Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

I had a spot in my office that was perfect for a bench seat. I wanted  it to have a back and I wanted it to be padded so it would be comfy for visitors in my office. Have you ever priced those? $300 and up and that’s before you buy any type of padding. I was hoping I might find one at a thrift store that I could makeover but no such luck.  I did, however, happen upon these two chairs sitting next to each other. They were on clearance for $2.00 each but as I looked at them I thought… those look kinda like a bench if you take out the middle arms. And so an idea was born and two old office chairs found a new home. It ends up recovering the cushions was fairly easy! The total cost for the supplies? $16.  I told Roy I just saved him $285 so I should be able to use that money for something else. He wasn’t buying it.

If you’re a fan of thrift store finds and redo, you’ll probably also enjoy our Ceiling Fan to Thrift Store Chandelier Makeover, Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors and How to Turn a Working Console TV into a Piece of Art!

Bench Seat Supplies

Instructions

These are the chairs as we got them from the thrift store. $2 each.

Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

The first thing Roy did was cut the middle arm sections off on both chairs.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

Marking them with tape made it easier to make the cut.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

He also had to remove the back wood braces which he’s already done here.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

He sanded off the area he cut.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

This shows him screwing the bottom center legs of both chairs together. Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

He then drilled a hole in the center braces and added two bolts for extra stability. Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

A solid piece of wood was added to the back and screwed in on the sides where the original back braces were screwed in.   Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

It was now time to recover the cushions and arm rests. We picked a very soft, polyester “Heavenly Plush” fabric from Walmart.  We also picked up a Cover Button kit to create matching buttons for the tufted back.Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.We placed the back-cushions face down onto the backside of the fabric and cut a large enough piece to wrap around the entire cushion.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Since we wanted to keep the tufting on the back cushions, we removed the back piece of fabric from the cushion.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.This allowed us to cut the strings from the existing tufts and remove the buttons.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once the back strings were cut, the buttons pulled easily out through the front.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.This is when we began wrapping the fabric and stapling it snug onto the wood frame.  We left the opening we had cut so that we could re-tuft the cushion.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once the back cushions were wrapped, we set them aside to create our buttons.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Using the Cover Button kit, we cut a small circle of our fabric and inserted it into the clear rubber mold.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Then we placed the button portion, face down, onto our fabric.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Then we fold in the edges of the fabric, completely covering the button.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Due to the fluffiness of our fabric, we had to trim away a little excess.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Lastly, we placed the button back on top of the folded-in fabric.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.To create the button, we simply press down over our final piece using the pusher included with the kit.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.You will feel a slight ‘pop’ when the button back inserts into the button.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.At this point, remove the pusher and pull the button out of the mold.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Voila!  Matching buttons for our tufted cushions!
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Using permanent marker, we placed dots on the back of the cushion to mark where our tufts would be.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Instead of using standard sewing thread, we opted for a thick waxy thread that could really handle a lot of pressure.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.We began by threading down through the back of the cushion at our designated marks.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.While pushing the needle from the back, we compressed the front of the cushion to help guide the needle through.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once the needle was through, we threaded the button onto the back and pushed the needle back down through the cushion about 1/4 inch away from the hole we came out through.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once the needle is out the back, we threaded on an old button.  This gave us a solid base for leverage, so we could pull the string tight and create the tuft.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once complete, the back looks like so.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.And the front now has our two tufts with matching buttons.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.We removed the arm rests and stapled fabric around each one, making sure to cut away any excess material so that they would easily rest back onto the arms of the chair.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.For the seat cushions, we wrapped and stapled them the same way we did with our back cushions.  The one difference was that we removed the seat tufting and did not replace it as we did not want tufted seats.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once complete, we had beautiful, soft & smooth seat cushions that were ready to be reattached to our chair.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Prior to replacing the cushions and arm rests, we painted the frame white.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Once dry, we screwed on the cushions and arm rests.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.For a little added touch of style, we used a box of silver thumbtacks to create a border around the two sides of the bench.  By holding the tacks with needle nose pliers and hammering them in, you get the same look as the expensive upholstery nails without breaking the bank.
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.The silver border turned out absolutely amazing!
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.Now we have a beautiful statement piece as well as soft and comfy seating!
Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material. Watch how two $2 thrift store office chairs were transformed into a gorgeous comfy bench seat with nothing more than some paint and $6.00 of material.

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A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!Our kitchen isn’t all that big but when we did our outdated kitchen transformation, I felt like there was room for a small kitchen island. You know… like an islet. The extra room would be so helpful. I didn’t want to spend the bucks on one and Roy would have gladly built something for me but the first thing we did was look over our current “stuff”. Ends up we had the perfect thing staring us right in the face. Not everyone is that lucky I realize but what we used was something my dad had made me a few years back to hold appliances in a kitchen that was much smaller than what we have now. Ironically it was just the right height. It just needed a facelift to work in our current home. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to fix something up for another use.  Below is what we did. If you need to build your own and like the rough wood look, you don’t need a lot of skill. Check out our Kitchen Trash Can On Wheels we made to go in the new kitchen. You might also want to check out our contact paper countertop in case you want to use the finish we used on that  for the top of your small kitchen island.

 

Small Kitchen Island Photos

This is a few years back when my dad originally made the stand for me so I’d have a place to put some of my appliances. He made it to fit that spot exactly!A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

When I realized it would work for our small kitchen island the first thing we did was give it a fresh coat of white paint.

A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

Next, some contact paper was purchased that matched the kitchen theme and it was placed on top. A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

To make it extra sturdy, I’ve decided once this wears out I will put on a new cover of contact paper and then give it 3 coats of water soluble varnish just like I did for our bathroom contact paper countertop makeover. It turned out beautiful and sturdy!  Check out that post to see the tools you’ll need to do it. It’s simple to do and worth the effort. A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

I wanted a towel rack on the island, so rather than buy one Roy made one from wood and a dowel and two ends caps we had.A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

I panted it and added some bright towels. A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

On the other side I hung a white metal hook to hold one of my larger wood cutting boards since we use the island for cutting a great deal of the time. A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

It’s perfect and not so big that it gets in the way and it allows us the extra bit of space we need! A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need! A small kitchen island can be made from things you already have or even rough lumber. Some paint and contact paper and you've got the extra space you need!

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These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!Have you ever been walking through a thrift store looking for your next upcycling project and saw something that screamed “take me home and turn me into something awesome!” That’s what happened with this little retro coaster set. It was the proverbial puppy looking at me with big brown eyes. Well, maybe not quite that dramatic but I just knew I could do something special with it, though at the time I had no idea what. So I set in my basket and off to to the checkout I went, along with a few other finds.

It sat on my craft room shelf for quite a while as I pondered what I might create with it. Then I did what I always do when I have a “crafters block”. I called my daughter Jennifer. And thus from that old brown retro coaster set a beautiful gold and white picture holder was born.  Nothing warms my heart more than an upcycling project where I give an old item a new home.  FYI this is also fits into our Buff Your Stuff series so you might want to take a peek at those other items. Speaking of which, you’ve got to check out two of our other favorite things made from another time that seems to be in abundance in thrift stores: Brass candle holders. First is our Classy Jewelry Stand and the second is a Portable Recipe Holder!

