Kick in the Pants with Duluth Trading Company

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It’s amazing how quickly my time disappears in a day. Most of my hours are designated to taking care of my sweet baby girl, however during weeks like one it seems there are no hours left to spare, because Chickadee has decided now that she is 6 months old she no longer wants to nap for more than 30 minutes at a time (all tips welcome)! It a wonder I ever get anything finished and up on this little ole blog. There are so many projects that are piling up on my to do list that sometimes when I am lucky enough to find a quiet moment during naptime I don’t know where to start. But this day…..I did.

So I tend to change the wall colors in our house as often as the SEC goes to the National Championship game. I believe in the 4 years we have lived in our house there are only two rooms still wearing their original paint color. Some rooms received stripes, while others got beadboard, most just got a new color all around.  However, when painting rooms there is one oversight that I always allow to happen…..the inside of the windows, never get painted (between the curtains and blinds you can hardly tell, right?).

Exhibit A: The Kitchen….I first painted it green, now it’s a gray/blue that I am not even sure I shared here on the blog.

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Exhibit B: Our Master Bedroom…..used to be blue, now it’s brown

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Both of these rooms were painted before Chickadee took up residence in my belly, so we’ve lived this way for well over a year! However, thanks to Duluth Trading and their new campaign I got just the kick in the pants I needed to take care of these windows once and for all! 

So how did they convince me to get the ball rolling? With a new outfit, of course!

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The awesome buff hides the fact that my hair hasn’t been washed in days (new mom woes), and it also makes me feel like I’m on Survivor. Anyone still watching that show besides me and III??? And this fabulous shirt was perfect for going back and forth between painting/caulking, errands, and tending to baby girl. I kept the sleeves down in the morning, but took advantage of the roll up buttons as it warmed up.

The painting took all of about 30 minutes, but these windows also needed a little re-caulking to keep the HOTLANTA heat outside! Here are a few tips to help you get the job finished if you are in need of a little caulk yourself!

First, you are going to need to use a razor blade to scrape out all of the old caulk. This takes a little bit of time, oh, and please be careful with the sharp objects! Next, line the space you want to caulk with some painter’s tape. This is going to make everything nice and pretty.

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Grab your caulk (I used a paintable caulk by GE) and your caulk gun. These guns are so great! They have both a blade to cut off the tip of the caulk & a metal rod to clean things out before you start spreading, right there on the gun. 

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Use the gun to spread the caulk between the pieces of tape filling the gap completely. Then, with your finger smooth the caulk into place. Give it just a few minutes to set, then you can remove the tape to find a beautiful, straight caulking job. You, can pat yourself on the back now.

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Repeat around the entire window. Since this particular caulk is paintable, I did go back over it with my wall color once it had properly set. Yall, I am so proud of myself for making the time to cross another DIY project off my list! Finally, my windows and walls match AND the hot outside (pollen filled) air is staying where it belongs.

I am also thankful to Duluth Trading for giving me the Kick in the Pants I needed. And guess what? They want to give YOU a Kick in the Pants too. Here is how it works: Head over to Duluth Trading Company’s Facebook Page and submit your abandoned project. Then they will pick 10 winners over the next few weeks who will each get a $200 Visa Gift Card AND $200 in DTC Gear to help get their job finished and crossed off their to-do list! Maybe it will be you!

So, what project are you putting off?? And what is it going to take for you to get the ball rolling?????

Disclaimer: I received compensation in exchange for promoting this campaign, however all opinions found here are my own. I partner with brands I love and Duluth Trading Co. has gear all DIYers need to get the job done!

 

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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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