five easy painted projects

Yesterday my eleven-year-old daughter asked me if I had ever heard of Pinterest.

“It’s this site, “ she told me in an excited voice.

“You won’t believe it.  It  has cute hairstyles and ideas for gluing stuff onto an iPad and Fourth of July ideas for desserts and posters you can make with from candy and sayings like “You are a Lifesaver” and “Don’t Snicker….but I think You’re Great.”

And then she paused mid-sentence.

And stared.

And I could almost see the light bulb going off over her head.

“Mom,” she said with wide-open eyes.  “You could totally get some ideas off there for your blog.”

I didn’t say a word.

I just laughed inside and then smiled a smile that let her know her whole Pinterest idea was brilliant…..

….and I wish I would have thought of it first. 🙂

Here’s five easy painted projects I’ve created…… (and pinned, too) . 🙂


Painted Dresser



Monogrammed Welcome Mat



Painted Table Runner



Painted Wall Treatment



Stenciled Concrete Pavers

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  1. Image for Amber Amber

    Love it! Imagine her surprise when she spies Thistlewood Farms. She's gonna think you're a magician with all those pins you got on there so quickly after she introduced it to you. Haha!

  2. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    You were wonderful not to burst her excitement bubble :-) But that's what being a great mom is all about. I love your paint projects but I have a very important question for you -- How did you get the cat to pose just as he did? Did you put some glue on his back side and stick a faux mouse on the ground? He is sooo still and looks pensive. Your projects are always amazing!

  3. Image for Thrift My House Thrift My House

    So sweet! I love it when my children discover and get all excited about something that speaks to them. GREAT paint projects! I have a table that the runner would look perfect on.... now, to find the time to do it! Sherry xoxo

  4. Image for Debbie W. Debbie W.

    I really love all your projects!! The door mat especially - since those are mine and my husbands initial's too!

  5. Image for sammijo sammijo

    Thanks for sharing your stories and ideas. That was such a sweet story, and I too can only imagine when she sees you on pinterest and thinks that it was all because of her! Thanks again for being such an inspiration!

  6. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    Kids are so smart that it's nice when we are finally one up on them, right? LOL I'm still in love with that dresser! Happy HOT Monday!

  7. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    You always have the best projects .... so fun and cute, and simple enough I can do them. =) I've moved my blog and would love for you to stop by and visit! Happy Monday!! Jennifer

  8. Image for Sami Sami

    I've seen that look. It's the one I get from my adult daughter when I try and tell her about something she already knows. Since she introduced me to the 'net almost twenty years ago, I've learned a bit but she still sees me as a newbie.

    1. Image for Jill Jill

      Hahaha! Good to know I am not alone in getting those knowing smiles. Both of my children do that to me. Years ago, I thought my 20 something son was going to hurt himself laughing when I described the wonders of YouTube the kids. On the bright side we are always learning and enthralled with the thrill of discovery. Karianne, may your daughter always keep her sense of awe and wonder! And may she always share her discoveries with her first mentor and biggest fan... You!

  9. Image for Julie Julie

    I am so happy for your brother...that's great! And I love this story about your daughter :) My 21-year-old son recently "discovered" Etsy for me and offered to help me set up a shop. I did the same thing you did and pretended not to have known for, like, years that there was such a thing as Etsy ;)

  10. Image for Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree

    What a cute story about your daughter! Now, about that dresser with the numbers painted on it...I LOVE it! Now, I have to find the right piece of furniture and the right place to put it! I am sharing this one at Celebrate and Decorate today! You are quite creative, thank you for sharing your gift!

  11. Image for Anne Anne

    Some of those don't look quite so "easy" to me, but I'll take your word for it. :-) I do love the concrete pavers, and just may have to try that one out! Cute story about pinterest btw. My husband had a similar story (except he knew I already knew about it, more like, "Hey here's some great recipes you could try") LOL!

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