Far better to serve you with this transformed tray that includes stripping and staining the wood, cutting a piece of metallic and cork wallpaper from a leftover project and having glass cut for the interior of the tray.
Before the transformation this tray was in a local thrift store for $7. It's design said "country kitchen."
First, we stripped the paint and then stained it with Cabot Custom Tint in Moonshadow. After it was stained, I cut a piece of metallic cork wallpaper left over from our guest room and had a piece of glass cut to fit inside the tray. Now, it not only holds art books and vintage art pieces, but can serve drinks and snacks in a pinch.
Our resident sticker and paint chip DIY gal, Lauren Scharf couldn't let a star candy dish go untreated. She decided it needed a bit of color.
It's so simple and so inexpensive to take bland items around your home and add your own personal touch. Here, I took a clear glass candy dish and spiced it up with some colors. Using some felt, rubber cement, a round punch out tool, and - our favorite - paint chips, I created a little bubble design on the bottom of the glass. The felt helps keep the design intact, and keeps the bottom of the glass from scratching any surfaces. I opted for a bigger circle and a range of cool colors, but this would also look great with confetti sized shapes and a palette with all the colors of the rainbow! The main look I had in mind was to make it look like the dish was always filled with candy, even when empty!
We've been finding numerous ways to use paint chips in our DIY projects from Halloween costumes to Christmas ornaments. This time we created paint chip art work for a vintage frame I puchased at the Rosebowl flea market in Pasadena. I wanted to create a way to display bold colors in a frame without more brush strokes. And voila, a fun display where you can add a message with an eraseable marker (that can be changed as often as you like) for those entering or leaving the house.
Watch our DIY Diva series for the process:
Bought frame from flea market for $5
Sanded and then stained the frame with Cabot Pecan satin finish.
Created a color block design using paint chips (free).
Had glass cut to fit frame approx. $10.
Bought backing and easel back for frame approx. $10 from Aaron Brothers.
Added message with an erasable marker—You can change the message as often as you want.
Sometimes the best things arrive in a box. It's like a special holiday or birthday when a box arrives at your doorstep and you get to be surprised by the contents. I researched the best box subscriptions and other companies that specialize in sending you curated items from jewelry to dog treats to kids crafts to wine. I checked out an array of items and I shared them with Marie Osmond on Hallmark Channel.
-Kids projects for ages 3-7 that celebrate kids’ natural creativity and curiosity.
-Each box comes with the instructions/inspiration and materials to create the project covering a number of developmental areas through art, science and imaginative play from gardens to dinosaurs to creating butterfly wings.
-$19.95 a month or $220 a year with one month free. Each box contains 2-3 projects each month.
-Lot 18 has rolled out a first of its kind wine club, called Tasting Room.
-Members taste and give feedback before they commit to a full case of wines.
-They receive 6 mini bottles (4 red, 2 white) for $9.99. Members are given instructions on how to taste via an online tool that asks basic questions about likes and dislikes.
-Once the tasting is complete a taste profile is created and the first shipment is created with a case of 12 full size bottles. Four annual case shipments per year. First shipment is $84.99 with free shipping ($7 a bottle) and after that it’s $149.99 for a case ($12.50 a bottle).
-True and Company has reinvented the way women buy intimates. By taking a fit-based approach to online bra retail by replacing the uncomfortable fitting room experience with an online two-minute fit quiz and risk-free home try-on.
-Take trueandco.com's 2-minute online quiz and create your own personal bra shop of best fitting styles. They use your current bra size as a starting point and then diagnose your true size taking into account your shape, pain points and common body image issues.
-Their algorithms then recommend and sell only the styles and the sizes that fit a woman’s specific body shape in a personal bra shop created just for each customer.
-For your initial home try-on box, get your 5 favorite styles (you pick 3, their experts pick 2) sent to your home.
-You then have 7 days to try on the bras. Pay only for what you keep, return the rest.
-This is not a subscription service, but you can try it as often as you like.
All bras start at approximately $45. Shipping and returns are always free.
-You can try Misto Box for just $5 with free shipping. Subscriptions cost between $12.50 to $15 a month depending on the length of the subscription.
-Misto Box has a team of coffee experts who taste and evaluate more than 50 coffees every month from different artisan roasters across the country. (Think local favorites.)
