Frugal Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

The following is a guest post by Rebecca Brandt.

Last year we knew we needed a kitchen makeover when the veneer on our cabinets began peeling. We didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars to replace the cabinet fronts or the entire cabinets. However, we wanted to take care of our kitchen and create a warm room that our family would enjoy and would be kid friendly.

A few months ago, I walked into my neighbor’s kitchen and she had done exactly what I was thinking. So, I asked her what she did and thus began the journey of our kitchen (and bath) makeover.

Frugal Kitchen Cabinet Makeover at The Happy Housewife

I’m very pleased with the results. Above are the before and after pictures, and below is a tutorial on how to update your own kitchen (and or bathrooms) for less than $150!

Frugal Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

The first thing you’ll want to do is look at the colors in your kitchen and identify the look you’re going for. Then buy your supplies.
Frugal Kitchen Cabinet Makeover at The Happy Housewife

Supplies Needed

Instructions

Step 1:

After you select your colors, wash down your cabinets and then remove the veneer. If it’s peeling, just begin at the peel. It took my son a total of 30 minutes to remove the veneer from the kitchen cabinets. If you have one cabinet that isn’t peeling, take a small knife and cut a little bit off a corner, and then peel the entire cabinet.

Step 2:

Paint your cabinets with two coats base color (using a bristle brush). If you want to have a really good antique look, you ca paint the antique white under the brown. Then, when you sand off the brown, the white shows through. I wanted a golden look, so I sanded to the original color that you see beneath the paint.

Step 3:

Coat with your glaze (using sponge brush). I could not find a glaze I wanted so I mixed the Millstone Milk paint with clear glaze. I used a wet towel and then a dry towel to wipe off the glaze until it was close to what I wanted. It was a little too chalk boardy for me, so used the glaze mixed with the Dark Chocolate Milk paint to get the rich, brown destressed look I was after.

Step 4:

Sand the corners and areas where you want to make your cabinets look refinished and antique.

Step 5:

Coat with at least three coats of Polyacrylic.

Bathroom Cabinet Makeover

Once I began in my kitchen, I wanted to work in my bathrooms. I used this same method for our downstairs bath so that there is consistency in cabinets downstairs.

Frugal Bathroom Cabinet Makeover at The Happy Housewife

Here’s what I did for this look:

  • Peeled veneer
  • Painted with two coats of Antique White (using a bristle brush)
  • Painted with VanDyke Glaze (using a sponge brush)
  • Wiped off glaze with a wet cloth then dry cloth until I was able to get the look I wanted
  • Painted with 3 coats of Polyacrylic (using sponge brush)

Rebecca_BrandtRebecca is a homeschool Mom who writes/speaks to encourage women to stop living in negativity and find the joy they are meant to enjoy. She blogs at Mom’s Mustard Seeds.

 

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4th of July DIY Roundup

Are you looking for a fun 4th of July craft, recipe or kid friendly activity this week? I’ve had a great time searching the web and found some really neat 4th of July projects that are simple and inexpensive. Click on the link below each photo for a tutorial.

If you try one let me know how it turns out! 

4th of July DIY Round Up

Click on a category below or scroll through the entire list:

Crafts/Decor

4th of July Wreath


Vintage Flags


Centerpiece


Tin Can Luminaries


Patriotic Wreath

Food

Very-Blueberry-Smoothie

Very Blueberry Smoothie

Strawberry-Salsa-homemade-cinnamon-tortilla-chips

Strawberry Salsa with Homemade Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

frozen berry dessert

Frozen Berry Treat

frozen lemon bars

Frozen Lemon Bars


All American Strawberries


4th of July Marshmallow Pops


Cream Filled Strawberries


Red White and Blue Scones


American Flag Cookie

Red-White-Blue-Spinach-Salad

Red, White & Blue Spinach Salad

grilled-chicken-summer-salad-1

Grilled Chicken Summer Salad

grilled-asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

For the Kids

fourth-of-july-robot

4th of July Robot

4th of July Paper Lanterns

4th of July T-Shirts


Popsicle Stick Flags


Painted Stones


Handprint Fireworks


Cupcake Liner Fireworks

4th-of-July-Worksheets

4th of July Free Printables

Plus, don’t forget to check out our 4th of July Pinterest Board filled with more amazing ideas!

Follow The Happy Housewife’s board Homeschool (4th of July) on Pinterest.


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16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects | The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jackie

Over the past couple of years I have shared several ideas for turning on old T-shirt into something else. Today I thought I would gather all of those ideas in one place.

 

So, if you have a lot of old T-shirts lying around and don’t know what to do with them here are 16 ideas that might spark your creativity.

