Bookcase Makeover

I have recently been trying all sorts of projects that I find here there and everywhere.  If I see it, I can pick it apart and figure out how to make it, sometimes cheaper and sometimes better.  My friends and family have been loving my projects.  My friend called me up and asked if I could help out with a bookcase she picked up super cheap at a store closing.  And she gave me complete make over design freedom, having faith it would turn out awesome.

Of course I couldn’t say no! So here is the bookcase make over!!!

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First I sanded off the words and a light sanding all over.  I took off one broken trim piece and we measured and cut a replacement trim piece.  I added a few screws and nails in order to make the whole bookcase more stable, it was a bit wobbly.

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Before we applied the spray paint I wiped down the whole bookcase with a damp cloth to make sure all the sanding dust was removed. Remember to always spray paint in a well ventilated area. You get a headache fast if you don’t. One can of blue, one can of pink, one can of purple, and one can of gold glitter spray paint does the trick! Our colored spray paint was left over from previous projects. The gold glitter was new.

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The spray painting was done over several days because it is December here in Pennsylvania and it only just stopped raining every day, but it is very cold out and spray paint doesn’t work perfect in very cold temperatures. We ended up doing two coats of each color. We suggest using cardboard to protect your lawn. We didn’t want pink grass for the next 4 months.  Also have a smaller piece of cardboard about 11X17 size so that you can protect the blue section, holding the cardboard with one hand gently in front of the blue but not touching so as not to smudge wet paint, when applying the second coat of pink. We also used the cardboard piece to protect the purple and the pink. We wanted three different sections of color just slightly blended, not an all over Tye-dye look.

Spray paint dries quickly so we were able to let it sit outside for a few hours before bringing it in the garage for the night. Two full coats later, looking bold!

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Then we took it back outside for the finishing gold glitter layer, which also helped to hide any light spots that we missed with the pink, blue and purple.  Be sure when spray painting you are not wearing any clothing you don’t want accidentally ruined.

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After the gold glitter was good and dry in the garage for two days she came in the house for the final touches. The girls’ names on either side.  My husband being the artist sketched their names on with pencil very lightly and I got out the gold paint and filled in the names, with a paint brush.  We let it dry inside for two days and now she is ready for Christmas morning!

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I was very surprised at how well it turned out and I know this project gets more than just a RickabaughReviews Approves- I bet it will get a few little girl approvals as well.

 

Low Stress Remnant Blanket update

I got a good bit done on the remnant blanket today.

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I was able to get four complete rows from the medium pink. I then added one row of light pink and one row of light purple that will be the border color.

I have started the dark pink three rows and then I will be doing three of the purple that I had done before. After I will be putting in a single row of cream as a subtle pattern that will be between each color where I will use all that I have of the small skeins.

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The blanket about doubled in size today.

Low Stress Remnant Blanket

Do you have left over yarn from other adorable projects?

Do you save it thinking you will eventually use it for another project?

Do you now have a giant tub of remnants?

Well I have been handed down yarn like crazy, friends and family have just handed me yarn saying “ I was getting rid of stuff, found this and thought you could use it” You smile and say graciously “thank you so much.” You get home and add it to an already stuffed tub.

I know a great deal of friends who do a bunch of different kinds of crafts. Some of whom absolutely need a pattern and follow it precisely.

I wanted to share how to make a blanket from your remnants, without a pattern. It will be low stress, makes use of your remnants, and best of all someone will greatly love cuddling in the blanket you made them.

First I dug out skeins that color cordinate. Three of them were nearly full and the other 5 were half flat.

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I have decided that the biggest leftover skein will be used sparingly throughout the blanket and mostly used for the border. Using it in the blanket will help to tie in the border and make it look complete.

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I have started with a base of three rows of double crochet of the full Pink. Then three rows of double crochet with the full dark purple. I then threw in one row of double crochet of the cream to start breaking up the thicknesses of the rows.

Remeber to keep in mind a remnant blanket is a way of organizing your chaos.

You can see that the next color in line is a medium pink that is half of a skein.  I intend to crochet the entire skein until I have none left except if the littlest bit left, only does a partial row. Then I end it at that colors last full row.

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I will continue the entire blanket in double crochet style to keep a consistency throughout, it also helps reduce the stress of choosing loop size each time you change yarn. It also reduces stress in being able to put down and pick up and know what you were doing last time you shoved it in your project bag.

You can see that this medium pink skein is pretty flat. So far I have a full row on the blanket, I am hoping for four rows.

Stay tuned to see progress.