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I’m not worthy!

No matter how old we get it’s always nice to receive validation, right?  I always feel a sense of pride when I build, paint or decorate something around our house and my husband [honestly] says, “I like it,” or, “That’s a great idea!”  I always hold my head a little higher.

Yesterday was a real eye-opener for me and I’m still in disbelief that this here little blog got some UK love.  As I was flipping through my emails yesterday morning, sipping coffee, hair resembling something like Cruella Deville’s I spotted this subject line “We’ve featured you in our top interior design blogs list!”  Being the cynic that I am I immediately thought it was spam.  But after reading the full email I knew it was legit.  “UK Direct Doors have just published a list of 20 of the Best Interior Design Blogs and Amy Krist was featured in it!“  What the…??  Me??  I’m still in disbelief.

Sometimes I feel like my ideas and projects are weird, but I try them nonetheless.  I’m just stubborn that way I guess.  So when I get a “like” on facebook or a sweet comment saying, “I never would have thought of that!” it just makes my blogging worthwhile to me.

I’m honored that you are here [really] and glad that you give my ideas a read.  I’m also honored that I’ve been recognized all the way across the pond!

Top 20 Interior Design Blogs – An infographic by the team at UK Direct Doors

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I follow several of these crazy talented women+men and am blown away that I would even be mentioned in the same breath.  Check out their blogs when you get a free minute.  You will truly be inspired and amazed!

Thank you to UK Direct Doors for the love and recognition!  And most of all, thank you to YOU!  I have a bunch of crazy and weird ideas planned so stay tuned!

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DIY: martini table

I have always liked the look of a martini side table.

 

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The sticker-shock on some of these beauties is pretty intense.  As you might know by now, I try to re create most of my favorite looks for dirt cheap and this project is no exception.

make an easy diy martini side table using planters and saucers

While it’s not an exact match, it costs a fraction of the original and is made from items you probably have on hand.

diy martini side table made from planters

All of our planters are currently being used for their intended purposes around the backyard so I picked up two new ones at HD for $5.97 each.  They are 12″ in diameter. I also grabbed two clay saucers also 12′” in diameter.

make an easy martini side table with planters

Break out the Gorilla!

make a martini side table using planters

I ran a pretty thick line of glue around the bottom.  As you can see my planters have these bumps on the bottom which “interlocked” when I put the other planter on top of this one.

diy an easy martini side table using planter

Set your other planter on top of this one and make sure it’s centered.  Place something heavy inside to really set the glue properly.

make a simple martini side table using planters

Once the glue was dry, I gave the entire piece a couple coats of black acrylic paint with my new fav stuff!

easy diy martini side table using planters

No need to spray the inside of your planters as you won’t see them.  Be sure to spray the inside of one saucer and the bottom of the other.  One will be the base to add some stability and the other will be the top.

make an easy diy martini side table

Voila!  In a matter of two hours [dry time for the glue] you now have a new side table.

make an easy diy martini side table using planters

diy an easy martini inspired side table

I also had the idea of adding some handles to the top saucer so I could remove it and serve drinks to guests!  You can also use the top planter as storage for entertaining items that you don’t always want to see [ie, napkins, silverware, cups, etc.]  The possibilities are endless!

diy an easy martini shaped side table

I might make a few more but use planters in varying sizes.  You’re only limited by your imagination.

make an easy diy martini side table using planters and saucers

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DIY: desk organizer

Hi guys!  I hope you’re ready for another MacGyver project!  I am pretty happy with this one and think you’ll get a chuckle out of it.  Would you believe this desk organizer is made from a plastic hanger and two lucite shadow box frames!?  I know…I’m nuts!

how to make desk organizer from a hanger and two frames

I know this is said a TON out there in blog-ville, but I did have all these supplies on hand!  I swear.  I picked up three of these lucite shadow box frames at Michael’s a few months ago when I made my lucite tray.  I think I chose 3 because that’s how many sizes they come in.  So I used one to make my tray and had two left over [I can hear my first grade teacher breathe a sigh of relief at my math skills].  I then grabbed one of our plastic hangers and got busy!

diy a desk organizer from plastic hangers and lucite shadow boxes

I have no clue why I slapped this zebra contact paper on these trays.  Please ignore. 

diy a desk organizer using plastic hangers and lucite shadow box

To start grab your hanger and cut off the ends.  I simply cut off a length that I thought would look nice.  Once you cut one end off, flip it over onto the remaining end of your hanger and cut the exact same size off.

diy desk organizer made from a plastic hanger and lucite shadow box

Place one end of the hanger against the outside of the frame and make a mark on the hanger where your holes will go.  Then slowly drill a hole through the hanger on both sides. diy a desk organizer using a plastic hanger and lucite box

Once your holes are made on the hanger place it inside the frame roughly centered and make a mark on the frame where the holes on the hanger are.  Now SLOWLY [that is key since you don't want to crack the frame!] drill your holes in the frame.  Once you drill both holes on the frame, place your hanger inside the frame, line up all the holes and screw them together.

diy a desk paper organizer from a plastic hanger and lucite boxes

Now repeat this on the other side of the frame.  [If you're smarter than moi, you would use flat tip screws.  I used what I had on hand].

make a desk organizer from a plastic hanger and lucite shadow boxes

Now lay your frame on its back [above picture] on a level surface.  Slip your smaller frame in between the hangers to a point where you like.  I spaced mine about a clenched-fist distance apart.  Put a mark on both sides of your hanger where you will drill your next set of holes.  Drill a hole on each side.  Mark on the lucite frame where your next set of holes will be.  Drill one hole on each side of the frame.  Screw the hanger and frame together.

make a diy desk organizer from a plastic hanger and lucite shadow box

make a diy desk organizer from a plastic hanger and two lucite shadow boxes

This is what your now desk organizer should look like!  I know I probably rambled on in the steps above; just trying to be a good little blogger.  This is a VERY easy project! I love the way this looked at this stage, but my kids got a hold of these frames with who-knows-what-permanent-substance-that-is so I had no choice but to paint it.  Yes, I painted right over the contact paper too.  Yup, I’m that lazy.

diy a desk organizer from a plastic hanger and two lucite shadow boxes

I got out my acrylic Montana Cans chrome gold spray paint and gave my desk organizer a quick spritz.  Never one to stop at just a little spray paint, I decided I wanted to add some coral to the mix as well.  I cut two thin pieces of cardboard to the size of each frame and painted each.

make a desk organizer from plastic hanger and two lucite shadow boxes

make a coral and gold diy desk organizer from plastic hanger and lucite shadow box

Once everything was dry [apx 1 hour] I slipped each piece of cardboard under the screws.  Speaking of screws, I decided to camouflage them a bit by using a few silver thumb tacks.

make a gold and coral desk organizer from plastic hanger and two lucite shadow boxes

I snipped off the sharp ends, added a tiny blob of hot glue and placed them over the screw heads.  You’re done!how to make a desk organizer from a hanger and two frames

make a desk organizer from a hanger and two picture frames

diy desk organizer from a hanger and picture frames

a diy desk organizer made from a plastic hanger and lucite shadow boxes

Pretty funny what you can make with stuff just laying around the house.

how to make desk organizer from a hanger and two frames

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