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1  My Very Own Ana White $10 Ledges in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by kategirl on: October 01, 2011 07:23:33 AM
I'm on a mission to decorate and furnish my new home on as little as possible (why spend big bucks when you can craft it yourself for much less?) and these photo ledges definitely fit the bill!

For those of you who have not heard of Ana White, she is a blogger with fabulous furniture (and accents) plans.  Probably the easiest of her projects is the $10 Ledge.  Essentially, it's just three boards screwed/nailed together and then finished.  Much cheaper than the ones you can buy from housewares or big box stores!

I modified mine to be only 48" long (instead of the full 8') and used a 2x1 instead of a 4x1 for the bottom board.  All together, my wood was about $4.50, and I used a can and a half of spraypaint for the finish.  It's directly screwed into studs in the wall, so these things are very solid.  Now I just need to figure out exactly what photos I want to display!
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2  From Smokey to Stunning - White Painted Hutch in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by kategirl on: October 01, 2011 07:12:04 AM
My husband and I bought our first house this summer, and I have recently gotten a chance to work on some projects to fill in some furniture and decorating gaps we currently have.  We're trying to work with as little money as possible, so this $50 Craigslist hutch fit the bill!

My before photo accidentally got deleted off of my camera, but my hutch was identical to this one.  Except that it was worn and scratched, some of the veneer was chipped off, and the entire thing reeked of smoke.  However, the inside wood was still well preserved (even if it was smokey), so I decided to paint the outside white but leave the inside as is.

First, I spent some time looking up ways of removing the smoke smell from the hutch.  I spent several evenings wiping the hutch down with vinegar and water to try and get the smoke smell to dissipate.  I also left vinegar and baking soda sitting inside of the hutch to absorb the smell.  Those things helped quite a bit, but after about three weeks (I was on vacation for two of them) it still smelled.  Luckily, the smell was improved enough so that a coat of Zinnser Clear BIN Sealer took care of the smell on the inside and a coat of Zinnser BIN Primer took care of the outside (the key here is to make sure it is shellac based, that stops smells much better than poly).

Before priming, I used some wood filler to fill in the scratches, the missing veneer, and the old hardware holes (the original knobs were cute but very pitted).  I followed the primer with a few coats of off the shelf latex enamel and then drilled some new holes to add some new handles.  All in all, I'm quite happy with it - it's a nice little piece that adds some extra storage to the kitchen area!

Here's a photo of the entire hutch:

And another view (including some of my table; it's hard to get a straight on photo since it's right behind the table):

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3  Slackers Quilted Throw in Quilting: Completed Projects by kategirl on: September 11, 2010 10:01:51 AM
Here is my latest slacker quilted throw, and my first one that I'm keeping!  Grin

Everything except for the binding is from my stash; the batting was left over from a throw I made my friends, the blues were from quite a few different sources, and the backing was an old blue sheet someone gave me.  I'm very lazy about quilts, I like large blocks and have not bothered to get a quilting foot.  However, my bad stitching kind of helps to give it that crinkly quality I like, so I just tell myself it's a "feature".  Wink

It's by far not a fancy quilt, but it's nice for snuggling on the couch under!

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4  Painted Top Coffee Table in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by kategirl on: September 11, 2010 09:55:43 AM
When I got my first unfurnished college apartment, I got a bunch of real cheap stuff at Ikea, including a LACK coffee table.  After about 4 years, my little coffee table had seen better days, so I started looking out for a cheap one on Craigslist that I could refinish.

I really lucked out by finding a great little coffee table for $5!  Grin  I love the drawer (perfect for my husband's Xbox controllers and remote) and the shelf.  The table was solid wood and was in great shape except for the top; the top was a thin veneer and was quite chipped up and water stained from the previous owners.  Since it wasn't really a candidate for staining, I decided to just paint the top.  After a couple coats of spray primer, a spray paint (I decided I wasn't in the mood to brush), and quite a few coats of wipe-on poly, here it is:

Not a very impressive or difficult redo, but it certainly did brighten up my living room!  Smiley
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5  Feel the Love... Valentine's Day Featured Projects! 1/09 in Valentine's Day by kategirl on: January 26, 2009 05:36:40 PM
Don't we all need a little more love in our lives?  Here are some awesome projects from the Valentine's Day board!

just a drop in the bucket of love...

cartoons are a good way to say you love someone

aDOEable valentine's cards

just because you don't guard your heart doesn't meant you don't guard your valuables

romantic AND fun

endless (well, 52) opportunities to express all the little reasons you're together

a yummy treat

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6  tree of love - first attempt at painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by kategirl on: June 20, 2008 07:27:26 PM

I wanted something for my walls, and I loved paintings I saw online of trees with birds.  well, the birds were a little above my ability, so I made a heart instead.

painted with acrylics, whatever I had on hand from previous crafty projects, using an empty mechanical pencil and folded/rolled up paper towels (I didn't have any paint brushes and I was impatient to start  Cheesy).  I started by drawing the tree on freezer paper and ironing it on the canvas (after painting it gray) but I ended up getting lots of leaks under the freezer paper.  I edged all of the outlines of the tree by hand and it turned out fairly well.

not perfect at all, but hey, it's my first attempt at painting.  Cheesy
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7  comfy winter clothes! (hoodie and pj pants) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kategirl on: March 10, 2008 10:51:15 PM
I loved all the hoodies people were making on here, so last fall I made my own!  I used gray thermal fabric and pink ribbed knit for the cuffs/bottom.  I've worn it and washed it quite a bit and it's held up just fine.  Smiley

I also made a pair of pj pants out of some cozy flannel.

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8  embroidered half apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by kategirl on: March 10, 2008 10:49:09 PM
I made this half apron as a holiday gift.  it's just a simple half apron with embroidered pockets at the bottom.  the embroidery designs came from the sublime stitchery stitch it! kit.

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9  simple tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kategirl on: March 10, 2008 10:47:12 PM
I made this tote out of a remnant for a holiday gift.  the inside has a divider so that the tote is really two large pockets (instead of just one).

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10  a smattering of jewelry in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by kategirl on: March 10, 2008 10:44:48 PM
I was so busy making things for christmas gifts that I forgot to post!

this was for someone who loves celtic knots.  it's just a bead on a ribbon with a bead slide clasp - simple yet pretty.

I made this for someone who is allergic to metal.  it was based off of a bracelet on her wists from craftster (the post no longer has pics so I won't bother linking).

this was for a friend.  the beads are squares and slightly iridescent, with two strands.  I loved the design so much that I made myself one with brown beads and a white leaf bead.
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