Dresser Dress Up

Hey you guys!  So both of these projects were done within the past two years, but I still have the pictures and they were both pretty easy projects so I figured, why not share? Right?

I’m sure you can guess as to what these projects are from the dead give away of the title of this article!

The first dresser is the biggest transformation BY FAR.  This hideous dresser was in my sisters room for years, has gone through several layers of paint, stickers and missing knobs, poor dresser!  Before it was my sister Marissa’s, it belonged to my sister Aubri and her room theme was lady-bug so it had red drawers and then my Mom painted it white & blue for some reason.  When I got married in 2013, I asked if I could have the dresser with the intention of fixing it up because we had no furniture!  Due to moving, working, and school, this project was put on hold for almost a year and I just couldn’t stand it any longer it was SO UGLY!

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Finally I set out a game plan for the dresser, I decided what colors I wanted it to be to match our room decorations.  I got some black glossy paint, some mint spray paint, and I wanted to experiment with some cute contact paper I got at the dollar store.  I also had to buy new wooden knobs that I just got at Walmart.

I took out all drawers and spray spray painted them outside in the grass, doing a good 2-3 layers and letting them dry in-between.  Tip: I found a really neat spray paint device with a trigger that attaches to the top of the can and it really helps with bigger projects so your finger isn’t super cramped at the end!  I got it at Home Depot for like $2, go get yourself one, it makes projects so much easier! Then I just put the shell of the dresser on some newspaper and painted it with a brush, doing 2 coats.  I spray painted the knobs black, and then I measured the front of the small drawers and wrapped them in the contact paper from the dollar store (it has an adhesive on one side like a sticker you can just stick to the drawer).  You can  also line the inside of the drawers with the contact paper or paint them if you like, or just leave them since nobody can see them!  Up to you!  I’ve been asked how I got the distressed look on the dresser drawers, using what I had, I grabbed some paper towels, put some paint on a paper plate, lightly dabbed it in and rubbed it lightly across the dry dresser drawers.  I really loved the drastic shabby-chic appearance it gave the piece with a bit of edge!  My husband was not a huge fan of the contact paper, but I really love it!  It’s a very unique piece of furniture.

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  • Medium sized paint brush
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plate
  • Black paint (or color of your choice)
  • Mint spray paint (or color of your choice)
  • Contact paper
  • New knobs (if necessary)
  • Spray paint device

Time needed:

I would commit at least 1-2 hours to this project but a bulk of it is waiting for paint to dry.

Total cost:

I would say that if you have mostly everything on hand, you’ll spend about $15 on this project.  Not too bad!

This second dresser was given to me by my husband’s Grandma, she too shares my love of refurbishing, refinishing and decorating!  I needed one for our baby boy that was on the way to store all of the clothes I was getting!  She had previously painted it white and there were a few scratches and dings here and there but ultimately it didn’t NEED to be repainted.  But, I wanted darker furniture in his room, grays and blacks because that is the color scheme I was planning.  I picked a dark charcoal gray chalk paint, and luckily it already had some contact paper in each drawer and nice drawer pulls!

Chalk paint can be kind of tricky to work with, I haven’t tried it with the wax coating because I’ve heard it is pretty hard but if you buy this brand of chalk paint, Rustoleum, it has a clear coat you can paint on.  Just follow the instructions that the paint can has as far as drying times and multiple coats go, or else you can get air bubbles when applying the top coat that dry permanently into the finish.  But with chalk paint you DEFINITELY need some kind of wax or clear coat sealant because chalk paint can chip easily and also soaks up the oil in your fingers and can leave behind finger prints without it.  Make sure if you are keeping the knobs, and they are some kind of metal or porcelain, glass etc., that you remove them before painting.

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Supplies needed:

  • Medium sized paint brush
  • Newspaper
  • Chalk Paint
  • Clear Coat

Time needed:

I would commit at least 1-2 hours to this project but a bulk of it is waiting for paint to dry.

Total cost:

Paint can be kind of pricey, the Rust-oleum Chalked Charcoal was $16.98 and the Rust-oleum Chalked Protective Top Coat Matte Clear was a little more pricey at $18.98 for a total of about $36.

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DIY 4th of July Porch Decor

While on a trip to Wal-Mart to get some seeds for my new fresh herb garden (inspired by my husbands Grandma, will show & tell at a later time), I saw some cute red, white and blue flowers and it gave me the idea to put together a cute and inexpensive display for the 4th of July.

