Succulents Add Color In The Bathroom…

I asked Dwell by Cheryl for some tips on how to update my bathroom.  I’m still working on her list of recommendations like painting and purchasing a new shower curtain.

One recommendation that I implemented right away was adding succulents.  Wikipedia says that succulents are:

In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents or sometimes fat plants, are plants having some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. Succulent plants may store water in various structures, such as leaves and stems.

You can purchase them at Lowe’s Home Improvement or Home Depot stores.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Tutorial | Pure & Simple

On a recent thrifting trip with Dwell by Cheryl, she spotted a glass globe for $1.  I walked right by it, but her creative eye suggested I use them for succulents.  SOLD! For a $1! 🙂

The globe would top a terra cotta saucer plate with the plants residing inside.

Thrifted Succulent DIY Planter

The terra cotta saucer matched the color of my counter top, so I decided to update it with a little DIY.

Step 1:  Wash the globe with warm soapy water.  Air dry.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 1

Step 2: Prime the terra cotta saucer.  Let dry.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 2

Step 3:  Mix up your white wash paint.  White paint + water.  Mix well.  The runnier the wash, the more coats you will need to cover.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 3

Step 4: Paint the saucer.  Air dry in between coats.  Paint a total of 2 coats per side.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 4

Step 5:  Lightly sand the edges to give it an aged look. 150 grit.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 5

I had originally planned to sponge on some gray paint to give it more of an aged look.  That step was omitted — I loved how this turned out!

Step 6:  Add globe.  Carefully add potting mix, succulents.  Gently water.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 6

TIP:  Be sure to use the Cacti & Succulent Potting Mix.  I also use a spray bottle to water it — much easier to control the flow and spray. 

MiracleGro Cacti Potting Soil

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Final

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Close Up

They have a beautiful home in my bathroom!

Cost breakdown:

  • Glass globe = $1
  • Saucer plate = already had on hand (I believe they are a $1 at Lowe’s or Home Depot)
  • Primer & Paint = marginal as I used so little
  • Succulents = $3.98 for a mini 4 pack
  • Succulent Potting Mix = $4.98 for a medium bag (again marginal)
    • Total =  $7-ish

Easy Peasy project!  What do you think?

Until next time…

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Thrifted Frame + DIY Tutorial…

I have several obsessions.

  • Wooden Frames
  • Wooden Animals
  • White ceramic anything
  • Milk glass
  • Mason Jars
  • Thrifting
  • DIY/Crafts
  • Antique glazing
  • Clearance Oops paint

It is no secret that I love to thrift.  I even have a Facebook album dedicated to my unique and fun finds.  I attempt to be a DIY maven.  I see these couples and women on Pinterest doing some amazing work.  I long to be just.like.them.

I can transform a wooden picture frame like nobody’s business but building a fireplace surround or a chalkboard key organizer.  That is a different story.

I long for the days of a house.  The ability to have a workshop with actual tools.  The ability to plants flower … in the ground and not just in containers.  The ability to decorate a porch or a front yard for the holidays.  The ability to grow a full garden … not just in containers.  The ability to raise chickens.

I might have daydreamed a little too far. 😉  You get the picture … I kind of want a house so I can have dedicated work stations and a garden. 🙂 Chickens or not.

Since I don’t have the space for many tools, I don’t tackle large DIY projects.  I stick with easy ones — like painting a wooden frame.

Goodwill Thrifted Frames

I couldn’t pass these up!

Goodwill Thrifted Frame

I saw this bad boy at Goodwill a few weeks ago.  Raymond rolled his eyes and said, “Another one?”  Yep!  Another wooden picture frame my good fella. 😉

I loved the detailing on the corners.  I did not love the color.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it but proceeded to sand and prime as if I had an end result in mind.

