I have decided April is my month of makeovers, making a decision to fix up and fall in love again with the stuff we have! We have hit that sweet spot where all the stuff we bought 7-8 years ago when we first got married is starting to fall apart. After some pricing around town and consideration that we still have 4 small children prone to sharpie (and super glue thanks Five!) accidents I decided to try and REFRESH our stuff instead of getting something new. I chose projects based on googling solutions that seemed easy enough that my non handy self could do it, since the hubs is tied up with work these days.
First up: Our couch Cost: $7
I LOVE our couch, sorta. It’s this huge sectional which is great for our big family and having guests over. It’s also a microfiber which is easy to clean but also tends to show every little spot. If the kids spill a glass of water on the couch it looks like a huge stain until I pull out our cleaner and fix it. We ended up hosting an impromptu party the other weekend and felt so embarrassed about how the couch looked and it’s an over night drying to clean it. So I ordered a very cheap furniture repair kit from Amazon that has some crayons and markers and spent the day basically coloring the couch and then spent a good hour cleaning the cushions.
After: You can see here where I had started but not finished yet. I ended up doing these mostly using the marker all the way around.
I am seriously so pleased with the way this turned out! For just a few bucks these markers worked so easily and it’s not perfect but at a glance (which is what I assume most visitors give the trim of my couch) it looks really nice!
Second project: The Fire Pit $7-14
I won this fire pit in a scavenger hunt several years ago in GA, and since then its basically just been sitting outside. We wanted to get together with our friends for a s’mores roasting and this pit just wouldn’t do! After a few youtube videos, I felt like I could probably do this myself (although the hubs joined in and took all the fun parts because he was so excited too).
Before: (Sorry about the quality, hubs took it with his phone!)
So the key to this makeover is preparation! Start by sanding off as much of the rust as you can or the paint will have a hard time sticking. A few tutorials I saw online used an electric sander but I opted just for a regular sanding block. After that I went to Lowes and got some 2000 degree spray paint, I got one can but to finish the whole job it will need two. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area and use a drop cloth/tarp underneath. If it is particularly windy, make sure the paint isn’t flying onto a nearby wall or fence. Also don’t wear anything you don’t mind having spray paint on!
Third makeover: Outdoor Rack Cost: $7-14
I got this rack for outside about 7 years ago at a yard sale and was totally going to redo it then…. and then I didn’t… and then we moved it like 5 times and still I didn’t touch it but since I’m on a roll this month I decided to tackle it! This project is very similar to the fire pit, with just a different kind of spray paint. I chose one for outdoor metal from Lowes in a Peacock Blue color. The rack needed a little bit more sanding, as the paint was coming over pretty much over the entire thing and I did end up using two full cans of paint.
So that’s my round up for the month! I have tacked a few other organization projects including the garage and the closet in the kids play room. What have you been up to? Do you get into the Spring cleaning fever? Post your projects on our Facebook Page!