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From Dresser to TV Stand in under 60 minutes

I have been slow on blog posts over the past few months due to a very busy Summer, along with moving into a new house.     Today as I was doing some more unpacking and organizing, I was putting away some DVD movies in the tv stand we have in our upstairs main living room, and I decided it was time to change up the tv stand.

I looked around the house for pieces that I could use as a TV Stand that would give me the storage I needed for DVD’s, playstation games, remotes, and even some board games, when I spotted this beautiful white dresser in our basement (where it still hadn’t found a specific place or use in our new home yet).

I then decided that since my walls in the living room were white, that I needed a touch of color, so I gave myself a timer- set it to 60 minutes, grabbed a random gallon of paint I had in my tool room, and got to painting.

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I kept the original  drawer pulls so I was spending $0.00  today for this project;
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The dresser is painted in a very soft green It is hard to tell in these photos the exact color, but I promise you it looks lovely in the corner of my living room, and the TV fits perfectly on top.

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DVD’s fit perfectly inside of the dresser drawers.  The dresser helps keep things organized and messy dvd piles out of sight;

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So there you have it,  I found myself yet again making a small project , like organizing movies, into a bigger project, like painting a dresser and turning it into the TV Stand,  but by giving myself a no money budget limit and a 60 minute time length, I was not slaving away to a lengthy or pricey project!

How will you re-use a dresser in your home!?  Share with me in the comments.
Thanks for reading,
~Kelly


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From old tires to upcycled tire planters | DIY trash to treasure tutorial

DIY Tire planters by Kelly Whitman of The Pink Hammer blog. Visit the blog for full step by step tutorial and quality images.   http://www.thepinkhammerblog.comDIY Tire Planter

Project Cost;  (My cost = $0.00 with re=use of old tires  and Menards Rebate $ for the flowers) Average cost = Under $20.00 or cost of plants.

Project Level; Medium

Project Supplies; Old tires, dirt/soil, flowers, drill/ drill bit.

Steps:

1.) Choose you tires and clean them if desired.  If you do not have any old tires laying around, check Craigslist or Freecycle , there are always people wanting to throw out old tires without having to pay fees.

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2.)  Decide which way you want the tire to be facing and stand it upright.   Placing the tire slightly between your legs to hold it in place, drill several holes into the sunken parts of the tire tread.    I placed about 15 smaller holes into the bottom of each tire, using a 9/16 size drill bit.

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3.)  Place a small layer of gravel topped with dirt or potting soil into the tire.

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4.) Carefully add in flowers of choice into the tire.

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5.)  Hang in desired location using L shaped  mounting brackets or hooks that can hold the weight of the tire planter.

6.) Look back on a project well done and enjoy what you just created!

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A Tire Planter is a great way to upcycle  while  adding  unique beauty and character to your garden and yard!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly

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*Flowers used in Tire Planters; Snap dragons, Marguerite Sweet Potato Vinem Verbena, & Petunias.

 


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From cheese grater to jewelry holder; D.I.Y. Trash to Treasure.

From cheese grater to jewelry holder; D.I.Y. Trash to Treasure.

 

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One of the great things about being a free-spirited person, is that it also gives you the ability to see things.., as they are not, to see things with an open mind and to use that creativeness inside of you to visualize somethings ability to become something other than what it was originally intended for.

Over the past week as I have been packing for an upcoming move, I have realized how tangled my jewelry has become in my dresser drawer- a serious disaster!     I always loose my earrings, well I really usually loose 1 out of a set-and we all know I’d look plenty silly walking around with mismatched earrings, (or then again, maybe you wouldn’t even notice 😉  ), and those small studs -I loose at least one every couple of weeks, which then sends me back to the store to buy another pair, that I know I will loose again in no time.

Today I decided it was time for some organization!    I found an old cheese grater that was just going to be tossed away by someone else.    I paired it with a can of lime green spray paint, and just like that a new jewelry holder had been born.

Here are the supplies you will need to create your own upcycled cheese grater earring holder:

SUPPLIES

  • Cheese Grater (I bet you can find one for free, or under $5.00 at a thrift store)

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  • Can of spray paint (be creative, pick a fun color!)
  • Earrings/Jewelry of course!

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Wash your cheese grater with soap and water, rinse and let dry.
  • In a well ventilated place, preferably outside, place your grater on a piece of cardboard and spray nice, gentle and even strokes of spray paint , making sure you cover all sides, top handle and bottom lip.   Wait until completely dry, and repeat this step one more time for best coverage.   At this point you can spray as much of the inside of the grater that you can reach.
  • Let dry and fill your upcycled cheese grater with your favorite earrings and jewelry, using all sides to fit different sizes of jewelry.
  • The best step, sit back and look at a cool project that YOU just created!  Great job!

 

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Don’t feel like making your own?   Great news- you can order a custom cheese grater earring holder, for just $25.00, just contact Kelly at thepinkhammerblog @ hotmail.com to order!

I hope you enjoyed this fun upcycle project!    Check back next week for some great snack ideas to take along on camping trips with kids!

