Friday, January 30, 2015

~painting interior doors black~

A few years ago I painted 90% of our interior doors black.
I love them. 
They do require more upkeep as they show more dust and 
when you have pets they show every little mark.

These are a few of my favorites from my Pinterest board called black and white.
When the sun comes up I will take a picture of my latest doors I painted black and post on 
Make sure to look there later today!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

~thrifty Thursday~{super bowl table runner}

Do you want to make a custom table runner for the big game?
All you need is a little time and the following:

Brown craft paper. You can buy postal wrap or brown craft wrapping paper.
This can be found at any office supply store, Target, etc.

Sharpies in the color of your team, mine are blue and green, duh :)

You will need letters and numbers, you can buy these at the office supply store as well.
You will also need a ruler.

Start by cutting your paper to the length of your table, plus some for overhang.

You can use this diagram as a reference:

It's best to pencil in all the lines first, then go over once you are satisfied, with your sharpie.
A fine point sharpie works best for the inside and a fat tip for the border.

After everything is drawn out you can start adding your numbers and letters
 according to the diagram above.

Go Hawks!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

~rustic wood shelving~

Currently obsessed, you?

Our baking niche below in our kitchen I used scaffolding planks cut down.

This picture is old, but here I used a very tall vintage door, cut in half, 
 as 2 shelves on our dining room wall.
{now they are used as "shutters" in our dining room!}

The rest of the photos are from my Pinterest.....
another obsession of mine.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

~get a weathered wood look on painted furniture~

Restoration Hardware is famous for it's weathered wood surfaces.

Years ago I set out to create this look on our dining room table, which was painted black.
It was actually a super simple process, so I thought I'd share with you how I did it.

The first thing I did was sand all the black off.
I could've used a paint stripper, but it was the middle of winter and I didn't want the fumes.
Besides that I always work on impulse, and sandpaper and a palm sander was all I had on hand.
I didn't worry too much about getting in all the nooks and crannies.

When that was all sanded I lived with it like this for a while.
Then when I couldn't stand the orangey color anymore, I headed to Home Depot and got some weathered gray stain.

I used a cheap foam brush and a rag to apply the stain and then wipe off, until I got the color I was hoping for.

 The result was just what I was looking for.

A close up of the before below....

And the after.
For not much money and minimal work, it made a huge difference.


Friday, January 23, 2015

~how to sew a simple pillow~

If you can sew a straight line, than you can make this pillow case.

First, cut your piece of fabric 1" bigger than your insert.
My insert is 26" x 26", so I cut it 27" x 27"
Iron it flat. Also, it's a good idea to pre wash your fabric in case the material shrinks.

Next you want to cut 2 pieces for the back flaps.
My first piece measures 27" x 20" and my second piece measures 27" x 14"

Fold over one edge and iron flat for the hem. 
Fold over again and iron that.

Repeat with the other smaller piece.

Once everything is ironed, take the two smaller pieces to the sewing machine and sew the hem.

Place your largest piece right side up on the ground or table.
Lay one back flap on top,right side down, hemmed edge towards the center.
Lay the other piece right side down, hem towards the center and then pin all the way around.
On these larger pillows I also like to put a pin in the center so nothing shifts while sewing.

Sew all four edges, rounding the corners slightly.

Once you have sewn all 4 sides, cut each corner and then turn the whole thing right side out.

I like using feather/down inserts.
For reference, I got my material here.
{you can buy the inserts there too}
Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

~thrifty Thursday~{designer placemats}

I have been wanting to do this project for a while.
I had leftover wallpaper from our kitchen nook and hallway, and I just couldn't let it go to waste.

This project is really simple.
All you need is some plastic placemats from the dollar store, wallpaper, scissors, and spray adhesive.

I picked up these placemats at the Dollar Tree.
Pretty huh? :)

Then I rolled out a section of wallpaper….

I flipped it over and traced each placemat onto the back with pencil.
Cut one out.

If you craft a lot, this is a must have product.
I use it for a lot of things.

Outdoors and in a protected area,
{this sprays everywhere}
spray the top of your ugly placemat covering the whole area and paying special attention to the edges.
Set aside and then do the same to the back of your wallpaper.
Set aside and let sit for about a minute.
While this is sitting, go ahead and cut your next wallpaper piece out.
The carefully working from one end to the other, smoothing as you go, adhere the two together.

That's it!
These only take a few minutes to make.
You can literally make them while dinner is cooking and have them ready by the time you sit down to eat.

The wallpaper I used is Schumacher Chenonceau
 and the beaded plates are from the Dollar Tree as well. The rest is thrifted ironstone.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

~free Valentine printables~

I have created these 2 little printables for you.
Just simply right click the image and copy it to a word document, and make whatever size you need.
Print out on card stock, frame, or give to a loved one!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

~industrial pipe closet system~

Our master closet was recently in need of some serious overhauling.
I wanted something super custom and a little out of the ordinary.
I've had fun lately with pipe, building little things here and there, so we decided to try our hands at a pipe closet system.
Let me tell you, it's way harder than it looks. It requires at least 543 trips to the home improvement store to get new pipe and return pieces you thought you needed.
You may be a bit more organized than I am though.

Since we were completely starting from scratch,
{literally ripped out the drywall in the old closet}
we decided to line the whole thing with cedar, ceiling and all.
There is many benefits to cedar in a closet, not just aesthetics.
Cedar removes any moisture from the air, and it deters bugs that like to eat clothes.
We just happen to like the look of it too, so it was a win win.

We used black plumbing pipe. I did seal it so it won't rust.
For shelving we used old scaffolding planks. 
I love the rustic quality of them and the lettering on them is kinda cool.

For socks and other small misc. items, I have a set of old locker baskets that I purchased from a garage sale for $5 each.

Once the whole thing was done, I went to Ikea and bought all matching wood hangers.
I love how the whole thing turned out. It is super functional for us, and even though the process was a headache, I am glad we did it.
This will definitely stand up over time.

Are you ready to see?
It was a tricky place to get photos of, but I did my best.

These shelves are all for shoes. They take up almost the entire wall on the side with the entry door.
There is 7 shelves and we left the bottom one with extra space for tall boots.

This is the side opposite the shoe racks.
A his and her side on either side of the locker baskets.

Here you can see shoe racks on the left and lockers on the right.

And some misc. photos…

Have you used pipe in any unconventional ways?
I'd love to hear about it!