How To Use Chalk Paint

Hey guys!! Let's talk about Chalk Paint. I get asked about Chalk Paint a loooot, and today, right here on the blog I'm going to try my best to answer some of the questions I get asked most often and fill you in on all the details of Chalk Paint.

What is it? What are the benefits of using it? How do I get started? Will I be able to seal it? I'm here to answer all of these questions and more for you, today! 

If I had a dollar for every time I got an e-mail asking me How to use chalk paint, or how to get started with chalk paint, I'd be a rich person. (Okay, maybe not rich, but I could totally have a solid shopping trip at Home Goods!) I'm definitely NOT an expert by any means. But that's the pretty darn cool thing about Chalk Paint. You don't have to be an expert, it's super forgiving and allows you to be inspired and spark your creativity. 

Let's start with the obvious questions.

What are the benefits of using Chalk Paint?

In my opinion it's a lot easier to work with then regular paint, or spray paint. Although those things can both be fun to use too, Chalk Paint has a thicker texture, covers better, and is easier to work with. It's also easier to distress so therefore, it's easier to achieve that chippy vintage farmhouse look that so many of you desire. Best part? It doesn't require priming or painting so this makes things roll a little faster.

Here are some things you need to know about Chalk Paint-

1. It's really easy.
2. You'll want to paint everything.
3. It's really easy.

No seriously. 

If you have had thoughts and dreams about using chalk paint but just haven't had the guts to pull out the paintbrush, let me assure you.. EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE. Better then fine actually. More like great. Everything will be GREAT. And soon enough you'll want to paint everything in your house with chalk paint. 

Seriously. I'm already working on my next project. 

Chalk Paint is honestly the best paint I have ever used. I admit it, I suck at painting. After painting our entire house though from top to bottom I've learned a few tricks, but I still don't have a ton of patience for the process. Fixing holes? Ew. Taping off and cutting in. Yuck. And primer? Who has time for that anymore?! 

Thankfully with Chalk Paint it's pretty much a one step process. Okay so maybe not ONE step, but it feels like that to me. 

After much debate, I decided I better keep it simple for this project and paint it Annie Sloan ANTOINETTE color. I'm happy with my choice.
Here are the things you'll need before getting started on your chalk paint project:

Paint (1 QT depending on size. I have about a half can left over after painting this entire buffet with 2 coats of paint.) You can buy paint {here for about $34.95} Seems steep I know, but think about the price of buying a new piece of furniture, or about buying all those primers, sanders and other supplies!

1 Tin of Wax (for coating and protection) 

A Wax Brush (any will do but this one from Annie Sloan makes the process easier)

Any old paint brush for painting (I used this brush.)

Cheesecloth or old rag for dusting and wiping in between coats 

Other supplies:

Rubber Gloves if you don't want to get your hands dirty, A paint stirrer stick, A can opener, Screw Driver for removing hardware, Paper Plate and Plastic Knife.

If you want to distress your furniture (which I think is just about the best part!) then you'll need to have a sanding block and Vaseline if you want to make the process a little faster. 

Now that you have all the supplies, and you've determined what furniture you'll be painting it's time to get started!

For this post, I was working on a really simple piece I was painting for Miss Sav's room!
 I laid out plastic sheeting in my upstairs hallway before I started painting, Experts say to work at "room temperature" I have painted both inside and outside and have found that painting inside works much better for me. Mostly because I'm not constantly wiping off dirt and dust!

 I put enough plastic around me so that I could move freely. Plastic sheeting can be found in bulk on Amazon which is good if there are many projects in your future, or an old sheet would work just as well. 

Annie says you don't need to sand your furniture for the chalk paint to adhere. I found this to be true, but I still gave my piece a slight rub down with the sanding block. Not pressing too hard, just sort of rubbing off the top layer so that I had a clean slate to work with. In my personal experience I've found that the paint just looks a little better when I do a light sand.

After that's done, make sure you wipe down with a rag or your cheesecloth to remove all the dust and any dirt on your piece.

