Tag Archives: Do it yourself

My Experiment With White Wash

19 Mar

Throughout my travels in the blogosphere I have discovered numerous posts and DIY about white washing furniture. I love the look, it turns the piece into a beachy cottage feel which is right up my alley. No seriously it’s literally right up my alley, the beach is about 4 miles away! After doing some more research I realized it’s actually really simple to do and it brightens up any piece.

I decided what better way to experiment then with another Craigslist find, this small accent table. It was in great condition but of course I had to paint it! I know the photo is horrendous there is no excuse!

table before

I painted the table in Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue, what a beautiful color! I wasn’t exactly thrilled about the end result, I am still learning how to use the dark wax and I felt this piece came out way to dark. If anyone has any tips on controlling the dark wax please let me know!!

The best thing about this paint is you can always change it! So I read about white wash and thought I would give it a try.

duck egg 6-001Basically white wash is exactly how it sounds, white paint watered down. The process I did was take a small cup of water and then used Annie Sloan Old White and would dip my paint brush in the old white and then just a corner of the brush into the water.

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Simply paint the piece in sections and before it dries wipe as much or little of the paint you want off. This is what you are left with:

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I just love it, with the hints of white!

duck egg 4I think this option worked out well because the dark wax still peeks through a little bit but it’s not overwhelming. What do you guys think? Anyone else use this technique before?

LaurenSig

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Chalk Paint

6 Mar

It was only a matter of time before I would be posting about Chalk Paint. All the other bloggers I follow were doing it so I had to  try, and now I am addicted! If you have never heard about Chalk Paint then at this point you probably think I am crazy, so let me explain. I have recently been using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. It’s not chalk board paint as some might think. It’s a two-step process of painting furniture (or anything really) and then waxing it. That’s right, that’s all you have to do! No sanding, no stripping, no priming, nothing. It’s awesome, it’s fun to work with and as I said before I am addicted! I have painted many pieces that I will share later this week. Today I wanted to share my very first painting experience so you can see even a novice like me can turn something old and ugly into new and pretty.

I thought for my first “experiment” piece I would try our old entryway table, which since we moved has been sitting in the basement. It is a nice little table in good condition, but it was ready for a makeover!

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I did two coats of paint since the wood was so dark. You will not believe how fast this paint dries, seriously 20 minutes and you can start the second coat! You can see how it gets its name, it looks really chalky and powdery before you wax it. I distressed the piece before I waxed.

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Here it is all waxed and buffed!

side table

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So cute, right!?

LaurenSig

Ballard Burlap Pin Board DIY

22 Jan

For months I have been eyeing this burlap bulletin board from Ballard Designs. I find that site so addicting! Everything on there is just my style, the prices however sometimes not so much. The burlap bulletin board starts at $89 and only goes up from there. After deciding I really wanted one a familiar thought crossed my mind…”I could totally make that!” Sometimes with these DIY you have to weigh the cost of the item and if it’s worth your time and trouble to make it yourself. This particular DIY is so easy and totally worth saving the $89 you were going to spend!  For reference here is the Ballard burlap board.

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So pretty, aren’t they?!

Ok what you will need:

  • Cork Board
  • Large piece of burlap
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Furniture Nails

DSC_1143I then cut the burlap to be just a little larger than my board.

DSC_1144Then it’s as simple as folding the ends over and gluing. The burlap adheres to the wood really well, I thought I would have to hold it in place so it would stick better, but as it turned out that wasn’t necessary.

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Then just flip the board over and insert the furniture nails. I used black nails and spaced them three inches apart from one another.

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It’s that easy, totally worth it! This board is so versatile it could be used as an inspiration board, wedding decor, party decor, a place to hang kids art work, really the options are endless.

 

Halloween Wreath

23 Oct

As these decorations came attached to bendable wire it made it quite easy to stick them into the body of the wreath then bend and adjust them as needed. I added a giant black sparkle bow and, Voila, an easy Halloween wreath! I think after Halloween this year I will visit the clearance section in several stores and get a few more of these sparkle skulls and bats for next year’s wreath.

1st Birthday Photo Booth

24 Jul

I found this adorable first birthday DIY photo booth on Oh Happy Day that I couldn’t resist sharing. It seems like photo booths are popping up at weddings all over, but why should we get all the fun?! It’s a great idea for little kids. The cuteness of this idea is almost too much to take!

You only need a few materials: 36 inch balloon, helium, yarn, basket, blue paper, scissors and tape. You can find excellent step by step instructions here.

I love the little details that are incorporated with this DIY, making it an oh so special DIY. 

Terracotta Pots- Playful Makeover

10 May

I am loving this new trend of DIY chalkboard paint items for your home. I have a really weird obsession with chalkboards. This is nothing new, however, as when I was in 2nd grade my dad got my sister and I a used classroom size chalkboard and I’d never been more excited! All I wanted after that was perfect long pieces of chalk. I knew I would have to try a chalkboard paint DIY. Spring is here, so what is better than a grade school makeover on Terracotta Pots.

I decided to plant three of my favorite herbs. Below is the final product. I love this idea because I do not have a green thumb and as hard as I try my plants usually die, yet I keep trying. With the chalkboard pots I can just erase the herb and start over!

To recreate these yourself here is what you need to know:

Supplies- Terracotta pots, chalkboard paint, other exterior paint colors, thick cardstock paper, and sponge paint brushes.

1.Gather all your supplies, this is a two day DIY since you want to make sure the paint is really dry. 2. I drew a template that I wanted to use as a stencil for painting on the chalkboard paint. 3. Paint your first coat on the pots. I decided to do two cream and one a solid chalkboard. You will have to do several coats. 4. I decided the pots looked too plain so I painted a bright yellow to peek out from the inside of the pot and a light blue. 5. After the pots are dry, tape on the stencil then paint the chalkboard paint on the stencil. 6. The outcome is colorful pots with cute, little chalkboard signs.

A DIY Test Run

3 May

I love, love, love the idea of DIY but I am just not very good at doing the DIY. I decided to try this DIY photo canvas transfer I found on A Beautiful Mess. Here is the finished canvas image she transferred that inspired me.

Here is what you need to know:

1. Supplies needed: stretched canvas (I started with a 5×7 just to test out the process), gel medium (I used this kind from Golden, it can be found at any craft store in the paint section), paint brush and the image you want to transfer (laser copy) and a spray bottle filled with water. Something to note, your image will print reversed. 2. Completely cover your canvas with gel medium. Use a heavy coat. 3. Press the photo copy onto the canvas, make sure that there are no wrinkles in the paper and it is as smooth as possible on the canvas. 4. Then let it dry for several hours or overnight. 5. After your image is completely dry, use a spray bottle to wet the top of the paper. 6. Rub the surface with your fingers until pieces of the paper start coming off. When pieces start coming up your image will be revealed. This step is hard with a black and white to know if you rubbed too much or not enough, once a lot of detail started to come through I would stop. Be careful not to rub too hard as this can remove your transfer on accident. Continue until all the paper is removed and the image is completely visible! 6. Cover your canvas with one more coat of gel medium to seal and protect the image.

Note: You can expect an imperfect transfer. That is part of the charm having it look vintage.

Here are my photo instruction and the finished product.

So here is the question, how did mine turn out should I try it on a bigger canvas? I want to know everyone’s thoughts! 

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