I am a huge fan of re-purposing items to give them new use and a new look. Improvising is a huge element in the equation.
For this DIY Project, I stumbled upon this makeup display that was being tossed from the company MAC Cosmetics. I immediately knew this item had potential when it was given to me.
But what would I do with it?
I know I wanted to incorporate it into my bedroom makeover in some way, but how where to start?
I took about a week to brainstorming, surfing pinterest, and dreaming up some amazing ideas to do with this piece.
Then I had that AH HAH moment! I knew that I wanted something in my bedroom to post, hang photos, and write positive affirmations on to help me get through my day to day routines.
A memo inspiration board seemed like a logical choice.
I knew the over all shape that I wanted…but it would require deconstructing this display to hopefully figure out how to re-invent it.
This makeover cost me absolutely nothing because I had all my supplies in stock in my amazing office/workspace.
I also want to thank Westside Wholesale for sending me an amazing Panasonic Metal Cutter and multipurpose saw to help me complete this project! If you want to see the entire pack they sent me see my instagram.
Westside Wholesale is a great source that sells anything home improvement related. From air filters, to power tools, to pool filters at a discounted price! I will be playing more with this saw on another bedroom makeover project soon! I am very happy with this saw!
Supplies that I used to accomplish this makeover. (Links are included in case you do not have the some of the supplies I used.)
– Hot Glue Gun
– Glue Sticks
– Panasonic Metal Cutter (this saw is actually multipurpose depending on the blade you use. Thank goodness I had the metal blade for this project)
– Protective Glasses – always protect your peepers when using power tools.
– Foam core board
– Decorative paper – The vendor I got this from no longer offer this specific design but they have other great options!
– Staple gun with staples
– Tacky Glue
– Elmers No wrinkle Glue stick
– Screw driver or Power drill
– Xacto Knife
– Xacto Blades
– Butyl tape
Here is where the tutorial begins!
I had to figure out the best way to deconstruct this piece.
I had to remove the round base from the oval top piece by unscrewing it.
Then I had un-string the large beads from the entire display that assisted in keeping the display upright. This is where my Panasonic Metal Cutter saw came into play. The metal rod encased by larger beads had to be cut with my handy dandy saw. It was really easy to do actually! (Another safety reminder – Please make sure to use close toed shoes and safety glasses to stay safe while using the saw.)
Once the metal rod was cut, it was easy to un-string the beads all the way around the top portion of the display.
When the display was completely taken apart to the degree that I wanted, the reconstruction began. I used my hot glue gun to re-attach the beads to the circumference of the oval shape.
Once dried and secured, I traced the back of the oval shape with white chalk so that I could transfer the shape to the piece of black foam core. This technique worked really well to get the dimensions correct and to keep the cuts clean.
Cut out the shape with your xacto knife on the foam core board.
I decided I wanted to dress this piece up a little.
I used some leftover Japanese cherry blossom decorative paper from Paper Source from a commercial I did about a year ago. (I keep everything… you never know when you may want to use it… I swear I am not a hoarder)
I cut the Japanese cherry blossom paper to the shape of the foam core board and glued it together.
I pulled out my pretty satin black ribbon and attached to the back the oval foam core shape with tacky glue and staples.
I made sure to pull the ribbon as tight as I could so that the board secures images or notes that I want attach to it.
I glued the foam core board to the display and put weight on it while it dried. I made sure to give it about a couple hours to completely dry.
Once dry, I used a hammer, nail, and some butyl tape to hang and secure my fancy new memo board to the wall in my bedroom! I love how it came out and the creativity it took to get there.
I thoroughly enjoy doing projects like this one. What do you think of this project? Would you ever try something similar?
Get creative! Re-purpose something that is someones else trash and turn it into a treasure of yours.
If you like this project, you will love the other projects in my bedroom makeover edition.
*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Westside Wholesale. I was compensated with product for the content; however, all opinions are completely my own. I only recommend products that I believe will truly benefit the readers of Arts & Classy.