Friday, November 10, 2017

Succulent Delight

I have never done a mason jar craft and thought it was about time I put my own spin on some mason jars!  I have also been needing some outside decor for my home so I decided to make a wooden wall planter to hold a bunch of cute succulents in mason jars.  I have been so in love with succulents lately and can't seem to stop buying them! I drew up a sketch and this was my final result:

I built the wooden wall frame with cedar so I can hang it outside and used the Varathane Weathered Wood accelerator to give it a distressed look.  Next, I used the Modern Masters Cheerful paint leftover from my front door Cheerful Tudor.  I like that having the same paint colors in several places ties the house design appeal together. 

Items needed:

Hanging Wooden Wall Planter

Mason Jar Planters
Here's a fun little snapchat story of the process of building the planter (bonus: #teddymullens is at the end): 

Step 1: Sketch desired size of hanging planter.

Sketch of planter with dimensions

Step 2: Cut Cedar with miter saw.

  • Cut two (2) 2x4s 3' (36") long for sides of planter.
  • Cut three (3) 2x6s 1'-9" (21") long for the shelf plants will sit on.
  • Cut three (3) 1x3s 1'-9" (21") long for the decorative piece in front of shelf.

Lengths of cedar wood pieces
Cut cedar wood with a miter saw

Step 3: Dry fit pieces for visual reference.

Dry fit pieces to verify planter looks like sketch

Step 4: Use Kreg Jig to drill two (2) holes on each side of the 2x6 shelves and impact pocket screws to 2x4 sides.

2x6 boards receive 2 drilled holes on each end of board

Use impact to pocket screw the 2x6 to the 2x4
Three (3) 2x6 boards screwed to one (1) 2x4

Three (3) 2x6 boards screwed to both 2x4s

Step 5: Use Kreg Jig to drill three (3) holes on the front of the 2x6 shelves and impact pocket screws to 1x3 front. Repeat for each shelf.

Three (3) pocket holes on front of 2x6 shelves to attach 1x3 front

Step 6: Stain newly built wooden wall planter with Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator. Apply coats until desired darkness is achieved.

Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator about to be applied

Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator visual when wet

Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator visual after it dried with 1 coat

Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator visual after it dried with 2 coats

Step 7: Paint 12 Mason Jars with Modern Masters Cheerful Paint.

12 Mason Jars painted with Modern Masters Cheerful Paint

Step 8: Distress mason jars with sandpaper once dried. 

Distressed look on mason jars

Step 9: Plant Succulents in mason jars.

Final result with planted succulents in mason jars

Step 10: Enjoy!

Final wooden wall planter with mason jars and succulents! more “Succulent Delight”

Friday, November 3, 2017

Cheerful Tudor

Our Cheerful Tudor!
The front door to our house was looking awfully sad. It was faded, wood rotted, and our door handle would constantly get stuck with the 1930’s hardware. The Front Door is the most important element on the exterior of a home. It should stand out and say "welcome". Changing the front door’s color is the easiest way to make an inexpensive mark on our home’s personality. And it was time for our change.

I was introduced to Modern Masters Front Door Paint and I can tell you first hand that this paint is hands down the best outdoor paint I have ever used. This paint is non-fading, water based, and quick to dry – what more can I ask for from a front door paint!? I painted and closed my door on the same day!

Modern Masters has a GORGEOUS collection of Front Door Paints. I was skeptical of the Never-Fade technology as anyone would be but listen to these fun facts:
Modern Masters paints are used on most Disney theme park rides, The Hollywood Bowl, Dolby theater in Hollywood, the giant Oscar statues on the red carpet (not the actual Oscars!), and Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle – how cool is that!? That is all the proof I need that this paint will last on my front door.

There are two parts to transform our front door from Before to After:
1.     Installing new hardware & repairing the door
2.     Painting the Door

Before & After - Front Door Transformation
Items Needed:

Door Repair & New Hardware Items

Paint the Door Items

Part 1 – Installing new hardware & repairing the door

Step 1: Remove all door hardware

Old door hardware to be removed

Step 2: Cut block to cover old hardware hole and trace

Block insert to be installed

Step 3: Cut out hole for block
Cut new hole with oscillating tool

Hole cut for block insert

Step 4: Cut block to insert into old hardware slot

Block insert for hardware slot

Dry fit block insert for hardware slot

Step 5: Glue all blocks in place

This took several hours as each piece needed to be clamped into place while the gorilla glue dried.

Gorilla glue used for block inserts

Use rubber gloves with gorilla glue on block inserts

Clamp block inserts while glue dries

Final decorative insert to cover old hardware slot

Step 6: Wood plane and scrape door

Use a putty knife and a hand wood planer to get a smooth surface where needed.

Hand planer used to smooth surface of door

Step 7: Install wood filler

Wood filler applied with putty knife

Old door rot

Wood filler along bottom of door to repair door

Wood filler applied where needed on door

Step 8: Sand door as needed

Step 9: Cut new holes for new door hardware

Use Blue Painter's Tape to prevent splintering of wood.

Hole saw with jig used to cut new hardware holes

Blue Painter's Tape used to prevent splintering of wood

New latch hole cut out

Part 2 – Painting the Door

Step 1: Clean door
Wipe down door

Step 2: Tape windows

Blue Painter's Tape on window for clean paint lines

Step 3: Prime door

Kilz Primer base

Complete Kilz Primer base

Step 4: Paint door - 2 coats

Cheerful Modern Masters paint

Modern Masters door paint

Step 5: Install new hardware

New Kwikset door hardware

Final Step: Enjoy!!

Final door with new Kwikset hardware and paint color more “Cheerful Tudor”

Monday, February 13, 2017

All You Need Is Love

Check out the transformation (and how to) of creating this fun centrepiece decoration!



I recently received a Rust-Oleum® DIY Project Kit for Valentine's Day that consisted of Testors® Acrylic Paint, paint brushes, red and silver sparkle spray paint, and wooden hearts. This was my creation from this DIY kit.

Items needed:

Step 1: Remove wine bottle labels.

Use a hair dryer to loosen the adhesive and remove most of the labels with ease.

Hair dryer used to remove labels
Use Dawn soap and hot water with an abrasive sponge to remove any final residue from wine bottles.
Scrubbing off remaining label residue

Step 2:
Rough up bottle with sandpaper for proper spray paint adhesion.

Step 3: Set up a well ventilated work area.

My favorite spot to work with chemicals and spray paint is outside where I do not have to worry about fumes or over-spray.

Step 4: Spray paint L-O-V-E letter color.

I chose to have the red letters so I used a Red Semi-Gloss Spray Paint.

Red L-O-V-E color bottom layer

Step 5: Place L-O-V-E letters on wine bottles.

I used my Silhouette Curio to cut out letters on vinyl to be placed on the wine bottles.

Cut vinyl L-O-V-E letters placed on bottles
#teddymullens wanted to pose for a picture with the bottles

Step 6: Spray paint main wine bottle color.

I chose the main color of the bottles to be white so I used White Semi-Gloss Spray Paint.

White top layer sprayed on bottles

Step 7: Apply sparkles.

Paint brush used to apply red sparkles

Step 8: Remove L-O-V-E stickers.

Tool used to remove vinyl L-O-V-E letters

Step 9: Apply a coat of Polycrylic.

Step 10: Paint wooden heart to be the -O-

I used white and red acrylic paint to create an ombre design on the heart.

Red base layer being applied to wood heart
Ombre design painted on wood heart

Step 11: Enjoy!

Final L-O-V-E wine bottles 
Final L-O-V-E wine bottles with wood heart

Questions or comments!? Comment below!! more “All You Need Is Love”