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Vanity Makeover

  (Disclaimer: We have partnered with New Uses to bring you this post. The information and opinions expressed are 100% our own, and are not influenced by New Uses.)
Fact: I have never really put on my make-up while in a bathroom. I know a lot of ladies are totally cool with the normal tradition of brushing on their glam in the same space they brush their teeth. Me… not so much. 
It’s just something about leaning over the sink to awkwardly apply my mascara that just doesn’t work for me. Call me high maintenance. Call me crazy. Just don’t call me into the bathroom to do my make-up… ain’t happening.
So when I spotted this little vanity at New Uses, I knew it could be my ticket out of the dreaded bathroom glam session.    
Yes, it was a little out of date, and yes, the parrot had to go, but overall… I could see some major potential in this unique piece. 

I hauled her home and sanded this pretty little lady down to her bare bones.

After the sanding process, I washed her down to remove the dust. I picked up two bottles of new spray paint (Krylon to be exact), and sprayed every square inch of her…twice.

After her makeover, I hardly recognized her! 

I added a few new knobs from Menards, a few accessories, my make-up essentials, a drawer organizer…. and my new space was all set to go.

Good bye dreaded bathroom, hello functional vanity.

Shelves, drawers and some generous table space make up (pun intended) the must haves for any vanity. 
I added a little china saucer in one corner to hold some of my daily accessories. You can easily find a saucer like this at any thrift store. (Rookie Tip: don’t pay anything over a buck, if they’re lone rangers… they should be less than that)  
The shelves are now home to my perfume, some candles, and a cotton ball holder. I picked up the two sided make-up mirror from Bed, Bath and Beyond. (Don’t forget that 20% off coupon) 
 
I love that this drawer allows my make-up to be out of sight from guests. Plus, it’s large enough to hold this fabulous organizer, which is a great way to keep each item in its own little compartment. (more details about this coming soon). 
And what kind of makeover would this be without a hint of coral? 
Gray vanity makeover with striped seat

Recognize the seat? These two DIY projects have quickly become inseparable. I have officially added a large mirror to my DIY to-do list, to make this a DIY triple threat.

But for now…I’ll take two-of-a-kind!

Before and After Vanity Gray Paint
Who knew that these two pieces had such potential for glam and function? Thanks to New Uses, I have finally escaped the awkwardness of putting my make-up on in the bathroom and have created a space that not only works for me, but reflects my style too! Talk about a double play?! 
Does anyone else avoid putting make-up on in the bathroom or am I the only crazy one? Any other creative vanity tips, tricks or ideas. I’m all ears…
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Mini Seat Makeover

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How charming is this vintage seat?

When I saw it at New Uses, I couldn’t resist myself. Before I even got it to my car, I had big plans for this little charmer.

My plans, you ask? Number one, ditch the gold base. Although I love me some glamorous gold, I wasn’t feeling it for this project. I wanted new, fresh, shiny, glam.
Number two, trade the green leather cushion for some nautical stripes. Are you surprised?

Step One: Detach the cushion using a simple screw driver.

Easy enough, right? Now you’re left with the simple gold base that needs some new color.

Step Two: Pick a spray paint color and go.to.town! Since I already took off the cushion, I didn’t even need to use painter’s tape, such a DIY treat.

Step Three: While the paint is drying, pick out a new fabric and reupholster the cushion. I have absolutely z.e.r.o. experience reupholstering, so if I can handle it… I swear you can too!

I used reupholstering fabric from JoAnn Fabrics and bought 3/4 of a yard.
Step Four: Tightly wrap the fabric around the cushion and staple close to the edge. Staple as many times as you can. The corners were a bit tedious because this cushion was round. I kind of just winged each curve until the fabric laid nicely.

Step Five: Cut off the extra fabric.

Step Six: Use the old screws to re-attach the cushion to your newly glamorous silver base!

Step Seven: Enjoy the fruits of your labor. This vintage cushion is now oozing new preppy-ness and I love, love, love it! Tune in tomorrow to see what other DIY project I paired this lil’ cushion up with. Any guesses?

