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I’m not sure if I’m the only one, but I can never seem to find a drawer liner that I love. Although there’s always a time and place for clear or cream, I’m looking for something bright and colorful. I mean how fun to have a little something different in your drawers?? It’s also a neat way to add color without going crazy in the entire room. Whether it’s dresser drawers, bathroom cabinets or a nightstand, it’s always fun to open it up and see a bright colorful pattern.

I’ve heard about people using wrapping paper as liners, which definitely solves the problem of finding a fun pattern. But it just seems too temporary. One wrong move and the wrapping paper will rip or get wet. So adding a clear contact paper on top SEEMED like the perfect solution…..

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Except for one problem. If any of you have tried to use Contact Paper in the past, you know it can be trickier than it looks. I swear it must be an art to be able to place contact paper ANYWHERE without creating air bubbles. Well after many failed attempts, I found a system that’s working for me that’s easy and QUICK!

Supplies

  • Ruler
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scissor & ruler OR Paper cutting tools (this is actually for sewing, but I use it for EVERYTHING. It’s actually one of my favorite supplies I’ve purchased lately)
  • Pencil
  • Clear Contact Paper

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Instructions 

First things first: you need to measure your space, both width and depth. Be exact … no rounding!

The next step is to make small marks on your wrapping paper with your pencil denoting the width and depth of your drawer. I like to make these marks on the back side of the wrapping paper. Although you can erase the lines after cutting, sometimes the wrapping paper can smear when erasing.

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Using either a ruler/scissor or cutting tools, cut out your wrapping paper. The cutting tools I use is Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set. Although it’s technically used for sewing, I’ve definitely used it on my non sewing DIY projects. It’s a 3 piece set which includes everything you need to measure and cut perfect lines. It’s been a lifesaver for me because I’m not very good with a scissor 🙂 .

Try to follow the markings you made the best you can. I always error on the side of caution and cut my wrapping paper a tiny pit larger than my measurements. I know I can always trim if it’s too big. But if I over cut making the paper too small I’ll have to start over.

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Test out your wrapping paper by placing it in your drawer to ensure you measured & cut correctly. If it’s too big, just do a little trimming.

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Now cut a piece of contact paper slightly bigger than your wrapping paper. I like to have my contact paper about 1 inch larger on each side.

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I turned the wrapping paper vertical and will work the contact paper from top to bottom. Contact paper can definitely be tricky and frustrating to use. Sometimes air pockets arise or the contact paper crinkles. Ugh. Once reason why I like to work from the vertical, is it allows me to work smaller sections at a time which typically result in less errors.

Pull the contact paper and white paper backing apart until you separate about 1 inch worth of paper. Then make a strong fold with the white backing.

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Now line up the contact paper on top of the wrapping paper (allowing for one extra inch above the wrapping paper) and press down with your fingers, smoothing it out and removing any air bubbles.

Now the good news … if you made it successfully to this point, it’s smooth sailing from here (no pun intended 🙂 ).

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Pull the white backing down another inch and smooth out the contact paper on the wrapping paper.

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Continue until the you make it all the way down. Remember, steady eddy wins the race. As well as the turtle. Take your time with contact paper and don’t rush it. It’s MUCH easier to prevent the air bubbles and crinkles than to fix them.

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Take your cutting supplies and cut the excess contact paper off the ends. You should have about an inch extra on each side.

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Now place your DIY drawer liners in your drawers and marvel at how much more festive your drawers are!

I just place my drawer liners in the drawers with no additional adhesive. I change my decorating preference too often so I like things that are removable. Yes, I guess that now includes my drawer liners. If you want yours more secure add some Scotch tape or scrapbooking tape to secure them in the drawer.

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Your drawers will be so pretty that you’ll never want to mess them up!

 

 

 

 




 

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For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

Each month I’m taking on a common organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I’m here to prove that organizing doesn’t always have to be expensive. All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling jewelry clutter with a

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It’s gets better! I’m not alone in this challenge! Pairing up with 19 other talented ladies, we’re bringing you our monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create something amazing from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!

Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main
Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


One of the fundamental rules to keep your house clean is to simply put your belonging back where you found them. Well that’s nice and all, but how many of us always do that? If you walked into my house at any given day, you’d know I’m not one of them. Instead I like to have various ‘stations’ around the house where I’m allowed to put SELECT items instead of putting them in their home. Jewelry is just one of those items for me that rarely makes it back to its home on the day it’s worn. Instead it’s sitting on the dresser or in the bathroom, always with the risk it’s going to get lost.

Jewelry Holder Supplies

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!
For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!
For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

Before I ever get started with a new DIY, I ALWAYS wash the items that I’ll be DIYing, especially since this one is a used item. For the paint to apply as smooth as possible, you want a clean surface to work from. Once washed and dried, I got to work sanding. Sanding is an essential step in any wood repainting project. I tend to ‘oversand‘ as I’m oddly fearful I’m not sanding enough. Why??? I’ve been told over and over that just one quick sanding around the entire piece of wood is totally sufficient!

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

Once you’re done sanding, take a damp rag to wash off all that saw dust and dry. I started painting the inside first. It took two LIGHT coats of paint with at least 1 hour drying time in between coats to get the color I wanted (photo below is ONE coat). You’ll notice that I definitely did NOT stay within the lines when painting the inside. That’s completely fine! The next step is to paint the outside color and that’s where I’ll stay within the lines!

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

Once all the paint dried, I did a quick spray with a glossy protective finishing spray. Acrylic paint can chip, so it’s always good to use a protective spray before using.

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

Now I officially have NO excuse to leave my jewelry sitting out!
For only 99 cents make this decorative jewelry holder to store your rings, watches and jewelry! Easy to follow tutorial included!

 

 

 

 




 

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Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Welcome to the 4th edition of the Thrift Store Swap!

I’m joining 13 fellow DIY bloggers committing to buy and re-purpose 2 thrift store items, each under $10. For this edition we each had to re-purpose a wreath.

Sounds fairly easy, right? There was a BIG catch…we’re not buying for ourselves! Each blogger is sent their thrift store item from another blogger! Yes, I was TOTALLY terrified to open the package from Laci at Sequins in the South. Fortunately Laci was SO kind to me, but I still had to figure out what the heck to do with the wreath I got!

What on earth was I going to do with this wreath below??? Noticing that it’s definitely a fall style wreath and as we’re finally approaching sunny weather in Seattle, I decided to do a season swap to a spring wreath.

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Supplies (listed the color I chose)

  • Spray paint (navy blue)
  • Colorful fake flowers (pink)
  • Acrylic paint (white)
  • Fabric marker (dark pink)
  • Thin wire (optional)
  • Invisible thread (yes, this is a real thing)

Instructions

First step was to remove all the decor from the wreath. No tools required, just a little twisting and pulling!

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Spray paint time! No DIY by Lindsay is complete without spray paint. Seriously. I put the wreath in an old Costco box and also had a couple garbage bags underneath to prevent the spray paint from getting on my outdoor patio. Tips on spray painting decorations here.

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Once my wreath was dry I pulled apart my new fake flowers in to smaller pieces so that I’d be able to evenly place them around the wreath. I was going for a less is more look, but you could definitely add bigger bouquets of flowers.

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

It was super easy to insert the flowers into this wreath without having to use any tools (thanks for picking a great wreath Laci)! But if your wreath doesn’t have the crevasses that you see in mine, using just a little thin wire can help secure the flowers.

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Using my white acrylic paint, I painted over the red welcome sign. Once dry, I used my pink fabric pen (although a good permanent marker would work as well), I rewrote ‘Welcome!’ in a more fun font. Then came the interesting part: invisible thread. I wanted the look of the welcome sign floating in the middle of the wreath, but wasn’t sure how this would turn out. Fortunately it was easier than I thought (which definitely doesn’t always happen with my DIY experiments #pinterestfail anyone?). I measured out two pieces of inadvisable thread. I looped the first through the hole on the side of the sign and over the top of the wreath tying in the back to make a circle. Once secured the first thread, it was easy to line up the other side of the welcome sign with thread to ensure it wasn’t crooked.

Can you see the invisible thread???

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

And really, THAT is it! From a fall to spring wreath in a matter of minutes and dollars! (now if it would just stop raining in Seattle)

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

 

 

 

 




 

Here are the geniuses behind these DIY Tutorials. Make sure to check out each one!

