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A few weeks ago I was asked to help put together a guest bedroom on a tight budget.

One of my favorite DIY projects that came out of that design effort was a couple of TV trays that got new life as nightstands. Here is a colorful coaster project that has endless possibilities.

I love how the coasters come out completely unique each time. You’ll never make the same pattern twice. Give this DIY a try. What you’ll need: Sculpey oven bake clay (in an array of colors) X-acto knife Rolling pin or clear jar large can, jar or stencil to trace Gold Liquid Gilding and small paintbrush Glaze to give the final product a glossy finish (optional) baking tray parchment paper Here’s how to do it: Break off several pieces of color that you’d like to use for your coaster.

Roll them out with your hand on a clean even surface so they are even in length and look like this. Once they are all rolled out, twist all the colors together. And roll that out with your hand so it’s twice as long as the original pieces of clay you rolled. Fold in half and twist again, and roll out with your hand. Now form a ball with the clay. Take your jar or rolling pin and roll the ball flat, you’ll start to see a beautiful patter emerge!


You can call fence pickets that you rescued from the trash, reclaimed right? Remember Mr. House Flipper who I weaseled those old fence pickets from? Those pickets are excited to be a part of March Madness! Today is day #22!! One of those fence pickets, AKA reclaimed wood pieces, are joining forces with this sweet picture and frame for today’s makeover: Hi friends!

Today I’m sharing a little TV tray transformation. I picked this TV tray up at a yard sale for $1. It was part of this haul which you may have seen a couple of times before: Everyone has had one of these at some point, but for only $1? I’ll take it! Here’s what I came up with: I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite for the base. I painted in my star first, using DIY chalk paint in Behr’s Cottage White…two coats, removing the tape immediately after the second coat. When the star was dry, I taped off the stripes and painted them in also. Here is the full tutorial for these coasters if you missed my post over at Everyday Mom Ideas last week.

These are painted by hand using fonts found in Word so if you are like me and you don't have access to a Silhouette or Cricut machine you can still easily make these! These coasters are an easy project with many possibilities ... use this technique to make a trivet, group several smaller plaques together for an eclectic piece of wall art, and kids can get involved in painting and personalizing their own room decor. Step 1: Cut a remnant piece of MDF into 4” squares using a miter saw. My remnant piece cost me a dollar at Home Depot. If you don’t have a miter saw, no worries … from experience I have learned that taking the time to do your makeup and style your hair means the guys over at Home Depot are always willing to help :o) Step 2: Paint the top and bottom of the MDF squares with acrylic paint. Step 5: Using a fine grit sandpaper, sand the spackling. Step 9: Seal it. For the last year I have had a large tray sitting on my dresser just looking awfully plain.

I picked it up at Ikea for $7 on a whim. Of course I did...most of my Ikea purchases are on a whim. Since then I have been debating about what to do with the tray. I couldn't just keep her white, could I? No, of course not. I had some gold metallic spray paint in the garage that caught my eye recently and then my plan started to fall into place. If you follow 2IY on Instagram, you know I found making the design to be harder than it looks. I used a roll of .94" Scotch Blue Painter's Tape to create the design. This post brought to you by Elmer’s ProBond Advanced.

All opinions are 100% mine. With the excitement of Spring finally here (our snow is almost all melted), I started spicing up the house with a few lighter + brighter elements. The first area that I started with… The Foyer! The entryway of the home is the perfect place to get the Spring time decor rolling. Incorporating trays are a design-must in my book for styling tabletops + vignettes. From Frame to Tray, check out my new Spring entry vignette. This frame turned tray took no time at all to create + the cost was much less than any trays I’ve recently seen or purchased in the past. For this project, these are the materials I used: > Frame – I simple picture frame with a flat, simple edge is a must for the hardware to lay flat.

>Cabinet Pulls (for the kitchen or bath – I got these gold pulls from Lowe’s)