Color Lovers: Dining Room Refresh

Color Lovers Blog Tour: 10 color loving bloggers working on 10 colorful rooms! Are you ready for some ideas on adding color to your home? You hit the jackpot! Follow the tour below and stay tuned! 

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The Challenge: Our dining room is looking kind of stale and uninspired. It’s hard to tell in photos but it needs a paint job pretty bad and well, while I LOVE neutrals too (have I mentioned my design-mutt style?), I am ready to add some color to my neutral base.   It’s usually looking like something along these lines…

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Nice enough. Clean. Bland. It’s time to liven things up with some color, baby!

Before: See the patch work for nail holes, dings, cracks and scratches in the walls below? These walls require some TLC! Since this room doesn’t have direct access to a window (although behind where I’m standing to take the photo is a set of French doors in another small room), there’s little to no natural lighting so it’s important to keep paint options light and bright but oh man, if you know me, I do love being creative so I might have something special planned for that back wall. Watch out! I’m armed with my FrogTape and ready to go! 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

See how dark the room typically is?

Okay friends, so here’s the plan: feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments. If they’re nice. haha. Just kidding. Constructive criticism welcome! 

Walls & ceiling: Freshen up the ceiling and walls. The walls will be neutral and light for the most part (again, those lighting issues) with the exception of maybe something fun on that back wall. The ceiling was actually a lighter shade than the precious taupe-y walls at one point but as you can tell below, definitely not clean crisp white. That’s changing! 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

 Sliding door: I still swoon over this door. I’ve considered repainting it for a change /something different but I am still so in LOVE with the chartreuse color so it’s staying! However, I’m adding frosted contact paper to the windows to give the bedroom privacy (there’s currently a dark curtain there…blah). The frosted film will still allow some of that natural lighting to make it’s way into the dark dining room but provide privacy between the rooms.

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

My thoughts on decorating and loving color:  I looooove bringing in color with paint and decorative accents. Why? Mostly because I love to rearrange and redecorate often. I find that keeping the furniture (those big ticket items) neutral allows for adding and changing color schemes whenever the itch to do so hits me. And I get itchy often. Wait. That doesn’t sound so good, does it? lol What I mean is…I find that my reward for ‘cleaning’ is re-arranging and redecorating. It keeps things fresh and motivates me to get the sweeping, dusting, picking up tasks done. So for me personally, change happens often in my home. It makes me happy. 

Summary: Paint and decorative accessories are easy to change so do what you love! I’m no stranger to colorful accents. Remember this fun room? Not everyone’s cup of tea but my family room was so colorful-carnival, I couldn’t help but smile in there. Ya know?

family room was once a kaleidoscope of color

eclectic family room

 

guest room/nursery

combined nursery/guest room @diyshowoff

Anyway…back to the dining room and adding color there! 

Keep: existing handmade barn wood dining room table, built-ins (I’m always tempted to tear those out but…they’re so functional I’d be crazy to do away with them, ya know?) and existing light fixture (still love it so working with it). Those two built-ins are actually a very light shade of blue. I’m ready for them to be white so I never have to paint them again in my lifetime.

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

Built In Cabinets:  I guess previous homeowners had a LOT to display since out of the 4 corners in the dining room, 3 have built-in cabinets. Well, who doesn’t love storage? So they stay. I’ve lived 10 years with being able to see what’s in the built in cabinets and it’s not always pretty. The best of intentions sometimes get out of control. My plan is to hide the contents.  I love this lace pattern privacy window film (affiliate link) on the two matching built-ins for hidden storage. Spray painting hardware. 

before…peeling light blue paint

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

after will be fresh, crisp and clean.

The other built in cabinet shown below will get a fresh restyling. 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room before

Design board: I am SO super excited for this fresh colorful update!!! 

  • Update the seating. Birch Lane is an affordable shopping destination with classic designs. 
  • Add beauty to the walls. Minted has such a beautiful selection of stationery, wall art and fabrics. 
  • The Mine has a killer selection of unique fine furnishings for my plan to bring in a few feminine touches and color through decorative home accessories. 

Color Lovers series! @diyshowoff dining room design board: navy, blush, chartreuse and gray

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COLOR LOVERS PALETTE: 

blush, gray, navy, & chartreuse 

I am in LOVE! What are your thoughts? Not vibrant but certainly color lovin'! Think it's not colorful enough? Just wait and see! It might look muted in the plans but it's going to make my boring dining room bright and colorful! 

