Decorating Tips and Ideas + HM #228

It’s National Decorating Month! Find awesome decorating tips and ideas. Plus, link up at Home Matters. #DecoratingTips #DecoratingIdeas #HomeMattersParty

Decorating Tips and Ideas + HM #228

It’s National Decorating Month! And, no matter your style, here are some helpful tips and ideas to creating a beautiful atmosphere in your home. The gals of Home Matters have a fabulous roundup all about decorating this week, so be sure to check it out!

 

12 Common Decorating Mistakes and How To Avoid Them from LaurenBless’er House

 

5 Tips for Mixing Fabric Patterns from AnnOn Sutton Place

 

Decorating 101: How To Style Vignettes from  Lauren @ Bless’er House

 

12 Tips on Choosing the Right Paint Colors from  Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

Decorating Tips and Ideas Blog Hop

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A Home Matters Themed Roundup

Last Week’s Theme: Easter Dinner, Decor, and Games

Next Week’s Theme: National Pecan Month



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Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots from Jen @ Cincy Shopper

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Mango Pineapple Smoothie Bowl from Nicole @ Mama of Many Blessings

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DIY Tiered Raised Garden Bed from Anika @ Anika’s DIY Life

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Classic Ambrosia Salad from Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

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Tiered Tray Decorated for Easter from Lori @ Dining Delight

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Easter Dinner, Decor, and Games + HM #227

It’s time for Easter dinner! Let’s celebrate with yummy recipes, decor, games. Plus, linkup at Home Matters. #Easter #EasterDinner #EasterDecor #HomeMatters

Easter Dinner, Decor, and Games + HM #227

It’s time to celebrate Easter! Let’s have some fun with delicious, beautiful, and creative food ideas, decor and decorations, and even some fum games and activities. Surprise your family and enjoy the  Easter roundup from the gals at Home Matters. You might even check out my Easter Edition – Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial it’s perfect for Easter!

 

90+ Easter Brunch Recipes from Surup @ Hike – N – Dip

 

Simply Perfect Vanilla Shortbread Bunnies from JinaPink Picadilly Pastries

 

Three Minute Easter Fluff from TrishMy Recipe Magic

 

9 Easter Cocktails Every Bunny Will Love from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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A Home Matters Themed Roundup

Last Week’s Theme: Noodles, Noodles, Noodles!

Next Week’s Theme: National Decorating Month



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Donna @ Modern On MonticelloFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Check out this week’s features below.

 

Sloppy Joe Nachos from Brandi @ Home Cooking Memories

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Easter Bunny Racers from Erin @ My Mommy World

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Classic Green Bean Casserole from Tracey @ The Kitchen Is My Playground

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Pastel Easter Brunch Tablescape from Bird @ Bird’s Party

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DIY Farmhouse Chick Feeder Candy Dispenser from Tiffany @ Tee Diddly Dee

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Thank you to all who linked up at last week’s party. We look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week!

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DIY Roundup – Top 16 DIY Projects of 2016

It’s time for a new year, and that means it is time to reminisce and look back over 2016. Today, we want to revisit the top 16 DIY projects of the year and bring you an inspirational DIY roundup in the process. Rev your imagination and let your creativity flow!

 

Top 16 DIY Projects of 2016

A DIY Roundup from Life With Lorelai

 

We’ll start with number 16 and work our way to the number one DIY project on the blog this past year.

 

16.

Origami Card Holder

 

15.

Custom Wire Basket

 

14.

Farmhouse Scale Makeover

 

13.

Discount Store Vase to Outdoor Lighting

 

12.

Solar Lamp – Beautiful Outdoor Decor

 

11.

Guest Room Charging Station

 

10.

Wooden Garden Sign

 

9.

Easy Table Runner

 

8.

Hoot Owl Craft & Centerpiece

 

7.

How To Loom Knit A Scarf

 

6.

Wooden Beach Marquee Sign

 

5.

Car Care & Basic Road Trip Kit

 

4.

Loom Knit Yarn Ball Cat Toy

 

3.

Sports Button Display

 

2.

Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

 

1.

Haunted Mirror

 

2016 has been a creative and crafty year! We look forward to sharing more wonderful DIY projects and craft ideas with you in the coming year. Happy New Year to you and yours!

