DIY Donut Tray

DIY Donut Tray | Revamperate DIY Donut Tray | RevamperateI feel like it’s been ages since I shared a DIY project here, so it’s about time I get back into the swing of things and share a new project. And what better time to do that than for National Donut Day tomorrow! 

Donut Day is my favorite of all the food holidays, so when I started brainstorming what to make for this beloved holiday, I landed on something that I hoped would be useful. After all, I am 100% out of space in my apartment, so I can only justify useful DIYs these days. That’s how this DIY donut tray was born!

Naturally, I will also be eating donuts this Friday, despite reminding myself I’m supposed to be “eating healthy.” I’ll make an exception, just this once…

Anyway, here’s how to make your own painted donut tray from a piece of wood and pretty drawer hardware! 

DIY Donut Tray | RevamperateTime: 30 minutes + dry time


  • Round wood, approx. 10 inch diameter 
  • 2 drawer handles with screws
  • Tan/light brown paint
  • Light pink paint
  • Other paint colors 
  • Variety of paintbrush sizes
  • Clear spray paint sealant 
  • Pencil
  • Drill (not required, but recommended)

First, sand the wood down if needed. I purchased mine at Michaels, so it was already smooth, but it’s actually made to be a clock, so I filled in the hole with a little putty. Using any round object as a stencil, draw a circle in the middle of the wood to show the hole in the middle of the donut. My hole measured about 3 inches. 

Next, paint the entire piece of wood (top and sides, minus the hole in the middle) a tan or light brown color. Let dry.

With the light pink paint, paint on the “frosting” about 1 inch from the edge of the wood in squiggles or waves. Leave about an inch between the donut hole and the “frosting.” If needed, use the pencil to sketch your design before painting. 

DIY Donut Tray | Revamperate DIY Donut Tray | RevamperateOnce dry, use a small paint brush to make small lines in various colors around the “frosting.” These are the sprinkles. Play around with the different angles of the lines so that they all do not face the same direction.

Spray the entire piece with a clear spray paint to seal the paint. This is recommended so that the paint does not chip off the wood. It also gives it a shine, but it’s not required.

Once completely dry, you will need to screw in the handles. About one inch from the edge, choose where you would like the first handle to go and mark the holes with a pencil. Each hole should be about an inch from the edge. Before drilling, use a ruler to measure where the opposite handle should go so that the handles are as even as possible. Mark the holes of the second handle. Lastly, drill the handles into the wood until secure. 

*Alternatively, you can use a heavy duty glue like E6000 to glue the handles but be warned it is less reliable. 

Now you have a completed donut tray for entertaining, holding donuts or drinks! In my case margaritas, which I thoroughly enjoyed drinking when they were done being used as props…

Happy National Donut Day! 


DIY Simple Dyed Rope Bowl

DIY Tie Dye Rope Bowl | Revamperate DIY Tie Dye Rope Bowl | RevamperateSo there’s a story here. First of all, my cats are spoiled rotten and have tons of toys that they don’t even play with because Penny would rather play with a pipe cleaner and Oliver is afraid of almost everything. This leaves me with a ton of toys that need a place to hang out, so I’ve been keeping them in a tiny bucket for a while now, which was overflowing. 

That brings me to today’s DIY, which I’m super excited about, to be honest! This simple dyed rope bowl uses regular ‘ol acrylic paint, but waters it down to give it a watercolor-looking effect. It was a really fun project and left me wanting to try this technique for other DIYs. You can do this with as many colors as you want, but you should be careful about overlapping them so that you don’t turn the paint brown. I used three similar shades of blue/teal, so when they overlapped it didn’t effect the paint. 

Now, let’s have some fun with paint!

DIY Tie Dye Rope Bowl | RevamperateDIY Tie Dye Rope Bowl | RevamperateTime: 20 minutes + dry time


  • Clothesline rope (or similar)
  • 2-3 colors of standard acrylic paint
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes
  • Cups
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun

First, cut the rope to be about 20 feet (the more the merrier). This is an estimate for making a bowl approximately 5 inches wide. I recommend laying out a large plastic bag on your work surface to lay the wet rope on to dry. 

Fill each cup with about 2 inches of water, pour several drops of paint in each one and stir well with a paintbrush until you reach your desired coloring. Watering down the paint makes it stick easily to the rope and give it a watercolor or tie dye look. 

