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  1. DIY Re-style: Vanity Table

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    March 9, 2013 by Jenn

    Today I’m going to show you a super easy way to re-style a piece of furniture and it’ll only cost you $9.00. That’s right, 9 bucks! Here is how I did it.

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    I had a vanity table that was pretty old and beat up but I liked the style and details of it so I decided instead of tossing it, I’d just fix it up! You can see below how the table top was pretty gnarly and the fabric on the seat had seen better days.
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    I went to Sherman Williams and picked out a robin’s egg blue called “Slick Blue”. Here’s the best part, most paint stores will give you what is called a sample bucket so you can test out the color on your wall at home. These sample come in a quart sized container and are only $5.00!!! A quart is more than enough paint to re-style a smaller piece of furniture. The only other supplies needed were a piece of fabric to cover the seat and a few pieces of sandpaper and a spray sealant. I already had the fabric so with the sandpaper and sealant (I used a small can of Krylon lacquer I purchased from Home Depot for $3.50) that brought my total to $9.00. Let’s get started.
    First you’ll want to lightly sand the surfaces you’ll be painting. You don’t have to use much force, you just want to create a surface that the paint is able to stick to. Take the furniture apart as much as possible so you can reach every nook and cranny. Use some kind of drop cloth (I used some kind of weird fiesta fabric. I have no idea where it came from.) and start painting! Allow ample time for your paint to dry. I painted 3 coats just to make sure I had a lot of coverage. Once the paint is completely dry, take it outside and spray it with the sealant. I used a light spray and did 2 coats. The sealant is optional but since I will be frequently using this piece of furniture, I wanted to make sure that it’s protected. It’ll also keep the paint from chipping if you bump it into a wall or something.

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    As for the seat, I’m not a reupholstering master so I simply put new fabric over the current fabric. Since the current fabric was a lighter color, it won’t be seen through the new fabric. The seat to the stool was screwed into the base, so I was able to unscrew it and wrap the fabric around the seat like a Christmas present being sure to keep it taught. I then used a heavy duty staple gun to secure the new fabric in place and screwed it back together.

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    This project cost only $9.00 and took about 2 days to complete, mostly due to paint drying time. Now, I have a pretty new piece of furniture that adds a pop of color to my bedroom!


  2. Quick Tip: Easily remove jar labels

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    February 7, 2013 by Jenn

    I am a recycling monster. I try to re-use everything including jars. Spaghetti sauce, salsa, honey. Anything that comes in a jar, I’ll re-use it. A lot of jar labels are adhered with this crazy glue that is hard to get off and I figured out a way to never mess up my fingernails again. Use your vegetable peeler!

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    Soak the jars in hot water for 5 minutes. Use the peeler to scrape off the labels then wash with hot soapy water. If the glue is stubborn, spray the jar with any brand of non-stick cooking spray and let sit for 10 minutes. Wash with soap and water again and boom! Nice clean jars!!


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