April FREE Printable

Dress up your home with this perfect spring print!

Fiddle Leaf Fig

See how to style your fiddle leaf fig!

Coconut Lazy Day Cake

Try this fast and easy recipe this week!

DIY Chunky Knit Throw

Learn how to create this cozy throw for your home!

Mini Living Room Makeover

A makeover shopping your own home!

Aug 1, 2016

August Issue is LIVE!

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Our August issue of Everything Home Magazine is now live! This edition is chock full of wonderful neutral summer decor ideas, DIY projects, tablescape ideas, photo tips, DIY floral arranging for a wedding and more!

 Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

 * Be sure to stop by & visit our official magazine sponsors Painted Fox  & LexMod FurnitureCanvas HQ. 

Jul 30, 2016

EH August FREE Printable!

Click HERE to print in PDF full version!

This issue of Everything Home Magazine is all about celebrating the neutral shades, bright whites, and natural light. There is something about this home trend that is very peaceful and inviting. To help you incorporate these colors into your home, we’ve taken one of our most popular prints and changed the colors to blend into your neutral or bright white space. We can’t wait to see how you style these!
Please remember to tag any photos of your printable using the hashtag #EHprintable for a chance to be featured on the Everything Home Magazine Instagram account.

Free Printable Created by: Jennifer Reed

Jul 17, 2016

Farmhouse Table: Getting the chippy look from Sugar & Succulents

Good morning everyone! Today I'm finally going to explain the process of turning our recently built farmhouse table into the finished one we are in love with today!
As you may have read, we built this farmhouse table:

finished table, DIY, farmhouse
I thought about leaving the natural wood, but my heart was set on black chairs with a white table. I wanted that older look, so I went with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint in farmhouse white. 
The first coat went on with minimal coverage- the wood looked whitewashed as opposed to painted.
whitewash, wood, milk paint,
I did love the wood showing through, the character of the uneven strokes, and the charm brought out from the nicks and dents. I then added a second coat.
second coat, paint, milk paint, coverage
The second coat definitely added more coverage, but I wasn't getting the chippiness I was looking for.
I think because my pieces are usually new wood or sanded down, I don't get those gorgeous cracks and chips that milk paint is famous for. I was disappointed, but determined! I looked up some "recipes" online of how to get paint to crackle. I found there are mediums specifically for that purpose, but with such a large table I didn't want to invest in an expensive paint additive and then not get the results I was looking for. 
I went with the cheap alternative: children's school glue and chalk paint. The process is simple.
dried paint, milk, milkpaint
Once the original layer of paint has dried, add a thick layer of glue. I used a cheap paintbrush. 
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Let the glue dry to a tacky consistency. If the glue gets too dry the process won't work, but if it's too wet I had trouble painting on top of the glue. It's not an exact science, just a little guess work. Then I used pre-mixed chalk paint for the next layer. I chose chalk paint instead of milk paint for a few reasons.
chalk paint, drying, chip, chipping, texture

I wanted to keep the table white, but I knew I needed a different shade or type of white to see the cracks and chips correctly. My concern with using the milk paint was that I wouldn't be able to see these perfect imperfections. I was also running low and didn't want to keep mixing up new batches- especially when I wasn't sure how it would react with the glue. 
After I painted on a thick layer, I left it alone to dry. The image below is after 1 hour of drying time. You can see there are still wet areas and bubbles.
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I decided to leave the table to dry overnight. In the morning, I had this perfect chippy cracked goodness:
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(all of the heart eye emojis here).
I did the table in parts, so you can really tell difference before and after on this junction of the leg and sideboard.
difference, painting, technique, chippy, milk, chalk
I finished the whole table and I was starting to really love the look of it; but as always, I wanted MORE. I almost thought the chipping and cracking looked too uniformly done.
chippy, perfect, leg, table, finished
I brought out my favorite little sander and went to town chipping off large chunks of paint and distressing the table. When I finally finished sanding, I took Miss Mustard Seed's Tough Coat and covered the table in two coats. This coating is protective against water and food, but also has a matte finish. I wanted to use a matte finish to cut the shine from the glue, so this seemed like the perfect solution.
top coat, tough coat, miss mustard seed
After the first coat, I waited 2 hours and added a second coat. While applying, it looks a little milky white but dries clear. 
chipped perfection, table, chippy, milk paint, chalk,
Y'all, I am IN LOVE with this finished product. This table was definitely a labor of love, but every step was important. I'm so happy we decided to stain it before painting; you can see here the layers of the stain and wear on the wood. The two different shades of white added to the effect of an older table with multiple coats of paint over the years. 
finished table, love, gorgeous, galvanized cloche, farm, farmhouse, house
finished, done, table, complete, DIY, farm, house, farmhouse, milk, chalk, paint

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Have you painted a table with so many steps and layers? Will you attempt after this DIY lesson? Let me know in the comments!

**Blog post courtesy of Taylor from Sugar and Succulents

Jul 1, 2016

Everything Home Magazine: July Issue!

Click HERE to read the July issue!
Our July issue of Everything Home Magazine is now live! This edition is chock full of wonderful summer decor ideas, DIY projects, tablescape ideas, a new floral arranging column and more!

 Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

 * Be sure to stop by & visit our official magazine sponsors Painted Fox  & LexMod FurnitureCanvas HQ !

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