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You  can do this!  

Have you been wanting to chalk paint that 
little table 
or night stand and just didn't know if 
you could do it?

Did you think it would be 
too expensive?

I am here to tell you, chalk painting is EASY PEASY and not very expensive.  
I procrastinated about chalk painting my bathroom cabinet for over a year.  Finally, I took the plunge, and it was super easy. I love the finished result and want to encourage you with my experience.

First, you need to gather your materials.

For my first project, I decided to use the Waverly brand of chalk paint. I chose the Crystal color for my base coat. 
The top coat was Restore, by DecoArt.  Both can be purchased from Amazon below.  It is very inexpensive so it doesn't matter if you aren't thrilled.  Additionally, you really can't mess up with chalk painting.  I discovered that you just keep going over it until you get the look you want. 
A chip brush is best for applying the chalk paint and a wax brush is used to apply the wax.
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For this look, You will need:


    1. Waverly Chalk Paint in Crystal
    2. DecoArt Chalk Paint in Restore
    3. DecoArt Clear Wax
    4. A Chip Brush
    5. A Wax Brush
    6. Klean-Strip Deglosser
    7. A Rag
    8. Styrofoam Plate
    9. Paper Towels
    10. Crystal Door Knobs

The original color was a cream.

It desperately needed a pick-me-up and chalk painting was the easy peasy answer!

First, I removed the old door knobs and drawer pulls.
Next,I proceeded to use  a liquid sander-deglosser to remove grim, dirt,and the top finish on the wood.  This is a very easy process. Just apply to a rag and wipe everything down good.
There is no need to remove the old  door hinges.  
You will just apply the chalk paint right 
over them!  Easy Peasy!

For the first coat of paint,

I used the Waverly Crystal Chalk Paint.  It is a soft shade of grey-blue. I wanted that color to come through as a distressed look on the brown.

Next, I painted a coat of the DecoArt Restore color.

After a few hours of drying time, I lightly sanded the edges and areas that would naturally be distressed. I decided it needed a little more of the blue,so I used  a dry painting technique with the Crystal color.  Basically, I just put a little paint on a styrofoam plate, lightly dabbed my brush in it, and then wiped most of it off on a paper towel. 
Then, I just lightly brushed the areas where I wanted more blue.  I loved the outcome!  It kind of looks like a white washed denim.

The next step is to apply a coat of clear wax.
Again, this is easy peasy.  The application is easy with a wax brush. Simply follow the directions on the can.

The finishing touch was to install my new crystal door knobs.

Easy Peasy transformation at a very small cost.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Until next time!


















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5 Steps to Create Your Special Oasis to Read and Study

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Do you have a special place for reading God’s Word, for planning your day, for reading your favorite book or magazine?

Psalm 84:1 says, “How lovely are Thy dwelling places, O Lord of hosts!

With just a little creativity, you can create a lovely, inviting space to meet with God and plan your day!
Do you have a bookshelf you can devote to your books, notebooks, library books, magazines? Check out these options from Amazon, or get out some spray paint and refurbish something you already have. Make it colorful, classy, inviting. You may have something around the house already that you can just move to your “spot”.
If you are in the market for something new, here are 3 choices for you:

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Now, gather some special items to make it a little oasis for yourself. Surround yourself with beautiful things that help you focus on God’s glory.

I sit by a bay window overlooking my backyard. In front of the window are some beautiful plants. Fresh flowers from my yard sometimes decorate my table, along with a beautiful card holder with the words to a hymn. Right beside me is my bookcase which holds my Bible, commentaries, study Bible, current books I am reading, notebooks my calendar, pens, highlighters; everything I need to sit sand study, or just be with the Lord.

You will find that having a special place set aside for your study will cause you to want to go there. It will be your place to talk with the Lord, to journal your thoughts, to pray, and to listen. Here are links to some study helps:
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So we have the “place”, we have a “bookcase” for all of our study needs, we have a “study Bible”, we have a “notebook” along with “pens and highlighters”. Now decorate a little with flowers, pictures, pillows, etc. Something to add a touch of beauty.
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I would love to hear about your special study place! Send pictures to encourage others with their decorating.
I would love for you to sign up with your email address, so I can let you know when new posts are out and also update you on “freebies” I am offering.
If you sing up today with your email, I will send you this “freebie”. It is a prettier version of, Five Questions to Ask When you Study a Passage of Scripture.


1-What do I learn about God from this passage?

2-Is there a warning for me about something; a sin for me to avoid?

3-Is there a promise for me to claim and trust God with?

4-Is there a truth about myself in this passage?

5-Are there specific things I can praise God about in this passage?

So make it your goal to establish your special “spot” for study this week!

-Decide on the place
-Add a bookcase for your books
-Gather your study materials: Bible, notebook, commentaries, pens, highlighters, etc.
-Add a special pillow, throw, or picture
-Pick some fresh flowers and display them on your desk, by your chair, or on your table

Don’t forget to sign up with your email, so I can send you a pretty copy of, “Five Questions to Ask When Studying a Passage of Scripture,”. You can make as many copies as you would like. Use a three-hole punch and put several in your notebook.

Last, but not least, share your pictures with us!
Until next time……


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