Happily Ever After etc

What Treasures Await

Made in a Day

Sequins in the South

My Pinterventures

C’Mon Get Crafty

ReDo It Yourself Inspirations

DIY Just Cuz

5 Kids, a Dog and a Blog

The Small Stuff Counts

One Crazy Ride

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I love the idea of having newly designed and decorated rooms. If money and time were no object, I would spend my days remodeling every room in my house over and over. But then reality sets in and I’m lucky if I have time to CLEAN a room, let alone remodel it! Fortunately bringing new life to a room DOESN’T have to be overly complicated or labor intensive. Working SMARTER with small touches can bring a larger punch than working HARDER! Here’s my top 4 easy room update ideas (and giveaway):

1 Update Decorations

Of course buying fancy new decorations will make any room look nicer, but a more realistic and more affordable way to spruce up a room is with a can of spray paint. You no longer have to consider the color of the decoration you’re buying (since you’ll be changing that) and can open yourself up to so many options including looking through a thrift store! Take a look at my top 10 tips to spray painting decorations before jumping in.

4 easy room update ideas that you can do without a huge remodel! Simple decorating ideas CAN have a huge punch without being labor intensive!

4 easy room update ideas that you can do without a huge remodel! Simple decorating ideas CAN have a huge punch without being labor intensive!

2 Touch up Paint

Fresh clean coats of paint can completely transform a room, but so can touching up old existing paint. When I first painted our guest room a couple years ago, there where a several spots that I messed up & claimed I would touch them up within the week. Yes, that was two years ago. Taking the time to touch up those spots instantly improved the room, making the paint job look much more professional and less dated.

3 Add Pillows & Texture 

Pillows and blankets are such an easy way to swap out the look of a room instead of buying new furniture! Mixing up colors and textures will give your room a more interesting and modern look. Don’t let the options you see at a store limit your creativity. Making your own pillow covers is actually the perfect rookie sewing project!

4 Adjust Lighting

The lighting in my room wasn’t doing me any favors. While I was going for a brighter cleaner look, my lighting made everything warmer with a more yellowish tone. I skipped repainting our walls, updating our floors or buying new furniture. I simply adjusted our lighting with LIGHTIFY from OSRAM SYLVANIA using the Tunable ‘real’ White versions. You can find these products at Amazon and Lowes.

You can see how LIGHTIFY lights removed the yellow undertone and completely brightened up our room!

Funnest part? The lighting is all controlled via phone app, so I can adjust in literally anywhere in the world! Want one of your own? Sign up for our giveaway and also get a $50 Amazon card!

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I’m so excited to bring you this Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! I’ve teamed up with 20 other bloggers for this thrift store blog hop. The rules were simple– we each took an item(s) from a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. and transformed it into a new piece of home decor. There was no budget or theme to stick to so we were free to let our creativity run wild!

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

Amanda | The Kolb Corner  Chelc| Inside the Fox Den  Erlene | My Pinterventures  Kim | Made in a Day  Sara | Twelve on Main  Emily | Two Purple Couches  Shirley | Intelligent Domestications  Marie | DIY Adulation  Lindsay | Crazy Organized  Michelle | Our Crafty Mom  Julie | Live From Julie’s House  Debra | Shoppe No. 5  Dru | Polka Dot Poplars  Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles  Pili | Sweet Things  Channell | Hobnail House  Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek  Ann | Duct Tape and Denim  Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea  Sherry | Savvy Apron  Stacy | Anastasia Vintage


All you need is LOVE (and spray paint)

I’m always impressed with amazing thrift store redesigns. Turning something ugly into something gorgeous at a fraction of store price is definitely a skill. Unfortunately it’s never been my strongest skill, but finding easy ways to do things IS a skill! So I’m excited to show you how a simple can of spray paint can do. It can transform an ugly unappealing thrift store item into an awesome decorative addition to your home … for both inside and outside the home!

I was in need of decorations for both an indoor and outdoor coffee table. Inside: decorative glass balls for a clear bowl for our guest room. Outside: a large candle lantern for our roof deck patio. I found both at Goodwill. While both items were fine on their own, neither matched the color scheme I was going for in either room. That’s the amazing thing about spray paint. You no longer have to worry about what color an item is so sky’s the limit on what you can select!

