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How to Restore an Old Dresser

September 7, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, For the Home

How to Restore an Old Dresser How to Restore an Old Dresser
Everyone has an old piece of furniture sitting around the house, just begging to be updated. This video will teach you how to prep and paint your piece of furniture, restoring its beauty and charm. Experiment with different colors of paint, or recreate the original look. You’re sure to love the finished results!

Things you’ll need:
Old Furniture
Sand Paper
Paint
Paint Brushes
Old Clothes
Dish Soap
Toothbrush
Sponge
Sandpaper

Things to do:
1. The first step is cleaning the surface of your furniture. If you’re like me and store unneeded pieces in your garage, it’s likely that there’s a lot of dust to wash away. Mix a few squirts of dish soap and warm water in a large container and use a sponge or toothbrush to scrub every surface clean.
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2. Once you’ve cleaned the desk, the next step is sanding. Use a piece of sandpaper and sand in the direction of the grain. Avoid sanding it circles to keep the surface smooth. Use a damp rag to clean the dust particles from the surface.
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3. Once you’ve completed your prep work, the next step is painting the piece of furniture. I chose to redo the black paint on my desk, but feel free to get creative and use different colors or chalk paint for a vintage-inspired look. Start painting at the edge of the piece, covering the edges evenly. Painting in the direction of the grain will create an even and professional finish.
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4. Allow time for the paint to dry and apply two-three coats if necessary. Once you’ve finished painting, you’re left with a fresh piece of furniture to display in your home!

Giant Clothespin Flag

September 5, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, Summer Crafts

Giant Clothespin Flag Giant Clothespin Flag
Perfect for a patriotic display or rustic Americana decor, this simple flag themed giant clothespin will look lovely in your home, setting up on a mantle, near a door or as a place to display photos or cards. Use thin paint to create a rustic, worn look or multiple coats for a brighter, modern style.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Giant clothespin
Craft paint in red, white and blue
Paintbrushes

Things to do:
1. Paint the area on front of the clothespin below the spring with white paint as a base.
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2. Paint the top section of the clothespin blue. Allow both to dry.
3. Using your red paint, paint a long strip covering half of the lower half of the clothespin.
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4. Using the end of the paintbrush, dot white paint “stars” in a circle at the center of the blue area.
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5. Allow all paint to dry before displaying.
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DIY Family Message Center

September 4, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Family Message Center DIY Family Message Center
The older my kids get, the more to-ing and fro-ing they seem to do and the more it has become necessary for a place to leave messages for one another! School notes, love notes, I’m going to be at so-and-sos house notes, we have been in serious need of a place for it all to land! So this is absolutely the perfect project for me, and for a lot of mom’s out there I bet!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Small chalkboard
Chalkboard clips
Craft glue
Chalk Ink Pen
Magnets

Things to do:
1. Using your chalkboard ink pen, write the first initial of each family members name on a chalkboard pen.
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2. Write a message in chalk ink on the board, leaving room for chalk messages of course.
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3. Glue magnets onto the back side of the chalkboard to hang it from a fridge or ribbon to hang it on a nail.
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4. Attach each of the clips to the bottom edge of the chalkboard with glue. Allow the glue to dry completely before hanging and using.
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How to Make a Princess Poly Mesh Wreath

August 29, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Princess Poly Mesh Wreath How to Make a Princess Poly Mesh Wreath
This adorable wreath is perfect for any little princess to have in her room! Adorned with ribbon, pearls, rhinestones, feathers and butterflies- what else could a girl want? You could easily change the colors to match any existing decor.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time to complete: 2+ hours, depending on amount of detail added

