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03rd Jan2014

Repurposed Cabinet Turned Jewelry Organizer

by Dinah Wulf

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A while ago, I saw a pin on Pinterest for this amazing trash to treasure idea for a jewelry organizer made by Liz Marie on her blog Liz Marie Blog. She did such an amazing job that I pinned it right away and tucked it away in my mind to do for a later date. I think it’s been months now and I finally got around to attempting it.  SOOOO, here is my version of a Repurposed Cabinet Turned Jewelry Organizer. Oh! And a HUGE thank you to Liz Marie for the inspiration.

Materials:

  • Cabinet Door
  • Spray paint
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Knobs and pulls

I decided to go to Habitat for Humanity Restore, one of my favorite places to buy the cabinet door. They have the best selection there at low prices.

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I decided on this one because it was nice and wide and perfect for repurposing.

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I looked for knobs and pulls as well, but didn’t find what I wanted so I ventured to Home Depot to get these.

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I had some left over spray paint from the thrift store shelf makeover I had done a while back. I love the color so I used what I had left for this jewelry organizer. I painted two coats allowing it to dry completely in between each coat.

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Once it was dry I measured and marked with a pencil where I wanted each knob and pull. I used a drill to drill a hole at each marker.

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I used the drill to add my pulls as well! I loved the way it turned out.

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Here are a couple close ups.

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For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

01st Jan2014

Best of DIY Inspired 2013

by Dinah Wulf

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Happy New Year!!!!!! I can’t believe it’s 2014.  I remember New Year’s 1994 when I was 18 and thinking that 20 years was SO far away.  What happened? Where does the time go? I feel that way with blogging too.  It’s been over two and a half years now and just FLYING by. At the end of last year I wrote Top 15 Recycled Crafts and Projects of 2012 and I swear that wasn’t 12 months ago…Geesh! This year I decided to do the Best of DIY Inspired 2013. All nine of these posts have been shared over a thousand times, some several thousand…what?? Here we go!

Best Storage and Organization PostCraft Room Ideas  

This was when I turned an extra room into the official craft room AKA, my sanctuary.

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Best UpcycleRecycled Map Drawer Makeover

As you can see in that last post, my drawers in the craft room were naked. This post took care of that!

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Best Trash to Treasure PostStuffed Animal Toy Storage

Literally trash to treasure, I turned a plant hanger I found in the garbage into toy storage for my daughter’s room.

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Best Recycled Craft ProjectCoffee Filter Flowers

I made this bouquet of paper flowers out of coffee filters and book pages.

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Best Kid’s “Stuff” PostReading Nook for Kids

One of my best ideas to date because it encourages my daughter to read or be read to!

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Best Thrift Store Makeover- Painting Old Furniture

Best $5.00 I ever spent :) 

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Best 15 Minute Craft- DIY Rope Vase

This is an easy way to update a boring glass vase.

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Best Theme PartyAlice in Wonderland First Birthday

This is another fun theme party from my best friend who just started blogging too! Go visit her at Simply Creative Ways!

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Best Holiday PostElf on the Shelf Ideas

And finally, this post along with this Two Dozen Elf on the Shelf Ideas post were done in December but shared a lot! Oh and did I mention it started an obsession! Yikes!

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25th Nov2013

Elf on a Shelf Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Now that my daughter is three and a half, I decided to start the Elf on a Shelf tradition this year.  I am so excited about it… I just think she’ll love it. Being the planner that I am, I decided try out a few ideas while she was at school the other day.  Not sure I will do these, but I took pictures to share them all with you.  Be forewarned!  I may be posting one or two more posts about Elf on a Shelf Ideas soon!  I would love to hear any ideas that you may have too, so feel free to make a comment below

Here is what I came up with in the two free hours I had…

So, the first thing I thought of was to raid her toys. I found a little oven so, I placed it on our kitchen counter top with a little pie inside.

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Then I found this little potty training toilet for her baby dolls…this one speaks for itself!

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What elf doesn’t want to have a tea party???

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For this one, I brought out one of her favorite books and set up the elf to read a bedtime story to her fairies.

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I ventured into our garage and found this checkers board. So far it’s tied… ;)

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Then I went upstairs to the craft room. Our elf OF COURSE is very crafty!

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For the last one, our elf sent her a little message on her chalkboard.

