Cleaning Annie Sloan Chalk Painted Kitchen Cabinets

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is HOT on the net, especially Pinterest.  It’s clear that many people are searching for ways to update their homes without spending a fortune.  One of my most popular post is my 6 Month Review of my Annie Sloan Painted & Waxed Kitchen Cabinets.  It’s no surprise!  People want to KNOW if it’s a durable option before taking the plunge.  Speaking of taking the plunge, check out how I Painted Our Kitchen Cabinets.

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How to Apply Artisan Enhancement Fine Stone

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Hey y’all!  I have something fun to share today.  Remember last month when a group of gals and I participated in a Secret Santa Gift Exchange?  Well, also in our box of goodies was a thrift item.  The rule was the item had to be under $5.  We would then transform or repurpose the item we received.  Today I’m revealing what I did with my very cool thrift item from Sharon over at Pretty Practical Home.


Here they are!  So cool, right?  I know I say this a lot, but RIGHT when I saw them, I knew exactly what I was going to do with them!

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A Modern, Bright & Fun Playroom Makeover

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It’s the big day for Shabby Grace Blog.  The reveal of Miss Eva’s playroom is here!  My handwork has definitely paid off.  I’m really loving this new space in our home.

If you’re new here today, welcome!  Some bloggers and I have been participating in a “New Year New Room Refresh Challenge.”  This challenge is hosted by the lovely, Casa Watkins.  Two weeks ago, we presented our room and plans.  Last week, we showed off our goodies from our sponsors (Minted, Framebridge, RugsUSA and Lampsplus) and this week, half of us are revealing our rooms!

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New Year New Room [Play Room Makeover – Week 2]

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Minted, Lampsplus and Framebridge.  I received wall art & furniture in exchange for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.  If a purchase is made through my links, I will be compensated at no additional cost to you.  Thank you for supporting Shabby Grace Blog.

It’s week two already and I’m beyond exited to show y’all the updates on the play room!  Eeeeekkk!

So, first, let’s be honest.  When we were on vacation, this room was painted and the woodwork was completed.  I didn’t do it.  That’s how I like to paint a room, you with me? LOL

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New Year New Room [Playroom Makeover – Week 1]

I’m backkkk!!!! Yay, it feels SO good to be back home.  We had a great time and I missed you all!  It was a beautiful break from the everyday normal around here.  We enjoyed lots of sun, beautiful beaches and learned a lot about each island.  Getting off the plane yesterday in freezing cold Michigan was quite the shocker!  Holy Moly!

Well, it’s 2016.  I have a few goals in mind for the blog AND I’m excited to work on new projects around the house.  I’ll keep you posted on those goals, but for now, let’s talk PLAYROOM.  Miss Eva is getting a playroom makeover.  I mean, she pretty owns every.single.room.in.this.house.  Right?  I’m also teaming up with some other ladies for a “New Year New Room Challenge.”  I’m stoked!  Not only am I excited to get this room whipped into shape, but also to see what my blogger gals are up to in their space!  This will be fun guys.  Each Tuesday in January, we will keep you posted.  Last week in January, the big REVEAL people!  That means, I gotta get to work.

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Thrift Shelf Makeover

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If you’ve been following me long enough, you know I love to thrift shop AND turn items I find into useful or neat things.  Also, I’m ALWAYS moving our daughter’s play room around and making her room cute and organized.  So, with Eva’s playroom on my mind, I snagged this little shelf up at the Salvation Army.

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Thrift Muffin Pan to Desk Organizer

Welcome back!  It was a nice long weekend and now everything is starting back up.  Kids are back to school and Fall is coming! We usually head to northern Michigan for Labor Day weekend, but this year we just couldn’t find anything we really wanted to do along with accommodations.  The Bed and Breakfast we wanted to stay at was booked months ago.  And,  there’s NO convincing in the world that will get my husband in a tent!  So, I had the genius idea to paint our house.  What.Was.I.Thinking?