Begin dipping several inches of rope at a time in your desired colors (I used three similar ones). I did not follow a specific pattern and allowed the colors to overlap slightly for a tie dyed appearance. I don’t recommend overlapping colors if you’re using very different colors because it could taint the paint in each cup and turn your colors brown. Some paint will settle on the bottom of the cup, so I also recommend avoiding touching the bottom with the rope. Continue until the entire rope is colored and allow to dry on the plastic bag overnight.

DIY Tie Dye Rope Bowl | Revamperate DIY Tie Dye Rope Bowl | RevamperateOnce completely dry, use your glue gun to create the bowl. At one end, bend the rope and glue into a spiral. Continue the pattern until it is about 4-5 inches wide. Then, instead of going outward, start gluing at an angle so that the rope begins to form upward in a bowl shape. You can either go straight up into a cylinder shape or continue outward in a standard bowl shape, but this is a little more difficult. Continue gluing until you reach your desired size and shape, and glue the very end of the rope securely to the bowl (and cut carefully since it may be frayed). 

The hot glue should dry quickly, leaving the bowl fairly stable. Fill it with whatever you’d like and enjoy!

5 Minute DIY Painted Fedora Hat

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I have looked everywhere for a good hat. Unfortunately, I just don’t look good in hats of any kind and I’ve been searching high and low for a cute hat to wear for my cruise (!!!!) next month. Excuse the exclamation marks…can you tell I’m excited about my cruise?! As much as I wanted one of those huge but cute floppy hats to go with the new clothes I shamelessly bought for my vacation, floppy hats were just not made for my head. 

Nonetheless, I did stumble on this cute fedora in the dollar bin at Target and figured that I had to have it for a dollar. I’m still not destined to wear hats, but I think this painted fedora will look cute on my 5-year-old niece. After all, I painted it with her two favorite colors – pink and purple. 

This DIY is quick and easy, so sit in front of the TV and knock out a pattern in minutes. I’ll be honest, my triangles took me a little longer than 5 minutes though. Here’s the plain hat before:

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Time: 5 minutes 


  • Fedora hat 
  • 3+ colors of acrylic paint 
  • Paintbrush

Separate your paints and paint your pattern either directly on a fedora or on the band around a fedora. Hint: you can totally add a thick ribbon to a fedora! I painted small triangles, alternating with upside down ones as I made my way around the hat. Let it all dry and wear, gift it, own it! Easy as pie, right? 

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My vacation is still a few weeks away, so I’m still hunting for a good floppy hat I might be able to pull off! Happy crafting! 

DIY Herringbone Painting

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This DIY herringbone painting I made for Cut Out & Keep is actually an older project that I recycled for a new purpose, but it’s an oldie but goodie, in my opinion. Even though it’s quite old, it still sits on the bookshelf in the little “hallway” of my apartment. It was a pretty time consuming project at the time, and it paid off. Cutting all of those pieces of tape was WORK, but now I have a colorful painting to show for it and I love the herringbone pattern.

Check out the full tutorial for this painting over on Cut Out & Keep!

DIY Stenciled Clock

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Today’s post over on Cut Out & Keep is my DIY stenciled clock. I started this clock with no real plans for it, and Andrew can attest to the fact that it sat on our table blank and boring for quite sometime. Eventually I found this cool arrow stencil and decided to use it to finish the clock, and I painted the numbers and clock hands the same color as our dining room chairs to tie things together. Now it hangs in our kitchen above the stove.

It’s a pretty easy DIY! Check out the full tutorial on Cut Out & Keep today!

DIY Cursive Pillow

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I lost a dear friend this weekend. My friend Felisha lost an almost two-year long battle with leukemia. She was very young with a beautiful daughter and fought hard until the very end, and I’m proud to have called her my friend. I’m not going to share much more than that here. Instead, I want to share a post I had originally wrote as a happy tutorial about love because I think that’s what we need in times of sadness.

Here we go…

I’m not sure how it started, but once upon a time (as in, about a year and a half ago) Andrew began to ask me “guess what?” After I responded or gave him a funny look, he would always say “I love you.” I guess it became our thing. Every couple has random things that they make their own like that, and “guess what?” became ours.

This DIY cursive pillow was inspired by our little saying to each other – I thought it would be cute to have something at home to always remind us of those moments. Sorry if that’s super cheesy, but sometimes it’s nice to have a little reminder of the good times every time you sit on the couch. I’ll admit, I had bigger plans for this pillow. I wanted to use copper guilding sheets instead of paint. I wanted to try using an intricate stencil for the lettering instead of my own handwriting. None of those things really panned out for me at the time, so I kept it simple and I think that’s ok. I ended up really liking the cursive, and having my own handwriting on it makes it more personal.

