How To Paint a Floor Tutorial

When we first moved in, we had to remove previous owners’ carpet.  There was so much work to be done (there still is), that I covered this floor with an area rug and we moved on to other more important projects. With out of town guests coming, I wanted to give this room a fresh new look.  We painted a floor in our guest bathroom with amazing results, so I knew that painting the floor would be a great solution.

With the help of True Value, we came home with these materials:
Zinsser 123 Bulls Eye Primer
True Value’s Easy Care Paint (color = Ticker Tape (a beautiful medium turquoise), flat finish)
Frog Tape (different widths will give you different results)
Paint Tray
Paint Brush (I recommend Purdy)
Paint Rollers
Minwax Polycrilic

For my participation with the DIY Club, I received these materials:
Deco Art Acrylic Craft Paints (Porch and Patio Paint in Terra Cotta, Dazzling Metallics in Gold)
Cutting Edge Stencils – Ikat Samarkand
Dutch Boy Refresh paint (Fountain of Youth)

Other items needed:
Sandpaper
Paintable caulking or wood filler
Pencil, ruler

BEFORE -yikes!
After:

See the complete guest room before and after here:  http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2011/10/guest-bedroom-reveal-and-100-bhg.html

(The guest bedroom painted floor where it meets the guest bathroom painted floor.  See the tutorial I did 2 years ago on the bathroom floor for more tips/information:  Painted Bathroom Floor Tutorial.)
Here is How I Did It:
PREP:
1. I removed the old baseboards.  They lacked character. I wanted something more in line with the character of our home. I include more information on our baseboards in this tutorial as well. 
2. At this point, filling cracks and nail holes and sanding is recommended for longer term plans but since this is a temporary solution for us, we didn’t invest the time or money in doing this step as we will be covering this floor in 6 to 18 months. (See details on filling cracks/sanding at painted bathroom floor for more information on this step.)
3. Make sure the floor is clean (sweep/wipe up sawdust/etc.).
4. Apply a coat of primer to the floor.  It’s best to do the edges first using a brush and use a roller for the center of the floor (utilizing a broom handle with roller is also easier on the knees).  Don’t trap yourself in the room, plan ahead and paint in a far corner working your way towards the door, where you can escape while paint dries. 
START:
1. Once primer is dry (if it’s applied), I used a yard stick and measured in from each wall.  I came in 2 1/2 feet because I wanted a larger “area rug”.  I marked my “area rug” with a Sharpie. (I originally came in 3 ft., but that made the “area rug” I was going to stencil 5×8.  I changed my measurements to allow for closer to a 7 x 9 foot area rug. 
2. Tape inside of the Sharpie line. 
3. Smooth and seal tape using a credit card. 
PAINTING SURROUNDING FLOOR:
Using a brush and porch and floor paint, paint from the outside perimeter of the room.  Roll on paint from that edge to the tape. We used a dark brown. 
Let dry. 
PAINTING AREA RUG:

Now onto the “area rug”. Using a Purdy paint brush and steady hand, I was able to paint the base color without taping onto the brown ‘floor’.  I edged right next to the brown and filled in using a roller. 
Allow base color to dry completely. Paint a
second coat if desired and let dry. 
Use painter’s tape to create a border.  I measure from the outside edge with a pencil and apply tape. Get decorative in the corners!
STENCILING: 
Using a tape measure from corner diagonally to corner, I marked the center of the ‘area rug’ in order to know where to start my stencil.  I used the Ikat Samarkand stencil from cuttingedgestencils.com and Dutch Boy‘s Refresh (color = fountain of youth). Refresh paint has exceptional durability and zero VOC/Greenguard and is mildew resistant!
Place stencil in the center and work outwards. I used a foam roller.  Apply paint to roller and roll onto paper towels until roller looks dry.  Roll paint over stencil. Lift stencil. I keep working with the stencil. Using the guides on Cutting Edge Stencils’ stencil keeps the pattern consistent. 
When center of ‘area rug’ is complete, I painted the border between the taped lines the same color. 
Isn’t the stencil pattern gorgeous? I love it as it is (so soft and pretty) but decided to add color. Keep reading.
Let dry. 
DETAIL:
The painted area rug in the bathroom is only two colors and I wanted to get a little more creative this time and coordinate the area rug with the room I was planning. I used paint from my craft stash including Deco Art Dazzling Metallic in gold and Deco Art Patio Paint in terra cotta.

I used the stencil and went over specific areas of the pattern, keeping it consistent.   I used Dutch Boy Refresh (color = Lake Camplain) for the border. I also used the shorter stencil (which is included for stenciling the top of a wall). For the border, I found the center and worked left and right from there. 

Let dry!
FINISHING:
Once all paint is dry, apply a coat of Polycrilic to protect the entire design.  I applied one layer.  Applying more is recommended for durability. 
RESULT:

The walls have been painted and baseboard trim painted and installed. 
Baseboards before were cheap and scratched up.  I like chunkier (and no miter cuts).  I used 1x3s. I measured around the perimeter, cut, primed then painted and put them around the floor. 

REGISTERS

With new dark floors, the heating and a/c floor vents stuck out like a sore thumb.

A quick coat of Krylon and they blend right in…

How to Paint a Floor video tutorial.
(Please know in advance that I’m not a natural in front of the camera and I lack professional videography skills!)
Sorry! Acting classes are on my bucket list! haha!





True Value     

Have questions? I’m over at True Value’s Ask the Blogger series this week!
“Like” True Value and submit your question.

Speaking of True Value, I wanted to let you know about a great program that the True Value Foundation runs to support schools around the counter in need of a “makeover”. The program is called Painting a Brighter Future.
Schools in need of painting can seek out a local True Value store to sponsor them and they can apply for a grant. If they’re selected, the local True value store will supply and deliver pain tot he school, making this a wonderful opportunity for community involvement.  