Retro Coaster Upcycling Project Supplies

  • Old Coaster Set
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Photos

Instructions

This is what the coaster looked like straight out of the thrift store.

These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

It needed a little cleaning up. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I also had to remove the top pieces.These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

Then the spray painting began!These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I found that a spray paint cap was the perfect size for tracing my photos. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I found photos I wanted and traced them. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I then cut them out.These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

Perfect fit!These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

There were just enough trays for each family member to have a photo with one extra so I made a special circle with our family name and printed it out to go on the very top tray. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

I used Tacky Glue inside each tray to adhere the photos. These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

Then I pressed each one in place.These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!These retro coaster sets found in many thrift stores make a beautiful photo upcycling project with some paint glue and personal pictures!

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In need of a decor change that costs very little? Here are some geometric door decorations that literally cost a few dollars and take just minutes to make!

Have you ever had a time when you’re really in the mood for some sort of change in your home but your budget just won’t allow for it at the moment? #raisedhand  Well, this is where our geometric door decorations come in  handy. For the price of a roll of Washi tape (About $3.00) you can have an awesome looking closet door in 15 minutes or less. And it’s a pretty sizable statement piece to boot!  Plus, it’s easily removable, which makes it perfect for rental homes or if you’re the type of person who likes to change things frequently.

Speaking of cheap ideas with big effects, we’ve also got another Washi Tape idea that will blow you away. It’s our Huge Wall Calendar. You’ll also notice a really large $100 bill decor item. That was an upcycle  made from a piece of throw away foam that comes in furniture. (Waste not, want not!) You can get the pattern and instructions for that Cash Statement Piece Wall Decoration Idea Here.

Geometric Door Decorations Supplies

Instructions

NOTE: DO NOT USE ELECTRICAL TAPE. It does not work. It stretches and falls off. This comes from experience. Ü

We suggest using a piece of paper and drawing out your design ahead of time and then just copying it with your Washi tape onto the door. Placement does not have to be exact. In need of a decor change that costs very little? Here are some geometric door decorations that literally cost a few dollars and take just minutes to make!

In need of a decor change that costs very little? Here are some geometric door decorations that literally cost a few dollars and take just minutes to make!

In need of a decor change that costs very little? Here are some geometric door decorations that literally cost a few dollars and take just minutes to make!

  In need of a decor change that costs very little? Here are some geometric door decorations that literally cost a few dollars and take just minutes to make!

 

In need of a decor change that costs very little? Here are some geometric door decorations that literally cost a few dollars and take just minutes to make!

 

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Don't throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and you've got a Modern Geometric Painted Dining Table! Amazing transformation isn't it?

Don’t throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and, in this case, you’ve got a Modern Geometric painted dining table. Pretty amazing transformation isn’t it? This is part of our “Buff Your Stuff” series whose sole purpose is to inspire you to transform old things into new! Or even new things into different things! The key word here is “transformation”. And boy did we accomplish that in this case. So look at all the photos below and get inspired! This project was completed by our daughter Amy whose home is a masterpiece filled with before and afters! Check out some of her other spectacular ideas such as How to Turn a Working Console TV into a Piece of Art , DIY Cash Statement Piece Wall Decoration Idea and Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors.

Painted Dining Table Photos

This is the table as it was purchased from a thrift store.

Don't throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and you've got a Modern Geometric Painted Dining Table! Amazing transformation isn't it?

First thing we did was add some yellow to the metal bottoms. Don't throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and you've got a Modern Geometric Painted Dining Table! Amazing transformation isn't it?

Don't throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and you've got a Modern Geometric Painted Dining Table! Amazing transformation isn't it?

Next we painted the legs and edges of the table black. Then the side boards teal. The triangles you see are cut from black Washi tape and stuck on. Done!Don't throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and you've got a Modern Geometric Painted Dining Table! Amazing transformation isn't it?

The two chairs were purchased from Hobby Lobby. They are very sturdy, just make sure to buy them on sale. Everything at Hobby Lobby rotates on sale. Plus every week there’s a 40% off printable coupon on one item!  You’ll see it at the top of their site here. Don't throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and you've got a Modern Geometric Painted Dining Table! Amazing transformation isn't it?

Just a quick before of the dining room area. Don't throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and you've got a Modern Geometric Painted Dining Table! Amazing transformation isn't it?

And an after photo complete with wall decor.  The pug painting was also purchased at Hobby Lobby.Don't throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and you've got a Modern Geometric Painted Dining Table! Amazing transformation isn't it?

This shows our first attempt at using thrift store chairs. It was a FAIL. ÜDon't throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and you've got a Modern Geometric Painted Dining Table! Amazing transformation isn't it?Don't throw away that old furniture! All you need is a little paint and you've got a Modern Geometric Painted Dining Table! Amazing transformation isn't it?

 

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Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Doing a contact paper countertop makeover has been a popular way to inexpensively cover up an old ugly countertop. Granite contact paper is typically used as it resembles a real granite countertop  and while if done well it looks awesome, this comes with a variety of inherent problems. Well, we’re going to show you how to fix almost all of them on one fell swoop! And if your looking for other great inexpensive fix-up ideas check out our Frugal DIY Bedroom Makeover Ideas and our Classy Living Room Ideas on a Budget.

PROBLEMS WITH A CONTACT PAPER COUNTERTOP

  1. Seams. There’s no way around having seams and even with pattern matching they tend to show. With granite paper you can’t match patterns and they show up more. Accept it.
  2. Water can get under the seams.  If it does, they will start to peel up.
  3. It’s easily damaged because, well, it’s paper. In a kitchen you can’t cut on it or put anything hot on it. In the bath room no curling irons can touch it.
  4. Edges peel up. If your countertop has a straight edge as the one shown below, the paper will peel away easily where it meets together when anyone rubs against it.
  5. Be careful. You just have to be careful because it can be nicked with anything sharp or discolored easily.

Those are some pretty big issues considering all the work you go through to put the stuff on. And it does take a good bit of work.  But we found a way to make it more sturdy and long lasting. You still can’t set extremely hot things on it or cut on it but water and peeling should not be an issue which is the biggest problem in a bathroom.

NOTE: This is best done in bathrooms mainly because you can’t cut or place hot things on it even with our method. However, if you’re really careful in your kitchen, go for it!

How To Make a Contact Paper Countertop Last

Water Based Polyurethane Gloss Finish.  Because it’s water based it doesn’t harm the contact paper.  It seals over the seams and edges so water cannot get in. It protects the surface and all your hard work. The only type I found is linked below and made by Rust-Oleum. A little goes a long way. It’s a bit pricey but we use it for all types of things such as my post on how to build a Large Surface Home Office Desk.  Buying it in the two quart package can save you almost $15.   This is of course optional. You can  just treat your contact paper with great care. But if you have kids or just don’t want to worry about being extra careful you don’t have to use it.  But if you have edges of your counter like mine, I’d still suggest gluing them somehow as they will find a way to peel just from leaning against them.

FYI This does make it more of a permanent thing. You cannot easily remove the paper later. You would have to do some light sanding to get through the gloss.