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I feel it's versatile. I'd have no problem adding in maroon or magenta, teal or turquoise, gold or silver, black or brown or even eggplant...lots of color options for adding colorful seasonal accessories. 

Mark your calendar! Stay tuned! On June 27th, stop back to see how a coat of paint, some DIY and a color palette of blush, gray, navy and chartreuse give my tired dining room a bright and colorful new look!

Longing for some more Color Lovers eye candy? Visit these talented blog friends in the Color Lovers tour. Prepare to be wowed and inspired!

Kelly Elko/In My Own Style/Inspired by Charm/Tatertots and Jello/Southern Hospitality

Fox Hollow Cottage/Four Generations One Roof/Jennifer Rizzo/Duke Manor Farm

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Flower Fountain Planter

Isn’t she a beauty?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

This flowering fountain is my favorite planter so far and after looking back, I’ve done a lot of planters over the years…and we joke that I have the complete opposite of a green thumb. Pffft. The DIYShowOff vault is filled with proof (below) that I’m not THAT terrible a gardener. Right? Right.

Okay, onto this year’s planter project….she’s so pretty! A mix of something old, living breathing beauty and a new topper. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

When we bought this old neglected house just about exactly ten years ago, we found pieces of an old fountain in the tall overgrown grass. Or maybe it was weeds or what might have been a garden at one time…but it was like finding buried treasure! And for 10 years, I’ve wanted to do something with ‘her’ but she sort of just sat discarded in that same overgrown area (and that little fenced in mess, well that’s a project for another time) or up against a hidden area of the house as a last priority. Forgotten. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

I bet this rusty, chippy fountain was stunning back in her heyday with her beautiful curves. I imagine she had a bubbling personality with lots of feathered friends. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

This year, Russ hefted those cast iron pieces out from hiding and cleaned them up and a plan was hatched. He drilled holes into the basin bottoms and sprayed the interior basin areas with a rubber/latex coating. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Then he assembled it, using a cyclone fence pipe to anchor and secure it into place. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

We filled the basins with potting soil, plants and flowers. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Looking good, old girl! It’s worn and old and the top wasn’t quite what it used to be (not sure what it looked like back in it’s prime, but I love that we didn’t spray paint it solid. 

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Then I remembered that I had a decorative artichoke-type accent. It’s resin and perhaps a temporary topper but it’s secured with a blog of concrete (still wet in photos but dried to a lighter shade…still, imperfectly perfect although I may give it a little white-washing) and I AM IN LOVE! Isn’t she beautiful? Isn’t she lovely?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

How old do you think she is? I’d guess at least 50-60. The imperfections of age give this girl some history. Just imagine the stories she could tell of homeowners past.

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

She looks like a beautiful tiered cake with luscious flowering/fruit decorations to me!

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Those laugh lines and wrinkles. She’s just as striking today as she once was. At least to a lover of worn and vintage treasures like me. What do you think?

What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff What a treasure! Check out this beautiful cast iron flower fountain in all of her chippy glory! @diyshowoff

Like creative planters? Me too! Check out these past DIYShowOff projects:

chandelier planter

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

pallet herb garden

free standing pallet herb garden

tire planter

tire flower planter decor How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

patio umbrella (bundt cake pan) planter

patio umbrella table planter/centerpiece (repurposed bundt pan) @diyshowoff

 

tea cup succulents

tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com

stenciled flower pots

stacked ombre flower pots tutorial

sisal rope planters

DIY sisal rope wrapped terra cotta planters tutorial at diyshowoff.com

house number flower pots

house number flower pots

creative planter ideas @diyshowoff  

Easter DIY ideas

Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on it’s way! Enjoy this round up of past Easter DIY Show Off ideas :

essential oil snuggle bunnies hot/cold pack

Snuggle Bunnies Tutorial - DIY warm/cool/aromatherapy with essential oils) rice packs @diyshowoff

Easter succulent garden

He is Risen! succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

easy t-shirt Easter basket liner

DIY personalized Easter basket liner tutorial @diyshowoff

floral Easter basket arrangement

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

succulent eggs

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

dip-dyed inspired Easter egg painted-dip-dyed-eggs

Pop over to see more spring DIY inspiration

Spring DIY ideas @diyshowoff

or visit That DIY Party for more ideas from favorite bloggers (you’re invited to link up yours!)!