1. Make a Rug from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (rug)| The Happy Housewife

If you have ever been intimidated by the thought of making a T-shirt rug but love the way they look, then you need to check out this tutorial. Using a sewing machine to make a T-shirt rug is much faster than traditional methods.

2. Make a Shrug from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Shrug)| The Happy Housewife

This T-shirt shrug takes an old idea and puts a new spin on it. Check out the tutorial for all the details.

3. Make a Necklace from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Necklace)| The Happy Housewife

This no-sew T-shirt necklace is a great addition to any outfit. Find out how you can make one by following this tutorial.

4. Make a Wreath from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Wreath)| The Happy Housewife

Turn a T-shirt into a decorative wreath by following this tutorial.

5. Make a Dress from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Dress)| The Happy Housewife

Use two T-shirts to make a dress for your little one by following this tutorial.

6. Make a Skirt from a T-Shirt (Method 1)

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Skirt)| The Happy Housewife

This little skirt is made from a T-shirt and a pair of too short pants. Find out all of the details in this tutorial.

7. Make a Skirt from a T-Shirt (Method 2)

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Skirt)| The Happy Housewife

Here’s another method for turning a T-shirt into a skirt.

8. Make a Headband from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Headband)| The Happy Housewife

This tutorial will show you how to turn a T-shirt into a headband to match any outfit.

9. Make Baby or Toddler Pants from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Toddler Pants)| The Happy Housewife

Using a pair of pants that fit your child as a pattern, you can make a pair of pants from a T-shirt by following this tutorial.

10. Make a Gift Bag from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Gift Bag)| The Happy Housewife

Turn a T-shirt into a decorative gift bag by following this drawstring gift bag tutorial.

11. Make a Pillow from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Pillow)| The Happy Housewife

T-shirt scraps can be turned into a decorative pillow by following these instructions.

12. Make Yarn from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Yarn)| The Happy Housewife

Follow this tutorial to give new life to an old T-shirt by turning it into yarn.

13. Make Napkins from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Napkin)| The Happy Housewife

An old T-shirt can become a cloth napkin. Find out how by following this tutorial.

14. Make a Produce Bag from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Produce Bag)| The Happy Housewife

Ditch the plastic produce bags and make some out of T-shirts instead. Find out how here.

15. Refashion a Maternity Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Shirt)| The Happy Housewife

This tutorial offers a few ideas for refashioning a maternity shirt (or even an oversized T-shirt).

16. Make an Apron from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Apron)| The Happy Housewife

Learn how to make a simple apron from an old T-shirt by following this tutorial.

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Yarn Wrapped Bottles

Yarn Wrapped Bottles | The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jackie

Spring has arrived but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the decor in my home. I decided to remedy this by looking around my house for items I could use to decorate the mantle in my living room.

I found some old bottles, yarn, and silk flowers in my craft stash and got to work. I love how this little trio of bottles brightens up my living room. They match my decor perfectly and bring a touch of spring to the room.

If you have some empty bottles and scrap yarn you can achieve a similar look. Here’s how.

Yarn Wrapped Bottles

Supplies Needed

  • Empty Bottle
  • Yarn
  • Glue (Mod Podge, School Glue, or Tacky Glue)
  • Scissors

Yarn Wrapped Bottles (supplies) | The Happy Housewife

Instructions

1. Clean the bottle and take off the label. I used an empty olive oil bottle.

2. Cover a small amount of the bottle with glue. I tried this project with Mod Podge and school glue. Both worked fine, but the school glue was easier to use because I could squeeze it out instead of using a brush. Tacky glue would also work well.

3. Wrap the yarn around the bottle keeping the layers close together so very little, if any, of the bottle shows.

4. Continue adding glue and wrapping the yarn until you get to the neck of the bottle.

Yarn Wrapped Bottles (wrapping) | The Happy Housewife

5. Once you reach the neck of the bottle you may notice that the yarn wants to slip upward. As you wrap the yarn hold it in place for a minute or two before moving upward with more layers.

6. Allow the glue to dry for several hours or overnight.

Yarn Wrapped Bottles (olive oil bottle) | The Happy Housewife

The bottle above is covered from top to bottom with the same color of yarn, but you can change the look completely by using more than one color of yarn.

Yarn Wrapped Bottles (partially wrapped) | The Happy Housewife

Another alternative is to only wrap part of the bottle with yarn.

Yarn Wrapped Bottles | The Happy Housewife

This was a fun, frugal project, and I definitely recommend rescuing some bottles from the recycling bin and covering them with yarn.

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