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

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! 

before

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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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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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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Happy almost-spring, friends!

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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. 

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

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!

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

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

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 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

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! 

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

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)

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

 before…looking from the kitchen

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

after, standing in that  widened doorway

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

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. 

 

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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Spring Succulents Arrangement

Spring is right around the corner (so they say) and I couldn’t be cheering any louder! BRING IT ON! …with a spring succulents arrangement!

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Michaels’ Makers’ March Challenge is all about spring floral and decor and you know Michaels’ has everything you need to fill your home touches of succulent spring decor! I wanted to pack up the entire spring floral department to create a flower market. Prettiest peonies that I cannot kill. For.real. And a new line of fab boho decor to boot! Go! Arm yourself with coupons!

This trip I simply settled for succulents and a few spring accents but I see another shopping trip in my near future. After the gloom of winter, I’m ready for happy spring buds and bouquets and freshening up each room with some happiness and color. How about you?

Okay, on to the spring succulents arrangement tutorial and pretty decorative accents, eh?

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

spring succulents arrangement

(or succulent robin’s eggs and no, that’s not a recipe for breakfast)

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

What I used:

  • paper mache´eggs
  • acrylic craft paint (robin’s egg blue and something dark like espresso brown)
  • paint brushes (one with short bristles)
  • X-acto knife/utility knife
  • faux mini-succulents
  • optional: hot glue
  • decorative accessories: ceramic egg crate, pitcher/vase, your choice of gorgeous blooms from the floral dept.

What I did:

I ‘cracked’ my paper mache´ eggs using an X-acto knife, cutting them in half with a zigzag pattern. 

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

I pulled them apart. If the paper pulls away, great! If it stays attached, great! Go with the flow. Mine pulled off. I used the plastic layer instead.

Color the outside of the eggshells with paint and let dry. 

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

This next step is messy. Apply dark paint to a short bristled paint brush. Using your finger to fan the bristles, splatter dark paint onto the outside of the eggshells. My brush had longer bristles, so I got more of a 1980’s splattered paint look but it’s okay! And again, you’ll make a mess. Brown paint isn’t pretty under your fingernails either. But it does wash off. Let paint speckles/splatters dry.

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

Then fill eggshells with succulents. Hot glue if desired. Place into the pretty ceramic egg crate or a nest. Tuck them in floral arrangements. Decorate for spring! So cute! 

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

Awe, look…newly hatched spring succulents! So proud!

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

Are you ready for spring? Time to freshen up your decor with spring florals and some new decorative accents! 

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

Looking for more inspiration? Visit Michaels’ new Floral Market! It has over 500 new blooms (FIVE HUNDRED!) and freshly picked projects make this the prettiest spring ever! Swap out a few decor pieces, add a lovely floral arrangement. Completely transform your home for the fresh, new season.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!!!

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Win a Trip to the Makers Summit Contest! I would love, love, LOVE for a DIYShowOff reader to win and join us at this fun event!!! Simply upload a photo of YOUR personalized project! Details at Michaels.com/madewithmichaels. See the highlights from last year here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBl7FidG6q4

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Not sure where to begin? Take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts by visiting the talented bloggers below:

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Decorating with Natural Accents

Because of tight budgets and a desire to make a pretty home, I’m no stranger to using natural accents and being creative with plants and natural elements from our back yard by incorporating them into our decor from succulents in teacups to a nature-themed baby shower to my husband working on creating a log-handle for his beloved Big Green Egg as I’m typing up this blog post.

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There’s just something “real” about adding bits of nature to my decorating that make it feel alive.

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So I was so super excited when a) our sweet friend, Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, was publishing a book and b) when I found out it was all about bringing the outdoors in with natural accents! Beautiful, natural budget friendly decorating inspiration?! Yes, please! 

Natural Accents by Stacy Risenmay

My summer has been crazy but I finally had the time to enjoy flipping through the pages, losing myself in gorgeous staging and decorating and discovered so much inspiration.

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I loved that it’s more than a decorating book. It’s filled with beautiful photos, helpful tips, 35 tutorials and fresh new ideas. Natural elements can add texture to design and Stacy’s thoughts, memories and writing add an additional beautiful dimension to the pages of this helpful book. I love it! I think you’ll love it and want to add this book to your collection too!

