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Old Door Becomes New Art

After a month of book promotion, I’m excited to get back to Makeover Monday! Let’s jump right in ūüôā

I was given a green cabinet door and I instantly knew it would become a home decor item. First, I lightly sanded the door, keeping the original green because it was such a pretty shade. I dry-brushed a very small amount of black paint on it and sanded again. Then, I dry-brushed a very small amount of white paint on it and sanded until I had the look I desired.

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The white and black paint is subtle.

I followed THESE INSTRUCTIONS to transfer the text, Amazing Grace, to the door because my freehand script is horrible. In case yours is just as bad, you can download the already flipped text image below. Be sure to click the blue link above for application instructions. All you need is a printer and wax paper.

 

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It transferred really easily.

After applying the text to the door front, I handed painted over the ink and very lightly sanded. I painted on a white cross, sanded it down, and hot glued the twine around the edge.

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I used a cross template found online.

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It was a fun and easy project, easily accomplished within a few hours. Be sure to send me pictures of your cabinet door art!

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Win this pendant necklace

In the opening chapter of The Builders Reluctant Bride, I sing¬†Amazing Grace. In honour of my favourite hymn, I’ve made this pendant which opens up to reveal some of the powerful words of the famous song.

It was simple to make, simple enough that you can make one yourself if you don’t win the pendant in July. You’ll need a few basic supplies from Michaels Craft Store.

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I purchased the pendant, the chain, a bag of assorted links and clasps, and the velvet case. I printed the lyrics onto joining circles and cut them out, careful to keep them connected.

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After cutting out the circles, I folded them so the opening line and the last line showed as the front and back of the pendant. Using the links and connectors, I attached the pendant to the chain and added a clasp.

The final result is a prize I can’t wait to give away in July. Be sure to come back and enter to win.

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13010220_10153879515524300_2104444604_oStacey is busy writing her third novel, so she made me the new host of¬†Makeover Monday. I reside in the fictional town of Bayview, Michigan, and Pelican Book Group is releasing my story, The Builder’s Reluctant Bride, on July 08, 2016.

Make sure you follow Stacey on all her social media sites. When my story is released, Stacey is hosting a MONTH of giveaways. You won’t want to miss out on these great prizes.

Until next time,

Jenna

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Win this beautiful bracelet

July 08, 2016 celebrates the release of The Builder’s Reluctant Bride and one lucky reader will win this beautiful handmade bracelet! Follow Stacey on social media to be sure you receive the contest details, made available in July.

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This bracelet required a few simple supplies from the craft store:

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I designed the order of the trinkets in a meaningful way, and when you read my story in The Builder’s Reluctant Bride, you’ll understand why love, hope, and faith matter to me.

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13010220_10153879515524300_2104444604_oStacey is busy writing her third novel, so she made me the new host of¬†Makeover Monday. I reside in the fictional town of Bayview, Michigan, and Pelican Book Group is releasing my story, The Builder’s Reluctant Bride, on July 08, 2016.

Make sure you follow Stacey on all her social media sites. When my story is released in July, Stacey is hosting a MONTH of giveaways. You won’t want to miss out on these great prizes.

Until next time,

Jenna

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Dollar Store Centrepieces

You’ve planned the big day. You’ve managed every detail. Now, it is time to decorate the tables. But wait, you forgot about the tables! Not to worry, your local dollar store has everything you need to to re-create this pretty, original, and meaningful centrepiece.

You’ll need 4 picture frames for every table. We had 15 tables at our event, so I purchased 60 frames. I chose white for simplicity.

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Next, you’ll need to develop photographs for the frames. You can chose 4 photographs and make every centrepiece the same, or chose different photographs, making each table unique. We used different photographs for each table to encourage guests to mingle and see what pictures and memories the other frames held.

After putting the pictures in the frames, it is time to assemble them. The dollar store sells glue guns and glue sticks in their craft aisle, truly making this a one stop shop. Hot glue the edges of each frame, pressing them together to form a cube.

They dry fairly quickly, so work with one edge at a time. You can fill each cube with whatever you like. We used gerber daisies and green napkins (as filler).

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It really is that simple.

 

13010220_10153879515524300_2104444604_oStacey is busy writing her third novel, so I am the new host of¬†Makeover Monday. I reside in the fictional town of Bayview, Michigan, and Pelican Book Group is releasing my story, The Builder’s Reluctant Bride, on July 08, 2016.

