Drafting Table Makeover with Cricut

We took an old drafting table we found at a yard sale and transformed it in to the perfect table for my studio by creating custom stencils with Cricut and adhering them with my Xyron Creative Station

Drafting Table Makeover with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

DRAFTING TABLE MAKEOVER WITH CRICUT

{This post first appeared over on the Cricut blog where I am a contributor.} My husband Don and I love to bring new life to old furniture. I was looking for a new desk for the studio and when we found this drafting table we knew we had to turn it in to something special! {FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products free of charge. This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a little something if you buy an item - at no additional cost to you!}

SUPPLIES NEEDED

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DRAFTING TABLE MAKEOVER

1. Start with a clean, smooth surface.

We bought this drafting table at a yard sale. The top was so eroded and covered in glue that we built a new top to fit right over the original. If your desk or dresser or table has a decent top - you can just sand it smooth and you will be ready to go!

Custom Drafting Table with Cricut
Custom Drafting Table with Cricut- Kingston Crafts

2. Paint the top with the color you want to see through the stencil. Even though you will not be stenciling the entire area, be sure to paint the whole tabletop to ensure an even topcoat.

Custom Drafting Table with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

3. Open Cricut Design Space and select any single-layer image or font to create your stencil. The possibilities are endless!

Custom Drafting Table with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

If you are creating a word stencil, do the following before you cut:

  • Size your letters.

  • Make sure each word is “grouped.”

  • Make sure each word is a different color, as this will ensure that each will cut on its own piece of cardstock.

4. Cut cardstock on your Explore. Remember: the color of the cardstock you use doesn’t matter, so use a shade that’s not your favorite.

5. Carefully remove negative and positive images from your mat - you will use both sets.

6. Run the positive images (the letters) through your Xyron Creative Station. Be sure you are using repositionable adhesive - the machine comes loaded with permanent adhesive.

Custom Drafting Table with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

7. Use the negative image to determine where you are going to place your stencils and loosely attach with masking/painter’s tape.

Custom Drafting Table with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

8. Peel letters from backing and place each letter inside its negative image. Firmly rub around the edges to ensure complete coverage, and then remove the negative image.

Custom Drafting Table with Cricut - Kingston Crafts
Custom Drafting Table with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

9. Use a stencil brush to tap (not brush!) the top color around letters. This will add an additional seal to the stencils.

10. Paint the entire desktop in your top color. You may need to do several coats, and be sure to leave time to dry between coats. Be SURE to watch this one minute video where you will see me in all my non-showered, bra strap showing, baseball hat wearing glory. I'm pretty sexy. ;)

11. Gently peel letters away from desktop… and behold! Cover the entire desktop with sealant if desired.

Drafting Table Makeover with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

IF YOU LOVED THIS FURNITURE MAKEOVER THEN I THINK YOU'LL LOVE THESE PROJECTS:

Holiday Sandwich Board Welcome Sign

Want to create a fun and festive welcome for your guests this season? Create a sandwich board! We used an old shoe store mirror (repainted with Rust-Oleum Universal Pure Gold spray paint) but you can create one with foam core, wood, or whatever tickles your fancy - then get out your Cricut and some vinyl and get your craft on! {FTC disclaimer - I received some of these products free of charge. This blog post also contains affiliate links so I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

Cricut Maker or Explore Air
We wish you a Merry Christmas image in Cricut Design Space
Cricut Vinyl - we used white
Cricut 12x24 mat
sandwich board

I started with this Merry Christmas image from the Love SVG Season to Sparkle cartridge (one of my FAVORITES!!):

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Then added the rest of the phrase using the VeryBerry font (can be downloaded from multiple places online), welded the words, attached the entire image and I was ready to go!

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Creating the sandwich board was so easy - we found this old shoe store mirror at an auction and got it for less than $10. We covered the mirror on both sides, spray painted the entire piece, let dry, then removed the paper and cleaned the mirrors off before adding the vinyl. So easy and fun!

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Love your Cricut and love Christmas? Check out these other fun projects:

Trash to Treasure: Yard Sale Pinata to Fun Home Decor!

