My Record Cabinet & the Magic of Spray Paint

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The title of this post reminds me of a children’s storybook title, but really I just wanted to share how much I love spray paint!  It truly allows you to transform anything you already have in your home that just needs a bit of updating.

I received my record player as a Christmas gift from *Santa* a few years ago, but i never had anywhere to put it, so it stayed on my dresser for a while and I kept my records just in a drawer somewhere.  I just didn’t know what kind of record cabinet I wanted to have! The other week I was browsing some Facebook yard sale pages and I came across this mini record cabinet!  Although I was fairly worried it was going to be too short to realistically use, it was the perfect height once I put my record player on top.  I searched around the internet for cabinets similar to this one and I found this one & also this one.

Updating this piece was so easy! I took off the doors and set them aside.  I used a piece of sandpaper we had lying around our basement and I roughed up the top and sides of the cabinet.  I bought a can of Rustoleum white semi-gloss spray paint I bought at Home Depot (okay, it really took me 2 cans of spray paint) and began to spray away! The important thing to keep in mind with spray paint is not to spray too much paint in one area at a time, otherwise it could begin to build up and form drips.  Just do light coats and continue to spray until the entire piece is evenly covered.  After that was done I cleaned off the doors and replaced the knobs (you can buy the knobs here).

I’ve actually used spray paint in many areas of our home! Here are a few pictures of other pieces I’ve updated/transformed with a can of spray paint:

Salt & Pepper Shakers

Bathroom Light Fixture

Terra Cotta Pot

Mason Jar Storage

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From Garbage to Gorgeous

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I don’t know if I ever pictured myself as someone who found so much happiness in gaining other people’s trash, but here we are.  We absolutely love this table, and the BEST part is that it was made out of a dining table that one of our neighbors threw away!

We had been planning on building a custom coffee table for a while now because we were being pretty picky about what we wanted.  So it was pretty perfect when we discovered this dining table just waiting for us to rescue it and convert it into our beautiful coffee table!  The dining table was 3.5 ft by 5 ft, and while that is a really large table for a coffee table, it fits our space perfectly.

This process was not as easy as it might look: it involved a lot of steps, but we couldn’t be happier with the end result.  This was mainly a project my husband worked on, but I’m going to do my best to go through the process!

Super Easy DIY Envelope Pillow Covers

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Over the winter we bought the world’s comfiest living room furniture set.  The cushions are super deep and so soft.  So soft and comfy that the line is actually called “Cloud.”  I think the name says it all.

We were super super brave & bought 2 bright white beautiful chairs.  The chairs each came with 2 matching white pillows, so we mixed and matched the blue and white pillows on all the furniture.  The only problem was that we were so afraid to use the white pillows!  Well, mostly I was afraid. I was worried about smearing my make up on the beautiful fabric, or spilling food, or just doing ANYTHING to them to make them dirty.  So I decided for practicality purposes I needed to put another cover on these pillows so they’re actually usable.

Our Adorable Yellow Side Table

Yellow Table

So this table isn’t vintage or antique, and it doesn’t necessarily have a cool background story.  It’s a side table from Target that I bought when I lived in my old home to use as a nightstand in my guest bedroom.

Since there wasn’t anything wrong with the table I decided to use it as a side table in our living room.  It was kind of perfect because we only really had space for one side table due to the way we laid out our furniture.

I REALLY love this table now that it’s a cheerful yellow.  It’s the same yellow we used on our dining room chairs (Twenty Carat by Behr), and I just think it brings a certain element of happiness to our room!

Updating this table was really easy:

1. I cleaned the table using TSP cleaner to remove any grease and dirt.
2. I sanded the table to ensure that the primer would stick to it. I had to be careful when sanding because this table is mostly veneer, so I didn’t want to mess that up because it could have ruined the look of the table.
3. I cleaned all of the dust off of the table. I first used a wet rag and then a dry rag to wipe it down.
4. I dissembled the drawer and put all of the hardware aside.
5. I primed the table and the face & sides of the door using Behr Stain Blocking Primer. This was the first time we’ve used this primer and we really liked it! You can find it here.
6.  After the primer dried I gave it a coat of yellow paint.  You want to make sure not to spray/paint so much paint at once that it builds up, so multiple coats of primer or paint may be necessary to get the perfect finish!
7. After a few days of letting the paint cure I added poly to the top of the table and to the shelf.  I gave them 3 coats of poly.  In between each coat I lightly sanded those areas to make sure that the poly would stick.
8. After letting the poly cure for 2 days it was ready to bring upstairs!

Our finished end table means we’re one step closer to finishing our living room!

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DIY Floor Seat/Ottoman

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So I’ve been eyeing these floor seats at various stores for some time now: the only problem was that they are so expensive to buy!  I liked the idea of having extra seating for when we have a lot of people over, and they also double as an ottoman.  Plus, they are ADORABLE. I decided to just go ahead and attempt to make my own, and although it isn’t perfect, I’m pretty impressed with how it turned out!

I used the same size measurements as the ones I saw on West Elm.  The top and bottom pieces were 24×24 and the four sides were 24×12.

I had lots of fun shopping for fabric!  I dragged my husband to the fabric store so that he had an input on the fabric decision: I didn’t want to pick out something I loved and come home and find out that he hated it!  I’m pretty sure he actually enjoyed fabric shopping because he picked out the fabric he wants on his new office chairs!

When I cut the pieces I allowed a 1/2 inch sewing seam, so my top and bottom pieces actually measured 25×25 and my four sides measured 25×13.

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Here is the bottom and the four sides laid out, with the good side of the fabric face down.  I sewed each piece to the bottom first, but I left a 1/2 inch space on each end to make room to sew the corners.  After I had attached the four sides my fabric looked like a big plus sign.