Make sure you hop on over and follow The Pink Hammer on Facebook for daily inspiration and tips!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly


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Before & after; Upcycled farmhouse window

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” ~Henry Van Dyke
Spring is in the air- I can feel it!  Even though our green grass and our tulip bulbs are buried under the white snow, we all know- Spring will come, it always does.   Spring makes me think of  birds, and birds make me think of my Grandma Shirley, she loved birds, and that, makes me want to create something that says ‘Spring!’  Over the past few days I’ve been working on a project using an old window out of a 1924 farm house and I am finally done!  This window is now for sale & on display at The Living Room Coffee House in Eau Claire, WI .
www.thepinkhammerblog.comI started with a little old white window from a 1924 Farm house.  To some of you, this probably doesn’t  look like too much, but to me…when I came across this window, it gave me a feeling- I knew it needed a second chance at life-another opportunity to tell it’s story and fill someones home with a story.www.thepinkhammerblog.com

I cleaned the window-glass & frame, front & back.  Then gave it a nice coat of yellow paint.   Allowed the paint to dry (completely), and brushed it with some Minwax Poly + Stain in the shade of ‘Espresso’ and wiped off a majority of the stain, leaving it darker only in places that had dents/dings, and around the edges to give it an aged look.

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I once again washed the glass part of the window and applied a wall decal , then drilled holes and placed eye hooks & an old chain from a dairy farm on top of the window, and now it is ready to be hung in a new owners home!

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This beautiful one of a kind upcycled window is for sale!  It can be viewed and purchased at The Living Room Coffee House on Cameron Street in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

If you are interested in purchasing this window , please purchase at The Living Room, or contact Kelly at thepinkhammerblog @ hotmail.com .  I also take custom orders!

Thanks for reading, have a beautiful afternoon,

~Kelly


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Before & after; Desk transformation

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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My 9 year old son [R] has been asking me for a desk for his room for about a year now. I finally decided now was the perfect time to grant his request. Now, I could have went out and purchased a brand new desk for hundreds of dollars, but that would defeat the purpose of my budget friendly and original home design style.

I picked up a used, normal-looking desk from Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for about $25.00.

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The desk has deep drawers and lots of space on top for him to work on-whatever it is 9 year old boys work on. (Think Legos, drawing, puzzles, games, etc)

Do you see any potential in this desk? I have been blessed with eyes that see beyond what an object is-and can see the shape and size of something and be able to picture the ways it could be upcycled , changed, and used in unique ways.

Here are the changes I made to the desk to make it original and unique for my sons bedroom.

First, I washed the entire desk down, inside and out to remove any dirt and dust, and removed all of the hardware (knobs + drawer pulls).

Next I primed the entire piece, front, back, inside, out, drawers and all with Zinsser primer.

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After waiting [very impatiently] for the primer to dry, it was time for the first coat of color!

I let my son pick out the color at Menards, he chose the shade of ‘Crater Lake’ .

I’m such a messy painter- at least you can’t tell by looking at the finished piece, just by looking at me..when finished! (hah!)

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Yep, sometimes..I paint barefoot.

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After again, waiting very impatiently for the first coat of paint to dry, I repeated the process 2 more times to ensure I had the desk 100% covered nice and thick to stand up to my sons use. (and of course had to quickly test and see how the new hardware looked)

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Next was a stage I wasn’t sure if I would do or not. Aging the piece. Because this piece is so straight-not too much detail and character, I felt aging the piece would give it a more ‘used’ look and character, instead of it looking like it was saying ‘Hey! I was just painted!’ Aging it would give it the character that made it feel like it was making the statement of a historical piece that had been through use, abuse and plenty of long hours of work.

With Minwax Polyshades Stain + Polyurithane in the color ‘Espresso’ Satin, I brushed on the stain, working in sections. Letting the stain + poly dry for just 2-3 minutes, I took a lint free rag, and wipe away the portion of the stain, leaving behind a small amount of stain, choosing to leave more around the edges where most likely the desk would have been touched by the previous owner,etc. I repeated this process 1 more time until it looked just right. IMG_4620wm

Once the desk was 100% dry (I let it dry overnight about 12 hours before touching) I added the new hardware (had to bust out the ol’ drill and make the holes a little bit larger to fit the new knobs) …

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…and then added a long vintage license plate on the front drawer to cover the flowery design that my son didn’t like. The license plate was cut down to size with tin snips, and attached to the front drawer by drilling holes in the plate where the knobs were able to be placed through and attach the plate securely.

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I thought at this point I was done. But as I opened the drawers to look back at my work, I felt something was missing. It needed a bit more character. I searched high and low online and in stores for a drawer liner that would compliment this piece, and also make my son happy. I had found…nothing. I ended buying just plain black contact paper, set it in the drawer to see how it would look- and just wasn’t feeling it. It still, needed something more. I let the entire desk project sit for a few days and was hoping something would come to me if I walked away from the project for some time.

Then I was in my home office, and was looking at a map I framed of Montana, when it hit me, like a bolt of lightning. I would line his drawers with maps!!! Y E S! He was so very excited when I told him my idea.