Then it's time to get started!! Chalk paint dries quickly, like, super fast. So you'll have to be sort of quick and work in small sections being careful to put a good amount of paint on your brush each time and not running it so thin, meaning, load up your brush with paint, paint about 5 strokes and then add more paint. This keeps the brush lines from being too noticeable. 

Don't worry if your project is looking really streaky and not so great after the first coat, this will change after your second coat of paint.

TIP: After the first coat is completed you can store your paintbrush in a ziplock baggie in the fridge, it won't dry out that way! 

After the first coat dries -mine took less then an hour- you can go back to painting your second coat. This is when the magic happens, you can finally start to see everything coming together and it's beautiful.

While the second coat is drying, take some time to wash out those brushes with some warm soapy water. I know I know, who wants to pause and take time to clean off brushes when your work is looking so fantastic and almost finished? But trust me, do this now and your brushes will last forever. 

You can either do your distressing here, or after you apply the wax, I personally like to start distressing here. Take your Vaseline and sort of rub it along the areas you'll want to distress, mostly focus on places that would naturally become distressed over time, like the edges and sides of doors. Then just take your sanding block and lightly sand in those areas, you can distress more or less. I did a mix of light and heavy distressing on my piece.

Next up is the Wax part. This part is sort of intimidating to some, as it was to me. I had so many questions. I have used Poly before for sealing pieces but the wax didn't make sense to me. I was worried about how to apply it correctly, but seriously, now that I've done it? It's SO easy. There is nothing to fear folks! Just take your plastic knife and smear a chunk of wax on your paper plate. Dab your wax brush in the wax and sort of circle it around to get the tip of the bristles covered. 

I started applying my paint in circular motions and did some side sweeping. Work in small sections making sure the entire area is covered properly. Then using a clean rag or some cheesecloth to massage that wax into your piece. This enhances the color and sort of "seals" everything. Just one or two uniform stripes in a single area and that's it.

Clean out your wax brush with warm soapy water and odorless mineral spirits to keep your brush soft and clean it from all that wax. 

Things should be looking beautiful from here! Sit back, enjoy, and start planning you're next project!

Here's my little beauty all finished for my babes new big girl room, which will be revealed next week, ya'll! I hope you LOVE it as much as we do;)

I should have did a layer of cocoa underneath this project, but, it's okay. Doing layers underneath keep the original wood grains from peeking through;) 

 Let it sit for 24 hours before placing anything on top of it or using it, please. I don't want to ruin all that hard work;)

Have any of you used chalk paint before? Did you like it? I'd love to hear from you! Just leave me a comment below! Happy Monday!


Friday Favorites

Seriously, can you believe that we're in the last week of February already?! These last few weeks of Winter always seem to drag but I'm just trying to enjoy the extra time by working on some projects and goal planning! 

This week the weather was mostly rainy and gloomy, which is the perfect reason for you to have fresh flowers around you at all times. They just instantly brighten my day and looking at them reminds me that Spring & Summer are coming soon enough. 

I feel really lame because over the past few weeks I've shared so many pictures of flowers. Don't hate me, okay. 

This week, I'm especially loving tulips. They are just so bright, pretty and cheerful and remind me that Spring is coming. Even if it's taking forever, it's coming. 
I picked up this banner last week at Target and I L.O.V.E it!! It's the first thing I've purchased for Spring this season. I'm trying to hold off until March 1st to decorate. I've made it this far, what's a few more days I guess;) I'm actually pretty obsessed with all the goodies Target currently has for Spring but I need to dig out what I have before I start buying more. 
Currently burning this Lemon Mint Candle from Bath and Body Works and loving it so much! The smell is just really relaxing and fresh. Simple without being overwhelming. I'm really weird about scents in my home and I really do enjoy and suggest this one!

Keeping in with the Spring Theme, I'm really loving this Natural Method  to dyeing Easter Eggs and the babe and I will definitely be trying this method and letting ya'll know how it worked for us! I just love the look of the soft pastels! Pretty, right? 

