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Showing posts from March, 2016

Frugal Craft Space - File Cabinet Makeover

After years of having our kitchen island serve as my craft table, I am excitedly creating a craft space in our guest room where craft supplies and equipment can remain set up and ready to go!  I envisioned a large craft table supported by two 2-drawer file cabinets.  The cabinets provide great storage, but were less than attractive and desperately needed a makeover.

The first criteria for the new craft space was to be frugal and to use items we already had on hand whenever possible - basically, the same criteria for any project we undertake. No surprise there!


Two metal 2-drawer file cabinets
Four decorative drawer pulls
Zinsser 123 Primer
Latex Paint
12 large wood paint stir sticks
Paint brush
Mitre saw box or hand saw 
Loctite Power Grab adhesive
220 grit sandpaper
Wood filler

We already had one file cabinet and located another of the exact same height at a local thrift store for only $15.  Along with being thrifty, an added bonus is that older metal file cabinets are made really well…

DIY Robin Eggs

Nothing beats the sounds of Spring - birds singing and searching for the perfect branch on which to build their nests.  Although ... branches really aren't necessary - we find nests in our garage in our rubber boots!  

Regardless of where they build their nests, the sight of brightly colored blue eggs in a nest is such a thrill.  To bring a touch of Spring indoors, these DIY robin eggs are fun to make.


Mini plastic eggs
Blue spray paint
Brown spray paint
Cardboard box

This is one of those projects that take longer to explain than to actually do it.  :)

Just place the plastic eggs in a cardboard box and with one hand, tilt the box to turn the eggs while using your other hand to spray them with blue paint.  You can do many eggs at once and when thoroughly covered with paint, gently separate the eggs so that sides aren't touching.  Let dry.

When dry, repeat the process but lightly spray with brown paint to create brown dots.   Let dry.  Note:  If your brown spray paint does not …

Painted Pantry Door

I enjoy our home projects so much that I go from one to another and forget to blog about them!  Last week I added a little pop to our white pantry door by painting it black.

Here's the before:

To prep the door, I cleaned it with diluted Mrs. Meyers Lemon Verbena Multi-surface Concentrate.  Smells great and cleans really well.  When door surface was dry, it was time to paint.

My paint of choice for this project was Olympic One Paint & Primer in Black Magic interior satin latex.  

For me, painting a door has always been a bit tricky - which areas do you paint first, in which direction and in which order?

Fortunately, I found a great source of how-to info at Love, Pomegranate House.  Talitha shares a wonderful diagram that shows step-by-step instructions:

Using a brush for the inset areas and a roller for all other areas of the door, the first coat of paint went on easily.  The dark paint on a white surface always looks a bit scary after the first coat.  

Thankfully, the second coat loo…