15th Aug2013

How to Make a Bandana Skirt

by Dinah Wulf

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I can completely relate to my guest feature today, my friend Monika from Life with Lovebugs.  Both of our daughters are super girly and love to twist and twirl in skirts and dresses.  She made the most adorable skirt for her daughter made from bandanas she found for $1.00 each at Walmart.  With some help of Joann Crafts for inspiration and a brochure for how to use wide knit elastic as a waist band, she started working.

Monika used four bandanas to make her daughter’s skirt.  In four easy steps and a few supplies including four bandanas, elastic, and basic sewing supplies, she made this whimsical skirt.

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She folded each bandana to make triangle shapes all around the skirt. Using a zigzag stitch, she sewed each end down on each side.   In ten minutes and no hemming she was able to craft this very cute and simple skirt!

Thank you SO much Monika for letting me share this fun and colorful skirt that I think my daughter would love too!  I’m not great at sewing but Monika’s tutorial looks easy to follow that even I may be able to do it!

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For all the detailed step by step instructions and photo tutorial, visit Monika on her blog Life with Lovebugs! You can also purchase her amazing creations at her shopYou will find baby clothes, bibs, headbands, hair clips, and more.  You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Tell her DIY Inspired sent you!

14th Aug2013

Easy Thrift Store Storage Jar Upcycle

by Dinah Wulf

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I had the most successful thrift store shopping trip the other day.  I will tell you all about it and share all my thrift store finds next week. Today, I wanted to share with you what I did with two items I found for less than ten dollars total. With a glass storage jar and a cute little quail knock knack I found, I made upcycled a thrift store storage jar into some craft storage.

Materials

  • Glass Jar with a lid
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Glass paint
  • Small Spouncer
  • Craft Paint
  • Ceramic bird (or something similar)
  • Oven

I found this large glass cookie jar for $5.99 at the Goodwill with a wooden lid.

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I also found this cute little quail bird for $2.99 and couldn’t resist buying it.

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I started off by centering the adhesive stencils to spell “Craft Junkie”.

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Using a small spouncer brush, I painted on the stencil.

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Here’s what it looked like when I was done.

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You can peel off the stencil immediately.

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Allow it to dry for one hour.

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Meanwhile I painted my lid and bird. To easily paint the bird, I put a pencil in the center and placed it in a jar to dry.

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Once the paint was dry, I used strong industrial strength glue.

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Once the paint is on the jar dries for one hour, place the jar in a cool oven.

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Turn the oven to 350 and leave it in there for 30 minutes. If you do not want to place the jar in the oven, you can also allow the paint to cure for about 22 days.

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Here are a few after photos.

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I can’t wait to show you what else I got on this shopping trip!

13th Aug2013

Refurbished Nightstand Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I have another great feature to share with you today!  I am so excited to share a refurbished nightstand makeover done by my friend Tara over at A Spectacled Owl.  She found this little white nightstand at a rummage sale her daughter’s school was putting on.  She scored and bought it for $4.00… no haggling required!  In hopes of taking an ugly piece of furniture & making it pretty again, she bought it and took it home. Here is the BEFORE.

Tara decided she would like it for her bedroom & wanted to use the same exact teal color she used for her candle holders on her living room mantle.  With a little TLC, she was able to clean, sand, and spray paint it a beautiful teal.

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She then decided to cut a piece of thick scrapbook paper to the size of the face of the drawer.  She made her own decoupage medium and mixed some traditional white glue & water to cover the drawer with a paint brush. Next, she carefully laid the piece of paper on top, smoothing it out and getting rid of all the bubbles underneath.  After letting it dry overnight, she mixed up another batch of decoupage solution and added a few coats on top of the paper as well.  She finished it off by adding a knob that she had bought at World Market for $4.00. 

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I think she did a fantastic job.  I love the color and pattern she chose for the drawer.  Thank you so much, Tara for allowing me to share this amazing project!  You can see the full tutorial and more photos on her blog, A Spectacled Owl.  You can also follow Tara on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

09th Aug2013

Repurposed Vintage Camera Table Lamps

by Dinah Wulf

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I am honored today to feature these two gorgeous Repurposed Vintage Camera Table Lamps by Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box. Can you believe she made this out of a vintage camera and a candlestick? With a lamp rewiring kit and some great Ebay finds she made two unique table lamps. 

Loren said that although it may not look easy, this is a fairly simple DIY project you can take on over the weekend.  She followed the directions from the lamp kit and with the help of the World Wide Web she was able to figure out how to disassemble each camera.  By simply adding a bolt to the inside of the camera, she was able to screw it into the wooden tripod after she removed the candle top plate.  To stabilize the camera she added washers to the bottoms and the tops of each camera.  She found that an Edison bulb fit perfectly and snuggly into the lens of each camera without additional support.

