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Hi everyone!   You are probably wondering why Wonder Woman is making an appearance in my post today?  This is my second Movie Monday Challenge.  You may remember my Star Wars Printables from the Star Wars Challenge last month.  This month the chosen movie theme is Wonder Woman.

We are challenged to create a recipe craft, home decor item or something along those lines that goes with the theme of the movie.  It has been fun so far.

I want to thank Megan at C’mon Get Crafty for hosting this challenge.

 

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Supplies Needed:

I have included affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

Drop Cloth Fabric

Yellow/gold Fabric for Wonder Woman’s symbol

Black acrylic paint

Textile medium to add to the paint

Stencil Brush

Silhouette Cameo Machine

Vinyl for the Silhouette

Scissors

Sewing Machine

Pillow Forms – 16 x 16 and 12 x 16

Getting Started With Your Wonder Woman Pillows

I had to really think about this challenge.  I have seen the previews to Wonder Woman and I am not sure if I am fan yet.  Wonder Woman has been such an iconic figure but I really feel we all have hero qualities.  (some of us just use them better than others)  I do remember watching the tv show and I always looked forward to it.  I loved that a woman could be a super hero too.

When you search on Google or Pinterest for Wonder Woman you get a lot of costumes.  I was wanting something a little more practical or maybe a little more useful.

Throw pillows aren’t really what comes to mind when I say practical but I love them and want many, many more.

I purchased this Wonder Woman symbol from the Silhouette website for .99 and saw the saying associated with many Wonder Woman photos on Pinterest so I created two pillows that work together.

The Silhouette

The Silhouette is definitely my friend when it comes to these kinds of projects.  I make so many stencils with it and this time I was able to download and cut out the Wonder Woman symbol and it was easy peasy.

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

When I got the symbol into the program enlarged it quite a bit and deleted two parts of the original so only these areas were left.

I wanted to use the Silhouette to cut out my fabric but I needed the design to measure 1`7 inches wide and the mat is only 12 inches.  I know there is a way but I did not have the time to sit and figure it out.  So I cut this design from paper and traced it onto my fabric extending the ends of the design til it measured the 17 inches across I needed.

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I used the pinking shears to cut out the design.  I did not want to fold under all of the raw edges to stitch it onto the pillow front.  (lazy sewer)  and pinned it onto the front of the pillow.

The pillows are made from the drop cloth.  My pillow form is 16 x 16 so I cut the pieces adding an inch for my seam allowances.

 

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Then I stitched with the sewing machine all around the edges.

Creating The Stencil

The second pillow involved designing and creating a stencil.  I loved this saying and it was perfect for a pillow.  This time my pillow form was 12 x 16 so I made sure it all fit on the mat and would fit on the front of the pillow as well.

Bernard MT Condensed was the font I used for the printed words and Quigley Wiggly was used for the word “hero”.  Here is a screen shot of my Silhouette screen before I cut.

The vinyl is perfect for stencils so that is what I used.

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Once it was cut I used scissors to cut around the word so I could place them where I wanted on the pillow front.

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Black acrylic paint with some textile medium mixed in makes the perfect fabric paint.  Using a stencil brush I painted the words onto the drop cloth fabric.  It turned out really nice.

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Now I had my two pillow fronts done.  I like to create an “envelope” pillow where the backs overlap to create an opening.  This way I can wash them when ever I want.  (we have cats so sometimes this is way more often than I want).

This is the front and the backs pinned with right sides together.   The back is what you see and there are two pieces that overlap in the center.

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I stitched all the way around the edge.

The Final Result

Now I have two Wonder Woman throw pillows that are a little more my style.  The gold fabric was not glittery or glitzy like the real Wonder Woman’s but that would not go with my decor so I toned it down to reflect and blend into my decor.  It is Wonder Woman meets farmhouse!

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

What do you think?

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I love them!  If you like them don’t forget to pin it for later!

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Also, don’t forget to visit all of the other bloggers who have worked hard for this Wonder Woman Monday Movie Challenge!

 

I love the Monday Movie Challenge. This month our Wonder Woman had me very challenged. I created Wonder Woman throw pillows with a bit of farmhouse charm. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

You can click on the photos below to be taken to their posts.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Michelle


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Hi!  I am sharing today as part of the Craft Lightning Patriotic!  I am excited I am able to participate in this blog hop.  It includes a lot of bloggers making “lightning crafts”.  These are crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less (excluding drying time).  I used some dollar store mason jar glasses and jazzed them up for a 4th of July celebration.  Now they are the perfect patriotic glasses.

