A Nightstand Fairytale

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Once upon a time, there were male roommates who decided it was time to move out of their crappy apartment and on with their separate lives. During this transition, one of the guys abandoned a nightstand. One of the other men thought “Sweet! Free furniture!” and decided to rescue it.

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The nightstand inheritor then went on with his life and later got married to a wonderful woman with a passion for DIY. (That’s me!)

Over the coarse of the next eight years, this nightstand was toted back and forth across the country with the couple, to find it’s self only miles from where this journey first stated. The thought of getting rid of this piece of furniture definitely crossed the couple’s minds, but the wife always new great things were in the future of this nightstand.

After several years of spending quality time in the couple’s basement, it was finally time for this gem to make a reappearance in the world with a band new look.

This makeover began with a light exfoliation of the exterior using 120 grit sand paper.

Next, a hydrating mask of primer was applied to the surface area and allowed to dry.

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This process was then followed by two layers of white paint brushed onto the nightstand.

Finally, fabric and a staple gun were used to dress up the interior backing of the furniture.

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Hey, nobody’s perfect. Even this little gal had some imperfections that deserved a bit of cover-up.

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Isn’t she a beauty?

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The husband and wife couple were extremely pleased with this furniture transformation. And they all lived happily ever after. The End.

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Your Designs This Time – No. 29

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Welcome to Your Designs This Time – No. 29. If you are new here, we’re so happy you stopped by and to our old friends who have been here before, we are glad you are back! We love seeing all of projects that are shared each week. It is so inspiring! Also this week here at EJD, we are giving you each a chance to enter a giveaway for a $10 Michaels Gift Card and Craft Bundle. Good luck!

$10 Michaels Gift Card and Craft Bundle Giveaway

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All items are brand new (total value over $60!) and personally picked out by us.

This Craft Bundle consists of:
- (2) Studio Decor 4 x 6 pedestal picture frames
- (2) Mini chalkboards
- (1) Package of 6 trims -1 yd. each
- (1) Amaco Rub’n Buff metallic wax finish
- (1) Scotch Expressions Tape
- (1) Martha Stewart Crafts utility brush set
- (1) Package of 48 Mod Podge tracing templates
- (2) Wooden rubber stamps
- (1) 6 fl oz. Martha Stewart Crafts wood stain
- (1) 2 fl. oz. Martha Stewart Crafts glitter acrylic craft paint
- (1) Recollections ribbon- 5/8in. x 5ft.
- (1) Roll paper tape
- (1) Loew Cornell 1? spong roller
- (1) Package Ook thumb tacks – 20pc.
- (1) K & C Company Smash captions – 42pc.
- (4) “handmade with love” clothes pins
- (1) Decorative tin with chalkboard lid.

Just Enter the Giveaway below for a chance to win. Good Luck!
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This contest is open to United States of America residents only. All entrants must be 18 years of age or older. We will contact the randomly selected winner within 48 hours of the contest close. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, Amaco, K & C Company, Loew Cornell, Martha Stewart Crafts, Michaels, Mod Podge, Ook, Recollections, Scotch, and Studio Decor or associated with, Facebook, Instgram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

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The Features

How amazing is this DIY Gold Tip Feather Garland from Simple Stylings? If I had a mantel, I know what would be going on it!

DIY Gold Tip Feather Garland

And can we talk about this White Rustic Fall Mantel from Cherished Bliss? I’m in love!

White Rustic Fall Mantel

This kitchen makeover from The Hartland blew my mind! Seriously, go check out the before!

Kitchen Reveal :: The Hartland

How delicious do these Sweet Fall Treats from Cupcakes & Crowbars look? I need them in my belly now!

Sweet Fall Treats

And lastly, this Vintage Radio Stand makeover from Anderson and Grant is just perfection.

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If you were featured, be sure to grab a button and thanks again for sharing your projects! It’s always so hard to choose because SO many projects are fabulous!


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- Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all of our blogs. By submitting a link, you authorize Brepurposed, Elizabeth Joan Designs, Little House Of Four, and Restless Arrow to feature your project on our blogs and social media. (This includes a photo from your project’s post and a link back to your blog.)
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Updating the Foyer, Again

I know. I know. I should leave well enough alone. But I just couldn’t. There was just something off with our foyer, so I decided to paint the door going to the garage. Again.

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You can see in the before photo below the difference that a little paint and lighting (natural vs. artificial) can make. Obviously, it was a lot better than the previous state it was in, but I just felt it still needed a little something more.

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As far as paint goes, I kind of went back and forth on what I wanted to do. I had been researching chalk paint (which is technically not the same as chalkboard paint) and thought it might be something I wanted to try on a few furniture pieces. I honestly had no idea that chalkboard paint and chalk paint were two different things until a month or two ago. Chalk paint is a paint with a chalky type matte texture that is great for furniture, especially when antiquing pieces. You typically apply either a clear or dark wax over the top of it to finish it off. Chalkboard paint is made to be used specifically for writing on with chalk, a la classic school house chalkboards.

