Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Thrift store tray - before and after

I was browsing at my local thrift store, not looking for anything in particular, when I spotted this wooden tray. It had a nice shape and for $1.00 I couldn't pass it up.

 Have I mentioned before how much I love thrift stores??? Yeah, I thought so.


I brought it home and decided it needed to be spruced up a bit, so I painted it and added a number 5 to it (which is significant because it represents the number of people in our little family. My husband, myself, and our 3 wild and crazy kids). I have a few 5's placed randomly around my house, so this will fit right in with the others.


Here's what I did to make the tray all purdy:

First I gathered my supplies. I cut the number 5 out of my Cricut using plain cardstock (I needed to cut 2 or 3 to get just the right size). Not pictured is the white paint that I used or the masking tape.

I removed the price tag and painted a very thin first coat of white paint on it. Let it dry for a few minutes.

After the first coat was almost dry I put a thicker second coat on. Don't try to do it too perfectly, a little imperfection gives it character. I may even distress it a little bit later on to make it look a little "weathered".

When the paint is totally dry, tape your number to the center with masking tape (if you don't wait for it to completely dry then when you take the tape off it will remove some of the paint). Remember...this isn't the most terrible thing to happen if you like that look!!

Paint with a contrasting color. Here's the thing about stenciling.....you can't put a lot of paint on your foam brush or it will bleed under the stencil. You wanna have so little on there that it takes a while to fill in. That's how you get crisp lines.

Last but not least....pull off the stencil and tape, let dry, then stand back and admire your beautiful $1.00 thrift store find. No one would guess how little it cost!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Patio floor redo with AFTERS

So here they are.....before, during, and after pics of our patio floor redo.

Looking at these pics I'm SHOCKED at how bad the floors were before...it was one of those things that I think I just ignored for so long. I think I have a few of those areas in my house.... do you?

Now that its done I love it, and what makes it even sweeter is the fact that this entire project cost UNDER $10!!! My husband did the work (free labor is SA-WEET!!) and by using the reclaimed wood floors and molding that we removed from our family room, all we needed to purchase was three extra molding pieces (a few of them broke during removal and also because this room is larger than our family room). Gotta love a cheap project that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to do!!

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go relax, read, and drink some coffee in my new beautiful room. Oh who am I kidding....I have diapers to change, a baby to feed, and arguments to referee between my older kids!




Wednesday, August 15, 2012

500 likes GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is now closed.
The winner of the checkbook cover is Lkay107!!
Congrats and please send me a private message on Facebook or email me at achrupcala@hotmail.com to claim your prize.
Thanks to everyone who entered!!!

WOWZA......what a way to wake up this morning to see that my Facebook page for Funsize Creations hit 500 "likes"! I'm so happy and never EVER thought I would reach that milestone.....so I want to express a sincere *thank you* to each and every person who has ordered something from me, shared my page, commented on my posts, read my blog, and liked my page. I APPRECIATE YOU!!!

So what better way to show you how awesome you are then to do another GIVEAWAY!!!????

One lucky winner will receive the lovely checkbook cover with polka dot fabric flower pictured above. Shipping to anywhere in the U.S. is INCLUDED in this giveaway!

The giveaway will close on Monday, August 20th at 11:59 PM {EST}.

Here are the rules:

Everyone can have up to three chances to win.   You must make a new comment on this blog after completing each "task" below in order for your entries to be counted!  I'll choose the winner using a good old random number generator.

"Tasks" to complete (each "task" counts as ONE entry):

1.  Like Funsize Creations' Facebook page.  If you already "like" it, just leave a comment saying so!  
{Facebook page is found here}

2.  Tweet, blog, or link this giveaway on your Facebook page and come back here to let me know!

3.  "Follow" this super awesome blog (click the "join this site button on the right)!  If you already do, just leave a comment saying so!  

Remember, you must comment for each task in order to get 3 entries!  Good luck and I will announce the winner on Tuesday the 21st!!!


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