Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DIY Chevron Serving Tray - I saw it on Pinterest


Like everyone else on Pinterst, I pin a ridiculous number of things I will likely never do but that look super cool. I saw this adorable chevron tray and pinned it for the "future." But imagine my surprise when my cousin commented on it and asked me to make her one! Well, now I had a reason to try it out! And I am so glad I did, because I think it is one of my favorite things I have done. She chose the colors that she wanted, and I think they turned out great. Want one? Let me know!! :)

My version

Pinterest version:

- Wooden tray...look HERE
- Ruler
- Pencil
- Acrylic paint (in any color you choose)
- Paint brushes
- Blue tape

- Step 1: Use this basic tutorial for drawing a chevron patter on your tray. Make sure you have decided which way you want your chevron stripes to face!

- Step 2: Use the blue tape to tape around the bottom edge of the tray to protect it from your "pop" color.

- Step 3: Paint your "pop" color all the way around. Because of the nature of the acrylic paint, you should only need one even coat and it dries very quickly. Once finished, immediately go wash your brush with water and dish soap. The paint should come out easily and be ready for the next color (it is perfectly fine to paint with a damp brush!)

- Step 4: Wait for the pop color to dry, then remove the tape on the bottom of the tray. Now put the blue tape around the edge of the sides of the tray to protect your "pop" color from the chevron stripes.

- Step 5: Place pieces of blue tape right along the chevron stripe lines, alternating every other stripe. This is part that takes the most patience! Make sure you are really pressing down the edges of the tape to avoid seepage.

- Step 6: Choose one of your chevron colors and paint. When painting over the tape, try to match your brush strokes with the angle of the tape, running along beside/on top of it...try not to push paint against it because that will encourage more seepage!

- Step 7: Wait for that to dry (30 min). Remove the tape on the bottom of the tray, but leave the tape along the sides. Now tape over the black stripes, being as precise as possible over the lines. Don't worry, the tape will not take over the pain color.

- Step 8: Paint your other chevron color.

- Step 9: Remove all of the tape and use the paintbrush to fix any small blemishes.


This is without a doubt a 5 star DIY project. I love the way it turned out!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I love vinegar and baking soda!

We bought a wood stove last winter after our power bill was $350! I grew up with a wood stove in our house and we never turned the heater on. So, needless-to-say, I was shocked at how much electric heat costs!

After the wood stove was installed, we were basically broke. Let me also be the one to tell you that you better have a pretty penny if you want to buy a wood stove and wood stove pipe! Holy potatoes!

So, anyways, the air is really dry when you are burning wood heat and you usually need a cast iron kettle to moisten the air filled with water. I stalled as long as I could because kettles are not that cheap either. But, a couple weeks ago I found this kettle at a yard sale for $5.

I used a wire brush to rub off the crusty rust that was all over and inside of it, then rinsed with water. After that I stuck the kettle in the sink and put baking soda all over it. Then, I grabbed my husband so he could see... I poured vinegar (white and apple cider; just for shits and giggles) all over it! It fizzled and foamed and was so cool to watch! I added some hot water and let the kettle soak for about an hour. The above picture is after the soaking (I was dumb and didn't do a before picture!) It was basically orange when I bought it.

Here is the soaking after an hour. EWWW! It was completely black. The kettle is actually in the sink at that moment.

I took the kettle out of the sink and let it dry. Once it was all dry, I sprayed it with high heat spray paint. This little tube of spray paint came with the wood stove we bought for an touch ups. I just sprayed the kettle with it.

And here it is! My kettle looking very brand new! Woo hoo!! Now, I am on the hunt for a trivet to set it on. Wish me luck on my yard sale/thrift shop adventures.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hanging Photo Frame Part 2!


My cousins recently bought a new house, and I thought this hanging photo frame would be the perfect house warming gift. I have the step by step instructions here but I thought I would add some pictures of the steps.

My version (part 2):

Note: I was originally going to attach the white "W" to the frame for their last name, but the frame is not flat so I was concerned that hot glue would not hold it on. So, ignore the "W" in the materials picture.


