February 22, 2013

How To Turn A Ball Jar Into A Soap Dispenser – A Tutorial

I love painting furniture and other household items, but I also love creating unique and useful things for the home.  A while back, I turned a basic ball jar into a soap dispenser (read about that here).  Today, I still use it to dispense my dish soap and it works like a charm.
So I thought I would share the wealth and give a tutorial on how I created my ball jar soap dispenser. Enjoy :)
Here’s what you will need:
Ball Jar (with sturdy lid)
Bottle of Lotion (or anything with a pump you can use)
Screw Driver
Hot Glue Gun
Liquid Soap
I didn’t have anything around the house with a decent pump, so I went out and bought a cheap bottle of lotion.
I knew I needed to punch a hole in the lid. So I used a hammer to get the screwdriver through it. Be sure you protect the surface you do this on. I put a hole in my counter.
You’ll need to work the hole until it’s large enough to put the pump through.

Next, you’ll need to secure the pump to the lid with hot glue. (You can also use gorilla glue if you choose. It works just as well…if not better).
The good thing about hot glue, it dries right away. And if you’re impatient like I am, you’ll love that you can use this for your soap right away :0
And to my delight, the cap from the liquid dish soap fit perfectly on my bottle of lotion. So I was able to keep the lotion too :)
And ta-da
This is a sturdy dispenser that will last. I’ve been using mine for a year and it has not problems.

February 16, 2013

1930’s Chair Redo {In ASCP} – Before & After

In my opinion, older furniture is by far the best – ever. Take this 30’s style chair that I redid in Anne Sloan Chalk Paint last weekend.  Isn’t it the coolest thing since sliced bread???  I think so! 
But here’s my issue -- once I put the ASCP and coffee bean sack on it – I fell in love. The kind of love that will always get in the way of selling any of the furniture I redo. This could be a problem….
Yes…that’s part of a coffee bean sack right there on that seat!  It looks like it was meant to be there.  Wouldn’t you agree?
I’m sure this little chair will make someone else very happy. So I shouldn’t be selfish :) Right?
Oh…and in case you were wondering, here are the before pictures.
You can tell this thing was pretty well used over the years. And over the past year has been a catchall for my fianc├ęs socks. lol.
Aww….all better! And no more socks!



And I’m glad I finally got to use some of the gazillion coffee sacks I bought awhile back. lol.

February 9, 2013

End Table -- Dressed In Grey Chalk Paint

Today I’m sharing an end table paint redo -- using the infamous Anne Sloan Chalk Paint. Just a little FYI: If you are in the market to refinish a piece of furniture for your home, definitely spend the extra on this paint. It’s fab.

Fortunately, I took some before photos. This little end table is solid wood, but had some issues with water damage.
But I saw potential in this little guy and thought he’d be the perfect addition to my living room. So off to painting I went…
No sanding is required. Just paint over the nasty. I’m loving the soft color. And I love it even more that there are no more water stains! 
Here’s an before & after up-close….
Grey End Table 
What do you think?
3/4 Anne Sloan French Linen
1/4 Anne Sloan Pure White
Anne Sloan Clear Soft Wax
Have a great day!