However, after reading a great post about chalk paint by Diane from In My Own Style, I was eager to try out chalk paint since it appeared that it could possibly pull double duty as a great furniture paint (with wax) and another option for chalking on (without wax.)

So, after receiving several 50% off coupons in the mail from JoAnn’s, I decided to head to the store where I found these.

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I decided that for the door, I wanted the option of being able to write on it with chalk, since it is the last thing anyone really sees on their way out. Being able to remind the fam of things like “don’t forget to take lunch,” or “soccer tonight at 6″ would come in really handy. So, I started in on the first coat of paint.

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It seemed to adhere really well to the semi-gloss paint that was already on the door and I didn’t have to sand or use any primer. Woo to the Hoo! I ended up putting on 2 coats and the coverage was amazing.

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After it had cured, I attempted to write with chalk on the door. Success! I started in a small, inconspicuous area and found that I didn’t need to prime the door with chalk and that all evidence of script-y chalk writing easily wiped off with a dry cloth. Of course, then I had to get a little more creative…

Stripes are nice.

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And this lovely trellis pattern mixed with the scribbles of a 3 year old is the perfect blend of business on the top and party on the bottom. Kind of like a mullet.

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I love the way that the gray cools the space and that the door is now a focal point. What are your experiences with chalk paint? Were you as oblivious as I was about the differences of chalk paint vs. chalkboard paint? I swear that I’m not that ditzy. My blonde hair is from a bottle. Just ask my stylist sister.

$10 Michaels Gift Card and Craft Bundle Giveaway

Are you feeling lucky?

A few weeks ago I entered a giveaway on our friend Katie’s blog, Little House Of Four, and I won. My winnings consisted of Katie’s favorite craft supplies. We thought this was such a fun way to thank her readers, that Erin and I were inspired to hold a very similar giveaway to show all of you our appreciation for your loyalty. (Thanks for the idea Katie!)

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All items are brand new (total value over $60!) and personally picked out by us.

This Craft Bundle consists of:
- (2) Studio Decor 4 x 6 pedestal picture frames
- (2) Mini chalkboards
- (1) Package of 6 trims -1 yd. each
- (1) Amaco Rub’n Buff metallic wax finish
- (1) Scotch Expressions Tape
- (1) Martha Stewart Crafts utility brush set
- (1) Package of 48 Mod Podge tracing templates
- (2) Wooden rubber stamps
- (1) 6 fl oz. Martha Stewart Crafts wood stain
- (1) 2 fl. oz. Martha Stewart Crafts glitter acrylic craft paint
- (1) Recollections ribbon- 5/8in. x 5ft.
- (1) Roll paper tape
- (1) Loew Cornell 1″ spong roller
- (1) Package Ook thumb tacks – 20pc.
- (1) K & C Company Smash captions – 42pc.
- (4) “handmade with love” clothes pins
- (1) Decorative tin with chalkboard lid.

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To enter for a chance to win a $10 Michael’s Gift Card and Craft Bundle, follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter ballot below.

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We will be announcing the winner of the $10 Michaels Gift Card and Craft Bundle Monday, October 6, 2014 at Your Designs This Time – No. 30. Good Luck!

This contest is open to United States of America residents only. All entrants must be 18 years of age or older. We will contact the randomly selected winner within 48 hours of the contest close. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, Amaco, K & C Company, Loew Cornell, Martha Stewart Crafts, Michaels, Mod Podge, Ook, Recollections, Scotch, and Studio Decor or associated with, Facebook, Instgram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

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Trashed Corkboard Gets Makeover

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Back in April when Erin was visiting, you might have caught a glimpse of this garbage picking photo from this post or on Instagram (@erinejd and @emilyejd1.)

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Well, in this photo I am rescuing a corkboard. As soon as I saw this baby, I knew with the right makeover she would be perfect for my oldest son’s bedroom.

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Without too much of a plan in mind, I got to work.

Materials

Discarded corkboard
220 grit sand paper
Minwax English Walnut Stain
Burlap – I had a large piece left over from another project
Push pins- I picked up a pack at Lowes for $1.34

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First, I sanded down the frame of the bulletin board with 120 grit sandpaper and wiped it clean.

Next, I brushed on Minwax English Walnut Stain with a natural bristle brush, making sure to wipe off any excess with a rag. Once it was dry, I applied a coat of Minwax Polycrylic.

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After the frame was dry, I cut out a piece of burlap that was just slightly larger than the cork area of the board.

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Then, I folded the edges of the burlap under itself and secured it to the cork with push pins. I continued placing the pins about ½ inch apart all around the boarder, being sure to tuck the burlap along the way.

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Finally, it was complete and ready for use.

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I am in love! It fits the style of my son’s vintage airplane bedroom so well. Stay tuned to see more updates for this room soon!

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What room/rooms are you working on in your home?

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