How I Made A Custom Rustic Doormat

After finishing my dresser transformation project and added board and batten to the wall, I was starting to feel like the floor of the entryway was looking a little empty.

A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse

Empty, yeah?

I knew I wanted some sort of runner/mat in front of the dresser. And I wanted it to fit perfectly in front of the dresser. But past that, I really wasn't sure. I spent all sorts of time browsing Houzz rugs and hoping for inspiration. And eventually, I ended up in the jute/sisal rug section, and thought that the sisal texture would add awesome interest to the space. I probably would've purchased a rug then and there, because mass-produced rugs typically end up cheaper than anything I make, but I needed it to be exactly 55 inches long. I'm picky like that. And nobody sells 55" rugs. So in a typical me fashion, I decided to make my own.

Note: This page contains affiliate links. If you click and make a purchase, I will be compensated with no additional cost to you.

Materials

- Non-Skid Rug Mat: I used this one from Walmart, because it was large enough, and the cheapest I could find. At posting, the Walmart mat was $6.87, while the least expensive correctly sized mat on Amazon was this one at $8.49.
- Sturdy Fabric: I used some excess blackout lining I had sitting around, but pretty much anything sturdy, sew-able and neutral colored would work.
- Sisal Rope: I spent ages trying to find inexpensive rope. As cute as this doormat would be, I didn't want to spend $100 dollars on it. I ultimately found 1/2" Sisal Rope at Harbor Freight at $5.99 for 50 feet. This was by far the best price, especially if you're extra cheap like me and show up multiple times in order to get 20% off (and a free tape measure!) each time.
- Sisal Twine
- Wood Glue
- Binder clips, clothespins, or other object that holds things in place
- Sewing Machine
- Thread

The Process

Part 1: Make the Base

I cut the non-skid rug mat to the size that I ultimately wanted my rug to be (55"x 20") and cut the blackout lining to 1" larger on both sides than I wanted my rug to be (56"x 21"). This was so that I could hem the sides of the lining to create a smooth edge, while simultaneously securing the lining to non-skid material.

A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse

Note how the blackout lining is 1/2" larger than the nonskid mat on all sides.

A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse

I then folded the lining over nonskid material, and pinned it into place.

A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse
A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse

And then, yep, you guessed it, I sewed around the entire perimeter of the rug.

A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse

Part 2: Add the Sisal Rope

This is the easiest step, but more time consuming and tedious than expected. I cut each piece of rope to be 55", the length I wanted my rug to be. Then, using wood glue, I glued each piece to the base.

A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse

The sisal pieces were inclined to curl up, so I secured each piece with binder clips until the glue dried.

A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse
A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse

It's clear in the above picture that I'm not very good at cutting the rope the exact same length... After all the rope was on and the glue was fully dry, I trimmed the edges using a jigsaw. 

Step 3: Add Twine Flowers

Since twine flowers are useful for all sorts of things, I made a separate post on how I make my flowers, which you can find here

After I'd made enough flowers, I glued them on to the edges of the mat using wood glue. 

A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse

In order to make sure the glue stuck to the flowers and the rope, I weighted the flowers down with some heavy-ish books.

A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse

Why yes, I did major in math.. And that probability class was just as miserable as you're imagining.

And then the mat was done!

A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse
A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse

I think the mat adds a lot of texture and interest to the entryway. I'm so glad I took the time to make it! Check out the final entryway reveal here!

Like this post? Save it to Pinterest!!
A super easy DIY Custom Rustic Doormat tutorial to improve your entryway or mudroom. #DIY #DIYProjects #Rugs #Doormat #Entryway #Mudroom #AButterflyHouse
Want more DIY ideas? Follow me on Pinterest!

How To: Super Easy Box Cushion

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse
Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

I knew from the moment I started making my recycling bin/bench combo that I was going to want a burgundy cushion to sit on the bench portion. I figured I would have to make it- I doubted I would be lucky enough for burgundy cushions to just happen to come in the exact random bench size I needed.

