DIY Milk Jug Decor

This is seriously one of my favorite things in my house. I made a few of them and they are perfect for that “Farmhouse” look.

First you’ll want to drink some Starbucks coffee. NOT from a Starbucks, but the ones from the grocery store that come in the great bottles. I don’t know how much it costs, but a few dollars (which is sadly cheaper than going to an actual Starbucks to get a drink) Drink it. Enjoy it. DON’T THROW THE BOTTLE AWAY! Wash it, then let it soak in some hot water with a drop. I literally mean a drop of DAWN dish soap. pull the stickers off with your fingers then use one of these scrub buds:

screen-shot-2017-02-10-at-2-42-40-pm to get rid of the gooey stuff that will still be on the bottle. These are my favorite scrub buds ever! you can run them over your panty hose and it won’t scratch them, but you can also rub them on any surface or dish and it will be protected while it takes the nasty seriously right off. I can’t say enough about these and how much I think everyone needs them.

After you do this, gather your other supplies:

  • Sharpie
  • White Spray Paint
  • Floral Pick (or not)

Are you ready for the hard part?

Just kidding there isn’t a hard part to this project. Spray paint 3 VERY THIN layers of white spray paint on your bottle letting them dry for about 30-45 mins. in between each layer. Then let the paint dry for an hour or two. Get your sharpie and write “Milk” on the jug. You can use a floral pick in yours or simply leave it “as is” either way it’s cute and shouldn’t cost more than a few dollars. OR if you’re like me you have 97 cent spray paint laying around at all times and you drink coffee like it’s going out of style so the cost of the floral pick (97 cents at Wal-Mart or $1 at Dollar Tree) is the only cost you incurred during this project. I’d say that’s much better than the going rate of Farmhouse decor these days.

Friday Favorites #3

 
Here we go again. Friday Favorites #2
I would really love to hear your’s each week.
This week:
Product Spotlight: My favorite product this week, I actually made. Chalk Board Paint. I did a detailed tutorial a very very long time ago on my old blog Chosen for chalk paint and not too long ago I did chalkboard paint (there is a difference) but I am not a great recipe follower. I used 1 small bottle of acrylic black paint, about 2 TBS. Cornstarch, and 2 TBS water. I chose not to use the baking soda because I had a good base in my frame already & I made the executive decision not to use it. Looking back, I probably should’ve followed the recipe and I might later on for a top coat, but I think it turned out pretty darn cute: What do you think? 

P.S. Those orange pumpkins were painted white shortly after this picture was taken & they look soooo much better!

Weekly Dose of Sparrow: This week my sweet little babe has been feeling horrible. She’s been such a little trooper though. We’ve been running like chickens with our heads cut off non-stop, until I finally told Caleb I am not doing anything but taking her to her Dr. appointment the rest of the week. He quickly agreed she needed a break and some rest at home to fight off this ridiculous cold. All of that to say that it’s been a challenging week, and I am not glad at all that she’s sick…But because she’s sick, she’s been extra clingy to Momma & I am not complaining about that one bit. I love it when she holds on to me as tight as she can and cuddles. It is the sweetest thing in the whole world!


Joy Comes in the Morning: This week the thing that brought me the most joy was probably getting all my clothes hung in my closet. I know that doesn’t sound like an exciting thing; but I’ve been cleaning it out for almost 2 weeks & that was some serious progress. 

What’s the Word?: Faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. Matthew 17:20 I haven’t actually read that verse this week in my Bible study, but it has been referenced in enough conversations for me to notice and I saw it on multiple Insta accounts today. So, I thought I ought to share it.

Insta Lovin’: II am loving these farmhouse instagram accounts this week. Since I’ve decided to refresh/redecorate/remodel our house I thought it’d be fun to share the progress, the DIY’s and my reasoning for all of it AND take part in some Insta hashtag feeds. This is how I found this beautiful account.

Belle Amour Blog

10 DIY Baby Room Projects

Obviously I have been DIYing baby room stuff for a while now. I am almost done with the nursery and I can’t wait to share it with you and all the DIY’s I did in there. Here are some of my favorite ones (that we ended up not doing…but may do in the future).

  1. My Pink Life
  2. The Merry Thought
  3. Mod Podge Rocks
  4. Keepin’ Up with the Dumphy’s
  5. A Step in the Journey
  6. Cool DIY Ideas
  7. View from the Fridge
  8. Annapolis & Company
  9. Baby Room Ideas
  10. How to Nest for Less

10 DIY Projects You Have to Try

I am a DIYer for sure! I love a good DIY project…my husband doesn’t always love that I love them because it means my project is all over the house and a lot of the time I have to enlist his help on some part of the project. BUT nevertheless I love to DIY.

I have compiled a list of a few of my favorites from around the “blogoshphere.” So, here they are:

  1. Apartment Therapy
  2. Vintage Revivals
  3. Rain on a Tin Roof
  4. Build Basic
  5. Say Yes
  6. Remodel.aholic
  7. The Blue Eyed Dove
  8. Rust-oleum
  9. Rain on a Tin Roof
  10. That’s My Letter

DIY Chalkboard Paint

There are many different types of paint these days. I feel like I hear about some new cool type of paint every other week. About 3 years ago I came up with my favorite recipe of “chalk paint” and since then I have done a lot of learning and I have learned the difference in “chalk paint” and “chalkboard paint.”

Chalk paint is great for all sorts of furniture projects, which is what it is probably most used for.

Chalkboard paint is obviously used to paint a surface to be used as a chalkboard.

Ingredients:

  • Acrylic Paint (I always use a 2oz. bottle, but if you use a bigger one, just adjust the rest of the ingredients accordingly.
  • 2 Heaping Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/4 water
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Chalk

Directions:

Mix the acrylic paint, water, cornstarch, and baking soda in a paint can or jar that can be sealed after use (a mason jar works fine or an old-cleaned out- hot sauce jar, etc.). Stir well, I use a popsicle stick for this so that when I am done I can scrape both sides back into the jar and have as much paint as possible but a spoon works great too.

After you have mixed the paint, it is ready to use on the surface you are turning into a chalkboard.

You will need to do at least 2 coats…but I usually do 3 to 4 just because I think it will give my chalkboard a much better look and longer lifespan. It doesn’t take that much longer either…the paint dries after about 10-15 mins.

MOST IMPORTANT STEP! Once you are done painting the chalkboard surface and it has dried properly, use the chalk and rub it all over the surface. I turn the chalk sideways and go to town. I try and cover it and make it look as white as possible. Let it sit for a few mins. maybe 5, then wipe clean DO NOT use water on the chalkboard at this point…it’s okay to in the future, but not when it is fresh and new. I use a paper towel to wipe it down and then I use a rag to finish it.

Note: If you are making a frame that you can’t take apart into a chalkboard, make sure to blow out the corners and get all the chalk dust off the board before hanging up.

I hope this was helpful!

Any other DIY ideas? I’d love to hear them!