Set up your pictures in whatever order looks best. You are going to want to cut some of them to fit.

Measure where you want to put the string, make a mark on either side. Keep in mind that the strings will sag slightly.

For this frame, I used these hooks for the strings instead of hot glue. I was able to hand screw them in easily.

Tie the string off with a double knot!

Hang pictures on string and adjust as needed.

Tie a bow with your ribbon.

Hot glue the ribbon directly on the frame in the top middle.

Hot glue on the ribbon.

Gorgeous! Another great DIY treat! Such a simple project that is easy to replicate.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY Dresser Re-Purpose ----> Entertainment Center!


I have recently been feeling an unladylike hatred toward our entertainment center. I have never liked it but lived with it none the less. It is brown (ew, I dislike brown) and sits way too low under our mounted TV. I was complaining and online shopping when luck brought me inspiration! My mom wanted to get rid of an old dresser from her guest room that was just taking up too much space. Ah ha! No need to pay $200 for a new entertainment center when I can MAKE one! 

My version...

A closer look...



Note: This DIY project requires either 1. handy man skills OR 2. a friend with handyman skills. Also, I am listing the materials we used and needed to make this project happen. All dressers are different, so it is possible that you may require more or less than we did.

- an old dresser that needs re-purposing
- saws-all
- ratchet
- chisel
- measuring tape
- drill
- screws
- doorknob hole drill attachment
- pallet OR plywood
- skill saw
- hammer
- crow bar
- sanding materials (course and fine)
- primer
- paint (hi-gloss) - Note, I chose to do a two-tone design because I wanted white and my boyfriend wanted black. It was a compromise, but I think it really made the inside pop! 
- painting supplies (brush, roller, drop cloth)
- new hardware for drawers

- Step 1: Remove all drawers. Decide on the two you want to keep.

- Step 2: Remove the drawer tracks using the ratchet (for the screws at the back). The tracks on this dresser were glued down, as well, so we used a chisel to get it off. Don't throw these will need them!

- Step 3: Use the saws-all to cut off the front middle piece (this is going to become one big opening)

- Step 4: Remove all of the bottom board from under the drawers. Set one aside for later.

- Step 5: Measure where you want the back holes for cords. Make the holes using the doorknob hole attachment piece (or anything you have that can make a hole)

- Step 6: Take the old door tracks and attach them with the drill and screws to the underside of the front pieces, running from front to back. These pieces are going to hold up the pallet boards for you shelving.

- Step 7: Cut one if the bottom boards you set aside in half. Place one half under each drawer area. 

- Step 8: Pull the pallet apart using the hammer and crow bar.

- Step 9: Measure, then cut the pallet boards to fit inside the dresser as bottom shelves. They should be snug so they will stay in place. Also cut the boards to fit into the inner side of the big cubby.

- Step 10: Sand all of the pallet boards you plan on using with fine sand paper.

- Step 11: Lay the pallet pieces down in the dresser. Screw them into place if necessary (the top pallets in my dresser were so tight that no screwing was necessary.

- Step 12: For the inner side pieces, my dad used a chisel to "notch" the board (we used a single piece of plywood because we were out of pallet wood) so they fit right into the space. If that is not an option, find a place to screw those boards in. They should go all the way to the top so as to support the top pallet boards.

- Step 13: Sand the entire dresser using coarse sand paper

- Step 14: Remove the old hardware and sand the drawers.

- Step 15: Put one coat of primer on the dresser (I suggest using a small roller). Wait one hour, then apply a second coat.

- Step 16: Wait overnight, then apply your first coat of main paint. (I did white, tape, then black)

- Step 17: Wait overnight, then apply your second coat. ( I did black, remove tape, then white). Also, I used a small foam brush for the small nooks and crannies.

- Step 18: Attach your new drawer hardware.


I give this re-purpose project 5 stars. It came out perfectly and I love it! A big thanks to my super handy Pops who made this happen!