Step Stool Makeover

Scoop up a step stool at the flea market, yard sales or thrift stores and give it a makeover. Thinking ahead, sweet grand baby is going to need a step stool to reach the bathroom sink to wash his little hands. This wooden flea market treasure is perfect. And of course I can’t resist the opportunity to take it from blah to cute with a little paint and FrogTape®.

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Materials I used:

  • wooden foot stool (sanded and wiped clean)
  • FrogTape and scissors
  • vinyl decal 
  • paint (I used Valspar Sea Kiss in a satin finish) and paintbrush
  • spray lacquer 

What I did: 

1. I convinced Mr. DIY to do the sanding for me. He’s much faster at that task than I. He simply sanded away the varnish leaving me a clean blank slate.

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2. Then I wiped away the saw dust with a damp cloth. 

3. Next I applied my vinyl decal to the top, burnished it and pulled away the transfer paper. 

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4. I taped off stripes using FrogTape Multi-Surface. Since the sides aren’t 90 degree angles, here is what I did: Tore off a piece of FrogTape longer than needed. I placed it in a straight line (I just eye-balled it) and folded the edges over on the ends. Using my thumbnail (or credit card), I rubbed the FrogTape on the corner. Then I gently lifted it up and using scissors, cut along the ‘white’ line. Replace and burnish tape. Repeat on each of the four sides, two rows of stripes. 

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5. Paint a coat. Let dry. Paint a second coat. 

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6. While paint is still wet, carefully remove FrogTape and vinyl decal. Then allow paint to dry over night. 

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7. Optional: sand edges for a distressed look. 

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8. Apply two light even coats of spray lacquer, allowing dry time between each coat according to instructions on the can. 

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Ta-da! A cute addition to the bathroom sink for little ones. 

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*I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

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Side Table Makeover

Spring cleaning always inspires a bit of decorating and freshening up around the house. Today, an old side table gets a fun new look and a pop of color for the reading nook. Side table makeover:

diyshowoff side table makeover

What I used:

  • side table
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • spray paint

What I did: 

I cleaned an old side table with a damp cloth and let it dry. 

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Then using my FrogTape, I taped off a design onto the table top. 

diyshowoff side table makeover

Using my thumbnail, I burned the edges of the tape in order to get crisp clean lines. 

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Next, I toted it outside and applied a couple of even light coats of spray paint. 

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Before the paint dried, I removed the FrogTape then let the paint dry. 

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The side table adds a pop of color to our reading nook and will sit between two chairs. 

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Do you have an old piece of furniture that needs an update? 

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*This post is sponsored by FrogTape.

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{Hospital} Bedside Table Makeover

One of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas challenges for September is furniture makeover…

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

I just happened to score this little thrifty treasure from the thrift store…

hospital bedside table DIY makeover

for the low, low price of $3.99! A cute {hospital} bedside adjustable table in need of some TLC. 

I gave it a good cleaning then disassembled the parts. 

After taping off the casters, I gave it a few light sprays with a metallic gold spray paint. 

hospital bedside table DIY makeover

Once that was dry, I went back and forth on making a decision on the tray part. A shelf board would work. So would a serving tray. 

hospital bedside table DIY makeover

I went with the serving tray. I reassembled and used smaller wood screws to attach the tray to the frame. 

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Now it’s a convenient bedside accessory…

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I liked that it has a lip since the tray tilts forward. Great for holding a book or tablet. 

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

Adjust to the table top position for a portable desktop, breakfast in bed or bedside, chair side or couch side table.

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

Makes for a pretty side table too…

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What’s your latest thrift store, estate sale, flea market find? 

Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on Instagram, Pinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

 

DIY Cart Rescue/Furniture Makeover

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elmer’s ProBond Advanced for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you have old furniture just taking up space in the basement, garage or attic? Or maybe with the start of yard sale season right around the corner, you’ll spy a fun furniture piece to flip…keep your eyes open! The other day I spied an old metal cart collecting dust so I decided to give it a purpose. It once belonged to my husband’s grandfather. Time to dust the cart off, give it life and make it useful.

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Materials:

  • Old metal cart
  • Pine planks (I purchased three 1x3s and one 1×4)
  • Wood stain and sealer
  • ProBond Advanced

What I did:

First I cleaned up the cart a bit. I was going to spray paint it but it really wasn’t in bad shape (finish wasn’t original – it had been spray painted in the past) and I sort of like the few scratches and scuffs, making it look old and not brand new. Sometimes imperfections are perfect, right?

before…

cart before

cart before

Then I set about measuring and cutting the wood planks to fit the top and what looks like support for a bottom shelf. 

measuring

After deciding placement of the planks, I marked, sanded and cleaned each one. 