So, when it came time to make the cushion, I made my over to Joann's in search of a cushion-like object to act as the filling. I thought it would be white. I thought it would have some sort of a fabric exterior, and would magically be the size I needed. Turns out, such an object does not exist, and I left Joann's ten minutes later with the realization I was going to have to do a bit more research if I wanted a functional cushion.

Clearly, I had no idea how to make a cushion at the beginning of this project. I also have barely mediocre sewing skills. Like, I can thread the machine, but then I'm pretty much running on luck. So if you have any sewing skill whatsoever, you can probably manage this project. It's that easy.

Note: This page contains affiliate links. If you click and make a purchase, I will be compensated with no additional cost to you.

Part 1: Making the Cushion

​To Make the Cushion, You'll Need:

  • 3 Inch Foam
  • Batting- There were lots of different types of batting in the store. I just picked one that seemed large enough. It happens to be "low-loft," or "2," which I'm sure means something related to the poofy-ness, but I'm not sure exactly what. I don't think it really matters.
  • Fabric adhesive- I used Fabri-Tac because it was on sale at Joann's, but I wouldn't recommend it. It was difficult to get out of the container, and was not terribly spread-able. Other people have recommended the Super 77 Adhesive Spray (which on Amazon, is almost as inexpensive, if you're willing to wait for shipping), but I haven't personally tried it. If you try it, will you let me know how it goes in the comments?
  • Scissors
  • Something to cut the foam with- An electric knife is the proper and recommended tool, but I certainly don't have one of those, and had no plans to purchase one. So I just used a bread knife and sawed at the foam. It wasn't the smoothest cut, but it got the job done. Other options include a rotary cutter (which was more precise, but slow going; I tried it) or a box cutter (not tried.)
  • Pins
Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

This is what I used to make my cushion. Not necessarily the best choices, but definitely the most inexpensive ones!

Step 1: Cut your foam. The length of my foam was cut for me at Joann's, so I only had to do one cut to make my foam the dimension I wanted (24 1/2" by 15"). Which was good, since cutting the foam with a bread knife is definitely not ideal. Regardless, I measured my line, then sawed back and forth with the knife. 

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

You'll notice in the photo above, this led to a very uneven cut. I wasn't too worried though; the purpose of batting is to even out things like this, so I was pretty confident that this wouldn't be seen or felt in the end product.

Step 2: Attach your first layer of batting. I figured out the best way to do this is to act like you're foam is a present that you're wrapping with wrapping paper. Really. Cut the batting as if it were wrapping paper, and then wrap the foam as if it were a gift. Then pin the batting into place, noting where you're putting pins so that you don't accidentally leave any pins in your foam!

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

I didn't wrap my first layer like a present... see how ugly it looks??

Once you like the way you've arranged the batting, glue down the batting, removing the pins as you go. 

Step 3: Attach your second layer of batting. Basically, repeat step 2. 

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Look how pretty my second layer looks! Present-wrapping method, for the win!

Step 4: Set your cushion aside. No, really. You're done with the cushion, and now you can move on to making the cushion cover!

Part 2: Making the Cushion Cover

To Make The Cushion Cover, You'll Need:

  • Fabric- Enough of it to cover your cushion, and maybe a little extra to make you feel better about life. I purchased one yard for my 25 1/2" by 15" cushion. The fabric I used in my cushion was Joann Fabric's Signature Suade in Wine.
  • Velcro- You'll need a strip almost the entire length of your cushion for opening/closing the cover. I used some Industrial Strength Velcro I had sitting around the house, but the adhesive backing kept sticking to the needle on my sewing machine and causing problems. When you purchase your velcro, make sure it specifies that it's for sewing purposes. 
  • Matching Thread- If you choose to use a thicker fabric, make sure you pick thread that is strong enough to handle it.
  • Sewing Materials- Sewing Machine, pins, scissors/rotary cutter, etc.

Plan: We're going to have two main pieces of fabric here: the top "plate" that covers the top and sides of the cushion, and the bottom "plate" that covers the bottom of the cushion. Ultimately, we'll sew those two things together to create our cover.

