Tuesday, March 25, 2008


I know, second post in one day, I can hardly believe it myself!! I was so excited though about checking off a few more projects on my list as I finished them and I wanted to share them with you!! First, remember those chairs I posted about back in January? To paint or not to paint? Well, I decided to go ahead and paint them and boy am I glad that I did!! I like them soooo much better now! For those of you who didn't see the before photos back in January, here they are.

I also finished up a button frame that I've been meaning to do for awhile now. It was fun and very easy!
Here's how I did it:

First, go to the dollar store and buy yourself a cheap $1 frame like the one above. Then, get out all of your buttons and sort through and set aside the ones you want to use. I used all white ones.

The next thing you want to do is give your frame a coat of spray paint. I used white to match my buttons but you can use whatever color you want to coordinate with your buttons. Then, get out your glue gun, let it heat up and start gluing on your buttons. I think the whole project only took about a half hour!

I then mounted the picture on a page from an old book.
Great fun and here is the finished project!

Last but not least, I have this altered book/scrapbook. I found a children's board book at the dollar store - you gotta love that dollar store! I made a template for the page (you only need one template because all of the pages are exactly the same) and then I cut out pretty scrapbook paper for each page of the book. I then placed pictures inside and embellished it. So cute!

Have fun creating!!
xo, Erin


Alison Boon said...

Hi erin, Love the cushions. They are so lovely. I wish my DH would allow a little more pink into our home. Thank you for the tutorial on the picture frame, I'm off to the dollar shop so I can give it a go myself.

Ciderantiques said...

Hello Erin, Wow! I was blog hopping today and found your lovely posts. Amazing job on those chairs! I just bought 6 that I want to paint. Did you sand and prime first? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much ! Karen at ciderantiques.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I think this may one of my first comments. Love they idea of the docorated board book - so cute. Also loved you cupcakes - if you don't mind me asking, how did you get that color blue? I love to make and decorate cupcakes and am always looking for ideas.
I am a new blogger and hope you can visit my blog, too :)

Robin/Southern Bella

Kari & Kijsa said...

Great job! love the chairs and the button frame is too cute!

kari & kijsa

Arleen ~ The Tea Room said...

Hi Erin. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment. Funny, I posted twice today, too!

I've added your blog to my list of favorites. I had added it before, but for some reason it didn't appear in the listing.

Thanks again! ~ Arleen

An Enchanted Cottage said...

Erin, I love your blog and I love the projects you just showed! Our 16 year old dog had to be put to sleep this week, and I am definitely going to make a 'board book' photo album for both of my girls with special photos of them with our Gizzy Girl - thank you for the wonderful inspiration!... Donna

Rue said...

Those chairs turned out beautiful! I'm definitely going to do those two other projects. They're really cute :)

Oh and of course I added you to my blog roll! I love your blog and it's one of my favorites. Thank you for adding me to yours too :)

I laughed when I read your comment about bolting the furniture to the floor. I think my husband has thought the same thing! LOL

Have a great day sweetie!
Rue :)

Cottage Dreaming said...

Erin, what a transformation, the chairs look beautiful. I am going to do the frame project with my girls. Great idea. I am thinking sea shells for our future summer pics. Have a great day.

Mrs. B said...

Hi. I really enjoy your blog. I love the button frame. I think even I might be able to do a project like that! And the chairs turned out beautiful!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Those chairs look wonderful...what a difference painting them made!