DIY Cleaning Wipes with Viva® Vantage

Thank you Viva® Vantage and Walmart for sponsoring today’s post and helping me clean up my messes.


I finally did it!

I made my own cleaning wipes and I LOVE them!!

DIY Cleaning Wipes with Viva Paper Towels

First, I headed to Walmart to pick up what I needed.  I purchased Viva Vantage Paper Towels because I knew I needed the good stuff.  I usually buy generic brand paper towels because I’m cheap but it drives my husband crazy.  And I must admit that my husband is so right.   Viva® Vantage Paper Towels really stand up to the test when it comes to cleaning up messes.  They are extremely durable and won’t break up on you while you’re in the middle of cleaning.

DIY Cleaning Wipes with Viva Paper Towels

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DIY Entryway Shelf with Coat Rack

This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m so excited about today’s project!

I had a coat rack in our entry way but it was small and boring so I decided we needed something bigger and better.  I wanted a coat rack with a shelf and I must admit – this DIY project turned out better than I ever could have pictured it in my head.  This Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack was easy to make and only took a few hours.  The longest part is always waiting for the paint to dry between steps.

I fell in love with these floating shelves by Seventh House on the Left.  They used pipes to make the shelves float on the wall soI I thought it would be fun to add that kind of shelf to a coat rack.

I headed to the hardware store to gather my supplies.

I started in the plumbing section to see the different size pipes that were available.  I ended up purchasing 2 half inch iron floor flanges, 2 – 4 inch pipes that were 1/2 inch wide and 2 half inch end caps.  When I got home, I spray painted all the pieces black.

Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack

Then, I had the handyman at the hardware store cut a 1×8 and a 1×4 so they were each 40 inches long.

Now for the fun part!

Lightly sand each piece of wood and paint black.  When that was dry, I added vaseline to the edges of the wood and in random sections along the board.  This is the key to creating the distressed look.  I painted the entire board the gorgeous turquoise color and when it was dry, I lightly sanded the entire board.  The vaseline is the key to giving it a distressed look.  The turquoise paint comes off as you sand wherever you rubbed the vaseline.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  This is my new favorite way to distress wood.

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Once all that was dry and ready, I used my drill and ProBond Advanced glue to attach the hooks and pipe brackets to the 1×8.

I spaced the hooks out evenly.  They are each 5 inches apart leaving 2.5 inches at the end.  I glued them to the board and then drilled each one in.

I wanted everything to be super sturdy!

Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack

Then I was ready to hang it on the wall.  I drilled 3 holes so I could attach it to the wall.  I was going to cover the screws with wood plugs but decided to just paint the screws black.  I first drilled small holes in the wood and then used countersink drill bit so the screws would be flush.

Now for my second favor part of the project – attaching the shelf!  Add a little ProBond Advanced glue to the top of each pipe bracket and place the shelf on top.  Let that dry and you are ready to start using your new coat rack.

Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack

I can not tell you how happy I am with my new Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack.  It makes such a impact on the entryway and is gorgeous to look at!  I can’t stop looking at it.

Here is a list of all the materials I used for this project:

  • 1×8 cut to 40 inches
  • 1×4 cut to 40 inches
  • 2 floor flanges
  • 2 4 inch pipes (1/2 inch wide)
  • 2 end capes (1/2 inch)
  • black spray paint
  • 8 hooks
  • ProBond Advanced

Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack

I really hope I’ve inspired you to create your own Entryway Shelf and Coat Rack and I highly recommend tyring out the new ProBond Advanced.  It is the perfect multi-surface adhesive for bonding Mixed Materials, like wood to metal or ceramic to drywall.  It dries fast and completely clear so it is awesome for all my DIY projects I have going on all the time.

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Easy DIY Striped Planter using FrogTape®

This post brought to you by FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ve become a little obsessed with FrogTape®!  I love this stuff and it makes me want to paint stripes on everything!

