Creative Spark Link Party (#38!)

Every Wednesday FOUR  blogs, Weekend CraftMy Paper CrazePlease Excuse the Craftermath and Two Purple Couches, join together to feature projects, provide a place for bloggers … and this week I’m hopping on board too!

The Creative Spark Link Party is the perfect opportunity for YOU to share YOUR projects and gain inspiration from other crafters who are linking up their own! PLUS, as a bonus, when you enter your projects into the link up, you could have your project featured by one of our blogs!

link party DIYLast week’s most clicked on linky was this thrift store bulletin board makeover by Pennies into Pearls:

Bulletin-Board-Collage-PinterestMy favorite 3 link ups from last week are….

This super inspiring round up of DIY pillows and poufs:

poufs_pillows_littleredwindow-01This crazy amazing DIY console table (with build plans!):

diy console table build plans blueprint

This delicious and sparkly round up of treats:


Wondering how to link up? Here’s some details for you:

rules for the link partyLink up HERE:


A few weeks ago one of my friends messaged me some questions about how to paint furniture, and I offered to just do it for her. She had a few hand-me-down pieces of furniture that didn’t really match her style or each other.

how to unite mismatched furniture

The small chest on the left wasn’t in bad shape- just orangey and kind of country cottage which is not a style my friend liked. The nightstand on the right was in much worse shape, lots of worn peeling wax and stains on it. But, the curves on the sides of the larger one sort of went with the curves on the front of the smaller one and I knew with a little paint and some matching knobs they could almost pass for a set.

decoart americana art chalky finish paint

After removing and spackling the holes where the old knobs were I used my palm sander to to get smooth surfaces on each piece. Normally with chalky paint you don’t need to sand, but there was some peeling and rough texture going on that needed some attention.

I combined to Americana Decor chalky paint colors to get a nice medium gray, then just painted it on in 2 coats (no primer needed with chalky paint). Once painted I left it for a week to cure (even if paint is dry that doesn’t mean it has hardened). Then I added 2 pieces of wax to add to the durability (and advised my friend to let that cure for a week before use too).

Here they are all staged up in my house:

gray painted furniture with chalky paint

Ah! Aren’t they sooo sweet now? I love them, and the gray is matte and lovely.

Matching paint treatments and matching knobs make a huge world of difference.

chalky paint furniture update

What do you think? Any furniture painting in your future, or are you a wood purist?

I’d love to get into working with more wood refinishing, but sometimes things are just too far gone- and that little nightstand was definitely too far gone and then kicked 3 more times.

how to unite mismatched fu

Thanks for stopping by! Leave any thoughts or questions in the comments!

How to Beat the (dry, scratchy, forced air) Heat

In my last healthy living round up (here) I mentioned a body cream and oil I’d been using for my super dry skin, and they are awesome… but then we hit the dead of winter. I was literally waking up in the middle of the night because my legs were so painfully itchy. It got rough.

dry skin treatments

I threw it out to Facebookland to see if you all had any great tips and you totally nailed it.

dry skin remedies

If you’re feeling super dry, awful, and itchy, here’s what I’m doing now that may work for you too:

COCONUT OIL! I always forget about the magic of coconut oil, but I had a jar of it under the sink because occasionally I get on an oil pulling kick and it’s been working wonders. After I shower each night I put it on my legs while my skin is still damp and it absorbs within minutes. My inner thighs are the most dry- I’m talking heat rash dry- and this has totally fixed it.

- HUMIDIFIER! I also always forget that I have a humidifier, because I only use it when we catch the death flu. But it totally works to put moisture back in the air when the heat’s been pumping all day. Sometimes I even add a few drops of lavender essential oil to it, which is lovely and I sleep hard when I do that.

- DOVE! Dove products are seriously the best, I’ve been using them since high school. Recently Influenster sent me their new 48 hour spray on deodorant and it works great and dries instantly. I’ve also been using their dry shampoo so I don’t have to wash my hair every night (because the blowdrying is no good on my scalp right now)- I find the dry shampoo works best if I spray it on at night then brush it out and sleep on it, as opposed to trying to use it and style in the morning.

This weekend I’m planning to do this Maskcara too because my scalp psoriasis has been unbearable- have any of you tried it yet? What other remedies do you have?

Word of the Year: FIT.

I’ve never done a word of the year before, but I loved reading everyone’s last year and I think for 2015 it might be a good idea to try. For this year I’ve chosen the word FIT.

word of the year one word 365

The most obvious application of this, of course, is health:

  • Throughout 2014 I seriously improved my diet, began exercising, and lost (and kept off!) 14 pounds. This past week I ran a full mile without stopping for the first time (and did it for several days in a row!). I want to keep that up. I want to stay fit. I have about 6 more pounds I’d like to lose, I want to switch from T25 to PiYo, and I need to keep working on improving my diet and taking care of my body.

Obviously, I love all things home. I read a bazillion blogs and want to rearrange my house daily. I see a new trend and I want it immediately:

  • My house is awesome, and I want to focus on filling it with things I really love and that truly reflect my style. I want to fill it with things that fit, not just the hottest thing out right now or the cheapest thing I can find and fix up. I’m going to work on making my home more intentional. I also think it’s time to start rotating out the hand me downs (that were always meant to be place holders), for what they are holding the place of. I am a grown up and I can spend money on brand new, never been used furniture… even though it pains me to do so.

Time management was a bit of a stressful issue for me in 2014 too:

  • I work full time at a community college and this past semester I taught 3 courses in addition to working full time, managing this blog, and maintaining relationships with my husband/family/friends. I need to learn that not everything needs to fit. I want more free time and less commitments. What’s the point of making all this extra money if I don’t have time to spend it on day trips and dates with my husband, or get aways with friends, or more time with my nephew?

