2 DIY Tire Flower Planter Projects

I recently needed new tires (don’t even look at the tread…it was bad)! This is a great idea for upcycling! The July Challenge for Lowe’s Creative Ideas is Outdoor Art so I headed to Lowe’s for some supplies. 

DIY Tire Flower Planter Tutorial

tire flower planter tutorial at DIYShowOff

My summer home tour revealed a sneak peek of a super easy DIY outdoor decorating/planter. DIY tire planter…

barn party patio

See it?

party patio

There on the wall? Isn’t it happy?

tire flower planter tutorial

Materials:

  • Old tire
  • Valspar spray paint (color is Exotic Sea)
  • potting soil
  • flowers.
  • I already had some leftover fabric weed barrier from the pallet herb garden and some packing peanuts on hand.
  • Optional: chain and s-hook.

I gave the tire a good scrubbing with soap and water and let it dry. 

upcycled tire planter

Then gave it a couple of coats of spray paint (paint + primer). Let dry. 

tire flower planter tutorial

Next we used a  (correction) 1/2 inch drill bit to drill 6 holes into the ‘bottom’ of the tire for drainage. This takes a sharp bit and a lot of pressure (as in I tried but had to have my husband take over). It also produces a little smoke. 

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Then lined the bottom with a piece of fabric weed barrier and a few styrofoam packing peanuts.

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Time to plant! 

I used this arrangement for the wall mounted tire planter…

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff  

and these for the hanging tire swing flower planter:

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

The drainage holes work! Specifically one of the six really works…

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

When we’re entertaining, I move the wall mounted tire flower planter to the interior wall of our covered patio. It’s simply hanging on a big humungous sturdy nail. When the party ends, the tire planter is moved to an exterior wall for sunshine and rain/watering. It’s awkward but not too heavy or difficult for moving around to maintain.

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

I loved it so much, I needed one to hang in our magnolia tree:

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Doesn’t it look beautiful hanging with my DIY chandelier flower planter in the background? 

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

To hang from a tree: Use chain (double hanging length, add about 10″ for in the tire and more for the size of your tree limb). Wrap chain around tree branch and secure end pieces inside of the tire with an “s” hook. 

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

Pretty!

How to make a tire flower planter @DIYShowOff

*After I stood back and admired my completed project, I decided to see if it had been done before and of course! You can see this idea at Recaptured Charm too. Sharing at So You Think You’re Crafty.

More planter ideas:

chandelier-planter-feature

House Number Flower Pots

house number flower pots

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project. The tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. DIY results may vary.

One Room…Many Ways

This little room right off of the dining room really doesn’t have a function and gets a makeover more often than any other room in our home. As in…made over on a nearly monthly basis…since I like to re-arrange and move things around so often. Here’s a look at this room’s decorating history…

It started off looking like this when we bough our home:

sitting room before

We installed French doors, slate tile and a rescued a giant mirror…

entryway

Sometimes it displays my latest thrifty treasures…

sitting room

thrifty sitting room

Or acts as an extension to our dining space…

dining nook

Or a rarely used sitting room…

sitting-room

sitting-room  

At Christmas time, it’s my favorite space to decorate…

christmas sitting room

And currently it’s a little work space…

DIY script drop cloth drapes

DIY no sew drop cloth {script} curtains.

office space

with a cute DIY globe light fixture cover

globe light cover

Here’s what the other side of the room currently looks like: {wall mounted pallet shelf}

eclectic hallway

It’s like playing with a life sized doll house. Do you switch it up routinely? 

I’m joining in the party:

restyled space link party

Summer Carnival Mantel & Fun in the Sun

Summer time! It’s my favorite time of the year.  I love that I can do some fun decorating in our colorful and eclectic family room in progress. I’ll be sharing a tutorial for the gallery wall but the collection is all thrift store items from my decorating accessories stash. The colorful glass were filled with flower arrangements at our wedding reception nearly 8 years ago. My colorful candlesticks were an easy DIY thrifty transformation. 

summer carnival mantel decor

Sunshine, long days, festivals, carnivals, amusement parks…don’t you love that stuff?

summer carnival mantel

Funnel cakes, elephant ears, cotton candy, candy apples, gyros, french fries, snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs,  

summer carnival mantel

Rides. Wait. I’m more of a merry-go-round than roller coaster type girl and avoid things called ‘tornado’ and ’tilt-a-whirl’ or anything that drops. 

summer carnival mantel decor

 Concerts, bands, music festivals and fireworks.

colorful eclectic decor

Duck pond, ring toss, games, balloon animals, clowns, cheesy prizes, face painting and pony rides.

summer carnival mantel decor

 Step right up! 

summer carnival mantel

 Everyone’s a winner!

summer carnival mantel decor

See the DIY foam board accent wall/wall art/gallery template tutorial for more details on a lightweight, easy, cheap way to add pattern and color to your decorating.  

Crazy and whimsical and temporary. Keeping furniture and walls neutral allows me to change things up more often. I’m using the foamboard for another project, so it’s now looking a bit more like this:

summer carnival mantel

Do you decorate for the seasons? Have you been following along with the Fun in the Sun series? So much summer inspiration! Here are the details:

Fun in the sun summer linky party and giveaway

Be sure to visit all of the Fun in the Sun hostesses and their awesome summer projects:

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - how to make pom pom lanterns

paper-lantern My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Sand & Sisal - summer centerpiece

Summer-Centerpiece-Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage - pool noodle summer wreath

AlohaSummerFlipFlopPoolNoodleDIYWreathCraft - Fox Hollow Cottage

Adventures in Decorating - Summer Porch

summer porch - Adventures in Decorating

Setting for Four - summer beach mantel 

beach mantel - Setting for Four

Debbiedoo’s - 5 quick summer craft projects including this recycled can caddy…

recycled-cans-Debbie Doos

French Country Cottage - summer table setting

summer table setting French Country Cottage

Cupcakes and Crinoline - beach inspired desserts

beach inspired desserts - Cupcakes and Crinoline

Domestically Speaking - Ultimate All American Sundae

ultimate-all-american-sundae - Domestically Speaking

At the Picket Fence - DIY outdoor coffee table

chalkboard-outdoor-coffee-table At the Picket Fence

Yellow Bliss Road - sweet & simple summer mantel

summer mantel - Yellow Bliss Road

JoJo and Eloise - avocado, blueberry & coconut cream popsicles

avocado-blueberry-coconut-cream-popsicles-gluten-free-dairy at JoJo & Eloise

DIY Show Off - summer carnival mantel

summer carnival mantel

Coming up tomorrow (6/27): Fun in the Sun Link Party & Kindle Fire Giveaway! 

