Holiday Highlights #3

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Welcome to the 3rd DIY Show Off Holiday Highlights party!
Link up your holiday projects, decor or check out the links for great ideas & inspiration!

I decorated my Christmas tree tonight! In yesterday’s post (here), I shared how I gave my tree some height and covered the ugly tree stand. Today, I swapped out the tablecloth for a burlap cover (using the round tablecloth as a pattern and sewing 2 half circles together). I love it! Here it is with the burlap “root ball” look that I was going for.

This is our main Christmas tree in the livingroom which is a little more formal at the moment. I love the glow and could sit and enjoy a Christmas tree for hours, listening to Christmas music. (Pictures make the ornaments and decorations look pink, but they’re actually pretty shades of gold.)







More Pretty Projects
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Look at these spool ornaments! I love them – so unique and so pretty!


DIY instructions at Make Mine Beautiful!
Thanks for sharing your creativity, Polly!

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I love this ornament tree that Courtney made!
More details at her blog, RedHeads Craft More Fun.


Isn’t it pretty? I love the different sizes and pretty blues.
Beautiful job, Courtney!

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You know how much I love mercury glass. Using the technique I shared on my pumpkins, Jodi made these pretty vases and ornaments. Great job, Jodi! I’m definitely going to do some too!


HERE are the painting instructions. But, for the ornaments, Jodi put on a rubber glove, removed the hanging neck piece, held it by the neck and sprayed. Then she put a screwdriver in the hole used clamps to hold the screwdriver.



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Christmas Tree Stand Cover


I
managed to put up the tree today. It’s not decorated yet. I do prefer a real tree (love the smell) but with the hardwood floors and potential water damage and the fact that Mr. DIY prefers not to search for and transport a real one, we have a really nice artificial tree. It’s older, before the time of pre-lit but we do have another pre-lit one for the family room. Anyway…back to why I’m writing. I wanted to share this incase you’re putting your artificial tree up this weekend and like this look. Oh – and if you ever need to know where your artificial tree needs ‘fluffed’…take some pictures. All of the “holes” between branches really shows up!

This may not work for everyone’s taste and style, but I don’t like the look of the artificial tree stand and don’t want to argue with the dog over the tree skirt. So this year, I decided to attempt something different. A ‘faux root-ball look’. Mr. DIY thinks I’ve created more of a ‘cupcake look’ but I really love how it turned out. It also gives the tree more height. Luckily we have 9′ ceilings.


This is all from things I had around the house. I love when a new look is free!

Edit: I swapped out the table cloth for a burlap cover by using sewing 2 half circles together (using the table cloth as a pattern). Now it looks less like a cupcake.

Materials: Round table cloth, 2 pieces of twine, beverage tub and a few twist ties.

First I laid out the table cloth. I may pick up some burlap this week and sew a big enough circle to swap out for the table cloth.
Then I set the beverage tub in the middle and put the tree stand on top.
I secured two of the tree stand “legs” to the beverage tub handles with twist ties (I twisted around the handle first, then up through the hole on the “leg”).
Next, I gathered the table cloth up and Mr. DIY held it while I tied a piece of twine around it, just below the “eye screws” for tightening/straightening the tree ‘trunk’.


Then I put in the bottom of the tree and the other pieces and straightened out the branches. Once I could tell that the tree was straight (after some adjusting of the ‘eye screws’ in the bottom), I used another piece of string to tie above the ‘eye screws’. Fluff the excess table cloth around.<
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I added some burlap ribbon to finish it off.

You could also use any fabric or decorative round table cloth. I really love the burlap:

What do you think? Here is my tree decorated:



Beatiful Kitchen Backsplash Makeover

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I love detail and when I saw what Kristalyn from The Gathering Place Design did in her kitchen, it was no exception. I think it’ s a beautiful addition to her already awesome kitchen. Here is her blog post:

Kitchen Backsplash Makeover

I love my kitchen, but it did not have a back splash. That is something I always wanted to change. I really like tin tiles and I had looked into a couple different places to purchase them and they were kind of pricey and I would have to hire someone to install them. I found these faux tin tiles at Lowe’s and they are awesome! At $18 per panel, you can’t beat it! I bought them seriously about 9 months ago and they have been sitting ever since. (Gotta love it!) Well, I said I was now ready to do some updating, so here you go. Oh, and this won’t be the last of it!

Before.

Before.

And… AFTER!
These were way easy to work with. The hardest part was the measuring and making sure the lines matched up. (I will say, measure twice, cut once ;) ) They come in 18″x 24″ sheets and I just used utility scissors to cut them. You could use a utility knife as well. They really look so much like real tin! Everyone who I have shown can’t believe they aren’t.

