Pretty Custom Water Bottle for Back to School

Finding a pretty water bottle can be expensive. Here’s how you can update an old bottle to look like new!  Pretty Custom Water Bottle It’s fun to customize your back to school supplies with your kids. That way your children will always know which items belong to them. This project is fun for the whole family and is quick and easy to make. Your kids will love getting ready for school with this crafty project! I started with these pretty paint colors from Americana Decor. I added in a bit of True Blue (Navy) at the end of the project that isn’t pictured here. Sometimes you change your mind at the last minute! Creativity is rather unpredictable you know. Custom Water Bottle Supplies: This post is sponsored by Deco Art and Michaels Crafts. Any opinions given are completely my own. See the disclosures page for a complete list of disclosure rules. Stainless Steel Water Bottle (mine came from the thrift store) Americana Decor Acrylic Paint Blue Haven Americana Decor Acrylic Mulberry Americana Decor Acrylic Calypso Blue Americana Decor Acrylic True Blue Paint Brush Size 20 Flat Script Liner Paint Brush #1 1/4″ wide (6mm) Painters Tape (Mine came from Menards) 80 Grit Sanding Paper American Decor Multi Purpose Sealer Americana Decor Pearlizing Medium Custom Water Bottle Directions: Sand the water bottle lightly with 80 grit sandpaper. Wipe clean with a paper towel. Combine Multi Purpose Sealer with Blue Haven Paint and Pearlizing Medium. Paint entire bottle with the Blue Haven paint mixture. You may need more than one coat if…
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DIY Lap Desk

My son has to go back to college this week. I am never prepared for it. I have been trying to focus on back to school, and there is just one more thing we are missing. Well not really, we are missing a bunch of things, but they can wait until tomorrow. Today, we are missing a cool Lap Desk. However, I have not seen any Lap Desks that I approve of in the stores. They are ugly. They are plastic. They are ugly. They are too small and too ugly, and too light weight. They aren’t masculine enough. Did I mention they are ugly? I know I have issues. It’s just a lap desk after all, not an engagement ring. However, I just can’t spend money on something that I don’t completely LOVE. Opportunity strikes for another DIY project!   I found this old board in a trash pile recently. It was the trash pile of my dreams, with lots of beautiful old wood. I hauled it home before I knew just what I would do with it. The board was probably a shelf in a kitchen or basement. It had a bit of water damage, but over all was very solid. It measures 11 1/2″ wide (I suppose it’s really a 1″ X 12″ piece), and 3/4″ thick. It was just what I needed for this project. I cut the board down to a length of 20″. Then I gave it a good sanding. I was amazed at how easily the water stains came out. I rummaged through…
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Urban Loft

This post is sponsored by Royal Design Stencils. Any opinions given are completely my own.   This bedroom project was not my idea. Our college age son who is living at home while he goes to college, asked for an urban style loft bedroom. He specifically requested a faux brick wall. This is our child who never asks for anything, and is content in just about all circumstances. If this boy wanted a brick wall, I would move heaven and earth to get him one. Our son spends far too much time on the internet. It cracks me up that he even knows what an urban loft looks like since we have so few of them here in Wisconsin. We are not known for any lofts, other than those in barns. It cracks me up even more that our boy even thought I could produce a brick wall out of thin air. It’s rather humbling that he believes that much in my artistic ability.   This is the before shot, the bedroom looked like it needed some major TLC when we moved in. It was featuring grey and red walls (two walls of each, one half red, the other half grey) combined with dirty pink carpeting and beat up old woodwork. Not sure what these people were thinking when they picked out their colors, but they were definitely an unusual combination that left the room dark and dreary. This is the after shot. My son is thrilled with his new brick wall. It’s the urban college loft on the cheap,…
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