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DIY Spring Decor

It’s beginning to look a lot like Spring! Finally! I’m so in love with the longer days, the sunshine and warmer temps. It’s motivation for Spring cleaning and decluttering, refreshing and creativity! Isn’t it? Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at some past DIYShowOff Spring decorating projects: 

Spring floral centerpiece – I love fresh flowers but a new silk/faux arrangement lasts longer! Zero maintenance.

spring floral centerpiece inspiration

Spring succulents arrangement – succulents in robins’ eggs…so cute!

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Spring entertaining – it’s almost time for outdoor gatherings! Can’t wait!

spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores

Spring mantel – this past mantelscape had so much charm, didn’t it? It’s been a while since I’ve decorated my mantel for Spring but I’m working on one for this year. Check back with me April 1st (and I’m not April-fools-ing). 

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Spring bloom pillow cover – I know I have this somewhere! 

spring pillow cover diyshowoff.com

Springtime in Paris vignette -ahhh. Spring, love, blooms!

decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers

Spring branch centerpiece – this is about the EASIEST DIY ever! Grab a twig or branch from the yard and give it a coat of spray paint. Add a mini-nest and some eggs. Cheap! Cheap!

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

Spring centerpiece – add a twist. I love this artichoke nestled in there. 

spring floral arrangement @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

How are you freshening up your home for Spring?

 

Furniture Shopping

I was recently invited to check out our local CORT Clearance Center and since the big DIY room makeover goal this year is our unfinished basement remodel/man cave, I decided to give them a visit. Shopping for discount furniture is on our radar and I’d never been to their store. Have you? @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff I enjoyed the selection of high quality CORT Certified furniture. I was surprised to learn that CORT’s furniture quality is higher than other discount brands with more durable fabric and stitching and real wood instead of particle board, etc.  CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff There was a large selection to chose from too! From bedrooms CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff to living rooms CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff to dining rooms CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff and office furniture. CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff So many beautiful textures CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff and a selection of neutral colors CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff and bright fun colors (something for everyone) CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff and decorative accessories CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff along with the affordable budget friendly pricing at your local clearance center. There’s an option for extra discounts when you buy furniture in sets or take advantage of the “home to go” packages. That option makes furnishing an entire room less challenging, especially when you don’t know where to begin.  CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff   What an awesome investment for people looking to furnish and decorate a room! There’s also a CORT certified 90 day guarantee – where they will repair or replace defective product within 90 days of purchase. Gotta love a company who stands behind their name!   CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff A big thanks to Jeanne and Aaron for the warm welcoming greeting and assistance! CORT-Furniture @cortclearance #CORTclearance @diyshowoff Have you ever visited a CORT Clearance Center near you? Did you choose a room package? What were your thoughts? 

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Spring Floral Centerpiece

SPRING floral centerpiece? “What the heck, DIYShowOff?! It’s still winter!” I know. I know! But I’m not a fan ::whine:: so let me indulge in thinking ahead to warmer days, fresh air and specifically, a spring with no snow. Okay? Okay! haha! For real, my Michaels Maker Challenge for February is “spring florals” so let’s embrace that pretty theme by collecting inspiration for the next upcoming season, starting with this gorgeous spring centerpiece! My inspiration was a spring theme around this beautiful Indigo Luxe/Aria (Celebrate It) wired ribbon: blues/indigo and navy, purples/eggplant and plum, oranges with white. Not colors I’d normally coordinate but oh my – how pretty, you guys! Right? Hey, Mr. Moss bunny thinks so! Look at his content expression… 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Okay, so it might be February, but there is a breath of fresh air, happy florals and spring in the aisles of Michaels Stores! Michaels has over 1,800 blooms & greenery in their new Flower Market, including trendy succulents and real-touch flowers. 

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spring floral centerpiece tutorial

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff  

Materials I used: 

  • grapevine basket
  • moss bunny
  • wired ribbon (2 1/2 in. x 3 yards)
  • florals 
  • floral tape
  • optional: hot glue or twine

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Tools: wire cutters

What I did: (Yes, in the event that you spy micro-fleece in the images below…I create in my pajamas. Doesn’t everyone?)

