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AR Workshop


 
Yasssssss!
I have found my tribe!
About a month ago, the amazing, Gillian Ellis of Coastal Bride sent me an invite to come check out the new DIY Workshop in Mount Pleasant, AR Workshop. Right when I walked in, I knew I was in heaven.
 

 
They had a retail station that consisted of jewelry, and candles; perfect for a quick gift grab. Also, an apron section, paint bar, and power tool station. They had all these different completed projects to choose from, including DIYs of their own! My personal favorite was the front reception area with the DIY Chalkboard Calendar Clipboards!!! #inlove
 
 
 
 
 
They had a group of us set up at one table and even had our own little station ready for the project we chose ahead of time. We had wood stain and paint options set up for us to choose from as well.
I love that we each chose something different from one another. I decided to go with Carolina in My Mind lyrics board. As far back as I can remember, my momma would always play James Taylor in the car; now if I ever feel homesick, I just put on James Taylor and I'm home :) I knew for a fact this project would be a great tribute to that.
 
 
 
 

 
1. We were first instructed to sand our pieces using a wood block with sandpaper wrapped around it.
 
 
 
 


2. After sanding, I put my 3 boards down as close together and used the nail gun to secure the brackets, hooks, and wire for hanging purposes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Now for Staining, I decided to go with a brownish/grey and used the rag method to give that aged look.

 

 

 
4. As I waited for my board to dry, I picked out the precut letters of my stencil.
 
 
 

 
5. Once the letters were picked out, I used little strips of paper tape to cover the letters. Then, flipped it over and used a wooden block to rub over it so the tape and stencil would bind together. After that, I was able to pull off the stencil and attach it to the board.
 
 
 
 

 
6. We dabbed modge podge as primer to keep the letters sticking down so that the paint wouldn't run under the stencil.
:( Sorry y'all, after this step I was using Snapchat and forgot to save the photos :(
But after the modge podge, I just dabbed the paint, I decided to go with a nice yellow for the Carolina part and the popular sea foam blue (that everyone used haha) for the James Taylor part.
 

 
 The perfect piece to tie my gallery wall together! Yay!!!
Plus the Hello sign is a DIY from Dollar General for only $8 I spray-painted orange for that perfect POP of color ;)
 
 
 
 
Needless to say, this is probably one of my favorite projects; especially working with such amazingly, talented women :)
Here’s a group shot of finished projects.  Be sure to check out the other bloggers that DIYed with me: Coastal Bride | Fashion and Fishing | A Lowcountry Wedding Coastal Kelder
Not pictured: Me :) and Pie Crust & Pixie Dust,
 
 
 
 
 
 

Haint Blue Bar Stools



So I have been dying to do something with these chairs.
They were actually from a friend of a friend and were used for outdoor chairs for a bar top table. But John and I realized they go better inside at our kitchen island.
With so many different pops of color in our apartment I was indecisive about what color to paint the stools.  . . but finally made a decision.

 I LOVE this color becauase it reminds me of a nice haint blue. Notorious for usage here in the Lowcountry, haint blue is believed to protect a home from evil spirits (AKA haints). Typically painted on porch ceilings, the blue symbolizes water which spirits are unable to cross. I know whenever we buy our first home I will definitely have to continue this custom. But since we are currently in an apartment and can't paint every porch ceiling above us. . . bar stools it is!

Materials
2 Bar Stools
Spray Paint
Gloss Spray Paint
Electric Drill
1. First, I unscrewed the seats using my electric drill.
*Once I find the perfect fabric I will recover the seats*


2. I made sure I had my "spray-paint station" setup.
I typically use cardboard boxes from packages received.

3. Start Spraying!
Always make sure you are standing upwind when spray painting. . . I cannot stress this enough.
I used about 3 coats and then finished off with a nice gloss spray.