10.30.2012

Coffee Table Re-Fashion Goes to Paris

One of the things I have done pretty little of here is
redo/revamp/refashion furniture!
I enjoy doing it...and I do it now and then in my real life,
but do not always blog about it.
I surely do not consider myself an expert in this field...
but I do love a challenge!

Recently I was asked to participate in the Wayfair DIY Blogger Challenge.
So, of course, I accepted!
Basically I was allowed to select a piece of furniture from
the Wayfair website and given a gift card 
for supplies and asked to see where my imagination would lead me. 

Well, that was the problem...my imagination led me all over the place! 
I ended up selecting this coffee table to refashion...

...and had about 100+ ideas for it...
including a kids art desk, an art cart, a rolling game/puzzle table.
I kind of overwhelmed myself.
I went out and bought wood, casters, spray paint, handles, and other supplies...
and then I changed my mind!
I was making this way too complicated 
(I am really good at that)
and...
I started to paint the table top and did not like it...
so I scratched that idea.

Do you see why????
 See...not pretty, right?
The weather had been OK...until it was time to spray paint
and then got cold and wet...so that did not help!

Then I remembered that I had a great place for this table in the guest room
(which I am continually refashioning too)...and I kind of wanted to create a girly Parisian vignette  that included my favorite old books, my French Labeled Eggs, my cameo art and other fabulous goodies!


I pulled out some DecoArt Metallic Finish in Silver and Mod Podge,
and went to creating!

SUPPLIES
Piece of furniture (from Wayfair)
Mod Podge Matte
 Paint Brush or foam brush (for Mod Podge)
Foam Brush for Metallic Finish
 Paper Towels or a rag
 DecoArt Elegant Finishes Metallic Paint, Silver
2 sheets, Decorative paper (I got mine at Aaron Brothers) 
Krylon Clear Polyurethane Spray
Upholstery tacks/Upholstery Nails
Small hammer

MAKE IT!
First...assemble you piece of furniture, following all of the directions.
This piece only took me 30 minutes to put together.

It just took a few screws, some dowels and a dusting off
and the table was ready for its transformation.

 

Since I thought I was spray painting, I had sanded the entire piece.
It does help the paint adhere.
I started by applying the metallic paint only along the edges of the piece
and then realized I like the look of it all over.
(Good thing because I had already sanded my piece!)
I did continue using a heavier coat on the edges, because I liked the effect.


Using a paper towel (rag) and a foam brush, I applied the Elegant Finish all over the piece, working in smaller sections at a time. 

I gently wiped off the finish as I went,
often touching up the corners and crevices with the foam brush.

Let the finish dry.

Once dry, spray the entire piece with Krylon Clear Polyurethane and let it dry. 

Layout the paper on the table top to ensure placement and coverage.
Apply one liberal coat of Mod Podge on the entire table top.


Place the paper and smooth with your hands
(or sometimes I like to use a 3" plastic putty knife/scraper).

Once smoothed and placed correctly,
apply another 1-2 coats of Mod Podge on the top of the paper.
My paper was not the size of the table top, I tore another piece and placed them overlapping.

Let dry slightly between coats. Continue to smooth as needed.
I did NOT finish my edges in a clean cut I tore the edges
and folded them over to create an old feeling detail.
(see photo below) 
Let dry.  

Apply upholstery tacks around the edge of the table using a hammer.
You can also use any other sort of trim you prefer. 

I just placed the tacks about every 1.5" and pounded them in...
EASY and inexpensive for a great detail.


So, that is my little transformation!

A larger view...


A close up of the shelves


Now I need to make that art cart!  
  Head over and check out the other projects
on the Wayfair DIY Challenge Pinterest Board!
 
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This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

disclosure: I was provided a piece of furniture by Wayfair and a gift card by GiftCards.com to participate in this challenge.

10.29.2012

Vegetarian Chili Keeps the Tummy Warm and Happy

We have a Halloween tradition here.
It involves friends and chili!
We all gather at my house eat chili and cornbread (of course)
and then head out to trick or treat! 
I have posted this recipe before, but I love it and it is chili season,
so you get it again!