Goodwill Thrifted Picture Frame - Sanding

Goodwill Thrifted Frame - Priming

Don’t you love my antique bedsheet? 😉

 

Behr Clearance Oops Paint

I wanted a lighter shade of blue so I mixed it with white acrylic paint

 

Behr Oops Paint Blue

 

Goodwill Thrifted Frame - Painting

 

Prior to the glazing

Prior to the glazing

Goodwill Thrifted Frame Complete

 

I have wanted to frame this since the day I brought it home … 5-ish years ago.  This was a happy accident.  Happy that it fit.  Happy that the colors matches the Alpha Delta Pi crest. I cannot wait to add it to my Art Gallery Wall in my office! 🙂  

 

DIY Goodwill Thrifted Picture Frame Tutorial

  • Remove the backing and glass
  • Clean the glass with windex.
    • I sometimes use alcohol to get off all the “junk”
  • Sand the frame
    • I prefer a sanding block over sand paper
    • 150 medium grit is my preference
  • Using a washcloth, wipe down the frame
  • Prime the frame
    • Spray primer is easiest
    • I use Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X Coverage Primer
    • It rocks!
  • After the primer is dry, Paint the frame
    • Any paint will do. Acrylic. Indoor.  Spray.
    • I’m slightly obsessed with the Clearance Oops Paint from Lowe’s & Home Depot — the color selection is varied
    • Both sell miniature containers of paint that customers have returned for a deep discount.
    • I used my $0.50 Oops paint from Home Depot and some white acrylic paint
    • Use a paint brush to cover the frame.
  • Repeat with a second coat is desired
  • If you are going for a more aged look, then I recommend lightly sanding in between coats
  • I also sand before and after glazing
  • Antique or age the frame with glaze
    • I’m also obsessed with antique glazing
    • I use Martha Stewart Living Metallic Glaze in Black Coffee (Home Depot)
    • Wipe glaze on with damp washcloth
    • Let is dry for 10-15 minutes
    • Wipe off with dry washcloth
    • If there is more glaze in one area that you want, then wet the washcloth and rub it over the glaze
    • Glazing really is SO simple!
  • Let it dry.  Add picture and backing and voila!

What have you thrifted and given new life to recently?

Until next time…

Jennifer Signature

DIY {Glitter Organizer}…

A few months ago I went to Blowing Rock and Boone, NC with my family and blogged about the trip here.  While out and about in Blowing Rock, my cousin found this adorable glitter holder/organizer/shaker.  She said, “This would make a great blog post!”

Glitter Organizer Inspiration | Pure & Simple

She was right!  If you have ever used glitter before, then you know how frustrating it can be.  I hate a mess and glitter is a mess.  Too much.  Too concentrated.  Difficult to store.

Easy DIY Glitter Organizer:  

DIY Glitter Organizer | Pure & Simple

  • Salt Shaker
  • Glitter
  • Cotton Ball (Jumbo)

Store glitter in salt shaker.  Top with cotton ball.  Done!

What is your favorite craft project with glitter?  

Until next time…

Jennifer Signature

{DIY} Earring Organizer…

Something from Sarah time!  I met Sarah for coffee last week to sign some internship papers.  She shared this blog post idea with me over said coffee.  I think I squealed like a little girl.  I love a good DIY … especially if you can find everything at your local Goodwill store … and super especially if it has to do with organizing. 🙂

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{DIY} Earring Organizer

For someone who wears the same jewelry almost every day, I have an awful lot of jewelry!  Don’t believe me? Here are all the baubles that I wore yesterday:

Sarah's Jewelry

And the day before that… and the day before that:

Sarahs Jewelry 2

Sensing a trend?

To make matters worse… here is my jewelry collection:

JB: I love the storage. :)

JB: I love the storage. 🙂

That’s not even everything!  I keep it pretty well organized, but let’s be honest, it’s much easier to keep something organized when you hardly ever touch it!

Although my day-to-day jewelry stays the same, there’s one thing that I switch out almost every day: earrings!  They’re a cheap, easy way to add a little whimsy to my look.  I used to constantly lose them because I didn’t have a consistent home for them all.  Most earring holders are so expensive.  Many DIY options only hold fish hook styles, leaving me with no where to keep my studs!

I took matters into my own hands and made a holder for both styles.  Better yet, it’s cheap, fast, and easy to make.   Not to mention all the necessary materials can be found at Goodwill.  You may even have them on hand in your own home.

All you’ll need is a sweater and a wooden picture frame.  That’s it!

Supplies: Sweater, Wooden picture frame

Supplies: Sweater, Wooden picture frame

Here’s the earring frame I made for myself, I’ve had it for almost two months now and I can honestly say it works!

Sarah's version she made a few months ago.

Sarah’s version she made a few months ago.

Here’s how you make your own:

Step One: Gather Materials.

