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How to Paint an Outdoor Rug

Outdoor-Rug
Earlier this summer I showed you the big reveal of our small outdoor balcony. We’re still enjoying the colorful oasis, and you’ll often find Finn & I sitting out here on a warm night. My flowers are still alive (woo hoo!) and my DIY screen door is still intact (phew!) Everything seems all good out here, right?
Well not quite. In order to add a bit of color to the balcony area, I found an outdoor rug in teal. I loved the pattern and the pop of color…but if I was being perfectly honest with myself, the rug was just way too small.
See…
too small outdoor rug
…it’s cute, but just not large enough for the space. I headed to a few stores and even did a little online shopping to try to find a larger outdoor rug.  I thought it would be a quick and painless process, but boy was I wrong.
First of all, most of the rugs were just way too large for the space. I needed something 4×6, but couldn’t find anything smaller than 6×8 that might work. Then to add to my frustration, almost every rug was incredibly expensive. I’m talking over $100 for a rug that I knew was just going to sit outside and get kinda gross.
So since I couldn’t purchase the perfect outdoor rug, I knew I would have to DIY one.
I found this rug online at Home Depot. It was 6×8 (too big for our small balcony) but was only $17.88. I figured I could purchase the rug and see if there would be a way to cut it in half. For less than $20, it was worth a shot.
Now I know what you’re thinking…that rug isn’t exactly the prettiest thing on the block. Well, I had a solution for that too. Paint!
Behr paint sample
I purchased 5 paint samples in a variety of colors, and each was less than $3! Since I wanted to paint multiple colors onto the rug, I figured this was the most cost effective option. Be sure to buy paint that works well outdoors. I purchased indoor/outdoor paint, so I knew it would hold up on our balcony.
painting supplies
Then I grabbed a few more supplies, including paint brushes, a drop cloth, and some extra duct tape I had leftover from our office accent wall project.
measuring rug
When the rug arrived, I instantly knew I would have no trouble cutting it down to the right size. It was incredibly lightweight and very thin (that’s what happens when a rug is only $18!) But I didn’t mind at all, it was going to work perfectly for this project. I measured it out, and drew a line splitting the rug into two equal parts.
cutting a rug
Then I simply used scissors to cut my rug. Instead of one large 6×8 rug…I now had two 4×6 rugs. It worked out so well that I cut a rug right there in our family room (pun definitely intended, please picture me joyfully dancing when my plan worked!)
duct tape stripes
Next up…painting! I figured stripes would be the easiest “design” for me to tackle. I decided to go with a variety of widths…2 inches, 4 inches, and 6 inches for the stripes. I attempted to plan everything out ahead of time…but I’m not one for math and I was just too eager to paint. So I just went for it and figured if I screwed up, I had another rug right there ready to go.
paint samples blue colors
painting rug
Rookie Tip: After painting my first stripe, I quickly realized that I needed a way to get the paint down into the fibers of the rug. Finn suggested I use a scrub brush to really work the paint down in there. That man is a genius…it totally worked! I definitely suggest buying a pack of cheap sponges for this stage of the project. Use the hard side of the sponge to work the paint around. I only had one sponge on hand, so I had to wash it in between every color…learn from me and spend a couple bucks for more sponges.
I let the rug dry for a day or so, and then it was time for its balcony debut!
outdoor rug on balcony
To say I love it would be an understatement. It’s absolutely fabulous. The size is 1000x better than the dinky one we had out there before, and I just can’t get enough of those preppy stripes.
bistro table
watering can
yellow and blue rug
decorated balcony
The blues, whites, and pop of yellow work really well together. Plus it goes well with the other accessories and flowers we already have on our balcony.
striped rug outdoors
It’s been out there for a couple weeks now, and it really is holding up well! We’ve had lots of storms but it still looks fresh and the color has not faded.
how to paint stripes on an outdoor rug
I figure I’ll give this little guy a year, and then next summer I can use a new pattern and colors on the other half of the rug.
beer and fresh fruit
yellow pillow and flower pot
This project cost less than $30 for the rug and all of the supplies, plus I still have half a rug left for next year! It may have taken a couple hours to paint the stripes, but to me it was time well spent. I’m now even more in l-o-v-e with our outdoor oasis.
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  1. Bob fortune

    That’s pretty adorable, especially when there is a lot of scope to re-use old stuff or to make creative use of leftovers from previous projects. Those, blues, whites, and pop of yellow work will do for sure.

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  2. Erica

    Hey! Thanks for all the tips on how to paint an outdoor rug, I was wondering did the paint leave the rug a weird texture? As in if I was to be barefoot on the rug would it feel rough? Thank you!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Erica, and great question. No, where we painted isn’t extra “rough” on bare feet. I guess it’s slightly different than the rug texture but both very safe for bare feet to walk on. =) We’ll definitely be making more this year.

  3. Andrea Kay Bloom

    Please share your color choices. These are the colors I am hoping for. I have a large deck to cover & could never afford a large enough rug for it. Luckily, I found the perfect size new on Craigslist for $30 (8×10), but it’s boring. I can’try wait to spruce it up!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Andrea, I’m so sorry but I don’t have the exact colors on-hand anymore. Sorry about that! I just tried to find good blues and a pop of yellow in the small paint samples. Love the idea to spruce up an old rug from Craigslist. Good luck!

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8 thoughts on “How to Paint an Outdoor Rug

  1. Bob fortune

    That’s pretty adorable, especially when there is a lot of scope to re-use old stuff or to make creative use of leftovers from previous projects. Those, blues, whites, and pop of yellow work will do for sure.

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  2. Erica

    Hey! Thanks for all the tips on how to paint an outdoor rug, I was wondering did the paint leave the rug a weird texture? As in if I was to be barefoot on the rug would it feel rough? Thank you!

