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ikea hack [using marble contact paper]

ikea hack using marble contact paper

Have you ever searched for something on the world wide web [say "modern desk chair"] and found yourself drifting further and further down the rabbit hole?  Yes, I’m speaking about myself and from my search on desk chair I wound up on a site selling contact paper!!  I curse you, Al Gore for inventing the internet [she said tongue-in-cheek].

So, of course I bought a roll of contact paper in Carrera marble nonetheless!!  [While typing up this post I got side-tracked, searched for ceiling fans and wound up on a site that sells industrial plastics!  I swear I need help.]

Anyhoo…my contact paper arrived yesterday and in typical fashion I wasted no time finding a victim to adhere it to.

ikea makeover using marble contact paperIn case you don’t remember these, I hacked my IKEA lacks a while back with overlays.  Now repeat that fast 10 times.

They are still holding up just fine.  I just thought they could use a little face lift.  I gathered up the supplies and got busy.

using marble contact paper

After wiping off the surface with a slightly damp cloth I measured the top then cut to size, adding an extra 0.25″ to each side.

marble contact paper used on ikea lackikea lack makeover using faux marble contact paperThen I peeled the backing off by a few inches and gently placed it on the table.

ikea lack hack using marble contact paperUsing my wallpaper smoothing tool I started to squeeze out any air bubbles.

ikea lack refresh with marble contact paperOnce the first edges were smooth I started unrolling the remainder of the contact paper.  The technique I’ve found that works best is using the wallpaper tool to unroll the contact paper.

marble contact paper on ikea lackThis technique always works like a charm and yields the least number of air bubbles.

using marble contact paper on ikeaOnce you’ve covered your surface and squeezed out those nagging air bubbles, it’s time to trim off the excess contact paper.  I simply used my sharp utility knife.  You’re done!

marble contact paper refreshes ikea lackThe veining is very subtle and not over powering, which I like.  This contact paper has a glossy finish and is very durable.

ikea lack gets a refresh with marble contact paperusing marble contact paper on ikea lackfaux marble contact paper on ikeaI am starting to rack up the contact paper projects around here.  But, I still think it’s one of the cheapest, most fun, easy, quick ways to breathe new life into furniture and decor.  ikea hack using marble contact paperOh, and my plastics purchase arrived today so stay tuned for that project!

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a plastic pot gets a rustic makeover

I’m so excited to share this latest project with you!  I’m sure at least 95% of you reading this have at least one plastic pot in or outside your home.  I’m the queen of hoarding these.  I have no clue why, because my preference is terra cotta.  But who can resist the wallet-friendly price of plastic!  Not this mama.

My latest DIY victim was our plastic pot holding my beloved fiddle leaf fig.  I don’t have any glorious story of why I came up with this idea, other than I hated the way this pot looked+I had all the supplies on-hand and nicely hoarded away in the garage+I got a crazy hair you-know-where to give something in my house a makeover.  Call it DIY-addiction!

a plastic pot makeover using burlap +mod podgeThis is such a simple project.

Supplies:

  • Mod Podge [matte finish|for all surfaces]
  • Burlap
  • Paint Brush
  • Jute String
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun

To start, cut your burlap to the length of your pot and add an extra 2″ [inches] to each end.

Next, paint on a coat of Mod Podge, working in sections.

plastic pot gets a makeover using burlapOnce you have a nice area covered, place your burlap over the Mod Podge.  Be sure the edges hang over a bit.

makeover a plastic pot using burlap and mod podgeBrush a thin layer of Mod Podge over the burlap [it appears white in the above picture, but dries clear].

Keep repeating this process until you have covered the entire pot.

a plastic pot gets a makeover using burlap and mod podgeNow trim off any excess [I obviously measured wrong, as I had a ton to trim].

Because my pot is curved, my burlap was not sticking to the bottom of it.  So I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge around the base of my pot and applied a little pressure to get it to stick.

give a plastic pot an easy makeover using burlap and mod podgeThis is where it started to get a bit messy.  Be sure you have a paper bag handy!

After the Mod Podge was dry [about one hour], I tied some jute string around the base of the pot.

plastic pot makeover using burlap and mod podgeMy original idea was to tie the string around the base so my burlap pot would have a scrunched look to it, sort of resembling a bag. But, I had about 1/3 cup of Mod Podge left and decided to wrap the string around the entire pot instead.

So I wrapped my jute string around my pot in a crazy random way.

give any plastic pot a refresh using mod podge and burlapThen I brushed it with some more Mod Podge.

makeover any plastic pot using burlap and mod podgeAfter another hour, this baby was hard as a rock!

