my DIY high
There's nothing quite like stepping back and saying, "Yes, I made that."
In our little home, we are fortunate enough to have 2 full baths. “My” bathroom is the master bathroom of course, and “Nathan’s” bathroom is the guest bathroom. Unfortunately, Nathan isn’t the cleanest person in the world. Granted his bathroom is pretty dang small, and it’s really the only place that is strictly his…It’s an area I’m too afraid to enter, and I tell all our guest to go through our bedroom to my bathroom because his is never organized.
Another factor in the messy bathroom: this is one of only two rooms in our entire house that I didn’t paint before we moved in. Why, you may ask? Because the previous owners painted both bathrooms with this trowel textured wall finish that wasn’t totally my jam.
In the master bath I took the time to sand down all the walls, wipe them off with TSP and paint. It took a while. I got burnt out of bathroom work, so I didn’t dive into the guest bathroom until now. And you know what I did? I used some leftover base paint from the previous owners and painted right over the texture.
I think it helped cover up some of the texture, and I know it helped as a base coat. I only had 1/2 a can of leftover grey paint!
I had some left over black iron pipes from a previous project. Add this shelf from Hobby Lobby and you have a 2-in-1 storage space and towel rack! FYI, cleaning black iron pipes is a serious pain in the rear. Don't think you can just go out and buy a pipe for a towel rack because your towel will be covered in black grease. Maybe I'll do a post later on my experience with pipe cleaning....
Please ignore the half dead plant there. My favorite pastime is to go to Lowe's and buy clearance plants. Do I usually revive them? no. But I'm getting better!
Check out my LAST POST to find out more about this rolling storage bench. Also, check out my instagram story highlights for more on this cheap DIY laundry basket.
I really want to do something different with the countertop. When we moved in I imagined doing concrete. Is that outdated now? does it even work? Would it end up being a total hot mess? Tell me your thoughts.
I also want to do something different with the mirror situation. And the light switch plate. And probably the shower curtain. Thinking a ceiling to floor would make the bathroom seem bigger, maybe. Does it ever end??
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Here's a quick tutorial on how I created our house numbers for our METAL door.
Pinterest caught me with their "suggested pins" of BEAUTIFUL front doors with amazing, modern address numbers here and there. I loved anything I saw with these great modern brushed metal letters.
In my last post I said it was the easiest DIY I've ever done. This floral wreath is a close second.
I've no idea what the "proper" way is to make a wreath. I actually never know the proper way to do things. I legit trial and error EVERYTHING I do. I think the only thing that could make my wreath DIY difficult is the glue gun. Some people just can't do it. They get stringy glue all over the place and burn the tips of their fingers off. Fortunately, I love my glue gun. I can't say I've never burnt the tip of my finger off though...
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
WHAT TO DO:
Thanks for watching!
This is probably the easiest DIY I've ever done.
A) Under $10 for four painted wooden utensils, or B) a DIY project in under 30 minutes?
How about BOTH!
What you need:
What to do:
Drum roll please...
There you have it! The easiest and quickest DIY ever. I hope you enjoy your dipped utensils. Don't forget, handwash only!
Does anyone else have a ridiculously hard time getting back in the swing of things after the holidays??? It's literally been over a month since I've posted. This is the beginning of the downfall. I am so sorry.
Just kidding, we're gonna make this thing work, BECAUSE! I have so many projects I want to do, and I need an excuse to do them. For example: this rolling cart that I really don't have room for in my house.
WHAT YOU NEED:
1 long afternoon.
THINGS I'VE LEARNED:
So through this tutorial I have learned quite a bit, but two very major things.
I SHOULD HAVE FOUND THIS IMAGE ^ BEFORE RECORDING THIS VIDEO:
What you're seeing in the video:
STEP 1: Remove all non-metal parts
This was actually a tad tricky. Removing the top piece was a cinch because it still had the original screws. The previous owners attached the wooden piece to the bottom...they used random screws that didn't match, both with flat head screws.
STEP 2: Sandblast the rust off!
As you can see in the picture below, the wheels were extremely rusty. The cart still functioned, and the wheels aren't the most important piece to be painted...so sandblasting isn't a necessity if you don't want to go through the trouble. However, you will need to sand down all parts of the cart for good spray paint bondage.
I should have a whole tutorial about how to buy a sandblaster. Actually, I should have read a whole tutorial about how to buy a sandblaster before buying mine.
I don't regret buying this particular blaster from Harbor Freight, because I plan to use it for more "delicate" projects in the future. It worked fine for me for removing the rusty bits off the wheels. I feel certain if I had bit the bullet and purchased a nicer, more expensive blaster, I would have been able to blast this cart with no need for painting after.
STEP 3: wipe off all the sanding particles
I used lysol wipes. Quick and easy.
STEP 4: spray the primer!
Thin layers, people. Thin layers. Drips are not okay! Let dry completely before step 5.
STEP 5: spray final color!
Again, go for thin layers. I went on and sprayed the wheels. I'll let you know how that turns out on down the line....
STEP 6: attach the cutting board and re-attach other shelving
Make sure your screws are short enough that they won't go through your cutting board!
STEP 7: all done!
This is my FIRST EVER VIDEO TUTORIAL! Woohoo! Way to step up my game, right???
Please excuse the shakey cam and the cut off beard. It's a learning process and a work in progress.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Well, what'd you think? I'm thinking it isn't too shabby for an impromptu first attempt at a video tutorial!
Here's how I jimmy-rigged it:
If you want the play-by-play:
I started by placing my hat on my wreath form to know how far your beard should go. I put it on like a hat, but I suppose you could just glue it flat to the wreath if your from is too big? Try it and let me know.
Next: get to gluing those scraps down! Personally, I love hot glue. Some people are really awful at it. Don't be awful, and don't burn yourself. It's a delicate art.
After I got about halfway done with the beard, I decided to go ahead and glue my hat down. I glued the insides shut.
My little santa was looking weird without a mustache. I fiddled and found the longest scrap I had to reach across and connect.
Then I decided he needed some eyeware....
Seriously though, everyone has a pair of these laying around the house somewhere, right? Or am I just a hoarder?
Punch out those 3D glasses and rip off those ear pieces!
Add a little hot glue....
and hold them in place!
In hindsight, I wish I had thought to use fishing line to hang the glasses in the middle of his face...in a pench, this will do.
I hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
For a little frame of reference--I'm a hoarder. I used to work a few doors down from an interior decorator that constantly tossed fabric sample books! Much to the amusement of my co-workers, I loaded them up in the Cube. Every time I saw them. I have LOTS of fabric sample books...
Here's a handful of projects I've made with trashed fabric sample books:
The best use my fabric samples have ever had:
I've never done a blog before, so bear with me. Ten bucks says I'll post this, and then three months later I'll realize I haven't posted anything in a while. Anyway, people have been asking for pics of my DIY ventures so I'll give it a shot. Sorry if it sucks!
This is me, pretty soon after I was gifted this saw. I borrowed it so much from my father-in-law that he just gave it to me :) I've basically used it every day since then...
I pick up other people's garbage and take it home.