I created some fun  patriotic decor last year for the office so I was excited to make more this year.

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

 

Patriotic Glasses

Supplies Needed:  I am including some affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

Mason Jar Glasses

Oil Based Sharpie Markers – Red, White, Blue, Silver  (my photo shows a black pen instead of a silver one but I changed my mind)

Oven

Rubbing Alcohol ( just in case you make a mistake)

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Let’s Get Started

I wanted a hand-drawn look for these glasses so I chose to just draw my stars onto the glasses free hand.  If you don’t like this idea you can make a stencil or use a pre-made stencil with stars on it.  And if you hate what you drew or you make a mistake some rubbing alcohol and some paper towel or a q-tip will remove the marker and you can start over.

This is so easy.  All I did was draw a 5 point star with the marker then color it in.

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I had four glasses and I mixed up the colors a little bit.  On each glass I used two colors for the stars and then two colors for small dots as a filler.

Glass one – red and white stars with silver and blue dots

two – red and blue stars with white and silver dots

three – blue and white stars with red and silver dots

four – silver and red stars with blue and white dots

When they are done place them on a cookie sheet into a cold oven.  Turn the oven on to 250 degrees and let the glasses “bake” for 2 hours.  Then turn the oven off, keeping the glasses inside until the oven is cool.

This should make them safe for washing in the dishwasher but I would really recommend hand washing.

The Final Result

They are so festive and it is fun to have patriotic glasses for my 4th of July celebration.

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I love them.  If you love them as well don’t forget to pin them!

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Michelle

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Have you ever been to a garage sale and spotted the perfect piece from across the garage?  This happened to me the other day.  I spotted this wooden box and I knew I loved it and wanted it.  The only problem was it had an ugly painting on the front.  I grabbed it anyway because, as Peggy said, “you have to look beyond the ugly”!  I knew that chalkboard paint could fix this and I would have the perfect piece!

 

I spotted this wooden box at a garage sale and knew I could hide the ugly painted side with chalkboard paint. So that is exactly what I did. Now I have the perfect farmhouse wooden box for my home! - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Farmhouse Wooden Box With Chalkboard Paint

Supplies Needed: I have included affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

Wooden Box

DecoArt Chalkboard Paint

Foam Brush

Masking/Frog Tape

Chalkboard Marker/Pencil

Getting Started

Blog posts are really supposed to be at least 300 words but I am not sure I will even hit that since this project is soooo easy!  There are not many steps but here we go.

Step 1:  Mask off the design you are trying to cover.  In this case it was this painted grapes design.  The rest of the wooden box was perfect and I didn’t want to change any of it.

 

I spotted this wooden box at a garage sale and knew I could hide the ugly painted side with chalkboard paint. So that is exactly what I did. Now I have the perfect farmhouse wooden box for my home! - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Step 2:  Use masking tape/frog tape to mask off the design and create a border.  Use a foam brush and paint on 2 coats of the chalkboard paint.  I am using DecoArt brand.  I have this small bottle and it has lasted through many projects including my wooden calendar, my Lucky plate for St. Pat’s and the drink station I just completed not too long ago.

 

I spotted this wooden box at a garage sale and knew I could hide the ugly painted side with chalkboard paint. So that is exactly what I did. Now I have the perfect farmhouse wooden box for my home! - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

When the first coat of paint is dry, add another coat.  Remove the tape but let this coat dry overnight.   The next day season your new chalkboard.  To do this use a piece of chalk on its side and cover the entire chalkboard area with chalk.  Wipe it off with a damp cloth and you are ready to go.

Step 3:  Create your beautiful design.  I like to find chalkboard lettering ideas on Pinterest or design my own.  This time I used this saying that I had seen on Fixer Upper.  That Joanna Gaines has the best ideas!

I created the design using two fonts that I liked in Photoshop Elements 15.

 

I spotted this wooden box at a garage sale and knew I could hide the ugly painted side with chalkboard paint. So that is exactly what I did. Now I have the perfect farmhouse wooden box for my home! - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

At this point you could print it out and trace it onto your box or you can just eyeball it like I did.  Now, it did take me several tries but that is the beauty of chalkboard right? You can erase and start over as many times as you like!

Now, as easy as that, I have the perfect farmhouse, wooden box for my home that I love!  And I finally took down the Easter decor.