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  3. Andrea Kay Bloom

    Please share your color choices. These are the colors I am hoping for. I have a large deck to cover & could never afford a large enough rug for it. Luckily, I found the perfect size new on Craigslist for $30 (8×10), but it’s boring. I can’try wait to spruce it up!

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Melted Crayon Abstract Art

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If you guys follow us on Instagram, then you may have seen this R rated picture grace your feed in February.
Bottles and Bottega
Yep…that’s my mom, sister-in-law, and I all holding portraits of a naked man.  I added the nice big red “X” to keep things PG around here. 😉
The three of us had an amazing girls night out at a painting and wine class called Bottles & Bottega. They offer all kinds of painting classes and it’s a fun way to bond, drink wine, and get a little creative. I’ve done it a few times with friends (and even for B’s bachelorette party!), but I’ve never ever ever done it with a nude model. Let’s just say it was quite the experience and I’m pretty sure I blushed the entire night. The nude painting class definitely forced me to channel my inner artist, as I tried my best to be mature and view our male model as art…and not as some naked man standing on a platform.
Naked man
Heck, I tried. But I still ended up with a pretty crappy painting.
But let’s be real…even if I created a masterpiece, I probably wouldn’t be hanging any naked men in our apartment. Something tells me Finn wouldn’t be very keen on the new art addition. But I certainly didn’t want to waste a perfectly good canvas, so I decided to give the canvas a new life!
I’m sure you guys have all seen the crayon art craze all over Pinterest. You know what I’m talking about….the crayons glued onto a canvas with the color dripping down the piece of art.  I know you’ve seen it before! That look isn’t exactly my style (maybe if I had a kids room or playroom to decorate!), but I still wanted to do something fun using crayons.
So, I ordered a box of 120 crayons off of Amazon and started to plan my new masterpiece…
crayons and white paint
First step, cover the naked man! 3 coats of white acrylic paint did the trick for me. I soon had a blank canvas that was ready for some color.
Crayons
Then it was time to peel the crayons. I decided to go with a color palette of blues, grays, greens, and purples…mostly cool tones. So I took out all of the crayons that I wanted to use and put the rest of the colors away.
Time to get peeling…
soak crayons in water to peel
I asked Finn to help me peel the paper off of the crayons and after attempting crayon #1, he instantly headed to Google to try to find an easier method. Turns out there is a very easy way to peel crayons…just throw them in cold water! The paper magically peeled right off. Who knew?!
hair dryer and crayons
When all of my crayons were peeled, I got out my trusty hair dryer and got ready to “paint” my canvas.
Crayon painting setup
I wasn’t in love with the idea of having melted crayon wax all over your countertop. So I put down a tarp and put the canvas inside a cardboard box while working. You could definitely do this outside if you don’t want to make a mess inside your home.
When my working area was ready, I got down to business. I simply put my hair dryer on the lowest & hottest settings and held a crayon on the canvas as I went. I found that if I went to a higher setting, the crayon wax would fly out everywhere and it got a bit messy, so low is the way to go. As the crayon melted and became drippy, I tilted the canvas all around so the color would spread. Then I grabbed another crayon and did it again, working my way around the canvas. Really there is no right or wrong way to do this. Just be adventurous and layer colors on top of one another.  I also recommend stepping back every few minutes to see how it looks from afar.
Rookie Tip #1: Don’t burn your fingers! The hair dryer can get really hot on your hand when you’re holding the crayon. Try to just hold the crayon on the end, or you could even spear it with a skewer to keep your fingers away from the heat. As your crayons get smaller, you’re more likely to get burned, so just be careful!
abstract art on gallery wall
Rookie Tip #2: If I wasn’t loving a color, I would often lighten it up with a white or light gray crayon on top of it. It gave the color a cool diluted, ombre effect.
melted crayon art on canvas
For now, I’m enjoying the end result…I mean it’s a heck of a lot better than my naked man. It’s definitely different, and very abstract. I love the pop of color it brings to our space, and it has a cool drippy watercolor effect to it. Art is totally subjective, so if this isn’t your style I totally get it. It was just kinda fun to step outside of my comfort zone to channel my inner artist.
melted crayon abstract art
So there you have it…the story of the naked man.  He has come a long way from standing heroically on the beach…to being covered in melted crayon.  I think I’d take the new colorful crayon art any day (sorry dude!)
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So what do you think of the melted crayon craze? Have you jumped on board?
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  1. Jackie

    I had to take my handsome guy down from over the bathtub when we got the house painted. I didn’t want our painters to think we were total weirdos! Now he hangs out in my closet behind my dirty laundry. Poor lonely naked man.

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  1. Jackie

    I had to take my handsome guy down from over the bathtub when we got the house painted. I didn’t want our painters to think we were total weirdos! Now he hangs out in my closet behind my dirty laundry. Poor lonely naked man.

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Reupholstered Chair using Milk Paint

chair makeover
One of the perks of writing a do-it-yourself blog is the ability to acquire random furniture from the people in our lives. Over the past year, many of our family or friends have given us their otherwise bound-for-the-garbage furniture in hopes that we can turn it into a treasure and make use of these old pieces. That’s exactly what happened with this little project. A great friend of Bridget’s found this chair for a steal at a local garage sale, and she decided to “donate” it to the DIY Playbook.  Since we’re always up for a furniture challenge, we decided to take her home and clean her up (the chair that is, not Bridget’s friend).
Here’s the sad looking before…

This little guy was seriously beat up and was unfortunately covered in lots of nicks and scrapes. It also had a yucky, shiny varnish all over it’s wood frame.

