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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Upcycle Your Patio Furniture Using Spray Paint

Make your patio set look like new with some spray paint. The project takes only a few hours for flawless, easy results.
It is no secret that I love spray paint! Every time I walk into my local True Value store, the owners remember that I tend to stock up on spray paint and paint supplies during every visit.

It’s an affordable, quick and nearly foolproof way to bring new life to items that have great bones—like my patio set.

Oddly enough, the patio set was something I negotiated into the offer when we bought the house five years ago. The previous owner had owned it for about four years, so at this point it’s nine-ish years old? I love the style, the trestle base and the comfort, so I am not willing to part with it for a new one. Plus, it’s still functional!

Make your patio set look like new with some spray paint. The project takes only a few hours for flawless, easy results.

However, time and the Texas heat have caused the dark gray finish to flake off in places or fade away:

Make your patio set look like new with some spray paint. The project takes only a few hours for flawless, easy results.

Using spray paint I brought it back to life and it looks as good as new. I do need to replace the cushions, so I’ll be scouring the outdoor clearance sections this August.

Supplies needed from your local True Value:
-Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint (I used 2 cans for the table and 1 can per chair)

Here’s a rundown of how I achieved this factory finish look:

1.) Remove cushions, glass, etc. and give your patio set a thorough wash. Let it air dry. For areas where paint was peeling, we gave it a quick sanding to ensure a smooth finish.

Instead of buying a new patio set, breathe new life into your current one in just a few hours for about $50. Save money for that vacation you keep putting off.

2.) Once your furniture frames are dry, lay down a drop cloth and prepare for spray painting. Remember light, thin coats are better than heavy coats. Plus, you want to avoid paint drips! The first coat is always the most rewarding because you can instantly see how awesome it looks.

Instead of buying a new patio set, breathe new life into your current one in just a few hours for about $50. Save money for that vacation you keep putting off.

3.) I worked by painting pieces in pairs so that while one item was drying, I was painting another and so on. This system made the project fly by. I was done in about 3 hours. On parts where there would be a lot of contact, such as armrests, I did 4 light coats. Everywhere else I did 3.

4.) I didn’t use primer because I bought a heavy duty spray paint just a shade darker than the current finish. If you were going from dark to white, I’d definitely invest in primer.
This blogger wrote an easy, straight forward tutorial on how to make a faded patio set look like new. The project only takes about 2-3 hours.

5.) I let the furniture dry for a full 48 hours before reattaching the cushions and glass top. While your cushions are off, take time to really clean them. I used some borax to rid of pesky stains, and I gave them a thorough vacuuming.

Pee Wee was of ZERO help during this process, FYI:
This blogger wrote an easy, straight forward tutorial on how to make a faded patio set look like new. The project only takes about 2-3 hours.

Ta-da! It’s done. I know it’s not a drastic before and after, but I think I brought this patio set back to life. I enjoy sitting out here reading magazines and listening to the waterfall in the pond. The chairs are my fave part. The chairs are so classic and remind me of the pool chairs I love to lounge on at my fave hotel.
This blogger wrote an easy, straight forward tutorial on how to make a faded patio set look like new. The project only takes about 2-3 hours.

This blogger wrote an easy, straight forward tutorial on how to make a faded patio set look like new. The project only takes about 2-3 hours.

A new throw pillow and outdoor blanket also help distract your eye from the boring beige cushions.

The total cost for this project was about $50-$60, plus three hours worth of time. Not too bad to have a “new” patio set. Our next DIY out here will be staining the concrete and creating a fire pit for those Texas fall nights.
This blogger wrote an easy, straight forward tutorial on how to make a faded patio set look like new. The project only takes about 2-3 hours.
But for now, I have a gorgeous patio set to enjoy my iced tea and the rest of my summer. And Pee Wee has a place to give me cute looks from.

This blogger wrote an easy, straight forward tutorial on how to make a faded patio set look like new. The project only takes about 2-3 hours.
For more inspiration, visit True Value on Pinterest, where they’re working with My Pin Life to fill their Summer DIY Board with tons of great ideas for the rest of summer!

What projects are you working on lately? Do they involve my BFF spray paint?

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wisdom Panel 3.0 at Amazing Pet Expo in Austin

Pee Wee is the first dog I've ever had, and I obsess about his health and well being. I'm his human, and I want the absolute best for him-- period. I remember during Pee Wee's earlier years (he's nearly 10 now), I was worried about his incessant licking and red, watery eyes. Was he allergic to something? Bored? Was it his food? All or none of the above? I just wanted simple answers!


There were many vet visits where Daniel and I would ask the vet if there was a test that could give us more info about Pee Wee. He's a mixed-breed, so we don't quite know all that we'd like to about our dear pooch. The vet would always quote us over $1,000 to do a blood test that may or may not give us useful information. No thanks.

Now there's a test that can use your dog's DNA (all it takes is two simple cheek/gum swipes...and a treat or two afterwards) to give you a wealth of information that is beneficial to your dog's health and well being. 



The pack leader in home genetic canine tests is Mars Veterinary. The Wisdom Panel 3.0 by Mars Veterinary recently expanded the number of breeds their test covers (over 250 to include mixed-breed, purebred and designer breeds), plus they also screen for the MDR1 gene, which is a multi-drug resistant genetic mutation that could interfere with commonly prescribed meds. It's good info to have to share with your veterinarian.

The panel can go back to your pet's great-grandparents (how amazing is that?! It's like a family tree of genes!) Besides health information, which is likely a pet owner's main concern, you can also learn helpful data that can help you train your dog more effectively and take into consideration their innate personality and behavior characteristics. You'll have all these results in about 2-3 weeks. I can't wait to get this test done on Pee Wee!