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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
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I’m joining this party today:

Domestically Speaking

DIY Project Parade

The DIY Show Off

What a great week of DIY! Wow! I shared our before and after (one week!) guest bedroom reveal with a $100 BHG/WalMart giveaway still going on…

That’s a painted floor – not an area rug.  🙂
A little Halloween in the DIY Fall Festival…Link up you Fall related DIY here!
The DIY Show Off

stenciled pumpkins
I shared the transformation of our “we don’t know what to call it room“…which is getting another new look soon. 
And the Roomspiration-Kitchens linky party where I share my kitchen before and after is going on for the next week with lots of amazing kitchens linked up.  Take a look and share your own if you haven’t already! I’m still trying to visit everyone and having a blast seeing your beautiful, inspiring kitchens and even making some new friends! 


Something else I made this week?  These pink breast cancer awareness angel ornaments will be up for auction soon with so many other beautiful projects by some of your favorite bloggers at 31 Days of Hope at the DIY Club….

After you link up here, you might want to check out the link parties at the DIY Club too where you can win (Any paint project, any post related to paint brushes and/or any spray paint project – any brand!)

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The DIY Show Off

Let’s see what you’ve been up to!


1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

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

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This week: I’ll be sharing a video on the steps I used to paint our guest room floor and answering questions on Facebook at True Value’s Ask the Blog Squad!

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Protecting Floors from Heavy Chunky Furniture

I recently spied this BIG beauty in a local antique/junk shop. You know how much I love junk and unique thrifty finds! Anyway I HAD to have it….

Of course, it’s just a little buried in the dark in a back room so I couldn’t see the entire thing but I just loved her chunkiness and that she was old AND that she was the perfect size for a recessed area in our home. 
Upon getting it home (thanks Bri & Steve for truck/delivery services), I discovered it was pretty filthy.  Even oily or perhaps tar was used as an anti-skid application? Maybe it lived in a garage for 30 years.  I don’t know but she was not stepping foot in our home until she had a bath.  
Isn’t she pretty?
A little scrubbing and degreasing helped however not enough that I’d want to shove it around directly on our new bamboo floors!
A little ingenuity, Gorilla Glue, felt weather stripping and Self Adhesive Cushions and Felt Pads did the trick!
I applied Gorilla Glue to the bottom of her bulk. 
(Yes, I went from swimming straight to DIY without changing…sometimes I’m in my pajamas, sometimes swim wear and sometimes I even wear old work clothes for the DIY occasion.  See how it’s dark outside?  There’s never enough time in the day…or if there is, I just might be taking the opportunity during the day for an end of summer swim at mom’s. )

Felt weather stripping was cut to fit  and applied using Gorilla Glue.
I added weight and let it dry overnight. 
A little extra added protection using Felt Furniture Movers never hurts (floors). 
Then Mr. DIY and I used tons of blankets and towels to flip this big girl.
With the felt bottom, a giant heavy piece of furniture now easily slides around and right into place. No damage to the floors! I can even slide it around myself. I do love to rearrange!  

More details on where this is going coming up at Friday’s Roomspiration!  🙂

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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
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DIY Project Parade, Painting a Floor and Shaw Area Rug Winner!

Well, I did it! I completely transformed out guest room in one week! Guest bedroom reveal tomorrow as I finish up a couple of last minute details. 
I‘m sharing the details of the painted floor, new wall color and new baseboard and door trim over at the DIY Club today where I used my favorite Purdy paintbrush, Dutch Boy paints, Krylon, Deco Art and Cutting Edge Stencil to transform the room.

Room when we moved in: Walls were painted white and floor was covered with an area rug.
 
room emptied and baseboard trim gone

Now there is a painted floor and painted area rug…

Those white dingy walls to these tropical blue ones and new baseboard trim…

I also updated heating and a/c vents with a coat of spray paint.

Remember the mood board:
BIG improvement! I love that it actually looks like a real rug and the room has some color!
Preview
Come back tomorrow for the guest room reveal where most decorative items are thrift store finds. I’ll also share how $100 of Better Homes and Gardens products warmed up the room to welcome guests this fall and you’ll have a chance to win $100 in Better Homes and Gardens products too! 
BHG Live Better
Everything in the room makeover with the exception of the bed which we already owned, light fixture which was already installed, bedding and BHG items – is a thrifty store, estate sale or junk/antique store find! 

See the reveal tomorrow!
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Let’s see what you’ve been up to!


The DIY Show Off

1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

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4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

5.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week!
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Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support and help with the Shaw Floors HGTV Home Design Challenge.  I couldn’t ask for better blog friends, you guys!  You’re the best!  We did not win, however, I did have an amazing experience, met some awesome fellow DIY and design bloggers and had a blast working with Cassity, creating a room designed around a floor. A room that we’re still so proud of and would love to have in our own home. The winner of the Shaw Area Rug Giveaway at the DIY Show Off is…

Emily said… 191

I follow Remodelaholic!
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CONGRATULATIONS!  Emily gets to choose any of Shaw’s HGTV Home beautiful area rugs in any size for her home! Let’s hope she shares which one and where it goes! Thanks to Shaw Floors for such a fun event and awesome prize!

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31 Days of Hope at The DIY Club

There is so much fun going on at the DIY Club this month!

31-days-of-hope-slideshow
Beautiful items created by your favorite blog friends!
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Love the easy transformation using spray paint? 
and guess what else starts again next Friday?
DIY Club
Pop over – Check out all of the fun!

GET INVOLVED WITH THE ONLINE DIY AUCTION FOR BREAST CANCER:

If you really want to get involved with the The DIY Club’s online DIY auction to raise money for breast cancer awareness and education, you can donate a DIY item for the auction. We’ve had several generous people contact us out of the blue with items to donate for the auction, so we thought more of you might want to participate. If you are interested, email cheri.peoples@live.com.

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Bun Feet!

These….