Do you have a word of the year? Share it in the comments or link up below!! I’d really love to hear all about it, and I’m super nerdy excited to keep track of my word throughout the year.

Wrapping It Up

Helllooo all! This is likely my last post of 2015 so I just wanted to share a reminder, a few old posts, and lots of good vibes.

(this giveaway is now closed) FIRST- My $50 giveaway to Dollar Tree closes tonight, so if you haven’t entered yet hop on over to that post for some great Dollar Tree projects and a chance to win!


SECOND- I thought I’d re-share my favorite 3 up-cycles of the year with you all.

repurposed windowsHow to turn old windows into end tables!


tv cabinet upcycleHow to turn an old entertainment center into a storage cabinet!

kitchen cabinet afterHow to turn an old kitchen cabinet into a freestanding storage cabinet!

THIRD- I want to say, thank you thank you thank you for stopping by my little slice of the internet throughout this year. Sandpaper and Glue has seen a lot of growth this year and I’ve got so much more up my sleeve for next year! I truly appreciate each and every reader I have, and feel very lucky each time you visit. :)


Snowflake Candles (with Dollar Tree products & a $50 giveaway!)



This post is sponsored by Dollar Tree’s Value Seekers Club. All original ideas and opinions are my own.

December is absolutely in full swing around here, and it wasted no time. Combined, my husband and I have 3 family parties, 2 work parties, and countless get togethers with friends. I hate to go to any party empty handed, but I’m also not a millionaire. And let’s face it- no one needs another batch of cookies this time of year. So, I paired up with my friends at Dollar Tree and with a little help from their Value Seekers Club we’ve got the perfect thing for you to bring along.

diy snowflake candles dollar tree

I like to show up to each get together with something small for the hostess, it just needs to say I’m thinking of you- it doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy. This year, a candle seemed like the perfect fit. We live in New England, and by Thanksgiving we already had 7 inches of snow on the ground. Tis the season of annoying snowstorm power outages. Having a candle (or 20…) already out and ready is a seriously good idea.

inexpesive DIY hostess gift

I may have gone a little overboard on the supplies. I got excited.

These candles are super easy to assemble, and because they can be made completely with supplies from Dollar Tree they’re not going to break the bank. They’re also ridiculously customizable. Head on over to the Value Seeks Club website for the full instructions!

In addition to the snowflake candles, I made a few extras….

From left to right: holiday duct tape, silver bow, silver and white ribbon

From left to right: holiday duct tape, silver bow, silver and white ribbon

And if candles aren’t your thing, Dollar Tree has tons of great ideas equally as easy and inexpensive, just check out The Value Seekers Club site for inspiration galore. The site is basically an online club full of crafts, recipes, décor and frugal fun ideas that can all be created with Dollar Tree products- which is awesome because literally everything there is just $1.

And now, how about a little treat from me to you? I want to give one of you lovely readers a $50 Dollar Tree gift card so you can make some candles of your own. Or, if you’re not the candle type, check out all the other craft ideas on their Value Seekers Club site. To enter just head over to the Value Seekers Club website then come back here and leave a comment letting me know what your favorite project is!



I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Dollar Tree and Blueprint Social. But my Dollar Tree obsession is super real and all of these opinions are my own.

Kitchen Favorites & Wish Lists

Tis the season for tons of eating, amiright? For us, last week it was Thanksgiving and soon it’ll be Christmas. As a little Italian lady-in-training, I spend a mighty amount of time in the kitchen so I thought I’d pair up with my friends at Wayfair to show you what kitchen stuff I already own and love, and what is on my wish list (and should be on yours too! treat yo’ self!). kitchen appliance must haves First up is the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Portable Slow Cooker . Guys. I travel at least an hour and a half to all family gatherings. And this thing plugs into my car (my car has an outlet in it). It is amazing. For example, let’s say I’m making meatballs (because I usually am). I can prep them the night before. I can pop them into the slower cooker in the morning. Then I can put the slow cooker on the floor of my car and finish the cooking while I am driving. Ugh. You need this. Next there’s the classic Pizzelle Maker. This is only about $50, but I’ve been holding off buying one because I know my grandmother’s is coming straight to me some day. And while you can’t beat a nice, worn in, thin style pizzelle maker- this is a close second. Mmmmmmm pizzelles. Do yourself a favor and make a few with cocoa powder too. You’re welcome. Finally, if we’re wishing for things, let’s go big or go home. Starting with this KitchenAid Mixer . I don’t know how I don’t have one of these yet, but it’s been on my wish list for like 3 years. I particularly like the glass bowl over the stainless steel one, for no reason other then aesthetics. easy table scape I don’t set up elaborate centerpieces or tablescapes, because that leaves no room for the food. And while I like my cookware new and shiny, I like my table settings old. The gold flatware, wine glasses, ceramic serving plate, and glass spoon rest are all family heirlooms. The amber plate set I got at my city’s online auction for $6 (for a set of 4!). The napkin is a rolled piece of scrap fabric because let’s face it… we’re going to use paper napkins…. and the tablecloth is actually a leopard scarf. I dare you to find an Italian woman who does not have a spare leopard scarf. Oh! And if you’re not in the market for big budget wish list items, here’s a few smaller things I can’t live without: small kitchen must haves

garlic press / cheese grater / wooden utensil set

What’s on your kitchen wish list this year?


This post was written in collaboration with Wayfair, and while I was compensated for my time all stereotypical Italian references and kitchen wish lists are true.