I'm really dealing with some serious post par-tum depression from our past vaca to Jamaica. I miss the sun! But I'm already counting down the days to our next trip, and we're currently planning a mini trip in May to Disney World with the kids to celebrate their birthdays. Am I the only one that needs something to look forward to all the time? I need dates on my calendar or else I get really bummed. 

Here's hoping the sun makes its appearance soon!

That's all I have for you today beauties and babes. I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Thanks for spending some time with me today! 

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5 Things Jamaica Taught Me About Life

Ya' mon! Forgive me because today's post isn't at all decor related, but after our recent trip to Jamaica I had some major eye opening moments, and I want to share some of them with others.

As most of you know we Nick and I traveled to Jamaica last week. This was our first trip out of the country together. Little did I know when I booked it, I would leave Jamaica with so much more then a tan. 

We've done a little traveling before, in terms of beaches and Disney World. But never anything like Jamaica. It is a lifestyle truly matched by none. I've never in my life met happier, more optimistic people. I was worried we would feel nervous or out of place in another country but from my first red stripe to my last, I felt right at home in this beautiful place! 

Take a look at some of our vacay pics and see for yourself!

1. Jamaica= No Worries.

Jamaica is known as a place of no worries, and they remind you of this all the time. The happy and positive vibe is contagious! I realize so often that life stresses us, and it's easy to feel like things are out of our control. Jamaica taught me we all need to worry a lot less and enjoy life! 

2. One Love.

Okay, things are starting to sound a bit cliche here, I know. But in Jamaica, it truly is ONE LOVE as they love everyone and everything. Everyone is welcome, and we felt like family. Everyone, everywhere we went wanted to know more about you. It doesn't matter what color your skin is, or what country you're from. We had so many encounters with amazing people that shared with us and we left feeling like we had made true friendships and bonds with many of the people there. It's so easy to be judgemental, especially here, where we are always competing with people. I left Jamaica making it my goal to Judge a little less and love a whole lot more. 

3. Work Hard.
Jamaicans work really hard, like. Really hard. Most days they work 18 hour shifts and they never complain about it. Some days I feel overwhelmed but Jamaica reminded me I could always be doing more, more meaningful work with a smile on my face. 

4. Play Hard.

Just as hard as they work, they love to have a good time. Every single place we went we were surrounded by people dancing and moving and in an overall great mood. It's amazing to me how calming and soothing music is for the soul. And Jamaicans know this and appreciate it. They don't care who's watching, they are always moving and dancing and feeling the music. Which taught me to do the same. One of our bartenders, Andrew, told me never to be afraid to move and dance. It's not about impressing people, it's about feeling the music and releasing negativity. It stuck with me and I'll definitely be remembering it in the future!

5. Be Yourself.
Maybe the most important thing of all that I learned on our trip, Normally a shy person in social settings one of our hosts during a boat cruise we took one night came over to me and asked me to dance. Being the typically shy person I am, I said "No Thanks." She insisted, pulled me on the dance floor and I ended up dancing and having a great time. She told me to always be myself and that it didn't matter what other people thought. I heard this a lot on my vacation and it stuck with me and taught me I really do need to worry less about other people and more about myself. 

Besides those things, Jamaica also taught me there is truly only one person I need in my life besides my kids and my Mom, and that's my husband. While browsing the gift shop one night, a lady came up to us and was talking about how important it is to bond with each other, Nick mentioned something (I forget what exactly) and she said "The only person you need is this girl stranding right besides you, through thick and thin, she is your best friend and rock." It hit me hard, and reminded me that Nick really is the only person I need. He is truly my best friend, my soulmate, my other half and I'm so excited to experience everything life has to offer with this amazing human being. 

We left Jamaica knowing we would soon return. We booked a trip for next March but don't know if we can wait that long! Countdown: 371 Days! 

Have you been to Jamaica before? I suggest you go, like yesterday. You won't regret it! Not only is it a beautiful place, but the people are what makes us want to come back again, and again. 

"Let's Get Together & Feel Alright"
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How To Keep Your White Towels Fluffy!