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Thrift Store Basket Wall Art

Basket HeaderHappy September!  Can you believe it’s SEPT-EM-BER?  Whattttt?  I know we say this every year, but it amazes me how time flies.  I couldn’t be happier that Fall is in the air.  I know it’s still early, but I’m anxiously waiting to decorate the house!  It’s September now, can I?

Over this summer, I made a couple trips to the upper peninsula of Michigan.  Have you been?  No? GO!  It’s a magical place.  Anyways, one thing I love to do there is thrift.  I will sometimes give my mom a “look for” list as she resides up there all summer and she always surprises me with her finds!  I’ll always get a picture from her showing all the goodies she found me.  Thank you mama.  Some girlfriends and I were up there when I found these lovely baskets.

Baskets Before

One friend, rolled her eyes at my purchase.  Oh, you just wait GF, see what I do! LOL  Oh, did I mention, they were a quarter?! Get OUTTT.

This idea was inspired by Penny Love Projects.  She did some numbered baskets for her booth and if I was closer to her booth, I would have ran and bought them!

First, I gave them a quick spray of matted black paint.

Baskets sprayed

I grabbed some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, a stencil brush and stencils.

Basket Paint

Basket StencilsI centered the number on the basket and applied the paint.

Basket Stencil 2

I like the black and white contrast!  Really diggin’ B & W lately.




Basket Final 1

I stacked the baskets on the wall from smallest to large.  We have tall ceilings in our living room so this worked great in there!

Basket Final 4

How fun!  And, I love that I took someone’s unused baskets and turned them into something I love!

Gallery Wall 101

Listen, I’m here to help you OUT!  I know some people are intimidated by Gallery Walls.  It’s scary to put a nail in and hope it turns out. You want it perfect.  You want to love it.  KEEP READING!

This is our wall.  It’s been this way since we moved in.  I want to repaint this hallway and change up the decor.  Here’s my thinking:  Put the gallery wall up, if I like it, paint.  If I don’t like, fill in the holes and paint.  You with me?

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DIY Wall Art Flip Flop

Friends!  I have somethin’ real cool for you all today!  Remember when I did the “DIY Wall Art Hop?”  We had SO much fun doing this and had SO many people link up with their great ideas, we decided to keep the FUN going!  Each blogger picked a project posted on the Hop and used THAT as inspiration for our own wall art.  Each “Flip” is being revealed today!  Check out the flips below by SIX other fabulous gals!

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How to Apply Efex Furniture Appliqués

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  The Efex Furniture Appliqué and Weldwood Contact Cement were given to me by Pigeon in the Parlour in Holly, Michigan in exchange for this post.   These items, along with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint can be purchased at their store.  All thoughts and opinions of these products are my own.  

Efex Appliqués are an easy to use decorative tool.   They are made from latex, which makes them easy to cut, if needed.   They come in different sizes, shapes and designs.  Efex Appliqués can easily enhance your furniture, mirror and so much more.

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & Waxed Kitchen Cabinets – 6 Month Review

Some of you might already know, I painted our kitchen cabinets.  The decision lingered for many months.  I was scared!  The hubs was scared.  I’m here to tell you, I don’t regret it nor do I regret what I used to complete the task.

My initial post, My Shabby Cabs, can give you more detail on what I did.

The Kitchen Reveal, will show you the whole kitchen, completely finished.  It’s worth the click. 

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DIY Baby Proof Fireplace

You know that $60 edging/foam roll you buy when you have babes?  The one that is suppose to stick to your table edges, corners and fireplace?  Yah, the one that your kid peels off instantly.

Well, we had a problem and I needed to fix it ASAP.  We have a double sided fireplace in between our kitchen and living room.  It’s a space that you walk pass a million times in a day in our home.

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DIY Industrial Bathroom Hardware

Since we remodeled our 1/2 Bathroom, I also wanted to update our hardware.  Because it’s a 1/2 bath, I only needed a toilet paper holder and a small hand towel holder.

I’ve always been crushin’ on the industrial / galvanized piping look.  I ALMOST bought them online.  Then it dawned on me.  A quick trip to the hardware store and I could easily do this myself!  The hubs was happy!

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