April 23, 2014

DIY Sunday Showcase Party Round-Up

Today I'm sharing a round-up of unique and creative DIY Wall Art from the DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE PARTY this week.


  In no particular order...

UNIQUE THRIFT STORE UPCYCLE by View From The Fridge

DIY OLD MIRROR WINDOW by Salt and Pepper Mom

COFFEE BEANS TO COFFEE BAR by Red Tin Inn

ANNIVERSARY WALL ART TRIBUTE AND LOVE by Forever Decorating

SALVAGE CHARGING STATION by Unique Junktique

CRIB SPRING WALL ORGANIZER by The Salvaged Boutique

HANGING TEST TUBE WALL PLANTER by Hearts and Sharts

DIY HOOP ART by Huckleberry Love

DIY DRY ERASE MESSAGE BOARD by Sewlicious Home Decor

These are such great ideas and I hope you enjoyed them as much as we did!  If any of these inspired you, please press the link to each blog beneath the photos.  

April 19, 2014

DIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE PARTY and FEATURES

"HAPPY EASTER"

It's time for another DIY Sunday Showcase Party

Hope you're enjoying a wonderful Easter Long Weekend with family and friends.  This year instead of a traditional Easter dinner we are going to fire up the BBQ for the first time this season.  I'm so looking forward it!

Each week it gets harder and harder to pick our favorites. This week we had 287 links from you wonderfully talented bloggers. If you didn't make our TOP 6 Features be sure to check out ourDIY SUNDAY SHOWCASE TALENT BOARD on Pinterest because your link just may be featured there!

COME JOIN US AND SHARE YOUR FAVORITE DIY PROJECTS, CRAFTS OR RECIPES !


The party goes Live every Saturday at 5:00pm CST and runs until the following Wednesday

Meet the Hosts:

                 


My Pick:

TWO TONE WATERFALL DRESSER by Fisherman's Wife Furniture

Jen's Pick:
EASTER BUNNY BANNER by My Paper Craze

Megin's Pick:
UPCYCLED FOOT STOOL by Redo It Yourself Inspirations

Shelly's Pick:
VINTAGE COKE CRATE REPURPOSE by Robb Restyle 

Katie's Pick:
GROWN UP EASTER BASKET by My Crafty Spot 

Erin's Pick:
DIY BEADED CANDLE HOLDERS AND VASE by Homey Oh My! 

PARTY RULES:
  1. Follow your party hosts.
  2. Post a maximum of 3 of your newest DIY's.
  3. Linking to the party allows the hosts to possibly PIN your project to our DIY Showcase Pinterest Board, use your project in a round-up post (with direct links to your post), as well as Feature your project in the next DIY Sunday Showcase!
  4. Please Do Not Pin from the party, instead go to the original blog post.
  5. In order to be featured you need to grab the button or link and copy it onto your post or in your link party page!
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April 18, 2014

Spring Burlap Cutlery Pouches

You may have seen several burlap pouches posted on Pinterest during the holiday season.  I thought they were just the cutest idea and pinned a few.  While organizing my Pinterest Boards the other day I came across them again and was inspired to adorn my Easter Table with some Spring Burlap Cutlery Pouches.

Burlap Cutlery Pouches

You will need:
  • 4 inch wide burlap ribbon 
  • 3/8 inch wide jute ribbon
  • quilting thread
  • self adhesive stencils
  • custom mix craft paint to match ribbon
  • small stencil brush

Burlap Cutlery Pouches supplies

STEP 1
Mark the burlap every 15 inches.  Cut and remove a strand of jute to mark where to cut each piece (see picture below). 

Burlap Cutlery Pouches Step 1


STEP 2
Cut two pieces of jute ribbon slightly larger than the width of the burlap for each pouch (I made 8 pouches so I cut 16 pieces of ribbon).

Burlap Cutlery Pouches Step 2

STEP 3
  • Sew one piece of ribbon to the top of each pouch ensuring the ribbon is facing towards you.
  • Flip the burlap over and sew the second piece of ribbon onto the bottom, on the opposite side of the burlap (see picture below).
Burlap Cutlery Pouches Step 3

STEP 4
Fold the burlap up 5 1/4 inches and pin in place.

Burlap Cutlery Pouches Step 4

STEP 5
  • Using thread that matches the color of your ribbon, stitch the burlap on each side from top to bottom.  Sew along the factory edge (see picture below).
  • Cut all the loose threads and trim the ribbon along the outer edge.
Burlap Cutlery Pouches Step 5

My table seats eight so I made enough for each place setting.

Burlap Cutlery Pouches before stenciling

STEP 6
  • Slip a piece of paper inside each pouch.
  • Place the self-adhesive stencil onto the center of each pouch.
  • Place some craft paint onto a paper plate and water it down slightly so it's not too thick but not runny either.
  • Dab paint onto the stencil brush and remove excess onto the paper plate.
  • Dab over the stencil.  You may need a couple of coats so wait a few minutes for the first coat to be dry to the touch.
  • Repeat on each pouch and let dry thoroughly before removing the paper inside.
Burlap Cutlery Pouches with Fleur De Lis Stencil

I'm calling these Spring Pouches but really the only thing Spring about them is the color!  I debated using a Bunny Silhouette which would be adorable but I don't have a lot of linen storage in our humble abode so I decided to go with a Fleur De Lis so I could use them year round.  The color goes well with my woven placements.