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Loren also has some tips for shopping for these items on Ebay.  She suggests that when you look for the cameras, do not look for cameras in perfect working condition.  Rather, purchase a camera being sold as parts since you will be disassembling it anyway.  This will save you a lot of time and money.

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Amazing! You can see Loren’s full tutorial along with more photos on her blog, Pandora’s Craft Box.  You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Thank you so much Loren for allowing me to share this fantastic project!  It’s probably the best out of many greats you have done to date!

07th Aug2013

Repurposed Desk Buffet

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m really excited to feature my friend Barbara from Chase the Star today to share her repurposed desk turned buffet. Barbara has a love for all things craft and DIY and transformed this old desk she had sitting in her garage for about 9 years.  Deciding that it still had some great bones, she hesitated to donate it. Here is a BEFORE photo.

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With a little sanding, primer, and paint Barbara revamped her old paint job into a prettier and more durable high gloss white.  She had a piece of plywood cut to size at Home Depot to make a shelf and added decorative brackets.  She also added two coats of walnut stain to the top piece, and changed the knob to a pretty acrylic knob.

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Barbara said that accessorizing it was the most fun part of the entire project.  Filled with her amazing thrift store finds, she purchased the silver pitchers and bowl, the copper tea pot, all of the plates and cups, and the ice bucket all for $65.00!

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To view the full step by step photo tutorial and instructions, be sure to stop by Chase the Star and say hello. You can also follow Barbara on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!  Thank you so much to Barbara for sharing this AWESOME repurposed project.  I love even more that you filled it with so many great thrifty finds!

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.

02nd Aug2013

Six Easy Crafts You Can Do in 15 Minutes or Less

by Dinah Wulf

I recently participated in a fantastic Craft Lightening 15 minutes craft challenge and it made me think of all the easy crafts I have recently completed in 15 minutes or less.  I wanted to put together a round-up of some recent favorites SOOOOOO, here are six easy crafts you can do in less than 15 minutes! All these make great personalized gifts for friends and family.

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Etched Glass Containers

Glass etching is addicting!  It’s so simple and versatile.  I chose to etch some laundry detergent glass containers in an attempt to make my laundry area prettier, but you can do this project with almost any type of glass. Consider jars, vases, wine glasses, plates, mugs, and other household items.

Heat Transfer Tote Bag

This craft was also fun and easy to do.  With my obsession with recycled bags (you should see the trunk of my car), I decided to make one for my daughter.  Heat transfer works great on canvas, but you can use other types of fabrics to personalize shirts and other clothing, pillows, throws and more!

Personalized Mugs

You thought I had an obsession with recycled bags? Well, I also have an obsession with coffee!! I loved making these fun Mr. and Mrs. Coffee mugs.  These would be a cute wedding or shower gift.

Upcycled Bottle Vase

What is it with my vices today? Hello, my name is Dinah and I am a hoarder. I couldn’t throw away this pretty tequila bottle so I just HAD to turn it into a vase.  15 minutes? More like three…

Nautical Inspired Rope Vase

I made these on my first Craft Lightening challenge that I participated in.  Now, these little pretties are sitting in my bathroom, giving it a tropical relaxing feel. 

Easy Thrift Store Pedestal Bowl

I scored with finding these two items at Goodwill for practically nothing! Now, this little bowl is so useful that I keep it on my bedside table to hold my jewelry.

26th Jul2013

Recycled Patron Bottle Vase

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, so now you know I like Patron…Silver, that is.  It took a long time and a few parties and get-togethers to get through this bottle.  Initially I didn’t intend on keeping it.  After I finished it, however I couldn’t part ways because I love the shape, color, and durability of it. Instead of throwing it away, I made a recycled Patron bottle vase.  The pictures speak for themselves; however I wanted to write out the tutorial.  It’s a fun and SUPER easy project you can do in minutes with any type of bottle or vase. I did a guest post for Jill over at Popsicle Blog and she gave me some great materials to use.

Materials:

  • Patron bottle or any bottle or vase
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Coffee bean sack or burlap
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Here is the Patron Bottle BEFORE.  It’s the large size (I know, I know, I SWEAR my husband bought it!)

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Instructions:

I used a thick lace ribbon first and wrapped it around, securing it with glue. 

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Next I found an old coffee bean sack that I used to make outdoor coffee sack pillows with a few months ago.  I measured and cute accordingly.

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I secured it over the lace ribbon with glue.

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That’s it!  Here is another AFTER photo.

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The possibilities of decorating a bottle are limitless.  You can use all different textured, patterned, and colored ribbon to match your home or party décor.  This is an easy and inexpensive way to recycle bottles and use them for wedding or bridal shower centerpieces as well.  Group or cluster a few together to make a whimsical tablescape.