 

 


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The Final Result

 

I spotted this wooden box at a garage sale and knew I could hide the ugly painted side with chalkboard paint. So that is exactly what I did. Now I have the perfect farmhouse wooden box for my home! - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The box is quite large so to fill it up I added four large mason jars.  It is simple but I love it.  The green inside the box was already there.

 

I spotted this wooden box at a garage sale and knew I could hide the ugly painted side with chalkboard paint. So that is exactly what I did. Now I have the perfect farmhouse wooden box for my home! - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

I spotted this wooden box at a garage sale and knew I could hide the ugly painted side with chalkboard paint. So that is exactly what I did. Now I have the perfect farmhouse wooden box for my home! - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

My lettering is not perfect by any means but it looks fine and does the trick.

 

I spotted this wooden box at a garage sale and knew I could hide the ugly painted side with chalkboard paint. So that is exactly what I did. Now I have the perfect farmhouse wooden box for my home! - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Have you painted with chalkboard paint yet?  If so, what did you make?

 

I spotted this wooden box at a garage sale and knew I could hide the ugly painted side with chalkboard paint. So that is exactly what I did. Now I have the perfect farmhouse wooden box for my home! - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

If you like it…Pin It!

 

I spotted this wooden box at a garage sale and knew I could hide the ugly painted side with chalkboard paint. So that is exactly what I did. Now I have the perfect farmhouse wooden box for my home! - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

 

 

Creating your own stencils and using them to update your furniture is a budget friendly way to create a whole new look you will love! www.michellejdesigns.com

Creating Your Own Stencils

Using an old wood sign and some rusty letters from Custom Cut Decor I was able to create a rustic farmhouse sign that is perfect in our guest room!

Rustic Farmhouse Art


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Hi!  I am back with another Silhouette Challenge today.  I missed last months but in March I added some pizzaz to the top of this little table with an Irish Blessing design.  The project for this month is much, much easier.  I would say easy peasy!  I decided to create a bottle opener.

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Silhouette Challenge

I love this Silhouette Challenge and I am so glad that Cat from Pocketful Of Posies hosts it every month.  Each month we are given a theme to work with.  Since Father’s Day is approaching the theme was “Man Up”.

I had to really think about what I wanted to make for this since I don’t do a lot of “man” projects.   The bottle opener came to me and I thought it would be a fun project.

Supplies Needed:

I have included some affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

Scrap piece of wood – It just needs to be big enough for the letters/words you choose

Bottle Opener

Silhouette Cameo

Vinyl

Wood Stain

Ceramcoat Cadet Grey Chalk paint

Ceramcoat Antique Wax

Foam Brushes

Drill

Sander or sanding blocks

Screws to attach the bottle opener

Getting Started With Your Bottle Opener

I did not cut this piece of scrap wood at all.  I just dug through our pile of scrap pieces until I found one the size I wanted.  But it is 5.5″ wide by about 10″ tall.

Sanding the board is the first step.  The palm sander is my friend!  It took all of about 3 minutes and I was done.  I really hate sanding.

When the sanding was done I used some wood stain that we already had and stained the board on all sides.

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

Cutting Out The Letters

Next came the Silhouette part of the project. I needed letters to mask the wood.  I decided on “Open Bottles Here” for my words and  kept them approximately the same width and height.  Because of this the word “bottles”  has slightly smaller letters but it creates a uniform look even though it ended up being a little longer as well.

Here is the screen shot of my design.

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The vinyl is the perfect material for masking.  I got a piece ready on the cutting mat.  The suggested needle depth is 1 but I always use a 2.  This seems to work well for me.

Once the letters were cut I placed them onto the wood as a mask. Do you like my pink vinyl?  I had to get something girly in their right?

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

A ruler helps to keep things lined up.  I also placed my bottle opener at the top so I knew how much room to leave for it.  I was debating whether or not to add a small wire basket to the bottom so I left a little bit of room just in case.  In the end I decided not to but if the bottle caps get left around I still may add one later.

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

It took a little bit of moving the letters around until I was happy with the placement.  Be sure they are completely adhered to the wood.  We are painting over them and don’t want the paint to bleed underneath.

Painting The Wood

This is the fun part!  I used a foam brush and my new Ceramcoat chalk paint in Cadet Grey. It is a light grey and was perfect for this project.

I only gave it one coat then was able to peel off the vinyl letters to reveal the stain underneath.

