Dessert Tray

I saw the cutest idea for a dessert tray on Pinterest (from Joy’s Hope) the other day.  I thought it would be a perfect thing to make for Noah’s 4th birthday party.  The colors for his party were blue and yellow so I used those for the tray to keep with the theme although you could use any colors you wanted for your project.

I started with some silver trays and glass candlesticks from Dollar Tree.  Only $5 baby!

 You’ll want to prime these first to help your paint stick. Zinsser spray primer is a great choice.  It takes a little extra time, but really makes a big difference!  Now go crazy with any color combination you like!  I used some glossy spray paints from Valspar which I just happened to have on hand.    This would even be fun to do in all metallic paint for a more sophisticated look.  Fancy!

 After both sides have been well coated and the paint is completely dry, it’s time to glue them together.  I used The Original Super Glue Fix-All Adhesive.  This product worked like a charm.  It’s also available at the Dollar Tree so you can pick it up when you buy the plates and candlesticks.

I put a tape measure on top of the tray after all the pieces were glued together to weight it down.  I kept the weight on overnight to make sure there was a nice tight seal on each layer.

That’s it!  Just be sure to only put wrapped food or cupcakes in papers on the tray because it is NOT food safe!

Painted Picture Frames

So, you saw that I recently spruced up our home office.  I’m still smiling when I walk into that room and I’m keeping it neat and tidy with all of my new storage space (so far, so good although it’s only been a week).  One of the projects that I worked on in that room was taking a bunch of mismatched picture frames and giving them a more cohesive look.  I bought a couple cans of spray paint at my local home improvement store where there were more colors to choose from than I might have thought.  I picked out a pretty bluish green, darker but similar to my new wall color and also a glossy bright blue to add a pop of color but still go with the overall color scheme.  So easy to do… just popped the pics out of the frames and gave them two healthy coats of paint (front and back).  Then I popped the pics back in when they were good and dry (the glossy paint seemed to need a little extra drying time as it stayed tacky and showed finger prints quite a bit longer than the satin paint did). 

I love that I repurposed items I already owned and spent only a few dollars on paint for a totally new, fresh look.

Before…

After…

Burlap Picture Frames

We were organizing our garage a couple weeks ago and ran across a pile of burlap sacks that last summer’s camping wood was wrapped in.  Why they didn’t get tossed, I don’t know, but I figured I might as well do something with them since we kept them around this long.  Hmmm, dirty wadded up burlap sacks… what to do?  An empty space on my family room wall was crying out for some family photos so why not create some frames with them?

So here’s that pile of burlap.  It needed a good washing and drying and then a really good ironing.

I happened to have a couple of frames laying around that I wasn’t using and I picked up a third at a thrift store for a few bucks.
A coat of spray primer and a coat or two of black satin spray paint made these mismatched frames look like they all belonged together. 

I covered the cardboard that came with the frames with the burlap.  I gave the burlap a good coat of spray adhesive to hold it in place and held the edges down on the back side with tape.

I used the little staple thingies on the frame to hold the cardboard in place.

Almost done… looking good!

With a hot glue gun, I attached these bulldog clips from Office Max to the front of the frame. 

Insert some black and white family photos and presto!  Family photo wall complete.

I still have a pile of burlap leftover so watch for more projects coming soon!!

Project #4: Toy Box Makeover

Toll painting used to be all the rage back in the day and our house growing up had it’s fair share of the country cottage thing happening. Well, I’m not much into the cutesy country look myself but my mom had this chest just sitting around that needed a good home and it turns out we could use (could always use) some more storage for all the toys that accumulate around here, especially after Christmas!

This chest sat in my garage for weeks while I tried to decide what to do with it, and for some reason I had the hardest time.  In the end I kept it simple with a coat of blue paint the same color as the upper part of the wall and ceiling in my son’s room and a coat of dark glaze to tie in with his black furniture.


Before



After

Project #3: Coat Hook Re-Do

So they say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Well, in this case there was some serious work to be done to make this sad old coat hook into a treasure again!  I picked this up at the second hand store for a buck fifty and thought it would make a great place to hang my son’s sweatshirts in his bedroom.

My second hand store find… needs a little love.

