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    How to Repurpose Anything from the Thrift Store (AKA the Easiest DIY EVER)

    Anybody who knows me in real life knows that I’m a HUGE fan of thrift stores. I could spend hours looking through clothes, books, furniture, knick knacks, etc. Most people don’t like thrift stores because it’s time-consuming and you really have to dig to find the good stuff, but honestly that’s kind of what I love about it. There’s always incredible things hidden within the junk!

    I have a ton of DIY projects that I want to share, but before I get into the crazier stuff (like the chameleon habitat I made out of an old glass curio cabinet), I want to start with something a little simpler! Something that even thrift store newbies can follow along to.

    How to Repurpose Anything from the Thrift Store (AKA the Easiest DIY EVER)

    So I found these two wood things (so descriptive, great writing) and immediately loved them. One is a mail holder, and one is a small shelf unit. They were both pretty beat up and made of this horribly ugly wood, but I knew I could make them into something awesome.

    Here’s what I used:

    • my lovely thrift store finds
    • sandpaper
    • spray paint (and acrylic paint in the same color, optional)

    Step 1. Sanding. Sanding down the wood removes a lot of the marks and scratches, and it also provides a smooth surface for the paint. Once they were sanded, I wiped them down with a damp towel and let them dry outside.

    How to Repurpose Anything from the Thrift Store (AKA the Easiest DIY EVER)

    Step 2. Painting. Once the shelves were totally dry, I laid them out on a big tarp and spray painted both of them with 2 coats of paint each (make sure to let the first coat dry before you apply the second coat). I used Rust-oleum Paint & Primer In One (one of my favorite spray paints for DIY projects) in the color Black Gloss.

    Step 3. Once the spray paint was dry, I went back through with black acrylic paint and touched up any small areas that didn’t get hit with the spray paint. If you’re awesome at spray painting, you can skip this step but I am not, so I won’t.

    How to Repurpose Anything from the Thrift Store (AKA the Easiest DIY EVER)

    Step 4. There is no step 4, there’s literally only 3 steps. Told you it’s easy!

    How to Repurpose Anything from the Thrift Store (AKA the Easiest DIY EVER)

    We hung the mail holder right by the front door, and it fits perfectly. Plus I love that it has key rings along the bottom.

    How to Repurpose Anything from the Thrift Store (AKA the Easiest DIY EVER)

    And the second one is hanging in our bedroom, and holds a ton of my crap knick knacks: sunglasses, chokers, random mushroom ornament I’ve had for years, tiny otter, rose ring holder, and my favorite gift I’ve ever received (crocheted Penguin Drama made by one of Mike’s clients).

    Thanks for reading! ♡

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  • DIY LIFE

    DIY Recipe Binder (aka how I organized my huge mess of recipes for less than $10)

    Hello friends. I’m here today to help you.
    Recipe collections can get out of hand SO quickly. You cut a recipe out of a magazine and set it aside, and all of a sudden your cabinets are overflowing with random cutouts and little scraps of paper, which is my worst nightmare. But never fear, even the biggest recipe collections can be tackled with ease, and I’m here to help you. Ready?

    DIY Recipe Binder

    I’m not going to lie to you, my recipe collection isn’t falling out of my cabinets. My recipes are all in binders, on a shelf, in my office (it’s my OCD, I need everything to be in order, always, at all times). But even though my recipes are physically in binders, the binders don’t make sense (half of my bread recipes are in my Cake Binder and half are in my Dinner Binder, ugh these first world problems of mine) and it drives me crazy, and it’s a project that I’ve never wanted to start because it’s so overwhelming.

    DIY Recipe Binder

    Here’s half of my recipe binders.
    Sooooo. Let’s get to organizing!
    First things first, I went to Staples (not spon) and got all my pages printed out on really nice cardstock. This whole project only cost $10 (including the binder)!

    DIY Recipe Binder

    PS, this entire recipe binder set is available in my Etsy shop in tons of different colors and patterns, so head over there and grab one for yourself! All the Recipe Binder Printables include a cover page, category dividers, and fun pages like a weekly meal plan, kitchen conversion chart, and grocery staples list! And it includes blank category dividers and recipe tabs, so you can add your own font and organize your recipes however works best for you!

    DIY Recipe Binder

    DIY Recipe Binder

    Before anything else, I emptied all the recipes out of the binders and organized them. There were a ton of recipes that I didn’t want anymore, and some of them were honestly just illegible. I decided to make this binder my Dessert Binder, since I have more dessert recipes than anything.

    DIY Recipe Binder

    Making the tabs! I added my own font onto the category tags, printed them, cut them out, folded them in half, and used washi tape to attach them to the category pages. If you want it to look extra professional, you could laminate the tags before you attach them, but I didn’t do that because I’m no professional.

    DIY Recipe Binder

    DIY Recipe Binder

    After I put the category dividers in page protectors and added the tabs, I started adding the recipes. I decided to hole punch everything and add it in rather than add everything in page protectors. Pages might get ruined (and food-stained) quicker, but I like it so much more without recipes in individual page protectors.

    DIY Recipe Binder

    So that’s a stack (you can’t tell how big it is, but it’s taller than the 3″ binder) of papers that I needed to hole punch, but I just did it while watching Pretty Little Liars, which is the worst show I’ve ever seen but somehow kind of addicting? I don’t understand anything that’s going on (how many times are they going to flip flop who’s evil and who’s not??) but all I know is that I love Caleb more than anyone.
    And yes, that’s a page of my favorite bread recipes from Pioneer Woman, and my handwriting from 10 years ago that was just awful.

    DIY Recipe Binder

    DIY Recipe Binder

    I’m so happy with how this turned out. I have a section right up front for Recipes to Try (like these Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Joy the Baker), and I included a section in the back for recipes from my own website. This project is so easy and so customizable, I loved organizing the binder to fit my own needs.

    DIY Recipe Binder

    DIY Recipe Binder

    Thank you guys so much for reading, and let me know if you try this project!

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