Library Card Cabinet Redo

I’ve always loved the look of apothecary cabinets and have had my eye out for one for quite some time now. I came across this old library card catalog cabinet on Craislist and couldn’t pass it up. I was told this particular cabinet came from the MLK Jr. Memorial Library in Washington D.C. and I bought it in this unfinished state. I’m so happy with how it turned out! The only problem… I had planned to keep it in our guest room and now I can’t bare to see it live upstairs where we won’t see it daily. So for now, it’s taking over our dining room until it finds a permanent place in our home.

Refinished Library Card Catalog

The Plan:

Refinished Library Card Catalog

Supplies:

  • 4″ Casters
  • 3/4″ thick plywood
  • Pneumatic Nail Gun & Nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Contact Cement
  • Screws
  • Wood Filler
  • 120 & 220 grit sandpaper
  • Palm Sander
  • Paint
  • Clear Coat
  • Drill

Adding Casters:

I wanted to add the casters to give the cabinet an industrial look. It also boosted the height of the piece by 4 inches, which it definitely needed.

Refinished Library Card Catalog

Building Up:

Travis cut the pieces for the open shelving. Then we used wood glue and a pneumatic nail gun to attach them to the cabinet.

Refinished Library Card Catalog

Refinished Library Card Catalog

Refinished Library Card Catalog

Refinished Library Card Catalog

Refinished Library Card Catalog

Refinishing:

I used wood filler to cover all the holes from the nails. Then I sanded the excess wood filler and the previously stained finish of the old cabinet getting it ready for paint.

Refinished Library Card Catalog

Refinished Library Card Catalog

I used a light gray chalk paint on the everything except the drawer fronts. This was my first time using chalk paint and I gotta say, I really love using it. It covers well and leaves a smooth, soft finish.

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The Drawers… all 32 of them(!):

First of all, all 32 of these drawers had 8 screws each (one of them can’t be accessed until the wood is separated from the plastic bin part). Let’s just say it took us over an hour to disassemble them and we each had a drill.

Refinished Library Card Catalog

Refinished Library Card Catalog

Refinished Library Card Catalog

I always get so giddy when we buy new tools. Previously we had borrowed a sander from my dad’s shop but for this project we decided to buy our own. So I sanded down all the drawer faces and edges… which took a while. Then I stained them with a dark stain (two coats) and finished it off with a rub on protective clear coat.

Refinished Library Card Catalog

Refinished Library Card Catalog

Refinished Library Card Catalog

The Finished Product:

So you’re probably thinking “where’d the top come from?” Lucky for us, Travis’ dad works for an HVAC company. He was able to get a buddy of his at work to trim, bend and solder the edges of the aluminum top. Then all we did was use some contact cement to adhere it to the cabinet. I think it adds to the industrial look we were going for, matching the casters and drawer hardware.

My plan for this updated cabinet is to fill it with all my art supplies… which I’m sure you can believe is a lot! That’s why I really wanted the open shelves on top. That way I can fit larger items.

I’m so pleased with how the cabinet turned out. I love the contrast of the stain, gray chalk paint, and the metal accents. To finish off the look, I bought a few baskets from Marshall’s (gotta love that place). Now that we’ve made the entire cabinet taller, it has gone from 20 inches to 32.5 inches tall.

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Refinished Library Card Catalog

As always, thanks for reading!

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The Little Mermaid – Sebastian Costume

I have to say, this year’s Halloween costumes really stumped me. First it was Ariel’s tail, and now Sebastian’s eyes. I think I got pretty close and as I like to say… “it’s good enough” haha. Here’s the only nonblurry photo I have of my niece showing off her little brother’s costume. She kept “shakin’ her booty” and pinching. It was pretty funny!

DIY Sebastian Crab Costume Little Mermaid

Supplies:

  • pipe cleaners
  • red sweatpants and zip up hoodie
  • red fabric
  • orange/yellow fabric
  • cotton stuffing (or in our case an old stuffed animal)

Crabby Legs:

First, I twisted 4 pipe cleaners together to form a sturdy structure. Then I cut strips of fabric and sewed them, leaving one end open. I placed a pipe cleaner bundle in each leg and filled around it with stuffing.

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Crab Body & Attaching the Legs:

I used a seam ripper to open the seams on the sides of the zip up hoodie. Then I slipped the legs into the seam and sewed them in place. Afterwards I tied a piece of thread around each leg to form a joint. I sewed the orange fabric to the tummy to give the top a little more interest and contrast.

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The Trickiest Part… The Eyes:

I had no idea how to start this and attempted it a few times before I came to the following solution. Sebastian has very pronounced eyebrows and just glueing the eyes to the top of the hoodie made him look like Elmo. And I know that because my 2-yr-old nephew kept referring to it as Elmo. Ughhhh… yes, I was trying to impress a 2-yr-old and make this costume recognizable.

Sebastian

To make the eyebrows I filled a portion of fabric with stuffing and sewed it shut like in the photos below. Then I covered waded up fabric balls with a piece of white fabric to form the eyeballs. I used hot glue to hold them in place and to glue the eyebrows around it to the hoodie. I don’t have a ton of photos of this process because it happened so quickly and I needed both hands the whole time. Hopefully you can follow along!

