DIY: Plastic Picnic Table Makeover

Fotor0908120615 copy copySummer means BBQ’s and family gatherings in the backyard.  With Olivia’s cousins coming to visit this coming weekend, a DIY projects were in order.  IMG_1176-001 copyI found this picnic table on the side of the road about to be picked up by a dump truck.  One persons trash is another persons treasures, right?  IMG_1196-1Jamie had a wonderful, little supervisor as he took the table apart.  It was easier to take the table apart in order to spray paint using two different colors.  Screws and bolts held each piece together so a screwdriver or drill will help.Fotor0908115953 copyJamie picked out two “coastal” Valspar for indoor/outdoor plastic spray paint and primer colors.  It took two good coats to really cover it and then one final coat of Rustoleum clear glossy finish spray to protect it.  IMG_1344 copyI think it turned out super cute!Fotor0908120347 copyAnd the most important person loves it too!



Oversized Ruler Growth Chart

I keep seeing over-sized ruler growth charts EVERYWHERE!  I love that you can take them with you if you were to move, but still have that “marking the wall feel.”   I wanted one so bad but I was not about to pay $75!!!  Classic Katie DIY time to keep it on a budget.



Supplies List:

  1. Paint or wood stain ($2.98)
  2. Measuring tape (already had)
  3. Paint brush or small roller (already had)
  4. 1 x 8 x 8 piece of wood. I used a Kiln-Dried Whitewood Softwood Board.  I cut my board down to 6.5′.  6′ for ruler and 5″ for header. ($11.48)
  5. Vinyl decals (purchased from Little Acorns By Ro’s Etsy shop – they have great instructions included!)  ($8 + $9.99)
  6. Sawtooth metal bracket (already had)
  7. Rust-oleum 12 oz Crystal Clear Glossy Spray Paint ($3.76)

*Sandpaper and wood filler might be needed!

Budget:   Under $40!


First step, a trip to Lowes.  I enlisted Jamie and Livie as helpers.


I went through about 20 different boards before I found one I liked.  You don’t want a lot of knots or holes in them if you are painting a solid color.  If you are staining, knots would probably be better and more rustic looking.  It’s all up to you.


I painted the board with two coats of Valspar Pantone Pink Carnation Interior Stain Paint after filling in holes with wood filler and sanding.  One 8 oz sample is only $2.98 and I only used about 2-3 oz to paint the whole board!  I also gave it two coats of Rust-oleum clear spray enamel, my favorite top coat because it goes on so smooth and dries super fast. Wait 24 hours between coats and wait 48 hours before you apply vinyl decals.


I marked off every 12 inches starting 4 inches from the bottom of the board.  The 1 started 4 inches from the bottom and so on. I wanted to hang the chart 8 inches off the ground so the first foot had to start 4 inches on the board.


I then peeled back the vinyl decals backing and arranged them on the board.

I made sure to get all air bubbles out and make sure the decals were stuck on with my credit card.

I then applied her cute header.

Next, is my favorite part.  The reveal!  Peeling off the paper.  Always go at an angle and go slow!

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The final step was to add the numbers.

Jamie hung the chart with a metal sawtooth bracket.



Day 24: File Cabinet Makeover

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Today, I gave an old filing cabinet a makeover.

I needed a place to keep all of our documents but all of the filing systems I found in stores or online cost $100’s!!!  I purchased this file cabinet for $5 off of Craigslist but it was really beat up and boring.


First, I spray painted the cabinet pink.  Then I picked up some paint, a stencil and sponge brushes at Michaels.


I attached the stencil with tape to keep it in place as I sponged on the gold paint.


I randomly placed the flowers all over the file cabinet.


The whole project including the cost of the file cabinet only cost me $10!!!


Day 23: Office Inspiration

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My house is a wreck right now due to this kitchen floor project we are working on.  I have an oven in my bedroom, a washer/dryer and fridge in my living room.  It’s a mess.  I am working so hard to get my office/craft room up stairs put together, but every time I try, the baby starts crying.  Story of my life.

