Christmas is literally right around the corner and to help you get ready, we've prepared these advent calendar activities. What's on your list?

25 Advent Calendar Activities for Handmade Holidays

Christmas is literally right around the corner and to help you get ready, we’ve prepared these advent calendar activities.

We have a soft spot for the DIYers of the world. The ones that take joy in making their holidays unique and personal. We’ve put together these 25 advent calendar activities just for them.

Leave a comment and let us know your favorite and check out our advent calendar tutorial below!

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This DIY Reversible Holiday Sign is perfect for this time of year. Save money, time and space with this two-sided sign for Fall and Christmas decorations!

DIY Reversible Holiday Sign with Scrap Wood

Two for One

This DIY Reversible Holiday Sign is perfect for this time of year. You get 2-sides for the price of one! You not only save money, but you can save space. You don’t need to buy or store two decorations. Sounds great right? The best part is, they’re super easy to make yourself.

The stencils we used to make our reversible holiday sign are available in our booth at the Market at Walnut Creek in Tulsa, OK or you can purchase them from our online store. As the season progresses, we’ll add more options.

This DIY Reversible Holiday Sign is perfect for this time of year. Save money, time and space with this two-sided sign for Fall and Christmas decorations!

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Want to get flawless painted furniture every time? Check out our best tips and tricks for the perfect painted furniture technique.

How to Get Flawless Painted Furniture

Do you scroll through pages and pages of flawless painted furniture pieces on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, wondering how people achieve these glorious pieces? In this post, we’re going to give you our best tips and tricks to get the perfect painted furniture piece every time.

Want to get flawless painted furniture every time? Check out our best tips and tricks for the perfect painted furniture technique.

Step One. Prep.

For flawless painted furniture, always prep furniture piece you’re going to paint. Sometimes, it’s simple like wiping it down with Amy Howard Clean Slate or diluted Simple Green wiped off with a damp cloth to remove surfactants.

You also might need to sand, if the previous finish is chipped or uneven. If you have a furniture piece with a lot of stains or certain woods like Mahogany, you’ll need a primer. If you use an oil based primer, it dries a little rough, so use a light sander before adding the next layer of paint.

Remove any hardware too difficult to paint around. Sometimes, you might have to fill holes or deep scratches with wood filler. Once you put the filler, such as Elmer’s Color Change Wood Filler, where you need it.  Scrape off any extra with a putty knife and sand it down smooth. Check out this article, for great tips to repair wood furniture surfaces.

Step Two. Paint with One-Step Paint.

Amy Howard at Home One-Step paint is our go to paint for our antique furniture pieces. Amy Howard at Home products help us get the aged furniture look without actually distressing and making the furniture look as if you dragged it behind your truck.

Painting with One-Step paint is super easy and our go-to for flawless painted furniture. Other than cleaning the furniture piece, there’s no other prep work required. The best part is this paint with stick to almost anything without sanding or priming.

Start with a ‘crumb coat’ or a light coat of chalk-based paint. Give your furniture piece a couple of coats of paint, letting the chalk-based paint dry completely between coats. Chalk-based paint has a dead flat finish. If you see any shiny spots your furniture piece needs more time to dry. See this post to learn more about One-Step Paint.

Want to get flawless painted furniture every time? Check out our best tips and tricks for the perfect painted furniture technique.

Step Three. Finish with a Wax or Other Sealer.

The third step for flawless painted furniture is to seal your furniture project. This keeps your furniture piece looking flawless for years to come.

We seal most of our projects with Amy Howard at Home Waxes. For a cleaner look, we use clear wax. If we want an aged antique look, we use Light Wax. Once the wax has dried, we add a touch of Dark Wax on the edges where the furniture would naturally wears. See this post to learn more about how to apply furniture wax.

The furniture waxes need to be refinished once a year. So for furniture or spaces with heavy use, we use a polyethylene sealer for extra durability.

Amy Howard at Home products also include Liming Wax to calm vibrant colors or to create a white wash finish, and Mind Your Own Beeswax for a durable satin patina look.

Step Four. Enjoy Your Bragging Rights!