After measuring, and cutting the Montana & Minnesota maps to size, I sprayed on spray-on adhesive, and place the maps inside each of the drawers. I finished by spraying Krylon Acrylic coating in clear matte finish on top of each map inside the drawer which will then make the maps water-resistant.

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My kids and I went and shopped some antique stores, TJ Maxx, and Ashley Furniture Home Store to get some complimentary items for the top of his desk;

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Below is the inside cover of the book ‘Cash boy’ that my son picked out at an antique store-;

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Lamp purchased at Ashley Furniture on clearance for $18.00 ($40.00 off!) + added a quick coat of brown Rust-Oleum Metallic Accents paint;

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…and now my friends, his desk is complete!!!

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(Large map window will be featured on a new blog post later in the week)

So, there you have it. Open your eyes to see beyond what an item is, to see how you can change it and make it unique-and completely YOU!

Thanks for reading,

~Kelly


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Mason + Jelly jar soap dispensers | DIY

DIY Mason + Jelly Jar soap dispensers

I love mason jars!   Especially the blue antique ones. They look so beautiful when used as home decor and there are many ways to use them in your own home.   Last Summer we moved into a new house that sits on 18 beautiful acres, most of it a steep hill, which is full of ‘junk’ from owners of years ago.   While my parents were here late in the Fall, my mom and I set out on a junk hillside adventure to see what we could find.  We had found a rusty metal bucket and as my mom was trying to dig the handle out with a stick, she hit something buried completely under the dirt, we kept digging gently, so we didn’t break whatever it was.   Sure enough, it was a whole antique blue mason jar!    What are the odds that it was still whole?!  Pretty slim! Every other mason jar found on the property was broken to bits and pieces.

Today I had the inspiration to create something out of that old jar and put it back in the home it most likely came out of, years ago.

Mason + Jelly Jar Soap Dispensers
by Kelly Whitman of The Pink Hammer blog
 
Supplies:
-1 blue mason jar and metal lid
(I used a new metal lid off of a store bought jar, and it fit right on the old blue jar )
-1 jelly jar
-2 soap dispenser tops
-Hammer + Nail
(Or Drill + Drill bit … our drill somehow disappeared, so I found my own way to do it without  a drill.  Plus I think it’s time I buy my own drill so I know where it’s at, at all times 😉 )
-Needle nose pliers
-Hand Soap
-Scissors
-Paint/paintbrush (if desired)
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Instructions:
 1.)  Using your hammer and nail, pound a hole in the center of the metal lid.  Continue to do this about 4-5 times close together.
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2.) Using your needle nose pliers, peel or push the metal under to create a large hole.  Make sure your hole is big enough to fit your entire soap pump , just like it sits in a regular container.  BUT do not make it too big, or it will not sit correctly.  It is best to make it just a tiny bit too small and force the pump into the hole to create a tight hold.
(If you are lucky enough to know where your drill is, that would be much easier.  Just find the correct drill bit – one a little smaller than your soap pump-and go!)
3.) Place the soap pump into the hole you just created in the metal lid.
4.) Cut soap tube at an angle so it fits nicely into the jar.
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5.) Fill jar with soap.
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6.) Attach lid & lid ring tightly.
7.) Paint lid/lid ring to match soap pump (if desired)
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7.) Wash your hands to make sure it works good! 😉
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These mason jar and jelly jar soap dispensers add a nice element to your bathroom or kitchen.  They would also make fun gifts for friends or family.     I am happy I found a new home for my old blue mason jar, that less than 1 year ago was buried under ground.
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I love giving new life to old items!  What is something you’ve given new life to lately?
Thanks for reading,
~Kelly


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DIY Sharpie Mugs

DIY Sharpie mugs are a fun gift idea !  You can customize your mug with any quote, saying or design.  Make it completely you!   They would make awesome containers for your random items, keys, coins, paperclips on your desk, or even your jewelry on your dresser.   The ideas are completely endless.  Read below to see how you can create your very own DIY Sharpie mug!

DIY Sharpie Mugs

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Supplies Needed:

Supplies

* Black SHARPIE Paint Marker

*White Mugs/Cups (You can find them at The Dollar Tree for $1.00 each!)

Instructions:

1.)  Clean mug well & remove all stickers from the store.

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2.)  Practice your design/quote on a piece of paper first.

3.)  Draw on your design.  No need to be perfect, the art of handwriting adds unique character to your mug.

4.)  Place completed mugs on cookie sheet.

5.) Bake mugs in Oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

6.) Let completely cool before touching.

These mugs make great gifts, and because of the delicate artwork, they would be best to use as a container for loose change or paperclips on your desk, or pile in your jewelry on your dresser in several different mugs.  The possibilities are endless.

Important Note: You may use these as drinking mugs, but please understand the Sharpie design will not survive in the dishwasher.  If hand washing, use only the soft side of your sponge and be very gentle.  If your design starts to come off from touching or washing etc., just re-apply and cook again!

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Make sure to let your kids scribble or draw their own monster design as well 😉

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