Family Room – sneak peek {repurposed headboard to door pediment}

The family room makeover has been on hold while we’re renovating the apartment but I wanted to share a little repurposed headboard project I finished up a couple of weeks ago.

Using an old headboard {a gift from Amber – thanks, Amber!}, Gorilla Wood Glue, Bessy ESZ Clamps (Rockler), TransTint Dye, vinyl stencil (created using Silhouette Cameo) and craft paint, I gave an old headboad a new purpose.

Here’s a little of what’s going on in the family room:

family room design

{see more about operation family room here}

The headboard was in very poor condition, broken and falling apart. I removed the legs and repaired the main wooden part of the headboard and added a stencil.

Before…{pardon the mess, it’s a work in progress!}
So easy! The space above the family room door just needed something, ya know? {French door color is Benjamin Moore Pacific Ocean Blue with a dark glaze}.
Much better, don’t you think?
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Thrifty Treasure Transformation – colorful candlesticks

I shared this over at the DIY Club a few weeks ago but wanted to share here too. When I saw this Martha Stewart image…I loved the coordinating colorful candles and candlesticks.

colorful candlesticks

So, I started collecting wooden candlesticks from thrift stores and yard sales…

 wooden candlesticks

I wanted a fun colorful accent to go with our family room plans: family room design

What I used:

  • Wooden candle sticks
  • Candles (color matching my Patio Paints)
  • Deco Art Patio Paint (dark eucalyptus green, waterfall, fuchsia, buttercup)
  • Deco Art Patio Paint reusable Home & Garden stick on stencils
  • dark glaze (TransTint Dye by Rockler)

How I did it:

1. I gave my wooden candlesticks a few coats of Patio Paint each. Because I didn’t sand the wood, I used a dry brush technique. I preferred an antiqued look. I let the candlesticks dry between coats.

2. I brushed on and wiped off my glaze (TransTint dye) to give it an old finish.

3. The Deco Art stencil was sticky (and reusable) making stenciling super easy:



painted candlesticks

{fabric is waverly santa maria desert flower – I’ll be using it for my drapes}

Love them – fun colorful accent to add to our family room…if I can ever get back to working on the makeover!

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Deco Art Projects at the DIY Club

Today I’m sharing two Deco Art projects at the DIY Club:

Patio Paints and Patio Paints Home & Garden Stencil…

Thrifty Candlestick Transformation


wooden candlesticks


colorful DIY candlesticks

and Decoupaged Chandelier

decoupaged candle chandelier

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Reminder: LAST DAY!!!

I’ll be drawing the winner first thing tomorrow morning. There’s still time to enter to win!

Granite Gold cleaning kit & $50 Bed, Bath & Beyond gift card

granite gold products Bed Bath & Beyond gift card

Thrifty Treasures – Chalkboard Tins

I’m sharing a small thrifty treasure makeover today at The DIY Club.

I used Deco Art Americana paint in Wedgewood Blue and Deep Midnight Blue + Deco Art’s new chalkboard medium (clear matte coat that transforms any painted surface into a chalkboard).

DIY chalkboard tins

Old tins + Deco Art = fun new storage. See the “how to” at The DIY Club.

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Styrofoam Convex Mirror Tutorial

I got crafty at the DIY Club recently. Loving most things Pottery Barn, these PB Found Parat Mirrors were on my birthday wish list but that day came and went and besides…

parat mirrors

they aren’t convex mirrors and the price tag of $79/each isn’t something I’d really want to spend. Lamps Plus has this LARGE convex beauty for $104. Definitely not in my budget.

convex wall mirror

I’ve always wanted to do something with convex mirrors so I decided to create a DIY version.


  • Styrofoam 12″ wreath forms (I used 3)
  • DecoArt MagiKote
  • Dark brown spray paint
  • DecoArt Americana paints (Ebony and Traditional Burnt Umber)
  • Hot glue
  • 8 1/2″ Convex mirror (x3) affiliate link:


1. Using a foam brush, coat the top and sides of Styrofoam wreath form and let dry.

The DecoArt MagiKote seals the Styrofoam, creating a paintable surface.

