Banister Revamp

In our new house, we have a staircase that goes up to our top floor. It has been painted this pretty turquoise blue type color, and somehow within our few months living here, we have managed to really bang it up and chip a lot of the paint off. Seeing as we didn’t have the same paint to use to paint over the chips, we decided to change it up and paint it. It took us a little while of deciding how we wanted to paint it, but we ultimately settled on black and white. The hand rails, trim and larger poles (I don’t know technical names of any of this) would be black, and the middle, smaller poles would be white. You’ll get it when you see the pictures, haha. I’m not good at explaining this detail it would seem.

The Process

We started, well, Craig started, by taping it, which was no short task. With all the small details of the trim, it was a bit of a more complex situation than we originally anticipated.

Then we primed the entire area we’d be painting, and taped it so we could paint the white parts first. This was another long task!

Next, our plan was to paint all the middle, smaller poles white, but much to our surprise we learned that somehow we’d left Home Depot with two gallons of primer and one gallon of black paint, instead of gallon can primer, one gallon white and one gallon black. So, since we were still motivated to work and in our paint clothes, we just painted the large poles, and some of the top of the hand rail, the first coat of black.

After making an exchange, we finally got to paint the first coat of all the white parts! This is when we first were able to see it all coming together and we were getting really excited about this decision!

We ended with a lot of touch up work, tape removing and little fixes here and there. The trim provided many opportunities for paint to bleed and run over the opposite color. It definitely took work, but the finished product was exactly what we wanted!

Paint and Product Needed:

.5-1.5 Nylon Brushes

Painters Tape

Behr Premium Cabinet and Trim Enamel – black base

Behr Premium Cabinet and Trim Enamel – white base

Behr Premium Paint Primer

Dream Table

You guys! Look at that beaut! I didn’t even know it was a thing, but I am in table heaven and it’s all thanks to Craig.

When Craig’s grandma Millie passes away, we inherited her kitchen table. It was your average oak table, and though there was nothing wrong with it, we wanted to make it our own. I got a vision and Craig brought it to life. He sanded and stained the top then painted the legs and 6 chairs a pretty farmhouse white that I’m going ga-ga over. Then together we picked fabric for the seats and reupholstered them (they’re a really dark brown – though in the picture they look black).

I knew I’d like it, but I didn’t know just how much I’d love it. It’s given our kitchen a facelift and I’m trying to find every excuse to be in my kitchen now so I can keep staring at it.

Thanks Craig. Love you.

Let the Fall Crafting Begin!!

I love to craft. I especially love to craft with the woman who helped spark my love of crafting – my momma. First of all, she is the cutest lady, ever. Second of all, she is a killer-crafter and everything she touches turns to gold. She’s so creative and a great ally to have when trying to ensure your crafts turn out even half as cute as hers.

Once fall {best season, ever} comes around, I get a mega itch to craft and cook. Cooking kind of won’t be as fun in Halloween since I can’t have sugar {thanks, gestational diabetes}, so I’ve really had to immerse myself in the wonderful world of CRAFTS. A few weeks ago my mom and I were looking on Pinterest to find some inspiration for our next craft. As Pinterest typically does, it filled us with ideas – and also made me completely overwhelmed. But we found one particular craft that was going to be quick, easy and so cute and tonight we finally made it. We found this idea off of our friend, Landee’s Pinterest. She created this, so unfortunately I cannot take any credit for the creative brain that dreamt this creation up. (if you want to see some of her stuff, check her blog out here)

I love how this turned out. It was really easy, fairly quick and an inexpensive craft all in all.

Here’s how we made it.

First we bought frames. Ikea is my place of choice for frames because they’re cute and also crazy affordable and I am all about saving money wherever I can. Then we bought several sheets of various autumnal colors and some teeny little clothes pins.

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Then we found a cute leaf template and used the Silhouette to cut the shapes into the paper. Eventually, we ended up with a big, happy pile of leaves.

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Next we got our frames, took out the glass, grabbed some jute and blue tape (i don’t know if thats what its really called, but thats what we call it) and began taping the jute to the back of the frame in a bunch of different angles.

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Then we sanded the edges of the leaves we were going to use. It gave them a little more worn look that I really liked and thought made the whole project come together even better than if we hadn’t.

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After the leaves were distressed, we started clothes pinning the leaves onto the jute.

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It took me a little while to figure out how I wanted all my leaves placed, but finally, I finished and am really pleased with how it turned out!!

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I highly recommend this craft if you’re into DIY stuff and are looking for a pretty quick one to whip out. All you need is a frame, a sturdy tape, jute, colored paper, sand paper (if desired) and tiny clothes pins.If you do make it, tag me somewhere and let me see how yours turned out!!

Happy Crafting!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

“If you can dream it, you can do it” – Walt Disney