Mod Podge Books

July 15, 2016

Today I’m super happy to be hosting this months challenge: Globes and Maps! I was so excited when I found out what this challenge was going to be because the boys room is nautical themed. Maps and globes really fit in well, so I couldn’t really turn this opportunity down. I had no idea what to do at first, I experimented with somehow etching a map onto a mirror but the effort seemed not worth the result, haha. So, I ended up with:

Mod Podge Books!

I bought a few books from the flea market at $2 each. The flea market is such a perfect place to find cheap materials! I also got 4 maps for $15 dollars. I aged these maps using coffee and tea.

Step 1: Mod Podge Books Cover

To start, once your maps have been aged (or not if you’re using something else), lay it flat wrong side up. Using a small brush, Mod Podge one side of the book and the binding. Press the book onto the nearest edge, and fold the map up onto the binding. Mod Podge the front of the book and wrap the rest of the map over.

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I don’t know why I took a picture of the book in this orientation, you’d actually want it flipped, with the edge of the book matching the edge of the map.

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It should look like this after folding it over. Use a credit card or other similar object to smooth air bubbles out.

Step 2: Creating the Cover

After the map is Mod Podged to the surface of the book, open the cover. Cut the edges like so:

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Just cut squares out of the corners, Mod Podge the two top edges, and fold in. The repeat for the remaining long edge. Trim the cover on each side of the binding, and you have a finished book cover!

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Let your book dry in this position for a few hours.

(Optional) Step 3: Mod Podge the Outside

You might feel like you’re done after adhering the cover to the book, but for additional durability, I Mod-Podged the outside too. This gives it a more book-cover like feel! I didn’t worry about brush strokes (I just used a small hand brush), but if you are you can use a sponge brush with a bit of water in it.

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Maps and Globes Linkup

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Make sure to check out everyone’s Globes and Map projects!


Antiquing Maps (and other paper!)

July 12, 2016

Greetings, everyone! Remember those maps I bought at the flea market last week? Well, they were definitely bought with a purpose in mind – make sure to check back on Friday and you’ll see the completed project (and many many more projects featuring maps and globes!) I bought these maps in semi-new condition. But for my purposes, I really wanted them to look old and used. There seemed to be many ways to antique these maps, and I found that tea and coffee were most recommended. Since I haven’t really seen a tutorial comparing and using both of these mediums, I decided to use both coffee and tea so you guys can see the difference between the two.

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Before and after aging the maps.

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Flea Market Haul #1 (and 4th of July Pic Dump!)

July 5, 2016

Sunday, we managed to go to the PCC Flea Market, which is always tons of fun and full of really cool stuff! I’m planning on doing this once a month, as I slowly start to DIY and decorate the house with thrifted items. Make sure to tune in every Tuesday of the month for The Traditional Millennial’s Flea Market Haul! Here comes the pic dump:

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In my head, those keys would be painted turquoise, antiqued, and hung on a gallery wall! Unfortuantely, by the time I saw them I was out of cash!

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Free Patriotic Printable

July 1, 2016

It’s freebie Friday! I hope everyone’s Friday is going well, I’m super excited about this three-day weekend coming up, aren’t you? In preparation for Independence Day, I made a cute free patriotic printable for you guys to decorate with!

Free Patriotic Printable

This cute little printable should fit in a 4×6 Frame. Make sure you print her out on matte or glossy photo stock paper so it looks as good as it should! I’m going to put mine on my recently redecorated mantel! Where do you think you’ll put yours? Just give the picture a click to download it.

I, myself, am planning on sleeping. A lot. Haha, after a very trying week, I feel like I need a huge break! On the 4th, we will be going to a breakfast potluck with our good friends, and then watch the 4th of July parade near their house. Then, my parents should be coming over for some BBQ goodness, and some backyard patio fireworks.

Oh also, this Sunday we are probably going to the PCC Flea market again! I love this flea market, even more than the Rose Bowl Flea Market which is giant! I feel there are so many good things that I can makeover there, the Rose Bowl is so big you have to really look for the diamond in the rough!

Make sure to stay tuned for my Flea Market Haul next week! Do you have any plans for the fourth? Share them with me in the comments!

Till’ next time!

