French Lettered Milking Stool

During a casual family walk through our neighborhood last summer, I stumbled upon this abandoned milking stool laying curbside.

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I picked up this solitary discarded gem and brought it home. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it the moment I first laid my eyes on it. Paint it white and add french lettering to the top. Finding time in my busy schedule to give it a makeover, didn’t come as easily.

One year later, this lonely little guy still sat in my basement. He was just craving modification. On Wednesday, of this week, I decided I should address his needs.

Frist, I used wood filler to adhere the seat back together and allowed for it to dry.

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Next, it was priming time.

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Then, once it had dried, I slapped on two coats of semi-gloss white paint with a brush and allowed plenty of time to cure.

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After that, came the hard part. The french lettering. I printed a wonderful typography image from Graphics Fairy and exercised the same technique used by Erin for her chalkboard lettering post.

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1. I rubbed chalk on back of image.
2. Using a ball point pen, I traced the letters.
3. Then, I removed the paper and I was left with a chalk copy of the image on the seat.
4. I used black acryillic paint and a flat tipped brush to go over each letter and design.
5. After I finished painting, I went back and evened the edges. (This picture is before I straightened the lines out.)

What can I say, Erin hit the nail on the head with this method. Love the results!

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To finish off this project, I applied a couple coats of polycyclic to the stool to add some durability.

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It’s exactly how I had pictured it and all I needed was one old stool, one year, one perfect french image from Graphics Fairy, and one sister with a genius approach.

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Have you ever tried this technique for transferring an image? How did it work for you?


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10 Minute Wood Cutting Board

Every once in awhile, I come across some extra wood from a project. You know, those random pieces that are left over after everything is cut. And since I’m not really a big fan of just throwing them away, I went in search of something to do with them. After perusing the interwebs, I found a great tutorial from Centsational Girl for DIY Wood Cutting Boards.

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This post is by no means some sort of amazingly new way to make a cutting board. I just used Centsational Girl’s guide and thought I would reiterate just how simple and quick this awesome project is. After you find the wood you want to use, there are only 4 steps.

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1. Trace a handle onto the wood piece. I made a template by cutting a piece of cardstock to the width of the wood (8 inches) and folding it in half. Next, I free-handed the shape of a handle on it and cut it out. Then, I opened it back up and traced around the edges.

2. Cut out the handle. I grabbed my handy hubs and had him help me cut with a jig saw, so I could take pics and not chop off my hand in the process. Thanks, Honey!

3. Sand everything smooth and wipe clean.

4. Condition the wood with mineral oil.

And that is it. The cutting board is then ready to use.

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This project literally took only 10 minutes from start to finish. I think it honestly took longer to gather and style all the food on top.

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So, if you find yourself with some extra lumber, this is a great project to tackle that won’t take up a lot of time, but yields quick and fulfilling results.


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Your Designs This Time – No.19

Welcome to Your Designs This Time No. 19! We are so thankful to those of you who link up with us and continue to make this a success. We just love seeing your inspiring projects and can’t wait to share your awesome ideas on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus throughout the week. Also, be sure to check out/follow our Pinterest boards too. We are pinning all of our favorites.

What we’ve been up to:


Hanna and Sara from Stripes and Polka Dots know how to throw a beautiful outdoor summer party. These customized chargers give lots of interest to this wonderful table setting.


Mmm this fruit pizza looks amazing! Leslie at Lamberts Lately shared this awesome dish and a few other delicious looking brunch recipes we can’t wait to try.


We just love this hay bail party seating! Colleen at Lemon Thistle is so cleaver to us old hotel sheets as seat covers.


Our House Now A Home created this absolutely stunning console table. We are lovin’ the industrial rustic look.


Check out these fun DIY string art projects from Cassie at Kent Heartstrings. Love the anchor!


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The Key To Painting Laminate Furniture

One of my very first DIY furniture projects was when I was 18. I helped my best friend paint a set of identical laminate bookcases with latex paint. She needed them to display her My Little Pony collection. (She’s a little crazy, but I still love her.) We slapped a coat of white paint on the entire set and within a few minutes the paint bubbled up and peeled right off. Clearly this was not the way to paint laminate furniture. So, what is the right way?

Through this experience and many others of painting laminate furniture, I can now present you with the abundance of knowledge I have accumulated on this topic. Is it the right way? I don’t know about that, but it is what works for me.

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The particular piece I worked on for this post, is an IKEA Expedite Shelf like this one…


1. Light Sanding
This step is optional, but recommended. Laminate is smooth and glossy. Lightly sanding it dulls the surface enough to assist the primer and paint to affix for a long lasting look.

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2. Primer
Primer is awesome, and the key to the success of this entire project. It sticks to the laminate and creates the perfect surface for your paint to adhere to. It will help prevent the paint from peeling or being scratched. Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer is generally my pick, but Kilz works well too. I usually let it dry overnight, but some primers can ready in just an hour. Be sure to check the label for accurate timing.

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3. Curing Time
This is also a very important step. Because latex paint can be a little tacky and sticky for a while even after it’s dry to touch, it is important to let the furniture sit without being used for at least one to three weeks after being painted. I know this sounds like a crazy amount of time, but it really pays off in the end. You know when you touch two items recently painted, the paint from one will peel off on the other. This curing time will allow the paint to harden and you will avoid this little problem.

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Have you ever attempted painting laminate furniture? If so, was it a success or a fail? Tell us all about your experience in the comments! We would love to hear from you!


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