Cheap and Easy DIY Temporary Accent Wall/Wall Art/Gallery Wall Template

I’ve been working on creating a “summer carnival mantel” for the “Fun in the Sun” Blog Hop. I wanted a background that was “NO COMMITMENT” and decided foamboard + FrogTape would do the trick. 

foamboard wall art  

Materials:

  • tri-fold {display} foam board
  • FrogTape

*I’m a member of the FrogTape blog squad and this is a sponsored post.

foamboard wall art tutorial

Tutorial:

I simply alternated FrogTape stripes on each of the 3 sections of the tri-fold display foamboard…

foamboard  

foamboard FrogTape wall art

I wrapped the tape around the outer edges and used my thumbnail to secure the tape edge into the fold for a clean line into the inner creases. 

FrogTape Wall Art

All done! FrogTape green worked out to be a great accent color for my colorful and eclectic summer carnival theme (have you seen my multi-color curtains in the family room)?

family room

Best part? Totally re-usable for changing up decor! Try wrapping paper, fabric, vinyl decals…add interest, color, pattern, texture. Great for rentals. So many options! *Note: Paint is not a good option and will warp foamboard.

Hanging:

The thing I loved about using this as a background for my ‘fun house’ mirror wall was that with the foam board laid out on the floor, I arranged the mirrors and frames. Then marked where I wanted things to hang with a pencil.

tracing wall gallery

Since it’s super light weight, hang with Command Strips.

hanging foamboard  

It’s nice that the command strips allow for moving around to be sure the foamboard is level.

Ievel

 

foamboard wall art

Nail through the foam board for placement of mirrors, frames or art.

hanging gallery wall

Then display! Here’s a sneak peek of the ‘summer carnival’ mantel…

DIYShowOff summer carnival mantel

And when I’m ready to change things up like I usually do, I can cover the foam board for a completely different look.

foamboard wall art tutorial

Neat, right?

Why I love this project:

  • Easy.
  • Cheap.
  • Lightweight.
  • Great for gallery wall template.
  • No commitment.
  • So many customizable options.
  • Re-usable.

See the summer carnival themed mantel for more pictures. 

summer carnival mantel

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Chandelier Planter Tutorial

About a month ago, we hosted a BBQ for our family – filled with good food, a fun gardening project and great times…stuff special family memories are made of.

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

I started the prep work in advance, so that the fun part of planting flowers was the only concern on the part of my guests.

How to Make a Chandelier Planter

how-to-make-a chandelier-flower-planter

CONTINUE TO THE TUTORIAL  

Thrifty Gallery Wall and Room Accents

Angel’s room, part 2:  This post is sponsored by FrogTape. The other day I shared painting and stenciling faux-paneled walls. Loved the soft lilac color and subtle damask stenciling.

paneled damask walls

These pictures were taken last year at this time…I’m so behind! I apologize in advance for the poor quality. The reveal photos will be better!

painted paneled walls

This is my niece’s room. Angel loves all things art including drawing and painting and since I was working with a tight budget, I knew that thrift store picture frames for her to display her work on a gallery wall with room to grow would be the perfect way to decorate one of the walls in her room.

thrift store gallery wall

Picture frames were painted with a touch of Valspar’s sample paints in Raspberry Brown and uh…I don’t remember the other color but it looks like Raspberry Sherbet. I had Bri create some chevron patterns on the back board of the frames using FrogTape for a temporary pop of color until Angel arrived and unpacked her own art work and drawings.

FrogTape chevron

Even the light switch cover on the same wall got a painted stripe-y design using FrogTape and coordinating colors in order to blend in with the gallery collection.

light switch cover on gallery wall

I added a few thrift store prints, a spray painted owl plaque, plate and empty frames then laid it all out on the floor to get an idea of placement. I like placing the largest piece in the center and working my way out. And yea, that green carpet. Yikes! But sometimes you have to work around what can’t be changed, especially in a rental space. It’s a small room, so not much of it will be seen.

gallery wall display

When I was happy with the layout, I transferred it all to the wall. I love the collected look and can’t wait to see Angel’s artwork added to the mix. The gallery wall has room to grow on either side, top and bottom.

thrifty gallery wall

Sometimes you have to work around what can’t be changed. ::hello ugly green carpet:: It’s a small room, so not much of it will be seen, especially with a full sized bed going in the room. I was able to find a colorful rug runner with Angel’s favorite color purple, our additions of raspberry and a touch of green to run along side or at the bottom of Angel’s bed, so the carpet hopefully won’t feel so out of place…

multicolor rug runner

It helps!

gallery wall and area rug

Thrift store lamps were spray-painted a dark plum color…

painted lamp

and pretty coordinating accent pillows on clearance at JoAnns…

purple pillows

All done and just waiting for Angel to move in. She loved it, by the way! I’m still hoping to get over to get some room reveal pictures. One of these days. :)

thrifty gallery wall

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DIY {dresser drawer} Dog Bed

As a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I was excited that the May Challenge revealed using Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year…emerald! I knew it’d be the perfect fun color for the new dog bed I planned to make for CocoRosie. Pantone’s Emerald is one of those colors that would look amazing paired with navy, yellow, tangerine, coral, raspberry, fuchsia or pink. I decided to go girly for our new female furry family member.

