Dazed. And then some…an old window DIY project.

Meet:  Rachelle from

Dazed. And then some...  
who has recently turned some old windows into some amazing things.  Today she’s sharing one of her awesome window projects.  Here she is:



Yay!! I am SO excited to share this project with all of you!


I started with just the window frame (it came with the glass) and went from there.


Okay, so here’s how I did it!

Supplies:
  • Window Frame w/glass
  • Crackle Paint
  • Country White Acrylic Paint
  • Brown Acrylic Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Raw wood shelf
  • (3)  Longer Nails/Hammer
  • Twine
  • (2) Screws
  • Screw Driver
  • Wall Decals (Optional)
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue


Instructions:
  1. If the frame you chose already has a dark stain or dark color paint, you do not need to paint it again. Just take your Crackle Paint and brush on a nice layer in one even direction. Let it get tacky. Do NOT let it dry.
  2. Using your Country White paint, brush on a nice thick layer. Within a minute or two you will start to see it crack! You can speed this process along using a hairdryer, as well.
  3. Using the same brush you used for the white paint, start painting your raw wood shelf brown. 
  4. Sand both the shelf and window frame along the edges and even more so on the corners.
  5. Flip your frame over and screw in your screws. (One on the top of each corner for hanging.) 
  6. Cut enough twine to fold over 4 times and tie a loop on each end. Apply to screws.
  7. On your shelf, hammer in 3 nails. Make sure they are long and sturdy enough for keys (or whatever you think you will be hanging from them).
  8. Now apply a nice thick layer of hot glue to the back of your shelf and press onto the bottom of the frame.
  9. Finally, apply your decals to the windows. I used Designer Wall Accents in “Swirly Branches”. 

Note: You do not have to apply the decals at all if you prefer not to. If you like the idea of branches but don’t want to buy decals, you can just paint them on the back of the windows. (That was my initial plan until I spotted the decals!)

HANG HER UP! :)

**I kind of forgot to take a before shot, so here is the back of the frame after I had already finished it.

Close up of the crackle effect… Cool, ri
ght?!





This is a shot of it without the decals. It looks great either way! 



Beautiful and so creative!  Great job, Rachelle!  This would be perfect in an entryway! Love it!


See more DIY and creativity from Rachelle at her blog…

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Sleeping Beauty by Click Clack Gorilla

Meet:  Nicollette from 
I love her DIY story:  In July 2009 a couple gave me the 60-year-old wooden caravan/trailer (German: Bauwagen) that they had had on their garden plot for the last 20 years. All I had to do was dig the axle out of the ground and get it home.


Two days later and a few layers dirtier we hauled trash house home to the wagenplatz where I live and the oh-crap-I’ve-never-built-anything-more-complicated-than-a-CD-shelf, diy renovation gauntlet began. A year, 900 euros, and many borrowed tools and trips to the dumpsters later, I had me a sweet little house on wheels.


Here’s the transformation: 
I am astounded that I’m really finished—well, finished enough to be sleeping in trash house, lighting the wood stove in trash house, and gazing around the room looking at the physical reality of what I’ve been imagining for over a year. Technically I’m not really finished—someday soon the pleas of my frozen feet will be too loud to ignore and I will insulate the floor—but as far as daily life goes, trash house is ready to have a bottle of champagne smashed against her snow-bobbled buttocks.

So, here are some before-and-after pictures for your consideration. May they astound you the way that comparing my memories of the last year to the present astounds me.
once upon a wagon…

When I first got trash house home from Rüsselsheim after digging her out of the garden where she’d spent the last 20 years she looked like this:
My very own sleeping beauty, given to me for zero euro because sometimes people would rather just be rid of something than to do the work of taking it with them when they move. My first task was to insulate the walls. Below you’ll find her stripped and defiled some months later:
And today, parked in a new spot, covered in snow, and bedecked with a wind chime.
The siding in the pictures above was born of an ex-ceiling. The hose carries water from the rain gutter and into the rain barrel that will make watering my garden next summer exponentially easier. The hose is from the trash, the barrel is from the trash, the ladder, the candle holder, trash, trash, trash, etc, usw, et. al.

In the picture below you can see the one side I managed to cover with the original boards (only one side’s worth of boards survived the crow bar’s wrath and my impatience), and the end I sided with boards from Natasha’s ex-ceiling. Most of them were kind of fucked, so next summer will probably see another brief re-siding project. My neurotic side wishes that all four sides looked exactly the same, but since I usually don’t have to look at them all at once, and I like having saved some of those purdy original boards, my neurosis’ twitchy pleas for further symmetry remain quiet enough to ignore.

