Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pretty Preppy Party: May!

Welcome to the May Pretty Preppy Party. Where all things Pretty and Preppy are celebrated each month. I am always amazed at the inspiration in blogland and love looking through the projects linked up each month. I can't wait to see what you have been up to! Before we get to the link-up, let's take a quick look at what each of the hostesses have been up to lately.

Sarah worked on updating her living room for summer. She revealed a sneak peak of her throw pillows and shared some ideas for the other items she wants to add to the space.

Sarah @ Life On Virginia Street

This month, I featured a rancher renovation my brother did that's nothing short of fabulous!  Click here to see all the before and afters and get a dose of inspiration!

Julie @ Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

Heather from Southern State of Mind confirmed that "navy is her love language". As a One Room Challenge participant, she not only painted her master bedroom, but also her foyer with Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. Come check out the before and after's of both rooms.

Heather @ Southern State of Mind

Brett over at Being Bianca shared this easy DIY rag quilt that she made from college and sorority t-shirts. She's been hauling these around with good intention for waaaaaayyyyyyy too long! Check out her reveal and the easy DIY tutorial that made this 15 year in the making project to reality! The best news of all ... you don't have to be a master seamstress or know the first thing about quilting to pull this one off, score!

  rag v5
Brett @ Being Bianca

Amy at 11 Magnolia Lane shared how to make this great open shelving. Click here to check it out!

Amy and Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane

Now it's your turn!  Feel free to link up any preppy projects from this month! You only need to link up via one blog and your post will show up on all five blogs. We can't wait to see what you have been up to. Please be sure to include a backlink to the party in your post somewhere as we can't feature your project without one. Not a blogger? No problem! Just post a photo on Instagram, be sure to tag at least one of the hosts and use the hashtag ‪#‎prettypreppyparty‬ so we can see your preppy goodness!

- Link to your specific post, not your home page.

- Your project must be pretty and preppy. If it doesn’t fit this category, it will be removed. We want this to be a cute and fun prep-destination! 

- Please link back to one of the hosts in your post. Only those with a link will be considered for a feature!  Use the button below, or a text link.  

– Be inspired! Visit and comment on other links in the party.

Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

Each hostess will pin our features to our Pretty Preppy Party Pinterest board each month, so make sure you’re following along to see the best projects and inspiration!
Let’s see those Pretty and Preppy projects:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Free 2015 Graduation Party Printables in Preppy Brights!

For all of the moms who are about to watch their babies don a cap and gown and walk across a stage to receive a diploma,

For the moms whose mascara will be running down their faces before the first note of Pomp and Circumstance

For the dads who will shrug their shoulders when those moms ask, "Where did the time go?"...

I really wish I had some wonderful words of wisdom to share at this moment, but basically I'm struggling because I'm in your same boat. {Have a mentioned my little boy is graduating!?!?!}

No, I don't have much to offer in that department right now, but I can give you some free printables so you can have a cute grad party.  Does that help?

I've got a preppy, bright 2015 banner you can download here.

And some water bottle labels, pennants, and party circles you can download here!

I will be using these for Grant's party, along with some other great stuff I'll share with you on Monday! If you'd like to see my other free Grad Printables for 2015, check them out here.

Wish me luck getting through this graduation ceremony, and if you see me, just hand me a tissue!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

DIY Farmhouse Table

Last week I posted all about Brittany's Rancher Reno, and if you didn't see it, please take a moment and treat yourself to some inspiration by clicking here!  All of it is fabulous, but one of the best projects is the farmhouse table.  I promised to give you the steps my brother took from the before to the after, so here it is!

This is how Brittany's table looked before, when her parents passed it on to her.  (Who doesn't love a free hand-me-down?)

Because she wanted a more up-to-date farmhouse look, my brother (her handy boyfriend) took on the challenge of the transformation.  

He started with the chairs, sanding each of them carefully.  David used a light sanding block on the spindles of the chairs and the parts that would not be getting lots of wear.  But on the seat, the lower legs, and the tops of the chair backs, he used a power sander, sanding almost down to the wood, to give the primer and paint the best adhesion.  

Power sanders are so handy when doing large projects like this, and they aren't that expensive either.  This Skil Octo Sander is the one I use and I love it because of the pointed tip front that can get into smaller areas. And it has several other great features as well.  

After all the sanding, David just wiped them all down with a slightly damp cloth to remove all the dust.  Here's a tip:  Don't get the wood too wet in this step, because it needs to be completely dry before priming.

You can spray chairs like these if you have a nice sprayer, but David brush-painted these, and with a few of his tips, they will turn out smooth and streak-free.

First of all--he recommends using the best oil-based primer you can on stained furniture to save yourself from trouble later.  He used Sherwin-Willam's Fast Drying Primer on the cabinets in the kitchen, and had enough for the table and chairs as well.  This primer is pricey, but worth it in the long-run.

He painted one coat of the primer on to each chair, waited for just about an hour, then went back with 2 coats of paint.  Some experts say that the painting process goes better when you just wait that hour before painting rather than a full 24 hours.

The color he used for the chairs was Sherwin William's Urbane Bronze in a satin finish.  If you're going for a rustic or farmhouse look, you won't want a high sheen.  David shared one extra tip that will really make a difference in the finish and give a very smooth finish when brush-painting, and that is to add just a small amount of Floetrol to your paint and mix well before painting.  You can find it here or at a local hardware store.  He loves how this product works.  Although we recommend using Sherwin William's Pro-Classic on furniture, which is meant for wood and trim, David used their Duration paint on these because this dark color could not be mixed in the Pro-Classic.  The Floetrol works like a charm to help the paint level out and give a smooth finish.  

I love these to death and think they turned out amazing!

As for the table, he followed the same process for the table base as he did the chairs.  The paint color on the table base is SW's Shoji White.  After painting, he constructed the top with 1x8's from Lowes. He measured the existing table top and cut the boards to fit so there would be a one-inch overhang over the original top all around.  He patterned the boards with 5 going length-wise and one on each end.  They did not want to over-ly distress the wood, but rather just sanded the tops and edges to make them less sharp and more rounded.  

Once they were cut and sanded, he placed the boards exactly where he wanted them and then turned each board over, one at a time, and generously applied Liquid Nails to the bottom to adhere it in place.  When each board was done, he nailed the boards in for extra stability.  He chose to nail them in from the top so the nail heads would add a little extra character, but you can also screw the top in place from the bottom up.

As for finishing, David used this Minwax Early American stain, and applied it with a rag, wiping it on, then immediately wiping it off, so as not to have a heavily stained look.  For a little more weathering, he mixed a little of the SW Gray Matters paint from the cabinets and lightly rubbed on a few streaks in various places.  After letting that dry overnight, he gave it 2 coats of a low-sheen polyurethane, letting dry an hour in between.

It really did turn out beautifully, and the whole project only cost about $100.

Does this inspire you to give an old table a face-lift?  Let me know if you give it a try!  Big thanks to David for sharing this process and taking pics all along the way so I could share them with you.  I'll let you know what he ends up doing next!

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