Without on the left, MagiKote on the right…

2. Give each Styrofoam wreath form 2 coats of spray paint (dry between coats).

3. Remove brackets from back of convex mirrors.

4. Attach convex mirrors to center of wreath with hot glue. I used hot glue on the back of each mirror. Once in applied to the Styrofoam in the center, I used hot glue around the perimeter of each mirror too.

5. Touch up with Americana paints.

6. Let dry and hang using Command velcro strips.

What do you think?  {besides the fact that the top one is a little off?!} It’s okay. They’ve since been moved and are now aligned.

I love them as they were but I can never leave well enough alone so I’ve done a little embellishing using beaded garland (attached with hot glue)…

beaded detail on DIY convex mirror

My convex mirrors are hanging using Command Velco Strips.

DIY convex mirror

These will go in our master bedroom makeover but for now I’m liking them here, in the family room

DIY convex mirror tutorial

…until next week when you’re likely to see them moved again. It’s a sickness. I just love rearranging. You know you do that too right? . . .

They’d look fab horizontally displayed too!

DIY convex mirror project

Like this project? I’d love for you to share! 

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Bedroom Makeover Design Board

The master bedroom is on the DIY to-do list this year. I’m starting to put together some ideas and this is the first draft. However, if you know me, you know this will change. Still, just for fun, here is what I’ve come up with. A lot of items are things we already own that I’m trying to work into the design.

farmhouse bedroom design board

The details:

  1. DIY Styrofoam/Convex Mirrors – using DecoArt MagiKote, Americana craft paints and Styrofoam wreath forms and PARTSMART SMR729193 8-1/2″ Offset Mount Convex Mirror
  2. Rubbed Bronze Ceiling Fan (a Mr. DIY must) – Overstock
  3. Vintage Inspired Industrial Large Number Signs (our anniversary date) – Antique Farmhouse
  4. Distressed European Wall Clock – Wisteria
  5. Sage Chinese Pots & Vases – Wisteria
  6. Burlap Crewel Damask Draperies – Ballard Designs
  7. Beach Postcard Lumbar Pillow Cover – Pottery Barn
  8. Beach Postcard Lumbar Pillow Cover – Pottery Barn
  9. Benjamin Moore –  Morning Dew
  10. Black Bowfront Chest – Wisteria
  11. Handwoven Rustic Rug – Wisteria
  12. Vintage Ticking Stripe Duvet Cover – Pottery Barn
  13. Old vintage steamer trunk

Other things in the room:

  • Hardwood floors
  • Two mismatched windows – a challenge!
  • King sized sleigh bed
  • Old dressers
  • Built-in dresser with hutch/shelving

And of course the design board is only a wishlist/dream since some of the items are not in my budget so imagine a DIY spin on some of those numbered items. We’ll use dressers we already have. Curtain panels will be stenciled drop cloths, a DIY knock off on the accent pillows. Vases/planters will be thrift store finds + spray paint. #13 – I already have those trunks but hope to do something fun with it. And #1, the Styrofoam Convex mirrors are a DIY project. I’m sharing the tutorial today at the DIY Club.

DIY convex mirrors

Do you take the time to ‘dream’ up a mood board for your room makeovers? It’s a great way to see how things coordinate and come together. Sometimes catalogs/a little internet window shopping is a great source of DIY inspiration.

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DIY Trash to Treasure Home Sweet Home Chalkboard Message Center

Just a quick note today. I’m sharing a trash to treasure “Home Sweet Home” chalkboard message center that I actually made a few months ago (I’m a little behind) over at the DIY Club today.

Before: this tray or calender holder or whatever it is from the thrift store…

thrift store tray

After: becomes a sweet housewarming gift with a new life as chalkboard message center…

tray to chalkboard tutorial

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Spring Mantel & 3D Love Letters wall art

I love spring and we have been having some ah-mazing nearly summer-like weather with lots of sunshine and warmer-than-usual temps. Nothing lifts my spirits more than open windows, fresh air and no snow. It’s motivation to do-it-yourself (that’s a verb, right?) something pretty, colorful and fun. A spring mantel:

DIY spring mantel

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DIY Project Parade and Time for Dinner – clock themed accents.

canvas burlap banner tutorial

I love banners and enjoy seeing them all over blogland but couldn’t decide what I wanted mine to look like. I knew I wanted it to be “every day” and not seasonal or special occasion. I finally decided on a Love, Eat, Pray theme.

