DIY


Painting with Sharpie

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Today, I have a cool craft to share, that I actually stumbled upon by accident. It started when I decided that my set of ceramic ASKER containers from Ikea needed a facelift. I thought it would be a good idea to draw on them with Sharpie, but I was very mistaken.  The striped design that I imagined would look great, turned out looking like a kindergartener’s craft project gone wrong.  It was horrible.  I was relieved when a quick internet search led me to believe it was easy to erase Sharpie from ceramic with rubbing alcohol.

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Well the internet was wrong.  The rubbing alcohol didn’t erase the Sharpie, but instead diluted and spread the color like paint.

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Luckily, it turns out the painted Sharpie effect is pretty cool, so I decided to replicate it on all of the containers. The result is now on display in our bathroom.

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The unique stroke pattern comes from the use of a cotton ball as my paintbrush. I rubbed the cotton ball horizontally, back and forth, until I was happy with the effect. I was a pleasantly surprised that the diluted Sharpie became a purplish gray color, because it actually matches our bathroom’s color palette.

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The containers themselves are quite functional and are perfect for storing q-tips and cotton balls.

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What started as a diy fail, turned into a pretty cool project.

DIY Geometric Dishes

Today I want to share a really fun and affordable project.  I gave some plain, white dollar store dishes a geometric makeover, courtesy of ceramic markers.   Ceramic-Marker3

I had heard about ceramic markers, and wanted to see if they actually worked.  My verdict is yes, they work; however, full disclaimer, I have only hand washed the plate and mug, so I’m not sure how they will do in the dishwasher.

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I started by enlisting Joey to sketch a design on the plate and mug, using a charcoal pencil.

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I traced the outline with the ceramic marker and then let it dry overnight. In the morning, I heated the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and placed the mug and plate in the hot oven for about 30 minutes.  Apparently the heat treatment will keep the marker from washing away.

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I am really pleased with the end result, and am thinking of buying more dishes from the dollar store to decorate; but first I want to see how this pair lasts.  If it survives the dishwasher, then I think I’m in the clear.  Even if it doesn’t last, it was a fun project.

Sweet Potato Dog Treats

Zuzu loves Beggin’ Strips.  She goes nuts for them, which wouldn’t be a problem if they didn’t cost so much. Luckily, there is a much more affordable alternative that Zuzu loves almost as much–sweet potato treats.  They are easy to make and are very cost effective.

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To make these treats, all you need is a few sweet potatoes.

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Wash the sweet potatoes and then cut them into thin strips.   If your slices are on the thicker side, that is not a problem.  You will just need to bake them for a slightly longer time.

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Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Then place the sweet potato strips on a cookie sheet, and put them in the oven.  Bake them for about 3 hours or until they are crispy.

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After they cool, let your dog test them out.  Zuzu is a big fan.  When we leave the house, I’ll usually put a few strips in a plastic water bottle and give it to her. This keeps her entertained for hours, as she tries to get the treats out.

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Another added perk, is that you can eat the sweet potato strips too.  They taste great, and are a healthy alternative to chips.

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Contact Paper Covered Cabinets

I have been wanting to give our kitchen cabinets a makeover for a while.  There isn’t anything glaringly wrong with our current cabinets, but they are glass, and hence see through.  I hate seeing the clutter of dishes stacked up in the cabinets. Joey and I talked about a few different options for giving our cabinets a makeover.  Option 1 was to buy new cabinets, but that isn’t really in our budget.  Option 2 was to paint the cabinets, which we seriously considered; however, in the end we decided to cover the cabinets in white contact paper, because it was the easiest, and most cost effective option.  I was worried that it might look tacky, but it actually looks quite nice.

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This isn’t a long term solution, as I know that the paper will eventually start to peel, but so far it is holding up.  The cabinet directly above the sink has some wrinkles, but they are hardly noticeable.

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In a few weeks, I am going to evaluate the condition of the contact paper.  At that point, we will either leave the paper on, or we will remove it and give the cabinets a fresh coat of paint.

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I’ll keep you posted on how the contact paper is holding up.