Painted Brick [Magnolia/Waco Trip Part 3]

Welcome back!

I took so many pictures on our trip to Waco.  But this blog post will wrap up the 3 part series of my Waco trip.

Today I’m going to take you on a quick, but fun tour of Waco and one of my favorite things that I saw everywhere I turned a corner.

Painted brick!

 The signs were all  so pretty! It’s a creative (and easy .  And I assume cost effective) way to gussy up on old brick building.

Here are a few that we came across during our quick trip:


And just a few buildings over,  in the same parking lot, was the True Love Bar.

We ate at Schmaltz’s. Yum! It’s a small – very small – sandwich shop. But if you need a quick bite while you’re in town, please stop in! You won’t regret it.

It was just a few blocks away from the ones above.


This next one is my favorite. I love the colors. And the artwork.  It’s a block away from Magnolia, in the parking lot of another must see home decor store called The Findery.


And some of my favorites were on the Magnolia property itself.

This first one was on the far side of the property. If you didn’t happen to park on this side, you’d miss this little gem all together!  Dan and I went to Magnolia so many times that we found this during one of our visits.


And this one inside the Silo’s Baking Co (which I blogged about here).

I loved all of the painted brick around town. And I’m quite certain there is plenty more than the small representation above.

Thanks for reading all about our trip to Waco!

If you missed Part 1 of our trip, click here.

And Part 2, click here.


Monogrammed Wall Hanging Tutorial

I’m in the process of re-doing Emmie’s bedroom {and I recently blogged about the perfect {barely there} gray paint for her room}.  I was sad to take down some of her fun wall decor, like this DIY monogram wall hanging that I made!  I blogged about this quite a long time ago.  But I thought this was a great opportunity to share the tutorial with you yet again!

It looks like her monogram is painted directly on the wall….but it’s really a framed piece of art.

Here is a quick tutorial on this optical illusion.  You can create a framed monogram that looks like it’s part of your wall in just a few easy steps.

1. Select a frame. 

My frame was a champagne color, which wasn’t  the color I wanted for her room.  I spray painted the frame a chocolate color and used steel wool to lightly distress the frame, letting the gold undertones come through.

 2. Cut plywood to fit in frame.

Measure the opening of your frame from the back.  Cut a piece of plywood (or have Lowe’s cut it for you) that fits inside the frame, without the glass. Make sure that both the plywood AND the back of the frame fit in the opening.  This may require a thinner piece of plywood than expected.

3.  Spray the plywood with wall texture.

After reading the label on the can, spray your plywood with the suggested amount of texture. If you mess up, remember there is always the back side of the plywood! But honestly, I don’t think you can mess this step up.

4. Paint plywood.

After the wall texture dries, paint your plywood the same color as your wall.

5. Print out letters for monogram.

You can use vinyl letters for this step, or you can print them using your computer.  I don’t have Photoshop so I did mine the old school way….cut and paste!  Using a photo copier, I enlarged the letters to fit onto the wood.   Then I cut and taped them together, making sure it was spaced an appropriate amount.

6.  Trace letters onto plywood.

Place a piece of carbon paper behind your letters and begin tracing.  The carbon paper will leave an outline of the letters on the plywood.

7.  Paint letters.

Using an acrylic craft paint in a dark chocolate color, I painted the monogram.  This may take about 20 or 30 minutes, depending on how much of a perfectionist you are.  You may want to grab a diet coke and turn on some music or the tv while you work.

8. Put plywood back into frame.

Put the plywood in your frame and secure the back of the frame in place.  Then hang it up on your wall, sit back and enjoy!!


I love how it turned out and was so sad to take it down!  Maybe I’ll paint hers gray and hang it up in her newly decorated bedroom.

What do you think!?


The Desk – Part 2

I’m discovering that blogging during the summer is more of a challenge than I had originally imagined!  Maybe it’s because the kids are out of school.  Or maybe because we are out at the park and pool when the sun is shining.  Whatever the case, I’ve been slacking on my blogging and I do apologize.

Today I wanted to update you on my desk project.  Remember what it looked like when I brought the desk home?

I sprayed on the stripper and was amazed at how quickly it began to work!

On several parts of the desk, the paint practically fell off.  And on other parts of the desk….

…what a mess! I sprayed stripper and scraped.  Then sprayed more stripper and scraped some more.  Boy oh boy, what a hassle.

Once I felt like I was finally making some progress on the desk, I purchased my first can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite.

I’m just about done stripping the desk. So soon I can try out my new paint!  Stay tuned for the next update!

To read The Desk – Part 1, click here.


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Planting Succulents in Old Silver

Yesterday I finished up some teacher gifts where I planted succulents inside old books.  There ended up being a few plants left over, so I went searching through my cabinets for something fun to plant them in.  I came across some of my grandma’s silver tea service and my baby cup. Perfect!

I know succulents like to be in dry soil. And since there is no drainage in this silver, I added a few rocks to the bottom so the soil didn’t remain too wet.

I then added the succulents and some soil. Quick. And easy.