Contact Paper Countertop Supplies

NOTE: Once companies realized people were using granite contact paper to cover counters they raised the price of that type so its a bit more costly. Buy enough to cover your counter. If you’re  using a pattern that you can match you’ll need more.  One roll “barely” did my small countertop.

Time Frame

This job could be done in a day and ready to use the next day but you’d need to start early to allow yourself to get all the coats of varnish on.

How Long It Took Me
(I’ve never done this before.)

Covering small bathroom vanity: 2 Hours
Clear Coat: 1 day due to drying time of 2 hours in between each of three coats.

 

Download Reminders

Should you decide to not use clear varnish grab one of our free reminders to print and/or frame and  set on  your countertop! Photos of them printed up are at the bottom of post. Various sizes!Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Instructions

  1. Scrub and clean your countertop thoroughly and wipe with a clean dry cloth. You want to make sure there is nothing left on it to make the contact paper not adhere to the surface.
  2. Having someone to help makes it go much faster and makes the paper easier to handle.
  3. This project takes patience. If you hurry it up you’ll mess up.

This is what our bathroom looked like before we repainted our walls.  The house must have been a rental because at some point they had painted over wall paper. Sad but true. For the moment we were looking for a quick fix up so we did a little sanding and hole filling and added a new coat of paint.   Eventually we’ll redo the entire bathroom the “right” way and also replace the vanity but for now we were looking for a quick inexpensive facelift. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests! The walls had been painted here. But the counter top still needed some work. It appeared that some past owner had also painted the countertop. It wasn’t too bad of a job, however, they went over everything including the part of the back splash that was metal. I debated what to do and finally decided I would paint the metal parts metallic silver. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!I chose Martha Stewart’s metallic silver as it’s close to the real thing. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

I masked off everything with painters tape.

Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

I probably didn’t need to do the inside parts as those would be painted over anyway but I was thorough. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

I painted two layers of silver paint on all the trim parts, allowing it to dry in between coats. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

It looked quite a bit better in my opinion. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Now it was time to start on the counter top itself. I grabbed my roll of granite contact paper. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

There will be some measuring involved on parts but for the larger areas you just unroll and start. Again, your surface should be cleaned spotless and free of any soaps etc. so that the paper sticks well.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

The trick is to make sure you have no bubbles and that it’s even as you lay it out. Use a credit card or something similar to help smooth it down as you go.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

When you come to the sink you will carefully press up to it and down into the area around it. Because our sink was curves as many are we were only able to go so far and then needed to start cutting small slits that allowed us to press the paper closer to the sink. Cut a large hole out for the sink, making sure to give you plenty of paper to work with on all sides. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Notice how I cut the paper and moved on. At some point you might run out of paper and have to make a seam. I did not due to how short my counter was. If you do have to make a seam you can decide ahead of time where you might want to have it fall for atheistic purposes. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Once I had my paper laid longways across my counter, I’d go back and do the detail work around the rest of my sink. I make small slits with my X-acto knife, part way down and NOT TOO FAR, just enough to allow me to push the paper around the edge of the sink and curve it around as shown. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Again, you want no bubbles. This might require some lifting and re-positioning. It takes patience and time. Go slow.  Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

You want your paper tucked tightly next to your sink. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

More slicing down to allow for the curve. Again, do not go down too far. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Trimming off extra. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Moving onto the other side. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

The front edge.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

The paper was not deep enough to go to the back which is where I thought I would rather have my seam as apposed to having a seam vertically down my sink.  I decided this would show much less.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

I cut a piece of paper a bit larger than the area and moved it around to determine where the pattern was the “best”. Remember you can’t match granite exactly.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

I then put it in place and rubbed it down.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

My piece was going to need a seam at some point. I decided right behind the facet was perfect. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

After it was in place I carefully trimmed it with my knife.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

I cut the pieces for the backsplash and added and trimmed those, seaming if needed.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

I was now ready to trim around the sink. I trimmed a bit high to start. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Then I went back and trimmed it where I wanted it. You’ll notice my sink has a brown area where it was caulked years back. I plan on re-calking around it, so that’s fine.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

I bought a tube of waterproof DAP acrylic latex silicon caulk. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

I squeezed out a bead around my sink.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Because it is water based I wet my finger slightly.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Then I smoothed it out.  Don’t use too much water or it thins it out too much.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

If you mess up,  you can quickly wipe it off with a damp rag and add more. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Make sure to wipe off any extra with a damp paper towel. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

I now have a nicer edge to my sink. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

I now need to cut the pieces to go on the edge of my counter. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests! I cut them larger and added them on.  Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Corners like this are tricky and these areas problematic if the contact paper is not sealed with something as they tend to come up if leaned against. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

I then trimmed the sides.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

More trimming.Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

As an added precaution, I dabbed some clear glue under the corners. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Now comes the part that makes your new countertop last. The clear finish. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

I added a light coat of this everywhere on my counter where I placed the paper. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Make sure its brushed on evenly. Let it dry 2 hours or until its not tacky. I then added another coat, it dry as before and added one more.  Once the last coat is on, let it cure 24 hours and its set!Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

You now have a beautiful new countertop that will last a good long while. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Here are some close ups to show the details. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

  The seams are noticeable but because of how the human eye works, most people won’t see them unless you point them out!Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests! Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests! Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests! Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests! Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests! Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

You can choose to use this humorous poem to set on your counter or tape to your mirror  if you don’t use the clear coating. Or even with it!Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Here’s a more standard reminder. Both are a free download on the top of this post. Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!Transform your bathroom for only a few dollars with a contact paper countertop. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it looks & so will your family & guests!

 

 

 

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We'll show you how we took an old working console TV and turned it into a piece of art with nothing more than some paint! It made a perfect gaming TV!blank630x20Depending on your age you might remember having a console TV when you were growing up. They were big televisions with a wood case built around them and were considered a piece of the furniture. Times and TV’s have changed but you can still find these at thrift stores, which we did. This one was $20 and it worked! We decided to give this old TV a modern look for our living room. It’s used solely for gaming. This is part of our “Buff Your Stuff” series where you take old things and make them new! You might especially enjoy our makeover, Refurbishing Furniture with Modern Colors.

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This is the $20 TV we found at Salvation Army.

We'll show you how we took an old working console TV and turned it into a piece of art with nothing more than some paint! It made a perfect gaming TV!

We chose our colors and then taped off areas. The main console was white and we used yellow as a contrast. The gold handles were removed and painted silver.We'll show you how we took an old working console TV and turned it into a piece of art with nothing more than some paint! It made a perfect gaming TV!

This is how it turned out!We'll show you how we took an old working console TV and turned it into a piece of art with nothing more than some paint! It made a perfect gaming TV!