DIY Dog Bed

She loves to lounge around outside, especially since we utilize our patio a lot during nice weather. Sunbathing is one of her favorite past times although there are occasions when she seeks shade and Italian Greyhounds are prone to sunburn because of the short fur. The hot pink parasol provides a bit of shade and a ton of cute-ness paired with Emerald and coordinating fabrics.

diy-dog-bed-tutorial

Materials I used:

  • old dresser drawer
  • paint (Valspar Signature Paint, semi-gloss, Pantone Emerald and Berry Brown)
  • FrogTape
  • furniture feet x 4 (also table leg plates/hardware if needed)
  • coordinating pillow or DIY cushion
  • matching parasol/umbrella
  • hardware to attach the parasol to the drawer (hose clamp or pipe strap)

What I did: 

1. An old free/found dresser supplied the drawer. I gave it a good scrubbing. You may also want to sand your dresser drawer face board if needed or remove drawer handles for painting and replace when finished.

dresser drawer dog bed

2. I simply drilled pilot holes in the wider dresser front and back bottom boards then screwed in the feet.

legs for a DIY dresser drawer dog bed

CocoRosie is only 10 lbs. and this worked for us. There is also hardware (table leg plates) for furniture legs sold in the same aisle at Lowe’s for a sturdier option  (located near the decorative wood moulding).

3. The inside got a coat of Valspar’s Berry Brown.

valspar berry brown

4. Once dry, I taped off the inside using FrogTape, making sure the edges were sealed to activate the PaintBlock technology.

FrogTape

5. Next up, painting the outside two coats of the beautiful Pantone’s 2013 Emerald exclusively at Lowe’s.

Valspar Pantone Emerald

I love the consistency of Valspar’s Signature line.

painting dog bed

I removed the FrogTape immediately after the second coat…

FrogTape results

then let it dry overnight while I worked on a DIY box cushion…

DIY dog bed

6. Secure the parasol handle to the inside of the drawer using a hose clamp or pipe strap (however the box cushion I made has a snug fit and holds the parasol handle in place). I found that having the parasol positioned in the front of the drawer helps to be able to push it almost-flush against walls on the back side.

7. Pop in a pillow or cushion.

dresser drawer dog bed

Seven or less steps. Easy as pie. A yummy  (Pantone) Emerald and Raspberry indoor/outdoor dog bed.

BeforeDon’t feel too bad, she does have access to patio furniture too. You’ve seen her on that patio daybed!

rosie-before

Now:

Up for providing shade…

dresser drawer dog bed how-to

Down for getting sun/overcast days…

DIY dresser drawer pet bed

No parasol for indoors…

DIY pet bed

I’m even thinking of personalizing it for her…

CocoRosie dog bed

Result is a pampered pooch. Maybe now I’ll have the patio daybed to myself! How do you spoil your pets?

Pantone Emerald pet bed

Of note: 

*I do not leave the dog bed outside in the rain.

Notice the chandelier flower planter hanging in the tree? See the DIY Chandelier Planter Tutorial for more details. 

DIY Chandelier Planter

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project for using Pantone’s Emerald in Valspar’s Signature paint challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. Your dog’s behavior may vary. DIY results may vary.

Reclaimed Wood Herringbone Ceiling – Make Me Pretty Again

Reclaimed wood?

Herringbone?

You know it’s going to be good, right?

Beth from Make Me Pretty Again just finished up her living room makeover. It all started with a pile of reclaimed wood. And Pinterest. And Houzz. In other words, DIY inspiration is empowering.

See her do-it-yourself steps for installing the herringbone ceiling…no easy feat but WOW! Stunning one of a kind results!

herringbone ceiling

And check out her entire living room reveal, packed full of beautiful and inspiring DIY projects….

reclaimed wood herringbone ceiling

More from Beth’s living room:

I spy more awesomeness at Make Me Pretty:

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity, Beth! Everything is fabulous and that ceiling? ::insert sexy whistle:: Amazing! Beautiful work!

Now who’s giving this a try?!

Free Standing Pallet Herb Garden

Our vegetable garden is located a few acres from the house. Wanting to have a small herb garden closer to the patio, grill and kitchen and inspired by so many vertical pallet planters (thanks, Amanda!), Mr. DIY and I created a free standing (moveable) vertical pallet herb garden.

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden  

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DIY {half} globe light fixture cover

DIY Globe Light Fixture Cover

After I completed the wall mounted-pallet shelf, I updated some of the light fixtures including the one in the sitting room…

allen-roth-edison-orb

Allen + Roth Edison Oil Rubbed Bronze

However, the glass on this specific light is very thin and it cracked during the final stages of assembly, just by screwing in the light bulb. The crack was located in such a way that it wasn’t safe. I feared the entire glass piece was going to come crashing down.

cracked-glass

So, one rainy day, I gathered some supplies from around the house and created a new cover? fixture? globe? well, northern hemisphere at least.

DIY-globe-light-fixture-cover-tutorial

Here is what I did:

Materials: 

  • LOW WATTAGE light bulb
  • old globe (I have an addiction. I can’t pass up a globe at the thrift store, thus a collection on hand.)
  • craft paint (I had DecoArt’s Patio Paint/rich espresso on hand.) A high heat/temperature paint is a better, safer option.
  • double fold bias tape (Again…I had brown left over from a patio cushion project.)
  • hot glue
  • Sharpie
  • Edited to add: Flameproof coating

Tools:

  • Utility knife
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Craft paint brush

I started by disassembling the globe by gently pulling the frame from the north/south pole. My globe popped right out.

globe

I also chose a globe that wasn’t in the best shape, so the north and south hemispheres just pulled apart. (Cut seam along the equator with a utility knife if needed.)

split-globe

Next, using a Sharpie, I traced the fitting (or draw a circle the size of where the globe will be held into place on the light fixture).

globe-light-tutorial

I used a utility knife to remove some of the map/cardboard and discovered a metal circle underneath. I was able to remove it with pliers. Then cut away the rest of the cardboard/paper with a pair of scissors.

globe-light-cover

I painted the inside of my globe and let it dry (well, sort of. I may have been too eager to move on to the next step)…

paint-inside-globe

Then attached the bias tape around the perimeter with hot glue.

gluing-bias-tape

Since I was impatient with waiting for paint to dry and had a little “oopsy”…paint on the bias tape, I used a Sharpie to create a design to distract from the accidental smudge. Imperfection adds character.

globe-light-border

Ready to install.

globe-ceiling-light-cover

Heading to the basement: This is also the path to the basement and I can breathe a sigh of relief that the cracked glass isn’t going to hurt someone when it comes crashing down or that it’s no big deal if my 6’2″ husband carrying a ladder accidentally hits the globe. I kept worrying he’d ‘ding’ that thin glass on his way through…now, it’s okay.

sitting-room-ceiling

It fits with the style of our sitting room too…

sitting-room

Easy enough.  (Would also work as a lamp shade…decorative only.}

half-globe-light-cover

 Mystikit: Purchase the materials and tools needed to make this half globe light fixture cover.

sitting-room-diy

*more DIY projects in this space:

 *This light shade is mainly decorative. In our home, it is rarely turned on for more than a few minutes at a time. Please do your homework and consider safety in your own home before using a globe as a light fixture. 

