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April 16, 2014

DIY Arrow Sign

Back for another fun tutorial from the dining room reveal

There were so many fun DIY projects that went into getting the room ready and I love sharing all of them with you guys- especially since most of them were super simple!!

Remember the arrow sign that was hanging by the window in my dining room reveal? 
Well I'm sharing the quick tutorial for it today!!

I used my beloved weathered wood scraps again for my sign but any wood would work that you want to use!
You could stain it dark or do what I did and just sand down a piece of weathered wood for a gorgeous natural look.

Then just use painters tape to create your arrow shape.
I free-handed mine since the straight lines made it pretty simple. 

I used some white left-over paint for it and just sponged it on. 

Then just distress to your heart's content!!
I loved the wood grain that it brings out behind the paint when it's distressed.
I added a picture hanger to the top and then hung it up!!

How's that for some easy DIY art??

I"m talking just a few minutes and you have your own piece to hang up. 
I love that it could be used with so many color patterns and you could make yours big or small depending on the wall space you need to fill.

It'd be awesome to have varying lengths of wood and put up a few arrows together :)

So get creating!!

You know everyone needs a few more arrows in their life :) 

I'll be back tomorrow with another fun dining room tutorial so swing back around then. 
Happy Wednesday guys!!!

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April 15, 2014

Easiest Candle Update Ever!!! Like ever.

For real, guys.
So easy.

Like 'I shouldn't have  tutorial for it, it's that easy' but I do.
So you get to see the loveliness :)

Plus sometimes it's just nice to see an uncomplicated project that pretty much anyone can whip out, right? 

And this involves paper, a candle and sewing pins.

Simple, peeps.

Here's what we are talking about: 

Gorgeous, right? 
And about a minute of work.
Even better :) 

Here's what you need: 
*Plain white candle
*Paper/cardstock/fabric of your choice
*Sewing pins

1. Decide how far up your paper will go and cut it to that width with your straight-edge. 
2. Wrap around your candle 
3. Secure paper with sewing pins. (see below) 

I used sewing pins so that I could easily remove if I wanted to change it out.
Which will more than likely happen :) 

For a fun candle stand,
I used a piece of scrap wood I had around.
It was gorgeous cedar and I knew it couldn't just be thrown away. 

I sanded away all the dirt and made it nice & smooth and it was gorgeous enough to stand on it's own. 

I made a sweet vignette on top of my little stenciled table that I did forever ago.
Doesn't the gold candle look gorgeous with the cedar block??

The yellow bowl was a quick paint job on a Goodwill bowl I did forever ago. 
And I wrapped some random books with twine to help lift the glass pitcher up.
The flowers were from my wedding :) 

To check out the rest of the room, head over here to see the whole Dining Room transformation!!

How's that for an easy DIY? 
May be my easiest one yet :) 
Go wrap some candles!!!  

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April 14, 2014

Dining Room Chairs Before & After

I figured that it'd be a great start to the week to start things off with an amazing and colorful furniture makeover!!

Because those are always my favorites.

If you're wanting a HUGE makeover and haven't seen it yet, head over to check out my dining room transformation.
But don't forget to come back here to check these amazing chairs out.
Because it all goes together :) 

One thing before starting the dining room makeover that I absolutely knew I wanted was mismatched chairs.
Not necessarily mismatched colors, but I wanted a couple different types of chairs that all went together. 

I had to wait a while but finally I had enough to complete my set of six :) 

The wooden ones on the left were from my grandma who was getting rid of them. 
Then the ones are the right were given to me when I first moved into the house.
Gorgeous, sturdy chairs but not my style with the dark wood & winery upholstery.

But I had four of those suckers :) 

So first things first,
they needed a facelift.
I unscrewed all the cushion from the chairs and ended up finding some amazing colorful fabric for them.
(This was about three years ago when I redid them, and the fabric has held up wonderfully) 

Here's the quick & dirty on on how I reupholster chair cushions.
First things first, lay your cushions upside down on your fabric. 
Use the cushion as your guide to cut the piece you need.

Make sure you pull the fabric around and over the cushion to see how much you need on the sides as you cut. 
You'll be pulling the fabric super tight as you reupholster, but you still need plenty of fabric to work with. 

Once your fabric is cut, then...
(follow the numbered pictures below) 
1. Start on one side of your cushion and pull your fabric to the back. The first side isn't super important to pull tight but the other sides, you'll be pulling it tightly as you staple to get nice, taut fabric across the top of the cushion. 

