Saturday, August 10, 2013

Painted End Table


Well here's my second furniture project!! I bought this beauty at Goodwill for $8!! 

Here's what you'll need: 
Gloves
Eye Protection
Sponge
Cloth
Old Towel
Plastic Tray
Sponge brush
Small brush (depending on the piece of furniture)
Tarp
Paint


Steps:
  1. Lay the tarp under the piece of furniture. 
  2. Remove the knobs. 
  3. Follow the directions on the back of the TSP bottle. My directions said to pour the TSP in a plastic tray. Use the sponge to rub the TSP on the furniture. Let the TSP sit for about 5 minutes, and then clean off the TSP using an old towel. The purpose of the TSP is to clean the furniture and help prepare it for painting. Also, be sure to wear gloves and eye protection for safety when using TSP.
  4. Prime the piece of furniture using Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer (you may need two coats of primer, but be sure to let the first coat dry before painting the second coat). I used a sponge brush over the flat surfaces, but I needed a small regular brush for the groves/carvings. 
  5. Using a cute color, paint two to three coats on your furniture. Let each coat dry for about 5-6 hours before painting another coat on top. 
  6. Put the knobs back in place or buy some new knobs to update the piece even more. 

You're done!! What a cute little piece!! This process isn't the best way to redo furniture, but it's definitely the easiest!! 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Painted Dresser



This was my first big project for my new apartment!! I bought the dresser for $25 at the famous Goodwill. It looked ugly with all of the pink flowers, but underneath the ugly paint job was good quality furniture. The entire piece was solid wood (drawers, backing, etc), and it had nice dovetailed drawers. It was also branded by Tradewinds furniture (Note: crappy furniture isn't branded by a company, no one wants their furniture to say "Walmart"). 

I began this project by attempting to strip off the pink paint (a process that was new for me). After stripping one side of the dresser I decided I will NEVER again strip furniture!! It was frustrating, time consuming, and not worth the effort. I switched to old fashioned sanding, and I was much happier with the results. After sanding, I wiped the dresser down to remove any excess dust. I then painted the dresser with primer, followed by 2-3 coats of paint. I let each coat dry for about 5 hours just to be safe. As a finishing touch I added new knobs to the drawers; if you want to get really fancy with the knobs Hobby Lobby has a wide selection.

I love this piece of furniture now!! It's modern and good quality!! 




Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Baby Crinkle Toy

Supplies:

  • Ribbon
  • Fabric 
  • Something Crinkly (I used a microwave popcorn wrapper)
  • Teether or Rattle (optional)
Steps:
  1. Wash and iron your fabric.
  2. Using the fabric cut two 6 x 6 inch squares.
  3. Cut one 6 x 6 inch square out of the crinkly material.
  4. Cut six 4 inch pieces of ribbon.
  5. Lay one piece of fabric right side up. Pin folded ribbons along the edges (see image below).
  6. Place second piece of fabric on top, right side down. 
  7. Place the crinkle material on top of both pieces of fabric and pin all three together.
  8. Sew along all sides, but be sure to leave enough room to turn inside out!! 
  9. Trim excess fabric and corners.
  10. Turn inside out.
  11. Top-stitch around the edges. Make sure to close the opening well.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Painted Wine Glasses


What you'll need:
  • Enamel Acrylic Paint ($2 at Walmart)
  • Wine Glass
  • Paint brushes 

Steps:
  1. Clean the wine glass and let it dry. 
  2. Paint a cute design. Let the first coat dry for about 30 minutes before painting a second/third coat. 
  3. Place the glass on a cookie sheet and then stick it in the oven (IMPORTANT: the oven should not be turned on yet!!)
  4. Bake the glass according to the directions on the paint bottle. The paint I used from Walmart said to bake the glass for about 30 minutes.
  5. Once you've finished baking the glass turn off the oven, but do NOT remove the glass yet!! Wait for the oven to reach room temperature before removing the glass.

Notes: 
  • Glass can not handle drastic changes in temperature. If you place glass directly into a hot oven, the glass will crack!!  However, if the glass is placed into an oven at room temperature and then slowly heats up to 350 it will be fine!! 
  • We bought our wine glasses at Goodwill for $1!! Great Deal!!
  • In the past I've used Martha Stewart's Glass Paint, but the Enamel Acrylic Paint works just as good and it's a lot cheaper!!
  • We used the ends of pencils to make cute little dots on our glasses. You can also paint with Q-tips if you don't like using brushes. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Photo Coasters


What you'll need

  • Tiles 
  • Photos
  • Mod-Podge
  • Foam-brush
  • Acrylic Sealer (Next to Mod-Podge at Walmart)
  • Felt Pads
  • Sharpie (optional)


Steps

  • Clean and dry the tiles.
  • Cut the photos so they fit nicely on the tiles. I recommend making the photos slightly smaller than the tiles.
  • Using the foam-brush, paint a thin layer of mod-podge on a tile. Place the photo on the tile and press down. Repeat for the other tiles and photos. 
  • Paint a thin layer of mod-podge over the photos and let them dry. You will need to repeat this step 3-4 times. 
  • After your tiles have dried, spray them with a thin coat of acrylic sealer. Let the sealer dry for about 20-30 minutes and then spray a second coat on the tiles. Warning: If you spray the second coat on to quickly, bubbles will appear on your photos.
  • Place 4 felt pads on the bottom of the tiles. These will protect your coffee table/end table from being scratched. 
  • On the back of the tiles, write the date each photo was taken using a Sharpie. 
  • Voila, your personalized coasters are complete! 


Alphabet Photography Continued...

Well here are some more of my photos from alphabet photography. I think the hardest part about this project is finding the letters in Bastrop. It's a small town, and I'm trying to incorporate all of the main buildings/attractions. Plus my camera is just a regular point and shoot...nothing fancy, but I'm pleased with the results so far!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ticket Keepsake

My old roommate and I made this Ticket Keepsake. We used a shadow box, cardstock/scrapbook paper, scrapbook letters/stickers, a ruler, and an x-acto knife. First, we measured where to put the incision. We then used the x-acto knife to cut through the back of the shadow box. We had to cut through several layers of cardboard on the shadow box, but just be patient. We then made the same mark on the scrapbook paper/cardstock. Afterwards, we decorated the scrapbook paper with different scrapbook letters and pictures. I love my little keepsake box! 

Note: I definitely recommend making the incision to place the tickets through. You won't have to open the box every time you want add another ticket to your collection.