Friday, August 29, 2014

Garage Sale Trio Cost Breakdown

I don't know about anyone else but when I see DIY projects, even small ones, I wonder how much it really cost to complete. Maybe it's being nosy. Or maybe it's just smart preparation. But I do wonder.

So I thought I'd compile the post about what this trio of projects actually cost. Here's the hit my wallet took on this...

$3 - Nightstand

Garage sale find

$3 - Shoe Cubby

Garage sale find

$2 - Bed Tray

Garage Sale find

$3.20 - Black Paint 

Apple Barrel Acrylic 8oz  in Black. $2.97 + tax @ Walmart

$1.08 - Teal Paint

2 Apple Barrel Acrylic 2oz in Tuscan Teal. 50c each + tax @ Walmart

$4.06 - Purple Paint

Apple Barrel Gloss Acrylic 8oz in Deep Purple. $3.77 + tax @ Walmart

$12.87 - Mod Podge

2 Mod Podge Gloss 16oz. $6.97 + tax @ Walmart and $4.99 + tax @ Joann after 50% off coupon

$2.14 - Tissue Paper

Spritz 15 sheet package in silver & polka dot. $1.99 + tax @ Target

$0 - Scrapbook Paper

Previously purchased

$2.16 - Paint Brushes

2 multi packs. $1.00 each + tax @ Dollar Tree

$0 - Sand Paper

Previously purchased

$33.51 Grand Total

More than I had wanted to spend (about $10 more) but  not too bad for three pieces. Less than $12 a piece technically and I still have some supplies leftover. So if you really wanted to get technical and figure out exactly what I used for each one (which I'm not motivated enough to do) it would be even less than that.

Till next time...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nightstand Makeover

And finally the last of the Garage Sale Trio. I wasn't looking for a nightstand at all. I have one that works perfectly well. But I came across this one at a garage sale and realized that it was perfect for t-shirts. So I bought it.

I may or may not have a problem with impulse buying at garage sales. I plead the fifth.

And if you think that there's a chance that this project went according to the plan and Plan A worked, think again.

It didn't.

I painted the whole thing, inside and out purple. But didn't like the shade of purple. It's a pretty shade of purple and I'd use it for something else. But for this, it just wasn't right. So I added some black to the purple paint until I was satisfied with the color.

I also knew that I didn't want to whole thing to be purple inside and out so I went looking for some ideas. I found this nightstand at the Spoonflower blog and liked the inside a printed paper.

I wanted something silver on silver (swirls, stripes, maybe a floral) but couldn't find anything that I liked that was a price I was good with. I ended up with the pack of tissue paper that was silver polka dots on a white background and some solid silver.

Then I started mod podging some polka dot tissue paper on the inside. I should have stopped at the point when I took the picture to the left, but I didn't. I just kept going until the inside was completely covered.

I didn't like it. At all. If the purple color was wrong, the polka dot tissue was even more wrong. 

I'm not sure if I didn't like it because of the way the purple showed through the white background of the paper or if it was the way the polka dots looked with the crumpling and tearing. But either way, it had to change.

I still had silver tissue paper left from the shoe cubby so I just covered up the crappy polka dots with the silver, crumpled and torn like I did with the polka dot paper and the shoe cubby. 

This time I was happy.

In some places the polka dots show through the silver paper, but instead of looking stupid, it looks kind of neat. Sort of ghosty. 

I'm mostly happy with the results. There's some white spots on the outside from paint transfer from the stupid sawhorses that I put the nightstand on while I was doing the mod podging. I couldn't get them scraped off and didn't have any paint left to cover over them so I'm stuck with them I guess. At least the nightstand will be inside my closet where no one will see the spots.

Till next time...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bed Tray Makeover

I wasn't seriously looking for a bed tray when I found this; I had sort of toyed with the idea of getting one. But it was just a maybe thing. Then I found this one at a garage sale. Sometimes things happen that way. Who am I to question it?

I especially liked this one because the legs fold up underneath so it can lay on the bed or stand over my lap. It also has the capability to be tilted at an angle or lay flat. Pretty cool. Not a bad deal for $2.

After seeing this tray @ Pretty Prudent I knew that I wanted to mimic the look and decoupage something onto this one. So I dug out some scrap booking paper that I bought several years ago in a moment of temporary insanity. 

I used some purple on purple striped paper and overlapped the pieces to fill the center of the tray. Some people probably would have cut them exactly to size and butted them up against each other, but I'm okay with the slight hump where they overlap.

And just like with my shoe cubby, Plan A didn't work. I had planned to only seal over the center portion of the tray with the Mod Podge but in the end didn't like the look of the glossy black center next to the matte black of the rest of the tray. So I just sealed up the whole thing.