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14 Days of Love…Blue Valentine {ribbon wreath tutorial}

I don’t normally really decorate for Valentine’s Day but when Ashley from Cherished Bliss asked if I wanted to join 14 Days of Love, I just couldn’t resist! Visit the link below to follow all 14 days of fabulous Valentine projects…she did a fantastic job organizing this fun blog event! {Thanks, Ashley!}

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You can see my “14” tutorial and X’s and O’s how-to over at the DIY Club today where I used some Deco Art Americana acrylic craft paint, Stencils and Glamour Dust.  

Ribbon Wreath Tutorial  

Pin It {key to my heart wreath}

I used:

  • Styrofoam heart
  • 2 spools of organza ribbon {you can choose different types/all one type – up to you!}
  • 2 spools of glittery wired ribbon
  • 1 spool of toile
  • Deco Art Americana craft paint (Desert Turquoise)
  • Embellishments (I used a decorative key)
  • hot glue
  • paper clip
1.  Since I’m doing a non traditional Valentine turquoise, I painted my wreath form {Desert Turquoise by Deco Art). The wreath will show through in a few spots as a finished project, this camouflages the white foam form. Let. dry.
2. I cut ribbon into approx. 12″ pieces and cut the toile into approx. 8″ pieces.
{Tip: fold ribbon in half lengthwise, snip ends at an angle to create an inverted “v” on the ends.}
3. I alternated organza, wired ribbon and toile, tying it around the wreath form, experimenting with different ways of tying (regular knot, looping around, adding 2-3 pieces of ribbon at a time) but I kept a consistent pattern.
4. I attached a paper clip to the back/top/center for use as a ‘hanger’ with hot glue.
5. Trim ribbon as needed and ‘fluff’.
6. Embellish as desired. I added a decorative key.
Ta-da! Key to my heart {ribbon} wreath.
The thing about this wreath is I can leave it up a little longer since it shares my March birthstone color. 🙂

What do you think? {yes, that’s my fancy/schmancy DIY photo backdrop…but for all you know, it could be a wall in my home, right? These accessories are really displayed on my mantel in real life.} Want more Valentine inspiration?  Visit the creative blog friends shown on the button for more fun ideas!

Cherished Bliss

See Aimee’s SUPER cute MR.&MRS. {in the bedroom – G rated, I promise} at It’s Overflowing shared yesterday and tomorrow ~ check out the sweets at See Kate Sew then get ready for an awesome HUGE giveaway at My Cherished Bliss on February 7th!


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DIY Project Parade ~ Dining Room, Faux Fireplace Fix and Banner

It’s been a busy week but I managed something small. We found this old fireplace mantel/surround in the barn when we moved in. I love that it’s original to the house and new I wanted to add it to a wall in our dining room.  I love the flexibility of moving things around, so I boxed it in so it is ‘freestanding’ and not attached permanently to the wall.

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Small DIY – adding useful color to the kitchen.

This isn’t much to share today, but it’s a start to the new year.  Starting small and working my way up to bigger and something awesome. In the meantime, this works for me and maybe you haven’t thought to do the same and I’ll start a new trend and everyone will have mugs hanging around under cabinets. So here goes.  It doesn’t take much DIY to make this girl smile.  🙂 Santa brought me these turquoise Fiesta mugs for Christmas…

Ooohhh!  So pretty!  Our kitchen has a lot going on but not much color.  I think displaying these is a good idea. Easy convenient reach, pretty pop of color and not using valuable real estate in the already crowded cupboards…the cave where ugly mugs (you know you have a couple!!) go to live.
Upper cabinets before:  I do love the new granite, the marble backsplash and painted cabinets (which are actually a light grey)…but it could use something more. I’m not one for NOT decorating almost every nook, as you know.  Minor addiction. But look…it needs something happy, right?
Using Rockler’s Screw Lube on the screw part of each cup hook made for super easy screw-in. Who knew?  I mean – SUPER easy. Like good hold and smooth turning into the wood. Have you ever tried it?  Made me feel like I had big muscles – little effort!

I love the colorful accent to an otherwise neutral area, don’t you? Easy reach for tea time too.