It’s the perfect gaming TV. We'll show you how we took an old working console TV and turned it into a piece of art with nothing more than some paint! It made a perfect gaming TV!blank630x20

We'll show you how we took an old working console TV and turned it into a piece of art with nothing more than some paint! It made a perfect gaming TV!blank630x20

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Refurbishing furniture can be as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And when you pick bright contrasting colors you've got a gorgeous statement piece!blank630x20

Refurbishing furniture can be as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And when you pick bright contrasting colors you’ve got a gorgeous statement piece!  This is one of our “Buff Your Stuff” series where we take things we own and give them a whole new look. And what a dramatic difference this one is! This is an older unique piece of furniture, that in all honesty, we have no idea what it was originally meant for. But as you can see, with a little sanding and some paint and a few extras it became a lovely storage piece. Our tutorial for a $100 Bill Wall Decoration Idea was  the  perfect accent piece to place above this piece as you’ll see below!

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This is the original piece.

Refurbishing furniture can be as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And when you pick bright contrasting colors you've got a gorgeous statement piece!

The top flips up for more storage. Refurbishing furniture can be as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And when you pick bright contrasting colors you've got a gorgeous statement piece!

We did a quick sand. Refurbishing furniture can be as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And when you pick bright contrasting colors you've got a gorgeous statement piece!

Then we decided how we were going to paint it. We chose a vibrant teal and white.Refurbishing furniture can be as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And when you pick bright contrasting colors you've got a gorgeous statement piece!

We used some basic hardware to spice it up, painting the corner brackets gold. This shows the final knob we chose after testing out another style you can see below.Refurbishing furniture can be as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And when you pick bright contrasting colors you've got a gorgeous statement piece!

We painted the bottom portion of the feet gold. Refurbishing furniture can be as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And when you pick bright contrasting colors you've got a gorgeous statement piece!

The wood bar under the lid was also painted gold as were the metal brackets.

Refurbishing furniture can be as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And when you pick bright contrasting colors you've got a gorgeous statement piece!

 We also have a tutorial for the $100 Bill Wall Decoration Idea!Refurbishing furniture can be as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And when you pick bright contrasting colors you've got a gorgeous statement piece!blank630x20Refurbishing furniture can be as easy as giving it a new coat of paint. And when you pick bright contrasting colors you've got a gorgeous statement piece!

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You won't believe how easy & inexpensive it is to do a dramatic fireplace makeover! All you need is some normal paint and a wadded up paper bag. No kidding! blank630x20

You won’t believe how easy & inexpensive it is to do a dramatic fireplace makeover! All you need is some normal paint and a wadded up paper bag. No kidding!  You can even use those small bottles of craft paint though you might need two or three. You’ll seldom see such an amazing difference for such little time and money.

And once you get your fireplace looking all new and spiffy you can make a picket fence fireplace cover for it. We also have other great classy living room ideas on a budget.

 

Fireplace Makeover Supplies

  • Brush to clean the bricks thoroughly before painting.
  • House Paint  1 gallon, semi-gloss, for grout color and brick base. A cream was used for the sample.
  • Paints for the brick surface. Typically one or two colors but its up to you.  This type of craft paint works great. You’ll need a few bottles. Grey was used for the example.
  • Bristle Paint brush
  • Wadded up piece of paper bag
  • Water-Base Polyurethane 1 quart (optional but a very good idea to keep the paint from wearing off)

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Easy and inexpensive fireplace makeover instructions

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Below we show you a close up view of the steps needed to paint your brick fireplace. As you can see it was an amazing difference for ours!

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Brush the dirt off the entire fireplace making sure to get into the indentations. You won't believe how easy & inexpensive it is to do a dramatic fireplace makeover! All you need is some normal paint and a wadded up paper bag. No kidding!

Paint your brick with the color that will be your grout color. Make sure to get into all the crevices due to how porous brick is. Make sure the grout is covered well between the bricks. You won't believe how easy & inexpensive it is to do a dramatic fireplace makeover! All you need is some normal paint and a wadded up paper bag. No kidding!

You will now use the paint that will be the main brick color. You can add water if desired to make it thinner.You won't believe how easy & inexpensive it is to do a dramatic fireplace makeover! All you need is some normal paint and a wadded up paper bag. No kidding!

Wad up a piece of a paper bag tightly and dab it into the paint. Blot any excess paint off the bag before starting if needed.You won't believe how easy & inexpensive it is to do a dramatic fireplace makeover! All you need is some normal paint and a wadded up paper bag. No kidding!

Starting at one side of the brick start dabbing the paint onto the brick. You won't believe how easy & inexpensive it is to do a dramatic fireplace makeover! All you need is some normal paint and a wadded up paper bag. No kidding!

Determine how much or how little you want on the brick.You won't believe how easy & inexpensive it is to do a dramatic fireplace makeover! All you need is some normal paint and a wadded up paper bag. No kidding!

This is the brick blotted lightly and evenly. You won't believe how easy & inexpensive it is to do a dramatic fireplace makeover! All you need is some normal paint and a wadded up paper bag. No kidding!

In order to make it look a bit more realistic either blot more of the same color  on parts of some bricks. I chose to use a darker grey to go over the brick in spots.  After the coats have dried, it’s a good idea to cover the brick faces with a coat of sealant to help protect the color. You won't believe how easy & inexpensive it is to do a dramatic fireplace makeover! All you need is some normal paint and a wadded up paper bag. No kidding!

This is my finished brick. Your color options are endless for a fireplace makeover!You won't believe how easy & inexpensive it is to do a dramatic fireplace makeover! All you need is some normal paint and a wadded up paper bag. No kidding!blank630x20 You won't believe how easy & inexpensive it is to do a dramatic fireplace makeover! All you need is some normal paint and a wadded up paper bag. No kidding!

 

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Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats! blank630x20

Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this quick portable DIY work station and storage set.  (You might recall our mini puzzle holder and mat post.) We feature a 1000 piece puzzle.  The main board is made from an old large dry erase board and a foam sheet to create extra working mats. When your not using it you can slide it under the couch or bed!

Jigsaw puzzles are great for learning to focus and pay attention to detail. They promote patience, goal setting, collaboration and concentration, qualities which are important for kids and adults alike. When I was younger my dad always had a large family puzzle in the works on a card table and we would sit down and work on  it anytime we felt like it. It was a relaxing activity that gave a sense of satisfaction and brought the family together. Roy and I have done puzzles with our kids and my dad and mom now have the pleasure of doing puzzles with their great-granddaughter.  Traditions are awesome things!

My Dad 1958                                                    Roy & Our Kids 1995                   My Dad & Mom Great-Grandchild 2012

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NOTE: We used an old dry erase board we had lying around. Because the front was worn and also because the frame had gaps around the edge we chose to use the back for our puzzle mat so we painted it white. You can use the front if you purchase a new board for your puzzles and then no white paint is needed.

  • Wood Framed Dry Erase Board. For a 1000 piece puzzle you need a 36″ x 24″ size.
  • Handles (these are mainly for decor)
  • E6000 Glue for handles
  • White acrylic paint (see note above)
  • Silver paint for frame, if desired
  • 1 white foam sheet
  • Utility knife to cut the foam sheet
  • Roll of Washi tape (we used this one to match our silver frame)

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This post features Ravensburger Bizarre Bookshop 2 1000 Piece Puzzle.

Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20This 35″ x 23″ wood framed dry erase board was perfect for my main puzzle mat. I had painted the frame around it at an earlier date for another purpose.Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20The front had a gap around the edge and I was concerned about the puzzle pieces sliding under it. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20The frame on the back of the dry erase board was snug so that was used for the front of  the mat. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20Two coats of white interior paint was used to cover the back of the board. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20The frame itself was painted silver to match our living room. I protected the inner white mat with sheets of paper taped into place.

Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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The frame was then  spray painted.
Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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Two silver drawer handles were added to the ends, mainly for looks.Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

The handles could not be attached in the typical way so small holes were drilled down into the frame on each end. One end at a time was completed. The holes were filled with E6000, a very strong glue, and the holes in the handle was also filled. The handle was then put into place and the board stood on end and allowed to dry overnight. This was repeated the next day  for the other handle. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20A piece of white foam board was used to make two extra working mats.
Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20Measure and cut the foam board into two pieces that are the size you desire.
Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

blank630x20A strip of matching Washi tape was cut for each side. Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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The tape was folded over onto the back on each side to give it a finished edge.Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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The work station is now ready to use!
Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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We found all the edge pieces first.Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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We then put the frame together by matching it up to the photo.
Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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Next we decided to find certain colors and gather those.
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The extra mats come in very handy!Work your jigsaw puzzles in style with this DIY work station and storage set. Fits a 1000 piece puzzle, is made from a large dry erase board and has 2 mats!

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Small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be painted up in all kinds of fun ways for a variety of uses. We added gems to this one for desk top storage.blank630x20

These small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be used for oh so many things! And you can glam them up quick with some paint and gems. This one was used to hold office supplies on my desk and I redid it to match my larger parts chest I made over to organize office supplies. You could use these in a variety of areas in the home such as the bathroom for makeup or on the kitchen counter. I use two of them for my  craft room organizationblank630x20

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An old dirty plastic drawer I had in storage.

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Cleaned it up and gave it a couple coats of spray paint.Small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be painted up in all kinds of fun ways for a variety of uses. We added gems to this one for desk top storage.blank630x20

This one had removable knobs so I popped those off. Small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be painted up in all kinds of fun ways for a variety of uses. We added gems to this one for desk top storage.blank630x20

I used a clothespin on a stick to hold them while I spray painted them silver. Small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be painted up in all kinds of fun ways for a variety of uses. We added gems to this one for desk top storage.blank630x20

Then I glued small gems into the center. Small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be painted up in all kinds of fun ways for a variety of uses. We added gems to this one for desk top storage.blank630x20

Measured the drawers for liner. Small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be painted up in all kinds of fun ways for a variety of uses. We added gems to this one for desk top storage.blank630x20

The front of the drawers were curved so after cutting my liner paper, I traced the end. Small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be painted up in all kinds of fun ways for a variety of uses. We added gems to this one for desk top storage.blank630x20

Cutting the curved end. Small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be painted up in all kinds of fun ways for a variety of uses. We added gems to this one for desk top storage.blank630x20

Placed my liner in each drawer. Small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be painted up in all kinds of fun ways for a variety of uses. We added gems to this one for desk top storage.blank630x20 Small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be painted up in all kinds of fun ways for a variety of uses. We added gems to this one for desk top storage.blank630x20 Plastic Drawers Makeover for Desk Organizing 14blank630x20Small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be painted up in all kinds of fun ways for a variety of uses. We added gems to this one for desk top storage.blank630x20

I keep this on my desk to hold all types of handy items. Small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be painted up in all kinds of fun ways for a variety of uses. We added gems to this one for desk top storage.blank630x20 Small plastic drawers for organizing parts can be painted up in all kinds of fun ways for a variety of uses. We added gems to this one for desk top storage.blank630x20

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A simple chandelier makeover using a chandelier found at a thrift store. It replaced a ceiling fan in and was flush mounted. The effect was stunning!blank630x20If you’d love to have a chandelier but can’t afford one here’s an inexpensive way to do it. Buy one at a thrift store and do a chandelier makeover! We did it and the effect was stunning. All it took was a can of spray paint! We replaced a dated ceiling fan light in our living room.   This is one of those simple makeover that make a huge impact. After you’ve looked over how easy this is to do,  check out what we did with our  Upcycled Ceiling Fan Parts.

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Roy found these two chandeliers at the thrift store. The one on the right is what we chose for our living room.

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The chandelier was meant to hang down a bit using the included chain but we wanted to flush mount it as our ceiling was not high enough to allow for the chain. We removed the extra cord and chain after we painted it.A simple chandelier makeover using a chandelier found at a thrift store. It replaced a ceiling fan in and was flush mounted. The effect was stunning!blank630x20

Using painters tape, we covered all the bulb sockets.A simple chandelier makeover using a chandelier found at a thrift store. It replaced a ceiling fan in and was flush mounted. The effect was stunning!blank630x20

Then we gave it three good coats, allowing to dry in between. A simple chandelier makeover using a chandelier found at a thrift store. It replaced a ceiling fan in and was flush mounted. The effect was stunning!blank630x20

This is what we were replacing. A simple chandelier makeover using a chandelier found at a thrift store. It replaced a ceiling fan in and was flush mounted. The effect was stunning!blank630x20

Roy took down the fan.A simple chandelier makeover using a chandelier found at a thrift store. It replaced a ceiling fan in and was flush mounted. The effect was stunning!blank630x20

See those fan bulb covers? We used those in our Upcycled Ceiling Fan Parts post.A simple chandelier makeover using a chandelier found at a thrift store. It replaced a ceiling fan in and was flush mounted. The effect was stunning!blank630x20

Now to hang the chandelier. A simple chandelier makeover using a chandelier found at a thrift store. It replaced a ceiling fan in and was flush mounted. The effect was stunning!blank630x20

My dad helped out while Roy wired it in.A simple chandelier makeover using a chandelier found at a thrift store. It replaced a ceiling fan in and was flush mounted. The effect was stunning!blank630x20 A simple chandelier makeover using a chandelier found at a thrift store. It replaced a ceiling fan in and was flush mounted. The effect was stunning!blank630x20

Because our fan was not connected to a light switch, rather than rewire things we added a pull chain mechanism to the light by drilling a hole in the base. Chandelier Makeover and Flush Mounting 12ablank630x20

The finished chandelier.  A beautiful change.A simple chandelier makeover using a chandelier found at a thrift store. It replaced a ceiling fan in and was flush mounted. The effect was stunning!blank630x20 A simple chandelier makeover using a chandelier found at a thrift store. It replaced a ceiling fan in and was flush mounted. The effect was stunning!blank630x20 A simple chandelier makeover using a chandelier found at a thrift store. It replaced a ceiling fan in and was flush mounted. The effect was stunning!blank630x20

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Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix! blank630x20Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!Painting outlets rather than replacing them is incredibly easy to do.  If you’ve got wall outlets that don’t match, you’ll love this quick and inexpensive fix!  When we bought our home we repainted all the rooms. However, the outlets ranged from the basic cream color to dark brown. I really didn’t want the hassle and cost of wiring in new ones so I found a quick way to paint them that takes seconds! You can even paint the wall plates if you want.

