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VIDEO: Charging Station Tutorial

Cell phone charging station

Last August, Bridget shared a project that she deemed “life changing.” beside charging stationTo say she is obsessed with her bedside charging station would be an understatement. The girl can’t get enough of this decorative way to charge her devices.

We recently shared this simple DIY project on an episode of Weekend Workbench on WGN. The episode was all about making your home smarter though technology, and we think our charging station definitely fit in with the episode theme.

If you’re looking to make your tech gadgets less of an eyesore, check out the video below.

We’ll have more Weekend Workbench videos coming your way soon (& by soon we mean early next week!)

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  1. Jenn

    Great video ladies!
    I’m not sure if this information is somewhere else on your blog… but where are those nightstands from?? Love!

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  1. Jenn

    Great video ladies!
    I’m not sure if this information is somewhere else on your blog… but where are those nightstands from?? Love!

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VIDEO: How to Get Stickers Off Glass

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Earlier this year in this post, we told you guys that we’re planning to step up our video skills around here, and today we’re doing just that! We recently upgraded some of our video equipment and we’re having so much fun playing around with everything. So bear with us as we give this video blogging thing a go!

Today, Bridget shares a tried and true trick for getting stickers and price tags off of glass. Personally, I hate when you’re all excited about a new purchase and you can’t wait to display it in your home…but then you realize there’s a price tag sticker that just doesn’t want to budge.

You peel from one corner…it rips off a tiny bit and leaves 80% of the sticker on. So you work on a another corner, only to have the same thing happen. Finally you get so defeated that you strategically display your glass item so the sticky part is hidden. Please tell us we’re not the only ones who play this  price tag game?! 

In this video, Bridget tells us how you can remove those pesky stickers (and their gross residue) with one simple supply. Take a look…

Magic erasers are seriously amazing. I think Bridget needs to buy stock in the company, considering the frequency with which she uses those bad boys.

We hope this little trick helps the next time you’re stuck with a large price tag on your picture frame or glass item.

Rookies – 1, Price Tag – 0. Take that!

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  1. Trang

    Ha! I spy the newly installed board & batten in the background of the video. Looks great! High fives to you and your dad – such weekend warriors!

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  2. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    wow!! I bought a stockpile of these from Amazon when we moved into the house – I have some stickers on pieces of glass from our table that i couldn’t get off well. Thanks for the tip!!

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  3. Shelby

    I just love magic erasers, but I’ve never thought to use it on price tag stickers! Genius. But seriously….why do they have to put the sticker directly ON the glass? I’ve always found that rather annoying. 🙂

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  4. Summer Hogan

    Love love love your video! This is high on my to do list for 2015! And thanks for the tip, I had no idea!

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  5. Jackie Blomberg

    Hi Bridget! I’ve been using magic erasers for stickers and just about everything else since the day they were invented!!! Love them! But you know what I love even more???? The generic ones! Home Depot sells a box of them in their supply aisle dirt cheap. I buy six boxes at a time. Almost forty sponges keep me going for two months! I like the fact that they are a little softer than the name brand. The softness allows you to get in all kinds of corners and crevices. I find that the name brand and especially the wavy edged ones “crack” in half or break off when I try to get in a corner. I haven’t used a “Brillo” pad in my sink either since the advent of these things. I use them on my pots and pans, dishes, even Waterford!!! — Jackie Blomberg

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Wow, thanks so much for sharing Jackie! What a great tip!!!! We are definitely going to look into these….

      Just like you, we feel like we have been using them for everything lately! Thanks for stopping by =)

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  1. Trang

    Ha! I spy the newly installed board & batten in the background of the video. Looks great! High fives to you and your dad – such weekend warriors!

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  2. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    wow!! I bought a stockpile of these from Amazon when we moved into the house – I have some stickers on pieces of glass from our table that i couldn’t get off well. Thanks for the tip!!

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  3. Shelby

    I just love magic erasers, but I’ve never thought to use it on price tag stickers! Genius. But seriously….why do they have to put the sticker directly ON the glass? I’ve always found that rather annoying. 🙂

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  4. Summer Hogan

    Love love love your video! This is high on my to do list for 2015! And thanks for the tip, I had no idea!