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I love that.  After admiring it for a few minutes I used a sanding block and gave it a good sand.

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

 

Finishing Up!

The next steps are the fun finishing touches.  First was the wax on the top of everything.  I love the wax for two reasons.  It tones down the paint color a little bit and second it gives it a nice, smooth finish.

The wax I used for this was Ceramcoat Antique.  This and the grey paint are from Plaid.  I do not find them online at any of the major hobby stores such as Hobby Lobby and Michaels but I do find them on Amazon and I have to say that I really like them.

When the wax is dry it is safe to add the bottle opener and I added a picture hanger on the back to hang it up.

Then it is finished!

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

What do you think?  If you like it don’t forget to pin it!

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

You will love all of the other blogger’s awesome projects as well.  Be sure to click on the links below and read about all of them.

 

 

How to Make an Easy DIY Bottle Opener – Michelle James Designs

DIY Drink Local Beer Opener – Rachel Theodoro

Etched Glass Gifts for Dad – Morena’s Corner

DIY Personalized Tap Handle – Uncookie Cutter

DIY Fathers Day Candy Banner – Pocketful of Posies

DIY Treasure Chest Toy Box – Houseful of Handmade

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Michelle

 

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

Drink Station From An Old Table Top

Bottle Opener - www.michellejdesigns.com - Create a hanging, over the counter, bottle opener. This one is for my friend to go into their camper!

Create A Hanging Bottle Opener

 

 

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Hi there!  Do you guys remember the dining table we made for Ian and Hailey?  A little while ago we finished the matching dining room  bench to go with it.  We made it here, in our garage then drove it them and I got to get some photos of it in their room.  The best part is they were beyond thrilled and the bench completed their room.

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Building A Dining Room Bench

Supplies Needed:  I have added in a couple of affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

Oak planks – 1 x 4 – 6 ft long

Pine Boards – 1 x 3

Cedar 4 x 4 – These were actually the cut offs from the table

Pine 1 x 2’s

Screws

Drill

Drill Press

Wood Glue

Wood Stain

Minwax Polyshades

Foam brushes for staining

Lint free cloths

Brush for painting

Paint – Sea Glass by Dixie Belle Paint Company

Getting Started

Jeff started by building the bottom portion of the dining room bench.  He built the top separate then we added the top to the base.  This makes painting and staining easier.

We had to make sure it would fit between the legs of the dining table so it ended up being around 5′ 7″.  Which means we cut the 6 foot boards down to size.

He started with a base for the legs using the pine boards he created a rectangle.

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

He added some support inside the base.  First he added the 1 x 3’s from side to side then he added a small 1 x 2 to each of the support boards.  These make it easier to attach the top to the base.  These are the boards that will be screwed into the top.

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

These were all screwed in for strength.  He countersinks all of the holes and then we plug them, putty and sand them and you don’t even know they are there.

 

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Next came the legs.  We wanted them to be at an angle so the bench would be more stable.  For this to happen Jeff cut an angle on the side of the cedar 4×4.  When he got them attached I was able to give it a coat of primer, then a coat of the Sea Glass paint.  You should check out the Dixie Belle Paint Company just to see.  This paint covered so nicely.  And I used a pretty small container for the bench and the table.

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Making The Top

The top oak boards were first cut to length.  The top is a little bigger all the way around then the base.   Supports to hold all of the oak planks together were added on the bottom side.  Sometimes I think my husband goes a little overboard with the screws but he wanted one in each board and I guess two on the end boards for strength.

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Then we got to stain it.  We used the Minwax Red Mahogany as the first stain.  Then we added three coats of the Polyshades letting it dry over night in between each coat.  I just love the staining process.   The wood grains are so pretty.

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

When the staining was all done we added the top to the bottom…again with 1 million screws.  LOL!  It turned out so pretty.  And I was so excited to be able to take the final photos in their actual dining room with the table!

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

What do you think?  I am thrilled and so are they. It matches nicely in their room and looks beautiful with their new flooring.  It was a fun project and I am glad we could do something nice for them.

I hope you like it too.  If so…

Don’t forget to pin it!!!

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I will be back on Thursday with my project for the May Silhouette Challenge!

Until then,

Michelle

 

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Hi there!  I am back today with my usual, awesome DIY post!  This time I am going to show you how I created a drink station out of a table without legs.  Or, how I took this lemon of a table and created some great lemonade.  Or at least a station that can serve some lemonade!

