Kitchen Table Makeover (Or rather, how I brightened up my drab kitchen!)

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Brighten up your drab kitchen with a bright, beautiful kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new furniture, it’s also a great way to express your own personal style.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

As my current kitchen is rather small and dark, even with a picture window, I was able to brighten up the entire room by just painting the top of my kitchen table in bright and sunny colors. Keep reading to see the transformation and to learn more about my process!

The Story Behind the Table

So basically I was starting with my husband’s hand-me-down kitchen table. It’s a basic black dinette table with a set of four chairs that barely squeezes into our eat-in kitchen. When we got married in May and I moved back to Roanoke and into my husband’s house, the finish on the table was already damaged. It no longer shined like the chairs and the rest of table and the finish looked “patchy.”

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Having it in my head that I was going to paint the table top at some point anyway, I took advantage of the kitchen table as a craft table. Between one rather somewhat therapeutic craft night with my friend Bambi in which the start of repainting the top somehow turned into it looking like it was covered in mud, and then the spilling of fragrance oils and nail polish base on others, I ended up leaving it more wrecked than it started out. (You can see a somewhat frightening retelling of part of that saga here.)

So last Wednesday afternoon, being somewhat burnt out with bath and body projects, I dug out my collection of craft paints I keep on hand for DIY craft nights and went to town. In retrospect, I probably should have primed the table first. But once I had started I wasn’t going back. Luckily the paint seems to have stuck rather well. Following is a photo retelling of my kitchen table makeover.

My Kitchen Table Makeover

Before the Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

During the Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

After the Kitchen Table Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Once I finished painting my table, I sealed it with multiple thin coats of a Devine Color by Valspar Clear Sealer Topcoat that I picked up at Target. (They do also sell a paint and primer that bonds to wood, metal, glass, plastic and other surfaces.) Its luxe glossy finish both seals and protects and I felt it also gave my finished kitchen table that extra pop.

My bright and sunny kitchen table makeover was inspired by the work of artist, Hillary Hardison!

Incidentally, the colors for my kitchen table makeover were inspired by a wax painting titled, Wanderer 2, that I purchased from my friend Hillary Hardison. Previously employed by our local art museum, the Taubman Museum of Art, Hillary has since ventured into self employment as a full time artist.

Additionally, she has plans for a once monthly paint night in the works for about half the price of established paint nights. The focus is less on structure and more about interacting and having fun while creating. (Kind of like my DIY crafts nights!) She will also be teaching structured three-hour art workshops on weekends if you’d like to learn a new skill.

If you like Hillary’s artwork you can discover more via her booth at the Aurora Studio Center on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke, VA. Alternately, you can view and sign up for Hillary’s workshops here.

Anyhow, if you’re thinking of repainting some of furniture in your home, be sure to check out this tutorial on how to paint furniture (the right way and not how Rebecca did it) at Centsational Style blog here before getting started. Not only does it cover proper priming, but there’s also information on sanding, filling holes and gouges, and choosing the right paint brush for the job.

And, if you do decide to makeover a piece of furniture in your home, I’d LOVE to see it! Simply share it with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram so I don’t miss it!

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Upcycled Handmade Gift Ideas – Unique Gift Ideas for the Eco-friendly Conscious Recipient

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Upcycled. Recycled. Eco-friendly. Functional. Here are some super exciting handmade products I recently discovered that I love for their charm, function and more importantly for the fact that are either super eco-friendly or are made from recycled and upcycled products. These unique, handcrafted items are not only fun to buy and use, but would also make great gifts for the upcoming holidays!
Eco-Friendly Handmade Home Products
Upcycled Handmade Glass Home Products
Handmade Upcycled Jewelry and Accessories
Which is your favorite?

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The Bath, Beauty and Home Fragrance Giveaway

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Some of my favorite handmade products are those geared toward bath, beauty and home. Therefore I thought it’d be fun to offer a giveaway to my readers for a chance to win a selection of handmade products within those categories! To put this contest together, I joined up with three other great artisans – Blackberry Thyme, Still Water Candles, and Face. Body. Feet. One lucky winner will receive handmade products from all three of these shops along with a selection of handmade soaps from my own shop, Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.
Handmade White Tea and Ginger Goat Milk Soap from Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen

Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen was founded in 2001 after my handmade soap addiction got the best of me. I specialize in creating handmade shea butter soaps and lotions. When I’m not whipping up soaps, I love to listen to local live music, visit my city’s farmer’s market, read when time allows, and come up with fun and crafty new DIY projects for my blog, Soap Deli News. I am a proud single mother of a teenage son who is both a talented soccer player and a new driver in training. (He got his learner’s permit this summer!)

For this contest, I’ll be giving away three of my newest handmade soap bars – Handmade Lemon and Basil Shea Butter Soap, Handmade White Tea and Ginger Goat Milk Soap, and Handmade Coconut and Lime Goat Milk Soap. ($18 value.) In addition, you can also save an extra 25% off all sale products from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen when you use coupon code: BACKTOSCHOOL through September 30th, 2012. Buy as much as you want and never pay more than $6 in shipping!