Yes - I know it is Fall. But I also know it is 90 degrees outside AND I found this amazing pinata at a yard sale so I COULD NOT HELP MYSELF!!! Check out how I created this fun wall hanging in just a few minutes with my Cricut and Xyron machines. {FTC disclaimer: I received these machines for free, but was not paid to write this post. This post contains affiliate links which means I may get a few pennies (at no cost to you) if you buy something!}

SUPPLIES:
pinata ($3 at a yard sale thank yeeewwwww very much!)
Cricut Explore or Maker
glitter cardstock
patterned paper
Xyron machine - I used the Creatopia (see notes below)
white pen - I used Bic Wite Out
assorted embellishments

Measure across the pinata, then size the phrase and circle to fit and cut using your Cricut.

Doodle around the outer edge of the circle. If you - like me - do not have a steady hand, go around the circle several times with the pen. It looks like you meant the lines to be "artsy"!

Run the circle and the phrase through your Xyron. I used the Creatopia because of the size of the project - it was a limited edition machine that does 12" across. If you ever see one for sale - GET IT! They still make refills for it but the machines are not available at retail. The size is PERFECT for large projects or doing multiple projects at once.

Adhere circle to the BACK of the pinata (the stickers on the front were too big and I couldn't get them off without ruining the surface), then add the phrase and your embellishments. 

Hang that baby and enjoy the sunshine!

Trash to Treasure: Turn an Ashtray in to a Side Table!

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We love a good flea market find - and this might be our favorite/most practical yet! We found this old metal ashtray for $5 and it sat in our garage for a looooooong time. In fact, it went from our garage in Washington State to our garage in Kentucky before we found a use for it - as a side table in our guest room!

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We removed the lid, hosed it off to remove the dirt and dust, and we were ready to paint. Note - if you find something with lots of rust give it a quick sanding before you start the painting process.

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This Rust-oleum Universal is pretty darn amazing. No priming and the paint goes on thick, smooth and easy. We did two coats and it was fully covered! We used Satin Nickel but it comes in a TON of colors and finishes.

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Our last (and hardest) step was finding the glass top! We ended up buying ours on Amazon, but they are also available at Walmart and a variety of other retailers in a bunch of sizes so you can find exactly what you need for your project. Adhere it to your table with clear Gorilla Glue and voila - you've got a side table!

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If you love a makeover like we love a makeover check out these other fun projects!

Wall Art Wood Wreath: Pinterest Fail Gone Right!

Ever have one of those projects that just doesn't turn out right? I took a total failure (too much paint, too much wine, not enough following directions) and turned it in to a fun home decor piece perfect for our mantel!

Back in January when I was in Phoenix for Creativation 2017 I was lucky enough to spend the evening at Pinspiration (you MUST go there if you ever find yourself in the area!) with the gang from DecoArt. Our plan was to create gorgeous projects to take home, but then we started chatting, and drinking, and snacking, and visiting with the other patrons, and not following directions. And then this happened.

See the GIANT paint smudges? See the K outlined in pencil in the middle that was supposed to be string art but I didn't even get that far? Yup. I craft for a living. Can't you tell?

I PROMISED them that I would fix it. I told them I could make it right. And you know what? With a few flowers and my glue gun I did just that!

So I guess the moral of this story is "when all else fails...embellish"! OR - pay better attention when you are making a craft project. Whichever. ;)

Here are a few more wreath projects to tickle your fancy!

PAPER WREATHS

PAPER WREATHS

BOW-TIFUL WREATH

BOW-TIFUL WREATH

Studio Reveal and Video Tour

If you've been hanging out with me the past few months you know I've had a studio makeover in the works. More of a move and a downsize I guess...I willingly gave up my giant 15x30 craft room in the basement for a 13x14 room on our main floor! This girl needed light! And to be near the kitchen. Because that is where all the snacks are.

I hosted a FB Live earlier this week to give everyone a tour...

but I also wanted to share a few photos here too. Some of the features in my room got lots of love so I wanted to tell you a little more about them!

I wish I could say I came up with the idea for vinyl gutter ribbon storage on my own - but all the credit goes to Vintage Chic Home. I have struggled for YEARS with what to do with my ribbon (I had it on 4' dowels before this) and this is SO MUCH BETTER. It cost us about $30 all told and because it can be customized and cut to fit any space it really is the most versatile ribbon storage I've ever come across.

