Home Improvement

OMG OMG OMG Craft room!

Best blog post title ever, huh? It perfectly relays my excitement for my craft room. This weekend the hubster, my dad and I fixed up my craft room so it is epic-ly awesome.

I bought two cabinets for my  room when I went garage sale hopping last month. I paid a whole $5 for each cabinet. Brand new they would have cost $130 a piece! Sweet savings. The best part about them is that the woman who sold them to me used them in her craft room. She was so excited that I would be using the for the same purpose.

I also picked up a third cabinet from Lowe’s. Unfortunately, it was too tall so I had to return it. So the hubby and I visited a local hardware thrift store that sells home improvement items from people’s home renovations. They had lots of cabinets, window and doors that otherwise might have been thrown away. We were able to find a white cabinet that was the same height as my yard sale goodies for $35!

Before we picked up the third cabinet I planned on painting the other two white. I thought the white would pop against the teal walls. So I primed my yard sale cabinets, leaving “X” marks on the sides that I didn’t want people to see. Since my third cabinet was already white, I didn’t have to paint it!

Once the cabinets were primed, I painted then with two coats of semi-gloss white paint.

While I waited for the cabinets to dry, I hopped in my car and drove back to Lowe’s (this past week I was at either Home Depot or Lowe’s four different times!). I originally bought knobs for my cabinet drawers, but since the other cabinet had handles I swapped out the knobs for 11 matching handles.

I easily switched the cabinet hardware on the one with pre-existing handles. Then the hubster and I installed the handles on the two cabinets without any hardware. We were using my small electric drill until we got fed up with its lack of power. I asked my dad to borrow his bigger, better drill. He said, “Of course,” then surprised us with our very own corded, super powerful drill. He’s awesome.

With the new drill, Brian finished installing the hardware on the cabinets and all systems were go for putting the laminate on top. If you need a slab of pre-cut laminate, Lowe’s is the place to go. Home Depot no longer carries the pre-cut pieces, so you have to pay big bucks ($14 a square foot and higher) for their laminate. I was able to buy a 8 foot long piece of laminate at Lowe’s for $108 — and I had a 10% off coupon. Not too bad!

After we had the laminate on top of the cabinets we maneuvered things around so two cabinets were on one side, and the bigger cabinet was on the other. This left a perfect amount of space for a chair in the middle! It’s also the perfect place for Remmy to cuddle up and take a nap while I do crafts. We decided not to glue, screw, install, etc. the laminate quite yet, just in case I want to rearrange the cabinets. We’ll probably do that in a couple of weeks after I take the room for a test drive.

My dad had a great idea to buy a power strip and mount it to the side of one cabinet so I have a lot of outlets I can use. It was also great because it saved us from drilling out a hole for electrical cords in the laminate and it’s hidden from sight.

Aren’t they so cute working together!?! Love it. And how about those banana boxers! Get a belt, hubbs.

Check out my beautiful workspace! All in all, it only cost about $150.

I’m so impressed with how well the cabinets match. The white looks fantastic and the hardware is great.

We also installed shelves for even more storage. The hubby and I bought super long shelves for our office right after we moved into our house. We had them cut down so they’d fit perfectly in our nook, and we saved the remnants just in case we needed them later on. These pieces were a great length for my craft room, so I grabbed some shelving mounts this weekend and I had me some fancy new shelves. (Don’t mind all of the crap below the shelves… I’m working on it haha).

With all of my new storage, I’ll finally be able to clean up my craft room so it is a working space! *HUGE sigh of relief*

What do you think? Want to come craft with me in my sweet new space!?!?!


A quick dresser update

My neighbors gave the hubby and I an old dresser they no longer needed and it works wonderfully in our guest bedroom. It wasn’t quite my style though, so I decided to do a quick and easy update to make it fit in a little better with my taste and the room. What was the best way to do that? New knobs, of course!

I picked up 10 new knobs at Hobby Lobby (the same place I picked out knobs for my last dresser refab) and went to work removing the old ones.

Two down, eight to go! Changing knobs is super easy, if you ever want to try it. All you have to do is remove the existing knobs, pop in the new knobs, tighten the nut around the screw, and hacksaw off the remaining screw! Doesn’t it sound simple!?

The new knobs make a big difference. Now I want to do something fun to the top! I’m thinking about decoupaging paper onto the wood veneer. Thoughts?

I love pretty knobs 🙂 And, this little update only took about 10 minutes.


Reveal: Dresser Refab

Part 1: Dresser Refab

Part 2: Dresser Refab

My dresser project is finally complete, teal knobs and all! I’ve had this hand-me-down dresser for as long as I can remember — it was definitely time for the update. If you haven’t been following the transformation, check out the links above for the back story on the dresser and the steps I’d taken to refinish it up until now.

Remember before?

I finished the staining over the weekend and put the knobs on yesterday. The knobs were a little long, so I cut off the ends of the screw (on the inside of the drawer) with a hacksaw.

(Look how shiny!)

With the knobs cut down to size, I can finally have my dresser back!

Isn’t it lovely!? I like that some of the old coloring stuck with the piece — it has an old look to it, even with its facelift.

And check out these gorgeous knobs!!!! Gotta love Hobby Lobby (or as I call it “Happy Hobby Lobby World Land”).