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

Create Your Own Drink Station

This was a most fun project and I know I say that a lot but they are like my little babies.  Each one is equal to the next.   This  is my fourth month participating in the Furniture Refresh Challenge and the theme this month is Chalkboard paint.  This time only two of us participated.  That is ok.  We had fun!

This drink station started out as a table.  But this table had no legs.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

We bought the table for $5 at a thrift store just for the legs.  I really wanted the modern, tapered legs for this bench we made for Ian and Hailey but each leg was about the cost of this table.  So, being a thrifty girl, I bought this table for the legs only.  So this poor table has been in the garage for a while.

I contemplated what to do with it and even sent a picture to Peggy for her ideas.  She found some very helpful pins.  One of them was a table like this one (with the legs) that had the top shelf part open for drinks.  I thought it was very clever so I started thinking about that.

I came up with this little, pathetic sketch and asked texted it to Jeff.  He loves it when I do that.  LOL!  But, he thought it was doable.  Yay!

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

Supplies Needed:

I am including some affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

This seems like a ton of supplies.  Most of it we already had in the form of scrap wood, etc.  We just like to use what we have instead of purchasing whenever possible.  Plus there was a lot to be done to this bare bones table top.

Two Tiered Table (with or without legs)  – I see these all of the time at garage sales and thrift stores.  Grab one and if it has legs…BONUS you can save them for another project later.

Some sort of handle – we used a 1 inch dowel and scrap 1×3 pieces.

Scrap wood for holding in the ice caddy – we used square pieces of basswood that measured about 6 inches in length

2×4 wood scrap

Lath wood pieces

Wheels – we had some already

Round wooden pieces for small feet

Drill

Screws

Tiny eyelets or cup hangers

Bottle opener

Rustoleum white flat paint/primer

Rustoleum Serenity Blue Chalked Paint

Paint Sprayer (optional)

Rustoleum NeverWet

Chalkboard Paint

Chalk/Chalboard Markers – I used white but I want some fun colors for next time

Hardware Cloth or small square/rectangle baskets

Fishing line/filiament

Plastic Canvas

 

 




 

Let’s Get Started

Jeff did a lot of work to this to get this drink station into shape.   We got the handle ready first.  He used two pieces of scrap 1×3 and cut them at the perfect angle to get the handle in the right spot.  This really was a trial and error process until it was where we wanted it to be.

These were placed on the back/bottom of the table.  He bore holes 1 inch around part way into the wood on the inside of each piece so the dowel would fit in.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

He clamped the angled pieces onto the back so he could get the dowel screwed in.

 

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Then he permanently attached the angled pieces to the back.  He added this 2×4 to the bottom so the wheels could be attached to something a little more sturdy than the side of the table.

He used pieces of lath all up the back to hide the ugliness of the back/bottom of the table.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

It looks so much better already.

Then he added some small feet to the to the bottom so the entire bottom of the piece would not be sitting on the ground.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

These wooden knobs have a flat area on one side.  We ended up screwing them in so they would hold up longer and be much stronger then if they were just glued on.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

This little area is where the ice will be so I wanted something to hold in the ice caddy insert I will be making.  Jeff added these scrap pieces of basswood to the bottom.

Let The Sanding Begin

When Jeff got done with his part I sanded and sanded…then I wiped it off and sanded and sanded again.

The table top was slick wood veneer and I did not want to have issues with the paint scratching or not bonding well.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

I also sanded the wood arms for the handle really well.  They had some pretty sharp corners so I softened them up a lot.

After the sanding was all done it was ready to prime.  I used my “go to” primer, Rustoleum flat white paint/primer.  I sprayed the entire piece.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

The Pretty Stuff

Once the primer was dry I was all set for the pretty paint.  The nice people at Rustoleum sent me some of their Chalked paint to try.  I am in love with the Serenity Blue color.  I used it on my  herb planter last week and couldn’t wait to get it out again.

I thinned the paint and used my HomeRight paint sprayer to speed up the painting and leave a nice, smooth finish.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

Then I got to use the special Rustoleum NeverWet.  If you guys haven’t seen this you must check it out.  I think it is a fairly new product and it makes things water repellent.  I am serious the water just beads up and rolls off.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

So this is a 2 step process.  There are 2 cans in the box and they are clearly labelled step 1 and step 2.  You just spray the first product, let it dry for at least 30 minutes then spray the second product.  After 30 minutes it should be water repellent.  Pretty sweet, right?