The cushion wasn’t much better. The fabric was old, faded, outdated and had a purple satin underside? Not a good look for 2014…

On a positive note, this chair had a strong foundation and “good bones”. Because we knew this bad boy was dripping with potential, we were determined to breath new life into our four-legged friend and give him a DIY Playbook Makeover. We hemmed and hawed over what exactly we could do, and eventually, we decided to try something totally out of our comfort zone. A bright splashy fabric and snow white milk paint. Say what?!
Milk paint supplies

Whenever either one of us has painted furniture, we’ve always taken the safe route. Sanding, priming, and latex paint. But this time we were determined to try something new. We’ve heard wonderful things about both milk paint and chalk paint, so we went to a local shop determined to find one of those two paints.

Old fashioned milk paint
This is what we found…Old-Fashioned Milk Paint.  At first we were a bit perplexed. Why was this paint in a powder form? But the lovely shop owner gave us all of the scoop and assured us that this powder would work even better than the paint we’ve been using all this time (thanks Alana!). We decided to take her word for it and we brought that little pouch home.
We quickly found out that there are some serious perks about using milk paint.  It is an all-natural, non toxic, environmentally friendly product. That means it is a-okay to use indoors. No crazy smells coming from this stuff. Because it was a balmy 10 degrees on the day we tackled this project, there was no hesitation about bringing this painting project indoors.  Another big perk for these lazy rookies…no need to sand or prime the wood. Say what?! Yes, you heard that right. You can just paint this right onto the finished wood. NO.SANDING.NECESSARY.
Okay, so lots of perks. But how the heck do we get it from powder…to paint.
Good thing we were DIY-ing together for this project, because mixing up this milk paint was a bit intimidating. We read the instructions front to back and finally had the courage to mix this stuff up. We grabbed a mason jar and a spoon and got to work. All it took was some warm water, some milk paint powder, and a little squirt of milk paint extra bond.

Stir, stir, stir and we were in business! We put three light coats onto the wood with a bristle brush, let it dry overnight, and bam this chair was looking nice and bright white!

We are both obsessed with the way it turned out and we think the milk paint provides such a cool finish. But, we did learn a lot about milk paint during the process. Here are a few tips…
Rookie Tip #1: Keep on stirring that paint! About every 10 minutes, we gave our mason jars a really good stir with a spoon. If it was getting too thick, a tiny bit of warm water helped get it back to the correct consistency.
Rookie Tip #2: Be careful about chunks. If you don’t mix it up well enough, you’ll notice little grainy pieces in your paint. We were able to easily wipe these away, but it could become a nuisance if you don’t catch them right away. Just be sure your paint is thinned out so you don’t have any lumps.
The reupholstery process was a lot less exciting than the painting project. Just some new batting, new fabric, and a heck of a lot of staples (similar to this reupholstery project).
The fabric is a bit out of both of our style comfort zones, but we figured why not go a little crazy with color?!
We’re totally digging this bright floral chair. What an upgrade from that dingy before pic! The new look reminds us of spring, and it’s giving us hope that soon we will be outside tackling many more painting projects. Keep those “furniture donations” coming….
Have you ever tried milk paint? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this product!
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  1. KristyDoyle

    As usual, I love it. I’ve been thinking about refinishing a kitchen table/chairs I have for my porch. Do you think I could use the milk paint and go over it with some sort of weather proofing finish?

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  2. DIY Playbook

    KristyDoyle,
    We did a little research for you. Here’s what we found out…
    “We do not recommend milk paint for exterior use as it will water spot in the rain (except for white paint). However, multiple coats of a clear exterior finish will seal the paint and prevent water spotting.”

    So looks like it is possible to use for outdoor furniture! Good luck with your table and chairs.

    Best,
    B & C

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  3. Amye

    This is a great look! Thanks for the tips on milk paint – I’ve heard a lot about it (and chalk paint) but haven’t been brave enough to try yet. Thanks!

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  4. Erin

    LOVE this project! Do you think I could paint a whole dresser using milk paint!? I’m thinking of giving it a try!

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  1. KristyDoyle

    As usual, I love it. I’ve been thinking about refinishing a kitchen table/chairs I have for my porch. Do you think I could use the milk paint and go over it with some sort of weather proofing finish?

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  2. DIY Playbook

    KristyDoyle,
    We did a little research for you. Here’s what we found out…
    “We do not recommend milk paint for exterior use as it will water spot in the rain (except for white paint). However, multiple coats of a clear exterior finish will seal the paint and prevent water spotting.”

    So looks like it is possible to use for outdoor furniture! Good luck with your table and chairs.

    Best,
    B & C

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  3. Amye

    This is a great look! Thanks for the tips on milk paint – I’ve heard a lot about it (and chalk paint) but haven’t been brave enough to try yet. Thanks!

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  4. Erin

    LOVE this project! Do you think I could paint a whole dresser using milk paint!? I’m thinking of giving it a try!

