DIY Inspiration Board

Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: plywood, paint

DIY Inspiration BoardI love Pinterest as much as the next person, but sometimes, it’s nice to flip through an actual magazine. Instead of just recycling the pages that inspire me, I thought it would be fun to put them on display as part of our garage makeover! You can see the before shots here in case you missed it earlier this week.

DIY Inspiration BoardBecause tape doesn’t really stick to cement (if anyone has a solution, by all means spill in the comments), I decided to use a sheet of plywood, so that I could incorporate washi. Side note, Home Depot will cut your wood for you if you need it smaller than the 4′x8′.

DIY Inspiration BoardIt’s unlikely that you need a tutorial here. Basically just paint your wood to your liking! This project would be fun with a pattern too, perhaps dots or stripes. I could honestly do this project 1000 times because the possibilities are endless.

Let dry and tape up your magazine cutouts! Have fun and experiment with different colors and patterns of tape to make your board pop.

DIY Inspiration Board

Recognize that #GIRLBOSS print from anywhere? If not, get yours here! Tomorrow is the big reveal so absolutely be sure to come back to see how everything fits in the new space :)

DIY Inspiration Board

 

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Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

Time: ~ 2-3 days
Materials: paint, brush, hammer, sander, heat gun, scraper

Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

Next up in the garage makeover: a thrift store dresser makeover!

I found this beauty at Goodwill on half off furniture day for $8. The structure was in good condition, but the exterior, well as you can see from the photo above, that was a different story. I’ve stored my craft supplies in Ikea boxes over the years, which is a bit limiting. One advantage of converting our garage into a work space means that I have a dedicated space to leave my stuff (not just in piles around our living room anymore! Yay!).

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverThis wasn’t the first time this dresser was painted. There were layers and layers of all sorts of colors hidden under the dirt on the outside. Instead of adding to the bulkiness and just painting over it again, I removed the paint with a heat gun and scraper. If you’ve never used a heat gun to remove paint before, just know that they’re amazing. Be careful though, they get extremely hot! Continue reading…

Garage Makeover: Before

Garage Makeover: BeforeYahoo, it’s garage makeover week!

I feel bad making these images one of the first things you see on a Monday, or in general really, but what can I say? Our garage was a total dump when we moved in. I can’t even begin to tell you how many spiders I saw/removed/ran from over the course of this makeover. Let’s just say I was afraid for my life at one point…. and I may have cried in fear.

Since moving to Portland from San Francisco a couple of months ago, I have yet to get a car. Instead of keeping this space for storage, I decided to turn it into my studio/work space. Thankfully, I was able to team up with the fine folks at Wayfair to give this space a complete makeover (because boy did it need it!). They had everything I needed, from tool storage to work benches, desks, and more.

Garage Makeover: BeforeThe first thing I did was remove all the old scraps of wood (pictured in the first shot) that were covered in cobwebs. After that, I removed all the nails that were jutting out everywhere and wiped down the wood panels and concrete walls. Continue reading…

Happy Weekend!

Office Makeover by @thecraftedlife via Instagram(via Instagram)

It’s happening, folks! Finally! Next week is the big garage makeover reveal. I have tons of before/after shots, tutorials, and even a fun video for you, so I hope you’ll come back to check it out. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to. Now, on to the weekend links:

- Have you entered this giveaway yet? I don’t know about you, but I could always use more fancy spray paint.

- Learn how to frost the perfect cake. It’s almost too pretty to eat… almost.

- DIY wall art that looks like it cost $100.

- Blown away by these DIY Napkins AND that styling!

- If you love gold leaf and jewelry as much as I do, you’ll definitely want to make these.

Have a great weekend! And don’t forget to tag your projects with #mycraftedlife, so I can follow along to what you’re making <3