I used liquid nails to attach them to the wall. It didn’t take much because the tension between the cabinets and the granite helps to hold them in place. Easy breezy! :)

The color and design adds so much warmth and character to our kitchen. I am sooooo excited with how it turned out! And even more that I did it all by myself…woo hoo :) Also, don’t be afraid to mix finishes and types of wood. You might feel like everything needs to be the same. I’m not a huge fan of matchy matchy. In our kitchen, I have two different stains on my cabinets along with black painted pieces. As well as stainless steel and oil rubbed bronze finishes. Mixing different finishes just adds interest and gives your home it’s own unique feel. Do want feels good to you!

I had some scraps left over so the bread box could not escape my embellishing! Don’t you worry there will be more projects to come with the other trimmings. ;) I hope this ispires ya’ll to get going with things you have always wanted to change or update in your home. I’m not gonna lie, I was intimidated to take on this project, but the end result is worth it for
sure!


Kristalyn – it’s beautiful and adds so much warmth to your gorgeous kitchen. Fantastic job! I’m about to embark on a scary project too, so thank you for the encouragement!

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Speaking of tin! Have you entered the DIY Show Off Appreciation giveaway?

One special friend and sponsor, Christy, from Embellished Bayou has some beautiful hand painted/hand made tin tiles in her etsy shop. She has generously donated an antique 6″x6″ tin ceiling tile that will be handpainted in your choice of color and finished off with coordinating rhinestones, bow and beaded wire hanger. Choose to personalize with your initial, monogram, name or short phrase.

Here are some of the tiles she has in her shop:


Visit Embellished Bayou to check out all of her pretty items…perfect and affordable gift ideas! What’s your favorite?

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Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll see you Sunday evening when I post for the next DIY Show Off Holiday Highlights. Now that holiday decorating and gift ideas are on the priority list, I’d love to see your projects, decoration and ideas!

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As most of you know, I entered the True Value DIY Drama contest because we have a lot of DIY drama in our home and so many projects to complete. The prize is a $5000 True Value shopping spree and a 2 hour in-home consultation by the True Value Master of All Things Hardwarian! (Professional guidance = a lesson in making things right!) My video is embarrassing. You know I love to show off DIY home improvement projects WHEN they’re done and beautiful. So, showing something ugly and a source of DIY gone wrong in our home wasn’t easy. Being chosen as a finalist is so exciting! It’s also nerve-wracking! So close! A 1-in-10 chance! But I really, really, really need your help!

I‘d love to show you the DIY process and what $5000 at True Value in the hands of a DIY’er can do with a pitiful master bathroom suite. I’m in shameless pleading, swallowing my pride mode.

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Under the Table and Dreaming

Stephanie at Under the Table and Dreaming is a DIY blogger full of creative ideas. I was only going to share her kitchen, but I can’t help showing off more. She deserves to show it all off. I love her style and these 3 before/afters are beautiful. My favorite projects include a beautiful Thanksgiving table, an amazing bathroom transformation and a gorgeous kitchen makeover that has me so jealous. Here you go:

Dining room before with seller’s furniture…

Dining room after…with some beautiful holiday inspiration!


She made this beautiful table runner! I LOVE it.

and these Pottery Barn inspired centerpieces! Aren’t these beautiful too?

Everyone Said Don’t Do It, But I Painted Wallpaper Anyway ~ Our Powder Room
(Click the link above to get all of the details! Her bravery paid off!)
I love the subtle gray stripes and it’s motivation to get busy on finishing my bathroom this long holiday weekend! (Thanks Stephanie!)

Powder room before:

Powder room after – wow!


We used the same shade for both stripes, one in a flat finish and the other in satin. The color is called Gentle Rain.


Dollar Store wall art….{tutorial here}



The heart of Stephanie’s home, her kitchen:

Since I won’t be enjoying a kitchen makeover any time too soon, I’ll just live my dream under Stephanie’s table.
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ere are some pictures taken during one of walk-throughs prior to buying the house…
(Before)
(After)

Just a few side by sides…

Stephanie has other amazing transformations and a lot of great DIY projects that she shares on her blog, Under the Table and Dreaming. You can also read full detailed posts about the projects above.

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hanks so much for allowing me to Show Off your DIY projects, Stephanie! And thank you for the motivation! Fantastic job!
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Single Stone Studios

Shelley from Single Stone Studios has so much inspiration in her blog. (She created my beautiful blog header and buttons. She featured a photo of my birdcage wall decals back in July 2008 too!) She’s a very talented artist, she’s creative and she’s a DIY’er too! Here are some of her amazing projects (Shelley, I don’t know where you find the time, but I need a dose of your energy!):


She’s working on these chairs but you can tell from the before and in-progress that they will be gorgeous when she’s done!