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Bye Bye Beige in the Bathrooms

Bathroom-After
When we moved into our Chicago pad, we decided to paint the entire place with a fresh coat of gray. Well…I shouldn’t say entire place. We did most of our new condo, but decided to forgo the bathrooms.  Just because bathrooms can be very difficult to paint…I mean c’mon…who wants to crawl behind the toilet so they can brush it with some paint? Ew…not me.
But after living in our place for three months, I decided that it was time to tackle our bathrooms. I just couldn’t stand them any longer. Take a look for yourself at the gross before…
Bathrooms before
boring beige bathroom
Okay, it’s not terrible. But it isn’t great either! It was this kinda shiny beige color and it was just very…”blah.”
Beige paint
Plus, I felt like it was just beige, on top of beige, on top of beige. Nothing was pure white, instead it all just looked kinda dirty.
Double towel bars
I also had a really weird towel bar situation going on. For some reason there were 2 towel bars installed above the toilet. Weird, right? I knew that if I painted the bathroom, I could get rid of one of them and it would look a lot more normal above our porcelain throne.
bye bye towel bar
So I decided to take 1 day, suck it up, and just get them done! First on my to-do list, get rid of the towel bar! I unscrewed the bottom one off and pulled that sucker off. It felt great.
Spackle
I then whipped out some spackle and got to work filling in the holes that were left behind. I sanded the area down, spackled it up, waited until it dried, and then sanded it down again.
Spackled holes
Spackling is very easy and I promise you can do it. If you’re a spackling newbie read this article for some tips and tricks.
painting edges painter's tape
Once the holes were filled, I unscrewed all of the outlet covers and got to work taping. Taping is by far my least favorite part of the painting process. But, it is the most essential part of the job. Don’t forget to tape the ceiling so you don’t accidentally get any paint up there.
Painting
Lucky for me, my mom decided to come help me paint our two bathrooms. With both of us working we were able to get it all done in less than 4 hours. Pretty good if you ask me! Our system is someone edges with a brush, while the other is the designated roller. We flew through both rooms in no time at all, with two coats of our paint color.
Here are the “after” shots. No more beige baby!
Bathroom after edited
Sherwin Williams Passive
The color is Sherwin William’s “Passive” and it is the same color we have in our main room. We had tons of paint leftover, so we decided it was easiest to just continue with that color in the bathrooms. It looks a little blue in these photos, but it is actually a light gray. I’m a big fan…
Bathroom accessories
Bathroom Paint colors
Shelving Unit
I’m happy that I finally decided to take on these two rooms. It was worth it to crouch down and paint behind the toilet, because now I can say “Bye bye beige!”
perfume and jewelry
My bathroom is now feeling much less blah, and much more glam…all thanks to a little paint!
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  1. Meredith

    LOVE this makeover! I agree – bathrooms that are all beige are so “BLAH”, as you say! I like the “Passive” color. And all your accent pieces add such a nice touch!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    It looks fantastic! I love gray, but it is sometimes so hard to get it the way you want! I feel like our grays are all a little too blue. Your bathroom looks amazing….love the accessories!

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  3. runningtall

    Ahh this is almost exactly the color I want to paint my house this spring. I have a semi-nautical theme going throughout the house and think a light grey with my white crown modeling/baseboards would look way better than the light brown walls that were there when we moved in! PS where are those stud earrings from in that last picture? Love!

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  1. Meredith

    LOVE this makeover! I agree – bathrooms that are all beige are so “BLAH”, as you say! I like the “Passive” color. And all your accent pieces add such a nice touch!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    It looks fantastic! I love gray, but it is sometimes so hard to get it the way you want! I feel like our grays are all a little too blue. Your bathroom looks amazing….love the accessories!

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  3. runningtall

    Ahh this is almost exactly the color I want to paint my house this spring. I have a semi-nautical theme going throughout the house and think a light grey with my white crown modeling/baseboards would look way better than the light brown walls that were there when we moved in! PS where are those stud earrings from in that last picture? Love!

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How to Paint Herringbone Curtains

Blue-Painted-Curtains

Remember back in October when we took a plain doormat and gave it a serious upgrade?

Herringbone rug and doormat

Yeah, that project was pretty awesome and oh-so-easy. (If you need some holiday doormat inspiration, here’s a little more for ya…)

Well the herringbone doormat project gave me the courage and confidence to tackle a much larger painting project…

pattern here?

…my Ikea curtains!

I kept going back and forth about whether or not I should give them a teeny, tiny splash of color at the bottoms. Ultimately I decided, “why the heck not?!” If I screwed them up I could simply head back to Ikea and get some more inexpensive white ones. Life isn’t fun unless you’re trying something out of your comfort zone right? At least that’s what I kept telling myself during every step of this project.

Once my mind was made up, I got to work and gathered my supplies.

Painting supplies

I knew I wanted to try out the herringbone pattern again. It wasn’t too difficult the first time and would only require painter’s tape to create the pattern. I also got some light blue paint, a sponge, drop cloth, pen, measuring tape, and a bottle of fabric medium.

Martha Stewart Fabric Medium

I had absolutely no idea what fabric medium was until this project, but boy am I happy that I found out about this little bottle. Fabric medium reduces the stiffness that can often occur when you paint fabric. You mix a bit of fabric medium in with your paint, and the end result will be a flexible and washable fabric. Genius! I would have had some stiff looking curtains if it wasn’t for this stuff. This is a must buy for this tutorial!

Once I had all of my supplies raring to go, I set up shop in front of the TV and got to work while catching up on episodes of Scandal <—seriously amazing show!

Rookie Tip: Make sure you use a drop cloth underneath your fabric. The paint may seep through to the other side and no drop cloth would make for quite the mess….

How to do a herringbone pattern

Now the tricky part…figuring out how to measure the herringbone pattern. (Warning: things may get confusing up in here. Just grin and bear with me as we figure this one out together!)

I decided I wanted to paint 20 inches at the bottom of the curtains.  That would make 4 5-inch sections of pattern. So I taped off 2 of the 5 inch sections and secured the tape horizontally.

Painter's tape for herringbone pattern

Next, I created the diagonal sections with painter’s tape and taped it up from end to end.

3 inch gap

I decided to go with 3 inches for each strip of color and measured as I taped it all down.

Rookie Tip: Make sure that the painter’s tape is very secure on the fabric. You don’t want any paint seeping under. Keep those lines looking crisp!

