Upcycling furniture has become incredibly popular! Pinterest is full of ideas and advice.If you have the painting skills and patience you can find a cheap thrift store piece and turn it into something brand new. I first tried my hand at upcycling in 2012 on this bench and I loved how it turned out.
I recently finished a dresser that I purchased at Goodwill. Here are the before and after shots:
I’ve learned a lot, here are my tips for painting furniture:
Remove all hardware!
Prime and prime again. I used two coats of primer because I went from shiny black to semi-gloss white and I really wanted a clean white finished.
Wipe down your piece before every new coat of primer/paint. I was painting in the garage and outside with a lot of potential for dirt and dust to land on my project. It’s important to remove all debris to achieve a smooth finish.
Spray painting your hardware is cheap way to freshen up the piece. Purchasing new hardware is another option. I was fond of the hardware on this piece and decided to give it an update with some spray paint. I love Metallic Champagne Mist by Rust-Oleum because it doubles as primer.
Painters tape is a must have item!
Lastly, enlisting help makes your project more fun. Thank you for your assistance Heather and Matt (: You guys rock!
I’d love to see your before and after shots! Share below (:
I had my first bowl of acorn squash soup at Panera Bread and it was delicious but I love this homemade recipe even more. This soup is seriously phenomenal!
What you need:
2 Acorn Squash
1 Sweet Onion
1 Clove of Garlic
32 oz of Chicken Broth
4 Tablespoons of Butter
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
Cut the Acorn Squash in half and remove the seeds. Place the squash with the flesh facing down in a pan and fill with water until the bottom is covered. Put the squash in the oven for 45 minutes. The squash is done when you can poke the skin easily with a fork. Allow to cool and then scoop out the squash. Set aside.
Melt the Butter in a large pot. Add chopped Onions, Carrots and Garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add Chicken Broth and Acorn Squash. Simmer for about 18-20 minutes.
Use an emersion blender to create a smooth texture. (You can use a blender too but be careful, that’s hot hot soup)!
Add Cinnamon and Nutmeg. Enjoy your little bowl of fall!
7 red stripes
6 white stripes
10 pounds of yarn
To say that this project was a huge undertaking is not enough. It does not sum up my experience, I will admit that I bit off more than I could chew (and I had to keep chewing for about 8 months).
This blanket will forever remind me of Netflix. It took about 8 months to create my masterpiece. Me, my blanket, my dog and my guy just watching TV and crocheting away. I watched The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Orange is the New Black all from start to end, along with a string of random movies & television shows.
*I need to mention season five of Game of Thrones because it is my favorite. p.s. I heart you Jon Snow.
A friend of mine suggested that I list it on my Etsy shop and see how much money I can get. I kindly reminded her that it took me almost as long to create the blanket as it does to make a human baby. You don’t sell your baby on Etsy. But seriously I am attached to this project and excited to cuddle up in this blanket once the weather turns cold.
And now I leave you with this clip from Happy Gilmore because after all that crocheting my fingers really do hurt.