Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Repurposed Stool DIY

Monday, November 10, 2014

At the beginning of summer, I was helping my grandma clean out her garage before her big move. I ended up finding lots of little things that I was able to salvage, clean up or repurpose and reuse. When I came across a beautifully crafted old table I was on cloud nine! I was looking for the perfect stool or end table for the basement, and I knew that with a little elbow grease it was going to turn out perfect!

But after a couple of months of it sitting in the shed at my house, it still looked like the same beat-up table I happily brought home earlier that summer. I just had no inspiration of how to repurpose this table. Would it be a table or a stool? Would I use marble contact paper to finish the top of the table or use beautiful fabric and turn it into a stool? It wasn't until I came across a very similar design at a store in the mall that I knew what I was going to do with this one! So I took this as my inspiration:

That weekend I got to work on my refurb project. I started by taking off all hardware.


A little lot of sanding was needed for this baby! At first I thought I would easily do it by hand but then switched to the sander to quicken the process.

After a half hour or so, the sanding was all complete! Ain't she a beauty?!

The top plywood was in very bad condition, so that needed to be taken off. Plus it was easier to stain with just the bare bones.

I used this amazing wood stain that I have used on a couple other projects in the past. It works well and I only needed to apply two coats to get a nice deep rich colour.

After two coats and a lacquer top coat, I left it to completely dry overnight.

Since the plywood for the tabletop was in very bad condition, the hubby cut out a perfect identical product from a piece of plywood.  This tabletop was cut to 18"x18"...pretty big surface!

What do you do with old pillows that are so flat and no longer soft to sleep on? Use it as seating cushions of course! I also had this leftover fabric from a previous project that I knew was going to match perfectly with the basement decor.

Using a staple gun, we tightly secured the fabric to the underside of the plywood.

I wanted to add a nice finished trim edge around the cushion, but instead of purchasing the piping from the fabric store, I simply reused an old cable that I no longer needed. Why spend money when there are so many things in your home that you can reuse and repurpose!?

I found a cord long enough that fits the perimeter of the seat. I also cut 2 two-inch pieces of fabric that fits around the perimeter of the seat.

I tightly folded the fabric length-wise over the cord and secured it around the edge of the seat using a staple gun. I worked carefully around the edges, making a nice rounded edge.


I finished the end of the fabric by folding it over width-wise. And there you have it! A nice clean trim for cheap!


I wanted to complete the stool with some nice accents. I found these cabinet backplates with the kitchen cabinet hardware at the local Home Depot and knew it would work perfectly with the look of the stool.

Remember the wooden caps that I took out at the beginning of this reno project? Well, the area was left with two holes on the sides of the stool. And this is exactly where I screwed the cabinet backplates into.

And drum roll please!! The finished look!



What a difference a little elbow grease and some inspiration can do to an otherwise "old" item!


Super Bowl/ Football Party Ideas

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I hosted my first Super Bowl party this year and wanted to make sure that everything was perfectly done and all the little touches are included! I love adding my own signature to any party or get-together that I throw, which is why I was super hyped for this party! While creating all the details from scratch was kind of time consuming, I am leaving you all with some FREE printables to use for your next Super Bowl or football party to make your party planning easy! All PDF files were uploaded to Box (in case you fear clicking on unknown links!).

Individual Snack Cups
I loved the idea I found for individual snack cups. This makes eating on the couch easy since each person gets their own snack, there is little to no mess made (unless you have a messy eater no matter what) and allows portion control and variety (who wants to eat a whole bag of BBQ chips in one sitting and be too full for some Doritos?). So with a little bit of creative thought, some dabs of blue and clear plastic cups I created these awesome individual munchie cups for everyone! It was surely a hit since everyone was able to try one cup of each snack offered!

I did these for the individual 7 layer dip as well, using the common ingredients as layers: homemade refried beans (I added taco seasoning and some chili powder for some kick), guacamole, sour cream, salsa, tomatoes, shredded cheese (I used Kraft tex mex) and chives (I had no fresh green onions on hand).

Using Powerpoint, I made these cute little labels to go on each cup. Each outer circle was made to be 4.6cm diameter while the smaller circle was made to be 4.2cm diameter. I added little words associated with football and made sure to make some labelled "7 layer dip" for my dips I was making. I also inserted a cute football from the clipart available in Powerpoint.

I bought clear plastic drink cups for the dips. While mine were a bit too deep, I would recommend ones with a wider mouth to allow room for some chip dunkin'!

With a glue gun (or any glue of your choosing), glue each label onto each cup.

And there you have it! Cute labels for individual snack cups for your next football or Super Bowl party!

Here is the jpg file of the labels I created, or you can click here for the PDF document that you can download and easily print off.

