Candlestick Bird Houses

by leanneja on April 29, 2016 · 1 comment

in Crafts, Decorating, DIY, Paint

I remember years and years ago I had several birdhouses around my house. Times changed and trends changed so I got rid of them and moved on to something else. When I was thinking of how to decorate the front porch for Spring the thought of bird houses came back to me. I wanted to do something simple but with enough height to look in proportion with the decorations I already had, so I made these Candlestick Bird Houses.

Candlestick Bird Houses are the perfect Spring and Summer decor inside and out

They’re simple to make. You’re basically just painting and gluing but you can put your own special twist on them by how you paint or decorate them. I choose to keep mine simple since that’s my style.

Supplies needed:

wood candlesticks (Michael’s)
paint (DecoArt)
hot glue
sand paper

Candlestick Bird Houses supplies

Start by removing the candlestick ring so the bird house can sit flat on top. I used pliers to remove mine. There was a bit of glue holding it in place so I had to tug a bit. It doesn’t matter if you ruin it, you won’t be using it again.

Candlestick Bird Houses remove candle holder

I decided to keep the bird houses simple so I just painted them 2 colors. You could paint more details on them if you like. I painted 2 coats of paint on each piece.

Candlestick Bird Houses painted

Since the bird houses are going to be outside I wanted them to look a little worn, so I sanded the paint off in a few spots. If you want there to be more of a contrast you can stain the candlesticks first then paint over the top and sand the paint off in spots.

Candlestick Bird Houses distressed candlestick

Are you surprised I chose blue and green to paint the houses? I really tried to choose different colors but I kept coming back to these two. I distressed them just a bit around the edges and a little on the flat surfaces to smooth things out.

Candlestick Bird Houses painted and distressed

Attach the houses to the candlesticks using a generous amount of hot glue and squish them together until it cools.

Candlestick Bird Houses blue and green

They are a fun addition to the front porch. I wish I could show you the whole porch but I have to wait until windy season dies down a bit here. Every night I’ve been bringing everything in so it doesn’t blow away. I love Las Vegas weather but the Spring winds are crazy. I’m thinking these might make a cute Mother’s Day present. What do you think?

Candlestick Bird Houses assembled

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We bought a new refrigerator recently. You would think I had a new house by the way I’ve been acting. Apparently new appliances make me really happy. Since I like things to last as long as possible and keep them looking nice, I’m always hunting for products to help me in that area. Lining my shelves seemed like the obvious answer to keep the shelves clean and scratch free so I was excited to try Easy Liner® with Clorox®. I also use baskets to keep food products organized and contained. I’ll talk more about tips on how to keep the refrigerator clean in this post.

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I’ve had this chalk paint powder and wax for almost a year and am just now trying it. Why? Because I’ve never painted with chalk paint or waxed anything before and have been so intimidated to try it. One day last week I just decided to jump in and get this small table painted. In this post I’m going to be sharing my tips on How to Paint and Wax a Coffee Table. I love how it turned out and can’t wait to paint more pieces.

How to Paint and Wax Coffee Table

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Decorating a Rental on a Budget

by leanneja on April 19, 2016 · 4 comments

in Decorating, Furniture

I have to be honest and say going from owning a home to renting a home has been a struggle. The rental home is smaller so that makes it even more difficult, plus I sold about half of my furniture before the move to fit everything into the rental. I ended up with stuff I really didn’t want and really didn’t go together. The rest of the house isn’t bad but the living room was a mess. After feeling sorry for myself I decided to do something about it and get my living room the way I want it to look for a minimal cost. I’m sharing my tips to Decorating a Rental on a Budget.

Quick and Easy ways to Decorate a Rental to make it your Own

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You know when you see a piece of furniture and you just have to have it? I have a thing for chairs and these really caught my eye. I don’t know if they’re mid century modern or deco art but I love the style so it doesn’t really matter. They were only $20 each and such a great deal that I just couldn’t pass them up. I’ll show you how I transformed them to High Gloss Accent Chairs for my living room in this post.

Curved Back High Gloss Accent Chairs

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9 Creative Ways to give Gift Cards

by leanneja on April 15, 2016 · 0 comments

in Crafts, DIY, Gifts, Round-Up

Whoa, Teacher Appreciation Day and the end of the school year is sneaking up on me. What about you? I decided a few years ago that giving gift cards to my kids teachers was the way I wanted to go in the gift giving direction. Some people were like, really? To me it makes sense, at the beginning of the year they might need supplies, at Christmas a little something for themselves, and at the end of the year they can replenish their class room supplies or save it for themselves. I like that I’m giving them an option to choose how they want to spend their money. Gift card giving can be a little boring so I’m sharing 9 Creative Ways to give Gift Cards that teachers will love.

9 Creative Ways to give Gift Cards. These are perfect for Teacher Appreciation or any gift giving celebration

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Monogram Tulip Wreath

by leanneja on April 13, 2016 · 1 comment

in Crafts, Decorating, Plants and Flowers

I can’t remember when was the last time I had a wreath on my front door. It’s been that long! My front porch has been lacking in welcoming guests since January. It was about time I made a new wreath and spruced up the front porch a bit. A little front porch with nothing on it and a plain white door doesn’t scream welcome to my home. I’ll share the porch in another post by I wanted to share this Monogram Tulip Wreath in this post. I love how Springy it is but it would also look great left out all Summer long. That is, if I don’t get around to making a new wreath before then.

Monogram Tulip Wreath is the perfect wreath to welcome friends to your home

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Between the first of the year and before school gets out for Summer I like to get most of my organizing, cleaning, and decluttering done so I can have some free time with my family. Here are some of my Best Kitchen Organizing Ideas to help you get your kitchen organized and to give you more time for other things. If you click on each link there will be more details and ideas for each area of your kitchen. Are you ready to get started?

10 of the Best Kitchen Organizing Ideas to get and keep your kitchen easily organized

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Creating a tablescape for a Spring Brunch doesn’t have to be expensive. I’m sharing the steps to creating a beautiful DIY Spring Brunch Tablescape you’ll be proud of for a minimal cost. With all the DIY projects you’ve created, your guests will never know you were able to do it on such a small budget.

Make a beautiful DIY Spring Brunch Tablescape using a few inexpensive supplies

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Tissue Paper Tassels

by leanneja on April 4, 2016 · 0 comments

in Crafts, Decorating, DIY, Paper Crafts, Parties

I just love banners! They make any party, holiday, or special occasion even more special. I’ve been wanting to make some tissue paper tassels for so long, but I haven’t had a good excuse. I have something coming up soon, so I finally had a reason to make some. I don’t know if I make them like other crafters but this is what I came up with. They’re simple to make and I guarantee you’ll become hooked.

Tissue Paper Tassels make a fun banner alone or paired with pom flowers

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