Blue fabric paint

Once the number crunching was over, it was time for the fun part…painting. I simply went and painted the pattern in between the painter’s tape. I made sure that I covered each strip evenly and firmly pressed through so the paint soaked into the fabric.

Painting curtains
I let the paint dry (about 30 minutes) and then held my breath as I peeled off the tape…

and it was a success!

After seeing my first pair of stripes, I was motivated to tackle the rest of the project.

How to paint herringbone stripes

I simply taped off the rest of the fabric to make the stripes go in the opposite direction. Then I got to work painting…again.

Blue striped curtains

Boom…one curtain panel down, one more to go. #ugh

Trust me, I was very tempted to just paint one of the curtains because currently the other is hidden behind the back of our couch. My rookie counterpart (cough, cough Bridget) suggested I just do one of the curtains and someday paint the other panel. But I knew that I would never have the motivation to finish off the pair (and I might not remember all of the steps exactly), so I put in the hours and got.er.done! It took a long time (many episodes of Scandal), but I’m very pleased with the end result.

Herringbone striped curtains

(Excuse the poor photography. It is incredibly difficult to photograph windows, so these pics may not seem quite as light and bright as our usual pictures.)

Blue painted curtains
Painted Ikea curtains
Here are the curtains behind the couch. I had to throw in a picture so you all keep me accountable for finishing up our projects every time!
how to paint ikea curtains
I really don’t think the photos do them justice. They look awesome in person! They’re still very light and airy, but have a bit of sass at the bottom.
However, I may not be painting anything until after the new year. I’ve done my share for 2013…
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Two-Tone Nightstand Makeover

nightstand table

A few weekends back, Janimal and I visited a local yard sale. That’s when we came across this bad boy.

Nightstand Before
It was sitting out amongst a pile of discarded furniture, and this poor piece looked very sad and lonely. I gave the nightstand a good once-over…pulled out the drawer (smoothly slid right out), looked for any significant damage (nope, nothing too bad)…and decided it was potentially worth bringing home.
$2 score
It wasn’t until I found out the price ($2! Say what?!) that I knew this little guy was all mine! It didn’t matter that I didn’t actually have a need for a nightstand, or even a home for the nightstand. Nope, those were insignificant details when it came time to purchase.

I brought the little wooden nightstand home and quickly came up with a gameplan for this makeover.

Two-Tone Inspiration

For the past few months, I’ve been salivating over two-tone combos. Bright white paired with deep wood tones…the perfect match in my playbook. I was inspired by the above looks here and here

 
Luckily, I had everything I needed on hand (my DIY arsenal is building) and I got to work immediately.

Sanding wooden nightstand
First up, sanding this beauty down. I used my favorite palm sander to give the entire piece a good once over. Once it was smooth, I washed away the dust, dirt, and grime with a soap and water combo and let the entire piece dry overnight.

Zinsser Primer
Next, I got to priming. I used a small roller and my favorite Zinsser Bullseye primer to give the entire piece a nice light coat. I used a brush to cover all of the small cracks and details.

Minwax wood finish stain
While that dried, I got to staining the drawer front. For this I used a Minwax stain and a soft cloth. I simply dipped the cloth in some stain, and gently rubbed it onto the front. After a few staining mishaps, this is now my go-to method. I can control the color better and there is never a sticky residue left on the surface of the wood. 

Homeright paint sprayer and white nightstand
After staining, it was back to the painting. To ensure a nice, even smooth finish I decided to use my fine finish sprayer (the one I used in my mailbox makeover.) 

I poured in this white paint (leftover from my entertainment center makeover) and got going.  3 light coats later and the bones of the nightstand were complete!

Minwax wipe on poly
The only thing left to do was to seal my stained drawer front with Minwax wipe-on poly. This protects the wood and keeps it looking shiny and fabulous.

Cloth wiping on poly

I applied 3 coats with a soft cloth, and used steel wool to sand it down in between coats.

Before and after nightstand makeover
Boom. My two-tone dresser was done over the course of a weekend.
Two-tone nightstand
White and wood nightstand
Here’s my new two-tone nightstand all dressed up and ready to go.

vintage wire basket
Now all I had left to do was find a home for her

two tone nightstand

I think it fits in our new Chicago apartment perfectly!

Casey DIY Playbook

 

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  1. Clare @ Fitting It All In

    My God you have an eye, Casey! I have no clue how you see those things and envision such beauty! Style my future apartments please.

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  2. Clare @ Fitting It All In

    My God you have an eye, Casey! I have no clue how you see those things and envision such beauty! Style my future apartments please.

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  1. Clare @ Fitting It All In

    My God you have an eye, Casey! I have no clue how you see those things and envision such beauty! Style my future apartments please.

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  2. Clare @ Fitting It All In

    My God you have an eye, Casey! I have no clue how you see those things and envision such beauty! Style my future apartments please.

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How To Use a Paint Sprayer and a Free Giveaway!

Letters-in-Yellow-Mailbox

(Disclaimer: We were given a free HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer in exchange for this post. The information and opinions expressed are 100% our own and are not influenced by HomeRight.)

