My aunt’s birthday was this month and I wanted to give her something inexpensive but thoughtful, more of an “I’m thinking of you” gift then a “big fancy happy birthday present,” you know?
Here’s what I came up with:
I picked up 6 brown tiles at the Habitat Restore for 10 cents each, then put together a design for them in my Silhouette Cameo. Here’s a screen shot of what I ended up with:
I went with 4 monogrammed tiles and two fall themed tiles (though I only ended up giving her 2 monogrammed ones and then the 2 with the leaves… I really need to work on centering my vinyl better).
I printed up the design on my Silhouette, placed the vinyl on my coasters, and used glass etching cream to etch them. I have this glass etching starter kit, which is super helpful because it comes with a hook and a scraper tool.
Because the ceramic tile is a bit more durable then glass, I let the cream sit for about 3 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Then I was left with this:
It’s really subtle, but they came out very cute. With a little felt hot glued to the bottom they were good to go!
To gift them, I just added a little fall themed ribbon and a tag and called it a day. Easy peasy!
At 10 cents a pop I feel like these could be easily adapted to any holiday… or just buy whatever color tile matches the decor of the home and stick with a monogram.
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Last week Hometalk emailed me that they loved my DIY painted faux tile backsplash and they wanted me to curate a board full of other inventive and DIY backsplash ideas, and I was super excited to do so. There are a zillion unique options out there, at a huge mixed range of prices, and even options for renters too!
There’s 14 great ideas all clipped here, but I thought I’d highlight my top 3 here on the ol’ blog.
1. Engineer Your Space created a backsplash with fabric stapled to a piece of plywood, then placed a piece of tempered glass in front of it for safety and protection (this idea looks to be about $100-$150…. so it’d be a great idea for a renter who can’t actually add a real backsplash). Read more about it here.
2. Sara at House Bella added whitewash wood paneling to her whole kitchen and it looks so, so neat. She installed the paneling both as a backsplash and counter front update for less then $100… so I bet supplies enough for just a backsplash would be awesomely inexpensive. Read more about it here.
3. Betty from Oh Everything Handmade added these gorgeous clay tiles to her kitchen and gives a great detailed tutorial on it. I love the design of them, so different from the subway tile we all see (and love) everywhere! Tile is obviously the most expensive of your options, but if you’re in a home you plan to be in for a bit, or a home you plan to flip, I think it’s totally worth it. Read the how to here.
Head on over to my my Hometalk board to scope out all the rest! There’s some awesome stainless steel and glass options, and of course some reclaimed pallet back splashes on there too.
What kind of backsplash do you have? And if you could have any kind, what would you install or create?
BAM! I built this piece of furniture. It might not be the most glorious piece of furniture to ever grace the earth, but I built it all by myself. And you can too.
We really needed something that wasn’t super obtrusive sticking out under our tv, because we only have a few feet of space between the bed and the wall. Previously there was a 5 year old Target bookcase there and it just wasn’t doing it.
Here’s the materials list for this DIY Craft Crate console table:
- Craft crates (duh…). I used two, but you can use however many you want for the length of table you need
- Hobby board. I used this to mount the craft crates on
- (4) 21 inch parsons legs and (4) heavy duty top plates
- (2) 2×2’s
- Spraypaint, stain, primer of your choice (I used Zinsser spray primer, Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, and Minwax stain cloths)
And as far as tools/supplies go:
- Power drill and impact driver
- Wood screws
- Wood filler
- Gorilla Glue
- At least a jigsaw (I used a miter saw to make some of my cuts easier, and a circular saw would have been handy too but I don’t have one)
I sanded the craft crates VERY WELL. Spend some time on this, particularly if you use stain cloths instead of just brush on stain. I used Walnut stain cloths first and found it to be more orange-y than I wanted, so once it dried (about 1.5 hrs later) I went back and used Dark Mahogany cloths. You can see the difference on the right hand side above.
The cloths actually worked wonderfully, and I’d totally recommend them (and no I was not paid to say that, Minwax doesn’t know me. Yet. HEY MINWAX. HI!!!!)
- I cut the hobby board to the length and width of the crates with both my miter saw and jigsaw (this is where a circular saw would have been helpful). Then I used my power drill to attach the top plates and screwed the legs into them. Once the legs were in I cut my 2×2’s down to create a brace around the bottom. If I was better at this, I would have taken some measurements and bought enough wood to create an X frame. Whoops. I attached the brace pieces with my impact driver and wood screws (with pilot holes!) 3 inches up from the bottom, just because that’s where they looked right to me.
- Once the braces were all in I filled in the gaps with wood filler– this part made the whole table look 1000% more professional. Don’t skip out.
- After the wood filler was dry I gave it a light sand and then sprayed it with a few light coats of primer and color. I love that you can see the wood grain through the oil rubbed bronze.
Because I’m a super professional carpenter, I used Gorilla Glue and clamps to attach the crates. It worked wonderfully, just give it plenty of time to dry and cure up.
I then used masking tape to tuck up wires so they didn’t hang underneath, but I still need to figure out a solution for the ones between the tv and stand. The magazine basket with the blanket hides some cords as well. :)
What do you think? Doable for you? What else would you use craft crates for? …Anyone want to come over to my dark bedroom to try and get better shots? :).
One of my friends asked me the other day, as I ate chopped up raw veggies with hummus for lunch, if I was “still on a diet” to which I proclaimed it’s a lifestyle change, not a diet (unless you have cake, because then I will want that).
I mentioned in this post that I am working on being healthier and losing weight and today I wanted to share some of the most best steps I took and a service that really helped:
- GRADUAL change. I’ve known I wanted to change things for quite a while, but to make it a lifestyle change you’ve got to be careful. I was a TERRIBLY picky eater, and I spent about 7 months forcing myself to try new foods and develop a palate before I even attempted a diet. I also had to ease off bread. Man, I love bread. But you just don’t need it at every meal.