What’s the point of having a flawless painted furniture piece, if you can’t actually enjoy it. The great thing about Amy Howard at Home products, is if you don’t like it, just clean off the wax with Clean Slate and start over again.

These are our three tips for flawless painted furniture! If you have any questions or have a tip for flawless painted furniture, feel free to leave a comment below!

Check out these other posts for more routines to make your life better.

How to Go Green in Your Daily Routine – Ever Change Productions

Keeping Your Sanity with Routines – Little Sprouts Learning Garden

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We love finding different ways and settings to use Amy Howard at Home products. See some of our favorite projects using Chalk-Based Paint outdoors!

5 Ways to Use Chalk-Based Paint Outdoors

Projects for Chalk-Based Paint Outdoors

Some product claims turn out to be false, but that’s not the case with using chalk-based paint outdoors. One-Step Paint is part of the Amy Howard at Home furniture paint line, which we use on a regular basis for our indoor furniture projects. Over the past few months, we’ve learned her products work exactly how she claims with no sanding or priming needed.

A few a months ago we did a few projects to test the chalk-based paint outdoors to see how it held up.

The results: we couldn’t be more pleased. Despite this crazy, rainy Oklahoma weather, the chalk-based paint we used outdoors is holding up great. It looks exactly the same as it did when we first put the projects out.

We’re so excited about the results, so we wanted to show you even more ideas to use chalk-based paint outdoors, along with our original idea.

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It's back to school time and we're excited to show your our latest DIY! Get organized with this back to school chalkboard!

DIY Back to School Chalkboard

A Back to School Chalkboard is the perfect way to get organized for the new school year.

It's back to school time and we're excited to show your our latest DIY! Get organized with this back to school chalkboard!

Preparing to go back to school is such an exciting time. It’s a time of picking out a new backpack, pencils with your name on it, new notebooks to be filled with new knowledge and ideas. It’s also hard to keep organized.

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It's about that time of the year when people are lighting up the grill for their summer BBQ parties. Here's our tips for a great BBQ cookout!

Chillin’ & Grillin’: Summer BBQ Cookout Party with Curbside Overhaul

It’s about that time of the year when people are lighting up the grill for their summer BBQ parties. Chelle and I at Curbside Overhaul are no different. There’s nothing better than getting the family together, the smell of the grill and enjoying the great outdoors.

We love all our readers. Although you might not be here with us, we want to give you the tools to have a great BBQ cookout with your family.

It's about that time of the year when people are lighting up the grill for their summer BBQ parties. Here's our tips for a great BBQ cookout!

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A garden trellis is required to complete a garden, but a new trellis can be expensive. Check out this tutorial to turn a screen door into a garden trellis!

How to Repurpose a Screen Door into a Garden Trellis

A garden trellis is required to complete any garden. Many vegetables including peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, luffas and many others, require a trellis to grow to their fullest ability. Sometimes buying a trellis can be expensive, but the garden is a great place to use repurposed items to keep inline with a natural look. With that thinking in mind, we knew when we found this screen door, it would make a perfect trellis and complete our garden.

A garden trellis is required to complete a garden, but a new trellis can be expensive. Check out this tutorial to turn a screen door into a garden trellis!

When you have a lifestyle centered around repurposing items, some times it requires a bit of hunting to find that perfect item. However, occasionally, the perfect item finds you. It requires a different mindset and appreciation, but it brings in such a feeling of blessing. So often we’re obsessed with everything being new and shiny, but the biggest blessings in life are often free and it’s up to us see it’s worth.

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Come celebrate spring with this new patina copper look. These DIY spring flower pots are the perfect addition to any outdoor space!

DIY Spring Flower Pots with Patina Copper

Birds are chirping and flowers are blooming, and we are celebrating with these cute spring flower pots! We had some leftover paint from a couple of other projects, so we decided instead of throwing it out, we’d put it to good use to make this patina copper effect. We tried a couple of different base colors, but we can’t quite decide, which one looks the best. Help us decide and  leave a comment below with your favorite spring flower pot look!