If you’d like  more ideas  on how to turn what you  have into something awesome check out our Buff Your Stuff page. You’ll find things like how to Stencil and Paint Carpet or how to do a Quick Chair Makeover plus other great ideas.blank630x20

Painting Outlets Supplies

SAFETY:   It’s also a good idea for added safety to turn off the breaker to the outlet you are painting. Though not shown here its an added good idea to place a little cardboard or a small piece of folded up paper towel into the slots to protect them even more before painting. You want to keep paint out of the slots.  Plus it will keep them from working. Home inspectors test for a connection only. Paint can cause that to fail. 

NEVER layer paint onto outlets. If they already have been painted over just get new ones to be safe.

  • Cardboard or foam board  approximately 14″x14″
  • Utility knife
  • Spray paint of choice
  • Masking tape (optional to hold cardboard in place)

You can also paint the outlet cover plate if desired though  those are fairly inexpensive to purchase.

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Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20

Remove the cover plate. Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20

Trace the cover plate onto the center of your 14″x14″ cardboard. Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20

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Place your board over the outlet.  Depending on how close you cut it, it might stay in place.  You can also use some masking tape to hold it if needed or have someone hold it while you paint. Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20

Give two or three very light coats of spray paint onto the outlet, allowing it to dry in between.  Very light coats will not cause any problems as far as going into the plug  slots.  Though I suggest stuffing a little cardboard or folded up paper towel in each slot for added protection. Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20

Cover plates are very inexpensive, however, old ones are also easy to paint.Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!blank630x20

Much better.Save time and money by painting outlets rather than replacing them. If you've got wall outlets that don't match you'll love this quick and inexpensive fix!

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No-Sew Recovering With Upholstery Pins blank630x20My office has a small window seat. The cushion itself was made using a plain piece of thick foam that was cut to fit, then a slipcover was sewn  to go over it.  (My dad had made it for me.) I recently redid my entire office and I wanted to do a quick recover of it so it would match my new decor. I had recently learned about upholstery pins which are basically small spiral thumbtacks.  I had previously used them to hold a bed ruffle in place and decided to see how they would work to recover my window seat cushion. (Spoiler alert: They worked great!)

If you’d like to see some of the other things I created to match my office check out our DIY Large Mouse Pad and my Organize Office Supplies in Style posts!  This post also qualifies for our Buff Your Stuff series where we give a face-lift to things we already have.

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My window seat before recovering.

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The material I chose plus a pack of upholstery pins. Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!blank630x20 Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!blank630x20 Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!blank630x20

Push the pins in.Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!blank630x20

Twist them until they are inserted tight.Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!blank630x20 Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!blank630x20 Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!blank630x20 Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!blank630x20 Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!blank630x20 Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!blank630x20 Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!blank630x20 Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!blank630x20Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!blank630x20

Barnaby approves. Upholstery pins are are an incredibly simple yet versatile tool for doing some quick no-sew recovering in your home. We recovered a window seat in minutes!

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Quick Folding Chair Makeover

We'll show you how to easily do a folding chair makeover with some spray paint and vinyl labels for a classy, quick and inexpensive addition to any room! blank630x20Makeovers don’t have to be dramatic to be beautiful. I was in need of an extra chair at a second location on my office wall desk.  As the area was small I didn’t want anything too big and bulky.  I looked through what I had in storage and found this old brown folding chair. It was missing the bottom leg stoppers but other than being ugly was in decent shape.  With a little paint and a touch of vinyl it matched my office perfectly. (For a similar idea check out our Chair With Flair!)

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The only prep work I did was to wipe down the chair really well before painting.

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Because my office colors were black, grey and hot pink I opted for a black gloss. I gave it two coats allowing it to dry well in between.We'll show you how to easily do a folding chair makeover with some spray paint and vinyl labels for a classy, quick and inexpensive addition to any room!blank630x20

We purchased some inexpensive rubber chair tips in black and added those to the legs so my new wood floor would be protected.We'll show you how to easily do a folding chair makeover with some spray paint and vinyl labels for a classy, quick and inexpensive addition to any room!blank630x20

I have a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine so I chose a flourish I liked and cut it out using hot pink vinyl. However, you can hit up any craft store and find ready made things to put on your chair! We'll show you how to easily do a folding chair makeover with some spray paint and vinyl labels for a classy, quick and inexpensive addition to any room!blank630x20 We'll show you how to easily do a folding chair makeover with some spray paint and vinyl labels for a classy, quick and inexpensive addition to any room!blank630x20

This was the perfect touch.We'll show you how to easily do a folding chair makeover with some spray paint and vinyl labels for a classy, quick and inexpensive addition to any room!blank630x20We'll show you how to easily do a folding chair makeover with some spray paint and vinyl labels for a classy, quick and inexpensive addition to any room!blank630x20 Quick Folding Chair Makeoverblank630x20

 

 

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Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint. blank630x20jenny.creationYes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint. You can paint on a variety of designs from squares or diamonds to circles. We chose a Moroccan design and you can grab the free pattern for that below!

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Stencil & Paint Carpet Supplies

  • Closed loop rug or carpet (A low pile open loop carpet might work if its VERY low and very tight.)
  • Stencil of your choice (or ours below)
  • Masking tape or chalk pencil to mark the carpet with
  • Any indoor latex paint
  • Brush

Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint.

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Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint.

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  1. Create a stencil out of paper or poster board.
  2. Start in the center of the rug and work your way out with the stencil using masking tape to outline the stencil shape as shown below.   Yes, this is a bit tedious and takes some time to do. Just turn on the radio or watch some TV while you work.  You could also use a chalk pencil to outline your stencil if you find one that works with your carpet and shows up well. That would be much quicker.
  3. After you’ve taped off or outlined your stencil, fill in the areas where the stencil was laid with paint, being careful not to push the paint under the tape if you’re using it.  Depending on the pattern used and the type of carpet, a foam roller might work. We used a small bristle brush for ours.
  4. After it dries, determine if it needs another coat or two.
  5. After all coats have dried remove the tape.

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The rug we gave a makeover to was one I’d had for quite a few years.

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Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint.blank630x20

Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint.blank630x20

Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint.blank630x20

Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint.blank630x20

Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint.blank630x20

Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint.blank630x20 Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint.blank630x20Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint.

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Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint.

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Yes, even carpets can get a makeover! Whether it’s a larger area rug or a throw rug, you can paint carpet using a stencil and regular interior latex paint.

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Mod Podge Star Wars Lamp

This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little. All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material. blank630x20This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little.  All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material. Check out our other Star Wars crafts page including our Star Wars Boots  and a Star Wars T-shirt.  This project is courtesy of our daughter Amy Grace. She’s a phenomenal artist and you can find her work at her various online stores.blank630x20Buff Your Stuff View More Like This!blank630x20

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Spray paint your lamp base if desired.

This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little. All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material.

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Make a pattern of your lamp shade. This is very easy to do using a piece of butcher paper or newspaper. After you’ve traced it allow 1/2 inch extra on the top and bottom to allow for the fabric to fold over the top and bottom of your shade. Cut out your material then coat the shade with Mod Podge and smooth your fabric over it.  No overcoat is needed. Use a small amount of Mod Podge inside the top and bottom rim and fold the fabric over into the inside.

This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little. All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material.

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This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little. All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material.

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This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little. All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material.