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Before/After Thrift Store Play Kitchen

No little ones at our house but I do have a 3-year-old nephew and two nieces under 4-years-old. Not to mention someday (not anytime soon…I’m in no rush), I’ll have grandchildren. So when I see fun do-it-yourself kids’ ideas, it does make me get all DIY-itchy to do something creative.

It’s almost yard sale season here in western PA and I’ll be on the hunt for an old kids’ kitchen or furniture that looks like it’d function as a play kitchen. Love this thrift store find “after” from Serena at Thrift Diving {what a great find and awesome transformation!}…

before-after-wooden-play-kitchen by Thrift Diving blog

“Thrift Diving, a blog that strongly believes that LIFE shouldn’t be financial suicide! I turn what could be expensive (i.e. decorating) into affordable, such as furniture makeovers from the thrift store. I found this $2.50 wooden play kitchen from the thrift store, and knew instantly that it would be amazing, with the right TLC. More importantly, I wanted to give it a vintage look, and less “kiddie” look. Also, I have boys, and I wanted it to be something that even they wouldn’t playing with!

 

I painted it in Annie Sloan Antibes Green, with Napoleonic Blue inside. I mitered some wood trim and added panels to the front, which I lined with a $2.00 vintage table cloth that I found at the thrift store, as well. I also used my Silhouette Cameo to cut new burners from vinyl, and add some finishing details, and cup hooks for the side, which hold thrifted measuring spoons.”

thrift-diving

See the full original post from Serena at BEFORE and AFTER: Makeover of a Wooden Play Kitchen at Thrift Diving. Great job, Serena! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

More inspiring play kitchens:

9-diy-play-kitchens

  1. DIY Play Kitchen – Dans le Townhouse
  2. Play Kitchen from Always Preparing for Peanut
  3. DIY Play Kitchen from Bali with Love
  4. Great for small spaces: Create a play kitchen on the wall. {source}
  5. Cute Play Kitchen at Narrating Life
  6. Naptime Crafters Toddler Dream Kitchen
  7. DIY play kitchen – The Dancing Toad
  8. Famers Nest DIY play kitchen
  9. Play Kitchen Makeover at Thrift Diving

Another DIY play kitchen from The Blooming Hydrangea. The “window” above the sink is so sweet!

play-kitchen by the blooming hydrangea

Adorable! Have you made a play kitchen? Email a picture and/or link and I’ll include yours in these DIY play kitchen features.

DIY {wall mounted} Pallet Shelf

Mr. DIY’s hobby isn’t DIY {it’s mainly mine and I take full advantage of his muscle power}. He does have several hobbies including cooking (lucky me!), grilling on his Big Green Egg (lucky me again!) and home-brewing. Not my thing…but I do think being a ‘beer-chemist’ is kinda cool and he enjoys it. Hey, those hobbies are DIY in a way.

homebrew

The problem: Supplies and materials are often scattered in the basement, hiding in built-ins in the dining room, sitting around in the kitchen driving me crazy or just ‘lost’ sparking a lot of temper tantrums and wasting precious free time on the hunt for supplies. And when he finally has a free weekend to cook up a recipe, he’s often searching for empty bottles, caps, hops, grains, what-nots and tools-of-the-trade. Or more often, “I” become detective in the search because I’ve probably stowed something away where it doesn’t below in an effort to de-clutter. Oops!

The solution: Making the space in the open basement stairwell an organized home brew supply station, library, storage area with a fun rustic/industrial vibe. Everything in it’s place, easy to find.

We’re starting with a wall-mounted pallet shelf for holding an empty bottle collection. The bonus: {I love that this project is all about making his hobby more enjoyable and it inspired us to work together as a team, a date night or two at Lowe’s.}

diy-wall-mounted-pallet-shelf

Materials:

  • Pallet 
  • Three 1 x 3 x 4 pine wood planks
  • Rustoleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain (color: Kona)
  • Rustoleum Polyurethane (matte finish)
  • 2 Purdy 2.5 inch angled paint brush for stain/poly
  • Rags
  • Hanging Hardware (wall anchors, screws, toggle bolts)

Tools we used:

  • Crow bar
  • Hammer
  • Nail gun (finishing nails)
  • Saw
  • Dremel Multi-Max (sanding)
  • Drill (hanging)

DIY Pallet Shelf Tutorial

1. After we found the perfect pallet (tips about working with pallet wood from Funky Junk Interiors), we decided to use the back of the pallet as the front of the shelf and removed 1 plank using a crow bar and hammer. {How about those wool socks with flip flops? He’s all mine, ladies!}

prying-pallet-wood

pallet-before

2. Measure and cut the 1 x 3 x 4′s to fit between the front and back pallet planks to create “shelves”.

diy-pallet-shelf

3. Position the 1 x 3 shelf bottom into place. We used a level to ensure shelf bases weren’t crooked. Some places were a little tricky and needed hammering into place or lifting the old pallet plank a tad with a crow bar, while positioning the 1 x 3 into place.

pallet-shelves

4. A finishing nail gun (and a good eye for lining up the nails in the 1 inch area) secures the shelf bottom to the sides of the individual shelves. {Forgot pictures of the nail gun step…it’s just so much fun!}

We added a few screws to some of the pallet face-boards to tighten things up.

diy-pallet-shelf

5. Sand all sides and splinters.

6. Stain. I used Rustoleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain.

rustoleum-ultimate-wood-stain

Brush on in the direction of the wood grain. Wipe away in the same direction with a rag. Rustoleum Wood Stain dries fast! {Not shown: I did wear latex gloves to avoid stained hands.} Isn’t this rich dark brown gorgeous? It’s called “Kona”. Love it!

staining-pallet-shelf

7. About an hour later, I was ready to seal the stained wood. Using the same technique, I applied Rustoleum’s Polyurethane and let it dry for 24 hours.