I have my favorites DIY projects bookmarked and I’m already referring back to it for tips on keeping cut flowers and houseplants in tip top shape! 

You can get it here on Amazon (affiliate link) or here at Barnes & Noble or Books & Things

 

Industrial Milk Can turned Side Table

I’ve had old industrial milk can laying around, collecting dust (cobwebs too) just waiting for a fun DIY and repurposing it for a fun side table to add some charm to the patio seemed like just the right idea. 

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

Materials I used:

  • found industrial milk can
  • black paint + primer in one
  • FrogTape® MultiSurface
  • round wicker-like tray (also found…thrift store, I think) 

What I did: 

I like the distressed/dinged up paint finish but it needed a little pizazz. I gave it a good cleaning, then using FrogTape, I added some bold stripes. 

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

A spider crawled out of that hole too! Yikes! Once that was taken care of, using my thumbnail, I burnished the edges of the FrogTape to ensure crisp clean stripes.

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I applied two coats of black paint. Paint. Dry. Paint. 

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

Right after I applied the second coat, while the paint was still wet, I carefully removed the FrogTape then let the paint dry. 

DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

Secure a tray using whatever method you find best (glue and clamps, screws, etc.), (a round wooden table top or an old clock would be cool too) and ta-da! A fun side table for our patio: 

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I added in some coordinating accent pillows and I have a fun new look to a usually neutral area. The old industrial milk can is a great conversation starter too.  DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio DIY industrial milkman side table @diyshowoff summer patio

LOVE IT! Have you added any fun elements to your outdoor areas this summer? 

*I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

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Colorblock Art

The area above the bed in the guest room was in need of a little something…

Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

I didn’t photograph the area in my guest room/nursery reveal closely because it was bare. But not anymore…

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff I grabbed:

  • 48 x 22 inch plyboard (recycled from shipping packaging but available at the hardware store too)
  • FrogTape® MultiSurface
  • paint

Since my board was stored in the basement, I cleaned away the dust. 

Then measured and marked the center of my board. 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Next I applied FrogTape to create a sunburst design, starting from the center marking. I just placed my pieces randomly. 

Using a gift card, I burnished the edges of the tape to get clean crisp lines. 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Then painted each area, applying paint in the direction of the wood grain with a foam brush. 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

While paint was still wet, I carefully removed the Frogtape then let my painting dry. 

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Add picture hanging hardware or use velcro hangers to display the masterpiece! It fills the space nicely and adds pops of color. Fun! A great way to add a big statement for little cost. 

DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff DIY color block sunburst wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

{notice the photobomber? lol!}

I’m not very “artistic” when it comes to painting but a geometric pattern is something anyone can do. Coordinate colors with your existing decor, make a big statement without breaking the bank. 

See more details on the diagonal wall paint, the chevron/colorblock door and guest room/nursery makeover

easy diagonal wall paint design tutorial @diyshowoff color block door makeover @diyshowoff combined guest room nursery reveal @diyshowoff  

*I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

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Side Table Makeover

Spring cleaning always inspires a bit of decorating and freshening up around the house. Today, an old side table gets a fun new look and a pop of color for the reading nook. Side table makeover:

diyshowoff side table makeover

What I used:

  • side table
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • spray paint

What I did: 

I cleaned an old side table with a damp cloth and let it dry. 

diyshowoff side table makeover

Then using my FrogTape, I taped off a design onto the table top. 

diyshowoff side table makeover

Using my thumbnail, I burned the edges of the tape in order to get crisp clean lines. 

diyshowoff side table makeover

Next, I toted it outside and applied a couple of even light coats of spray paint. 

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Before the paint dried, I removed the FrogTape then let the paint dry. 

diyshowoff side table makeover

The side table adds a pop of color to our reading nook and will sit between two chairs. 

diyshowoff side table makeover

Do you have an old piece of furniture that needs an update? 

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*This post is sponsored by FrogTape.