16th Jul2013

Two Toned Metallic Mirror Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I recently posted that I found some amazing deals on two large mirrors I bought and I FINALLY got around to refurbishing one of them to do a mirror makeover!  As a reminder, this is the one that was originally $120.00 and I got for $8.00!!!

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Here is what was wrong with it and why I got such a good deal.  It was really scratched.

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It also isn’t real wood and the top layers of some parts were peeling off.  All I did to fix this, was glued the small pieces back together.

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Next, to protect the mirror from paint, I covered it with newspaper.

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I took it outside and sprayed a coat of primer on it. Primer works well in this case because 1) it helps hide Knicks and scratches, and 2) I was painting it a lighter color.

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Next, I spray painted the edges a metallic silver. I used the same silver as I did on this mirror makeover.

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Next, I hand painted the top of the mirror gray.  The same gray I used for my garage sale night stand makeover.

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OK, this photo is a little tough to see, but you can see the two-tone if you look REALLY hard! I couldn’t get a good picture!

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Now, I should have thought this out better in taking AFTER photos but I just couldn’t get a good shot.  So here is my lousy attempt at some AFTER photos.  It was too heavy to move again after I hung it.  It doesn’t help that it’s hung in an awkward place with bad lighting for photos! Oh well! I swear it looks better in person!

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Not bad for an $8.00 find!

 

15th Jul2013

Recycled Pallet Table Project

by Dinah Wulf

Recycled Pallet Table Project, Written By: Robert Bridgman

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If you’re like me you can’t stand to see anything go to waste: food leftovers, outgrown clothes, or wood scraps. That’s why I knew as soon as I saw it that this recycled pallet table project was perfect for me.  Even in our high-tech times, the majority of goods are still shipped on simple wooden pallets. After one or two uses pallets go to the junk heap. So, making this table keeps pallets out of landfills.  You can find pallets wherever retailers or businesses get goods in bulk. Choose pallets that have “HT” stamped on them; they are treated with heat, rather than chemicals, so are safer to use.

Materials You Will Need

  • You will need one pallet 100 x 100cm and another pallet 120 x 100cm. Take the second pallet, the larger one, apart.
  • For the top you need one 100 x 100 cm piece of tempered safety glass.
  • You will also need four meters of timber 2 x 2.
  • Plus, you’ll need 76 wood screws 5 x 60mm, and paint.

Here’s What to Do

From the pallet slats cut eight pieces 70 x 660mm for the legs. Why eight pieces? Because you are going to use two pieces for each leg.  From the timber cut one piece 70 x 680mm for the frame and eight pieces 320mm at a 45-degree angle for braces. (By the way, if you don’t have a saw, many hardware stores will cut the wood for you for a small fee.)

Then, piece the table frame together, as you see in this picture: 

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Now screw the legs to the frame, like the pictures below show: 

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Then add the braces, like this: 

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Finally screw the legs and frame onto the 100 x 100cm pallet and turn it upright, as in this photo: 

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Sand the wood and paint it to go with your décor. Then top it with the glass and you’ve got a fabulous, fun table. With a success like this I’m ready to make pallet chairs—how about you? 

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About Robert:

Robert writes on behalf of Bridgman, suppliers of luxury furniture. He writes about all things home & garden, lifestyle and DIY. When not writing, Robert can be found travelling or studying Psychology. For updates you can follow him on or on Twitter.

There was no monetary compensation received for this post.

12th Jul2013

Easy Upcycled Cake Platter

by Dinah Wulf

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Once again I am on a roll with the thrift store finds!  This time I found a cake platter with a wooden base and glass top. I have done some recent similar upcycled projects just by painting wood. I think white mixed with the natural wood makes ordinary household look more modern.

Here is a $5 serving bowl I hand painted with white and added a gold trim.

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Here’s another wooden set of bowls I painted, leaving the inside natural. I bought this entire set for $6.00.

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I decided to do it again with this cake platter I got from Salvation Army for…wait for it…$2.00!!!!! What??? This was a REALLY good find. Here is the cake platter BEFORE.

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I only used three things to complete this project:

  • Painter’s tape
  • White Craft Paint
  • Paint brush

I simply used painter’s tape around the edges.

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Next I used a craft paint that is good for wood.  It is also dishwasher safe once the paint cures (approximately 21 days).  I left the top wood, because I wanted to make sure it stayed food safe.

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Here is an AFTER photo.

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This literally took me minutes to do.  I ended up painting on two light coats.  It was very simple and I think it change the whole look of the platter.  It’s amazing what a little bit of white paint will do.  I thought about etching the glass dome as well but I’m unsure what I want on it still.  Any ideas???

