The Crafted Life http://thecraftedlife.com Making crafting easy & fun! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:17:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Garage Makeover: The Videohttp://thecraftedlife.com/garage-makeover-video/ http://thecraftedlife.com/garage-makeover-video/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:17:15 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=6008 I am SO excited to share this short video of the garage makeover I did in partnership with Wayfair! If you missed all the after shots yesterday, you can still see the full transformation here.  My friend Ian was kind enough to capture the entire makeover process. And while he may have edited out that time those

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I am SO excited to share this short video of the garage makeover I did in partnership with Wayfair! If you missed all the after shots yesterday, you can still see the full transformation here

My friend Ian was kind enough to capture the entire makeover process. And while he may have edited out that time those few times I ran from spiders (yes plural), I hope this helps give you a better idea of the space :)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

 

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Garage Makeover: The Reveal!http://thecraftedlife.com/garage-makeover-reveal/ http://thecraftedlife.com/garage-makeover-reveal/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:51:52 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5966 Our garage makeover is officially DONE, whew! I can’t tell you how good that feels to say! My goal for the space was to have multiple working areas. I tend to use tools from time to time, but I also wanted a nicer spot where I could sit down and craft. I was so fortunate

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Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeOur garage makeover is officially DONE, whew! I can’t tell you how good that feels to say!

My goal for the space was to have multiple working areas. I tend to use tools from time to time, but I also wanted a nicer spot where I could sit down and craft. I was so fortunate to partner with Wayfair on this project, because they have everything I needed. And I mean everything– I even ordered tape and protractors from them! If you missed the before pictures, you can see them here. But let’s get to why you’re really here… the after shots!

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeSo as you could tell from the beginning shots that the walls were down right disgusting. Because we’re renting, I didn’t want to make too drastic of a change, so I decided to paint with a low-lustre enamel paint from Behr. It’s similar to the original color of concrete, but it looks clean and polished without losing all of the texture.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeBecause the task of installing new floors is not really ideal for renters (and in a garage no less), I went with the more affordable option of adding an outdoor rug to my crafting area. The pattern and texture really helps tie everything together.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeCan I just tell you how much I love this workbench? It’s the perfect height and has a lot of workable room, which is great for making the photo holders we sell on Etsy.

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Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeYou might remember this inspiration board from yesterday’s post! The back corner really just needed some color brighten it up in comparison to the rest of the space.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeOne of my favorite things that I did was this yarn installation. It covers up the less appealing wood paneling that was there before, but I’m still able to use the ledges for storage. As you can see, I clearly have enough spray paint and Mod Podge to last a lifetime.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeLast but not least, the thrift store dresser that I made over! Inside is just a cluster of all my craft supplies and I love it. So much easier than trying to find items in boxes.

Garage Makeover by The Crafted Life For those of your itching to know, here are the products that I used from Wayfair:

Garage Makeover by The Crafted LifeTool Chest, Desk, Clock, BasketChair, Trash Can, Rug, Candle, Workbench

So that’s it! Tomorrow I’ll have one last post– a video in fact of me putting the entire place together. There will be dancing and glitter shoes, so you won’t want to miss it!

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DIY Inspiration Boardhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-inspiration-board/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-inspiration-board/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:14:30 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5949 Time: 10 minutes + dry time Materials: plywood, paint I 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

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Time: 10 minutes + dry time
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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 :)

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Thrift Store Dresser Makeoverhttp://thecraftedlife.com/thrift-store-dresser-makeover/ http://thecraftedlife.com/thrift-store-dresser-makeover/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:02:07 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5916 Time: ~ 2-3 days Materials: paint, brush, hammer, sander, heat gun, scraper 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

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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!

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverRemoving the paint successfully from the dresser pulls was a bit more challenging (and honestly, not really worth the work) so I knocked them off with a hammer.

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverBefore painting, I smoothed out the surface with a sander to ensure the surface would be even.

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverThen of course, I painted it! I stuck to my blog’s color palette and chose a darker turquoise for the outside, while painting the sides of the drawers a sea green.

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverTo incorporate a bit more of my blog design, I had painted the new knobs. You can see that tutorial right here!