Unravel the ribbon, snip the ends to make them pretty. Get approval from the cat, then proceed to the next step.

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

(I cut out a “v” in the ends of mine) and find the center of the ribbon. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Starting at the spot where one side of the handle meets the basket, tuck the ribbon into the grapevine. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Repeat along each side, meeting at the other side where the handle meets the basket. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Secure ribbon to basket with hot glue or like me, simply weave twine in the ribbon loops inside the basket and tie. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Tie a bow where the ends of the ribbon meet at the handle and embellish with a flower if desired. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Using wire cutters, separate floral bundles. I have 2 pretty pre-assembled store-bought bouquets. I keep those intact and add more flowers to them for more color. Not shown: secure bouquets by winding floral tape (grab your decorative washi tape in a pinch) to bind stems. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Then tuck bouquets inside of the basket. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Nestle in a moss bunny…

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Display on dining room or side table. Now it’s beginning to look like spring!

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

I think it’s the perfect decorative accent and spring centerpiece to display starting right after Valentine’s Day up until Memorial Day.

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

This smug moss bunny agrees. How about you?

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Even the back side is looking good…

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I’m loving the unexpected color assortment…

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And know what else? I’m really tempted to head back to Michaels for all of this romantic spring decor to finishing the look. ::drool::

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String beginning today at 10 a.m. CST, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ spring floral project ideas.

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Like this? Please pin it to your favorite Spring Pinterest board for future reference and then give it a shout out on social media if you’re so inclined. Sending you a BIG virtual thank you hug!

Happy almost-spring, friends!

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At Home: Christmas Tree Farm Inspired Decor

Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la!

Christmas tree farm inspired decorating #athome @diyshowoff #christmas

Goal: Freshen up the Christmas decor in our dining room. And boy oh boy, At Home did not disappoint! Christmas tunes were cranked, hot cocoa within reach, cinnamon/ orange/pine essential oil being diffused, shopping bags unpacked. Let the holiday decorating begin!

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Welcome to our Christmas tree farm inspired dining room. Just a few touches from At Home to some of our existing Christmas decor made all the difference in making our dining room a Christmas destination. I am in love! 

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Baby’s favorite: the boy was all heart-eyes over us putting this big red metal truck into the shopping cart. 

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My favorite: Cut Your Own Christmas Tree sign – this sealed the deal on my tree farm theme. I love it’s charm. ::pitter patter:: 

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You guys! Do you have an At Home store near you? Well, we have a brand new At Home store in Pittsburgh! Yes!!!!!! So exciting! I couldn’t wait to check it out and I received some gift cards towards my purchase in exchange for a review so we made a recent visit to check it out. 

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It took some time to narrow down which direction with decorating I wanted to go! Because…so many fun themes, a huge selection and the prettiest holiday displays for inspiration. 

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We may have spent more than 2 hours in that store. Thankfully, baby boy was as entertained and captured as I was.

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But, I finally made some decisions and settled on a Christmas tree farm theme. I couldn’t wait to get home to deck the halls! 

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Join me for a  bit of faux al fresco twilight dining Christmas tree farm picnic style. You bring the eggnog, I’ll bring the cookies!

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Use the store locator to find an At Home close to you! 

Touch of Christmas shown above from At Home: 

At Home, the home décor superstore opened a new more than 91,000 square-foot store, bringing approximately 25 new full- and part-time jobs to the area. Shoppers will find more than 50,000 items for every room and every style at everyday low prices. 

Magical Mistletoe Greenhouse

A fun popular Christmas tradition is kissing under the mistletoe. A sprig of the plant or a kissing ball is hung at Christmas time and those caught standing beneath it can expect a kiss. 

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

And for December, the Michaels Makers December Challenge is to

  • make it joyful
  • make memories
  • make it simple
  • make the season bright
  • make it in 1-2-3
  • make holiday magic
  • make it fun
  • make it in under 30 minutes

Making this magical mistletoe greenhouse checks nearly all of those boxes!

#makeitmerry

Display the magic of a romantic moment! What a treasure for merry memory making! And making up this mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece is as easy as 1-2-3. Let’s get started!