(paintable grade but I love the wood pattern)
French Country in Paint Grade Bun Foot

plus this…

TransTint® Dyes
2 oz. of TransTint Dye
2 qts. of water
(I experimented with a smaller amount of water with the a couple of drops to achieve a deeper look.)

 applied with a foam brush…

results in this…

color: dark mission brown
This picture is most true to real life on my monitor:
I love the color. I love that it’s not sticky or oily like stain. I love that it dries fast and I love the finish that shows the grain. LOVE…it’s a serious possibility for our kitchen island when the time comes. 
Tips:  Use in a workshop/outside or in a protected area. Wear old clothes and wear gloves if you’ll need to turn project. It’s “dye” and very concentrated!
Bun feet, TransTint and foam brushes are available at Rockler
Click HERE to see where you’ll find these feet!

DIY Ottoman, DIY Project Parade and Giveaway Alert!

Hello, DIY’ers!  How was your weekend?  Productive? Relaxing? Fun?  I hope all three! Show and tell time! I’ll go first. I’m still tweaking this catch all/entry area but having so much fun doing it.  See the ottoman below?  We built it! I’m linking up to
freckled laundry
Head over to see some gorgeous inspiration!

Remember when I mentioned we were building an ottoman and that I’d share the spot inside where we enter our home?  Well, here it is! It’s just a little nook for right now until we have a real front door (next year?) or until we save enough for Mr. DIY’s dream stand alone refrigerator and freezer, then this little nook in the kitchen goes away. But for now I love that we have a little space to sit comfortably, put on or take off shoes and dump everything when walking in the door. 
(Wow…construction in the kitchen creates dust. I thought I got it all!  I’ll be taking care of that refrigerator vent asap!)
Lalka is my shadow so she’s usually right where I want to snap pictures – diva kitty! 
The ottoman frame (everything except the feet and fabric actually) were provided by The Upholstery Studio. They have entire kits for DIY ottomans! That means, for this 24×26 ottoman, I only picked out the fabric and bun feet and the rest was all ready to be assembled with the assistance of detailed instructions and helpful video. Mr. DIY and I built this together with our own two hands.  Here’s a little of what we did:

Pre-dill holes

Glue and screw together the frame

Attach webbing
Add burlap

Glue down foam and cover wood with dacron.

Cover in batting

Cut fabric

and sew cover
Slip on cover and staple

Create welting 

Staple on welting
Cover up

Add feet 
It can be built in just a few hours although I recommend taking a few days…better to spread it out a little and take your time.  I’m so proud that we built it ourselves and I also learned some cool things along the way. Interesting bits that definitely help with future projects.  Super sturdy construction and bouncy comfy seating! It’s empowering – I feel like I could build an entire couch!  Well, you really wouldn’t want to see that but the entire learning process was very helpful for when re-upholstery skills are needed on a future thrift store find. The kit looks a little overwhelming at first because of all of the goodies packed inside, but it’s not hard. It was actually fun and more like a complete course in re-upholstery with everything needed to build the perfect accent piece that matches your style.  
I even had a blast designing the fabric myself at spoonflower. If it fits your style, you can purchase it too. Yep, add fabric designer to my list of DIY. Easy and exactly what I wanted…personal/cooking related and a little typography-looking but not girly or too kitchen-y.

Since it sits in our kitchen, I wanted to personalize it for the cook my husband. I really love that it’s exactly what I wanted for this space. I have plenty left to make some throw pillows or covers for bar stools or even valances.  I’m still undecided.

What do you think? Show of hands:  How many of you have an ottoman in your kitchen? ::crickets
::  Anyone?  🙂

And guess what?!  There’s a designer ottoman kit giveaway going on at the DIY Club right now!  Head over to enter to win a designer ottoman kit for yourself and also see how Cheri, Holly and Amy took their designer ottoman kit and created something that fits the style of their home too.  

Let’s see what’s been keeping you busy!
The DIY Show Off


1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

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


I received the designer ottoman kit as a part of my participation in the DIY Club.  I did not receive compensation for building the ottoman and opinion and results are my own. 

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DIY Project Parade

It’s that time of week to share your latest DIY projects!  We’ve been doing a LOT of things around our home this past week. For those who have asked, I do have a regular job as a medical transcriptionist for a local health care facility so for some of what I’m showing you below, there just hasn’t been time to do a tutorial (the wood shed Mr. DIY’s building or venting the bathroom fan). I’m sure you understand, right? We’re always here to answer questions though!  Anyway, here are some sneak peeks that prove our crazy week.  Pardon me while I step away from the computer for a nap. 🙂

It’s time for grape harvesting (although we don’t have time for grand plans just some fresh grapes and grape juice).


The grapes smell so good, taste so sweet and are bursting with juice…

(We never did do pavers underneath yet. Thanks to Krylon‘s spray stain, the wood is protected!)

Some other goodies from the garden were picked…







Building an ottoman…


and staining feet…
Bun feet, TransTint and foam brushes are available at Rockler. See more about the products and technique I used at The DIY Club. 


Mr. DIY with the assistance of his talented father-in-law, Butch, is building a wood shed for firewood…

and vented the bathroom fan through the attic and out the side of the house…



Cleaned for photos and had an interview with our local newspaper…
butler eagle

We’ve decorated for Christmas (details coming up in the future) and packed some of it back up…

Scrubbed down a thrifty find…

Took care to protect the floor using felt weather stripping, Gorilla Glue and felt furniture protectors (see the DIY Club for more details)…

Even Lalka pitched in.  (More on this project coming up in a few weeks)

Some of these projects are finished and I’ll be sharing more soon.  🙂

Let’s see what’s been keeping you busy!
The DIY Show Off


1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

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3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

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

Reminders:
There’s still time to enter the giveaway for ANY size/ANY style HGTV Home collection area rug from Shaw! HEREAnd we’d love to have you enter the giveaway every day in September for flooring for your home and have your vote for our room!  Pretty Please?!!!  Click here to enter and vote every day in September (1 floor given away every day!) 
Did You Enter to Win new flooring and Vote for Cassity & Roeshel today? Please do!