First, the climatic before photo. Summer 2009: shortly after hauling trash house home from Rüsselsheim, I filled her innards with huge Styrofoam bits that I intended to slice into insulation-sized pieces. Those blocks ended up back in the trash where I’d found them after I discovered that cutting Styrofoam is a big messy. Many other objects have come from (and gone back to) the trash since. I even made 40 euros selling what it turned out I didn’t need at the flea market for 50 cents a pop.

Note the small window to your right, the unplea
santly bland wall and ceiling color, and the cardboard-brown color of the floor for future comparison:
Today: wha-la! Lived in, cheerful, and filled with the crap I call my possessions:
As seen when facing in the opposite direction (with my back to the door), before the make-over:
And don’t forget the big hole in the wall where I had to cut out some scary sponge mold! Wasn’t that a blast! Does the fun ever start?! (Ugh.)

And there you have it folks, a year’s worth of learned building skills, and an incredible amount of timely dumpster dived resources: my finished house. And the best part? The even better bestest of the best part? The whole thing–the house, moving costs, building materials, and tools–cost me under 1000 euros.

It’s an awesome story and amazing transformation, Nicolette! Just proves that home is what you make it and you are a DIY super star!  Thank you so much for sharing!  It reminds me of the episode of HGTV’s Design Star last season where they transformed tiny houses…only you had a bigger challenge!  It looks so cozy and you’ve done a great job cleaning it up and making it livable!  Great job! See more at Click Clack Gorilla.

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DIY Project Parade

I‘ve been working on some home improvement  DIY and decorating projects but nothing to share in that department quite yet. I’m determined to stop procrastinating, get brave and jump right in this week. However last week, I saw these $448 shoes in the Anthropologie catalog
LOVE!  Well, minus the peep toe. I like gray but I’d prefer black. Did you know I love clothes, shoes and fashion almost as much as I love DIY? Most of my clothes are thrifted…I just love shopping those racks way more than at the mall. Budget. Budget. Budget. 

Then I remembered I have these shoes…

Using a flower tutorial from Jones Design Company (love her flower tutorials – I even made some felt flower hair clips too)…anyway, I got to work making flouncy flowers….
Fabric was left over from a sheer curtain that I turned into a pillow cover that I cut up (resourceful)!

and now I have these. Not exactly like the Anthropologie shoes but from old to new and pretty for FREE! And I like them better than the Anthro ones. 

Just in time for a real live date night because believe it or not, life is more than DIY (our last date was in April). We have to remind ourselves of that here. We try to make time to do something fun together (although we do find date night at the hardware store fun too but it’s nice to just forget about DIY and refresh once in a while). Last night, we went out for a delicious dinner at Rock Bottom followed by entertainment at the Improv and Sing Sing. Hiliarous!

And instead of looking like this…

I got a little sassy and wore a leopard scarf and movie star sunglasses instead of safety goggles…

and because my daughter says she thinks scarves look better with hair up or back, I wore a ponytail.
The rest of my outfit was toned down.  Just black and cream, nothing fancy but all comfy, classic.  Can’t get too wild with a leopard scarf. Plus walking around town is chilly in November so pants and sweater it is.
Button Tip – if you have a button that’s ready to fall off or the thread is starting to u
nravel, apply a coat of clear nail polish to keep it from unraveling more and popping off. (Thanks, mom!)
 + = SECURE
My OLD NEW Flouncy Ruffly Shoes:
(sneak peek of my dressing room – one of those projects I mentioned)

Here I am with my handsome date…(isn’t he cute?):

So, that’s my DIY project and my weekend.  Let’s see what you’ve been up to!
(Anyone notice that my post is scheduled for Sunday, 11/13 at 5 a.m. but it’s showing up Sat. night? Strange!)
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Wingback Chair Before and After ~ Strange and Lovely Ride

Meet:  Aja, (beautiful name, pronounced “Asia”), a Midwest girl on a constant mission to make her house a home and blog author at 
It's a Strange and Lovely Ride
Aja recently and successfully performed wingback chair surgery.  Take a look: 
Sound the alarm, people, they’re done!
After much toil, tribulation… blood, sweat and tears, my Twinkie Wingbacks are finally finished and just waiting on you to come over and sit on them! They’ve actually been done for some time.. (story of my life, right?).. but I was hesitating on the nail head trim on the arms. Why, I don’t really know. I think I was nervous that they wouldn’t turn out right. But I love it! Perfect? No. But I challenge you to come to my house and find any project that I’ve taken on and call it perfect. :) 
A little Before & After action for you:
BEFORE

AFTER
What do you think??