I used these supplies from Michaels Craft Store:

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

  • glass jar with wide opening – I love this one with a cork lid!
  • potted silk greenery
  • faux white berries
  • burlap ribbon and twine
  • fairy lights and batteries
  • stickers
  • glue dots (or hot glue) 

Tools I used: 

  • scissors
  • wire cutters

Time it took me: 15-30 minutes

What I did: 

  1. Cut a piece of burlap ribbon to fit around the bottom of the glass jar (to hide the light pack. Secure with glue and twine.  Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels
  2. Install batteries into fairy light battery pack and place into the bottom of the glass jar.  Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels
  3. Trim down faux plant if needed and add white berries. I cut them with wire cutters and inserted into styrofoam and place plant into bottom of the glass jar (in the center of the string of lights).  Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels
  4. Embellish with letter stickers spelling “mistletoe”.  Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

I love the greenhouse look! The glass enclosure, cork lid and fairy lights make it more special than it’d be without, doesn’t it? It’s a unique specimen and a magical way to display a faux floral arrangement.

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The holidays are a time for family, friends and memories.

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The glow from lights on the tree, the aroma of Christmas cookies fresh from the oven or the perfectly wrapped gift – these are things that make the holiday merry.

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And in a world where it’s become super-commercialized, it’s the time of year when a personal touch means so much.

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Michaels is the place that helps us fill every moment with love, joy and the pride of do-it-yourself creativity and handmade gifts. 

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Michaels has everything you need to make your holiday merry. For more quick and simple DIY holiday ideas, check out the projects on Michaels.com.

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Looking for more holiday inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ DIY holiday project ideas.

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Fall Decor

The Michaels’ Makers August challenge is all things Fall decor. Why yes, it IS a bit early but  it’s also a great time to collect inspiration for decorating your home for fall in another month or so. It’s going to be here before we know it. Time flies!

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What’s your favorite color palette for Fall? Warm Fall colors – oranges, reds, golds are so pretty, aren’t they? I also love an autumn color scheme consisting of plum, dusty rose, burgundy and dark turquoise. ALL THE FALL THINGS available at Michaels!  I’ve done some of both in the past but this year, I’m embracing warms whites (creams) and metallics, specifically gold with an easy monogram pumpkin silhouette and coordinating decorative accents.

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How to make a decorative fall lighted craft pumpkin monogram silhouette lamp…
Materials I used:

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  • cream craft pumpkin with cutout front (Remember my diorama pumpkin where I cut out my own? This year, Michaels’ saves you that step!)  pumpkin diorama @diyshowoff
  • BoHo Modern (round/chicken wire) hanging memo/photo display
  • letter “B” (gold)
  • mason jar
  • LED fairy lights 

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What I did: create a beautiful light up display in minutes!

  1. Add batteries to lights then place battery pack inside craft pumpkin, fill mason jar with lights. Turn lights on. 
  2. Hang round BoHo Modern chicken wire photo display from craft pumpkin stem.
  3. Attach monogram letter using photo display clips. 
  4. Display with coordinating Fall decor from Michaels! 

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A ready-made bouquet, gold basket and cute owl floral pick add texture to my Fall vignette. Are you ready? Where do you start? What’s your favorite part of the Fall season?

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Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers fall decor ideas on the Michaels blog.

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From fall wreaths and porch décor to seasonal tablescapes and pumpkins, Michaels has everything you need for the latest Fall Décor trends

 

Faux Beam: home makeover progress!

It’s been a while since I shared an update of the progress going on at mom’s house. It’s still a work in progress but wait until you see how far along things are coming, especially since their current home sold in less than 24 hours of being on the market. TIME TO HUSTLE! Disclosure: We received product in exchange for this review. Take a look! 

Before:  Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

The living room before was narrow with a outside concrete wall separating what may have been a sun porch. See the green wall above? That’s the living room area and where it ends. See the red room below? That’s the sun porch(?) on the other side…

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

and the fireplace wall before…

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

After…To make the living room space larger to accommodate our family gatherings, the concrete wall was removed. I love how the space is now flooded with light with the concrete wall gone, new drywall in place, a wood-planked ceiling in progress and the installation of sliding glass doors. 

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But now there’s an eye sore on the ceiling. There’s no missing that big steel beam in the photos above.

And now there’s not…WOW!