So you guys all saw the dramatic mailbox makeover on the blog yesterday..right?
Yellow Mailbox Makeover Before and After
If not, here is a nice reminder pic for ya. She’s gorgeous, isn’t she?!
Well this project would have taken at least twice, maybe three times as long if I didn’t have a nice handy gadget from HomeRight.
HomeRight Sprayer
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Tools can be tricky and I don’t want to learn how to use another one when I can just paint with a brush. Trust me, I was in your shoes. But my eyes have been opened people. This sprayer will now be an essential part of my toolbox (okay..probably won’t fit in my toolbox, but you get the point!)
HomeRight Sprayer Box
The cool thing about this sprayer is that it is airless, so you don’t need to use a noisy compressor to use it. Instead all you need is an extension cord and an outlet to get this bad boy going.
HomeRight Sprayer Instructions
There were only a few components in the box (yay for not having a million tiny parts to put together!) and it included a funnel. The funnel is used to thin any thicker paint. Personally, I didn’t do this for my mailbox project and it worked out fine.
Once my sprayer was put together, I filled the cup with the yellow paint.
Rookie Tip: Make sure you fill it up with a good amount of paint. You can always pour what you don’t use back into the paint gallon.
Before I started spraying the mailbox, I practiced on a big piece of cardboard. This helped me get used to the sprayer. I definitely recommend this step, so you can build up your confidence to tackle the actual project. You will also get a good feel for how quickly the paint comes out and how close you need to keep the sprayer from the object you’re painting.
Yellow Mailbox and Paint Sprayer
Once I got going, it was actually incredibly quick and easy. Spraying 1 coat of this entire mailbox took less than two minutes…and that is not an exaggeration. I was also impressed with the even, smooth surface.
Now I’ve gotta keep it real for my favorite readers. The only part I didn’t enjoy about this sprayer was the cleanup. I followed the directions and cleaned out the excess paint, nozzle, and tube and I then filled the cup with soapy water and sprayed it through to clean out the insides. It was my least favorite part of the process, but to me it was well worth it!
Yellow Mailbox Makeover
I cannot wait to use the sprayer for a much bigger project. I’m sure this handy tool will help me paint anything in no time at all!
You can check out more details about the sprayer right here…or you can enter to win one directly from us!
RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and have a U.S. shipping address. No P.O. boxes please.
TO ENTER: Scroll down to the giveaway widget below and log in with your Facebook account. If you don’t have Facebook, just enter your email address. Don’t worry, your information is kept private! Once you’ve done that, you’ll be shown the entry requirements. Click the “Do it!” button, type your answer to the question then click “Enter!”. Now that you’ve entered, you’ll see some optional entry options. To gain additional entries and increase your chances of winning the prize, you can do one or all of them. If you already follow DIY Playbook, go ahead and enter your Facebook or Twitter info, and you’ll automatically be given the extra entries.

DEADLINE: Enter by Sunday, September 15th. 1 random winner will be chosen and we will contact them via email.

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Good luck!

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  1. Becky

    I have an old gumball machine that I bought at a garage sale that I’ve been wanting to paint a fun color.

    I’ve always wanted a sprayer, it’s on my Christmas wish list.

    Reply
  2. KristyDoyle

    I have a dresser that I want to paint, but I’m not down for painting it with a brush. I would use it on that first.

    Reply
  3. Michelle

    My great grandmother passed away in June and left me a beautiful, small-size hutch, circa 1960. It is (as all of her belongings were) in great condition but we don’t have a formal dining room (or any space in the kitchen) to put it in. I would love to paint it white and repurpose it to use as a display cabinet of sorts in a nursery for our first little one. I’m a little scared to use a paint brush on it, but this sprayer would be perfect!

    Reply
  4. Kiersten P

    Oh I wish I had this paint sprayer when I re-finished my kitchen cabinets! It would have been SOOO much faster. I would use this to paint my patio chairs.

    Reply
  5. twenteries

    I found a great end table at a garage sale a few years ago, that really doesn’t match our decor.. but was a great bargain! Would love to use a paint sprayer to give it a new look.

    Reply
  6. Brittany @ read, run, repeat

    What a neat little gadget! This would come in handy for lots of projects! Right now I’m working on a new to me bar stand/rack

    Reply
  7. Amy Engle

    My husband and I just moved into our first home after getting married on August 31st and this would be the perfect tool to help us with the many DIY projects we would like to tackle!

    Reply
  8. Caitlin Lindquist

    I just got my first hop into the career-world so I will begin searching for a house in the next month or two! So I will have lots of walls and ceilings to paint!

    Reply
  9. Karen Marie Claire

    I’m always looking for fun ways to spice up my little abode………I HATE painting and this looks like the perfect device to take the pain out of painting!!!

    Reply
  10. Cindy B

    I bought an old nightstand at the thrift store. I use it under my desk to store supplies and it needs a nice coat of paint!

    Reply
  11. Adrienne Wilson

    We just moved and I have been trying to tackle a bunch of DIY projects, but don’t have as much time now that the school year has started. This would be perfect for some old shutters that I picked up at an antique stor that I want to turn into a coat rack/hanger.

    Reply
  12. Melissa Snow

    I’m currently in the process of making a massive built in desk for our office. You don’t know how badly I could use this!

    Reply
  13. Melissa Snow

    Did you ever announce a winner? I’m assuming it wasn’t me, but sure would hate to miss out if I was and missed the email. 🙂

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36 thoughts on “How To Use a Paint Sprayer and a Free Giveaway!

  1. Becky

    I have an old gumball machine that I bought at a garage sale that I’ve been wanting to paint a fun color.

    I’ve always wanted a sprayer, it’s on my Christmas wish list.

    Reply
  2. KristyDoyle

    I have a dresser that I want to paint, but I’m not down for painting it with a brush. I would use it on that first.

    Reply
  3. Michelle

    My great grandmother passed away in June and left me a beautiful, small-size hutch, circa 1960. It is (as all of her belongings were) in great condition but we don’t have a formal dining room (or any space in the kitchen) to put it in. I would love to paint it white and repurpose it to use as a display cabinet of sorts in a nursery for our first little one. I’m a little scared to use a paint brush on it, but this sprayer would be perfect!

    Reply
  4. Kiersten P

    Oh I wish I had this paint sprayer when I re-finished my kitchen cabinets! It would have been SOOO much faster. I would use this to paint my patio chairs.

