Flea Market Furniture Flip

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We have officially said goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring!! And if you are anything like me the warm weather means it’s time to spend my weekends at the flea market looking for those one of a kind pieces you can up-cycle. So as I gear up for another Spring & Summer of hunting for those treasures I can’t bare to live without for one more minutes I figured I would share a DIY up-cycle I recently did on a pair of entry way tables and mirrors.

 

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So like most of us I have to learn to decorate on a budget (which by the way is completely unrealistically set by my other half.) Even though we move to new duty stations everything few years (Thank you to the U.S. Army) I always learn where the best flea market finds are as soon as possible. After awhile you learn where the best finds are whether that be a yard sale, thrift store, or flea market. Oh yea and I am not afraid to travel if it’s worth it sometimes it may be an hour drive but if I can catch some awesome finds it’s well worth the trip.

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So how do you find these one of a kind pieces? You have to open your mind and see past the furniture or treasures that someone has cast away as trash. Be creative try to see what the piece could be not what it is. There is nothing a little chalk paint and sand paper can’t fix in my book. You can turn someone else junk into a pot of gold if you put enough love into it. Anyone can buy a piece of furniture but when you take something old and used and create something beautiful you will be hooked (and it’s all up hill from there.)

 

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So these end tables were honestly not a huge project for me. The mirrors were a little more work since I had to tape off the glass and paint the fine details of the design. However the steps were exactly the same. Even those this wasn’t one of the harder DIY’s I have done the simplicity of the white and added distress made these one of those projects I wish I could have kept for myself.

  1. I made sure to clean my end tables and mirrors to ensure I remove all the dust and dirt that can come associated with a curb-find.  (Soap and water with a damp rag) works perfectly.  (If the item is laminate then you need to slightly sand it with 150 or 220 grit sand paper, then clean it.) Also always remove handles or pulls when working on furniture you don’t want to get paint on them and trust me you will if you don’t remove them ahead of time.

  2. Next I made sure to use a clean and a dry paint brush dry (Only use a damp brush when working with fabric). I applied two coats of Dixie Belle Paint http://www.dixiebellepaint.com  (allowing it to dry at least two hours in between coats.) Now you can use any brand paint or color you prefer to work with. This was just something I had on hand to review and it was thick and was a quick dry paint so it worked perfectly for my project deadline.

  3. Once you have allowed the piece to dry completely you can distress it. (This is my favorite part) Depending on your style or desired look will reflect in the end product. You an always slightly distress and then add more until satisfied. I took 150-220 grit sand paper and gently ran it across all the edges and curves of the tables.

  4. Once that was dry I took some Dixie Bell Clear Coat Finish and applied it over the entire piece. It comes in 8, 16, and 32 oz. jars and a little goes a long way.

  5. Finally if you want you can apply a glaze at this point. Use a clean and dry paint brush to apply the glaze.

 

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I love to use a specific brand of chalk paint when working on vintage treasures. One that is universal and can be used on almost any surface…wood, metal, glass, laminate, ceramic,  and even fabric! Now in some cases you may need to go for a layered look. In my situation these pieces were dark enough that I didn’t need a base color to add to my steps. However this is not always the case. So here are some steps to take if you need to achieve a layer look on you flea market find.

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  1. First you want to apply a darker color as your base coat.
  2. Once that has completely dried you will want to apply your lighter of the two colors over the first color.
  3. Next time to sand…sand….sand. I would recommend using a 150 to 220 grit sand paper same as I used above in the DIY tutorial. Now this is where you can get creative. Depending on your desired look you can sand just enough to where the base color does through in some spots and in others sand all the way down to the original piece. This will give you a one of a kind unique look to the piece itself.

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Now remember when you head off to the flea markets take plenty of cash (Budget’s usually fly out the window at this point) always take a truck big enough to fit well everything lol! Also don’t be afraid to negotiate prices they don’t want to load it up and take it home almost as much as you don’t want to leave without it (So haggle nicely.)

Here is the link to the Dixie Belle Paint Co. if you haven’t tried them I would get some sample sizes and see what you think. I have been more than satisfied with all their products and I can’t wait to try more.

