The Power of Spraypaint

This is sort of like a Transformation Tuesday thing. I had this outdoor decorative hanging ornament thing that had faded in the sun and just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. Instead of donating it to goodwill or throwing it away I decided to see what spraypaint would do for it. It made it better, and definitely more “adult” looking without the bright lime and turquoise colors. Now that is the power of spraypaint!

If you have something laying around that could use some sprucing up, try a couple coats of spray paint. You would be surprised what changing something with black, white, or metallic spraypaint can do!

I scrubbed the ornament and let it dry, covered up the marble and faux crystal with painters tape and sprayed it with two coats of Krylon Hammered Spraypaint. I wouldn’t say it looks hammered in texture, but the bronze color is really pretty and kind of rustic which is what I was going for.

Check out the pictures of how it came out. I definitely have a running list on my phone of things around our apartment that I want to “transform” with spraypaint. What are you dying to spraypaint? Give a look around and see what you find – it could make something you like, into something you LOVE!

love & cupcakes,
Katie

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Repurposed Candle Jar

Today’s project isn’t really a project at all. I think it took me all of 5 minutes (and that’s being generous). Im sure you have used empty candle jars for things like cotton balls and q-tips in your bathroom already, but this one is to “transform” an empty candle jar into a pen/pencil holder for your desk. I like the femininity of the silver lid so instead of just throwing it away and putting my pens in a clear jar, I decided to make the lid a permanent part of the jar by making it the base of the container.

This is almost too easy to count as a DIY…

Supplies:

  • empty and clean candle jar
  • E6000 craft adhesive (I’ve heard amazing things about it); I used 732 multi purpose sealant because I don’t have E6000 yet 🙂

Instructions: (are you ready?)

  1. clean the wax from your used up candle. When my candle no longer lights but there is still wax at the bottom of a jar, I use my candle warmer to melt the wax; pour it into the garbage (NOT down the drain!); and wipe it out with paper towels and then wash with soap and an abrasive sponge.
  2. put a ring of glue around the inside of the candle lid
  3. set your clean empty candle jar on top
  4. put your pens in, and voila!

See? Easy!

love & cupcakes,
Katie

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DIY Rustic Table Caddy

I am in LOVE with this DIY! In a few steps you can have this cute rustic table caddy that you could use for all sorts of things! I’m thinking bud vases for a unique flower display, candles in mason jars for a centerpiece of a table, or like I styled it here – with silverware for casual dinner get-togethers!

I made this project with scrap pieces of 1X4’s and ordered some rustic handles from Hobby Lobby (they were 50% off!). Keep reading to see how to make your own!

Supplies:

  • 3 long pieces of wood all the same length (this will be the bottom and side lengths of your box)
  • 2 end pieces that match the width of your box
  • handsaw (I had to cut the end pieces from scrap wood I had)
  • miter box (I used mine to hold the pieces of wood I had to saw since I don’t have a work bench or anything like that to work from)
  • wood glue
  • clamps
  • white chalk paint
  • good quality paint brush
  • wood stain and rag
  • rustic handles (2)
  • fine grit sandpaper (I use 220)
  • electric sander (if you have one; you could use some muscle though and do it by hand)
  • ruler
  • screwdriver/drill
  • pencil

Instructions:

  1. Take the 3 pieces that will be the bottom and 2 long sides of your caddy and use the wood glue to connect the pieces. Use your clamps to hold them together, being careful not to overtighten – this will cause the side walls to bow inward.
  2. Once that is dry (I waited a few hours), put your end caps on and glue those in place. Clamp those as well.
  3. Once it is completely dry, take your electric sander and round all the edges of your box. This softens the look of the very square edges and makes the wood look more worn instead of brand new.
  4. Wipe away the dust and stain your box.
  5. Once the stain is dry, paint 2 coats of chalk paint.
  6. Once dry, sand with the 220 grit sandpaper by hand to distress your caddy.
  7. Measure where you want your handles to go and mark with a pencil.
  8. Screw in the handles.
  9. Put your new caddy on display and enjoy your handiwork!

Check out the details below – the woodgrain and the handles…ugh love them.

Don’t you love how this looks?! I love seeing the wood grain through the chalk paint. I think I’m a little obsessed with the farmhouse look lately. Please don’t go out of style anytime soon!

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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DIY Coastal Farmhouse Picture Frame

With the cooler temps and mild humidity happening in Houston recently, I’ve been getting my DIY projects done! (paint dries better when it’s not 100+ in temperature and humidity!) This DIY Coastal Farmhouse Picture Frame has that beachy charm with farmhouse vibes all in one. Sure, it sounds like a mish mosh of styles, but personally I love it. Check it out below!

So I had made this frame more than a few years ago after buying this print in Bermuda that I just fell in love with. I thought the natural wood frame looked best at the time when I decorated it with the spanish moss and seashells. Over time, it just felt like it needed something but I wasn’t sure what that was. Until I realized it would look nice and bright with a couple coats of white chalk paint, and distressed of course. You could even buy a frame already painted with the distressed look and add the spanish moss and seashells to it!

I pulled all the old seashells and spanish moss off of the frame and got to work. Here’s the directions for what you need to do with a frame from scratch.

What you need:

  • natural wood picture frame
  • wood stain
  • white chalk paint
  • fine grit sandpaper (220 is good)
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • spanish moss
  • seashells

Directions:

  1. take the glass and picture (if there is one) out of your frame and set it aside
  2. stain your picture frame with stain of your choice (this will show through when you distress the paint)
  3. let the stain dry (I let mine dry for 24 hours), and paint 2 coats of white chalk paint
  4. once dry, distress with sandpaper by hand
  5. wipe down with damp cloth to remove all the paint dust
  6. using your glue gun take clumps of your spanish moss and hot glue it to your frame (I chose opposite corners)
  7. lay out your seashells in a design you like BEFORE gluing! Once you like the layout, then glue them down
  8. trim some of the spanish moss so it’s not too unruly and clean up any strands of stray hot glue
  9. shake off your frame from loose moss and hang up your picture frame!

ta da!!!

after

I really dig the “after” look of this frame. Is this something you would try?! It really brightened up the spot on the wall where it was hanging in the bathroom.

love & cupcakes,

Katie

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