02nd Jul2013

Upcycled Step Stool Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend Jenny had some old stools that she wanted me to makeover for my twin God Daughters. After recently upholstering a step stool for my daughter, I had so much fun with this project probably because I knew it would be special for them.  I decided to go with pink and black because Jenny is hoping to one day decorate the twins room in those colors. So, here is how I upcycled these old step stools.

Materials:

Here is a photo of the stools before.

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The first thing I did was clean them and disassemble them so it would be easier to paint.  I used my pretty blue screwdriver from my crafty toolbox.

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Next I decided to prime the top because the original design was so dark in color. The paint on this was smooth, so I didn’t need to sand them if I was going to prime them.

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I spray painted the legs black in a well-ventilated area on a drop cloth.  I did not prime them first because I was making them a darker color. Here are some more tips for how and when to use primer.

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One of the stools would not allow me to disassemble it (I think it was glued) so I decided to put the other stool together and hand paint the tops.

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Once it was dry, I added some decorative adhesive decals for the trim around the edges and the top.

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Next I sprayed the top and sides where the decals are with a permanent clear glaze.

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Here is a close up photo.

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Here is the before and after again.

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24th Jun2013

Easy Thrift Store Mirror Update

by Dinah Wulf

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I bought this Target mirror at Goodwill for a great price.  I recall seeing it at Target before and I loved it then.  I loved the lines and knew exactly where I would hang it; however the blue would not match my existing décor.  It also had a couple nicks and scratches.  I decided to make it a metallic silver to match a collage of family photos I have hanging in my living room.  Here is how I did this easy thrift store mirror update.

Materials:

Here is a photo of the mirror before.  I love the blue, but like a said, it didn’t match anything I had.

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First, I disassembled the mirror using a screw driver from my crafty toolbox.

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I wanted to prime it for two reasons.  The first reason was because I was painting it a lighter color, and secondly because it had a few imperfections.  Make sure you use a drop cloth and protect all surrounding surfaces.  Spray in a well-ventilated area. I sprayed two coats waiting about one minute in between coats.

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Note: For more tips on how and when to use primer, check out my post on it!

After the primer dried, I spray painted it with a metallic silver color.  I used two coats and spray painted both sides.

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After it dried completely I assembled it and hung it next to my family photo collage.  I loved how it turned out!

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20th Jun2013

Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

After spray painting a few projects this week (tutorials coming soon!), I started thinking about some of the fun painted furniture projects I’ve done.  I wanted to re-cap five of my favorite ones.  After gathering these projects together, I realized that I spent less than $100 for these five pieces total!  Crazy!  I spent about $30.00 on supplies… man I’m cheap (well, thrifty)! SOOOO, here are my six faves…

Red Upholstered Wooden Bench

I found this red wooden bench for $5.00 at a local garage sale.  It was towards the end of the day and the lady just wanted it out!  I ended up re-painting the same red and upholstering the top.  It’s now a fun and colorful bench that sits at the foot of my guestroom bed.

Gray Garage Sale Night Stands

You know that garage sale I was just talking about? Yeah… I got these night stands for $5.00 a piece too!  Score!

Coral Pedestal Makeover

This one was a Salvation Army find that I HAD to have. I saw it and left. Thought about for the next few days and went back to buy it. I asked my Facebook friends what color to paint it.  Love how it turned out!

Stenciled TV Tray Upcycle

These TV trays were sitting in my coat room closet for YEARS! They needed a little oomph so that I could take them out again.

Blue Thrift Store Shelf Makeover

I found this beauty for $5.00 at Goodwill.  I fell in love with the lines and knew that with a little TLC I could give it some personality.

Painted Kid’s Step Stool

This was a fun recent tutorial I posted.  I bought this step stool for $7.00 at Goodwill and added a cushion to match a play kitchen hutch I made for my daughter

 

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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14th Jun2013

Heat Transfer Recycled Tote Bag

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so excited to have started a partnership with Silhouette America.  I wanted to share a project I did using the heat transfer starter kit that they have available.  Since I have this weird obsession with using recycled bags (I haven’t gotten a plastic bag from a store in almost three years), I thought I’d upcycle an old bag and make a heat transfer recycled tote bag for my daughter.

Materials:

Step One:

Create your design using your Silhouette software program.  Make sure you mirror your image when you design it, otherwise your image will apply backwards.

Step Two:

Print out your design on your heat transfer material and peel away the negative space.

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Step Three:

Position your design on your tote bag and place a scrap piece of fabric over the design.  BTW, I used a piece of scrap fabric from the upcycled headboard I made.

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Step Four:

Iron your image onto the tote bag by pressing firmly and placing pressure on the design for 45-60 seconds.

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Step Five:

Gently remove the transfer sheet and place the fabric scrap over the design again.  Iron it for 45-60 to allow the design to set.

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There you have it… a personalized recycled tote bag!

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A HUGE THANK YOU to Silhouette America for sponsoring this post! Opinions are all mine!

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