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Cork Board from Target

I took a little trip to target like I always do once a week and guess what I found! I cork board from target. I just could not believe how I found the one thing I was eying for a while on the clearance bin. I was so excited to find the cork board from target that I just knew I needed to find the special place for it where everyone can enjoy.

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When I got home I started to put it in different places all over the apartment and nothing seem to be right until I reach the fridge!. I decided to add some magnets to the back of the cork board and see if it would hold.

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I used super glue to attach the magnets to the back of the cork board. Then I went ahead let it dry and in a minute I had a magnet cork board.

I used it to display my family pictures from our last visit. It can be hard when family is so far away but making good memories is always what we try to do when we visit together.

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Stay crafty and a happy haunting at target!

Loren

 

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Chalkboard World Globe

I am excited about finding this world globe at Costco! I found it right before school started and its was defiantly a deal. I got it for $27 which is cheap due to world globe being so popular and it super hard to find one for a good deal. I just had to grab it and run. My hubby was not happy that I got it and but it looks so cute on my home now my chalkboard world globe.

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Chalkboard painting is super easy to do and it does not take a lot of work. Just good weather and some time out of your day.

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I used black chalkboard paint and sprayed the entire globe about 3 coats of chalkboard.

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Once it what dried I took chalk and went over the indentation of the map with the chalk. The globe that I purchased had the land masses raised up which made it easy to go over it with chalk.

 

Now i can write Boo or Happy Holidays!  You can’t go wrong with a globe. I was so happy I did get it because I did try to purchase a globe that was smaller and broken at a retailer and they only discounted it for 4 dollars! So the total came to $20 and it was so not worth it! Retailers are really not the best place to get them all the time. Here it is your chalkboard world globe.

Happy Crafting,

 

Loren

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Side table magazine crate table and no power tools needed

I have been obsessed with crates lately, I just love how many different functions they have in a home. I have them in almost every room in my home. I wanted to make one crate portable in which I can switch around in my home and that is just what I did. No power tools needed for this portable magazine holder stained crate. It can even be used as a side table to keep cute little things. The other great thing is that you don’t have to make the crate just purchase it from your local craft store, I even noticed that Walmart has wooden crates!


I went to my favorite craft store and purchased a wooden crate. I then stained the crate in a dark mahogany from minwax.
After it was dried I purchased wheels at the local hardware store. They have a few selections to choose from and I decided to go with the classic black wheel.  All I needed to do was just screw drive to attach them to the crate. No power tools needed for this DIY.
I decided to place a few of my favorite things on my new magazine side table. The picture of my son and his pop pop and flowers of course because they always make me smile.
What will you do with your crate? I might do a couple more thing with crates in the future is there something you will all enjoy to see?  If you missed a couple of my past crate DIY click here and take a look.
Stay crafty,

Loren

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Repurposing a boy dresser

I have had this dresser for the past three years with the intention of re-staining it to match my son’s bed however, it never happened. One day I just saw it and decided right there and then that I was going to paint it! I did not want to mess with a sander and with strong odor of stains. I went ahead and got my paint out and went to work.


I did not have to sand down the dresser because it’s with age the sealer on the dresser has come off and paint will stick to the wood. I got the paint from Home Depot discount section for $2! I love stopping by the discount paint every time I visit the store you never know what you are going to find.  
I removed the drawers and the drawer’s knobs and started painting the dresser. I was surprised how fast painting a dresser was. I am always happy when a project does not take me all day.
The problem I face was what color scheme I wanted for the drawers. At first I painted the drawer white because I wanted them to stand out. However, I noticed that it was too much and decided to paint them the same color as the rest of the dresser and just leave a trim of the original wood. I also left the knobs their original color.
Ta-da!! I finally finished a project that took three years to do but now it looks fantastic in my son’s room and it matched his room.
Stay Crafty,

Loren

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Recap of upholstering dinning room chairs

I have and oldie but goodie makeover which I am still amazed that I could pull off! All of course with much help of my mother in-law. Who would have thought that at times the best way to learn is to just take the leap of faith and rip off the fabric of a chair and figure out how to put it pack together again.
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You have no idea how much I have been hating my dinning room chairs. They have gone through a lot with me. They have been around for about seven years and over six moves with three being states moves. Lets not forget also having a baby. It a new year and  I wanted to bring some color to my home and lighten things up. 