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Do you have any ideas for me?  I’m excited about the whole thing, but I need to think of about 2 dozen more! Help!

Update! Here’s 17 more EASY Elf on the Shelf Ideas I did.

Update #2! Check out these new Elf on the Shelf Ideas I did!

18th Nov2013

Easy Winter Forest in Apothecary Jars

by Dinah Wulf

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Sometimes the simplest things make the prettiest decorations. I found these cute little sparkly green trees the other day and decided to make this easy winter forest in apothecary jars for my fireplace mantel.

Apothecary jars are such a great investment for someone like me who loves to decorate and throw parties. I wait until they go on sale, or I have a coupon and buy them.  I have them in many different shapes and sizes.  I use them every day, but change the contents depending on the holiday or season. If you don’t have apothecary jars, glass vases work well too.

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For this project, I filled them with some cotton snow.  I bought a bag for about $3.00 and used barely any of it!

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I found these adorable sparkly green trees at Walmart near the Christmas section where they sell the miniature villages.  The large one was $2.00, the medium ones were $1.50 each, and the small ones were only $.75 apiece.  This was a steal because as I shopped around at other places the large trees were around $7.00.  I found small ones at a craft store for missions, but they weren’t as cute as these. BUT if you want them, you have to hurry because I bought the last two small ones at my Walmart!

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Here are a few photos.  It’s so simple, very festive. I’d show you more of my mantel but it’s still a work in progress!  So, stay tuned!

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05th Aug2013

DIY Recycled Wine Cork Wine Charms

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to have Robert Mondavi Private Selection sponsor this DIY summer craft tutorial! Today I want to share with you how to make DIY Recycled Wine Cork Wine Charms.  These would make great homemade party favors for your next summer party.

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Materials:

  • Robert Mondavi Private Selection wine corks (One cork will make six charms)
  • Serrated knife
  • Cutting board
  • Small sea shells
  • E6000
  • Small picture frame eye hook (one for each charm)
  • Hoop earring notion
  • Beads or charms (optional)
  • Small pliers

Favor Packaging (optional):

  • Plastic favor bags
  • Decorative paper
  • Small hole punch
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Instructions:

Using a serrated knife cut the wine cork into six even pieces. This is very easy to do by applying a little pressure.  Make sure you use a cutting board.

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Choose one shells for each of your charms.  Make sure they are all different.

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Use a strong glue to glue the shells onto the center of the cork.  I used E6000 but hot glue will adhere well also.

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Screw in a small picture frame eye hook to the top of each charm. 

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If you desire, add an extra charm or bead with the help of small pliers.

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Add the hoop earring notion.  Here is an AFTER photo.

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If you’d like to make them as a homemade gift or party favor, you can get creative with your packaging.  I decided to use clear plastic favor bags.  I used a small craft punch to punch holes into decorative cardstock so that the charm will easily slide through.  Six charms fit nicely onto a 3X4 piece of cardstock. Here are a couple photos.

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I wanted to give a big THANK YOU to Robert Mondavi Private Selection for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.  Monetary compensation and products were provided by the company.

17th Jul2013

How to Paint Stripes on a Wall

by Dinah Wulf

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I’ve wanted to paint stripes on, my daughter, Mia’s wall for the longest time. Thanks to 3MDIY.com, who sponsored this post, I was able to do so! 

Initially, I was worried about bleeding, because I have painted many walls in the past and have had issues.  Believe it or not, I managed to paint PERFECT stripes with ZERO bleeding! Woo hoo! With that said, here is my tutorial on how to paint stripes on a wall.

Before we start, here is a 90 second video I did for 3 awesome tips for painting perfect wall stripes.

Materials:

For Holes:

  • 3M Sandblaster
  • 3M Patch Plus Primer
  • Putty knife

To Paint:

  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Paint pan
  • Step Stool
  • ScotchBlue heavy duty non-slip drop

For Stripes:

  • ScotchBlue™™ Painter’s Tape
  • Pencil
  • Yardstick
  • Level
  • Credit Card

Protective Gear:

  • Safety glasses
  • 3M face mask

Here is Mia’s wall BEFORE.

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Instructions:

First, patch any holes using 3M Patch Plus Primerand a putty knife.  Sand the hole smooth with sand paper.  Next, using a yardstick and pencil measure the distance between stripe width across the wall.  My stripes were 13” apart on an 8’ wall.

