Let's be honest, I love DIY. But it can be frustrating when your perfectly thought out project ends up looking like ... well let's just say less than Pinterest worthy. I have realized that not every creation can be completed in one day, and not every single thing produced will stop traffic. Sometimes a design block hits, and you're left with a half baked product that needs some major adjustment. Leaving it for a couple days until you decide the direction should take can be hugely beneficial. DIY isn't for the impatient and does require a certain amount of planning (both of which I am learning to embrace). The way I see it, crafting is all about having fun and making something big or small that you can be proud of. It's not always easy, or glamorous, or even successful, but if you enjoy it as much as I do keep in mind the following:
1. You save money.
2. You can create what you want, HOW you want it.
3. It's a great stress reliever.
4. It can solve problems (aesthetic as well as functional)
5. You can showcase your talents.
6. You save money (This counts at least twice).
All that being said, I wanted to share with you all a furniture project I completed throughout this last week (on the cheap of course). The 'problem' I set out to address was a closet storage solution that would also display my large jewelry box. Now, I had no issues finding plenty of wonderful pieces at Pier1, target, etc. but they typically wanted upwards of $100 or more. I needed something fairly small, but still functional, that could provide additional space for odds and ends.
Instead of dropping major cash, I took a trip to Goodwill and picked up a sad and lonely pine cabinet that was crying out for a facelift. A little haggling with an employee named 'Chet' and $14 later the piece was loaded into my vehicle. On the way home, I stopped at a local salvage store and grabbed some dove grey paint for only $2. This would be my base color.
Once I set up some garbage bag drop clothes in the front yard, I covered the cabinet with two coats of the lovely grey color. After the base tried, I decided this thing needed a little more pizzazz. I happen to already have gold spray paint (shocking I know), so I covered the front sides of each drawer in the metallic hue.
After everything dried, I reassembled the cabinet and stepped back. Nope- still bland AF. I didn't want to keep throwing on paint, so I decided to stew for a few days (which I never do) until I found inspiration to complete the look.
Today, I ventured into Michaels and bought a cheap stencil and some sponge brushes. (Now, you should be warned I have never stenciled anything in my whole life - so why I thought this was a good idea, I couldn't tell you). However, after a little trial and error, I learned if you secure the edges of the stencil with painters tape - it saves you a lot of touchup work later. Only load your sponge brush up with the smallest amount of accent paint possible. Lightly dab on the paint over the stencil in a blotting motion. Allow the paint to dry for a few minutes before removing the stencil, then reassemble the cabinet.
VOLIA. Inexpensive glam.
Check out the slideshow below to view my process from beginning to end. : ]
Needed Supplies: Multi-purpose paint (it can be any brand & color, as long as the coverage is good), gold spray paint, a paint brush, a sponge brush, stencil of your choosing, painters tape, and a small amount of acrylic paint.
Total Cost: Approximately $25.00
It's Sunday, and that can only mean a few things: I am debating on whether I should drag my ass to the gym, attempting some sort of meal prep with my boo (he is cooking and I am drinking wine), paying bills (so, laying by the pool), or planning my next batch of DIY pro-jays. Though a couple of these items date back to last year, I thought I would share them with you all, because who doesn't love cheap, CUTE, and most importantly - EASY do it yourself projects that can be completed in under 15 minutes. Did I mention these were all under 5 bucks?! Now pick your jaw up off the floor, and drive to your nearest dollar tree.
Faux Real: This charming house plant is the collection of a tangerine colored glass vase and fake greenery from my local dollar tree/dollar store. Cut off the tags, and arrange how ever your little heart desires.
Bam, $3.00 total
Just Coastin: I have to admit, these coasters were an awesome find. Four glass square coasters and holder from Goodwill for only $3! I went to Michales and bought a couple 59 cent pieces of glittery silvery/textured paper and slid them behind the squares for a custom look.
You're Mason Me Crazy: This looks like some sort of high end make up brush display, when in reality it is a plastic mason jar with handle from the ultimate everything store- Target. Simply remove tags, and fill with all your favorite brushes/supplies.
$4.99 total (glamorous jewels not included)