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.
 
 
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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
Hammer
Hot Glue Gun
Liquid Soap
 
 
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I didn’t have anything around the house with a decent pump, so I went out and bought a cheap bottle of lotion.
 
 
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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.
 
 
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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).
 
 
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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
 
 
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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 :)
 
 
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And ta-da
 
 
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This is a sturdy dispenser that will last. I’ve been using mine for a year and it has not problems.
 
 
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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! 
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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….
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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?
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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.
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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.
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Aww….all better! And no more socks!
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And I’m glad I finally got to use some of the gazillion coffee sacks I bought awhile back. lol.
Cheers!!!

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.
 
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Fortunately, I took some before photos. This little end table is solid wood, but had some issues with water damage.
 
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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…
 
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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….
 
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What do you think?
 
WHAT I USED
 
3/4 Anne Sloan French Linen
1/4 Anne Sloan Pure White
Anne Sloan Clear Soft Wax
 
Have a great day!