DIY Décor for the new master bedroom bookcase

In my last post I shared our new DIY Custom Bookcase and Window Seat in the master bedroom. It was looking a little sparse when I went to style it for the photos. Instead of making a trip to Homesense, my go to home décor store, I decided to create some made-by-me Custom DIY Décor.

DIY Home Decor

With a little paint and a graphic I transformed this yellow jug that I've had for many years collecting dust in the storage room.

Glazed Ceramic Jug Before

Into this...

Glazed ceramic jug After

  1. Clean the jug first with rubbing alcohol and let it sit for a few days (this removes any grease or residue).
  2. Paint the jug with Americana Multi-Surface Paint (I used the color Cottonball). 
  3. After letting the paint dry for 4 days bake the jug in a non-preheated oven at 350° for 30 minutes.
  4. Let it cool with the oven door open.  This gives glazed ceramics a durable dishwasher safe finish.
  5. On the computer in Word create a graphic (I used a wreath I uploaded from The Graphics Fairy).  I added "1987" inside the wreath, the year we were married.
  6. Tape wax paper (wax side up) onto a sheet of bond paper (secure it well on all four corners to avoid a paper jam) and print the graphic in reverse.  
  7. Cut around the graphic so it's easier to handle.
  8. Tape the graphic wax side (printed side) facing towards the jug and gently rub the graphic off. When you no longer see the graphic on the wax paper you have a good transfer.
  9. Mine transferred too light because I have a laser rather than inkjet printer.
  10. If your transfer is too light like mine, simply trace over it using a Sharpie.  I used both a grey and black Sharpie.

Glazed Ceramic Jug DIY Makeover styled on a bookcase

A few years ago I fell in love with a pillow I saw at Homesense. When I brought it home it didn't work in my living room and eventually ended up in a tub in the basement storage room. While rummaging through that tub looking for pillow forms I decided it would be perfect for our new window seat.

Stenciling a throw pillow

Using letter stencils I created the words "Le Jardin", fitting considering it had a butterfly motif and the window seat overlooks our back yard garden.

How To Stencil graphics onto a throw pillow

I placed my letters individually onto the pillow cover in the direction I wanted them and simply traced through the stencil with white chalk.  I continued this process for each letter.  They started to go a little wonky at one point and using a damp cloth I simply erased the ooops and continued on my merry way.  Once I had the words placed the way I wanted them I inserted a piece of cardboard inside the pillow cover to avoid bleed through to the back side.  Then I painted over each letter with Americana Multi-Surface Paint, again in the Cottonball color, using an art brush.

DIY stenciled throw cushion AFTER
I like the pillow much better with the French script added!

You can see the wooden jewelry box I transformed for the bookcase HERE.

To see how we made the Custom Bookcase and Window Seat click HERE.

I'll be sharing how I made the bench cushion and the rest of the throw pillows in an upcoming post.

So if you have some glazed ceramics around the house that you're not using because you dislike the color, paint them like I did! 

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