First of all, we have to say we are blown away by your talents! We received so many creative & unique DIY submissions for our #RookieDIY challenge. You guys didn’t just step up to the plate for this challenge…you hit it out of the park!
Congrats to everyone for diving into the DIY world. As rookie DIY-ers ourselves, we know how addicting finishing projects can be! Once you finish one…it is onto the next. We hope that these May projects are only the first of many in your new career as a true “do-it-yourselfer.”
Tomorrow we will announce the official winner of the #RookieDIY challenge (who will without a doubt be heading right over to Target to spend those 50 buckaroos!)
Today, we’re showing you some projects that made it into our Hall of Fame…
Christine’s Jewelry Box Makeover:
“When my grandmother passed away in 2002, I inherited one of her jewelry boxes. I decided to makeover the jewelry box so that I could use it at my home. I sanded it down, primed it, and since it will be sitting on a black dresser, I decided to spray paint it white. The hardware was painted black. I love the new look and can’t wait to have something in my new home to remember my grandmother.”
Kelli’s Postcard Journal:
“I made it with old postcards, index cards and an old fruit box. Each note card is a different day so if today is May 1st, 2013, you write on that card and then next year you write below it on May 1st, 2014, so you can see everything that happened on that same day each year!”
You can read more about Kelli’s Project over on her blog.
Clare’s Necklace Holder:
“I have a few necklace stands, but I have a lot of chunky necklaces that are too heavy for it. I love the new trend of showcasing your jewelry in creative ways, and thought this concept would be a way to add some wall art as well as hang heavier necklaces. I found the scrap wood in my basement and bought the various drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby for 50% off! Then I just painted the wood, drilled holes, and twisted the pulls in. I can’t wait to hang it up.”
You can learn more about Clare over on her blog.
Kiersten’s Driftwood Key Rack:
“This is the best kind of DIY – cheap and easy! I made this driftwood key rack for less than $5 in less than 20 minutes. I walked the beach until I found the perfect piece of driftwood, and then added some hooks and hanging keys. Easy-peasy way to add some beach cottage charm to my house.”
You can read more about Kiersten and her project over on her blog.
Casey R.’s Cork Garden Markers:
“These are completely customizable, you can write on the sides, on the ends or all over. It’s up to you. I choose to write on the top end as well as twice on the side. I decided to use beer cooks because they have wider ends for writing. Then you just stick the skewer into the cork and place in the garden or container. Ours have already been through two rain storms and are still standing strong.”
You can read more about Casey’s project on her blog.
Christina’s Colorful Wreath:
Again, you guys continue to amaze us every single day. Cheers to all of you for being MVPs.
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Wow, May really flew by didn’t it?! It has been quite a month and we received some stellar submissions for our #RookieDIY challenge.
Today is the final day to submit those projects, so be sure to get your photos onto our page pronto!
We’ve received so many amazing projects (you guys have some serious DIY talent!) and it is going to be difficult to choose just one as the winner.
Tomorrow we will showcase some of our favorite projects in our Challenge Loop Hall of Fame.
Then on Friday, we’ll announce the big winner! That lucky DIY-er wins a $50 Target gift card.
Good luck everyone. Get those projects in ASAP!
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Upholstery projects can be incredibly intimidating.
Trust me, I’ve been there.
In fact, my first ever DIY was reupholstering 4 dining room chairs. They were in Mike’s family for decades, and his mom gave them to us to makeover. #nopressure
We were absolute newbies, and I remember googling every step of the way.
Fast forward 2 years, and I’m still a bit intimidated by upholstery projects. But, I also know the instant “wow” factor new fabric and paint can bring to an old piece of furniture.
So when Mike’s mom gave us this adorable stool to makeover (she should be our furniture dealer), I took the challenge on without fear (okay maybe a little bit.)
Minor League Level DIY
Supplies Needed for Wood:
-Medium Grit Sanding Block
-Spray Primer (I used Rustoleum)
-Spray Paint (I used Rustoleum in semi-gloss White)
Supplies Needed for Cushion:
-High Density Foam
-Decorative Nails (I found mine at Jo-Ann Fabric for about $2 for a box of 36)
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DIY Playbook is hosting a challenge via Challenge Loop and we are so excited for our readers to get in the game…and win big!
Before we get to the challenge details, let’s tell you why we wanted to host a May challenge for YOU, our reader.
The entire purpose of our blog is to inspire you guys and share some of the crazy projects we love completing for our homes. We understand not everyone is a do-it-yourself MVP, and we want to show you guys that you don’t have to be! The DIY game is less about skill, and more about having the courage to try out a project that may intimidate you.
So far, the best part of blogging has been YOUR emails, instagrams, and tweets showcasing the fabulous DIY projects you courageously conquered!
When Challenge Loop contacted us to host a May Challenge, we knew that it would be a great way to reward you guys for stepping up to bat, and swinging away!
During the month of May we are asking you to tackle 1 DIY project. Crafts, furniture makeovers, home decor projects…all projects (big & small) count in our playbook. Use anything and everything for inspiration including Pinterest, magazines, even our blog!
We will then choose 1 of your fabulous projects as the winner.
But here is the best part…
Someone wins a $50 TARGET GIFT CARD!!!
Yep, Target (Or the “circle & the dot store” as Casey used to call it as a child. She was a weird kid…) is one of our fav stores and you’ll have fifty big ones to spend there. Think about all of the cute stuff you could get there for $50!? We’re daydreaming of cute summer clothes, accessories, and of course a treasure or two from the home decor section!
So does this sound like something you’re up for? We sure hope so!
1. Accept the challenge by either going to the Rookie DIY Challenge Loop page (Click Here)
Download the Challenge Loop iPhone app (Click Here) and look for the challenge “Rookie DIY” under the prize challenges section.
2. Complete 1 fab DIY project
3. Upload a photo of your project to the Rookie DIY page on Challenge Loop by Wednesday, May 29th. (Only 1 submission per person)
When you post your project to Challenge Loop, be sure to also give us a shout-out on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook with the hashtag #RookieDIY @diyplaybook
Optional Step: Go ahead and LIKE us on Facebook for the chance to share your project on our page. This will be a great spot to cheer on your fellow teammates and see what everyone has planned for the challenge.
4. We will then choose a winner and announce it right here on the blog on Friday, May 31st!
Remember the challenge kicks off next Wednesday, May 1st and ends on Wednesday, May 29th. So get your creative juices flowing now!
We can’t wait to see your big scores!