DIY Striped Planter using FrogtTape®

Today I’m going to share how I added a little color to a boring planter.  I found the gray planter on clearance and couldn’t resist buying it.  Before I added the flowers, I decided that it needed a little makeover.

My deck is lacking color at the moment so I used FrogTape® Textured Tape to add a few simple stripes to my new planter.  And when I say simple, I mean simple!  FrogTape® helps make painting stripes, lines, corners, edges, etc. a breeze; which is great when you are a perfectionist like me.

Easy DIY Striped Planter using FrogTape®

All I needed to complete this project was a planter, turquoise paint and some FrogtTape® Textured Tape.  The key to this product is the Paintblock Edge Sealer which does exactly what it says.  It seals the edges of the tape so that paint will not get behind any of the tape.

Now, on to this easy FrogTape how-to:

Easy DIY Striped Planter using FrogTape®

Step 1:  Add tape to your surface.

Easy DIY Striped Planter using FrogTape®

Step 2:  Take a damp spong and dampen the edges of the FrogTape.  Then apply the Liquid Paint Block Edge Sealer to the edges of the tape.  Since this is a textured surface, this step is extremely important.

Easy DIY Striped Planter using FrogTape®

Step 3:  Once the sealer is dry, paint your stripes.

Striped Planter

Step 4:  Remove tape.  Then step back and admire those crisp, clean lines!

How easy was that?  It took me longer to decide which flowers I should plant in the planter than it did to paint the stripes.

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Chevron Magnetic Board

First of all, can you ever have too much chevron in your house?

I finished my Family Command Center a few weeks ago and wanted to share the Chevron Magnetic Board I created.  Not only was it easy to make but it only requires a few materials.

DIY Chevron Magnetic Board

Materials needed:

  • Picture frame
  • Sheet metal
  • white spray paint
  • gray paint
  • FrogTape Chevron Shape Tape
  • Paint brush

Step 1:  The first step is to get your frame ready so you know what size to cut your sheet metal.  I needed a long, skinny frame since the wall in my kitchen isn’t that big.  I ended up using a 3 photo collage frame that I had in my garage but you can find them all over the place.

Step 2:  Cut the sheet metal so it fits inside your frame.  I purchased mine at Home Depot in the aisle where the vent covers are located.  After cutting, I spray painted it white.

FrogTape Shape Tape Chevron Magnetic Board

Step 3:  Then I covered the sheet metal with the Chevron FrogTape Shape Tape.  This stuff is awesome!!  I covered the entire piece of metal in rows of the chevron tape and then removed every other piece so it was evenly spaced out.

Step 4:  Paint with gray paint.

Step 5:  Once the gray paint dries, remove all tape from sheet metal.

Step 6:  Add the metal toyour  frame and you are finished.  Hang and admire your awesome new Chevron Magnetic Board.

Chevron Magnetic Board

So what do you think?  Have I inspired you to create your own Chevron Magnetic Board?

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Spring Centerpiece with Upcycled Bottles

This month’s #MyFavoriteBloggers challenge is Spring and nothing screams spring more than fresh flowers!

Spring Centerpiece using Upcycled Bottles

I took my favorite Starbucks drinks and upcycled the bottles into a pretty centerpiece using a little jute, my glue gun and a fresh bouquet of flowers.

Spring Centerpiece using Upcycled Bottles

So that means you need to get your drink on so you have a few of these glass bottles.  I love the  Starbucks Coffee Frappuccinos.  They are so good and come in a few different flavors!

Start by cleaning the bottles and removing the labels.  Then use your handy dandy glue gun to glue the bottles together.  Wrap some jute around the bottles and glue it into place so it doesn’t fall down.  Add some pretty flowers and your centerpiece is done.

So simple and gorgeous!!

Spring Centerpiece using Upcycled Bottles

Now I’m officially ready for winter to be over.  I’m ready to wear my flips flops and sit on my deck and I’m especially ready for Spring Break!

I’d love for you to check out some of the other spring inspired projects that my friends, #MyFavoriteBloggers, came up with!

