The Chalk Series.

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Materials:

  • Cabinet doors
  • Chalk paint
  • Hooks
  • Rope
  • Paint tape

I bought 2 cabinet doors at the Brimfield Antique Show and wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with them but I knew that no matter what I did, it had to be cool.

The cracked paint and rusted hinges are literally to die for. I didn’t want to do anything to take away from that and just wanted to make sure that type of character was highlighted.

I decided to make these guys into chalk signs where I knew the chalk paint would still accentuate those cool cracks.

I measured (twice) and created small rectangles where I would apply the chalk paint. This is the first time I’ve worked with this kind of paint and I am OBSESSED! Without meaning to, I let the chalk paint bleed through the tape a bit so it’s not perfect. But if you haven’t figured it out by now, I love those little imperfections.

The chalk paint really made these pieces, so I really didn’t have to do much more. But to make things a bit more functional, I added some hooks. These hooks could be for anything from keys to hang in your foyer to mugs to hang in your kitchen. And then on one of the cabinets, I also added some rope for easy hanging.

With some pieces, it takes some elbow grease to really bring out the beauty. But these gems really already had that beauty in them, just needed a new eye.

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Splattered in Gold

Don’t you wish everything could just be splattered in gold? During one of my flea market adventures, I discovered a pair of door knobs. Yes, splattered in gold. I’m not sure how the gold got there or why I was so lucky in this discovery.. but I was ready to give them a new life.

I walked miles and miles (hyperbole) at the flea market, trying to think of how I could use these knobs. And then I found a regular old wooden tray. BINGO! I decided to make a serving tray.

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When I brought this project home, I originally was planning on putting some small tiles on the bottom of the tray. Then I quickly discovered.. tiles are really expensive!! So that was quickly deleted from my mental list.

I was then walking miles and miles (hyperbole ctd.) through Home Depot and stumbled upon a gold metal sheet. You know one of those sheets that covers old school heaters – that kind! I don’t know why that sheet clicked for me, but I decided I wanted to use this as the base of the tray instead! My golden knobs would have a golden friend.

The main obstacle with these piece was adding the knobs. I used my handy drill with the largest drill bit in the case and spent an incredibly long time getting the holes to be the exact right size for the knob handles. (Like a very hard time.)

I then cut the metal sheet just with a regular pair of scissors and nailed it into the base of the tray. And that’s that!

I love where this piece came from and what is has turned into today. I can picture someone using this tray to serve their best friends some beers and mixed drinks or someone using this tray to bring their loved one breakfast in bed. When I say this, I hope you’re picturing this image with a hint of gold 😉

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The Window Project

Ohh the window project! This has to be one of my biggest project transformations yet. At a flea market, I found an old broken window that was basically dangerous to touch. It only had 3 out of the 4 pieces of glass still in tact and the paint fell off even if you moved it ever so slightly. SWOON. I was ready to start.

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The best part was smashing the pieces of glass 🙂 – what a thrill! Having a bad day? I suggest you go smash some glass. Once I cleaned up that mess, I started sanding down the wood. That process took all of 2 minutes considering the paint was already doing the job for me and falling off at the touch.

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I then spray painted the wood white and made sure to paint the little lock at the bottom gold. After that dried, I soon found out what my worse nightmare is. Installing screen into windows. I went to Home Depot with stars in my eyes loving the idea of how beautiful this window will be with SCREENS! 5 hours later I was pounding tiny nails into the window frame hitting my fingers every other time. 5 hours might be an exaggeration but it felt like an eternity. Recently I was gifted a staple gun and I had the epiphany that THAT would’ve helped my process go much smoother. Another rookie move pulled by this novice project flipper.

Once the screen was installed, I could’ve cried with relief. Then I took a much needed break. OH but we’re not done yet! The next day, I hung a rope at the top of the window for easy hanging and a cute touch. And finally, I drilled in 4 knobs onto the bottom of the window. I got these knobs for about 50 cents each and was so excited to add them in as an accent on the window. I measure twice and drilled in the knobs and marveled at my beautiful work. I texted a picture to my boyfriend who so kindly replied, “Are the knobs off centered?” Yep. Off centered. I took another look at that window with a pair of fresh eyes and kicked myself in the butt for not measuring three times. Off centered!

