Children’s Park Bench

A few times a month, our favorite thrift shop will discount its furniture by 50%. It was on one of these special occasions that we came across this adorable children’s park bench. The size caught our attention and we fell in love with the animal detail on the back. The bench needed some repair- the wood was greying and begged for some luster.  We unscrewed each wooden plank and sanded, revealing the surprisingly great condition of each piece.  Using Rustoleum wood stain, we layered a new look onto each plank.  With the plastic animal backing now separate from the bench, we coated it with a yellow Valspar spray paint.

Now, if only we could get our hands on a bit of Alice’s shrinking potion……

baby bench 1

kids bench 2

kids bench 3

kids bench 4

Ingrid & Lucy

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Today’s Special: The Invention of Living

In two short weeks, we will be showcasing some of our creations and favorite finds at a trade show in New Braunfels, Texas.  Planning and organizing for this event has been loads of fun. We’ve been reading up on trade shows and finding ways to make our display attractive and unique.  We decided to create an A-frame sidewalk sign—just like the ones we stare down, tummies grumbling, deciding on lunch.  We designed it in our minds and made mental modifications– but because we are not licensed, professional sidewalk sign makers, we seemed to come across some complications almost every time.  Our answer came last month when Ingrid scored a Playskool easel at a yard sale for $5.00!  After a thorough clean up, we spray painted the entire piece in Valspar’s tropical foliage. Our initial plan was to screw the sheets of metal to the plastic, but reverting to our lack of training in sidewalk sign making, we decided on industrial strength Velcro instead—(hmmmm…wonder what else we can “fix” with industrial strength Velcro?!) We added our spray painted magnetic letters and– ta-dah! We love the end result and can’t wait to display it!

sidewalk sign 1

sidewalk sign 2

sidewalk sign 3

Ingrid & Lucy

Three Step Thursday

We put the spray paints aside for this week’s installment of TST. A few weeks ago, while perusing through the children’s books at a new thrift shop, we found some classics we couldn’t pass up.  With a few projects in mind, we decided to try our first idea on Three Step Thursday.  This project reflects our three favorites: simple, frugal, & unique. Create a gorgeous gallery wall in a nursery or kid’s room, and inspire children to see the beauty of written words…

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond”

~CS Lewis

childrens book frame 1

1. Select your frame and picture book

childrens book frame 2

2. Measure and trim the edges of the page to fit your frame

childrens book frame 3

3. Using double sided tape to adhere, align the paper and put the frame back together.

Ingrid & Lucy