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Metal Shelf and Craft Pen Holder {Updated}

On one of my recent thrift trips I found a cut two tier metal shelf at the Goodwill and knew it was mine for a mere $2.99.  I gave it a little update last weekend.


Spray Paint is my hero!  Rustoleum Gloss White to be exact.  I used a little Simple Green to clean the metal, then wiped it down good to make sure it was dry.  I gave it 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of gloss white and this is how it turned out.

before after

Then I grabbed 3 empty (and clean!) pickle jars, a jelly jar, an apothecary jar, and a canning jar and sprayed them all white again using the gloss white Rustoleum spray.

Jars jars painted

I have a “large” supply of painter pens, scrapbook pens, metallic markers, well, you get the picture.  The jars are a perfect way for me to keep them together in one spot.  I found a wonderful spot for the metal shelf and containers in my ever evolving woman cave.

full close up

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close up 1

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shelf 1

I gave my spray painted giraffe a turquoise ribbon collar.  The box is part of a set of cell phone boxes that were empty and I decorated with some scrapbook paper.  The turquoise vase was a find from last year, I think on the clearance aisle at Marshalls.  I don’t remember the cost.  I just remember I was having a turquoise thing going on.

I love my addition to the woman cave and it also means I’m one step closer to getting all my crap {she said with a smile} organized.  How do you organize your craft supplies?


DIY – Candy Jar

One of my favorite co-workers is leaving our group to take on another job with the company.  Over the last year I’ve enjoyed having her occupy the office next to me.  I wanted to send her off with something fun and inexpensive.  She is always asking me if I have any gum so that’s how I came up with the candy jar.

Candy jar

All you need is:

  • empty jar with an opening big enough for a hand to fit through (I used a large pickle jar)
  • spray paint: a color of your choice and chalkboard paint
  • rubber band or ponytail band
  • ribbon
  • cardboard or some type of label
  • chalk
  • candy, gum, etc. of your choice

Remove paper label from the empty jar and wash thoroughly.  Spray paint the lid color of your choice.  I used Rust Oleum silver metallic.  Make a label a size of your choice out of cardboard and spray with chalkboard paint.  Fill the jar with the candy and gum.  Punch a hole in the label and loop a rubber band through it and then around the circumference of the jar opening.  I used a unused colored ponytail holder.  I also fed the ribbon through the punched label hole and tied a bow.  Use the chalk to label the jar.

Simple to make and it will look adorable sitting on my co-workers desk.

Candy jar backside 012

The thought initially was Pinterest inspired when I pinned this pic by One Young Love onto my Organization board.

Pinned Image

I’m also thinking if I had a child still in elementary school filling small jelly jars with pens, pencils, jelly beans, etc., would make adorable end-of-the-year teacher gifts.

How have you reused jars besides pouring the fat from fried hamburger in them?


I may be linking up to a few of my favorite parties this week…

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style, Tip Junkie, Home Stories A to Z

Shabby Creek Cottage, Katherines Corner, Serenity Now

TT & J, http://www.craftytexasgirls.com/, http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/

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