This apothecary chest from plain jane…

to beautiful…

Kitchen cabinets before:


Kitchen cabinets after:

You can see her pretty studio HERE. Then visit her BLOG HERE and her SHOP HERE – the photos are so beautiful. These are just a few. I’d copy/paste her entire blog if I could…but I bet she’d rather you drop in for a peek. Aren’t these gorgeous?

I want this chair, wall and vinyl art in my office….


and this one is in my dream dressing room… This one in my craft room:

She also has a pretty exciting announcement. Pop over and tell her Congratulations!

And best of all – you have a chance to win a Single Stone Studios $35 gift certificate by entering the drawing daily!

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Still watching the votes. It’s so exciting! Thank you all so much for voting once a day every day! I’d LOVE to share the transformation with you if we win! Maybe even introduce you to Mr. DIY as he fixes the DIY drama. ?

Oh – and a tiny little show off for me! Our friend, PK from Room Remix, was browsing through BHG 100 decorating ideas for under $100 and saw my alphabet chair there! It’s not a cover story and just a little ‘honorable mention’ but I’m excited to see it! Shelley saw it too and sent me a picture…I’m just a little bit proud. ;)

Holiday Highlights #2

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First, I just want to say thank you to these special friends: Layla, Tricia, Heidi, PK, Karen and Cheri. And thank you to all of my friends for your votes. Never underestimate the power of internet friends and friends and family in real life. I treasure each one. Speaking of being thankful, I wanted to include some Thanksgiving in this weeks’ DIY Holiday Highlights.

I personally don’t have much Thanksgiving to share since we have a lot going on and we’re not hosting this year, but I‘ve been working on a garland so I love this one from Remodelaholic. So festive and perfect for Thanksgiving, isn’t it? There is also a week long Thanksgiving series in progress. Check it out!

Click HERE for the tutorial.

Even though I’m traveling to my brother’s, I couldn’t resist working on my own centerpiece

after being inspired by:


I
am working on some things for Christmas (none of which are finished because I’m still dealing with painting a floor that can’t seem to make it to the top of the priority list). Patience is not one of my strengths. It’s not in the budget to change all of my holiday decor just yet, but I’m loving natural elements like pine/grapevine/moss/pinecones/natural fibers mixed with white and silver/bronze/gold metallics.



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DIY Transitional Projects

Sometimes it takes making a temporary change until the permanent change is in the budget to keep me from going insane. It’s the reason that I’m painting the plywood floor in the bathroom I’m working on. Rather than leave it bare ugly stained plywood until it’s time for marble tile, a fresh new painted floor is an inexpensive temporary fix. I love the look of painted floors and I can’t wait to see it myself. I’m hoping I have the chance to work on it over the next Justify Fullfew days.
Here is the before (currently)…yikes!

And here is just a little hint about part of what I have in mind, a little practice with primer. I’m hoping it works out the way I’m picturing it in my head.

So, when I saw Karli’s temporary countertop fix at RockyBella, it confirmed that temporary inexpensive fixes are worth it. Her countertops were ugly before (sorry Karli!) but now – they’re beautiful. Don’t you think?

Here is her post:

My kitchen counter tops are in a transitional stage. I plan to replace them one day soon with some tile or maybe even granite. I would like to tile the kitchen floor before we get to that project though. So to hold me over, I’ve taken on a little “ghetto fabulous” kitchen counter re-do. I shared with you how I did a test run with my little section of counter, in this post. I decided it was high time to get the rest of it finished. When I went back to the store where I originally bought the gray colored “stone” spray paint, I sadly found out the color had been discountinued. Whoops, what am I going to do now? One side of my kitchen is already done and “enviro teched” (clear shiney hard coat) over. I hunted around and around town for the same paint color, but I didn’t have any luck finding it. I picked out the closest thing to it. Once I got them next to reach other I realized it was definitely not close enough, I will have to re-do the first section I did. Oh Well.

Here is my step by step on how I painted my “stone” counter-tops.
BEFORE
AFTER
*Note: If you saw my first post on painting my counter tops you may be have noticed they are not as shiny as my first run at it. I have not completed the “glass shine” step yet. I will get to that explanation soon…

I taped off my sink and protected it with some plastic bags, as well as covering the cabinets in plastic. You will want to protect anything close because you are using spray paint inside….eeek. The cabinets above were not close enough to the spray so they were not covered, and they still stayed paint-less during the process.

I used Glidden’s Gripper primer in gray to coat the entire laminate counter top.

I popped the cap off the “stone” flecked spray paint, and gave it about three to four even coats. Since its spray paint I had to be very careful to keep the can at an equal distance from the counter the entire time. It is easy to get uneven circles that will make it obvious that you used a spray paint. Doing at least three coats will help to ensure that the application is even. I stayed about 8 inches away from the surface of the counter top.

