Category Archives: DIY

DIY Milk Paint Dresser

DIY Milk Paint Before and After Dresser

About a year and a half ago, my mom and I brought our dream of owning a little furniture/home decor shop to life when we opened Marga Jeans in Northwest Arkansas. To give you a little background on the name, Marga Jean is my grandmothers name and she is the sole reason my mother is a “junker” at heart. And I shamelessly admit that the two of them are the direct reason I am the way I am today – a junk lover.

Jun-k-er: a person who loves, collects and sells so called “junk”

Mjs Grand Opening Photos

Now – the only bad thing about being a “junker” is that you just don’t know when to stop. Seriously, we will yard sale till we drop, hit up every flea market we see and never pass up a good deal on a piece that might just need some TLC. There is a running joke that my grandmother would not only squeal her breaks in order to make a turn for a yard sale, but she also had to buy SOMETHING at every single one. (Still makes me laugh 🙂 )

My latest search has been for a dresser. I love a good piece that has lots of character and detail. I thought I would share the most recent project I just finished last week. Here’s a look at the before photo. Continue reading DIY Milk Paint Dresser

4th of July Free Printable

The 4th of July is my ALL time favorite holiday. For as long as I can remember, my family has spent the 4th on the lake, eating watermelon and watching fireworks from the boat. Not sure how this beats getting presents on my birthday, but it does!  And since it is my favorite holiday, I am giving you guys a free 4th of July printable! Enjoy!

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Click the link below for your free download!

4th Of July 2016

DIY Pom Pom Garland

The 4th of July is right around the corner and that gives me the perfect excuse to be crafty. I am going to show you how to make your very own Pom Pom Garland, in Red, White and Blue! This little garland is so simple to make and it looks so darn cute hung on the mantel. No one will ever guess you made it with a ole’ kitchen fork.

Here’s how to make it:

Supplies: 

Fork

Red, White and Blue yarn

Craft string

Scissors

Step 1: Choose one color of yarn to start with and rotate colors over and over to make each pom pom. Once you have chosen your color cut a medium length string and feed it through the middle prong on the fork. This will be used to tie it all together.

Step 1 Medium String

Step 2: Grab the roll of yarn and begin wrapping it around all 4 prongs on the fork – about 75 times. Be sure the wrap the yarn loosely  around the fork and careful to keep your final medium length string from Step 1 pulled back out of the way. Continue reading DIY Pom Pom Garland

Intentional Time

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Hello!

It’s been too long, but I’m back! The past several months of our lives have been consumed with work, travel and most importantly wedding planning. Seriously, life has taken us by storm and honestly, we have been enjoying every single second of it.

But oh what we would do if we had an extra hour or two everyday to spend doing whatever we wanted instead of crossing things off of our wedding planning list. Taking intentional time out of each and every day to spend quality time with each other has been one of the biggest blessings for us (J and myself). During this quality time we may or may not have binge watched the whole 2nd season of Bloodline in less than a week or spent numerous weekends napping on the couch. Let me tell you, when you treat yourself to some down time, everything else will fall into place.

One of our favorite down time activities are working on projects. For me, the time spent outside or in the garage building or recreating something is the perfect therapy. Lately, I have been doing smaller DIY or furniture projects, but there’s this piece we have had in the house for several months now just waiting on a makeover and I am itching to get to work on it. I won’t spoil that surprise for you just yet. Check out my latest little makeover.

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My Mom and I are always picking up cute pieces of furniture from yard sales and junk shops and we bring them home and hash out who gets to redo what. This little chair was just too darling not to take for my own project.

I repainted the chair with a medium grey paint and recovered the seat with a classy patterned fabric. It was the most simplest of projects, but oh so fun!

What projects are you all working on this summer? Comment below, I’d love to hear and maybe pick up a few tips and tricks.

