Category Archives: Shabby Chic

Vintage Themed Baby Shower!

I love planning parties!

I so enjoy the planning of the details, putting together decorations, envisioning how it will all go together and then seeing it all come to completion as we set-up! It truly is a passion of mine.  If I had unlimited money and space I would definitely have the sweetest decoration collection and throw parties all the time, but for now, this makes me happy!

My bestfriend had her 2nd baby girl in April, I guessed it was going to be a girl.  So much so, I bought yarn for the baby blanket before she was born – pink yarn! I started planning in my head some ideas, and thanks to Pinterest it all came together.  Together with her sister, we came up with a perfect themed and decoration ideas for the shower.  Vintage!! I love everything vintage, and it was the perfect theme to celebrate baby M.

Now for the fun parts :: Decorations & Food!

First, the food.  We decided to keep it simple, lemonade & water to drink, and then veggies, fruit and some dainties (scones and muffins) to eat. It was perfect, not too heavy, easy to plan, and yummy to eat.  We served most things on glass or white dishes set on a beautiful table that had a simple pink table runner and doilies (the real ones, made by my grandma).

Now, for the decorations.  Bunting banners, chalkboards, doilies, birdcages and mason jars adorned the house transforming it into a lovely looking vintage scene.  We set up a pink and white polka-dot pinwheel at the door to welcome guest in, had fresh flowers all over, and even served our drinks in mason jars.  It was perfect.  Instead of doing games, we had a craft for everyone to participate in: Maisie’s ABC Book.  We asked each guest to fill out a page which contained a letter and then it will be put together as a book for her as a keepsake.

Mom and babe were well loved and celebrated and it was the perfect sunshiney day for a babyshower!

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DIY: CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint

I’ve fallen in love with the new Chalk Paint that you see all over Pinterest, on vintage looking refinished furniture and at 2 of my favorite stores.  I’ve been reading all about it for months, waiting for the perfect project to use it for.  I studied how to make my own (which seemed like the cheaper option), but on my last trip to Langley, I was in one of my favorite stores Spruced Collective, and decided to take the plunge and buy a litre of CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint!

I could hardly wait to get home and start my project…. our bedroom furniture!  I have my childhood dresser, which my mom painted white about 15 years ago (with a marine paint I’m pretty sure), a cheap dresser that was given to me in highschool, which I had painted brown when we got married, and my favorite piece, my vanity, which actually belonged to my mom, it was the 1st piece of furniture she purchased.  I used it in my room from the time I was 15 until I got married and moved out at 21 and last year my mom gave it to me. Oh how I missed it.  So, I had the perfect pieces to finish.

The great thing about chalk paint is …. NO PREP WORK!!!!! What?! I know, its amazing.  I was truly skeptical painting over marine paint (which is oil based) and not prepping it.  But I figured I should try… and Voila!

I did 2 coats on the long dresser because it was brown, but only did 1 coat of Vintage White on the vanity and little dresser.  I decided to add a little grey accents to those 2 pieces and am thrilled with how it turned out.

First is the vanity after I put on a coat of Vintage White.

 

The Drawers were painted Pittsburg Grey.  This is after 2 coats, I distressed, and then was sealing them.  I used the Satin Finish instead of wax because these pieces get a lot of use.

 

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The Finished Vanity.

 

 

 

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The finished Dresser. I wanted to co-ordinate, but not too matchy-matchy, so decided to paint the top grey. I’m very happy with the outcome.

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Photo Frame Collage Wall

When we moved into this house 2 years ago, I found a great set of 10 frames that were intended for a photo collage wall.  When I bought them, my intention was that Phil would take some photos that we would develop for them, but it never happened.  The set came with standard style photos (flowers) which I did really like, but was getting increasingly bored with them.  I didn’t have time to go to the store and get photos developed, but was ready for a change.  So I found some great scrapbook paper and cut out the proper sizes for the frames and filled them with that instead.  It looks amazing! I’m very happy with it.

Over the last few months I’ve become very inspired to create a subway sign type photo for our house – but of what, I had no idea.  Last night I was clicking around Pinterest and came across some great ones of different scriptures.  Joshua 1:9 stuck out to me, and is very fitting right now.  So, for the 1st time I created my own printable!  I am thrilled with how it turned out.

If you are looking to update some frames or change the look – consider using, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or wall paper.  It gives different colors, textures and a great look!

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My Sisters Wedding :: DIY Chalkboards

As many of you know, my sister recently got married.  There were a few projects for the wedding I did that I’ll share over the next little while.

One was chalkboards! I love chalkboards (as I’ve said before).  They can be used in so many different ways and are effective, sweet and fit the theme of the wedding perfectly.  Here are 2 of the 4 chalkboards that I had made for the wedding.

This one was displayed at the entrance of the park where they got married to direct guests down to the ceremony site.

This was at the back of the seating to encourage people to sit together and not worry about choosing a side but rather to choose a seat.

To make the chalkboards, my husband bought 1/2″ plywood which he cut into 2’x3′ pieces.  I primed the board and then painted them with 2 coats of chalkboard paint.  He cut baseboard for me, which I glued around the edges for the boarder.  It took about a day to do so that the paint was dry, but it was a very simple project and had a big impact!

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DIY: Painted Pink Table

I found the cutest little table the other day when I was downtown.

I decided I wanted to paint in pink as I’ve always wanted a pink piece of furniture in the house!

First I sanded the table (I was very happy that it was in great shape, so didn’t need too much prep work).  I painted 1 coat of primer and then 2 coats of the pink paint.

This is the painted table before I distressed it.

With sandpaper I lightly distressed the edges to give it the worn-vintage look, or a shabby-chic look. 

Then it was time to move it into the house. The perfect place was next to my desk.  I decided to hang some of my grandma’s teacups above it as it suited the look I was going for.  I’m so happy with the finished project and feel like the living room is taking shape and really coming together!

 

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