Step 1: Cut out your bottom plate. It will be wider than your finished cushion to account for the overlap of the velcro. Because the velcro does not the affect the length, the length will be your finished cushion size. You can use the following formula to find your width:

​(Ideal Cushion Width) + (Width of Velcro) + 1 inch = Width of bottom plate piece

So, as an example, I wanted my width to be 15". My velcro was 1" wide. So therefore I should cut my piece to have a width of 17".

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

I actually messed up when I laid my fabric on the cutting board, and cut the piece to be 16" instead of 17"... To make up for it, I cut my velcro in half so it was only 1/2" wide.

Step 2: Cut your plate into two pieces. This is so that they can attach with velcro and the cover can be removed for cleaning. However, you won't be cutting the piece directly in half. Instead, one of the pieces needs to be the width of the velcro longer than the other. So, since my piece was 16" wide, with a 1/2" piece of velcro, instead of cutting each piece to be 8", I cut so one piece was 8 1/2" and the other was 7 1/2".

​Step 3: Hem one length of each piece with a 1/2" seam allowance. Right now, you have two pieces of fabric, both with rough sides. Three of those sides on each piece will be hidden because they'll sew into the top plate, but the side with the velcro will be exposed, so therefore we need to hem it. Remember in Step 1, when we added in an extra inch? That was so we could have a half inch hem along each length. 

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Step 4: Sew on your Velcro. You'll be sewing the velcro onto the length that you just hemmed. Your ultimate goal is for the two pieces to attach like this: 

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

​Therefore, the rougher piece of velcro will attach to the right side of the smaller piece of fabric. The softer piece of velcro will attach to the wrong side of the larger piece of fabric. One you've pinned the velcro in place and are satisfied with how it matches up, sew.

Step 5: Cut Out The Top Fabric- I used the dimensions I wanted my cushion to be (25 1/2" by 15") to draw an outline of the cushion on the wrong side of my fabric. Then I outlined that drawing by 3", the height of my sides. ​

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

It's a little hard to see my pen marks, but on the right you can see how I drew the inner outline and the corners.

From there, I cut out my outline using my cutting mat and rotary cutter. But I wasn't done! I then cut out the corner squares, since they would not be necessary in the forming of my cover's corners. See picture below.

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Step 6: Sew the corners with a 3/8" seam allowance- I pinned the corners together, right sides together, so that after all four corners were done, the cover looked like this:

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Note that your cushion is still inside out, because you pinned the right sides together!

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Close up of the corner.

Once you are happy with how you've pinned your corner, sew!

Step 7: Sew the Bottom Plate to the Top Plate- Once again, this will be with a 3/8" seam allowance, and right sides together. Pin everything in place first, doing your best to align corners. The velcro of the bottom plate should be velcro-ed while you do this. Once you're done pinning, you should have an almost-cover-like-thing:

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

The cover is still inside out!

Sew. When you reach each corner, raise your presser foot while keeping the needle embedded in fabric to turn your fabric 90 degrees.

When you've finished sewing, you have a cushion cover! Turn inside out, and insert your cushion.

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse
Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse
Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Bench without cushion. I'm honestly not in love with it yet.

Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Bench with cushion! It think it looks so much better!

Cost Considerations

I didn't do a DIY cushion to save money, but instead because I needed a size that wasn't easily purchasable. Regardless, I'm always curious to see if I actually did save any money by making the cushion myself. Here was the cost breakdown:

Foam for Cushion......$17.00
Batting.........................$12.74
Fabri-Tac......................$3.56  
Fabric...........................$11.21

Total Cost: $44.51

Everything I purchased was either on sale or purchased with a coupon. Additionally, I have teacher's discount that gets me an extra 15% off my entire purchase (which was included above.. I teach math.) An Amazon search of full length bench cushions shows that they tend to run between $20 and $80, so from a cost prospective, it probably only makes sense to make your own if you require a certain size or pattern. 