Make sure you follow Stacey on all her social media sites. When my story is released in July, Stacey is hosting a MONTH of giveaways. You won’t want to miss the great, you’re-gonna-want-it prize that I made especially for her contest.

Until next time,

Jenna

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My pile of stones

Stacey didn’t tell you everything about me in her book. For instance, when I’m not contracted for home decor projects or busy meeting deadlines for my home decor column, I love to make jewelry.

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This necklace marks a time when God moved mightily, and serves as a reminder that God always meets His children in their moment of need. Joshua 4 describes the pile of stones made by the Israelites as memorial to God, evidence of the Lord’s powerful provision for them. It is a reminder to all future generations that God is a God of action and deliverance.

The pendant of stones can be strung on a necklace or keychain, providing a visual reminder to the wearer that God meets every need in His time and in His way.

These simple jewelry making supplies are found at Michaels and require no special tools. A combination of river stones (pre-drilled), a slim, wire rod for stacking the stones (not shown), and a connector (to attach the stacked stones to the necklace). The wire rod easily threads through the connector, allowing you to string it onto the necklace.

The only limitations are your imagination!

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All white stones provide an elegant pendant that can be slipped onto a necklace or keychain.

 

13010220_10153879515524300_2104444604_oStacey is busy writing her third novel, so I am the new host of¬†Makeover Monday. I reside in the fictional town of Bayview, Michigan, and Pelican Book Group is releasing my story, The Builder’s Reluctant Bride, on July 08, 2016.

Make sure you follow Stacey on all her social media sites. When my story is released in July, Stacey is hosting a MONTH of giveaways. You won’t want to miss the great, you’re-gonna-want-it prize that I made especially for her contest.

Until next time,

Jenna

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Powder Room Makeover

The money set aside for this bathroom makeover went towards fixing the leaky plumbing, the rotted subfloor, and the cracked stack pipe. All high priority jobs that have absolutely nothing to do with finishing the project pretty.¬†The behind the scenes needs left me with a shoestring budget. Not even a shoestring. More like a thread.¬†So, I hit the Restore, Kijiji, garage sales, and scoured the owner’s leftover decor items from previous projects.

The original brown walls made the room feel even smaller than its 4×5 footprint. The boxy vanity with a stained counter slopped into the back corner on a rotted subfloor. The room wasn’t pretty. Not even close.

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But after a weeks of hard work and many small projects, the space is now airy and beautiful.

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I found the floor at, Restore, and paid less than $20 for everything needed to install it.

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I found the sink on Kijiji for $30.

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When dressing a bathroom, I love to use uniquely shaped mirrors to add interest. Winners is a great store for interesting accent pieces. This beauty measured the perfect width for over the vanity, and it was on clearance for $39. Bonus!

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You might recognize the decor pieces below from previous posts. The eclectic mix of projects add individuality and flare to the small space. Click the highlighted words for detailed instructions on how to reproduce them in your home.

Mason Jar candles are easy to make and add ambiance to any room. The wooden letters were leftover from an alphabet that once decorated a nursery. I simply spray-painted them black.

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This great lighting choice corrected a problem with an off-set electrical box.

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Every bathroom needs a piece of artwork. I customized a common picture for them.

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The existing door was a hollow core flat door and replacing it was not in the budget. I dressed it up with a little bit of wallpaper and paint on both the inside and outside.

The faux roman shade. It is a piece of fabric gathered at the edges in folds. Privacy isn’t an issue for this window so the curtain doesn’t need to be functional. The Scripture verse is a peel and stick vinyl sticker I found at the dollar store.

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I found the super cute wooden crate at a garage sale. I purchased two crates for $5. This is the smaller of the two, and is the perfect size to hold extra toilet paper and cleaner.

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This project of leftover items and clever tricks transformed this tiny 2-piece powder room into something really pretty. I bet you could do this in your home!

13010220_10153879515524300_2104444604_oStacey is busy writing her third novel, so I am the new host of¬†Makeover Monday. I reside in the fictional town of Bayview, Michigan, and Pelican Book Group is releasing my story, The Builder’s Reluctant Bride, on July 08, 2016.

Make sure you follow Stacey on all her social media sites. When my story is released in July, Stacey is hosting a MONTH of giveaways. You won’t want to miss the great, reinvented, you’re-gonna-want-it prize that I made especially for her contest.

Until next time,

Jenna