DIY | Decorative Vase

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Today’s post is on this DIY decorative vase transformation. This vase is part of my master bedroom make-over I am doing. So to start I had been scouring craigslist and all my local stores for a nice inexpensive vase to fill this blank space in my master bedroom. For awhile there I was coming up empty handed. That is until I found this little beauty on craigslist for $5.

vase

It was already in good shape and pretty to keep as is, if it matched my color scheme for my bedroom but sadly it did not. So I had to give it a little a makeover.

I used the following supplies to give my vase new life:

Rust-Oleum American Accents 2x Ultra Cover spray paint in the color Gloss Ivory. Next as an accent color I used a painters paint pen in a pale light blue color.

 

Rust-Oleum Spray Paint

Here’s how my vase looked after three light coats of the spray paint.

spray painted vase

And here is how the vase looked after I added my accent color

vase with accent color

To fill my vase I went to Michael’s and purchased Ashland Naurals stems. I used a 40% off coupon and purchased them for $6.99.

Ashland Naturals

Inside my vase I used the green floral blocks so that my sticks sat up a little higher. Then to finish it off added a little fake moss on top.

vase with moss

Here is the finished project!

DIY decorative vase

Easy and inexpensive I believe the total project cost me $19 that includes all supplies.

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DIY | Dresser Transformation

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Today’s post is a DIY dresser transformation. So this dresser was an unexpected find, I was driving through a residential neighborhood and saw this dresser sitting on the curb with a for sale sign. I scored this dresser for $30 which was a great deal considering it is solid wood. Originally it was a light colored unstained wood but it had some sticker residue and crayon marks on it. So I stained it this dark color you see in the picture and added new knobs. This was years ago so this dresser has been through a lot, one cross country move and one local move.

dresser

So it was time for a fresh new look, first I started by cleaning the dresser off with just a damp rag and then dried it off with a dry rag. I removed the knobs and drawers and used my sander with an 80 grit sandpaper to remove the old stain.

sanded-dresser

After sanding, I wiped the excessive saw dust off with a dry rag and went back through it with my sander again this time using 100 grit sandpaper just to smooth is down some and remove any remaining stain I missed the first go around. Once that was done, I again wiped off the excessive saw dust and now it was time to paint!

dresser drawers

 

dresser drawers

I used my Valspar paint I picked up at Lowe’s from the As Is cart for $5. The color is a dark gray.

Valspar Paint

I used the can on the left.

I painted two coats using a foam roller and I waited a full 24 hours in between coats. Next I used some Minwax Polycrylic to seal my paint.

Minwax Polycrylic

I followed the instructions on the can and used a Wooster Brush to apply the polycrylic.

Wooster Brush

Finally it was time to add my knobs, I bought these crystal glass knobs on Amazon, they came in a pack of 10 and cost $8.85

Crystal Glass knobs

Crystal Glass Knobs

Time to put it altogether, I put the drawers back in place and this project was finally complete!

dresser

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Furniture Makeover | Nightstand

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Today’s post is a DIY furniture makeover on a pair of nightstands. (This post only shows one nightstand because why show you same thing twice?)

Furniture Makeover Nightsand

First I started out with a pair of nightstands that I bought off of Craigslist for $5 each. Here is what they looked like when I bought them.

Nightstand

The first step is to wipe down the furniture, you want your piece to be free from any dust or debris. I took a damp rag and wiped it down and then a dry rag to dry it off. After about 1o minutes I began sanding my piece. I have an electric sander and I used 220 grit sandpaper. The reason for the sanding process is because this nightstand was already stained and had a protective coat on it. I wanted to sand it down a bit to remove that protective coat so that my paint would stick.

My nightstands were very low to the ground and I wanted to bring them up a bit so I went on Amazon and found a set of furniture feet.

Furniture Feet

I ended spray painting them with this matte gray color. I used Valspar Project Perfect Primer in the color gray.

 

valspar-spray-paint

Now the bottom of my nightstands were made with a hallow backing, so I went to my local Home Depot and had a 2×4 cut down to size. I nailed the pieces of wood in place. Then I was ready to add my furniture feet onto the pieces of wood.

Base for my furniture feet

Base for my furniture feet

Here is a close up of how the furniture feet look once it’s all screwed into place.

furniture feet

All done :)

All done 🙂

After the sanding was done, I wiped the piece down once again to remove any saw dust. Next it’s time to paint. I went to my local Lowe’s and checked out the As Is shelf and scored two gallon size cans of paint that were in the colors I needed for my Master Bedroom makeover I am in the middle of.

Valspar Paint

Each can was $5.00 and the shades were a deep gray and a light pale blue. For the nightstands I decided to paint them the light pale blue shade.  After two coats of paint this is what it looked like.