So with Spring around the corner, lots of us are thinking of when to start our Spring cleaning. I personally love to get a head start! There is something so soothing and calming when I can just open the windows, burn my favorite candle and get to cleaning!

After sharing how I keep my sheets super white and smelling SO clean and fresh, I received some positive and not so positive comments on Instagram regarding my "methods". So, let me be clear when I tell you guys, I'm not telling you to do this. I'm just sharing with you that this is WHAT I do, and something that my Mother and Gramma have done for years. 

You all know I love using everyday things for cleaning and keeping things fresh. Also, I like simple and easy. One of my favorite things to use when cleaning is Vinegar. I basically use it for everything. 

Even for doing my..laundry?

I'm sure some of you have heard about the benefits of using vinegar for laundry. Or maybe you haven't. I've heard positive and not so positive reviews. 

Here in our house we are slowly converting to all white linens, towels and bedding. It just keeps things so much easier and helps me feel coordinated. But white can be..well, not so "white" sometimes. 

It can get dingy or yellow looking and lose it's pretty bright white color. I see this happen most with towels. Which really stinks (sometimes literally!) because I think that one of the most luxurious things is a big white fluffy towel!

Do you want to know how to keep your towels smelling fresh and how to keep them fluffy? Well..the secret ingredient guessed it! Vinegar! 

I mix One Cup Vinegar and One Cup Bleach in each load of towels I wash and OMG,you guys! They smell amazing and are so FLUFFY and white! 

That's it. I don't use fabric softener or detergent. Just those TWO ingredients and it works like a charm every single time.

I also do this with bedding and the sheets always come out smelling so fresh and clean. There is simply nothing better then fresh white clean sheets. I wish I could bottle up the smell!

So. That's it for today! After posting this on Instagram I got lots of feedback saying that Vinegar alone works as a natural softener. So if you aren't comfortable mixing the two that's always an option. But I do find that using bleach at least occasionally keeps my towels and sheets from yellowing, which is super annoying! 

Have you tried this method before? If so, how did it work for you? Do you have a secret remedy for keeping those whites clean? I'd love to hear from you! Just leave me a comment below or shoot me a message on Instagram! 

Happy Hump Day!!
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DIY Pottery Barn Knockoff Blanket Ladder

Hey Friends! I've gotten a few requests to share how we built our DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Ladder! it was super duper easy and literally anyone can do this! 

Along with most of the world, I have an obsession with Pottery Barn.
When I get a catalog in the mail, I get all giddy with excitement to flip through the glossy pages with pictures of perfectly staged spaces.But let's face it here guys.

Pottery Barn is expensive. I probably just totally blew your mind with that information didn't I? BOOM! ;)

I do own a few pieces from Pottery Barn, but mostly I just look at the catalogs to gain some inspiration and dream up ideas on how I can attempt to recreate said spaces at a smaller cost. Hopefully, a MUCH smaller cost.

When I saw these beautiful blanket ladders from Pottery Barn, my heart stopped. I knew I wanted one. But the $200 price tag? UM. Not so much. Especially because this seemed like such an easy DIY! This whole project cost us maybe $25! 

Decorative Ladders can be used in so many different ways! Like hanging from a ceiling, or displaying pictures, Or Basket Shelves, or just for displaying blankets. 

So after expressing my deepest desire to Nick, he agreed to help me with this one. So off to Home Depot we went to gather up our supplies one Sunday afternoon.

What you'll need:

16 feet of wood (depending on how tall you want your ladder to be) I used 1 3/8 x 1 3/8 eight foot strips.
8 two inch wood screws
Stain in your choice of color

Step 1: 
Cut one 5 foot piece of wood from each 8 foot strip.

Step 2:
 Cut 4 18 inch pieces of wood from the remaining wood.

Step 3:
Lay them on to form a "ladder"

Step 4:
Attach each bar with a screw.

Step 5:
Stain in your choice of color.  It was Nick's idea to stain this a darker color and I'm so glad I listened to him and took his advice.  It turned out fabulous and really pops against my grayish light colored walls.