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Patriotic DIY Roundup

June 30, 2016

Wow, it’s really hard to believe the 4th is right around the corner! I’m planning on doing some BBQing with my parents and family, along with some fireworks! Of course, I’m going to make some patriotic DIY projects to spruce the place up a bit – I’ll list a few of my favorites for ya, won’t you join me in some patriotic DIY?

Patriotic Clothespin Wreath

Patriotic DIY Wreath

Credit goes to Home Crafts by Ali! This wreath is so simple and cute, I can totally see involving my children in the making of this project. If I hadn’t scored a cute burlap wreath at Walmart for only $4.50, I would be doing this for sure!

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Chalk Paint Mirror Makeover

June 22, 2016

I’ve been having so much fun with the chalk paint we bought at Walmart, that I thought I’d share with another project I used it for. Enter, the mirror makeover.

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Here’s the glorious before shot. The gold/silver combo kinda worked when that wall was orange (what was I thinking!). But since we painted almost the entire house gray, which I am having a total love affair with right now, it just wasn’t jiving. I realized how much I hated the mirror when I participated in the #asishometour with A+ Life Blog. I love Courtney’s blog and I have been a pretty solid reader since I started blogging, she totally inspires me, and thus, inspired me to take pictures of all my rooms. I didn’t end up posting them, but maybe I should? Who feels like a little house tour up in here? Or maybe I could post a video – that might be fun!

Anyhow, back to the mirror. We got it super cheap at Home Depot a few years back after realizing that we were never going to find another decent mirror for 20 bucks! It was on sale, and while I didn’t love it, it was something to put up there.

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Picnic Table Stenciling

June 17, 2016

We’ve had this picnic table since we moved into this house – I’m pretty sure it was my grandfather’s! It’s been moved from place to place, it was originally outside by the garage, then a bunch of oil leaked on it! Yuck – so we moved it to the back where it kinda got lost amongst the weeds and trees and stuff. I’ve found it recently and moved it in front of the veggie garden. We had to rehab it a bit by adding screws and tacking it together again, but it’s as sturdy as ever. The oil spill on top, though, made for some pretty dirty kids. So we decided to give this picnic table a good ol’ fashioned makeover!

The Original Picnic Table:

Here’s the table before I primered and painted it.

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Look at that dirty table!

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You can see where there was an oil spill. This actually means that the primer won’t stick that great so I have to be delicate with it. Or I can redo it with oil-based primer and paint but it’s stinky.

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Most of the paint had worn off at this point, it didn’t need much sanding – just a good wash.

I didn’t want to put too much money into it as it’s an old table that sits outside and gets dirty haha, so I used some Benjamin Moore Exterior Flat (Fence and Barn) paint that we had sitting around from a painting project Austine did years ago (side note, my old room at my parents house is this color too haha). It just happens to be a light turquoise, which is currently one of my favorite colors. Somehow I didn’t take any after pictures of the table just painted, but you’ll see the color with my stenciling photos.

Yes, that’s right – painting it wasn’t enough! I needed the whole shebang. I decided to stencil it after seeing some really great pins with stenciled picnic tables. It took me maybe two weeks to get all the stuff together after it was painted. I sprayed it off, and ugh! The stupid oil spill struck again and the paint peeled up all the way through to the primer. I may have to redo this table eventually, but I really wanted to see what the stencil looked like – so I just repainted it.

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12 Amazing Throw Pillows – Right From Amazon!

June 2, 2016

Hey all! Happy Thursday! I’m sorry for the lack of updates this week. I’ve been doing some cleaning backstage, some re-focusing if you will. I’ve decided I will be posting here on Tuesdays and Thursdays (I’m trying to keep this do-able still), so mark your calendars. I hope to keep bringing you amazing, fresh content focused on homemaking and family living. This, of course, includes decor, gardening, recipes, and other cool home-centered stuff. If you could see it in Better Homes and Gardens, you’ll be seeing it here! But back to the throw pillows…

While all of this is going on, I’m feeling the need to change things up in my living room. I’m pretty happy with it, but I think I’ve been spending way too much time on Pinterest and Instagram – I’m totally in love with farmhouse everything right now. I definitely need to redo my mantel which I will be posting about here. But, my main focus today will be about changing your look with throw pillows.

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I’m really in love with this throw pillow! I’m 99% certain that I’m ordering this 😉 4.99 on Amazon

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