DIY Painted Pallet Art Tutorial

Even though I love the simplicity and “rustic” look of the plain wood pallet art, I wanted something with more color for my daughters’ rooms.

I started out the exact same way I did the non-painted ones. For a full tutorial on that, please see this post.

After staining the wood, I added Vaseline around the edges to give it a distressed look. Then I painted the entire piece. If you are painting a large area, the most cost effective way I have found is to buy paint is to buy a sample at Sherwin Williams. It’s less than $10 and gives you a LOT of paint!

After painting, I sanded all over to give it a distressed look, and since I had used the Vaseline on the edges, the paint came off very easily.

Next, the lettering. This is a LOT harder than what I did on the plain pallet art. I ended up printing the words out then cutting each letter up and using them as a stencil. Of course, if you aren’t like me and DON’T have the handwriting of a 3rd grade boy, you may just be able to freehand. I am way too OCD for that!

To do the lettering, I used a large Sharpie oil-based paint marker. I traced around the letters then filled them in with the marker.

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Here is the finished project for my youngest daughter’s room. I just love this verse and pray that it is a constant reminder to her to let herself be defined by God and not by the world’s standards. I know as a girl it’s tough to compare yourself and not feel as pretty as someone else, but I just hope that she finds her identity in the One who created her.

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And this is in my oldest daughter’s room from Proverbs 31:25 –

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Let me know if you have any questions and if you attempt one, I’d love to see pictures!

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My DIY Kitchen Makeover

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When we bought our current house, we liked the layout and the “bones” of it, as well as the location. There were MANY things that needed fixing/updating, but we figured we could do that over time. I mean, just call me Joanna Gaines…I got this! (ha)

One thing I really wanted done was the kitchen cabinets. We thought of paying someone and got a quote, but we hated to pay for it because we could do it ourselves and would rather spend that money somewhere else in the house. I mean I’ve painted a lot of walls, how hard can cabinets be??

Spoiler alert: REALLY stinkin’ hard!! When people ask for my advice on painting cabinets I say, “PAY SOMEONE!” But if you’re reading this blog about DIY painting kitchen cabinets, you’re probably like me and determined that you can do it. So since there’s no talking you out of it, I’ll share how we did ours so maybe it will at least make it a little easier for you. If you have kids, I highly suggest sending them to grandma’s for a weekend and knocking this out (and when I say “knocking this out” I mean plan to spend at least 12 hours a day, both days). Having a construction zone for a kitchen is not easy with little ones.

Let’s start with some “before” photos:

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I pretty much followed this tutorial I found on Pinterest. (Side note: I really think you can figure out how to do anything with Pinterest and/or YouTube.)  The only thing is I did not sand my cabinets very much because they aren’t real wood – they’re plywood. I just did it enough to make it a little “rough” to catch the paint. Then I cleaned them with Clorox wipes. I’ll be honest – I didn’t spend a lot of time on the prep. Here is a “during” shot. See why I said to send the kids to grandma’s?

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I did my set up pretty much like she did in the tutorial. I sat out 2x4s in the garage and the spare (empty) bedroom and did an assembly line.

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I did two coats of primer, two coats of paint, and two coats of clear coat….for every cabinet, front and back. If you’re good at math, you’ve figured out that is 12 coats of paint PER CABINET DOOR. Now do you see why I suggest paying someone??

Just looking at that picture gives me flashbacks. I felt like I was in prison with those cabinets for years of my life. Another tip: download a sweet album or a really good audio book so at least you have something with which to entertain yourself.

I often get asked if you have to prime. The answer is a resounding YES!!

Don’t go cheap on your supplies! Buy good painter’s tape and invest in a really good paintbrush. You will need one to make sure the brush strokes are not super visible.

I used Kilz Primer, Sherwin Williams Antique White paint (satin) mixed with Flood Floetrol to lessen the appearance of brush strokes, and Minwax Polycrylic for the final coat (I would just buy a quart of this. You don’t need much.). Some people use Polyurethane, but I have heard it will yellow over time, and I just get nervous using anything that’s not water based. I bought a glaze to do the “antique” look, but I could not figure out how to do it and it did not look good, so we just decided to leave them as is. I know my limits.

We bought the cabinet hardware from Discount Home Furnishings. It was significantly cheaper and we were very pleased with the quality.

It’s actually been about two years since the time we painted them to when I took the following “after” photos. I would say it has held up pretty well!

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 Other updates we did in the “after” photos include a new range and a new backsplash my husband installed:

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And although this wasn’t in the “before” pictures, we also replaced the cheap, bronze light fixture above our breakfast table with this chandelier I found at Magnolia Market since I am OBSESSED with Fixer Upper!

