Spray Painted Dresser Makeover

Here’s a cute dresser makeover from Tiffany.

I see dressers like this all the time at yard sales and even at the thrift store for under $50. They are solid wood, very sturdy, and last forever.

If you see one for sale, consider buying it and updating it with a few coats of spray paint.

you can spray paint furniture! Looks great and easy to do.

For Tiffany’s dresser she removed the top piece and the lower drawers. I love this idea because the baskets give it texture underneath and deeper storage.

She used Valspar color radiance flat spray paint and the color was caramel honey. I think yellow is absolutely gorgeous!

This works great in an entry, dining room, or could even be a television stand. You would just need to drill a few holes in the back of the dresser for the cords if you wanted to store your DVD player or cable box in the space at the bottom.

Tiffany did not prime her dresser before she spray painted it, but if your surface is shiny I would recommend lightly sanding and priming if you don’t want it to eventually chip. Tiffany likes the distressed look, so she painted it without priming.

Make sure the furniture is clean and dust free before spray painting and allow the paint to fully dry between coats. I recommend allowing the paint to cure for several days before placing anything on the furniture.

When I lived overseas the only paint available was spray paint, so we used it to paint everything. I was always happy with the spray painted finish. If you haven’t spray painted a piece of furniture before I would try it! It covers well, especially in areas with fine detail, and is quicker than painting with a brush.

I spray painted this mirror for the girl’s bathroom and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I tried chalk paint originally, but it was very hard to get coverage in all the wood detail. I was able to spray paint it in about three minutes.

Finished picture coming soon!

spray painted mirror

I love that Tiffany turned the four drawers she removed from the dresser into shelves! I absolutely love this idea and that she personalized the shelves for a friend!

dresser drawers made into shelves

Tiffany attached her drawers together but there are several other ways you can use dresser drawers as shelving. So, so cute and clever!

I love this idea for a single drawer shelf for storage in the bathroom from Beyond the Picket Fence.

dresser drawer bathroom shelf

These dresser drawers found on Country Living were turned into a bookcase. Remove the hardware allows you to position the shelves in different directions. Lining the drawers with wallpaper or fabric gives it an awesome custom look.

dresser drawer bookcase

Last month I asked for my readers to submit their best makeover and repurposed projects. I was amazed at how many creative and awesome projects you submitted. 

Over the next few months I’ll be sharing some of your amazing DIY projects! If you have a project you’d like featured you can submit it here. We’re giving away a $50 Amazon gift card every month to one reader who submits their own DIY project. 

You can submit your project here! 

 

 


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Peppermint Mocha Lip Scrub and Lip Balm

Homemade Peppermint Mocha Lip Scrub and Lip Balm at The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Beth

This lip scrub uses the mild exfoliating power of coffee grounds. I used ground coffee after it was brewed. This softens it a bit and makes it gentler on your skin. But I’m sure you could use fresh ground coffee if you prefer.

I like to use this each winter night when I’m washing my face and getting ready for bed. The oils in this recipe absorb into my skin and never leave me feeling greasy. The sweet almond oil contains nourishing vitamin E and deep healing A & B vitamins which feed your skin without clogging pores. Jojoba oil is a light oil that is easily absorbed into the skin leaving no oily residue behind.

The chocolate scent of this is divine and the peppermint is not overwhelming like you might think.

Homemade Peppermint Mocha Lip Scrub and Lip Balm at The Happy Housewife

Homemade Lip Scrub

Ingredients & Instructions

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coffee grounds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 – 3 drops peppermint essential oil (I think 3 drops really helps balance out the strong chocolate scent.)
  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and store in a cool place.

Storage Tips

  • I used stackable bead containers for storing the scrub and balm. They are very inexpensive to buy at the craft store.
  • Do not store this in the refrigerator because it becomes too solid and hard to spread.

Directions for Use

  1. To use, get a little of the scrub on your index finger. A little will go a long way.
  2. Rub in small circles all over your top and bottom lip.
  3. Wipe off scrub with warm, wet cloth. Finish with the lip balm recipe below for moisturizing and healing comfort.

Homemade Lip Balm

Ingredients & Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients and store in a tightly closed container.

Storage Tip

  • This mixture should keep for several weeks. There is no beeswax in this lip balm so you’ll want to store it in a cool place. The coconut oil will keep the mixture solid so long as it’s stored at a temperature of 76 degrees or cooler. It will get very solid if you store it in the refrigerator, but still usable.

Usage Tip

  • This balm is best used after lips have been exfoliated with the lip scrub.

Homemade Peppermint Mocha Lip Scrub and Lip Balm at The Happy Housewife

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Dresser to Dress Up DIY Makeover

Dresser to Dress Up DIY Makeover at The Happy Housewife

This absolutely adorable dresser to dress up DIY project was submitted by Alexis. This is such a fun project and can be completed in a weekend.

To create this dress up station remove the top drawers from the dresser. Place a piece of wood over the bottom drawer that remains in the dresser and screw/ nail it to the rails on each side so it is secure.

Secure a pole across the top for hanging clothes and attach hooks on the sides for accessories.

I love the fun pink color Alexis used and paper lining the back of the dresser. This is great if you have a piece that isn’t in the best condition because the paper will hide a lot. I would use a Mod Podge to attach any paper or fabric to the surfaces.

This would look so cute in a play room or little girl’s room. You could also paint it to coordinate with a living area in your home. The possibilities are endless!

Last month I asked for my readers to submit their best makeover and repurposed projects. I was amazed at how many creative and awesome projects you submitted. 

Over the next few months I’ll be sharing some of your amazing DIY projects! If you have a project you’d like featured you can submit it here. We’re giving away a $50 Amazon gift card every month to one reader who submits their own DIY project. 

You can submit your project here! 

 


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Cork Board Signs – DIY Gift Idea

By contributing writer Jordon

I am so excited for what 2015 has in store. One of my resolutions for 2015 is to be on top of gift giving, whether it be a birthday, special occasion, or hostess gift. I don’t know why, but I always seem to be late in buying gifts.

Sometimes even with my best intentions, I get too busy and completely put off going and picking out a gift for a family member or friend. Life is good, but life is busy! So this year, I am going to be on top of my gift giving. Gifts do not have to be extravagant. Simple can go a long way to show a special person you care.

Cork Board Signs - DIY Gift Idea at The Happy Housewife

These Cork Board Signs are a simple and fun DIY gift idea that allows you to be as creative as you want. They are also a great compliment to additional gifts and are a perfect fit for hanging over a bottle of wine.

Supplies Needed

Cork Board Signs - DIY Gift Idea at The Happy Housewife

Instructions

  1. Punch holes in the top of the cork board (for the ribbon hanger) so you know exactly how much room you have for your saying, letter, or design.
  2. Plan out how you want to create your cork board. Place the stencils on the board and trace with a Sharpie.
  3. Add flowers or other design using cut fabric glued onto the cork board. Add buttons if you wish.
  4. Cut about 7 inches of ribbon. Slide each end through the punched holes and tie a knot, making sure the knot is on the back of the board.

That’s it! Place it over a bottle of wine, give with a coffee mug, or simply give one as a gift. They look great hung on the wall as well.

Happy gift giving! :)

Cork Board Signs - DIY Gift Idea at The Happy Housewife

They fit perfect over a bottle of wine!

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