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverOne last thing was to replace the feet with wheels! Wheels allow me to move this about in the garage much easier than plain legs would. Plus, let’s face it, they’re much cuter.

Thrift Store Dresser MakeoverAnd that’s it! I can’t wait to show you how I actually use it in the garage!

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Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

PS Huge thanks to Meg for helping me complete this project <3

 

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Garage Makeover: Beforehttp://thecraftedlife.com/garage-makeover/ http://thecraftedlife.com/garage-makeover/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:00:04 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5885 Yahoo, 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

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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.

Garage Makeover: Before

Garage Makeover: BeforeMy initial plan was to just cover the walls with pegboard, but since they’re concrete it would require some serious drilling. Because we’re just renting, I had to find an alternative solution. All of this will be revealed later this week, but for now, here’s the inspiration I used for the space:

WestElmEtsyPopUp-MeganWelkerPhotography303(String Display via Studio DIY’s West Elm Pop Up Shop)

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(Art and Washi Tape by Seventy Tree)

AV1(Inspiration Wall by Planete Deco)

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing one of the DIY projects I made for the space, so be sure to come back and check it out!

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Happy Weekend!http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-weekend-6/ http://thecraftedlife.com/happy-weekend-6/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:02:36 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5878 (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:

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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

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Decorative Pumpkin Vasehttp://thecraftedlife.com/decorative-pumpkin-vase/ http://thecraftedlife.com/decorative-pumpkin-vase/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:27:35 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5869 Time: 25 minutes Materials: pumpkins, knife, paint, small container All this week, myself and other contributors have been sharing pumpkin diys over on Curbly. I’m not a huge fan of halloween projects, so for mine, I decided to combine my two favorite things: flowers and metallics! See the full tutorial here and don’t forget to

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Time: 25 minutes
Materials: pumpkins, knife, paint, small container

DIY Mini Pumpkin Vase

All this week, myself and other contributors have been sharing pumpkin diys over on Curbly. I’m not a huge fan of halloween projects, so for mine, I decided to combine my two favorite things: flowers and metallics! See the full tutorial here and don’t forget to check out the others!

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30 Minute Frame Makeoverhttp://thecraftedlife.com/30-minute-frame-makeover/ http://thecraftedlife.com/30-minute-frame-makeover/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:03:43 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5838 Time: 30 minutes Materials: frame, Montana spray paint, Montana acrylic paint maker, drop cloth, paper, tape I’ve had the same print and frame for about three years now. In between all of our moves it’s gotten a little beaten up (hey, the frame was only $4 at Target, I can’t complain). Instead of ditching it

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Time: 30 minutes
Materials: frame, Montana spray paint, Montana acrylic paint maker, drop cloth, paper, tape 30 Minute Frame MakeoverI’ve had the same print and frame for about three years now. In between all of our moves it’s gotten a little beaten up (hey, the frame was only $4 at Target, I can’t complain). Instead of ditching it for a new one, I decided to give it a quick makeover! (print by Scout’s Honor Paper) 30 Minute Frame MakeoverEarlier this week I showed you a project with Montana acrylic paint makers and another with their spray paint. Today I’m going to combine the two, because hey, why not! You can find matching marker and spray paint sets in 36 colors AND you can enter to win some for yourself (see below). Now, on to the tutorial:  30 Minute Frame MakeoverStart by painting your frame white. Once dry, tape off the corners and paint with your secondary color. Make sure your paint is completely dry, otherwise the paint will peel up with the tape. It’s also a good idea to cover the other half (thick paper works), so you don’t see any speckling. Once you frame is dry, create you pattern with your matching Montana paint marker. The 2mm tips are great for creating the perfect small polka dot. 30 Minute Frame Makeover 30 Minute Frame Makeover Don’t forget– if you entered already, you can still earn more entries today! Giveaway open to US and Canada residents. Ends Friday at 5:00pm PST. Good luck!

