April 12, 2012

Painting Ideas: How to update an old silverware organizer

I painted my Knife Block a few days ago with a lovely french blue paint, and while cleaning out my cupboards, I came across my dingy bamboo silverware organizer.


and since I had a little bit leftover from my favorite blue paint, I decided to paint the tray blue, too.


To feed my organization obsession, I used a Sharpie to label the compartments. 

Then, I used some spray on gloss coat to seal the paint and make it washable/waterproof.


You could totally use polycrylic (See my tips on that here.), but I didn't want to have to clean a brush afterwards.
I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

DIY Tip: paint and label an old wooden silverware organizer for a fun new look!

DIY Tip: paint and label an old wooden silverware organizer for a fun new look!

DIY Tip: paint and label an old wooden silverware organizer for a fun new look!

DIY Tip: paint and label an old wooden silverware organizer for a fun new look!

Just to keep it real, that is the silver that my grandmother gave me when I got married. On a day to day basis, we usually use paper plates and a few rogue forks. 


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April 11, 2012

Painting the Inside of Dresser Drawers: A Mini Makeover

So, remember a while ago when I painted my favorite thrifty dresser that is in my bedroom? Well, I have a secret. It's been unoccupied since the day I brought it home. I made the outside of the dresser all pretty by painting it with a soft white...


DIY Tip: paint the insides of dresser drawers to get rid of any smells or stains. Works every time and totally revitalizes old furniture! Click for more info.

but it didn't solve the problem going on inside of the dresser.



However, after working hard to spruce up the outside of the dresser, I experienced a little project avoidance and just let it sit there empty...for months.
I finally decided that that I had to do something about it so that we could actually use it. So, I fixed it.

Here's what I did...just in case you have a thrift store dresser laying around that needs a good cleaning.


First, I primed all of the insides of the drawers with Kilz primer to kill/trap any of those weird smells and then I used one of my favorite paints to give the drawers a pretty pop of color. It was the same gorgeous color I used in my striped bath.


It totally transformed the dresser and turned it into a piece we can use everyday.


DIY TIP: paint the insides of dresser drawers to get rid of any smells or stains. Works every time and totally revitalizes old furniture! Click for more info.



I love the way it updates this old dresser.



DIY Tip: paint the insides of dresser drawers to get rid of any smells or stains. Works every time and totally revitalizes old furniture! Click for more info.


and here's how it looks in the bedroom.


Neutral Bedroom Decorating Ideas & Thrifty DIY Tips | LiveLoveDIY

I'm so excited to finally get to use this dresser!
Thanks for stopping by for my mini makeover!

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For more tips on how to paint furniture from start to finish, please visit this post.




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April 8, 2012

DIY Monogram Knife Block

I recently updated my old wooden knifeblock with a little paint and a stenciled monogram.

DIY Monogram Knifeblock | LiveLoveDIY



If my cutlery had little hands, they would high five me.
Mostly because it used to look like this.


It was really easy to update the knifeblock.
All I needed was paint, a stencil, and a little foam roller.


I decided to paint the wood a soft blue, Behr Light French Gray.


It's my absolute favorite blue.


and then because I'm obsessed with stencils, I decided to monogram an initial on it with a stencil.


I love the way it turned out. Definitely better than that sad little wood block. 


And it really goes great with all of our kitchen decor (see kitchen here, here, and here).



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April 4, 2012

The Best of March

Here are all of the fun things that happened during March in case you missed a post. Enjoy!

I updated our Guest Bathroom with some fun stripes.


How To Paint Stripes on a Wall | LiveLoveDIY

I also made some new additions to our Living Room with some fun DIY wall art.


DIY Wall Art Ideas | LiveLoveDIY

I learned to sew in March and made some DIY painted pillows for our guest bedroom


I found a crazy deal on this Ballard knock off chair and repurposed it into this pretty thang!


And I also helped a friend reupholster an old rocking chair!

I also made a DIY stripe mirror with tape and spray paint.


DIY Gold & White Striped Mirror | LiveLoveDIY


So, that's it...phew...it was a busy month! Lots of stripes, lots of paint, some sewing, and a few chairs. 
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