Glass Decal Labels

Hours spent reading I Heart Organizing has made me (embarrassingly) obsessed over pretty labels. I just don’t want to buy, or have to store, any of the fancy equipment to make them. When I saw this pin on from the Painted Hive a while ago (nothing special needed!), I was inspired!

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As geeky as it might be, I love the look of uniform jars on display, especially with personalized labels. I’ve been thinking about trying it for a while, but it was my new shelves that motivated me to actually do it!

This project would be perfect for a few storage items in my kitchen. First off, I wanted to create storage for my sugar and flour. Currently, my enormous bad of flour from Costco is sitting in our corner cabinet behind some small appliances and is impossibly heavy to lift. So instead of taking it out, I reach in with a measuring cup, grab as much as I can, and spill some on the way out. Not ideal.

I plan on using a couple Ikea Burken jars I own that currently house our puppy treats:

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Ok, but I think they have more potential.

I also wanted to update our spice rack. At the moment I have them labelled with a dry erase marker. I used this just in case I ever decide to switch out the spice, but the writing just ends up rubbing off whenever I pick one up.

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I’ve been slowly building up my spice stash. After using them for the last year, I have a much better idea of what spices need to be within easy reach, and so I feel more confident creating more permanent labels.

Instructions:

Note: Unlike the Painted Hive, I only used the decals, not the magic paper, to make it permanent. I would certainly advise using magic paper as well if you plan on doing this to any often-washed dish. Since I’ll always have the same spice/sugar in the jar, I don’t foresee having to wash them all that frequently. Plus, if ever I do feel the need to switch it up, by using decals without the magic paper, I still have the freedom to do so.

1. I bought Avery Clear Decals, made specifically for glass or other smooth surfaces, from Staples for around $12.

2. Because it requires an ink jet printer, finding a printer was the most difficult part of this project! After a lot of hassle, I gave up and used my laser printer. It was ok for now, but I can foresee the decal rubbing off fairly quickly. For a more permanent finish, I would certainly advise using the correct printer. I chose the image I wanted, and printed it out. You’re welcome to contact me in the comment section if you’d like a copy!

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3. I thoroughly cleaned and dried each jar.

3. Then, I cut them up and pasted them on! That easy. It was a little tricky peeling the paper, but that was it honestly.

Although I was annoyed trying to find a printer, the end result was worth it.

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I often read that your space should be unique and truly reflect you. French has always been such a love of mine (my grandmother was French Canadian, I’ve spoken it my whole life, I did my degree in it, and now I teach it!) so I thought it would be fun to incorporate it into my baking containers:

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(I didn’t do this for my spices just in case, on the off chance, Shaun decides he’d like to cook with them. This is a very rare occurrence, but you never know! I know he’ll never bake though, and flour versus sugar is pretty self-explanatory.)

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As a side note, for this project I tried different props, lighting, angles… I’m pretty sure Shaun thinks I’m completely crazy for spending so much time taking pictures of flour.

I can’t wait to see our updated Ikea baking jars on our new shelves. What about you? Any projects you’ve been dying to try? Anything you’ve found especially helpful or inspiring? I’m always happy to hear from you!

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Healing Dresser Damage


The “As Is” section at Ikea is one of my favourite stops. I’ve found a number of cheap items than end up making a great project, or just a great deal. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s the section right before the loooong check out lines, either on the right or left side of the store. It houses all their damaged products at a reduced price.

My latest find was… wait for it… the Hemnes dresser I wanted!

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A few of you may remember my mood board from last week and notice that it’s the same line, but not the same style. I measured my current dresser space in our bedroom, and it was just a touch too large for the space. Bummer. I had visions of a lovely little vanity style dresser, complete with space for my jewelry, make up and mirror! Unfortunately not meant to be.

After further reflection (and a visit to see the piece live at the store) I realized it just wouldn’t be a good investment for a rental. We go for apartment units, which are never going to be large in the city. To be space efficient, it made far more sense to get the extra storage by going vertically, not horizontally. In person, I also realized I preferred the dark wood stain as opposed to the white. It was just too reflective for me, and white already dominates the space.

However, I still wasn’t keen on the $250 price tag. Not that steep in great scheme of things, I know, but it’s still an Ikea product! I know it’s not going to stand the test of time.

Then, I found the exact one I wanted, at $180, in the As Is section! Yay! That’s over 25% savings people. Of course, there was a reason for this: it was scratched. On the top, on the drawers, on the sides… I wasn’t sure how it would look at home.

Facing the same dilemma? Keep these points in mind:

1. Stores are generally very well lit. Department stores, notably the As Is section in Ikea, uses fluorescent lights. The scratches will most likely be less noticeable at home, especially with the everything that ends up landing on your dresser (well this is at least the case with my dresser. I’m somehow constantly fighting my urge to drop things on surfaces when I get home).

2. Some marks may resemble a scratch, but in actuality is just a spill that you can wipe off at home. Check to see if you can rub some off before you buy.

3. Many scratches can be covered up with a stain marker!

See that photo up there? Our dresser didn’t always look that nice. Here’s our before photo, nicks and gouges and all.

Here’s what I used:

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Minwax Wood Finish Stain Marker

This product can be used on oak and pine. Keep in mind, that I was able to use this on this particular Ikea piece because it was made from actual wood (pine). I’ve read previously that this product wasn’t nearly as successful with imitation. This one is from Home Depot, but I’ve seen it on Amazon too.

For Ikea’s “black-brown stain” (oh so descriptive), I chose the darkest option, Ebony. There were eighteen to choose from, so I’m sure you could find a colour similar to your piece of furniture.

1. Wipe down your furniture with a damp cloth. One nick I was most worried about was this one:

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. It was in fact just remnants of a sticker, so it ended up looking like this:

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2. Use the pen to literally just draw on the scratches. Wipe off the excess stain with a cloth. I used strokes that follow the grain blend with the rest of the wood.

That’s it. It only took me about twenty minutes! Love a quick and easy project. It was completely worth it. And at an easy $180 + $7 for the pen plus tax, it’s budget friendly too. Here are some (completely unedited) before and after shots.

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You can vaguely see my drawn lines when you look closely, but from a regular distance? Totally gone!

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What about you? Have any success with a product like this? Any tips? Any other ideas fix a scratch? I’d love to hear from you!

I did not receive any compensation for this post, just wanted to share my find! These photos are completely unedited to show the improvement.