I’ll give you all the scoop tomorrow morning @ 7am. You bring the coffee, I’ll bring the dramatic DIY. Until then…

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A Touch of Pink

pink chalkboard
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Sometimes when we’re out shopping, on the hunt for our latest and greatest treasure, we come across something unexpected.

Chalkboard

Last time we visited New Uses we found this old, beat up chalkboard.

Many would bypass this hidden beauty. But Bridget & I gave her a good once over instead.

Yep, she was definitely dirty. But like many treasures we find, she had loads of POTENTIAL.

The only problem was Bridget & I didn’t need a chalkboard for our own homes. We already have one in our kitchen (perfect for grocery lists & sweet notes), and Bridget simply doesn’t have the room for one at the Longview Lodge.

So we decided to venture into unknown territory here on the ol’ blog.  Us rookies spruced up this chalkboard for a children’s room #gasp

See, we both have a few more years (okay maybe many years!) until we’ll be decorating our own nurseries and play rooms. But our good friend (& hot mama of 2) is currently jazzing up rooms for her lil’ ones. We immediately thought of her when we saw the chalkboard, and decided that we must makeover the chalkboard for her 2-year-old girl.

Chalkboard makeover before

But there was no way we were gifting this chalkboard with it looking like this.

As Bridget would say, “look at those dirty secrets!”

My first step was washing away all of those dirty “secrets.” A mixture of vinegar and water did the trick.

When everything was dry, I covered up the chalkboard with an old issue of Us Weekly (recycling at its finest) and taped off the edges.

Then it was sanding and priming time.

Rustoleum Primer Krylon Ballet Slipper Pink

I sanded down parts of the wood, so it had an even, smooth surface.

Then, I busted out Rustoleum Primer and gave the piece a nice light coat.

Krylon Spray Paint Ballet Slipper Gloss

For the top coat of color, I chose Krylon’s Ballet Slipper pink in gloss. Similar to choosing nail polish, I chose this spray paint based solely on the name. How adorable is a color called “ballet slipper”? I couldn’t resist…

I ended up giving the piece 3 light coats of the pink.

Pink Chalkboard

Now the frame was looking good, but the chalkboard itself needed some TLC.  Even after wiping down the black chalkboard it still had some scribbles going on. I wanted this chalkboard to be so incredibly easy to draw on, and that just wasn’t going to happen with a quick clean-up job.

Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint Black

I decided a new coat of chalkboard paint was the only way to give this chalkboard a new life.

Tip 1: I’ve used chalkboard spray paint before and I have had no luck. This Rustoleum Chalkboard paint works for me every.single.time. It is incredibly easy to apply and always turns out great.

Tip 2: Be sure to follow the directions on the back of your chalkboard paint. Before writing on the board you have to “condition” the surface by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface, and then erase it. This will leave a coat of chalk dust that will provide the best erasability.

Mod Podge Wrapping paper pink stripes

To bring even more color to the project, I mod podged striped wrapping paper to a few areas. Similar to what I did to the cabinets in this project.

Striped wrapping paper on chalkboard

I think it adds a cute pop of color to the piece.

Pink Chalkboard

So the project is complete, but the chalkboard still had to ace one final test…

We had to make sure this cutie pie liked her new chalkboard…
Luckily, this little sweetheart couldn’t get enough of her new DIY birthday gift!
This pink beauty had quite the transformation and we’re happy with our first kid-friendly DIY!
Have a great weekend everyone! We are planning to tackle a few of those items on our SUMMER BUCKET LIST! If you cross any off…be sure to tag us on Instagram @DIYplaybook #bucketlist.  Come back on Monday ready for a full line-up of new projects!
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Canvas Quote

Dresser-Top-New-Lamp

I have a tough time living in the present. Instead of enjoying the blessings of today, I find that I’m constantly looking forward to what tomorrow may bring. I’m anxious about the future. Whether it’s me getting excited for the upcoming weekend, or me looking forward to the day I can move home to Chicago to be closer to my family. I’m always daydreaming about what is to come.