    Reply
  5. Jackie Blomberg

    Hi Bridget! I’ve been using magic erasers for stickers and just about everything else since the day they were invented!!! Love them! But you know what I love even more???? The generic ones! Home Depot sells a box of them in their supply aisle dirt cheap. I buy six boxes at a time. Almost forty sponges keep me going for two months! I like the fact that they are a little softer than the name brand. The softness allows you to get in all kinds of corners and crevices. I find that the name brand and especially the wavy edged ones “crack” in half or break off when I try to get in a corner. I haven’t used a “Brillo” pad in my sink either since the advent of these things. I use them on my pots and pans, dishes, even Waterford!!! — Jackie Blomberg

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Wow, thanks so much for sharing Jackie! What a great tip!!!! We are definitely going to look into these….

      Just like you, we feel like we have been using them for everything lately! Thanks for stopping by =)

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Light ’em Up, Up, Up + a Giveaway

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About a month ago, I shared my Fall House Tour.  Remember our fall inspired tiny front porch?
IMG_2698-001Look past the crooked wreath and this space wasn’t looking too bad, right? Bright Fall colors, fresh mini pumpkins, a blooming mum… I had all of the fall bases covered. IMG_2713-001fall doorplantsWe were totally digging the fall look and were always happy to greet our guests with lots of “holiday cheer”. Howeverrrrrrrr, there was one part of the fall porch that you didn’t see and one part that does not greet our customers with that same fall enthusiasm. {insert scary Halloween music here}
IMG_4644-001Well, unless by “holiday cheer” you meant a scary Halloween inspired look with scenes from that creepy Beetle Juice movie (haha, Casey told me Beetle Juice isn’t scary — I would disagree!). In that case, we were spot on!
IMG_4639-001I’m embarrassed to even share these horrific pictures. The light above the porch was a gross mess, and I cringed every time a visitor came to our door. I would smile graciously while opening the door, thinking in my head the whole time, “please don’t look up. I promise that collection of dead insects is not an accurate representation of our home or style”. Not a good way to greet guests… trust me.

Disclaimer: If you’re enjoying your morning coffee, close your eyes and scroll a few seconds down. I’m sorry if this warning has come too late! 
IMG_4640-001IMG_4641-001It was definitely time for a change and with Halloween last week, I decided to get rid of the spooky scene before trick-or-treaters came a knockin’. I could see it now… these cute little trick or treaters ring the bell, spot the village of dead bugs, go screaming to their moms who quickly whisk them up and power walk far away from our house, and before we could do anything about it we are quickly labeled the weird, dirty neighbors who no one will ever talk to again. Maybe I’m overreacting a tad, but those bugs… they had to go before we greeted those cute trick-or-treaters last week.
IMG_4670-001So that’s exactly what I did. I carefully took the cover off by unscrewing the twisty thingys (I swear they weren’t screws, I know what those are) and cleaned that sucker with lots & lots & lots of soap and water. While the cover was drying, I decided to replace the light bulbs with brighter LED lights that are energy-efficient. You just can’t go wrong with brighter and cost-saving, can you?

IMG_4700-001We decided on these CREE light bulbs to do the trick.

I screwed in the 2 new light bulbs, and according to the box’s instructions, I don’t plan on changing them for over 10 years!! Apparently, I’ll be saving a pretty penny over the lifespan of these suckers– almost 200 bucks to be exact. #score

IMG_4675-001Especially on the front porch, I love that although these bulbs are super energy-efficient and cost saving, they are super BRIGHT right from the time you switch them on. I’ve used other energy-efficient lights where the light isn’t 100% bright for about 15 minutes. In some spaces this works, not on our front porch though.
IMG_4684-001Once both light bulbs were in and the cover was nice and dry, I screwed it all back together and marveled at the sight of NO BUGS!
IMG_4689-001Who knew that when I set out to de-spook my porch, I would actually end up saving almost $200 in the process? Now that’s my kind of DIY!
IMG_4640-001IMG_4687-001IMG_4695-001I’m absolutely in LOVE with the bright light that these new bulbs radiate. There’s definitely no missing our little house at night, bug free & glamorous.
IMG_4694-001porchAlthough I don’t plan to change the Cree light bulbs anytime soon, I do have a feeling that I’ll be back up there cleaning that cover next season. I mean, how could you blame those little guys from flying toward those gorgeous bright lights? They know where the party’s at!

Cree generously offered to extend a giveaway to our favorite readers, so you too can add some light to your home. Enter to win $70 worth of new bulbs in the Rafflecopter widget below.

