0
  • InDIY

    How I Decorated My Planner With A Cricut

    This post is sponsored by Cricut, but as always, all words and thoughts are 100% my own! 

    My New Year’s resolution is to be more “organized” I am not sure if it is working but to give myself some extra motivation I decorated it! Using my Cricut I gave my planner a pop culture spin. Let me know what you think!

    Want the Planner? http://amzn.to/2Bkj5aF

    Want to try the project? http://bit.ly/scamtheplanner

    Want a Cricut? http://bit.ly/avcricutshop T

     

    PIN IT

  • InDIY

    How To Make Glass Etched Spice Jars

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

    January is literally the month where EVERYONE wants to be more “organized” me included. It is also the time of the year when people take their diet a bit more seriously. Well that makes the perfect time for this kitchen hack.

    Kitchen hack: etched spice jars Kitchen hack: etched spice jars

    As you can see I love spices. It makes food so much better.  Having a variety allows me to not rely on salt, seasoning salt, butter to make dishes “taste good.” As for my spice shelf/rack I wanted it to look a bit more uniform and stylish. I got these glass jars from Amazon and etched them. Glass etching is so simple to do. Actually this is the 2nd post showing the technique. This project is actually a combination of my How Make A Personalized Etched Wine Bottle and How To Make A Stencil With Your Cricut Contact Paper posts.

     

    Kitchen hack: etched spice jars

    WHAT YOU NEED 

    Kitchen hack: etched spice jars

    WHAT TO DO

    1. Clean and dry the glass. After you make your stencil with your Cricut and contact paper press hard to ensure it is attached firmly. Use painter’s tape to secure your stencil. .

      Kitchen hack: etched spice jars 
    2. Cover work surfaces (be sure to work in a well-ventilated area). Put on protective gloves and an old shirt with long sleeves. Paint an even layer of etching cream onto glass. Let stand for amount of time indicated by manufacturer’s instructions (5-10 minutes).

      Kitchen hack: etched spice jars

       
    3. Rinse with warm water in a stainless steel sink. (Avoid porcelain sinks; the cream damages glazed surfaces.) Remove stencil and tape.

    Kitchen hack: etched spice jars

     

    Now I have a uniformed and cool look spice rack. As for the left over containers store them in the back of another cabinet.

     

    PIN IT

  • InDIY, Tours

    Craft Room Geometric Accent Wall Makeover

    Hey there! If you have subscribed to my Youtube channel you have seen the “after” of this project but have you seen the before? My craft room left little to be desired but with some painter’s tape and 50 shades of pink paint, my accent wall is not only decorative but useful! 

    BEFORE

    Pro Tip: I used scissors to cut the tape to make these various designs. It is tempting to just rip the painter’s tape but you run the risk of having jagged edges. My goal was a funky geometric so there is no rhyme or reason to how I placed the tape on the wall. 

    Before and after craft room accent wall

     

    Pro Tip #1: You can create harmonious monochromatic looks by incorporating tint, tone and shade of a color. Tint means adding white to the base color. Tone means adding gray to the base color. Shade means adding black to the base color. These custom colors were created by tinting a deep fuchsia/red with white. Before and after craft room accent wall

     

    Once the paint was dry about two coats I peeled the tape.

    Pro Tip #2: If you are going for a monochromatic look it is best to do both coats of one color before moving on to another color it will be difficult to replicate.

    Pro Tip #3: Peel the tape at a 45 degree angle to prevent the wall paint from stretching and ruining the crisp lines of your project.

    Before and after craft room accent wall

     

    Pro Tip #4: Spray painting ordinary objects and affixing them to your wall can add some character to your final look. 

    Before and after craft room accent wall

    These letters were on sale at Michael’s.

    Before and after craft room accent wall

     

    Jazzed them up with some gold spray paint.

    Before and after craft room accent wall

    AFTER

    To complete the look I added my “flourish wall art” and the sunburst frame I made from drinking straws! 

    Would you try a geometric accent wall?

    PIN IT 

    Before and after craft room accent wall

     

  • InDIY

    How to Make a Personalized Etched Glass Wine Bottle

    Wine, Wine, Wine 

    How do you like it, how do you like it?

    Personally, I love a good rose but really can’t go wrong with any kind of vino. As a DIYer I tend to be hoarder.  Can you relate? Sure you can. If not get ready to join the club. Now for some reason I have a collection of wine bottles and have been looking for something to do with them. REPURPOSE! I etched my empty wine bottle and now it can be used as a olive oil dispenser but you can etch bottles that are still full of wine and make it a gift.

     

    WHAT YOU NEED

    How to Make a Personalized Etched Glass Wine Bottle

    INSTRUCTIONS

     

    Soak your bottle in warm soapy water to remove the label.

    How to Make a Personalized Etched Glass Wine Bottle

     

    Using tape secure your stencil firmly on your bottle. Make sure to burnish the edges so there is no leaking. If you don’t have a stencil you can make your own with contact paper.

    How to Make a Personalized Etched Glass Wine Bottle

    How to Make a Personalized Etched Glass Wine Bottle

     

    Apply a generous coating of etching cream to the whole design with a paint brush or stippler brush, let sit for approximately 5-10 minutes.

    How to Make a Personalized Etched Glass Wine Bottle

    How to Make a Personalized Etched Glass Wine Bottle

     

    Rinse well under running water to remove all traces of the cream.

    How to Make a Personalized Etched Glass Wine Bottle

     

    Remove stencil to expose etched areas.

    How to Make a Personalized Etched Glass Wine Bottle

     

    (It may be hard to see the etching when the bottle is wet; dry it off to get a better look at it.

    How to Make a Personalized Etched Glass Wine Bottle

     

    How do you repurpose your wine bottles?

    PIN IT

    how to make a personalized etched wine bottle

  • InDIY

    Cheap to Chic Bar Stool Makeover

    CONFESSION…

    I can admit that keeping a DIY project “simple” is WAY harder for me than outlandish projects. I am a chronic over do-er. All projects can use more glitter, more glam, more everything! Now that logic doesn’t always work but it is my general rule of thumb. Now this plain bar stool that I scored from a friend needed a makeover. Nothing was wrong it just needed some presence. Pom-poms, tassels, faux fur were all in the running as ideas I entertained to revamp this piece. What ultimately won was paint!  

     DIY BARSTOOL Makeover

     

    WHAT YOU NEED

    A little gold paint goes a long way and it is something I have to have in my crafty arsenal.

     

    Since this stool is raw wood sanding isn’t necessary and I’ve decided to make it into an end table for my lamp sealer isn’t necessary either.

    WHAT TO DO

    Turn the stool upside down to paint the legs first. Wrap painter’s tape around the legs to mask off where you would like to paint and to create crisp lines. Make the tape is firmly placed on the stool legs to prevent leaking.

     

    Paint two coats on the legs (not the bottom) flip right side up and let dry.

     

    Paint the top of the stool 2-3 coats is suffice.

    bar stool makeover

     

    Once your legs are dry pull the tape off at a 45 degree angle otherwise you run the risk of peeling your paint messing up your beautiful lines! 

    Now you have a revamped bar stool! So simple, so chic!

    PIN IT

     

    What are some simple ways you revamp your furniture?

    This post is sponsored by Decoart. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support AvDoesWhat.com.