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…it’s a gorgeous rustic wood beam with iron accents. Right? 

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That’d be quite labor intensive not to mention expensive. Want to know a secret?

We received this amazing product from AZ Faux Beams. It’s a faux beam! “Old Timber” in ‘walnut’ to be exact. It’s lightweight and fake but looks SO real! And it’s stunning! 

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What it is: A hollow lightweight resin with a rustic wood look! What?! No way! Yes. It really is! 

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

What we did. And by we, I mean my mom and I did the measurements, design/color selection and ordering. Butch and my brother Christopher did the manual labor involved with installation. Oh, we supervised too. 

  1. Measurements. 
  2. Order.
  3. Cut to size, shave inside down if needed.
  4. Install.
  5. Secure.
  6. Caulk and add decorative trim. 

Isn’t it gorgeous? It draws your eye to their pretty planked ceiling and compliments the beautiful rustic ceiling fans. Check out AZ Faux Beams to see all of the options! Let’s take a look at repeat before and after shots: 

“Before” (two spaces separated by a concrete wall)

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

Same angle “After” (wall is gone and there is an addition of a half bathroom on the right…for guests and quick access once the swimming pool is installed outside those sliding glass doors).

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

before…

Before and after home improvement project - ceiling with a gorgeous faux beam @diyshowoff

after (wall removed)

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 before…looking from the kitchen

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after, standing in that  widened doorway

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Crazy transformation, right? I promise it’s the same space! The story continues! 

Next up: Moving in is right around the corner. I can’t wait to show you the complete before and afters of the entire house from gut to renovation to reveal. 

 

Backyard Wedding Ideas

One of my best friends is getting married this summer! Celeste and I have been friends since 7th grade. We won’t discuss how many years ago that was! haha! Her wedding will be small, no more than 45 guests on August 20th. Our gazebo is the perfect spot for a for a small intimate wedding ceremony. 

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Michaels’ Makers June Challenge: Summer Party.  A backyard wedding is the perfect fit for the June challenge. I got a big head start with ideas by browsing the aisles at Michaels. Celeste’s wedding colors are turquoise and purple and I’m having so much fun adding pops of color to our lush landscape. 

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It’s always a challenge for me to decorate for someone else, infusing THEIR style rather than my own. Since this is Celeste’s special day, I wanted to add decorative touches that reflect her style. Here are a few ideas from my ‘dress rehearsal’ over the weekend. But I have plenty of time to tweak, add, take away and work on creating a setting for making happy memories. There will be a white tent for shade and chairs for comfort…well as comfy as folding chairs can be; hors d’oeuvres and bubbles too and more planters, flowers and landscape work as we get into summer. In the meantime, here’s my starting point and a few ideas for hosting a small outdoor wedding ceremony. 

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Decorations:

• Aqua/turquoise painted flower pots (or tire planter and chandelier planter in my case) filled with purple flowers. I do this every summer anyway so coordinating my flowers and planters with her wedding colors works well. Last year I did reds, yellows and oranges. This year it’s all about shades of purple in aqua and turquoise planters and pots. 

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• Decorative Letter Accent: I LOVE these circle wooden letters. I painted a “J” in her wedding colors (aged with a trans-tint dye technique). I wasn’t able to capture how colorful this truly is in real life in a photo. But it’s a pretty personalized gift that doubles as a decorative accent. 

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• Michaels’ has SO many fun party decorations to choose from. Paper lanterns, paper fans, tissue paper honeycomb ornaments and poufs. I love the colors! I displayed them in the grape arbor/gazebo for this blog post but they’ll decorate a white tent with outdoor lights on the big day. Take a look at the outdoor lighting options Michaels’ provides too: pretty string lights, flameless candles, and my favorite solar options!

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• Banner: Check out the wedding aisle at Michaels’ for adorable “Mr. & Mrs.” and other wedding banners. Mine is a DIY “LOVE” banner at the top of a curved gazebo frame … perfect for a photo opportunity. I’m going to layer it with a lavender and light aqua rag banner behind the l-o-v-e letters, around the top of the gazebo.

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• Silk flowers around the grape arbor will add some color and romance to the greenery.