I was very lucky to have my wonderful mother in-law over for the holiday season and she gave the courage to  tackle this big project. 
This project is rated C for Courage.
The wonderful part was that we got to bond and I did not even have to ask more than once because the next thing I knew she was tearing it apart. It was fantastic!
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1. We remove the strip. All we needed was to pull hard because it was being help with glue.
2. Then it was time to remove the top fabric by removing the staples.
3. The foam was also stapled so I needed to remove more staples.
4. Yes, the cardboard was stapled in as well. I am starting to hate staples a lot!
5. Now to remove any lingering staples. 
The seat of the chair was much more easily removed because it was just screwed in. Once all the fabric was off you will I needed to stain parts of the chair because time has not been gentle. 
I also used a sealer by Krylon once the staining was tried.
While the sealer is trying we tacked the seat. We used the original fabric to trace a pattern in which to cut the  new fabric.  
As you can see the old fabric was pretty beat up! 
All we needed to do was wrap the fabric around the foam, the wooden base and staple it. 
After all has been said and done all we needed to do was screw it back in to the chair base.

My mother inlaw Laurie help me pick out the fabric at Joann’s and I am just in love with it. It has all my favorite color in it. Can you guess which is my most favorite color?
We cut two circle circle of fabric one the exact size of the cardboard and the other half and inch bigger all around.

On the backside of the cardboard I had to glue the new fabric to it with spray on adhesive. I used Elmer’s Craft Bond. It work very nicely. 

1. Once the adhesive was dry I place the cardboard back into the back of the chair and stapled it in place.
2. I place the foam on top of the cardboard and stapled it in place.
3. I used the fabric which I cut half and inch larger and stapled it to the inside of the chair. I tried not to pull the fabric too much because I wanted to keep some dimension to it.
4. I cut out any remnant that was sticking out once it was stapled.
Here is how the back looks like once it was place in! Now it give a pop of color from the back and the front. Its time to finish the front. Just a couple more steps.
1 & 2. We used the original lining strip and removed the old fabric. 
3.We took the fabric that we used on the seat of the chair sew it over the rope.
4. Ta-Da! Now its time to hot glue it!

Who would have though it would be that simple to do! 
Can you see the difference now! It so much better than before and all it take its the courage to start. Do you have a project that you have been putting off because you think you can’t do it? Well guess what you are not the only one but its not that hard, just give it a try. Now I have dinning room chair that look like new!

Now I know that I can take apart any dining room chair and put it back together. I have to say  that I love reupholstering furniture. I don’t see furniture the same way, every time a see something I just want to know its secret. What will you be reupholstering today?

Stay crafty,

Loren

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Industrial Wooden Spool Makeover

I’ve waiting to get my hands on industrial wooden spool for a while and I never thought I was going to find one. Until one day on my way to get my hubby at work and a saw it! I could not believe my eyes and I begged my hubby for an entire day and he finally caved in and got them in the car for me.  They sat in my garage for a couple of month and I wondered what would be the perfect project I would with it? It finally came to me why not a bookshelf for my kiddos for their room!


We went to our local hardware store and got a few supplies to start our project. We got wood stain, wood and steel wheels. We got the wood to fit snugly inside the spool. As we discovered that the shelves had to be cut at different measurement because it’s asymmetrical all the way around.  We did a lot of measuring and cutting to make it just right. I decided to put four shelves on the spool.

We attached the shelves by screw them from the bottom and the top. It did take a lot of muscle to do it and thank goodness I have my hubby for it. I then stained the spool a dark mahogany. I just love the color of dark wood in my home.
My favorite thing to do is to reupholster and that is what I did with the top. The spool had four big bolts on the top which would make thing difficult to placing things on top, so reupholstering was the best option.  I cut the fabric and the batting the same size and the foam the same size as the top of the wooden spool.
Once it was all cut it was time to place it on the spool. We stapled the batting to the spool so it will hold the foam in place. Then we placed the fabric on the top and stapled it to the bottom of the wood.
We thought that something was still missing and decided to add decorative nails.  
Ta-Da!  
Now my kiddos have a wooden spool bookshelf.
 

