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

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!

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Ingrid & Lucy

Mexican Folk Art

Mexico is a beautiful country- rich with culture, history, and art.  Living in south Texas, we see Mexican influence everywhere–from food to décor.  The traditional bright colors and patterns used in pottery, clothing, and furniture have a way of cheering up even the gloomiest day.  We snatched up this “Virgen de Guadalupe” at a thrift store, and decided to dust off the acrylics.  The Virgen de Guadalupe image is seen all over Mexico, and is a huge part of the Mexican culture and Catholic faith.  The wood work is gorgeous and looks handmade; however, we decided the browns were entirely too drab!  She appears to be very pleased with her new bright colors and design….

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Ingrid & Lucy

From Green To Glam: Patio Chairs Reinvented

The brightness of summer is slowly fading. With school zones flashing away and stores beginning to stock their pumpkins (a bit prematurely, in our opinion), we bid farewell to the long summer days.  In Texas, however, it’s patio season most of the year.  When the weather is bearable, we love being outdoors—on the covered patio, in the garden, or recently, in Ingrid’s new hammock!  Right around this time, the patio furniture starts to go on clearance.  Unless we find an absolute steal, we still love sticking to our trusty thrift stores!  These green chairs were crying out for help when we spotted them.  They begged us to take them home and promised to look beautiful after a bit of cleaning and paint.  They definitely did not disappoint!

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Ingrid & Lucy

The Royal Table

With all the buzz about Prince George lately, we are seeing the Union Jack showcased everywhere!  We’ve had this small round table in the garage for a few weeks and couldn’t decide on a pattern for it—until now.  After a light sanding, we requested some help from our expert painter (Lucy’s hubby) who did an amazing job!  We left the “white” part of the flag as the natural wood color in order to allow the table’s original beauty to shine through…Check out the before & after pics!

We are thrilled to participate in our very first trade show in New Braunfels, Texas, next month– and this table will be one of our featured pieces.  Cheerio, mates!

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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…

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

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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

We’re on a Roll!

Happy Friday! Today, we’d like to share a little project that Ingrid created a few months ago.  On a warm winter’s eve (south Texas is home for us), she pinned the night away, finding some some super cool art made from toilet paper rolls.  Thus, the obsession began to create her own original piece.  We love scrolling through pins to get our creative juices flowing—what in the world did we do before pinterest!?!  Ingrid started collecting her toilet paper rolls until she had enough for her project.  She created these two canvas pieces with toilet paper rolls, acrylic paint, and some wooden sticks & buttons from the craft box.  The trusty painter’s tape helped create the stripes, and hot glue put it all together.  They hang side by side in her bedroom, and the color scheme blends perfectly with the decor.

As we are inspired by so many, we hope to pay it forward and do the same for others with our designs….have a lovely weekend!

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Ingrid & Lucy

Three Step Thursdays

We’re so excited it’s Thursday again! In this week’s project, we are taking a glass bowl and giving it a brand new look with our three simple steps.  We found this  clear glass “fishbowl” at a thrift store and have been so anxious to experiment with our new frosted spray paint.  So without further adieu, we present…….The Frosted Fishbowl!

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1. Clean glass thoroughly and dry

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     2. With painter’s tape, create desired pattern on glass

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3. Spray frosted paint and allow to dry before removing tape.

Ingrid & Lucy