Posts Tagged ‘recycle’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
January 11, 2013 by Jenn
I recently found a few candles I had from a while ago that weren’t very exciting. I decided I wanted to put them into new jars but the jars I had were different sizes and the candles wouldn’t fit. I decided to melt them down and start over! Here’s how to recycle those old boring candles into something more visually pleasing.
You will need:
- Old candles
- Glass jars or containers
- Candle fragrance
- Chopsticks or a pencil
- Candle dye (optional)
- Double-boiler or cheap impostor *see below
*This is my cheap impostor. I don’t have a double-boiler so an easy substitute is using a glass or metal bowl and a saucepan. Boil water in the saucepan and use a bowl (I used Pyrex) that fits securely on top so no steam can escape. AND we’re back..
Chop up the old candle, removing and discarding the wick, into small pieces. The smaller the better, they will melt easier. Place the candle chunks into the bowl and stir occasionally while it melts.
Once completely melted, CAREFULLY pour the wax into the jars. This should go without saying but THE WAX WILL BE REALLY HOT. Like, molten lava hot so use caution. I wore potholders the hole time, so I looked super cool. Only fill the container a little bit at a time, about an inch or so, and let it harden before pouring more. You’ll want to do this is stages because the candle wax will create a well by the wax when the pressure is released. When you put in your first inch of wax you should secure the wick. Use your pencil or chopstick to push the wick into the wax. After it was secure I used my chopstick to anchor my wick in the middle of the jar. You don’t want to let it sag or the wick will not be straight when the wax hardens.
It took me 3 stages of filling up the jars to make my candles. When they’re full, trim the wick to 1/4″ and tada! Cute candles that look so much more fun sitting on a shelf.
November 15, 2012 by Emily
Right now I’m purging my closet of all the clothes that will never fit me, aren’t flattering or will never come back in style… and I will be the first to admit that usually I hold onto clothes well past their prime, so my purge pile is huge. While most of this will be going into charity, there are some items I just can’t bear to part with because even though they may be worn out or I look awful in them, they still hold a lot of sentimental value.
Instead of holding onto lumpy ill fitting sweaters and having them take up valuable real estate in my closet I decided to give my old duds new life and turn them into little stuffed pals!