I’ve been practicing my sewing skills over the last couple months, and this pillow was one of my test subjects. I’m happy to say it turned out well! I won’t share my tutorial on it today, but I plan to share a different pillow tutorial here soon with some adorable fabric I bought while I was in Ventura for Craftcation. I’ve made a couple pillows now, so I’m feeling a little better about my pillow sewing skills.

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Oliver likes to be the center of attention whenever I’m trying to take photos, so I have about 100+ of him interrupting my cursive pillow photo sesh. Thanks for that, kid.

Time: 15 minutes 


  • Solid pillow cover (must be a cover)
  • Cardboard
  • Metallic fabric-safe paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Chalk

For the purposes of this tutorial, using a pillow cover rather than a stuffed pillow to paint on is important so that you can wash it.

Lay the pillow cover out on a flat surface with a piece of cardboard (or similar) inside to prevent any paint from bleeding through the fabric. Use the chalk to plan the outlines of your words. You can also use a pencil because it’s easier to see on light fabrics, but the chalk washes out easier in the wash.

Once you’re satisfied with the outline of your words, trace over the chalk lines with metallic paint and a thin paintbrush. I used Martha Stewart copper paint because I’m sort of obsessed with copper, as you’ll probably continue to see in future projects. Be careful with the paint as the brush can easily catch on the fabric when you’re creating long lines for the letters. Make any necessary touchups at the end and let the paint dry completely.

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Then, turn the pillow cover inside-out and wash and dry it according to the fabric type. I put mine through the standard colors cycle. Because my fabric was incredibly wrinkled, I pressed it with an iron before inserting the pillow form inside and displaying it in my living room. It ties in pretty well with my thrifted copper table and our greenish furniture. More than anything, I just love that it really represents our lives.


What would you paint on your pillow?

Terracotta Pots: 3 Ways

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I’m not really allowed to own plants – they tend to live short lives under my care. To compromise my desire for plants and my lack of adequate plant care, I’ve taken on succulents. They’re small, which allows for easy placement, and they’re relatively inexpensive, which my small budget appreciates. The plants only cost a few dollars, and small terracotta pots with their corresponding trays are even less.


Here, you see three ways to dress up terracotta pots with only a couple shades of paint, making it an easy weeknight project that you can finish in less than an hour.


I gave the pink and gold one to my mom for Mother’s Day a while back, but the other two still sit on my dining room table. Amazingly enough, the plants are still alive and well. Let’s hope I can keep them that way!

DIY Crate Cat Bed

IMG_4854IMG_4723Can we all agree that pet projects are the best projects? As soon as we knew we’d be adopting Oliver, I immediately knew he needed a bed (even though he’d probably prefer a cardboard box). I also took this as a great opportunity to try my hand at sewing with my new sewing machine!

My grandma passed her old sewing machine on to me a while back, but until recently I never had room for it. Now that I have an actual office space, I have room to sew – something I haven’t done since I was a kid. That’s how you know this is an easy project. Sewing the pillow for Oliver’s bed was the first time I’ve used a sewing machine since I was probably ten years old, so I promise anyone can do this.

I painted a crate, adding his name and sewed an envelop pillow case to add the pillow inside of his bed. Overall, this project can take as little as an hour.

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To make this crate cat bed (or small dog bed), you’ll need:

  • A crate (mine is x x x from Michael’s)
  • At least two different colors of paint
  • Small chipboard letters
  • Clear acrylic spray paint
  • Fabric
  • Pillow insert (mine is 16 x 20 in from IKEA)

Other supplies:

  • A sewing machine
  • Thread that matches your fabric
  • Fabric measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil

First, stand your crate right side up, with handles on each side. Using your hands, a crowbar or a hammer, pry off the top two slats of the crate. This lowers the front of the crate so your pet can step inside easier.

Then paint the entire crate one color – I chose grey for a mellow but still “manly” look that will blend in well with the apartment. A second coat made a huge difference because the first coat left it a bit streaky.



Once dry, lay down chipboard letters on the front, top slate of the crate, spelling out your pet’s name. You could glue down chipboard letters instead of painting them, but I preferred the look of paint and decided to forgo the glittery letters because I was concerned they’d fall off too quickly and wouldn’t suit the boyish look I was going for. Use a pencil to trace the letters, and fill them in with your second paint color – I chose light blue. Then take it outside to spray it with a light coat of clear acrylic spray paint to give it a nice, finished shine.