Step 6:
If you desire take a sander and/or screwdriver and "ding" up your ladder a bit. I wanted a rustic feel so I just kind of took the screwdriver and sander wherever I wanted it to be a little "distressed".

Step 7:
Make sure to let it completely dry (outside if possible) before hanging any blankets or stuff on it. You don't want stinky blankets and the stain is pretty smelly for about 48 hours after it's applied. Not that I learner this the hard way.. Or anything. 

You've seen the ladder several times on my Instagram. I admit, its one of my favorite spaces. The ladder was SO easy, quick and cheap to make! Seriously, ANYONE can do this! In a couple of hours, you can have your own blanket ladder to do whatever you want with! It just fills in this little space perfectly, don't you think?! 

I'd love to know what you babes think of this knockoff version of the Pottery Barn ladder. Do you have one? Do you want one? Leave me a comment below! 

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Top 5 Farmhouse Finds for Under $100

Who doesn't love a good deal?! I'm here to share with you guys 5 of my FAVORITE Farmhouse finds for $100! Some of these things can make a pretty big impact in a space and get you well on your way to having your very own Glam Farmhouse;) 

My budget isn't huge and I don't like to spend a ton of money on decor considering I change it up so often. All of these items I have and are my personal favorites. They are all versatile, and can work in so many different ways. Which makes each one well worth the money!

1. Farmhouse Lighting- 

You GUYS. I've talked about lighting before and much impact it has on a space. I'm not kidding. And this one makes a BIG statement at little cost. It's one of my favorite purchases! And at under $100 it's completely affordable and I'm sure it will become one of your favorites too!

You can find this fixture here!

2. Tiered Tray-

I had this tray in my cart SO MANY TIMES. It's kind of pricey for a tray, at $78. But I can't explain how much I love it and how often I USE it.  It's literally worth every penny spent and I've never looked back. I have mine sitting on my island bar, but this could work in a living room, or a bathroom to display hand towels and soaps, at a coffee bar for all of your mugs and goodies.. or you could just use it like me, and decorate it for every Holiday! 

3. Farmers Market Sign

At the time of this post this sign is SOLD OUT at Antique Farmhouse BUT they offer it often and you should totally keep your eyes open for it. At just $58 the sign is a STEAL and HUGE. It makes such a huge impact in a space! Just check out my dining room to see for yourself!

Farmers Market Sign

4. Chalkboards

I LOVE Chalkboards, however, I suck at writing on them. I still do, sometimes. But for the most part I just leave mine as is. You can take this to the next level and do a WHOLE chalkboard wall if you wish! Or you could just stick with a little one, like mine. 

Southern Belle Signs

5. Boxwood Wreaths

I saved the best for last, because I don't feel like any farmhouse is complete without a boxwood wreath, I have 7 boxwoods. SEVEN! and I'm still always tempted to buy more! Ha! You can find great ones at (Target) for well under $100. Or you can buy them on Wayfair! Link Below!

So get shopping! Have fun! And remember, at the end of the day, the only way to truly make your house feel like a HOME is to add your own personal touches, that's what makes things fun. These items are a jumping off point for all of the good things to come! 

Enjoy, and have fun!! 

Do you have any of these items? Do you love them? What is your favorite farmhouse item? Let's chat! Leave a comment below or message me on Instagram! I always love hearing from all of you! XO

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Friday Favorites

Hey Ya'll! So excited to share some of my Friday Favs with you guys this week! Right now, I'm probably on the sunniest beach you could imagine with a huge margarita in my hand with not a care in the world. But secretly, probably missing my IG and Blogging friends! I didn't want to leave you guys high and dry so I prepared two posts to share with you while I'm away. 

Spring is on my mind as I prepare to take a little mini break from Winter, I can't help buy by Tulips every single time I go to the grocery store.

Seriously, every time I look at them, I forget that it's 17 degrees outside and instead just think about all the beauty that Mother Nature will bring us in just a few short weeks. We've made it this far you guys..what's a couple more weeks, right?!