One last thought: I notice that my biggest expense was the cushion foam. You could save a ton by recycling an old cushion around the house you no longer need- taking off the old cover and cutting the foam to the size you want. Alternatively, you might be able to find a cushion at thrift store that could serve your purpose for a fraction of the cost as well.

Think this is useful? Pin it below!
Make a custom sized box cushion for any room with this tutorial! #Sewing #Cushion #DIY #DIYProjects #Crafts #AButterflyHouse
Want more ideas? Follow me on Pinterest!

How I Overhauled My Entryway

I like the spaces in my home to do two things for me: 1) look pretty and 2) function well. After two years of living in my condo, my entryway was neither of these things. When you walked in the door, you were immediately greeted with a bright green laundry basket doubling as a recycle bin sitting on the floor next to a Roomba. Not pretty. As you walked a bit further into the room, you'd find a scattering of shoes where I'd lazily kick them off as I went upstairs. Not functional. And lets not talk about the metal cart against the wall, or the bag of classroom accessories that had been sitting on the floor for over a year. I'm not joking.

How I organized and transformed my entryway into a beautiful mudroom. #mudrooms #organization #entryway #roomreveal #abutterflyhouse

The entryway. Note the general unattractiveness, and random shoe hanging out in the lower left corner. And yes, that is a George Foreman grill in the classroom accessories bag. I was that teacher who had a "panini maker" in her classroom.

Thus began The Entryway Intervention Project. The goal: Create an attractive entryway space that requires absolutely no thought to keep clean. Because, if the classroom accessory bag is any indication, I'm not terribly inclined to tidy my entryway space on any sort of regular basis.

Six months later, I ended up with this:

How I organized and transformed my entryway into a beautiful mudroom. #mudrooms #organization #entryway #roomreveal #abutterflyhouse
How I organized and transformed my entryway into a beautiful mudroom. #mudrooms #organization #entryway #roomreveal #abutterflyhouse

Note: This page contains affiliate links. If you click and make a purchase, I will be compensated with no additional cost to you.

To plan this out, I first considered what I needed to store in the space. Given my before picture, I knew I needed a place for shoes, a place to set my things at the end of the day, some sort of recycling center, and a storage area for my cart. I also wanted a place for the Roomba, but (spoiler alert!) that didn't work out.

Since the staircase was similar to the length of many dressers, I ended up converting a dresser I found at Savers to a recycle bin/bench/storage center. I stored the shoes in the bottom drawer of the bench section, and made the right side the "recycling center." I stored my reusable bag collection in the extra drawer with the hope that having it closer to the door would improve my ability to remember to grab some bags when I was going grocery shopping.

How I organized and transformed my entryway into a beautiful mudroom. #mudrooms #organization #entryway #roomreveal #abutterflyhouse
How I organized and transformed my entryway into a beautiful mudroom. #mudrooms #organization #entryway #roomreveal #abutterflyhouse
How I organized and transformed my entryway into a beautiful mudroom. #mudrooms #organization #entryway #roomreveal #abutterflyhouse
How I organized and transformed my entryway into a beautiful mudroom. #mudrooms #organization #entryway #roomreveal #abutterflyhouse

As you might have guessed, I don't store all my shoes in the shoe drawer- just the ones that I wear regularly.

About a decade ago, I read one of those supposedly inspiration, "change your life" organizational books. I remember exactly one thing from it: that if you want to be organized, your organizational system has to be easy to use. The more "steps" there are to using the system, the less likely a person is to use it. For example, if you have a closet in your entryway with a shelf to put shoes on, a person has to 1) open the closet, 2) take off their shoes, and 3) put shoes on the shelf. That's a three step system. Alternatively, a person could just take of their shoes and leave them scattered on the floor. A one-step system. Guess which one a person is more likely to do?

I was really concerned that my shoe drawer, a two step system (open drawer, toe shoes into drawer), wouldn't actually work for me, since I'm typically a tired, lazy, and hungry person when I get home from work. But so far, I've followed the system and put my shoes in the drawer. That being said, would a child follow it? Unknown.