Things you’ll need:
Wire Wreath Form
Pretty in Pink Polymesh Ribbon
5/8” Pink with White Polka Dot Satin Ribbon
1/8” Acrylic Rhinestone Silver Trim
Unfinished Wood Princess Crown
Pink Nylon Artificial Butterflies
Silver Glitter Curly Picks
White Pearl Loop Sprays
Pink and White Mixed Flat Turkey Feathers
White Pipe Cleaners
Light Pink Acrylic Paint
Paint brushes
Glue gun
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Cut pipe cleaners into thirds with wire cutters or scissors. Bend each pipe cleaner in half, making a “V”.
2.Using the pipe cleaners, attach end of polymesh ribbon to wire frame. The placement doesn’t really matter, as you will work your way around. Twist the pipe cleaners tight, leaving the ends- you will use them again.
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3. For each loop, pull approximately 6” of the mesh and secure to the wire frame. Continue making loops and attaching to the frame, moving back and forth and around to fill in the wreath. I did approximately 20 loops in each section of the wreath.
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4. With polka dot ribbon, go back into the loose ends of the pipe cleaners and attach. Making loops in random directions, I went around the wreath 3 times. A princess can never have too much bling! Tuck in the ends of the pipe cleaners so they are not visible from the front of the wreath.
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5. And now-the fun! Hot glue feathers, pearls, glitter curly picks, and butterflies into the wreath. You may want to determine the top and bottom of the wreath before adding the butterflies if you want them “flying” toward the top of the wreath.
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6. Paint one side of the wooden crown and let dry. Then paint the other side and the edges, and let that dry as well. I glued a strand of rhinestones across the lower edge, and individual rhinestones on the points of the crown. Personalize the crown, if desired, with paint or a Sharpie. When embellishments are dry, hot glue the crown to the wreath.
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Giant Clothespin Shopping List Keeper

August 21, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

Clothespin List Keeper Giant Clothespin Shopping List Keeper
Even though I’m a serious list maker, I have a terrible habit of using something up from the fridge and forgetting to write it down on the shopping list I keep in my bag. But no more! Now the list, and a pencil to add to it, will be handily kept right on the fridge, ready for me (and anyone else rummaging for something to eat) to add to it so that we don’t forget anything the next time we are at the store!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Giant clothespin
Magnets
Superglue
Drill with bit sized slightly larger than a pencil
Red acrylic paint or other color of your choice
Foam brush
Permanent marker

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, paint the clothespin on all sides and allow it to dry.
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2. Drill a hole in the clip end of the clothespin, angling toward the end., drill only through one half of the clip.
3. Touch up paint as needed.
4. Glue several magnets to the back, top and bottom and allow them to dry.
5. Using your marker, ink “Shopping” onto the clothespin, starting at the wide end and heading toward the clip end.
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6. Attach to the fridge, clipping paper into the clothespin and setting a pencil in the hole, ready for use.
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Metallic Alphabet Letters

August 2, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Metallic Alphabet Letters Metallic Alphabet Letters
As a interior design junkie, I love my living spaces to display my style. As a mom, I want to create a fun and cheerful place my family calls home. Sometimes, these two goals don’t mesh well. A perfect example? Alphabet Magnets. I’ve spent almost a decade with letter magnets adorning my fridge and while their bright, crazy colors aren’t my favorite decorating item, I’ve accepted that they are necessary (and pretty fun too). But this project takes away all my reservations on the subject of Alphabet magnets. So much so that, even as my kids grow out of them, I think they’ll be sticking around for a few more years, they are just too pretty to put away!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 20 minutes, plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Alphabet letters
Metallic Spray Paint in gold, silver or brass, which ever looks best with your kitchen fixtures.
Cardboard box

Things to do:
1. Place the box, open end up, in a well-ventilated area.
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2. Lay the letters out with a little space in between each of them in the bottom of the box. The box creates an ideal spray painting area keeping overspray from getting on the surrounding surfaces.
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3. Lightly spray a coat of paint onto the letters. Allow the coat to dry completely before reapplying. Repeat this process until the letters are well covered.
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4. Let the paint cure overnight before using.
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DIY Mini Fabric Organization Trays

Mini Fabric Organization Trays DIY Mini Fabric Organization Trays
We live in a very old house with lots of built in cabinets and drawers, which is fabulous, I admit. But those old drawers and large and deep and things are easily lost in them if they aren’t corralled into smaller trays and boxes. This project makes tidy little trays perfect for holding change, jewelry, or other small items that you don’t want getting lost in the mire of your drawers.

