Tuesday, May 19, 2020

DIY Dining Room Table

After about four years of having a cheap plastic IKEA table in our dining room, my husband and I decided it was time for an upgrade. We started searching around for dining rooms tables and let me tell you....they are expensive! Most were thousands of dollars, and since we still live in an apartment, we weren't ready to commit to an expensive table just yet. My husband's family has had this wooden round table in storage for several years now that has been passed down from his grandma to his mom and now us. His mom and I decided that we wanted to repurposed it to use so we could throw away that IKEA table. I am no Joanna Gaines but making this old table new again was so fun and I think turned out really nice! 



HERE'S WHAT YOU WILL NEED:  
  • An old wood table
  • Paint color of your choice - I used the Magnolia Homes Chalk Paint but this Waverly chalk paint from Walmart works just as good!
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Sealer/Topcoat - I used the Magnolia Homes Transparent Flat Clear Finishing Wax but this finishing wax from Walmart work just as good!

STEP 1 - CLEAN

Usually the first step would be to sand the table. In our case, we skipped this step because we didn't think it needed it, since we were just covering up the wood anyways, and there were no major issues with the table as it was. Instead, our first step was to clean it very well. We just took plain ole' soap and water and made sure to get all the dust and dirt off. We were using white paint so we knew we needed to make sure there was no dirt that would show through or mix with the white paint. 

STEP 2 - PAINT

Now on to the fun part, PAINTING! As mentioned above, we used the Magnolia Homes line of chalk paint. Make sure you buy enough paint for multiple coats. We ended up doing about 3-4 coats to get the look we wanted. If your looking for more of a white wash, you wont need as many coats, but we wanted it to be fully white. Once you apply your first coat, wait until it's completely dry before you start on your second coat. Same thing for the next couple of coats. One thing I will say is to make sure to pay attention to your brush stroke directions and go the same way the whole time. Here's how the different coats looked.

Coat 1:




Coat 2:




Coat 3: 



STEP 3 - SEALER

After the paint is dry, apply a sealer. Anytime you paint furniture which chalk paint, you want to protect the finish with a sealer or topcoat. We used the Magnolia Homes Transparent Flat Clear Finishing Wax. I did about two layers of the sealer.  

STEP 4 - YOUR FINISHED PRODUCT

Your table is finished and you can add your decor! Here's my final product and I'm obsessed with how it turned out, especially being my first time painting any type of furniture!  I ordered these  tan cloth chairs from Amazon, and they are actually very durable and looked great with this type of table. I think it makes the whole table look more expensive when you add nice chairs. They came as a pack of 2 chairs for $99 which is such a great deal! Funny story about the glass we added to the top of the table! We were going to take the trash out the next weekend after we finished the table, and this piece of glass was just sitting by the dumpster in our apartment complex like it was meant to be ours haha! So we grabbed it! It is a little bigger than the table but we actually like it that way! The table will still look great without adding glass. I bought the  place mats and plate sets at Walmart. Each  plate and  bowl were only $2.48 and the  place mats were $1.00 - linked here for you! We also didn't have a rug prior to this table, but the rug definitely brought the entire look together. This exact one is from eSaleRugs online and is an 8 x 10- linked  here for only $149. The price we spent on all this was WAY better than the price tag on a new table! Hope this helps if you are making a DIY table! 





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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wedding Day Getting Ready Outfits





















I am SO excited to finally be sharing our pictures and details from our wedding day! It was my dream wedding and it was the best day ever! I'm starting my first post with the bridesmaids getting ready outfits since this starts the whole day off!  Every bride wants to find the cutest getting ready outfits for the pictures and to gift your girls because they have done so much for you leading up to the big day! Robes are a gift they can keep and use after the wedding!  At first I was looking for something besides robes but they ended up being the easiest and most affordable option! With robes, you don't have to worry about messing your hair & makeup up which is definitely a must on wedding day! I used an Etsy store called ShopAtBash. This is the same company I used for my bachelorette trip t-shirts. To make the robes more personable,  I had my girls name embroidered on the back in white and mine said wifey on the back in pink! These robes turned out so cute and they were so soft & comfortable. I highly recommend using ShopAtBash if you are on the hunt for wedding day robes. They have a ton of different color options and you can get anything you want embroidered on the front or back!

For the next couple months, I will be posting a #weddingwednesday blog post and/or Instagram to share all things weddings from outfits, flowers, decor, planning, etc so stay tuned. I hope you enjoy these post and find it helpful if you are a soon to be bride or bridesmaids helping your bff plan her wedding! 

Huge shoutout to all my amazing vendors! Couldn’t have done it without all of you! 



