Not So Doughie Goes DIY

Blogging can and is a full time job for a lot of people.  Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury although oftentimes I dream & wish it were true.  Blogging is fun, I love it and really treasure what I have done with Not So Doughie over the past year (my one year is coming up believe it or not).  However, blogging is very very time-consuming and takes a lot of patience.  With my commute & work & life in general, sometimes it is hard to squeeze in a meal and try to photograph it before the sun sets.  That is why my 3 posts per week have gone down to…maybe.. one per week…

Also, sometimes I tend to go through phases where I am not really “into” food.  I eat random pieced together lunches and dinners, pizza and Jimmy Johns or not eat at all.  It happens…  It’s like I go into food overload with cooking so much that I just need a little break.  Lastly, I fall into DIY or work out obsessions that puts cooking on the back burner.  Case in point for the most recent blog hiatus.

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I developed a slight obsession with stalking nearby Goodwills or Salvation Armys for old furniture and redoing it.  Now I have only completed two projects so far, but I am so proud of them.  So I of course wanted to share them on the blog!

The first piece I found was this beat up looking entertainment center stand.  I initially envisioned it to be a bench by our basement door that would hold our shoes in baskets.  However, after it started to come together we decided it would work great as a coffee table in our living room.

I started by sanding the entire piece with the electric sander I bought from Walmart hashtag girlswithpowertools. It took a few couple hour sessions in order to get it completely stripped to the raw wood.  Then I used a dark walnut stain on the entire piece and finished it off with 3 heavy coats of polyurethane.  What do you think??

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My next project was this hideous old dresser + hutch I found at the army.  It was pretty beat up, but I had a vision of it being a cute, shabby chic addition to our dining area.  All of my platters and seasonal napkins/placemats are stuffed into one of the most difficult cupboard possible in our kitchen.  I wanted a small piece to keep these items and also give a little beachy colors to our dining room.

For this project, I did zero sanding or priming thanks to the wonderful paint craze: chalk paint.  It was my first time using it and I definitely learned a lot.  I absolutely will be playing around with it again on another project.  With chalk paint you can paint over absolutely anything (including fabric!) and it covers it while also giving it a distressed look with a little sanding.   Have you ever used chalk paint?

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I have two pending projects in the garage that I will share when completed!  A large mirror & a basic end table.

I want to give Not So Doughie a bit more attention, but like I said food posts are time-consuming.  I am thinking about using the blog as also a DIY, lifestyle blog on top of my recipes.  Would you continue to read if I posted on these topics?  Would you read less?  I am very interested in your feedback!!

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DIY Spice Jars By Paige

Hey everyone!  Happy Hump Day :)  I am excited to swap blogs today with Paige.  I first emailed her about guest blogging on her site with a DIY seasoning blend.  She loves DIYs and agreed to let me post my homemade taco seasoning!  Then she had a great idea to share a DIY spice jar with chalkboard labels.  DIY-ers and Foodies come hand in hand so I knew it would be a great idea.  So welcome Paige to Not So Doughie and break out the craft supplies this weekend!

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Hi everyone! I’m Paige and I blog over at A Dose of Paige. I blog about a few different topics but one of my favorites is blogging about easy DIY projects. So, you may be wondering why I’m at a food blog, huh?

Well, Sara and I decided to trade blogs for the day! I’ll be honest, I only barely know my way around a kitchen, but I still wanted to share something useful to you guys. She’s over on my blog showing you how to make your own taco seasoning and I’m going to be sharing how to make your own DIY Spice Jars with chalkboard labels! I actually shared the free printable to the labels I’m using in this DIY on my blog yesterday, so be sure to go here to download them before getting started!

The process of this DIY is very similar to some DIY Tile Coasters I made recently.

The first thing to do is to gather your supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Small Jars. I used these very small Ball Mason Jars that you can find for about $6 for 4 at Target, although I’m sure they are cheaper elsewhere. Any small size (4oz or less) jars will work.
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush/foam brush
  • Clear Acrylic Spray
  • Chalkboard Spice Jar Labels

First, you need to cut out your labels. I cut them as close to the circled edges as possible and then trimmed when I got done.

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Next, you need to paint one side of your jar with Mod Podge. Since one side of my jar was embossed with the Ball logo, I just did the other, clean side.

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When you get done with that, carefully spread your label over the jar, making sure to get out any air bubbles. As the Mod Podge dries, you will probably get a few more bubbles, so just smooth them out as they appear.

It doesn’t take long for the Mod Podge to dry and when it does, simply spread another layer over the label.

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When that step is done and you are sure that the label is exactly the way you want it, it’s time to seal it. The purpose of sealing it is so that the labels become waterproof. This way, you can wash the jars and you don’t have to worry about splashes in the kitchen.

Despite sealing them, I do recommend that you gently handwash the jars, just so you can be absolutely sure you won’t mess the labels up.

The acrylic spray I got is from Wal-Mart and it smells strongly, so I always use a piece of cardboard outside and seal things there to avoid breathing in the fumes.

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Allow the sealing spray to dry for awhile and then you’re done!

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I only did a couple so far, but I fully plan on replacing all our spice jars in our cabinet with these jars!

If you’d like, you can create holes in the top of the jars using a nail and a hammer, but for now, I just did the spices that we tend to use “pinches” of, rather than ones we sprinkle.

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That’s all I’ve got for you guys today! I hope you’ll head on over to my blog to read Sara’s post and check out some of my other easy DIY projects, free printables or blogging tips and tricks!

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