I hate to read instruction manuals. I usually skim it, get the general idea, and then jump in feet first. I recently realized something I’ve done 100 times – I’ve been doing all wrong! I know, I know, I should have read the instructions but “ain’t nobody got time for that!”. I’ve stained wood tons of times, but do you want to guess how many times I actually wiped off the excess stain? I usually prefer dark wood stains so this has never really mattered much. But for this project, I wanted a lighter stain and I wanted to do a distressed and weathered look.…
It’s no secret that I love the Waterlogue app! It makes it so simple to turn any picture into a water colored “painting”. I made a DIY Pet Portrait with one of my pup’s photos and had it mounted on a canvas. One of the projects I did ages ago and never blogged about is my “Honeymoon Art”. I used pictures from our honeymoon to create pretty prints to hang on the wall.
Seems like everybody is making the pilgrimage to MAGNOLIA. I have a confession to make – I am not obsessed with Chip & Joanna Gaines. As a blogger and a DIY lover it’s assumed that I want to shiplap all the things. I think shiplap is getting a little overdone – it’s pretty but I’m seeing it everywhere. Pretty sure it’s replaced chevron as one of the most popular ideas on Pinterest! I’ve teamed up with 20+ other home and DIY bloggers who want to show you some awesome alternatives to shiplap. We’re calling it the Anti-Shiplap blog hop! If you’re stopping by from Domicile 37 – welcome! Be sure to click on through to all the link up participants – lots of amazing decorating ideas that are alternatives to shiplap! I’m sharing 3 ways I’ve decorated my walls that are not shiplap:
In our apartment, I was limited to what I could do to cover the walls. We had high ceilings and plain yellow/cream colored walls. I didn’t love it, so I found a way to cover a large section of the living room wall. I shared in this post how we put up a huge and inexpensive gallery wall.
One problem I’ve had are the hard to fill wall spaces. The ones that definitely need something but the layout doesn’t work for a stencil or some other all over wall treatment. One such area was in my dining room, where we have a large opening to the kitchen. To fill a long skinny section, I created cheap and easy DIY wall art. Check out this post to find out more about the “magic stain” I used to create this piece.
One of my all time favorite DIY projects is the accent wall in my home office/craft room. I did a major makeover for the One Room Challenge, and one of the goals was to find an amazing wall paper for that room. Unfortunately, my husband was laid off right in the middle of the makeover so we had to scale back. A perfect alternative was to do a DIY fabric covered wall. This brought the cost well below what ONE roll of wallpaper would have cost and was a non permanent option. I share a full tutorial on how I did this in this post.
For more wall treatment ideas check out this awesome bloggers!
Monday, September 19th
This post is sponsored by DecoArt and Michaels.
I’ve had this chippy, old, white dresser for years. I’ve held onto it because the size is perfect for our dining room and the drawers are great storage for extra place mats, tablecloths, and cloth napkins. But the color? Blah. And the condition? Ehhh. This drab little dresser could really use some love. When DecoArt challenged me to use their new Americana Decor Metallics, I knew I had the perfect project!
To begin this dresser makeover, I had to strip away all the old paint. This piece had been repainted at LEAST 3 different times. I used paint stripper and a paint remover tool to get all the old paint off. I was surprised how quickly this stuff started working. You can see it bubbles up and most of the paint basically starts falling off. Some places were a bit tougher and we had to use the scraper to really get in there.
I used an electric sander to be sure the surface was as clear and smooth as I could get it. I removed the drawers, placed the piece on its back, then then applied a coat of primer.
After the piece was primed, it was time to get that gorgeous Metallic paint on! I put 2 coats AND touched up several places and only used 1 can of paint! I used a roller to cover the majority of the piece, and a small brush to get in the places the roller couldn’t reach. This helps get a smooth finish!You can find these 8 oz jars at Michaels – I used Pewter for my dresser makeover!
I love that the dresser looks darker or brighter depending on how much light is in the room. The metallic finish make this a total statement piece that I built the room around. As you can see, I’m not afraid of a little color and LOVE how this turned out.
On your next Michaels run, grab a jar of this Metallic paint. What project will you use it on?
I have the most awkward wall in my dining room. In fact, it was so awkward that we weren’t able to make that room the living room and resigned it to be the dining room. It’s actually worked out really well having the dining room the first room when you come in our home, but there was a big. blank. wall. that greeted you. With a big ‘ol hole in the middle. Which made it really difficult to decorate. Besides, if i’m completely honest, I kinda hate decorating anyway. So I put it off. Now we’ve been in our home for over a year and decided it was time to do something – enter my DIY wall art. While the materials used in the project are pretty genius (umm hello – less than $20!!) the paint/stain was the BEST part. But it actually wasn’t paint or stain. I used Better With Age Vintage Wood Mercantile Salvaged Timber by Amy Howard – whew quite a name but it’s seriously amazing! I wanted the look of different color woods for my DIY wall art, but did NOT want to spend the time staining each of the pieces individually. This stuff made the process SO SIMPLE.
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DIY Wall Art Using Wood Shims
I used a hardboard tempered panel for 2 reasons: 1. I already had it and 2. It’s thinner and more lightweight than plywood. We cut ours to 2’x4′. Home Depot will cut this down for you in the store!
You are about to make a LOT of miter cuts. Crank up the radio so you can hear it through your earplugs and get to cutting. The miter saw used to scare me a bit (I had a little accident with one last year and shed a little blood) but after about 150 cuts I was feeling pretty ok with this tool! I used the ruler on the miter saw to cut my wood shims in half. I had to make 2 cuts to make sure they were even. I simply lined it up with the groove on the left, made a cut, moved the piece on the right over, and made a second cut, then
hoarded for an undetermined future project discarded the tiny left over piece.