8. Hang! I used FrogTape for marking the area we wanted the pallet shelf to hang.

hanging-pallet-shelf

I marked the studs with a chalk line.

finding-wall-stud

Wall color: homemade chalkboard paint using Benjamin Moore Hale Navy.

We used 6 drywall screws {screwed into the wall studs} to secure our pallet shelf to the wall.

hanging-diy-pallet-shelf

I have to say, he doesn’t always see my vision, but once things are put into action and start coming together, he loves it! He spent about 30 minutes styling his new pallet shelf, stepping back and re-arranging it over and over. Success! And just like completing one DIY project leads to more, this little pallet shelf inspired a lot more creative ideas for his home brew supply space/beer library. Keeping things organized so stay tuned!

styling-diy-pallet-shelf

Organized, right? What do you think?

diy-pallet-shelf

The plan: A place for everything and more DIY:

  • A DIY light fixture.
  • Built-in shelves on the wall above the ledge for supplies.
  • Ladder for reaching high shelves.
  • Slate tiled stairs and landing.
  • More inspiration: laboratory/brewery/library Pinterest board.

homebrew-organization

Ps. DIY dates inspire daydreaming and communication (sometimes the occasional fight with the opportunity to make up too!). Do you enjoy working on DIY projects with your spouse? Do little projects inspire bigger dreams?

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*Disclaimer: I’m a new member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network! I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project for a spring cleaning/organization challenge. Each month I’ll have the opportunity to participate in a themed DIY challenge however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. 

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Accent Wall Before and After

Patti (my youngest sister) is renting but has permission from the landlord to paint…and to be creative about it too. The entryway wall before had peeling paint…

wall-before

I scraped and sanded until we had a smooth finish. Holes and cracks were patched using DAP’s DryDex (spackling that goes on pink, dries white) and sanded.

dap-drydex-spackling

The walls got a coat of primer and a base coat in a neutral light gray color.

Using FrogTape Delicate (the yellow painter’s tape with PaintBlock Technology, safe for freshly painted walls) the next day, I created a chevron/zigzag pattern.

accent-wall-tutorial

Then painted the zigzag stripes alternating a left-over darker gray paint and left-over gray-beige paint (the color under the tape is a lighter gray).

As soon as I were finished painting the second coat (while it was still wet), I removed the FrogTape Delicate.

removing-FrogTape

Next up cleaning the dingy vinyl floor and decorating.

After (paint is still drying):

accent-wall-after

Patti just happens to work part time for a thrift store so she gets first dibs on all of the eclectic treasures (and has a good eye for what can be transformed). Lucky girl! If it was me, I’d never get out the door with a paycheck. I’d be trading those dollars for thrift store goodies!

Even though the wall now sports a busy pattern in 3 colors, the colors are neutral enough to work in some fun colorful accents and patterns. {All accessories found on Polyvore.}

teal, gold & gray

teal-gray-entryway

 coral, black & gray

coral-gray-entryway

emerald & navy

navy-emerald

gray & mustard

gray-mustard

Looking forward to seeing what she does, how about you? Which color(s) do you like?

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Silhouette Double Sided Adhesive

“Today will be the best day ever” … what a great quote to start each morning. Using Silhouette’s double sided adhesive, I now have a pretty glittery reminder that each day is a blessing.  glitter-sign

I started by placing my text on a template in the Silhouette studio… Silhouette Studio

then simply loaded my paper/mat into my Cameo, adjusted my settings for cutting and sent it to cut…. silhouette-cameo

What’s cool about the double sided adhesive paper is you remove the backing, press on the letters just like stickers, then remove the top white sheet, leaving transparent SUPER tacky tape in your perfect shape or text.

The Silhouette Double Sided Adhesive kit comes with glitter and flocking. I chose the pretty turquoise glitter and brushed it into place… applying-glitter

It’s super-fine and a bit of a chore to clean up but the result is awesome! I loved watching my transparent letters glitter, shine and come to life.

Then I snagged an old thrift store frame. gave it a coat of Rust-Oleum spray paint in “lagoon”… lagoon-frame

and framed my new glittery print: diy-print

Doesn’t it just make you happy to read it…like seeing those words help start the day off on the right foot. today-will-be-the-best-day-ever

I use my Silhouette Cameo all.the.time. Don’t have one yet, want to try the double sided adhesive starter kit or TONS of other fun cutting projects? Simply use the code “SHOWOFF” at Silhouette America before the end of the day TODAY! (2/14) for an awesome discount. {Sorry for the late notice this time but by ordering now you can have it in time to create a really cute Pottery Barn inspired Happy Easter banner…that’s my plan!!} silhouette-deal

Valentine Mantel {and thrifty treasure DIY}

Yes! I’m decorating the mantel for Valentine’s Day after all but it’s still not too late…

“Owl You Need is Love & Chocolate”

Valentine mantel

Owl-you-need-is-love-and-chocolate-valentine-mantel Back when I glanced at the thrift store junk stash, I saw two of these calendar displays. I can’t pass them up – wood, great DIY material. Ya know?

wooden-calendar-frame

Bri had scored these fun wood cut out shapes. I snagged the ‘badge/crest’ looking one thinking it was a great owl-shape. {pardon the lighting in the dining room turned work station for the tutorial}

wooden-owl-shape

And a Valentine DIY craft and decorating idea was born.

owl-you-need-is-love-and-chocolate

Materials:

  • FrogTape
  • wooden calendar frame
  • badge-shaped wooden cut out
  • wooden heart shape
  • craft paints
  • wood glue

I started with tracing my camera lens cap for the owl’s eyes. drawing-owl

I drew a pencil line vertically down the center. Using 2 ” pieces of FrogTape, I created a chevron pattern on the owl’s body working from the center out… FrogTape-chevron-pattern

Once the tape was burnished (rub the edges of the tape with a credit card to activate the FrogTape’s paintblock), I painted my pattern. Then immediate removed the FrogTape… painting-with-frogtape

Once that was dry, I continued painting my badge to look like an owl. painting-owl

I used FrogTape to protect the frame and painted the background white and let it dry… painting-calendar-frame

My wooden heart was painted brown {FolkArt’s burnt umber}. Once everything was dry, I laid out the placement of the owl, heart and used adhesive stencils for my lettering… stenciling-sign

The owl and heart were attached using Gorilla wood glue. I let the glue dry for about an hour. gorilla-wood-glue

Then gathered some decorative accents…

painted candlesticks Easter, decor, do it yourself, faux chocolate bar sign, wood sign, centerpiece

…and styled my mantel using thrift store candle sticks, an ampersand and a fun faux chocolate bar DIY from last Easter. valentine-mantel  Of course I was still in my pajamas and I asked Mr. DIY to pick me up a bouquet of pink flowers for my photo shoot and boy, did he ever…they.are.VERY.pink…. pink-flowers They’re perfect. My vase is embellished with clay tags and ribbon.

