Nov 20, 2014 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Kitchen Cart Re-do

diy, kitchen cart, makeover, wood stainMy in-laws used to have this little kitchen cart in their basement and it housed their mixer and microwave. Since they were in the process of moving, they no longer had a need for the cart so they gave it to Mike and I. We were pretty excited about the new addition to our kitchen.  Our kitchen isn’t all that big, but this kitchen cart fit perfectly next to our counter. It’s like it was meant to be!

After I re-did my kitchen table (another in-law hand-me-down), I thought it would be awesome if I could get the top of my kitchen cart to match the top of my table. Since the top of my cart was not all that big, this redo did not take long at all. This was a quick great weekend project. I am so happy with the results. My table and cart now match!

mmkitchen cart redo - all I did was sand the top , stain, and varnish!Supplies:

– Kitchen Cart with Wooden Top

– Wood Stain (mine was walnut)

– Varnish

– Rag

– Paint Brush

- Sander and Sandpaper

- Steel Wool

Step 1: Sand the top of your wood, removing any stain or finish.

Step 2:  Use you paint brush to paint vanish on top of your wood. After 15 minutes, use your rag to whip the stain off.

Step 3: Keep repeating Step 2 until you have your desired stain intensity.

Step 4: After you stain is completely dry, add a coat of varnish to your wood. Let it dry at least 12 hours. Once it is completely dry, rub your steel wool over the entire surface. Repeat this step 2 more times, except the third time, don’t use the steel wool.

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Oct 23, 2014 | Post by: Meghan 2 Comments

Nate Berkus for Less!


I have been in full “decorate the front room” mode for what feels like FOREVER! I thought I had landed on a color scheme, but in true Meghan “fashion”, I went in another direction. I ended up changing directions when I came across (what I like to call) an  inspiration pillow. This pillow was navy with mint, lilac, and a very light champagne color. Normally I would not be down with purple, but I just loved how all of the colors came together!

I was able to find a couple of solid mint pillows, which I scooped up from Marshall’s for a cool $10 a piece! I knew I wanted another pattern, but was having a hard time finding anything in stores and online.  One day while perusing the home decor fabric at Joann’s, I saw that they are now featuring fabric by Nate Berkus. Umm, when did this happen??? Either way, I was super excited to see the design aesthetic of Nate Berkus in fabric form!

There were two patterns I was eyeing. One was a black and white geometric stripped pattern, and other was an animal print/ikat design in navy. I really liked the geometric pattern, but my heart was fluttering over the navy ikat. I grabbed a half yard of the ikat and created my own Nate Berkus pillow for about $5.00. SCORE!

_DSC0260_edited-1  _DSC0268_edited-1Supplies:

– 1/2 Yard Nate Berkus Fabric

– 6 X 12 Pillow Form

– Scissors

– Sewing Machine

Yarn (I initially thought I was going to add tassels, but decided against it)

– Straight pins


Step 1: Fold your fabric in half. Lay your pillow form over your fabric. Cut a 1/4 inch around your pillow. Place your two pieces of fabric together so the patterned sides are facing each other and pin them.


Step 2: Start sewing around your pillow. Start at the bottom left hand side. Leave an  1/8 inch seam allowance. Sew around your pillow until you get to the bottom of your right side. Turn your pillow right side out and add your pillow form. Fold under the open ends of your pillow and pin (this will give you a nice finished edge). Then, sew the bottom of your pillow.

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Oct 02, 2014 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

A Fall Wreath Alternative


I have been busy working on house related projects, but the other day I got a little derailed because I realized it was officially Fall. Since I now own a home, I knew I wanted to do a little Fall decorating outside. When I lived in my apartment, I never did this, so I was super excited to make something for the front of my house!

A few years ago, my mother-in-law gave me some birchwood printed paper. I guess at one point I had told her she could get the look of a birchwood frame by buying birchwood printed paper and adding it to a frame as opposed to actually buying the real deal. I must have had a few glasses of wine because I do not remember this convo at all! Either way, she ended up not using the paper and gave it to me to use it for a project. I’ve had this paper forever and finally decided to use it!

I knew I wanted to add a Fall wreath to my front door. Now, I wasn’t really feeling a traditional wreath; I wanted something different. I came up with an idea using a large pinwheel, a berry wreath, and a small pinwheel. At first, I was going to use a small stick wreath I had bought at Joann’s, but as I got into my project I decided Click here to continue reading…

Sep 18, 2014 | Post by: Meghan 2 Comments

DIY:Roughed Up Vases


I have been looking for something to put in, what I am calling, “the phone nook” in my kitchen. I assume this little window opening was once the home of a landline phone since there is a phone jack right below it. I have not owned a landline in  probably 10 years, so I knew I wanted to put something in this space, but wasn’t sure what. After I thought about it, I figured a vase would be good since it looks good on both sides (my initial thought was to put a frame there).

W hen I was at Joann’s the other day I decided to take a stroll down the vase aisle. Boy, was I in luck! They had 50% off all of their vases! I found a nice big vase that had a really cool pattern on it. The only problem, it was blue. I put the vase back a little bummed that it wasn’t a color that would work with my color scheme. Then, it hit me. I could just paint it! When I came to this realization, I grabbed another vase to put in the center of my table.  I went with white for both of my vases. I thought this was a simple clean color that would not compete with the color of my chairs.

