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1  Garbage to Gorgeous again: Map Drawers from $6 Cabinet in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by marlie2 on: February 21, 2019 01:46:43 PM
Hi Craftsters, it's been a minute!

I wanted to share this furniture makeover I did last weekend, I'm excited about it!

Back when we moved into our first apartment together in college, my then-boyfriend (now husband) got a TV cabinet for $6 at the thrift store. It was ugly, but fine, and was never in bad enough shape to get rid of. So from 2005-2019 it moved from home to home with us and mostly has lived in closets and stayed out of sight.

I saw this blog post by The Painted Hive and fell in love: http://thepaintedhive.net/2014/07/re-love-project-before-after/
My skills aren't nearly to her level, but I've ALWAYS wanted map drawers but don't typically have a spare $3k lying around to buy some broken furniture and felt inspired. Instead of real wood, I went with vinyl wood floor planks which were wonderful to cut to the sizes I need and already had adhesive on them. Anyway, here are some rough photos of the process (that involved only a little bit of toddler-labor, promise Smiley) Thank you for looking!!

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2  Garbage to Gorgeous Reupholstered Chair for $22 in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by marlie2 on: September 29, 2013 03:55:25 PM
Hi Craftster!

Here is my first big reupholstering project. We have a a very limited budget for any of our home decor and I have been dying to try reupholstering something more complicated than a diningroom chair. So when I saw this promising piece of garbage on the side of the road one day on my way home from work, it was love at first sight. I got to try my hand at upholstery without gambling much money at all in the materials.

The fabric I used was actually canvas drop cloths from the DIY store, so that I could get a ton of fabric for cheap in case I fatally ruined it. I washed it with fabric softener before I used it so its soft and smells fantastic. And the damask fabric on the arms of the chair was a little bit of cotton duck fabric from the odds & ends bin at Hobby Lobby that was in my fabric stash already, I love the look of a pretty print with a masculine utility fabric like canvas. My upholstery tacks were also from Hobby Lobby, and honestly, getting those things to hammer into where I wanted them to go was the hardest part of this project.

Mostly I just tried to figure it out as I went along and for the most part it went smoothly with just a little bit of frustration here and there. I think maybe I should have tried a chair that wasn't a recliner for my first project, but you can't be super choosy when picking up trash on the side of the road. It's not perfect but the fact that I figured it out anyway makes me feel even more accomplished.

Anyway, this is my pride and joy of the livingroom now:

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3  Baseball Bachelorette Tees in Stenciling: Completed Projects by marlie2 on: July 07, 2013 01:17:19 PM
One of my best friends got married a few weeks ago and since she's a huge baseball fan, wanted to have her bachelorette party at a game. I freezer-papered us in the bridal party up some cute "Team Emily" shirts to wear (THE NIGHT BEFORE OMGOMGOMG Roll Eyes).
Our names and roles are on the backs of the shirts, along with numbers to spell out her wedding date.

Sorry for the low quality pictures (:

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4  Alternative Bouquet in Weddings and Bridal Showers by marlie2 on: September 13, 2011 07:59:34 AM
Fresh flowers are nice, but I feel no real emotional connection to them. My great-grandmothers jewelry and curtains from my fiance and I's first apartment though, those are special. So I figured hey, why not bring them to the wedding in bouquet form?

Along with some cruelty-free feathers from etsy and lots of hot glue I present to you my alternative bridal bouquet:

(ps- I plan to cover that plastic handle, I just haven't decided how to yet...)
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5  Re: PostSecret Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by marlie2 on: March 16, 2011 09:27:50 AM
It's been forever since I had any but I got two more today (:

"I can not stand her ridiculous outfits
But I really dig her songs + dancing!!"

"The sound of nail files makes me cringe"
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6  Re: PostSecret Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by marlie2 on: March 04, 2011 09:29:22 AM

Front: "My friends want me to get SH!TFACED drunk on my 21st birthday..."
Back:   "but I'm not even sure I want to drink."

Front: "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY?"
Back:   "Whenever I see little kids having fun with their parents (happy faces, loving looks), it makes me feel like crying. WHY? (I had a loving family, step-dad, but still...) WHY?"

"I'm getting my boobs done someday; I don't care if you think they are gross"
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7  Re: PostSecret Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by marlie2 on: March 03, 2011 06:18:40 AM

"I am a secret... I am a secret... I am a secret..."

"I'm afraid that being shy will prevent me from getting a job."

"I would go so lesbian for Maggie Gyllenhaal."

(I apologize for the atrocious image quality on the last one, I took 8 thousand pictures and this was seriously the best my camera could come up with Sad )
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8  Re: PostSecret Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by marlie2 on: March 01, 2011 01:44:24 PM

"My husband is 15 years older than me. I feel like I'm married to my grandfather. We have absolutely NOTHING in common. NOTHING."
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9  Re: PostSecret Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by marlie2 on: February 28, 2011 03:49:08 PM

"I have a glasses kink."
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10  Re: Yoga Pants - Tute w/pics [Edit, more pics] in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by marlie2 on: January 19, 2011 08:18:18 PM

thank you for this GENIUS tutorial!!

to make it easier to sew flat on a machine I did the seams slightly out of order. if it would help anyone else here's what I did:
1. sewed together both pieces at front of pants and laid them flat
2. made waistband and sewed it across top
3. sewed together back of pants
4. sewed together legs from one ankle to the other
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