I put them in my kitchen, so now I have something fun to look at when I’m doing dishes!!


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Second Use Salvage

This week, I went to Seattle to have lunch with my dad before he had his radiation treatment. Since I was traveling kid-free and had a bit extra time, I decided to stop in a salvage store that I have dreamed of visiting.  The store is called Second Use, and it is seriously a junkers dream! (is “junkers” even a word?)

Here are a few of the really fun things that were selling….

There were a few glass cabinets that had tons of these sparkly doorknobs.

And look at all these fun hinges! I love how they organized them.

And these old chairs for kiddos.  They would be darling tucked in the corner of a room…Maybe with a big fern on it. Or in a front yard with a flower pot.

There was even an entire section dedicated to old mantels!

I’ve mentioned before that I’d like to a new door for our shed.  I was overwhelmed with their door selection.  {This picture only shows one row of their doors.  I think they had maybe 4 or 5 rows,}  But I had a headache (got a bit lost on the way there) and had to pee (I drank a diet coke on my drive to Seattle. Bad move when there is a possibility of getting lost!) All that to say, I wasn’t in the door shopping mood by the time I got there.

Look at this fun wood!? I’m sure there are tons of projects that this would be perfect for (but they were rather pricey…I think maybe $200 per slab?)

They even had an outside.  But you can see it was raining…and I had a headache…and had to pee.  So I skipped the outside this time around. But I’m sure there were plenty of other gems out there.

I may have to plan another trip someday when I have more time to browse.


Cabinet Door Chalkboards

I realize I am not unique by making something into a chalkboards.  But when I was down at the Habitat for Humanity Restore a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but purchase a few inexpensive cabinet doors for a project.  How can you turn down a perfectly good door for only $5?!  After thinking of a few upcoming events, I decided to turn them into chalkboards and give them as gifts.

I turned these….

into these…
Here is a quick and easy tutorial for making one of your own…
Use frog tape or blue painters tape to section off the area that you would like to paint.
Using chalkboard paint, apply paint to the cabinet door.
When the paint is dry, remove the painters tape.  Keep in mind that you may have to touch up a few places where paint crept through the tape.
Rub chalk all over to ‘cure’ the chalkboard. Then wipe it off with a dry cloth.
Attach D-rings to the back of the cabinet door.
Hang chalk from string to give as a gift or hang the chalkboard up in your house!
And your project is complete!
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Habitat for Humanity Restore

When I was up in Seattle for my dads surgery on Wednesday, I was hoping to stop by a salvage store nearby. But for the life of me, I couldn’t remember the stores name.  An Iphone can do a lot, but helping you find “salvage yard in seattle, wa” isn’t one of it’s strong suits.  I did find lots of AUTO salvage yards. Not what I wanted. Of course, once I was home, I remembered the name of the store.   Anyway, that got me thinking about our little gem of a salvage store near my home, Habitat for Humanity’s Restore.

Restore is both a great place to purchase AND donate.  When we added the playroom onto our house last year, I needed a place that would take things like our old doorknobs, hinges and light fixtures.  And of course, when you are looking for fun ‘junk’ for a project, Restore comes in handy too!!

I’m on the search for a new door for the shed in our backyard.  The door is worn and part of it is peeling back.  I’d really love a paned, glass door.  Something that let’s in a little light, but also gives the shed more character, like this door.

Unfortunately, this door wasn’t the right size.  It was too small, cost $55 and it weighed a ton.  Getting that baby home might prove to be a problem, so maybe I’m lucky it was too small.

Since I could’t find the exact door that I wanted, I tried to think out of the box a little.  This door could work.  Still fun and old. Still has a window.  But again, wrong size, which was a bummer because it was only $20!

This next door wasn’t at all what I was looking for, but I was so drawn to it and haven’t stopped thinking about it all day.  Here is the view from one side…

Now are you ready to see the other side?  For only $15, this door could have been mine….

Don’t you love that greenish-blue color? Or maybe I just love it’s $15 price tag! Dust it off, give it a good cleaning and it would make a great statement propped in the corner of a room.  Maybe with a pretty spring wreath hanging on it?  Oh why did’t I buy it?  But did I really need another door in my garage that didn’t serve a purpose?  The door didn’t match any of the colors in my house….so at the store it stays. I think I’m finally over it. Even after calling the store to put it on hold for me. I’m over it, I swear. Kind of…

Here are a few other gems I found today… Some old windows…

The lights below are kind of fun. They’re a bit disco, but in an updated kitchen, they might be interesting.

With a fresh coat of paint, this would make a great kitchen table….

Turn these doors on their sides and you could have a headboard. Or paint them a fun color and hang them on the wall.  Or maybe add some chalkboard paint on the recessed sections and hang in your kitchen for your grocery list or weekly menus.

And here is what I brought home with me….Three cabinet doors for a total of $17 ($5, $5 and $7).  I have a few projects in mind for these doors.  And I’ll be sure to blog about them too!

Thanks for following my journey to Restore today!

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