I'm really happy with the result in the end. Another Plan B that was better than Plan A.

Till next time...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Shoe Cubby Makeover

I've finally finished what I'm calling my Garage Sale Trio (nightstand, shoe cubby, & bed tray). I actually finished them last week but haven't been able to post until now. Instead of cramming them all into one post, I'm going to spread them out. Each one receiving their own post. Then I'll follow that up with a cost breakdown post.

First up... 

The Shoe Cubby. My favorite of the three.

Because neatly organized shoes means more room for more shoes!!!!!

It also turned out really well in my opinion. But let's be honest, the secret to life is owning lots of shoes.

There was some damage to the top when I bought it but I figured that the paint would cover it. Because no way was it staying white. I decided to go with a black outside and teal inside.

But Plan A was not going to work. The damage to the top showed through the paint so I had to find a Plan B. I remembered seeing paper bag floors on Pinterest and thought I could do something similar on the top. So I crumpled up silver tissue paper, ripped it apart, and mod podged it to the top. Problem solved.

I'm really glad that Plan A ended up not working out. I  LOVE the look of the tissue paper on the top. It adds some fun personality. And yes, I only put a second coat of teal on the front halves of the inserts. I was running out of paint and barely had enough to do even that much.

Not bad for my very first time using Mod Podge if I say so myself.

Till next time...

Friday, August 15, 2014

5 Things I Learned Painting & Mod Podging Garage Sale Finds

I didn't intend to vanish for a week but the last few days we've been going to the Parade of Homes to keep my nephew occupied the last week before school starts (FINALLY! I love the kid but it's been a looooong summer). And I've also been working on a trio of projects for my bedroom.

I've been painting and Mod Podging a nightstand, shoe cubby, and bed tray that were all garage sale finds. I have to redo a portion of the nightstand because I don't love the way it turned out, and I have to finish the bed tray with an all-over coat of Mod Podge. But I did finish the shoe cubby. And I love it! I'll do a post devoted to that, but I thought I'd do a post with the five things I learned while doing this trio.

1. Sandpaper is your friend.
I've painted before without doing a scuff sanding prior to painting and let me tell you, almost instantaneous regret. The paint never goes on as smoothly or lasts if you don't do a light sanding with some fine-grit sand paper to scratch up the finish. I also discovered partway through the project that sanding lightly between coats of paint keeps the layers even and smooth. I used a coarser sand paper than I probably should have, but it was what I had available and seemed to work well if I used a light touch with it.

2. The sun could be your best friend. Or your worst enemy.
Paint dries really quickly in the sun. Which is really great for cutting the drying time between coats. But the sun doesn't discriminate so it dries the paint you're actively working with really quickly as well. I had to be really miserly with putting my paint on my palette (a super fancy paper plate, I'm that sophisticated) because if I didn't use it within seconds the sun had it dried out.

3. Use saw horses.
I didn't and bitterly regretted it. I stood the pieces on the ground and sat in a chair leaning over them to paint/sand/Mod Podge. Oh man, my back was killing me. If at all possible, put your project at torso height. That way your back is straight and arms are straight out. 

4. Free child labor may not save you any time (or supplies).
I never once asked or suggested that my nephew help me, but he volunteered so I put him to work. He followed instructions well-ish, but he just wasn't able to paint as nicely as I wanted. I had to spend as much time, sanding out gloppy parts and doing extra coats because he didn't paint an even layer. He also wasted A LOT of paint. I don't know what his motivation was but when I asked him to be careful with the paint because I don't have endless buckets of money to buy more, he proceeded to pour way more than he needed on the plate and then let it dry repeatedly. No more painting projects when he's around. That's for sure.

5. Dishwasher detergent is great for cleaning up acrylic paint & Mod Podge.
One of the best parts of using acrylic craft paint is chemical free clean-up. No stinky paint thinners to deal with. But you do need some sort of soap to help clean up. I was going to use hand soap for clean up but my mom suggested trying dishwasher detergent when the brushes were being stubborn to come clean. Bye bye paint! Then I used the detergent to clean up after Mod Podging. It even cleaned up the brush I had accidentally allowed to dry.

Bonus: If you work with the right technique and enough speed, you can make a very small amount of paint go a very long way.
I found that by using a swift X motion  while painting I was able to get it spread in a thin layer using less paint than I expected. And if you're OCD and argue that you must have all the brush strokes in the same direction, you can still use the X motion. I did my last pass with the brush in the direction that I wanted the strokes to run and didn't have any problems with non-conformist strokes.

Till next time...