I stained each wood plank a rich beautful color. I brushed the stain onto all sides with a foam brush (in the same direction as the wood grain) and wiped away with a clean rag then let them dry for an hour or two.

Last step! Just glue and clamp the wood planks into place. Elmer’s ProBond Advanced is designed for gluing mixed materials like wood planks to the metal cart (porous to non-porous materials) without expanding, creating a foamy residue and making a mess. Awesome! Let the glue dry 24 hours. 

I applied a sealer to the wood to protect the finish and add a little shine.

Loved once again…

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Beautiful new wood top and shelf:

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Now what was once just junk now serves as a side table (or would that be center table?) in our family room.

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Are you a DIY’er? Find any recent ‘hidden treasure’? Find more DIY inspiration on Elmer’s Mixed Materials Pinterest board. 

 

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Dresser Makeover

I recently had an opportunity to try out Maison Blanche furniture paint and just happened to have an old painted dresser that needed a fresh new look. If you know me, you know I like to rearrange furniture from room to room and as is (before) just wasn’t versatile. Time for a change! 

dresser makeover before

No prep? You got it! No stripping, no sanding, no priming! Count me in! Here is the dresser before. I wiped it down to clear away the dirt and dust, removed the drawer pulls then jumped right in. Color is La Bonne Terre…to me it looks like a very light putty (sort of an ivory with a gray tone). 

painted dresser prep

Being a DIY’er, I paint. A lot. And one of the things that makes a paint brand my favorite is the paint’s consistency. Maison Blanche paint did not disappoint! It’s thick. It was love at first sight. Plus! If I wanted it even thicker, I could leave the lid off to thicken it up without it developing that plastic-y painty film. Pretty cool!  

Maison Blanche furniture paint

I used a regular 2″ brush and gave the dresser coat of paint then started where I began and did a second coat. It goes on so nice and smooth. The paint had a light odor but it wasn’t unpleasant. 

Dresser Makeover furniture paint tutorial

The next morning, I did a third coat and let it dry for about six hours. The finish is so soft and smooth. In the afternoon, using an old sock, I applied a coat of gray Lime Wax. 

Maison Blanche Lime Wax

After 15-30 minutes, I buffed the wax finish.

It’s difficult to tell but it gives the paint a subtle pretty patina (transparent gray). I let everything dry overnight (because my oil rubbed bronze spray painted drawer pulls were still drying anyway). Then added the pulls and the result…

Dresser Makeover after

…is awesome, isn’t it? Much better! Get your own color at Shannon’s shop, here!

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I could re-arrange, style and decorate all day, how about you?

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La Bonne Terre with Gray Lime Wax

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Need some more examples and inspiration? You’ll want to check these out: 

 Bayou Blue with White Lime Wax at Fox Hollow Cottage

Fox Hollow Cottage

Magnolia with White Lime Wax at Mom 4 Real

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*I received Maison Blanche paint and Lime wax in exchange for a review. As always – opinion and experience is my own. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be sharing about it! 

DIY Gold Dipped Furniture Legs

Add a little more interest (and color) to every day pieces of ‘forgotten’ furniture to spice things up a bit.

side table makeover before

This round side table is so pretty and the long criss-crossed legs are the perfect length to add a dipped look. I was really tempted to do hot pink or bright turquoise but chose gold since I like to swap out color in decorative accents so often. 

Remove each furniture leg and the small leveling/floor protector from each leg.

paint dipped furniture makeover

Decide how much of the legs you wish to be painted and mark each leg.

paint dipped furniture tutorial

Create a clean line using FrogTape®. Rub the edge of the tape with your thumbnail. Tape off all areas not to be painted.

FrogTape paint dipped furniture legs

Then spray paint. I gave each leg one coat of paint + primer. 

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Before last coat of paint dries, remove FrogTape. 

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Then I reassembled the side table.

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Love it’s new look…nice legs!

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{see the entire family room makeover here}

Do you have a piece of furniture that could use a little DIY love?