Did I mention that just regular days are like Valentine’s Day around here? Not only did he pick out pretty flowers for my Valentine’s Day mantel decorating, but he came home with these…

cupcake

decadent chocolate cupcakes

He hadn’t even seen my “Owl You Need is Love & Chocolate” theme yet but he reads my mind. most of the time. 

I’m not so into lots of Valentine’s Day decorating but hey, I am a fan of “Owl you need is love & chocolate”! diy-owl-valentine-mantel Affiliate links for similar materials:

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Thrift Store Find: Just add paint.

 

Out of nowhere in January, we were blessed with a day of spring temperatures (60s after single digit temps) here in Pittsburgh but unfortunately, April showers came along with it. It’s the kind of day perfect for sifting through the thrift-store junk stash and finally working on a project.

Thrifty Treasure Makeover

I grabbed the dirty serving tray from the bottom of the pile…{luckily that dark area was only dirt…not mold or a stain}

thrift store serving tray

and gave it a good scrubbing with soap and water…

cleaning tray

then headed to the basement to give it a coat of spray paint (Rustoleum Heirloom White)…

spray painting tray

Then I browsed some favorite blogs and caught up on emails while the paint dried.

Next I used my FrogTape in the .94  in. width to tape off the inside border…

FrogTape on border

and to create a fun bold imperfect {herrinbone} pattern…

FrogTape design

making sure to use my thumbnail along the edges of the tape to ensure the Paintblock barrier had a good seal…

burnishing tape edges

I filled in the design using an acrylic craft (Folk Art Burnt Umber) paint and a sponge brush…

acrylic paint

painted herribone pattern

and immediately removed the FrogTape…

removing Frogtape

Once the acrylic craft paint was dry, I gave the entire tray a light even spray of clear coat and let it dry.

Now time to enjoy watching the rainstorm from inside. The sitting room is all ready for a spot of tea,

Frogtape serving tray

planning,

Painted serving tray

Frogtape serving tray

and daydreaming…

Frogtape serving tray

Do you have a thrift store/yardsale stash full of treasures just waiting for a little DIY attention?

See this herringbone pattern using  FrogTape on an accent wall.

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Tufted Upholstered Twin Headboard Makeover

Ali needed a twin bed for her apartment. She wanted a neutral upholstered headboard with tufting.These were perfect for what she had in mind, except the $250+ price tag was not in her budget.

inspiration west elm diamond tufted headboard

West Elm Diamond Tufted Headboard in sand

bellacor tufted headboard

Bellacor tufted twin headboard in premier oatmeal

We were up for the DIY “get this look for less” challenge. We found this vinyl covered gem at a second hand store… {$20 including the bed frame!}

before upholstered headboard before

What we used:

  • old headboard
  • batting
  • fabric covered button kit
  • drop cloth
  • fishing line
  • FrogTape
  • staples & staple gun

Once I got the headboard home, I discovered that the headboard itself was not solid. There’s only a wood frame covered with vinyl. It’s hollow. Darn. But we moved forward, fingers crossed.

First step was to determine where the buttons for tufting would be placed. I created a grid on the back of the headboard using FrogTape. DIY headboard marking for tufts

Since marking black vinyl is a little tricky, the Frogtape helped to mark the areas I wanted to drill a hole… drilling headboard

I removed the FrogTape but it won’t hurt to keep it in place.

Next, I rested the headboard on top of a piece of batting and cut batting big enough to wrap around the edges onto the back side. You can use spray adhesive to help hold it into place.

Staple batting onto the back side of the headboard.  stapling batting onto headboard

This is how I wrapped and secured the corners: by pulling the corner of the batting over the corner of the headboard, stapling, then folding and stapling the long edges of the batting. It was a little tricky around the leg of the headboard, just make sure batting lays smoothly. upholstered headboard corners

Carefully trim away the excess batting… trimming batting

Here’s how it looks from the front:  upholstering a headboard

While I covered the back of the headboard with sheet of drop cloth measured and cut to fit the back side using spray adhesive to hold into place then followed the same steps above with the drop cloth fabric… DIY upholstered headboard

Ali covered buttons using dropcloth scraps {she’s less than thrilled about the photo op. lol}… covering tufting buttons

To create tufting with, use a finishing nail to hold the fishing line in place. To keep it from going through the drilled hole, place the nail through the loop in the thread. Lay the finishing nail across the back of the hole and loop the thread over the nail and back up through the hole. Repeat a few times and then tie off the thread to the finishing nail. Twist the nail to draw the button down into the fabric to the desired depth. Use a staple gun and staple diagonally across the nail to secure it and keep it from unwinding {more tufted button instructions at wikihow}. tufting an upholstered headboard

Before and After…

before and after headboard

Total cost of DIY: less than $50!

DIY tufted upholstered headboard makeover

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Painted Upholstered Chair Tutorial {before and after}

Painted upholstered chairs – story of an unplanned DIY.

Does your DIY ever go like this: I started my day with big plans to finally sew the curtains in the family room. In order to do so, I needed to clean off the dining room table which was piled with boxes filled with ornaments and holiday decor and other junk from the shuffling around, rearranging and decorating {because of course the table in my craft room is piled high with an unorganized cluttered mess that also needs cleaned}.

DIY painted upholstered chair tutorial

Of course clearing the dining room table meant decorating for Christmas which lead me to the room right off the dining room that we’re currently calling the “sitting room”. So, in order to sew curtains for the family room, I had to clean the dining room which meant decorating the sitting room and in there were these chairs.

These $6 thrift store chairs. I loved the color and pattern. But I have had a difficult time with orange, fuchsia and olive green colors. Love them. But they don’t work in our home. I gave them a chance, but not even in our eclectic home. I considered slipcovers but I am decorating this room right now. No materials or time for slipcovers.