Instead of living in the moment, soaking up every minute of right now…I’m fretting about the unknown that tomorrow brings.

The thing is I know this about myself. I’m actively, consciously trying to be better at it. But I need a daily reminder to help me remember to enjoy all of the wonderfulness that my life has right here, right now.

Today’s DIY project is exactly the reminder I need.Dresser-Top-New-Lamp

How to put a quote onto canvas with stickers and paint

I’ve seen this project before in the blogosphere and I always thought it was pretty darn neat. But, I never really had a great quote that I wanted to use. Until now…

Finn & I have had many long chats about “living in the moment” and he struggles with it just like I do. He is actually the one that came up with this little quote. (who knew I was marrying such a poet!? His list of skills just keeps growing…)

“LIVE NOT IN FEAR OF THE FUTURE,
OR IN REGRET OF THE PAST.
BUT EMBRACE THE MOMENT,
AND MAKE IT LAST.”

Once I had the right quote, I had to find the perfect canvas to display it on.  I knew I wanted the canvas to be big enough to make an impact in our home, but I didn’t want to spend big bucks on a new large canvas.

That’s when New Uses came into play.  The perimeter of the store is lined with so.much.art. Canvases, picture frames, artwork…there are literally hundreds of pieces to choose from.

New Uses Canvas
After perusing the store, I scooped up this bad boy. It was exactly what I was looking for with the bulky frame, light muted paint colors, and large size. I couldn’t wait to bring it home and get to work.
Canvas with blue paint and green frame
My first step was to paint the frame. The muted green wasn’t bad at all, but I wanted my colored letters to pop, so I decided to go with an all white frame.
I popped out the canvas and got to work whitening the border up.
Empty green frame
Rustoleum primer and spray paint mask rubber gloves
All I needed was gloves, a mask, spray primer, and white spray paint.
I prepped the surface of the frame (wipe clean of any dirt & dust) and then did a light coat of the white primer. The next day I did a light coat of the semi-gloss white spray paint.
While the frame dried, I got to work on the canvas.
Scrapbook letters jo-ann fabric
For this portion of the project, all you really need is sticky letters. I found mine in the scrapbooking section of Jo-ann fabric for $1.50 a sheet. I ended up having to go back to the store for more letters, simply because I kept running out of the letter “E”. (There are 12 “E”‘s in my quote!)
Scrapbook letters on canvas with pencil and ruler
I used a ruler and a pencil to make sure everything was spaced out evenly.
Stick letters on canvas
Next I peeled off the letters and stuck them to the canvas. At this point, Finn caught a sneak peek of the project. He said it looked like a kidnapper’s ransom note with the different fonts and colors. #thanksbuddy
The last step was to simply give it a few light coats of white spray paint.
Tip: Make sure your letters are sticking well onto the canvas. You don’t want any little areas to pop up and get paint underneath them.
Spray painted canvas white rustoleum spray paint
Peeling letters off of canvas
Carefully peel the letters off when your paint is fully dry.
Bedroom-Dresser-Lamp
Dresser-Top-New-Lamp
I am totally in L-O-V-E with this piece. It is currently sitting on our dresser in our master bedroom. It serves as a great reminder to us every single morning to appreciate all that today offers.
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  1. Kristin @ CelebratetheGoodness

    I love this project so much! I too have seen this on Pinterest, but I’ve never seen anyone use a painting as the background. This turned out great! I’ll defiintely be giving this project a try. Thanks for sharing! Be well, Kristin
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  2. TheRogueRunner

    Love love LOVE love this! I think I may actually use that same quote, it is something that I really need to focus on, too. Agreed with Kristin – great idea to use a painting as the background. I’ll let you know how it turns out when I do it!

