Weekend Knockoff #3

I am so excited to be writing this post from VACATION!! We are spending some time at my in-laws home in the mountains. The weather is fantastic!! We will be here all through next week, a much needed break from work. I’ll post here and there when I can, but I am definitely going to take advantage of my time away. We are going to be doing some antique shopping, so I’ll also have to post my great finds!

First up this week is this wooden basket from Joss & Main:

This basket retails for $55.99 and is on sale for $40.95. Unfortunately, it is currently sold out, but I think I could make my own DIY version using furring strips. I love that this basket comes in Navy and White. A sturdier basket would be great for the entry way, for holding quilts in the family room, or even on the front porch.

Joss & Main
Joss & Main

 I also fell in love with this End table from Cost Plus World Market:

I love the bright color and am always in need of another end table outside on the patio. I think this would be relatively easy to make, inexpensive, and fun to do in a bright orange or bright blue!

Cost Plus World Market $31.99
Cost Plus World Market $31.99

 

I love this fabric wall art from West Elm:

I think you could make this from canvas, a painter’s drop cloth, or jute webbing. How cool would it be to use your own painters cloth and leave the color splashes from all your previous projects. Another option would be spray painting it a solid color like you see here. This could be a great indoor or outdoor piece of art.

West Elm $179 on sale for $134.99
West Elm $179 on sale for $134.99

I have been keeping my eyes open for ideas to hang pool towels outside. I love this rustic Multicolored Hook Rack from Pottery Barn Kids:

This retails for $89. I love the different colors and this would be an easy project to customize!

Pottery Barn Kids
Pottery Barn Kids

 

Another idea is to recreate these cute Flip Flop Hangers from Pier 1:

I would trace one of my own flip flops, cut out the shape with a jig saw and drill holes for fabric strips. I would finish it off with a decorative flower hook to hang beach towels on. These would even be cute with the kids names painted on them.

Pier 1 $69.95 on sale for $49.99
Pier 1 $69.95 on sale for $49.99

 The last set of inspiring hooks I found this week are these Numbered Hooks from Target:

I love the rustic look of these hooks, but you could do them in bright colors or even patterns such as chevron to make them more summery. Another idea would be white with bright teal nautical shapes such as anchors, star fish or coral painted on them as an accent.

Target $69.95
Target $69.95

Last but not least I wanted to share this creative craft idea for pine cones from Twig and Toadstool:

My mother in law asked me if there were any cute things we could do with the GIANT pine cones we have up here at their vacation home. I think creating these flowers and grouping them on a wreath would be so cute. You could also add these to a burlap ribbon tied around a candle holder. Very fun!

Twig and Toadstool
Twig and Toadstool

Hope you are feeling inspired and enjoying the Holiday Weekend!!

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End Table Repurpose Part 1: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I have a deep, dark secret…even though I love to DIY, I am an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Virgin…at least I was until last night!

Do you have anything that you wish you could do, but for some reason you hesitate? It’s a strange feeling for me!

I am such a “dive right in, think I can do things I clearly can’t, start a project, then google how to after it’s too late” kind of person…

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that I don’t know what to do with these hesitations.

At the moment they are 1. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and 2. Reupholstering those Dining Room Chairs!

Paint ASCP

Well, yesterday I decided to bite the bullet. I am starting small, and even though I tried to convince myself a million times to stray from the experience (back to my comfort zone) I have kept it real. I am redoing an end table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in French Linen. No mixing, no thinning with water, no polyurethane (ugh, that’s when it got tough)!!

And just like any DIY project that involves butterflies, hesitations, arguments with yourself and tears…I am so glad I took the plunge! I am in love :-).

I think ASCP is meant to be experimented with. It is so versatile, you are supposed to mix colors, add water, sand it, not sand etc…I just wanted to know how it felt to do something without all that, so that when I move forward with future projects, I will have a better feel for what I am working with.

There are so many tutorials on the web re: ASCP…and she will actually answer your questions if you ask! Can you believe that she is following me on twitter?? And that’s only because I tweeted about this project that I had butterflies about STARTING.  I love her already :-)

OK…enough chit chat. Here is phase 1 of a 2 part post. I will reveal my finished table tomorrow!

Here is the before:

End Table Before

Not so pretty, but only 5 bucks!! I didn’t even negotiate on that price :-)

Front End Table

I love the hardware, just not the color…but I can’t have a project without a little spray paint!!

End Table Handle

Then comes the moment you realize you get what you pay for :-(

Gross

The center panels on the top of both levels are….??? What the heck are they? I still don’t know! They are squishy, leather like, make that pleather like, water stained, sanded down to some kind of particle board looking…I still don’t know what it is!!

So, even though everyone on the internet has said you don’t need to sand before using ASCP, I couldn’t resist. Mostly because I was on a (failed) mission to figure out what those panels are made of.

Sanding

There was a lot of fretting during this project because I didn’t know what ASCP should look like after one coat, after two coats, after waxing etc…ugh! I should have watched some videos online before starting, but what’s the fun in that :-)

So, what do you think?? Success? Disaster? Have you ever had a piece of furniture with that kind of panel on top? Do you know what it is?? If so, please share!!

Come back tomorrow for the reveal :-)

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