Monthly Archives: March 2014

DIY Refinishing a Cabinet

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Don’t be scared, refinishing a cabinet is much easier than you think. I refinished all of my kitchen cabinets two years ago (I will have to get before and afters of that up), but this was just one sad, little cabinet that has been sitting in my front hall for the last six years.  I originally bought it to hold baby blankets in our old house, it moved with us, and just got stuck there by the stairs.  The overall size has always been okay, but the height was just not right.  It took me a while to realize this, but I have been looking around for something to replace it for quite some time.  I never found the perfect piece, then a brainstorm!  While walking around Lowe’s last week I came across furnitire feet and thought, “Perfect!,”  why can’t I add those to the cabinet to add some height?  And while I’m at it, do I really want it to be black still?  Of course not!  So my project began…

My sad little cabinet…

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My supplies…

As a side note, I love to buy these little sample pots of paint at Lowe’s and Home Depot.  They are only around three dollars, and you can get them in any color.  They are great for smaller projects and beat paying $15 for a quart of paint when you don’t really need it.

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These little feet are four inches high.  I attached them right to the bottom of the existing feet so it added the full four inches to the overall height of the cabinet.  When I flipped the cabinet over and took the pads off of the bottom there were already holes drilled into the center which saved me some measuring.  I did have to drill the holes bigger though to fit the screws that come on the feet.

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Before I attached the new feet, I added a little wood glue to be sure I would have a secure hold.

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As I said, as long as I would have to paint anyway, I decided to change the whole look.

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This is a deglosser that I had left over from my kitchen cabinets, so I decided to use it here, however, a light sanding also works.  Enough to rough up the finish a little to get it to hold the paint better.  I did sand the top because of some marks in the finish.

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Once I sanded, I painted the feet and top a chocolate brown color.  This is a paint and primer in one that I purchased at Lowe’s.

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I then painted the rest of it this Robin’s egg blue color to which some of you are probably saying, “Why would you do that?”  But bare with me…

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This is an antiquing glaze that came in the same cabinet kit by rustoleum where I got the deglosser from, but I checked, and you can buy this separately.  I love this stuff and have used it on a lot of projects I have done.  It completely changes the color.  You can use any soft cloth to apply it, but definately use gloves. I used it on the chocolate brown as well to add some dimension to the solid brown paint.

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Simply rub the glaze on and wipe it off with the same cloth until you are happy with the coverage.  I also added a protective sealer to the whole cabinet for durability.  It seems like a lot of steps, but I did this over the weekend amid a soccer tournament and tiling my bathroom, so it is totally doable.

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And voila! A completely refinished cabinet!

 

Category: Create

DIY Spring Wreath

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I can’t speak for anyone else living here in the Northeast, but frankly, I am sick of winter and ready to think of Spring.  So, how better to start than with my front door?  Out with the dull winter, and in with bright colors!

For this wreath I chose a multi color yarn and then gathered grosgrain ribbon in colors that matched.  My front door is painted red, so I wanted colors that would coordinate with that.

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I used a foam wreath form with flat sides and I actually ended up needing two skeins of the yarn in the picture.  It is a combo of red, green, white, and purple, so I bought the ribbon in those colors.

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To start simply hold one end of the string and start wrapping.  The yarn sticks to the foam, so it easily stays in place when you start wrapping.

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When you reach the end of the skein simply tie the new yarn onto the old and keep wrapping.  When you reach the end of the wreath, tie the two strings together and cut off the excess.

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Next, making the flowers… Cut 18-24 inch pieces of ribbon.  The longer the ribbon, the bigger the flower.  I varied the ribbon lengths so that the flowers would be different sizes.  Then you have to ruffle the ribbon.  To do this, you sew very large stitches down one side of the ribbon.  I double the thread so it is stronger.

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Once you reach the end, You pull the string so that the ribbon gathers.

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As you pull the string tighter the ribbon will coil and you can twist it into a flower shape.

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Once you have the flower how you want it to look, you can hot glue it to a small piece of felt to hold it together.  Continue with this process until you have the number of flowers that you want and arrange them onto the wreath.  I used hot glue to attach them, but you can also use fabric glue.  Once I had the flowers on, I decided to cut little pieces of the green ribbon to make leaves.  I tacked them on with a little hot glue.

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Once I was happy with how it looked, I used the same green ribbon to hang it from a wreath hook on the front door.  (I definately underestimated how hard it is to take a picture of a wreath hanging on a glass door, without myself in it!)

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Child’s Artwork Display

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My boys are always coming home from school, backpacks brimming with creative things that they have done in school.  I have always liked displaying their work in our home, but it long ago outgrew our fridge.  I had been hanging it up on an open wall in the toy room, which is next to our kitchen.  I was using painter’s tape so it didn’t ruin my walls.  The problem, as you might imagine, is it that things were falling down a lot, because painter’s tape is created to be ‘not so adhesive,’ let’s say.  Over the years I have saved all of their Christmas crafts and I like to hang them, but they prove to be the hardest to stay because most of them are layers upon layers of their little hand prints, so they tend to be heavier when I bring them all out at Christmas time. They do NOT stay on the wall.  This year was a real batter of wills…the crafts won.  But next year, I’ve got the edge!  I saw the greatest idea and decided to try it.

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First I measured the space that I had available so that I could get the appropriate size, then I headed to Big Lots to look for inexpensive curtain rods.  I chose black so it would match the other fixtures in the room.  Then I found the curtain rings that have the little clips for hanging flat curtain panels.  I made sure to leave enough space between the rods for the larger art paper that the kids often use.  With the help of my husband we measured and hung the rods parallel to one another.  Not only is the artwork much more organized, but the boys love to come home and choose what to display.

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Category: Organize

DIY spice jars

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I was in Target walking around the other day, which is one of my favorite things to do, when I spied little glass spice jars with jewel colored lids and chalkboard labels on the front to write the spice on.  I loved them and wanted to buy twenty of them to put all of my spices in!  Unfortunately, at $2.99 each, that was not very cost effective, but it was my inspiration for this DIY project.

I have had a spice rack on my kitchen counter since about the turn of the century and with the few exceptions it is full of spices that I have never used and quite frankly I am not even sure what they would ever be used for!

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At the same time I have this huge mess of spices that I do use on a regular basis.  I took them out to show you, but usually they are making a mess in the little cabinet next to my stove while the virtually unused spice rack takes up valuable space on my counter.

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So, after hanging on for years trying to find a reason to use them, I parted with the spices in the spice jars and decided I would start over.  I emptied, washed, and dried all of the jars.  They had clear stickers on the top indicating the type of spice they were which I removed as well.

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I bought three jars of acrylic paint for 56 cents a piece at Hobby Lobby on sale and chalkboard labels which were $3.99, but you could also use a coupon for 40% off if they are not on sale.  I also had a clear coat gloss spray paint which I used to add a little shine to the lids.

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After I washed everything I put all of the lids on a drying rack.  The darker colors definately needed three coats of paint before I was happy with the coverage.  The paint I bought had a flat finish which is why I chose to put the clear coat on them.  They do make gloss acrylics, but not in the colors I liked.

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Once I had the lids done, I moved on to adding the vinyl labels.  I measured and marked all of the jars with a dry erase marker so the labels would be even when the jars were lined up.  They do make a chalkboard paint for glass if you wanted to stencil the labels on the jars instead.

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Then, all that was left to do was label them with chalk and add the spices.

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I was so happy with how they turned out.  I painted 16 jars in all and it cost about $4.00 versus the $52.00 dollars it would have cost before tax to buy them all. Yay!

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Category: Create, Organize