I let it sit overnight to thoroughly dry. Then I got out a fine paint brush and some clear gloss polyurethane that I had left over from when I refinished our hardwood floors. This is the step where I COULD have used Envirotex to get a glassy look like I did on the other side of my kitchen. It would have been about $100 to do this step so I held off for another day. I will do that step very soon in the near future.
Envirotex was used on this section (above) to get a high gloss look. It is also much more protected and durable after using Envirotex.
This is how it looks with ONLY high gloss polyurethane, not Envirotex:

I did about 3 coats of the polyurethane, and let each coat dry for at least 4 hours before starting the next. I left the back-splash alone, just primed it. I plan to do a bead board back-splash soon.

So there you have it, my cheap little counter top re-do. Although its still not finished.

Thanks Karli! Your counter looks amazing! I wouldn’t be in a hurry to change it!

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The holidays are getting closer! I won’t even tell you how many days.
Have you seen the cute little skirt in the giveaway?
Guess what! Someone it going to win it!

Amanda & Katie from
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have generously donated this prize!

Adorable Lazy Day Skirt. It is made using the pattern by Oliver & S. The skirt is a 2T (11″ long) and made with Heather Bailey Pop Garden fabric. The skirt’s hem is made with bright green, satin ribbon and it has an elastic waist.
They have an etsy shop too!!

http://sisterlylovecards.etsy.com
Check out the the link above for the CUTEST skirts, tutus, onesies – perfect gifts!
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Show & Tell – “your blog”!
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You all have been so supportive (thanks for your comments, votes and boost in confidence).

Your blog, my blog, her blog and his blog are certainly DIY projects in a different sense that each of us invests time in on a nearly daily basis. DIY in my opinion. Blogging is what brings us together, inspires us, allows us to vent, get opinions, teaches, shares, creates new friendships and of course gives us the chance to “show off“.


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Link and share your

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  1. Add your first name and the name of your blog, like this: Roeshel (The DIY Show Off)
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Design Gal, her Handyman and a Furniture Transformation

Another brilliant furniture makeover! This one is from Shannon at Design Gal and Her Handyman. Isn’t it a cute blog name? What about that beautiful header? Well – you’re going to want to take a look around. Check out the Before & Afters and Interior Design & Thrifting Tips.

Here is one of her furniture makeover posts. I love the transformation and she makes me laugh too. :)

Before

This little dresser used to be white, white little flowers painted on the front of the drawers. It began as a piece of furniture from my childhood bedroom set. When I was 18, I decided I was so over the white, flowery motif, so I painted the set black. Being the furniture re-do rookie that I was at the time, I didn’t sand or prime, I just painted. I started from the bottom and worked my way up, and when I began painting the glossy, laminate top, I realized the paint wasn’t sticking, so I wiped it off and left it glossy white. And it’s stayed that way for years, usually with a table runner covering the not so lovely laminate.
When we moved into our new home, I wasn’t sure where to put the dresser. It just didn’t seem to fit anywhere I wanted it. The depth was what really bothered me, as it jutted out in spaces I thought it would look cute. So, to solve the problem, I did what any handy gal would do.

I cut it in half.

My tool of choice was a circular saw, naturally. If you’ve never used one before, it’s time to get your tool on (...i know, but don’t say it…this is a PG rated blog folks), because they’re awesome! After taking out the drawers, I just measured the depth I wanted to saw off and went from there.

After it was sawed in half, I took the wood that was in the back of the dresser and reattached it to the slimmed down dresser, so I could make some shelves.

We used 1/4″ mdf for the shelves and cut them with a jigsaw. I also attached some molding to the front to hide the plain wood slats.

Finally after a fresh, new coat of paint (yes, I sanded the heck out of the laminate top & used a no sand primer to help it stick), and some new baskets from Ikea, the new dresser looks fabulous!

Can you believe it?! I’m afraid of power tools but this makeover is therapy! What a beautiful inspiring transformation. Thank you so much for sharing, Shannon! It’s amazing. That shelf was that dresser? Magic!
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Lisa from Mimi’s Corner has generously donated

Set of 6 decorated clothes pins. They are decorated on both sides with quality paper the
n sanded and mod podged.

If you’re like me you have regular clothes pins or those store bought plastic ones on your chip and cereal bags. These would look much cuter!

Use them to hang cards or banners.
Hang pictures.
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Saving the lives of furniture…Tea Rose Home

Sachiko at Tea Rose Home is a furniture super hero, saving the lives of furniture doomed to the dumpster. Check them out by clicking the links for more details!

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Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she beautiful?
The hutch transplant was a success!

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Back to the regularly scheduled blog post and another AMAZING furniture rescue from Tea Rose Home, otherwise known as Furniture General Hospital. You won’t believe it!


To this beautiful chair with so much charm. I love the toille!

Dr. Sachiko! You’re an awesome furniture surgeon! I LOVE these! Thank you so much for sharing!!! What do you all think? Visit Tea Rose Home for so many more crafts and tutorials! Tell her the showoffs love her!