See the full but small and EXCITING tutorial (that might be exaggerating a little, but there’s TONS more really fun stuff there to see too!) at the DIY Club.  🙂 DIY doesn’t always mean having to break a nail or destroy a room to make a small accomplishment feel rewarding. One small step to get the motivation going.  What have you completed this first week of the new year?  Baby steps or DIY super hero feats?  Come back to link to the DIY Project Parade tomorrow to ‘show off’.

While on the subject of First Project of the Year – have you seen what our friend, Amy, is up to? This IS exciting! Get ready!

I know once I finish a bigger DIY project this month, I’ll be joining the party. What an awesome dream come true prize!  Cool, huh?

Enjoy the weekend!
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DIY Triple Clipboard

We’re working on a special area for Mr. DIY.  Here’s one of the things we made for the area:

DIY Triple Clipboard Tutorial
Board (I used a pre-cut unfinished wooden shelf base, approx. 4′ x 12′ x 1″)
Vinyl Chalkboard Tags from Ten23 Designs
Screws to secure to wall (or Dischangers)
1.  I used the Rockler TransTint Dye to stain my piece of wood which will be the back of my clipboard. (Mix according to instructions – add more for darker/less for lighter color).
2.  Allow to dry.
3.  Measure and divide board into 3 equal sections (I used a Sharpie – I don’t mind the line showing to separate the clipboard areas).

4.  Peel and stick vinyl chalkboard tags into place. I placed mine above the area I intend to secure the clip.
5.  Layout clips and mark where pilot holes need to be drilled.
6.  Drill pilot holes.
7.  Attach clips using screws provided.

(Oh – I wasn’t fond of the brassy color so I gave mine a coat of antique gold spray paint and splattered with a darker brown for an ‘old’ look).

8.  All done and ready to hang (we secured to the wall using drywall screws into studs but using Dischangers will allow your clipboard to be more mobile for moving).

More on this clipboard’s specific purpose coming up! You’ll never guess.  🙂

Ps. Still working on the subscription issues…I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the full post shows in the feed today!  EDIT:  It looks like the full post is in the feed but images are not.  Back to the drawing board! Thank you so much for your patience!

DIY Project Parade ~ Sitting Room Before and After

My love of DIY is sometimes madness! We have an empty nest this year. We planned a vacation in December because it sounded good at the time to get away while it’s cold and snowy here and escape to somewhere warm and toasty.  However, it’s a busy time of year. I’m in a bit of a holiday panic.  Since we have so much going on, I thought I’d only put up our smaller pre-lit tree in the living room instead of our monster not pre-lit.  I rearranged furniture, vacuumed all over, set up and fluffed the little tree.  I didn’t realize it was so little – it looked lost.  Sad, really. I don’t think I even needed to rearrange furniture. It just wasn’t going to work. I had to bring up the monster.
So…time to move the little tree to our little sitting room. Only the walls were dingy. A DIY girl cannot decorate and just add Christmas to a blah sitting room! Of course not! So, 4 days before our trip (I hadn’t even packed yet)…I decided to freshen up the walls in our sitting room so that the tree would be happy there.
Sitting room before: I loved the color…it was just scuffed up and scratched and even dirty.
(prepping the room to paint)
Armed with Dutch Boy‘s Refresh paint and my Purdy paintbrush…I had this room repainted in no time flat! One coat. No taping.
You can see the difference here in progress. New wet paint…
Pretty new color is Dutch Boy’s Ypsilanti Skies (yes, I had to go look that up to spell it right only to discover that spell check already knew)….
Now it’s a lot fresher and brighter. I love the light blue/gray with the cherry furniture and green from the Christmas tree.





I even made a sign for our coat closet…

More after pictures:

DIY Ornament Wreath tutorial by Mommy is Coo Coo
Mine is a gift. Thanks, Amanda!

I‘ll be sharing a tutorial for the DIY curtain rod and DIY script dropcloth curtains and more coming soon!  🙂

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DIY Styrofoam Wood Chip Tree Tutorial

Wood Chip Tree Tutorial



  • 2 Styrofoam Cones, two different sizes
  • Hot Glue
  • Wood Chips (Grilling section at True Value)
  • PVC pipe fittings, 2 different sizes
  • Krylon Fusion for Plastic spray paint (sparkly brown)
  • Paint, stain or dye
  • Small Star (holiday pick from craft store)

1. Spray PVC pipe fittings. Let dry.

2. Attach pipe fittings to bottom of styrofoam cones with hot glue.

3. Using hot glue and starting at the bottom, glue wood chips around the Styrofoam cone.


4. Continue working upwards in layers.  Find the right pieces is like putting together a puzzle. I liked using pieces with bark for texture.