After you’ve made all your cuts, it’s time to lay out your design. We used a speed square so we had a 45 degree angle to line up the first board. After the 1st board is lined up, the rest fall into place. Lay the 2nd piece at the end of the 1st, pointed down, to make an arrow up. Then put the 3rd piece under the 1st and repeat the process.
We laid our design out and then started gluing. Your pieces will overhang the edges, but you’ll trim those off later. Make sure you give the wood glue plenty of time to dry. We didn’t use clamp or anything heavy on the pieces, simply applied glue the pressed them into place gently. Be very careful not to push your design around, you want all your pieces to line up so you’ll get the cool herringbone look.
Once you get to the edges, you’ll need the wood clamps to hold some of the pieces in place. Don’t worry if there are tiny holes, we are going to cover that with trim pieces.
Note: the wood shims are angled so one end is thinner than the other. We alternated the thin and thick pieces so it really gives this piece of DIY wall art some dimension.
The last building step is to attach the “furring strip boards” to make a frame. We cut the top and bottom at 2 feet and adjusted the sides to a little less than 4 foot so they all fit around. After you are done building it’s time for the paint/stain!
THIS STUFF IS AMAZING! Simply brush it on and watch as the magic happens! It reacts with the tannins in the wood so some pieces turn out darker. It gives the piece an amazing look! Just what I was going for, but I didn’t have to paint or stain each piece individually! I even shared a quick video on Instagram!
I had to show you guys the coolest thing: Better With Age Vintage Wood Mercantile Salvaged Timber by @amyhowardhome! Watch how it reacts with the tannins in the raw wood to replicate salvaged or barn wood. More tannins = darker wood. I think I said “that’s amazing” about 8 times ? Can’t wait to show off the finished project! #havenconf
After you get it stained, let it sit for a day or so to make sure it’s dry and to let it air out a bit. Then hang your DIY wall art with these d-ring picture hangers.
I brought home so many fun things from Haven conference! One of my favorite parts of this conference was all the hands on activities. Many of the booths were set up with fun crafts and DIYs. I was so excited to go by the DecoArt booth and meet the awesome ladies there. We made DIY clocks and I thought I would share the one I made: a DIY abstract clock! We used DecoArt paint and Walnut Hollow hardware to create this fun DIY Abstract clock.
Use painter’s tape to tape off the surface. Alternate the tape around to make different sections.
Fill in the sections with alternating paint colors. I love how the Americana Decor Color Stains 8oz-Fuchsia looks on the wood!
Remove the painter’s tape after your paint has dried.
At this point, I initially planned to fill in the lines with white or silver paint, but after seeing the raw wood lines I loved it this way!
Attach the Walnut Hollow clock face according to the package instructions. It’s super simple – they give you a diagram on the back!
Install a single AA battery and set your clock! I opted to leave the numbers off, but you could easily add numbers with a stencil or with vinyl. While I did an abstract design on mine, you could use these materials and come up with your own unique idea!
When I was planning my home office makeover, I knew I wanted an accent wall. I’ve kept a pretty neutral tone throughout our entire house. We have dark wood floors, light blue/gray walls, and bright white trim. I’ve accented with shades of blue and green and love how calm and welcoming our home feels. In my home office/craft room, I wanted something bright, colorful, and fun. I wanted a room that reflected my personality and would make me happy every time I walked in. I originally considered wall paper, and found several beautiful options. Unfortunately, it was WAY out of my price range. I also liked the idea of something that wasn’t permanent. Enter my DIY FABRIC COVERED WALL!
My office is done! I’ve spent the past few weeks cleaning, organizing, and customizing my home office. In my true fashion, all of the projects have been DIYs! The first week of the One Room Challenge I shared an Introduction with my plan, some inspiration, and before photos of the space. The 2nd week I shared my first project: a DIY Peg Board. I used a huge picture frame and added a peg backing so I could organize many of my craft tools. The 3rd week of the challenge coincided with a high stress time in our home: my husband lost his job. I put the challenge on hold that week. Week 4 it was back to business and I shared more office organization and the fabric backed bookcases I customized. Week 5 was my second favorite project: my DIY acrylic calendar! Going into this project I knew I wanted a large wall calendar to organize my ideas and projects. I did a round up of wall calendar ideas and came across a chic lucite calendar on Etsy but it cost over $1,000! For about $30 I was able to do a knock off version. The very last project was the icing on the cake: a DIY FLORAL FABRIC WALL! It completed the room perfectly! Here is my home office reveal:
The project I “skipped” was floor covering. I found a solid rug and planned to do a painted rug tutorial. I’ve decided at this point to leave the rug as is. I may update it later as I intended to, with an orange greek key design around the perimeter. I also planned to do a separate post for the DIY FABRIC WALL, but then this big reveal post would have been anti-climatic! Check out this tutorial for a DIY Floral Fabric Wall.
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Drawer Unit: Alex Drawer Unit/Drop File Storage
Chair: Scout Office Chair
Accent Chair: Prospect Swoop Anywhere Chair
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: DIY Peg board
Week 3: Floor covering and Window Treatment (On hold due to personal issues)
Week 4: Organization
Week 5: Gallery Wall (DIY Acrylic Calendar)
Week 6: The big reveal!
Want even more inspiration? My office space was featured on Shutterfly!
Is it really week 5 of the One Room Challenge?! Time has seriously flown by these past few weeks. I kinda hate when people say “I’m really busy” (because we all are!) but I really have been! Blogging consistently (and working full time!) is no joke – especially when you are actually creating the content you share. This week I’m sharing another update to my home office – a DIY acrylic calendar! I was planning on doing a gallery wall (and I still may) but this DIY acrylic calendar stole the show.