Loren

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Reupholster a footstool

On one of my ventures of going to goodwill I found a granny footstool for just $5! I could not believe it, I’ve been looking for one it seems like forever and here it was. It was just in my price budget and small enough to be carried right out the door with ease. Now the question was what kind of fabric I wanted to use to recover this lovely find so I took a trip to Joann’s one of my favorite craft store in hunt for the perfect fabric. I knew I wanted to have a rustic feel but still wanted to match everything in my home. As most of us know you can always find something at Joann’s that is just right what you are looking for.

Once I found the fabric, it was time to take the footstool apart. Reupholstering is one of my favorite hobbies and I always just want to rid things apart to see how things fit.
Once I removed the old fabric and foam it was time to replace it with new and improved fabric.  I took the wood and measure out the foam to be the same size, followed by batting and fabric which I measured to wrapped around the wood to hold the foam place.
The fun part is about to begin, the stapling. I begin by stabling the center of each side, this helps hold everything in place.
Once everything is stapled I added black fabric to the outside to cover all the staples. I stapled neatly on the black fabric so it does not look all crazy like whats underneath.
When all the reupholstering is done on the footstool I began painting the stool. I used my own mixture of chalk paint on the stool.  Once it was sealed, it was time to put it back together.
One last thing to do and that was to hand draw a N’2 on the fabric, for this task I used a gray sharpie. I bet no one has a stool like this in their home.
What will you be reupholstering today?!
stay crafty,

Loren

 

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My weekend thrift store finds!

One of the best ways to spend my weekend is to go thrift shopping and that is what I got to do this past weekend. I like the surprise I get when I find something that would either cost me way more in a regular store or something I would never expect. I was excited this time around when I went thrift shopping because I found a couple of cute items. 

One of the things that I was surprise in finding was a nightstand that looks almost the same as the one I found at a different thrift store in Texas  for the same price. 
How about finding a banker’s chair for less than $10! I can’t wait to transform this cute.
I love antique candle holders. I wanted one to sit next to while reading a book. 
I also found some cute little trinkets on my adventure.

Till next time, stay crafty!
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Making your own Book Lamp

I fell love with a beautiful book lamp I saw on pinterest but their was no tutorial for it. So I decided to jump into making my very own. Especialy now that I need more light in our home. I could always use a lamp in every room. If you have a couple of old book you don’t mind drilling into and lamp kit you can make one too.


 
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Please be aware that I am not an electrician by any means and you should always read the instruction when using electrical wires. Trust me on this I had a bad experience and I was very lucky. So please do  your research.
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I got a lamp kit and lampholder which I remove the guts and replaced it with the lamp kit.


Place this inside the lampholder.

Then it time to drill! I drilled a big enough hole for the cord fit in.
 


Once the cord was in I cut some of the pages so the cord could lay flat in the book and for the book to lay flat as well. I wanted the cord to come out the side of the book than through other side.


I went ahead and screwed the books together.


Follow the instruction on how to wire the lamp kit and now you have your every own book lamp for anytime you need that extra bit of light. You can place it next to your favorite reading chair for that night time reading. I also use a 40w Edison light bulb that I got over at home depot.


Stay Crafty,
Loren
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How to cover a picture frame with fabric and mod podge

I like adding to cute little family touches to my home decor and this time I made a cute little picture frame with my little princess foot print. The cut it out frames perfect picture frames because I don’t have to go around looking for something to fit my decor when I can just paint it any color I want. I decided to cover it with fabric and painting it.

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The first thing I did was grab my material. I picked a cute sparkle gold fabric for my little princess.

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Then I cut a piece of fabric and applied mod podge on the frame and placed the fabric. 

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 I cut any extra fabric off and glue to the edges. I used black acrylic paint on the edges to cover the fabric

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I added a flower with leaves for that extra touch, now I have a cute little fabric covered frame with my little girls foot print. 


Stay crafty
Loren