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Chalkboard signs: So many to choose from. I love this framed chalkboard easel for instructing guests to take their “thank you gift”. One near the road to direct guests. One with their names and wedding date. I like having chalkboards on hand for labeling, designating areas, instructions, etc. for guests at parties. 

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Party Favors: Michaels’ is the place to go for wedding favors. The best selection of little containers (glass jars with flip top lids or corks, heart shaped tins, cute cardboard boxes) for candy or in our case, lavender bath salts. 

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Lavender Bath Salt recipe: Mix 1/4 cup of epsom salt with 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil into a mason jar. Shake and pour into glass container, top with a “thank you” sticker (included with the glass containers), embellish with coordinating decorative tape and ribbon. 

Since it’s an outdoor ceremony in August, I’m also going to create some hand held paper fans for guests by printing the bride & groom’s names, wedding date, a poem or bible verse onto card stock or scrapbook paper, cutting out a pretty and functional shape then glueing to a large wooden popsicle stick. 

Flowers: Silk flowers are budget-friendly and long lasting. If not for the bride’s bouquet, a great option for the “bouquet toss” at the reception, decor or a pretty accent to a table. 

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Unity Candle: Michaels’ has a section designated to a stunning collection of unity candles or create your own set from the candle aisle with a pillar and two tapered candle sticks. Crystal holders and a beautiful charger complete the look. 

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Refreshments: An August outdoor afternoon wedding ceremony calls for serving ice water and a few refreshments. A special occasion calls for glass. I love these mini glass jugs and coordinating straws. Any suggestions for finger foods? Dinner and reception are at another location later in the afternoon. 

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Are you hosting a summer party? Entertaining guests? There’s so much to celebrate during this time of year! End of school parties, graduation, Father’s Day, Independence Day, birthdays, backyard BBQs and more.

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For more summer party ideas: From paper crafts, party goods and baking supplies to new outdoor lighting, glass and floral, Michaels is your DIY destination for all of your summer celebrations.

Looking for summer entertaining ideas? Check out the #michaelsmakers summer party challenge @diyshowoff

Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers DIY summer party ideas on the Michaels blog.

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How to Decorate with Air Plants – The Lunar Fae Way

How to Decorate with Air Plants – The Lunar Fae Way:

I’m so happy to introduce you to my talented & beautiful daughter, Evangeline from The Lunar Fae, sharing some tips on how to decorate with air plants. decorating with airplants #thelunarfae @diyshowoff

Have you heard of incredible wonder of nature that is the air plant yet?

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Meet Tillandsia. This little lady is easily becoming my favorite plant to decorate with, due to how very low maintenance she is! She doesn’t care for soil (score! neither do I, my cats dig it up), she only needs watering once a week and if you forget for a day or two, she probably won’t die either (double score! How can I be expected to hydrate the life of others on a regular basis when I’m just grasping how to hydrate mine!?)

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My current obsession is mixing plants with my other obsession, crystals! There’s just something soooo pleasing about a plant emerging from crystal coated caverns or a chunky mineral.

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Have any geodes laying around? My lovely, add an air plant! You won’t be sorry and it’ll probably make you appreciate the geode more regularly too!

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Have any votive gemstone candle holders? Add an air plant! Most candles are full of toxins anyways.

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Have an empty jar, planter, or dying terrarium? Add some faux moss or river rocks, an air plant, and fill that shiz with shiny crystals!

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Seriously. There is no way to go wrong with this. In just a few easy steps you can have a beautiful, unique piece of art that also serves a larger purpose!

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Obsessed yet?

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If you’re looking for some crystals or air plants, I’ve got both in my shop for the time being.

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Thanks for reading and considering adopting some Tillandsia into your boho home!

Stunning! I received one of her gorgeous creations for Mother’s Day and I’m in love! (and it’s still alive – a big deal with me & plants!) I invite you to visit Evangeline at her blog, The Lunar Fae and The Lunar Fae shop to get more ideas and inspiration. Use code “DIYSHOWOFF” for 11% off order over $5! 

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DIY Floral Arranging

The Michaels’ Makers’ April Challenge: Attend a class at Michaels craft store. Take a little time to indulge yourself with some “you” time, learn new skills, get some tips, spoil yourself with something handmade with love or whip up a handmade gift. Gather your friends and make it a girls’ night out.

