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Thrift Store End Table


I saw this little end table at St. Vincent DePaul’s thrift store when we first moved to Seattle last year – for $3! We had gotten rid of the super rickety table we used next to our couch (which had maybe collapsed once or twice…) when we moved so I figured this could be the replacement. I had visions for it.

End Table

$3? Sold!

Of course, it’s laminate which I was worried about how I would paint. Research suggested that instead of trying to sand it down, which would just damage the laminate, to buy some especially sticky primer. I got Zinsser 1-2-3 primer per some suggestions from other crafty folks online. I took off the back (a little panel only blocking the back of the top shelf) and got to work.

I originally thought I would make it a nice teal color, but as I painted with the primer, I realized I really liked the look of it remaining white and wood. So here’s what I ended up with:

Primer coat

Primer coat

Then I finished it with a “delicate white” eggshell paint that I bought for another project which I will post about later this month.

Completed makeover.

Makeover complete!

Later I can always change my mind if I want it to be teal after all — I still have more primer!

Watercolor Bubble Cards


Wow, it’s been a bit since I wrote a blog post! So much for my once a month self-imposed quota. It’s been a real busy summer.

The other day I decided I needed to craft SOMETHING to write about, and since a friend somehow coerced me over to Pinterest, I was in the land of crafting plenty.

Every time one of my interns wraps up their time at our office, I generally like to give them a thank you card. I thought it would be fun to make some handmade cards to use.

So in the land of craft-spiration I saw this fun (and easy but also messy) painting method and thought I’d give it a try for a fairly low-effort, low time commitment craft project.

Things you’ll need:


Paint (everywhere I read said Tempura…I used acrylic because that’s what I had in my craft stock)


Containers you don’t mind getting painty (this is why I save all those sour cream and cream cheese containers y’all!)

Newspaper or something else to protect your work surface

Cardstock or watercolor paper



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DIY Light Switch Plate Pizzaz


I’ve been looking for a smallish project to work on lately. While perusing Pinterest awhile ago, I saw a cool light switch plate cover that someone had decorated. Then I started searching for others and found stuff covered in decoupage, fabric, paint, metal, glue, all kinds of stuff. I decided that while I can’t really paint my office (well, I probably could, with the caveat that I also have to paint it back to a neutral color when we move, and to that, I say PSH) I could add a little pizazz by making my own cover plates!

Turns out these things are really cheap, too. I got some extra large ones for about $1 each at Home Depot. Oh, and then I proceeded to spend like $30+ on bulbs and planters because I’ve decided that despite my track record (Cacti killed to date: 2) I would attempt some gardening at our apartment. I just want our patio to look like it’s out of a home and garden magazine, is that so much to ask?

Moving on.

Let's get started.

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In Which I Was Unable to Produce the Vision in my Head.


It doesn’t happen too often, but every now and then I have complete craft failure. Luckily it’s not as heart breaking when you use mostly recycled materials/things that can be used again- again/ supplies that cost 80 cents.

It started off so promising.

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Homemade Cards


Poor neglected blog! Well, I’m slowly crawling back from the brink of grad school induced insanity with a mere 6.5 days, half a grant proposal, and one presentation to go until the very end. While my brain was in manic mode this week, I had an idea for modifying a nice tote bag I got from work (complete with the less than attractive Lily logo). That will take place later since I still don’t yet have the time/energy/commitment to pick up that sewing combo project just yet. During a lazy lunch break on Thursday when I couldn’t bring myself to go to the gym I decided I would walk the mile to the craft store during my break instead to get the supplies for said project… I got fabric paint, a swiveling xacto thing, and some $1 stamps and ink pads that I thought would be fun (and were pretty cheap).

My plan involves making stencils. If you know me, you know I can’t draw or paint to save my life, so stencils seem like a reasonable solution. At any rate, potentially wasting fabric in the event of my stencils not coming out as planned seemed like a likely pitfall, so I decided papercrafts were the way to test them out- especially as I have a list of at least 5 people who need congrats/thanks/birthday cards (almost all of which are belated….sorry y’all!)


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