10.28.2012

A Magical Disney Princess Halloween Tea Party

I L-O-V-E to plan parties and weddings.
Seriously, just about any reason, any occasion will do!
I love the magic and happiness that can be created
through some well thought out plans, a few perfect decorations...
and of course great guests!


I recenty had the pleasure (and it was a pleasure!) to shop for and plan a Disney Princess Halloween Tea Party for my daughter and her friends. On Wednesday we celebrated a magical tea party with some real life princesses.


For weeks my daughter has been excited about this party, watching Cinderella, and playing with the Royal Ball Augmented Reality 2.0. She has embraced all things princess and loves dressing up like her favorite princess and attending the royal ball using this app. You can download the app for your princess by searching "Disney Princess Royal Ball" in the iTunes App Store or Google Play store. You can also read more about the app and my path to purchase on Google+

It was so fun to watch the girls arrive in their "Princess Best"  and ready to enjoy the entire princess experience. We even had a "tween" Princess join us!


A few of my plans veered from the original idea due to time constraints and, most importantly...I have learned one thing...when young children are happy doing one thing...let them keep doing that one thing! So we skipped the craft and let their imaginations take over instead.

  The girls were so enchanted  playing with all of the Princess dolls we pulled out. Belle, Jasmine, Merida, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and few Cinderellas joined the real life girls to celebrate.


I just had to decorate and create an environment perfect for a lovely group of princesses.
From the ceiling I hung miniature tissue paper "flowers" and groups of various ribbons hanging down (I just paired 3-4 different ribbons in coordinating colors)


I set the table with a simple white cloth and then used Disney Princess Fabric as overlay. I did not hem the fabric (so I can reuse it!), I just ironed a "hem" all around the length of it (2 yards).
I pulled out my glass plates (like a glass slipper...get it?),
flatware and plain white cloth napkins.
This party also gave me a great excuse to buy some of those cute mason jar lids!


Each girl had a miniature white pumpkin on her plate with her name tattooed onto it.
The perfect princess place card if you ask me! (tutorial here).


For the centerpiece, I pulled out a cake stand and placed a pink Cinderella pumpkin on it...LOVE...I wanted one of these pumpkins so badly and this was the perfect reason to buy one. I placed lengths of ivy (cut from the garden) around the base of the cake stand and added a couple of miniature blooming plants, with the pots wrapped in ribbon.


The table looked perfect and the girls sitting in their princess dresses and looking absolutely adorable were the cutest thing EVER!




A few of the girls, I mean Princesses. I tried to get a good shot of each girl...a few f the photos were too blurry...so sad!

Once the girls had all arrived we sat at the Princess Table to have our tea party.

Jules helped plan the menu too.
Turkey croissant sandwiches
PB&J sandwiches
Fresh pineapple
Mini carrots
Apple slices and caramel
Berry punch with raspberries 

Check out the tea cup tutorial!!

Then, we enjoyed chocolate mouse in Edible Tea Cups,
topped with whipped cream and pearl "sprinkles.
AND
(We were so lucky)...One of the girls fathers is a master pastry chef
and brought us pastries too! Such a sweet treat!

I just had to make some Princess Pretzel Wands too!

Once the girls ate, I turned on the Cinderella Blu-Ray and the girls were eagerly anticipating the viewing of this classic movie. The girls played with the princess dolls and enjoyed the movie and then, the clock struck 5 and the princess went back to being young school children! But they left with a special princess cup full of princess goodies I found on my shopping trip!



Be sure to experience the magic and wonder of #DisneyPrincessWMT
Disney on Twitter
Cinderella Facebook
Disney Princess on Facebook 

On of course on the Royal Ball Augmented Reality 2.0 app

You can also join in on the princess fun by joining a
Disney Princess Party on Pinterest (now through 10/31)


Who is your Disney favorite princess?