Coordinator: Magnificent Moments Weddings - Amanda



DJ: Split Second Sound - Jonah 

Videographer: Timm Young Films 


Cake: Suarez Bakery 

Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu - Color is Steel Blue

Groom/Groomsmen Tux: The Black Tux

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

My Miami Bachelorette Party

If you've seen my Instagram lately then you may know that I had my bachelorette trip in Miami last week and it was a blast! We seriously had the best time and my girls made me feel so special :) When picking the location for my trip, I knew I wanted to be able to go to the pool/beach, and go somewhere that had good night life. Well let me tell ya, Miami was the perfect spot! While it is a little on the expensive side, I'm sharing s tips on how we saved some money! Miami definitely has the tropical vibes without having to leave the country, and its ranked as one of the best bachelorette destinations because there are endless things to do. 

First, I highly recommend renting an Airbnb - preferably one with a pool! We had 8 girls total, so that helped lower the cost for the house by splitting it. Once we arrived in Miami, me and a couple girls went to the grocery store while the others decorated the house. Going to the grocery store is a MUST! We saved so much money by making our own breakfast & lunches and getting everything like coffee, snacks, alcohol & PIZZA ROLLS :) I hadn't had pizza rolls since like middle school and we ended up eating 3 whole packs of them throughout the weekend LOLOL! Also, our house was a little outside of South Beach, which helped keep the cost down. It only ended up being a 15-20 minute Uber drive to South Beach, so we didn't end up having to spend a lot on transportation. 












And seriously, how cute were all the decorations?! My two MOH did an amazing job and I was so obsessed with how it turned out! It was exactly how I have always pictured my bachelorette trip! It was just so me! They even made "oh shit kits" for each of the girls with sunglasses, hats, lip balm, mini champagne bottles, temporary tattoos, face wipes, and packets of Pedialyte & Advil!

We had matching tanks for everyone from the Etsy store ShopatBash. If you need anything wedding wise from hats to robes for getting ready, I highly suggest using them! Everything came in perfectly and was super cute! 

We also ordered one piece bathing suits from a different website for everyone, but they ended up being a total FAIL! They didn't fit at all (super skimpy & see through) and I was so bummed those didn't work out, but its okay! 

Now on to what we did each day! 

THURSDAY! 

Thursday was our travel day. Most of us arrived at the airport around the same time so we were able to all meet up there and go to the Airbnb together. We rented one car which came in handy going back & forth to the grocery store! Like I mentioned previously, we stocked up on food & decorated during the early afternoon and then after that we all changed into our suits, popped a bottle of champange and played prosecco pong by the pool! 

Thursday night was our chill night with pizza and games! This was so much fun because I was able to just catch up with most of the girls I hadn't seen in awhile! 

FRIDAY!
I have to say this was my favorite day! Another Miami tip for ya - reach out to promoters! If you go to the beach, sometimes they will come up to you, but since we didn't have plans to go to the beach one of my girls reached out to some promoters on Instagram. I knew I wanted to go to one of the "famous" pool parties while we were there, and while planning we looked up prices for tables or cabanas and they were thousands of dollars BUT the promoters got us in for FREE with FREE alcohol! Needless to say we had a great time! The vibe of these pool parties really puts you in the party mood haha! The one we went to was Hyde Beach Pool Party at the SLS Hotel. We stayed for a couple hours then went back to the Airbnb to get glammed up for dinner & the hunk show! 

We made dinner reservations beforehand at Katsuya, which happened to also be at the SLS Hotel. The sushi here was amazing! Be prepared when going to any restaurant because its really is super expensive. Drinks were $18-25. Then we snapped some pictures and headed to the HUNK SHOW which was called HunkOMania! This was hands down my favorite part because I haven't laughed so much in my life! I won't go to much into detail here because what happens in Miami stays in Miami haha JUST KIDDING but if I had to explain it, its like Magic Mike! If you're with a group of girls go to this for sure! 

After the hunk show, the promoters were trying to get us into LIV (go there if you are able, I've never been but heard good things) but it was sold out because Cardi B was performing so we couldn't get in, but we were able to get into Rockwell and got free alcohol there as well! 














SATURDAY! 

Since we had a crazy day on Friday, we decided to have a pool day at our Airbnb and take it a little easier. We cooked breakfast & of course had some mimosas! My MOH brought floats so we blew them up and literally just played music and laid by the pool until late afternoon. Then we stayed in and cooked tacos and played more games that night! Bachelorette Heads Up will definitely keep your group laughing! Most of us had to be up by 5am the next morning for our flights, so we keep it pretty chill, but it was so nice to just relax and spend time with my girls since I don't get to see some of them very often. 

My white dress from Saturday is from Dottie Couture Boutique for $38! Such a good price and super cute! My bathing suit is from Aerie and is linked here

Then Sunday, we said our goodbyes :( and headed to the airport! 


My bridesmaids are so amazing and they made the trip so special! I couldn't have asked for a better weekend! If you are planning a bachelorette trip - this is definitely a fun place to go & I hope I've shared some good ways to help save you and your girls some money so y'all don't end up spending a million dollars!








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