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DIY Flower Market Sign

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I have been planning for months to make a mini flower market display in our entry way. I asked my husband to make the sign double sided and around 30×20 in size. He cut a sheet of plywood, in the size I needed, for the front and back of the sign. For the trim, he used a 1×1 pine board.

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I painted the inside of the sign with Rust-Oleum Chalk Board Paint in School House Green. It reminds me of the color of the chalk board from when I was in school!

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Next, I applied a white wash to soften the green up, just a bit. My technique for the white wash is to add a little water and a tad bit of paint. I use a rag and swipe over the paint in a rainbow pattern!

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For the wording on my sign, I purchased a file from the Silhouette Store called Fresh Flower Market. I cut, weeded and applied the design to my sign.

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This is a simple diy and I love how it turned out! I have even used the sign on my front porch for décor!

Happy Spring y’all! Love~Shae

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DIY Chalk Painted Furniture

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Have you been searching for the perfect diy chalk paint recipe? I have a tried and true recipe right here! The best thing is it is very budget friendly for under $45!! Last week, I decided that one of our daughter’s furniture could use a face lift, per say. After all, this furniture is a good 15 years old. We have moved a few times and it had a few dings in various spots. Those natural “dings” on the furniture would be perfect for chalk painting! I could sing chalk paint praises, all day long! It is the most hardiest paint that I have ever used! I absolutely love it!

CHALK PAINT RECIPE:

1 c Latex Sherwin Williams Ibis White

1/2 c Baking Soda

1 tbsp. water

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DIRECTIONS:

Mix 1 c paint and 1/2 c baking soda very well with a plastic fork, until you see no lumps. Then your going to mix the water until incorporated well and there are no lumps.

I use a  Wooster Paint Brush  from Home Depot. You do not want to use a cheap paint brush because you will be left with bristles in your paint and lots of brush strokes. I can not stress this enough!

The very first thing you are going to want to do is clean your piece very well with a damp cloth. Next is lightly sanding your piece. The reason is so that it gives the chalk paint a little something to grab onto. After sanding, clean your piece really well with a damp cloth again.

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As you can see in the pic above, this was before cleaning and sanding, it definitely needed to be cleaned.

When you begin painting, paint in the direction of the grain of the wood. So, if your wood grain is horizontal, you are going to paint, horizontally. If the direction of the grain of your wood is vertical, you will be painting vertically.

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When you are painting a long piece of furniture, like a dresser, I like to have one long paint stroke, at a time. I will start at the top and go all the way down and continue until the entire top piece is finished. Chalk paint dries really quickly, so you will need to work fast. When you have the entire piece painted with one coat, the paint should be dry within a couple hours, you can lightly sand over the first coat. You are going to be sanding in the direction of the grain of the wood. I use 120 grit sand paper for sanding.  I like to lightly sand in between coats because it will lessen the chance of having a lot of brush strokes. After each sanding, wipe down your piece with a lint free cloth.  Most pieces are going to need three coats of chalk paint, depending on how much coverage you are wanting for your piece. I always do three coats, with light sanding in between and wiping with a clean dry cloth.

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In the above picture, I wanted to point out that sometimes when you are lightly sanding in between coats, that your piece may automatically start to kind of distress itself. That is ok, so don’t let it worry you. After you have painted all three coats with lightly sanding in between, you are now ready to distress your piece. I don’t like super heavy distressing, so my distressing is somewhere in between light to medium distressed. To distress, you are just going to take your sand paper and lightly sand in the areas of your piece, as to where it would naturally wear.

Now you are ready for your wax! Waxing provides a wonderful layer of protection for your chalk painted furniture. I always use two coats of Martha Stewart Vintage Clear Wax  from Michael’s. It is under $10 with a coupon. Depending on the amount of items you are painting, will determine how much wax you will need. I needed two bottles of wax plus a little bit of another bottle. I painted six pieces of furniture. A bed with headboard and footboard, dresser with mirror, side table, desk and chair.  I think it is best to use a lint free cloth with your wax. You do not want to have any dust or hair that can get trapped in the wax, as you are applying or as it is drying. To apply the wax, grab a quarter sized amount and begin waxing in a circular motion until you’ve waxed your entire piece. Allow the wax to dry for several hours and apply a second coat. Once the wax dries, I allow 4-6 weeks for the paint to cure before setting any heavy items on my chalk painted furniture.

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A6D4CF41-DD75-470A-927C-D1CFC1D155BBYou can also check out our You Tube Channel for a more detailed video of how to make your own chalk paint and painting your furniture piece.

Much love~ Shae

Milk Glass Collection

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I fell in love with milk glass a couple years ago, thus the beginning of a new found collection! I originally began collecting milk glass so I could show it off in a corner cabinet that I am dreaming of! We have plans to build one soon! For now, I enjoy decorating with milk glass throughout my home. Everything you see pictured in the first pic, I actually purchased at an estate sale for $15!! It was a steal!

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Over the weekend, I visited my favorite local antique store, called the Brass Bear Antiques. I was on the hunt for a few items and one of those items was milk glass vases! I did find several milk glass vases! Score! Reasonably priced for $4-$6 a piece!

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I feel like there are so many different ways to display your milk glass. From a spring tablescape to a corner hutch or on a tray in your kitchen! Add greenery or flowers and you’ve got a gorgeous, simple vignette!

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Do you ever purchase a antique piece and wonder where it has been? What is the history behind the milk glass? How many owners did it have? Was it given as a special gift to someone for a birthday or a “just because” gift? Do any of ya’ll collect anything that is dear to your heart? Do you have a special antique that was given to you by a family member? You will find many antique pieces, throughout our home. Many of those pieces were given to us by our Grandparents.

XO~Shae

Valentine’s Tablescape

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Happy Valentine’s Day! We have had a tradition in our family that started with our oldest daughter when she was little. My husband would not only buy me a gift but he would pick out a gift for each of our daughter’s. I remember one year he bought us matching monogrammed Tiffany bracelet’s. I will always remember that Valentine’s as one of my favorites!

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This year, we decided to do things a little differently! Each daughter has one of the pink ribbon boxes with a small trinket in it. My husband and I decided on a gift for each other that would benefit our entire family for years to come! We bought a camper!! No, it’s not one of those shiny, new ones! It is definitely a fixer upper! Oh, the memories we will make, just the six of us!!

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I made the table runner with craft paper from Hobby Lobby. I used a chalk marker pen to hand letter the words, “love you” directly onto the paper. All flowers and greenery are also from Hobby Lobby. This is just the second tablescape, that I have ever created and boy do I love it!!

 

I hope you enjoy this day with your significant other and your children as well. Happy Valentine’s Day from our family to yours!

Much Love~ Shae!

My Vision For Sweet Southern Grace

My vision for Sweet Southern Grace is a dream of mine, one that I truly love sharing with you! This site will combine so many of my passions. A few of those are faith, family and farmhouse décor. Sweet Southern Grace is a place for me to share to my home, recipes, decorating tips, inspire others, DIY’S and much much more! I am honored that you have taken the time to stop by Sweet Southern Grace. Let me know if I can do anything to help you in any way!

Love~ SHAE

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