DIY burlap wreath for the garage entrance

I am officially reporting in that I have – so far – survived The Great Garage Disaster. Last week, I was able to get everything cleaned up on one side; paint the walls and the ceiling; and even sneak in a fun, little craft project, which I’m sharing with you today.

Sometimes you’ve just got to get your craft on to keep your sanity, right?

If you recall, the door from our garage into the house has a vinyl sign on it that reads, “Welcome Home.” However, the piles of junk we previously had to wade through to get to the door were, uh, maybe not so welcoming.

So after I cleared out the junk, painted the walls and scrubbed down the door, I was ready to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to the door to truly give it that welcoming feel.

I started with a foam wreath form.


I wrapped the whole thing in burlap and secured the end with spray adhesive.


To embellish this Plain Jane burlap wreath, I created little rosettes, which I free-form cut out of felt pieces and fabric scraps.


I stacked the felt/fabric pieces on top of each other, with the largest cutouts in back and the smallest in front. I secured all the pieces together by stitching a button in the middle.

DIY-wreath-sewing-rosettesI made eight different rosettes in various sizes and colors to complement the color scheme I’m going for in the garage. Some of the rosettes I cut with regular scissors; others I cut using pinking shears.

After the rosettes were put together, I attached them to the wreath with spray adhesive.


Finally, to personalize my wreath, I spray-painted a “P” silver and used velcro with adhesive backing to attach it to the wreath. (I bought the wreath, burlap, felt and letter from Walmart. All other supplies I had on hand.)





Who says you can’t get crafty in an industrial space? ;)



This project took me a total of one hour to complete and cost about $15 in supplies.

Have you done anything special to create a welcoming entrance to your home?

DIY back-to-school survival kit

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® Elmer’s and Wet Ones, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CraftandCleanUp

I was recently perusing the aisles of Target looking for a back-to-school gift for my daughter’s second grade teacher. It was one of those rare moments when the kids were not with me and I could actually, well, shop rather than spend my time keeping them from tearing down displays, disappearing under clothes racks, or eating something off the floor. In other words, it was a good shopping day. :)

I found an Elmer’s glue and Wet Ones combo pack in the back-to-school section, which made me think of the perfect project that my 7-year old and I could do together: a back-to-school survival kit for her teacher. 

I bought the combo pack, gathered some other supplies from around the house, and went to work. (This combo pack is available in select Target stores only, while supplies last.)


We started with an old cardboard box.


Measuring five inches up from the bottom, we marked the box all the way around. 


I used an electric knife to trim it to size.


I also cut out a gift tag from a discarded piece of the box.


The next step was to wrap the trimmed box in fabric. To determine how much fabric was needed, we laid the box on the fabric, traced the bottom, then measured out 10 inches on each side. Since the box height was five inches, using 10 inches of fabric allowed it to wrap over the top of the box and down the inside. The only thing that wasn’t covered was the bottom of the inside.


We sprayed the box with adhesive and began wrapping the fabric up and over the box. We were extra careful when working around corners, making sure the edges were covered. 



We glued a piece of black felt to the bottom of the inside of the box, hiding the seams and giving it more of a finished look.


We also embellished the top of the box with washi tape. My crafty sidekick glued a black button to the inside of the box. It was used to attach the gift card string to the box.


I sprayed the homemade gift card with chalkboard paint and let it dry.


After writing on the tag with a chalkboard marker, we dipped the edges in glue and glitter.



When done, we used the Wet Ones to easily remove all the glue and glitter from our hands.


Finally, it was time to fill our kit with goodies, which included candy, tea, tissues, bath products and a mug.


School starts next week and we are now officially on our way to being ready. Are you?

Bathroom cabinet transformation

A few weeks ago, I shared the details surrounding my (almost) finished thrifty master bathroom makeover. Today I am happy to report that I am done with the room for real (i.e. I finished the “almost” part).

Every once in a while – OK, a lot – I find myself entrenched in a DIY project that seemingly drags on forever. Have you ever noticed that the longer a project takes to finish, the less motivation you have to complete it?

So the master bathroom has been one of those projects. But, hallelujah! I’m finally done with the last part, the bathroom cabinet transformation.

Here is what the cabinets looked like before:


And if you want to go way back … the before before of the bathroom:


So my goal was to paint the cabinets in a creamy white to help give the whole room a light and airy, coastal feel.

Painting over finished cabinetry requires some good preparation and products, so for this project, I used the Rust-Oleum® Cabinet Transformations™Light Kit. I started with the Pure White color but it turned out a little too bright for the room. I have fixtures and accessories in varying shades of cream and the cabinets needed to blend well with them. I tried adding the glaze, but that made them look vintage, whereas I was going for more of a “new, off-the-showroom-floor” look. So I ended up using the Linen color (without the glaze) instead, which turned out perfectly.

I started the project by removing all the cabinet hardware, drawers and drawer fronts before I went to work.

Step 1: Clean and degloss the surface of the cabinetry.

DeglosserThis step is very important as it thoroughly preps the wood to accept the bond coat.

I applied the deglosser using a heavy-duty scrub pad provided in the kit; wiped the surfaces down with a damp cloth; and dried them with a dry, lint-free cloth. Then I let everything dry for at least an hour before I started painting.

Step 2: Apply bond coat.

I painted the cabinet frame first. Since I was brush-painting everything (I still don’t have a sprayer yet), patience was especially key. I applied a total of three, thin coats of the bonding paint to avoid drips and paint overload. This photo was taken after the first coat:


If you’re brush-painting cabinetry, it is crucial to follow a particular pattern with your brush strokes in order to get a professional-looking finish. The instructions in the Rust-Oleum® product pamphlet explain this in more detail.

For example, with regard to the cabinet frame, I used horizontal brush strokes for the rails, and vertical brush strokes for the stiles and frame sides.


I used the same method for the cabinet doors.


Rust-Oleum® recommends painting the cabinet frames first, then the cabinet doors and drawers, beginning with the backs of the doors. It is also recommended that you use a prop to elevate the doors off the worktable. Or you could position the door you’re painting so that it hangs off the edge of your table and rotate each side as you paint. Just sayin’. ;)


Step 3: Apply protective topcoat, rehang doors and add hardware.

After applying three coats of paint and a protective topcoat – and letting everything dry really well, I was ready to add new hardware and call the cabinets done. Here’s what they look like now:




I’m really happy with the finish and the new hardware. It looks like we have new cabinets now!


What do you think of the transformation?

Special thanks to Rust-Oleum® for providing, at my request, the products needed to complete this project.