Young and Crafty Sisters

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chalkboard Window Pane

 

Window Pane Chalkboard

 

I’ve mentioned a few times that I have a boyfriend (Chris is his name) and if you follow me on Instagram (hannahyoungandcrafty) then you’ve seen him in a few pictures. Little did I know when I started dating him just how crafty he was. I wish I could take credit for this project but I only helped a little. You know, by providing my expertise Winking smile

 

What you will need:

Chalkboard spray paint

Window pane

Sand paper

Paint (if you are repainting)

Painters tape

 

We went antiquing and found this window pane for $10. If you’ve been antiquing lately then you know that this is a super steal! Some window panes are $50+!!

 

Window pane 1

 

Originally, we were going to give it a fresh coat of white and then rough it up. But why mess with something that is already white and chippy? The plan was to turn the entire window into a chalkboard.

 

Window Pane 2

 

Chris used my hand sander and really roughed up the edges. I love how chippy and worn down it turned out.

 

Window Pane 3

 

Along the way, Chris had the bright idea to leave a “border” around the chalkboard. So we taped off around the edges. I say we here because I did help tape!

 

Window Pane 4

 

Since we used chalkboard spray paint, we cut up some old Trader Joes bags to cover the frame.

 

Window Pane Chalkboard 1

 

Spray several coats of the chalkboard spray paint. We pulled the paper and tape off while it was still a little wet.

 

Window Pane Chalkboard 2

 

Let it dry for several days.

 

Window Pane Chalkboard 3

 

Next, take some chalk and turn it sideways to “cure” it.

 

Window Pane Chalkboard 4

 

Then you can write away!

 

Window Pane Chalkboard 7

 

Chris attached D ring hooks to each side for hanging.

 

Window Pane Chalkboard 5

 

And I think it turned out pretty fabulous. It’s the perfect addition to this one weird wall he has in his kitchen.

 

Window Pane Chalkboard 8

 

Window Pane Chalkboard 6

 

Have you worked with chalkboard spray paint before?

 

Hannah Signature

 

Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Thursday-Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tomboxes Review

 

Tomboxes Review

 

I’m sure by now you have heard of the many, many monthly subscription boxes that are out there. My sister has signed up for about three different ones. When I was contacted by Tomboxes.com to try out their monthly subscription box, I jumped at the chance. This is my first box to try out and I must say I was mostly pleased!

 

Here is what came in my box:

Tampax Pearl

Snickers

Reese’s

Crunch

Necklace

Earrings

Revlon eyeliner

NYC eye shadow palette

NYC sparkle eye dust

NYC lip gloss

Maybelline Lip stain

 

Tombox

 

Well you just can’t go wrong with a box of tampons and Tampax Pearl is a great option. These, of course, always come in handy!

 

The chocolate was a take it or leave it thing for me. I could have done without. To be honest, the boyfriend ended up eating it! If you are a chocolate lover and it’s that time of the month, the chocolate might be your thing.

 

The earrings and necklace were not my style whatsoever. They honestly felt sort of cheap to me and I won’t be wearing them.

 

The make-up was the highlight of this box for me. I loved the lip stain and lip gloss. I’ve used the eyeliner multiple times and will probably purchase it in the future. I like the white side for my lower lash water line. The make-up definitely made this box worth it.

 

You can sign up for a monthly plan ($16 a month), 6 month plan ($14 a month), or buy a single box ($24). Really this is a great deal. If you add up the individual costs of the products, they equal much more than a monthly subscription. I would definitely try this box out again to see if the jewelry is any different.

 

Head on over to Tomboxes.com to sign up. If you sign up, I’d love to see your box and what you got!

 

 

Hannah Signature

Sunday, January 11, 2015

DIY Framed Cork Board World Map

 

Cork board world map

 

This was one of those projects that was a labor of love. It was time consuming and took several trips to Home Depot and Lowes, however, the finished product is exactly what I wanted. So much so that I wanted to keep it for myself!

 

I made this giant world map for my boyfriend for Christmas. He is a pilot in the Navy and has traveled many places in the world. What better way to document the places he’s been then by putting pins on a cork board world map!

 

Supplies needed:

1. Roll of cork board

2. Giant printed world map

3. Wood

4. Trim

5. Liquid Nails

6. Paint

7. Paintable caulk

8. D Ring hooks and picture hanging wire.

8. Pins

 

 

World Map

 

I got inspirations from several places. I used THIS consolidated world map from The Sorry Girls. And Sassy Street told me I could blow up my map at Block Posters. You just upload your image and then choose the size. It even shows you what will print on each page and how many pages it will take. Pretty cool

 

world map 1

 

Next you get to put your puzzle together. I just taped the edges.

 

world map 2

 

I looked everywhere for cork board. Lowes and Home Depot only had shelf liner cork board. I ended up finding this roll at Michaels. You want it thick enough to be able to stick a pin in. With a 40% off coupon I got this roll for around $8. I would suggest rolling your cork board out so that it’s not so curly (I did not do this and wish I had).