This project is so simple you’ll want to get up and go to the nearest store and get all the supplies ASAP!  It was very inexpensive and not very time consuming, here is what you will need:

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Materials:

Red, white & blue flowers

3 Terra cotta pots

Potting soil

Sharpie marker

Project Cost:

Flowers: $3.50/each, $10.50

Terra cotta pots, medium: $2/each, $6

Total cost: $16.50

Time Needed:

About 30 minutes

Instructions:

  1. It’s easiest if you use the sharpie to write “U-S-A”, on each of the terra cotta pots, feel free to use paint or even paint them as a flag design if you’d like.  But the easiest and quickest way to get a patriotic and minimal look is through just using sharpie and keeping it simple!
  2. Next I put the flowers into each pot, I chose the order I did because I felt like the red flowers were the biggest and looked better in the middle, but you do you and choose whatever you like.
  3. Fill in any empty spaces with potting soil and give them a little bit of water for their new home!
  4. Display on your porch for all to see and enjoy during these summer months!
  5. Boom.  Done. Kick your feet up and relax, drink some lemonade… start chanting U-S-A like I did when I finished, do whatever you want cuz, ‘Merica.

Let me know if you have any other fun ideas for this project or inspired by this project!

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DIY Car Air Freshener

One day I was in my car stuck at a stop light and I looked at my little tree air freshener thinking that I need to go buy a new one because the smell had faded. If you are a designer or creative person, you will be able to relate with how picky we can be when it comes to normal everyday objects and how we wish they were designed a different way. In this case, I was thinking about how much potential an air freshener could have on my mood each day as I spend so much time in my car!

First I looked at Amazon as I normally do when searching for odd and specific things. I did find a few cute air fresheners but they were anywhere from $5-$15 for just ONE, but I don’t want to spend that kind of money knowing that I would need to replace it shortly. Who knows how long the scent lasts but it seems they are always kind of short-lived. So then I was thinking… how I could make EXACTLY what I am wanting for an affordable price and the smell can just be added/refilled as needed. And the idea of felt came to mind! Felt and embroidery floss are SO CHEAP! Then I thought, hey, I have a bunch of essential oils and they would be perfect to add for the scents. They are more natural than man-made chemicals, and can lift your mood and other things I will get into later.

So I put together 4 REALLY CUTE designs to share and I will give you step-by-step instructions on each. The four different designs I created include a cactus, lemon, pineapple and donut. I think you’ll agree that they all turned out pretty cute!

Materials:

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  • Felt (assorted colors), usually about $0.50 each
  • Embroidery floss (assorted colors), usually about $0.50 each
  • Embroidery needles
  • Batting or cotton balls
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Essential oils
  • Toothpicks
  • String/Stretchy String/Rubber Band, can buy string at dollar store for $1.00

Time needed: 1-2 hours, depending on the amount of detail you choose

Total cost: Less than $5 to get started depending on how many of the materials you already have

Now I’m going to share some of the benefits of essential oils. I would also like to suggest just a few of my favorite essential oils.

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Lemon: Promotes clarity of thought and purpose with a fragrance that is invigorating, enhancing, and warming.

Peppermint: Purifying and stimulating to the conscience mind. May help attention, performance, and focus.

Lavender: Calming, relaxing, and balancing, both physically and emotionally. Also improves concentration and mental acuity.

Citrus Fresh: Stimulates the right brain to amplify creativity and well-being, eradicate anxiety, and works well as an air purifier.

Clarity: Promotes a clear mind and amplifies mental alertness and vitality. It increases energy when overly tired and brings greater focus to the spirit and mind.

If you would like to research more into Young Living Essential Oils including benefits, availability and pricing click here or to make a purchase, you can email a distributor by clicking here.

Directions:

Now I will dive into the nitty gritty… how to create each design! Here is a quick demonstration of the lemon air freshener. I have provided a stencil that you can use to cut out each design shape but feel free to make your own shapes and designs. Download the stencil here.

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CACTUS DESIGN

  1. Print stencil & cut out shape.
  2. Outline the cactus shape on your color choice of felt in pen and then cut exactly on the pen lines to reduce the chances of the pen showing.
  3. Cut out 3 small circles out of your color choice to use as flowers at the top of each arm of the cactus.
  4. If you would like to put a pattern on one or both pieces of felt with the embroidery floss, do that before sewing them together. If you can still see pen marks, make that the “inside” of the cactus. I chose to do a dashed line, but you could also do “x’s” or “v’s” to create a cute cactus-like pattern. I only did a pattern on one side.
  5. Once you have created a pattern, fold each circle in half and put a stitch through to give it a more ruffled and flowery appearance at the top of each arm.
  6. Now sew the 2 sides together using a blanket stitch around the edge, this stitch is actually very easy, you can watch the simple tutorial here.
  7. As I sewed together each arm, I stuffed the arm with batting before continuing. You can use scissors, a capped pen or something like that to tuck the batting in.
  8. Once you have sewed all the way around and tied your last knot, add a small loop at the top so you can attach an elastic or string and hang in your car.
  9. Choose an essential oil or fragrance, dip a toothpick in, and insert into the bottom between the 2 pieces of felt. Make sure that you can still see the tip of the toothpick so that you can grab with tweezers and add more oil as desired!
  10. Now you have a cute and unique car air freshener that you re-use and add scent to time and time again.