The last step is to glue down the top edge.  I fired up my glue gun and then applied a line of hot glue inside the pot.

burlap and mod podge give a plastic pot a makeover

I pressed the burlap onto the glue with the tip of the glue gun, so I didn’t burn my fingers [I say that after burning my fingers countless times!]. use burlap and mod podge to makeover a plastic potA few seconds and it’s good.  Once your top edge is glued down, you’re done!  I love the way this turned out and love how custom it looks.  It adds some nice texture to the dining room.

store bought plastic pot makeover with burlap and mod podgejute string burlap and mod podge give a plastic pot  makeoverplastic pots makeover with burlap and mod podgeplastic pot makeover using mod podge and burlapa plastic pot makeover using burlap and mod podgeAs I said before, I had these supplies already hoarded away in my garage.  But, if you were to purchase everything here is a breakdown:

plastic pot [20"x20"]…$14.97

all-surface matte finish mod podge…$4.79

burlap…$6.74

jute string…$2.33

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TOTAL COST:  $28.83

Not too shabby for something that looks so sweet.  I have plans to do this to a few other pots laying around.

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DIY: wrapping paper organizer

diy wrapping paper organizer using soup cans and scrap wood

So it’s coming up on the two year mark since we moved from Utah to San Diego; I figured I’ve run out of excuses as to why the garage is a wasteland of stuff [mostly MY crafting, decorating stuff].  One of many eyesores has been a large cardboard box stuffed with all my wrapping paper.  I decided to use what I have on hand and make something simple to store the rolls of paper I had.

SUPPLIES:

  • soup cans
  • scrap wood
  • all purpose glue
  • spray paint [optional]
  • picture hangers
  • Dremmel or metal snips
  • fine grit sandpaper [not pictured]

diy wrapping paper orgainzer using soup cans

Before I begin, let me tell you about a recent find that I’m so psyched about!  If you’re a lover of the whole reclaimed wood look but don’t want to spend the $$$ or know where in the hell to find it [like moi], use fence pickets!!!  Yep, I said fence pickets. I was wandering mindlessly [as I often do] through the lumber aisles at Home Depot and spotted a pile of gnarly, raw looking fence pickets.  They look old and have such a beautiful distressed appeal.  That isn’t even the best part!!!  Know what one of these pickets costs?  $2.49!!!!  I know, right?  Crazy.  Each picket is 6 feet long x 6″ wide.  Ooooh the possibilities!

fence pickets

make a diy wrapping paper organizer

Lovely, isn’t she??

Anyhoo, back to the tutorial…

STEP ONE:

First thing you’ll want to do is clean up your soup cans for obvious reasons.  [As I was doing this project I still caught a subtle smell of chicken noodle soup].

STEP TWO:

Then remove the bottom of each can.  Some soup cans have a molded bottom where the entire can is one piece of metal.  Other cans have a separate bottom that you can easily remove with a can opener.  For those stubborn cans that are one molded piece, I had to break out the Dremmel.  If you do not have a Dremmel, then you can always use a pair of all-purpose snips.

how to make a wrapping paper organizer from soup cans

Be sure to sand the bottom of the can.  Yes, you can use regular sandpaper on metal.  Be sure all the metal shards are off.

*TIP* 

Here is a cool tip to help you cut a completely straight line on a soup can.  You can put that on your resume.  Grab a piece of paper and wrap it around the can.  Line up the edge and trace a line on your soup can.  This will guarantee you a straight line every time.

how to make a diy wrapping paper organizer

make your own wrapping paper organizer from soup cans

STEP THREE:

You can leave your soup cans silver or spray paint them, which I chose to do.  I used this lovely shade of turquoise.  Same color as the other soup can projects I’ve created.

make a wrapping paper organizer from soup cans

make an organizer for wrapping paper from soup cans

STEP FOUR:

While the paint was drying I cut my piece of wood down to 40″.

STEP FIVE:

I attached two picture hangers to the back so this could easily be hung on the wall.

making a wrapping paper orgainzer from soup cans

STEP SIX:

Attach your soup cans to your piece of wood with glue.  I placed a rock in each can to keep it in place while drying.

diy wrapping paper organizer from soup cans

STEP SEVEN [optional]:

This step is totally optional, but I added a few cup hooks to the side to hold my washi tape.

diy a wrapping paper organizer from soup cans

I simply pre drilled a few holes, then screwed each cup hook in place.

STEP EIGHT:

I hung my newest creation on the wall in our coat closet at 30″ from the floor.

diy wrapping paper organizer using soup cans

Add your wrapping paper and you’re done!

diy wrapping paper holder using soup cans

how to make your own wrapping paper organizer

make a wrapping paper holder using soup cans

make an easy wrapping paper organizer from soup cans

I love these soup can projects and love the thought that I’m the soup lady around our neighborhood.  I even have my daughter’s teacher collecting them for me at school!

diy wrapping paper organizer using soup cans and scrap wood

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