How to Hack and Stencil a Thrifted Table

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  Me and thrift stores have this weird connection: I think up some treasure in my head that I want to get my hands on, and miraculously during one of my quick "drive-bys" at the thrift store after work, there "IT" is, as if someone donated it just for me. That's what happened with this $30 solid, thrifted table that I hacked and stenciled for my latest DIY project. (Yes, just $30!!) Before I show you how … [Read more...]

Pallet Board Daybed by Zest it Up

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Hi there, All Things Thrifty readers! We are crazy excited to be added among the happy family of contributors here!  We are Zest it Up, a couple of gals who have ventured into the worlds of blogging, catering, and designing....well, pretty much we tackle whatever we can get our hands on. Sam and I are friends who got tired of saying "someday" about our dreams, and decided to switch things up to "someday today!"  … [Read more...]

Multi-Functioning Coffee Table {Kid’s Art Supply Storage AND Flower Planter in one!}

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  Sometimes it’s hard to create that balance between a chaotic house and a clean house, and every single day I found myself pulling out the art supplies for my daughter Londyn. She loves to draw, and I decided that instead of putting away the art supplies multiple times a week, we would make a permanent table in the family room for her crayons and colored pencils. The great thing about the table though is that the … [Read more...]

Industrial Furniture Painting Technique! {EASY as 1.2.3.}

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One thing I can promise you is that my house is not boring! I bought these IKEA barstools almost a year ago with this tutorial in mind. But, for some reason, I kept putting it off! Plus, I didn’t know if my vision would actually work so it took a back seat on my to do list.  I caught a wild hair the other day and glazed all four of these barstools in less than 30 minutes. So, when I say this tutorial is as easy as … [Read more...]

Not my favorite spray painting brand…

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Last Spring our courtyard needed a makeover, so I spray-painted our patio table. Yes, I took these pictures nearly a year ago. I forgot I had taken them, and I came across them today. I’m scatter-brained what can I say. But, I thought I should tell you what happened so that you don’t run into the same problems if you decide to spray paint anything in the near future. I used Valspar Spray paint called Exotic Sea, … [Read more...]

Whitewashing/Glazing Tutorial {Sawdust and Embryos}

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Hi Guys! Happy weekend! It’s always such a joy for me to stop in each month and throw down a tutorial for all you fabulous ATT readers! If you’re not familiar, I’m Beth from Sawdust and Embryos! Today I want to discuss how...  contrary to many of the pieces in our furniture portfolio, we’ve learned that PAINTING FURNITURE ISN’T ALWAYS THE ANSWER! It’s really about making a piece flow beautifully with a room’s … [Read more...]

China Cabinet Transformation! {Guestpost by Sawdust and Embryos}

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Sweet/darling/gorgeous ATT Readers! It’s me Beth from Sawdust and Embryos! I’ll have you know that Brooke and I fiiiiiinally met in person a few weeks ago at Haven (despite being BFF’s for many moons... I mean OBVIOUSLY). Contributor and contributee... united at last. And let me just tell you that she is divine times infinity. And quite possibly one of the nicest people I’ve met. LIKE EVER. I’m saddened to … [Read more...]

How to paint furniture with Lacquer.

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1. Find a table and wash off all the macaroni and cheese splatters. {The lacquer won’t stick if it isn’t clean}. We bought ours at a yard sale for $125.00. It is solid wood and three people can barely move the beast. 2. Design or purchase your vinyl. I made my fork and knife on my Silhouette machine and cut the vinyl myself. 3. Weed the vinyl with a hook tool. 4. Measure your table to make sure your vinyl is … [Read more...]

How to Stain UGLY Oak Wood Darker {easily}

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My father in law is going to give me the HARDEST time for this post. He LOVES oak. He loves it so much. He should marry it. I have had at least 25 conversations with him about the “precious” oak in his home. Listen, it’s not my house, so whether or not they change it is their choice, not mine. But, my MIL {who I introduced you to HERE} keeps asking my opinion about how to update their home. I tell her what I would do and … [Read more...]

Furniture Transformations {I just love these!}

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  Every once in a while I get to hear from my awesome readers and I. Love. It. It seriously just makes my whole day/week! I just love it. It makes what I do so much more worth it! Below are just a few of the recent projects I have received. You guys! Send me your projects! I read your emails and I love to see them! I may not personally answer every single one but I DO read them! Back to the transformations... This … [Read more...]