UA-59651954-28 Crafty Allie: March 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spice Rack Thread Holder

Its been a couple of weeks since my last post, but hey I am proud I got three posts in one month! Woo hoo lets see if I can keep it up.

Ok onto the juicy makeover! As you can see by my photos I have a peg board in my craft room, which I absolutely love! It really is a crafter's necessity if you have a craft room. However, the pegs aren't cheap, and I had used all of mine trying to put up every spool I owned. And I hated that I could only get on one spool per peg. I checked out getting a thread holder at hobby lobby and other craft stores, but they aren't cheap, and don't hold a whole lot of thread, which meant I would eventually have to buy another one. So it got me thinking what about a spice rack?

 I of course didn't have a wall one, so I kept my eye out every time I went garage sale-ing.

 My patience paid off, got this one for 50 cents. I already had the spray paint, but its the cheap kind that only cost $1 at home depot. 

I will say I nearly used the whole can, but only because it had a shiny stain finish, and of course I was not going to sand it. I'd much rather spend the whole $1 because time=money. 

Anyway, I love the end result. It fits great up on my peg board. It does have the hooks on the back to hang it up like on a wall, but it didn't sit flush that way using my pegs; so I went ahead and just hooked them on the top rim.

I love it and it only costs $1.50 and maybe 30 minutes total of spray painting. 

What can you repurpose for that amount? The possibilities are endless my friends!

Thanks for tuning in! Hopefully I will have another project to post soon!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Black Ops Mystery Box

My son loves Black ops. I mean loves, loves, loves. He was introduced to the game by husband. Good ole' daddy introduced a violent video game to our 8 year old son (now 9 1/2). I had a fit, and told him no, no, no, you can't play it, but daddy said yes, yes, yes. I tried so hard but couldn't and didn't win.
Well, he has been playing for about 1 1/2 years now, and he promises to never say the bad words or to display violence like they do in the video game. He has pretty much kept up his part of the bargain, except when he gets mad he does like to get his Nerf goes and go crazy shooting Nerf darts. Hey as long as he doesn't aim it at me, and he doesn't break anything. He is scared of real guns for the time being, thank God.

Anyway, he has been asking for about a year now to convert his toy box into a mystery box. He kept asking to paint it yellow. I was like no way dude. He thought it was yellow because of the lighting in the video game. But after a year of begging, I did the research and realized its actually brown, and looks like an ammo trunk. So I made a deal with him, that we could sand his down and then paint it a dark brown stain and then put yellow question marks on it. I made them on my cricut with bright yellow oracal sticker vinyl. I wanted to do stickers so that later on this could be a trunk for him or maybe I'll get lucky and we'll get to keep it.

I again didn't think to take a picture of it before the project. The toy box was custom made by his poppy (my dad), when he was 1 years old. It has been filled with hundreds of toys over a 8 1/2 year period. But now its purpose will be to hold his Nerf guns and ammo. At least I won't trip on them in his room now.

The stain I used was purchased at Home Depot, for $13.The color is KONA. It has a stain plus top clear coat so you don't have to wait until it dries and then apply another coat. We used about 2 coats on it.

If you click on the image it will take you back to the home depot website where you can see or purchase it. 

It has held up very nicely. We did this project in January and the stickers and paint are still beautiful!

Thanks for joining me today! Hopefully I'll have some more to post in a bit.

School Desk Makeover

Its been a while, and actually I have a lot of stuff I want to start posting. As you have read in my first post, my wonderful husband converted our garage into a craft room for me. It was completed in June 2012, and in 7 months I have been busy, busy, busy. I love that room, I think I have died and gone to craft heaven. Funny thing is as we completed the room, my husband said, "man all this time and money we spent on this room you better use it!" He can't seem to get me out of there now. I think he is biting those words. I forget my mommy and wifey duties at times.

Anyway, My daughter has been bugging me to get her desk. However, her room is small, so the desk would have to be small if we were going to get one. I am a bargain shopper and can't see spending a lot of money, plus I always love a challenge. She begged me to go garage sale-ing yesterday, but we already had plans to go to my mom's house for the day. She lives 40 minutes away, so its an all day event. But as luck would have it, as we got around the corner from her house, we saw a huge garage sale just calling our name. So even though my son, was begging for us not to stop, my daughter was jumping for joy. As luck would have it, tada they had a desk, and its just the perfect size, plus it was something I could get into my minivan, and best part was it was for the right price; only $5.

We get to my mom's house, I show it to my dad, and he thinks I am crazy for attempting to paint on laminate/partial board. But he just doesn't know all the tricks. But we laugh about it and then he says now you have to get a chair. Oh sh*t, now I have to go and spend more on the chair than I did on the desk.

Well as luck would have it I saw a huge outdoor estate sale on the way home, which was around 4pm. I couldn't believe I saw one open that late and even crazier is I chose a route home that I normally never take. So I am pretty sure GOD was treating me for the day. Anyway, I found leather desk chair for only $5. Praise the LORD!

Without further ado this is my craft for the day...

Now if I had been smart enough I would have taken a picture of the actual desk before I started, and I had every intention to do so, but didn't remember until I had already spray painted the legs. However I did take a picture of it after I spray painted the legs and bottom desk part all black.
Now its not the best picture, but it is what it is.
Then I spray painted the top brown part black as well, and yes I know that may not be a very smart thing do, but I did spray paint two layers, and the pink paint I got has a primer plus paint.

 Let me tell a little about this paint. Its only $2.97 at Home Depot. I mean come on, this is freakin genius. It is a primer plus paint, and all you have to do is pick out the Behr paint color you want, and they mix it for you. Plus hey its Behr, which is a superb brand. I love it, I knew I wouldn't need a lot to just paint the top, and this way I don't have to spend $13 on  small can of it. These are for sampling. Like if you want to paint something a certain color but you just not sure about the color well you only spent $3 to test it out. But what I love about it is that if I like the color, and I want more I can go and get a bigger can of it. But I like to get a new color every time I go. I only used 1/4 of this container. And that's only because my daughter was helping and she felt the grass needed painting as well, not really she just kept let it drip on the grass. Thank God grass grows then you mow it.

Don't you just love the color? It's called Tutti-Frutti.

After I painted the first coat, we let it dry for about 30 minutes and then I went back out and applied another layer. Let that dry for 2 hours then I began sanding it down to let the black show through.

I love how it turned out, it was super easy!

Here is the chair, doesn't go with it all that well, and when we find a cuter chair at bargain price we'll replace it, but its really nice for $5! By the looks of the picture though, I may want to dust off the bottom part, lol.

Thanks for tuning in, off to post some more!

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