Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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Link Love | links I've been loving lately!

The links I’m loving in April 2019!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Hey there, Besties! 🌟 


Amidst the whirlwind of our massive basement decluttering saga (more on that journey tomorrow!), I stumbled upon a gem waiting patiently for its turn to shine: a quaint little green end table. It's time this piece gets the makeover it deserves, and I'm buzzing with excitement to share the journey with you!

Breathing New Life into a Vintage End Table | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


From Clutter to Creativity

As we've been clearing the decks down below, my hubby carved out a slice of the basement just for me—a cozy nook I've affectionately dubbed my "workshop." It's simple: a spacious table by an outlet, but it's all mine. Here, I can dive into my projects without turning our kitchen table into a warzone of crafts and sawdust. Freedom at last!

Breathing New Life into a Vintage End Table | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

A Vision for Renewal

The plan? To lovingly restore each treasure, starting with this end table, and then, fingers crossed, debut them at a pop-up sale during our annual yard sale in August. It's a lofty goal, especially with the carousel of life spinning as it does, but where there's a will (and a paintbrush), there's a way.

Breathing New Life into a Vintage End Table | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


The Little Green Table That Could

This end table, a Habitat For Humanity ReStore find, has been biding its time in the shadows of my basement. It's drenched in green—top, bottom, and hardware, all courtesy of its previous owner's enthusiasm for green spray paint. While their green vision is clear, I'm dreaming of something a bit more natural.

Breathing New Life into a Vintage End Table | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

The Makeover Begins

Armed with my electric sander, I'm ready to tackle the sea of green, aiming to reveal the table's original charm and character. The hardware has a special place in my heart, so it's staying—with a little color update. I'm mentally preparing for the sanding marathon ahead; after all, a little elbow grease is a small price to pay for transformation.

Breathing New Life into a Vintage End Table | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Stay Tuned for the Transformation

This end table's journey from a forgotten green relic to a cherished piece with a natural vibe is just beginning. I promise to keep you in the loop with updates, tips, and maybe a few laughs along the way.


Here's to the magic of transformation, to finding beauty in the forgotten, and to the endless possibilities that a bit of sandpaper and vision can bring. Let's make this little table less about the green it was and more about the beauty it's destined to become. 🌿✨

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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"DIY Refurbished Vintage School Desk, Graphite Chalk Paint | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Hey there, Besties! 🌟


Today, I'm thrilled to share a journey of transformation – a vintage school desk, from forgotten to fabulous! This little desk, which I found at a yard sale, waited patiently outdoors for its Cinderella moment. And oh, did that moment arrive!

"DIY Refurbished Vintage School Desk, Graphite Chalk Paint | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

πŸ“· Before the Magic

Here's a peek at the desk before its makeover. Its journey from a weathered piece to a chic, modern marvel began with stripping the top to its bare wood essence and choosing the perfect paint - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Graphite, for that sophisticated touch!


"DIY Refurbished Vintage School Desk, Graphite Chalk Paint | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
πŸ› ️ The Labor of Love

Refinishing furniture, as you know, is a labor of love. It's about cherishing the process as much as the result. My hubby and I teamed up, sanding and painting, sharing laughs and stories. These moments of togetherness make DIY so much more than just a project.

"DIY Refurbished Vintage School Desk, Graphite Chalk Paint | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


🎨 The Power of Paint

Choosing the right paint is key. I went with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite for its modern vibe. A pro tip from me: Be fearless in experimenting with colors and techniques. It's amazing what new favorites you can uncover!

"DIY Refurbished Vintage School Desk, Graphite Chalk Paint | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


✨ The Finishing Touch

To seal the deal, I used Annie Sloan Clear Chalk Paint Wax, perfect for protecting and highlighting the natural beauty of the wood. The final result? A stunning piece that's not just furniture but a story reborn.

"DIY Refurbished Vintage School Desk, Graphite Chalk Paint | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

πŸ’­ Final Thoughts

Every piece of furniture has its own tale. By giving this school desk a new chapter, I've woven a piece of my story into it, creating something unique and heartfelt.


Remember, in our 'Earth School,' every DIY project is a lesson in creativity and love. Keep shining, Besties! 🌍✨

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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Hey there, Besties! 🌟


I've got a little confession to make: while I've been preaching patience this spring, waiting on the mulch and the mowing, my heart couldn't resist the pull of my beloved chair planters. Yes, they're already out in the yard, brightening up the space with their charming presence, even though they're still waiting for their floral companions.


garden chair planter ideas | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


A Clever Solution to Clutter

The truth? I was partly motivated by our mission to declutter the basement. The chair planters were there, taking up space, whispering spring promises. So, outside they went! And though I could've tucked them away out of sight, their rightful place is in the garden, standing proud and flowerless (for now), a testament to my eagerness for the season ahead.


garden chair planter ideas | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Since my planters are already basking in the anticipation of spring, why not dive into a bit of nostalgia and share some chair planter inspiration from years past? These photos, capturing the essence of seasons gone by, are a vibrant reminder of the beauty that's yet to come.


The Art of the Traditional Chair Planter

The secret to a stunning chair planter? It's all about choosing lush, overflowing blooms that drape elegantly over the sides, transforming an ordinary chair into a living masterpiece. My mom's garden serves as the perfect muse for this approach, with chairs that become the canvas for an explosion of color and life.


garden chair planter ideas | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

My Quirky Twist

I admit, I've always marched to the beat of my own drum, preferring to perch my plants atop the chairs in old sap buckets, creating a unique fusion of rustic charm and botanical beauty. By adding stones for stability and topping them off with soil, my planters stay put, even on the breeziest of days.


garden chair planter ideas | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

garden chair planter ideas | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

The Joy of Yard Sale Finds

And then there's my delightful discovery of goose planters at a yard sale, which have found their quirky perch atop my chair planters, adding a whimsical touch to the garden.


garden chair planter ideas | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Embracing New Ideas

Inspired by my mom's ingenious method of integrating a planter directly into a chair, I'm buzzing with excitement to experiment with this concept, especially for those chairs in my collection that are missing their seats.

garden chair planter ideas | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

The Promise of a Floral-Filled Future

As the greenhouse visits loom on the horizon, I'm dreaming of filling my chair planters with a cascade of blooms, perhaps even mastering the art of the overflowing floral chair this year.


