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DIY Geometric Chargers

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This is considered a “charger” a.k.a. a decorative plate that dresses up a table for special occasions. Showers, Bachelorette Parties, Weddings, Birthday Parties, Dinner Parties, Girls’ Nights, or just date nights… chargers can take your entertaining game to the next level on the cheap!
diy charger
Chargers run about $2 per plate and can be found at local craft shops in all sorts of colors. We love ’em and think they can make a colorful statement for all sorts of occasions. Plus, they’re super low maintenance to incorporate into your next event because they can stay on the table (under the real plate) until you clean up. Of course, simple chargers are glamorous on their own…. but you know these two rookies are always looking to put a personal spin on a traditional item. Today’s geometric chargers are no different.
easy charger craft
Honestly, these are quite possibly one of the most simple projects in the history of tablescape glam. All you need is painter’s tape, protective covering (I used wrapping paper, but old newspaper/plastic or more tape could work too), and spray paint. Lucky for your guests, food will never come in contact with the one-of-a-kind chargers…. so paint away!
geometric charger
Once the plates were covered, all we had to do was spray paint the exposed plate, wait for all of them to dry (ugh, hate that part) and remove the tape/paper. We were left with these modern, colorful and REUSABLE chargers that cost us less than $3 each.
diy chargers
The fun part is that each plate in the set can be completely different. With each one slightly mismatching, your table will develop a lot more design interest, forcing your guests to really take notice. (In our case, we’re hoping our guests will be so distracted by the design interest that they have less time to be focused on the meal).
DIY Charger plates
modern place setting

We paired our gold & mint chargers with a bold black & white striped napkin and white dinnerware for a modern look. But we think by pairing these bad boys with other napkins, these chargers could take on an entirely different look and could work for a ton of other events. We’re excited to mix and match and maybe even add a few extra colors to our set. Heck, they were so easy to do… why not?!

diy geometric charger tutorial
Maybe a red & white combo could be more appropriate for this weekend’s festivities? Remember, the chargers come in ALL different colors! Stars? Stripes? The possibilities are endless!
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DIY Cake Topper

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(Disclaimer: If you’re not a current bride, stay tuned! This DIY cake topper can also make one darlin’ book end. Intrigued?)

When I set out looking for a cake topper, I was excited to find a treasure that was unique, meaningful, and within my rookie budget. I didn’t think this mission was going to be too difficult. Boy, was I w.r.o.n.g.

Apparently, cake toppers are EXPENSIVE, a little too cliche for my liking, and not as plentiful as I originally imagined. After some serious searching, I made the commitment to DIY a cake topper. Oh boy…

My guidelines:
1. Affordable… well, let’s be honest here- I really meant cheap.
2. Reflective of our wedding’s theme & meaningful to Matt and me
3. Not very time intensive. (I only had about a week before I had to turn it into our caterer) #oops

That’s when I hit up the local Hobby Lobby.

I simply added this….

….plus this….

…. and then hot glued on this…

…to create…

… this gold and glamorous ampersand. Easy enough, right? (Sorry for the blurry cell-phone pic. This was the exact pic I texted to Casey the night I finished my masterpiece). #proudrookie

Minus the frigid temperatures in my garage when I was trying to spray paint this sucker, the DIY cake topper was easy as pie, or maybe easy as cake would be more fitting?

I submitted the ampersand in to the caterer with two extra strands of pearls I had left over from my tree and held my breath until the big day. Low and behold, this little “&” didn’t let me down.

She was gorgeous, meaningful, and my favorite part… AFFORDABLE! For under $15, we topped off our cake and didn’t break the bank.

If ampersands aren’t your thing, you could use this idea to create the letter of your new last name or a meaningful number? And if you don’t need a cake topper, this gorgeous letter could be placed at the gift table, next to the place cards, used as a photo prop or just placed on your bookshelf to enjoy as a not-so wedding DIY. Wow, who knew a cake topper could be so versatile?!

For all of our fellow brides out there, any other creative DIY cake topper ideas floating around out there? We’d love to hear about them!! 
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How To Use a Paint Sprayer and a Free Giveaway!

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(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. 🙂

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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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Going overboard for a Port Hole Mirror

If you follow the DIY Playbook on Instagram, you saw this picture I posted a few weeks ago.
This FREE treasure was abandoned by its previous owner and left for garbage. But when I laid my eyes on this nautical inspired port-hole mirror that was headed for the trash, I was head over heels in love. I knew I needed to save it from its uncertain future. 
Nautical Porthole Mirror

1. First and foremost, I love the nautical feel of this mirror. You know the DIY Playbook can’t say no to nautical and this port hole inspired mirror was no different.

2. I love the “domed” mirror look. It’s different. It’s unique. And its reflection looks completely different than a regular mirror. The convex curve reflects the entire room…not just what’s directly in front of it.

3. I love that this mirror was made in the 1950’s. (this is engraved on the back). Thinking back on the eventful life that this mirror has had so far is fascinating. How many homes has it been in? Where did it come from? Where was it hanging before?

4. I love that the convex mirror was FREE! Through a little internet research, I saw a very similar mirror selling on etsy for over $60! #score

5. I don’t love the eagle. It’s not that it’s not fabulously federal and completely patriotic, but it just isn’t the look I’m going for. 

With a screw driver, a hammer, and a little coaxing…the eagle was gone.

There were a few nails that were left, but with a little more coaxing, the nails were history… literally.

How amazing is this port hole mirror now? Swoooooning…..

 With a little a lot of painter’s tape…

… and two coats of some sterling silver spray paint, my trash to treasure $7 makeover was complete! Allow me to introduce the convex mirror that has officially stolen my heart.
But now for the best part:
Adding this port-hole mirror to our home!
Porthole Mirror Silver Nautical Convex
My new mirror is everything I had hoped it would be and more. And the best part?
Before and After Nautical Porthole Mirror
This entire thing cost me around seven bucks. Woo woo! So next time you come across a mirror with a huge eagle on it or any other random piece of trash, remember that old saying.. “don’t judge a book by its cover”. Because in cases of DIY, you can paint, re-paint, rewrite, tear out pages, sketch or add a trendy bookmark to make that book exactly what you were looking for. 
Any trash to treasures in progress out there? Spill your beans!!
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  1. christina @ homemade ocean

    Clearly I am in love with this! Nautical steals my heart…every. single. time.
    Awesome 🙂

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Thanks!! Casey actually just saw this exact mirror at a local vintage shop, so you never know… maybe you’ll find your very own port-hole.

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  1. christina @ homemade ocean

    Clearly I am in love with this! Nautical steals my heart…every. single. time.
    Awesome 🙂

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  2. DIY Playbook

    Thanks!! Casey actually just saw this exact mirror at a local vintage shop, so you never know… maybe you’ll find your very own port-hole.

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It’s a ZOO around here!

whale on shelf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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