My favorite part of the entryway is the new board and batten wall, because, first of all, it is a one-step system. Take off backpack, hang on hook. Done. It also stores the cart, and doesn't look too ugly doing so.

How I organized and transformed my entryway into a beautiful mudroom. #mudrooms #organization #entryway #roomreveal #abutterflyhouse

You might be thinking "why store the cart there? Don't you have a better place where you don't have to look at it?" I do own closets. I could Harry Potter the cart and store it in the closet under the stairs. However, the cart is a lifesaver that I use daily to bring in groceries and take out the trash/recycling. The closet is a good 15 feet away from the kitchen/trash can/recycle bin/front door. If I stored the cart in the closet, I would have to 1) take the cart to the closet, 2) open the closet door and 3) put the cart in the closet. This sounds easy, but I know I would never do it, and just leave the cart sitting in the entryway to use the next day. So I created a nice one-step system of "lift cart onto hooks" so it belonged in the entryway and I might actually put it away.

I squeezed one last bit of functionality out of the little space to the right of the door.

How I organized and transformed my entryway into a beautiful mudroom. #mudrooms #organization #entryway #roomreveal #abutterflyhouse

I glued/nailed a leftover piece of benderboard from the board and batten project to the front of a old cabinet door I found at Habitat for Humanity, then painted the whole thing and glued some clips to the bottom. It holds all the coupon mailers from JoAnn's/Harbor Freight/Bed Bath and Beyond/ anywhere else that sends me something I might actually use. Since before hanging the organizer, the coupons just tended to form a giant pile on my desk, having them corralled here is a significant improvement.

Finally, there were a couple of pieces that I thought really tied everything together: the Trellis Garden, the Sisal Flower Doormat, and the Doorside Vanity. I made both the trellis garden and flower doormat; the vanity was something my mother found (apparently for an "amazing" deal, hence why she bought it and then immediately dumped it with me) at World Market about a decade ago. I had everything else done before I added those accessories, and let me tell you, it looked empty. 

How I organized and transformed my entryway into a beautiful mudroom. #mudrooms #organization #entryway #roomreveal #abutterflyhouse

I am so pleased with the way everything turned out, and the fact that I no longer have a permanent mess in my entryway anymore! Have you had any major organization makeovers recently? What did you do?

Like this transformation? Pin it!
How I organized and transformed my entryway into a beautiful mudroom. #mudrooms #organization #entryway #roomreveal #abutterflyhouse
Want more room reveals? Follow me on Pinterest!

The Ultimate Dresser Transformation

Let me take you back to Summer 2017. My entryway had problems. Like "needs a serious organizational intervention" level of problems.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

The entryway, Summer 2017. Not pretty.

So when I was wandering around my favorite thrift store and saw a dresser the exact width of the staircase, I jumped on it! Extra exciting bonus: the dresser was under $10. That helped the jumping.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

The Dresser!

Clearly, some of the knobs were missing, and both the bottom of the front of the dresser, and the top of the dresser, were pretty scratched up. Additionally, one of the drawer fronts had a major crack in it- I could have ripped a chunk of the wood off if I'd wanted too. But, anything would be better than the current state of the entryway, so the dresser came home with me anyway.

My end goal was to make this into a bench with two bottom drawers on the left half, and a recycling bin on the right half. To make this happen, I did the following things:

Note: This page contains affiliate links. If you click and make a purchase, I will be compensated with no additional cost to you.

Step 1: Pry Off The Top- During the purchasing/packing into tiny hatchback car/hauling up elevator routine, I had noticed that the top of the dresser was lifting up slightly. Should I have actually wanted to use this as a dresser, I would’ve smacked some wood glue in, weighted it down with heavy books for a few hours, then went on my merry way. But since I actually wanted to tear the dresser into pieces and make it into something different, I considered this a huge opportunity. So instead of immediately hacking at the top with a giant saw like a power tool fanatic, I grabbed my trusty pry bar (from this really great set, actually,) and slowly lifted the top from the rest of the dresser. Sure enough, the glue was weak enough that I managed this successfully!