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  1. Kristin @ CelebratetheGoodness

    I love this project so much! I too have seen this on Pinterest, but I’ve never seen anyone use a painting as the background. This turned out great! I’ll defiintely be giving this project a try. Thanks for sharing! Be well, Kristin
    http://www.celebratethegoodness.com

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  2. TheRogueRunner

    Love love LOVE love this! I think I may actually use that same quote, it is something that I really need to focus on, too. Agreed with Kristin – great idea to use a painting as the background. I’ll let you know how it turns out when I do it!

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It’s a ZOO around here!

whale on shelf

Lately we’ve been noticing a trend with our shopping habits. We have both been gravitating towards “animal decor.”

Okay, that probably sounds insane. But after going over our recent purchases, we’ve realized that we keep incorporating all kinds of animals into both of our homes.
We’ve come to the conclusion that IT’S A ZOO AROUND HERE!
See…we told you there are animals galore!
You guys remember our recent visit to New Uses right? (Here’s our Scouting Report of the resale shop)
Well during that trip, we SCORED big time!
Casey snatched up this brassy owl. He was a steal at only $4.50.
She polished him up, and he now makes for a fabulous bookend.
This little owl ties in the gold accents that this shelf has going on (from the lettering on the spines of the books, to the gold rings on the $2 weather instrument…)

Bridget scored this $5 flying fish at New Uses as well.

You gotta love the drift wood base. With hints of natural blues mixed throughout, this cutie was practically flying off the shelves.

Because he is a flying fish, Bridget & Matt call him Midway (a shout-out to the airport that Matt grew up next to… get it?) If you’re going to buy decorative animals, you gotta give ’em a name as you welcome them into your home… right?

Check out Midway’s new digs. I love that he adds hints of the coast without being too “beach-y”. Although he’s one-of-a-kind, he does have some competition swimming around Casey’s shelves.

Casey spied another animal (mammal?) amongst the brimming New Uses’ shelves.
At only $4 this wooden whale was quite the score.
But the light wood didn’t really go with Casey’s home decor, so she decided to give it a nice coat of white spray paint.
White wooden whale on green bookshelf decor
Spray paint makes everything better!

Casey & Finn nicknamed him Whale (pronounced WAH-lay…like the rapper. Apparently they’ve got gangsta style going down in the Lou)

Wooden Whale spray painted white sitting on books
And finally to round out our little “zoo”, how could we forget about these charming lovebirds?
These chubby birds are actually salt and pepper shakers from Crate & Barrel. They were an Easter gift (Thanks Aunt Cheryl!), but they’re cute enough to be a part of the year-round decor.

Side Note: Bridget actually spotted these exact same lovebirds at the New Uses in Aurora! You never know what kind of decor people will bring into the store. They may still be there if you want to go snatch them up!

These birds may be salt and pepper shakers, but they seem very happy perched atop these books.

If you look closely, you’ll see Casey used game pieces to display her future wedding date (save the date y’all) in front of the chunky lil guys. 
Such a romantic little bookshelf for these lovebirds.

From flying fish to smooching lovebirds, we have quite the arrangement of animals making their way into our homes lately. These little creatures seem to add a pop of color, lots of charming character, and always come with the best stories. We hope that you can channel your inner animal-lover and keep your eyes peeled for a little critter to call your own.

So do you think we’re officially zookeepers? Do you guys have any “animal decor” going on in your homes? Animal print, actual animals, or maybe just a roommate that acts like an animal all count in our book! 
 
Unfortunately, next week’s line-up does not include any animals…. BUT it does include a birthday girl that may be celebrating like a wild animal. (Cough, cough, Casey). See you Monday…
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Scouting Report: New Uses

If you’ve been reading DIY Playbook for any amount of time now, you’ve probably quickly realized that we have a love for all things secondhand. Not just a schoolgirl crush…more like a madly, deeply, hardcore love affair.

