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  • InCrafts, DIY

    A.V. Does What!? The Chairish Mix n Chic Style Challenge

    Recently, I received an email from Holly the community manager of Chairish to join their Blogger Mix n Chic Style Challenge. A little bit of information about Chairish, it is an exclusive, curator approved, online marketplace for vintage and used furniture. I love challenges and I love style, this is perfect. I was given free reign to their website to create a unique style board of my ideal Shabby Chic look.

    A.V.'s Styleboard


    My personal style consists of bright colored accents to highlight a neutral base, like this cool gray couch. By paying homage to my Carribean roots it allows me to add more colors to this shabby chic scheme. I used softer pastels so it feels more cozy vs Miami “hotel-ly” Yes, I just made up hotel-ly. Another design technique that I adore is “distressed” anything that is brand new but looks 100 years old I am all over it. This coffee table is slightly distressed but the high gloss gives me chic de la glam! I choose this deep blue color to further anchor the room.  To add some pizzazz to my shabby I added lines to the throw pillows and side tables. Something about clean geometric lines feels chic to me. What do you think?

    All items can be found on Chairish.com!


    Thanks for this opportunity to participate.

  • InCrafts, DIY

    How To Make An All Purpose Citrus Cleaner

    All Purpose Cleaner (1)

    After making some delicious Citrus Sangria I had a ton of leftover oranges and other citrus fruit. Since I am officially on team waste not want not and frugalista at heart. After eating most it I decided to make an all purpose citrus cleaner with the peels. Although I will forever love Fabuloso or Mistolin (Wepa!) as an unnatural cleaning aid, this does do the trick It cuts grease, leave a nice scent, makes your windows shine and does your taxes! *Note* this does not do your taxes.

    What You Need

    • A Large Mason Jar
    • Citrus peels to fill up the mason jar
    • White Vinegar
    • Stainer
    • Patience

    20150729_135634Peel your fruit.




    Fill your mason jar with the peels.2015-08-19 09.16.19


    Fill the jar with white vinegar.


    Close lid tightly, store the jar in a dark and cool place for 2 weeks. This allows the oils in the citrus to infuse into the vinegar.

    20150729_134236Strain the peels from the vinegar. Discard peels. 
    20150729_135508Pour your cleaning solution in a spray bottle and dilute with water if you wish.

    Happy cleaning!

    What are some of your favorite homemade cleaning tips?


  • InCrafts, DIY

    How To Make Outdoor Waterproof Cushions

    Outdoor bench cushion make your own on Avdoeswhat.com

    I may have mentioned this before but sewing (along with gardening) is not my strong suit. A.V. Does a lot but those could use some work.  Knowing this about myself when faced with projects that involve fabric can be a bit tricky. Thank God for staple guns! Let’s just get right to it. How to make your own outdoor cushions.


    1st you need a base. This was once an old coffee table that had glass panels, two of them broke but for some reason I held on to the table #HoarderLife.  You can use almost anything sturdy as your base. Old tables, pallets, even cinderblocks can be used. It is your backyard do what you want. *Note* The table was a dark brown wood but I wanted a “distressed look” to go with my outdoor space. It takes a lot of work to make things look older than they are. I don’t why we do it but I love it *Shrug*.

    DIY-Benches-for-Garden-3You may have seen this awesome outdoor seating solution using cinderblocks floating around Pinterest. I still want to do this but how many benches can one have???


    20150625_181437Since my table had panels cut out I wanted to give it a bit more support I gave the cushion a “bottom” by using foam board cut to the size of the cushion. Since we aren’t sewing the board allows the fabric to be properly attached via staple gun. It also helps to attach the cushion permanently to the base, (if you choose).  I used foam board because the water resistant fabric would be completely covering it. If that isn’t the case for you I suggest using a thin piece of wood preferably Balsa wood or thin plywood. 
    20150625_181408This cushion already has batting on it but it isn’t necessary. The only reason why the batting is there is because the cushion used to belong to the living room couch.  You can purchase polyurethane foam from any fabric store with most sizes are 1″-3″ thickness and you can cut it to the appropriate size. While batting isn’t necessary it does make the cushion more plush.

    CouchOld couch.

    Use adhesive to attach the foam to the board. 20150625_184243 20150625_184514

    Once the adhesive dries lay the outdoor fabric (that you can also get at the fabric store) face down and place the board and cushion in the center.