Note:  The Weber wood chips were cut on an angle. Gluing the angle and attaching to the cone, made the chip stand out a little.
Note: Thin wood chips can be snapped which is helpful for placing on curved surface.
5. Paint or stain the wood chips and let dry.

6. Add star to top by poking wire into Styrofoam or secure with hot glue. Embellish if desired.


My inspiration was the West Elm seagrass tree but due to a shortage of sea grass in western PA, mine turned out different but not in a bad way…


Simple. Pretty. Natural.
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12 Days of Projects {Glass, Mirror, Clear Edition}


Surely by now you’re aware of the 12 Days of Projects sponsored by Dutch Boy and Krylon going on at the DIY Club, the color themed painting event. I love being able to reference and enjoy the different parties organized by color with all of my DIY Club pals! Today I have the pleasure of hosting the Glass/Transparent/Mirror edition. I’m not going to go into what colors “mirror or clear glass” are…that’s way too complicated to think about, let alone answer.  I think we’d all have to “reflect” on that one.  {haha!} But anyway…

The magic of Krylon’s Looking Glass paint makes DIY mercury glass and mirrors reality and Glitter Blast is the perfect DIY supply for the holidays.
Votives sprayed with Krylon’s Looking Glass paint inside, Glitter Blast on the outside…

mixed with {store bought} faux mercury glass pieces…
How about you? Do you have a glass/mirror project post to share?
Link up for a chance to win!


12 days

12 blogs

12 colorthemed parties

1. Each of the 12 parties is open for one week, from 12:01 am the day it’s posted to 11:59pm one week later, on the dates indicated (today, 12/7  for the party here, right now!)
2. Link up one or more project tutorials that correspond to the color/finish for each party. THIS PARTY IS FOR MIRROR/CLEAR.
3. You may link up multiple projects to multiple parties.
4. Be sure to include the party button in each post that you link up.
1. Must be an original project tutorial created by you.
2. Must involve the use of paint.
3. Must involve the color or finish indicated for each party.
4. Must have the party button in each linked post.
  • After all of the parties are closed, we will post a TOP 12 finalist list at the DIY Club onDEC 16.
  • The winner will be announced on Dec 20.
  • One winner will win 2 gallons of Dutch Boy paint and 6 cans of Krylon spray paint.

Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage

Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

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Purdy Awesome Giveaway!


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my next painting project is the kitchen


 It’s no secret that I love my Purdy paintbrush. I used to buy my painting supplies at the dollar store. But, just trying a Purdy paintbrush one time changed my mind. I love the awesome quality and being able to paint a straight line with a steady hand without taping. I clean mine and hang it to dry after each use (super easy) to get lots of projects out of it!  So, when Purdy offered up some paintbrushes for a giveaway, we knew our DIY friends would be thrilled for the chance to win one of these stocking stuffers!

  • Visit the 5 blogs listed below to enter to win a set of Purdy Paintbrushes.  We will be giving away 6 brush sets.

  • Giveaway runs Nov 29-Dec12 on all 5 sites. 

  • Do a blog post, Twitter post (tag @diyshowoff) or Facebook post (tag @diyshowoff) letting people know about the give-a-way each day that you enter. Help us spread the word to thank Purdy for their amazing DIY support and generosity. 

  • Leave a comment below about how you helped share Purdy paintbrushes and these giveaways with your friends. 

  • Leave a comment describing your next painting project. 

  • Winners will be announced on each site shortly after December 12th. Open to U.S. residents only. 

Increase your chances of winning by entering all five giveaways:

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December will be a fun month!  Starting December 1st, The DIY Club will be having the regular monthly contest party but we are also doing a fun Holiday Event!  The 12 Days of Holidays.  Each day a color themed linky party will take place on a different blog! See the details here

I’d love for you to enter to win now by sharing the giveaway and leaving a comment.  If you’re not wanting a Purdy Paint brush for your stocking, it’s a great gift idea too.  🙂

DIY Project Parade ~ Dinner Party Details and Silhouette Cameo Review

It’s party time!  My baby girl’s birthday is tomorrow.