Because I moved in to a space that is less than half the size of my old studio I use every square inch. I started by moving in all of my large furniture pieces first, then my smaller furniture and large storage pieces, then my smaller storage pieces, artwork and photos. Everything goes to the ceiling and surprisingly I still have room for more if I need it!

With the exception of certain themes (baby, wedding, Christmas, etc) I store everything by color. That is the way I create so it made sense to organize products to match the way my mind works! Unfortunately the IKEA CD holder on the left isn't made any more - but there are tons of creative ways to store your stuff. I created a studio makeover Pinterest board a few months back and share some cool storage/organization ideas there. 

Vintage, vintage and more vintage! I love scouring antique and thrift stores looking for cool new ways to store my supplies. An old scale (top left) is the perfect way to store my 6x6 pads, my Project Life supplies are neatly tucked away in an antique fruit box (top right) and a vintage cracker keeper (bottom left) stores my Minc supplies in one compartment and my Diamond Press supplies in the other. Because I have a yellow/teal/white color scheme I keep my eye out for anything in those colors, but don't forget that a can of spray paint can turn anything in to a customized home storage piece!

For other studio projects I've completed over the years check out these blog posts:

Yard Sale Frame to Fun Home Decor - Tale of the Left Out Wall Hanging

We used to have a front room. Or formal sitting room. Or whatever you call it. The room that held our fancy (inherited) furniture that no one ever hung out in, except Baloo because he likes to be alone when he chews on his toys. The furniture is dark grey and yellow, the walls were light grey, and I thought it would be fun to make a quirky wall hanging to bring a little bit of my personality in to the room. So we created this guy. {FTC Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links so I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

Then I decided to take over the front room and make it my studio. My all white with bright pops of color studio. And we realized this guy had to go. So now I'm a little sad. This weekend he'll go to a new home, and I'll finish overhauling the front room - but in the meantime I've put together a blog post juuuuuuust in case I decide I need to make his cousin. :)

We used an old frame we found at a yard sale, some spray paint and wrapping paper, added a few embellishments from my scrapping stash...and got to overhauling!

We took the frame apart and spray painted the face, then repeated the process with the deer head.

I used spray adhesive to apply the wrapping paper to the back of the frame, then cut out and layered some scalloped shapes using my Cricut and my Xyron Creative Station.

I used a compass to draw an oval about 2" in from the edge of the frame, then added Stickles to the outline for a little bling!

We cut a hole in the back of the deer and adhered a wood block...

Then drilled holes in the frame and screwed the deer head right in to the frame base.

Added some flowers from my stash - and voila! The wall hanging I love but will never actually get to hang on a wall. I hope his new owners will love him as much as we do!

Check out a few of our other yard sale finds!

No Sew Paper Garlands (and Drafting Table Makeover) with Cricut!

Today is a two-fer project post! I'm tickled to be over on the Cricut blog as part of their "Meet the Maker" series (Don and I took an old drafting table we found at a yard sale and transformed it by creating custom stencils with Cricut) and I'm also sharing a quick tutorial for creating no-sew paper garlands that would be perfect for any theme! {FTC disclaimer - I was compensated for this post but the project and opinions are mine all mine! This post also contains affiliate links so I may earn a few pennies if you buy something!}

SUPPLIES:
Cricut Explore Air or Cricut Maker (with Design Space)
Cricut Light Grip Mat
Three sheets of coordinating cardstock
Needle
Coordinating embroidery floss

Select a shape in Cricut Design Space (I selected an arrow from the Bits & Pieces collection and used the layer without the cut out) and cut multiple shapes from each color of cardstock. String each shape on to the embroidery thread with a needle.

Once all of the shapes have been strung you can separate the shapes evenly along the embroidery thread.

These are perfect for party or kids room decor, backgrounds for photos, the possibilities are endless!

I used my garlands as a backdrop for my latest Cricut project - I'm tickled to be over on the Cricut blog as part of their "Meet the Maker" series! Don and I took an old drafting table we found at a yard sale and transformed it in to the perfect table for my studio by creating custom stencils with Cricut and adhering them with my Xyron Creative Station with Repositionable Adhesive refill. Some Valspar and Plaid Crafts paint finished it off beautifully! Head on over for a full tutorial - and be SURE to watch the one minute video where you will see me in all my non-showered, bra strap showing, baseball hat wearing glory. I'm pretty sexy. ;)

Check out some of our other fun furniture makeovers!