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

See how the top is lifting up? It was very easy to fit my pry bar in the space and work my way around lifting up the top of the dresser.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

The results of my prying adventure. Note that I also pried out the top drawer divider as well. 

Step 2: Reconfigure Drawer Positioning- Originally this dresser had a top row consisting of three drawers, with three lower rows of two drawers. I wanted all the rows to have two drawers (or, more specifically, look like they had two drawers.) Since I had pried out the top dividers already, it was relatively simple to pry off one of the pieces of wood the length of the drawer. I reattached that piece to the middle of the dresser using wood glue and pocket hole screws

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

Detached piece of wood that will now divide the top row into two "drawer" areas instead of three.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

Dresser before drawer "reconfiguration"

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

Dresser after drawer "reconfiguration"

Step 3: Clear Out Bench Area- I put the two bottom drawers in to give me a better visual idea of what I was working with, and then started prying out pieces that would be in the way of the seating area. I started with what had been the drawer guides in the original dresser.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

Left side before I started clearing out the bench area.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

Bench area with drawer guides taken out. I was going to have to start sawing for the other pieces.

At this point, I decided I had cleared out as much as I could without actually cutting wood. The first piece I cut I actually used a hand saw- I didn’t think I could get my jigsaw into the small space. Hand saws are not as time consuming as you’d expect- as long as your piece is small.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

After I cut out the top middle divider. I used a hand saw to cut the piece in the center of the dresser. From there, I could just pull it right out. 

Step 5: Create Center Divide- This section separates the left and right sides from each other, and provides support to the side of the bench. I took some of the drawer guides that I had pried out and cut them to fit the width of the dresser, creating the divide. All were attached with wood glue and pocket hole screws. The purpose of these was for the side of the bench to have something to attach to in multiple places.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

Center divide!

Step 6: Add Bench Supports- I used the drawer divider that I had sawed out in Step 4 to create a center support for my bench seat. I also used some of the drawer guides that I’d pulled out to be supports in the back.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

Bench seat supports!

Step 7: Clear Out Recycling Side- My plan is to place a trash bin on the recycle side to collect any smaller items, with the remaining space for broken down boxes. That means that I needed to clear out the entire right side of all of the drawer supports and dividers. I also added a piece of plywood to the bottom as reinforcement- I didn’t trust the super old flimsy plywood that was there to hold, no matter how light I’m expecting my recycling to be.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

Before clearing out right side...

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

After clearing out right side...

Step 8: Break Apart Drawers- I planned to use the drawer fronts, sides, and backs in the rest of the project, so I started breaking down the drawers. I used both a hand saw and a circular saw to saw them into pieces, since I couldn’t get either my jigsaw or the circular saw to fit on the side with the drawer front.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

How I used my handsaw to cut apart the drawer. Since I could fit my circular saw on the other side, I used my circular saw for the back of the drawer cuts.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

My nice and neat drawer pieces!

Step 9: Build and Attach the Door- I originally planned to buy a suitably sized piece of plywood, and then glue the drawer fronts to the piece of plywood for my door. However, I struggled to find a large enough piece of plywood that was not an entire sheet (which would have cost me around $50 for a ¾” piece.)

So instead, I decided to make the door using the spare pieces of drawer. I glued/screwed the drawer backs together using pocket hole screws to create a flat front to glue my drawers onto.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

The flat portion of my door. The pocket holes are in the back and hold all of the pieces together.

Since the drawer backs were only 3/8” thick, I decided to reinforce this by building a frame on the back. I used some ¾” spare pieces of wood I had sitting around from former projects, of pretty much all widths, to build the frame. In retrospect, this may have been overkill, since it resulted in a really thick door, but the door is functional, so I can't complain.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

Frame on back of door.

I then glued the drawer fronts to the front of the door, and reinforced the glue with brad nails (using my awesome brad nail gun!!) Finally, I attached the door to the dresser using some classic style hinges.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

Door is on the dresser. It's starting to take shape!