But when all is said and done, I love those off centered knobs. I love the screen that took hours to install and I love that chipped paint and jagged glass that used to inhabit in that old window. I love that new life that has been breathed into an old treasure and that’s the whole reason why I’m doing all of this. For that new life.

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Let the piece do the talking

Sometimes when you get a really really cool piece.. you just can’t mess with it. And luckily, I was able to find some pieces just like that!

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All I had to do with these bad boys was drill some holes in the back for easy hanging and give them a good cleaning (boy, were they dirty).

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And then came the photo shoot! I went to Home Depot and bought a big pot of plants that were more expensive than the actual planters.. (whoops) but I couldn’t resist!

I then planted the huge flowers into the planters and immediately fell in love. I used those Command plastic hanging strips on my walls and hung these beauties right up there. They truly lit up my whole room and I am envious of the woman who bought these from me. I was SO close to keeping them to myself! I just love how worn and weathered these planters are – it tells such a story. These guys must have lived outside for years and endured a lot in the outdoors. They are some tough cookies. Their wrinkles and lines and stains speak volumes. I hope you’re listening.

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Before-and-Afters

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with before-and-afters. I’d go over to my friends houses when I was growing up and organize their closets. I’d love seeing clothes on the floor one hour to color coordinated shirts hanging neatly. Not kidding. Color coordinated. To the rainbow.

As a teenager, I’d actually tune in when Proactiv commercials came on so that I could see those pimply cheeks turn clear ..in just 2 weeks! I subscribed to Proactiv for about 7 years patiently waiting on my ‘after.’

And then reality television got big. What Not to Wear? Hooked. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy? #1 Fan. I even loved when the Today Show chose one lucky lady in the crowd for a makeover. Swoon.

Don’t get me started on Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Two hours of total transformation. The before-and-afters just kept coming and coming, what a dream! I was inspired enough to make my own fitness account on Social Media and tried my best to document all my befores just so I could work towards my afters. This phase didn’t exactly last long considering my body shape hasn’t changed much since I was like 18. And Oreos.

And then came Fixer Upper and boy, did I fall in love. If you look in the dictionary, Chip and Joanna Gaines’ photo should be next to ‘before-and-after.’ They are my inspiration for all things repurposed (me and millions of others, I know I’m not original on this one).

So where do I go from here? A clean-freak-Oreo-lover dreaming of clear skin, great fashion, and my very own fixer upper one day.

For the past few years, I’ve always loved going to different flea markets and antique stores looking for old treasures that need some love. The story behind the pieces is truly beautiful to me. Stories that deserve to be told and to be cherished. After the years, my walls have now been filled with these ‘stories’ but I haven’t wanted to stop reading and recreating them. That and my idle hands began to be only useful for being the mayor of ‘Chapville’ in SimCity after my boyfriend gifted me a tablet for Christmas. But responsible mayors must have other duties. Thus, Novo Designs Co. was born.

First came inventory and man, was I excited. My friend Jess and I ventured to the Brimfield Antique Show and didn’t leave for 6 hours. She bought a wagon just a few days before for the occasion and thank goodness she did because we had that thing filled within the first hour. We came up for air halfway into our treasure hunt and looked in our wagon to see a pile of wood. So much wood! And I was smiling from ear to ear. By the end of the day, I had a shutter under one arm and a ladder under the other as Jess wheeled our wagon in front of me. It may have been the best day of the year.

I probably haven’t met most of you reading this and I may never meet you. But we’re about to get personal. I came home later that day and hauled my loot into the apartment. I sat down and I looked at my pile of junk. And then I cried like a baby.

I thought about my ‘before’, my dreams and my idle hands. In that moment, I was my ‘after.’