    Reply
  5. twenteries

    I found a great end table at a garage sale a few years ago, that really doesn’t match our decor.. but was a great bargain! Would love to use a paint sprayer to give it a new look.

    Reply
  6. Brittany @ read, run, repeat

    What a neat little gadget! This would come in handy for lots of projects! Right now I’m working on a new to me bar stand/rack

    Reply
  7. Amy Engle

    My husband and I just moved into our first home after getting married on August 31st and this would be the perfect tool to help us with the many DIY projects we would like to tackle!

    Reply
  8. Caitlin Lindquist

    I just got my first hop into the career-world so I will begin searching for a house in the next month or two! So I will have lots of walls and ceilings to paint!

    Reply
  9. Karen Marie Claire

    I’m always looking for fun ways to spice up my little abode………I HATE painting and this looks like the perfect device to take the pain out of painting!!!

    Reply
  10. Cindy B

    I bought an old nightstand at the thrift store. I use it under my desk to store supplies and it needs a nice coat of paint!

    Reply
  11. Adrienne Wilson

    We just moved and I have been trying to tackle a bunch of DIY projects, but don’t have as much time now that the school year has started. This would be perfect for some old shutters that I picked up at an antique stor that I want to turn into a coat rack/hanger.

    Reply
  12. Melissa Snow

    I’m currently in the process of making a massive built in desk for our office. You don’t know how badly I could use this!

    Reply
  13. Melissa Snow

    Did you ever announce a winner? I’m assuming it wasn’t me, but sure would hate to miss out if I was and missed the email. 🙂

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Bridget’s Paint Colors

mirror makeover
I’ve gotten quite a few questions about the paint colors in my house. DIY Playbook rule #87: you ask, we spill. So here ya have it….

Choosing the paint colors for our house was no easy task. With a paint deck that had about 4.4 million colors in it, I was completely overwhelmed and got sucked into a trap of overthinking the whole thing. My advice: Keep it in perspective. It’s just paint. Pick a few colors that you love, colors that flow in your home, and run with it! You can always re-paint if you absolutely hate the colors.

Another piece of advice: get a few sample colors from your local hardware store (about $2-$3 each) and paint them on the wall before you decide on THE color. It’s important to see the color on the wall in your space. Everyone’s lighting is a little different and this can make a huge difference in the appearance of the color. Make sure to sneak a peek at your sample colors at all different times of the day too. The color may look different at different times of the day/night. Who knew?

Once you finally identify the color that you makes you swoon each time you pass ‘er by… ding, ding, ding, you have found a winner! Choose that color and run with it… well, after you pay for it of course.

Here’s what the colors look like “in real life”…
Benjamin Moore Pewter Grey
Pewter Grey
Edgecomb Grey
Edgecomb Grey Benjamin Moore
Edgecomb Grey bedroom
Monnshine Benjamin Moore
Moonshine Paint
If you want to see even more pictures of these paint colors, check out my house tour here
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  1. Runt

    Thanks so much for this!!! We are expecting our first little one and I SO badly want to paint the nursery a beautiful, soft gray. Well, the Hubs is totally against this idea because he has no design eyes and thinks gray is depressing! MEN! I have been randomly Googling gray nurseries and been sending them to him like, “look at this one, look at this one, what about this one?!” I really like the way Moonshine looks! Maybe he’ll go for it just because the name… HAHA! =]

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Thanks @Runt!! Congratulations! Why can I totally hear my better half saying the exact same thing? I feel for ya girl. My advice: persistence! I think the “Moonshine” angle may be the perfect ticket… good thinking. Let us know how it goes. haha

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  3. DIY Playbook

    How fun!! Yes, our tile is a tan/sand-ish color. You’ll have to tune in a couple of weeks when I reveal my new bathroom decor!

    In the meantime, we’d love to see your new bathroom! Send us a picture, we’d love to feature a dramatic before & after on our reader rebound series!

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  1. Runt

    Thanks so much for this!!! We are expecting our first little one and I SO badly want to paint the nursery a beautiful, soft gray. Well, the Hubs is totally against this idea because he has no design eyes and thinks gray is depressing! MEN! I have been randomly Googling gray nurseries and been sending them to him like, “look at this one, look at this one, what about this one?!” I really like the way Moonshine looks! Maybe he’ll go for it just because the name… HAHA! =]

    Reply
  2. DIY Playbook

    Thanks @Runt!! Congratulations! Why can I totally hear my better half saying the exact same thing? I feel for ya girl. My advice: persistence! I think the “Moonshine” angle may be the perfect ticket… good thinking. Let us know how it goes. haha

    Reply
  3. DIY Playbook

    How fun!! Yes, our tile is a tan/sand-ish color. You’ll have to tune in a couple of weeks when I reveal my new bathroom decor!

    In the meantime, we’d love to see your new bathroom! Send us a picture, we’d love to feature a dramatic before & after on our reader rebound series!

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Distressed Toolbox Makeover

Remember a few weeks back when us rookies visited the Kane County Flea Market? (Read all about our flea market trip here) Well, I never showed you my big purchase from that trip.

Here it is…

Antique Toolbox wooden old

You’re probably thinking. “Ugh, ew Casey, what’s with the dirty toolbox?” Why spend any money to lug that thing back home?

Well, when I spotted this little guy tucked amongst the flea market goods I couldn’t help but envision a new life for it. So I negotiated with the vendor (Originally $12, down to $10!) and happily brought it home.

I had to come up with a way to get rid of all of the gunk, residue, and general nastiness that this toolbox had going on.