Although they should be easy to find, there are a few guidelines for your materials.

For sweaters, look for a heavy, chunky knit… you shouldn’t be able to see through it unless you stretch the sweater slightly.

Sweater options

For your frames, it has to be wood (it’s pretty hard to staple into metal or plastic!) and it should have the hanger on the actual frame, not the cardboard part, like this:

Frame optionsYou’ll also need a pair of scissors and a stapler… just a plain office one works fine!

Step Two: Assembly!

Cut the sweater.

Cut the sweater.

Take the cardboard backing off the frame and press the prongs flat.

Line up the frame over the sweater and cut around the edges.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Line up the sweater

Pull the sweater taught and staple it directly to the frame, holding the stapler flat against the wood and press hard so the staple doesn’t bend!

Staple sweater to frame

Trim the edges… it doesn’t have to be pretty, it just can’t show when you flip the frame.

Step Three: Hang and Enjoy!

Finished product

That’s it!  Stick the earrings directly through the yarn of the sweater.  I keep my hooks at the top and studs at the bottom, so when I need to take the back off one of my studs I just lift the corner of the frame.

There’s so many ways you could personalize this with different paint and sweater combinations… what will you choose?

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Oh my — how cute and easy! 🙂   What do you think?

Until next time…

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DIY {Fabric Covered Cork Board}…

DIY Fabric Covered Corkboard | Pure & Simple

I aspire to be a lot of things, one being a crafter.  I few months ago I successfully completed this project {DIY Fabric Covered Cork Board}.

I started with this picture.  Gift from my mom when I moved into my first big girl apartment … 6 years ago.  I knew the picture wouldn’t make the cut once I moved in with Raymond, so I decided to do something with it.

DIY Steps for Fabric Covered Cork Board

  • Take picture backing off.
  • Remove picture and glass.
  • Prime & paint the frame.
    • I used flat black spray paint.
    • I ♥ spray paint!
  • Attach cork to cardboard backing from original picture.
    • I purchased a roll of cork from Michaels
    • I attached with spray adhesive.
  • Cover with fabric.
    • I purchased fabric from Hobby Lobby.
    • I used duck tape to cover.
  • Pop the fabric covered cork back into the frame.

So… what do you think? 🙂  Successful?

I would like to do something similar with a distressed/weathered look.

If you liked today’s post, then I would love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment below.

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Crafty Jennifer {First project complete!}…

I have mentioned this before…and I’m sure I will mention this again…I am not crafty.  The learning curve is steep on the craft front.  I admire women (and men) who can create adorable projects from scraps of paper and spray glue.

BTW…spray glue is not my friend.  I have a bone to pick with my friend Katy.  She mentioned holding up a piece of paper and spraying it with the glue was how she accomplished several projects.  Noted.  I tried it.  Glue was stuck to my thumb for 3 days!  Nothing worked to remove it!  She failed to mention that part. 😉

Okay…so I’m not crafty but I did manage to complete one craft project.  My jewelry board of which I am so proud!

My inspiration came from Pinterest.  See here.

You will need:

  • Plywood (1/2″ thick)
  • Fabric
  • Cabinet knobs & handles
  • Machine screws (the ones that came with the knobs were too long)
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Patience

My dad cut the plywood for me.  Thanks Daddy! 🙂 I used an old shirt for the fabric.  I stapled the fabric to the plywood.  What a job that was!  Ha!  At one point, Raymond said “Oh My Gosh!  What are you doing?!”  Every time I pulled the trigger for the staple gun I would either go flying forward or to the side and yell “Ouch!”.  Makes me laugh still thinking about it.  🙂

Recap of the project:

Plywood boards.

Shirt used for fabric.

Drill stuck in board. This happened A LOT!

Second try is a charm. Screwed the knobs in before covering with fabric.

All done! This is the second board. The first one was crooked.

Words of wisdom:

  • Dont cover the board with fabric first.  You cant drill through fabric.
  • Quilting batting is not a good idea.  Just go with plywood and fabric.  The batting bunched!
  • Make yours cuter than mine.  I would change the fabric and maybe decorative ribbon.
  • Buy a new drill.  My old lady drill almost bit the dust…saw dust that is.  HA! I crack myself up. 🙂

So what do you think? 🙂

Another project update coming soon!

Until next time…