Water Bottle Labels
What better way to serve water at your party than with a customized water bottle label! These cute water bottle labels easily fit over the standard 500mL water bottles and cover nicely the width and circumference of the label. This was a huge hit at my party and everyone preferred this drink over others (at least among the ladies!).


The labels were created in GIMP photo editor (the black and white stripes) then imported into PicMonkey for the orange label and font. For a PDF of the document to download and print your free labels, click here.
Appetizer "Foam Finger" Picks
These were such a cute and fun addition to the weiner rolls that I made. Everyone loved them (and the rolls!). They were such a cute touch and with the additional "Go Team Go" label and team colours, it fit perfectly with the theme of the party!

All you need is to download the file below or by downloading the PDF document here.


Items needed: sheet printable, scissors and clear tape.

Cut around each foam finger - yes each one!

Using clear tape, tape the paper cutout to a toothpick.

And do this to the rest of the cutouts.

And there you have it! Cute "foam" finger picks!



DIY Christmas Centerpiece Candle Holder

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hi all! I know I haven't been around blogland much these past few days (ok, couple of weeks). Time is just flying by for me and I really have no time after work to do any sort of craft, and when I do make some yummy new recipe it totally slips my mind to even take pictures. Last week I made sure to set up my Christmas tree! Christmas can never come too early in our household! To me, this is the most wonderful time of the year (and I am not just taking this lyric from the song!). The whole spirit of the Christmas season fills me with so much joy and happiness! I was out shopping at HomeSense for some decor pieces and came across a beautiful candle centerpiece. However, at $16.99 for a small thing was so not in my budget. So I decided I would do a DIY project and make it my own!

I thought of all the things I needed and quickly went to my local dollar store. The thing about dollar stores is that they have almost everything you need for a craft. And with a little imagination, an item designed for one use can be utilized for a craft! Such as the cork board for flower pots. This makes the perfect base to start my project! Garland, gold poinsettias and gold hollies and berries tie the whole look of the project together! Here is a quick guide to make your own DIY Chritmas centerpiece.

What you need:
- Garland
- Cylinder candle holder
- Round cork board (you can also use round paper or Styrofoam plate)
- Sparkly Christmas decor picks (hollies, berries, poinsettias, etc.)
- Decorative candle
- Tools: wire cutter, glue gun


1. Using your wire cutters, cut the garland into approximately 4" strips. Cut some shorter and some longer. I used a 5' garland and ended up cutting 16 strips.

2. Start gluing each garland piece onto the cork board. Make sure to use your cylinder candle holder as a guide to the diameter space needed in the centre. Glue longer strips with an inch of space in between, and then gluing smaller strips in between the spaces.
3. Because I had a little bit  more space in the centre of the arrangement and I wanted a more dense look, I bent some extra garland strips into semi-circles and glued it around the centre where the garland picks were glued.
4. Test out the arrangement with the cylinder candle holder. Mine fit in perfectly and with little space to see the cork board underneath. Make sure to spread out the garland branches for a fuller look, if needed.
5. Arrange your decorative picks before you start gluing them. This way you can add or remove if it is starting to look a little too much. Then glue your decorative picks in place.

Add your candle to the candle holder and you are set! What a pretty arrangement, and all for under $10!



Living Room Update: Decor Pillows

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hello everyone! From my last post on my living room update, I showed you guys how I quickly and easily re-did my old lamp shade. I found the perfect fabric that I knew would fit with the room and provide a nice pop of colour.


Today I will show you all how I added some other touches to the couch using the same fabric. I am no sewing expert. In fact - I started to sew last year. So, I did this using no template but my head :) Hopefully you can follow along as well and it makes sense to you all!

My living room pillows are 18"x21". Make sure to add 1/2" to each side of the fabric. Using a dark orange fabric, I cut one piece to fit to the back of the pillow and two 6" pieces for the front. I used the same fabric as the lamp shade for the middle strip.
*I added the 1" text to the bottom image since I forgot to include the addition of 1" to compensate for the sewing space!

This is what I envisioned it looking....

Make sure to sew the wrong side of both fabrics together.

And this is what you get...

Using sewing pins, pin your already made front side to the back side fabric. Again, pin together with the wrong sides of the fabric facing out.

And sew together! 

Because I will add a button to keep the stuffing in, I sewed up to the decorative fabric edge on one side to allow a space to stuff the pillow case. I also finished the raw edges to prevent fraying.

And this is how the almost finished product looks! Now to add the button and stuffing :)

I bought this no sew snap fastener kit from Walmart to add to the opening of the pillow case. It is so easy to do, and the instructions are enclosed with the kit.

And now the fun part: the stuffing! Depending on how firm or soft you want it.

And this is the finished product! It matches perfectly with the lamp! Don't worry - I will show you all how the final room looks. I still have a couple more things to do and a few more pillows to sew! Stay tuned next week to see the final reveal!


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