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Another one of my favorite things! I have this garland for spring:



Don’t you LOVE it? I want the Wish garland. Chic Sparkle is another one of my favorite etsy sellers and she has generously donated a GIFT! It’s glittery and it’s perfect for the holidays! She has garlands for all seasons and the Fall and Dream garland can be customized!

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Have you visited all of the DIY holiday links? I’m slowly getting through them. If I haven’t stopped to see you yet – I will! I’m just running fashionably late, as usual!

DIY Headboard Coat Rack

I was writing up a post to share Jennifer’s DIY headboard coat rack at Livin’ the Simple Life and came across so many great ideas! You must pop over and visit her Furniture Rescue link and Projects Link and the Painting link too. Good stuff!

Here is her DIY headboard coat rack post:

Okay, so we’ve all seen the headboard turned coatrack, bench, etc. all over blogland. I loved the idea, so I was on the prowl for an interesting headboard. While visiting my favorite thrift store, I found an UH-mazing headboard. Not only was it awesome and $8.00, but it was 50% off that day! So allow me to introduce you to my $4.00 headboard, soon to be coatrack.

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I chopped off the posts, and scraped off the gum stuck to the back. Ewwwww!

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Sorry, but the gross factor wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t show you a picture of the sticky offender. Anyway, I spray painted the headboard black to match my entryway bench and added some garment hooks from Lowe’s. I could have stopped there, but it was just a little too plain.

Here’s where the fun began! I sponged a little metallic bronze acrylic paint into the grooves, then wiped it away to give it some dimension and depth. Then I added nailhead trim, following the curves of the grooves. Here it is in the beginning, when my hands were already hurting and I was beginning to question my judgement. Was this a little too “out there”?

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I kept going, and ended up loving the result. Looooooove.

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Thanks Stephanie for sharing your creativity! Your new coat rack is gorgeous! Great job!

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I‘ll even beg! Now the embarrassment has faded a little…I can’t believe I have a 1 in 10 chance of winning a $5000 DIY makeover and in home consultation from a Master of All Things Hardwarian!

With your help, I can win the True Value DIY Drama!
Thanks to everyone voting! Your kindness and taking the time to click and vote means the world to me! Winning would be the best Christmas gift!

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Check out these frames from Just Simply Southern:
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The quality is excellent – so chunky and sturdy. So pretty too!
I have one. I LOVE it! It’s a really fun way to display a special photo. I’m using it for my nephew in my office and it’s so easy to swap out for the next milestone. She even created a custom one to match my black/white office.

Wouldn’t you love to win one of these?
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DIY Drama – Excitement & Embarrassment

Dear DIY Show Off friends,

Please click the badge on the right side bar – I really appreciate (and need) your votes!

Ever wonder what a blog friend looks or sound like? You’re about to find out.
::blushing::
::increasing heart rate::

I am about to reveal something I never thought I’d actually get the chance to (so many great entries). Wait. Does that mean it’s a real true DIY drama to be one of the 10 finalists? Should I celebrate or hang my head in shame?! Of course, I have to explain because I’m SO embarrassed but when it comes to winning $5000 and as well as an in-home consultation with their local Master of All Things Hardwarian, I’ll swallow my pride. You with me? I’ll beg on my blog. I’ll put myself out there.

I entered the True Value DIY Drama. True Value is having an awesome contest! A DIY’ers dream come true! Our old farmhouse is full of projects but I went with our master bathroom because it’s d-r-a-m-a. A room that has been neglected. A project that’s still waiting. The place I thought would be the best ‘gift’ I could give Mr. DIY.

We’re lucky to have a master bath (if you can call it that). And it’s a nightmare. When we bought our home in 2007, we worked non stop for 2 months to make it something we could actually move in to. That doesn’t mean something pretty or completed within two months. Mr. DIY and I worked full time and would spend evenings and weekends cleaning things up. When it came to the master bath shower – it needed replaced. We tore it all out and Mr. DIY, who has awesome tiling skills (you’ve seen the slate tile and beautiful tile floor in the powder room), began his first vertical tiling job. He really did do a great job with it. Mostly. He was rushed and exhausted and tired. There is “drama” on the lack of finishing touches along with some other DIY oopsies. My video points it out (sorry honey) and the other disasters we live with every day. Hey, it gets us clean. That’s all that matters, right? NO! Not when you’re a DIY show off! It just won’t do! It belongs on my alter-ego blog, The DIY Nightmare. (Oh and that toilet seat issue…I’m guessing it was installed and used before I had a chance to run to the store for an exchange. Things were that rushed and that exhausting!)