How did I do it?? HA! See above blood, sweat and tears rant! If you’re thinking of taking on a similar project, I HIGHLY recommend this great tutorial. And this one. I looked all around on Pinterest for ideas for these chairs. 
A few more action shots:

Beautiful!  I love a happy ending and perfect? It’s what I see! Great job, Aja!

See more DIY, beautiful photography, family life, her sweet tiny dancer (her first name is my middle name) and gorgeous home at
It's a Strange and Lovely Ride.
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LaLa Land ~ Dining Room Before and After

Meet:  Sarah from 
LA LA land
Today she’s sharing her dining room makeover
Lots of pretty DIY details…
Love the chevron curtains, color scheme and beautiful wainscoting!
Here are a few before and after pics of the dining room….

Gorgeous new look! Get the details at:

Don’t forget to take the LaLa Land House Tour. Here’s a sneak peek:
Nursery
and I love these cork ideas here
What are you waiting for? Go say ‘hi’ and see more great ideas at LaLa Land!

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DIY Fall Festival

The DIY Show Off
There’s freezing rain coming down here and like I mentioned yesterday, I’ve moved on to Christmas (we’re not hosting Thanksgiving dinner). I still consider November up until Thanksgiving Fall so let’s take a look at some awesome Autumn related posts perfect for Thanksgiving  inspiration from previous DIY Show Off Fall Festival parties. Then link up your Fall posts if you’re still enjoying leaves and Fall colors, pumpkins and harvest time! I still need some Thanksgiving inspiration as a guest at my family’s traditional get together! Click the links to visit the original source.  
I love the vintage feel, the frame within a frame and the message…
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A quick easy swap in a frame and you’re all set! Love it!
I love the handmade Scrabble tiles and sweater pumpkins! 
Dreamy fall mantel ~ love every pretty little treasure.
Natural elements and textures are my favorite. So pretty!
No exception this year!
Isn’t this so pretty? 
Happy Veteran’s Day!
11/11/11
“Freedom is never free.” -Author Unknown
Let’s see your Fall related DIY! 

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DIY Show Off Holiday Highlights Linky Party

There’s snow in the weather forecast and I can’t hold off any longer. Time to crank the Christmas carols and get into the Christmas spirit! I’ve heard about some other blog linky holiday parties coming up! If you have one coming up, please send me the info! I’d love to share them during my holiday feature so spread the holiday cheer!  

Who's Moved on to Christmas? THURSDAYS!

Who’s thinking about the holidays?  There are 44 days until Christmas. We have a vacation coming up before that, so my plan is to have my decorating done in November. I know I’ve seen a few holiday related posts out there and it’s rubbing off.  I’m ready for Christmas music, twinkly lights and holiday decorating. I recently decorated my dining room for Emily Henderson’s Holiday Guide. Then took it down and decorated for Fall and I’m ready to take that down and start all over again.  Crazy, isn’t it? Here are some of my pictures from the feature:
Natural elements, fresh pine and candles.


Centerpiece is made up of paper mache reindeer on a bed of pine, 
some brown glass bottles hold candles, 
some serve as bud vases for fresh white roses.

Monogrammed placecards:  Stamped book page square, pine sprig tied with ribbon…
Simple but festive…



Even the light fixture looks festive! 
Holiday themed vinyl cutouts on white plates can be changed to reflect any season.



What do you think?

Next week, I’ll share a few tutorials of some DIY decorating projects in our dining room.

See ALL of the DIY Holiday Highlights party links including previous years for TONS of Christmas and holiday inspired decorating and DIY projects!



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DIY at Our Old Country House

Meet:  Lesli from My Old Country House.  Lesli is an artist and does beautiful custom portraits (I love the pets and animals! Awe!). She’s also an actress, nurse, mom, CITY and COUNTRY girl and DIY’er. I love her blog…where she “finds extraordinary beauty in the most unlikely places, all under one leaky tin roof”. A 130 year old farmhouse = lots of DIY! I love her modern country style. 