I don’t know how this little girl…
became this young lady so fast…
{Happy Birthday, honey…love you!}
All I did was blink. 

Can I get a 
(x) A hug 
(x) A tissue

My family gets together for birthdays and she’s requested that I cook. If you know me, you know that Mr. DIY is the chef around here (but I do know how to cook, I just resign because he enjoys it so much – who am I to argue?) and since she’s moved out, home cooked meals are few and far between. At her pleading, I’m making a salsa chicken soup.  I tweak this recipe a little. I set the table with fresh bread, shredded cheese, avocado strips, sour cream and Goldfish crackers. And since we’re not hosting Thanksgiving dinner (a tradition my brother and his wife generously invite us to)…and because it’s her birthday, I’m in the mood to add a little festivity to the dinner table. (A special thanks to Butch and my Mr. DIY for fixing the dishwasher…otherwise plan B was pizza and paper plates!)

I saw these on Pinterest… 
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Aren’t they cute? Chocolate and peanut butter yummies!

Perfect! I’ll be making them later today.
I am lucky enough to review the new Cameo for Silhouette America who will be running an awesome discount on Black Friday (through November 28th) for DIY Show Off readers and the Silhouette online store will already be having a huge discount during those days so you’re going to want to stop back on Black Friday and add the Silhouette Cameo to your holiday wish list!   
The Silhouette CAMEO™ is an electronic cutting tool for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac®
with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more

Use Code SHOWOFF at Silhouette America.

Silhouette CAMEO™

Now, I need boxes to hold the acorn treats and place cards. This is where the Cameo saves the day. No need to get dressed to run to the party store. Using some scrapbook paper I have on hand and purchasing three shapes from the Silhouette online store, I used the Cameo to cut out two deer for place cards and a fun favor box. 

The Cameo cuts up to 12 inches wide. 

There’s only one blade (instead of Silhouette’s 3) but it’s adjustable. 

It’s quieter and cuts nice and quick. Ever try cutting in bulk using scissors? Not fun. Cramped hands and not perfect results either. You’re going to want to add the Cameo to your holiday wish list. 

I chose a pretty box pattern for holding yummy acorn treats…

And these cute little deer for place cards…

Colorful and pretty. Perfect for a birthday dinner party?

Now…time to go clean for company and run to the grocery store for ingredients. You know I love to host a fun party! Right? You’re invited to this one: 

Let’s see what you’ve been up to lately!  Do you have an amazing decorating, home improvement or room transformation to share?  Consider doing a guest post instead of linking (send an email to 
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I’m sharing a quick and easy burlap art over at the DIY Club today using stretched burlap  from Canvas Corp and a Sharpie. Check it out!

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DIY Fall Festival Friday!

I’ve actually been spring cleaning in the fall (a car full of junk donated and more space feels soooo good) and preparing for guests but Bri and I did manage to decoupage some pumpkins. Have to fit a fun craft project in there somewhere to break up the work, right? It’s not an original project but results are always original.
After seeing the beautiful scrapbook paper from Canvas Corp
I chose to give my black pumpkin a new look to make my craft room a little more festive (I still have to do a reveal of my craft room ,don’t I? Enjoy the sneak peek!)…
Deco Art’s Decoupage is so much fun to work with and results are a beautiful gloss or matte finish. See my  decoupage pumpkin tutorial at the DIY Club.

Here’s the pumpkin I decoupaged a few years ago…completely different.

Bri’s decoupaged pumpkins:

Have you given this a shot?

Speaking of pumpkins!  Check out Pumpkins and Power Tools – a  great TV segment that aired this week featuring Ken Collier from RDA’s The Family Handyman. The segment was inspired by the October issue of TFH and touches on DIYers and using power tools to spice up your pumpkins for Halloween.

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Harllee Design- Globe Coffee Table Tutorial

First things first, my name is Meagan from Harllee Design. I am new to blogland and I am honored to be guest posting on DIY Showoff! I recently started Harllee Design and also a blog where I share all my DIY adventures, tutorials and home improvement mistakes wisdom.

This is how I look in my mind’s eye, put together and welcoming.  