11 spring inspired projects from _MyFavoriteBloggers

From top down, left to right: Stamped “Bloom” Necklace from One Artsy Mama, Spring Centerpiece from me, Washi Tape Popsicle Stick Flowers from The Benson Street, Simple Circle Pinwheels from Creative Capital B, Semi Homemade Strawberry Shortcake from Seven Alive, Five Minute Hair Pins from It Happens in a Blink and Suburble, Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn in Your Microwave from 4 You with Love, Color-able Free Printable Spring Banner from Do Small Things with Love, Fairy Guesthouse from Happy Hour Projects, and Geometric Print Vase from Pitter and Glink.

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Necklace Holder {Holiday Gift Ideas under $20 with My Favorite Bloggers}

I’m excited to be teaming up with my favorite bloggers again to share 12 handmade gifts under $20.

I must confess – I love handmade gifts!  I love making them and giving them to people and I love when people make them for me!

Necklace Holder with Glass Knobs

For my gift idea, I made something that I’ve personally wanted for the longest time.  And since I want it, I figured every other girl needs a necklace holder.

This was so much fun to make!  I started by picking out my knobs.  I was going to get a whole bunch of colored knobs but decided at the last minute that I liked the clear glass knobs better.  I bought all the knobs at Hobby Lobby on sale so they were each $1.99 or $2.99.

Then I cut a piece of scrap wood so it was 15 inches long and drilled 5 holes.  Each hole is 2.5 inches apart.

I sanded and painted it this pretty teal color. When the paint dried, I sanded and stained the edges of the wood.  The key to adding the stain is to rub it on with a cloth and then wipe it off.

After the stain dried, I added the knobs.  I did have to cut the ends of the knobs with a hacksaw which made me a little nervous at first.  I thought it was going to be difficult to do but it was actually pretty easy.

Once I attached all the knobs, I was ready to add my sawtooth hangers to the back and hang on the wall.

Finally I was ready to hang all my favorite necklaces and step back and admire my gorgeous new necklace holder.

This is going to be very hard to give as a gift.  I guess I better start making another one:)

Now meet all the lovely ladies and their AWESOME handmade gifts under $20!

MFB Nov 2013

Sky from Capital B, Melanie from It Happens in a Blink, ChiWei from One Dog Woof, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me, Kadie from Seven Alive All Livin’ in a Doublewide, Bethany from  Pitter and Glink, Lauren from The Thinking Closet, Kirsten from One Tough Mother, Nancy from Do Small Things With Love, Kara from Petals to Picots and Nancy from 4 you with Love!

MFB $20 gifts

Sarah’s Handmade Hand Warmers

Lauren’s Painted Cork Coasters

Bethany’s Gold and Green Bracelet

Kara’s Crochet Pattern Roundup

Kirsten’s Glittery Utensil Gift Set

Sky’s Simple Fleece Face Guards

Marilyn’s Individual Peppermint Solid Sugar Scrubs

Kara’s DIY Necklace Holder

Kadie’s Easy Crochet’s Hot Pads

Melanie’s DIY Photo Desk Organizer Gift

Nancy’s DIY Wedding Photo Canvas Print

What is your favorite handmade gift to give?

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Ruffled Burlap Table Runner

This post is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.  All opinions are 100% my own!

I was recently shopping at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store and came across this gorgeous gold burlap that I had to have!

Ruffled Burlap Table Runner

In my mind I was picturing a gold table runner with ruffles and this is exactly what I made.  (You can’t really tell in the picture how gorgeous this burlap fabric is so you’ll have to trust me on this.)

Supplies needed:

  • 2 yards of gold burlap
  • red spray paint
  • orange spray paint (the color is called orange harvest)
  • red thread
  • orange thread
  • needle
  • glue gun and glue sticks

At first I thought I would make ruffles with ribbon but I wasn’t crazy about the way it was looking.  I wanted thicker ruffles.  Then it hit me – spray paint the burlap!

I cut the table runner to 15 inches wide and it is about an inch and a half shorter than my table.