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DIY Ombre Pegboardhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-ombre-pegboard/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-ombre-pegboard/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:05:17 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5801 Time: 10 minutes + dry time Materials: pegboard, drop cloth, Montana GOLD spray paint   So, as you may know, I’m in the midst of an office makeover (here’s a sneak peek!). While digging through my boxes of supplies on a regular basis, it occurred to me that I need a better way of organizing some

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Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: pegboard, drop cloth, Montana GOLD spray paint

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY Giveaway

 

So, as you may know, I’m in the midst of an office makeover (here’s a sneak peek!). While digging through my boxes of supplies on a regular basis, it occurred to me that I need a better way of organizing some of my frequently used crafting essentials. And what better way to do that than with a painted ombre pegboard?

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY GiveawayYesterday I showed you how to use Montana’s acrylic paint markers to decorate a planter, but for today’s project, I’m using their GOLD spray paint. This line in particular is my go-to for spray paint. They really have the best colors (takes a few minutes of shaking just to mix all the pigments!) and the coverage is excellent. They’re giving away a small collection of both spray paint and markers to three lucky readers– keep reading to see how to enter!

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY GiveawayStart with your lightest color. You’ll want to spray a bit from the top so that the paint speckles up, giving you the lightest color of your ombre (similar to how I made this). You could also buy a third can and start at the top. It all depends on how you want you blend your colors. Spray to the bottom of your board.

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY GiveawayWith the darkest color, begin spraying lightly (again with the speckle effect), then transition to a solid spray at the bottom of the peg board. Let dry and hang!

DIY Ombre PegboardTo mount, you’ll need spacers, screws, washers and a drill. From the wall, the items should be in this order: spacer, pegboard, washer, screw. This will give you some space in the back so that you can securely hang hooks and baskets through the holes!

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY Giveaway

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY Giveaway

DIY Ombre Pegboard + @MONTANADIY Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday. Be sure to claim your entires for today as well; ends Friday at 5pm PST!

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DIY Brushstroke Planterhttp://thecraftedlife.com/diy-brushstroke-planter/ http://thecraftedlife.com/diy-brushstroke-planter/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:00:18 +0000 http://thecraftedlife.com/?p=5767 Time: 25 minutes Materials: planter, Montana acrylic paint markers This week is an exciting week friends! For the next three days, I’ll be partnering with Montana (you might remember their paint from this project), to bring you DIYS you can do with their spray paint and acrylic paint markers. Plus, they’ll be giving away 6

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Time: 25 minutes
Materials: planter, Montana acrylic paint markers

DIY Brushstroke Planter + @MONTANADIY Giveaway!

This week is an exciting week friends! For the next three days, I’ll be partnering with Montana (you might remember their paint from this project), to bring you DIYS you can do with their spray paint and acrylic paint markers. Plus, they’ll be giving away 6 cans of paint AND 6 markers to not one, but three readers, so be sure to come back each day to see the projects and enter to win!

First up, how to makeover a basic planter in 25 minutes (with little cleanup):

DIY Brushstroke Planter + Montana GOLD Paint Giveaway!

DIY Brushstroke Planter + Montana GOLD Paint Giveaway!If you’d like the planter to be anything but terra cotta, paint it! I chose white so the colors would really pop.

DIY Brushstroke Planter + @MONTANADIY Giveaway!My favorite thing about these markers is that they cut my crafting and clean up time in half. I’m so use to pouring paint on a tray, cleaning my brush between each color, then washing up after (typically spilling it at some point in there). For the markers, all you do is shake and take the cap off. Seriously amazing.

DIY Brushstroke Planter + Montana GOLD Paint Giveaway!There are several different tip sizes, but I used the 15mm so that when applied at an angle, it would produce an effect similar to a brushstroke. I recommend practicing on a sheet of paper first so you get used to the feel of the marker. Go around your pot, changing colors as you go, until you achieve the look you want.

DIY Brushstroke Planter + @MONTANADIY Giveaway!Let dry and pot your plant!

DIY Brushstroke Planter + @MONTANADIY Giveaway!

DIY Brushstroke Planter + @MONTANADIY Giveaway!

DIY Brushstroke Planter + @MONTANADIY Giveaway!And now the best part– you can win the supplies you need to create your own! Colors will vary from what’s listed below, but here’s everything (three of you) will win:

DIY Brushstroke Planter + Montana GOLD Paint Giveaway!Giveaway open to US and Canada residents only. Open until 5pm PST 10/17. Best of luck!

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