Step 10: Make the Bench Backrest- I chose to use the materials from my drawer to form the back of the bench area. I cut these to size using my circular saw, then secured them to the dresser using wood glue and brad nails. This was one of the easiest (and most relaxing!) parts of the project.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

Bench with backrest!

Step 11: Cut and Attach Top- I used the original top of the dresser (that was pried off in step 1) to make the top of the recycle bin section and the seat bench. Ideally, you would make these cuts with a table saw, but as someone who lacked a table saw, I had to make due with my circular saw.

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

It looks like a bench!

The top of the right half was secured with a piano hinge, so that I could lift up the top to add things to the bin. I secured the bench seat with wood glue and screws (that I added from below). The top "arm rest" and back of the bench was secured with wood glue and brad nails. At this point, I was mostly focused on how my bench actually looked like a bench! And as an added bonus, it was sturdy enough for me to sit on!

Step 11: Finish- I painted the bench with a nice cream color I found in the "oops" part of Home Depot. I attempted to turn the paint into chalk paint, which did not go well, possibly because the paint was "oops" paint in the first place. But the end result wasn't too bad:

Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse

All done!!

I also made a cushion for the bench; you can find the tutorial for that here!

In Conclusion...
This is the most difficult furniture project I've attempted so far. At the beginning, I wasn't sure how it would turn out. I worried the bench wouldn't be stable, or I'd screw up cutting the top, or I'd get halfway through and realize there was no way I could complete this successfully. But it all worked out, and even if there were things I'd do differently (hello giant, heavy, unnecessary door), I'm proud that I completed this at all. Have you ever had a project that you were scared to start? Did you finish it? Inspire me!

Like this transformation? Pin it!
Complete tutorial of how I transformed a broken thrift store dresser into something beautiful and functional. #BeforeAndAfter #BeforeAndAfterFurniture #FurnitureMakeover #Dresser #FurnitureFlip #Furniture #ThriftStoreFurniture #DIY #AButterflyHouse
Want more furniture flips? Follow me on Pinterest!

Easy and Foolproof DIY Twine Flowers

Earlier this week, I'm brainstorming all the different ways I can finish off the ends of my doormat project when I have a great idea: Flowers! Being a Pinterest junkie, I immediately searched to see what other people have done. There are some really nice tutorials out there involving making a cardboard loom, like this one and this one.

So, I went about making a nice little cardboard loom, and then attempting to make a flower. About halfway through wrapping the twine around my loom, I got a little concerned. But I know that sometimes things look bad in the middle of a project, so I kept going.

And completely and utterly failed.

It looked like a picture straight out of a #nailedit pinterest-fail post. I had some hypotheses about why it didn't work (like my lines weren't all going through the center of the circle, and my cheapo sisal twine was a little to wild for this project, and I wasn't really sure I was weaving the twine correctly at the end) but I didn't really have a lot of confidence that trying again would produce a better result.

So I came up with my own method. In my opinion, it's a lot simpler, as evidenced by the fact I needed a lot of flowers, so I outsourced a bunch of the grunt work to my 16 year old TA (thanks, Carmen!) and she did all right. And I think they turned out pretty nice!

Detailed tutorial to make super easy and beautiful rustic twine flowers. #Twine #Flowers #DIY #DIYDecor #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Note: This page contains affiliate links. If you click and make a purchase, I will be compensated with no additional cost to you.

Materials Needed:
- Twine
- Hot Glue Gun + Sticks
- Wood Glue
- Scissors
- Parchment Paper

Step 1: Prepare Your Materials
Plug in your hot glue gun to start heating it up (mine takes forever!) and lay out a piece of parchment paper on your work space. Hot glue and wood glue do not stick to parchment paper, so you can glue your flowers together on the paper without worrying about a) making a mess, or b) getting parchment paper stuck to your flowers.

Step 2) Make your petals
Each flower consists of 5-7 petals (most of mine had 6). So, for each flower, you will need 6-ish pieces of twine that are about 3.5" long. 3.5 inches is the length of twine I cut for my petals, but feel free to make your petals bigger or smaller depending on the size petal you want.

