Tuesday, August 19, 2014

#TransformationTuesday



I'm pretty proud of this $15 little project I took on last week. I really want a huge chalkboard in my new place. However, they 're pretty expensive. So here's the story of how I transformed this ugly framed painting from Goodwill to a chalkboard I can't wait to hang in my new place!

Bear with me here, this is really my first craft tutorial so I definitely realize I should have taken more pictures along the way- my bad!
 
1. Go to your closest Goodwill and find a framed picture. You could also try Dollar Tree, I think they have up to 8x10 frames for just $1. I found this bad boy and paid only $6.50 for it! Next head to Walmart where you'll need to pickup
  • Painters Tape (I already had this)
  • Any color spray paint to use as a base/primer (I already had this)
  • Chalk (there's some for $.47 with all the crayons)
 
2. Tape off the frame. I already really liked the gold flake of the frame so I wanted to tape it off. If you think you're going to paint your frame another color this step isn't really necessary.
 
3. Prime or apply a base coat. After reading a handful of other tutorials on working with chalkboard spray paint, I decided I needed to apply a base coat of some other spray paint. I had black on hand so that's what I used. Hindsight 20/20 another color might have been better so I could see where the chalk board paint was evenly applied or not. Do about two coats of that, and let dry.
 
4. Spray your chalkboard paint evenly.  Hindsight 20/20 again, spray multiple coats, but let it sit overnight or at least a few hours before heading to step numero 5. Using chalk before it actually dries may cause it peel (I had this happen in one spot. I'm impatient, what can I say?)
 
5. Next you want to "season" your chalkboard. Basically you just rub chalk all over it until it's completely covered to avoid "ghost lines". After that it's ready to use!
 
The only other problem I found besides being slightly impatient and having slight peeling problem is that the glass can be a tad screechy. Then I remember I spent less than $15 on this so I can put up with it!
 
 


Shake it Off

 

It really hurts me to admit this. I've never been much of TSwift fan. I just have problem with calling yourself a country artist when you're clearly not. That being said homegirl is releasing a new album in the Pop category (where she rightfully belongs, and there's nothing wrong with that!).

Simply put, I can't resist a uber catchy song, and I haven't stopped listening to Shake It Off since I first listened to it last night. If you haven't listened to it yourself here yah go:


Monday, August 18, 2014

Motivation for your Monday

 

One, I just love this Van Morrison song:


Secondly, I just think it's a good reminder that yes there will be bad days, awful days, but hey there will be even more amazing and wonderful days in there too.

Happy Monday!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DAD IT'S SHARK WEEK!

This is a slightly weird post. I don't watch much TV, but I love shark week. Sadly at this point I've seen pretty much every show they place at least 3 times. So, in honor of shark week, here's some of my picks if you're really hardcore when celebrating Shark Week:

It's Never too Bait Tee- Modcloth

Dainty Gold Shark Tooth Necklace- Etsy

Shark Tooth Giftcard Earrings- Urban Outfitters

Oh What a Bite Tee- Modcloth

Now excuse me while I try to learn as much as possible about Megaladon. Told you this post was odd!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kate Spade Surprise Sale

Who doesn't love a good surprise sale (with up to 75% off nonetheless)?! I've picked up so many good purchases through Kate Spade Surprise Sales. Here are my picks for the one currently going on now:

Marilyn Dress

Fremont Place Carmen

Southport Avenue Mini Carmen

Baxter Street Marian

Fremont Place Julian

Kate Spade Chandelier Earring

Double Bow Hinge Bangle


 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

From Her Cowboy Boots, To Her Down Home Roots

I in no way consider myself country. I grew up in a fairly large town, and the only person in my family to really grow up on a farm is my grandfather. On the other hand, I did go to an SEC school, and that's where I fell in love with cowboy boots. I got a pair after freshman year and I wear them all the time. Especially for football games their a staple amongst both girls and guys a like. I always thought it was a little crazy to spend that much on a pair of boots I was only going to wear to a few games a year, but I've found I wear them with all year around whether it be with dresses, jeans, or leggings. I've also learned it's better to by a nicer brand like Ariat, Justin, or Loredo than buying a cheap pair from target- they'll hold up much better through multiple tailgate seasons.  If you're heading to school in the fall I definitely suggest you invest in a pair, and here are my picks:

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight (Clockwise from the top)
 


 
 
 


Rethink Chambray

I love my chambray shirts. I think I wear at least one a week, if not more often. They're great- I can pair them with a skirt or crop pants for work, or throw one over denim shorts and a graphic tee for a more causal look.

While I have one polka-dot one Old Navy that's a couple years old, I really like these different takes on chambray. I think they're a little more edgy but can still be properly dressed up for work or going out if you pair them with the right things.


One (over 50% off!) // Two (on sale!) // Three