Handmade Pumpkin Spice Soy Candle from Blackberry Thyme

Teresa, of Blackberry Thyme, is offering one of her luscious, Handmade Pumpkin Spice Soy Candles as a prize! ($8 value.) Heavily scented and dye free, this hand poured clean burning candle is a rich fragrance blend of cinnamon and clove with vanilla and coconut. (Be sure to read my review of Teresa’s candles that I posted a while back after making a purchase from her!)

Teresa opened her shop, Blackberry Thyme, in November 2007 as a way to create extra income for her family. She has always loved sewing and crafting and Blackberry Thyme allowed her the chance to be creative and remain a single, stay at home mom to her two children. Teresa specializes in hand crafting eco-friendly 100% soy wax candles, wax melts and handmade soaps. You can find her products both on Artfire and Bonanza.

Handmade Pamper Herbal Facial Steam from Face. Body. Feet.

Jacqueline, of Face. Body. Feet., is giving away one of her natural, herbal facial steams! The Pamper Herbal Steam consists of natural botanicals including chamomile, rose buds, lemongrass, passionflower, orange peel, and jasmine flowers blended together for a deep aromatic facial cleanse when added to boiling water. ($8 value.)

Jacqueline got her start into natural beauty after discovering Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Craftsin the library one summer.  Within it’s pages was a simple, natural bath tea recipe that Jacqueline thought would be fun to make. She purchased the herbal ingredients she needed for the recipe, and then made several lavender bath tea bags for her and her husband to try. All she remembers about that night was that she slept like a baby.

During Jacqueline’s research for natural ingredients and recipes, she discovered Etsy, an entire online marketplace for handcrafted items. After visiting Etsy’s bath and body section and seeing all of the great products people were offering, the seed was planted and Jacqueline started her own natural bath and body business, Face. Body. Feet.

Handmade Lilac Air Freshener in Jelly Jar from Still Water Candles

Janelle, of Still Water Candles, is sponsoring two of her delightfully scented Jelly Jar Air Fresheners for this giveaway – one in Lilac and one in Vanilla Sugar. These 4oz. air fresheners come in a cute jelly jar with a daisy cut lid to let the fragrance out. These air fresheners make the perfect substitute for areas where you can’t burn candles such as the dormitories, cars, or the office. They last much longer than candles and make adorable gifts. ($16 value.) Make any purchase from Still Water Candles through October 31, 2012 and use coupon code: 20FallSale to receive 20% off your purchase.

Janelle is 22 years old and recently graduated with a math degree. When she’s not making candles she enjoys reading, cooking, and walking her dog. Her shop, Still Water Candles, started out solely as a candle shop. However, since it’s conception, it has slowly evolved to also include sachets, air fresheners, and reed diffusers. She named her shop after one of her favorite verses, Psalm 23:2-3: “He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul.”

The total prize value of this contest is $50. If you’d like a chance to win, simply enter via Rafflecopter below through September 28, 2012. This contest is open to USA residents only, ages 18 and up.

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DIY Washi Tape Magnetic Clips

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DIY Washi Tape Magnets - Washi Tape Craft Project Ideas
Washi tape is useful for dressing up so many household items and craft projects. And because a little tape goes a long way, you’ll find you really get more bang for your buck by using it to craft with. One of the easiest Washi tape craft projects you’ll ever make is this one – pictured above – for DIY Washi Tape Magnetic Clips.
DIY Washi Tape Magnetic Chip Clips - Handmade Chip Clips Using Washi Tape for Decoration
For this project, I picked up a pack of four magnetic clips from Target for a dollar. (They were at the front of the store in their $1 bins.) Although you can probably find these at a dollar store as well. All I did was add a small strip of Washi tape across each magnetic clip. And voila! Plain black magnetic clips are now fun to look at! Use these clips on your fridge for notes, on the mailbox for outgoing mail, as chip clips, or whatever else you may need a clip for!

Click here to view all of my DIY Washi Tape Craft Projects.


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DIY Washi Tape Magnetic Clips

Disclosure: Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.

DIY Washi Tape Magnets - Washi Tape Craft Project Ideas
Washi tape is useful for dressing up so many household items and craft projects. And because a little tape goes a long way, you’ll find you really get more bang for your buck by using it to craft with. One of the easiest Washi tape craft projects you’ll ever make is this one – pictured above – for DIY Washi Tape Magnetic Clips.
DIY Washi Tape Magnetic Chip Clips - Handmade Chip Clips Using Washi Tape for Decoration
For this project, I picked up a pack of four magnetic clips from Target for a dollar. (They were at the front of the store in their $1 bins.) Although you can probably find these at a dollar store as well. All I did was add a small strip of Washi tape across each magnetic clip. And voila! Plain black magnetic clips are now fun to look at! Use these clips on your fridge for notes, on the mailbox for outgoing mail, as chip clips, or whatever else you may need a clip for!

Click here to view all of my DIY Washi Tape Craft Projects.


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