Check this out:

“When we first moved into Our Old Country House, the sweet lady across the street had a bedroom set on her front lawn with a “for sale” sign. I asked her how much and when she found out it was for us, “the new neighbors with all cute the little kids”, she said“Oh, for you, Just $40″.
So we got a headboard, a bed side table and a dresser. DEAL!

Presently the bedside table still lives in my daughters room…
Before

The headboard, has been upholstered by me and is in my Sons room

.…and the dresser has been sitting in the hall since Phoebe’s room make over, in May.
Lost and with No Where to go. Phoebe’s clothing just did not fit the drawers anymore.
It would be a perfect Nursery dresser. I debated Craig’s list. 

Then, I saw this inspiration dresser for a mere $13,000!!! Are people just crazy?
But then I kept looking at the lines and thinking “I really can make this work”
 and so last week…I did it.
Makeover Time!


Beautiful After:


WOW! Isnt’ that gorgeous? I love the new look – gray and cream and so pretty!
Want to see more from Lesli?  Visit My Old Country Home.  Here’s a few of my favorites that you’ll want to check out:
I LOVE her modern country style and home filled with character.
I seriously need a cow painting – can you tell they’re my favorite?
Read through to see an awesome kitchen update too!

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November Pinterest PinFest

It’s that time of the month! No – not THAT time of the month. It’s the 2nd Tuesday and time for the Pinterest PinFest.always remember to be extra thankful but November makes us thank God and count our blessings more than usual.  Here’s what I currently find thankful related and Pinteresting {all images found via pinterest. please click the picture redirection to the original source}.  I’m thankful for (and a few details about me):

~*~LOVE~*~
I’m so thankful that God is good and loves me.  This verse makes me feel so good:
I’m so grateful that I’m married to my loving, supportive and funny husband and that he loves me back just as much. I waited a long time for him and we’ve been married a little over 6 years.
Print mounted on Tin "Home is wherever I am with you"
~*~LIFE~*~
I believe this…
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~*~FAMILY~*~
I’m thankful that my family is close, that we get together often. 
My sister and my daughters are my best girlfriends. 
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I’m so thankful God chose the best parents for me. I wish I knew more about my family tree.
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~*~HEALTH~*~
I’m so thankful and blessed with good health, although I should take better care of myself. 
Adding that to my Sally List.
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~*~MY HOME~*~ and those who serve to protect it.
I’m thankful I was born in and live in the USA {Mr. DIY is a former Marine}.
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I’m blessed to have a roof over my head: my life-sized doll house.
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~*~WORK~*~
I’m thankful I have a job (medical administrative assistant) 
but I consider this blog to be my current full time fun job {a goal} and I love it. 
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& YOU!!!
I value my friendships whether we’ve met face-to-face or not.
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I love supportive blog buddies and every comment. When I’m not busy, sometimes I watch for comments.
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I’m so glad you’re here. 
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What about you, anything Pinteresting to share?

Link up your Pinterest related blog post:
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4.  Select a picture that best fits your post to use as a thumbnail.
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Oh and if you’re a Pinterest fan (and I know you are, who isn’t?), you might want to take the Pinterest Challenge with Katie, Sherry, Ana and Erin. I plan on joining in!!! I love a great reason to DIY (did you know that’s a verb?) something I’ve seen. This party is motivation to not just pin and “forget about it” (I just watched Donnie Brasco and can’t help saying that with a NY accent…I think it was quoted 700 x in that movie, wasn’t it?) - but to be proactive about what we pin.  Anyway, head over and link up to the  

Here’s another great party for pinterest lovers:

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Wagner Power Painter Max Winners!

I recently shared my review of the Wagner Power Painter Max (thumbs up here!) and they’re generously giving away TWO at the DIY Show Off.  Entries were submitted last week. 
And the winners are:

Random.org chose comment #164…

Lindsey @ Better After said… 164

facebooked it too! (Hey, how’d you get all your blog posts to show up on your facebook page? That’s neat!)

Hurray for Lindsey! I’m sure you know her from her fabulously funny and the amazing before/after features at

There were 8 entries on Facebook and the winner is…

Here is a picture of some of the projects to be completed. 
They would be done so much better with the Wagner Power Painter Max.
Woo Hoo to Kim from 
Today Is My Someday 
I can’t wait to see what she chooses to makeover first! Look at the treasures in that pile!

CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES! I’m so excited for you!  Please email me at thediyshowoff@gmail.com to claim your prize!