Guess what starts tomorrow:
Roomspiration
Hope to see you there sharing your entryway!
Here’s the schedule:
Abode Love – entryways Sept. 12th
View Along the Way – living rooms  Sept. 14th
Homemaker on a Dime – bathrooms  Sept.16th
DIY by Design – guest bedrooms Sept. 19th
Family Brings Joy – craft rooms  Sept. 21st
Involving Color – dining rooms Sept. 23rd
All Things Bright & Beautiful – kids bedrooms Sept. 26th
a la mode – nurseries  Sept. 28th
Just a Touch of Gray – master bedrooms  Sept. 30th
The Blooming Hydrangea – closets and nooks  Oct. 3rd
The Mustard Ceiling – laundry and mudrooms  Oct. 5th
The DIY
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 – kitchens  Oct. 7th
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Today is the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Remembering those who lost their lives that day. I’m so thankful for our military members and their loved ones who have sacrificed so much in the fight to protect our country and our freedoms.

DIY Door Clock and DIY Project Parade

I featured a clock on a stand alone vintage door being used as decor a while ago (see below). That inspiration stayed with me and it seemed like the perfect idea for an old door on our pots and pans pantry in the kitchen.  
 
 
Look what we have now!
 
 
 
I love it and it was a really easy DIY project. Here is how we did it:
 
Materials:
large serpentine design
Large Serpentine Clock Hands
Mini Quartz Movements
  • Extra washers if needed (depends on the thickness of door)
  • Vinyl numbers (I made mine using my Silhouette but you can purchase them on etsy or paint or stamp numbers also.)
 
Tools:   Yard stick, pencil drill, dinner plate to trace (glass microwave plate works well).
 
1.  Mark the center of the door panel using a pencil. I lightly marked from one top corner diagonally to the bottom to create a big “x”.  The center of the “x” is the center of the door panel.
 
2.  I then used our microwave plate (since it’s glass and transparent and about the right size). I traced it, with the center of the “x” in the center of the plate. I just eyeballed it. 
 
3.  Drill a hole in the center of the circle, “X” marks the spot.
 
4.  I added my vinyl numbers using the inside of the penciled area (circle from tracing the plate) as a guide, starting with 12, 3, 6 and 9 in a larger font size.  Use a pencil to divide the circle in to pie-pieces. It will make placement more precise!
 
5.  Pencil marks erase easily with a damp Magic Eraser.
 
6.  Insert the mini quartz movement.  We added a few extra washers to make the fit perfect since the thickness of our door panel was on the thin side.
Back
 
Front
 
7.  Add the hands as shown on the packaging.
 
8.  Screw on the lfinishing nut and add the second hand.
 
9.  Pop in a battery.
 
10.  Set the time using the dial on the back.
 
Here’s what the back side looks like, unobtrusive, not in the way, right behind our lids which we store on the door.
 

It works so well and I love it – especially with the round Rockler lazy Susan spice wheels/spice loft to the right.

 
 
Thanks to Bargain Hoot and Pinterest for the inspiration:
  

Updated picture:

farmhouse-kitchen

What have you been up to lately?  Got something DIY or a thrifty deal to share?  Link up! Let’s see it!
 
The DIY Show Off

 
 
1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.
 
2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
 
3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.
 
4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.
 
 
5.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week!  🙂
 
 
While you’re here, I wanted ask a BIG favor. As you know, I’m participating in the HGTV Home Design Challenge at Shaw Floors. There is a Shaw Area Rug giveaway going on!  (any style/ANY size – even 9×12)  Click here to enter for the details.  Cassity and I really need your help in the 30 Days of  HGTV Home design challenge.  Thanks so much for voting for our room – one floor being given away every day in September.  Yes, 30 floors total! Please pop over to enter to win and vote ever
y day.  We’d love to see our readers win and for our room to win too!

 

Powder Room Decorative Details

We remodeled our powder room a few years ago but there were some unfinished details that finally got some attention. 
Our powder room was originally the end of an entry area to our home with a window and a small coat closet.  Somewhere down the line, a previous owner put up a wall and door, installed some plumbing and created a small powder room.
Before
As you can see, this half of the small powder room used to be the closet originally.  We installed a shelf above the toilet and for years, I’ve been looking at those exposed screws and I finally reached a point where I can’t take it any more.

I saw this cool Flexible Dentil Molding at Rocker:
Flexible Dentil Molding
Inspiration for an easy DIY project! 
I measured and cut it with scissors to fit.
Next:  Glue in place. I used Gorilla Super Glue.  I did have to hold it in place and apply pressure for a couple of minutes. I’m sure there’s a better method, but this is what I had on hand and it was easy to use.  Use a level to be sure it’s ‘level’. 
Then all I had to do was paint it.  I used a craft brush to easily get into all of the grooves. I used the same color as our walls.  Painting it white like the rest of the trim would have been pretty too (paint it before gluing it in that case.)
Doesn’t it look better? Love this product! (It’d be awesome for curved/rounded areas!) No more ugly screw heads showing and a little extra pretty detail. 
I‘ve had these plaques for years as well but because hanging them is an ordeal, they’ve sat on a shelf. 
ugh…
Dischangers make hanging so much easier.

Wet the back of the disk using a fingertip and
water.

Wait about a minute and apply to the center of the back. Smooth into place.

Let dry over night (important step!) and hang! 

What do you think?  Sometimes the smallest details make a big difference. I love how it turned out. 
Want to see how nasty this bathroom was when we bought the house?  Visit Powder Room Makeover to see the before and progress. It was one of my first blog posts here at the DIY Show Off.  🙂

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Lawn Twister – fun for Labor Day picnic!

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When my daughter and I saw this on Pinterest, we knew it was a must for her outdoor graduation party so we made our own version!  This would be fun if you’re hosting a Labor Day picnic.