 

World map 4

 

Next pin your map onto the cork. I used an Xacto knife to cut around the countries/continents. I was precise but not super precise. I think if you have the overall shape of the country/continent then people will get the jest of what it’s supposed to be. For the smaller countries that were unrecognizable (I.e. Singapore, New Guinea) I kept the white paper pinned to them so I would remember what it was. Sometimes the smaller pieces of countries would break off. I was freaking out but it was pretty easy to just glue them back in place.

 

FYI: Be prepared to have carpel tunnel for a few days.

 

It took me about 4 episodes of House of Cards to cut out the entire world.

 

Cork board World map 1

 

Next I laid out my map on the floor to get a measurement of how big of a board to get cut. I grossly overestimated. I measured 6 ft long and 3 1/2 ft. tall. Needless to say the board was huge and it was a sight to see me cramming it into my SUV. I didn’t get a super thick board because I didn’t want the map to get to heavy.

 

When I got the board in my living room, I laid out the cork world on the board again to check my measurements. Once I realized that my board was way to big, I measured off the new area and painted it blue. Once that dried, I used a jigsaw to cut off the excess. I may or may not have used the jigsaw in my apartment living room.

 

cork board world map 2

 

I used liquid nails to secure my cork map to the board. You can see how curled up Africa is. That was after I had something heavy sitting on it over night! I sat something heavy on every piece of cork to ensure that it was glued down really well. For the smaller countries (not pictured), I simply hot glued them.

 

Cork board world map 4

 

Next it’s time to cut the trim. I used a miter box and saw for this part. It’s not hard but having an electric miter saw would have been about a thousand times faster.

 

Cork board world map 5

 

I used liquid nails to secure the trim to the board.

 

cork board world map 6

 

I found every heavy thing I could in the house to lay on the trim to help hold it to the board.

 

cork board world map 7

 

You will end up having gaps between your trim. It’s ok, that’s what paintable caulk is for. It’s a miracle worker! Just fill in the corners and the gap disappears.

 

cork board world map 8

 

I used D-ring hooks and picture hanging wire so that it would be easy to hang it on the wall.

 

cork board world map 9

 

Just measure down from the top and in from the sides so that they are in the same place. Connect your wire from both hooks.

 

cork board world map 12

 

I decided to make flag pins with the name of the country he’s been too. I tried to remember a few places that he’s told me he’s been/lived. The US is much more full now!

 

cork board world map 14

 

I just printed off the name on cardstock. The name is on both sides of the flag and I just folded it over, hot glued it,  and cut a little triangle on the end.

 

cork board world map 10

 

This was not the easiest project I’ve ever done. Not even close….

 

cork board world map 11

 

But the finished product is by far one of my most favorite things I’ve ever created.

 

cork board world map 15

 

Cork board world map 13

 

Happy traveling!

 

Hannah Signature

 

Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Thursday-Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Side Table Redo

 

side table redo 5

 

This little old, beat up side table captured my attention right away at an estate sale that Britt and I went to. Funny, it was actually called a “hoard” sale. There were probably over 500 creepy dolls. It was interesting to say the least.

 

Side table redo 6

 

I knew this table could be made new again. And at $10 I was sold.

 

side table redo 7

 

This is what sold me. I absolutely loved that it had drop down leafs on both sides.

 

side table redo 8

 

Honestly, I was so excited about the table that I didn’t really check out the feet. Once I got it in the car, I noticed that they were completely rotten. It ended up being an easy fix. I used my jigsaw and just cut them off. You would never even be the wiser that there used to be feet on there!

 

side table redo 9

 

I gave her a light sanding and then brought her inside to paint.

 

side table redo 2

 

After three coats of white paint and a light sanding of all the edges, she was all finished!

 

side table redo 3

 

Can you see the crack on the leaf support? Unfortunately before I ever started painting it slammed against the side and broke smooth off. To repair it I used some wood glue and tightened a belt around it to hold it in place. It seems to be holding up just fine but I’m a little nervous about putting anything on it in fear that it will collapse!

 

Side Table redo 1

 

It makes the perfect little “entry” table.

 

Side table Redo

 

It’s the perfect table to set my purse. I also like that it adds a place for someone to put their drink on that side of the couch. I also use this table to  eat on while sitting on the couch or if I have company. She’s not perfect, but I think it’s the perfect addition to my apartment!

 

 

Hannah Signature

 

 

 

 

Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Thursday-Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014

 

 

Top 10 of 2014

 

It’s been a pretty great year here at Young and Crafty Sisters. The end of this year marks one full year that Brittany joined me and we changed the blog name from Young and Crafty to Young and Crafty Sisters. There isn’t anyone who I would rather blog with than her!

 

It’s always interesting for me to see what posts everyone was the most interested in. It’s certainly a wide array!

 

Here’s our top 10 most viewed posts of 2014 starting with number 10.

 

10. Garage Workbench Redo

 

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9. Master Bath Update

 

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8. Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa

 

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7. Bookshelf Redo

 

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6. Teacher Appreciation Gift

 

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5. How to sew a nursing cover

 

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4. Guest Bathroom Redo

 

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3. State String Art

 

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2. Zesty Homemade Hummus

 

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And the most viewed post of 2014 is….

 

1. Burlap Canvas Picture Holder

 

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We can’t wait to bring you even more posts in 2015. Thank you so much for following along!

 

 

 

Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Thursday-Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time