Spring is in Bloom | 45+ Flower Projects

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Don’t flowers just bring a smile to your face! They do for me…every time. I love fresh flowers and them occasionally at the supermarket. However, within a week they are no longer with us. For this reason I also love crafting flower projects this time of year! They never “die” on me. And with the weather dropping down below 60 again (in APRIL!!) I need a little flower love to brighten my day.

I’ve teamed up with several of my blogging buddies to bring you the most amazing collection of flower projects, tips, crafts, home decor, etc. Add a little color to your life and maybe Mother Nature will follow in your footsteps before Easter arrives on Sunday!

 

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How to Spray Paint a Brown Crib White

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I’m finally getting around to sharing one of the last projects from Chickadee’s nursery. I had been doing some crib research when I started talking to my room mom from last year. She told me she had her son’s crib up in the attic and I was welcome to have it if I wanted it. I was hesitant at first because it was brown and I was really hoping to have a white crib in baby girl’s nursery. However, my husband and I are not ones to pass up FREE, so we picked it up later that week!

After doing a little research I found out that spray painting the crib was a viable option, and since I was 25+ weeks pregnant, III got to work! Yall, it was so hard to sit back and let someone else do the DIYing! I had so many opinions and thoughts of how I would be doing it….after voicing a few of them I realized all would go much more smoothly if I just trusted my fabulous husband and family who was there to help. 

So here is the skinny (which I was not after gaining 40lbs with Chickadee….): 

01. Make sure the crib is taken apart. Then sand the entire thing with some handheld fine grit sandpaper. Then wipe down the pieces. Set up outside on a big piece of plastic or a tarp would work too.

Now I chose to spray paint over brush paint for two reasons: a) I didn’t want brush strokes b) the though of painting all of those rails inside and out….I couldn’t do that to III

02. Next, Prime. I decided to use Rustoleum’s 2x Ultra Cover Primer. If you are thinking about skipping the priming stage…don’t. It took III about 4 cans of primer….allowing for two coats front and back. Spray the fronts of all pieces and allow 30 minutes to dry. Then do the backs…repeat. You want to put this on lightly so avoid drips. If there is any dripping sand the spot in between coats and you will be good to go! Since you will be doing all of your spraying outside, make sure it’s a pretty day with 0% chance of rain. This is an all day project folks.

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03. Next up is the top coat. I again turned to Rustoleum and used their Ultra Cover 2x Painter’s Touch spray paint. You will want to spray these layers lightly as well. III did three coats and it took 6 cans of spray paint. I suggest using a spray can grip/sprayer (you can see it on the can III us using below) so your finger doesn’t lock up on you. This is a lot of spraying. Again if there are drips sand in between and they will hardly be noticeable. 

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04. The last step before reassembling is sealing the crib. I used a water-based Polycrylic by Miniwax. III applied it with cheap foam brushes to avoid brush strokes. There are strict instructions on the back about not using if you are pregnant so please make sure someone else does this for you if you are currently expecting and you aren’t in the same room!.

05. Finally, have your husband assemble the crib while you sit on the computer with your feet up and admire HIS handiwork! 

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It couldn’t have turned out better!! We did have to make one modification. The crib was 9 years old, so it was still a drop down. We ordered a kit from the manufacturer that secured the front so it no longer drops down. The pieces were also brown, so I just covered them with washi tape! LOVE that stuff :o) Baby girl loves her crib and rocks out in if for 11 hours every night!

 

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Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes for Two!

A few weeks ago I posted this amazing recipe for Brown Sugar Meatloaf (remember this isn’t your grandmother’s meatloaf folks!). It was delicious. I had planned on sharing with you the cream cheese mashed potatoes that graced the plate alongside the meatloaf, but one thing led to another and life got crazy and well….I forgot. But today I am back and you are going to be so glad I remembered, because this mashed potato recipe is fantabulous! Is that a word?

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Right??? don’t they look great? I know what you are thinking…from the picture they should be called Cheddar Cheese Mashed Potatoes, you might be right, but cream cheese is the secret weapon, so I’m going with it!My favorite thing to do is make a mashed potato/meatloaf sandwich with a sweet Sister Schubert roll….my mouth is watering folks (yes I’ve used folks twice in this post already). Enough rambling, on to the recipe (folks!). 

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Serves 2
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Russet Potatoes
  2. 8 oz of cream cheese
  3. 1/2 cup of milk
  4. 4 tbsp. butter
  5. Shredded cheddar cheese
  6. salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Wash & Peel Potatoes, boil on medium/high for 25 minutes or until soft
  2. Get out your fancy potato masher (or a fork) and mash!
  3. Add cream cheese, milk, and butter mix well until cream cheese is melted.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Pour into casserole dish and top with cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes at about 300 degrees
  7. Enjoy!
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So easy, right? Yall you will regret cooking up these mashed potatoes & brown sugar meatloaf. Your family will thank you. Go ahead. Start cooking :o) 

 

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