This Old Colonial Home

Filling our house with love and a lot of DIY

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Spring Into Decor

The Spring season has me all excited. The trees are starting to bloom. The days are getting a little longer. And the house is starting to feel light, bright, and fresh again!

In the midst of being a mom to a 7-month-old who just started crawling, I’ve been trying to find some time to work on our home decor. (Usually 9 o’clock at night when the baby is fast asleep.) I know I probably shouldn’t even bother, but the DIY desire is strong with this one! 😛

So over the course of a few nights and weekend days, I got my craft on again. Oh how I’ve missed it!

I changed up the tray vignette on our coffee table and made two spring banners using scrapbook paper and twine.Books and flowers spring tray Scrapbook paper flag banner diyMini flag banner on rustic windowI also spray painted a clear glass vase. I had been seeing white vases and pitchers all over Instagram lately and was drooling over them, so I decided to make one myself. I simply used one of those 1-800-Flowers vases I had sitting around and some white spray paint. Voila!Clear generic glass vaseWhite spray painted glass vaseThe bigger project I tackled was painting one of the drawers left from the dresser I turned into a TV stand a couple years back. (See it here.)

I wanted the drawer to be shabby chic so I thought I’d finally try out chalk paint. Problem: it’s expensive! Solution: I made my own!

I knew I wasn’t going to need a lot of paint, so I used a paint sample that was just sitting on a shelf in the basement collecting dust.Sample paint from LowesI poured the paint into an old tupperware bowl, mixed up half a cup of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of water, and mixed that in with the paint. And that’s it. Hooray for free chalk paint! Well, technically $3 for the sample and whatever the baking soda cost (which I already had), but still!

The best part about using chalk paint is you don’t have to sand beforehand. So once I took off the handles and wiped it down I was ready to start!Dresser drawer beforeDresser drawer with one coat of paint The DIY chalk paint was a little grainy, but it served its purpose. I did lightly sand it between coats. It only needed two coats of paint. Once it dried, I then lightly sanded it again to distress it and give it that aged look.Dresser drawer with distressed chalk paintDistressed drawer close upI decided to line the bottom with pretty paper. I used some of the same scrapbook paper that I used for the banners. Apparently I suck at cutting and measuring, so it took a few trials and errors to get it to fit just right. 😛 But once I got it, I simply used spray adhesive to attach it to the drawer. I then popped on some knobs I had laying around and my project was complete!Shabby chic drawer with lined bottomI’m so happy with how it turned out! It’s actually just how I pictured it in my mind!

Now you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m going to do with it. Well, it’s a great photo prop. I already used it for a cute Easter photo shoot with the baby!Shabby chic drawer used as prop for photo shoot I also think it’ll be a great piece to use for parties to display glasses or food. And maybe I’ll even eventually hang it up and use it as a shelf. So many possibilities!