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Organize office supplies in style with a plastic parts chest. With a little paint, some nice labels and a few rhinestones you a beautiful addition to your home office!blank630x20These small plastic parts chest are not just for nails and screws!  (As you can see in our Craft Room Organization Ideas.) With a little paint, labels and some bling, you can transform them into a classy and stylish way to organize office supplies.  We’ve got printable standard drawer size labels you can use for your own cabinets if desired. Your office supplies never looked so good!  blank630x20

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LABEL SIZES & CHESTS: Many of these types of chests have drawers that are generally standard in size but they may vary slightly. These labels will fit drawers that measure approx. 4.5″x2.25″ for the large size and 2″x1.25″ for the small size. Also,  some drawers can have a divider slot on the inner front of the drawers. Those cannot easily have labels on the inside but you can attach them  easily to the outside. I personally have three different brands and sizes of chests and the labels fit all of them.

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  1. Remove the drawers from the chest. Spray paint the chest the color of your choice, using two or three thin layers, allowing them to dry completely in between each coat.
  2. Lay out the drawers, gather all your office supplies and place them in.
  3. Write the titles on your labels to match the drawers.
  4. Print and cut out your labels. They are aligned in such a way that you should be able to cut directly between them with no trimming required. (Unless a specific drawer needs it.)
  5. I attached my labels inside the front of each drawer but you can also attach them to the outside if desired.
  6. Using a spray adhesive that allows for temporary bonds, lightly spray the fronts of your labels (or the backs if you’re placing them on the outside of the drawers.) I used 3M General Purpose  Adhesive  which does both permanent and temporary bonds depending on how long you let the glue dry before affixing to the item. I let the spray set for 60 seconds to make the bond temporary.   I barely sprayed mine with tiny short spurts as I just wanted enough adhesive to tack the label into place. This allows you to easily replace labels in the future.
  7. Fill up the chest with your drawers!

My office supplies had gotten a bit out of hand.

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I purchased a plastic parts chest.

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I spray painted it to match my office.

Organize office supplies in style with a plastic parts chest. With a little paint, some nice labels and a few rhinestones you a beautiful addition to your home office!

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I chose to put my labels on the inside of the drawers facing outward. I took them outside and laid them all face up on a piece of old poster board. Then I did a very light spritz on all of them and let them set for 60 seconds for a temporary bond. This way I can change my labels easily in the future if needed.

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You can never have too many twinkle lights! Learn how to transform a plain room divider into something magical with some twinkle lights and safety pins! blank630x20

My motto is “you can never have too many twinkle lights” and I’m always looking for ways to incorporate them into my decorating.  (You might recall my Easy to Make DIY Twinkle Light Jars I used in my bedroom.)

I’ve had this plain looking room divider for quite a few years and I decided to transform it into something less average, so I grabbed some white twinkle lights and some safety pins and went to work. It looks spectacular, especially with the lights dimmed.

Even if you don’t have a room divider, hopefully this idea will inspire you in more ways to use twinkle lights!

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My old room divider.

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Measure your lights and decide on spacing. Pin them carefully. Don’t pin through the cord!

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You can never have too many twinkle lights! Learn how to transform a plain room divider into something magical with some twinkle lights and safety pins!blank630x20

You can never have too many twinkle lights! Learn how to transform a plain room divider into something magical with some twinkle lights and safety pins!blank630x20 You can never have too many twinkle lights! Learn how to transform a plain room divider into something magical with some twinkle lights and safety pins!

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Make some quick personalized dog bowls from Dollar Store ceramic dishes! You can easily label them or paint them with your dog or cats name. Very classy! blank630x20

Your dog can eat in style with these classy personalized dog bowls! (Cats too!) Nice pet bowls can be expensive. Not these! $2.00 was paid for the set. Just grab some nice ceramic bowls at the local dollar store and then add your pets name either with paint pens or labels.
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Supplies for Personalized Dog Bowls

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  1. For paint pens, paint on your design. You can coat it with a waterproof coating if desired or you can place your ceramic bowl in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes which will set the paint. (Make sure the bowl can be placed in an oven.)   HAND WASH ONLY.
  2. For labels, attach them to your bowl and coat with a waterproof coating. HAND WASHING ONLY.

Get some ceramic bowls from your local Dollar Store. Mine only had dark colors. If you can get white ones, you have more options for paint pen colors.

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Draw on your designs. If you make a mistake you can quickly wipe it off. If it sets you can wipe it off with rubbing alcohol. Make some quick personalized dog bowls from Dollar Store ceramic dishes! You can easily label them or paint them with your dog or cats name. Very classy!blank630x20Make some quick personalized dog bowls from Dollar Store ceramic dishes! You can easily label them or paint them with your dog or cats name. Very classy!blank630x20Make some quick personalized dog bowls from Dollar Store ceramic dishes! You can easily label them or paint them with your dog or cats name. Very classy!blank630x20

Any type of labels will work as long as you put a clear waterproof  coating over them. I had a Silhouette machine I used for mine. Make some quick personalized dog bowls from Dollar Store ceramic dishes! You can easily label them or paint them with your dog or cats name. Very classy!blank630x20 Personalized Dog Bowls SQblank630x20

Make some quick personalized dog bowls from Dollar Store ceramic dishes! You can easily label them or paint them with your dog or cats name. Very classy!blank630x20 Make some quick personalized dog bowls from Dollar Store ceramic dishes! You can easily label them or paint them with your dog or cats name. Very classy!blank630x20Make some quick personalized dog bowls from Dollar Store ceramic dishes! You can easily label them or paint them with your dog or cats name. Very classy!blank630x20

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I took an old small wood photo chest I’d had for 2o years and transformed it using some paint and a bit of scrapbook paper. What a difference! Another beautiful cheap decor item via Buff Your Stuff!

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Cheap Decor Project Supplies

  • Paint
  • Wood button for knob
  • Printed poem
  • New 4 x 6 photo reprints

 

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Don't throw away those ugly home items! Buff Your Stuff and easily transform them into things that beautify your home. It's inexpensive and fun to do!blank630x20 Don't throw away those ugly home items! Buff Your Stuff and easily transform them into things that beautify your home. It's inexpensive and fun to do!blank630x20Don't throw away those ugly home items! Buff Your Stuff and easily transform them into things that beautify your home. It's inexpensive and fun to do!blank630x20

Don't throw away those ugly home items! Buff Your Stuff and easily transform them into things that beautify your home. It's inexpensive and fun to do!blank630x20 Don't throw away those ugly home items! Buff Your Stuff and easily transform them into things that beautify your home. It's inexpensive and fun to do!blank630x20 Don't throw away those ugly home items! Buff Your Stuff and easily transform them into things that beautify your home. It's inexpensive and fun to do!blank630x20 Don't throw away those ugly home items! Buff Your Stuff and easily transform them into things that beautify your home. It's inexpensive and fun to do!blank630x20 Don't throw away those ugly home items! Buff Your Stuff and easily transform them into things that beautify your home. It's inexpensive and fun to do!blank630x20blank630x20 Don't throw away those ugly home items! Buff Your Stuff and easily transform them into things that beautify your home. It's inexpensive and fun to do!blank630x20

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Amazing Clothes Hamper Redo

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My Old Hampers (I actually have 4 though only 3 are shown)

My Old Hampers (I actually have 4)

This Clothes Hamper Redo shows that there’s not much you can’t make look new again if you try! I’ve had this set of clothes hampers for about 8 years and I love them. I got them on Amazon and paid about $18 each back then. At this point in time they were still very functional but a bit  wore out so when I did my Budget Bedroom Makeover. I knew I’d need to replace them with something nicer that matched.clothes hamper on amazon

I headed to Amazon again but the only type I could find that were this size and black were these.  At $27 bucks a pop (and I needed four of them) it seemed like a poor choice for a “budget” makeover. That’s when I began to wonder if I could give the ones I have a face lift.  I got with Roy and he said he could put a small wood brace on the inside to make them sturdier. After he did that I decided to test one and see if it would hold paint well and it did! Below are the simple steps I used for my clothes hamper redo.  Grab our free files below if you’d like to use the same lettering. We have it as a PDF and in Silhouette version!