I put a couple coats of primer on it then did a quick coat of red spray paint.  I cut three stars out of heavy duty paper and used a little spray adhesive to attach them to the board.  Next I sprayed on 2 coats of  ivory paint.  When that was mostly dry, I removed the paper stars.  I had a little bleed through, but not to worry, when it was completely dry I took some fine sandpaper and scuffed it up a little so it was distressed and the edges of the stars ended up looking great!


My second hand store find… fabulous!

Project #2: Jewelry Display Board

I have a new love of big, drop earrings and have encountered a problem.  Where oh where to store them, preferably out of reach of my very curious 3 year old???  My sweet little jewelry box that my grandpa made me years ago has teensy tiny little compartments that are great for studs and such but not large enough for the bigger, better, bolder earring I’ve been loving lately (okay, they’re not really that crazy or anything, just too big for my current storage situation).  I saw a couple of cute ideas on Pinterest and decided to give my own version a try…

First, I started with a tried and true trip to the Good Will.  Here’s my find, not much of a looker, but I had a vision.

 
I painted the frame black with spray paint (2 coats).  After it was dry I gave it a little roughing up with some fine sandpaper for that distressed look then put on a coat of polyurethane to give it a nice pretty shine.

I attached come cork tiles to the existing picture and covered it with fabric then put the whole thing back into the frame.  I probably shouldn’t admit this, I’m sure there was probably a better way, but I taped the back up with duck tape to hold the fabric onto the cork and to hold the whole thing in the frame.  Worked like a charm and since nobody will be looking at the back, I decided is would get the job done and that’s what mattered.  Am I right?

I made the frame big enough to accommodate lots of earrings, bracelets and necklaces too.  Super easy and you could use any color on the frame and any fabric under the sun to make it fit you style.

Kitchen Remodel

Last year I decided I couldn’t stand to look at our kitchen for another day!  The dark red walls and the yellowing, dated cabinets were down right depressing.  I’m a gal who likes to hang out in the kitchen so I figured it was about time to make this a room I actually wanted to spend some time in.  However, kitchen remodels can cost much dinero and our pockets weren’t exactly overflowing at the time.  So, we rolled up our sleeves and set to work!  Here are a few photos of what we were dealing with…not horrible/terrible but I was done, done, done with it!  

 So, one of the hardest decisions, was what in the heck to put on the counter tops.  Obviously with our limited funds, new granite was not on our list of choices, so we narrowed it down to tile.  After many, many trips to our local home improvement store, we found something that we both could agree on.  A nice neutral grey toned tile.  Fortunately, I have a handy hubby who was able to install the countertops saving us bunches of our well earned money.  We chose white subway tile for the backsplash because it’s classic and super inexpensive.  The white also added to the light and cheery vibe I was going for.

I spent days and days out in the garage priming and painting the ugly cabinets inside and out, not my favorite part of the process!  A week, 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint later, we were ready to hang ’em up.  Add some lovely Target hardware and presto, what a difference.  We did splurge and had a few of the upper cabinets remade with glass inserts. Well worth the additional expense as it made a huge difference in the final product. Love, love, love them!

One of  the biggest changes and by far the cheapest, was a new paint color on the walls and a fresh coat of white on the ceiling.  I chose a robin’s egg blue which was so crazy different than the red that I kinda hated it when I first started rolling it on.  Once the whole room was painted, it started growning on me and now I absolutely adore it.
I don’t know what our total cost was for this kitchen re-do but I know it was a small fraction of the price we would have paid for brand new cabinets and granite countertops and wow, what a huge change!

Project #1: Dresser Makeover

My very good friend just moved into a new house and was in need of a little makeover on her guest room dresser.  She wanted a pop of color in her new space so with a little inspiration from her table lamp color,  this is what happened… plain white, a little boring turns into a turquoise beauty!

Cute dresser, love the hardware, but needs a little something to make it special don’t you think?

1. I lightly scuffed up the dresser with a sanding block.
2. Then I applied 2 coats of Zinsser primer.
3. Then 2 coats of paint (Valspar Belle Grove Spruce)
4. I added an antique glaze, wiping most of it off with a rag for a subtle look.
5. Then a coat of Minwax Polycrylic to protect all my hard work.

Oh what a little paint can do!