Then go into that pile of scrap fabric we all have and dig out a large pieces of fabric to match your bed – I chose light yellow. For my 16 x 20 inch pillow insert, which I pulled out of one of my old IKEA pillows, I cut one piece that was 17 x 21 inches, leaving an extra inch around for the seam. Then, cut two more pieces that will create the envelope. Mine were 17 x 11 inches and 17 x 13 inches, allowing for a few inches of overlap. If using a different size pillow, make sure to allow for at least 2-4 inches of overlap, and one of your pieces will be smaller than the other.

Then iron them out as best you can. Take the edges of your envelop pieces that will be the envelop and fold over about 1/4 inch, then fold another 1/4 of an inch. Iron in place to hold the fold together.


Place the full piece on the bottom, outside facing up. Place your smallest piece, outside facing down, on top of the larger pieces. Then place your medium-sized piece, outside facing down, on top of the other.

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First, sew across the folded area of your envelop pieces, reversing along the ends to hold your stitch. Lay them back down and pin around your pieces to hold them in place. Sew a 1/2 inch seam around the length of the pillow, reversing your seam at each end to hold. As you go around, turn your fabric, so you have a consistent seam going all the way around, pulling the pins out as your go. Once done, cut the corners off and trim your extra strings.

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Then pull the pillow outisde-out and iron down the edges. Put your pillow insert inside and ta-da! Then squeeze it inside the crate. It should be a somewhat tight fit.

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Now you have a comfy little bed for your little sidekick!

Chalkboard Clipboard


Now that Andrew and I officially share a grocery list, among other things, I wanted an easy way for us to keep track of what we needed for our next trip to the store. I have a million of those notepads that stick to the fridge, but the need for a pen always deters me from actually using them. Instead, I found a way to keep track that also hides easily – a chalkboard clipboard.


To make a chalkboard clipboard, you’ll need:

  • A clipboard (duh)
  • Chalkboard paint (duh)
  • Chalk (duh)
  • Masking or painters tape
  • Medium-sized paint brush
  • String
  • Liquid glue

Start off by taping a line across the top of the clipboard. I did this because trying to paint underneath/behind the clip would have been an unnecessary hassle. Start painting the bottom part with well-mixed chalkboard paint, including the sides. I find that chalkboard paint can be a little streaky, so take that into consideration when choosing a paint brush. Paint a couple coats until the bottom portion of the clipboard is covered. Once dry, remove the tape.

Before you start using your clipboard, you’re supposed to slate it. Run the side of a piece of chalk down the entirety of your chalkboard and then use a damp paper towel to wipe it clean. This acts as a setting for the paint.


Next,  cut a piece of string about 12 inches long and use a small amount of glue to wrap the string around the end of a piece of chalk. Once wrapped, tie around and in a knot to hold it. Then tie the opposite end to the top of the clipboard and set your chalk on the clip as you would a pen – this way, you’ll never lose the chalk.


You can also add a piece of patterned washi tape at the top and write on it with Sharpie for your title. I dubbed mine “the list,” so that whenever we say we need something, we can just say, “Put it on the list!”

Use a nail or, in my case, push pin to hang the clipboard inside a cupboard or on your wall. I love having it inside the cupboard so it’s mostly out of sight but comes in handy when I need it. In a matter of minutes, I turned a ratty old clipboard I never used into a very useful chalkboard.



Inspiration from around the Web

This week’s Inspiration from around the Web is dedicated to the fact that Andrew moves in in TWO WEEKS! Looking forward to lots of redecorating (and so much more).

June Inspiration

1.  I love patterned accent walls like this one on Apartment Therapy. I’ve wanted to make an accent wall in our hallway – thinking about a herringbone pattern in light and dark grey.

2. Really digging this metallic diamond pillow cover from West Elm, and I bet I could make it with a little fabric, paint and better sewing skills.

3. These DIY hanging planters from A Beautiful Mess are perfect for small spaces like mine. Looking forward to finding hard-to-kill plants to hang in them.

4. This IKEA bookcase on rollers from Living Well, Spending Less is a cute DIY for upgrading an office space, and it just so happens I have the same one attached to my desk.

5. We want to paint the walls in the kitchen and living areas light grey, and I’m really digging the grey Behr paint in this dining room on Knight Moves.