yarn wrapped beer bottle.

There’s a really easy way to put any type of empty bottle to good use: wrap it in yarn! All you need is a bottle, ball of yarn, a hot glue gun, some flowers, and about ten minutes. That’s it! It’s a very simple, yet tedious process of wrapping the bottle with yarn. Start out by gluing the top of the bottle and wrap tightly until you reach the bottom. Glue again at the bottom of the bottle and cut the yarn.

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The type of yarn I used is my favorite. It has a blend of cream and tan colors and gives off a beautiful shimmer color from a distance.

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I absolutely love it on our mantel. It’s the perfect addition and sits next to the window pane mirror I made a few months ago.

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extreme makeover: desk edition.

Well, we are officially moved and settled in to our new city. I found a job and started last Monday. We’ve had a blast so far…meeting new friends, catching up with old friends, and exploring the town. So far, it’s a winner!

When my husband was in college, he made a simple desk for his room with his brother-in-law. In our new place, we have room for it now so we got it back from his parents. It was very plain and had not been stained or painted, but it was a free desk, nonetheless. I figured with a little TLC we could turn it into a nice looking piece of furniture in our bedroom.

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How to do the make-over:

1. Fill in any holes and gashes with wood putty.

2. Once the surface is dry, sand over the areas that have putty (either with an orbital sander or sand paper).

3. When you have a smooth surface, wipe down the entire desk with a damp rag.

4. Flip desk over so that the legs are in the air.

5. Apply paint to the legs and bottom of the base with the color of your choice. You’ll want two cans for this, to do at least 2-3 coats for a nice, even look.

6. After the paint has dried, flip the desk back over.

7. Next, you’ll stain the top with the stain of your choice.

8. Wipe the surface after applying the first coat with a dry rag, then apply a second coat without wiping it off.

9. Apply a coat of polyurethane for a finished look.

Stain color I used: walnut

Paint color I used: Satin (Valspar color)

diy window pane mirror.

Recently I was searching the web for some wall decor for our new place once we make our big move. I found an adorable window pane mirror on Target’s website and I knew it was perfect for us. The only problem? The price. This penny pincher was not about to drop $70 on some wall decor. I decided at that moment, in this DIY-world, I could make it on my own…for a lot cheaper.

The next day, I mosied on down to my local Habitat for Humanity Restore, where they sell used and donated household items such as doors, cabinets, furniture, and you guessed it…window panes. So I bought one for $3. The paint was chipping off and was uneven and needed some work. The glass in the frames had dried paint and nasty film over them. It needed an upgrade. But I left a happy customer, nonetheless.window pane mirror

The first step was sanding the frame down to an even base coat. This could have been done by hand, but we used an electric sander to get the job done quicker. Then my husband knocked out the glass frames using a hammer and made sure no extra pieces were stuck sticking out. After this, we applied 2 or 3 coats of spray paint. because I wanted it to be a pop of color in our apartment, we chose the color ‘jade’. It also happened to match material I bought to make curtains with. Double win. Once the paint dried, I took it to a local glass and mirror shop and they cut pieces of mirror to fit in the slots.

Now we have our completed project and couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. After buying the frame, spray paint, and mirrors we still saved over $40. It really didn’t take a lot of time or effort either.

 

I cannot wait to hang it in our new place soon!! Do you have any cool make-over projects? I’d love to see them!