April 10, 2017


How I Became Crafty Overnight #UpcycleChallenge

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Alright folks, you KNOW I am not a crafty DIYer kinda gal, I have never claimed to be, BUT when you get an opportunity to support a great organization like Habitat for Humanity, you dig deep and do your best to create magic!

The Winnipeg Home and Garden Show was in Winnipeg this past weekend and I was one of 5 local influencers asked to take part in the #UpcycleChallenge.

I had recently participated in the Home Renovations show back in January 2017 where I submitted a Winnipeg themed mailbox – I was NOT proud of it, but hey, I did it!

p.s. I didn’t take closeup pics of it for a reason!

This year the Upcycle Challenge theme was to find a fresh new way to grow your greens and give back to the community.

With products and support from Rust-Oleum Consumer Brands Canada®,  my fellow influencers and I were tasked to help sprout change to raise awareness and much-needed funds for Habitat for Humanity Manitoba and its affiliated ReStores.

I had way too much fun at the ReStore on Archibald. I had folks laughing up and down the aisles, it also helped that the staff were amazing (and accommodating) as I brainstormed my ideas with them.

After about 30-40 minutes of searching, I found this fabulous cabinet!

I took the doors off and lightly sanded it down.

I knew that I wanted to have something neutral but still somewhat modern looking, so I chose the Burnished Amber Paint and Primer in One, and for the top, the Stone Textured Accents paint.

I did 3 coats of the Burnished Amber paint, and 3 coats of the stone accent.

We were given a minimal budget to truly take these one of a kind containers to the next level, and to be ready for herb and vegetable gardens! There weren’t many rules other than the item had to have a minimum of 50% of its surface painted using the Rust-Oleum paints.

I spent hours trying to find appropriate planter pots to fit my project, so I had to get really creative. Did you know that most planters are circular? Yes, not easy when dealing with a rectangular shape!

I found 4 plastic wicker planters and bound them together with large craft popsicle sticks (I had them leftover from my wedding).

Et VOILA! My little masterpiece! I also had some rocks glued to the space in between the cabinet wall and the planters but they kept falling off, so no rocks!

It was so awesome to see my handiwork on display!
I am grateful for the chance to participate and I hope there will be an opportunity to do something like this again.
Thanks to this experience, I am excited to get some gardening happening in my own home, I’m completely inspired!

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