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I had cleaned it up this much the other week and then opened the closet to find just boxes and boxes of fabrics and junk!

Every time I feel like I have organized it pretty well and I am almost done, I find more that has to be put away.

Hopefully one day I can have it as beautiful as these:

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Day 22: Master Sneak Peek

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Want a sneak peek into our master bedroom and bathroom?


The color of both the bedroom and bathroom is Valspars Sea Breath.  It had the word Sea in the name so of course I had to keep with an ocean theme for both rooms.


It is more of a sea-foam green sometimes but then it can look blue.  I love it!


The linens were from Homegoods.  I got a whole set with accent pillows for only $69.99.  I know the sand dollars are very literal and probably belong in a beach house, but I love it!

By Samantha on Etsy provided the four coral silhouettes prints that hang above our bed.

If it isn’t raining tomorrow, I will post some pictures of the finished master bedroom! It’s all about natural lighting!


Day 21: Playroom Debate

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Our playroom/entertainment room is such a hodge podge right now.  It has  pieces from our old living room, sun room, guestroom and storage. I just doesn’t work.  We have tried the furniture in different places and how the ceiling slants, it makes it very hard to arrange.

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I have our IKEA daybed (with trundle underneath) that used to be in our sun room of our old house in the playroom.  It provides two extra beds for when people come to stay.

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The entertainment unit is huge!  Jamie had to have a large flat screen for watching football and the sound system.  I have it on a low IKEA unit but it is still big!

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This green chair was free and one of the first pieces we got as a married couple.  It used to be in our first apartments living room.  It matched our couch at the time.  Now, it is just so dark and a puke green to me.  I love neutrals but it doesn’t go with our homes aesthetic anymore.  Probably will start looking for a couch or loveseat soon to replace it.

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I love this grey IKEA rug I purchased for our old living room.  It matches anything!

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The two IKEA LACK coffee tables on casters match our entertainment unit and wall shelving.  They used to be in our old living room but they are perfect up in the playroom because they can be wheeled easily out of the way.  They are only $29.99 each!

The chalkboard wall is in the back corner of the room.

This window nook is beside the daybed.  I probably will make it a reading nook.  This whole room just does not flow and nothing coordinates well together.  I think some rearranging and furniture shopping is in order soon!



Day 20: Reflection

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Today has been a day of reflection.


Tonight, I looked through our purchases for this home renovation so far.   We have purchased 325 individual items at Lowe’s but I’m sure the number will be closer to 500 by the time we are all said and done.  We have used 55 gallons of paint to cover every inch of this house.  I have made 49 trips to Lowe’s and that is not counting the trips made by our friends and family who have come to help.  It has been a long and tiring process.  I just can’t wait for us to have this house be our home.


Day 18: Sticky Kitchen Floor

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Redoing our kitchen floor has turned into a bigger project than we had originally anticipated.  What project in our house hasn’t?


We first had to tear up two layers of previous laminate.

The next step is getting all of this glue up.

To get the glue up, Jamie has had to boil water and then scrap it off.  If you scrap it dry, the cement will also come up.

He then wet vacs the water and glue up.  It is really messy and nasty.  Tomorrow we are moving our major appliances out of the kitchen so that we can get all of the old flooring up.  I guess we will be eating out for the next week!


Day 17: Screened Porch

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I’ve been slacking on the blog today.  I have been up running errands downtown since 7 am.


So, the back screened in porch was really nasty and had birds living in it. My dad painted the cement the same sand color as the front porch  and Jamie power washed the walls which really cleaned it up.

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I purchased at Sears a Ty Pennington Style Mayfield 4 Pc. Deep Seating Set from Sears.  It retails for $999 but after applying discounts I found online, I snagged the set for $636.  When Jamie went to pick it up at the store, it was actually the floor model and the last one they had in stock.  So, he talked them into giving another 15% off!

Is she not the cutest!?!

The sofa is so comfortable!  Olivia and I have been trying to soak in all of the wonderful fall weather every night out on our new porch.  I will take more pictures of the other side of the porch when I have it all set up.