Currently obsessing over these gorgeous little signs made from my very creative friend Kristy, from The Painted Nest..Seriously? Girlfriend is SO talented and I'm sure you guys will agree! Just check out this amazing sign she made for me? I love the personal touch it adds to our Little Glam Farmhouse! 

Dying to get my hands on some pretty white hydrangeas so I can display them in my dough bowl! Talk about being obsessed! Everything in this picture? I WANT. 

Wanting to get my hands on these gorgeous French Country wreaths from Wayfair! They just totally remind me of spring in the most simple of ways. I think I want 8 of them. Ha! Kidding. Kind of. But I mean, seriously. Tell me it's not fabulous?!
Crushing hard on these adorable hand stenciled pillows from Peek Pillow OriginalsSeriously? How great are they? I'm trying to refrain from buying every single one.

And that's all I have for you this week folks! I hope you all have the BEST weekend! I will try my best to respond to comments and IG messages as soon as I get back on Monday! In the meantime, I'm dreaming up tons of spring decor ideas and can't wait to get started! How about you?!  Can't wait to show you the latest goodies I found at the Target One Spot!! ;)

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What's On My Trays- February 2016

One thing that I'm always doing here at TGF, Is moving things around. Seriously. Nothing stays the same. It's a problem. Also, I say "Seriously" A lot. Like. A whole lot. 

I just get so bored of looking at things in the same spot. Most of the time all it takes is moving something from one area to another to make it feel completely different and give it "new" life. You don't have to buy NEW stuff to decorate. One of my favorite things to do is shop my own house when I'm feeling blah or bored with a certain space!

That being said, since I change things up so much, I thought it would be fun to do a monthly "What's On My Tables/Trays" post! A roundup of some of my favorite tables and trays decorated for the month, all in one big ol' post for you to see! 

At the start of February, the house is full of pink and sparkly glittery decor. A lot different then other times of the year, but that's what keeps decorating so fun. At least I think so. 

So this month, things are pretty simple.

Now. Who's ready to take a table tour with me? 

Let's start in the living room, where things probably get switched up the most, however minor the changes are. I rotate 3 different baskets and trays the most right here on this space. Currently, It's displaying one of my latest Rustic Chippy finds in the old spindles. I was so excited to find these, and even more excited with the light gray color. I picked up the greenery and small bucket at Ikea on my most recent trip, and the white candle holders from Joss & Main have been a staple on the table for a solid 8 months! The lantern was a recent Decor Steals find and I love the rustic feel it has to it.
Moving into the Kitchen, I have one of my favorite little Home Goods Trays. Currently it holds my little collection of cutting boards, my favorite rusty scale and my Anthro measuring cups! 

My Farmhouse Tiered Tray is one of my favorite trays EVER! I'm always changing it up! Currently it's still decorated for Valentine's Day, but I'm ready to springify this beauty soon! Some staples that always remain here? My Cow Creamer, and RaeDunn Cream Cup. I typically always just build around those two things.

In my Coke Tray currently is all of our Valentine's Day goodies. I'm not sure what I'll do with this for Spring yet, I love when I get to have this on display. One of my favorite antique finds to date!

The dining room table changes a good amount, recently I had a big olive bucket full of greenery here and I loved it but ended up moving that to my entry way and instead stuck with something simple for the table right now. This tray from Pier 1 is so versatile! I loved it so much, I bought two! The other one I have displayed at my kitchen sink. 

Moving to the entryway, I have some of my favorite finds sitting right here on one of my favorite Chalk Paint projects! I have a major lantern obsession if you haven't picked up on that already! Oh, and I can never pass up a good set of candle sticks. I find the best ones at Home Goods and usually when I have no intention of buying candle sticks. ha!

SO. Now that the little tour is all over with, I'd love for you to share your trays and tables with me! Just use the hashtag #GLAMFARMTABLE on Instagram for a chance to be featured on Insta and my Tray/Table post in March! Let's keep decorating fun and remind ourselves to be creative friends! 

What do you guys think of my current spaces? Let's chat! I always am so excited to hear from you guys!!! XO

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