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Colleen’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Contest

Colleen's Christmas Tree

That DIY Party Highlights – Fab Furniture

That DIY Party Highlights…from five weeks’ of That DIY Party: Today’s category is Fabulous Furniture! Check out these inspiring beauties…

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Gold dipped dining table at Primitive & Proper

gold dipped dining table at Primitive and Proper

Thrift Store Cabinet Makeover at Two It Yourself

cabinet makeover at Two it yourself  

Repurposed radio to wine cabinet at Thrifty Treasures

radio to wine cabinet at Thrifty Treasures

3-toned dresser at Red Hen Home

Red Hen Home White & Wood Dresser

and a multi-colored console table at Red Hen Home

Red Hen Home Console Table

Mossy green dresser at the Weathered Door

mossy green dresser at the Weathered Door

Chippy Teal Dresser at Create Inspire

Chippy Teal Dresser at Create Inspire

{plexiglass} mirrored dresser tutorial at Imperfectly Imaginable 

(plexiglass) mirrored dresser tutorial at Imperfectly Imaginable  

Queen Anne side board at Orphans with Make Up

Queen Anne Shabby Chic Sideboard at Orphans with Make Up

Penny desk at HomeRoad

penny desk at HomeRoad

Furniture for the Dogs at Fisherman’s Wife Furniture

dog furniture at Fisherman's Wife Furniture

Headboard Bench at Confessions of a Serial DIYer

Headboard-Bench-Confessions of a Serial DIYer

DIY linen headboard at Lee Caroline Art

diy linen headboard at Lee Caroline Art

Built in bookcases at Home is Where My Heart is

built in bookcases at Home is Where My Heart is

Dining table to rolling work table at Redoux Interiors

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DIY craft table at House on the Way

diy craft table at House on the Way

See more DIY:

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Thanks to YOU and to these talented ladies for linking up their inspiring creativity and hard work! 

Patio Swing Before and After

The patio makeover is looking so good but our canopied swing was looking a little tired…

patio swing makeover

see patio makeover

patio-makeover

I love the drapes we use on our gazebo every year. I purchased them years ago from Moshells.com. The sheer drapes go up in May and come down in October. They hang outdoors for those 5 months in the rain, in the sun. These were the most affordable sheers I could find and I am so happy with the quality. No fraying, no fading. Still good as new…

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So when I decided to give our canopied swing a makeover, I knew I wanted to use sheer drapes again (perfect for a romantic summer vibe).

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Did I mention that not only do I love the quality but the prices are budget friendly? Yup! The sheer panels I chose are $3.99 each.

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I used seven 84″ sheer curtain panels to enclose our canopied swing. Here’s how I did it (drawing it up seemed easier to explain)…

I started with the top (shown in center below), then pinned and sewed each of the other panels around the top curtain panel:

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Wasn’t that easy?!

Then I slipped it into place (under the canvas canopy but over the frame).

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{I added some outdoor solar lights for night time too.}

And the curtain panels blew around in the breeze. That won’t do!

patio swing makeover

To keep the curtains from blowing around, I purchased galvanized pipe (two 60″, two 48″ and two 6″) and gave them a coat of brown spray paint. Once dry, I simply slid them into the bottom hem of the sheer curtains.

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The 60″ pipes for the sides, which are long enough to tuck on the inside of the frame (longer than the curtain hem). I’ll probably even grab some pipe caps next time I’m out.

diy patio swing curtains

The 48″ pipes are for the back side (because the curtains overlap…one long continuous pipe won’t work)… When it’s functioning as a swing, the pipes will hang/weight the sheer drapes. When it’s in the daybed position, they’re tucked under the frame before frame pins are inserted.

back of patio swing

I used the 6″ galvanized pipes as weight for the front curtains which are tied back with organza ribbon.

ribbon curtain tie backs

I also covered the cushion (super easy envelope-enclosure pillow cover style). Fabric is Maco Indoor/Outdoor Pisa Texture Cocoa.  Just one huge pillow cover…the fabric design lining up just right was a happy accident! Love when that happens!

outdoor cushion cover

{swing}

patio swing cushions

{daybed

Before…

patio swing makeover

After…

patio swing makeover - after

patio swing makeover

Much better, right?

covered patio swing

Our swing folds down into a daybed. When we’re entertaining, I simply remove the pins and fold it up into more of a ‘bench with back’/swing position for additional seating. But when it’s just us, this daybed set up is perfect for lazy naps on warm afternoons. Just ask CocoRosie…

canopied patio swing

For those who have inquired, this is the Hampton Bay Sonoma swing which we purchased in 2008. I can’t find it available anywhere now. Here is what I was able to find that is similar: Target Pergola Swing, Target Gazebo Swing.

patio daybed

You may also be interested in our free standing pallet herb garden

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*Big thanks to Moshells who generously provided me with the above sheer drapes in exchange for my review. Watch for the ‘free shipping’ promotions! I am a previous satisfied customer (present and probably future too) and as always, opinion, experience, tutorial and photos are my own. 

