Tag: DIY

Upcycled/DIY Makeup Brush Holder – No priming, sanding, or buffing! Life

Makeup is something that I’ve always loved to do, but I never really used the proper tools. I just kind of did what worked for me at the moment and went on with my day. My husband is very much aware of my makeup obsession, but he noticed that I owned maybe 2 makeup brushes so, for Christmas, he got me a 22 brush set. I was SO excited to learn how to use them and, now that I’m more comfortable with using them, I use them in my regular makeup routine. The only downside is that 22 brushes is a LOT of brushes, especially when there are no duplicates and I use every brush at least once a week, and I have NO counter space in my bathroom.

I had been using a mason jar to hold the top 10-12 brushes that I used daily, but I found that I was digging into the remaining brushes often enough that I needed to find something to hold them all while still fitting on my sink. I went to Target and couldn’t find ANYTHING worth the money (shocking, I know!). There were so many things that I loved, but they either weren’t big enough to hold all my brushes or they were way too much money.

I decided to go through my house to see if there was anything I could use and, lo and behold, I found a pot our realtor gave us when we moved in to our house! It was the perfect size- big enough to hold all my brushes, but tapered at the bottom so it fit on my sink. The only downside- it was BRIGHT yellow. I love yellow, but that thing would have been hideous in my bathroom. My bathroom is small, but it doesn’t have to be ugly. I turned to my good friend Martha to help me fix the color and voila! A bright yellow pot turned into a chic gold makeup brush holder!


You’ll need 3 things to recreate this easy DIY

  1. A flower pot
  2. Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Craft Paint (I have the pearl and metallic set and I am OBSESSED with it! This is the “Gold” color from that set).
  3. Paint brush or foam brush


Step 1: Wash your pot and dry it completely. You definitely don’t want little dirt specs to ruin the finish of your paint!

Step 2: Paint the inside of the pot.

Step 3: Paint the outside of the pot.

Step 4: Let dry and pain a second coat if you want to. I had to do two coats of gold because it was BRIGHT yellow.

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That’s it! Super easy!

You’ll see that my pot is white on the inside- I just used a cheap white acrylic paint. If the inside gets chipped, I’m not worried about it since my brushes will be inside the pot. It is important to make sure the outside is painted with a multi-surface paint, though, since there’s no priming or buffing.

This whole project cost me a grand total of $0. If I hadn’t had the paint already, it would have cost me about $2 for the paint. You can’t beat that!

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For the Home // Nursery Progress Life

I recently posted on my Facebook page that I wanted to start adding more than just fitness and food posts to the blog. I asked you guys what you wanted to see and got some great feedback! Some of the things you can look forward to are more posts about DIY things (home projects, crafts, and organization), fashion (things I love, deals I’ve found, etc.), and more overall lifestyle posts.

I do a lot more than work and go to the gym and I thought it would be great to blog about those things! What better way to kick off this new addition to the blog than writing about our nursery!

We’ve been working on Baby MAC’s nursery for a few weeks now. I’ve had a vision in my head for awhile, but we waited to really start on anything for a couple of reasons.

  1. I needed a crib.
  2. We needed to know whether the baby was a boy or a girl.

My mom brought us the crib I used as a baby so we were able to use the color of the crib to dictate how the rest of the room would flow. We decided to keep the crib in the oak color and use white as a color for other furniture/main accessories. We built the shelves you see a few years ago. When we built them, we painted them black, so we just used the white we bought for the walls and painted the shelves as well. My goal is to get a dresser that matches the crib and find a mirror that we can paint white like the shelves to tie everything together.


We initially wanted to do a light gray but, since our carpet is brown and our crib is oak, we decided on white. Yes, I know the walls will get dirty. Before we knew Baby MAC was a girl, we had a couple of color palates picked out. More blues and greens for a boy and pinks, greens, and yellows for a girl. When we found out Baby MAC was a girl, we bought the pink paint and painted the accent wall!


The next step was starting the artwork. My main inspiration was Dr. Seuss. You can’t tell, right? Good! This is just my opinion, but I find that over-themed rooms are more of a hassle then they’re worth. They take a ton of work and kids grow out of them quickly. Dr. Seuss is an easy theme to overdo, so I scratched any sort of patterned or muraled wall all together and decided I just wanted to add some Dr. Seuss inspired artwork.

I found this canvas at Hobby Lobby and fell in love!

The pink in it matches the accent wall we have and it was 40% off so we bought it. I’ve been using the colors in it to help me paint other canvases. If there’s one thing you should know about the decorations in my house it’s that I have created 90% of them. I have a really hard time buying artwork when I can do it myself! It has to be a really special piece for me to spend money on a mass produced piece of art from an art supply store. I’d rather spend $10 on a canvas, paint, and brushes and create my own.

The first piece I did was this:


The dandelion is a nod to Horton Hears a Who (as is the elephant canvas we bought) and the quote is from that book as well. I’m not sure which wall it’s going on yet, though.

I’m also working on another double canvas piece with another quote on it. I’ll include a photo of that in the next update!

I also used the elephant to find curtains! We went to Home Depot and matched the colors in the canvas to paint swatches. I kept those swatches in my purse and found some cute curtains from Target! I loved the color! There were two patterns in this color, but I ended up choosing this one because the pattern matches the vibe of the elephant more than the other one did (it was a Moroccan pattern- very geometric and, while adorable, didn’t fit my vision). I chose white curtain rods to match the wall and picked the rods with the clear crystal ends. I thought it added a girly touch (and they were cheap! Win-win!).


Here’s what the room looks like now! Pardon the dog kennels- they still occupy this room 😉


Once I have all the artwork finished, we’ll map it out and hang it where it looks best!

Here’s an idea of what I’m hoping to add in the future!





I can’t wait to make more progress!

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