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Creating a Reading Nook

There’s a section of our living room near the built in shelving that I like to call our reading nook. It’s a place for displaying my DIY, decorating, home improvement book collection. A place where I enjoy curling up and flipping through the pages of the latest issue of my favorite home magazines.

Things to consider when creating a reading nook:

Bookshelves or bookcases are a must-have for display and organization. In our home, I use a section of built-ins in the living room.

Comfortable seating. I chose two Nico Accent Chairs by Sauder. I love the sturdiness, traditional design, durable linen fabric and fun print in neutral colors with nailhead trim for completing the look and function in this space.

Lighting: Everyone knows that reading in the dark was bad for our eyes, right? You’ll want to make sure there’s some sort of adequate lighting to provide a bright atmosphere for reading. I currently use a pole lamp but would love to incorporate some wall mounting lighting.

Accessories: A collection of books (and/or magazines) of course,

a warm comfy throw,

a foot stool (I’m still scouring estate and yard sales), coordinating accent pillows

and a few decorative accents that reflect your style.

Everything needed to inspire quiet time and reading. It’s my favorite spot in our living room, a little library corner.

For more design inspiration, check out the Sauder Look Book.

Do you have a designated reading space in your home? Do you have any tips to add for creating a quiet comfortable space?

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Painted Chalkboard Labels

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

Our guest bathroom has some bins for keeping things stocked and organized. I know what’s in them, however guests have no idea. So I grabbed:

  • the bins from the shelf in the guest bathroom
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • chalkboard paint
  • foam paint brush

Here’s what I did:

Using my FrogTape, I taped off rectangles onto the front of the bins…. 

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

I burnished the edges of the tape with my thumbnail…

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

and gave each rectangle label area two coats of chalkboard paint.

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

While the paint was still wet, I carefully removed the FrogTape to reveal crisp clean paint lines! I let the paint dry. 

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

I labeled the bins using a chalkboard marker.

DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff DIY painted chalkboard labels on storage cubes @diyshowoff

Now toiletries, first aid supplies and extras can be easily spotted. 

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Striped Gallery Wall

A little cabin fever with sub-zero temps had me looking at areas of our home to “clean” up which lead to painting a striped gallery wall. Strange how my brain works but once I cleared the bookcases (so much dust!), that inspired the idea to dress up the entire area. 

What I used: 

  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • paint – I used leftover paint from our laundry room. Color is Valspar Mineral Ash. Existing wall color is Benjamin Moore Smoky Taupe. 

What I did:

I cleaned the wall above our build in bookcases. I marked where the framed prints hang on the wall then using the level, marked light pencil lines horizontally. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then I applied the FrogTape.

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

I used my thumbnail to secure the edges of the FrogTape to the wall in order to get nice crisp paint lines. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then simply painted the wall two coats. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

While the second coat was still wet, I removed the FrogTape and let the paint dry. 

DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff DIY striped gallery wall tutorial @diyshowoff

Then hung up my prints and restyled the bookcases. Paint is such an easy way to create a new look, add some interest and to freshen up the space.

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Now to come up with some seating for this area. Stay tuned!

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

DIY Color Block Painted Door Makeover

Remember when I finished the combined nursery / guest room  makeover a few months ago…

combined nursery/guest room @diyshowoff  

I had a few finishing touches left to share. One of them was taking this plain door that leads to the guest bathroom…

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

and giving it a fun look. Paint is such an easy way to make a fun and bold statement, add a pop of color and definitely a touch of “wow” to the room…

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

What I used:

  • plain white door
  • sample of Valspar paint (color: rushing stream, finish: satin)
  • paintbrush
  • FrogTape
  • yard stick and pencil

What I did:

1. I gave the door a good scrub. Amazing how unnoticeable the dust is on those recessed panels. Who knew?

2. Using my yard stick, I found the center point of the door horizontally. Then made marks for where I’d like each “chevron” point to be. I didn’t really space them out exact. From the top, the first section is 14 inches down. 

