} My Unfinished Patio Table Weekend

Hi friends!

How was your weekend?  Mine has been b.u.s.y.

I shopped a nearby neighborhood garage sale yesterday, found an adorable table for next month’s Themed Makeover Day, and finally saw Cinderella with my girls.  It was amazing.

Today I started a long planned makeover of our patio table.

As usual, this idea hasn’t been as easy to execute as it looked in my head.

It’s not done yet, but I thought I’d share a sneak peek.

So here’s what we started with.  A standard big box store dirty patio table.  The metal kind with 12×12 ceramic tile inserts.


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} Aged Metal Outdoor Table-Themed Makeover Day

Hi friends!

I am so excited about today’s post.  Today is my first entry in Themed Makeover Day.

This awesome DIY party is hosted by a group of fabulous bloggers, and I am totally psyched to join them.

Just don’t tell them I’m crazy, k?  I want to get a few projects under my belt before they catch on…

So…this month’s theme is Pottery Barn Inspired.

I do A LOT of browsing on the PB site, so it didn’t take me too long to choose a piece of furniture to hack.

I love the hammered  look of this metal outdoor table.





} Spring Cleaning With Bissell And A Giveaway!

Hello friends and reinventors!

I have a question for you:  Do you “spring clean”?

Who invented spring cleaning anyway?  #ithinkitwasmygrandmother

I’m usually so busy cleaning up after kids, dogs, and my own DIY messes that thorough cleaning happens in mad spurts rather than planned seasonal sessions.

You know, house gets dirty, mom gets mad, mom uses angry energy to deep clean something.


Mom paints/rearranges/redecorates something and that process creates dirt so mom cleans it.

My most recent cleaning frenzy was a product of both of those phenomena.

Over the weekend, we finally finished the HUGE foyer/stairwell/many hallways painting project.  Wow, that was a tough one.  It took FOREVER.

There’s nothing more satisfying than a clean slate, though, am I right?

(a poor photo of a clean slate leaves a little to be desired.  sorry for the poor light and Iphone quality)





} Switch Up Graphic Wall Plaques

Hi friends!  I am kind of excited to share this project with you today.  It’s fun, colorful, and graphic (three of my favorite adjectives); as well as totally budget friendly and easy to switch up for the seasons.

That’s where I got the name “switch up graphic wall plaques.”  I’m clever like that.

So, let’s get crafting, shall we?

(just so ya know, there are affiliate links in this post.  if you choose to purchase your supplies for this project through these links, I’ll make a small commission to help support Reinvented.  Thanks.)

I found these wood wall plaques at Target on clearance in the party section.  See that $1.48 price?  Woohoo!

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I bought three of them, AND these two thin wood shapes from Michael’s.  They were $.39 each.


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} Paint the Front Door-A Modern Masters Giveaway!

Hello friends and reinventors!

You all know what they say about first impressions, right?  How you only get one chance?

And you watch all of those HGTV shows that talk about how important curb appeal is, right?

Ok, well, none of that has anything to do with today’s post, I just thought I’d ask.  (wink)

Maybe I should get to the point.

Our house is 15 years old this year, so the outside surfaces have definitely started to show some wear and tear from the brutally fickle Central Ohio weather.  A couple of years ago, we attempted to paint the porch trim ourselves.  And it was an epic fail, so last year we hired out the trim painting, and it looks great.

Which made the exteriors doors look BAD.  Both the front and back doors were badly in need of repainting, and I’ve been procrastinating big time.  It’s kind of ridiculous.  Every spring, I say to myself, “self, you should paint the front door, and the back door.”

And then I don’t.  Cuz painting doors isn’t exactly one of those glamorous makeover projects.  (I know what you’re thinking, and yes, EVERYTHING else I do IS glamorous, so this is an important point…)

Today I just decided to git ‘er done.

I used Modern Masters Never Fades Front Door Paint in Elegant.  (which is a fancy word for black) (not an affiliate link, I just like the stuff)


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} 5 Favorites– Spring DIY Projects

Hello friends and Reinventors!  Happy Saturday to you!  I hope that you have a great weekend planned.

I am heading to our Columbus’ Made Local Marketplace today, and I am so excited.  Supporting local businesses and creatives is something very close to my heart, so I jump on any opportunity to do so.  AND I love shopping.

It’s a win-win.

If you’re local and would like to go, the even is from 9am-4pm at the Bridgewater Banquet Center in Powell, Ohio.  Add a comment to this post if I will see you there!

No on to my five favorites on Friday Saturday post.   I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite early spring DIY projects with you this morning.   Spring is DIY heaven for me.  Spray Paint weather finally returns, along with my energy.  (insert winky face here)


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} Our Spring Mantel

Hello friends and reinventors!

I never should have mentioned that whole “spring weather” thing…we got a dusting of snow last night.  Ugh, when will I learn?

Thank goodness it warmed up to 50 degrees today, so it melted pretty quickly.

During those few days of spring weather, I did get my spring mantel styled, so when I get discouraged, I can just gaze at faux spring.


spring mantel on Reinvented


} Amy Howard Paint Dipped Chair

Hello friends and reinventors!

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

We’re finally getting some sunshine, and temps above 40, so I consider that spring in Central Ohio.

Today I have a new to me paint to share with you.  Amy Howard’s people contacted my people (i.e. me) and asked if I’d like to review her One Step Paint.

Well…you all know how I hate prep.  Sanding and such just isn’t my thang.  So, of course, I said YES.