August 1, 2014

2nd Annual Unpaper Swap & Giveaway

August is here, which means it's my blogiversary!  So it's time for celebrating this space with a giveaway and a swap. Some of you might not have been around last year and are unclear of what an Unpaper Swap is. Well first of all it's SUPER fun and EVERYONE is invited! 

The idea is that you sign up by sending over your contact information to me (creatingthroughlife@gmail.com) then I will send you back another person's contact info. You get to know them via their blog, their favorite blog or e-mail and pick out an unpaper product you think they would like and ship it off to them. In return you get gifted with a surprise something too. It's pure awesomeness. People really went above and beyond last year; I heard there were jams and recipes sent out with kitchen towels and someone got some super adorable cloth dish covers.

Still wondering what an unpaper product is?


It's not really that complicated. An unpaper product is something you would use in place of a paper napkin or towel. Some families use both or some just use paper towels for everything. The point is to get a new set of cloth to enjoy. How often do we buy these things for ourselves? Especially with back to school madness happening. By having a little more cloth available hopefully you will reach for it instead of paper.  If you still have questions check out the "Unpaper Swap" tab at the top. Feel free to share this event with your friends, the more the merrier. Starting today each week during the month of August I will be sharing different ideas that you could get for your swap-mate.

Read all about the first idea below and a chance to enter a giveaway.


These towels are brought to you by Kristen at Fresh Regard. I love how colorful they are! Each towel is made of 100% cotton and is machine washable/dryer friendly. They come in a variety of patterns so you're sure to find a combo that your swapmate would like or even find a color combo that you really like. She's even willing to do custom orders.


Head on over to Etsy and check out the Fresh Regard shop and let me know which set is your favorite because Kristen is kindly giving a set away to one of you lucky readers! She's even leaving the choice of pattern up to you!!!!


There are multiple ways that you can enter the giveaway:

#1 Check out the Fresh Regard shop & comment below sharing which design is your favorite
#2 Everyone who joins the Unpaper Swap will be entered
#3 Share the Unpaper Swap on your blog, facebook, instagram... & comment below letting me know how 
#4 If you're a follower you get another chance 

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I hope you'll join in on the swapping fun. Stay tuned for more ideas to send to your swapmate!

July 31, 2014

You're Invited!


                                                              

July 28, 2014

Save the Date

August will be here in a few short days so that means there will be a celebration happening around here. My blog will be 4 this year! I will be hosting an Unpaper Swap again, so stay tuned for updates and a SUPER AWESOME giveaway starting on August 1st. 

July 24, 2014

Before & After Furniture Projects

I really enjoy seeing before and after pictures of other's furniture projects. It always amazing to me how a piece can be transformed. I've been working on a couple pieces over the last few weeks. One is a dresser that was sitting out for trash in someones driveway. Can you believe it? It's a solid piece of furniture with cedar lined drawers. Since we have a baby on the way I scooped this up fast. Once I put a changing pad on top it will make the perfect changing table. 
This piece was the very first time I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I can hear the gasps, since most creative types discovered this paint a long time ago. I added a little water to the paint since I wanted to do just a light wash. The color I used is Old White. I have to say this paint really is impressive and I'll admit worth the high price. Since I did a wash I hardly used any paint at all. 
Finding the perfect knobs or redoing the old ones is one of my favorite parts of the transformation. The impact is always huge. I went to Anthropologie first because they had knobs on sale, that's where I found the adorable fox. The yellow knobs I originally got did not work though so I went to the next best place to get hardware, Hobby Lobby. I love that these glass knobs look old. 
I suppose I might be becoming slightly obsessed with collecting furniture at the lowest price or preferably free and fixing it up. I frequently find things on the side of the road. It does my heart good to rescue these pieces.
I got the set above off Craigslist from a sweet older couple. My husband didn't understand why I would get such a thing. But I had a vision like usual and told him to trust me. We just painted our guest room orange. Our inspiration was the rock in Utah which is one of our favorite places. I didn't have a headboard for the guest bed or a side table because I moved it somewhere else in the house. I also wanted something I could use for books and that would break up the orange walls. 

This was my second time using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and this time I didn't want it too look quite as rustic. Although one reason I love this paint is because it's so easy to make it look naturally worn with it's matte finish. The process of painting with this stuff is so fun but doing one dark and light color had it's challenges. 
I chose whimsical fish knobs for the headboard since the guest room is also our gear/travel room where we keep our fishing, hiking and other adventuring things. I decided since the handle on the end table was metal I would keep it. The chalk paint easily adhered to the metal and made an awesome finish with just one coat. 

I used Old White and Aubusson Blue for these pieces. I still have over 1/2 a can of the white left and I used a small tester pot for the blue. This paint goes a long way. I can't wait to get these pieces in the house and see how they look. It will be a while though since we've got everything prepped to get carpet installed. Oh and my next quick project will be to paint those wood chairs you can see a little of in the picture above. They were another side of the road find. 
Have you used this kind of paint before? If you have any good advice I'd love to hear it since I'm still a chalk paint beginner.