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The Claws:

For the claws I actually just traced a pair of kid’s mittens but made them pointy. They were the quickest part of this whole project.

DIY Sebastian Crab Costume Little Mermaid

And here’s my cute little niece modeling the Sebastian costume. The pants are a little too short for her! She loves dancing and could hardly stand still. I attempted to bribe her with candy corn which only worked for one photo, so the rest are blurry.

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And here’s a photo of Nathan. My sister sent me this one when she got home that night. It looks like he was flailing around and pinching like Taylor was. My favorite part of this costume are the extra legs. They turned out really well and were surprisingly easier to make than I anticipated.

So I know this isn’t an exact replica of Sebastian, but it’s pretty close!

DIY Sebastian Crab Costume Little Mermaid

I’ll be sure to post photos of Ariel and Sebastian together after Halloween!

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The Little Mermaid – Ariel Costume

Halloween costumes have sort of become a tradition for me to do in our family. I’ve made a dinosaur, frog, witch, dorothy, goddess, little red riding hood, wolf and I assisted in making a tinker bell costume. I’ve most likely forgotten a few costumes but those are the most memorable ones. This time the project was a little trickier. I’ve never made a mermaid tail before so it was an interesting challenge. Luckily this go around, I had an extra set of hands since my older sister was helping out. So here it goes, the making of a Little Mermaid Ariel Halloween costume…

(I can never wait to show the finished product, so here it is in all it’s glittery glory)

Little Mermaid Ariel Girl Costume

Supplies:

  • hot glue gun
  • purple tulle
  • nude colored leotard
  • purple sequin trim
  • teal leggings
  • shear teal fabric
  • cardboard
  • wide teal glitter ribbon
  • teal tutu

Making the Top:

I started by layering and folding the tulle over and over until it wasn’t see-through any longer. Then I tied it off with a piece of ribbon. I used the sequin trim to make the band and glued the tulle to it.

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Making the Tail:

I used leggings to make sort of a pencil skirt. My sister used a seam ripper to take the stitches out of the leg portion of the leggings. Then I sewed them together. From there I sewed the tutu/skirt to the pencil skirt and trimmed the excess fabric from the pencil skirt. The thought behind adding length to the skirt was to create a mermaid dress shape so that the tulle flairs out near the knees.

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My sister cut strips of the teal shear fabric and glued them to the top waistband and then again at the old waistband of the tulle skirt so that the fabric strips are tacked down at both ends. We stretched the whole skirt over a mini kid’s chair like a dress form. It actually worked really well.

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For the actual tail part, I cut a piece of cardboard and sewed a cover for it. Then I added a longer piece of fabric that I sewed to the elongated skirt. I wrapped it in the teal fabric using the glue gun to hold it in place.

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After all the strips of shear teal fabric were in place, we glued the teal glittery ribbon around the top waistband to finish off the look and hide all the rough ends.

Ariel Girl Costume

The purple top was layered over the nude colored leotard but we actually didn’t glue or sew them together. My sister wanted my niece to be able to use the leotard again so the stretchy sequin trim held it on. We added a green glittery headband and called the costume done. I love all the shades of green and teal in the tail.

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My little niece was asleep when we finally finished her costume so I don’t have a photo of her wearing it yet. I’ll be sure to add a few when I get them. Thanks for reading!

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DIY Metallic Pumpkins

It all started with a visit to the pumpkin patch with my niece and nephew. They chased little kittens, continuously swapped their pumpkins out for a bigger one and ran wild through the field. After telling them they each get “one” pumpkin, we left with a trunk full. I’d say they each ended up with about 4 or so. Oh well. What are aunts for, right?

pumpkin patch

As for the decorating, this year I decided to do something different with my pumpkins. I knew I wanted a metallic, chrome look but I wasn’t quite sure how to achieve it without using paint. I tried hot gluing sequins and after about 10 sequins, they started falling off. So then I got the idea to use aluminum foil. And it actually worked… pretty well I’d say.

pumpkin decoration

Supplies:

  • Spray adhesive
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Decorative Hole Punch
  • Fabric Ruler
  • Rotary Fabric Cutter
  • Self Healing Mat

I used the heart hole punch obviously for the heart pumpkin and then used the spray adhesive to spray the little cutouts. I used a pencil to rub the foil flat, burnishing it onto the pumpkin. For the striped one, I used the rotary cutter and fabric ruler over the self healing mat to cut strips. The triangle pattern pumpkin was the same as the strips, but I trimmed them into triangles. The pattern got a little funky since the pumpkin isn’t flat, so I ended up using random sized triangles.

pumpkin decoration

pumpkin decoration

pumpkin decoration

pumpkin decoration

I always have to get a few weird colored pumpkins every year. The bluey-green ones are my favorite.

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Kimble approves of the metallic designs 🙂

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A couple days later, I brought paint over to my Dad’s house and the kids painted their many pumpkins. Nathan concentrated on applying what seemed like an entire bottle of paint to one small pumpkin, while Taylor painted multiple colors on the rest of them. No, uncle Travis didn’t paint. He’s the pumpkin grinch. Way too cool to be painting, carving or decorating pumpkins… obviously. He just supervised and tickled.

pumpkin decoration

If you’ve done anything new with your pumpkins this year, please share your ideas!

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