Difficulty level: Moderate to advanced
Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Lightweight cotton fabric
Fabric stiffener
Scissors
Ruler
Embroidery thread
Embroidery needle
Iron
Ironing board

Things to do:
1. Press your fabric well before beginning. Cut squares or rectangles that are 1″ larger all the way around than the finished tray size you are after.
2. Spray the fabric down well with fabric stiffener. You want to get it nice and west but not dripping. Hang to dry flat.
3. Once the fabric is dry, fold in and press a 1 inch flap on each side of the square. Fold and press the corners at an angle.
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4. Pull the angled corners together and fold over onto one side of the flap.
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5. Thread your embroidery needle and sew two French knots to hold the angled flap tightly onto one of the sides.
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6. Repeat with the other corners, pulling the sides of the tray up as you work.
7. Trim away excess thread and put those babies to good use!
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DIY Bird Wall Decals

June 20, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

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When summer hits we spend a lot of time lazing outdoors in the grass, watching the birds fly through the blue sky. But for the rest of the year, well, it’s nice to have a little reminder of those days indoors so we can always have the delight of those beautiful afternoons. This project brings the soaring birds indoors for year round fun in whatever colors and patterns match your decor. Choose lightweight cotton fabrics for the best results. Decals can be peeled off when you want to change or reposition them.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 25 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Fat quarters of cotton fabric
Stiffy Fabric Stiffener
Scissors
Bird template
Iron

Things to do:
1. Spray your fabric until its thoroughly damp and hang to dry for several hours. It should be stiff but not totally inflexible once dry.
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2. Using the template cut out as many birds as you want for your walls.
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3. Heat the iron to medium high and position one of the birds on a painted wall.
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4. Iron the fabric onto the wall with short but firm movements of the iron. The Stiffy Fabric Stiffener will make the fabric adhere to the wall.
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DIY Billowly Cloud Decals

Billowly Cloud Decals DIY Billowly Cloud Decals
Our house has white, white walls which is lovely for making the spaces light and bright but not particularly colorful. In order to add color without changing the paint, I look to large scale fabric decals such as these clouds. Fabric decals are removable, re-positionable and so much fun and these clouds fill up a wall with color and character that you’ll love.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
1/3 yard of lightweight fabric (makes 2 clouds)
Stiffy Fabric Stiffener
Scissors
Iron

Things to do:
1. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and hang over a line or string.
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2. Spray both side of the fabric well with Stiffy Fabric Stiffener until it is thoroughly damp.
3. Allow the fabric to dry for several hours. It should be stiff but not totally inflexible once dry.
4. Cut out free-form cloud shapes from the fabric. You should be able to get two clouds per length of fabric.
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5. Heat your iron to medium high and press the cloud onto a painted wall as if ironing. Use short, smooth movements, making sure you get all the way to the edges. The fabric stiffener will adhere the fabric to the walls. If you need to move the clouds, simple peel off and re-iron in their new position.
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DIY Mod Podge Clothes Hangers

Mod Podge Hangers DIY Mod Podge Clothes Hangers
Hangers are, just by their very definition, are utilitarian. They have a kind of boring-ish job keeping your clothes tidy in your closet and they look, well, kind of boring! So adding a little beauty to these ordinary household items is a wonderful way to add color and fun to your everyday chores.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Scrapbook paper
Wooden Hangers
Pencil
Scissors
Mod Podge
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Lay one half of the hanger flat on the paper and trace around the outside as close to the edge of the wood as possible. Repeat with the other side of the hanger.
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2. Carefully cut around the traced lines. Erase any pencil marks.
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3. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the wood. Press the cut paper pieces onto the hanger and smooth out any air bubbles. Allow the glue to dry.
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4. Smooth down the edges of the paper around the wood and paint another two coats of Mod Podge on top, allowing each to dry before adding the next.
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