Tin Buckets {Makeover}

You all know how much I love a good makeover... right?
 I got these buckets as a result of helping a friend de-clutter, I knew I could find a use for them, just didn't know quite what...
Then it hit me! I will spray-paint them and use them as planters! 
Well as you can see, that is NOT what ended up happening!
Don't you just LOVE the creative process? I sure DO!
 I toyed with the spray-paint idea, then I thought Washi-buckets would be fun! 
{Washi tape is a little over-done for me right now tho}
I decided on fabric, a classic standby!
 So I rolled the bucket over the fabric as I traced along the edge with a pencil
Then I cut it out, made sure it fit, and used spray adhesive to adhere it to the buckets
 Now I have more crafty storage! YAY!!

The beautiful Roses came from my very own backyard! Another advantage of owning an old house!
 Aren't these vintage-inspired fabrics gorgeous! I LOVE any excuse to visit my local fabric shoppe!!
Look out all my little IKEA buckets... YOU ARE NEXT!!

I had a few requests for a video tutorial on how to do this... so here it is! 
No judging please... LOL!!!

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Thank You Gift Ideas {EASY}

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EASY Thank You Gift Ideas!

I absolutely LOVED my Emma's kindergarten teacher!! I wanted to do something cute for her, but with our impending adoption costs, it had to be in-expensive.
Feel free to copy the images below if you want-I made them.
(personal use only please!)

And this is what I came up with for the teacher aides

If you need to whip something up quick for a neighbor or friend ~like I did~ Go for something simple and 'sweet' 

Items to always have on hand:
  • Cellophane bags, assorted size and color
  • small paper bags
  • Small gift boxes or cupcake boxes
  • fabric scraps
  • paper doilies or decorative cupcake liners
  • Ribbon
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Old buttons
  • Burlap
  • Decorative tape
  • Ingredients to make cookies, brownies, lemon bars, cake, etc...
For this one I just blinged out a cupcake box, that I filled with cookies, took me 20 min.

This one is REALLY easy, throw some cookies in a cellophane bag, staple a cute cupcake liner to the top, and DONE...... well I'm not, cuz that's just not me!...
 I HAD to add some bling! And of course personalize it with a lil Thank You note! 

I have some 6in wide burlap ribbon I got from BurlapFabric.com and I just wrapped it up the bottom, and secured with a ribbon... ok and decorated it a little. But SERIOUSLY, how EASY?!

I saved the absolute EASIEST for last! Cookies in a cellophane bag with decorative duct tape across the top! Oh and on the front to hold the flowers on. EEEEZZYYY!!

No More excuses why you can't thank those around you for the kind things they do... gratitude goes a LONG way!

If I have forgotten to Thank someone for something awesome they have done for me.. chalk it up to brain malfunction and know that I love and appreciate you!!

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How To Refinish Hardwood Floors

 I am back again with another DIY project, so roll up those sleeves!!
When we bought our house, we had NO idea that there were hardwood floors lurking under the carpet... SO LUCKY!

Don't throw up! I almost did! THIS is why I will probably never have carpet.. ever again! SICK!!!!
Luckily the wood floors were throughout the WHOLE first floor! 
Unfortunately a small section in the kitchen was damaged beyond repair, SO if you don't have hardwood, but WANT it for cheap.. I will show you how to get it!!
We went to Lumber Liquidators and got 5in unfinished pine for $1.16 sq ft! 
We got just enough to replace the damaged stuff.. 
I wanted to run it the opposite direction as the rest of the wood, to 'define' a hallway. 
Super easy! Cut it to the length you need it, rent a staple gun made for tongue and groove floors, and go to town! 
We used a table saw to rip a few down the middle to make them fit.

I wanted you to see the floors from another angle.. Look how AWFUL those floors are! There was old vinyl flooring tar-glued to the wood! GAH!!
{Poor Em's, we had to do what we could to keep her entertained ALL summer while we worked all day and into the night}
After the damaged wood was replaced with the new stuff, we rented a floor sander, bought LOTS of sandpaper, and started sanding.. and sanding.. and sanding.. and sanding
Start with 60grit, and sand the whole floor, then move to 80 grit, then 100, then 160-ish.. don't go higher than that {even though the floor sander rental peeps recommend it} 
If you do, it makes your floors TOO smooth, and the stain can't penetrate as well.
Just make sure you go over the WHOLE floor, in the same direction as the wood grain EACH time you change grit on the sandpaper. OH- and wear earplugs!

I can't even believe these were what the floors looked like! NASTY! 
Sorry this pic was taken after dark, but I wanted to show you how bad they were, and can you tell where the small section is that I sanded?
OH.. if you have nail holes, you can fill them with wood floor putty, just make sure you do this BEFORE you sand. I only filled a few of the big ones, because I feel like that is one of those things that just adds character! 
Basically all you need is.. a wood floor sander, sandpaper, stain, polyurethane, and a lambskin mop!
We used Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut.. We got our Polyurethane from PPG Porter Paints, and the Lambskin Mop head at Home Depot.

I get a little teary looking at this picture... this is when we knew the end was near! 
My hubs made fun of me because the minute the paint was dry on the fireplace, I started to decorate it! ha ha
Anyway at this point you just carefully pull the stain across the wood, in the same direction as the wood grain, then leave it ALONE for 2 to 3 days.
After that, apply the polyurethane in the SAME way as the stain...
It needs to set for about 32 hours, then you LIGHTLY sand it with regular 100 grit, then apply another coat. {We did 3 coats} You DON'T sand the final coat.
Wait about 3 to 4 days for it to harden completely before you start moving furniture onto the floors.
OK I KNOW my rug covers MOST of the floor, but isn't it pretty! The only drawback is that dark floors show dust and scratches easier than lighter floors... but I knew that ahead of time.. it was a price I was willing to pay for dark luxurious floors ;)

Here is a pic of the kitchen floors, taken by my hubs phone.. he insisted that I added this ha ha!

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