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Materials Needed:

Windsor One Step Chalk Paint or Marche Chalky Mineral Paint
Lime Lime, Tick Tock and Cherboug One Step Paint
Glazed Over
Copper Leaf
Gilding Size
Sea Sponge
Round Tapered Brush
Terracotta Pots

 

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Step One: Paint the Base Coat

As I mentioned earlier, we tried two different looks. On the left side, we have a spring flower pot with a dark brown (Windsor One-Step paint) base. One the left, we used more of a gray base with a chalky mineral spray paint Marche. In either case, you’ll need to paint your terracotta pot.

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Step Two: Apply Gilding Size

Lightly dab a sea sponge in a small pool of gilding size, then sporadically dab it over the pot. It doesn’t need to be an even or complete covering, just as long as there is enough for the copper leaf to adhere to. Let the gilding size dry and come to tack before moving on to the next step.  If the size is still wet it will not dry under the leaf and the leaf will come off.

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Step Three: Apply Copper Leaf

Apply several sheets of copper leaf around the pot. It’s going to be a messy process, but it doesn’t have to be perfect because you’ll brush off any imperfections. Lay down as many leaves as you need to cover the size on the design area.

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Step Four: Brush

Once you’ve placed the copper leaf, swiftly move the brush back and forth in a crisscross pattern and remove any extra, unattached copper leaf. A 2 in. round tapered brush is our preferred brush for this. You can save the excess copper leaf for future projects.

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Step Five: Mix Your Paint

As previously mentioned, we already had some customized colors from previous projects. We started with a based of Cherbourg then added lime lime until we got the shade we wanted. Then we added some Glazed Over to complete our mixture.

 

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Step Six: Applying Paint

Dip the sea sponge into your paint mixture, dab off any excess on a piece of cardboard then randomly dab the paint onto the pot.

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Step Seven: Apply Lighter Color

To complete the look of our copper patina spring flower pots, we just added a few dabs of Tick-Tock One-Step Paint.

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Thank you so much for checking out our latest DIY Spring Flower Pots. We’d love to hear your thoughts on which of the looks you like the best!

Looking for some other ways to celebrate spring? Check out these other posts!

How the Beauty of Spring Shows the Renewal of the Gospel – The Peculiar Treasure

How to Choose Plant Varieties in the Garden – Little Sprouts Learning Garden

Spring Into Action: Earth Day Activities – Ever Change Productions

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Spring is just around the corner. To celebrate the returning of our bird friends, we made this DIY bird seed container to store and keep our bird seed.

DIY Bird Seed Container

For the Birds

I’m not sure about your areas, but it’s starting to feel a bit like spring time here in Oklahoma. Spring is great for organizing, decluttering and other refreshing activities, but we are just excited about having our bird friends back. To celebrate, we decided to make this DIY bird seed container to store and keep our bird seed.

Spring is just around the corner. To celebrate the returning of our bird friends, we made this DIY bird seed container to store and keep our bird seed.

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We are excited to showcase our latest lamp makeover and New Year's project! There is always another way to benefit from shining new light on an old lamp.

A Lamp Makeover: Shining New Light on an Old Lamp

What better way to celebrate a new year than to give a lamp makeover? At Curbside Overhaul, we see repurposing as a metaphor for the hope in life. See, a lamp makeover doesn’t have to be just about the lamp, it’s about taking charge of your life and changing what doesn’t suit you. It’s all about new beginnings. Endings can be dark and sad, but they don’t have to be. New beginnings come in all shapes, but taking charge of those beginnings can really brighten up your life. We might not always be happy with ourselves, but we have the power, creativity, ability to change our circumstances. We can also do this with any piece of furniture or home decor that doesn’t quite fit.

We are excited to showcase our latest lamp makeover and New Year's project! There is always another way to benefit from shining new light on an old lamp.

Repurposing is a sure way to brighten up any future. In the case of this lamp makeover, you are saving these parts from the landfill. You also saving yourself money that you can invest other ways. Maybe the most important thing in our minds is that it also gives you an creative outlet. A lot of people tell us they’re not creative, but what is there to be worried about with an old piece you were going to throw out anyway.

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