Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Coffee Table Decoupage Makeover

We got our coffee table/end table set as a wedding gift over 6 years ago. It has served us well, but desperately needed an update.
I was inspired by this post by Nichole from Parlour My Home. I can spend hours on her blog just drooling over her amazing designs and great ideas.

This update was so easy, and inexpensive. So here is the before and a quick tutorial.

I admit it wasn't awful beofre, but it was boring. And it has some battle scars from moving and a very mischeivous 2yr old.
My wonderful hasband filled in all the grooves with wood putty.

The hardest part was placing the material, and getting it centered. Once I found the best center I could, I cut my fabric and got ready to clue. My husband also took the table top off the base. It was much easier to work with that way.

I rolled Mod-Podge glue like it was paint and section by section glued down the fabric. With each section I would smooth down the fabic with my hand to get out any wrinkles or bubbles.

Once the top, sides and bottom had all been glued down, I just waited to let the glue dry completely. I probably gave it a day.

My last step was poly-crylic. I rolled on 5-6 coats of poly. It has hardened completely and is stain resistant....possible stain proof. I have already wiped up spots off of it that I was worried wouldn't come off, but they all have.

Here is my final result.....

I love it! I am even considering using it as an outdoor table when we finish our house. The best part is possibly the cost of the update. Material from fabric.com was $17
Mod Podge glue $6
Poly Crylic $23

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Best Cake EVER!!!!!

This cake takes me back to my childhood and reminds me of some of my fondest memories of my grandma. Everytime I make it I think of her. It is without a doubt my favorite cake ever. And...I know if you make it you will love it too.

Coconut Cake
Yellow or White Cake Mix
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Cream of Coconut
Cool Whip
Shredded Coconut

1. Prepare cake according to instructions on the box.
2. While cake is baking, mix together sweetened condensed milk and crem of coconut.
3. Once cake is removed from oven, poke holes in the cake and pour mixture over it. It might seem like too much, but go ahead and use it all...it will be worth it.
4. Once cake has cooled completely top with cool whip and sprinkle coconut on top. There is no measurement for the amount of coconut, you can use as much or as little as you like.
5. Enjoy!

I want you to know I had the best intentions to take a picture of the completed cake, but forgot. And then when I did remember most of the cake was gone, and it is not a cake that really photographs well. It falls aparts and gets gooey.....but that really is the best part.

Now go make some cake.......

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Some updates and organizing

When I decided to start this blog, I really wanted it to have great content, and be consistent. I haven't really been consistent at all. So I am working on a plan/schedule that will keep posts more regular and full of variety. I know I want to share recipes, furniture projects, house updates and simple and quick projects. So, soon I will share some ideas and new themes with everyone.

I am also considering changing the name of my blog. From the Ground Up completely describes that process we are going through with building our house but doesn't really work for all the content that I want to be able to share. If you have any suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated.

Stay tuned........

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

a month of thanksgiving.....

Today I am so grateful for my husbands job. He is a fireman and works 24 hours and then has 48 hours off. It give us time together that we wouldn't normally have if he worked an 8-5 job.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

a month of thanksgiving.......

Feeling so blessed today to have my children. It is unbelievable how much fun they are. Love them both so much!

Monday, November 21, 2011

a month of thanksgiving...

Today I am so grateful for God's creation. I see so much beauty in nature and in the people around me that it is impossible not to give Him all the glory and praise.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

a month of thanksgiving......

Today I am thankful for having plenty. It is so easy to forget how blessed I am. But, I truly am thankful to have enough, and not just enough but extra. We have all we need and then some. Thank you Lord, for all you have given us.