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Were you aware that Michaels offers craft-themed classes?! There are so many to choose from – from painting to knitting or crocheting to paper crafting to jewelry making, kids’ crafts, floral arranging and more. I found most classes were free, only the cost of supplies. A great way to try a new skill or craft, a fun way to set aside time for yourself or to get together with friends. Productive too – you walk home with something you create! 

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I simply enrolled online (I chose the project DIY floral arranging) then showed up at the scheduled date and time with my friend, Dana. 

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We started with shopping to purchase the materials needed for DIY floral arranging from a printable supply list. The twist: choosing flowers and a container with our own preferences for a custom DIY floral arrangement. Our instructor, Brittney, was close by to answer questions and make suggestions. 

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The printable class description and supply list when I signed up online for the class provided me with a coupon too – 10% off our entire purchase. Score!

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Our class size was 6! So fun and what a joy to see the creations! Because of the shopping, we sort of worked in two groups of three, our group getting an early start so I did miss out on seeing the other groups’ finished projects but from what I could tell, they choose some pretty unique supplies too (a tall glass cylinder with burlap and neutrals, a birdcage with ivy and a glass lantern with sea shells)…so fun that you have the option to choose what appeals to you personally. I was there at 6 p.m. and home by 8 p.m., a small time frame and a little indulgence…me time!

When I’ve done floral arrangements in the past, my techniques have varied: 1) buy a pretty bundle of silk florals/bouquet, place it in a vase and call it a day to 2) snip the stems with wire cutters and haphazardly, errr..’artfully’ arrange them in a container. The “handpicked bouquet” technique (haha), kind of like this one last spring:

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So, getting some ‘professional’ tips was a welcome help!

DIY floral arranging tips I picked up at the class:

  • Secure floral foam to the bottom of a vase/basket/container using hot glue/glue gun to keep the arrangement secure.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Separate stems using wire cutters to desired height. 
  • Michaels’ has a “pick machine” which gives floppy wireless stems a pointy edge to place in foam. So cool!  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Starting with the center, poke a stem into the floral foam then work in “triangle” placements (threes) around each stem.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Slightly bend wire stems to give flowers a more life-like look. Real blooms are heavy and droop, faux florals have strong wire stems. Give it some “life” by ‘curving’ the wire stem.
  • Camouflage foam with moss or stones. Use picks to secure moss.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

I really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, making acquaintances with new people too. And I now I’m excited to display a pretty centerpiece perfect for spring. 

Have you attended a local class at Michaels? Did you even know about them? What would interest you most? I plan on attending more for sure, opening a whole new world for making local friends who share my passion for DIY and taking a couple of hours on occasion to improve my crafting skills or trying something new. 

Here are a few floral arrangements from class. Pretty, right? 

Our inspiration from Michaels: 

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Dana’s: I love the copper accent with turquoise, purple and green!  

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A pretty spring collection from Maggie…

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Mine: I’m in love! I’m inspired to add a few more spring buds.

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And that artichoke! ::swoon::

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Michaels offers free classes in their stores! You can try out a new craft skill for just the cost of supplies. Another great way to explore your creativity is by trying out a craft kit. Michaels has everything from sewing kits to art kits and everything in between.

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LOVE wall art canvases tutorial

Since I happen to be addicted to browsing the aisles at Michaels fairly often, when I saw the beautiful rustic letters, I envisioned replacing the thrift store find of a gloomy stormy ocean painting above the fireplace (which I do love) to something a little more fun for spring. 

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LOVE wall art

What I used:

  • rustic eclectic L-O-V-E letters
  • linen canvases with antiqued bronze nailhead trim
  • hot glue
  • adhesive velcro strips (for hanging)
  • FrogTape® for leveling/mapping out placement

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What I did: Pretty simple! I attached the letters to the stretched linen canvases by applying a generous layer of hot glue to the back of each letter. It doesn’t get much easier than that for DIY!

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Hanging tips: I used my level and a pencil to make a light ‘cross’ (vertical/horizontal) line in the center of the area I wanted to display my canvases. Using FrogTape, I created an evenly spaced guide and secured my canvases to the wall using adhesive velcro. Then removed the tape. 

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Perfect for Valentine’s day a few weeks ago, appropriate for all year long, any season! I love the fun chippy antique-looking letters with our rustic fireplace surround with just a touch of color to freshen up the neutral tones. 

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