The Hartland

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Faves: C-A-T-S

It's Friday!!! And the CATS play tonight... #bbn

onto Friday Faves...

#1 Wouldn't this be perfect for your door for spring? I think so :)
#2 I thought this would be so cute in a bathroom.. if your into cats like me!
#3 I just need.
#4 Would be great for a tree or two out back!
#5 Cute! Could be a fun DIY project after the CATS win tonight.... #sorrynotsorry

Happy Fri-YAY to you!


Friday, March 14, 2014

5 Friday Faves

So, lots of bloggers do a "Friday Faves" post and I'm tots jumping on that bandwagon. I enjoy reading theirs & learning new things.. and hope people will enjoy mine! Lets see how many Fridays I will keep this up.. hardy har har!

Since I've been doing a fair amount of running lately (hello Triple Crown!), I will dedicate this Friday to some fun running/workout type things...

1. This post had me cracking up.. I've been known to do a few of these... but not the poo or pee one (thankfully!)

2. If you want to get into running, this is a good place to start!

3. I got a kettle bell for my birthday and I love it! Target has a good variety if you want one :)

4. I really need a place for all my bibs and medals.. Currently they are in the coat closet, in the back seat of Tyler's car and prolly a few still at my moms house... So, I'm kinda sorta loving the idea of one of these:

 Bib Holder

5. I have a 10Miler on the 22nd, a 5k on the 30th (pending...) and a Mini Marathon on April 19th so someone please show up with an awesome sign like one of these..... 

It will make my year.

Happy Friday yall! Have a wonderful weekend!! :D


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Master Bedroom/Gallery Wall Update

A while back I shared a instagram photo of a bunch of frames on the floor.. begging to be nailed to our master bedroom wall. 

I'm finally getting around to sharing our process and
 we hope you enjoy the end result as much as we do! 

First, I laid out all the frames on the ground in front of our dresser (that we scored on Craigslist!) After I had all the frames where I wanted, I cut newspaper the size of all the frames and taped them to the wall in the pattern I had laid on the floor. 

With a little tweaking here and there, some second guessing and lots of hunting Pinterest for last min ideas, I was ready to hang. I rescued Tyler from a game of Call of Duty
 and we got to leveling/hanging! 

Like the H we hung up? That was from our wedding :)
Oh, and sorry for the poor lighting.. we were doing this at night and my iPhone 
was the only thing handy.

I don't know who this guy is but it made the mundane task of taping
 newspaper on the wall a little more fun.

So, side note. Not sure what I've shared about the curtains in our room but here they are.  They are from Ikea (the Vivan panel) Also, we hung up more art in the frames there on the side. I filled two $2 frames from a flea market with our little guest hearts that people filled out at our wedding :)

And now back to the gallery wall!

Most of the frames I had collected over time. The horseshoe came from a friends wedding, the keys & tin tray (painted with chalkboard paint) are from Kalvin Kennets in Monticello KY and some of the others were wedding gifts.

We used a combination of small picture hanging hardware/nails and 3m Velcro. It didn't take very long to complete and it was fairly easy! Since the above photo, 
I have changed the chalk board to this:

And I plan on doing some sort of art on the white canvas in case you were wondering what in the world that was all about..

So, there ya have it! Gallery wall complete. 

Shout out to Honey Heart Photography for my beautiful wedding photos that I finally did something with! You guys rock! 

Let me know what you think in the comments! 
Thanks for reading :)


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Our Chalk Painted Kitchen Table

The Annie Sloan brand of Chalk Paint has been swirling around the internet on many blogs & Pinterest for quite some time...It looked easy enough for me to do, so I took on the challenge.
My $30 Craigslist table was dying for a makeover!
See ugly photo below:

With Chalk paint, you don't have to prep your furniture beforehand (like sanding). However, our table had a bum leg and a few huge knicks on the sides that needed wood filler, so I had to sand those.. but that was it for prep!

Since my chairs were from another kitchen table set, the wood color wasn't the same as the table.

So, in order for the darker to show through when you sand for the distressed look, I put on a thick layer of French Linen around every "corner/edge" of the chairs. A little goes a long way so I got a tiny sample of that color.

Drying time was fairly quick! Next, I put on the first coat of Pure White. Since my chairs had spindles I found it quite hard to get in between and keep it stroke free but the second layer covers up most of that.

And some progress photos ...

Sorry for the poor quality photos, but I wanted to document the process. 
After all the coats were dry (about 2 on each) all I did was sand it down to my "distressed" liking. The last step was to apply the wax to everything. This helps seal everything in. Also, a little goes a long way with the step too. I have wax for dayyyys. Too bad it doesnt work on eyebrows. Bummer.

 I went over the table top a few times since that will be the most used area. 
We used it for a Friendsgiving meal and it did just fine!

So, anyway...

I'm just now getting around to snapping some better photos of the finished product... Enjoy!

Let me know what you think! We love it :) 

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