Materials:  
  • Cardboard (middle for circle spinner, the circle-frame to be used as a stencil for spray painting)
  • Upholstery tack (you may find a better solution, we were using what we had on hand – without buying more materials)
  • 3 colors of Krylon spray paint
  • Gorilla tape
Tools:
  • Utility knife
  • Dinner plate to trace
  • Markers
  • Ruler/yardstick
How To:
1.  On a large piece of card board, trace a dinner plate in the center and cut out circle using a utility knife.  The circle itself is used for the spinner.  The large cardboard with the circle cut out becomes a stencil for the painted twister circles.
2.  Using a ruler and pencil, divide the circle into 16 pie shapes.  Define sections using markers and write in names of colors (same as paint colors chosen). We love the recycled cardboard giving it a vintage toy look!
3.  On another rectangle square, trace the cardboard circle in the center.  Divide the rectangle into 4 sections. In the corner of each section label one of the following:  left foot, right foot, left hand, right hand. 
Close up of after it’s all together:

4. Cut out an arrow from a thinner piece of cardboard.  
5.  Using an upholstery tack, connect arrow to the circle then to the rectangle cardboard. It will fall out when upside down. However, it survived intact the duration of the party. 
6.  Gorilla Glue tape on the back prevents pinpricks!

7.  Decide on a flat large area of the yard. Place the stencil in the upper left hand corner and choose your first color. We chose red.
8.  Measure to the right of first circle 6 inches to place the circle stencil (the left inside circle border placed at 6″ as shown).  Spray paint another color. Repeat for desired size.  We did 4 different colors across. (Or decide on a pattern as shown in the Pinterest inspiration.)
9.  Start the next row with the 2nd color used in row one, ending with first color used in row one. Repeat.  We originally did 16 circles but then doubled to 32 for a larger playing area.  
10.  Let dry.
Time to play!

Spinner Tip:
(push arrow with fingers)

Fun!!!

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TIME for the DIY Project Parade

We dressed up the door on our kitchen pots and pans pantry with a clock!

Clock parts are from Rockler and I’m sharing the tutorial over at the DIY Club today.  

It was a super easy project and it works so well. I love it – especially with the round Rockler lazy Susan spice wheels/spice loft to the right!
(these numbers are temporary – so they’ll be redone and perfectly spaced)
Do you like it?

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Thanks to Bargain Hoot and Pinterest for the inspiration:

  
Preview

Kitchen French Door Trim Update

The trim around our french door was a more modern/inexpensive mitered jobby like this…
The rest of the door trim in the kitchen is original to the farmhouse…it might not be a big deal. Not really. We have mismatched trim throughout the entire house. But then Mr. DIY wanted one of these:
Ryobi Doorman Door Closer - DM85D
He HATES when the door is not shut quickly.  Ask anyone in our family his infamous naggiest lecture and they’ll holler:  “YOU’RE LETTING THE BUGS IN!”
::eye roll::
(actually…bugs = bad.  they bite. kitty destroys house getting them. take back ::eye roll::)
Since we’re remodeling the kitchen 
AND he wants an automatic door shutter-upper (also known as the Mr. DIY shutter upper! hehehehe) which needs a wider trim, we decided to change out the skinny trim for something chunky and matching the original.
You can see the skinny trim in the background of this picture: SEE IT THERE? And the bug destroyer in the foreground? I have a bent curtain – rod victim of bug destroyer’s determination.

Original trim throughout the kitchen. Wide. Pretty.

How we matched it:

We used three 3 1/2″ by 1″ boards.  Set up the vertical sides first from floor to top of door frame.  Mark to just the top of the vertical door frame and cut. I love this look and it’s so easy to frame doors and windows this way.  Mitering is a lot more complicated!
The top horizontal board sits on top of the cut vertical boards to complete the frame.  Ours overlaps each side by 1/2″. Mark 1/2″ past the vertical side and cut. 

Prime with a latex primer such as Kilz.

We then used Dutch Boy’s Trim & Cabinet paint (Ultra White).  One coat before hanging.

Place and secure with finishing nails, countersinking them.

Fill nail holes with wood filler.
Use caulk were needed (side/seams).
Lightly sand where needed.

I always use my Purdy paint brush for trim. I gave the trim a second coat of paint. We use a satin or semi-gloss finish on trim.  Much easier to wipe finger prints (this door especially is in the path from kitchen to grill and my cook never sees his black fingerprints but you can’t miss them).  

   

All done. Stand back and admire, be reassured that the door closes automatically and exit quickly to avoid the push and letting bugs in!  🙂
Next up – framing that window and baseboard trim!  I do love that the door trim now matches the rest of our old home’s character.  

DIY Project Parade and Powder Room Decorative Details

Can you pick out the differences in these pictures?

Here’s a hint:  we used these products:
Flexible Dentil Molding
Thanks to Rockler, Gorilla Glue and Dischangers, I love this little cubby area in our powder room a little more.  Sometimes it’s about the minor details that give me a little peace of mind. 🙂
(See the full powder room yucky before & pretty after here
I have another little project in here coming up too!)

See what we did this weekend. the details and transformation post at The DIY Club.

What have you been up to?

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DIY Project Parade & French Door Trim Update

When we installed French doors in the kitchen in place of a single door, we put up inexpensive mitered skinny trim. You can see it in the back ground here:
The original trim in this old farmhouse is wide and chunky.  Here’s a picture of the pantry door in the kitchen:
Since we’re remodeling the kitchen,
We changed out the skinny door trim for a wider/matching look using Dutch Boy’s Trim & Cabinet paint (Ultra White) and a Purdy paint brush.
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Now it has the same look as the rest of the original farmhouse trim.  
 
See that automatic door closer?  You can find one here: Ryobi Doorman Door Closer – found at Rockler.
Next up – framing that window and baseboard trim!  I do love that the door trim now matches the rest of our old home’s character.  What do you think?

See how we did it at The DIY Club.

Let’s see what you’ve been up to!
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Summer Pinterest Challenge and DIY Grad Party Highlights

With the graduation party this past weekend, I couldn’t help but get excited to participate with Lana, Sherry, Katie and Emily and all of the creative bloggers linking up in the

Want to see what our project was?  Read on.