You can check out the Wisdom Panel 3.0 at the free Amazing Pet Expo in Austin this weekend on August 1 and August 2 at the Palmer Center. You can have the test done on your dog at their booth for $39.99 or take home the kit and DIY for $49.99. Both are a significant savings over the regular MSRP of $84.99. They'll also be at the Mars Pet Adoption Fair in Franklin, TN in October, and the Amazing Pet Expo Holiday in Los Angeles this December. 

Check out how the Wisdom Panel helped out Rocco and his humans:

Animals, dogs in particular, are near and dear to my heart, so it's been great to partner with Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0 to help us all improve the quality of life and health of our pets. I'm purchasing a kit to get Pee Wee's results, because after nearly a decade of yelling, "Pee Wee stop licking yourself!" and wiping his watery eyes, I'm curious as to what is that makes him go nuts.

Check out more about the Wisdom Panel 3.0 online:
Facebook: facebook.com/DoggieDNA , Twitter: @WisdomPanel
Instagram: @WisdomPanel, Pinterest: @WisdomPanel

Do you have a dog that you'd want to get a Wisdom Panel 3.0 report on?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Living with Less Clutter (and Stuff!)

Hi everyone! This weekend D and I had a garage sale...finally. We've been gathering stuff to sell for a few months, and it really did force me to evaluate what things I needed and what things I needed to get rid of. We went room by room and got rid of stuff we still had from our apartment days, plus we also got rid of some furniture that just didn't fit in with our overall home aesthetic. 

I think sometimes as a DIY/decor blogger, I have a tendency to hoard things like decor, craft supplies, etc. because I may need it or I may be able to repurpose it. I also feel the need to be on "trend" and not use stuff over and over, but I think readers know that I'm not Pottery Barn and don't have access to never ending amounts of home accessories.

Honestly, it felt SO GOOD to get rid of so much. We ended up making over $550 for our Cancun fund in just three hours, so I'd say it was a success. Deep down I know that all that stuff likely cost over $550, so it really forced me to make a change from here on out.

Yesterday D went to a craft beer meet-up, and I drove around Corpus and went to my usual stores: World Market, Target, Home Goods, Kirklands and Marshall's. I saw plenty of stuff I liked, but before buying it I stopped to ask myself if it'd be something that would likely end up in a garage sale next year or the year after. Was it something I'd love in five years? Was I only buying it because it was cheap...as was the case at Kirklands when I found a candleholder that was $8.97 plus an additional 40% off. 

I'll admit I walked around the store for a good 20 minutes before I finally put the item back in the clearance section and walked out. Maybe a good term would be that I am trying to practice mindful shopping. Plus, if you asked me if I'd prefer to buy 20 clearance items worth $200 or use that $200 towards a vacation experience, I'd always choose the vacation.

But, at World Market I fell in love with a side table I had seen online and couldn't live without. I saw the Emerald Harbin Accent Table online the night before and could picture myself loving it in 10 years. Agate will always be something I love, much like my affinity for damask and sparkles.

Emerald Harbin Accent Table from World Market

So, it came home with me for the grand total of $46, which is a bargain. It was half off, plus I had an extra 15% off coupon. I posted about it on Instagram last night (see below). You guys, I can't even explain in words how GORGEOUS this table is. The glass is thick, luxe and has a richness and depth in the colors that makes it a showstopper. The gold is matte and not overly showy. I can't wait to style this with a simple floral arrangement or candles.

Emerald Harbin Accent Table from World Market

I wanted to buy one in each of the colors, but I settled on this emerald/teal one that really pops. My second fave color is the pink (amethyst) one. I'm giving my dining room a tiny facelift, and this side table is perfection. I've lived with VBB (very boring beige/Sahara Desert Sand) in the dining room for 4.5 years, and I want to re-paint the dining room a sultry charcoal color in time for fall decor. I'm leaning towards Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore after seeing it in Dear Lillie's dining room


I'll never completely stop buying stuff for the house, because let's face it, I'm a decor/DIY blogger and love it, but I am trying to be more selective and mindful of what I spend invest my money on. I'd rather have quality over quantity. One thing in, one thing out.

Any of you trying to spend less, have less and live more? Got any tips for me?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fab Fridays: Dalmatian Spot Print

I know I have a penchant for black and white, but it truly is the best color palette of all freakin' time. At Hobby Lobby last month, I saw even they were hopping on the dalmatian print bandwagon. They have a smorgasbord of pillows, prints, lamps and other stuff that can be easily DIY'd. 

Trendspotting: Black & white spotted dalmatian print via MonicaWantsIt.com

Below are some of my fave uses of the spotted design trend:

Trendspotting: Black & white spotted dalmatian print via MonicaWantsIt.com


Trendspotting: Black & white spotted dalmatian print via MonicaWantsIt.com


Trendspotting: Black & white spotted dalmatian print via MonicaWantsIt.com


Trendspotting: Black & white spotted dalmatian print via MonicaWantsIt.com


I think this pattern works fabulously on throw pillows, small spaces such as hallways or powder rooms, and in DIY art prints. Want the look? Here are a few sources:

Trendspotting: Black & white spotted dalmatian print via MonicaWantsIt.com


Trendspotting: Black & white spotted dalmatian print via MonicaWantsIt.com

Wall Stencil // $42.95

Trendspotting: Black & white spotted dalmatian print via MonicaWantsIt.com

Fabric // $9.48/yd.

What design trend are you loving lately?
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