 

 

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Painting Mason Jars With Chalk Paint DIY

Painting Mason Jars with Chalk Paint is a fantastic way to start celebrating Spring! It is just around the corner, and this is a super easy, super cute DIY perfect for getting you in the mood. Our Regular Contributor, Michelle James, has done it again! You will love this project.

 

Painting Mason Jars with Chalk Paint

An Easy and Fun DIY Project

 

I love spring home décor projects. I have wanted to paint some mason jars with chalk paint for a while now, and spring is a great time to do this. I always see such fun photos with spring flowers in pastel jars, and I think they look so nice.

 

Supplies Needed:

  • Mason Jars
  • Chalk Paint and Wax
  • Sanding Block or Sand Paper
  • Buffing Cloth
  • Foam Brush

Painting Mason Jars with Chalk Paint

  • Start by painting the rim of the jar. Hold it toward the bottom, and work paint around the jar making your way to the bottom.
  • Then set it down, and paint the bottom of the jar as well.
  • This is after one coat

  • Let this dry completely, and add a second coat.

 

  • After the second coat has dried completely, you are ready for sanding. This is one of the fun parts. I love to have a distressed look to my décor. Lightly sand over the raised parts of the jar so the glass is revealed.

 

  • Then you need to apply the wax coat, and let that dry completely.
  • When it is ready, use a soft cloth and buff the finish to a soft sheen. You can see this in the picture below. The jar on the left is buffed, and the jar on the right is not. This step makes a big difference and really creates a professional look. I love it!

 

  • Now you are ready to add flowers or greenery or even create an herb garden.

 

 

 

 

I really hope you enjoyed this simple, fun home décor project that is inexpensive and looks great!

Have a great day, and I will see you next time,

Michelle

 

 

Visit Michelle at her blog, Michelle James Designs!

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What about other Mason Jar projects?

 


 

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Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

 

Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

An Easter Tradition

 

It has been a long-standing tradition at our house for the Easter Bunny to leave a chalk drawing in the driveway. The kids would find this surprise first thing Easter morning, as we left for church. That silly bunny always manages to hop through the drawing leaving his colored footprints behind, as he hops up to the house and away again.

I hadn’t done a drawing in years; but last year, Luke’s two grandnieces where coming for Easter dinner. That meant our tradition had to be resurrected–and this time I was recruiting some help. So, after everything was ready inside the house, Rory and I put on our figurative bunny ears and hopped on out to the driveway–armed and dangerous with sidewalk chalk.

Here are the Steps to Creating Your Own Chalk Art:

  1. Decide on your Design.
    I found my inspiration for the drawing online…
Photo found at Gainsville Apartment & Condo Guide Blog
  1. Draw the basic Outline for your Design.
    You can see that I used white chalk to draw my outline. You can use a different color, but be sure that you will be able to blend it into your design. Try to keep the outline as light as possible.

  1. Draw in the Details for the specific area in which you are working.

  1. Color in the Design.
    Use lighter and darker colors to create shadows and depth to your drawing. Mix colors to make new colors.

  1. Take your Chalk work from Drawing to Art.
    This step will transform your drawing into a work of art! It will also give it some real lasting power. Use water and paint brush to wet down the chalk. Paint over the chalk, filling in any missing areas created from the rough canvas. Be careful NOT to mix your colors, unless you intend to do so. This will create a painted type of artwork versus the rough and grainy look of a regular sidewalk chalk drawing. As you paint over the chalk with water, your colors will darken and change, do not worry, they will dry and be beautiful.

Notice how vibrant and solid the colors of the painted bunny look.

Here are Some Additional Tips:

  1. Wear Disposable Gloves while you work. This will keep your hands cleaner, and not dry out your skin. They also change easily when they get dirty.
  1. A Kneeling Pad is your best friend!
  1. Have a Towel or Rag for leaning your hand on. This will help keep you from getting “road rash” from leaning heavily on the concrete.
  1. Paper Towels will come in handy.
  1. Use different cups of water for differing colors, so you don’t muddy the colors of your creation.

A couple of sample photos will show you the different types of sidewalk chalk art.. Be sure to notice the color layering for depth and interest, as well as the rough and smooth textures. One sample is a regular chalk drawing, while the other has been water painted.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial. Now, go have some fun creating Sidewalk Chalk Art.

 

Have you ever created any Sidewalk Chalk Art?

Did you paint your drawing with water?

 

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