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[Disclaimer: We were compensated by CREE to bring you this post. All thoughts, opinions and photography are our own, including the bug infested light fixture (unfortunately). Thank you for supporting the companies that support this blog!]

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  1. Joey

    I want to install some shelving in my living room & bedroom! btw, you are so funny!! lol..Your porch looks amazing btw!

    Thank you for the chance to win these much needed bulbs!

    Joey J.

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  2. Amy Cheng

    I love me some Cree light bulbs!! Your porch looks great!!
    My next project is our living room/playroom. We need to get some couches and more storage, along with decorating the whole space.

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  3. Lauren Santay

    I was just looking at LED bulbs at Target yesterday! I couldn’t figure out the diffrence between the different types.

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  4. sjs27

    we’re getting our basement remodeled and turned into a gym, so there will be lots of DIY action getting it set up once the remodel is done! lights would be a great help in there!

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  5. Heather

    Our next project is a laundry room flip. We are in a huge need of storage in our house and that is the one place I can put it.

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  6. Michelle

    Next for me is upholstering two chairs. They’ve been sitting in my closet for two months now…. I should probably work on that oops

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  7. Diana

    Either covering some books with fabric (never tried it) or painting a cupboard white (currently dirty yellow) or starting some Christmas stocking stuffers. Whatever mood strikes first. =)

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  8. Lindsay

    Replacing the lights on our front porch. The current ones are much too small for the scale of the house and look silly!

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  9. astcgirl

    OMG I just love the color of your front door. It’s my favorite color, I even painted my pantry door in the kitchen that color and the inside of the coat closet that I turned into another pantry. Next on my to do DIY list is to make my son a loft bed, he broke his other small loft bed by jumping off and on it so I’m going to make a sturdier one for him and surprise him for Christmas.

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  10. Katie

    I love using energy efficient bulbs but hate that they take some time to get to their full brightness. These sound like a good replacement.

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  11. Shelby

    This really makes me want to go clean our porch lights! I honestly have no idea the last time they were cleaned…we bought this house 6 months ago and it was vacant for about 5+ years prior. Eeeek!

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30 thoughts on “Light ’em Up, Up, Up + a Giveaway

  1. Joey

    I want to install some shelving in my living room & bedroom! btw, you are so funny!! lol..Your porch looks amazing btw!

    Thank you for the chance to win these much needed bulbs!

    Joey J.

    Reply
  2. Amy Cheng

    I love me some Cree light bulbs!! Your porch looks great!!
    My next project is our living room/playroom. We need to get some couches and more storage, along with decorating the whole space.

    Reply
  3. Lauren Santay

    I was just looking at LED bulbs at Target yesterday! I couldn’t figure out the diffrence between the different types.

    Reply
  4. sjs27

    we’re getting our basement remodeled and turned into a gym, so there will be lots of DIY action getting it set up once the remodel is done! lights would be a great help in there!

    Reply
  5. Heather

    Our next project is a laundry room flip. We are in a huge need of storage in our house and that is the one place I can put it.

    Reply
  6. Michelle

    Next for me is upholstering two chairs. They’ve been sitting in my closet for two months now…. I should probably work on that oops

    Reply
  7. Diana

    Either covering some books with fabric (never tried it) or painting a cupboard white (currently dirty yellow) or starting some Christmas stocking stuffers. Whatever mood strikes first. =)

    Reply
  8. Lindsay

    Replacing the lights on our front porch. The current ones are much too small for the scale of the house and look silly!

    Reply
  9. astcgirl

    OMG I just love the color of your front door. It’s my favorite color, I even painted my pantry door in the kitchen that color and the inside of the coat closet that I turned into another pantry. Next on my to do DIY list is to make my son a loft bed, he broke his other small loft bed by jumping off and on it so I’m going to make a sturdier one for him and surprise him for Christmas.

    Reply
  10. Katie

    I love using energy efficient bulbs but hate that they take some time to get to their full brightness. These sound like a good replacement.

    Reply
  11. Shelby

    This really makes me want to go clean our porch lights! I honestly have no idea the last time they were cleaned…we bought this house 6 months ago and it was vacant for about 5+ years prior. Eeeek!

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Installing and Hemming Ikea Curtains

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Last week I welcomed you to our new home. I also left you with some very scary pictures of our place looking a bit crazy and cluttered with boxes.

