But I finally did and I love it! Thanks, Lauren! :)
My friend, Lauren, gave me this awesome old window for my birthday a few years ago and I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with it!
But I finally did and I love it! Thanks, Lauren! :)
What do y'all think?? Do you have any old windows at home?
In the past month or so, I've been thinking a lot about how we can be more intentional with our kids when it comes to teaching them the bible.
Of course we have had our Jesus Storybook Bible for a long time now, and read them stories pretty often. We try to talk about the bible, about what makes God happy, and how we find our happiness by enjoying life through our relationship with God. But, I just keep thinking about the idea of how to store these things up in their hearts, bind them around their necks Proverbs 6:20-23, so that they won't forget the story of God.
I pray constantly that God would raise up our sons to be men of courage and honor that will glorify Him. I pray that we will see God move mountains through them and their faith. And, that will start in our home.
So, I also pray constantly for wisdom and humility, and that God will cover the huge gaps that we are sure to leave. :)
I say all of that to say, a few weeks ago, we started working on memory verses. While there are many other ways that we, of course, need to be more intentional this is one way that they seem to be enjoying. And, I'm doing some memorizing too! :)
It took us about three weeks to get to this point, but I couldn't be more proud of my lil man!
Colton does a great job, too! He will consistently tell me, "Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous...God...where you go." :)
In what ways does your family "be intentional?" I would love your ideas!!!
The kids and I have been doing "preschool" at home for a little while now. It's been really fun... Micaiah can recognize the letters "S" and "M" and when we are out and about he points them out to me! So I've been looking for an old coffee table to turn into a desk for the playroom so that Elijah can play with toys while the bigger boys and I work on "school". Of course, I wanted something super cheap or free that I could just paint into exactly what I want! :)
Some friends brought this over to our house to put in our garage sale, and I immediately knew it was perfect! Originally I wanted a rectangle, but really an oval is a much better idea for a playroom!
I painted the top with chalkboard paint so when we aren't doing preschool they can play and draw on top! This project was basically free which makes it even better I used all of the same paints and materials from my cabinet door chalkboards. Now, I just need to find some little chairs to go with it, and we'll be set!
What do y'all think? Do you do "preschool" at home? Where do you work?
From the first day we looked at our new house, the only thing I really didn't like about it was the tile in our entryway and around the fireplace. I thought, hey I can paint it! I paint everything... That's what I told my husband to convince him to let me do it, anyway! But, in the back of my mind I was a little worried that I was going to destroy the tile and not have the money to replace it. But, that is what paint thinner is for and it takes great risk to reap great rewards! So I forged on! :)
In the end, it was a pretty cheap and quick fix for our ugly fireplace surround so this is one happy girl! :)
So, we started out with this super ugly peachy-pinkish tile that did not match any of the colors in our house. For a couple of months, I just kept staring at it, and thinking how cute my living room would be if only for this ugly fireplace. :/ Sigh.
Of course, I hopped on Pinterest to find some great examples of what to do! There were a few, but not many. So, I decided to wing it a little.
Here's what I did...
First, I gathered a few different colors of paints: Dark grey, light grey, off white, and black. All of these colors have been used in our house in various places, so I already had them.
I cleaned the tile really well with Dawn dish soap water and a scrubby pad. I grabbed some sandpaper and did a little bit of sanding. Not too much because our tile already had a somewhat rough texture. Then, of course, I wiped it down again with a wet rag.
Then, I got to the painting! I wanted the tiles to mostly be a dark grey color so that it stuck out a little from our light grey walls but would still blend nicely. So, I painted two base coats of solid dark grey and let it dry.
In order to get the little wisps of color like real tile has, I decided to use the soft side of a scrubby pad. I cut one up into several pieces so that I could work with little sections at a time and have one for each color.
I first did the white, dipping the pad into the paint and then blotting it out onto a piece of plastic until it would just put a thin amount on to the tile.
