When in doubt, Spray Paint!

Spray paint is making it’s way into almost every other DIY project I see on Pinterest now a days.

Now I’m not complaining, because as someone with a lot of ideas but very little ability to execute artistically spray paint has become my savior! There is a bit of a learning curve to technique, so maybe do some trial runs before you tackle your one piece that you are really excited about.

Erica and myself were inspired when we were looking around the shop during our redesign last week. We saw many pieces that were outdated and not selling but given some TLC we knew we could make them modern again, like this lamp.

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And by TLC we mean a fresh coat of paint.

When spray painting you are going to want to make sure your piece/s are cleaned of all dust and grease. Simply rubbing them down with acetone, or acetone nail polish is all you need to do, but make sure you rub every surface you want to paint.

Then read the instructions on the can. Take the minute to read it, trust me.

We are lucky enough to have a paint booth here at the shop for the colder months but we also have a huge plastic drop cloth for painting outside. Make sure wherever you do paint is well ventilated, this is the most important rule!

Then pick a spot and start spraying! You’re going to want to hold the can about 8 inches from the piece and spray in a sweeping motion. Don’t just point and spray, and use short back and forth strokes for the best and most even result.

One last tip, do multiple lighter coats letting each coat dry completely, this isn’t something you have to rush.

And Voila!

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Share your favorite spray paint projects with us below, or any tips you have for spray painting newbies.

Redesign in progress…

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Our new manager Erica has assembled an amazing team of retail veterans to help her with redesigning the shop from the ground up. We took the day on Tuesday and started to implement some of their ideas!

One of our most notable moves is the location of our counter!

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We also had Mission: St. Louis’ Executive Director Josh Wilson, Terrance, Coleman, and a few of our JLT interns build us a new and improved window display and backdrop for our shop front.

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We reorganized the rest of the shop to be more dynamic and fun to shop in!

Stop in and stay tuned for the next stage in our redesign…

40 Bags in 40 Days

Who is ready to simplify their life, and their home?

Spring cleaning is a time of year that everyone either loves or hates. The thought of tackling that overflowing closet or those basements/attics that haven’t been sorted through in months or years can seem incredibly daunting. We like simplicity here at Revive Thrift Shop, and we want to help those with more “hoarding” style tendencies.

We found this amazing spring cleaning event on a blog called White House Black Shutters. It’s a major de-cluttering movement that coincides with Lent every year! Check out their page and learn more about how you can “Decrapify” your house.

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Ready for the rules?

The rules are very simple. Pick one area of your house every day of Lent, except Sunday’s, and fill one bag to remove from your house. That’s right just one bag!

The size of the bag doesn’t matter and what fills the bag doesn’t matter. It can be trash or donation worthy items. It can be a large trash bag or a Walmart bag. All that matters is that you get those unnecessary items out of your space!

They even count furniture as a “bag”, and we pick up!

We can’t wait to start on February 18th and clean out our houses until Easter Sunday, April 5th! We hope you take part in this amazing event and consider us for your donations.

Meet our new shop manager!

We have some very exciting news…

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We would like to introduce you all to our new shop manager and leader, Erica Karleskint!

Erica and her husband Robert own Anew Nature, the furniture refurbishing business that operates out of the workshop space in our store. When we began looking for a new shop manager she seemed like a perfect fit. She already has great relationships with our staff and our sponsoring organization, and she really loves working with our Job & Leadership Training Interns. Her ideas for how to transform Revive Thrift Shop are endless and we are very excited to welcome her onto our team.

Be sure to stop in regularly to see how the shop transforms and grows in the coming months! And give Erica and friendly hello the next time you stop in.

No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag

Now I know that I am not alone in my inability to sew. I haven’t sewed anything since my Home Ec class in 8th grade, and even that was just a huge drawstring sack, not terribly complicated.

I also know that I am not alone in my hoarding of T-shirts. Some were free, some are sentimental but many no longer fit. I started turning mine into exercise cut-offs but that still isn’t addressing my T-shirt hoarding ways. Until I found this handy tutorial from a blogger called mommypotamus for a 10 minute no sew t-shirt tote bag!

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I found this adorable Saint Louis T-shirt on our dollar rack and thought it would make the perfect tote for when I go to the farmers market or when I go to the beach in the summer! Ahh summer…

They are obviously machine washable, which is so important to those accident prone individuals like myself and anyone with children! I brought over my skills from making so many of those felt blankets with the tied edges to help me with this project.

First you collect your numerous supplies. A T-shirt, a pair of scissors, and a pen/marker.

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Then you start by cutting off the sleeves of the shirt, I chose to cut past the sleeve seam but whether or not you do so is a judgement call. T-shirts tend to be pretty fray resistant so It’s pretty safe to cut away the seam.

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Then you cut out the neck. Now the tutorial I followed said to use a bowl and to mark the outline of where you are going to cut, I choose not to. Again a judgement call. I simply cut along the neck line seam and then made it more oval shaped because I thought it looked better.

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Now, you can also make the straps thiner if you want but I decided to leave mine thicker so they would be sturdier.

Now this is where you’ll want to flip your shirt inside out if you haven’t already. And have your marker handy! Determine how deep you want your bag to be and cut off any excess fabric, keeping in mind that you’ll use roughly 1-2 inches to tie up the bottom of your bag. I chose to leave it the length it was and have a bigger bag.

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Then you should draw your cut marks for your strips. I marked mine roughly 1 inch wide, and then just start cutting! Make sure you cut the sides of the shirt to make 2 strips.

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Once you have them all cut you might want to number the first few so you can get the hang of how to tie them. This part might sound tricky but it really isn’t, I promise!

First you’ll tie both number ones into a knot, then both of the number twos. You’ll notice that you still have a hole between these two ties, this is where you take one number one tie and one number two tie and tie those together to close the gap. Then you tie together both number three ties, and close that gap with one number three tie and the other number two tie.

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Then you repeat until all of your strips are tied and all your gaps are closed. I then cut off some of the extra fabric from my strips and flipped the bag right side out!

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Voila! I am so happy with how this turned out and cannot wait to use it!

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Have any of you made your own t-shirt bag before or have found your own ways to up cycle an old t-shirt? Please comment with your tips and tricks!