DIY Charging Station

We are so excited to share this new DIY project with you! It is such a simple fix for one of life’s little annoying problems.

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Lately, Daughter and her husband have been frustrated by their phone/iPad chargers. The chargers are always moving from room to room or disappearing altogether. Everyday they have to seek them out. To combat the issue, Daughter started shopping for a charging station from Potterybarn and Target but the stations all seem big and bulky. Not exactly what she needed/wanted. She sought a simple station for leaving the phones, iPad, loose change, keys, etc.

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Neu Home Recharge Station – Target

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Memorial Day Sign!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! We spent most of the weekend on the lake, basking in the sun and soaking up the laughter. We wanted to share this very patriotic sign in Georgia’s neighbor’s yard. The neighbors always have a gorgeous yard and trellis that welcomes you into their home. We love the handmade sign for Memorial Day, July 4th, Veterans Day, etc.

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We’ll be back this week to share two great DIY projects!

~georgia & daughter

Memorial Day Favors

Ahh . . It’s finally Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer in the South. After a cruel winter (at least to Southerners), the summer mirage on the horizon is now a realty. Daughter recently created this “Lake Survival Cup’ favor for her best friend’s Bachlorette party. The weekend getaway was hosted on Lake Hartwell and these tied in perfectly with the laid back vibe.

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Lake Hartwell

So to kick off the summer, we wanted to share the fun favor idea for your next summer soiree.

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The Art of Dark Waxing

By now, you know that Georgia & Daughter love, love Chalk Paint. We’ve been using Annie Sloan for awhile now and recently, picked up a can of CeCe Caldwell’s Paint to try. Our hearts still belong to Annie but our distributor has moved out of the area and an antique shop close to Daughter now carries CeCe Cadwell’s.

If you are familiar with Chalk Paint, you know that you have the options to use Clear Coat or Dark Coat Wax. We have mastered the clear coat waxing process but we wanted to attempt the dark wax technique. Using the dark wax provides a more aged, weathered look. Here is a great sample board from Southern Hospitality.

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The left side of the color board shows the paint covered in clear wax, while dark wax has been applied to the right side.

Now to find the perfect piece to paint and wax! We selected this great black chest of drawers to try out the new technique. The chest was picked up at an auction and was already painted black. It was produced by Stanley Furniture and made in the USA. We like the simple lines and size of the chest.

Since we made the girly end table and footstool, we wanted to create a masculine piece of furniture. (Not that this piece couldn’t be paired with a great purple or pink in a girl’s room!). We selected Napoleonic Blue by Annie Sloan for our second layer. The blue is a bright blue with purple undertones. With clear wax, the color is very vibrant!

Annie Slaon Napoleonic Blue

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If you are striving for the weathered look, there is a clearly defined process for using both Clear Coat and Dark Coat Wax. Here are the steps we used:

First, we painted two coats of Napoleonic Blue over the existing black paint. We let each coat dry completely before applying the next one.

We then applied a thin layer of Clear Coat wax to the entire piece, including the drawer fronts. Even the Clear Coat wax will slightly change the color of the Chalk Paint providing a deeper color.

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This is the scary part (at least for Daughter). After the Clear Coat dries, we sanded the entire piece again. We know, it sounds counter-productive. You perfectly painted the furniture and now you are removing the paint? Trust us, if you want the distress look, you’ll need to rough it up. As you can see, we distressed a few areas more than others.

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In a few selected areas, we sanded down to the bare wood, providing a weathered look.

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We removed the loose paint and dust with a clean cloth. We applied a thin layer of Dark Coat wax to the furniture. The difference in color really made us step back and observe. What a difference! It grew on us the more we applied the Dark Coat. It really gives the piece dimension and depth. The chest is richer in color and has some soul. There are a few spots that appear to have more color variation and it gives the piece character.

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After a night of drying, we styled the chest of drawers with a few masculine items: a TV, a few military books, a bulldog statue and a mind game.

georgia & daughter: Annie Slaon Napoleonic Blue Dresser

Here are a few close up photos of the chest.

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The Dark Coat wax is here to stay! We can’t wait to use it on other pieces with different colors! Tell us what you think? Do you like the Dark Wax coat?

 ~georgia & daughter

The Journey of a Sign

Georgia and Daughter have been blogging for exactly one year this month. We have loved and cherished every moment of crafting, painting, and dreaming. We’ve had some incredible opportunities. From inspiring readers, opening our booth and starting a side business, we would never have dreamed of accomplishing those things but are beyond thrilled with the experiences. However, an opportunity arose a few months ago and we are still a little shocked about the whole thing! Here is Daughter’s account of the entire story from beginning to end!

A few months ago, one of our dear friends and fellow Baby Blues, Kelley, mentioned that she was one of the project leaders for an upcoming 2014 Sustainability Summit in May. She had an idea for an artistic team building project and that I might be able to help. She said it so casually that I didn’t think much of it until weeks later, when we were sitting across dinner sharing margaritas discussing the art project. Did we mention that Kelley works for Coca-Cola?

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Toasting the new project

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