I sprayed my entire piece.  I knew there would be ice inside the drink caddy part and the bottle opener is at the top so if some spilled it should just bead up and roll off.  I probably didn’t need to do the back but I did anyway.

The only thing I don’t like about it is the weird feel of it when it is dry.  It seems like it is getting on your hands but it’s not.  You just have to trust me on this.  I ended up sanding some of it off the handle so it wouldn’t be so weird.  LOL!

More Pretty Stuff

When the base painting was done we started adding all of the things.  I have already sold this piece to my friend Jill.  I had texted her a picture of my silly sketch and she loved it.  Haha!  She had a Coca-Cola bottle opener from her grandmother that she wanted to incorporate into the drink station.  It was really fun to add a personal touch.

I made some wire baskets to hold things like napkins, straws and one to catch the bottle caps.  I used hardware cloth for these.  You can see my tutorial here.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

The baskets will be hanging on the little eyelets.  I really wanted cup hangers but the smaller ones only come in brass.  I did not want brass for this project.  Normally I would just paint them but I knew that the metal baskets would end up scratching the paint and they would look terrible.  So we picked up tiny eyelets that screw in just like the cup hangers.  The only problem is that they are not a hook. they are an eyelet.  We fixed that problem with wire cutters.  Just cut off a bit of the eyelet to create your own hanger.

They are a little hard to see but they are there.  I used two for each basket.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

Jeff added the wheels on.  That was fun!

And as you can see in the photo above I painted the chalkboard paint on the front of the table.  It looked great…and then I ruined it.  I added too much crap and made it look awful.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

Isn’t it terrible?  The thing is I didn’t even stop there.  I thought I could fix it by adding even more.  OMG!  What was I thinking?  Needless to say I sanded, re-primed, re-painted, repeated the NeverWet process and re-painted the chalkboard paint all over again in this area.  Sheesh!  What a time-suck!

When the chalkboard paint dried I used the side of a piece of chalk to season the board, wiped it off with a slightly damp cloth and used my chalkboard marker to make my Drinks design.  This was super fun!

Ice Caddy Insert

I wanted something for the ice and I wanted it to fit perfectly in the space from the table.  Well, of course I couldn’t find anything.  Jeff had the brilliant idea to use the plastic canvas.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

I cut the pieces to size and sewed them together on the sides and the bottom with the fishing line/filament.  Jeff is going to cut a piece of 1/8 inch polystyrene to fit in the bottom to keep it nice and sturdy for the heavy ice.  And the best part is that it is all water proof.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

I was done!!!

The Final Result

You guys I couldn’t be any happier.  It works and it works well.   The only thing I may add for Jill is fabric liners for the baskets.  I added a small piece of the plastic canvas to the bottom of each but the straws are still a problem.  They like to make their way to an opening and fall through.  At least that is an easy fix!

What do you think?

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

I just love the way it turned out!

Don’t forget to pin it!

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

Now be sure to check out Michele’s project too at Shelstring Blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Michelle

 


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Hi everyone!  I don’t have a crafty post or a furniture makeover tutorial for you today.  Instead I am sharing a story from my friend Peggy.  Her story about random acts of kindness will steal your heart and hopefully fill your head with things you can do to make the world a better place just by being kind and doing something nice for no reason at all!

 

This is a story of Random Acts Of Kindness and how they affect the people who receive them and give them. This is also a story of my friend Peggy and how she, her family created a Random Acts Of Kindness legacy that will hold their mother's memory dear to their hearts forever and ever. #forjanschad - www.michellejdesigns.com

Peggy and her mom Jan Schad

Random Acts Of Kindness – Peggy’s Story

A couple of weeks ago, I stopped at Michelle’s house to do…oh I don’t even know what! I stop by from time to time for multiple reasons, and the reason for my visit that day is completely unimportant to this story.

Anyway, as luck would have it, I was at Michelle’s house when one of her friends stopped by to pick up a Michelle J Designs original project! I got to see the project at the same time as the table’s owner, who was absolutely tickled with the outcome. It was fun to see, and I listened a little bit as she explained the story of the table and how it was going to be put into use. (I don’t remember all the details, but I do remember it had something to do with her mother.)

As I was leaving, I heard Michelle say she wasn’t charging for the project, but she was using it as her pay it forward #ForJanSchad. I stopped in my tracks, teared up, turned around and thanked her, and left as she explained it to her much surprised customer.