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Have any lingering questions? Leave a comment and I will do my best to answer! And if you paint your cabinets, please share your pictures – I would love to see!

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Christmas Lights in a Wine Bottle

So this idea was definitely not original with me. I saw this at a friend’s house and LOVED it and had to copy! (That’s right – I took a picture of it…along with a ton of other things in her house because it was SO cute!) So I thought I would share in case anyone else wants to do this.

Of course I went to Pinterest and there were tons of pins on how to do this, but almost all of them required drilling a hole in the bottom of the wine bottle, and a glass drill bit is just not something I have on hand. Plus with the way my plugs are located, it would be better for the cord to come out of the top to be even with the plug-in and therefore less cord would show. So I like to call this the lazy man’s way to do it…

I got some Christmas lights (after Christmas) at Garden Ridge for 50% off. Then I bought a bottle of wine – not for the type of wine – but based SOLELY on a cute bottle….of course.

There may be an easier way to do this, but this is just how I did it. Since I didn’t know how many lights to cut off, I shoved as many in there that would fit (I used one of my husband’s shish kabob skewers to push them down as I went, but a screwdriver would also work), then I counted how many excess I had.

Then I had to pull it all out and cut them off from the other end (the end without the plug). After I cut it, I wrapped up the end in electrical tape. Stinks because I had to pull them out and do it all over but, again, not sure of a faster way. And all in all this project did not take more than 20 minutes.

And this is the finished product. I feel like it adds that extra touch of warmth to the kitchen!

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DIY Framed “Dry Erase Board” & Thoughts on Goals

I published this post last night then started worrying (story of my life) that it wasn’t worded right or people would misunderstand what I was trying to say, so I reverted it to a draft. Then this morning when I went to Bible Study Fellowship, the hymn we sang was “Jesus Paid It All” and I knew I needed to publish this. (You’ll see why.) 

I am not one of those people who makes new year’s resolutions. In fact, I refuse to. No one (including me) ever keeps them. BUT I did decide to set some goals for myself this year. I am a pro at wasting time if I don’t have something pressing to do, so I wanted to set goals to make the action I needed to get there, well, pressing. I also wanted a place to display them so I would see them every day. (Side note: I created a daily schedule for myself to also help me not waste time, which I’ll share in another post if anyone is interested.)

This may be common knowledge to everyone else, but did you know you can easily write on glass (and mirrors) with a dry (and wet) erase marker and it comes right off?? I discovered it when I tested out some memory verses on our bathroom mirror.

So I went to Hobby Lobby to get a frame, which led to hours of me wandering around the store in craft heaven. What I really wanted to do was get an unfinished wood frame and do some cute stuff with it myself, but I have learned my limits and when to say no.  So I bought one that looks distressed and I’ll just pretend I did it.

Next, I needed a background. You could use anything – scrapbook paper, colored paper, or heck – even a brown paper bag! I chose a page from a hymnal and chose this hymn specifically. I wanted it to serve as a reminder that even if I accomplish the goals I have set for myself, it is not my doing, it is Christ’s ALONE. All to Him I owe. He is the one who gifted me with whatever inherit personality traits will get me there, and I always want to remember that.

So I took the page and placed the glass over it to cut it to fit. Normally I would trace on the back, but I needed to see exactly what would be showing in the frame so I just traced very lightly with pencil.

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Then I stuck it in. If you don’t want to write anything on it, it looks great as is. Find a cute frame and put your favorite hymn in there!

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Because, as you can see, I ruined it with my 3rd grade boy’s handwriting. For real – is there a class you can take on how to get cute handwriting? If I wanted to spend more time I could have printed something out and traced it, but that was too much effort.

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In church last Sunday the pastor referenced these verses, and I started thinking about them in relation to my goals. I’ve read them before, but this time they stuck out to me in a whole new way (funny how that happens all.the.time.).

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 9:23-24

I just loved that. And it spoke to me about something I have been struggling with lately. I feel weird even saying it. I have known for a LONG time that I struggle with fear of failure, but lately I have realized I also have a fear of success. That somehow if I succeed in my goals/dreams that it will automatically mean I won’t be as close to the Lord or that I’m selfish or evil or prideful. But these verses don’t condemn the wise man for being wise or the mighty man for being mighty or even the rich man for being rich (disclaimer: I am in NO way saying *I* am wise or mighty or rich). They simply say don’t boast in those things. YOU didn’t get them for yourself. I realized that not going for things that God is calling me to do based on my fear of success is the same mistrust in God that my fear of failure is.

I don’t know what next year holds, but whatever happens, my prayer is that I would hold fast to the Lord and serve Him wherever He leads me – whether it’s into success or into failure.

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13

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