2. Staple as you go around. Be generous and don't be scared of putting them in!
I use a regular hand-held staple gun and put extra staples in each of my corners.

3. For corner, I fold the fabric under to make a triangle and staple one side and then overlap the other and staple that on top of my other triangle.
This makes a nice fold on each edge.

Tips for rounded & curved cushions, just make sure you pull TIGHT. If you're too loose with the fabric, it won't look right on those curves. Pull, pull and pull some more. 

Before re-attaching my cushions, I gave all my chairs several coats of "Ebbtide" by Sherwin Williams. 
Love love love this color. 
It matches my living room walls and compliments it nicely from my dining room. 

It took about three coats and I HATE hand-painting chairs but I stuck through it and it was so worth it!!

After the paint dried, I lightly distressed around the edges and legs of the chairs.
I knew if I left them perfect, I'd constantly be worried about them getting dinged up. 
And we have two kids so they were going to be well loved :) 
I love that distressing lets those natural dings just blend right in and look perfect. 

I loved how the caning turned out once they were painted!!!
A lot of the caning was very worn and faded so a coat of paint made it liven right up! 

And then they were ready for the cushions!!
I reattached them and just admired all the gorgeous colors together!!

I figured darker fabric would handle mealtime a little better and it's held up so well the past three years. 
It cleans up easily and every now and then, I scotch-guard them for a little extra protection. 

My plain wooden chairs also got a fresh coat of Ebbtide.
They took forevverr with all those slats but I'm so happy with how they turned out and I forget about all the hard work after seeing how pretty they are!!!

Don't both styles of chairs look so perfect together? 

And of course, the amazing Before & After shot: 

These chairs were definitely a labor of love but they make me smile every time I walk into the room.
Which definitely makes all those hand-aching and back-aching moments of painting worth it!!!

What do you think?
Do you like the mismatched chair look??

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April 13, 2014

DIY Easter Cross

I'm back for another super quick Easter project that only took a few minutes for me to throw together!!

Which, to be honest, are the only kinds of projects I have time for right now.
Unless it involves getting pieces done for the nursery- those are taking up all my time lately :) 

But if you're not a hoarder like me, you may not have random weather and beat-up pieces of scrap wood lying around.
So it may take a few more steps than mine did.
But I'll walk you through it!!

I had a couple pieces of beat-up, peeling pieces of wood
(which are my favorite kind!!) 
so I decided to throw a few pieces together to create a rustic cross. 

Isn't it gorgeous in all of it's rustic, peeling, old-paint glory?
Crosses are beautiful in their imperfections...because that's the whole purpose of them. 
They are a gorgeous symbol of imperfection and the perfect Savior who died on one of them for all those imperfections. 


To create a simple cross, 
I used three pieces of the wood I had.
Hubby ran them through the table saw for me.
But a miter saw or handsaw could easily do the trick. 

On the back of the pieces of wood, 
I used random hinges I had lying around to connect all the pieces. 
Love using what I have :) 

They easily connected all the pieces, or you could use cheap metal brackets that any of the home stores sell. 

If yours doesn't already have a beautiful chippy coat of paint on it.
take your raw wood and throw a couple coats of random colors on it.
This one had white underneath so coat a thick coat of white on.
Let dry.
Then paint with a chocolate brown and distress it up. 
You could also stain your wood before painting for an extra layer.

Lastly, I made a quick banner to go across out of burlap and ric rac ribbon.
Cut small pieces of burlap to the size/shape you want and then hot glue them to your ribbon.

I used a sharpie to free-hand letters on my banner or you could use a stencil to help you out. 
Use hot glue to hang the ribbon onto your cross.

So there you have it.
A gorgeously simple Easter DIY that took me about five minutes altogether to create. 

I love the amazing reminder it brings us around Easter too. 
A Savior that was willing to die on a cross for all of us. 
Definitely makes everything else seem small in comparison of such a great act of Love. 

Happy Sunday, friends. 
See you later this week for more fun DIY Dining Room Posts!!

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April 09, 2014

5 Minute Pitcher Update

So let's talk super simple DIY update that literally will you take you a few minutes to complete. 
Like, grab your supplies and sit in front of your TV for a fun show (mine at the moment are Scandal and Vampire Diaries...but whatever your guilty pleasure is works!!) and finish a fun project that makes a great impact!!