Once you see the video (ignoring me), you’ll see what I mean. I was the 2nd video submitted. I wish I would have waited or watched some tutorials or homemade videos to spice it up a little. It’s not really dramatic in terms of quality. I didn’t have time for acting lessons either or a stunt double (great suggestion Tricia!). :(

You’d do what you could to win $5000 and professional advice too, right? Please agree with me…because we’re friends and I’ll feel better. :)

Remember – first time ever videography. So lingering on the shampoo while I get behind the camera isn’t intentional. The video is actually Take 12 or 100 or 500. I lost count. And I finally just gave up…despite the shampoo shot and my term “do-it-yourselfing”.

I was so nervous. I wish I could have been funny or cute. Looking back, I wish I could have been perky! lol AND the bathroom that I’m pointing out? I’d NEVER show it off!

So…I’m desperate for your vote. There are some great DIY dramas listed, but I’m putting out my shameless plea – please vote for me. You’d love to see the after, right? You’d love for me to have a master bath that I can show off. You KNOW that $5000 budget and professional guidance in the hands of a DIY’er can mean ugly scary space to beautiful master bath oasis.

Without further hesitation, um…here goes. This is me. This is not only my DIY home improvement drama, but my DIY video disaster. Never before seen video footage of a room that I would NEVER in a million years show off but will shamelessly plug for a chance at $5k.

Please click the badge below and vote by clicking the red button at the bottom of the video. Thanks everyone! Your votes can make me a winner!

Here’s the link if that doesn’t work:http://www.startrightstarthere.com/contest_viewEntry.aspx?entrantId=313 or even truevalue.com.

Are we still friends? Can you believe that DIY drama exists in my house? Help me make it better!

I would really, really appreciate your votes once a day every day now until December 4th. I’ll put the Finalist Badge on my side bar.

Thanks everyone! What do you think? Be honest! I’ll reject the bad comments. JUST KIDDING!
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If you take the minute to click over and vote every day…I think I’d have a chance. I’ll be forever grateful. Winning would be amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help and support.

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DIY Show Off Holiday Highlights #1 – You're Invited!

Welcome to the 1st DIY Show Off Holiday Highlights party! (I celebrate Christmas, so my projects will be Christmas related, but feel free to link any upcoming DIY holiday project that you celebrate/wish to share including THANKSGIVING!)
I started a project to share, but time got away from me, a car got towed, I procrastinated my work by working on the bathroom and so it’s not finished (neither is my work and neither is the bathroom). But, here are some DIY wreaths that I made last year. They were so easy to make! Cardboard and ribbon – you might even have the supplies already sitting around ready to go.
Editing to participate!

More great Holiday links!

Update:  I’m linking to the Wreath Party at Modern Country Style!

Christmas Ribbon Wreath





I saw a DIY ribbon wreath on a wire frame last year and came up with this easy inexpensive holiday alternative.

Easy & Inexpensive Christmas Ribbon Wreath

Time: About 1 hour (Seriously, it took me longer to type these instructions & add photos!)

Materials:
Ribbon (I used about 35 feet, thick wired ribbon works best and will save you time!), cardboard, scissors, Xacto-knife, coordinating decorative pick/bow

Instructions & tips:

Trace a dinner plate (or your preferred circle for wreath size) on a piece of cardboard with an Xacto knife. You can also trace and cut out with scissors, but that’s a little more difficult.

Trace a smaller sized salad plate inside the bigger one:

You should have a cardboard circle like this. I also saved the inside circle and made another wreath from it (below).


Now, cut ribbon into pieces. I cut about 33 – 12″ strips. You can use any width/length of ribbon. I used 2 1/2 in. Tip: The wider the ribbon, the less work covering the cardboard. I also used wired ribbon so that I could fluff and manipulate the pieces better. :)

Next, you don’t
have to notch the ends of your ribbon, but I think it give it more of a wreath-y look. Tip: Don’t be a perfectionist! Layer ends and cut several notches at once to save time!


Now the fun part! Tie the ribbon around the cardboard ring, knots on the outer edge. I did 1 tie not a double knot since my ribbon is wired and stayed. Continue this step until the entire ring is covered. Note: There will still be cardboard showing but we’ll address that in the next step. Tip: For a fuller look, use more ribbon and slide pieces close together.





Next, start another layer filling in the bare spots. This time tie the ribbons in between the first layer to cover up the cardboard. I knotted this layer and place the knot in between the outer and inner edge of the cardboard ring, facing you.


Almost done! Fluff and manipulate the wire ribbon to get a nice shape and to cover all of the cardboard wreath.


Add a bow or the coordinating happy stuff you’ve chosen like holly, pinecones, Christmas ornaments, candy, etc. Here’s an easy to make bow:

Choose a different color wired ribbon. Wrap around 3-4 times into a loop and pinch together in the center.




Tie center with a twist tie.

