Outdoor Bistro Set Before and After

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to spruce up outdoor seating areas. The oil rubbed bronze of this bistro set matched everything nicely but it’s just so brown and tired. 


DIYShowOff Bistro Set Makeover before

Originally it was a $15 yard sale score, ivory and rusty. 

Wayyyyy before…

bistro set before @diyshowoff

Here it is better staged in our grape arbor/gazebo recycled brick patio/pathway reveal, but it gets lost…

recycled brick patio @diyshowoff


Here’s what I did:

Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff

Remove the glass top. A little sanding of the rusty spots, a good wipe down (Yes! That’s Young Living Thieves household cleaner)…

Thieves cleaner

and one can of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X in navy (don’t forget your mask)!, a day of dry time….

RustOleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover 2x

…then re-insert glass, top with a couple of homemade cushions and I’m loving the new pop of color.


Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff Bistro Set Makeover @diyshowoff

Much happier, isn’t it? Do you have some tired old boring outdoor furniture ready for a re-freshening? 

Tea Cup Candle Sconce Bird Feeder Tutorial

Like to attract bird’s to the backyard? Me too. Well…away from the patio where I enjoy sipping tea and starting my day with devotions. 

The next time you’re at the thrift store, pick up an old candle sconce, tea cup and saucer to create a cute little bird feeder. 

DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used: 

  • candle sconce
  • tea cup & saucer
  • Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover x2 (satin aqua)
  • sanding block
  • damp rag
  • E600 glue
  • clamp tape 
What I did:
Lightly sand and clean candle sconce. Apply light even coats of spray paint and let dry. 
Using glue, attach saucer and tea cup to candle sconce (saucer first then tea cup after the saucer has dried).
This is the first time I’ve used clamp tape. LOVE it! Worked really well to keep the pieces together while glue dried. 
Let dry according to glue package instructions. 
Hang, fill with bird seed and enjoy!
Pretty outdoor decor too. DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff
I haven’t noticed if the birds are enjoying it yet. The food disappeared but it may just happen to be feeding the squirrels. lol  DIY tea cup candle sconce bird feeder tutorial @diyshowoff

DIY Spring Centerpiece

Spring is in the air! Add a touch of spring to your home indoors too with this quick spring-inspired project. 

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff  

I’ve been working on some products for Rust-Oleum (spring = welcome back spray painting season!!!) and wanted to share this with you too. I couldn’t have you thinking I’d abandoned the blog. I’m still here, still working. No worries. 

If you’re crafty and enjoy DIY, you likely have a can of Rust-Oleum already in your supply stash. Grab a branch or twig from the yard and get all spray paint happy with it. 

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

I used Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover x2 (color/finish = seaside/gloss).

Once it’s dry, clip on a faux bird and settle a nest in the branches (hot glue if you’d like a little more security) and voila! A spring centerpiece in the time it takes for spray paint to dry. 

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

Wishing you a weekend filled with spring happiness! 

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

Junked trunk to coffee table {apartment storage}

Remember this past summer when I scored a lot of a LOT of steamer trunks?

painted trunk


steamer trunk before

With furnishing the small apartment on a SUPER tight budget, we decided that one of these trunks would make a great coffee table since it would also provide a storage solution for the tiny apartment space.

We started out by cleaning up the trunk. It’s not in mint condition, but my daughter appreciates imperfection and character too or well, the fact that it was a “free” solution helped.

cleaning trunk

We gave it a basecoat of white spray paint and let it dry…

white basecoat on old trunk

We used two strips of FrogTape to preserve stripes of the white spray paint underneath two coats of aqua spray paint. Be sure to press down the edges of FrogTape before spraying!

FrogTape steamer trunk

More spray paint…

spray painted steamer trunk

Then peel off the FrogTape while it is still wet {yes, you will get paint on your hands}. I don’t remember the first aqua-color we tried, but it was too swimming pool blue. DIY is sometimes a trial and error. So, we used the yellow FrogTape Delicate surface for the second try and Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Ultra x2 in Satin Lagoon. Much better…

spray painted steamer trunk

And I always get so excited and want to keep embellishing and stenciling when it’s so easy and fun to do, but Ali liked the simple “Tiffany & Co.” look of white stripes on lagoon blue and who am I to argue with that because I have to agree…it’s pretty darn cute.

Tiffany & Co. spray painted steamer trunk

Painted steamer trunk cost:Great price for dual purpose, first apartment furniture. And the pop of color? Love it!

See all things related to the apartment renovation here!

This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. 

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It’s time for the DIY Project Parade and I can’t wait to see what’s been keeping you busy. Have a touch of spring fever? Easter is right around the corner and it’s not too soon to decorate. This week, when reviewing Valspar‘s new line of spray paint, I created a faux-chocolate centerpiece to welcome spring.

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