Home Improvement, Paint

New project: built-ins overhaul

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Started to paint my built-in bench in my craft room white tonight so it matches the cabinetry. Say bug-bye to the pencil drawing left by previous owners!

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Home Improvement

Peg Board organization

This past weekend I finally got around to putting up some peg boards to organize our storage room and my craft room. Phew. Thank goodness.

Have you ever installed peg board? It’s pretty easy. You find your studs and screw in a long, narrow strip of wood to each one. Then, you screw your peg board on top — it is that easy.

Once it is installed, you can buy all sorts of hooks and such to help keep you organized. Here’s the peg board in our storage room. Holy organization!

My peg board in my craft room is even more awesome… mainly because it is in my craft room. I screwed in my strips of wood directly into the studs, but they were unfortunately a little far apart for the peg board to fit perfectly. *groans* So I painted the exposed wood white. Then I still wasn’t satisfied, so I painted the entire board the same color as the wall. That was good enough for me! Look at all those tools! My glue guns look particularly bad ass on my peg board.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with how this weekend project turned out. Go me.

Craft Projects, Home Improvement

Decoupaged Drawers

After setting pu my cabinets in my craft room, I quickly got to ripping out the contact paper the previous owners had placed in all of my drawers. (Using a cabinet that someone else had in their home without washing them down and replacing the contact paper kind of freaked me out.) I especially wanted to do this in the vanity that was in someone’s bathroom… cause you know, it was in their bathroom.

Look how much this needed to be scrubbed!! Grooooooossssssss.

I tried to carefully remove the contact paper first, but after ripping the “stain” off the wood underneath on one cabinet, I knew I wasn’t getting that paper off without destroying the drawers. So I stopped caring and came up with a new plan: Decoupage the drawers with maps!

After removing all of the contact paper, I got all of the dust out of the cabinets and got to work cutting pages out of an old atlas.

To decoupage the drawer, I painted a layer of mod podge onto the bottom of the drawers (one at a time). I then layered pages of the atlas in the drawers. I smoothed out the bubbles in the paper, then did a thick layer of mod podge on top of the maps.

Once it dried, I sprayed it with a clear sealer — mod podge can dry a little tacky, so the sealer really helps this.

I wish the maps I had were a little cooler — the hubby refused to let me cut up the first atlas I found at a thrift store because he said it was too cool — but I am glad to have clean drawers to use. It feels so much more sanitary now.

My craft room is coming along so nicely! I even huddled up in there a few nights ago to craft and watch HGTV!