Use a l
arge piece of ribbon to tie around the center (hiding the twist tie) and cut desired length of bow “tails”. Fluff!

TA-DA! A beautiful handmade ribbon wreath created with love by your own two hands!


If you make one – please share your photos with me and I’ll post your photo here to show off!

I made one using tulle and the smaller circle cutout for the main bathroom too:

I love all things frilly and feminine. I framed a pretty Christmas quote that I printed on cardstock, recycled the feather boas from a Sweet 16 party – isn’t it a beautiful look for snow? I added a few whimsical black ornament place card holders topped with bows and some red jingle bells. And ta da – what was usually a hidden boring area was transformed! (This is the bathroom I’m currently working on…so I’ll be doing something different this year.)




I also want to share some other great DIY holiday ideas with you.

I made an Eddie Ross-inspired ornament wreath last year too. Another easy DIY project with beautiful results. It’s still packed up but I’ll show it to you another time.

Keelie from Red Writing made some cookies for the party…quilt cookies.

Click HERE for the tutorial. So cute!

And check out this cool pegboard advent calendar from Tiffany at La*T*Da. Click HERE for more details. What a fun idea!

Do you have a DIY holiday project? Please share!

If you’d like to link YOUR DIY holiday project or even holiday decor for inspiration post to the party:
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  4. If you notice your link has disappeared - please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today with a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Links not related to DIY holiday projects or holiday decor for inspiration will be deleted.

Vanity – it's a good thing!

Well, this type of vanity is good. The bathroom kind. Keep reading…it’s stunning. Nothing sinful about it…but checkout Chocolate Monday’s blog header. Now that’s just sinful!

I love when I can show off a shocker, something that I can’t believe that the before picture is the after one. Don’t you? Just preparing you! You must stop by…her blog is filled with all sorts of goodies. AND I mean goodies! Recipes, crafts, DIY projects. Go ahead, pop over and introduce yourself. Please bring me back some blog header leftovers?


Chocolate Monday
has created a transformation dream. Here is her post:

The whole project was around the $400 range, including the buffet, sink, faucet, plumbing, tile, beadboard, baseboard, crown moulding and paint. Our master bathroom vanity redo has been technically finished for a few weeks. I’ve just been working on the details but decided to post since it will probably take a little while until it’s completely done, down to the tiniest thing. I’m not an impulsive shopper or decorator. I like to take my time.

Anyway….

Goodbye old bathroom.

Goodbye formerly dark-brown laminate cabinets
with the white paint peeling off.

Goodbye stained and chipped countertop.
Bye-bye ginormous, plain old boring, cracked mirror.

Adios sassy brassy leaky faucet.

Bye-bye overly textured, partially painted walls.

See ya later soap and toothbrush holder that I’m sure had to be
included in the original blueprints for the walls of the bathroom.

Hello beautiful, clean, bright white bathroom I have been dreaming about!




A few little things still left to be done.
Deciding on a ribbon for the drawers is one. I love this idea.
I saw it in a magazine and on this blog.
I’m just having a hard time finding the perfect one.

I really like the blue.

I like the white too.
But probably the blue more.
Just not sure if I like that particular blue….

Definitely not the yellow.

Painting the little mirror on the floor.
It’s for little people who can’t see in the big one since
the vanity is quite a bit higher than it used to be.


The picture frame on the wall needs something in it and
we’ll probably put in a small towel bar on the opposite wall.

The little houses in the birdcage need a new shade of blue paint.
They’re a shade that’s too far off everything else in there.

And I’ve been eyeing a couple of wire baskets
to put underneath the sink for towels.

Hello? Hello?? Hard to tear your eyes away, isn’t it? Isn’t it beautiful? I love the buffet as the vanity, don’t you? Thanks, Chocolate Monday (Janet), for sharing your fabulous vanity makeover! I look forward to seeing more. And thanks for the cookies!

I’m linking to:
Furniture Feature Fridays

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The vanity above reminds me…I love pretty things!

Like this ring:


This handmade fused glass ring is sure to delight. The ring is a highly durable sustainable exotic hardwood with a glass surface. Each ring is an original piece of wearable art. I offer whole sizes 6-9. This ring is just enough “chunk” to MAKE an outfit, it’s also a great everyday source of inspiration.

A generous gift to one lucky winner from

Do you know Marjorie?
Here’s more:
And here is MORE beautiful jewelry in her shop. Time for some holiday shopping!
JOY BEADWORKS is offering FREE SHIPPING to DIY Show Off Readers!
Use code DIY!
She also has a blog with lots of DIY ideas.
http://www.joybeadworks.blogspot.com/
(Sneak over and tell her “hi” and thanks for her generosity!)

THEN….

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DIY Show & Tell – Fabulous Furniture Makeovers

Time for some furniture makeovers! Ready? Click the link to visit the DIY Show Off behind the masterpiece!

