Sunday, August 27, 2017

DIY China Cabinet Makeover


You guys! I'm so excited to share my latest project. It's been so long since I've done something big like this and it felt great! I love transforming pieces into something new and refreshing. Since I acquired this china cabinet from my uncle I've been dreaming of the different ways update it to my style.

Originally I sought out to change this beauty into a farmhouse style but because of the hardware, I picked it totally changed the style to shabby chic. While not my favorite, shabby chic can be adorable every now and again. I think this turned out adorable!

Painting with Chalky paint

I used Valspar Chalky Paint finish for furniture in "Kids gloves" color paint. After removing all hardware and taking the doors off the bottom piece I applied three coats of paint. The paint is thick so you want to do thin layers otherwise you will see the goopy drippy dried paint... and that never looks good. It's better to apply multiple thin coats than slapping it on in one or two. I also noticed that the thicker I applied the paint the more likely it would have the crackle paint effect. This is great for a vintage effect but if you're not expecting or wanting this particular look it totally changes the style.

I had some left over sample paint we had played around with when we were renovating our powder room. I knew I wanted to paint the inside of the cabinet a different color to accent the piece but also not completely wash out my7 white china. I used the Valspar Gossamer sky for the accent color.


Distressing

After the paint was good and dry, I took a piece of fine sandpaper and gently distressed the edges of each piece. Basically anywhere that could be distressed I made distressed. There were certain lips and crevices that I wanted to make sure stood out to show the lines and beauty of the cabinet.

Sealing Wax

For this step, I used the Valspar Sealing Wax (step 2) to finish it off. You really want to apply a thin layer of this. A little goes a looong way. Make sure to give attention to the small details, cracks, and crevices. The thicker you apply the wax the more tinted it will dry. With a white paint, the wax turned it more of a cream. Use a white cloth to rub off any excess wax to avoid yellowing. I only applied one coat. Just as a precaution, the thicker you apply the sealing wax the more "aged" it will look. If you are not sure I recommend testing out a small area before sealing your entire piece.



Once it's dry... takes about 4 hours with the wax, I added the hardware and reattached the doors.

Here is the finished product!!! What do ya guys think?




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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Back to School Means More Crafting!

There is something about sending the kids away to school for a new school year that renews us and calls for new beginnings! While only 2 of my 3 will be in school full time, I'm still looking forward to a little less noise and a chance to catch up on housework that has taken a back seat to summer plans and deep cleaning the carpets from sandy toes and muddy feet.

I'm also looking forward to working on my crafty projects that I have been saving up! There are so many ideas that are just floating around in my head or have been jotted down in my notebook and I'm excited to tackle them!

This past spring I bought some white chalk to transform my china cabinet into the farmhouse style I love! It's still sitting on my dining table.

I have some super cute mason mugs that I was planning on to add some etched monogram personalization. Oh, how cute those are going to look!!!!

So that is what we have in store for this fall on 3 Wittle Birds!

Since I made the jump to split my blog in two, I've created new social media accounts for 3 Wittle Birds!! We are starting from scratch but a fresh new direction with 3 Wittle birds is needed!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Natural and Safe Carpet Deodorizing Powder


If there is one thing that makes a home feel happy and clean it would be a clean and fresh smelling living space. With pets, kids, and "man shoes" it can be hard to battle those unwanted odors that often get caught in the carpet.

We bought a carpet cleaner but we don't always have the time to clean them and wait for it to dry before my kids are rolling all over the floor. So I've been on the search for a smell good method to spruce up our carpets.

Carpet powder is something that I used a long time ago before I had kids and was considerate of the chemicals I brought into the house. Most store bought powders have been irritating to our dog's skin and I would assume the same for kids. Since we have kids I need to be extra careful about what we use.

Here is a safe and natural carpet powder that works like a charm!

What you need...

  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • essential oils ( I used lemon and lavender) about 15 drops of each.

What you do...

You can use a dollar tree Parmesan shaker or you can use an old ball jar with the lid. Put all of your ingredients into the jar and shake until the oil has dispersed.

Let it sit for 30 minutes and then vacuum up. Your house will smell so fresh!
If you don't have any young kids or pets that play on the floor you can also replace one cup of baking soda with a cup of borax. Baking soda and borax are both natural ingredients but borax can also be a skin irritant. Both substances also absorb odors really well. Borax is a natural pest deterrent so that is an added bonus!

This natural carpet powder has really been a godsend! My carpets no longer smell like wet dog thanks to this carpet deodorizer! Sprinkle this stuff before you're expecting company and they will wonder how you keep your house smelling so fresh!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stuck In Mommy Limbo

Edit: Okay, time to be honest. So I did go back and edit some of this post:) But... the 95% of this was just a free write.

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We are going to try something a little different here. Today I am going to just write and publish. I will not edit and re-read so apologies in advance for spelling and grammar errors. here we go...

Lately I've been in a funk. My anxiety has run high and my excitement for things has run low. I left my job to be a stay at home mom... something I thought was the solution to my problems but the funk has not gone away and I'm still stacked with an endless to do list that has left me unmotivated for the things I enjoy.

Unmotivated and uninspired.

Maybe I have piled on too much.

Maybe I do place impossible expectations on myself.

No more than a year age, we had a rough situation with one of the parents in our Girl Scout troop. We could say this was the tip of the iceberg or the catalyst for my mood. I did what I thought was in the best interest and safety of all the girls in the troop and this person retaliated with legal action. The passion and energy I had poured into this program, as a volunteer and to be left treated in this manner, really broke my spirit. The legal expenses and the humiliation of having a sheriff serve me an order at 11:45 PM was enough to make me reassess things in my life.

I had enough. I'm not a punching bag and I refuse to be bullied.

I'm trying to get back to what I love, blogging. I've recently split my blog in two because I feel the different viewpoints are clashing. So we are continuing 3 Wittle Birds here and keeping Mighty Girls Rock over there..lol Don't get me wrong, I love being a troop leader and sharing all of those ideas but it's really a niche area that doesn't allow me to express other sides of my life.  I have gotten away from the reasons why I loved blogging so much. I miss 3 Wittle Birds.


Maybe motherhood has left me feeling lost.

I'm trying to get back my joy for things.

I'm feeling like I'm in Mommy Limbo. Like when you quit your full time job to stay home while the kids are young but have ambitions in life that you can't momentarily work on but you still have that itch. I have ideas and ambitions. I love the idea of being an entrepreneur but taking care of the home and kids doesn't leave much time to work on myself, let alone a business.

This time in my life is like a waiting game. A waiting game that you don't want to rush through because that means your kids are getting older and you are missing those special early years. Yet, you're still anxious to get on with what it is I'm meant to do. What am I meant to do?

I've spent a lot of time this year in the garden. I find peace in tending to the flowers and vegetables. There is a bit of anxiety release each time I pull another weed out making the raised beds look decluttered and tidy.

A tidy home is what makes me happy. It seems impossible with three young children. With a little declutter I've already seen progress and it gives me hope. My goal this year is to find beauty in the little things and transition from a maximalist mentality to a minimalist lifestyle.

Okay, that's all I can get out of my brain for one evening. I know this was a rambling post and if you have made it this far, thanks for listening.