Wooden Frame Makeover with Plaid Crafts and Cricut

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Whenever I'm feeling like I need a little kick in the mojo I head to the Hobby Lobby clearance aisle. With cool home decor pieces at super cheap prices I can add a little Plaid Crafts paint or cut out some vinyl with my Cricut Explore Air and create something fun without having to start from scratch. Last week I found a frame (regularly $17.99 on sale for $6.82) and was able to give it a glitzy gold makeover! {FTC Disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for this post. This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

SUPPLIES
wood frame
foam brush
masking/painters tape
Folk Art Metallics acrylic paint - Pure Gold
Folk Art Chunky Glitter acrylic paint - Chunky Gold
Cricut Explore Air
Light Grip Mat
Cricut Gold Glitter Vinyl with Strong Grip Transfer Tape (sampler pack shown - see quick tip below)

Mask off area to be painted with masking/painters tape. In this case the glass was attached to the frame so I taped along the edge of the glass as well.

Mask off area to be painted with masking/painters tape. In this case the glass was attached to the frame so I taped along the edge of the glass as well.

Apply several coats of gold paint to frame (I did two) - allow to dry between coats.

Apply several coats of gold paint to the frame (I did two) - allow to dry between coats.

Apply several coats of glitter paint - allow to dry between coats. This paint looks like glue with glitter in it - so it will go on milky white. I did three coats - the more coats you apply the more glittery your project will be!

Apply several coats of glitter paint - allow to dry between coats. This paint looks like glue with glitter in it - so it will go on milky white. I did three coats - the more coats you apply the more glittery your project will be!

Yes. I am wearing pajama bottoms in this photo. I'm not sure I'd even showered. Welcome to my life. ;)

Create your phrase in Cricut Design Space, cut out in glitter vinyl and apply directly to the mat. For glitter vinyl you will need strong grip transfer tape.

Create your phrase in Cricut Design Space (I've shared it with you here), cut out of glitter vinyl and apply directly to the mat. For glitter vinyl you need strong grip transfer tape. *Quick Tip: The strong grip transfer tape is INCLUDED in the sampler. It is the first thing on the roll so just unroll the entire sampler and you'll find it.*

Reassemble the frame and add your photo.

Reassemble the frame and add your photo.

Shout out to Don for taking this photo of me and Amber (from Damask Love) at the last 24-Hour Craft Day on HSN. I just love it - and her - and him!

If you love makeovers and you love Cricut check out these fun projects!

Little Miss Laundry Hamper

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We have a new obsession - and it is called spray paint. Since we've moved to Kentucky Don and I have started going to auctions on the weekends looking for home decor pieces to rehab...and we will spray paint pretty much anything that isn't nailed down. We don't have kids, and we don't have pink anywhere in our house - but as SOON as I saw this vintage hamper I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. And so I give you Little Miss Laundry Hamper! {FTC Disclaimer: I received some product used in this post for free. This post contains affiliate links which means I may receive compensation if you make a purchase!}

Before...this was super cute but had obviously been well loved and needed a makeover!

Before...this was super cute but had obviously been well loved and needed a makeover!

We hosed off the hamper then used Goof-Off to remove the decal.

We sprayed the whole hamper with Rust-Oleum Protective Enamel Spray in Semi Gloss White, then took the lid off and taped the feet before painting the base with Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover 2x Gloss in Gloss Berry Pink. We reassembled the hamper and then I used my Cricut Explore Air to design and cut the "little miss laundry" out of white vinyl and applied it to the hamper. 

If you love DIY (and spray painting) as much as I do - then you have GOT to go check out the Rust-Oleum Creators Studio! I discovered them poking around online for ideas and have been so inspired! There are community discussions, Ask the Experts, galleries of ideas, and the CHALLENGES! They have tons of great giveaways - you need to get in on this action.

Tune in over the next few weeks as I regale you with about 69 other projects we've spray painted. If you look closely in the "before" photo - you'll see random in-process spray paint projects all over the yard. We're classy like that. ;) In the meantime, check out these other cool Rust-Oleum projects!