DIY: Update Lab Keys

Grad School Life Problem #1

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The idea to paint you keys with nail polish is all over Pinterest! Which is what inspired this easy DIY Key Makeover! All I did was use  colors that I really liked and painted the tops of each key with 2 layers! I even added a stripe of glitter nail polish to make them stand out even more.  I then made sure to paint them with some clear polish to help the polish last longer! It is so easy and now I will not have to try every key in order to get into one of the labs.

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Things I ♥ – DIY Jewelry Edition

My third week of doing a Things I ♥ , I am so proud of myself! This week is inspired by simple DIY jewelry I want to do over the Fall semester. Currently my only jewelry I wear is a watch and sad thing is it is a very basic watch! So over my final year of Grad School at WCU I have some goals to work towards, one of which is looking more put together! So what a better way to make jewelry that I love to help me work towards looking more put together!

Also if you want to try out any of these, click the picture and it will take you to the instructions on how to make them. Also check out this page for 50 awesome DIY Jewelry ideas.

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DIY: Upcycle Credenza

So every first Wednesday of the Month WCU holds a surplus sale. Basically they sell old computer parts, furniture, and anything else that may have been disposed/not wanted out of departments around the school. Being here for over a year, I had never stopped by or even thought about going until this month. As I was driving to school I passed by a line outside of the warehouse where the sale is held with 50ish people in line! The sale starts at 10 am and I drove past around 9:45am, so I was shocked by the amount of people there.

Now, I didn’t stop right then and wait for the opening, I went on to school started a measurement and realized I needed more coffee! As I was heading back to my apartment, I passed right by the warehouse and decided to stop. Which lead me to find an old Credenza (aka more storage) that was only 4 DOLLARS!!!! I was so excited, I went straight up to the lady in charge of the sale and asked her if she could hold it for me while I went home, got the BF and the Jeep (Patty). She followed me over to it and laughed saying she thought the thing was super glued to the floor it was so heavy and went on to tell me I may need several BF’s to move this!!! Still didn’t phase me I wanted it!

So after dragging the BF out and convincing him that this was amazing, we headed back up to the warehouse and somehow loaded the thing into Patty (with us 2 and the lady along with a dolly).  And best part is the lady said to take it for FREE, because it was amazing that we moved it on our own!!!!

Problem 1– The Credenza was 6 inches to long to fit in Patty completely.

Problem 2– We , nor did anyone else, have a rope to tie the back down with.

Solution– We used the cord to our GPS and two lanyards that held our keys to ‘secure’ ( this is a very loose secure) the back down. Also the BF sat in the back and helped hold it in place while driving with his legs (true love there :))

So this leads me to introducing you to the Credenza ( with wheels added to the bottom already made it easier to move)

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So this made be a bad picture, but trust me it wasn’t very pretty! But I believed that I could make it into something amazing! So off to Lowe’s!!!

During the Lowe’s trip I got :

I already had some paint brushes and rollers left over from the old house we lived in!

So now to the fun stuff! After wiping the whole thing down I painted two coats of the white paint to get a nice base.

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So now with it all painted, time to use the Dazzle paint that I got. I had no idea what type of pattern I wanted to do but in the end came up with something simple(ish) to do!

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And then final product!!! My first Upcycle and all for a grand total of $40 and 2 days of work! I love it and it happens to hold everything that I’ve been meaning to organize!

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DIY Bookcase

So what happens on a normal Monday afternoon around 4pm at my apartment, not usually me having a “I am in the mood to clean the living room” attack and defiently not the “Lets head to Lowes at 6pm and build a bookshelf”. Well that is what happened last Monday night, which resulted in a awesome bookcase fit for all of our stuff and the random corner in our living room. Now I just need to decide what color(s) I want to paint my first piece of DIY furniture. Here are some of the colors I am thinking about …

Paint Colors for the Bookcase

Paint Colors for the Bookcase

Next comes the fun part, which was building the bookcase! First it started with me going into Lowes with only the size of the bookcase that I wanted. I literally had no idea what wood, screws, brackets , etc that I was going to get till I wandered around and figured it out. I ended up getting MDF boards to make the bookcase ( they were cheap ). I got 2 72” height boards and then got another board cut down (at the store) to give me 14” wide shelves. All I added to my material was a level, L-brackets for the shelves, and some wood screws! Thats it ,so $30 in materials and here is what I built! I am pretty proud of myself and must say, that as a college student I have bought quite a few ‘cheap’ bookcases over the last 5 years, and this one holds alot of stuff!!!!

 

Putting the L-Bracekts on to hold the shelves.

Putting the L-Bracekts on to hold the shelves.

Shelves are in and it's starting to take shape

Shelves are in and it’s starting to take shape

Its all put together and in it's spot

Its all put together and in it’s spot

Spontaeous DIY leads to a mess on the kitchen floor.

Spontaneous DIY leads to a mess on the kitchen floor.

All the stuff on it now.. Just need to figure out a paint color and organize!

All the stuff on it now.. Just need to figure out a paint color and organize!