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Month: April 2017

the one with the pallet gallery art

A few weeks ago I shared our new round coffee table! We needed one that was more safe for Jack, but I love the design of the old one. Plus we had made it ourselves. So I decided to make it into some art for the dining room!

Here’s what you’ll need:
pallet
80 grit sandpaper
120 grit sandpaper
paint in your color choice
wax/polyurethane protectant of your choice
2 paint brushes
french cleat set
stainless steel wire
plies to cut wire with
stapler and staples
binder clips/clothes pins
screwdriver for french cleats
measuring tape
pictures – mine are from parabo

  1. Sand your pallet until completely smooth. We used 80 and then 120.
  2. Then paint it your desired color! I’d recommend priming it first, but you don’t have to.
  3. Once you are done painting, I’d also protect it with some sort of wax or polyurethane.
  4. Take your french cleat and screw one side into the back of the pallet on each of the vertical posts. Be sure to check them twice and screw once to be sure you have them placed correctly.
  5. Next measure the distance between the two cleats and screw the other ends into the wall. Again be sure to check the measurement twice and check the decoration of our cleats.
  6. Then hang it on the wall!
  7. Now the fun part! Take your wire and staple one end to the top plank. I twisted it over and placed a few more staples over top for extra security. Then unravel the wire all the way across to the other side of the top plank, cut it off once it’s a good size, and staple it securely.
  8. Repeat step 4 for as many rows as you need/want.
  9. Set your pictures out along the rows and decide how you want them placed. Some pictures have colors or filters that don’t look well next to each other. You also want to be sure people, places, landscapes, etc are not repeating. Or maybe you want them to repeat!
  10. Once you know have you pictures placed secure them with your hooks.

I’ve wanted a family gallery wall for awhile now, and this is the perfect solution until we have more space! I do have a flat back to my pallet since it used to be our coffee table instead of the openness they usually have. If you wanted that look instead, just measure the space between the two vertical pieces and have the hardware store cut a piece of plywood to fit. Screw it into the middle horizontal pieces and paint it the same color! If I were making this from scratch, I wouldn’t worry with that tho.

the one with dressing up your shorts

For the past 2 months, I’ve had a monthly series of outfits that all focus on one thing. The first was nursing outfits and the second was easy, classics. I’ve decided to keep up with it. First and foremost, you all seemed to enjoy it. But it also backs up one of the things I try to hold true to here on the blog and in my closet. That being buying things you can re-wear often. That’s real life, and I want my blog to show my real life. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but it’s not quite realistic for me right now. 6 months ago my body went through a very drastic event (childbirth) and it’s still changing. Plus, I’m still getting used to those changes. So my wardrobe will be changing for a few more months as I figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Until then I’ll be wearing lots of the things that I already know do work. One of those things are these shorts from old navy. So April’s series will be ‘how to wear shorts’. When I was younger, I thought you could only wear shorts for casual events or active events. Even now I see myself and my friends struggling to figure out how to dress them up a little. After 2 years in Florida, I have a pretty good idea considering I’m lucky enough to wear them year round. Since summer is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to share a few easy outfits to dress up your shorts!

The first is my favorite white peasant top that I’ve had for years. I got it at Charlotte Russe years and years ago. This is my favorite way to wear it – sweet and simple. This outfit is perfect for date night, dinner with friends, brunch with the girls – anything where you need to be a little nicer than casual but not business.

shorts . similar top . similar top . hat . clutch . earrings via . sunglasses . lipgloss . sandals

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