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DIY Frosted Glass End Tables

Do It Yourself Frosted Glass End Table
I don’t know about you, but nearly all of my furniture is hand-me-down. It’s kind of what happens when you live with many different roommates and refuse to spend your limited budget on fancy new furniture.

However, this does give me an excuse to instead spend money at the hardware and craft stores on spraypaint, stencils, and other furniture refinishing necessities.

Wooden Glass Topped End TablesThese two end tables came from a friend who is recently married and I was happy to take them off her hands, since I have just moved into a new apartment by myself and had been end-table-less. I also snagged a few other things from her, namely an Ikea couch and ottoman, a circle chair, a rocking chair, and another end table.

While these end tables are functional, they are (to me, at least) butt ugly. So this weekend, I am going to go on a DIY adventure and fix them up. I am thinking I will spray paint the bases, maybe a grey or blue? It will be a gametime decision at the hardware store. HOWEVER, the most exciting part is I am going to try my hand at faux glass etching. I spent some time around online looking for stencils that I liked to no avail and so I decided to stick to my favorite things and stencil my favorite quotes on these two tables.

The quotes I have chosen are:

“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

“An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” (Gilbert K. Chesterton)

I’m thinking I’ll pick up some vinyl letters, stick them to the bottom of the tables and spray away with that frosted glass stuff! … I’ve never done this before, so hopefully it turns out.

Will you come with me on this DIY adventure? LET’S GO!

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Spray Painting Wooden End TablesGrey Ikea End Table

So far, spray painting my end tables has gone fabulously. They only had two cans of the color I liked at my local hardware store (sky blue), so I had to be careful not to waste it. This has resulted in tables with a few lighter spots, however I’ve decided I kind of like the look! While I was in the pray painting mode, I also spray painted a third end table of mine and a small picture frame in grey. Not sure how I feel about those yet. The table looks kind of … bleh. What do you think?

Cutting Stencil Letters Out Of Window ClingThe status of the quotes on the glass tops is a bit more complicated. It only took me 30 seconds of coming home from Joann’s Fabrics to realize that the letter stickers I bought were not going to work because I wanted to put these letters on the under side of the glass – meaning they have to be backwards in order to be read. And stickers are only stick on one side – the wrong side. I spent a few minutes fuming about this, until I gave in and went back to Joann’s. I returned the stickers and got lucky to find a stencil section way in the back of the store. Martha makes these letter stencils that are perfect! I also found a roll of window cling material (who knew they made that?!) and an exacto knife. And now you’re caught up with me. It’s Sunday morning and I’m currently cutting out S’s. This is the slowest process ever.

End Table Glass Top With Quote DIY
It is now Sunday evening and I am FINALLY done cutting out letters. I took a break in the middle of the day for a friend’s barbeque and now I’m back at it. I managed to finish all the letters I needed for the first quote, and then I went right outside and spraypainted the back of the glass! I first put painters tape on the front side, just as a precaution. I want the front of the glass to stay nice and smooth.

Peeling Vinyl Letters Off Frosted GlassFrosting Glass With Spray

This is what my setup outside looks like. Let me tell you, I LOVE this frosted glass spray. Super easy and it dries so fast. It’s perfect for a gal like me who wants instant gratification. After the first pane of glass dried (it took about a half hour, tops), I reused the letters for the second pane of glass and went through the same process.
Frosted Glass Wooden End Tables

Now that I have both my tables back in my apartment, all dry and frosted and beautiful, I am SO excited. This is why I love to make things over. I took a simple, sort of ugly table I got for free and I made it mine. The project in total cost me less than $50 (including spray paint for three tables, a plastic tarp, gloves, window cling material, letter stencils, and an exacto knife) I say that’s a pretty good deal. Plus, it was fun!

Has anyone out there completed any cool projects with frosted glass spray? Share your pics!

Knitting Dinosaurs For Fun and Affection

One Christmas while I was in college, I decided to teach myself to knit. I didn’t do this out of a desire to be crafty (in fact, I considered myself the opposite of crafty), nor was I particularly interested in making all of my own clothing. To me, knitting seemed a bit old-fasioned, but I wanted to give my friends cheap Christmas gifts and so I picked up an instruction book and went to town. Everyone has their motivations, right? Those first gifts were pretty pathetic – I wish I had pictures of the scarf I gave to my friend Hanna. It was made with a pocket knitter that I haven’t used since. The scarf probably only measured a couple of inches wide! Because winter is not something to be trifled with in Michigan, this scarf was probably the least useful item I could have made. Luckily, Hanna loves me and loved the scarf because of all its inadequacies.

Over time however, I’ve taught myself to make a lot more useful items, like scarves, hats and socks. I have really come to love knitting – it’s the perfect activity to keep my hands busy while watching TV or even hanging out with friends. I haven’t bought a winter hat in years and my ever-growing stockpile of yarn is a bit concerning. I still give my friends knitted gifts regularly, even if they are often delivered a few weeks late. I’m not exactly the most timely knitter!

I have also discovered that I can use this skill to befriend the male coworkers in my techy office. I’ve already wormed my way into their hearts through baked goods like pumpkin cheesecake, but sometimes even that isn’t enough. Apparently, the way to win the hearts and minds of a legion of male, techy coworkers is not a pair of homemade socks. Instead, it is knitted and stuffed dinosaurs! Yes, all of my coworkers
are secretly 5 years old.

Knitted Dinosaur Patterns Book

Knitted Dinosaurs are actually pretty awesome.

One particularly fantastic coworker bought a book chock full of dinosaur patterns. You might not have known such a thing existed, and you also might not have known you needed one, but trust me, you do. This book has opened the doors to a series of dinosaur projects that has … well if not enriched my life, than at least made it busier. I’m making dinosaurs for coworkers, my niece and nephew, and various dino-loving friends. I even mentioned my knitted dino projects to a prospective date on PlentyOfFish.com and he professed that he would love me forever if I made him a Reptar. What girl can refuse an offer like that?

The instructions in the book are pretty easy to follow, and offer a lot of freedom for creativity. This is key, because my niece has specifically requested a Triceratops that looks like Trixie from Toy Story 3. Also, everyone I have made dinos for has seemed to enjoy the process of picking out the colors of their future stuffed friend.

To date, I have knitted a Velociraptor, an Ankylosaurus, a T-Rex, and am in the process of creating a Triceratops! They turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself:

Anyone else want a dinosaur? 😉