First, a few grad party sneak peeks:

Graduates:
(nephew and daughter)
We had yummy picnic dishes – hot & cold (including Mr. DIY’s brisket and ribs) and lots of guest-shared side dishes, ice cold drinks chilling in a baby pool.  The guest list was rather large with two guests of honor so a little help with affordable picnic-style food (chicken from Walmart) was necessary.
We used recycled tissue paper poofs from the baby shower:

And made some pretty scrapbook paper banners:

I forgot to snap a picture, but using mini-clothes pins, we hung pictures of the grads throughout their 18-yrs of life on a string of twine hung banner style.  Setting up = forgetfulness in the taking pictures for sharing with blog friends.  It was super cute!
Activities included volley ball, badminton, bean bag toss, a bon fire at dusk and a photo backdrop area with fun photo props (mustaches and silly glasses were a huge hit!).

 (string up a clothes line between two trees, backdrop is a table cloth)
We did use disposable cameras in this area (terrible pictures/expensive) so if you have the time or can assign a person to sit with your decent camera, it’d be more affordable with better pictures as a result. 
Disguises!

As for our Pinterest inspiration for summer outdoor fun:

Pinterest Inspiration = lawn Twister
(the original link appears to be broken/has disappeared, but we did up our own tutorial)
Our take on lawn Twister:
(Notice our color pattern/design is a little different than the Pinterest inspiration but it worked out perfectly!)

Spray painting the grass (it grows out) using a cardboard circle stencil (the center circle cutout was used for the spinner). We used Krylon in red, yellow, blue and green.

We made the spinner from things we had on hand:  card board, an upholstery tack and a little Gorilla Tape on the back (to prevent pinprick). Recycling cardboard and using markers gave it a fun vintage toy vibe.

The party was a success! Guests had a blast!  Each graduate even gave a small speech thanking guests for coming (all 110!!!), introduced themselves and described their future plans. Applause!  So proud!
Want to join in the fun of the Pinterest Challenge – Summer Edition?  Here’s how: Select a project on Pinterest that has inspired you.  Post about it and link up at Making a House a Home, Young House Love, Bower Power and Emily Henderson. Fun!
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Brooch Wreath Tutorial/DIY Project Parade

How to make an heirloom jewelry wreath using brooches, charms, broken jewelry, earrings, etc. 
brooch wreath

It’s the time of year forshopping flea markets and estate sales this summer and you’ll likely see lots of costume jewelry, brooches, charms, earrings, etc.  – CHEAP!  Vintage brooches are so pretty but they’re not something I’d wear on a regular basis.  Although if you do this project, you’ll be tempted. and develop a new appreciation for these beautiful pins.  Inspired by the recent trend of brooch bouquets, I loved the look of clustered jewelry.

have no need for a bridal bouquet, but a wreath – now that would add a pretty touch to home decor.  I could see this in my future vintage inspired dressing room:

jewelry wreath

My wreath has a 10″ diameter and took over 100 pieces to get to the point pictured.  Keep your eyes open at your thrift-hunting adventures and start collecting brooches, earrings, charms, costume jewelry, buttons, any small ornament.  You might even have a few pieces lying around that you’d like to include for display rather than hiding away in a jewelry box.  Brooches can get expensive.  We set a limit of $1.  Sometimes we’d go just a bit higher (no more than $3) if there was a pretty one we just had to have but for the most part, yard and estate sales proved to be .25 or 3 for $1. We also scoured the craft section in the thrift stores, scoring large baggies full of jewelry surprises. The local pawn shop/jewelry store gave us a good deal on costume jewelry too.

brooch wreath
My daughter, Bri, and I both made wreaths.  Mine is done in golds, silvers with a touch of white/blue/green. (Note:  Choosing certain colors makes finding pieces a little more difficult.) Bri wanted lots of color and created a beautiful wreath using a variety of pretty mix of costume jewelry baubles.
Materials:
Assortment of brooches, earrings, charms, buttons, decorative pieces, etc.
Straight pins
Hot glue

Styrofoam wreath

Deco Art MagiKote – a mandatory step (see reasons below)
Krylon spray paint or Deco Art craft paints
 
Brooch Wreath Tutorial:
1.

Apply Deco Art MagiKote to the Styrofoam wreath.

MagiKote has the texture of white paint. I love using foam brushes for craft projects.
Have a larger assortment on hand for crafts like the ones sold in bulk by Rockler.
 

MagiKote aids in making Styrofoam a paintable surface by sealing the texture, otherwise paint hits the top edges but not the Styrofoam craters. MagiKote also makes for a better pin-able and glue-able surface.  Brooches etc. get moved around a lot during placement.  If it wasn’t for the MagiKote, there’d be a lot of Styrofoam crumbs and chunks falling out.

 
 

Let dry.

 

2.  Paint the Styrofoam wreath form (a Styrofoam square would be cute too!).  I used Krylon’s Brushed Metallic.  Color:  Champagne Nouveau. The MagiKote also creates a protective barrier so that my spray paint didn’t ‘melt’ the Styrofoam form.

I like that Krylon is quick, easy and fast drying. This sets a background for the pins.  I painted my to blend…

 
 
Bri painted hers using Deco Art Gloss Enamels (Citron Green) to pop and coordinate with other colors in her room…
3.  Layout a template to get an idea for placement, favorite pieces front and center. Side pieces can be smaller and aren’t viewed from every angle.
how to make a jewelry wreath
 
4.  Start placement of biggest brooches and pieces including favorites.
 

5.  Once you have the big pieces in place, fill in with smaller pieces.  Open pins stick into the Styrofoam.

 

Earring posts make placement easy.Clip-ons are just as easy but use wire cutters if necessary to cut backings for easier “pinning”.

 

Use wire cutters to help when needed.  Barrets, pins, earrings all have backing that can be used to secure to the styrofoam.  Hot glue and straight pins will help too.

 

My wreath doesn’t use glue but occasionally I used colorful pins, so it can be disassembled if needed…a fun way to display jewelry that is worn or prevent keepsakes from being ruined.

vintage jewelry wreath, crafts
6. Optional:  Use a ribbon for hanging.

Here is my finished (almost – a few more brooches needed for the inside of the wreath)… 

brooch wreath
 
brooch wreath

Bri’s wreath:

jewelry wreath
 

All finished!  Well, almost.  We still have some extra spaces to fill in as summer progresses and I’d like to fill in the inside as well…it’ll take some time. Fun for a game of “I Spy” too! What do you think?

vintage pins
 
brooch wreath
 
guest bedroom makeover
 
What have you been doing this weekend?
 