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

The spray painting technique was the same for both items (see more about that below), but the ‘props’ I used varied for both. Anything round, such as the glass balls, can be difficult to spray paint.  So I propped them up with an empty egg carton. Placing a garbage bag underneath ensured that I wouldn’t make a mess with the spray paint. To spray paint the lantern, I placed it in a cardboard carton from Costco laying a garbage bag inside.

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

A couple coats of blue spray paint on the outdoor lantern and gold & silver spray paint for the indoor glass balls completely transformed these simple thrift store items into the affordable home decorations!

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

Yes, spray painting is literally THAT easy. Here’s my top tips.

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

Top 10 Spray Painting Tips

  1. What can I spray paint, you ask? ALMOST anything …. wood, plastic, metal, fiberglass, tin, ceramic, mirror, glass, plaster, concrete, terra cotta, canvas, laminate, and particle board.
  2. You can never shake your spray paint can enough. Shake the can for a minute, then shake it again for another and also shake it while you are spraying.
  3. The ideal temperature for spray painting is between 65 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooler is better with no humidity. 
  4. Several lighter coats of spray paint are better than fewer longer coats. Yes, it may take longer to spray paint your item, but you’ll avoid dripping.
  5. Each coat should dry to touch in 30 minutes, 1-2 hours to handle and 24 hours to be fully dry. Patients is key 🙂 .
  6. Keep the spray can 10-16″ away from the item you’re spray painting. If you hold the can further away, the paint can start to dry before reaching the surface which will create an uneven look. 
  7. Shake shake shake! (It’s the single most important thing you can do to successfully spray paint so it’s worth mentioning again!)
  8. It’s hard to prevent the nozzles from leaking so the easiest way to fix is to hold on to spray paint nozzles even after the can is finished. Then you’ll have a stash of nozzles to swap out if one gets clogged.
  9. I typically don’t use a topcoat when spray-painting because the majority of items I paint are decorative. But if I’m spray painting something that might get a little bit more wear and tear, then a top coat is always a good option. My go to is Rust-Oleum Clear Gloss Spray Paint
  10. Placing your item inside a cardboard box with a garbage bag underneath is a great way to contain the paint to one area!  

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

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I don’t know why, but every time I dye fabric I get a little nervous because 1) I’m afraid I’ll wreck whatever I’m dying and 2) I’m convinced that I’m going to stain my washing machine. Anyone else? Well I’m here to say that if I can avoid these common pitfalls, anyone can. Here’s how:

Supplies to dye fabric with Rit 

  • The fabric you want to dye
  • Cleaning gloves
  • 1 cup salt
  • Hot water
  • Rit Dye (either powder or liquid) *

* One package or one-half bottle dyes about 1 lb. dry weight or about 3 yards fabric to a medium color.

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

I’m going to be the first to admit this blanket is completely past it’s prime (and whatever else comes after prime). It was Joe’s in college, then it was the blanket we used under a duvet cover and now it’s sitting in a bag under our bed. But fortunately there’s fabric dye to bring it back to life!

This tutorial can be used for top or front load washers (ours is a front load).

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

The first step is to wash your fabric in washer without fabric softener. Also skip the drying. Washing ahead of time serves two purposes 1) it’s always better to dye CLEAN fabric & 2) you’ll need your fabric completely wet before starting so that the dye doesn’t bleed. If your rinse cycle got the fabric a little too dry, soak it in the bathtub before placing it back in the washer. Carefully lay it back in to the washer without wrinkling it the best you can. A common mistake is dye blotching, so we’re going to try to prevent that!

If your fabric isn’t completely saturated in water prior to starting the washing machine, you risk the dye blotching and looking like below. Ugh, I learned my lesson.

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

I set the water temperature to hot and picked a cycle that would last longer than 30 minutes. If you don’t have a cycle that goes longer than 30 minutes, you’ll want to stay close by reset the wash cycle a couple of times.

I’m wearing my cute pink cleaning gloves partially because I don’t want to risk my hands getting dyed and but mostly because I never remember to wear them when cleaning and wanted to get some use out of them 🙂 .