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DIY Milk Paint Dresser

 

Turning the Tables

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I have always had a love for furniture. New, old, perfect and damaged, I feel like every piece has a story. When I was young, my mother handed down her old, twice-painted, cream colored iron bed and her 70’s style night stand to me. You can only imagine my excitement to have some things of my own. This bed supported me when I was happy, it absorbed my tears, it kept me cozy when I was sick, it held strong when I was learning to do flips and heard every conversation at my sleepovers. It was far from perfect, but it was mine.

I have since moved on to a better, more “grown up” bedroom suit. Sometimes I think back and wish I would have kept that old bed. Its strange how everyone has emotional ties to different things in life. Mine is furniture. Continue reading Turning the Tables

Well Hello Little Beauty

It’s another snowy day here in Northwest Arkansas! This means my creative imagination is flaring and you can most likely find me in the floor making or painting something! So recently, I’ve been on the hunt to find some small deer antlers – I know random, BUT I’m slightly obsessed with the chic vibe they create for interior design. Lucky me, I found the perfect “antler ” this weekend while on one of my antique excursions and I just couldn’t pass it up. I’m not sure adorable is the right word for this piece, but it will most certainly make my bedroom collection more unique with a little DIY help. {dig out the paints and brushes}

Usually when I am searching for “that one piece” I have a vision in mind for it’s style and placement. I was inspired to design this antler with a black and gold flare. Take a look at this beauty!

DIY Black and Gold Antlers
DIY Black and Gold Antlers

 

Want some of your very own custom antlers? Comment for more details. Until next time – xoxo, Candace

Guest Post: DIY Jewelry Shutters by: Gloria Trinidad

I though I would do something a little different this week so I asked one of my best friends to write a guest post about something she is interested in. Well, I should have known that it would be something crafty! You know those DIY projects you pin on Pinterest and never get around to doing them? This was one of those projects, but she did a beautiful job making this shutter special. Read more of Gloria’s post to see how to make this super cute DIY jewelry shutter then hop on over to her blog! www.gloriaetrin.wordpress.com

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Crafting is one of my all-time favorite hobbies. Who doesn’t love to be a little creative sometimes, right? So last week, I finally marked a craft off of my “summer crafting list” and transformed these plain ol’ shutters, added colorful knobs and made it into a fun, jewelry organizer!

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Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make the transformation!

Things you’ll need:
1. Shutters: Find some old shutters either from a local antique/thrift store or perhaps you have something already stored away.
2. Knobs: You’ll need a handful of knobs (about 8-10) depending on the size of your shutter. I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby but there are endless places where you can find some.
3. Drill: Lastly, you will need a drill. I will admit that I asked my Dad for some assistance on this part! 🙂

Quick steps:
1. First step is to ensure the shutters are in the condition you want them to be. I decided not to paint mine and left them as they were. But you can certainly paint them a different shade, distress and give them a more vintage look, etc.

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2. Once your shutters are ready to go, gather your knobs and figure out where you want them placed.

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3. Finally, drill holes and add in your knobs!

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So there you have it. A fun, super easy & Pinterest inspired craft complete!

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DIY 4th of July Shorts

Hi Lovelies,

My most favorite holiday is right. around. the. corner! 4th of July! I cannot wait. Every year my family and friends get together to grill out and enjoy the fireworks from the lake. This year is no exception.

I’ve been seeing the cutest red white and blue shorts and I think this is the perfect time to make a pair of our own!

What you will need: 

1. Denim Shorts

2. Red, white and blue textile dye

3. Brushes / Pencils

4. Ruler & Pen

5. Star template

What to do:

Lay your shorts on a flat surface and then start by using the star template to draw the stars on the left side. Try to make the distance between the stars the same.

Next, after all the stars are drawn, fill in the stars with your white textile dye. You may have to do a couple of coats for them to stand out.

After all of the stars are painted white you can start on the right side. Using your ruler draw lines on the shorts, they can be vertical or horizontal. Then you can paint the strips red and white.

Going back to your left side. After the stars have dried, you can then paint the area around them blue.

Let all the paint dry completely before wearing.

Then you are done! USA!

Approximate time: 4 hours