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DIY Small Ironing Table

Hello there! I hope your week has gotten off to a great start. Things are definitely looking up since it’s a short week!

My mom had this old TV tray table, and was going to put it in the donate pile. She’s also recently picked up quilting. I knew I could easily whip this table into something useful for her new hobby. I decided to turn it into a small ironing table that she could keep near her sewing table. This way, she doesn’t have to haul out the ironing board to press all of her quilting squares. She doesn’t even have to get out of her chair to iron! Talk about upping productivity. :)

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

I flipped it over and gave it a couple of coats of white spray paint.

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

Once the paint was dry and cured, I carried the table into the house to upholster the top. It already had a piece of fabric hot glued to the top, so I just popped that right off.

I had some batting on hand, so I layed that out and trimmed it so that there was about an inch of overhang on each side.

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

I pulled it taught and went after it with the staple gun until it was snug and secure.

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

Once the batting was in place, I did the same thing with a new piece of fabric. I had this scrap in my stash. I decided to go with something more neutral so that it would go with whatever decor she chooses and not draw too much attention to itself.

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

Voila! Quilting convenience at its finest. :) It doesn’t take up much room at all, but can easily be folded and put out of the way if needed.

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

I love repurposing things to give them new life. This project didn’t even cost me a dime since I already had everything on hand, mostly leftover from other projects.

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Have you repurposed anything lately? Or picked up any new hobbies?

Have a great Tuesday!

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diy small ironing table : like a saturday

Ceiling Medallion Turned Decorative Mirror

This weekend, I finally did a project that I’ve been meaning to do for…um…a long time. I don’t even remember how long ago it was that I bought the things for this project. That is just sad.

I had seen several ceiling medallion projects around the blogosphere and Pinterest. Those puppies are not cheap. They range anywhere from $15-50. That’s crazy talk. I was digging around in our local ReStore, and found one for $5. It was ugly and dirty and the perfect candidate for a repurpose/makeover.

Ceiling Medallion Turned Decorative Mirror : Like a Saturday

I bought some glossy, navy blue spray paint and a craft mirror that would fit right inside the hole where a light fixture would normally hang. I gave my sad little medallion 2 coats of spray paint and let it dry.

Ceiling Medallion Turned Decorative Mirror : Like a Saturday

Once the paint was dry and set, I ran a bead of E6000 around the inside edge and plopped the mirror right in. Instamirror! This was a seriously easy project. Aside from dry times, it took about 10 minutes to complete. I’m going to help my mom makeover my sisters old bedroom into a new guest room, and I’m thinking this will look great in there! {I’ll be sure to show you pics whenever that does happen!}

Ceiling Medallion Turned Decorative Mirror : Like a Saturday

Ceiling Medallion Turned Decorative Mirror : Like a Saturday

The mirror ended up costing about $10 in total. To give you a little price comparison, this white decorative mirror from a boutique still has its $30 price tag on it. That’s 20 bucks saved. Blammo! {Also – why are mirrors so expensive?}.

Ceiling Medallion Turned Decorative Mirror : Like a Saturday

Are there any easy projects you’ve been putting of for no reason at all? Or any big ones for that matter? Lord have mercy…I have a list. A long, long list.

Have a great Wednesday!

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31 Days to a Stress-Free Holiday : Decor Inventory

Now that we’ve taken inventory of our gift wrapping supplies, we need to do the same thing with our Christmas decor.

Take a look at what you have put away in your attic or garage. If there is anything you know you will not use again (and isn’t some sort of family heirloom), get rid of it. There’s no need for those items to be taking up space.

Start formulating some plans for how you would like to decorate your home. Make a list of any items you will need to purchase to make your ideas come to life. You’ll want to get out and shop early for what you do still need, because it will go fast! Last year, I needed one more strand on white lights and I was totally out of luck. It was only the beginning of December and every store I went to was out of what I needed. Save yourself the frustration and get ahead of the game.

To save money, shop sales and shop thrift. If you have a Hobby Lobby near you, this place is golden during Christmas. They always have something marked 50% off. Thrift stores are awesome places to find good Christmas decor. Christmas items only get used once a year, and some people do a different theme yearly and then donate their “old” items. You can always find good, gently used items to decorate with.

 

I just found this adorable, Victorian Christmas house at Goodwill for 49 cents. It has an opening to put a tea light inside. It will fit in perfectly with what I have planned this year.

 

I bought this whole group of vintage deer on Ebay for just a few bucks this summer. I’m so excited to get decorating!

What are your Christmas decor plans this year? Will you be sticking with the same look you’ve used in the past, or are you planning on switching it up a bit?