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Use a level and a straight edge to ensure straight lines.

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Apply the ScotchBlue™™ Painter’s Tapeand create your lines, using your pencil marks as a guide.

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Use a credit card or a clean putty knife and apply pressure to the painter’s tape to ensure the tape is flush to the wall to prevent bleeding.

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Tip: When painting stripes, I marked arrows with a pencil to ensure there were no mistakes on which stripe to paint.  This helps especially if other people are helping you.

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Use a paint brush to paint the exterior of the stripes. Use a paint roller to fill in the middle of thick or wide strips.

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Peel off your painter’s tape and see perfect stripes!

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.

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This post is a collaboration with 3M DIY. To keep up-to-date on projects, products and sampling visit 3MDIY.com.  Connect with 3MDIY on 3M DIY Facebook Page and 3M DIY Twitter Page!

10th Jul2013

Alice in Wonderland First Birthday Party

by Dinah Wulf

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I know! I know! I’m a little late in posting this Alice in Wonderland First Birthday Party.  I originally mentioned it when I dyed those coffee filter flowers for the Red Rose Queen of Hearts bush and then again when I made the paper flowers with faces on them. Well, it’s finally here and I’m SO excited about the fantastic job my best friend Jenny did on this party! If you don’t know, Jenny is the Queen of theme parties.  Two of the most popular posts she has shared here on DIY Inspired are her Circus themed party and her Candy Land party Part One and Part Two.

First, let me please introduce the two guests of honor, Jamie and Brooklyn!!!  Jenny dressed them in yellow t-shirts, white suspenders, and red tutus representing Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. How adorable are they???

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When you first enter the backyard area, Jenny hung a WONDERLAND banner she made from scrapbook paper.

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Her table centerpieces were very whimsical and colorful, with a mix of flowers with googly eyes, teacups, little mad hatter hats, and lanterns.

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The kids table looked amazing, complete with the centerpiece I made for her.

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The backyard was transformed completely with painted frames in the bushes, tissue and paper flowers with faces, and floating lanterns above.

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Near the food area, she made an eat me sign, an oversized clock from the white rabbit, and a beautiful cake to match the theme.

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She also had an area with A Royal Croquet Court that paid homage to the Queen of Hearts herself! She used the skirt I made for Halloween as a table skirt. She also painted large wooden playing card guards to watch over the game.

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This was such a GORGEOUS party full of inspiration!

You may also like a this Vintage Inspired Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party!

17th Jun2013

Repurposed Kids Play Kitchen Hutch

by Dinah Wulf

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I had yet ANOTHER successful trip to the Goodwill!  I found this old red and white play hutch that I thought was too cute to pass up for $9.99.  I knew I needed to hunt for a second piece to complete this repurposed kids play kitchen hutch I had in my head.  It just so happens that my best friend was storing an old wooden vanity table in my garage… and guess what? She said I could have it…FOR FREE!!! So, here’s what I ended up doing with these two fab pieces.

Materials I used:

  • Old kids play hutch and kids table
  • Electric sander
  • Spray paint
  • Drop cloth
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Spray adhesive
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint
  • Wooden knobs (3)
  • E6000

Here is the hutch BEFORE. It had painted drawers and little flowers on it.  It’s a little scratched and warped on the bottom but for ten bucks, I was OK with that!

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Here is the vanity table BEFORE.  This was caked with paint.

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Both were pretty beat up so I had to break out the electric sander.  The table had survived two previous makeovers.

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I spray painted both of them white.

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I measured and cut three pieces of fabric to fit the three bottom shelves.  I had fabric left over from the little upholstered stool I made over.

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I attached the fabric strips to the hutch with spray adhesive.

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Next, I liked the fake drawers that the hutch had originally, so I taped off three drawers and painted them blue (of course).  

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I added little knobs that I had left from an old dresser I upcycled a while ago. Since the bottom of the hutch was hollow and the way the hutch and table aligned, I had to use an industrial strength E6000 glue to attach the two together.

Here are a few AFTER photos. I love that it matches the repurposed toy storage stuffed animal cage I made and the upcycled play table I painted.

