staple gun to secure the sign to the frame and voilà !

My husband and I wanted our wedding to be different from the masses and we spent a lot of time thinking about how we could do things different than the other weddings we’d been to.  When it came to our guest book there were a lot of different options we talked through.  We considered having people sign a large wooden chair, signing rocks, post cards.. you name it and we thought about it.  What we decided on was an Advice book.

We decided to take a scrap book and fill it with blank cards and envelopes then ask people to write some sort of advice on how to “live happily ever after.”

Supplies Needed:

  • Scrap book
  • Scrap book paper
  • Blank cards with envelopes
  • Rubber cement

First: We decided how we wanted the pages to look with the envelopes.

Second: We used rubber cement to glue the envelopes to the scrap book paper.

Third: We used more rubber cement to glue the scrap book paper to the plastic sheets in the book.

And we were done!

We decided to make a little sign to tell people what they should be doing with that book aka writing a piece of advice.  On the day of wedding we put the note cards in one of the wine box frames that we made but it looked like a perfect box of note cards.

People would choose a note card, write a little something on it and then slip it in an empty envelope.  It was perfect and different 🙂

We are still working on the family room and are wanting to update things on the cheap.  The hubby and I had been searching Craigslist and garage sales for a “sofa table” or “media console table” for weeks.  We wanted a cheap or free table, so pickings were slim.  We had a table but it just wasn’t going to be tall enough for what we visioned the room to look like.  So, after weeks of searching we decided to make due with what we had.  We came up with a plan of buying or making table legs, removing a shelf from our existing table and painting it.  Here is what we ended up with:


What do you think?  It turned out pretty good right?

I guess I forgot to take a picture of the table before… but I will keep looking through old pictures and see if I can find something.  In the meantime, here is a picture of the table in a “before” look at the room:

Creating this table was pretty easy.  Here’s what we did:

Supplies Needed:


First: We removed the legs and the bottom shelf

Second: We went shopping for table legs.  Originally we were going to get the Waddell 28 in. Traditional Table Legs from Home Depot but after we realized the legs would cost over $40 bucks we started shopping for other options and eventually decided to go with some decking railing posts, at a little over a buck each this was our best (cheapest) option.

Third: Put three coats of primer on the table top and the new table legs.

Fourth: Put 3 coats white paint on it.

Fifth: Put 2-3 coats of sealer on it.

Sixth: Installed the new table legs

This project was pretty darn easy and did not cost more than $10 because all we had to purchase was the table legs and screws.  I am in love with this high sofa table.  I think it really brings a lot of light into the room and looks so much better than the short table.


My wedding was all about creating beautiful things myself and that did not stop when it came to gifts.  I’d always seen “bridesmaid” shirts but never liked the price tags.  So I decided to make them myself.  Well… I did not make the actual tank-top but I created the final product myself 🙂

Supplies Needed:

  • Tank-tops – I decided to buy two packs of men’s tank tops in size small and medium.
  • Fabric dye – I used Dylon Permanent Fabric Dye in Deep Pink
  • Iron on rhinestone beads – I ordered them from Jubliee Rhinestones and Iron On Transfers

How To:

First: Wash your tank top and dry them.  Dying fabric that has already been washed will really help the dying process and drying them will help them pre shrink before you give them away.

Second: Follow the instructions on your fabric dye to prepare your dye water.  But had three bowls of water with dye in them.  One bowl was warm water (no dye).  Another bowl had the suggested amount of dye and the third bowl had the rest of the dye.  Because I wanted an ombre look I need a variety of color variations.

Third:  I soaked a tank in the straight water for a few minutes.  Then straightened out the tank and dunked in the lighter pink water all the way to the top layer I wanted on the tank but only for a couple seconds.  Then I slowly pulled the tank out to the point where I wanted the first layer to stop and the second (darker) layer to begin.  I left in there for about 15 seconds.  Then I pulled it out of the water and let the excess water drip off for about 45 seconds and then dunked it to the next layer for about 45 seconds and pulled out to let all the water drip out.  Then I moved to the darker water and did layers between 60 – 90 seconds depending on how dark I wanted the layer.

Fourth: I hung up the tanks outside to dry

Firth: Wash them!  Washing them gave a uniform look and the top part of the tank turned a very light shade of pink and set the color so it wouldn’t bleed going forwards.

Sixth: Iron on the rhinestone words and voilà !


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