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CRAFTY SCRAPPY HAPPY ~ Bedroom Reveal

If you saw my tongue twisting post title before I changed it…I’m sorry!  No excuse except that it’s Monday. I knew I was twisting it around and even proof read the post repeatedly (forgot the title, I guess). I apologize, Jaime! Now –>Meet: Jaime from 
Crafty, Scrappy, Happy
I love her blog – so many beautiful transformations, DIY and repurposing projects to see!  Today, she shares her beautiful bedroom makeover. I love that it’s so personal to her and her style, with pieces that have special meaning.  We have a master bedroom to makeover and I love Jaime’s ideas. 
“I am so excited to show you guys my Bedroom Makeover, it has been something I have been wanting and thinking and putting off doing for a LONG time now…. I just kept pretending that I didn’t mind the look of my room…. Butttt I was finally inspired to make the room HOME—and I am SUPER excited!!”
She refinished all four of the above pieces!
Bed frame:
Old bench/coffee table – upcycled with a new home:
 Dresser:
Not a fan of the curved top.  What’s a DIY girl to do?  Make a new one!
MUCH better, right?!
Night stand:
Sweet and simple, light and airy.
chair:
Pretty!
Total cost for furniture makeovers:  $6!
Accessorizing:
 August 1st has special meaning. 
Beautiful and relaxing…
She’d love to know what you think! Know what I think? I want my room to look this way! Seriously, she’s crafty/DIY ambitious and so successful – she’s even participating in two craft competitions and hosts an awesome linky party. She’s crafty Scrappy Happy – Superwoman!   See more amazing DIY at 
Crafty, Scrappy, Happy

DIY Cat Window Perch and DIY Project Parade

Looks like a great day to sit near a window and enjoy the warmth of the sun on your face. 
 
Meet Lalka:  Enjoying her new window seat with a view of the barn and her new catnip stuffed dangly toys…
 
Fun!
 
A quick trip to the hardware store for brackets and screws and we were able to get started. Lots to choose from. We chose the shortest gray ones for this project. Bri made a window seat too. Hers is from scratch, mine uses an old breakfast tray. Tutorials for both are shown below.
 
TRAY TURNED CAT WINDOW PERCH
Materials:
Old Tray
Pillow
Shelf Brackets
Screws
Optional:  Line tray with scrapbook paper and secure with Decoupage. I used vintage wall paper.  New pillow cover. I used an old pillow and leftover fabric scrap. I also used scrap fabric, stuffing, ribbon and cat nip to make some toys attached with an eye screw.
 
Here’s what I did (using the optional steps mentioned above):
 
1.  I sanded and scuffed up an old tray.  I cut wallpaper to fit inside and secured to the bottom using Decoupage.  Let dry.
 

2. Using left over fabric, I sewed an envelope pillow cover for an old pillow to use as a cushion.

Cut fabric. Allow an extra 1/2 inch on the top and bottom. Triple the side of the width of the pillow.
You’ll have a large rectangle.  My pillow is approx. 12 x 18 inches. My fabric was cut to an approx. 13 x 54 inches.
 The short sides of the fabric: One edge of my fabric is the selvage end. I sewed a hem on the other end.
 One end is hemmed. One end is the selvage (or hem both ends if no selvage).
 Hem side:
 Fold fabric. Edges should be on top (back side up/out) and be near the middle. Anywhere in the middle works. 
 I want my selvage end to be inside, the hemmed side out. Make sure selvage is the top folded piece.
 
 Pin and sew both long edges. Reinforce over hem/selvage part of seams.
 Flip right side out and insert pillow.
 
3.  I drilled a hole and used an eye screw for attaching catnip stuffed toys on ribbon (see toys below).
 

4.  Measure and mark where the brackets will go. Pre-drill holes.

 
 
 
Our windows are not framed in this room and the tray is a perfect fit underneath the sash.
 
5.  Attach bottom screws of shelf brackets.
6.  Hold tray in place (my tray fit perfectly under the window) and mark where holes for short screws need to be inserted into the tray. Pre-drill holes.
 

7.  Attach tray to shelf bracket with short screws.

 
 
8.  Loop ribbon toys through eye screw.

 9. Add pillow!

How it looks from underneath…

Lalka loves her new space…

She’s a big girl for 1 year old. Perfect for watching for birds and squirrels or snuggle in a ball in the sun.

