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Family Birthday Calendar {update}

I've been posting pics and sneak peeks of this for a month, and now it's done! It's finally done!!! (sort of) But done enough for an update!

My sister-in-laws and I all made calendars at our annual family cabin trip, and it was a blast! Since we have such a big family, this was the perfect craft for us to tackle. And now I can finally remember everyone's birthdays and anniversaries.

I made one too when we got home, and tweakity tweaked it just a bit.
(yeah, I'm being a paranoid internet user and photoshopping out my entire family's birthdays :)


I think it's beautiful! but, man, some crafts just take for.ev.er. I felt like I was beating it into submission the entire time.

It was fraught with complications and set backs, mostly due to my inability to be a Silhouette Jedi Master. I love this thing, but right now it don't love me back.


I'll be back on Monday with more pics, and the full tutorial!

Have a great weekend!

    

Refinishing Furniture with Craft Paint {pros and cons}

Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern


I bought this table a year ago for $2. I know it has been a year because I bought it at our yearly community yard sale last June, and the next yearly yard sale is this weekend! Yes, I get around to things.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

She was an ugly, damaged little thing, tossed to and fro by life's careless storms (also lack of coaster usage). I saw her there, dusty, scared, and alone, looking like she needed a home and someone to tell her she was beautiful. She only had three legs and if you bumped her, her top would fall off, but she had spunk, and oh SO MUCH HEART!!!

Dang, I should have been a novelist.
A satirical furniture repainting novelist.

Can I use craft paint on furniture?
Do you have color crushes? I was "50's girl, screaming at a Beatles's concert" in love with this particular shade of green, Kelly Green by Americana.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

Kelly Green kind of sounds like a rock star name, now that I think about it. Doesn't it?
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern
Thus I wanted that EXACT color green for my table, and I didn't want any shenanigans trying to mess with color matching. I had no room for substitutes in my heart.

Refinishing, as easy as SaWiPrPaSe!
Maybe it's not a slick acronym or anything, but I follow the following sure fire process whenever I refinish wood: sand, wipe, prime, paint, seal. It's a bit of work, but the results really last. SaWiPrPaSe!!!

I exfoliated the little lady all over with 120 grit sand paper.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

I wiped down the whole surface with a damp rag to remove the dust.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

I gave the table 2 coats of Rustoleum Primer and let it dry. I learned in this post why it's worth every penny to buy the higher quality spray paints for priming or painting. They work way faster and better than the cheapie brands. My favs are Krylon and Rustoleum.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

The directions on eHow suggested watering down the craft paint a little so it goes on in thin, smooth coats and doesn't crackle or flake. It took a bit of trial and error to get the right consistency. A few drops is all you need.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern
Above: my first batch, way too much water.

After one coat it was pretty thin. I kept painting, and paaaaainting. Check back with me in FIVE coats.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern
Here's where I have to ask- was it worth it to use craft paint? On one hand, I got the exact color I wanted, for way cheaper than a quart of house paint. On the other hand, craft paint is much thinner, and watering it down only made it worse. If you don't mind spending a week painting on and off and on again, then yes, it's worth it.

For fun I added some accents with Martha Stewart Metallic in Gold.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

After the final coat of craft paint, it was time to apply the sealer. I knew my way around polycrylic sealer from doing my Ikea kitchen island. An 8 oz. bottle of sealer was just enough.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

I let the first coat of sealer dry for several hours. That's a lie, it was like a day. A three month old feeding, toddler bathing, dinner making, and a shower later.

The direction on the can say to lightly sand between coats. This worked fine when I did my kitchen island when it was just wood underneath. But when I sanded the top it started to take the paint off! I could see areas of white primer showing through. Noooooooo-oo.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

I wiped off the dust and chucked the sandpaper. I touched up the chipped paint, put on another coat of sealer and called it good. Then the baby needed feeding again.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

This is where I show you my new table in our bedroom. But it's a bit of a wreck in transition with a very stylish pack and play, nursing chair, and baby paraphernalia all.over.the.place. So, instead let's look at it in front of this nice looking wall.
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern


 I LOVE this color!
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

Thanks, leggy lady. You were worth the wait :) I can't wait to get my bedroom back in order so I can start using her in there!

