Thrift Games: DIY Chicken Coop Sign

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I am so excited to be participating in Thrift Games hosted by Charleston Crafted. We were challenged to do a thrift store makeover on an item meant to be used outdoors with a $15 total budget. It wasn’t easy with such a small budget but I was able to meet their challenge. I only had to purchase one item as the painting supplies were leftovers from previous DIY projects. My total amount spent was a whopping $3!!!!

We have been wanting to decorate our chicken coop since we built it two years ago. It’s functional but I want it to be pretty too. My mother bought me a garden flag but that is as far as we have gotten. I really wanted a cute sign for them and was looking for a way to re-purpose an item to make one. My kids and I stopped at Goodwill earlier in the week and found this hideous wheat motif melamine tray. The price tag was $4.25 but when we got to the register the cashier let us know that green tags were 50% off. After donating to round up I ended up paying $3!

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When I got home I went through my crafting supplies and found black chalk paint that I had leftover from the boy’s bathroom vanity makeover. You can see that post here if you are interested. I also found a gold paint pen that I had laying around.  Since chalk paint requires no prep work I just started painting. It took two coats and I used a fan to help speed up the drying process (I am impatient!)

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While the paint was curing I went to the computer to print out a graphic for a stencil. I decided to go with The Chick Inn (yes super cheesy but I think it’s cute). PicMonkey allowed me to create the sign using the Design feature. For the font I went with Bilbo Swash Caps and then reverse imaged it with the rotate tool. Once I printed it used regular white chalk and rubbed it on the back on my paper. The paper was then laid chalk side down onto the tray and I used a pen cap to trace the words.

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You can see how the chalk transfers the wording onto the tray. I then used my paint pen and traced over the chalk lines. When I was finished I wiped away the excess chalk.

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For the bottom section I wanted an outline of a chicken but knew there was no way I could freehand one. I used a free clip art chicken silhouette and printed it. Since it was too large I trimmed it to fit with my scissors and then traced it with the paint pen.

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Here is the finished product! I think my girls approve. Since it will be hung out of the elements I did not use a sealant. If it were going to be exposed I would recommend using one.

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St. Patrick’s Day decorating – Farmhouse style

 

St. Patrick's Day Farmhouse style

St. Patrick’s Day Farmhouse style

For some holidays I feel like a little goes a long way. For example St. Patrick’s Day. Many of the commercially available decor is shiny and bright which is not my style. Being part Irish I want to celebrate but I do not want my house to look cheesy or tacky. A few simple touches is all that I need. Green is already an accent color in my house (like this dresser) so I do not want to go over the top. In my family room I added two fun printables.

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My go to website when I am looking for decor ideas is Pinterest. This free printable is available from Blooming Homestead. She has several colors and patterns available. Under her Printables tab she has pages worth of goodies!

http://www.bloominghomestead.com/2011/02/st-patricks-day-printables.html

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On the mantel I have a sign I printed out years ago. Unfortunately I can not remember the source and could not find it online. Normally I am practically a professional Googler (I made that job up) but it is no where to be found.

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My dining room was the other space to receive a little Irish touch. This Erin Go Braugh sign was supposed to be a door hanging but I clipped off the string and attached it to my cotton wreath. I lied. I do own ONE bright and shiny decoration…

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Using a suction cup I attached this cute Shamrock I found at Ross several years ago to my antique window. It also had a welcome sign attached and was meant for a front door but I altered it. I think a simple shamrock is cute all by itself.

The kids and I of course wear green so we don’t get pinched and the younger boys love having the leprechauns make trouble in their classroom. We don’t do an all green dinner as we avoid food dyes. Natural ones just don’t pack the same punch. Spinach or salad as a side works well enough for us! No corned beef here either but I do love cabbage (sauteed in bacon grease of course!) How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Please check out my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board for more ideas!

https://www.pinterest.com/jerseygirlinthe/st-patricks-day/

Also shared on:

http://www.twelveonmain.com/12-fun-and-tasty-breakfast-ideas-merry-monday/

http://www.angiethefreckledrose.com/dishing-it-digging-it-135/

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http://happilyeverafteretc.com/category/welcome-home-wednesdays

http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/2017/02/wow-us-wednesdays-313.html

http://littlefarmstead.blogspot.com/2017/02/sundays-at-home-148.html#more

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DIY project: Upcycled wall art

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Normally I am the donater/thrower outer type but something told me to hold on to this piece. I love a good DIY project. I knew I could transform it into something new even though it took me 6 months to figure out what it would become… This framed W came with two other picture frames that were used in my gallery wall upstairs. The grand total for all 3 pieces was $4! They were on clearance from Kirklands during one of their green tag sales. If you have never been to their green tag sale they mark things down to 75% off the original cost. I always check the clearance section when I stop in. I have found several great pieces over the years for a fraction of the original cost. (For my NJ friends Kirlands is not related to Costco. It’s a separate company. Check out their website!)