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I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Disney Consumer Products, Inc. #CBias #SocialFabric

10.25.2012

Tickled Pink No. 120



Welcome to Tickled Pink!
Hi all!
How was your week?
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 I KNOW I OWE A LOT OF YOU EMAILS/VISITS/COMMENT.
I WILL CATCH UP...REALLY...EVENTUALLY!
It was crazy as usual here.
We had a Disney Princess Halloween Party on Wednesday
(so much enchanting goodness!)
and on Thursday...well,
I held my first craft night! EEK! Now, that is spooky.
I am trying to do what I can to make some cash while we looks for jobs in this house.
In fact I will be there doing it as this link goes up!
Wish me luck! 
Sorry for the blurry links last week...I forgot to push the right button...
and once you go small, you cannot go back (and have any decent resolution)...UGH!
I have an update tutorial for my Tattooed Pumpkins up too.
 Love those things. I used them as placecards this time!

I have a chocolatley good giveaway that closes on Saturday!
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HERE ARE a FEW GOODIES FROM LAST WEEK

Barbeque Kale chips from Architecture of a Mom

Gorgeous Harp chair from Shona Sky Creations


A Better Granola Bar from Maddalee

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10.24.2012

Tattooed Pumpkin Placecards

We had the most amazing Princess-y Party yesterday.
Eight girls dressed in the princess best come over for a Halloween Tea party!
I am still giddy about it. They were enchanting.


 I included a number of elements, but one of my favorites (and the girls got to take them home) were the placecards pumpkins. (the entire party will be posted by Monday but you can see the preplanning now!)

First I adore pumpkins of all sizes shapes, and colors,
but these mini white ones are magical to me!

I have tattooed pumpkins before and love this technique.
I feel that since TEMPORARY TATTOOS are made for human skin,
they curve and stick to the skin of a pumpkin really well...
so that is why I continue to use them.

I also LOVE tattoo paper because I can print detailed images
from amazing sources like The Graphics Fairy.
(see my original tattoo pumpkin post for those pumpkins)



Tattooed Pumpkin Tutorial
This tutorial is from my original Tattooed Pumpkin Post
BUT it has been UPDATED!
Here's what you need:
  • Pumpkins
  • You just need Temporary Inkjet Tattoo Paper/Kit - You can buy TEMPORARY INKJET TATTOO PAPER many places. Usually you get1-2 sheets per pack (You need one sheet of printable paper and one sheet of adhesive for each project).
  • I purchased this last batch from Robins Eggcetera on ebay - at the time, the best price for the most paper. Here is a link for Amazon:
  •  
    NOTE: I used 2 sheets of paper/adhesive to print 11 names and a Happy Halloween phrase too

MAKE IT!

  • Seriously, I just followed the package directions.Each product will have its own directions...just read them (yes, I actually did read the directions this time)
  • Decide on a design. For this project I simply used French Script from my regular old fonts and enlarged it to my desired size. But is you can (legally) download it, you can print it!
  • Print it out using your computer and printer. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS AND PRINT ON THE SHINY SIDE AND BE CAREFUL AS YOU HANDLE IT....IT NEEDS TO DRY THOROUGHLY. 
    • NOTE: If you are printing names or for most images - be sure to use the MIRROR Image option so the final product is exactly as you imagined it would be.
  • After the print has dried thoroughly, apply the adhesive. Remove the solid side of the adhesive backing and line up the edges of the printed sheet and adhesive. Smooth adhesive onto printed sheet. I used a credit card to firmly push out the air bubbles and get good adhesion.
  • Cut out the design - with your scissors.
  • Remove the clear backing from the adhesive when yo are ready to apply. It will be sticky once you do this.
  • Position the tattoo and rub/push into place.
  • Apply a moist cloth to dampen the tattoo and get the tattoo to stick (just like those temporary tattoos the kids get at parties). After about 20-30 seconds the top paper (the actually backing of the printed sheet) will loosed. If it is not loose, reapply the moist cloth/paper.
  • If some parts are sticking up, loose, not completely adhered, I was able to use my finger lightly to smooth things out.



Be sure to come back Monday for all the party details
 
Whatcha think? 
 Fun for Halloween...or heck all Fall long!
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