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

After turning on the washer, wait about 15 seconds or until you’re sure water has already started cycling through before putting your dye in the dispenser (where you’d normally pour the detergent). This will help ensure that the dye spreads evening and doesn’t cause the blotching. After you poured in the dye in, follow it with 2 -4 cups of very hot water in the dispenser.

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

After about 10 minutes, I added a mixture of 1 cup dissolved salt and another 4 cups HOT water into the dispenser.

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

Your work is done! Well kind of. Let the washing machine finish it’s cycle. Once the cycle is done, either hang dry or put in the dryer. Don’t worry, dryer is safe for recently dyed fabrics.

Once finished it’ a good idea to clean your washing machine by running it through the hottest cycle possible with a couple old towels, adding two cups of bleach. I also wiped around the dispenser with a wetted paper towel and the extra dye came off immediately. My washer was literally as good as new.

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

And you’re finished!

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

Bringing life to old blankets just takes a wash!

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

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Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Always on the hunt for something DIY-able and never one to turn down anything coffee related, I found these mugs at Goodwill for 50 cents each. They’re simple & cute, but had an engraved company logo on the side. For 50 cents I could risk an attempt at a DIY to cover that up!

And the incredibly easy spray painted coffee mugs DIY came to life!

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

First step is to wash and dry your cups. Always good to start with a “clean” slate! Then pull out the painters tape and start applying based on the design you like. I opted for each mug to intentionally have a different design because I knew I wouldn’t be able to replicate each one exactly. I highly recommend choosing a design that keeps the spray paint on the lower half of the mug if you’re intending to drink out of these. (I definitely will be.)

The taping part is the most important step, so make sure to take care when applying. Don’t forget about the handles (I almost did!) and cover the top of the mug as well. You could even cut your tape in to different designs if you’re really ambitious!

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Next I went outside to start the spray painting. In addition to putting plastic garbage bags all over the ground where I was going to spray paint, I also put the mugs in a paper grocery bag to contain the spray paint even more. Highly recommend doing this as it worked great! I did two coats an hour apart and let dry overnight.

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Remove the tape slowly to see your design!

Now you’re ready to cook! Seriously. This will help seal the spray paint on to the mug. Place the mugs on a baking sheet upside down (so that the spray paint doesn’t touch the pan). Place the baking sheet in a COOL oven. THEN turn on the heat to 300. Keep in the oven for 40 minutes. Then turn off the oven while the mugs are still inside. Wait 30 minutes before taking the mugs out.  This will ensure that the temperature change isn’t too drastic which could cause cracking.

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Your coffee cups are ready to go! These are great as a fun decoration or for everyday use. I can never have enough coffee cups! (hand washing only)

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

 

 

 

 




 

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

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Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

I love the idea of adding design with function since I try to keep to a more minimal decor style. That’s why having decorative diy coasters is right up my alley. And a DIY? Well that’s something I couldn’t resist.

I found these coasters at Goodwill (for $2!!), although you could start from scratch using cork board or white bath tiles.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

SUPPLIES

  • Coaster material (whether old coaster or cork board or bath tiles)
  • Painters tape
  • Clear protecting spray (I’ve used this for quite a few DIYs, such as this)
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paints
  • If you’re using cork board or bath tiles, I would recommend adding felt pads underneath to prevent coasters from scratching your table

Here’s some of my favorite coasters …. great for DIY inspiration!

INSTRUCTIONS

First step always is to wash and dry your coasters.

My next step was to paint each coaster white, including the sides. You may or may not choose to do this step, depending on the design you make.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

Once the paint dried (overnight), start placing the painting tape on the coasters in whatever design you choose! Personally I like the look of each coaster with a slightly different design, yet all being in the same color pallet. You really cannot go wrong with whatever design you choose!

Make sure your tape is long enough to wrap down the edges and underneath to help it stay adhered through the painting process. Press the tape down hard before moving onto the next piece.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

With each color you choose layer on at least two LIGHT coats of acrylic paint, waiting a minimum of 1 hour in between coats.

After putting the last coat of paint on I let them dry overnight before removing the tape just to ensure its completely dry. Then slowly and carefully remove the tape.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

Best practice to protect the coasters with a waterproof sealant.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

If you used cork board or tiles, your last step will be to add on a felt pad to each corner so they won’t scratch your table.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

Now your only job is to decide what beverage to place on top!

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

 

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Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

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