2016 Christmas Home Tour

This year has been one of the most amazing years filled with so may blessings.  It should be so easy for me to type this blog post but honestly, it is super difficult.  Not because I don’t have a lot to write about but because I have been the busiest and exhausted I have been in a long while! We closed on our new house in April of this year and since then I have been chauffeuring kids to and from school and their extracurricular activities, working on my new t-shirt line, selling milk paint, continuing with my furniture refurbishing business and  decorating our new home.  Not to mention all the upkeep and unsuspected maintenance we have had pop up in the last few months of home ownership.  (If I had to count how many sprinkler heads I have had to replace, I wouldn’t have enough fingers.)  Imagining my crazy, busy year I think you can see how its been super hard for me to keep up with my blog, YouTube channel, and DIY projects.  I have to say that the holidays were a blessing in disguise.  If it weren’t for holiday guests I may have never found the energy to get my decorations up and get the house clean!

In November, my husband told me he wanted to host his office Christmas party at our house and I was more than a little worried.  I can be a little obsessive about entertaining (okay…a lot obsessive) and I just didn’t feel like my house was up to entertaining a big group of people.  For one, we moved from base housing which was a little over 1600 sq. ft. to a 2900 sq.ft. home.  I had to find a way to decorate a bigger home, and accomplish it in a months time with very little money.  I was worried because I didn’t just need Christmas décor, but I was in need of furniture too!  I had no sofa in our living room, I started but never finished painting our living room, I had no coffee table in our family room and our kitchen table was missing chairs. Instead of just giving up I decided to hop on Pinterest and peruse my favorite home décor magazines to give me some inspiration and direction.   Once I decided what styles I liked and decided what items matched my instinctual home décor taste I took my very light wallet and hit all the local thrift stores on an almost daily basis. I found lots of Christmas and non Christmas décor embellishments but on one trip I found a very simple duck cloth loveseat and a great Queen Victoria lounge chair for a steal of a deal plus it was Veterans Discount Day!!  I steam cleaned  and dusted both pieces and you would have never guessed that I got them second hand. How’s that for breaking the ice on this home décor mission!

During this time my husband and I worked a little every week in our not so spare time to finish painting our spacious living room.  It is quite a feat with 10 ft. ceilings.  Especially since I am severely afraid of heights and climbing ladders get my knees knocking like you wouldn’t believe.  I painted our living room a soft and calming grey blue tone.  I like to stick to blues and greys because of their Zen like properties.  The paint we used was Behr Premium Plus Ultra Interior Eggshell Enamel in the color Planetary Grey.

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TIP:  When you are talking about paint that covers great and has great stain blocking properties you get what you pay for.  In my opinion, don’t skimp on cheap paint. I have been a Behr girl for years and recommend it to anyone that asks.

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Here you can kinda see the old color to the right which was a vanilla”ish” beige alongside the new color.  I cropped out the nightmare of a mess I had going on the living room floor.

While shopping for décor at one of my favorite thrifts, I found a great clipper ship print.  It looked so great on my blue grey walls that I decided to do a collage of ships with prints and paintings I found while junking.  So far I have four pictures.  You can see some of them in this picture as well as some of my Christmas décor.

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You can also see the Queen Victoria Lounge Chair in this picture.  Not bad for a thrift store find!  The Christmas décor you see here consist of junking finds, and last years bargain shopping.

TIP:  Visit the local craft and home décor stores the days after the holidays.  Most stores are practically giving away their seasonal merchandise.  Just pack it away, along with this years decorations and next December it will feel like Christmas came early!

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One of the best things about moving into a bigger house is unpacking things that did not fit in your last little base house.  This stained glass European China Cabinet was one of those.  I had this piece crated and stored for three years and I was so ecstatic to finally unbox it.  Some things just never go out of style and hand carved antique furniture is one of them!

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Wondering about that second hand sofa??? Well here it is dolled up with some cute pillows I picked up at Walmart.  Speaking of second hand scores!  See the 9ft tree on the right?  Guess how much I got that for at Goodwill???  Did you guess $14.99?  Well if you did, then you are correct!  I spent weeks pricing trees and I nearly gave the hubby a heart attack when I took him tree browsing.  Most artificial trees range from $170-$300 brand new.  You better believe I pulled the tag on this bad boy and paid my $14.99 before they realized just how little they were charging me.  It just goes to show that if you are patient and keep your eyes peeled for good deals, you can get lucky.

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Finding a good centerpiece is always tricky, but nothing beats taking something unexpected like a vintage sled and some old, cloth feed sacks and using them to dress up your table.  Add some galvanized metal, cinnamon candles, festive foliage and you are good to go!

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TIP: Buy your favorite scented candles, remove the manufacturer sticker and decorate it with some fancy Christmas ribbon and some greenery.  I love Better Homes and Gardens Scented Candles from Walmart and the Ribbon and greenery are from Michaels!  If you don’t already have the Michaels app on your smart phone, download it after reading this blog!  They have weekly sale items and COUPONS!!!!