Dirty toolbox

I scrubbed the wood thoroughly with a water & vinegar concoction, to get rid of the gunk and unpleasant funk that had built up over many years.

Behr Self Priming Interior Semi-Glosee Enamel White

Then, I got out some white paint that I had leftover from my media console makeover project. And gave the piece 2 thin coats of white.

White Painted Toolbox

I’m a sucker for all things bright white and clean. But, I wanted to take a small step out of my comfort zone. I decided a white distressed wood would look pretty dang cool on this old toolbox.

Sanding Block Sand Paper

I used a medium grit sanding block and paper to rough up the piece.

Distressed White wood paint

I concentrated on the edges and sanded down until I exposed some of the original wood.

Distressed White Wood Paint
Once it was aged to my liking (I feel like I’m talking about a fine wine here), I had to figure out a way to brighten up (and cover up) the base of the toolbox…
Painted toolbox
That’s when I thought about Bridget’s fabulous chevron drawers! She transformed the inside of Matt’s childhood dresser…easily and cheaply…with shelf liner. (Read about that makeover right here)
Macbeth Collection Shelf Liner Blue Trellis Design
I found the liner on Amazon for a great price. They have lots of different designs and colors if you want to check it out.

The liner is incredibly easy to apply. Just cut to fit the piece, and carefully smooth out any bubbles as you go along. The best part is that you can easily reposition the liner if you mess up, and then realign it until it is exactly in place. It only took me about 5 minutes to get it fit into the base of the toolbox.
Toolbox Before and After
SIDE NOTE:
When I cut the shelf liner I cut it a little larger than the dimensions. I then had a few scraps of blue liner leftover…so I put them to good use!
mason jars coasters shelf liner decoration
I simply wrapped a piece around a mason jar for a cute spring vase.
Mason jar vase shelf liner decoration
The sticky strips also went right onto some leftover tiles from our scrabble tile coaster project. Fresh, cute, easy coasters in about 2 minutes flat! 
Drink on homemade coasters
Okay back to the toolbox makeover…
The toolbox found a new home on our kitchen table. It acts a table runner and holds all kinds of kitchen goodies.
Toolbox kitchen table runner
I like how it is so easy to pick up and move if we need to use the entire table. Just one quick swoop and you have a large table to work on. 
Toolbox as kitchen centerpiece
The blue liner adds a great pop of color to the space.
Silverware in mason jar
Flowers water jug
lemons in white bowl
antique salt and pepper shakers
Distressed White Toolbox
I’m really digging the distressed white wood look too! Look at me, stepping outside of my comfort zone!
Antique Toolbox Makeover
P.S. Tomorrow is my Dad’s birthday! Happy Birthday B-Rad! I love you! <3
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  1. LJM52

    This is awesome!! On my walk with my dog yesterday afternoon (pre-trash pick up night) I found an old toolbox similar to yours, so being my mother’s daughter, I simply moved some other junk and carried it home! Love your idea and already have contact paper!! This toolbox has an ugly iron carry rod – going to contact that too!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    What a fabulous find! And to think it was heading to the garbage. I’m so happy you found it and will give it a new life. Send us some pics when you’re all done 🙂

    xoxo,
    Casey

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  1. LJM52

    This is awesome!! On my walk with my dog yesterday afternoon (pre-trash pick up night) I found an old toolbox similar to yours, so being my mother’s daughter, I simply moved some other junk and carried it home! Love your idea and already have contact paper!! This toolbox has an ugly iron carry rod – going to contact that too!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    What a fabulous find! And to think it was heading to the garbage. I’m so happy you found it and will give it a new life. Send us some pics when you’re all done 🙂

    xoxo,
    Casey

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Board Makeover

board makeover
Pictures, Cards, Gifts, Ticket Stubs, Running Bibs, and lots & lots of memories. That’s what this board held so proudly in my teenage inspired bedroom at the Chestnut Club. It was home to a wide variety of smiles, tears and everything in between. I fondly referred to this piece of art as a board of inspiration. My mom referred to it as clutter, clutter & more clutter.

I think the truth lies somewhere in between. As I’m clearing the purple walls of the bedroom I’ve called home for the past 25 years, this board of inspiration was one of the first pieces to go. Luckily, when I say “go” I don’t mean “go into the garbage” (like many of its decor counterparts). I mean “go to the Longview Lodge”, where it will be home to a whole new cluster of “inspiration”.

Clearing the gosh darn thing was probably the hardest part, emotionally and physically of course.

After that exhaustion, I moved on to sanding the border in order for the new paint to stick to the surface. As much as I loved the purple and black combo in its hay-day, I’ve come to the conclusion that there will be no purple or black in the new digs… ever.

I taped off the cork board to ensure that it would not be victim to any stray drips.

I painted the border with some left over primer I had laying around, and eventually, added two coats of white paint.

It probably would have been easier to spray the border, but it has been so cold outside that spray paint just wasn’t an option for me. Fast forward a few months, and I would have definitely spray painted this masterpiece and saved myself some serious clean-up time.

Either way, I’m loving the Longview Lodge’s new command center! With a few fun accessories, this board is now a center for schedules, mail, and all things organized. I picked up the pin-up bin from Target. For about $9, this bin adds color, cuteness, and some necessary storage. Talk about a triple threat.

We keep outgoing mail, recent mail, and items on our to-do list in these bins. (No more clutter mom!)
From teenage clutter to grown-up command center…Who knew that a little white paint could make such a difference? To me, organizing is all about style. My theory on organizing states: If an organization system is fashionable, one is far more likely to stay organized. Although I’m no philosopher, I’m pretty sure that this theory is true, which means that this trendy command center is sure to keep the Longview Lodge far more organized than ever before.
What old piece have you re-designed recently? 
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