DIY by Cuckoo 4 Design

Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design is sharing some of her awesome inspiring DIY talent with us today. I’ve introduced you in the recent past {you’ve never been more envious of a crazy cat lady and her deluxe DIY cat tunnel before} but I wanted to give a shout out to a few more of her DIY goodies! {We hosted a sweet German exchange student named Julia too and I love pronouncing “YOOL-YAH!” every time I visit her blog.} You can see all of her DIY projects and more at

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BUT here are a few of the super amazing things I love most (click the pictures to be directed to her original link):

  • What?! Can you believe this super transformation?  wood chair makeover
  • Julia paints cuckoo clocks! How cool! I’ve been looking at yard sales and thrift stores ever since I spied this beauty taken apart, painted and re-assembled by Julia… cuckoo clock makeover
  • Ever wonder what to do with a collection of trophies, awards and medals? Well, Julia’s creative idea is awesome… DIY medals trophies project

Just pop over, walk right in. She won’t mind. In fact, I have a feeling it’d make her day. She’d love for you to visit. Take a look at her before & after tab and the gorgeous inspiring projects on her side bar. I’m patiently waiting for a home tour. The sneak peeks are gorgeous…

DIY mirror makeover

See more from Julia at Cuckoo 4 Design.

You might also enjoy:

easy DIY cat window perch

 

Hating Martha, Loving Janel

Hello! Janel here from Hating Martha!
It is such an honor and privilege to be here.
Roeshel is the coolest. And her blog is pretty great too.
Oh wait…here is a picture of me. So you can picture me talking.

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Yep, picture that while I share.

Okay, recently I shared about my Living Room’s jazzy new makeover.
I wanted to be sure to share it with Roeshel’s readers.
See, Roeshel has great style. And sometimes, sometimes when I
am in a decorating pickle I sneak on to her blog and look at her
house. Then copy it. Ha!! Don’t tell her.

See if you can see some hints of Roeshel in these pictures (the after ones…doh!)
I Spy Roeshel …

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That coffee table I made from 2 wood pallets and a couple large tiles.
I “white washed” it with white spray paint for a beach look.

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That area rug I made from 10 small rag rugs. It cost a grand total of $20.00. Crazy right!
The slipcovers I splurged on. I chose white for the sofa because my kids love to snuggle with the animals. I wanted to be able to bleach it if necessary.
All the pillow were made without sewing. Safety pins, beads, and fabric.

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The corner gallery wall and nautical dresser were past projects.

 

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Wooden pallet art, DIY octopus table, and painted IKEA chair are all past projects used for this makeover.

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And my favorite…a buffet that was a lost cause, which I repainted.
I added vintage directions as wall art and some of my favorite pieces from my home.

Did you see Roeshel’s inspiration? Well, I hope so. Or I just paid her a terrible insult.
If you don’t like the new redo…Roeshel has no inspiration whatsoever!
I don’t know what you are talking about?

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I used shades of cream, white, and grey whenever I was in doubt.
And, I used blue as the central accent color…in all shades.
Natural elements were used as much as possible for accessories.
I tried to copy Roeshel’s wonderful way of keeping history and style married together.
She does a great job of making a space feel “lived in” even if it was just, just decorated.

Well, if you liked what you saw stop by Hating Martha and say hi!
If you don’t like what you saw…hmmm…yeah, you can still stop by!
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DIY inspiration from the Project Parade

These links in the DIY Project Parade are inspiration to me personally this week. I’m so thankful to all of the talented blog friends who take the time to link up and show off…it’s just the motivation I need for a few things I have going on with helping my sister decorate her new home next month.

Carmel at Our Fifth House shared her DIY pegboard headboard and I’ve been looking for budget friendly DIY ideas to surprise my nephew. Isn’t this awesome? I love all of the DIY details in this room. And I need to make that bed frame too! Great job, Carmel!

DIY pegboard headboard

My teenage niece is going to want a glam bedroom and I see a pretty DIY chandelier makeover in my near future like this beautiful one shared by Ada’s Interior Design

DIY chandelier makeover

We’re going to need some fabric and Dear Emmeline has reminded me that repurposing vintage curtains {sheets too} is a beautiful, affordable option with yard sale season in full swing…

see the coffee table and end table tops:

coffee table makeover

My sister has an old dining room table and a thrift store eat-in kitchen table and we can’t wait to give them a ‘makeover’. The table makeover from Art is Beauty is bookmarked in our idea folder…

table and chairs makeover

As soon as my sister goes back to FL to pack up the last of her things, I’m sneaking over to redo her master bedroom. I’d love to surprise her with a beautiful romantic master bedroom. Have you seen the master bedroom reveal at Raising Up Rubies? Breathtaking!

master bedroom reveal

Have you seen the awesome links in the DIY Project Parade this week? Have you linked up your DIY? Time to ‘show off’! Let’s see what you’ve been up to:

DIY Project Parade

TGIF! Have a wonderful long holiday weekend!

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