Then I cut six strips of burlap.  Each strip measures 2.5 x 34 inches.

I spray painted 2 strips red, 2 orange, and kept 2 gold.

Burlap Ruffles

Now for the fun part – making ruffles.  The gold strips are easy to ruffle because all you have to do is pull the center thread carefully to create the ruffle.  I then trimmed the thread and glued it underneath with my glue gun.

To create ruffles with the red and orange strips, I needed to use a needle and thread to run a straight stitch down the center of each strip.  Then just pull the thread to create a ruffle.

Once I had all my ruffles, I was ready to attach them to the burlap.  I spaced them 6 inches apart and I used my handy-dandy glue gun to adhere them.

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Then my gorgeous ruffled burlap table runner was ready to lay out on my table.

Have I inspired you to make a ruffled burlap table runner?  I promise it is an easy project!

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Jo-Ann’s has this awesome coupon for the month of November.  Use it to buy some gorgeous gold burlap and other supplies needed to make your very own Thanksgiving projects.  Need some inspiration?  Check out Jo-Ann’s Craft Catalog and for lots of great project ideas.

This is my first table runner ever and now I think I need one for every holiday!

Thank you Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.  I am excited to work with a company whose mission is to spark creativity that lives in every person.

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My First Hand Painted Wooden Sign

I finally made my very first hand painted wooden sign.

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I’ve wanted to make one for awhile now but I was always too nervous to even try.   I kept putting it off because I was afraid that I wouldn’t like it since I’m such a perfectionist.

But I love it and I’m so glad I made it.  Plus, everyone asks, “Did you make that?” And I get to say “Yes I did!”

I was inspired by a sign from Mixin that I found on Pinterest but they do not ship to the US.

I started by painting a 12 x 14 piece of wood with turquoise paint.

I printed the words on printer paper and used carbon paper to trace the letters onto the wood.  Then I hand painted the letters with paint markers.

Once the paint was dry, I lightly sanded over the entire piece of wood and around the edges to give it a distressed look.

Much easier than I thought it was going to be and it turned out even better than I had imagined.

What DIY project have you accomplished that was easier than you thought it would be?

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Add Glitter to Your Phone Charger with Ribbon

Want to add glitter to your phone charger?
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I’ve found the easiest way to do it and I didn’t use mod podge or nail polish.  

I used glitter ribbon! 
  

glitter your cell phone charger with glitter ribbon

Have you seen this stuff before?  It is so much fun!  I found the ribbon at Michael’s and new exactly what I wanted to do with it.  I used double sided tape and easily wrapped it around the adapter and USB cable ends.

Supplies needed:

  • glitter
  • ribbon
  • double sided tape
  • scissors
  • clear glue

For the adapter I wrapped two rows of ribbon and it fit perfectly. For one side of the USB cable, I did have to cut trim the ribbon a little.

It literally took less than twenty minutes.  The next day I did have to add a little glue to the ends of the ribbon where it overlapped because it started to come off but that was an easy fix also.

What other crafts have you used glitter ribbon on?  This is definitely my new favorite thing to craft with!

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Ornament Wreath – Pottery Barn Knockoff

I am so excited to share my new holiday wreath with you!

 

I fell in love with this Pottery Barn Wreath as soon as I opened the catalog!    But since I have a problem where I look at everything and say “I can totally make that myself,” I knew I immediately I had to make one for my front door.

 

I really wanted a real wreath this year because I love the way they smell.  I found the wreath at Home Depot for $14.99.  Then I headed to my local Dollar Tree to buy some cheap ornaments.  I only needed three packs of ornaments so my wreath cost me less than $20.  Much better than $39.

 

This is a quick and easy project and you could always use an artificial wreath that is probably cheaper than a real one.

 

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 Step 1:  Glue ornament tops to ornaments with a glue gun so they don’t fall off when you attach them to the wreath.

 

Step 2:  Use floral wire to attach ornaments to wreath.

 

Step 3:  Hang and Admire!

 

Super easy and gorgeous!!  And it smells so good when you walk in the door!

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