Nightstand

My drawer originally didn’t have any hardware so I found the center of the drawer and screwed a new drawer pull in. I spray painted the drawer pull the same color as the furniture feet so it could look cohesive. I did not seal my piece with polycrylic I chose to let the paint cure for about 2-3 weeks before I moved them into my bedroom.

That’s it all finished, this project took me about two weeks to finish both pieces as I only had the weekends to really work on them.

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DIY | Starburst Mirror

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I am back with another DIY project. This time I created a DIY Starburst Mirror, this is an easy and inexpensive diy project. It looks gorgeous and expensive and it only cost me under $15 to make!

Starburst MirrorMaterials Used:

Charger Plate – Dollar Tree Cost: $1

Round Mirror – Michael’s Cost: $2.99

Dowels 2 packs- Wal Mart Cost: $0.97 each

Glue Gun (had already on hand)

Glue Sticks (had already on hand) but you can get a pack from the Dollar Tree for $1

Darice Bling on a Roll – Wal Mart $2.97 (I already had this on hand)

Mini Mirrors – Michael’s Cost $1.99 for a pack of 25

Valspar Primer Spay Paint – The Home Depot Cost $3.98 (I already had this on hand)

Circular Wood – Michael’s Cost: $1.97

Saw Hooks – The Home Depot Cost $3.98 for a pack of 2

Total I paid (minus items I had on hand) $13.87

materials-used

 

First take your charger plate and something with a small circular shape that you can trace on the back of the charger plate.

Find the center of the plate and trace your circle

Find the center of the plate and trace your circle

 

You should end up with this

red-circle

Next position your first layers of dowels around the circle you just made and hot glue them or use E6000 Glue to secure them in place. Then for your second layer of dowels position them on the outer edge of the plate. This way the dowel sticks will be layered and look like different lengths.

mirror-2

Once you are done it should look like this

mirror-3

Next take your piece outside once its completely dry and spray paint it the color of your choice. I spray painted the front and the back to ensure all sides of the dowels were covered.

mirror-1

 

Now take one of your saw hooks and hammer it lightly into the circular wood piece.

This is how you hang your piece on the wall

This is how you hang your piece on the wall

Take your E6000 Glue and spread a generous amount to the back side (opposite side of where you placed your saw hook) of your wood piece and attach it to back of your charger plate to cover up the dowels.

back-of-mirror

Now you are ready to place your mirror. Spread a generous amount of E6000 Glue to the backside of the mirror and place it on the front of your charger plate. Make sure you follow the instructions for drying times. DO NOT use hot glue, it will not hold, the mirror will fall off.

Let’s decorate the front of our mirror with the bling on a roll. You can just hot glue this down in place all around the mirror. The last step is to decide where you want to place your small round mirrors around the dowel sticks. Hot glue them in place.

Starburst Mirror

All done, isn’t she a beauty?!?

Just clean off your big mirror and your small mini mirrors with some glass cleaner and you are ready to hang your masterpiece on the wall for all to see.

 

Enjoy!

 

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DIY | Bed Canopy

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I am back with another DIY project. This project is a DIY bed canopy for Jordyn’s bed, part of her room makeover. I searched the internet for bed canopies and found some on amazon for $15-$30. There was no way I was going to pay that much for a piece of thin sheer material. I knew I could make it for much cheaper. So I set out to the stores to gather up all my materials.

diy-canopy-7

To get started you will need the following:

1 pair of sheer curtains ($3.49 Ikea)

Quilting Hoop ($2.49 Wal Mart)

White grosgrain ribbon ($0.99 Wal Mart)

Scissors (had on hand)

Lighter (had on hand)

Ceiling hook ($1.49 Wal Mart)

Total Cost: $6.97

First I started out by slipping both sheer curtain panels onto my quilting hoop. I bought my curtains from Ikea and they were on sale for $3.49.

diy bed canopy

Next I took a long piece of my white ribbon and tied knots on each end of the hoop to secure the ribbon in place. Then I cut small holes in each sheer curtain panel and then took another piece of ribbon and threaded it through and secured the opposite ends of the hoop with knots.

diy bed canopy

Your ribbon should look like a plus sign

diy bed canopy

Next I used my lighter and burned the ribbon ends so they wouldn’t fray. I then tied them into knots. I screwed my ceiling hook into the ceiling and hung my two tied ribbon ends on it.

diy bed canopy

Lay out your canopy across your bed and your done! Easy peasy.

diy bed canopy

A super inexpensive way to dress  up your bed for a fraction of the cost if you would have bought a bed canopy.

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