Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #24

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great week so far. I spent the weekend at Build Your Blog Conference in Utah and although it was great, I am still playing catch-up at home. As I currently write this, I am wearing sawdust covered sweatpants. Glamorous, I know. 

Anyways, I want to see what you've been up to! Link up your latest DIY, home decor, or craft project. While you're here, don't forget to click around and share some of the other links. Party on friends!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Dumpster Bike Make-Over

DIY black and cream bike make-over

Most of the country is apparently covered in snow right now, or so the news tells me. Here is Arizona, we are flirting with Spring. Indulge me for a minute; this is the time of the year we get to brag to the rest of the country. The temperatures have been in the high 70's and it could not be more beautiful outside. Trees are blooming, birds are singing, and the sidewalks are filled with bicycles, scooters, skates, you name it. With this beautiful weather, I've been begging hinting to my husband that I want a bicycle.

For this past Christmas, in lieu of gifts the husband and I decided to put money towards debt. Christmas morning came and my husband broke the rules. He surprised me with a new bike! 

Okay, not technically new. In fact, he pulled it out of a dumpster. Aren't I such a lucky woman? In all honesty, this shows how much he really does loves me. He found a way to give me a gift without spending money, and he knows me well enough to know that I would have so much fun customizing a bike to make it my own. She just needed a little love. 

Okay, maybe a little more than a little.

The first step was to take everything apart. Pull off the fenders and chain guard, throw out the single, flat tire and remove the rims.

After that, I proceeded to spend some quality time with a razor blade. About an hour and a half later, all the baked on, desiccated decals were gone.

If you decide to make-over an old bike, odds are your biggest problem to tackle will be rust. Luckily, living in a desert, we don't get really deep, degrading rust too often. The rust on my bike was primarily on the surface. That was easily tackled by soaking the offending pieces in *CLR and rubbing with some extra fine steel wool.

Before painting, I sanded all the parts down with 400 grit sandpaper and wiped off the residue with  *TSP substitute . Next, came a coat of primer and more sanding to remove any texture.

For the paint, I chose classic black gloss, *Rustoleum spray paint. Spray paint gets a bad rap. Although we have all seen some bad spray paint jobs, and it may not be ideal for all projects, spray paint is simply a quick-drying, oil based enamel. Oil based enamels are extremely durable. Perfect for metal, outdoor use, and bicycles.

The frame, fenders, and chain guard received 3 coats of paint, followed by 2 coats of high gloss laquer. The rims got their own special treatment, which I'll share in just a bit. In the meantime, I hit the clearance section of a local bike shop and picked up a pair of cream tires and a new seat. I was able to find matching, *faux leather grips on Amazon .

A couple days later, I started to put my new toy together. As I started to assemble, I discovered that I really liked the look of the bike, sans fenders. I'm in love with the contrast between the black frame and cream wheels, and the fenders took away from that. So, it made my assembly job easier. Here's how she looks in her fully restored glory.

DIY black and cream beach cruiser make-over

For the rims, I was worried about chips. Even the best paint can chip when rocks are perpetually thrown at it. In lieu of paint, I chose to spray 3 coats of rubberized spray paint (A.K.A. Plasti Dip). It dries fast and is quite a bit more flexible than regular paint, making it more chip resistant, explaining why people are "dipping" almost anything these days. In fact, my husband is preparing to *Plasti Dip his car. It's pretty cool stuff.

 I love the velvety feel of the Plasti Dip once it's dry. Like velvet.

So, we Arizonians may be basking in the warm sun now, while the rest of you freeze, but in a few short months, we will be steering our cars with over mitts and you will be having picnics in the park.

Till then, I'll be enjoying my present and getting a bit of exercise.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #23

Happy Tuesday guys! I know most of the country is covered in snow and ice right now, but here in Arizona its 79 degrees and sunny. We've been wearing shorts and riding our bikes. I'll admit it, I'm bragging. This is the time of the year we Arizonians get to gloat. Don't worry, you all will get pay back in a few months when you're having picnics and its 120 here. 

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Friday, February 13, 2015

How to Get a Textured, Raised Grain on Wood

Detailed tutorial how to achieve a textured, raised grain finish on wood. Perfect with grey toned stains.

Last week I shared my Jordan dresser knock-off with you, and I promised to show you how I got the textured, raised grain look on the drawer fronts. If you like the texture of old weathered wood, but don't have any of the real stuff laying around. no worries. I made my drawer faces from off the shelf 1 x 8's. A few simple steps make a big difference. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

DIY Foam Chandelier + Giveaway

Make your own DIY chandelier using inexpensive craft foam

I'm a great boy mom. Despite the fact that I am a licensed hairstylist and have been known to sport 6" heels from time to time, I'm really not a girly-girl. When it comes to raising kids, I do much better with mudpies and monsters than glitter and emotions.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Outside [The Box] Link Party #22

Hi everyone! Valentine's day is this weekend. Have you been working on any cute V-day projects? I've been up to my elbows in sawdust and grease, as usual. Isn't that romantic? Well, its time to share you latest DIY, craft, or home decor project. Remember, you can link up to 3 projects! So feel free to share and as usual, make sure to click around and check out some of the other inspiring links. Party on!

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Elisha | Pneumatic Addict
Brandy | BD Design
Megan | Splendid Design

Friday, February 6, 2015