Good news: We’ve been working on getting those boxes unpacked and outta here.

Better news: That means I can work on decorating our new home. #finally

White couch area

Here is our current family room situation. Not finished in any way, but looking pretty dang good for just moving in (if I do say so myself!)

But you see those big windows to the right? Well they were just begging for some curtains. Begging I tell ya.  So I ignored my mile long moving-in to-do list, and decided to drop everything and get those babies some curtains.

Then I looked at the windows a little more closely…

deep windows

…and thought, “where does the curtain rod go?” Good question.

Normal curtain rod

See, normal curtain brackets and rods look like this. You attach above the windows or to the sides of the windows and rest the rod in the lip on the bracket. But my windows are deep set, so I didn’t really have that option.

attach curtain rod to ceiling

That’s when I came up with the crazy idea to attach the curtain rod to the ceiling instead. As long as I could find the right brackets that would encircle the rod on each end…I could make this work.

Enter a trip to Ikea. Yes, I do love that store and their products. No, I do not like leaving 3 hours (3!) later with $500 out of my pocket. (Everything they sell is so tempting, and I couldn’t resist. Plus we did need a to buy a few big purchases…I swear!)

I purchased a pair of RITVA curtains 57×118 in all white. I threw those babies in the washing machine, then the dryer, and finally I ironed them. Note: They will lose about 4-6 inches of length when you do this. When those were done, Finn and I got to work on installing the brackets and rod.

Ikea supplies
Installing curtain brackets
Step 1: We used our electric drill and drill bit to create 2 holes in the ceiling. We then inserted 2 wall anchors, so the screws would have something to grab onto.
Step 2: We then screwed the bracket onto the ceiling.
Step 3: We followed Ikea’s instructions, and installed the circular piece that would hold the curtain rod.
We repeated this both in the center of the windows and on the other side, until all 3 brackets were hung and sturdy. Then we simply put the curtain rod through and hung our curtains.
Boom, done! Oh wait…
curtains way too long
The curtains were a bit way too long.  Back to the store in search of some no-sew hemming tape.
Hemming Tape
I found this little roll at Target near the sewing supplies.
Hemming no-sew curtains
I simple followed the directions on the back of the box and got to work.
Rookie Tip: Fold the bottom part of your curtains up and use pins to secure. That way your line at the bottom will stay straight and secure.
Iron
Rookie Tip: I used the sewing tape across (horizontally) and also on the sides (vertically) to keep the seam looking smooth. Seems like it is worth the extra work to me.
It took me about 30 minutes to get those babies hemmed, so they were up and hanging in no time at all.
Hemmed Curtains
White curtains
As a girl who has never hung curtains, I’m totally loving them (and feeling really domestic.) I like the flowy white fabric and I feel like it really finishes the room.
patterned curtains
But, I am thinking about jazzing them up just a tad. Maybe with a DIY paint project? I’m envisioning a light blue pattern painted on at the bottom.
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What do you think? Keep them plain & white…or add some detailing??
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  1. Valerie Leo

    Hi…I just stumbled upon your blog and your new place is great. Love Chicago…i live here as well. I love to DIY our condo and I’ve painted drapes. The curtains are very pretty…I painted a set of curtains with a horizontal stripe and while they were very cute…what a HUGE pain and also very stiff. If you don’t have a huge indoor place to work on them, it is nearly impossible. If you want to add some pattern or color you might try varying stripes of grosgrain ribbon that you can attach with stitch-witchery…it might save you a huge headache! Congrats on your new place!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Valerie…what great timing! I was planning to paint a pattern on them tomorrow, but now I may switch gears and come up with a new gameplan!

    Did you mix fabric medium in with your paint? I read that is supposed to help make the fabric less stiff. If I do go with the paint..I might do that.

    Ribbon sounds like a great idea too. Hmmm…

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  3. Valerie Leo

    I did use fabric paint after ruining a set trying to use left over paint from a room that I was trying to match. I just would hate for you to ruin those super cute drapes! Stitch witchery is fabulous and comes in so many widths…a new JoAnns opened up in the South Loop on Roosevelt just this past week and has all sorts of new stuff. They are doing a soft opening and a grand opening on 11/21 and running great sales. Good luck! Love your blog and the engagment pics look great!

