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How to Add Custom Vent Covers to Sliding Doors | Repurposing an old Door

Hi guys!  Today I wanted to share with you our recent re-purposing project.  When we first bought our house, 3 years ago (can you believe it?) we wanted to make some changes to our living room.  One of the changes was to update and add lighting since there was non previously (See my awesome hubby adding lighting in picture below).  We also sanded the floors and shined them all up real purdy like too. We removed wall paper and painted the walls, which looks awesome by the way ;).

How to add vent covers to old doors | hipncreative.wordpress.com

I had this idea to change the look of our old doors by removing the old slats and adding some awesome metal vent covers to the doors to give them a modern look.  So after discussing it with the hubs, we figured out a way to do just that.

So here is our step by step tutorial on how to add vent covers to sliding doors:

Materials you will need:

  • Metal Vent Covers (I found mine at Home Depot)
  • Wood filler
  • Window trim
  • small square wooden dowels
  • paint of your choosing (to paint wood doors) *optional
  • Spray paint (to paint vent cover) *optional

What you will need on hand:

  • Jigsaw
  • flat surface to work with
  • time and patience (lots and lots)
  • nail gun and finishing nails (Home Depot)
  • lots and lots of patience!

First thing we did was remove the sliding doors from the doorway and very carefully cut the slats out leaving the door frame intact.  Next my husband filled the holes where the slats were with wood filler.

While the wood filler was drying, he measured, cut and spray painted the metal vent covers (we used Rustoleum white paint).  After letting the wood filler completely dry (it took about 30 minutes), he carefully sanded all the doors until they were smooth.

Next he framed the front of the door with window trim, this will help the metal vent covers stay in place so it won’t pop out.  Next using a nail gun, we nailed the vent covers to the door.  We also added a small wooden dowels to the back of the doors.  This helped to hide the nails as well as provided extra back support for the metal vent covers not to slip out when opening and closing the doors.

Once we were happy with how the doors looks and works, we primed and painted the door.  We wanted to keep the doors white so priming and painting was pretty easy.  Once the paint dried, we replaced the doors back in it’s frame and done.  I have to admit this project was not an easy project and if your not that skills with air pressured machinery, this project is not for you.  It’s time consuming and you need a lot of patience as well as some carpentry knowledge.

I thank God my hubby is very talented and we were able to get this sucker done.  I really couldn’t have done this without his help.  Until next time my friends!

**UPDATE: A year later and our door is perfect!  Even though it was A LOT of work, it was so worth it!  My husband and I are still  in love with this project and are proud we DIYed this makeover, our first of many projects!

Awilda https://www.hipncreative.wordpress.com

 

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How to REUPHOLSTER A CHAIR AND BACK CHAIR | hip ‘n creative

It has been one crazy month of getting things knocked off my list!  And I cannot believe that I finally am at a point in my life where I can get back to working on some home renovations!  I have a huge punch list of things we need to get done and I am so super stoked to be getting things underway!

On my previous post you’ll see that we made some really awesome Floating Shelves (come check them out if you haven’t done so)  I absolutely love them and have already decorated them for the Holidays.  I am in the process of making some inexpensive Decor DIYS that I’ll share with you soon but I did want to share with you my reupholstered dining room chairs!  These babies needed a makeover, badly.  I’ve had my dining room for about 12 years and it has been loved, and loved hard.  Although I did not take any before pictures (too embarrassed to share – just imagine 12 years of juice and food spills, and strange stains that appear out of nowhere) I have a pretty awesome video on my youtube channel that may inspire you to reupholster your chairs too!

Full disclosure:  I am not a professional reupholsterer so please if you decide to recreate this project do so with caution!  Some tools we used for this project is dangerous and you can hurt yourself!  With that being said come check out my video where I share a step by step instruction on how we brought life back to our chairs!

And don’t forget, if you decide to recreate this project, please share your work on instagram and tag me @hipncreative! I would love to see your work!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

xo,
Awilda

 

5 Fun Craft Ideas

Happy Humpday!  Today I’m sharing five fun crafts I spotted over the weekend and decided to share the fun finds with you.  Let’s get started:

ampersand thumbtack

I’m a sucker for typographical art and  found this adorable DIY Ampersand Art by Live Love DIY.

bathroomwallart

Here I found this awesome bathroom wall art by Two It Yourself.  She re-purposed an old picture frame, which I think she did an great job!

dahliacorsage

How gorgeous is this dahlia corsage by Not Martha.  I have some left over felt that I’m just dying to give this a try!

infinitylove

I would absolutely love this Love Infinity Wall Art by Life of a Craft Crazed Mom.

Pull-Out-Photo-Box-theDIYvillage

And finally this fantastic Pop Up Photo Box by The DIY Village.  I think it’s totally ah-mazing and I cannot wait to create one of my own.

There you have it folks!  5 truly creative projects from some truly creative people.  What about you?  What creative projects are you currently working on?

Peace Out!

12 Days of Crafting {Handmade Gift Ideas}

I have always loved to make things since as far back as I could remember.  I’m also always on the look out for fun handmade gift ideas for those nights when my noggin’ blanks out or I need a bit of creative inspiration.  Soooo I thought I’d share with you lovely readers 12 Handmade Gift Ideas you can make for the holidays, birthdays or even as a just because gift.  (I mean really, who doesn’t love receiving gifts just because? Am I right?? Eh Eh??)

Like what you see? Just click on each image to go to the tutorial 🙂

An awesome sketchbook caddy is perfect for those long road trips.

Source: Simply Modern Mom

This fun mail carrier kit is great for playing Post Office.

Source: 12 Crafts Til Christmas

This looks like such a fun gift to make!

Source: Serving Pink Lemonade

What little girl doesn’t love a Fabric Doll House?

Source: UK Lass in US

I think this car caddy is so darn cute!

Source: homemade by Jill

Circle Zip Earbud pouch for the tween (and not so tween) in your life!

Source: Dog Under My Desk

My kids love finger painting just as much as I do!

Source: Easy Peasy

Another fun homemade gift is sidewalk chalk!

Source: Oh My! Handmade Goodness

Or maybe your prefer to make your own playdough?

Source: Skip to my Lou

How about these adorable Rag Dolls?  Sooo cute!

Source: Tip Junkie

I so love these Ruffled Flowers, great as hair accessories ❤

Source: The Mother Huddle

Lastly on the list is upcycled crayons!  Who doesn’t have broken pieces of crayons laying around.  Now you can make one colorful crayons kids can play with over and over again!

Source: Make and Takes

I hope to have inspired you start making those Christmas Gifts!  You better get crackin’, you only have 9 more days to go!!!~