{before}

chair before

And I had the brilliant idea to paint them. Right then. That minute.

I had seen the upholstery painting tutorial at Hyphen Interiors in 2011. Loved it. Left an impression. Very inspiring.

I also knew I had most materials on hand. Paint! Everything except the fabric medium. I’ve looked at the bottles for sale at Michael’s in the past {for painted curtains} and knew they weren’t cheap. I was also still in my pajamas and on a mission. Sewing curtains, remember?! But these multi-colored chairs were an obstacle.

DIY girls thoughts: No fabric medium. No budget. No desire to run to the store. Lots of leftover latex paint. The only one who really sits in these chairs is the cat. So for now…if painting doesn’t go right, I can still slip cover them at a later date. GO FOR IT!

I found a left over can of Ralph Lauren paint that I hated working with as it was super watery. Perfect! I watered it down even further with water. I didn’t measure, just created a consistency that was still able to hold to the paint brush but watery enough to be absorbed into the textured fabric of the chairs. I used a 2.5 inchPurdy brush.

I gave the chairs a good cleaning, getting up all of the cat hair (FrogTape works great as a cat fur remover).

And I just started painting. My mixture of latex and water had amazing coverage.

I also taped off the legs using FrogTape.

painting upholstered chair

Sometimes I had to swirl the brush for coverage, then followed up with a straight brush stroke.

painting upholstery

And worked my way along the bottom edges, up the side, around the back, in the creases of the attached cushions and finished by painting the seat back and cushion.

painting an upholstered chair

I took a few breaks and a bigger one between the painting the two chairs. The Paintbrush Cover was perfect for keeping my paintbrush from drying out. It creates an airtight seal during usage. Simply place the brush in the cover and close the lid. After my break, I simply opened the cover, removed my brush. It was like I never stopped painting! {Thanks to Salvatore of the Paintbrush Cover for the gift…definitely something that’s going to get a lot of use around here. If you paint a lot…visit the link above to purchase a few for yourself. Definitely useful and convenient! 2 must have DIY paint tools to have on hand: FrogTape and the Paintbrush Cover.}

The Paintbrush Cover

One coat. It dried fairly fast. I removed the FrogTape which perfectly protected the wooden legs. Who even noticed those pretty legs with that crazy printed fabric before? Discovery: She has legs with beautiful carved detail!

removing FrogTape

The texture which was lost in the busy pattern…

before

upholstery before

now shows the quilted pattern with a solid color…

after

painted upholstery after

SO PRETTY!

And before you ask, yes…without the fabric medium, my chairs are rough. They have a vinyl look and feel. Since the paint is watered down…it’s not going to crack or chip or anything. The paint is absorbed into the fabric. I would recommend NOT skipping the fabric medium and to use the recipe shared by Hyphen Interiors. However…if you find yourself in a DIY emergency like me and aren’t particular about a sort of vinyl look/feel. And you have to do something or your entire Christmas decorating is going to be a big fail and you’ll never move on to the project that you planned to complete in the first place…I must tell you, I love these chairs now. Forget the slipcovers.

I knew I wanted to do more than just have a set of solid light grey chairs. My inspiration:

Serena & Lily Bark Miramar Racing Stripe Chair

Serena and Lily Bark Miramar Racing Stripe Chair

Of course I know that my chairs aren’t the same shape. They’re slender girls with long legs. But that stripe. I love that stripe. Not quite a knock off or copy cat project, but it’s what inspired my next steps…

I found the center of the chair and using FrogTape, created a stripe down the middle. I was sure to burnish the edges where the tape would meet paint. And using  leftover {watered down} brown latex paint, I painted in my stripes from bottom of the front of the chair, over the cushion, up seat back and down the back of the chair.

FrogTape stripe

I removed the FrogTape while the paint was still wet, pulling away from the wet paint. I did take a wet paper towel to carefully wipe away wet paint where a tiny bit seeped under the tape due to the texture of the fabric. See – it’s a good thing I have that vinyl-ish finish!

Removing FrogTape Stripe

Amazing transformation, right? Love it!

striped painted upholstery

Now I’m happy with my $6 chairs.And I was able to decorate the sitting room for Christmas.

See more Painted Upholstery Chair pictures in the sitting room mini makeover. 

painted upholstered chair tutorial

His & Hers painted pillow covers

painted pillow cover

{tutorial}

His and Hers Pillow Covers tutorial

I was able to get the dining room table cleared off and decorated and the clutter put away. (okay…for real, some of that was shifted to the craft room table which is dangerously close to an avalanche. Shhhh!)

I still haven’t sewn 6 of the 8 family room curtain panels. {Remember the no sew ruffled ombre tree skirt and the sewing machine being at the repair shop? One of these days I’ll get those curtains done. You don’t remember that I’ve had the fabric since June, do you?}

Perhaps another day, I’ll have a DIY plan that will go according to plan.

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Chevron Reindeer Games sign tutorial

DIY Chevron Reindeer Games Sign 

DIY colorful Christmas chevron reindeer games sign

It’s officially time for Christmas decorating in our home! I know! By blogging standards, I’m late to the game. With a family room makeover in progress, it’s at a point where plans for completion can be put on hold until after the holidays and I can still decorate that room to be pretty once I put away the ladder and some tools. I really loved the chevron garden sign I made for summer {here}. I decided I wanted to create a fun colorful Christmas sign incorporating some of the fun colors in the fabric I chose for the curtains.

Remember the tabletop I replaced on the kitchen bar for the apartment? {If not, you can see my post on my DIY wood plank kitchen bar top.} Time to recycle it! I knew it’d be a great material for a DIY sign one of these days. Tabletop to holiday decoration. Why not? To prep for making a sign, I scuffed up the finish with sandpaper and gave it a coat of left over teal paint and let it dry. I’ll call it my “canvas”.

