August 2014 Review

Hi! Every month we like to sum up what we have been up to. Here are our latest blogging adventures:

-These projects were selected to be features on other blogs!

Thank you to all of the amazing bloggers who have chosen to highlight us. To see the blogs we have been featured on, go to our Features/Links page.

- We invited Amber, at Restless Arrow, to make a guest appearance on our blog this month. She provided our readers with an awesome tutorial for a DIY coffee table turned desk. If you have not checked out her blog yet, be sure to stop by for a visit.



- This week we teamed up with 10 other amazing bloggers to bring you a chance at winning $120 PayPal Cash!


The Rustic Willow / Lily All Sorts / Elizabeth Joan Designs
The Diary of a Real Housewife / Little House of Four / Joy in Our Home
The Wetherilss Say I Do / Little Red Brick House
Sweet Sassy Southern Belle / Meet The B’s / Canary Street Crafts

Just Enter the Giveaway below for a chance to win. Good Luck!
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All entrants must be 18 years of age or older. The randomly selected winner will be contacted after contest is closed. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by PayPal or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.

- Our weekly link up, Your Designs This Time, is always full of inspiration. We are so thankful to have Brepurposed, Little House of Four, Stripes and Polka Dots, and Restless Arrow hosting with us. These ladies are all truly amazing and talented. Fellow bloggers, be sure to share you latest projects every Monday at 8:00am EST for a chance to be featured on all five blogs.


-To see more of Elizabeth Joan Designs, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’, Twitter, Google Plus, Erin’s Instagram and Emily’s Instagram.

Your Designs This Time – No. 25 and $120 PayPal Giveaway

Hi! Welcome to Your Designs This Time – No. 25! This week we are not only bringing you our weekly link party, but we have teamed up with 10 other bloggers to give you a chance at winning $120 PayPal Cash.



Good Luck!
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All entrants must be 18 years of age or older. The randomly selected winner will be contacted after contest is closed. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by PayPal or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.

Now, on to the link up.

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Thanks again to everyone who has linked up with us and made this a success. Wow! There were so many amazing projects this week. We had a hard time only picking 5 features.

The Latest

We’d love for you to follow your hosts is some way!

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The Features

This Command Center from Hawthorne and Main is to die for. Absolutely beautiful!


House of Hawkes have created the perfect DIY faux marble desk. Stunning!


How fun are these Rustic Shutters from The Cookie Puzzle?


After a long search for the perfect shade of gray paint, Table and Hearth’s bedroom transformation turned out wonderfully.


Can DIY wine storage get any simpler than this amazing wood crate wine rack from My Anything and Everything?


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!

The Details

- Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all five of our blogs. By submitting a link, you authorize Brepurposed, Elizabeth Joan Designs, Little House Of Four, Stripes and Polka Dots, 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.)
- Link up only YOUR OWN new designs, projects, or ideas.
- No Etsy stores, giveaways, or link parties please.
- We love seeing your latest projects, and by linking up you are giving authorization to be sent a weekly invitation to Your Designs This Time.
- Please feel free to add our button to your blog or a visible link back to the this post, so others can join in.

Faux Roman Shade

If you’ve been following along, then you probably know that we’ve been working on our kitchen and I wanted to share a little update that has made a big impact on the space.

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I love the look of Roman shades (especially this striped one from Dear Lillie) and knew that I wanted something similar in our kitchen instead of the horribly over sized mini-blinds that were there when we bought our home. Seriously, who hangs blinds above the window on the wall?

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However, I didn’t have the patience to wait for similar fabric to be shipped to me, so I decided to use an old white curtain we had in storage and paint it with stripes. I started by removing the blinds and measuring the window dimensions. Then, I marked where the edges would be on the curtain and cut along the left side and top. leaving some seam allowance and room for a pocket along the top. (I used the existing finished edges on the bottom and right side.)

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Next, I sewed the unfinished sides, leaving a pocket along the top for a tension rod to go through.