#ForJanSchad was launched in October 2016 as a way to honor my mother, Jan, who passed away earlier that month. Mom embodied love, kindness, and generosity. She and I often talked about forming a non-profit that would do random acts of kindness just to make people’s days. She and I would have so much fun doing little things for people as the opportunity presented itself. We never did anything huge, but it didn’t matter. The size of the act wasn’t important, just the spirit of it.

 

.This is a story of Random Acts Of Kindness and how they affect the people who receive them and give them. This is also a story of my friend Peggy and how she, her family created a Random Acts Of Kindness legacy that will hold their mother's memory dear to their hearts forever and ever. #forjanschad - www.michellejdesigns.com

Surprising Santa with a kiss – Santa was played by John Schad (Jan’s Hubby)

 

Then one day in late September, while on one of our many visits to Mayo Clinic, the tables were turned on us.

We went out to dinner to a new to us restaurant, The Lord Essex Steakhouse (http://www.kahler.com/lord-essex-1). It had been on our list to try for months, and it did not disappoint.

We were seated in a quiet alcove, and a single male diner was seated at the other table in the alcove. Mom and I ordered amazing food, experienced wonderful service, and as needs arose for Mom, we tried to keep our movements from interfering with our fellow diner’s experience. We talked, laughed, shared our dinners, and somehow managed to eat dessert as well.

Our fellow diner left prior to our dessert, and on his way out, stopped at our table and said, “You ladies have the best Mother-Daughter relationship.” It touched us. We smiled, thanked him, and said it made us feel good that somebody noticed, and that we always tried our best to love each other.

After we attempted dessert, (We made it through a few bites each) we asked for the bill. Our server brought it to us, and it only included our dessert. I immediately brought it to her attention, and she delivered the sweetest news, smiling broadly. Our dinner had been paid for by the man seated next to us. He wanted to do something kind for us, and hoped we appreciated it.

I bawled. I absolutely cried my eyes out, and was so deeply affected by this random stranger’s actions and observations of our relationship. I’m crying now because that was the last meal I ever shared with Mom.

This man has no idea how much his generosity meant to us. To me.

 

This is a story of Random Acts Of Kindness and how they affect the people who receive them and give them. This is also a story of my friend Peggy and how she, her family created a Random Acts Of Kindness legacy that will hold their mother's memory dear to their hearts forever and ever. #forjanschad - www.michellejdesigns.com

Jan and Jeanne (Peggy’s sister)

 

Paying It Forward

We received the news that Mom would have only a few days left to live, so we spent all the time together that we possibly could, and we communicated everything we could think of to talk about. As our family sat together in her hospital room, the stranger’s random act of kindness swirled around in my mind. My husband and I went on a coffee run for the group, and I decided to pay it forward at the coffee shop. I bought a gift card, and handed it back to the cashier telling her to use it for each consecutive customer until it ran out. It felt good.

Returning to the hospital room, I told Mom what I had done, and that I had done it as a “pay it forward” from our meal just days earlier. She was delighted, and hoped the actions would continue.

As we dealt with Mom’s death, we continued to pay it forward, and we added the hashtag #ForJanSchad so that it would always be in her honor. We asked that everyone who knew her, who helped us celebrate her life, who themselves had been at the receiving end of one of Mom’s acts of kindness, to pay it forward as well, and share via social media by using the hashtag. It was the absolute perfect way to keep her memory alive.

 

This is a story of Random Acts Of Kindness and how they affect the people who receive them and give them. This is also a story of my friend Peggy and how she, her family created a Random Acts Of Kindness legacy that will hold their mother's memory dear to their hearts forever and ever. #forjanschad - www.michellejdesigns.com

A Sunny Day In California

 

Just over six months have passed, and the acts are still happening, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Michelle’s actions that day continued the movement, and her willingness to share this story encourages more to come!

I hope you’ve been the recipient of a random act of kindness, whether it in Mom’s memory or not, and I hope you’ve paid it forward. I also hope that I’ve done the story justice and you feel motivated to go out and commit a random act of kindness. And if you feel so moved as to do it in Mom’s memory, you’re invited to use #ForJanSchad.

With love and kindness,

Peggy

 

This is a story of Random Acts Of Kindness and how they affect the people who receive them and give them. This is also a story of my friend Peggy and how she, her family created a Random Acts Of Kindness legacy that will hold their mother's memory dear to their hearts forever and ever. #forjanschad - www.michellejdesigns.com

Hi From Mayo Clinic!