3. Using FrogTape, I created a “v” shape. I eye-balled the angle. 

4. I repeated the “v” shape. A lot of my spacing and angle had to do with the panels, not exact measurements. 

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

5. I used my thumbnail (a credit/gift card would also work) to burnish the edges of the tape. 

chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

6. I painted one coat and let it dry. Then brushed on a second coat. 

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7. While the paint was still wet, I removed the FrogTape. Try pulling away from the paint, as shown:

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Before:

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After: I am in love with the large scale bold design. It’s so unexpected and fun. 

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and just that small project makes a big statement, doesn’t it? 

 

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I love how it kicks the guest room/nursery room decor up a notch. 

{before} Guest Room/Nursery reveal @diyshowoff

{after} chevron color block door tutorial @diyshowoff

See the entire nursery/guest room reveal here. See this project and more in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas digital magazine. 

LCI Spring

I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

DIY Freestanding Mobile Pipe Coat Rack

Holiday season! That means some entertaining in our home, get-togethers with families, dinner parties (having a holiday open house today, in fact).  Time to get holiday guest ready! Did you ever notice that your own family fills up the coat closet (sometimes to the point of “avalanche!” when opening the door? Or is that just us?!)…and when guests arrive in colder months, coats are stored in the guest bedroom in a pile on a bed? Our solution: 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

A DIY moveable, mobile coat rack. I am so over the utility types that teeter, lean or fall over when filled up. Know what I mean? This industrial looking DIY coat rack is sturdy, not to mention adds a touch of rustic industrial style.

Materials I used:

  • (1) 48 inch stair tread (I used red oak but for a more budget friendly option, there was also pine)
  • Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain (color is kona and ebony)
  • foam brush for applying stain, gloves & rags, paint brush for applying polyurethane
  • Rust-Oleum Polyurethane sealer (finish is satin)
  • (4) heavy duty casters 
  • (2) 3/4″ flanges
  • (2) 24″ galvanized steel pipes
  • (2) 30″ galvanized pipes
  • (2) 3/4″ tee connectors
  • (2) 3/4″ nipple connectors
  • (2) 3/4″ 90 degree elbows
  • (2) 3/4″ 90 degree street elbows
  • (2) 3/4″ caps
  • (1) 36″ galvanized pipe
  • #12 1 inch hexagon washers (screws)

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator DIY coat rack with galvanized steel pipe and casters @diyshowoff

What I did:

Soak the sticker parts of the galvanized pipes in hot soapy water. (It doesn’t take long.) Remove stickers. Dry pipes and set aside. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Finish the wood. Using the foam brush, I applied the wood stain (brush on in the same direction as the wood grain). Let sit for a few minutes then wipe away the excess with old rags. Unlike pine, the red oak wasn’t absorbing my favorite kona colored stain in as rich of a color so I also applied two coats of ebony in the same way to achieve a darker color. Stain then dries in about an hour. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

After the stain was dry, I sealed the wood using a coat of polyurethane. Simply brush on (looks a bit milky when wet but dries clear). I let that dry overnight. 

I attached the four casters to the under (unfinished) side using the hexagon screws. Be careful with the screws on the cut side of the wood. Going too close to the edge may cause the wood to crack. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Flip right side up. Set aside the nipple connectors, two street elbows and the caps. 

Next I assembled my pipe pieces. Starting with the flanges. Screw 30″ pipes into flanges.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator Then add tees to the other end of each 30″ pipe.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

 

Then add the other 30″ pipe sections (one to each tee – you’ll have two poles at this point).

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Add a 90 degree elbow to the top of one pole.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Connect the 36″ galvanized pipe (center) piece. Add a 90 degree elbow to the end of the center pipe piece then add the other pole.  

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Place the pole-contraption onto the wood stair riser (I found the center by using a yard stick).  Attach flanges to the wood using the hex screws.

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Add nipple connectors to the center tees, then elbows then caps. This creates a space for hanging purses, hats or scarves. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Now when we’re expecting guests, we can simply roll the coat rack near the door for hanging coats. Or use it as extra hanging space in a room without a closet (or one with a packed closet). Handy to have in the laundry room too! 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

Store it in the basement, a closet, the laundry room, an office or guest room and then move near the door for parties and gatherings. Or if you have room, display near the front door entryway or mudroom area. 

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator  

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I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.