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  4. Katie

    I love the look of white curtains. If you’re ever interested in hiding the hooks or getting rid of the inch of so of light that still shows at he top…you can hook the clips of the hooks a little further down on the curtain instead of at the top (the fabric doubles up a bit/gets pinched by the hook to allow this – hope that makes sense). My mom taught me that with my curtains when I bought my own place.

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  1. Valerie Leo

    Hi…I just stumbled upon your blog and your new place is great. Love Chicago…i live here as well. I love to DIY our condo and I’ve painted drapes. The curtains are very pretty…I painted a set of curtains with a horizontal stripe and while they were very cute…what a HUGE pain and also very stiff. If you don’t have a huge indoor place to work on them, it is nearly impossible. If you want to add some pattern or color you might try varying stripes of grosgrain ribbon that you can attach with stitch-witchery…it might save you a huge headache! Congrats on your new place!

    Reply
  2. DIY Playbook

    Valerie…what great timing! I was planning to paint a pattern on them tomorrow, but now I may switch gears and come up with a new gameplan!

    Did you mix fabric medium in with your paint? I read that is supposed to help make the fabric less stiff. If I do go with the paint..I might do that.

    Ribbon sounds like a great idea too. Hmmm…

    Reply
  3. Valerie Leo

    I did use fabric paint after ruining a set trying to use left over paint from a room that I was trying to match. I just would hate for you to ruin those super cute drapes! Stitch witchery is fabulous and comes in so many widths…a new JoAnns opened up in the South Loop on Roosevelt just this past week and has all sorts of new stuff. They are doing a soft opening and a grand opening on 11/21 and running great sales. Good luck! Love your blog and the engagment pics look great!

    Reply
  4. Katie

    I love the look of white curtains. If you’re ever interested in hiding the hooks or getting rid of the inch of so of light that still shows at he top…you can hook the clips of the hooks a little further down on the curtain instead of at the top (the fabric doubles up a bit/gets pinched by the hook to allow this – hope that makes sense). My mom taught me that with my curtains when I bought my own place.

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Two-Tone Nightstand Makeover

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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!

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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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    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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Jute Jar Tutorial

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Calling all DIY Rookies…here’s your chance to get in the game! We have a super simple DIY on the Playbook today. I promise, the hardest part of this whole project is shopping for the supplies. And…if I know our readers like I think I do…you all can handle the shopping part!
Jute Jar Tutorial
Now that you have your supplies, let’s get started shall we?
Goodwill jar makeover
So I picked up this piece of glassware @ Goodwill for less than fifty cents. I’ll even prove it…
jute jar tutorial
Slap a little hot glue on the base of the bottle and add your jute. Do NOT cut the jute.
From here, follow this combo: glue, wrap, glue, continue to wrap, glue, you get the point.
how to create a jute jar
Keep gluing and wrapping, we’re almost there team!
jute jar steps
Keep going…
Finally, glue the end of the jute and CUT the jute.
cheap and easy DIY
Ta-daaaaaaaaa!!
DIY nautical jar
We’ve made it!! Done & done. Painless right?
How to make a jute pitcher
This jute jar can be used as a pitcher or used as a vase. I think I may even jazz up an old coffee can with some jute- what a perfect wide mouth centerpiece base. Wedding decor, nautical touches, or just natural beauty… jute is the perfect touch. Just remember… glue, wrap, don’t cut and you’re all good. Have I recruited any new rookies?
jute vase
diy jute vase
diy nautical vase
How about now??
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Tray Makeover

I love the green-rustic look of this simple tray, BUT I just couldn’t make the green work in our new guest room. I know I’ll regret it come March, but for now, I’m happy that I was able to incorporate this cutie pie into our guest bedroom without spending a dollar! 
Green Tray Before

I bought this tray last year at our local HomeGoods for $4. Soo technically, I guess I did spend four dollars on the project, but last year doesn’t count does it?

I really loved it then (and still do), but my guest room went a different direction than I originally planned and the green had to go. So with white spray primer that I had laying around our house and some left over spray paint, I was able to find a way to get this $4 gem back in the rotation.

Green Tray
primer spray
Black Tray

After I sprayed the tray navy, I “roughed” it up with some sand paper to keep the worn & torn look going. Simply scraping a few areas once or twice with the sandpaper allowed some of the paint to scratch/chip/smudge and even allowed the white primer to peek through in areas.

Rookie Tip: Don’t sand the surface until after the paint is completely dry!

