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Click here to see how I extended the life of an old sweater, and even made use of the sleeves…

 

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Yes, it’s week 8. I know. But I’ll be back in a few days with another pinned and done project ;) I’ve been working on/ still contemplating a blog move…click to read Pinned it, Did it. Week 7: Keyboard Magnets AND to enter the giveaway! Check out the potentially new LittleMrsOrganized site…let me know what you think and I’ll be letting you know when the move officially happens!

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When I found this tutorial I was so glad to have a pretty, homemade version of the standard boring white jewelry gift box. I happen to have a few extra pieces of scrapbook paper layin’ around ;) and thought these would not only be great for jewelry but also perfect for dividers in drawers! The original idea came from A Little Hut…a great little blog with all kinds of paper crafts! Patricia has an easy to follow eHow video showing how to make these little boxes and I will post step by step photos below as well…

YOU WILL NEED:

Square paper (cardstock is best, I’m using a 12″ square of scrapbook paper)

Scissors or Xacto knife and cutting mat (I’m using scissors because our cutting mat is M.I.A. – it must’ve run off with my glue gun)

Bone folder or something to crease the edges (I’m using the handle of my scissors)

Make sure to crease every fold very well…

You may have to be a little patient while the how to photos load….

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This is something I pinned a while back (originally found here) and to be honest this post should be titled “Pinned it, brother-in-law and husband did it” For Christmas my brother in law gave me this rake from their local peddlers mall with a photo attached to it that showed it being used as a wine rack – brothers are so great :) Then, my husband surprised me one day by having it hung when I got home from work! He leveled the head of the rake in order for the glasses to hang straight and let the handle do its own crooked thing. We decided to leave the handle attached since we had the ceiling height, plus I really like the green weathered paint. He used a metal bracket that’s for securing pipes and a screw just to be sure it didn’t slide down…

So if you have an extra rake laying around…put it to use! Would also be great for an outdoor or backyard bar!

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Alright, here we go…it’s week six and I’m posting week four and five and we’re just gonna move along and pretend like they weren’t majorly delayed ;)
A couple weeks ago I was spending most of my spare time working on our nightstands, as I was browsing through my DIY board on Pinterest trying to figure out what project I wanted to do that week I saw the pin that inspired my nightstands – how did it not occur to me that this was my project for the week?! So the bad news is that I failed to take a before photo, or any in progress for that matter…but it was much more successful than week three! Here’s a link to the DIY Network website where I found the idea, along with some good step by step directions.

So I began my search for the perfect table to slice in half…Salvation army, two Goodwills, several hours at the Peddlers Mall and I finally found a solid wood, square end table with a drawer — for $15!

After I measured and drew a straight line down the middle my husband took it out back, removed the drawer and cut the table in half. We thought about using some of the drawer track to build a shelf underneath but decided to cut it all out for now.

Then I got busy sanding…using a coarser grit and the electric sander along the tops and large flat surfaces, then a fine grit to sand along the edges and in the detailed areas by hand.

Next I sprayed the tables with several light coats of primer. Meanwhile I went back and forth on whether to spray or brush paint these things. Spray paint is one of my best friends in the whole world — but the color options can be really limited and I really wanted a light gray — oh but brush painting can be so time consuming — but more durable in the end — possibly with those streaky brush marks — but it can be done indoors — in the end I decided to just go for it and grab a brush, ok actually I grabbed a foam brush at first because I just really hate those brush marks, but that only lasted about 5 minutes before I realized I just had to use the paintbrush. Luckily, the Mr. had just bought a good brush for a little project he had been working on.

Two (tedious) coats of paint later and I realized that this light gray color was coming off as a weird off white, and a different weird off white than our walls! Since I had paid a little too much for a little quart of paint for a project that was supposed to be cheap, buying a darker color wasn’t an option. So I did the only logical thing to do…Okay, I didn’t exactly “freak out”, but still…Right away she said, “Squirt a little bit of black paint in there and mix it up.” — oh yeah, of course! Thanks mom :) So, also at her suggestion, I poured a little of the light-off-white-gray into a plastic cup and began squeezing in black paint, stirred it up with a wooden skewer and it was perfect! So I went for it, added black paint to the quart little by little stirring very thoroughly — then stirred some more — and maybe a little more.

In the end I had four coats of paint on these things (two light-off-white-gray and two light gray) and they were just the color I had imagined. That handy man of mine built this mounting piece on each of the tables and “hung” them on the wall!It was a bit hard to get a photo that showed how this works…basically the square piece mounted on the underside of the table just notches into the piece mounted on the wall. Here’s a better view of what the piece on the wall looks like…The website where I found the original idea explains a different way of mounting but we wanted ours to be moveable for cleaning, making the bed etc.

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