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Because I wanted to be a good hostess I made sure to have champagne flutes and wine glasses on hand.  I found these at Goodwill for .69 cents each and they are not the thin cheap glass.  These glasses are heavy and makes it look like I spent department store prices.  A little soapy hot water and they are as good as new and ready to fill with Christmas spirit.

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TIP:  Save money on holiday foliage by visiting your local pop up Christmas tree tents.  The workers will sometimes give you the clippings for free.  Take a box, fill it up, and enjoy the pine scent and holiday cheer for days.  Use them to trim out centerpieces, fill mason jars or if you are super crafty, make wreaths.  Here I took an old wood bowl and mason jars I trimmed with plaid and twine and filled them with my free clippings.

I spent a lot of time in my living room decorating but I also tried to show the same amount of attention to detail to my family room.  With food and laughter on the menu I wanted to give people a comfortable place to mingle, nibble and unwind.  I had to find a coffee table that was big enough to fill space but matched my style and budget.  I again hit the thrift stores and found two coffee tables.  One didn’t work with my décor so it was refurbished and put up for sale. The second one was big enough but it had a glass top.  As a mom of three crazy boys I knew that would be a major no-no!  I decided to paint it with Sweet Pickins Milk Paint in Haberdash then I sealed it with our Clear Beeswax.  I replaced the glass with reclaimed wood slats which I cut to fit, sanded, then stained.  I have to say I am thrilled at how this project turned out!

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And here is how my coffee table looks with the rest of the space.

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TIP: Use food for décor!  Use a plate of cookies, a bowl of apples, or even tasty canapés on a fancy server. You have them on hand already, so why not serve up some delicious ornamentation.

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Last but not least my latest purchase!  I bought this dining room table from a friend and fellow junker for a great deal!  I plan on reupholstering the seats and giving it a makeover but I’m gonna have to save this for after the holidays! I still have to wrap presents and spend time with the family so I think it can wait.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas home tour for 2016.  Hopefully I will be able to pick up my blogging pace in the new year.  If you liked this blog, my tips and my photographs, please make sure to share on Facebook and pin my pictures!

Until next time Merry Christmas to you and yours and Good Tidings for the New Year!

XOXO,

April, My Three C’s

 

 

 

My Three C’s New Tee Shirt Line

 

If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, you probably saw that yesterday I shared some big news!  This post is for the people that maybe haven’t made it over to my Facebook site yet!  Yesterday I launched my very own T-Shirt line that reflects the Junk Lovin’ Furniture Filppin’, D.I.Y Crowd.  I currently don’t have my Etsy store linked onto this website but that will come in the future.  Since I am a small business it all kinda has to happen in due time.  That is hard sometimes!  Especially when your dreams are much, much bigger than your start off budget.  YIKES!  For now I am printing T-shirts, made to order, from my home with the help of my wonderful and supportive husband as well as my teenage son a.k.a. “My Minions” LOL!  Each shirt is made specifically for the ordering customer and all my tees are printed on great quality 100% cotton tees.  That means that great care is taken with each and every shirt made.  I want all my customers to feel like I am dealing with them one on one and they know I care about the product they purchase from me.

You will see this banner when you enter my Etsy shop.

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Here are the shirts I currently have on my site for sale.  There will be many more designs coming as my brain is in full overdrive with all the great Tees I can produce!  I hope you visit my store and support my small business.  It would also mean a great deal to hear what you think of my new T-Shirt line.

36″ x  24″ x  36″ Sexy Curves on a Sexy Chair!

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Certified Diver, the Dumpster Diving Tee!

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Girls With Power Tools (Additional Colors Coming Soon)

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Drink Coffee, Paint Furniture, Repeat Tee!

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More designs will be coming soon!  Please stay tune!  I appreciate you looking at y designs and look forward to your input!

XOXO, April

My Three C’s

 

Disclaimer:  All designs are the property of My Three C’s and are protected by US copyright law.

 

No More White Walls!

For three years I have been fortunate and grateful to have a house to cook in, to sleep in and to keep me safe from the elements, but if I’m 100% honest, I never felt “at home”.  Girls and Guys like me, those who relish in home décor, DIY and architecture, become stifled and depressed when we are not allowed to go for the gusto.


Above are pictures of our old house on base.

When a house is not your home you are chained to the rules of being a good tenant.  That doesn’t mean you cant paint walls (with permission) or install some new fixtures (with permission), but you cant do anything creative without PERMISSION.