This is what the top looked like before:

kitchen island before

Tips for creating a chevron pattern using FrogTape:

It’s hard to explain how to create a chevron pattern words/pictures {next time I’ll do a video} but some tips:

My first row is measured. 5″ strips of FrogTape.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

Depending on how it would line up, I creased the edges of the tape (non-sticky side) to create a line for cutting.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

Cut on fold.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

I placed the angled side on my center pencil line and cut the bottom flush with the bottom of the canvas and smoothed it into place.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

I drew vertical lines with my pencil from the peaks and “v’s” of my first chevron row.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

Once my first line was in place, I used a piece of FrogTape for spacing, I worked from the center out by placing another longer piece of tape angled from the center pencil line down to the right pencil line.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

Then I pulled up a corner and folded it on the pencil line so I would know where to cut. Most of the time, the pencil transferred to the sticky side of the tape, creating a cutting guide.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

I repeated those steps until I reached the top and finished.

I used pink and white craft paint to add more color.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

My plan was to paint the blue area showing green and peel away the FrogTape, but I decided to keep the FrogTape in place. {Paint colors: Benjamin Moore Pacific, DecoArt Pretty in Pink “Hope Pink” and Americana Warm White, Green is FrogTape}

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I chose a reindeer from the online store and my Cameo cut it out {brown vinyl}. I created my letters for “Reindeer Games December 25th” using the software and chose the premium dark red vinyl and LDI Fancy Font. I peeled away the negative vinyl (the parts that are not the design) and applied my transfer paper. I made sure the transfer paper was secure by rubbing with a credit card.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

Peel away the backing {the vinyl is transferred to the tacky transfer paper} and place on canvas. Rub the design with a credit card to get it to stick and peel away the transfer paper. In my case, all of the design wasn’t transferring, so I had to be careful and some of my reindeer was applied just as I would a sticker.

I followed the same steps for my lettering, however, knowing that the transfer paper was tricky for my project, I chose to use Delicate Surface FrogTape (the yellow tape) to help transfer my letters. This worked a little easier than applying by hand like stickers and kept my lettering evenly spaced and level.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

I haven’t had time yet, but since I have FrogTape and vinyl on my sign, I’m going to seal everything with a coat or two of ModPodge. Ta-da!

Colorful Christmas DIY reindeer sign tutorial Non-traditional. Colorful. Fun. I love it. It fits in perfectly with my eclectic colorful family room.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

What do you think? I just sort of quickly staged for photos so I could share this today. I’ll be re-arranging, re-decorating. In fact, this mantel is even moving to another wall. More on the family room renovation and Christmas decorating coming soon.

colorful Christmas decor

I will attach a saw tooth hanger to the back and hang and rearrange but…I wanted to get this done to share and to tell you something important:

 

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Thanksgiving decorating {thrift store art print becomes Thanksgiving reminder}…

We don’t host Thanksgiving dinner. We’re lucky to be guests. So, Thanksgiving decor is minimal at the DIY Show Off home but I did want to share how I turned a $4 print called “Nostalgic Autumn” by Eric Sloane into something I love hanging in our home this time of the year. Our thrift stores have huge framed outdated prints in “fair” condition on occasion. It’s not something I’d normally choose, but the the colors and autumn farm theme is perfect for our dining room. I decided that adding the words “Give Thanks” ensures that once a year, I will hang this print. And every time I look at the words “give thanks”, I take a moment to thank God for our many blessings.

Give Thanks vignette

What I did:

easy DIY Thanksgiving wall art

  1. Old framed print {thrift store}. Mine wasn’t in the best of shape. There were scratches on the print, etc. but we embrace imperfection around here, therefore it’s “perfect”. {You may want to check to see if your print has value before altering it.}
  2. Decide where lettering will be placed using a level or ruler.
  3. Apply a piece of FrogTape Delicate Surface. It works on freshly painted surfaces (24 hours) so it’s a good option for sticking lightly to an old art print. I did not rub the tape to adhere since I’m not painting. I’m using it as a guide/straight line.
  4. Write quote or words with chalk or use a stencil.
  5. Go over chalk words with a Sharpie/permanent marker. Be care of smudging with your hand, work from left to right {or I guess if you’re left handed, it might make sense to work from right to left…which ever way your hand won’t smudge the area you’re working on}.
  6. Carefully peel away FrogTape. Continue drawing letters that fall below the level line, wipe away chalk.

farmhouse Thanksgiving dining room

I love the every day reminder to “give Thanks”, especially this time of year. What do you think? Have you seen large art prints at the thrift store or yard sales that with a little DIY touch or accent would work for your seasonal decor?

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DIY Signs and a girls’ DIY day…

Distressed Wood Sign Tutorial

One busy day last week, when I wasn’t renovating an apartment, Bri and her friends {Amber and Megan} joined me for a morning of thrifting and in the afternoon while I was working on a wood plank DIY project {can’t wait to show you!}, they scooped up the wood scraps and created personalized signs. They did also give me a hand on a couple of projects I was working on so a barter of wood scraps for a little creativity was the perfect “thank you”. It was a super fun and productive day! Here is a tutorial for creating a DIY wood plank sign by Megan, Amber & Bri:

distress sign tutorial at DIY Show Off

They each grabbed a board, my Dremel Multi-Max and sanded the edges. These girls are DIY divas! Affiliate link: Dremel 6300-05 120-Volt Multi-Max Oscillating Kit

DIY wood plank sign

Each girl chose a quote (or in Amber’s case the name of her upcoming Etsy shop – exciting and I’ll share more when she’s ready) and I used my Silhouette Cameo to create and cut out vinyl stencils. Affiliate link: Silhouette Cameo Starter Kit Bundle Cutter

They each went for a classic distressed/antiqued look.

Bri chose a dry brush technique with black and a brown glaze.

how to make a distressed sign

Amber chose to distress with a stain.

how to make a distressed sign

Megan did a white wash (dry brush technique) with a brown glaze.

how to make a distressed sign

Silhouette vinyl was used as a stencil and applied to the painted/glazed boards once they were dry…

how to make a distressed sign

The vinyl was rubbed down with a plastic card to secure the vinyl to the board.

They each painted the letters for their quotes using craft paint…

how to make a distressed sign

and promptly removed the stencil.

how to make a distressed sign

It didn’t take long for their signs to dry. I love them all lined up. They look awesome!

how to make a distressed sign

And they each took home a sign to display in their homes…

how to make a distressed sign

So easy. So pretty! (the signs are cute too! lol!)

Have an amazing weekend! I’ve been working on details to help out with a family reunion for Saturday so I won’t be around but hope to see you Sunday at the DIY Project Parade!

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