- INVOLVEMENT in the process. I go to the farmer’s market and pick out good stuff that’s in season, and I grow a bit of food myself, which forces me to stare at my choices a lot more then running through the grocery store and grabbing the regular go-to’s does. The compost bin system I started is a surprisingly help too- if I have nothing to throw in the bin, then I know I didn’t eat any fruits/veggies that day.
- PORTION control. This is a huge thing that a service called Saving Dinner has done for me, because they give you weekly meals portioned out to just 2 people. And cooking for just 2 people is surprisingly difficult. (There’s options to choose a menu for more people, but it’s just me and Matt at our house.)
- OUTSIDE help. This is the other thing that Saving Dinner did for me. Saving Dinner is a menu planning service, which is perfect during a lifestyle transition time. I’m super excited to cook healthy meals, but if you’ve never done that before then you just don’t know what to cook, and Saving Dinner will help.
Some of my favoritest new meals, to which Saving Dinner provided me the recipes for in their weekly menu mailer are:
- Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Salsa (ps- omg. cucumber salsa. you neeeeed this)
- Chicken with Avocado Sauce (you can make avocados into a sauce!!)
- Turkey and Vegetable Omelet (breakfast for dinner, hooray!)
- Chicken and Vegetable Kabobs (food on a stick is always fun)
- Lemony Pasta (yes, I still eat pasta. I just can’t quit you, pasta.)
So it’s nothing crazy or bland, it’s good whole meals that leave me full and happy. And it’s helpful to use a service because, for example, I just forgot that kabobs are a thing so I’ve literally never made them before. Then we had friends over for a bbq and made our own veggie and chicken kabobs instead of cheeseburgers and everyone was still happy.
Here’s the run down on Saving Dinner:
Saving Dinner offers Classic, Paleo, Low Carb, and Daytime menus delivered to you each week via email. Each menu contains shopping lists and nutritional information, and you get lots of emails in between with tips and tricks for things to add-in to your food and things to substitute with. And even more, you get your own log in to the site so you can pick and choose which meals want each night and plan for the whole week ahead of time. It’ll even generate your shopping list for you once you do so! I highly recommend you give it a try.
So tell me- what works for you when making big changes in your eating habits? Any good lunch and dinner suggestions? Are you a farmer’s market lover too?
Saving Dinner provided me with 3 months of access to their site, but all opinions (and bread-less stomachs) are mine- this is a service that I really do think is great.
I’m coming up on 3 years of blogging at the end of this month and I’ve never really shared my plans and thoughts on the blog so I thought I’d take a minute today to do so.
My goals for the blog are small, in fact, I can sum them up in one bullet point:
- To inspire any woman (or man) that thinks they can’t do something to do it anyway– whether it be to stencil a wall or climb a mountain
When I bought my house I had no idea how to do anything. None. But I read and read and read and read, and now I genuinely feel like with the right tools I am capable of doing anything I want. It’s an amazing feeling of pride and independence and I strongly suggest you find something about yourself that makes you feel the same way.
This blog is small, with 6-7,000 visitors per month, but I hope if you’re reading that you enjoy it and that you’ll engage more because I think we can and should all empower and support one another. Once I realized I didn’t want to be a huge blog superstar I began to settle into what I’m doing and what my presence is and I’m enjoying it a lot more, 1-2 posts a week is manageable and enough to keep my creativity drive engaged.
My list of personal goals, in relation to the blog, are a bit larger:
- There are several furniture builds I have floating around in my head and hopefully in the next few months they’ll be executed and shared
- I wish to share more about eating and the life I want to live… I’m thrilled by growing even just a tiny bit of my own food, and beginning a compost pile. Next summer I hope to add a rain bin. When we move in a few years I want chickens. I love going to the farmer’s market and eating what’s in season.
- I’d love to start redoing furniture for others, so if you know me in real life or you live anywhere around Central Mass send me an email if you want some help painting or staining or redoing anything. Or if you pulled something off the side of the road because it was awesome and now you don’t know what to do with it, email me about that too.
Is there anything you feel like Sandpaper and Glue is missing? Or anything else you’d like to know about me? Leave it in the comments, send me an email, or ask me on Facebook!
This post is part of The Silhouette Challenge, which is a group of blog friends with a hefty addiction to crafting. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to find links to thirty other awesome projects!
Ever since I bought a house my parents and grandparents have gotten in the habit of giving me boxes of junk every time I see them, and because I’m such a hoarder only about half of it makes it into the donation pile.
In the most recent box, was this rooster serving tray which was in good structural condition but completely not my style and a little banged up:
I gave it a few thin coats of Zinsser 1-2-3 spray primer, then a few very thin coats of Rustoleum’s Lagoon spray in satin:
Once all the paint was dry, and cured for a few days, I taped off the sides and painted the bottom (which was tile) with leftover white paint + primer from when I painted my bathroom tile. It took about 4 coats because I did it so carefully and because the Lagoon color kept seeping through.
But then I thought it could use a little something-something more so I got out my Silhouette Cameo and played around with fonts until I found some that worked really well together for my quote:
I printed the quote with Oracle vinyl and used transfer paper to get it on straight and level, then I painted 2 coats of polycrylic on top to seal it in (make sure it’s polycrylic and not polyAcrylic so it doesn’t yellow over time!)
If you’re a Silhouette user and would like a copy of the file, email me at sandpaperandglue (at) gmail (dot) com. I’m happy to share if it’s for personal use!
What do you think? I think it’s such a fun addition to my bar and a great little inside joke.
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