C is for Crafty...Aggressively Crafty

Friday, June 3, 2016

Shannon, Kristian and me.
Today our guest blogger is yours truly, Kristian Johnson von Rickenbach. Kristian and I go wayyyy back to our youth soccer days where we use to spend endless tournaments together calling each other sisters and royally screwing with waiters and waitresses when we both use to call Dolla Bill, "Daddy." I will never forget the one tournament when Kristian even weaseled out a pair of Adidas flip flops from my dad at the Tournament Tent sale. :) Dr. Kristian is now blowing us all away with her accomplishments both at and outside of work. I'm so proud of you and all you have accomplished!

C is for crafty, aggressively crafty that is. Thank you Amanda for letting me make my dream come true of starting my own blog, for at least one day!  I’ve appropriately named this blog ‘Aggressively Crafty’, fully equipped with a little theme song I've made up in my head (if I knew how to add music here I totes would record it). Big old check mark next to that bucket list item.

So what does an almost 30 year old, healthcare worker who lives in NYC know about being crafty anyway? Well honestly, nothing… except Pinterest has led me to believe I know everything about DIY d├ęcor, crafting, fashion, makeup application and cooking so we'll just go with it. Today I have a simple DIY project that you totally should consider doing RIGHT NOW, or at least pinning for later consideration.

Let’s get to it – it’s time to jazz up your dressers, cabinets, drawers, baskets, cubbies, bars, you name it! It's super simple, you just have to be a little creative.

Look at my husband's dresser (yes these are staged):
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Now look at mine:
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Now look at his again, now look at mine. Do you think he has cuteness envy?!?! Fo sho. And yes, we still need to stain them (we’ve only been moved in for one week people)! This level of cuteness only cost me like $20, which is completely within my not-currently-employed budget. Also, it's so simple even an aggressively novice crafter like myself can do it. 

So, the first thing you need is some sick paper to make those drawers go from Plain Jane to straight joy-bringing adorableness. There are a ton of options here.  In my kitchen I used an actual drawer liner as seen below, which is straight dolla’ store bro.
In my cabinets, I used an #adorbs liner I found at Marshalls.  I also used anti-slip liners like this one in my lower kitchen cabinets because I’ve been collecting this stuff for years and no one sees them so who cares.
Another option is contact paper which comes in beautiful patterns on Amazon like this bad boy below (swoon).
Con-Tact Brand Creative Covering Self-Adhesive Shelf and Drawer Liner, 18-Inches by 9-Feet, Lagoon Mist
Contact paper would make this project easier. The back side is adhesive, but not permanent so it theoretically shouldn’t ruin them. I, however, always opt for the more unique (aka slightly more difficult and definitely more permanent) approach. I found this adorable Kraft colored wrapping paper with gold dots at Marshalls (noticing a shopping trend here?) and fell in love. Since I just moved into a new apartment with my husband, I was able to line my dresser as I built it. Ikea hackers, eat your heart out.
To attach the wrapping paper to my drawer bottom, I first measured the bottom of my drawer then cut the paper to size. Originally I attempted to attach the paper by putting a layer of clear contact paper on top of it, but that was a failure (to be fair, I did reuse that failure in a later project to be mentioned shortly).  I then resorted to spray adhesive glue, although you could just lay it down flat if it’s not a high traffic drawer. I continued by spraying the top corner of my drawer bottom and lining up my paper on top of the sprayed area.  
Finally, I used my hand to smooth over the paper and repeated this step until the entire paper was attached and… voila! You’ve got yourself one adorably lined drawer.
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Want to take it to the next level? Of course you do. I’m a bit (a lot) of a pack-rat and I’ve been holding on to some awesome drawer knobs for a good bit now (some from Anthro, and some from a recent trip to India). So, clearly I was excited that I had exactly 8 knobs, 2 for each drawer. Since I was Ikea-ing it up, instead of attaching the knobs that my dresser originally came with, I simply screwed in my fun and colorful knobs. 
If your pieces don’t already have holes for knobs, it’s super simple to drill a few holes with a thin drill bit and then pop those bad boys in. Knobs are awesome because they can be added to anything, and they don’t even have to be functional! So simple and it instantly adds some serious cuteness.
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So remember how I said I failed with the wrapping paper/clear contact paper situation? Well failure no more. I took that piece, cut it down, and lined a basket that sits under my sink, gets transferred from apartment to apartment, and houses some cleaning supplies that should definitely be used more often. Maybe now that I jazzed up this basket, I’ll be more inclined to clean? Probs not, but you never know.
Ok now it’s your time. First, find something in your home that could use a little jazzing up and ACTUALLY JAZZ IT THE FUCK UP because today is C for crafty and it’s time you get a little craft-tay girrrl.
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