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29th May2013

DIY Serving Tray: A Mirror Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I have had some great luck lately on my thrift store outings. I found this great mirror for five dollars at a local thrift store the same day I bought my $5 shelf that I refurbished.  I loved the long hexagonal shape and immediately thought I would repurpose it and make the perfect DIY serving tray for entertaining. Here’s a photo of my great find!  The style is questionable but I could see right past its outdated tackiness!

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Here is what you’ll need:

  • Mirror
  • Two cabinet handles (I chose 3”)
  • Spray paint
  • Newspaper
  • Tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie
  • Drill
  • Scissors

Step One:

Using a ruler and sharpie, measure where your handles will be drilled. A Sharpie works great because it’s dark, plus you will paint over it so there is no need to worry about the marks.

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Step Two:

Drill the holes for your cabinet handles and remove any picture frame hardware from the back.  If it is not removed, the hardware can scratch your tabletop or countertop.

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Step Three:

Protect the mirror by covering it with newspaper and securing it with painter’s tape.

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Step Four:

Spray paint your tray in the color of choice in a well-ventilated area and allow it to dry completely. I decided to paint it my favorite color… GREEN!

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Step Five:

Once the paint is dry, attach your handles with a screwdriver.  If you choose, cover the screw heads with a small piece of felt to prevent scratching any surfaces.

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Here are a few after pictures. I just love it!  I keep it out in the kitchen at all times and use it for a display with my apothecary jars. 

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For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

21st May2013

Painting Old Furniture: A Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I heart thrift stores!  I can spend quite some time in the home and furniture sections. I move things around, re-imagining how I can make them look different.  I picture things in different colors and in different rooms in my house.  One of the easiest trash to treasure transformations is painting old furniture.  I always say, “They just don’t make things like they used to”… I know… I sound like a Grandma.

I went to a local Salvation Army (SO conveniently located I’m in there so often!).  I found this great shelf.  It was a little beat up… ok A LOT beat up. P.S. Don’t look at how gross my garage is!

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Look at the top. Ew…

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And who knows how long this has been there…

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BUT it was only $5.00, I knew exactly where I would put it and I loved the lines and shape of the arms…or are they legs? Whatever they’re called…  With a little TLC, I knew I could give it new life.

I sanded it down really well and took a knife to the gum.  I cleaned it and cleaned it again.

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Spray paint is the best way to go with a makeover like this.  Spray in a well-ventilated area and make sure to protect all surfaces.  I allowed mine to dry for a full 24 hours before I brought it in and used it.

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Here are a couple AFTER photos.  Isn’t it cute?  It’s DIY Inspired Blue! (I wish that was the real name…{sigh}…maybe someday).

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By the way, I recall two other garage sale furniture pieces I bought for five dollars each.  If you want to check out my upholstered bench makeover or my refurbished side tables, please do!

For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

Thanks for reading!

09th Apr2013

TV Tray Table Upcycle

by Dinah Wulf

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I have no idea how long I have owned these TV trays, but I would venture to say over 15 years.  They have probably been hiding away in a closet for ten of those years.  I think every home has these (kind of like the Monopoly board game), but I’m not sure how often they are used.  I personally, have forgotten about them because they were tucked away, and they were tucked away because they didn’t match my furniture and home décor.  So, instead of selling them at a garage sale I’m planning on having in a couple weeks, I thought I’d do a TV Tray Upcycle instead and do a trash to treasure project.

Here is the before photo.

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Materials:

  • Wooden TV Tray Tables
  • Household Cleaner
  • Paint (2 or more colors)
  • Stencil(s)
  • Spouncer Stencil Brush

Step One:

Clean your tray tables.  Mine were dusty!  If there are tough stains, you can lightly sand them with 150-grit sand paper.

Step Two:

Paint your base color and allow it to dry.  I chose to just paint the top because I like the contrast of the light wood on the bottom.  I think it makes it look more interesting.

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Step Three:

Apply your stencils with paint and a spouncer stencil brush.  A spouncer makes your life easier, and reduces or even eliminates bleeding.  I have a ton of stenciling tips on my Burlap Stenciled placemat post.

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I worked with all four tables at once, washing and cleaning my stencil and brushes in between.  Allow your paint to dry in between stenciling.  I took my time so it took me a couple days to do this.