Grape Arbor Under Construction

We’re sprucing up the grape arbor!  Rain is interfering with completion but it’s under way.

This was our grape arbor when we bought our home…
This guy seemed to like it but we felt it was a tetanus shot waiting to happen. 
Rusty posts were replaced with wood beams…(thanks to the help of my stepdad, Butch, and Mr. DIY).
I  had hoped to finish staining it this year before the leaves and vines sprouted but the weather hasn’t been cooperative.  However, yesterday was a pretty sunny day and we were able to get started.
Krylon Wood Stain makes the task so much easier!  Using a brush to apply stain in hard to reach areas can be so tedious.  Krylon Spray Stain is much more time efficient with the same results. 
The nozzle can be rotated to provide a vertical or horizontal spray.
Before…

Shake and apply according to instructions on the can (just like spray paint).

A beautiful finish.  We’re using the color “Earthen Brown”.  It’s the darkest stain Krylon offers. 

Have you ever stained the railing and spindles on a wood deck?  Hard work!  Think about how much easier spraying it on would be.  
Reveal coming soon at 
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DIY Project Parade and Brooch Wreaths

I was recently inspired by Miranda Lambert’s brooch bouquet that I first saw mentioned by my friend Miranda at Just Drink a Coke. Miranda x 2!  This beautiful arrangement of vintage bling immediately had me wanting something similar.  With no need for a brooch bouquet, I was inspired to create a brooch wreath. I call my brooch wreath “my Miranda Wreath”.  It was a fun project for my daughter, Bri, and I to do together. We loved brooch hunting just as much as seeing our ideas become reality. We still have to find a few more pieces to fill in, but couldn’t wait to share our progress.
My wreath is done in golds, silvers with touches of blues/greens.
It looks like a giant brooch itself, doesn’t it?
So much pretty vintage bling!
Using costume jewelry, vintage brooches, buttons, earrings, pins, charms, etc. found at thrift stores and yard sales (LOTS of them…it takes time to collect over 100 for one wreath), Bri and I both created beautiful wreaths.  They’re so interesting to look at with so many unique pieces. We also used Styrofoam wreaths, Krylon spray paint, Deco Art MagiKote (seals the Styrofoam texture to accept paint), Deco Art craft paints, straight pins and hot glue.

Bri’s wreath is bursting with color.  I can’t wait to see this hanging on her wall with her assortment of framed colorful vintage postcards. Let’s hope she shares a picture with us!
So many vintage beauties…
Special Thanks to Cappy for her help with treasure hunting!
What do you think? We love reading your thoughts!
It makes me want to actually wear a brooch now that we have them on display!
What have you been doing this weekend?



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1.You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.
 
2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
 
3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.
 
4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.


5.  NOW you can “like” the links!  Most liked link moves to the top of the list!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week!  🙂 >
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Making the World Cuter
Remodelaholic
Tatertots and Jello


Now who else has a linky I can link to?  I’ve got a project to link up!

Freshen up existing decor with paint!

I shared this at the DIY Club a few weeks ago but wanted to show you here too! The DIY Club is a group of bloggers who share their creativity using sponsor’s products.  The products I used on this project include Dutch Boy paint, Dischanger and Rockler Bench Cookies.
With a kitchen remodel underway and most of the budget going for bigger ticket items including floor and countertops, etc., I love giving old existing decor a fresh look to feel “new”.  

I’ve had this letter “B” for a while now. It’s dark, scuffed up and sits on a shelf (because hanging it is a pain in the butt and it’s heavy). I purchased this a few years ago, probably from TJ Maxx.

Hanging is a nightmare because of placement of the holes on the back. One at the top right, one at the bottom left. Try getting nails to line up with those!

I love Dutch Boy paint because it’s zero VOC (no fumes!), scrubbable, durable with a mildew-resistant coating! I love the color “Lake Champlain” for decorative accents.  It’s an eggshell finish but using a gloss or semi-gloss top coat if needed makes for more options with this gallon. 
LAKE CHAMPLAIN – my favorite aqua-blue color
Centering a Dischanger on the back makes for much easier hanging than the two oddly placed original holes. Just wet, apply and let dry for 24 hours. (I cut the Dischanger to fit this project.)
Rockler Bench Cookies are so handy!  Once you have these, you’ll elevate every single DIY project you can for easier painting. 
I painted my letter “B” not worrying if the black underneath showed through.
Once dry, I gave it a little sanding for a distressed/worn appearance…
Distressed finish:
Now it has a new look to coordinate with the kitchen. 
Beautiful, right?

More on our kitchen remodel coming soon!

Oh! Speaking of the DIY Club – please head over to enter the TGIF giveaway for June. (HERE)

Enter to win the cutest one-of-a-kind art from sweet Renee at Where The Grass is Greener/Country Tag Sale!  3 to choose from! There’s a discount code for purchases too!  Check it out!

Outdoor DIY Signs for the Pool

Good morning!  I posted about these projects at The DIY Club a couple of weeks ago but I want to share the tutorial here too. 🙂
For Mother’s Day this year, I made two outdoor signs for my mom.  She loved them!  
Materials:
Wooden Plaques 
Fabric
Vinyl letters/stencils
Minwax Polycrilic
Dowel rod
2 screw eyes
Tools:
Paint brushes
Rockler Bench Cookies
Here is how I made them. I had the opportunity to use Deco Art’s Patio Paint.  It’s specifically designed to hold up outdoors in different weather conditions. 
My mom purchased this Waverly fabric last year to recover her swing and outdoor cushions.
 I cut a piece of fabric to fit the top of the wooden plaque. 
 Apply a layer of Decoupage to the top of the plaque.
 Smooth the fabric into place (the Decoupage acts as a glue).
 Coat the fabric with a layer of Decoupage.
 It goes on white but dries clear…
 Rockler Bench Cookies elevate my projects and make painting so much easier!