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PINEAPPLE DESIGN

  1. Print stencil & cut out shape.
  2. Outline the pineapple shape on your color choice of felt in pen and then cut exactly on the pen lines to reduce the chances of the pen showing. Also cut out pineapple stem.
  3. If you would like to add detail on one or both pieces of felt with the embroidery floss, do that before sewing them together. If you can still see pen marks, make that the “inside” of the pineapple. I chose to do several different stitching patterns in the center. Have fun with it, it doesn’t have to be perfect! I only did a pattern on one side.
  4. Now sew the 2 sides together using a blanket stitch around the edge, this stitch is actually very easy, you can watch the simple tutorial here.
    Leave the top of the pineapple open and not stitched as well as the bottom part of the stem.
  5. Stuff each piece with batting, you can use a scissor tip or a capped pen to tuck the batting in.
  6. Sew a simple stitch across the pineapple shape and the stem shape to connect them.
    Once you have connected the two pieces, add a small loop at the top so you can attach an elastic or string and hang from your rearview mirror.
  7. Choose an essential oil or fragrance, dip a toothpick in, and insert into the bottom between the 2 pieces of felt. Make sure that you can still see the tip of the toothpick so that you can grab with tweezers and add more oil when the time is needed!
  8. Now you have a cute and unique car air freshener that you can re-use and add scent time and time again.

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LEMON DESIGN

  1. Print stencil & cut out shape.
  2. Outline the lemon shape on your color choice of felt in pen and then cut exactly on the pen lines to reduce the chances of the pen showing. Also cut out lemon leaf.
  3. If you would like to add detail on one or both pieces of felt with the embroidery floss, do that before sewing them together. If you can still see pen marks, make that the “inside” of the lemon. I chose to do a very simple french knot to look like the pores of the lemon, it is a very easy knot with a simple tutorial here. I only did a pattern on one side.
  4. Now sew the 2 sides together using a blanket stitch around the edge, this stitch is actually very easy you can watch the tutorial here.
  5. Leave the top side open and not stitched as well as a portion of the edge of the leaf.
  6. Stuff each piece with batting, you can use scissors or a capped pen to tuck the batting in.
  7. Once you have connected the two pieces, add a small loop at the top so you can attach an elastic or string and hang in your car.
  8. Choose an essential oil or fragrance, dip a toothpick in, and insert into the bottom between the 2 pieces of felt. Make sure that you can still see the tip of the toothpick so that you can grab with tweezers and add more oil when desired!
  9. Now you have a cute and unique car air freshener that you can re-use and add scent to time and time again.

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DONUT DESIGN

  1. Print stencil & cut out shape.
  2. Outline the donut shape on your color choice of felt in pen and then cut exactly on the pen lines to reduce the chances of the pen showing. Also cut out the donut frosting.
  3. If you would like to add detail on one or both pieces of felt with the embroidery floss, do that before sewing them together. If you can still see pen marks, make that the “inside” of the donut. I just did one stitch in various colors to look like sprinkles on the frosting. I only added a pattern on one side.
  4. Now sew the 3 layers together starting on the inside circle using a blanket stitch around the edge, this stitch is actually very easy, you can watch the tutorial here.
  5. Then stitch a dashed line around the frosting attaching it to ONE layer of felt. Be careful not to sew the back layer. Once you finish attaching the frosting, attach the front and back pieces with the blanket stitch.
  6. Stuff the piece every inch or so as you go around the donut shape, you can use scissors or a capped pen to tuck the batting in.
  7. Once you have closed up the edge, add a small loop at the top so you can attach an elastic or string and hang from your rearview mirror.
  8. Choose an essential oil or fragrance, dip a toothpick in, and insert into the bottom between the 2 pieces of felt. Make sure that you can still see the tip of the toothpick so that you can grab with tweezers and add more oil when desired!
  9. Now you have a cute and unique car air freshener that you can re-use and add scent to time and time again.

Other uses:

This project does not have to have one purpose, here are some additional ideas that you could use the felt designs  for:

  • pin cushion
  • rear-view decoration without scent
  • keychain
  • quiet toys for your kids
  • decorations
  • tree ornaments

Let me know if you guys have any questions, encounter any problems or have some other suggestions for uses of this fun little project!