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Step Four:

If you’re like me, you have some bleeding mistakes, so after I finished stenciling, I used a small paint brush and the base color and touched it up.

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That’s it!  Prettier trays = more use.   They are no longer hidden in my closet!

04th Apr2013

Refurbishing Furniture: A Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I really enjoy going thrift store shopping and finding great trash to treasure projects.  There’s something thrilling to me about finding an old unwanted piece of furniture, seeing the beauty in it that someone else may have missed, and transforming it to something more beautiful.  So today, I wanted to share a thrift store makeover I did in a beautiful spring color. 

I have done my share in refurbishing.  I turned a freebie kid’s play activity table into a fun Hollywood Regency style play table that my daughter uses every single day.  I’ve purchased an old ugly bench from a garage sale for five dollars and turned it into a cushioned bench for the foot of a bed.  I saw the beauty in some garage sale night stands and updated with a more modern and updated look with new paint and hardware.

This time, I found a pedestal table at the Salvation Army for sixty five dollars.  This was a little pricey for me considering the most I have spent for a piece of furniture to makeover was five dollars so I left.  That night I kept thinking about it and finally convinced myself that if it was still there the following day we were destined to be together.  It happened to be a weekend so I was worried but when I got there it was still there waiting for me!  I swept it up and got in line immediately to pay for it. Here is a photo of it… pretty, right?

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I decided on painting it in a fun trendy color for spring after consulting my Facebook friends.  I chose high gloss enamel paint in coral so that it would be extra shiny.  I left the feet of the table in its original color to give it some interest. I’m extremely happy with it I must say!  

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It has much more personality now.  Now I need a coffee table…

18th Mar2013

Stuffed Animal Toy Storage

by Dinah Wulf

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Today I had to share my obsession with reuse and repurposing… either that or I’m a hoarder I haven’t quite figured that out yet or at least come to terms with “hoarding”.  I turned literal trash into a centerpiece and then into stuffed animal toy storage.  Yeah I know. I have issues.

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I originally found this plant hanger next to the trash by the side of our house when we first moved in last year.  I ended up cleaning it up, painting it, embellishing it, and using it as an outdoor chandelier for my daughter’s outdoor summer birthday party.  It was hung in the center of a tent with a nice adult seating area and turned out quite lovely.

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I didn’t want to throw it away so I ended up hanging it in my daughter’s room for stuffed animal toy storage.  It worked out perfectly because it matched the butterfly wall art, stenciled burlap butterfly wall art, I made and ceiling fan that I installed.  Since I used the pearls and beads sparingly when decorating the chandelier, small stuffed animals can easily be taken in and out.  My daughter loves it and calls it her hanging zoo (and sometimes her hanging jail, but zoo is much nicer).

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When I first saw that pile of unwanted trash, I would have never thought I’d be hanging it in my toddler’s room, but it worked out!  This old plant hanger, once dirty and trashy, is now a sweet treasure that I think my daughter will have for several years to come.

15th Mar2013

Drink Mix Container Drink Sunglasses Case

by Dinah Wulf

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The other day I asked on my Facebook page, “I made a decoupage pencil box out of a Crystal Light drink mix container… what else can I make/do with them?? Any ideas?”  I got some great suggestions.  In particular, I loved the comment made by Lorena Leon-Cruz when she said, “I use them to store my cut up celery and carrots and block cheese in the fridge. I also decorated one for sunglasses. My aunt uses them for her crochet hooks.”  Immediately I knew I would take her suggestion and make a Drink Mix Container Drink Sunglasses Case.

Materials:

  • Plastic drink mix container
  • Paper Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Decorative paper (I used scrapbook paper and an old map)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush

Here is the container that I used.

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See?  It fit my sunglasses perfectly!

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I chose some pretty scraps of scrapbook paper and an old map left over from my Recycled map Drawer makeover I did.

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Using a paper cutter I cut one inch thick strips approximately 8.5” in length.  I used Mod Podge to decoupage the strips to the container.

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Note: Towards the top, where the container is curved, I cut the strips in half due to the angle of the box.

Here is what it looks like when it is dry (approximately 15 minutes).

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Here are two more AFTER photos.

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This is such a fun and easy DIY gift idea.  Some other suggestions from my Facebook page were toy storage, art supplies, and sewing kits.  Think twice before throwing away your drink mix containers!

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