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I had everything but the paint.

  • Quart of black paint  $8.50
  • 12 thin wood strips for each one
  • two sets nuts and bolts for each one
  • White rope
  • Labels

TOTAL COST: $8.50

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I was wondering what I would use for new handles when I saw a bunch of leftover rope we had purchased a week before to use for something else. It was perfect! I braided it and had new handles in no time.This Clothes Hamper Redo shows that there's not much you can't make look new again if you try. Paint alone can work wonders! Saved me $100 for a new set.blank630x20

I tend to label my containers in some way, as you can see from my photo from 2008. For these I decided to use my Silhouette cutter. I wanted the labels silver and I didn’t have silver paper. So I took a sheet of white cardstock and lightly spray painted it silver. Then I cut out my text using my machine and used spray glue to attach it.

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This Clothes Hamper Redo shows that there's not much you can't make look new again if you try. Paint alone can work wonders! Saved me $100 for a new set.blank630x20 This Clothes Hamper Redo shows that there's not much you can't make look new again if you try. Paint alone can work wonders! Saved me $100 for a new set.blank630x20

 

 

 

 

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Do you have a piece of furniture that’s functional but ugly? This folding chair was one such item. I'll show you how I did a quick yet dramatic and inexpensive makeover that turned this icky item into something gorgeous! blank630x20Do you have items in your home that fall under the category of “functional but ugly”?  My craft room chair was one such item.  I liked it because my craft room is small and this fit in well and it had a soft seat. When I made over my craft room this of course either had to go or get a makeover. I chose the latter! I did a super quick version… no sanding, no priming.  I’ll show you my steps on how to paint a folding chair and even recover it if needed!. blank630x20

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  • Folding chair (can have padding on the seat or back)
  • Spray paint of choice. Rustoleum is an excellent brand for metal. (1 can gave me 3 light coats)
  • Material to match. Measure how much you will need. My chair seat took 1/2 yard.
  • Leg caps if needed
  • Staple gun (for attaching material to seat)

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Preparation to Paint a Folding Chair

Remove the seat and/or back if it’s padded. Remove the leg caps. Clean your chair with soap and water well, using a toothbrush to get into the nooks and crannies.  Spray paint two to three thin coats, letting each one dry very well before adding the next. This might require doing it in sections as you have to turn the chair upside down to reach all the areas.   You are welcome to sand any rust areas and then use primer paint first if desired, though I chose to not do that.

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Covering Padded Areas

Pick some nice material for the padded areas. Heavier fabric will last longer. You may need to purchase foam and cut to fit depending on whether the padding is in good shape. I was able to cover right over the vinyl on mine.  Lay your seat face down on the material and while wrapping it around staple the edges snugly. I kept mine unfinished underneath as I didn’t care what that part looked like.

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Leg Caps

The leg caps on my chair were in pretty bad shape and one was missing. So I decided to replace them. The one’s I found were a tiny bit large and would not stay on the legs. To remedy that I took a thin strip of duct tape and wrapped it around the bottom of each leg a couple of times. The caps then fit on snugly. Do you have a piece of furniture that’s functional but ugly? This folding chair was one such item. I'll show you how I did a quick yet dramatic and inexpensive makeover that turned this icky item into something gorgeous!blank630x20 Do you have a piece of furniture that’s functional but ugly? This folding chair was one such item. I'll show you how I did a quick yet dramatic and inexpensive makeover that turned this icky item into something gorgeous!blank630x20Do you have a piece of furniture that’s functional but ugly? This folding chair was one such item. I'll show you how I did a quick yet dramatic and inexpensive makeover that turned this icky item into something gorgeous!blank630x20

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Thrift Store Caddy Makeover

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This caddy came from a thrift store.  I love anything organizey so I grabbed it for $1. It’s not that it looked too bad but I wanted a bit more modern style. With a little paint, some paper, ribbon and Mod Podge I gave it a face lift!

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Dressers in the living room?  Definitely, at least according to my daughter Jennifer. I’ve had these cheap dressers in storage for a while. They are the kind you put together and can’t hold anything heavier than a few pairs of socks or the bottoms fall out. I never dreamed of  using them in my makeover. As it turns out they are one of my favorite pieces. Per Jenny’s direction I pulled them out of storage and for next to nothing turned them into two unique furniture pieces.  My only cost  was the spray paint.

I also have a Silhouette Portrait Cutting Machine which I love more than words can say. It has saved me its initial cost quickly as I was buying quotes and things for my walls. Now I can make them for pennies!  Though I used a quote cut out with my machine on my dressers you could hand paint quotes or designs if you have that skill, which I do not, or use any designs you like.blank630x20

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Steps for Dresser Makeover

1. Removed the knobs on the drawers.
2. Spray painted three coats on drawer fronts, allowing to dry in between.
3. Attached knobs.
4. Decided on a quote and did some measuring and planning to decide how to lay it out.
5. Cut out my quote on my Silhouette Portrait.  I had no sticky backed vinyl the right color so I used cardstock.
6. Lightly spray glued the the back of my quote letters and placed on the drawers.
7. Used Mod Podge to paint over the front. This gave it a sheen and held the letters on.

NOTES: There are other steps you can add in depending on your dresser and how resilient you want the paint  such as sanding and priming. These pieces were mainly for aesthetic purposes so I just spray painted them and used the Mod Podge as the finish.

 

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My Daughter Jennifer at a Local Thrift Shop

When I step into a Thrift Store I always feel like I’m embarking on a treasure hunt. No where else can you find such an array of the strange and unusual. I came across this small old accent table at one for $5.00. It was kinda rough looking but I try hard to never judge a book by its cover. A tiny bit of sanding and paint would it fix right up. I actually didn’t know where I was going to put it when I found it.

This was a pretty simple makeover. A little sanding on top and spray paint on the legs. I painted the bottom an orange tone, which was part of the colors in my living room. Then I painted the top a contrasting cream color. I had finally settled on placing it below my Family Time Zone wall (post 8 in this series).  Because of this, I decided to print out a compass image for the top of it. I attached it to the top with a little spray glue. Normally I would coat it with Modge Podge but as I wanted the option to possibly do something different at a later date, I didn’t coat the top. Its mainly for show anyway.

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