Supplies Used:

- Vases

- Chalk Paint

- Sandpaper

- Paint Brush

paintedvaseabStep 1: Paint your vase with your chalk paint. Let it dry. Add another coat of chalk paint and let it dry.

paintedvase1Step 2: Once your paint is dry, use your sandpaper to go over any edges or grooves on your vase. Rub until you have exposed the original vase.


paintedvase6After you have roughed up your vase, wipe it down with a damp rag to remove any dust.




Aug 28, 2014 | Post by: Meghan 11 Comments

A Kitchen Table That Pops!


I have been busy, busy, busy around our new house! From trying to organize all of our belonging, to painting the crap out of anything and everything that has a surface!

Speaking of painting, I have found a new obsession that is Chalk Paint. Not the kind you buy, but the kind you make yourself (obviously!). This stuff is pretty much magical. It allows you to paint wood furniture without sanding it. Oh, and the best part is, if you end up hating the color you picked (guilty as charged) you can paint Click here to continue reading…

Aug 14, 2014 | Post by: Meghan 1 Comments

Blitsy Thursday’s: Fun with Pencils and Moss


This week at Blitsy I did a back-to-school craft that, admittedly, I was extremely excited about! I took my wood burner and used it on my pencils! The effect was really cool and the smell of the wood burning reminded me of the days when I went camping as a kid. Ahh….

Check out the full tutorial HERE! Psst…this one has a video. ;)


I also channeled Mother Earth this week at Blitsy. I took some moss sheets (which we have on sale right now at Blitsy) and added them to the top of mini gift boxes. After I added the moss, I added wired flowers and a paper butterfly to complete my mini moss garden boxes! Check out the full tutorial HERE!

Aug 13, 2014 | Post by: Meghan 1 Comments

My _______ Colored Door!


So, I did it. I committed. I picked a red and went with it.

It was really hard trying to decide which color to go with for my front door. I really wanted yellow or blue, but ended up going with the color I always wanted, which was red. I am very happy with my choice. I think the red color looks really nice with my yellowish brick.

Now, I really did not want to post the end result yet, but people have been asking me which color I went with. You see, the front door looks like S*it. We are getting a new front door that is full glass, so you will be able to see the pretty door behind it, Oh, and we will not be putting sticky numbers to the front of our new door. We will be grown-ups, and will add some sort of metal number set to our actual house. ;)

I have to admit, my mind is already thinking of Fall/Winter wreaths to hang on my new red door.  Continue Reading…

Aug 07, 2014 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Blitsy Thursday’s: Clay Cat Pot

Sometimes when you buy a plant from the store, you just don’t have the right pot to transfer it into. So, in this case, you make you own clay pot OVER the plastic one!

Of course, this is not just any old pot, it’s a cat pot! Instead of creating clay that just covered the exterior of my pot, I decided to include a little character by adding cat ears! So now, my ugly plastic pot from the store is a friendly little cat that looks like it is giggling at a funny joke!

Love the cat? Love the project? Check out the full tutorial at Blitsy Crafts! You can also grab the DAS Air Drying Clay on sale now at Blitsy!

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Aug 06, 2014 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

An Inviting Door

As long as I have lived in Chicago, I have always wanted a colorful door. I used to stroll down Rush Street and see all of the gorgeous homes; many of them with an eye-catching door. I’ve seen red doors, green doors, and navy doors. I always knew when I bought my first home, I to would have a colorful door.

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I have been working  really hard on updating the curb appeal of my new house. Let’s just say the prior owners did not give much love to the outside of the house and boy does it show! I think by adding a bright pop of color to my front door will really add some character to the house. The door we have now is super 70’s looking with an old wood stain color. It could definitely use a little lovin’. I am still trying to decide on my door color. Stay tuned to see what I end up choosing!

Jul 25, 2014 | Post by: Meghan 4 Comments

A Year of Living the Dream



I just realized the other day that I have been working at Blitsy for a year now! Holy moly! Where the heck has the time gone?

It is hard to believe it has been over a year since I decided to take the leap and pursue my passion of crafting and creating. If you would have told me 10 years ago, heck even 2 years ago that I would be doing what I love for a living, I would have laughed at you. I still find myself pausing to pinch myself to see if this is my reality. How in the world did I get so lucky to be spending every day doing what I truly love?

I am always reading my horoscope to see if any of the info relates to what is going on in my life. I saved my horoscope from last June when I was trying to decide what to do about my job situation. Below are snippets from my June 2013 horoscope:

“…you may try your hand on creative writing this year.” I started writing my own blog and started writing the Blitsy Blog.

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“…you may get an offer to host a TV show you’ve had in mind, and may make a pilot show to see how your concept translates. You may get media training to be a spokesperson for your company, even if you’ve never been asked to do anything like that before. The idea is that you will branch out to new areas and grow as a result.” I started filming sale sneak peaks and project tutorials for Blitsy, with clearly no prior experience!

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“There’s no time to spare – plan to get started in early July.” I started at Blitsy July 15th.

This month you will get the chance to make a quantum leap, but it will be up to you to make it happen. A window is opening – the question is, will you redouble your efforts and make the most of this month’s extraordinary new moon and alignment of Jupiter, or let the moment pass? I made the leap, jumped through the window, and have never looked back!


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