    Working one side at a time staple along the edges and firmly fold at the corners.


    Staple at the corners to keep the fabric secure. Here are more tips to fold the fabric.


    Now you have your waterproof outdoor cushion.

    20150625_191559Use wood screws to attach the cushion to the base. 1″-2″ screws is more than enough depending on the thickness of your cushion.

    IMG_8882IMG_8868 IMG_8875Relax!

  • InCrafts, DIY

    Pimp My Grill: How To Paint A BBQ Grill

    If you have been following my Instagram (@avdoeswhat) you may be aware of the month long renovation of my apartment. If you weren’t aware don’t fret just check the hashtag #ADWHomemakeover for some DIY inspiration. I did a lot of painting, sanding and upcyling to create a particular space I can enjoy. I am a budget conscious DIYer. If all it takes is a little bit of wood stain and elbow grease to transform a crate from a Mexican restaurant into a DVD shelf that is what I will do.


    As I am going through the (dis)enchanted forrest known as my backyard I find a grill. I have no idea where this grill came from. I tried to turn it into a planter but only produced one lonely tomato. I intended to throw it out but my neighbor immediately told my that I have lost my mind. “It’s a good grill, keep it!” “I don’t know how to use it.” “I’ll teach you.” Great, now we’re talking. Well since I have a “new” grill I need to make it pretty. This is what I did to Pimp My Grill.





    As you can see the rack is pretty rusty.20150511_131735

    This product is literal magic possibly sorcery in a bottle.


    A couple sprays of goo gone, scrub with a wire brush and voila!20150511_131453I used course sandpaper (50 grit) to peel off and smooth out some of the rusted areas on the legs of the grill.


    Once I removed the rust I used a gold “hammered” spray paint from Rust-oleum.



    Hammered gives it a more aged look.


    Tape off the areas of the grill you don’t want painted (thermometer, handles, buttons, etc.)


    Use “high heat” spray paint (don’t skip this step) it is specifically formulated to withstand high temperatures. Unfortunately, high heat spray paint doesn’t come in a variety of colors. I used almond but white, black and red are available. Hopefully Rust-Oleum will hear my cries and develop a rose pink just for me.


    Spray in even strokes.20150517_083959Add a little bling.
    20150626_080010 20150626_075926Ta da!

    What color would you paint your grill?


  • InCrafts, DIY

    The Flawless DIY Mixtape

    Mixtapes. They make the world go round. Remember when everything was worthy of a mixtape? New love? Mixtape. Break up? Mixtape. New job? Mixtape? Unemployed? Mixtape. Now we have playlist since no one has tapes any more but we still say mixtape, go figure. What better way to get your DIY on than to break it down to some good tunes. 80s pop rock and 90s hip hop are favorites of mine, it really gets my creative juices flowing. Here are a few gems from the perfect DIY mixtape.

    I Want To Thank You (Heavenly Father) by Alicia Myers.

    Nothing says do it yourself like a “thank God I finally have a man,” love song that can double up as a Gospel song. This disco hit is good to shimmy to while you are apply glitter to… everything. It is also the same feeling I get when there is a sale at the craft store.

    Get Into The Groove by Madonna.

    I am an 80s baby of course Madonna had to make at least one appearance. It is basically self explanatory. Get into the groove of your renovation.

    Any fast paced song by Beyonce.

    I can’t describe the greatness that Beyonce does for the workflow process but it works, trust me.

    Living on a Prayer  by Bon Jovi

    This is one of my favorite songs ever. It is appropriate for almost all occaisions especially when you are dealing with long and arduous crafts. I am looking at you, knitting. When it gets tough just belt out “Ohhhhhh we’re half way there ohhhh oh, livin’ on a prayer!” Show that ball of yarn who’s boss.

    Monster by Kanye West, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Jay-Z.

    You are in the trenches of your project and it is going well but you still need a extra boost of cockiness, arrogance, bravado and swag to get you through. This track brings it. By the way it is rated NSFW.

    Feel So Good by Ma$e

    You did it! You finished your DIY project. What do you do now? Celebrating with the shiny suit boys of 90s rap is obviously the next step. Well, my next step is to find a better quality version of this video.

    Back To Life by Soul II Soul

    It has been fun but now it is time  to start over with a new pinterest idea. Back to craft, back to reality.

    Here is the complete playlist! It is growing so stop by often. 🙂


    What are some of your favorite songs you like blast to get you through a tough project?