Distressed Navy Tray
The navy definitely fits the ticket for our new room far more appropriately! I can’t wait to show you the whole guest bedroom, but for now, I’ll leave you with a little peek.
Tray and bench
Alarm clock and books in tray
Are you ready for the full reveal? I promise I’ll get my booty in gear to finish these last minute projects and share all of the scoop as soon as I’m done. 
Stay tuned… I have new pictures of not only the guest room to share, but I’m dishing on the dining room and bathroom updates next week. So, so much to fill you all in on!

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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!

Casey @ DIY Playbook
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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. 🙂

    Reply

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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. 🙂

    Reply

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A Mailbox Gets a Bright Makeover

Close-Up-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.)

Right now, I’m paying “rent” to my roomie via DIY projects. It’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask me. (More on that here)

So, I’ve been slowly taking inventory at Janimal’s house and seeing what I can transform to make it even more fabulous.

Jan's Yellow Front Door
Yellow Front Door

My mom recently painted her front door a bright and cheery yellow. We are both obsessed with it, and it really transformed the entire front of her house. It’s happy, welcoming, and friendly…just like my mom! (She also made that burlap bubble wreath using Bridget’s tutorial.  It’s safe to say that she may be our only reader that actually recreates a majority of the projects we put on the blog. Way to go Janimal!)

Anyways, my mom had some leftover yellow paint from her door project and I figured I might as well put it to good use. When I spotted her mailbox…I instantly knew that the yellow paint would go towards giving that bad boy a makeover.

Mailbox Before
Black Mailbox Before

Her mailbox wasn’t too horrible. It just didn’t really have much personality. Also, it was rusting and the painted wood was a chippy mess. Time for me to step in and bring this bad boy back to life!

I came up with a quick gameplan, consulted my roomie, and got to work.

My first order of business…take those rusted address numbers off of the wood base.

Pulling address numbers off

I thought this would take me 10 minutes tops…boy was I wrong!

Those suckers didn’t want to go anywhere. That was their home for the past 15+ years and they didn’t feel like packing their bags.

After lots of prying, sweating, and maybe a bit of cursing I finally got each number off of the post.

Mangled number

My original plan was to reuse the numbers and spray paint them white. I moved to plan B after mangling those numbers up, and decided to buy some cheap new ones.

Spray painted numbers
Rustoleum Spray Paint

A quick coat of Rustoleum primer, followed up by a quick coat of Rustoleum satin spray paint (in white) and I had some new numbers all ready to go.

While those dried, I got to work on the actual mailbox.

New Gray Mailbox

My mom purchased a new one (@ Lowe’s for $11) simply because the current black one was incredibly creaky, old, and rusted. We decided the $11 price tag was worth it.

Now, I knew that I didn’t just want to use a paint brush to paint the metal mailbox because it could leave some noticeable paint strokes. Spray paint would give me the smooth, even finish I wanted…but there was no way I could match the yellow of the door to a random yellow can of spray paint.

HomeRight Finish Max

That is when HomeRight came to the rescue! They recently sent me a new fine finish sprayer to try out, and this project turned out to be the perfect test for this neat gadget.

I could use the yellow paint from the door AND have the even, smooth finish on the metal mailbox. #doubleplay

Valspar Yellow Paint

The paint is “Summer in the City” if you’re interested in a nice yellow paint.

Casey using HomeRight fine finish sprayer

I was a bit intimidated to try out my new toy, but it was seriously so easy. Tomorrow I’ll walk you through the steps and I’ll offer some advice on this handy sprayer (and I’ll be giving out a brand new FREE HomeRight sprayer to one lucky winner! So be sure to come tune in!)

3 light coats was all it took to bring this gray mailbox from blah…to bright and beautiful!

Wooden Mailbox Post

Next up, tackling that chippy mailbox post.

Palm Sander

I used my palm sander to get rid of the years of gunk and goo on the wooden post. Then I wiped it down really good before whipping out the white primer.

Zinsser Bullseye Primer

I used my favorite Zinsser primer and did a light coat all over the wood with a paint brush.

Primed mailbox post

After it dried, it was time to bring out the brown paint.

Clark and Kensington Paint in Bark Brown

I used the color “bark brown” and chose one that would last in harsh outdoor conditions.