Anyway, since our last name starts with an S  the W wasn’t going to work for us. I was going to find a W last named family to give it to but since I’m a fan of burlap and liked the wood look frame I changed my mind. I am glad that I did! In addition to being cute and easy to do this was a quick project to complete. This entire DIY project took me a grand total of 5 minutes which is important for those of us with little ones. It took me longer to write this post!

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The W was easily removed using a flat head screwdriver. Luckily it did not tear the burlap underneath. It did pull it out in a few spots so I tucked it back under using the tip of the screwdriver. No big deal. I could have recovered it using holiday themed scrapbook paper if I was not able to salvage the burlap.

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This cute rustic Christmas tree ornament was on sale at JoAnn’s for $5. Here is the link if you want to purchase one. http://www.joann.com/makers-holiday-wood-tree-ornament/15039118.html#pmax=10&prefn1=collection&prefn2=type&pmin=5&prefv1=Natural&prefv2=Ornaments&start=1

Using scissors I just snipped off the hanger part. A little hot glue secured it to the frame and it’s done! Normally I dread using my glue gun. This is the first hot glue project in a long time that I completed without missing any fingerprints!

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I think it turned out great and I’m very pleased. This year I changed over to a more rustic Christmas decor in the family room. The ornament goes perfectly with that style. You could use any kind or style of ornament in this project as long as you have a flat spot to attach it to the frame. Anything round or heavy would be extremely difficult to attach with hot glue. Stronger adhesives like E-6000 would probably work.

The next time you are out shopping look for inexpensive or ugly wall art to upcycle. Places like Goodwill and yard sales have plenty that need to be rescued and given a makeover!

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I will be posting a tour of our house decorated for Christmas soon! Be on the lookout!

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DIY Chalkboard Tray from an old frame

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I love re-purposing old items into something new and functional. I used to have this wall art from Hobby Lobby hanging in my old house. It had a plaster fleur di lis cemented to the middle of the wooden frame. Unfortunately it did not survive the move and came unglued. I decided to throw away the fleur di lis as it was not really my style anymore and kept the wooden frame knowing I would eventually figure out what to do with it.

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Inspiration finally struck the other day. I love trays. I own several already but they are all very large and bulky. This one is the perfect size and weight for the kids to carry. I also made it into a chalkboard so I can write a little message if I choose to.

Here is how you can make your own:

One large frame or lightweight piece of wood

Chalkboard paint and foam brush

Painter’s tape

Handles and screws

Sandpaper

I only needed to purchase the handles and screws. Everything else I already had on hand. The total out of pocket cost for me was $8 and I still have a bunch of screws left for other projects.

 

First I took my sanding block and smoothed down the board. I also sanded off the old glue until it was flat with the rest of the wood. It left a stain on the wood where the glue used to be but that’s ok. The chalkboard paint covered it.

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Next I taped off the bottom part of the frame with painter’s tape. If you are a neat painter (which I am not…) you can skip this part. If you are using a piece of wood instead of a frame you can tape off a square or rectangle to paint. The rest of the instructions will be the same.

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Then I painted the bottom using my chalkboard paint. It took two coats for this project. This picture was taken after the first coat. For this project I had a sample size pot of chalkboard paint. It was just enough paint in the little jar. I bought it at the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago and had in my craft stash. I always use a disposable foam brush and disposable bowl for small painting projects. The foam brushes are inexpensive and do not leave brush marks when dry. It’s also a plus for lazy people like myself as there is no cleanup involved.

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After that I put the handles on. I decided where I wanted to place the first one and used my ruler to make sure I had the same exact placement on the other side. I normally try to eyeball things but there was no margin for error on this project. If I messed up it would not be an easy fix.  I found these handles at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. Bargain tip: Never buy knobs and pulls for full price unless you need them right away. Every few weeks they go on sale for half price. Hobby Lobby has a huge selection and I always find what I am looking for there. If they do not have the quantity that you need in stock an employee can order more for you. They will honor the sale price and call you when your order arrives at the store. I had to do that for my son’s dresser that I chalk painted. Unfortunately these handles did not come with hardware so I had to buy screws at Lowe’s to use with them.

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Repeat the same thing on the other side and you are done! Wait for the paint to dry and it’s ready to be used.

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This tray is the perfect size to sit on the bench in my family room. It will be a great coaster for when we have parties or to bring snacks into the family room for the grownups. I’m a mean mom and only my husband and I are allowed to eat in this room unless we have company. White couches + kids with food=giant mess.

My kids told me that they will be delivering me breakfast in bed using my tray on Mother’s Day.  They are very excited to use it.

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