**A super special thanks to Sweet Tea for letting me use your pictures! They’re awesome!**

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May IPSY Glam Bag

maySo I have yet to be disappointed with any IPSY Glam bag I have received. The May bag came yesterday and I have to tell you I am super excited to review the products. This month has really raised the bar and the products are just awesome. I feel like each bag was made just for me! For those of you who don’t know when you sign up for an IPSY Glam bag you are asked a variety of questions.

 

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Painting 101

PPPainting can be fun (if you are artistic like me) or painting can be a pain if you’re not prepared for the task. Making sure you have all the right tools and prep work done ahead of time can mean the difference between a successful project or a major fail.

You want to select the tools you will need to get the job done. Although cost affordable is key you want to pick tools that aren’t cheap because it will show in your end product. Pick brushes that are comfortable because you will spend quality time with them for sure. You want to buy the best quality that you can afford. Trust me when I say your brush will see you through many projects if you commit to a good one.

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My Mommy Anxiety

girlsSo I was never a person who suffered from anxiety, until I became a mother. Once I became a mom everything changed. My life was now submersed in daily rituals and never-ending to-do lists! I suddenly became this person, who had to plan everything thoroughly (I make lists about lists). I never grasped how much my emotions would change from day-to-day. Sometimes I can be a bit stubborn especially when it comes to my children and their routines. This can be very confusing to other people (my husband for one) and it’s not something I can easily explain (I don’t understand it myself). So I wanted to break down my “Mommy Anxiety” as best as I can to try make some sense of it all and see if anyone else can relate. Continue reading

May Target Beauty Box Preview

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So as most of you know I have been trying to get the Target Beauty Box but it is always sold out. Well I found a site that allows me to get email alerts when beauty subscriptions open up and holy hallelujah I was able to order it. So here are the contents of the May Target Beauty Box. These are all the latest beauty must haves ($47 value for only $10 plus tax & no shipping fees.) We all need beauty products, which allow us to pamper ourselves once in a while. So I will test then out and let you know what I think. We would also love to know your review of any of these products so feel free to leave those in the comment section of this article. If you love them as much as I do then I want to hear it. Also you can find all of these items at full size at http://Target.com/beautybox

Here are the 9 items that will be arriving in the Target Beauty Box for May.

 

loreal

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen
The newest format in lip color, this sleek, sophisticated pen gives your lips rich color that glides on effortlessly in one precise stroke. $8.40 (.032 oz.)

 

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Hair Food Sulfate-Free Kiwi Dry Shampoo
A lightweight, sulfate-free hair refresher that absorbs excess oils and transforms oily hair into fresh hair. $11.99 (4.9 fl. oz.)

 

laneige

Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream
Infused with 6 skin-perfecting essential minerals, this moisturizing cream restores and strengthens your skin, and retains moisture for up to 24 hours. $32 (1.7 oz.)
andolou

Andalou Naturals Age-Defying Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream
This rich cream combines a potent mix of antioxidants that improve skin’s texture and diminish fine lines and wrinkles overnight. $12.00 (1.7 fl. oz.)

 

cerav

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
A ceramide-rich cleanser that balances and replenishes skin in one easy step while helping restore and maintain the skin’s natural protective function. $6.97 (12 oz.)

 

 

burts

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil
Delivering luxuriously clean, healthy-looking skin without oily residue, this gentle facial cleanser gently dissolves dirt and makeup without stripping the skin. $13.59 (6 oz.)

egyptian

Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream
A healing skin care cream with powerful moisturizing and nourishing properties thanks to its unique mixture of all-natural ingredients. $19.95 (4 oz.)

 

dermac

Derma e 0.5 oz Firming DMAE Moisturizer with Alpha Lipoic and C-Ester
Rich in moisture and nutrients, this nourishing cream visibly firms, lifts and smoothes skin. 100% vegan and cruelty-free. $23.96 (.5 oz)

 

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L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Body Towelettes
Convenient and easy to use, these tanning towelettes create a streak-free, natural-looking tan. Perfect for at home or on the go. Retail $9.99 (6 Count)

I am having so much fun with all these beauty subscriptions. It is allowing me try products I never would have, and I am loving them. We all deserve a little something and this delivers that something right to my door, in a gorgeous gift wrapped box just for me!

Just keep checking back to see if they open up the subscription its well worth it

http://www.target.com/p/target-beauty-box