 

My Random Act Of Kindness 

I wanted to give just a little background to Peggy’s story that relates to my friend and the table that I made over for her.  I knew from the minute Dawn called me asking if I would make over a small table for her that I was never going to charge her for this small thing I was doing.

If you knew Dawn you would do the same thing.  She is so giving and so involved with helping kids and disabled people.  You see, she works a couple of jobs.  One of them is at the school in the office helping all the kids and faculty that come in there.  My mom works with her a lot and she is a joy.

She also works with an organization in our community called Horizons.  Everyone who works with the Horizon’s clients are special and are cut from some magic cloth.  My Uncle Richard has Down’s Syndrome and has lived in the group home at a Horizon’s facility for about 20 years now.  Each of the staff are so nice and helpful.  They call my mom and her brother in for meetings when he does something good…or bad.

They take them to the movies each Sunday and go on a lot of outings.  They try to get them meaningful jobs within the community so they are helpful, learn to work and earn money for themselves.

Anyone who works this hard deserves a random act of kindness no matter how big or small.

This is the table I made over for Dawn.  You can read the full post here.

 

Red is not a color I use too often but after completing this painted red table my mind has been changed. The color along with the distressing turned out perfectly! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and leave us comments about random acts of kindness you have recieved and what you did you pay it forward!

Michelle

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I am excited to show you guys this upcycled herb garden!  This is my second post for the Thrift Store Upcyle challenge and you know this is right up my alley.  I love all things thrifted!

Last month I painted this colander and used it to show off the wooden Easter eggs.  This month I did something a little more unique.

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Havalah | Sisters, What
Chelsea | Making Manzanita    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented
Kim | Farmhouse Made    Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sara | Twelve on Main
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay
Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House    Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
Jeanie | Create & Babble    Michelle | Michelle James Designs

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Upcycled Herb Garden

This is the how this herb garden started out.

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I got this cutting board at a garage sale fundraiser for a couple of dollars.  This was almost a year ago.

It had the metal handles that insert into the sides so it would fit over the sink and the wire basket for the bits and pieces but I really liked the wood grain.

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Supplies Needed:

I have included some affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

Cutting Board – I found the exact one I used

Minwax Wood Stain– I used red mahogany

Minwax Polyshades – I used Dark Walnut

foam brushes

lint free cloth

3 long paint sticks – I picked these up at the hardware store

Rustoleum Chalked Paint – Serenity Blue and White Linen

Silhouette vinyl

Black acrylic paint

Black Satin spray paint

Sanding block

Wood Glue

Miter Saw – or saw for cutting paint sticks

2 small screws

Drill

Saw tooth picture hanger

Herb plants

The Process

As I mentioned above the wood grain was so pretty on this cutting board so I stained it instead of my usual painting.  I only put on one coat of the stain but then after it was dry I added three coats of the polyshades letting each coat dry over night before adding the next coat.  This is the same process we used on the dining room table we made for Ian and Hailey.

The wire, mesh basket was going to be holding the herbs so I needed to cover the hole in the wood.  This is where the paint sticks come in.  They were the perfect thickness to fill the opening and not stick up above the wood.  Jeff cut the paint sticks to length then we had to trim the width of the two outer pieces so they would all fit nicely.

I painted them with the Chalked paint in the Serenity Blue and used wood glue to place adhere them.

You know I love to create my own stencils.  I used the Silhouette and the vinyl to make an “herbs” stencil.  The black acrylic paint was perfect to use with the stencil.

When it was dry I sanded and distressed it a bit.

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I spray painted the mesh basket black as well.

I found some small juice glasses at a garage sale as well and painted them with some the White Linen Chalked paint from the rim down.  They each received two coats of the paint.

Putting It All Together

Jeff works at an architectural firm and sometimes he gets the old samples of Corian, Formica, etc.  I dug around in the sample boxes and found three that fit into the wire basket and worked with the colors that matched.  I also painted two small pieces of wood to match the painted paint sticks.

This was all to keep the little glass planters from moving around and bumping each other.

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

We attached the wire basket to the wood with screw and hung a picture hanger on the back.   Then it was done!  I love it.  I think I will need to break out the grow light to keep them alive.  And the cats have been very interested so I will also need to keep them away.  It is a full time job so wish me luck.

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

I have always wanted an herb garden. I am not sure it will grow in my light but I am going to try. This upcycled, small herb garden is perfect. www.michellejdesigns.com

 


And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Michelle


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