HomeRight Fine Finish Sprayer

My HomeRight sprayer again came in handy for this part of the project. I was able to get a nice even coat on the entire post in less than 5 minutes. I’m guessing this part went about 3x faster using the fine finish sprayer. #lifesaver

Brown painted mailbox wood

The sprayer also helped cover all of the nooks and crannies on the post, without the paint globbing up and creating a thick coat.

Bright Yellow Mailbox

Then it was just a matter of attaching the new mailbox and hammering in the bright white letters.

Mailbox before and after

A pretty dramatic before and after, right?

Yellow mailbox in front of house

I love how the mailbox complements the front door. It makes the front of the house bright, without overwhelming it with color.

Yellow Mailbox Makeover

My roomie is definitely pleased with her new mailbox. I’m hoping this project buys me at least a few more weeks, before I’m evicted 😉

Casey from DIY Playbook
Be sure to come back tomorrow and enter to win your own HomeRight Fine Finish Sprayer! 
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  1. Ray

    I agree…the mailbox compliments the door wonderfully. I also liked the brown for the post. Very near a stain color. Nice choice. However, to truly make the project into a rehab of the mailbox, you probably should have used an exterior polymer wood filler for the large cracks in the post. Then primed and painted. It would have restored the post and it wouldn’t look like a new box on an old post. Just food for thought on the next project. Great job, good luck.

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    I agree…the mailbox compliments the door wonderfully. I also liked the brown for the post. Very near a stain color. Nice choice. However, to truly make the project into a rehab of the mailbox, you probably should have used an exterior polymer wood filler for the large cracks in the post. Then primed and painted. It would have restored the post and it wouldn’t look like a new box on an old post. Just food for thought on the next project. Great job, good luck.

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Vintage Suitcase turned Wedding Card Box

Card Box
Wedding Week
Happy Wedding Week Finale!
Let’s skip the lovey, dovey intro and get right to the good stuff… the DIY dirt. My “borrowed” Wedding DIY is…
Vintage Card Box
…a vintage card box. My wedding is going to have a vintage, Victorian feel (I think) and this vintage suitcase turned card box will fit the bill perfectly (I hope). You can tell I really have a handle on this bride stuff… huh?
I made it for under $20 (woo woo) and didn’t even have to sew. (I’m sure I have your attention now). And if you’re not a bride-to-be… this card box could be a cute addition to a birthday party, retirement party, or really just any excuse to entertain. Throw your cards, advice, gifts, heck…even your keys in it if you’ve been over-served, and call it a party. This catch-all is creative, cheap and functional… can’t ask for much more than that, right?
I borrowed this American Tourister, but I’ve seen these same little ticket items at garage sales, thrift shops, Goodwills and even flea markets. So yes, this is my “borrowed” but I’m sure you can skip the borrowed and head straight to the bought pretty easily.
A real beauty right?
With permission, I snipped off the straps inside the suitcase. Not for any real reason, I just wasn’t digging ’em.
Then I hit up Hobby Lobby (with my 40% off coupon) and stocked up! I bought the flags (pre-sewn… holla), embellishments, and letters- all for under $15. I already had the jute and clothes pins. I feel kind of guilty not DIY-ing the banner, but to be honest with wedding DIY in full swing, I had no choice but to prioritize. The sewing machine just didn’t make the cut.  Maybe next time?
I laid out my rough draft to ensure I didn’t slip up with a misspelling or some awkward spacing on each banner. You laugh? I wouldn’t put that DIY fail past me.
Just like the directions said, I ironed on each letter…
…then added the jute across the banner, hot glued the embellishments randomly to each flag, and….
added some pearls to tie in that vintage-Victorian thing I think I’m going for. About a half hour later, I was done!!
Check out my “something borrowed” all glammed up.
All she is missing is some cards, and maybe a plane ticket?
So there you have it… the details on making your own vintage card box on the cheap.
Here’s a recap of this week’s other lovely projects. If you didn’t catch them earlier this week, you don’t want to miss Christina’s, Alysia’s and of course Casey’s wedding projects. These brides will rock your socks off!!
And that’s a wedding week wrap! We hope you have a happy weekend…see ya’ll Monday. Oh, and while we’re in the lovey, dovey, mushy, gushy mood here on the Playbook… make sure you take the chance to tell those around you how amazing they are. Boyfriend, husband, best friend, mom, dad, grandma, neighbor, dog…everyone needs a little reminder from time to time.
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