Total spent on this project, including the table: $22
$2 Table
$4 craft paint
$4 Rustoleum primer spray paint
$9 Polycrylic sealer
$3 Brush

Have a great weekend!

    
Refinishing furniture using craft paint, pros and cons #kellygreen #clevernest #table #yardsale #gold #modern

It's my birfday: unveiling the blog's new look!)

It's my birfday! it's my birfday! Happy birthday to me :) Clever Nest also has something to celebrate today, by debuting a brand new look! This is what my home page looked like up until last week:
Check out my new look over at Clever Nest! #blogdesign #lecharmedboutique #graphicdesign


I'm kind of a lot embarrassed that my blog header (that long pic at the top) was way too long, and stuck out over the edge... for like A YEAR. Sorry if that made your eye twitch, fellow OCDers.

No longer! I have a totally redesigned blog, thanks to Rebekah of Le Charmed Boutique (she was amazing)!

After many weeks, here's my brand-spankin'-new header!! (that actually fits now, bada bing) and fits my personality way better-
Check out my new look over at Clever Nest! #blogdesign #lecharmedboutique #graphicdesign

featuring my new spiffy logo,
Check out my new look over at Clever Nest! #blogdesign #lecharmedboutique #graphicdesign
new About Me section...
Check out my new look over at Clever Nest! #blogdesign #lecharmedboutique #graphicdesign
(I really do want to make you some iced coffee and hang out , by the way:) Especially on a day like today, when it's 102 outside!)

favicon...

Check out my new look over at Clever Nest! #blogdesign #lecharmedboutique #graphicdesign


background, post dividers, and signature at the end of my posts! (scroll down to see)

Today I'm spending kind of chill. Home with the kiddos, enjoying the AC and their dual nap time (thank you Jesus!). Jason has plans for this weekend, that he's being mysterious about. Maybe I'll do something crazy today like get a tatoo...

Nah, I feel crazy like take a shower and dry my hair crazy!
(new, improved signature!)

Would you do me an exceptionally awesome birthday favor and share Clever Nest? It only takes a sec and would be sewww awesome! Here's my facebook page, I'm hoping to get to 700 likes today!

Evan's Newborn Photo Shoot {BabyRagz winner}

First, time to announce our winner for the BabyRagz giveaway:) Congratulations to Brigeeta J.! I'll be contacting you with how to redeem your prize!

Don't forget- everyone can get 15% off their BabyRagz order this month by using promo code CLEVER15!

Update: Post Munchkin #2
Things have been a bit crazy around here. First Evan was sick with a cold for 3 weeks. Nothing serious, but his congestion alternated from making me completely stressed out that he couldn't breath, to completely annoyed with his exceptionally loud snoring all night long! Thankfully he is completely recovered now. And just in time for Mama (me) to come down with sinus issues...yay! (not yay). I've been going the holistic route since decongestants can mess with milk supply, trying weird stuff like the Neti Pot, lol. I just want to sleep 18 hours a day, haha. Needless to say, my goals for each day have been parred down to getting everybody fed and dressed, and maybe limp our way to the park so Andrew can run off some energy. I'm looking forward to a much healthier month in May!

One awesome thing that we managed to do, was take professional newborn pictures of Evan with a friend of ours. Laurinda owns Me+Three Photography, and she did an amazing job! If you live in the OC area, you should seriously look her up! Thanks, Laurinda!:)

There were so many good ones it was hard to choose which to share!
My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot
I love this shot because we have one just like it of Andrew when he was just born. Evan Munchkin and 
My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot
Andrew Munchkin! :)

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot
My boys!
My Clever Nest: Me+Three Photography Newborn Shoot

Have a great Easter weekend!


    
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