Yep, we brake for yard sales…we scream for garage sales…we squeal over thrift stores…and we sure as hell jump for joy for resale shops.
So imagine our excitement when we found a new gem in our hometown.
New Uses Store Orland Park Location
New Uses is our little slice of heaven.
Sure, it’s a resale store. But, all of the fab deals inside are only for the HOME! If you’re a regular thrifter, then you may notice that many secondhand shops are 80% clothing…and only 20% home decor and furniture. 
Well not New Uses. This bad boy is 100% for the home. In fact, their motto is “A Resale Shop for the Home.” 
So on a recent trip back home, we decided we needed to peruse the secondhand shop.
New Uses vases furniture
We didn’t go in with a gameplan for this trip, like we have for previous shopping trips. (Read more about prepping for a Winning Flea Market Trip right here
Instead, it was more of a SCOUTING REPORT. What did this place have to offer? And how could we utilize their equipment to take our rookie DIY skills to the next level?
New Uses Furniture
First up, the furniture area. We were incredibly pleased to see a vast array of quality wood pieces. From chairs, to couches, to side tables, and bar carts…you could find all kinds of goodies in this area.
New Uses Bar stools
Some pieces were good to go, and could quickly be added to the design of any room. Like these sweet stools that might look nice cozied up to a breakfast bar.
New uses nightstand wooden brown
Other pieces were overflowing with potential.
We saw the above nightstand (only $18!) and immediately thought of transforming it. We’re thinking new modern hardware, 2 baskets underneath, and painted a crisp white or gray for a bedroom. You could bring this piece from outdated…to “Pottery Barn ready” in a weekend, without breaking the bank (or even much of a sweat!)
Shopping for trinkets at New Uses
After scoping out the furniture, we took a look at all of the nick knacks. We could see how this area could be overwhelming for other rookies.
Wooden whale on top of books

Again, you just need to see the potential and see if anything speaks to you.

Brass owl on book with white vase
Girl holding a wooden tray

This tray could be fabulous in a guest room. A quick coat of paint to fit your room’s decor, and it could hold books, water, and flowers to keep your visitors happy and feeling welcome.

Striped preppy pillows
Bridget eyeballed these preppy pillows. Just the right amount of color and pattern to make a small couch, bench, or chair really pop!
Baskets on shelves at New Uses
Baskets can be surprisingly expensive, but not at New Uses. Look at the wide variety of baskets this place has to offer. Lots of potential for adding secret storage to your home…
$8 brown toolbox
Casey almost pulled the trigger on this old toolbox. It was a steal at $8 and it had loads of potential. A fun new color or pattern would really bring this old brown thing to life! Sadly, Casey let this one slip through her fingertips.  But, we’re guessing it finds a home quickly.
four decanters for alcohol
How about these decanters at $8 a piece?! Classy drinking anyone? Bridget’s bar cart is begging for the glam that these shiny pieces have to offer. 
New uses artwork and picture frames
Holy moley wall of art! You know we’re all about personalized wall art here at DIY Playbook. But, we found some great pieces, at great prices. 
Think about all of the great frames holding that art too. Just pick up a few with some good bones, add spray paint, and you can create a unique gallery wall in no time.
Checking out at New Uses
We did end up purchasing a few treasures to take home. Don’t worry, we’ll show you what we did with them real soon. DIY projects up the wazoo around here people!
Exterior view of New Uses Orland Park Location
After our scouting report, we quickly realized that this is the kind of store for us Rookies! We also found out that the Orland Park location isn’t the only one. Click here to see if there’s one near you.
We are happy to tell you guys we are teaming up with New Uses for future DIY projects galore.
We can’t wait to add these new stats, projects, and pieces into our Playbook. Don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated along the way. This will also mean great things for you, our reader! Expect giveaways, coupons, and much much more.
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  1. Erin

    This place looks AMAZING! I wish they had some up in Canada. Such a great concept, especially with the massive growth DIY projects have had thanks to blogs and pinterest!

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    This place looks AMAZING! I wish they had some up in Canada. Such a great concept, especially with the massive growth DIY projects have had thanks to blogs and pinterest!

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