Cute Upcycled Furniture Project! DIY Upholstery!

Hi friends! I’m back with a couple more gifts I made, or should I say refinished!

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These storage benches were rescued from the basement after one of my girls asked for a pretty gold bench with a white fur seat for her room. The request was mentioned a couple of days before Christmas and after my shopping was complete but then I remembered the old benches they used to have when they were little for holding dress-up play clothes. I decided I would refinish both of them, one for each of my girls for a last-minute gift. They loved them and I have a bit less clutter in my basement now! watch the video to see how to do it and how I made the custom cushioned seat. You could use that technique to turn any storage trunk or toy box you might have in your basement into a storage bench. Imagine the treasures you can make! Why buy new when you can renew?

Supply list: Keep in mind you probably have everything you need in your stash and substituting is totally fine. Everyone’s furniture will be unique and that is part of the fun! I have provided a supply list with links for your convenience and affiliate links may be used if available.

  • Old wooden bench, trunk, toy box or other furniture you want to refinish
  • Paint: I used chalk paint but you can use acrylic paint or leftover latex house paint (you can tint the house paint with acrylics if it is not the color you want.) My recommendation for this project is chalk paint because often old furniture can be a bit beat up and chalk paint hides the flaws and is quick to apply.
  • Plywood: If you are not upholstering directly to a seat you will need to cut a piece of plywood to match the size of the seat. Often if you buy the wood at a home improvement store they will cut it for you.
  • Foam cushion to match size of area to be upholstered
  • Heavy duty stapler: I have an Arrow Power Shot but this one made for furniture upholstery is half the price.
  • Fabric or a blanket cut 4″ larger on each side than your foam.
  • Stencil (the paris sign one)
  • Acrylic paint pens (I added doodle over the thick stencil lines on the gold bench with Jane Davenport paint over pens because I though the thick black lines looked dated)
  • Hot glue
  • Assorted paint brushes

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Directions:
1. Clean the furniture inside and out with a rag damp with warm soapy water and let dry. *Note: if you are using regular acrylic or glossy house paint I suggest you prime the furniture. No need to prime if using chalk paint.

2. Paint the furniture including the inside of the bench for a fresh and clean surface. You will probably want 2 coats.

3. Stencil over the dry paint if desired.

4. Make the cushion. Cut plywood and 2″ foam cushion the same size as the bench and then cut fabric 4″ larger on all sides. Center the foam and plywood over the fabric and wrap it around stapling the fabric to the back of the plywood.

5. Glue the seat to the bench with hot glue.

My husband and I have refinished many pieces of furniture in out home and so have the kids. I think getting in the habit of looking at something you have and thinking “How can I make this work better” is a wonderful skill. It makes your home personalized and keeps things out of the landfill and from cluttering your basement.  I love knowing that something is one of a kind and there is a special satisfaction in doing something yourself especially when you give new life to something at would otherwise go unused. I hope you are enjoying the last weekend of 2018 and til next time happy crafting!

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Easy Coloring Botanical Birthday Card with Frugal Techniques!

Hi friends! Today we will make a slightly over-sized card where we can play with many techniques and dust off some supplies you may not have used in a while:) There are many substitutions you can make while creating this card so I urge you to use what you have! 18527328_10209162046873702_3468856644300664836_o.jpg

 

This card ended up bring 5.5″x7.5″ but you can make any size card you like.  I will share a few fun, fast and frugal techniques in the video and mention where you can substitute products, I will also post a specific supply list below. *Contains affiliate links.

Video!

Tutorial sponsored by Top Flight Stamps  Use coupon code thefrugalcrafter10 to save 10% on your order!

Supplies:

Let me restate that you can use what you have for this. I think the most interesting part of cardmaking and stamping it taking an idea and using it as a jumping off point to create something original. No harm will come if you try to make any card with the supplies you currently own and then only purchasing something new if you feel like it adds value and versatility to your supply stash. The fun with craft supplies is in the using, not the “having” I think:) Hmmm, Maybe I have been watching too many minimalist videos on YouTube hahaha:)

So, tell me in the comments below what supply you “made do” with instead of “buying new”, I am always looking for ways to breathe new life into old stuff like the glitter bookplate I had been hoarding for years LOL! I love to hear your insight. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Think Spring, Stamp a Scene & Save 40%!

Hi friends! It is currently snowing outside and we have had temps ranging from -20 to 8F the past few days. Luckily I live in Maine so if I don’t like the weather all I have to do is wait a day and it will change. They are calling for a high of 40 and rain tomorrow. Almost springy huh?

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I do hope we have a white Christmas (as long as the roads are good so I can safely travel home to see my folks) but honestly I needed a break from Christmas cards. I finally got them addressed and in the mail today. I know what you are thinking, the cobbler’s kids have no shoes right? The professional crafter (almost) doesn’t get her Christmas cards out LOL! Ha! I never claimed to have my act together, one year I sent out “Happy New Year” cards because I completely missed the boat. In today’s video we are going to make a one layer card using many techniques with simple supplies. Watch the video to see how!

Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry they are having a BIG sale – 40% off 90 sets AND 35% off crafting goodies + free shipping on orders of $75 shipped within the USA (use coupon code: FREESHIP75) + all Frugal Crafter fans get a FREE Mini Mistletoe Stamp (not currently on our site) with any size purchase. Sale Ends 12/31/16

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Cut window from typing paper, save both pieces.
2. Place window on cardstock and swipe ink on with brushes, then stamp on images.
3. Add more color with colored pencils.
4. Remove window and place cut out over the stamped scene and stamp and ink the border if desired.

I hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are this weekend! Have fun with these inking techniques and til next time happy crafting!

From Shabby to Chic! Up-cycled Step Stool!

Hi friends! Let’s face it, I’m short. At least at 5’4″ I feel short when I am trying to reach some art supply I have stacked to the ceiling in my craft room! 😀 I decided I should stop risking my life standing on my rolling chair every time I needed to reach something and find a sturdy step stool. Turns out we still had a step stool from when the kids were little but it had seen better days…

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…it was banged up and had some weird adhesive stickiness on the top from when one of my daughters covered it with fancy duct tape but I love projects like this because there is no place to go but up! Since I am extremely lazy I decided to wet-wipe that bad-boy down and slap on a coat of Heirloom Traditions chalk paint. Let me tell you chalk paint is the best thing to happen to a lazy crafter, just sayn. That is ALL I had to do to prepare this step stool for the stenciling, decoupaging and ink jet gel transfer techniques I will share with you in today’s video!

 

This is an easy project perfect for a beginner!

Supplies available at Heirloom Traditions Paint, save 10% with coupon code FRUGAL

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Directions:

  1. Wipe down the stool with a damp rag and apply a coat of chalk paint. *You can apply another coat if need be.
  2. Stencil on designs in colors that match your them. I was going for French country shabby chic.
  3. Paint a layer of 1gel (gently with a soft brush) on your ink jet print and press it to the stool. Smooth it down and let dry for at least an hour.
  4. Spray the ink jet paper with water and carefully rub away the paper.
  5. Seal the stool with another coat of 1gel and while that is still wet add your collage elements. I cut up a pretty calendar I bought last year at the dollar store, it was perfect for this!
  6. Add spray wax if desired.

Tips: You can sand back the colored wax if you got a bit carried away or if you want ti distress the piece. I found out later that a wet sponge or brush would have given me the look I was after. 🙂 When you decoupage be sure to add 1gel to the back of your paper as well as the surface you are applying to and them add a coat of 1gel on top for a perfect finish.

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I hope you enjoyed this project and it inspired you to spruce up some old thing around your house! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Pretty Butterfly One Layer Card!

Hi friends! Let’s make a quick one layer card. I am using new Painted Butterflies and Halftone Hello stamps from Altenew and Lawn Fawn ink pads. You can use any type of dye ink and solid image stamp you like for this technique though. You will also need a pattern stencil of your choice, I used a quatrefoil design.

 

Video!

I made homemade sponge daubers I used in the video with bottle-caps and cosmetic sponges, you can find that tutorial here. The Rock ‘n Roll technique I showed you in the video is a great one for giving new life to a solid image stamp. Just make sure you ink the stamp up with the lightest shade of ink first so you don’t contaminate your ink pads. I hope you give this idea a try, and til next time happy crafting!

Home is where the heART is!

Hi friends! During a recent trip to the craft store I spied some overpriced plain burlap canvases that you can buy and alter. I also saw some even more expensive burlap canvases that were slightly decorated. That gave me an idea! Make my own just the way I want for way less! It was so easy using supplies from Papermart and some basics from my craft room!

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The other benefit to making it yourself is that you can stencil the burlap while it is flat which is much easier than trying to stencil it once it is stretched on a frame. The method for stretching the burlap is the same for stretching a canvas so if you ever wanted to make your own artist’s canvas you will know how to do that too! Are you excited to try this? Watch the video and see how it’s done!

Supplies:

Directions

  1. Cut fabric 2″ larger than frame on all sides and stencil on design. Let dry.
  2. Lay the fabric face down on the table and center the frame on top. Pull the burlap up and staple the fabric to the back of the frame.
  3. Use hot glue to add trims and embellishments.
  4. Attach a cord for hanging.

These wall hangings would be a lovely gift especially with the recipients last name stenciled on it. Make sure to visit Papermart to find the supplies I used here as well as other holiday craft, party and packaging supplies! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Artsy Fun With Deli Paper!

Hi friends! Deli paper is not just for wrapping your sandwiches anymore, it is a versatile (and cheap!) substrate for printmaking, stamping and stenciling and since I purchased a box of 5000 sheets of the stuff ($16 with free shipping from Sam’s Club online) I will probably be overwhelming you with ways to use it! Tonight I am going to show you how to stamp and stencil on it to make a cool scrapbook page overlay.

OK, by now I’m sure several of you are freaking out at the thought of me using deli paper in my scrapbook, what with the questionable acidity of there paper. Well, I’m not too bothered, I have a PH testing pen somewhere in my stash and when I find it I will test it but I bet it is PH neutral, it is made with virgin paper and other food-safe products I tested with the pen came out PH neutral. Either way, it is a fun product to use and if all else fails I can use the rest to wrap my sammies! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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