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5 Mother’s Day Freebies

This year is flying by like crazy and in case you didn’t notice it is almost MAY!! What the heck?!  And Mother’s Day will be here in 2 weeks, mark your calendars people because it is on May 14th!  But don’t you worry, I have done all the work for you and found 5 different freebies to help you get your Mother’s Day gift just right!

I have found some of THEE cutest prints for you guys including 1 set of gift tags, a hand-lettered Mother’s Day card and 3 different cute printables!

  1.  MAGNOLIA MOTHER’S DAY GIFT CARDS

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These cute tags are from MagnoliaMarket.com, they also have many cute Mother’s Day themed gifts that you can view here.  For the free tag printable, click here to download.

2.  HAND LETTERED MOTHER’S DAY CARDS

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This cute Mother’s Day card is hand lettered and designed by Liz and can be found in her article ‘Free Printable Hand Lettered Mother’s Day Card’ on her blog Liz On Call, or downloaded here.

3.  MOTHER PRINT BY TIFFANY WEBSTER

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This printable is by Tiffany Webster and can be found in this article: ‘Celebrating Mothers: Free Printables to Give (or Keep!)’ on the blog The Small Seed.  To download this print, click here.

3.  MOTHER’S DAY ANCHOR PRINT

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This anchor printable freebie can be found in the article ‘Mother’s Day Printable, Your Love Has Always Been My Anchor’ on the blog Celebrating Everyday Life.  In comes in both pink and green.  To download this print, click here.

5.  MOST IMPORTANT JOB PRINT

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This printable is actually one that I have printed out and framed on my nightstand because it is an awesome reminder for me.  It says, “No work could be more important and satisfying than that of helping to raise human life to its highest level.” -Amy B. Lyman.  This print is very meaningful to me because I have felt some pressure to go back to work after the birth of my son, but I believe THEE. MOST. IMPORTANT. JOB. is to be a Mom.  It is definitely worth reading the article called ‘Celebrate Women of the Relief Society’ on the Family Search Blog.  It is a great read about some extraordinary women of the Relief Society (an organization of my LDS religion) and what better time of year to be reminded about women and the amazing examples and influences they are, than now!  There are 3 other prints in this article that have the same look as this one and have to do with strong women, this was just my most favorite.  To download this specific print, click here.

FREE MOTHER’S DAY PRINTS

  1. Magnolia Mother’s Day Gift Tags
  2. Hand-lettered Mother’s Day Cards
  3. Mother Print by Tiffany Webster
  4. Mother’s Day Anchor Print
  5. Most Important Job Print

 

Inspirational Quote Freebie

I designed these little hand lettered inspirational quotes because I am the kind of person that needs a little reminder daily to eat healthy, work out and do those things that contribute to a healthier body.  I will go more into this topic in other posts but this one is all about YOU, that’s right you, you little cutie!

I wanted to design some quotes that have to do with inspiration, some of them don’t just apply to “eating clean/healthy” or “getting fit”.  In fact, many of them can really be used for any area in life you are trying to improve in or succeed at.  “How bad do you want it?”, this phrase is one that can be asked about anything… “How bad do you want to graduate with that degree?, “How bad do you want to quit smoking?”, “How bad do you want to be the best Mom you can be?”… you get the idea.

That is why I wanted to share these little guys so you can put it up somewhere you will see it everyday, so grab some double-sided tape or some cute washi tape and put one up, or all!  Put it on your mirror, your fridge, in your wallet, inside the visor in your car, or use as a bookmark!

This document includes 7 different hand lettered quotes on a watercolor background (pastels for spring and ‘new beginnings’).  The dimensions of each card is 2.5″ x 3.5″, the size of a wallet sized photo.  Download here on my website, print it out, cut, and display them wherever you desire!

Chana Dawn Designs Does DIY

Hey everyone, welcome to my blog!  I have been debating for awhile about starting a blog to be an outlet for all things DIY including: cleaning, decorating, organizing, repurposing and who knows what else we’ll see where this blogging business takes me!

I can’t wait to share some of my crazy ideas and crafts with you all.  I hope you guys enjoy following along.

I’ve always loved creating since I was little.  It’s hard to just focus on just one thing when you have that creative itch in your bones, so don’t expect this blog to be just about one thing… because it’s definitely not going to be!

I am a designer, Mom, Wife, creator, outdoors lover, donut caunosaur, pizza enthusiast, I love to serve the Lord (true & Nacho Libre quote haha), obviously I love movies oh and I can Netflix & Chill like no other, and there’s just a little bit about me.