Catnip Stuffed Toys
Here’s what we did:
 
1.  Make toy patterns and trace onto scrap fabric. I made a fish, bird and mouse.
 

2.  Double fabric with right sides together and cut out shapes.

 
3.  Cut a piece of ribbon.  Mine are between 2-3 ft. Grab ends to find center.  Hold center and start rolling ribbon.
 
4.  Pin ribbon roll between two sides (right sides facing each other) of fabric. Ends should be sticking out past fabric.
 

5.  Sew around shape, leave an opening for stuffing.  I reinforced (back and forth) over the ribbon to make it more durable for pulling/playing. Sew close to the edge but be sure to grab both pieces of fabric. Snip curves.

 

6.  Turn right side out.  Alternate stuffing and catnip

 
7.  Hold open edge together, making sure edges are tucked in. Sew closed and continue sewing a border around the entire shape.

8.  All done.  I fed the top of the ribbon loop through the eye screw and secured animals to hang from cat tray/window seat.

EASY DIY CAT WINDOW PERCH
 

Bri made one for her cats too, we actually cut a board to fit the window sill…

Layout batting and fabric under board and cut to size, allowing fabric and batting to wrap on under side.

 

Wrap in batting, starting with stapling in the center of each side and working way to corners.

Cut away excess.

 

Repeat to cover in fabric.

 Bri covered a piece of cardboard with wrapping paper and stapled it to cover raw edges.

Follow steps 3-8 above under TRAY to CAT WINDOW PERCH.

Bri’s cats love it!

 
~*~*~*~
 
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2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project 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.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or 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 blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.


5.  If reading this in an email, pop over to http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com to see the inspiring DIY projects linked up!

 
6.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week

 

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Sunburst Mirror Tutorial ~ Catie's Corner

Meet:  Catie, a wife and mom and DIY girl who blogs about her DIY, cooking, decorating and whatever else she feels like talking about. My favorite type of blog! Variety!
Catie's Corner
Even with our farmhouse style, a fun DIY sunburst mirror makes me smile. Besides, our home is a design mutt…we just do what we love and I’d love to make one for our home. Anyway, here’s Catie…

Ok, so I did it. After months of drooling over other’s DIY sunburst mirrors I finally decided to make one myself. Fortunately for me I had the perfect little round mirror to start with. I’ve seen other blogs where they used a mirror and embroidery hoop as the “base” of the project, but I didn’t have to worry about that. My mirror was gold to begin with and the back is just like a frame, it comes off and the mirror comes right out. (I was too anxious to get started and didn’t even think to take before pictures. heehee)

I started with a package of 100 kabob skewers and a hot glue gun. First I glued on the N, S, E, W sticks and then I went from there. With a pink marker I’d mark the length on a bunch of sticks to make sure they were going on at the same length. After a while I found I was repositioning them and it didn’t really matter if they were marked or not, but it did help at the beginning, so I would recommend doing it. For the shorter sticks, I had to break a couple inches or more off so they weren’t overlapping. I was amazed how the sticks kept adding up and adding up. After using the entire package I had to dip into an already opened one I had already. There are over 100 hundred skewers on there!! To hang it I doubled up a piece of wire and glued it on the back. Lastly I spray painted it with Krylon’s silver.

She ain’t pretty from the back!!
See the pink marks?

And the big revel. Drum roll please…..
LOVE!!!!!


















Isn’t she gorgeous??? I’m in love, for real. Is it wrong to love a mirror? In this case, I think no. I can’t believe how well it turned out. Our bedroom is slowly coming together and this baby just made the biggest impact on the overall look. I thought I’d add, this mirror only cost me $6 to make. That’s right! I had the mirror, so that cost nada. The sticks were a buck and $5 for the spray paint. Now that’s what I c
all DIY on the cheap. 
The side tables in this room have been changed. If you’d like a peek at the new cuties click here and here

Beautiful job, Catie and your bedroom is looking so pretty!

Visit Catie at Catie’s Corner.

One of my favorite features is her new:

It’s where I love getting wardrobe ideas like this one…you can see me in this, right? Keeping warm and stylish!
Now excuse me while I head over to visit her. She has a fabulous giveaway going on and I want to enter!
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HAPPY BELATED {21st!!! lol} BIRTHDAY, CATIE!!!  
Celebrate all weekend long!  Eat lots of cake!
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Plate Wall Tutorial

I shared this over at the DIY Club but wanted to have it here in the archives too. I love using plates as wall art but I don’t like the hanger showing. It’s usually brassy. Just not my style, ya know? When I first discovered Dischangers, I knew I’d finally have my wall of plates. They’re affordable, super easy to use, strong and invisible! 