-Each box contains four 1.7 - 2 ounce samplings of premium single origin coffee from four different artisan roasters. You’ll get to know each roaster and coffee intimately with included tasting notes and coffee info.
-Gourmet food delivered to your door for $10-12 a month depending on the plan you choose.
-Each box contains 8 or more gourmet foods.
-New flavors each month curated with a different theme.
- For every box sent, a meal is donated to feed 1 in 5 hungry children in America. In one year of business, Love With Food has donated more than 50,000 meals. They donate a meal to a hungry child via efforts with Feeding America and Share our Strength.
-Their motto is “Make Tummies Happy.”
- Love With Food frequently works with celebrities to curate the boxes, e.g. Thanksgiving 2012 box was curated by Amy Roloff of Little People Big World of TLC. Upcoming April 2013 box is curated by Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods on Travel channel.
Penny's new view point from her fabulous DIY sled to dog bed. Watch the video for more info.
Picked up this vintage sled from the flea market. I thought it was a long bassinet, but the owner corrected me when she showed me where the rails had been. We stripped and sanded the wood and then stained it with Cabot Polystain in Dark Oak.
Then I created a pillow for comfort with a remnant from a fabric store and foam padding from Michaels. I screwed on caster wheels from Home Depot so I could move the bed to different parts of the house easily.
I turned two vintage tool boxes purchased inexpensively at the Rosebowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA into beautiful garden boxes perfect for gift giving.
The vintage tool boxes before their transformation had been painted an ugly mustard color and were beaten and scratched up. Next steps were to strip and sand down the wood and get it ready for staining.
I chose to stain the tool boxes rather than paint them. I knew the stain would preserve the wood better and with a protective coating the newly created garden boxes could be left outside on a patio or porch to give the new blooms some sunshine. I decided to stain the boxes two colors in similar hues, the main body and handle are Horizon and the sides are Sedona Sun. Both are Cabot Custom Tints. As little decor choice I added the flat wooden birds, purchased from Save On Crafts and stained them each Cabot Ready Mix in Brown Mahogany.
Add in some gardening tools, gloves, seed packets and small pots and voila, you've got a great gift to give!
The Plan: Create two personalized mirrored frames for either side of the bed. I decided by adding wooden letters it would create a 3-D effect and have more impact.
Watch the video for more details.
I purchased two frames which are nearly identical from the Rosebowl in Pasadena for $10. Then sanded them down to create a "clean slate" for staining. Next, I ordered two wooden letters from Craft Cuts, where you can choose the height, width and font of your letters.
Ready for staining, I taped off the interior rectangle to stain the outer frame with Cabot Stain Ready Mix in Ebony. The interior rectangle was stained with Cabot Polystain in Dark Oak. I wanted a two tone stained frame. The letters were stained Ebony. I had mirrors cut and inserted into the frames. I hung the letters using leather braided cord that I purchased for $1. I attached the cord to the back, added hanging materials and hung on either side of the bed.
I purchased an unfinished birdcage and bird eggs, plus a nest online at Save-on-Crafts.com which had so many cool ideas for weddings and entertaining.
I sanded the birdcage then stained both the cage and eggs. For the birdcage, I used Limed Oak which looks white and for the eggs, I stained them Sanibel which is a custom tint. Both are available from Cabot Stain and Lowes which you can buy in small 8oz cans. I then lined the cage in moss and placed the nest on top. I added in faux birds found at JoAnn's Fabric and placed them inside and on top of the birdcage.
This looks lovely on a foyer table, in the bedroom or as a decorative item on a coffee table. The whole project cost less than $60.
I found a kids chair at the Rosebowl flea market in Pasadena that was in desperate need of a makeover. The kids table was about to be donated or dumped due to it's surface being covered with scratches, marker, crayon and pen marks. It was time to give them a makeover and make them ready to be returned to a kids room as a play station.
The kids chair and table before the transformation.
We sanded the chair down. Stained the chair Limed Oak from Cabot Stain. Then taped sections to stain three colors-Lily Pad, Mussel Shell and Dried Lavendar from Cabot Stain.
We stained the table Limed Oak and then applied adhesive stencils in various sizes and fonts. We stained the letters Lily Pad, Mussel Shell and Dried Lavendar to match the colors on the kids chair.