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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Before & After Filing Cabinets

So I was in search of a new desk and while checking my favorite site, craigslist. I came across these beautiful filing cabinets. What made them beautiful you ask? They where only... wait for it... 5 bucks for the pair. Love it perfect for me to work my magic.

After paint and a desk top here is my new custom desk. Ta da...

I used the same painting technique I used on the dresser and vanity. What can I say I love that old vintage look and the big plus is in a house with kids this look is great, cause the more they use it the more vintage it looks. "That's not a scratch it's just more character." If you want the painting steps look here. I even used the same spray paint Rust-Oleum Satin Espresso and Vintage White.

Note: When painting the drawers I covered the inside of the drawers with garbage bags. I didn't want to waste time or paint on the inside of the drawers.

I did get to reuse the hardware on this project. As you can see they started out brass. I tried hammered platinum but then settled on using the Rust-Oleum Satin Espresso. Just sprayed it on. Note: I did put the screws in the hardware when I sprayed it so they would be brown too.


When I was done I took a lovely drive to one of my favorite places Ikea is it just me or does everyone hear angels singing when you hear the word Ikea? OK just me. So as I ate my dollar ice cream and hot dog, I purchased the top for my desk. I went with the Vika Amon 78 by 24 that was normally $45 but the as-is gods were looking down on me and I found one there for 20 bucks wooo hooo.

So $25 bucks later I had myself a perfect custom desk. It fits the odd space I had planned for a desk. It has tons of practical storage. And last but not least it looks like a beautiful piece of furniture and not an ugly piece office furniture.

Hope your inspired to refinish something. Let me know how it goes and don't forget to leave a comment.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Halloween Letter Craft

Don't you just love it when you hit gold at the Target dollar section. Well that's what inspired this craft. I made a similar craft for Easter. Where I made the word HOP and the O has bunny ears (check it out at Easter Sign). So, when I walked into target and saw the bat headband. The creative juices began flowing. In the end I LOVE IT, I can put it on a table top but this year I hung it on my front door and I love it more.

Well what are you waiting for lets get crafting...


  • Paper Mache letters ($1.99 @ all craft stores, I got mine @ Hobby Lobby 50% off)
  • Scrapbook paper (I scored this glittery paper @ $1 section @ Target in a pack)
  • Halloween headband ($1 section of Target)
  • Ribbon
  • Spider web
  • Embellishments (mine are from Target and Walmart.)
  • Paint
  • Mod Podge

To Make:

First. I cut the letters out of the scrapbook paper. Note when tracing the letter to cut, lay it on the right side of the paper. This will allow you to place the design where you like on the right side of the letter.

Second. Paint the edges of the letters. I went with black, orange and green.

Third. I glued on the spider web to the letters before I Mod Podge the scrapbook paper. Remember when working with spider wed a little goes along way and the more you stretch it out the better it looks. Then I added the paper.

Fourth. Have fun with your embellishments. The glitter skull on the B was from target in a pack of six. The Bats on the middle O are from the $1 section of Target in a pack. The glitter spiders on the last O are from Walmart they were confetti. And of course if you know me you know my obsession with ribbon I need help.

Like I said you can stand them up on a table top. This Year I wanted something new on my door so I hung them up with ribbon on my front door love it. I just duck tapped them to the top of my door. Sorry I didn't take a picture but you didn't see anything from the inside of the door.

Here is my Easter Version. Maybe this year I'll hang it up on my door.

Have fun crafting would love to see how yours come out.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Halloween Box Craft

So I finally went to Tai Pan Trading and it was realllllllly nice, up there with Ikea. They had lots of beautiful Halloween decorations. While there I saw these cute Halloween boxes but when I saw the price they weren't as cute. Well, while I was in town I went to Ikea and while I was browsing....

I found these little beauties for $4.99 for the pair and the light bulb came on. I feel a craft coming on...

So I got home and gathered my supplies and got my craft on.

  • Boxes
  • Scrapbook paper (I got these at Hobby Lobby)
  • Paint
  • Foam brush
  • Wooden knobs (I got these at Hobby Lobby)
  • Mod Podge

To make:

First. I cut the scrapbook paper. I just used the boxes as a template.
Second. I painted the edges of the boxes black I didn't wanted baby green showing.
Third. I Mod Podged the scrapbook paper on the boxes.
Fourth. I painted the knobs black and added them to the top to make them look fancier.

Love it! For a fraction of the cost, I had those same cute boxes. And huge plus for me, I got to use my craft muscles. I did buy the flying witch and 3 porcelain pumpkins at Tai Pan there were so cute and had a good price I spent well under $10.

Hope you have fun crafting.

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