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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine's Gift for the MAN

Valentine's Day is such a girly day.
I really like buying stuff for the whosband, but it usually just ends up being for me.
That is until last year when I bought him an XOXO coffee mug from Pier1. 
He loved it! 

He drinks an abundant amount of coffee, so this is just the perfect gift for him.

I wanted to do something similar this year, but I just didn't know what it was I was exactly going to do.
Then I found this coffee mug tree at the thrift store.

Do you see the two price tags? 
That's right discounted at the thrift store.
So I paid my 99 cents, but I knew it wasn't so cute.

Red is the color of Valentine's Day. 
It is also the color of my oh so retro kitchen.
So I knew I had to run and get some red spray paint. 
I picked up Krylon Chili Pepper.
I also grabbed a clear coat because it is going in the kitchen.

This is what it looked like after some paint.

I knew that I didn't want to just stop there.
Then I was doing some cleaning in my office one night and found this wine stopper. 

My mom brought it home as a wedding favor. 
She thought I'd like it.
Well, we don't drink a ton of wine so it's been sitting in my office.
I figured I take it to the kitchen and put it in the drawer. 
As I was about to do this I saw the painted mug tree and thought,
"Darn this cute heart can't go on top. It'd be the perfect V-Day addition."

Then I realized that the heart was removable.

All I needed to do was drill a hole in the top and screw it in.

So here's the hole.

I still wasn't done yet.
I knew that I wanted to go ahead and take a stab at using vinyl. 
I recently bought some for my Cricut using a gift card that I had.

All I needed was a saying that was about both coffee and love.
To the computer I went.
I typed in "coffee quotes" on google and the first one that came up was:

Coffee and love are best served hot

Seriously, it was that easy. 
All I needed to do now was to cut the vinyl. 

First I cut the words out on paper to make sure that they fit.
After I had an arrangement I got out the vinyl, took a deep breath, and I went for it.

Fonts used: Hello Kitty font/love word & heart from New Arrival cartridge
Do you love it? 
I do. The "v" on love got a little wonky, but I am overall satisfied with the outcome.

Okay. Now for the full reveal.

Oh yes, and doesn't it look even better with this AMAZING mug I picked up for him the other day at Anthropologie. 

It was only $6. It may be the least expensive thing in the entire store. 
I know that he will love both pieces.
(He's actually seen the tree, except for the typography. That's a surprise.)

Okay, so what "manly" gifts are you going to give?
Creativity has made this years V-Day way more fun!!!

I am specially linking this post to the CSI project!!!


  1. That is the cutest idea! It turned out really great!

    Not sure how you did the lettering but I love it!

  2. I absolutely love it. What a lucky man!

  3. I think it turned out great! I need to head to my thrift store and get some spray paint. It looks fun ;)

    I got the hubby an d I shirts from Union28 that say "I Love My Wife" and "I Love My Husband". Cheesy,I know, but he will love it.

  4. Oh my gosh! That came out SOOOOO cute!!! Love love love it! Making me want to start refurbishing some items again...I always get that itch come Spring!

  5. Wow! What a transformation. I think it turned out great. Thanks for linking up to our Friday Flair!

  6. What a great idea! I always see these stands at my thrift stores. I'll have to try this :)

  7. So cute!!! I've painted these things before and sold them on Etsy, but I never thought to change out the top with a knob of something! Thanks for sharing.

    I'd love to have you over to link up for Favorite Things Friday. It's open until Weds.

  8. I love how you added the extra touches with the coffee phrase and the heart bling on top! Great project!

  9. this is such a great idea!! I actually have one of these mini coat hanger things!! I got it at the thrift store too haha I think I might just copy your craft idea for my kitchen:) Thanks!

  10. Adorable project and I love that coffee pot too!!

    Stopping by via Sunday Showcase :))

    Come on over to my blog and leave a comment for a chance to win a tarnished silver creamer~~~

    Kay Ellen


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