Sunday, April 25, 2010

Washer Necklaces

I saw these washer necklaces HERE and ran right out to Harbor Freight. Got myself a set of stamps, and started making necklaces. These were the first three I made and I have to say, they have only improved. I would include a photo of the improved ones but we didn't keep any... gave them new homes.

I will make some more this week, we have a long list of cousins to mail a necklace to, so I will take more pics. With a real camera... instead of my phone...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Desk Pad...er...thingy...

What's that called? The thing you set on the desk to protect your desk, or in my case I set it there just to be cute.

Here is what you need:
Fabric
Mod Podge
Surface Guards (those clear, vinyl bumper things)
Another technical name here:
Thin wood like the kind use for clipboards
Is that called clipboard-board?

Whatever.
I just spread the mod podge on the board, laid the fabric down, smoothed it our and Mod podged over the top of the fabric. 3 times. After it was dried, I flipped it over and pulled the (about 1 ich) edge over, mod podged it down. 3 coats.

I stuck those vinyl bumpers on the bottom.

And Voila!!


I would show a picture zoomed a little further out but I am a tease. I don't want to reveal more of the kitchen yet (plus I am not done with the doors and drawers...)

It is coming along. I am using this bench as a seat at the desk. Had I known this I would have had a much better matched fabric, but oh well. I am not about to redo that. And mis-matched is in... right?



Thursday, April 15, 2010

DIY Hardware

The Kitchen Before had chrome Hardware.
I am not too picky about the look of them (in fact, I prefer something more simple when it comes to cabinet handles), the style, but I AM picky about the color.

With how dark the countertops are in contrast with how light the cabinets are, I wanted dark hardware.

I LOVE the hinges on the cabinets, I like that they show on the outside. BUT... they are hard to find. Only one company makes them (Amerock) but you have to special order them.

I needed 60 hinges.

So instead, I bought this:
Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint.
I cleaned all the handles and hinges well.

Then, it was easy, one step... Spray. :)

The hinges aren't done, I had to spray, dry, open hinge, spray, dry, close hinge, spray, dry. You get it. So they aren't done, the ones in the after pictures are still the brushed nickel or whatever.

Before:
Sorry about the crappy picture. It is late and I don't care enough to go back :)

After:

Makes a big difference, right?
Ugh, these pics are crap. Sorry!



Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Such a tease...

This is my backsplash before:


Now:

More to come!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cake Platter

I saw this platter made by Gina over at Shabby Chic Cottage and had a need for a cute platter, so I got right on.... Forgive the pics, I forgot to take them as I went. Also, I apologize that I didn't have time to dig up the exact post of Gina's, just search yourself, she has great stuff.

So I got the candlestick thing-a-ma-jig at D.I. for 1.25, I forgot an actual before pic... but here it is as I was painting:
I had a very cute plate I found at TaiPan (I can't remember but I think it was 2 or 3 bucks). I used E3000 and glued the plate to the candlestick.

Done and Done.

It is really nothing terribly fancy, but I needed one and this one I love.

Forgive me that I didn't do anything cute with it for the picture. My focus is totally taken by "Kitchen Makeover 2010" and my broken husband. So you get what ya get!!!

I am SO EXCITED to show you my backsplash. Ya know how sometimes you are so set on the idea in your mind and you worry it won't turn out just like you hope??? Well, it turned out just as I had hoped. Soon!!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

What Else

These last few days I have painted my backsplash. Hand painted each and every little tile (in one section, so far). It has been tedious, but so far I love it. I was worried it wouldn't turn out the way it was in my head... That happens so often.


I also repurposed the cutest little stepping stool.

Also, I made a cute little cake stand.

And, Surprise! Painted more cabinets.

Somewhere in the place formerly known as my kitchen but currently known as a huge mess, is my camera. And the second I find it, I'll show you all I have done this week.

Tools needed for all of the above projects:

Five cute kids who, with every single brush stroke say, "Mom, that is looking awesome!" or, "Mom, your doing such a great job!" or, my favorite, "This is going to make our house even more awesome! Thanks for doing all this , Mom!". This really will help keep you motivated when you have quite possibly taken on too much at once.