Category Archives: Painting

DIY Zig Zag Tray

 

DIY Chevron Tray : CraftHabit.omI found this tray on clearance months ago for $5.95(!) at Target, but unfortunately the craft style lettering just wasn’t my taste. I finally got around to prettying it up using this tray I found on Etsy as inspiration:

The Inpiration
The Inpiration

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No Spray Painted Hutch

Painted-Hutch-How-ToI’ve been wanting to revamp my overloaded hutch for a long time. I wasn’t able to move it to my courtyard where I usually spray paint my furniture because it was so heavy. I devised a method to make this hutch high gloss with hardly any spray paint because I had to paint it inside.

If you’d like to see some of my other spray paint furniture methods you can take a look at my spray painted desk and coffee table.

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The Best Posts of 2012

Best-of-2012-Crafthabit2012 was a great year filled with paint, fabric and flour. These are my 12 favorite posts from this year including free dress patterns, painting tutorials and more. Enjoy after the jump : )

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Glossy Spray Painted Pumpkin Tutorial

How to Spray Paint Pumpkins

I’ve never been a big fan of carving pumpkins, I think mostly because they feel so gushy inside.  I’ve made my own glossy gourds to add to my 40 Pumpin Projects from last week, no carving knife required. Materials and instructions after the jump!

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40 Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin Projects

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

Did you happen to wonder why I didn’t include any pumpkin projects in last week’s Fall DIY Decor post? After all what is autumn without pumpkins? It’s because I was saving them all for this super special post of all the best jack-o’-lantern projects I’ve found in my Pinning. Many are non-traditional, and some doesn’t include pumpkins at all. I want to help you think outside the box when it comes to Halloween decor. Everyone has cut a jagged smile out of an orange pumpkin before, but not everyone has used paint, leaves or glitter to make their pumpkin a true masterpiece. See all the ideas after the jump!

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How to Paint a File Cabinet

best way to paint a file cabinet

Recently, my friend Megan (same name, spelled differently) posted this lovely file cabinet makeover on Facebook, and I asked if I could post it here. She’s a talented bassist and needed somewhere to store her sheet music. She found a regular file cabinet at Goodwill for $25 and spray painted it blue so that it would match nicely in her Lower Haight apartment. More after the jump…

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DIY Thrift Store Picture Frame Makeover

Picture Frame Makeover

My living room walls have been blank for months since I painted, while frameless artwork stood stacked against the window in my bedroom. As useful as this arrangement seemed, I finally decided to get off my butt (and up a ladder) to frame and hang this artwork.

I didn’t want to buy cheap plastic frames from Michaels, so I went thrift store shopping to collect  and up-cycle shabby vintage frames into a cohesive frame collection. Materials and instructions after the jump:

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DIY Vintage Lamp Makeover

DIY Vintage Lamp Makeover

I’ve wanted some matching lamps for my new nightstands, I found these simple vintage lamps for $12 each at the thrift store, and gave them a spray paint makeover to match my decor. Materials and instructions after the jump…

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Urban Outfitters Inspired Nightstands

Urban Outfitters Inspired Nightstands

My brother recently passed down his old Ikea nightstands to me (thanks Timmy!).  What I love about Ikea is that it’s a convenient, inexpensive way to outfit our homes with furniture named Görg and Flugalhorn. What I don’t love about Ikea is that  it’s an inexpensive way to make our homes look like shabby recreations of their catalogue, each apartment similar to the rest.

I believe that a home should be filled with history and character. Although we cannot (yet) stick furniture in a time machine to give it history,  we have it in our power to give pieces more character with a little paint and imagination.  Materials and instructions after the jump…

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Stenciled Coffee Mugs

Stenciled Mugs

I’ve been waylaid for a couple of weeks working on the epic projects of all projects, (stay tuned), But I wanted to put up these stenciled mugs posted today. I found this great tutorial on The 36th Avenue about painting mugs. I pretty much followed the whole tutorial, but I found a workaround to create the stencil for the mug with a normal inkjet or laser printer, no vinyl cutter necessary!

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