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Copy Cat Creations


From Shannon: I wanted to show off my dresser. I needed a dresser for my 2 year old who is obsessed with cars. It was gonna be like 200 dollars for a cheap 5 drawer particle board dresser from Target and I wanted something of quality…but couldn’t afford it. I bought this dresser off craigslist for 30 dollars. Its solid wood. I painted it black and then sealed it….I wish I would have primed it first….but what are you gonna do…it was my first DIY project. I then bought new knobs at Home Depot…if I had to do that again…I hear you can get a better deal at ikea online…anyways, I taped off the lines for the road on top and painted that white white acrylic paint (only b/c that’s all I had on hand) I then cut out whole cars from car magazines and decoupaged them onto the fronts of the drawers. I think it turned out sooo great. He loves it and so do I! So, in total for the dresser, new knobs, paint, sealer, magazines and decoupage, It cost a total of $80. Not too shabby for a solid wood 6 drawer dresser.

Yoga Gal
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From Misty
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From Barbara: (The before picture is from WICKER WAREHOUSE; I did not take a before picture.) I used a mahogany gel stain to darken the dresser. I bought the drawer pulls and legs on ebay. It still looked too plain to me so I bought copper sheeting online. I sprayed it with an ammonia/salt/vinegar solution and left it outside for a week to give it an aged patina. Then I cut a piece for the top and for each drawer and used copper tacks to attach. Finally, I outlined the piece in copper liquid leaf. It turned out so much better than I had imagined. Before:


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Classic Campbell
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Home Sweet Home
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Living in the Moment
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Now…it’s your turn. Link an old post or create a quick recap showcasing your hard work again…perhaps new readers haven’t seen it! Show it off!
In either case – please post the button/link back to The DIY Show Off. Share the link in a quick note on your post today so everyone can enjoy the DIY Show & Tell!

What is it? It’s always a surprise with a different theme and no specific date planned…just pops up out of the blue. I just knew you were looking for something to blog about today.
Show it off!

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  1. You must use the button above and link to this post to share the linky love.
  2. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your Show & Tell post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
  3. Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.
  4. The party will run for a few days…so showing up fashionably late is acceptable. I will probably take tomorrow off from blogging so keep checking back for more links!
  5. If you notice your link has disappeared - please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today with a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this Show & Tell is for FURNITURE makeovers and DIY ONLY. Links not related to DIY furniture will be deleted.


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Pure Style Home: Kitchen


~”An Interior designer, Lauren shares her philosophy that we can all live simply, happily & beautifully. Her budget-friendly design tips, ideas & inspiration make decorating fun.”

Beautiful kitchen makeovers are so inspiring to me since I have one in need of some serious DIY attention. Lauren’s kitchen is full of charm with touches of glam in the breakfast nook. Just my style. Here is her post:

Before
And here’s what it looks like now:


Below are a couple of other views of the kitchen ‘before’:
Here’s our little breakfast nook before:
Lauren..I love (I use that word a lot too) your kitchen. I love that it’s both old and new. It’s that kind of character that I love and hope to have in my kitchen next year. TheI think you made the right choice with the chandelier – it’s awesome! (and Eddie & Jaithan?!! Your heros!) Your appliances – more proof that paint can fix disasters too - something I’m amazed by each time I see it. Thank you for sharing your inspirational, beautiful kitchen story!

Head over to Pure Style Home…she has more projects worth seeing. Check it out!

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I‘ve seen the comments in the giveaway and I know some of you are addicted to pretty fabric as much as I am. I’ve ordered fabric from esty seller, Fabric Supplies, and I was thrilled to discover the grand opening of their new shop full of beautiful designer fabric.
Introducing:

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Charlie and Lindsey have generously donated prize #3!

Half Yard Bundle of fabric from Franchelle Conteras for Henry Glass Fabrics,
called “South Hampton” (a total of 4 yards!).

South Hampton in Fuchsia and Robin's Egg Blue
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Manufacturer: Henry Glass
Designer: Franchelle Conteras
Collection: South Hampton
Bundle Name: South Hampton in Fuchsia and Robin’s Egg Blue

I always love seeing a peek of the people behind the scenes, don’t you? Here is a really interesting article to tell you more about the ‘two love birds who love fabric’.
Here is the link to all of the fabric bundles.
http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/bundles
Which one is your favorite?

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I’ve never made a quilt but I love to sew and today…I think this is my favorite:
Nature-ology in Brown

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Speaking of Giveaways!

Check out Completely Coastal’s tabletop giveaway where you can win a product of your choice!

Nautical Tabletop

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Houston area readers!
Courtesy of Rae:
My husband’s company has a huge warehouse full of used furniture, just waiting to be transformed! There are so many projects waiting to happen! They need to clear the warehouse, and are practically giving the furniture away.