 Deco Art Patio Paint is perfect for outdoor crafts!
 I painted the frame using the pretty “Larkspur Blue”.

 Let paint and decoupage dry.
 For this project, I used vinyl for my lettering.  You could also use stencils and paint or free hand if you’re good at that sort of thing.  
 I applied another coat of Decoupage over the vinyl lettering to seal. 

 Once the Decoupage was dry, I sealed everything with Minwax Polycrylic.
 All done.  I used two screw eyes and ribbon at the top for hanging.  
It’s hanging by two small chains from her top deck as a sign to the bottom pool patio underneath.

When there’s a pool party going on, my mom handwrites a note and tapes it to the front door to direct guests to the back yard. I thought a yard sign leading the way would be a fun idea.

I painted a wooden plaque in the shape of an arrow using Deco Art’s Patio Paint in Woodland Brown.
 Just the front/top side.
 This time I applied my vinyl letters…
 (bench cookies!)

 and painted the entire sign using Larkspur Blue Patio Paint. 
 I painted over the vinyl ‘sticker’ letters.
 Then pulled them off when I finished the coat of blue, revealing the brown underneath.
 Finish with a coat of Polycrilic.
 All done!

For the arrow sign, on the back I made a “welcome” so she could just turn the sign when there’s no party going on. 
I don’t have pictures of this step, but drill a hole in the bottom of the arrow sign. Insert a little Gorilla Glue into the hole and insert the dowel rod.  The arrow post sticks into the ground and is positioned in the front yard. 
I can’t wait for the long Memorial Day weekend to get here – POOL PARTY!  What are your holiday weekend plans?

DIY Show & Tell

Hello DIY readers! I have a few highlights and announcements I can’t wait to share with you today!  There are so many fun things going on! 
  • The DIY Club – quick before/after freshen up existing decor
  • Announcing the 2011 True Value Blog Squad!
  • DIY Project Parade Highlights
  • Giveaway Alert at the DIY Club for $50 blog design credit 
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I‘m sharing a quick easy way I took a dark monogram and gave it a fresh new look for the kitchen makeover using left over Dutch Boy and Dischanger (also featuring Rockler) at the DIY Club today. 
Yes! This is a sneak peek of the kitchen, although just a temporary placement.
Update:  Bamboo floor is scheduled to arrive within the week!  Can’t wait!

Before

More details at 
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Announcing the 2011
“Veteran” Blog Squad Members
·         Katie with All Bower Power: http://www.bowerpowerblog.com/
·         Josh with Bungalow 23: http://bungalow23.com
·         Kate with Centsational Girl: http://www.centsationalgirl.com/
·         Brian & Paul with Handyguys Podcast: www.handyguyspodcast.com
·         Layla & Kevin with Lettered Cottage: www.theletteredcottage.net
·         Roeshel with The DIY Show Off: http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/
·         Sarah with ThriftyDecorChick: http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/

“New” Blog Squad Members
·         Bruno with ManMade DIY: http://manmadediy.com/
·         Taylor with Mary Janes and Galoshes: http://www.maryjanesandgaloshes.com/
·         Marian with Miss Mustard Seed: http://missmustardseed.blogspot.com/
My name is there too!  Listed as a ‘veteran’! I’m honored to be included! Woo hoo! You may already follow a few of those mentioned ~ I invite you to check out the ones you’re not familiar with as well.  Make a new friend or two!  I look forward to working beside these talented DIY’ers and seeing what their up to this year! Welcome to the new team members! Hello to my fellow veterans!  Knowing this bunch, there will be some amazing and creative projects coming up!

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Don’t miss the updates!

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 The DIY Show Off
The DIY Project Parade is going on all week!  Here are just a few of the projects that inspire my creativity. They are ALL worth checking out. Thank you so much for joining in and sharing your DIY ideas!
  
  
  
  
  
Find the images shown above listed below for the original link.
Have you shared your latest DIY project?  Link up here:  http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2011/05/diy-project-parade-and-grape-arbor.htmlOr browse the thumbnail images below to spark your imagination and creativity and get started on your own DIY project (then come back and share!)…
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And finally, the TGIF giveaway at the DIY Club is now an all month long event. May ends soon!  Summer is the perfect time to give your blog a little custom update.  I love my new custom social media buttons! Aren’t they adorable?  
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Marcia from Measured by the Heart is ready to give your blog a mini makeover to one lucky DIY Club follower!  Enter today for a chance to win at  
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Happy Wednesday!
Do you have some good news to share? 
Have a DIY project you’d like to show off?
Fill out the submission form ~ let’s see what you’ve been up to!

DIY Project Parade and Grape Arbor Sneak Peek

We’ve had so much rain this month so outdoor projects have been impatiently waiting. However yesterday we had 1 day of sun!  I was able to get started on staining the wood on our grape arbor.

Krylon Wood Stain 

More details at

Sneak peek:

Reveal coming soon (pending sunny skies)!

Get the details of what it looked like when we bought our home by clicking the picture below.  It’s come a long way!  
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Do you have a DIY project to show off this week?  I’d LOVE to see it!  Or please visit the links to get inspired!


The DIY Show Off



If you’d like to link YOUR DIY project post to The DIY Show Off Project Parade:

1.You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

The winner of the DIY Project Helper Giveaway is… Kristin!
1) A casual monogrammed “D” for some blank space on the top of the built-in in our DR.

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2) Cool, fun vinyl numbers (1-5) to put on the back stairs leading from the kitchen to the backyard. This area was always an afterthought but I am currently painting (BM’s Saybrook Sage – so pretty!), beadboarding, sanding, staining, plate wall displaying (!) and making this small area part of our home.

Giveaway Alert!

Have you seen my new social media buttons? I love them!  


They’re custom-made to coordinate with my blog. Could you use a few new blog buttons? She’ll do everything from design to html code!  Awesome for the technically challenged (like me!). There’s a great giveaway going on at the DIY Club! A $50 credit to Measured by the Heart Blog Design.  Connie is so sweet – she’s the talent behind my beautiful social media buttons!

Enter to win at The DIY Club TGIF!