I worked on each tile separately, and was sure to not follow any kind of pattern. Some tiles got a lot of white and others got just a little bit. This way, they look more like real tiles!
First I put on the white and let it dry. Then, the black. Then, the light grey.
So, at this point, I got really nervous because well, look at that! I was hopeful and pretty sure that once it was done, it would look great! But, I was afraid that Chris was going to come home before that point and freak out a little. A lot of times he just doesn't see my vision until it is complete. A lot of times, I don't really see my vision until it's complete. haha I knew if it looked like that when he came home, he may not let me finish! :)
So, I worked quickly to get it done!
I used the same "blotting" technique to put a final coat of the same dark grey "base color" on the top. This is what really made it look nice and all pulled together!
I let it dry for a solid week before applying poly to seal it in!
Before I got this part done, the kids scratched the paint right off one of the tiles. So, I fixed it and only waited 24 hours from that point to apply the poly to the whole thing. That one tile peeled right up where I had painted the day before. I didn't have any problems at all with the other tiles! So, I would recommend at least 72 hours before applying poly and just try to keep the kids away! :) Once the poly seals it in, though, it should hold up nicely!
I haven't had any more problems with scratches since I sealed it in, but I would like to apply 3 good coats of poly just to be sure. ;)
And now, we have a nice little fireplace that fits in perfectly! Until we can get to our "someday" plans for it... :)
Here it is!
What do y'all think?! What other fireplace solutions have you found??
My great grandma's (Mammaw) quilts have been hanging out in boxes for the past 5 years or so. :(
With our move, we have really been trying to embrace the philosophy of "Use it or Lose it!" And, honestly, I hate the idea of having this special, antique quilt being stored in a box and not being used or seen. It is really a waste to even keep it if it's just sitting around taking up space, right?
So, I finally decided that these quilts were going to get some use! I pulled them out and ohmygoodness! They stunk! Like, stunk up the whole laundry room! So, I stuck it in the washing machine and figured that should help. (I put in the one I liked least, just in case something happened to it, I could rethink my strategy on number 2...) But, washing it didn't help the smell. So, I washed it again with vinegar in the water. That didn't help either. :/
At this point, I was getting a little sad and worried that I was just going to have to throw these babies out with the bath water. :(
So, I searched around the internet and figured I would try the one miracle worker that I have used for smells in all kinds of situations.... Baking soda!
I filled up the washing machine (we have a toploader...), put in about a 1/4 cup of baking soda, put the quilt in and let it sit overnight. Then, in the morning, I washed it with detergent, dried it, and voila! No more smell!
I get to keep them! And finally get some use out of them! I just love to curl up on the couch with a warm blanket, and now I can think of my Mammaw at the same time. :)
What sentimental things have y'all had a hard time figuring out what to do with?
So, remember our media cabinet I showed you a few weeks ago?
Well, I had some cabinet doors just lying around and they were feeling a little neglected. So, I spruced them up for some added decoration to our Thanksgiving day feast! :)
Check it out!
I actually painted the back of the cabinet because I wasn't crazy about the flowery details on the front.
I filled all of the holes left from the cabinet hardware. Then, I painted the center with 2 coats of chalkboard paint, and the frame with this Behr sample from Home Depot. The color is called Tropics.
For small projects like this, I love to just buy a small sample because they only cost a few dollars. Makes for a very cheap lil project! :)
I made two of these and we set them out by our front walkway to greet our guests on Thanksgiving!
What crafty things have y'all been up to? Share with me... I'd love to see! :)
I'm super excited to share with y'all my most recent DIY endeavor!
From the day she posted this on Love Grows Wild, I just knew that I had to make one too! You can go here to read the DIY instructions on it!
This is going to be the centerpiece of my kitchen command center, but it will probably be a little while before that is completely done. So, I wanted to share this part today!
We've already used it for Micaiah's soccer party and for Thanksgiving...
Like I said, I'm super excited about this one because it is the most versatile decoration we have!
What crafty endeavors have you been up to? Let me know!