I am collecting plates in white and my decorating ADD has me rethinking I need some with color. Especially after Bri decided she wanted a plate wall in her dining area too and collected patterns and colors that work for her.
How to Hang Plates

1.  Choose appropriate size Dischanger for plate.

2.  Wet finger and rub the back side of the Dischanger to activate glue. Wait a few minutes.

3.  Press down on back side of plate (check to make sure design on front and Dischanger on back line up if plate has a design – so it’s not upside down or sideways).

4.  Let dry 24 hours. Ready to hang!

5.  Using the back of a large piece of wrapping paper cut to the size of the wall space. This makes planning and execution so easy with beautiful results (exactly as planned).

6.  Lay out plates in a pattern.

7.  Once plates are arranged, trace plates on the wrapping paper. Mark where the nail will need to go. (You may also want to number the plate on the back and match it with the traced circle on the paper so there’s no confusion on placement.)

8.  Tape paper onto the wall.  Add nails where indicated.

9. Take down paper and hang plates.

What do you think? Do you have a plate wall?  Include a link in the comments. Let’s see it!

Here’s another look at mine:
all white…

with blue…


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DIY Fall Festival

The DIY Show Off

I love seeing what you’re up to and your Autumn DIY is amazing! I personally don’t have anything fall related to share this week with some other projects going on, so let’s take a look at some gorgeous fall wreaths from the past Fall Festivals from some very talented ladies. Click the blog link for more details about these beauties.

We don’t have a front entrance and I’m so envious of these warm and welcoming front entry ways but wreaths are not just for front doors!  Back doors, interior doors, mirrors, windows, walls, on tabletops…wreaths are pretty everywhere! 
White Pumpkin Wreath 
Wheat Wreath
ReFresh Restyle (again but for a friend!)
Not a wreath, but a warm welcoming fall basket!
Fall Burlap Wreath
Clever and Cute Pumpkin Wreath
Fall Leaves Sunburst Wreath
Glittered Paper Wreath
Mossy Fall Wreath

Simple and elegant grapevine wreath
Fall Felt Wreath
  (So cool – Steeler’s colors too!) I’m not really a football fan, but that’s our local team…so I go with it. Impossible not to around here.
Gorgeous Welcome Wreath
Colorful Felt Wreath
Fun Fall Wreath
Burlap and Cotton Sack Wreath
Another Burlap Beauty
Corn Husk Wreath
Acorn Wreath
Rosette Wreath 
Welcome Fall Wreath
Leaf Wreath
Beautiful Blue
Let’s see your FALL DIY!
The DIY Show Off

Rules: FALL ONLY!  Regular DIY Project Parade is on Sundays! 

•Create a blog post about an Autumn/Fall project that YOU HAVE CREATED. Feel free to include a past link, however please make a note on a recent post about the DIY Fall Festival to invite everyone over to join in or to search the collection of fall inspired ideas.

•Add your project title to Linky party below.  (example: House # Pumpkins)

•Type in the permalink address, not your basic blog address. A permalink is the address that links directly to your specific post. (example: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2009/08/house-number-pumpkins)

•Please add the DIY button or link to the party in your post to share the party with your readers.

•Although a tutorial is helpful, it’s not required. It just must be your project.  Please only link up same project once to one party.

•If you notice that you’re link disappeared, please make the correction according to the rules above and re-link!
• By adding your link, you give the DIY Show Off permission to highlight your project in a future post. Enjoy and be inspired!

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Mox and Fodder – DIY Vintage Suitcase Pet Bed Tutorial

Meet:  Kathryn from Mox and Fodder – fostering individual creativity in their readers and connecting them to a treasure trove of inspiration from the graphic design, style and DIY communities. Here’s their super cute and easy DIY fun pet bed idea:
What, you ask, are vintage suitcase dog beds? Well these adorable pet beds are basically just upcycled old suitcases. You know, the kind you find at a thrift store that have no wheels, so are clearly not practical for extreme traveling. I have a love for old suitcases, as you can probably tell from one of my previous posts, “Retro Suitcases: Packed Full of Style,” so I was considering purchasing a little bed on Etsy for Zuzu the poodle; however, once I noticed the hefty price tag (over $50 for most of the listings) I decided it was time for some diy magic. I made my own version for under $10.Materials:
  • Vintage Suitcase (hard shell)
  • Tools (hammer, screwdriver, extreme muscle strength)
  • Pillow
  • Pillow Sham

Directions:

