Transform Your Laminate Countertops with Paint

Painting your laminate countertops is a cheap, easy way to beautify your kitchen! Tired of your outdated laminate countertops but not willing to splurge on new replacements? You can completely change the look of your countertops by painting them. Prepare your countertops. Light sanding by hand and washing with water is all that's needed. Prime with an oil based primer. Apply two coats, allowing for drying time in between. Remember to first cover with plastic or tape all areas you don't want paint on. Paint, either by rolling on an oil-based paint, or by spray painting. You'll need at least two coats. Apply an oil-based protective polyurethane finish. You will need four or five coats. I transformed my plain white countertops into expensive looking countertops that resemble … [Read more...]

Make a Wire Cloche

The French developed the glass cloche, or bell jar, of solid glass shaped like a dome. It's purpose was to protect garden plants from cold and frost. So, what's the purpose of a wire cloche? Why, whatever you want it to be ! For this project you'll need: chicken wire 12" in height goggles gloves wire snippers needle nose pliers I found a whole roll of chicken wire at a yard sale for just 25 cents..... amazing what you find at yard sales...anyway....you need a piece approx. 22" long. When you cut the wire you'll end up with these ends that you just wrap around the other end to join. Start by making a tube shape & then work on shaping the top, which can be tricky. Some of the wire will have to be cut away to get that shape. Just keep working it & crimping the … [Read more...]

Halloween Blocks – DIY Holiday Home Decor

You will need: a 2x4 wooden board, about 2 feet long for 5 letters; black craft paint; Mod Podge; 2 foam paint brushes; black letters to spell your Halloween word of choice; several patterns of Halloween scrapbooking paper; embellishments and ribbon After you have cut your wooden board into random lengths (these range from 4 1/2 inches to 2 inches), paint the entire block black. Trace your blocks onto the Halloween scrapbooking paper and cut out. These letters were made using a Cricut machine. Or you can use any other black paper letters. Mod Podge only the backside of the paper and stick it to the front of the block. If you are applying any embellishments to your letters, attach the embellishment to the letter first, then Mod Podge the back of your letters. Or you can use … [Read more...]

Nursery Wall Art

Our nursery is nearly completed. We have tried to keep it gender neutral as we are adopting. One thing I am especially proud of is my wall art. A few months ago, one of my children's decor retailers had some wall art that depicted a tree. I went to see this at the store and loved it though I was not fond of the colors (they didn't go with my room). In all my craftiness I took a picture of it with my camera phone and came home and attempted to recreated it. The result was a wonderful take on this idea and it is now hanging in the nursery. Here's how I did it: Materials you will need (all can be found at your local craft store): White Art Canvases (these are surprisingly inexpensive) Acrylic Paint (Folk Art or Apple-Color of your choice) Scrapbooking Paper (color will depend … [Read more...]

Save Money With Ready To Assemble Furniture

Do you ever watch those decorating shows on tv and just wish that the next house they visit would be your house?  Yeah, me, too! And there is one show in particular, you know the one, where the homeowners want to sell their home and they have $2,000 to get it ready for an Open House?  It always amazes me the amount of changes they can do on a limited budget.  But then again, the labor is free and I would bet that most of the furniture that they buy is the ready to assemble sort of furniture. So, I decided to give this build it myself furniture a try.  In the past couple of years I have purchased and (helped my husband) build: 3 section ladder bookshelf with laptop desk from Walmart.com Kid's dresser and bookshelf from Target (brick and mortar) Storage Bench for entryway and … [Read more...]

Kindling a Love for Vintage Sewing Machines and Attachments

I have to admit that I am in love! I love my vintage Singer 403A sewing machine and all the wonderful attachments that come with it. I have found that some people just don't understand how I could love such an out dated machine that has such "scary" looking attachments and (gasp!) cams that you actually have to switch in and out if you want to make different stitches! I mean, why not just buy a new machine that you just press a button, hang on, and voila! You have a quilt. Well here are some of my favorite things about vintage machines- They are work horses! Most vintage machines will take anything you throw at them and with even minimal cleaning and oiling will keep on working and working and working You can find vintage machines anywhere. My mom bought mine for me at a thrift … [Read more...]