So, Besties, as we tiptoe into spring, let's remember that it's more than okay to start dreaming of our gardens, to bring out the pieces of our hearts that belong among the flowers, even if it's just a bit early. After all, what's a garden without a bit of anticipation and a whole lot of love? πŸŒΈπŸ’•πŸŒ±

garden chair planter ideas | On The Creek Blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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white lilac buds in the spring!
Some spring thoughts & pics of lilac buds!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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The Constant Evolution of My Craft

Hey, my creative souls! Let's dive into the transformative world of filters in photography. My journey in capturing life's moments is a never-ending adventure, making it so exhilarating. Being self-taught means I'm always in the lab—both behind the lens and in the editing suite.


The Time Crunch: My Old Editing Woes

Time was once my nemesis. Editing photos used to be a marathon, and while the creative process was a joy, being shackled to my computer was not. And the wait time for my clients? A week might not sound like much, but it's an eternity when you're as impatient as me.


Lightroom: My Game-Changer 

Enter Lightroom, my creative sanctuary. I was hesitant at first, but there was no turning back once I embraced it. It streamlined my workflow and even has a Discover tab where you can download new filters. The best part? I can edit anywhere, even from my tablet. Talk about a win-win!


The Joy of Revisiting Old Snaps

One of my not-so-secret joys? Breathing new life into old photos. Lightroom makes this a walk in the park. A quick hop into my albums and past work is ready for a fresh glow-up.


Another fall photo of me, highlighting the mood-altering effects of a Lightroom filter | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
Another fall photo of me, highlighting the mood-altering effects of a Lightroom filter | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Filters: The Unsung Heroes

As my techniques evolve, I'm always on a treasure hunt for new filters and even crafting my own. Filters are like the fairy godmothers of photography—they can transform a photo into a whole new visual story.


A Recent Re-editing Adventure

I recently switched up some photos James captured of me by the lake. A new filter later, and they're radiating all the feels. I'm head over heels!


Keep Growing, Keep Snapping 

The moral of the story? Never stop evolving. I'm buzzing to see where my next photo and filter experiment will lead me.


Sending you all the creative vibes! If you're vibing with my journey, hit that share button. Your support is my creative fuel.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

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Textured spray paint countertop transformation in bathroom vanity, featuring a smooth finish achieved with triple-thick polyurethane. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Hey, Besties!

If you've been following our journey at the Kay House Reno, you know we've had to get creative with some of our design choices. Today, I'm diving into a project that turned a plain, builder-grade bathroom vanity into a statement piece: textured spray paint countertops!


The Challenge: A Basic Bathroom Vanity

We had to keep the existing bathroom vanity for reasons I'll delve into in a future post. While it was in good shape, it lacked that "wow" factor I crave in my designs. It was time for an upgrade!


Textured spray paint countertop transformation in bathroom vanity, featuring a smooth finish achieved with triple-thick polyurethane. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
Textured spray paint countertop transformation in bathroom vanity, featuring a smooth finish achieved with triple-thick polyurethane. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Textured spray paint countertop transformation in bathroom vanity, featuring a smooth finish achieved with triple-thick polyurethane. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com


The Inspiration: A Pinterest Discovery

As someone constantly scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration, I stumbled upon a pin about textured spray-painted countertops. Intrigued, I clicked over and discovered a whole new world of possibilities. But the question remained: would this work in real life?


The Experiment: A Small Vanity Makeover

I decided to test this out on our small vanity. Its compact size made it the perfect candidate for a trial run. Here's how we transformed it:


Step 1: Surface Preparation

  • What We Did: Removed the sink and lightly sanded the laminate surface. Wiped it clean to ensure a smooth painting process.


Step 2: Area Preparation

  • What We Did: Taped paper around the edges and covered the sink with thick plastic to prevent spray paint splatter.


Step 3: The Painting Process

  • What We Used: Rust-Oleum American Accents® Stone Spray Paint
  • What We Did: Applied several light coats, building up the texture. Patience is critical here; let each coat dry before applying the next.


Step 4: The Finishing Touch

  • What We Used: Triple-thick polyurethane
  • What We Did: Applied several coats until the surface was smooth. For a more durable finish, consider investing in a heavier top coat.


The Verdict: A High-End Look for Less!

I couldn't be happier with the results! The textured spray paint gave the countertop a luxurious feel without breaking the bank. In fact, I loved it so much that we applied the same technique to our master bath vanity!

Textured spray paint countertop transformation in bathroom vanity, featuring a smooth finish achieved with triple-thick polyurethane. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Textured spray paint countertop transformation in bathroom vanity, featuring a smooth finish achieved with triple-thick polyurethane. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
Textured spray paint countertop transformation in bathroom vanity, featuring a smooth finish achieved with triple-thick polyurethane. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com

Final Thoughts

This project proves that you can transform even the most basic elements in your home with some creativity and elbow grease. Stay tuned for more Kay House Reno updates and DIY adventures!

Textured spray paint countertop transformation in bathroom vanity, featuring a smooth finish achieved with triple-thick polyurethane. | on the creek blog // www.onthecreekblog.com
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