  1. Open the suitcase and examine how it is hinged together.
  2. If it is screwed together, then you just need to unscrew the top half of the suitcase from the bottom half. If it is attached by some other means, then you will have to break out the hammer. Joey and I purchased the strongest suitcase known to mankind. It was machined together to sustain extreme wear, so disassembling the top from the bottom of the suitcase was quite a feat. Luckily, Joey provided the “extreme muscle strength” from the materials list. He used the hammer and his brawn to break the top from the bottom.
  3. Discard the top half of the suitcase.
  4. Cover a pillow with the sham of your choice. I used a sham from our old ikea duvet cover.
  5. Place the pillow in the suitcase and tuck the corners in. We lucked out because our suitcase was the perfect size for the pillow we used. If this is not the case, you can make your own custom pillow.

Zuzu loves her new bed! She still tries to sleep in our bed at night, but during the day, I catch her lounging in her vintage suitcase palace.

I think this would work for a cat bed too, right?  Zuzu seems to love it and I’m pretty sure it’d look adorable in my office/craft area where Lalka snoozes under the craft table. What do you think?
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The Holiday Guide by Emily Henderson


The guide of all holiday guides has been released! 238 pages of gift giving ideas, entertainment tips, downloadables, giveaways, and behind the scenes look at HGTV Design Star Winner and Host of Secrets from a Stylist, Emily Henderson and some of your favorite bloggers. (If reading this in your email…I think you’ll have to click over to my blog to view the embedded holiday guide.) 
I was decorating for Christmas back in August and some of the pictures of our dining room have been included. (I have since taken Christmas down in order to decorate for fall and welcome guests and I can’t believe it’s time to put it all back up again…maybe something a little different this time!) The Holiday Guide is packed full of so many great ideas. I especially love Emily’s behind the scenes holiday decorating and the helpful gift guides!
There are a bunch of hidden giveaways in the holiday guide – anywhere you see an owl icon, click on it and you get the chance to win it.  
I‘ll share more of my pictures and DIY with you when the…
begins November 25th – I’m looking forward to seeing your holiday related posts! Here’s a little of my dining room to get you started…
Thank you so much to Emily and everyone for all of the hard work that went into putting together 
an amazing free Holiday Guide 
and for the shout out at Style by Emily Henderson – sweet!

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DIY at The Painted Hive

Plastic lace and a brake fluid drum. Now what do those unrelated things have to do with one another? Sounds pretty random, doesn’t it?  Maybe not to a DIY girl!  Meet:  Kristine from 




Kristine recently visited her parents and spied this…


…beside their garage.

Hmmm, a cruddy old brake fluid drum, how fascinating, right? Well, yes, I mean, it is cruddy and old. She had probably looked at it a hundred times before but for some reason, that day – she really saw it for the first time.  
A DIY light bulb went off. 
The lamp in her nursery currently sits on wicker baskets.

It’s too tall for a regular side table but too short to stand on the floor. She took some quick measurements and sure enough, the proportions were perfect.  Appearance wasn’t pretty. 


Kristine took inspiration from the drum and decided on a pressed tin look. Here is what she did:


One meter of plastic table runner lace.

A can of gloss enamel spraypaint. She chose ivory for a creamy vintage look.


Strong craft glue.

Something to use as feet (Kristine chose vintage casters).

Make sure the drum is empty and give it a thorough all-over clean. Next, turn it upside down so the bottom becomes the top and play around with the positioning of the plastic lace. Because the lace in its original form and too wide for the drum, create a new decorative edge by trimming around the pattern in the existing design with scissors.


Next, wrap it around the drum to work out where it will meet and trim it so it neatly overlaps just a little. To adhere it to the drum, use a generous amount of glue all over the drum’s sides (using a paint brush) then roll lace into position. Applyd some additional glue to the ends to ensure it is well bonded to the drum.


Add lace to the top of the drum to hide stamping or imperfections. 

Once the glue is thoroughly dry, give the entire drum three coats of gloss enamel spray paint.

Once the paint dried she flipped it over and simply liquid-nailed on the castor wheels.

This project was purely experimental but it’s gorgeous, isn’t it?  LOVE IT!


Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial, Kristine!  I think it’s adorable and so pretty! Great job!


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Her creativity and DIY and design skills do not end there.  I love Kristine’s simple, beautiful, vintage style. Here are a few of my faves from her beautiful home (what an inspiration!):
And amazing furniture makeovers…
Check it out!

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