This is how I really look. Like a mad scientist that specializes in home decor. That frantic smile must mean it is 3:45pm and my husband will be home soon. I wonder where I will hide the shattered wine bottles.

I DON’T KNOW why it smells like nail polish remover in here. What is this, the inquisition?
Now that we have formalities out of the way I would love to share my latest tutorial with you. It was my most ambitious project yet and it came together pretty easily. 
I saw this table on Pinterest and knew it would look perfect in my family room.

Look closely at the base, it looks JUST like a globe. 
*wheels turning*
I then uttered the 6 words my husband dreads most:

“I think I can make that!”

1-13″ Globe – purchase one cardboard or another material you can cut. (I purchased my globe from Goodwill 1- 24″x 24″ x 1″ piece of wood

 1- 19″x 19″ x 1″ piece of wood
 1- 14″ x 14″ x 1″ piece of wood
 1- 10″ x 10″ x2″ piece of wood
 2- 24 x 2x 4 piece of wood
 2- 20″ x 2″ x 4″  piece of wood
 1- 4″ x 4″ x 14″ piece of wood
 1- 13″ in diameter circle of wood
 Wood for table top (I used a 42″ top of an old table)
 3″ wood screws
 Electric screw driver
 Drywall plaster
 Tape Measure
 Sand paper

1. Start with building the base. Predrill holes (I recently started predrilling, it makes things SO much easier)

2. Take the (2) 20” x 4″ x 1″ and (2) 24″ x 4″ x 1″ pieces and attach to form a box.  Congrats! You just made the foundation for the table.
3.  Center and attach the  19″ x 19″ square to the top off the foundation, place screws in the center so they are covered up by the next layer.

< div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;">5. Attach the 14″ x 14″ to your base by screwing through the top of the piece as shown below. You can cover the screw up with filler later.


Optional Steps
  • Pour a glass of wine and think about what a badass you are.
  • Think about all those weaker people that BUY their furniture.
  • Remember the time you almost cut your finger off.
  • Wonder why no one told you that the miter saw SUCKS things into the saw.
  • Finish your glass of wine, humbled and get back to work.
6. Cut a hole in the top and bottom of your globe, each hole should be 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ so you can slip it over the 4″ x 4″ post. Don’t feel guilty about the globe, it is for the greater good. Use one that still has the USSR on it, that might help sooth the guilt. The globe is decorative only, the weight on the table is supported by the 4″ x 4″
Slip the globe over the 4″ x 4″ post.
7. Spread drywall plaster over the entire globe, fill in all screw holes and also fill  any gaps that might exist between the layers of the pedestal.
8. Once the plaster has dried use sandpaper to smooth the globe and all other patches.
Clean off ALL dust and prepare to paint.
Spray paint, feel smug and satisfied. Ahhh. This might actually turn into a table.( I used Rustoleum Espresso in Satin.)
This is where our steps may differ. You might cut your own table top, I used one from an old table. Often it is cheaper to use pieces from a salvaged piece of furniture than it is to buy new wood. Check your local thrift stores for something that might work or simply cut your own.
Here is a great tutorial on making a solid wood table top.

9. Attach the  14″ x 4″ x 4″ piece of wood to the center of the 14″ x 14″ square of wood. Drill up through the bottom of the 14″ x 14″ into the 4″ x 4″. I actually used an old cupboard door for this piece, the molding added a visual interest.

10. After your table top is made and finish is applied attach the 13″ circle of wood to the top of your base. Screw down through the top of the circle into your 4″ x 4″ post.
11. Finally, attach your table top to the 13″ circle of wood.

Optional Steps
  • Tell your husband you are painting the work area of the garage PINK as you are now the master craftsman
  • Kick your feet up and ask for a beer
  • Realize the beer is never coming.
  • Get your own beer, sit down and enjoy that gorgeous table


I hope you try this tutorial, it was fairly easy and turned out great. Make sure you show me pictures of the finished product, I would love to see one in a bright, funky color. 

It was great to meet you and I hope you visit me at Harllee Design. I have wine and cheese over there for everyone, honestly………
Remember, if at first you succeed try something harder!

Welcome to blogging, Meagan!  Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous coffee table tutorial!  I can’t wait to see more of your great DIY projects!