Friday, October 2, 2015

DIY Fall Banner

It is raining here and a little chilly.  Which makes the perfect day for some hot cider and a fall banner!

I love the rustic with a bit of bling and this Craft Twinkle Writer from DecoArt is perfect for that!

I made my banner out of scraps of an old drop cloth.  
I first cut out my triangles, they are 3 inches long by 2 inches wide.

After I had them cut out I made an outline of my letter with the Twinkle Writer.  

I then went back and filled in the center. I didn't want to get too much glitter on the fabric so instead of squirting it everywhere I went back with a push pin and spread the glitter to the outside edge of the F until all the fabric inside the F was covered.

And you have a beautiful glittered letter.  

One of my favorite parts of the Twinkle Writer was the glitter sits on top of the fabric for awhile to allow working time, but it dries flat.

I love these flags on my old moss wood!  It is the perfect touch of bling!!



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Friday, September 25, 2015

Plank Wall Tutorial

My pallet wall is my favorite wall in my house.  You have probably noticed it is in a lot of my pictures.  It just makes such a great backdrop and I love the texture.  The best part is it is easy to do and super cheap!

This isn't the best tutorial .... I forgot to take more pictures along the way.  But if you are good with power tools this should give you a good start!

The first thing I did was cased everything in.  {casing is the molding under the stairs and around the whole wall}  Since this is a floating wall I needed something to butt the planks up against.

For the planks I purchased 2 sheets of Hard Board from Home Depot, I think they were about $8 a sheet. 

I ripped the hard board down to 5 inch strips and cut them to random lengths.  I started at the bottom and let the first row sit right on my base board.  For spacing I used the width of the hard board, as it was easier than trying to use tile spacers. 

I then just used my finish nail gun to hold it in place.  I nailed each corner of the hard board piece.  I didn't fill the nail holes, I liked the rustic look it added of leaving them exposed.  After it was all up I primed it and then painted it.  I used Benjamin Moore's Halo for the planks and Benjamin Moore's White Dove for the moldings. 

To finish the top off my husband hung crown for me!  I just love my wall!  



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Monday, September 21, 2015

Low Cost High Impact Decorating

I love to make my house a home, to personalize it to my taste.  However, it can be very expensive to decorate an entire house.  Here are a few of my favorite $10 of less decorating tips to make a statement in your home.

I love my book page wreath.  It has been with me for a very long time now, and it is still one of my favorite DIY projects.  It cost me about $6 and it took me 2 hours. You can see me video tutorial here

How about a lamp revamp?  Did you know updating your lamp shade can give your lamp a whole new look and feel?

I wrapped twine around this dated lamp and cut the ugly orange jewels that were hanging off the bottom off.    It adds a great natural texture and brought this beauty back to life

For this lamp I first covered the lamp shade with burlap and then hot glued gathered pieces of burlap over the top.  For the base I quickly painted it with some left over paint for a previous project giving this lamp a whole new life!

Don't we all love a good pallet project.  
For these frames I used left over pallets from our sod and painted them white to really bring out their rough texture.  

And last but not least, I love to decorate with jars, any kind of jars.  
I fill them with flowers or .....

any kind of knick knacks I can find around the house, like corks or old sewing spools.

I also love painted jars.  I used chalk paint to paint this jars and then lightly sanded over the lettering on the jar to make it stand out!  

I hope you can use a few of these tips to spruce up your own home!


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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall Decorating part 1

It is pouring rain here today.  I have opened all the windows to let the sound in.  It is slowly getting me in the mood  for fall.  I always dread fall just a little bit, not because I hate fall but because I know winter is next.  I am not a huge fan of the cold or the getting dark at 5pm  but on a positive note I do love to wear my sweats everyday and drink hot chocolate.  Oh and don't forget I guess I better welcome fall.  

I made this pretty wreath last night for a group on Instagram and I am so happy with how it turned out.  I found these cute pumpkins and florals at Home Goods!  I am loving white pumpkins this year!  I added a few burlap leaves for texture.

See aren't these pumpkins the cutest??

I will be posting the rest of my Fall Decor Tomorrow!!



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Monday, September 14, 2015

Crib Turned Bench Tutorial

I posted this tutorial over at Lou Lou Girls a few months ago but I wanted to share it here too!  I am always looking for something to repurpose.  I have to admit I love to tear things apart and turn them into something else.  When I bought this crib I didn't have any plans in mind, but it is solid wood, I loved the pretty spindles and the price was right!  I brought it home and decided to turn it into a bench!  These bench's are pretty easy to make as long as you have the right power tools!

You will need:
An old crib
a table saw
tape measure
a drill
wood glue
sand paper
pine planks

For this bench I used the 2 ends.  One of the ends will be the back you don't need to do anything to this one

The second end you are going to cut in half with a table saw.  once cut you should have 2 equal parts, these are going to be the sides of your bench.

A bench seat is usually between 16 to 17 inches high.  I cut 5 inches off of these legs so they would line up correctly on the back and be the right height for my seat.

Next you are going to build a frame out of 2x4's to use as your seat.  

The back of your frame should run from post to post and should be at least 15 inches wide.
Once your frame is made you will attach it to the back of your bench with several screws and wood glue.  It is a good idea to pull out your level to ensure your bench is going together square.  

Once your frame is secured to the back you can add your side pieces one at a time.  
I like to screw them to the back as well as the center frame to make the bench as sturdy as possible.   

Now that your bench is all together fill all of your screw holes and your bench will be ready to paint!

Once your bench is painted cut pine planks the width of your bench with at least a 1/2 inch over hang.  I used a finish nailer to secure the pine planks to the 2x4 frame. 

and TADA you have a beautiful new bench!

This bench is for sale!!  Asking 4125



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