When completing my dining room makeover, I had several surfaces that needed a few fun things to sit out and look pretty. 
My china cabinet was easy to give a splash of color with my whites & blues that easily filled it up.
But I wanted to bring a punch of color & personality to the shelves & buffet that were in there too. 

And naturally, I hated the idea of spending tons of money to find knick-knacks and things to fill the space.
So definitely shop your house & cabinets before feeling like you have to go out and find something new.

I found several things hanging out in my cabinets and grabbed a few to try them out.
One of the things I had was this little blue pitcher I picked up forever ago at Target. 

It was cute enough on it's own I guess.
But it's one of those things where I'd had it long enough that it just needed something else to make it stand out :) 

So I decided to do something non-permanent and super easy to jazz it up.
But it's perfect because once I get tired of it, it'll easily come off & I can change it up again.
A nice (and less messier) alternative to paint. 

So here's what ya need to transform your own piece of glassware: 
*Piece of glassware/pottery of your choice
*Vinyl in desired color

And that is it, guys!

Cut your vinyl with a vinyl cutting machine (cricut, silhouette, etc) or freehand it yourself if it's simple enough.
I free-handed some fun arrows in varying sizes. 

And then just stick them to the surface of your item.
Of course I wouldn't do it to pieces you plan on using & washing because the vinyl isn't permanent and I didn't want to seal mine so I could keep it removable.

I love that it adds a little bit of personality to an otherwise just 'eh' piece I already had. 
As much as I love a good excuse to run to Target/TJ Maxx and get something new, sometime it's so nice to update what you already have!!

So many designs would look fabulous!
Think arrows, stripes, chevrons, monograms, polka dots...the list goes on and on. 

So run and sift through your cabinets and goodwill piles and see what you might be able to give a facelift to before giving up on it. 
If you don't have any pieces lying around, Goodwill and Habitat always have tons of glassware and random pottery pieces that a good coat of spraypaint and some vinyl would make look like a million bucks!!

Have fun creating!!

{For more details and pictures on my Dining Room Makeover, check it out here} 

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April 08, 2014

Weathered Planked Picture Hanger Tutorial

Ok, so first things first.
If you haven't had a chance to check out my dining room reveal that I shared yesterday...you need to scoot right over and scroll through all that eye candy. 

Because it was a majorly awesome makeover project that I know you don't want to miss!!!!

Here, I'll give you a glimpse...

Umm yea. 
So get over there first and check it out :) 

Then come run back over here for this fun DIY tutorial on the picture hanger you see in the photos.

This is a super quick & easy project if you're looking for a fun way to display bunches of pictures. 
I wanted something I could easily rotate pictures out with and one that could hold a bunch.
So I put some scrap weathered boards to good use...

I laid the boards out and then used my table saw to cut them to varying lengths.
I wanted an asymmetrical look but if you're more OCD than me, make all your boards nice & even :) 

Then use two shorter boards on the back to screw them all together. 
I screwed in two heavy picture hangers on the back boards to hang it with since it was quite hefty after it was built. 

Make sure to sand your boards down to a nice, soft finish.
I love the different color tones that show through in these weathered boards after they're sanded down. 
I like to use a finishing wax for a buttery smooth finish and to make them gleam a bit but it's not necessary :) 

To allow for pictures to hang, use screw eyes at either end of the boards and screw them in nice & tight. 
Add bakers twine, ribbon or rope through them and tie to the screweyes.
My boards allowed for two rows that would easily hold 5x7 photos.
If you're going for more instagram-size photos, you could make more rows for your pictures. 

For my arrows on the sides, I used a piece of gold glitter cardstock and cut some arrows free-hand from it. 
Then attach with glue dots or hot glue. 
I like the extra bit of glam it gave. 

I used mini clothespin to hang my pictures from and they work fabulously!! I also added some sheet music behind a couple pictures just because :) 

You could definitely hang a ton on the twine & overlap your pictures for a more eclectic look. 

I love the rustic quality it brings to the room.
Mixed with a lot of color and other textures in the room, it stays away from looking too country and brings the perfect bit of vintage in!!

I hung it right below my artwork I made for the year-mark of Hubby & I being together. 

I love bringing a touch of handmade into each room of our house because it makes it so much more personalized and us. 
Don't be scared to get your hands dirty and make pieces that specifically fit your space & bring a bit of your personality into your space.
After all, you live in it so make it a place you love :) 

{For more dining room makeover details, check out the full post here.}

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