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……

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Ingrid & Lucy

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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

Three Step Thursdays

We managed to take a plain jar from ordinary to vibrantly vivacious in three easy steps! We found these adorable little animals in our craft supplies and transformed two jars with only spray paint and hot glue.  Check out our new candy jars! We also think it’s a great “back to school” gift idea- perfect for those special hardworking teachers…

Animal Jars 1

1.  After cleaning jars, spray paint tops and any small plastic toy

Animal Jars 2

2. Once jar top and plastic toy have dried completely, place a small amount of hot glue to bottom of the toy and adhere to lid.

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3.  Fill with… (insert your idea here)

Ingrid & Lucy

how do ya like them apples?

Most of our posts and projects have a bit of a recurring theme—simplicity.  For us, crafting and cooking is a time to unwind and think about little else.  Although we do enjoy the bigger projects, we love keeping it simple and finding beauty in the unexpected.  We found these fruit magnets and it brought a nostalgic feeling of Ingrid’s godparent’s home.  Remember this fruity fridge decor?  And, you guessed it….spray paint!  Such a simple idea created a bold new look.  For these we used a metallic silver Krylon paint.

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Ingrid & Lucy

Personalized Pin Board

Framed cork boards have been spotted all over Pinterest lately, inspiring us to create our own.  We love seeing all the unique takes on this office must have.  After removing the glass and backing, we cleaned off the frame and lightly sanded.  Then we spray painted the frame and patiently allowed it to dry completely (for this project, we used Krylon in Global Blue).  We then cut the cork board and fabric to size, using the frame’s original backing to measure.  We covered the cork with our bright floral fabric and carefully hot glued the edges. So as not leave all the excitement in the front of the board, we livened up the back by adding some fun contact paper before putting the frame back together. Add some cute pins and…ta-dah! we’ve given new life to a frame that was yearning for a dramatic change!

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corkboard 2

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Ingrid & Lucy

Three Step Thursdays

This week, we are repurposing some colorful wooden puzzle pieces by adding magnets.  We found this farm animal puzzle at our favorite thrift shop and had the magnets in our craft box.  A simple way to display anything from grocery lists to artwork on the fridge!

Farm Animal Magnet 1  Farm Animal Magnet 2  Farm Animal Magnet 3

 1.  wipe down puzzle pieces 2. use hot glue to attach magnets to puzzle piece 3. display magnets

Ingrid & Lucy