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To paint the stripes, I kind of followed this tutorial from Perfectly Imperfect. The color is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, which is the same as our wall color in the kitchen.

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Once everything was dry and the tape removed, I hung the curtain up on the tension rod. Unfortunately, there were some places where the light was still visible through the paint and it looked pretty funky. See?

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So, I used a paint brush to touch up those spots and everything in the world was good again.

Finally, it was time to make this simple, straight curtain into a Roman shade. I placed two more cheap tension rods in front of my fabric roughly 6 inches from the top rod and from each other.

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Then, I pulled a section forward from behind the middle rod and draped it over the front. I did the same for the bottom tension rod too, which gives the look of a roman shade, minus the functionality. (If you are looking for a DIY Roman shade that works, check out Emily’s post, A Shady Project.)

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I think this was the perfect item to add some interest to our kitchen!

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If you want to see more of what we’ve accomplished in this room, check out the posts Shelf Obsessed and Revamping the Breakfast Nook.


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Fighting Oil With Oil

We’ve recently been working hard to transform our dated 1980′s kitchen into something from this century. A major part of this transformation has involved primer/paint and few lessons learned.

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We have been using oil based primer on our cabinets and it is the first time we’ve really had any experience with it. We’ve learned that the stuff sticks to everything (yay!) and that this stuff literally sticks to everything (boo.) Like the time my husband, Chris, got it all over his hands and tried to wash it off with soap and water. Not good. It just made it even messier and smeared it around more because, obviously, oil and water do not mix. So while he stood in the bathroom covered in stickiness, I did what any good wife would do and went to bed headed to the computer to search for ways to remove the primer.

We found that a mixture of olive oil and salt worked great to get the primer off and also gave his hands a good exfoliation in the process. (Who doesn’t want a man with soft hands?) So, when we dropped a paint brush filled with primer on the floor a few days later, I decided to try the olive oil technique on that as well.

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That is after we found that a dry paper towel just smeared that primer around on the floor.

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To remove the smear, I initially tried a mixture of olive oil and salt, but found that on our floor we only needed to use the olive oil. You can see how easily it removes all of the primer in this handy dandy video. Enjoy!

A few more details to take into consideration:

- Our flooring is vinyl stick tiles. I’m not sure if or how this technique would work on other types of flooring, i.e. wood, ceramic tile, laminate.

- This technique works on fresh spills and dried primer too, provided you add a little more elbow grease.

- Use olive oil to remove oil based primer and paint from brushes too!

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Sometimes It’s the Little Things

Whenever I get a free chance, I am still trying to work on our playroom. It really is coming close to being finished. I just had lost a bit of my motivation and I finally feel like I might be getting back on track.

I have already shared a lot of the larger projects like:

But now it is time to share some of the smaller projects that still contribute big impact to the room.

1. This friendly dinosaur, named Frank (I just made that up) was an unfinished piece I came across while shopping at JoAnne Fabrics. Combined with their famous 40% off coupon, this guy was a great deal.

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I knew spray-painting him orange would give me the pop of color I was looking for. Isn’t he adorable?

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2. Mind puzzles can be extremely hard to solve. So what do I do, I take a few of my husband’s apart and stain them the color of my choice. Then ask him, oh so kindly, to reassemble each one. Luckily, I have a pretty awesome husband that accepted my challenge and put each and every piece back in its’ rightful place. (THANK YOU, Adam!)

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I love the way these intricate brainteasers look. Perfect for our playroom!

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3. If you follow me on Instagram, then you may remember seeing this picture of fun garage sale finds featuring a floating shelf I purchased for $1.

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You can’t really beat that price, right? I brought it home and touched up a few dinged spots on it with some wood filler and painted over it to make it match the rest of the shelf.

My touch ups made this shelf look like new! We are so happy with the results!

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Well folks, that’s all I have for today. Hopefully one of these days I will be able to share the full playroom reveal with you, but until then, toodle-loo!


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