Last spring my family and I decided that we were going to look to purchase a home here in Central Florida.  We looked for what seemed like forever and we even put several offers in and went into contract once but for one reason or another they fell through. The first house turned out to be a money pit (thank God for home inspections) and the second house we were out bid by another party, and the third was a mess with the Sellers Realtor from HELL!  Long story short, we ran out of time and had to renew our lease on base.  We were pretty depressed about it but we realized that things happen for a reason.  My husband and I decided that we would suffer another year of living in our tiny base house and when the new year came, we would contact our realtors again and begin the search for a nice, comfortable, Florida home.

At the beginning of this year we did just that.  We called up our amazing realtors Caroline and Eric, (a husband and wife team) and told them we had done some looking online and found a house that had been on the market for one day (New Years Day) and we thought it looked nice in the pictures.  When we arrived Caroline was already there. She peaked out of the front door and I’ll never forget her enthusiasm when she said “GUYS!!!! This is THE ONE!” LOL!  She was right!

 

She and Eric knew us so well by that time that she knew right away this house was exactly what we were looking for.  It was so funny!  It was the one and only house we looked at and we made an offer that very day.  It took months the year before and nothing worked out as we planned but this year we not only found the right house but we found it right out of the shoot!20160321_122602-1

 

We closed on March 21st 2016 and this time the house passed inspection with flying colors, there was no mean sellers Realtor, and the previous owner is now a friend of ours!  Its funny how Garth Brooks had it right.  Sometimes the best prayers are the unanswered ones. God sure knows what he is doing and even when you think life is unfair, there is something better for you a little further down the trail.

I’m so excited to share pictures of the bare bones of my new “Home” with you and I can’t wait to update you on the fun interior decorating I will be doing as well as some DIY Home Improvement projects.

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Please make sure to follow the blog and follow me on You Tube as well!  Hope these pictures keep some of the friends and family at bay as they are chomping at he bit to see pictures of our new home!  Until next time! XOXO

-April, My Three C’s

Motorcycle Mirror Decoupage DIY

SUPRISE!!!!! I am gifting y’all a BONUS VIDEO!!!! Need a inexpensive but chic birthday gift? Maybe you are getting a jump start on Mothers Day?  Well here is a DIY for you.  This video shows you how you can take what some may consider a hunk of junk and transform it into a cute and functional home décor item pretty enough to display in your home or office.  I found some garage sale motorcycle side mirrors for cheap and used the same technique and products I used in the Decoupage Easter Egg Video.  Click on the link below to watch and let me know what you think.  XOXO~ April

P.S. C2 and C3 make a cameo in this video.  I have some crazy, camera loving kids!

Napkin Easter Egg DIY Project

Hi all in internet land!  Its me, April of My Three C’s.  I am sure most of us are ready for the renewal that spring time brings.  When I think of the first hints of springtime I think of green grass watered by rambling rain, soft breezes cooling off a warm sun, magic yellow fairy dust (pollen) blanketing our cars, and all the little birdies and forest creatures learning what “twitter pated” means.  LOL!  Spring also means that Easter is near as well as Easter decorations and home décor.  Not all of us can spend a fortune on novelties for every season, but that doesn’t mean we cant be creative and decorate with simple and affordable items we find for a few dollars.  In this video I will show you how I used Dollar Store plastic Easter eggs and gave them a fun floral twist using decorative napkins I purchased at HomeGoods and Sweet Pickins Milk Paint, Top Coat!

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Click on the video below and see my Napkin Easter Egg DIY Project which features Sweet Pickins Top Coat.  Don’t forget to like, share, comment and subscribe to my channel to be notified of new videos.  Also please visit me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

Enjoy my friends! XOXO ~April

Dumpster Table Makeover

One thing I have trouble doing is throwing away things that can be reused, upcycled or refurbished.  I am not ashamed to say that I have done my fair share of dumpster diving and in doing so I have saved some dilapidated pieces of furniture from the landfill and shined them up into the diamonds I knew they could be!

Check out how I take a sad curbside work bench and transform it into a great utility table/sofa table/potting bench/hall table.  I used some new lumber from Home Depot for the new top, and Sweet Pickins Milk Paint in “In a Pickle” to paint the bottom!  I’d say this abandoned table now has a new lease on life!  What do you think? Make sure you like, share and comment.

For information on Sweet Pickins Milk Paint visit…
http://www.sweetpickinsfurniture.com

 

As Always, Enjoy! xoxo

Painting Upholstered Furniture! A Cautionary Tale!

A few months back I filmed a video of the steps I took in painting a upholstered chair I bought as a experiment.  I had heard so many mixed reviews on using chalk paint to give a new look to all types of upholstered fabric and I have to say, I’m not impressed with the results I got.  Was it the fabric? The paint choice?  Honestly, it doesn’t matter to this seasoned DIYer.  It is my opinion that painting upholstered fabric is not the way to go.  Here is the link to the video and decide for yourself if you want to tackle this project. As for me, I will stick to reupholstering the fabric of a chair over painting it.

Enjoy!