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Decoupaged Patio Table

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Last year, I bought a cheap, cheap side table for my patio — I think it was under $6. The glass top was painted a pretty blue on its underside, but over time, the paint had almost completely peeled away. Not a good look!

I scraped and scraped to remove the remaining paint, but there were a couple areas that were attached with rivets, and I couldn’t get under the rivets to get rid of the little patches of blue. This was not a good look either!

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Knowing I had little to lose, I looked in my craft stash for colorful paper, intending to decoupage it onto the underside of the glass.  I found a bright floral tissue paper that I hoped would serve to camouflage the unwanted blue specks. Fortunately, I also had some outdoor ModPodge to use as glue.

This photo shows the outcome. Up close, it’s definitely flawed, but I figure few people will be examining it carefully. I think it lends a nice plop of color to an otherwise boring section of my backyard. Score one for me!

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My $3.04 Easter Tablescape

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Yes, the title of this post is a little misleading. Most of the items on my Easter dining table came directly from my springtime storage tub.

I had the table runner, white porcelain bunnies,

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pink Easter grass, the white eggs, white dishes, and the pink paper plate I stationed between the plate and bowl.Easter 3I used some green polka-dotted washi tape to make the “placecards,”

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and spent $3.04 on pink striped scrapbook paper which serves as the placemats.  Easter 5

Smart, huh?

Corked Garden Sphere

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I love how this looks in my garden, but the making of the corked garden sphere was a pain in the neck!  I harvested from my cork collection (how did it get so large?!) and glued the corks on to a cheap, round light fixture.

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I used a tube of clear silicone to do the attaching.

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The gluing wasn’t difficult, but it was frustrating and time consuming. Each cork threw the sphere off balance, so I had to adjust the sphere routinely in order to keep the topmost area free for a new cork or two.

Then I had to let the silicone set before I could readjust and add more. Patience is not my strong suit, but I found I could add a few corks, read a little, add a few more corks, clean a little, add a few more corks, cook a little, …. You get the idea! I’m very please with the final outcome.

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Easy and Cheap Table Decor

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Table 4Dan the Man and I were having a couple of great friends over for dinner, and because the weather was so nice, I decided we should eat outside.  We weren’t planning to have a fancy formal table on the patio, but I wanted to dress it up a little.

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First, a trip to Hobby Lobby.  I bought blue patterned scrapbook paper and bandanas.  The paper served as placemats, and the bandanas were our napkins.

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For just about $5, I had an easy table setting perfect for the patio.

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Cheap and easy!

Cleaning Hack: Silk Flowers

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Dan the Man and I have been in the midst of having our leaky master bathroom shower replaced.  If we ever survive all the construction dust, I know we’ll enjoy the new spot.  The end is in sight, so I’m beginning to work on the layers of brown gunk over every surface.  First stop, silk plants.  Today I used a cleaning hack I learned from an interior designer — Lysol disinfecting spray. Read the rest of this entry