Thrifty DIY desk and hutch + HomeRight giveaway

Working from home has been a blessing in so many ways. But it also comes with its share of challenges. One I’ve run into is finding a work space that fits my needs and is clearly defined (i.e. the kids and mister aren’t taking it over).

Up until yesterday, my tiny work space looked like this (on a really good day). 😉

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I needed a bit more room to spread out all my stuff! Fortunately, the latest challenge from HomeRight® gave me the creative kick in the pants I needed to brainstorm a solution for more office furniture. As a HomeRight ambassador, I get the privilege of using their amazing tools every month to clean, organize and renovate my home. Yay!

October’s challenge was to use these ClosetMaid® Espresso Laminate Storage Cubes from Lowe’s and transform them using the HomeRight Finish Max sprayer* and other materials from Lowe’s.

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Yes, my beloved Finish Max sprayer is now available at select Lowe’s! (Plus you can enter to win one at the end of this post.)

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My goal was to paint the storage cubes to match my current desk (black), then attach them to the top of an old desk I purchased a few years ago at an auction for $15 (below). Of course, that meant I would also have to sand and paint the auction desk black, too.

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After giving the desk and cubes a light sanding, I primed them both using my favorite black spray primer.

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I will mention that, for superior durability on the cubes, I would recommend using this Bullseye 1-2-3 primer.

After priming, I used a brad nailer to attach molding along the “top” side of the cubes. I primed the molding afterward. (You could attach the molding first, then prime everything at once, if you weren’t in a rush and forgetful, like me.) 😉

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Next, I loaded my HomeRight Finish Max sprayer with Valspar® Chalky Finish Paint in Boot Black, thinning the paint to the proper consistency for optimum performance in the sprayer.

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When it comes to getting a flawless paint finish on furniture, I have not found any other tool that does a more impressive job than the HomeRight Finish Max.

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After the paint dried, I sprayed on a coat of polyurethane to seal everything.

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Then I added my new “hutch” to the top of the desk. Done!

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What do you think of my new, thrifty office space? I hope you’ll consider voting for it as your favorite! Click here or on the graphic below to vote.

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Of course, DON’T FORGET TO ENTER BELOW TO WIN YOUR OWN HOMERIGHT FINISH MAX SPRAYER!

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Disclosure: I’m thrilled to be a brand ambassador for HomeRight and, as always, all thoughts, opinions and projects are 100 percent my own.  

Thrift store plank bed (plus a giveaway from HomeRight)

This month, HomeRight® challenged its brand ambassadors (that’s me) to do a makeover on a $20 thrift store find, showing how it’s possible to create beautiful decor on a shoestring budget. So right up my alley, right? 😉 I had the absolute perfect project to tackle for this challenge.

I’m currently smack dab in the middle of our “big-boy room” transformation and one of the most important furniture pieces I needed to find for the space was an inexpensive bed.

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I scored this wooden headboard for $20 and the set of bed rails for $30 at my local thrift store, with the vision of transforming it into a modern-looking piece with stained wood planks.

See what I turned it into in the brief video below (or scroll through to read the project steps).

I started the project by removing the trim from the center of the headboard.

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Next I coated the headboard with paint stripper, scraped off the finish as much as possible, then used a sander, sandpaper and steel wool to remove the remainder of the old varnish.

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4-sanding-off-finishThe headboard was then ready for new stain. I used my handy HomeRight Finish Max and HomeRight Spray Shelter to apply a coat of stain to the entire headboard. (Stick around for an awesome giveaway at the end of this post!) 

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I chose Varathane® stain (Kona color) for its one-coat coverage and soap-and-water cleanup.

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While the stain dried, I went to work on the wooden planks for the center of the headboard. I chose lattice trim boards, cutting them out on my miter saw, then arranging them randomly in the headboard.

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The pattern I used is very similar to what I used when installing our hardwood flooring.

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After I cut and arranged all the boards, I took them out, laid them on a dropcloth and applied stain to each piece, creating a random patchwork pattern using just about every stain color I have in my basement.

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When the pieces dried, I permanently adhered them to the headboard using Liquid Nails.

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Then I applied a coat of matte polyurethane to seal the planks and fill in any cracks.

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Finally, I attached the “new” headboard to the rails.

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Done! We’ve now got a brand new, big-boy bed.

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Finished-plank-bed Finished-plank-bed-2What do you think of my thrift store transformation?

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Are you feeling inspired to tackle your own transformation project? You need the HomeRight Finish Max and Spray Shelter to help you get the job done quickly and beautifully. HomeRight is giving away a Finish Max and Spray Shelter to one of you luckies! Enter below to win.

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Disclaimer: I’m thrilled to be a brand ambassador for HomeRight and, as always, all thoughts, opinions and projects are my own. 

Crafty Box Tops for Education bin (plus my favorite breakfast casserole recipe)

Earlier this week, I mentioned how the Box Tops for Education™ program benefits our family and our school. We are a Box Top-collecting bunch!

Today I wanted to share a crafty idea for creating a Box Tops collection bin for your home or child’s classroom. I’m also including a recipe for my all-time-favorite breakfast casserole.

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I made this countertop-worthy Box Tops bin yesterday using a canister I bought at Walmart for $1.97 – plus a few materials from around the house.

Materials-list

Items you’ll need to replicate this project:

  • Plastic canister with removable lid
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chalk marker
  • Large drill bit and craft knife (optional)

Step 1: Remove the label from the front of the canister. Place it on a sheet of plastic and spray it with a coat of chalkboard paint. After it dries, stick the label back on the canister.

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Step 2: Drill a hole in the canister top. Painter’s tape may help keep the plastic from cracking.

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I had the misfortune of damaging the lid during this step. So I applied a few coats of painter’s tape and cut out a hole in the tape using a craft knife. If you want to avoid the chance of breaking the plastic top, you can skip the hole-drilling step.

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Step 3: Spray the plastic lid with a few coats of your favorite metallic spray paint.

Step 4: While the lid dries, print out the words for the chalkboard label on regular printer paper. Then use my chalkboard transfer method to create a carbon copy of the words on the label.

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Step 5: Fill in the chalk outline with a chalkboard marker. Done!

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To help fill up your new Box Tops bin, consider purchasing participating products at Walmart. Right now, Walmart has Bonus Box Tops available on select General Mills® products.

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I made my favorite breakfast casserole using Pillsbury™ Crescent Rolls. A total of five Box Tops are included on each package right now!

Easy breakfast casserole

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can Pillsbury™ Crescent Rolls
  • 1 lb. of your favorite ground sausage
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan. Spread the crescent rolls on the bottom. After frying the sausage, sprinkle it on top of the rolls. Mix up the eggs and milk (I salt and pepper this mixture), then pour it over the sausage and rolls. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake for about 35 minutes or until eggs look done. Enjoy! 

Does your family collect Box Tops for Education? Learn more about Box Tops at Walmart here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.