Detailed tutorial to make super easy and beautiful rustic twine flowers. #Twine #Flowers #DIY #DIYDecor #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Twine cuts to make one flower.

To make the petal, shape the pieces of twine into a petal shape, and glue the ends together with hot glue. I chose hot glue for this project despite its lack of longevity due to the speed it sets. The hot glue will be dry enough to let go of in about 30 seconds (faster if you're impatient like me, and start shaping it with your fingers) and be fully cured by the time you're done with the next petal. 

Detailed tutorial to make super easy and beautiful rustic twine flowers. #Twine #Flowers #DIY #DIYDecor #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Shaped petal with hot glue. Note that a little glue goes a long way here; you don't need to put very much.

As you'll see in the picture, I only put a little hot glue on the ends. This is enough to keep the twine together without being bulky, which both makes the glue dry faster, and makes it easier to assemble your flower in the last step.

Step 3: Make the Center
This is, by far, the trickiest part of process. Your goal is to make something that looks like this:

Detailed tutorial to make super easy and beautiful rustic twine flowers. #Twine #Flowers #DIY #DIYDecor #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Center of the Flower

However, if you're using Sisal Twine, like I was, it's pretty firm, and not inclined to go into a swirly shape. Additionally, the ends have a tendency to unravel as soon as you start swirling. So I started by putting a bit of hot glue on the end of the twine to keep it together.

Detailed tutorial to make super easy and beautiful rustic twine flowers. #Twine #Flowers #DIY #DIYDecor #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

After placing a bit of glue on the tip, I typically smushed (officially word, here) it with my fingers to wrap it around the tip of the twine.

Then I started swirling the twine, hot gluing the back side as I went along. I stopped and added glue ever rotation to keep the twine in place. At the end I cut the twine, and glued the last bit of twine to the circle.

Detailed tutorial to make super easy and beautiful rustic twine flowers. #Twine #Flowers #DIY #DIYDecor #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

See how in each picture the circle got bigger and I added glue as I went along. I flattened the glue with my fingers to ensure it was not bulky. All the glue stayed on one side of the circle, to ensure the other side was pretty and glue-free.

Step 4: Assemble the Flower
Lay out your petals in a flower shape. We're about to glue the petals together, so if you're picky about which petals go where, now is the time to arrange them to your liking.

Detailed tutorial to make super easy and beautiful rustic twine flowers. #Twine #Flowers #DIY #DIYDecor #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

I've laid the petals out the way I think they'll look in my final flower.

All the gluing we're about to do will be with wood glue now, not hot glue. Wood glue on wood-like surfaces is a lot stronger than hot glue. By using wood glue now, we reinforce the petals, center, and structure of the flower. I love Gorilla Wood Glue. It's inexpensive for a large amount, the nozzle is easy to open and clean, and it's super strong.

I put all of my glue on the back of the center of the circle (where I put the hot glue when making the center), like this:

Detailed tutorial to make super easy and beautiful rustic twine flowers. #Twine #Flowers #DIY #DIYDecor #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Note that the wood glue goes on the ugly side of your center, where the hot glue already is. Don't ruin the pretty side!

Then flip your center over, placing the glue side right in the middle of your six petals. It should look like this:

Detailed tutorial to make super easy and beautiful rustic twine flowers. #Twine #Flowers #DIY #DIYDecor #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Give the petal a few hours to dry, and you're all done! 

Detailed tutorial to make super easy and beautiful rustic twine flowers. #Twine #Flowers #DIY #DIYDecor #Crafts #AButterflyHouse
Detailed tutorial to make super easy and beautiful rustic twine flowers. #Twine #Flowers #DIY #DIYDecor #Crafts #AButterflyHouse

Did you make the twine flowers? What did you use them for? I used them on my Rustic Doormat, but they're super versatile decorations, and I'd love to hear what you did with them!

Like this craft idea? Pin it!!
Detailed tutorial to make super easy and beautiful rustic twine flowers. #Twine #Flowers #DIY #DIYDecor #Crafts #AButterflyHouse
Want more craft ideas? Follow me on Pinterest!