Burlap Cutlery Pouch

The plant pots were another quick DIY project for my dining room tablescape.  They started out looking like this (a stenciled paint job from many years ago).

Spring Plant Pots Before

I gave them a couple coats of Apple color chalk paint.

Spring Plant Pots Painted Apple Green

Then a white wash of Simplicity White chalk paint.

Spring Plant Pots whitewashed

Followed by some distressing with fine sandpaper and a wet cloth to remove some of the white.

Spring Plant Pots Distressed

I had these faux boxwood balls already so I simply set them inside each pot.  The plan was to buy some hyacinths to plant in each pot but well...I got lazy!


Burlap Cutlery Pouches

This year we're having a very casual Easter Dinner with my sister and brother-in-law who are visiting from British Columbia.  Instead of roasting a turkey or ham we are having a BBQ.  Unfortunately our weather is still cool and we had a fresh skiff of snow the other day so we'll be eating indoors.  Unlike during the holidays, I keep my Easter Tablescape pretty simple so these will definitely add a little pizzazz!

Wishing you all a 

Happy Easter Message

April 14, 2014

The Easy Project That Wasn't {Twin Headboard Makeover}

Good Morning Everyone!  Hope you all had a nice weekend.  Finally the snow has melted and the temperatures have gotten warmer...when I say warmer I mean above zero.  In these parts when we hit the double digits the tops come off...as in convertibles!  So this Mama spent some time outdoors...with her top on (wouldn't want to scare the neighbors) getting her hands dirty.  Oh how I long to spend weekend mornings sitting on the deck in my pj's with a cup of coffee listening to the birds sing.

Last week one of the projects I was busy working on was this Twin Headboard.  The project that was going to be whipped up in an afternoon!  Ha, I think it heard me and decided, "oh lady you just wait and see, muahahaha".

Twin Headboard Makeover

Mr. Frugalista brought home this sweet Twin Headboard and as soon as I set eyes on it I knew exactly what I was going to do with it...or so I thought.

Twin Headboard Makeover Before

After repairing the knicks and giving it a coat of shellac, to avoid bleed through, I painted the entire headboard with Simplicity White.

Twin Headboard Makeover Simplicity White

I gave the silver medallions a light buff with Silver gilding wax to tone down the shininess and then decided to gild some of the edges of the headboard as well.

Twin Headboard Makeover with silver gilding wax

When I came back down to the shop after letting the white paint dry I discovered it had crackled and the panic button went off.  I gave it a light sanding in hopes it would remove the cracks but no such luck.  So a third coat of paint went on and I called it a day.

The following morning...surprise...it cracked too.  So much for that smooth clean look I was going for!  This thing had a mind of it's own and obviously wanted to have an aged antique look.  Alrighty then...next!

Twin Headboard Makeover with crackled finish

I had a roll of pretty Quatrefoil patterned paper set aside for this piece and so out came the wallpaper paste and I got right to it. I let it dry for about an hour and when I returned it looked like a sheet of bubble wrap!  Sorry, I was in such panic mode that I didn't take a picture.  I meticulously peeled it off and started all over again.  This time I used Modge Podge on the back of the paper and a brayer roller to ensure there would be no air bubbles.

Day 3...surprise, more bubbles!  This time when I removed the paper it took some of the paint off. Did you notice I didn't use the word "meticulously" this time?  And yet again in panic mode I forgot to take a picture but you can see the pretty paper I had in mind in the picture below.

Twin Headboard Makeover with wallpaper choice

Sanding the bits that came off wasn't working so I removed all the white paint and started over again.  This time I painted a coat of white primer first and a couple coats of Simplicity white.

Day 4...four bloody days for a simple headboard...good grief!  I opened the shop door and SURPRISE, crackled paint again.  At this point I threw my hands in the air and said, "oh well"  "@#$%&*"!  Out came the Frog Tape and I created vertical stripes.  I painted the stripes with the color Perfection chalk paint.  It took three coats before I got the coverage I wanted.  The purple didn't crackle, WTH? In the end I decided that I liked the contrast of the two finishes.

Twin Headboard Makeover

I gave it a coat of clear wax followed by dark wax, working it deep into the cracks.  So my Modern Twin Headboard Makeover ended up being an Antiqued Twin Headboard Makeover.  While I'm not happy with the time it took to complete this project, I am pleased with the results.

Twin Headboard Makeover

I still have the Stenciled Table and I think they would compliment each other nicely in a girl's bedroom.

Twin Headboard Makeover with matching Stenciled Side Table

I'm not going to lie, I'm so happy to see the back end of this project! Next up a coffee table makeover with a hand painted graphic.